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Friday, April 30, 2004

How do you win money on Party?

I can't seem to win on Party Poker, I mean yes I win, but I'm not making any profit. I win some pots, small ones, big ones, but then lose huge pots to fish catching what they need. I work hard and win some money only to lose it all to some noob who gets lucky.

Party Poker Pot-Limit Hold'em, $0.50 BB (10 handed)

Button ($25.28)
SB ($27.45)
BB ($23.40)
Denis ($24.25)
UTG+1 (Fish) ($23.55)
UTG+2 ($24.50)
MP1 ($22.25)
MP2 ($25.35)
MP3 ($25)
CO ($188.82)

Preflop: Denis is UTG with Ks, Kc.
Denis raises to $1.75, UTG+1 (Fish) calls $1.75, UTG+2 folds, MP1 folds, MP2 folds, MP3 folds, CO folds, Button calls $1.75, SB folds, BB folds.

Flop: ($6) 8d, Jh, 6c (3 players)
Denis bets $5.7, Fish calls $5.70, Button folds.

Turn: ($17.40) Kh (2 players)
Denis bets $16.55, Fish calls $16.10 (All-In).

River: ($50.05) Td (2 players, 1 all-in)

Final Pot: $50.05
Main Pot: $49.60, between Denis and Fish. > Pot won by Fish ($49.60).
Pot 2: $0.45, overbet by Denis.

Results below:
Denis shows Ks Kc (three of a kind, kings).
Fish shows Ad Qd (straight, ace high).
Outcome: Fish wins $49.60. Denis wins $0.45.

I mean seriously, AQ and he gets his T for a straight? WHAT IS HE DOING?
Anyone want to tell me how they win without this constantly happening to them?

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Thursday, April 29, 2004

Unknown

Matt over at The Poker Chronicles (link on the left) was kind enough to link me from his blog. It's posted as

Unknown
Don't think I only add WPT players on here.

Almost everyone has a poker nickname, some of those nicknames came from mistakes (Someone mistook the name Russ for Dutch and now he's Dutch Boyd) and others come from just how people look such as Jesus. Maybe my new nickname will be Unknown. But just so everyone doesn't start referring to me as Unknown, my name is Denis.

Thanks for the link Matt.

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Easy Money...

Right after finishing my last post I was dealt KK on the button and this is what happened. I hope it stays this easy because I like free money. The hand converter is down so I'll just have to post it in plain text.

***** Hand History for Game 561645417 *****
Table Buckle Up (Real Money)
Seat 5 is the button
Total number of players : 10

** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to Me [ Ks Kh ]
Fish calls [$0.5].
Me raises [$2].
Fish calls [$1.5].

** Dealing Flop ** [ Qc, 9d, 3d ]
Fish bets [$5].
Me raises [$15].
Fish calls [$10].

** Dealing Turn ** [ Jc ]
Fish bets [$8].
Me is all-In.
** Dealing River ** [ Qs ]

At this point I thought I was screwed because he must have at least a Q in his hand, right?

Fish shows [ Ad, 4h ] a pair of queens. (WTF?!?)
Me shows [ Ks, Kh ] two pairs, kings and queens.
Fish wins $1.50 from side pot #1 with a pair of queens.
Me wins $45.85 from the main pot with two pairs, kings and queens.

No straight or flush draws, nothing but a measly Ace...like I said, free money.

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Party Progress

After a couple of days of trying Party I've adjusted to the new crowd. This morning I made +$100 on the $25 NL tables after being down about $30 so I'm finally in the positives. It isn't too hard and I just have to adjust to some of the aggressiveness that goes on. I've folded TPTK to some very aggressive play and it turns out they just had TPGK and I would've had them beat. Other than that I just find that I make the most profit by flopping sets. This morning I called a raise of $2 preflop with crabs (3's) after 2 callers, the implied odds were there with big raises preflop and many callers. I hit a 3 on the flop and ended up taking in a $75 pot, not too bad :) . I've begun to collect my fish buddy list and it's working well. Mainly just adding anyone who's consistantly playing bad cards, calling with any pair on the board and going in on stupid draws that won't pay off even if they hit. I'm moving out tomorrow and won't be back playing until Saturday or Sunday. Once I get home I'll start logging my balance and progress as well as setting up Poker Tracker and start collecting and analyzing my play. I play a lot so it won't be hard to collect lots of hand histories, the only problem is setting up my email to receiving and import the hands.

See you at the tables..

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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Party Poker Madness!

So today was my first day on Party Poker and it's not too bad. Cards were going my way earlier in the day but went cold during the evening. After some ups and downs I'm just about even.

Here is my first Hand History, with my biggest pot win of the day.

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em, $0.50 BB (9 handed)

Denis ($19.45)
CO ($70.61)
Button ($24.57)
SB ($20.50)
BB ($44.75)
UTG ($37.45)
UTG+1 ($43.53)
MP1 ($31.03)
MP2 ($17.73)

Preflop: Denis is MP3 with Kd, Ah.
UTG calls $0.50, UTG+1 folds, MP1 folds, MP2 raises to $1, Denis calls $1, CO folds, Button folds, SB calls $0.75, BB calls $0.50, UTG calls $0.50.

Flop: ($5) Qs, 7h, Jc (5 players)
SB checks, BB checks, UTG checks, MP2 checks, Denis checks.

Turn: ($5) Td (5 players)
SB bets $2, BB folds, UTG calls $2, MP2 raises to $4, Denis raises to $6, SB calls $4, UTG folds, MP2 calls $2.

River: ($25) 3s (3 players)
SB checks, MP2 checks, Denis bets $12.45 (All-In), SB calls $12.45, MP2 calls $10.73 (All-In).

Final Pot: $60.63

Results below:
SB shows Qd Ac (one pair, queens).
MP2 shows Qc Qh (three of a kind, queens).
Denis shows Kd Ah (straight, ace high).
Outcome: Denis wins $60.63.

Many more to come...

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Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Last Week

This will be my last week at the current poker site I'm at. I've made over $1k there and have taken out $700 already. I will take out the remaining money at the end of this week and I'll be depositing $400 into Party Poker where all the fish are. I believe $400 is enough to get me started at the $25 NL tables, 2 tabling at first to get used to it and then moving to 4 tables. I want to bring a big enough bankroll so I can withstand the swings from bad beats. The reason I'm leaving my current poker room, Victor Chandler Poker, is due to the lack of players on that site. At most they have 1700 people and at night when I play most I'm only usually playing one table because there aren't enough people to play with. I know most of the players I play with by name! I also believe that the players, for the most part, are better at VCPoker than at Party which will give me an edge when I switch over. At party poker there are always players to play against and the fish never stop biting, I just need to reel them in. I'll still love VCPoker no matter what, since it is what started this journey into online poker and has made me a healthy bankroll to play with.

This summer I'll be taking poker incredibly serious. After moving to Party I'll be investing into Poker Tracker so that I can analyze and improve my play by finding those little leaks that are costing me lots of money in the long run.

It's time to move up and play with the big fish.

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Weekly Update

Tonight ends another week of online poker. I've continued to keep a log of how I'm doing and if I didn't play incredibly stupid one day I would've been up again, however due to inexperience I went on...*creepy horror voice* TILT!! *shrieks*. I managed to throw almost $400 in one day and this lead to my horrible results this week.

On with the stats..












DateBankroll ($US)Profit
04/20/041,280.45+92.08
04/21/04421.79-357.66 (TILT + withdrew $500 from BR
04/22/04432.29+10.5
04/23/04615.90+183.61
04/24/04579.00-36.90
04/25/04403.42-170.58
04/26/04487.07+83.65
04/20/04-04/26/04487.07-195.30


As you can see if I didn't lose $400 in one day I would've had a perfectly fine week, that day ruined this entire week though.

I've just been on a real slump a lot of these days, not catching any of my pocket pairs and losing to a lot of bad beats and rivers. This will change though. Today has been a good day and even though I started the day off with a couple of harsh beats I've worked my way up and I'm again in the positive. I'm going to try to get as much play in as possible even though this week is going to be a little hectic, with my final exam coming up and having to move out of this shitty dorm on Friday and into my new apartment. I'll let you all know how it goes.

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Monday, April 26, 2004

Biggest Pot

I just won my biggest pot to date on the .5/1 NL table. I was playing against 2 aggressive players who'd bluff but also had some very good hands. The key here is that they were aggressive though. I was in SB and last to act preflop. I am dealt red rockets, after about 2 hours of dry cards and losing a couple small pots by suckouts on the river I really needed a hand like this. What happened next was just what I wanted to see. The aggressive player to my left raises to $5. For the last couple of hours I studied each player and knew pretty well how they played. I was positive he had mid pocket pair. I was guessing probably 9's. The person after him called and 2 other players in late position called. It was my turn to act and I raised it $30 to go. The mid-pocket pair guy raises all-in, he had about $70-$80. The person after him calls and I re-raise that last player all-in, another $30. The first player turns over pocket 8's and the one after him turns over JJ's. So now I'm praying to the poker gods not to deal any 8's or J's and for the first time in a VERY long time my rockets actually won! I took down a $233 pot and got up to begin dancing. My roommate just looked at me because he thought I was crazy. I just pointed to the screen and then he understood.

This is the biggest pot I've won and I REALLY needed it. Past couple of days have been rough for me and the cards haven't been going my way at all. I'm starting to get used to being rivered but I'm hoping that eventually it'll just pass or they won't come as frequently.

I'm on top of the world right now.

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Leaks

So after dropping pretty much most of my winnings from the past 2 weeks of play I've decided to change a lot of what I've been doing. I've been going around with my bankroll and playing most of the tables, anywhere from .25/.50 to 2/4 and 2/4 NL is something my bankroll is not ready for yet. I've decided that I'm not playing anything higher than .5/1. I'm going back to how I started playing when I made lots of gains on the smaller tables. I'm going to tighten up incredibly. I have to kick out hands like QT and KJ because in the long run they're losing me money. I have to stop calling raises with my low pocket pairs in hopes of catching, most of the time they don't pay off anyways, most of the time they don't catch either, heh. I used to always lay my cards down, I was weak-tight. I'd only go into hands and showdowns knowing I was 95% favorite. If there was a big raise on the river I never called unless I was sure I was going to win, in which case I'd raise. I now see myself calling those large river bets and losing because I have a good hand and end up telling myself 'Hey, I'm probably going win this, just go for it', but I don't end up winning.

I know the problem, the problem is I feel like I can do anything now that my bankroll is large. I can play big tables, play big pots, pretty much throw my money away because I have so much of it. I've taken out almost 3/4 of all my earnings and I'm not putting any back. My bankroll is now at $375 and I sure hell can't be playing 2/4 NL with 200max buyins if I only have $375 right? I've promised myself never to go back to any tables over .5/1 and I've also promised myself that I'll only play the premium hands, be on top of my game and make sure I'm making the right move when I make one. I'm not longer going to 4 table but only 2 table at the most. I'm going to pretend I'm starting from the beginning with a fragile bankroll that I have to protect and not make any dumb moves because it can greatly affect if I will ever be even playing again.

I've been only playing a .5/1 table for about 2 hours now. I've been folding pretty much everything, played a couple of pocket pairs, none of which hit however my 9's and Q's pulled through to win, and an AQs that ended up winning with top pair top kicker. I'm up about $50 and I like this. I like making a slow progression but actually progressing somewhere. The swings were too great and affected me too much. 1 or 2 tabling and playing incredibly tight is what I'm going to stick to. No messing around. I just need to continue learning, continue practicing, and continue making gains.

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Sunday, April 25, 2004

Bloggers

If any fellow bloggers want me to link them on the left give me a shout in the comments. I can exchange any traffic I get (if I get any) to you.

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WPT at Binion's

So I watched the WPT at Binion's with Chip Reese, Barry Greenstein, Randy Jensen and "The Car Wash" guy. I think it was a very good episode, one of the best, but NOT the best which is the WSOP 2003 episode where Sam Grizzle and Phil Hellmuth play at the same table, they make me laugh so much.

I think The Car Wash guy played very well even though I've heard many people say he played bad. Some have said he should've pushed allin with his QQ against Reese so Barry wouldn't have went allin with his AKs against TCW guy. I also really like Barry's play where he would randomly go all-in. I also loved the part where Randy raised to 200,000 with his J9o and told Barry not to raise but Barry raised all-in with his Kowboys, it was just perfect! Made me laugh too.

Today has been a bad day in poker, I've lost all but one of my rocket hands, and I only won $2 pot with it. The other pots were big but I lost to fish chasing. I lost a big pot to a fish who went allin with his J3s when the flop had two spades and he hit his 3rd spade on the river to give him the flush. I lost another AA hand when I raised and was called with J5o and the flop came 3JJ with a 5 on the turn to give him a fh. Poor players but they win sometimes too. I think I'm down about $100 today. I've moved up to the 1/2 NL and I'm currently up $15 after winning a few very small pots, I'm just waiting for the right hand to dominate on. We'll see how it goes.

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Saturday, April 24, 2004

6 more days

Im counting down the days until I get to leave here. I'm really going to enjoy living in apartment next year on my own and not in this shitty dorms, it's a dump, literally. I'll have fast internet, my own bedroom, a private bedroom, and even a pool!

In poker news, I've been wiped out with my $50 at PartyPoker. The cards were shitty with my best hand being AA which was my 2nd hand dealt to me the entire time I played there. I had QQ once and that held up but didn't win me much. Other than that it was pretty dry and crappy. I guess PartyPoker didn't like me since I didn't really deposit but was just transferred money from someone else. At my regular website I didn't play as much but I'll start again today, I think I'm down maybe $15, not too much, I'll see how it goes today.

I downloaded the WPT episode from Binions with Berry Greenstein and Chip Reese and the Car Wash guy. I heard a lot about it so hopefully it'll be an entertaining episode. I'll post later on with what I thought about it.

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Friday, April 23, 2004

I Love Sleep

Well today I was *supposed* to wake up and play in the WSOP seat qualifier. It was $9+$1 entry fee and top 4 take a $250 seat to the final. There were 75 people signed up. I woke up and ended up missing it by 15 minutes, so crappy! I think it was the last one too. Well I slept through my chance to go to the WSOP, I think it was worth it though, my bed was soooo comfortable this morning.

Yesterday was a good day in poker. I ended up +$190 for the day which I really needed after that bad loss the other night where I blew $300 in one sitting due to stupidity. Hopefully today will be a similar day but we'll have to wait and see.

I received an email today from CollegePokerChampionship stating that they'll send me ads for their website that I could spread around campus to get more students involved in playing poker. They'll be sending me posters, cds and flyers to spread around. I'll probably just end up throwing the flyers in the tunnels, post a few posters on a couple of walls and leave the cds by the mailbox room where everyone who lives on residence checks their mail. I get money for every signup from this University. We'll see how that goes.

Finally, I'll continue playing PartyPoker's 25 NL tonight when my internet speeds up. During the day it slows down and has a really hard time connecting to the Party servers so I won't play there until later at night, hopefully when there's more fish on anyways. I ended up only $5 up yesterday after not hitting anymore good hands after the rockets.


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Party Poker

Okay so I made about $50 on PokerStars and then took a few beats to bring me back down to my $50. I don't really like playing at PokerStars that much. The way it's setup just doesn't appeal to me. I gave my friend his $50 back and then he transferred $50 to my PartyPoker. So here I am playing the $25 NL table. 2nd hand I get are rockets. I've heard of all the bad beats from my friend and many others so I'm afraid, even with rockets in my hand! I raise 4x bb and get 2 callers. Flop was 76Kr. First to act bets out for $2 and I raise to $6, both call. I'm wondering what's going on. First to act bets out again and I just call as does the other. Both the turn and the river were rags. Pot is around $30 and I won. The bettor had K8o. So this is why everyone loves PartyPoker so much. Hopefully I won't get many bad beats in a row to empty out my small bankroll and it can just grow from here.
We'll see how it goes.

Back to the fish hunting :)

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Thursday, April 22, 2004

PokerStars

My friend had deposited $50 at pokerstars about a week ago and has made around $500. He lent me $50 to try it out. Everyone is a lot tighter there, and not as many people seeing the flop. However, if they do hit a card there are plenty of players who'll call most bets to see if they win which is good. I just started today on the .1/.25 NL tables and I'm up about $20 so it's not a bad start.

On my regular site I withdrew another $500 which brings my total cashout to $700. I started the day off with $432.29 and I've managed to bring it up to $589.32, +157.03 or +314BB for the day, and I still have the entire night to win some more before I finish logging my days profit. Hopefully I can make it at least past $200 since I have to make up some ground after losing that $300 the other day due to stupidity.

I played in a shitty $300 freeroll today because I need to improve on my tournament play. I find that my stakes play is fine since I just have to sit and wait for the right cards and then play them correctly, but in tournament play I have to be more aggressive or else I'll just end up going out from the blinds. I managed to finish 3rd out of 289 people and won $50. I should've taken the lead when I slowplayed my JJ's and he pushed with his KQ on the flop, I had the image of being tight-weak. I called it but he ended up rivering a K. Later on I was all-in again on AK vs K9 and he turned a 9 to take me out. He was very lucky this tournament, having rockets 3 times at the final table. I would've killed just for a pocket pair :p

So tonight I'm going to be 2 tabling my usual site and either 1 or 2 tabling PokerStars since I'm still getting used to it, plus my bankroll is limited and I don't want to lose it all so I might just take it slow with 1 table.

Tomorrow is the WSOP seat qualifier, as of now there are only 20 people registered in it and there is 1 seat to the grand final ($248) for every 27 people. I'll post on how it goes as long as I don't sleep through it :)

Oh, and thanks for the comments in the previous post, now I know that at least 2 people are reading once in awhile.

Back to the tables.

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Is anyone even reading?

Not sure if anyone is really reading this besides myself. Is there a point to blogging at all?

Yesterday I went to my weekly Ottawa University cafe game. .5/1 NL. I won around $25 and then later in the evening we played a $20 buyin tourny but I didn't get in the money (top 2).

The day before yesterday I had my worst day in poker where I managed to lose close to $300. I've learned from my mistakes. Don't play poker for lots of money when you've had only maybe 10 hours of sleep in the past 3 days, are tired, cranky and have no patience. I called a very large raise with QQ, flop was low cards and I went all-in. I mean he OBVIOUSLY had KK AA or JJ and there was a J on the board. What was I thinking?!? Nevermind, I WASN'T thinking. I just saw QQ and went all-in because it was my only good hand.

Yesterday and today I managed to win back $100 but lost most of it on 2 beats where it was a large pot, I had the best hand but the fish called with their flush draws and hit. I lose but of my top sets to flushes. They seem to hit every time for them when I have a good hand. *sighs*

Nothing I can do but continue playing and in the long run hopefully I'll win.

And hopefully someone is reading this besides me.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Monster Pots

9 more days of living in this hell hole. For the first time in weeks I actually fell asleep early (12am) and I was getting some good sleep until the fire alarm went off! I look at the clock and see 4:20am, typical pranksters. My roomate was still up playing in a small freeroll, I woke up a couple of times from him shouting 'Yes! 72o didn't do it for you this time asshole!'. I guess he was happy that he actually won a pot and didn't lose to some fish going in on the worst hand and picking up 2 pair. My hallway smelled like weed, it was coming from the dealer across the hall, it was probably him that pulled the alarm too! After the evacuation was over and I came back I couldn't fall asleep so I loaded up poker and went at it.

The majority of the lower tables were empty so I sat down at a .25/.50, .5/1 and the infamous 1/2 NL tables. Started off slow getting some nice hands but completely missing the flop. I finally picked up AKo in MP at the 1/2 table raised preflop and actually hit the flop, it came KT4. I bet and I'm called by 1, a large chip stack at the table. He'd bully and raise a lot and won a lot of pots before showdown just by betting enough and being the last player standing. Turn was a blank, big betting, and river came another T. This is where I bet again and he raised $20. I called and he had K8o, good job. Pot ended up being around $80. Not a bad pot and stuff picked up after that win.

On the .5/1 table I get black bullets in MP. I raised to $4 get raised by the SB to $15. Easy, I want him all-in preflop even though everyone who has rockets on this site has HORRIBLE luck with them. I went all-in for $98 and he calls, he had lesbos. The flop improved for me when I hit another A and that pretty much sealed the deal. Almost a $200 pot is just what I needed.

And finally a smaller pot on the smallest table. I get JJ in the SB and limp. Flop is KKJ. I check and 1 person bets $4, everyone folds, I call. Turn and river don't change the situation much and I take a $40 pot after calling all his bets and raising on the river. Those were my nice hands and nice pots for the day. Up just a little under $200.

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Bad Beats Won't Stop

I'm getting fed up with them already. I just lost $50 in a 4-way pot and the chances of any of them winning were incredibly low but ofcourse someone manages to pull a bad beat on me.

I have 33 and limp in to see a flop which comes K3J. 4 people are in and the first goes out betting for $4, everyone calls. Turn comes a J, perfect! Someone will have a J and bet on their trips and another $4 bet and I call, the person after me raises all-in and everyone went all-in after that. Initial better turns over K8o, the all-in raiser turns over J7o and the other idiot turns over Q7o (wtf?!). I've got the lead by far and I can't wait to rake in the $100+ pot. But ofcourse the poker gods look down at me and laugh as the river card comes up another K, two pair on the board. If we exclude the moron who went allin on nothing, the leader going into the hand (me) ended up last, and the worst hand ended up winning, typical. He laughs as the chips come his way.

Another horrible bad beat, and another hand in pain from smashing my desk. My bankroll continues to go down as I can't seem to cash in on hands I'm supposed to. When will this madness end??

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Monday, April 19, 2004

David vs Goliath

So I have a problem. I'm up against a giant, a monster, a beast... I'm up against the 1/2 NL table! This is the 2nd highest NL table at this site and it is the next in line for me to conquer. The problem I'm having against this table is that I'm playing with what lots of people hate, scared money! Now I don't know why but I'm a very conservative person with my money. When I first started playing the .05/.10 limit games I'd flip out if I lost $1. Now that my bankroll is sitting at around $1200 I flip out when I lose $50+. The .25/.50 and .50/1 NL tables are fine for me, but as soon as I hit the 1/2 tables I'm afraid. Afraid of the 'big guys' with their large stacks. I have the bankroll for this type of game. Max buyin is $200 so I can buyin for that easily, the only problem is there are some guys at this table with $800 that they've made. It's not because they're amazing players but they can beat the other fish at the table who continue to reload after every loss. These are the players I have trouble with. The only time I feel confident is I have a premium hand. While I'm typing this I get JJ in MP and call a raise to $10 preflop, 3 of us see the flop. 357 and I bet $20. 1 caller and the turn is a 4. He goes allin for $20. I call and he turns over...get this...67o for the straight. I don't understand some players, what I have even more trouble with is that they actually win with these calls. So there goes more money down the drain. I want to keep myself away from this table but its so hard, I keep coming back and I keep getting ruined when I shouldn't be. I know I can beat this but for some reason poker gods don't want me playing here.

I'll stop whining now and give you a hand from today's session.

I have QQ in LP and raise to $4, 2 callers, flop comes AQ4 (2 clubs). He checks, I bet, and 'ccrazy' calls. He's exactly what his name says, a crazy player, a jackal! The turn is another club and I'm pretty sure he was chasing something, probably the flush. I bet and he raises me to $16. The pots already pretty big so I call and the river is a wonderful A to give me the boat. He puts me all-in for my remaining $22 and I call. He has J3c.
Total pot: $110

Since it's the beginning of the new week I'll also post my earnings and stats for this week. I keep a basic log of my bankroll, just the current amount and the profit from the previous day.









DateBankroll ($US)Profit
04/13/04694.09
04/14/04962.71+268.62
04/15/041,046.86+84.15
04/16/04986.71-60.15
04/17/041,040.22+53.51
04/18/041,137.71+97.49
04/19/041,188.37+50.66


Week of 04/13-04/19: +$494.28

The 13th was a monster day. I've had 2 other monster days this week however I continue to play and somehow manage to lose some of it. Note to self: When I'm up 200-300 for the day, STOP PLAYING!!!!
These past few days have been slow for me and I even had a losing day which really put a big dent in me, I'm not a good loser. I'm just going to continue what I'm doing but I'm going to stop going to the 1/2 table, it's killing me. I'll keep playing .25/.50 and .50/1 and slowly move up, no more of this dropping $100 to aggressive 1/2 players who continue to catch their cards over and over again.

Back to the tables.

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Sunday, April 18, 2004

Came home empty handed

Last night's tourny was disappointing. Didn't see very many good hands while I was playing. In the 4 hour game we played my best hands were AKo, KQs, AJo, and JQs. Talk about crap. Not 1 single pocket pair. Kirk to my right was getting cards left and right. He must've had at least 7 pocket pairs, hit his set on a couple of them. He has big slick 4 times! Anyways he ended up winning and took $260. I got out in 5th out of 8, yuck! I was eliminated when I had TPTK and got rivered to give my opponent his nut flush. Overall I had fun though.

When I got back I sat down and opened up my poker. Again I got off to a horrible start. After a couple hours of playing I was down almost $200. I lost at least $100 just from being rivered. AQo with QT4 flop, turn rag and a 5 on the river turned into hell for me when the fish I was playing continued to call with his T6 and got his two pair. Pocket rockets went down in flames when another chaser got his flush on the river, down another $60.

The night was hell but I managed to finally get some cards and play it properly to come out of the hole and end up +$50. I played two tables mostly for the night. 1/2 NL and .25/.50 NL. At the 1/2 was where I kept getting rivered and lost money quickly. Bought-in for $50, rebought for 100. Was down to $40 put managed to pull through. I'm now sitting with 243 at that table. At the .25/.50 NL I bought-in for 50 and am now up to $150. So I'm happy I pulled through that slump.

It's 7:20am, I haven't eaten all day or night and I'm waiting for the cafe to open so I can eat breakfast. I can't wait to sink my teeth into a delicious omelet.

Until then..Must..Keep..Playing..Poker!!

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Saturday, April 17, 2004

Saturday Night Poker

Saturday has come again. I usually play two poker games during the week. Wednesday night at Ottawa University we have a game in the cafe. Anywhere between 10-20 people show up for the 0.50/1 NL game. Half are poor university student like moi, the rest are hard working folks that found out about our game over the net. One of the regulars is a lawyer, we like him because he has a lot of money and well...he isn't very good :) The other game I have is my Saturday Night game. Friend's house, $20 buyin + rebuys about 8 people, 2nd gets their money back and 1st gets everything else. Both are good games where I can practice playing live so when I hit the casino this summer I can win me some money.

Yesterday was a poker-filled day. I started off strong, +200 BB within an hour or two. And it slowly started to go downwards from there. After a long hard days work I only ended up +50BB which isn't very good for me :(
In one of the hands I had AK in the BB and raised to 4x BB. 3 callers and the flop comes AAJ. I was overjoyed and went out betting. Put 1 person all-in, the other just called. Turn came a rag and the SB, who had been just calling goes all-in. The only things that really could've won it for him was AJ or JJ. I'd think he would've raised at least a bit preflop as he was an aggressive type. I think and call and he turns over AJ. I took that beat pretty hard, slamming my fist on my desk as my roommate laughed at me. I wasn't laughing :(


Well today's another day and it started off shitty as well. My KK went down in flames to an unexpected AA. I never saw it coming. I've just started a qualifier into a $25,000 Gtd tourny. $18 entry fee + rebuys. As it stands now first place gets $600, Top 18 make it into the money and everyone who makes it in the money gets a seat in the $25k tourny.

Iggy somehow found my blog and posted it. How he managed to do that? I don't know, maybe through that sitemeter thing. What a machine! Thanks Iggy!

Back to the tables.

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Friday, April 16, 2004

I hate this Dorm

I hate this dorm with a passion. The internet is so horrible. It is constantly having outages and is incredibly slow. I only have to survive another 2 weeks before I can finally move out. I'm going home for the summer and when I come back I'm moving into an apartment with my friend. Finally I'll have good internet when I get there, plus I'll have my own place and enough room to host weekly poker games. My roomate is addicted to poker too, only he hasn't made any money off of it yet.

Today has been one of the roughest days I've ever had in my poker journy. The number of bad beats was incredible. It's amazing how many times I was rivered tonight. I've had all sorts of hands, flopping straights, two pairs, TPTK, soo many of them were beaten by flushes and 3 of a kind.

I raise to 4x the BB with KK, 2 callers, flop comes 287 rainbow. I bet pot size and I'm called. Turn is a rag and I bet out again, 1 drops and the other calls. river comes a 7 which pairs the board. I knew I was going to lose even before I bet but I had to. He calls and shows A7o. He was calling the entire time with a pair of 7's. Ahh well, that's life. I hate fish because they chase and catch often enough to get me annoyed, I love them because when they don't catch I get paid off. It's a love/hate relationship :)

WSOP seat qualifier MTT is tomorrow ($9+$1). We'll see, maybe I can win myself a seat into the grand final which will probably consist of 50-100 people. If not and I've made enough money by the time the grand final comes around I may just buy a seat for $225. I'll keep everyone updated.

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Thursday, April 15, 2004

Psych is finally over, back to Poker!

Well I just finished my psych exam and I'm glad that's off my back, more time to concentrate on poker now. Today was a tough day in poker though while I did play. Within 10 minutes I was up +50 BB on one of the .5/1 tables and was sitting pretty. I get dealt TT in mid position and limp. Late position raises to $3 and I call with 2 other callers. Flop comes AAT. Perfect! I check and the raiser bets out for $5, other callers fold, I do my little acting job of waiting and call before times up. I'm sure he has A with probably a good kicker, AJ or somewhere in that area. So I'm not worried about him having a fullhouse and I'm sure he doesn't have AA, preflop raise wasn't big enough. Turn is a rag and he bets $5 again, I call. River is a 9 and I bet this time, $10, he raises to $30 and now I'm thinking about all the profit I'm going to make. I call. Ughhhh, he turns over A9. Shitty, there goes $50.

Second shitty hand. I'm dealt AA and raise to $4. Some moron calls me and flop comes Q97, he bets out and I raise him all-in. He calls with QT, turn comes a 8. Now I'm thinking if the poker gods really hate me they're going to river a J, T or Q. And ofcourse he gets his J to make his straight and take out my rockets. Yet again my rockets lose. That's poker though.

Tonight will be a long session, 3-4 tables and I'm aiming at about 6 hours. I'll post later tonight with how I do.

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Up and Down

So yesterday I decided to try something new for a change. Over the course of the day I managed to make almost $200. Finally at night when lots of tables died down I wanted to 'test the waters' at the big tables. I joined the highest NL table $2/$4. Average pot at the time was at around 170. I went in for $100 and let's just say it didn't last long. I wasn't outplayed I was just outdrawn. I picked up AQs in late position and raised, went up against JQs, we both hit a Q on the flop but he got his J on the turn which set me back a lot. After a few orbits and some missed flops I didn't have much left of the $100 I started with. Went in on KJo and hit a J on the flop. The only other person against me had pocket 10's and with a flop of 87J and a 9 on the turn he managed to get his straight to wipe me out. This little adventure set me back $100 but I got to see just how these people play because eventually I'm going to be a regular at the table. For now I'm just going to stick to my usual tables and continue to gradually build my bankroll.

Today I have my psychology exam at 7pm. I've been studying all day so no time for poker but when I get back I'll be playing most of the night probably. I read Lord Geznikor's post about people complaining that the site is rigged and nobody wins online.

I used to see, and in some places I still see, notes to the effect of "nobody makes money online, if you say you're making money online you must be a shill."

My friend recently stopped playing at Party Poker because of this. He believes it's rigged and that the cards always are in favour of the bad hand. This way the bad hand will win but the stronger hand will continue to go after the pot since they believe they're in the lead. This makes for a bigger pot which in turns give Party Poker a bigger rake. I tell him that there are many people out there playing for a living and make money but he won't believe me. It's fine though, I told him how easy it is to beat but if he doesn't want to listen and make money by playing a game then that's his fault. Anyways, I need to get back to studying.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Welcoming myself to the blogger world!

Since this is my first post I'm going to get started by telling you all exactly how I began. I'm a 1st year student at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. I got hooked on poker after my friend told me about how he plays with his mom and dad sometimes (he has a nice chip set). I started off with Yahoo! Poker, I then moved to PartyPoker free games. I began reading a lot of material on the net on how to play and learned very quickly. Here's the good part. I found an online pokerroom that has 10 cent giveaway tournaments. I started playing these, and won a few, used that hard earned money to enter into tournaments with a small buy-in (25/50 cents). Once I made enough to play in the .05/.10 limit games I went there, where I made $5 and went into the .05/.10 NL. After that it was all up-hill. Fast forward about a month and I'm sitting at my computer writing my first blog entry. I continue to play at the same site only now my bankroll is 100,000 times what I started off with. I managed to make that .10 cents into $1,000. My bankroll is now sitting at $1,025.61. I made most of my early winnings on .05/.10 NL but after I had a safe amount to play with I've began moving up. I now either play at .5/1 or 1/2 NL depending on the tables that are up and running. I've been following quite a few blogs, Iggy at Guinness and Poker (link on the left) does a great job. I'm also very interested in blogs from poker players who play professionally as a job, mainly RhymesWithJoker.com and David Ross. I'll probably be doing the same with this blog, updating my current situation, wins/losses, profit and all that good stuff. It's now 10:30 am, I haven't slept all night because I was playing poker. I couldn't sleep after all that caffeine I had last night during the weekly poker game here on campus. Like every other week I walked away in first, they're all pretty much dead money, I don't mind though :) Tonight I managed to rake in one of my biggest wins, around $300 so I'm flying high as a kite right about now. Back to work though, if you even want to consider playing poker work. I'll continue posting though.

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