Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Poker Partnership Part ll

We got started on the second part of the poker partnership on ACR on Monday. Starting Monday with a balance of $258.35 and an average daily expenditure of roughly $25 a day for all intents and purposes with the amount being spent per day and the account balance available we had roughly 10 days of Poker life left. 

The first two days of being back on ACR were an experience of horrendous. In 24 tournaments played I finished in the money in only three of them and one of those was $0.33 in a freeroll. In the tournaments played over those first two days I suffered a minimum of 18 different bad beats, and lost every coin flip situation when my tournament life was on the line.  To say this was a day of slamming things would be an understatement, but fortunately  nothing important got broken.  

Cost:  $26.03
ITM:  2 for 12
Earnings:  ($22.39) 

Cost:  $27.15
ITM:  1 for 12
Earnings:  ($23.37) 

So being down $120 coming into ACR on this partnership and starting off another over ($45) in the hole was not exactly what one would call fun. If there was any positive to be taken from the first two days, and those positives were very few and far between, was that towards the end of Tuesday, although I wasn't cashing, I could see things starting to turn slightly in a positive sense and possibly those signs were that I was coming out of this little funky slump and Wednesday was definitely an improvement. I went 3 for 11 including a 6th place finish in the $400 guaranteed rebuy and a third-place finish in a $1 tournament.

Cost:  $24.95
ITM:  3 for 11
Earnings:  $16.74

Thursday was definitely the best day of the week going 3 for 10 with a 4th place finish in the $500 guaranteed and a 2nd place finish in the $2.20 PLO8 even though that PLO8 finish was only worth $18 it all helped towards a day of $47.96 worth of earnings. 
Friday had nothing worth getting excited about, just a couple of small cashes and a loss of a little over ($11) on the day. 

Cost:  $21.85
ITM:  3 for 10
Earnings:  $47.96

Cost:  $15.55
ITM:  2 for 9
Earnings:  ($11.42)

So the bad news was that I started out over ($45) in the hole, the good news was that I was able to battle back however not for any earnings for the week, but close enough to break even that I could deal with it. The account balance started the week at $258.35 and ended the week at $257.69. Not great, but a lot better than it could have been considering how the week started out.

ACR Week 1

Cash:          ($8.11)
SNGs:        ($3.45)
MTTs:        $7.52
Raleback:  $3.38
Total:  ($0.66)

WSOP: ($120)
ACR:     $17.69
Total:    ($102.31)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Comment Responses

Memphis MOJO said:

Dude, this health thing is scary -- sorry to hear about it.

"He has me on the inhaler Breo, but too often I forget to take it."

You are kidding right?

No, I'm not kidding. I've always all my life had difficulties remembering to take medication, however recently I have taken steps two eliminate this forgetfulness.

Tony Bigcharles said:

i didn't realize his health issues were this bad

Yes Tony, at times it can be. Some days are better than others and some days are worse than others, but hey I'm Invincible anyway so let life throw at me whatever it can.  I will fight it off and bounce back always. 

Ace said:

Flush, sorry to hear about the health issues and I hope you get well soon.

Thanks Ace. The intense heat really aggravates the conditions I do have, but the fact of the matter is I still am getting from point A to point B I'm just slower than everybody else. However as soon as the cooler weather arrives that should be a considerable Improvement for me. Also, I may have not been getting the full effects of the Breo inhaler which I will explain down below.

Zin said:

Hope your breathing gets better, do you have copd? You need to give up all forms of caffeine, not good for lungs. Best of luck going forward.

Yes, I do have COPD, chronic Bronchitis at the very least. I was not aware of the caffeine being an issue, but fortunately I am not a coffee or tea drinker and the only caffeine I use are caffeine pills when I have not gotten enough sleep the previous night. The grind must go on and so under those circumstances there is no real choice for me as far as I'm concerned when it comes to that form of caffeine. 

Alysia Chang said:

This sucks. Thank God for MIB being physically there in the house with you. You have a great friend!

Yeah my main bro Joe keeps me on my toes and if I get frustrated and don't feel like taking my medicine he will simply threaten to make me cease to exist so it's a pretty good system we have lol. It's absolutely great having my bestie as my roommate. Awesome just to be able to hang out on a daily basis, talk poker, talk sports, it's just totally cool having him here. 

Poker & Gambling 24/7 said:

This blog would get even better if you could add Tony Bigcharles as the Three's Company roommate

Sir, have you lost your ever-loving mind?? I swear I'm going to reserve a bed for you at the local mental institution lmao!!

Thomas OToole lll said:

That would be quite the grind house and be watched more than Bill Perkins "Stream Boat." I would love to be a fly on the wall to hear the strategy and conversations discussed. Just think of the donations people would make to hear the inside scoop.

Lmao!!  You Sir, can share a room at the mental institution with Mr Poker & Gambling lol!!

Now for the explanation about not getting the effects of the Breo I mentioned above. I spent the weekend over at my friend Michelle's house and we were hanging out watching TV, listening to music, and it was really relaxing and great to spend time with my friend and take a couple of days off from this 12 to 16-hour tournament grind I've been pulling. Many of you may or may not know that she is a medical professional. She saw with her own two eyes how bad off I was Saturday where I took five steps and my breathing was so labored it was scary even to her. As we discussed the situation at first she thought perhaps I was having a bad reaction to the Breo and even recommended that I might want to stop it and I said to her, "Well, that might be a good idea besides I can't stand the taste of that powdery stuff on my tongue anyway, it's gross." As soon as she heard this she looked at me and said, "Wait a minute if you are getting the powdery stuff from the Breo inhaler on your tongue that means it's not making it into your lungs or very very little is."  She came up with a method where instead of putting the Breo inhaler to my mouth and then inhaling it, to start inhaling then put the Breo unit to the mouth, the idea being  with inhaling first it is providing a better way or a stronger method of getting the medication directly into the lungs. I did this Sunday morning and the difference between Saturday and Sunday was absolutely miraculous like the difference between day and night. I was able to get up, move around, do things such as go to the kitchen and get something to eat and I was not having hardly any breathing difficulties at all so she may very well have been correct. Time will tell as to whether or not that is the solution or was the problem, but at least to start off with it appears it just may have been. I will naturally keep you updated.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Shut Inside For 3 Months

My latest appointment with the pulmonologist shows my breathing capacity is down to 62%. Coming home from said doctor's appointment I nearly collapsed. Going from one bus stop to another bus stop I had to stop 4 times in a third  of a mile and rest. The slightest bit of exertion, even simply walking is shooting my heart rate up to about 140 beats per minute, causing severe nausea which half the time results in vomiting right there where I stand, unable to even catch a breath in many cases, and combine all of this with the intense heat and it is a bad bad situation all around. 

My roommate and bestie Joe aka  ManInBlack was on the phone with me at the time and heard me throwing my guts up, he was ready to call an ambulance right there on the spot, but I convinced him that I was okay. At that moment in time I probably wasn't but I knew that if I continue to stay seated on the curbing that I was on I would be alright. I was able to make it home, but it took an Uber to do it because quite frankly I don't think I would have made the final two block walk from the final bus stop to the house.  

It's obvious to me after the latest incident that I need to stay inside the house for the next 3 months with the single exception of my food shopping trip that I do on the 3rd of each month and with that I take Lyft and other than that I'm not budging unless I'm going for a swim in the pool we have in the backyard until the weather cools down and it will also give us time to employ an idea my pulmonologist has. He has me on the inhaler Breo, but too often I forget to take it. He told me make sure I take it everyday religiously for the next 3 months and then on my next appointment, which is October 5th, he will do the breathing test again to see if the breathing capacity has improved. I have cancelled or am going to cancel all doctor's appointments between now and October. I just can't deal with this intense heat because of my physical ailments. I do much much better in the cooler weather and this is just something I need to do.

Its not exactly fun having to do this for there will be no going out and having fun but after what happened the other day with the heart rate feeling like it was going to pound out of my chest, the exertion vomiting, the breathing that was practically non-existent I have got to wait until the weather cools off and three months of this Breo to find out what hopefully positive result it may produce. I was feeling pretty down after that doctor's visit and actually seriously contemplated stepping in front of the bus as it came down the road ending things right then and there  instead of letting it be drawn out. I mean with my breathing capacity seemingly declining steadily, what's the point of dragging it out, you can't live if you can't breathe. However, my doctor seems to think that this Breo will do a lot so we'll just have to see how it goes so for right now I won't be ending anything at this time at least.
The one positive aspect about all of this is the grind will go on and will not be interrupted unless I simply just want to take a full day and sleep my day away and that may happen from time to time considering the hours that I put in at this it truly does get exhausting and after awhile and my body shuts down and puts me to sleep for 14 or 16 hours and basically says I will have the last word on this.

Now let's talk about the poker. This little poker partnership that I have going with "Daniel" started out on a very very sour note. He sent the money via PayPal on Sunday and with $160 in bonus money available on WSOP we both agreed that trying to clear some of it was in our best interest. I agreed to this, but I should probably have my head examined because of it. I reminded him of my struggles in cash games and also in SNGs which he already knew about from reading my blog, but he felt it was worth taking the risk and quite frankly at the time I did too. I ended up trying both cash games and $5 nine player turbo SNGs separately. It turned out pretty ugly to the tune of $46 in losses in the SNGs and another $21 and losses in cash games so $67 down to clear a single $10 bonus. Also an 0 for 8 run in the $3 deepstack rebuys we needed to immediately reassess the situation and discussing it we came up with an alternative Plan B.

$120 down and $240 remaining we decided that the best way to proceed would be to transfer this money to ACR and grind the tournaments there because it's pretty obvious to both of us that with all tournaments being eliminated at WSOP except for rebuys and higher higher-priced re-entries a much larger bankroll is needed to be able to play a WSOP. I put it in withdraw for PayPal and set up a swap with a friend of mine that has done these ACR swaps with me previously and would do so again as soon as the money arrived. Well WSOP claims that the withdrawal was done at 12:15 a.m. on the 5th and quite frankly that is bullshit because I know for a fact I did it before midnight but because they claimed it was 12:15 a.m. on the 5th and they force you to wait 3 business days for PayPal withdrawal which is also bullshit considering the fact that they can do a casino withdraw in 12 hours it is not necessary to make a player wait 3 business days for a PayPal transaction, but because they falsely claimed it was done at 12:15 a.m. that means the money will not be hitting PayPal until Monday or Tuesday.  So nothing to do but wait.  

0700am:  $2.10 NLH Rebuy $400 Gtd 

0900am:  $4.20 PLO8 Rebuy $200 Gtd 

1115am:  $3.30 NLH $200 Gtd 

1215pm:  $2.20 PLO8 

0425pm:  $3.30 NLH $150 Gtd 

0445pm:  $1.10 PLO 6-Max  $100 Gtd 

0530pm:  $1.10 NLH $50 Gtd

0545pm:  $2.20 NLH KO 

0645pm:  $3.30 NLH $500 Gtd 

0720pm:  $1.05 PLO8 Rebuy 

0745pm:  $1.10 NLH KO 

Acct Bal:  $240
Tour / Day:  11
Cost / Day:  $24.95
ABI:  $2.27
ABIs Avail:  105

Once I get this balance back up above $360 then the following tournaments can be added.

1245pm:  $4.40 NLH 6-Max $200 Gtd
0900am:  $3.30 NLH  $1000 Gtd 

0345pm:  $5.50 NLH  $500 Gtd 

0800pm:  $5.50 NLH  $500 Gtd 

Also other various $5.50 tournaments offered on special days during the week. 

Under no circumstances will there be any 5-hour late registration tournaments played and any and all three hour late registration tournaments played will have 15 minute blind levels minimum.

So  in the meantime while waiting for the money to show up Daniel decides to send me $30 just to give me something to do while we wait. The idea was for me to play some of the small buyins while we're waiting. If I didn't make any profit from the $30 during the few days we had to wait just send back whatever I had left over and if I did make a profit then send him the $30 back and then we'll use any earnings towards the current arrangement that we're in. I thought this was an awesome idea because it would give me something to do and maybe we could pop up the $240 balance that we had. It didn't go great but it didn't go horrendous either. On Sunday after only playing a couple of tournaments and I was tired as hell that afternoon, I was able to send him the $30 back and we had $18 in earnings over and above that. Not great, but not ugly either.

So we start today with the account balance at $258 from a $360 start. As of this posting WSOP still has not sent the money to PayPal, but according to somebody in chat from WSOP it is due to arrive today so I can at least start off the day with the $18 available. That's going to wrap this up for now. A bad start but the start really doesn't matter as long as the finish ends up positive and that's what I'm shooting for right now so until next time take, care everyone, and I'll see you at the tables.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Half Year Review

A few comment responses to start things off.

Pokerdogg said:

FD says "I can be out drawn but I cannot be outplayed."

Do you really believe this? I guess this explains why you don't spend time studying and work on your game, you are already the best.

This attitude, IMHO, is not the recipe for success. Even Phil Helmuth, one of the very few successful tournament pro who may say stuff like this in public, I bet he still work on his game and will tell you a different story in private. 

GL as always

It is not often that I do not agree with something that you have commented on but in this particular case Mr. Dogg I disagree with you quite vehemently.  In answer to your question you're damn right I believe that. The fact of the matter is if I don't believe that, if I don't believe that I am the best player in any and all situations that I am in, then I don't belong at those tables. If I walk into the Golden Nugget to play a $70 tournament and I do not have the confidence and attitude that I am the best player in that tournament then I might as well get back on the bus and go home because I do not belong there. The same same goes for online. If I don't go in with the confidence knowing they can't outplay me they can only outdraw me then I never should have entered that tournament in the first place and I might as well shut the laptop off and watch Mash reruns on cable TV because I certainly don't belong in that tournament.

You also assume a lot when you say I am not spending time studying and working on my game. Quite frankly you don't know what I'm doing in regards to this unless you were sitting right here next to me. I am constantly watching videos, checking out forums, trying to find any insight I possibly can. My latest form of study is watching/listening to Daniel Negreanu's Vlog as he has many many many tips for players, goes over hand histories in various forms of Poker and I think it is a valuable valuable tool.

Toodope4u said

So 10nl showed no results at all? I lost chunks on plo bad to play in a budget but 10nl should have resulted in a ltitle gains no?

No I did not. I ended up playing 4 hours and lost like $2.74. I was actually amazed I played as long as I did for as you know I find cash games to be completely boring. Many times rather than play a no limit cash game I'd rather watch paint dry and in this particular case after 4 hours I was sitting at the laptop staring at the screen making my moves like a robotic zombie because there was nothing there to hold my interest. Blinds that don't change, situations that remain constant it almost put me to sleep on more than one occasion.

J Dubs said:

I only know your blog through TBC but lm impressed you can grind such low stakes. If you show some results I'd be willing to stake $100 to play in a few $20 or up tournaments for an agreed upon split. Good luck

Well thank you very much I appreciate the thought of that. Over the last two years on WSOP as far as $20 tournaments go my performance is as follows albeit somewhat limited. Even though the rebuys are $10 they are a total cost of $20 since I always do the immediate rebuy and the $10 KO is also a $20 buy-in total.

$10 NLH KO
6 for 21 / $173.82

$20 NLH Freezeout
8 for 53 / $170.89

$10 NLH Rebuy $1K Gtd
2 for 7 / $171.31

$10 NLH Rebuy $2K Gtd
3 for 18 / ($112.91)

$10 NLH Rebuy $1250 Gtd
4 for 21 / ($13.20)

Obviously I believe that my sample size is far too few for anybody to be willing to stake me to $20 tournaments per se, but as the bankroll grows I will be able to play more and more of these and hopefully be able to improve on the ones that I'm showing losses on and continue making the earnings in the ones that I am showing earnings on.

So on to the half-year review.

February 27th 2017
Bankroll:  $830.68

That was a very pretty sight to see back at the end of February, so where did I go wrong that I am at this very moment in time temporarily busto until Monday. Well first and foremost I can tell you that I was playing $20 tournaments more often than I should have and I was not even adhering to my own personal bankroll rules in playing these. That is one thing that will change in the second half of 2017.

Another issue was too many sporadic shots at live tournaments. Also shots at live tournaments that did not have the structure best suited to me.  Taking sporadic shots at live tournaments is not the way to go. Poker is always about the long-term and even though I can't realistically do a long-term shot live because it just would take too much money and I need a rush of tournaments to build a live bankroll, at the same time I need to give myself a certain number to be played and not in a sporadic sense.  A prime example is for the second half of 2017 and beyond I will not take $45 and end up at Sam's Town in a structure that is not tuned to my game or even take $70 and play a single tournament at the Golden Nugget and instead will wait until I actually have enough money where I can play 10 live tournaments.  They will be at the Golden Nugget where it has the best structure for a $70 tournament in this town. A run of 10 of them may not be very many, but at least it would give me an opportunity to work in a couple of deep runs in there potentially worth hundreds and hundreds of dollars giving me at the very least 10 more shots or maybe even more of those live tournaments to add on to however many buy-ins I might have left out of that initial 10. I think you get the idea. I can't rush it I just have to let it happen naturally and I think I was rushing things in the first half of the year.

There is no doubt that the period of depression that I went through equated to a lot of poor decisions and unwarranted thought processes. Me having suspicions about WSOP is a prime example. I think about that now and the more I think about it the more silly I feel even in my last entry I said I was still a little bit uneasy about going back to WSOP the more and more I think about it the more and more I realize that's a foolish statement. Going over to ACR in that state of depression and playing tournaments that have three and five hour late registrations was asinine. What the hell was I thinking. All three of these things contributed to a steady decline not to mention the post that I did at the end of March which said that I needed to try cash games one more time. During the course of the year I was also playing heads-up SNGs as high as $25,  it did not go well. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Enough said.

So realizing errors made, decisions that shouldn't have been made, the real question is how will I rectify that going forward. Well first and foremost I believe that it would be prudent to make sure that I have the standard 100 buyins for the lowest cost tournament I'm playing which in this case will be the $3 tebuys which cost $6 total which means I need at $600 to have 100 buyins for those before I can even consider playing any $20 tournaments.  Taking sporadic single shots at $20 tournaments online is no better then taking sporadic shots at single Golden Nugget tournaments. You need to give yourself at least a few to play to give yourself a chance to get some deep runs and I think 20 is a nice round number for online. So 20 shots at $20 tournaments would cost $400, not forgetting that I want to have $600 so I have 100 buy-ins of the $3 Deepstack Rebuys in addition to that $400 therefore $20 tournaments cannot be played until I have $1,000 available and then I can make a 20 tournament run at them. Now that may be a little different since I will be in a partnership with "Daniel" for the upcoming month of July and if he really felt that it might be positive EV for us to take a shot in a $20 deepstack okay then I would because it's not just me making these decisions for July, but when I am playing everything on my own dime once again, these rules will be followed religiously.

Now for the part of the entry I have been sincerely dteading. What does that make my goal amount going forward??  Ughhh I don't even want to have to answer this. One thing I noticed was initially back in January my goal was set at $5,000. That was kind of sort of particularly ridiculous. I then reduced it in February down to $4,000 and came to the conclusion that that too was ridiculous period in March I had brought it down to $2,000 and that's where it should have stayed but let's face it March and April we're not exactly stellar months in my personal life not to mention psychological well-being, but that's where it should have stayed, but then I ended up lowering it and lowering it and lowering it and then taking shots at a live tournament here and there because $2,000 seemed like it was so far away, but in the end that's what it needs to be, the most reasonable amount when absolutely everything is taken into consideration, but it feels like it's a million miles away and that's why I keep changing and adjusting it, but nonetheless when it comes right down to it my goal has to be $2,000. That will allow me to keep $1,000 online in case my run of 10 live is unsuccessful. It would allow me to return to online and still have a 20 tournament run of $20 tournaments along with the $3 deepstack rebuys and it will give me $1,000 for that run of 10 tournaments at the Golden Nugget.  That will cost $700 and the other $300 will be used for traveling and food expenses and perhaps a limit cash game in between tournaments here and there. There is no doubt it has to be this way and considering I am going to be starting on Monday in a partnership which means any earnings for the month of July I only get half of them it's going to make this $2,000 figure seem like it's billions of miles away, I mean we're talking light-years here, but realizing from the errors of the first half of this year, I don't have any choice.  I don't have to like it, but I don't have any choice in jt. Look where rushing things got me......... nowhere fast.

That's a wrap. Provided no last minute snafus occur "Daniel" is supposed to be sending $180 via PayPal on Monday and then I will deposit the whole $360 onto WSOP the same day. It's a 60 buyin start for the $3 Deepstack Rebuys and I can't wait to get back to work. This not playing poker except for freeeolls is pure hell on earth. So until next time take care everyone and I'll see you at the tables.

Bankroll:  $180
Goal $2000
Progress:  9%