Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Finally a shipament post



Finally a sweet score. Ship the $14k after 7 grueling hours

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Monday, September 22, 2008

I love to torture myself



Started the hand in 2nd chip position. ep big stack raise, i 3bet in mp with KK, folds around and he shoves. If for whatever reason I fold there I would have ended up in 4th chip position. So I called and end up against AA.

Monday, September 08, 2008

I own WPT seat bubbling


Another WPT seat bubble for me. Weird, I played like crap the first hour, just donking off my chips, not really into it. Was down to like 2000 chips (10,000 to start) after 15mins I think. After that poker got easy, and had the chip lead with 20 to go. Final table I kept losing to shorties and when 5 handed it got down to two big stacks and 3 smallish (12 bbs or less) stacks including myself. Eliminated 5th, AT > Q7. Now the 4th place guy kept surviving his allins, including J8 > AK. My downfall ended up being an $11k flip. 99 <>
Win a wpt seat one time! Only a month left.
The rest of my sunday tournies were crap. ipoker $2.5 million I was completely card dead. Went out in 500ish. Pokerroom $500k I was dominating, until I kept losing at the end just shy of the $. Same with the pokerroom $20k rehab.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

lol I got slowrolled!

I open, blind raises leaving behind $954 at 1k/2k blinds, I raise on top. Dude then proceeds to time clock all the way down, then calls flipping up the rockets.

Stage #1253844479 Tourney ID 2055534 Holdem Multi Normal Tournament No Limit $2000 - 2008-08-16 19:00:38 (ET)
Table: 16 (Real Money) Seat #5 is the dealer
Seat 1 - PCH180 ($76357.92 in chips)
Seat 2 - ACTYPER ($82719.70 in chips)
Seat 3 - MERKER777 ($66815.48 in chips)
Seat 4 - BADBEETE ($23985.32 in chips)
Seat 5 - MINDISMAN ($38713.28 in chips)
Seat 7 - FRANKIEBUS ($25153.84 in chips)
Seat 8 - VIKESFAN353 ($13754.46 in chips)
PCH180 - Ante $200
ACTYPER - Ante $200
MERKER777 - Ante $200
BADBEETE - Ante $200
MINDISMAN - Ante $200
FRANKIEBUS - Ante $200
VIKESFAN353 - Ante $200
FRANKIEBUS - Posts small blind $1000
VIKESFAN353 - Posts big blind $2000
*** POCKET CARDS ***
Dealt to ACTYPER [Ac Kd]
PCH180 - Folds
ACTYPER - Raises $5000 to $5000
MERKER777 - Folds
BADBEETE - Folds
MINDISMAN - Folds
FRANKIEBUS - Raises $23000 to $24000
VIKESFAN353 - Folds
ACTYPER - Raises $43000 to $48000
FRANKIEBUS - All-In $953.84
ACTYPER - returned ($23046.16) : not called
*** FLOP *** [10d Qc Jd]
*** TURN *** [10d Qc Jd] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [10d Qc Jd 8d] [7c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ACTYPER - Shows [Ac Kd] (Straight, ten to ace)
FRANKIEBUS - Shows [Ad Ah] (One pair, aces)
ACTYPER Collects $53307.68 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot($53307.68)
Board [10d Qc Jd 8d 7c]
Seat 1: PCH180 Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 2: ACTYPER won Total ($53307.68) HI:($53307.68) with Straight, ten to ace [Ac Kd - P:Ac,P:Kd,B:Qc,B:Jd,B:10d]
Seat 3: MERKER777 Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 4: BADBEETE Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 5: MINDISMAN (dealer) Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 7: FRANKIEBUS (small blind) HI:lost with One pair, aces [Ad Ah - P:Ah,P:Ad,B:Qc,B:Jd,B:10d]
Seat 8: VIKESFAN353 (big blind) Folded on the POCKET CARDS


PWND!!!!!!!!!!

Don't slowroll, it's not nice!

Boo, just lost headsup. AA < JJ allin preflop. $1,310, not bad. 3 final tables this afternoon.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Back to Vegas & Free Cardrunners videos!

First, yes I am going back to Vegas, about a month since I left there. Won't be much poker play this time around (though there wasn't much last time either). Friend's wedding at the Bellagio, should be around 30 or us alltogether, so some good drunken times lie ahead. Me and my liver are ready.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Got my $10k back :)



Not too bad of a comeback. Was about a bit under average when the $ bubble broke. After at one point got down to 1.5BB. A few double ups and some weird non calls, I was back up to a decent stack. With about 30 left I was amongst the chip leaders, and started the final table 2/10. Let some other guys battle it out, and stayed out of the path of the cl. Won some pots here and there, chip leads kept changing hands. Lost a bunch when my set was overturned by a river flush. Battled back and with 4 left was the chip leader 1.2 - 800k - 800k - 200k. Though I got lucky though as Ax > TT. A few double ups by the little stack and at one point, all of us were about even. 3/4 of us played pretty tough poker, resteals galore so chips were moving. 4th place was eliminated, can't remember the hand now. A bowed out when I tried a resteal with A4, but ran against 88. 4 on the turn, but blank river. Had a feeling I was going to have a nice score today, though in honesty I thought it would be in the 2million+ tourney on Pokerstars. KK < AA to an uber donk killed those dreams. Also played a €100k on Poker Heaven (Boss), which I dominated but just ran so bad late.

http://www.pokerroom.com/poker/tournaments/info/37731961/

Friday, July 11, 2008

My first Uber beat

Stage #1025854414: Holdem Normal $10/$20 - 2008-07-11 23:16:36 (ET)
Table: RAKOF AVE (Real Money) Seat #4 is the dealer
Seat 4 - JOHNFRUGBY ($605.50 in chips)
Seat 5 - ACTYPER ($651 in chips)
Seat 6 - 1MOREFISH ($1235.97 in chips)
Seat 1 - JESSMPG ($420.50 in chips)
Seat 2 - HARDSHELL ($131.50 in chips)
Seat 3 - GRIMNOK ($86.50 in chips)
ACTYPER - Posts small blind $5
1MOREFISH - Posts big blind $10
*** POCKET CARDS ***
Dealt to ACTYPER [6h 5h]
JESSMPG - Raises $20 to $20
HARDSHELL - Calls $20
GRIMNOK - Folds
JOHNFRUGBY - Calls $20
ACTYPER - Calls $15
1MOREFISH - Calls $10
*** FLOP *** [9h 7h 10h]
ACTYPER - Bets $10
1MOREFISH - Calls $10
JESSMPG - Calls $10
HARDSHELL - Calls $10
JOHNFRUGBY - Calls $10
*** TURN *** [9h 7h 10h] [2s]
ACTYPER - Bets $20
1MOREFISH - Raises $40 to $40
JESSMPG - Calls $40
HARDSHELL - Folds
JOHNFRUGBY - Calls $40
ACTYPER - Calls $20
*** RIVER *** [9h 7h 10h 2s] [8h]
ACTYPER - Bets $20
1MOREFISH - Folds
JESSMPG - Calls $20
JOHNFRUGBY - Raises $40 to $40
ACTYPER - Raises $40 to $60
JESSMPG - Folds
JOHNFRUGBY - Raises $40 to $80
ACTYPER - Calls $20
*** SHOW DOWN ***
JOHNFRUGBY - Shows [Jd Jh] (Straight flush, jack)
ACTYPER - Mucks
JOHNFRUGBY Collects $486.50 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot($490) | Rake ($3) | Jackpot Rake ($0.50)
Board [9h 7h 10h 2s 8h]
Seat 1: JESSMPG Folded on the RIVER
Seat 2: HARDSHELL Folded on the TURN
Seat 3: GRIMNOK Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 4: JOHNFRUGBY (dealer) won Total ($486.50) HI:($486.50) with Straight flush, jack [Jd Jh - P:Jh,B:10h,B:9h,B:8h,B:7h]
Seat 5: ACTYPER (small blind) HI: [Mucked] [6h 5h]
Seat 6: 1MOREFISH (big blind) Folded on the RIVER

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Bye!

A few parting comments before I leave Vegas. Yes unfortunately my time here will be cut way short. Stomach flu or something like that has got me tilted. Can't keep anything in, and don't feel like playing a tournament like this. Wanted to play the Caesars deep stack today, and if I did well would play the main event on Tues. Kinda pissed, I'll only end up playing the one tournament here, and that didn't last too long. Oh well, next year.

I just also wanted to say thanks to Pokerroom. Their first impression wasn't that great, communication was horrible. I had no idea what i was supposed to do, and when I arrived at Mandalay Bay, was just praying that there was a room for me here.

Well there was, plus more. A huge basket full of snacks was waiting here for me. Unfortunately I did not get notice that there was a greeting party that night, and I arrived late for it. So never got my duffel bag full of clothes, will just settle for one hoodie instead. Part of the package pokerroom offered their players were complimentary events including: Hoover Dam visit, Grand Canyon tour, 18 holes and desert sands, various parties and more. They made sure you had a good time here, and made sure you always had plenty to drink!

Friday, July 04, 2008

wsop Busto

I guess better go out early than bubble, but still feels pretty shitty.

Got up to about 25k early. Limped JTs, next player raises 3x, a couple calls and i call. Flop AKsx. Somehow checked around. Turn Q, sweet. I lead out for 750 into 1200. Original raiser calls, fold, fold. Turn is a blank, I bet out 1500 and he calls. Flips over AA. If I had knew would have tried taking more. Very surprised he played it so passively.

Lost a lot of chips when i raised utg with AA and was smoked by QTo with a river straight.

Final hand was limp, limp, I raise it up with KK on the bottom. Fold, call. Flop Q88. He bets out 2/3 here, I raise, he reraises, and I just shove, and he calls. Dominated by A8. I guess i was still deep enough to get away from this, but couldn't find a fold.

Will prob hang around here for a bit longer, play some other tournies. Caesars etc. Will keep you guys updated on the other stuff

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

WSOP Update Wed July 2

So I arrived last night. Too tired to do anything, so stayed at Mandalay Bay. Found out that the pokerroom info/party was that night but started at 5. Ran over to the hall where it was up, luckily it was just finishing. Got some stuff, but still not much info, like when I would be playing. Ended the night just playing some tight ass 1/2 at MBay.

Went to the Rio today. Had some meetings. Played a quick satellite. Played some 10/20limit. Went to check WSOP registration to see if I was registered!

So low and behold I am playing tomorrow, Thursday! Thanks pokerroom for letting me know, I still don't have the duffel bags with all the clothing.

Monday, June 30, 2008

I still suck headsup

Today a got a newspaper article written about me (Toronto Sun: June 30, 2008). I also got a tv interview (City TV News, June 30, 2008)

But.... I still suck headsup



Never been so dominated headsup. I started HU down 3:1 after i dominated the final table. At one point 3 handed I had 1/2 the chips in play. What it boiled down to was I had the 2nd best hand all the time. My opponenet always hit at least top pair. Was an opponent who never raised preflop, ever...

So I would lose, lose, lose, get low, double up. Rinse and repeat. At one point I evened it up, but that trend continued. I eventually pushed 94s into A7o and couldn't hit.

Was a winner take all and I left with nothing. Damn I suck headsup.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

You Wanna Piece of Me?

Since some of you asked, I will be selling a piece of me for the WSOP 08 Main Event.

I will only be selling 10% of me for now.

A straight 1:1 ratio. 1% = $100.

Will be updating this blog throughout the wsop. Pokerroom blog should have me covered as well. If I get chips the Pokernews will have coverage. Pocketfiveslive. I might signup for FTSweat as well.

So here is the list of those who own me.

Vince - 1%
Darren - 1%
Mathieu - 1% (pending)
Ryan/Chris - 1%
Barb - 0.5%
Scott - 0.5%
Tylor - 1.5%
John - 1%
Wes - 1.5% (swap)
Kash - 1%

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Just won my WSOP main event seat! See you in vegas!



edit: I think this is what I won, found it on the forums.

Congratulations.You won a $17,500 package including:
$10,500 tournament fee
$4,000 hotel
$2,000 travel and spending money
$1,000 entry fees for other poker events

If you want the $2,000 travel money put into your account, you should contact support asap. They will send you a contract that you should sign and send back.You will have to book your flights yourself.Your room is booked in the Mandalay Bay hotel from june 30 to july 17. Breakfast is included.You will be wined and dined and pampered, but hardly anything is known about when and how exactly.
--------------------------------------------

OK I'll go throught the list first.

8) Betfair (sat in) - Failed. Super aggro preflop action all the time. Unfortunately I never got any traps set.
9) Mansion (sat in) - Failed. First Tilt of the day. Build up a nice stack. Then got aggro monkey to shove into my turned set. He rivered a gutshot.
10) Pokerroom Bounty - Winner, woot woot! See pic above, TR below.
11) Full Tilt OFC ($2k subevent) - Failed. Once again built up a nice stack, but just ran bad late.
12) Pokerroom (sat in) - Failed. Same story as usual. Built up a nice stack, top 10. A whole bunch of limpers and I find myself with QQ. I value squeeze shove to portray a bluff or AK hoping a smaller pair calls. EP ends up with KK, gg stack.
13) PokerStars 200 seat - Failed. Lost interest when I won my seat. Hovered around 10BB most of the time.
14) Cake 8 seat -(sat in) Failed. Kept on getting reshoved, and bled chips.
15) Full Tilt 150 seat - still playing. Lost interest, then rededicated myself. Solid players on my table so my stack has been moving up and down. Lots of restealing going on by me and others. Bah.. got myself back with a good stack, but just let it bleed down. Finished 280 I think.



Ok so here is the story of how I won the seat.


Pokerroom $100 Bounty tourney with 2 $17,500 wsop prize packages added. 1200+ players.

Honestly I can't remember much up until the $ bubble period. I had 8 tables going at one point. When I noticed that players were already stalling with 20 to go, thats when my aggro started. I built an avg stack to a top 30ish (130 bubble), all without showdown. I continued my aggressiveness preflop as there were a lot of Tight passives. There must have been a lot of satelliting into this thing. I easily built that into a top 3 stack by the time final table hit. Losing a chunk KK vs AQ.


No difference when the final table played out, everybody was trying to move up payouts or sneak into a wsop spot. I just kept taking and taking as people kept leaving their chips exposed. Once in a while i'd lose to shorties, but there wasn't much of a dent. Won a bunch of Ax vs Ax better kicker hands to eliminate some players. Even a JJ held to knock out a guy. When it got down to 3 handed I had a pretty good chip lead so I was excited. First hand I raise with JJ on the button, sb folds, bb shoves. I call, he flips over KK. Shit. Flop comes Jxx. Gin! x turn, x river. I love Jacks! At that point I was super excited, and pretty much forgot there was a $4k payout difference from 1st to 2nd. I had a huge lead, but he doubled up on me 89 > QT. I turned a straight and money went in. He made a flush. I still had the nut flush draw, but it didn't hit. Then i lost some more chips 77 vs QT. Lost the rest of my chips 33 vs AA a few hands later. I got pwnd headsup, but I don't think I cared too much.



So I ended up winning a $10k seat, $7500 in expenses, and $3700+ cash for the 2nd. I have no idea what I get for $7500, there is no info on their website. Just give me that in cash. :) My first intent was to fly down Thurs night, July 3. So much stuff going on the nights before that I don't want to miss though (PSO party, Bluff party). I think I might have to though, but pokerroom might also have a set schedule I have to follow. Anybody else going who likes UFC, I want to get tickets for the July 5 show. I'm going to try and play on sunday, though I have no idea how to register. Got a bunch of stuff to take of before I guess, was much easier when they were allowed to do everything for you.



For those who asked about staking, i'll give out details later.



Good luck with your wsop quest!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Last month of WSOP qualifying

Well so far no luck in my WSOP quest. Haven't posted much as i've been on such a downer. After posting my best month, May was my worst. I just sucked ass / ran bad in everythng. Started off June bad as well, but my last 2 sessions have gone ok. I turned down my aggro level a bit as the variance of playing that way gives you heart burn when things don't go right. Thats for NL, limit wise i'm just running super bad.

So here are my plans for WSOP qualifiers

Pokerroom - sats are super easy, I should have played these weekly. A qualifier everyday until the 15th. I can't make the weekday ones, but I should be able to play at least 3/4 weekend ones. Have 1 ticket right now.

PokerStars - I've given up on the steps. Sunday $650 25 seats are good value, just haven't been able to sat in. Will be playing the 200 seater $320 on the 15th.

Full Tilt - I think just the $500 150 seater on the 15th for me. Will try to sat in. BBT3 I just stunk it up. Two 2nd places in the final 2 weeks. Will play the subevent giveaway on the 8th though.

Mansion - Will play the 20seat $320 on the 15th

SunPoker - prob play the 1seat guarantee on the 8th. $220?

Betfair - 7 seat guarantee on the 15th is intriging. $500. 1st wins a wsope and wsop me seat. Will prob play

Action Poker Still have a step 7 to play. 10 person sng, winner gets seat. Sat or Sun night at 9pm. Prob is they hardly ever fill up.

Cake Poker Will continue playing these on Sunday. $215. Sat in with cake points if I have. Those sats are so bad though, players are awful.

ClubBluff ClubUBT skin from Bluff Magazine that uses subscripton style for buyins. ie) $20 a month will give you a bunch of points/freerolls. If i'm bored i'll try it out, theres a wsop me giveaway in a couple of weeks but need to sat in.

Will be playing in the P5 Open (stars, 1 seat added) on the 7th, and the PSO Absolute Poker seat giveaway on the 22nd. Played about 50 points yesterday (need 100 to qualify) and was prety easy. I so wish I had rakeback on here. I forgot about their double stack cash games.

Will prob skip

Everest - 10 seat on the 15th. $1000 buyin. If theres a good sat on the weekend i'll play, but the sats they have now are weekdays or just garbage (non guarantee, hardly ever reach min)

AP/UB - meh. If theres a big one coming up i'll play.

Party - I think they are on Fri. 6:30. Too early imo.

Hollywood - $320 if I sat. I recently had pokerroom and hollywood open at the same time, didnt' know you could do that. Not same tourney of course :)

Prima ones = meh

iPoker = don't like the satellite structures for any tournies on ipoker. Plus their jackpot sngs never run because the structures are so bad. 1000 starting chips.


Wish me luck!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

P5 Open

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Saying Uncle

Just about ready to give up on my WSOP chase. Too frustrating qualifying in all those events and with nothing to show for in the end. Failed in the Ultimate Bet 25 seat, Pokerroom 10 seat, Pokerroom 40 player, Cake ME and subevent. In all these events I played well, made it semi deep, but just couldn't run well when it counted. But its jsut monday morning talking, i'll be back at it spewing money by tonight.

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

April Recap

In short, had my best month of the year so far playing the least amount of hours so far. What gives??

  • Played 43hrs, have been averaging about 60
  • Only 1 significant tourney cash - 2nd in Absolute $11k for just under $2k
  • Owned at limit, especially at 20/40
  • Not much happening in NL
  • About 7-8k hands altogether
  • Still no WSOP ME seat
  • Pretty good at satelliting
  • Pretty bad at sng'ing (except for those Action poker ones)
  • Total of a $6k month

May I'll prob play about the same or less. Too many busy sundays, damn running out of time for these wsop qualifiers.

Monday, April 14, 2008

A real post!


Been a while since I've made a real post without any shilling! Just wanted to give an update on my poker life. I still suck at donkaments, I still own at satellites, I still suck at Pokerstars WSOP steps, I'm decent at regular sitngos, my NL cash game is playing well just have to get my hands to hold, my limit cash game is still owning (unfortunately 20/40 on cake doesn't run enough).

Took my money out of Poker Heaven and Paradise Poker due to the Boss / Poker Trillion dispute. This is just in case, I don't want my money locked up as I have a good chunk on Heaven. Too bad, their cash games are still juicy, and I sorta enjoy the 5max tables.

Action poker network 50x tournament was a sham. They eventually let it all players who deposited and played a qualifying sit and go. 150+ players and stalling began after 5 exits. I think I was one of the top 5 out. With 8 minute blinds and 1500 starting chips, I wasn't going to let go of KQ on a QJT board. 100th would have paid out $200, but I was more interested in the $10k 1st payout.

I might completely take a break from tournaments for a while, I can't seem to run well in them at all. Maybe I'm just putting too much pressure on myself to win a WSOP seat. Reminds me, haven't played a BBT3 tourney in many weeks now, I should start again, maybe next week though.

Cash games I just need a heater. I feel as if i'm making the +ev decision in most hands i'm involved with. Still need to work on extracting max amounts. I've been getting hands, hitting hands, flopping sets, but not getting paid off on them, especially sets. Been a long time since i've gone set vs overpair.

Started reading Harrington on Cash Volume 1. 1/2 way through it and wow, this might be one of the worst books I have ever read. Perhaps I'm just disappointed since HOH MTT was so valuable. Does Harrington even play cash games? Has he ever played an online game? I don't really know what I expected, but it feels like asking Wayne Gretzky to coach the Toronto Raptors. wtf. His pansy ass approach towards cash games is not how you make money. He fails to realize that NL cash games is a game of stacks. You attempt to win the big pots, not the little ones. Another peeve is that a lot of his examples are off High Stakes Poker (the tv show). C'mon, your using examples that are pretty much irrelevant to the readers of your book. Praising Doyle's play of cold calling on the SB with 1 caller already behind you on a definate call in the BB (Elezera calls with ATC at that point).

Picked up UFC83 tickets, so buddies and I are off to Montreal for the weekend. Going to be some sick parties and a sick event. Going to be crazy loud when GSP walks to the octagon. Can't wait, WAR GSP!!!!

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Finally a decent mtt, though I still can't win a wsop seat



Came 2nd for a score of €2400, or about $3600. Was supposed to be a wsop me sat, but only 16 people entered, needed 20. Kinda sad, I'm guessing it was mostly satellite qualifiers as well. Pretty much chipped up early, trying to remember the hand, but can't remember. Stayed 1/15 for pretty much the entire way until 6 left or so. Didn't really lose any pots, just others won some big ones. Bubble didn't last too long so couldn't take advantage of that. 3 handed, the other 2 players got involved. Under pair vs flush draw, underpair ended with a full house, and most of the chips. Other than that, 3 handed wasn't that eventfull. When it got down to headsup, was about 3:1 over me and I had approx 10BB. He slow played 88, and I shoved on the BB with 65s. I think that was the 2nd hand HU. I could have easily dominated this tourney, but the eventual winner was a calling station, don't bluff him, never raises pf kind of player. I wasn't too sure how to play against him. I tried overbetting for value which didn't work, I was just lost. Oh well, the money is good, and luckily there was no wsop seat, I would have bubbled!

Cake WSOP I final tabled, but exited in 9th. At that time I was 8/9 with about 10BB. I thought the button was stealing so I shoved in SB with A9o. I should have figured a button pot bet was not a steal attempt. He had KK and it held up. This was a tourney where I was pretty much average stack all day. Nothing else for the day, bubbled the Party 18k 6 away from the $.

Spent the weekend in Niagara. I really don't like live cash games, or maybe its just there at Fallsview. Service is slow, have to wait forever for a table. Most management types there are pricks, and I just don't get how inefficient the whole poker room is run. Is there something against the gambling commission that makes it illegal to run a good room? Empty seats galores, empty tables with dealers sitting there with no work to do. I waited about 1.5hrs for a 5/5 table. Some guy who joined later said he waited 3hrs. I called out the assistant prick telling him I've just watched him add his buddies and regulars to the top of the list. He gave excuses about callins blah blah, whatever. Other than for WPT sats, I can't see myself going there again anytime soon.

On the playing side, I just don't win live. Extremely card dead, and having to win with garbage. I think I don't know how to bet size properly live. People are willing to pay you off based on the $ amount, and not the pot value of it. Overbetting gets paid off, not sure why I don't do it. Something to learn. And just the retardness of players. 3 limpers to the highjack who limps behind. I limp on the button with T6o, wheee! T69 flop. Bet call. Turn Q or something. Bet call. River was something to complete a flush. check, and I decide to just check behind. He turns over AA, wtf!!! If I knew I'd have your stack you dumbass.

Partied that night at Dragonfly. No redbull... wtf? They give you Rockstar instead. Rockstar and Smirnoff doesn't really taste that great, but it'll do. Next round I ask for Goose, no goose, Belvedere was the premium there. WTF?? Tasted better than Smirnoff at least. By the end of the night was just zoned out.

But all this just gives me a taste of Vegas, can't wait till I go again. Hopefully in July :)

Sunday, March 09, 2008

March Break / Reading Week

A couple days ago I decided that next week I would dedicate purely to traing. Watching videos and reading books. Running bad and not playing well, I just have to get my mind in the right direction again. I'll still play the blogger events but thats about it.

I posted on a few message boards but that Cross Country Tour is a bust. Not really worth the free entry in terms of the knowledge you receive back. Probably end up more confused afterwards. I'd skip it.

Been a while since a won a tourney, but I did win a small one.



Was a fun super turbo. 90 players, lasted about 45min. Just pushed at the right times I guess.

I've been pretty killer with my satellites again, with another 2 wsop main qualifiers. Failed my cake one just now in 22nd. TT < AK. K turn. Lost a pokerroom yesterday. So I still have 1 more pokerroom one left and now a Party one. I stink badly at steps, maybe i'll watch some turbo sng videos to improve. Can't get past step 3.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Never going to win a live seat Part III


Wow didn't think the next post in this series would be the day after!

My fault, played like a pansy 3 handed. The two luckboxes are 1 and 2, what can you do. Better lucky than skilled.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Never gonnna win a live seat again part 2



Was a freeroll with optional $25 rebuy/addon. Didn't do either, by the time the break hit, the addon would have bought 3BB. Very weak field so didn't take much thinking to get to the final table. Knocked out most of the players and stayed within the 1st/2nd range. Lost a crucial 3outer with 5 to go. KQ < Ax with a K on the flop. Then lost a flip Q9s vs 33 with 9 possible outs after the flop. By the time it got down to 6 handed, there wasn't much play available, push shove mode. Next time...

I did manage to win 2 $535 buyins for the pokerroom wsop sats though. Didn't realize it was 55 player max so didn't get to play today. Good thing about the pokerroom ones is that it pays out to 7. :)

Thank God Feb is a short month

February sucked, plain and simple. Couldn't get any runs going, couldn't get hands to hold up. My mtt results just sucked, FTOPS was a bust. I guess satellite play was good as I got into most of the events I wanted. Even after all my rakeback numbers are in, I lost money this month. What this does is:
  • Screws up your confidence
  • Puts you in a sour mood
  • Crushes thoughts of starting the year off strong
  • Forces you to make it up the month after
  • More training/schooling

On the cash game side, my NL game was a big loser. Not ready to step back down as I think I'm still playing ok, just on a bad side of variance. My limit game is pretty good, well maybe 20/40 only. For some reason I lost $ at 10/20 and 5/10, so I'll stay away from those.

Tournament side I better get something going, not sure what leaks I have right now. Probably something on the aggression side as I go into too many lulls and watch my stack disappear. With the BBT3 coming up I have to start winning.

This month my cash games will be mostly on Cake Poker. I'll probably tryout some cryptologic games as they have some good wsop/wpt promos. Earlier read that some bonuses might be gone though. I'll prob play some tournies on saturday instead, and nothing on sunday. Need a sunday break. Will be back sunday night though for the kickoff of BBT3.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sunday Madness

Decided to just go crazy on mtts today. Was profitable, but not what I expected, could have been better.

WPT Celebrity Inv Sat: -$11 (2nd)
FTOPS KO: -$129
FTOPS NL Sat: -$55
Prima $175k rebuy: -$245 (4 to the bubble, even though I had a top 50 stack with 5 to go)
Titan $200k: -$215
Mansion $150k: +$1650 (10th). Lost many flips to A rag. Otherwise Super Ninja mode activated.
FTOPS NL: -$320 (i just sucked this one)
Action Poker $25k: -$108. Flopped trips, got flushed.
Cake $100k: Still playing. Freerolled a gold chip sat to get in.

20/40 Limit: +$340
5/10 Limit: -$286
10/20 Limit: +$376

Tired, need redbull. 8.5hrs now. damn Sundays.

I don't think i'll ever win a live satellite package again

He had a 3:1 chip advantage going on. Due to a lot of 1ups on me, ie flush over flush. Headsup was back and forth. Sucked out on him 33 > 66. But he often had a hand a bit better than me. Ended up losing 33 < QQ. Man so close once again. Hopefully he doesn't have a passport or something. :)

Sunday, February 03, 2008

The Official Mike McDonald thread


From Casino Whore -> Poker Super Balla in 2 years. gg Mike!!! gg Timex!!! gg Hit_21_Hit!!!

http://www.pokerstarsblog.com/2008/02/ept-dortmund-18-year-old-mike-mcdonald.html

EPT Dortmund: 18 year-old Mike McDonald becomes youngest ever EPT winner
By Stephen Bartley on February 2, 2008 6:29 PM | Permalink

It can sometimes feel like a relief when the best man wins. There were a few likely candidates when play began this afternoon, but it muddies the sceptics view when skill, talent and potential combine in a player and are so easy to spot. Sometimes it can be tougher to put your finger on, but it was punctuated nicely tonight by 18 year-old Canadian Mike McDonald.

His is a fledgling poker career officially just six months old and it’s hard to imagine him having already had a bad patch. He did, but it only last three months and in the last five weeks his upturn in form has involved five cashes now totalling over $1.5 million. And judging by the way he plays – calm, considered, with less gamble than most – it’s hard to see him returning to those ‘dark’ days.


Mike McDonald
McDonald literally leapt into poker the day he turned 18, playing in the World Series of Poker Europe in London. His birthday coincided with day 1b of the event and he turned up, promptly paid his ten grand to play, found himself at the feature table and was eliminated by 2006 World Champion Jamie Gold. But McDonald took few negatives from this experience, playing live more and more and recording his first cash in the EPT Prague back in December.

Back then he seemed like dozens of other young players making their EPT debut, perhaps a little tidier and clean cut than most, but eager, aggressive and with little regard for the value of the chips he was playing with. He finished 14th in the Czech capital, collecting €20,200 before heading to Australia, the Aussie millions festival where a second and first place ignited his form. There was nothing stopping him and the EPT Dortmund was about to see that for itself.


So back to where we started today...

Seat 1 -- Mike McDonald – Canada -- 862k
Seat 2 -- Diego Perez – Spain -- 744k
Seat 3 -- Thibaut Durand – France – 148k
Seat 4 -- Johannes Strassmann – Germany – PokerStars sponsored player -- 827k
Seat 5 -- Christian Harder – United States – PokerStars qualifier -- 339k
Seat 6 -- Andreas Gulunay – Germany -- 560k
Seat 7 -- Torsten Haase – Germany - 369k
Seat 8 -- Claudio Rinaldi – Switzerland – 276k

At the start of the day this one seemed straight forward. The story would be simple – Johannes Strassmann and Mike McDonald would gradually eliminate the rest of the field (McDonald in fact saw off five), the two would then shake hands and face a heads-up battle equal in chips with everything to play for. They seemed more confident and skilled than the others – both to people watching and to themselves. McDonald would later say that he had a visit from Strassmann at 3am the night before – with friendly rivalry Strassmann said he was determined to win his home EPT.

And no-one doubted him for the first few hours of the final. The 22 year-old German, likely to feature regularly on this tour in the future, was alive at the table – talking, cajoling, using table talk that was great to watch and harked back to last year’s final when Andreas Hoivold talked to the other finalists into submission without reply.

American PokerStars qualifier Christian Harder, or ‘Charder’ would go first. He was one of the short stacks and took his chance finding A-K in the hole. What he couldn’t predict was Mike McDonald holding aces. The inevitable happened and we were quickly down to seven with Harder picking up €85,500.

An hour later we were down to six. This time it was Frenchman Thibaut Durand pushing with A-4 straight after the break, called by Johannes Strassmann. So far the blue print for the final of McDonald and Strassmann seemed to be playing out. Strassmann held pocket eights which proved enough, sending Durand to the rail with €120,200.


Thibaut Durand
But things would soon go wrong for Strassmann. Keeping his aggression in check ultimately cost him - big raises would be trumped by re-raises all-in and whilst he proved most entertaining, he was also most volatile. Up to over a million in chips he then went through a black period that would see him out earlier than anyone imagined.

Then for a while we hardly saw a flop. A hand would be folded or re-raised all-in and when it was it tended to be Strassmann who suffered. The first two players had gone within the first 90 minutes but now there was a sense of the long haul. Three players, McDonald, Strassmann and another German Torsten Haase were all within a few grand of each other whilst no one, with the exception of Claudio Rinaldi, was ever close to being so low that an all or nothing move was required.

Torsten Haase – Germany -- 863,000
Diego Perez – Spain -- 851,000
Johannes Strassmann – Germany -- PokerStars sponsored player -- 825,000
Andreas Gülünay – Germany -- 643,000
Mike McDonald – Canada -- 528,000
Claudio Rinaldi – Switzerland -- 383,000

To the Strassmann demise, which started with a raise re-raised by McDonald. Painful as it was Johannes had to fold. Whilst Torsten Haase worked his way further ahead attention was still on the two favourites. Then another hand - Diego Perez raised, Strassmann re-raised and Perez moved all-in. He might have been ahead but Strassmann couldn’t risk it – another pot lost.

Then, two hours after Durand’s exit the hand came to send Strassmann out. A raise, a McDonald re-raise and an all-in move from the German – perhaps intended to put an end to this nonsense. But McDonald called, and why wouldn’t he? Holding kings he was way ahead of Strassmann who simply mucked. It was over. Like Michael Norinder in Prague - a million to none in quick time - Strassmann was out, for €152,000.
Strassmann in seventh had taken two hours to depart. Now the other players could relax a little. One of the major threats had gone - no more raising, no more table talk that could open them up at any moment for all to see.

Claudio Rinaldi, who had hung on well, went next. He pushed in against Andreas Gulunay with A-9; pocket sevens for Gulunay which did the honourable thing and held steady. Rinaldi out in fifth for €193,000.
As predicted it was not long before the next player was counting cash on the rail.


Claudio Rinaldi
Diego Perez had spent a good deal of the week as chip leader, holding it on day three well enough to stretch it to the final, third in chips. That he didn’t advance any further was largely due to Mike McDonald. By now the Canadian had manoeuvred passed a few awkward hours and was in a good gear. He raised, Perez moved in and after a few analytical moments picked apart on EPT Live, the press room and McDonald’s head, he called. It was a good one. The 18 year-old only had deuces but was ahead of Perez holding J-T. We were down to three with Perez going out for €193,000.


Spaniard Diego Perez
It didn’t stay that way for long. Third place was taken a short while later by Torsten Haase. The German had become the dark horse of this final, slipping by the favourites to spend a pleasant few hours with the chip lead - the only player with a seven figure stack. But again it was Mike McDonald busy setting himself up nicely, calling Torsten’s all-in on a flop of Q-5-3.


Heads up McDonald held the advantage...

Mike McDonald -- 2,900,000
Andreas Gulunay -- 1,200,000

Was there a gulf between the two player’s outlooks? A solid player s he was Andreas Gulunay had achieved something he hadn’t expected a few days ago. He had survived a volatile final table, kept out of trouble, and secured himself a guaranteed €528,500, and soon his play began to reflect this.


Andreas Gulunay
A McDonald bet saw Andreas moved all-in. Not the gambling type, with the chip lead and feeling no rush, McDonald mucked. Cue the German supporters on the rail to begin chants of “Andy!” Gulunay raised a drink to them and said a few words, all lapped up by the rail. But all the while the flash moves seemed to be heading towards something ready to stop him in his tracks.

The best analogy I could think of was from the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. In it there’s a scene where Indiana Jones, in the midst of a chase to find the girl, runs into a mercenary in full battle dress who parts the crowds and prepares to destroy the hero. He puts on display of spectacular swordsmanship intended to frighten the bejesus out of Jones, impressing the crowd who await the final act of victory. Indiana Jones simply removes his pistol, shoots the man, ends the fight, and gets on with the chase.

Mike McDonald tonight performed the poker equivalent.

Bang!

The hand was well underway – a flop of K-7-J. Andreas had checked allowing Mike to bet 120k. Andreas, perhaps underestimating the Canadian or perhaps ready to end this once and for all, re-raised – 300k more which McDonald called. This was now a big pot and the king on the turn would make it even bigger.

300k from Andreas who was reaching terminal velocity – again he was called. The river a deuce and the pot grew to over 1.4 million. Some hands go your way by accident but McDonald had played this one perfectly – Andreas moved all-in leaving the words “I call” the only thing separating himself from an EPT title. Andreas looked over. When McDonald called he simply said “you win”, mucking his cards.

Lee Jones, watching from the press room summed it up, “He played it perfectly – he let him walk right into it.”

Even with the crowd’s heavy preference for the German players there was nothing but applause for McDonald, not yet legally old enough to buy a victory drink in his hometown of Waterloo, Canada.

Gulunay accepted defeat graciously and was a worthy crowd favourite but he had been beaten by the better player - fact he acknowledged in a touching moment as the photographers swarmed around his victor, where he shook hands with McDonald and told him he’d deserved the win.

Some said Mike looked overawed with the result, not quite knowing how to react to the typical media onslaught that accompanies an EPT final hand worth €933,600. But I suspect this was all-in the original plan – that if he played well, didn’t go against his instincts and stayed focused, he could win and win well. He is after all no stranger to success, just the obligations to the press afterwards.


Regardless, at 18 there was something special with this win, the realisation that perhaps we’d seen something more than a simply tournament win – a tournament that will be referred to again and again in the future as the start of a career that will be followed closely. With just three semesters at Waterloo University completed he may opt for a return to college life, but his short term future is one of more EPTs and poker, starting in Copenhagen.

Final table result of EPT Dortmund

1st -- Mike McDonald – Canada -- €933,600
2nd -- Andreas Gulunay – Germany -- €528,500
3rd -- Torsten Haase – Germany -- €307,000
4th -- Diego Perez – Spain -- €234,200
5th -- Claudio Rinaldi – Switzerland -- €193,000
6th -- Johannes Strassmann – Germany -- PokerStars sponsored player -- €152,000
7th -- Thibaut Durand – France -- €120,200
8th -- Christian Harder – United States – PokerStars qualifier -- €85,500

Not yet out of braces, you have to wonder how better he can become. If this performance is anything to go by he may need to get used to the media attention sooner rather than later.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

January Review

January was a very up and down month for me. Started off blazing hot, thought I would finish up a huge month. Then I dropped about $2k within a week, and it didn't look as nice anymore. I finished up decently though. My NLH was decent, numerous sets over sets killed me. My LH was hot, I think I made more on LH than NLH. Right now its mostly 5/10 limit with a couple 10/20s thrown in, but going to try and do more 10/20s.

My mtts were just awful, down over $1k on those, and I think I only had $1k in winnings. Lack of patience as previously described, but hopefully that will remain a thing of the past. Looking forward to FTOPs next week, I should be satelliting into a lot of those, though I have yet to play one. Lazy, and want to just wait for the super sats, the ones with like 100 seats guaranteed etc.
Will buy into at least 2 if I can't sat into them, probably the limit one as I'm feeling good about my game.

Finished just short of the 60hours that I wanted to play. Didn't quite average the $100 per hour either, but was at least in the $70 range. Once the rest of my rakeback payments come in, should jump a bit higher.

Feb not looking good so far. Have to dig out of a hole now.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Reminder to stay patient and focused

This is in regards to mtts (donkaments) which I seem to suck at this year. I guess that long xmas break I took really messed up my head. I can't seem to focus in these things, and I'm getting extremely impatient. Like getting a decent stack in with only a slight edge early just aint worth it. Though I have over 1k in mtt winnings this year I'm still down for the month, and playing these things kill my hourly rate. Will more than likely take this weekend off (da bowl) so will regroup by then, hopefully.

On the cash game front, I'm doing ok. Was running extremely well in NL, but coolers = tilt. I have numerous sets over set losses that hurt. But I'm still playing well though my profit should be a lot higher than it is. Limit poker I'm doing very well and loving it. I feel like I have the good fundamentals down pat, while my opponents are mostly clueless as when to bet, when to raise, check, call, etc.. Mixing in some 10/20 games now, though I feel the difference in level of play is huge.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

damn donkaments

Its 2am and I've been playing a pretty damn good tourney. $50k on stars, $50+5. Got lucky close to the bubble when button decides to open shove, and magically i'm holding AA on the BB to double to 30bb. Made some great reads like this:

PokerStars Game #14568085330: Tournament #73676345, $50+$5 Hold'em No Limit - Level XII (600/1200) - 2008/01/15 - 00:34:07 (ET)
Table '73676345 33' 9-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: Eschilo (15595 in chips)
Seat 2: cheers98 (28098 in chips)
Seat 3: NewPokerKid (55812 in chips)
Seat 4: ZedzDed81 (32083 in chips)
Seat 5: actyper (24615 in chips)
Seat 6: bigcil (30300 in chips)
Seat 7: graslevy (14948 in chips)
Seat 8: acesupyrs (9185 in chips)
Seat 9: TrackStar488 (11146 in chips)
Eschilo: posts the ante 125
cheers98: posts the ante 125
NewPokerKid: posts the ante 125
ZedzDed81: posts the ante 125
actyper: posts the ante 125
bigcil: posts the ante 125
graslevy: posts the ante 125
acesupyrs: posts the ante 125
TrackStar488: posts the ante 125
actyper: posts small blind 600
bigcil: posts big blind 1200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to actyper [2d Td]
graslevy: folds
acesupyrs: folds
TrackStar488: folds
Eschilo: folds
cheers98: folds
NewPokerKid: folds
ZedzDed81: folds
actyper: raises 1800 to 3000
bigcil: calls 1800
*** FLOP *** [Qs Jc 6c]
actyper: bets 3675
bigcil: calls 3675
*** TURN *** [Qs Jc 6c] [5s]
actyper: checks
bigcil: checks
*** RIVER *** [Qs Jc 6c 5s] [2s]
actyper: bets 3500
bigcil: raises 6500 to 10000
actyper: calls 6500
*** SHOW DOWN ***
bigcil: shows [9c 8c] (high card Queen)
actyper: shows [2d Td] (a pair of Deuces)
actyper collected 34475 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 34475 | Rake 0
Board [Qs Jc 6c 5s 2s]
Seat 1: Eschilo folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: cheers98 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: NewPokerKid folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: ZedzDed81 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: actyper (small blind) showed [2d Td] and won (34475) with a pair of Deuces
Seat 6: bigcil (big blind) showed [9c 8c] and lost with high card Queen
Seat 7: graslevy folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: acesupyrs folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: TrackStar488 folded before Flop (didn't bet)

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Lost a lot of chips later though with TT when bigger stack decides to check raise shove a K high rainbow flop (stop tangling with the big boys). Continued up and down until I got low.

Out Hand

PokerStars Game #14569296452: Tournament #73676345, $50+$5 Hold'em No Limit - Level XVII (2500/5000) - 2008/01/15 - 02:03:06 (ET)
Table '73676345 106' 9-max Seat #8 is the button
Seat 1: Wabs10 (89244 in chips)
Seat 3: THE BURGLER (55610 in chips)
Seat 4: jasray (115713 in chips)
Seat 5: cguido10 (114392 in chips)
Seat 6: wausau1 (105361 in chips)
Seat 7: herschelw (213328 in chips)
Seat 8: HR_Dub (191232 in chips)
Seat 9: actyper (44898 in chips)
Wabs10: posts the ante 500
THE BURGLER: posts the ante 500
jasray: posts the ante 500
cguido10: posts the ante 500
wausau1: posts the ante 500
herschelw: posts the ante 500
HR_Dub: posts the ante 500
actyper: posts the ante 500
actyper: posts small blind 2500
Wabs10: posts big blind 5000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to actyper [Td Qd]
THE BURGLER: folds
jasray: folds
cguido10: folds
wausau1: folds
herschelw: raises 7500 to 12500
HR_Dub: folds
actyper: raises 31898 to 44398 and is all-in
Wabs10: folds
herschelw: calls 31898
*** FLOP *** [4d 8s Jc]
*** TURN *** [4d 8s Jc] [7h]
*** RIVER *** [4d 8s Jc 7h] [2h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
actyper: shows [Td Qd] (high card Queen)
herschelw: shows [7c Qh] (a pair of Sevens)
herschelw collected 97796 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 97796 | Rake 0
Board [4d 8s Jc 7h 2h]
Seat 1: Wabs10 (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 3: THE BURGLER folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: jasray folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: cguido10 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: wausau1 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: herschelw showed [7c Qh] and won (97796) with a pair of Sevens
Seat 8: HR_Dub (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: actyper (small blind) showed [Td Qd] and lost with high card Queen

Booo, when you play for 5hrs you except to go pretty deep, at least final 2. Baaah just watched that luckbox knock out another huge stack AT > KK allin preflop. Time to sleep

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Limit Post

Been playing a lot of limit short handed cash games lately, and done pretty well, so might as well share what I've improved in my game.

Most important rule: Preflop = Raise or Fold
Pretty much always either raise or fold preflop. If you are the blinds it is ok to call, and sometimes in a 3bet pot, but the main idea is that if your hand is not good enough to raise then its probably better off left unplayed.

Building pots
If you have a good draw, always build the pot. Don't take free cards, take them if you have a crappy draw.

Don't get sucked in
If your pretty sure your beat after the turn comes out, just give up on the hand. The 4th/5th street hands are expensive, and trying to beat bluffs all the time is -EV. I'm not saying to lay down all the time, just don't think A high or mid pair is always good.

Checking rivers to induce bets
If oop and you figure our oponent has air, check to induce the bluff, they will bet 95% of the time.

Thats all I can think of for now.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

2007 Recap / 2008 Goals

2007 Goals
1) Better tracking. I was going to make my own tracking spreadsheet, but I a am pretty lazy. Done. New 2008 version available at VPIPoker.com
2) $ Amount. I'm not going to set a $ amount goal this year. I'll express it this way. Cash games I want to move up to $1000NL by the end of the year. I'm ready to play $400NL now anyways so its only 1 more step higher. Limit I'll stick with 5/10. Don't really want to play higher yet. Tournament goals below.
Boo. Still at $400/500NL after not doing as well, dropped back to $200NL. Very confident at that level. Went back to 400/500 end of the year with mixed success. Limit at 5/10 but didn't really play too much.
3) Qualify for another major event. WSOP/WPT/CPT. Due to vacation time, I don't think I'll be able to take that much time off work. So no week long ones such as Aruba, Atlantis, WPS, Aussie. WSOP will be tough. I need more vacation time, or just go pro.
Boo. No sat entries won, came close many times though.
4) Tournament Cash winnings. First goal is to get to $2k, then take home $5k, then $10k+. Going to try and play at least 1 $50+ tourney a week. Will continue to improve my tourney skills. Maybe rejoin pokerxfactor, though I probably won't have time to watch the videos again.
Boo. Had a few 1k+ cashes but highest was $3800. By november though my tournament game was pretty "on" so I'm confident for 2008.
5) Omaha/Horse. Learn and get better. Seems like more and more players are enjoying Horse games. I might as well join in the fun. I guess I'm an average Omaha/hi or lo player, I know I have a lot of room to improve though. Maybe I'll buy a book.
Boo. Didn't play much of any other games, prob even less than before.
6) Read. I have books galore that I have yet to read or finish yet.
?. Read a few more books, but joined pxf and watched card runner videos which are way better than books.
7) More Live Poker. Port Perry is only 45mins away. Fallsview/Niagara/Brantford are only 1.5hrs away. Yet I don't play much live poker at casinos. I should. Plus more home games as well. Maybe hit some undergrounds.
Boo. Pretty much only played live for WPT Niagara satellites and Vegas. Undergrounds are pretty much out of the question now since too many gone busto.

Even though I failed most of my goals, I had a successful 2007. Made more than any other previous year. Maybe too hard on myself, but I do like to push myself further. I know I've gotten a lot better, so hopefully that continues onto 2008.

2008 Goals
  1. Hourly Rate. I finished at an approx $50/hr rate. Had a losing July and a couple of sub 1k months which screwed it up. I'm setting my goal for $100/hr. I averaged 48hrs per month in 07, I should have that up to at least 60.
  2. Cash Games. Same as last year, get to $1000NL. Limit $10/20 which should be no prob.
  3. Tournaments. Definately should be able to get a 5 digit score.
  4. Satellites. Qualify for WSOP ME, WPT Niagara, Aussie or PCA Jan 09.
  5. Live Poker. Honestly not much, would rather play online
  6. Education. Continue learning and improving.

In summary I would like to be able to step into this full time if something should happen to my regular job either voluntarily or not. Time to make some serious money.