Saturday, December 27, 2008

Stick's Pick for Most Powerful Hockey Video

This is video gets me so hyped up when I watch it. The music and the action are just awesome. It must have been one helluva game to watch, but this is over 4 minutes of fighting from the same NHL game including the goaltenders. Man oh man...

EDIT: I just found the box score from that game. Incredible!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Damn Superstitions Creeping In!

I used to have all these stupid superstitions relating to my online poker playing. There was a time when I couldn't mention actual number relating to my poker, both on my blog and in person. Then I had to change my poker table backgrounds when I had bad runs. Then I couldn't look at the payout amounts of an SNG I would be playing. Now it's "bragging".

I was running at 8 PTBB/100 hands for the first 2 1/2 weeks of December until I decided to post my graph in a Cardschat thread. Then I had a bad run for a couple days and I'm still fighting back from it. Of course, my right mind says it's just coincidence. But in the fringes of my mind, I can't help but think that I jinxed myself by bragging about my good run. Pretty frickin stupid, but I can't help it. The same thing happened when I bragged about breaking even in August and then had 3 negative months afterwards. I gotta just do something to bust out of this superstition. I did it with my "numbers mentioning" hangup by just continually posting graphs and numbers here on my blog until that one when away. So I think I'll go about this one the same way by just posting some brag graphs and stats. So here they are:

Still at 6.74 PTBB/100 hands, but 8 was nicer. Oh well. Goin' cold turkey here in posting this. We'll see what happens now. Hope the poker gods don't mind.

I'm still reading "No Limit Hold'em: Theory and Practice" and studying with SteveG1976. We're both gaining a ton out of it. We have a mostly-set study schedule and it helps my motivation and preparedness. Seems we never run out of stuff to talk about. I'll post a review of the book as soon as I'm done.

Also, I will be posting my usual monthly results after New Years and I may even come up with a year-end results post or something. Until then, happy holidays to all.

Friday, December 12, 2008

New FTP Mod: Chicago Bears

Here's another Full Tilt Poker mod I did for a friend who is a Bears fan. Featuring a classic Mike Singletary pose.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Cool FTP Mod: Flaming Red Skull; Plus Stick's Update

I haven't made a new Full Tilt Poker mod in a while and I got a whim when I saw this flaming red skull. Hope you like it.

For installation instructions, click here.

To remove FTP's center felt table, click here.

For more free FTP table mods by Stick, look in the right side margin of the blog.

UPDATE: I'm still reading "NLHE: Theory and Practice". Finding leaks, fixing them, and having a good month so far. The last couple of days have been comebacks from being down early, but still satisfying. I might make a video or 2 for your viewing pleasure since it's been a while since I made one. We'll see.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

November '08 Results, Etc.

November was another negative profit month for me. Ended at -$113 overall. It would have been worse, but I had some success playing some SnG's. Here's my cash graph for November:

As you can see, I had some noticeable runs. Just a couple more bad ones than good ones. I can't say I played my best 100% of the time, but it did seem like I ran into quite a few sticky situations. It seems like I was either losing a my share of 60-75% favorites all-in or I was getting fooled by sets & straights over my big pairs. I have learned that the latter is one sign of being a TAGFish, but I hope I'm not that bad. I think it just comes from running into too many donkeys that I don't respect after I see them shove a 7-high flop with A7 versus my pocket Queens and my hand holds up. Then it seems like the next time it happens, they have a set of Sevens. When they are that donkish, it's pretty much 50/50.

I also learned that I've been getting killed by short stacks in cash games lately. I used to love to play against them because I could put them to a decision for all their chips easier. But I think my style has changed since then and I'm playing more hands. I've been c-betting weaker hands against them too much and getting committed on the turn. I think I really need to heighten my awareness of stack sizes vs. my hand strength and potential. I used to think that most short stackers had a wider range than normal, but I've run into some pretty nitty short stackers lately. I'll either have to experiment with them a bit or try to avoid them altogether.

I'm 1/3 done with "No-Limit Hold'em: Theory and Practice". I'm learning some new concepts and coming to some realizations that I need to make my play more dynamic. I'm also learning that aggression doesn't always win in every situation. There is a sector of players out there who believe in "all aggression, all the time". Steal, squeeze, iso-raise! But this book is telling me what I've known all along. It's that the aggressor only wins when the conditions are in his favor. I know I can be aggressive at any time. I just need to learn to improve my timing. This book is helping me in that respect. I'm hoping to have the book done in a few weeks so I can post a review here.