Thursday, July 02, 2009

Off to Vegas

Leaving for Vegas tonight, not sure which day I'll be playing the wsop main event. Most likely playing the Venetian deep stack tomorrow.

Updates will be at http://www.twitter.com/AshPoker

Sunday, June 07, 2009

WSOP shipament x2




BBT4 TOC tonight.

Oh well, already got my seat! :)

Oh thanks to Al, FT, and the BBT I just got my 2nd seat.

I think the first key was that a sat out most of the 1st hour. Seemed like a waste to play much then, and wanted to rest up, eat dinner, just chill for a bit. After the first break I pretty much turned it on. Had a yo-yo stack for much of the first few hrs as I was opening up a lot on a rather passive table. Made a good read on a hand with Smokee, with a bluff catcher for lots of chips. Once I got it up there, pretty much stayed top 3 for the rest of the tourney.

FT I was able to agro it up as most didn't want to leave with nothing. Used my stack on a few hands and pretty much got lucky when people pushed or raised me when I actually had hands. A flopped set on Hoyazo's utg raise, after getting all his chips after that hand, I knew it was a lock for the seat. CK gutted me on a flopped set earlier, I think that was the only big hand I lost. Final 4 time, I knocked out Karma(sp) 88 > AQ? Down to 3, ck shoved with somewhere around 8bbs. I looked down at Q8 and figured I had to make the call with our stack sizes, even though her range was probably a lot smaller than standard in that spot. She flipped over Ax. Lucky 8 on the turn, and river blanked.

Ship the wsop seat! GG all and thanks again to alcanthang and ft.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Shipament



Finally got out of the negative for the year. The first 2.5 months were tough.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Boo Feb

Did shit in Feb. Some deep finishes but no big $. 3rd in a wsop sat, only paid out first. Yesterday Aces full losing to quads started my downfall after starting every tourney pretty good. I hate poker.

BBT4

Didn't even realize it started yesterday

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Game: Deepstack NLHE
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Poker Rake Races






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Also a basic strategy guide on How to win a rake race

Monday, February 02, 2009

January Recap



Pretty much a wasted month here. Small loss for the month, and didn't play the hours I wanted, less than 40 when I budgeted for 60 at least. Still playing pretty well in mtts, just not getting the results. Satellites are still happening, have been pretty much qualifying for any event at will. Frustrating day yesterday,t hough technically should be Feb recap. In the party million, I had a huge stack, top 10 or 20 about 3-4hrs in, in a deep stack tourney. For some reason I decided to risk about 1/2 of it pre with AK. Lost a flip to JJ, even though the flop came AKQ. Sometimes I just get too greedy I suppose. In the Sunday Brawl I once again have a huge stack, but I played passively and let my stack dwindle away. Got to work on my big stack play more.

I have a new goal now, and that is to work out a schedule. I want to play more mtts, but lack of desire during weeknights is killing me. The holiday times were great, didn't have to worry about waking up early the next day, nor was I tired during the evening. I have a pretty good idea of what to play on sundays, just have to figure out weeknights. With Ftops coming up this week, it'll prob be easy to schedule, I always play the opener for sure.

Here is my Sunday schedule if your curious. Most of the majors ($200+), i'll try to sat in.

  • Party Million $640 (1st sunday of month) 12pm
  • Pokerroom Championchip $300k. $200 (1st sunday of month. Weekly but too early) 12pm
  • FT $32k $24 2pm
  • PS $40k $26 2pm
  • Pokerroom Bounty $100k $100 (2nd sunday) 2pm
  • Cake $250k 5pm (last sunday)
  • Pokerroom $100k 100+1r 3pm
  • Hollywood Celebrity $20 2pm
Other major tournaments I randomly play if I sat in are ipoker $250k, Boss $250k, stars million, FT million, Stars Turbo Takedown, Cake $150k

Other random tournaments include ipoker rebuys ($10/$5), pokerroom $10k turbo, Stars $10k turbo, FT double deuce, Stars $200k

If you think of any other sunday tournies I should check out let me know.

Monday, January 05, 2009

2008 Recap / 2009 Goals

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.

Got about halfway there in the $70s/hr

2. Cash Games. Same as last year, get to $1000NL. Limit $10/20 which should be no prob.

Epic Fail, not even close. Still playing mostly $200nl, some $400nl. Though a lot has to do with not having a regular site. Beginning of the year was playing on mostly cake, but that site turned incredibly tight. So now I have my rolls spread across multiple sites and no home cash game site. As of right now it is Carbon. Limit wise I had been playing 20/40 but the variance was too big for me right now. So I consider myself a regular 10/20 player if I play limit. Haven't touched limit poker for many months now though.

3. Tournaments. Definately should be able to get a 5 digit score.

3x 5 digit scores.

4. Satellites. Qualify for WSOP ME, WPT Niagara, Aussie or PCA Jan 09.

Qualified for WSOP ME. Bubbled WPT Niagara twice. Bubbled another WPT seat. Aussie/PCA didn't really try as hard to get in as I could of.

5. Live Poker. Honestly not much, would rather play online

Played jack all live poker except for trips to Vegas and friendly home games.

6. Education. Continue learning and improving.

www.pokertrainingguide.com Nuff said, I guess I watched a lot of videos. Have the oppurtunity to watch a lot more.


Will also do a 2008 site by site recap later.


2009 Goals

1. $100k. Want to try and reach $100k profit for the year. That is with part time hours, approx 60hrs per month or $130/hr.

2. Tournaments. Min 5x 5 digit scores. Will have to if I want to reach $100k. Also want to do better in the major tournies. In 2008 I sucked in major tournies, best I did were min cashes. I could sat in them fine but I'd choke in the big game.

3. Live qualifiers. Pretty much only WSOP ME and WPT Niagara are the big ones. Still tough to get time off to play many of the others. Might play a few of the Port Perry CPT monthly tournies. $550 freezeouts. Will try for the BC Open as well.

4. Cash games. I dunno what to do here. Probably continue at $200nl at one site until I have a roll there to play $400nl. Or just cheat and transfer funds from one site to another. I don't see myself playing limit for a while, puts me on tilt a lot. I still believe that limit players are overall weaker though.

5. Staking. I might pursue this further. Only have 1 regular horse right now, but since end of july has turned $2k to $10k+. Will start scouting I guess. Low levels only though, can't afford to big time stake.

In conclusion, i'd have to say 2008 had more positives than negatives. Made more $ than the previous year, had some decent tourney results. Cash games were a dissapointment as I didn't progress, and live cash games in Vegas I still suck at. I also got more confident that I can do this sucessfully full time if I get canned at work. Automotive sector, yippee! So at least I have a nice bailout job for now. Blogging wise, i've lost the desire to write. Seems like its the same with most of the other casual bloggers. Kinda lost its appeal, and just don't want to take the time and effort. I'll still blog my brags though. :)