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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Down is up

Johnny Depp is one of my favorite actors. Captain Jack Sparrow is my favorite Johnny Depp character. "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" is my favorite Captain Jack Sparrow movie. Johnny delivers so many great lines in it, it's an embarrassment of riches! One of my favorites is "Send this pestilent, traitorous, cow-hearted, yeasty codpiece to the brig". What does "At World's End" have to do with poker? It's simple, really. There's a great scene where Jack figures out that the way to get to World's End is to capsize his ship, The Black Pearl. He figures this out because of a cryptic phrase on the map he has to guide him. It takes him a while to figure it out; here's another great line he delivers while doing so: "Up is down. That's just maddeningly unhelpful. Why are these things never clear?". In poker, up is down and down is up. The way to make money is to lose money first. And the way to lose money is to make it first. You have to be prepared for the swings. Always! The most pronounced swing you can have from one night to the next is to be completely underwater one night and completely above water the next. That's what happened to me in my most recent two sessions. On Friday night, I was underwater the whole time, and last night, I was above water the whole time. I got curious to see if that's ever happened to me before, so I wrote a utility to find out. It's happened to me three times in all, twice before last night.

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 21 hands and saw flop:
 - 3 out of 3 times while in big blind (100%)
 - 1 out of 2 times while in small blind (50%)
 - 11 out of 16 times in other positions (68%)
 - a total of 15 out of 21 (71%)
 Pots won at showdown - 3 of 4 (75%)
 Pots won without showdown - 5

delta: $52,104
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $6,433,204
balance: $9,338,303

Monday, November 17, 2014

Deked on the turn

My slump continues apace. I'm playing pretty abominably. On Friday night, I hit the felt twice. The first time, I got deked on the turn. An opponent who'd hit the nut flush on the turn bet small, then fired at the river. I was lulled by the small turn bet into thinking the huge river bet was a bluff. I've employed this ruse before myself, so it hurt even more to be taken in by it. The second time I hit the felt, it was at the end of a long steady decline, and I was tired of waiting for a good hand. I was dealt ace eight offsuit, went all in preflop, and whiffed on everything. My cash game no limit hold'em balance is nearing a record blue distance, which I don't need to tell you is a bad thing.

You might think I should change my playing style to try to break out of my slump, and I've been seriously considering it. However, I've come to the conclusion that if I did, I wouldn't be being true to myself. As I've said before, you need to dance with the one who brung you :-)

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 93 hands and saw flop:
 - 12 out of 14 times while in big blind (85%)
 - 7 out of 13 times while in small blind (53%)
 - 37 out of 66 times in other positions (56%)
 - a total of 56 out of 93 (60%)
 Pots won at showdown - 5 of 14 (35%)
 Pots won without showdown - 5

delta: $-100,000
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $6,381,100
balance: $9,286,199

Friday, November 14, 2014

20th hammerbye

As I've said before, I often like to quit a cash game when one of my hole cards is a deuce or a trey. By this I don't mean that I quit whenever I'm dealt a deuce or a trey; that would just be silly. What I mean is that when I'm looking for a quit signal, being dealt a deuce or a trey fits the bill. I'm generally only looking for a quit signal in one of three cases:

1. I'm trying to preserve a profit
2. I'm trying to minimize a loss
3. It's late and I want to go to bed

The best quit signal of all is being dealt a hammer (seven deuce offsuit). I hereby dub the act of quitting in this scenario a hammerbye. I'll even go so far as to give it a verb form :-) Last night, I hammerbyed right after winning my largest pot of the night. It was the 20th hammerbye of my career.

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 110 hands and saw flop:
 - 10 out of 14 times while in big blind (71%)
 - 8 out of 14 times while in small blind (57%)
 - 55 out of 82 times in other positions (67%)
 - a total of 73 out of 110 (66%)
 Pots won at showdown - 7 of 14 (50%)
 Pots won without showdown - 3

delta: $-2,079
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $6,481,100
balance: $9,386,199

Thursday, November 13, 2014

100,000 hands

I'm nearing a significant milestone in my poker career. In roughly ten more sessions, I'll have played 100,000 hands. Actually, I've already unofficially hit this milestone, but since I didn't start recording the number of hands played per session right away, I haven't officially hit it yet. Assuming each hand takes about a minute and a half to play, those 100,000 hands are the equivalent of playing poker 24 hours a day for 104 straight days. No wonder I feel like an expert :-)

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 74 hands and saw flop:
 - 6 out of 9 times while in big blind (66%)
 - 6 out of 10 times while in small blind (60%)
 - 28 out of 55 times in other positions (50%)
 - a total of 40 out of 74 (54%)
 Pots won at showdown - 5 of 14 (35%)
 Pots won without showdown - 2

delta: $33,182
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $6,483,179
balance: $9,388,278