Sunday, January 2, 2011

Lets go 2011 !

Perhaps my favorite part of celebrating a new year is the general optimism that surrounds most people, especially in the poker community.

Everyone really does feel better about that fresh slate, new graph, new everything. We all like to post really nice winrates, and we all feel like we have made strides in the past year.

As for myself, I am truly excited for 2011. While I feel mild success in 2010, I am shooting much higher in 2011, I definitely feel the work I have put in has me in position to really meet the lofty goals I have.

I have certainly been running good in the last half month since returning from AC and getting a new PC set up, but I do feel as though I am a large favorite in the 200 Rush arena. A lot of that has to do with the AC trip, not only did I get a chance to improve with the help of some poker talk, but also got a chance to see more fish hands than I have in a long time.

For now I am just going to go over my January goals.

- 75k hands.
- Winrate of > 3.0EVpt.
- Total money > 10k.

Good luck everyone,


Sunday, December 19, 2010

AC and back to online life.

So my two month long journey across the States has brought forth some changes in my life.

Hearing about Flux looks as though it will have quite an impact on my life as I move onward. I am happy to be involved with such an organization and hope to see it change the way backing is done in the poker community.

I joined up with other members of the Flux team in Atlantic City for a week and a half of live grinding and fun. The experience was phenomenal, I do not get the chance to meet or talk to other serious poker players that often and this trip allowed me to really expand my group of friends in the community. It might not sound like much, but it is so +EV just being around other serious poker players, not only will you learn a ton, but having people who can actually relate to what poker is like is truly a gift.

The poker itself was pretty fun. Having not really played a lot of live since my school days, it took me a while to really get back to the flow of it. I would actually venture to say that I improved a bit from playing live, just feel like I have gotten better at playing the fish [online], watching so many hands that I normally wouldn't follow the action of. During the stay I ran pretty well, and realized how lucrative soft 5/10 or 10/20 games can be. I am hoping to find some similar games in the Detroit or Windsor casino scene, as it is a nice break from online and can still net a decent hourly.

If ever any of you have a chance to participate in a Flux or any kind of trip like this I would snap recommend it. The hospitality truly was top notch, but even without that luxury it was just so much fun getting to spend time with some great people. As poker is such an isolating experience, and it is unlikely you have a group of friends who truly understand what you're going through, it really is +EV to meet some poker people and hang out in person with them.

A huge thanks to Jared, Gary, and the Solomons for putting together a great trip. It was a joy getting to meet you guys [and everyone else], and I hope there are many great times ahead for us all.

Now back to my real life. I have moved into a great place in Royal Oak and have been mostly just going out this weekend, but had to get in my hands for the iron man bonus. Luckily I have been running well, and I feel I have taken yet another step forward in my game, and in all honesty that probably is related to some of the conversations I had in Atlantic City.

I am definitely playing a bit stronger postflop, and am getting better at the levels game with some of the regs. Still looking for a few spots where I can gain an edge in the 3b postflop game, but feel like I am making some great progress and it will only be a matter of time until I am crushing 200.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

goodbye to luka :(.

While my time with Luka was short, I believe in the grand scheme of things it will have a profound effect on the direction of my life. Not only did some decisions become clear, but I was also able to discover "FluxStables," which thus far has been a great experience and I see no reason why it will not become even better.

I have cut my tables to three while trying to get a feel for 200, I do believe this is helping me as even when I zone a bit I am more focused than when I am zoning with four tables. This weekend I really had no success with my 4bets :(, but ran well overall and am starting to feel comfortable in the game.

It is sad to leave Luka, he has become a real good friend of mine and I know he is going to have great success as he continues to develop as a poker player.

While I am on the train / bus I hope to delve into some poker thinking and hopefully come up with some more +ev spots that are there for the taking.

Weekend results !

If you can catch me online in the next few days shoot me a message, I will probably be bored to death on the train :).

Friday, November 19, 2010

late night games are nice.

Soooo we decided to play another session around 1. I was throughly impressed with how many fish were on ! also how few regs were on, though there were a lot of the 9%3b types on, don't mind them too much though.

Anyways I thought this hand was interesting, vs a reg 13/9 150bb deep. My thoughts were that the added bluff equity of the 11 diamonds would make this +ev. Wondering if I could get any thoughts on whether or not most would c/f their AA KK when the diamond hits when I am so diamond heavy.

Full Tilt Poker $200.00 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players - View hand 1035771

DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

BTN: $343.05

SB: $216.45

BB: $200.00

UTG: $624.95

UTG+1: $205.00

UTG+2: $283.30

Hero (MP1): $489.20

MP2: $235.20

CO: $200.00

Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is MP1 with T of spades T of clubs

2 folds, UTG+2 raises to $6, Hero calls $6, 5 folds

Flop: ($15.00) 8 of spades 9 of diamonds 7 of diamonds (2 players)

UTG+2 bets $11.00, Hero raises to $32, UTG+2 raises to $92, Hero calls $60

Turn: ($199.00) 4 of spades (2 players)

UTG+2 bets $185.30, Hero folds

MP1 didn't show
Outcome: MP1 won $381.30

Unfortunately I missed everything :(. Actually won a flip early in the session though, super happy about that !

Happy grinding everyone !


Across the USA, up the ladder !

For a first post, this is probably going to be pretty lame. I'm assuming if you're here you know who I am, so I will spare the incredibly boring details.

Today was the first session of what will be my conquest of 200FR-rush. In recent stints I have done OK, but am hoping to truly acclimate this time. The game seemed to be pretty good today, a good amount of fish were on. I am hoping soon I will get a better feel for the leveling / reg relationships that will help me really take off.

Some fun was had right off the bat, as i continue my glorious EV run of the last 145k hands:

Overall today ended on a good note, but losing some big ones early was quite frustrating.

Good luck all !