Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Please do me a huge favour and update any links you might have for me to "Pud's Poker Progress" and once I have gotten to grips with the new software I will link back to you no problem.
The link again is http://betting.betfair.com/poker/puds-poker-progress/
I appreciate you doing this, it means a lot to me and I want to make a success of it so please help keep my traffic figures up!
Thursday, 29 November 2007
With 22 entrants we were short handed from the off and I found myself sandwiched between Cell 1919 and Al Eleven. I've played a couple of times with Cell and I read his blog regularly so I knew what to expect but I've never seen Al Eleven play although I had been told he can be pretty loose and aggressive. Anyway, things didn't get off to the greatest of starts and I soon found myself hovering around the 1100 chips mark when I changed gears, hit a couple of hands and was suddenly back up to around 2k and a little more comfortable. I managed to lay down 2 pair on a highly coordinated board against an unknown and a ran an awful bluff against Hammerheid which looking back at it he should have called but I got away with it. I came to the money bubble as the short stack, I was joined there by Cogsgoigne, Poker 4 Ever and Katitude and Katitude was sitting out making it a strange bubble. I ran a couple of moves based on the fact that I was the short stack with the reasoning why would I make a play without a monster when I could fold to the money. I ended up busting in 3rd when my J9 hit on a flop of xJK and was up against Cog's pocket Cowboys and I was practically drawing dead. My tournament seems to have been remembered for the following two hands though. What do you think?
Poker Stars, $5 + $0.50 NL Hold'em Tournament, 50/100 Blinds, 7 Players
LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter
Hero (BB): 2,730
Pre-Flop: (150) Q 9 dealt to Hero (BB)
4 folds, BTN raises to 400, SB folds, Hero raises to 1,300, BTN raises to 2,745 and is All-In, Hero calls 1,430 and is All-In
Flop: (5,510) T 4 Q (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
Turn: (5,510) 3 (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
River: (5,510) 2 (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
Results: 5,510 Pot
BTN showed J A (high card Ace) and LOST (-2,730 NET)
Hero showed Q 9 (a pair of Queens) and WON 5,510 (+2,780 NET)
The second hand was posted on Cell 1919's blog as it knocked him out and pissed him off slightly! 4 handed, ATo is a monster to me so I raise it up. I'd been pretty active and wasn't surprised to see Cell push. Cell is pretty tight but getting 1.9/1 odds I have to call here with AT and hope for a hand like 77-99. Instead I was up against JJ and sucked out in the worst possible way with a runner-runner wheel! I think it was the way he busted at the final table bubble that made him pissed off not my actual call. I would call here with almost any holdings as I'd still have an M of 14 if I lost out.
Poker Stars, $5 + $0.50 NL Hold'em Tournament, 75/150 Blinds, 4 Players
LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter
Hero (UTG): 4,455
Pre-Flop: (225) T A dealt to Hero (UTG)
Hero raises to 450, BTN raises to 1,210 and is All-In, 2 folds, Hero calls 760
Flop: (2,645) 5 Q 4 (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
Turn: (2,645) 2 (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
River: (2,645) 3 (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
Results: 2,645 Pot
Hero showed T A (a straight, Ace to Five) and WON 2,645 (+1,435 NET)
BTN showed J J (a pair of Jacks) and LOST (-1,210 NET)
To say it was my first MTT for over a month that had decent opposition in it I don't think I did too badly to be honest. There were a couple of times where I rode my luck and looking through the HH I made a couple of silly moves but hey ho we live and learn. Not sure if I'll be playing in the next one because I've withdrawn my roll and stuck it on Betfair for some silly reason!
Thanks for reading and good luck at the tables!
Wednesday, 28 November 2007
Things have changed now. I am, for the whole, mentally sound. I've got a new flat, with a great new woman and things are going brilliant and that was 90% of my worries and mental anguish. I'm kind of back on track at work and even though it's not great or what I want to do for the rest of my life my job is pretty secure and back in my hands. Although I'm no fitness freak, eating healthier, at proper times and having plenty of sexytime have helped me shed over half a stone and my sleeping is, when not broken by a screaming baby, back to normal and a solid 6 hours a night and I feel on top of the world. Money is still tighter than a virgin's fanny but Mrs P is awesome and is helping out on that front too. The foundations seem in place for a long term challenge, the only problem I can see is the timing of things.
- Follow correct bankroll management at all times (details to follow)
- Play a solitary table until I feel I am reading the players properly and accurately
- Only add an extra table when comfortable, not just to log more hands per hour
- Do not educate the fish
- Only play when I want to not just because I can
- Use table selection correctly
- Discuss at least two hands per session on forums
- Dedicate a minimum of an hour a week analysing any data collected
- Play live at least 12 times during 2008, including one festival
- Make at least $15,000 clear profit!
Now they seem pretty straightforward goals in terms of someone who has played for a couple of years now but I'm going to go back to relative basics so that I can emerge from the otherside a much better player. Now I've still not decided on which discipline I'll be playing initially because I need to factor in a few things like my starting bankroll and time I can dedicate to playing. Before I could, within reason, play when I wanted despite having to help in the pub but now I have Mrs P to think about and although she's not bothered about me playing it's hardly fair me caning the tables for hours on end, night after night plus I don't want to play every day anyway as I lose focus and play like a shit head. Bankroll permitting I'll probably start by playing cash for a couple of months until I have the bankroll to be fully bankrolled for some half decent MTT's because I have never given MTT's a real chance and I'd like to play a couple of hundred of them and see how I fair. Oh and for earning $15k next year through poker, if I can do it I will spunk in my pants! It was just a number plucked out of my head by the way! Profit type goals are likely to change but the first 8 goals / projects are set in stone. The rest of this month and all of December will be used to play whatever I like and hopefully turn a small profit ready for January.
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
Nothing of note happened on the way there, I ate my Cajan Chicken Wrap, Prawn Cocktail crisps and beef jerky and flicked through the Daily Star. I swear that paper is awful. If you wiped your arse on it more shit would come off the paper! I only bought it because there were no Sun's (still a shit rag) left and there is a poker section in the Star. I think we were all bored to tears and Mrs P kept nipping my and kicking the back of my chair to keep me on my toes and we soon stopped for a break and to change Step Pud's arse at the Watford Gap Services. The Landlord bought all three of us a coffee and it cost the poor cunt £9.30! To be fair the coffees came in buckets and were quite nice but fuck me £3.10 for a coffee. It wasn't a complete disaster though as I put a pound in some toy machine and out popped a fart bomb which I had to promise not to let off in the car / services / anywhere near Mrs P or the Landlord!
Saturday, 24 November 2007
Friday, 23 November 2007
Thursday, 22 November 2007
With my roll being a paltry $50 I have decided to spice things up a little and set myself a challenge to keep things interesting and stop me going totally crazy whilst I grind out the $1.20 SnG's on Joker*/River*/Rigged*Stars (*delete as applicable). I have made a post here on Raise The River just for the sake of it. For you lazy bastards who can't be bothered clicking the link here is my mini challenge that must be completed before 0000 on 25th December 2007.
- Play 300 $1.20 SnG's
- Make at least $100 profit from said SnG's (approx 30% ROI)
- Get chat banned from PokerStars support
- Send humerous email to PokerStars support re: Chat Ban
- Play in at least one Bloggerment
- Abuse BurnleyMik everytime I bump into him at the tables. If chat banned relay my abuse through someone else via MSN
- Win the remaining place in the DTD Wild Card tournament
- Teach Kenn how to flat call
Being able to play 300 SnG's in 30/32 days and still maintain a 30% ROI is going to be difficult but it should be doable if I don't drink or go on Pudding Tilt. The play is horrific but that's what we want long term and although 300 games isn't a massive amount it should be enough to get on the good side of variance, fingers crossed. I won't be and can't play everyday so I'm going to have to really grind when I get the oppurtunity.Finally, the chat ban. I've seen loads of people banned for calling someone a fish or typing in the card they want to see over and over again which is stupid. I've called people wankers, cunts, twats, bastards, wished AIDS on them, told them I hoped their tampon turned into a hedgehog and even said Lee Jones sucks cock and I've not come close to a warning. Maybe my chat account is rigged. This is the hardest part of the challenge because I need someone to report me and the fuckers won't. To make it fair I won't just sit there typing "I hate Jews" in Mel Gibson stylee I have to get banned for berating a fish!
Should be fun!