Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Perfect Example of Why I'm Switching Back to SNGs

Maybe around 2 years ago, I was playing mostly SNG's, a few MTT's, and ring games sporadically. Then I saw guys on the forum making real good progress at multi-tabling ring games and I decided to switch. I really got into the study of ring games an grinded (ground?) my way up from 10NL to 25NL and then to 50NL. I had pretty good sucess at the lower 2 levels and learned a lot on my way up. But at 50NL, I seem to be at a standstill. Since my results fluctuate so much, I don't feel like I'm learning at the rate I should be. At 50NL, it seems like there are enough dumb, fearless players sprinkled throughout the ranks to take my good runs right into the toilet. I'll have a couple of good days and then have a bad day drag it all back down below where I was.

Here is a perfect example of how a great week can be nearly wiped out in 20 minutes for me at 50NL ring games:

71% fav PF, 81% Flop, 23% Turn
***** Hand History for Game 29967186384 ***** (Poker Stars)
$50.00 USD NL Texas Hold'em - Tuesday, June 30, 10:48:15 ET 2009
Table Algenib VI (Real Money)
Seat 8 is the button
Seat 1: TubbyWon ( $55.00 USD )
Seat 3: moonface111 ( $27.75 USD )
Seat 4: Flyboys007 ( $78.20 USD )
Seat 5: MrSticker66 ( $52.00 USD )
Seat 6: myriddin ( $50.35 USD )
Seat 7: fer1961 ( $83.20 USD )
Seat 8: tradingbsas ( $40.90 USD )
Seat 9: Truchonazo ( $52.55 USD )
Truchonazo posts small blind [$0.25 USD].
TubbyWon posts big blind [$0.50 USD].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to MrSticker66 [ 4d 4c ]
moonface111 folds
Flyboys007 folds
MrSticker66 calls [$0.50 USD]
myriddin folds
fer1961 folds
tradingbsas folds
Truchonazo folds
TubbyWon checks
** Dealing Flop ** [ Js, Ad, 3d ]
TubbyWon checks
MrSticker66 checks
** Dealing Turn ** [ 4h ]
TubbyWon bets [$1.00 USD]
MrSticker66 raises [$4.00 USD]
TubbyWon raises [$13.00 USD]
MrSticker66 raises [$47.50 USD]
TubbyWon calls [$37.50 USD]
** Dealing River ** [ Qc ]
TubbyWon shows [5c, 2h ]
TubbyWon wins $101.25 USD from main pot
MrSticker66 doesn't show [4d, 4c ]

80% fav PF, 9% Flop, 5% Turn, 0% River
***** Hand History for Game 29966759275 ***** (Poker Stars)
$50.00 USD NL Texas Hold'em - Tuesday, June 30, 10:32:04 ET 2009
Table Nikko (Real Money)
Seat 3 is the button
Seat 1: olijugon ( $91.80 USD )
Seat 2: n@ch0_666 ( $30.00 USD )
Seat 3: jfgodtheg ( $50.80 USD )
Seat 5: DrPappy13 ( $50.00 USD )
Seat 6: 1Konstantin1 ( $8.25 USD )
Seat 7: de captain ( $51.25 USD )
Seat 8: RichHol ( $23.70 USD )
Seat 9: MrSticker66 ( $49.25 USD )
DrPappy13 posts small blind [$0.25 USD].
1Konstantin1 posts big blind [$0.50 USD].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to MrSticker66 [ Kh Ks ]
de captain folds
RichHol folds
MrSticker66 raises [$1.50 USD]
olijugon folds
n@ch0_666 folds
jfgodtheg calls [$1.50 USD]
DrPappy13 folds
1Konstantin1 folds
** Dealing Flop ** [ 3c, Jh, 6s ]
MrSticker66 bets [$3.00 USD]
jfgodtheg calls [$3.00 USD]
** Dealing Turn ** [ 8c ]
MrSticker66 bets [$7.00 USD]
jfgodtheg calls [$7.00 USD]
** Dealing River ** [ 3h ]
MrSticker66 bets [$17.00 USD]
jfgodtheg raises [$34.00 USD]
MrSticker66 raises [$20.75 USD]
jfgodtheg calls [$3.75 USD]
MrSticker66 shows [Kh, Ks ]
jfgodtheg shows [6c, 6d ]
jfgodtheg wins $96.25 USD from main pot

28% fav PF, 81% Flop, 5% Turn
***** Hand History for Game 29966695738 ***** (Poker Stars)
$50.00 USD NL Texas Hold'em - Tuesday, June 30, 10:29:41 ET 2009
Table Aksnes V (Real Money)
Seat 9 is the button
Seat 1: Evilrulz ( $49.50 USD )
Seat 2: MrSticker66 ( $50.00 USD )
Seat 3: THEE LORD ( $23.90 USD )
Seat 4: SLiMBaLLin20 ( $16.20 USD )
Seat 5: TheEminent ( $51.20 USD )
Seat 6: xPokerZombie ( $29.50 USD )
Seat 7: fourstroke ( $33.75 USD )
Seat 8: Beasternugs ( $35.25 USD )
Seat 9: vV-Freak-Zz ( $29.00 USD )
Evilrulz posts small blind [$0.25 USD].
MrSticker66 posts big blind [$0.50 USD].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to MrSticker66 [ 3h As ]
THEE LORD calls [$0.50 USD]
SLiMBaLLin20 calls [$0.50 USD]
TheEminent folds
xPokerZombie folds
fourstroke folds
Beasternugs folds
vV-Freak-Zz calls [$0.50 USD]
Evilrulz folds
MrSticker66 checks
** Dealing Flop ** [ Ad, 3c, 2s ]
MrSticker66 bets [$2.00 USD]
THEE LORD folds
SLiMBaLLin20 folds
vV-Freak-Zz raises [$4.50 USD]
MrSticker66 calls [$2.50 USD]
** Dealing Turn ** [ Jh ]
MrSticker66 checks
vV-Freak-Zz bets [$7.00 USD]
MrSticker66 raises [$45.00 USD]
vV-Freak-Zz calls [$17.00 USD]
MrSticker66 wins $21.00 USD
** Dealing River ** [ 2d ]
MrSticker66 shows [3h, As ]
vV-Freak-Zz shows [Ac, Jd ]
vV-Freak-Zz wins $56.35 USD from main pot

46% fav PF, 27% Flop, 16% Turn, 0% River
***** Hand History for Game 29966918923 ***** (Poker Stars)
$50.00 USD NL Texas Hold'em - Tuesday, June 30, 10:38:10 ET 2009
Table Chaldene III (Real Money)
Seat 5 is the button
Seat 1: ksiegel714 ( $58.25 USD )
Seat 2: topherA8 ( $18.55 USD )
Seat 3: FaBluffy ( $15.60 USD )
Seat 4: drusnak29 ( $17.45 USD )
Seat 5: LindaZich ( $30.15 USD )
Seat 6: slks ( $15.50 USD )
Seat 7: Plus_Jun ( $83.30 USD )
Seat 8: gconco ( $39.15 USD )
Seat 9: MrSticker66 ( $48.25 USD )
slks posts small blind [$0.25 USD].
Plus_Jun posts big blind [$0.50 USD].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to MrSticker66 [ Ah 7h ]
gconco folds
MrSticker66 calls [$0.50 USD]
ksiegel714 raises [$2.00 USD]
topherA8 folds
FaBluffy folds
drusnak29 calls [$2.00 USD]
LindaZich folds
slks folds
Plus_Jun folds
MrSticker66 calls [$1.50 USD]
** Dealing Flop ** [ 6h, 9s, 3h ]
MrSticker66 checks
ksiegel714 bets [$3.50 USD]
drusnak29 raises [$15.45 USD]
MrSticker66 calls [$15.45 USD]
ksiegel714 folds
** Dealing Turn ** [ Jc ]
** Dealing River ** [ Jh ]
MrSticker66 shows [Ah, 7h ]
drusnak29 shows [6d, 6c ]
drusnak29 wins $39.15 USD from main pot

51% fav PF, 91% Flop, 18% Turn, 0% River
***** Hand History for Game 29967252215 ***** (Poker Stars)
$50.00 USD NL Texas Hold'em - Tuesday, June 30, 10:50:46 ET 2009
Table Melusina IV (Real Money)
Seat 9 is the button
Seat 1: trout2020 ( $60.40 USD )
Seat 2: MrSticker66 ( $48.25 USD )
Seat 3: Comarre ( $49.20 USD )
Seat 4: ksiegel714 ( $57.15 USD )
Seat 5: laprenti ( $9.25 USD )
Seat 6: loatus ( $50.00 USD )
Seat 7: mind4mind ( $50.00 USD )
Seat 9: BigJimJones ( $53.30 USD )
trout2020 posts small blind [$0.25 USD].
MrSticker66 posts big blind [$0.50 USD].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to MrSticker66 [ Qh 8h ]
Comarre calls [$0.50 USD]
ksiegel714 folds
laprenti folds
loatus folds
mind4mind folds
BigJimJones folds
trout2020 calls [$0.25 USD]
MrSticker66 checks
** Dealing Flop ** [ Kh, Jd, Qs ]
trout2020 checks
MrSticker66 checks
Comarre checks
** Dealing Turn ** [ 2h ]
trout2020 checks
MrSticker66 checks
Comarre bets [$1.00 USD]
trout2020 folds
MrSticker66 calls [$1.00 USD]
** Dealing River ** [ Qc ]
MrSticker66 checks
Comarre bets [$3.00 USD]
MrSticker66 raises [$13.00 USD]
Comarre calls [$10.00 USD]
MrSticker66 shows [Qh, 8h ]
Comarre shows [2s, 2d ]
Comarre wins $28.05 USD from main pot

2 1/2 buy-ins lost in 20 minutes. As the stats show in 4 out of 5 of those hands, I was way ahead at one point. In the other one, I made a bad read and then got committed. Not 5 perfect plays, but not terrible either imo.

It seems like my patience is more of an asset to me when I play SNG's lately. My reads have been better, my confidence has been higher, and my results show it. I think I'd be better off right now grinding SNG's and cutting back on my cash games. I'll still play cash, but just not nearly as much. I was playing mostly 11 cash tables since I got my 24" monitor. Sometimes 9 and sometimes 12, but mostly 11. Now I guess I'll have a really good view of 4 SNG's at a time. We'll see how it goes.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Why Doesn't the Public Believe?

I've been getting a bit disgusted at all the forum posts and twittings about how people still think Michael Jackson wasn't innocent of molestation charges even though a jury acquitted him. Some say they can't muster up any sympathy for him after his death and even a few say "Good Riddance." The actual reactions don't disgust me as much as how the public chooses to believe media reports/spins more than the ruling of a jury made up of the accused's peers in a respected US court of law. We all have our suspicions, hunches, and feelings about the cases we see on TV and read about on the internet. But it is a guarantee that we don't get to see as much evidence as the jurors in these cases do.

Do I think that it is possible that anyone who is found innocent of a crime in court may still be partially guilty? Yes, it could be possible. Sure, I can have my hunches based on what I see on TV. But I'll never be gullible enough to fully buy into the media's spin on these cases.

Yes, I think Michael Jackson was weird based on how he presented himself and his proven actions. And yes, I think he was capable of doing certain things that most people wouldn't do. But I'll never know if he ever committed a crime because I wasn't there.

I read an article on what he went through during his last trial. It disgusts me how people piled onto him based on his appearance, lifestyle habits, and the word of a habitual mother-son scam team. Read for yourselves.

EDIT: Just to clarify my point - I think if we can be skeptical of the courts, we should also be skeptical of media reports. I've never been in trouble with the law. But I hope if I ever am and get acquitted, that the public will make its judgement of me based more on facts and less on reports. That's all.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Uhhh, Maybe I'm an SNGer

Been struggling with my cash game a just flirting with break-even. Been playing more SNG's and have actually been doing well this month. I am seriously considering playing more SNG's, a few MTT's, and playing less cash games. I'll still try to improve my cash game through study and play, but I'll just be grinding less. Seems like I've even been feeling good about most of my SNG losses.

I'll see how it goes. Almost done with NLHE:T&P, so maybe I'll pick a tourney book next.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

My New Favorite Song

And a cool video, too. The HD looks great if you go full screen.



Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New FTP Mod: Redfish

Here's my latest Full Tilt Poker racetrack table mod I just finished by request. From what I gather, "inshore" fishing enthusiasts might like it:



Install instructions here.

To remove FTP's center felt, click here.

For more free FTP table mods, see the right side margin of the blog.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Stick's Poker Library v.4

Here's the latest version of my poker book library. A couple of changes since I last posted the list in November. Saved almost 60% off the total cover prices mostly by trading in non-poker books or buying used.

Monday, June 1, 2009

May 2009 Results

Made a profit of $121, but it was due to a Stars bonus. I actually made a profit at cash games:





It's at SnG's is where I messed up. First time in a while. I could usually count on SnG's being a "pick me up" during bad months. But not this time:



Since joining Stoxpoker, I've been a little more aware of the state of my game. Able to see leaks after watching training videos. I highly recommend it at $28 a month for those who can't afford a coach. Plus you can pay for further months with Full Tilt points. I extended 3 months with mine. Plus they do have coaches for hire, if you can afford them.

Anyway, I really, really need to play more. Didn't even make Goldstar again this month. Trying to get into shape physically. After a friend told me he lost 40 lbs. in 3 months, I'm hoping it lights a fire under me. I've already lost 3 lbs. by riding my stationary bike a few times and cutting back my food portions. I'm thoroughly convinced that my lack of conditioning is preventing me from getting good sleep, which then prevents me from putting in longer poker sessions. Not to mention other things in life.

So I promise I'll finish my book and post a review this month. And here's to a good month in poker.