Monday, March 1, 2010

Feb. totals

Yesterday was a very meh day. Went 0-13 in mtts and lost another 1k in mix games. Busted 1 mtt w 99 on a 988 w/ 2flush flop to a 1 outer...I'll let you guess what the turn card was. Anyway here are Feb. totals and graphs.

Ran really ugly at 2-4, although for the month I did run above ev overall, so can't complain too much.

I also won about $7000 in mtts and broke about even playing live and non hold'em games, so w/ rakeback I finished the month around $39k. For the year I'm at about $87k inc. today. I'm also in 1st place for most money won at $2-4 on ftp for the year, but will prob. start slipping since I'm playing more $3-6 and $5-10 and slowly phasing out $2-4.

I did start out March w/ a bang as I won about $6700 playing $3-6 and $5-10 today. Again ran above ev, which is always nice.

I did focus on just playing 8-10 tables instead of my usual 12-14 tables. I think I need to focus more on table dynamics and the players in general as I play higher, since the players get better. Also, this allows me to think about the situations better which allows me to make better decisions. Also, I can see how the better regs are playing, and besides learning their tendencies, maybe pick up a thing or 2 for my arsenal.

You may notice I dropped about $1400 at the end of my sesh on my graph. I got stacked w/ AQs vs AA sb vs butt, so standard...but I also tried to pull, yet again, another 3barrel...
No-Limit Hold'em, $10.00 BB (6 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from

BB ($1215.90)

UTG ($2137)

MP ($1783)

Hero (CO) ($1000)

Button ($1630)

SB ($2946.30)

Preflop: Hero is CO with 3, A

2 folds, Hero bets $30, Button calls $30, 2 folds

Flop: ($75) 4, 9, 9 (2 players)

Hero bets $50, Button calls $50

Turn: ($175) Q (2 players)

Hero bets $135, Button calls $135

River: ($445) 9 (2 players)

Hero bets $500, Button calls $500

Total pot: $1445


Button had K, Q (full house, nines over Queens).

Hero had 3, A (three of a kind, nines).

Outcome: Button won $1442

I do believe I should've bet less at the riv...I think betting $400 accomplishes the same thing. Believe it or not, even though I have shown hands where I 3barrel, I do not 3barrel too often. Obv. doing it once awhile balances when I do have a hand where I'm 3barreling for value, so it's all good for the long run. Also, I was winding down my games up about $8100 and I did not play scared or conservatively. I went with what I thought were the most +ev decisions, but ended up losing that last $1400. Sometimes that's just how it goes, but I'm happy in the fact that I did not alter my game to "protect my highest point in my win", which a lot of people are guilty of. It does cost you money over the long run if you are playing a nitty style (that's assuming you're altering your game, if you are just a nit, then disregard) just to protect your win while winding down your session. I've seen guys pick up their chips after winning a pot, and they're 6-7 hands away from the bb, for fear of losing some back w/ the free hands. If this is you, you are theoretically costing yourself money (again, assuming you are a winning player).


  1. Damn John , 38k ! nice work. If i can manage to make that playing poker in 1 year id be thrilled. Nice to see your no.1 at 2/4 , that sense of acheivement must be great. Dont ever let it go , keep up the good work :)

  2. Tx...just keep working like anything thing else, takes a lot of work to be successful at, but once you're there, you can make a lot of money at it. Granted, it's prob. not for everyone though, so I wouldn't advise any and everybody to pursue it.