Ramblings of a distracted MTT (now with added cash game) player

    • Gawdless73
      Gawdless73
      Bronze
      Joined: 11.09.2015 Posts: 76
      Hello I am Gawdless73, I started playing poker about 8 years ago although I stopped playing for maybe 5 of those as I had other things to focus on. As my title says I am a very distracted MTT player. I love the game but trying to find the time to focus seriously is difficult, trying to get through a MTT many days is a stretch. See I am a father of 4 my 2 daughters are mostly grown and moved on (though one is living on my couch atm...), I spent several years raising 2 foster daughters who came from pretty vile backgrounds and now find myself as a single dad to 2 absolutely wonderful special needs boys who inspire me as my personal railbirds.

      Now to Poker after a few years off of the game I started playing again I always did moderately well playing MTT's and some MTSNG's and SNG's thrown in depending on time and how crazy life is, I am going to start this blog a little past its actual starting point of about a month ago because as I mentioned it is hard to find free time. When I started playing again I had $65 at Pokerstars as my starting bankroll. I also signed on at Full Tilt and Cake (yeah yeah I know) through PokerStrategy. I received 10 $1 tickets and 2 $5 ring game tickets I do believe there. The ring game tickets were appreciated but for some odd reason I just blow hard at cash games.

      Here are a couple tales from my latest tournaments.... graphic content may follow....

      We finally hit the final 2 tables of a tournament I place 2nd in through Pokerstrategy. My one son has been a little sick and they are both hanging with me as I play being railbirds. The sick boy suddenly starts yelling that his mouth hurts and proceeds to throw up all over me. As I try to get into the shower with him I ask my 11 year old to sit in front of the game and if he gets 2 A's or 2 k's press bet all, fold all other hands. in 3 minutes I come back and from the 10 K chips I had he hit kings once and aces once and more than quadrupled my chips to about 45K. After that it was a juggle of sick kid and a lot of low stacks I managed to outwait. I got heads up at about a 1-10 chip underdog, fought back to almost 50-50 then made a horrible read and that was all for me 2 hands later. Still $70 in a freeroll while your kid barfs on you is not too bad 8)

      Another and quite possibly my favourite moment even though I only won a couple $2.50 tourney tickets was having to afk to take care of the boys, in decent shape in a tournament where top 80 all got tickets. I come back and there are 81 people left, I have been forced in on the small blind and all anyone really has to do is sit out and I will be the bubble. So...some genius shoves a pair of 4's, get called by AK, I have 62o, I hit 2 pairs an Ace hits, I win, AK wins 4's lose and go out in 81st place. I couldn't stop laughing at my fortune.

      Some of my interesting cashes recently, there have been several others for smaller amounts and many hair pulling awful under 5% runner runners knocking me out of big tourneys.

      Full Tilt Pokerstrategy weekly $500 Freeroll 2nd place for $70
      Cake Poker weekly 1K freeroll 1st place $120
      Full Tilt Pokerstrategy weekly $500 Freeroll 4th place for $38.50

      Hopefully at some point I will find the time to come in and make this all pretty, colour coded, graphs, posted hands, but realistically I am lucky to get through most days sane so its unlikely to happen.

      So Starting Bankroll

      Pokerstars (unfortunately not linked to Pokerstrtegy) $65
      FullTilt $20
      Cake $0
      888 Poker (also Pre Pokerstrategy) free 6 $1 tickets 1$2 ring game ticket

      $93 total

      Bankroll as it stands

      Pokerstars $155.69
      Full Tilt $ 119.69 + 3x $2.50 tourney tickets(having withdrawn $65 for well, life..)
      Cake Poker $120
      888 Poker $7.87 (was up but ran so so bad.

      $403.25

      I am doing my best to study and have found Collin Moshmans videos particularly helpful to single one coach out, though many others have helped as well.

      What I really need to work on

      Not playing scared, when as a single dad I am figuring out what needs to be bought with winnings its hard to push for 1st all the time at risk for busting out for $0 even if 1st is always best. Not playing, waiting to get sucked out on when the cards are running bad.

      Tilting, not sure I could ever play live, I could see permanent casino bans as I hoped table to throttle the dude who just took food out of my boys mouths lol. I need to be able to get my head back into the game faster.

      Shoving all in to make up for my mediocre post flop play, also somewhat stemming from potentially playing scared.

      Thanks for reading
      Gawdless73
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    • Gawdless73
      Gawdless73
      Bronze
      Joined: 11.09.2015 Posts: 76
      As per usual I have not had a whole lot of playing time this week. I did fit in some SNG's and playing a few spin and goes now as it fits my time frame well most of the time, realistically I can manage tourneys Friday Saturday and Sunday.

      Unfortunately my Poker Tracker 30 day trial has run out so I still don't have pretty graphs and hands to add but it was a fun couple days with a couple more final tables. There were a few of the worst bad beats I have ever suffered, knocked out of a tourney in 9th place being a 99.4% favourite to win the hand as the standout amongst them .

      Now I was WAY behind at the start of this hand. The Button just kept raising me and I was completely card dead. he raises again and sick of it I shoved 63s, he of course flips AKo. Flop is 663 well now, freaking jackpot, and caught celebrating like an idiot before the hand was done. I turn my back and I talk to my son, turn around to see the "you've been eliminated" message. I go to the hand history to see he managed to catch running aces to make a better full house other than getting to the 2 final tables this was the sort of day it was lol.

      I also have been treating the money I won at Cake sort of like play chips, earning some strategy points on money I will never see and playing tourneys a little above my typical buy in. So I buy into a $5.50 knockout tourney, only 39 players entered and in the end I took it down. So with 7 knockouts at $2 each and the "top" prize of $45 the bankroll of money I'll never see just keeps growing......played 5 tourneys at Cake now and won 3 of them 8).

      Started an account with NetBet as well as I believe it to be one of few ipoker sites that allow Canadians. I guess I really should pick a room or two to play at but as an MTT player prefer to keep as many options open as possible.

      So Bankroll total as it stands now
      NetBet-$32.22
      Pokerstarts $155.68
      Full Tilt $120.13
      Cake $159.40
      888 $6.19

      Total $472.62 = +$70.37
    • Gawdless73
      Gawdless73
      Bronze
      Joined: 11.09.2015 Posts: 76
      As usual even though I will explain I have refocused my poker this is still ramblings.........So I have changed my poker focus lately, while I really do love tournament poker life is just not permitting the time sink except occasionally on weekends, even then it's rare. I have been trying to work on my cash game skills instead as spins and SnG's are just boring me and I find the same problem with MTTSnG's in regards to time constraints. With my time/life limitations it is hard to sit at a table for long stretches so I am finding Snap/Zoom to fit my play style well. I can sit down play quick hands and exit as needed.

      Shockingly to me over a very small sample and over several rooms I'm doing pretty well. But there's the other thing I really think I need to somehow pick a room. I like Stars and with huge traffic there are lots of fish, but everyone who plays for a while (mostly) wants to go play there meaning many more sharks potentially as well. Stars has the lowest rake by a fair bit but man sites like Netbet (horrid rake) and 888 (better rake, not tracked to PS) are just so fishy, I see people call the craziest stuff and run 4 bet air bluffs with 4 of a suit on board. Advice on settling on a room would be great if any were wanting to chime in. I will stick to Stars some for tourneys and am "practicing" at higher levels at Cake with real "play money" I won through a freeroll then another MTT win that I know I will never ever see. I am only playing at Cake for the said practice and strategy points to try to make gold and open new videos and articles.

      My game needs tons of work and even though I have the funds online to play higher at Star I am playing low limits for now as there will be no replacing said funds atm. In the past, somewhat recently even to be honest I have been awful at cash games. I plan to move up as I feel more confident. I also have found going back to the basics, has helped a lot, while I feel I have been playing long enough to move from set beginner strategy a lot of the refresher in the articles and videos were great.

      I am posting the hands from Pokerstars as they are freshest in my mind. I ended up up about $2 over 150 hands as that was all the time life allowed today and thoughts were fresher in my head. Could have played a little more but found myself updating this instead. I have about 1700 hands from Netbet and am up about $19 at NL2, but while I haven't had much of a chance to work through Pokertracker I haven't figured the graph posting yet, hands have a nice little button if the graph does, I' missing it. I'll find it when there's time...advice appreciated.


      As I posted in another thread a very kind board member for some odd reason took pity and donated funds for me to purchase Pokertracker, as such I figure I better use it now. So here we have me making a bad flop reraise call and getting some luck on the turn. I know I played it bad but the would have folded turn without my fortune.



      PokerStars - $0.02 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (BTN): 99 BB
      SB: 114.5 BB
      BB: 563.5 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 1)
      UTG: 185 BB
      MP: 213.5 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 1)
      CO: 67 BB

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has J:spade: J:club:

      UTG raises to 2 BB, fold, CO calls 2 BB, Hero raises to 8 BB, fold, fold, UTG calls 6 BB, fold

      Flop: (19.5 BB, 2 players) A:spade: 9:club: 9:diamond:
      UTG checks, Hero bets 6.5 BB, UTG raises to 13 BB, Hero calls 6.5 BB

      Turn: (45.5 BB, 2 players) J:diamond:
      UTG bets 44 BB, Hero raises to 78 BB and is all-in, UTG calls 34 BB

      River: (201.5 BB, 2 players) 8:spade:

      UTG shows Q:heart: A:diamond: (Two Pair, Aces and Nines)
      (Pre 43%, Flop 92%, Turn 5%)
      Hero shows J:spade: J:club: (Full House, Jacks full of Nines)
      (Pre 57%, Flop 8%, Turn 95%)
      Hero wins 194.5 BB



      Next was a hand I played bad, looking back betting flop was questionable 3 handed? and betting turn was worse.



      PokerStars - $0.02 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 168.5 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 2)
      SB: 113.5 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 1)
      Hero (BB): 99.5 BB
      UTG: 224.5 BB
      MP: 57.5 BB
      CO: 134 BB

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has T:spade: Q:diamond:

      UTG raises to 3 BB, fold, fold, fold, SB calls 2.5 BB, Hero calls 2 BB

      Flop: (9 BB, 3 players) T:heart: Q:heart: 3:heart:
      SB checks, Hero bets 5.5 BB, UTG calls 5.5 BB, SB calls 5.5 BB

      Turn: (25.5 BB, 3 players) 8:diamond:
      SB checks, Hero bets 18 BB, UTG raises to 63 BB, fold, fold

      UTG wins 59.5 BB



      This last one I 3 bet pre as I was OOP and honestly I still find min raising weird after not playing for a while. Vilians betting/raising timing was weird if that makes sense, either way I am sure overall it was a bad call, he could have had 3 better kickers or hit K on turn but feel he would have 4 bet pre with QQ+. I wasn't buying it and feel I made a good call. I am sure I am wrong....



      PokerStars - $0.02 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 120 BB (VPIP: 100.00, PFR: 100.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 1)
      SB: 147 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 4)
      Hero (BB): 120 BB
      UTG: 115 BB (VPIP: 50.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 2)
      MP: 51 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 1)
      CO: 75.5 BB (VPIP: 33.33, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 3)

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has J:diamond: T:club:

      fold, MP raises to 2 BB, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 6 BB, MP calls 4 BB

      Flop: (12.5 BB, 2 players) 5:club: J:heart: 8:diamond:
      Hero bets 4 BB, MP raises to 12 BB, Hero calls 8 BB

      Turn: (36.5 BB, 2 players) K:spade:
      Hero bets 33 BB, MP calls 33 BB and is all-in

      River: (102.5 BB, 2 players) 7:spade:

      Hero shows J:diamond: T:club: (One Pair, Jacks)
      (Pre 72%, Flop 82%, Turn 86%)
      MP shows 9:club: J:spade: (One Pair, Jacks)
      (Pre 28%, Flop 18%, Turn 14%)
      Hero wins 99 BB


      Sorry for the terrible writing style and ramblings.....I'll do my best to keep this updated.