Well it’s been about 18 months since my I’m a 50 thousandaire!! post (the images didn’t transfer over from my old blog in case you tried to check it out), but I finally broke the 100k mark in my bankroll today. To celebrate I took my gf out to Daniel’s Broiler steakhouse. Delicious stuff, haven’t had such a good steak in LONG time. Now I obviously have made more than 50k over this time, but paying off student loans, taxes, ATM funding, IRA, general expenses, etc have all taken their toll and this is the first time I’ve actually gotten my poker bankroll up this high. I’ve started playing in some $100/$200 mixed games more regularly and don’t find the competition THAT much tougher than the $40/$80 games to be honest. I do still have a bit of sticker shot at these stakes and it’s pretty huge for me when I get all in for a $10k pot, I think it will be awhile before I stop sweating those so hard!

I do my best to game select well though, when the mixed games look really tough, or aren’t running I have been 8 tabling some $1/$2 nl to clear a stars bonus or I’ll load up some $15/$30 or $30/$60 limit games. I just don’t understand the guys who sit down and play the world class players headsup for really high stakes. Today I saw Brian Townsend battling it out with Justin Smith (aka BoostedJ) on 3 headsup tables of $400/$800 7 game. I just don’t get that. I mean they should have at least been at 6max tables so a fish had the OPTION of joining the game. BoostedJ has definitely been playing mixed games longer, so I’d have to give him a bit of an edge in that match (I dunno how it finally ended up), but I mean why would either of them subject themselves to that? It’s definitely not like either of them has some huge edge and it’s much more likely luck will be the determining factor in their match. I dunno, just seems like an ego thing to me. Same thing with Patrik playing Ivey headsup last week or Durrrr playing Townsend in headsup PLO. Why would you do that? Why?

I’ve been working on all my games pretty hard this month, I got some coaching from Dan “Dr. Razz” Abrams from stoxpoker about a week ago. He answered a lot of questions I had and really helped me to understand why certain plays are good as opposed to just doing them because I see other players do them which is very, very important to figure out when learning a new game. It’s all about the thought process behind the plays instead of the plays themselves. I’ve also signed up for some “ceegee” stud hi coaching from DeucesCracked, I’ll let you know how that goes in a week or two. I recorded about 40 mins of stop and start video of me playing $40/$80 and $100/$200 stud games in the 7 game mix for a stoxpoker leakfinder vid. Chipsahoya said he’d be kind enough to review it, but don’t expect to see it out ’til November or December depending on their video schedule he says. I’ll be sure to update when it makes it’s debut.

I’ve thought about posting some hand histories but I’m not sure what ya’ll want to see. Would you rather me post the biggest hands I’ve played so far this month? The hands that gave me the most trouble? The most hilarious hand histories? Hands I played with poker celebs? Let me know what you want to see in the comments and I’ll start collecting them.

Check out: Chad Millman’s ESPN Insider article chronicling his Day at Phil Ivey’s house Can’t wait for the video to come out.

One of the craziest/stupidest things I’ve ever seen. Saw it on jackass while at the gym last week. Dude jumps out an airplane without a parachute.

4 Responses to “Finally broke the buck!”

  1. Noel says:

    Congrats man. Keep crushing.

  2. Jose Torres says:

    Great Blog Andrew! I enjoy reading your blogs daily and think your such a great player. Coming from a 100NL player on FT, Hopefully one day I can have 100K in my Poker Account! Keep up the blogs and have a great day! -Jose Torres

  3. btimm says:

    So sick dude!

  4. varianceswap says:

    Hey man, I found your blog a couple weeks ago and read it in its entirety since then. I really enjoyed it. I’ve linked to you from my own blog, and if you’re interested in doing the same great, if not that’s fine too. Keep crushing.

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