December 31, 2009
This is going to be a long ass post, because itâ€™s obviously a post to summarize my year in poker. Cliffnotes at the bottom.
First, for the story of the day â€“ and a missed opportunity. I got up, showered, ate breakfast. I decided to watch Bartâ€™s Thin Red Line ep. 1 again because itâ€™s like one of the illest theory videos on DC. I give Bart shit on the forums, but heâ€™s one of my best friends so breaking his balls is obviously necessary.
I fell asleep halfway through the video and I woke up when there was like 10 minutes left. I check out whatâ€™s going on on MSN, and sure enough, Bart had posted a HH for me. He won a 800bb+ pot with AA vs. 99 on J7xxx at 10/20. Biggest of his life, I think. Sick rush, and we started talking about the game he was in. I told him that if I had like $12 â€“ $14k to my name, Iâ€™d definitely take a $4k shot at that game. He then proceeds to tell me heâ€™d take my action. Iâ€™m like â€œSWEETâ€ and 10 seconds after he told me heâ€™d take my action, I was on the waiting list. I was 4th or something when I joined, so that kind of sucked, but whatever. So, Iâ€™m like semi-railing the game and getting dressed for tonight for like 40 minutes or something. After I had gotten dressed, I decided â€œmeh, Iâ€™ll grind some while I wait for the seatâ€. I did my pre-game rituals (Joe Tall, are you reading this?!) which was part of our homework for Tilterâ€™s Anonymous.
I sat down to grind. The fish was stacking people left and right in the 10/20 game, playing something like 90 VPIP or whatever. I was number 2 on the waiting list when the fish finally decided to quit. He had $6 â€“ 7k on the table when he quit. Bart had a disconnect earlier in the game, so he wasnâ€™t in it. Sucks for him, because I think he lost like $4k in EV. I guess it doesnâ€™t sting too much, because he did book like a $14k win or something. 1 minute after the fish had quit, I was offered a seat at the table and Iâ€™d be playing 3handed with two of the better 10/20 players on iPoker (as far as I know) if I were to sit in the game. Obviously thatâ€™s not going to happen, so meh. I think I was one spot away from playing 10/20 without even having played a single hand of 2/4, 3/6 or 5/10. Sick life imo. The session itself went okay, as I kept on playing 1/2. I booked another decent score and I even recorded myself playing one table. I might add audio to it and talk about all the mistakes I did in the video. There are so many, Iâ€™m fucking embarrased, haha. A made an A high calldown, but there were so many spots where I shouldâ€™ve made some â€œthinâ€ calls which arenâ€™t really thin at all. I just pussed out, and it kind of sucks.
So, on to 2009â€¦
In January, I got staked for NL50 because I was a broke ass student and I had just bought a new computer because my old one was crap. Grinded NL50 and ran like ass for 4 â€“ 5 months. I hit a massive heater in May or June or something, and rushed through NL50 and NL100 like I was Usain Bolt on the racetrack. I ended the stake deal with decent profits. Got a new contract in August for NL100 and NL200. I played okay at first, winning about 10 buy-ins, then had some rough swings accompanied by poor play. After being stubborn and swinging like a madman at NL200, I decided to drop down to regain some confidence and stuff. I crushed NL100 like I crushed it when I heatered through it in 20K hands previously, and it was pretty awesome. December was brutal at first, dropping 10 buy-ins. Then I heatered, and now Iâ€™m up a little bit at NL200.
Plans for the day? Going to hang out with one of my best friends and just chill. Weâ€™ll probably go downtown or something to watch the fireworks, I donâ€™t know. I got a couple of cubans that Iâ€™m going to smoke tonight. Awesomeness.
Goals for 2010:
Break into MSNL, and win g00t monies.
Get a girlfriend (kind of hard when youâ€™re an online poker player with no life)
Go on a small tour with my band
Get decent grades at uni
Cliffnotes of today:
Could play 10/20, but the fish quit
Played a session, and played pretty poorly
Cliffnotes of 2009:
Staked at NL50 at the beginning of the year
Ran like ass until May â€“ June
Heatered my way up to NL200 during the summer
Been playing NL200 since then, breaking even or so
Iâ€™m missing a bit of my graph because my old hands are on my old computer. The HD failed, so that sucks, but hereâ€™s my graph since May or so.