Saturday, March 31, 2007

March Results and Goals for April

Well, I guess that says it all doesnt it? March was a really good month. +$830 or so in cash games, and I only wasted about $50 on Tourneys. As you can see I took a shot at 100nl towards the end of that big heater (hands 10.5k -16k) I actually played and ran well during my session at 100 and was up well over a buy in when this hand happened...

FullTiltPoker Game #2042598891: Table Peak (6 max) - $0.50/$1 - No Limit Hold'em - 2:59:02 ET - 2007/03/22
Seat 1: PedroCerrano ($121.10)
Seat 2: TwentyOneAerow ($54.50)
Seat 3: Undie28 ($194)
Seat 4: Arc Reaper ($44.50)
Seat 5: JPLG9 ($106.30)
Seat 6: jjdylan ($176.20)
JPLG9 posts the small blind of $0.50
jjdylan posts the big blind of $1
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to jjdylan [As Ad]
PedroCerrano folds
TwentyOneAerow folds
Undie28 folds
Arc Reaper raises to $3
JPLG9 folds
jjdylan raises to $10
Arc Reaper calls $7
*** FLOP *** [2c 7h 4s]
jjdylan bets $13
Arc Reaper raises to $34.50, and is all in
jjdylan calls $21.50
Arc Reaper shows [Qd 8d]
jjdylan shows [As Ad]
Arc Reaper: haha
*** TURN *** [2c 7h 4s] [5s]
*** RIVER *** [2c 7h 4s 5s] [6h]
Arc Reaper shows a straight, Eight high
jjdylan shows a pair of Aces
Arc Reaper wins the pot ($86.50) with a straight, Eight high
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $89.50 | Rake $3
Board: [2c 7h 4s 5s 6h]
Seat 1: PedroCerrano didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: TwentyOneAerow didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: Undie28 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: Arc Reaper (button) showed [Qd 8d] and won ($86.50) with a straight, Eight high
Seat 5: JPLG9 (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: jjdylan (big blind) showed [As Ad] and lost with a pair of Aces

After that hand I lost a few other mediocre pots over my tables and ended up only a few bucks. But I have no doubt I can beat that game just as well as ive been beating 50nl the past few months. I would have played more 100 this month, but I took some time off and didnt play much the last week or so, so when i did play i took it easy on myself and stuck to the 50nl games I'm comfortable in. I figure that once April starts I'll start taking more shots when I find good tables, and once my bankroll is $2500 or so I'll move up for good as long as I dont lose 6 or 7 buy ins right away.

As for the goals I set for myself at the Beginning of the month...

Play at least 15k hands. - Easily done. I hit close to 18k and could have booked well over 20k if I didnt take most of the last week off.

Reach 'Silver' in FTP's Iron Man Challenge once again. - Check. Like the last goal, I could have easily reached 'Gold' status if I pushed on through the last week.

Play/Run well enough to stay at $50nl and not have to drop back down again this month. - BOOM! I started off really hot...basically broke even for 8k hands....ran super hot for the next 6k then came back to earth a little at the end of it all.

...and finally, at the end of the month have at least $2000 in my FTP account. - This is the only goal i didn't meet, I did come really close, I broke the 2k barrier at my highest point of the month but fell back below over the last 2k hands or so.

April Goals:

Play at least 17k hands - I know I played 18k in March, but I dont think I'll have as much time to play in April so I'll set this as the goal.

Reach 'Gold' Status in Full Tilt's IronMan Promotion. - I could have done it this month, so I'll try to push for it in April.

Move up and become profitable at 100nl. - I'm going to wait until I win a few more buy ins at 50nl before i move up, but hey, its something to shoot for.

Build my bankroll over 2.5k. - If I have a winning month, this one should be easy, especially combined with the rakeback I'll be getting from march, so I guess all im saying is that...I want to win!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The ides of march

Wow, what a month its shaping up to be. As I said in my previous blog, I ran really hot over the first 3 days of the month. After that It was basically a week and a half of breaking even, every session I was either posting a small win or small loss, no real movement either way. Then I logged on to FTP on the 16th of the month. I played a real long session and ran amazingly hot, when it was all said and done I played almost 2000 hands and ended up +$303 all at 50nl. I felt I also played really during this session and it was exactly what I needed for both my bankroll and confidence. Other than the cash games I also took down a small sit n go on Absolute along with a small cash in a MTT also on absolute to combine for another $40 or so on the day.

The St. Patricks day weekend didnt involve much poker playing (thank god). Because i spent the weekend in a drunken haze, as can be expected! Today (well, i guess technically yesterday at this point) was my first day back to playing, and again I ran super hot. I put in a touch over 1000 hands today and booked a $163 win in the 50nl games. Early in the session I hit my second ever royal flush :-) (as pictured below, lol)

Not long afterwards, I flopped Quad Tens, and took down a medium sized pot. Today was definitely all about having the deck hit me in the face, because i dont think i played all that well. The cards definitely turned against me near the end of the session, but there were a bunch of hands I felt I played badly and was bailed out by the cards. I also left a lot of money on the table in certain hands early on. After i got done on the cash tables i played 4 sit n gos over on absolute. I've been playing the $6+1's just as something different, and to try and build up my bankroll over there, i didnt see any hands at all in the 4 i played tonight, well, save for AA in the very last one, but lucky me....i was up against a KJ who ended up making quads. Anyways i didnt finish higher than 5th in the SnG's tonight which kind of kills the good vibes i had going from the past few cash sessions.

Hopefully the month keeps going as is, I plan to keep putting in a lot of cash game hands on full tilt, and use the small roll i have over on absolute to play sngs and some small mtt's because i dont really care if i lose the money over there, and id like to improve all areas of my tournament game. Till next's to running good!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Its been a while

Well, i guess to begin I'll recap the past month or so.

January went well, I made just shy of $600 profit and met all the other goals i set for the month.

February....a totally different story. I dropped about $600 in the first week and a half of the month...took some time off, dropped back down to $25nl and grinded out a nice rebound before losing another $150 back at $50nl on the last day of the month.
When it was all said and done, i ended February a $300 loser. I also only got in 11.6k hands and fell short of maintaining my status in FTPs Iron man challenge. Needless to say, im very unhappy with how that turned out.

Anyways, its officially march now, and i started off the month with a touch under $700 to my FTP account. I played for about an hour on the afternoon of the 1st and dropped about $35 playing $ big deal. I sit down for my nighttime session and proceed to go on one of the best heaters ive had in a looooooooooong time. I played about 1500 hands, had AA 12 times...winning 11 times. I hit about 8 different sets and my oppponents basically acted exactly how i wanted them too in every hand. By the end of it i was sitting with just about 4 buy ins on 2 different tables and ended the session up $280. Doenst sound like much, but running at 18.5PTBB/100 sure is fun for a change!!! If only it could last.

Anyways, my goals for the rest of the month:

Since i got off track last month I'll keep them modest.

Play at least 15k hands.
Reach 'Silver' in FTP's Iron Man Challenge once again.
Play/Run well enough to stay at $50nl and not have to drop back down again this month.

and finally, at the end of the month have at least $2000 in my FTP account. I'm hesitant to even say that because its been a goal for months and months now, yet ive never broken that barrior. It seems every time i come close, i hit some sort of big downswing/monkey tilt to put a major hit on my bankroll. If i play well and put the hands in i should get there, so hopefully i can do it.