Thursday, July 31, 2008

Holiday + Poker Graph

I'm taking a break from poker for a few weeks at least to go on holiday. I've been playing pretty bad in the last 10 days, so i'm sure the break will do me good. Haven't really lost, but not playing anywhere near as well as i had been.....

I've played like 80% of days so far this year, so 2/3 weeks no poker is exactly what i need. I'll update again when i get back playing :-)

I managed to do a poker graph of the year that someone asked for a few months ago as well, which can be seen if you click on it below....

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Some 200 400

Since my last post a week or so ago, i've played a fair few sessions of $200/$400. I've probably won about $150,000 in that time but haven't really been playing good, i seem to tilt worse it that game than my regular stakes. In the last month i won almost exactly $1 million, making me up about $2 million on the year. Its just so sick, at the start of the year my target for what i wanted to win online for 2008 was $750k-$1 million, must make sure i don't give it back!

Here are some of the recent big pots i played...

Antonius makes a good call against me

Antonius gets lucky

Cracking the Aces

Big pot on Betfair

One i lost to ICallSoWhat

600 bb pot that my opponent played like a ******

HU v Durrrr hand 1

HU v Durrrr hand 2

HU v Durrrr hand 3

HU v Durrrr hand 4

I guess the last one is most interesting, especially as its a $143,000 pot. I think his flop call is pretty bad. I'm definitely betting the majority of blank cards. If his plan is to bet out if any AKQ24 no flush/straight cards comes on the turn then i was pushing (as i showed). Maybe he was planning to represent the flush too with the bare king (i guess so). Anyway, i got lucky after he hit his two outer on the turn!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Rush continues

Things have been going good since i last posted. I even won at York horse races... i must run good. My stats at $50/$100 PLO for 2008 are sick.....

Total Hands: 17048

Vol. Put $ in Pot: 78% (13,298 out of 17,048)

Amount Won: $1,317,889.50

Win rate per 100 hands: $7,730.46

Big Bets Won per 100 hands: 38.65

Raised Preflop: 41.98%

I'm still not sure about moving up to play $200/$400 properly, and for long sessions. At the moment i'm mostly setting a target to win $30-$50k with minimal risk in those games. It's kind off annoying because i watch the games all the time and just want to jump in and play deep stacked and especially HU, but i don't want a quick $500k+ downswing, as it takes a long time to get that back if i drop down again! Dilemmas......

Tournament wise... in the next few months i'm playing the Ladbrokes Poker Million, four events at the WSOPE and most of the EPT's. Its always good to have a break from cash games, even as my recent tournament form suggests, its a donation :-)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Too good

Took this from a thread on 2+2, some seriously good photoshop work!

Friday, July 04, 2008

A few bits

Found myself reading through some old posts from way back in 2004. This post amused me because of the quote below!

My stats below are quite interesting as well. I was the biggest winner on the table and yet probably saw the least flops by a mile. Some of the players must have been up around 60-80% of flops seen. My 12% flops seen statistic is very low but on such a loose aggressive table, pre-flop hand selection is crucial. Most of them were living by the saying, “Any four cards are good.” games played 153 flops seen 12% games won 13% showdowns won 72%

Oh my god i used to see 12% of flops. Its kind of weird how its changed to me being the loosest donk at any table i sit at.....

Someone asked this question in the last post and i'll have a go at answering it.

Be good to see a post from you about money management. When you have a big win do you withdraw and invest it? Property/Shares etc or does it just add to your bankroll.With the number of players that have won a million and then gone bust do you have steps in place to protect yourself from this happening?

To be honest between 2005-2007, my bankroll management was abysmal.

Quote from jan 2006:

Well i have been trying to claw back what was a horrific start to the year online. I had five £10000+ losses in consecutive sessions at the start of the year which wasn't exactly how i was planning my 2006.

I think at the time this was nearly half my bankroll that i lost in a couple of weeks.

I also remember playing this pot which was a sick % of my bankroll at the time!

Omaha PL (£25/£50)
Table "Sweetheart"
Seat 7 is the button.
Seat 1: Mafews (£4400 in chips)
Seat 4: Bennyboi (£20358 in chips)
Seat 6: Duhfin (£67322.06 in chips)
Seat 7: R KESTON (£8570.88 in chips)
Seat 10: ashdogs (£5345 in chips)
ashdogs: posts small blind £25
Mafews: posts big blind £50
----- HOLE CARDS -----dealt to Bennyboi [Js 7h As 7d]
Bennyboi: raises to £175
Duhfin: raises to £600
R KESTON: folds
ashdogs: folds
Mafews: folds
Bennyboi: calls £425
----- FLOP ----- [6s Qs 7c]
Bennyboi: checks
Duhfin: bets £1275
Bennyboi: raises to £3800
Duhfin: raises to £12675
Bennyboi: raises to £19758 and is all-in
Duhfin: calls £7083
----- TURN ----- [6s Qs 7c][8h]
----- RIVER ----- [6s Qs 7c 8h][Kd]
----- SHOW DOWN -----
Bennyboi: shows [Js 7h As 7d] (Three of a kind, Sevens, King high)
Duhfin: shows [4h 4s Kh Ks] (Three of a kind, Kings, Queen high)
Duhfin collects £40786 from Main pot

After a massive swingy year last year, when i found myself $400,000 down in April (almost going broke). Most due to playing to big and too much NL Hold'em, i had an amazing second half of the year, winning over $1 million playing PLO, and losing just under half that at NL Hold'em.

At the start of this year i made it my number one priority to practice better bankroll management, and i've stuck to that extremely well. This is down to a few factors. I bought a house at the start of 2008 for cash due to not being able to get a mortgage, money which i am never allowing back into poker. This swallowed up nearly my entire bankroll.

I approached BadBeat at the end of January with a view to them bankrolling me into my regular games, $25/$50 and $50/$100 PLO. So far this has gone extremely well. They manage my bankroll for me, and this year i've never lost more than $50,000 in a day. In comparison to last year, where i must have had at least 10 days when i lost between $75,000 and $150,000. In 5 months i'm up seven figures in dollars, and its definitely down to much better money management, and hardly any NL Hold'em. I've also had no risk, which makes playing far less stressful, plus i don't have to fear the bank account car crash thats happened so many times.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

No Vegas

Well i didn't go back to Vegas for the main event. I'm done with flying across the Atlantic for just one tournament, and because of the timings, its all i could have played if i had gone back. I have purchased a share in a few decent players to funk for.

I feel very pleased that i left Vegas when i did, it a tough place not to crack up if all is not going well. I've also had my best ever run online since i got back, winning $550,000.

A few hands from the last couple of days!

Not sure who plays this hand worse?

Big bluff

How i'm running at the moment