GoldenGomez' Poker blog

    • GoldenGomez
      GoldenGomez
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 83
      Ok now... This is my first blog ever and I surely hope this won't be my last!

      I have been thinking about starting a blog for a little because I believe it is an excellent way to keep track of my progress. Not to mention that I've beej using the elephant ever since I discovered PS.com. Which has been very useful to, but so far, my online poker career hasn't been a great success, as overall, I've lost a couple hundred dollars. I haveto thank the brains behind this website though because the strategies have helped me improve mygame alot and this has made me a way better live player as my succes at the tables has been far more profitable. I believe that the tight agressive strategy works perfect against the fish we find in casinos!

      Let's get back to my online career. I've had my starting capital on Full Tilt about 2 years ago. I managed to grind with for about 15 months, but some tilty situations made me lose it. Not too long ago, I deposited 100$ and until now, I've unlocked a few bonuses, but I'm still stuck at around 120... I figured maybe this blog will help me unblock my wealthiness... Who knows!

      That is the main reason why I'm starting this. Sharing this with some people might help get some feedback and I might actually discover my weaknesses. For the past two weeks now, I've been plqying NL5 Rush Poker on full tilt using the new MSS I discovered. I used to play SSS back in the days until they removed the possibillity of having a short stack among the big ones.

      I've played around 20'000 hands this month and I'm slightly negative if we consider the bonuses I have unlocked.

      Currently, my goal is to unlock the bronze status of the Iron Man Challenge. Until now, I'm doing good!

      Starting today, I will post updates while I'm playing and I will make a post summing up the results of every session.

      Thank you very much for following me and I will appreciate every comment you will have to say!

      See you later!
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    • GoldenGomez
      GoldenGomez
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 83
      This is a really sad evening as the habs just lost to the stinkin' Bruins in OT. Hopefully we'll get further in the series next year!

      I still need to get working on my Iron Man chalenge. I played a little this afternoon and got 18 points. I need 32 more and I'll be done for the day. I think I won't be playing alot tonight because I'm not in the greatest mood right now...

      Here goes nothing...

      23:03 - As I setup my 4 rush tables I get Q :diamond: 6 :diamond: on my big blind and I flop a set of 6s... I doubled up on this guys pair of Jacks. Great start! Hope it doesn't stop now...

      23:19 - This is the kind of situation I hate being in! I'm in the big blind, MP1 limps, I raise to 4.5 BB w/ 77 and he shoves for about 20 BB total.... I thought that had okay odds to call because he had a small stack. I'm not sure about the numbers here, but I'm pretty sure my thinking was wrong on my call, I still was ahead as he turned over AKo. But he pinched an ace on the flop and he never looked back. I'm still up by about 1.20$ in this session, for an overall gain of 7.87$ today. I still need 24 more points...

      23:23 - As I was completing my previous update, my internet connection was experiencing some problems... I really don't want this to go on if I want to have a chance at getting my 50 points!

      23:28 - It's been more than five minutes now... I really can't afford this! :s_mad:

      23:31 - I can start playing again... Still 26 points to go, It'll be tight!

      23:36 - AA(me) vs JJ... got cracked :( It's been happening quite often in the last few days...

      23:39 - Misplayed ATs, it cost me another buy-in >_< Still hunting 16 points...

      23:45 - As my aces steal the blinds, still 10 points to go...

      23:49 - Connection lost again! :baby: I'm going to go nuts! I still need 8 points to complete today's challenge! As of now, my performance has been pretty neutral until now. Standard situations: Either easy double ups and a few beats and suck outs, but nothing to be worrying about. Still up 7.5$.

      23:50 - I have my fingers crossed so that my internet connection comes back and doesn't let me down again.

      23:50 - Got it! 8 points to go!

      23:53 - 5 points...

      23:55 - Some pretty sick hands going on:
      55 vs 44 Board: A235A
      KK vs 99 Board: 9JT9Q
      QQ vs 69s : Easy double up- Fish called every street w/ a gutshot
      Still need to catch a point and a half.

      23:57 - I can finally breathe! That race to the finish was actually exciting! Clock was ticking but I managed to make it through and I ended my day with an 8.87$ benefit. Pretty satisfying performance overall. I think I only made 1 or 2 bad calls in my 892 hand session this evening. I will be heading to bed now as I have to wake up early for school tomorrow.

      I will be back for some more tomorrow evening.

      GG
    • GoldenGomez
      GoldenGomez
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 83
      Had an easy day at school today. Just got back home from gym and had some dinner. I'm now ready to start my daily poker session! Ready, set, GO!

      20:33 - Opening the elephant and FT, hoping to have a day as good as yesterday... Today, I'm going to try and go for at least a hundred full tilt points because I'm also trying to unlock some bonuses. As of right now, I have two bonuses running: the active one is worth 100$ and it is released in increments of 10$ with every 250 points. The problem here is the deadline: May 12th. I only have 15 days remaining to try and get 2k points (I already have reached around 460 points since I've started it.) The second on is my first deposit bonus. I shouldn't have a problem with that one as it is similar to this one but ends in July.

      20:43 - Very first hand: JJ vs KK, I hit a Jack on the flop! Lucky start! I like it.

      20:54 - After 250 hands, I'm doing good. I'm up 3.25$ until now. No awkward situations until now. Actually, there was this one guy who passively called his pocket kings on a weak board... I managed to lose the minimum. So it's ok.

      20:58 - KK got paid by 99. I'm up 4.92 now. I've gathered 12 points until now.

      21:04 - A few awkward situations just happened very quickly...
      I have queens and 3 callers follw my standard 3.5BB raise... flop comes J72 rainbow. I raise, this kid shoves for about 2.5x my bet. Dealer folds and BB calls. So do I. They show KJo and AJo. My queens are good until the turn comes, which is an ace... that's too bad :(

      On the bottem-left table, I have AKs with an ace on board and a flush draw with the turn. The river came another diamond and completed my nut flush. I got paid, Which makes up for my earlier queens.

      Top-right table now, this time it's AJs of :heart: .
      Board shows : 5 :heart: 2 :heart: Q :club: Q :diamond:
      SB checks, I decide to check behind for pot-control. Who knows, I might get another nut flush. River comes: K :heart: SB bets 8BB, I shove for 22 BB, SB calls and shows Q :heart: T :heart: .

      Tonight is a very good night until now! Still up by 4.91$ and gathered 18 points.

      21:15 - OMG, I just lost my connection AGAIN! I'm planning on changing my ISP this month, but I still need to deal with this until then... It just royally sucks. Came back immediately.... god...

      21:20 - I'm showing some signs of fatigue, might be the allergies... I might end up going to bed after the 50 points instead of going for a hundred. I'll compensate for that tomorrow as I come back home early. Still 26 points to go. I'm going to take a little break now. Dropped to +3.42 after unsuccessful 3-bets w/ many AQ.

      21:41 - Got myself a good glass of chocolate milk and I'm ready for some more poker action!

      21:42 - First hand, AA vs K9o, somehow, I doubled up xD

      21:45 - Everything is going too well right now. It's like I just found the fish paradise, where you don't get cracked! I've managed to win 5 big pots already and my differential is now +6.76. (Ex. : AKs vs A7s, AJo vs K7s (Set of jacks vs Top pair + FD) and so on...)

      21:55 - I just had two rough hands. I tried to bluff a short stack with AJ on a K3K flop w/ AJ but I ran into a pair of aces wierdly played pre-flop... Oh well.

      In another hand, I pick up a set of two's in the BB. Unfortunately, a loose cannon with a big stack caught his flush and took about 30BB from me. Dropped back to +4.29. Still hunting at least 15 more points.

      22:00 - My Kings run into Aces... I get the flush though! But we both had a spade...

      22:02 - I get two more pair of Kings. The first one gets a call. I then take it down on the flop. Ok.

      The second pair of kings though wasn't as profitable. This time I run into.... another pair of kings! Chop it up...

      Did I mention, it was at the same time on the two right tables.

      22:06 - Incoming call = Small break

      22:18 - Back to the tables.

      22:20 - KK got called by ATo & 22. Flop : A92... Tough luck continues.

      22:25 - Finally a winning hand to break that unlucky streak. QQ vs TT went as it should've, not without a sweat though...

      22:25 - The previous hand was barely over when my Internet dropped again... this is getting more and more annoying. The story behind this is so complicated... The problem is somewhere between the telephone cable and the grey box outside my house. What the problem is exactly is unknown and will remain a mystery... It has been like this for a long while but it has lasted too long! That is the reason why I'm switching from PPPoE to Cable within the next month.

      22:35 - Internet is back. On the same table I doubled up with my queens earlier, I get kings on the very next hand and double up through AQo. Sweet!

      22:41 - after 1280 hands, I got my 50 points and I'm currently sitting with a benefit of 2.53, which is not bad at all considering the eventual rake back and the bonuses that will be unlocked. I might play until the end of the hour and go to sleep afterwards, I am tired after all...

      22:44 - What are the odds... my Kings are facing cowboys for the second time tonight! Chop, chop...

      22:49 - Very nice hand! I get Jacks and flop a set. I bet it 3/4 of the pot and get called by one of the two followers on the flop. Turn? The fourth Jack! I decide to act weak and check. Opponent shoves... This was probably the easiest call of my life!

      Although the amazing hand going on the bottom-right table, I get AKo on the top-left table and I go all-in against an opponent's jacks. He hits a set on the flop and gave ma a gutshot draw. It never came... So basically I'm even after these two hands.

      22:58 - QQ vs AJ : he check/shoved with a flsuh draw on a 6 high board and got his diamond on the turn...

      23:01 - The revenge of the diamonds: I'm on my big blind with K :diamond: 3 :diamond: and I get a flush draw on the flop. Considering the limpers and the small bet, I have good odds to call (Even though I shouldn't be thinking like that using the MSS) I finally get my fifth diamond on the river.

      That does it for tonight. I ended up with a profit of 2.14$ and received 65 points. I still need 143 more to unlock the next increment of 10$ Hopefully, I'll manage to get it by Saturday.

      Good night and see ya tomorrow!
    • GoldenGomez
      GoldenGomez
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 83
      I've been browsing a few blogs, trying to inspire myself. Trying to learn of what others do, how they play. I've been enjoying some blogs until now. I guess it's time for me to go play some poker. Starting today, I will start adding some stats at the end of my posts. Even though I mention my winnings and some more details while I write, I should make some kind of table with the numbers so that I can easily keep track of the progress. I'm also very happy because I called my ISP today and am now changing from DSL to Cable. I hope I won't keep having the same problem as I used to have... We'll see.

      I still need to complete this one phone call, and then I'll start playing. The tables are ready and waiting for me.

      Before I start, I have to mention that I received 5.58$ of rakeback today.

      20:08 - And now... let's get started!

      20:13 - Rough start...
      I have KTo on my BB. I bet small amounts and get called on every street on a King high board. I get called by AKo who limped on the small blind... strange.

      I also had a pair of aces that did not make it past a pair of threes. Already down 3.44$ :(

      20:18 - I think I'm going to go do something else for a little while and come back later for the points hunt. I just made a bad call with QQ on a KJ5 flop. My opponent had KJ... :f_mad: I'll be back in a little while...

      20:33 - Let's hope I can get back some of the 6.18$ I've lost until now...

      20:37 - Three big hands at the same time:
      KK - Steals the blinds, a limp and a raise.
      TT - Against TT... Chop it
      KK - All-in pre-flop against QQ Gimme the money!
      Still down 4.46...

      20:47 - A good read got me to double up. I'm on the BB w/ 55 and I raise a limper in middle position. He quickly shoves with a huge stack. I think about it and my read is he's got AK. He had AKs. My pocket pair stood tall and got me an extra buy-in. Still behind 3.48$

      20:51 - I hate playing against shorter stacks than mine. This time, I had AJs and the flop came K99 giving me a flush draw. I make my usual continuation bet and my opponent shoves for 1.5x my bet. I'm wondering, is this a situation where it is profitable to call? Anyways... I did call. I caught an ace on the turn and my flush on the river.

      20:52 - Bad turn card! I had AQo this time. Contibet gets call on 987 rainbow flop. Turn is a queen. When I think back, I shouldn't have shoved as my opponent could've had the straight. He had two pair on the turn w/ Q8o. Still trailing by 3.52$

      20:57 - KK vs AQ. Q47 flop. Perfect for me, ship it!

      20:59 - Loose shove with 99... Ended up against QQ

      21:02 - Copy the previous situation but this time against 88 on a J85 flop...

      21:09 - Bad timing for Jacks... see for yourself:

      Known players:
      Position:
      Stack
      SB:
      $2.05
      UTG1:
      $0.63
      MP1:
      $5.18
      Hero:
      $2.17

      0.02/0.05 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: Elephant 0.87 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with J:heart: , J:spade:
      UTG1 calls $0.05, UTG2 folds, MP1 raises to $0.25, Hero raises to $0.87, 3 folds, SB raises to $2.05 (All-In), BB folds, UTG1 calls $0.58 (All-In), MP1 calls $1.80, Hero calls $1.18.

      Flop: ($6.83) A:spade: , T:spade: , 6:heart: (2 players)
      MP1 bets $0.15, Hero calls $0.12 (All-In), MP1 gets uncalled bet back.

      Turn: ($7.07) 7:heart:
      River: ($7.07) 8:heart: (4 players)


      Final Pot: $7.07

      Results follow:
      UTG1 shows (5s 5d)
      MP1 shows a pair of kings (Kh Kc)
      Hero shows (Jh Js)
      SB shows two-pair, aces and tens (Ad Td)

      SB wins with two-pair, aces and tens (Ad Td)

      21:15 - I was expecting more from my opponents. The outcome isn't that bad though...

      Known players:
      Position:
      Stack
      UTG1:
      $4.03
      UTG2:
      $10.65
      Hero:
      $2.2

      0.02/0.05 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: Elephant 0.87 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BU with Q:spade: , Q:diamond:
      UTG1 raises to $0.35, UTG2 calls $0.35, 4 folds, Hero raises to $2.20 (All-In), 2 folds, UTG1 raises to $4.03 (All-In), UTG2 folds, UTG1 gets uncalled bet back (All-In).

      Flop: ($4.82) J:diamond: , T:heart: , 7:club:
      Turn: ($4.82) 2:diamond:
      River: ($4.82) 3:spade: (2 players)


      Final Pot: $4.82

      Results follow:
      UTG1 shows (Ac Kd)
      Hero shows a pair of queens (Qs Qd)

      Hero wins with a pair of queens (Qs Qd)

      I've dropped back to 6.40$ and trying to get back up.

      21:22 - AA vs KK. Things just went as they should've: double up!

      21:27 - TT holds up against K9s and it's flush draw. Still behind by 2.91.

      21:29 - TT vs KK... bad pre-flop shove

      21:30 - JJ runs into AA now...

      21:35 - I'm getting myself into alot of awkward situations... I think I'm going to need a short break now. I've dropped to -7.04 again... We'll see what happens when I come back.

      22:00 - Break is over, to for some winning poker.

      22:02 - Not so winning... AKs vs JJ is not enough... and TT vs KTs isn't either.

      22:07 - Can someone explain to me what is it with players that call a raise pre-flop and then min raise/call the flop and the turn and then overbet the pot like crazy? I've been in these situation many times without understanding the strategy behind that kind of play. Why the min-bets?

      22:08 - I'm aware that right now I'm n ot playing my A-Game. That needs to change RIGHT NOW! I think losing 13$ is enough... So many marginal shoves... I hate getting tens so often...

      22:13 - QQ wasted against 44... :f_frown:

      22:21 - I just noticed that I have no music stimulating me... Here goes nothing...

      22:35 - I'm being alot more disciplined in tough situations. I've been making smart fold for the past 15 minutes. I've improved to -10.95, but still seeking for some more... I think the music in the background does help alot to keep the focus!

      22:53 - Best action in quite a while...

      Known players:
      Position:
      Stack
      SB:
      $13.79
      Hero:
      $2.05
      MP3:
      $2.09

      0.02/0.05 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: Elephant 0.87 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is MP1 with K:diamond: , K:club:
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.17, MP2 folds, MP3 calls $0.17, 2 folds, SB calls $0.15, BB folds.

      Flop: ($0.56) K:spade: , J:club: , 3:diamond: (3 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.28, MP3 raises to $1.92 (All-In), SB calls $1.92, Hero calls $1.60 (All-In).

      Turn: ($6.28) 8:club:
      River: ($6.28) 4:spade: (3 players)


      Final Pot: $6.28

      Results follow:
      Hero shows three-of-a-kind, kings (Kd Kc)
      MP3 shows (Qs Ts)
      SB shows a pair of kings (Kh Qh)

      Hero wins with three-of-a-kind, kings (Kd Kc)

      Behind of 8.64 as of right now...

      23:15 - Not much happening other than grinding until three sudden big horrible hands occured:
      AJ vs 66 : flopped the ace but he turned quads...
      AK vs 77: Nothing to be said...
      AJ vs QQ: My own error there, never should have been to the showdown...

      After those three desastrous hands, I'm back to -13.82...

      23:46 - spent a few minutes analyzing a strange big stack oponent... After a few encounters, I was curious to know why he open raised 3BB and then shoved 230BB on my 3-bet... The one time I called him, he had Kings.

      23:49 - KK is garbage...
      I get AKs and crack 'em with broadway on the flop.
      Then my turn to get cracked by a dumb flush draw chaser when I overbet the pot on the flop...

      00:03 - Ok so now it's past midnight and all the counters are reset. So here are the overall results of my session until midnight:

      Hands played: 3718
      Profit/Loss: 14.55$
      Unlocked bonus : 10$
      Full Tilt Points: 144.24
      Bankroll : 116.66$

      I'll be playing a little more, but will post it later...
    • MrMardyBum
      MrMardyBum
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.03.2009 Posts: 2,206
      Good start to your first blog quite liking the timeline style. However few points...

      1. Are you writing this blog while playing? - If so stop doing that and focus on your tables. :)

      2. Don't increase volume to reach bonuses it's a sure fire way to start your bankroll in a downward trend (I've done it many times). Unlock what you can playing your usual stakes for the normal amount of time. We all like bonuses, but if you start increasing your volume (especially with a bad connection) you'll start burning out. As you mentioned earlier fatigue set in. You say your goal is Bronze Iron man, stick to that. :)

      3. Just a quick one in poker terminology, "I get Q :diamond: 6 :diamond: on my big blind and I flop a set of 6s." A set is when you hold a pocket pair and the 3rd card is on the board. What you flopped there was trips, one card in your hand and two of the same value card on the board :)

      I was toying with the idea of starting up again with the MSS as I also used to play the SSS, but feel as I've been playing with a 100BB stack for so long now it could be more of a step backwards then forward even though I'd be able to play at higher limits.
      I have however looked over and absorbed the MSS, more to keep track of what the MSS shove range is etc. as a lot of poker strategy players play at my poker room and the best way to beat your opposition is to know them and their tricks, so I'd be happy to sit and sweat you for a few sessions if you like. :)

      I enjoyed reading and I'll be keeping up with your blog, looking forward to more updates. Good luck dude :)
    • GoldenGomez
      GoldenGomez
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 83
      I'll respond to this one from the bottom up. :P

      @3 - Thanks alot for your comments. I didn't know there was a difference between a set and trips. I guess that's my first lesson from another pokerstrategist thanks to this blog!

      @2 - I've been playing Rush NL5 for a while now. I'm getting used to hour-long sessions while taking a break sometimes. During weekends, I try to work at it a little longer as I have more time to spare.

      @1 - I do write my "Timeline" while I play, but as it is rush poker, I can sit out and take a few minutes to update my post. I understand what you mean. If I were on a regular table, I probably wouldn't be missing the action for updating my play here.

      I like MSS alot because it's some kind of mix of SSS and BSS. I liked the push-fold of SSS and the wider range of the BSS. I think the MSS strategy they've brought to us is the perfect blend of the two other strategies.
    • GoldenGomez
      GoldenGomez
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 83
      This is the continuation of the session that started earlier... but since all the counters have reset, I decided to seperate my post as well.

      00:27 - So far so good.
      JJ vs A8 - No ace. :f_grin:
      AKo vs AKs - No flush menace...
      KK vs Q8s - Shoved on KQ6 flop. The best hand won.

      As it stands, I'm up 2.80$ since midnight.

      00:36 - Wow... I got 4 very good hands at the same time! Let's start with the top-left table:
      • JJ on the BB, a 3-bet takes it down.
      • Top right: AKs (:heart:) in the cutoff. SB calls my 3.5BB raise. Flop comes A :club: K :club: 7 :heart: . I bet 3/4 of the pot and I get called. Shoved after another 7 came on the turn. The opponent let go...
      • Bottom-left: AJo on the small blind. I decide to 3-bet UTG2's 4BB raise. He calls. Flop: KQ2 rainbow. I bet 2/3 of the pot. Opponent calls. Turn is a Ten. I shove for about 2/5 of the pot. Opponent calls and shows Kings. River didn't pair the board.
      • Bottom-right : 77 in MP3. Mp2 raises to 3.5BB. I decide to... fold :f_p:


      All the hands mentioned above were simultaneous!

      I got back 5.94$ of what I lost before midnight until now.

      Let's play until 1:00 AM and see what happens...

      00:52 - 3 more sick hands happened very fast! Action is sick... I don't know why though xD
      • I'm UTG2 and recieve AKo. MP3 calls and CO shoves for just as much as my buy-in. I call and so does MP3. It goes like this: AKo vs AJo vs TT Board comes : Q9J4T. Triple up...
      • JJ on the SB, I 3-bet MP1's raise but he insists, so we I'm all-n pre-flop. he shows Aces.. No surprises this time.
      • JJ again but in CO this time. I 3-bet MP3's 3.5 BB raise, Dealer insta-calls and BB calls as well. With good pot-odds I guess, MP3 decides to call. Flop shows AJ2 with two :spade: It is checked to me and I decide to protect my set so I shove for around 2/3 of the pot. BB shoves for about 2.5x that amount and MP3 calls for a little less than my all-in. BB shows A:spade: 4:spade: and MP3 J:diamond: T:diamond: . Turn and river don't show danger to my set and this turns out to be another triple up!


      I think that'll be enough! This crazy amount of action in not so many hands has almost got me back to the world of profitable poker.

      Summary:
      After Midnight:
      Hands played: 422
      Profit/Loss: 10.27$
      Unlocked bonus : -
      Full Tilt Points: 20.44

      Full session:
      Hands played: 4140
      Profit/Loss: 4.28$
      Unlocked bonus : 10$
      Full Tilt Points: 164.68

      Bankroll : 126.93$

      So far, I like how this blog is helping me control my emotions. After only a few days, I feel more confident about myself. I have better control over my emotions and the possibility of tilting. I would like to set some objectives right here:

      -I'll be playing NL5 until my bankroll reaches 200$. I believe it is a reasonable bankroll to move up to NL10 using the MSS.

      -I would like to get better results. What I mean by this is that I've been "burning" my bonuses at almost the same rate I earn them. My Bankroll would multiply alot faster if my game would allow me to earn bonuses and rakeback and not throw them away as fast...

      I guess this is good night!

      If you're reading me, I already appreciate that. If you could leave a comment, or if you guys have any questions, just let me know. It is a pleasure for me to share my thoughts with you!

      Laterz! :f_cool:
    • alenstrat
      alenstrat
      Bronze
      Joined: 13.03.2009 Posts: 821
      I agree with MrMardyBum, don't focus on volume goals or clearing bonuses. Play as many hands as you can play well and none more.

      Try not to post in your blog every good hand and every bad beat you get. All this is standard in every players poker day and boring to read about.

      Good luck with your new poker start.
    • GoldenGomez
      GoldenGomez
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 83
      I agree with MrMardyBum, don't focus on volume goals or clearing bonuses. Play as many hands as you can play well and none more.

      Try not to post in your blog every good hand and every bad beat you get. All this is standard in every players poker day and boring to read about.


      I will take that in consideration. Thank you!
    • GoldenGomez
      GoldenGomez
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 83
      I've had some great sleep and now I'm ready to play a little bit before I go to work. Hopefully I'll have a good run! I'm not asking for as much as the last run I had last night, but something that'll bring me up a little more.

      11:19 - Early suckouts! In my favor...
      QQ vs AA - I catch broadway on the turn!
      TT vs JJ - I hit a set on the river!

      I'm already up 3.57 after 70 hands.

      Short "phone call break" now...

      12:20 Short break turned out to be a long one... I'm back on it now.

      12:40 - No extraordinary hands happening... I'm playing some great poker and it is being profitable until now. +4.87 until now... 20 more minutes before I start heading to work.

      12:43 - The outcome of the following hand was great, but was the play the one I should've done? Help me out here:
      Known players:
      Position:
      Stack
      Hero:
      $2.19
      BU:
      $5.26

      0.02/0.05 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: Elephant 0.87 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is CO with A:heart: , T:diamond:
      5 folds, Hero raises to $0.17, BU calls $0.17, 2 folds.

      Flop: ($0.41) J:spade: , 9:diamond: , 8:spade: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.32, BU raises to $0.70, Hero calls $0.38.

      Turn: ($1.81) Q:heart: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BU bets $2, Hero calls $1.32 (All-In), BU gets uncalled bet back.

      River: ($4.45) A:spade: (2 players)


      Final Pot: $4.45

      Results follow:
      Hero shows a straight, queen high (Ah Td)
      BU shows (Jd Jc)

      Hero wins with a straight, queen high (Ah Td)

      13:03 - I'm done for today as I reached my 50 daily points. Plus, I have to get going if I don't want to be late for work. Lady luck was on my side today as I've come back from behind in many hands without them being bad shoves... Here are the results:

      Summary:
      This session:
      Hands played : 924
      Profit/Loss: 5.84$
      Unlocked bonus: - (197.94 pts needed for next 10$)
      Full Tilt Points: 30.74

      Overall - Today:
      Hands played : 1345
      Profit/Loss: 16.11$ (Impressive 23.96BB/100 hands)
      Unlocked bonus: - (197.94 pts needed for next 10$)
      Full Tilt Points: 51.18

      Bankroll: 132.75$
    • GoldenGomez
      GoldenGomez
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 83
      So today I was at work and I was checking my e-mail on my new tab and recieved an e-mail from full tilt. Briefky, what it said is that they thanked me for trying their Rush poker app and they offered me to try and play for some real money instead of play money. I was quite interested because I barely had a few customers at work. For those who wonder, I work at a lonely gaz station... Anyways, so I downloaded the update and played started playing at around 6 pm... I can't tell how many hands I played but the 1 table session lasted 4 hours but with a few interuptions... I guess my game was still as good as this morning because I won alot more hands than I lost considering only the hands where I volountarely invested in the pot. You'll see for youraelf with the summary...

      Summary :
      This session:
      Hands played: 804
      Profit/Loss:5.04$
      Unlocked Bonus: -
      Full Tilt Points: 29.07

      Overall - Today:
      Hands played: 2149
      Profit/Loss:21.15$
      Unlocked Bonus: -
      Full Tilt Points: 80.25

      Bankroll: 137.79$

      I can't complain of today's outcome! I wish everyday was like this one...

      See ya tomorrow.
    • GoldenGomez
      GoldenGomez
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 83
      Today was a bit similar to yesterday... What I mean by that is that I worked this morning and it was damn quiet again. I'm guessing that the gaz prices going up so fast is scaring some customers away... anyways. I had nothing else to do but wait. So I played some more Rush Mobile poker. Session wasn't that bad. Overall, I wasn't as lucky as yesterday. I lost something around 2 buy-ins in an estimated 500 hands. Details are going to be in the end of the post.

      Now I'm back home and I'm going to go through my everyday session.

      18:01 - I'm ready to go! Let's do this.

      18:23 - I don't know why... but I'm getting tired even though it 's still early! I need a short break to try and get some energy back... So far so good. I'm up 3.24$.

      18:38 - I got myself a little snack, some juice, and I turned up the volume! I've been listening to this song (Tinie Tempah - Pass Out (Remix ft. Snoop Dogg)) in loops for the past few weeks! Well... I'm ready for some more action!

      19:16 - O-M-G!!!! SICKEST hand I've EVER been involved in.... see for yourself:

      Known players:
      Position:
      Stack
      UTG1:
      $6.97
      UTG2:
      $2.5
      MP1:
      $4.22
      MP3:
      $2.09
      Hero:
      $2.35

      0.02/0.05 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: Elephant 0.87 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is CO with 9:diamond: , 9:club:
      UTG1 calls $0.05, UTG2 raises to $0.15, MP1 calls $0.15, MP2 folds, MP3 calls $0.15, Hero raises to $0.87, 3 folds, UTG1 calls $0.82, UTG2 calls $0.72, MP1 calls $0.72, MP3 folds.

      Flop: ($3.70) 9:spade: , 5:diamond: , 4:club: (4 players)
      UTG1 bets $0.6, UTG2 calls $0.60, MP1 calls $0.60, Hero raises to $1.48 (All-In), UTG1 calls $0.88, UTG2 raises to $1.63 (All-In), MP1 calls $1.03, UTG1 calls $0.15.

      Turn: ($10.07) 4:diamond: (2 players)
      UTG1 checks, MP1 checks.

      River: ($10.07) 6:diamond: (4 players)
      UTG1 bets $1.15, MP1 folds, UTG1 gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $10.07

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      UTG1 shows four-of-a-kind, fours (4h 4s) :s_o:
      UTG2 shows (5h 5s)
      Hero shows (9d 9c)

      UTG1 wins with four-of-a-kind, fours (4h 4s) :s_mad:

      I'm speechless right now...

      19:25 - KK vs 66 on K76 rainbow flop... I guess this is some kinda payback. Still wicked to have a set over another set. I still can't believe that other hand happened... Specially that top set wasn't enough! Oh well... That's how sick poker is sometimes! I might be needing a few minutes to recover emotionally... I'll brb.

      19:35 - Break extension - Phone call

      19:51 - Back. Let's go for some more.

      20:07 - After all those sick beats (the one mentioned above and other similar ones...), regular double-ups are back in business. I'm currently up 4.81$

      20:19 - I'm definitely back on track. Up 10.18$ right now.

      By the way... I have to mentionned that during the last break I took, I found this "new" track (It's new to me) and it is quite motivating me right now. Above & Beyond - Thing Called Love

      Note: You will notice that I'm alot into House/Electro/Dance music. I'll be glad to share my playlist with you guys one track at a time =)

      20:46 This session was once again better than what I could've expected! At this rate, My bankroll will multiply extremely fast! I don't want to call this an upswing yet, but I sure hope it doesn't end right here... My session is over for today because I need to study and prepare for an important oral presentation tomorrow. I also need to go to sleep early. You will see for yourself that this session took a long time before it became profitable, but it just exploded upwards! :s_biggrin:

      Summary :
      Rush Mobile:
      Hands played: 660
      Profit/Loss: 4.01
      Unlocked bonus: -
      Full Tilt Points: 19.01

      This session:
      Hands played: 2643
      Profit/Loss: 16.73$
      Unlocked bonus: -
      Full Tilt Points: 93.22

      Overall - Today:
      Hands played: 3303
      Profit/Loss: 12.72
      Unlocked bonus: -
      Full Tilt Points: 112.23

      Bankroll: 150.51

      I want to mention that I feel that my game is great. What I mean by that, is that I'm currently playing confident and very disciplined poker. I need to point this out because I think that discipline can be one of my weaknesses at times.

      Good night, see ya tomorrow!
    • GoldenGomez
      GoldenGomez
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 83
      Today was mainly a rush mobile session as I've been away for alot of time today. I was trying to open my elephant earlier but I had to restart my computer... Briefly, I won't be playing much tonight. I've already gathered 37 points playing on my tablet and I'll be getting 13 more right now so I can still be on the run to become an Iron man. My part-time rush mobile session has been good today. As I've played something around 1k hands, my bankroll has got a few benefits. Check out the summary for more details. I will now get started with my late night poker session.

      23:17 - Haha! Very first hand AA vs KK. :f_cool: The opponent is worth some of my time as I shall note the he open limped his kings then 3-bet me and called my shove. In my opinion, open/limping Kings UTG is pretty dumb, even if he had a 220BB stack...

      23:21 - I liked the way I played the following hand. I got exactly the reaction I wanted from my opponent on the river. I would like to have any comments on this one:

      Known players:
      Position:
      Stack
      Hero:
      $2
      BU:
      $6.46

      0.02/0.05 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: Elephant 0.87 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with A:spade: , J:heart:
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.17, CO folds, BU calls $0.17, 2 folds.

      Flop: ($0.41) J:spade: , 9:heart: , 2:club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.2, BU calls $0.20.

      Turn: ($0.81) J:diamond: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.45, BU calls $0.45.

      River: ($1.71) 9:club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.4, BU raises to $1.20, Hero calls $0.78 (All-In), BU gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $4.07

      Results follow:
      Hero shows a full-house, jacks full of nines (As Jh)
      BU shows (Qh Th)

      Hero wins with a full-house, jacks full of nines (As Jh)

      23:39 - Fatigue is starting to kick in. Bad news: I've made one or two mistakes, but nothing to be worrying about. Good news: I've reached my goal of 50 points for today. I'll be hopping into my bed as soon as this post is completed...

      Summary :
      Rush Mobile:
      Hands played: 916
      Profit/Loss: 4.99$
      Unlocked bonus: -
      Full Tilt Points: 37.14

      This session:
      Hands played: 489
      Profit/Loss: 4.95$
      Unlocked bonus: -
      Full Tilt Points: 14.52

      Overall - Today:
      Hands played: 1405
      Profit/Loss: 9.94$
      Unlocked bonus: -
      Full Tilt Points: 51.66

      Bankroll: 160.45$

      Good night! :f_zZz:
    • GoldenGomez
      GoldenGomez
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 83
      Last night was quite something... The majority of my fellow Canadians voted for a Conservative Government. I personally believe that is not good news for the country... Anyways.

      I had a lazy morning today. I played a little bit on my tab on my way to school and back. I think I unlocked the 4th 10$ increment of a bonus. I think I found a way to know how many hands I played on my tab using the Full Tilt's Hand history. I recovered the sessions played on my tab and I will edit my posts to make the hand counts more precise.

      I counted the amount of hands I played and edited my previous posts for more accurate stats. I'm now ready! So...

      13:08 - Let's go!

      13:43 - Crazy session until now! I've had lots of sick beats against me and I still manage to be up by 10.55$ This is a great start considering I could even have more! I can't complaining.

      14:10 - I need a lunch break! Once again... because of my large profits my range has widen up. That is not good! I'm going to go eat something and come back with a fresh mind set later. (Up 3.97$)

      14:41 - I'm ready to bounce that bankroll back up!

      15:30 - Agressivity leads to nowhere when donks decide to go for thin draws and actually get there... I've dropped to only 0.99$ profit. :s_mad:

      15:39 - The technician for the new ISP is here. I'll be back in a few hours with a new Internet connection! :D

      18:45 - Everything is setup, I had dinner and everything is clean. I'm ready to go for some more!

      19:31 - So many suck outs... Oh well.... I must admit that I could be a bit more disciplined. I keep losing when my opponents has at most 8 outs... Anyways, I'm not here to complain. I'm here to correct myself! I need to be more disciplined! I have to go up from +0.87$.

      20:29 - I feel like I'm having a rough time even though I'm up 6.04 now... It has been a crazy roller-coaster today. I don't know if this is because I've played alot of hands or if my opponents are playing some weird strategy or they just don't know how to play and go for it with any two cards... I'm getting easy money but at the same time I lose what is supposed to be more easy money... My graph for today should be something like a very long rising line with a few bumps going down. Instead, it's probably crazier than the most hardcore roller coaster ride you've been on... I'll post it with the summary later tonight.

      I'm going to have a break and enjoy some Halo with my freinds. I might come back for more, I might not. We'll see...

      23:16 - I'm back for a little more action. Won't be too long though as I have to wake up early tomorrow.

      00:05 - Alright, so I'm done for today with a pretty good run to finish it off. I cought up a little finish with a 8.85$ profit BEFORE midnight. As we turned the calendar page, I had a lucky Triple up with aces and got KK vs JJ in another table. After just 71 hands "today", I'm already up 7.52! :f_cool:

      Here are my stats overall:

      Summary :
      Rush Mobile:
      Hands played: 386
      Profit/Loss: 2.85$
      Unlocked bonus: 10$
      Full Tilt Points: 11.68

      This session:
      Hands played: 5512
      Profit/Loss: 8.76$
      Unlocked bonus: -
      Full Tilt Points: 194.29

      Overall - Today:
      Hands played: 5898
      Profit/Loss: 5.91$
      Unlocked bonus: 10$
      Full Tilt Points: 205.97

      Bankroll: 176.36$ (Does not include after midnight profit)

      Here is the crazy graph I was talking about :


      I might start playing NL10 tomorrow or on thursday as my bankroll is really close to the 200$ mark. Plus, I should be able to unlock another 10$ tomorrow, I need 44 more points to do so. We'll see... It'll depend on my mood...

      For now, good night fellaz!
    • GoldenGomez
      GoldenGomez
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 83
      Ok... so now I have a 185$ bankroll and I'm about to unlock another 10$ bonus in the next few hours... But I don't want to mix up everything so I'll just play NL5 today and I'll slowly start playing NL10 tomorrow.

      I've played a little bit on my tab today and I wasn't running so good at the beginning. I think I lost 4 premium hands in a row. But I said to myself that my game wasn't bad, I just got cracked on the river or sucked out by a smaller pair. So I kept playing and came back from behind and ended up with a 23 cents loss.

      Now I'm home for the next couple of hours and since my homework is done, I can play for at least an hour for now. When I come back from my afternoon class, I'll complete my session.

      15:44 - Let's begin!

      14:35 - I've been getting unlucky with my good plays and very lucky with my bad moves... Go figure... I think I'm going to take a break and come back after my class.

      I'll post my summary here just in case I decide not to come back. I'll update it later if I need to...

      Summary :

      Previous session (After midnight):
      Hands played: 71
      Profit/Loss: 7.52$
      Unlocked bonus: -
      Full Tilt Points: 4.55

      Rush Mobile:
      Hands played: 497
      Profit/Loss: 0.23$
      Unlocked bonus: -
      Full Tilt Points: 21.60

      This session:
      Hands played: 1376
      Profit/Loss: 2.71$
      Unlocked bonus: 10$
      Full Tilt Points: 38.27

      Overall - Today:
      Hands played: 1873
      Profit/Loss: 10.00$
      Unlocked bonus: 10$
      Full Tilt Points: 64.41

      Bankroll: 196.36$
    • GoldenGomez
      GoldenGomez
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 83
      It is getting pretty usual for me to play on my tab on my way to school and back... This time, I even managed to play some hands in class without it bothering anyone. Plus, since I'm pretty tight and fold most of my hands, it wasn't too complicated to play a profitable session.

      I will start playing NL10 slowly tonight. I want to get used to the new numbers and adapt my bet sizes to this new limit. I will start with one Rush table and after a few hundred hands I will double that. Then, after 1k hands, I will evaluate how I'm performing and see if I can move up to more tables or not.

      So now I'll post my closing summary for the NL5 and a little graph to top that. It'll reflect most of my activity in the NL5 since I've started my blogon april 26th.

      Summary:
      Earlier today:
      Hands played: 1873
      Profit/Loss: 10.00$
      Unlocked bonus: 10$
      Full Tilt Points: 64.41

      Rush Mobile:
      Hands played: 702
      Profit/Loss: 6.26$
      Unlocked bonus: -
      Full Tilt Points: 20.80

      Overall - Today:
      Hands played: 2575
      Profit/Loss: 16.26$
      Unlocked bonus: 10$
      Full Tilt Points: 85.21

      Bankroll: 202.62$


      Note: This graph does not include all the hands played on my laptop and my tablet. Although most of my hands have been played on my computer, this chart is pretty well representative of my progress until today.

      I will now begin my adventures in the world of NL10 :) !
    • MrMardyBum
      MrMardyBum
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.03.2009 Posts: 2,206
      Nice progress and Good luck at Nl10, I hope your shot goes well for you - You seem to be playing pretty well atm... I'll be on Full tilt at NL10 rush tables myself soon to clear a bonus. So hopefully I'll avoid you at the tables :)
    • GoldenGomez
      GoldenGomez
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 83
      Ok. I said I was going to start with one table. But it lacks action. So I'm going to open a second one. Two rush NL 10 tables...

      20:10 - Let's give it a go!

      20:26 - So far so good... I've played 241 hands and I'm up 0.97$. Nothing extraordinary happened yet. 1 suck-out and 1 double-up. After more than 50k hands playing in NL5, these numbers are kinda scary xD . I guess I'll have to get used to it... :f_grin:

      21:03 - I'm up to 700 hands and still running positive. I'm up 3.51$ and I feel ready to challenge 4 tables. Let's give it a try!

      21:10 - I believe I was ready for this... after barely 150 more hands with a 4-table layout some great pre- and post-flop plays have got me up by 8.61$ Let's hope this keeps going! My session shouldn't be too long anyways... 1 more hour at most.

      21:32 - Call me the comeback king!! It's not the first time it's happened tonight, but this time it felt quite good to come back from behind with less than 4 outs! Check it out!


      Known players:
      Position:
      Stack
      UTG2:
      $9.3
      Hero:
      $4.15

      0.05/0.1 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: Elephant 0.87 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BU with A:diamond: , A:club:
      UTG1 folds, UTG2 raises to $0.30, 4 folds, Hero raises to $1.05, 2 folds, UTG2 calls $0.75.

      Flop: ($2.25) T:heart: , T:spade: , 4:club: (2 players)
      UTG2 checks, Hero bets $1.2, UTG2 calls $1.20.

      Turn: ($4.65) J:spade: (2 players)
      UTG2 checks, Hero raises $1.9 (All-In), UTG2 calls $1.90.

      River: ($8.45) A:heart: (2 players)


      Final Pot: $8.45

      Results follow:
      UTG2 shows (J:diamond: T:club:)
      Hero shows a full-house, aces full of tens (A:diamond: A:club:)

      Hero wins with a full-house, aces full of tens (A:diamond: A:club:)

      21:55 - 4 suck outs in a row... (AK vs AQ; JJ vs KT; QQ vs AJ; I don't remember the fourth one...) that sucks! I'm down 1 BI. I've noticed players have a way wider range than in NL5. I need to play safer after the flop...

      I'll be taking a short break.

      22:35 - I'm back for some more... hoping it won't be as bad.

      00:28 - This has definately been one of my worst sessions EVER :f_mad:

      At some point, frustration kicked in, then I tried to control myself and stay disciplined. How is it possible to do so when every hand I'm supposed to double up I get sucked out on the turn or river on a good shove on the flop or pre-flop... That or I encounter a better hand when I do have a good hand myself. I have dropped way too much. At the very end, tilt took over and I lost 2 BI I shouldn't have... The numbers will tell you everything... Maybe I was too ambitious about NL10... I'll think back into what happened tomorrow or this weekend. I really hope this won't happen again.

      Summary
      NL5:
      Hands played: 2575
      Profit/Loss: 16.26$
      Unlocked bonus: 10$
      Full Tilt Points: 85.21

      NL10:
      Hands played: 4037
      Profit/Loss: 25.75$
      Unlocked bonus: 10$
      Full Tilt Points: 325.11

      Overall - Today:
      Hands played: 6612
      Profit/Loss: 9.49$
      Unlocked bonus: 20$
      Full Tilt Points: 325.11

      Bankroll: 186.87$
    • GoldenGomez
      GoldenGomez
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 83
      The worst session ever wasn't over yet..... :f_mad:

      I don't know if I'm going to play or study my game tomorrow... I could watch some vids to improve my self-control. I really think I hopped into NL10 a bit too fast. When I go back, I will definetely spend more time playing 1 or 2 tables. I need to understand the differences on players I encountered in NL5 and the ones I will face in NL10.

      Note: It is NOT normal that I've won only 40% (37/92) of my showdowns tonight. (NL10 only) I'm aware that a dozen of those losses are my entire fault because of a bad play. But for some reason I cannot explain why I've lost so many more... I need to review my session. I think playing less tables and concentrating on taking notes on players will greatly help me start at NL10. I'll think about more solutions to this problem after a good night of sleep and a long day of school.

      Anyways... here is the rest of the chaotic session.

      Summary :
      Hands played: 782
      Profit/Loss: 23.14$
      Unlocked bonus: -
      Full Tilt Points: 70.76

      Bankroll : 163.73$
    • GoldenGomez
      GoldenGomez
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 83
      I was watching Gerv's MSS tutorial and I've noted a few basics that I wasn't putting into my game. I will try to take colored-scaled notes and a few other layout details that I will adjust before my next session. I will try NL10 but at two tables only and with full attention on my tables. We'll see how that goes.

      Lol... I just noticed I already have 8.32 FT points for tomorrow... that is strange but I'll take it. :)

      23:04 - Finally finished updating my layout and I will try it out. 2 Rush tables of NL10.

      23:31 - Short break, brb. (So far, +3.10$)

      23:40 - I noticed that points keep carrying towards my count of tomorrow. I wonder why.... If someone reads this and can help understand this, please do so! Thanks!

      23:47 - Another very short break, I need to check something.

      00:13 - I took longer than I should've as I'm still adding some changes to my layout to try and make it as "confortable" as possible for me. I might post a screenshot of a table once I'm done... For now, here are my stats for the day.

      Summary :

      Earlier today:
      Hands played: 782
      Profit/Loss: 23.14$
      Unlocked bonus: -
      Full Tilt Points: 70.76

      Rush Mobile:
      Hands played: 981
      Profit/Loss: 7.75$
      Unlocked bonus: 10$
      Full Tilt Points: 69.25

      This session:
      Hands played: 283
      Profit/Loss: 0.69$
      Unlocked bonus: -
      Full Tilt Points: 19.17

      Overall - Today
      Hands played: 2046
      Profit/Loss: 31.58$
      Unlocked bonus: 10$
      Full Tilt Points: 159.18

      Bankroll: 165.49$