Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Tuff Fish, The Lobbyist

Online poker's old pal and court jester, "Tuff Fish", is now gathering signatures on a petition for the legality of online poker in California.


Go, go buddy! Where do I sign?

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Beating Freeroll Maniacs: Rule #1

Rule number 1 on how to beat freeroll donkeys is: "Never let them draw."

FullTiltPoker Game #3026468152: Cardschat.com Freeroll (21660312), Table 42 - 120/240 Ante 25 - No Limit Hold'em - 16:46:15 ET - 2007/07/22
Seat 1: xLuckyJoker (5,266)
Seat 2: kevbowen (4,005)
Seat 3: MrSticker (21,680)
Seat 4: Tas2828 (8,525)
Seat 5: alg2006 (8,680)
Seat 6: buckster436 (5,169)
Seat 7: pokerguy1982 (23,435)
Seat 8: Broke31 (6,865)
xLuckyJoker antes 25
kevbowen antes 25
MrSticker antes 25
Tas2828 antes 25
alg2006 antes 25
buckster436 antes 25
pokerguy1982 antes 25
Broke31 antes 25
pokerguy1982 posts the small blind of 120
Broke31 posts the big blind of 240
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MrSticker [Qc Qd]
xLuckyJoker folds
kevbowen folds
MrSticker raises to 800
Tas2828 folds
alg2006 folds
buckster436 folds
pokerguy1982 calls 680
Broke31 folds
*** FLOP *** [2h 8s 6d]
pokerguy1982 bets 2,040
MrSticker calls 2,040
*** TURN *** [2h 8s 6d] [3s]
pokerguy1982 bets 6,120
MrSticker calls 6,120
*** RIVER *** [2h 8s 6d 3s] [Js]
pokerguy1982 bets 14,450, and is all in
MrSticker calls 12,695, and is all in
Uncalled bet of 1,755 returned to pokerguy1982
*** SHOW DOWN ***
pokerguy1982 shows [Ks 7s] a flush, King high
MrSticker mucks
pokerguy1982 wins the pot (43,750) with a flush, King high
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 43,750 Rake 0
Board: [2h 8s 6d 3s Js]
Seat 1: xLuckyJoker folded before the Flop
Seat 2: kevbowen folded before the Flop
Seat 3: MrSticker mucked [Qc Qd] - a pair of Queens
Seat 4: Tas2828 folded before the Flop
Seat 5: alg2006 folded before the Flop
Seat 6: buckster436 (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 7: pokerguy1982 (small blind) showed [Ks 7s] and won (43,750) with a flush, King high
Seat 8: Broke31 (big blind) folded before the Flop

I knew he was a bad player. I was afraid his flop bet was a set or 2 pair, so I just called down like a donkey myself. Little did I know that he was drawing to his King and hit a runner-runner flush. I was prepared to die with my hand, so I should have re-raised or pushed his flop bet and tried to make him fold. Oh well. Another lesson learned.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Inspector Stick Finds a Clue!

Just in time for my birthday, I found a major problem in my game and I believe it is the primary cause of my latest monster downswing. The leak (well, gusher) I found was that I get too aggressive in many situations. Can you believe that? Me, Mr. Tighter-than-tight. I've even been called "weak-tight" by some. Too many C-bets, taking bluffs too far, and wrongly suspecting bluffs too often have been my weaknesses lately. A friend told me yesterday "You rarely check a flop" and I think he's right.

Here's how I found out my problem. In PokerTracker, I printed out the hand histories of my 22 worst losses and studied them. Of the 22, 5 were suckouts/bad luck and 17 were from being "too aggro". I'm not sure what has triggered this aggression. Maybe I have had a secret desire to play LAG style. Maybe I'm on desperation tilt after having a couple mediocre months. How about too much caffeine? LOL! What ever it is, I feel confident that I can "get a grip" on my aggression and salvage one of the worst months I've had in my poker career. Wish me luck.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Need to Get a Grip on July; Reno Report

Horrible, sad start to July. I'm not really sure what the problem is. I've tried everything from moving up in ring stakes to moving down. I've tried switching to SnG's and even a few MTT's. I'm really at a loss. I started today well, so I can just hope it continues. I'm gonna try to read more of my poker books and try to relax about the current losses. Gotta grab some confidence!

It seems lately that I'm better at online cash games than SnG's & MTT's. But in Reno, I was just the opposite. I blew a wad on cash games, but did well in one SnG. Even though I felt a bit nervous playing live, my game seems more suited to the live environment. I read other players better and have more time to think. In online games, I seem to be rushed from time to time. I think I might pull out more of my online BR and hit the cardrooms around here.

RENO TRIP REPORT: Well, it was very hot at the brewfest. My wife and I seemed to take it the worst in our group. My wife even passed out from it. At first I thought she had too much to drink, but that wasn't the case. I think we didn't eat and hydrate enough before hand. Lesson learned! We even have ideas for cooling ourselves (and others) next year.

The poker in Reno was great. We played exclusively at Circus Circus. One of the head guys there named Quincy is really cool. Even though I was still feeling the effects of the heat from the first day, it was excellent playing with the folks in our CardsChat group. My cash game could be summed up in 2 quick hands in 2 days. 1) I got all in preflop with pocket Aces and got cracked by a set of Queens. 2) I limped K9 and flopped top pair Kings. Then got check raised for my short stack and I called as I read him wrong as bluffing. He had KQ. But I did take 2nd in a $30 10-player SnG. $60 prize = $30 profit, but that only made a small dent in my cash game losses. Oh well. Still had fun with some great new friends and learned a TON!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

June Ring Stats Ended Well

After posting a graph in my last post regarding ring game variance, things got better. So here's another graph showing my entire month of June:

As you can see, I had some wicked variance mid-month. It would seem like I'd be doing well to get above even, then have a setback. I'd win some big hands and then lose a few big hands. I think a couple things I really grasped late in the month were my pre-flop aggression and my post-flop decisions. I started playing position more pre-flop and improved my post-flop analysis of a current hand to deeper degrees. Even late in the month, not everything went swimmingly. But the good runs were of better quality and of longer duration.

One note: Even though the June graph says I ended my ring games pretty well, I did pretty poorly in SnG's. So I only ended up +$28 for the month. I either have to work on my tourney game or just stick to rings.

I've started July on a slight down run, but have already started to recover. I learn something new everyday and I get better & better at applying what I've learned. Staying positive really helps. So does being able to reach back and apply the knowledge stuck in my brain. In the past, I have had trouble remembering all my poker studies. I hope things keep improving.

(As you can see, I have made an attempt at conquering my poker superstition by relating my status and mentioning numbers. Shhhh. We'll see how it goes. LOL)