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Sunday, July 19th, 2009
5:55 pm
[donkeyherder]
Building a bankroll
Over the last couple months, as a Cake Poker affiliates, we've signed up quite a few players and I'd like to give out some pointers on how to build and maintain a sustainable bankroll and hopefully learn from some of my experience, mistakes, and success.

When I 1st started out I had no clue how difficult it was to judge how good of a player you are and what kinds of swings your bankroll will go through on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. It seems to me the great majority of players coming in hoping to make a bunch of money playing poker, think the best way to take their shot is to be the next "Moneymaker" and treating poker like a lottery ticket rather than grind there way up the ranks like about 95% of all the REAL long lasting pro's have done like Ivey, Chan, Doyle...... 

Donate as little as possible to Poker University - The one thing I did know was I wasn't good enough to jump into anything bigger than $2/4 limit cash games and $10-20 sit in goe's or multi table tourneys. Not necessarily because I couldn't afford more, but my skill level was just not there yet. So if I'm going to lose a little money at 1st while trying to get down the basics, I wanted to lose as little as possible while I'm basically paying my poker "Tuition".  So if you're fairly new to poker or online poker, start off playing small until you feel completely comfortable with the game and online site and you actually have a consistant winning record. Each game and online poker site take some time getting used to. I personally spend about a week feeling out a new game before I risk anything substantial.

Track your stats - Almost every good poker player knows exactly what games they are most succesful. Alot of players seem to have a hard time doing anything other than sitting down and playing. Let's be honest, the majority of people who take there shot at being the next wannabe poker pro end up losing money because they don't even want to take the time to think about how, what, or where they play. I am personally a stat freak and love to break down my numbers into every possible category to help me maximize my profitability. Now I know many players aren't looking to turn their favorite hobby into a full-time job, but you at least need to have an honest record on how you're doing.

Do your homework - These days there is so much information on the internet, poker books have tend to be discarded by some as something not worth the time or up to date with the way games are played today. I think this might be true in some cases at very high limit play, but for someone starting out they can give you alot of great advice for usually only $15-40. I figure if any book is able to help me win just 1 pot in my lifetime, then it was worth the purchase. There are also alot of good magazines out there which are good to pull out while doing nothing and killing time.

Find an online poker site that gets rakeback and take advantage of bonuses - Obviously I'm a bit partial to Cake Poker which gives one of the highest rakeback deals at 33% back on all fees and generated rake, but if you do play anywhere else make sure you don't sign up without getting rakeback. For many players that are close to break-even, rakeback can turn some slightly losing players into winners and winners into healthy winners. Many online pro active players get $1,000 to over $10,000 a month in just rakeback alone. I have a link for my rakeback deal at the bottom of the entry and as a link on the left side. As far as bonuses, many sites offer 1st deposit bonus matches.  Cake Poker, in fact, offers a 1st deposit match of 100% up to $600! Just be careful not to play outside your normal comfort zone to get a few extra dollars and in the process lose hundreds or thousands of dollars in the games themself. I recently had 2 major sites institute a limited amount of time to earn the bonus dollars you could be tempted to play way too big to earn a couple hundred dollars. Luckily, Cake Poker had never had a time limit, so be careful anywhere else. 

Avoid becoming a satelite junkie - Ideally I would say to never play a satelite you can't afford to buy directly into without it heavily affecting your bankroll. It really doesn't make sense if you haven't gotten good enough to build your bankroll and buy directly into a tournament which poses much tougher competition than you're normally used to. Many times I've found myself buying into multiple satelites and bubbling out and in the end I could have just bought straight in. Better yet I have no problem winning satelites only to consistently not cash in on that BIG tournament and in the end depleting my bankroll from all the satelites I played.

Impose strict limits on what % of bankroll you risk per game - Especially for newer players who don't understand the time it takes to build a bankroll and how easy it is to lose it all after a few bad games/weeks etc. It can be a bit different for each game but I would say for standard sit-n-goes which payout about 33% of players, I would only risk at most 1-3% of my bankroll or $10 of a $500 bankroll. In a multi table tourney which usually only pays 10% of players closer to 1% or $5-10 of a $500 bankroll. Cash games are a totally different animal. Just to sit down to a $2/4 limit game you need $100 and the swings can be very wide. I would say you would need at least $2,000-3000, so about 20X the buyin seems about right. This can be abit shocking for some players, but if you really are a good player you will move up through the ranks fairly quickly. This also leads to the topic of bad runs.

Don't multi table if you have yet to become a long term consistant winner - I might get some crap for this because like me, alot of players are a bit A.D.D. and waiting 3 seconds to analyze a hand is just way to long so we play 3-4 tables at a time. The problem with this idea is that the great majority of online players struggle with just being profitable while playing 1 game and for every additional game you play your winning % typically drops. So if you're barely a winning player 2 games might push you to barely even and 3 games at a time can make you a loser. Typically the only players who succeed at this have already broken down every game they've ever played and figure out an exact strategy so that decisions are made easier (not necessarily the best play) and they already have very good notes on how all the others opponents play at the table. Playing only 1 table (Or 2 max) leaves you enough time to really evaluate every hand and opponent to make the best possible plays and improves your game the fastest, enabling you to eventually move up to higher limits much easier.   

If you're running bad, regardless of luck, you need to make some changes - This is probably what ruins most poker bankrolls than anything else. Maybe your patience is wearing thin, you're getting tired, distracted by too many things (TV, phone, work, muti-tabling too many games), maybe your opponents are beating you with total junk or maybe you are just not skilled enough yet to play at the limits you are playing. No matter the reason whenever things are going bad dramatic changes need to be made and usually for me it's because I'm playing too aggressively or too many hands or both, taking too many big risks. So tightening up for me works. Maybe that's not everyone's problem, but most athlete's/competetors have some weakness they have to always be on top of. It can be very hard to move down in limits especially after being at a limit for a long time. I remember killing $100+ 6mans on Pokerstars for months until I got a little too confident and my competition started to catch up in skill and I eventually dropped down to $30 sng's for a few months until I found a couple other games and new sites (Cake Poker included) that proved more profitable.

There is much work to be done and there are many skills needed to become a winner in the long run at the tables, however, if you can follow the techniques and rules I just mentioned, you will be far ahead of your competition. I wish you all luck at the tables. If you have any questions or comments feel free to share.

Again, anyone looking to get a great rakeback deal saving at least 33% on all the fees and rake you pay to play. Please give Cake Poker a shot if you haven't already. You must use our signup code to get a rakeback account though! Please contact us if you have any questions or interest in signing up. Cake poker is a great site with active table at all limits and alot of loose players.

to join

1. download cakepoker.com here: Cake Poker
2. open a new real money account (you don't have to deposit to do this at this time) using FRAZ (all caps) in the SIGN UP CODE box...you don't put anything in the promotional code box

For new players, you will get 110% of what you deposit, up to $600 on your first deposit as well...thats free money !!


I can also help you if you have any problems making any deposits if you send me an email and you wish to transfer money from another site.

You can also download using the banner below....if you choose to join...shoot me an email to let me know you did and what your screen name is, so I can invite you to the free roll. For new players, I am always here to answer questions about the site or poker in general, so please ask.

You can email me at Donkeyherder2000@yahoo.com Cake Poker
Monday, October 27th, 2008
12:37 pm
[donkeyherder]
What Online Site should I Play?
I've been playing online for 6 years and have played on 6 different sites. I posted a review on these sites if anyone's looking for more info or looking to add a new poker site to your mix. http://donkeyherder.livejournal.com/2008/10/20/ Gl, Donkeyherder.
Saturday, September 27th, 2008
11:14 pm
[donkeyherder]
Here's a link to my latest poker blog if interested
I'm always looking for some new poker friends. Here's a link to my latest blog pos if intrested. GL, Donkeyherder: http://donkeyherder.livejournal.com/9427.html
Saturday, September 20th, 2008
10:20 pm
[donkeyherder]
Looking for poker friends

Hey guys (and girls) How's your week? I just sayin hi. I posted a new entry to my blog if your intrested. http://donkeyherder.livejournal.com/2008/09/20/
Monday, September 15th, 2008
1:34 am
[donkeyherder]
Poker - The run was great while it lasted...MMMPPHHHH!!!!
I knew the poker karma was flowing and it seems like you never just coast back into your normal winning patterns after a nice hot streak. I think almost every time I basically get slammed against a wall at full speed and I can usually see the wall coming from a mile away and can't do anything about it. I pretty much got bubbled and sucked out and lost every coin flip over the last week.  I won't bore you with a bunch of beat stories, but I thought the start to this weak would be pretty good. On Sunday I played 3 satelites to the Pokerstars $3 million and won 2 of them, basically getting a free entry. The tourney had over 7000 players and after 3 hours was on the leader board which is tough vs thousands of players left, and unfortunately had JJ run into KK and then bad beat a few hands later somewhere around 2000/7000+. After Sunday, which ended as an overall loss, I proceeded to post a loss 4 more days in a row, for around -$1700 :(  Fortunately, I've been able to tread water the last few days and I feel very good about my play and chalk it up to bad luck and knowing I've been running hot for a while. I was also able to squeeze in 9 mutli's this week and cashed 2 including 1 final table in which I was booted 1st hand in on a missed coin flip. I also finished deep in a few of the others. Today I also just missed a final table on a Full tilt $20 rebuy and got KO'd 13th/215 which didn't een show a profit.

So my play has felt good, but my luck had fleeted me for a few days. I'm on vacation from my real job next week and should get some extra playing time in, so I still expect to at least finish the month in the positive unless I get involved in alot of multi's that don't hit big. That's definately one topic I'd like to cover that most players probably blow there bankroll on while a few cash big. And the one's who cash big typically want to try and play all sorts of new games and give it all back before they know it.  Believe me I know. Even though I've always ended up at the end of the year in poker, there have been plenty of stretches were I cash a big multi and spend the next few months dumping it all back because of bad luck or loose play thinking I was so good I didn't really need to think out my plays and went on auto-pilot.  I've also fell into the pit of playing a bunch of satelites which I did very well, only to play in the big tournament and constantly bust out, and in the end showing a loss for my efforts, when the whole time I coulda been grinding out SNG's or cash games and made a big profit.

If I was training another player, I would tell them to use maybe 25% or less of their profits per month to play in multi's so that the profit part is constant and if you are on a good run you can take a couple shots at a multi and treat it like a lotto ticket with better odds. Variance is hard enough on cash games and sng's, you start smashing things and cursing the world after playing any lengthy amounts of multis (Ask my metal trash can:)  ).

Early this week I did get a request to show the difference in playing the same hand in a SNG vs Cash game. I would like to get a few good hands to show but have been pretty busy.  Basically, in a cash game you will play most any hand in any position or circumstance which in the long run shows a profit. That seems obvious, but the real question is how do you know and that's were all the boring research comes into play and all the experience pays off.  Most people don't want to do the research and over time some might get a decent feel for what to do, but if you do the research your learning speed is multiplied. The other part of this is SNG strategy is usually much tighter early on. There are many times I lay down hands which would show a positive return, but it isn't worth the risk of being knocked out of a tourney early in return for a 50% chance of a double up. You have to remember that just because you double up in a tourney doesn't guarantee that you even cash. An example might be if early in a tourney you have AK OR JJ and are pretty sure the other guy is committed and you will win the hand in general 50% or more of the time, but it is only the first few minutes of the tourney. I would pretty much pass up any major risky hand unless I was almost sure I had the odds in my favor.  Another similar example of this might be playing suited connectors. In a cash game with the right odds would be a great investment, but in a tourney you will probably find yourself losing half your stack after missing your draw 2/3 of the time and forced to shove too early when there are more players at the table who can call you down.

For now that's it I guess. I'm heads up in a $100 9 player and don't wanna donk off my chips not paying attention as usual. Any other questions or comments I'll be happy to answer next time. GL, Donkeyherder.

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 - 32/74 = 43.2% (So far)

 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 82 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 
 
Monday, September 8th, 2008
10:46 am
[donkeyherder]
Poker - 1st week of Sept. better than losing
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 
 


Monday, September 1st, 2008
12:26 am
[donkeyherder]
Poker - August not so bad considering......

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 
 


Monday, August 25th, 2008
12:26 am
[donkeyherder]
Poker - Moving sucks, but Final Tables are Gooood!
My 1st blog and poker bio started on May 11th if interested:  http://donkeyherder.livejournal.com/2008/05/11/ 

Well I'm excited about moving into a new home for sure, esp. since where were at is so small. The new house is like 3X the size!! I was able to pick up a few things off my buddy T_dawg who happens to be moving too and move some things in early, which will be nice at least we don't have to do it all in one day.  Aside from moving gripes it definately cuts into my already part-time poker deal. I was able to squeeze in a few SNG's and a multi or 2 this week. I haven't played hardly any multi's due to the length in time it requires, but found some time on Friday and played a $55 Bounty on Ultimatebet. I actually ended up at final table and lost a critical hand with AJ vs J10.  I raised 9k/3k blinds he called from BB and flop came KQ3 he checked, I bet half pot he called. Turn came another K and he lead out 1/3 pot bet. Odd move I thought, I didn't feel it was a strong play and put him on a Q or a draw. I called and rivered an Ace. Of course the perfect card for him and luckily he only bet about 1/3 again. After that I went from 3rd to 6th and had to make a praying shove and was KO'd on a coin flip for 6th place. I believe I won about $600, which was a little bit disappointing considering I was in like 2nd to 3rd in chips that last part of the tourney which goes to show all it takes is 1 hand to kill your tournament no matter how strong of stack you have, so make sure you make the right play and probably not pussy-foot around because losing any chips at that level is deadly and theres not much turning things around. All in all I am happy to make another final table considering I don't play many multis right now, but I have had a rash of 5th-8th places over the last year and know I need to make some adjustments to either tighten up and wait for a solid shove and/or play every pot more aggressively and make those big moves when it counts and put myself in better position to be chip leader on final table.

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:   
 
Thursday, July 31st, 2008
10:45 pm
[donkeyherder]
Poker - Tdawg is killing and a good month for me
 For my poker bio story you can go back to May 11th at http://donkeyherder.livejournal.com,  if interested.

 Well I wish it was me, but I'm very happy for my boy T_dawgonu.  He has been bubbling out of a big Aruba WPT trip all year long and was in good position last week during UB's 50 seat tourney. It got down to like 70 players and it was a major grindfest. He had a solid stack until that and slowly lost chips until it was down to 57 and he was shorth stacked and a big stack was raising every hand for fun because he knew most everyone had to fold. Tdawg finally shoved in EP before it got to that guy who eventually called anyways along with the big blind. He sadly turned over a 109 offsuit allin. The flop the came 9 HI!! Then of course a K and Q fall. He expected to be dead again on the bubble:( Just then a miraculous showdown the other 2 had NOTHING and he tripled up!!! Now with a solid stack all he had to do was wait it out, or so he thought..... Down to 52 players a solid player raised and he looked down to see AA. I was watching him play and begged him to lay it down. To me it was obvious its not worth risking a 10-20% shot at losing a seat with only 2 to go, but he has never had to lay down AA is his life and begrudgingly layed it down not really happy about the move and actually showed the table his fold. He was ridiculed by some and the original raiser claimed to have QQ, which I believe considering it would have been too risky to play otherwise. Luckily 2 players finally busted and looking back he says he now thinks it was the right play and is going to Aruba and party in a mansion on top of a hill with a frickin butler and massager on staff, WTF!! He invited me, but it would be hard to pull off with work and new baby, etc. He won a seat to Aruba last year as well and cashed in the event for like 10K I think. I know I had a peice and made a little. I hope he has fun again this year cash or not.

A little more praise for T_dawg, He likes to play cheapy tourneys and typically ends up grinding them out till midnight for a few dollars. He called me that night as chip leader hoping I could play it out for him so he could go to bed, but I was already playing my own and I saw him the next day all pumped up as he ended up winning the thing for like $2,000 for a $30 buyin. He's been making final tables in multis like crazy. I wish I had the time to play multi's and we could be splitting, but I promised to cool down on the multi's for a while with the baby it's just too tought to grind out 3-7 hour tourneys.

T_Dawg success aside, finishing out my months here in July, I have had one of my best months in a while. The best part is that it wasn't just one big multi cash, but 2 final tables, a few good days on cash games, and many decent days playing sit-in-goes. So an all-around good month performance.  I also am now in much better position in bankroll on AP and on Cake, so I can now play most of the higher buyin tourneys and maximize my best returning games without worry of busting my bankroll.  I also am happy I did it while at the same time cutting down my overall play due to being busy with family, home, work, and catching up on my stock research.  I should maintain a lighter schedule next month, but should be able to play at full capacity and also be open to catching up on researching my own poker stats to improve my play. I think August will be a great month for me and September-October could be huge. The only big caveat is I will be in process of moving out of our condo, finding renters, and buying/moving into a new house. From previous experience moving has typically distracted and hurt my play. Either way, great things to come. A new big house with a nice big office of my own to create a perfect poker setup. I don't think I've mentioned my current setup, but I've got 3 - 24" Samsung monitors running and a TV on the side, and I still need more screen space. I hoping to add a 37" inch LCD screen to go overhead so I can fit all the game lobbys I'm registered in out of my way so I can focus on my games and spreadsheets I work on.

Well I guess that's it for now, the new WSOP's 2008 are on ESPN this week, I'm excited about that. I hope to have a good start to next month. My 6 year wedding anniversary is on the 4th. Yea!!  Gl to all including me. 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 80 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  

 
Monday, June 9th, 2008
10:16 am
[donkeyherder]
Poker - Wsop heartache

Once again, the beginning of my poker beginings was May 11th post if your intrested.

Well it could have only been worse if I had taken out more money to lose. lol...I went to Vegas on Thursday to play in Event #9 of the WSOP. I was feeling pretty confident after final tabling the other night. We stayed at the Platinum hotel just off the strip. I have to say if you decide to book a trip to Vegas, check out the rates there first. They had a special going on Hotels.com for 30% off and of course I decide to book it the next morning and by then it went up to 20% off...sigh. Either way the rooms there was the nicest I've stayed in while in Vegas for the same price as those dumpy rooms you would get on the strip and it sits right behind the Flamingo so it's not like it was far off. The only thing some people might have a problem with is it is completely non-smoking and the is NO gaming inside this hotel!! Pretty shocking for a Vegas hotel. Which was all fine for me Since I was playing elsewhere anyways. I guess the Tuscany hotel/casino behind it runs some poker tournaments. The rooms were top notch and over 900 square feet! with a kitchen and full appliances. I know it sounds like a free advertisement here, but it was the only bright spot of the trip for me aside from getting to hang out with my family.

As for the poker, ehemmm... I signed up the night before the tourney which went suprisingly easy compared to past years debacles and hit the ground running on Thursday morning. They started me off at what seemed a relatively novice table and I was running the table aggressively. I started with 3000 chips and had built up to about 5000 in the first hour. Then the table next to me got a little exciting and one guy knocked out 2 players and were short handed. Can you guess who they moved over there....sigh. I was on the big blind so off I went. This table was quite a bit more loose aggressive and I was trying not to get too involved too early. I got a couple decent hands early and took down a solid pot off the big stack aggressor. I was starting to think he might not want to mess with me and then I was dealt a AQs in late position. I raised about 3.5x the blinds which the big aggressive guy I'll call "Bubba" loosely called with his big stack. the flop cam J107, I bet my overcards and gut shot and he called. I didnt put him on much or I figured he woulda raised with all the draws out there. The next card was a 9, giving me a double gutter and 2 overs, and he checked again. I really didnt think he had much or a draw so I quickly fired another big bet.  I then got an unexpected announcement of ALLIN!! SIGH......I still didn't think he had much, but he knew he had plenty of chips to push me off my hand. I had over 1/2 my chips already in the pot and reluctantly let my hand go wishing I took my free card on the turn to see if I could hit one of my many outs. Instead I gave him the opportunity to push me off my hand. Anyways, I reluctantly folded only to see him make the same move against another player shortly after and he was called down shoowing absolutely nothing, no draw no pair, zilch!!! This sickened me worse, but at the time hadn't seen him make such a move since I was new to the table and got me to laydown.  A few hands later, down to 1800 chips 50/100, "Bubba" raised from EP (Which he did with any 2 cards) and I had AKs. I shoved allin and got a suprise call from the SB as well as Mr. Bubba. the flop came like J72, Turn J, River 10, and Bubba bet the river, showing AJ, grrrrrrrrr.  So that was it for my WSOP this year. I whined a little, but was a little relieved I didn't play for 3 days and go out on the bubble for the same goose egg. 

I hung out with family the rest of the trip. I dumped $10 into a slot machine, then tried to play some $1-2 NL cash games which was quite the spectacle with multiple raises in the dark from 1st position and actual raises with K2 EP, it's no wonder I would no doubt get sucked out on a few times and drop $200. I then decided to play a $70 SNG which had one player win allin and proceed to play every hand he was dealt and run over the table knocking me out Q9 vs his 45 allin preflop. Then to cap it off I decided to play some hand shuffled blackjack and attempted to use my amatuer card counting skills to get me outta my hole. I eventually got a nice count of +12 on a 6 deck shoe with about half the cards dealt.  I raised my bet, dealt an 18, dealer showed a 7 and proceeded to hit a number of cards to make 21. Then next hand at +14 count I put the rest of my money in and was dealt a 13 vs dealer Ace. I hit, needing an 8 or less and was dealt.............a 9 of course!! I proceeded to take my sorry arse back to room before I lost my gas money, lol.  All in all I was 0/5 and down $2,000 for the trip. Very bad, my worst trip (gambling wise) ever.  But like I said I did have a good time with family and didn't play too poorly, only regretting 1 hand, found a new hotel, and survived to play another day.  

Yesterday was my first day of play since my trip and my goal was to have at least an up day and try not to piss off my wife with all my recent play. I was able to accomplish 1 of 2. Can you guess which one?? The least important of the 2....have an up day.  I had another good run on a multi only to be coin flipped out before the big money 14th out of like 400, unfortunately, the tournament took much longer than usual and kinda interfeared with some of my wife's plans and I was quickly in the dog house :( I eventually agreed to stick to SNG's and hold off the multi's until her teaching year is over in 2 weeks. It's just so much harder with a baby to try to to play 4,5,6 hour long multi's. 

On the good note, I did finish my day on the slight upside, winning a couple sng's and finishing deep in a multi. Tomorrow I take care of the baby while my wife goes to work so that's always a crap shoot on what I get to play. Usually the best play is usually ultra turbo 6 handers (10-20 minutes each) while he's sleeping, which can be 5 min. to 2 hours. I got a little bit of work to do now to get this month back into the positive. GL at the tables, comments and questions are appreciated. 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 single 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 78 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
    
Friday, May 30th, 2008
8:12 am
[donkeyherder]
My 1st entry, Poker anyone?
  Well this is my first entry here and I'm not too savy yet on how this site works, but here it goes.  I'm your average or not so average happily married guy who work a 9 to 5 by day to support my family and first addition (baby boy Diego 6 month old) and by night I am the "Donkeyherder". A semi-professional mostly online poker player trying to become the next WPT or WSOP superstar.  For now I aiming at being an online poker star. However, unlike most all the other hot shot 20 year olds out there I do have a few accomplishments to hang my hat.  I started about 4 years ago with a single $100 deposit and turned it into thousands.  

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 single 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 77 Final tables, including 11 1st's (50-1555 players). Most of the time you'll find me grinding out Sit-n-Gos.

So I'm not a total poker pro wannabe, but at the same time I'm still shlubbin my 9 to 5 which isn't horrible at 50k, company car, free gas, etc. But who wouldn't want to live the dream of playing for millions against the best on T.V.

So anyways, before I go into a total book, for now I'm looking to get a few things off my chest, get a little feedback, answer some questions, and maybe get lined up someday with a couple sponsors.  So if there's any questions or comments out there poker related I'd be happy to answer when I can, god knows how many eyes roll I already get from the friends and relatives when I tell them I wanna play poker full time to make my living.  Anyways, I got started on this after checking out my buddy Jhub3000 on his live journal here and it gave me motivation, so props to him, check out his journal if you get a chance, he's a bad ass sit-in-goer I've played with a while makin bank and really starting to make it big.  Thanks for any feedback GL to you all and try not to go and blow your mortgage. 

Business opportunity inquiries can reach me at: Donkeyherder2000@Yahoo.com


 
8:11 am
[donkeyherder]
The evolution from a donkey to a Donkeyherder
 Click May 11th for 1st entry.
 
Well since I'm just starting this journal out I don't expect to get too much feedback so I'll just run through how this whole thing got started.  Since I was a little kid I've always been hooked on the idea of making money just by being smart and using my brain rather than slaving away at a 9 to 5.  Not that theres anything wrong with a 9 to 5, heck I've done it for the last 12 years, but for the most part very few people are ever going to make big money working for "The Man". When I was a little kid I got into baseball cards right before the whole sportscards memorablia craze hit and I had probably 10,000 cards, and all sorts of stuff.  I organize them to the max, trade them with friends, monitor their prices, basically I was sucked in early to financial markets and economics.  The coolest thing I figured out at the time was I got the addresses of all the major league teams and would send baseball cards in the players names to get autographed and send a return envelop stamped to send it back.  You'd probably think I'd never see it again, which was true about 75% of the time, but with persistance and focus on newer players and recently traded players, etc.  I got literally hundreds of usually authentic autographs from most of the top stars in the game (Mike Piazza, Nolan Ryan, Dominique Wilkens, Mike Mussina, etc,) for as little as 50 cents for postage and a month or two wait.  I remember one time I had one of my letters sent directly to a players mom's home who sent me all sorts of cool stuff. After that experience I thought to myself "Wow you can really get ahead in life by just using your head and being proactive and just give things a shot. 

Anyways, I took that life lesson into High School where I eventually landed a class in economics where we had classes teaching us about the stock market and I was automatically hooked.  Since then I've been a non-stop nut looking for ways to beat the market and have created my own database and stock evaluator using my own formulas and figure one day to take my future poker profits and parlay them into the financial markets. Then came POKER!

Since I got all the time in the world I'll get more in depth into my poker beginnings on my next post, but basically I wanted to learn to play poker but never hada chance to with anyone else and I used to play blackjack and other casino games for fun at home alot not really because I was a gambling freak but to try and figure out a way to beat the system.  Most of the time it failed but I had fun devising strategies and one day about 5 years ago my company had a Las Vegas trip where I stumbled across a poker room at The Palms Hotel in this little corner pocket of the casino.  At the time the poker scene was no where near what it is today. The "Moneymaker effect" was still about a year away.  When I saw the sign "Poker Room" I swear it was instant revelation. It was like oh my gosh you can actually play other people in a casino at a game for money??!! I'm in!!
I proceded to buy in for $100 to a 2/4 limit game.  From the get-go I think I took the nuances of the game in very quickly, however, I think my basic line of donk thinking was play anything suited, 2 big cards and any ace hand. LOL wow I can smell donk from here.  Anyways, like I said the game 5 years ago wasn't the same as it is today.  Most the players were more passive and tight and I quickly realized if I played aggressive I could take down pots.  The first hour I remember being so pumped up and I actually was running the table probably sucking out like crazy and stealing pots left and right up like double my buyin, only to be moved to another table and have the law of mathmatics take its proper course and wipe me out. lol. 

But that was the day that changed my life.  I bought Mr. Respectable Phil Hellmuth's 1st book on holdem (The one where uses animal analogies to reflect player styles? I just know its red and I studied it like crazy actually learning basic strategy and preparing myself for my next battle.  More on that later. 

Yesterday was a pretty good day considering I didn't play much due to Mother's Day. I cashed 4/7 of my 6 to 10 handed turbo SNG's and made about $400.  Time to go babies crying ugh talk about -EV!! Again feedback and questions are definately appreciated. Gl all, 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 single 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 77 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
 
8:10 am
[donkeyherder]
Poker - From a Donkey to a Donkeyherder part 2
My first post was on May 11th, this is basically part 3 of my humble beginnings. 

Well the last entry I posted I described my humble beginnings into poker and how I begun my life changing metamorphisis from an everyday table donk wannabe.  As I said before after my first real live game in Vegas at the Palms, I picked up a basic strategy poker book and learned some poker basics.  The days of "any two will do" was over.  When I got back home I was dying to play again.  I was hooked on the poker bug.  I eventually came to find out there were some local casinos within a 30 min drive in Hawaiian Gardens and the Bicycle club in Bell Gardens.  Well around this same time I was in the middle of working full-time and going to school as a business major,a nd getting married to my long-time girlfriend.  Somehow I managed to squeeze in a couple trips every week to play for a couple hours.  I would play some 2/4 limit cash games and do ok.  I did this for it seems like a few months before I found out you could actually play online for real money.  

I decided one day to play my first tournament and actually made final table.  I think I grinded in about 7th place.  I could tell I was still a bit of donk just by the way I put the chips in the pot and hold the cards.  My timing was off a bit but early on I could recognize the necessity of playing your opponents hand and wasn't scared to be aggressive.  After a couple more modest cashes on the tables I really thought I had a gift.  I knew I wasn't as good as some of the other players, but I could recognize many of the other players' weaknesses and knew I wasn't as bad as most of them and as long as I didn't try and play above my skill level I could catch up.

I continued to buy a couple more poker books and studied harder than I ever had to before.  In my school days I always could get by without even studying.  I'd knock out all my homework in class and still pulled A's and B's.  Even in college I knew what I needed to know and would sit in class watching everyone furiously taking notes and I'd be sitting there just watching everyone and the teacher would look at me probably thinking I was just another slacker student.  I was get a kick out of always being the first one in class to finish my tests and usually pull an A or B.  Even in full sized auditoriums I'd be like the first one done every time.  Now I'm not gonna act like I was Stu Ungar and be able to memorize everything I saw or heard or I am brilliant or something, but I always knew what was important to know and I guess I could process and answer test questions much quicker than most.  This all being said made me feel I could have a future in poker if I applied myself.

By now Moneymaker made history and internet poker was quickly coming onto the scene.  I decided to check it out.
That's it for now.  I'll continue on later.  As for how my game went yesterday, I actually had a realy good day.  I played 16 Sng's and cashed in 9, including my last 6 in a row.  Normally my rule of thumb on SNG's is if I get on a run to play until I don't cash in a Sng.  I did a study on this once showing I had like a 25-50% higher rate of cashing my next  SNG if I cashed the previous SNG.  I'm not much for superstitions, but I'm sure it has to do with how well I'm playing and the type of opponents playing that day.  As for yesterday though it was getting late and I needed to work the next day.  I've been playing mostly on Absolute Poker and just started playing some on Cake Poker.  The players on Cake are really bad and I get 33% rakeback there and on AP I'm working off a $200 reload bonus and get 30% rakeback.  Those 2 sites seem to be my best oppurtunity for profits for now, but I do still play on a total of 5 sites depending on which site has the best tourneys for the way I play.

Well time to go, I'll continue my little life story next post. Gl all. Again any comments or question are appreciated and I'll try to answer the best I can.  

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 single 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 77 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
 
8:07 am
[donkeyherder]
Poker - Not a donk but far from a herder
 My first post was on May 11th, this is basically part 4 of my humble beginnings. 

So after a couple months reading a few poker books and  trying my hand at my local cardrooms with some minor success I decided to look a little more into online poker.  At the time there were a number of smaller sites, but Partypoker was the biggest site around.  I was already a bit hesitant to buy anything online.  Online transactions were still pretty new and kinda buyers beware.  I decided if I was going to take a shot at online poker I was going to go with the biggest site and hopefully I wouldn't get ripped off let alone have bad luck or simply lose by my own donk moves.  I figured best thing to do was download the software and play with fake money for a while till I get used to the whole routine. At the time I was mostly concerned about getting as much play as I could for as little money as I could.  I think alot of people make the mistake of just jumping right in to real money play and are uncomfortable with the way things work and are uncomfortable with the software and the other players play.  This leads to a bad losing experience and people give up.  Another mistake I think new players make (and probably most others) is play above what their bankroll can handle, go on a bad streak or play against tougher competition at higher limits and get blown out of the game. I would recomend not putting more than 3-5% of your bankroll at risk in any game.  Unfortunately most people throw maybe $200-300 on a site and can't imagine playing $10 sng's or play in a 25-50 cent cash game.  

Well I played with fake money for a few weeks and I quickly realized how many people would just play overaggressive because they just didnt care because it wasn't real money.  However, despite this I had a sort of epiphany.  I would notice most of the players would bust out of the sng's by the time it got to around the 150-200 blind limit.  So I thought to myself "What if I just not play a single hand except QQ, KK, and AA until the 150 blind level and see what happens.  Well that experiment blew me away! I was cashing like 60% of the time!!  I practiced this for a week or two and was convinced it would work in real money tournaments as well.  Now I wasn't stupid enough to believe that the results would be equally impressive considering all the crazies dumping chips in free money sng's, but I watched enough of the very lo limit real money sng's to know theres still  alot of crazy play at those limits and the best course of action was to sit back and let the idiots take each other out. 

So I finally decided to take the leap.  I figured I'd toss $100 bucks on Partpoker and see what I could do.  Unfortunately at the time PartPoker's lowest sng buy was $5+1 and $10+1.  I thought to myself who can win with 20% rake on a $5 sng.  So I figured it was only smart to play the $10 sng.  You might have noticed I just went on a rant earlier about only risking about 3-5% max in a single game. Well I never said I knew everything from the start, but at the time I didn't have much choice, either deposit more on an unproven secure website, pay 20% rake on a $5 sng, or cross my fingers and hope the cards fall my way.  So I made the move. I was so excited to get started. It was Feb. 18th 2004 (Yes I actually have records on my play all the way back to my very 1st game over 4 years ago.) By the way, I think keeping very detailed records is almost more important than any other thing you can do to best successful. I'll delve more into that later, but how else can you really tell which game is the one you make the most money with, not just in total, but most importantly PER HOUR.  So I made the deposit and it showed $100 in my online poker account.  I proceeded to click onto a $10 NL sng.  I proceed to hang in there for about 30 minutes before my stack got a bit low and was dealt 99 (Yes I even noted the exact hands I went out on, I told you I was detailed!!), which I got allin and got KO'd 7th place.  Uh oh, maybe it wasn't as easy as I thought?  I then tried again.  This time I hung in there. I'm not sure how this one played out but it was the start of my poker history. I WON!! $50. Woohoo!!  Sweet! I played another.  I WON that one too!!  I played one last game before I went to bed and got KO'd after 55 minutes w/AJ taking 3rd place for $20.  All in all I finished up $76 nearly doubling my $100.  I probably laid in bed that night counting the $$$ falling into my lap, lol. By the end of that week I was up $279 nearly quadrupling my bankroll. 

I'm sure my strategy was solid. I basically stumbled on the right way to play my very first year of play and have been making slight alterations since, but for the most part is the same strategy I use even to this day!!  I think I'm done with this chapter for now..to be continued.

Yesterday was a ho hum day. I played only about 10 sng's (which sounds like alot, but I usually play 2-3 at a time).  I finished only up $71, but caps a nice run of 5 up days in a row.  I'm currently trying to build back up to $100+ sng's.  I used to play $100+ sng's quite a bit last year or two, but have split my bankroll among a few sites.  I'm a little smarter now about my bankroll requirements so I've probably cost myself some money by stretching out my bankroll so thin.  I figure I should be in good shape before the end of this year.  I do plan on playing at least one of the WSOP events early this June. Wish me luck. GL all.  Comments and questions appreciated. 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 single 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 77 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
   
8:04 am
[donkeyherder]
Poker - My internet poker progression - Donkeyherder
  This is I believe part 5 of my successful poker career.  My 1st post is on May 11th if intrested to read from the beginning.

So I went from curious teenager to anxious donk in college and now trying my hand at the online game.  So again, I plopped $100 on Partypoker and prayed my ultra tight/shove strategy would work long term.  Fortunately it did a miraculously I never made another deposit on that site ever again!!  In fact in the first month I started playing online I entered and WON a $20 multi table tournament vs 370 players. In fact, it was only my 12th tournament I've ever played and I made about $1,800! I later had a vacation a month later a decided to play a few live tournaments at the Bicycle Club.  I played 3 tournaments there that week and made final table in ALL three!!  This pretty much secure my bankroll as long as I played within my bankroll management rules.  Now I'm not gonna b.s. you that I went from $100 to riches over night.  In fact, I grinded out $10 sng's for about 9 months before I decided to move up. I think the fact that I would grind out small wins over and over is what kept me in the game long enough to build up my game without going busto like the majority of my opponents.  

Overall I didn't make very much money my first 2 years of play online.  However, I think the most important thing I was able to do aside from building my bankroll was to figure out exactly how good I was at each different type of game and tournament.  Since I tracked everything I played I knew exactly how much per hour I made at every buyin level and was able to decide where I wanted to spend most of my time.  Typically I would spend about 40% of my time playing 10 handed sng's, 30% playing multi's, 20% limit cash games, and 10% trying new random unproven games.
It may sound like I'm totally anal about details and over-disciplined, but you have to willing to things most other players won't in order to be a long-term winner. At that time there a ton of donks acting like wannabe moneymakers donating to everyone.  These days it's much tougher and you have to treat each game like an investment unless you don't care if you win or lose.  I will continue on next post.......

As far as yesterday went, it wasn't much to brag about. I broke my current streak of 5 straight winning days.  I took a beating from the 1st game on.  Very rarely am I ever the 1st player ko'd of a tournament and it happened 4 out of 14 tournies.  Usually due to getting sucked out with a monster hand.  I also lost pretty much every allin coin flip, so it was difficult to tell if I was just playing bad.  I made a few loose shoves and was a bit distracted but really didn't feel like I was playing bad.  I also rarely get tilted anymore like I used to (You should see my old office metal trash can!! lol).  Unfortunately I started to notice that not so loving feeling coming out again. Very rarely do I ever turn it around once I get into that mood. I don't really think I play much worse, but it's definately a trend I can't ignore.  I find it best to take a small break and try again later. So that's what I did but not much happening.  Oh well maybe tommorrow.

Questions and comments welcome. Gl all.  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 single 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 77 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
 
8:03 am
[donkeyherder]
Poker - From Internet Small Stakes Grinder To Making Big Moves
 Well continnuing on here with I think my 6th chapter with what is turning into my book. I believe May 11th was the beginning of it all if you're intrested you can start there.  

Well growing up I was always pretty good at everything I put my mind to.  I could play most any sport with reasonable success, I could catch and throw pretty well.  In middle school I could already run a 5 minute mile.  By high school age I was asked by the track coach to join, but running just to run didn't seem too exciting. I preferred running while involved in some other game, preferably basketball.  I got into basketball a little late. I was always into baseball growing up, but basketball became my main intrest in high school.  I think I was a little bit chicken to try out for the high school team, but played quite a bit. I wasn't  the greatest shooter, but for a white guy I had unusual leaping ability.  By senior year I was only about 6'0" and I dunk a basketball, but I never played on a team.  I did get into golf around my sophmore year and actually was on my high school golf team.  After high school I also got into surfing (One of those things for me I thought I'd never learn to do) and that was alot of fun and now I wish I had joined the track team or played basketball in high school.  Oh well, the intresting thing I have taken away from my past athletic experience was that I was naturally good at almost anything, but was never really great at any one particular thing, usually due to not going for it early enough until it was too late.  I typically ended up busting out both my ankles and or my knee and rehabed myself back to shape to being semi good once again. Trying to relate this all to poker I feel my personality was a perfect fit for the game.  Since poker doesn't rely on superior physical skills I'd never have to worry about getting injured and starting all over (Unless I blow my bankroll, lol) and being pretty good at everything I was able to pick up the game very quickly.  I am not a very emotional person, I am very deliberate about all the decisions I make, somewhat of a born strategist.  I am very good at simple math and memorizing statistics, and I think most importantly am dedicated and devoted to working hard and treating the game seriously like a business. This would be the first time I feel I was able to jump right into something early, not have to worry about injuries, and become more than just pretty good, but eventualy great!! Or so I hope.

I last left off a year or two in of grinding out some small stakes I hit my biggest win to date.  It still is actually the largest field of players i have beaten to this very day, 1555!!  If there was any downside was that it was a Freeroll tournament and I only won $1000.  I guess I can't complain, but I remember thinking why does it always happen that way? lol.  

Another development at the time for me was while I was working at my real job in the grocery industry, I found out one of the store managers I worked with also played online poker. We eventually got to chatting poker up quite a bit and would talk alot about strategies and watch each other play.  We eventually became great friends and would as we put it "CREW IT UP!!" .  Basically split any profits from big tournaments we played together 50/50.  We both at the time had proved to profitable players and wanted to even out some of the variance you endure in multi table tournaments. If you wanna check him out you can look up t_dawgonu on pokerdb.com. To date he has cashed many times online and a few big live cashes incuding the 2006 Main Event and the UB Aruba tournament earlier this year.  

This partnership led to our first big score together.  There was a series of tournaments running at Pechanga (A large very nice Indian reservation casino) and their main event a $200 buyin and about 500 players which was about 100k overall.  I remember playing very well early on.  I had the respect of my table an was playing aggressively.  There were a few people at my table I actually randomly played with a day or two earlier.  One of them, a young woman, I remembered to be a little bit tight passive and got involved with me early in the tournament.  I remember getting QQ in middle position only to be reraised by her from late position. I could tell she had something solid, she totally went silent and I knew she wasn't her normal self and at the time nobody really had alot of chips and the blinds were raising fast.  I decided to lay down the hand face up to her reraise and she showed me AA. The table was shocked I folded the hand and I eventually attacked my way to a final table.  By that time it was like 3am and suprisingly all the players decided to take an even cut of around $5,000 of the prize pool instead of playing it out. Suprisingly, because I remember the chip leader had about double the stack vs. a few of the rest of the remaining players.  I was in the middle of the pack and the prize was more than placing 3rd place so I was happy. The scary part was they hand you $1,000 chips and you have to go cash them out and wander back to your car at 4 am with a wad of cash in your pocket.  Like I said earlier, this was the first big cash between me and my buddy t_dawgonu, and as much as I pride myself on sticking to a committed deal handing over a couple thousand bucks to someone after all the hard work I didd and never knowing if that other player is ever going cash anything big for me, I have to say at first was a bit tough.  I knew t_dawgonu was a proven player but I've never handed over that kind of money to anyone before and when I told friends and family about the deal of course they were wondering if I got the short end of the stick.  I reassured all that t_dawgonu was my man and would come through for me soon I'm sure.  A few months later I popped another final table and took 3rd place and split another big pot as well.  By now I was starting to wonder whether it was a good strategy or not.  I do remember getting an excited phone call from him shortly after one night.  He had just finished playing a satelite on Partypoker for a seat to the grandest of all tournaments in the world...Yup, a seat to the 2006 World Series of Poker!!!  Wow, I was jealous.  Here I was winning tournaments and of course while playing on his own he finally hits a monster without me!! lol.  Overall I was extremely happy for him and it now gave me motivation to try for a seat myself, however, I figured it was a huge longshot and I'd probably just play one of the smaller WSOP events while he's there.  I can't say I was unhappy about how my poker career was going.  I was steadily cashing cash games, sng's and multi's, but all the rage was going to the WSOP, especially after Moneymaker made history, up to then each year had been even bigger than the last and the poker world was at about its record peak.  So my focus for the next few weeks was to try and win a seat.....to be continued.

As far as my recent results I did recover most of what I lost from my last beating on Thursday. I cashed a couple satelites and a couple sng's and I only played 2 sng's on Friday which I lost.  I did manage to get my ever increasing butt out to retry my hand at some basketball with a few co-workers which went suprisingly well, but horribly sore yesterday and today.  I also managed to pick up Gus Hansen's new book he wrote outlining each hand he played to his win of the Aussie Millions last year.  It seems like a good read.  I always like to find new poker books that have new angle to look at the game aside from the typical by the book, starting hands, pot odds, etc. Gus is known for playing a style that goes against the norm so I'm eager to get through it.

Well that's alot for now, I think by the time I get through with my story I'll be looking for a book deal :) After that I do plan on talking more about strategy and other areas of the game, but since I just started I'm pretty much typing to an empty house, so there's no point in delving in just yet. GL all. 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 single 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 77 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
 
7:57 am
[donkeyherder]
Poker - From Online Grinder to WSOP Wannabe
 My 1st post of my poker career birth was on May 11th if your intrested.  This would be part 7 of my story.

So as a quick catch up, I've been grinding out small multis and sng's for a couple years with reasonable success.  I've got a poker partner (t_dawgonu) to split some of my winnings, and up to that point I have been the big winner between the two of us, but my partner on his on won a seat to the "Big Show, the 2006 WSOP Main Event!!".  So, of course as you might expect I'm quite jealous, but still very happy for my buddy and the Series is coming fast. I tried a couple satelites with no success and I was losing hope. I did manage to win a seat to a $215 satelite for a WSOP seat.  I couldn't really afford to buyin to many more satelites so I had to make that one count.  It was a Saturday evening and I pretty much had the night to myself.  I don't have too many details but there were 125 players and they paid 2 seats.  The one theing I do remember was I stayed up all night and woke up my wife (And probably my neighbors, lol) and my poker buddy, because I WON!!!! Yee Hawwwww!!!!  I couldn't belive we both won seats to the Big Dance.  This was a dream that many people never get fulfilled. I was so overwhelmed, but at the same time confident I could take care of business when I get there. The other good thing about both of us winning seats is we could split any winnings.  Luckily, at the time we also were forced to play our seats, unlike today where legally the websites aren't allowed to buyin for you anymore, so you can't chicken out and take the $10K.  Making it the biggest WSOP Main Event in history to date!! (9000 players).

Another great confidence builder was, just before we were about to leave for the event I place 3rd place out of 408 players for over $3K!! But again I had to split with my poker partner.  I was realy wondering if this splits deal was such a good idea.  That was the 2nd big cash I've had that I had to split, but with so much riding on the WSOP Main Event, I still thought it was smart to double my odds of cashing. I would be happy if just one of us cashes for $12K and I could get $6K.  

July 30th was our big day.  Party Poker let us request our starting day and I belive we both chose the 3rd day out of 4.  Can you believe that!!  They had to break down the starting entries into 4 different days!! I will delve more into the whole trip on the next post.  To be continued........
 
The last couple days haven't been all that great for me.  I've been a bit distracted with the baby, work, etc. I lost a few coin flips and shoved a bit loose a couple times. It really wasn't optimal conditions and no card help.  I really didn't lose alot, but only cashed 7/20 and was getting burned the times I did cash.  I stay at home on Monday's with the baby so hopefully I get more time in tommorrow. Whether it will be quality time who knows? I'm still trying to put together a plan for my WSOP trip this year.  More on all that next post.  GL all.  Comments, questions, appreciated. 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 single 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 77 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
 
7:56 am
[donkeyherder]
Poker - From Online Grinder To WSOP Main Event Overnight
My first post of my rise through the poker ranks begun on May 11th if your interested. This would be chapter 8 of the story.

As a quick recap: I tried my hand at poker at a Vegas work trip while I was in college, got hooked. Bought a bunch of books. Studied.  Played after work at some local card rooms. Opened an online account with Party Poker.  Came up with a game plan.  Put a $100 on the site.  Luckily had a solid start.  Built my game on $10 sng's. Won a multi. Hooked up with another poker enthusiest and began spliting profits (Most of which were my big cashes at the time). My partner won a seat to the WSOP Main Event on his own. I then won my own Main Event seat right before it started and now ready to embark on the dream trip of our lifetime!

My buddy and I got free rooms at the Monte Carlo as long as we were in the tournament. I remember getting to the room with my wife, only to find a brand new peice of nice luggage (Not mine?) Waiting in the room.  I opened it up and It was filled with all sorts of poker stuff (Shirts, hats, mugs, etc) It even had a brand new Palm Pilot!! Way cool!
We got some rest and were invited to a VIP party put on by Party Poker!! As much as I hate Party Poker now for dumping their US customers, they did take real good care of us. We had fun and hit the bed and prepared for tomorrows battle.  And yes it was a battle. The next morning together we all went and got breakfast at the Rio where it was held. The odds of us winning seats the same year still left me amazed.  There was also a big poker covention going at the same time of the event and the whole hotel was just electric!! Everywhere you walked there were cameras, interviewers, celebrities, poker pros, spectators.  It was like being able to walk onto center court of a Laker game during the playoffs and play for the team.  Since there were so many players they only let players into the enormous room holding the event.  So I kissed my wife and made my way into the room like we were going off to war. I remember sitting down at my first table.  I was slightly nervous, but I could tell from the start most of the players there were either satelite winners and some wealthy business people. I wasn't really worried about my competition, but more worried about donking off my $10,000 in chips early with like some top pair that I couldn't get myself to fold in the face of  danger.  

As the tournament begun I stuck to playing my basic tight aggressive strategy and avoided getting involved into to many pots until I was comfortable with my table.  I remember keeping my head above water without any major screw ups or big pots. There was only one big pot I remember early and I can't remember if it was on day 1, I did have one major scare at some point in time between Day 1 and Day 2 I picked up my first big hand (KK) and got into a preflop raising war and of course my opponent flips AA. My heart felt like it was sinking into my chest  I was disgusted. AAs the cards fell with no hope I screamed as the river card came out "KING!!!!" and waduya know.... the table gasped as a king hit the river!!! I felt horrible for the other kid, but he did have me outchipped so he still had some chips to play on. The one thing I do know was that we played the 1st day until almost 2 or 3 in the morning!! You would not believe how exhausting it was and I was used to playing for hours at a time online! The fact I made it through Day1in itself was quite a confidence builder and my next question was did my partner have the same luck as me and make it through as well?  We all agreed to meet outside after it was over and my wife and his girlfriend were waiting around in the lobby the whole time for us, worried at some point we'd walk out like raged animals with a lifetime bad beat story to be told over and over. To our amazement we were both hangin on strong and had a day of rest to look forward to. 

Seems like a good place to pause. I'll continue on with that story next post. As far as how I did yesterday, it was one of my best performances in terms of number of cashes in a long time!! I'm off work on Mondays from my real job and watch our newborn son, which usually doesn't leave me much spare time to play. However I was able to squeeze in some Ultra turbo Sng's before my wife came home and after dinner as well.  I cashed 13 out of 22, including 8 in a row!! I think I was playing well and not getting to many bad beats.

That's about it for now. Hopefully I finish today with a gain, GL at the tables all, Donkeyherder 

COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS APPRECIATED.

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 single 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 77 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
   
7:54 am
[donkeyherder]
Poker - WSOP Main Event past Day 1 and not looking back!!

 Once again, the beginning of this story was May 11th post if your intrested. Again here's a quick recap: 

I tried my hand at poker at a Vegas work trip while I was in college, got hooked. Bought a bunch of books. Studied.  Played after work at some local card rooms. Opened an online account with Party Poker.  Came up with a game plan.  Put a $100 on the site.  Luckily had a solid start.  Built my game on $10 sng's. Won a multi. Hooked up with another poker enthusiest and began spliting profits (Most of which were my big cashes at the time). My partner won a seat to the WSOP Main Event on his own. I then won my own Main Event seat right before it started and now I've gotten past the 1st day of play.

The one good thing about the huge field of players was you get to rest every other day for a few days. It was incredible up to that point just to be rubbing shoulders on the table and off with the big name pros. While I was playing I at least bumped into (forgive my spelling!) Negraneau, Jesus Fergeson,. Hellmuth, Doyle, Ted Forrest, Devilfish, Scotty, and Men "the master, to name a few. It was a bit weird and exciting, but by my 2nd playing day the intimidation was gone and I was mainly worried about screwing up and donking off my chips.  Our main goal was to get through the day each day we played and luckily we both got through round 2!! We were pretty pumped.  The odds of us both winning a seat and making it through 2 days of play, was quite a long shot, so we were thrilled and were realistically starting to look hopefully to one of us to cashing. Considering we both won our seats just 1 minimum cash would net us at least $5K each or nothing if we don't.  Obviously the experience was awesome and will stay with us the rest of our lives, but we have to cash something or we could be whinning till the day we die about some bad beat or how something "almost" was.  

I'm not sure about our positions throughout the tournament since it was 2 years ago but we celebrated that night in another VIP Part Poker party and hit day 3 with confidence.  It was basically a standard 3x raise and continuation bet ritual for me until I got too low and had to shove.  Pretty basic. Again, we made it through Day 3 and played pretty much all the days until around 2am each day. So so grueling!!  I think it was day 4 that we were shooting for a money finish and all the players were together and widdling down on the main tournament room.  As the players get bounced more spectators come in to watch as they condense tables.  Again it was like playing for the Lakers on home court!!.  We both also had shots of both of us cashing at this point and I think I had to take a few stands with semi strong hands and shove to stay alive.  I think each break we were paranoid about how the other was doing while at the same time rushing to beat everyone to the restrooms. 

After a reassurance that we were both still miraculously alive we went back to war praying we could get through just a few more hours and make the money. Again, we grinded away and I didn't really have enough chips to play aggressively as the bubble came near.  There was definately tension in the air as the bubble drew near. It finally got down to a couple spots away from the money.  I was in ok shape but no room for error. A couple more busted out and it was down to only 1 player away and my table all of a sudden woke up.  There was a raise from a solid player, a call, and another call by the BB.  I wish I could remember the exact cards but the original raiser continued to bet the flop. I think the 2nd player called and the 3rd player reraised back and the original raiser calls. The turn brings a connecting card and the original raiser check raises the guy allin.  I was thinking the whole time that the other guy needs to fold and it wasn't worth playing on, but the guy was one of those cocky young guys who acted like he was some unknown superstar and calls the guy down with like a middle pair and the original raiser caught a big card on the turn knocking the guy out on the bubble!! Of course what happens? A bunch of cameras jam their lenses right in the guy's face as he screamed, berated his opponent, and about cried in his lap!! I almost felt bad for him except he was such an idiot and his play deserved it. He did win  a shot at a sng for next years WSOP Main Event, but I think he ran off in shame before it was announced. In the meanwhile, of course, that everyone had made in the money and the whole place blew up off the hook with celebration, as everyone left had cashed in the biggest WSOP Main Event (Or possibly any other tournament to even today!! YYYYAAHHOOO!!!!!!! 

This was also my biggest cash in any tourney to date. Unfortunately for me my run went south by the end of the night.  I got involved allin with a rich business man allin w/AK and he made a few loose calls w/77 and he sucked out on the turn after I hit a King on the flop. I finished around 700th place out of 9000 for about $17K!.  The better news was my poker buddy  was still alive and I was now on a freeroll, no longer second guessing whether our split deal was one sided bad deal.  T_dawg was rolling, but guess who was in his way? The one and only Humberto Brenes.  To be continued....

As for my recent results, I've been strictly playing SNG's to try and build my bankrolls up and it's been paying dividends!! I've been coming in positive like 2/3 of the days this month and steadily taking down decent scores a few hours each day at a time. Currently I'm back to 3 up days in a row. I've had a really busy work week as well due to Memorial weekend holiday and I need to book a hotel for the WSOP event number 9, a $1,500 6 handed tourney. I can't wait. Catch ya later. GL at the tables.

COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS APPRECIATED.

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 single 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 77 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
 

 
 
7:52 am
[donkeyherder]
Poker - On a WSOP Freeroll and loving It!!
  Once again, the beginning of this story was May 11th post if your intrested. Again here's a quick recap: 

I tried my hand at poker at a Vegas work trip while I was in college, got hooked. Bought a bunch of books. Studied.  Played after work at some local card rooms. Opened an online account with Party Poker.  Came up with a game plan.  Put a $100 on the site.  Luckily had a solid start.  Built my game on $10 sng's. Won a multi. Hooked up with another poker enthusiest and began spliting profits (Most of which were my big cashes at the time). My partner won a seat to the WSOP Main Event on his own. I then won my own Main Event seat right before it started. Both myself and my partner were able to get get many days of play and cash the 2006 Main Event.  I was knocked out about 700th/9000 for about $17K and he's still going with Humberto Brenes at his table.

Well, now that somehow we both had not only won seats to the Main Event , but both in the money, we were on a total freeroll and my partner had to fight it out with Humberto among others.  He ended up getting through the first half of the day unscathed, but lost his allin attempt later on to finish about 300th/9000 for about $35K!!.  If I ever had worries before that our deal wasn't so good it was put to rest that week. In fact he also cashed a large tournament online only a couple weeks later and since then we have split numerous tournaments, which has really helped us both out flatening out some of the variance that comes with playing multi table tourneys. Our little crew was rollin!!

This was a good omen for the rest of the year.  Only a month later I also won 2 more online multi's and a 7th place in a big tournament. I also believe Party Poker started adding 6 handed sng's, which eventually became my bread and butter. Most the players didn't have a clue as how to play them and I quickly started killing them. That was until one sad day.  In October 2006, Party Poker, the largest poker site and a few other poker sites buckled after a new law went into effect restricting transactions made onto gambling sites. Party Poker being the largest and more importantly, just went public with it's company selling shares onto the stock market, didn't want to risk any chance of ruin and decided to completely abandon all of it's US customers and prevent any US players from playing on their site.  This was a huge blow to the majority of the poker world who for a period of a few weeks wondered if they'd ever see their money in their accounts again.  I remember frantically trying to withdraw and wondering if there was anywhere else I could trust playing without suffering the same fate, and would it prove to as profitable as Party Poker?  Fortunately there were still a few solid poker sites left that had the balls to stand up to the new unfair law and would fight to keep their sites running. I first opened up an account with Pokerstars which was the next biggest poker site. Once getting a couple bucks on their site I was pleasantly suprised.  Unfortunately, it was like starting all over again, but in the end, they picked up a ton of new players and I think is a much better site. It was probably a blessing in disguise. I started to realize the advantage of being able to play on different sites and to be able to maximize game and table selection.  I continued to played 6 man sng's and they eventually added turbo sng's which I really played well. 

There was one fantastic development in my personal life. My wife and I had been trying for a while to have a baby, but were met with a few different complications.  My wife had to go through surgery to fix some of these issues and even then we weren't sure it would ever work out. Well around March my wife came down the stairs one day with a nervous excitement on her face and was about to burst when she told me she was pregnant. OMG!!! Wow. My own kid, so crazy!!


In April 2007, Pokerstars was starting to play satelites for the nex year's WSOP Main Event 2007. I thought I'd try out a few after my success in the previous year. I played a $30 rebuy tourney and would you believe I WON!!! I  recorded my 6th major multi table tournament victory and unlike the previous year, Pokerstars had to credit your account with the money and pray that you would cash it out and buy in yourself. I guess because of the new laws. Well as much I wanted a repeat of the previous year, I really needed to build up my new account and I cashed it in. I think I ended up blowing much of it, getting a little bit too cocky with my new found success, so I kept playing the WSOP satelites to try and win another seat. The funny thing was as it got closer and closer to the WSOP, I was really starting to regret not saving the money and playing the event. About a week or two before it was to start I played one last satelite. It was a giant 200+ seat gauranteed event. There were almost 7000 players. Would you guess it but I came in 110th!!! I won another seat!!! This time I was gonna play for sure.  Or so I thought?? Because I already had won a seat earlier that year Pokerstars would only credit my account with Tournament dollars to be used for play Pokerstars. WWWHHHAAATTT!!! I begged and pleaded with them, but they wouldn't budge. So after winning 2 seats to the 2007 WSOP Main Event I wasn't even going to get to play. 

It took me a while to get over the whole thing. My poker buddy didn't win a seat so we both decided to play in the smaller events, which didn't pan out so well. Sighhhh....Well with the baby on the way it was probably best off I didn't blow $10K on 1 tournament and was pretty much being inundated with baby stuff and new parent training.
A few months later I did manage to win my 7th and 8th decent multi tourney. They weren't major scores, but still noteworthy. 

I think I've written enough for today. To be continued next post as usual......

As far as my latest results, The last couple day have been a bit brutal. I've played a few Multi's since I've had some extra time and won a seat to another $500+30 WSOP Main Event satelite, which I had AA cracked by QQ, then had some guy call off half his stack from late middle position with KJ vs my EP allin w/66 and my good run went to crap. I also took a pretty bad run on sng's not cashing in 11 straight!!! That's not my worst run ever, but definately was good run killer. I think I was getting a little loose, but had a pretty bad run of bad beats and lost coin flips. I won't get into those too much. I don't think anyone wants to hear about them, but I try to force myself to play a little bit lower than my normal level until things clear up. Easier to say than do. lol. When I first started playing poker I was extremely against the idea of bad Karma or bad feelings can have real effects on a game. I usually find it quite humorous when you see people with all sorts of lucky medalions and such, but as much as I want to believe it's all about the law of statistics and probabilty, I have gone through numerous cycles of "running bad" almost every time it was like I would wach the flop turn and river and as soon as I thought of the cards that could beat me, sure enough they would instantly hit the board. It was like I was negatively willing a bad energy or something.  I know it sounds crazy, but I would just get into these really bad moods and the bad beats would just come left and right  worse and worse!! Now I really try and play smaller. I also try to not look at the screen if I'm already ahead in the hand and we're all in. It may not make any difference in the card outcome, but for some reason not watching the cards hit the board seems to tone down my enragement when I take a beat. I think I feel like it wasn't my fault so much. In fact, now I usually do the opposite when I'm behind allin. I usually just stare and concentrate on the cards I need to win.  It probably is completely crazy, but no matter that, I've found a way to help avoid tilting.

I guess my growing book is long enough for today.  GL all at the tables. Wish me luck. I'll be playing Event #9 - 6 handed NL $1,500 on June 5th. I just booked my room at the "Platinum". A relatively little known hotel behind the Flamingo that looks like it has killer huge rooms. I'm planning on taking my Mom with me as a delayed Mother's day gift, and then were staying at the Luxor on Friday. Hopefully I make it that far in the tourney...Donkeyherder.

Comments and questions appreciated.

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 single 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 77 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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