Thursday, January 21, 2010

My Pursuit to $10,000 (Days 19-21 --Nothing but Sit and Gos and one tournament)

My Pursuit to $10,000 (Days 19-21 --Nothing but Sit and Gos and one tournament)

Days 19-21 (Sit and Go Madness)

In the past 3 days, I played 14 Sit and Gos and cashed in 7 of them (which includes 2 wins). I’ve also had 3 tournaments where I finished 4th, just out of the money….I’ve busted playing very aggressively, so I’m happy with my overall performance. During this time, I’ve grinded out a profit, but it should have been more, but I’ve ran into some bad luck which is expected in these type of tournaments. Two in particular stand out…with 4 players left, the chip leader and I played a huge pot where I had Queens and he had Aces, and busted. The other one I had JJ and got in preflop against a loose-aggressive (extremely player) who had 65 suited and hit runner runner 5’s on turn and river to bust me….geez!! Oh well….

I played one multi-table tournament..a $2.20 with one rebuy/one add on..this tournament attracts of loose play….you can pretty much figure out your opponents hand ranges at this level by their bet size…they don’t understand the bet size vs. stack size ratio. They’ll either bet too much or not enough and you can pretty narrow what they have by watching this. I was able to build my stack with over 50K, but some unnecessary risks and ill-timed bets/raises were my doomed, and I busted out 8 out of the money…Oh well..Despite coming close to cashing I don’t regret how I played that tournament…Some nights it’s like that.

I’m heading for Georgia next week to visit my mom, who’s having a retirement party. Until then, I’ll probably play mainly Sit and Gos..I may slip in a couple of cash games sessions (Omaha Hi Lo)


Live Tournaments -- $-175
Live Cash Games -- $267
Online Cash Games --$-14.55
Online Sit and Gos -- $66.70
Online Tournaments -- $-13.20

TOTAL: $130.95

Saturday, January 16, 2010

My Pursuit to $10,000 (Days 12-15)

Day 12 (Nothing But Sit and Gos -- SNGs)

Played 4 Sit and Gos and won 2 of them.

For those who don’t know, Sit and Gos (or SNG) are in the broadest terms are tournaments that starts when they get a certain amount of people who want to play..they can be 2 or 3 table tournaments…180 players….etc. But generally SNGs are 1 table tournaments. The general strategy is to play tight early and become more aggressive as the blinds and antes increase. If you read the bios of the online professional poker players, many of them got their start playing Sit and Gos…It’s a cheap and easy way to build your bankroll when you have a limited budget. If played right, these SNGs are very profitable. For me, I love SNGs…whenever my bankroll starts to deplete, I just play a SNGs and I’m able to build my bankroll.

Day 14 (Horrible Cash Game Session)

One the biggest Mistakes a poker player can do is to play when you are not mentally prepared. You should be able to sit at a poker table at the beginning of a session, and be sharp at all times, because one mistake could cost you a lot of money…and on this partically day…I didn’t play my best…wasn’t mentally prepared, and it cost me dearly.

Our work was conducting a training class…I got off at 6PM and my class started at 8PM…so how to kill poker of course…and I broke one of my cardinal rules…DON’T PLAY RIGHT AFTER WORK!!! I’ve been dealing all day and I lost a lot of my patience…I was playing too many hands and calling off my money WAY TOO MUCH!! The mortal sin in No Limit Cash Games is CALLING OFF YOUR MONEY!!! I pride myself to always play at an optimal level every time I sit at a poker table, but that night..I was the biggest donkey! It was sad…By the time 8PM rolled around I had lost $173 without batting an eye…

Lesson Learned (Hopefully) -- going to get myself mentally prepared before I play poker..

Day 15 (SNGs and Multi-Table tournaments)

Played 2 Sit and Gos -- Won 1. I’m also playing a multi-table’s a $2.20 (1 rebuy and 1 Addon)…Didn’t do to well in the multi-table tournament….Really couldn’t get anything going. Got my stack up to 18,000, but made a bonehead play and couldn’t recover…oh well..there’s always the next one.


Live Tournaments -- $-175
Live Cash Games -- $267
Online Cash Games --$-23.65
Online Sit and Gos -- $37.70
Online Tournaments -- $-6.60

TOTAL: $99.45

Saturday, January 9, 2010

My Pursuit to $10,000 (Days 7-9)


Played 6 hrs online cash game .10/.25 NL. It was by the far the longest session I’ve played in a long time. There are two things I noticed about playing these micro limit cash games. First, the games are extremely tight. You’d figure with the limits this low, the play would be looser, but it’s a total opposite. That doesn’t mean the game is tough to beat….you just have to be willing to take small profits until you catch that one big hand, which brings me to the second thing I noticed…The second thing I notice is players bluff too much. Generally, you don’t need to bluff that much in cash games to consistently beat it. In my opinion beating the No Limit Cash games is about getting maximum value for your hands based the range of hands you put your opponent on.
My Session started very badly. I was down a ton at first. I started playing too many hands and making unnecessary plays trying to get my money back. Finally, I went back to the fundamentals and was able to cut my losses.
One thing I found very annoying at these levels are players who buy in for the bare minimum of 5 bucks and waiting for the hand to double up, once they do..they leave the gets very frustrating cause this throw you off. It becomes showdown poker…post flop play becomes obsolete against these players….Some moron will go all in you think it’s only 5 bucks, and I’ll call with a marginal hand. Gotta start thinking in terms of stack to Blind ratio when I make calls instead of the monetary value. It’s a leak in my game I fixed by playing games where there is a 50 Big Blind minimum…where you can play post flop poker.
So I ended the night down $29 which is a lot in a .10/.25 game, but it could have been worst

HAND OF THE DAY -- Jan 7th

Blinds are .10/.25

Folded around to the Hijack position ($25) who raises to $ player ($35) reraises to $3. I’m in the small blind ($44) with pocket 7’s.

Normally I would fold this hand, but this situation is different. The reraise is indicative of a very strong hand. I’m sitting with a Mid pocket pair with two players in the pot with a significant amount of money in front of them. If I’m able to flop a set, I have the potential to win a big pot, and my hand will be very disguised cause if a seven shows up on the flop, they’ll never think I’m calling a raise and a re-raise with a seven in my hand. All these factors told me the risk vs. reward leans to my favor…so I call the 3 dollar raise. To my surprise the initial raise folds, so it’s me against the re-raiser to the flop.

The flop comes 3, 7, 4.…BINGO I flop top set on a very dry board. So the question is the best way to play hand to get maximum value. I could lead out, hoping I get raised. Generally speaking when I flop a set, I like to lead, but only if there are multiple players in the pot cause I’m one of them will give me action. In this case it’s just me against one guy…if I has AK or AQ….he might fold, then I wouldn’t get that value for my hand. What about checking? Since the re-raiser show strength he’s probably gonna bet into most flops and since a 7-High Board looks harmless, he’ll probably bet. After looking at all factors, I decided checking is the best option.

The re-raise bets $4.50 into a $7.25 pot…Now should I call or raise here. This is one is an easy one…Raise!! Now, you may ask why don’t you just call to milk more money out of him? Because a raise here will look like I have a pair of 8’s or 9’s and if he has a big pair, he’ll probably go all in and I’ll be able to get his entire stack!! So I raise the minimum….the re-raisers goes all in, I call..He has Two Kings and I’m able to take his entire stack when the board didn’t help him.

The point is when you flop a big hand, you have to figure out the best possible way to get maximum value for your hands….

DAY 8 and 9

Drove up to Mesquite to play in the annual Eureka Mesquite Poker Open, hosted by Linda Johnson (holder of 1 World Series of Poker Braclet), and Jan Fisher (Noted author and ambassador)
The night before the tournament I decided to play 1-3 NO Limit Cash game. I bought in for $200 and was able to win a couple of big pots to grow my stack to a $600 profit..eventually cashing out with a $440 profit in 3 hours…Not to shabby. I was able to get most of my money from two hands. When I flopp two pair in the big blind against someone who was overplaying top pair, and my biggest pot when this donkey gave me all his money when I flopped top set with pocket Kings. The game was juicy because we had 3 morons in our tables raising every pot to $25 and playing dark (not looking at their hands) to the river. All you had to do was wait for a hand and pounce on these idiots. Like I’ve said in an earlier blog it usually takes one bad player to make a game….in this game there were 3 of them…and they helped fatten up my wallet!!!


I just won a big hand with two pair, so I was up nearly $200 bucks when these hand came up…Donkey (who’s stuck around $1,000 at this point) raises his customer $25, I’m next to act and I have pocket Kings. I decided to try and isolate him, so I re-raise to $75...folded around to the donkey who instant calls….

The Flop comes K, 9, J with two diamonds….BINGO!!! TOP SET!!!

Donkey Checks. I decided to go all in! You may ask again why don’t you milk this moron for more money. Since this donkey called my initial raise, I put him on a pair. My hope is it would be a pair of 9’s or Jacks, therefore he would double me up! In addition with a flush draw and high-end straight out there, he was going to cal with a range of hands cause his donkey had rebuying a couple times, if he hit any of that board he was going to call to try to get his money back.

He thinks for a second and calls, and says, “Do you have a set?” I nodded and show my set of Kings…he has Ace-King for Top pair, top kicker…OUCH!! And course I win a monster pot!!!!

This is a perfect example determining how to get maximum value from my hand against my opponent’s potential range of hands…CHA CHING!!!!

As for the tournament itself…well, let just say it wasn’t my night. I busted out in the 3rd level when some goes all in with a straight draw against my Pocket Kings and hits their draw…Oh well…it was a very profitable poker weekend in Mesquite..can’t complain at all….


Live Tournaments $-175
Live Cash games: $440
Online Cash games: $-23.65
Online Sit and Gos: $10.30


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My Pursuit to $10,000 (Day 6)


Played for two hrs...Played Micro No Limit and 1 Sit and go. Was down right away in the cash game as I made a bad call with pocket 9’s with one overcard on the board, but I was able to grind out a nice profit, thanks to a really bad player who paid off my full house. It only makes one bad player to make a good game...Then a bubbled the Sit and go going out with Pocket 9’s..

Stats for Jan 6:

Online Cash games: $13.65
Sit and Go - $3.40


Live Tournaments: $-65
Live Cash Games: 0
Online Cash Games: $6.65
Online Sit and Go’s $10.10

TOTAL: $-48.25

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My Pursuit to $10,000 (Day 5)

Follow me..why don’t ya....

As the calendar turned from 2009 to 2010, New Years Resolutions are in abundances. Everyone makes them, and for the first few weeks people are trying to lose weight, save money, be a better father (mother), or get a better job…

But the problem with new years resolutions is people dont’ set goals for them. For example: People want to lose weight, but how much?? People want to save money, but how much. People want to be a better parents, but how? People want a better job, but what kind of job?

To me, in order to follow goals, they have to be palpable. You have to see the progress everyday. You have to be able to see if you going towards your ultimate goal or going away from it.

So, I’ve decided to use this blog to try to accomplish my new resolution of making money playing poker...MY PURSUIT TO $10,000!!

Here’s how I’m going to track it. Every time I play poker I’ll track my wins/losses, dividing them by tournaments, cash games, and online and live. Hopefully, this will help me with my pursuit. I’m starting with a very small bankroll, so I’ll try to literally build from the ground up...hopefully, when I’m writting this blog on Dec 31th, I’ll be way over $10,000!!

Wish me luck!!

So here is what I’ve done so far as of 5 Jan 10:

Live tournament: -$65
Live Cash Game: 0
Online cash game -$7
Online Sit and Go:$13.50
Total: -$58.50