Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Playing Well Running Well

Well I fell off a little bit by not keeping the blog updated but I will try to do so at least twice a week. I have been running normally again and my bankroll is real close to moving up to the $12 right now I am sitting under $50 from $1500. Yesterday I played around 20 tournaments and did good but unfortunately no 1st or 2nd place finishes. Mostly like 3rd-6th but I will take it how I can. I ended up a little more than $100 so I will take it. I really completely bitched up at the final table and folded a hand when I was not thinking on. This is weird because it was the first time that this has happened and I was thinking about cashing for some reason oh well. Fortunately for me, a better spot came across and I shoved over a guys limp with AJ and he called me with QJ so I was pretty happy. Overall though I think I should have done a little better but I had QQ run into KK and AA cracked by KT when a guy caught running cards for a straight oh well. I really am enjoying playing and seeing my game take off is great. It is really funny to look at my sharkschope graph by month results and see how this month smashes all previous ones because this has been a 1k month for me thus far. Not bad for a part time gig I guess.

I am really getting excited because August 9th-12th I will be going to Las Vegas for the first time in my life. I just know I am going to have a blast and already have my eye on the prize. The whole trip will be nothing but drinking and poker but hey thats how it goes down in Las Vegas. I will probably play one or two tournaments but will focus my energy on $1/$2 cash games. Hopefully I can make some money there which I am very confident about. That means I need to hurry up and finish reading Harrington on Cash Games Vol 1. My next update will be on Thursday where I will put up some stats for the month.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Heater Over

Well, my heater is finally over. I can't really say that I am even that angry as it makes me hungrier to get out of the variance patch. During my heater I think I was playing good but also getting extremely lucky. I didn't play as much as I should have this weekend because I actually decided to do some stuff on the weekend. On Friday I saw The Dark Knight and I really think it is the must see movie of the summer. Heath Ledger did a very good job of playing the joker and the movie always had you thinking about what would happen next. Saturday, I just ended up going to this NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) bbq in Bellevue and then being an old man and felling asleep early. This weekend is pretty wide open besides Wednesday so I will end up playing a lot this week and weekend. I am noticing that I have some small leaks in my game during late game with my shoves so I am trying to fix that. I feel like sometimes I am getting too shove happy and playing too fast instead of calming down really thinking about each situation. At the same time, I don't want to tighten myself up where I get to the final table short. I am also working on better analyzing and thinking ahead on streets during hands. I hear it all the time on Cash Plays with Bart Hanson and other people have said it but I am really going to try to up the level on this. I think doing these things will not only make me more successful in SNG's but in poker in general. I am hopping that I will be able to move up to the $12's by the beginning of the month and that is the goal that I am shooting for right now. Looking forward to more success and showing you guys some graphs at the end of the month, that is if anyone really reads my blog :-p.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

$1k In Bankroll


Hello wbmustang,

We have received your Western Union transfer in the amount of $75.00.
The funds have been deposited into your 'wbmustang' account.

The e-mail that kind of changed my life. It has almost been a year later but I have now turned that $75 to $1k. I know a lot of people are gonna be like he is bragging about the 1k mark thats nothing. Well, it is something to me and I never thought in my wildest dreams that I could really run it up to that. When I first started I was kind of care free and playing just to play. I rarely read anything and did any stuff on 2+2. A year later I really can see that my game has gotten so much better and I feel like I have a lot of room for improvement. I normally won't be posting twice in one day but this was kind of a nice achievement for me so I decided to write about it. Now all I have to do is keep running it up and actually try to reach SilverStar status this month or in August.


First Big Purchase

Well, I finally broke down and made my first official big purchase since I have worked for Boeing. For some reason I can be a total nit about saving money then out of nowhere I feel like I have to buy something. I have done my research and decided to byy the 42" Vizio VS42LF 1080p TV. I was looking around and it seems like Vizio will give me the most bang for my buck. On all of the forums they say that the tv is very good and the color and clarity is comparable to upper brand tv's like Pannosonic and Samsung in side by side testing. Although I haven't even really seen the TV in person, I feel that I have actually done enough research and looked around enough to make it the correct purchase.

As for poker, I have been putting in some volume but nothing hardcore. I am still trying to figure out what type of schedule I need to run to accommodate my life. I have come to the conclusion that I want to play at least 20 hrs a week but need to figure out how to utilize all the time in one day. Its really hard for me to do thing because after work I just wanna sit at home and relax. I am cramped up in that cube/factory all day long and feel like an uncaged animal after I get off of work. Maybe that is a little extreme but, I would rather be doing something else besides working 8 hrs a day. Either way, I am pretty happy about my play as of late and just need to hit a little bit of a hot streak. It seems like when I play there are times right before the final table where either one of three things happen. Either I get sucked out on when I am a huge favorite and get crippled and then bust, lose a coin flip and then best, or run one of my shoves into a big pocket pair and get smacked in the face and then bust. I dunno maybe I am being stupid and actually not realizing that thats poker and thats the life for the 45 man sngs. I moved up to the $6.50's and have a 16% ROI over 34 games so obviously I have some work to do. Right now I am really happy that I have switched from STT's to MTT's because I already see that they are way more profitable.


Monday, July 14, 2008

First Blog Post

Well I can't believe I have actually broken down and started my own blog. At first I was really skeptical about the whole blog thing but now I realized that I hold way too much inside of myself and need to start writing or I will blow up on somebody. Probably not but it is always good to express yourself so I am going to start using this blog to do just that. I would like to thank Vers and TheLipoFund for giving me extra motivation to start a blog. I usually read their blogs and I was like I might as well start writing about life and poker so here it is. I would also like to thanks those guys that I just mentioned plus a guy Reasons14 for helping me with my poker game. They are always there to help me out as I continue on my journey as a poker player. It was especially hard to break down and ask Reasons to help me out with a little coaching. I am usually a prideful guy and don't ask for much help but boy have I learned a lot that I would not have on my own. It has also given me confidence to just talk to people about poker and how they think I play things as well. The crazy thing about it is at 23 years old I thought I knew a lot but all the guys I have mentioned are like 3-4 years younger than me and have so much poker knowledge its sick. It really puts thing in perspective that it really doesn't matter how old someone is you never know what knowledge they hold. Before starting up my blogspot I played some poker today for a couple of hours I think I am up like $30 so for two hours thats not too shabby. Well even though this first post was a scattered wreck it has come to conclusion and now I must go grab something to eat. BTW on a side note Tiffany 'Hot Chips' Michelle has been eliminated from the WSOP 2008 Main Event :-(!