Poker Through the Eyes of an Amateur

January 31, 2007

Why The Hell Do I Even Play This Game?

Tonight I signed up to play in the Mookie. I wanted to have a good time playing with fellow bloggers that I haven't seen in a while. Of course, I got four outered on the river before the first hour was even half over, which is exactly how poker has been going for me for two weeks. I've lost about $300 so far to bad beats. I need to stop betting when I'm ahead. It's clearly a losing strategy.

January 20, 2007


I like playing stellar poker for 4 hours, being in the top 20 in chips heading to the bubble, and then getting three outered for my entire stack twenty spots from the bubble.

It's fun.

January 17, 2007

{Long String Of Expletives}

Two outered FIVE TIMES in one session. Lost 1/7 of my bankroll. It may be more than a week before I get back to the blogger games.

January 16, 2007

Running Ok

I'm still building the bankroll, slowly but steadily. I'm currently around $350. I would be over $400, but an ATM at my table last night three outered me on the river. What can you do? Unfortunately, he gave all my money away to someone else before I could get it back. I hate when that happens. I think that once my bankroll hits $425, I will move it off of AP and join my fellow bloggers back on Full Tilt and Pokerstars. Hopefully it won't take me too long. I miss playing in the blogger tournaments; those are always a ton of fun, regardless of the outcome. I also like how the SNGs fill up much faster at Tilt and Stars. At AP, you can be waiting for a long time for a SNG to fill up if you're playing anything other than NL Hold'em.

Hopefully this year is treating the rest of you well. I look forward to playing with everyone in the Mookie hopefully by next week. I think that's a reasonable amount of time to make $75 more and get my bankroll moved to the other sites. Good luck to everyone this week!

January 10, 2007

My Best Laydown

Stage #541392054: Holdem No Limit $0.25 - 2007-01-10 22:38:59 (ET)
Table: NAPERVILLE (Real Money) Seat #6 is the dealer
Seat 6 - MIKEY22888 ($38.15 in chips)
Seat 1 - WAREGLE83 ($27.55 in chips)
Seat 2 - KAELLINN18 ($25.75 in chips)
Seat 4 - 904DUVAL ($91.65 in chips)
Seat 5 - MR FURIO ($27.80 in chips)
WAREGLE83 - Posts small blind $0.10
KAELLINN18 - Posts big blind $0.25
Dealt to KAELLINN18 [Kh Kc]
904DUVAL - Folds
MR FURIO - Calls $0.25
MIKEY22888 - Folds
WAREGLE83 - Raises $0.40 to $0.50

min raise from sb?

KAELLINN18 - Raises $2 to $2.25

let's see where I am

MR FURIO - Calls $2
WAREGLE83 - Raises $4 to $4.50

this smells like aces

KAELLINN18 - Calls $2.25
MR FURIO - Calls $2.25
*** FLOP *** [Qs 6s 6c]
WAREGLE83 - All-In $23.05

gotta be aces

KAELLINN18 - Folds
MR FURIO - Folds
WAREGLE83 - returned ($23.05) : not called
*** SHOW DOWN ***
WAREGLE83 - Shows [Ac As] (Two Pair, aces and sixes)

good read, me

WAREGLE83 Collects $12.85 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot($13.50) | Rake ($0.65)
Board [Qs 6s 6c]
Seat 1: WAREGLE83 (small blind) collected Total ($12.85) All-In HI:($12.85) with Two Pair, aces and sixes [Ac As - P:As,P:Ac,B:6s,B:6c,B:Qs]
Seat 2: KAELLINN18 (big blind) Folded on the FLOP
Seat 4: 904DUVAL Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 5: MR FURIO Folded on the FLOP
Seat 6: MIKEY22888 (dealer) Folded on the POCKET CARDS

January 08, 2007

Back To Cash

With my third place finish in the rebuy tournament this weekend, my bankroll reached $200, which is where I wanted it to be to start taking a shot at $25NL. I figured I would play a couple of $25NL tables, and if I lost two or three buy-ins, I would go back to playing SNGs. Well, I played a little bit yesterday and ended just a couple of dollars in the green. I played more today, and now I am up almost two buy-ins. Rock on. I definitely missed the cash game. Here's hoping I can keep up this level of play. Good luck to the rest of you as well!

January 06, 2007

Rebuy Madness On Absolute

On a whim today, I decided to enter a $2 rebuy tournament. I only rebought one time, and at the first break I made a double add on (one of the things I like about the AP rebuy structure). Total investment: $8. Man, I saw some absolutely awful MTT play today, but I guess that's expected at a tournament of this buy-in level. It worked out for me, because I ended up finishing third, more than doubling my bankroll! I sucked out on the final table once or twice, but who doesn't when you go deep in one of these things? I'm very satisfied with my play, and I don't think I would have changed anything that I did. Here's hoping this good run keeps up for the rest of the year!

January 04, 2007

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a great time ringing in the new year. So far mine is off to a good start. I've played only a few games, but I've done well overall so far. I played in a $2 MTT and made it pretty deep, only to have someone call my all in with their underpair when there were two overcards on the board, and I had raised preflop. I had ten outs, but didn't hit.

I have also played a couple of SNGs. In the first one, I ended up placing 3rd. I would have finished higher, but I got sucked out on when I pushed in the final three. Of course, I sucked out in order to get to that spot in the first place, so I can't really say anything. Suffice it to say, I have found a hole in my game.

I'm not sure how much of a hole it really is though. I guess if something is -EV, it's hole so I need to address it. My problem is that I am making plays that are too advanced for the buy-in level that I am currently playing at, and people who don't know any better are calling me down with huge ranges of hands. I am going to need to keep reminding myself that most of these people will not be capable of folding if they have even remotely connected with the board and save the advanced plays for when I've built the bankroll up enough to play at higher buy-ins.

The second SNG I played in, I won outright. In this game, most everything went right for me, and I think I only got lucky one time. My reads were on, and my plays were correct. I was sucked out on a couple of times in the end game, but I was able to rebuild my stack with well-timed aggression. If I can keep up this level of play, then I should be able to build my bankroll no problem. The win in this SNG has increased my bankroll by 33%.

Hopefully I can continue to get a decent ROI% from these SNGs and slowly move up the buy-in ladder. Once I have a sufficient enough bankroll, I will begin to move over to some cash games (when I have enough to play at the $25 level). I hope everyone else is off to a good start this new year. See you on the felt.