Thursday, September 27, 2007

BB/100 Vs. PTBB/100

I made the mistake in my last post of quoting my PTBB/100 (Poker Tracker) which is based on limit games, and is in fact half of the true BB/100 value. (PTBB refers to "Big Bets" as opposed to "Big Blinds.")

My BB/100 since going full-time at the start of March (multi-tabling x 12) is actually:

BB/100: 6.19 (over 616,880 hands)

(This excludes Rack Back which would make it between 7 and 7.5 BB/100)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

September Update 1

September is going well considering I had 12 days off from playing cash whilst back in England. So far I'm at $9,327 profit for the month (not including the $3k I made playing live while back in England.) (I'm up $8,213 in the last 8 days, over a total of 53 hours; $155/hr.)

I've made a minor adjustment to my pre-flop/flop play and I feel that I'm playing really well. I've also been making sure that I only play when fresh, even if it means some unusual sleep patterns. (Yesterday I slept from 2:30pm until 7:30pm, and then 10:30pm until 2:00am before I started playing- for 5 hours until 7am.) I've actually been trying to add a bit more structure to my daily schedule, and I'll post about that at another time.

I looked at my PT stats since going full-time in March earlier today (600,000+ hands.) I was a little over 3BB/100 @ $1/$2, and a little over 2BB/100 @ $2/4. This number was a little lower than I thought, however they're not bad considering I'm playing 12 tables at a time, and RB isn't included. (My average hourly rate is $94/hr.) As a result, I decided to add some $2/$4 tables tonight, and will continue to play those as long as my $2/$4 BB/100 is at least as good as 50% of my $1/$2 BB/100.


I'd like to play more STTs as I've also been running really well at the $55 9-seaters, however I doubt they're as profitable as playing cash. If I get time in the afternoon then sometimes I'll play them on my lap-top while watching TV. I played 4 of the $55 STTs simultaneously the other day and got 3 x 1sts , and a 2nd. It got a bit hectic with them all being HU at the same time!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Flight of the Conchords

The best comedy series since the British version of The Office is starting on BBC 4 this Tuesday (25th Sept) at 9:30pm. This 12-part series has just finished airing on HBO in the States.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

August Report

A bit late coming, but I've only just got back home after 2 weeks in England. August was my worst month since going full-time. I missed a few days at the end of the month due to being in England. However my play was pretty poor at times and I also didn't run too well.

Total: $10,506

Hours: 168

Average Rate1: $62/hr

Average Rate2: $339/day

Rake Earned: $3,452 (included in above total)

Losing Days: 11

$1k+ Days: 5

Best Day: $1,685

Worst Day: -$788

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Real or Fake?

Here's the little beauty that Sunday 8pm pulled at the strip club during the BFWCOP3 week-end.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Fish with Extra Chips Please

I went over to the Brighton Rendezvous Casino last night with Snap and Canaryboy from the Betfair forum to play in their £30 Rebuy event. (I'd played there once before when I was back in England 2 years ago, and managed to pick up 3rd place on that occassion.)

With unlimited rebuys and an optional add-on, the field of 43 had 107 rebuys/add-ons for a £4,500 prize pool. Starting stacks were 2,000 with 25/50 blinds, and a 30 minute clock.

Just as when I had played before, the runners were nearly all regulars. They all seemed to know each other well and they were generally pretty pleasant. The overall standard was pretty poor with few decent players.

I managed to get my stack up to nearly 12,000 just before the break, before losing half my stack against some atrocious play which included my OOP opponent calling my pre-flop raise and flop bet with K7 on a Q44 flop.

One guy rebought 6-7 times before the break after discovering that calling gutshots on the flop and pre-flop all-ins with 86s weren't optimal plays. (I raised to 4,000 UTG with KK @50/100 when I chucked in 1k chips instead of 100s, and he called off his 2k stack with his pretty-looking suited rags.)

I intended to take an add-on at the break as my 6,600 [average] stack couldn't afford a big hit. However, after having a piss, beer and cigarette I discovered that I had left it too late.

After the break, I was able to build my stack to around 15k and I stayed around that mark from two tables out until the Final Table.

I raised the first 3 or 4 hands on the Final Table and managed to double up with my set of 4s against the BB's AQ. I then shoved my 40k in to take the 4.5k of blinds plus 3k from a limper with my JJ. However I had a call from the button (approx 10k) with K9. The turn gave me a set and him a gutshot, and the river gave him his straight just as he had finished saying goodbye- so he sat back down.

Two hands later I raised to 12k UTG (2k/4k) with AA. "K9 man" is the only caller from the blinds, and we see a ragged flop. I put him all in and he starts to think. It's quite clear he has fuck all. It's an easy call for any pair given the current pot size. It's also an easy fold for just about any other holding. I had started to get a little cocky (in a friendly way) at the FT, and tried to induce a call with the usual "You're well behind mate. If I were you I'd definitely be folding" type of bollocks. Anyway, he called with KQ and his 3% shot didn't improve.

Canaryboy played really well and eventually went out in 4th for £450. Considering he was a short-stack for a lot of the time it was a great achievement.

Earlier on, Snap was unlucky to be outdrawn in a 3-way all-in when a little more luck would have put him up with the chip leaders. He still made a profit though as he and I had bought in Canaryboy so we split his winnings 3-way.

I actually lost more chips from missed blinds while taking a piss (I had nearly 10 pints 'cos I'm such a lad :p) than I did in any single pot. One piss cost me 4.5k when I only had 20k left- and I fucking sprinted to the loo too! (Tip: When playing live, it's cheaper to take a piss at full-handed tables.)

Anyway, we were soon down to the final three and we then decided to chop for just over £1k each.

Overall, it was a great night but I've got a fucking headache this morning.

I'm back in England now for two weeks to visit my family and to play in Betfair's BFWCOP3 tournament this upcoming week-end.

I'm really looking forward to the event, and it'll be great to see everyone that I met last year and a few new faces too. Mandylou from the Betfair forum has put in an awful lot of time and effort again this year, and I'm sure it will be on par with last year's excellent week-end.

To be honest, the poker itself is just an added bonus. This trip is costing me well over $10,000 if I include loss of online poker earnings on top of all other expenses. So it's not a +EV journey to make from a poker perspective despite the added value on offer with JPJ and his Bournemouth posse playing.

However, I will still be taking the event as seriously as is possible for someone who will be completely shitfaced.