December 08, 2009

Workin' Man

Having trouble staying motivated to grind. This might help.

Posted By Kaptenkman at 01:42 PM


November 24, 2009

Feeling frustrated, hopeless or doubtful?

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream — and not make dreams your master;
If you can think — and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And — which is more — you’ll be a Man my son!

—Rudyard Kipling

Posted By Kaptenkman at 12:04 PM


November 22, 2009

Seeking Super STT/HU study partner/group?

I just recently posted this in the Tourny forum. Let me know if you are interested.

I’ve recently been able to sink my teeth in the micro/low stakes Super turbo’s on FTP. Mainly STT & HU SNG’s. I already had a fairly good understanding of regular&turbo SNG’s. And prior to playing these I watched many of Vandweller’s vid’s some of which are specifically geared towards the supers. I see a great deal of value with these for the following reasons.

1. Can play many in a short period of time. – 50/hour or so. Great for someone like me that likes tournies but I am on call a great deal with my job making it difficult to commit large blocks of time.

2. Decisions limited to mainly push/fold therefore making mult-tabling much easier as to not have to switch as many gears.

3. Being fairly new there are many players especially at micro/low stakes that have no clue about push/fold and therefore leak a ton of equity.

4. Great if you have rakeback and gunning for Ironman.

Ok so ideally I’m looking for a study partner or a small group(no more than 4 total) that really wants to fine tune their understanding of push/fold & nash equilibrium to really crush these SNG’s. I’m willing to put in a great deal of study time and am looking for others who are also serious. If you are interested please PM me.

Posted By Kaptenkman at 12:57 AM


November 21, 2009

Tourny Fervor

Had to work late today. Really had an itch to play some poker. The phoenix has risen. I went through a long spell of burnout but recently some things have really begun to click. I’ve had some real aha moments concerning how to become a long term player. One who understands the need to work towards tiltlessness. One who continually learns about the game. I wish I could better elaborate on the paradigm shift I’ve gone through but my brain is a little fried from an overly long day. I hope to get some of what I’m thinking in concise words soon.

As for poker. I played about 30 $7.50 Super STT’s. I broke about even. Played well I thought. I then spent a couple of hours with SNGWiz trying to determine correct push/fold strategy in the first hand of a super STT. I found non-exploitable push/fold ranges for every position. There were a few surprises. I also determined the call/fold ranges from the bb based on average pushes from each position. I started seeing how raising the blinds affected ranges but didn’t go too far.

I then got a little itch to play some MTSNG’s. I played 13. 11 of them were 90manSNG’s KO’s either $3.30 or $6.50. I final tabled 4 of them w/two firsts, a third, and a 6th. So I was pleased. Increased my bankroll by about 30%!!!

Posted By Kaptenkman at 08:34 AM


November 20, 2009

Weekend ahead

I didn’t get in the SNG’s I’d hoped. Got in 50 @ $7.50 – My bankroll management is if I get down to 90buyins I’ll go down a level. I’m going up when I get 100 buyins for a level. Again, maybe a bit tight but that way I don’t feel uncomfortable especially playing so many at 1 time. Had to work late today and probably will tomorrow. Off for the weekend so I hope to get in a good many.

My job is a stressful one as far as hours. I never know how long I’ll be working and when I’m not working I’m still on call all but 2 weekends out of the month(this being a good reason for focusing on turbo STT’s and/or cash games).

I haven’t put a precise figure on the poker income I will need to phase out of my job but will most likely do it in 2 phases. If I’m comfortably making $500+/week I can then look for a less stressful job with benefits making less money. This will allow me to keep all the benefits that I’m used to while having a more structured schedule in turn allowing me to play more and therefore make more money….you see where this is going.

Posted By Kaptenkman at 04:48 AM


November 19, 2009

Super turbo's beginning

Up until this month I had been playing on stars as I didn’t have rakeback of FTP. I found a work around so I deposited $600 on 11/07 so as to take full advantage of the signup bonus. I set up rakeback through DC. I started grinding the $3.80 Super turbos about 30 45sng. about 15 $6.50 turbos and about 25 of the $7 Super Turbos 9man.
p. My bankroll is currently @ $829 – $60 of it released sign up bonus. Trying to get the $500 MGR before end of the month to get the free DC membership.
p. I recently finished Vandweller’s RLMSNGG series. I found it very helpful. I also watched his 2 vids on super turbo’s and am currently checking out his Blackboard series. I appreciate his methods for deducing proper push/fold actions. I was doing exactly what he mentioned wasn’t as helpful and that is just hoping that through osmosis I learn how to push/fold correctly just seeing enough situations in SNGWizard.
p. I plan to continue studying push/fold situations using his 4 factor point system. My target is analyzing minimum 100 SNGwizard hands with the 4 factor point system.
p. I’m still waiting for FTP to allow me to play 16 tables. I emailed them yesterday. My target is to get in a minimum of 100 Super turbo’s a day. With 16 tabling this should only take a couple of hours so the 100 is a bare minimum. I believe I’m going to stick with the $7.50’s unless I go below a 100buyins. I know that is rather nitty but I’m too risk averse to do otherwise.

Posted By Kaptenkman at 07:13 AM


November 18, 2009


I am a 36 year old single male. I live in South Carolina and have for most of my life. I am a musician and played professionally for all of my adult life with the exception of the last 2 years. Burnout and financial insecurity finally inspired me to go in a different direction. I am currently working as a Field Service Technician for POS systems.
I have been playing poker on a part-time semi-serious level for a little over 2 years. It began as an escape from an ever increasing frustration brought on by my less than ideal musical situation. I was always fascinated by the theoretical side of music. It is mathematics turned into art. When I could no longer find passion in playing and learning about music I was able to get my analytical/theoretical/mathematical/competitive fix from poker.
Soon after beginning to play online I learned just how lucrative poker could be. Not personally of course. But if playing music taught me anything is that more than not the best musicians put in the most and smartest hours practicing. Yes, there was the occasional prodigy that also had the passion that stood out from the rest. Still nonetheless the overwhelming majority were just regular people with enough passion to put in the necessary time to become proficient at their instrument. It was very simple to begin applying methods of learning that I used in music to poker.
I’m here to run a marathon. I’m slowly but surely continuing to learn about the game. I enjoy all the different types of games. I’m currently still in the micro’s building a roll. Although slowly, I’m heading in the right direction.
I’m always looking to meet others that are excited about the game. Ideally I would like to find someone(s) that live nearby interested in talking poker. I’m currently not bankrolled to play any of the nearby games I hear about. Just a matter of time.
Good luck to you in pursuit of your goals!


Posted By Kaptenkman at 03:03 AM


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