Thursday, 1 March 2012

Re-Starting with some focus

First off I really regret deleting my old blog.. I had 5+ years of posts and decided I don't want to pay for the hosting anymore- Do you want to backup? Nah.. *Poof* and it's all gone five years of my poker rambling travels to Vegas,Bahamas,Blackpool all no more.

So I'm back blogging again, and back playing Poker again it seems.. just a kid (grown up now) with a dream of a WSOP bracelet and no mortgage because it's all been paid for from winnings of a card game.

For those that don't know me I've been playing for ~10 years mainly online with the occasional dip into live poker and I am patiently waiting for my one time. I go by the alias Suited_Jock online and was an active participant on the ITH and Blonde Poker Forums. I've played a few live tournaments WPT Bahamas, APAT Season 1, Gala Poker Tour, 2x UKIPT's, Venetian Deepstacks, Caesars Megastacks and have 3 flags on my Hendon Mob database (lol).

Up until last year I took a bit of a poker hiatus.. for a few reasons.. I was spending alot of time on my other hobby Ice Hockey and was really trying to improve my I.T career development (which has worked as I am now a 3rd line Advanced Technical Specialist  and know Microsoft SCCM inside out being the administrator for that here). That and the birth of my son which has turned life upside down in the best way possible

Back when poker was easy I made a lot of money, neglected bankroll management frequently but used all my winnings very well paying for my wedding, putting down a deposit on my house and quite a few trips to Vegas.

Year to Date

So far I am in profit for the year, which I am happy with (duh!), UKIPT Galway paid for itself with a small bit of profit leftover. I'm not gonna lie I found the standard of play quite good at UKIPT.. I know I held my own and everything apart from my bustout hand I was happy with (lol). 

Highlights of 2012 so far have included winning a Sky Poker £22 headhunter, I've played one live cash session 50p/50p blinds and scooped over 1000BB's in a 7 hour session, a couple of deep finishes in 180 man sngs on stars and all along the way i've been treading water in GPS and UKIPT satellites.. not won one yet but have enough deep finishes and subsats to actually not have lost any money playing them.


First off I want to improve, the game has changed alot and whilst I have had some success with a standard ABC TAG game i've made a fool out of myself deep in tournies running bluffs that will never work.

I'm going to stick away from profit driven goals.. this has something that I've done in the past and it's silly and I can't control that no matter how well I play as getting in the volume is going to be alot harder these days with the 16 month old mini me running around the house destroying stuff, also time with the other half is at a premium these days.

That in mind my goals for 2012 are

Play 10k hands a month starting at 50nl 6max 6-tabling move up when i hit 30buyins (the launch of Zoom Poker will defo help with this.. I really miss Rush)
Play Genting Poker Series Edinburgh
Re-Subscribe to Deuces cracked and watch 2-3 videos a week
Play 2x Live Cash Sessions
Spend one sunday grinding satellites to the biggies and play if I win a seat
Keep HEM and Bankroll Spreadsheet 100% up to date
Blog as much as I can

I'll be posting at the end of each month saying how badly I stuck to these goals lol

See ya at the tables


  1. Matt,
    I hear ya! Very similar situation to me. I'm trying to adapt to the way the game is played these days. Don't have time for 6 hour tournies, so playing more cash games which I used to suck at before.
    Trying to play more sats as well. I'm confident of my SNG skills, so Steps may be the way for me.
    Would love to play more live, and hope we can meet up at some of the UKIPT & APAT tournies.
    Also considering joining DC. Love their sample videos.
    Good work with the blog. Maybe I should resurect mine also.

  2. Will follow your blog with interest Matt. I really need to start taking the game more serious, there is a lot of resources at my disposal yet I can still fall victim to basic tilting at times.

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