Wednesday, 1 July 2009

uFR Challenge III: Day 1

Happy Canada Day everybody!

Today was the 1st day of the challenge. I wanted to make sure I got off to a good headstart on the volume to increase my winrate multiplier and last night was the best time to do it for me. I have played A LOT of poker in the last 21 hours.

Unfortunately I ran absolutely terrible in the cooler department overnight and quickly found myself down 7 buyins. This one was my last dropped buyin as was playing very poorly on top of that as you can tell by my horrible line in the hand history and I thought it was a good time to take a break:

Poker Stars $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players - View hand 169945
The Official Hand History Converter

CO: $50.00
BTN: $65.00
SB: $54.85
BB: $50.00
Hero (UTG): $50.00
UTG+1: $38.00
UTG+2: $28.45
MP1: $45.60
MP2: $32.40

CO posts a big blind ($0.50)

Pre Flop: ($1.25) Hero is UTG with 99 of spades 99 of diamonds
Hero raises to $2.50, 1 fold, UTG+2 calls $2.50, 4 folds, SB calls $2.25, 1 fold

Flop: ($8.50) 99 of hearts 66 of diamonds 66 of clubs (3 players)
SB checks, Hero checks, UTG+2 bets $5, SB calls $5, Hero calls $5

Turn: ($23.50) 55 of spades (3 players)
SB checks, Hero checks, UTG+2 checks

River: ($23.50) 55 of hearts (3 players)
SB bets $7, Hero raises to $42.50 all in, UTG+2 calls $20.95 all in, SB calls $35.50

Final Pot: $129.45
SB shows 66 of hearts 66 of spades (four of a kind, Sixes)
Hero shows 99 of spades 99 of diamonds (a full house, Nines full of Sixes)
UTG+2 mucks QQ of hearts QQ of diamonds
SB wins $43.10
SB wins $83.35
(Rake: $3.00)

Went and got myself a Tim Horton's coffee and fired up different tables. I told myself to just play solid ABC poker and win those buyins back. My goal was to win back at least 5 of those in the next several thousand hands. The coolers didn't stop, but the rest of my game improved, I played relatively tilt-free, and I slowly won 2 buyins for every 1 I continued to lose back. It was pretty gruelling to say the least but I am actually glad that I had the experience of just pure grinding for hours on end to see what that's like, especially in a losing situation.

A little later in the afternoon I put in about 4 more hours and started to show some profit for the month and I'm starting to feel really good about July and it's potential.

So I played a lot of hands for the first day of the challenge. Actually this is the most hands I've ever played in a single day.

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