Friday, March 28, 2008

SOME NEW PASTURES DISCOVERED.

Neteller: Last week $90; Current $40 (-)
Virgin: E66; E72 (+6)
PokerStars: Last week $190; Current $171 (-19)
Titan: Last week $105; Current $105 (-)
CD: Last week $28; Current $43 (+15)
Littlewoods: Last week $87; Current $87 (-)
Full Tilt: Last week $197; Current $248 (+51)

Total = $766 (+50)

Profit this month = $48
Profit this year = $204

Some profitable $5.5 9 player games bumped me over $200 so I played a $10+1 game and won that. Since I had some time this week, (holidays) I had a look around for longer games and found some $3+.3 90 player "headhunter" donk fests on FT. I came 3rd in the first one I entered (+ 8 "heads") which bumped me up nicely. I went deep in the other 3 I played, but didn't make the money. However "heads" claimed meant that I spent almost nothing on entry. Definitely worth revisiting when I have the time as I am surely +ev on these.

I made another discovery totally by accident. I had an hour to kill before going out one night and thought I'd play a quick 6 manner on CD for a change. I found I'd entered a Limit turbo by mistake. I adapted quickly, dusting down my old limit game and won the thing at a canter. The play of the others was atrocious. I just played ABC poker and they were calling down my bets with overcards, bottom pair and damn all. Amazing. I must go back and see if they are this bad all the time or I just got lucky with the table.

I tried a few games on Stars to see if I could bump my roll there back over $200, but no joy. Still, you can't have everything.

9 player $5.5 games = 6. 1st = 1; 3rd = 1; 4th = 2; 6th = 1; 7th = 1.
9 player $10+1 games = 2. 1st = 1; 4th = 1.
90 player $3+.3 games = 4. 3rd, 16th, 25th, 45th.
6 player $6+.6 game = 1. 4th.
6 player (limit) game = 1. 1st.
Bloggerment: 12/33
RtR league: 2/7

Saturday, March 22, 2008

HAUNTED BY JACKS.

Neteller: Last week $90; Current $40 (-50)
Virgin: E50; E69 (+19)
PokerStars: Last week $199; Current $190 (-9)
Titan: Last week $105; Current $105 (-)
CD: Last week $28; Current $28 (-)
Littlewoods: Last week $87; Current $87 (-)
Full Tilt: Last week $195; Current $197 (+2)

Total = $716 (+12)

A bit of a standstill sort of week. It started well, with a 2nd place finish in the first of the new "Raise the River" league games on Friday nights. These are on Virgin and priced in Euros (I couldn't be bothered translating into dollars). The game went well and I had a long head's up battle with "Kenn", but he got me in the end.

Following that I was looking forward to the blogger on Sunday night but despite playing pretty well, I was shafted by Jacks. First I was rivered by Zagga's Jacks v my Kings. I fought back from that and reached the final table only to have my own Jacks beaten by J10 off which made a straight. So it goes.

I just broke even on the SnG's, but at least I won a couple. It was a shame to go out on the bubble in my one $10 game - my all in with QJ on the button with an M of 7 was called by J10. He rivered the 10 and then added insult to injury by querying my play. I said nothing - no point in trying to wise up the ignorent.

1 x 5.5 18 player game: 6/18.
1 x 10 0 player game: 4th
9 x 5.5 0 player games: 1st = 2; 2nd = 1; 4th = 2; 5th = 2; 7th = 2.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Running bad.

Neteller: Last week $90; Current $90
PokerStars: Last week $206; Current $199 (-7)
Titan: Last week $105; Current $105 (-)
CD: Last week $34; Current $28 (-6)
Littlewoods: Last week $87; Current $87 (-)
Full Tilt: Last week $216; Current $295 (-21)

Total = $704 (-34)

A poor week, which started with and 8 game losing sequence - my longest ever. The usual thing - key hands on the bubble when KJ beat my AJ with a king on the river; AQs v AJ where he hits 4 of a suit, that kind of crap. I started playing a few 9 player games just to break things up a bit and eventually turned things round. I was -52 on the week at one point, so finishing -34 almost seems like success.

These things have to be expected of course but the result is that I am back playing $5.5 games again which is a bit of a shame.

Still, discipline is everything and I will stick to my plan and wait until I am above $200 on FT before I move up to $10+1 games again.

Stats for the week:

1 x $10+1 6 player: 4th.
6 x $5.5 6 player: 2nd = 1; 3rd = 1; 4th = 1; 5th = 3.
7 x $5.5 9 player: 2nd = 2; 3rd = 3; 4th = 2
1 x $5.5 10 player: 7th.

Conclusions? No wins is poor. Perhaps I should be playing 9/10 man games. I'll ruminate on it.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Ups and Downs

Neteller: Last week $90; Current $90
PokerStars: Last week $189; Current $206 (+17)
Titan: Last week $105; Current $105 (-)
CD: Last week $34; Current $34 (-)
Littlewoods: Last week $87; Current $87 (-)
Full Tilt: Last week $215; Current $216 (+1)

Total = $738 (+20)

The poker week started really well, with two wins and a second in my $10+1 6 max games on FT. Sadly this was then followed by a downswing when I hit my biggest sequence of losing games so far...5. The net result was that I ended up more or less back where I started.

Stats for the week go:

Played 11: Won = 2; 2nd = 2; 3rd = 1; 4th = 3; 5th = 3.

I'm a bit disenchanted with 3 x 5th places, however on one of these I had the horrorshow bad beat of a flopped full house - losing to quads, also flopped! I defy anyone not to get shafted in those circumstances. Other memorable exits were KQs losing to KQ when he hit 4 clubs and in one of my second place showings I would have won if AK had held up against A10 (10 on the river). So it goes. Needless to say I sucked out myself in some cases, but these don't stick in the memory quite as much.

I played three longer games on Stars winning a $5 18 player and losing the other two.

The RaisetheRiver gang are organising another league on Friday nights this time at Virgin. I dare say I will join in as I enjoy these games - though I don't really need another poker site!

Meanwhile I won our weekly face to face game at the local cricket club. Memorable hand of the night was folding QJ under the gun and then looking at a flop of QQQ! Two guys had boats. I could have saved myself a lot of work there!