Fangirl moment. Doug Polk replied to my email! A couple weeks ago he sent a "When Should You Consider Poker Theory?" email challenging readers to guess which example spots were theory-friendly before reading the article. I replied with my guess before clicking through and he replied today: "Nice, you got it right! Only one other person replied correctly, which is pretty crazy considering how easy it was to cheat!"
I've now got an ambitious bankroll goal. $2,350, so that I can participate in the Vancouver Ladies Poker League Poker League of Nations (PLON) BC Poker Series. It's a $50 fee for the year plus $230 for each of the 10 monthly events leading up to the finale to win WSOP registration. I won't reach that goal this year, and probably not the next... few...
Also, I got my IT guy to help me figure out XSplit Broadcaster for Twitch, so you can see us tuning up on my QueenOfDiamonds account. I've also got the StreamLabs app on my phone to try. Looking forward to trying some streaming. Hopefully people are interested in watching me play poorly as I scrabble slowly up the learning curve! You know what they say: There is no elevator to learning poker, you have to take the stairs.
Dec. 12, 2018 | 11:58 p.m.
I was able to participate in the Day 2 beta test this week! I had loads of fun. I was surprised at how nicely the game plays so far. I figured since it was fronted by a famous poker player, and not a game designer, it would be... you know... pretty rough. As is, any of the issues I reported were known issues. I suggested an upgrade to the coloured shirt feature to in-game items as tags (a cross between 888 and Zynga), because it would be cute to give a chicken player a teddy bear or a loose player a beer and so on. The dynamic avatars were totally awesome and added a new potentially exploitative element to game play. Also, IRL I am an actual angry hippie.
Dec. 12, 2018 | 10:44 p.m.
OK, problem solved, but it did take about 25 hours. I'm leaving this thread here so that other Canadians can follow my breadcrumb trail. Basically, you have to use TopMeUp.ca (this is where the identification verification is required within 48 hours) to buy an ecovoucher (Funded from Interac, may also take up to one business day) to use on ecopayz for RIO. So, all in all, a Canadian can expect one to three business days to deposit and to use 5 financial services.
Dec. 11, 2018 | 11:30 p.m.
$1.90 for the 13th prize bracket! Well, I more than doubled my tournament winnings, so there's that. I am so happy that RIO is going to employ a 12 minute timer to prevent table camping, because this was ridiculous. I can't seem to enter both of my screencaps here, but it demonstrated 20 minutes worth of approximately an hour, even through the break, that FIVE (5) people camped out at my table. So basically the three of us passed cash around for like 74 minutes until the bubble popped at they were finally booted.
In sad news, I was unable to participate in today's RIO beta. I cleared my schedule, but couldn't get any of the cards or ecovoucher stuff to work in time. I blew up their Support, Discord and Twitter. Support was kind enough to let me know that I would have to wait for ecovoucher to verify my identity, so no luck this time. Next time!
Dec. 11, 2018 | 5:15 p.m.
Hello, have any fellow Canadians had luck with any of the deposit methods for RIO? Let me know what worked for you. Our banks don't let us buy egaming on credit. I've got an email in to support, and ID Verification request in to TopMeUp for ecovoucher or Neosurf, but I will be super bummed if I can't beta test tomorrow. :)
Dec. 11, 2018 | 4:24 a.m.
Here is the foolish theory question I need to solve about myself. Why am I so much worse at cash games than tournaments? I went to the Port Moody Library and picked up The Noble Hustle by Whitehead for some light reading. I also finally made it past the bubble on my first tournament, but I don't think I'll be too big headed about my $0.60 winnings just yet. Still, it's a start!
Dec. 10, 2018 | 4:27 a.m.
I am super stoked to have been selected for RIO Beta testing! I am looking forward to getting my download instructions in time for Tuesday's beta test! They've asked us not to stream yet, so I won't go down that rabbit hole at this time. This week I joined a new Facebook group for Canadian players on Party, but they turned out to be super unfriendly and condescending, so I'll be careful what I comment to that group, since I'm such a n00b. I discovered a new source of Freeroll tournaments, 888. I late regged for an ongoing tournament and clawed my way up to 7th place from 496 before failing to beat the bubble at all after being easily beaten by a set. I had already made a note of that player's aggressive tactics, so I should have known better. At least I'll be good fodder for you all on Tuesday, eh? See you at the tables!
Dec. 8, 2018 | 10:06 p.m.
My second home game was another success. It was just myself, my boyfriend, a friend of mine and her boyfriend. Her boyfriend was our "big spender" at nickel poker, so my boyfriend hoped they wouldn't feel bad that we cleaned up. Luckily, they've already RSVPed to next month's Tuesday poker night, and I have another friend lined up for next month's Saturday poker night too. I did find out that I'm no good at trying to sneak a freeroll tournament game on my phone under the table during a boring Parent Teacher Association meeting, but that's only because I'm the secretary. I ended up having to bail at something like 67th out of 70. Oh well. I'm trying out 888poker this week. I can't wait until RIO comes out.My mom already got me a slightly poker related gift for the holidays. She bought me Rummoli, which is a Canadian board game with a poker component. We played on Wednesday, and we'll play again next Wednesday. Another friend got me a copy of *The Poker Player's Bible* by Krieger for the holidays. It's too bad that the only training program online that offers gift certificates is Advanced Poker Training. Hey, RIO, gift memberships, please? Other than poker training, I suppose I can ask friends and family for chips from local casinos like Parq, Grand Villa, and Cascades. I also need some Bluetooth headphones to listen to my favourite poker podcasts. I've been listening to Poker Life and Red Chip lately. Today I changed my Stars decks to four colour so that I can see them when I'm on the treadmill at the gym. Usually I avoid the crutch of four colour to keep myself sharp for spotting developing flushes in live and online play, but the spades and clubs are impossible to tell apart when you're running on a treadmill. Phil Gordon says to watch the pot build through the first orbit before looking at your cards, so I've been holding my thumb to block my view when playing on my phone, and it actually makes a bit of a difference. I've been consciously thinking about pot odds before hand odds, but this method forces that to be so, without subconscious bias.
Dec. 7, 2018 | 5:14 a.m.
This is an amazing story and I love it. As an author myself, I can say that you can't write about a subject unless you love it, or else you'll end up hating it by the end of the book. I can see why she wouldn't like to ruin the fun by pounding it to death in editing and revisions, but I really hope that book gets published eventually!
Dec. 4, 2018 | 10:08 p.m.
I did that on purpose, to see if anyone was reading to the end. Haha thanks midori for catching my typo. I fixed it. I was fighting with the formatting of this post all the way too. I notice these forums use a mixture of HTML and BB code and WYSIWYG editor, so I'm still figuring things out. :)
Dec. 4, 2018 | 9:16 p.m.
My first home game was a complete success! We had a four-handed game of nickel NLHE, with one spectator sweating the game, and knitting a sweater. Only one lady had been itching to come over, and I basically dragged my boyfriend into the game and then my friend and I badgered two other ladies to come over. One of them has a husband who is a poker player, so I encouraged her to invite him along next time. We had such a fantastic time that two of the ladies have already RSVP'd for next month's poker night, and a new neighbour has joined in. Word is starting to get around already. I didn't keep track of my winnings, but nobody lost their shirt, obviously, as that would be hard to do with nickels. I have a smaller poker night tomorrow with another squad that doesn't get along with the first crew. Wish me luck winning more friends!RIO HR got back to me about the Content Creator/Manager position for which I have applied. They've forwarded my materials to the relevant HOD for review. I sent them a link to this Poker Journal, so like this comment for good luck if you're reading!
Oh, and one last thing! I signed up for Twitch so that I could familiarize myself with the site and software before RIO releases the StreamR program. There's no content yet, but I reserved a username. Since all my other usernames were taken, I am now QueenOfDiamonds on Twitch.
Can you believe that I missed a local club's freeroll tournament on PPPoker today? Time got away from me while I was teaching a community class aake a breather to relax and play next time. I didn't do so hot in last Saturday's tournament anyway (I placed 27th out of 85 entrants). In other news, I'm not in the red on Party Poker from my November budget, but I may be soon. I set myself a conservative monthly budget. I may try another site if and when I run out on Party.
In local casino news, a new casino will be opening in Delta in 2020. That's great because there are only three other local casinos with real poker rooms, and I understand they all have waiting lists. I travel frequently to Washington State, so there are a couple casinos there with poker I hope to check out sometime. I'm looking forward to visiting Reno and New Orleans later this month. It will mean missing the Tweet my Seat tournament on 888, but I'll see if I can catch a couple casinos in Reno and one in the Big Easy. Stay tuned.
Dec. 4, 2018 | 6:08 a.m.
Thanks for the support, guys! Quick update for this journal: I finished The Big Book of Poker by Ken Warren, which I purchased used from Value Village. I actually really enjoyed this book, despite seeing poor reviews ahead of time on Goodreads. I think this book is great for the absolute beginner, because it helped to resolve the terminology that is a huge barrier to entering the learning curve. The last book I read, though better reviewed, I had to Google a term every few sentences. This one only missed a term every chapter or so, and the glossary was nicely fleshed out. I also liked getting to know various different types of games as well as historical facts and tidbits. Next book up that I'm starting today is Phil Gordon's Little Green Book. I also made flash cards of the outs of common developing hands, and another set of flash cards with pot odds expressed in ratios and percentages, so that I can think a little faster. Since Stars seems to have the fastest played games, I want to get to the point where I can feel comfortable with the computation portion of the program right away (within 8 seconds) so that I can be free to think of other strategy. My kids love quizzing me with the flash cards, so I hope I'll get pretty familiar with the common numbers. Oh, and I also placed 14th out of 85 entrants in a PPPoker tournament organized by a local club, Rev's Poker, which is better than I thought I would do!
Tomorrow I've invited some neighbours over for a casual game of nickel poker. Wish me luck winning friends!
Dec. 1, 2018 | 5:31 a.m.
"I read cards, not minds." That's what I used to say to people as a fortune teller reading tarot cards, when they would ask me if I thought I had omniscient psychic powers. From tarot reader to poker player, I suppose I've always liked cards. My dad told me to play Blackjack in a Reno casino hotel room when I was a child. We traveled to Reno and Vegas every year, where we ate special VIP meals and my dad brought home trophies. I have wholesome memories of the sound of slot machines, and I didn't realize until adulthood that my dad must have had a gambling addiction.I've led a good life of high variance. Unfortunately, at age 21 I became permanently disabled. Fortunately, at age 26 I married, and eight years later I had two beautiful children. Unfortunately, when I was 33, a truck crossed the double yellow line and hit my car head on while I was driving with my children. Fortunately, I was able to walk again in time, and even ran a marathon. Unfortunately, at age 34 I was diagnosed with Stage IIIC breast cancer. I endured five months of chemotherapy, double mastectomies, 36 rounds of radiation, and my ovaries were removed, all while I cared for two preschool aged children. Fortunately, I survived and am currently cancer free. The week of my ovary surgery I went on a camping trip since I had been looking forward to it throughout the long dark winter of my soul, and I took my husband, children, and good friend with me. Unfortunately, my good friend and my husband of over a decade hooked up, and less than two months later he moved in with her, triggering a legal battle that lasted a year. I paid handsomely and gave up spousal support to be able to move back to my homeland in Canada with the kids. Every day, I thank my lucky stars. In late December of 2017, I played my first hand of Zynga poker, at age 36. Something hooked me. I immediately subscribed to Doug Polk's Upswing email list and read each email religiously ever since. In January I read my first poker book from the library, *Play Poker Like the Pros* by Hellmuth. Currently, I'm reading *The Big Book of Poker* by Ken Warren. He wrote some stoic wisdom that explains why I love the game so much:
I joined all the Poker Facebook groups, followed all the Poker Twitters, Instagrams and Snapchat. I joined TwoPlusTwo and /r/poker on Reddit. I played the Poker Life podcast in my car. I moved from Zynga and Scatter poker to Pokerstars, PartyPoker and Bodog. I played my first live game in the summer at a local Freeroll. In the fall, I made my first deposit and began microstakes on PartyPoker. I made my first foray into my local casino, Hard Rock Vancouver, but they only had those weak sauce poker games: Three Card, Four Card, and UTH. I joined a local poker club and played my first online tournaments. Now, I buy every poker book I see at Value Village thrift store. I've drummed up a couple neighbours interested in a home game for nickels at my house. I've applied for a Content Creator/Manager position with RIO, and I look forward to being a StreamR. I sure hope I get tagged with the Live HH transcription for High Stakes Live Tournaments gig posted on here sometime, too. Goodness knows I love to sneak down to my local burger shack to watch WPT. I'm here to learn, to grow, to make friends, and to be at peace with life's variance.
“Once you make a decision and then act on it, you have actually
fulfilled the object of the game. This will probably surprise you, but
what happens next in the hand after you act is not important. It does
not matter what your opponents do next and it's immaterial whether or
not you win the hand. The most important thing is that you understand
why you're making the play and what goal you're trying to accomplish.”
Nov. 28, 2018 | 6:09 a.m.
Dude, we will be neighbours! You and the love of your life should become BFFs with my sweetie and I! I am serious, PM me. There is a big poker community here. I am getting plugged in with some home games and poker rooms in the local GVS here, if you want some leads.
Nov. 26, 2018 | 6:58 a.m.
Does it need to be in shorthand, or can some of this be typed out longhand if one is a fast typist?
Nov. 22, 2018 | 5:54 a.m.
Ex teacher here. I'd work backwards from interesting hand situations that they should know about and model them, perhaps through something like the Poker Hand Replays site, or live in class with examples depending on how many students you have around the table.