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  1. Getting ever closer to that 10K tournament entry.

    Didn't get to play much this week. Life and all.

    Did get a first place so that is always fun.

    Its all coming together. I did burn $100 on a holder tournament made two mistakes.
    Going to start playing more live and find some Razz to play some where.

    Currently thinking I am going to have to play Razz for play money. But practice is practice.

    Success: +459.02

  2. *WARNING* This is an extremely negative post!

    Well I read this book by Tommy Angelo called Elements of Poker and it was a great book.
    It made me laugh and got me feeling good for a moment. Moments over.
    Anyhow because everyone is pretty much useless fucks you can just skip to the end of the book to the last couple of pages.
    Just start reading the section on breathing and there is like 10 pages left in the book after that.

    I burned a few hundred dollars out of my roll but I guess I still made a profit the last couple of weeks.
    Really still don’t have the patience or discipline to be the best poker player.
    This week in the eighty-dollar high roller thing I got my stack up to 40K in chips and I could have just hit sit out and would have made money.
    Instead I got greedy and kept playing and lost like 200 bucks.
    Then that night I was having dinner with this chick and she was talking like she does and I tried to convers about the stupid shit she was talking about
    well she got mad. Really I didn’t need to expend any effort or do anything but sit there and let her talk.
    Just trying fucked me. I would have succeeded by not doing a damn thing in both instances.

    Way back when I was a kid my own mom turned me into the cops for a victimless crime.
    I don’t want to hurt or even really think about any other retched humans.
    Don’t give a fuck about them. She did this thinking it was a good thing to try and help me in some fucked up way.
    I guess it has helped me to realize all humans are worthless pieces of shit.
    Yeah idiot I am including myself when I say all humans. I too am cursed with being a fucking human.
    But all things being equal it’s all good rite. I do love my mom.
    It’s the people who act like they are good who you really have to keep an eye on.

    So I guess I need to be more stupid and not try and just let the world take me to where ever.
    I need to be heartless and ruthless.
    I hope everyone dies and the funny thing is you all are going to die ha.
    Going to make this world kill me bring on the suffering and pain one day I will die and be released at least that’s guaranteed.

    Okay well so I made a couple bucks and was unable to fold when it was full house over full house.
    Sounds like a hard spot to fold in but really I should have known better.
    It was just so obvious and I wanted a bigger stack and didn’t stop and think about it.
    Really shows me that I have a lot of work left to do on my poker game.

    If someone actually wants to see the hand I will do a write up just let me know.

    FAIL: +1126.88

  3. I realized something as I played on the last Sunday of January about how important Sunday’s are in the grand scheme of having a profitable month. On that particular day I was dealt AA and KK 14 times only to lose 11 of those hands. Poker is hard enough as it is…but when variance is kicking your butt on premium hands it can make for not only a frustrating but also very expensive day.

    It was also in the midst of this last Sunday session of the month I realized that my worst variance for the month seemed to be happening on Sunday’s. Sure enough when I ran my final reports of the month, my losses for the month can all be attributed to the 5 Sunday’s. Had I just never fired up the computer those 5 days I’d have had a very profitable month…but since I did I showed a loss instead.

    Now that’s not to complain but it does show the importance of playing and running well especially on Sunday’s when the buy-ins are larger and the prize pools are massive. When I look back at my monster months, they are always anchored by one or 2 huge Sunday scores that make up for any negative variance I might face at other times in the month. Not sure if there is anything practical that can done other than maybe limit the amount of bullets fired on Sunday’s. Would love to hear any thoughts you may have about this topic.

    Another thing that was different about this month was that 40% of my volume was on WPN. Usually it only gets about 5% of my volume with Merge getting the other 95%. If you’ve been reading my blog you know that I haven’t been happy with Merge’s decision to no longer allow results to be tracked by Pocket Fives (my normal up-date is below), so I decided to give a bit more volume to WPN at least for a bit.

    Also, the high stakes Merge tourney’s are basically 100 regs with the occasional rec player. While I do feel I have an edge over many of the regs, when you start amassing over 10k+ hands on individual players, the edge is probably not as great as it once was. With that said, my personal opinion is that the low stakes are much easier on WPN since the fish are much more prevalent. I have friends who will swear that WPN is the tougher field but I’m sticking with my opinion.

    However with all that said, I don’t have a large roll on WPN so for now my average buy-in will be between $10-$20 as compared to the $70+ I play on Merge so it will keep my total amount of cashes somewhat smaller unless I bink something soon that allows me to move up.

    Now onto January’s results…

    170…Tournaments Played
    76…. Cashes (45%)
    12…. Final Tables
    3....…Top 3 Finishes
    2……Wins

    $9174.86 in total cashes (-14.82% ROI)

    Looking at these numbers it’s obvious I didn’t close well once at Final Tables. I’m usually about 60% to be top 3 once I make one. In this particular month it was only 25%. Obviously those top 3 spots are where the money is really at so this is another area where variance really hit me hard and was the difference between a winning and losing month.

    Now onto my Merge up-date. For those not familiar with my blog, Merge stopped allowing Pocket Fives to track scores on September 5th 2016, so what I’m doing here is tracking where I would have been had they not stopped tracking. I do play some on other networks but Merge gets out 95% of my volume so I thought it would be fun and motivating to keep things going as if though it never stopped. I use Poker Dominator to track all tourney’s so these are the most accurate and up-to-date numbers as of the last day of the month.

    Merge Lifetime Total: $ 404863.51

    Career Lifetime Total: $460256.32

    Career number of Cashes: 3689

    Follow my monthly results in real-time by following me on Twitter: @YourPokerPastor

    Thanks for reading...please post a comment with your thoughts or anything you'd like me to address in future blogs.

    Gilbert

 
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