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Pushing my bankroll up with another $6 with 2 first places [Guest blogger]

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Day 4 on my challenge and it’s really a shame to be sitting indoors when the sun is shining so bright and hot outside but since I have other obligations on Wednesday I have to step it up and play some games to be in front in my challenge.

I started the day with a Helsinki sit’n’go. There was one guy there playing all in every hand, of which I have no understanding of. I mean why even bother to register for a game when you don’t want to do your best. I know I have talked about this before and I’m sure it’s not the last time I have to address this but can anyone please explain this phenomenon to me?

I had Rockets in one hand, early on in the game, so I raised them up 4xBB to 240. The player in front of me re-raised to 420. So I pushed it up to 1,020 only to have him pushing all in. I snap called and he turned over A 10 off-suit. The flop came 4QK giving him a gutshot draw. Unluckily he hit his straight on the turn. I had him covered so I was still sitting on 750 in my stack but still A 10?

Then the same thing happened with another player who kept re raising my AK suited with A9 off-suit and doubled me up. It made me question if they even considered what I might have been holding or if they just got caught up in their own hand? There’s one major difference between playing to win and playing to lose in my book and that is to forget what hand-ranges your opponent might play against you!

The only negative thing for me today was that I felt like I had very little patience. So I thought that the best thing to do was to finish the Darwin-table I was playing and go for a walk to clear my mind, before the freeroll tournaments for tickets started. At least I managed to make third place in that final sit and go of the session. So out I went for my walk and refreshed my mind so I had the clarity to step my game up a bit.

Later on when I got back I decided to play a couple of tables at the same time. So I sat down to 2 Darwin tables, 1 Helsinki table and 1 freeroll. Unfortunately the freeroll didn’t go down too well at all, and neither did the sit and go at the Helsinki table.

Pokertable QQ vs KK

Maybe I should have folded my QQ(above) but as I knew the range of hands this player pushes with, I knew that a most of the time I’d be in front and that’s why I called him. Thankfully my luck held firm at the Darwin tables as I took down first place in both games.

I have to explain this hand since I the player who played the aces must have been thinking what I was doing here.

• First of all: I have to sometimes defend or at least establish a table-image of defending my BB.

• Second: he raised 4xbb to 160 on my BB making the pot 340 so if I call the 120 more, which is about 3-to-1 in pot-odds, with a reasonable hand like my pp 9s were then I could pull off a flop to try and hit my set.

• Third: To bet 240 on the flop just told me that he had an overpair to the board. He couldn’t have had the straight or trip Js because then he would have made a stronger bet to push me off a flush or higher straight-draw. I wasn’t folding to a 240 bet with a strong hand like I had so I re-raised to try and take the pot there and then with my three nines. I had him on AA,KK,QQ since he only raised 4xbb (according to my notes from previous encounters, raises for value with high pps and pushes with drawing hands like AK, AQ, AJ and A10, oooops! Did I just tell you my secret notes here? :D)

If his bet pre flop had have been bigger I just might have folded. Today’s results: Pushing my bankroll up with another $6 with 2 first places,1 third-place plus 1 ticket. Not too bad for a couple of hours work today. My buy ins for today have been 4 x $0.12 Helsinki-tables, 6x tickets at the Darwin-tables and 3 x $0.00 for the 90 days of freerolls.

I’m going to post graphs covering my progress once every week with a start next Monday. So this week is going to be 3 days longer in the graph! (even though the graph did have a huuuuuuuge dip on it Friday, LMAO, but I’m going to show it anyway)

One thing I’ve noticed past couple of days is the importance of eating right. Hungry = unfocused, stuffed = unfocused too. So late during the afternoon around dinner time I had to stop playing all together since it was useless and not worth the money. I haven’t had time to eat since breakfast. I simply started to play bad poker and misread the action people were giving me! On top of that the deck started to run cold for a while which added to my frustration, I could see my patience flying out through the window. So I was thinking to myself that I need to set up a schedule for the games that I’m going to play, planning ahead for food, coffee-breaks, what games to play, etc. As something I read somewhere before “Treat your poker as a job and do it well” Sounds like a good plan to me.

It’s so easy to end up being unfocused, which leads to getting knocked out and then to immediately register for another game without even considering what went wrong in the previous game. I don’t want to do that again so I made a plan and this time I’m going to stick to it :D


I made a terrible beginners-miss at the Darwin-table [Guest blogger]

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

After a night out partying last night, I’m feeling great today. Feels like it was just what the doctor ordered. We went to a birthday-party for the 21-year old birthday-guy! So now I’m sitting down at 2 tables playing some sit’n’gos. I made a terrible beginners-miss at the Darwin-table not thinking what the guy might have been minimum-raising with.

I hit my Queen so I check-raised making him push all in with his Rockets. I had him covered so it wasn’t the end of my tournament-life but it crippled me heavily, bad me, bad me, BAD ME!

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I managed to work my way up again to third in chips by some really mean ass stealing and the luck I had a guy there calling everything with any 2 just because he could and was big stacked so he doubled me up a couple of times. So when he raised from off position, I called with my pp 4s knowing that he might raise with absolutely nothing, amazed I watched my tournament seat just swooosh by when he hits with his 8 10 suited, 2 pairs.


In my other game at the Helsinki-table I’m chip leader now when we’re on the bubble. The amazing thing is that people are starting to push all-in on the bubble? OK the blinds are right now 200/400 and there are some on 2,000 some chips but still it’s ridiculous to risk it all like that by pushing all in for 2,000 chips when that’s less than a third of my stack and we’re on the bubble.

But my bad playing in the Darwin sit’n’go have disturbed me so I end up third in the Helsinki and with nothing at the Darwin. Had one guy sitting right after me who was totally impossible to knock out. He got lucky every time he was forced all in. But a third is still money so now I’m going off for a while, having me a cup of coffee and shake off the bad negative emotions I’m surrounding myself with.

Can’t afford to let things like this effect me like this. Karma-karma-karma-karma! After been taking a couple of minutes break for coffee I decided for another go at the sit’n’gos. But sometimes you do everything right and still you get knocked out ending up with nothing which I did the last 2 games I played, so now I’m going to register for the freerolls instead and leave the sit’n’gos for a bit. I was card dead all through the tourneys which led to me almost being blinded out. The dynamic at both sit’n’go-tables was somewhat aggressive so there were little room for going for stealing in position since they weren’t going to lay down any ace. Well well at least I know I went in with the best hands and I didn’t do anything major wrong.

A couple of Helsinki sit’n’go and my poker-day is on, racing for the bankroll at [Guest blogger]

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Good morning everyone! 9AM Starting up my poker-day by register for a couple of Helsinki sit’n’go. This early I just start off with one table as a warm-up to get into the game after a good nights sleep.

Third hand in the game the guy immediately before me pushes all-in from early position, I know that this guy is capable of pushing with the most variety of hands like Q6 off since I’ve been playing against him a couple of times before. I call with my pp Qs and double up against his A4.

A couple of hands later I get pp Qs again and raise them up to 140 from 40 BB on the button. BB a new guy I’ve no notes on re-raises me up to 480, I call only to see A34 coming up on the flop. His C-bet of 320 makes me think he’s got at least on Ace in his hand so after a long time of thinking I fold my Qs.

Next round I get Rockets on the button so I raise them up and get myself one caller with K 10 off, the flop is K66 so I decide to make a cheap enough bet to give me information to whether he’s having the K or maybe A6 and at the same time giving me value if he’s not having anything at all. He calls and the 3, 8 on turn, river and the value-bets I get from him gives me a good 2500 chip-lead over second with his 3100.

After these three hands I see that people starting to be hesitant to call me so my table-image now is giving me really good opportunities to steal from position. Raising and C-bet portraying I’ve got the hand makes them fold their hands. Unfortunately it’s also that time in the game where people start feeling the pressure of the blinds which now have levelled up to 100/200, we’re 6 left out of 10 and the short-stacked with between 800-2000 are pushing with more dodgy hands but folding to my BB not willingly to get involved with my stack.

With 4 player left and I get AJ on my 400BB when UTG pushes all-in for 1400 more for me to call and since I still would be in chip-lead, I make the call. He turns over Q8 suited and I see 7JJ come up on the flop. 2 Spades so I notice myself keeping my breath here hoping the trips will hold up but when the third J landed on the turn sealing me winning that hand I jumped up and down screaming QUUUAAAAADS!

What a glorious beginning of this day! I’m singing loudly here to the dog keep starring at me with the expression “pleeeease stop and feed me” on her face! We’re now heads up and just after a couple of hands I won the first game of the day. Wooohooo this sure looks promising don’t you think?

So on to next couple of games this time I’m playing 2 tables this time but not getting along with any hands on the first table at all. Running cold there and when I do get a hand I don’t hit anything on the board. Getting called with any 2 there and bubbled out.

On the other table I’m at the moment second in chip-lead with 6 players left. It’s the allin-frenzy there at the moment. Blinds are 100/200. Well doing very well now with my second heads up with a guy who played pretty much ABC-poker bet when he have something and fold when he’s no-draw which means I could steal a lot.

Won my second first place out of 3 games. Overall it’s been a profitable day but since I’m going to be occupied tonight and tomorrow I have to leave the poker for now. Going to a birthday-party but I’ll see you around at the tables if you want to play :D Play well and have fun playing well.  Netty.

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