Friday, March 31, 2006

How to Tackle a Titan

So I downloaded Titan Poker software (notice the lack of a link). I am not happy with it at this point. Not only did it put shortcuts everywhere, it also will not let me create login ID. Any one from Titan read this blog? (Sorry, I like to put a joke in every now and then.)

If there are any readers who know how to create a Login for Titan, let me know.

Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Party Time

I just played a quick 30 minutes at Party. It is the first time I have played there in a while. The interface is much cleaner than I remember.

I hopped on to a .25/.10 NL table and within 2 passes of the Blinds I was up >$4! I only had a hand once, but I was able to read the other players well enough that a little aggression won a couple of pots.

Gee, if this keeps up, I may become one of the degenerate bloggers.

Enjoy the Pokery Goodness!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

OMG not two...

days in a row.

No, no one has hijacked this blog yet. Although with my ones and ones of readers it barely matters at this point. But then again, I did not start this blog to gain readers. I started this blog as kind of a repository, or sounding board for my poker journey. Granted my journey is not as swift and certainly hasn't gotten as high as others. But that doesn't matter.

At this point in my poker life I am about where I thought I would be. I can mostly win at the play money tables online, and I can pretty much hold my own or stay ahead at the real money tables.

I do want to get better at the poker. And I am continually trying new things. I haven't purchased a new poker book in over a year though. I have been too busy with work and family to do that.

It has gotten a little easier to find time to play now that my kids are 4 and 5, although they still take a lot of my time (and they should). This weekend I spent downloading poker site software to my second hand laptop. I may get in a hand or two later.

I hate the month whose name we dare not speak (the month preceding March). This year's edition brought 2 cars breaking down 3 times. One car is still sitting and waiting for a transmission while the other's breakdown was even more severe. The second car was replaced with a used car. Ain't life wonderful. So we are still on the no sleep schedule here. We (adults) wake up at 5:30 and get ready, get the kids ready and leave before 7 am to get the kids to daycare. I drop the wife at school (she's a teacher) by 7:45. Then my commute gets me to work between 9 and 9:30. At 3:30 the directions reverse and I leave to fight DC traffic home to pick up the kids before the deadline and then pick up the wife if she did not get a ride home.

Oh, well at least the poker is good right now.

Enjoy the Pokery Goodness!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Where the HELL have I Been?

This is the question on the minds of the 3 readers I have left (and two of them are sending me offers for linking).

Well... Has it really been over two months? I have been soooooo buried with work. We are converting from one database to another, and changing reporting software at the same time. Not to bore you with the details, but I now KNOW two different ticketing systems inside and out as well as two different reporting packages. And we aren't finished yet.

On to actual poker-blog poker content.

Last weekend I was on FTP and played 3 NL SnGs in addition to my usual play money practice. Yes, I actually shelled out money to play in these SnGs. I played in and finished out of the money on 2 5+.50 SnGs. Not bad, 6th in one and 4th in the other. I did not lay down my hand when I knew I should have in both of them. In the last SnG (4+.40) I finished first!! Of course I did not win cash. But I have a 26 dollar satellite token. So I will be able to lose it at the time of my choosing.

I think the reason I won that last SnG was because I played agressively, but not stupidly. Or at least not too stupidly. Almost every time I went to showdown, I had the best cards. I won all of the times I went all in (twice). And I only sucked out once.

I got the chip lead early, lost the chip lead, then slowly worked my way back to the chip lead. Once it was head to head, I waited for my cards. The other guy wanted to play every hand, but I wasn't going for it.

One thing I really noticed in this SnG was the power of the big stack. It still amazes me how they would fold to a substantial bet while holding cards that were a lot better than mine.

Hopefully I will be able to squeeze out a post or two more often than once every two months.