October recap

November 8, 2012

I failed to clear deposit bonus on Ladbrokes due to their software issues during last week in October. Couldn’t log in and play so I lost a lot of potential value and lost my time too. Low volume overall but relatively okay month. Of course, once again I got killed at NL20, almost the same story at NL10 too so fuck it, I think I’m going to play just NL4 until I see 2013 on my calendar; at least I can beat that (so far).

Total for October: +$323.62 ($152 is from rakeback)

Took a little break due to private stuff and started to play again after October 15. Got some warm welcome with losing 6 buy-ins in less than 700 hands. Great start…


I took me some time to start with fourth PokerSavvy challenge but I did and I’m done with it. Great requirements, just $125 to rake to get 1000 Savvy points ($100) plus $12 cash (Ladbrokes starting level rakeback is 10%) for 89.6% rakeback. My plan is to keep playing on Ladbrokes until the end of October so I wasn’t aiming to get perfect deposit bonus but if I did my rakeback would be $151 or 120% if you like it in percentages.

To be honest I completely lost a track of my bankroll and I’m lazy to calculate it right now as it’s spread around several sites but it should be $510 or something very close after withdrawal of $157.11 several days ago.

  • Starting bankroll: approx $490
  • Cash game: +$66.08
  • Tournaments: $0.00
  • Total from poker: +$66.08
  • Bonuses/Rewards/Rakeback: $112
  • Rake: $125
  • Total profit: +$178.08
  • Cashout: $157.11
  • Total bankroll: approx $510


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September recap

October 10, 2012

Yes, yes, I know it’s kinda late but I was busy these days…

Volume wise it was one of my TOP 5 months ever. I ran horrendously bad at NL20 where I dropped around 30 buy-ins total. Ran kinda better at NL10 but very bad at NL4 so my overall results without graph as I messed it up after switching my hands from PT3 to PT4 and back to PT3: -$142.84 after rakeback/bonuses/races. I’m down a lot from actual game but it’s going ok during this month, hopefully I won’t jinx myself now 🙂

Once again I ran like AIDS on higher limits than NL10. NL20 was total cooler-fest so I’m negative there, again. But whoa, normal poker is so much better for my own taste than Zoom (or other nit fast variants). Most of my time I was 8 tabling NL10 or some combination with five NL10 + three NL20 tables etc. It took me eight days to complete this challenge but I wasn’t playing high volume at all, just 22.65 hours total.

Here’s graph and totals:Betfair PokerSavvy Rakeback

  • Starting bankroll: $351.15
  • Cash game: +$75.84
  • Tournaments: $0.00
  • Total from poker: +$75.84
  • Bonuses/Rewards/Rakeback: $112
  • Rake: $70.27
  • Total profit: +$187.84
  • Total bankroll: $538.99

PokerSavvy is AWESOME! Betfair requirements to get 800 ($80) SavvyPoints award are insane in most positive way! 250 Betfair Poker Points ($69.44 rake). With no other bonuses you’re even then nicely above 100% rakeback. I was rewarded with $80 from PokerSavvy + $30 Deposit Bonus and I bought $2 in Betfair Store for total of $112 or effective rakeback for Betfair: 159.38%! After all, I’m happy with my hourly too. $8.29/hour is not bad even though my sample is low.

This challenge is done but I’ll keep playing on Betfair at least until I’m done with full amount of deposit bonus – $50 ($20 more to clear). One other “post-deposit bonus” option is to keep playing until I get 4000 Betfair Poker Points because of this:

LEVEL 1: Earn 250 Total Betfair Poker Points and get +800 SavvyPoints!
LEVEL 2: Earn 1000 Total Betfair Poker Points and get +400 SavvyPoints!
LEVEL 3: Earn 2000 Total Betfair Poker Points and get +400 SavvyPoints!
LEVEL 4: Earn 3000 Total Betfair Poker Points and get +400 SavvyPoints!
LEVEL 5: Earn 4000 Total Betfair Poker Points and get +400 SavvyPoints!

I’m done, obviously, with Level 1 but final decision is coming soon, after I crunch some numbers.

About next, fourth challenge… It will start very soon, most likely again with Ongame network and bwin as my destination. Requirements: 400 Poker Points ($111.11 rake) to get 800 SavvyPoints ($80) or 72% rakeback just with that, not counting deposit bonus etc. It will be, most likely, well over 100%. There’s $500 deposit bonus no matter of deposit amount but I’m not sure about requirements to clear it beyond 4000 ($1111.11 rake) Poker Points. Hopefully it will be released in chunks of $50 or so. I mean, $1111.11 in 60 days is $22.22 to rake per day if I play 50 days with 10 days off poker so it’s definitely doable. That would be $500 Deposit Bonus + $80 from PokerSavvy + $55 from bwin’s b’inside market (I’ll probably buy cash directly instead of new bonuses) = $635 (57.1% rakeback). Fair number.

I need to do at least two more challenges because there’s very nice additional bonus from PokerSavvy, coupon worth 500 SavvyPoints ($50) for every five completed rooms. $50 extra on top of all other bonuses and rewards!

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Started my third challenge, of course through PokerSavvy on Betfair (Ongame network). I need to get 250 Ongame Player Points ($69.44 in paid rake) to earn 800 ($800) SavvyPoints plus like $30 from deposit bonus to give me sweet 158.41% rakeback. Essence will screw me, no doubt about that but I’ll update standings very soon.

I was done fairly quickly with my PokerSavvy Kickback Bonus Challenge #2 because that PartyPoker deal is awesome. Unfortunately, due to my decision to play Fast Forward poker (basically same thing as Zoom Poker, Rush Poker, Speed Poker etc.), there’s no PokerTracker graph to show this time.

As I said, PartyPoker deal through PokerSavvy is awesome with requirements to collect 100 Party points ($50 in paid rake). Reward is 700 SavvyPoints ($70). I paid $51.42 in rake and with additional $10 from Deposit Bonus (80 Party Points = $10 chunk) my effective rakeback was total of $80 or 155.58%!

Time for bad news… I suck so bad in these speed variants of poker. True, I’m running horrible but I’m also not playing good. I was down -$88.02 from actual poker after only 7-8 hours of total gameplay at NL4 and NL10.

Challenge recap

  • Starting bankroll: $359.17
  • Cash game: -$95.58
  • Tournaments: +$7.56
  • Total from poker: -$88.02
  • Bonuses/Rewards/Rakeback: $80
  • Rake: $51.42
  • Total profit: -$8.02
  • Total bankroll: $351.15

It’s an update of this post after I cashed out my bankroll yesterday. I was done fairly quickly with my plan to earn 500 VPPs on PokerStars to fulfill minimum requirements for PokerSavvy Kickback Bonus worth 700 Savvy Points ($70). But I fell in love with amazing PokerStars’ software and decided to play a bit more and finish my $150 deposit bonus. But of course, when that job was done I deposited additional $200 more to trigger another $200 of deposit bonus. My game was bad all way long so I failed in plan to be at least breakeven. Below you can see July’s graph and total graph for my time on PokerStars right under. I wasn’t that thrilled to play in August so my volume was low and there’s no reason to hang that graph too.


I was saved by all the bonuses and rewards, to be precise, $290 came from Deposit Bonus, $100 from Stellar Rewards, I bought $75+$10 Reward Bonuses in VIP Store plus $70 from PokerSavvy Kickback Bonus for total of $545 or 58.76% effective rakeback.

Full recap for Kickback Bonus Challenge #1

  • Starting bankroll: $150
  • Cash game: -$348.04
  • Tournaments: +$12.21
  • Total from poker: -$335.83
  • Bonuses/Rewards/Rakeback: $545
  • Rake: $927.40
  • Total profit: +$209.17
  • Total bankroll: $359.17

Next plan is to analyze my game and to figure out what the hell went wrong before I start PokerSavvy Kickback Bonus Challenge #2.

Though I’m done with my PokerStars Kickback Bonus Challenge nearly 25 days ago I’m still clearing deposit bonus. $80 more to get (1360 VPP) and I’m finally moving away from PokerStars. When I cashout I will write full report about winnings + bonuses + kickback bonus and so on.


July 29, 2012

Sweet stuff from my last session…

PokerStars Zoom No-Limit Hold’em, $0.25 BB (6 handed) – PokerStars Zoom Hand Converter from HandHistoryConverter.com

Button ($19.25)
Hero (SB) ($26.18)
BB ($29.99)
UTG ($25)
MP ($9.88)
CO ($31.07)

Preflop: Hero is SB with J, J

4 folds, Hero bets $0.75, BB calls $0.50

Flop: ($1.50) Q, 6, J (2 players)

Hero bets $1.50, BB calls $1.50

Turn: ($4.50) A (2 players)

Hero bets $3.25, BB calls $3.25

River: ($11) J (2 players)

Hero bets $20.68 (All-In), BB calls $20.68

Total pot: $52.36 | Rake: $2


Hero had J, J (four of a kind, Jacks).

BB mucked A, 6 (two pair, Aces and Jacks).

Outcome: Hero won $50.36