Some nights, I just feel like I can do no wrong at the table. Last night was one of those nights. I was playing over at the ol' CardPlayer Poker
Right now, I am working on step tournaments and was playing in a step 7 tournament which gives you a 7,000 starting chip stack. With blinks starting at 15-30, you have plenty of time to play.
Personally, I was in a pretty weird mood as well. I actually started chatting in the chat window. It all started when folks were complaining about me taking forever to play a hand as I was dozing off during the game.
Now, mind you, I generally play laying in bed with my iPad resting on my stomach. I say this as it is quite easy for me to doze away.
Back to the game - One thing I have noticed about these step SNGs is that the higher you go, the better players you face. It makes perfect sense as only the top two players in each tournament advance to the next round.
So these players kept doing the "zzzzzzzzzz" thing which is the universal poker sign to hurry it up. I responded with "Oh look, you guys finally figured out where the z key is".
Oh boy, you would have thought a bomb went off. Immediately, I was the villain at the table. Everyone seemed to be out to get me and they did when my KK lost to a straight which put me down to 750 in chips.
At that point, my goal was to finish in the top 4 so I could secure a ticket to the same level 7 that I was playing. If you finish fifth or sixth you actually go down in steps to 5 or 6.
I boldly predicted that I would win the tournament. I then proceeded to "type" every player at the table and critique their every play. And I mean CRITiQUE their EVERY play.
What I didn't realize was that I was putting them on tilt in doing so. The other five players wanted to bust me so bad, that they were making stupid plays to try to bust me.
I ended up wining the tournament going from 750 in chips to 42,000 by the end. I did it with no suckouts, no bad beats on other players.
Sure, I got a some cards, but you give a good poker player solid cards and he will beat 80 percent of the players out there.
At least, I did last night.
While this year has not been the best results-wise, I still have plenty to be thankful for today.
I would urge my fellow poker players to take some time and find things to be thankful for today.
Personally, I'm extremely thankful that my family is thriving and healthy. While it is the opposite for me on the health front, I sure am glad it is me struggling with my health.
I'll be spending the rest of the year putting together my goals for 2014. I'll still be playing some, here locally. I have no trips planned for the rest of 2013.
I plan on heading back to the WSOP in 2014 and also we are looking at a possible cruise.
Once again, Happy Thanksgiving!
Pendleton - UGH!!!! Things didn't work out as I had planned - let's leave it at that for now. I do plan on blogging some hands later from the weekend.
I forgot how terrible the dealers there can be. We were playing 30min rounds and only getting in 1.5 orbits around the table. It was quite painful.
It was a good trip. Hung out with fadintherails of BCP fame . . . I use the word "fame" quite loosely as he went all in with TT against AKo and promptly lost.
Next up is a 1k guarantee at The Players Club. Looking forward to going back to where I won my 1.5k buyin for the WSOP. I wish I could have done them proud, but I sure got an education on bad beats - LOL.
I am also going to be creating an iPad app that will give you a HUD for live play. The couple that I have seen are too clumsy in my opinion trying to get data into the iPad. That is the plan at least. I hope to have some of it ready by the end of the year.
The HUD will be my main focus, but I plan on adding in plenty of features. I am not sure if I am actually going to release it to the general public. If it works how I want it to, I sure don't want it out there.
Well, I'm like a kid at Christmas Eve. Tomorrow, I meet my buddy, FadinTheRail in Pendleton for the Fall Poker Roundup.
The plan is to takedown a super satellite tomorrow evening to win my way into the main event on Saturday.
I have purposefully not played any poker today as I started my mental preparation for Thursday night's tournament. Even better, it has 30 minute blinds and 1 in 5 will win a seat to the main.
If I do win a seat, then Friday will be spent communing with The Lord and preparing for the main.
I plan on writing out my goals for the satellite here, tomorrow sometime.
On another note, I have finally given up on trying to find a decent poker tracker for live play and am building my own in FileMaker. It is going surprisingly well. My plan is to develop a HUD-like app that can track players along with a goals section.
Most importantly, tools for analyzing tournaments and structures as well. I'm not even considering selling it or releasing it to the public at this point. If I can build it as grand as what is currently in my head, I probably won't want to have anyone else with the same tool. LOL
I plan to post multiple times a day here and tweet as well.
I have spent a lot of money and time on books. Poker books that is. Early on in my poker career, I was always looking for that script that would provide an XYZ way of playing poker that would consistently win money.
Oh the books were out there that promised that kind of winning. And I was naive enough to believe them.
Nothing beats straight out playing. For a long time, I would read a book, then go play and have the worst session of my young poker life.
I couldn't figure out what the problem was. My solution was to not read books before any major playing session.
What I slowly began to realize is that I needed to look at poker book education like a tree. Think of the branches as the books and the concepts from the books as fruit.
You choose the best "fruits" from these books that hook into your game.
I read Power Holdem by Negreanu -
Now, I am not a Negreanu fan by any means. In fact, at times, I think he is a spoiled, sniveling brat, however I expected to play "just like him" when I read the book.
I am not him though, I am myself and when I read these books, I started to realize that I need to pick the concepts that best fit how I am as a person to be able to play my best poker.
I no longer look at a poker book like it is the gospel according to whomever wrote the book. But more like a book that gives concepts that can help me with my game.
I have not picked up a book at all in the last 4 months about poker. In fact, the last book I read was Tendler's second book on Poker.
I do have about 15 or so books on my iPad, of which, 10 or so are unread, but I have not really felt like I needed to read then to increase my skill at cards. I seem to be learning more by playing versus reading.
Bottom line is that while yes, it is good to read up on strategy - DON'T neglect the need to play poker as well.
"It was a hot August Night . . ." No, really it was a night in August. In fact, a Thursday night. I was training in El Segundo, CA which is a couple of miles away from Hollywood Park Casino
(HCP). I had never played there as I usually stuck to the Commerce
as I was usually training around the Commerce area versus around LAX.
I was in the midst of a three day training, having wrapped up Day 2. I decided to forgo dinner and get an early start to my playing. At the time, this was back in 2007, I was playing more cash games then tournaments. I sat down at a 2-4 limit game. I noticed immediately that the clientele at HCP
was not as . . . well dressed or well versed in poker as, say at the Commerce. I also noticed that 5 or more players had some pretty stiff drinks at the table.
After about an hour so of middling around not really losing much nor winning much, I realized that if I was going to get any action, I was going to have to show a bluff.
Now, I have always found bluffing ridiculously hard at limit poker. Because for one measly 4 dollar bet, someone can look you up. But I noticed that not a lot of people was calling on the river for a single bet.
I finally found a good spot when the board has AAK and I had 42 in my hand. It was four bet from the flop and turn. On the river, I 3 bet and the other two players both tanked for a bit an folded.
I flipped over my cards and the table erupted. So much so that a floor person came over to see all the commotion.
Needless, to say - I never bluffed another pot for 7 hours that night and raked in my largest cash win ever for limit holdem. About a thousand dollars.
I was tempted to pull an all nighter as the game was so good, but I had to work the following morning, so around 1am or so, I wracked my stack when a person across the table TOLD me that I was not allowed to leave.
I calmly said that there was nothing that could keep me here. The dealer, quite smartly, called the floor over, I was given an escort to my car and then to the drive leading out of the casino parking lot to ensure no one was following me.
I hadn't realized until a bit later that Thursday happen to be the last day in August. I assumed that most of those folks, probably, got paid that day and decided to let their money ride in a poker game.
It sure did ride . . . right into my pocket.
First, I'd like to apologize about my lack of posting lately. I have not been playing much poker, but I plan on starting back up this month.
I do plan to do a trip report about Vegas in detail. Did I do what I wanted to? No, but there was success, not so much on the felt, but in my relationship with my wife. I plan to blog extensively on that this year as well.
I am also wanting to start a podcast about poker here in Portland and Oregon. I have even tossed around a possible radio show. One hour, once a week.
Well, fly in day went surprisingly smooth. A nice, easy flight along with the my awesome wife. I sure love traveling with her.
You might be surprised that I did not play a lick of poker on day 1. I thought about entering the 10pm deep stacks, but I had a 9am with my hypnotherapist and thought it best to get a good nights sleep.
I had scheduled a couples massage at the Rio Spaand that was fabulous. I was nice and relaxed.
We grabbed a late night dinner and headed up to our Samba suite which is rather spacious.
Our room has a great view of the strip. We are 33 floors up, overlooking the pool.
I am probably not going to play any poker until Saturday as Friday is our date night. I have lined up some really cool things for my wife and I.
We celebrate 15 years of marriage this month so I thought a vow renewal ceremony with just her and I would be kind of neat. The look on her face when I surprised her with that was absolutely priceless. It rivaled the look she had when we were told she was pregnant with Sam.
All in all, I nice relaxing start!!!
Well, wouldn't you know it, I am a day away from heading to the Poker Promise land and things are already not going quite as planned.
Work has me doing a bunch of odd, time consuming things, my boys are wired as if they have had a few 6 packs of Mountain Dew. Finally, I was not able to get to DEQ (Oregon's vehicle emissions testing centers) as my wife's van recall took TWO hours to repair, but at least I know the brake lights will come on when I step on the brakes.
I need to work some more on my goals for the upcoming week. That will probably take up tonight's' time, oh yeah, I still need to pack as well. Although packing for me is usually a quick thing.
At least I got my pain meds from my new pain doc which was touch and go for a bit.
Oh yeah, I still need to get all my filing done and straighten my desk before I leave. I honestly don't know why I am making that a priority but for some reason, I don't want things "hanging" around.
Mentally, I am as confident as ever. I played a little online yesterday, took a bit of a cooler and I still feel pretty confident of a good result down in Las Vegas.
One of my fears is that if I do win a lot of $$$, people will start crawling out of the woodwork asking for handouts or wanting me to buy thins. My plan is to not reveal how much was won, but only what I placed. Sure, I know that they could go on the internet and look it up, but most won't bother.
My wife and I have already laid out a plan for where the $$$ goes.
All in all, I am feeling pretty good at this point. I am not sure if I will blog much while I am in Vegas, but I will be tweeting which hits my PokerCrucible page.
Well, between working, family and life, I have had not time for poker or writing for poker. I have been knee deep in studying structures and building a structure worksheet that will allow me to easily see when large gaps in blinds are coming up.
I have been trying like the dickens to get a podcast up and going, but I have not had any luck with that at all.
I also want to do an analysis of gaps in structures and why I think they are important.
So many things to do and so little time. I am also ramping up my poker learning in prep for my World Series of Poker trip. I plan on not studying much the week of 6/23/2013 as I want my mind to decompress completely before I head to play.
I then intend to play a little bit on Thursday when I land, maybe a late night tournament just to get back into the swing of things.