Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Erratic October Ended Well For Me

My October profit graph looks like the Swiss Alps:

I've actually found another problem with my game thanks to an article I read in Bluff Magazine. It's a concept called "hero calling". It's when you make a big call on the river with a semi-good hand, but not the nuts, because you think your opponent is either weaker than you or bluffing. I make some great hero calls but I also make some very, very poor ones. Lately, my poor ones have cost me more money than my great ones make. The 4 vicious downswings you see in the graph are from a combination of some wrong hero calls and some bad luck. Otherwise, I feel my overall play in October was not too bad. I use a program called "PokerEV" to track my luck factor. It's a free little program put together by a poster on 2+2.

Anyway, I ended up finishing the month at only +$5 after getting a handle on my hero calls. Not really the best results, but it's better than ending in the negative. A couple more positive notes this month were: 1) My permanent jump to $50NL has allowed me to become a SilverStar on PokerStars. 2) I won my first 45-player SNG ($5+.50). 2 very promising developments indeed.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Silverstar and a New FTP Table Mod

I finally made Silverstar status at PokerStars a few days ago when I hit 1500 FPP's in 20 days. The amazing part isn't that I made it. It's how I made it. I made it by stepping up to $50NL, both 6-max and 9-max. When I tried $50NL in the past, I hadn't done so well. I guess I had some mental block relating to my bankroll. I'd either play too tight or make desperation plays and lose my stack. Then I'd slide back down to $25NL and do just fine. I guess I finally got my bankroll up to the point where I don't play "scared". There is a slight difference in the way the tables at each stakes play, but I am getting a grasp of that and doing fine. Now I just have to figure out which poker books I want to buy with the increased FPP's I'll be getting.

Here's my latest FTP creation. A table featuring my 2nd favorite NASCAR driver, Tony Stewart:

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Just When You Thought It Was Over: More AP Stuff

Seems the Absolute Poker Superuser account may have been in use for as long as 3 years and AP staff may have known about it all along. Instead of $700K, try a possible $7 million scammed. Read more here:

Wow! GG, AP!

Monday, October 22, 2007

AP Finally Comes Clean (Except For His Name)

Absolute Poker has finally released a complete and comprehensible statement regarding the "Superuser" issue. They have begun reparations and are giving refunds to their deserving customers. Read more here:

Let's just hope this "scandal" hasn't done much damage to the reputation of our cherished industry.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A Top Poker Forum Pulls Absolute Poker Ads

As the backlash against Absolute Poker continues regarding the "Superuser" issue,, a leading online poker forum, has decided to suspend all AP advertising and promotions. Here is the official statement from Cardschat owner, Nick Kisberg:

"After reviewing the evidence from the recent scandal and in the interests of the safety and security of our members, Cardschat will be suspending all promotion of Absolute Poker until we see a more responsible course of action from the site.

We do our very best to ensure that all poker sites that Cardschat endorses act with integrity and take every step to ensure that players are protected from rogue activities - especially when money is on the line. Although Absolute Poker have provided a statement, subsequent investigations have indicated that the statement provided is almost certainly neither reasonable nor valid and as more details of the incident are unravelled, it's looking worse and worse. I have spoken to our Absolute Poker rep and urged the company to somehow try and make good of this really terrible situation, starting with releasing an *honest* and accurate statement - and to refund the money of the players who have lost out of this.

Until further notice, there will be no further endorsement of Absolute Poker on

Nick Kisberg, A WorldWide Poker Community"

Many online poker observers feel the same way. The overly-careful way AP has handled this issue has angered many who have seen the overwhelming evidence that something is not right there at AP. Maybe more actions like those of Cardschat could have an effect on AP and force them to change their perceived lack of decisiveness towards this matter that could have possible widespread repercussions throughout the online poker community as a whole. An industry's reputation could be at stake.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Absolute Poker Responds to 'Superuser' Issue Via Peculiar Channels

Yes. Absolute Poker has officially responded to the "Superuser" scandal. If you haven't heard about this response, it's because AP released it on an affiliate forum and Mark Seif's blog at Bluff Magazine. Wouldn't AP want to trumpet it to the world? Why don't they put it on their main page and send emails to all their players to assure them that everything is OK? Some folks think that AP is hiding something and that AP hopes that their users never heard about the issue in the first place. Read more here:

Count me as one who won't be playing at AP anymore. Even AP skins.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Even More Full Tilt Mods

I've been having fun playing around with making themed Full Tilt racetrack tables. I find the colored tables (thanks again "Gregg777") and I add my own graphics to them. Here's a couple more I made:

For those who don't know how to make these work in Full Tilt, instructions are here.

Also remember: To see the center part of these (the actual table part), you have to make Full Tilt's green felt table transparent. See how to do that here.

I went ahead and compiled a list of links to each of my FTP tables in the right margin of my blog for easier reference.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Stick's Video: 3-Tabling $25NL Full Ring 10/02/07

Here's a video of a PokerStars session for folks to critique. 98MB AVI, 33 mins. Look for an exciting AJ suited hand near the 20-minute mark. I'm second guessing my play in it. Feel free to post your opinions here or on forum. Enjoy!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Great September Results!

I ended September up $308. While this might not seem like much to some folks who read this, it is hugely positive for me considering my recent struggles. I believe it could be the best monthly result of my poker career, though I'm not 100% sure. It equals better than a $10 average profit per day, which was a goal of mine for a while (Now I can set my goal to $12). The monthly graph still didn't draw up as consistently as I would like, though. I had a couple of hard downswings that lasted 2 or 3 days each. I approached the $400 mark at one point before one of the downswings, but I'm still happy to break $300.

After 2 negative months, how did I have such a positive month? Well, I have mentioned before how much reading the book "Why You Lose At Poker" has helped my game. Also, I am finally getting a grip on tilt. I still have spells of it, but they don't last as long as before.

My only slight problem now is that I still have a temptation to step up to $50NL on occasion. I try it once in a while with mixed success, but I believe I can blame my dabbling there for one of the September downswings. It's not so much that I can't handle the action at $50NL. It's that my online BR is divided between 2 sites and it doesn't quite fit my bankroll management, at least from a mental standpoint. I'll either have to combine the 2 halves at one site or stay at $25NL for a while longer. We'll see how it goes.