Monday, July 13, 2009

Battling Tilt - The Story of July

So this month so far has been marked some insane battles with tilt.

After starting off with $90ish dollars on Pokerstars, I immediately went on a 7 buy-in downswing of run bad + tilt. Hit a low of $13 before I decided that I better play some 5NL or risk going busto for my first time ever.

And I grinded back up before another set of tilt + run bad set in. Fortunately, I was still playing 5NL so a 6 buy-in downer didn't hurt nearly as bad.

Grinded that back up to about $120ish. Sat at two 10NL tables, one horrendous beat later plus one tilt-induced terrible call led to some more losses at 5NL due to tilt.

And now, back on the upswing. Really need to focus at just saying "NH" no matter what. Sort of resets the brain, allowing me to move on to the next hand and the next villain.

That and TABLE SELECTION. If you're running bad at a table, just MOVE. Pride doesn't pay. Choosing good tables and identifying targets does.

And oh yeah, if a 40/2/1.2 fool is RAISING preflop. He probably has an Ace. Don't try to bluff him off it.

That is all.

Good luck at the felt!


Sunday, July 5, 2009

This was a fun one.

LOL - against a 71/3/0.9 moron:

$0.02/$0.05 No Limit Holdem
5 players
Converted at

UTG ($4.22)
CO ($5.00)
Hero (BTN) ($6.08)
SB ($4.53)
BB ($8.67)

Pre-flop: ($0.07, 5 players) Hero is BTN

UTG calls $0.05, 1 fold, Hero raises to $0.20, 2 folds, UTG calls $0.15

Flop: ($0.47, 2 players)
UTG checks, Hero bets $0.25, UTG calls $0.25

Turn: ($0.97, 2 players)
UTG checks, Hero bets $0.45, UTG goes all-in $3.77, Hero calls $3.32

River: ($8.51, 2 players)

Final Pot: $8.51
Hero shows:
UTG shows:

UTG wins $8.11 ( won +$3.89 )
Hero lost -$4.22

Back to crushing.....

Dropped down to 5NL once my BR dropped down to a whopping $15 on PokerStars. Dropped my # of tables down to 2.

And back to crushing the game. Going to work it back up to $100 and then start implementing one table of 10NL until $150 and then go with two tables of 10NL. I'm extremely confident I can crush this 5NL - 25NL so I'm not worried about playing on a short bankroll. I'll just drop down faster if I get a short span of run bad/play bad

Friday, July 3, 2009


Well....after talking it over with the wife, I withdrew my bankroll from AP. We're going to be relatively debt free by the end of next month as a result.

So I left myself $100 at Pokerstars.

And promptly get absolutely crushed. I've been dealt KK 11 times, I've lost with them 7 times. All-in EV of +60. Real results of -40. AA dealt 12 times for a loss of $5 as well. Not playing great but running terrible as well.

7 buy-ins gone and I'm on the verge of going busto for the first time ever. Hopefully I can scratch my way back out of this.