Thursday, 8 January 2009



A bad day today I feel, really frustrating and tilting. Seemed like every table I sat at I went down a buyin or two quickly and was just constantly chasing my losses. Also another day of hit n runs which is starting to seriously tilt me. The problem is there just aren't enough decent games to game select too much so I either have to take shots higher or play ppl who are looking to hit n run...tilt!

Played quite a bit today ~1000 hands and finished down around 5BI, which I know isn't bad for PLO HU, but I was down 13BI at one point and somehow managed to claw back a bunch.

Still no money on Expekt which is seriously tilting me, the race starts tomorrow and I want RB!!

Anyways, I'm off with The Goatian to play in a live NLHE game now, and then maybe a private game after that. Usually these games are £2+£2 with a £100 buy in. Hopefully there might be some PLO but I doubt it.

Just need to blow some steam off, and chuck some chips around...blargh!

Wednesday, 7 January 2009


Ok, so today went pretty well again, which is always nice. I stuck to 100PLO on PStars and ran decent. Seemed to be a theme of me stacking all the 'regs' for 2-3BIs after 30mins of playing them, whereas the fish often took 1BI off me pretty quick and then it was a case of freerolling against me, which is a tough spot to be in mentally. A lot of frustrating hit n runs at this level which I will just have to put up with...

My results for the day are ~800 hands and +$1,108 which puts my balance on PStars at $2,825.

I'm currently up 18BI over two days which is obv a sick winrate (esp as some of this profit is from 50PLO). I feel like I am playing good, and I am trying some new things out as well...I just hope that things stay this way for a while. I'm sure that 10BI days aren't sustainable in HU PLO so I'm making the most of a good thing.

The way things are going I hope to be up to 200PLO by Feb, but according to my guidelines I'm going to need ~$6,000-$8,000 before I make that jump, even if I feel I can win at that level.

As far as Expekt goes, I am having difficulties depositing on there right now which sucks massively as I'm not earning any rake back :o( I need to get that sorted tomorrow!!

Oh yeh, and Jamsym...I'm collecting on our prop bet early at this rate!

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Goals for 2009

Goodbye 2008, hello 2009!

The last year has been a pretty big rollercoaster for me involving many changes. I decided to take the plunge at the end of the year and quit what was a well paying job to play poker professionally. For anyone who has had a guaranteed salary, you will know this is a difficult thing to give up on, and we are about to see how I do without it!

A brief update on my status - I have moved into an apartment with Christian (ImTheGoatian) in Manchester to start my poker career off...well I had a hiatus from the game for the last year after leaving uni and getting a 'real' job. Unfortunately the draw of poker is too big for me right now, so time to take a shot at making it pro. Along with The Goatian, I am also learning from Jamsym (ValueTowningYou) more with regard to HU NL, and a bit of 6 max. I think that discussing hands and situations with friends is the best way to improve, and both of them are really good players so I'm in a sweet spot to improve my game quickly.

Before now I have never been able to stick to a proper BR managment system, and have inevitably been close to broke, and been broke, a few times. Obv I can't afford this to happen again, so I will be starting at low limits and moving my way up according to strict guidelines. I am going to try a mixture of HU PLO and HU NL, beginning at 50 and 100. My initial goal is to run $2,000 into $8,000 by March 1st, mainly as I have a prop bet with Jamsym as to both reaching certain BR amount by March 1st - I have to reach $8,000 and he has to reach $24,000 (split into $12,000 NL 6max and $12,000 HU NL).

Under my guidelines I will only move up limits when I have 40BI and move down when I have 20-25BI. This may sound strange but I feel very comfortable playing HU PLO at low stakes and 20-25BI is enough I feel, despite the obv variance. I will be starting with $2,000 split over two sites, Expect and PokerStars, and today is my first day.

For now I will have to manually update my progression until my PLOtracker is working, and then hopefully I will be able to post a daily graph. I might post a few interesting hands as well.

OK, so my first day went pretty smoothly. Think I played about 500 hands on PStars mainly at 50PLO, with a little 100PLO when I was fish hunting. Final standing for the day is +$717, so my current balance on PStars is $1,717.91

I plan on playing on both sites tomorrow once I can deposit on Expekt.

That's it for now, hopefully I run good tomorrow...and all of 2009!