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Sunday, March 6th, 2011
12:26 pm
JajaPoker - a new turn-based poker platform to play with friends via email
Since it's not real-time, nobody needs to be online at the same time to play together so you can play with a bunch of friends.
You get a hand via email when its your turn, it's awesome!

Monday, March 15th, 2010
12:20 am
Does this happen to everyone or just me?

This is so sickening. Yea, yea, it's a penny-cap game. The amount of money is not the point. Just...watch. For those that don't know, before the flop, I had a 40.14% chance of losing, and after the flop, when all the money went in the middle, a 6.64% chance of losing.

Current Mood: blah
Monday, February 16th, 2009
10:44 pm
WRGPT update
I've been pinned down with a massive stack LAG player two to my right the whole entire D round.

Fortunately I was just able to double through him by jamming with A5s and beating his K8s.

This is how the standings look now for me, I'm the blue line.

I'm sitting with 51,950 in 158th place.
With 388 remaining and an avg stack of ~52,600.

I'm not doing too bad. I just wish I would be able to steal a little bit, but I can't with this guy to my right. The only times I can open the pot are when I'm UTG / UTG+1 and I can't steal from that position, and besides, then I have the table bully sitting int eh blinds at that point.


We added two players to our table recently, I was in seat 6, big stack in 4, so one of the new guys should fill the empty seat right? Nope, they both sat to my left. fark...

And the tables are breaking from the highest table number, so table eleven won't be breaking this round... sigh...
Monday, January 26th, 2009
11:57 pm
Note to self
Next year, don't use your gmail account for the WRGPT email tournament.

What an absolute fucking nightmare.
Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
5:36 am
This is my first year of the WRGPT so I have noting to compare it to. I expected it to be slow, but I got a crappy draw and ended up at one of the slowest tables in the entire tournament. I once checked to see what hand everyone was on and of the whole tournament, only four tables had played fewer hands. Argh! I think in the 20 or so hands I only one a single hand, with a preflop raise with AKo in the cut-off.

The second table is moving much better, now I'm hitting a hand every day or every other day. it's a nice change of pace. I've also picked up a few hands this week. I built my stack up by getting a few preflop raises called and then picking up the pot on the flop. It'd be nice to get post flop action, but at least it's some action.

The pots are getting big now that there are antes.

The average stack size is 30520 and I am holding 26475.
Friday, November 14th, 2008
10:16 am
Hey all!!

I would like to inform you about the upcoming $1,000,000 guaranteed tournament on FullTiltPoker.com

Satellites for this $500 + $35 tournament start at just $1 and are running now.

This is a great opportunity, as you may not be aware of the fact that this site is the second largest site that still accepts players from USA and these are the easiest ones to beat  ;-)

I used the new promotion code: SPECIALPRO32 to get 100% on my deposit bonus, so I deposited 100GBP and got another 100GBP added to my account. Make sure to use it when you register, after you download the platform.

See you at the tables: my username is- SmartGambler1.



Good luck with those Yankees!

Current Mood: excited
1:42 am
Needing help breaking down a hand
I tried, but I can't sleep. This same hand from today keeps replaying in my head over and over again. I need help breaking it down. If you could give me your thoughts, it would be much obliged.

I had been playing at this table for a good few hours. It was a nice tight-aggressive table with a good few fishies feeding it. I am sitting in seat 9, next to the dealer. I had recently folded a good hand to what I saw to be a dominating hand (my queen-king with an outside straight draw against one person already all-in and the other pushing a heavy stack all-in with pocket kings.). My mindset was still in good poker-playing mode, but a little looser than I would usually play for the simple fact of hitting the nine on the turn after folding to the all-in. Anyway...

It is a $2-$2 no limit live game table. I looked down at 10-9 of diamonds in good position. I raised to $10, which is a pretty standard raise for this game if you don't want every single person who receives a hand to call you. Seat three in the big blind re-raises my $10 to $25 total. Considering how he has been playing past hands, I immediately put him on K-K, but of course, it is still only a pair. It is $15 to call and I am in for $10 already. If I hit better than K-K, I'm sure this guy will be pushing on me the whole way. I make the call. Flop comes Jack of diamonds, Queen of clubs, King of diamonds. A perfect flop. He is first to act and it is heads-up. He bets $20. I do my best acting job knowing I just flopped a straight and putting him easily on a set. I grumble and "think" and run numbers through my head. I very "unwillingly" smooth-called him saying, "Alright, one-time". Turn card Ace of hearts. He pushes all-in for about $70-$80 and I call as soon as his chips cross the betting line. No need to act anymore. I show the nuts and he shows, sure enough, trip kings. River card Jack for the boat.

In my eyes, it was a horrendous suckout on an amazingly played hand. I knew what he had the entire time, and had I not hit two pair or better vs his kings I would have easily folded. With the implied odds of how much was in his stack, knowing he would push it no matter what came, and knowing exactly what he had do you think I played it right? If not, what did I do wrong and how can I make sure not to make that same mistake again?

I talked to a few players and they said I played it fantastically, but they didn't like the call of the re-raise preflop. I was already in for $10, it was only $15 more to call for implied odds of another $80-$100 or so if I hit. Suited connectors take down pairs all day long. But knowing what I knew, do you still think I made the right play every step of the way? How would you have played it different? He pretty much called me a donkey for the way I played it, but I wasn't the one pushing with four cards to a straight with only trips. Was I the donkey or was he? All responses welcome. Thanks for your input.

Current Mood: frustrated
Monday, October 27th, 2008
9:32 pm
Two new poker experiences
So I signed up for the email poker tournament, I'm currently at table 38 in the practice round. I "came back from vacation" just in time to get involved in a hand from the big blind.

My office hours are starting at midnight, so I'm screwed if the other guy in the hand reraises me after I go to bed because I'll time out before I check my email.

damnit. I'm still trying to work on my advanced actions.

I changed my office hours, but it's too late for this hand. hrmph.

If you're intrigued there is still time to sign up http://www.wrgpt.org/

The other thing I did was play one of the Matrix tournaments on Full Tilt. It was a $1.25 9 player NLHE sit-n-go.

If you never heard of it it's a tournament where you play four tables at once against the same nine players. For every player you out last you get 1 point, you get two for knocking out a player, and another two if you win one of the tables. The points are added up after the last table is done and one fifth the prize pool goes to the top three, and the top three finishers of each table also get one fifth. The pay outs were 90c 54c and 36c.

I ended up getting two 3rd place table finishes, I won one, and got third place in points. It worked out to be a 70c score. not bad for a guy who barely plays SnG's. I'm not sure if I'll play another, but it wasn't too bad.

Apparently one person's strategy was to sit out he first 30 minutes so that he's get last longer points. Once I realized he was sitting out, I started attacking his blinds relentlessly, no one else seemed to have picked up on it.
Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
2:53 am
And I knew that tell
If some donkey limps under the gun, then reraises you, he's got AA or KK, there's no reason to 3Bet with AKs.
Monday, October 13th, 2008
1:10 am
More evidance that I'm a break even poker player
This was described in my personal journal:
"I just compiled a crap load of poker hands on Poker Tracker and was seeing how I was doing at various games and after 24K hands of 25/50c Limit Hold'em on Full Tilt, I'm up ten cents."

Further evidence that I'm a break even player was found today when I compiled my notes on all of my various accounts. I will be coming up on my 3 year anniversary of my first deposit. Over the course of three years of online play I've deposited $360 on various online sites. I've since pulled back all but $115. The sum total of all of my accounts is $973.47. I've made just shy of $860 playing poker online in three years. Definitely won't be chased down by the IRS for that amount.

What bothers me though is that over $625 of that was sign up bonuses. And that doesn't include the books and software that I got through poker source online. Over 70% of my profit was hand outs. What a pisser.

Well, at least I never emptied an account through my loses. I just wish my live game was seeing even a measly profit. One estimate has me at a $980 loss. Mostly $2/4 limit hold'em where I'm losing about 2 big bets an hour. sigh... I'm not playing live at the casinos until my online winnings surpass my live losses. Which likely means that I'll play a bunch online, finally get the balance in my favor then play one session live at the casino and then have to grind for a few more months. Fortunately I have a soft 25/50c NLHE game that I found. It's been treating me well. I just need to not be too greedy or people won't invite me any more.

Current Mood: pensive
Saturday, September 27th, 2008
11:14 pm
Here's a link to my latest poker blog if interested
I'm always looking for some new poker friends. Here's a link to my latest blog pos if intrested. GL, Donkeyherder: http://donkeyherder.livejournal.com/9427.html
Saturday, September 20th, 2008
10:20 pm
Looking for poker friends

Hey guys (and girls) How's your week? I just sayin hi. I posted a new entry to my blog if your intrested. http://donkeyherder.livejournal.com/2008/09/20/
Monday, September 8th, 2008
11:31 pm
No more lengthy post that do not use LJ-Cut. If you don't know, that's what FAQs are for.

Cross posting to this group and other poker communities really annoys the shit out of me, if I've been drinking, I'll probably delete the post.
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
12:55 am
This post is in stark contrast to Donkey Herder's post...

In January of last year I deposited about $270 into Full Tilt. At the time I was feeling pretty confident about my game and thought I'd really be able to run up my online bank roll. I was doing well enough that I had come up with a play to pull out a portion of my winnings and start putting it towards buys stocks, savings etc....

Then the shit hit the ....Collapse )
Happily it was during the next session I finally reached my goal.

There it is, a screen shot of my FTP bankroll showing me as making nine dollars and six cents (excluding the bonus) after 19 and half months. Yes, after 402.1 table hours, 871 sessions, 33,505 hands, I made barely more than six dollars.
Monday, September 1st, 2008
11:29 am
New Latin Motto
Check out my new podcast on my trials and tribulations in getting a new website designed and working.

I may have missed my deadline but I have managed to create a new motto ''Yo! locus vestri ante , confundo una quod servo...'' (Yo! stick in your ante, shuffle up and deal).

This is my new podcast check it out: http://pokerknave.podbean.com/
12:26 am
Poker - August not so bad considering......

My 1st blog and poker bio started on May 11th if interested:  http://donkeyherder.livejournal.com/2008/05/11/ 

Well just rounding up August, it looks like the month will be a decent success after all. I realy didn't expect to make a ton of money this month. Busy with work, moving into a new home, and a little time to play, I really kept my expectations low and was hoping to just finish positive. I ended up only playing a total of 110 hours for the month which sounds like a decent amount, but I play 2-3 sngs at a time and that time is all added together. So real time it's probably in the neighborhood of 45 hours. Before the baby came I was probably playing at least twice as much.  Oh well, I am young and have plenty of time down the road to play more later especially if I decide to go full-time pro in the next year or two. Like I mentioned on my previous post, last month I cashed 86/183=47% of my SNG's. In August, I had a pretty amazing run which I'm sure had some good luck involved, and finished August cashing 60/118=51%, which is exceptionally high at a $50-100 limit level and sng payout 30-40%. Anything 40%+ would be positive, 45% is pretty good and 50%+ is an exceptional run. 

Cake recently offered "Double up SNG's" which pay 50% 5/10 players, but you only get double your buyin back minus about 7% entry fee.  I tried a few of these out and made money, but didn't include them in my cash% stats and I don't think in the long run will pan out to make enough money for me per hour to be worth it to play. I figured even if I cashed 2 outta 3 overall, which is way hi, I'd only make like 30% per game, so unless the $75+ fill well I'll probably just use them as fillers when I can't get anything else going. I did enjoy them and was an interesting change to the avg sng. It plays alot like a multi which guarantees alot of seats in the late stages where everyone is just trying to stay alive and you have a couple renegades who get careless and attack the passive table. They're fun but we'll see.

As for multis, I only played about a dozen mid sized tourneys (100-400 players) and actually finished many of them very deep including 1 more final table (6th/200 coin flipped out), and a 16th/202 where I got screwed out (I'll save you the beat stories."

I wouldv'e liked to do more cash game play and research, but my poker tracker software didn't give me all the info I was looking for and I will have to manually pull up some of my hands and break them down further to get the data I want and it can be very time consuming. Considering how well my SNG play has been I will chip away the research and ease my way into the cash games later. I have cashed in the positive my last 8 outta 10 days and I don't feel like killing my good run by changing my game focus. I think alot of newer or osing players would fair much better if they stuck to their best type of game or two. SNG's, Cash (NL, Limit, Short handed-Long), Multi's, Holdem, Omaha, Rebuys, etc. Say maybe only 9 handed holdem SNg's and occassional small multi's and just grind it out at a small limit until they show consistent profits and slowly move up and master other games later if they prove to have more potential. Typically most players just play whatever seems fun at the time and above the limit they can beat. I'm sure it's an ego thing or people who play for fun.  It can definately get boring playing the same game over and over but if you're like me you make a game of it and try to master every element and look for and plug every leak. That's also why I would recomend 1 game 75% of the time, your 2nd best game 15-20% of the time and rarely mix in a random game at lower limits to look for better opportunities. Lets face it the game is tougher these days and you need to find a niche to really on a steady winning return on in case of a bad run.

Next month will probably be more of the same. I will probably start playing a little bigger since my bankroll has increased $70-100 with a few $200's mixed in here and there if things continue well and maybe in a couple months I'll be ready to play strictly $100's+ Sng's. Things have been good, but I won't push it. I'm feeling a bit luckier than usual and don't want to get ahead of myself. If anyone out there has any questions or topics they would like covered please let me know. Donkeyherder

If you would like to check me out you can look me up on a few sites, pokerdb.com shows big tournament results. I play under "Donkeyherder"(Pokerstars),"Chipstacker2000"(FULLTILT), "donkeyherder2"(ULTIMATE BET), "d0nkeyherder"(ABSOLUTE POKER), and a few others. I've never had a losing year.  I won a seat to the 2006 WSOP main event and cashed in the top 10% of the field of over 9000 players.  I've made 81 Final tables, including 11 1st's (50-1555 players). Most of the time you'll find me grinding out Sit-n-Gos.Business opportunity inquiries can reach me at:  Donkeyherder2000@yahoo.com 

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
4:18 pm
An incredible donkey bad beat story.
I am playing on Bodog Poker in a $500.00 Guaranteed tournament. I have been dominating the field up to this point with several awesome plays. I have over $16,000.00 in chips and the blinds are only at $75.00/$150.00. A lot of players by this point are letting themselves be blinded out, so there are only about five active players at the table. Now here's where it gets nasty.

Blinds Posted: $75/$150

It is folded around to me in middle-late position and I make a loose raise to $430 with A-5.

I get one caller.

Board comes A-3-8

I bet 700, he raises to 1400. By this point I think he has an Ace with a better kicker than mine at best.

Turn comes 4, I bet 800 more to see where he stands and he calls.

River comes 5. I go all-in with my two pair looking VERY nice against his supposed Ace.

He calls for about 7,000 more and shows up pocket deuces.

2-2 for the runner-runner straight. Tell me that this is not insane.

Current Mood: angry
Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
8:28 pm
Ultimate Butt
When the hell did they get rid of Crazy PineApple and Triple Draw?


I'm not sure if it was variance (I'm sure it was) but I always had winning sessions playing CP 8/b and not it's gone?

Double Fuck!
Friday, June 6th, 2008
2:07 am
scenes from the WSOP
Living 2 blocks from the Rio has it's advantages. My roomie deals at the WSOP and I decided to walk about and check in on things.

Day 3 of the World Championship 10 grand Mixed event, down to 30 people at this time.

Doyle Brunson with Ele Elezra to his right. Couldn't see their stacks but Ele does alot of walking.

more behind cut....Collapse )
Sunday, May 25th, 2008
1:52 pm
Take a deep breath....
I think a good blow up is all I needed to clear my head. It'll be long time to completely erase this downturn that I'm in. I've been re-reading Small Stakes Hold'Em in preparation to the Vegas trip I just completed (trip report in progress) and I'm seeing some of the mistakes that I'm making.

I'm limping in with too many speculative hands (small suited one-gaps etc) and I'm cold calling with strong speculative hands when I should just be folding (middle pocket pairs and suited broadways) and it's getting me into trouble.

I know that I should be raising from the blinds with some hands that I'll just limp or check with. I just hate playing out of position. Especially vs. small stakes players who will limp in with AK type hands and then never reraise you when they hit TPTK so I keep betting into them thinking they obviously have a weaker kicker or they'd rR. Oh well, I should be happy that I have these passive douches at my table, or they'd be able to extract maximum value from me.

The Vegas trip was nice, it was nice to break the six session $340 streak I've been on. The worst thing is that for the year, I was up $203 and finally I had was in the black on Full Tilt. I was feeling that I was finally getting the hang of LHE. ...then all hell broke lose and I lost about $100 on FTP in addition to the live losing streak.

We'll see, we'll see. I think the problem is I get over confident sometimes and it kills me, I start to get too loose. Or something! I don't know, it seems that when ever I feel confident I get my ass handed to me.
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