Saturday, February 27, 2010

My Blog So Far

I just wanted to thank everyone for reading this blog and posting comments. I have enjoyed updating it immensely and it has definitely helped me with poker. I hate updating this blog after losing or breaking even, so it gives me more of a motivation to play well! If there is anything particular you want to see or if you have any questions, please leave a comment.

It's pretty amazing that people from 54 countries have read my blog.

I thought I would brag a little and show my lifetime super turbos graph. I figured out a way to add bonuses into the graph (Full Tilt Leaderboards and Rake Races). I definitely want to reach 100k next month. That would be pretty insane. I love SNGs and Super Turbos because of stuff like this. I love stats, looking at leaderboards, finish distributions, close ICM decisions, etc etc. Super Turbos are definitely not for everyone, but I think they suit me really well.

I need to stop looking at results and just play loads and loads. The red line will take care of itself if I put in the volume and play well.

I will do an end of the month post tomorrow, with March goals. I definitely want to play lots and play well. Thanks for reading!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Weekend Results

Update 24/2: I got 3rd in the rake race for $500. The guy who got 2nd played 27 hours and made $667 in rakeback. It makes me feel really bad that I didn't put in more volume.

It was a good weekend, but I didn't really put in the amount of volume that I wanted to. I played 10 hours, and made around $520 in rakeback plus whatever I won. I am going to play right now, so this will be a very short post.

Graph for the weekend:

And here is entire hand history of a 6-max $169 SNG that lasted exactly 9 hands and 4 minutes, which I got 2nd in!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Day 1 of 2

I played around 6 hours, which is a pretty big fail since I wanted to get $1150 in rakeback in the actual games this weekend. I managed around $300. It wasn't entirely my fault since there were so few super turbos running during the non peak hours. I played a few $335s for the first time ever. I won 2, but ended up down a little overall in them. I will be game selecting those.

It was a good day overall though. I have $850 in rakeback to make today. It's probably not going to happen, but I still want to win the rake race, and put in a decent amount of volume today.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Weekend Challenge

My rakeback site is having a weekend rake race, with $850 for the winner and down to $150 for 5th. I want to win it playing super turbos.

Goals for the weekend challenge:
1. 2,000 in rakeback (850 for the spring, and 1150 through games... which would mean 474 $169s and around 45% rakeback)
2. Make correct decisions, which should show up in my red line.

I will update with graphs after tonight, and after tomorrow, when the rake race is finished.

I have been playing quite a bit of rush as well. I got off to a great start, but then started playing badly after a while. I really really need to improve my ability of playing my A game all the time.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


It's been a day since I started playing poker again after my break, and I have no idea what to play. I played some super turbos, got off to a good start, then gave it all back. I played some NL200 Rush, and did pretty well.

The thing is - I KNOW I can beat cash/PLO/Rush for a decent clip. There is actually some skill involved. I am not sure about Super Turbos anymore. Everytime I have a losing session (with a losing red line) at Super Turbos, I start doubting myself. My lifetime Super Turbo graph obviously shows that I can crush it, but recently, my red line has had a few downswings.

Here are the graphs from today, first one is super turbos, second one is NL200 Rush.

Obviously, it is a super small Super Turbos sample, but I hate not knowing if I can beat them. Which is again a stupid question if you look at my lifetime graph. Yet, I keep wondering.

I think I will keep playing a bit of both and see how it goes.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


I have finally completed my grad school applications after around 3 weeks of not playing poker. My 3 main activities for the next few months are going to be poker, golf, and the gym... sounds amazing, if I do say so myself!!

I am excited to play poker again after such a long break. I think I will play whatever I feel like for the rest of the month (Super Turbos, PLO, Rush, MTTs) and then re-assess at some point. I want to get a decent sample in of super turbos to make sure I can still crush them.

OMG I just noticed that 320+15 Super Turbos are out!!! Does anyone know if these run often during peak hours? There are none running now. 50k downswings have got to be possible playing them. I don't think I will play them unless I see a soft lineup. But this is great because the red pros should play them, which would make the 160+9 Super Turbos a lot softer.

I plan on updating this blog quite often with how poker is going. It's time to make lots of money.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

40th in the Million Dollar Freeroll


How do MTT pros do it? For those that don't know about it, Pokerstars holds a quarterly 1 million dollar freeroll for their Supernova players. A little less than 5000 people entered, and I decided to take a break from my break from poker and play it. (Did that make sense?). It's now 8am, and I busted in 40th for 1890. It was 150k for the win. I feel pretty shattered. How do people play MTTs for a living?

It's now back to grad school applications. I am hoping to finish them by Tuesday, then I will start a new poker challenge. It will be something along the lines of 1000 Super Turbos, 10000 hands of Rush Poker, and 10000 hands of PLO. I played some 1/2 PLO today during the freeroll, and won 200, but ran 1000 below EV. I forgot how much fun it is.

My next post will be only after I finish my applications. Then it's time for the new challenge!