Sunday, November 30, 2008

Am I a TAGFish?

Wow. I just read this article at Poker Player Online about how to tell if you are a "TAGFish" and it got me thinking. I do stack off with big pairs more than I'd like. But I don't have any of the other symptoms of TAGFishiness. I think my reads are well-rounded and I bluff properly for the most part. But I feel like I really should look deeper to see if I'm missing anything that might have me closer to the "fish" side of things.

I also have Tony Guerrera's book. So I think I'll give that a closer look, as well.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Review of Daniel Negeanu's New Book

I found a review of Daniel's newest book "More Hold'em Wisdom for All Players" at PokerNews. After reading the review, I'm somewhat disappointed that Daniel didn't take the next book in his "Wisdom" series a step further. The review says it's pretty much more of the same as the first and seems geared towards the novice player. Though I liked his first book, I did think each of the 50 tips in it seemed oddly short. Now I find out that both of these books are just compilations of articles from his syndicated newspaper/newsweb column. Makes sense now.

Well, I don't need a near rehash of the first book. So I guess I'll steer clear of the new one. I've also read in some forums that his bigger "Power Hold'em Strategy" book has been perceived by some as a "Super System 2" wannabe that doesn't quite live up to the original. But I'll still try to keep an open mind about that one and keep tabs on it as it gets more readers. Gotta give Daniel a full chance to impress me. lol

Monday, November 24, 2008

Running Low & Flat & Confused

This month has been confusing poker-wise. Ups and downs due to numerous reasons are just killing me mentally. It's funny how I can pretty much pinpoint what has happened during nearly every movement in my graph...

... but it seems I can't do much about it. When my blue line plunges, I've been too aggressive at the wrong time. When my red line dips and my blue line launches, I've been too passive. When my thick green line and thin green line widen the gap between each other, I've been hit with some bad beats. Too passive? Too aggressive? Too unlucky? Seems like when I fix one, another pops up. But I'll stay at it.

I even tried a little 10NL last night to get some mojo back. I really felt a good balance in my play. Even though that session was a slight loss, I felt like I played well. It just felt like I was very aware. I had great reads and pulled off some great bluffs and hero calls. I wonder what that means?

At the suggestion of a friend, I've also switched my reading from "Mastering No-Limit Hold'em" by Fox & Harker to "No Limit Hold'em: Theory and Practice" by Sklansky & Miller. My buddy SteveG1976 has been discussing sections of the book with me as I read them and it really, really helps in my motivation and understanding of what I've been reading. We get on Skype and discuss the book. We also use the Mikogo screen sharer to look at hands and try to apply the reading to them. I highly recommend this type of approach for folks like me who have problems with staying motivated while reading a book. Having someone else in the mix really lights the fire.

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Forum Icon Retired

The regulars on Cardschat should recognize the familiar sight below. Well say your goodbyes because now I have a good reason to retire it. The poor newbies will no longer have visual aid for finding the answers they seek. But alas, it's time to put this pic to rest.

Farewell, my informative friend. Thanks for your help.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Stick's in the Hall of Fame!!

Well, not me. It's the actual "stick" that was just inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame. But my favorite inductee as a kid was "the box". When the folks would get a new fridge or dryer, instant fort!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Stick's Poker Library v.3

It's been a while since I posted my latest poker book list. I've added quite a few, but I think it's time to cool it on buying more for a while. I have 65 books and I'm reading my 15th, so I have a ways to go to catch up. Since I am an over-concentrating reader who ends up being slow at it, I think it'll be a few years before I can read them all. I think I'll still be on the lookout for used bargains, though. Can never pass up a good deal at the used book store.

EDIT: For poker book reviews by Stick, look in the right side margin of the blog.

I'm still reading "Mastering No-Limit Hold'em" by Fox & Harker, but it is going pretty slowly since I am playing so much. I think I need to get in a routine where a certain hour of the day is dedicated to reading. If I don't do something like that, I'll be 90 before I finish off my library!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

October 2008 Results

Welp, I finished at a -$185 profit for the month. It looked like I'd finish near even, but I had a horrible -$200 day just before month end. My game has been so up & down lately that it is really hard to pinpoint my leaks. They don't last long enough to nail down. Just long enough to lose some buy-ins. I feel like frickin' Sybil! Check out my October graph:

I've been getting advice on Cardschat about being more aggressive, but it seems like I do much better when I'm passive and pick my spots. I went back for a look at my great month of August and found my stats to be pretty passive overall. I'm back at 25NL for a while, so I can try to fine-tune my aggression. But maybe passivity is not such a bad thing for me. I seem to spew when I am aggro. Kinda confusing.

I'm gonna set a "hands played" goal for November for myself. I tried to hit 1000 the other day and did it quite easily. I started 8- and 9-tabling, so that probably helped. I don't think I ever broke 15K played in a month. So I'll make my goal 20K. That's 666 hands per day. I could probably do 30K, but I'll take it one smaller step at a time.

My purchase of HEM has been a great decision as it has helped me identify my leaks quicker and put things in better prospective for me. I can stare at a report screen for a few minutes and the info just keeps coming to me. So much to interpret. So much to revisit. Such a huge help! I have even been visiting the HEM forum on a regular basis. It's cool to keep up on how others interpret their stats and maybe learn something new that can help me more. I fully recommend HEM for any cash player right now, and for everyone in the near future since they are currently working on better tournament support in the software.