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Monday, 17 October 2011

Pokertube - Road to November Nine

A look back at some of the action from the WSOP 2011 leading up to the selection of the November Nine.
















Congratulations Eoghan,
  You've Done Ireland Proud


Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Hand History Reviews

A review of the hands that did, or didn't work out well for me....... Feel free to leave comments regarding strategies, betting styles or anything you wish. If you're a Pokerschool Online member you can watch the replays of each hand in the Hand Replayer.

No 4. 
Plenty of limpers here so I was getting great value to flat call in position. I was extremely lucky that it was the Big Blind that was short stacked and the Small Blind that had the large stack. If it was the other way around I'd have been crushed.

This was one of those rare occasions where I lose the hand and still manage to nearly double-up. I jammed post flop as the pot was already one third of my stack and I knew I was going to be pot committed.

As always your thoughts are appreciated. Leave a comment below or join me on Twitter @theroyalraiser




No 3.
Here I attempted a blind steal (On the Buttton) with suited gapped connectors....... How do you think I got on? Would you have opened this hand? 


The interesting thing with this hand was trying to read the opponents as the board was dealt out. Leave a comment on your thoughts about the hand....... The hand can be replayed by clicking the link at the bottom of the photo.






No 2.
This one didn't work out good! Looking back on it there's nothing I've have done different. Made a standard raise in early position and I was never folding preflop with this holding. 


The only thing to do is make a note on the opponents shoving range while short stacked! Thankfully the damage was at a minimum....... Leave a comment if you have similar stories of being sucked out like this. 



No 1.
Flopped a straight and nut flush draw..... My opponents starting hands made sure I got paid off here....



Friday, 7 October 2011

Spindler Takes Down EPT London









Benny Spindler won EPT London and £750,000, finally fulfilling the expectations of the poker paparazzi by winning a major title. It was a virtuoso performance from the German, one which matched bare aggression with stunning reads that blasted his opposition off the final table.


Spindler, hair in face, could see enough to roll up his sleeves and win the hard way, personally responsible for the departure of five of his final table opponents. Runner-up Steve O'Dwyer took the other scalps on his way to well-deserved £465,000 score. 


(Taken from Pokerstarsblog.com)




EPT London Winner Benny Spindler




For more results and action from EPT london visit;


http://www.pokerstarsblog.com/

Thursday, 6 October 2011

The September Micro Grind

The month of September was pretty good on the Micro Grind. I made a valuable discovery when I found out about officialpokerrankings.com (OPR) It's a website that tracks players stats and results and is a great tool for keeping track of your performance.

At the start of September I had a minus ROI (Return On Investment) according to OPR so I set off on a mission to rectify that. At the time of writing this post I've improved my ROI from minus 50% to a plus of 21% return. If anyone wants to take a look at my stats log in to OPR and search for royalraise85.


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My target for this month (October) is to improve my overall rating from 85.89% to a plus 90% figure. One of the instructors on Pokerschool Online set out a challenge called the 'Cowboy Challenge'. This involves playing 100 games in the month with the objective of doubling your starting balance at the end of the month. Hopefully I'll run good and achieve both these targets. I'll be posting my results on this blog on a day by day basis.

The next big discovery of the month was getting Holdem Indicator. It's a great online poker calculator with a fantastically simple and easy to read graphic display. What I found best about this calculator is that it really helped understanding your odds & outs. The simple rule of thumb is that if you only have a 20% chance of winning the pot then don't call any bet that's more than 20% of the pot. I hope to do a You-tube review of Holdem Indicator soon but if you want to find out more about it now then just click on the flashing banner on the top of this blog. I can't recommend this enough for the micro-stakes player.


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This isn't the best of pics but you get the idea. Notice the column on the right and the bar charts. The green bar is your odds of winning and the red bar is the % of pot you have to call in order to stay in the hand. Here I'm clearly not folding. (By the way I made $6 taking this picture so thank you Blog).

Holdem Indicator also has a HUD (Heads Up Display) which isn't on this picture. The HUD gives you individual player stats on all your opponents. The HUD appears after a few hands (I only played one here to take this picture) but if you want to see the HUD working just click the link at the top of the page.

Finally, if your a micro stake player or just new to the game check out Pokerschool Online. There's FREE live training sessions on there everyday of the week. Plus a host of other stuff to help you improve your game. Check it out.

I'm hoping to start a home game on Pokerstars just for the micro stakers. Maybe a 5/10c game once a week for an hour. If you would like to get in on the game message me here or on Twitter @theroyalraiser.

That's it for now, I'll let you know how I'm getting on in the October Micro Grind where I'll be continuing with the Cowboy Challenge on Pokerstars and competing in a new league on Pokergob.com

Good Luck at the Tables!

TheRoyalRaiser

Monday, 3 October 2011

UKIPT Pokerstars League Div 2 - October

I'm going to give this league a shot for the month of October. It's a freeroll league where the monthly winner is awarded a buy-in for a UKIPT Live event.


Date
T’ment ID #
Finish
League Position
01/10/11
447561544
5/630
5th 15pts
02/10/11
447561545
224/660
Tied 8th 16pts
03/10/11
447561546
522/817
Tied 13th 16pts
05/10/11
447561548
297/818
Tied 32nd 17pts
06/10/11
447561549
47/741
Tied 22nd 22pts
07/10/11
44756550
399/640
Tied 67th 23pts
09/10/11
447561552
487/673
Tied 82nd 24pts
10/10/11
447561553
292/843
Tied  96th 25pts
11/10/11
447561554
467/747
Tied 106th 26pts
14/10/11
447561557
35/666
Tied 122nd 31pts
15/10/11
447561558
105/624
Tied 98th 36pts
17/10/11
447561560
95/816
Tied 92nd 41pts

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Pokerstars Cowboys Challenge

Challenge Completed

On this post I'll be keeping track of my Pokerschool Online Cowboy's Challenge brought to you by Pokerstars.

The idea here is to play 100 $0.25c Sit N' Go's each month. October is a practice month and starting in November the top 3 finishers in the challenge will be awarded Step tickets by Pokerstars.

Starting Balance - $6.25 (Greens are cashes)


Here's a quick view graph of the results. Target is to stay above $12.50 after 100 games.




Date
T’Ment ID
Finished
Cost
Won
CB
01/10/11
448923619
23/45
$0.25c
0.00
$6.00
01/10/11
448940450
10/45
$0.25c
0.00
$5.75
01/10/11
448937295
9/45
$0.25c
0.00
$5.50
01/10/11
448923261
59/90
$0.25c
0.00
$5.25
02/10/11
449354125
16/45
$0.25c
0.00
$5.00
02/10/11
449380819
12/45
$0.25c
0.00
$4.75
02/10/11
449441541
20/45
$0.25c
0.00
$4.50
02/10/11
449442140
28/45
$0.25c
0.00
$4.25
03/10/11
449921041
2/45
$0.25c
2.22
$6.22
03/10/11
449922859
7/45
$0.25c
0.36
$6.33
03/10/11
449843157
13/45
$0.25c
0.00
$6.08
03/10/11
449833454
34/45
$0.25c
0.00
$5.83
05/10/11
450832626
13/45
$0.25c
0.00
$5.58
05/10/11
450760781
1/45
$0.25c
3.23
$8.56
05/10/11
450739991
28/45
$0.25c
0.00
$8.31
05/10/11
450732770
34/45
$0.25c
0.00
$8.06
06/10/11
451236072
4/45
$0.25c
1.29
$9.10
06/10/11
451200370
3/45
$0.25c
1.70
$10.55
06/10/11
451218490
22/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.30
06/10/11
451164715
14/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.05
08/10/11
451816273
3/45
$0.25c
1.70
$11.50
08/10/11
451808773
7/45
$0.25c
0.36
$11.61
08/10/11
451812931
34/45
$0.25c
0.00
$11.36
08/10/11
451809648
40/45
$0.25c
0.00
$11.11
09/10/11
452537546
28/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.86
09/10/11
452535484
32/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.61
09/10/11
452509698
16/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.36
09/10/11
452542855
15/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.11
10/10/11
453119099
4/45
$0.25c
1.29
$11.15
10/10/11
453120366
24/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.90
10/10/11
453053723
9/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.65
10/10/11
453033970
28/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.40
11/10/11
453594625
6/45
$0.25c
0.62
$10.77
11/10/11
453548872
5/45
$0.25c
0.93
$11.45
11/10/11
453500053
7/45
$0.25c
0.36
$11.56
11/10/11
453489256
36/45
$0.25c
0.00
$11.31
12/10/11
454013478
6/45
$0.25c
0.62
$11.68
12/10/11
454015249
9/45
$0.25c
0.00
$11.43
12/10/11
454014353
14/45
$0.25c
0.00
$11.18
12/10/11
453968368
18/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.83
14/10/11
454904522
9/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.58
14/10/11
454890915
5/45
$0.25c
0.93
$11.26
14/10/11
454902761
44/45
$0.25c
0.00
$11.01
14/10/11
454892883
30/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.76
15/10/11
45540097
22/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.51
15/10/11
455386656
28/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.26
15/10/11
455371312
22/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.01
15/10/11
455324254
22/45
$0.25c
0.00
$9.76
16/10/11
455855179
2/45
$0.25c
2.22
$11.73
16/10/11
455795374
3/45
$0.25c
1.70
$13.43
16/10/11
455780323
27/45
$0.25c
0.00
$13.18
16/10/11
455764764
24/45
$0.25c
0.00
$12.93
17/10/11
456309128
19/45
$0.25c
0.00
$12.68
17/10/11
456265333
14/45
$0.25c
0.00
$12.43
17/10/11
456260541
38/45
$0.25c
0.00
$12.18
17/10/11
456241973
23/45
$0.25c
0.00
$11.83
19/10/11
456817431
15/45
$0.25c
0.00
$11.58
19/10/11
456800671
15/45
$0.25c
0.00
$11.33
19/10/11
456816191
43/45
$0.25c
0.00
$11.08
19/10/11
456798785
16/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.83
20/10/11
457698699
17/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.58
20/10/11
457672483
16/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.33
20/10/11
457692444
28/45
$0.25c
0.00
$10.08
20/10/11
457671624
17/45
$0.25c
0.00
$9.83
20/10/11
457737994
6/45
$0.25c
0.62
$10.20
20/10/11
457740930
18/45
$0.25c
0.00
$9.95
20/10/11
457737063
20/45
$0.25c
0.00
$9.70
20/10/11
457735819
21/45
$0.25c
0.00
$9.45
21/10/11
457281190
5/45
$0.25c
0.93
$10.13
21/10/11
457282310
8/45
$0.25c
0.00
$9.88
21/10/11
457270608
17/45
$0.25c
0.00
$9.63
21/10/11
457268060
17/45
$0.25c
0.00
$9.38
21/10/11   
458150641
8/45
$0.25c
0.00
$9.13
21/10/11
458149745
41/45
$0.25c
0.00
$8.78
21/10/11
458100268
4/45
$0.25c
1.29
$9.82
21/10/11
458051409
6/45
$0.25c
0.62
$10.20
22/10/11
458591639
1/45
$0.25c
3.23
$13.18
22/10/11
458590527
15/45
$0.25c
0.00
$12.93
22/10/11
458530877
4/45
$0.25c
1.29
$13.97
22/10/11
458515872
29/45
$0.25c
0.00
$13.72
24/10/11
459103769
7/45
$0.25c
0.36
$13.83
24/10/11
459084891
1/45
$0.25c
3.23
$16.81
24/10/11
459073930
21/45
$0.25c
0.00
$16.56
24/10/11
459039124
15/45
$0.25c
0.00
$16.31
25/10/11
459910118
1/45
$0.25c
3.23
$19.29
25/10/11
45990417
34/45
$0.25c
0.00
$19.04
25/10/11
459884280
21/45
$0.25c
0.00
$18.79
25/10/11
459866781
28/45
$0.25c
0.00
$18.54
27/10/11
460451754
20/45
$0.25c
0.00
$18.29
27/10/11
460448733
41/45
$0.25c
0.00
$18.04
27/10/11
460383097
10/45
$0.25c
0.00
$17.78
27/10/11
460384147
17/45
$0.25c
0.00
$17.54
27/10/11
460842653
36/45
$0.25c
0.00
$17.29
27/10/11
460797204
9/45
$0.25c
0.00
$17.04
27/10/11
460763886
14/45
$0.25c
0.00
$16.79
27/10/11
460753511
32/45
$0.25c
0.00
$16.54
28/10/11
460989158
3/45
$0.25c
1.70
$17.99
28/10/11
460983274
29/45
$0.25c
0.00
$17.74
28/10/11
461022996
24/45
$0.25c
0.00
$17.49
30/10/11
462050748
33/45
$0.25c
0.00
$17.24