Friday, May 12, 2006

Afternoon Delight

I can't believe I fell for it. Cerie and Danielle both know they will tie at Tribal Counsel and they both are getting instruction on how to make fire because it's a certainty that making fire will be the tiebreaker. So they get their guidelines from Jeff Probst and the then the dreaded....To Be Continued....I felt like I got sucked out on.

Oh well Sunday night looks like I'll start with Sopranos at 6, Big Love at 7, and Survivor at 8. I'll even find time to cook Carmen Sincity some dinner before she heads into work for 11pm.

Speaking of Cerie, I don't know how many of you watch Survivor but her message is outstanding. She's said a few times now that up to this point in her life she has underestimated herself and her abilities. Powerful stuff. Since she's made it so far in this show she has proven, most importantly, to herself that she is capable of so much more in her life. She's always settled, been somewhat lazy and unmotivated, basically caught in the grips of fear but no longer. It's a life lesson we can all learn.

I had a nice afternoon on Stars today while Carmen got orientated with the Red Rock. Made $71.18 an hour playing cash games for the $100NL buy-in. I've actually found a nice time to hit the tables and it's been nothing but juicy games lately. Here's what has been working.

I get ready to play and start cruising the tables between 1:00-1:30 pdt which most of you might not have the luxury of. It's 4:00 or so East Coast time which I guess is when the first wave of workers and students start firing up their computers. Now the game selection at this time is tight meaning there are about 15-20 full games running with most having a waiting list. What I look for is a new table that gets started slowly with usually with 2, 3, or 4 players going at it. I pull the game up and check out the stack sizes of the players already playing and those who are entering and I wait until there gets to be about 8 players before I join.

Usually at least 7 or 8 players buy in with the minimum of $40 and when I notice the table starting like this I make sure I get in fast with the full buy-in. Then I play aggressive and try to devour the small stacks as quickly as possible. Now the danger is that some of these players are calling stations and they can river hands but with me playing decent staring cards and using aggressive betting I can usually take control of the table.

Another issue is the multi-tablers.(MTs) I'm getting the game fresh but the MTs notice the pot sizes and Hands per hour and within about 30 minutes each seat that becomes available is taken by one of the MTs. Once it gets to 4 MTs I bolt and start the process over.

I don't have any problem playing with MTs but I only like two or three at my table and I absolutely prefer them on my right. One of the benefits of MTs is the are easier to read than Dr. Suess. They bet with good hands and fold with not so good hands making it nice not having to read three players at the table. Plus when you flop a set they are incapable of reading the table and if they have say QQ with a board of 9-5-2 and you have 5-5 in the hole than you can take their whole stack. But I prefer no more than three per table.

So for 3 hours on most weekday afternoons I've been able to play somewhat mindless poker and I've been able to keep building my online bank roll and I'm getting to see a lot of hands which will help with the reads and plays in my live game action at the MGM. I find this to be a great way to get the experience needed as I try to climb the ladder.

I got a lot of positive feedback yesterday and it was nice to see. To add to what I wrote I keep meticulous records on all my play broken down by both online and live. I've always been a statistics finatic since I started watching baseball as a four-year old and it helps to this day. I have it broken down by cash, tournament, SnGs, days, time length, etc. so if you asked me for my tournament record both live and online for Tuesdays and Thursdays I can have it for you in minutes, all from self-made spread sheets. I find this information as vital as bankroll management and my bottom line is $$ per hour.

As for bankroll management I've read a few good books with probably the most important one being Professional Poker: The Essential Guide to Playing for a Living by Mark Blade. Fortunately enough for me I have more bankroll cushion than recommended which I don't think can hurt. We'll see as some time progresses.

Right now my thoughts are on money management, discipline, patience and hand selection. I'm confident that if I keep these mind I can continue to progress.

Stay Profitable.


At 8:44 AM, Blogger Poker Jones said...

I like the plan you're implementing. Sounds well-reasoned and realistic. Hope it doesn't start to feel too much like (gulp) a job. (hacker59)

At 12:07 PM, Blogger cc said...

Cerie's is an incredible story; I mean, she was absolutely gone early early on. I agree with what you said regarding her experience being life-changing. Yesterday's show was very, very strange as far as production; never showed anything on Exile Island or the reward, just really bizarre. I wonder why no resolution last night; I guess it's more intriguing, but you either watch or you don't.

Have a good weekend, and I won't post the results Sunday night so I don't spoil you Western time zone people!

At 10:44 PM, Blogger Thirsty said...

Stumbled across your blog today.
Not being able to play live poker i love reading about your experiences in the casino.

Check out my blog, very early days yet but i hope to get better content and of course improve my game.

Keep up the good work.


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