Sunday, December 28, 2008
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Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker!
All bloggers can play in this exclusive online poker tournament.
Registration code: 436043
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
- I'm currently rated 38.38% for the year 2008. Yes it's a little on the low side but this includes tournaments I've played when I was just trying out online poker. And it includes tournaments I've played when I was drunk. Keep this in mind when reading the rest of this post. The rating is a little low but my ranking is somewhat average.
- I'm ranked 578,425th out of 938,718 players tracked. I'm not sure which players are included in the rankings and which are disregarded.
- I've played 112 tournaments tracked by OPR. 105 are NLHE tournaments, the rest varies.
- I've never finished ITM in any non-NLHE tournament. I know how to play these games but it looks like I'm not meant to win any of them. I'll stop playing them altogether.
- My average finish in NLHE: 9% in bottom 10%, 26% in next 20%, 38% in middle 40%, 25% in next 20%, and only 3% in the top 10%. What I understand in this is that I usually end up near the middle. Most of the time I'd finish near when half of the players have busted or a reasonable time after half of them are gone. But I don't often finish in the top 10%.
- I've finished a total of 9 times in the top 10 players. All 9 times were in 36 tournaments played with exactly 45 players. I finish ITM 1 of 4 times. Buy-in averages at $4.
- In these 9 tournaments where I've fnished in the top 10 players, I've finished 1st once. It was a $1.20 buy-in tournament and I won $14 gross. I've never finished 2nd. I've finished 3rd once. It was the same type of tournament and I won $7 gross.
- I've never finished ITM in the 15 tournaments played with 46-180 players. Not once. Average buy-in is $4. I'll stop playing those as well.
- For the 54 NLHE torunaments with more than 180 players, I've finished ITM 8 times. Average buy-in is also $4 but my ROI is not as good as the 45-player tournaments. I keep playing them because the returns is potentially bigger except that the field size is a lot bigger as well. An average of 2006 players to be exact.
- The most I've won in a single tournament was in a $3 multi-rebuy tournament with a guarantee of $40,000. I had 1 buy-in and 1 add-on. There were a total of 3501 players and I finished 448th. I won $22 gross.
- The least I've won was in a $0.10 buy-in tournament. I finished 36th out of 360 players and I won $0.20 gross.
- The biggest buy-in I've invested was $27 in a 45-player tournament. I played it twice but I've never finished ITM.
- The biggest buy-in I've played where I've got ITM was in a $7 buy-in 45-player tournament. I played it 3 times but I only finished once and I got $18 gross.
- I've played the $1.20 buy-in tournament a total of 16 times. This is the type of tournament I've won most often and won most amount. It may serve well to play this instead as it yields the most results for me.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
As luck would have it, a couple of days ago, PokerStars lent her $5 with their Admin Credit promo. Some PokerStars accounts have been credited $5 with 1 condition. These players have to earn 1 FPP in 10 days else the credit will be taken back. It's a pretty good deal for them. Earning 1 FPP is easy and they get free starting bankroll. My friend has been playing play money tables and freerolls the whole time so a $5 gift is a lot.
Good Luck Kuh! Hope you get that 1 FPP soon.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Mega Satellite to Main Event
Manila Cup (2 day if required)
Wed 12- Nov
Mega Satellite to Main Event
Wed 12- Nov
Mega Satellite to Main Event
Welcome Party at Hyatt Hotel
APPT Main Event Day 1A
No Limit Holdem
APPT Main Event Day 1B
No Limit Holdem
APPT Main Event Day 2
No Limit Holdem
No Limit Holdem 7 Handed Day 1
High Rollers Event
APPT Main Event Day 3
No Limit Holdem 7 Handed Day 2
APPT Grand Final Satellite
Teams Event No Limit Holdem (2 per team)
20,000 per team
Friday, November 7, 2008
Satellites for this event have been on-going in both live and online card rooms. But I haven't been able to play much of theses satellites. I was given a graveyar schedule recently and it caused me to miss a lot of the good tournaments. I'm still hoping to somehow get to participate in a mega-satellite right before the main event.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
All right. So these are the people I plan to ask for an interview. In alphabetical order:
- Nick Galan - To talk about the history of poker in the Philippines. (I may reserve this interview for an actual on-cam or audio interview.)
- Christine Gambito (Happy Slip) - I don't know if she plays poker but it's would be nice to have something different once in a while.
- Cass Gonzales - Poker is so much different from her perspective as a dealer.
- Bryan Malantic - I would ask him about the TDA rules and stuff.
- Joshua Rivera - He won the FPT5 and I'm sure he have some nice insights.
I haven't asked all of these people yet but at least I have a plan.
BTW, I may be getting my own domain, I'll just update everyone on when I'm moving to http://www.finaltabledonkey.com
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I got rid of that tilting feeling by playing FPP tourneys and it did the trick. I got to play without sacrificing more of my bankroll. So now I can continue with what I was doing.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I started the day with $240.10 and it's currently $233.25. It's a small amount but it's major setback as far as the greater scheme of things. I can't play ring games today because I'm still thinking about my loss. Instead, I'm playing a 10FPP tournament and a $2.20 MTT. Hopefully I place in the money in one or both of these tournaments to get my confidence back.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I'm really hoping we get to have an EB soon. (Guys, this is a call out that we need to have an EB)
If you want to be a member of Pokermanila, just go to http://pokermanila.com.
Friday, October 17, 2008
I currently have $156.65. If I was getting only exactly 3% daily, I'd only be at $101.79. Luckily, I've always exceeded my target. The only downside to my plan thus far is that the 3% target can be met in just a few minutes. a couple of days ago, I only played 2 hands for the entire day. It's the only downside but it's a very major one. I don't get to play anymore. However, I'm still sticking to it. I think it's a good strategy and I'm experimenting on how far I get doing it.
Monday, October 13, 2008
APPT – Asia-Pacific Poker Tour
BB – Big Blind/Big Bet
FD – Flush Draw
FPT – Filipino Poker Tour
FT – Final Table
FTD – Final Table Donkey
GL – Good Luck
ITM – In the Money
LHE – Limit Hold’em
MTT - Multi-Table Tournament
NLHE – No Limit Hold’em
OESD – Open-Ended Straight Draw
PLO – Pot Limit Omaha
PS - PokerStars
SB – Small Blind/Small Bet
SNG - Sit and Go
STT - Single Table Tournament
UTG – Under the Gun
WSOP – World Series of Poker
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Anyway, now that I have a bankroll, this is my planned strategy. Each day I play, I'll just aim for a net profit of 3% of the current bankroll. 3% is nearly nothing and it'll be (theoretically) easy to get that 3% without risking a lot. I also need to limit playing ring games with a BB that's 0.5% of my total bankroll. I'll only limit myself to buying in 30x BB for that ring game in order not to risk too much. If I'll play an STT, the buyin should not exceed 5% of my bankroll. For an MTT, buyin should not exceed 2.5%.
I currently have $85.25. I need to earn $2.56 for the first day through playing a ring game with BB not more than $0.43. As the days progress, I'll be playing on the bigger table but still trying to win only 3% of my bankroll. It's estimated that I reach $22,085 (Php 1,000,000+) by the 189th day or April 18 if I play daily and I always reach the 3% target.
Sounds simple enough. Now I just have to play. Wish me luck.
Friday, October 10, 2008
I've played SNGs, tournaments, ring games and now I've built my bankroll to $75. It actually went up to $100 but the last couple of days were bad. But generally, it's still not all that bad.
I'm still aiming to be a millionaire by next year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Monday, October 6, 2008
PokerStars Game #20966644004: Tournament #112428543, $5.00+$0.50 Hold'em No Limit - Level VII (100/200) - 2008/10/06 2:02:50 ET
Table '112428543 1' 9-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 3: abaddon_ross (4310 in chips)
Seat 6: STEED11 (2390 in chips)
Seat 9: Defiance101 (6800 in chips)
abaddon_ross: posts the ante 25
STEED11: posts the ante 25
Defiance101: posts the ante 25
Defiance101: posts small blind 100
abaddon_ross: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to abaddon_ross [9c 7d]
STEED11: raises 200 to 400
abaddon_ross: calls 200
*** FLOP *** [6d 7h 2d]
abaddon_ross: bets 600
STEED11: raises 600 to 1200
abaddon_ross: calls 600
*** TURN *** [6d 7h 2d] [9s]
STEED11: bets 765 and is all-in
abaddon_ross: calls 765
*** RIVER *** [6d 7h 2d 9s] [2c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
abaddon_ross: shows [9c 7d] (two pair, Nines and Sevens)
STEED11: shows [Ac Ah] (two pair, Aces and Deuces)
STEED11 collected 4905 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 4905 Rake 0
Board [6d 7h 2d 9s 2c]
Seat 3: abaddon_ross (big blind) showed [9c 7d] and lost with two pair, Nines and Sevens
Seat 6: STEED11 (button) showed [Ac Ah] and won (4905) with two pair, Aces and Deuces
Seat 9: Defiance101 (small blind) folded before Flop
The hand itself was not worth blogging about but after this hand, villain had this to say...
STEED11 said, "almost got lucky there"
STEED11 said, "the REAL players always prevail"
STEED11 said, "he was calling like he had cowboys"
STEED11 said, "abaddon is either drunk 12 yrs old, or from a country other than the us"
He had so much less chips than I did and his 2x raise on my BB was too small for AA. I had top pair when I led on the flop and his raise wasn't enough to push me out. I had my 2 pair on the turn and there was no reason to fold when he went all in. In retrospect, he was the one who got lucky. He only had 8 outs on the river.
I didn't answer him though. I let him tilt. But what does not being in the US have anything to do with playing?!?!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
My fearless forecast is that FPT6 will be within 2008. It's going to have a buy-in of around 30k+3k and it'll guarantee 5 million.
And for me to be sure I get into this event, I'm planning ahead. I need to be able to raise the buy-in for the FPT6. On the right hand side of the blog, I've added a Donate button which you can use to help me. Thanks! :)
Saturday, October 4, 2008
My whole tournament started pretty well. Starting stack was 15,000 and I was up to 20,000 before the first orbit. I was planning on building it a little at a time just to be sure I could go the distance. However, as the tournament progressed, I was no longer hitting the board and my bluffs were being called. It came to the point in level 4 that I was down to only 6 times the BB (600). The tables were turned when I got a rush and I was able to rebuild my stack to more than 20,000 at the start of the 5th level. This made me one of the big stacks in my table.
In level 6, our table collapsed and I was transferred to a different one. What was considered a big stack in my table became one of the shorter stacks in the new one. I wasn't able to see the flop, even when I was BB. After the dinner break, I checked the stacks of the remaining players and found that I would still have a chance if I made a move in the next round.
Level 7 (600/1200, ante 100). I was at around 20,000+. I was BB and UTG bet 4,000 total. Everyone folded to me. It was the second time opponent on my left raised on my blind. I figured I was going to look at the flop just to see if my 87 suited would hit. Flop came 898, no flush draw. I felt there he couldn't be on a straight draw. I checked with the intention of slow playing my set. There was 9,400 in the pot, villain bet 4,000. I called. Turn was a King, flush draw now on the board. I still checked. Villain also checked. River was a Jack, no flush. Villain bet 12,000. I only had 13,000+ left so I pushed all-in. He was commited and called. He showed JJ for a full house Jacks over Eights. I showed my set and instantly felt remorse about not check-raising on the flop or betting all-in on the turn.
It may not have been my time to win a major tournament. But just trying to see it in a more optimistic point of view, at least I got a free dinner and a t-shirt.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Oct 2, 6pm - 5 seats guaranteed - Php500+50 buy-in
Oct 3, 6pm - 10 seats guaranteed - Php1000+100 buy-in
They didn't mention if it's going to be a no rebuy, single rebuy/add-on or multi-rebuy tournament. I hope it's a no rebuy tournament.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
What I am going to talk about is the promotion that PokerStars is having which includes 6 out of the 9 players in the final table. The 6 players are representing PokerStars in the WSOP Main Event tournament. Each of them are guaranteed $900,670 and they all have the chance to win first place and $9,119,517. Which is why they're called the Million Dollar Men. (Except if they finished 9th; they'd be a thousand-aire)
The main selling point of this promo is that 3 lucky online players will get the chance to play a single-table tournament against these people.
1st level - freeroll tournaments daily from Sep 27 to Oct 17 at 11:10, 14:10, 17:10, 20:10 and 23:10 eastern time. Top 300 players advance to the weekly final.
2nd level - tournaments will be on Oct 4, 11 and 18 at 15:10 eastern time. Top 1000 players advance to the finals and $15, 1001st to 2000th get $10, and 2001st to 3000th get $5.
3rd level - tournament will be on Oct 25 at 15:10 eastern time. Top 3 of this tournament will play against the Million Dollar Men in an STT. But everyone from 4th to 1000th places will get some cash prizes as well.
Main Event - STT tournament will be on Nov 1 at 15:10 eastern time. 1st place gets $100,000, 2nd $50,000, 3rd $25,000 and the rest of the table gets $10,000.
I've been playing the freerolls and the best finish I had was 700+ out of 15000 registrants. I'm still trying to get that 2nd level seat.
There are other promotions in PokerStars which include the Million Dollar Men but the freerolls are what I'm interested in. Actually, it's the only promotion I can join. If you're interested in reading about the details for these promotions, please visit the PokerStars website.
Monday, September 29, 2008
There are now 38 players on the list who've already won in the satellites. There will be the last $25 qualifier on Oct 2, 8pm. I expect that there will be more players there and they'll give out 3 seats. On that same date, there will be the phase 2 tournament for the winners of the phase 1 freeroll this week. That tournament guarantees 1 seats. There are no other tournaments announced in PokerStars for the FPT 5. Which means it'll total to approximately 55 seats from PokerStars. This is still dependent on how many actually register for the $25 tournament.
55 is a lot of seats from a sponsor. The probability of having a PokerStars sponsored winner is big. Especially because these 55 people had to win their way to the tournament and have proven they have the skills.
That's it, MDM freeroll is starting. Until next time...
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I'm still hoping that the sponsors are going to have a super-satellite of sorts and give out multiple FPT5 seats. PokerStars promised a minimum of 80 seats to this event but the list of online qualifiers only show 26 so far.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Sadly, the Philippine poker community doesn't have a representative in the list of finalists. Rainier Salazar busted out on day 2 when he pushed on his SB with AQ. BB called with A6. Flop peels off a 6 and no help comes on the turn and river.
Rainier, we were all rooting for you. We'll get them next time.
Friday, September 26, 2008
I checked the list and I was only able to recognize 1 Filipino left standing. Rainier Salazar is currently 11th in chips and stands a very good chance of getting deep into the tournament.
Rainier, you can do this buddy. Don't forget the basics; AA good, 72 bad. When faced with a difficult decision, just think what I would do and do the opposite.
For live updates for this tournament, please check this link, http://www.pokernews.com/live-reporting/2008-appt-seoul/main-event/
Thursday, September 25, 2008
If you're planning to buy-in directly to the FPT 5 main event, just leave a comment here and I'll relay the message to him.
You can also buy the seat for me if you're willing to stake me. I really don't mind... Terms are 60 you / 40 me of net profit.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
APPT Seoul phase 2
I finished 39th place out of 231 entries. I went all-in on the flop with my top pair Jack and kicker Ace. Villain had AA. Only the 2 remaining Jacks would help. No luck.
I finished 4th out of 11 entries. I had the shortest stack. Pushed all-in with QQ. Villain had JJ. Flop 87T rainbow. Turn 9. Villain had a made straight. I had a gutshot straight with the 2 remaining Jacks. To add insult to injury, river is a Queen.
If I would've won any of the hands above, I would've had a very good chance. Instead, I won nothing and my dreams of being able to play in APPT Seoul and/or the FPT5 are shattered. I didn't even get a consolation prize. My chances of being able to play in a big tournament are getting smaller and smaller.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
That's right. I have a bankroll now. A small one but a bankroll nonetheless. I had Ranier77 transfer $23 to my account. It was up and down for a few days which was why I wanted to play the bigger table. Swings at the micro stakes are so small that it's almost not worth the effort. I'm aiming to be able to play at the bigger tables.
I also want to practice for the Sunday tournaments. The structure of the 180 player SNG is similar to the phase 2 tournaments on Sunday and I really want the APPT Seoul and FPT5 seats.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I want that seat. I want to go to Seoul, Korea. And I want the chance to finally be able to play in an APPT event.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I've played most the freeroll tournaments winning none of them. I was even called a donkey by a player after he kept checking his trips and I kept betting. Then after that hand, I kept going all-in every hand. For his information, it doesn't count as being a donkey if you bet first. At least I think it doesn't. Anyway, I was really sleepy and the satellite phase 1 will only give 10 phase 2 seats out of the 170+/- who joined. Too much work for a 1st level satellite.
I've played a $3 qualifier and finished 4th out of 7.
I've joined another satellite which doesn't get quorum.
I've listened to Lil' Joey's radio program for the first time in my life because I heard there a seat given there. (They start giving the seats out next week I think)
I may need to rethink this whole thing. I've been trying to hard that it's frustrating. The thing is, I want to play because it is a live deep stack tournament and I know I can go deep in that tournament but I just don't have the stake. (Certain circumstances require me to put my money elsewhere. We don't need to talk about them here.)
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
It just means we have more time to get those seats. There are several ways of getting seats for this tournament:
Metro 500 - Php 500 buy-in tournament every MWF 2pm at the Metro. Top 2 places get a seat for FPT 5.
Metro 75 - Php 3,000 buy-in tournament every Wednesday night at the Metro.
Metro Bounty Tournament - Every Sunday night at the Metro
PokerStars freerolls - Phase 1 nightly from Sept 11 - Oct 1, 8pm and 10pm. Predetermined number of winners advance to phase 2 every Sunday at 8pm.
PokerStars $3 qualifier - Phase 1 nightly from Sept 11 - Oct 1, 9pm. Winners get seats for $22 qualifier.
PokerStars $22 qualifier - Phase 2 every Sunday at 9pm.
I have my eyes on playing those freerolls. A total of 80 seats are guaranteed from the online tournaments alone. If you don't have a PokerStars account, click on the banner on the right.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Anyway, if you see me online, say hi to me. :)
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
My bankroll started at $45 and was funded through a friend. It really was just for me to test online poker to see if I wanted to play regularly online. I played various games just to see what it had to offer. I played 7-card stud, Razz, Omaha, HORSE, Holdem cash tables and I played STT's and MTT's. I learned a lot everytime I play. Most important lesson I learned is that I should never play a multi-rebuy tournament while drunk. To cut the long story short, I'm now down to $0.04.
I was planning to deposit through Moneybookers but when I viewed the Deposit Options, the Moneybookers button was no longer there. I emailed PokerStars and found out that Moneybookers "changed their policies and are no longer allowing gaming transactions". Well, that's too bad for me. I'll probably check what my other options are next time.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Moneybookers works the way Paypal does except that Paypal can't be used for PokerStars. (I think they shut down or something.) But Moneybookers is tried and tested. They can accept transfers from various credit cards for a minimal fee or through bank transfers for free. They accept bank transfers from the Philippines too. For simplicity, I'll use the credit card transfer because the PokerStars bonus will more than cover the fee I need to pay.
In case you also want to use Moneybookers, just click on this link, https://www.moneybookers.com/app/?rid=6303264
And if you still don't have a PokerStars account, use this one, http://www.pokerstars.com/sites/download/?source=10099208
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling? No - Whew! I'm off to a good start.
Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy? No
Did gambling affect your reputation? Hmmm... I'm not sure what's being asked. If it's asking if my playing poker has affected my reputation negatively, then I would have to say No.
Have you ever felt remorse after gambling? At one point or another, everyone has felt remorse after calling for the sake of knowing the opponents hand when they knew they were beat. So, Yes.
Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties? There was a time when I was out with friends and we didn't have enough money to drink. So we gambled until we had enough. Yes again.
Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency? On the contrary, it made me more ambitious.
After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses? Maybe when I was starting. But part of my poker maturity is to know when to stand-up. Unless I'm drunk, but I'll save that for the Alcoholics Anonymous.
After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more? Same answer as the previous question. No.
Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone? This is a hard question. I know I do which is why I leave non-gambling money and ATM cards and credit cards at home when playing. So my answer is No because I don't bring it with me.
Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling? I never borrow for gambling unless I know that I can pay it back immediately. I won't borrow if I can't pay it back.
Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling? There's nothing of value to sell.
Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures? Never.
Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family? I can't see how this could happen.
Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned? Yes.
Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom or loneliness? Yes. Especially boredom.
Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling? No.
Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping? Yes. There are some bad calls, bad folds, bad beats, or bad players who can really keep me up all night.
Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble? No.
Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling? Poker players should stop being superstitious. Luck has a hand in poker but it's not what should determine the results of the whole game.
Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling? No.
That's a total of 5 Yes answers. The site said compulsive gamblers score at least a 7. I'm not a Compulsive Gambler! Cool. Just in case you found out you are, you can email email@example.com. They have weekly meetings all around the world. Including the Philippines.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
When did you start playing?
Live I play at The Metro. Online I play Pokerstars and Fulltilt poker.
Live I play as much as 500-1k. Online now a days I prefer tounaments as much as 1k buyin.
Of course live games but I wanna play online in between those games. I think I play much better live but online gives me a lot more convenience and rake is much lesser and you don’t have to give tips.
Tournaments. When I win a tournament it feel like I’ve accomplished something aside from winning money. You don’t get that on cash games.
Well the biggest was the last main event of the WSOP. The field was almost 7k players. The buyin was 10k usd. And I finished 700+. Didn’t made the money though. Money was 666 players.
I don’t watch a lot of high stakes poker on tv anymore but I always liked Phil Ivey and Gus Hansen.
Me. Well aside from me Kent del rosario and Franco Mabanta I think are among the best on cash games. On tournaments I would say Niel Arce. Online poker I would say Ronnel Sto Thomas but for some reason he is a fish on live games.
A great player learns from everyone. A good player thinks he is already good on his own.
Wow! I busted Phil with only pokets 4’s hehe isn’t that amazing! Everyone on my table was in awe with that single hand. Seriously because everyone were playing so tight and both of didn’t hit anything on the board and both of us have good stacks.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Back in the day, there'd be a tournament advertised for 2pm and it'll start by 3pm or 4pm. Nothing has changed at all when it comes to the actual first deal. Players do not arrive early because they know it's delayed. Organizers do not start on time because players have not arrived. It's vicious cycle and I don't see a snap-of-a-finger solution to it in the near future. But it really has to stop.
Too much time has been wasted waiting for the tournament to start. As of this writing, I'm waiting for The Metro Bounty Tournament to start. It was advertised to start at 8pm and it's now 9pm+. I've walked around Metrowalk several times and I know it won't start in the next few minutes. Such a waste...
This is not particular to The Metro. All other poker rooms I've been to experience the same problem. But if The Metro wants to be the poker room all other poker rooms want to be, starting tournaments on time would be a good place to start.
Let's make this a "petition" post. If you're in favor of tournaments starting on time, just leave a comment on this particular post. Make your voice heard.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Where/When/How did you start playing poker?
I have always thought that poker is a great game from what i saw in the movies since my childhood days. i didnt know how to play then but i knew that poker is a family of various games and that its a game of betting, calculating odds and reading opponents. in 2004 i taught myself the texas holdem and other variants through books and the internet when i knew that poker will become popular in the country.
How did you become a house player?
I was already one of regular players in the local scene when the cardroom needed house players so i was offered the job and i accepted it.
How often do you play?
Right now i have to play there five days a week, 8 hours a day.
How has being a house player changed poker for you?
it helped me build my bankroll because of the regular income.
What have you learned from being a house player?
That the game is really hard to beat at our local scene. if its hard to beat even for a paid props player who get a daily pay, more so for any other player who dont get any pay for playing.
Are there any disadvantages to being a house player?
You dont have table selection. sit when you have to, stand when you have to.
Do people play differenty if they know they're playing with a house player?
Yes. because generally, house players are better players and people know that because they see you play almost everyday.
Should they steer away from playing against house players?
Yes if possible.
What would you change in the way Filipino poker players play?
I have always wondered why it is only here in our country where the rake is too much at 10% with maximum reaching PHP 500.00 or more for higher stakes and anywhere else it is only 5% with a maximum of $3 per pot. If it doesnt change, it will be really very hard to beat the game, even for top-class pros, i believe.
Any last words for the readers of Final Table Donkey?
Nothing more, i think i talked too much already. lol.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Well, there's always a next time.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
The level 1 freeroll satellites will continue nightly at PokerStars. There's one at 7:00pm and 10:00 pm MNL. They can be found on the Tournaments/Regional tab.
One problem with the freeroll is that majority of those who play are not even from the Philippines. I don't even know if they know where the Philippines is. I asked one player and he said that he plans to sell the seat if he wins. Tough luck for those who actually intend on playing the main event.
Friday, August 1, 2008
There will be freerolls in PokerStars for this event. Nightly level 1s and then a level 2. I'm currently playing the 10pm MNL level 1 which is why I need to stop blogging and pay attention to the game.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
So I guess Macau has to wait. I'll try the level 1 satellites again.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I encourage everyone who are not yet playing online to try it. Sign up for a PokerStars account now.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I've regret selling my seat last year for the APPT Manila. This time I hope I get the chance to make up for it by winning another seat and finally get to play in an international tournament.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I really didn't want to resolve the PokerStars mess up by sending any IDs or utility bills. They were asking me to send a photo ID but they really don't know what I look like hence nothing to compare the picture to. And bills at home are not under my name so what use would that be. So I replied to their original email telling them that there must be some mistake. Usage on my account would hardly be red flag for any fraudulent activities. The worst thing I've used the account for was to bluff a player every now and then.
When I got home, I checked my email and PokerStars has already replied, "We apologise for any inconvenience caused. The error has now been resolved and your account has been reinstated. Please login at your earliest convenience."
Whew! That's a load off my back. It took less than a day to resolve as compared to 5 months which I read about in one of the forums. My $11.84 was intact and I'm able to play again. So I guess abaddon_ross really wasn't gone for that long. Now I can play again.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
So I emailed PokerStars telling them of my concern. A few minutes after, I received a reply asking me to fax or email: 1) a clear photocopy of your driver's license, front and back , or other photo ID; and 2) a clear photocopy of your last utility bill (telephone, gas, water, or electric) indicating your name, address and statement date.
I read some forums and I found out that the error was caused by the account being frozen. There was no reason for them to freeze my account, I have like $11 there. (Yes, the reason why I haven't updated this blog with my bankroll was because my $45 was down to $11)
I'm going to try to resolve this error and hopefully get to play again but it makes me wonder how safe it'll be if I had a few hundred/thousand dollars there. I'm sure I wouldn't be this calm.
So I'm sorry to say, but you guys won't be seeing abaddon_ross play online anytime soon.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Well, tomorrow's another day. At least I can sleep early so I won't be late for work.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I haven't decided when I'm going to use the ticket for the weekly round 2. It's a $4k guaranteed tournament and I do hope I make it in the money there.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Now what it does is it tracks everything that happens while you're playing or even observing poker. It inputs everything in the database and it outputs a whole lot of information I'm not even sure if I'm going to use in the future.
So far, the only report I have studied is my tournament starting hands. My sample size may be a little small, but I have to start somewhere. I was trying to see what I could improve in my tournament play. These are my findings...
ATo - The hand I lose the biggest amount to.
K8o - I really don't notice that I actually play this hand. And I lose often with it.
52o - Half of the time I play it, I'm not in the blinds. I don't know why I do that.
So now that I know, I'll start making sure I'm careful with these hands. I'm not saying that I'll voluntarily fold them just to get rid of them but instead I won't overplay them.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
When did you start playing? 2.5 years ago. I started playing micro-mini stakes at home with friends.
Where do you usually play? Live games always in The Metro, online on Pokerstars and Fulltilt
What stakes do you usually play? Games I play ranges from 25/50 to 100/200 (in Peso) blinds... It depends on the action, stacks on the table, and who are on the table.
Preference: Online or Live poker? Both
Preference: Cash games or Tournament? Both
Biggest tournament you've entered? (Not necessarily won) APT ($2.5k buy-in)
How does one win in poker? a cliche but patience will remain a virtue..though donkey wins too..lol
Who's the best international player and why? There are a lot coz each and every pro that I know has his own strategy that makes it for them which can be the best for each and every game.
Who's the best local player and why? No comment. lol. But definitely not me...lol...am way far from it..
Fearless forecast: Who will win the Filipino Poker Tour 3? maybe you.. :)
That's a long shot cause I'm not joining :) -ross
What's your most memorable bad beat? I dont keep track of the bad beats I get coz if I do, I would always remember it & just give myself bad vibes everytime I play.
What's your most memorable suck out? I'm a good girl... I dont give bad beats...lol
What's your most expensive poker lesson? (A mistake on your part which cost you the most amount of chips but because it was expensive, you made sure not to commit the same mistake ever) Everytime I bust out...coz it just means I put all my chips in and as expensive as all my chips I just learned the latest poker lesson I would
What's one thing you would like to change about Filipino players? Nothing. I think Filipino poker is doin good & it's even gonna get better soon as people play almost play everyday
What's your advise for people who are just starting to play? Well, you would always see players (who have been in the scene for quite a while) winning on wide variety of hands...seeing some exhibitions on their plays...but when you start playing it, poker basics are always very important and should stick with 'em. Later on you would always get to use 'em no matter how long you have been playing the game. and you'll still see that the poker veterans still use 'em a lot and are still makin money out of it. Oh and that bluffing isnt the essence of poker.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
So far, the 0 to 1,000,000 challenge is on track. I’m still relying mainly on the earnings from advertisements. This includes advertisements from my other blogs. At this rate, I can have the first deposit approximately by early August. I don’t know how long the check would arrive but I’m hoping it’ll arrive before September. I think I’m disallowed by Google to mention how much I earned so I’m just going to keep it confidential.
When Mogs sells my poker table, he’ll transfer some dollars to my PokerStars account. I hope that lasts at least until September.
So far, I’m happy with the results and I feel confident this challenge is going to be a success.
To read about the details of the 0 to 1,000,000 challenge, view the link: http://finaltabledonkey.blogspot.com/2008/05/0-to-1000000.html
After a long poker break (not counting the Filipino Poker Tour Freeroll Satellites in PokerStars) I came back to The Metro to play. One of my “rules” limit me from playing while under the influence of alcohol but because I was under the influence, my reasoning was askew.
So I played in the 10/20 table where there were 2 big stacks who were dominating the rest of the players. This was another “rule” I was trying to implement (not to play in cash tables where a few players dominate the stacks or the action). Nonetheless, I sat and played. I guess poker is like riding a bicycle and I was soon able to vie for chip leader after a few orbits through a combination of out-playing, bluffing and donkeying.
Then came Bitoy. Bitoy has been part of the Philippine Poker Community since the early days and as I’m comparably a small table player, I rarely get the chance to sit in the same table with him. He was waiting for something and he decided to sit at my table. It’s always good to have someone who knows what they’re doing on the same table. They dictate the action and it’s easier to follow than the more aggressive plays the less experienced players tend to dictate. I consider myself to be a decent player but I’ve never dominated the flow of the action.
Rini and I were about to leave but since he sat down, we played a few more orbits than what was pre-arranged. We were talking with Bitoy about the days in 41o to which I commented that Bitoy was a benefactor of my poker tuition. Shortly after that he cracked my pocket aces with a runner-runner straight. At first Bitoy couldn’t remember me but then he remembered that I was Ronnel’s friend. He mentioned that Ronnel had moved on to the big table and I was still at the small table. Then I won with a runner-runner straight against his top pair. Then he joked that it’s probably why Ronnel moved up and I was still playing 10/20. Of course the main reason was that I didn’t have the bankroll for the higher stakes but that was beside the point.
Then Edward sat down. You can see how the action on the table changed after he did. Bitoy and Edward were in every other hand and it was pretty clear that the cards didn’t matter. They were simply out-playing the rest of the players. 2 big table players in the same small table, the newer players didn’t have a chance. The table eventually collapsed after Edward busted 3 players.
The session ended with me having a decent profit.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
I've always had this scenario in mind, a poker tournament where players are from different backgrounds. Some possible players would be a theater actor, a lawyer, a psychologist, a mathematician, a professional gambler, a detective, a movie critic, a hypnotist, a beauty queen, an accountant, an economist, an entrepreneur, a manager, a radio disk jockey, etc. And since this is theoretical, Nemo and Shrek's friend Donkey. It is assumed that those who are included can be considered top in their field and that they have never played poker before.
The actor probably can bluff and slowplay his way to being the winner but the movie critic can spot the slightest bit of bad acting and the detective is trained to spot certain tells. The mathematician can compute the odds but the economist will know how to manage his stack but the psychologist probably doesn't need to look at his cards. The hypnotist can make you do anything but the beauty queen is just so beautiful no one can pay attention to the game. The tournament can go any which way but moving it another notch, it can be a series of tournaments and they have the chance of improving their game. Who would be the consistent winner? Some of the top professional poker players have a deep understanding of math but who's to say that only a mathematician can be successful in poker?