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Happy Hallowe'en!

Kids across the world are getting themselves ready for tonight. Dinners will be eaten quickly. Costumes will donned. Big pillowcases will be placed in little hands, sweaty with the anticipation of what is to come.

Tonight is Hallowe'en!

For the kids, tonight's all about eating lots of candy and getting stomach aches.

For the adults, snuggling up with a loved one to watch a scary movie or putting in some time with a scary video game is are both good plans.

As for me, I'm not sure what I'll be doing after the kids are safely tucked away in their beds. It's unfortunate that my little guys are both too young for trick-or-treating. And they don't really need candies or chocolates either. I'm not even sure if I bough enough chocolate for the kids who'll be showing up at our door. I blame the economy!

What are you going to be doing? If you're going to the movie theatre, there's that new Saw V movie. I don't have the stomach for it myself (which is, quite frankly, surprising).




But if you're looking for a really scary movie to watch at home, might I suggest The Shining?


I seem to recall the movie being much scarier than this movie trailer would suggest. I'm old and don't remember so good. Check it out with your kids and let me know!

Mind you, I'm not sure which is scarier: The Shining or ...



Have a safe and happy Hallowe'en everyone!



Just in case you didn't get the joke earlier, please don't watch The Shining with your kids. It will seriously f*ck them up for life. Here's an official trailer for that movie. FYI: that's blood in the trailer and not fruit punch. And trust me, the trailer does not do the movie justice: it is extremely scary and disturbing.


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Bad Candy, Wastelands, and Snow Storms

Good Lord! I'm addicted to Fallout 3. I stayed up way too late last night creeping around a supermarket in a post-nuclear wasteland. Why was I doing this? To find food and drugs. I also got to shoot a bunch of bad people in the head. This resulted in a lot of decapitated heads and amputated limbs. I then took some of the bodiless heads and tried to knock over some empty milk jugs with them. Fallout 3: disturbing and fun.

In other news, we got hit by a snowstorm yesterday. Half a foot of snow. In October. My Christmas spirit is coming in early this year. Will the trick-or-treaters be confused if I give out candy canes tomorrow night?

Speaking of candy, a friend of mine let me know about a candy recall happening in Canada. If you're Canadian - or if you do all your Halloween candy shopping in Canada - and are planning on giving out candy tomorrow night or have kids who will be procuring and eating candy, please read the following:

OTTAWA, October 8, 2008

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume, distribute, or sell the Sherwood Brands Pirate’s Gold Milk Chocolate Coins described below. This product is being recalled due to positive test results for melamine conducted by the CFIA.

The affected product, Sherwood Brands Pirate’s Gold Milk Chocolate Coins, is sold in 840g containers containing 240 pieces per container bearing UPC 0 36077 11240 7 and lot code 1928S1.

This product is sold nationally through Costco stores and may also have been sold in bulk packages or as individual pieces at various dollar and bulk stores across Canada.

If the original product identity and UPC code is not evident, consumers are advised to check with their retailer to determine if they have the affected product.

Retailers and distributors are advised to stop distributing Sherwood Brands Pirate’s Gold Milk Chocolate Coins and to initiate a voluntary recall of this product. The CFIA will be working with the importers to remove the affected product from the marketplace.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Although the health risk associated with these products is considered to be low, the advisory is being issued as a result of the Government of Canada’s ongoing investigation into milk and milk-derived products sourced in/from China that may have been distributed in Canada.

The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Melamine is a chemical compound used in a number of commercial and industrial applications. Canada does not allow its use as a food ingredient.

For more information consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

I'll have to remember the cause of this recall in the years to come. I may be able to convince my kids about future recalls involving Reese Peanut Butter Cups, Crispy Crunch, and Nacho Cheese Doritos. It's a parent's duty to confiscate all dangerous or questionable candy. I will also destroy, upon request, any gross candies such as Rockets or those disgusting, brown taffy wrapped in a colorful Halloween-themed paper.

In all honesty, if you're giving kids cheap chocolate coins that you bought from a discount superstore instead of giving out real candy, shame on you. It's like those people who used to give out apples and baked goods when I was trick-or-treating. The apples were always gross. The baked goods were always date squares. And everything was chock-full of razor blades. Good times, eh?

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Duck and Cover

Waffles asked me a simple question in a comment to yesterday's post. "Fallout 3?", he asked. What is Fallout 3?

Back in the 1990s, Interplay released a PC game called Fallout. It was an role-playing game that took place in the post-apocalyptic future of the United States of America. A sequel, Fallout 2, was released a year later. Both games are considered classic RPGs and are some of my most influential games in terms of my development as a video game addict. Watch the following Fallout retrospective to get a better idea of what "Fallout" is and how it impacted the video game community.




Today, Fallout 3 hit store shelves. I'm holding my very own copy of the game as I write this. I'm not sure what this means for poker but I could hazard a guess. Funny thing though - playing long and involving video games has a way of satisfying my video game jones. And that would mean more poker, of course. I guess I'm just funny that way.

So in response to Waffles: yes, I am going to be playing Fallout 3.

And if any of you are wondering whether or not you should do the same, watch the following trailer and video review.






Have a great day everyone! I'm gonna be staying up late tonight...

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Busy and Afraid

More days have passed and I have some more apologies for failing to update the site. In a nutshell, life has become very busy. Deadlines at work and a definite lack of sleep are leaving me uninspired to write about poker or play poker. I guess I'm in a huge video game feeding frenzy at the moment.

I tend to rely on the success of other poker bloggers to suck me back into the game when I'm lead astray by life and games. But there's a definite lack of inspiration at the moment. From what I can read, most bloggers are either losing, re-tooling their games, learning to play Omaha and other various games, or grinding out half-decent ROIs playing SNGs.

As for me, I've been playing a lot of Lego Star Wars, Lego Indiana Jones, and Burnout Paradise. And just last night, I started to play a game called Dark Sector. It's like a mix between Gears of War and Krull. I'm really digging the brutal violence and the game's dark, gritty tone.

With Halloween just around the corner, I was considering playing some of my scarier games - Condemned 2: Bloodshot or F.E.A.R. First Encounter Assault Recon. I chickened out...I always chicken out. I wonder if the same can be said about me and poker at the moment. Maybe the thought of jumping up to the $200 NLHE tables pushed me into hiatus status? Who knows? Poker is a tough game and a real mindf*ck at times.

Have a good one.

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Exciting Times

Still no poker in the cards for me over the next few days. Just not feeling it. On a bright note, the recent decline of the Canadian dollar versus the American dollar has boosted my bankroll by about 25%. Throw in various other bankroll contributions and it looks like this is one of my better bankroll months in a long time!

On the downside, I've had to pull some of my 'roll out into the real world. We need a new garage door and a new garage door opener. Total cost? Shockingly high! I just love spending money on stuff that I will never ever enjoy nor appreciate. I'm really looking forward to paying for a new roof and new windows next Spring: that should be fun. I guess I can always live on crumpets and expired lunch meat...

I've started to wonder how much online poker is being played right now by the masses. I don't see many new posts in my blogroll so I can only assume that many bloggers are taking it easy on the poker front. You'd think that people would feel the need to play more poker given that everyone's investments have tanked. Thankfully, I've been spared from any trauma caused by the stock market crash because I have no investments, no savings, and no retirement funds. Who knew that not planning for my future could have paid off so well?

Troubled times call for desperate measures: an escape to the land of video games. I'm almost finished with Lego Indiana Jones and will be turning to Lego Star Wars in the next couple nights. What can I say? I George Lucas! I guess I also Steven Spielberg - just don't let George know cuz I'm not into the whole "three-way with bearded dudes" thing.

Have a good one!

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An Adventure-Filled Weekend

I was going to play poker over the weekend. But I didn't. Probably because I'm inching closer and closer to "hiatus" status with each passing day. I guess I'm just liking my video games way too much right now.

I had a pretty great weekend.

I got to relax which is always much appreciated.

I ate lots of food that I shouldn't have:

  • Chinese Food (General Tso's chicken, Sweet & Sour Chicken Balls, Vegetables w/ beef)
  • Wasabi-coated candied peanuts
  • A tasty little snack mix containing pretzels, hickory sticks, crunchy cheesies, flax seed and regular corn chips, and maple-glazed peanuts.
  • Candy! Lots of candy!
  • Coolers and extra spicy Caesars!
  • And much, much more...
I'm about 7 lbs. up from my recent lowest weight. Time to renew my efforts to get rid of my spare tire and spare ass.

My wife and I also watched Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. Even though I've seen the movie thirty or forty times, I had a hankering. I've just started playing Lego Indiana Jones which might explain my recent proclivity for all things Indiana Jones. Strangely enough, I've stayed away from watching Indy's latest adventure - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I hear it's ass and I hate that Shia LaBeouf guy.

I'll probably be playing some more Lego Indiana Jones this week with a little Burnout Paradise thrown in for good measure. I'm still not too worried about the lack of poker being played. I think I'd just donk away my money if I tried to force myself to sit in on some games. Better to just ride out the video game high I'm on right now.

Have a good one!



Bonus Content: Trailers for Lego Indiana Jones and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.





Actually, the movie doesn't look too bad...guess I'll be renting it soon.

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Omaha, Games, and Chinese Food

Another weekend and possibly a little poker. I'm still trying to decide whether or not I should start learning to play Pot Limit Omaha. I've felt that PLO might be the next big thing for a while now but I've been unmotivated to up and learn the game. I tilt so badly playing hold'em that I'd hate to see how I'd react to PLO. Still, the prospect of learning a new game is always an interesting one.

As it stands now, I only have a few PLO videos that I can watch. I focused mainly on 6-max and heads up NLHE while downloading PokerSavvy's training videos for my Zune. Maybe I can pick up a few pointers from Mike the Mouth and jump into some of Full Tilt's Omaha games.

Or maybe I should try some Heads Up poker at Stars this weekend. I've only got 600 VPPs left to earn and the $240 bonus is mine.

Regardless of what I choose to play poker-wise, I'm really looking forward to the weekend. I'm going to try and relax, spend some time with my wife, maybe eat a little Chinese food, watch some movies, and finish off The Godfather on my Xbox 360 too!

Have a great weekend everyone! And no matter what you decide to play, have fun!

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Sorry...

It looks like I'm already getting to the "Sorry for not posting recently" phase for this site again. Honestly, when another interest comes along, it doesn't take very long for poker to be put on the back-burner. It's not that poker hasn't been going well. In fact, I've done quite well since jumping back into poker this past summer. But I just don't feel like playing very much lately. What can I say?

Since my last session on Saturday, I've played a lot of video games and spent time with my wife and kids. I just finished winning an auction for a lot of 15 video games off of eBay. If you're interested, you can check out my current video game library right here. It'd be a lot larger were it not for the crushing feeling of responsibility that I have as a father and husband.

I'm happy to say that poker has given me enough disposable income to pick up any video games that I want for the next ten or twenty years. Not too shabby for a game played with two cards, some virtual chips, and a table full of donkeys.

So the big question: when will I get back into poker again? Given my past tendencies, I'd probably guess sometime in January. When the bills start coming in for Christmas, I start to panic about money. Money woes always push me to the tables in a desperate attempt to make money. I guess money is the biggest motivator for my poker play. As much as I'd like to say that I like the challenge of the game, that's not always true. When poker gets tough, I tilt. Money, on the other hand, is always a good thing.

This isn't to say that I won't be playing any poker at all until the New Year. I'll continue to put in some sessions on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons. Video games may be fun and all but weekend poker is crazy profitable. I don't think my game's getting so rusty that I can't hold my own at those tables. And if I hit a huge winning streak, there's no telling what will happen.

I guess I just love games and I love winning. When poker doesn't do it for me, I've got video games. And I guess that's all I can say about that for now.

If you're into video games, especially the Xbox 360, feel free to check out my other site - The Greedy Gamer. Although the site may sometimes come off as one big sales pitch, I hope that my enthusiasm for video games shows through from time to time.

Have a good one!

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I'm full...

Thanksgiving Weekend turned into a three-day buffet of food, drinks, playing a lot of The Godfather on my Xbox 360, and hitting the tables at Poker Stars.

My bankroll's up. I'm about half of the way through The Godfather. And I gained about four pounds.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm far too full and need to lie down...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Over the next few days, I'll be eating tons of food, playing video games, playing a bit of poker, having a few drinks, and relaxing with my family.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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Family, Poker, and Games

If there's one thing that poker's taught me, it's that I don't handle adversity well. Any bump in the road, any sort of unforeseen shenanigans, cause my poker game and my desire to play poker to head south quickly. I also tilt quite hard, though not in the "yell at your monitor" and "gamble your bankroll away" sense. Tilt introduces doubt.

When I begin to doubt my ability to play winning poker, I step back from the game to look at the big picture. Will I be able to make enough money playing poker to make it worthwhile? Will online poker be profitable in one year? How about five years? Ten years? When I think about the amount of time and effort that I need to put into poker to be a winning player, I need to know whether my efforts will be rewarded.

Poker has been profitable over the past few years. I've made enough money to buy myself as many video games, consoles, big screen TVs, and other toys without impacting my family's well-being. The irony is that I can only enjoy such indulgences when I'm in one of my semi-annual un-poker moods. Maybe I should learn to simply embrace and enjoy these breaks from the game?

I'm not saying that I'm going on hiatus. Far from it. I've still got some poker to play this month. I've got a bonus to clear and some new challenges to set for myself. But it's been a very busy week for me and it's been nice to focus on stuff other than poker. My oldest son's birthday was this past Tuesday: he turned two years old! On his birthday, I took the day off to spend some time with him and the rest of my family. We played games, had some fast food, and had a great time all around! And you know what? I wasn't thinking about poker at all.

When I'm playing poker and focusing on improving my game, poker finds its way into my thoughts all the time. If I'd been really into poker this week, much of my day with my son would have been spent thinking about the game. Wouldn't this have cheapened the whole day? When I'm spending time with my son, I need to be thinking about him and not about the boards where it's profitable for me to turn my marginal hand into a bluff on the river.

And speaking of my son, you should have seen how happy he was to play his first video game the other day. I sat him down in my lap, I placed my Dolby Digital headphones on his ears (big headphones + little kid head = funny), and handed over my Xbox 360 controller. He'd been trying to get his hands on my 360 controller for years so you can imagine the awe with which he regarded the scenario.

I then got my son's attention on the LCD monitor in front of him. I showed him that certain actions on the controller correlated directly with the actions taken on screen by Braid's little avatar. And once my son discovered the jump button, he started laughing! He kept laughing for the next five minutes as he jumped around the screen.

Poker will never make my son laugh. It's a game that he won't play for another sixteen years. In fact, he may never play the game at all. I'd be happy with that. I don't know if obsessing over video games is better than a full-blow poker obsession; it certainly feels that way.

What am I saying? Don't know. This is just one of those posts where I reveal a little more of my true nature to my readers. It's not something I do too often. And I rarely do it when I'm playing a lot of poker and winning. I don't think that knowing who I am, my thoughts on family and life, or my true nature adds anything of value to this site.

But I do love my kids. And my wife. And my friends. And video games.

What about poker? Not so much. But we definitely have some fun when we're on good terms with each other.

PokerStars
No Limit Holdem Ring game
Blinds: $0.50/$1
5 players
Converter

Stack sizes:
Hero (UTG+1): $123.70
CO: $65.50
Button: $67.60
Villain (SB): $99.40
BB: $98.50

(I've got a pretty good table image at this point. Villain is pretty tight and straight-forward.)

Pre-flop: (5 players) Hero is UTG with A♣ A♥
Hero raises to $4, 2 folds, Villain raises to $12, BB folds, Hero raises to $26, Villain calls.

(Villain's 3-bet percentage is quite small. I haven't been playing too loose so I can narrow the Villain's range down to premium hands only. When Villain fails to 4-bet me, I eliminate AA and KK from his range. I'm putting Villain on AK, QQ, or JJ.)

Flop: 2♥ 8♥ 6♣ ($53, 2 players)
Villain checks, Hero bets $20, Villain calls.

(I don't need to bet big here. Villain will fold AK to any sized bet and likely call with overpairs. But I need to bet since I'd also bet here with an unimproved AK/AQ.)

Turn: 6♦ ($93, 2 players)
Villain checks, Hero bets $20, Villain raises all-in $53.4, Hero calls.

(I only need to bet enough to get the pot big enough for a river shove. I know what the Villain has and it's only a matter of time before he makes his move. Like clockwork, he check-raises all-in on the turn. I love it when hands play themselves!)

River: 8♦ ($199.8, 1 player + 1 all-in - Main pot: $199.8)

Results:
Final pot: $199.8
Villain showed Qc Qs
Hero showed Ac Ah

(Villain went on tilt after this hand and I stacked him a second time with a flopped set. Poker can be so easy at times.)

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Cool Hand Online Poker

In case you hadn't noticed, online poker is still going strong despite a number of obstacles that have popped up along the years. Year after year, more and more people are getting online and playing some poker. If you're new to the game, where can you go to learn the ropes? Is there an online poker room available that can help you play better poker without feeling the pressures of playing like a pro? Yes there is and it's called Cool Hand Online Poker!

Cool Hand Online Poker is a safe and friendly online poker room catering to new online poker players and experienced players alike. Unlike many online poker rooms, Cool Hand Online Poker focuses heavily on the enjoyment that their players get from playing poker at their online tables.

Cool Hand Online Poker's online poker tables are for those of us who enjoy playing poker. It's not all about high stakes and big money: poker is a great game to play for play money or for small stakes. Who needs the added stress of playing cards for mortgage-sized pots? I've been playing poker for years and I wouldn't be comfortable playing for those stakes.

Cool Hand Online Poker wants you to become a better poker player. There are a number of ways to accomplish this deceptively simple task. The most obvious solution is to play poker at the speed and stakes that you're comfortable with. There's no pressure to get good fast. A slow and steady poker diet is good enough to improve anyone's game. And if things are coming along a little too slowly for your liking, Cool Hand Online Poker also offers its players an online poker school!

Cool Hand Online Poker wants to you to play poker for as long as you can with as big or as small a bankroll that you can afford. Cool Hand Online Poker offers a large variety of of tables and stakes to better your playing needs today and in the future.

And to make things even better, Cool Hand Online Poker offers a number of tournament prizes, freebies, and loyalty rewards to keep you happy and coming back to the tables!

If you've always wanted to get started with online poker but didn't know where to start, might I suggest Cool Hand Online Poker for all the fun, challenge, rewards, and great bonuses that make online poker one of the most popular games the world's ever seen!

The preceding has been a paid advertisement for Cool Hand Online Poker.

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History Repeats Itself

My weekend at the tables went as expected: quite poorly. I'm not sure why I start every month off on a losing streak but that's what's happened again. I'm not making any big mistakes in the games I'm playing but my bankroll's taken a hit regardless.

I don't have any hand histories today. Suffice it to say that Friday night was all about getting my flopped two pair counterfeited on the river. I played about 250 hands of $100 NLHE at Stars and dropped a buy-in thanks to a terrible player's lucky river card.

I played ten $15 + $1 Turbo SNGs at Stars. I managed to come in second in one SNG and lost the rest. I can't remember what it's like to be good at these things. Honestly. I'm rarely getting in the money, normally going out with four or five left when I push with 4 BBs left.

I remember the days when I could push garbage and expect a little fold equity. I also remember getting into situations where I was flipping for my tournament life. It now seems that my pushes are getting called light by a variety of players hoping to speed things along. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong but there must be a major leak somewhere. Maybe I should loosen up a little earlier if I feel that the table is playing too tight? I just don't know.

Over my last 60 SNGs, I've had one win, three second place finishes, and a couple third place finishes. I'm tempted to force myself to play more SNGs until I break out of this funk. It's seriously starting to piss me off. Then again, there's no money in SNGs unless I'm willing to put in some volume.

As for my $100 NLHE game, my results are tanking lately. The past couple months have been an exercise in chipping up. I chip up as best I can by outplaying my opponents. I then get my money in good and lose. Or, even worse, I get my money in drawing near-dead against an opponent's set. It's pretty sick and disheartening...

So poker's gross right now. Video games are awesome. I love how I keep flip-flopping between my hobbies. Variety is the spice of life.

I still plan on finishing up my Stars bonus this month. And I'm going to play $200 NLHE this month - even if it kills me. But I won't be playing very much this week because I'm on tilt.

I will post some hands over the next few days. I've got lots of hands that I'd like to complain about.

Have a good one!

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Weekend in the Great White North

The weekend is hours away and I couldn't be more excited. I'm pretty psyched to get back to the tables this evening. I've been watching and re-watching many of the videos that I downloaded from PokerSavvy last month. I still can't believe how much better my game's gotten having only spent a measly $25 for some great videos! Hopefully I'll be able to put my new skills to use and start the month off with a bang.

I'll be playing some $100 NLHE at Stars tonight. And I may have a few drinks too if the mood strikes. I don't think that will affect my game too much though I'll keep a close eye on my play. A few too many drinks and I'll probably start playing some LAG poker at the $50 NLHE tables. I may even throw in a few SNGs. Who knows? I am interested in regaining (or maintaining) my 6-max form so that I'll be able to hit the $200 NLHE tables at full stride in a couple weeks.

Besides poker, I'll also be spending some time with my wife and kids. My kids are really doing great! They're both one year old at the moment; this changes next Tuesday when my oldest turns two. It's a lot of work having two kids born within one year of each other. But it's all worth it when I see them playing happily together...or when my oldest decides to steamroll his brother...or when my youngest decides to start pulling hair and taking names. Hilarious! If you're interested to know what I mean by "steamroll", watch the following clip:



Kids, wife, poker, drinking...what else? Maybe a little shopping. And probably a little bit of Half-Life 2: Episode 2. I'm finally reaching the end of my time with Half-Life 2 and I couldn't be happier. It's a great game but it's too damned intense for me. I feel more at ease jamming with a river bluff than I do playing this game. I'll also be putting in a little time with a game called Burnout Paradise; it's an awesome and insanely fun racing/crashing game set in a large and beautiful open-world setting.

So that's it for this week. I'll be back on Monday with some hands to review and a little more poker content.

Have a great weekend!

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Month in Review: September 2008

September was a strange month for me. I started the month off on a four buy-in downswing which is pretty big for me considering my typical volume. This turn of events had me longing to take a little time away from the tables to recharge and re-examine my game. To make matters worse, I caught a pretty nasty cold and decided to settle in for some video games; I rarely play well when I'm sick. And then my Xbox 360 broke.

But things turned out well for me. I managed to pull off another winning month although this was due, in large part, to getting lucky while playing some head's up NLHE. Check out my stats after the jump.

Judging from my lack of success at $100 NLHE this month, I think I was running a little cold. It's not that I was ever getting my money in good and losing. For some reason, that type of scenario rarely comes up. Typically, my bad runs all involve me running into unexpectedly huge hands from my opponents. Or I'll fail to pick up any playable hands pre-flop for large chunks of time.

First off, here's a quick summary of my month at the tables:


My $100 NLHE game was definitely off. Although I managed to claw my way back from being down four buy-ins, PokerStars' quality opponents kept me in check. It's a little frustrating to play for 18 hours and come out ahead by only $5. It makes it even worse when I realize that I paid almost $250 for the privilege of breaking even this month. But hey - at least I was up! We'll have to see how October treats me!

Next up, let's take a quick look at how my hands turned out.


I don't really know what to make of these numbers. I lost a large chunk of change with my high card hands due to a few missed draws and a couple ill-conceived bluffs. I'm going to really focus on choosing better spots to bluff in the future. I've got to remember a fundamental poker truth: people don't like to fold.

Finally, let's take a look at how lucky or unlucky I was in flopping sets:


I definitely ran a little cold in this regard. I didn't pick up quite as many premium pocket pairs as I would have liked and I failed to hit sets many times. These numbers probably explain why I was just break-even this month. Honestly, poker is all about getting your sets and premium hands paid off. Unfortunately, my big hands just didn't show up quite enough to make me money.

At this point in time, I don't feel like playing poker quite as much as I have in past months. Looking at the calendar, I'd say that I'm about due for a little poker apathy: it seems to spring up every three months or so. That being said, I can't be too disappointed with my play since July. I've almost tripled my bankroll and I'm financially ready to try out the $200 NLHE games again.

My plans for the month are as follow:

  • Finish off my PokerStars $240 reload bonus playing $100 NLHE.
  • Play some $200 NLHE at Full Tilt and Titan Poker.
  • Take poker less seriously to help avoid burning myself out.
I feel bad whenever I post my monthly results. I'm not a flashy player and I don't take any chances with my bankroll. And since I don't play tournaments or thousands of hands a day, there is never any opportunity to have a huge winning month at the tables. My biggest daily personal score to date is a $1000 win in a RakeTheRake freeroll at Party Poker (of which I kept only $500). But who knows what will happen at $200 NLHE? Maybe I'll have my first ever $1,000+ day! That'd be pretty sweet...though quite unlikely without a lot of luck.

I don't think I'll be playing any poker until tomorrow night. The tables are so much better on Fridays and Saturdays and I'm in no rush to get back to the grind.

Have a good one!

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