Feb 162010

What can I say? I’ll just start typing and see how far I get. I’m downloading Lost at the moment and don’t feel like playing poker tonight. I haven’t blogged in a while. I planned to blog at least every week, but things are very tough at the moment. When I was thinking about blogging or not back in December, I was doing very good at the tables and was looking forward to a great year of poker where SNE would be my ultimate goal. As things stand today, I’m at my all time low and it just isn’t fun to write a blog about how bad things are going. I don’t mind to blog about the bad stuff that happens along the road but so far, except the first week, I only have negative stuff to blog about.

I just don’t want this blog to turn into one big moan, so that’s for sure not what I’m going to do. I’m not going to blog session by session as I’m normally doing, it would take me to much time and it would only be a lot of bitching. I’ll first show my February results and I’ll go from there.

So far I’ve played 74.958 hands and lost $9.834.50 running at -0.71 BB/100. That makes this month even worse then January and at the end of January I thought I had the worst part behind me. From a solid winner in 2008/2009 playing over 1.000.000 hands, I turned into a big loser in 2010, after playing 240.000 hands. Being a small loser would be bad, but I think I could life with that, losing -0.64 BB/100 isn’t small anymore, I turned into a train wreck.

It hurts, it actually hurts a lot but if I feel pitty for myself I doubt anyone will let me win. I’ll have to turn this myself and there is only one way to turn it and that is to become better in playing poker. I’m actually not in a bad mood at all and this is mainly because of the time I spent in the gym. I work-out 3 times a week and I cycle 2 times a week and I feel great. I just cycled 2 hours in the gym and I feel very healthy and can’t wait to cycle the Amstel Gold Race in exactly 2 months. I doubt I would still be motivated to play without me being this fit, I really think it’s currently the thing that keeps me going.

I’ve also passed the 200.000 mark, that means 20% of the SNE chase is done. That feels like a good accomplishment as well! I’m way ahead of pace, so if needed I could take it slow.

Currently I’m planning to finish this month doing the same I’ve always done (Including last year), which is playing 20-24 tables $15/$30 till $3/$6. If things remain as bad as they are I’m going to drop down to $3/$6 the 1st of March and grind my way back limit by limit. This means that I’ll play up to 20 tables of $3/$6, I fill it up till 20 if needed with $5/$10 tables. I then will move up as soon as I proved myself to be a solid winner at that stake. The next level will be $5/$10 filled up to 20 with $3/$6 tables until I’m back where I am now.

Last weekend I’ve played a session with my best mate, who also plays LHE on PokerStars. He plays the same stakes so he knows exactly how the game works. He plays a completely opposite style of what I do which makes it hard to try and copy things from each other. What does help is to talk about the game and to understand what his thought processes are when he plays hands in a certain way. This makes it easier for me to understand some of my opponents, as I sometimes really don’t get how solid winners can even win playing hands in some ways. I played a session were he was watching me and it really was useful for me to adjust my play in some spots.

Other positive things are the fact that I’m actual winning money against most of the regulars. If I take a look at the top20 people I played most hands with this year I’m a winner against 12 of them. I’m also up in money against the top20 which means I’m not doing bad against the FR LHE regulars. It does make explaining my losses even harder. When I look at the tables I often see a table full of bad players and maybe 1/2 good people. I see bad plays, bad players and I see no reason at all why I should leave the table, but I don’t turn out to be a winner at the end. It seems I lose money against the “average joe”, so that’s where I should probably focus to improve my game.

I’m currently losing 0.64 BB/100, which is a lot, but I’m paying 0.98 BB/100 in rake. So I’m actually up against the players on the tables, I’m just not beating the rake. I won’t say that this makes me a good player, but at least I’m not a complete loser 🙂

I’m now going to catch up with Lost Season 6. I’ve also got Entourage, True Blood, Carprica, Fringe, Heroes and 4 Seasons of the Wire to watch! I actually really liked The Wire S1 after all! It’s not really the same as any other series I’ve watched before but I’m now really into the story and I want to watch Season 2 asap. I just need to get a hold off it first 🙁

I’m also a big fan of the Olympics, watching almost any sport. I didn’t miss a single speed skate race and I really loved the Snowboarding which aired yesterday. I already thought it was a really good addition to the Olympics 4 years ago but I think this year a lot more people watched it and I only heard positive comments about how cool it looked on TV! I can’t wait to see the rest of the Olympics and I really have to find out where I can watch the Ice Hockey matches because that is the only thing I’ve missed so far. Go Dutchies!

If I blog a bit less you will have to excuse me. If I drop down in limits I have to play even more hours to reach my goals. Also as said at the beginning of this post, It’s not fun to only write down negative things. I need to keep my spirit up and it helps me more to watch a TV-Series when things go bad then to spent two hours blogging about how bad things actually are.

— Current Status —
2010 VPPs: 207.382
Ahead of Pace: 81.355
Total # hands: 239.161
Total # Hours: 189.57
Hands/Hour: 1.261
VPPs/Hour: 1.094

 Posted by at 8:40 pm

January Recap

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Feb 062010

After my last blog there was only one more session to play in January. I started around 18:45, but already after 30minutes I had to quit, because PokerStars was bugged again. Players couldn’t join any tables so there was no reason for me to play. 45minutes later I pick up the play again and I’m ready for a long night. After 3 hours of play I’m down, but I’m not doing that bad and being down $1.200 should be nothing to worry about. An hour later I’m up again and extremely happy with my play. Since I was doing good at the tables I didn’t want to take a long break, after a small break I get back and lose $1.600 again. Wow, 30 minutes ago I was still up but well, swings! I keep playing and I’m motivated to finish the month strong. I go up, down again and then it takes me about 3 hours to get to almost break-even.

It’s 05:45, I’m almost up and I see most regulars leaving the tables. Most bad players are still sitting and I’m extremely awake, mainly because I’m fitter then ever. I decide to keep playing, because I had the feeling I could even end the day with some winnings, not just break-even. 06:30, doomswitch kicks in and I’m down almost $1.500 and really disappointed! I try to fight, I’m still playing decent poker and I still see a good opportunity to win money at the tables. Then I get AA, KK, JJ, AA and lose all 4 within 5 minutes at the $10/$20 or $15/$30. My positive spirit (even when I was down) completely broke…. Being down is fine, fighting back is good, being down again when I was almost break-even again feels shit, but not getting any “luck” to win money at the tables ends my motivation completely at 07:30. I’m used to beats, but sometimes it can still hurt your motivation. I played 15.875 hands and lost $2.185.

I don’t think I’ll have to do a recap of how my month went. I expected a though month, I aimed for 100.000 VPP, but hoped 125.000 VPP. I would have been satisfied with a break-even month on the tables, expected more because of my results the last quarter of 2009, but knew January was going to be though. You can read everything else in my previous blogs, so I’ll just stick to the numbers in this recap.

— January Recap—
Total VPPs: 140.307,29
Ahead of Pace: 55.367,29
Total $ @ Tables: -$8.005,50
Total $ FPP’s/Milestone: $9.057,20
Total $: 1.051,70
Total # hands: 164.203
Total # Hours: 129,38
$/Hour @ Tables: -$61,87
$/Hour: $8,12
Hands/Hour: 1.269
VPPs/Hour: 1.084

Let this be the worst month at the tables this year and I’m okay with it. I’m ahead of SNE pace, I’m ahead of my own SNE schedule. I had not much problems to play 130 hours in one month, next to working part-time and doing sports 4/5 times a week, while still having an active social life. In January I’ve proved myself I can make it to SNE. I do have to start winning money, this could be due to playing better myself or having more short term luck, but in February the tide will have to turn.

I’ll blog about my first sessions of February the next time. Tonight I will play the $1.000.000 VIP Freeroll with some friends who will come over here and play as well. I’ll play poker for pleasure tonight and I’m motivated to play tomorrow again and start the upswing to get break-even for the year!

 Posted by at 5:00 pm