Rather like an ongoing record again I shall bleet on about not really knowing what to say in this blog. I could talk about how the grinding isn't really going on right now, how poker is very swingy both emotionally, physically and financially, I could speak about hands that puzzle, surprise or even amaze even the unamazeable.
But tbh i just can't be bothered. It's all a little dull. If im honest, recently i've suffered quite a few cruel rivers, and been taken to beat-aliciousville. I've got to make sure i dont tilt off all my pennies so that i have to go down and get a job at the local mcdonalds. Oh my god this post has become all funky, i don't know if i should post it, maybe i'll just delete this rubbish. Nah it'll be fun.
A lot of the more interesting blogs/posts i read on forums nowadays seem to talk about things related to other forms of gambling and life in general. As this blog seems to be going nowhere in terms of actual poker content i'll jump along that bandwagon and hope it inspires me to ditch the drivel above and deeply analyse balanced ranges, alex martin style.
So for the next few posts i think i''ll literally just talk about life and my recreational gambling on the side, as well as a bit of poker of crse, well probbaly just bad beat stories to start with but who knows, god im rambling.
Ok so here's the life of Dom since friday october 23rd:
Friday October 23rd:
I planned to use this day purposefully. To pick up some new glasses, to find lost sunglasses and genrally tidy up my mess in the flat. I did none of these things, absolute zilch, nadda, nottttttthing. In fact i didn't even grind online in one little stt, i just watched telly and vegetated like a potato.
I think my only 'worthy' attempt at work was checking out the weekend footy games, for teams to bet on, and obviously that is pushing the work label. My gf had taken the day off work as we had planned a wknd away, once that fell through she went shopping and did useful things, as i say, i didn't. As i hit the sack at the end of a long and 'easy' day, i felt largely ashamed of my lack of anything done on the day.
Saturday October 24th:
Today i played a couple of stts without much luck, punted on football games without much luck and went for a walk into town, b4 rushing bk for more betting on the chelsea game, which thankfully saved the day. Then i had to choose xfactor bets, this is obviously a highly skilled area of expertise which can take...minutes of....no intensive labour.
Sat down to watch the show with the gf while switching channels to see my strictly punts go down the drain, i mean y o y wld anyone vote to save sonia from eastenders? Motd ended a rather lazy day again for yours truely, im sure my gf was not exactly impressed with her wknd away...instead spent in the flat as usual with me kinda being as lazy as ever. Oh well tmrw i'll change.
Sunday October 25th:
Meant to go to the seaside today but we postponed it due to the weather, even though it turned out nice. Instaed went on another walk, and ran back in time to see most of the liverpool united game, this result was neither pleasing to my bank balance nor my football allegiances. Had about a million punts on the nfl over the day, broke roughly even if a little down on brownie points with the missus. The zfactor result won me a bowl of rice and the day drifted away.
Tried two of the sundays on stars only to suffer a sicko beat when a donk defended with q6o, gg. Tmrw i'll probbaly actually do that seaside trip, and some stts, and find those sunglasses, etc...then again i'll probbaly just stay in and watch tv. *
*The above is based on fact and fiction and not wholly true, nor wholly untrue. Ill blog about poker mostly next time, this seems all too intense and silly.
Played the ept shootout side event on wednesday. Finished 3rd for 4k after failing to win a flip for the whole world. 11.5K FTW wld have been nice, esp seeing as i sold a great deal of my action. The overall standard in this event was appaulling, seriosuly most of these guys shldnt play above 10 quid stts, and even then they'd struggle.
My first table managed to lose 3 players within minutes, one bloke gleefully shipping his kings in and his 200bb stack on the first flop we saw. I think even the man serving at the bar knew his opponent had a set. Soon after another great player decided ak was also impossible to lay down to multiple action pre, again said barman wld have smelt the aces from afar.
After a long heads up battle my small pot strategy paid off when i got my money in good and it held up. The next table was tougher but i soon started raising most hands and being the table bully due to the general passive nature of my opponents. Like i say i need to win flips tho, meh.
This week i'll be grinding online while also playing a 2 day £300 side event at gukpt thanet on tuesday night with a nice smooth 45 minute structure. Again ill be selling percentages. Ive already sold 25% and will swop 5 percent with a friend. Therefore i have 20% available at 1.2, the price will be £36 per ten percent block. Any1 interested let me know.*
For like the zillionth time im going to attempt to begin again with poker. After the let down of the wsope where i played ok but ran bad and didn't 'feel it', i now actually feel like a rock has been removed from my shoulders.
Yeah a burden's been lifted because although a cash was important, the fact it didnt happen allows me to concentrate the mind. The previous few months were hampered a little with an inability to really grind online, as id convinced myself naively the 'big score' was due in september.
This naivety is something i need to lose from my portfolio, the sheer harsh reality is like in anything, hard graft gets you the cash. Thats why the same old names keep grabbing the bounty time after time. I know with my game i can do this too, i just need to make sure i grind with the best of them. Discipline, concentration and a passion to succeed, it all starts now.
I'll be playing online for almost all of october, but there is an event next week im participating in. The £500+50 shootout event(capped at 100) at the vic is starting on wednesday and i know i'll have a big edge in that. I've already had some interest and i'll be selling up to 50% in the event.
*EDIT- I've sold 40% so far:
The price will be 1.1 and believe me that is very cheap. Most ppl play stts massively wrong, and this is basically one of them. Live players don't understand the simple stt strategy, I do and will exploit all edges i'll have in this. I actually expect to win the event (as i do with every stt i play) and will play this with much relish. *
I'll write up a couple of hands from the wsope in a day or so. Think i was slightly guilty of betting without and not when with on occasion. Will be interesting to get opinions.
* Just to clarify, i'm selling in blocks of £60 per 10%. Payment can be by bank transfer or by stars or full tilt transfer.