Update WCOOP

I said that I would play the following tournaments:

Wednesday: #29: $265 NL Omaha H/L (6-Max, Knockout)

The tournament was going well and I had Qs Ks 6d 6h. Basically, the opponent did not want to believe that I had the nut low plus something and I wanted to force him to give up playing for only 25-50% of the pot, but it went bad and ending up allin on the turn, he hit one of his 8 outs. Shortly after, I was eliminated with Ts Ac Qc 4c.

Thursday: #32: $320 NL Hold'em (6-Max)

I don't remember what happened in this one and I didn't keep any notes of the hands, but it didn't go well.

I wrote in my blog that I would play the fixed-limit tournament, but I was mistaken, the plan was to play the event #35 $215+r and that's what I did. I ended up doing 5 rebuys and 1addon, that started with some bad luck with my Qd As and later with 9s As. Later on, I played for some long hours, and reaching the bubble I had a very difficult decision with Qc Ac, cause there were only 3 players left to lose so that I'd make it into the money. I spent some more hours playing and I got the badbeat of the century with Ac Qh.

A few hands later, I lost with Th Td.

You know, this is why I don't like playing MTTs...

At sit-n-gos, I know that I would be able to play enough sits within a year so that I'm not negatively affected by luck and be at the other side of the 2.17% as well. At MTTs, it's simply impossible to put in that kind of volume, because within a year there aren't enough tournaments running of buy-ins that are high enough so as to allow this long run approach. To tell you the truth, even during 10 years I don't know if the regulars of MTTs are able to put the necessary volume in these type of stakes to be able to anticipate a consistent result...

I felt obligated to make this comment, cause there's a euphoric wave of young people playing MTTs, when they don't have any idea what they're putting themselves into. Obviously among all of them, the majority is not going to have significant results and only a small percentage that not only consists of the elite, but is also on the right side of the variance, is going to successfully "survive" on the short term (1 year for this case).

That said... the WCOOP is not over yet, and I'm still going to play a few more events :)

  • Event   #40: $215 NL Hold'em
  • Event  #45: $265 NL Hold'em (Turbo, Knockout)
  • Event  #46: $320 Mixed PL Hold'em/Omaha
  • Event  #49: $215 NL Hold'em (1R1A)
  • Event  #50: $320 PL Omaha H/L
  • Event  #52: $320 NL Hold'em
If I made a couple more ITMs it would be great!

As you know, you can follow me on PokerStars :)

3 years full-time

I started playing Poker full-time on the 15th of September 2008.

On the contrary of what many people may think, my initial bankroll for this project was small, but I had a plan!
"I started playing poker again, and since my financial situation was not very good, I have been playing the $6.5 sngs. I made a $200 deposit on my account and the plan is to play 10 hours per day until the end of the month, at that point I will reevaluate the situation. The timeschedule I have defined for myself is 8:30-13:30 and 14:30-19:30".
 Also, I wasn't doing anything at random, I already had a reasonable sample of sit-n-gos of $6.5 and $16 and the numbers gave me some confidence.
"The ROI I expect at the $6.5 sngs is 13%, while at the $16s I'm expecting 5% which is why I'm going to follow the next table as far as necessary Bankroll for each level is concerned:"
 That information has always been available on my blog, which is why none of this is new. At that point, I decided to not reveal my numbers for the month, but in order to please the readers that have been following me for years, I decided to put here a scan of my personal record of my 1rst year of playing poker full-time.

BOP: It's the Battle of the Planets, which is a promotion PokerStars has for sit-n-go players.

The reason why there are two rakeback values there, has to do with the fact that I started the month with a certain VIP level but then achieved a higher one. From this point of view, PokerStars has always been great, since all players are equal and are compensated according to what they play in the house and not according to who they know.

As for the colours, in yellow are the stakes that were "normal" for me to play. Pink indicates the experiences that didn't go well and green  the experiences that went well. During the month that followed I only played $16 and $27 and in December $16, $27, $38 and $60. I also have one sheet for each one of those months :)

My numbers nowadays are "a bit" better, but the spirit continues to be more or less the same!

Team Online Freerolls

I’m proud to be a member of Team PokerStars Online. Along with myself, the fastest poker player in the world Randy ‘nanonoko’ LewWCOOP Event Winner Anders ‘Donald’ Berg, twitter wizard and MTT specialist Shane ‘shaniac’ Schleger, we make up some of the biggest names in online poker.
Now, you will have a chance to test your skills against me and the rest of the team, for FREE!
 Team PokerStars Online is going to give you a chance to win some cash by playing in our new Team Online Freerolls.
Each month, $1000 will be up for grabs. You will also get the chance to play against me and other Team Online members, all with bounties on their heads. Eliminate a Team Online member and win a $25 bountyIt’s that simple.
If that isn’t enough, PokerStars is giving you even more chances to play and win. There will be TWO Freerolls every month!
To enter the $1000 Team Online Freeroll, all you have to do is create a PokerStars account and make a real-money deposit on the PokerStars client using the Marketing Code ‘acoimbra’. 
For players who can’t deposit but still want to play on PokerStars, there’s still a tournament for you to play. This tournament will also be played by Team Online members and if you our fortunate enough to bust one of us, you will win $10 to help build your bankroll.
To enter the $100 Team Online Freeroll, all you have to do to play is:
    1. Download the free software.
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    3. During account signup, enter the bonus Marketing Code "acoimbra"
    4. You are now ready to play!
New Signups Freeroll Details

Tourney Name:Team Online $100 Freeroll
Date & Time:12:00 ET - The first Sunday of every month.
Buy-in:FREE - just signup using the Marketing Code ‘acoimbra’ and you are eligible to play in the freerolls every month.
Prizes:$100 prize pool in each freeroll. 20% payout structure.Team Online member bounty - $10 for each Team Online member you bust.

Depositors’ Freeroll Details:

Tourney Name:Team Online $1000 Freeroll
Date & Time:13:00 ET - The first Sunday of every month.
Buy-in:FREE - just create an account with PokerStars and make a deposit using the Marketing Code ‘acoimbra’ and you are eligible to play in the freerolls every month.
Prizes:$1000 prize pool in each freeroll. 20% payout structure.Team Online member bounty - $25 for each Team Online member you bust.

To register for a Team Online Freeroll tournament, open the PokerStars lobby, click ‘Tourney’ & ‘All’.
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Body Fat

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

This week I went to the gym once. I checked my weight and I put on close to 3KG during my week of holidays. It was something planned, I needed one week without controling my food and not doing much. In any case, even after putting on 3KG I'm still -11KG for the year, which is good considering that my goal was -10KG.

As for the training, as I missed a week, I had to do the cardio without abusing it (500calories in 50 minutes) and then at the bodybuilding part, I did 2 sets of an exercise for each muscular group with weights that didn't require a big effort from me. The idea is to slowly get back to the normal pace. My personal trainer usually says that one of the big mistakes people make is to be X time without training and then getting back to what they were doing before they left. Apart from the training, I always like to ask some questions about the exercises and other related stuff, so that I learn a few things on the subject.

Anyway, the training went well, during next week I'll go 4x instead of 3x to make it up for the trainings I missed and I think that by the end of August I'll get back to the weight I had before the vacation, or at least to the body fat I had then.

Today I went to the nutritionist and what usually happens is that I forget what I want to ask. This time however, I have been taking notes on my cell phone when a question popped up, so it was a very enlightening session!
For example...I had no idea of how good or bad for the diet it is to get popcorn at the cinema... it seems that even if you get the small one it's around 1000 calories! GG. Another interesting answer, was that it's not good to mix rice with black beans (I'll miss that :( ) and that it's preferable to eat black beans instead of rice.

Then she checked my weight on a professional balance that she has there and we compared the results. I still lost 1KG since the previous meeting. (huff! :P). I lost close to 2% of body fat and gained around 2% of muscle. However, I gained a bit of visceral fat? (belly!) comparing to the previous meeting, and that was from the vacation. In any case, that has an expiration date! :P

Something that I was doing wrong..., I used to put too much olive oil on my dinner salad, I think it's around 135 calories for each table spoon, and I put the olive quite freely.

Now as I have been having longer training (1h and a half - 2h), I'll start eating an energy bar and drinking an Isostar after the cardio, to replace the "things" I lost (mineral salts?) and to be better prepared to go through the training. What was happening was that before I used to train for 1h-1h:30m and since I started doing half an hour more, I was lacking energy during the last half hour.

Ok... I think that's all. It's possible that I wrote something that's wrong so I ask you to not follow what I say here but follow the advice of someone who's a professional in this area! I try to write what I get, but it may not always be correct.

On Sunday I go back to action, 37k VPPs for SNE!

Red Spade Open

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

On the 31rst of July PokerStars is organizing a tournament with a $55 buy-in, $1M guaranteed in the prizepool and $200k guaranteed for the winner. WOW!

Red Spade Open

All Team PokerStars Pro and Team Online members are going to have a $100 bounty.

I'm going to play and I recommend to all of my readers to play, since it's a tournament with a super soft field and you have the possibility to win $200k with an investment of $55!

For more information, visit PokerStars.

Back from paradise

Thursday, July 21rst, 2011

Two weeks ago, Katerina and I were feeling like spending some holidays "away from civilization". Some friends of ours recently opened a travel agency (http://www.bonsaiviagens.com/) and I asked them if they had any packages at a promotional price for a quite place where we could spend a week next to a swimming pool or beach relaxing and reading.

They told us about a promotion that they thought was exceptional. For 698/person they had a package of one week in Jamaica, that included food, drinks, airplane tickets and stay at a 5stars resort.

Two days later we were in paradise...

I won't write much, cause I don't want to bore anyone with details and I'm still a bit tired from the return trip (9 hours by airplane). The hotel was excellent, we could eat and drink anytime we wanted..., so we ejnoyed some pina coladas at the beach/swimming pool and the mangos/papayas after our meals. The beach was very nice and the water was warm which is all one can ask for.

We ended up paying a bit extra, cause one day we decided to go on an excursion to a cavern and the the place where they filmed "The Blue Lagoon", "Cocktail" and some scenes of "Day and Night". I liked the cavern, but didn't like the rest as much.

All in all, I think it was a great week for the price we paid!

Instead of writing everything in detail, I will leave you with some fotos that we took:

Fotos at the Resort


Fotos from the excursion

Now back to work...!

New times, new blood

Even though the traffic at the highest stakes of the hyper-turbos ($181 and $357) has been considerably affected by the absence of american players, a new wave of players has appeared at the $74 hyper-turbos during the past week. I'm not talking about players that play 1 or 2 games to try to qualify for a tournament, but about players that play various hts at the same time for hours.

I believe that this phenomenon is related to what happened recently at other poker rooms. Since players know that their money is safe at PokerStars and that they can continue their activity safely, they changed to PokerStars.

Many had their bankrolls tied in other rooms where they were playing previously, they don't have the bankroll to play the higher stakes and probably don't know the format, since it's exclusively at PokerStars. That explains why they started at the $74s.

This exodus will obviously not only affect the hyper-turbos, I think that it's going to be great for whoever plays at Pokerstars, since it will increase the volume that each player may play and will therefore create traffic during hours that traffic was low. I also think that, even though right now this only affects the bottom and the middle of the Poker pyramid, in time it will also affect the top and the higher stakes will have once again the life they used to have before the Black Friday. This, because there will be a creation of bankrolls that will allow players to play higher and there's always a big demand for action.

What is your opinion on the subject? Please leave a comment!

And don't forget the $100 bonus!

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930k VPPs

Today I won 14.2k VPPs, reaching 930k VPPs for the year.
I was able to unlock the $100 bonus in 2 hours ^^

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I started the day very well, won around 100 buy-ins at the sits of $74, but then I lost close to 25 buy-ins at the $181. I still finished the day quite positive anyway, which was a nice change after a month of losing most of the days.

I even started to wonder if it's worth to play the $181s, cause I've been losing quite a lot at those lately, but then I compared how much I was winning at each stake after-rakeback (assuming 68% for the benefits of being SNE), so as to get an idea of whether it's worth it or not. Like, if I won less at the $181s than at the $74s, I'd stop playing them whenever there would be enough $74s.

Indeed, even after the huge downswing that I had at the $181s, I still have an average of +4$ per game, while at the $74s the average is +$2 per game. I took the chance to look at other stakes too, at the $357s it's +$8 per game and at the $109s and $110s +$2 per game, but those samples are too small to make any conclusions.

Ah, and my diamond star came back ^^ 1rst at the leaderboard of the hyper-turbos and 1rst at the leaderboard of the $74s, let's see if it stays that way...

Typical taverns, handicraft and sangria!

During the week, people recommended that I go to FIL to see the handicraft fair and I put it in my schedule to go yesterday.
I heard very good comments about the typical taverns, which is why we went at lunch time. When we arrived there, we went to the line at the ticket counter and there were around 20 people in front of us. However, a young man who didn't speak portuguese very well approached us, and asked us if we would like to buy the tickets for 3 instead of 5 which was the normal price. For the 4 of difference, I'd rather buy them at the ticket counter, but for the time I would spend waiting...deal. I had my 6 in hand when a lady from the organisation appears and says that the guy couldn't sell tickets there, that he could only offer them to us, so he gave us the tickets for free and we didn't have to wait in the line!

YEP! New month, new luck :) (At least I hope so :P)

I will try to illustrate our day at the FIL with some photos and a description!

There was a pavilion just for food and it was basically traditional portuguese food. When it came to salty food, what stood out were the taverns from Alentejo, Serra da Estrela and Bairrada. As for the sweets, a lot more!

There was also an egyptian stand, one from Angola, one from Brasil, etc!
At the brasilian one what immediately caught our eye was "FRESH COCONUT"!

After trying for free the Serra cheese at 3 different places, we decided to have lunch at the typical tavern of Serra da Estrela.
I asked for a sandwich, but... when I saw on the menu that they had "caldo verde" soup I had to get it as well!
It was excellent!

Then, our TWO sandwiches arrived, made with black pork ham and cheese from Serra^^

After lunch, we went to check out the other pavilions and the first one was with african handicrafts. There were a lot of interesting things, but what caught our attention was a turtle made of wood. I asked what the price was and they told me 220...GG. Then they asked me how much I could offer and after talking with Katerina a bit in english, I decided to offer 40. He told me no, that the price I offered was too low and I don't know what else, and since I didn't really want to pay much more than that and I still had 2 pavilions left to see, I decided to leave. At that point the man insisted and said that since the fair would be over the next day, he could make a discount and asked again how much we could pay, but said that 40 was too low. I ended up going up to 50 and he suggested 60. In the end i bought the turtle for 60. Katerina thinks that it was a good purchase, because the turtle is big, the wood is of nice quality and it's hand made, but I don't really know how to evaluate these things and I always get the feeling that they are expensive. Anyway... Another object for the living room...

We went to see the next pavilion, that was with asian handicraft, but we didn't really like anything and didn't buy anything either.

In the last pavilion, there was a lot of portuguese handicraft and I was positively surprised. I saw a lot of creativity and a quality/price ratio that was a lot better than what I'm used to. There was a stand where we bought some kitchen towels and to my surprise, the 2 old ladies that were responsible for that stand also had a table cloth for those who wanted to organize some games at home! (that one we didn't buy)

There was a stand with mugs and other stuff like that, where they would put for free a small text of your choice. Just to give you an example of the price, each mug cost 5 with a text that you could choose and a pre-defined image of Portugal.

Apart from the typical taverns and the handicraft stands, there were also some folklore dance groups, which was cool, cause Katerina had never seen any before.

When we finished our shopping of handicraft items, we went to buy a coconut from the Brasilians and it was refreshing ^^

To put a nice end to the day, we went to the typical tavern of Alentejo, ate roasted sausage and drank Sangria.
My friends, that was the best roasted sausage I've had in my life and I like roasted sausages a lot!

After the sausage, we went to restock our honey supplies and we bought one from each producer, to try them out. We consume honey on a daily basis at our breakfast, which is why it's a very important food in our everyday life. However, I don't like that much that liquid honey that is sold at the supermarkets. As a friend of mine would say... "I like my honey to be from bees" :P

It was a very pleasant experience. I think that we are very underestimated in Europe when it comes to handicraft and food. I believe we don't know how to sell what's ours out there, otherwise I can't understand how the world knows what Roquefort cheese is, but they haven't heard of Serra cheese... Maybe I'm being tendentious, cause I don't like that french cheese that smells horribly and is made with fungus while I think ours is delicious, but it's my blog so I can write whatever I want, right? :)

In any case, I think we need to be a proud nation and give value to what's produced in Portugal, cause if we don't give value to it ourselves, how can we expect others to do so?

As for all of today's deviations from the diet, during the next 6 days I'll be nitty tight to make up for them! I only regret that I didn't remember to ask for just one sandwich of ham and cheese to split with Katerina instead of ordering one for each, so that we could go to another typical tavern and share a piglet sandwich, but that's an idea for next time :P

PS: I added the photos of the honey above and here are the photos of the turtle:

Trimester #2 2011

Yesterday was the end of the 2nd trimester of the year. As far as Poker is concerned, I think that the ideal for the game I am currently playing is to have an trimestral and an anual perspective, which is why I'm going to analyze the numbers of the second trimester of the year with the help of some printscreens.

My objective for the 2nd trimester was to reach 360k VPPs. I ended up playing quite higher than what was planned and I reached 543k VPPs, which is fantastic.

As for the leaderboards of sharkscope, I went up a lot of places and I'm very close to being the most profitable player of the hyper-turbos in 2011, let's see how the next 6 months go!

These were the stakes that I played during the SCOOP, but that I don't normally play, which is why the sample is small. In total, I finished +$4538 pre-rakeback. The samples of each stakes are small, which is why we can't jump to any big conclusions.

At the stakes I normally play I finished +$39590 pre-rakeback, which is fantastic!
Last semester I finished +$24296, which is an indicator of progress and it puts me slightly ahead of pace for my goal of winning $100k pre-rakeback at the sngs.

At the turbos, I lost $260, which is not really relevant comparing to the amounts we are discussing here.

At the MTTs, I lost $9826. I played some $1050 ones and some $2100 but unfortunately I didn't make it in the money in any of them, which explains this negative result.

As far as Poker goes, that's it. If I could sign an agreement for the next 2 months and have the same results as what I did this trimester, I wouldn't think twice!

Let's see how the next one goes, you already know where you can follow me :)

Training at the gym has been going well, but it needs a lot of work and dedication.
This year I've already lost 13KG, and I should still be able to lose a bit more body fat. In any case, I have an appointment with my nutritionist next week so I'll talk about more about the subject.

I haven't started the driving lessons yet. I've already taken the medical exam, now I just need to take 2 photos  in order to get the license to learn. This trimester I invested a lot on Poker timewise and fortunately I got some results, which was an option....
I never really needed a driver's license to be honest, but I think that soon I'll be needing it and I'll have the extra motivation to put this story  behind me.

I hope that this brief analysis of mine concerning the last trimester was at least interesting. If you have any doubts, leave a comment!