Thursday, February 28, 2008


In response to comments from the post below...

"He's first to act and is representing the king. it would be stupid for gamble to stay in if he didn't have a k (which matusow has good odds that he doesn't)" -david

Let's take a better look at this hand. First what is my raising range from small blind. Since it is mike and I know he gambles a tad thin, I will raise a littler tighter here/mostly for value - probably only top 14.8% of hands, which is:

55+, A7s+, K9s+, QJs+, A9o+, KJo+, QTs

Now when mike shoves he is risking 800 to win 475. So his EV in the hand is his fold equity times the pot at the time (475) minus when I call (1 - fold equity) times (800 -his equity against my calling range times total pot (1900)). So let's look at my calling range (I am calling 675 to win 1275 - just under 2:1)

When I call:

My range will be: KK, JJ, 55, AA, AK, AJ, K9s+,KJo+, Ad7d+ - 7.9% of known hands

So his fold equity is (14.8-7.9)/14.8 = 6.9/14.8 = 46.62% of the time I will fold and he will pick up the pot.

.4662 * 475 = 221.45 dollars positive equity

Now for when I call (53.38%)...

He will lose the 800 minus his equity in the pot against my calling range. Using poker stove I can see that 7s8h against my calling range is 6.48%. So 800 - (.0648 * 1900) = 676.88

.5338 * 676.88 = 361.32 dollars negative equity

221.45 - 361.32 = -139.87

Total equity in his shove = negative 139.87 dollars

So it was not a good play and he gave away 140 dollars in free money.

"No One Is Donating..." -Moon

gamblegambel posts the small blind of $25
Mike Matusow posts the big blind of $50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to gamblegambel [Kc Ad]
carmelo123 folds
alkim416 folds
pay_u_off folds
treenom folds
dwballz folds
Nitro20 folds
stevodwg folds
gamblegambel raises to $150
Mike Matusow calls $100
*** FLOP *** [Jh Kd 5d]
gamblegambel bets $175
Mike Matusow raises to $3,532, and is all in
gamblegambel calls $625, and is all in
Mike Matusow shows [8h 7s]
gamblegambel shows [Kc Ad]
*** TURN *** [Jh Kd 5d] [4c]
*** RIVER *** [Jh Kd 5d 4c] [Tc]
Mike Matusow shows King Jack high
gamblegambel shows a pair of Kings
gamblegambel wins the pot ($1,897) with a pair of Kings

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Fight Against Online Poker Injuries

The Brace - 8/10

It is the most essential item. It really does help support and minimize strain on the wrist. A must have if I ever want to recover and put in any serious hours.

credit: AHR

Elevated Laptop/Monitor - 7/10

I read this from a site that some commenter left a link to. It really does help to have your screen at eye level. I have less aches in my shoulders/traps and it promotes better posture.

credit: sorry, I don't blog

The Computer Glove - 2/10

I bought this at office depot a while back. It is supposed to help out with wrist pains from excessive mouse use. It blows harder than the prevailing winds. I only gave it some point because the name reminds me of the NES power glove.

The Gyration Mouse - 5/10

Pretty nifty device. It's a wireless mouse that moves via motion censor - similar to a wii controller. Tricky if you are playing 6+ tables, but serves as a nice break from an awkward standard mouse during down times.

credit: remmy

The Ergo Human - 9/10

For years I've over looked the importance of a nice desk chair. This baby has everything: mesh material to prevent an overly toasty bum/lower back, nearly everything is adjustable, and it swivels/is set on wheels. I am still an 8 year old sometimes. In between hands I roll across my condo and do 360s.

Hello - 6/10

Natalie is my new gel enhanced mouse pad. Provides seductive wrist support and hours of entertainment.

credit: esegal

Thanks everyone for all the insightful and helpful advice.

What's the Point of Knocking Me Down?

It's 5:30am
I am having trouble sleeping lately
I haven't been playing much cards the past few days
I went to a movie (the signal) with some friends on Saturday
I went to Simpsons trivia this evening with some other friends
I often complain how I don't have anyone to hang out with
I think I seek problems where there are none
Odds I play a million hands this year: 5:1
YTD: 103.5k hands

Monday, February 25, 2008

Saturday, February 23, 2008

I once read an article back in high school by a world class body building in which he talked about his focus in the weight room. There was one quote in particular that really stuck with me. He said that while he was working out he would concentrate so hard that a plane could crash on the other side of the gym and he wouldn't even notice. I feel this is the same focus I need to bring the poker tables every day.

Friday, February 22, 2008


hafizzle: posts small blind $25
SobraoBoY: posts big blind $50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to KKBigDawwg69 [9h 9c]
sweetluvin7: calls $50
royke: folds
Braisss: folds
MrSmokey1: folds
KKBigDawwg69: calls $50
Mizuno MX20: raises $300 to $350
hafizzle: folds
SobraoBoY: folds
sweetluvin7: calls $300
KKBigDawwg69: raises $575 to $925 and is all-in
Mizuno MX20: calls $575
sweetluvin7: calls $575
*** FLOP *** [5s Kd 5c]
sweetluvin7: checks
Mizuno MX20: checks
*** TURN *** [5s Kd 5c] [Ts]
sweetluvin7: checks
Mizuno MX20: checks
*** RIVER *** [5s Kd 5c Ts] [Kc]
sweetluvin7: checks
Mizuno MX20: checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
sweetluvin7: shows [6d 2d] (two pair, Kings and Fives)
KKBigDawwg69: shows [9h 9c] (two pair, Kings and Nines)
Mizuno MX20: mucked [8c Qd]
KKBigDawwg69 collected $2847 from pot

Wanna Walk in My Shoes You Need Ten Socks

Lately I have been more prone to tilt than usual. It is in times like these that it is important to make sure the rest of one's life is in order. I suspect a few factors are the culprit:

  • minimal social life - I have a propensity towards being a loner, but I do enjoy good company from time to time
  • synergism - a bunch of tiny things seemly going wrong and getting blown out of proportion: office chair out of stock, running cold for a couple weeks, not going on trips, ugly weather etc.
  • lack of girlfriend/dating life - I am getting old (25 in two weeks), I am a nerd and my lady skills are only regressing
  • physical dilapidation - my stomach, my wrist, my hair

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Fame Was Like a Drug, But What Was Even More Like a Drug Was the Drugs.

Well dude, it's like this.. I was tilting pretty hard today after dropping some good change playing a LAG short stack. I took a break. Ate some pizza. Took some codeine (as prescribed for my now gone gastritis). And after chasing some loses at 50/100nl I'm fine today.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I Hate My Job #37

Day Off?

I felt like today would be a rather optimal day to take a break from poker. With sore wrists and edging on burnout, a small hiatus felt right. I went to lunch with my mother right after I woke up, which was delightful. I spent most of the afternoon at the rock climbing gym, which is my new favorite exercise. I went to Simpsons trivia at a local pizza joint with some newish friends, which was a rare social outing for me as of late. All in all a quite pleasant day. Oh yeah. And I played 1500 hands of poker online. YTD: 90k hands.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Potentially Obtainable

When I set my goal for the year to do a million hands I knew it wasn't going to be a walk in the park. I predicted a few roadblocks: burnout, boredom, even the long shot of getting a girlfriend, but I overlooked what is now my biggest concern - physical restrictions. My wrist was in searing pain all day and I fear the worst. I still have some hope. YTD: 80k hands

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Rags for the Corporation

Played some 200/400 nl today (36 hands - down 3k); this was the only pot I won:

Seat 1: Gus Hansen ($16,391)
Seat 2: LucLongley ($46,994)
Seat 3: hppyurhere ($7,600)
Seat 4: gamblegambel ($6,600)
Seat 5: EURO32PLYR ($8,000)
Seat 6: OMGClayAiken ($37,497)
hppyurhere posts the small blind of $200
gamblegambel posts the big blind of $400
5 seconds left to act
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to gamblegambel [9c 4s]
OMGClayAiken folds
Gus Hansen folds
LucLongley folds
hppyurhere has 15 seconds left to act
hppyurhere folds
Uncalled bet of $200 returned to gamblegambel
gamblegambel mucks
gamblegambel wins the pot ($400)

[coco'd with themasterj33, blueflare and pimaster]

This Might Make Me a Weirdo But...

My wrist has been hurting lately from playing so much poker online that [under professional advice] I went ahead and purchased this:

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

If I Ever Have Twins I'll Name Them Bright and Early

Lately I've been tempted by travel; some friends going to L.A., some to Vegas, others to New York. Traditionally I would take advantage of my easy going nature and nearly free of responsibility lifestyle and jump on these opportunities, but this time I am not. I am going to really focus on my big goal for 2008: play a million hands of poker online.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Some Amusing Google Searches that Actually Led People to this Blog...

sometimes when i am eating broccoli i like to envision myself as a giant devouring treetops
fucking hoes for money on video
spear clan worms 2
one eye on the popo (number one)
hate is the new black
what if i sit on my ass

I'm Cold Like a Midnight in Aspen

I've set some really big goals for this year and prior to this week I was feeling great about them. Luck get back to being a lady please. 40k below expected past few days:

Friday, February 8, 2008

Delivery Food and Greasy Hair

It's Friday; I ain't got no job... and I ain't got no friends to hang out with. I am about to play my five thousandth hand of poker for the day...

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Wise Words From Truman

"Usually it takes a certain sickness to truly be the best. Because anything worth being good at has a lot of other people striving too. Being the best at one thing requires sacrificing in all other areas of life and unless you stumble on something you can't live without, usually it's not worth it."

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

A Brief Look at Getting off Tilt

Coming down off a bad tilt is rather similar to sobering up from a night of binge drinking. Things like taking a shower or eating food might help a little, but ultimately time is the only cure... time and chasing loses:

the guru 11 posts the small blind of $100
trex313 posts the big blind of $200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to gamblegambel [Qs Qh]
Ptalco folds
gamblegambel raises to $450
Genius28 folds
p_c4Libr4ted folds
the guru 11 folds
trex313 raises to $1,450
gamblegambel raises to $3,700, and is all in
trex313 calls $2,250
gamblegambel shows [Qs Qh]
trex313 shows [Kc Jc]
*** FLOP *** [6d 6s Ac]
*** TURN *** [6d 6s Ac] [8c]
*** RIVER *** [6d 6s Ac 8c] [8s]
gamblegambel shows two pair, Queens and Eights
trex313 shows two pair, Eights and Sixes
gamblegambel wins the pot ($7,497) with two pair, Queens and Eights

LucLongley posts the small blind of $100
gamblegambel posts the big blind of $200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to gamblegambel [Kh Th]
Ptalco folds
Genius28 folds
p_c4Libr4ted folds
LucLongley raises to $600
gamblegambel raises to $4,616, and is all in
LucLongley has 15 seconds left to act
LucLongley calls $4,016
gamblegambel shows [Kh Th]
LucLongley shows [Js Qs]
sviskon stands up
*** FLOP *** [7h 8s 9s]
*** TURN *** [7h 8s 9s] [Ah]
*** RIVER *** [7h 8s 9s Ah] [Jc]
gamblegambel shows a straight, Jack high
LucLongley shows a pair of Jacks
gamblegambel wins the pot ($9,229) with a straight, Jack high

LucLongley posts the small blind of $100
gamblegambel posts the big blind of $200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to gamblegambel [Js Jd]
Ptalco folds
PiMaster raises to $500
Genius28 folds
p_c4Libr4ted folds
LucLongley raises to $22,993.50, and is all in
gamblegambel has 15 seconds left to act
gamblegambel has requested TIME
gamblegambel calls $4,900, and is all in
PiMaster has 15 seconds left to act
PiMaster has requested TIME supposedly pi had JJ too
PiMaster folds
LucLongley shows [Ah Qd]
gamblegambel shows [Js Jd]
Uncalled bet of $17,893.50 returned to LucLongley
*** FLOP *** [5s 3h Tc]
*** TURN *** [5s 3h Tc] [9c]
*** RIVER *** [5s 3h Tc 9c] [4d]
LucLongley shows Ace Queen high
gamblegambel shows a pair of Jacks
gamblegambel wins the pot ($10,697) with a pair of Jacks
p_c4Libr4ted: A

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Wilson Greatbatch was working on a device to record irregular heartbeats when he accidentally inserted a resistor of the wrong size. He noticed that the circuit pulsed, stopped, and pulsed again--just like a human heart. He worked with it for about two years and eventually made the first implantable pacemaker. It's funny how sometimes missclicks can turn into brilliant discoveries. Maybe you accidentally min raised or limped in a spot you normally never would. How did different types of players respond? Is it easily exploitable? One would be surprised how the slightest adjustments can make a world of difference.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Fight or Flight

I guess part of getting old is really discovering who you are as a person. Tonight I went to a friend of a friend's party and I have come to the conclusion that I about as socially awkward as humanly possible. I am going to go ahead and set the over/under line for friends I make in the next 50 years that don't play poker at 1. When I am around crowds of new people I get extremely anxious and self conscious. These anxiety attacks make the few dabbles in conversation I have about as uncomfortable as possible and I tend to just leave these situations as quickly as possible. I don't mind continuing existence as a loner all that much. I've decided to spend nearly every waking hour this year playing online poker. If I am doomed for loneliness I might as well make a shit load of money.

Friday, February 1, 2008

How Strong Does This Look?

Seat 1: SamH133 ($6,339)
Seat 2: 40putts ($1,050)
Seat 3: Semifaded ($875)
Seat 4: gamblegambel ($1,125)
Seat 5: ThePayBack1 ($6,919)
Seat 6: good2cu ($5,150)
Semifaded posts the small blind of $25
gamblegambel posts the big blind of $50
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to gamblegambel [Jc Ks]
ThePayBack1 folds
good2cu folds
SamH133 folds
40putts raises to $100
Semifaded folds
gamblegambel calls $50
*** FLOP *** [Ac As Td]
gamblegambel has 15 seconds left to act
gamblegambel checks
40putts bets $50
gamblegambel has 15 seconds left to act
gamblegambel calls $50
*** TURN *** [Ac As Td] [7c]
gamblegambel checks
40putts has 15 seconds left to act
40putts bets $150
gamblegambel raises to $444 The beauty of this bet is that it reeks of ace rag or the committed clubs/ten; when in actuality I am folding to a jam. He really can't do anything without the goods here (which he rarely has).
40putts folds


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