For a time I tracked my play at Ultimate Bet with the following player journal. But, time moves on, and I began to blog my poker experiences (many of which take place at other rooms depending upon the happenings of the online poker world at any moment).
The following accounts are an archived part of the Ultimate Bet section here at Unknown Poker.com.
Ultimate Bet Player Journal
This is a journal of my play at
Ultimate Bet, which is pretty close to my favorite poker room
online. I'm going to attempt to implement my own strategies that
I've written about as closely as possible and track their results so
I can determine whether or not they're good strategies. I think I'll
probably focus almost exclusively on
sit and go tournaments there for now, and track my progress and
October 13, 2005
I'm going to take another crack at a $20 + $2 buy-in no limit sit
and go at Ultimate Bet tonight. I'm going to play VERY tight and
very aggressive. I'm only playing pairs of 77's or better plus AK
and AQ unless I can get in dirt-cheap and from position with a small
pair or suited connector. A friend of mine has been playing tourneys
Party Poker at the very lowest level and only playing QQ's or
better preflop, and he seems to be doing okay, so maybe I can
discipline myself to play ultra-tight and aggressive tonight.
Tourney's starting, so I'll be back in a little while to finish up
this journal entry.
Bankroll after buying into the tourney: $457.32
Okay - so I placed 7th. Stayed real tight til I got 10 - J
diamonds in late position and limped in. The flop comes 9 - Q - K.
The king and queen are hearts.
The guy before me raises, and I re-raise. Everyone else gets out,
and he re-raises me back. So I go all in, and he flips over a KQ.
Which was fine with me until the Q hit on the river.
Damn it. I guess I've won with that nonsense enough to deserve to
bust out on that hand.
Bankroll after playing in the tourney: $457.32.
October 6, 2005
I deposited $500 via NETeller today, and got a 10% re-deposit
bonus from the cashier at Ultimate Bet as a courtesy, making my
total bankroll at Ultimate Bet now $501.32. The bonus amount hasn't
been released yet, and I still have a few dollars from my last bonus
there pending release too.
I'm going to be focusing on no limit sit-and-go's for now, and
the bankroll guidelines that I keep seeing are 20 to 30 buy-in's, so
I'm going to start out at the $20 + $2 buy-in's, because I'm fairly
confident in my skills. If I drop to below $400, I'll scale back to
the $10 + $1's for a while.
The structure for the first tournament I'm going to play works
like this. There are 10 players. Each player starts with 1500
chips. Blinds go up every 10 minutes, and the tournament pays out
$200: $100 for 1st place, $60 for 2nd place, and $40 for 3rd place.
This structure is a little bit different from the structure at
Party Poker, because there you only start with 800 chips, and
the levels change every 10 hands rather than every 10 minutes.
My strategy will need to change corresponding to this different
play structure. I'll need to loosen up my starting hand requirements
a very little bit, and I'll need to play a little less aggressively
after the flop with certain hands, because I can afford to. The
tournament started at 3:35pm.
The tournament ended for me at 4:05pm. I made several mistakes,
including playing too loose, and not aggressively enough. I'm
reminded of something I read in one of John Vorhaus's books - he
says that to be a winning player, you have to play strong. Weak play
never wins, whether it's tight weak or loose weak, weak always
loses. Loose and strong sometimes wins, but I backed down at just
about every show of strength I saw today.
But I did get some good news too. The cashier at Ultimate Bet
actually gave me a 20% redeposit bonus instead of a 10% bonus. Maybe
he was surprised because I made a $500 deposit and he was expecting
something smaller, or maybe his boss said something about taking
care of me because I'm an affiliate, I don't know.
Anyway, that's about it for today, because I've got plans this
This page was last updated on January 5, 2006.