Monday, July 31, 2006

The State of the Union

So, here's where i'm at.

Golf is up and down, no pun intended. My swing is half good half bad, my putting is sorta good, and my chipping sucks monkey testicles. I shot 36 (for 9), 83, 76 at the club this weekend. That's solid folks.

Toastman also decided to play the A flight instead of Open at the club championship because I am a gigantic gaping pussy (so said Harry). I'm just not playing well enough to give the best players competition so why kid myself?

I didn't play any poker this weekend -- too much golf and food and drink. Just died last night after not getting enough sleep all weekend... ugh.

Also, too much work to do. Period.


Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Explaining Variance

Variance as referred to be a poker player means the happenings in the game which are "swingy". If you've ever flipped a coin and had it come up heads 5 times in a row, that's a bit of variance from the expected result of heads, tails, heads, tails. Its a varied result from a mathematical expectation.

Gamblers, particular poker players talk about swings -- especially those crazy shorthanded limit players, jesus i'd tilt off a boatload of money at that game given the suckouts. Back to my point, when I referred to a bit of variance in my last post, it's just meant to say that I did not win my hands as often as I would expect to in the short term. This month has been very swingy for me in poker, and i've played a lot of it since getting back from vacation (a lot for me, not a lot for some of these people). I was down 200, up 300, now i'm up 50. It's basically breakeven poker and my graph of results is really, really depressing. I'm just getting some really good second best hands in the last few days and it hurts the growth into higher limits.

Speaking of higher limits, I played a few more hands of 100NL yesterday and had my KK cracked by a set of 5's where he called my re-raise PF to $16. It blows stacking off a hundo. Being out of position blows too.

I've got some money in bad lately (it happens), but got far more of it in good. I'm just pissed that i've got so much more work to do before moving up again because of this crap. Going to look at my stats at the end of the month to see where i'm oozing money, i'm guessing its in the big pairs KK/AA department.

That's it for now, hope you learned something Harry. :)

Monday, July 24, 2006

A Touch Of Variance

Well, i f'd up my back on Friday on the 2nd shot of the 2nd hole. Finished the round though shooting a 78 (losing to NoSkillz by one -- he always beats me at golf).

Saturday I woke up at 6am and stretched my back for 45 minutes before heading to the course, we only got 9 holes in before being rained out. At least breakfast was good.

Sunday I woke up for the round at 6am again, stood up and realized I wasn't going to make it. Rolled back into bed and slept till 9am. Then i played a crapload of internet poker as usual.

Today's been weird, I've been playing REALLY well but the results don't show it. I'm actually down close to 2 buyins as i'm in a short streak of suckouts. I got my money in bad once, but it was only because I didn't believe a guy with VPIP 25% had a 5 in his hand in a raised pot when there were two on board vs. my aces in the hole. One maniac is just catching on me (he's 70/41/3) after the money goes in, but hey, that's poker. I've been giant favorites against him so i'm ok with this.

Meh, thrilling weekend huh?


Finally doubled through the maniac when I had almost 2 buyins, that brought me to -$10 for the day when I finally retired for the evening (770 hands).

At one point (this is $50NL) I was sitting on $175, the maniac had $300 and another LAG player had $200. Deep stacked stuff. Soon as the crazy took off, the game broke.

Speaking of crazy, I'm pretty happy that NoSkillz took his first move up in stakes. He's by no means bankrolled for it (actually that's laughingly said, he's not even bankrolled for what he plays daily), but it does show some balls which is good.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Pokering Continues...

Monday as predicted I spent the evening at the casino after work soaking up the air conditioned goodness. As usual I got zero cards but did manage to win a pot by bluffing and lost a whopping $2 for the day at 1/2NL (one was a tip). Cheap entertainment I say.

This evening i've played a few hours of 50NL single table which is typically boring but I got nice and stuck early and have been working to grind it back out. Here's my hand o' the night.

BB is 46/24/1.6 through 50 hands -- running a bit hot so the stats are skewed to look maniac'ish -- he's not.

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em, $ BB (6 handed) Hand History Converter Tool from (Format: HTML)

Button ($57.74)

SB ($27.85)

BB ($80.95)

UTG ($61.25)

MP ($21.50)

Toast ($77.33)

Preflop: Toast is CO with 9c, 8c. SB posts a blind of $0.25.

2 folds, Toast calls $0.50, Button raises to $1, 1 fold, BB raises to $3, Toast calls $3, Button calls $2.50.

Flop: ($10.75) 6d, Jc, 3c (3 players)

BB bets $7, Toast calls $7, Button folds.

Turn: ($24.75) 3h (2 players)

BB checks, Toast bets $20, (BB says: pkt 6's?) BB calls $20.

River: ($64.75) 5s (2 players)

BB checks, Toast calls $46.83 (All-In), BB folds.

Final Pot: $111.58

Of course I showed and got a few oohs and aahs from the donks.

Oh, and i'll mention that I went to the club to hit some golf balls, and my swing is definately returning. Tempo was better, ballflight more predictable. I just hope it kicks in before club championships so I can try and keep up with Matt -- damn he's good.


Monday, July 17, 2006

That Weekend Was Whack, Yo

This weekend was just messed up, really. First, I went out to hit balls and play a few holes friday evening and found that I couldn't control my golf ball worth a damn. I'm hitting freaking fades when I normally hit a draw, that's really really scary. Plus my tempo and stuff is all out of whack. I ended up hitting a crapload of golf balls and still couldn't hit one so I knew Saturday morning was going to suck. I then lost 3 buyins at 50NL on Party (mostly got my money in good and didn't get bothered by it).

Saturday morning I awake to balmy "feels like mid 90's at 7am weather". Of course, it only got hotter so I sweated through my shirt before the 4th. Anyhoo, I could barely play the game and shot a fantabulous 85 doubling the last two holes. Damn i'm good. -$15 in wagers.

Anyways, after that massacre I went to a wedding reception that evening at a local Italian club. Around 150 people, huge meal, great drinks, beautiful. I wouldn't say I drank a lot but I had enough to stay happy. That's wedding #3 of 5 for this season down. Matty "NoSkillz" shindig is in October and i'm very much looking forward to it as they're going very trendy upscale it sounds like. Damn he's good.

Sunday no golf because the Auction Pool tournament was on at the club and we couldn't get on anywhere else... plus it's hotter than hell here right now. I spent the day programming for my Toronto company and 2-tabling 50NL on party where I won back a bit of money. Seems like when I get my money in good i'm doomed, and when I get it in behind I suck out. It's so f'in rigged. Found a couple new "buddies" too which are worth their weight in buy-ins. Played 1200-1300 hands, I think my single day record. I also found that 2-tabling is easy so I can probably play 3 from now on with no problem.

Might end up playing some live poker tonight to avoid the heat, we'll see how it goes.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Ola! I'm back.

Just wanted to let all (one) of you know that i'm back in town. I spent a nice relaxing week in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and had a great time.

Did I play poker? Yes, but only sorta. Played a few donkfest tourneys for $20 with the wedding party guys a few nights -- got my $$ in good and lost. C'est la vie.

Did I play any golf? Nope. Not a bit though there was a consideration of going to play golf. $140 a round is steep but on vacation I would have done it. Still it's gotta be blooody hot out there on a golf course when I can barely get away from the breeze on the beach to go feed my face.

Did I drink? You bet I did. Tried many new drinks which are cool including a Mama Juana and Coco Loco.

The coco loco recipe is as follows:


Mix to your liking (thick is better) and drink.

I would also like to note that the beaches are stunningly beautiful and with perfect weather every day.

I'll post some pics when we extract them from the camera.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Well, I'm Off To Punta Cana

For those that care, I'm away for 7 days to the Dominican Republic. Don't ask why I'm going there in the summer I couldn't justify it myself. It's for a wedding for good friends of ours and should be a good time overall.

Poker for June ended on a down note. After losing a 65 or so at Stars, I played during the day Friday and was up 110 or so, then had a major downswing that evening to bring me -15 for the day. Guy pushes PF (again) and I call with AJ, he sucks out a flush with J9s. Guy who i'm bullying gets it in PF with AQ v my KK and he catches his ace on the river for full stacks... you know... that sort of thing.

Anyways, I still made money and the bankroll is just shy of a grand so I'm hoping things will pick up when I get back from Punta Cana. Hopefully i'll get my golf game back too, went 38/46 this morning, ugh.

Back in a week. Later.