Friday, October 1, 2010

Sep Wrapup

Just put a lid on September, and it was another decent month. Played 546 games, mostly on Cake, but did maybe 1/3 of them on Stars. Ran awful in the $33s on both sites. Did well at every other level I played. On the first day of September I played a $110 and a $220 (my first $220 ever), and lost both. Ended the day down close to a grand, but from that day forward climbed steadily. Played a few 4 mans and we had good results, but I lost almost every FT flip so that distorted my stats quite a bit. Don't care too much about that though :-)

One thing that I noticed that I'm making progress on is maintaining my composure most of the time. I feel that inexperienced players, or plain old bad players tend to freak out fairly easily and push the panic button. While this may work some of the time, more often than not, it results in poor play and losses. I rarely do this
anymore. What really helps me in this area is knowing, not thinking, but knowing that I have beaten the level that I'm playing, and if I keep my cool and keep grinding, things will work themselves out in the end. Thats why, for HUSNG at least, I think its very important to take your time on moving up. Get to the point where you own the level, and its indisputable. Make some money...then when your ready
you can take a shot at the next level. Set a buyin limit for your trial and go from there. Playing above your skill level is gambling. The odds arent going to be favorable either....if you wanna gamble, thats cool..but I'd recommend, Blackjack, Craps, or Roulette where you have about a 48% chance....much better (several ROI points anyway) than if you play some shark in a $110 when ur skills are at $11.

Final Sep Profit $1,644.30

GL All


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Aug Wrap-up

Another solid month. The last week of the month, I had the best streak of run-good that I've had in about 3 months. In addition, I really feel like I'm playing the best poker of my life right now. Combine good play with some love from the poker gods and you get some good results.

Gonna go hit the beach now, but I will post more when I have some time.

Final Aug profit $1,929.13



Saturday, August 21, 2010


Been playing more games in August than I did last month. Theres only so much sun you can get I suppose :-)

Not having a great month, but not awful either. Been spending most of my time
sitting the 25/33 on Cake. Theres a couple of higher stakes guys that love to sit me when they see me, so I've been hesitant to sit the $55 too much. Just been content to play my $30 avg stake and grind out my daily bread. Hopefully will
get up into the $1200 profit range by months end.

August profit $792.91



Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lazy summer daze...

In July, I went to the beach alot, partied alot, worked out alot, hung out alot, but didn't play poker alot. Summer time is too much fun to be cooped up indoors sitting on the computer imo. Thats one of the things I love about NOT being a professional poker player. I have money coming in from about 6 different places, so I can play
poker if I want to, or I can go out on my boat if I want to.

So...I did play some poker nonetheless, and I did OK. Average buyin was in the mid $20s and I made a grand total of $712.59. Def didnt grind very hard for that, so I'll take it.

Been putting in some real solid volume this first week of August so far, so we'll see if that trend continues.

Final July Profit $712.59

Aug MTD profit $221.54



Thursday, July 1, 2010

June = bad month

Worst month in a lonnnnng time. Variance bit me like I cannot remember ever before. So bad that all my profit was from RB/bonus/promos. $0 from actual poker. :-(

Wingpin 527 -$0.05 $27 0% -$24 N/A N/A Global Alias 6/1/2010 6/30/2010 SNG

Oh well....I suppose I should be grateful to still make over $600 despite
making nothing on scope. I haven't felt like posting because I've been running
so bad. I do think that this is a good test for me and will actually help me in the long run. At least I maintained my sanity and never had a massive meltdown thereby
preserving at least a small profit for the month.

Anyways...I'll try to write more in July.

Final June Profit $610.69



Tuesday, June 1, 2010

May's Done

May was a big month for me as I began playing quite a few $55s on the regular for the first time ever. I still mixed in some $33s on Stars and some $25s on Cake, and late in the month, Cake added a $33 hu also. As it turned out, I really played more $33s than anything, but I did play more $55s than ever before, so that's progress.

Heres how things shaped up:

Wingpin 438 $1.72 $32 7% $755 N/A N/A Global Alias 5/1/2010 5/31/2010 SNG Only wingmanmtp (CK)wingpin (PS)

Out of 438 games played, I played a grand total of 70 at $50+ including 4 games at $100+. Of the remaining 368 games, 349 were at $20+. I'm very happy with the fact
that my average buyin for the entire month was $32. This means that most of my games are $33+ which is exactly what I want. I love the fact that Cake finally added
a $33 husng, and you will definitely be seeing me in that alot.

I made a ton of money in bonuses this month. Cleaned up like never before with over $300 on Stars, and even more on Cake, plus Rakeback. Its amazing how much money
you start making from these areas as you climb up the poker ladder. This month, I made a total of $1590.50, and about 1/2 of that was from bonuses and RB!

I just finished a long grind session, and for the first time in like a week, I didn't breakeven...feels good to make a little cash after several sideways days.

Very sleepy atm, so I'm gonna crash and get ready for another big day tomorrow.

Total Profit $1,668.50
Less 6 month Sharkscope sub -$78.00

Final May Profit $1,590.50



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

$55s...pretty big step for me

For the last few days I've been playing mostly $55s with a few $33s when I'm on Stars and a few $25s when I'm on Cake. Although, I'm getting a ridic good RB + Bonus deal with Cake, I usually play late at night, and the traffic on Cake is dismal at that I've been putting in quite a few games on Stars. The only good thing about that is, the games fill really quick.

I'm about breakeven with the $55s in a small sample. So far, my observations are as follows:

-Again...My sample size is still small, but most of the players arent that good

-The $$$ amount doesnt affect my willingness to shove, bluff, etc at all...In fact, I usually forget what amount I'm playing for in the heat of the battle.

-It's really hard to tilt me...really hard.

-The avg player on stars $55s is better than the average player in Cake $55s.

So..bottom line, I'm pretty confident I have an edge here in this level, but time will tell for sure. I'm pretty excited about the new challenge!

May MTD profit $1,022



Saturday, May 15, 2010


Went to South America for a week, and barely played while I was there...maybe 15 games in a week. Nevertheless...I'm already up over $1,000 on the month due to an incredible hot streak. I'm playing awesome, but obv I'm running good also.

Heres my May MTD scope from Cake

WingmanMtP 86 $7.45 $28 24% $641 WWLWWWWW N/A Cake 5/1/2010 5/31/2010 SNG Only

I'm playing mostly $25's but also some $55's mixed in. I even sat a $110 the other day.

I have been playing some games on Stars also, but since I have $1,075 bonus pending on Cake now, its hard to pass that up.

Bout to go see my buddies band play, so I'm out, but
I will post something more substantive soon.

May profit $1,011.39

GL All!!


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Nice April

Didnt beat myself up with tons of games and so little stress its
a joke, and I made $1,407. Very pleased with it, but really need to
start playing higher I guess....its funny cause I always say this,
but now I think I really, really, really, mean it. Hahaha

Anyway, here is my Global Alias for the month:

Wingpin 367 $3.86 $22 16% $1,416 N/A N/A Global Alias 4/1/2010 4/30/2010 SNG Only

16% and almost $4/game at $22 buyin is kinda sick. Obv I am opting
for easy/non-stressful albeit less money versus playing up and making more
and possiby dealing with more ups and downs.

Will post more thoughts on moving up in stakes soon....

Final April Profit $1,407

Peace and GL All


Sunday, April 25, 2010

April winding down

So...April has been going very well thus far. I have mostly stuck to my plan
of playing 90%+ of my games at $25+ on Cake and $33+ on Stars. So far in April
I've played 293 games. Heres the Global Alias from Scope:

wingpin 293 $3.07 $23 13% $898 N/A N/A Global Alias 4/1/2010 4/30/2010 SNG Only

I've played a total of 50 gms below my "minimums". So, 243 at the level I wanna be at or above, or 83%. Almost all of the lower stakes games Ive played have been
right before I go to bed....I like to fire up 2 or 3 super turbos at really low stakes and if I lose em, I dont care....but usually I end up winning in them too.

So...gonna keep playing the $25s on Cake for now. I'm gonna keep mixing in a
few $33s on Stars latenight when Cake is dead and even game select some $55s. Dont think I will be able to play above $25s on Cake because the traffic is just too low, and there are a few good regs that will sit you in the $55s on Cake.

Roll is at $9,287.59, so $55s are no problem. Time to grind!!!

April profit $1002

GL All


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mid month

Volume has been light, results very good so far.

Here is my Cake sharkscope MTD

WingmanMtP 213 $3.75 $23 16% $800 WWLWWWWL N/A Cake 4/1/2010 4/30/2010

Very happy with the way I'm playing. Obv could be playing alot more games, but
playing my "A" game is more important to me than huge volume. Playing almost
exclusively Cake $25's due to enormous bonus pending. Considering trying some $55s on Cake.

Will update again soon...

April profit MTD $775



Friday, April 2, 2010

Final March

Finished out March like a lamb after a hot start. Ended up making $1,270 mostly in the $22 HU turbo. Basically felt like I owned the $22 level, so I officially moved up to $33s on Stars, hopefully for good. It's cool to move up a really feels like progress is being made. Made Gold Star on stars too, which is kinda cool, but for the time being I'm gonna play alot on Cake because I have $380 in bonus pending on there. Also...they are offering another $300 reload, so I'll probably go ahead and deposit and get that too. So...I guess it will be almost entirely $25s on Cake, and $33's when I play on Stars. Probably take some shots at $55 on Cake too...played a $55 today and won against a good player. Coolered him hard...heres the hand.

Hand#21887E07E7000010 - $55 Heads-up NL Hold'em Turbo T8259559 -- Table 1 -- $0/$10/$20 NL Hold'em -- 2010/04/01 - 20:21:58
Seat 3: WingmanMtP ($1,330 in chips)
Seat 8: john***8 ($1,670 in chips) DEALER
john***8: posts small blind 10
WingmanMtP: posts big blind 20
Dealt to WingmanMtP [Th,Qd]
john***8: raises to 60
WingmanMtP: calls 40
*** FLOP *** [Js,2d,9h]
WingmanMtP: checks
john***8: bets 80
WingmanMtP: calls 80
*** TURN *** [8h]
WingmanMtP: checks
john***8: is all in 1530.0000
WingmanMtP: is all in 1190.0000
john***8: returns uncalled bet 340
WingmanMtP: shows [Th Qd]
john***8: shows [Ad Ac]
*** RIVER *** [Ts]
WingmanMtP: wins 2,660 with Straight, Queen high

Not sure how I feel about his shove...I see his rationale for
it, but I cant really see myself calling with many hands he
has beat either. Maybe AJ/KJ I'd call, and TJhh or T2hh I'd
be very tempted, but other than that, I'm folding most likely.

Welll....not much else to report. See you at the "tables"

Final March profit $1270



Saturday, March 20, 2010

Great news!!

So...I spoke about the bonus I was trying to get in the last post. Well.....I cleared it on the last day!! So, a free $100 is always nice. :-)

More importantly though, the amount of volume that I had to put in to get the necessary VPP's resulted in some really nice results. I ended up playing just
over 500 games in the first 17 days of March, and as of this moment I'm sitting
at +$1,079 for the month to date. I played mostly $22 Hu with some $33 and $11 mixed in. These last 18 days really reinforced something I already knew, but it really hammered home the point. The key to making money in husng's is volume. I dont care how good you are, if your not putting in the volume, your just not going to make much money from this. If you're beating the $55 at an 8% clip, that means you are averaging $4.20/game which is excellent, but if you only play 200 games in a month, you wont even make $1000. plan is to try to start playing $33s soon, and maintain at least a 600 gm per month pace. At 5% roi, I would make $1000 of clean scope profit then with bonuses and RB, I should be dancing in the $1200-$1500 range. For now, I'm happy with that.

March profit $1,079

GL All!!


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Treading Water on Stars

Decided on March 1st that I wanted to make a run at a $100 bonus that I have had
pending since September. As of that day I still needed a few points on a previous $100 bonus, so I finished that up and started crunching a few numbers. I would need 2500 FPPs by March 18th at 6AM to get the $100. I figured it would be a good carrot to get me to actually play some hardcore volume this month. After doing the math, I decided that if I play approx 30 $22's or 20 $33's a day for 16 days, I can get there. So, I decided to give it a shot. If I can play approx 500 $22's during that timeframe, (or the equivalent of 500 $22's with other stakes), and I run at 5% ROI, I will make about $500 in sng profit, and maybe $150 or so in bonus (includes the $100 plus the stellar rewards), and accumulate a bunch of FPP's. So, I can make like $650 in 2 weeks and obv if I run better, I can make more.

So...thats what I've been up to for the past week or so. So far, so good. I'm about halfway there, and at the moment, I'm up $223. It's more games than I'm accustomed to playing, but since volume is one of my leaks, I think its an excellent exercise.

Gotta get back on the grind, but I will
update more on my progess soon.

March profit $223



Monday, March 1, 2010

Feb is in the books

Closed out February on a good note. Played a total of 581 games, 413 HU and 168 DONs. HU average buyin was exactly $20 and 70%+ of the HU games I played were at $20 or greater. Didnt quite meet my goal of 90% but def improved. Speaking of my goals, lets run down the 4 I laid out at the beginning of the month.

90% of games at $20+...not quite, but 70% is better.

$1500 total profit. Made $1321, so again, not quite, but close.

Clear all the remaining bonus money on Cake. Retired $50 of it from Cake and $100 from Stars and received another $300 from Cake!

Full time $33's on stars. Not yet, but soon.

So...thats the skinny. Excited for a big March!!

Final Feb Profit $1321



Sunday, February 7, 2010

Boring poker is good poker!

I created a "Global Alias" profile on sharkscope to track my 3 accounts in one
search which enables me to look at my SNG results for all 3 sites
I play on in on snapshot. Here are my results for Feb MTD for Global
Alias "Wingpin".

Wingpin 137 $1.52 $20 5% $209 N/A N/A Global Alias 2/1/2010 2/28/2010 SNG Only

I'm actually up $357 in total due to bonuses, rakeback credits, ring, 4 mans, etc.

I've been steady grinding the $22's on Stars and the $25's on Cake, 2 tabling most
of the time which is something I'm just now getting totally comfortable with. I'd say that as of today, I have zero hesitance at 2 tabling at the $22/$25 level. This
is the first time I've been able to say that, so that is pretty exciting. I feel there is a slight sacrifice in my play level 2, I make an occasional
mistake that I wouldn't have made 1 tabling, but its a manageable amount and
definitely outweighed by the bennies of double the volume.

I've also made good progress on my stakes leak. So far, of the 137
games I've played, 108 or 79% have been at $20+. Not quite where I
want to be, but moving in that direction, and a vast improvement over
last month. I'm very confident that this problem will be 100% solved
this month...I dont even see why I was clinging to the $10's and $11's
now, since I'm steady owning the $20's and above. Problem Solved IMO!!

Feb Poker profit $357

GL All!!


Monday, February 1, 2010

More on January

Wanted to post a follow up to the brief message I made earlier
and elaborate a little bit more on my month. I always like to
put a bit of time into reflection at the end of months and
see if there are ways I can tweek my approach to yield more
profit in terms of percentage (ROI) or more money per
unit of time invested.

In looking at my scope stats for SNG's one thing really jumped
out at me. I played a total of 626 games which is a good number,
but the breakdown is really surprising.

By buyin

$5 64 games
$10-$12 374 games
$20-$25 180 games
$30 and up 8 games

This is actually shocking to me. I was under the impression
that I was mostly playing $20-$25 games, but I have obviously
been deluding myself. 70% of the games I played were $12 and
under!!! WTF...I have a few semi-justifiable reasons for this
like: friends that wanna 4 man lower stakes, late nite hours
on Cake where the traffic is low, practicing multi-tabling,
desire to minimize stress and occasionally wanting to fire up
2 or 3 low stakes super turbos for the hell of it. But....bottom
line, I must keep the games below $20 to a minimum.

So...that's the takeaway from this exercise. No more
low stakes games!!! My ROI in $20-$30 has been in the
6%-12% range consistently for awhile now, so there is
no reason for me to be playing anything below this level. are my goals for February.

-90% of games at $20+

-$1500 total profit (including RB, bonus, ring, etc)

-Fully retire all remaining bonus money on Cake (now $160...they
gave me another $100...not sure if I should be happy or not)

-Go full time on Stars $33's by months end

I've gotta cure myself of this stakes leak if I wanna start
making the kind of money that I believe I'm capable of!

Cheers and GL ALL


Jan's done

Tired right now, but just wanted to put my final Jan
numbers on here. Made $1184...ended the month pretty
shitty with an extremely donkish last day. Played 3 $55's
and went 1-2 and played HU cash and ran real bad against
an awful player. Didnt play well in my regular $25's
either. Not sure why, but my focus was off I think.

Oh well....

Final Jan Profit $1184

GL All


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Another Super solid month

Churning out the steady profits I need once again this month.
My "WingmanMtP" username on Cake is starting to put together
a decent little statsheet. I just noticed that my ss ability
rating is a "70" for the first time ever I think. Here are the #'s.

WingmanMtP 3,632 $0.51 $14 5% $1,860 WWWWWWWW 70 Cake SNG Only

I've been playing alot of $25 husngs the last few days
and my results have been very solid. The games are taking
forever to regenerate in Cake's lobby which sucks, but I'm
still working off a little bit of bonus cash and the $200 or
so I've gotten in rakeback this month definitely doesnt suck!
I've also played a fair number of DONs with really good results.
I finally figured out the proper approach to them and I've
been amazingly disciplined in them which I'm quite proud of.
Also, it occured to me today, that I really just dont tilt
anymore. I adopted a new approach which basically consists
of me laughing my ass off everytime a fish suckouts out on
me or if I get coolered. I basically dont give a fuck if I
get sucked out on. Really...I'm gonna play my 20-30 games...some
are gonna be suckouts...oh well. I'm used to it by now...and
sometimes I suck out. Its not worth worrying about.

Up about $1200 on the month so far...feeling sooo insanely good
and confident.

The plan is to get as much of this last $80 of bonus off of
Cake by the deadline of 2-5-10 and then its fulltime stars...$33's.

Gl All!!


Monday, January 11, 2010

Quick update

I've been grinding pretty hard so far in 2010, with 205 games played thus far.
I've had really good results overall, and I've qualified some bonus money as well
as made some Rakeback. Shooting for a record month hopefully!

Updates soon...

Jan profit $605

GL All


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Good start

Was rockin til tonight, when I played some $50's and suffered some bad
suckouts, and lost flips, and lost about $200....but can't complain overall really...still up $288.59 on the month.

Gotta keep grinding!!!

GL All


Jan profit $288.59

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sharkscope Leaderboard Star

Got a star for being on the leaderboard of the $5-$15 hu total profit 2010. It wont last long, because I'm not gonna play these stakes going forward, but been grinding them with a friend for the past few days, and when I realized I was close to getting on there, just decided to grind hard and make it happpen. So..its kinda cool!

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Dec Wrap

Wrap up for Dec. and for 2009. Got off to a really hot start in December and was shooting for a possible record month, but due to some epic fails in full ring games, ended up only making a total of $801. Not awful, but definitely donked pretty heavily in my ring experiences. As for HUSNG's, my numbers for the month were probably the best I've ever had.

Global Alias stats for Dec for Stars and Cake accts.

Wingpin 569 $1.93 $15 10% $1,097 N/A N/A Global Alias 12/1/2009 12/31/2009 SNG Only

I dont think I played anything other than HU in SNG's, so 569 games played is not bad. I played a few super turbos for low stakes on Cake, but even if I back those out, I'm still over 500 games which I am satisfied with. I also made at least $100 from bonuses and RB, so you can see that I must have lost like $400 from Ring games. Silly me. I'm going to try to stay away from Ring games on Cake...they are full of set-mining rake nits just living off the 33%. Stars is different imo, but I'm gonna try to stick with what I do best which is owning fools in HUSNG's.

Thought about calculating how much I made in 2009, but I'm not gonna bother right now. Will worry about that come tax time.

I need to think about goals for 2010, and reflect on 2009, and I will do that soon.

2010...Bring it!!!