Wednesday, June 30, 2010

other side of the coin

Bad night overall and a bad start to the July grind. 120 VPP, quitting mainly out of annoyance. After my deposit bonus unlocking, I was $1 down from last night at $346. $11 down in terms of poker play, I think $5 of that I could have controlled by not calling hit flushes on the river while on tilt because of sets getting cracked, but sometimes you just tilt.

Overall, it was a horrible run of cards for me tonight against players I can't make that up again (fish that call anything, including steals). Had to alter my strategy to almost no stealing as each table had a number of fish there, the number of available tables were low, and the number of tables I was at where a fish was to my left was high. Tried 18 tabling tonight, and while I don't believe it's a big deal, I'll have to wait until my laptop is set up for poker before I go to that number again. My desktop lags too much and I ended up having some hands auto-folded on the faster tables.

I'm hoping tomorrow (later today?) goes a lot better. 

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Well, nevermind!

I managed to get in another session today. Remember when I was complaining earlier about how my pocket pair-to-set ratio was pitiful for 2 hours?

Well, this session did a 180 on that bad luck. I think my pocket pair-to-set-ratio was somewhere around 1/4 to 1/6. Absurd. I felt like every set I hit, I managed to take at least 30-50% of the opposing player's stack, if not stacked them entirely.

This amazing session of running well, combined with some absolutely horrible fish playing tonight, got me to +5 in winnings for the day. Between that, along with the stellar rewards bonus and deposit bonus I also collected, my bankroll now sits at $347. Sweet!

As I mentioned, I will not be playing poker tomorrow, although there is a possibility that I will get on later in the night once EST rolls around to July 1st and I can start to accumulate VPP for the month of July.


Was running well for a while there, but today is stopped. I bought my free $6 from the Micromania promotion, bringing me to 322. I ended the day at 297. I am not sure if I should have stopped playing though, as some of the fish at my tables would play literally anything, and I feel I could probably get paid off if I just wait out the bad 2 hours I've had. However, I value returning when I'm thinking more clearly rather than playing while on tilt.

Overall, today I think was a result of 2 problems:

-Bad cards (hit 2 sets today, with already good hands in pocket aces. I blanked on every other small pocket pair. A K rarely ever hit, while the range I can put these players on means I'm often beaten.)
-Bad ability to adjust my play-style (I typically adopt a hybrid of the Brunson Super System aggression and TAG at this level, as most of the time I am playing against regs with 1 and maybe 2 fish at the table. Today, multiple loose players were at my tables, so it was time to stop stealing so many blinds, stop semi-bluffing, and just play when I hit top pair and up. I think part of my inability to adopt came from running badly on cards, but I need to have better self-control in order to wait out those bad spots).

In terms of earning VPPs today, I only got around 40 or so. Not too good, considering how I wanted 200-300 a day. I may return later, but I doubt it. I'll be busy with other work tomorrow as well, and will most likely resume my more lengthy play on July 1st for the new month.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pokerstars VPP Changes for Micro-Stakes!

MicroMania is coming in July, which will undoubtedly help me reach the levels I want to play a lot sooner than expected. This was recently posted from the VIP Manager of Pokerstars on the 2+2 forums (

"PokerStars would like to announce the following changes to VIP Reward Bonuses effective immediately:

There is a new $25 VIP Reward Bonus available to all players, including BronzeStar VIPs, for 2,500 FPPs

The $50 VIP Reward Bonus has been reduced in price from 5,000 FPPs to 4,500 FPPs.

The $285 VIP Reward Bonus is now a $300 VIP Reward Bonus, for the same price of 25,000 FPPs.

PokerStars does plan to make any major changes to the VIP Program at the start of each year when feasible, but these changes indisputably benefit players so they were able to be made midyear.

The above changes are all permanent. In addition, PokerStars will be running a 'MicroMania' promotion in July to benefit those who play the smallest stakes on the site. This promotion increases VIP Club benefits in two ways:

Each player can purchase one $6 instant cash credit from the VIP Store for 375 FPPs between now and the end of July.

NL and PL Cash games up to including stakes of $0.05/$0.10 will offer 10x VPPs in July. All new tables created starting over 12 hours ago have been awarding 10x (as opposed to the usual 5.5x or 6x) VPPs at NL/PL tables up to and including $0.05/$0.10 stakes. A server restart early this week will ensure that all of these types of tables are awarding 10x VPPs before July 1st. VPP earning at these tables will return to normal after July 31st.

Additional MicroMania promotions not focused on the VIP Club will be announced over the coming week."

The $6 bonus is SICK. It's the best exchange rate you can get for your FPPs. I fully intend to make use of this and increase my VPP gain to at least 250-300 a day now. :D

party time

EDC was awesome, but now it's time to get back into the daily routine. Which means...more poker!

Finished at 317 today, bringing my back over the deposit line. 10 of that was deposit bonus, meaning that my overal gain via poker winnings was the average 7.50 an hour I expect at this level. Not bad. It was an overall average day, with its ups and downs.

The most interesting hand was when I had 2 callers in early position when I 3-bet with K K. The flop came blank, and I lead out again (I believe I was in the blinds) for half of the pot. I get raised by a maniac (40+ percent VPIP), and the other dude calls. I'm getting worried, but I make the call. If they have a set or A A, whatever.

The turn came another blank, and the guy who was calling goes all in. I call, as the pot at this point is at over 20 dollars. I know I have the raising donk beaten (he reveals 9 10 suited for a gut-shot straight draw. Nice cards bud), and the guy who went all in on the turn shows...A Q! He had top pair and was willing to bet it all on that. The river was a blank and I end up scooping a nice pot into my stack, putting me at $31 on that table.

It was a weird hand overall, as it was only 5 more to call the turn raiser, and I'd always whirlwind-call the dude with the high VPIP, as they're maniacs and you can't help it if they finally get good cards, as most time they are betting with horrible hands.

I'm going to be close to 1300 VPP by the end of this month, and I intend to start July 1st fresh. I'll be gunning for 200 VPP a day when I committ to playing, and would like to play at least 80% of the days for July.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

another day, another lesson

Finished the day at 286. I would have finished at 300, but I let tilt get the best of me and ended up calling a 3-bet or two after having nearly 10 hands 3-betted in 10 minutes. I don't put players on having software and just reading that my system forces me to fold to most 3-bets, but I told myself otherwise when I had queens and a tight player did so. Obviously I was dominated by aces, so it serves me right. Wasted a couple of bucks of chips in this small duration of time.

I will most likely not be playing again until Monday on account of EDC (my first big rave! Should be fun!). However, when I return, I not only intend to play more online, but I also intend to head out to Pachenga more too for some real life poker experiences.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

hot in here

Yesterday was a real heater. A friend convinced me to attend a $2,000 guaranteed NL Hold'em tournament at a casino in Temecula, where I chopped the final table for $210. I then went home, hit some sick hands, and played against some very loose callers and finished the day with my online bankroll at $270. I'm nearly back to my starting point.

As it stands though, I still have quite a grind until I'm back to even without any help from rakeback/stellar rewards. That's a goal I'll be shooting for in the first week of July, as I will be unable to play much for the next few days.

Monday, June 21, 2010

okay then

Finally finished up for a day. Started at 174, and finished at 222. 10 of that was deposit bonus. Around 5 hours played, so about on par with 12-tables .05/.1. I ran particularly well for one hour during my evening session, which helped a ton.

I think this is starting to make more sense. I have been re-reading chapters in Super System 2 and have been more disciplined with some of my hands, going so far as to lay down pocket queens against a tight player who re-raised on the flop (I put him on a pocket pair or aces based on positioning, and his stats definitely had me believe he was playing ABC poker).

I'll be going to Pachenga tomorrow to play in a live-tournament, courtesy of a friend who's making it a freeroll for me. It should be a fun and useful experience, as I need to get more live-games under my belt anyway. I hope to get another 12 hours of poker in before Friday, as I'll be gone for the rest of the weekend. I will definitely be short on my goals this month, but I feel that discipline, patience, and focus will allow me to possibly reach them next month (in particular the goldstar VIP goal; I will have only earned 1000 VPP this month by Friday, so that's a goal I have to work on more. It will keep me focused to maintaining a certain number of hours each day).

Sunday, June 20, 2010

ok then

Hold'Em Manager has been a boost to my confidence. So was the self-talk "stop being a whiny bitch and accept that bad beats happen Mike".

Worked up until today. Over Friday and Saturday I managed to drive my bankroll down to 215, originally at 200 but recovered from a session later that night.

Today, it's at 174, and I've destroyed a few of my poker chips by throwing them off of our patio into some rocks (seemed like a fitting way to get the rage out of me). Started out standard, with one fish who was 85% VPIP started going all-in pre-flop. I hit an A-trash hand, and feel it's the best hand. I call, and was correct, as he reveals Jack 6 offsuit.

Obviously he hits a jack and I get stacked. Okay then. No big deal. Another hand comes and he does it again, but I call with jacks. He reveals...K Q offsuit. Oh well. I'm still ahead. Naturally he hit two pair on the flop, and I tell myself, "this guy's horrible Mike. It's fine. You'll get your money back."

Again he does it 30 minutes later, and has...kings. Sick dude.

I finally manage to crack him with Aces, doubling up, but before I can get the rest of my money back, he leaves. How annoying.

I proceeded to get stacked by someone hitting a river full-house that beat my own river-made full-house. Was rather annoyed. Stacked total = 4, in case you lost count.

The tipping point was after hour 2 of the session, where I raised 3x the BB with K K, get one caller, and get one player to go all in for 2. His stats were horrible (60% VPIP, nothing else favors him), so I assume I have the best hand. I call, but so does the other dude. The flop comes Q J blank, and I should have check/folded here. Instead, I just shove for the last 5 I have, and the guy calls, revealing...a set of jacks.

I flipped out at this point, seeing two more A Q hands get 3-bet by players with low VPIPs, and just close all of my tables. I was done for the day. To say I was fuming at this point would have been an understatement.

Overall I was really frustrated with how this day went, how I've been running, etc. I've gotten myself in the habit of folding kings to an Ace if the guy has low enough stats/positioning to justify, and have even gone so far as to lay them down after putting a tight player on having a set based on how he bet pre flop and post flop. I'm willing to grind out an 8-10 hour day tomorrow or Tuesday, but damn, if this keeps up...:/

Friday, June 18, 2010


Fuck it.

I'm done with this for now. I need a day or two to back off. It's obvious I'm doing something very wrong. Or I'm unlucky. Or it's a combination of both. I think it's more of the former, and the fact that I am probably throwing away money is pissing me off even more. I can't play in this state.

I am going to take a step back, look at some hands, figure out what the fuck I'm doing wrong. Maybe I should play with someone watching who knows what they're doing. Maybe I need to buy HEM before I do this. Whatever it is, I'm pissed and I need to do something about this to make myself less pissed.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


I've been working on controlling my tilt more through tea and breathing exercises. It helps.

A little bit, anyway.

Finished at 271 today. Another losing day. Awesome. Fucking awesome. I know I have to learn, but I am still not quite used to shaking off about half a dozen runner runners, a dozen 3-outers on the river, etc. The number of times my kings had to be laid down or how many times they were cracked because of awkward cards against hands I don't honestly expect people to play if I 3-bet raises, etc, is aggravating.

The worst part about these horrible sessions is that, I'm not sure how much of it is me not capitalizing on pots, and how much of it is bad luck. This is only 5 cent/10 cent. The players can't be that tight to where I see a consistent loss. I may need to seek coaching if this keeps up.

The one thing this 12-table grind is doing to me? It's making me really miss the 10 cent/25 cent players. At least the majority of them are readable via bets and history data.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


When I saw that I was at 290, 15 minutes before the end of my night session, I figured that I was going to finish out at least a couple of bucks ahead.

When I finished at 286, I realized that 10 of that was deposit bonus. Well, shit.

On the bright side, I think I went on tilt so much today that I officially stopped caring, and just kept playing. I don't know if that's the best state of mind to be in, but I stopped bothering to care when I realized people will call me down with nothing/low pair. It made calling down high pairs rather easy.

On another note, this level is the stains. I hate playing it, and hope I don't have to stay here for another few months. At least 10/25 cent was somewhat (ie not very, but still more than this) interesting.

Logged in about 5 hours today only to get nowhere. Sweet. I really hope tomorrow breaks my 2-day shit-streak.

meh part 2

Grinded my way back up to 281 yesterday, despite some sick awful spots. I ended up on tilt at around 2 PM and logged off to see Get Him To The Greek, but I came back refreshed that night and went from 260 to 281.

Today, I'm at 277 after a short 2 hour session. ;/

I made a few mis-clicks with Tableninja that costed me decent hands so I'm unsure how that impacted the session. I also believe I should have shoved on two of my hands but I wasn't paying close enough attention, and it probably costed me close to $10 in total. I ate some rough beats too, where it was my KK versus their AA on a blank flop. I can't do anything about those, and honestly don't feel I can ever fold them at this level, and if that player is 3-betting with AK, then I'm probably crushing him.

PTR has me at over 7000 hands now for 5/10 cent, and I'd imagine that I will be well over 10k by the end of the week. It's going to take some time, but I intend to be committed to staying at these levels, and staying away from the MTT Sit and Gos (those things are like crack; gives me a jolt of refreshed energy to play, is bad for me in the long-run, and they drain my bankroll).

Monday, June 14, 2010


I'm on full-blown tilt. No justice.

Did not win one lousy showdown in cash today, losing to coolers and suck-outs left and right. Often would not hit on the flop. Down to $268 and that's after $10 deposit bonus, meaning that my profits are in the shitter right now.

SNGs - Still can't money in one. Got crushed by a 5-outer to all but put me on life support in one, and despite a lucky catch with A 7 before the blinds forced me all-in, I ended up getting crushed each time.

Cut the session short today as a result. I can't think straight, and Ifeel like chasing hands, and punching my monitor. Clearly, this is not the time i should be playing. Nothing is calming me down. Nothing. Maybe a drive will help.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hint taken

I returned to the tables this time for another 2 hours, but at .05/.1 instead of .1/.25. I realistically can't afford the higher level until I am closer to $900, while I can afford 12-tabling the lower level. As it stood, I played with less scared money, and felt that I put in some solid poker that session. I finished at $332, so I can't complain as today was turned from a larger loss to an insignificant one.

12-tabling also felt fairly natural, and I may considering adding additional tables each day to see how I handle it. Tracker software feels unnecessary at the level as well, so it may be a great place to grind up my bankroll. I intend to customize and get used to either PT3 or Hold'em Manager before I move back up to .1/.25, and I'd like to have those freerolled by my roll and running successfully before I make the transition to the higher level.

cool dude

Not a happy camper. Lost two hands into today's 30k VIP event, going all in with two previous bets (a raise and a call) in late-position before me with AK, the QQ called and I did not win my coin flip. That wasn't too bad, but losing 35 dollars to a player notorious for throwing away money because he was running hot was not doing good. It tilted me enough to close everything for 10 minutes.

I logged back in, was still running like the opposite of a champ. I played a little too long on tilt today, calling an obvious "I have a set" bet from one of the baddies at our table to get stacked for 15 dollars, after stacking someone with a set of queens on another table. I think if I didn't do that, I'd be closer to not having a loss today. As it stood, I finished the day at $304, which is pretty freaking horrible given that this includes $10 from the deposit bonus, meaning I'm actually $294 for the day in terms of cash earnings (ie. around 40 down), and now I'm down to $224 when you don't include normal bonuses.

I'm pretty furious at the moment, and really don't want to look at those hands. I need to get away from the PC for a little. ;/

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


First poker session since I left for Vegas (no poker action took place there for me). I finished today at $334, so I can't complain. I made a few bad calls, and a few sweet bets. I threw money away, and I milked someone worse than me. Nothing to see here. Will analyze some of my plays tomorrow before I play another session.