Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Aggression Not Working at $25NLHE

As they say, "You can't bluff a donkey" and I guess there's more at 25NL than I first thought.

$0.10/$0.25 No Limit Hold'em Cash Game, 7 Players
Poker Tools by Stoxpoker - Hand Details
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BTN: $14.40 (57.6 bb)
SB: $18.05 (72.2 bb)
BB: $25 (100 bb)
MP1: $27.10 (108.4 bb)
STICK (MP2): $23.65 (94.6 bb)
MP3: $65.95 (263.8 bb)
CO: $47.50 (190 bb)

Pre-Flop: STICK is MP2 with As Kd
MP1 folds, STICK raises to $1, 3 folds, SB calls $0.90, BB folds

Flop: ($2.25) 4s 4d 5c (2 players)
SB checks, STICK bets $2, SB calls $2

Turn: ($6.25) Td (2 players)
SB checks, STICK bets $4.75, SB calls $4.75

River: ($15.75) 7c (2 players)
SB checks, STICK bets $11, SB calls $10.30 and is all-in

Results: $36.35 pot ($1.75 rake)
Final Board: 4s 4d 5c Td 7c
SB showed 3d 3h (two pairs, Fours and Threes) and won $34.60 ($16.55 net)
STICK showed As Kd (a pair of Fours) and won $0.00 (-$18.05 net)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Stick's Quest for Fitness: End Month 5

07/20/09 = 243 lbs. (start)
08/20/09 = 235 lbs. (-8)
09/20/09 = 231 lbs. (-4)
10/20/09 = 223 lbs. (-8)
11/20/09 = 222 lbs. (-1)
12/20/09 = 222 lbs. (-0)

Now it's getting a bit disturbing. No weight lost this month and only lost 1 pound in 2 months.

Key events this month:
- 1st time hitting the gym for a 6-days-in-a-row stretch
- ... followed shortly thereafter by a 3-day layoff due to common-cold-like symptoms
- Successfully kept my Thanksgiving Day meal size low
- ... but failed with the leftover cheesecake
- Managed my alcohol consumption fairly well, considering I usually increase it in colder months
- ... but it also causes the late night "munchies", which I seem to have failed at managing

IMO, the best beers of the year come out around this time. Snow Cap & Celebration are my faves. I also like stouts better in the winter. But the carbs in beer cause a rise in insulin, which causes the carb cravings. I either have to fight the cravings or stop the beer. So since life IS beer ;), I'll have to padlock the fridge after 6pm or something.

In the first sentence of this post, I used the word "disturbing" since I think my willpower is weakening. But I didn't use the word "discouraging" because I still love the gym and I am still seeing improvements in my fitness. I'm working with more weight and doing longer cardio. I guess it comes down to more research in the diet department. Fine tune what and when I eat, plus work with my beer consumption. I think intervals, timing, and amount control are what I can work with. Beer abstention is NOT an option. I'll apply that to cookies, etc.

Goal is still 199 lbs. No time frame. Keepin' it rockin'.

(PS: R.I.P Brittany Murphy)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Status Update 12/13/09

I don't feel so guilty for not posting here so often since I post on Twitter every day. Check me out: You can see Twitter stuff in the right margin of my blog, but the real thing is better. In my person Twitter setup, I get news updates and celeb gossip before the media gets them. I knew about a fire in town before the papers did and I read about Danica's latest NASCAR plans earlier than most. I also get fitness tips, discount and coupon alerts, and personal comments from some cool celebs themselves. Try it. You don't even have to post. Just to follow people. Good stuff.

Lots of stuff going on in our world, huh? Danica to NASCAR's Nationwide series, Tiger Woods and his 13 + skanks, etc. And to top it off, my local Wishing Well store closed! They are like Michael's craft store, but smaller, more specialized in the crafts/party supplies business, and they've been around longer. Now their other stores are 10+ miles away, I think. Oh well! I guess I'll have to battle it out at my local Michael's to find my traditional chintzy Xmas crap.

And poker. Ah yes. Same story. Fair to middling and not enough hands. Still in "tune up" mode at 25NL and I'm playing a few more SNG's than usual. Tiny profit is better than none.

Plus my fitness plan is going well. Just came off working out 6 days in a row at the gym. Felt good. Not losing as much weight as I want, but I can still feel my body getting into better shape. Next full fitness update on Dec. 20th.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

November 2009 Results

-$216 for Nov. 09. Again, not pretty. I dropped down to 25NL and thought I had it figured out by being just a bit more passive (42.6% PFR-to-VPIP ratio). But that only lasted a short time. I began staying with bad kickers and chasing overly optimistic implied odds to the river and folding. I think I need to work on adjusting to each table. I gotta pick my spots better instead of trying to force things.

Anyway, here's the damage. Note the "All-in EV" line. I thought I hit more suckouts than that. Looks like I was actually on the lucky side.

I'm doing OK in SNG's, so I might try more of those. I think they might fit my style of play better than cash at the moment. Maybe I'll make a video, too.

Been all over Twitter and Facebook lately. Good stuff on there. Cheers.