7 2 BLUFF...Diary of a poker player

Dreaming of the top whilst playing at the bottom…

Author: VinnyTheViper Page 2 of 35

Where do they go….

Poker players are there then gone…I remember Neil “bad beat” Channing being everywhere and then no more and what about Samantha Abernathy she came 3rd in Oz for a bundle but doesn’t seem to have done anything the last few years. It is true they may just play cash and be done with tournaments. I often look up players on Hendon Mob to see what happened to them are they really playing cash or are they just done with the game.

What Happened to Roland de Wolfe he was everywhere when I started playing?

Samantha Abernathy

WorldThe AmericasOceania
Total$ 573,520$ 121,481$ 452,039
2018$ 10,098$ 10,098
2017$ 17,996$ 17,996
2016$ 460,316$ 8,277$ 452,039
2015$ 50,340$ 50,340
2014$ 34,770$ 34,770

Neil Channing

WorldEuropeThe AmericasOceania
Total$ 3,431,815$ 2,292,890$ 1,072,868$ 66,057
2018$ 970$ 970
2017$ 17,418$ 17,418
2015$ 27,542$ 27,542
2014$ 8,391$ 8,391
2013$ 60,603$ 5,965$ 20,856$ 33,782
2012$ 422,295$ 6,194$ 416,101
2011$ 16,893$ 11,918$ 4,975
2010$ 674,461$ 347,606$ 321,931$ 4,924
2009$ 171,535$ 48,056$ 101,103$ 22,376
2008$ 1,594,802$ 1,557,336$ 37,466
2007$ 276,609$ 177,979$ 98,630
2006$ 42,918$ 37,208$ 5,710
2005$ 59,705$ 18,373$ 41,332
2004$ 15,984$ 15,984
2003$ 8,409$ 3,549$ 4,860
2002$ 11,630$ 11,630
2001$ 11,194$ 2,299$ 8,895
2000$ 10,455$ 10,455

Roland de Wolfe

WorldEuropeThe AmericasOceania
Total$ 5,330,553$ 2,865,598$ 2,415,239$ 49,715
2010$ 721,233$ 549,485$ 122,033$ 49,715
2009$ 452,980$ 42,918$ 410,062
2008$ 485,757$ 368,727$ 117,030
2007$ 751,611$ 525,977$ 225,634
2006$ 2,295,130$ 786,036$ 1,509,094
2005$ 605,384$ 574,419$ 30,965
2004$ 18,457$ 18,036$ 421

Back on-line after a year!

Gave Godaddy one last call and the guy seems to have fixed my access issue as I can finally access my website again.

Played the £50 Wednesday game at Apsers last week and came 5th for £175 it was fun to be back at a final table. I folded to an UTG 20 BB shove whils holding AKs from a tight player before the bubble. There were three short stacks and I couldn’t handle busting without cashing after the long grind. I thought there were better spots for my 23BB stack however SnapShove tells me I should call AQ+ and 99+ ….perhaps it was a mistake.

Played Friday £60 at Aspers £10K Gtd and came 100th. I opened KJo from UTG+1 got a call on the button and a shove for 10BB form the BB who had A 10o, I snap re-shoved only to be called by the button’s AQo an ace on the flop sent me home. I had been so card dead, I should have realised the button would call as he had a large stack, I could have found a better spot for my 20BB there was no rush. Poor decision.

Played on Wednesday and was very card dead, opened AJo UTG for 3 BB of a stack of 20BB and got balled but UTG+2 and the BB. The flop came Jack high with 3 diamonds and I shoved after the BB checked only to get called by a set of deuces with the nut flush as my outs which didn’t come.

It was poor play to shove as I had the draw to the nut flush so had nothing to be scared of, the final outcome wouldn’t have changed but I definitely played it badly but I am rusty. I need to slow down and ensure all my decisions are well thought out and optimal. I also showed a bluff which is a major flaw I need to lose before Vegas good players do not show cards or talk strategy!!

Loaded £50 and blew it in an hour

Bought in for $22 3 times in an hour whilst drinking Talisker Skye whiskey on the rocks

Played badly, watched some high stakes cash from Rozvadov, Rob Young bet £50K on the river when he hit top pair with QJ, his opponent had given away the strength of his hand (KQ) during some river table chat. “I shit myself if you go all in” and he folded to Rob’s huge bet, then Rob said “let him have it I was just having fun”. The dealer got a ruling, went to push the pot to Rob when Leon the owner over ruled and let the guy scoop the pot. Crazy.



This must have really hurt…

I’m ducking poker but still watching Jonathan Little, Doug Polk and other videos to keep my hand in. I came across this before bed and wondered how it must have felt for Mercier.


PCA Super High Roller

Spent the night watching the PCA, interesting commentary as players often did the opposite of the hand analysis offered by I believe Maria Ho


SplitSuit is one of my favourites

Bad Beat City – My new home

I guess I’ll end up like Neil Channing if this carries on.

Playing the £40 at Aspers on a Monday £1,500 gtd Hijack shoves 10BB with QQ and the Button calls off his big stack. I reshove 18BB with Aces to get called by the Button’s KQo.

So I’m 78% to win the Queens have 8.29% and the KQ 12.42% and I lose to both with 20 players left. I seem to be on a bad beat roll and am rapidly losing my appetite for the game.

PLO – Sometimes it just isn’t your day $18,100 Pot

Scared Money Don’t Make Money

Pro poker players see missing value is the same as losing chips.

Negreanu – Winning $2.7 Million and still being a loser

Poker is a tough game to beat as Negreanu shows us here. Winning $2.7 Million in a year and still being a loser.

Cashing approx 22% of the time is a good ratio so don’t be too disheartened when you don’t. The key is to cash big when you do…interesting he hasn’t won in tournaments in the last two years.

Now the five year figures look great with a net profit of $8.7 Million but you have to realize $8.29 Million came in one event The One Drop of which he had 87% of his action so $7.212 Million. If we remove this result in the other 290 tournaments he’s made $443K in five years,  less than $85K a year less travel expenses…tough to beat the game. 


Events 66
Cashes 13
ITM % 19.7
Buy ins $1,211,883
Payouts $3,203,423
Profit $1,963,500
Avg Buy In $18,363
Hourly Rate $3200

Events 56
Cashes 13
ITM % 23.2
Buy ins $3,183,926
Payouts $10,284,090
Profit $7,100,164
Avg Buy In $56,855
Hourly Rate $14,045

Events 49
Cashes 11
ITM % 22.4
Buy ins $1,513,125
Payouts $2,482,479
Profit $952,920
Avg Buy In $30,880
Hourly Rate $3388

Events 49
Cashes 10
ITM % 20.4
Buy ins $1,546,355
Payouts $300,431
Profit (-$1,246,693)
Avg Buy In $31,558
Hourly Rate (-$3097)

Events 71
Cashes 21
ITM % 29.6
Buy ins $2,874,164
Payouts $2,792,104
Profit (-$86,140)
Avg Buy In $40,481
Hourly Rate (-$144)


Events 291
Cashes 68
ITM % 23.4
Buy Ins $10,329,453
Payouts $19,062,527
Profit $8,733,074
Avg Buy In $35,496
Hourly Rate (Hours 2565) $3405


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