Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Turns out we can steal internet access if I am out on the porch of my mother-in-law's so I have time for a quick post. I absolutely love this town, the weather is great, I am always welcomed back to this noon basketball game which I started playing in back when I was in college like 15 years ago, and it's just a beautiful environment. We are hoping to move back here at some point in the future, hopefully not more than 5 years from now.

Anyhoo, vacation continues to go well, I am enjoying eating well but also getting out and excercising and I am finally feeling better too.

We should be heading back up to Sac-town on Saturday and I am hoping to get a full day in on Sunday.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Preliminary WSOP Plans

So after thinking about it a bit today, I have preliminarily decided that I am going to try and get $50k worth of backing. This should be more than enough to cover every WSOP that I would want to play. I am going to be selling them as $500 shares so each share will be 1% of my WSOP action. Any money left over will be distributed back to my stakers in the percentage they bought in me (e.g. if someone buys 10 shares or 10% of me and I only spend 30k then that person would receive $2k back which is 10% of the 20k that would be left over).

I don't want to get bogged down with makeup so I am going to be offering a straight up 66.67%/33.33% deal where my backers get 2/3 of any profit I make and I get the other 1/3.

I will be paying for all incidentals (transport/housing/food/etc.) on my own dime.

I am not sure how the RIO does taxes - if they take a percentage out beforehand then any distributions will be made after taxes. If they don't then each staker will get there full share and will be responsible for paying their own taxes.

I will be making an ad on parttimepoker next week with all of my stats and info, so if you're interested keep checking back here and I'll have the link up.

Hopefully I can sell this out.

WSOP Schedule released

So we're back from Colorado, and I feel like I'm back in the Peace Corps because I caught some GI bug that is keeping me attached to the pot at least 3 times an hour. The aromatic sulphur burps are also a plus. I am actually feeling a bit better this afternoon, but if it continues I will probably need to actually go see an M.D.

The weekend in CO was too fast but it was fun. It is always nice to see family who you haven't seen for a while.

In poker news the WSOP schedule was finally released today and I am in the process of figuring out how I am going to (try) and get staked. I am still unsure whether I am going to try and make a real run this year and play the whole series or whether I will go for like a 2 week chunk.

If it's for the whole series I will probably need somewhere between 40-50k, and I'm not sure whether I would get that much or not. I will probably put an ad up on parttimepoker and see how much interest is out there and then go from there.

Tomorrow we head up to Santa Barbara where internet access is not always available (depending on who we are staying with), so I will probably not be updating much this week.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


My wife came home last night complaining that she didn't feel well. I couldn't tell if she was just rundown from work (who wouldn't be in her position?) or if she was coming down with something.

When she got up at midnight to pray to the porcelain gods it was obvious it was more than just being rundown. The crazy thing with her work is that she still almost dragged herself in even after getting up at 5:00 a.m. and puking again. I was amazed she actually did call in sick, but I'm glad she did.

Hopefully it's just a 24 hour bug because she has a test to take tomorrow and then we have a long drive to L.A. followed by a flight to Denver and then another drive to Fort Collins. And having to do all of that while you're sick would suck.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Good Inauguration Day

I got 3rd in the nightly 65k on Tilt for a little over $11k. I am a little disappointed by how I played short-handed, so I feel like I left another 4-14k on the table, but obviously I can't be too upset with a 5 figure score.

SF Weekend

My fam from L.A. and my sister and the younger part of her contingency from Dallas plus me and Charmian bombarded our cousin's house in S.F. for a little family reunion over the long weekend. It's always nice to see everyone and just relax. We also met up with some of our college friends who after some wordly voyages have ended back up in S.F. So it was nice to see everyone.

I will try and put in some tourneys this week, but it's always hard for me to play when I know that I am going to be taking an extended break soon. On Friday Charmian starts her vacation and we take off for a weeklong trek which will include stops in L.A., Fort Collins, Colorado, and Santa Barbara.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Good Friday

With that title I'll probably get a lot of people coming to this post around Easter.

Anyhoo, I got 2nd in the $163 50k on Tilt today so I am back in the black for the year.

It also looks like my wife got some co-workers to cover her on Sunday and Monday so we will be off to S.F. tomorrow.

I am clearly not going to get my volume in for this month, since we go on vacation next week, but I should be refreshed and raring to go in Feb.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hopefully can get back to playing

So my desktop crashed again this afternoon so I was forced to play a small session on my laptop. I then got help from my computer savvy poker friends and figured out how to wipe out my computer and just start over. So hopefully this will hold me until my new computer comes in a couple of weeks.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Blechier Tuesday

I made one mistake today but other than that I just got reamed. I also got disconnected twice when I was playing on my desktop on Fulltilt and both times I had the nuts postflop with an opponent betting into me. Add to it that my wife is getting hosed at work - they are making her work this weekend when she had been scheduled to have the 3 day weekend off - and I went on a little life tilt.

I finally broke down and just bought another computer so hopefully this retarded disconnecting won't happen anymore.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Blech Monday

Another 0 fer day. Played well, ran bad. Nuttin' new.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday Sunday Sunday

Went average. I moneyed 2 of the Sunday majors (the brawl on FullTilt and the Million on Stars) but never got anywhere in either so I lost a little for the day. I am playing well so I'll just keep grinding away.

We are having a little family reunion in San Fran next weekend and then my wife (which means me too) is on vacation for a week the following week so I am planning on playing full days this M-F as well as the following M-F so that I can get my 200 tourneys in for the month.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Day Off

I took today off to watch some football. My wife was actually off this evening so I made us some burgers and we went to go see Milk, which was basically just a biography of Harvey Milk but was a story I really knew very little about so it was good to see. When we came back, Chula (our dog) seemed a little too happy to see us until we saw the empty Cheetos bag on the living room floor. Should be a fun pooper scooper pick up tomorrow.

I will be back at it playing again tomorrow.

Friday, January 09, 2009


2nd night in a row my AA got cracked by a smaller pair all-in late in a tourney. I continue to play well, so once those big hands start holding up I should start seeing some nice results again. Waiting for the results to happen is always a challenge though.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

First positive day of the new year

So yesterday I ended the cashless streak, today I ended the losing money streak. I got 9th in the $50 rebuy on Stars. I played about as perfect as I could and just got extremely unlucky late where I took 2 bad beats and lost 2 races. I am definitely frustrated since 9th was like $1k and 1st was over $11k but at least I made a final table, and at least I am playing well. I am taking the rest of the night off since I am a little tilted (stupid bad beats) and will watch the football game and then I'm at it again tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

At least I finally got a cash

I ended the cashless streak, but had another losing day. I made maybe one or two overaggressive moves, but feel like my game is coming back into form. One good cash, and I am back in black.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

0 for 2009

well I had another 0fer day. So far I have played 27 tourneys this year and haven't cashed yet. Today was more of just running bad than playing bad - I don't think I got it in bad in any spot today so at least I am cutting down on the mistakes. Tomorrow I will hopefully break out and at least cash in something.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Not playing my best

I got my first full day back in today and it went poorly. I didn't play horribly but I did make some mistakes and to keep my ROI at what I need it to be, I just can't make silly mistakes. I am always surprised at how hard it is to stay focused and patient especially after a long stretch of not playing. I find myself getting upset and taking it personally when players raise me. When I am playing well, I am playing just as if I am giving advice on a poker forum. I analyze the best play to make based on my cards, position, and opponent and just focus on making the best plays and letting everything else take care of itself. But no matter how many hands I play and how ingrained it is in my head, I still expect to win every hand that I play, and I still get upset when I don't win. So the plan for tomorrow, is simply to keep taking care of my life first and then getting my poker in with a good mindframe. Once I get back into playing consistent mistake free poker the results should start flowing again.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Back to Playing (Finally)

So it's been like a month since I played last. I dropped the S.B. clan off at the airport this morning, my wife is on call today, so I am back at it. I played well today in my morning/aft session but got no love. I will put in a night session as well, so we'll see. But I should be back to putting in at least some volume this week.