Friday, February 27, 2009

More of the same

Havn't really played any sessions since the last post, but have played a game here and there. Up another $40 or so since the last post. I've actually won my last 5 games straight. Been playing the $11's only because I like to play for small stakes if I'm not gonna hunker down for a real session.

2009 Poker profit $730
2009 Sharkscope $749

Feb Sharkscope $464

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A broken record...another solid HU session

Played 6 games. 3-2 in $22's and 1-0 in a $55. Made $70. I'm feeling so relaxed and confident. The best I've ever felt. It's nice. Even the 2 games I lost, I feel I played well. In the first one, stacks were short and I got 88 in vs AK. No biggie there. In the other one, I had the dude down below $600. My 77 got beat by 94 off when he made a set of 4's. Very next hand, my A9 loses to QJ and I was crippled. Secured Silver Star today, and still need 4100 FPP to release a $250 bonus.

YTD Poker profit $690
YTD Sharkscope $710

Feb Sharkscope $425

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Another solid HU session

Played about 25 games or so. Made about $60. Again...feeling confident and very solid emotionally. This is the most important thing of all I believe. I have not had any inclination to tilt even when I get a bad beat river to lose the game. I just laugh because I know I played it well, and thats all I can do. Bad beats are part of the game. I'm pretty confident that I can continue to scratch out 5-10% ROI on the $20-$55 games. Mid-Stakes HU on Stars...This is where I am camping out is one bad beat that I took. I had this guy down to his last card, and he spikety spiked the Kang. It didnt phase me though....

PokerStars Game #25332076196: Tournament #143512041, $22+$1 Hold'em No Limit - Match Round I, Level I (10/20) - 2009/02/25 6:21:14 ET
Table '143512041 1' 2-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: Wingpin (2019 in chips)
Seat 2: Joho86 (981 in chips)
Wingpin: posts small blind 10
Joho86: posts big blind 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Wingpin [Jh Jd]
Wingpin: raises 40 to 60
Joho86: calls 40
*** FLOP *** [4h 9d 7c]
Joho86: checks
Wingpin: bets 80
Joho86: raises 80 to 160
Wingpin: raises 1799 to 1959 and is all-in
Joho86: calls 761 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (1038) returned to Wingpin
*** TURN *** [4h 9d 7c] [3h]
*** RIVER *** [4h 9d 7c 3h] [Kh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Joho86: shows [7s Kd] (two pair, Kings and Sevens)
Wingpin: shows [Jh Jd] (a pair of Jacks)
Joho86 collected 1962 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1962 | Rake 0
Board [4h 9d 7c 3h Kh]
Seat 1: Wingpin (button) (small blind) showed [Jh Jd] and lost with a pair of Jacks
Seat 2: Joho86 (big blind) showed [7s Kd] and won (1962) with two pair, Kings and Sevens

I'm playing well, and feeling good....need to have a $1000 month soon!!

YTD Poker Profit $621
YTD Sharkscope $640

Feb scope (Stars & Cake) $355

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

HU $20-$33

Just played 6 games right quick. Went 4-2...played well, and no tilt. Both losses were rivers. Feeling really good about my reads, and decisions. Played a little bit of cash and stacked some donk at a micro table...thats always fun!

Gonna keep doing exactly what I'm doing now. Playing a mix of $20-$33 with the occasional $50/$55.

YTD Poker Profit $564
YTD SScope $583

Monday, February 23, 2009

Good HU Session

Just played a 20 game session. Went 11-9. 18 of the games were $20-$50 buy in. Played 4 4-mans as well. Lost the first 3 games I played, and still managed to make $39 when it was all said and done. More importantly, I never tilted once. Got a tiny bit steamed at one point, but it lasted about 10 seconds. I felt very focused the whole time. Played 10 $20-$22's, 5 $30-$33's, 3 $50's, and 2 under $20, so a good variety of buy-ins. Felt very good and I'm encouraged. A 55% win percentage overall, and 2-2 in 4 mans is pretty solid. If not for the 1-2 record in the $50's, it would have been a much more profitable night, but I'm still not focusing much on that....just trying to keep playing solid poker, not tilting, and I think the rest will take care of itself.

I do feel that I made a few mistakes in the session. This is a hand I may have overplayed. It was a $50 buy-in. I was handling the guy really well, and had nearly a 3-1 chip edge.

PokerStars Game #25257269013: Tournament #142994476, $50.00+$2.50 Hold'em No Limit - Match Round I, Level III (25/50) - 2009/02/23 3:57:33 ET
Table '142994476 1' 2-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: RNazarian (814 in chips)
Seat 2: Wingpin (2186 in chips)
RNazarian: posts small blind 25
Wingpin: posts big blind 50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Wingpin [Ac 9d]
RNazarian: raises 100 to 150
Wingpin: raises 2036 to 2186 and is all-in
RNazarian: calls 664 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (1372) returned to Wingpin
*** FLOP *** [4h 2s 8s]
*** TURN *** [4h 2s 8s] [5d]
*** RIVER *** [4h 2s 8s 5d] [6s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Wingpin: shows [Ac 9d] (high card Ace)
RNazarian: shows [Ah Jc] (high card Ace - Jack kicker)
RNazarian collected 1628 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1628 | Rake 0
Board [4h 2s 8s 5d 6s]
Seat 1: RNazarian (button) (small blind) showed [Ah Jc] and won (1628) with high card Ace
Seat 2: Wingpin (big blind) showed [Ac 9d] and lost with high card Ace

I went all in, but if I flat him here pre, he will either c-bet the flop and I fold...or he will check it down, leaving me the option of stabbing by representing a straight, or checking it down and losing only $150 instead of $800.

On the very next hand I made another dumb play, losing the tournament, and $50.
It kinda speaks for the last 2 hands, my A-9, and A-2 ran into A-J and A-Q....but if I wouldve played right, I would have still been way ahead, even after this hand. I think I just got caught up in the moment and snap called. Not a good feeling to be praying for that duck!!!

The one thing I can say in my defense is that this guy was bluffing like crazy, and showing me the garbage hands. He did it enough times that I made a note on him and it said "bluffy and showy". Shook me off of 2 or 3 pots where I had him pwned, so the pump was primed for me to fall into the trap.

PokerStars Game #25257274582: Tournament #142994476, $50.00+$2.50 Hold'em No Limit - Match Round I, Level III (25/50) - 2009/02/23 3:58:00 ET
Table '142994476 1' 2-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: RNazarian (1628 in chips)
Seat 2: Wingpin (1372 in chips)
Wingpin: posts small blind 25
RNazarian: posts big blind 50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Wingpin [2d Ac]
Wingpin: raises 50 to 100
RNazarian: raises 1528 to 1628 and is all-in
Wingpin: calls 1272 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (256) returned to RNazarian
*** FLOP *** [7s Jd 9h]
*** TURN *** [7s Jd 9h] [9c]
*** RIVER *** [7s Jd 9h 9c] [5h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
RNazarian: shows [Qc As] (a pair of Nines)
Wingpin: shows [2d Ac] (a pair of Nines - lower kicker)
RNazarian collected 2744 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2744 | Rake 0
Board [7s Jd 9h 9c 5h]
Seat 1: RNazarian (big blind) showed [Qc As] and won (2744) with a pair of Nines
Seat 2: Wingpin (button) (small blind) showed [2d Ac] and lost with a pair of Nines

Paid for 3 months of Sharkscope, and I'm deducting that from my profit figures.

YTD NET Profit $486
YTD Sharkscope $511

MTD Sharkscope $225

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Feeling good!

Been playing the $20 regs pretty much every day since my last post. Getting very comfortable with them. I was beating the $11 turbo consistently, but struggled with the $22. So, I started playing the $20, and it has helped. There are so many lagtard aggro donks at both, but with the $20 reg, you can throttle down a notch and patiently wait for them to screw themselves....and they usually do! My last 21 $20 regs, I'm 13-8. I think I was forcing the action too much, too early on the $22's, and frankly with the turbo format, you are forced to start push/folding around the 50/100 level, and definitely at the 75/150 level. With the regs, this gives you 30-40 minutes to wait for the lagtard to lead himself right off a cliff. I have an account on Cake Poker players on there are horrible!!! So many lagtards...or just plain old bad players. Lots of "Gamblers" I'll call them. They fire $280 into dry pots, or lead out with huge opening bets...just weird stuff.

2009 Poker Profit $514
2009 Sharkscope $424

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tried the $22's

Played a bunch of $22's since my last post. It didnt go real well. I have since started playing $20 regs and thats going much better. Also, playing $10's and $11 turbos. I reflected on the reason why, and I have figured one thing out. When playing the hyper agg donks at $22, I need to throttle back my initial raising range and perhaps even the raise size. Also, I had stretches of horrific bad beats, which led to some minor tilting on my part as. I definitely made some spite calls and adrenaline shoves....overall not horrible but an area to continue to improve in. One really bright spot...I played a fair number of $33's mixed in there, and I have a + ROI in those. I sat first for most of them...played 25 total in 2009 and have 14-11 record in them. 32-25 in them lifetime....hmmm. Dont really want to jump to $33 til I figure out $22...I'm kinda hard headed like that. Gonna play the $10/$20 regs and more $11 turbos and then take another shot at the $22. (Tail between legs!)

YTD Profit $423

YTD Scope $293
Feb Scope $ 7

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Good start to month

Played 10 HU games tonight and won 8. 9 (8-1) were for $11 and one (1-0) $22. Made a little over $70. Very pleased with how I'm playing. I think its about time to move to $22. Very soon, I will attempt the jump. I've actually already played 56 $22's YTD and I'm 28-28, so I'm down the $56 in rake. Not good, but not awful. I did have one horrific streak of bad luck I recall, where I got it in 3-4 times with a set vs a large pair on turn or riv and watched the bigger set 2 outer hit. Its twice the BI, so its twice the $$ swings....but I'm bout ready. Any day now....

YTD total profit $546
SS profit $411