Sunday, 15 June 2008

Golf Day Out.

Went to the Seniors Welsh Open at Conwy golf course yesterday and had a great time. Father in law had complimentary tickets so I took my son to have a look at some of the great players of yesteryear. Managed to follow Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Bob Charles to name but a few.

You know, I used to be addicted to golf, spending every spare moment I could practising. I used to bunk on at the local golf course and practise chipping and putting. I managed to achieved an ok standard, playing off an 11 handicap (in my mind I was always a lot better than this, but putting was a huge leak in my game). Then around 2 years ago I was playing at a works society day and had the most horrendous round of golf imaginable. I haven't had a round of golf since! This was due to pure frustration because I know, I should have definitely been a single figure handicap player and I realised my game had stagnated. Plus I was now getting into online poker at the time of my golfing demise. So inevitably since I'm playing online poker almost everyday I really didn't have a lot of time for golf.

Anyways, it was a great day watching the ole' pro's. The one thing that amazes me whenever I go to watch live pro golf, and I know most casual golfers will agree with me here, is watching their golf swings. You see, when you play golf, your very instinct is to thrash, and whack that little golf ball with all your might. When you watch these guys, with the exception of the likes of Woods + Daly, they swing the club so effortlessly, almost in slow motion. WTF! It's amazing, it's like they're hitting it with a 3/4 swing and at 1/2 power.

So hopefully I will endeavour to play some more golf this year. It seems such a waste that I played nearly 20 years of golf to suddenly let it all go just like that. I'm also hoping to attend Royal Birkdale (my local course) in July to watch the British Open Golf Championships. I will make sure to give you all a nice little report on that and some photo's.

Poker Update

So enough of the golf coaching sessions.

It seems I'm not the only one whose finding June a swingy month. As you guys know, I spend a lot of my time on Cardschat. Well a couple of regs there are finding June's a swingy month also. I sincerely hope they come through it because d/swings are truly, emotionally and frustratingly depressing. But as I said on CC, it's a measure of a good player just how well you handle these swings emotionally. How you can manage your bankroll effectively to enable you to eliminate the emotional stress a swing can have. I will hopefully go into this in greater detail in a later post when I have my 1000 milestone post, hint-hint.

13th of June - 2600 hands played, +$147.

Played 2 sessions, 1st session was typical for this month, set over set bullshit, and QQ v KK. Yes I know getting my money in with this v a decent reg is asking for trouble.

2nd session I ran a lot better, great starting hands like 74o always help imo:

Poker Stars, $0.50/$1 PL Hold'em Cash Game, 9 Players - Hand History Converter

UTG: $90.95
UTG+1: $78.40
UTG+2: $109.55
MP1: $121.55
MP2: $23
CO: $100
BTN: $60.35
SB: $87.80
Hero (BB): $122

MP2 posts $1
CO posts $1
Pre-Flop: 4 7 dealt to Hero (BB)
2 folds, UTG+2 calls $1, MP1 folds, MP2 checks, CO checks, BTN calls $1, SB calls $0.50, Hero checks

Flop: ($6) 7 Q K (6 Players)
SB checks, Hero checks, UTG+2 checks, MP2 checks, CO checks, BTN checks

Turn: ($6) 7 (6 Players)
SB checks, Hero bets $3, 2 folds, CO raises to $6, 2 folds, Hero calls $3

River: ($18) 4 (2 Players)
Hero bets $17.15, CO raises to $34.30, Hero raises to $115 and is All-In, CO calls $58.70 and is All-In

Results: $204 Pot ($3 Rake)
CO mucked 6 7 and LOST (-$100 NET)
Hero showed 4 7 (a full house, Sevens full of Fours) and WON $201 (+$101 NET)

I like the way I played this next hand, although I'm sort of tempted to push the turn as I like the fold equity that gives me against most of villains holdings. Little did I realise how strong of a hand he had..... never slow play your big hands folks!

Poker Stars, $0.50/$1 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 8 Players - Hand History Converter

UTG+1: $148.80
MP1: $180.20
MP2: $100
CO: $15.90
BTN: $100.60
SB: $99
Hero (BB): $110.50
UTG: $181.10

Pre-Flop: 6 7 dealt to Hero (BB)
5 folds, BTN raises to $4, SB folds, Hero raises to $11, BTN calls $7

Flop: ($22.50) A Q 8 (2 Players)
Hero checks, BTN checks

Turn: ($22.50) 5 (2 Players)
Hero checks, BTN bets $18, Hero calls $18

River: ($58.50) 9 (2 Players)
Hero bets $81.50 and is All-In, BTN calls $71.60 and is All-In

Results: $201.70 Pot ($3 Rake)
BTN mucked Q A and LOST (-$100.60 NET)
Hero showed 6 7 (a straight, Five to Nine) and WON $198.70 (+$98.10 NET)

14th of June - 2026 hands played +$251 up on the day. Still running like meh! Had a flopped straight against a villain playing 95/20/2, he likes his hand and a betting frenzy starts on the flop. I min r/r him, he min r/r back. Then we get it all in on the turn for him to hit his boat on the river!

Then I get AA oop against a really good reg OTB. I blow off a full stack on the flop to her set! What the hell I was thinking of, I know she has me beat but wtf! I just can't lay them down.

I've made a decent comeback up to now, but I still feel I'm running way behind expectation. Unfortunately I use Pokertracker3 so I cant use PokerEV with that. But AA/KK are seriously -EV this month for me.

GL all.


WVHillbilly said...

Royal Birkdale is your local course and you're writing about poker? Seriously golf should come first when you've got a course like that in your back yard. I'm so jealous.

Jay said...

Not only that my good friend. Remember the year before last, The British Open was held at Royal Liverpool, about 8 miles away from where I live. o/s of Scotland, Merseyside/Lancashire has some wonderful courses. Royal Birkdale is a wonderful course. I hope to have some nice piccies of it when I go next month.

WVHillbilly said...

Thanks for making me hate you even more. :)

Pics on the blog would be very nice.

Cindrella said...

your post is quite interesting.
Thank you for giving tips on golf course
and practices