Monday, January 31, 2011

Roll on February.

Not the start to the year I was hoping for but there is definitely a few positives that came from the month even though the overall graph looks pretty grim. Had my best month at 2knl and 1knl where I played 80% of my hands, winning at a decent clip. Also got the most volume in one month in too.

5knl and 10knl however couldnt have went worse really, managed to drop 80k there in 10k, hands which is pretty impressive to say the least, mostly run bad and coolers involved but I didnt play the best either if I'm 100% honest. I think I'm gonna give these games a skip for a while and grind out a month or two of profit at 1knl and 2knl (hopefully) before I move back up, don't think my bankroll or myself can handle the variance of it! I'm probably gonna struggle to get in decent volume next month too, back GAA training next friday and heading away for 2 weekends so I'll aim to get >30k hands in and some sort of profit.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Poor run continues

Still running pretty bad this month, just cant seem to win a flip, down 68k in ev at this stage. Hopefully I manage to pick up a few k before the month is out and rescue it a bit but looks like it will be a losing start to the year unfortunately. Gonna play a few tournies tomorrow and take a well needed break from the cash, who knows might ship the mill or warmup to make up for the run bad!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Poor start!

Not the best start to the year unfortunately, running very bad at the higher stakes at the moment while doing well at the lower ones. Have got really good volume in so far with 30k hands played and have played relatively well, so at least there are some positives to show even though the bottom line figure is not great. Gonna aim for >50k hands for the month and hopefully some profit to get the year started with a winning month.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Guess who's back.

ThoughtI would revive the blog for 2011 and try and get back in the habbit of posting updates. Have not updated in over a year now! Wasn't a bad year for me pokerwise again, online Cash was vey swingy to say the least but i ended up coming out at the right side and shipped a healthy profit. I also cut back on the ammount of online tournies I played, not completely though but hopefully I'll reduce this number this year and concentrate more on high stakes cash. Probably still play the Sunday majors but that should be it i'd say. Below is the graph of last years cash. Just over 125k in profit after rakeback and ran -40k in ev.

Off to a slow start this year too and not runnimg great but hopefully it will improve, the plan is to play all my hands above 1knl for the year, well as long as the bankroll allows.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

A look back at 2009

It turned out to be a decent year for me poker wise. I'm gonna recap by reviewing small and midstakes cash, high stakes cash, online tournies and live tournies seperately. First up is small to mid stakes online cash games, these went really well since I began grinding and writing this blog in April. Its a pretty decent sample and shows that I can beat these levels pretty decently. Profit = ~$75k sfter rakeback

High stakes however has turned out to be completely different for me, I just havent managed to get a grasp of the better regulars, lack of fish etc. I'm pretty sure i will eventually but my first 100k hands havent been great. Beating 1kNL for a decent winrate over a large sample in 2010 is definitely going to be my main aim. profit = ~ -$25k after rakeback.

Online tournies went really well this year, I played some of the biggest online tournies that took place and had some pretty decent cashes in tournaments which had good quality fields. The highlights was obviously the 52.5k in the Sunday 500 for 3rd and the 35k win in the 100 rebuy. My profit across all sites is probably about $100k.

Live tournies went really bad, played about 8 and no cash, a few deepish runs but havent really played well in any. Hopefully i'll put this right next year. I have already qualified for the Irish open and once thats over I'll probably set my sights on the WSOP. Would like to play a few events. Will have to wait and see if I can get the holidays to have a good go at them.

My plan for the first 2-3 months of 2010 is to stop playing tournies for a while and concentrate solely on cash games. I might just play a few Sunday Majors but I'm going to stop playing the 100 rebuy, 1R1A etc. during the week. I think its the only way i'll ever get the better of high stakes as too often i end up playing 4 tables of 1knl along with 3-8 tournies at once. It might sound mad to quit my most profitable games but hopefully in the long run it will pay off.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Had a good weekned in Galway, great hotel, good atmosphere around and got to meet up with a few boardsies. Poker wise it wasn't great. Started with 20k in chips on Friday, dwindled down to 13k over the first few hours, recovered a bit to 17k then doubled up to 35kish with a set versus AA, for the rest of the day things went pretty bad, got 3bet every time I had a marginal hand and couldnt get any cbets through. Finished the day with 23k.

I won one or two pots on my first table of day 2 to bring me up to 33k and then got moved table. Played 2 hands in 4 rounds of blinds here before I exited! First hand I open 88 utg, button 3bets and the sb 4bets, I fold and button folds. Next round of blinds its folded to the button who opens, sb 3bets and I shove about 25bb with 99, button folds and I run into KK, no 2 outer and I'm gone. Cant really complain though just never got going in this again. Great to hear that Irelands first supernova elite BigMickG managed 4th in this though, a really nice score and another great result for him. Hopefully he's celebrating wont stop him reaching elite again this year!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Off to a flyer!

So this month has kicked off nicely, running good in cash. Up $8k, mostly from running above ev but I'll take it. I also came 2nd in the $100 rebuy on stars the other night for $13.5k and last night I managed to take down a package for the PPP Irish open 2010 on ipoker. My first coaching session went well last week also and already I feel I've plugged up some leaks in my game. I'm not sure if I'll get in too many hands this month though as planned, especially with the IPC this weekend and Christmas holidays fast approaching.