My Blog to the Poker Gods

    • FrozenRope
      FrozenRope
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      Joined: 29.01.2007 Posts: 283
      Hello all, and welcome to my poker story.

      I really didn't want to start a blog, but I figured it would be good for me and my game to write about things as I go. Much the same as others so I can look back and say wow I used to play small stakes.

      Well a little about me, My name is Cathie, been married for 17 years and have a hubby and 3 wonderful teen aged boys, 13,14 & 16. I live in Toronto Canada.

      My interest in poker has been a long one, I used to play in the charity casinos they had in Toronto, before any real Casinos in Ontario were built. In these games poker was limit holdem , No limit wasn't in the boom yet. Basically played $1-$2 to $5-$10 live. Bankroll whats a Bankroll???

      From there Ontario established a few Casinos, The Great Blue Heron in Port Perry, Charity casino but had a full Casino feel. Than a few years later came Rama, and Casino Niagra.

      Port Perry is where I really learned how to play limit holdem. I played there often. $10-$20 to $30-$60, I was a winning player however, BRM, what the hell is that. I have a good job and income that I can use for entertainment, thats what I figured. I would take my $500 to the Casino and sit down at the tables. When I cashed out the money went into the family bank account. I never really understood why I needed a seperate bankroll.

      Well I never really kept track of wins and losses, however I had been successful, to take trips to Mexico and Florida several times.

      About 2 years ago I was introduced to online poker. I was a total fish. Lots of money and no sense of BRM. I started several accounts, Party Poker, PokerStars, Doyle's Room. I would deposit, loose, deposit and loose, really it was a cycle that was never ending.

      Well one day hubby said no more depositing, I figured I had better learn a thing or two. So I started with one of my best friends google, I found sites about Poker. Stoxpoker, 2+2, Pocketfives, CardChat. I started reading others blogs at Stoxpoker mainly and was extremely jealous of the success of some of the players. I told myself one day maybe one day I to will make some money out of this hobby of mine. I watched the free videos on several sites.

      With this help, on PokerStars or sometimes JokerStars. I increased my BR to over $3K I withdrew most of my account which I now find out was a mistake as its hard to move up limits withdrawning from your poker account. Needless to say I haven't had to redeposit. on PokerStars. My current BR there is around $200.

      Then I stumbled upon this wonderful site PokerStrategy and register on 29.01.2007. I really thought this was a scam as nothing is free so I forgot about this site for over a year. I found the site again in 08 and tried the quiz, I passed with flying colours and figured I have nothing to loose. A few days later to my surprise I had money in a new account on Titan poker.

      Things started good with my new found capitol, I have been a FR FL player for years but at first I thought I would try some NL, things went ok but not great Br was slowly growing. I read every article, and read them again. I have printed copy's of all charts which are really handy to have. I watched every video available. With my new found knowledge I figured I would do well but things went bad with NL so I decided in Early July to stick to what I'm good at which is FR FL. I looked at my stats in Holdem Manager and it was obvious that I'm better in FL.

      Again I read every article, watched every video for FL printed out all charts. At this point of my realization I was a breakeven player with having the money PokerStrategy $50 + $100 around $150 give or take. Here is a graph upto the end of July.



      Started out with a serious hot streak and slowly winning.

      Now I would like to say that if I didn't enjoy other forms of poker my bankroll would be higher. Through this site I have enjoyed the people I have met. I joined the BOTD and had a absolute blast. The people are great, that play in this and have been an inspiration to me to better my MTT game. The teams all Join in IRC #pokerstrategy-en on the Quakenet. I recommend to anyone still reading this novel to join the channel anyday. This is a great place to ask experienced players advice on hands, have players sweat you in games and help with decisions. I would like to give a huge thank you to Cannell aka Stievro, SoyCD, TriBun, Awish, Velak and I can't forget Kelekin. These people are first class and are extremely helpful. I'm sure I'm missing a few of the IRC peeps out for that I'm sorry. Everyone is great. nice to chat and play and have lots of people hands to talk about poker 24/7.

      Well through talking in IRC I have since tried my hand at SNG, a few MTT and FreeRolls. As I said if not for playing these other games that I"m a total donk at my BR would be really sharp.


      I entered the WCOOP event #3 sat and won my seat to this event which is fantastic.



      Today I entered the PokerStrategy Bronze Freeroll I had the help of my friends in IRC that supported me through out this event. I won $80 for my efforts. Which helps a micro limit player.




      This weekend I also really multitabled. I never really played more than 4-6 tables at once. This weekend I played a few short sessions of 1 hour playing 16 tables of $.25-.$.50 FR FL which was a lot of fun. I really tightened up and played maybe top %10 of hands. Had some success.

      With everything and my BR stands at $413.64 on Titan and $262 on PokerStars. I only play on PokerStars Sundays for the BOD and a few times if things go really bad on Titan. I will continue to play $.25-$.50 as I'm comfortable on the level at least till I have over $500 then I may move up a level.

      My goals are
      1. Have a strong placing in the WCOOP event
      2. Continue to be strict with my game choices, play FR FL only
      3. Read articles, and watch a video at least one every day.
      4.Post hands as often as I can, its fewer for me as IRC we talk about hands regularly
      5. Move up slowly
      6 One Day be playing $3-$6 and higher, where I can use this to help out family and friends.

      Will try to keep this updated as much as possible, hopefully a few of you made it to the end. I encourage others to join IRC at any time.

      Good Skill to you all. See you on the felt.
  • 35 replies
    • MackieeE
      MackieeE
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      Joined: 07.02.2008 Posts: 31
      Hey FrozenRope :) !

      Looks like you've got the mindset for Poker generally, shame your husband ended it prematurely some time back ;) ! But welcome back to PokerStrategy! :D I've only been here over a month myself, i love this website, even thinking it was a scam at first like yourself :rolleyes: . Anyways, I didn't now you guys idled IRC here! i'll drop by even if i am afk for 3/4 of the day :)

      I'll be looking forward to seeing you achieve your goals ahead, good luck! July seemed like a wave after you hit the $310 mark :P
    • CoreySteel
      CoreySteel
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      Joined: 25.10.2006 Posts: 3,366
      Hey, nice job. Very interesting reading. I'll be happy to read more :)
      Good luck.
    • masfe
      masfe
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      Joined: 27.01.2007 Posts: 3,319
      Originally posted by FrozenRope
      and 3 wonderful teen aged boys, 13,14 & 16.

      Damn, you were hyperactive 16 years ago



      Gl at the tables :D
    • cannell555
      cannell555
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      Joined: 06.03.2008 Posts: 2,410
      I usually give these long blog posts a miss, but made an exception for yours. Nice read. Looks like your doing well with the FL.

      I'll certainly comeback and read about your progress. Good job!

      Good cards to you!
      Stiev
    • Zeffke
      Zeffke
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      Joined: 17.04.2007 Posts: 1,123
      Nice read, keep it updated plz!! want more :D
    • FrozenRope
      FrozenRope
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      Joined: 29.01.2007 Posts: 283
      Well been grinding it pretty hard on the $.25- $.50 tables at Titan, really had a uneventful last few days. Been up a few and down a few $, played 16 tables and really was beat bad by the callingstations. They are my worst nightmares will read that article again. Just can't stand them tbh, who the hell calls a capped pf with J2o. Seems like these players have my number. Here is are my stats to this date.



      I really am having a hard time moving up to the next level. I have taken prior shots but always moved back down. As you can see by the graph things don't always go as planned.




      Today is the last 900 or so hands from the graph, and I had a ok session 2 tabling +$32, Damn 2 tables is really boring after playing all weekend long on 16 tables.

      I would really like to move to the next level, but I think I play to cautious. My current BR is $494.27. Now rakeback is a huge deal right now and 2 tabling I'm just not generating enough rake. So I have some choices to make. I was thinking maybe alternating sessions where I play 1 session 16 tabling, then the next session 2-3 tables of the higher level. I really don't like to mix levels as I tend to pay more attention to the higher level and in doing so loose more at the lower limit.

      Funny after playing almost 50K hands @ $.25-$.50 and getting a lot of stats on a lot of players, some players I have 2K hands played with or more for some. Very few that I have a lot of stats on, are winning players, at least while I played those hands with them. Yet today at the higher level I ran into 6 or 7 regular players that I have played with, and they were playing the higher level. This made me wonder, these guys couldn't beat the lower level yet they already moved up.

      Anyways hopefully the poker gods are smiling upon you. Good skill to you all.
    • CoreySteel
      CoreySteel
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      Joined: 25.10.2006 Posts: 3,366
      You are playing FR right? How about moving to SH? There are less calling stations.
    • opal99
      opal99
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      Joined: 05.02.2008 Posts: 8,270
      less calling stations but more aggressive fishes - sometimes really funny :)

      16 tables :heart: - really doubt it'll be possible SH / what about making short video for me? I'd like to see some1 really playing so many tables; please ;)


      @ blog: Nice read! It took me few days to read sooo long intro but it's great!

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      So many new FL blogs in last weeks... I should try my own too... this year :(
    • Velak
      Velak
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      Joined: 19.04.2008 Posts: 542
      Nice read! I'll need to make sure to keep checking up on your progress!

      Keep it up!
    • Zeffke
      Zeffke
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      Joined: 17.04.2007 Posts: 1,123
      Originally posted by opal99
      16 tables :heart: - really doubt it'll be possible SH / what about making short video for me? I'd like to see some1 really playing so many tables; please ;)
      I can make u such a video but it won't have any commentary in it :D
    • opal99
      opal99
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      Joined: 05.02.2008 Posts: 8,270
      Originally posted by Zeffke
      Originally posted by opal99
      16 tables :heart: - really doubt it'll be possible SH / what about making short video for me? I'd like to see some1 really playing so many tables; please ;)
      I can make u such a video but it won't have any commentary in it :D
      please do that, if you really play so many. I'd like to see your reactions and how you deal with some situations while playing ~20 hands per minute
    • CoreySteel
      CoreySteel
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      Joined: 25.10.2006 Posts: 3,366
      Originally posted by Zeffke
      Originally posted by opal99
      16 tables :heart: - really doubt it'll be possible SH / what about making short video for me? I'd like to see some1 really playing so many tables; please ;)
      I can make u such a video but it won't have any commentary in it :D
      FL, right? :)
    • Zeffke
      Zeffke
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      Joined: 17.04.2007 Posts: 1,123
      Originally posted by CoreySteel
      Originally posted by Zeffke
      Originally posted by opal99
      16 tables :heart: - really doubt it'll be possible SH / what about making short video for me? I'd like to see some1 really playing so many tables; please ;)
      I can make u such a video but it won't have any commentary in it :D
      FL, right? :)
      Oh crap I play NL indeed :) Wasn't 100% awake I guess :)
    • CoreySteel
      CoreySteel
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      Joined: 25.10.2006 Posts: 3,366
      Knew it :P
      I hate when NL people are "smart" :D
      And then you see a reply "ups, this is FL thread" :)
    • FrozenRope
      FrozenRope
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      Joined: 29.01.2007 Posts: 283
      Well been playing $.50 - $1 Fr FL I must say that I have never been rivered so many times in my life. This new limit is more than pissing me off. If a player need a runner runner or 1 or 2 outer he certainly gets it. 5 times players runner, runner quads to beat my flopped top set. I mean it can't get any more pathetic. BR down to $403.80
      May consider moving back down for a while. I mean my play hasn't changed yet I can't win for the life of me on this limit. I may be better of playing the lower limit till I get enough of a BR to play $1-$2




      Just a minor rant, one thing that bugs me about posting blogs here is that people post things that are not even relevent to the persons blog. Please don't post unless it is relative to the blog. Ty
    • FrozenRope
      FrozenRope
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      Joined: 29.01.2007 Posts: 283
      Bankroll $389.42

      Well I just don't understand the total donkey's at the level $.50-$1 I mean how in the hell can these players kick the living snot out of me. They are terrible players at this level at Titan FR FL. I'm not complaining really they are the reason we play but the last 7 day 11K hands. This level is driving me insane and I'm doubting the SHC and getting out drawn on every turn ,river.

      As you can see from the graph really downward spin. I haven't logged a single winning session in 11 attempts. I feel I'm playing my A game preflop I have the best hand 98% of the time.



      To keep my sanity I'm dropping back down to $.25-$.50,
    • FrozenRope
      FrozenRope
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      Joined: 29.01.2007 Posts: 283
      Well having trouble with Holdem Manager, so I imported HH to elephant and man it really depresses me to look at my stats.

      First pic is of my run in August of $.50-$1, not really inspiring me to continue at this level. You can see my 2 prior shots at the level didn't go well. Total minus $242.25 for the level, -$135 for August alone. Disgusting, I took a lot of time tonight going over my HH, yes some very unlucky hands but also some questionable call downs which cost $. Viewing my stats I'm clearly not ready for this level.




      Second pic is my graph of $.25- $.50. Overall for this level +$323.



      My BR dropped to $389 earlier today I switched back to $.25-$.50 and had a good session finally to end the day on a positive note, which makes me a little happier as these last 7 days playing poker have been a disaster. Current BR $428.86
    • FrozenRope
      FrozenRope
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      Joined: 29.01.2007 Posts: 283
      Just a quick update, BR is @ $502.97 the last few days been grinding $.25-$.50 FR-FL. Most likely will finish this month out on this limit and see how I feel with my game for Sept.

      Played in the Titan New Players $2500 freeroll top 40 places paid. 315 players registered.

      Busted in 44 place just shy of ITM. Had AA vs AKs and lost to the flush, felt good about my play the whole tournament. I could have easily folded my way ITM as I had over average stack , and just happened to run into a player that had a few 1000 more chips than me.
    • Yoghi
      Yoghi
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      Joined: 10.09.2007 Posts: 14,387
      Nice blog :)

      Is there any particular reason that you don't play SH? It has more fishes and is more exciting to play because you play more hands with more agression.
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