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Rude interviewers!

February 24, 2010 Leave a comment

I stumbled upon this interview of Haralobos Voulgaris on youtube. Kimblery Lansing is the woman interviewing him. Things get a little outta hand. For reference Haralobos’ girlfriend below the video. Enjoy!


Won a 400bb pot with 8-high!

February 23, 2010 2 comments

Two fun hands past two days. Morale of story – Dont try and get the donk to fold.

No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

SB ($658.40)

Hero (BB) ($600)

Preflop: Hero is BB with K, A

SB bets $15, Hero raises $54, SB calls $42

Flop: ($120) 10, 10, 2 (2 players)

Hero bets $72, SB calls $72

Turn: ($264) 5 (2 players)

Hero checks, SB bets $205, Hero raises $468 (All-In), 1 fold

Total pot: $674

Results:

Hero had K, A.

Outcome: Hero won $936

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No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

SB ($1239.75)

Hero (BB) ($1418.25)

Preflop: Hero is BB with 6, 8

SB bets $15, Hero raises $54, SB calls $42

Flop: ($120) A, J, 5 (2 players)

Hero bets $72, SB raises $174, Hero raises $582, SB raises $1005.75 (All-In), Hero calls $525.75

Turn: ($2479.50) A (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: ($2479.50) Q (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $2479.50

Results:

SB had 4, 3 (one pair, Aces).

Hero had 6, 8 (one pair, Aces).

Outcome: Hero won $2478.75

Motivating chat with a friend.

February 23, 2010 Leave a comment

EPT Copenhagen is over. I was at the casino a few nights during the week to watch the action, show support to friends playing and meet up with friends in the bar. Poker is undoubtedly the most boring game to watch as a spectator unless its on TV, where you get to see the holecards.

Unfortunately most of my friends busted out pretty early. My good friend Martin Sjelle also played the EPT. This was his second time playing on the European Poker Tour. He’s a recreational player but still does pretty well for himself in live tournaments. He had invited me to Prague last year when he won a seat online.

There I met Jeff Sarwer –  A really nice guy who I had heard about from the twoplustwo forums. There was a big thread about him on there. As a kid, he was a chess prodigy and there had been a documentary about him on TV. A lot of well known tournament pros have spoken very highly of him. He final tabled EPT prague which was supposedly his first tournament EVER and final tabled EPT Villamoura the same year! Sick stuff. Unfortunately we never got to party together over here since he busted out the first day in Copenhagen and took an early flight to Vegas. Check out his website at www.jeffsarwer.com

I didn’t play any poker during EPT week, live or online. It was all about partying and having fun. This week however will all be about putting in hands. Earlier this year I had set a goal that I wanted to make 350k this year, which lead to the following conversation with a good friend of mine Jan. He’s a professional poker player with a backgammon background. He’s been playing poker for 6-7 years making a steady profit on the midstakes games and now also plays Heads Up NL.

I was sitting at the computer about a week ago trying to calculate how much I would be able to make at Heads Up NL with different winrates for each limit and giving myself 240k hands played during the year. I later found out that 240k hands a year would be easily achievable, but the conversation I had with Jan was quite motivating, not because he was encouraging me to go for my goal but because he challenged me regarding something that happened to me earlier in my career. In 2008 I had a sick run in the cash games during the summer and had done quite well for myself, but overspending and not having good money management/bankroll management resulted in me going virtually broke over the course of the next year. Im posting this conversation here, because it really motivated me to work hard on not making the same mistakes again that I did last time I was playing 25/50+ NL.

Heres how it went:
AlexXx: If my winrate is 10 at 3/6, 8 at 5/10 and 5 at 10/20 and my % of hands at each limit is correctly estimated, Im only going to make like 168k in 12 months.
Gnug315: That’s why I commented on your status/goal. 360k is too sick at those limits.
AlexXx: I only said 350 k :)
AlexXx: Don’t think there’s enough action at 25/50 these days, but not sure.
Gnug315: Plus you don’t know your winrate at that level. It might be negative.
AlexXx: Not if I use strict game selection. It could be 3 or something, cuz once in a while you play a good player and before you quit him you lose a buyin or what not.
Gnug315: Too many “ifs”. Look at your history.
AlexXx: Prolly won’t even be able to play 25/50 this year with our strict bankroll plan.
Gnug315: As long as you have played you’ve donated huge amounts again and again by lack of game selection and tilt control.
AlexXx: Yea, I gotta change that.
Gnug315: You also say that again and again. You make notes and hang them above your screen. (At this point I was actually copy/pasting the conversation to print out later so I can could hang it up somewhere, lol. )
AlexXx: lol
Gnug315: It must be difficult to be your worst enemy :). But remember, it’s not all bad. You have a fighter’s spirit and that counts for a lot. I gotta shop n shit, ttyl.
AlexXx: kk cya.

So after this conversation I thought a lot about what Jan and I had talked about. Obviously I don’t ever want this to happen to me again. I guess one of the steps towards staying at the higher limits this time around is to control my spending, stricter bankroll and money management and being good at taking breaks and stepping back to see the bigger picture in the middle of a downswing. Pinpointing leaks and always working on improving my game even while winning is definitely something I also need to be doing more. I’ve talked to my good friend Niller about it and everytime we play twice a week we are going to start off by watching an instructional video.

Yesterday I played my first session after the EPT at Niller’s place, which went pretty well. Ended up making like 8k on the day. Heres a graph of my month so far in big blinds and the chat convo that will hopefully change my ways :)

See you soon.

Valentine’s Day

February 18, 2010 4 comments

Apart from the 10k hands Heads Up session I played over the weekend, there hasn’t been time for poker at all. If you haven’t read about the huge HU session I played, you can read all about it in the entry before this one.

Sunday was Valentine’s Day. Since dinner reservations were pretty late at 9pm, me and Maya decided to go out and catch a movie(Yes I couldn’t figure out something more romantic for us to do in this depressing arctic weather we’re having). The theatre was obviously packed with people. Maya wanted to see the movie “Valentine’s Day”, but it was sold out and we ended up seeing Up in the Air with George Clooney. I’m usually pretty critical when it comes to hollywood movies except if it’s a comedy(I don’t care much about plot holes or unrealistic things if a movie makes me laugh) but Up in the Air turned out to be quite nice and at the same time had some romance in it, so it’s definately a movie you could enjoy with a girlfriend.

Just to go back to Avatar real quick. Although the effects totally rocked in the movie, I thought the plot was extremely predictable and the characters quite bland and without depth. Last Samurai with Tom Cruise totally blows Avatar outta the water imo. Heres a Youtube review I found of Avatar by Red Letter Media that I thought was quite fitting.

Anyhow, after the movie we headed out a nice french restaurant/brasserie called Le Sommelier. This place is run by the same people who have Umami and Mash. Umami is a nice japanese restaurant and Mash is a steakhouse that probably serves the best burger in all of Copenhagen.

Le Sommellier is not as pricey as Umami while still having a nice atmosphere with excellent service. Their winelist is huge though with over 1200 different wines with very varying prices. The cheapest bottle prolly being around 300-400kr.

After we were done with starters(I had oysters – I guess I like to remind myself once a year why I dont like oysters) we got our mains. Maya had guinea hen stuffed with foie gras while I had flank steak with mushrooms and a nice madeira sauce. Both dishes were exquisite and the wine that the waiter recommended was great as well. Also he didn’t even try to get us to get an expensive wine. I actually think he recommended one of the cheapest ones, possibly because we never got a chance to go home after the movie to change into something nicer lol. Well – Maya actually always dresses nice which unfortunately makes me look like a friggin bum. She’s not into that whole casual style we have going for us in Denmark.

Back to the restaurant.

I can definately recommend eating at Le Sommelier on for a date where you don’t want to go overboard with how costly it’s going to be. Our bill was 1400kr without tips, which isn’t a whole lot considering we bought a bottle of wine for like 450kr.

Monday we went to the Nordic Poker Awards hosted by Pokerstars with some friends Jack and his girlfriend Anja and Rabia and her kid sister Nezire. Pokerstars usually are great at taking care of their guests at these kind of Welcome Parties that they usually have at each EPT event. However people usually just sit around without any real partying going on. Too many guys at these parties I guess.

We however did manage to party out until they closed the party. Even then we didn’t want to go and I think Maya ended up buying 2 bottles of liquor so they would keep the party going for another hour. Not sure if it worked though cuz I was already wasted at this point. Here’s some pics we took from the party.
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EPT Copenhagen started this week and some of the guys are playing, so I’ll prolly be there spewing money gambling or in the bar getting drunk. I’ve decided against playing on the European Poker Tour till I start getting better results online and since I generally don’t play that many tournaments online, it’ll prolly be a while. Right now I want to focus solely on NL Cash and trying to hit a bankroll mark where I can start playing 10/20 NL HU.

Hopefully next time you check back I’ll have some fun stories from all the drinking that’s gonna go on this week.

Ciao.

Insane HU opponent Blom90/Durrrr-Challenge style gogogo.

February 14, 2010 Leave a comment

My blog entry today was actually going to be about something else than poker, but yesterday I played one of the longest HU sessions I’ve ever played vs the same player.

I played the same guy for about 10k hands all in one go. During the session I went to the bathroom once and didn’t have anything to eat except some pretzels. We were playing 3 tables of  3/6£ HU, so I had a shot at really making a lot of money off this guy. I’ve played him before and taken him for quite a lot of money but yesterdays session only yielded me about 2000£. Considering we played 10k hands, I’m definately not happy with the results. My opponent is tougher than you would think. His style is very much like Blom90 back in the day actually. Making lot of big bluffs on various streets and owning me in non-SD winnings. At several points in the match yesterday I felt I was making way too many mistakes against him. My reads were off and I was making river calls vs nuts and when I did fold he showed a bluff. It would be cool if I could actually get to play 50k hands vs this guy and see how well I do.

Anyway it was a very intense match with huge swings and we were getting our money in pretty light most of the time. At one point I had a 7k stack vs his 100bb on one table and he had the same vs me on another. I’m prolly going to play him again if I see him online but not till next week. Maya was a little pissed I spent so much time playing this guy while she was here visiting(I’m an asshole I know!) so I have to try and make it up to her today. It is after all Valentines Day so a perfect chance for me to take her out somewhere nice and treat her well. Can I run good in poker and love?

Heres two graphs of my the session yesterday. I’m still up 7774$ vs him and I hope to make that number a lot bigger. I’m going to spend some time analyzing my hands with him so I’m much better equipped the next time I play him. This matchup vs him could end up being epic if I can just tweak some parts of my game so I can read him better on the river. I also posted some hands so you can get an idea of what kind of insane match this was. We were playing 3 tables HU at 3/6£. Before this Ive only played him for like 1-2k hands at 3/6$ where I’ve run significantly better.

No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

Hero (BB) ($1634)

SB ($3065)

Preflop: Hero is BB with 5, 4

SB bets $15, Hero calls $12

Flop: ($36) 3, 6, 2 (2 players)

Hero checks, SB bets $36, Hero raises $114, SB raises $314, Hero raises $558, SB raises $2697 (All-In), Hero calls $944 (All-In)

Turn: ($3268) 7 (2 players, 2 all-in)

River: ($3268) 6 (2 players, 2 all-in)

Total pot: $3268

Results:

SB had 7, 5 (two pair, sevens and sixes).

Hero had 5, 4 (straight, seven high).

Outcome: Hero won $3267

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No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

SB ($1417.90)

Hero (BB) ($3659)

Preflop: Hero is BB with Q, Q

SB bets $15, Hero raises $66, SB raises $207, Hero calls $153

Flop: ($450) 7, 5, 10 (2 players)

Hero checks, SB checks

Turn: ($450) 8 (2 players)

Hero bets $240, SB calls $240

River: ($930) 9 (2 players)

Hero bets $1296, SB calls $952.90 (All-In)

Total pot: $2835.80

Results:

SB had 8, K (one pair, eights).

Hero had Q, Q (one pair, Queens).

Outcome: Hero won $3177.90

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No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

Hero (SB) ($6080.80)

BB ($1389)

Preflop: Hero is SB with A, 7

Hero bets $15, BB raises $54, Hero calls $42

Flop: ($120) 3, 7, 2 (2 players)

BB bets $100, Hero calls $100

Turn: ($320) 3 (2 players)

BB checks, Hero bets $168, BB raises $1229 (All-In), Hero calls $1061

River: ($2778) 5 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $2778

Results:

Hero had A, 7 (two pair, sevens and threes).

BB had J, Q (one pair, threes).

Outcome: Hero won $2777

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No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

BB ($1150)

Hero (SB) ($5257)

Preflop: Hero is SB with 6, 8

Hero bets $15, BB calls $12

Flop: ($36) 7, 4, 5 (2 players)

BB checks, Hero bets $24, BB calls $24

Turn: ($84) 10 (2 players)

BB checks, Hero bets $66, BB raises $270, Hero raises $5149 (All-In), BB calls $838 (All-In)

River: ($2300) 3 (2 players, 2 all-in)

Total pot: $2300

Results:

Hero had 6, 8 (straight, eight high).

BB had 5, J (flush, Jack high).

Outcome: BB won $2299

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No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

SB ($5032)

Hero (BB) ($1776.90)

Preflop: Hero is BB with A, 10

SB bets $15, Hero raises $54, SB calls $42

Flop: ($120) 9, 10, K (2 players)

Hero bets $66, SB raises $225, Hero calls $159

Turn: ($570) Q (2 players)

Hero checks, SB bets $340, Hero calls $340

River: ($1250) A (2 players)

Hero checks, SB bets $800, Hero calls $800

Total pot: $2850

Results:

SB had 8, J (straight, Ace high).

Hero had A, 10 (two pair, Aces and tens).

Outcome: SB won $2849

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No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

Hero (BB) ($6441.80)

SB ($1061)

Preflop: Hero is BB with Q, 9

SB bets $15, Hero calls $12

Flop: ($36) J, 9, 10 (2 players)

Hero checks, SB bets $36, Hero calls $36

Turn: ($108) 9 (2 players)

Hero bets $78, SB raises $320, Hero calls $242

River: ($748) 7 (2 players)

Hero checks, SB bets $687 (All-In), Hero folds

Total pot: $748

Results:

SB didn’t show

Outcome: SB won $1434

In this last hand he showed his cards which I dont remmeber but basically he was bluffing with air. Stuff like this happened all day yesterday where I was laying down the best hand often on the river and when I did finally take a stand, I would be wrong, some of the times. Other times I was right, like the following hand:

No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

Hero (BB) ($1869.50)

SB ($2567)

Preflop: Hero is BB with J, K

SB bets $15, Hero raises $66, SB calls $54

Flop: ($144) 6, Q, 3 (2 players)

Hero bets $84, SB calls $84

Turn: ($312) 9 (2 players)

Hero bets $204, SB calls $204

River: ($720) 9 (2 players)

Hero checks, SB bets $640, Hero calls $640

Total pot: $2000

Results:

SB had 10, 7 (one pair, nines).

Hero had J, K (one pair, nines).

Outcome: Hero won $1999

I’ll keep you posted if I play this guy again. It should be an exciting matchup since he’s not really that easy to play but there’s definately value in playing him.

Swingy game.

February 13, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m sorry I haven’t updated during the week. It’s been a pretty busy week for me with lot’s of poker. My goal is to at least play 240k hands this year and I’m already falling way behind schedule. Since I knew that I wouldn’t be playing that much poker this coming week because Maya is visiting and there’s the EPT Copenhagen, I figured I would put in as many hands as possible while I could, which resulted in 7800 hands/22 hours of play. Not a huge amount but still satisfactory.

The thing about Heads Up poker is that you often are just sitting and waiting for action. Sometimes 30-45min can go by before anyone plays you. Also after about 3-4 hours your concentration isn’t up at the same level as it was when you first began and you start to make more mistakes. Also the length of your session is dependant on how many people you are playing at the time etc. So sessions can vary from anything from 1 hour to 8 hours. On the other side of 4-5 hours I start looking for opportunities to end my session, but obviously if I’m playing a huge fish I won’t just leave the table. I’ll try to stay and play him until he’s bust.

Lately I’ve been having some very swingy sessions, which in part are because the players I’ve been playing are very aggressive but also due to the fact that my style(wrongly) has been too aggressive. I’ve been 3betting way too much against players with holdings, where I shouldn’t be trying to cause a lot of volatility. I’ve had discussions with McNiller, Jan and El-Kher, who are professional poker players about this and they all agreed that against a fishy aggressive player who doesn’t like to fold that much postflop, 3betting hands that don’t play too well postflop will cause you to spew. Hopefully that leak is plugged up now.

To show the swings you can experience playing HU Poker, heres a graph of my latest session that ended really well, where I was playing two very aggressive players who were 3betting 30%+ of the time. I was playing one opponent at 5/10 and another on two tables of 3/6. Both matches were around 3-4 hours. At one point I asked McNiller who was railing me to check up on the average pot for each table. The average pot on 5/10 was reportedly 350$ and 200$ on the 3/6 match. Pretty sick.

Here’s two interesting hands from the matches.

No-Limit Hold’em, $10.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

BB ($2996)

Alex (SB) ($2316)

Preflop: Alex is SB with 8, 9

Alex bets $25, BB raises $80, Alex calls $60

Flop: ($180) 7, 10, 9 (2 players)

BB bets $125, Alex calls $125

Villain has been 3betting a ton. I could easily raise for value here since I have so much equity in the pot but I know that villain likes to bet multiple barrels and I could definately get more value from him trying to represent a straight when it hits and possibly even get him to bet huge on the river.

Turn: ($430) A (2 players)

BB bets $270, Alex calls $270

The A is a fine card. I know that villain will play on it therefore increasing value for me. Of course there is also the off chance that he has an ace, but we’ll just call here instead. At this point there’s no reason to raise at all, since we’ll only get action when we are beat or in case he has a heart draw. But most of the time he will shut down depending on the size of our raise.

River: ($970) 7 (2 players)

BB bets $640, Alex raises $1831 (All-In), 1 fold

River is not really that interesting but at this point I had decided that he prolly had an ace or maybe even a T that he was trying to valuebet. River isn’t really that great a card for me to bluff on, in fact it’s pretty terrible against a good thinking player. If I had a straight on the flop I would have raised on the flop most of the time. Regardless, knowing that this player isn’t really thinking that much compared to just being hyperaggressive in general, I decide to take the chance and try and represent a full house by raising him all in hoping he folds an A.

“Unfortunately” my read was wrong and he folded pretty quickly, so he either had a T or was purely bluffing. I’m going to go with him bluffing due to how fast he folded on the river.

Total pot: $2250

Results:

Alex had 8, 9 (two pair, nines and sevens).

Outcome: Alex won $3440

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No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

BB ($2077)

Alex (SB) ($612)

Preflop: Alex is SB with K, A

Alex bets $15, BB raises $54, Alex raises $144, BB calls $102

Standard. Again – This villain is 3betting a shitload and therefore I’ve been both 4betting as bluffs and for value. Mostly for value now because he’s stopped folding to 4bets preflop.

Flop: ($324) 6, 5, Q (2 players)

BB checks, Alex checks

Against such an aggressive opponent I don’t want to get blown off the best hand on the flop, which is why I decide to exercise pot control and check the flop.

Turn: ($324) 7 (2 players)

BB checks, Alex checks

I’m pretty sure I have the best hand by now, since he checked to me twice. I don’t believe that he is going for a checkraise because I’m playing my hand pretty much face up. Also I see no reason to bet in this spot. I believe he would fold worse Ace-high hands if I do.

River: ($324) 4 (2 players)

BB bets $1915 (All-In), Alex calls $450 (All-In)

Villain makes an interesting shove on the river. You might be led to believe that he must have hit a miracle on the river. But if he had 88, he would bet the turn. Maybe 86 checks on the turn too, altho I doubt it vs this particular villain. This guy would also bet a fdraw on the turn, knowing full well that I have Ace-high and wanting to take it down right there on the turn. However – The most interesting tell that he’s bluffing is that he overbet shoves on the river, resulting in me calling with AK and taking down the pot.

Total pot: $1224

Results:

Alex had K, A (high card, Ace).

BB had 10, J (high card, Queen).

Outcome: Alex won $1223

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Don’t call it a comeback

February 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Played some poker today. Everything was going fine until a french guy sat down to play and in a matter of 200 hands was up nearly 3000€ vs me at 3/6€. I started to panic a little when I lost my internet connection twice in 30min and had to jump over to my laptop. Fish have a tendency to instantly leave if you sit out on them. Also Im pretty confident that having a beer in the middle of a session helped things. At least that’s when things started turning around. Heres the final hand:

No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

saw flop | saw showdown

Alex (SB) ($2289.75)

BB ($1805.03)

Preflop: Alex is SB with 8, J

Alex bets $15, BB calls $12

Flop: ($36) J, 8, J (2 players)

BB checks, Alex bets $24, BB calls $24

Turn: ($84) 6 (2 players)

BB checks, Alex bets $144, BB raises $516, Alex calls $372

River: ($1116) 9 (2 players)

BB bets $1247.03 (All-In), Alex calls $1247.03

Total pot: $3610.06

Results:

Alex had 8, J (full house, Jacks over eights).

BB had 4, 4 (two pair, Jacks and fours).

Outcome: Alex won $3609.31

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