Saturday, March 22, 2008

back from the trip and running hot....

Got back yesterday afternoon. Played a session at the airport yesterday that sucked (couldn't win a hand) but then played three winning sessions today/night to book a $2.2k day.

Duke scared the crap out of me yesterday, and I had to watch the game on the other side of my living room so that I was out of reach of expensive electronics that could be thrown. Tossing my laptop out of the window certainly wouldn't have made me feel any better about that game.

Honestly I was pretty dissappointing in the job that K did during the game. We have had success all season playing a run-n-gun style and just jacking up an early shot in transition. Last night we allowed Belmont to dictate the pace of the game and settled for trying to run a half court offense. In a game like that we need to take advantage of our two biggest advantages 1) talent and 2) depth. Instead of trying to run up and down all game with a 10 man rotation, we settled for playing half court in the second half with a 7 man rotation. That style would work with teams that had j-will, dunleavy, and boozer or JJ and Shelden. But on this years team we just don't have strong enough half court scorers (or balanced inside out threats) to succeed in that way.

I also think a lot of credit should be given to Belmont. They certainly looked the part of a team that deserved significantly better than a 15 seed. I thought we played a good first half and despite that only managed a 7 pt lead. With the defense and shooting they had last night I think they would have beaten a lot of high seeds from major conferences.

I was really dissapointed to see that Clemson lost tonight after having an 18 point lead in the first half. I think their coach is a really classy guy, and they had some hard working seniors on that team. Plus they are an ACC team, and I always root for the ACC in the tourney unless they are playing Duke.

Should be an exciting game tomorrow, but I think Duke will end up winning by 9-11 after making some late free throws despite it being a close game. I hoping that getting to the sweet sixteen will light a fire under this team the way that the overtime loss to Pitt seemed to.

Next post will have more poker content, and I might include some Cruise stories. However most of the cruise stories involved us drinking and partying a lot and really aren't that interesting unless you know us an all of our stupid inside jokes.

Last thought. I had two coaching sessions last week before I went on vacation and I really enjoyed both. I think both of my clients got a lot of help out of their sessions, and I felt like my reads and advice seemed to really help during their play. I love coaching sessions because it really focuses me on solid fundamental poker, and prevents me from creating bad habits that you form while you grind. If anyone is looking to get some (more) coaching let me know. I'm likely going to be raising my rates this summer since my time will be more infrequent, and It is getting to be impractical for me to coach at the prices I offer. Plus I don't know of one other coach that is less than 2.5x the price I charge, and frankly I think I offer a better product than many of them do.

hope everyone out there is doing well, and as always thanks for reading.



Wednesday, March 12, 2008


here are some of the beats I suffered the other night:

5 outer on the river in a $1.7k pot, this was by far the worse....

STAGE #928037754: HOLDEM NO LIMIT $4 - 2008-03-09 22:49:48 (ET)
Table: MONTAGUE DR (Real Money) Seat #2 is the dealer
Seat 2 - JHOOK17 ($181.80 in chips)
Seat 3 - DORIANGRAYY ($1059.10 in chips)
Seat 4 - THEMIGHTYJIM ($823.70 in chips)
Seat 5 - SAMMER79 ($467.30 in chips)
Seat 6 - JKOFALLTRADE ($443.50 in chips)
Seat 1 - STAINLESS9 ($788 in chips)
DORIANGRAYY - Posts small blind $2
THEMIGHTYJIM - Posts big blind $4
SAMMER79 - Calls $4
STAINLESS9 - Raises $20 to $20
JHOOK17 - Calls $20
THEMIGHTYJIM - Raises $96 to $100
SAMMER79 - Folds
JHOOK17 - Folds
*** FLOP *** [9c 4d 2h]
DORIANGRAYY - Calls $185
*** TURN *** [9c 4d 2h] [Qd]
DORIANGRAYY - All-In $774.10
THEMIGHTYJIM - All-In $538.70
DORIANGRAYY - returned ($235.40) : not called
*** RIVER *** [9c 4d 2h Qd] [7s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
DORIANGRAYY - Shows [4c 7c] (Two Pair, sevens and fours)
THEMIGHTYJIM - Shows [Kh Kd] (One pair, kings)
DORIANGRAYY Collects $1687.90 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot($1691.40) Rake ($3) Jackpot Rake ($0.50)
Board [9c 4d 2h Qd 7s]
Seat 1: STAINLESS9 Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 2: JHOOK17 (dealer) Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 3: DORIANGRAYY (small blind) won Total ($1687.90) All-In HI:($1687.90) with Two Pair, sevens and fours [4c 7c - B:7s,P:7c,B:4d,P:4c,B:Qd]
Seat 4: THEMIGHTYJIM (big blind) HI:lost with One pair, kings [Kh Kd - P:Kh,P:Kd,B:Qd,B:9c,B:7s]
Seat 5: SAMMER79 Folded on the POCKET CARDS

nuts on the turn when we get it all-in, ran into an 11 outer on the river in a $850 pot

STAGE #927997014: HOLDEM NO LIMIT $4 - 2008-03-09 22:08:22 (ET)
Table: DOGWOOD RD (Real Money) Seat #2 is the dealer
Seat 2 - MEGAX82 ($1076.45 in chips)
Seat 3 - IAINTCHASIN ($527 in chips)
Seat 4 - IKESTOYS ($800 in chips)
Seat 5 - THEMIGHTYJIM ($421.20 in chips)
Seat 6 - HAHAMUCK ($973.40 in chips)
Seat 1 - NOLA_DAS ($180.50 in chips)
IAINTCHASIN - Posts small blind $2
IKESTOYS - Posts big blind $4
THEMIGHTYJIM - Raises $16 to $16
NOLA_DAS - Folds
MEGAX82 - Folds
IKESTOYS - Calls $12
*** FLOP *** [2s Qc 10d]
IKESTOYS - Calls $22
*** TURN *** [2s Qc 10d] [Jh]
IKESTOYS - Raises $150 to $150
THEMIGHTYJIM - Raises $330 to $376
IKESTOYS - Raises $602 to $752
IKESTOYS - returned ($368.80) : not called
*** RIVER *** [2s Qc 10d Jh] [10h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
IKESTOYS - Shows [2c 2h] (Full house, twos full of tens)
THEMIGHTYJIM - Shows [Ks Ad] (Straight, ten to ace)
IKESTOYS Collects $840.90 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot($844.40) Rake ($3) Jackpot Rake ($0.50)
Board [2s Qc 10d Jh 10h]
Seat 1: NOLA_DAS Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 2: MEGAX82 (dealer) Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 3: IAINTCHASIN (small blind) Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 4: IKESTOYS (big blind) won Total ($840.90) HI:($840.90) with Full house, twos full of tens [2c 2h - B:2s,P:2h,P:2c,B:10h,B:10d]
Seat 5: THEMIGHTYJIM HI:lost with Straight, ten to ace [Ks Ad - P:Ad,P:Ks,B:Qc,B:Jh,B:10h]
Seat 6: HAHAMUCK Folded on the POCKET CARDS

I'm only a little over a 2-1 favorite preflop (which considering my range when I make this bet he is usually in much worse shape when I call), but in the context of the others (and considering the flop) this one also sucked: AKs < 79o

STAGE #928059637: HOLDEM NO LIMIT $4 - 2008-03-09 23:12:32 (ET)
Table: GALLEON DR (Real Money) Seat #5 is the dealer
Seat 5 - HARDCORY3011 ($475.20 in chips)
Seat 6 - MORG21 ($314.50 in chips)
Seat 1 - STAINLESS9 ($874.70 in chips)
Seat 2 - BRADVOLLEY ($432.25 in chips)
Seat 3 - SUPERMAN1966 ($412.05 in chips)
Seat 4 - THEMIGHTYJIM ($394 in chips)
MORG21 - Posts small blind $2
STAINLESS9 - Posts big blind $4
SUPERMAN1966 - Folds
THEMIGHTYJIM - Raises $16 to $16
HARDCORY3011 - Raises $52 to $52
MORG21 - Folds
THEMIGHTYJIM - Raises $140 to $156
HARDCORY3011 - All-In(Raise) $423.20 to $475.20
HARDCORY3011 - returned ($81.20) : not called
*** FLOP *** [5s Kc 4d]
*** TURN *** [5s Kc 4d] [7d]
*** RIVER *** [5s Kc 4d 7d] [9h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
THEMIGHTYJIM - Shows [As Ks] (One pair, kings)
HARDCORY3011 - Shows [7s 9c] (Two Pair, nines and sevens)
HARDCORY3011 Collects $790.50 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot($794) Rake ($3) Jackpot Rake ($0.50)
Board [5s Kc 4d 7d 9h]
Seat 1: STAINLESS9 (big blind) Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 3: SUPERMAN1966 Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 4: THEMIGHTYJIM HI:lost with One pair, kings [As Ks - P:Ks,B:Kc,P:As,B:9h,B:7d]
Seat 5: HARDCORY3011 (dealer) won Total ($790.50) All-In HI:($790.50) with Two Pair, nines and sevens [7s 9c - B:9h,P:9c,P:7s,B:7d,B:Kc]
Seat 6: MORG21 (small blind) Folded on the POCKET CARDS

but this one put me into the black for the night, biggest pot I've ever won in any game. FWIW this player is a good regular and I honestly don't know what he was thinking when he called the turn or river, but I'm guessing it had something to do with the tilty chat I was typing at another table he was also at. Ship the 3.3k pot......

STAGE #928064260: HOLDEM NO LIMIT $4 - 2008-03-09 23:17:25 (ET)
Table: BRANDYWINE AVE (Real Money) Seat #1 is the dealer
Seat 1 - BIGSEXYSLICK ($1015.05 in chips)
Seat 2 - STAINLESS9 ($870.50 in chips)
Seat 3 - HAHAMUCK ($1815.20 in chips)
Seat 4 - KASHISKING ($594.10 in chips)
Seat 5 - IKESTOYS ($2001.25 in chips)
Seat 6 - THEMIGHTYJIM ($1660.25 in chips)
STAINLESS9 - Posts small blind $2
HAHAMUCK - Posts big blind $4
Dealt to THEMIGHTYJIM [6d 6c]
THEMIGHTYJIM - Raises $18 to $18
HAHAMUCK - Raises $58 to $62
*** FLOP *** [3d Kh 6h]
HAHAMUCK - Bets $84
THEMIGHTYJIM - Raises $196 to $196
HAHAMUCK - Calls $112
*** TURN *** [3d Kh 6h] [Qc]
HAHAMUCK - Calls $384
*** RIVER *** [3d Kh 6h Qc] [5h]
THEMIGHTYJIM - All-In $1018.25
HAHAMUCK - Calls $1018.25
*** SHOW DOWN ***
THEMIGHTYJIM - Shows [6d 6c] (Three of a kind, sixes)
THEMIGHTYJIM Collects $3319 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot($3322.50) Rake ($3) Jackpot Rake ($0.50)
Board [3d Kh 6h Qc 5h]
Seat 1: BIGSEXYSLICK (dealer) Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 2: STAINLESS9 (small blind) Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 3: HAHAMUCK (big blind) HI: [Mucked] [Kd Ad]
Seat 5: IKESTOYS Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 6: THEMIGHTYJIM won Total ($3319) All-In HI:($3319) with Three of a kind, sixes [6d 6c - B:6h,P:6d,P:6c,B:Kh,B:Qc]

I'll be in miami 48 hours from now, and then on the cruise with my boys on saturday. I'm looking forward to the warm weather, and the break from Boston and my normal routine.

Also I got my laptop in the mail. Its pretty sweet, and I've already got it all setup to play poker. Pokertracker on board with my DB, and the sites downloaded. So I'll be playing poker by the pool on friday. Man, life is tough......

Monday, March 10, 2008

weirdest session of all time

just finished a 650 hand session at NL4. I finished up $500 despite running -$3070 below expectation. Thats right, I had over 3k worth of beats put on me. And I' m talking really really nasty beats.

But I managed to win a $3400 pot and finish the session in the green.

a new post with beats coming soon.

jezuz that session was crazy.

I'm exhausted...

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Duke vs. UNC part 2....

D U K E!!!!!

GTHC GTH (for those in the know).

Anyone who has been waiting to hear from me sorry for the disappearance. Been super busy the last couple of days, and tonight is all booked up with Duke/UNC action.

I'll get all my stuff taken care of tomorrow.



Tuesday, March 4, 2008

end of my best month of poker ever

So February turned out to be my best month of poker ever. I ran decent in both LHE and NL. Despite not playing a ton of hours (I really picked my spots and didn't wear myself out) I managed to pull in just under $14,000 when you include rakeback and bonus. It was just under $190/hr which just goes to show you how little I played, lol.

I really think my 6max LHE game is one of the best at the midstakes online. Part of that is due to the fact that many of my really good peers have moved up or to NL, and it is also due to the fact that I've been playing professionally now for 5 months. I've really started to get a good intuitive understanding of hand ranges, hidden outs, and some of the more subtle math. Not to say that I couldn't have thought my way through these situations a year ago, but now they seem relatively obvious at the table.

I also had a good month of 6max NL, which was nice after such a lousy month in January. I still think I have some leaks in NL, and my game has a long way to go. I think it might be somewhat of a mistake for me to have jumped in NL400 after only two months of serious NL play, but I want the take the game seriously and improve. The winrates at NL200 were not keeping me interested, so I think moving up made since. I still play NL200 about 30% of the time.

March started off well, and I was running and playing quite well at 10/20 and 15/30. Then I played a bunch of NL yesterday and, well, it went badly. I lost 3.5 buyings in about 1k hands, although in my defense if I hadn't had a set over set for a stack or gotten two outed for 1.25xstack then I wouldn't have had a bad day at all. In fact without a couple of the coolers that I took I would have easily broken even. However I also made some really stupid plays that cost me at least 2 buyins or more.

But I did have a nice session of limit last night, so I'm up overall on the month. My goal for this month is to play 120 hours, and clear 5 figures again.

Updates in other things. Workouts are going great. I am a decent speed rope jumper now. I also have been able to bump up my resistance and reps in all of my workouts. And my last bullpen went really well. Maybe the best pen I've thrown in a couple of years.

Also I treated myself and bought a laptop last week. Originally I was going to get a relatively basic setup, but in the end decided if I'm going to spend $600-700 on a laptop I might as well spend $1k and get a really nice laptop. So I'm really pleased with my order which was a widescreen Lenovo with a really nice processor, lots of ram, great resolution and windows XP.

I'm now only a week and two days away from my Miami vacation and cruise with my college teammates. I'm getting super excited, and I hoping my laptop makes it in time so I can take it with me.

Also hoping to have updates about tryouts in next blog post, and of course I'll find some interesting hands to post up.