Saturday, 25 September 2010

Hanging like a bitch

Well today has been particularly fruitless poker wise, last night was a little bit mental. We started pre-drinking at our house before we went out and polished off 2 and 1/2 bottles of vodka in 2 hours and proceeded to smash up our garden furniture, which we stole through out the year, with my ice axes. Me and Ollie could barely walk when we left for fabric at 11-ish after finally getting to fabric it was a good night not too much off a blur since we were only drinking. We left at about 5 or so and on the way back we found a flyer which said "transsexual" and a phone number, we took it and got on the bus. On steps a massive black guy who saying looked a little sketchy would be a bit of understatement. We started chatting and explained we where going to change the number of one of our house-mates mums mobile with the transsexual number. Anyway he starts going insane screaming how its fucking disgusting and its wrong etc.. He grabs the flyer from my hand and rips it up and throws it on the floor. What follows next where the most uncomfortable 10 mins of a bus journey I think I've ever had.

Anyways I can't have too many days off to hangovers if i ever want to to achieve my goal. So next week will be a long grind, i still need to thrash out the prop-bet details with GiantBuddha and JohnLocke. Hopefully it will help motivate us all in our various challenges. However I'm not really interested in betting much more that 1k/week, which might not be enough for these guys.

- Chris

Friday, 24 September 2010

Day 2

Well this was a pretty good yet short day. I had a good session last night and I'm currently +$1.8k excluding rakeback, so probably a tiny bit ahead of pace. I only played 2k hands today as I was viewing houses for a large part of the day which was irritating. Since only one person in my house works a "conventional job", we all have to put on suits and make up jobs titles for ourselves when looking round these houses, since its so competitive to rent in London at the moment.

Grim turn decision

BTN is Kala 25/19/35/2
BB is 55/11/46/1

PokerStars Limit Hold'em, $10.00 BB (5 handed)

Preflop: SoSo is SB with J, A 2 folds, Button raises, SoSo 3-bets, BB calls, Button calls

Flop: (9 SB) 8, 9, 3 (3 players) SoSo bets, BB calls, Button calls

Turn: (6 BB) 6(3 players) SoSo Checks,

I felt after the flop action Kala rarely has a hand that will raise me on the turn, but can definitely have hands that beat me. The fish is a bit of a oddity in that his CC range is very wide and he will also play very passively postflop so he also sort of falls into this category only with less value combinations.

I checked and I think its kind of terrible seeing as I don't think I'm getting semi-bluffed that often and i often charge a huge number of hands to draw in 2 spots. I really wasn't too sure how to play this and as such I've cross-posted this on 2+2.

Any ways I'm off out now too fabric for Ollie's last night out before he leaves for Spain, and as such am breaking my alcohol ban. Hopefully i won't get too trashed and post more embarrassing posts in the SSSH L/C thread.

- Chris

Thursday, 23 September 2010

First day of the rest of my.....

Well things went predictably badly today, I'm still playing atm although just got back from the snooker hall with my mate (lost 5-2, but he got lucky). In my morning session i promptly dropped 250 bets getting involved in a grudge match against one of the better mid-stakes regs on stars. I was playing in games i wouldn't have normally bothered with due to my reduced edge leading to more variance. In the afternoon I grinded it all back and had a whopping $42 profit, which was a small success seeing as i was down 2k~ in the morning.

I'll probably play for another couple of hours bringing it up to around 10 for the day. Apparently Phil Newall has some exciting project he has been working on for the last 2 months and should shortly becoming to fruition, so im sure that will be exciting.

Retarded Tag FPS

Villain 26/20/39/2

PokerStars Limit Hold'em, $6.00 BB (6 handed)

Preflop: SoSo is BB with 10, 10 3 folds, Button raises, 1 fold, SoSo calls

Flop: (4.33333 SB) 2, 2, Q (2 players) SoSo checks, Button checks

Turn: (2.16667 BB) 2 (2 players) SoSo bets, Button raises, SoSo calls

River: (6.16667 BB) J(2 players) SoSo checks, Button bets, SoSo calls

He shows A6o

His hand is played so poorly on so many levels, but the only point I'm going to make is one which is a common mistake of bad tags. This is that he does not realise the value of his hand, which is too snap off my bluffs, raising folds the hands he beats and gets calls/raises from hands that have him crushed.

- Chris

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

100k in 100 days

Since reading about GiantBuddha's challenge I found out that as of tomorrow it's 100 days till the end of the year. Whilst in the pub I was chatting too one of my mates from uni about poker and how I was planning on playing a load and did I have any specific targets. Well anyway the idea of 100k in 100 days seemed feasible but hard, so in order to look cool I said I'd do it. There are going to be no rules for this self imposed challenge just to simply get the cash in 100 days by any means. Poker probably will be my main source of income, but I always fancied a life of crime and I live next too a lot of expensive houses I could burgle then fence the goods and invest in some cocaine and guns, if things are going behind pace.

I think the chance of me achieving this is slim and I'm really not that interested in taking action on it unless I get a really good price. Considering I have 7 days of holiday booked and another in the pipeline along with the Christmas period.

"I was born on the wind, and I'll die on the wind" - KKF

- Chris

Quick one before heading out

I'm doing a quick post before I head out tonight, a lot of my university friends who where doing masters/PHD's have moved down to London from Manchester and I'm off to the pub for a night out. This is kind of a gift and a curse, as this will increase my social calender yet detract from my poker and life goals. This problem will be slightly intensified by the fact that I will end up going to more dance gigs, doing more drugs and losing more days from poker to come downs. Hopefully I can keep it in moderation and under control.

Extracting hard from showdown bound non-thinking tags.

Villain 29/18/39/2.3,

PokerStars Limit Hold'em, $6.00 BB (6 handed)

Preflop: SoSo is SB with 7, A 3 folds, Button raises, SoSo 3-bets, 1 fold, Button calls

Flop: (7 SB) 7, 2, 10 (2 players) SoSo bets, Button calls

Turn: (4.5 BB) 6 (2 players) SoSo checks, Button bets, SoSo raises, Button calls

River: (8.5 BB) 4 (2 players) SoSo bets, Button calls

I feel i know all of this players tendencies and as such can exploit them with ease. Their play is predictable and contains little variations expect frustration bluffs, which can throw you occasionally. There are three things which highlight why i like making plays like this against certain player types.

1. Not capping pre-flop

Since this player does employ a capping preflop strategy which will include some strange hands but mostly TT+, AJs+, AQo+ in the situation. We can already start to scale down his range.

2. Not raising the flop

This player does not delay till the turn merely blasting with all his range on the flop in position, but bizarrely sometimes slow-playing til the turn OOP. His range is now further scaled down containing very few pairs maybe some 2x but mostly overs. It is also important to note that his flop range contains almost no gut-shots/straight draws. However he can pick these up on the turn along with BDFD's and will bet them.

3. Calling the flop combined with probable turn tendencies.

Once the flop is called he likes betting when checked too, now its possible the 6 improved him, but obviously not enough to be ahead. Most importantly he will bet almost all of his range when checked too and will be faced with sufficient pot odds to continue drawing after the c/r. He may also fold some 6 outers to a c/r which would be pretty sweet.

These three key factors allow for me to make the screw-play on the turn against this specific player, there are a lot of players who you can do this against and as soon as you have their tendencies nailed down you can repeatedly butt fuck them.

- Chris

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

A couple of quick hands

A questionable river raise.

Villain is one of the better 3/6 players 35/27/38/2.2
We have a pretty active history and he will be defending particularly wide against me.

PokerStars Limit Hold'em, $6.00 BB (6 handed)

Preflop: SoSo is MP with A, A 1 fold, SoSo raises, 3 folds, BB calls

Flop: (4.33333 SB) 4, 5, 6 (2 players) BB checks, SoSo bets, BB raises, SoSo 3-bets, BB caps, SoSo calls

Turn: (6.16667 BB) J (2 players) BB bets, SoSo calls

River: (8.16667 BB) A (2 players) BB bets, SoSo raises,

In the heat of battle I saw the river and thought sweet I've out drawn his set/2pair. However on closer inspection of the combos of Str8's vs set/2pr hands, i think a flat is a better play (although its very close). It's funny how sometimes i still forget were the value of a hand comes from and how, whilst it may appear a card drastically improves my hand i still lose to half his range.

Missing out on a probable free-roll situation.

Villain is 25/18/47/1.8
Mass-multitabler and as such will not adjust as much as he should against me on the BTN.

PokerStars Limit Hold'em, $6.00 BB (6 handed)

Preflop: SoSo is CO with 3, A 2 folds, SoSo raises, Button 3-bets, 2 folds, SoSo calls

Flop: (7.33333 SB) 8, 8, 9 (2 players) SoSo checks,Button bets, SoSo calls

Turn: (4.66667 BB) 9 (2 players) SoSo checks, Button bets, SoSo calls

On the turn i just auto-piloted thinking I'm going to SD as i beat all broad ways and chop the bigger aces. I realised about 5 seconds after i clicked call, he has very few value combos against me in this situation and we are chopping an awful lot or he's behind. Normally i would be more than happy for him to triple barrel his broad ways against me in this spot, however i think he will still call with them when faced with the c/r. Seeing as he has a high WTSD and most likely will have an Ax hand which he won't fold.

The only downside to c/ring the turn is folding out 44-77, I honestly don't think he is capable of 3-betting TT+ if faced with a c/r on this turn. I think this is a really cool spot and i think noticing these small points of value in a hand, are what separate good from great players.

- Chris

Monday, 20 September 2010

Hand 1

I quickly scanned the last couple of hundred hands I played and figured this was the most interesting, since I'm knackered and doing this quickly before i go to bed it may not be all that great.

Villain is 44/17/37/1.2

My image is very aggressive, although he may be paying more attention to his cards than me.

PokerStars Limit Hold'em, $4.00 BB (5 handed)

Preflop: SoSo is MP with J, K 1 fold, SoSo raises, 1 fold, SB calls, 1 fold

Flop: (5 SB) A, 3, 9 (2 players) SB checks, SoSo bets, SB calls

Turn: (3.5 BB) Q (2 players) SB checks, SoSo bets

In the heat of battle i decided there where a fair number of 6 out + hands he could have on the turn and felt he would not semi-bluff all that much due to his low AF. I figure he will peal the flop mostly with a very wide range and probably only raise his 2pair/set or stronger aces. Which are marginally reduced from his lack of a 3-bet pre (i would expect him to re-raise ATs+,AJo+,99+, although possibly wider as i only have 200 hands on him).

On the turn after he flats is my main decision in the hand, against a lot predictable weak-tights i would check back drawing to my gutter/pair, however since his range is so wide i came to the conclusion he has a lot of hands I don' want to have free-cards. However if I do check I can induce bluffs some of the time even though he has a low-ish AF.

Upon reflection i don't really like my bet, yes i do give him outs to possibly out draw me, if I'm a head, but i also get into a profitable river situation when i check back the turn .

Which is as follows, when he bets the river after i check (and don't improve) his value betting range, seeing as he is a weaker player, will not contain all the value hands which beat me He will mostly bet A's, some Q's and the rest of the stronger potential hands, he will also bluff some, which will be unbalanced due to his top heavy value range.

So if i Check back and call a river bet offering 4.5:1 meaning he has to be bluffing pretty frequently, but since i think his range which was so wide on the flop and is now at the river, he will have a large combination of Bluffs in his range, even for a weaker player. When presented with the river bet i think its a close but correct call and i would have preferred to play the hand in that manner.

I hope this isn't unreadable gibberish, as I'm writing this severely jet-lagged after returning from Vietnam.

- Chris

My Enthralling Blog

Well I've decided to start a blog again as I plan on playing a lot of poker again and hopefully this will give me the encouragement to continually put in large volumes. Hopefully I'll post a hand a day I find interesting and maybe a video a week or something. I'm planning to also be far more active on the forums as well, since I noticed that my posting style had degenerated into monosyllabic grunts. Which is probably of no use to anyone.

Well the reason I'm starting playing a lot is that I've basically been on holiday for the what seems like most of the year, I've recently become quite interested in high altitude alpinism (ice climbing etc...) and too finance my new hobby, of which the real cost is time, I've decided to become more dedicated to my poker to free up more time through out the year.

So currently I'm rebuilding a roll, and I'm starting with 5k and almost 200k Fpps so hopefully i should be back up to 15/30 -50/100 relatively soon. As it is at the moment I'm playing a lot lower, so hopefully it should be interesting as I progress through the stakes. Initially I had a decision of whether to continue playing Party or more over to stars, since I'm trying to grind I figured whilst the games may be slightly tougher on stars the greater volume of games at the lower stakes should make up for that and I'm close to a 4k bonus.

I feel like my life has just drifted past for the last 5 years and its starting to piss me off, so hopefully I can change my outlook on life with a new dedicated approach to poker. I've talked about this fairly extensively with a number of poker players and it seems a common problem. My life leaks have for too long got in the way of what i really want to do, and so the plan is to minimize them.

- Chris