Friday, January 28, 2005

Here we go!

My plan is simple, to use this blog to streaghen my poker game. Hopefully it will also entertain and maybe even help others.


GOALS
  • To turn my $1000 bankroll into $5000 by September 1, 2005
  • To advance my skills to where I consistly beat 5/10 limit games and 1/2 no limit games
  • To learn other games such as Omaha and 7 card stud
  • To become a solid tournament player

RULES
  • Play within the 300 X BB (Big Bet) bankroll rule for limit and 1000 X BB (Big Blind) for no limit
  • Play at least 20 hours a week with at least 5 hours of limit
  • Keep acurate track of all winnings and losings

Day 1

I've tried keeping acurate records before, but it made me too focused on short term earning and swings. I will have to work on recording my losses and not dwelling on them. For some reason it is easeir to blow off a loss if I don't record it. I will have to train my brain to let go of the loss when I record it. One way I can do this is to look at my hand histories. This blog will give me a place to do that. I can then see whether the loss was do to bad play on my part or bad luck. I can then work on my play and allow varience to be varience.

I've been playing mostly no limit, and while it has allowed me to build my bankroll from $400 to $1000 (I have also cashed out an additional $500,) I feel I am better suited towards Limit for making money. I just need to get comfortable with it. One thing I am doing is reading Slansky's Small Stakes Hold Em. Hopefully this will help my play. Right now I have active accounts at Apsolute Poker, Ultimate Bet, and Poker Mountain. I have played at many sites so if you want a referal shoot me an email and we can help each other out (got to love bonus money.)


Day 1 Round 1


<>Ok, so here goes my first session. It's at UB (Ultimate Bet) and I am playing 25/50cent Limit. I know my bankroll can handle $1/$2 with no problem, but I need some practice at limit before I move up. I plan to move to 50/$1 very quickly. I won't post all hand histories, just the ones I go to showdown with or if they were otherwise remerable. Hand History in black, my comments in RED.


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Hand #4142989-4636 at Johnston ($.25/$.50 Hold'em)
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Started at 28/Jan/05 12:41:54 <>
TONY51 is at seat 0 with $27.45.
pointblank2 is at seat 1 with $4.65 (sitting out).
lynus06 is at seat 2 with $16.40.
SJP1954 is at seat 3 with $27.30.
kiks is at seat 4 with $10.
jtaylor3 is at seat 5 with $25.
bear46 is at seat 6 with $27.35 (sitting out).
Poorestman is at seat 7 with $23.40.
billmcl2 is at seat 8 with $9.85.
Health3 is at seat 9 with $25.

The button is at seat 7.

<> billmcl2 posts the small blind of $.10.
Health3 posts the big blind of $.25.
kiks posts out of turn for $.25.
jtaylor3 posts out of turn for $.25. <>
TONY51: -- --
lynus06: -- --
SJP1954: -- --
kiks: -- --
jtaylor3: Ad Ah (not bad for my first hand)
Poorestman: -- --
billmcl2: -- --
Health3: -- -- <>

Pre-flop:

<> TONY51 raises to $.50. lynus06 folds. SJP1954
folds. kiks calls. jtaylor3 re-raises to $.75.
Poorestman folds. billmcl2 folds. Health3 folds.
TONY51 calls. kiks calls. <>(right now I like TONY 51)

Flop (board: 3s Ac 6d): <>

TONY51 bets $.25. kiks folds. jtaylor3 calls. (woo hoo, i got trips, no need to let TONY know)

Turn (board: 3s Ac 6d 6c): <>

TONY51 bets $.50. jtaylor3 calls. <>(creaming in my shorts, I should have raised here but)

River (board: 3s Ac 6d 6c 2c):

<> TONY51 bets $.50. jtaylor3 raises to $1. (was able to get at least one in)
TONY51 calls. <>

Showdown:

jtaylor3 shows Ad Ah.

jtaylor3 has Ad Ah Ac 6d 6c: full house, aces full of sixes.

<> TONY51 mucks cards.
(TONY51 has 4c 4s.)
<>Hand #4142989-4636 Summary:

$.30 is raked from a pot of $6.10.

jtaylor3 wins $5.80 with full house, aces full of sixes. (ok, feelin good about limit right now,)





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Hand #4142989-4659 at Johnston ($.25/$.50 Hold'em)
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Started at 28/Jan/05 13:02:16

TONY51 is at seat 0 with $17.30.
amdaily is at seat 1 with $10.05.
lynus06 is at seat 2 with $17.95.
kiks is at seat 4 with $10.55.
jtaylor3 is at seat 5 with $26.20.
bear46 is at seat 6 with $24.30.
Poorestman is at seat 7 with $21.15.
billmcl2 is at seat 8 with $17.15.
Health3 is at seat 9 with $27.65.
The button is at seat 4.

jtaylor3 posts the small blind of $.10.
bear46 posts the big blind of $.25.

TONY51: -- --
amdaily: -- --
lynus06: -- --
kiks: -- --
jtaylor3: Tc Td (the first pocket tens of the session, Slansky says raise)
bear46: -- --
Poorestman: -- --
billmcl2: -- --
Health3: -- --

Pre-flop:

Poorestman folds. billmcl2 folds. Health3 folds.
TONY51 calls. amdaily calls. lynus06 calls. kiks
folds. jtaylor3 raises to $.50. bear46 folds.
TONY51 calls. amdaily calls. lynus06 calls.

Flop (board: Kd Qh 6s):

jtaylor3 bets $.25. TONY51 calls. amdaily folds.
lynus06 calls. (bad bet John)

Turn (board: Kd Qh 6s 8h):

jtaylor3 bets $.50. TONY51 raises to $1. lynus06
calls. jtaylor3 calls. (ding dong, what are you doing John )

River (board: Kd Qh 6s 8h Ad):

jtaylor3 checks. TONY51 bets $.50. lynus06 calls.
jtaylor3 folds.



Showdown:

TONY51 shows 8s 6c. (this dude is a fish, of course fish get lucky)
TONY51 has 8s 6c 6s 8h Ad: two pair, eights and sixes.
lynus06 mucks cards.
(lynus06 has Jc Kc.)


Hand #4142989-4659 Summary:

$.35 is raked from a pot of $7.
TONY51 wins $6.65 with two pair, eights and sixes.
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Hand #4142989-4662 at Johnston ($.25/$.50 Hold'em)
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Started at 28/Jan/05 13:05:45

TONY51 is at seat 0 with $18.95.
amdaily is at seat 1 with $13.25.
lynus06 is at seat 2 with $15.20.
Dollar Bills is at seat 3 with $19.75.
kiks is at seat 4 with $10.30.
jtaylor3 is at seat 5 with $23.95.
bear46 is at seat 6 with $23.30.
Poorestman is at seat 7 with $20.80.
billmcl2 is at seat 8 with $18.40.
Health3 is at seat 9 with $27.65.
The button is at seat 7.

billmcl2 posts the small blind of $.10.
Health3 posts the big blind of $.25.

TONY51: -- --
amdaily: -- --
lynus06: -- --
Dollar Bills: -- --
kiks: -- --
jtaylor3: As Ad (wow again!)
bear46: -- --
Poorestman: -- --
billmcl2: -- --
Health3: -- --

Pre-flop:

TONY51 folds. amdaily folds. lynus06 folds.
Dollar Bills folds. kiks folds. jtaylor3 raises to
$.50. bear46 folds. Poorestman folds. billmcl2
folds. Health3 calls.

Flop (board: Jd Qc 8h):

Health3 bets $.25. jtaylor3 calls.

Turn (board: Jd Qc 8h 6s):

Health3 bets $.50. jtaylor3 raises to $1. Health3
folds. jtaylor3 is returned $.50 (uncalled).



Hand #4142989-4662 Summary:

$.10 is raked from a pot of $2.60.
jtaylor3 wins $2.50. (AA is good to me again)
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Hand #4142989-4664 at Johnston ($.25/$.50 Hold'em)
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Started at 28/Jan/05 13:07:48

TONY51 is at seat 0 with $18.20.
lynus06 is at seat 2 with $15.20.
Dollar Bills is at seat 3 with $19.75.
kiks is at seat 4 with $10.30.
jtaylor3 is at seat 5 with $25.20.
bear46 is at seat 6 with $23.30.
Poorestman is at seat 7 with $21.60.
billmcl2 is at seat 8 with $18.30.
Health3 is at seat 9 with $26.30.
The button is at seat 9.

TONY51 posts the small blind of $.10.
lynus06 posts the big blind of $.25.

TONY51: -- --
lynus06: -- --
Dollar Bills: -- --
kiks: -- --
jtaylor3: 8s As
bear46: -- --
Poorestman: -- --
billmcl2: -- --
Health3: -- --

Pre-flop:

Dollar Bills folds. kiks folds. jtaylor3 calls.
bear46 folds. Poorestman folds. billmcl2 folds.
Health3 folds. TONY51 calls. lynus06 checks.

Flop (board: 4h 6c 3d):

TONY51 checks. lynus06 checks. jtaylor3 bets $.25. (tryin to get info)
TONY51 calls. lynus06 folds.

Turn (board: 4h 6c 3d 7h):

TONY51 checks. jtaylor3 bets $.50. TONY51 calls. (stupid bet John)


River (board: 4h 6c 3d 7h Jh):

TONY51 checks. jtaylor3 checks.



Showdown:

TONY51 shows Qh 3h. (this dude is killin me)
TONY51 has Qh 3h 4h 7h Jh: flush, queen high.
jtaylor3 mucks cards.
(jtaylor3 has 8s As.)


Hand #4142989-4664 Summary:

$.10 is raked from a pot of $2.25.
TONY51 wins $2.15 with flush, queen high.
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Hand #4142989-4670 at Johnston ($.25/$.50 Hold'em)
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Started at 28/Jan/05 13:13:10

TONY51 is at seat 0 with $21.65.
SUITED_UP is at seat 1 with $23.25.
lynus06 is at seat 2 with $14.20.
Dollar Bills is at seat 3 with $23.15.
kiks is at seat 4 with $8.55.
jtaylor3 is at seat 5 with $23.70.
bear46 is at seat 6 with $24.20.
Poorestman is at seat 7 with $20.10.
billmcl2 is at seat 8 with $17.80.
Health3 is at seat 9 with $25.80.
The button is at seat 6.

Poorestman posts the small blind of $.10.
billmcl2 posts the big blind of $.25.

TONY51: -- --
SUITED_UP: -- --
lynus06: -- --
Dollar Bills: -- --
kiks: -- --
jtaylor3: Ts Th (tens again)
bear46: -- --
Poorestman: -- --
billmcl2: -- --
Health3: -- --

Pre-flop:

Health3 folds. TONY51 calls. SUITED_UP folds.
lynus06 folds. Dollar Bills folds. kiks calls.
jtaylor3 raises to $.50. bear46 folds. Poorestman
folds. billmcl2 folds. TONY51 calls. kiks calls.


Flop (board: 8s Ad 4s):

TONY51 checks. kiks checks. jtaylor3 bets $.25. (not a great bet)
TONY51 calls. kiks calls.

Turn (board: 8s Ad 4s Kc):

TONY51 checks. kiks checks. jtaylor3 bets $.50.
TONY51 calls. kiks folds.

River (board: 8s Ad 4s Kc 9c):

TONY51 bets $.50. jtaylor3 calls.



Showdown:

TONY51 shows 8d 9h. ( had the asshole till the river)
TONY51 has 8d 9h 8s Ad 9c: two pair, nines and eights.
jtaylor3 mucks cards.
(jtaylor3 has Ts Th.)


Hand #4142989-4670 Summary:

$.20 is raked from a pot of $4.60.
TONY51 wins $4.40 with two pair, nines and eights.
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Hand #4142989-4687 at Johnston ($.25/$.50 Hold'em)
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Started at 28/Jan/05 13:29:27

TONY51 is at seat 0 with $22.65.
SUITED_UP is at seat 1 with $29.10.
lynus06 is at seat 2 with $20.70.
Dollar Bills is at seat 3 with $20.95.
kiks is at seat 4 with $6.20.
jtaylor3 is at seat 5 with $22.05.
atmsteve is at seat 6 with $15.05.
Poorestman is at seat 7 with $19.65.
billmcl2 is at seat 8 with $11.95.
playbetter is at seat 9 with $14.75.
The button is at seat 5.

atmsteve posts the small blind of $.10.
Poorestman posts the big blind of $.25.

TONY51: -- --
SUITED_UP: -- --
lynus06: -- --
Dollar Bills: -- --
kiks: -- --
jtaylor3: Ts Th (wholy shit batman)
atmsteve: -- --
Poorestman: -- --
billmcl2: -- --
playbetter: -- --

Pre-flop:

billmcl2 folds. playbetter calls. TONY51 calls.
SUITED_UP folds. lynus06 calls. Dollar Bills folds.
kiks folds. jtaylor3 raises to $.50. atmsteve (still have faith in Slansky)
calls. Poorestman folds. playbetter calls. TONY51
calls. lynus06 calls.

Flop (board: 9c 2s 3c):

atmsteve checks. playbetter bets $.25. TONY51
calls. lynus06 calls. jtaylor3 raises to $.50.
atmsteve folds. playbetter re-raises to $.75.
TONY51 folds. lynus06 folds. jtaylor3 calls. (what 2 pair? set? surly not a flush draw)

Turn (board: 9c 2s 3c Kh):

playbetter bets $.50. jtaylor3 calls. (what does this guy have?)

River (board: 9c 2s 3c Kh 4d):

playbetter bets $.50. jtaylor3 calls.



Showdown:

playbetter shows 6c Kc.
playbetter has 6c Kc 9c Kh 4d: a pair of kings.
jtaylor3 mucks cards.
(jtaylor3 has Ts Th.)
(shit, guy raises on a flush draw and hits a King, MF)

Hand #4142989-4687 Summary:

$.30 is raked from a pot of $6.75.
playbetter wins $6.45 with a pair of kings.
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Hand #4142989-4689 at Johnston ($.25/$.50 Hold'em)
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Started at 28/Jan/05 13:31:00

TONY51 is at seat 0 with $21.15.
SUITED_UP is at seat 1 with $31.10.
lynus06 is at seat 2 with $19.95.
Dollar Bills is at seat 3 with $20.95.
kiks is at seat 4 with $6.20.
jtaylor3 is at seat 5 with $19.30. (now i'm getting a little anxious, I so want my 1st outing to be in the black)
atmsteve is at seat 6 with $14.55.
Poorestman is at seat 7 with $19.30.
billmcl2 is at seat 8 with $11.95 (sitting out).
playbetter is at seat 9 with $18.20.
The button is at seat 7.

playbetter posts the small blind of $.10.
TONY51 posts the big blind of $.25.

TONY51: -- --
SUITED_UP: -- --
lynus06: -- --
Dollar Bills: -- --
kiks: -- --
jtaylor3: 6s As
atmsteve: -- --
Poorestman: -- --
playbetter: -- --

Pre-flop:

SUITED_UP folds. lynus06 calls. Dollar Bills folds.
kiks folds. jtaylor3 calls. atmsteve folds.
Poorestman calls. playbetter calls. TONY51 raises
to $.50. lynus06 calls. jtaylor3 calls. (this tony guy again)
Poorestman calls. playbetter calls.

Flop (board: 3d 5s 4d):(open ended straight draw, I never hit them)

playbetter checks. TONY51 bets $.25. lynus06 folds.
jtaylor3 calls. Poorestman raises to $.50.
playbetter folds. TONY51 re-raises to $.75.
jtaylor3 calls. Poorestman calls. (do i have pot odds here,,, i should hope so)
Turn (board: 3d 5s 4d Js):

TONY51 bets $.50. jtaylor3 calls. Poorestman folds. (now i'm really worried about my buy in - but I do have the flush draw as well)


River (board: 3d 5s 4d Js 2h): (cool hit my straight)

TONY51 bets $.50. jtaylor3 raises to $1. TONY51
calls. (thanks tony)



Showdown:

jtaylor3 shows 6s As.
jtaylor3 has 6s 3d 5s 4d 2h: straight, six high.
TONY51 mucks cards.
(TONY51 has Ac Ad.) (poor tony)


Hand #4142989-4689 Summary:

$.35 is raked from a pot of $7.75.
jtaylor3 wins $7.40 with straight, six high.
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Hand #4142989-4696 at Johnston ($.25/$.50 Hold'em)
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Started at 28/Jan/05 13:37:38

TONY51 is at seat 0 with $15.80 (sitting out).
doerf99 is at seat 1 with $24.50.
lynus06 is at seat 2 with $19.80.
Dollar Bills is at seat 3 with $20.60.
kiks is at seat 4 with $4.55.
jtaylor3 is at seat 5 with $22.45. (still 2.55 down)
atmsteve is at seat 6 with $13.20.
Poorestman is at seat 7 with $17.80.
billmcl2 is at seat 8 with $11.95 (sitting out).
playbetter is at seat 9 with $24.55.
The button is at seat 6.

Poorestman posts the small blind of $.10.
playbetter posts the big blind of $.25.

doerf99: -- --
lynus06: -- --
Dollar Bills: -- --
kiks: -- --
jtaylor3: Ah Qd
atmsteve: -- --
Poorestman: -- --
playbetter: -- --

Pre-flop:

doerf99 calls. lynus06 folds. Dollar Bills folds.
kiks calls. jtaylor3 raises to $.50. atmsteve
folds. Poorestman folds. playbetter re-raises to
$.75. doerf99 calls. kiks folds. jtaylor3 calls. (great what have i done)


Flop (board: Qc 8s 7s):

playbetter bets $.25. doerf99 calls. jtaylor3
calls. (i'm worried about pocket kings or aces here)

Turn (board: Qc 8s 7s 9d):

playbetter checks. doerf99 checks. jtaylor3 bets
$.50. playbetter folds. doerf99 folds. jtaylor3
is returned $.50 (uncalled). (guess not)



Hand #4142989-4696 Summary:

$.15 is raked from a pot of $3.35.
jtaylor3 wins $3.20.
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Hand #4142989-4715 at Johnston ($.25/$.50 Hold'em)
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Started at 28/Jan/05 13:52:43

TONY51 is at seat 0 with $7.10 (sitting out).
doerf99 is at seat 1 with $24.20.
lynus06 is at seat 2 with $20.80 (sitting out).
Dollar Bills is at seat 3 with $19.65.
kiks is at seat 4 with $3.15.
jtaylor3 is at seat 5 with $24.05.
atmsteve is at seat 6 with $12.70.
Poorestman is at seat 7 with $16.05.
Strings74 is at seat 8 with $9.65.
playbetter is at seat 9 with $34.40.
The button is at seat 7.

Strings74 posts the small blind of $.10.
playbetter posts the big blind of $.25.

doerf99: -- --
Dollar Bills: -- --
kiks: -- --
jtaylor3: Kd 8d
atmsteve: -- --
Poorestman: -- --
Strings74: -- --
playbetter: -- --

Pre-flop:

doerf99 folds. Dollar Bills folds. kiks folds.
jtaylor3 calls. atmsteve folds. Poorestman folds. (i don't normally play K8s but hay slansky likes this from late position - yes i know im not in late, but what the hell)
Strings74 calls. playbetter checks.

Flop (board: Js Ad 6d):

Strings74 checks. playbetter checks. jtaylor3 bets
$.25. Strings74 calls. playbetter folds. (for some reason i feel good about this draw)

Turn (board: Js Ad 6d 2d):(woo hoo)

Strings74 bets $.50. jtaylor3 calls. (should i raise here?)

River (board: Js Ad 6d 2d Qh):

Strings74 bets $.50. jtaylor3 raises to $1.
Strings74 calls. ( i think i might have played it right, strings may have folded on turn if i raised, but pays me off here)



Showdown:

jtaylor3 shows Kd 8d.
jtaylor3 has Kd 8d Ad 6d 2d: flush, ace high.
Strings74 mucks cards.
(Strings74 has Jd 7d.)


Hand #4142989-4715 Summary:

$.20 is raked from a pot of $4.25.
jtaylor3 wins $4.05 with flush, ace high.( nice i can end as a winner)
----------------------------------------------------------------
+1.10
Session EndedLocationGameWin/LossTable HoursReal HoursBB / hr$ / hrEit
2005-01-28 1:55pmUltimate BetLong $0.25-0.50$ 1.101.21.21.8$ 0.89
Totals:

$ 1.101.21.21.8$ 0.89

1:15 time
83 hands
37% flops seen



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