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  Once again, the beginning of this story was May 11th post if your intrested. Again here's a quick recap: 

I tried my hand at poker at a Vegas work trip while I was in college, got hooked. Bought a bunch of books. Studied.  Played after work at some local card rooms. Opened an online account with Party Poker.  Came up with a game plan.  Put a $100 on the site.  Luckily had a solid start.  Built my game on $10 sng's. Won a multi. Hooked up with another poker enthusiest and began spliting profits (Most of which were my big cashes at the time). My partner won a seat to the WSOP Main Event on his own. I then won my own Main Event seat right before it started. Both myself and my partner were able to play and cash the 2006 Main Event.  Bought a condo, had a baby, won a few more small multis, and now play on 5 different sites and am looking to build up my bankrolls and go from 9 to 5er by day and part-time online pro by night to full fledged full-time online pro and hopefully live tourney pro down the road.

For now though I focus on the present. I've pretty much caught up to my present day situation. This week I'm trying to get everything ready to go at my real job and at home.  I'm looking forward to playing another WSOP event again. I was lucky to get off work today a little early, so I cruised by my T_dawg's house and played a couple of sng's with him on Cake. It was a pretty good session. He plays a little looser strategy than my taste for sng's. I tried to explain my style of play and what my logic was behind my system.  Since I have a consistant winning history on sng's I think my strategy works well and if he can benefit from a few of my ideas then great.  I think the best thing to come from our talks lately was getting him to be more dilligent in record keeping and more focused and mastering a couple types of tournaments, rather than just playing whatever comes up and "winging it".  I think the games these days are a bit tougher and you really have to be not just good, but great at a particular game in order to turn a solid profit.  A couple years ago there were enough fish to be profitable in almost any game, but now you gotta be a step ahead.  The great players are willing to do the things the majority of the others will not. My buddy has a hard time sitting back and dumping hands and playing the same sng, and taking notes. I suspect this is true with most every other player out there.  To me, there lies the greatest opportunity, to be that guy who is willing to find all his edges and not your emotions get the best of you.  I personally get a kick out of collecting data and watching everyone else play hand after hand. A great example today when I got home to play. I was in a $50 10 handed sng and one player just ran over the whole table catching cards left and right. The guy was playing every hand and knocked out 4 outta the 10 players. He had an astronomical stack of over 9000 chips and each of us had about 1400 left. Of course what do you think happened? He continued to attack every pot until I caught KK and another player caught something, then another, and another and next thing you know he was the next player out of the game 1 player before the bubble!! lmao!! He could have literally not played a hand for about 15 minutes and been heads up with still a huge chip lead, but instead he got nothing because he had the misconception he needed to be the table bully being the chip leader. Anyways you get the point. Sometimes the best way to knock people out is to let them do it to each other.

Yesterday was a pretty solid day, at least at first.  As soon as I got home I registered for a $39 turbo multi and a $50 10 player turbo sng. The multi had only 46 players and was 6 handed, which is my specialty. I played both very well and won my $50 sng, yea!! I was chip leader much of the multi all the way to final table. I eventually got heads up with a maniac who was making huge shoves allin, like 20x the big blind!! So my obvious strategy was just to wait him out until I caught a hand and hope the poker gods shine my way for once. I believe I finally caught KK on him and made him pay and he eventually let me limp my way into a few pots and had a 105 and flopped 2 pair. Luckily he didn't catch and I WON the tourney!! It was the first in a little while, since I've cut back on multi's, about $600, but a win nonetheless. I don't count any wins with less than 50 players on my personal accomplishments, but it was a good day.  The rest of the day didn't fair great. I believe I was sucked out in a couple sng's, but went to bed a decent winner overall. I got the day off tomorrow so hopefully things continue well. I'd like to end this month still looking good. I guess I'll go now, GL all, questions and comments are appreciated. Donkeyherder.

If you would like to check me out you can look me up on a few sites, pokerdb.com shows big tournament results. I play under "Donkeyherder"(Pokerstars),"Chipstacker2000"(FULLTILT), "donkeyherder2"(ULTIMATE BET), "d0nkeyherder"(ABSOLUTE POKER), and a few others. I've never had a single losing year.  I won a seat to the 2006 WSOP main event and cashed in the top 10% of the field of over 9000 players.  I've made 77 Final tables, including 11 1st's (50-1555 players). Most of the time you'll find me grinding out Sit-n-Gos.

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( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 3rd, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
love reading your blog. thanks for writing
Jun. 4th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Re: blog
Thanks Steve, I do my best to recall what events I can remember and try put something out there that might be entertaining and helpful to others. Let me know if there's anything I do that's really annoying, lol. Donkeyherder
Jun. 4th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Re: blog
I dont think you do anything annoying. Your writing is pretty well thought out, entertaining and informative. I mostly grind sngs and mtts, so i understand and can relate a lot. Its definatly a grind.
p.s. Id love to chat poker with you sometime if your interested. My email is: topdawggt2006@gmail.com
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