Friday, 22 January 2010


Last 12 of 600 runner $25k.

Full Tilt Poker Game #17824685339: $25,000 Guarantee (130339196), Table 43 - 2000/4000 Ante 500 - No Limit Hold'em - 20:36:23 ET - 2010/01/22
Seat 1: BadforYa (219,902)
Seat 3: pantherfan8 (78,380)
Seat 4: pmshoww (140,672)
Seat 5: lord just (128,096)
Seat 6: GreekStein (117,059)
Seat 7: VOVO_LEO (160,391)
BadforYa antes 500
pantherfan8 antes 500
pmshoww antes 500
lord just antes 500
GreekStein antes 500
VOVO_LEO antes 500
GreekStein posts the small blind of 2,000
VOVO_LEO posts the big blind of 4,000
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to GreekStein [Qh Qs]
BadforYa raises to 9,898
pantherfan8 folds
pmshoww folds
lord just folds
GreekStein raises to 24,777
VOVO_LEO folds
DiAragao (Observer): VAMO VOVO VAMOOO
BadforYa raises to 172,000
GreekStein calls 91,782, and is all in
BadforYa shows [8s Ad]
GreekStein shows [Qh Qs]
Uncalled bet of 55,441 returned to BadforYa
*** FLOP *** [6h Kc 8h]
*** TURN *** [6h Kc 8h] [6s]
*** RIVER *** [6h Kc 8h 6s] [8d]
BadforYa shows a full house, Eights full of Sixes
GreekStein shows two pair, Queens and Eights
BadforYa wins the pot (240,118) with a full house, Eights full of Sixes
GreekStein stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 240,118 | Rake 0
Board: [6h Kc 8h 6s 8d]
Seat 1: BadforYa showed [8s Ad] and won (240,118) with a full house, Eights full of Sixes
Seat 3: pantherfan8 folded before the Flop
Seat 4: pmshoww folded before the Flop
Seat 5: lord just (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: GreekStein (small blind) showed [Qh Qs] and lost with two pair, Queens and Eights
Seat 7: VOVO_LEO (big blind) folded before the Flop

Monday, 18 January 2010

Battling with Red Pros and New Blog !

Thanks to the Amatay my blog is looking a little sharper and snazzier. Tbh when I gave the fish my password I was expecting gay porn links all over the place but all he's done is said that he's a legend (which I'll leave up for a while longer by way of a thankyou) and obv changed my name slightly - lol. He also signed me up to a twitter account which you can see on the right but I've not even logged in or had a look yet. With the amount of time I waste on facebook etc I'm not sure I need twitter aswell.

In other news my full tilt account was finally unlocked and I played pretty solidly all weekend long, a combination of on the stake and on my own when I wanted to play a slightly bigger game than usual. At one point I was 14 buy ins down but rallied back to level things up - slightly down on the stake and a small winner on my own dime but I just levelled it off for easyness sake and said level all round. I also managed to stack Erica Schoenberg (damn, I wish that was slang for something else) and I sent Ali Sarkeshik to the rail (another red pro whoever he is). The ones I played against at the low stakes seemed pretty bad: Dave Colclough by far the worst. On several occasions he open limped and just passed to a single raise. I was surprised as I'd heard he was meant to be good.

I politely asked him if he fancied playing heads up to which he replied, "I'd be sitting at a heads up table if I wanted heads up". Now I guess fair enough but when you're getting $35/hour + 100% rakeback you should be an ambassador for the site and at least respond politely to customers/players - imo of course. What's so hard about saying, "No thanks" or "Sorry mate, not a heads up player"?. I know that's what I would say.

So when he came up with his comment I couldn't help but bite. I replied...

"Sorry it's just that it has always been my dream to play heads up cash against a red pro, and you're the only one I can afford to do it against".

BOOOOOM, how d'u like those apples son?

gl at the tables guys.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Bankroll Challenge update & VEGAS trip!

My bankroll challenge has gone well this week.

As I was determined to stick within the guidelines I set myself I haven't been able to play in any of the $10r's or $30f tournaments on ipoker which has made life a little difficult in relying on a decent tournament bink to get the bankroll going. I've played the select $10f's and $5r's with huge fields that so far I just haven't got going in.

Cash has more than kept me ticking over though. I've been 1-tabling (lol) PLO and adding another table when things are going really well. When playing such few tables it really is easier to pick up on people's tendencies and moods and just concentrate a little more on assigning opponents ranges etc and acting accordingly. I've barely dropped a buy in from what must be nearing 1k hands now.

I've been playing $100 PLO which is essentially like shot taking but part of my new system means that if I lose so much as one buy in I have to move down a limit until I'm either rolled for $100 PLO (i.e. 50+ BI) or back to the peak of my roll. Playing so few tables has reduced variance greatly as I'm able to chip up playing semi smallball, making good moves and getting it in to big pots as a significant favourite.

The roll is now at £607.

Part of my new motivation for being so disciplined is that I'm planning on going to Vegas at the end of July. It would be awesome if I could freeroll my trip & bankroll from this alone, not including live tournaments or my staked account.

If anyone has any particular Vegas recommendations for shows (def wanna go and see Cirque du Soleil) or places to stay / eat / go / play poker etc pls post in comments.

gl at the tables!

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

2010...Poker goals....

Never really done new years resolutions etc before but this year I am. I'm intent on being a lot more pro-active, disciplined and focused.

The goals are...

1) To have my biggest live tournament score. (£7250 to beat)
2) Win a tournament outright with no chops/deals/pay flattening.
3) To make $20k at online small stakes cash.
4) To give my cash stakers a nice healthy return on their investment as I did last year and at some point through the year have 100% of my own online action again.
5) To put more effort into my game by joining a training site / reading some books. (Already do a lot of reading on the forums).
6) To implement a stop/loss system for my cash sessions online.
7) To be less confrontational on the forums.
8) To keep this blog regularly updated and in good shape.
9) To keep detailed records of everything I play / how well I do. This should include buying and using a tracker and HUD.
10) To lose no more than a maximum of £1000 throughout the year on all various forms of other gambling. Will document all of this.
11)To play at least 1 online MTT session per week.
12)To go on at least 1 poker trip abroad.


I've kept these goals very realistic, yet not easy as I plan on doing poker the proper way this year and apart from live poker where I play staked, I will be playing smaller, much lower variance games online than I have done this year. None will break my back, but all achieveable.

There's a mix of fun (for me) goals and ones that will require work.

One thing I didn't mention was that I will be putting £250 on a separate site to use as a bankroll challenge type thing. I will try and run this up as high as possible through the year, whilst still never cashing out and always using correct brm.

My next post will be life goals for 2010.

Let's gogoo.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Brief December recap.

Happy new year to you all. Hope you had a good Christmas etc etc. I always love this time of year. Just sleeping and eating...and poker for a degen like me. Heaven!

Getting up back in routine today was an arse though...everyone on the bus who was back at work / college etc looked like they were on the way to a funeral.

(My DTD trip report is almost finished - I'll have the last part up today hopefully Mr Rubbish sir.)

Anyway enough rambling...

Well 2009 had it's ups and downs but definitely finished on a really high note in December. The first half of the year saw me winning and then knocking my dick in when on tilt either playing way too high or on silly house games.

I since won the £300 deepstack at DTD, managed a 3rd at the Big Slick £100f which I should have won (600k of the 1mil 3 handed - sghdjghsgd) - 3 winning live cash sessions on my own dime and a £2400 bonus from Victor Chandler!

The £2400 wasn't a bonus as such but it certainly wasn't money I was expecting. In July of this year I told VC to ban me from their casino features as I was only interested in using their site for poker and had a problem with blackjack and roulette etc. Anyway, some 12 days later, I'm on monkey tilt and go on the chat and ask to be unbanned, which they do, instantly. Luckily I didn't play much on VC as this was around the time I switched to blonde where I never had access to the feature.

Anyway, after my successful trip from DTD, the return journey was filled with snow and it took me the lions share of 7 hours to get from door to door I logged onto VC and found a £44 loyalty payment in there. I proceeded to spin it to $268 and then back to 0 after one of those tilting hands where I fired 3 barrells with the bare Ace only for my opponent to move in on the river for a little more. skdhgsd. I deposited another £150 taking a shot for myself and quickly lost it and fired one more £150, but this time on blackjack. After I lost I decided to vent my anger in the chat about how I should have never been unbanned and how VC were not advocating responsible gambling etc etc. I told them I wanted someone to address the issue and with my steam let off, I went to bed thinking no more about it.

The next day I receive an email from a manager at VC, offering an apology and admitting it was a fault on their part that I was unbanned. I was then given back any money lost on house games from the time of the initial ban. £2400. Bink.