Monday, December 11, 2006

New site - nlhepoker.com

I haven't updated this blog in ages but it seems that this still gets a few views every day so I'm going to let you all know that I'm in the process of making my own poker website that will have my new blog, some poker articles and videos, coaching information etc.

The address is http://www.nlhepoker.com

I recommend you all check it out once I get some real content on to there.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Big blog news

Stoxpoker - kitaristi0

What an interesting and unexpected turn of events. I'm not quite sure how it happened, but I assume it went something like this: famous internet pro poker player stoxtrader stumbles upon my blog through a bolt of sheer coincidence and happens to read a few entries. He is immediately taken aback by the high quality and interesting content of my writing and decides he must have me as the new hotshot blogger for his site stoxpoker.com. He PMs me on 2p2, trying his best to act as nonchalant as possible. And when it happens, when I send him that message saying I'll become the new blogger on his site he jumps out of his seat in a fit of ecstatic and exultant joy. Or at least that's how I picture it happening.

Anyway, this means that I won't be posting on this blog anymore. Instead you can now follow all my blogging at the aforementioned address.

Tis with deep sorrow that I lay to rest this my blog of almost a year. Good times has it given me. Bad times has it given me. But always there has it been for me to spill my ramblings on whenever I needed it. And the fact that people actually read it still to this day baffles me. So join me all ye comers and follow me along on my travels as I continue on this quest that's called life and as I encounter new adventures, trials, tribulations, failures, victories, conquests and triumphs.

WTF have I been drinking? Ridiculous.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Reevaluation time

Poker is whatever. Right now I don't care. My experience at 200NL can basically be summed up by saying: "I came, I saw, and I failed miserably." Ok, maybe that's harsh, as I am still up like $80 or so from the few thousand hands I have at 200NL, but right now I don't feel like my bankroll (or I psychologically) can whether the swings of dropping $600 (which I know is just 3 buy-ins, which is nothing) in a night.

New game plan: I'm taking the rest of the week and weekend off (the only poker I'm gonna play is my SSNL HU tourney round 2 match versus EC10) and starting Monday I'm getting back on that horse and am gonna grind. Back to 100NL, 1000 hands a day, no slipping from that goal. If I do miss that objective on any day I give all of you permission to come over to my house and kick me in the nuts. That gives me three good, solid weeks of grinding before I leave it all for a bit so I can move to York and get all of that settled down. I won't make any strict monetary goals, but at 5 PTBB/100 30k hands would be $3000, which would be a very pleasant bonus.

I'm also going to slightly revamp my game. I'm going to tighten up a bit and just focus on playing super solid. I've done a lot of thinking lately about my game (mostly thanks to Jamougha, stoxtrader and Pokey) and there are some new things I'm going to try out, see how they work. But for the most part, it's tight, solid, aggressive, no FPS poker.

Secondary goals are to post more hands on 2p2 and spend time thinking more about the hands I respond to. I'm going to try and employ a quality over quantity approach. Yesterday I did some analysis of a common turn situation by myself and I really liked what I could come up with as soon as I gave it some real thought. I'm also going to talk on AIM and all that.

As a recap of this disjointed and long post:

- The ultimate goal: Get better at poker
- How to get there: Play 1k hands per day minimum
- How to get there #2: Post, think, talk, analyse, examine

Monday, September 04, 2006

Sometimes I fucking hate this game


There's my last two days. One buy-in of that was set over set, the rest is me playing too loose and aggro, never hitting a flop and getting all my cbets called. Resultantly, it's time for a little break. Also, the 5k challenge has been put on hold for now.

I just got season 1 of House M.D. on DVD delivered to my doorstep via express courier, so I'm going to go on a House binge for the next few days. New goal for September is to watch all episodes of season 1 of House in three days. Ok, that's a bit too easy, maybe two days would be more of a challenge, but I'm sticking to three days. Total running time is only 15 hours and 24 minutes, so even one day would be relatively easy. I know I've done it before (the infamous Friends binge of 2005: all ten seasons in two weeks, while still going to school for 8 hours a day. Needless to say I didn't sleep much those two weeks, but god damnit it was worth it.).

I also have big blog news to announce, but I'll give it a couple days until it's official. Till then suffice it to say that my blog pwns all of your blogs combined. Also, tufat SHHH, I want to keep it a secret for a couple more days.

Friday, September 01, 2006

September goals

Primary goals

1. Get better at poker.
2. Actually think about what I'm writing when I respond to threads on 2+2.
3. Think about poker more and talk about it on AIM with good players. See goal 1.

Secondary goals

1. Complete the 5k challenge. Obviously I want to complete this but right now to me getting better at poker is my main goal and the 5k challenge is just a perk.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Day 11 update

A complete freak occurence. Today I woke up at 9:30 in the morning with no alarm clock and no reason to wake up that early even though I've been waking up at around 2:30 PM every day for the past two weeks. So obviously I got up and played a nice session of 6-tabling NL200.

I've really found my groove at NL200 and I really enjoy playing poker again. I feel like at NL200 you're starting to approach "real poker", with double barrelling, bluffing, floating, squeezing and 3-betting preflop, whereas NL100 and under is just set-mining.

I've also finally settled in on a style of poker I like and can play profitably, which is very tight in EP and MP (basically all PPs, AJo+,ATs+,KQs-JTs and a few SCs every once in a while), opening up a bit in the CO (all of the above plus A7o+, A5s+, KTo+, QTo+, JTo, some SCs and one-gappers and occasionally T9o-76o) and quite LAG on the button (all of the aforementioned plus any SC down to 32s, suited one-gappers down to 64s, suited two-gappers down to 74s, offsuit connectors down to 54o, the occasional unsuited one-gapper and any other two cards I feel like playing at the time), then again extremely tight in the SB (I will complete with quite a few suited hands, but won't call raises with anything other than PPs and even them I try to raise as often as I can) and finally reraising a lot from the BB (PPs, some SCs, big broadways etc.). My stats are about 20/16/4 which I find also lends itself very well to multitabling.



There's my graph for the past 11 days. On top of that I have about $100 or so from bonuses, so my total after 11 days is $1427.32. I still haven't played enough hands though, which is something I'm going to focus on more as the challenge continues.

What can I say? Poker is good, life is good, all is well. In other news I just ordered season 1 of House M.D. on DVD. I also looked over the Emmy winners and disagree quite vehemently, but I'll leave that to another post if I can be bothered. Conan was funny, I'll give him that much.

And I don't know whether I mentioned this in my blog earlier but I've added to my list of life goals to live in Tokyo for some time before I turn 25. Most likely I'm either taking a year off from school during my undergraduate studies or then taking a year off after I complete my degree, travel for a year, and then go back to do my graduate studies in the UK (or perhaps somewhere else, who knows).

Part 2 of my money posts to follow later today if I have time.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Money 1

This is going to be part 1 of either 2 or 3 posts I'm going to make about money. This first one is going to be about bankroll management.

As a poker player you've almost certainly heard of and realise the importance of bankroll management. For poker players money is an asset; you put it to work for you and use it to generate more money. If you don't have any money you can't play, so obviously managing your bankroll well to avoid going broke is extremely important.

A figure I hear a lot is 30 buy-ins. 30 buy-ins is an adequate bankroll for someone playing 100BB buy-in stack NL poker. I agree. With a 30 buy-in bankroll assuming you're a winning player your chance of going broke is quite minimal. But to me 30 buy-ins seems excessive, and frankly a bit pansy.

Now if you're a pro player and are supporting yourself through poker than 30 buy-ins is absolutely necessary. 50 buy-ins would probably be even better. Maybe even 100. But for the recreational player I think 30 buy-ins is just overkill. By rigorously sticking to a 30 buy-in bankroll you are not only missing out on great money making opportunities, but also stunting your growth as a player.

A great example of the above was posted on the 2p2 forums some time ago. A player boasted about having a $1100 bankroll and about just now having moved up to NL25. 2p2 SSNL poster Jamougha put it well when he said (and I'm paraphrasing): "That's a shame. With a more aggressive bankroll management strategy you could be playing NL100 and be twice the player you are now." I agree with Jam. Moving up more quickly and taking shots at higher levels on a smaller bankroll not only provides you the potential to increase your wins, but playing against the tougher opponents will make you a better player.

I took my first shots at 100NL when my bankroll hit $1200. I took my first shots at 200NL when my bankroll hit $2500. Sure I've had to move back down a few times, but each time I've come away a better player. And so what if you lose a few buy-ins at the new higher level? Just drop back down to the previous level. Stay there to rebuild and strengthen your roll for a week or so and then take another shot. One time you're going to run well when you move up and then you can move up for good and never look back.

Now this all assumes that you are capable of moving back down in limits when the time calls for it. If you can't, don't even bother with it. Stick to 30 buy-ins. But if you can move down and don't mind the fluctuation in your bankroll, then I urge you to try it. Take a shot at that next level. You see a big fish sitting well sit down right next to him. I can guarantee you that none of the top players in the world have gotten to where they are by never taking shots at higher limits. At one point in their lives they saw an opportunity and they took it. And it paid off. And like I said, so what if it doesn't? You're never going to be taking a shot at a level so high that you're risking your whole bankroll, so even if you run bad and don't make the first time you can always drop back down to reload.