Hello all, welcome to my online poker blog.

I've been playing on and off for a decade after being introduced by a friend.

I played regularly for a few years during the poker boom and had a decent record at the micros, particularly Rush and Zoom No Limit Hold'em games (here's one of my graphs).

Around 2012 I began a new career which involved immersing myself completely in study in my spare time, so I had little to no time for poker. However recently this burden has eased and so I have been gradually dipping back in.

I'm an amateur player who still hopes to some day beat the rake.

Friday, 31 December 2010

2010 Round Up and Goals for Next Year

In terms of my playing time so far, this year has been a reasonably profitable one. My entire playing bankroll (as I don't withdraw funds) is now at $2000 and two thirds of this was won this year. I have put graphs elsewhere in this blog so I will not reprint them here but I'm very happy with the year's profit. There have been ups and downs (of course) but to end the year with well over $1k profit over 200k hands of cash and a few hundred tournaments represents a good return for me.
Finding the Rush games was the biggest plus this year. For the first time I was able to put in decent and necessary volume at the micros, gaining necessary experience. Most of my profit came from Rush 10NL full ring and I also won three Rush tournaments recently which pushed my tournament profit back into the black after having a torrid few months previously in the tourney format.

2011 - What Next?
I have recently been playing quite a few Rush tournaments. The standard of opposition on average is very poor, and so in terms of softness micro and small stake tournaments seem to be better than cash games. However they require a time commitment. Even Rush tournaments can take up to two hours at a time. I also struggle to play more than two tourneys currently as I don't find many decisions automatic as I do in cash. So for this reason my playing volume is only a maximum of maybe 10 tourneys a day at the moment and I don't believe this is enough. So should I return to Rush cash games? Well, I think this is the most likely course for me in the coming months. But Full Tilt changed the rake structure recently and this has taken away a significant portion of rake back profit; something that has made those games less inviting to me. I will need to make an important decision in the next couple of days. The one goal that I do have is to achieve consistent and high volume of play. If I go the cash game route I'd like to play 500000 hands next year and if I choose the tournament route at least 6000.
To any and all who read or have ever read or will ever stumble across this blog, I hope you all have a very happy new year!


  1. Nice results, you'll have to give me some tips on Rush since I just spew money there :-) (actually, don't - that game is so toxic for me I don't want any incentive to go anywhere remotely near it, lol).

    GL with 2011 :-D

  2. Thanks :) 10NL Rush strategy came down to value betting big and bluffing small basically. In the 70k hands I've played at 25NL I'm four buy-ins down unfortunately so not entirely sure the strategy continues to work there - although logic tells me it should - I'd need more volume to be sure. Lol at Rush toxicity - I'm already hooked!