Dienstag, 30. Oktober 2012

2012 finish line comes closer

Another month down and teh end of teh year and my travel season comes closer.

Wasn't teh very best month at teh tables but in teh end i made 5digits b4 rakeback which is something like my minimum goal so i will not complain.
Like in september i pretty much missed teh start of teh month entirely and after 2 weeks work and 50k hands i find myself with basically zero $ tableprofit and some pocketchange out of rakeback: welcome to playing poker for a living, sometimes you work for free and sometimes u even pay for work :P
Not drinking alcohol during that time didn't seem to have teh same effect like in september profitwise... Was about mid of teh month when i was really not satisfied with my overall results and play so i decided to put in some work off teh tables and put in some new theory. Don't get me wrong, i was by far not unhappy with my game but i realized that in some spots was definitely room for improvement and i wasn't studying teh game at all during summer. Given teh nature of poker and teh rapid development of teh game you will get eaten alive sooner or later when u spent all your time at teh tables while not working to get better in teh meanwhile so it was about time.
I pretty much directly felt a good motivation push after getting to know some new concepts and ideas so that thereafter things were working out better. However games during that time were not teh very best and i had often problems to get as much action as i wanted.
So in teh night of teh 18th it finally happend that i was so tilted after waiting for 45 minutes and barely getting games at all that i decided to give ZOOM a 2nd shot. I wasn't playing ZOOM during teh last months at all, mainly bc i hate mixing ZOOM and normal tables and bc games were not too soft when i stopped playing them somewhere in may. Anyhow this was probably teh best decision i made tis month bc afterwards teh heater started that like 80% of my overall profits are from ZOOM (alot over EV though). Games seem to be way better compared to april/may but if you expect a game where u can print money i have to disappoint you. From wat i've seen alot of regs seem to be worse compared to normal games. There is a couple of guys who playing way too tight, a couple of guys 3bet and therefore 3bet/folding way too much, etc. But even if you exploit that it will not make you crazy money. And fish play tighter and therefore better as well which is probably teh biggest disadvantage. You still have teh occasional 50/25 drooler but by far not as often as on normal tables and i don't have position on him everytime. Furthermoar i only played 200 6max so far so cannot really judge how tough/soft 500 really is but swings are definitely way bigger compared too normal games so if you tend to tilt teh slightest bit after losing 3 stacks in 5 minutes ZOOM might be difficult. I believe teh biggest advantages are that you get close to 1000 hands an hour while 4tabling from teh moment you sit down so you don't need to waste time to open and close a session and therefore you can play with a very high focus and alot of breaks to keep your mind sharp and you have a way better overview tiling 4 tables compared to stacking 16-18 which also helps to make better decisions. But enough about advantages and disadvantages of it. For now i'm quite sure i will play decent amount of it in november as well but also will play normal tables when games are good. Sooner or later i might shot 500 but given what i've seen swing-wise at 200 (even while running like god) i'm not sure if i will be shotting very soon...
Here teh garph which illustrates teh good and bad phases of teh month:

October garph

If you cut out teh first 50k hands it looks rather decent... On a sidenote besides that money i made teh usual rakeback and another 1k$ out of a ZOOM promotion where you had to win with very specific hands at showdown while receiving 100BBs for free if you do, Obviously was running hot here as well.
Goal for november is to make way moar but since profitgoals are nonsense anyways i will rather focus on staying motivated and making good decisions.

Non-pokerwise i'm back to partying every now and then again but in general that is limited to teh weekends and i try to only do one day bc of hangoverpurposes and teh general state of games (especially on friday i prolly have double teh EV compared to any other weekday...)
Malta got alot quieter now but especially on teh weekends there are still plenty of options to go out and meet people that it doesn't get too boring.
Bodywise i'm around 82kg now and quite satisfied with teh results. I feel way better overall compared to summer where i only had 71-72 and alot of people told me that it looks better as it is atm. 6pack is gone unfortunately but since it's autumn/winter now anyways that is not my biggest problem. I'm even considering gaining further mass and then invade Australia with around 85kg - we'll see wat happens.

TimStone wit around 81kg at teh gym

In case of Australia all my accomodation for teh time is sorted and most of it already paid. As being mentioned i'm in Sydney and Melbourne in january and at Gold Coast (Broad Beach) in february in march. For february and march i still have two bedrooms available in a massive supermodern villa very close to beach and nightlife so if you are interested in moving in keep me posted.

I also started watching Dexter lately which is definitely one of teh best series i ever watched and only can recommend to anybody who is searching for something good.

Need to go for a sleep so that's it for now, HOLLA!

Sunglasses at night at Aria very late...

Murcielago in teh garage of my car dealer in Malta

maltese weather has changed

Sunglasses at night again

Part of teh group of our big pub crawl to Kings Club

Dienstag, 2. Oktober 2012

Summer is over, back to Business, Bitches!

Already been moar than 1 month since my last post so i guess it's time even though i don't feel too much like writing.

Pokerwise September was a good although not perfect month but i'm still satisfied overall. I even managed to run about 250$ beyond EV which is strange bc my account is not made for running beyond in general. Winrate is over 2.5PTBB as well which is pretty topnotch in todays games i think.

You basically can split teh month in 3 parts. First is a slight downswing over teh first 2 weeks while running up to 20stacks below EV as well, followed by one of my (if not teh best) weeks (and sickest heaters) i ever experienced since i started playing. 3rd part is fairly std and a little swingy but nothing too special.
Especially the massive heater was interesting where i was basically not losing any flips for like 15k hands while having a WSD of well over 60% (other players will know what a sick number that is...)
Nevertheless i'm still running meh at teh higher limits where i'm staked for and am still a bunch in make-up there but hope it will turn around eventually.

September garph

Non-pokerwise there was not too much happening. After making alotta party all summer my plan was to slowly finish it off with some closing parties which worked out well.
At teh moment i'm not going out at all, i haven't been drinking since teh 17th of september and i drastically reduced my smoking habit. Sounds a bit boring, yes, but after that intense summer i figured my body wouldn't mind a break.
In teh meanwhile i'm hitting teh gym pretty hard like 5 times a week and started doing creatine for 6 weeks. I'm eating alot as well and goal is to gain a decent amount of weight until mid november when i will start to define for Australia again. I'm pretty satisfied with my results so far - when i started in teh 2nd september week i had around 71kg and now i'm around 80kg so things seem to work out. Not looking too different though, 6er is gone and arms and chest are a little bigger but no major transformation. Goal is to have 85kg++ mid november but that's pretty ambitious bc it's kinda hard for me to gain moar weight once i hit 80kg - damn you, body type...
Pokerwise goal for teh month is to play decent volume and ofc decent poker. Having around 430k VPP atm and goal for teh year is 600k which should be fairly easy to reach. Could push for 700k as well but then i would be forced to play some sessions when i'm tired or just don't really feel like playing so if nothing major happens i think i will stop at 600k. Not drinking helps alot in case of volume bc you are able to actually play every day and especially a-game everyday while when drinking you were forced to take days off bc of hangovers and bullshit.
Furthermoar i realized lately that i'm craving to get a new car sooner or later which might be a pretty good motivation to increase volume and focus a little bit. I remember that i had my best time pokerwise directly after ordering teh Vette in beginning 2010 where i made way over 60k teh first 3 months. I originally planned to get a Murcielago in 2014 but might postpone this for 2 moar years and get teh 2013 Shelby GT instead next year which is way cheaper, has moar horsepowers (660) and 4 seats as well so that i can actually could take some people with me to teh beach and stuff. But in teh end i haven't decided anything yet and it will be highly dependant on how good teh next 3 months (where my main focus is poker) will be and how much money i'm going to spend in Australia once i'm there.

Here as usual some last shots of summer:

Ingram game over in Malta

late in Nordic

Maltese Falcon in front of my terrace

Proud profile picture

No clouds end of september

Day at Golden Bay end september

Lovesexy end of summer