Shopping for a stake deal

December 19, 2010 2 comments

Since grinding small stakes is getting kinda boring, I’ve decided it’s time to do some business and get involved in a stake deal again.

I’ve done a few deals before. The first big one I made was in spring 2008 with Morten “pokergirl” Erlandsen, a well known danish pro. The deal was 70/30 in my favor and we started out at 3/6 NL HU. The plan was to reach 118k in profits so I would end up with an 80k roll at the end of the deal. The first month I kinda struggled, breaking even mostly. With some aggressive Bankroll Management I hit my goal in about two and a half months and paid Morten his 35k in profit. I had back to back 200k months, where I played as high as 50/100 NL. I remember my biggest ever pot lost clearly. You’ll find it here:

2008 ended with a approx. 240k profit for me.

The second deal I did was last year in September and lasted 217 days. It was a 50/50 deal with my friend Niller, where we both put 20k into a roll to play midstakes NL HU. We would both play and split our profits 50/50. We felt it was a good way to minimise the variance, support each other and learn from each other. We used very conservative bankroll management, where we would move up to a new stake at 70buyins and move down at 55 buyins. It was a very successful project. We managed to make 198k in combined profits, of which I made 135k. I did however also play 70k hands more than him combined over the 7 months. I made 60cents per hand in that deal.

I’m looking to get a stake started for at least 2/4-5/10. Higher than that is also fine, since I always bumhunt at the highest limits that I play. This way I keep my game sharp but also don’t end up with huge swings because of playing regs at the highest limits.

I’ve put up my whole database from Holdemmanager in a few screenshots below. If you check the sessions picture, you can see the earliest ones are from August 2009, so their not exactly lifetime but should give you a good picture of my play, since its 400k hands. Some hands are also missing. Cake poker hands have a habit of not being accurate at all. Obviously if I made 135k from Sept to March without rakeback then my stats would also reflect that, but regardless I feel the stats still give a picture of a winning poker player. If someone is interested in more precise numbers, we can talk in private.

I feel this is a solid deal for anyone who is interested, which is why I’m looking to do a 70/30 on a stake. I’ve played poker full time since July 2006 at mid to high stakes.

I’d prefer to get staked by a HU pro who plays HSNL for obvious reasons. If you’re interested or know someone who would be interested in making some money on a solid investment, I can be reached at Alexamarre (at) gmail dot com.

Good luck at the tables.

Make a donation to Wikipedia. Free knowledge for everyone is important.

December 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Just recieved this email from Wikipedia today and decided to make a recurring payment of 7$ a month. I’ve donated to charity in the past. This is something that is at least just as important as charity. Giving people free access to knowledge is a step closer to more freedom and opportunity for all.

Dear Alex,

Thank you for your donation to this year’s fundraiser. We’re a little more than half-way toward our 2010 goal, so I hope you won’t mind if I ask you to help again.

Most people don’t know this, but I’m a volunteer.

I don’t get paid a cent for my work at Wikipedia, and neither do our thousands of other volunteer authors and editors. When I founded Wikipedia, I could have made it into a for-profit company with advertising, but I decided to do something different.

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To keep Wikipedia ad-free, we ask for donations every year on the site. We’re sending you this email because we are scaling up our infrastructure this year, and we’re simply not able to raise the whole budget from the banners alone.

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Hot Thai girls!

December 15, 2010 2 comments

So we went in to Chaweng Beach a couple of days ago, and decided to check out the Cabaret Shows. It’s all ladyboys who put on the show. The one we went to was on Chaweng Beach Road called Christy’s Cabaret Show. It’s pretty interesting to watch. Some of them you wouldn’t be able to tell areladyboys at first glance and are pretty feminine and sexy.

The cocktails and drinks are a little bit more expensive and the waitress will try and get some tips out of you. It’s still a lot of fun and I would recommend saving some money for after the show for tipping the performers, since they are the whole show.

Heres a few clips of the show we went to. The second clip is harder to see on video so I’ll try and explain what happens. Basically the performer gets on stage as a girl and while singing changes from a woman’s dress to a suit and takes off the makeup. It was an interesting and touching act so I wanted to share it on here.

There’s many reason for guys to become ladyboys or Kathoey, which is the real term. Being Kathoey is more accepted in Thailand than in any other country.

I talked to a few of them and there are varying stories. Some of them felt very feminine from a young age and it was accepted they play with dolls and act like girls, which resulted in them turning kathoey at a later age. Some had horror stories like being sold to rich old white men while they were young boys and being abused by them. Sex tourism is obviously pretty rampant in Thailand is pretty rampant.

Anyway, I don’t wanna get into Kathoey culture too much. Here’s the videos of the show. Enjoy and if you ever go to Thailand, be sure to check out a cabaret show.

Living with poker players in Thailand

December 12, 2010 6 comments

It’s been three weeks down here in Thailand. We’ve been having a great time going out partying, eating cheap thai curries, playing and talking about poker. It’s been me, my girlfriend Stefania, Sunny, Magnus and two well known danish poker pros, Danny Neess and Martin El-Kher.

Sunny plays midstakes PLO mostly. Magnus is a tournament pro. Danny and Martin play high stakes no limit(buyin 2000 to 10000$) and yours truly is trying to grind it out at small stakes these days, as you prolly know if you’ve been following my blog before. Oh how the mighty have fallen :)

Since pokerplayers are such lazy people, we weren’t always good at getting out and enjoying the sun. The weather wasn’t always that great at it either. Last week it nearly rained on and off the whole time.

But we did manage to get out and see some sites. Here we are going on a trip to some waterfalls on ATVs.


But it was not just the sites that were fun and interesting.

Living with poker players is surely also an interesting experience. When you put people in the same house who are competitive of nature, fun stuff starts to happen.

You’ve Sunny. The multi talented Indian guy. The guys a winner at Pot limit Omaha. Used to play NL for a living, yet has never used any poker forums or poker tracking software or seen an instructional video in his life! I’ve never seen so much raw talent in a guy, but of course, he’s Indian. What else should I expect. He always seems to find a way to beat my ass in FIFA too.

Anyway I got him started using holdemmanager, the absolutely best poker tracking software out there. Hopefully if he starts seeing some poker videos, hes gonna be crushing midstakes PLO on Party poker soon =)

Then you’ve got Danny. He’s the ultimate alphamale. Never backs down, never admits he’s wrong. If you threaten his manhood, he will come after you. Which is why he’s often doing propbets and challenges with El-Kher. Both of them are doing flips and fifa matches for lots and lots of dollars. The last FIFA 11 match they played was for 4000$. Despite Danny’s huge ego, he’s a good friend who’s helped me financially the last few months

Danny’s a Heads Up Specialist. Playing high stakes NL against some of the best in the world. He even took the infamous Isildur1 for a good amount at 5kNL heads up. I’m pretty sure that Danny is the best Heads Up player at our house, but there’s someone who disagrees.

Martin El-Kher – God’s gift to poker and women. Made a million dollars in 2008. Plays 5knl but whining way too much for my taste these days. Anyway, as when there’s several poker players living together, we ended up doing a grudge match for 10 stacks at 100nl. I first started dominating him as well as running good and was up 700$. However El-Kher kinda adjusted a little bit for the next few sessions and came all the way back to -150$. He was outplaying me in lots of preflop spots. However after doing some EV calculations, I feel now that I easily have an edge vs him HU again. You see, the difference between him and my thinking in HU, is that he puts a lot of emphasis on dynamics and what not. He doesn’t use tracking software, which I feel is a big leak. Stats make it easy for me to change my strategy against any type of opponent, whereas I feel that El-Kher is playing the same way against a lot of opponents.

Regardless, at the end of the day. El-Kher seems to be my bromance guy – If you’ve ever seen Scrubs, you know what I mean. We connect really well and always have a great time together. We also had an afternoon of alone time during the trip, where we bonded well.

Then we have Magnus. The tournament pro in the house. He’s final tabled EPT Copenhagen a couple of years ago and went real deep the year after. He’s primarily a tournament pro and the youngest guy in the house. He’s very modest with a dry sense of humor. He’s also the best FIFA player in the house. We had a 1vs1 FIFA tournament the other day. Everyone took Chelsea which is the best team in the game and he took Spain and still won easily. These days I only get a win against him one out of 6 times. Very aggravating =)

I’ve been drinking while writing this post, so I’m gonna be lazy and not proofread it. Talk to you soon!

Here’s a few more pics of us.

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.