Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Seriously Considering Getting a Job

...frustrating. But if I were to put a positive spin to it, at least I'm making VPPs while breaking even. This chart shows my win-rate for the last 18 days, down 0.81bb/100.

Today I dusted off my resume and sent my first job application since I got laid off from work. It's for a help desk position. If I get hired, I am putting poker as a side gig.

It has been a frustrating day for me. My right foot is swollen and I can't even stand up properly. I get around the house crawling on all fours. It has already been a week since I injured myself. The foot is still swollen and I am thinking it's not muscular.

Wife was asking if I need to see a doctor. This got me thinking that maybe I should take it seriously to get work. Getting a job will at least get the wife in a better mood when she's at home. I can grow the poker business on my free time. At least there's less pressure to get that win-rate up.

When I have more cash flow, I can also add funds to my forex trading account. I may have an trading bot that needs funding.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Black and Whites

I am about to start another session and had an idea to start taking black and white pictures of my day. I was watching 2 Broke Girls yesterday and the episode was about a photographer. She said something like, "...a good photograph captures the truth."

Something about that statement resonates with me and made the decision to see where that interest leads to. I found an android app that takes black and white pictures...and here I am.

Before bedtime, the wife was asking about the poker business. She asked, "are we on track?"

On track, she meant, are we profitable? I said yes. "Bills are starting to pile up and my pay isn't scaling up. Your business' cash flow will help, the sooner the better."

I had a good run up last week. The following days was an echo of the dry spell that I was going through. Here's my win rate chart for the last two weeks or so...

I injured myself while running the other day. I have been walking with crutches since yesterday. My foot feels better now than it did yesterday. A few more healing sessions while I sleep and it'll be good as new.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

2.45bb/100 this week

Winrate for the last 7 days--looks good so far?

What am I doing here that I think works?

You don't know what is going to happen next. Put your money on strong hands. Contribute to improving your meta-game.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

One of them good days?

It sure felt like it. The morning session got off at a good start--big hands getting big pot showdowns and winning almost all.

What's different here? What am I doing differently here?

I don't think I made any changes to how I play. For sure I stopped playing the way I was required by the previous stake, but I have been playing my way for several days now.

Maybe it's because I don't have the burden of trying to make good because of the stake. I felt more at ease since I sent back the stake money. Yesterday felt easy even though I wasn't winning big pots, I wasn't losing them either--small hand, small pot.

I am taking a break now. Wife is working over time tonight. I am going to pick her up later so I have two or three sets to play later.

Not Stake, Get a Loan Instead

It's official--the stake is over. I sent back the stake bankroll the other day.

I couldn't play poker their way. Their method doesn't work for me as you can see in my previous winrate. I don't think it would be fair that I play my way using their money so I thought it would be best to send the money back, and continue with makeup.

It's a long way back up that mountain. I get intimidated just thinking about it. I am unlearning some things and playing with a few ideas.

I have been down this path before. The lesson back then was that I don't need a stake. I am better off with a loan. From experience, it is easier to get a loan and pay that back within the year plus interest. With a stake, when I don't make a profit, I am going to pay it back anyway while my profit is cut in half. With a loan, I still pay it back, but all profit is mine minus the interest I pay (about ten percent).

Beginning balance is $63, my own money. At the moment, I am playing 2NL zoom tables, full ring. To set a baseline, here is my winrate chart starting from the day I sent back the stake.

I'm scheduled to do a run this morning. There's work being done on the field. I might go some time around lunch, see if they'd be finished then. I'm going to play a few sets in the meantime.

Monday, March 2, 2015

PnL Ending Feb 2015

Ending balance to-date is $132.10. The bankroll is down 32.95%. Here is how my game looks like since the start of 2015...

Last night I emailed my stake manager that I am on makeup.

What did I get from this experience?

You don't know what is going to happen next. I don't think the method of play recommended by the stake team works for me. There were a few things I picked up that helped improve my game--cutting down on cbets, putting the other player on a range of hands.

What is going to happen now?

Life goes on. I am full time on this and wife expects that the cash flow from this business is up and running by the end of the year. I'll grind up the bankroll and if the stake manager still wants me on their team, well and good. If not, there's more than one way up the mountain.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Remove 6max, More Full Ring

From that high after 13,897 hands, I decided to add 6max tables into my mix. From then on to the most recent low on that same chart, I was playing 6max + Full Ring tables.

As I mentioned in earlier updates, I still have plenty to learn playing 6max. After that recent low which was last night, I decided to stop playing 6max tables, concentrate more on full ring tables.

Here are my stats based on the above chart...

At this time, I am not sure if my win rate going down is due to me playing poorly at 6max. There's not enough sample to prove that. What I do know is that I get more variance playing short handed, which affects how I play.

I will test this out by playing FR exclusively in the coming days and see if I can bring that winrate back up again.

End of day update.

Things went sideways the rest of the day--that's good, I think. At least it's not going down. I haven't really changed anything in my game. It does get slow as there are more players to play their turn, and I can deal with that.

Here's my chart...

Friday, February 20, 2015

3.18bb/100 over 5,070 hands

It felt like a breakeven day today. Morning to midday was good. Sometime in the late afternoon, it felt like everyone else had something and I couldn't even get top pair. But that's just my wanting another good run.

I think I played ok today, but there were spots were I started playing back at aggro villains and that somewhat affected my "mojo". I am taking a long break now. If I don't update this post later, that means I called it a day.

Here are my stats for today's play, and the chart below is my win rate for 2015 to-date...

Barry Tanenbaum, Poker Skills

Thursday, February 19, 2015

5,513 hands today, up 17.69bb/100

Morning session thus far. I played 2,460 hands and making 11.54bb/100. I have about three or four sets lined up for the rest of the day. I don't follow a fixed schedule. I play whenever I feel like it, for as long as I want--mostly about an hour or so, never two hours. When I don't have plans to go out, my breaks are also within an hour's length.

Looking at my win rate for all hands, it looks like the bulls have shown up and starting to pick up steam...

I played 18 tables, both full ring and 6max tables. I quit that quest for SuperNova Elite because I couldn't win playing with that staker's game plan. Now that I am playing my way, I think I have a shot at getting SNE sometime around 2016. Or maybe not. I've had this discussion with myself before. It's better to improve my game and move up stakes than to go for SNE.

I woke up at 4.30am as the neighbor's car got out of their garage. I couldn't get back to sleep and decided to get up. I just finished my second set. In between sets, I had to make school lunch for the kids, then get the wife to the bus stop.

It's the wife's birthday today. She has work so I'll hand over her birthday gift later in the afternoon. I don't have anything big planned for today. But it's only for this year. Next year, I'll make it up with her and the family and plan something big for all of us.

In the meantime, I am going to take a nap.

I couldn't sleep so I decided to play another set. Here's how things are going for the day...

We're scheduled to do the grocery today. I'm waiting for my son to get home and see if he wants to come along. He'll be here after school, about an hour from now. I'll do the dishes now. I am bored.

Total hands played today is 5,513, up 17.69bb/100

Win rate, all dates...

General stats, today only...

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If I haven't mentioned earlier, it's my wife's birthday today. I am waiting for her to get home. The kids are in bed. I had carbs today. There was ice cream and junk food earlier...I was tired and used that as an excuse to eat. I am done playing for today. I think I'll watch 2 Broke Girls now.

Have a nice day!