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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Playing at Bodog again...

Been playing at Bodog again. They have an unlimited 20% deposit bonus. All you have to do is earn 300 bodog points per $100 in bonus money or wager 5 times the deposit amount in the sportsbook. The sportsbook route is pretty tough because if you deposit $1000, you would have to wager $6000 in order to take your money out. That's a boat-load of wagers.

Anyways, if you've read some of my early blogs, I never use to play for bonus money, but I'm starting to change my mind now. At UltimateBet, I found that I would break just about even after I got all of the bonuses...this goes back to my "online poker is fixed" theory. I'm not going to get into that right now. At Bodog, it seems as though the bonus money is not tied into your win percentage, so it makes sense to play for the bonus money. Anyways, I deposited $1000 into bodog and earned a little over 600 bodog points in less than a week. Not bad huh? I'd say I played about 10 hours total...multi-tabling $5/$/10 limit hold'em and Omaha Hi/Lo. It definitely wasn't an easy task, but if I can roll this over in one week, then it'll be profitable for me.

We'll see how it goes.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

BOOM....not quite...

Alright, so I won. But only $90. I was up about $350 at one point. I was playing my "A" game the entire time, until I decided to try to muscle a few people around. That's when I ran into some trouble. That's when I always run into some trouble. If I could just stick to my "A" game all the time, then I'd be friggin money. I just can't let this "I'm the best at poker" attitude go. The reason why pros are pros is because they have the ability to control their ego. They have the ability to lay down monsters when they know that they're beat. They know how to extract the most amount of money out of other players in any situation. They have the patience to wait for the right moment to make a bluff. They have the ability to sit there for hours without playing a single hand, if that's what it takes. I don't have these abilities...yet. I get impatient. I get cocky. I go on tilt. I bluff in games where I shouldn't be bluffing. I play hands that I shouldn't be playing just because I haven't gotten a decent hand in 30 minutes. The good thing is that I've recognized these little idiosyncrasies of mine. A lot of people haven't. A lot of people never will. A lot of people will always be losing poker players. The only way to get better is to discover these leaks, and then plug them up.

Okay enough with the ranting...I still won $90. A win is a win right? I guess I'm still a little bitter because I haven't really gotten even yet. I need to feel as though I've gotten even. The only way that I can feel as though I've gotten even is to outplay every single player at the table. By outplaying them, I don't only mean bluffing them out of key pots when I know they're weak...I also mean, laying down monsters when they're expecting me to pay them off. I didn't do that last night. That's why I haven't gotten even yet.

There's always next week...


Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Interesting ....

I just read Daniel Negreanu's blog for April 19th.

Negreanu's Blog

He's playing in the $25,000 buy-in tourney at the Bellagio...the WPT Championship event. Anyways, it's nice to know that I'm starting to think about the same things that he does when playing in a tournament. He says in his blog..."I did nothing stupid today. My goal tomorrow is once again, to do nothing stupid.". I remember myself saying that exact same thing a few months ago.

I'm playing in a $1/$2 no limit game tonight. This will be the first time playing in that game since I got whacked for $400. I'm going to play my best tonight...I'm still very, very bitter from that last beating. I want revenge. I'll report back tomorrow. I'm going for the kill tonight friggin' mercy...


Tuesday, April 19, 2005

I'm baaaacccckkk....

Took home $350 in a $.25/$.50 live action game last night. We mostly played Omaha Hi/lo and Hold'em, but we played a few other games as well. In the biggest pot of the night, I took in about $250! From a $.25/$.50 game! WTF? Here's a link to the biggest hand of the night.

I think I played well last night, but it also helped that the cards fell to me. It wasn't that I sucked out a lot of times. It's just that, in the hands where you're only supposed to win 1 out of 4 times, I was winning 3 out of 4 times. And of course, I had the pot odds to call every time. Towards the end I felt a little bad that pretty much everybody was losing. I didn't want to give my money back to them, but I really didn't want to take any more of theirs either. It's that whole taking-money-from-friends / feel-a-little-guilty feeling...I'm sure most of you have been there before.

What else....I haven't really been playing much online lately. I'm actually getting a little bored with limit hold'em. I don't feel as though it's challenging me enough anymore. When I play online these days, most of my actions are automatic. Bet, fold, raise,'s like a reflex. That's one of the reasons why it's getting boring to me.

However, I've found a solution to my poker boredom. Omaha. Yeah, we started playing it in our quarter-fifty no limit game and it's brought a whole hell of a lot of more excitement and enjoyment to playing on Monday nights now. Obviously because it's fairly new to all of us. I haven't quite learned all of the strategy involved yet, but I will.

Booked my flight to Vegas about two weeks ago. A bunch of us are heading over there from July 9th through July 13th. That's when the main event of the WSOP 2005 is taking place. I'm not going to play in the main event, but I'm thinking about the $1500 buy-in event, which is on July 12th I believe. It's still 3 months away though!

Here's a picture of the crazy night with Phil G and Jesus:

Phil Gordon and Chris Ferguson at MCCXXIII in Washington, DC

I'm out.


Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Phil Gordon and Chris Jesus Ferguson

Awww man...unbelieveable night! So, Phil Gordon was giving a free seminar at a local bar (Fado's) in DC last night. After his one hour speal, a few friends and myself started playing in this free no limit hold'em tournament that so many bars seem to have these days. They uses these tournaments as a crutch to gain customers on offnights. After busting out fairly early on in the tournament, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson showed up. I was in aw just seeing both of these poker superstars in the same room together. Well, somehow, we got to talking with Jesus and he mentioned that he wanted to go dancing somewhere. After a few more drinks, we ended up coercing him to come with us to a dance club a short cab ride away.

It was funny because before we even hit the dance club, we hit up this little carry-out restaurant called Pizza Mart (biggest pizza slices ever). While sitting on the sidewalk eating our pizzas, these two guys walk by and I hear one asking the other, "Isn't that Chris Ferguson?". The other one barely gives a glance and then says "naw..." and they both continue on their way. Seriously, how could you ever imagine that such a random poker superstar would be sitting on the sidewalk eating a pizza on a Tuesday night at 10pm? It was hilarious.

After finishing our pizzas, we head over to the dance club where Phil Gordon and his buddy Raf (1st out in the 2003 WSOP) meets up with us. It was surreal. We were buying each other drinks and dancing and watching all of these random fans go up to them telling them how great they are. I've even got a picture with Jesus' trademark black cowboy hat on. It was amazing how cool and down to earth all three of these guys were. Seriously, they were just like one of us. By the end of the night, we ended up sharing a cab with Jesus, dropping him off at his hotel, while we headed back to our condos in the city. It was one crazy hell of a night. I've got some pictures that will probably reveal more than I could ever write about. I'll try to get them posted when I get my hands on them.


p.s. My poker hiatus lasted less than 24 hours. I played some online poker on Saturday...I just couldn't resist. I've deteremined that I'm a poker junkie :)

Friday, April 08, 2005

haven't really felt like playing lately...

I'm not sure why, but I haven't really felt like playing poker over the past few days. I played a little bit online, but I really didn't feel like was just force of habit to play online when I'm watching TV. Maybe I just need to take a little break from poker, so that I can get my head back into the game. Without my head, I play bad. Very very bad. Two losing sessions, 500 dollars bad. Alright, there's no chance that I can do this, but let's see if I can stop playing for 3 days. That should be a task in itself., let's see how long I can go without poker. It's 12:04 AM right now on April 9th. I'm not sure what I'll blog about in the next few days...maybe my poker withdrawal symptoms? Poker twitch?

Alright, I'm out. I can't be thinking about poker if I'm asleep right?

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

what's going on here?

I dropped $75 at my monday night $.25/$.50 game. What's happening to my game?!?!?

Monday, April 04, 2005

Slow weekend...

It's been a slow poker weekend for me. I played a little online at UB and Absolute, but not much. I must say that Absolute is taking great strides to become one of the leaders out there. Their interface is great, however it's still not as fast as UB's is. As a matter of fact, I don't think any other site out there is as fast as UB. That's one of the main reasons why I continue to be a loyal fan of UB.

So...a little insight to the limits I play and how much I win and lose. This past weekend was a slow one, but I deposited $200 into Absolute and had about $100 or so left in UB. Obviously, I couldn't play any $5/$10 or higher with those bankrolls, so I played some shorthanded $3/$6. I turned $200 into $358 at Absolute and $100 into about $250 at UB. I'd say I played about 5 or 6 hours total this weekend. After looking at my Poker Tracker stats (I have about 10,000 hands recorded), I came to the realization that I've lost most of my money playing $5/$10 and $10/$20. I'm kicking ass in the $3/$6 and $2/$4 games, but I can't make a dime in the $5/$10 games. I play the same way in both games, but I guess it's not that simple. I need to adjust.

I just downloaded the Poker Tracker Guide as well. I just started reading it, so I don't really have any opinions on it yet, but I will. From what I've read so far though, it just looks like a manual for Poker Tracker. If I wanted to read a manual, I would've read the help file that came with the software, but then again, I've only gotten to Page 5 or 6 of the Poker Tracker Guide. Hah. The only reason I'm reading it in the first place is because the guys at Poker Tracker Guide hooked me up with a free copy. BTW, if anyone didn't know, the writers of the PT Guide are the guys behind the Cards Speak blog and Guiness and Poker blog. The links to their blogs are on the right hand side of this page. I asked HDouble (Cards Speak) if he could hook me up with a reciprocal link on his blog, but he never responded. Bastard. We've sold quite a few copies of PT Guide for him as well. Oh well.

$.25/$.50 no limit ring game tonight. After 4 or 5 weeks of play, we're starting to drive out the consistent losers. "I lose every time...why should I come back?" I completely understand them. One of the players posted flyers around our condo this week, so let's see if we can get some fresh fish in the mix. :)