Sunday, August 1, 2010

July Results

The 1st half of July was WSOP and the 2nd half was online cash games. I already talked about the WSOP and my disappointing bustout in the main event. I decided to log in a lot of hrs in cash games after the WSOP. So far I like my effort but my results have been frustrating. I put in about 80 hrs the last 2 weeks which is the most I ever put in for cash games in a 2 week span. I'm gonna start out w/ my (nice and clean) Pokerstars graph again...

Now my (ugly and all over the place) FTP graph...

Both graphs combined...

HEM Snapshot for July...

Again I managed to log in some good hrs and avg'ed $45/hr excluding rakeback. It's well below my historical average but if I ran at ev I would've avg'ed over $100/hr which isn't that bad, but still below my avg. I made $2540 in rakeback which is good. Well at least I found out I can win on FTP having booked a nice $4600 win today but unfortunately I lost $2200 on Stars. It will be nice when I have a day where I win on both sites.

Also I've been trying out a few things in my game but nothing that I want to talk about because I don't want to let my opponents know what they are. That could be a reason why my results have been disappointing. I do like the fact that I'm experimenting in trying to better my game. Also I'm gonna take a break from full ring games because I've been losing nearly every day in them and my results for the year are pretty lackluster for full ring. I'm thinking that I play way too many hands at full ring and sometimes try to outplay people a little too much. People show up w/ the nuts a lot more often at full ring than 6max or hu so it's hard to maneuver when your opponents hold the nuts. Maybe I'm running bad but idk so I'm just gonna focus on 6max and hu for the next couple of weeks.

For August I'm really going to try to get in 160 hrs in cash games. It may seem like a lot but it's what most Americans avg. working every month. I may be taking a 4-5 day vacation w/ my family sometime mid month so I'll have to try to make up the hrs somewhere. Also I hope to be playing 3/6 and 5/10 sometime this month. I guess I can play them now but I don't want to risk breaking my online rolls and having to liquidate some of my assets to fund my online rolls. I always like to be over rolled anyways. It allows me to play optimally and comfortably, although the drawback is that I'm probably costing myself money. I'm still trying to work out a few kinks in my game so the lower stakes is a good way to do that.

As for tournaments I lost $1113 in online mtts but won $7640 in the 2 WSOP events I played in July (factoring in cashes minus buyins w/ the shares I sold at a markup). I played in the $640 mil guarantee on FTP a couple of weeks ago and busted about 10 away from the money which would've paid around $900. I checkshoved w/ QdJd on a AdKdx flop and didn't get there vs AK. I could've folded and got into the $ but I like to play to win tournaments.

So for the month I made a total of $12757 which is ok although I felt like I ran horribly not to mention I busted myself out of the main event. Going forward I'm going to keep my goal of $1mil because I really want to push myself to give the best effort I can and need the motivation in doing so. Also I've been able to win 1 decent tournament annually and have not yet done so this year so maybe I'm due. The one big online tournament that eludes me is the Pokerstars Mil on Sunday. I've won the Partypoker Mil on a Sunday for $250k and the FTP $750k guarantee for $135k so winning the Stars Mil would complete the trifecta of major Sunday tournaments.

Anyway I've done enough blabbering about poker from my perspective. I'll show a couple of hands I played recently...not really instructional but somewhat interesting in a way...

Full Tilt, $2/$4, $0.75 ante No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
Poker Tools by CardRunners - Hand Details

Dirf: $1,114.60 (278.7 bb)
Kamdini: $1,171.10 (292.8 bb)
Hero: $617 (154.3 bb)
Vegas_Law: $941.35 (235.3 bb)
elves377: $1,213.35 (303.3 bb)
youngdrew28: $729.90 (182.5 bb)

Preflop: Hero is BTN with 7 of diamonds 7 of spades
3 folds, Hero raises to $12, Vegas_Law calls $10, elves377 folds

Flop: ($32.50) 2 of hearts A of clubs 6 of diamonds (2 players)
Vegas_Law checks, Hero bets $19, Vegas_Law calls $19

Turn: ($70.50) 4 of spades (2 players)
Vegas_Law checks, Hero checks

River: ($70.50) 7 of clubs (2 players)
Vegas_Law bets $42, Hero raises to $170, Vegas_Law raises to $909.60 and is all-in, Hero calls $415.25 and is all-in

Yeah what a bad parlay of events. 1st the guy has to call my button raise w/ 53o out of position, then call on the flop for the gutter, then get there on turn, then I have to hit my 2 outer on riv to stack me. At the river I have to raise because his hand looks like 2 pairs or a smaller set. He should never show up w/ AA or 85 here (AA would 3bet preflop and 85 would fold on the flop) so the only likely hand that beats me is 53 and I didn't think he'd call a raise oop w/ 53. Apparently I was wrong. Well played dude.

Now the next hand is hu and on paper looks pretty standard. The reason I'm showing it is because this guy didn't shove the river until a full 10-15 seconds later. Now I don't really let anything on the tables get to me and for the most part I take getting slowrolled better than most but I had to say nice slowroll in chat here, and he came back w/ that he was on the phone talking and got distracted. Ummm, if I'm on the phone and I'm holding the nuts and a guy bets into me at the riv I'm telling whoever I'm on the phone w/ to hold on I'm about to stack this guy. Also there is no excuse for timing down to get me to call because it's obvious that after I bet $176 w/ $151 left I'm bluffing and folding every time or calling w/ a made hand every time. Anyway I don't remember if he apologized but he did call me "mate" so I assume he's Australian. I've been to Australia and thought it was a beautiful and wonderful country but I may never go back after this slowroll.

Poker Stars, $2/$4 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 2 Players
Poker Tools by CardRunners - Hand Details

DynamicScott: $775.50 (193.9 bb)
Hero: $439.50 (109.9 bb)

Preflop: Hero is BB with 5 of spades 2 of spades
DynamicScott raises to $8, Hero calls $4

Flop: ($16) J of spades K of spades T of spades (2 players)
Hero checks, DynamicScott bets $12, Hero raises to $34, DynamicScott calls $22

Turn: ($84) 2 of hearts (2 players)
Hero bets $70, DynamicScott calls $70

River: ($224) 6 of diamonds (2 players)
Hero bets $176, DynamicScott raises to $663.50 and is all-in, Hero calls $151.50 and is all-in



  1. isn't it possible that you'd have been betting a weak king or even a set and have a decision whether you want to call or fold the river? maybe if he instashoves youre going to give more thought to folding when he obviously wants the call. and he also told you he was on the phone. stop whining!

  2. In regards to the first hand, I would've lost everything as well. The guy must have money to burn calling raises out of position with 53. No way would I have put him on that hand. It's almost like he went in wanting to show a wide range of starting hands he was willing to bluff and then got lucky. That's a tough pill to swallow, but a great hand to learn from.