Monday, January 31, 2005

Bad Beat

I'm not a big "Bad Beat" guy, but this one was just too good. I've been pushing this guy around the whole night, no way he calls here normally. All of this happened right after my bankroll peaked $5500 (the point at which I'm withdrawing 3k for a car). This and a couple others put me down a bit.

I disregarded QJ as a possibility, as I figured he'd raise the turn with the flush draw on the board. little did I know.

Dealt to kingofghetto [ Kh Kc ]
mjjz60 folds.
kingofghetto raises [$10].
pnathanson folds.
GoAlJ folds.
buckI46 calls [$5].
** Dealing Flop ** [ Ts, Ac, Ks ]
buckI46 checks.
kingofghetto bets [$5].
buckI46 calls [$5].
** Dealing Turn ** [ 6h ]
buckI46 checks.
kingofghetto bets [$10].
buckI46 calls [$10].
** Dealing River ** [ 7h ]
buckI46 checks.
kingofghetto bets [$10].
>You have options at Table 10708 (6 max) Table!.
buckI46 raises [$20].
kingofghetto raises [$20].
buckI46 calls [$10].
kingofghetto shows [ Kh, Kc ] three of a kind, kings.
buckI46 shows [ 9h, 8h ] a straight, six to ten.
buckI46 wins $110 from the main pot with a straight, six to ten.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

I think my biggest leak is...

I was giving some thought to this today as I was browsing through PT. I think I call down far more frequently than is typical for a solid 5/10 player. Over the first month or so of play I had great sucess with this, winning enough showdowns to make these marginal calls correct. However, I've been struggling in the last couple weeks. Once again, Geo pointed something out.

I'm playing during the day more frequently. Now, the games aren't bad during the day, they are actually relatively soft. But not unbelievably soft. If they were toilet paper, they'd be 2 ply off-brand. Now at night as Geo said, people are just giving their money away. Not only is this a better situation, but combined with the fact that I call down more frequently, the looser play makes it more correct to call down in marginal situations.

So I played during the night last night, and hit a nice run. I don't think by any means that this is the cure all/end all to my downswings, but it's a start.

On the subject of leaks, here's an amazing post on two+two by Ed Miller (author of Small Stakes Hold'em) about the severity of leaks.

I also played some Pot Limit Omaha today, look for a post later.


Monday, January 24, 2005

My Year as a Poker Pro - Week 3

This week qualifies easily as the first frustrating week of the year poker-wise. I managed to put together a few winning sessions and played a ton of hands (clearing a bonus at Party in the meantime), but still finished with only a mediocre profit. So much of the weeks results are going to depend on what days I have my good/bad swings on, if I finish on a day with a somewhat large downswing I'm going to have a bad result for the week, I'm going to have to learn to accept that I guess.

Also, all hands are 5/10 6-max played at empire/party unless otherwise noted. My Blog also is up and running, it has this cross-posted as well as other random postings (2-4 times weekly).

Monday, January 17th

My week started off well, making a steady profit on Monday. My sleep schedule was so screwy from the overnighter I went to on Friday that I was up all night Sunday night and "started" Monday at 9 am. I slept that day, and put in another session that night. I mentioned last week that my endurance is going up and playing longer and longer sessions is becoming the norm. I managed, between the two sessions to get off 1,001 hands and set myself up for a nice pace on the week.

After I logged off for the night, I turned my attention to my new desk. The thing may not look that complicated, but man alive there were like 500 pieces. It's nice and sturdy though (and thankfully Mac-free). I managed somehow to get the Gorilla Glue that I was using in my hair. Not necessarily a good thing when you are referring to a product that calls itself "The Toughest Glue on Planet Earth." A good 25 minutes would be spent the next morning removing all traces of that from my locks. I managed to assemble the desk in just under two and a half hours and fell asleep, exhausted.

Tuesday, January 18th

I spent a considerable amount of time today sleeping, when I finally woke up (around 2:30 in the afternoon), I saw my friend Chuck had called. I gave him a ring and found out he and my friend who is leaving for Florida were hitting up the local cinaplex to see Coach Carter, Samuel L. Jackson is a good enough reason for me to see any movie, so I went and checked it out. Overall a pretty good flick, SLJ was the best part of the movie, although the story is outstanding as well. We hit up my Aunt's house (where Merhawi has been staying) and had some dinner, hung out and then I came home. I debated playing some hands, but decided I'd put in a few extra on Wednesday as payment for an early bed-time.

Wednesday, January 19th

I woke up and checked the forum per-routine and saw some exciting news. Party is having another reload bonus, 20% up to $200. I withdrew $1000 into Neteller and sat down to work some hands off at Empire. I managed to get through just about 500 before the grand showed up in my account. I deposited into Party, ate some lunch, watched a couple of my Netflix movies. (Quick Rating: Troy = Good, "Made" = Watch "Swingers" instead) Then I got to business. I put in 613 hands starting out with a pretty nasty downswing (to the point where I was worried I might not have enough at Party to keep 2-tabling) and went on a rush at the end to finish $2.50 in the red for Party. With the morning session that put me at -$354 for the day. An unfortunate, but reasonable swing.

Thursday, January 20th

I did pretty much nothing else except play today, I was a bonus clearing machine. I made it a goal to play until the bonus was clear and I finished it off with another 1300 hands. Like I did with my last Party bonus I went on a huge run and finished up $1149 (not including bonus). I cashed out and transferred back to Empire before hitting the sack again.

Friday, January 21st

Not much out of the ordinary today either, except for some nasty beats and some all too frequent second best hands. I played a ton of hands again, finishing of 1238 during the course of the day, including a 750 hand session. I kept my head about me today, which is marked improvement over losses in the past, didn't help much with the results however, I lost $561.00 over the course of the day.

Saturday, January 22nd

My friend Tim and his girlfriend stopped by today, they were on the way to check out their new apartment and wanted to know if I wanted to come along. I'm kind of glad I did as I think I found out where a home game I got a line on is at. There's a bar that's about 4 miles from my house that has cards on it's sign and the four suits in the window. The name rung a bell, so I called up a friend from the area and he confirmed that their was a few games their, some NL and a 10-20, as well as a few smaller games. He gave me the name of a friend who plays, so hopefully I'll have some live action close enough to drive to regularly once I get my car.

Tim's apartment is pretty nice, although it's somewhat in the ghetto. It's located above a pawnshop and the landlord told him that they can just put rent in an envelope and drop it off at the pawnshop. This struck me as funny, although Tim didn't quite see it that way. We hit up a local pizza place for delivery and for the 3rd time in 2 weeks it's taken a half an hour more than the estimated time for delivery to show up. The first time I gave the guy a large tip ($4+) as I wanted to establish that my pizza gets delivered first in the guys mind. The second time when it took that long I was getting a little upset and was planning on questioning the driver, until she showed up.

I've never seen a hot girl deliver pizza's before. I wasn't expecting to see one that day either, I ended up tipping like $5 again just because she caught me off guard. The third time it wasn't from the same place but it took almost an hour and a half to get the pizza, which unsettled me quite a bit. I let my friend tip him as I had picked up the tab for the pizza, I think the guy got a dollar and change. The pizza was good though, almost worth waiting for.

On the poker front, nothing real exciting, did play some heads up today, although not at a private table. A third person almost always jumps in within the first 10 hands, making it hard to get utilize any long term strategy against your opponent. I do find that a few weaker players tend to play the shorthanded games (3-4 players) and I'll probably be paying more attention to them in the future.

Overall, 763 hands winning a tidy $431 in the process.

Sunday, January 23rd

I should have taken today off, it was a horrible day for poker. The comment I made about taking beats better was just wrong, as my opponents hit 3 outter after 3 outer. All my bluffs got called down, and I missed most of my draws. I also made a few unfortunate second best hands, a couple being against a maniac who I figured was pushing with a worse hand. Just all around a case of right move, wrong time all day long. I dropped $705, took a break and came back after watching some CSI: Miami and playing some Tetris with my new roomate. I decided I was done with 5/10 for the night and sat down for some PL Omaha, finishing off a couple of bucks ahead.

I then sat down at the $100 NL table, which would prove to be costly. I was playing well, and got my money in with the best hand on both of the big hands that I played, true to form however, my opponents draws came in and I lost somewhere in the range of $150.

It was frustrating to have my whole weeks profits almost entirely wiped out on the last day of the week, but there's nothing to do except refocus on playing well and get in some more hands. Only time will make all things equal.

Week Totals:

Hands Goal: 5,000 Hands
Hands Actual: 6,649 (92 NL)
Total Won: $74.40 +$200 Bonus
Overall $5/$10 BB/100: 1.89
Bankroll Total: $4670

Friday, January 21, 2005

Party $200 Reload

So there's a reload at party, BONUSJAN, 20% up to $200. There's something about bonus chasing that just makes my tolerance for pain skyrocket and I just play constantly until they are clear. I cleared this one in the last two days, taking just over 2k hands to put it down. The same thing happened as last time and I finished way up at the end of the bonus withdrawing almost $2300 after a $1000 deposit.

Winning that much money in a day when I have more hands to get in for the week frustrates me sometimes. It's hard to put in hands when you are losing, but it's definitely not easy when you are winning either. With the amount of hands I play, I should clear 1k, maybe $1250 a week. Once I've won that, I feel like I'm done for the week. Unfortunately that's not the way things work, I gotta play the hands every week or my winnings are not going to be what I want them to be. So, I've just gotta push through it and get my 5,000 hands in every week.

Surprisingly, when I was trying to explain this to my non-poker friends they didn't feel sorry for me. Something about complaining about winning a grand in a day just didn't sit right with them. I don't think they understood my point.

Here's a great post started by Geo ( It's a rating system from 1-10 in several different categories.

My ratings:

Shorthanded: 8
Limit Holdem: 7
No Limit Holdem: 6
Tournaments: 4
Cash Games: 8
Multitabling: 7
Focus/Concentration: 4
Tilt Control: 5
Discipline/Patience: 7
Endurance: 9
Table Selection: 7
Live Play: 6

Hmmm, maybe I'll re-assess in a couple months see how I'm doing.

All for now,

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Online Poker is So Rigged

So I had my first dream about poker last night, at least the first that I remember. I was tossing and turning and I managed to finally fall asleep when I found myself playing cards on some new site. I apparently was playing NL and managed to get all in with a set of jacks after the flop only to have the other guy show: a set of jacks???

I started screaming at the computer, there were 5 jacks! Online poker is so rigged, and then I remember saying "I am so writing a letter." I am such a wuss, I can't even be a tough guy in my dreams.

I also got a chance yesterday to see Phil Hellmouth's Masters of Poker DVD which came as one of my netflix choices. I actually planned on it being so bad that I only got the second DVD, bluffing and tells. Phil is a great player (he'd be better without the ego, and I don't just mean more bearable) and his greatest skill is reading people. There were a few tips in the movie (which was a disappointing 40 minutes long), but nothing not covered by Caro. Overall not highly reccomended.

I apologize in advance for any who read this when I'm working on my blog, it will be changing over the next couple of days to include a blogroll and hopefully not look so much like Ammbo's Site. For the record, I named mine first, although I may change the name today.


Monday, January 17, 2005

Straight Flush

It took 13,750 hands in pokertrack before I hit my first straight flush, but it came this morning as I was closing out a 500 hand session for the day. The best part? The other guy had a full house.

Dealt to kingofghetto [ 8c 7c ]
Gripon folds.
PaulT1958 folds.
kingofghetto raises [$10].
kgb0077 folds.
jedimax calls [$5].
** Dealing Flop ** [ 8h, 9c, Jc ]
jedimax checks.
kingofghetto bets [$5].
jedimax calls [$5].
** Dealing Turn ** [ Tc ]
jedimax bets [$10].
kingofghetto raises [$20].
jedimax calls [$10].
** Dealing River ** [ 8d ]
jedimax bets [$10].
kingofghetto raises [$20].
jedimax raises [$20].
kingofghetto raises [$20].
>You have options at Table 14398 (6 max) Table!.
jedimax calls [$10].
kingofghetto shows [ 8c, 7c ] a straight flush, jack high.
jedimax doesn't show [ 8s, 9d ] a full house, Eights full of nines.
kingofghetto wins $150 from the main pot with a straight flush, jack high.

Steps Tourney's - I Quit

I make an amazing call, and this is what happens. I had a huge edge here, but the 23-1 backdoor flush hit. I was a 4-1 favorite on the flop. The next hand I push with 88 and lose to KJ (I don't win coinflips).

#Game No : 1449722228
***** Hand History for Game 1449722228 *****
NL Hold'em $11 Buy-in + $1 Entry Fee Trny:8750701 Level:4 Blinds(50/100) - Monday, January 17, 08:53:17 EDT 2005
Table Step 1 #983425 (Real Money)
Seat 4 is the button
Total number of players : 6
Seat 4: crabby57 ( $1525 )
Seat 5: barrycompton ( $1780 )
Seat 6: jkspot ( $610 )
Seat 7: fishman2303 ( $1140 )
Seat 8: Freddy007 ( $1200 )
Seat 1: Colbro ( $1745 )
Trny:8750701 Level:4
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to barrycompton [ Ah Qd ]
fishman2303 calls [100].
Freddy007 folds.
Colbro folds.
crabby57 calls [100].
barrycompton raises [350].
jkspot folds.
fishman2303 calls [300].
crabby57 folds.
** Dealing Flop ** [ 8s, 3h, Jd ]
barrycompton bets [300].
fishman2303 is all-In [740]
barrycompton calls [440].
** Dealing Turn ** [ Kd ]
** Dealing River ** [ Td ]
barrycompton shows [ Ah, Qd ] a straight, ten to ace.
fishman2303 shows [ 4d, Ad ] a flush, ace high.
fishman2303 wins 2480 chips from the main pot with a flush, ace high.

My Year as a Poker Pro - Week 2

So much stuff happened this week both poker related and not that it seems like it's been much longer than 7 days since the last time I did an update. Well, technically it has been just under a day, because I have re-started posting in my Blog. I plan on blogging every day happenings, hands, tourney's, bonuses, etc. As well as moving most of the non-poker results material from my posts (video games, movies, etc.) I hope you all check it out, it's still getting up and running and I will be working on getting a blogroll and links up soon.

As for the week, I ended last week off with a 1.34 BB/100 earn rate, which is considerably under the 2.5 I would like to obtain and a bit under 2 which is what I expect. Over the whole course of my PT database I was still running quite well though. I was hoping to kick week 2 off with a blast and go on a nice rush; it was not to be.

Monday, January 10th

I started the day off rushing up about a hundred or so in the first couple of hands, thinking it was going to be a good day. Then it all started to slip, everything I did for the next few hours was just nasty. Bluffs didn't work, I was laying down in the wrong spots, calling down at the wrong time, and hitting bad cards all at the same time. I felt like stopping after a couple hundred hands of this punishment, but kept on playing till 500 hands. I ended up at 503 hands losing $446 for the day.

Interestingly,this came right after I cashed out from Empire.

Tuesday, January 11th

I started working off the $200 Empire bonus (technically 196 for me, cause I took some of the 1k to play in the Tsunami tournament) I flew through some hands. I realized that I had plans all Friday night that were going to make it hard to get hands in on the weekend, so I geared down and got off 1056 hands. I went on a good rush and ended up $824, which made getting the hands in all that easier.

I'm finding it easier and easier to play through a decently long session. I think it's because I don't have to focus so intently on playing to play well. I've developed an auto-pilot for 5/10 now. I still pay attention, but it's easier to play through the hands without feeling mentally taxed.

Wednesday, January 12th

I know I said that I'm moving all the non-poker stuff to my blog, but I would just like to comment on Napolean Dynamite. I got this movie from Netflix today and watched it because I have like 4 or 5 friends that quote from it consistently, you know the type. They all claim it's the "funniest movie ever" Do yourself a favor, if someone tells you to see it because it's the "funniest movie ever" punch them in the face. When they are falling to the ground in extreme cases they may make reference to a part in the movie where Kip and Napoleon are fighting, kick them in the groin. You are doing us all a great service, thank you.

Anyway, on to poker, coming off of yesterday's streak I was a little anxious about starting again because I could feel the losing streak impending. The bonus however was incentive enough to continue playing in an attempt to clear it, and I sat down and started losing. Then I continued to lose, then I lost some more. I was down about $800 when I started to swing back up, I finished the bonus up and started clearing the $100 at party. I kept on winning and got back to the green for the day. I finished off the party bonus and ended up down $27 for the day, after a massive 1,722 Hands.

Thursday, January 13th

Today I didn't get in a ton of hands, and I don't remember exactly why. I think I played the Party Steps tourneys for a while during the day. I got to step 2 pretty easily a coupel times, but lost a race each time to get crippled and knocked out. I might give them another shot for a break sometime next week, but I won't be playing them seriously any time soon. Tournament poker is just too frustrating.

At night I had a bible study where we talked about the tsunami and the effects it's had on different religions, how they view it. It was awesome to finally meet some people that had a deep respect for other religions beliefs. I myself don't believe in re-incarnation, but I respect the beliefs of those that do. My pastor in church this Sunday was making a few jokes about the whole belief and I was disturbed by it. Christians believe in resurection from the dead and a virgin birth, which can easily be called ridiculous. Maybe I'm just oversensitve to it because I have a few friends who are Muslim, and a few who are Buddhist, and they have taught me a good deal about their religions. Anyway, sorry to get into religious discussions, but it's something I feel strongly about.

My day went pretty well, racking up a $377 profit over 341 hands.

Friday & Saturday, January 14th-15th

0 Hands today, I had an all-nighter with my junior high group. It was awesome. 120 kids showed up and we played games, took them roller skating and bowling, then had small group time and watched a movie/played more games. I played more games, the movie: Napoleon Dynamite.

When we went bowling I was entering all the kids names in my small group into the computer, and there was a new kid whose name I had asked twice, but I blanked. So I took a chance with an old standby "Hey, how do you spell your name"


He was going to let it go to, but Karl another kid in my group with a great sense of humour chimes in "How else would you spell it." I start putting in my name, and Karl comments "It's B-A-R-R-Y" Why couldn't he have been named Jon/John or something with a variant spelling?

Got done at 10am, came home, slept and woke up at 2 on Saturday to go to my brother's birthday party in Lansing, we all bought him gift certificates to Circuit City so he can get an IPOD. We are sitting at the table with my parents (who know, but are not fully behind me playing poker) and he pulls 20 chips out of his pocket. We start doing chip shuffles and other tricks and talking about his game he plays with his friends. I gave him some advice, so hopefully he'll clean up next time. (He's 17 by the way)

I came back, played some hands, fell asleep. Woke up at 3 am and finished off 582 hands for the day netting another $461.

Sunday, January 16th

Normally I plan for Sunday's to be my slow day, but I really wanted to finish up the 5000 hands for the week, so I plowed through another 800 hands today. I had church, lunch, and an open house for a friend that is moving to florida. I also stopped an got a pair of Dr. Martens and some new tennis shoes today, very comfortable. While I was at the mall I decided I'd see if the bookstore had gotten any new poker books in, they had Harrington on Hold'em, which I picked up. I don't know when I'll get around to reading it, since I don't play many NL tourney's, but I hear it's excellent.

Still waiting for S/S 2 to come out, BN has it's release date as February though.

That's it for this week, totals follow:

Hands Goal: 5,000 Hands
Hands Actual: 5,010 Hands
Total Won: $1,486 + $296 Bonus
BB/100: 2.97
Bankroll Total: $4416 ($1000 withdrawn for school/other stuff)

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Negreanu on Tilt

Daniel Negreanu has to be my favorite celebrity poker player. I think he does more benifit for the game than most players just by being himself. His Poker Journal found on his site Full Contact Poker is awesome. If you aren't reading it, you need to stop reading my humble attempt at a blog, follow the link, and go check it out. Read all his entries, cardplayer articles, and browse through the forum, then find your way back here and finish my post.

I'm serious, stop reading.

Alright, welcome back, pretty sweet site he has eh? Anyway, I thought it was interesting to see what he thought about the first episode of TILT. His response about it being bad for the image of poker is something that has a lot of merit to it.

One of my biggest pet peeves with movies and television is that they can take something that in actuality is a really great story and then change it, most often making it worse (i.e. Alexander). Why not take some of the great stories/tales from the "cowboy" era of poker and do a series about it. A show that similar in feel/style to Deadwood would do well if you asked me.

Problem is, nobody does. I think that poker, if you want to get into it in a fictional way, is interesting enough where you can tell a realistic story and entertain people.

Anyway, enough ranting about TILT. One last link to a great article by Howard Lederer on the steps to mastery of poker. Today's Sunday which means that my week-end results post should be up sometime late tonight.


Friday, January 14, 2005

Tilt and the Steps Tourneys

Wow, I just watched ESPN's new show "Tilt," being from the makers of Rounders and ESPN (who have done an amazing job with the WSOP) I had high hopes for the show. I was sadly dissapointed, the show was pure crap. Seriously the hot poker chick was the only redeeming factor that I can think of.

I have the same shirt as the main character too. American Eagle $15.

Anyway, I'll probably watch it anyway, if only to make fun of it on my blog.

I finished a couple STEPS multi tourney's up, busting out in 3 out of 4 (2 on coinflips, the other when shortstacked). The other one I actually won with some of my better hands and rocketed to 1st place where I stayed until the end. The play is horrible. At the second level I got impatient and blew my stack, forced to push relatively early and lost a coinflip that would have put me back above average.

Looking at the Steps I think making it through level 2 is going to be the hard part, and then making the money on the final tourney. For even only taking fourth place though, assuming you somehow made it the whole time without hitting one of the $30-35 prizes, you get 200 shots for your money. I definately would like to win one of these sometime. I think I'll use it as my break from my 5/10 games.

Anyway, going to get in a couple hundred hands before bed. I'm going to be real busy this weekend and might not get all my hands in for the week, something I want to avoid if possible.


Wait this is Limit?

Argh, I hate starting a tourney and then realizing it's limit. Great way to ensure that I start the tourney on tilt.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

A Couple Links

Just a couple of quick links.

Here's a
Cardplayer Article which discusses situations where you are either way ahead or way behind and how to play them. Geared towards limit play this concept is one that I need to improve on.

Also, some readers may notice I have removed my old posts from the site. I did this to make the site look nice and clean, all my posts (including the ones that didn't get blogged) are here.

Poker Updates.Com has a pretty cool net show about poker. This month has an interview with Daniel Negreanu, a basic tell from Caro, and news and updates about all things poker.

Party Poker Cracked

eBay item 6941975958 (Ends Jan-13-05 17:29:28 PST) - Party Poker "CRACKED" Win Hundreds at home book

The thing that scares me about this isn't that I think it's true (although stuff like this is not outside the realm of possibility), it's that this guy hasn't recieved 1 negative comment. Not one.

Party Poker on the other hand has treated me well. I played 1373 hands there to clear a 100 bonus and ended up +$712, just about what I lost at Empire earlier in the night. Maybe I need to get Empire Poker Cracked.

Also tried the Party Steps tourneys, going to have to give these a serious try later in the month sometime.

Back in Black, errr White

So my blog is back up, although I'm sure nobody is seeing this message right now. I had originally intended on double posting all my updates here and on ITH. The best laid plans of mice and men as they say. I realized since most of my traffic is a result of ITH members that double posting is nothing more than an exercise in redundancy.

However, recently I've realized I want to point things out in my posts that I either feel will bog down the post or I flat out forget to put in. Enter my blog. Hopefully I'll get into discussions of hands I've played/seen, general thoughts on online poker, and all the other stuff that makes blogs great.

There will be no set timing for my posts, mostly they will be off the top of my head. I will try to at least link to my weekly updates on the ITH boards. Anyway, look for the first updates to start rolling in as early as later tonight.