Sunday, October 31, 2010

LOL freerollaments

Poker has sucked lately. Haven't played live in weeks and my online tomfoolery has been unproductive. Instead of grinding at 6-max NLHE, where I've been on a good run, I've been concentrating on donkaments ... with one major exception. I managed to drop 3 BI at $2/$4 8-game playing like a spewtard.

Tournaments have been so bad that my OPR rank has dropped from the 98th percentile (for the last 120 days) to 76.5, the lowest I've been in over a year. Bleh. Doesn't seem like I'm playing poorly but rather am getting bit on the ass by variance.

Thank God for freerollaments. PS offered a $5k purse to bloggers who removed an old flag from their blogs and 249 donkeys showed up. Finished 4th for a most welcome $425payday. (Even that ended badly, losing with JJ v. QJ sooted AIPF.) But trust me, I'll take it. Many thanks to the kind people at Stars. I'll remove other stuff from my blog if you'd like.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Starting all over again

If you have Google reader or some other aggregator and actually have my blog linked, you might be confused about a couple of posts I tried to put up yesterday with a Pokerstars flag for a blogger freeroll. The thing blew out the template, prompting an e-mail to PS and a semi-quick response that the coding is not working.
PS is giving me a ticket for the freeroll anyway for having taken down my old WCBOOP flag posted earlier in the year.

Here was the rest of that failed post:

While there hasn't been any blogging for months, it doesn't mean my poker life has been fallow. I've had a few minor successes recently, including my deepest run ever in a $3 rebuy, a 7th place finish for $122 last Sunday. I screwed the pooch in that one, missing out on a big payday with some stupid and altogether unnecessary aggressiveness.

I had managed to chip up slightly from T34 shortly after the end of the rebuy period to T3 million with around 40 players left. I then proceeded to spew, spew, spew and met my demise much sooner than I had ever expected. I felt sick for a day or two knowing how I had blown such a great chance for a signficant payout.

Two days later, I finished second in a $8.80 6-max PLO tournament, and later in the week managed a third in a $5.50 PLO on the same night I bubbled the final table in an $11 HORSE donkament. Good results. But nearly a week later, the rebuy still haunts me. Happy Halloween indeed.

I have been trying to play as much as possible online lately, primarily tournaments the last month after a break-even, 25,000-hand binge of NL with the last 15,000 hands at $50 6-max. I’m hoping to play between six and ten tournaments today, starting with the $11 rebuy and an $8 affair. (Big-name pro sighting: Shaun Deeb is slumming at my rebuy table. Checked his OPR stats. He’s got over $1.2 million in profit. Must be nice. I thought the guy retired.)

I'll update if I manage any decent finishes.