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Sickest session in a while. The “Winning, winning, winning!” post.

April 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Just going to make a quick post. Played a session this morning that started out really well. I decided to make a brag pot on the biggest danish poker forum www.pokernet.dk and at the same time turn it into a competition. If you understand danish, you might wanna check the thread out here.

So the competition was that people had to guess how much I could win today playing 2/4-3/6 HU NL. The one who was closest would win 50 bucks.

Heres the end result:

Basically, I could NOT lose today. Every move I made worked out. I won most coinflips. I hit and ran people at the right times. EZ game!!

Congratulations to “kramix” on the poker forum at www.pokernet.dk with this guess of 7754,50$. Kramix, send me an email at alexamarre@gmail.com or msg me on facebook so I can transfer your prize to you :)

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Mixed bag of FIFA 10, Poker, Clash of the Titans.

April 27, 2010 Leave a comment

This past weekend I haven’t had time to play that much poker. My mother came back from Pakistan this past Saturday so me and Maya spent the two days before her arrival cleaning up her place. My mom never throws anything away! She still had stuff like my old clothes, my old computer stuff, my old Amiga 500! And a shitload of old newspapers.

We threw out so much stuff, that some of the neighbours thought she was moving out! Anyhow we finally got the place cleaned up real nice so she had a nice surprise when she came home. Maya’s friend Monica also arrived this saturday from Romania. Coincidently she arrived 10 min after my mom arrived.

I’ve started playing more and more FIFA 10 with Danny. He’s better than me but I do win the occasional match and it’s not an easy win for him. We trashtalk each other heaps, so winning is so much more sweeter and losing is so much worse. All in all its great fun and I hope that I’ll take some time out to get better at it. I really want to beat his ass so I can shut him up! I think FIFA 10 is very close to the perfect football game even tho Pro Evolution Soccer 10 is also a lot of fun. I think in FIFA you can do many more tricks. I’ve played both games and to me PES seems more “arcady” while FIFA seems more realistic and sophisticated. Heres a video made by one of the best fifa players in the world. True awesomeness!

I haven’t played that much poker over the weekend altho sunday I played 4k hands against a guy at 2/4 NL Heads Up. He was playing extremely aggressively but also pretty predictable in some ways. I was up 5k against him at one point but ended up losing a bunch back to him due to variance and letting him run over me. End result vs him was +700$. He wants to play me again tho so we are going to play again in the coming days. Hopefully I can make a solid profit vs him.

Last night me and Maya went in and saw Clash of the Titans 3D. The movie seemed a little cheesy, altho I slept thru some parts of it. The effects however were pretty awesome and better than Avatar imo. I have no idea how well CotT was recieved by the critics, altho some of my friends didn’t like it. I prolly enjoyed it more than them because I’ve read greek mythology and could recognize all the names and what not. The 3D effect definitely made the movie better. A danish actor, Mads Mikkelsen, was in it as well. He also is known from his role as Le Chifre from the James Bond movie Casino Royale. His danish accent was very clear in CotT. I have no idea why this actor keeps getting all these big roles, when he isn’t even able to manipulate his accent when speaking english! The guy just doesn’t do well in english movies. He’s a fine danish actor but really, I have no idea how he lands these roles in big budget hollywood movies.

I’ve played 45k hands so far in April. I dont usually play this many hands in one month. I’m really happy about that tho. Even tho I’m happy about the amount of hands that I’ve played, I’ve lost way too much to individual players cutting my winrate down a lot. I guess I should just feel lucky that I’m running good in coinflips/allin EV. I’m going to try and focus more on poker this last week of April and see if I can squeeze out some more profit before the month ends.

Oh yea also my birthday is coming up tomorrow. I’m not sure what we’re going to do. We haven’t made any plans. Maybe go out and have a nice dinner somewhere, who knows. My brother Solly got me some tickets to see the New York Dolls who are playing in town tonight, so going to go see that.

Heres a graph of my month so far.

How to lose a 900bb pot.

April 21, 2010 3 comments

The title of this blog entry was going to be “Winning, Winning, Winning!” because before last night happened everything seemed to be going my way.

I was playing well. I was massively over my allin EV. Everything was going my way. In fact I was so hot that a guy I was playing against, lost connection with his set when I had two pair. So things were going really well, I had climbed over my peak for the month yet again and I figured it was a good time to make a post. So I started yesterday then had some things I had to take care of and couldn’t really finish it.

During the evening I sat down to play a little. Maya had gone out to visit some friends. This guy sits down for 50bb and I stack him after a while. He then reloads for 100bb and we keep playing. Unfortunately for me, as the match went on he won more and more. At one point I made a comeback but then he kept coolering me and I made a few bad calls vs him resulting in me getting even more stuck.

Then the hand happened, which resulted in me quitting him. After I quit him, I didn’t really feel tilted or that frustrated. I felt that I definitely didn’t turn the aggression up enough against him, resulting in him winning a lot of nonSD pots against me and also made a few loose calls on the river. Even tho last night I thought he was a good player, today I’ve realized that he had some fishy tendencies like never really bluffing on the river. Anyhow here’s the final big hand we played just before I quit at 4am in the morning. I ended up stuck 7671$ to villain at 2/4€. YES FML!

No-Limit Hold’em, $4.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

SB ($2951.26)

BB ($1839)

Preflop: with Q, Q

SB bets $10, BB raises $40, SB calls $32

Flop: ($88) 5, 7, Q (2 players)

BB bets $48, SB raises $116, BB raises $278, SB calls $210

Turn: ($740) J (2 players)

BB bets $388, SB raises $1146, BB raises $1081 (All-In), SB calls $323

River: ($3678) A (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $3678

Results:

SB had 9, K (flush, Ace high).

BB had Q, Q (three of a kind, Queens).

Outcome: SB won $3677.25

So my April is going pretty shitty cuz of certain players totally owning me. I felt that I learned a lot from my session yesterday, and hopefully I can apply some of what I learned in the future.

Other than poker being the most swingy son of a bitch these days I haven’t done that much else during the past week. Tivoli (amusement park in copenhagen) opened the other day and me and Maya went there. She absolutely loves Tivoli. We tried lots of different rides. I owned Maya at bumper cars of course. A note: Don’t eat a hotdog just before going on one of those rides where you get thrown around and hang upside down from stuff. It will ruin your trip! I didn’t puke or anything but I didn’t feel so great either and it was still so effing cold that we decided to go home. I don’t know why but it took me an hour or two before my stomach felt normal again.

Saturday was the McDonalds reunion event. Melfin, a friend of mine back in the day worked with me as an assistant manager. He now has a gambling place where you can play video slots, bet on sports etc. There’s a cafe as well so he invited lots of old McD people. I went there with two friends, André and Niklas who are also both ex- McD people. We had had a few drinks before going. We were in a partying mood and I was really looking forward to catching up with some of the people that I had worked with.

I don’t know why, but NOONE showed up! Melfin had invited some of the regulars of the place to come as well. So here we were, 4 ex McD guys and 4-5 degen gamblers looking for a good time. We decided to put two tables together and start a poker game. After playing for an hour we headed into town to hit one of the clubs. Maya met up with us in town. She had been hanging out at some strip club visiting some friends.

I don’t know why, but every club we went to, was real strict at the door about ID. Usually there is never a problem, but Maya is under 24. We tried two clubs before finding a bar, where we hung out for an hour before they closed. At this point some people went home, while other stayed out. We came across the club where Maya and I met for the first time, but I really just wanted to go home. I was hungry and tired. Seems Maya was too. I’ve never seen a woman gobble up a pizza so fast!

I think that about sums up what I’ve been up to in the past week. Today me and Maya are prolly gonna go clean up my mom’s apartment. She’s visiting family in Pakistan and is due back on Saturday. It’ll be nice to see her again. It’s been three months and I know she misses the hell outta me.

I’ll try and update again soon hopefully with a blog entry titled “Winning, winning, winning!”

-Alex

My experiences in coaching poker.

April 16, 2010 5 comments

Poker coaching is a funny thing. It’s usually the route lots of pros take when they are running bad or in the middle of a big downswing. It’s usually the smartest thing to do, because you think more about your game when giving others advice and you don’t tilt if you’re playing with someone else’s money. I offered coaching last year about January 2009, when I was in the middle of a downswing and got a few people who were interested.

My very first experience coaching a paying student was not so good however. Me and my student would be talking on Skype while using Teamviewer and I would be looking at his desktop, while he was playing and telling him what to do etc. We even agreed to go 50/50 on profits/losses to minimize any variance and focus more on the hands instead of the money. However we ran really bad and my student was getting more and more frustrated to the point where he would yell out loud and bang his fist on his desk, making me feel very uncomfortable. I, of course, tried to calm him down but it really didn’t help. It even came to a point where I started making “scared money” decisions because I really didn’t feel like hearing another outburst over the loudspeakers.

At this point I was doubting wether I could actually coach someone properly. Looking back now, I realize that I should just not have let myself get affected by my student getting upset and maybe talk to him about trying to control his reaction, altho I know that can be very difficult to do if you feel like you’re already running bad in poker. He had hired me for a few sessions, but that was it and decided not to hire me again.

My next student was a guy named Søren. He was 31 years old. He seemed pretty calm about everything and also very open and committed to putting in the hours. He had a job on the side so he didn’t have any pressure on him to make money every month compared to my first student who had an expensive mortgage he had to pay and was only playing 200NL.

We scheduled two days a week except for some weeks where he had to go to China. A few weeks after talking for the first time, we started our first coaching session, which went pretty well. As time went on we made good money most of the time even tho we were challenging the regular HU players, who usually just wait for action. Sometimes people would quit us, other times they would play and on rare occasions we would quit them, if they were too nitty or I felt that they were simply too good. As time went on I learned more about Søren and one day I found out, that the reason he had been going to China, was because he had cancer and was going there for treatment.

I really thought it was amazing that this guy could keep going on with his life, even tho he was battling a pretty tough battle against cancer. He didn’t let something as severe as that stop him from doing what he liked. Of course there were some things that he couldn’t do like going out and partying due to the effect of chemo-therapy on his body.

Anyhow, the coaching went on for two months and in that time we also became friends even tho it was just online. He did come to a poker home game I held once and it was really nice to put a face on someone that I’d been working with.

Our coaching ended after about two months as he was doing really well for himself and really didn’t need me to “babysit” him anymore. Also after the coaching was finished, we played a heads up match that he won, where the loser had to pay for a dinner.

The month after our coaching ended, Søren made 30000$ playing 200-400NL heads up. Considering how low he was playing, that number is pretty fucking sick and not something that most pros can do even today.

It’s been a year now and today he plays Heads up PLO at the midstakes level. I went to visit him a couple of days ago to have dinner with him. We bought some take-out sushi and had a nice meal where he was kind enough to talk some more about his experiences with cancer.

In 2006 he was working and was also active playing football every week in a club. One day after a game of football he discovered a pain in his groin area. Thinking it was a sports injury he didn’t do anything about it. The next week however the pain was still there and he decided to go to the doctor, who told him that it was just a sports injury and it should heal itself. The week after the pain had spread to his right buttocks and thigh. He went to the doctor again but the doctor kept insisting that it was just a sports injury.

He decided to go to the football clubs massage therapist, who thought it was probably blood clots that could be massaged away, but after a week or two he was convinced that it was something else and asked Søren to go to the clubs own doctor, even tho it would cost like 250$ for a consultation.

About three to four months had passed by now.

The club’s doctor spent a few moments with Søren before he knew that something serious was up and asked him to go to the hospital right away for some scans. The scans showed that he had cancer in his thigh bone and a tumour on the right side of his buttocks.

They operated on Søren shortly after, replacing his thigh bone and took out the tumour. The cancer was supposedly gone.

Unfortunately in 2008 there was more pain the same region and he went in to get a scan. The doctors discovered that the cancer had returned and also had spread to the lungs and shoulder.

Today Søren undergoes chemotherapy. It’s a milder form, because he can’t take the heavy stuff anymore, due to his artery walls taking so much damage from the normal chemo. He’s keeping the cancer at bay but there has been no real progress towards a total cure. Him and his parents keep looking for more alternative solutions.

Things aren’t looking good.

I asked him about what consequences the cancer had on his social circle and life.

Basically because of the chemo, he doesn’t like going out too much and most of the time is not able to. Its apparently just like having a really, really, really, really bad hangover. You feel like shit, you crave junk food all the time, which has resulted in Søren gaining 15-20 kgs over the past year, making him feel even worse about going out and being social.

Cancer has really put his relationships with his friends to the test as well. Some of his friends don’t contact him anymore. Only the close ones still keep in touch, which he can count on three fingers.

His family has been very supportive however, god bless ’em.

Spending the evening with Søren was quite the experience for me. Even tho I lost my dad to cancer five years ago, I had never really known anything about how his experiences were. It all happened to suddenly.

Sitting with Søren and having him talk about it,  gave me a small glimpse into the world of having cancer. It’s not a pretty sight. Leaving Sørens apartment that evening I felt a little weird. I felt sorry for Søren but at the same time felt he was extremely brave. In fact I felt worse that he couldn’t enjoy life as much because of the pain and fatigue from chemotherapy. Hopefully one day he can be rid of cancer and we can celebrate and if not, I’ll just have to drag him out with me to celebrate his life instead.

Dear Reader – By writing this, I’m not asking you to pity Søren. He won’t get anything from that anyway. But maybe there is someone in your life that is in a place that they don’t want to be. A parent who feels disconnected from you, a friend or family member who’s not doing so well in life and could use some support or just some company.

My sister always says, who you spend your time and money on shows you are the most important people in your life. Maybe you have someone out there who would appreciate you spending some time with them.

See you soon,

Alex.

Losing, losing, losing§!!”!/(“&/”&¤”/IEHDBJWKGDNX

April 15, 2010 2 comments

This morning as I was sleeping I had a dream. I was on a bus on my way back home to my mom’s. I had two big suitcases with me and for some reason three big pots with food, lol. As the bus arrives at the busstop I go out with the first suitcase and try to wave at the busdriver that I’m not done yet. I go back in to get the next suitcase and the bus drives off. I however don’t even manage to get off at the next busstop either. The same thing happens at the next busstop which results in me ending up two busstops furthur down the road. If you know where my mom lives, that’s quite a hike with suitcases, pots and what not. Then I woke up.

So I woke up thinking its a weird/funny dream and decide I want to share this on facebook making a joke of it, saying how I run bad in dreams as well as poker these days.

I got on the computer and the friggin keyboard wasn’t working!! Just my luck right? I tried fiddling with it, switched it with the mouse and what not. Still not working! FFS! I had to pee at this point, so I went on the can with my phone figuring I could just write my funny status update via that instead.

So I sat there with a smile on my face thinking it would be a fun thing to write on facebook about the whole running bad in poker, dreams and now keyboard not working and in the middle of the whole thing I couldn’t write any-friggin-more! CUZ APPARENTLY FACEBOOK UDPATES ON MY FRIGGIN PHONE CAN’T BE AS LONG AS ON THE COMPUTER!! FFS FFS!!!!

I had a good start after the shared bankroll deal ended with Niller. However after the first week, things started going downhill. Against fishy players I’ve been doing fine, but against competent players I’ve been getting slaughtered. At first variance was simply slapping me around. I didn’t feel that I was making too many mistakes, but the last few days, my game has definitely suffered a lot and I’m even making mistakes against bad players.

Heres a few examples of hands where I feel that I should be able to find folds on the river.

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

SB ($1224.75)

Hero (BB) ($1250.25)

Preflop: Hero is BB with K, A

SB bets $12, Hero raises $48, SB calls $39

Flop: ($108) 5, 10, 3 (2 players)

Hero checks, SB bets $65, Hero calls $65

Turn: ($238) 10 (2 players)

Hero checks, SB checks

River: ($238) J (2 players)

Hero checks, SB bets $174, Hero calls $174

Total pot: $586

Results:

SB had J, 9 (two pair, Jacks and tens).

Hero had K, A (one pair, tens).

Outcome: SB won $585.25

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

BB ($1857.75)

Hero (SB) ($788)

Preflop: Hero is SB with K, K

Hero bets $15, BB calls $12

Flop: ($36) 7, 10, 5 (2 players)

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

Turn: ($84) 4 (2 players)

BB checks, Hero bets $63, BB raises $164, Hero calls $101

River: ($412) Q (2 players)

BB bets $295, Hero calls $295

Total pot: $1002

Results:

Hero had K, K (one pair, Kings).

BB had 4, 5 (two pair, fives and fours).

Outcome: BB won $1001.25

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So stuff like that has been happening where I haven’t been able to fold cuz I’m a friggin station. I’m going to spend some time analysing my game and work harder on getting better. Maybe watch some videos to get some more inspiration on new lines to take in HU.

I haven’t put in enough work on my game at all. All I do is play, play and play some more and it’s just not enough. If I want to be one of the best and move back up to the higher stakes I need to become better. I feel like I’ve so close to becoming really good but still not there yet and my results show it.

I’ve always felt that talent is overrated. I by no means feel that I’m overly intelligent. I’m not good at math. But I do know that persistence will 95% of the time outshine raw talent. So if I finally get my act together and work more on my game, I’m pretty confident that I can get up to a level where I would be significantly +EV against most midstakes regs.

Only time will tell I guess, but for now it’s not looking good for my yearly goal.

I’m going to take a few days break from the tables. Just work on my game via Holdemmanager and videos instead. A friend of mine Kristian and his lovely wife Sussie are coming over for dinner tonight. It will be nice to catch up and relax with them a little, even tho they have to leave early because of their newborn baby.

Hopefully the few days break will get all the tilt outta my mind and I’ll be able to crush souls again soon =)

Heres a graph of my winnings(lol) post deal with Niller.

Update from the past week

April 12, 2010 2 comments

Sorry for the lack of updates. This past week has been pretty hectic. I’ve been trying to put in a lot of hours at the tables, which was going well but ended in me losing about 5800$ in about 12 hours time. I decided to take a few days off since Maya was also coming to visit.

She arrived Friday and we’ve been having a great time together. Saturday we ended up going out with some friends after the Barcelona-Real Madrid match. I don’t normally interest myself with football but watching world class football is always a joy. The likes of Ronaldo and Messi always inspire me to do my best at the poker tables. Messi is having a sick season I guess scoring four goals against Arsenal in the Champions League and he was in top form versus Real Madrid as well.

So after the match, Danny, a poker friend of mine who lives close by, came over with some friends. We had a few drinks before heading out to a club called K3. This used to be a club for gays back in the day. I personally don’t like it too much because the ceilings are very low and there are three different levels, which can get annoying. Tonight was however free bar night and bottles were very cheap.

There were lots of hot chicks and supposedly some reality stars of danish television were supposed to be there as well. I saw Sidney Lee, who’s very famous here. Unfortunately the guy is a quite the joke. People love to laugh at him.

The very first time I saw him on TV was a few years back. He was on a show called Single Life(Singleliv), which followed different singles who went on dates etc. He had a date with some girl at his apartment, which was 50-60 sq meters and full of pinball and arcade machines. Before this poor girl arrives, he prepares dinner for her: a microwave dinner and powder mashed potatoes!

When she arrives, they have dinner and then spend the evening watching wrestling on TV and playing games on the playstation! At this point I was laughing my ass off. The guy is apparently a wrestling fan (Not real wrestling but the show stuff you see from the states. You know.. The stuff we loved when we were 12 with Hulk Hogan and co?) and also wanted to become a pro show-wrestler at some point. There’s also been a piece about this on TV which is hilarious.

Heres a video of an interview I found of him with subtitles for those of you who don’t speak danish.

Where were we. Oh yea back at the club. We arrived and had a reservation for a table. First we got a table close to the restrooms out in a separate room away from the dance floor, which totally sucked. Then when we ordered our bottles and what not, the hostess told us that their credit card terminal wasn’t working at that moment and asked if we could pay in cash. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough cash on us, so I asked her if we could just wait to pay till the terminal was working again. She said that she had to collect the money right away! When I asked her how she thought we could pay if we didn’t have cash, she just shrugged.

At this point I was stunned at the level of bad service. Not only did we get a real shitty table, but she was asking us to find a way to get the money right away when it was THEIR fault that they couldn’t accept credit cards??

We waited at the table a few hoping that she would find a solution but being the blond bimbo that she is, I ended up having to go outside and get some money.

So we stay at the club till about 3 am and decided that we should go to this private party where a friend of mine, Helene, was. We were heading down this pedestrian road called Strøget in central Copenhagen. I was in a really good mood. Everyone seemed to be having a good time.

At some point we walked past two guys and some girls and Mo’s GF says out loud “What a fucking faggot that guy looked like”. I have no idea why she said such a stupid thing, but he heard her and in a matter of seconds she had a glass thrown towards her and these two guys wanting trouble. I hadn’t heard anything at this point and was still walking ahead of everyone with Maya, while everyone else was dealing with the confrontation.

The guys managed to calm the other two young guys down apparently and started walking again when the GF says it again, trying not to say it out loud this time, but he heard her yet again.. So they came back yet again yelling and shit, which is when it caught my attention that something was up. I guess the reason the two guys didn’t really do anything than just yell at us, even tho they were all up in our face it seemed like, was because we were five guys. We calmed them down yet again and tried to walk off when fucking Danny had to say something provocative to them.. So AGAIN these guys come at us, which this time ended up in a fight.

It all got outta control and one of the guys ended up unconscious on the ground. Luckily some girl screamed for us to stop, pushing some of us away, which brought us back to our senses, realizing enough was enough. Maya went over to check up on the guy to make sure he was gonna be ok. I don’t think anything serious happened to him and certainly hope not. After a few minutes of collecting ourselves we walked away.

Not really affected by the fighting in our drunkeness, we were still in a partying mood. We arrived at our location a little later in two cabs. There was one problem however – The address I was given must have been wrong because there was no party, just a closed pizzeria. Helene wasn’t answering her phone either, so after standing around for a few minutes we decided to go to another place nearby. It was still far enough that we had to take cabs.

None of us had realized the time even then but it was already 5.30am when we arrived at this club and they were about to close.

Everything had gone wrong since we left the first club. Getting into a fight and driving around the city trying to find a place to party without luck. At this point people were getting tired. We decided to call it a night and took yet another cab home.

From Busto to Robusto – A documentary series about life as a professional poker player.

April 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Last year some well known poker players who started Deucescracked started a documentary series called From Busto to Robusto, which was a huge hit.

They just released the second episode which is about Andrew “Good2CU” Robl. The first one was about Greg “CaptZeebo” Lavery. One lives a life of partying, expensive champagne and women, the other an introvert poker nerd who spends most of time with his girlfriend.

The robusto crew are funding the project themselves, but it’s possible to buy a DVD with tons of bonus material including an interview with online poker legend Phil Galfond. You can also watch the episodes for free.

Whether you play poker or not. This series gives you some insight on what it’s like to be a pro poker player.

You can watch the first two episodes here.