Sunday, April 24, 2011

Post 'Black Friday' - The aftermath?

What to do now..
Black Friday. Usually associated with a big after-Thanksgiving sale that happens once a year, with everything going for dirt cheap. Ask any serious online poker player what they think about 'Black Friday' now, and I guarantee you, you'll be met with sad/angry looks and remarks.

Personally, I wasn't affected too badly by Black Friday, seeing as I only possessed several hundred dollars collectively on my online poker accounts, but there are many poker playing friends I have which were hurt badly by this turn of events. One friend of mine just recently signed a lease for a home which he was planning on owning, but because of what happened he no longer has means to pay for it, or even the apartment he currently resides in. I have also read many personal accounts of how this has affected the poker community as a whole, and I must say, that many people will be out jobs and means to make money.

Many people are considering moving out of the US to be able to play online poker, I on the other hand am just going to move back to the live arena. I'll be able to see much less hands an hour, but seeing as it's just a side-income for me, this disaster hasn't struck me as badly as others.

Now some links:
Online players - before and after! - A thread on 2p2 that makes light of the entire situation
US poker sites charged with illegal gambling - Thread from Black Friday to now about the situation

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Update: Im seriously ridiculously busy

Not impressed.
I've been so swamped with work and school that I'm finding it harder and harder to keep up with my self-imposed challenge. I'm still pushing for it, but from the rate I'm going, I'm not coming anywhere close. Next time I attempt a challenge such as this, I should set better/realistic limitations, but don't take this post as me throwing in the towel, I'm going to get as close to the 1000USD as possible. Believe me.

Other news: A friend of mine put out three songs, which I highly recommend if you're into the indie-rock kind of thing. Check it out here: HERE!

Well I have work in the morning, but I'll try to squeeze out a big session of poker before/after, and I'll let you all know how it goes. Maybe I'll pick out a couple hands that you can my train of thoughts, etc, etc.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Days 4-6 - Busy with work

I've been playing, just busy with work. UPDATE LATER!

Update: I don't have my graphs or screens, being that I'm on my work computer, but it's more of the same. Nothing spectacular going on, but I AM making progress, even if just very little. There are so many spots where I am getting the money in as much as a 90% favorite, but still getting sucked out on. It feels good knowing I'm doing the right thing and making the right moves, but it's pretty demoralizing knowing I'm losing anyways.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Day 2&3 - I run like SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIT.

I hate this game.

The last two days haven't been too good, I'm down about 34USD, and it's not from playing bad. I'm running way under EV, losing every big pot I'm getting into, and it's really cutting into my time constraint. Definitely need to put in way more hands.


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Day 1 - Off to an okay start!

6 Tables, yay
 So to start day one of this challenge which I imposed upon myself, I decide to run a session of 6 tabling 5NL(.02-.05 blinds). Of all the disciplines of poker, I would consider shorthanded NLHE my speciality, so running this session wouldn't be anything difficult, barring severe streaks of bad luck.

Yay graphs!
The session turns out to be pretty alright, I win what I'm supposed to win, I lose what I'm supposed to lose, pretty standard. But to reach my  goal I'm going to have to pick it up, so next session I'm going to add at LEAST 4 more tables to try and reach that goal faster. Remember, volume, volume, volume. As long as I can keep the trend of good play, and not tilting off money, I should be able to pick up steam, and come close to this challenge around the second week of this month.

Found a HUGE fish
EDIT: Ran another session today, and since its a part of today Ill just post the graph for it here:

Friday, April 1, 2011

A new month, a new challenge.

The start of the month
Since it is the beginning of the month, I decided it would be an appropriate time to start a challenge I've seen floating around for quite some time. The challenge is to run up a modest amount of money(In my case 100USD) into a respectable size(1000USD for this challenge), and the challenge is to prove that a plenty of volume and proper bankroll management is more than enough to make money at the game of poker, provided you have the skill to play at the stakes you're in.

I'm probably going to do a mix of full ring and 6-max tables, depending how I feel for the day, maybe throw in the occasional value tournament, and we shall see how this bad boy goes!

So some check boxes!
[]1000USD by the end of the month
[]At least 1000 hands a day
[]Stay within bankroll(at least 20 Buy-ins for the limit im playing)
[]Don't tilt off all the money!
[]Play well!