Thursday, November 27, 2014

48 million cash game no limit hold'em play dollars lost

The title of this post speaks for itself. Since returning to cash games from tournaments on September 23, 2014, the sum of my losing hand deltas is a staggering $-4,796,509, taking my career sum of losing hand deltas to $-$48,037,138. Last night alone, the sum of my losing hand deltas was $-167,552. I hit the felt twice; the second time, I'd been dealt pocket rockets. It's never fun to have your aces cracked. It's clear I'll never make it to 3 million in profit this calendar year; I'll be happy if I can just manage to preserve the 2 million and change profit I have right now.

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 66 hands and saw flop:
 - 6 out of 7 times while in big blind (85%)
 - 3 out of 8 times while in small blind (37%)
 - 26 out of 51 times in other positions (50%)
 - a total of 35 out of 66 (53%)
 Pots won at showdown - 3 of 11 (27%)
 Pots won without showdown - 2

delta: $-100,000
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $6,535,224
balance: $9,440,323

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Best AKo ever

Last night, on the penultimate hand of the session, I had my best AKo ever. I won a pot worth $154,248 with it, of which $103,109 was o.p.m. (other people's money). That vaulted my career AKo earnings over the one million play dollar mark. Currently at $1,075,910, AKo is now my second most lucrative hand, trailing only pocket rockets (an unchallengeable $2,287,871).

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 50 hands and saw flop:
 - 5 out of 8 times while in big blind (62%)
 - 4 out of 8 times while in small blind (50%)
 - 13 out of 34 times in other positions (38%)
 - a total of 22 out of 50 (44%)
 Pots won at showdown - 4 of 7 (57%)
 Pots won without showdown - 3

delta: $104,248
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $6,635,224
balance: $9,540,323

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My blog's birthday, and his older brother

Today is my blog's birthday. I wrote my first post on November 25, 2009, exactly five years ago. At the time I started, I had no idea how long I'd keep writing. It's a little embarrassing to reflect on how proud I was the day I reached 50 posts. It seemed like a big deal at the time. This post is my 1,342nd. If I'd managed to write a post every day, as Seth Godin does, this would be my 1,827th. As it is, I'm posting at a 73% clip, which isn't too shabby. Given the subject matter of this blog, that means I'm playing poker at a 73% clip, too :-)

I haven't mentioned my blog's older brother before, at least not by that sobriquet. His name is "Leadership and Management / Turning Adversity to Advantage", and he's written by my friend Bruce Lynn. Here's the link:

https://brucelynnblog.wordpress.com/

Leadership just turned nine; like First, he's a Sagittarius too :-) Without his example, along with that of other blogs I admire, I wouldn't have had the courage to bring First into the world.

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 21 hands and saw flop:
 - 3 out of 3 times while in big blind (100%)
 - 3 out of 3 times while in small blind (100%)
 - 6 out of 15 times in other positions (40%)
 - a total of 12 out of 21 (57%)
 Pots won at showdown - 2 of 3 (66%)
 Pots won without showdown - 3

delta: $61,699
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $6,530,976
balance: $9,436,075

Monday, November 24, 2014

Twin prime hold'em hands

In mathematics, twin primes are prime numbers whose difference is two. Here are some examples: 1 and 3, 3 and 5, 5 and 7, 11 and 13, and 17 and 19. I'm going to apply a similar concept to hold'em hands. I'll define twin prime hold'em hands as hands where you've been dealt the exact same hole cards, in the exact same order, two hands apart. This is obviously an extremely rare occurrence. In the 54,330 cash game no limit hold'em hands I've played for which I have the full hand history, I've only had twin primes 23 times. The 23rd came during Friday night's session. Strangely enough, I didn't notice it at the time. The only reason I noticed it later was that I was looking at the hand where I had the largest positive delta, saw that it was jack seven suited, had a hunch that might have been the most lucrative jack seven suited of my career, ran the numbers to test my hypothesis, and looked at the results. As it turns out, it was the second most lucrative jack seven suited of my career, followed two hands later by the second most expensive jack seven suited of my career. You just can't make this shit up :-)

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 37 hands and saw flop:
 - 4 out of 5 times while in big blind (80%)
 - 0 out of 4 times while in small blind (0%)
 - 15 out of 28 times in other positions (53%)
 - a total of 19 out of 37 (51%)
 Pots won at showdown - 2 of 2 (100%)
 Pots won without showdown - 5

delta: $45,662
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $6,469,277
balance: $9,374,376

Friday, November 21, 2014

Nine nine nine nine? Nein nein nein nein!

Last night, I doubled up on the very first hand. Did I quit right afterward? I think you know the answer to that question. I play largely for entertainment purposes, and there's very little entertainment in playing a single hand and then quitting. I hit the felt on hand 46 in bizarre fashion. I'd been dealt pocket kings, and raised all in preflop with them. A player acting before me had already gone all in, and a player acting after me called my raise, so three of us were going to showdown. The flop hit one of my opponent's hands the hardest I recall ever seeing a hand hit. He'd been dealt pocket nines, and flopped quads. I was drawing razor thin - I had a 0.22 percent chance of winning. The only two hands which would have done it for me were quad kings and a king high straight flush :-) The other opponent was actually drawing dead on the turn, an almost unheard of occurrence. When I saw those other two nines on the flop, I was outraged. One nine I could have stomached, but two? Come off it! I reupped for the max, went to work, and finally made it back into the black.

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 191 hands and saw flop:
 - 52 out of 55 times while in big blind (94%)
 - 42 out of 57 times while in small blind (73%)
 - 45 out of 79 times in other positions (56%)
 - a total of 139 out of 191 (72%)
 Pots won at showdown - 27 of 56 (48%)
 Pots won without showdown - 35

delta: $12,814
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $6,423,615
balance: $9,328,714

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fourth worst loss with trip kings

When you're running bad, there's only so much you can do about it. My biggest loss last night came on a hand I'd normally expect to win. I was dealt king eight off, and hit trip kings on the flop. I went all in and got two callers, both of whom I had covered. One of them had king seven off, so I had him outkicked, but the other made his flush on the river. I lost $29,000 on the hand, leaving me with only $8,382. That was the fourth worst loss I've ever had with trip kings in a cash game no limit hold'em hand. About the only bright spot of the night was the fact that I somehow avoided hitting the felt :-)

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 77 hands and saw flop:
 - 8 out of 10 times while in big blind (80%)
 - 5 out of 10 times while in small blind (50%)
 - 30 out of 57 times in other positions (52%)
 - a total of 43 out of 77 (55%)
 Pots won at showdown - 5 of 8 (62%)
 Pots won without showdown - 4

delta: $-31,962
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $6,410,801
balance: $9,315,900

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Failure milestone

Last night, I hit the felt for the 301st time in my cash game no limit hold'em career. I've hit the felt at least once in almost a third of the cash game no limit hold'em sessions I've ever played. You could say I'm an expert at failing :-) I'm also an expert at picking myself up off the canvas and starting over.

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 135 hands and saw flop:
 - 15 out of 21 times while in big blind (71%)
 - 7 out of 20 times while in small blind (35%)
 - 41 out of 94 times in other positions (43%)
 - a total of 63 out of 135 (46%)
 Pots won at showdown - 5 of 13 (38%)
 Pots won without showdown - 6

delta: $9,559
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $6,442,763
balance: $9,347,862