A Fool and His Money
Well with the new poker ban I've pulled out most of the money I had in various accounts. I withdrew about $1200. I left $200 in Absolute and $400 in PokerStars since neither of those sites have announced yet what they are going to do.
Haven't really been playing much of late since my back is fucked up again. I had back surgery toward the end of last year and it's been bugging me a bit again when I spend too much time at the a computer. Given that I work in front of one all day long that means evenings are spent doing something else.
The only recent play has been in Poker Source Online's Poker League. Two events in and two miserable showings where I busted in the bottom 1/3rd. Both times I managed to cripple myself running jacks into bigger pocket pairs. After getting crippled and the blinds going up I end up moving in with mediocre hands and losing to even more mediocre hands. Pocket 8's vs. K-6o loses to a rivered K. And the second tourney A6s gets called by pocket 9's & 10's, Ace flop but a 9 turns to send me out.
Back for my yearly post just so I have a personal log of what the fuck I've been doing.
EQ2 ended up taking over most of my time the last two years as MMOG's tend to do. I think I'm out from under it now and just prepping my account to be sold. I'm hoping to net about $2000 for it but we'll see how that works out.
Been playing some poker again recently. Mainly playing on Asbolute and having not so good luck. Went back to the books and I'm starting over in my studies of the game. Luckily with the rakeback and the bonuses from Absolute I've still managed to grow my bankroll by almost $600 over the last two months. Very odd how pokertracker can show me at almost a -1bb/100 but I can still make money. Gotta love bonuses.
I'm at the point now where I'm debating stepping up. The bankroll is to the point where I should definately be playing $2/$4 or even $3/$6 but I'm still playing $1/$2. I'm concerned about the fact that I'm growing the bankroll because of bonuses and stepping up will start eating into any slight profits I'm showing right now.
I think I'll put in another month or two of $1/$2 and possibly step up after posting a positive month, if I can ever make that happen.
I'm still around. Still playing some poker here and there. I've mostly been playing live and haven't played much online lately. Just got back from Windsor and sat at a table for about 6 hours. I ended up with horrible starters and the only decent starters I got missed the flop. Over 6 hours I think I pulled down about 4 pots and just say and paid blinds. No real losers and no huge winners. Just an overall $46 loss most of which from the blinds.
I did play the last couple nights on Poker Stars. I still have a $100 bonus sitting out there from back in Dec 04. Playing .50/1 while I try to rebuild the poker bankroll. I was up to about $2000 at the end of last year but pulled out $1500 for christmas.
The first night I went up early and stayed there posting around a $40 win over 2 and a half hours.
Last night I went down early and started with about a $20 loss. I managed to continue to play solid and ended up posting around a $10 win. I'm now about a quarter of the way through the required FPP's to clear the bonus.
I think I'm going to start trying to bonus whore a bit more often. As of late I've been addicted to playing EverQuest 2 and that hasn't been good for getting in any table hours.
I figure as long as I can be picking up a bonus I'm going to try and split the freetime 50/50 between poker and EQ2. At least that's the plan.
I managed to get some more playing time in this week. I continued playing the 1/2 tables and I did ok this time around. I cleared off the rest of the bonus after staying about even over the 3 hours I played. I did take one horrible beat that would have let me post a nice win rather than a break even session.
I'm dealt Qs-10s on the button. A couple limpers to me and I limp as well. The BB raises and I call along with everyone else. I believe there was 5 to the flop. Flop comes down QQ4. A lot of raising ensues and it ends up capped with 4 to the turn. The turn is a 10, filling me up. Again the pot is capped with 3 going to the river. The river is a J. We cap it 3-ways one more time and of course one of them has QJ for the rivered full house. I had a feeling that J screwed me but I capped it anyway. I haven't had the heart to review that hand yet to see what the third person had. That was probably the biggest pot I was involved in all night and a 3 outer pushed it the wrong way. Then again I guess I hit my 3 outer on the turn to take the lead. Ah well such is poker...
I ended up +$160 including the bonus. Not bad for a couple hours of play. I'll probably be giving back $20 tonight though since I think I'm going to play in the Poker Stars Blogger tournament. Check with Iggy
Now it's on to Ultimate Bet where I have $120 in bonus money to clear.
I played a decent bit on Friday at .50/1 on Stars and had pretty much a break even session. I think over all after about 2 hours of play I was +$9.
Then I made the step up to $1/$2 on Saturday.
It did not go well.
For the most part the normal hands like top pair or two pair held up the expected amount. However, my big hands all went down in flames. That's not good for the bankroll. I won my fair share of small pots but whenever I was involved in a big pot with a good hand I got beat. I lost at least 3 times with king high flushes. I lost repeatedly on sets to either higher sets or got drawn out on by straights or flushes. I just couldn't get any of the usually big hands to hold up. Overall I lost 40bb or $80.
The play in general didn't seem any tougher than the .50/1 games. It seemed to be more aggressive but that was due to more maniacs. I'm not sure if that's the 1/2 game in general or just that way because it was a Saturday night. If that's the nature of the 1/2 game then I guess I'm going to have to get used to the bigger swings in variance.
I'm going to continue to try the 1/2 game for a bit longer. I'm 400 FPP's into the 600 I need to clear the $120 bonus and I'm still up $20 since depositing to earn the bonus. So, I figure I have some money to play with.
Bankroll (from memory)
Poker Stars: $840 ($120 bonus pending)
Royal Vegas: $370
Ultimate Bet: $200 ($100ish bonus pending)
From memory the bankroll is as follows:
Poker Stars: $908 ($120 bonus pending)
Ultimate Bet: $220 ($115 bonus pending)
Royal Vegas: $376
Home Game : $180 I think??
I played some more on Stars last night to keep working off those FPP's to clear the bonus. I figure it makes sense to clear that one first since that frees up most of my money to spread back around...
I had a pretty good night again. +38BB at .50/1. A lot of that came from one player in particular who would call people down with anything. He managed to stay afloat for a while given how often low limit players try to bluff. But I managed to catch some hands against him and he as expected called me down to the river.
I'm wondering how long I can ride the hot streak before reality sets back in. I'm 118 FPPs into the 600 needed to clear the bonus and I'm +88bb for the time I've put in so far.
I'm hoping to clear a large chunk of the remaining FPPs this weekend since the wife is heading out of town. I'll have the house to myself from Friday night until Monday night. I have a few chores to do but I should still have plenty of play time...
I had a chance to play some more on Tuesday night. I was busy yesterday so never had a chance to update.
I played for a while on Royal Vegas and finished off my raked hand requirement there so I can no cash out. I cashed in $200 and I'm cashing out $276 + $100 bonus. After the bonus I'm +176BB after having to play 900 raked hands. Not too bad. The players on Royal Vegas are some of the easiest around. The play is very loose passive. I find it much easier than Party since you get fewer pure maniacs. At Royal Vegas if someone is coming back at you they usually have a hand and you can figure out what to do from there. At Party someone coming back at you means much of nothing most of the time...
I then put in a little more time at Ultimate Bet. I lost about $8 at the tables, and lost a 6-man $5.50 Sit&Go. I'm quickly realizing how long it's going to take to work off my bonus there. The Ultimate Points just don't seem to roll in very quickly. I'm also thinking so far that the players there are much tougher. At a full table I'm guessing that at least half are of the same skill level as me with 1 or 2 of those possibly better. Now I remember why I never finished off my old bonus that was sitting at UB. I think I've improved since then though so I'm going to continue working off the bonus. So far I'm still on the + side from a first and second in the 6-man $5.50 Sit&Go's.
After getting worked a little on UB I switched over to Poker Stars where I have to earn 600 FPP's to clear my bonus. I had a great run of cards on Stars and by the end found myself +$48 and having cleared about 52 FPP's. I actually caught pocket pairs the first 5 hands I was dealt on one table. Of course I only won 2 of them and had to fold after the flop on the other 3 but that still gave me quite a nice start. I definately play better when I manage to post an early gain. I still have the bad habit of trying too hard when I get myself into a hole...