Thursday, July 22, 2010

Life is crazy~!! Running out of time to sleep, no room on my schedule ...

I've been playing a bit on Ultimate Bet, and grinding out some serious winrates (more than 50bb/100 avg for the month so far...) I needed this because I was running so bad at PokerStars for so long that I was beginning to worry too much about my game. I played some RUSH during Rush Week and Full Tilt, but it drives me crazy because you almost have to play by a formula until you get enough data in your database to know how people play.. it's very difficult to get reads and actually play "poker" while playing rush. Though I was easily able to play 1,100 hands/hour on 4 tables a LOT more comfortably than playing on PokerStars with 18 - 24 tables!

I've got a new job coming up that will make me choose a path in the crossroads regarding Poker and the 'rat race'. It's a dream job though, as Head of IT and Developer Support, with a path into programming which is probably where my best skills will be the most useful. So I of course will choose the JOB for now, with Poker on the side. But if anything happens to not work out, I will be in that "you must sink or swim" poker role... not the best of situations, but I often work better under pressure, or at least I did when I was younger....

Blogs to maintain, volume to put in, reading and learning never ends in poker, never ends in the tech world where things change so fast... I really don't have time to sleep! I work all day, everyday, til it's time to sleep, get back up and repeat. Obviously playing Poker while too sleepy is a BAD idea for anyone, as things become less and less efficient, and it only takes 1 big mistake to really cut into or eat ALL of your profits on a given day/session, so a balance must be maintained.
I have usually been an all or nothing kind of guy often, so it will be interesting to see how my scheduling works out :) I feel like a medicine in the cabinet though as I get older .. "keep in a cool dry place, avoid direct sunlight"

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Some interesting hands, and a question that comes up a lot..

First, the big question... got in a long discussion with a friend about this, with no real math talk, which is part of my original question....
Here is a common situation, you bet for value on the river with a non nuts hand.. you get  min reraised (2x your bet).  Obviously people are losing value here by only min reraising if they have the nuts or near nuts, etc ... so my question is how does the math work out?  Are they losing value like I think they are?  What odds are they giving you by doing this?  Where is the breaking point for those odds as you increase the bet size in relation to the pot?  I see this every day while grinding and wonder if there aren't some people out teaching to do this, just min reraise to get calls...
Math guys welcomed to show the math in comments or direct us with a link to read about it.

Now, onto the interesting hands, 3 of these are winners, 1 is a loser, see if you can guess which is which? 

Hand #1

Poker Stars $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players - View hand 796714

The Official Hand History Converter

UTG+2: $3.75
MP1: $4.03
MP2: $6.67
CO: $4.79
BTN: $11.75
SB: $3.40
BB: $15.89
Hero (UTG): $6.02
UTG+1: $5.19

Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero is UTG with 6 of hearts 6 of spades
Hero calls $0.05, 1 fold, UTG+2 calls $0.05, 3 folds, BTN raises to $0.30, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.25, 1 fold

Flop: ($0.72) 7 of clubs T of spades 6 of diamonds (2 players)
Hero checks, BTN bets $0.90, Hero raises to $2.75, BTN raises to $11.45 all in, Hero calls $2.97 all in

Turn: ($12.16) Q of hearts (2 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($12.16) 5 of spades (2 players - 2 are all in)

Hand #2
Poker Stars $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em - 8 players - View hand 796715
The Official Hand History Converter

BB: $8.62
UTG: $6.77
UTG+1: $3.22
MP1: $2.39
MP2: $3.42
CO: $5.17
BTN: $7.43
Hero (SB): $5.00

Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero is SB with J of diamonds A of diamonds
5 folds, BTN raises to $0.15, Hero calls $0.13, 1 fold

Flop: ($0.35) 8 of diamonds A of hearts T of diamonds (2 players)
Hero bets $0.25, BTN calls $0.25

Turn: ($0.85) 9 of clubs (2 players)

Hero bets $0.40, BTN calls $0.40

River: ($1.65) 7 of spades (2 players)

Hero bets $0.05, BTN raises to $0.80, Hero raises to $3, BTN calls $2.20

Hand #3

Poker Stars $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 796716

The Official Hand History Converter

SB: $5.22
BB: $11.06
UTG: $12.21
Hero (MP): $10.00
CO: $11.31
BTN: $9.60

Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is MP with K of diamonds K of clubs

UTG raises to $0.40, Hero raises to $0.80, 4 folds, UTG raises to $2.50, Hero raises to $10 all in, 1 fold

Hand #4

Poker Stars $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em - 7 players - View hand 796717

The Official Hand History Converter

SB: $10.16
Hero (BB): $5.90
UTG: $2.73
UTG+1: $10.89
MP: $7.28
CO: $8.62
BTN: $5.07

Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero is BB with 2 of clubs T of spades

1 fold, UTG+1 calls $0.05, 3 folds, SB calls $0.03, Hero checks

Flop: ($0.15) K of clubs 6 of hearts Q of diamonds (3 players)

SB checks, Hero checks, UTG+1 checks

Turn: ($0.15) J of diamonds (3 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $0.10, UTG+1 calls $0.10, SB calls $0.10

River: ($0.45) A of spades (3 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $0.45, UTG+1 calls $0.45, SB folds

View all 4 hands

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iCe (Whoever Psy Breaks Remix) by Whoever

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New Job, New results from grinding, something has clicked in my head


Some results from last nights epic session, I was running over 100bb/100 at 5nl for a while before falling gradually to 82bb/100 and 69bb/100 and finally dropping to 47bb/100 to end my session after 2 really foolish hands.  This has been a trend that will stop as I learn to just avoid those situations.

I am happy with anything over 15bb/100 at 5nl, as it's my unluckiest stake, but will try to post a few more sessions like this for all to see ;)

I have a new job coming up that will severely restrict my playtime/grindtime at poker, but I think this will actually work to my advantage, as I will be more focused when I play, and the shorter sessions will actually help me to play more efficiently.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

July 2 Update Million Dollar Challenge: Qualified!

Earning    -$1,947        -0.97 BB/100
Hands    416,668

Stakes    Hands        Net    Winrate        Rake
2nl     164,920        $114    1.73BB/100    $270
5nl    88,365        -$212    -2.40        $274
10nl    115,542        -$277    -1.20        $629
25nl    37,373        -$1,269    -6.79        $605

BR =     $216.12
Stellar    1167
FPP=     209.54
VPP=     69.21  (11,167.97)
TLB =     2,342.09 (year)

4:28 AM 7/3/2010  Mostly tournaments, Razz, sats, $1 rebuy, and qualified for Million Dollar Challenge today!