Fun Hand vs. Vanessa Selbst

Fun Hand vs. Vanessa Selbst

This hand is from the weekly 15,000 FPP SNG on PokerStars where the Stars Pro has a bounty of $350. Since they open for registration at different times every week, I don’t always get to play them as the majority of the time when I check for them they have unfortunately already filled. I enjoy the challenge of adjusting to the single large bounty though, and would play them every week if I could!



This hand played out entirely different versus Selbst because she had the bounty!


Which unfortunately I didn’t get! But I did end up cashing in 3rd this time for $300.

On to the next one…or at least on to the next time I manage to register!

Pump Up the Volume!

Pump Up the Volume!

Last week, Collin had to make a last minute trip back to Maryland to see his family, and I had to stay to watch our pets. So, I decided to grind my heart out:

That game count was composed of mostly 180-mans, and some 45-mans, 27-mans, MTTs, and one single table. The solitary SNG was one of the two weekly 15,000 FPP VIP One Tables that run on Stars. These SNGs have a $350 bounty on the Stars Pro, and $1k for first (with 4 places paid).

After scoring the knockout of the Stars Pro early when I cold 4-bet shoved close to 50 BBs with AQ>QJ, I really wanted to get the win! At the same time that tournament was short-handed, I was heads-up in the weekly €55 EPT Ladies satellite, where I took second the prior week for around €200. This week though, only 1st place had a prize, of €500. After losing a few flips, the ladies table didn’t pop back up to the top of my stack, but I did take down the VIP one table, for a total cash of $1,350 in that SNG!

Most importantly, I found that focusing on putting in my highest volume week so far for 2014 helped me to maintain playing my A+ game, even when getting up to my total peak of 55 games running at once!

Being home alone, meant that I could sing (scream?) songs without anyone hearing—well except for Wilbur, who was camped out next to me while I played.


The song I sang more than any other:

The successful week underlined to me the importance of focusing on volume: both of my number of games and of the blasting music! It can be easy in poker to be very results-oriented, whether that is winning a tournament and thinking you’re the best ever, or having a downswing and thinking you’ve forgotten what the point of a c-bet is.

For me, focusing on volume (as well as studying) helps me to be driven by what I can control in poker. I’ve played almost 23,000 tournaments this year and am so excited to cross the 30,000 goal that I set for myself at the beginning 2014—while singing along to whatever song blasts from my speakers!

There’s No Place Like Home!

There’s No Place Like Home!

To say I had fun on my combo San Diego/Vegas trip would be a dramatic understatement! In Mexico, Collin and I live a pretty isolated life, which comes as a surprise to many that think of Mexico as being very crowded. Rosarito is actually a quiet coastal town, where the focus is on a laid back life with time to enjoy the same enviable weather as Southern California!

I made a detailed account of my trip in my CardsChat thread here!

My favorite part of the trip was when my Mom came to Vegas. She came on the first day of the Monster Stack, and it was the first time she had ever seen me play live poker. If you’ve never been to the Rio during the WSOP, there is simply magic in the air—perhaps it is the force of thousands of players dreaming of winning, or the crackling sound of so many chips being shuffled. Having stood in that room years ago as a micro-super turbo grinder (to watch Collin play), it was part of my inspiration to become a full-time player.

My Mom, despite my protestations that watching me play must have been very boring, watched me for hours. Every time I looked over at her, she would smile broadly, and I was reminded once again, that I have the best Mother in the whole world! It also helped that I had a friendly, talkative table that day—I even got everyone to wave to her on the rail!

Because of the massive turnout in the Monster Stack, dinner break was cancelled—but Collin and my Mom brought me a plate of food on one of the 20 minute breaks!  This was especially thoughtful because eating quickly on a ketogenic diet is tough, since I don’t eat processed food.

dinner break
















When I made day two of the Monster Stack, I was initially annoyed that they shortened the day one, and changed the restart from noon the next day till 3 PM. This meant that there was a much higher chance that I would be unable to play the Ladies as a result of still being in the Monster, and that I could bust out of the money without being able to play the ladies. Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened, but considering that it meant I got to spend more time with my Mom I was actually happy with the result!

Poker wise, I had a fun winning cash session, but bricked 4 WSOP events. I’m a firm believer that nothing makes you appreciate playing online quite like playing live does—so I guess it’s not too surprising that I’ve played almost 2,000 tournaments since getting back home to grind online. My Hot $75 win was an extra nice victory, since if I had opted to stay in Vegas for the Main, I wouldn’t have played in it!

So for me online poker > live poker, but the experience of seeing my Mom and so many friends made the trip a definite win! Here are some of my favorite moments:

My Mom took this picture while I was being interviewed by Mark Hoke:























Jayne Furman for PokerNews capturing me grinding a short stack:


The TwoPlusTwo That’s What She Said (Ladies Forum) Annual Meetup:











With Jamie Kerstetter:



At the San Diego Zoo with Collin:


Thanks to everyone that rooted for me on the trip! I’m excited to be back home and grinding online! :)

Hot $75 Win on PokerStars!

Hot $75 Win on PokerStars!

Woooohoooo! I got back home to Mexico from Vegas under a week ago, in time to take this one down for my biggest score of 2014 (so far)!

Here’s a fun hand from Heads-Up play:

And the winner’s lobby! :)

Rail Thread on CardsChat

Rail Thread on CardsChat

I’m posting the rail thread for my vacation/WSOP tournaments on CardsChat. Here’s the thread!

So far, I’ve posted updates about my amazing trip to San Diego, and my first night back in Vegas in almost a year!

I’ve already been on two boats! One while playing limit hold ‘em, and here: