19-21 July

July 21, 2009

19 July: The games were exceptionally fishy on Sunday night but for some reason I kept loosing.

There was this massive spewer who was donating his cash to the entire table. I stacked him once with a monster.
1) I picked up AA and 3-betted him. The flop was like Q74hh and I bet. He reraise all in and I called. He has QXhh (queen pair and flush draw) which means he has about 49% equity against me and of course he hits.
2) I picked up KK and 3-betted his minraise once again. Both of us were about 160 BB deep. Flop comes 723r. Seems innocent enough. I bet and he shoves on me so I insta-call, expecting a whole lot of worse shit. He has 73o and hits the fullhouse.
3) He raises with 78o, I 3-bet with AKo and he shoves all-in. I saw him shoving 2 other hands preflop with trash and spew all his cash to others so I called. I’m a 62% favourite but he hits his 7 and i lose my money.

There were a whole lot of other hands in which I had at least 50% equity but I lost many of them.

20 July: Played for about 2-3 hours before going out. Broke even, then I came home at night and lost $100. I got pissed off at a possible squeezer (but his 3bet stats were only 8 i think, not that high) and I 4betshoved with A8o. He called with AA and I was almost drawing dead. Could have saved $48 if I just kept my cool. I also squeezed a lot of fishes and got called. Probably the fastest way to burn ur money away.

21 July: Got a DeucesCracked Membership for $30/month. The videos are pretty good and they have a super huge archive so I was spamming downloads into my computer and watching “Real Life Grinder No Limit Holdem”. I think it is quite a good series; learnt a bit on 3 barrelling pocket pairs on paired rainbow flops, forcing people out of the turn in 3bet pots (since they would have shoved flop with monsters), varying bet-sizes against loose unaware fish.

Hand of the Day:

Poker Stars $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold’em – 6 players – [url=http://www.thehandconverter.com/hands/193623]View hand 193623[/url]
The Official [url=http://www.deucescracked.com/?referrer=converter_dc]DeucesCracked.com[/url] Hand History [url=http://www.thehandconverter.com]Converter[/url]

Andi252875 (CO): $29.60
SlyJeff (BTN): $82.10
Ecki54 (SB): $49.50
[b]Hero (BB): $63.90[/b]
[b]victas (UTG): $76.45[/b]
McPom (MP): $50.00

[b]Pre Flop:[/b] ($0.75) Hero is BB with 3 :diamond: 2 :diamond:
victas calls $0.50, [i]4 folds[/i], Hero checks

[b]Flop:[/b] ($1.25) 4 :diamond: 6 :diamond: 5 :diamond: [color=#336633](2 players)[/color]
[color=red]Hero bets $1[/color], victas calls $1

[b]Turn:[/b] ($3.25) 6 :spade: [color=#336633](2 players)[/color]
[color=red]Hero bets $3[/color], victas calls $3

[b]River:[/b] ($9.25) 4 :heart: [color=#336633](2 players)[/color]
[color=red]Hero bets $59.40 all in[/color], victas calls $59.40

[b]Final Pot:[/b] $128.05
Hero shows 3 :diamond: 2 :diamond: (a straight flush, Deuce to Six)
victas mucks 6 :club: Q :club:
Hero wins $125.05
(Rake: $3.00)


I flopped the nuts, potted the flop and turn. I screamed in chat “I HAVE A STRAIGHT FLUSH!” This guy is a huge fish, so I was praying hard that he would either call me down to see if I was lying, or somehow had a hand himself. Fucking funny to see this guy get owned, what bad luck to hit his fullhouse

I dont think I made any mistakes today, besides a hand in which I rivered trips with 87s (547Q7). The guy called me preflop, then called flop and turn. Then he shoved the river after I 3rd barreled. It looked like a 7 to me and perhaps I would beat a few weaker 7s such as 67, 57, or he could be doing that with air (though unlikely). He turned over QQ, which was fucking stupid and completely unexpected (anyone would have 3betted QQ preflop, or at least raise the turn to get the money in after he hit his set)


July’s Enlightenment

July 16, 2009

So at the start of July, I had about $800 at Titan and $700 at PokerStars. I had 10 000 Titan points to go so I started 16 tabling again. My luck was shit, and I soon found myself dropping to $200. Last week I shortstacked at 6max tables and got screwed again so Im at $80 now, with 2 000 points to go. Fortunately, by the end of the month, they will multiply my points by 40% so I will get about 161 000 Titan Points. Then I’ll cash out my money and get out of there.

Hollywood Poker was no better. I had about $700 after bullying the noobs there. I was playing headsup previously but decided to play 4 tables of 6max to speed up the bonus clearing. Since I have no HUD stats, I got pwned bad (not used to playing with pure reads, I like numbers). Now I’m at $150 and I’m going to stop for now until my Pokerstars account has a nice bankroll.

Upset with my level of spew, I decided to purchase Ed Miller’s Small Stakes No Limit Hold’em. A $100 USD e-book (PDF format), I felt poor after purchasing it. It would have costed me $40 if only I had preordered it, too bad I only read about it after it was released.

So this book was really good and it told me that I should be focusing on how to exploit each opponent to the max by tailoring my playing style against each of them. Most importantly, it reminded me that most of the money (at least 80%) earned come from complete noobs. So I learnt that choosing 4 high quality tables would certainly be more profitable than multi-tabling 16 tables, playing with a bunch of nit TAGs and tilting big time when I went on a downswing.

So on my Pokerstars account, it started well, $700->$1000, then I lost $500 so I was at $487. But I picked myself up again and earned $1000 in 22 hours. That’s about $50/h and the best thing is I don’t feel that it was an upswing, merely the great effects of proper table selection techniques to extract money from the fishes.

With about 5.5 months to go, my bankroll stands at about $3000. With some effort, I still think my initial goal to make USD$20 000 in 2009 is still attainable.

June Part 2

July 16, 2009

I also tried playing at many sites in June. I signed up at Pacific Poker, Everest Poker and Hollywood Poker to get 5 free books each from 2 + 2. In the end, I only managed to get 5 books by clearing the Everest Poker bonus (they were shipped from the US in a box). For some reason, Pacific Poker didn’t record my play so I’m still asking them to give me my books. I have yet to finish up my hollywood bonus.

Since I was busy grinding at Titan, my own account (gbtl) reached diamond status on Pokerstrategy, so I received another free T-shirt (this time a black shirt) and another free deck of high quality plastic cards.

A screwed-up month of June

July 16, 2009

June started with me grinding on Titan Poker once more. I started the month, with a new resolution to play 4 tables and concentrate on improving on my game.

However, I soon reverted to my bad habits: I started playing 16 tables at once to grind out bonuses again. There was one point in time I reached $2400 as I was running hot. Then I went on a downswing and spewed even more money, ending at 800$ for the month. I had 80 000 Titan points which was enough to purchase 800$ cash but I was aiming for the next level which was 160 000 points for 1750$. Looking back, I probably lost about 1000-2000$ trying to grind for the points needed to get that extra 950$.

I also participated in a lot of VIP races in May and June, so I had a sit at a WSOP mainevent freeroll. It was held at 2am and I recall staying up until 7am to play it. Out of 100 players, about 30 were AFK. I got a huge lead at the beginning, with 10 000 chips, vs the other stacks which were averaging at about 3-5k. Then someguy came from nowhere and started dominating. My luck wasn’t good, but I kept up the aggression and kept stealing blinds to build my stack. I also took short naps during the 5 min breaks. I reached the final table and busted at 3rd place, after I was up against someone with 80 000 and 250 000 chips, I had about 20 000 chips myself and I was spewing around with my K8 offsuit hand. The 2nd place guy raised and I just shoved on him and he calls with AK. Naturally I lose the hand and that was how I wasted 5 hours of sleep to gain nothing (The WSOP seat to Vegas was worth $13000, including airfare and accomodation [$3000] and a $10000 buyin into the main event)