Sunday, June 20, 2010

goodbye vancouver

So we did everything we needed to do this trip- i hope. Business wise, I hope everything is done and I won't have to come back for this purpose again (will elaborate later...). Otherwise, I've really enjoyed my time here. It's a very cool, diverse city, with lots of outdoor stuff going on. A few things i've noticed:

-the people here are slim. i guess i come from a typical, overweight american city, and the people here are fit and skinny. I fit the skinny part, the fit part not so much.

-i've missed living in a city. it was really nice to just walk everywhere you needed to go, or to use public transportation. Today we had to rent a car, and i hit my threshold at the end of the day, and just wanted to park the car, get out, and not drive anymore.

-People here are more health and environmentally conscious. I suppose this also comes with a city. It seems like recycling and eating well are taken more seriously.

Although we've enjoyed our time here, I don't think I could live here full time.

Poker has been going ok, some good, some bad. Today I had sort of an eureka moment, realizing how much the opponent matters. I shouldn't have stacked off against this tight nit. Calling the turn was good, and I kept on hearing my gut saying this guy has the nuts, and wouldn't stack off without it, but I shoved anyway...

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, $1.00 BB (9 handed) - Poker-Stars Converter Tool from

CO ($91.90)

Button ($100)

SB ($121)

BB ($100)

UTG ($210.60)

UTG+1 ($104)

Hero (MP1) ($106.90)

MP2 ($112.95)

MP3 ($132.05)

Preflop: Hero is MP1 with Q, Q

2 folds, Hero bets $4, 1 fold, MP3 calls $4, 1 fold, Button calls $4, 1 fold, BB calls $3

Flop: ($16.50) K, 8, 9 (4 players)

BB checks, Hero checks, MP3 checks, Button checks

Turn: ($16.50) Q (4 players)

BB bets $11, Hero calls $11, 2 folds

River: ($38.50) 4 (2 players)

BB bets $21, Hero raises to $60.50, BB raises to $85 (All-In), Hero calls $24.50

Total pot: $208.50 | Rake: $3


BB had 10, J (straight, King high).

Hero had Q, Q (three of a kind, Queens).

Outcome: BB won $205.50

Monday, June 14, 2010

vancouver trip

We're in the middle of our trip to vancouver, and overall it is very impressive. The weather has been a little on the cool side, but it was perfect for a 4 hour bike ride we took through stanley park and the rest of the city. I like the diversity and the cleanliness of the city. We're staying near yaletown, which for us is the perfect location- near lots of diverse restaurants. Business wise, i'm getting the things done that need to be done, and it's encouraging. Yesterday, we just walked a little through chinatown and gastown. We stopped into a bar that had a world cup game going on, and I had a guiness and fries- my new favorite food... Today we went to granville island, which has some artsy stores, and a large market. We got some pot pies and they were very, very good.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

crazy month again

Finally got most of the stuff out of the apartment this past weekend. Life is just too hectic right now... i'll be going away to vancouver for a holiday/professional trip, and it's just really bad timing right now. However, I think the amount on the to do list has hit its peak and will be getting better in the coming few months.

I just signed up for my canadian health card yesterday. Maybe i'm falling prey to my wife's socialist view on healthcare, but I will admit i'm happy to not have to deal with co-pays or pre-existing conditions anymore.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

may review

May went a little better than my fiasco in april, but still the results are disappointing.

The end result:

450.95 table winnings
+244.38 rakeback(7519.47 VPP*2.5 multiplier for platinum star* 1.3c/FPP)
+50 stellar reward bonus for 30k VPP

745.33 total USD profit

I played 23K hands at 100NL and had a 1.32ptBB winrate. I had some losses at 200NL over 500 hands.

Need to get this winrate up!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

april review

Here's a quick update on what happened in april. I've been procrastinating long enough, and have to man up with the disaster.

The end result:

-609.05 table winnings

+333.42 rakeback (10258.94 VPPs *2.5 multiplier for platinum star*1.3c/FPP)

+50 VPP bonus for 20K VPP

+50 VPP bonus for 25K VPP



Here's the AIEV (all-in expected value) graph:

About $800 below, so I guess I can't be too upset with my play... Also only 34,000 hands so anything can happen, I just hate losing months!