Thursday, March 03, 2005

Poker and Discipline

I played alot of poker the last two days... on Party and on UB.. plus freerolls on AB and one on Pokerroom... Alot of interesting things happened that I should have eithre taken notes about, or came here to ramble right away.. instead of what I am about to do... which is try to remember exactly what went down and in what order and all that... I do my blogging from work... I send hand histories via email to my work addy from home... I have 3 in my inbox, so, hopefully they will give me a clue as to what it was I intended to blog about....

Big Picture..Part I:
I put about 52.80 into Party.. that gave me $56. Also gave me ten bucks and some change cuz I used the reload bonus for February.. Only need to play 73 raked hands or so... which took a couple hours...which was cool, cuz I was so far ahead, I managed to cashout 50 bucks, and still have 36 dollars in there....then I took a break...

Big Picture..Part II: I was at about $100 even on UB, still needing to work off about 13 bonus dollars... let me tell you... I am damn glad UB does not have a time limit for thier bonus.. otherwise.. mine would have expired long ago... I was playing ring games on Party, so, I decided to play in a SNG or two on UB, then switch off, once I got my bonus on Party cleared... I lost a couple buy in real quick..then, managed to win a couple...never did get to a ring game on UB, before I took a break...

Now, the break consisted of me going to bed early.. at 9pm... $53 dollars ahead... $115 on UB, $36 on Party.. I was feeling pretty good with myself, my play, and pretty much everything, cept for the dishes building up in the sink... I woke up Wednesday morning realizing it was an holiday for Texas State Employees... hmmmmm.. Now, I could go to work, as it is an optional holiday, can be switched for say.. Good Friday... or, stay home and play poker.... poker agaisnt those who play during the day...of which I on rarely play... hmmmmmm... I stayed home... By noon, I was up to 154 on UB, and .06 on Party..... up 53 bucks since my last post/update of bankroll....

You ask, What happened on Party.. ? Let me splain....

See here, this happened Tuesday night...this led to me being able to cashout 50 bucks...I'm pretty sure this is also the hand that cleared my bonus.. so, I was looking at like 90 bucks in my account ( lost a couple SNG buyins ugh ). I went on to lose 4 dollars before 9pm... cashed out.. on to bed...

***** Hand History for Game 1669697985 *****
0/0 TexasHTGameTable (NL) - Tue Mar 01 20:07:17 EST 2005
Table Table 37291 (Real Money) -- Seat 7 is the button
Total number of players : 10
Seat 1: Covariance ( $23)
Seat 2: revbr ( $25)
Seat 3: Slayre ( $36.85)
Seat 4: gmoneymots ( $16.45)
Seat 5: shmoe1 ( $35.8)
Seat 6: rdb123 ( $21.6)
Seat 7: jumangio ( $31.4)
Seat 8: JoeyHasAces ( $13.7)
Seat 9: Zangief00 ( $43.45)
Seat 10: JZ_Jazmin ( $4.75)
Zangief00 posts small blind (0.1)
JZ_Jazmin posts big blind (0.25)
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to Slayre [ Ad, Ac ]
Covariance calls (0.25)
Slayre raises (0.5) to 0.5
gmoneymots calls (0.5)
shmoe1 calls (0.5)
rdb123 folds.
jumangio calls (0.5)
Zangief00: No reraises allowed.
Zangief00 calls (0.4)
JZ_Jazmin calls (0.25)
Covariance calls (0.25)
** Dealing Flop ** : [ 7h, 9s, Tc ]
Zangief00 checks.
JoeyHasAces: What really happened?
JZ_Jazmin bets (0.75)
Covariance calls (0.75)
Slayre raises (1.5) to 1.5
gmoneymots calls (1.5)
Zangief00: Dunno.
shmoe1 folds.
jumangio folds.
Zangief00 folds.
JZ_Jazmin calls (0.75)
Covariance calls (0.75)
** Dealing Turn ** : [ 7s ]
JZ_Jazmin checks.
Covariance checks.
Zangief00: JoeyHasAces raises [$0.75].
Slayre bets (2)
gmoneymots calls (2)
JZ_Jazmin raises (2.75) to 2.75
JZ_Jazmin is all-In.
Zangief00: (disconnected)
Covariance folds.
Zangief00: (From hand history.)
Slayre calls (0.75)
gmoneymots calls (0.75)
Creating Main Pot with $16.9 with JZ_Jazmin
** Dealing River ** : [ Ah ]
Slayre bets (4)
gmoneymots folds.
** Summary **
Main Pot: $16.9 | Side Pot 1: $4 | Rake: $0.85
Board: [ 7h 9s Tc 7s Ah ]
Covariance balance $21, lost $2 (folded)
revbr balance $25, sits out
Slayre balance $49, bet $8.75, collected $20.9, net +$12.15 [ Ad Ac ] [ a full house, Aces full of sevens -- Ad,Ac,Ah,7h,7s ]
gmoneymots balance $11.7, lost $4.75 (folded)
shmoe1 balance $35.3, lost $0.5 (folded)
rdb123 balance $21.6, didn't bet (folded)
jumangio balance $30.9, lost $0.5 (folded)
JoeyHasAces balance $13.7, sits out
Zangief00 balance $42.95, lost $0.5 (folded)
JZ_Jazmin balance $0, lost $4.75 [ Ts 4h ] [ two pairs, tens and sevens -- Ah,Ts,Tc,7h,7s ]

Next day, shortly before noon, I was already down 16 bucks...and I had just mucked two pair, cuz I read the guy for a King... ( he prolly had KKQQ to my QQJJ )..that hand cost me 12.. anyway, very next hand follows...... my mistake was not 1)folding from the start, or 2)not raising preflop.. the man hand me dominated from the very beginning and played it very well.... I know he wanted me to draw that heart on the river.... kudos to him...this hand cleaned me out on Party...

***** Hand History for Game 1672979869 *****
$25 NL Hold'em - Wednesday, March 02, 11:45:26 EDT 2005
Table Table 37418 (Real Money)
Seat 4 is the button
Total number of players : 10
Seat 5: Slayre ( $20 )
Seat 1: M2810369 ( $21.85 )
Seat 3: streamer1 ( $45.15 )
Seat 6: THE_WEAZ ( $25.25 )
Seat 9: nbtice_101 ( $35.35 )
Seat 4: mfmemp41 ( $29.95 )
Seat 8: AMYtheDEVIL ( $16.8 )
Seat 2: krazyb4now ( $7.3 )
Seat 10: terra13 ( $4.5 )
Seat 7: rescue123 ( $25 )
Slayre posts small blind [$0.1].
THE_WEAZ posts big blind [$0.25].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to Slayre [ 6h 4h ]
nbtice_101 folds.
terra13 folds.
krazyb4now folds.
streamer1 folds.
mfmemp41 folds.
Slayre calls [$0.15].
THE_WEAZ checks.
** Dealing Flop ** [ 2h, 2s, 5s ]
Slayre bets [$0.5].
THE_WEAZ calls [$0.5].
** Dealing Turn ** [ 9h ]
Slayre bets [$1.25].
THE_WEAZ calls [$1.25].
** Dealing River ** [ Kh ]
Slayre bets [$3.8].
THE_WEAZ raises [$8].
Slayre raises [$8.4].
THE_WEAZ raises [$8.4].
Slayre is all-In.
THE_WEAZ calls [$1.6].
THE_WEAZ shows [ 2c, 5d ] a full house, Twos full of fives.
Slayre doesn't show [ 6h, 4h ] a flush, king high.
THE_WEAZ wins $38 from the main pot with a full house, Twos full of fives.

I decided I can prolly never play and win a SNG on Party again.. I've just got too used to UB's format....seems you just don't get the time you need on Party to be crafty....I will prolly try again in April, and take advantage of the reload bonus again...try to be more disciplined... heh..

Being cleaned on on Party did not bother me, cuz it was all, or mostly all, from winnings and bonus anyway.. remember, I cashed out 50 bucks, so, technically, I lost $2.80... not bad for 6+ hours of poker.... I did however, find myself up 22 bucks or so on UB, and told myself.. what the hell, play in a $20+2 SNG NL on UB, play your best ever...if you bubble out or worse, your still even from yesterday, and still ahead over all.... So, that is what I did.. ( I actually did this while I was losing on Party ).. And I did play my best poker ever in that SNG, and I knew I would have to....I was oh so very patient and oh so very disciplined... throwing down KJ to a raise, pocket 9's or less to a raise, I pretty much only played AQs or higher everytime, unless an all in was before me... and most other hands, only if I was in the blinds.... I was the chip leader once we got down to 3 people, and there were 3 prizes.. so, I was ahead and my own philosophy on playing poker changes, once I am in the money... :) Still played well, just never got any more good cards and ended up in third.. +40 bucks......( well, 18 anyway. ).. Played to more $5+1's and took 3rd in both, up another 9 bucks....

I didn't play last night, I figured I needed a long break... it is only 54 dollars from before, but, 130 dollars over all, from my initial deposits and such...since, Feb 1. Not a huge sum for most folks... but for me, it is alot.. for 2 reasons...

1) its money I didn't have before.
2) when I first started playing for real money, I dropped 400 bucks faster than you could ask, "Flush beats a straight?" Beginner mistakes, drinking, depression, tilt, chasing... oh, it was bad..... and now... 4 months latre, altho small, I am showing a consist profit.. which I attribute to learning from my mistakes... I still drink and play on occasion tho.. just need to stop after 2 or 3 beers...heh...

Now I have a goal or two.. I can play to win to finance a trip to LV in June, for the bloggers tourney... and second, I can play to win to finance for a more local casino venture....I played with a goal, starting in december, which was to win back all the 400 dollars I lost in November.. and I did that... :)

I am hoping, having a clear goal, will help me to me even more patient and even more disciplined..... I will be playing tonight.. prolly start out with a 20+2 SNG on UB, only play that table and maybe Spider in the backgroud... see how that goes, and adjust... hopefully tomorrow, I can report more gains...

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