Friday, October 2, 2015

Been a while

I had an amazing time in Colorado in late August, and spent several days camping and hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park. So gorgeous during the day, and also at night with far less light pollution than I'm used to. Even saw a bear on the Fern Lake trail, and managed to live to blog about it...I think.

Played some $1/$2 at Ameristar in Black Hawk, and a $300 bounty tourney at the Colorado Championship of Poker at Golden Gates Casino. Had a really good start, and called a big bluff with tptk for 10k in tournament chips. But I got cocky later after dinner break and decided to bluff off half my stack to the chipleader. Despite not hitting the money, I did bust two players for $100 in bounties and a discount.

Switching gears now to a 5NL grind on Bovada, 4-tabling, using Table Tamer. Going pretty well so far, as these players love to shove silly stuff and call when they're beat.

Had a sick quads over quads hand for a triple this week, after I raised pre with JJ and flopped the other JJ and a 6. It checked around on the flop, then I check-called .25 on the turn. Shoved the river with the board at JJ666 and got a call from KK which slowplayed pre, and Q6o of all things on the button. That might had triggered a nice five-figure jackpot in some live casinos, but no luck online. NH though.

Turned a straight flush tonight and shoved the river hoping the other guy had the A or K of clubs. No dice, but nice to see a killer hand like that.

Below is my 5NL graph:

My bankroll on Bovada had dropped from $376 to $250 or so after a string of tournament losses, so it's nice to be grinding it back up. Plus cash games are something I've avoided in favor of tourneys, and it's time to get the experience that my game needs. Love the hand review features in PT4!

Hopefully I can build this into a solid bankroll and be my own boss. We'll see. A tourney bink would be nice...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Turbo DS Cash

Meh...called a shove with A9s vs K4o in the SB. Flopped a 9 but he turned a K. Had to call all in with 45o after and I was toast. Still in the $11 with about 20BB, close to the bubble.

Random Bink and catching up.

So the World Poker Tour is at Choctaw and I drove up and played flights A-C of the $200k GTD for $120 each. Didn't get anywhere, because I seem to have forgotten the fine art of folding when obviously beat. Had a great time though and enjoyed a cash game table I was at, where guys were just giving away money chasing draws and calling with top pair\bad kicker. Fun table too, everyone seemed to be in a good mood to lose, lol.

Strange thing is in 3 tourneys I never saw AA, but saw it twice within 30 mins at this table, and lots of AK, plus other big pairs. Couldn't hit a set to save my life though. I was up $85 at best, and cashed out up $40. Hey, gas money.

Due to a sad and unfortunate loss in my family that I'll discuss later, I have too much time on my hands and no income; so now is as good a time as any to try to cover my monthly expenses playing online poker and select live events that are good values, like Monster Stack tourneys. In fact, I'm going back to Choctaw this weekend to play the $350 Monster (4 flights, $500k gtd prize pool). I'll play just one flight, then spend time at the cash tables afterward to try and earn my buyins back.

After that, I'm off to Colorado to visit two sets of friends there, and to climb my nemesis, Mt. Elbert. :-) I may also do the Hanging Lake hike again, or head up to Rocky Mountain National Park for a nice hike. I won $100 in a contest put on by on FB, so I bought another pair of Merrell MOAB Ventilator hiking shoes, which are so comfortable. Can't wait to try them out! Also joined Planet Fitness and have been doing lots of cardio to get in shape.

Hope to make it to Blackhawk and play some poker.

Anyway, that's it for now. Happy for the totally random bink. Turbos aren't my thing, but I wanted to play something that would force me to gamble a lot and open up my shoving range. Worked out well! The key hand headsup was when the villain shoved 99 and I call with KQ and rivered a Broadway straight. We were almost even, so that left him severely crippled. Shoved JTo next hand (cards didn't matter) and won with 2 pair.

I get excited about the game even after a small win like that. For me it's all about how much you multiply the buyin. Fun stuff. If I could turn $3 in to $206 every day, I'd be set for life.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Poem for Betty

I saw a cardinal fly today
and thought of you again...
the way you loved to hear its song
spring forth upon the wind.

I miss the times you sang for us
before your soul took flight
and left us with an emptiness;
a longing for your light.

I hope we'll reunite one day
if even for a while,
in dreams or some place heavenly
where I can see you smile.

Until that day, I'll look for you
in every bird that sings
and soars up where the angels fly
with you upon their wings.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

It was a Dead Cat Bounce

Lesson Learned: fools rush in

Fearing that I might miss the run up in energy stocks, I rushed in February, oil prices fell off in March, and I missed some meaningful profit. :( All is not lost though, because I'm still up a meaningful amount. However, a little patience would have allowed me to buy everything cheaper. Bottom line, market timing is a fool's game, especially if the fool makes fear-based investing decisions.

We'll see how things go this summer.

Missed opportunity: Refining company stocks like Valero, Tesoro, HollyFrontier. I will check more into HollyFrontier and may invest.

In the meantime, I made a lousy play in the "budding" medical marijuana space, and quickly got out of it the next for a loss of around $30 including trading fees. Lesson Learned: Do your due diligence BEFORE you invest. The company sells a promising legit dispensary product, and runs a slick website, but the CEO is a criminal. Oh and it was not a penny stock when I invested, but it became one in the months after I jumped out. Instead of losing around $450, I only lost $30 for a 6% loss. Thankful for that.

Now for the good news. The only penny stock I've ever invested in netted me some impressive gains, percentage-wise anyway. Between my IRA and a taxable acount, I bought 5400 shares of it for an average of .30 per share. This stock never dips below .20 so getting it for an average of .30 is usually good. I sold for an average of .76 per share and netted roughly $2400 after commissions and surcharges, and $3200 total since I've been trading this penny stock. Not bad, and I'll be looking for other opportunities, and doing some serious due diligence to avoid any pos companies.

Going to pick up a couple of investing books: The Intelligent Investor (which probably says to avoid penny stocks lol), and One up on Wall Street.

Also watched The Wolf of Wall Street. Entertaining and interesting.

And read this article:

Monday, February 23, 2015

Missed the bounce. :-/

So I wasn't expecting oil to start a rebound so quickly after the last post, but it did on the last trading day of January, and I missed out on a roughly 10% gain by tip-toeing into the sector prior to the bounce. The result sucks, but the action was probably correct, given that fundamentals didn't support rushing in (growing supply\sluggish demand). Damned if you do or don't...

I've got most of the move complete now, and held back some to buy on the dips.

Some long positions I took:


Will probably buy some EOG and NOV as well, and probably AAPL. Tired of sitting on the sidelines watching AAPL go up. Even if it tanks during a recession, I'd still be long on it.

If I were truly a gambling man, I would have thought AAPL's 40% drop through early 2013 a rare opportunity, doubled up over the next two years, and be mostly set. But who really bets it all on one horse? I know, I know...true gamblers.

In other news, had to suspend writing activity due to family health concerns. Have spent the core of most days at the hospital for visitation, and didn't have time to commit to even the few writing assignments I was doing per month. Hated to do that because I was working on getting better and faster at it, but family first.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Missed Choctaw :-/

Could have played Event 12 again like last year, but have a family member in the hospital and decided to put family first and visit. Didn't feel like playing anyway.

Getting prepared to make some gambles on oil (though not all at once), and studying up on energy funds, stocks, and ETFs. Lots of opinions out there, but fees are important so Vanguard will probably be high on my list for low costs (VGENX and VDE), along with an oil services ETF tbd.

In the meantime, I've been jumping through the necessary hoops to consolidate separate workplace retirement accounts into one at TradeKing, which has low trading fees. I've wanted to do this for years for greater flexibility, and it's mostly done.

So yeah, playing a different kind of poker at the moment.


Found out a friend from League has had a good month in poker though. Including recent winnings in Vegas, winning League championship again, and cashing at Choctaw, he's up $4200+ for the month. Glad someone is raking it in, lol.