Thursday, October 29, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Well my last post where I somewhat outlined what my approach was going to be when I make my deposit on wsop.com has being pretty much been tossed and unfortunately I feel that I will have no choice but to play the $3 deep stack rebuys guaranteed prize pool tournaments. I looked over the $1 and $2 tournaments that have been completed this morning and this afternoon and unfortunately they just do not offer enough of a money return. Most of them have 20 or 30 players paying maybe $20 for 1st, but it's just not enough to try to accomplish or grind a legitimate bankroll.
If I am going to grind a legitimate bankroll online and with sporadic live play it's obvious I'm going to need to be playing in tournaments that offer higher rewards, either that or I'm going to be living in Las Vegas for the next 20 years trying to grind this up. Not exactly why I came here.
With that said each tournament will cost me $5.73 and that counts the initial rebuy to start with a double stack. I see there are about 5 tournaments a day in the $3 range and if I am successful and can grind up some profits another 5 or 6 in the $5 range which would be a little less than $10 for each when buying for those. I'm going to have to run very hot very quickly or I could go through that hundred dollar deposit in just a few days time, but the way I look at it there really is no choice in the matter so I will simply do what I must do.
I actually would like to eventually turn into a No Limit cash game player, but let's face it if I go the route that Rob from Robs Vegas poker does and his standard $200 buyin oe the route the Trooper does as I believe he buys in for the $300 max that is most prevalent in this town. A live cash game bankroll is 50 buyins so you're talking a $10,000 and $15,000 bankroll respectively. No matter how you look at it I'm a long way from being able to grind 1-2 live, but it is something that I would like to see happen eventually. In a perfect world have the bank roll to grind 1-2 No Limit cash games and add a few $125, 30 minute blind level tournaments in each week. A long road to be sure, but I'm someone that adamantly believes you must always have something to work towards. Goals is what keeps the mind sharp and alive.
I'm going to wait till November 8th to make that deposit at one of the Caesars properties. Since I'm going to be out and about that night anyway I figure best to take care of everything all in one day. So from now until then I'll just be playing the freerolls on wsop.com. If I can pull off a win in one of the 6:45 p.m. $100 freerolls that'll be worth about 20 bucks and would give me three buyins for the $3 rebuy which could possibly get me started earlier than expected.
Out of the $822 that I will get for my disability payment the beginning of November, I figure Misty is going to need about a $200 loan plus my regular share of $290 so that the rent is paid. $100 for wsop.com, $100 for that concert date I've got, and another approximately $130 in other expenses that I've got which will include a wireless mouse for my grinding as I can not stand using the built in mouse control on a laptop.
Monday is my birthday and I will still be at my friends house cat sitting and will be going back to my place sometime Wednesday. Misty seemed rather insulted that I wouldn't let her make me a cake and cook that special dinner for my birthday so I agreed to let her do it when I get back. I originally thought I could just dodge it altogether. I'm turning 48 years old and quite frankly birthdays when your middle age is something you try to avoid at least for some people. It's just another reminder I'm getting closer and closer to the big 5-0 and I'd prefer not to be reminded of that little fact lol, but friends being friends I suppose they have some enormous need to celebrate these special days.
And as for, if not my immediate future, but just a little bit down the road, and this is not poker related but more living situation related, I would like to rent a place somewhere downtown or near the Strip. Even if everyone gets employed, the fact of the matter is I want my own space at some point although I will have to admit if everyone does get gainfully employed and contributing the cost per month is going to be very hard to ignore. If you figure 5 people splitting a $670 rent, $110 cable payment and $66 electric bill rounding things off your talking $850 split five ways is only $170 a month plus food and that is impossible to beat, but quite frankly with the attitudes that I receive about what I'm trying to accomplish, my goals in the live poker scene and online, I'm not sure if the inexpensive monthly cost is going to overcome that more than a few months longer.
That will be all for now. Tomorrow is sunday football and will be nice to be able 2 watch that uninterrupted as over at my place always seems like something is needing to be done. It's so nice and quiet staying here at my friends house watching her cat and that's another reason why I see a move within 2 to 3 months happening. Take care all and I'll see you at the tables.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Well I was absolutely sick about it but I lost the stake. I ran into a horrendous cold streak where I ended up going zero from my last 8 as it turned out in tournaments and I felt that since it was going so bad that the best way to get the profit margin turned around was to grind 2-4 limit, but unfortunately the ice. age just continued there as well as I got beat with a full house at least 5 times lost with a flush to a higher flush twice has twice and it was just completely ugly. In the $45 daily at the Golden Nugget the very first hand I got dealt pocket fours, flopped a set, turn the boat, and the nine on the river gave my opponent runner runner higher full house. that is just one example of the many I ran into.
I was completely sick about it when I had to email Chris and tell him what happened and figured he would be massively upset at me, and the only thing i could say is that I had tried my best. Every decision at the poker tables that I made was the correct one but still went against me and Chris was very very understanding about it. I felt bad because I had let somebody down. If it was my own money I would not care half as much but since somebody else trusted me and I lost that made it 100 times worse to me. Maybe that sounds silly to some of my readers, but that's just the way I am I can't help that. Chris said to me in the email that if I want to try again in November to let him know. I don't know if he will still feel the same way come November since I lost this one and that would be totally understandable as I was even shocked of his offer for November in the first place. If he so chooses to want to take a second chance on me, I will be adding $250 of my own money to the stake money and if he doesn't wish or choose to try a second time then I will be returning to the tables with about $250, but with the realization of the mistakes that I made which will never be repeated again.
The primary error that I made was not playing through the tournament struggles that I entered and trying to jump ship to another version or form of Poker. While it is true that I have had much success in limit hold'em in a live setting over the years the fact of the matter is my specialty is tournaments and I should have just stuck with the tournament because I know it would have turned around that was the error that I made. As far as arrows at the tables there were none that I could think of with just one exception and I talked to a couple of fellow players about it and they told me that it was the absolute correct move which I thought so and I'm trying not to be results oriented but I will lay out the scenario are you guys here and you tell me what you think all opinions are welcome. The situation was we would a
The situation was we weredown to the final eight or nine people with the top three getting paid various I'm sitting on about $32k in chips from a 7000 start which put me roughly in about 6th place at the time. blinds are 800 and 1600 with a 150 chip ante I'm in the big blind with AQo and by the time it actually got to me there were 5 limpers. I took my AQ and I shoved right there. The dead money in the pot was just way too much and if I had just raised with all those limpers I would have had to have raised to over 10 grand anyway at the bare minimum which would have been 1/3 my stack so I shoved, I got one caller and he had me covered by about 350 chips total and he called me with 77. I did not improve and was knocked out of the tournament. In my mind his call was absolutely horrendous because I could be doing this with 1010, JJ, or QQ. Even if I only had 2 overs which I did if the board two pairs he's going to end up counterfeited very likely. The limp/all-in call was a horrendous move on his part that worked, but the question is is the move that I made also an error. approximately 9000 dead money sitting there it was a move that needed to be made considering the stack sizes, my position in the hand and overall tournament standing, and considering the action before me. What do you guys think?
Well that's all for now. If Chris is still wanting to take another run at this come November I am going to accept. I figure if he stakes me to the same amount a second time Plus adding the $250 of my own money that will be a $750 start for tournaments that have an average buyin of approximately $19. that's two $10 rebuys, a $20 tournament, & a $25 deep stack in which the $25 deep stack has a $10 add on for $7k in chips after the first break. That would be over 35 buyins and I feel that if I in fact have a $750 start for it that I most definitely can turn that into a profit. It may not be a quick profit' it may take some time, but it will be a profit. If Chris does not want to take the chance then I will definitely enter November with the $250 which I understand is only 12 buyins and I will simply hope for the best.
That's all for now. For the next two weeks or so I'm stuck in the apartment grinding freerolls online. It is what it is but at least it's only a couple of weeks before I get back to it. So take care of everybody and give it a couple of weeks and I'll see you at the tables.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Day three saw me bounce back, a decided change in my daily schedule, a trip to a strip casino, & a bomb scare all rolled into the same day.
I started out planning on playing the 10:30 a.m. tournament and when I got there they only had 3 people sign up for it. This was the second day in a row albeit for different reasons that that tournament has been cancelled, but I decided because of that I might as well get the extra sleep in the morning so I'm not even gonna bother playing or even trying to play that 10:30 a.m. tournament as of right now I will take the extra sleep. Once the bankroll grows then perhaps I can replace that with the 11 a.m. $65 Treasure Island tournament or perhaps a $50 or $55 at Ballys or Harrahs, but that's not about to happen at this time.
So with the 1030 cancelled I consulted Poker Atlas and saw that the Hard Rock had a $45 tournament that started at noon. Figuring I had planned on buying in the 10:30 a.m. for $10 and the 2 p.m. for $20 which is a total of $30 I would spend the extra $15 and go to the hard rock for their noon tournament. Grabbed the bus from downtown and over to the hard Rock I go and when I get the players card and all that fun stuff I get over to the poker room with seven minutes to spare just to find out they have zero signups for their noon tournament. I was very surprised by this figuring how close the Hard Rock is to the strip if not actually completely on it that they would have zero sign ups for a tournament. The casino itself seemed fairly busy with people coming and going, but that will be my one and only trip to the Hard Rock.
So I go back out to grab a bus back downtown I get on it and we get over to McCarran Airport and all of a sudden there was only three or four of us, the bus driver evacuates the bus because of a bomb scare. Not so much of a bomb scare as a suspicious package. Bottom line to make a long story short somebody has left some sort of bag or backpack behind on the bus and in this day and age of terrorism and let's face it Las Vegas being a viable target she had to evacuate the bus. Of course the four of us were sitting in the bus shelter about 20 feet away from it so if it actually did blow up we probably would have been all dead anyway. We were only off the bus for about 10 minutes and the old guy that had left the bag on the bus accidentally was at a bus stop further down the street and he retrieved his belongings.
So back downtown I went and decided to enter the 3 p.m. $45 tournament at the Golden Nugget. Admittedly I made a couple of mistakes early and if not mistakes then ill timed bluffs that did not go my way. With simple pure aggression and a a jackon the river with my AJ vs Villain's AK, I was able to chip back up beyond starting stack and when we were at the final 9 of this tournament which only got 15 players but first place was paying nearly $400 I got dealt AA. I was in seat 3 in the cutoff and a woman in seat 7 goes all in while I'm sitting there with pocket aces. I had her covered and I too went all-in to isolate her wanting and a heads up situation and everybody else folded. She flips over KJo the flop was 89T. Out loud to the entire table I said, "Oh oh." Sure enough the turn was a 7 and to add insult to injury the river was a 6. I was pretty much crippled and finally shaved all in as the big blind with KQo against a button open raise. He had ATo and I could not get one of my two live cards and was out of the tournament in 9th.
It was about 5:15 p.m. at this point and I knew the $10 rebuy at the Plaza had just got underway at 5 and with 15 minute blinds the worst I would miss was 2 levels as I had to go get a replacement player card. I jumped in albeit late, but the tournament turned out well as we chopped at three ways for $57 each so that was a $47 profit in that one making me up $2 or the day. The $25 Deepstack had already started before the 5 p.m. ended so I jumped in that one just a touch late as well but since the deep stack has 20 minute blinds I made it in on the second level. I ended the first break what about 11,000 from a 10000 starting stack but when level 5 started within the space of a half a dozen hands I went from 11000 in chips to 40k where I stayed for an extremely long time. We got down to 4 and made a deal. 4th ended up taking $120 and the other three of us ended up walking away with $150 a piece so overall the day was $127 profit. That brings the syake bankroll back to $505 going into today.
Had to wait for the maintenance guy at the apartment today to come by and fix some things and I would have made the 2pm tournament but as I was walking out to the bus stop the damn bus showed up 4 minutes early. Who would have thought they would be here early lol. I was going to play the 3 p.m. at the Golden Nugget instead but the second bus that I have to take to get downtown never showed up and whenever possible I do not like to enter a tournament late. I'm at the bus stop at Lake Mead and H street as I dictate this waiting for it to eventually get here, so what I'm going to do is I'm just going to hang around downtown for a little bit, maybe grab myself another deep fried Twinkie which I had my first deep fried Twinkie yesterday. Oh my god that thing is to die for it is the absolute bomb. Still not sure about trying the deep fried Oreos or not. Just not sure how good that one sounds. Today I will play the $10 rebuy and the $25 deep stack. If I end up cashing in the rebuy and out early in the deep stack then I will probably jump in the 10 p.m. $45 Golden Nugget tournament. Definitely two tournaments on tap for today possibly three.
That's all for now. Have a great day and night guys and gals and I'll see you at the tables.