Monday, September 28, 2009

Two steps forward and three (or five) steps back

I should just shut my mouth. Seriously.

Last night was horrific. Over 100BB in the space of about two hours. Most of it was at 2/4EUR, where one particular megafish (who was seeing 100% of flops and about 60% of showdowns) was running all over me. He started out on my left, which was horrendous because he was also pretty aggressive. I managed to get him on my right, but by then much of the damage was done.

The $10k mark is suddenly quite a long way off, and it will probably get a bit further, as I am planning to play a qualifier at the casino tonight.

One small comfort is that I'll get a couple of hundred in rakeback at the end of the month, but I am still left with a bad taste.

The swings and the roundabouts

I was all set to write a "woe is me" post on how badly I have run since hitting the $10k milestone last week, but actually I have made a pretty rapid recovery. The low point was at least $800 down on the peak (probably more, because I think I sank lower mid-session). In the last couple of sessions, I have managed to recover to be only $300 under the peak, and set to bust through that $10k mark permanently.

As usual, the swings are down to playing at the limit of my online stakes - 5/10Euro on Purple Lounge. There have been one or two tables running at this stake every night for the last couple of weeks, and it is pretty good fishing territory. I have seen at least two or three different megafish in this game with stats like 70/10/0.8, and a whole host of bad regs (too loose mostly) that are losing a lot of money according to my DB. Sadly the downs have exceeded the ups on 5/10 in the last few days, with the wins coming mainly from 2/4 - but I'm sure I'm going to hit some cards soon and have a big win.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

The thing about milestones:

.. is that hitting them doesn't mean you stay in front of them.

In fact, my experience so far has been that hitting milestones is often followed by a massive cooler (as BCG will attest), or a heater that causes you to hit the *next* milestone before you know it.

In my case, it was the former. I had a crazy swinging session yesterday, where I ranged from being $200 up to being nearly $800 down (5/10 and 3/6 Euro will do that to you). Luckily I managed to finish ok and am now just $150 down from my $10k milestone, and with a chunky bit of rakeback to come.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Five figures: just call me Jesus

A little over 20 months ago, I started playing online poker with $10 of free money from VCpoker. Today, I moved my "net profit" over the $10,000 mark for the first time. I don't think I expected to be able to do that when I started, and it feels pretty good.

My actual bankroll is actually still down around the $8800 mark, due to taking some dividends and also the small loss on Eurolinx. My aim for the year was to achieve a $10k bankroll by the end of the year, and that is well on track even though I thought it ambitious at the time.

In my mind, I have achieved my own version of Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson's $10,000 challenge (Ferguson started from zero and ground up to $10k on FTP over the course of about 16 months). Of course the two challenges are not really comparable, since I made liberal use of bonuses and rakeback to achieve my target, while Ferguson had to do it over the table only. On the other hand, Ferguson started his challenge as a professional player while I was Joe Nobody.

To steal a good line: "I don't think this is quite what they meant when they taught me to be more like Jesus"

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Blindman is now an affiliate!

I have an excellent VIP offer on Purple Lounge. If anyone is interested, email me at, and I can give you the full details of the offer along with signup instructions.

Purple Lounge is on the Microgaming network, which I have found to be infested with fish at fixed limit up to 5/10 Euro. There are obviously some concerns about Microgaming after the Eurolinx debacle, but it still seems to be pretty viable with big rooms like Ladbrokes and Unibet providing a lot of players.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Running good

Had a nice reminder yesterday of what it's like to run good. 25BB in five minutes of 2/4EUR (and 350 overall for the session) is pretty nice. The bigger part of that was after getting sucked into a huge pot with JTs capped preflop. Usual story - couple of limpers, I limp along, one of the blinds raises, I call, one of the limpers decides to jack it up and suddenly we are five way in a humungous pot. Flop comes AJx (at which point I think this is going to be one expensive hand), and I check call one or possibly two bets. Turn is another jack, and I check call again. Checkraise the blank river heads up against the preflop raiser and drag a humungous pot.

I'm back to playing mostly on Microgaming, even after the Eurolinx debacle. I've got a ludicrously good rakeback deal on Purple Lounge and I can't resist the megafishes that play up to 5/10EUR. I'll be careful about my bankroll on the site, and on balance I think the risk is worth it.