Monday, October 4, 2010

Sept. Results

Last month can be described as a month off than anything else. Some of that had to due w/ the start of football season but mostly it was due to sheer laziness. I'm always fighting my bouts of laziness and sometimes I lose those fights. As a poker player, this is probably my biggest leak (and only flaw?). One of the reasons I put off playing poker is because I feel like I can just play it anytime and win money anytime...maybe it's kind of arrogant but that's the mentality I have, and tbh is not a really good mentality. It might've developed over the years grinding millions of poker hands. At 1st poker was exciting and a fun way to make money, now it seems more like a job, and most of us play poker to avoid the dullness of most jobs. Don't get me wrong though, I know I'm in a very enviable position today and I'm thankful for everything poker was able to provide for my family and myself. Anyway I put in a tad under 40 hrs grinding cash games and ended up around $7500 + $1189 rb. Also I lost $865 in tournaments.

I elected to leave out my limit results because they skew the nl results. Limit winrates are typically lower than nl and pl winrates. Also nearly all my limit action was in omaha hilo so my nonsd winnings looks bad in that game but that's by design of the game. Players end up chasing draws one way or another (or both ways) and don't get there and have to fold for 1 more bet at the river. It happens more often in that game than any other game. Therefore I elected to filter out my om8 results out of my graph as well. Anyway I lost about $700 in the limit games.

Also I ran slightly above ev but notice that I ran pretty bad in plo, thanks to these 2 hands....

Full Tilt, $3/$6 PL Omaha Cash Game, 6 Players - Hand History Converter

MP: $748

CO: $558

BTN: $1,200

SB: $835.75

Hero (BB): $1,200

UTG: $1,942.30

Pre-Flop: 5 A 3 A dealt to Hero (BB)

3 folds, BTN raises to $21, SB folds, Hero raises to $66, BTN calls $45

Flop: ($135) Q 4 2 (2 Players)

Hero bets $110, BTN raises to $465, Hero raises to $1,134 and is All-In, BTN calls $669 and is All-In

Turn: ($2,403) 7 (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

River: ($2,403) 7 (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

Results: $2,403 Pot ($3 Rake)

BTN showed 3 7 4 5 and WON $2,400 (+$1,200 NET)

Hero showed 5 A 3 A and LOST (-$1,194 NET)

That hand occurred during a mix game session. We were both 200bbs deep and when we got it in on the flop I was a 55-27 fav (w/ 18% chance of splitting). Now the next hand needs no description...

Full Tilt, $2/$4 PL Omaha Cash Game, 6 Players - Hand History Converter

BB: $865.40

UTG: $1,185.15

MP: $2,106.65

CO: $766

Hero (BTN): $400

SB: $672.80

Pre-Flop: 6 Q J J dealt to Hero (BTN)

UTG calls $4, MP folds, CO calls $4, Hero calls $4, SB calls $2, BB checks

Flop: ($24.50) J 2 T (5 Players)

SB checks, BB checks, UTG checks, CO checks, Hero bets $23, SB raises to $78, 2 folds, CO calls $78, Hero raises to $336.50, SB raises to $668.05 and is All-In, CO folds, Hero calls $58.75 and is All-In

Turn: ($893) T (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

River: ($893) K (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

Results: $893 Pot

Hero showed 6 Q J J and LOST (-$400 NET)

SB showed T 4 K T and WON $1,162.80 (+$764.80 NET)

Those beats are about as bad as they get in plo but I really can't complain because I ran above ev for the month. Speaking of running good, I'm off to a decent start this month...

I'm leaving for a trip on the 20th of this month to visit a friend in Arkansas for a week so I'm trying to get in some time playing poker before then.

Also I went to play live for a change the other night w/ my wife. We went to Aria and all I had besides a few hundred dollars were Bellagio flags ($5,000 chips). Now knowing that Aria and Bellagio are both part of MGM Mirage, I assumed they would cash the chips for me. Well since I'm not a regular at any of those poker rooms, they would not cash the chips. One of the managers would have to know me in either room to let me cash the chips at Aria. I guess it's for security reasons, protecting against money laundering or whatever.

Anyway I wasn't too happy because I wanted to play in a $5-$10 game w/ a $3000 cap which I heard was juicy when it ran. $3000 seems like the perfect buyin cap because it's plenty of money to play deep w/ while encouraging some action. Believe it or not but when a game is uncapped (buyin any amount you want) sometimes the game plays tight w/ the deep stacks just waiting for the nuts before they commit their stacks. W/ 300bbs, some guys will get in their whole stacks w/ less than the nuts which opens up the game a lot more, which in turn makes it more fun, for me anyways.

So we had to go to Bellagio, which is a short drive from Aria, and I ended up playing some $10-$20 nl (uncapped) and won $800. The game was average w/ a bunch of Vegas regs in the game. I brought my ipad to kill time between hands because I am, after all, used to seeing 30x # hands/hr (advice: do not do like I's best to pay attention to everything when you're not in a hand because that's the best time to see everything that's going on and to get reads on other players). The only interesting hand of note is epr opens to $80 (w/ $1k behind), sb calls, I call (w $6k behind) w A7s from bb, flop Q93 w 2 to my suit, chk, chk, preflop raiser bets $200, sb folds, I shove ($800 more to my opponent), he snapcalls, turn A, riv 7. Now unlike online our hands are still face down so I'm just hoping he doesn't have AQ or a set. He says "set", I think damn that sucks, he opens and shows KT of same suit for a whiffed flush and straight draw. Now he was on the other end of the table and I guess I misheard and he must've said "sh*t" which sounded like "set" to me, maybe because that was the only word I didn't want to hear coming out of his mouth.

I played a little bit longer, talked w/ Jimmy "GobboBoy" Fricke who sat on my right for a little bit, and took my win and spent a nice night on the town w/ my wife. We ended up watching "A Social Network", which is about the founder of Facebook, and thoroughly enjoyed the movie.


  1. I like how you say that all you had was a few $5k chips...ha. Good post...interesting.

  2. Your graphs always makes me jealous.

    The last paragraph had me confused for a bit. It read it as you took your win and gave it to Fricke to hang out with your wife. lol

  3. Good post again. I emailed cash plays about a hand I played. I hope you can review it on your next show. Do you know when that will be?

  4. Grammar was never my strong suit. I might take up on a friend's offer to proofread my posts before I put them up.

    We do cash plays every other week so the next episode should be up within a few days. I'll ask Jeremiah about the hand history.

  5. Nice recap...what are your thoughts on the importance of Non-Showdown line in lower limit games (basically micros)? I presume the shallower the stacks (i.e. 50BB tables) and the lower the stakes the less important this line is.

  6. how long was your live session?

  7. I'm not too familiar w/ lower limit games but I know in general nonsd is less of an emphasis in limit games. I wouldn't worry about it too much in limit games, unless it's really bad.

    Live sesh was about 3 hrs.