Thursday, 26 February 2009

Run goot!

Feel really good today even though I could be in the office until a sick hour trying to finish a bastard of a project that needs to be finished by the end of the week. Why I hear you ask? Well not only did I get a comment from the famous Junglecat off blonde but I destroyed some tablez last night on teh online pokerz.

I'm a big Chelsea fan and got home at like 8 with the intention of watching the game but decided to watch it whilst one tabling (yes - 1 table, lol). I raised the cutoff with J8hh at 0.25/0.50 and got a call in the big blind. the Jack high flop with two hearts looked sweet like tropicana but my oppo led, I obv raised and he reraised so small I knew he had a set. I shoved it in knowing what he had but I don't see I have too much choice there as I guess he can have something like AQhh or an oddly played QQ type hand which he will either lay down or I'm more than happy to flop against. In retrospect I doubt he re-raises so small with these hands. The second jack came on the turn housing oppo up but still giving me a few outs which meant it was going in anyway but I really really hate losing money to the regs on 25p50p on Crypto because they are all pretty pants and I'd rather get donked by a non reg coming to spew off his wages than the regs who have no game apart from nit-poker. At least the donks give it back more easily and the occasional win stays in the ol' memory banks so they come back to keep donating.

I put £100 into a £.50/1 table and raised to £3 in 2nd position with AA. Small blind makes it £13. (weee!) Big blind calls (- slight boner now!!). I make it 38 and SB ships. Unfortunately I can't hold vs his AK as two kingballs hit the flop. Must be nice.

I was obviously disappointed to start the night off badly but playing poker a little less makes me more determined now when I do play. I didn't tilt and deposited £400 more and joined 2 full ring £1/2 tables as the lineups included like 0 cash regs from the £1/2 6-max games who for the most part actually play pretty good on Crypto. The only familiar faces were one or two of the MTT regs who usually play horrible in cash. One guy quickly runner runnered me when I 3-bet him pre with A6ss. (He opened cut off I raised button). Flop came 863 and he called a big shell on the flop and a bigger one on the 4 turn to hit the 7 on the river and checked to me. I checked behind and he shows 55.

I then proceeded to just control both tables for the next few hours. I was being allowed to rob everyone blind and just ran over people for the most part. Subsequently people stacked off to me a little lighter than they would anyone else on the table too which helped but that's usually the case when I play as I'm more lag than most but seem to have patched a few leeks and don't spew in many spots at all. Cut a long story short I came off the tables at midnight with £400 and £950 for a profit on the night of a tad under £1k.

I'm probably boring now but thanks to people who are writing comments on the blog. Without constant feedback I really think I would have packed it in already and I feel they really do help me.

Yorkshire Pud - I have a mate who is a personal trainer and I know loads about training myself so let me know if you want me to come up with some form of programme for you to try and follow?

Plan for the time being is to keep playing £.25/50 and if I play any higher it will only be full ring where there's far less variance and the players are far worse. Will only be playing 6-max when properly bankrolled.


Tuesday, 24 February 2009


You will understand the title in a moment but a bit of background first...

Since mid-december and all the Christmas holidays I kinda slumped off going to the gym. Anyone who does weight training will know how quickly you can undo a lot of hard work. I think the actual term for it is reversability or something like that.

This basically sums up my situation as since mid-december I can't have made more than 10 or so trips to the gym and my strength etc has suffered as a result. The more you stay away and the less motivation you have to go back.

I'm not going to stop though because I was finally getting into really good shape before Xmas and I know it won't take me too long to get back there. It didn't help that my mate who I train with went off travelling for four months either.

When I train I tend to eat like a horse and unfortunately I've kept this up the last few months since not really training. I now weigh 85kg which is my heaviest for a while. When I was in Nottingham I lost a bit of weight without even realising it...pretty easy to do when most days I was eating one meal a day - in the casino. Anyway on sunday, my nan commented to me - 'you look fat today'. Coming from a woman who is 5 foot 2 and almost 18 stone I knew I had to get into gym gear again, fast!

As of right now I am 86kg and have set myself the target to lose 6kg by the end of April. That's only 2 months away and is actually quite a lot of weight for me to drop considering I will be taking my protein shakes again daily and weight training again which means I will gain some weight that way. To make sure I do this I will transfer £50 to anyone who reads this blog if I fail to meet my target my the end of April. (Just post in comments section to be included). I'm capping it at 20 people cos I don't wanna shell out more than £1k if I lose but want it to be enough to make sure that none of you bastards get a penny of my hard de-generated cash.

In the meantime I will be putting in a session of teh online pokerz tonight (=babysitting) whilst my olds are at my little sisters parents evening and will go to the gym for a shoulders and tris session later on.


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Sunday, 22 February 2009

New Goals

This week has been pretty good for me despite finishing on a bad note today. As far as bankroll management goes, there's still so much room for improvement but things are getting much better.

I managed to stay playing small at £.25/50 and made 10 buy ins at peak. Only played 3 or 4 sessions of a few hours each but was playing really good and the opposition at this level is just incapable of giving any problems. It's just kinda easy.

This morning however I undid some of my good work. I was playing a $.50/1 omaha game and lost a $400 pot when I had doubled up my stack to $200 through lots of smallish pots. With AK94 double suited on a K74 2club flop when I also had nut clubs. Unfortunately I ran into KK and missed. It was raised by villain pre utg and called round except for one player and I made up the rest in the BB. Should I have passed pre? I check raised a pot bet of 15 dollars with 2 callers and then was committed even though he pretty much had to have KK there. sigh. Need to stay away from omaha until I'm rolled for it. Plus such a high variance game may not be something I should be playing when I tilt so easily and there are so many more instances where you are playing for stacks in omaha than hold em and you're never normally a huge favourite like in hold em.

After I lost that pot I jumped straight into 2 £1/2 games and immediately ran one huge bluff in a 3 way 3-bet pot. It was a good start but I shoulda avoided a silly spot like that straight off the bat. Then on the other table I picked up Aces and made it £24 following a raise to £6. The 47x flop was checked to me and I checked behind to induce overpairs to fire the turn as my line looks like AK /AQ the 2 of hearts rolled off on the turn and my opponent overbet pot and I got it in immediately as I was sure he had an overpair like 99-JJ and committed himself. He had 56hh and binked the 8 ball on the river to set me back a bit further. I didn't tilt but was annoyed that I had undone much of this week's grinding.

I had the sense to log off and immediately cashed out my roll so that I don't play anymore today. I'm gonna go to the gym and chill before a busy week of work starts on monday. *Sigh*

+£250 for the week still not too shabby under my current effort of playing to a roll etc.

I'm gonna set some new goals as they have changed a bit from the beginning of the year:

--To play no higher than £.25/50p online until I have made 100 buy ins.

--To implement a stop loss of 2 buy ins in any one session and 4 on any day.

--Not gonna play any GUKPTs just because I can even though I was intending to enter one or two this year. I plan on playing a few of the 3-2-1's at DTD and the Greek Festival.

That's about it for now. Best not to overcomplicate things.

As always, comments appreciated.


Thursday, 19 February 2009

My Room 101 (Edit:Part 1)

Just felt like doing a non-poker related post and what better than a few of my own pet hates...


Wtf is the point of buying a 10k car and then spending £20k+ sooping(sp?) it up. For that sort of money you can buy a properly awesome car and not look like a nobhead who has to deal coke to buy it!

2) Bad handshakes

Its horrible when someone shakes your hand and they have a horrible moist palm. urgh fck off!

It's even worse when you go to shake a blokes hand and they give you one of those poncy non firm handshakes like they are a woman. I can't fcking stand that. Be a man you phag!

3) Modern Art.

I was watching a programme recently where some of the work of a modern artist was being showcased and i thought wow what utter shit that is. Then they say the price of the stuff and I'm gobsmacked. How can some talentless twonk who hasn't even brushed his hear wearing yellow trousers and a top that's too small invent some airy shit about the meaning of his work and then sell half a carrot splashed with paint for more money than most people earn in a year?

The pic is actually a piece by Damien Hurst, a man who sold £100 million worth of stuff at Sotherby's in the last few years. Credit to the guy if he's getting people to buy shite like that. Must be nice for those buyers who have more money than sense.

Gonna have to cut this blog short as my ole man needs the laptop but will do a part two soon!


Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Donkeys and Horses...beware long post!

Been pretty busy since my last entry. Had a fucking random cough too which decides to surface for the one hour a day immediately after I wake up in the morning until last night when I randomly woke up at 4am and went into a coughing frenzy every time I tried to lie down again. Marvellous.

Took Friday and Monday off work as I had 9 days to take off before the end of March and fancied a long weekend off as I was initially meant to be going to Nottingham for a uni reunion/birthday thingy. Lazyness combined with the fact it was my grandfather's 5 year memorial on sunday meant it didn't happen and I stayed in London.

Friday I went to lunch with my dad and uncles and as usual they came back to my house for some hokay pokay. They are absolute fish but just make a hilarious time of it. They play £10 with rebuys for 30 mins and then blinds go up like mad. My dad gave me the nod to play which he didn't have to do considering I got kicked out of uni cos I was gambling and playing poker rather than studying. He lets me play online now cos he knows I have my life in order now and my priorities straight. I'm also not even thinking about roulette or blackjack anymore and the temptation to go near a table is at sub zero which obviously is good. Even if someone told me to play and were gonna guarantee I win £500 I wouldn't as there couldn't be anything worse. It just leads to more money that gets given back eventually. I was careful not to use the words 'long run' there because your one of the extremely lucky ones if you can hold on to winnings for any sort of sustained period as a player of the Wheel of Doom.

Anyway the very first hand of the first game is a minraise from my dad. I'm insta-putting the luckbox on Aces or Kings (I've never seen someone pick up so many premiums online - if Durrr ran like my old man does but obviously without my dad''s horrendous play he could probably easily add a zero on the end of his roll) as this is always how he likes to milk (=allow people to outdraw him) with nut pairs. I make up in the BB and of course everyone else calls. The KKK flop fits my K7 nicely and I double in two spots vs JJ and A7, yes, A7 lol. I coasted from there and won the first game for about £100 and thought I was gonna make about £300 without having to even give any hand much thought. However, their games are ridic crapshoots with some truly hilarious rules. For example one uncle is so so bad that he is allowed to rebuy whenever he wants after the initial 30 minutes. He's only not allowed to buy back in when it gets about 3 handed. I've still never seen him win a game! In the ensuing two or three crapshoots I began to donate back and played one comical hand against my uncle Mike. It's limped in a few spots and check in the BB. Flop 44K again good for my 48 because someone won't be able to stop themselves doubling me up if they have a King. I check and uncle Mike bets 1000, both playing about 20k. I quickly make it 3.5k and am met with a snap. Nice, I am getting paid! The turn card is a horrible horrible ace. I say horrible not because I think I'm behind but these guys are so bad that they don't consider any action or that my hand never has an ace in it against the action but that I probably have an ace as I've shown strength at some point in the hand. I lead again and my uncles insta-ships. Ok gg uncle. He has A5. River....Aceball! I fell right into the trap there. On the night where 20bbs is deep stacked I finished about even but it was more fun than I've had in a long while playing poker. I'll definitely try and organise some more home games with my mates again.

In other poker news I've not put in many hours at all online. I played sunday night and most of the day monday and that's it. I was at a mates house and we were halves on some cash and donkaments. Finished about £150 up each for the day which shoulda been more but we took plenty of shots in tourneys that just didn't go our way. In the biggest one we played we were 1/11 and got QQ in against 2/11's JJ but it wasn't to be. That was the difference between being up a lot more each but I don't mind. As long as I can resist any temptation and stick with small stakes for the time being I'm happy. It is tempting when you see fish at £1/2 and £2/5 to not deposit and play but I might as well stop playing poker if I'm gonna approach the game like that.

Boldie who I staked £100 as part of a syndicate for horse racing put money on the first horse the other day and he obv shipped! Increased the kitty by more than 25% already. Well done mate! Obviously there's an element of luck to these things but I guess it's more important for his own confidence that the first one was a winner, especially as I guess there's probably more pressure betting with other people's money than your own and I'm assuming it's the first time he's done this.

I think Tom Rutter and James Atkin are playing their events this week and I have small %'s in both. Ship the looot one time!

My 50% in vegaslover on blonde has only just started and we're down a small amount so far but there's obviously a lot of variance with MTTs and he's obv just running a little badly at the moment. Hopefully the results will pick up soon. gl fella.

I know I have a stake somewhere else too but I can't even remember! sigh.

This post has again been written in bits and pieces over the last few days and is probably not even coherent but I'll be taking some time off work soon so hopefully I can write something a bit better and more interesting.

gL at the tables.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Stuck in a rut....

Updates have already slowed down as the novelty of writing a blog has worn off pretty quickly. Not a good sign considering it's only been going about a month.

Things have been going pretty shit at the moment and it's all because of my mindset. When I'm in the right mindset I just know that when I log on I'm going to win $$$$ but at the moment I know that logging on means I'm putting myself up for punishment because I'm playing bad.

I didn't take the HH but here is one example....

6-max £0.5-1 cash game. UTG raises to £4, donk sitting next to him calls. I 3-bet in BB with QQ to £14 and UTG let's the time go down before he makes it £38. I know QQ is never good against this reg as he's a granite. The other thing to take into account is that at these limits if people have AK and decide to 4-bet they tend to do it to commit themselves. Some move in and others make it bigger amounts. This is generally because people at these limits play so bad post-flop that they would rather just get it in and close their eyes with AK. Anyway donk then moves in for £65and I know I have him absolutely crushed so decide to shove myself in the hope that the guy behind has AK and I win the pot. He actually time bank called with KK (see how lol they are?!) and won the pot. I really was angry with myself after this as I don't mind losing pots where my play is ok or getting coolered but donking just generally sparks off one of these ruts where I donk for a few days.

My weekend began with two £10 MTTs - one of which I came 5th in for £80. By the end of the day I had turned the £80 into £900 and was pretty happy as I just put in a mega session of grinding small limits - think I was 6-tabling 25p50p for like 8 hours and had like £100-200 stacks on every table. This was one comedy hand where I just massive overet the river with a royal floooooosh.

Game #7183976853: Hold'em NL (£0.25/£0.50) - 2009/02/07 - 23:28:59 (UK)
Table "Elizeiz" Seat 5 is the button.
Seat 1: Dizzeeeee (£148.89 in chips)
Seat 2: Bumhunter (£93.01 in chips)
Seat 3: Stew09093 (£24.25 in chips)
Seat 5: Chopp11 (£50.14 in chips)
Dizzeeeee: posts small blind £0.25
Bumhunter: posts big blind £0.50
----- HOLE CARDS -----
dealt to Dizzeeeee [Qh Th]
Stew09093: folds
Chopp11: folds
Dizzeeeee: calls £0.25
Bumhunter: raises to £2
Dizzeeeee: calls £1.50
----- FLOP ----- [5s Kh Ad]
Dizzeeeee: checks
Bumhunter: bets £3
Dizzeeeee: calls £3
----- TURN ----- [5s Kh Ad][Jh]
Dizzeeeee: checks
Bumhunter: checks
----- RIVER ----- [5s Kh Ad Jh][Ah]
Dizzeeeee: bets £143.89 and is all-in
Bumhunter: folds
Returned uncalled bets £143.89 to Dizzeeeee
Dizzeeeee: doesn't show hand
Dizzeeeee collected £9.50 from Main pot
----- SUMMARY -----
Total pot £10 Main pot £9.50 Rake £0.50
Board [5s Kh Ad Jh Ah]
Seat 1: Dizzeeeee (small blind) collected £9.50
Seat 2: Bumhunter (big blind) folded on the River
Seat 3: Stew09093 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: Chopp11 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)

I log off for a few hours and decide to hit that ',' mark for the day.

Then this happened and the rut began meaning it didn't take long for me to spin back down again. MEH!

Game #7174801443: Hold'em NL ($1/$2) - 2009/02/07 - 01:31:49 (UK)
Table "TampTamp" Seat 9 is the button.
Seat 1: Alsengo ($192 in chips)
Seat 2: Smith ($414.20 in chips)
Seat 3: Fizban35 ($265.35 in chips)
Seat 4: Stuar2804 ($145.60 in chips)
Seat 5: Johnj0301 ($364.60 in chips)
Seat 6: Doremifa ($44.35 in chips)
Seat 7: anonpd1 ($531 in chips)
Seat 8: Sevensup ($38.90 in chips)
Seat 9: AudiSanne ($60 in chips)
Seat 10: HERO ($160 in chips)
Dizzeeeee: posts small blind $1
Alsengo: posts big blind $2
----- HOLE CARDS -----
dealt to Dizzeeeee [As Kd]
Smith: folds
Fizban35: folds
Stuar2804: folds
Johnj0301: folds
Doremifa: folds
anonpd1: raises to $7
Sevensup: folds
AudiSanne: folds
Dizzeeeee: raises to $26
Alsengo: raises to $192 and is all-in
anonpd1: folds
Dizzeeeee: is all-in $134
Returned uncalled bets $32 to Alsengo
----- FLOP ----- [Ad Qc Jc]
----- TURN ----- [Ad Qc Jc][5h]
----- RIVER ----- [Ad Qc Jc 5h][6s]
----- SHOW DOWN -----
Alsengo: shows [Ah Qd] (Two Pairs, Aces and Queens, Jack high)
Dizzeeeee: shows [As Kd] (A Pair of Aces, King high)
Alsengo collected $324 from Main pot
----- SUMMARY -----
Total pot $327 Main pot $324 Rake $3
Board [Ad Qc Jc 5h 6s]
Seat 1: Alsengo (big blind) showed [Ah Qd] and won ($324) with Two Pairs, Aces and Queens, Jack high
Seat 2: Smith folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: Fizban35 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: Stuar2804 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: Johnj0301 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: Doremifa folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: anonpd1 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: Sevensup folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: AudiSanne (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 10: Dizzeeeee (small blind) showed [As Kd] and lost with A Pair of Aces, King high

[ ] my opponent played this well.

I know you may be thinking this is just a cooler on my part but apart from losing one other £400 hold em pot when I got JJ in against 66 on a J86 flop for him to hit diamond diamond and make a flush I was really not happy with my play. I was being a pay off wizard far too often, actually scrap that, all the time(!) and just doing everything badly. Where it would normally take me minutes to lose large chunks of cash after coolers like this I was realising i was on tilt and managing to log off before hemorraging too much money - though not for long. Sigh.

Since then I decided I'm going to do more staking as hopefully other people won't make as much of a hash with my money as I do lol!

Along with Longy from BlondePoker I have 50% of VegasLover in a long term STT deal which set me back about $300. I also have 10% of James Atkin in a few events in Birmingham he's playing soon and 5% of Tom Rutter in the next GUKPT main event. I've never met the other two but Tom was a mate when I was at uni in Notts and I know he has an absolutely terrific game so was more than happy to get a slice. Just a shame it came at the wrong time for me money-wise otherwise I woulda bought 20% ish. Likewise I have £100 worth of shares in Boldie's horse betting syndicate as he seems to have a pretty good knowledge and track record to more than back it up. When I get paid in two weeks I'm also staking another friend in an MTT deal.

Let's hope one of these fish can win me some monies!!

In the meantime I have friday and monday off - I will be relaxing having a break from poker playing though I intend to do some reading. Need to start on Tommy Angelo's elements of poker and I'll also be hitting the gym really hard as this week has been a bit disappointing on the gym front.

I offered a fish named Amatay (some of you might have heard of him) a prop bet on who can do the most press ups at the next blonde bash as shock surprise no-one took me up on my last post offer of a prop bet. Apparently he writes a blog too though I doubt any of you read it. The fish is yet to get back to me - Amafish I'm waiting buddy!

Also looking forward to this months pay...on top of my usual salary I'm getting my bonus and hopefully my tax rebate which I still need to ring up and sort out the exact amount though defo in the region of £1500-2k so a bumper month could mean I just deposit £3-5k and just start playing straight in at £.50-1 correctly rolled which I would be ok with as I don't mind playing this limit and it's easy as fck. Having a proper roll amount on the site should eliminate any implied tilt either.

Wow this post got pretty meaty for someone who started with his intentions of stopping! Maybe not just yet.

As always comments are appreciated as I really do like the feedback.

gL at the tables.

Friday, 6 February 2009


I'm gonna keep this one short and sweet as it's friday and I'm about to go out but I wanna do a prop bet...

Now the prop bet can be me vs you or just you betting against me doing something.

It can be poker or non-poker related.

Willing to do anywhere between £100 and £1000.

If anyone wants to take me up on it let me know.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Had over a +£1k day whilst playing only 5p10p!

Ok slightly misleading....the over +£1k day wasn't from poker...

I got a letter from the Inland Revenue telling me I've been paying too much tax since I started working in April so I'm due somewhere between £1k and £2k back soon. Weeeeeee.

Work has been kinda shit lately... i was even in the office from 1-8:30 on Sunday. I was one of three people in the entire building that day, the only one on my floor and the only one in past 5pm. My job is ok but since I moved department I have a boss who must be the grumpiest man alive and we have absolutely nothing in common. It makes a huge difference to work ethic and morale when you're getting praise and encouragement - unfortunately he does neither. I could probably find the cure to cancer beneath my desk and he would find it hard to muster something resembling happyness or god forbid a 'well-done'. The journey home was a nightmare and took me two fucking hours so it was nice to wake up on monday to see it was snowing like mad and there was my sunday back and a 4-day week. Ship.

I played some poker...I know I said I wouldn't but realised I was like 150 mpps from the next bonus so it woulda been like throwing money away to not play it out. I have played nothing higher than 25p50p and quite honestly I played atrociously to be even though I had a winning session last night chalking up an easy ton against a reg who I had position on and floated/robbed all night and a terrible donk who seemed to think I had trash every hand and was calling me down with Ace high. I wasn't even tempted at any point since my last entry to play higher than this. I don't know how or why but hopefully it will continue.

I actually wrote all of the above about 4 days ago and I've just been too crazy busy to finish off my post properly. Now it just looks like a random mish mash but I'll try and fill the gap quickly on the last few days before I am back on track and at full on blogging potential. Sorry for the gay numbered bullet points.

1) Chelsea are shit. I used to have a season ticket back in the days when our team wasn't as good but we played good football and stamford bridge actually had an atmosphere. I've been 3 or 4 times this season, like at Chelsea vs Arsenal paying £50quid a ticket to sit and watch a bunch of overpaid w*nkers who care more about their hair than winning games. We weren't good enough against Liverpool and although Lampard's sending off was disgraceful it wouldn't have made much difference. Wow so we coulda drawn 0-0,woopty doo. Man Utd woulda been quaking at our one point. The league is theirs, all locked up now. I won't be paying to go to the Bridge any time soon either - I resent it. Not til things change.

2) I've had a new cousin - little George was born on tuesday morning. Unfortunately my uncle and auntie live quite far so will have to wait for the weekend to make a visit.

3) I've been to the gym every night this week - its going well and I'm beginning to regain a bit of strength. My benching was poor the other night, not managing to rep any more than 85kg but I've started doing fitness before jumping into the weights room and its draining me as I've never really bothered with fitness before.

4)I'll also be getting a small bonus from work - somewhere between 3-6% of my annual salary which is gonna make for a good few months on the bank account considering I'm due money back from tax and my wages too.

5)I played poker once this week - putting in a 4 hour session after my gym session last night. I was only 2 tabling as I was watching some telly too (- what a joke ITV are btw - missing out the goal because they randomly put adverts on after 118 minutes - I woulda been mightily pissed off if I watched the whole two hours. Luckily putting myself through pain and risk of injury at the gym was a 10x more exciting prospect than watching liverpool). Anyway - I won about 8 buy ins on 25p50p and was never in a difficult spot. I made one bad calldown with 33 on a 99685 board to be shown 77 but other than that it was plain sailing. More importantly to me at the moment is not feeling any urge or temptation to play higher and immediately take shots with 2 buy ins until i hit self destruct mode. I won't let this happen!

I think genuinely the comments I've received on here and from members on blonde have really helped and I'm glad I've started this blog.

Hopefully my next post will be less rushed and a far more coherent all-in one piece.

In the meantime I will leave those of you who haven't seen with the story that JOHN TERRY IS SUING THE NHS! Click here