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Don't feed the animals...

Well, if you take a look at my side-nav/side-bar/side-menu, you'll see that I've officially cancelled the $5 NL TigerGaming Challenge. I have a few good reasons for this:


  1. TigerGaming does not support PokerTracker and I'd like to track my NL play.

  2. I've had a bad string of luck, only made worse by the barrage of bold all-in bets by the fish.

  3. I get rakeback at Eurobet.

  4. Eurobet offers $10 NL tables with blinds at 5c/10c.


In case you haven't figured it out, I've basically transferred the $100 NL challenge over to Eurobet. Since I had about $47 more to win at Tiger before completing the challenge, I've simply started a $50 NL Eurobet Challenge. I'm hoping that the rakeback, PokerTracker and the larger starting stack size will make the Eurobet game more +EV for me. We'll see...

Other than that, I'd like to say that I had an exciting night at the tables - but I can't.

I played $5 NL at Tiger for almost two hours and ended up down about $4. Here's the typical play that cost me $$: I raise PF with a good starting hand, I get three cold calls and then the last guy pushes all in for his $2 or $3. I fold. I like AJs but not enough to call an all-in. Am I playing too tight? I just don't have that "gamble" in me right now.

This happened about 5 or 6 times - then I picked up KK! Sweet! I raise to 5xBB pre-flop and get 2 callers (where's the f*cking all-in this time pricks?!). Flop comes J J 9, both opponents check to me. The pot is big and both opponents are short-stacked so I bet the pot. Only one guy calls with his last 40 cents and shows J9o for the flopped full house. Oh well, at least I only lost 90 cents on that hand.

I also picked up AA and raised it to 4xBB pre-flop and got one caller who pushed all in for 45 cents! I called the extra 5 cents and he showed K9o. I won the hand...but 45 cents did not make up for the $$ lost earlier.

Still, I was only down half a buy-in and I don't think I played horribly. There is, however, one thing that concerns me about my NL play (ring and SNG). It has to do with playing in pots where someone's raised before me (or comes over the top at me).

Lately, I've been folding almost everytime someone raises before I come in to the pot. If I'm in middle position and someone raises to 3xBB from early position, I'm folding anything less than AA-TT and AK. I think I'm playing too tight.

I think the main reason for this is because I have run into situations where I've been dominated quite a bit lately. I may be tilting slightly and I'm too afraid to take a chance.

I'll need to develop a starting hands requirement much like the one I use in the fixed limit games. I trust my post-flop game against the NL ring game opposition at these levels - I'm just too afraid to put it to the test. I guess time will tell and we'll see how my game develops while clearing the Eurobet challenge. I think PokerTracker will help me identify places where I'm losing money.

One last thing, played a $5 SNG at Eurobet last night as well. Ended up in 5th place after only playing 5 of the hands dealt to me. I won all the hands that I played but the last. I was short-stacked and pushed with A2 and got called by AT (another dominated hand - I hate Ax). I really got hurt by the fact that the short-stacks kept doubling up. They'd push, some donkey would call with nothing and double them up. Then the donkey would push, someone else would call them with nothing, and so on.

While these bastards kept moving their chips around, I kept getting more and more short-stacked. It didn't help that 23o seemed to be my predetermined hand of choice for the evening.

Still, I've got 23 more SNGs to play in my 100 SNG Challenge and I'll put my faith in the "long run" to pull me through and get me the win. I'm currently sitting at an ITM of about 40% but an ROI of just over 1%.

Hi, my name's Klopzi and I'm an SNG donkey! I like to sit at tables and fold to the slightest resistance from my opponents. I only play AA and KK but I'll gladly push all-in with a 75 s00ted when I'm short-stacked and on the bubble. I respect no one and fear everyone. My mantra is "Fold,fold,fold", which I repeat to myself as I try to squeak into the money instead of actually playing. I need help...

For the next little while, I'll be playing almost exclusively at Eurobet or Interpoker. If you happen to frequent any of the sites, feel free to look me up and say hello. And for the love of God, please don't sit down at the table with me. I don't think I could stand the competition...

Man, I'm really liking poker again...it's such a nice feeling...

By the way, you may have noticed that I put less affiliate links in this post. I assure you, I'm not going soft and I'm no less greedy: I was just feeling lazy today. I'll hit everyone up for sign-ups tomorrow.

Ok, gotta go. Have a good one...

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I just noticed that I'm about 8 hits away from 1000 hits for this site. Tell your friends and family to visit - I'd like to hit the 1K mark by midnight tonight. I need the validation...

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Hit the 1000 hits...cool. Thanks for stopping by everyone. Guess the next milestone is 10,000 hits. What do you think? Two years? Or three?

8 comments:

drewspop said...

Well, make it 7 now. Guess you will just need to keep being patient and believing that your luck will turn around. You can try to loosen up your starting hand requirements in the first couple levels and just play the hands slower to get a different perspective. I have tried that and failed personally but I know some of the pros advocate it in tourney play. I always get too aggressive when I think I hit a hand, then get beat by a better hand, or make no money on the hand because of my aggression. I'm sure your luck will turn if you keep playing the solid game. I played some $1/$2 limit on Ultimate last night because I have a big bonus to clear but usually just play sngs. I sat with $25 and only played crazy strong hands. I was still down to about $16 when I hit three hands in a row that got me to $60 and I jumped out with my profit. The worm will turn.

Klopzi said...

I've tried the $1/$2 a couple times now, both times ended in disaster.

The first time, I lost $30 in one session and decided not to try again until I'd won 300 BB at 50c/1.

The next time, I had a couple bad sessions and one really good session. However, I was still not that comfortable.

Maybe it was just Interpoker, I don't know. I think I just had to learn the lesson of patience. I always get antsy when I find myself down 10 or 15 BB by virtue of a few missed flops and losing money in the blinds. I'll try and stick it out a bit more and hopefully my game will emerge.

I'm so used to the passive play at 50c/1 that the constant pre-flop raises at 1/2 scare the crap outta me. I hope that my game will come together - I really want to start climbing that ladder.

As for my SNG game, I have no worries that it will turn around. Honestly, I play a sound strategy. As long as I get lucky and pick up a good hand or two, I normally make the money and stand a good chance of winning. I just need to work on having my AT beat my opponent's A9...

MrVercetti said...

I would be very surprised if you didn't reach 10,000 hits by the end of the calendar year.

Klopzi said...

If that's the case, I'd better round up some more affiliates. ;)

huma said...

"TigerGaming does not support PokerTracker and I'd like to track my NL play."

Does it produce hand histories? I can probably knock up a script to convert the tiger format to stars/party so that pokertracker understands them. (And chances are someone else has already done this). Let me know and I can look into it for you, if you still care :)

"I raise PF with a good starting hand, I get three cold calls and then the last guy pushes all in for his $2 or $3. I fold. I like AJs but not enough to call an all-in. Am I playing too tight? I just don't have that "gamble" in me right now."

Against decent players, thats a good fold. But it's hard to say on these micro tables because:

a) often someone is drunk/doesn't care and is just messing around, pushing with any two cards.
b) maybe they need to leave and are trying to lose. $2-3 is nothing.
c) maybe they are complete morons and are in love with their J5s.
d) there are people that join these tables for a laugh, and push all in with any paint. See a)

"If I'm in middle position and someone raises to 3xBB from early position, I'm folding anything less than AA-TT and AK. I think I'm playing too tight."

That's fine, normally. I'd do the same unless I was short stacked or felt someone was tilting. Morons don't make correct 3BB bets... well actually, morons might bet any given amount from any position at any time. I don't know! But I don't think you're playing too tight. You need a decent hand to call a 3BB raise in any position, except maybe if you're in the big blind, in my experience (limited as that may be).

"For the next little while, I'll be playing almost exclusively at Eurobet (DocKlopzi) or Interpoker (Klopzi). If you happen to frequent any of the sites, feel free to look me up and say hello."

If I do join these sites, I'll be sure to not use the name Humanaut. And I will definitely find your table and take a seat, armed with what I know from todays post ;)

Congrats on the 1k hits. These things are sort of exponential - expect 2.5k hits in the next month, then 6k in the next!

I agree kinda with what drew said above. Sometimes in the first stages of an sng I'll see flops with mediocre hands just to get a feel for what everyone else is doing. Also if I happen to catch bigtime, I can usually get a maniac with TPTK to go all in, and double up. Doesn't cost too much to play around for the first orbit or two. But then again, I haven't cashed in an SNG in like a month, so... :)

Klopzi said...

Huma,

Tiger generates hand histories in the form of HTML files. You can only request one hand at a time by entering the hand # on the Tiger website. You could build a parser to sift through the history and pull out the relevant information, but it's a lot of work. I'm apt to just let the PokerTracker guy work it out - until then, I've got other places I can play.

As for my SNG play and NL ring game play, I'm pretty sure that I'm doing ok.

For the SNGs, there's not much that I can do if I keep losing situations when I'm all in as a 60% favourite or better. I'll keep plugging away and let the results sort themselves out. As Greg Raymer says, all you can do is make the best decision for your current situation - there's not point in worrying about the next hand or the hand after that.

In the NL ring games, my VP$IP is around 23% with an aggression factor of about 3 and a PF Raise % of about 9%. I'm still pretty passive pre-flop, but I'm getting better. I tend to play a little better against the tighter players (I hate getting sucked out on by the fish and calling stations).

Nick Christy said...

congrats on the 1k mark, i'm at 656 but January was by far my best month, hopefully I will join you shortly.

Klopzi said...

Thanks Nick!

I only had about 450 hits at the start of January - don't know why things picked up.

I guess a lot of people got the chance to start playing poker over the holidays.

Either that, or a lot more people have free time at work.