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Poker - 1st week of Sept. better than losing Sep. 8th, 2008 @ 10:46 am
donkeyherder
Let me start by saying Enjoy life while you're young and free of responsibilities. Don't get me wrong, I'm definately living a dream in my eyes and most others. Buying my second home, living in Orange County, CA, recently new Corvette, good wife, new baby, good job, and I get to play a fair amount of poker, but add it all up and there is alot of stuff going on and crap to do.  It would be nice to be 16 or even 21 and pretty much come and go as I please. I rountinely pay for alot of things I could probably do myself, but I value my free time so much.  I guess if I was only making $9 an hour at work or cards or whatever I might not feel that way.  

In case there are those out there who are looking to make some serious money at poker just remember probably 90%+ of players out there are losing players at least eventually. Many of the so-called big name pros go bust here and there. While I have mentioned I started with only a single $100 deposit and never needed to make one ever again, I was still lucky enough to not go on a bad run and I did practice some live games and alot of play money games before I started and came up with the best strategy I could and actually stuck to my guidelines. I also read alot of books. What I'm getting at is I put in hours everyday every week like any other major hobby or profession and treated it seriously and that is what made me profitable. My first 2 years I made money grinding out hundreds of $10 sit in go''s. It wasn't anything to brag about considering how much time I put in but you gotta pay your dues. 

Enough with my mini-seminar for now, the first week of Sept. has been ok. I only got to play about 30 collective hours(multitabling hrs. added up) and made a few hundred dollars.  I continued to get sucked into trying out the double-up sng's on Cake which pay 5 outta 10 spots double their buy-in minus fees. They fill well but even the donks play tight and don't donk off their chips. I also lose one of my best plays which if chip leader to abuse all the other stacks near the bubble. In this circumstance that strategy is useless if you can't get paid any more than 5th so it's better to sit back and it then becomes a wait-a-thon and much more reliant on the cards you catch. I decided now I won't play them unless there's nothing else going or other beneficial factors. 

I worked on some of my stats and have an update on my sng cashing %'s (Again multis and double-ups, heads-ups, etc not included) Sng payouts about 30-40% so anything 40%+ would typically show a profit, 45-50% would be very good results, and 50%+ would be phenomenal and probably running hot as well:

May 08 - 118/283= 41.7%
June 08 - 58/138= 42.0%
July 08 - 86/183= 47.0%
Aug 08 - 60/118 = 50.8%
Sept 08 - 18/35 = 51.4% (So far)

I hope to keep the run going, but with minimal play anything can happen. GL all. If you have any questions or comments I'd like to help if possible.

 My 1st blog and poker bio started on May 11th if interested:  http://donkeyherder.livejournal.com/2008/05/11/ 

If you would like to check me out you can look me up on a few sites, pokerdb.com shows big tournament results. I play under "Donkeyherder"(Pokerstars),"Chipstacker2000"(FULLTILT), "donkeyherder2"(ULTIMATE BET), "d0nkeyherder"(ABSOLUTE POKER), and a few others. I've never had a losing year.  I won a seat to the 2006 WSOP main event and cashed in the top 10% of the field of over 9000 players.  I've made 81 Final tables, including 11 1st's (50-1555 players). Most of the time you'll find me grinding out Sit-n-Gos. Business opportunity inquiries can reach me at:  Donkeyherder2000@yahoo.com 
 



Poker - August not so bad considering...... Sep. 1st, 2008 @ 12:26 am
donkeyherder

My 1st blog and poker bio started on May 11th if interested:  http://donkeyherder.livejournal.com/2008/05/11/ 

Well just rounding up August, it looks like the month will be a decent success after all. I realy didn't expect to make a ton of money this month. Busy with work, moving into a new home, and a little time to play, I really kept my expectations low and was hoping to just finish positive. I ended up only playing a total of 110 hours for the month which sounds like a decent amount, but I play 2-3 sngs at a time and that time is all added together. So real time it's probably in the neighborhood of 45 hours. Before the baby came I was probably playing at least twice as much.  Oh well, I am young and have plenty of time down the road to play more later especially if I decide to go full-time pro in the next year or two. Like I mentioned on my previous post, last month I cashed 86/183=47% of my SNG's. In August, I had a pretty amazing run which I'm sure had some good luck involved, and finished August cashing 60/118=51%, which is exceptionally high at a $50-100 limit level and sng payout 30-40%. Anything 40%+ would be positive, 45% is pretty good and 50%+ is an exceptional run. 

Cake recently offered "Double up SNG's" which pay 50% 5/10 players, but you only get double your buyin back minus about 7% entry fee.  I tried a few of these out and made money, but didn't include them in my cash% stats and I don't think in the long run will pan out to make enough money for me per hour to be worth it to play. I figured even if I cashed 2 outta 3 overall, which is way hi, I'd only make like 30% per game, so unless the $75+ fill well I'll probably just use them as fillers when I can't get anything else going. I did enjoy them and was an interesting change to the avg sng. It plays alot like a multi which guarantees alot of seats in the late stages where everyone is just trying to stay alive and you have a couple renegades who get careless and attack the passive table. They're fun but we'll see.

As for multis, I only played about a dozen mid sized tourneys (100-400 players) and actually finished many of them very deep including 1 more final table (6th/200 coin flipped out), and a 16th/202 where I got screwed out (I'll save you the beat stories."

I wouldv'e liked to do more cash game play and research, but my poker tracker software didn't give me all the info I was looking for and I will have to manually pull up some of my hands and break them down further to get the data I want and it can be very time consuming. Considering how well my SNG play has been I will chip away the research and ease my way into the cash games later. I have cashed in the positive my last 8 outta 10 days and I don't feel like killing my good run by changing my game focus. I think alot of newer or osing players would fair much better if they stuck to their best type of game or two. SNG's, Cash (NL, Limit, Short handed-Long), Multi's, Holdem, Omaha, Rebuys, etc. Say maybe only 9 handed holdem SNg's and occassional small multi's and just grind it out at a small limit until they show consistent profits and slowly move up and master other games later if they prove to have more potential. Typically most players just play whatever seems fun at the time and above the limit they can beat. I'm sure it's an ego thing or people who play for fun.  It can definately get boring playing the same game over and over but if you're like me you make a game of it and try to master every element and look for and plug every leak. That's also why I would recomend 1 game 75% of the time, your 2nd best game 15-20% of the time and rarely mix in a random game at lower limits to look for better opportunities. Lets face it the game is tougher these days and you need to find a niche to really on a steady winning return on in case of a bad run.

Next month will probably be more of the same. I will probably start playing a little bigger since my bankroll has increased $70-100 with a few $200's mixed in here and there if things continue well and maybe in a couple months I'll be ready to play strictly $100's+ Sng's. Things have been good, but I won't push it. I'm feeling a bit luckier than usual and don't want to get ahead of myself. If anyone out there has any questions or topics they would like covered please let me know. Donkeyherder

If you would like to check me out you can look me up on a few sites, pokerdb.com shows big tournament results. I play under "Donkeyherder"(Pokerstars),"Chipstacker2000"(FULLTILT), "donkeyherder2"(ULTIMATE BET), "d0nkeyherder"(ABSOLUTE POKER), and a few others. I've never had a losing year.  I won a seat to the 2006 WSOP main event and cashed in the top 10% of the field of over 9000 players.  I've made 81 Final tables, including 11 1st's (50-1555 players). Most of the time you'll find me grinding out Sit-n-Gos.Business opportunity inquiries can reach me at:  Donkeyherder2000@yahoo.com 
 



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