Friday, March 03, 2006

Kader and Mark Bankroll

So as I am back into pro poker will keep anyone who is interested updated on here rather than telling everyone individually. So about 2 weeks ago me and my good friend Mark set out on a journey to become minted!

Day 1-2 Started with putting $200 on Party Poker and clearing a $100 bonus! After a good 4 hours of play we ended up clearing the bonus (8 tabling) but losing $70 so it was on $230. 2nd day we moved to Empire looking for bigger and better bonuses. Another $100 to clear but another day of losing on the 25-50cent NL tables so bank roll was on $290 :(

Day 3 Marky decided to play landora whilst I would try and clear a noble bonus. Disaster, $200 lost in a series of terrible beats on Landora... and at the end of the day I had only cleared $20 worth of bonuses and lost on the tables so I was just above evens....

Day 4. Mark knows he can beat the party game and I know I can do it at empire so I put our $290 bank roll into empire. We both start grinding it out on our sites $5-$1 games. One week later, and 15,000 hands later I have taken bad beat after bad beat but up to $1,200. Mark has been swinging around $400 and is on about $440. In multi table tourneys placed in 4 small ones for total cashes of around $700. Things are slowly picking up but what kind of life is it? Grinding it out day after day for an hourly rate of somewhere around $8 / hour. Might as well stay in bed.

Week 2: I decide its time to play higher limits. $2-4 NL. I lost a bit then climbed up to $1,000 total. Bank roll was on $1.8 then a huge huge pot where I had the straight flush draw with 98clubs and all the money goes in on the turn. I actually made a very bad stubborn call for all my chips and he had the higher straight, lose $1K as I dont make my flush. Nightmare... Tilted off a load more $$ and the bank roll was down to $320 (we had taken out the original $200 investment so it was profit). Mark had moved to ultimate bet after breaking $400 on party but lost $200 and was back down to $200 total so he was back on party. At the end of week 2 things we're looking terrible. We were almost broke again. Weekend off, regroup on Monday.

Week 3 Tue: It was time to go on a rush so I sat on a $1-2 NL table. 7 hours later the bank roll was on $1,400! I was back in action. Played some tourneys, none came through and the day ended on $1,200.

Week 3 Wed: $2-4 NL and I quickly make $450. Bank roll is on $1,650. It's late at night and I am hungry for a bigger game. No action on empire's $5-10 tables but for some reason the $10-$20 NL ($2000 buy in) is ripe for the taking. 8 people sitting. $30,000 or so on the table. Worth a shot? Definately. I sat for $1,500. I was shaking at first, almost pissing my pants in fact and playing crap like a rock. An hour in I was alright though and the game was on. Mark was supervising, giving us that added edge. Dropped down to $800 at one point but fought back up then nut flush on the flop:

***** Hand History for Game 2929148813 *****
$2000 NL Texas Hold'em - Wednesday, March 01, 23:18:46 EDT 2006
Table Table 54881 (No DP) (Real Money)
Seat 10 is the button
Total number of players : 10
Seat 1: tlaiso ( $5442.50 )
Seat 10: porno180 ( $2230.80 )
Seat 4: douglva ( $4121.59 )
Seat 7: jpak100324 ( $2509.50 )
Seat 3: AthlonX2 ( $2769.32 )
Seat 9: Shadyjoe1 ( $1253.12 )
Seat 6: timofey ( $1093 )
Seat 5: caldric_34 ( $2197 )
Seat 8: elpatron35 ( $2041.48 )
Seat 2: coolgreg ( $720.60 )
tlaiso posts small blind [$10].
coolgreg posts big blind [$20].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to porno180 [ Ah 7h ]
AthlonX2 calls [$20].
douglva folds.
caldric_34 calls [$20].
timofey folds.
jpak100324 folds.
elpatron35 folds.
Shadyjoe1 calls [$20].
porno180 calls [$20].
tlaiso calls [$10].
coolgreg checks.
** Dealing Flop ** [ Kh, 9h, 4h ]
tlaiso bets [$25].
coolgreg raises [$85].
AthlonX2 folds.
caldric_34 folds.
Shadyjoe1 folds.
porno180 raises [$145].
tlaiso folds.
coolgreg calls [$60].
** Dealing Turn ** [ Jd ]
coolgreg checks.
porno180 bets [$300].
coolgreg is all-In [$555.60]
porno180 calls [$255.60].
** Dealing River ** [ 6h ]
porno180 shows [ Ah, 7h ] a flush, ace high.
coolgreg doesn't show [ Js, Ks ] two pairs, kings and jacks.
$3,000!!! Nice. A few hands later though disaster strikes:

***** Hand History for Game 2929151324 *****
$2000 NL Texas Holdem - Wednesday, March 01, 23:26:11 EDT 2006
Table Table 54881 (No DP) (Real Money)
Seat 8 is the button
Total number of players : 10
Seat 1: tlaiso ( $5799.50 )
Seat 10: porno180 ( $2835.40 )
Seat 4: douglva ( $4031.59 )
Seat 7: jpak100324 ( $2184.50 )
Seat 3: AthlonX2 ( $2739.32 )
Seat 9: Shadyjoe1 ( $1170.12 )
Seat 6: timofey ( $1392.70 )
Seat 5: caldric_34 ( $2734 )
Seat 8: elpatron35 ( $2088.48 )
Seat 2: yourecaught ( $2000 )
Shadyjoe1 posts small blind [$10].
porno180 posts big blind [$20].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to porno180 [ Qs Ks ]
tlaiso folds.
AthlonX2 folds.
douglva folds.
caldric_34 folds.
timofey raises [$55].
jpak100324 calls [$55].
elpatron35 folds.
Shadyjoe1 calls [$45].
porno180 calls [$35].
** Dealing Flop ** [ 7h, Qd, 5h ]
Shadyjoe1 checks.
porno180 bets [$100].
timofey raises [$225].
jpak100324 folds.
Shadyjoe1 folds.
porno180 raises [$300].
timofey calls [$175].
** Dealing Turn ** [ 4s ]
porno180 bets [$300].
timofey calls [$300].
** Dealing River ** [ Jc ]
porno180 checks.
timofey is all-In [$637.70]
porno180: AQ no good?
porno180 folds.
timofey shows [ Jh, Kh ] a pair of jacks.
timofey wins $2254.70 from the main pot with a pair of jacks.
Game #2929151842 starts.
#Game No : 2929151842
My mistake? If I am gonna play the hand I need to bet $600 on the turn to stop that move being possible. The $300 bet was just weak. If I was going to give up the hand I should have let it go right there on the turn and not bet. Ah well, but a little while later AK gets paid off:

***** Hand History for Game 2929182899 *****
$2000 NL Texas Holdem - Thursday, March 02, 01:07:27 EDT 2006
Table Table 54881 (No DP) (Real Money)
Seat 5 is the button
Total number of players : 9
Seat 1: tlaiso ( $8191 )
Seat 10: porno180 ( $2339.90 )
Seat 4: douglva ( $3539.59 )
Seat 8: elpatron35 ( $2579.60 )
Seat 2: PLAYM0NEYPR0 ( $2150 )
Seat 3: Litlebstrd ( $2343 )
Seat 6: yummymummy ( $2021 )
Seat 5: facestab ( $2031 )
Seat 9: Kingscott_11 ( $1931.20 )
yummymummy posts small blind [$10].
elpatron35 posts big blind [$20].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to porno180 [ Ad Kc ]
Kingscott_11 folds.
porno180 raises [$80].
tlaiso calls [$80].
PLAYM0NEYPR0 calls [$80].
Litlebstrd calls [$80].
douglva folds.
facestab calls [$80].
yummymummy folds.
elpatron35 folds.
** Dealing Flop ** [ Js, Ks, 4c ]
porno180 checks.
tlaiso checks.
PLAYM0NEYPR0 checks.
Litlebstrd checks.
facestab bets [$150].
porno180 raises [$400].
tlaiso folds.
PLAYM0NEYPR0 folds.
Litlebstrd folds.
facestab raises [$500].
porno180 calls [$250].
** Dealing Turn ** [ 5c ]
porno180 checks.
facestab bets [$500].
porno180 calls [$500].
** Dealing River ** [ Jh ]
porno180 bets [$801].
facestab: aww man.
facestab folds.
porno180 does not show cards.
porno180 wins $3528
Game #2929183463 starts.
#Game No : 2929183463
Nothing too eventful after and the day ended on $3,600.

Week 3 Thu: An amazing day of cards. Play some $5-10 in the morning and make an easy $1,500. Go out, come back later for the night shift and sit on the $10-$20 table. I did get some cards but I extracted maximum value, I also had Aces cracked 3 out of 4 times and Kings cracked every time but managed to make over $8,500. At my peak I was up $12,000 for the session but my aces managed to run into ducks when they hit a 4 card flush... nightmare. The bank roll was looking great on $13.5K. Cashed out quite a bit to buy some clothes, laptops etc.

Week 3 Fri: Pretty tired and headache but thought I could play a bit of poker. Wrong idea. First losing day on this level, it stings a little but I just didn't really get any hands and kept running into people with them! Lost $3,000. Tommorow is the WaSOP though (look forward to a tourney report from that) and on Sunday going to be playing the $1million guaranteed on Stars and the $500k guaranteed on Party ($215 buy in each)..

From now on I will be keeping this really up to date with important hands daily and bankroll issues. It is just as much for me and my records (when I write my biography) as it is for anyone interested. Enjoy, and wish me luck in this week's tournament action. Look forward to Mark and I's book, "The Rules of Poker". Gonna start writing it over Easter, including, "Chapter 4: Quads", "Chapter 13: Flopping the Royal". Will reveal all on my amazing cash game system!

Bankroll to date without spent money: $10.7K

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