Monday, 17 October 2011

Car crash of a Sunday!

My normal Sundays are spent with friends in our local social club, this week i really wanted to grind and try win some money and earn some rakeback, wished i had gone out now and got pissed. Played maybe 4-5 hr session on the afternoon and got poker raped, nothing work, no big hands held up, one draw hit giving me the flush against a set of aces, river gave him the full house, plus various other crap......sigh. Ended up dropping £60, which totally pissed me of big time. Reflecting back it was only 4 buyins, but at the time it seemed like thousands, i cashed out my roll enabling me to take a break from the game, the rest of the Sunday. To be honest i'm not loving Ipoker at all, i've played 12k hands on there, the software is shit, the rakeback (52%) is very little, so i dunno if i'll redeposit on there, may try Stars again or maybe Party, not sure, got a day to decide while i wait for my deposit to turn up. Loads of people seem to play Stars for the obvious reasons, but alot seem to do without the rakeback sites like Ipoker offer, surely there must be some decent returns for someone who 8-9 tables and puts in 20+ playing hours a week? If anyone reading this blog and can help let me know please!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Very little volume

Hardly played due to several reasons listed below:-
Baby daughters 1st birthday on Friday, cba to play on the night
Computer decided to blow itself up, resulting in me restoring it back to factory settings, spent the most of Saturday fixing it, restoring all my data and stuff, then chilled watching TV.

Since computer got fixed i decided to trial Pokertracker (never ever manged to get it working before, thankfully i did this time!) Trialed it seeing if it would pick up my hand history on Ipoker, which it did thankfully, played a little tester at 1 am to see if it worked properly, shame i lost all my previous HH pre computer crash, oh well i guess its better than PTR for tracking my data.
670ish hands played tonight against the drunks, need to get on with this grinding if i'm ever going to make NL50, may stay in tomorrow and grind all day when the house is peacefull, here's my tester session graph!

Friday, 14 October 2011

More grind

Struggling to fit in the volume i'd like to at the minute, family and my business taking up alot of time.......sigh.
3 hour session tonight playing 2.2k worth of hands for a buyin and a half profit........double sigh, out of the 3 hours i think i only got Aces twice, and hardly made money from them, nevermind any other big pairs, biggest pot i won was with K9hh when i flopped a flush against trip Jacks.
Longest session i've played 8 tabling since i started this 'another' attempt at poker, must be the first time i've ever played poker when i haven't tilted or tried win losses back by playing stupid higher limits, long may this composure continue!
So halfway through the week, heres the update:-
7k hands played
bb/100 = 2.9
Profit +£80

Guess i got to be happy so far, you think playing 8 tables you should be rolling in winnings but i guess your missing out on lots of spots to actually make money, might loosen up a little and see if the actual winnings improve, if it dont work can always return to my nit strategy.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011


Setting myself a challenge for the rest of this month:-
Play 20k hands this month at NL20
Show some profit from actual playing
Become totally comfortable 8 tabling

Should be all achievable, so far played 5.4k hands in the last 3 days, and still up 5 buyins.

Still waiting for week 1 of this months rakeback payment to be paid - sigh will it ever turn up, affiliate who set it up and Betmost support friggin pretty sucky, i'll give it a bit longer before i look for another deal!

EDIT - PTR not recording hands played properly so god knows where i am tonight played a hour and half session and PTR recorded only 400 hands, which utter jibberish, should really purchase HM or Tracker, so go knows where my hand total is now, also showed i lost $14 when i actually won a whopping £5, Big Mac meal on me!!!

Monday, 10 October 2011

Trying to be a grinder!

So since my last post i've failed at trying to 4 table PLO, could never beat the fish or maybe i was the fish, who knows, who cares, just know PLO is not my game anymore! So i'm trying to multi table (7-9 tables) NL20 on Ipoker with 52% rakeback, so at the minute aiming to be break even and try boost the old roll by bonuses and rakeback, not sure on what my approx hourly rate will be for rakeback, but i'm guessing its low, as i'm playing a real nitty game, also trying to clear a bonus on there too! At the minute the swings are small compared to PLO, and i can handle the beats, when they come along. Started this little attempt at making poker a money earner on Saturday, i've played 3k in hands in real small hourly sessions, and made $60 profit, due some rakeback payment tomorrow from when i was playing PLO so may boost the roll a little more.
Going to keep on doing this strategy for a week and see what rakeback i get from it, hopefully should be a ok sum, if not i dont know where i'll go from here pokerwise, really need a focus or some advice!

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Good August! Hello September!

Playing for only 9 days in a total since i returned mainly at NL£4 turned my deposit of £40 into £530 with a little NL£20 thrown into the mix. So was pretty pleased, to be back playing, making a profit and getting used to the easy grind of 4 tabling NL£20, even with just a smallish roll i feel totally comfortable at the level i'm playing, looking at the long term results rather than just the beats which i'm remarkably handling quite well, unlike when playing PLO were i would berate in the chat box.

So whats up for September?

Well me sticking to Sky Poker didnt last at long (lol) After a little working out and comparison to other sites, it was the worst choice for me to play, for bonuses and rakeback, and action during the day, which to enable a decent bonus/rakeback i need to grind some long hours to help build my roll.

Had a few options but in the end i settled for a ipoker skin (used to hate the site for plo but thats in the past when my state of mind was not correct for poker.) I got a pretty sweet deposit bonus, points for cash system and future reload bonuses, a $3k rake race, and loads of free mtt entries thrown into the deal.

Just played a little session making $20, need to time a 4 table session to work out my average points/hour to work out how many hours a day i need to grind to clear this bonus.

Gl at the tables!

Monday, 29 August 2011


Wow its been a long time since i posted or in fact even played poker seriously - so if i have any readers left heres what i been upto since my last post!
Shortly after my last post (maybe a week or two) i came to the conclusion that battling PLO donks, regs and beats was annoying the hell out of me, i couldn't find a regular site i like to play and that i could succesfully crush, was basicaly a poker nomad jumping around from site to site trying to settle down, i was still winning just not comfortable on any site i played, would of loved to get on 888 skin but somehow i have no knowledge of my password at all and their crap customer services helped very little! So i basically quit the game with a decent roll which i spent on the family!
I found myself playing World of Warcraft (played it on/off for a few years) the game is the worse thing a obsessive addict like me can do the spend his spare time, anything i do and i enjoy be it poker or sport i get addicted to, and Warcraft was my new 'fix'. After spending nearly wasting a year playing that dam game, i came to my senses a month ago and just totally quit in one day and i'll never return to it, its so addictive it makes you forget the outside world, family - everything, caused so many arguments between with the wife its was unreal, i'm one of them people where when i do something i do it full throttle and try to be the best i can, and Warcraft takes up so much time if you want to be the best.
So i've returned back to poker, this time i'm really focused and playing the game properly. I took a good few weeks to watch videos, read articles and watch the best players i know trying to learn how to improve my game and make my return successfull, spending 2-3 weeks organising before i deposited, I'm in a better mindset and totally focused to achiev what i wish from poker. So i found myself depositing on Sky poker (UK site for only UK players) its very fishy, not great for bonuses, so they reg grinders kind of give it a miss. I've chosen to grind the NL cash games and maybe the odd mtt when wanting a break. I deposited £40 and started at NL4 (lol high stakes, but if i'm gonna do it right i'm gonna do it right) so far i've grinded my roll up to £530+ playing cash only and currently playing NL20, kind of happy at this level as the players are pretty weak, and the new aggressive tight game i'm playing works well. Would be very happy to stay at this level for good if i can make a steady second income from it (currently 4 tabling) will decide after a few months of seeing how it goes, definitely not interested in going above NL50 as thats where the regs seems to hang out above. Spending a bit of time watching the cash play on sky channel too, hopefully pick up a few things along the way and learning who to avoid! Aiming to be more focused in September and push up the workrate, looking at aiming for 7-8k player points a month which pays £150 a month back as kind of rakeback, would be happy with that as profit a month pays a small car payment off each month, something to think about.
Time to sort the blog links out seems liek alot of others have quit blogging too.
Gl at the tables!