Monday, March 27, 2006

All right, I've been very neglectful of my blog. But there's a reason. I haven't been playing any poker! I played Friday night. Before that it 9? So there really isn't anything poker-related to talk about.

I've been trying to focus more on other things. I pretty much let poker become my life, and that's not good. It's one thing to enjoy and play poker, even a lot, but when one's entire emotional state begins to rely on how the cards are running, it's time to take a break.

Many people have a family, a job, hobbies and whatnot so that's not really a concern for them. I'm single, and this was my hobby and became my job, so suddenly I was left with little to distract me from poker. This was good for my bottom line, but ultimately bad for my emotional health, and so I think this break is good.

I'm looking into developing other hobbies, creating more of a social life out here, and trying to find investments for some money I have saved up. Hopefully things will start to develop, and I can go back to playing poker pretty soon in a much more detached state.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

I'm back from vacation. Whistler was great. I haven't been snowboarding in over 5 years, perhaps over 6. Anyone who says boarding is like riding a bike is completely wrong. Wow. I got on my board, got on the slopes and proceeded to fall right on my ass. Over and over and over again.

But I eventually got myself back to semi-decent. Now I just have to start going more regularly so I don't completely lose it again.

Whistler really is a beautiful place. It's huge, with super long trails. I was definitely unworthy. I probably got down less than 5% of the available trails. A few pictures (all taken by a friend):

I've also played zero poker over the last 11 days. (Well, unless you count a few free HU tournies played during down time.) It's been a good break, I think. I'll probably play again on Thursday, give or take. In the past I've always done better after breaks of a week or more, so hopefully that trend will continue. I may even have to institute a "one week a month off" policy. I mean, I have the freedom. I might as well take advantage of it.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Saturday I leave for a week of skiing/snowboaring at Whistler, near Vancouver. I'll probably do mostly or all snowboarding since I've only been skiing once in my life, when I was 12, and the results weren't pretty (only had to go to the doctor, no emergency room, thankfully). Of course, I haven't been snowboarding in over five years, either, so it should be interesting.

But, being the hopeless degenerate I am, I'll be bringing my laptop and playing poker online! If anything interesting happens on my trip, win a million bucks, break my neck, whatever, I'll post it here.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Here's March so far. Limit poker is fuuuuun.

On a positive note, I've tried some of the 30/60 6max games, and my initial impressions are that I can probably handle them. Doesn't hurt that I've done very well in my short time there, of course.

The 20/40 has been stagnating for me lately. I've created a perfect maniac image, which leads to people calling me down with tons of random crap, even good, tight players are calling down my turn CRes with A-high. One problem, though--Party keeps giving them their two- and three-outers! Godamnit.

All right, off to bed with me before I start complaining about Party being rigged.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

February was definitely a tale of two months. The first half sucked. The second half was amazing. Overall, it was a decent month. Which I'll more than take considering halfway through I thought I was looking at another losing month.

I tore up the cash games the last half, I think having a record two-week run in cash games. Overall, for cash games I actually matched my pretty good January, despite essentially moving down in limits from 30/60 full to 20/40 6max (and only after having a 300BB downswing at 30/60 the first week of the month). I guess doing similarly well shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. That's just how soft the 20/40 games are.

No, what made this month only decent rather than pretty good were trying MTTs and not doing overly well. I did fine in the few $22 and $55 online events I entered, but I air-balled the $109, $215, and $378 events I entered (admittedly not an overwhelming number of them). Oh yeah, there was also that $1500 rebuy event at the LA Poker Classic at the Commerce that ended up costing me $7580.

The last MTT I tried was Sunday's $750K guaranteed on Party, a $378 event ($350 + $28). I busted in the first quarter of the field, on a stupid donkey play from a result of playing too many tables at once and not actually thinking (I called someone's EP limp-reraise all-in with 99....yeah pretty bad). If I'm going to make any serious effort to play NL, whether it be cash games or tournaments, I'm really going to have to make more of an effort to eliminate those one-time mistakes. In limit, it's often a bigger mistake to fold than to call with a half-way decent hand. In NL, the exact opposite is true.

(Edit: I just had a friend email me, basically saying, "you make it sound like you multi-tabled the MTT!" I was playing too many tables, but the tables were random SnGs, tournaments and cash games. I only had one table of the actual big tourney going. No multi-accounting here.)

Anyways, here's one hand from Sunday's tournament that I thought was interesting. I may have actually misplayed every single street. But I think every street is quite debateable. I'm certianly open to any and all opinions.

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t60 (10 handed)

MP2 (t4765)

MP3 (t2334)

CO (t4738)

Button (t5267)

SB (t6145)

BB (t4585)

Hero (t4480)

UTG+1 (t6487)

UTG+2 (t4030)

MP1 (t7169)

Preflop: Hero is UTG with Js, Jc.

Hero raises to t120, 1 fold, UTG+2 raises to t220, 6 folds, BB calls t160, Hero calls t100.

Flop: (t690) 7h, 2h, Td (3 players)

BB checks, Hero checks, UTG+2 bets t300, BB folds, Hero raises to t800, UTG+2 calls t500.

Turn: (t2290) 6d (2 players)

Hero bets t1000, UTG+2 calls t1000.

River: (t4290) 8d (2 players)

Hero checks, UTG+2 bets t2010 (all-in), Hero folds.

Final Pot: t4290

Main Pot: t4290 (t4290), returned to UTG+2.

Results below:

UTG+2 doesn't show.

Outcome: UTG+2 wins t4290.