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FTP Academy Challenge #2: Sit & Go By The Numbers

I was able to quickly finish up the "Guide to Sit and Gos" challenge very quickly last night. All I had to do was a play a 9-handed, non-turbo, real-money sit 'n go. I ended up going out in 9th place during level 4 (50/100 blinds). My AA fell to a flopped set of 3's. As much as I hate going out in 9th, I think I played well and was happy to clear my first FTP Academy challenge.

Next up is Aaron Bartley's "Sit & Go By The Numbers" challenge!

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FTP Academy Challenge #1: Guide to Sit and Go Tournaments

I played poker last night for the first time in a few months. Things felt a little shaky at first but I got into the groove towards the end of my session. The experience as a whole was alright but it got pretty rocky for a while.

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Follow Me on Twitter

Rather than continue to make poor attempts at keeping this site updated with regular posts, I will begin posting much of my day-to-day poker thoughts, results, and anything else that comes to mind via Twitter.

Please feel free to follow me at http://twitter.com/Klopzi

I'll also add a widget to this site for those of you unwilling to jump onto the Twitter bandwagon...or am I the only one who held out this long?

Have a great weekend!

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RSS Feed Update

I'm changing the RSS Feed for the site.

You can now view all of my posts (in their entirety) by subscribing to the following feed:


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Chip and a Chair

Poker's crept into my conscious thoughts at least once or twice a day since the weekend. I went a few months without so much as thinking about the game. Last weekend I decided to move all of my poker books from the bedroom to the basement. And that's what set things off...

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Fight or Fade Away?

Despite the fact that I haven't really played poker in a long while, I found thoughts of the game creeping into mind as I drove to work today.

I've started toying with the idea of playing some super cheap online poker. I don't think I've got the poker chops to compete with anyone playing poker regularly anymore. But maybe I still have enough skills to beat the sub-$5 sit-n-gos, tournaments, and cash games. Then again, do I have the patience or dedication to play poker at such low stakes when I've got a huge library of video games sitting at home?

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Beginning of the End?

I went ahead and consolidated my entire bankroll back into my online wallet. With the June 1st UIGEA deadline fast approaching, I have no idea what's going to happen in the online poker world. I figured it'd be a safe bet to put all my money in one place that is unaffected by strange foreign laws designed to make the world less fun.

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I'm not sure what to write at this point in time. After my last optimistic post, my poker play has taken a turn for the worse. Or perhaps it'd be more correct to say that my poker results haven't taken any turns lately, up or down. I picked up some great video games for my PS3 and left the "misery" of poker behind. There was a time when poker was fun. I'm sure it'll be fun to play poker again in the future. But for now, I'm not too keen on banging my head against the wall in an effort to beat the small stakes online games.

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A Little Positive Thinking

There's something about starting fresh that tends to rekindle my desire to play poker. Less pressure, less to prove, and less at stake. I tend to say this same thing every few months but it's worth repeating: poker's supposed to be fun. I always - and I mean always - lose sight of this simple fact when I focus on grinding out bonuses. I guess that's the nature of the grind and my competitive, results-oriented personality. If you feel that you have to play every day, poker stops being entertainment and quickly becomes a job. A low-paying, thankless job that kicks you in the nuts every single time you sit down to "play".

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Take 2 Masterfully Cleared

Although I missed out on the full $25 Take 2 bonus from Full Tilt, I did manage to play enough poker to pick up an easy $5.

Of course, I lost $30 while earning the bonus...

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Disappointing Start to April

I started my fresh start at Full Tilt last night. I forgot to play over the Easter weekend and find myself unable to qualify for the full $25 Take 2 Bonus. A lapse in judgment on my part. I was too busy eating chocolate and playing Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 on my PS3.

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Stop the Bleeding

I finally finished off my New Year's Reload Bonus at PokerStars. All told, I cleared $190 in bonuses and Stellar Rewards over the past three months. I also dropped about 250 BB at $1/$2 short-handed limit games over that same period. I don't know what to say. I'm told that long losing streaks are usually due to poor play. I guess I just stink at limit hold'em.

Time to change up my plans for the year...again.

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Online Casino Games

An acquaintance contacted me recently and asked if he could write a guest post on my site. I'm sure most of you are sick of hearing about my constant string of bad beats and horrible plays at the tables. Last night's session was pretty sick, for what it's worth. I thought a little guest post might liven things up a bit and bring a little diversity to this site's content.

I've posted Michael Baker's guest post below. Enjoy!

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Par for the course

How's poker going? I can think of a few choice words that I could share with you. But out of respect for my readers and anyone reading this at work, I'll keep my mouth shut.

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Rested and Ready

Well, it looks like I've gone and done it again. Hit a bad streak at the tables and thrown poker to the wayside. I can't help it. Honestly, poker is best played when you're winning. Start losing night after night and it gets to you.

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Brutal Results, Brutal Legend

The losses continue to pile up at the tables. Talk about a buzz kill. It's really hard to get enthusiastic about playing poker when I can't shake that losing feeling. It's hard to choose poker over other activities when those losing sessions keep coming.

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February Results? Standard...

Another stretch of time with no updates...? Honestly, things haven't been going very well at the tables. And I handle losing poorly. I guess it's good that I've given up any hopes of going "pro" because I'd get killed. I'd probably spend one week losing and then spend the rest of the year looking for a job and playing video games.

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Baby Steps

I logged into Full Tilt last night, ready to start clearing the new "Rush" bonus. I then spent the next ten minutes trying to find the bonus information. Just as I was beginning to wonder whether or not I'd qualified for the bonus, I suddenly remembered that I needed to opt-in via the Request menu. Full Tilt - why not put the bonus information somewhere in the Cashier window? I was honestly pissed off for a while last night thinking that I'd been snubbed by Howard and crew.

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Down But Not Out

You read in my last post that things haven't been going very well in poker recently. Honestly, I think I'm well within the realms of "standard" when it comes to short-handed limit hold'em. My confidence still takes a hit when I decide to call down a really tilty or laggy player with an ace-high and lose in spectacular fashion at showdown. I'm down but not out - a common refrain that you'll hear from me throughout the year, I suspect.

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Online Casino Spotlight: Slots, Craps, and More

It's been a rough month for me at the poker tables. Things started off well, got a little worse, and then the bottom really fell out. Poker's a game of small edges and grinding thousands upon thousands of hands. But there are times when I really need an immediate reward for my gambling prowess.

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Almost There...

I put in another session at PokerStars last night and cleared 100 FPPs. I only need another 180 FPPs to purchase the $40 instant cash bonus from the VIP store. Unfortunately, my session did not go well. I don't know the actual numbers but I'd say I was down quite a bit.

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Seriously? Seriously?!

I haven't posted for a couple days because I haven't played. I've got about 180 VPPs left to clear at PokerStars for the month of February. That'll net me a $40 instant cash bonus and an additional $50 bonus from my ongoing Stars reload bonus. Of course, I'm sure that I've lost much more than $90 in my past few sessions. Things have not been going well. For that reason, I've decided to take a couple nights off from poker to try and recharge my batteries.

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The Clock's Ticking

I didn't play very much poker over the weekend. Between Valentines' Day and the damned cough that I've developed, I just didn't have much time to hit the tables. I put in a couple sessions despite my "don't play when sick" rule. I'm not sure how my stubbornness has affected my bottom-line because I haven't looked at my results since last week.

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Coughs, Colds, and Forty Billion Hands

I've been getting progressively sicker over the past couple days. I decided to not play poker while sick this year in the hopes of improving my session-to-session results. I find that my chances of playing winning poker are proportional to my overall physical health. Feel good, play well; feel sick, bankroll takes a hit.

Of course, PokerStars decides that today is the perfect day to announce a new "40 Billionth Hand" event. Son of a ...

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The Missing Piece

I took another hit at the tables last night. I seem to repaying last month's good fortunes with interest. I'm not really concerned with my results. I've only played about 2,000 hands this month and the swings in SHFL can be pretty ridiculous. The hardest part of the game is sticking to my plan despite the string of bad beats and cold decks.

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Sunshine and Lollipops

I had a great weekend spending time with my wife and kids. I played a few good-length session of poker at Stars with mixed results. And I managed to squeeze in a bit of time with Dead Space when I found myself a little tilty. For now, I'll say that my hobbies are back in balance and life is good.

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T. I. L. T.

Things have certainly been a little rough to start out the month of February. A scant two days after I finally manage to get my $1/$2 6-max limit hold'em results out of the red, I now find myself back where I started. That's the frustrating thing about poker. You think you've got things figured out. You think you know how to beat the games.

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Running Blind

My first session this month was a good one. Tonight's session was not so great. I really found myself struggling with blind defense and blind stealing. It's hard stealing or defending blinds against solid and/or aggressive opponents with marginal hands. Although it may be technically correct to attempt a blind steal with a pocket threes, that all depends on how well you play post-flop. My bankroll would have been bettered served by a little selective aggression on my part.

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Month in Review: January 2010

My New Year started off very slowly. That always seems to be the case when I make resolutions to become more involved with poker. I get serious about the game, study my ass off, and proceed to lose money hand over fist at the tables.

However, I fought off tilt. I fought back my instincts to give up on the game based on my short-term results. And in the end, I managed to pull of a very rare winning month at the tables!

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Rested and Ready

I decided to take a second night away from the tables last night. My wife and I spent almost twelve hours driving to and from the funeral we attended a couple days ago. At the time, I didn't feel too bad. My right leg was a bit sore from having to keep the gas pedal fully depressed during out trip. And I endured hours of mild pain due to a moderate case of "wallet butt". Other than that the trip, though long, seemed pretty standard.

Yesterday, I felt really wiped from the trip. I don't understand how driving can make me feel so exhausted. When I got home from work last night, I called an audible. I decided to spend the night relaxing in front of the TV with my wife and a beer.

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Not My Finest Hour

Sorry for the lack of posts over the past few days. Unfortunately, I was attending a funeral and discussing poker exploits didn't seem terribly important. In any case, I'm back now and ready to continue my education at the tables.

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My Birthday Weekend

I just came back from a four-day weekend and it was nice. I took the time off for extended celebration of my birthday. I enjoyed my time away from the hustle and bustle of the real world. I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't more than a little sad that my weekend has finally come to an end.

The bulk of my weekend was spent playing with my kids, watching movies with my wife, eating lots of food, and playing poker. I'll give a full re-cap after the jump!

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Feeling the Rush?

I'm sure most of you have heard about Full Tilt's new Rush Poker. I haven't given the games a try yet. I'm still clearing VPPs at Stars and trying to book my Silver Star status for January. I will admit that the Rush Poker sounds interesting but I still have some concerns.

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Swimming with the Fish at Pacific Poker

When I started playing online poker years ago, there were a number of poker rooms that I visited regularly. One of the big sites that I really loved was Pacific Poker. I remember spending weeks playing at their micro-stakes no-limit hold'em tables ($10 buy-in) and $0.50/$1 full-ring limit hold'em games. I liked the games because of the big and frequent bonuses offered. More importantly, Pacific Poker's cash game traffic seemed primarily composed of bad LAGs and generous, friendly fish. Ahh, the good old days...

Well, I'm happy to say that the old days are making a comeback.

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Shared Session at Stars

I set up TeamViewer on my laptop last night. My plans were to play a session at Stars with a friend looking on and commenting on my play. My friend's a much better player than I am - especially at no-limit hold'em. Over the course of about 360 hands, I dropped about a third of a buy-in. I got a little lucky when I needed it. And, as usual, I got quite unlucky whenever I found myself all-in.

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Quick Update!

I don't have much time to write today. I played a bunch of hands over the weekend, cleared some VPPs at Stars, and lost a bunch of money. I'm not too worried about the money lost. I learned some good lessons and managed to fight off tilt. And if I can learn to deal with the swings in poker - even those caused entirely by the mistakes I make at the tables - I'll be in good shape down the road.

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HEM vs. PT3

I purchased a copy of Hold'em Manager tonight. I installed it, imported all of my PT3 hands into the database, and took a look at the results. Strangely enough, Hold'em Manager and PT3 differ on my winnings right across the board. I updated my Results Summary with the new Hold'em Manager numbers before realizing that Hold'em Manager was wrong. Many of the hands classified as 6-max or HU were not quite correct. Pretty disappointing...

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Decisions, Decisions... (Updated)

Whenever I find myself playing at Stars, I start to imagine what it would be like to achieve Supernova Elite. And then I remember that I've never played more than four tables at once (and never more than three successfully). But I did get to wondering if I'd ever be able to earn Gold or Platinum VIP status on PokerStars.

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It's In The Cards

I put in a good session last night at Stars. It didn't take me very long to earn the FPPs I needed to order my set of Copag cards. Although I wanted to have the cards in time for a live poker game next week, I'm hoping to have them for the live games my friends and I play in the future.

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A Sobering Truth

After booking a small win tonight at Stars, I decided to take a quick look at my overall numbers for the month of January. At first, I was happy to see I'm running in the black. I'm up $0.24 over my first twelve sessions of the year - ship it!

But then my eyes darted over the "Rake Paid" column in my Poker Tracker 3 sessions report...

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Netbooks and Poker Training Vids

A quick question for my readers:

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Still On Target

I played a few sessions over the weekend. I ended up sticking with $0.50/$1 limit hold'em instead of $25 NLHE. There's something about these limit games that has me hooked. I think it's that combination of great games, great opponents, and the sheer amount of learning going on every time I sit down to play. Good results or poor, as long as I continue to see improvement in my game, I'm pretty happy.

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Micro-Stakes Minefield

I ended up playing a fairly decent session last night at Stars. I got owned by one particular player. He wasn't the best player at the table. In fact, he was the reason I happened to be sitting at the table in the seat to his immediate left. Unfortunately, he was the type of player that I always have trouble beating: loose-passive pre-flop, loose-aggressive post-flop. Obviously a strategy of "see flops cheap, hit a hand, and let Villain stack himself" works quite well against this type of Villain. But waiting for a hand can get pretty difficult when you're forced to fold hand after hand after hand to the constant barrage of  uber-aggressive betting.

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There's nothing quite like attempting data recovery on a crashed hard drive. I ordered a replacement hard drive for my wife's laptop - a 250 GB 7200 RPM Seagate drive. I got a great price on the thing (i.e. cost me less than an automatic card shuffler in Canada). So what am I doing posting right now?

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Zen, Podcasts, and Poker

I've been reading some no-limit hold'em books this week. When I sat down to play poker tonight, I decided to play some no-limit hold'em instead of my usual limit hold'em or Omaha Hi-Lo. I was hoping to put my recent reading of Phil Gordon's Little Blue Book and Sklansky/Miller's No-Limit Hold'em: Theory and Practice to use.

Thankfully, I'd also just finished reading Zen and The Art of Poker to help me head into tonight's session with a good attitude.

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Automatic Card Shufflers: Fact or Fiction?

I was planning on picking up Anthony Holden's Bigger Deal from the PokerStars store. I'm sitting at around 950 FPPs on Stars at the moment. It's pretty slow to earn FPPs playing the micro-stakes games but that's a price I'm happy to pay while I work on my game and my confidence. In any case, I've decided to work towards a different FPP store item: playing cards. I'm not sure if Stars still offers Copag playing cards. If they do, that's what I'll be ordering soon...I hope.

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2009: A Bad Year for Poker

After finishing up my last session of 2009 last Thursday, I got all of my poker stats exported to Excel from Poker Tracker 3 and Poker Tracker Omaha. Unfortunately, I exported the wrong numbers from Poker Tracker Omaha. And I forgot to export any of my sit n' go or tournament results. But in the end, it doesn't really matter. Bottom line? 2009 was my worst year as an online poker "enthusiast".

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