A lot of things have happened over the last 28 days; the Ravens won the Super Bowl, the Chinese celebrated a new year, the most powerful meteor to strike Earth's atmosphere in over a century exploded over Russia, Pope Benedict XVI abdecated, the first Pope to do so since 1415, and I played some poker. Always good to get a little perspective on things, eh?

So Fadyen followers, what have I been doing with myself you might wonder. Well that's what I'm here to tell you. I started off the month full of enthusiasm and excitement, this soon turned to frustration however. Grinding away at my 50fiftys trying to slowly build my roll as I have been doing for months didn't seem to be working. Actually worked out my ROI was a whopping -2.4%. Lots of coolers and bad beats and really weird spots. Pocket jacks especially seemed to have it in for me, I felt like TurtleKnife.. for those that haven't a clue what I'm on about have a watch:

That video did actually kept my spirits up through this rough patch, but I digress. With a negative ROI in my main game, cash games not fairing a while lot better and the enthusiasm draining from me something had to change. One of my main goals for this year was to find a speciality, a regular game to grind, so I figured it was about time to get a move on with that and try some things out. It took very little time to find a game that I am hoping fits the bill, and if you've been reading my blog you'll know it's 9-man turbo knockouts. Now perhaps I was just running good or maybe I was playing decent but after my first week of these I was back into profit for the month and I even managed 31st (actually joint 29th) place on the high orbit (Mercury) Battle of the Planets leaderboard. A fairly good accomplishment for me and one I hope to repeat.

Also this month I took part in much of the February Freezeout tournament series run in the PSO HomeGames club. I have to say these were some of the most fun games I've played in a long time, due in part to my awesome fellow PSOers! Well perhaps not so much the 8-game mix; 8 entrants and it took me almost 6 hours to take it down, perhaps not so bad if it didn't start at 5am! Now I may have bubbled 7 or so of the events but I did manage to take down 5 and came runner up in another putting me second overall for the series behind the beast that is Stevopick. So didn't quite crush as I would have hoped but a fairly successful series and I look forward to the next.

Something else I've been trying to keep up with is training and learning more so you may have seen me at a lot of live training classes. My favourite this month being a class Dave took on bubble play. Very relevant to me and I learned a lot. We discussed lots of different situations and factors to consider and even talked a bit about ICM. These are the kind of classes that really help develop my game and spur me on to keep at it. If you missed it I recommend keeping one eye on the archives for that one.

All in all a pretty good month but I know some of you like to see some evidence so here are a few figures:

Starting BR (Feb 1st): $140.23

Current BR (Mar 1st): $213.03

VPPs Earned: 256.55

 

Fadyen's Monthly Misstep

This months faux pas comes from the Big $2.20, which I satellited into by accident and was very tired at this point.

Well lets take a look at why this is my monthy misstep. I start the hand with 23 BBs and make a standard min raise open in middle position with a playable hand and the big blind comes along. We flop top pair, so far so good. Then because it's 4:30am and my brain isn't working I make a ver small c-bet and don't even realise. The villain, perhaps seeing this as weakness, raises and I'm left a bit confused since at the time I didn't know what he was up to. I then compound the error by calling and now we only have a pot size stack left behind. The turn comes a 3 pairing the board, this should be an OK card for us. The villain bets out keeping his inciative and I am lost and decide to fold since I don't want to get my stack in not knowing where I am. What a shambles!And all, I believe, because of a poor bet sizing. So what did we learn? Not to play when tired is probably what I should have learned but I still managed to make a comeback and not make another sleep deprived mistake for a few hours and finished 56th out of over 4300 runners, maybe I'll learn that lesson next month lol.

 

Quote of the day: Living in the past is a Jethro Tull album, not a smart poker strategy.