January 07, 2010
I got in! March 21 here we go.
I got in! March 21 here we go.
The New Year is off to a great start. I have a couple thousand hands under my belt already, and Iâ€™m running pretty hot. 2009 did not end so well poker-wise since I started learning huhu and dropped a bunch of bets while I was getting my feet wet. (By the way, you can see the second coaching session between myself and liquid_quik in this thread ).
At midnight on New Yearâ€™s, I ran a 4-mile race in Central Park along with a couple thousand others. I finished the race in 30:00 flat, which is ridiculously fast for it being freezing cold and me being drunk off champagne and tequila =). Happy New Year!
I started playing guitar seriously about a year and a half ago. I bought an acoustic while I was still in China and taught myself through a variety of online videos. Since I donâ€™t like my singing voice, Iâ€™m intent on learning how to improvise and to have that be my creative outlet.
Improvising well is not easy, and Iâ€™ve been struggling with it for a while. Itâ€™s very formulaic in one sense but also requires very good intuition (kind of like poker). One thing Iâ€™m just beginning to notice is the relationship between chords and their pentatonic scales. The most basic fact is that the I chord and the VI chord are relative major and minor scales and thus share the same notes. But the same is true of the IV and II chords. So a transition from the VI chord, say, to either the IV or the II uses the same shape. You just have to be aware of whether youâ€™re landing on a root or a minor third or some other note in the scale.
Given the silly rake at $1/$2, Iâ€™ve started sitting at the $2/$4 tables (which still are poor rake-wise, but much better than $1/$2). I think the most important thing I need to remember is to be very strict about my game selection, and immediately quit when I donâ€™t think an opponent is profitable. Iâ€™ve made a fair amount of gains, and I think almost all of my losses could have been mitigated if I had stopped playing against an aggressive opponent sooner.
liquid_quik and I had our first huhu coaching session Monday night. You can see the thread here .
You need both files to view the video (unless maybe if you have a stand-alone SWF player). I used Adobe Captivate to record our session and got the initial settings wrong so thatâ€™s why itâ€™s not an AVI file and why the frame rate is kind of choppy. Future sessions should be a lot better since Iâ€™ve kind of figured out CamStudio.
Sat at $2/$4 for the first time. The table was just as good as any $1/$2 Iâ€™ve played, but I ran terribly and dropped about 40 BBs in 150 hands. Lost about 20 BBs in stud as well. I donâ€™t have a set stop loss, but itâ€™s probably best to stay away from the tables for a day or two.
Most of these are at $1/$2/$0.20 on Full Tilt. There are about 100 hands each at $0.50/$1/$0.10 on FT and $1/$2/$0.10 on Ultimate Bet. The UB game is a little weird because the antes are so small, and the bring-in is large (half a small bet) so the bring-in is like itâ€™s own steal attempt. In addition, I accidentally played 18 hands at a hi/lo table.
I started playing stud on Monday. So far, the game to me has been â€œI take the nuts to the river and get paid off by one pair hands.â€ Iâ€™m up over 60 big bets after just 300 hands. Are the games this good at $1/$2? Probably not. But the game makes a little more sense to me than no limit or Omaha so I think it makes a good change of pace from my regular limit schedule.