Sunday, April 1, 2018

Poker And Personal The First Three Months of 2018

It's been a good long while since I posted and as a matter of fact I think this is the longest I have gone without posting since I started this blog. A lot of things been going on in my life, poker and personal, so I'll bring you up-to-date. First the poker then the personal.

I only played online for a couple of days in January but long enough for me to drop a quick($70) I did get a $10 bonus and $3 in rakeback for a grand total loss of $57 for the month of January online. I then switched over to exclusively live play, but because  of the chronic pains that I experience I was only able to play four times live on the 8th, 15th, 24th, and 25th for the month of January.  The rest of the days of January I could just tell by how I was feeling I was in no condition  to be traipsing around town at different casinos. Mostly because of the heart affliction I will touch on my transportation to and from casinos had to be by Lyft or Uber and with not a lot of money that I could put aside for that four times in January was all I could play. Those four days were somewhat profitable. Although I lost $140 playing tournaments, at the limit and spread limit cash games I earned $427 and I also earned a $106 straight flush bonus at Sam's Town to add on to that so all in all those four days were pretty profitable for me.

I began the month of February continuing to play live, but only got 5 days on the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 7th and by that time I was really really feeling it bad and realized the morning of the 7th that it was going to be my final day in February for live play. February overall was a definite struggle. For live play ($135) in tournament losses and another ($266) in cash game losses. For the remainder of February I kept to online, but it was a rough month with a total of ($150) in losses at the tables and only one $10 bonus cleared. Year-to-date at the end of February was a total of losses of $205 counting everything and ($197) of that from online play. Not exactly the way I wanted to start off 2018.

So in comes the month of March which began on a much more positive note when I pull down a second-place finish in the very first tournament I played on WSOP in March for a return of $136 so that was a pretty good way to start things off.  As is usual after a very deep run I go through a stretch of not cashing. This has always been the way since I got on WSOP for my first full year on this site in 2016. During the course of that year and tournaments on WSOP alone I earned in the neighborhood of $2,000 so going through long stretches of non cashes after going deep is just typical as on that site I basically run an in the money percentage of about on average 14%.  This time was no different as after the second-place finish I had 1 min cash over the next 18 or 19 tournaments so completely typical.

However something has always nagged at me that why is it that I have such long stretches of non caches. I believe the most I have gone through is 23 straight tournaments, but I just figured that's the nature of things, yet other players that I play against on WSOP and specifically the regs they definitely have a better in the money percentage than me, but could that be because they do multiple buyins in these rebuys and I refuse to do so.

At the same time I watch and subscribe to a few poker vlogs. The two ones that I will make specific are Andrew Neeme who is a cash-game full-time professional player who play as much $5/$10 No Limit and Jeff Boski who is a full-time professional tournament player and something that I noticed in these videos as I watched them as they reported on their games they played and went over hands is that they both whether the cash game or tournament they open raise a much wider variety than I do.

I've always considered myself a very tight and conservative player and for example small and medium pocket pairs. The way I learned it with these hands you want to get in as cheap as humanly possible for the purpose of set mining, but these players open raise these whether it's a cash game or tournament. Ace suited cards as in A8s or A5s they also open these in middle position where for me these have always been an instantaneous fold or limp only depending on the circumstances, but never raised with such things, but when March 14th hit I decided that I would spend the day in the tournaments that I would end up playing to try to open up the range and open up the raising.

I initiated this change on March 14th and for the tournaments that I played from March 1st to March 13th I went 2 for 20 which is 10% in the money and the tournament that I played on WSOP from the 14th to the 31st I went 8 for 35 which is 22% in the money so there is a distinct difference. One could say it's too small of a sample size but overall from when I first started plan on WSOP I hold as I stated before I hold an overall average in the money percentage of only 14%. In order to see if the higher in the money rate is legitimate I will have to see how this does in April, but when all was said and done for the month of March earnings were $143 online. Not great but better than 2018 started off by far. $86 earned in tournaments, $40 in cash games, $22 in rakeback and bonuses, and ($15) lost in SNGs.

So what's ahead for April?? Well you'll notice that I earned $40 in cash games which means I have also been adding a cash game or two to my repertoire. I still don't like playing cash games online and I don't think I ever will like playing cash games online, but if they can add a little buffer to tournament cold runs then I guess I really can't avoid them. So what I'm going to do in April is pretty much what I was doing in the last half of March and that is add a cash game or two at the most to go along with a tournament I'm playing in and when the tournament is over the cash game is over and I'll be able to take a break and then when the next tournament starts up again I'll fire up a couple of more cash game tables. Sometimes it may only be one sometimes it may be two depends on what I feel like. I'll try to get started at 12 noon at the latest and my day will end whenever the last tournament that I am playing that day ends. I can't even give an estimate of goals for hands played because since I'm only playing the cash games while I am also playing a tournament I have no idea how many hands a day I will be playing so for the April goals let's just have one...... make some money.

Personal Update

Now for the person stuff. First of all unfortunately a friendship has come to an end after more than two and a half years. Michelle and I are no longer friends. We have unfriended each other on Facebook we have unfollowed each other on Twitter. Although the situation is not what it once was I will still be respectful and I will simply let my readers know that it was caused by a intense argument that was carried out on Facebook over politics which is no big surprise and certain things were said that can never be taken back. It's sad to see a friendship end, but these things happen. I definitely can be civil to her and I wish her nothing but success and for her future, but the friendship which we had has unfortunately been destroyed. If you ask me it was her actions and I'm sure if you ask her she would say it was mine, but in the end it really is unimportant simply the fact that it happened is.

I believe I touchec on this before, but there has been something definitely wrong with my heart. Walking 30 of 40 steps in your heart racing so fast you have to stop sit down until your heart slows down just so you can do another 30 or 40 steps and repeat the whole process something is definitely wrong.

I visited a cardiologist at the beginning of March and I told the physician's assistant I simply wanted them to prescribe a pill that would slow my heart rate down, but she said that couldn't happened and they ordered me to undergo a couple of tests. The physician's assistant that I dealt with on my initial visit she's a real piece of work. The woman came off as a cross between Heinrich Himmler and Attila the Hun and had all the charm and grace of a spitting cobra. On my very first visit she walks into the examination room, doesn't even say hello, and instead simply looks at me and says "So why are you here?"  Woman's got the personality of a spiny cactus plant.

On March 8th I had a nuclear stress test where they actually inject radioactive material into your body and I'm here to tell you ladies and gentlemen when radioactive material is injected into your body your body has some unfortunate reactions to say the least. They followed that up with an ultrasound of the heart also known as an echocardiogram on the 16th and then on the 28th I went back to the heart doctor, actually the sane physician's assistant and find out what those tests showed. She tells me that my heart is in great shape. I could tell by her reaction she was actually surprised that she was saying this to a 50 year old guy, but she told me there is absolutely no blockages at all. My heart is a bit enlarged because of my weight condition, but that is to be expected and she felt that a lot of this rapid heart rate is because of my weight. She was extraordinary happy that I had lost 28 pounds in the last 3 months and in fact when I told her I wish it could come off faster she even said my weight loss is actually going a little faster than they would like, but all in all keep doing what I'm doing and increase my blood pressure pill twice a day.

The more I think about this cardiologist experience the madder I get. I mean think about it.  I went in and told them I needed a pill that would slow the heart rate down, but they insist that they have to do tests. So they put my body through hell injecting me with radioactive material and then an ultrasound that had a technician pressing down so hard on my rib cage I thought my ribs we're going to snap in two, just to go back for her to tell me to increase to 2 times a day a pill I'm already taking.  I mean hello this is what I wanted and asked you people for in the first place you half-wits!! It's so frustratingly irritating to say the least that I just want to punch a hole in a wall, preferably a hole in their wall at their office, but of course law enforcement would take a dim view of this so let us not go down that road shall we.

The most major personal update is that on Christmas Eve I was found by an older half sister of mine. We have the same father but different mothers and she's someone that I never knew about. Actually it was her best friend that made the initial inquiries and then me and her talked on the phone and we have been talking and texting almost constantly since Christmas Eve learning about each other, me providing information about her father side of the family that she has always craved but had no way of knowing. I have to tell you it's kind of cool when I can refer to someone as my sister and also getting to know some of my nieces. I grew up an only child so I never thought I would have nephews or nieces. I also have another half-sister who I have maybe spoken to three times in 30 years. Yeah dad was a tomcat when he was younger God Rest his soul and over the years I've been just like my dad just no kids. I was always very careful about that.

That's going to wrap this one up. My bankroll online is a little over $550, more than enough for the $3 deepstack rebuys that I am playing and even a few $5 ones tossed in. When I get paid in April I'm thinking I might get myself out at least one or two days during the month for some live tournament action, but we will see about that. Sorry this entry has been so long in coming and I will try to be more consistent, but the heart situation that I was going through was taking up a lot of me and I just wasn't into writing the blog. Till next time take care everyone and I'll see you at the tables.


  1. Good to hear you're still alive and kickin', FD! Also, I just noticed you have an extra "h" in flush. Story?


  2. Glad to hear you're surviving. Typo..."4:20 which is 10%"?