Saturday, May 23, 2009

Stick's Update: Slackin'

I've been playing, but not as much as I should. Been studying on Stox, but not as much as I should. My cash game is still very swingy and very frustrating right now. I'll have 3 pretty good days, then one bad day to wipe those 3 good ones out. Seems I am a slave to the showdown. I do well preflop, but get committed if I go past the flop. My Ace-high c-bets get lots of callers with 2nd pair. Then there's always the suckout or the overpair. I think I better start studying my post-flop play.

Anyway. I've been tuned into Twitter and playing too much OMGPOP.com games. Dumb distractions, but I guess it could be worse.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Trump's Ties to Rivers' Charity?

As heard in this RawVegas clip on Wicked Chops, Trump's sister-in-law is on the board of "God's Love We Deliver". See for yourself (specifically at the 3:30 mark):

http://wickedchopspoker.blogs.com/my_weblog/2009/05/annie-duke-talks-celebrity-apprentice-on-x1075.html

If this is true, as I've said before... GG Annie. Trump and NBC are rigged.

EDIT: Yes, it's true. Gambling911 has proof: http://www.gambling911.com/entertainment/was-finale-celebrity-apprentice-fixed-051309.html

Monday, May 11, 2009

Annie Duke Told The Truth, Not Rivers

Through all of Joan Rivers' berating and viciously insulting Annie Duke and people who also participate in Annie's profession (poker players, including me and most of my readers), there were also Rivers' numerous accusations of lying by Annie Duke which were never, ever proven.

However, Rivers committed a hugely blatant lie on national TV for all to see (by saying that the designer didn't quit because of her) and she still got rewarded with the Apprentice title. Ironically, the basis of this lie (insulting the design company owner and causing him to pull all design help from the show at the 11th hour) is what many believe tipped the scales in Rivers' favor in winning the final task.

Read more about Rivers' lie here:
http://news-briefs.ew.com/2009/05/celebrity-appre.html

Also, many believe Trump clearly chose Rivers' for her star power and US-based charity ties, even though Annie Duke outplayed everyone throughout the entire game and kept things on a professional level without getting personal. If Trump actually had to hire one of these 2 as an employee he had to directly deal with and he had to trust them with important professional decisions, who do you think he would REALLY choose? The answer is painfully obvious.

GG Annie. Trump and NBC are rigged.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

New FTP Mod: Stoxpoker

I just upgraded to premium at Stoxpoker, so I figured I'd make a cool Full Tilt Poker racetrack mod to commemorate the occasion.



For FTP mod install instructions, click here.

For FTP center felt removal instructions, click here.

For more cool Full Tilt table backgrounds, look in the right side margin of the blog.

Friday, May 1, 2009

April 2009 Results

A month of lots of little upswings and a few big downswings results in a -$213 total:





I thought that increasing my 50NL PFR/VPIP ratio from around 33 to around 41 would bring good results. But it seems like it only gets me committed more postflop and more susceptible to poor showdowns. I don't know if my play is predictable to most of the regs I play or if I'm reading them wrong. I used to get better reads when I played more passively. Not sure what to do now. I think I'll try some coaching and maybe make a video.

My tourney stats weren't too bad:



I play mostly $6 6-player turbo SNG's, but there were a few other types mixed in there. I wouldn't mind playing more SNG's, but I need to keep my FPP's up on PokerStars and cash games are the only way to do that. BTW, I didn't make Goldstar this month. I think I let my focus drift and I got lazy. Still battling energy/sleep issues. Must find a cure.

I've been neglecting my reading. Trying to finish "NLHE: Theory & Practice", but been lazy with that, too. I'm on the last portion of the book where it gives short tips. Great stuff there, if I can only finish it. I swear a book review is coming.