Archive for the 'Non-playing grind posts' Category

A bit more for posterity

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

I forgot the tournament hands, but I don’t play a lot. Mostly what I’ve played are the 180 seat turbo sit and goes that used to be $2.20 and are now $2.50 on PokerStars, plus some sit and goes and some Rush tournaments on other sites. The 180 seat turbos are what I use my […]

Posting for posterity

Monday, October 10th, 2011

I requested the last two years of my PokerStars hand histories. Often if I change computers I ignore hand histories older than a year since I don’t expect to run into the same players again so I don’t often have this much history. This probably amounts to about half the hands that I played during […]

Losing aggression; how did I get there?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

I want to track a series of events. While grinding Rush poker I open up my stealing range and frequency. Many other players are doing so as well and so I also start to open up my 4betting range against players who 3 bet from the blinds often. Black Friday, April 15, 2011, happens. I […]

Black Friday aftermath

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

I don’t know where I’m going from here. In reality I’m not affected to a great degree. I’m not in the US so I can still play on both Stars and Tilt. I’ve even requested a cashout of most of my Stars account, via mail rather than courier because I’m never home to receive a […]

New project?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Projects work well for me. That’s something that I’ve known for a long time. The most recent one was to collect a $25 redeposit bonus on Stars. Before that the project was to earn enough FTP points for one week of CardRunners. Both were targets that I might be able achieve in two weeks of […]

February goal

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

My biggest issue over the past year or so is no interest in projects or having targets. I’ll get started on something, then lose interest. Moving up in stakes clearly has little interest for me. I have the bankroll to sit at $50 or $100 tables whenever I feel like it, but not the interest […]

Things of note

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

I’m at the point again where I’m playing more, which generates more poker thoughts, which generates more blog posts, which backlogs entries in the main blog so that the events mentioned in the main blog are behind what I write about here. ~ One of the things that I’m noticing is that I seem to […]

What to play?

Monday, January 10th, 2011

My poker life is in an awkward spot right now. I’ve played very little serious poker since maybe October. November was largely taken up with NaNoWriMo, December distracted with the usual December activities, and then we went away from Christmas until after New Years. During that time I don’t think I played any $100nl or […]


Saturday, May 15th, 2010

I used to put this kind of post in the main blog but the main blog seems to be gravitating toward very instructional or informative topics and away from the uncertain or exploratory type of posts. I’ve been idly wondering lately why how I’m running at poker affects my everyday confidence and perspective and attitude. […]


Friday, May 14th, 2010

Finally managed to play one session last night. One odd player, 23/0 two to my left kept calling me, calling flops, then betting almost every turn and river, so I let him bet. Board hits the range for someone calling my preflop raise but because he bet most turns and rivers I keep check/calling him. […]

Posting, just to post

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Haven’t posted for almost a week, partly because I haven’t played much. I did manage to take my stake for $100nl FR down to -$58 or so a while back, 5 bet shoving my AK from the SB over an iso-raise from the button against two fish in mid position who limped. I still think […]


Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Not much to report, but I should at least keep tracking things. Two more sessions of 2 tables, full buyin at $100nl FR. Up $10, then another $8 making my bb/100 something like 1.2 or 1.4 over 1,200 hands or so. One of the interesting things is the very clear delineation between multi-tabling regs and […]


Monday, April 26th, 2010

Okay, so a few days ago I was enjoying this run at $100nl, now I’m becoming afraid to play. Two weeks ago I would have been afraid to play just because I’d never done it before. Now I’m afraid to play because I might lose, while at the same time I’m downplaying the ups from […]


Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Some additional observations on $100FR so far: I’m enjoying this. I don’t feel rushed because it’s one table. I don’t feel pressured, both because it’s one table but also because I’m buying in for 60 bbs. I don’t feel outclassed, ’cause I see some questionable plays by some of the other players. I’m having fun […]


Thursday, April 15th, 2010

No poker yesterday due to busy-ness, and very little the night before because Stars and HEM are not working together since the change of the tables/hand history writing of Stars. I probably had an up session that night anyway due to a player calling my EP PFR with AQs, and then check/calling all three streets […]

New Rush Poker project; Raise Everything

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

‘K, starting a new project. Probably a short one. Playing on Rush Poker. Rules: I have to Open raise every hand from every position Iso-raise any limp or limpers at every opportunity 3-bet in position often Squeeze often from the blinds So my VPIP should be 90% or so (which is why Rush Poker lends […]

We’re back …

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

After a few weeks in Europe (and with limited internet access) I’m still not quite recovered from jet lag yet. For now I’m just playing some $10nl FR Rush Poker as it requires little focus, plus I’m trying to cover as much of the bonus that Tilt offered up as I can. I probably should […]

Friday, February 12th, 2010

This is just a list for future reference. These are types of hands that I want to go back and review. Hands to search for for analysis purposes: 3 bet pots flat PFR IP flat PFR OOP call post flop raise or checkraise Play of flopped or turned sets or better (search final hand = […]


Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Not sure where things are going these days. I suspect what’s gonna happen is I’ll donk around for the rest of the holiday season, start grinding again in the new year, probably re-starting at 10nl again. I think I’ve lost some confidence again what with not playing much and playing micro tourneys and some super […]


Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Not much posting, basically due to a lack of playing. I’d been dreading, or at least not looking forward to the first two weeks of December because I knew it was going to be busy. Two gigs, two meetings on top of regular family responsibilities and I went into a bit of a depression in […]

Pause, for consideration

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

After what was probably a small down session, only playing 4 tables of 25nl FR because I only had 40 minutes to play, I was left still trying to figure out where my head is at in terms of poker. I’m gonna ramble here, ’cause I wanna trace what I’m not sure that I’m clear […]

vandweller; from $100 to $5,500

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

In connection with my accidental registration for a $1.20 sit and go on Full Tilt the other day, if anyone is interested, vandweller, a Deuces Cracked instructor, started a project on November 1, 2009. He’s started with a bankroll of $100, has a bankroll management plan in place, and is targeting a bankroll of $5,500. […]

$1.70 super turbo

Monday, November 30th, 2009

I put this for entertainment purposes. A series of hands played trying out the new $1.70 super turbos at Full Tilt. I shove AQs and get dominated, leaving me with 10 chips and in the big blind the next hand. Now I’m sure according to ICM I should have been all-in much earlier than waiting […]

$1.20 – 6 man Sit and Go on Tilt; Oops

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

I accidentally registered for a $1.20 6 man Sit and Go on Tilt. What I thought I was registering for was the new $1.70 super turbo but apparently I clicked the wrong one. Anyway, the reason for posting here is that after I realized my mistake, I was curious how these played as these are […]


Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Not much to report; struggled trying to accomplish something on Party, won some money last night playing with friends at 10nl at Stars, and didn’t unregister for the Sunday 1/4 million to give it a try. Went out 10,000 place or something, out of 30,000 runners. Pretty darn weak play, but too many runners to […]