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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Short Update

Well, the month is nearly over already. So far I have played right at 80,000 hands this month. It's been a fun month so far with huge swings up and down, but overall it has been one of my better months in the cash games. Also, I have finalized my upcoming trip to Las Vegas. I will be going for 11 days and hopefully playing a few events at the Wynn Classic. The Wynn is my favorite room in Vegas by far, so I am really looking forward to playing a few tourneys there. They have a 6-handed no limit tourney going while I will be there, so I am definitely planning on trying to play that one!

On another note, Kim and I have pretty much finalized our wedding plans. We are looking forward to heading to the Bahamas for our WeddingMoon in May. We will have a small reception for our families once we get back to Houston. I'll be looking forward to my parents coming out for the reception, as well as celebrating my 29th birthday on the same day as the reception.

Hopefully on Sunday I will add an end of the month blog which will include my Hold Em manager graph for the month. Looks like I wont play 100k hands this month, but I'm sure I'll get close.

Til Next Time....

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Mid Month Update with Hold Em Manager Graph

Just a quick update following up on my last blog. As I mentioned, I spent a lot of time last month in Biloxi watching a good friend play, and having him watch me in return. Then a few weeks ago, upon returning to Houston, I had a few "coaching" sessions with another friend who was the biggest winner last month on FullTilt in the games that he plays. I put a lot of work into thinking about our sessions and putting those ideas into action. While putting these ideas into action, I have been strictly playing $1-$2 NL at 6-max tables. I plan on doing this for a minimum of 100k hands, possibly more depending on how comfortable I am feeling with my game when I hit the 100k hand mark for the year. Above is my graph since my study sessions began, spanning from February 2-14th. I think you just need to click on the graph and it will appear as a full graph rather than being cut off like it appears on the blog. For those that aren't familiar with what the lines mean and the color coding, just look at the legend at the bottom fo the graph. I played a total of 50 hours in this time frame, and saw 41,000 hands during that time. I dont know if I have ever played 41,000 hands in a month before, much less half a month. I do need to work on playing more hours though, because there is no good excuse for not playing at least 30 hours a week. I mean, people go to jobs that they hate for 40 or more hours a week, so it's unfortunate that I can't work at least 30 hours a week doing something that I love! Anyway, I'm slightly getting off track. I am extremely happy with my results so far this month, and really feel like I am turning a corner in my poker career. It just feels like many of the questions that I've struggled with for years have been answered. Hopefully this level of confidence, and good results, continues.
Until Next Time....

Friday, February 5, 2010

Sick Sessions

I have put in 4 sessions in the last 4 days, and have played a total of 16,250 hands over that period! This is unheard of for me. I have been working very hard at getting better, mostly by asking questions to two of my friends who are excellent players. I feel like my game is finally turning the corner, and hopefully I'm becoming the player that I know I am capable of.

After all of those hands I cant really see straight, so I guess it's bed time. I'll keep updating how my progression is going under my friends guidance. Hopefully I'll have good results to share.

Until next time....

Monday, February 1, 2010

Been a While- Jan Update

Hello All,

Sorry about the lack of updates since Christmas, but I just returned to Houston after being gone since December 28th! I cant believe its February already.

After Christmas I went to my parents house for a visit. I had a very nice time there, and Kim even came over for a few days. We celebrated "Christmas morning" with my side of the family on New Years morning. I think everyone loved their gifts. Mom and Kim headed out to the casino to play some slots, while Dad and I stayed home and watched football in the afternoon. We are HUGE college football fans.

Kim left for a business trip a few days after New Years, so I decided to stay at my parents for an extra week before I headed down to Biloxi, Mississippi for the WPT Southern Poker Championship. On my way there I picked up my good friend (a WPT champ!) from the airport in New Orleans. Somehow I talked him in to flying in from Vegas to join me for 2 weeks of poker on the Gulf Coast. We arrived at the Beau Rivage, and my buddy final tabled the first tourney of the trip. He finished 4th for a decent payday of a little over 8k. Unfortunately, that was about it for our trip. I had zero cashes in about 8 or so tourneys, with only 1 deep run culminating in me losing a monster pot with QQ vs 77 on a 722 flop. I played well in the cash games but more or less broke even in them. What I did accomplish on the trip was improving my game. I spent 20+ hours over 2 weeks watching my friend play online and taking notes on spots where I have leaks in my game. He also spent 10+ hours watching me play and reviewing hands after the session. I think this "tutoring" in itself made the trip extremely +EV!! After my friend busted from the 10k main event I dropped him off at the airport and went back to my parents to pick up all of my things and spend a few more days with them. I returned to Houston last week and enjoyed a relaxing weekend with my fiancee while catching up with mail and TV.

Today I had a very interesting conversation with a friend of mine who just crushes 6 max no limit games online. Last month he managed to win 100 buy ins playing 2/4 NL! He was nice enought to spend nearly 3 hours reviewing strategy and going over hypothetical hand examples that I made up in order to try to improve my game. I plan on putting all this studying in to action this month. I dropped my Deuces Cracked membership this month but kept my Bluefire Poker one. I felt like learning from too many instructors was just confusing me and making me question all of my decisions at the table. Now that I am back to just studying under 2 or 3 very talented and winning players, I feel much more confident about my decision making process at the table. It's good to note that no matter how good you think you are, you can ALWAYS learn more and get better.

On an unrelated note, my fiancee and I are pretty close to setting a wedding date. We are both excited about this and I would bet that we'll be married before the beginning of summer!

I guess thats about it for now. Plan on getting a good nights rest and then hitting the virtual felt hard tomorrow and putting all my hard work into practice!

A special congrats to FeltStars Pro Tyler Smith for final tabling the main event at the WPT Biloxi. Unfortunately he went out in 6th, but he did FeltStars proud! Way to go Tyler.

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Til Next Time....