Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Finishing on a High + WBCOOP Event 15

The back end of February is looking pretty hot as I have turned things around from the early month disaster.

I've been on a good run since August 2011 winning at over 2bb/100 across the games of which I have mainly played NL50. The start of this month was the worst run I have had since then.

I have cashed again in WBCOOP, this time a 20th place finish in event 15 which was a Turbo NLHE offering.

There could be some surprise news coming out in March or April so watch out for that.

Here is the back end of the month graph:

Monday, 27 February 2012

Liverpool FC - Carling Cup Champions 2012

We won our first trophy in 6 years...!! The last one being the 2006 FA CUP. This is the first silverware for Kenny Dalglish in his second tenure at the club.

It was an exciting match with the underdogs Cardiff City taking the lead and holding it to the half time break. Martin Skrtel levelled on the hour and it stayed that way for the 90 minutes.

We thought we had won it in extra time when substitute Dirk Kuyt smashed home an instinctive shot that had come his way the from City defence. However 10 minutes later with only 2 minutes on the clock Cardiff bundled home to make it 2-2.

Penalties ensued with Steven Gerrard missing the first one for Liverpool. There were then a few misses by both sides before the score was 3-2 to Liverpool with 1 pen left.

Up stepped Anthony Gerrard (Steven's Cousin). He connected well but slotted wide and it was all over. Liverpool had won..!!

Next on the agenda is the FA CUP which is at the quarter final stage. Liverpool have a good draw and will be one of the favourites to bag that one too..!!

GL Guys.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Comeback Complete + WBCOOP Event 7

The recovery from the downswing is complete. The graph shows what the month looks like with me hitting a low of -28 BIs.

It feels like I have been running way below EV though the graph does not show that. I always wonder how accurate the RED line really is. Personally I don't pay too much attention to it like other players do. I just try to play the best I can in every single pot.

Today I finished in 25th place in WBCOOP Event #7. I won a $16.50 SCOOP ticket + entry to the WBCOOP Main Event on Sun March 4th. I have 6 Tournaments left so lets try n bring back more tickets..!!

There was a pretty cool 4-way All-In pre pot which I took down, knocking out all 3 opponents:

Good luck to Liverpool FC for tomorrow's Cup Final. I hope that we will be seeing something like this:

Finally, a quick thanks to all of you that watch the YouTube clips on the side pane. It helps generate a little cheeseburger cash every month so keep clicking. Cheers..!!


Friday, 24 February 2012

Daniel Negreanu Real Talk VBLog + WBCOOP 2012 Update

A little chat from DN with some words for the Full Tilt guys.

Forward to 6:00 for the FT stuff:

In other tournament news WBCOOP has started for me with a big smack in the face followed by a big knee in the balls.

Tournament #1 was going ok, I was up to around 14k chips from the original 10k when I isolated a limper in the CO with KQs, SB calls and so does the limper. I flop the nut straight and cbet. The SB check raises me the minimum and I just smooth call. The turn is a blank and he leads out quite big and I shove. He makes quad Jacks on the river and I am left crippled. I was out with A7 shortly afterwards

Tournament #2 was a 6-max PLO event which was going extremely well as I was bossing the table and the other players didn't seem to know what they were doing (rewind a year and that was me). I had almost doubled my stack when another played arrived who was aggro and knew how to play. We got into a 3-way pot with a short stack and got it in on the turn with both of us having the nut straight but he had a re-draw to the flush which duly arrived on the river to knock me out. GG.

So my quest for a main event ticket continues with 8 events remaining. I have to cash in 1 to be awarded a ME tkt.

If there was ever a reminder as to why I hate tournaments and love cash games then today was it.

Back to the cash grind..!!

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Fish on a Heater

I am a fish on a heater at the moment.

I have been a bit of a play-master this last week and its been fun exercising my FPS across the felt playing a 27/20/4 style in one session.

I have now calmed the **** down and am back nitting it up playing my usual 10/10/0.5.

My downswing this month was 28 Buy-Ins which is big but not too huge. I am well on my way to making it all back and potentially some profit in the form of winnings (shocker).

My graph from this last week looks like this:

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

My WBCOOP 2012 Schedule

I have now received my 10 tickets for the WBCOOP 2012 series of events which starts this Thursday.

I have drafted my schedule below although this is possibly subject to a few revisions:

WBCOOP 2012 Tournament Schedule (GMT)

Feb 23
#1 - 15:00 NLHE
#2 - 19:00 PLO [6-Max]
#3 - 23:00 FL Badugi

Feb 24
#4 - 15:00 NLH/PLO [Turbo]
#5 - 19:00 NLHE [Triple Shootout]
#6 - 23:00 8-Game 

Feb 25
#7 - 15:00 NLHE [6-Max]
#8 - 19:00 NLHE
#9 - 23:00 PLO [6-Max]

Feb 26
#10 - 15:00 Stud
#11 - 19:00 NLH/PLO
#12 - 23:00 Stud Hi/Lo [Turbo]

Feb 27
#13 - 15:00 NLHE [4-Max]
#14 - 19:00 PL 5-Card Draw [6-Max]
#15 - 23:00 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]

Feb 28
#16 - 15:00 Triple Stud
#17 - 19:00 NLHE [Heads-Up]
#18 - 23:00 PLO [Turbo]

Feb 29
#19 - 15:00 FLHE [6-Max]
#20 - 19:00 PLHE [Turbo]
#21 - 23:00 NLHE [Triple Shootout, 10-Max]

March 1
#22 - 15:00 PLO [6-Max]
#23 - 19:00 NLHE [Big Antes]
#24 - 23:00 NL Omaha Hi/Lo

March 2
#25 - 15:00 NLHE [Deepstacks]
#26 - 19:00 PL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max]
#27 - 23:00 NLHE [Turbo]

March 3
#28 - 15:00 HORSE
#29 - 19:00 NLHE [6-Max]
#30 - 23:00 NLHE

March 4
#31 - 15:00 NLHE Main Event

Monday, 20 February 2012

On the Road to Recovery

29 days in Feb and its the 20th today. That leaves me 10 days to complete my fight back. Im against the ropes but swinging hard.... a bit the David Haye and Dereck Chisora in their shameful brawl on Sat.

I'm pulling it back little by little:

Saturday, 18 February 2012

The Month That Keeps Taking and Taking

I am well and truly in a hole this month. 

The kind of beats that I am taking are pretty unbelievable in the sense that they just wont stop. I am losing so many times when the villain has less than 10% and all the money goes in on the turn or when they have less than 30% and the money goes in on the flop. The graph below shows the kind of **** that is hitting the fan in Feb.

I will be lucky to break even this month after bonuses.

Rant over.....  : )

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Ziigmund Drunk Pic - Epic Thread

I just stumbled upon this epic thread about Ziigmund. If you have a few minutes to kill its definitely worth a viewing:

Ziigmund Drunk Pic Thread


Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Pokerstars WBCOOP 2012

The WBCOOP (World Blogger Championship of Online Poker) is back for 2012.

There are 30 tournaments running from February 23 - March 4 2012.

These are a variety of events scheduled that include No Limit Holdem, Pot Limit Omaha, Fixed Limit Badugi, 8-Game, Stud and many variations thereof.

Bloggers who meet the entry criteria will be awarded 10 tickets to play in these freeroll events which have cash prizes, live tournament packages and online tournamaent seats up for grabs. There is also a series tournament leader board in which your score from all 10 events will be added up. You will then have a chance to win some additional prizes.

Also up for grabs is $5,000 for the best blogger prize.

Last year was pretty good for me as I won a few prizes including SCCOP tickets and I also managed to final table one of the events.

So what would I do with an extra 5 grand in the bank??

1.  Travel

I could step up my travel plans and add to the current list of destinations that I have already been to if I had a few extra bucks floating around.

I would love to visit South America for the first time going to Brazil, Bolivia or Peru. The Machu Picchu Inca site looks like an amazing destination.

I have still never been to Las Vegas which is like a mecca for poker players and gamblers alike. This would be one of my top destinations to visit and a trip during the WSOP in the summer would be fantastic.

There are other places like Canada and Australia that really interest me too.

2. Take on the Big Boys

I am currently tackling all my favourite clowns and jokers of NL50 while having an occasional shot at NL100 and NL200.

A bigger roll would see me step into playground of some of the bigger boys and take them on. I could do this without busting my whole roll in a single session if it was padded up with a few extra G's.

Bring on the NL1k....!!

3. Red Letter Days 

The Red Letter Days are special events that only cost between like $30 and $300. There are a few that I want to go on like:

- Ferrari Driving
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Segway Rallying
- Vinyard Tour
- Flight Simulator
- Extreme Dodgems
- Gordon Ramsey at Claridges Four-Course Menu
- Clay Pigeon Shooting

4. Buy a New Toy

Sadly $5,000 will not stretch to a new BMW but there are few new toys that I would be able to afford like these:

- A new Samsung Galaxy S2 phone
- A new wide screen TV
- Terry the Swearing Turtle
- Budweiser mini fridge
- Mr Beer Premium Gold Beer Kit
- DJ controller for ipod

5. Give Something Back

In the past I used to make regular donations to charities and good causes in the UK and Internationally. Over the last 2 or 3 years I have slacked in this department.

I think its time to make a few donations again.!

6. Treat the Missus

The things that I could do in this category are pretty much endless. I could make write hundreds of items here but I will list only a few:

- Jewellery
- Bags
- Shoes
- Treatments
- Hair Styling
- Weekends Away
- Nights Out

7. Olympic Tickets 

The Olympics are in London this year. It is a huge deal and has been talked about for the last few years. Most of the tickets have already been sold but some are still available and also unwanted ones will come back on sale although maybe at a premium.

Event that I would like to see:

- Athletics
- Boxing
- Cycling
- Badminton
- Football
- Tennis

8. Investments and Savings

I used to buy £500 worth of a new stock every now and again in the past. Sadly these days I do more selling than buying. A bit of spare cash would let me buy 1 or 2 new stocks and add to my portfolio.

I could also do with a bit of rainy day money

Lets take down the WBCOOP...!!!

GL All

Sunday, 12 February 2012

It's Good to Speculate vs the Whale

When there's a huge whale at the table you should play more hands IP and especially on the button. When you hit you could win a big one.

Poker Stars, $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 8 Players

MP3: $18.50 (37 bb)
CO: $61.86 (123.7 bb)
Hero (BTN): $59.35 (118.7 bb)
SB: $56.55 (113.1 bb)
BB: $19.06 (38.1 bb)
UTG+2: $75.55 (151.1 bb)
MP1: $49.86 (99.7 bb)
MP2: $73.80 (147.6 bb)

Preflop: Hero is BTN with 7 of diamonds 4 of diamonds
UTG+2 raises to $1, 4 folds, Hero calls $1, 2 folds

Flop: ($2.75) A of diamonds K of diamonds 6 of diamonds (2 players)
UTG+2 bets $1.50, Hero raises to $5.74, UTG+2 calls $4.24

Turn: ($14.23) T of spades (2 players)
UTG+2 checks, Hero bets $12.75, UTG+2 calls $12.75

River: ($39.73) J of clubs (2 players)
UTG+2 bets $23.50, Hero raises to $39.86 and is all-in, UTG+2 calls $16.36

Results: $119.45 pot ($2.50 rake)
Final Board: A of diamonds K of diamonds 6 of diamonds T of spades J of clubs
Hero showed 7 of diamonds 4 of diamonds and won $116.95 ($57.60 net)
UTG+2 showed J of diamonds Q of hearts and lost (-$59.35 net)

RIP Whitney Houston

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Worst Day Ever at NL50

After being set over set 5 times and running KK into AA 4 times my day yesterday looked like this:

It is probably my 2nd worst day ever in terms of BIs lost although I have had bigger loss days at higher levels in terms of $$$.

I made about 3-4 mistakes in big pots which I am annoyed about but apart from that it was just a bad day at the office. I hope I can make up the losses in the remainder of the month.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Tilting Away

After a few beats over the last couple of days I find myself with a bad start to the month. I lost about 7BIs today when I flipped out and started spewing.

Poker Stars, $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players

Hero (BTN): $61.23 (122.5 bb)
SB: $94.35 (188.7 bb)
BB: $52.50 (105 bb)
UTG: $113.52 (227 bb)
MP: $25 (50 bb)
CO: $50 (100 bb)

Preflop: Hero is BTN with Q of spades 7 of spades
2 folds, CO raises to $1.50, Hero raises to $4.33, 2 folds, CO raises to $9.50, Hero calls $5.17

Flop: ($19.75) 7 of hearts 6 of clubs 6 of spades (2 players)
CO bets $7, Hero calls $7

Turn: ($33.75) A of spades (2 players)
CO bets $14.10, Hero calls $14.10

River: ($61.95) J of spades (2 players)
CO bets $19.40 and is all-in, Hero calls $19.40

Results: $100.75 pot ($2.50 rake)

Final Board: 7 of hearts 6 of clubs 6 of spades A of spades J of spades
Hero showed Q of spades 7 of spades and won $98.25 ($48.25 net)
CO showed A of hearts K of clubs and lost (-$50 net)

My play... just lol
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