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  • The Journey from tiny to terror

    Hello fellow PSOers, 

    I've been a long time reader here at PSO but only recently have i decided to starting playing more of an actie role, this decision coincides with my determination to put alot more time and effort into my game in 2012. Up until this point poker has been something i do for recreation around my other hobbies and as an excuse to catch up with mates, thats all going to change. 

    In the past 3 years ive been a member of the Pokerstars community i have lost ~$200, much of this in the last 6 months or so when i started playing more regularly. This leads me into my next point which are my goals for 2012:

    1) Finish the year showing an overall profit.
    2) Commit at least 10 hours a week to increasing my poker knowledge and skill
    3) Play at least 30 hours online poker per week
    4) Play at least one live game a week
    5) Still have fun and nuture my passion for the game.

    So there you have it, you now know what i want out of poker this year and ill try and keep you updated as i go along. I have decided to start this new year off with a fresh $100 deposit and play the $1.50 90-man KO SNG's. I have done ok in these tournaments in the past but have never had the bankroll to be able to deal witih the varience so hopefully i can do better this year. 

    As far as bankroll management goes im not to fussed about dropping down stakes if i hit a bad swing but if i reach the $350 mark i will step up to the $3.50 SNG's. Depending on other commitments i may also play the occasional sunday storm satelite and if successful would cash out for T money..

    Good to finally get this out of the way and i hope you enjoy following my progress..

    Cheers

    Aus


  • #2
    Good luck Austerror !!!
    Just let us know how things will go for you in poker world

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    • #3

      Hello agian, 

      Since my last blog ive been playing 3-4 $1.50 90man KO SNG's a day and to put it bluntly I've sucked.. Through a combination of bad luck, being card dead and just being frustrated and making the wrong move at the wrong time its taken me 19 tries to break through the bubble, although only for a min cash its still a step forward.

      So hopefully this marks the turn in my luck and i have a more solid placings in these in the days to come..

      This is the hand i got knocked out on, i think its a bit of an interesting situation, but feel free to comment with ur thoughts on my play. as a note i was aware that the bubble had burst and that i was ITM before commiting myself to the pot.

      [replay hand_id=195922 type=ps title_id=2 showControls=1 themePath=table_PS_560x386.jpg lang=en gameEntity=0 hash=CC8EAA6343]

      until next time..

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      • #4

        So i had a day to kill on my way home and thought why not try and get some poker in to pass the time. After some discussion on the forums and doing some research i decided my best bet was the edgewater Casino, as its close to where im staying and i could afford to buy in to their daily early bird tournament. 

        Its a $35+5 rebuy tournament that starts at 10:15am, little early for my liking but i dragged myself outta bed anyway. We had 44 buy ins and 29 rebuys so there was a healthy prizepool to be won. I was a little nervous initially as it seemed like there were a large number of regulars playing but my initial table was quite nice, everyone was friendly and chatty which helped ease my nerves slightly.

        I started off quite well, doubling up through the guy to my immediate right who was playing very loosely and just seemed to be throwing chips around with anything (he rebought 5 times in 2 levels.) I picked up a nice 3 way pot with AKo when the board ran 7 Q K, 10, K one guy had Q10 s and the other chased a flush draw that never came. 

        I was moved to a different table soon after and it seemed like my luck had come with me when a couple of hands later i picked up AA in the SB. I 3 bet the initial raiser and he shoved over the top showing AQ. My aces held and i was looking good to go deep until a couple of flips didnt go my way. Got AQo in preflop agianst pocket 8s in the blind and they held and AJs all in on a flop of A, K, 5 wit top pair and a flush draw only ot loose to QJo who made his straight with a river 10.

        I tightened up alot after that folding several hands i normally would've played but the table chipleader was very aggressive and when we saw a showdown had a lot of premium hands so didnt want to risk it. Soon after i got moved back to my original table which hadnt changed much since i left except for the rebuy king being knocked out and donating around 12k chips to the rest of the players at the table. 

        Got lucky on my second hand back on this table when i was dealt pocket 10s in the SB (note im a short stack at this point with around 8-10BBs), UTG raised 2.5x BB, I Call and BB also calls so were 3 way into the flop. Flop comes A K 10 rainbow, i check my set, BB raises the pot, UTG shoves over to top and i call putting me all in, BB calls and off we go.. I show my 10's, BB turns over AK and UTG has AQ. Turn and river are blanks and i held on, so had some chips to work with agian.. 

        My final hand came about 40 minutes later. I was short again ~12BB when UTG and UTG +2 both shove preflop, UTG +2 was the super aggressive chip leader who was moved at the same time as me due to the table breaking up, and i look down at pocket 9's, i ponder for a time and eventually call, with both opponents turning over AKo, flop comes down 2 K 10, rainbow, at this point im praying for a 9 or for the board to pair but it wasnt to be. I finished about 15th of 44, 

        I was quite happy with how i played, recapping now i think there were spots i should've been more aggresive by raising preflop rather than just flatting but im gonna blame that on the nerves. Overall it was a good experience, i hadnt played a tournament live at a casino before but felt i held my own. The casino it self is quite nice, the staff knew what they were doing, there was one incident on another table about someone who the dealer thought had mucked his hand so took it and he hadnt meant to, which was dealt with quickly and professionally. 

        I finished the morning playing BJ and leaving with my buy in covered plus a bit more on the side so had a great time and learnt alot and best of all it was free.. :wink:

        Thank you to everyone that gave me advice on how to act etc it helped alot..

        Aus

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        • #5
          Glad to hear you had a good time. Haven't been to Edgewater (I live about an hour away), so I should head over there some time, too. Good luck if you decide to go again!

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          • #6
            Enjoyed reading your report, not such a bad result, especially for your first time out!!
            Bracelet Winner


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            • #7
              Well told. Sounds like you gained more than just a few pesos from the experience. I'm envious. Wish I lived closer to Vancouver!
              3 Time Bracelet Winner


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              • #8

                So its been a while but ive finally managed another live game. Actually 2 in 3 days haha.. 

                I'll report them in chronological order, so the first game i played was a home game with a group of friends, with a very wide range of skill levels, from total beginners to a semi serious local league player.

                We had 9 players and i drew the button to start and played relatively coservativly for about half an hour and just sat back and obsereved peple around me, seeing what i could pick up. The first hand i played was a mistake, i got bored and impatient and when it folded round to me on the button with Q2s i opened for 3xBB, SB folded and BB called.. Flop came 10 6 2 rainbow and i C-bet for around 3/4 of the pot and once again BB just flat called, turn came 5 spades to complete the rainbow at this point i got a bit arrogant (BB was a newbie) and decided i could buy the pot and hence i overbet by about 300. The pot at this point is around 750, easily the biggest pot so far and once agian he called. River was an A diamonds and I started to think at this point (not helped by the beers that were flowing at the same time) but i did check thinking he might have called me down with Ax and just hoping to hit. He turned over JJ and i ashamadly mucked my hand and continued drinking..

                From this point i was severly short stacked and when dealt pocket 6's i raised 3x again with the intention of getting it in on the flop, we'd had several all ins before this for slightly larger stacks that didnt get any action so was trying to induce a call.. Only managed 1 caller so we saw the flop heads up, flop came K 10 4 with 2 clubs, the villain supprised me by snap shoving, leaving me pondering laying it down and hoping for another spot, but after thinking for a while i called, figuring him on a flush draw but lo and behold he turns over KK leaving me chasing runner runner 6's which didnt come so it was off to the couch for me. 

                We did play a second cash game later in the evening which i won about $70 in, but by this time everyone was quite lubricated so dont have much to report... 

                My second outing was a sunday afternoon pub league at my favourite watering hole so thoguht id rock up and have a bit of fun. Was a $20 buy in with $500 guarenteed for 1st place, this didnt leave much for anyone else but i was never expecting to win in my first attempt. Initially it was daunting sitting down at a table where everyone else seemed to know each other and were busy discussing a previous game. However the league has an add on system where u purchase 2-3 drinks to double the starting stack at the first break, so i loosened up a little as we went along and everyone on my table seemed to be quite friendly, with alot of light hearted banter being thrown around.. 

                I got lucky in about the 3rd hand of the tourny, getting dealt AQh in the cut off, there was one limper when it came round to me so raised 4x BB (3x plus one for the limper) both blinds folded and the limper called. Flop was J 3 6 rainbow, it was checked to me and i fired out a 3/4 pot bet and after about a 3 minute deliberation he called, turn came out an A and it was checked back to me, i bet the pot and he folded. That calmed the nerves considerably and helped me relax alot.

                Next interesting hand i was dealt pocket Jacks in the SB, Cutoff raised 3x Button and i called behind. Flop came A K 5 with 2 hearts, we all checked, turn was a 3 spades, cutoff put out a min bet and button and i called, river was a 7 of clubs and it was checked all the way round again. Cutoff showed 6's, Button 10's leaving my J's to take it down.

                Played pretty conservitivly, shoving last hand before the break on the botton with A9 when it came round to me, BB tanked it for a bit then folded so picked up a couple of blinds. Shortly after coming back from the break, i commited my usual error, i chased a flush right down to the river costing me about 1/3 of my stack.

                After that the cards stopped coming for me and i didnt see anythign remotely like a playable hand for a 3-4 orbits, by this time i was short stacked and into shoving mode. It folded round to me on the button with A9 agian, though suited this time, so in went my chips, the SB was all in iwth the blinds and BB folded, he flipped K5o and off we went.. the flop and turn hit niether of us but he spiked a 5 on the river to take the 0.5 BB pot.

                The next hand i played was the hand i exited on, i was in the SB with QJcc, there was one limper in front and after i shoved he thought for several minutes and finally called, if he'd lost he would've been in trouble chip wise, and turned over K10o, Flop came K 9 6 with 2 clubs but i didnt improve on the last two streets and finished about 15/27..

                Overall it was a fun experience and i certainly learnt alot. One observation i made was that alot of small suited connectors were being played. Most hands that went to a showdown were small two pairs, another thing was that everyone seemed very happy to check most flops unless they'd connected really well, but would still call any resonable C-bet..

                I will definiteley be going back most weeks because i had alot of fun and learnt some more about playing live and paying attention to things like pot sizes and things.. 

                Till next time.. 

                Aus

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