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It's been some time since ive actually sat down and took the time to sit down to blog. What really gets to me is how fast the time has past since i blogged last. Today it's Sunday December the 20th; Five days away from the most exciting day of my life as a kid. Those days are very long and gone for me now; And i am no longer as young as i used to be as well. One day i hope to write some kind of book about my life and how Poker played a huge part, as to the way it totally changed my lifestyle.

Lately here ive been through a lot of trials and tribulations; As life has it those things will all come to past. 2015 although a very tough year for me mentally; Has actually made me a lot stronger than i was a year ago. Like anyone i have a lot of dreams and aspirations; But unlike most the things i want are very simple. One of the biggest things or my dream, was always to prove to myself that my life has been somewhat a success. And sadly at this point in my life i don't feel this way. I wish i could have done things differently earlier in my life. And there are things and situations that i regret even to this day and everyday for the rest of my life

Ive been fucking around with Poker since 2001; And started taking it a little more seriously in 2007 when i joined Pocketfives.com. Afterwards i was accepted as a member of 4to1dog and my game has slowly transformed to the point where i feel like i can be a real force on the poker tables. Since joining i was able to make $70,000 in cashes online; And about $17,000 in live cashes in Biloxi,MS and Louisiana. The last time i played an MTT on the Merge Network was April 4th 2015; Which was pretty much my bread and butter at the time money wise. Since then the slow payouts and transfer to Bovada has been a very long and hard grind for me. Although ive had my streaks of great deep runs on Bovada. It has been a very long and tiresome grind this past year.

In the real world we have life and death! And i experienced a few losses this year that were very heartbreaking for me. I mean it's life and as we get older the people and love ones we looked up too can't live forever. I also went through a very tough run at work this year; And came very close to losing my job several times. But since then things have settled down, And i realized just how important balance becomes with work and poker. My personal life got a little out of whack also; As my girlfriend of 7 years felt that we should go our ways! And this affected me and my play at the table over the course of a few months this year. Just the entire relocation deal and starting over was not good for me.

I have watched a lot of my friends win a lot of money in the last few months. And although yes i am happy for them all; Deep inside it also makes you doubt your own abilities as a poker player. The same guys you go over hands with and share hands and advice. Away from the table we all seem too have a plan; But the ability to move forward and execute on the table seperates the men from the boys. And for the last three months of 2015 i truly feel like i let to many outside distractions destroy my mindset. For 2016 i plan to also give more time to God; Something i feel not only poker players don't do. But just people in general don't do when there going through something. I have several goals for 2016 and i guess ill use this blog to make sure i do what i say i am going to do!

I always felt like i was a good person with a heart that's too big to be honest. But i also understand that i have to make a lot of changes in my life as well. I have so much i want to do, and so many people and things i want to enjoy in life. But i guess i failed to realize that with having God and Jesus in my life; Many thing that you actually want has to be approved by him LoL. God knows my heart and my prayers, And ive noticed here lately just how important having Jesus in your life helps your overall bottom line.

Not really sure where to begin, But first i want to thank God for allowing me to see 2015. I lost alot of very close friends last year to gun violence. A background i am now grateful i was able to walk away from. Secondly i am blessed and although things didn't go exactly as planned i am grateful. I am not the one for all the Newyears resolutions, as people should strive for change and betterment always! I have plenty of fualts and enough bad habits to make testimony to this as well.

2014 was somewhat of a good and a bad situation for me pokerwise. Sure i was able to get my 100k badge, and yes i was able to take down a few mtts vs. players i deemed superior in skill set ect. And although i consider myself to be somewhat of a threat at the table. I also failed to be a player with the reputation of being a strong finisher. I pissed away several chipleads, and settled for less once deep in tournaments. And although i have a relentless work ethic, I truly know i didn't give it 100% last year. There were plenty of spots and situations where i just made excuses.

I do work 12 hour a day, and 14 days in a row sometimes. But who cares because alot of guys here did it also, And they were successful as well. They didn't make excuses because they were tired or just not feeling it. You must take the hand your dealt in life and outplay your opponent. Even in the real world, or the game of real life! "Everybody has a fold button" and our positions in real life won't always be on the button. Life and poker are the same especially for the deep thinker! As poker and life are also the same but not the same. In poker you die and you play again or re-enter. In real life when you bust your roll your out on the streets homeless. When you catch a badbeat it's because you have cancer or ebola ect. When someone coolers you and you have 2nd best. In real life maybe you didn't get that dream job, Or maybe the other man or woman was just better than you.

Poker is a game that i love and have a passion for, But poker is also that woman in my life who i can treat better and spend more time with. I found myself clicking buttons at the end of this year's past. I dropped over $3000 in buyins in December because i was a bad businessman. For some reason i feel like i just said fuck it, or ill just start fresh next year.

I allowed one bad beat or a pot i really should've won, Totally destroy my will to recover mentally in tournaments this past year. Alot of times i just felt sorry for myself, and literally drowned in my own pity ingame. I remember whining to my coach about MTTs i deserved to WIN! But in this game you don't deserve a fucking thing. In poker you have to take that shit if you want it. There is no free ride to binkaments, and if you sit on your hands your going to die period.

I have done so much soul searching, bitching, crying, whining and complaining. Not because i felt cheated or played bad in any given situation. But it's the very simple fact that i didnt slow down, take a deep breath and really weigh my options before making those ever so crucial plays deep in tournaments. So this year and moreso this first month of January i have decided to totally respect myself and my play deep in MTTs.

I told a good friend here Necks03 that i need more discipline in my game. And i really feel like i can become a great player, But only if i humble and humiliate myself. One huge mistake ive made is bankroll management. Sure i can play the Highrollers and $109s, 60s and 33s. But im not doing it honestly. The point is too make money and not play just because "Oh Fuck It" I got the money. And so i ended up depositing over 30times this year! I have no respect for myself, the game or my own cash. I am blessed to have a good job and a little cashflow. But tbh i am still living check to check for the most part, although i make around 70K a year or so. In 2015 i plan to manage my life and my finances as well as my time on and off the table. A lot of times i get jealous at all the guys who can grind all day. I always loved to do that, and get the recognition of being the feared or solid player at the table.

Well im not living with mom's and my father anymore, as well as the fact of all the responsibility i now have to deal with also. Balance is a funny thing in all we have and all that we do. Without balance everything will fail, from walking a tight rope to installing the hormonic balancer on an engine. Without the proper tools and knowledge there is no balance, and in both situations you will fail.

So with all this being said i plan to drop down in stakes to $5.00 buyins and 100 buy in bankroll across Bovada, PokerHost and Merge. I will be logging a lot of my progress here in my blog and on twitter. I will only play higher if i satty at said bankroll or have 100x for that buy-in level. Obviously i do have other goals ect, but this will be my target area!

HAPPY NEWYEAR AND I WILL SEE YOU AT THE TABLES!

Not much time to actually blog about my OPS Series ATM. But really looking forward to reaching $100K in tracked cashes tonight. For the entire 7 years I've been a member here, I never really actually thought I'd ever get it. I mean when I registered here pre-black Friday, Poker was just something to pass the time. I was still very much into other things at the time as well. Obviously the part I am most proud of is the fact 75% of my cashes were post black Friday. And imo says alot more about my game imo with the much smaller prize pools.

Who's to say though if PokerStars was here maybe I'd be on my way to 200K instead. But at the end of the day. Tonight when I log on will be a very special moment for me. I've worked very hard to reach this goal. And just as I fought to win my first MTT here, Now comes another goal on my Pokerz to do list. I'm probably somewhat fishy to others, and hey that's a good thing, because I'll keep busting your ass and you can keep telling me I'm a fish. And once I hit that $250K, $500K and one Millirion Mark....... Then What?

Special Thanks to one guy who made it all possible. Showed me it was more to life than, selling drugs and being in the streets. And that would be STEVE LEWIS AKA............. ArzCardzfan who I admired way back in the big PLB days. Where he held his own vs. Gigabet and others in one of the biggest and most publicized PLB comps here on Pocketfives. Steve was very inspirational and a motivational asset at the time. I was fresh out of Texas (TDC) in 1997 and met him through a friend R. I. P Bill Shifferdecker who died recently too young and I've worked and played, as well as loved poker ever since.

But without a doubt and without question!!!!!!!!!!! I owe this entire blog to the man himself. The guy who took me under his wing. The person who has and continues to transform my game! Also one of the best guys you will, and I have ever met in my life!!!!!

4to1dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for everything! Until I met you I was never able to buy anything I felt was worthwhile from poker! God was nice enough to allow me to donk $25,000 on Stars and $11k there at one time. But that was about it!

Cya AAT THE TABLES TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!

WiLLisMcCoyP5s........................

So here i am again writing in this blog a few hours before my Sunday session. There are a lot of things that i use to attempt to get motivated before all of the virtual cards fly in the air. Will i ship the $109? Will i ship the Sunday Big 33 15k ect, ect, ect. Poker is a game that i just wish i had never got involved in sometimes; As it's just so demanding on your mental, and social lifestyle. I mean if you take the game as serious as i do,i suppose this shit just comes with the territory;"Im not really sure". What i do know is that the more you work, the better understanding you get of the total dynamic of poker in general. I have never claimed to be this great player; But i guess i do work on my game a tad bit more than the avg mtt'r does.

Ive been into poker for a while now, but many of those years were spent not knowing what the fuck i was doing. It took several years to actually get into the know of poker ect; But i guess now i kinda have a clue about the game theory blah blah or whatever. I post all of my important entries and runs on my Facebook page every Sunday; As my family and the few friends i have are very supporting of me. It seems like the little effort i have actually put forth,has been somewhat successful to a certain extent. I work from Monday-Sunday with two weekends off a month. During the course of a month i work 84 hours a week on my 7 day weeks; And 60 hours a week on my free weekends.

During these times i also have to fit study and play time into my already shitty schedule. And let me be the first to tell you that it's not easy to work and play optimally. I have a ton of respect for all the guys here who work a 9-5 and can also take and play poker at a competitive level. I can't even begin to tell you how hard shit is for me; Trying to play a game that i love like a brother and also running a household with 5 kids and the ole Lady! Now factor in work,heat, no rest,birthdays,holidays,study time ect. Then getting through the bad days or poker; As well as the bullshit a work and there you have it.

So hopefully we will have a productive Sunday today; Because i won't see another free weekend until the next 14 days. Sundays are very important to my mtt life and running well would really ease a lot of pain lol. Every week and everyday i am getting better and better; And ive seen a lot of guys preach the "Get rich or die trying" sermon. But in the end remember you have to work on your game away from the table. It's easy to talk shit about your hand never holds; or the donks always get there ect. But a real man/woman, poker player ect makes no excuses! I have no idea why so many guys are talking about moving or going to Mexico. I mean i plan to go there myself and play for a week out the month; As i have it set up at work to pan out with my vacation time; Spread out over a year. But the bottom line is this!!!! If your losing here and your not working on your game; Your going to lose on PokerStars are anywhere else you play! First put in the time and do yourself a big favor; And work on your game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Placed 2nd last night in the $11 6Max 3K; Which is also a mtt i rarely get to play because of my fucking job. Although i am thankful as i truly need that winning horse; I truly wish and hope to improve to a point where an off day or two won't kill me cash wise. This week i have had several deepish runs and final tables in the $33 7.5k formally the 10K; which is also my favorite mtt on merge. I love it as it gives me a chance to play with a lot of the top 20 players in the US Rankings; Which i feel i am always up for the challenge. Something i had to realize is that everyone has a fold button if your willing to put the GUN to their head!!!!!

For a long time i had no balls so to speak at the tables. But once you start getting deep a ton and blinding down; The shit gets real boring and will drive you insane for the most part. Sure some nights you get lucky and just run like God. But in poker the key is to compliment this with solid play and relentless yet controlled aggression. Ive made it my personal JOB to raise/3bet/4bet/float/suckout/valuetown/ flat oop any and all guys i consider those passive station that i hate seeing deep in mtt's. You know the types, the stations, the weak passive,the weak tight ect. Your 5 hours in and they have heaps limp calling everything and letting guys spazz with AK vs. their bottom pair on the river LOL.

Well i took about a week ofF from playing last year, along with another month or two patching holes in the boat(my game). But i have made it my business to personally make the calling stations life a living fucking HELL "IF YOUR AT MY TABLE"!!!!! i will be the first to say ive been the victim of these player types myself; And also noted that i was playing horrid vs. them. I am very aggro by nature and i take a lot of weird lines myself, but that's just a part of my game to piss you all off, as i always get there! Someone told me that poker is a marathon, and at first i didn't really get it! They also told me that playing alone is not good enough; So i worked countless hours away from the table as well. I mean i always had a great work ethic, but it was energy focused in the wrong areas of my game. Slowly i am getting used to the deep runs day in and out; At the same time learning to finish strong is something i have to address in general.

I know soon everything will fall in place; As being consistent deep in mtts is what makes you a regular winning mttr; Or the guy who just looks good for 5 hours only to spazz when the money is on the table!

GOOD LUCK AT THE TABLES!!!!!!!

Obv I assume that I have worked on my game to a point where I lost my drive to blog! But tbh I really think and know that writing blogs actually helped my motivation. I am not the best player or the best writer, but it's funny how much I have to say when I think about it. Poker have actually had a very large impact on how mentally and physically fucked I am right now. I guess when you have goals you have to attack them; Or at least work on them moving forward. I remember at the beginning or start of this blog; I had 0 wins and was ranked like 38th in my Illinois community! And sadly as long as I have been a member here, I was never ranked in the top 100 in the United States player pool.

Now instead of one MTT ship I have a few of them; Along with a nice collection of 2nd and 3rd place finishes also! Working a 9-5 has to be one of my biggest bitches; But a bitch that I am willing to live with atm. With the state of online poker and recent skin separation at Merge. I guess my drive to play has been hampered a bit, with moving all the money around from one site to another. I just wish this shit was regulated, and that we could just get on with it! Im really getting tired of the whole online poker movement; And the "I wish we had stars" comments. I mean it's just so fucking depressing right now; And most nights I play it's just a fucking REG fest.

I mean im never the one to run away from competition; But some nights it's just a big ass cooler fest with small edges. Everything just seems to be so lite now, from sick calls and raises, to the fucking stations running 38/10 and always getting there LoL. I guess this post has turned more into a rant than a post of my progress. But fuck it!!!!! Once Merge changed the schedule, and having built a decent 5K roll on Sportsbook I was really pissed! Firstly the player pools just went to shit as well as the timing; WIth work and poker most weekdays for myself! So eventually I cashed out like most of my roll there; And at the time put money on Pokerhost to play more events.

Once OPS began or was official, I decided to make an account on Carbon; But honestly I have just opted not to play much if any atm to work on shit. Poker is still a game that's fun to me, but REALTALK it's just starting to become a fucking headache dealing with all the shit right now. Sportsbook has always been my 1st love on the network, but now the buy-ins and volume just make the run bad that much worse and for more money! Hopefully shit changes and my scores there are tracked eventually lol; As well as the shitty schedule that's driving me insane right now(end rant).

As far as my play goes I do feel ive come a long way; But it's really funny how much more shit I need to learn to next level this shit! I mean the higher you play the more thin value and the less mistakes you can make obv! And wheni say mistakes, I really mean the small dumb ass mistakes lol. Right now discipline is one of the biggest issues I have; Along with finding the fold button. I have also had to deal with taking the beats; That seem to come and fuck you when your at your best! I am doing my best to take; What seems like the long term bad and the short term good! But honestly once we look into holdem manager we se that it's just a mental mind fuck that we give ourselves!

Assuming it has been almost two months since my last entry;And a ton of things have taken place since then! For a while i have been mentally holding myself back from shipping a mtt, that was tracked by the pocketfives database. In an attempt to become more self motivated, i decided to create a thread called "ship something 2013". The thread was inspired by a fellow pocketfives member; Who pretty much turned into a beast as he turned his game around 10 fold for the most part. Honestly i really didn't get the overall effect i wanted, when i actually made the thread. And i guess a lot of this can be credited to the fact; That online poker players in general have made 100's of these post in the past. I guess after a while they all sound like old bad beat stories. I look at blogging in the same way i guess,"As people get tired of reading the same shit" day in and day out! In the past two months or so, my main focus has just been to really apply myself and honestly devote myself to reaching my goals.

Now enter the contest "SmallerHoTrunner", which imo is one of the best ideas i have ever come up with to improve my game and my play. After the first contest that i totally got my ass handed to me in; I decided that a Hotrunner2 was in order! The thing about the contest as a whole, was not the fact i was not winning. But moreso the fact was that it allowed me to get close to some real players of the poker world. I was able to see just how consistant winning poker players were with day to day volume ect. I actually had no real idea how consistant these players were until the smaller hot runner contest were running. One of my biggest inspirations was the killer instant and winning ways of players like; 4to1dog/Wesss/NewberryKA/Donkiman/Keystone who is also from Illinois like me originally. And a ton of the greats in the regular hotrunner events for players who run on pokerstars.

When i write entries into my blog i really try to aviod writing a total novel; And since i have plenty to write about atm. I think i will just talk about a few goals that i have reached so far. First and foremost i was to dedicate myself to improve my poker game for the year 2013! With work and a lot of the real life shit going on; I have still managed to do this, and all of my hard work is starting to slowly show it's face!

I wanted to win my first online MTT tracked by Pocket fives!

http://www.pocketfives.com/tournament/1607595/

http://www.pocketfives.com/tournament/1463978/ So since the last time of my blog i have shipped a total of 3 mtt's but only two count in the rankings

I now have a total of (8) 2ND Place finished and (11) 3RD Place finishes in tracked tournments as well.

http://www.pocketfives.com/sortable-rankings/ currently #24 in the Illinois poker community; which is a great tool for motivation; When you are the type like myself that becomes bored very quickly. Using these ranking ect for tools to improve and get better has helped my game a ton.

Improve my ROI% Monthly and Overall under my current screen name!

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Current Month of June

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The most important thing for me here is not the fact that my game is improving; But it's more of the fact that it's so amazing how much you can progress from month to month with a little study time involved. If you have been following this blog to any extent, you will notice that since i started playing again. That my roi on a month to month basis was getting better each month; And although the numbers here are not baller or even stellar to say the least. It still gives me a base line of the here and now of my game since Black Friday!

SmallerHotrunner JUNE

http://www.pocketfives.com/contests/...june-2013-low/ low bracket where i am currently 3rd and have PROMISED MYSELF THAT I WOULD WIN THIS MONTH!!!! And with my new work schedule after being so busy at Exxon Mobile; I really expect to see a HUGE differnce in my play and results for the rest of the month. One thing a lot of people don't realize is that i work 7 days a week most of the year. And tbh i really wish i had more free time aside from the work grind to play poker. It's very demanding to work from 6am-5pm and play from 6pm to 2:00am some nights; Especially if i go deep in the 5R on Merge which i shipped about a week ago. And even as i write this entry i am a bit scared by my 2nd place finsh last night in the 1.5K $3 rebuy where i lost hu to Nastycanasta who is a solid low-limit reg on Merge.

Well more to come and see you at the tables!!!!!!

To be contined "BINK ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR SUNDAY 6/16/2013"

Assuming it has been almost two months since my last entry;And a ton of things have taken place since then! For a while i have been mentally holding myself back from shipping a mtt, that was tracked by the pocketfives database. In an attempt to become more self motivated, i decided to create a thread called "ship something 2013". The thread was inspired by a fellow pocketfives member; Who pretty much turned into a beast as he turned his game around 10 fold for the most part. Honestly i really didn't get the overall effect i wanted, when i actually made the thread. And i guess a lot of this can be credited to the fact; That online poker players in general have made 100's of these post in the past. I guess after a while they all sound like old bad beat stories. I look at blogging in the same way i guess,"As people get tired of reading the same shit" day in and day out! In the past two months or so, my main focus has just been to really apply myself and honestly devote myself to reaching my goals.

Now enter the contest "SmallerHoTrunner", which imo is one of the best ideas i have ever come up with to improve my game and my play. After the first contest that i totally got my ass handed to me in; I decided that a Hotrunner2 was in order! The thing about the contest as a whole, was not the fact i was not winning. But moreso the fact was that it allowed me to get close to some real players of the poker world. I was able to see just how consistant winning poker players were with day to day volume ect. I actually had no real idea how consistant these players were until the smaller hot runner contest were running. One of my biggest inspirations was the killer instant and winning ways of players like; 4to1dog/Wesss/NewberryKA/Donkiman/Keystone who is also from Illinois like me originally. And a ton of the greats in the regular hotrunner events for players who run on pokerstars.

When i write entries into my blog i really try to aviod writing a total novel; And since i have plenty to write about atm. I think i will just talk about a few goals that i have reached so far. First and foremost i was to dedicate myself to improve my poker game for the year 2013! With work and a lot of the real life shit going on; I have still managed to do this, and all of my hard work is starting to slowly show it's face!

I wanted to win my first online MTT tracked by Pocket fives!

http://www.pocketfives.com/tournament/1607595/

http://www.pocketfives.com/tournament/1463978/ So since the last time of my blog i have shipped a total of 3 mtt's but only two count in the rankings

I now have a total of (8) 2ND Place finished and (11) 3RD Place finishes in tracked tournments as well.

http://www.pocketfives.com/sortable-rankings/ currently #24 in the Illinois poker community; which is a great tool for motivation; When you are the type like myself that becomes bored very quickly. Using these ranking ect for tools to improve and get better has helped my game a ton.

Improve my ROI% Monthly and Overall under my current screen name!

acesH00dRichNiKKAA

Poker Statistics Statistics includes regular scheduled Carbon Poker tournaments. * Please see coverage for what tournaments are tracked and included. Statistics Period Full Tracking Last 120 days Year 2012 2011 (>Apr) 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2012 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2011 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April with estimated RA expenses (and bounties in FTP Knockouts) without estimated RA expenses (and bounties in FTP Knockouts) View by Game Game Size All Holdem NL Holdem L/PL Omaha Omaha HiLo Other Games ITM Finishes1st41st ties22nd73rd84-10th29MTT Avg. Finish PercentageEarly3% (10%)Early/Middle11% (20%)Middle44% (40%)Middle/Late30% (20%)Late12% (10%)Top-5$674$299$296$263$256 Game *Prizes WonNet ProfitROIAverage

Buy-InAverage

Field SizeR/AITM/PlayedITM Hold'em NL $6,115$120%$9.8833163%95/61815% Hold'em L/PL $0$00%$000%0/00% Omaha $0$00%$000%0/00% Omaha Hi Lo $0$00%$000%0/00% Other $0$00%$000%0/00% $6,115$120%$9.8833163%95/61815%

Current Month of June

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Poker Statistics Statistics includes regular scheduled Carbon Poker tournaments. * Please see coverage for what tournaments are tracked and included. Statistics Period Full Tracking Last 120 days Year 2012 2011 (>Apr) 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2012 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2011 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April with estimated RA expenses (and bounties in FTP Knockouts) without estimated RA expenses (and bounties in FTP Knockouts) View by Game Game Size All Holdem NL Holdem L/PL Omaha Omaha HiLo Other Games ITM Finishes1st21st ties02nd33rd14-10th6MTT Avg. Finish PercentageEarly5% (10%)Early/Middle12% (20%)Middle44% (40%)Middle/Late22% (20%)Late17% (10%)Top-5$674$256$171$97$90 Game *Prizes WonNet ProfitROIAverage

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Field SizeR/AITM/PlayedITM Hold'em NL $1,817$919102%$9.5538753%21/9422% Hold'em L/PL $0$00%$000%0/00% Omaha $0$00%$000%0/00% Omaha Hi Lo $0$00%$000%0/00% Other $0$00%$000%0/00% $1,817$919102%$9.5538753%21/9422% The most important thing for me here is not the fact that my game is improving; But it's more of the fact that it's so amazing how much you can progress from month to month with a little study time involved. If you have been following this blog to any extent, you will notice that since i started playing again. That my roi on a month to month basis was getting better each month; And although the numbers here are not baller or even stellar to say the least. It still gives me a base line of the here and now of my game since Black Friday!

SmallerHotrunner JUNE

http://www.pocketfives.com/contests/smaller-ho-trunner-june-2013-low/ low bracket where i am currently 3rd and have PROMISED MYSELF THAT I WOULD WIN THIS MONTH!!!! And with my new work schedule after being so busy at Exxon Mobile; I really expect to see a HUGE differnce in my play and results for the rest of the month. One thing a lot of people don't realize is that i work 7 days a week most of the year. And tbh i really wish i had more free time aside from the work grind to play poker. It's very demanding to work from 6am-5pm and play from 6pm to 2:00am some nights; Especially if i go deep in the 5R on Merge which i shipped about a week ago. And even as i write this entry i am a bit scared by my 2nd place finsh last night in the 1.5K $3 rebuy where i lost hu to Nastycanasta who is a solid low-limit reg on Merge.

Well more to come and see you at the tables!!!!!!

To be contined "BINK ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR SUNDAY 6/16/2013"

And so we have two more days before heading to May; And The SmallerHoTrunner has been quite a learning experience for me. This makes month #3 since i started playing online again, after taking a few months off from poker. This past Sunday morning was pretty much like winning the Sunday Million for me; When at last i shipped a tracked MTT on Merge for Pocketfives.

April was a major success for me learning wise; But i still have so many things yet to grasp. Along the way i have been lucky enough to run it with several players i respect; And it helps a ton when you can ask for advice and then apply it to your game in real time. I would like to give a special thanks to STEVE LEWIS also known as ArzCardzfan who is a long time friend here and in real life. Steve is the very reason i even attempted to play MTT poker. Steve was my favorite player over 8 years ago; And will continue to be so until the day that i die. If not for him i would be dead or in jail by now; As poker and God of course steered me away from a very dangerous life that i once lived!

Sunday- Tmobile was nice enough to sit me out of the $33.00 $25,000 with 43bb's and 4.5hrs in or so! Could have been 5 hours but im not really sure; But i was also deep in another MTT as well. Anyway once i got re-connected i had 12bb's with KK in the BB. MP opens with around 30bb's and c/o calls! I tank jam and MP tanks calls A4s and c/o folds and the turn is the Ace and my night/day was over! So FUCK YOU TMOBILE THE CABLE MAN IS ON HIS WAY NEXT WEEK!

http://www.pocketfives.com/f10016/official-smaller-hot-runner-ii-may-sign-up-low-mid-high-stakes-usa-trophies-awarded-678738/ Hope to see more entries this month in the May Hot Runner for the USA Friendly players!

CURRENT STANDINGS OF APRIL COMP-(2 DAYS REMAIN)

http://www.pocketfives.com/contests/private-contest-apr-1-30-2013/

And with about 30 hours left from the time of me writing this entry. It still seems pretty tight between #1 and #2

Good luck to Donkiam and Wesss and Icurazedmybb!

http://www.officialpokerrankings.com/pokerresults.html?tourid=1E48083E-15DA-45DE-825B-04CF8E923567 it's strange how i can look at my roi from month to month. All losing roi's but slowly headed to the +ev

Well it's 3pm here and time to update my work logs, which is a pain in the ass!

So i am 3/25 of my last Mtt's with two weeks to go in the Smaller HoTrunner series. Just going to cut to the chase and eliminate the bullshit. Bottom line is that i need to find a fold button and stay more focused. Currently i am sitting in last place in this contest, and i am not at all happy with how i have managed so far. I also feel like i made to many adjustments to my game and i can see it. I also think that i might be pushing myself a little two much atm with work and poker. Between the energy drinks and lack of sleep; I feel that the end results are starting to affect my play right now. Ive also been running into some spots where i am at a crossroads between being a nit or sticking to my game plan of aggro all the time.

One thing that i don't plan to change is attacking the 20/5 and 32/10 player types, when i can play them in pots in position. Also i am going to attempt to play with better hand selection vs. villans who favor calling 3 bets rather lite. I was really pissed about Sunday because i got home a little late; And had to late reg most of the tourneys i really wanted to play. Then it seems i really have my hands full in this month long contest; But i will continue to be motivated by this also. I feel like it has me more driven to improve more than anything. It's really a different game and change of pace, when you see how your game sizes up to others. And this contest is just letting me know that i am not working as hard as i need too!

Lastly i am expecting to play much better for the next week or so; Since overall my ROI% for this month has suffered. The upside is that my ITM% is still aight but i guess somewhere i am slowing down a bit too much too early. I am a big fan of staying above the 20bb mark at all cost; So i will make the needed adjustments tonight and see how things go!

Good Luck at the tables!

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Just to catch up and recap my past Sunday, was an epic fucking fail. Maybe i am just to much of a sore loser, or just to hard on myslelf. But when when you start to make excuses for yourself; You will become your own worst enemy. Sunday was one of those days that made me want to just quit poker, and kill myself LoL. It was as though someone was somewhere creating ways to give me second best or crush me. Obv i blanked the entire Sunday session, as i hung on for dear life in my final Sunday MTT(4.40 rebuy) of the night. Yes like everyone i understand that shit is just going to happend sometimes. But Sunday i really felt like some how i must have pissed off one of God's angels or something. Anyway things went pretty awful which also meant i had leaks to plug!

Made two very important adjustments!

Unlike most i take a very different approach to MTT poker tournaments. And yes it does get me into a few spewy situations every now and then. I truly feel and continue to stand by the fact, that optimal out the box and unconventional plays. Can and will pay off in MTT poker when done correctly vs. the correct villans. I really learned the reason why they call loose passive players so dangerous. I mean it's not the fact that you are going to get out played by them; But moreso you outplaying yourself. Hand selection vs. these types have really helped my game. Also one major adjustment i decided to make last night, was too tighten up my game a hair during the later stages of the tournament. This really helped my image when i needed to chip up during bubbles.

http://www.pocketfives.com/contests/private-contest-apr-1-30-2013/

Current Standings Smaller HoTrunner USA.

Right now i am sitting at 3rd place in the smaller hotrunner event. I feel like i am holding my own so far, and this contest is a huge motivational tool for anyone who gives a shit about getting better. I really wanted to see more entries, because i was just looking to see how i sized up vs. better poker players ect. But these guys who have entered more than fit the bill, with over $1 million dollars in comb tracked cashes. I have somewhat of a stratergy for this comp, and that is to ship everything i play LoL. Bottom line though i have to do/play and run better if i plan to make this interesting.

Five Final Tables on Low Volume

For April i have managed to get to 5 final tables without getting the job done. And once again just like last night's affair i went from finishing 4th the night before; To finishing 3rd last night in te $3 rebuy $1,500GTD.

acesH00dRichNiKKAA

Poker Statistics Statistics includes regular scheduled Carbon Poker tournaments.

http://www.officialpokerrankings.com/CarbonPoker/acesH00dRichNiKKAA/poker/results/A590FA26EB0F45E9B7BE85B5603C85DA.html?t=2

So far just for the month of April i have $725 in winnings and 27%ROI with my ITM% being right about where i feel it needs to be on Merge. Overall my numbers since i began playing again are slowly climbing; With improvements monthly as i play more and more hands. And to be honest i am really starting to become very dissapointed in myself, due to the fact i am not closing out anything. I mean anyone can get deep and FT, but the real respects comes from winning the fucking tournament. But then i also look at scores in poker from a working man's point of view. Last night across all of my games i made around $400; Which might not seem like much to the avg grinder. But this is just about how much i make for a 12 hour shift@work. And then when i worked for McDonalds back in the day, It took two weeks to make a $400.00 check. Moral of the story never forget where u come from!!!!

Peace and Good Luck at the Tables!!!

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Just to catch up and recap my past Sunday, was an epic fucking fail. Maybe i am just to much of a sore loser, or just to hard on myslelf. But when when you start to make excuses for yourself; You will become your own worst enemy. Sunday was one of those days that made me want to just quit poker, and kill myself LoL. It was as though someone was somewhere creating ways to give me second best or crush me. Obv i blanked the entire Sunday session, as i hung on for dear life in my final Sunday MTT(4.40 rebuy) of the night. Yes like everyone i understand that shit is just going to happend sometimes. But Sunday i really felt like some how i must have pissed off one of God's angels or something. Anyway things went pretty awful which also meant i had leaks to plug!

Made two very important adjustments!

Unlike most i take a very different approach to MTT poker tournaments. And yes it does get me into a few spewy situations every now and then. I truly feel and continue to stand by the fact, that optimal out the box and unconventional plays. Can and will pay off in MTT poker when done correctly vs. the correct villans. I really learned the reason why they call loose passive players so dangerous. I mean it's not the fact that you are going to get out played by them; But moreso you outplaying yourself. Hand selection vs. these types have really helped my game. Also one major adjustment i decided to make last night, was too tighten up my game a hair during the later stages of the tournament. This really helped my image when i needed to chip up during bubbles.

http://www.pocketfives.com/contests/private-contest-apr-1-30-2013/

Current Standings Smaller HoTrunner USA.

Right now i am sitting at 3rd place in the smaller hotrunner event. I feel like i am holding my own so far, and this contest is a huge motivational tool for anyone who gives a shit about getting better. I really wanted to see more entries, because i was just looking to see how i sized up vs. better poker players ect. But these guys who have entered more than fit the bill, with over $1 million dollars in comb tracked cashes. I have somewhat of a stratergy for this comp, and that is to ship everything i play LoL. Bottom line though i have to do/play and run better if i plan to make this interesting.

Five Final Tables on Low Volume

For April i have managed to get to 5 final tables without getting the job done. And once again just like last night's affair i went from finishing 4th the night before; To finishing 3rd last night in te $3 rebuy $1,500GTD.

acesH00dRichNiKKAA

Poker Statistics Statistics includes regular scheduled Carbon Poker tournaments.

http://www.officialpokerrankings.com/CarbonPoker/acesH00dRichNiKKAA/poker/results/A590FA26EB0F45E9B7BE85B5603C85DA.html?t=2

So far just for the month of April i have $725 in winnings and 27%ROI with my ITM% being right about where i feel it needs to be on Merge. Overall my numbers since i began playing again are slowly climbing; With improvements monthly as i play more and more hands. And to be honest i am really starting to become very dissapointed in myself, due to the fact i am not closing out anything. I mean anyone can get deep and FT, but the real respects comes from winning the fucking tournament. But then i also look at scores in poker from a working man's point of view. Last night across all of my games i made around $400; Which might not seem like much to the avg grinder. But this is just about how much i make for a 12 hour shift@work. And then when i worked for McDonalds back in the day, It took two weeks to make a $400.00 check. Moral of the story never forget where u come from!!!!

Peace and Good Luck at the Tables!!!

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Just to catch up and recap my past Sunday, was an epic fucking fail. Maybe i am just to much of a sore loser, or just to hard on myslelf. But when when you start to make excuses for yourself; You will become your own worst enemy. Sunday was one of those days that made me want to just quit poker, and kill myself LoL. It was as though someone was somewhere creating ways to give me second best or crush me. Obv i blanked the entire Sunday session, as i hung on for dear life in my final Sunday MTT(4.40 rebuy) of the night. Yes like everyone i understand that shit is just going to happend sometimes. But Sunday i really felt like some how i must have pissed off one of God's angels or something. Anyway things went pretty awful which also meant i had leaks to plug!

Made two very important adjustments!

Unlike most i take a very different approach to MTT poker tournaments. And yes it does get me into a few spewy situations every now and then. I truly feel and continue to stand by the fact, that optimal out the box and unconventional plays. Can and will pay off in MTT poker when done correctly vs. the correct villans. I really learned the reason why they call loose passive players so dangerous. I mean it's not the fact that you are going to get out played by them; But moreso you outplaying yourself. Hand selection vs. these types have really helped my game. Also one major adjustment i decided to make last night, was too tighten up my game a hair during the later stages of the tournament. This really helped my image when i needed to chip up during bubbles.

http://www.pocketfives.com/contests/private-contest-apr-1-30-2013/

Current Standings Smaller HoTrunner USA.

Right now i am sitting at 3rd place in the smaller hotrunner event. I feel like i am holding my own so far, and this contest is a huge motivational tool for anyone who gives a shit about getting better. I really wanted to see more entries, because i was just looking to see how i sized up vs. better poker players ect. But these guys who have entered more than fit the bill, with over $1 million dollars in comb tracked cashes. I have somewhat of a stratergy for this comp, and that is to ship everything i play LoL. Bottom line though i have to do/play and run better if i plan to make this interesting.

Five Final Tables on Low Volume

For April i have managed to get to 5 final tables without getting the job done. And once again just like last night's affair i went from finishing 4th the night before; To finishing 3rd last night in te $3 rebuy $1,500GTD.

acesH00dRichNiKKAA

Poker Statistics Statistics includes regular scheduled Carbon Poker tournaments.

http://www.officialpokerrankings.com/CarbonPoker/acesH00dRichNiKKAA/poker/results/A590FA26EB0F45E9B7BE85B5603C85DA.html?t=2

So far just for the month of April i have $725 in winnings and 27%ROI with my ITM% being right about where i feel it needs to be on Merge. Overall my numbers since i began playing again are slowly climbing; With improvements monthly as i play more and more hands. And to be honest i am really starting to become very dissapointed in myself, due to the fact i am not closing out anything. I mean anyone can get deep and FT, but the real respects comes from winning the fucking tournament. But then i also look at scores in poker from a working man's point of view. Last night across all of my games i made around $400; Which might not seem like much to the avg grinder. But this is just about how much i make for a 12 hour shift@work. And then when i worked for McDonalds back in the day, It took two weeks to make a $400.00 check. Moral of the story never forget where u come from!!!!

Peace and Good Luck at the Tables!!!

And so i ended up batting 2 of 10 tonight for both of my sessions for Saturday. It's funny because while people were outside enjoying themselves; I was at the poker table grinding. In the end i know all of the hard work and my dedication will pay off; As a lot of times like now you begin to question your decisions in life. I was lucky enough to take advantage of having Saturday and Sunday off of work for a change. So i really wanted to try to take advantage of this time by playing a bit more. The upside to all of this, is that i played pretty well in my 9 man turbos today. The downside is that i got semi-deep in a few MTT's where i took some crucial beats after playing pretty solid poker.

Today i really hope that i am able to run better for a change; As for a while i have been the victim of varaince. With most of this coming from the fact that i was playing a high varaince style in games that don't require it as much. Although i mainly play low buy-in MTT, i still find myself out leveling myself in the lower buy-ins. The Smaller Hotrunner has been quite a task at this time and i hope to get some points today. IcurazedmyBB seems to be quite the MTT'r; As i always see him deep with a huge stack whenever we are at the same table. Also donkiman who is also in the smallerhotrunner has been getting deep every night so far. I really need to stay focused when i get deep today, because i ran into several spots last night where i really hurt myself deep.

Something that i will have to address today is not to gamble so much when i have an avg stack deep in MTT's. I have to remember that while i am short stacked by thoery; Usually on Merge 20bb's is plenty to make a run to a FT once in the money with about 4 tables to go. I have to be more of a grinder in my late game, and attempt to not be so aggressive late. Obv i am not going to play passive if not at all, but i truly need to tone it down a bit in my late game play. I am not much of the nitty type of player; And today that really cost me in a BvB situation today where i cashed in 15th place. I pretty much had chips in hand to FT, but decided to get cute and jam on the chipleader with T7o blind vs. blind and paid for it!

It was also cool to meet a few grinders that actually read what i am writing in my blog LOL. This is very motivational to me to say the least; And really pushes me to play as solid as possible at the table. Today i found a really good balance of opening and shoving with certain stack sizes. It's pretty much an unconventional balancing act, but it's working like a fucking charm. I noticed how players are really having a hard time putting me on a hand. And most of the time when they jam i bust them LoL. The 34/17 guys were really trying me last night, and for the first time in a while; I really felt like i owned the tight passive last night. I ended up stacking or firing three bullets/jam river to get folds from the loose and passive today.

One of my biggest improvements of the day, was knowing when to take advantage of my blockers. Usually i would just open hands at will without really considering player type. But for the past week i have really been using my blockers and broadways to my advantage. Lastly i have really been wanting to get a skype group together for serious grinders who work a 9-5 like myself. I am very interested in going over HH's via skype and teamviewer as well with a few new and old friends here. Anyone who grinds small stakes who needs a little advice; Should hit me up via onlinepokersyndicate.com(skype) on Skype. I am not the best player in the world, but i know how to get deep in MTT's and handle myself once i am there. I have been coached by the likes of Tford/Roberts34/Cracker9ball/Alex Oneil and Muckitfish just to name a few; So i think i have plenty of shit to bring to the table.

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One of the first things i have had to accept is;The sacrifice working a 9-5 and my total love of poker! Poker eases my mind like no drink or drug i have ever tried; Which is funny because ive only smoked weed(good weed) and used to be very bad drunk lol. Just a while ago i decided to check my standings in the Smaller Hotrunner; After blanking my (5) tournaments yesterday. While doing so i also decided to check out the competitions volume and scores as well. It really gets frustriating when you know you are doing your best to compete and have a 0-5 day. To a lot of real grinders five mtt's for the day might seem quite funny. But for me it's the norm when you can't just walk away from your 6am-5pm 7 day a week job. The avg day for me is waking up at around 4:30-5:00am and clocking in at the plant no later than 6am. During my 11-16hrs(11avg) each day, i pretty much mess around on the forums and look for replies if i have posted any bust out hands from the night before.

 

Once 4:30 rolls around i begin to get myself in the mindset of playing well and shipping something. By 6pm i am at home and out of the shower playing poker. Depending on how my night goes on the table; As well as how many mtt's i can find for a decent session. I will review a single HH from the previous night and compare assumed ranges vs. actual ranges using HM, to actually see how well my radar is getting for real time play. One of the biggest things i am working on at the moment is my open shove game. So far i am getting through about 72% of the time last time i updated my charts. Unlike most players that use a shove chart; I choose to push by feel and record every single shove into a database i have. Last night was a very good night for picking up spots in this part of my game. Although i have plenty to rant about, i have decided to aviod a few resteal spots that i now consider to be extremely high variance plays. If i remember correctly i am around 90% wrong in this spot, and the equity of the hands i have been using in these spots; Don't actually fair well enough for players yet to act when seeing all five cards.

Closing out i really hope to run and play a lot better today when i get off! Sng's have been going pretty well for me(not killer)and helps to pad the roll. I think if a lot more low to midstakes grinders would take advantage of sng's; They could take a few shots at bigger buy-ins during a session. One big problem i have picked up is playing too fucking loose in freeze outs lately. I have been playing so many rebuy tournaments, that it is actually hurting my early game in freeze outs. Going to have to tighten up and play more position poker. Rebuys really will have you subject to bad habits in early game freeze outs!

 

peace Will...........................cya@6

First of all i would like to thank God for blessing me; As without him nothing is possible! Monday morning i had to say my good bye to my mother of 71 years who came to visit me. Also coming to New Orleans to visit were my three girls, Jazz/Jynaria/Tia and Jade lives with me. It was a great time since last seeing them in December when i went home to E.St Louis to visit. I love the fact that i am so close to my family yet so far away from them. Poker for once was not the main stay of my efforts for the 4 days that they were here to visit. But my mother managed to win a few hundred at the local casinos here in the big easy. This time we didn't make it to Boom Town Casino or Biloxi; But we made the best of it and i got kicks watching her ship a .60 sng online.

March made the 2nd month of my return to online poker since last Maximus. So far i am very pleased with my improving play at the poker table; Even though i am not able to put in solid volume because of my job at Exxon Mobile oil Refinery. In Feb my first month back i played in 71 mtt's for $178 in cashes/roi of -76%/with a Itm of 8%. Not exactly stellar numbers lol but it was my first month back and i admit i was a little rusty. In March one goal was to play more mtt's; So i played 100 for $800 in cashes/roi of -16%(up 60% from Feb.)/with Itm of 13%(up 5% from Feb.)! Also last month placing in the Low Buy-in Tourney Kings on Merge was a goal that was not met. I will do better in April and make better decisions to improve on this as well. April has started off very well with two final tables last night; And more to come as i start to settle in, and play my own game.

Last month i began to reach out, to a few friends i have here at Pocketfives; For advice in deep game situations heading to a final table. I would like to thank all that replied to give me a boost of confidence; As well as much needed advice and knowledge to help me improve my game. Also i was able to win the $250 GTD $2 rebuy on Merge on 3/27/2013 for $125, but the downside is that it didn't count in the P5's ranking system. Therefore i am still looking to win my first tracked mtt since playing poker online in 2007. My personal prediction is that it will happend sometime this month, and hopefully it's a nice score! Overall i am very happy with my progress but moreso with my study game and work ethic in poker. I feel that i am one of the hardest working poker players at Pocketfives away from the table. The funny thing is that i feel like i can work even harder on my reviews of HH's ect. And although i work a 6-6 7 days a week with a Sunday here and there off. Plan on seeing me at your final table or making a deep run; Because i go hard in the paint like that!

I had a few guys ask me about my screen name on Merge; Which is AcesH00dRichNiKKAA with a picture of me kneeling down in all black. The bald headed guy with the other dude holding the gun is me. I let him hold it because i had just bought it from the sports shop; As i am a very dedicated gun collector as well. As far as the name goes and the picture,"It seems to tilt the shit out of a few racist regs we have on Merge"! And the combo of the name and the pic get's me paid off in a lot of the tournaments i play LoL. A little back ground on me for anyone who actually reads this; Is that i am Black/Irish/Cherokee LoL. It's one hell of a mix and i have a few white cousins as well. I went to catholic and public schools, as well a collage and i have never had a racist bone in my body. My best friend of over 20 years is white, although he is blacker than me; And i used to be pretty hood myself!

I work for Exxon Mobile, and i make about $70,000 a year since moving to New Orleans. I am the best friend that anyone could have, and i enjoy Bass fishing/Hunting/Guns while target and skeet shooting/Tight pussy/Building computers/Hustlin$$$/Trickn when i feel the need/That Beat@4 15"s in my Denali/God first always/Family/Money/Poker/Living and being healthy/PocketFives/Steve Lewis aka ArzCardzFan who introduced me to PokerStars and mtt poker! My Twitter can be found in my profile @PokerHoE69 and my Facebook page is Willis McCoy. I am the definition of a cool motherfucker, and a real man! Now with that bit of info we have POKER, and how i view it when working on who you are, and how you should play. In my case i look at the game of poker like this; As i am sure many good players look at it as well.

1.)Poker is a game with rules that we all know and follow. But when playing poker you must be able to think and play out of the box.

2.) Although a certian play my be unconventional; If you have studied your play and can access it to favor your game it's a good play.

3.) If all players played the same in every spot, and in every situation. Everyone here would be even money$$$$$$

4.)There is a balance of -ev and +ev that in turn cancel out one another! Therefore you can use this to mantian base in MTT poker.

5.)Study of anomoly and applying it too poker will also help to improve your game if done slowly and correctly.

6.)Poker is an easy game! But those who strive for complexity or those who are winning long term poker players.

7.)Build your own game/your own play/your own thought process/over time you will become what you have created.

8.)Understand that in order to live you must be willing to die; In life and in the world of poker.

9.)Know that there are certain plays and moves; As well as thought processes that the regs/pros know! It's up to you to find out yourself.

10.)No one is your friend at the poker table!

"These Things will produce a Beast in the making"

SMALLER HOTRUNNER!!!!!!

And so i came up with the idea of the Smaller Hot Runner for US based players. And even though the idea got off to a late start; I still feel that we should have picked up more runners than we currently have. But for the sake a glory lol with the four entries we actually have; We decided to run the event anyway! I am sure for the month of May thing will be done much better with more runners. The plan is to use the players who have entered now to form a commitee to put together a solid event for may in Smaller HoT Runner II. Maybe next month we will have a High/Low/Overall prize pool paying 3 categories; But being slightly top heavy as well. Anyway the month long competitions is underway and i like my chances so far. Obv i am the underdog at 4:1 but i am very motivated to do and play better this month. I am very competitive and the other three entrants have more winning;As well as being better poker players also!

Lastly i have really been working on my 6 max and 9 man sng game! For the first time in a long time i was positve roi% last month. Special thankks to Alex O'neil for helping me work on my sng game; As well as my open shove game that has helped a ton in MTT poker!

Ok so i played in 75 MTT's in Feb and ran 6/75 and $178 in cashes.

$178 cashes 0 profit ROi-78% Avg buy-in $11 Avg field-292 R/A-59% ITM/Played -6/75 ITM-8%

Over all i am in for $422.00 which can be covered with one deep run or ship according to the limits i currently play. Upon review of a few recent HH's i found that during the early stages of a few tournaments i was totally spewing to calling stations. My plan is too just keep it snug pre-ante period and roll from that point on. I found myself spewing off too randoms in a few MTT's; Where i would open preflop and c-bet/bet turn/bet river and get called by 55 on all streets. Obv i had AK on a board of Q-T-T-6-7 and villan called every street and won a nice pot.

Last night i decided that instead of getting upset, and going to sleep all pissed off! I felt it was a must that i review all of my huge lost pots, for the nightly after work session. Something that really hit me was the fact that; I was really pushing the marginal opens post antes. Obv i have a very good understanding of table dynamics and game flow; But was very upset with myself for how spewtastic i become post ante. I understand that some hands require that you open from any position; And that some spots require that you open anytwo ect. ect. But after going over a few spots last night, i really hated a ton of my opens vs. other somewhat thinking player types; As i was looking for spots to fight instead of carefully attacking the table and picking spots accordingly.

Overall i am very pleased with my understanding of raise/fold poker! I am not so happy with my induce for 3-bet/spazzaments play. I am also very leaky when it comes to just pulling the trigger when i am short stacked. I really feel like a weak bitch when i know i should be shoving a hand or going with it. I really hate my 15-20bb game and it needs work, and it will be addressed asap. My 30BB game was a stack size i have had trouble with in the past. But hey! guess what? Not anymore "All Smiles".........!!!! The more i work on my game at the Low to Micro levels; The better i feel about my overall game in general. I pretty much take every MTT i play very very seriously no matter what the buy-in.

I have been working on a few standard and not so standard post-flop and pre-flop lines as well; And although much of my thoughts were there for many of the concepts. A very good and well known MTT'r here assured me that my theories were indeed on target. It's just funny how sometimes you know a play is +EV but you can't actually figure out why; But it's great when you actually find out you were in the ball park the entire time. My 3-bet game has been coming along very very nicely. And it just fucks me how i had the concept correct but the actual bet sizing was hit or miss. I have been working very hard on my bet sizing and how to hand cuff villans in spots to gain information. I feel like such an idiot for not knowing a lot of the things that i have figured out lately; But not so much as it has helped my game a ton.

For most of Feb. i really feel that my stack management was just all out horrible; And i did manage to TILT away two sessions in FEB!!!! I guess it was the fact that i was playing low limit and the fact that, i wait 10-12 hours to play 4-5 MTT's a day because of my job. Usually when i four to six table and lose a flip or take a beat; I really need to remember that i have other tournaments to attend. I also need to keep being patient and let the game come to me, and play my game and do me the best i can at the tables. I have so many online players that i admire, but i have to remember who i am at the same time. LoL i am not TheBattler33 and i am not IPlaytourneys, and i am not King Supra1988t, and i am not Assassinato, and i am not Moorman1!!!!!! But when i get chips if i am not careful. I can quickly turn into THE REAL LORD OF DONK TOWN..................!!!!!

Specail shout outs to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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bemcd

won $1,801.89 for 1st place in the Lock Poker $10,000 GTD on 02/24/2013 at 21:44 and shipped 3 MTT's in one session!

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jslab

won $1,248.75 for 4th place in the Lock Poker $10,000 GTD on 02/24/2013 at 22:41 Been running like Pot Ripper

And KJulius cashing for over $190,000 - Congrats to all the Illinois guys if i missed ya!

Today i plan to make a few replies in HH forum, as i continue to improve at playing poker. I now have grasp an understanding of how complex the journey becomes. I now understand and have humbled myself to play within my own limits and understanding of the game. I always looked down on low and micro stakes players; As i had no clue of just how much they were actually better players than me. My thought process was that only the poor donkeys play at these levels. I started playing poker seriously at the $50-$109 level on PokerStars, mainly because i had the money to do it! And i actually won $20,000 in June of 2008 in a week; Before i actually found out how much of a bad player i really was at the time.

When i think back then till now, i really think that winning that 11K on Stars! Then shipping a live $350 buy-in that same week in 08 for $8k really destroyed my learning curve, to become a good or even great MTT player. As much as it hurts me to say this; "I really wish i could get that time back". I really needed to not ship that live event, or even win that 11K on Stars. Once i won that money and in my mind,"I thought that i was this great poker player". I made myself think that i just had some kind of natrual talent for the game. Now 5 years later i can honestly say that i experienced the low volume edition of VietCongs01 syndrome. As in my own mind i could play and win against anyone. "Man was i so wrong"!!!!

Today i am 100 times the player i was five years ago; As i have decided to totally dedicate 2013 to poker online and live. And although i work 6 days a week; I am very confident in my abilities to becoming a very succesful and consistant winning player. My plan is very simple!!!! Work my ass off the improve and most of all know what is mine and accept it for what it is. Today i will play my best and make the best decisions that i know to make; As the money will follow in the long run with hard work and the determination that i have within myself. I shall reap what i have sown in this game we call poker. And lastly i refuse to fail due to a less than optimal work ethic or desire to win!

Good Luck@ The Table

WillisMcCoy aka. acesH00dRichNiKKAA "I am the bankroll"

Well tonight is my last shot at final tabling a Poker Maximus event! I was really please at my 121 of 800+ finish last night, but i have to pick my spots a lot better tonight. I was really upset by two of my opens from middle position last night with 19bb's vs. some loose big stacks in the blinds. Tonight post ates i plan to tighten up my short stack opens just a hair if need be. I was very happy at how i was able to extract value, as well as 3-bet light and jam when i needed to chip up. I have exactly two hours left here at work and just decided to update my blog for self motivation to play well and make good decisions. It was really tuff last night to be 4.5hrs in two mtts and not make a run for the final table or cash. I played exactly 12hrs yesterday for a very disapointing session; Where i had to accept a lot of situations beyond my control. Just really waiting to see those days where variance is not as much as a factor in my poker sessions.

On the lighter side i did have two final tables this past week ince my return about a week ago. Right now my plan is just two finish up with Maximus tonight and head back to the low stakes until i feel im ready to return to th $55+ Mtts online. I really plan on sticking to bankroll management this year; As with poker you have to have this or your doomed. Well anyway it's about time for me to wrap this shit up!!!!!! It's 2:30pm here at work and i need to hit taco bell and buy some smokes for tonights action LoL. Good luck to everyone at the tables tonight and in MOSS which im not playing "sigh" lol. Anyway be on the look out for a guy called acesH00dRichNiKKAA aka Willmccoy to make a deep run tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And so i played in the monthly 20k event at the Baue Rivage this past Saturday. As far as the way i played was fine from my point of view; But moreso is the events that lead up to tournament time. Friday when i got off of work my usual routine is to rest when im going to play live the next day. Instead i went to a crawfish boil, got drunker than shit and ended up in jail for an old triffic ticket from 2005. I was in jail by 12:34 Saturday morning and out by 2:00am, with about a two mile walk in front of me to get home. Once safely at home around 7:30 am and 4.5 hrs before start time; I decided to get my things together to make the tourney. Little did i know just how hungover and hungry i really was; As myself and a female friend headed to Biloxi,Ms. where the tourney was held.

[ATTACH=CONFIG]589937[/ATTACH] We left New Orleans around 10:47am and arrived just in time for level one around 12:17 or so. In this tournament you are given a 6,000 chip starting stack and 20min levels. The structure is pretty horrible with antes kicking in after the first break. It's a pretty short stacked turbo type of a tournament that usually has 9 way chops lol on a regular basis. It would be a great tournament if starting stacks were a little deeper and the structure was a hair better. Anyway enough of my crying about that shit; And back to the subject at hand LoL. After about the first three hours of play i was getting pretty fucking sick to say the least. And by the 4th hour with about 28 people left and 600/1200 100 antes; I had around 29,000 in chips or so and got to the point where i just couldn't take it anymore.

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This was my third time playing in this tourament since 2008 where i actually won 1st place and $8,000 in a 5 way chop. With 18 people left to go after 5 hours of play; And a shitload of limpers/callers lol. Things really began to fall apart for me, as the combination of feeling like horse shit and starvation had finally taken control of my play. A few hands before i busted out, with exactly 15bb's it got folded around to the small blind. He completes and for some reason i ask the dealer if the small blind raised LoL. The dealer replied "no" and for no reason at all i mucked my big blind with the option LoL! On my final hand of the tournament and 9 places from the money with 18 remaining; UTG who i pegged as a tight player opens 2.5x. I look down at 22 with around 12bb's UTG+1; And without even thinking i was so dead shoved all-in with 0% fold equity; And villan slow rolls/tanks and says "OH WELL I THINK ILL CALL" and flips over (AA)

At this point i was too sick to be pissed off at what he did or my horrible play. I was just saying to myself "I HOPE I FLOP A SET YOU MOTHERFUCKER"!!!! gg ME!

I really learned a ton about myself and proper rest and preparation for live play. Online it's easy to get fucked up the night before; Get up and play and go to the ice box and eat or drink something. Live is a whole new ball game and next month during the SPRING POKER CLASSIC at the Baue Rivage i plan to be prepared and well rested for the 3 day event. It's really tuff when you work 7 days a week like i do, and take a day or two off a month to play live and it turns into a living hell. Hopefully i can redeem myself during Poker Maximus if i can get my internet going by the 7th of this month to hit some events. It's been 5 long months since i decided to take a break from online for a fresh and more insightful return!

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This is actually my first blog post of 2013 while sitting in my work truck at Exxon Mobile Oil Refinery. It's been a nice bit since i have even played for real money tbh. The last time i actually played online was in Maximus 2012; And after a pretty disappointing series i decided to take a break from online and work on my game. Well anyway it's been about 5 long month and i have spent my time working 10-16 hr days at work. In between time i have been in a wedding or two and just having a good time when at all possible. Poker wise i am almost done with my new set-up that should help my game and volume out a ton. My last set-up was pretty slow to say the least and pretty much rigged up tilt issues.

Once i return to online poker next month i will have a super fast machine that i built myself; Along with some killer 2560 x 1440 resolution with dvi to boot. You can see the build in the poker forums here at pocketfives. This go round i plan to treat poker more like a business than a hobby; And i really look forward to improving my reads and hand range analylist for 2013. I just really feel for the most part that i have the drive to be a successful mid stakes mtt player online. But tbh i just need to have more self control and no when to give up in a hand. I really want to avoid the OH WHAT THE FLYING FUCK spots this year! Anyway i will be heading to Biloxi this weekend to play the monthly 20k they hold once a month.

I actually won this tournament in 2008 and i have pictures and an article somewhere around here, Or in my profile pics if im not mistaken. Anyway i love the live poker action and the interaction you have with the people and the chips. Pretty much just taking off a day from work to relax and have fun for a change. Hopefully with a little run good and a decent turnout, i might ship me a nice little cash for a one day event! Until then peace out Willmccoy>>>>>>>>>>>!!!!!

It's actually been pretty cool during my poker vacation. This kind of reminds me of people who try to stop smoking lol. The first week away from the game was pure agony for me; But as the following week passed the urge to play quickly went away. Right now i am just trying to get all of my shit in order, as well as life goals i have set ect. Im really getting tired of not getting things done when i start a new venture. Work wise i am working 6am-6pm seven days a week with a shitload of overtime; So now i am putting in around 84 hours a week in the refinery lol; And pretty much the more money i grind at work the quicker things will get done. Going to pay my high ass rent tommorow so next time i get paid i can spew off 3K or so(praying)to get some of this shit off the list!

Lately a lot of shit has gone through my mind as well. Im really thinking about getting back into backing players and grinding to balance my investments. I have also thought about a few business ventures that i seriously need to look into as well! Im hoping to play very very well once i return to the tables next month. The Ole lady has moved into her new home and my 17 yr old daughter now lives with me from home. It's really nice to have family around and space; As well as the quiet and peace of mind i didn't have previously. I have really begun to understand that poker is more about improving and getting better; And not so much about the stakes you play.

My new set up for poker is coming along slowly; More or less from the fact that i have spent a shitload of money on getting my life and home in order. I pretty much decided about a week ago to start putting my system together; As this bitch will be one nice machine when i get done with her. I am pretty much goin for specs that fit my gaming needs and not over doing it at all. I went with a MSI motherboard/Nvidia video 1gig/Samsung dvd/dvdr/cd ect, and 4 gigs of ram for now. Going wireless keyboard/mouse/headset/dual hard drives with one solid state. Monitors will be 24 inch 1920x1200 and 28 inch 2560x1440 or so, with a 40 inch 1920x1080p for net flix and cable ect. I will be posting pictures and the build once i burn it in and take it apart to rewire/hide wires ect.

Lastly i went to jail for a 2005 bench warrant while driving to work lat Saturday morning lol. Cops are real dickheads where i live here in New Orleans. So when they see what they think is the dope man riding on dem 26's on the Denali with the black tinted windows, they will often pull you over. Even though the cop saw i was on my way to work, with hard hat and a shitload of Exxon Mobile badges and gear! He still wants to search my fucking truck and run my name for warrants ect. Once it was over; There were 4 more officiers in cars and the state police LMFAO!!!!! So me and my truck go to jail and no overtime for me this weekend hahaha! Obv i hate playing the race card and tend to stay away from it and political issues; But this shit has really been getting out of hand here lately. I have been flagged by the man 3 times since for dumb ass reasons and the shit is really starting to piss me off!!!!!

As far as poker and my return to the bad beats and sick ass runs i plan to make lol. I am still looking for my first win online that counts in the rankings; And right now that will be my main focus. I am also starting to miss playing a Mtt live here and there; So i may hit a tournament in Biloxi Ms. at the Beua Rivage next weekend. Coaching wise i will continue to take full advantage of all the great info and spots i have picked up on. I also enjoy all the great articles here at Pocket Fives that help a ton, as well as the hand strat forums. Pretty much i am really proud of the fact that i am not going to sell myself short,and attempt to return earlier than expected. I have plenty of shit on my table to get done before the year is out; As well as plenty of money to make via work or by poker. The main thing here is to stay humble and use this attitude at the table and in life!!!

Good Luck at the tables!!!!!!!

Honestly i don't have much of anything to say; As Poker Maximus has been a disaster for me so far! Although i could sit here and cry about beats, and make excuses i refuse to do so. Today i am just going to play my A game and let the cards fall however they may!

So i am half way through the month of September, and so far it has been very tuff to say the least. The good thing is that i am off for the rest of Poker Maximus; Therefore i plan to play very well for the next few days with rest and reviews. Anyone reading this should see a major difference in my play and decisions over the next five days. Today i will be playing in Poker Maximus events 20 and 21, which i will pretty much base all of my focus on. I will however add an satty tournament or two depending on how things flow today. It really feels good not to be at work today and resting on the couch instead of the refinery.

Poker- I have been playing football with my big stacks and i need to know when to slow it down!!!!

 

Life- Going to take the Ole lady out for lunch in a few and relax before session time!!!

 

Goals for today- GO FUCKING DEEP AND SHIP SOMETHING!!!!! ANYTHING LESS IS A FAIL!!!!

 

Quote of the day- "It's only a matter of time before i make you eat those words"

 

Minds set and mentality- GO BIG OR GO HOME BITCH!!!!

 

I feel like and i know that i am so fucking due to ship something huge. I am not going to reflect on the negatives; But focus more on the positives as the negative are becoming smaller and smaller. This game is so easy to walk away from if you cannot handle the swings it throws your way. As long as i have been playing poker i have never screamed or threw shit in my home. But i guess it has to do with the fact that i was never on the level i am now! The other night i was in a huge flip in a maximus event and lost in a standard spot LOL. At least that's what we call it anyway right!!!! During the time i felt good and played very well up to that point. When i lost the hand i threw my poker chips against the wall as hard as i could and screamed out LOL.

Ive never lost it like that before and i guess all the pressure i put on myself really got to me this time. It's been since 2008 when i shipped $11,000 on Pokerstars; And although i have decent live cashes i feel the respect you get online is more rewarding 10 fold!

SHOUT OUT!!!!

 

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arzCARDZfan

won $1,347.94 for 5th place in the Carbon Poker 'Poker Maximus II Event 14 - $15,000 NLH Unlimited Rebuys / Addon' on 09/10 at 20:00

 

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Macho2701

won $3,420.00 for 5th place in the Hero Poker 'Poker Maximus II Event 11 - $60,000 Unlimited Rebuys and Addon' on 09/09 at 16:00

 

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jslab

won $2,232.00 for 2nd place in the Hero Poker 'Monday Evening 109 - $10,000 Guaranteed' on 09/10 at 17:00

 

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supra1988t

won $4,155.00 for 1st place in the Carbon Poker 'Tuesday Evening 109 - $10,000 Guaranteed' on 09/04 at 17:00

 

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schu_81

won $1,112.40 for 1st place in the Hero Poker '$3,000 Guaranteed - 1 Rebuy / 1 Addon' on 09/05 at 18:00

 

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$kill Game

won $7,996.95 for 8th place in the PokerStars 'WCOOP-10: $320 NL Hold'em [Ante Up], $300K Guaranteed' on 09/05 at 10:00

 

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Sweet Call

won $4,959.40 for 2nd place in the Carbon Poker '$25,000 Daily High Roller Guaranteed Freezeout' on 09/11 at 20:00

 

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Sweet Call

won $8,580.00 for 1st place in the Carbon Poker '$25,000 Daily High Roller Guaranteed Freezeout' on 09/06 at 20:00

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