Saturday, June 27, 2009
Now I don't start for 2 weeks, and in the meantime, I WILL see how much of a bankroll I can muster up with no investment. Knowledge is the key here, and finding the right places to start takes time. I have found some sites and there seems to be a trade off.
In the Long Run, rakeback will make your money over the life of your career.
In the Short Run, getting free money to start with provides no risk, and is a learning experience.
I will be balancing these two. Some sites will be where I start, and I may end up oweing a big thanks for the start of my career. Some sites will provide the best bankroll and playing areas, and are where I will spend the majority of my time when I get a bankroll. Now I personally think this is a mistake at some of the bigger sites, but helps out the smaller sites.
Why wouldn't Pokerstars want me to stay on their site, invest my bankroll, and spend most of my online career on their site? It would make them the most money, and is at the moment, my favorite site and where I have the most friends. I like their software the best of those I have seen, though I see improvements for ANY poker software I come across. Perhaps it's time to consult. Maybe my background in Software QA makes me notice bugs more. I always see bugs I know can be fixed with small software updates.
So as I sit here, on the bubble in razz tourney, currently in 9th.. playing on my play table where max buy in is 2000 chips and I have over 20k chips at table... it's about bed time!! Listening to deadmau5, one of my FAVORITE dj's /producers...
More later.. trying to win this razz tourney that gives no points, just play chips... time for my bankroll!!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Have been doing much better. In half the time, same amount of points.. over 800 now. Not really going for the lead yet... had a job interview today that will hopefully sort out my bare necessities, and my start of bankroll, not to mention basic survival ;)
Started college Wednesday. Bachelor of Science, IT. I'll figure out our subdivision later. And how many degrees will be enough. And unless I want to pay all this out of pocket, I'll figure out what scholarships I'm available for and apply. Fun fun.
Found the info I needed for free bankrolls. Rakeback (though this is still incomplete). And before long, I'll have a satisfactory bankroll. And get to work on those bankroll management skills that are so key. And get to work on my live game as well. Even though the lion share of my income will be from online playing, I will not slack at all in those live game skills. ;)
I look forward to playing EVERYONE!
Tournament Leader Points for the period from 2008/12/31 21:00 PT [2009/01/01 0:00 ET] to 2009/06/26 21:00 PT [2009/06/27 0:00 ET] requested by ZomBParadox ( ) on 2009/06/25:
|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||$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||$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||$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||$0.01||990||149||10.70|
|170117871||Hold'em NL||2009/06/07 22:04 PT||$0.01||990||48||18.85|
|170137110||Hold'em NL||2009/06/08 1:32 PT||$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|
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Saturday, June 20, 2009
Bank Wires and Seizure of Funds
Twitter and it's effects on Poker
Got 502 out of 10000 in a shootout tournament... takes forever for round 1 to finish, sometimes over 2 hours. So to be 3 tables that around 6 hours average.
Had a couple nice finishes, 335, 374, 67, 48, 149, 102, 473, 310 and 301 all this month. The Shootouts are great last table training. I really enjoy heads up. But the format sucks, having to win a last table 4 times in a row!
And I had more to add, but I'm lagging out. Can't wait to buy more memory and a bigger monitor :)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Money is an issue. I should read up on what players do when they lose their bankroll. I haven't had one to lose yet, but it would be good to know beforehand. Obviously, the idea is to never lose it, for those truly wanting to go pro, or not having resources to fall back on, and we're talkin major resources!
At this point, I've got to get staked, find a backer, or a decent job REAL soon. Like today would be good :) .. Genius for Hire!!! ..
Thursday, June 11, 2009
But talking to anyone outside of that game, offline, in person, on the phone, etc... usually distracts me. I lose track of what's going on. I am more likely to fall back on old bad habits. That's why making good habits is a key point for success. If you do get distracted, your good habits will have you doing the right thing.
Of course, it's best not to let yourself get distracted in the first place. But some things are out of our control, and adapting to the world around you, and being able to do well during lifes distractions, is a good skill to have.
When I am able, I will do what I can to minimize my outside world distractions while I'm playing online. An ounce of prevention will save you a pound of labor, as they say.
As far as going tilt, am I endangering myself by posting what my weaknesses are here? Will this info be used against me by the savvy player who looks up this info? Will I be making myself a stronger player later, by conquering my weakness publicly now? Or would I do better to conquer them privately, and post them afterwards?
What do YOU the reader think?
Current Pokerstars totals,
75,605 play money
There is one exception to this rule–photographers can use their big external flashes when snapping pics of bracelet winners. These are the shots that end up on magazine covers, turned into posters, hung on the wall. And the happy player sitting there surrounded by cheering fans and bricks of cash (to say nothing of the bracelet) probably won’t mind the temporary blindness brought on by popping flashbulbs.
(borrowed from Ultimate Bet Blog)
The level of games I am intersted in due to my bankroll management, are 1/2 Limit Hold'em, 1/2 $100 max NL Hold'em, and 3/6 NL Hold'em.
3/6 Hold'em is the best place to make money, because the rake percentage is less overall. 1/2 $100 max is where I wanted to play, but min buyin was $40, and I only went down with $30. So I had to play Limit Hold'em, which I hate to play. Bounced around from zero to $60 and should have moved over to $100 max 1/2 when I had $40 or more. But did have fun playing for about 4 hours. Been about 10 years since I played live at a casino. This will have to become a regular occurrence as I work on my live game.
It's easier to post daily blogs when you are doing well, than when you are not!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Now we are down to details and enjoying the ride! No matter what you do, remember to enjoy the ride! Set goals, meet them, set new ones. Live your life NOW in the present.
I enrolled in college today, and start in two weeks. I look forward to it!
Missed the Daily Eighty Grand satellite again today... looked away for only a few seconds, and clicked register, and it came back "full" after about 30 seconds. You really do need to click it as soon as it appears, and you still may not get in. Only 10,000 each day do.
I haven't played much in the past week, compared to the week before, as I have been out of the house, applying for jobs and working on my resume, or messing with this tooth. I wish to play more, but one must have priorities. As soon as my income is secure, I'll be able to play more.
I've updated my personal blog and my poker blog. I see there are many poker blogs out there, so to keep mine unique, I'll keep the entertaining aspects here, and make my page a portal to reach all the other sites I use, so you may find it useful to use in this way, too.
As always, feel free to comment and update my blog with any info you wish.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The one thing I know I was born good at, is racing. It's in my blood. No need to question it, extreme but quiet confidence. I have met people just as fast, but never met anyone faster. The kind of situation where I often give people a headstart so it's more fun to race. Not trying to brag, just need this comparison for Poker.
Playing guitar for over 20 years, I'm pretty good in most people's eyes, but I stink in my own eyes. But I like it because it's a challenge for me. That's key.
In POKER, I thought I was pretty good. In the past 6 months, I've come to learn just how WRONG I was. I was decent, even good at times. But definitely not consistent, and had a VERY imcomplete education.
I would have to say I'm easily ten times the player I was a year ago. I didn't dive in with both feet until 6 months ago. I just had fun with it, and that was ok! It was something I enjoyed but not something I was too serious about.
But conditions have changed, and I have applied myself. Seriously applied myself as though I want to graduate with a degree in playing poker professionally. Just like I was in college. I've always been good at math, and have some natural poker skills, which I will eventually discuss here. But I have addressed everything in my game. EVERYTHING.
I have gone all the way back to the basics, up to now having a bankroll management plan (understanding?) and researching Staking and Backers and the fine science of poker. There is always room for improvement, you never stop learning, there is always someone better, but it can still be done. These are my philosophies.
I liked Mark Blades book, I couldn't put it down, read over 100 pages @ the book store, and have at least 5 books to buy and keep for reference. I'll be a regular poker professor by the time I've absorbed everything. I've been like a sponge, and it's been FUN!
At first it was frustrating, annoying, getting old, etc... but here is some good advice I picked up about life from some ancient philosopher. (listen up PokerBrat!)
"Expect the world to adapt to you, and you will make yourself suffer. Adapt to the world around you if you truly wish to be happy." (paraphrased)
I constantly see people who aren't happy not living in the present. If you are, then it's easy to adapt to the world around, and you make it easy looking like a champion. Phil Ivey anyone?? :)
I have learned a LOT from all the old school and new school poker players, online, On Tv, Poker After Dark, WPT, the Sextons in Ohio, all my crazy partying card playing buddies from the strip club (long story), etc.... Life is full of lessons if you pay attention. It is your choice IF you learn.
I've gone over so much stuff, read stuff, reread stuff, applied theories, examined bad play, good play, observed without playing, ... really applied myself.
I feel like I'm down to finding the right Rakeback situation, getting my bankroll built up in the right places, and Staking/Backer resume! ;) Things may work out that I am able to do it all on my own, and that's my goal, but the reality of MY life is that if the opportunity presents itself, it would be in my best interest to persue. I'm not exactly a spring chicken, and have responsibilities. I had originally planned on proving you can do with with ZERO money invested, but unless I win the lottery or a fairy godmother, I can't take the time to do it that way.
But then, I may have to! Either way, I'll adapt to life as it comes, and proceed positively, being myself, encouraging others to do the same, and enjoying the ride. Life is a journey, not a destination. Same for happiness. etc...
Failure only happens when you give up.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
$0.07 in real money.
60,000 chips Play money.
580.50 PS TLB
Using play money like real chips to compare. Will post daily totals for reference. Will approximate after I get over $1000. Total points = Tournament Leader Board Points on Pokerstars. Will add other sites as well.
Found out how important rakeback and such is before accumulating money in accounts. Finish researching and choose the right one... :) Almost there now.
It's time to select odds and tracking software to use as tools, but this is a fine point and a small percentage help in the big picture, as the majority of traits and knowledge are programmed in my brain, where it belongs! You won't have a PC at the tables in live games to help you, so the info better be in your brain. Which, by the way, is the most powerful computer of all! Always has been.
I have a Bankroll Management plan. Sticking to it will be the biggest help and insurance for this career. That was one of my biggest concerns. When I get my independence back, I don't want to give it up, or risk it.
Someone said to me "too much knowledge may not be good" because I've been researching a lot. I disagree. It's what you DO with that knowledge. If you think too much, that can be bad. If you research so much that you don't move forward, that can be bad. But I can only see knowledge as helpful, especially in something like poker with so many variables.
I'm off the store, and then back to some of my lovely $0.01 tournaments. And looking into the free promotions available to get my bankroll going. I look forward to having enough to play in the cash games, and get a break from tournaments for a little while.
Wish me skill and clarity more than luck! ;)
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Definition: When a poker players let their emotions could their poker judgement, it's called going "on tilt." Often, when a player suffers a bad beat or a losing streak, they will go "on tilt."
Also Known As: On tilt
Examples: After Sara lost with a full house to four of a kind, she totally tilted. She started playing like a madwoman, and in 10 minutes, she was broke. Talk about on tilt!
Definition: A tight player plays very few hands, entering into pots only when he holds one of the very best poker hands.
Also Known As: rock
Examples: Marty was such a tight hold'em player, you knew he had either pocket aces, kings, or queens when he raised before the flop.
Definition: If a poker player is called a 'donkey,' he's a bad player who makes blatantly bad poker plays. A weak player.
Donkey is also shortened to "donk" by many players to announce that they're playing badly or planning to, as in "I'm going to donk it up tonight."
Also Known As: fish, pigeons
Examples: Last time I was at the card room, I got a table full of donkeys -- no one knew how to play at all.
ignorant end, idiot end
In flop games, a player drawing to, or even flopping, a straight with undercards to the flop has the idiot end of it. A player with 8-9 betting on a flop of A-T-J puts himself at great risk, because many of the cards that complete his straight give credible opponents higher ones.
The last finishing position in a poker tournament before entering the payout structure. He was very frustrated after getting eliminated on the bubble. Also can be applied to other situations like if six players will make a televised final table the player finishing seventh will go out on the "TV bubble". Also used to describe any situation close to the payout structure.
I'll do around 5 or so each time I define some terms, and I'll add a link to the links section for your 1 stop reference poker page ;)
Friday, June 5, 2009
Chris Ferguson on Bankroll Management
The WSOP standings from Twitter:
Jen Harmen 7800 .. wants us to visualize her with a ton of chips!
Howard Lederer 27100 .. First time to Day 2 in this tourney.
Vanessa Rousso 50700 .. after a couple brutal bad beats! she doing well.
Daniel Negreanu 121200 .. very tired and ready for a break. He was getting loopy last night.
I want to share the lighter side of poker here as well, so I'm not just going to post the usual "just the facts" info. Plenty of other sites do that already. I'm going to post the entertaining and lighter side of poker ;)
Now that I have some substance on my blog, I'll increase the meta tags so this page comes up in searches and such more often ;)
upcoming posts: Poker Tracking Software and Databases, PokerJokerz, Poker Etiquette, Rake percentages, Bankroll Management. And hopefully some good results from my tournaments!
I think I did too much walking though, my feet are killing me! Spent the day in San Francisco. But maybe, just maybe, it's time to find a backer! Starting with no money is noble, but will take too long right now. I'm not in a position to take that much time. Perhaps if I was getting my degree at the same time (which I looked into today).
More tomorrow, getting up bright and early again.
Oh and before I forget, congrats to Phil Ivey on his 6th bracelet!!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
One thing I need to do, is not try to do too much at once. I get busy and like to be productive, but there is a time to slow down and concentrate. I have been doing lots better when I do that. Chatting or talking to anyone when playing helps. Once I've got my own room again, that will be easier. And turn the phone off. And build web pages when I'm not in the middle of tournaments. Hehe!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Overall though, I am happy with my play and don't regret most of my losing decisions.
Looking up worthwhile reading on Poker, such as Doyle's Super System. Looking for what is worth reading. Suggestions are welcome via comments, so others can benefit from this knowledge as well. :) Looking at the library, and will definitely check out the bookstore. There is a real nice store next to the local cardroom.
Was reading Chris Moneymakers book online, might have to read that one! Looks like interesting easy reading about his experience.
I need to install Full Tilt poker. PokerJokerz invitational. And a freeroll for $1500
Getting out of the house for a while, walking to store with family.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
More furiuos satellites, the competition is getting fierce.
Here is the address of the link above: http://www.ubpokerleagues.com/ (you can also click on title of this blog post)
Now I'm not sure how it works, or what it's all about. I'm in a shootout for a WSOP spot, so can't give it my full attention, but I'll come back with an update when I can, and after I ask a few questions :)
And after I catch up on all the updates from WSOP today :) Found out I didn't have Daniel Negreanu on my twitter like I thought, so wasn't getting his entertaining and plentiful updates. That's fixed. I'll have to remember to ask him the correct pronunciation of his last name when I see him too.
Here's as far as I got for now:
You finished the tournament in 310th place. A $0.80 award has been credited to your Real Money account.
You earned 27.11 tournament leader points in this tournament.
And I regret none of my lost hands, they were appropriate lots of outs calls or raises that just didn't happen. I folded MANY a good hand to get there too, so living to fight another day is advisable, but you also have to take some risks in order to get there. It's all about balance and timing. (at the very least!)
Got some things to post elsewhere. Signed up for UB but haven't finished the process. Waiting on one more Email from Absolute Poker first. More later.
I've got to catch up on the WSOP news, too!
So I decided to install Ultimate Bet since they are owned by the same company. Well, if you are on AP or UB, you are playing on the same place, just using different software for the front end. You will see players both from AP and UB as though they are on the same site. But, because I had signed up with AP, I could not use my nick on UB.
I tried to get customer service to just switch me over, or change my nick on AP so I could use mine on UB.... but they couldn't do that. So I deleted my AP account. Had to go through security question and all that.
So now I go to sign up on UB.. and my nick is still not released/usable. Says it's in use. So I think to use my Twitter name, TheWookieWay (12 character max) but I'd MUCH rather have the same nick on all poker sites I play or post on, and I don't have a common nick. Poker Paradox was taken, by the way.
So if they get back to me soon, and someone in the technical department can help, I'll have ZomBParadox on PokerStars and UB.
I asked Annie for a promo code, was hoping for something like "ADBayAreaPlayers!" but she sent me to http://www.ubpokerleagues.com/ ... but I'm still sitting on the creation screen waiting for my nick to be free.
Absolute seems to have good customer service, as they are trying to work with me being a pain in the butt. I've heard before somewhere that they are there for their customers.
I wonder what other sites are linked like AP and UB are? I'll have to ask around for some reviews, or review the sites myself, though time is not on my side at the moment. I'm kind of Under The Gun at the moment.
The next thing I need to look into is tracking software, to keep track of all the hands I play.
And I get to read up on Razz and Lowball, which I do well at. They seem easier than Hold'em, as I can visualize all the cards in the deck, and think of what's available. I wonder how many people miss this vital element and for how long before they learn?
Time for more research. I used to hate talking so much, but, Networking. It's a way of life.
Tournament Leader Points for the period from 2009/05/30 21:00 PT [2009/05/31 0:00 ET] to 2009/06/02 21:00 PT [2009/06/03 0:00 ET] requested by ZomBParadox ( ) on 2009/06/02:
|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|
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Monday, June 1, 2009
I started spending my free 150 FPP points I got recently. From filling out a survey. Let's see if I can parlay that into some more FPP or some cash, which I can use to build my bankroll. Starting out with the absolute minimum investment here. $0.00
Wish me luck!
I'll also discuss some of the lighter side of poker here, the more entertaining side, not just facts and figures and odds. Instinct, Humor, Pet Peeves, the wild side, and the interactions of HUMANS who play this game, even if it is online ;)
More later, getting busy again !