Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Absolute Poker Summary

The first blog entry about my poker career can be found here: If you haven’t read those blogs, I suggest you do before this.

Before Black Friday, I was playing 95% on Absolute poker. I would play a little rush poker on full tilt with some success. But my bread and butter game was still 6max SNGs. I was 10-18 tabling 300 chip tourneys and 1500 chip tourneys. Buy-ins were ranging from $24s to $565. The regs on AP had so many leaks during push/fold and post flop. It was just free money on there. One of the only players I respected was foldements, who is river prayer on stars. A couple other top 6max SNG players that I respected would come and go. Besides that is was bad regs and fish.  After a month or so playing on there, it became an easy decision where to play. Their reputation scared me a little bit, but they had the best VIP service around. Here is my profit pre bonuses:

These are the current sharkscope rankings. I wish I got a snapshot of them on Black Friday because I was 20th overall it total profit this year.

One of my biggest accomplishments in poker was a 2 month long rake race absolute poker held. The race had $530,000 paying out to the top 500 players. 1st place paid out $25,000 2nd-$22,000 3rd-$20,000 I lead the race the whole time besides the last day. I misread the ending day and was thinking the race was lasting 60 days and not 61 days. So I was passed on the last day and had a bit of a freak out. But a fellow poker friend took 3rd and we had a deal to chop whatever place we ended up. So I took home $21,000 and a spot in OnlinePokerPro Magazine.
Here are pictures of the magazine:

This was a great experience and great exposure. Overall Poker has treated me very well and I am very grateful for all that has happen to me. I will continue playing poker as long as I can. My next post I will talk about options post black friday. I will also share my results so far post black friday.
Hope all is well,

Golfing with my brother in  Arizona at Desert Mountain 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Long time No blog

My old Blog Posts can be found at:

It's been two years since I blogged. I stopped blogging for two main reason. The 1st reason was because I was crushing AP and didn't want the games to get harder. The 2nd reason was I was just too busy. Since black friday happened, I have debated starting my blog up again because I have had more time. I also thought it would be interesting going through learning new forms of poker with me. I hope to start updating once a week again.

Poker was going better than ever until April 15th. The day that changed my next few years. That morning I had a financial advising appointment with my adviser in Rochester. During the meeting, he was asking me how aggressive I want to be with my money. I told him I want to be very aggressive, but want to be able to touch the money. I said being a poker player we never know when it could be shut down. Poker could end today or it could end never. During this meeting, I missed a call from a friend asking if I heard about poker. As soon as I left the meeting I called jhub3000s brother and he answered, “Poker is fucked”.

There had been a couple times in the past where I thought poker was going to end for a while, but it never did. So right away I didn’t think much of it. But about 30 phone calls and 3-4 news articles later, I knew this time was way different. I knew there wasn’t much I could do. The only thing I was regretting at that time was how much money I was keeping online a shady poker site.

Absolute Poker has always had a bad reputation, but for some reason I always felt trustworthy playing on there. They had the best VIP service around and treated me like a king compared to the big sites. They gave me tons of bonuses and the games were by far the best around. But since black Friday, they have shown their true side. The only thing that makes me feel a little better about it, is how full tilt hasn't paid out yet either.

Even though I have a good chunk of money on full tilt, it doesn't come close to what I have froze on absolute poker. Somehow I have the most money I have ever had online at one time. It just had to be that day that my accounts were locked up. Now my mind state has been the money is gone. If a year down the rode from now I get some of it, it will feel like free money.

Since black Friday, I have set goals to improve my game and make myself more than just a 6max robot shoving machine. So far I think I have done a great job of this through videos and articles. I haven’t played nearly the same volume I was playing, but I have been playing a little on cake and lock. I will do a more in-depth blog about my results pre/post BF.

I am still playing for a living and will continue to do so as long as this “free” country lets me. But I have decided that this is a better time than ever to finish my degree. I will be starting in 20 days, which is going to be really weird. I most likely will struggle a lot my 1st semester because of being out of school for 3 years. I have about 2 years of an electrical engineering major left. I have really battled with myself choosing between an engineering major and physics major. Engineering majors are so much more useful in the world, but I enjoy physics a lot more. The incoming freshman were in 7th grade, when I graduated high school so that is pretty exciting.

The next blog will be about my results in the last two years. You can also find my twitter at!/voss1313 My twitter is more about my life and this blog will be more about my poker life. I will end the blog with a couple pictures of my summer so far:
Myself on the left with my two roommates
Three grown males on a jet ski. #Nohomo
At a festival in Minneapolis

The hat Absolute Poker sent me a couple months ago