Thursday, December 31, 2009

Bad Results, Thinking Positive, Growing despite obstacles

My online challenge has been just that, a challenge. Thing are not going to well as I try to mess too much with my play, my stats, my tables, my stakes, etc... Focusing on VPP would be easy at a higher stake, but not so much at .05.
Bankroll Management needs to be respected though and is more important overall, so we'll just have to deal with that.
I'll post my dismal stats in a comment to the previous post.

But after all is said and done... I'll leave you with this. As I move forward.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

BankRoll Challenge addition .. 100vpp less than 3 days.

They seem to think I can't do this. Get 104vpp more by the 31st, so I get my Silverstar before January where it changes to only needing 750vpp. So it's on.
I'm going to do this. With a $23 bankroll. At 5NL. Starting now!

You can follow on and I'm about to post a thread on 2+2 about it. I think people have performed greater feats. Not sure why this sounds so hard to some. But apparently people are already betting against me. Time for some Prop Bets.

Due to monitor restrictions (not on my home pc) I will have to do this 4 tabling. 6 at most but that will wear me down more. 6 screens won't fit :P

Wish me luck! Better yet, as always, wish me a clear mind and determination.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Can I catch KidPoker?

From Daniel's Negreanu's blog:

"8. Get to the $3-$6 level in my bankroll challenge. Yes I'm still doing and I'm up to the $0.10-$0.25 games on PokerStars. My ultimate goal is $100,000 but the odds are heavily stacked against that. I'd see it as a triumph if I can get enough of a bankroll to ante up in the $3-$6 game. I'll need to $1500 before I can buy in to that game, and I'm currently sitting on about $180 and am currently playing. If I lose my entire bankroll at anytime, I'll give it up. To follow the progress of the challenge I update it after sessions in the original post at Daniel's Blog Forum "

I am currently back from $12 up to $65 at the moment and grinding back up. I hope to catch Daniel and either pace him, or outpace him! ;) I've got a little more time to devote to my challenge as he has other duties. Perhaps it will inspire him to finish it sooner. It will definitely help with with friendly rivalry and motivate me :)


How do I get this into Holdem Manager? my MTT stats for the TLB for the past year.

Dear ZomBParadox,

PokerStars Tournament Leader Points for the period from 2008/12/26 21:00 PT [2008/12/27 0:00 ET] to 2009/12/26 21:00 PT [2009/12/27 0:00 ET] requested by ZomBParadox ( on 2009/12/26:
Tournament Game Date/Time Buy-In Entrants Place Points
134677201 Stud 2009/01/18 18:22 PT freeroll 8000 390 18.02
134677335 SingleDraw2-7 NL 2009/01/22 19:42 PT freeroll 6703 464 15.12
146300077 Hold'em NL 2009/03/15 0:22 PT freeroll 9000 248 23.97
162030201 SingleDraw2-7 NL 2009/05/13 23:42 PT freeroll 3460 359 12.35
164456920 SingleDraw2-7 NL 2009/05/20 13:42 PT freeroll 7000 249 21.10
164456932 Hold'em NL 2009/05/20 21:42 PT freeroll 9000 15 97.47
164457011 Hold'em NL 2009/05/22 13:42 PT freeroll 9000 524 16.49
164457021 Hold'em NL 2009/05/22 20:22 PT freeroll 9000 525 16.48
163878919 Omaha PL 2009/05/24 11:00 PT freeroll 6585 797 11.44
166260261 SingleDraw2-7 NL 2009/05/25 21:42 PT freeroll 3985 42 38.76
166260287 Razz 2009/05/26 15:02 PT freeroll 5624 451 14.05
166260294 Hold'em NL 2009/05/26 19:02 PT freeroll 9000 941 12.31
166260380 Hold'em NL 2009/05/28 21:02 PT freeroll 9000 148 31.03
167619243 Hold'em NL 2009/05/29 11:18 PT USD 0.10 360 15 26.65
166260405 Razz 2009/05/29 13:02 PT freeroll 6312 861 10.77
166260406 Hold'em NL 2009/05/29 13:42 PT freeroll 9000 913 12.49
166260409 SingleDraw2-7 NL 2009/05/29 15:42 PT freeroll 6451 500 14.29
167730004 Hold'em NL 2009/05/29 19:39 PT USD 0.10 360 37 16.97
166260420 Razz 2009/05/29 23:02 PT freeroll 3104 71 26.31
167757495 Hold'em NL 2009/05/29 23:05 PT USD 0.01 990 78 14.78
166260424 SingleDraw2-7 NL 2009/05/30 1:42 PT freeroll 3747 229 16.10
167592637 Razz 2009/06/01 19:02 PT freeroll 4824 688 10.54
167592641 SingleDraw2-7 NL 2009/06/01 21:42 PT freeroll 3991 301 14.49
167592643 Hold'em NL 2009/06/01 23:02 PT freeroll 9000 1032 11.75
168173072 Hold'em NL 2009/06/02 15:05 PT 20FPP 3972 310 27.11
167592713 Hold'em NL 2009/06/03 21:42 PT freeroll 9000 1232 10.76
167592785 Hold'em NL 2009/06/05 17:02 PT freeroll 9000 999 11.94
167592790 Hold'em NL 2009/06/05 20:22 PT freeroll 9000 539 16.26
170078211 Hold'em NL 2009/06/07 17:42 PT USD 0.01 990 149 10.70
170117871 Hold'em NL 2009/06/07 22:04 PT USD 0.01 990 48 18.85
170137110 Hold'em NL 2009/06/08 1:32 PT USD 0.01 990 102 12.93
169719667 Omaha H/L NL 2009/06/12 1:02 PT freeroll 5458 473 13.52
169719705 SingleDraw2-7 NL 2009/06/13 1:42 PT freeroll 3788 67 29.92
171726768 Hold'em NL 2009/06/15 23:02 PT freeroll 9000 374 19.52
171726869 Hold'em NL 2009/06/18 18:22 PT freeroll 9000 335 20.63
171726916 SingleDraw2-7 NL 2009/06/20 1:42 PT freeroll 3878 426 12.01
173555470 Omaha PL 2009/06/21 21:42 PT freeroll 6297 160 24.96
173555491 SingleDraw2-7 NL 2009/06/22 11:42 PT freeroll 7000 664 12.92
173555494 Badugi PL 2009/06/22 13:42 PT freeroll 7637 1111 10.43
173555527 Stud H/L 2009/06/23 11:42 PT freeroll 8000 612 14.39
173555536 SingleDraw2-7 NL 2009/06/23 17:42 PT freeroll 7000 185 24.48
173555538 Hold'em NL 2009/06/23 19:02 PT freeroll 9000 687 14.40
173555543 Hold'em NL 2009/06/23 22:22 PT freeroll 9000 293 22.05
173555601 8-Game 2009/06/25 12:22 PT freeroll 6000 259 19.15
173555607 Stud 2009/06/25 16:22 PT freeroll 7496 377 17.74
173555620 Omaha H/L NL 2009/06/26 1:02 PT freeroll 5059 338 15.40
173555673 HORSE 2009/06/27 12:22 PT freeroll 8000 527 15.50
175255432 Hold'em NL 2009/06/29 23:02 PT freeroll 9000 1098 11.39
175255456 Razz 2009/06/30 15:02 PT freeroll 6128 811 10.94
175255492 Hold'em NL 2009/07/01 15:02 PT freeroll 9000 1217 10.82
175255577 Hold'em NL 2009/07/03 23:42 PT freeroll 9000 1229 10.77
176530195 Badugi PL 2009/07/07 9:42 PT freeroll 6497 145 26.64
176530237 SingleDraw2-7 NL 2009/07/08 13:42 PT freeroll 7000 430 16.06
176530274 HORSE 2009/07/09 14:22 PT freeroll 8000 1012 11.19
183615403 Badugi PL 2009/08/02 17:42 PT freeroll 5894 300 17.64
185661343 8-Game 2009/08/15 10:22 PT freeroll 6000 290 18.10
187167158 Razz 2009/08/21 23:02 PT freeroll 3344 257 14.35
187196820 Hold'em NL 2009/08/23 12:30 PT USD 10.00 27041 2535 65.67
190418548 Hold'em NL 2009/08/26 20:51 PT USD 0.25 45 1 46.89
189501288 Razz 2009/08/28 23:02 PT freeroll 3376 244 14.80
190733946 Hold'em NL 2009/08/29 13:00 PT USD 0.10 4537 166 28.44
188959555 Hold'em NL 2009/08/30 11:00 PT USD 10.00 7559 862 59.54
191375370 Hold'em NL 2009/08/30 20:22 PT freeroll 9000 976 12.08
191369501 Hold'em NL 2009/09/06 12:30 PT USD 10.00 27538 1107 100.29
193371966 SingleDraw2-7 NL 2009/09/07 21:42 PT freeroll 3975 83 27.54
193372145 Hold'em NL 2009/09/12 21:02 PT freeroll 9000 1235 10.74
193236131 Hold'em NL 2009/09/13 1:00 PT USD 3.00 3178 90 89.84
195154978 Hold'em 2009/09/20 2:22 PT freeroll 9000 689 14.38
197687399 Stud 2009/10/01 22:22 PT freeroll 4440 588 10.94
197687400 SingleDraw2-7 NL 2009/10/01 23:02 PT freeroll 3372 218 15.65
200618723 Hold'em NL 2009/10/03 12:06 PT USD 0.10 360 6 42.14
200559743 Badugi PL 2009/10/10 13:42 PT freeroll 7060 156 26.77
203047181 SingleDraw2-7 NL 2009/10/17 1:42 PT freeroll 3954 500 11.19
203047207 2009/10/17 19:02 PT freeroll 7408 487 15.52
203040003 Hold'em NL 2009/10/18 12:30 PT USD 10.00 28170 3274 58.98
208692513 Razz 2009/11/02 19:02 PT freeroll 4304 567 10.96
219010027 Hold'em NL 2009/11/14 21:00 PT USD 2.00 2330 342 35.29
229010073 Hold'em NL 2009/11/17 22:00 PT USD 3.00 2175 102 69.81
229010215 Hold'em NL 2009/11/20 3:00 PT USD 1.00 3737 4 335.28
229111155 Hold'em NL 2009/11/27 20:00 PT USD 2.00 3849 83 92.08
213977435 HORSE 2009/11/28 2:22 PT freeroll 4744 439 13.08
208985282 Hold'em NL 2009/11/28 19:40 PT 10FPP 3042 85 36.72
229110003 Hold'em NL 2009/11/29 12:30 PT USD 10.00 32487 2281 75.88
213973271 Hold'em NL 2009/11/29 13:20 PT USD 4.00 1000 85 55.85
234010025 Hold'em NL 2009/12/03 21:00 PT USD 2.00 1906 40 93.34
219273619 Hold'em NL 2009/12/08 22:20 PT USD 2.00 1419 111 48.35
219273936 Hold'em NL 2009/12/10 18:00 PT USD 4.00 1231 138 48.63
219273621 Hold'em NL 2009/12/10 22:20 PT USD 2.00 1472 92 54.09
220788128 Hold'em NL 2009/12/11 1:38 PT USD 4.00 180 25 43.69
237011027 Hold'em 2009/12/13 18:00 PT USD 4.00 282 11 82.45
239011011 Hold'em NL 2009/12/14 17:40 PT USD 8.00 2599 233 64.01
217410929 Hold'em NL 2009/12/20 11:05 PT 20FPP 5793 539 24.83
Total points: 2,882.94

Thank you for participating.

Easy being a pro! .. yeah right!! UGH!

So far.. this transition into playing professional, is a BIG FAT FAILURE! This doesn't mean I will not succeed, but it does mean it will not be like winning the lottery. It will NOT be like getting a nice new fat paycheck with a career change.
It WILL be hard work. And lots of it! Hopefully that will get easier as I go, so I can enjoy this career, but hard work never hurt anyone. I just didn't imagine it would be this much hard work.
But as they say, anything worth doing is usually not easy.

And then this morning I am having a good session. But the bad sessions, they seem to be worse than the good sessions are good! we'll see what results, actual results, not impressions, turn up over the next couple of days. I've got about 6 weeks left? Time light the afterburners, and grind my life away to get a baseline. An accurate one.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Focused Drive in Poker, What really drives Me

My daughter of all people, is driving me to succeed. Inspiring me to put in more time than I thought I was capable of. Sure, if I was on my own schedule, could work 36 hours straight, then sleep as long as I need to, and then continue, I could certainly put in some Supernova Elite hours! But try to do that with a 9 to 5 job and a long commute. IMPOSSIBLE! .. or is it?

You see, my wonderful daughter, wants something more than a present for Christmas. She wants to see me on her birthday! (end of January) I'm so proud of her. It will be her 8th birthday (my son is 9). My children live in Indiana with their new family, and have another brother and sister now, so there are 4 kids.
I have had to come to California for a job, and it's not ideal, but it was necessary at the time. I've had health problems to deal with, so it was fortunate I was able to get insurance in the nick of time and make it through a dark hour.

Now that things are clear for a career push, I have been focusing on "getting somewhere". Not just succeeding at a chosen career (peace of mind) but making enough at it that I can deal with the distance between myself and my children. Either making enough to visit them often enough and take them on vacation, or being able to afford to live closer. I hope to do both.

I have wanted to play poker professionally, for years. One of the main reasons was the freedom it would allow me to work on my own schedule, to write and record music, and work on my books that I have yet to write. And a few other interests including some inventions.
But, there is an underlying desire, that no matter what I do, at whatever level, that I do what I can to make the world a better place. Writing songs, writing books, just living my life by example, whatever I do, I hope I make a positive impact. Even if I do not, I will not have any regrets about trying. And I hope my children fully understand this and remember it long after I am gone.

That being said, I am driven right now. I am LIVING poker. I work, then I play poker, and get a few hours sleep, and repeat for most of the work week, and catch up on sleep about once a week. This is not too healthy nor recommended, but it's better to spend such time on something that motivates you, than squander it on something that just kills time and leaves you unsatisfied with where you spent your time. ;)

I'm surprised no one has come along and expressed concern that I might have a gambling problem (don't gamble, it's -EV and not worth the reward in the long run) or I am spending too much time trying to get where I want to go. It IS good advice to enjoy the ride, you only live once, and ESPECIALLY enjoy your children, they are only young once. But since I communicate well with those close to me, I think they understand. In fact, some are pleased and excited for me, and following my progress closely, cheering me on, even helping out with secretarial duties! ;) (You know who you are!)

To be quite honest, I simply do not have enough income from my job to go see my children for Christmas, or even by my daughters birthday. So I have to figure some other way. I can make more money than I make from my current job (or any previous job in fact) playing poker. And I have been on this path for years, and am just now getting to where I can actually realize my goals. But it is NOT as easy as one might thing. Not even close! But, for me, this is by far the best way to accomplish my goals. Other opportunities may present themselves, and I will have to evaluate each one wisely, but for now, with current conditions, this is my best bet.

Poker players are a LOT better than they were 10 years ago. There are a lot more of us in general, but the average level of the game is MUCH higher than it was years ago. It reminds me of trying to make it to the top in professional sports or the music business. The better everyone gets, the higher you need to be in the percentages to make it there. And we are talking about the top 99.99% in the choice careers. For every .01% that make it to the top, 99.99% don't. This just an example but gets you thinking on the right track.

So who does make it? Anyone CAN make it. I'm a firm believer that you can do whatever you set your mind to, and if you do what you love to do, you are 10 times more likely to succeed.
To quote Daniel Negreanu and many other top players.. the ones who make it are the ones who are willing to put in the time. And that's where I find myself while writing this, putting in the time. It's 3:30am, and I'm researching my chose craft, blogging about it, and setting aside the next 3 hours to grind, and hone that necessary discipline to make it to the top. I have had 3 hours sleep tonight, 2 hours last night, and don't expect much more in about another 16 hours before I can think about sleeping again. Is poker really that hard? Well, no, it doesn't need to be. But for the road and time schedule I am on, it needs to be, for now. If I was near my kids and could spend more time with them, I certainly would be choosing wisely what time I spent on my career, because they are my priority, especially in their formative years. (I was Mr Mom for 5 years, and went from making $70k/year doing what I love to having next to nothing, but I wouldn't trade the quality time I got to spend with my children for anything in the world.)

I'm posting this, in part to share, and in part to remind myself, why I am sticking to my discipline, why I have discipline and patience written down as part of my poker goals. I have squandered my time in the past. I have squandered careers trying to change for other people (never again!). I have squandered a couple bankrolls by not being discplined, playing when sick, not knowing my tilt limitations, etc... (still less than $1,000 total).
But I have a good reason not to squander my time. My daughter had me in tears because she wants to see for her Birthday more than she wants a present. And that makes me feel like I've done a good job as a parent. That motivates me.

That's why I play poker!

Monday, December 21, 2009

the updated promised stats...

3rd after turnaround

3rd after turnaround.

3rd after turnaround..

There ya go.. now I'm off to grind then report LATER so I am not spening my grinding time, posting and surfing and being distracted ;)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Turning it around..

Ok, dropping down a level is not fun. Dropping down 3 levels was required for my mistakes. That's right, 3 levels! I went from .10/.25 to .01/.02 !

And it was a good move. I was taking a risk by playing at .25 and thinking I'd just redeposit if need be, and after 1 redeposit, I decided to stick to bankroll strategy and discipline. Not going broke is something that WILL be required, when I no longer have a "backup job". That day is coming soon, so it's time to sink or swim!

I was down all the way to $12 after some tourney entries. I won a limit tourney for $7.50 and used $5 of that for another tourney, but it's a fun regulars sort of thing, to socialize and keep those skills up to date. Other than that, I REALLY need to limit my tourney playing until I have time and bankroll to accomodate it.

I played from $12 up to $44 playing .05 today. I will remain at this level for a little bit before moving back up to .10

I'll post my improved graphs later.

Read 2+2 .. lots of good info there. Find the info that stands the test of time.

Bankrolls: 20 buyins, no more than 5% of bankroll in play. 1 buyin = 100 big blinds.
10 buy ins left = MOVE DOWN
40 buy ins left = MOVE UP

We'll stick to that with patience, discipline, and resisting temptation to quote :)


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Early on



My life as a fish... sharks got to start somewhere...

OMG. What a week. I guess, reluctantly, I will keep my promise to myself, to post all my results, great and small. Even Really Really ugly results. I am trying to reduce my prose to being entertainingly brief and to the point. So a picture is worth a thousand words. Ugh.

Which reminds me, I forgot what program I used to use to upload pics directly to my blog... was it Picasa? I shall have to do a quick search. Or upload to photobucket or something, If I can remember the password. ...oops. Entertainingly brief. Right.

Ok, they are posted on blog, you might have to click on pics to view them fully until I switch blog settings to allow oversize pics etc... or find a better way.

First couple are "the beginning" before I had a good hand sample size. I wasn't on a real heater, but had a few good hands and no really bad hands. Smart playing, like I "can" play. Now if I could just keep that consistent and improve upon that... but wait.......

THEN IT GETS REALLY UGLY! Ever wonder why they ask for 10k sample sizes for reports before asking for advice on 2+2? you are about to see why. I'm only around 6k hands, but you'll see how much it can vary.

Monday, December 14, 2009

How to concentrate when running deep but Shannon is distracting you!

Here is the VIDEO of Shannon Elizabeth in response to Ben Stiller on TV or something.. where did all my chips go????
Poker Talk... ocassionally I'll just paste a convo.. as it brings up more ideas and comments from readers as well...

ZomB: I airballed my last 3 big tournaments
ZomB: but I made $50 bucks in 30 mins last night in a .25 game!
ZomB: lol
ZomB: and I got 11th of 282 in a limit tourney, which I hate
ZomB: it's not how many times you fall or how hard, it's how many times you get back up and learn not to do it again
turnertim_2000: Right.
turnertim_2000: my online play was pretty solid this weekend though- some minor consolation there... I am only playing tournament and haven't yet become a profitable player. My bank was down to like 27 or so... and I hit 160 Sunday.
turnertim_2000: no huge cashes- two mediums and several smalls
ZomB: my tests indicate (and other collaborate) that the more reliable and steady income is the cash games, and the long shot is the tournaments. There are those that swear by sit n goes, but you need the TIME to dedicate to realize the larger variance and show the profit
ZomB: when i can spend 4 hours on a tourney and win 4x my money (but only talking 15 bucks here) and spend 30 mins and win 50 bucks... it's easy math hehe
ZomB: my average though is about $14-$20/hr with 4 tables
ZomB: I can run 9 tables on my monitor at home when I get that all done
turnertim_2000: over how many hands is that?
ZomB: 3 - 4 k?
turnertim_2000: I've been thinking VERY hard about making that switch.
ZomB: over weekend I didn't have holdem manager running
turnertim_2000: Also thnking about moving to stars a lot
ZomB: well i'm planning on doing both
ZomB: but while I NEED to build my bankroll, i'll be self disciplined about tournaments
ZomB: I've paid for the majority of my tournaments with my cash game winnings
turnertim_2000: and you are playing at what level?
ZomB: so I feel good about it, but i'm breaking even until I get a big win
ZomB: why do that when I can build my bankroll and then afford to play full time and have time for tournaments, it will be a break from the cash grind
ZomB: .10/.25
turnertim_2000: on Full Tilt?
ZomB: pokerstars
turnertim_2000: oh okay
ZomB: UB gave me 10 bucks.. I'm going to work that up to 100-200 at least
turnertim_2000: Stars is WAY THE HELL BIGGER than Full Tilt right?
ZomB: I'm going to take advantage of rake on UB, Doyles and FTP somehow
ZomB: stars is THE biggest
ZomB: FTP has been gaining but still about h alf as big I'd say
ZomB: stars has the TOUGHEST competition, but with so many people, still enough fish
ZomB: I keep hearing about how things are better for poker pros at FTP (lot of wanna bes from poker after dark ads, etc)
turnertim_2000: How much time/energy/analysis do you put into your table selection?
ZomB: and I know places like doyles, and other smaller sites will be softer at times and in certain areas
turnertim_2000: like, do you research the names of the players to find soft tables?
ZomB: enough so that it improves my bottom line, but not so much that it takes away from it
ZomB: it should be second nature, whether live or online
ZomB: i will do that as I use holdem manager.. I have been "marking" everyone I play on pokerstars for a while in NOTES
ZomB: C = cash, L=limit, ?=tourney, F=final tables, etc
ZomB: I h aven't figured out the table manager in holdem manager yet, and need to play at home AND at work too, so trying to figure out best way to transport and share data that way
turnertim_2000: I started the harringon on cash books and he is suggesting something that seems very counter to the style of play I am used to. Like, its not tight aggressive tournament play minus the meta game... its lots of "see cheap pots with hands like 97suited because nobody commits money without a monster so you need to have a hidden monster in order to win much"
ZomB: i would have to agree with that wholeheartedly
ZomB: I have been beat by people doing that often enough to learn to use it in my repetoire
ZomB: instead of losing with KK or AA, you start stealing wins from others playing them with your straight or flush, etc
ZomB: you can win more with a pair of 9's than with aces full sometimes.. based on how you play it
ZomB: i have greatly reduced the "i gotta pay to see" calls to when I'm 99%+ sure I've got the right read
ZomB: it's cheaper to let it go than be wrong too often
ZomB: i've got to read those books too.
turnertim_2000: I found in the SNG scene that there was a MASSIVE difference in the play at the 1, 2, and 5 dollar levels. I found it much easier to perform consistantly at the higher levels because there was some degree of "logic" behind most of the players.
turnertim_2000: I imagine that is true at the microstakes as well?
ZomB: yes
ZomB: though
ZomB: I do better against better players as well
ZomB: but...
ZomB: there is less difference between .02, .05, .10 and .25
ZomB: I'm expecting more of a difference up to .50 but one I will ENJOY
ZomB: 2 is tight, logical.. 5 is insane across the board, can be anything
ZomB: .10 is more logical tighter again.. with more variance than 2
ZomB: then .25 is a bit of a mix too, but looser than .10
ZomB: it makes no sense
ZomB: and this is for the times I play
ZomB: primetime and early day might be completely different
ZomB: most sites. and live play, as you go up in levels, you go up in competition and play ability as well
ZomB: it just isn't this way in the micros. and I suspect at every level there is a "least common fool" level where you get more fish than expected
ZomB: think of it as fish from all classes of life
ZomB: lower class, middle, and upper
ZomB: they are going to be playing at different limits
turnertim_2000: So are you going to make it this week???
Last message received on 12/14 at 1:09 PM
ZomB: should be short on cash tomorrow, but ok on wednesday
turnertim_2000: Awesome.
ZomB: I get my check deposited by wednesday morning, but that makes me short on tuesday
turnertim_2000: Tuesday is "Ken's game" and Wednesday is "my game" so I am more excited about building Wednesday anyway.
ZomB: I'll just have to catch caltrain and come back to work and stay
ZomB: easier than all the way home
ZomB: but I got to consider the time investment vs profit lost]
turnertim_2000: vs. live play experience
ZomB: it's a case of 'I got to run well enough to pay for the time missed"
ZomB: but I chalk it up to more live experience to keep my live skills sharp
Mind if I use your yahoo name on my blog?
ZomB: I've been editing the convo to not do so , so far.
ZomB: but it's more time consuming than just copy and paste
turnertim_2000: No I don't think I care. As long as context is included so when I ask an intelligent question and you give me a basic lecture- it doesn't look like I'm an idiot.
ZomB: I'm talking for my benefit as well, sharing my thoughts, airing them, makes them more clear, shines a light on any weaknesses
ZomB: you'll ask questions about things that are weak or dont' make sense, etc

Sunday, some results and numbers

While playing a limit tourney, $4.40, I got 12 of 282, for about 5 hours time.. made $11.00+

Tournament #237011027, Limit Hold'em
Buy-In: $4.00/$0.40 USD
282 players
Total Prize Pool: $1128.00 USD
Tournament started 2009/12/13 18:00:00 PT [2009/12/13 21:00:00 ET]

Dear ZomBParadox,

You finished the tournament in 11th place. A USD 15.79 award has been credited to your Real Money account.

You earned 82.45 tournament leader points in this tournament. For information about our tournament leader board, see our web site at


Thank you for participating.

So afterwards, I decided I was going to play some .10/.25 for an hour. But, after 30 mins, I quit feeling good where I was up $50. That's $100 an hour. nice ;) I was running "goot!" and had kings twice, quad 4's, but the rest were made hands or didn't go to showdown.
I was 4 tabling, fast tables where possible.
I'm starting to request daily hand histories to solve my multiple pc playing.
We'll sort it out later.

My PC is almost done, need a DVi video cable, then I can 9 table on my monitor. Can only really 4 table on this one. When my bankroll can manage it, i will buy a 2nd monitor to give me an easier 12 table or up to 18 tables. That should hold me fine for a long time to come :)

As you can see, I should keep to cash games for a while, despite the nice promotions for the leader boards.

I'll try to get a pic of my stats and graph posted tomorrow.
See you on the felts.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Selection, Selection, Selection

I've got to catch up. I have gone through SEVERAL buy ins in recent times. Was up to about $280 with my initial buy in, but have since lost it all. Went on a donkspree when too tired, too distracted, etc... Following your intincts on whether you SHOULD play or not, is a good thing. Try not to get into a situation where you HAVE to play, but give it 110% if you do have to!

So although I've had some decent results, and they seem to come in flurries, in tournaments, I have to start focusing on Cash Games in order to build my bankroll. And choosing the right tournaments, the right cash tables, the right live games, etc... makes all the difference in the world.

I've got Hold'em Manager installed and working well. How do I use this info both at home and at work? What's the easiest way to transport/export the data?

I'll have some charts and graphs that show me going up, going down, going back up again ;) Soon.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Pasting discussions with friends...

I am talking to poker players a bit more, so I am going to be pasting some of my poker converstations here, as they help improve our game. Everyone talking should be improving. Right?

" Did you start at the lowest stakes? How many move ups have you earned? or did you jump when you deposited more money? "

Last message received on 12/10 at 3:53 PM
ZomB: earned move ups? they are free, you move when you decide to
ZomB: I deposited 50 and moved to nl25 right away knowing the risk
ZomB: I could play 10k hands at nl5, then NL10 etc.. if I wish
ZomB: I actually was playing less levels when my cash was $250 ..
( I had about $100, and hit a MTT for $192 when i got 4th)
ZomB: would have been wiser if I stayed in my bankroll limitations, but I had to devise a plan, and test the boundaries
ZomB: Confidence is the only reason anyone needs 10k (or more) hands at a certain level to prove they are a winning player
(but if you feel you need, take as long as you wish, it's your life, time and money!) (nothing wrong with taking as much time as you need, and it's even advisable)
ZomB: if you are winning at nl2, you should be winning at NL200
(but you will usually find less fish at these levels. This not always the case. You should consider there will be pro quality players at EVERY level, even .01/.02)
ZomB: for me, I need to make sure I have the discipline to not play at certain times, to be patient during downswings, and to constantly fill my head with any little piece that is missing, or memorizing those "middle" odds.. not the top 15% or not the bottom 15% of hands, but knowing the territory in the middle by heart"

Most of my leaks come from playing when too tired, playing too many tables for the level of distraction at the time, not allotting the proper time for playing and sticking to it, not having my "warroom" set up optimally for the best play for the best amount of time available.

There is always room to learn more, in any game or endeavor. I should respect the fact that NL HL is one of the toughest games out there as far as total competition and spend more time on the other games that I am winning at, like Razz, Omaha8 (hi/lo), and Badugi! If I feel I must "conquer/master" NL HE first.. it may be a costly proposition.

I have always planned on playing multiple games, and hopefully winning multiple bracelets, and expect that NL will be the hardest to attain. If I ever attain any! The fields are MUCH larger these days, and it's possible to be a VERY successful player in cash games, and tournaments, and yet still not have attain a bracelet. I will NOT get too hung up on this goal. ;)

Edit: I have to add the following..

The only reason to take your time moving up is NOT confidence. It's ALSO becoming aware of the territory. The regulars, the sharks, the fish, who they are, where they are, WHEN they are playing, etc.... I find that sometimes when we make choices, the facts that turn up later, induce us to rethink those decisions, and in come cases, to make other choices. This might be one of them :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Recent updates, Outlast the Pros, etc

I think of all my best ideas for bloggin while travellin. I can't wait until I have a new battery for the laptop.

I did NOT win anything in the PCA Tournaments. No Bahamas the easy way for me! But it was fun. It doesn't look like I'll make it this winter, but you never know what might happen. It would be a blast.

I started using Hold'em Manager. Can't seem to get simple questions answered. Hate having to devote some of my limited time diggin through manuals and forums...

Like right now, I'm at 3 tables in tournaments, and the info from the HUD is blocking some of the cards. Annoying. I found the transparency, have it almost all the way down. But still times when the HUD seems lost, or TrYING to get in my way! Should be a quick switch to click it off when you don't wanna see it without having to turn the whole thing off!

The information is most useful AFTER a session. I've got to figure out how to post my stats, and WHICH ones to post beyond the basic stats screen and graph.

I've been playing anything from NL2 to NL25 .. .if .10/.25 is NL25.. then what is $10/$25 called? My bankroll says to play at nl5 for a while before NL10 and certainly a lot before NL25. But I am taking some risks, as I am in a hurry. Time is not on my side. Layoffs are coming, and while I job search, playing professionally is my backup if I don't land a new job! Sometimes, we do what we got to do.

Got a new home game to go to on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, to add to my regular monthly game. Gotta keep that live poker experience going.
And speaking of Live Poker.. I'm going to check out some of the casinos for jobs as a prop player. I can survive on that until I have my bankroll padded.

I have been planning on getting a small bankroll on EACH site, and at any casinos where I can trust the managment like at the Oaks. That way I can get a break from the regular routine, and be able to make money wherever I am, and take advantage of any opportunities that present themselves. Planning ahead.

I better get off here, I'm in 3 tournaments and just about on tilt because I gotta take a piss! :X

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Arrgh. Dedicated but still FAILed.

I was so worried about making sure I was well rested for the 3 PCA Freeroll Main Events today.. that I didn't even take home my new motherboard to finish building my PC. I might have stayed up too late trying to finish it. And just in case the 3rd tourney ran late, I went to work so I would already be there for Monday morning. Great plan, huh?

Real dedicated, giving up Saturday night, going out with friends, playing live, etc etc etc.. And guess what happened? I woke up with 30 mins left to sleep before I had to get up and get read, and hit snooze.

Didn't wake up until 2 hours later. 1800 or so in tournament from Blinding out. ACK!

3 Chances to win a Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure worth $15k and a badly needed vacation, to get to play with some of my Pokerstars friends in the Bahamas, and play in a tournament where I can win approx 3 Million? And I SLEPT through the first one???

Let's hope that the extra sleep I got serves me well in the next 2 tournaments. I look forward to the day when I can set my own schedule! I just might be a better player if I can SHOW up to the tournaments I'm entered in! Maybe.

Edit: I forgot to add that I did not put myself on Tilt because I let this happen. It's not the end of the world, and it is not affecting me. A simple conscious decision. I just file away the info and lesson learned for next time. Then I stamp "priority" because this has happened before! We need to learn from our mistakes in all areas of life, right? Especially Poker.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Reality. Acceptance. Change. Growth.

to quote myself: TheWookieWay "#mtt #poker to go from 10% to 90% is easy... to go from 98% to 99% is monoumental. To work with what you got regardless, is priceless.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Dividing / Spreading your attention... how far?

Now there are some days where playing 1 table can drive me crazy.. but if it's an important enough tourney, I will give it my full attention. Not to miss a thing!

I prefer to play at least 2, usually 4 tables. I will not be playing more than that until my PC at home is built, which is much more robust than the ones I am using now. I have a 23" monitor with nice video card and at least 3 gig of ram. I will add a 2nd 23" monitor when I am able. This will make multi tabling a LOT easier to do :) I wont go blind!

So I've learned NOT to mix game types. Don't play a NL tourney with a cash game, with Razz game, with a HU game!
Distaster. You might play great until you suddenly have to pay attention to all 4 tables at the same time and at different paces. Not optimal. "yeah, i'll call .10 ... oops! I called 1.00 ??? ouch!"

And what am I doing right now? Playing 2 cash games at low limit, and 2 tournaments... and bloggin, and headphones, and reading Twitter, and Email, etc. etc. etc. and I just went all in when short with A Q offsuit... Oops. In a tournament, where I was in 6th of 24 or so a little bit ago, at the start of this blog entry. 18 get paid. See what I mean? I hope you appreciate this sacrifice to make my point!
Kiss that $5 tourney goodbye with the $230 for 1st where I was running good. I was ahead on the All In btw, lost to K J (other guy had J 9) straight to the King.

So, I need to stop bloggin while playin. I may blog less, but OH WELL! Bloggin don't help my bankroll.

I also need to stop playing when I'm sleepy, too hyper, on tilt for any reason, distracted, daydreaming, etc...

I spent all that time making my "habits" good ones... it helps if you are disciplined to make good decisions when you get tired but before you have decided you are tooo tired, too drunk, or whatever. What are you doing drinking when playin anyways?? :)

Why am I here bloggin? *pooooof*

How Low is TOO Low? When to Push in Tournaments

What is YOUR opinion on when to push in a tournament? I'm asking this question relative to Big Blinds (BB's) ... 20BB ? 10BB? 7 BB? 4BB? 1BB???

Obviously, you can come from behind with a single chip! The later in the tournament you do this, the more difficult it will be to accomplish.

It seems the average consensus with your average player is 10BB. It seems your good players will play all the way down to 3 or 4 BB. And some crazy players will push it all the way to a 0.5 BB! (usually when they are anted in with their last chip!)

I USED to play down to whatever it took. Then I started listening to those who seemed to know what they were talking about and pushing between 15 and 10 BB.

These days, I'm back to "situational". Depends on WHEN in the tournament, the cost to enter, the time it will take, etc... and whether I have any fold equity at all. Of course, I give away very little fold equity when there is a chance to knock someone out, and there is a chance that their range is pretty wide.

How many BB are you comfortable with before you start to worry??
In general, I'm comfortable with anything 20 BB or more.

I wonder what would happen if I was as patient in RAZZ as I am in NL HE?

I love Bankroll info.. good info is so scarce...

Victoria Coren on a lesson in bankroll management posted on

She talks about deciding not to go play a tournament that didn't fit her bankroll after recent home improvements. Wise lady.

I, too, have had to make similar choices recently as well. It's a very necessary discipline for a Poker Pro. I can't stress this enough. The number one reason a lot of GREAT poker players never make it when going pro, is because they need to be great at poker AND be an investment manager for their own bankroll.

I had to start my bankroll with next to zero money. No windfall, no reserves, no credit card, etc... Flat Broke. But there is a great satisfaction that comes from being able to say "I did this on my own". It's time intensive almost exponentionally from the bottom to the top, but a worthwhile trip if you plan on standing the test of time.

I look forward to reviewing this post in a year.

Stolen (blatantly) from Daleroxxu you, I mean Borrowed

10 Questions Not To Ask Me About Poker (because you won't like the answers)

For my non-poker friends and associates: (click above to see the original on Dale's site, hope he doesn't mind my stealing this to post here)

10 Questions Not To Ask Me About Poker (because you won't like the answers)

.. well just click on the link to go read it on his site ;)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My Thoughts in Isildur1 news.. OPINION only

Over at Poker News Daily, I commented on THIS post :

Responses to “Isildur1 is not Viktor Blom (blom30)”

  1. TheWookieWay Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Alright, I’m going to add my 2 cents, just a “possible” opinion.. no facts here!

    Are we certain it is someone in Sweden? Of course not. Hacker 101 says “proxy, anyone?” Could be from anywhere in the world.

    If it’s factual, then it’s got to be someone with a LOT of money. That narrows it down quite a bit. But still, not that much.. quite a few billionaires out there, and a plethora of millionaires.
    Anyone who has that level of money SQUANDER away in a possible loss, has too much money on their hands. Takes “partying like a rockstar” to a whole new level… “partying like a billionaire?” … Wow.

    If it’s “promotional”, that is someone with a good mind in marketing is generating traffic and/or interest in Full Tilt. This would have to be an insider. There’s a whole STABLE full of LIKELY possible players who could be Isildur1. Very Plausible.

    Another very plausible idea, is someone is money laundering. All of the people supposedly involved playing against Isildur could be taking turns playing against each other. Anyone with that level of money to launder must be the type of person you’d like to avoid at the felt, in the alley, on the internet, etc… you won’t get me thinking too much more on that subject, just not safe. This would also be bad for poker in general, and is not something we need for it’s reputation right before a poker law reform.

    It will be interesting to see how this one plays out. Doing something famous, and remaining anonymous, takes a certain dedication. It’s harder and harder to do in modern times. Just like bankroll discipline, does this person(s) have secret/communication discipline?

    PS… if anyone is accepting applications for “token tax-shelter poker pro pawn” to help out, you can reach me via email. ;)
    See you at the felts, both virtual and real.