Archive for December, 2006
This goes out to my readers. I’m gonna try really hard to keep posting here more often. If the last post was more than a day or two ago, please leave a comment somewhere pinging me about it. I totally want to post more often, and am sure I’ve left out some important events in recent days since I haven’t really been posting here all that regularly. That is, if you really find this blog all that interesting!
I know, it seems like all I talk about is poker. However, it has once again captured my attention now that I’ve gotten into no limit. Here’s how I did after the quad party poker bonuses: $800 in bonus money. $231 from an above average run at 2/4 shorthanded. $68 from a grind of 1/2 shorthanded. $818 from 50NL! Throw in a couple of bonus prizes and about $50 from a surprise party casino bonus, and I made almost $2000 over the past week and a half or so. Sweeeet.
So my cashout hit neteller late Friday night and I had one thing on my mind. You see, I’ve gotten a little annoyed that my current 19″ LCD monitors can’t display multiple poker windows without overlap. So, in part because one of my friends was talking to me about buying an LCD, I looked around and saw that dell was selling their 24″ monitors at a really good price. Having just made a large profit playing poker, I decided to splurge and buy myself a pair of those beauties. They’ll be shipped in the next week or so and I’ll have them in my hot little hands really soon! I’m really excited, can you tell?
Since cashing out of party, I’ve returned to UB to play some poker. It has been a long time since I last played there, but I figured that given my new interest in playing 50NL, and the fact that I still had more than $300 of bonus money sitting there AND that I have rakeback there through PSO, I figured it was high time to try out their NL games.
So far I’m up almost $150. Hope that trend continues!
While I worked through the first of the party poker bonuses, my friend was doing the same except he was playing no limit. It seemed like every five minutes or so he was telling me that he had picked up another stack.
So when I started my second party poker reload bonus (one of FOUR), I decided to give this no limit thing a shot. I jumped right in to the 6 max $50 NL. In my first couple hours I won $300! It turns out that a lot of these players really don’t know what they are doing. Now that I’ve finished two more bonuses, my NL profit sits at about $600 + $400 in bonus money. It has been a good poker week!
The last day or so has been a lot slower profit-wise. Part of that is because I’m trying to grind these crazy bonuses, and so I’m playing 4 tables of $50NL which is taxing my still young understanding of the game. Still, after 3000 hands yesterday, I was only down $50. Considering that I was four-tabling and knew I made some pretty bad blunders, I’d call that a pretty good day.
So I have one last party reload bonus to clear before the 2nd of January. I should be able to make it at a bit of a slower pace, so we’ll see if I can bring the win rate back up to something much nicer!
Thanks to CasinoOwnage, I learned about a Party poker reload bonus that I decided to try. So I made my deposit for the $200 bonus for which I need to play 2400 raked hands. Last night I played some 3-table 2/4 shorthanded and took away $230. I realized though that the 2/4 limit was going to take a long time to clear the raked hand requirement. Since I only have a week to clear it, I needed to make sure that I can clear it.
So today I dropped down to 1/2 shorthanded where raked hands happen much more often. It didn’t go nearly as well. After losing $140, I decided to stop and take a break. I did succeed at one thing … I cleared a lot of hands. I’m over half way to clearing my $200 bonus. We’ll see how the bonus clearing goes tomorrow I guess! I’m starting to feel a little more comfortable playing shorthanded. There are times that I really feel comfortable. Even when I’m losing, a lot of the time I feel like I know what’s going on and when I make mistakes I can quickly identify them. So the shorthanded learning process continues …
This is just outside the small town of Susa in Northern Italy. I waited for a long time to try and get a people-less shot, but the couple sitting on the left there never left. I lost patience (and the group I was with) so I snapped this picture and moved on. Now that I look back at it, I kind of like how this turned out!
I believe this structure is an old aqueduct dating back to Roman times. A little while later, we would see a small arena as well which was pretty cool.
I loved this little town, and I was a little surprised to see that I hadn’t uploaded any pictures from it yet. I will get around to that in the next few weeks because I got some lovely pictures of this town nestled in the Italian mountains.
At the moment my poker game is in a swing. I’m trying to make the switch to shorthanded limit play at limits of 2/4 … but I think I’m making a few too many mistakes and its costing me in variance. At times I feel pretty comfortable and then I start having problems and lose my comfort level. The problem I think I’m having is shorthanded involves far more close decisions. Stuff like what do you do with bottom pair facing a bet on the turn … it can’t be correct to throw that away every time. But I’m having trouble figuring out the right conditions to call there.
The variance is causing my bankroll to fluctuate by a hundred dollars up/down … and I know poker is high variance so I should expect this. I can’t stop having the feeling that I’m making mistakes though …
It took me awhile to find a word that I wanted to entitle this picture with. I finally settled with Admiration, because it works for me on several levels. First, Diane is admiring the plants at the Devonian Botanic garden. This was at my cousin’s wedding that was held there this past summer.
Really though, admiration is a good word because I very much admire the love of my life … Isn’t she beautiful?
From a photographic perspective, I happen to also love this photograph even if it was someone else in the photo. The colours of Diane’s dress are lovely next to the green plants and the warm rocks shining in the sunlight. What do you think?
Darse was nice enough to give me a copy of the ICGA journal that our paper appears in, and boy is it a nice issue for me to own. Not only is our DIVAT paper in this journal, the writeup for the Hex competition in Italy, as well as the writeup for the AAAI poker competition are both present in this issue.
I don’t think this will happen again, but my name is all over this issue somehow! Its almost enough to make me feel important. Too bad our hex program didn’t take first. That would’ve been real nice for this.