Archive for November, 2009

Goals

I’ve been thinking about some goals that I want to accomplish in the future and near future. With school ending, I’ll have alot more free time to do different things.

Poker wise, I want to play alot more than I am. I suppose I still have alot of free time in school, and it’s not school alone holding me back (in terms of volume). With that said, I need to increase my volume. I want to get in at least 20k hands a month (kindve weak still), but meh. Maybe I shouldn’t shoot for exact hand #s either, since PLO hands run much much slower than normal hands. But yeah, I want to increase my volume, that’s for sure.

I want to play a few more tourneys too. I think that I have a decent edge in most smaller stakes tourneys, and I want to play more of them. Maybe play some Sunday Mils every now and again and mix some smaller-mid stuff throughout the week…I think those are profitable and are +EV for me to play in.

As far as working out, I’m not sure. The rec won’t be available to me anymore when I graduate. I’ll have to find a new place to rock climb, something I’ve been doing 4-5 times a week on average (as of late). Thinking about going to a pricy nearby gym but I dunno yet.

I also am considering volunteering to free up some time…being a semi-pro poker player has its perks, and there is alot of free time (almost too much) I think…and volunteering can be a good way for me to spend some time.

As far as the future, I dunno. Traveling is definitely one option that I want to look in to. Not sure what country either…but meh, I still have time. I’ll have to figure out how much thise UIEGA thing will affect me, I might find myself with no money…later down the road I might consider teaching kids english in a foreign country. I dunno though…I guess I plan on living sortve like adsman, in that I don’t really know what the future holds. guess we’ll see…

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1.3m pot

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Folding

I’ve been thinking about what I need to work on, specifically in a poker sense…I, like everyone else, have many many leaks…the biggest being not having a fold button.

People like to chime “Oh, I’m a huge calling station” but they don’t really mean it. There are many times when I’m playing and I think “hmmm…I’m beat, but I really really don’t give a shit, I just want to see what my opponent has”. It’s gotten so bad, that oftentimes, I’ll write in the chat “Ok, take my money”, press the call button, and they indeed do take my money.

It’s about discipline, and it’s something I need to learn. You can be a fantastic thinker/theorist of the game, but if you aren’t disciplined to make a good fold, it means nothing. If you can’t apply all of your poker knowledge and understanding into application, it’s as if you haven’t learned it at all.

Sure, I’ve made alot of ‘good’ calls…thinking about it now, these calls probably weren’t even that great, I just got lucky and couldn’t fold. I love being a hero (who doesn’t?), and to even think that my opponents are ‘running me over’ sometimes resultsĀ  to a ‘who has bigger balls?’ contest.

It’s discipline. It’s learning to fold and it’s learning to stop spewing. My spew has been very bad lately…kindve along the same lines as I just stated, I like to show how big my balls are. I like to spew and bluff and make ridiculous plays that make no sense or have any logic, plays that are just absurd. It’s like once I start to get some history with someone, I’m playing street poker (coined by MagicNinja) 24/7…where I’m making unbalanced, illogical plays.

I need to leave the ego at the door…I need to learn the value of a good fold. I can save alot of money (and help my winrate) by making better folds…I know my opponent’s hand, I know that he’s never shoving worse for value…and I need to apply that to my game.

Here is a nice short article by Tommy Angelo on folding…something I need to rethink. I’ve gone from super nit (i think I played something like 18/10 or something back in the day) to super LAG (after going through bobbofitos’ program) to good LAG (where I was playing well) and now, super retard (where I spew and make horrible calls).

It’s interesting overall, to think about the progression and evolution of a player. I can confidently say that I’m a much better player than I was a year ago. Though I was making a bit more $ in the past, I can still say that I have a greater understanding (at least…I think?) with regards to poker. Can I pinpoint one area? Probably not…much of it was learned in an innate standpoint, just by looking at a hand history and thinking about it, etc. Historically, I’ve always had very low went to sd (wtsd) stats and a very low won $ at sd (w$sd)…I’m not sure why that is, but I guess it’s just a style thing. For now, I’m something like 24 wtsd and won$sd at like…44%. I’m also winning during this clip…so I dunno.

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isildur gets crushed

Looks like God returns…Antonious crushed isildur for something like 2.5mil last night. I think the height was like 3mil but i’m not sure…mostly played PLO, which I’m sure isil is a dog in. biggest pot in online poker history was also seen-

Full Tilt Poker $500/$1000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi – 2 players
The Official 2+2 Hand Converter Powered By DeucesCracked.com

Patrik Antonius (BB): $439479.50
Isildur1 (BTN/SB): $450494.50

Pre Flop: ($1500.00)
Isildur1 raises to $3000, Patrik Antonius calls $2000

Flop: ($6000.00) 5 7 Q (2 players)
Patrik Antonius checks, Isildur1 bets $5000, Patrik Antonius raises to $21000, Isildur1 calls $16000

Turn: ($48000.00) A (2 players)
Patrik Antonius requests TIME, Patrik Antonius bets $48000, Isildur1 raises to $192000, Patrik Antonius raises to $415479.50 all in, Isildur1 calls $223479.50

River: ($878959.00) 8 (2 players – 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $878959.00
Patrik Antonius shows 6 A Q 9 (a straight, Nine high)
Isildur1 shows Q T K A (two pair, Aces and Queens)
Patrik Antonius wins $878958.50
(Rake: $0.50)

I suppose that these swings are bound to happen in highly aggressive, crazy games such as these. Playing 200bb+ PLO is a nice recipe for big big pots. I usually root for isildur as well…he’s like a catalyst for alot of these crazy nosebleed games going right now, which is cool. can’t wait to see what the rest of the month brings.

HERE is a really really great post by DOGISHEAD, a CR pro on the recent match. Reading the take of a HSNL player himself is very cool, and I really enjoyed it.

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GG flag

our season ended this past sunday…not really much to say, only that we got dismantled by a very good team. i thought we had a good chance when their first possession began with them getting a safety (and us getting 2 points + the ball)…but it was not to last. we failed to produce the great pass rush that we had at the start, and their QB picked us apart (i played corner this past week and got burned twice…disappointing, since one of them i was in great position to make a play at the ball but instead got greedy and tried to pick it instead of knocking it away). the guy was fucking insane, reminded me of a speedy version of donkey kong.

anyways, yeah, we got crushed. there was a lot of bitterness but it probably wasn’t super unexpected. after last week when we laid an egg, we knew that we weren’t really working with a great game plan. from what we’ve seen-

-we’re just as athletic across the board with any of these teams…that is, we’re just as fast, can catch and throw and jump just as well as any team. but like any team sport, we need to gel it together. we really did not play well as a team…our offensive game plan was all over the place, we had some execution problems (where we dropped passes or blew coverage), etc. i think we’re going to try and practice alot for next season (in the coming spring), get a good offensive game plan and more importantly, the timing between QB and WRs down.

kindve sucks that this flag league is over. i enjoyed and looked forward to each game week by week. so whatever…just gotta get better.

just booked my SEC champ game tickets, plane, hotel…really pumped about going. Never been to the Georgia Dome and I think it’ll be alot of fun. Total for the trip is probably going to come out to something like $1200 or so (maybe $100 more)…meh. it’s a good amount but not completely huge. it could be a game of historic proportions, in that the two teams may be undefeated when they meet, something that hasn’t happened before (though, conference championships have only been going since like…1992 or something, but still, cool regardless).
UF hasn’t looked fantastic lately but meh…i think we’ll get it together before the big game. i guess i could write a fucking book on what i think UF should do and the overall outlook on our team right now, but meh, i think i’ll wait on it.

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