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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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Crash!

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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