Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Poker month Sept wrap up

My poker month for Sept was a success in terms of profit, however in terms of volume was kinda a failure. My goal for this month was to play 500 games at the bare minimum, however I only managed to play 446 HU games. There were 6 days this month that I took off completely from poker, and another 3 days where I played less then an hour. That's 9 total days of playing 0-1 hours which is quite rare for me. I guess I just didn't feel like playing as much as I normally do. I don't feel I played my A-game this month either for the most part. I think made quite a few questionable/tilty plays.

I finished up about 9.3k in the heads up arena, and made about 3.2k of FPP rakeback(2k was a milestone bonus). I also made a smallish $100 or so in other random SNG's. My overall Sept profit wound up at right around 12.6k which I am happy with. I will be 100% happy if I can keep booking 12k months the rest of the year.

Here is my HU breakdown for Sept

$115: 10-11
$230: 156-128
$345: 84-55
$570: 0-2

All of that combines for about a 56% win rate. If I had avoided the dumbass plays it prob could have been 57% and would have made me an extra couple grand in profit. I'm sure almost everyone can look back and say that at the end of the month though.....

Here are my Sept heads up graphs......first one is Full Tilt, 2nd one PokerStars. They are about $800 too low because I lost most of my chops this month.

I pretty much split my time pretty evenly between the two sites this month and that will probably continue the rest of the year as it has been working out quite well. My numbers in HU were actually a little better at FT this month then Stars. It makes it so much easier to spread my playing across 2 sites instead of forcing myself to play all the time on Stars. I'm even semi thinking about adding a 3rd site, maybe Cake or Cereus?? Does anybody out there have any experience with those 2 sites?? What's the traffic like at the $100-$500 HU games? Are the games soft?

The only problem with doing this is I'm not going to reach my 300k VPP milestone bonus of 3k on stars like I was on pace too. However I think the extra games I get in by being more flexible with where I'm playing will make it worth it. I also get 27% rakeback on FT, while I'm making over 31% on Stars. The games are faster on FT too, which is prob what results in my $/game being less there. All of this added together is going to start making me count each game on FT as just .7 games which will force me to play a few more games.

I'm looking forward to another solid month in Oct.

Good Luck


Thursday, September 24, 2009

What up?!

What's up everyone? In the 6 days since my last post things have been going decent. I've banked another 3.6k in profit, however 2k of that was my 200k VPP milestone bonus that I hit a couple days ago. That means 1.6k from SNG's which is nothing to throw a party over, but at the same time is nothing to really bitch about either.

Both Aug and Sept have been a bit crazy in the fact that I've ran super hot in the 345 but have done quite mediocre in the 230. In Aug I made about $5/game in the 230, and in sept it's an even worse $1.38. The 345 has been quite awesome though with $74/game last month and $68/game so far this month. Can you say $345 HU luckbox for the last 2 months? This coming after losing 7k in that game in May/June. It's kinda a strange feeling to basically breakeven in the 230 then make great $$$ in the 345 because alot of times it feels like I shouldn't make as much as I am because I'll have 50% win percentage days and finish up money, when the exact opposite seemed to be true in May/June. It was particularly true in May(worst month this yr) when I killed the 230 for $32/game and make 10k, but got demolished in the 345 losing $91/game for 6k. I'm always amazed at all the different random swingy shit that can happen in this game. It can be so sick sometimes.

However, regardless of how I'm doing in each specific game the only thing that matters is overall profit and I'm doing good in that dept at +10.1k.

I've also taken two 570 shots this month......0-2.

Heading out to Kansas City tomorrow with a buddy to go to Kauffman stadium and watch the Twins hopefully beat up on the royals Fri & Sat night. Should be a good time. Twins trailing Detroit by 2.5 games. We got 6 against royals and 4 against detroit before end of's been a sick comeback for the Twins who have won 9 of 10 games. I'm not sure where this fire was the rest of the year.

At the beginning of the year I bet $150 on the twins to go over 83 wins. A week ago I thought I was kinda screwed but now it looks like it could easily happen. Twins have 79 wins with 10 to play so they just gotta go 5-5 the rest of the way for me to win, which means they would have to go 3-7 for me to lose since if they go 4-6 I'll push. Go Twinkies!!!!!!

I also made a $50 bet on Francisco Liriano to go over 12.5 wins, which didn't come close to happening.



Thursday, September 17, 2009

2 day mini losing streak snapped

Yippee, stopped my losing streak before it could actually turn into something shitty. Went 8-5 in the 230 and 3-0 in the 345 today and finished up around 1.4k. I wanted to get a little more volume in then that but whatever.

Something I've noticed is when I play someone in a 230 or whatever and they are a pretty decent winner in the lower stakes they still suck ass. They usually have an avg buyin of say $20 and an roi of like 10%, but oh my god they play like such fucking shit. I wonder how horrible the competition has to be down there for these people to turn such a profit playing the way they do. I suppose they are probably on tilt or something since they are playing 10x their normal buyin so that could have a lot to do with it. It's just kinda shocking to me how many of them seem to have no clue. This is not a bad thing though.......little fuckers.

Here's a sweet little hand that happened today. Nice to have a setup in my favor after the last 2 days. It could be one of the worst coolers I've ever seen.

PokerStars Game #32955261912: Tournament #196238031, $220+$10 USD Hold'em No Limit - Match Round I, Level I (10/20) - 2009/09/17 13:16:49 CT [2009/09/17 14:16:49 ET]
Table '196238031 1' 2-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: villain (1540 in chips)
Seat 2: bartchalker (1460 in chips)
bartchalker: posts small blind 10
villain: posts big blind 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bartchalker [7d 7s]
bartchalker: raises 40 to 60
villain: calls 40
*** FLOP *** [Js 7h 7c]
villain: checks
bartchalker: bets 60
villain: calls 60
*** TURN *** [Js 7h 7c] [6h]
villain: checks
bartchalker: checks
*** RIVER *** [Js 7h 7c 6h] [6d]
villain: bets 520
bartchalker: raises 820 to 1340 and is all-in
villain: calls 820
*** SHOW DOWN ***
bartchalker: shows [7d 7s] (four of a kind, Sevens)
villain: shows [6s 6c] (four of a kind, Sixes)
bartchalker collected 2920 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2920 | Rake 0
Board [Js 7h 7c 6h 6d]
Seat 1: villain (big blind) showed [6s 6c] and lost with four of a kind, Sixes
Seat 2: bartchalker (button) (small blind) showed [7d 7s] and won (2920) with four of a kind, Sevens

This guy was down to 80 chips and actually came back and even took the chip lead I think. I still managed to fend him off in the end though.

Sept Profit - 6.4k


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

9/16=big volume, not so big results

What a day. I grinded pretty hard and put in 35 HU games which is pretty decent volume for me. I ended up going 18-17 overall in a combo of 230/345 and finished ahead $105. Kinda depressing to put in that time and not see much for profit, but I still finished in the black which is always something to be thankful for. In 4 separate games I got my overpair cracked by an underpair for huge pots. Basically game deciding. I'm not sure if I've had that happen before. They were all pretty close together too. No broken mouse surprisingly :). I felt him sweating knowing he could be demolished but for some reason it didn't put me in a destructive mood. He'll get his medicine next time.

I played a ton of my games on Full Tilt today. Gonna try to grind a little more on stars in the coming days. I'm oh so close to the 2k cash credit. That'll be a nice little boost to the month.

Hopefully I'll fuck shit up and actually win a little $$$$ tomorrow. We will see.

Sept profit - a little over 5k.......hoping for another 10k month. 2k bonus should make it attainable.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Gross Day

I finished down close to 1k today....eeewwwwww. I started out bad and was in a 1k hole, worked my way back to even, then lost 5 of 6 to some pot betting, spewy, lagtard fish who was potting the flop every other hand and the turn half the time also. I usually love playing against those players, but got fucked up today. I guess that happens sometimes......still up 5k on month. I'll rebound tomorrow.


Monday, September 14, 2009

Back in the game

Got back to playing today after taking basically 4 straight days off. It put me in the mood to grind, so that's what I did.....sort of. I played 16 HU games and was able to bank about 1k in my return to the tables. I only went 8-8 but was 5-1 in the 345 + made about $300 in a couple 6 & 9 mans. Despite going 8-8 I feel I played quite well which is all I can ask for......along with my losses being in the 115 and wins being in the 345 :)


Next the Lions get their medicine.

Time to watch some Monday Night Football suckas!

Here's a hand....I haven't posted one in like forever so here ya go!!

Some say calling station, some say genius........:)

Full Tilt Poker Game #14696435637: $330 + $15 Heads Up Sit & Go (107940244), Table 1 - 15/30 - No Limit Hold'em - 16:02:29 ET - 2009/09/14
Seat 1: bartchalker (1,470)
Seat 2: villain (1,530)
bartchalker posts the small blind of 15
villain posts the big blind of 30
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bartchalker [Kd 3c]
bartchalker calls 15
villain has 15 seconds left to act
villain checks
*** FLOP *** [2s 7s Kc]
villain checks
bartchalker bets 30
villain calls 30
*** TURN *** [2s 7s Kc] [Ks]
villain checks
bartchalker bets 60
villain raises to 180
bartchalker calls 120
*** RIVER *** [2s 7s Kc Ks] [Qs]
villain bets 300
bartchalker has 15 seconds left to act
bartchalker calls 300
*** SHOW DOWN ***
villain shows [4c 9c] a pair of Kings
bartchalker shows [Kd 3c] three of a kind, Kings
bartchalker wins the pot (1,080) with three of a kind, Kings
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1,080 | Rake 0
Board: [2s 7s Kc Ks Qs]
Seat 1: bartchalker (small blind) showed [Kd 3c] and won (1,080) with three of a kind, Kings
Seat 2: villain (big blind) showed [4c 9c] and lost with a pair of Kings

Sept Profit - about 5.8k

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Happy with Sept thus far.....

I'm quite happy with the way Sept is going. After breaking even the first few days I've put together some solid profit and have eased any frustrations before they can start. The day after my last post I had a absolutely horrendous start to the day losing my first 7 games I played and was quickly stuck $1,700. The most discouraging part was that 6 of the losses were to the same 2 people. I was feeling kinda tilty, but after taking a break i hit the tables hard the rest of the day and managed to finish ahead $400 which definitely felt like a major victory.

I have not played much poker laterly. The last time I played was Thursday morning. I only played 5 games before visiting my mom for her B-day and didn't feel much like playing after that. On Fri I woke up and sat down on my computer, opened up my poker stuff, and just kinda stared at the screen and wasn't really feeling it. When I feel like that it's better to just not play so I didn't. Yesterday I went fishing and although it seems like such a lazy activity it always zaps my energy, thus I didn't feel like putting in the effort to play cards. Today I'm heading out to watch Vikes at bud's house, and will prob put in some solid football watching the whole day. Poker may or may not happen. Monday I will 100% play some more. I will be ready to grind. I love grinding.

My prediction is a 24-20 Vikings victory.

Sept Profit - about 4.6k

good luck


Monday, September 7, 2009

End of Aug/Beg of Sept

I haven't updated in a while, just kinda lazy with it. As I stated in my last post, I completely turned Aug around after a frustrating start and some very unfortunate luck and managed to bank about 12.4k which I was not expecting at all. I did pretty bad overall in the $230 almost the whole month, but got hot at the end to at least finish in the black, going 204-178 which ended up being good for about $5/game. Thankfully I did quite well in the $345 which kinda saved my month. I went 66-38 in the $345 which is about a 63.5% winrate and good for about $74/game. I obv did not run bad in those games :) I didn't take a single shot in the $570 in Aug. I just didn't feel it, maybe I'll get a few in this month.

Sept started off a bit slow and I was breaking even up till yesterday when I scored a 2.4k day, so hopefully I bust out for a few more of those suckers and have another solid month.

I feel like I had more to type, but can't really think of it right now.

I was semi thinking of playing the $530 heads up event in the WCOOP, but it's probably not likely. Those things just run out too long for me. Deep stacks and long levels are great, but I think I might end up getting a bit impatient. We'll see, I may still play in it. I'll give it a 20% chance.

Also, I have $215 W$ if anyone wants to play in a WCOOP event or something. I'll sell it for $200 so let me know if you are interested.

That's it for now peeps.....