Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fixing leaks online and irl

I played one of my worst hands in recent memory last night.
No-Limit Hold'em, $4.00 BB (6 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

Hero (BB) ($438.80)

UTG ($844.70)

MP ($1281.50)

CO ($406)

Button ($551)

SB ($561.40)

Preflop: Hero is BB with A, 5

4 folds, SB bets $10, Hero raises $32, SB calls $24

Flop: ($72) J, A, 6 (2 players)

SB checks, Hero bets $44, SB calls $44

Turn: ($160) 4 (2 players)

SB checks, Hero checks

River: ($160) Q (2 players)

SB bets $95, Hero raises $358.80 (All-In), SB calls $263.80

Total pot: $877.60


SB had J, Q (two pair, Queens and Jacks).

Hero had A, 5 (one pair, Aces).

Outcome: SB won $874.60

My riv shove is absolutely bar none horrible. I am repping only 2 possible hands, KT and QQ and there are very few combos of both. Also I should bet the turn. I was prob. a little frustrated in the fact that I was up $3500 right off the bat and slowly gave it all back, w/ this hand at the end of my downswing. I am guilty of tilting from time to time, although I tend to do so less often than most. Also, I have been thinking about certain hands where I lost more than I should have. I think within the past 3-4 days, I have lost at least $1000 when I should have known better, whether it was spewing or paying off when I was obv. beat. I beat myself up over those mistakes cuz those are the mistakes that I can control and try my best to not make the same mistakes in the future.

Tilting is prob. one of the biggest leaks for any poker player. I remember reading a 2+2 thread in the hsnl section and the topic was, "What is the single most important attribute to be a successful poker player" (or something of that nature). You have choices like hand reading skills, mathematical ability, etc. Most of the successful high stakes guys said mental approach to the game was the most important, and I tend to agree. This inc. self awareness and tilting (or ability to not tilt). If you can get a firm handle on your mental approach to poker, you are on the right path. Anyway, after going up $3500, I went on a $4500 downswing, but managed to gather myself before I went monkey crazy and ended up $1300 winner. Also, I have started to mix in a $5-10 table or 2, so I am slowly moving up stakes (I'll be raising Ivey and Antonius in no time :) )

In real life news, I went to see my doctor the other day and the news wasn't that great. Turns out I am prediabetic, as well as on the verge of having high cholesterol. It wasn't that much of a surprise to me though, w/ my lifestyle the past 10 yrs. Just sitting on your ass all day playing poker while not getting much physical activity will do that I guess. Also, living in Vegas, you're just surrounded by temptations everywhere, good and bad. There are numerous good restaurants and buffets around. Don't get me wrong though, my family and I love living in Vegas. We live in a great area relative to the Vegas strip...not too close, but not too far, and also in a very family oriented neighborhood (brag: also on a golf course). Snapshots of views from my home, starting w/ my setup..

From the 3rd floor..yes, the 3rd floor...

From the balcony, over my backyard..

Master bathtub, overlooking hole #10 I believe, w/ our cat in the corner...

Growing up I was very much into sports and still am a big sports fan (NO winning the SB was great, inc. monetary wise for me). As the years passed, and I started playing more poker, I ended up getting lazier and getting less and less inv. in any kind of physical activity. It's prob. one of the pitfalls of playing poker professionally. You don't have a set schedule and no one telling you what to do (unless you have a gf or wife) and you end up getting lackadaisical. That's why I advocate having a great balance in your life if you are pursuing poker fulltime..and by balance, I don't mean going out to party every other night. I mean stuff like exercising, finding a hobby or two (golfing, skiing, etc.), spending time w/ gf or spouse, etc.

W/ that said, I have made some changes to my lifestyle this year and have started exercising on a regular basis and recently have started to watch what I eat (believe me, that's very difficult...growing up w/ a sweet tooth and all). Not only is it great for my health and well being, but it will help my overall poker results. It'll give me a clearer mind more often, and energy while I grind, which will keep me sharp and motivated. Also I look for every opportunity to go skiing w/ friends or family, and I almost never turn down an opportunity to get on the golf course (although my game leaves a lot to be desired, but I'm working on that as well). So along w/ poker, I'm hoping this year is a step forward in the right direction in all aspects of my life!


  1. need better pics, and i dont see car :P

  2. I'm still debating on whether to show my house and cars...I'm not much into bragging and showing off really...so we'll see

  3. Nice setup and views.

    Would def be interested in seeing cars/house. You obv work hard so I don't think there is much wrong with a brag, esp on your own blog.

  4. I always wonderd how somebody play's 12 poker hands at one time.I see how its done now.The set up is very nice. Maybe someday all win enough to buy a couple extra screens.
    The pics look great!!!

  5. Great blog ! wish you all the best with your goal , im really looking forward to hearing some strategy from you :) also id love to know how you manage to play so many hrs on your A game.


  6. I paid a lot for the setup. Bought the monitors when the 30"s 1st came out, so they were expensive. They're relatively cheap nowadays..maybe a couple hundred for the 20"s, and $600-800 for the 30"...paid 3x that when I bought'em.

    Apparently I don't play my A game all the time..lol. For the most part I do play my A game. Maybe cuz I've been doing this for so long that it just comes hand in hand now. Also, I'm just so evenly keeled when it comes to my temperment and that helps prevent tilt. I guess it depends on your personality, and I prob. have a personality that fits w/ playing poker full time. You can prob. fig. out ways to alter your personality so you stay focused and even keeled while you play. There is a poster on 2+2 named Boywonder who does a great job discussing how to stay focused and playing your A game often, if you're interested in pursuing the subject matter more.

  7. Yep ive read all his posts also , many good players say the mental aspect is 80% of the battle. Personally i still feel as tho ive alot of work to do on both side. Do you coach ? i read how your not interested in becoming one on video training site but im sure youve got many offers besides.

  8. I've coached a couple of guys before and still talk w/ them, but I'm really not looking to coach any more right now, although that may change in the future, depending on a couple of things. If and when I do start, I'll let everyone know here.

  9. Bleh, who cares about the brag, SHOW IT! It'll be motivating for guys like me and other big time inspiring poker players. Sorry to hear about the news from the doctor. I am actually in danger of that kind of stuff too as both my parents had diabetes. And for sure that runs in part of my genes. Gotta excercise :(

  10. Nice setup, nicer view. You don't use a HUD? Do you use tableninja?