Sunday, May 30, 2010

Went back to playing single tables, this time at ftp. I played 106 hands and did not lose a stack. I must have ended at break-even, maybe a small loss paying to see the flop with pocket pairs that went nowhere.

There was this guy two seats to my right. He was aggro when I first saw him. He lost a stack early in the game, sat out then went back to being aggro. Most of his showdown hands were weak, but he'd raise when he found it convenient. When he doubled his stack, he became more sober, still raising, but not going all in on nothing.

I'd like to play like that. A more tempered version of that. I tried that once in my ipoker account a long time back. It worked for a while, but the others adapted and started playing back. I lost a stack in that table and never played that way again. It's still in me, but there is this definition in me that says it will not work for me specially playing with my own real money. Why is that?

I'll leave it at that for now.

I played single table because I read in my earlier UP posts, it was how I pulled my bankroll up from the red--one table at a time. I remember doing that in both betfred and celebpoker accounts. It was boring. It was slow. I remember getting good reads on other players that way and playing accordingly. How come I can't do that with several tables at once? What if I played tiled? That way, I'd see the action as they occur.

let me try that tomorrow.

I was also considering self-exclusion to give myself some time to renew/refresh myself. Tomorrow's a monday. I won't play all morning and early afternoon. I think that be enough for now.
I am still in a downswing. I went over my up posts these past few weeks and I did not see anything out of the ordinary or am doing anything drastically different than I did before. I can attribute this to trying too hard then.

How to get out of this rut? Trying to get out of this will only dig me deeper. I will continue playing, but without the expectation. I will play detached and indifferent to the outcome of the hand. My game still holds and this is just variance. Every player goes through this phase. No need to chage other than my attitude that I gotta get out of this rut.

What to do from here? I am about to take a break. I have been playing all morning. Time to make lunch, then do a session later. I was thinking of doing freerolls in ftp, but that's a tourney and it's a different kind of play. But in the past, that's how I tweaked my game. I'll let that sit in the oven and see what insight I get from this.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

It's raining outside. I don't think I can go out for a walk tonight. I'll take it as synchronicity to play with the improvements I made in my game then. What improvements?

- when I find myself in a situation when I am "hoping" that I'll win the pot, then I will fold that hand.
- three tables maximum. When I am playing for a big pot, I sit out the two other tables and pay attention to this one hand.
Still in a defined losing streak. I feel resistance with this. I make a little, but lose a lot. I am going to go for a walk out in the full moon after dinner so I can find allowance/be open to this circumstance.

It took weeks to bring profits up, but took less than 24-hours to bring it back down. Sheesh.

Tuition paid, lesson learn. Moving on.
it is 6.46am and there are 240,000 players in pokerstars.

Friday, May 28, 2010

I have been in denial about this all day. It's time for me to face up and own up. Can't change this if I don't own it.

I've been playing multi tables and it is definitely not working for me. Time to get back to one table, get it right this time. I think the reason is that I am not making good decisions with my play. I fail to take the time and really look at the big picture.

I'm going back to one table starting tomorrow. One table at 2NL.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sideways with bearish bias for the last several hundred hands. 10.16pm and I've been playing tired all night. I am winding down, get ready for bed.

changes made

Notice the chart looks different?
- two of my kids asked for a live account and assigned them to two of my ipoker accounts. From here on, I am going to post performance for my live money accounts in pokerstars and full tilt poker. I am no longer include performance for the ipoker accounts.
- since I'm playing different stake levels at different times, using $winnings will show more volatility. from here on, I am posting charts based on bbwon as this reflects performance more consistently.

I did not get to play as much as I want/used to today. Wife wanted to go out and get some stuff. That took all morning. While we were out, I mentioned to wife I'd like to take her or her and the kids to a movie. I withdrew some profits off ftp and the initial plan was to put that to pokerstars. Since I am doing this so I can enjoy the profits with the family, why not use that money and really have a great time with the wife and kids? Toy story is showing in cinemas on July 1. Instead of keeping the money in my visa debit card and wait for the showing, I can put the funds into pokerstars, play for a month and see what happens.

I played a few mt's on ftp early in the morning, but it wasn't as much as I wanted to. I played at 5NL after dinner, didn't get the results I want and shifted down to 2NL to get the pressure off me.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Slow morning. All the tables I played in were tight. Someone would raise and you'd get only one call. Not a lot of action. I did make a small profit. Played exclusively on pokerstars pending the release of the withdrawn funds from ftp.

Wife wants to go to the library after lunch. It has been raining on and off since last night. I was able to do the laundry and hung them in the garage to dry. That will take two days with this weather condition.

I'm not sure what time I can resume poker in the afternoon. Kids get off school at 3. We'll see what happens then.

Monday, May 24, 2010

End of day game stat. The big downswing several hands back was from ftp. I was playing off center. The kids were playing in the room, I was upset and forcing myself to play just to earn points.

Immediately after that session, I decided to shift the funds from that account into pokerstars where I still have three more deposits to avail of the initial deposit bonus. I am shifting funds to get a better return for my money. Since I do not enjoy playing multi tables in ftp, I'd rather shift that to ps where I can play mt without any hassle. Playing this way, I make better decisions. Better decisions lead to more wins and more wins means more money. More money means a better return for my investment.

After dinner, I decided to play 5NL on two tables with pokerstars. That's when I got the big upswing. This brings my pokerstars bankroll to its all-time high--$21.

When the funds have been transferred, I am thinking of taking shots at 10NL just to get a feel for it.

Why I love plAying in pokerstArs

Draw-heavy board and someone calls my all-in bet.

PokerStars Game #44535889259: Hold'em No Limit ($0.02/$0.05 USD) - 2010/05/24 4:10:19 ET
Table 'Lanzia IV' 9-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: luisisto1 ($0.78 in chips)
Seat 3: alptdpt ($4.63 in chips)
Seat 4: KubaMolak ($2.11 in chips)
Seat 5: dts64 ($1.33 in chips)
Seat 6: victory87 ($5.42 in chips)
Seat 7: johnnyboy188 ($6.28 in chips)
Seat 8: Now Open ($2.80 in chips)
Seat 9: Tzutao ($2.33 in chips)
johnnyboy188: posts small blind $0.02
Now Open: posts big blind $0.05
JOZSEF1981: sits out
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Now Open [Qs Qc]
Tzutao: folds
luisisto1: calls $0.05
alptdpt: folds
KubaMolak: folds
dts64: calls $0.05
victory87: calls $0.05
johnnyboy188: folds
Now Open: raises $0.25 to $0.30
luisisto1: folds
dts64: calls $0.25
victory87: calls $0.25
*** FLOP *** [Qd Qh 4d]
Now Open: bets $0.05
dts64: raises $0.05 to $0.10
victory87: calls $0.10
Now Open: raises $2.40 to $2.50 and is all-in
dts64: folds
victory87: calls $2.40
*** TURN *** [Qd Qh 4d] [6c]
victory87 said, " very nice"
*** RIVER *** [Qd Qh 4d 6c] [4h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Now Open: shows [Qs Qc] (four of a kind, Queens)
victory87: shows [Td 7d] (two pair, Queens and Fours)
Now Open collected $5.77 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $6.07 | Rake $0.30
Board [Qd Qh 4d 6c 4h]
Seat 1: luisisto1 folded before Flop
Seat 3: alptdpt folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: KubaMolak folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: dts64 folded on the Flop
Seat 6: victory87 (button) showed [Td 7d] and lost with two pair, Queens and Fours
Seat 7: johnnyboy188 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 8: Now Open (big blind) showed [Qs Qc] and won ($5.77) with four of a kind, Queens
Seat 9: Tzutao folded before Flop (didn't bet)
I'll be shifting more funds into my pokerstars account. I like the games here, I find more fish per table compared to all the other sites that I play in. Another reason is that tableninja ps works seamlessly than tableninja ftp. Playing multi tables is then easier and less stress for me--I make better decisions.

Withdrawal has already been made. We're expecting the funds to be released some time Thursday or Friday. Maybe sooner since we made the withdrawal on a weekday.

Not that I am quitting ftp. I will still play that site, less tables and higher stakes. Tableninja ftp works but only with fewer tables. Playing in ftp is like playing basketball with grownups. I learn how to play better.
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

table ninja full version

I got my table ninja purchase codes today--full version for both full tilt poker and pokerstars!


I paid out a lot in tuition early this afternoon, three in a row if I remember correctly, all in less than an hour. First I lost more than a buy in at ftp, then I lost two BI's at pokerstars. I was too upset to post anything then.

Early evening session, I played again at ftp, but this time with the attitude that I am going to stick with my rules no matter how boring it will be. I was also earning my points for the tableninja, so...

I think I made four BI in profit this time. Looking at the chart, it's back up near previous highs. I'll be playing with the same attitude later in pokerstars. My confidence is back.

I think the reason I paid tuition earlier was that I was looking to get lucky again that I was making poor decisions. When I stick with my rules, I go to showdown with made, strong hands that if ever I lose the pot, then the other fellow got lucky (nothing I can do about that).

support and resistance levels

I used to trade foreign exchange online and was a technical trader. When analyzing charts, we often used the term support and resistance levels. These were highs and lows in the chart where, if price went to these levels, two things can happen. Either you get breakout or a reversal.

I see this happening with my performance when looking at my chart. When the line graph starts heading south to test recent lows, I tighten up and find leaks in my game. Doing so, I get better results and the line bounces up from these lows. If I ignore my chart and keep playing with my thoughts and emotions unchecked, then I will see a breakdown.

When a leak is plugged and I get on a roll, that's when the line chart breaks out from recent highs (resistance levels). When this happens, I am winning more pots, telling me that I am doing something right.

A sideways chart tells me there is still a leak that I am not aware of. It's not that my game plan is wrong but that there is something that prevents me from winning big. I recently went through a sideways period. The leak I found was that when I get good hands on a draw heavy board, I'd bet instead of check/call. When the other fellow goes aggressive on such situations, I'd call thinking he/she is only bluffing. I stopped doing that and I got my breakout. My winnings chart has been on an uptrend since.

This is why I keep looking to my HEM chart. It gives me immediate feedback on my game.

Taking time to enjoy the moment--I have just DOUBLED my initial bankroll in pokerstars!

Here is the hand which brought me to the double-stack level:

PokerStars Game #44469746262: Hold'em No Limit ($0.02/$0.05 USD) - 2010/05/22 16:58:16 ET
Table 'Hektor V' 9-max Seat #3 is the button
Seat 1: GIBLUFFJOE ($5.48 in chips)
Seat 2: -vputns- ($7.24 in chips)
Seat 3: Now Open ($2.55 in chips)
Seat 4: RooDooDoo ($2.50 in chips)
Seat 5: Vispaard ($5 in chips)
Seat 6: Misha0350 ($0.43 in chips)
Seat 7: 6100411622 ($6.28 in chips)
Seat 8: Afanacy ($5.43 in chips)
Seat 9: L4M3R1 ($15.08 in chips)
RooDooDoo: posts small blind $0.02
Vispaard: posts big blind $0.05
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Now Open [Qh Qc]
Misha0350: calls $0.05
6100411622: folds
Afanacy: folds
L4M3R1: folds
GIBLUFFJOE: calls $0.05
-vputns-: raises $0.25 to $0.30
Now Open: calls $0.30
RooDooDoo: raises $0.90 to $1.20
Vispaard: folds
Misha0350: folds
-vputns-: folds
Now Open: calls $0.90
*** FLOP *** [4c 2d 8d]
RooDooDoo: bets $1.30 and is all-in
Now Open: calls $1.30
*** TURN *** [4c 2d 8d] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [4c 2d 8d 6d] [Qs]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
RooDooDoo: shows [Ks Kc] (a pair of Kings)
Now Open: shows [Qh Qc] (three of a kind, Queens)
Now Open collected $5.20 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $5.45 | Rake $0.25
Board [4c 2d 8d 6d Qs]
Seat 3: Now Open (button) showed [Qh Qc] and won ($5.20) with three of a kind, Queens
Seat 4: RooDooDoo (small blind) showed [Ks Kc] and lost with a pair of Kings

My friend here got me hands down, but I got lucky on the river. I knew he had a higher pair, but I had this urge to call his all-in bet. I recently won a stack in a different table earlier and I was betting with that. Either he wins and I give him the previous win I made, or I get his stack. It was a no lose situation for me.

*I just figured out why I wasn't seeing whales at 5NL. My HEM auto-rate was turned off!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Evening session.

I just realized I haven't seen any whale in 5NL, and game feels to have zero action. I wonder if it is just the time that I am playing or it gets like this the higher you go. I am thinking it is the time of day. It is 8.28pm here in nz, that means GMT it is morning in europe and early morning in the US. The folks I am playing with are probably regs who play poker full time since they are on the tables this early.

I guess it's time for me to call it a night.

Morning session.

I have earned the five points quota for ftp then shifted play to pokerstars. I find a lot more fish this time in the morning than ftp. I chose to open an account with ftp back then to get rakeback. To this day, it isn't making that much of a factor in my bankroll. I think it'll help when I play higher stakes. I'm going to keep that account active for that reason and see if pokerstars really has a better deal than the 27% rakeback of ftp. But I don't have to decide on that now. At the moment, I am having a grand time playing with whales.

Made a few wins here and there, plugged leaks where I was really tempted to see what the other fellow had. I think there was one instance where I allowed myself to do that and paid tuition for that.

Kids are home today. One already finished his turn. Now I do the dishes, hang the clothes and attend to personal stuff. In the meantime, I am letting a daughter play on the computer. There's four of them and whenever I take a break from play, someone takes a turn. We are definitely getting one or two more computers in this home.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Yep, my buy and sell theory of poker play is working. I have played thousands of hands as you can see in the chart since the insight struck me and my downside swing has been limited, yet the upside is slowly and steadily moving on up.

I played earlier in the evening session in ftp, but the tables I got from high players/flop all had below 20 vpip's. IMO, these tables are full of nits and I wouldn't make much since these people make very little mistakes. Besides, it is more fun to play in pokerstars. Tableninja works better in that site, plus it is rare for me to get a table with vpip below 20. When I do get one, I can easily close that and get a new table instantly.

I am happy with the way I am playing in pokerstars. I played 2NL just so I can play with less pressure. Less pressure/expectation to do well, I get to enjoy the game, be in the moment and have fun. This way, I get good results.

As a business, drawing cards in poker is a player's biggest expense. By choosing draws that are in my favor, I limit the amount of money that is going out. By playing good defense and patiently waiting for strong hands, the chips stack up.

I am taking time to enjoy this moment.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sometimes I cAtch myself feeling pity on myself sitting in front of the pc All dAy plAy poker. But then AgAin, I see people in the morning rushing off to Work, Where some Would rAther do something else or be someplAce else; hoping they cAn retire eArly And heAlthy.

And I feel good About myself for WhAt I Am doing. No need for pity here. I Am hAving grAnd time And mAking money doing this.

Breakout! I am again seeing progress in my game, and it feels good. The Buy and Sell Theory looks valid at this time. Also, I plugged some leaks, namely, I stopped calling draw heavy boards, and two pairs, i check down to river.

For the TNFT/PS peoject, we now have 22 points in the account. Continuing at this pace, we will finish the required 250 points in 12 days. Not bad. Breaking it down into a per session basis is easier for me to digest.

I played evening session in ftp. The five tables I was playing all had vpip's above 20, which was good. I was playing more hands and was getting good results on them. I was able to get a royal flush, first time in my history.

Switching from pokerstars to full tilt poker takes at least 5 minutes. I have to close one to get to the other and tableninja takes five minutes to load. At least I get a break playing between sites.
I've got my five points from ftp in the mid day session. I am now headed for pokerstars, play one table at 5NL. Limit is one 50bb buy in. I go beyond that, I go back to 2NL.

There are more fish in pokerstars--I just realized this. One of the reasons for this is because of rakeback. FTP has rakeback so you will find more regs in there. If I were a newbie, I'd look to pokerstars having the most number of players. This means I can always find a good table any time of the day. FTP you can also find a good table, but it's like swimming in goo. The table vpip seldom turns green for me. That means you make a bet, you seldom have fish calling you with weak cards. If you do have someone calling you, they might have better hands than you do.

I played for about two hours in ftp using tableninja demo. Things were a bit laggy. Compare that with tableninja at pokerstars where everything works perfectly and there is seldom any lag. I am thinking now how am I going to get that license? Maybe shift all my funds to ps and play higher stakes? Could be.

I'll finish the demo period for TNFT. I only need to make at least 5points per session. That's 15 per day. To make 250 points, that'd be 17 days. I can play morning session in ftp, then the rest of the day with ps.

ipoker? They better beef up their system if they want to get more customers. It's true that network has fish, but I find more whales per table in ps than in any ipoker site.
I am encountering issues with ftp and table ninja.
- FTP feels sluggish and the automatically accept tables doesn't work.
- I do not get my seat on a table automatically that I had to turn it off and manually accept new tables.
- past 5 tables, things get awry. It could be the platform or table ninja. I do not get these problems with pokerstars.
- also, tables in pokerstars are much loose. I see at least one whale on every table, four whales max.

If things do not get settled here, I am going to cancel the ftp tn account and focus instead on pokerstars. Too bad, I like playing in ftp, but now, it is more because of the graphics. That can be arranged with pokerstars I guess.
Earning points for table ninja ft/ps is now setup and ready to go. Today is day one. Play starts with 2NL and will move up when I have one buy in for the next level. Target date of completion is on or before the end of the tableninja trial period.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Chart still in consolidation, but testing resistance levels. I see a leak in my game, and that is I STILL call when I should be folding, specially in marginal situations.

One hand I remember is getting my set on the flop but there is a flush draw. I value bet and the other fellow is still there. I assume that he doesn't have any draws when the river comes to complement the draw, he'd raise, and I'd still call--hoping he doesn't have a thing. That is where I see a big leak.

It is good that I am aware of this. I can start working on this right on my next session. I might finish early tonight. I feel exhausted. I went to my daughter's netball game and I did not take my afternoon nap. I am thinking I'd do my yoga in an hour when the kids go to bed and while waiting for wife to get home.

Yoga relieves me of stress, and when I finish a set, it really feels good. I think I'll do that now.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Played early evening session in pokerstars, 7 tables. My buy and sell theory is showing positive results. My chart is still in congestion, but breakout in short term resistance has happened. This was in the 2NL and that big spike down happened from 5NL. I am making a lot of points playing 7 tables that I might finish my deposit bonus in less than thirty days playing pokerstars exclusively.

A thought crossed my mind--why not play single table 5NL? Only this time, I'd pick a table with high players/flop and low average pot. This means that most of the players limp in and play poker after the flop. I usually find sweet tables with high 30's vpip selecting tables from the lobby this way.
I just borrowed Doyle Brunson's Super System 2 from the library. My god--this book is more than two inches thick it reminds me of my biology book back in high school. That if someone were to see such a book, they'd be surprised at how poker is more than just a hobby for some people.

big hand, big pot
NL Holdem $0.02(BB) Full Tilt Game#20922844689

corvaxgdl ($2.13)
b1g-b3nboy ($0.80)
Boogiewalk ($1.32)
BIGPOPPA40 ($1.90)
ewokthebaby ($2.27)
squishy4206 ($1.19)
Now Open ($1.50)

corvaxgdl posts (SB) $0.01
b1g-b3nboy posts (BB) $0.02

Dealt to Now Open 6d 6s
BIGPOPPA40 calls $0.02
ewokthebaby raises to $0.05
squishy4206 calls $0.05
Now Open calls $0.05
fold, fold,
BIGPOPPA40 calls $0.03
FLOP ($0.23) 9d 8h 6c
BIGPOPPA40 checks
ewokthebaby bets $0.15
squishy4206 calls $0.15
Now Open calls $0.15
BIGPOPPA40 calls $0.15
TURN ($0.83) 9d 8h 6c 9c
BIGPOPPA40 bets $0.83
ewokthebaby folds
squishy4206 raises to $0.99 (AI)
Now Open raises to $1.30 (AI)
BIGPOPPA40 calls $0.47
RIVER ($4.42) 9d 8h 6c 9c Td
BIGPOPPA40 shows 7c 5d
(Pre 19%, Flop 64.8%, Turn 0.0%)

squishy4206 shows 9s Qc
(Pre 45%, Flop 4.7%, Turn 16.7%)

Now Open shows 6d 6s
(Pre 37%, Flop 30.6%, Turn 83.3%)

Now Open wins $4.13

Hundreds of hands later...

Chart is still sideways. Bankroll is pretty much the same. I guess it is the number of hands that I am playing. They cancel each other out, the highs and the lows. I make profit on monster hands, I also lose a stack on suck-outs. That is the expense then. But sucking out is part of the game. If I do not play good hands, I won't win big pots. Maybe I can use a filter to screen potential suck-outs.

The "buy and sell" concept seems to hold water. I am on a more even keel while playing and see myself not being affected as much on suck-outs knowing that if I played my numbers right, I'd show a profit.

Time to wash the dishes.
Waking up this morning, I realized where the expenses are coming from--paying to see draws.

One in ten is the key. One out of every ten hole cards are going to be strong. One out of ten strong hands will get a set on the flop. One out of ten set on flop will be big/multi-way pot winners.

One in ten draws will make a set on the river. Imagine, the nine other draws that will not make a set on the river, I am paying to see what the next card is. Someone who knows how to play, a reg, will charge you dearly to see drawing cards. This is where the expense is coming from. If you make your set on the river on that one out of ten times, will it be enough to cover the nine other ten times you failed to make the set? I don't think so. Not in my experience.

This is a business of buying and selling cards. When I have the best hand on the table (the nuts), then I am the one selling cards. I charge people to see the next card. When I do not have the nuts, I am buying cards from those who have the nuts. I am paying them to see what the next card is. I am the one building up the pot for them. The preferred situation is for them paying me to see cards for their draws.

So how to do this? Play more tables. Play nuts. If on flop I don't get the nuts, then I muck my hand and move on to the next. This is the essence of playing Loose Passive/Tight Aggressive (LPTA). I see a lot of cheap flops and when I get the nuts, I turn super aggro. And you can't do this playing single tables. If you did, you'd be seeing cheap flops with weak hole cards. What I want is to see cheap flops with strong hole cards.

Today, that's where the practice is. Play mt to see lots of flops. Flop nuts then sell draw cards to them. Flop 2pairs, I check down to river, depending on how they act, of course..

Monday, May 17, 2010

I am so not happy with my game. I am indeed playing a lot more hands, thanks to table nnja, but the quality has gone down. I make a little, I lose a little. It's not moving up. What am I doing different this time?

I was distracted playing tonight, well, almost all weekend. Kids were at home. I'll give mt a try tomorrow playing tight and see if my stats improve. I feel like I wasn't at my best. I had carbs for dinner.

What else?

I was drawing. Some paid off, some didn't. Those draws that did not pay, I paid to see those cards. Those are added expense to my game. Playing mt, draws are not really in the menu, unless they minimum raise, but still you have to consider the drawing odds. I seldom draw out straights, but flush draw with aces, I'll consider the price.

I'll play tight tomorrow, with less distraction. Will see what happens. I don't think I am playing any more different than I was playing single tables. I don't get to rathole as much playing mt's. Maybe that's what is different. I double the stack, I get out. That way, other players do not adapt to my style of play. But is that really a factor?

We'll see tomorrow. Right now, it's past 10pm. I am tired and numb. I am calling it a day. Tomorrow, the funds should have gone through for my wife's account. I can finish that and get that part of the business going.

quad A's so excited that I bet pot and everyone folded. I should have slow-played instead.

biggest star

It is 7.30 in the morning here in New Zealand and pokerstars has 323,000 players online. Pokerstars is THE biggest poker site in the world today.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

End of day update

Chart is still sideways, seeing bounce off the lows. Playing six tables at the same time seems to be paying off. I find myself calling when I shouldn't, more out of good pot odds and drawing odds and not just -EV play where I want to see what the fish is holding.

What did I learn from all this? That I get impatient when nothing is happening. Playing more tables at once seems to be the solution. I can play table dynamics when I move up a stake, but right now, I already know what I need to know. Anything else I don't know I don't need to know. I don't have to put myself in that position where I go into a game and have this anxious/negative vibration thinking there is something I probably don't know and the other player knows. An edge, maybe? That is only my opinion.

My wife opened an account with full tilt poker today to avail of the $100 credit for the holdem manager store. With that credit, we'll purchase a full license for tableninja. She'll play ftp, while I play pokerstars, then compare results.

Morning session, I played pokerstars six tables at a time. Small profits here and there, but I was indifferent as to the results I was seeing--and that's good. I played 5NL at ftp earlier, one table. I did not make any good showdowns there and paid blinds until it was time for breakfast.

Chart is still in consolidation with a downward bias, but that's ok. The circumstance is showing me something to make me a better player.

My youngest daughter started complaining of a headache and stomach ache. A few minutes later she was vomiting. Gave her paracetamol for the headache and milk for the empty stomach. She's now sleeping soundly. Time for me to make lunch. Kids are now taking over the pc.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

End of day update

So what happened today and how can this not happen again?

I think I was trying too hard to get a homerun on every hand. It got me upset that I wasn't getting as many good hands as I wanted to. I was too occupied with getting the tableninja lincense that I was taking chances--calling when I should be folding.

For the evening session, I began by playing single tables. I focused on playing well instead of winning or making money. The game was more stable this time and I paid attention to my thoughts and emotions.

My wife is going to open her own poker account soon. I asked if she can join the promotion with holdem manager for tableninja instead of opening a rakeback account. I sent an email to holdem manager and full tilt poker support if there will be an issue with both of us having accounts in the same site. I think there wouldn't be a problem as her account is separate and ID'd to hers alone, but I want to make sure before we proceed.

My game is going through consolidation. The kids are home and I am on tilt when they are always quarreling. Should I not play when they are not at home? I need to see my definition there as I am getting a negative reaction from it. It affects my game.

I feel like I have been trying too hard these past few days. I get upset when I get card dead and now I am playing mtt. It's not bad to play mtt as I get to see more cards. The tradeoff is that I get to practice reading table dynamics on multi tables.

I am going to change my game plan now that I play more tables at a time. And learn how to deal with kids quarreling when I play. If it's not the wife putting me on ignore mode, it's the kids on quarrel mode. Can't wait to see my charts after I get through this process.

I played one more set on 5NL last night and lost a stack. I was calling when I should have been folding. I had top pair and kept calling when the other player had better than top pair. Clue here was that they were betting pot, clearly wanting to get a big pot for their big hand.

I was tired. i was upset all day yesterday. I see that I should have diverted my attention elsewhere, should have taken that walk. But that's in hindsight. I know better now.

I spoke with my wife last night. I told her I am going full time with my poker and will not look for work when I get the work visa. I explained to her that I have put in much time and effort making this business work. I told her that I am not going to give up all this time and effort to get a job. Short term it's going to be tight in the budget, but long term, it is all good. Not that getting a job is bad, it is simply that it is not what I prefer.

For a long time now, running my own business is what excites me. I'd get a job now and then but that was because I did not trust that I will be supported when I choose to follow my excitement.

My wife said she understood. There was a little disappointment that I felt in her vibration. That is to be understood. She defines the situation differently. I see things from a different perspective. But she said she loves me anyway. And that's good enough for me.

Friday, May 14, 2010

I am experiencing resistance at 5NL, or rather, I have a definition of having a hard time at 5NL. I'd play for several days bringing up my bankroll to play at 5NL, and a few days playing that level, I am back again at 2NL building up again.

What am i missing out here?

I get bored. I think it is no different. I think it is more because I am thinking (again) that the other player is bluffing and I'd call hoping to improve or that he has worse hands.

So how am I going to do things differently? Play ABC poker. Be patient. These things that has helped me grow my bankroll to play 5NL will work. Why not? Wife is probably on her way home now. Kids are still up since it's a friday--they want to stay up late on fridays.

I can play one ore set at 5NL til wife gets home, or I can call it a night. It would be exciting to play one more set. And that decides it then.

Synchronicity has happened again. I am back to multi tabling 2NL. Evening session, I was doing 8 tables max. And I am doing good actually. I just finished a session in the black.

I was indifferent to what hole cards I was getting as I was getting tons of them. At 8 tables, I saw a lot of pairs dealt to me. Playing single tables, I'd get bored and envious of the other players, specially the lags who get to play more. This time, I was playing a lot and the local self was kept busy. All it had to do was select strong potential starting hands. Next big decision is the flop. If I make a set, then I value bet. If top pair, weak kicker, check down to river, even fold.

The thing with mtt (multi-tabling) is that it is intense. It is as intense as rush poker, but the only difference is that with mtt's, hands go to flop and seldom end preflop. This is good for earning points/rakeback.

I still have 150 points to go to get my deposit bonus, but at least I am acting on my excitement and seeing the synchronicity of it all.

I lost a stack playing ps, and now I take a one hour break. First ten hands. This guy to my left, when I got on the table I noticed has been going all in. The last two he won not because he got lucky but he had strong hands. I should have taken this as a clue when he shoved all in on my JJ. Typically, I'd fold knowing there's three hands that will beat mine. I took this fellow lightly thinking, hoping he was a bad player.

One other thing, I was playing two tables at 5NL. I guess my alignment was off this morning. I don't usually do that. I'd open two or three tables only to pick the higher vpip table then close the rest.

Tuition paid, lesson learned, and I am now taking an hour away from the pc.
I had a few ideas last night (I get a lot of insights before and after sleeping) on how to get the table ninja license:

- sign up with an affiliate poker site to earn $100 in the holdem store. Sign up minimum starts at $10 to as high as $50. This might take time as I need to earn at least 250 points to get table ninja.
- borrow money.
- play my account with ftp and raise the money from there.
- play my ps account and raise the money from there.
- offer ad space to holdem manager in exchange for a full hem license. I just sent them an email today and see what their response will be.

I don't know which one is best, but for now, it seems to be playing in full tilt and earn dollars. I don't have any more pending deposit bonus from ftp and this gives me more time to play in ps to get the deposit balance for that account. I am finding easy games on ps at the moment. The energy feels easier along these paths, so that's where I go.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Played well early in the evening session. I was in and out of tables, mostly when santa claus (the whale who is giving away money) has left the table, then I too will go. I must have played about four tables starting out with two, then decided to focus on just one at a time.

My observation is that when I have the feeling that I gotta play poker to make money, or that need to grind feeling, I do not do well. I usually end up paying tuition. On the other hand, when I take time to do something fun outside of poker, take time for myself then play poker when there is nothing else to do--I do profitably. I am more patient, I read table dynamics better, and seem to get better hole cards.

Last night's session felt like a grind. All of today, I did not force myself to grind. I play when I was done with time for me. I am going to take a break now. I might do one more session when the kids are in bed and waiting for the wife to get home from work.

I enjoyed using table ninja with ftp that I was sad when they went out of beta and had to buy a license to continue using it. It costs $100 for both ps and ftp. I decided to download and try the ps version for thirty days.

I don't know how I am going to pay for this at the end of the trial period, but since I enjoy playing poker with this software, then I guess this is part of who I am. Not for me to know or determine how I am going to pay for this at this time. When the time comes, it will be there. I trust that it will be so.

I played pokerstars with table ninja just to see if my configuration was correct. I think I had everything down pat and the only adjustments I had to make was for the HUD.

I enjoy playing poker using just the keyboards as my arms are more relaxed than when I use the mouse. Playing multiple tables, my ego feels it has lost control and anxious how things will turn out. I am going to play two tables at a time to get used to this, then add more over time.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Paid tuition in pokerstars for the evening session. Suckout on one hand, KK and other fellow had J9o. Lost my stack with him making 999 on flop. Rest of the night was uneventful. I was learning watching player tendencies.

In the past, I'd define nights like this as losing nights or unproductive nights. But it was productive as I did learn a lot. Losing? It depends on how you define it. I'd consider it losing if I did not gain something. I did play to the best of my ability, the best I know how. I played well.

What could I have done differently? I could have stopped playing and called it a night sooner. I could have moved to a different site, probably ftp. But this is all in hindsight. It's no use second guessing myself here. I did what I thought was best given the situation.

Moving back down to 2NL tomorrow when I play pokerstars.

I just got news that my brother back in Manila is challenging experience. I once mentioned to him the potential of playing poker as a business, but he did not seem to be interested.

I'd like to help him out, I am helping him somehow at this moment. Although I am playing the morning session profitably, I do so with a heavy heart.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Evening session, I won some, I lost some. Paid small price most of the time to see the next card, part of playing well method. In a sense, I was played for free. I won some hands and used that to play more hands.

I was looking for drunks and was moving from table to table when action dried up. Most of the time, when three rocks are on the table, I move to a different table. One guy I met in the earlier tables was playing lag and had about $10 in stack. Next time I saw him, he had $40. He was taking stabs on the flop. If he meets resistance, he checks it down to river, if not completely fold.

HEM Database maintenance

My question now are:
- is this a database issue?

- how come the old database stopped working just like that?
It is usually impossible to know why a DB becomes damaged. Most common reasons are power outages, surges, etc. A sudden windows crash while the DB is working can cause it also.

- is it possible to get that to work again?
Probably not, and if you did, would you really be able to trust it again?

- if not, how do i transfer all my data from the old to the new database?
If you can open connect to and open the other DB, follow these steps -

- how do i prevent my database from being corrupted?
You can never guard against it completely, but the most effective method I have found is to disable the logging and perform regular maintenance to your DB.

I would suggest you turn off logging on your new SQL installation as well as these other performance improvements in my signature - Top 10: HEM performance increase tips

To turn off logging, follow these instructions. This is the first thing I do anytime I install SQL for someone.
- Start > My Computer > Tools > Folder Options > View > UnCheck 'Hide Extensions for known file types' > OK
- C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\data\postgresql.conf > Right-Click > Open With.. > NotePad > Check 'Always use this program'
- Scroll about half way down to ~Lines 245 - 260:
- The last line of this block of code, for the 'logging_collector', must be changed from On to Off.

# - Where to Log -
log_destination = 'stderr' # Valid values are combinations of
# stderr, csvlog, syslog and eventlog,
# depending on platform. csvlog
# requires logging_collector to be on.
# This is used when logging to stderr:
logging_collector = off # Enable capturing of stderr and csvlog[/HTML]
File > Save; File > Close
Start > Programs > PostgreSQL 8.3 > Reload Configuration.

- Start > My Computer > C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\data\pg_log, or C:\Program Files (x86)\PostgreSQL\data\pg_log, if you have 64 bit Vista. Delete all files in that folder. And it might be a good idea to empty your recycle bin at that point, or use a 3rd party utility like CCleaner to clean up all your junk/temporary files. You want to do this before you get to the vacuum and defrag process.

Regarding database maintenance:
1 - Close HM and Open PGAdmin
2 - connect to postgresql server and then to the DB. Password is postgrespass in case you ever need it.
3 - Right-Click > Maintenance on the DB.
4 - Vacuum, Analyze > OK
Wait for it to finish and change the greyed out OK button to a Done button.
Do that ever 10 -30k hands.
Every 50 - 100k hands, after finishing the steps above:

A - Right-Click > Maintenance on the DB.
B - Reindex > OK

Wait for it to finish and change the greyed out OK button to a Done button.

Next we need to Stop the PostgreSQL service so the Defragmenter can Defrag the Database.
Start > Programs > PostgreSQL 8,4 > Stop Server
Open Smart Defrag > Select both drive letter checkboxes > Analyze
Pick suggested Defrag process > Start Defrag
After Smart Defrag finishes you should restart your computer.

If you need to use HM before you restart your PC, then you need to Start Server.
Start > Programs > PostgreSQL 8,4 > Start Server
I've just spent the whole morning looking for a replacement for tableninja. One software I am testing is Pokershortcuts. Here's what I think so far:

Pokershortcuts has a LOT of functions, way much more than what I was using in tableninja. This makes the software look complicated, and I was intimidated when I was first trying to configure it, which took more than an hour.

When everything was set and ready, I opened a tournement in ftp to see how things would work. Immediately when the table was opened and the game was about to start, the mouse disappeared! I tried moving the mouse around to see where it was. I'd see different parts, tabs, buttons highlighted on my desktop which tells me where the mouse is, but the pointer itself is missing.

I have disabled the software for now and will read up on the forums and see if there is something I missed out on.

What I like about this pokershortcuts is that it loads within three seconds after I double click on the shortcut. Tableninja took as long as five minutes. It might take some time to get used to the software. I will see if I can get this to work for me.

One hour later...

This is too complicated for me. When the mouse disappears and I want to see the HUD stats, I get a hard time getting things back again. I do not multi table at this time. I prefer to play single tables and really get into the table dynamics. I am going to not use pokershortcuts for now. I am leaving it in my pc in case I have time to play with it though.
New twist--table ninja for ftp now has a price.

I don't really play multi tables these days so I don't really need it, but tableninja makes it easier to play using hotkeys instead of the mouse. The best way I can think of purchasing a license is to bring up my bankroll to that level then purchase a small stakes version both for pokerstars and full tilt.

That's about $80 total. We'll see.

To get there, the priority now is to act on my excitement more than trying to figure out how to play good poker. For the reason I am playing poker as a business is to have the good life. I never intended to sit in front of the pc for hours grinding.

Whenever I take the time to have a good time, I play better poker. When I feel compulsion to play poker to win and make money, I get stuck in that vibration, that feeling that I need to win.

Today, I will prioritize fun and good times. Then I'll play poker.

Updated winrate chart

Holdem manager finished importing hand histories around 2.30am. I started importing around 9pm. Next time, I am going to back up my database at least once every two months. And be more aware when I run defrag. It took some time to get the answers but fixing the issue was easier than I thought. I find holdem manager to be a better product than pokertracker because of its online support forum and email tech support.

The upsurge came from good plays in pokerstars these past few days. I also played full tilt and betfred a few hours. One thing I noticed is that, when I stop thinking that other players are bluffing, I do not lose as much. And we all know that when you don't lose as much, you get to keep more of your winnings. That's what's been happening here.

I'm heating the baked macaroni for the kids to have for breakfast. I'm setting up my system for play in a short while. Will play ftp first, then ipoker and finally pokerstars. I'm not sure what the wife has planned for today, but I am making time for that in between my games.

Monday, May 10, 2010

It was a pretty good day for me today. I did not get to play as much. Wife's day off and we do grocery on mondays. Also, something went wrong with my holdem manager database and had to find a solution to it in the forum. Solution: create a new database (which I did) and import from the HM archive folder.

It's doing that right now and might take an hour to finish. In the meantime, wife wants to use the PC. I'll leave the software running--all night if I have to. The stats are that important to my game, but I can do without it. The software has helped me big time in improving my game, and it is well worth every penny.

I was able to play a few hands in the evening session. I made a small profit. Tomorrow? I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. I'm open to anything that happens. It's all connected.

New Database

My holdem manager suddenly stopped updating stats :(

It probably had something to do with the defragment program that I ran last night but decided to stop halfway through. I did run the stop server for postgreSQL before defrag.

I had the same problem with pokertracker back when I was running it on demo. I ran defrag on a weekend not knowing that I should stop the postgreSQL server from running before doing defrag. The following day, pokertracker was giving me the error message: couldn't connect to database. And that's how I found Holdem Manager, which turned out to be a better product.

It's all synchronicity.

I have decided not to deal with the database-update issue right now and just create a new database--taking the path of least resistance. As Bashar would say, "the present is not the result of your past." Back when I was trading, we use a clause saying: previous performance is not a guarantee for future results. I think this all applies to the process at hand. I am a different player today than I was yesterday. My previous stats no longer define me. What I have right now is a reflection showing me my truth.

When I have the time, I am going to copy-paste hand history from the old database to the new one I started using today.

And next time, I am going to be more careful/awake when I run defrag.

I also find whales (this time 4 of them) when I play in full tilt, but I usually get these when US market is open.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

I just made a 40+% profit on my bankroll. There was this player to my right, he was probably drunk as he was going all in almost every time. He doubled my stack twice on the two instances that I had AA hole cards.

I am thankful for him. Now I can start poking around 5NL.

7pm in New Zealand and I have four whales playing on my table. It is good to be back at pokerstars!

My game has been slipping these past few days. I made some poor decisions which cost me my stack a few times.

I am tightening up my game. I am giving up Ace-high and King-high offsuit cards. I seldom make the nuts with these hands anyway. I'm playing straight/flush draws but only on position and for a cheap flop.

I'm still ahead, but the charts are telling me something. Maybe I am trying too hard. I am taking a break now let the kids take over the pc. I'll resume play late afternoon or early evening.
About posting blinds when you first sit on a table, others say you shouldn't and just wait for your turn to post big blind. Over the long term, they claim that these blinds will add up to your winrate.

For me, I prefer to post blinds immediately. The times I do post them and win a pot, it pays for all the other times that I did not wait for the blind to come around.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Break time!

First game in pokerstars and I almost TRIPLED my buy in. Is this how soft the games are with ps? There are more than 250,000 players online with ps this morning. That's a big pond with plenty of fish in it. I am going to love it here!

One whale on the table, calling almost every hand that he's got, then will try to scare you out of your pants. All you need to do with such a player is wait for good hands and see it through.

I took profits off the table after an hour of play. No sense putting it all at risk. Even whales get lucky sometimes and I don't want to downplay them when that happens.

I am taking a short break, then resume play in a short while.
It is official.

As of today, my pokerstars account is Now Open!

Friday, May 7, 2010

I made some good plays in my titanpoker account this afternoon. Evening session I was card dead. I wasn't getting anything even though I played two tables at the same time. I started after dinner and finally quit after 9pm.

I am thinking of putting some money in my pokerstars account. At this time, there's 90,000+ players in that site. Compare that with ftp's 40,000ish or ipoker's 3,000ish at this time. Pokerstars really has everyone else beat when it comes to player base. And it is because of this player base that makes it enticing for me to try the site again.

I am way much more different player today than I was when I started with pokerstars back in january. Plus I have holdem manager, I have better read on table dynamics and can play accordingly.

I am thinking I'd start with $10 and grow the account from there. I need to ask my wife if I can use my credit card. I can move funds from ftp, but doing so will incur additional fees.

One concern is that I'd have five active player accounts to play in. Three from ipoker, plus one each from ftp and pokerstars. I'm not sure how this will affect my game, but playing four accounts is good as I am seeing different kinds of players from each of the poker sites.

I'll reach a decision before the end of the week.

Wife and I are not talking to each other at this time. I wonder if this has anything to do with my game? I'd like to use that as an eXcuse, but that is going to put the problem "out there" and beyond my control. At least I am able to play more poker and she leaves me alone. But everything is gray. It feels empty. I'd rather have her bugging me all the time when I play poker than being able to play and she ignores me.

So what can I do about it? Do something, maybe over lunch. I'll see how it goes. In the meantime, I will follow my eXcitement.

Morning session game review.
I was playing 2NL. Wins were moderate. In the beginning I was calling lite what I perceived as a whale, on a multi way pot and lost--again. That got me back on my game and paid good tuition on that to remind me.

I made wins here and there. I wasn't able to double my buy-in, but at least I got to see a lot of cards, made a small profit for the effort. I'll play 2NL for a while, until I get my momentum going again then switch back to 5NL.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Paid tuition for the evening session. I was playing back at a whale, he went all-in and I called with a dominated 77. There was one other player on the table and he won the pot. I was too eager to make good that I disregarded my method.

What's good about this is that I saw where I made a mistake, and accepted full responsibility knowing that I could have done better. It wasn't like before when I was getting started, I'd blame everything else but myself for not playing well. This situation gives me a great reflection on how much I have improved since I started.

Tuition paid, lesson learned, moving on.

It was pretty slow in the tables I played in. I'd select a table with a high average pot. Sitting in, I'd see a green table vpip. But soon as the one whale has left the table, it gets quiet real fast. Most of the players are from the european continent. It's funny that I seldom come across players from southeast asia. Why is that?

I am done playing for today.

I just realiZed that the players in my holdem manager Alias did not include the titanpoker account. Adding that account, the uptrend is not as smooth as it used to be. It's still an uptrend, but a lot more choppy than it used to.

I can't understand why I do better at the betfred and celebpoker account yet my titanpoker account is showing choppy results. The players from all three sites are pooled into one network anyway, so how come my results are not that consistent?

Is it my state of being when I play titanpoker? Maybe I am trying too hard with this account since it has the lowest bankroll. The titanpoker account was my first no deposit bonus account. It is where I eXperimented the most. But still, testing was in the past. How come I am still showing choppy results for this account?
This time, I got schooled.
NL Holdem $0.02(BB) IPoker Game#2254660000

denisss12399 ($1.07)
shawke ($0.29)
THE BAT ($1.59)
Attila04 ($0.30)
timurnew ($1.97)
pointdownstream ($1.02)
tanzheng617 ($1.45)
ogpcp2100 ($2.49)
D2DaK ($2.94)
Paulik0000 ($1.97)

denisss12399 posts (SB) $0.01
shawke posts (BB) $0.02

Dealt to pointdownstream As Kc
THE BAT calls $0.02
fold, fold,
pointdownstream calls $0.02
fold, fold, fold,
Paulik0000 calls $0.02
denisss12399 calls $0.01
shawke checks
FLOP ($0.10) Kh 9h Tc
denisss12399 checks
shawke checks
THE BAT checks
pointdownstream bets $0.10
Paulik0000 folds
denisss12399 calls $0.10
shawke folds
THE BAT folds
TURN ($0.30) Kh 9h Tc 3c
denisss12399 checks
pointdownstream bets $0.30
denisss12399 calls
RIVER ($0.30) Kh 9h Tc 3c 2c
denisss12399 shows Qd Jc
(Pre 35%, Flop 96.3%, Turn 100.0%)

pointdownstream shows As Kc
(Pre 65%, Flop 3.7%, Turn 0.0%)

denisss12399 wins $0.28

Lesson here? My friend here made his straight on the flop. I had top pair top kicker going into river with someone calling my raise. That's a clue there.

Tuition paid, lesson learned, moving on.

Morning session played in ftp. It was pretty much luckluster all morning as most players I found on the table were too tight and would seldom bluff. I was moving in and out of several tables looking for whales.

Two hours later, I got tired of moving around and settled on one where I found a player I tagged as a whale, but is now showing positive winrate. but it wasn't from him that I doubled my buy in. It was from the player to my left. Here is how it went:

Full Tilt Poker Game #20608914481: Table Hyannis - $0.02/$0.05 - No Limit Hold'em - 18:23:30 ET - 2010/05/05
Seat 1: ccfb71 ($4.93)
Seat 2: kipish555 ($2.88)
Seat 3: Tilthorning ($11.28)
Seat 4: DMolinaX ($4.57)
Seat 5: Now Open ($2.68)
Seat 6: HeaDan ($3.23)
Seat 7: meumuska007 ($5.78)
Seat 8: Sceeter1310 ($6.76)
Seat 9: samni1 ($5)
HeaDan posts the small blind of $0.02
meumuska007 posts the big blind of $0.05
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Now Open [As Jc]
Sceeter1310 folds
samni1 folds
ccfb71 folds
kipish555 folds
Tilthorning folds
DMolinaX folds
Now Open calls $0.05
HeaDan raises to $0.10
meumuska007 calls $0.05
Now Open calls $0.05
*** FLOP *** [Kd Td Kc]
HeaDan checks
meumuska007 checks
Now Open checks
*** TURN *** [Kd Td Kc] [Qh]
HeaDan bets $3.13, and is all in
meumuska007 has 15 seconds left to act
meumuska007 folds
Now Open has 15 seconds left to act
Now Open calls $2.58, and is all in
HeaDan shows [Kh 9h]
Now Open shows [As Jc]
Uncalled bet of $0.55 returned to HeaDan
*** RIVER *** [Kd Td Kc Qh] [4c]
HeaDan shows three of a kind, Kings
Now Open shows a straight, Ace high
Now Open wins the pot ($5.10) with a straight, Ace high
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $5.46 | Rake $0.36
Board: [Kd Td Kc Qh 4c]
Seat 5: Now Open (button) showed [As Jc] and won ($5.10) with a straight, Ace high
Seat 6: HeaDan (small blind) showed [Kh 9h] and lost with three of a kind, Kings

My friend here raised minimum preflop. This means he's got high card and something, or low pair and wasn't sure how to play it. If I were to raise preflop, I would do so with 3Xbb + 1bb/limp or higher; if I am not sure, I'd just call, or fold). Minimum raise with marginal hands is a dead giveaway, unless you intend to slow play monster cards. This is why it is important to vary your play. Be like water.

Flop shows board had two kings and he was playing out of position. Board shows me his preflop range must have hit the kings. If he had low pair because of the raise, he probably made two pairs, low chance for a full house. He was probably thinking that I'd think he had full house when he went all in. But this action is not consistent with his preflop action. He checked on the flop which gave me a free card on the river which is what I was looking for--a queen, and made my straight.

If I were in his shoes, I wouldn't go all-in if my KXo made a set. I'd typically call and fold if other player shows strength, or bet pot maXimum if I knew how he plays his hand. I guess he wasn't getting a lot of winning hands and got eXcited with the set he just made. This is why patience is an important aspect of winning poker. On a draw-heavy board such as this one, even if I thought I had the nuts, I'd check/call it down to river. I have paid a lot of tuition in the past to learn this lesson.

I doubled my stack from this fellow and showed him a valuable lesson in eXchange. It was a win-win situation for both of us.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Morning session played in betfred account. I am amazed at the number of fish on the table at the ipoker network. On average, there are at least two whales on the table that I play in at this network. Four whales I had in the morning session. In ftp, I seldom come across whales, about one in every three tables that I play in.

As a criteria for table selection--no more than three rocks on any one table, as not all rocks are good players, and not all whales are bad players either.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I am taking this moment to give myself a pat on the back--I just made it past the $100 mark in my bankroll!

I've been past $100 before, but that was via the freeroll where I finished in the money and won $100. I then used part of that money to pay for the holdem manager license and my bankroll went down to as low as $89. From there, I played Full Ring NLHE poker the way I do now and grew this bankroll back up to $100.

Good job!

This chart shows the variance I went through playing rush poker. I was playing lots of hands, but not getting a good read on the other players. In a nutshell, I was simply flipping hands hoping to get lucky.

With the big downswing, I figured I can get better results playing 5NL in the regular table knowing that I can read table dynamics sufficiently. I earn points faster from regular tables as players tend to play beyond flop.

From the low on the chart around 1750 hands, you'll find spike ups. That's when I got back to playing 5NL regular FR tables.

Monday, May 3, 2010

I only played about an hour of poker today. Wife's day off and we finished our grocery in the morning. We got home past noon, made baked mussels for lunch and shortly thereafter, pick up kids from school.

One girl had netball practice, the other one had a game. My eldest who is part of the school's choir went to a show where they sang with this NZ singing artist for a charitable cause.

Tomorrow is still my wife's day off. I'm not sure I can put in my normal hours of play, but it's good with me. I can use the time off.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Paid tuition today taking playing at 5NL. IT was worth it though. I learned a few things that will help me in the long term.

For one, I get better points playing in regular FR than in rush poker. The reason here is that points are earned when hands end post flop. In rush poker, most hands finish preflop because of quickfold. If players see hole cards they don't want to play, one click and they are dealt a new one.

I can play multi tables on 2NL and alternate that with playing single tables in 5NL. The latter is to play table dynamics while the former is to flip cards. I think I'd get a better return, in the long term, playing single tables in 5NL.

One thing I found helpful is to play tables with high vpip. Lower than 20 table vpip and it's like watching paint dry. Everyone is so risk averse. If anyone makes a standard raise preflop, everyone folds. With a higher table vpip, I see more calls preflop. The pot gets bigger down the street when you have a high table vpip.

It is 9.30pm. I am now getting ready to pick up the wife from work. Kids need to go to bed now, unless they want to tag along.

Annette Obrestad

"...Long before she set foot in a London casino for the WSOPE Main Event, “Annette_15″ had cemented her reputation on the virtual poker tables. With her tournament results she was already considered one of the top online players and was near the top of every respectable leaderboard. She became an online legend in the summer of 2007 when she famously won a 180-player SnG with her hole cards covered by a post-it using nothing but position and player tendencies. Obrestad joins Full Tilt with career online tournament earnings well over 7 digits."


Saturday, May 1, 2010

My kids are clamoring for their own computer.

I just made a deal with daughter number two. She will wash the dishes when she gets home from school for the neXt siX months--they can have the one I am using. I don't know how, but I am getting a laptop by then.

I trust in the process. I allow what is and am open to synchronicity.


I seem to play better, more consistent one table at a time. I get better reads on the other players, hence, I am confident calling their raises.

On rush, I couldn't call their raise as I do not know how these people play and which hands they raise with. After a few rounds on a regular table, I see how they play and can play my hole cards better. Here's an eXample. I probably would have folded (maybe not) here, but seeing how this maniac has played after a few showdowns, I knew he was raising lite.

Full Tilt Poker Game #20487525788: Table Shatz (deep) - $0.01/$0.02 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:37:18 ET - 2010/05/01
Seat 1: lobagika ($2.37)
Seat 2: digkav ($1.12)
Seat 3: Melholla ($2.89)
Seat 4: maniacnut666 ($4.11)
Seat 5: adamrose724 ($2)
Seat 6: iwncti ($1.97)
Seat 8: Now Open ($1.47)
Seat 9: EMO_LOK ($7.36)
EMO_LOK posts the small blind of $0.01
lobagika posts the big blind of $0.02
5 seconds left to act
Time has expired
adamrose724 stands up
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Now Open [Kc Kh]
digkav folds
Melholla folds
maniacnut666 raises to $0.07
iwncti folds
Now Open raises to $0.12
EMO_LOK folds
lobagika folds
maniacnut666 raises to $4.11, and is all in
Now Open calls $1.35, and is all in
maniacnut666 shows [Kd Ac]
Now Open shows [Kc Kh]
Uncalled bet of $2.64 returned to maniacnut666
*** FLOP *** [5c Ks 8d]
*** TURN *** [5c Ks 8d] [Jd]
*** RIVER *** [5c Ks 8d Jd] [6c]
maniacnut666 shows a pair of Kings
Now Open shows three of a kind, Kings
Now Open wins the pot ($2.78) with three of a kind, Kings
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $2.97 | Rake $0.19
Board: [5c Ks 8d Jd 6c]
Seat 1: lobagika (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: digkav didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: Melholla didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: maniacnut666 showed [Kd Ac] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 5: adamrose724 is sitting out
Seat 6: iwncti didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: Now Open (button) showed [Kc Kh] and won ($2.78) with three of a kind, Kings
Seat 9: EMO_LOK (small blind) folded before the Flop

Looking at my charts, playing rush shows more volatility. But before I played rush, I was playing single tables, my results were more consistent and steady.

Man, what happened here? Early on, I was calling draws, hoping to improve my hands and they did not pay off. On one hand, AXs, got my draw on the river and I was pushed all in with two other players. Good that I won.

Also went for my deposit bonus and I am pretty much breaking even at this level, although still showing profit for the last 2,000 hands.

What can I do differently neXt time?

I'm not sure. If I remember correctly, I was playing my game. Do I chalk this up to variance? Maybe. If I played more hands, will I get better results? Today I went throgh 494 hands.

Question in my head now is, how can I play better neXt time?