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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Time out

Well this is it i guess.

I don't want to call it the end of my pokercareer but for sure it's a big time out.

Work and kid taking too much time ( quality time though ) to play serious poker.

I never have been the guy to play one game or so , i always needed to play 3 - 4 hour sessions 6 - 9 tabling or i didn't find amusement in it.

since i don't have the time to do this anymore i'm having a real time out.

Pokerstars decision to not longer let Belgian players cash their FFP points didn't do good either. 0 % Rakeback isn't really what i am looking for ...

Maybe in a few months the need to play comes back, if it doesn't i don't mind. i had a good time playing, made a lot of money from a nice hobby.

But now it's time to move on !!!



Saturday, June 4, 2011

Big changes in poker

Hello all,

Just a quick word on recent events in Poker.

First there was Black Friday, on which i don't need to explain alot as all of you what happened then. Nonetheless i would like to say that it's not the first action taken by a country on poker. Look what France did, Italy .... Off course the way the States acted is totally different but for me is only anohter indication that online poker is dead in long terms. The governments of other countries will also take measurements to either shut down a business which they find " illegal " or to otherwise legalise the pokerbusiness and take taxes. Both ways this will be the end for most of the pro pokerplayers on low - midstakes as these games in my opinion.

Second problem is they are introducing HYPERS , which attract most fish / gamblers and keep those players away from normal or turbo games. This also is very bad for good/winning pokerplayers.

It's possible they are introducing these to take as much rake as possible in the short term because they also see problems long term. Rakes in other games have gone up a litle also.

I feel sorry for all of the proplayers and sincerely hope i'm wrong. If not i hope most haven't lived a balla - life and put some of their profits aside so they can profit from this pokerexperience for a long time.

As said, i really hope i'm wrong.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tought of the day

Had my first losing day in a while, you know, all went wrong ...

And the fish keep beratingme in chat. I finally answered:

You know people, there was a time i did react but i stopped doing that once i was 20K $ up .......................

Don't tap the glass i'd say.

Not a coincidence the bad run comes as Stars made it 15$ instead of 10$, typically me !!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Games get tougher, fish get worse ...

What the hell is going on in this hand ???

I should be playing more ffs !!!!!

PokerStars Game #60324353886: Tournament #382238992, $12+$1 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level I (10/20) - 2011/04/04 19:57:38 CET [2011/04/04 13:57:38 ET]
Table '382238992 1' 6-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: entabeni (1320 in chips)
Seat 2: tekyumruk666 (1660 in chips)
Seat 3: arkasgr (1550 in chips)
Seat 4: Jase 0504 (1440 in chips) is sitting out
Seat 5: UGA1974 (1540 in chips)
Seat 6: westxranch1 (1490 in chips)
tekyumruk666: posts small blind 10
arkasgr: posts big blind 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to entabeni [3h 4h]
Jase 0504: folds
UGA1974: calls 20
westxranch1: calls 20
entabeni: calls 20
tekyumruk666: calls 10
arkasgr: checks
*** FLOP *** [4d 4s 4c]
tekyumruk666: checks
arkasgr: bets 20
UGA1974: folds
westxranch1: calls 20
entabeni: calls 20
tekyumruk666: raises 20 to 40
arkasgr: calls 20
westxranch1: calls 20
entabeni: calls 20
*** TURN *** [4d 4s 4c] [3d]
tekyumruk666: bets 80
arkasgr: folds
westxranch1: folds
entabeni: raises 80 to 160
tekyumruk666: calls 80
*** RIVER *** [4d 4s 4c 3d] [3c]
tekyumruk666: checks
entabeni: bets 355
tekyumruk666: calls 355
*** SHOW DOWN ***
entabeni: shows [3h 4h] (four of a kind, Fours)
tekyumruk666: mucks hand
entabeni collected 1290 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1290 | Rake 0
Board [4d 4s 4c 3d 3c]
Seat 1: entabeni (button) showed [3h 4h] and won (1290) with four of a kind, Fours
Seat 2: tekyumruk666 (small blind) mucked [8d Qc]
Seat 3: arkasgr (big blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 4: Jase 0504 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: UGA1974 folded on the Flop
Seat 6: westxranch1 folded on the Turn

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Welcome back

Today i playd my first 10 normal games in 2011 ( due to loads of work ). In March i hope i get right back on to pace.

Stars gave me their welcome treat as i got screwed set over set in my first game of the day and in my third i had a Royal Flush not being paid off .. LOL

Set over set : 0.03 %
Royal flush : 0.000154 %

Well now i'm sure, it's rigged. Just kidding. Just reminds me of what a brutal game this can be, but i quite enjoyed today's gaems, although i lost a little.

Hope to do some more blogging from march on.

Laters guys.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Review and thoughts

Time to review 2010.

Personally it was a strange year , i had such a good time being home all year and watching my kid grow up, spending this incredibe time together was just amazing; I would do it all over again if i could. On the other hand we had to cope with 3 big losses in our lives , so it was a harsh year on that point of view. Just shows us all once again we can only live one day at a time , but we should also take full advantage of life all day. CARPE DIEM.

All these events led me to making some decisions. First of all i'm not going to be independent anymore ( i want to have time with the kiddo ) and second i'm not going to play poker full time ( various reasons : most importantly it's an age thing, plus the illegality in which poker still is situated in Belgium ). Plus i found this wonderfull job opportunity in the sales business, which with some luck should lead me to go live abroad in a few years ( big dream of mine )and it's now or never, if i don't take the job now the job is gone.

Pokerwise it's been very good. I played Betfair for the first part of the year and Stars for the second half. I made 10.4K $ which is very good considering my volume and hours of play i only put in. Played mostly 13$ 6max games , in which i really excelled to have a 17% ROI , thus a 2.2$ AVG profit. Zero losing months is also very good.
As for next year i won't put up too many goals as i will still have to see if i have any time left, beside work and the kiddo. I plan on buying a Dogue de Brodeaux in March, so that should take some of my time too. And then in summer i plan on buying a horse. So i will have less time, but need more money, guess i'll have to sleep less and play poker in the evening hours ...
I will continue to play the 13$ 6max games , mixing it up with some 25$ 6max games. And i will start playing more of the 12 and 18 man regulars too ( if i ever want to make it to the top of a SNG leaderboard on Stars this is the way to do it ).

Hope you all have a good end of the year, and ofc a good start of then new year.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

18 man reg 6$ game

Hello everybody.

Decided to take a 18man reg game today to make a little change and go and say hello to the fishays that normally don't get to play with me ;-) No need to say i took the game down ( otherwise i wouldn't make a blog about it ofc ). Nah seriously, two free HH's for you all. Next year there won't be any HH's on this blog anymore, no more free poker lessons !!!! I have a few students now and it's not quite fair to them if i put hh's out here for free.

1st hand : we have KK here and get 3 calls, not optimal but it's 6$ game so i expect to get loose calls every hand.

Flop comes 5910 , two diamonds but nonetheless a good flop for us, so we decide to fire about 2/3 of the pot , not minding to take the pot down right here but not afraid to get it allin here neither.

Fishay globo2410 decides to call so we see a turn , a blank 3. Nice card for me to bet 2/3 of the pot again, not giving him the correct odds to call if he's on a draw.
Fishay calls again so what does he have ?? Let's take a look : he can have TP ( A10, K10, Q10,J10 ), he can have a draw like QJ or 87, or he has the flush draw , at this moment i don't even exclude a 9 with good kicker.
I think if he has a set or two pair here he raises me on turn.

River is J. Not a real bad card. The only hands that got there ( imo ) is 10J or KQdd. SO : he missed a lot of hands. I don't think there's a lot of value in betting here as any hand that will call here will normally have me beat. That's why we decide to check and we'll ok to take the pot on showdown but we also will defo call an AI.
Fishay goes AI , snapcall, and turns over A8 for missed FD.

PokerStars Game #55025067265: Tournament #346866533, $6.00+$0.60 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level II (15/30) - 2010/12/29 14:57:27 CET [2010/12/29 8:57:27 ET]
Table '346866533 3' 6-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: PTlowprofile (1250 in chips)
Seat 3: entabeni (1685 in chips)
Seat 4: globo2410 (3155 in chips)
Seat 5: dajust 2000 (850 in chips)
Seat 6: xiscames (2060 in chips)
dajust 2000: posts small blind 15
xiscames: posts big blind 30
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to entabeni [Kc Kh]
PTlowprofile: folds
entabeni: raises 60 to 90
globo2410: calls 90
dajust 2000: calls 75
xiscames: calls 60
*** FLOP *** [5d Td 9h]
dajust 2000: checks
xiscames: checks
entabeni: bets 210
globo2410: calls 210
dajust 2000: folds
xiscames: folds
*** TURN *** [5d Td 9h] [3s]
entabeni: bets 480
globo2410: calls 480
*** RIVER *** [5d Td 9h 3s] [Jh]
entabeni: checks
globo2410: bets 2375 and is all-in
entabeni: calls 905 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (1470) returned to globo2410
*** SHOW DOWN ***
globo2410: shows [Ad 8d] (high card Ace)
entabeni: shows [Kc Kh] (a pair of Kings)
entabeni collected 3550 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3550 | Rake 0
Board [5d Td 9h 3s Jh]
Seat 1: PTlowprofile folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: entabeni showed [Kc Kh] and won (3550) with a pair of Kings
Seat 4: globo2410 (button) showed [Ad 8d] and lost with high card Ace
Seat 5: dajust 2000 (small blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 6: xiscames (big blind) folded on the Flop

So we get HU against another fishay who is way worse then me. We're quite deep so decide to play many flops and use our postflop skill to take this guy out instead of getting it in to quickly.

We limp with 22 and fishay raises to 600 OOP. We could go allin here but we have a 54% lead at best and could be facing a higher PP which has us crushed. We could fold as we are very unlikely to hit the flop and will certainly face a C bet from this aggro guy. But we could also call in position, if we hit a set we can take him out, AND we have chips ( like 90BB ). So we decide to see a flop.

Flop is 466 which is a very very good flop for my 22. If he didn't have a pair ( or maybe A6 ) we're still ahead. Vilain bets this flop ( as he will do 80% of time ), which could mean he has a pp or two high cards ( we can discount A6 as he would check there likely ). We decide to call and see what he does on turn.

Turn is 9. Not such a bad card again for my hand. This time he bets 800 in a 2850 pot giving me 4.6/1 to call. Is he bluffing here 18% of the time which means i would have good odds to call ?? Off course he is. We can just call and re evaluate on river.

River brings the 5 of diamonds, a complete blank. If i had him on turn i have him on river. He bets 1000 into 4450 pot. Which seems like a real valuebet giving me 5.4/1 to call. This ofc are odds i cannot refuse, so i call.

To be fair i call any bet here as i'm 75% sure i have the best hand. I mean with what hand would he follow that line ?? If he were a good player i would be scared he's using like 2 blocking bets to see a fairly cheap showdown with hands like 77 88, but he's not that good.

vilain turns over A10 and we take down a very nice pot.

PokerStars Game #55027078939: Tournament #346866533, $6.00+$0.60 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level VII (100/200) - 2010/12/29 15:49:48 CET [2010/12/29 9:49:48 ET]
Table '346866533 2' 6-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: vluka (8609 in chips)
Seat 2: entabeni (18391 in chips)
vluka: posts the ante 25
entabeni: posts the ante 25
entabeni: posts small blind 100
vluka: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to entabeni [2h 2c]
entabeni: calls 100
vluka: raises 400 to 600
entabeni: calls 400
*** FLOP *** [4h 6d 6s]
vluka: bets 800
entabeni: calls 800
*** TURN *** [4h 6d 6s] [9s]
vluka: bets 800
entabeni: calls 800
*** RIVER *** [4h 6d 6s 9s] [5d]
vluka: bets 1000
entabeni: calls 1000
*** SHOW DOWN ***
vluka: shows [Ac Th] (a pair of Sixes)
entabeni: shows [2h 2c] (two pair, Sixes and Deuces)
entabeni collected 6450 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 6450 | Rake 0
Board [4h 6d 6s 9s 5d]
Seat 1: vluka (big blind) showed [Ac Th] and lost with a pair of Sixes
Seat 2: entabeni (button) (small blind) showed [2h 2c] and won (6450) with two pair, Sixes and Deuce

2010 results will be up soon. 2011 goals also.