June 30, 2009

Thank god for that!!!

That’s June over and done with and….


Including Bonuses first ever $1k month!!!


Took me this long to do it :(


Yes…there was lots of that!!

I’m kidding yes today was a bit of a roller coaster like yesterday but overall I was about $110 up total depsite almost tearing my hair out at points but all worth it in the end…

The vertical line at the end being the $160 Stars bonus.

So final results for June 2009:


Hands: 2726
Winnings: $701.50
BB/100: 6.43


Hands: 5031
Winnings: 157.25
BB/100: 1.56

Bonuses: $184

Total: $1042.75


Tiem for a little break I think.

Posted By Boomer at 09:40 PM


June 29, 2009

What A Day....

I ended up playing around 1900 hands today in an effort to get rid of the Pokerstars bonus. The air conditioner helped a lot with that as even in the UK it’s getting up and over 90F and jeez, roller coaster city.

First 2 sessions were pretty nice wins but then the 3rd session was a nightmare.

I ended the 2nd sesison by losing with JJ to 99 on the river (9 obv) and that continued for almost all the 3rd session. I’d lost $140 in the first 25 hands and at one point was almost $200 down playing mostly 1/2. fortunately I got my act together posting a loss of only $120 for that session but then all righted itself again for my final run which has left me wanting to do nothing but go to bed!!

FWIW here’s how my day went in graph form

and here’s how I looked around the middle of it

However decent day I’d have MORE than accepted at the start of the day. I’ll split it up and then conglomerate


Hands: 836
Net: ($60.50)
BB/100 (3.62)


Hands: 982
Net: $354.00
BB/100: 9.01

mmmmm rigged.

VPPs: 802 (FPPs – lots)

400 VPP to go according to my calculations so 2 sessions tomorrow, cash in the $160 Stars bonus and ride into the sunset for 3 days to recover my sanity again….it ran off…..again.

One final piece is on the new Pokerstars VPP structure which will be coming in soon. As far as SHFL goes it’s a disaster for anything below 2/4, meh at 2/4 depending on if you game create or HUHU and marginall y better at 3/6 and WAAAAY better at 5/T+. Pretty much the shopt of it for anyone who’s wondering.

Take care Guys


Posted By Boomer at 10:17 PM


June 25, 2009

Final Push....

Took tonight off as I’ve needed a little break and now the big push begins.

15 hours left if I want to hit the 10k FPP bonus

21 hours to hit 3850 VPP if necessary….


Wish me luck

Posted By Boomer at 08:53 PM


June 24, 2009


That’s the only way to describe how phenominally ridiculously I ran during today’s session. One of those sessions where I couldn’t miss…well until I got 1 outered in the following hand…

Party Poker $1.00/$2.00 Limit Hold’em – 5 players
The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

Pre Flop: (1.5 SB) Hero is CO with 6 Heart 6 Club
1 fold, Hero raises, 1 fold, SB calls, BB calls

Flop: (6 SB) 3 Club Q Spade 6 Diamond (3 players)
SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets, SB raises, BB calls, Hero calls

Turn: (6 BB) 3 Heart (3 players)
SB bets, BB calls, Hero raises, SB calls, BB 3-bets, Hero caps!, SB caps!, Hero calls

River: (16.5 BB) Q Heart (3 players)
SB bets, Hero calls

Final Pot: 18.5 BB
BB shows Q Club J Club
SB shows J Diamond Q Diamond
SB wins 5 BB
SB wins 6.5 BB
BB wins 6.5 BB
(Rake: $1.00)

Yes I’m a fish and couldn’t fold the river….

For the record I was a 97.6% favourite on the turn.

However I can’t really complain if that’s the price I have to pay for the session I had:

Hands: 390 (Mixed 2/4 and 1/2)
Net: $164.00
BB/100: 13.01….yeah….

Biggest one day win ever and it puts me at about $400 for the past 72 hours, which is insane to me considering 6 weeks ago I was playing 0.5/1. Hope it continues definitely :) but I’m trying to keep a level head on it. It can be a cruel game this and I’m not getting carried away yet.

Posted By Boomer at 07:22 PM


June 23, 2009

Oh that first 2/4 session I mentioned...

Went quite well actually ;)

It started off pretty badily with me losing some pretty drastic hands (TT vs 24 and the like) but if I’m being completely honest those 2/4 tables were better than the vast majority of the 1/2 tables I had success at last month and in the end I managed to turn it around with some help fromteh deck and secure a nice little win.


Hands: 274
Net: $97
BB/100: 8.85

Yeah ok not sustainable but I’ll take it for now. let’s hope I can continu making headway, I’d like for 3/6 to be on the horizon for next month but not getting ahead of myself yet, there’s still lot’s a June to go.

Take care guys and make sure to read my BBB review below. It should make up the minds of anyone umm’ing and ahh’ing about coaching.

Posted By Boomer at 08:12 PM


June 23, 2009

A Viewpoint - Coaching with BBB

A while back, as some may be aware, I was floundering quite badly on iPoker. I was in the middle of what would turn out to be a 350BB downswing and feeling really down on both my luck and poker in general.

What, in a way, made me even more irritated was the fact that everyone who I’ve spoken too for the past year was generally positive about my game and confident that I would be making a stride up the limits, even during my appearance on RLMG Entity said that he was looking forward to seeing more videos as I climbed the limits.

It didn’t happen.

Now, fortunately, at this point a few things matured which allowed me to put aside a little cash and I decided that what I needed, more than anything, for my game was literal 1-1 sessions from someone who’d seen it all, maybe would help me see little things that I and others had been missing and generally be able to point me in the right direction.

So I perused the DC Coaching page and BigBadBabar (From now on referred to as BBB) was one of the standout names and after confirming his availability and a few small points I decided to have a chat with him about a potential long term plan.

I wasn’t disappointed.

During our first informal chat we laid out a plan of how we were going to proceed. I’d made it clear that I was looking for a long term deal and BBB was happy to oblige. Our sessions would consist of hand reviews, video reviews, sweat sessions and BBB would be available for chatting if and when needed.

There were a few things BBB immediately identified all within one hand review and a small video, nothing major but small things that maybe don’t come up when you’re discussing things on a forum:

1)Completing the SB more, and all-in-all getting involved more vs bad players

2)Turn Value-Betting vs Value Checking. Section here which really helped put a lot of thought into turn play rather than the “auto 2-barell” or “auto-check” you can see a lot of on the turn.

3)Get more hands in – A big weakness of mine and one that was preventing me both overcoming variance and moving up.

4)No Auto-acting!! It’s very tempting especially when playing online to turn your brain off and act automatically. Always maintain focus

5)Consistency in decisions. “Because I felt like it” isn’t an excuse, always keep logical reasoning behind your decisions.

6)Believe. Things were not going well at the tables but even from the first Hand Review Sessions BBB was confident I’d eventually leave 0.5/1 a complete smoking ruin and I’d be solid at 1/2 just based on what he’d already seen. That has developed more recently and hopefully is beginning to snowball.

Now something this also introduced me to was how necessary it is to have some poker buddies on IM. This is something I hadn’t had for almost 2 years, aside from Ribbo obv, and I can’t even begin to imagine the impact it has had. From the Microlimit FL Group started on DC to some of the best players at 5/T and above I have managed to chat to them all in the past 3-4 months and BBB was one of the first.

All of a sudden I could get feedback on any hand I had doubt about, I had a group of poker buddies all playing similar limits whom I could help and they could help me.

I’ve got to admit I’ve certainly gotten more than my money’s worth from BBB just though the conversations we constantly have regarding all things from hands to mental game to “Spaceship Blowing Up” strategies (DC inside joke…sorry) to how he’s promised to one day shout “Sir Alex WHO?” in a Man Utd pub and run for it leaving me standing there (Preferably with a sneaky Man City or Liverpool shirt thrown at me), and more than that he’s developed into a good buddy as well.

When BBB talks you’d do very well to listen. He has a very jovial personality allowing you to chat freely but everything he has spouted regarding poker to me has been liquid gold and presented so well that you can’t help but understand.

BBB seems to really enjoy his side of the coaching and is desperate to make sure his students are getting the most out of it as well. We are both capable of going off on tangents, anyone who knows me is well aware of how I’ll go on for 2 hours if I get grabbed on a subject, but he’ll occasionally bring us back into line and the situation at hand. He’s extremely open to questioning regarding any reasoning and is even open to having his mind changed on a subject occasionally (smug) and he genuinely seems to also get something out of coaching as well.

He’s also been supportive, if firm, when I was down in the dumps at the bottom of my downswing making sure to appeal to my ability and logic that he saw rather than the performance anxiety I was suffering at the time and was supportive in providing recommendations regarding where to move to when I decided to make the jump.

The only weakness BBB may have is that he may not realise just how good he is which is why you can still hire him for the price you can. Although this may be a result of targeting the micro and small stakes community, it’s an opportunity which no-one who’s serious about their game should miss. Personal Coaching is always going to be that little bit more expensive than the general coaching a training site will give but it’s that bit more personal and tailored to your needs and you will be much better off for it.

Would I recommend a 0.5/1 player with no reload capacity blow 50-70% of his roll on long term coaching? No probably not, and to be fair neither did BBB when I first approached him. He wanted to make sure I wasn’t dinging my bankroll as the first priority is and will be for the next few months, getting out of the so-called “Rake Trap”. You’re getting honesty and a great poker mind and a great guy to have as a buddy. As with all things you will get out of it what you put in but BBB will put in just as much as you will if not more…A thorough recommendation.

And the result….

Well I’ve been working with BBB for a while now and I’ve made back my investment and then some on top and that’s from starting out at 0.5/1 on a 200BB downswing which developed into a 350BB one before it was through. I’ve just finished my first session of 2/4, my confidence in my play is higher than it has ever been and I now understand so much more about the game than I used to which has in turn removed much of the fear. There’s still a long way to go yet before I’m ready to start bleeding 5/T but I’m pretty sure with BBB’s aid and some hard work that it will happen and with a little luck, sooner rather than later.

Also I believe I’ve come up with a way of overcoming my greatest weakness which is getting hands in…

Join me next time as I go through some thoughts on this and a weekend of poker I won’t forget in a hurry, but for once for all the right reasons.

Later, Boomer

Posted By Boomer at 08:07 PM


June 23, 2009

I'm sorry to all Vegans but....

since I’m on a diet I find stuff like this REALLY funny

Thank-you 2+2’s SSSH NC forum

I shall indeed keep being awesome….just slightly less so :(

Posted By Boomer at 06:59 PM


June 22, 2009

2/4 beckons...I think.

I’ve been umming and ahhh’ing about moving up to take a shot at 2/4 and I think I’m ok to go for it now. I’ve been essentailly using the first few k hands of this month as a warm up since I wanted to make sure I was back on song and finally today I felt pretty good, made some good reads, some really thin good value bets and even a couple of folds (yes it happens I swear) so hopefully my next report should be from 2/4

As for today:

Hands: 814
Winnings: $94.25
BB/100: 5.79

Started out with a fairly rough first session which I managed to hold onto a small loss (about 5BB…ty for keeping me sane Lysistrata) somehow and the evening session was just a romp in the garden. I had jesus seat on a LP, 2 complete nits to my left who didn’t seem to notice my ASB was 55 and for once it all went well and these are the time Poker players dream of. Teh other 2 taboles were up and down but I felt ok at them and gradually got more and more confident (as can happen)

So assuming I don’t feel awful tomorrow afternoon I think I’ll make my first run at 2/4. Let’s see how it goes.

Posted By Boomer at 09:04 PM


June 21, 2009

Still Weak in a lot of areas....

Did some thinking while playing today.

I’m still, it seems, not tremendously good and handling a constant stream of misfortune and tend to focus a tad on the negative.

At one table for example I had a guy who played 100% of hands and spewed like a monster post-flop. Sadly this didn’t work out too well for our hero as he managed to beat me at showdown in 7 of the 9 occasions we got there and I had a pair+ every time.

These guys are very hard to play against when you’re not running particularly well for the plain and simple fact that you HAVE to beat them at showdown, there’s no other way you’re winning and it takes quite a bit of mental toughness to stop yourself getting irritated and potentially tilting.

A while Back, before the 3-bet merger, Deathdonkey played a 3/6 video where a maniac just constantly ran hotter than the sun against him and he handled it amazingly well and that’s where I’d like to get…maybe it’s just through experience I don’t know but I want to lose that edgy feeling.

There was nothing to be upset about, I had the Jesus seat on an idiot (I know possibly Wrong mind but how you you describe someone with a VPIP over 80, a Went to SD of 60 and an Aggression Factor of about 6??) and in the long run there was only one way the money would flow. Maybe the fact i haven’t played THAT many hands in teh big scheme of things still eaves me vulnerable, or the fact that I’d like to feel more comfortable before moving up but there’s something to be said about sink or swim which may be acceptable for me.

Overall it wasn’t the worst day:

721 hands played, $54.00 Profit @ 3.74BB/100. I’m a little behind my hand target (about 6 hours play) but I plan to make that up in the coming week and hopefully have a run at 2/4 before the month is out…maybe I’m a little anxious but maybe that’ll help me focus more when I head up in stakes.

Oh before I go….We had Ragu tonight, which has become the Nation’s favourite it seems. Now it was my mother’s this time but there’s a recipe I like to use while making it and what’s great is you can cook a large amoutn and it will freeze.


Lamb and Rosemary Ragu (Serves 4-6)

450g (1lb) of Minced Lamb (Get it off a butcher at least you know what you get then)
225g of Large White Onion, Finely Chopped
Fresh Rosemary (1 sprig)
200ml of Red Wine (Rule of cooking with wine: “if you won’t drink it, don’t cook with it”)
350g of Napoletana sauce (Recipe included below)
350g of Taglatelle Pasta
Olive Oil


Parmesan Cheese (Shavings)
Rosemary Springs to Garnish

Making Napoletana Sauce:

1 x Tin of Chopped Italian Tomatoes (400g) (English Tomatoes tend to be lacking in flavour and Organic Tinned Tomatoes are fine)
1 x Clove of Garlic finely chopped
4-5 tblsp of Olive Oil (You can use Extra Virgin if you want since you’re not heating it too much)
Basil – Ripped
Salt & Pepper

Optional: (I put these in just to add a bit more flavour but you can leave them out, they’re not part of a “traditional” sauce)

1 Tbsp – Tomato Puree. I don’t always use this but sometimes if I’m in a hurry I will.
Oregano – Dried is ok but if you can get the fresh stuff all the better
Drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar
1 x tsp of sugar (Tomatoes can be very tart and the balance of Vinegar and sugar brings something out in the sauce)

To make the sauce just soften the garlic in the olive oil for about 5 minutes and add the tinned tomoatoes and bring to a simmer and reduce for about 20 minutes. At the end add the basil, oregano, vinegar and sugar and bring together and season with Salt and Pepper.

This sauce, if using for the Ragu, is often best made in advance, say 6-12 hours, as it really concentrates over time.

For the Ragu itself:

Brown the minced lamp in a frying pan with a little oil for about 5-7 minutes and then remove and set aside. Add the onion and rosemary to the same pan, no need for more oil there will be plenty from the meat, and fry until the onion is soft, say about 5-10 minutes.

Return the mince to the pan and pour in the wine. Make sure everything is off the bottom of the pan and leave it to bubble on a high-ish heat for about 1-2 minutes.

Now stir in your Napoletana sauce, cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes.

Test for Seasoning and adjust accordingly.

While the sauce is simmering cook the pasta in rapidly boiling salted water for 10 minutes or until aldente and drain it.

Stir the pasta into the sauce, the sauce should cling to the pasta which is where, certainly in the UK, we go wrong and kind of drown the pasta in sauce and that’s not the point of the dish, that’s why you reduce it so much to concentrate the flavour. Sprikle with Parmesan and Rosemary if you’re using it and Serve

Now we’ve made enough to last 2 nights (not this recipe) so my next food update will be Tuesday when I may have a Prawn and Lemon Risotto but that’s contingent on be getting some cooked prawns between now and then….we’ll see.

Hope everyone had a good weekend.

Take Care


Posted By Boomer at 08:45 PM


June 20, 2009

I'm on a Diet....

….so whoever reads this has to suffer as well!!!

Bascailly decided that it’s time to do something about the fact I’m not terribly in shape. The fact I was quite athletic in the past (played Cricket and football YES FOOTBALL!!! at excellence level) and am fairly tall (6’ 4") means I get away with it some but it’s time to quit the self-delusion before I hit 30 and it’s too late to do anything about it.

So I’m gonna start posting recipes on here of stuff I’m thinking of, or have drummed up just in case anyone either wants to join me or feels like trying something new.

Just a caveat…one thing I’m insisting on in this diet is that EVERYTHING is of the best quality possibly and processed foods such as pre-packed sauces and ready meals are COMPLETELY a no-no and all herbs etc should be of the “Oh look I got them out of the garden just now” variety but I understand this isn’t always possible (herbs-wise)

I will start working in gym work from the beginning of next month as I need to drop a little weight before I’m happy returning to cardio exercise.

Anyway as a goodbye to the happier side to my food I cooked a little favourite of mine from Jaime Oliver’s repertoire, which actually caused me to love Savoy Cabbage.

Savoy Cabbage and Pancetta w/ Farfelle Pasta and Mozarella – Serves 4

10 rashers of pancetta or dry-cured streaky bacon, thinly sliced. (I used Pancetta Lardons)
olive oil
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 good handful of thyme, leaves picked (mmmm garden…)
1 large Savoy cabbage (outer leaves removed) quartered, cored and finely sliced
1 handful of grated Parmesan cheese (Parmgeanno Regianno if you can get it)
455gr/1 lb dried farfalle, the best you can get (“Bow Pasta” for the uninitiated)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil (Got a bottle from Tuscany which set me back $10…rarely used but so good)
200gr / 7oz buffalo mozzarella, cut into 1cm / 1/2 inch dice (Didn’t have Buffalo available but standard is ok)
2 handfuls of pine nuts, lighly toasted (Just dump ’em in a dry frying pan for 5 minutes)

In a pan fry your pancetta in a little olive oil until lightly golden. Add the garlic and thyme and soften. Add the Savoy cabbage and Parmesan, then stir and put the lid on the pan. Cook for a further 5 minutes, shaking every now and again, while you cook your farfalle in salted boiling water until al dente. When the cabbage is nice and tender, season and loosen with some nice peppery extra virgin olive oil. Toss the drained farfalle into the cabbage and at the last minute mix in the mozzarella and pine nuts. Serve immediately.

A big favourite of mine but since it kinda contains, bacon, cheese and nuts it’s NOT the healthiest option, but that’s just my little wave back to happier times.

Anbyone feel like sharing some nice recipies not involving 1000 calories is welcome to post in the comments…that’s your cue Lysistrata :)

Take Care guys

Posted By Boomer at 06:45 PM


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