Sunday, 21 June 2009

Vegas Diary Part 3...

Sorry for such a long space between updates. Have to admit to being a bit selfish right now, and thus not feeling like posting so much. I guess this blog while in vegas will just be a weekly update. This selfishness is due to me running like a dog on the most part, and generally feeling pretty bad about it all.

Since my last post i have played 2 more $1500 events, both without success. In the first I heroed an old donk after kinda reading him right, but he still binked. Yesterday's tournie went bad when within the space of ten mins i ran strong holdings into kings twice. That was a shame as my table was gen juicy and poor.

As everyone knows, vegas can be both the best place and the worst place in the world at times. Right now it's def the latter.

Hopefully i'll post again in a day or so, and hopefully in a better mood.

Laters peeps,

Dom.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Vegas Diary...

Well it's not been easy so far, and i guess that's why i haven't felt like updating my progress on the daily basis like last year. Being too results influenced is never good, but as humans we all have weaknesses, and mine is perhaps getting too emotionally involved in how i peform in poker. Detaching oneself from the actual variance within the game is vital to succeeding in this cut throat industry.

So instead of a day by day update i'll just inform you of how i've done generally on this trip. Stts started off beautifully, although i believe i made some bad -ev deals thinking of short term cash rather than long term variance. Since those first few days however i've had such bad luck i cannot descibe it in mere words. Kings constantly cracked by rags and almost every single race lost, roughly sums it up. But as i like to proclaim often, a bad workman blames his tools...so moving on.

Played the $1500 no limit event at the rio yesterday. Early on i lost a third of my stack cbetting a player who wld only ever ck rse with the nuts. Then i managed to get full value from an old timer with my rivered flush. Soon enough though ppl started 3betting me for fun and i had to lay down a cple of hands waiting for the right spot. That situation arose and i found a double up against a blind defender overplaying jack rag. From then on i pretty much dominated my table and turned in to the 3bet merchant i know i am in my heart. 4bets were unheard off and bleed limps adored by many. Of course eventually i began to tread water as short stacks desperately fought amongst themselves and i became card dead.

By the dinner break my large stack had become average and although dissapointed at my weak table being broken it was nice to get moved to a table with larger stacks. This meant i could steal a bit without being commited to calling shoves, and soon enough i doubled up after a cple of players played there blinds horribly. Unfortunately that table was broken shortly after i joined, this displeased me much when i realised my third one was much tougher. I stole a bit and kept ticking over amongst the internet whizzes. With 270 getting paid i'd reached the last 450 with an average stack when the following hand occured. A player who had been far too frisky, raised something like his 4th pot of the round. The blinds at this point were 400-800 with a 100 ante. Finding AK on the btn i decided to rr the lag. However, i felt the stack sizes were difficult. He had about 35kish and i had 23odd. I didn't like rsng to 8k or so and folding to a raggy flop.I decided i'd shove and take the pot down now, of crse i wasn't exepecting a snap from jacks. Although i hit two pair my opponent setted up and i was gone.

So that's about all she wrote so far,i'll be playing another $1500 tmrw and am hoping for the deck to favour me a little better. The way things are going, a month stay looks far too optimistic right now, but we'll see how everything goes.

Laters peeps,

Dom.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Summing up and moving onto the vegas diary....

Ok this post is going to speak about the blackbelt grading and how it went for me, b4 starting on what i'm sure you've all been waiting for... the famous dom daily diary in vegas-it's pure com!

Blackbelt's grading was so tough, it was really a grind, but very beneficial. Playing 6 hours a day, with one workshop of the same time, 6 days a week, doesnt actually sound that much. I mean people with normal jobs work more time than that each week, but as poker players we don't really get that! I learnt so much about how lazy and unstructured my life was b4 the grading. I probably knew all along i needed more volume, but the actual process was far harder than the principle.

Overall i finished about -£100 throughout the grading, i never really got into a consistent profit curve and jumped up and down quite a bit. I think it's all about ajusting to the levels and the sheer volume of games per month, something im not used to. I'd hope to beat $50 stts at about the 15% roi mark-longterm, which means a profit of about $6k a month-which would be fine. Obviously that's not what happened last month, mainly due to the switching levels and a lack of ajustment to the increased volume on my part.

As far as community contribution i could def have done more in my first month with blackbelt. However, I found the amounts of blogs reached saturation point and that mine may have just got lost in the seas, something i'd never want to see from such skilled writings! :)

In terms of strategy articles i'm kind of finding my way with these, and hopefully will get some out in the open soon enough. Because make no mistake, i want to be a brown belt as soon as i can, i know i'm a good enough player to represent the site in a worthy way, and look forward to a good relationship with a very worthy company.

So moving on....it's vegas time!
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Dom's Vegas Diary
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Day 1- Tuesday June 2nd
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I had been in spain the previous week, relaxing after the grading process and enjoying a poker free week. It certainly worked as i felt super hungry for games on my return. 2 days after returning from marbella i was jetting out to las vegas. Arriving early at gatwick i snagged a snazzy emergency exit seat in economy, free of charge, should be £50-so that's +EV already baby!

The plane got to nevada an hour or so early, and i zoomed off the jet hoping my usual fingerprint com would finally cease. 30 minutes later i realised that was a naive thought and tried to detilt. Another 30 minutes of waiting for my bags left me looking 4ward to a nice cold beer in the hotel. However, my glasses had other ideas!

As dave the legend picked me up in his rental car, i managed to drop and stand on my only pair of glasses! Absolute com and a dom mare of epic proportions. I spent the next few hours hemmoraging money replacing said specs in a vegas opticians. Not the best start to the trip but an amusing one i'm sure you'll agree. Finished off the day with a nice soft $275 stt down the rio, chopped it 3 ways for a profitable start to the trip.

Finally checking into my hotel late on in the day was not so easy, they gave me a smoking room with a non working telly, managed to get that changed but not until the following day.

Day 2- Wednesday June 3rd
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Was happy to get my new hotel room sorted but hadn't slept much in the smoke fest the nite b4. Went and picked up my new glasses and felt i'd suffered a bad beat already, $400 is not something i'd normally invest in specs, but over here things to do with gen heath are kinda excessive. Managed to fit in another stt today but bubbled it and hit the sack early doors in an attempt to get into a sleep schedule, omg i sound about 83! :)

Day 3- Thursday June 4th
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Today i learnt the new way to play poker, the limp snap! This lesser known way of playing k9 std by your average joe out here is something i'll have to add to my game. The hand went like this, k9 limps oop with 4k at 1-200, about 4 others do likewise. As the trne had got pretty shooty with 50 antes included i decided to ship/sqze my 4050 stack in with a10o. The utg snap had me worried, especially the way he proudly turned over his holding, the king on the river rewarded his excellence and my chip n chair was gone the next hand. Played 4 stts today and although i mangled one hands with 22, i gen played great but just found variance kicked me in the face. Still vegas is awesome and i'm thrilled to be out here.

Laters peeps,

Dom.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Viva las Vegas...




So much to post, so many things to do, so won't say everything now, will do it all soon.

Im in vegas now after arriving in pure com style yesterday, and am already loving vegas again. The rio stts are gonna take one hell of a battering this week i can tell ya, am 1 for 1 so far and hopefully it's gonna be a parlay time.

In other news i managed a blue belt from the blackbelt grading process, that's something i'll also talk about in the next write up.

Laters peeps,

Dom.