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  • Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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    Thursday, January 08, 2009

    I need to concentrate

    Just came home from my first winning session this year after 3 losing ones. It was pretty much a standard night, extravagant and intricate plays, only straight forward poker. Reads are hard to come by especially when I play with almost a different set of faces every single time. There are a few regulars that I play against so I have an idea how they play and what not.

    I was trying to think about my game for the past days in hopes of figuring out the leaks and how to plug them. I might be playing a bit too loose for my own benefit. I think I am in a a lot of pots that sets me up for disaster. I tend to shy away from my game plan and play the way which most of my opponents are playing. I need to concentrate more on my game and just trust my skills.

    I hope I can continue playing better this year.

    Tuesday, January 06, 2009

    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year to all!

    To be honest, I did not have a great start to my year. I was down with the flu during the New Year's eve celebration and I already have two losing sessions playing live. Not the start that I was initially was hoping for, but what can you do?

    A friend of mine introduced me to this great piece of reading material, The Power of Now. So, I will just try to live in the moment, not regretting what happened in the past and not worrying about what the future has to offer. And yes, I will try to apply that to my poker game, no matter how absurd it may be.

    A reason I think I'm a bit sluggish lately is the fact that I have no exercise for the past 3 months I think. I have to keep my body healthy to keep my mind sharp. I will probably try to squeeze in a boxing session next week and take it from there.

    Also, thank you to those of you who welcomed me to More power to you guys and good luck at the tables.

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008

    Straight flush

    Crazy two weeks of poker for me. I played the Metro 500 and the Metro 75 in one day. Placed 7th on the 500 and 16th I think in the 75. I hope to be playing more 75s in the coming weeks.

    It was brought to my attention that my official title right now is a professional poker player, again. I have to say that it one of the most fun and the most stressful professions out there. As the popular saying goes, it is definitely the hardest way to make an easy living.

    Anyway, just like to share this cray incident that happened to me a couple of days ago.

    I played over at the Metro and was feeling good, was up right away around a thousand when suddenly the donkey in me appeared. Being card dead and tilting is not always the best combination ever, so after 8 hours of playing, I was already stuck around 7500.

    I already raised the white flag and accepted defeat for that session, but decided to play for the following reasons: It was already 8:00 A.M. and I did not want to go home because if I do, I will just sleep the whole day, wake up in the middle of the night. This is bad considering I have an early engagement the following morning. Number two reason was I felt pretty good with my game and I know that I can just sit there and wait for the cards to come. I was pretty much sure that I was not going to tilt at any point since I already declared it to be a losing session.

    I stayed with my table, a 25-50 table, but the action was kind of weak. The pots that we were playing was small and with my strategy, this was definitely not a good thing. Then I saw a seat open at the 10-20 table. Thought it was a good table, plenty of preflop raising and a bit weak post flop game. I know that I am a favorite in that table. There were a couple of players in the table which I am familiar with their game so I was confident.

    Then this hand came. I limped in with 10s6x, thinking that the 6 was a heart. Villain raised to 100, with 2 callers in front of me, I also call. Flop was:

    3d 4s 5d

    Villain bets for another 100. Thinking that I has an open ended straight draw, I decided to call and see the turn. Turn card was a:


    He bets again. At that point, I was already trying to count for my outs, any diamond on the river will be no good for me, just the remaining 2 7 and 2 2.

    River was a 7d. Villain bets 500.

    One player said "diamond wins" and the player to my left, a friend of mine from high school said "6 of diamonds straight flush". Me? I was already saying all the bad words that I know in my head. This was already after playing for 20 hours straight, so my read was really off. I decided to call.

    Villain shows me 2 of diamonds. I then said "sa lahat ng baraha ng pwedeng lumabas, bakit 7 of diamonds pa?". I was thinking of mucking my hand right there, but since I had teh straight, I want him to see that I had at least something so next time it reached the showdown they know I have at least a hand. I flipped over my cards and walked away from the table.

    Then there was a commotion in my table. "Hoy gago! straight flush ka kaya!" I apparently had 10s6d! I then immediately apologized to the other player trying to explain that it was not my intention to slow roll or anything to that effect. I really had no idea I had the 6 of diamonds.

    So my quick tip, always flip over your cards just to be sure, you might have the nuts without you knowing it.

    It's been a good year for me having another chance to go at it again. All I know is 2009 will be a lot better and I just can't wait to ship the chips my way.

    Merry Christmas to you all and have a wonderful new year ahead of you.

    Tuesday, December 16, 2008

    Pokerstars and 25th Birthday

    I will be starting this blog again because I am playing lots and lots of poker right now. I have right around six months to grind it out, both live and online and be a winning player. The plan is to be a winning player online actually.

    The reason for the time constraint is because I plan to go back to school next June. It is not easy to be working and trying to earn a living for yourself to all of a sudden becoming just a normal student. I have to find some means of income to finance my whatevers. So online is the plan. Will be playing live purely as a social event or gathering once I become a full time student again. Hehe.

    Never thought I would be playing at Pokerstars but I am. You can look me up (happymikee) grinding the NL10 6max tables from time to time. The reason why I stayed away from Stars for the longest time is because I love Full Tilt Poker because I have a rakeback thing setup with my account. Then I realized that having rakeback is not really good for my game for it messes up my mind. I tend to play looser than normal and don't care if I am tilting because at the back of my head I know I have rakeback coming monthly. So basically, I was just grinding to get rakeback. The pursuit of improving as a player took a back seat. I will miss it though, it is something that will surely get you by during those dry runs. But I will have to go back to basics first and work on my game. I plan to return to FTP soon when my confidence is up there again. Thankfully, I have friends who are raking it in playing NL100 6max, Wild Burro and iBenga who, from that last time we talked, are more than willing to help me out and give me tips and strategies that will help me beat the game.

    I also found out that cashing out from Stars is a lot easier since it is the most popular site here in our country. Back then, I used to use Click2pay to withdraw from FTP and let me tell, the charges are plain out robbery. But since a lot of poker players here prefer Stars, selling my Stars dollars via p2p transfer will be a lot easier and quicker.

    And today marks my 25th birthday. Quarter of a century of ups and downs, laughter and tears. Thanks you to all of you that are with me throughout.

    Wednesday, November 26, 2008

    Note to self...

    When trying to catch a fish, it is always better to set out your nets and traps rather than chase it.

    Friday, November 21, 2008

    Hello again...

    Been a long time and I have to say I miss blogging about poker. Been playing a little here and there and I have to say that I am rusty, but it looks promising. Actually, I am trying to make a run at it again before I eventually go back to school next June. For those of you out there, you will be seeing me more often now playing live at the Metro Card Club. I plan to take it easy, build up my roll again and give online another run.

    Time for me to feel alive again ala Mike McDermont. Good luck to me!