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Thailand, poker and Full Moon Party

November 30, 2010 4 comments

Sorry for not updating the blog for two weeks. I’ve been having a blast here in Thailand. Enjoying the sun, eating thai curries and seafood every day, playing FIFA 11 with the boys and also finding some time for poker.

Poker has been going ok. Ever since I started playing 1/2 I’ve been doing well. I’ve been playing both regs and fish to try and get in more hands. I’ve also been pretty happy with my play. Luckily I’ve also had other good poker players to share thoughts and ideas with, which is helping me get over this plateau I feel I’ve been struggling at where my play wasn’t improving that much.

Heres a graph of my month so far.

The last two days have been quite the rollercoaster. I started playing some guy at 2/4 who seemed like a spewtard. Unfortunately I ran pretty bad and lost about 5-6 buyins to him at 2/4. Then my friend Danny, who’s a high stakes heads up pro sat down with me and gave me some advice while playing him commenting on hands etc. All of sudden we were raping this guy. Obviously we ran very good, set over setting him and hitting monsters all the time, ending up taking him for a nice amount.

My +1800 day, that had turned to a -2k day ended up a +5300$ day instead. I was over the top happy because I was less worried about being close to busto and what not. However things would take a change for the worse the day after, which was yesterday. I ended up losing approx 5k usd, 3k of which was to another spewtard reg who 3bet about 30% of his hands from the BB and hardly ever folded to 3bets. On top of that, he loved floating in 3bet abd 4bet pots. Altho he did start out outplaying me as I had to get used to his style, I ran bad against him in some important spots and ended up losing to him. I’m prolly gonna move back down to 1/2 untill I get the roll back up to about 14-15k.

In other news, Thailand is great. THe weather is really nice and sunny. There’s been some rain but its getting better and better. We’ve been here two weeks now, living in this villa overlooking the Tongsai Bay on Koh Samui, and the view is still as breathtaking as ever.

I’m enjoying my routine here. Getting up in the morning playing some poker till about midday, then going down to the beach for a swim and enjoying thai curries for lunch. After that its either more poker or going somewhere sightseeing. There doesn’t seem to be THAT much to see on Koh Samui so in a way it’s a waste to rent this house for two months, but on the other hand it forces us to play more poker than go check out the island every day.

The plan right now is to stay here on Samui for the two months and then travel around and see the rest of Thailand on our third month. I can’t wait to see Bangkok and Chang Mai. I’ve heard many good things about those places. However I hope to make some money on poker before going so taking a break from it won’t be a big deal.

We went to the world famous Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan two sundays ago. It was pretty sick. Imagine 15000 people partying on one big beach under a full moon. People were drunk out of their minds or high on “Happy Shakes”. A drink with mushrooms in it, which also was quite an overwhelming experience. Let me tell you right away if you’ve never tried mushrooms – Dont drink a Happy Shake all by yourself. Share one with someone and drink it slowly :)

I’ll write more about what all of us have been up to lately. For now, heres a video of some of the stuff going on at full moon party and a video of us arriving on Koh Samui.

Drunk swedes suck but being in Thailand rocks!

November 17, 2010 4 comments

So we’re finally here in Koh Samui, Thailand. It’s so beautiful. The trip down here wasn’t bad but we did manage to get so unlucky to sit right behind a middle aged drunken swede.

The guy was so shit drunk that he kept making weird noises and talking to random people around him and up and down the aisle. He would try and hit on female passengers while there boyfriends/husbands were right there! The crew tried to make him sleep since the two passengers beside him had asked to be moved pretty early in the flight, but the guy kept falling on the floor, once where he hit his head pretty hard. The crew had to give him a lot of attention. Imagine lots of nice chinese stewardesses desperately trying to get a middle aged drunk out of his mind swede to settle down. He also kept going to the bathroom and at one point peed OUTSIDE the bathroom.

After many attempts of stewards and other passengers trying to get him to just sit down and shut up, the only thing that finally worked was when some senior on the plane gave him a written warning, and warned the swede that the police would be waiting for him at the gate if he didnt get his act together.

This is the second time I’ve experienced someone being a royal pain in the ass on a plane because they were shit drunk. Both times it was a swede.

So we’ve settled into the house. Its a big 5 bedroom luxury villa situated on top of a hill overlooking a bay with a beach. The view is to die for. Here’s a few pics.

End of Double my bankroll project. Someone wins 100$! On to Thailand!

November 15, 2010 2 comments

Ok, so my great ambition about doubling my bankroll didn’t go quite as I had planned. I’m just going to do a quick update as I’m still in the middle of packing.

I had a competition going where people had to guess how much I would make in the first two weeks of November. I had hoped for 16k+ but ended up losing a lot already from the get go and decided to take it cool for the final week.

The winnarrrr of the competition is “Istvandk” on Stars. He was the only person to guess a negative result of -2000€ and unfortunately was correct :). Congrats on the 100$ prize!! They have been transfered on PokerStars.

Heres some more info from the month.

You’ll hear from me again in about a day, where I’ll keep you updated on what’s going on in Thailand and how my experiences there pan out. I’ll be staying with friends of mine in a huge luxury 1100 sq meter villa on the island of Koh Samui. So are also pokerplayers so that will hopefully have a positive effect on my game. Here’s some shots from the location.




127 Hours trailer.

November 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Just saw this awesome movie trailer on Youtube. Same director as Slumdog Millionaire. Can’t wait to see this movie!!!

More bad decisions leading to bustoville

November 12, 2010 1 comment

I haven’t had time to play at all due to stuff going on. I told you about my bet with a friend of mine, Anders, about not touching alcohol for a year. Well I had decided to buy myself out of the bet for 10k dkr(2k usd) instead of having to part with double the amount. Anders came over yesterday to have his first beer with me and some friends. After a while we decided to play some live poker 4handed, where he proceeded to donk off a lotta cash.

We were only playing 1/2 NL and PLO mix and one of my friends Niklas ended up leaving with like 3k lol. The game was pretty wild and Anders being his drunk self 3bet shoves 1k over a 8kr raise with 94o. Niklas read his soul and called with QKo and held.

At around 2.30 am, people decide to quit. Anders however wanted to play more and asked if I wanted to play HU SnGs online. Sure sure. We’re both pretty drunk but proceed to play small stakes turbo hu sngs for 500 kr each. I haven’t had a chance to review any hand histories, but after about 30 games I’m down 5500kr (1k usd) and we decide to call it a night.

So nothing is going my way these days moneywise. Roll is at about 6k€, which I hope to turn around in the coming days. Obviously my optimistic dream to double the bankroll in 2 weeks time is shattered. The plan right now is not to play higher than 1/2 NL HU and rebuild. If I can make sure not to spend too much on Thailand, I feel positive that it won’t take that long to return to 2/4+.

I’ll keep you posted.

Midweek of doubling my bankroll.

November 11, 2010 2 comments

I haven’t had time to play that much because of visiting people and what not. Yesterday we spent most of the day taking care of visa issues, doing a little shopping and visiting some family friends.

Today I’m going to Niller’s daughters birthday. She’ll be six years old. She simply loves anything thats pink and “princessy”. Later I’m meeting up with some friends to “celebrate” the end of a bet. I had a propbet going with a friend of mine, Anders, who’s coming tonight, whether he could stay away from alcohol for a year. We bet 20k danish kr but could buy ourselves for half the amount before 6 months had passed.

Anyway, the lucky SOB went ahead and got himself a girlfriend so he just stayed home every weekend with her instead of going out, making my chances of winning the bet pretty difficult. So I’ve had to bite the bullet and buy myself outta the bet even tho Christmas is coming up and there’s going to be a lot of christmas parties where he’s going to be tempted. I figure that he’s done well for 6 months so chance of him going all the way now are more than 75%.

Not only am I running bad in poker but propbets too!

Heres an update of my monthly graph. Not much difference since I’ve moved down to 1/2, altho Im not running like apeshit anymore. Maybe when I win some more I’ll put up a graph in big blinds instead. Might be more motivating to look at :)

Week 2 of busting my bankroll challenge

November 9, 2010 5 comments

I had a few days off over the weekend and played again last night. I also spent my break looking through hands with my good friend Niller. He’s also a midstakes HU regular and is doing quite well this year. He didn’t feel that I was playing badly, altho we did discuss how my preflop tendencies are slightly different than his. It was good to get confirmation from someone else that I’m not spewing or tilting all over the place.

Obviously you’re always going to be making mistakes while playing poker. It’s all about learning from them and trying not to repeat them. Anyway, last nights session was going ok untill I started getting real unlucky against a random fish and he took me for 1300€ at 2/4.

At this point Im getting real low on bankroll to be able to play on as many sites as I’d like to and with enough buyins on each site, so I’m prolly gonna end up moving down to 1/2, which is something I used to swear that I’d never do. But maybe its time to be humble, not so much in regarding my skill, but to respect the fact that money can be made at 1/2 and it shouldn’t take me that long to bounce back if I just focus on playing well.

I’m obviously not going to be making 17k€ + my losses back from last week before heading down to Thailand, so it’ll be interesting to see what this week brings. I was going to put in a lot of hours but now I just need to focus on playing well. Even tho I know I’ve played fine, I can feel that I’m stressed by the thought of virtually being busto, but there’s noone really to blame but myself for it. Had my money management skills been a better in the past – I wouldn’t be in this situation to begin with. Having to withdraw 10k usd each month from a midstakes bankroll, is going to take its toll on it in the end.

Here’s a hand that I thought was interesting from yesterday. I was playing some regular at 1/2 heads up. The match started well with me getting ahead pretty fast. Villain is pretty nitty postflop tho and doesn’t make big moves or anything. He plays 59% from SB and 40% from BB. Has a 3bet of 14%. I had 4bet him 4 times before this time. This was the first time he called. Notice that we’re deep.

No-Limit Hold’em, $2.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

Hero (SB) ($531.30)

BB ($443.45)

Preflop: Hero is SB with K, K

Hero bets $7, BB raises $22, Hero raises $42, BB calls $26

At this point I’m putting him on hands such as AQ+ and all pockets, except maybe AA or KK. I think that he would prolly min 5bet me with such hands because of the way he’s played before. We had a hand earlier where we we’re just 100bb deep and he min5bet my 4bet up to 50bbs with JJ.

Flop: ($100) 5, 10, 4 (2 players)

BB checks, Hero bets $46, BB raises $117, Hero calls $71

When he checkraises me on the flop, I’m putting him on 44, 55, TT, KK, AA – Possibly but not very likely JJ or QQ and some bluffs. This player  was quite nitty when putting a lot of money in the past. He’s not the type to triple barrel bluff, rarely double barrel bluffs, which is why suspected that I might be beat on the flop. I decide to call his small checkraise and re-evaluate on turn.

Turn: ($334) A (2 players)

BB bets $276.45 (All-In), Hero folds

On the turn I have him on much of the same range as on the flop, except that I doubt he would just jam in with JJ or QQ when the Ace hits. The fact that he’s not afraid of the Ace makes me believe that he actually did flop a set and possibly puts me on a hand like AK that got stubborn on the flop as I did tank a little bit before calling.  Now a lot of people would argue that I’m being quite nitty with this fold and 80% of the time I’m not folding KK on the flop with shallower stacks, but the turn card really made this decision a lot easier. Of course with stacks under 175bb I would just ship it in on the flop and hope for the best :)

Total pot: $334

Results:

BB didn’t show

Outcome: BB won $609.70

Here’s a graph of my month so far. I Hope I can turn it around soonish.