Monday, October 6, 2008

Weeeeee heeee heeeeee!!! I won my first large field MTT since June 2006!

So my Sunday started off with the $22 32k guaranteed on Stars at 12:00. I decided to play a lot this Sunday and when all was said and done, I played in a total of 20 MTTs and 1 satellite. I won the seat in the satellite, which was a $5 rebuy to the $55 Sunday Special 125k guaranteed. I played the seat and didn't cash. But besides that satty seat, the day didn't start off too hot.

About 30 minutes into my session, SluggerWV hit me up on AIM. We exchanged phone numbers, don't know why we didn't have each others #'s already, and we chatted for a few. He wished me luck and I told him that I would give him something to write about in his blog because it had been a while. The day started off slow and by 2pm I wanted to quit playing. I had been running like crap the whole day ( and was almost about to call it quits and stop registering for tournies. Something told me to keep going, so like the degen I am, I ended up registering in and playing another 9 tournies. I decided the last 2 I was going to register for were the 23:00 $2.20 2k guarantee and the 23:15 $11 6-max 5k guarantee.

Up to this point in the day, I had cashed in the $5.50 15k guarantee for $24.04 (203rd of 4,806), the $3.30 HORSE for $9.72 (27th of 432) and the $5.5o NL @ 21:00 for $8.03 (120th of 945). Well, to make a long blog, shorter, I ended up winning the 23:00 $2.20 NL which had 2,545 players and took 7 hours and 26 minutes to complete. The final table was pretty fun too. Had a big OT rail and the FT lasted for almost 2 hours. This was my first win in a non 180-man MTT since June of 2006.

PokerStars Tournament #110967155, No Limit Hold'em
Buy-In: $2.00/$0.20
2545 players
Total Prize Pool: $5090.00
Tournament started - 2008/10/05 - 23:00:00 (ET)


You finished the tournament in 1st place.A $687.16 award has been credited to your Real Money account.You earned 682.15 tournament leader points in this tournament.For information about our tournament leader board, see our web site at


Thank you for participating.

Funny story to go along with this whole day. To start the day, I had $900 in my PokerStars account. After the first half of my day, when I was contemplating quitting for the day, I made a withdrawl request for $600. Money is getting a little tight around the house since I'm not working right now and I decided that I'd leave myself with $175 in my account and grind it back up. I've done it before, I can do it again. Well after this win at the end of my 18 1/2 hour session, my account is right back where it is when I started the day with $900 AND I have a check on the way for $600. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

Once again, thanks to everyone who railed. That shit was fun!


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Weee, I reached SilverStar VIP status @ PokerStars

Why on earth would I be bragging about this? I've been playing at PokerStars since May of 2006 and haven't ever achieved it. I play mainly MTTs with a buy-in of $11 or less so it's kind of hard to do but since I'm not working right now, I finally made it.

Another cool goal is almost in reach but it's gonna take a final table or something big tonight. As it sits right now, I'm #1,219 on the Stars monthly TLB with 2,872.52 points. You need to be in the top 1,000 to qualify for a $20,000 freeroll. Probably won't get it this month but it's going to be a goal for me for the last 3 months of the year.

And to end off this brag session, the month of September has been my most profitable month of poker since June 2006. All the hard work is starting to pay off. Thanks to anyone who has ever helped.

Much <3,


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Cashed in my first major on only my 2nd attempt!!!

Nothing great, but I've never played in a Sunday major before today. With those crazy 2x guarantees and huge prize pools I couldn't resist. Friday I sattied into the Sunday (2) Million on my 3rd double shootout attempt. So I was in that tourney for only $35.10 instead of $215.00. I decided then that I was going to play a little over my head this Sunday and experience a Sunday like I often read about on P5's. I slept a little longer this morning than I wanted to so the first tourney I played was the $11 200k guaranteed on Stars. This was my schedule for the day.

12:30pm Poker Stars $11.00 NLHE 200k guaranteed
1:30pm Poker Stars $215.00 NLHE 2 Million guaranteed
3:00pm Full Tilt $26.00 NLHE 16k guaranteed
3:30pm Poker Stars $215.00 NLHE 2nd Chance 400k guaranteed
4:00pm Poker Stars $11.00 NLHE 40k guaranteed
5:00pm Poker Stars $27.50 NLHE 50k guaranteed
5:00pm Full Tilt $26.00 NLHE 32k guaranteed
6:30pm Poker Stars $55.00 NLHE 100k guaranteed

Total buy-ins for the day $406.60 (couning the Sunday Mill as $35.10 cause I sattied in)

Total cashes for the day $506.44

The only tournament I cashed in out of the 8 I played was the $215.00 Sunday 2nd Chance. I bubbled the $26.00 32k guarantee on FTP and really wasn't even close in any of the other 6. I had a huge stack in the 32k on FTP too but one misplayed hand and one bad beat and I bubbled. All in all I'm pretty happy with the day. I played pretty well for the most part, had some great players on some of my tables (RaiNKhAN, atimos, BodogAri, THAY3R, Stoweski, legggggggggy and I'm sure some others) and it was a good experience. I know I can play at that level now. Honestly, a lot of those big buy-in tournies felt just like a $5 MTT.

PokerStars Tournament #94712495, No Limit Hold'em

Buy-In: $200.00/$15.00 2302 players

Total Prize Pool: $460,400.00

Tournament started - 2008/07/13 - 18:30:00 (ET)


You finished the tournament in 181st place. A $506.44 award has been credited to your Real Money account. You earned 117.74 tournament leader points in this tournament. For information about our tournament leader board, see our web site at


Thank you for participating.

Hope everyone else's Sunday's are going well.

Until next time,


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hey everybody. Time for an update on my life.

What's up party people? It's been a while since I've made a new entry in my blog so here is an update on what's been going on with me for the last month and my plans for the future.

As some of you might know, I was the vault manager at the Long Beach convention center for 10 years. Quite a fucking grind. I was working 50-60 hours a week at times and I was a salaried employee which means that my paychecks were the same every two weeks regardless of how many hours I put in. Well, May 23rd was my last day. I finally got tired of it and decided to resign from the company. I had no other job lined up at the time, I just decided that I'd had enough and it was time to do something else.

For the last 6 weeks I'v just been playing a lot of poker. Well, a lot for me anyways. I've played about 250 MTTs and 225+ SNGs in those 6 weeks with some cash games mixed in as well. I joined a training site to help with my game and have been putting in some good work. I'm seeing some improvement already and have had some close calls in some pretty good tournies. Most of you know that I live in freakin' micro land (my average buy-in over the last 2 years is $6) but I've been moving up the chain a little bit. Actually, just yesterday, I cashed in both the $27.50 50k guaranteed and the $33 20k guaranteed on Poker Stars. Before those, the biggest buy-ins I'd ever cashed in was a $26 on Full Tilt and a $16.50 on Stars. Now time to FT some shit!

As for what's been going on in those 6 weeks outside of poker, I'm getting ready to move into a new house in Buena Park next week. It's a nice 3br 2ba house with nice yards, a good size garage and a hella huge livingroom. I'll put up some pics on P5s after we move in and get everything set up. Pretty stoked on that. It will be a nice upgrade from my 2br 2ba condo that I'm in now.

As for the employment situation, I didn't have anything lined up when I turned in my resignation to my previous job. I had no plan either. After thinking about it for a while, I decided that I want to be a poker dealer. Not only will this help my poker game, but believe it or not, I will be making more money working less hours and doing something that I will most likely enjoy. Luckily too, thru some P5s connections, I have a pretty good in at Hawaiian Gardens Casino and will most likely be dealing there. I'm gonna take like another month or so off after I get moved into the new house just to play a bunch more poker before I get started at the new job. I plan to update my blog every night after I move into the new place before I go to bed. I'll just recap my days tournies and any interesting everyday shit that happens and then after I start dealing, I'm sure I'll have some cool stories to tell about that.

That's all for now kiddos,

Greg "SICKTIGHT311" Benoit

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

PocketFives Open Saturday, June 7th @ 2:30pm Eastern time!!!!!

I plan on playing as a blogger in the PocketFives Open. P5s is adding prizes for the poker bloggers out there. The PocketFives Poker Forum is source of the best online poker rankings in the world.In addition, PocketFives has a member list that includes the best players in online poker, including top poker players such as JohnnyBax and ElMastermind.Registered:1896867315

Everybody else come out and play. There are gonna be some WSOP main event seats up for grabs as well as a bunch of other great prizes. If you aren't a member of PocketFives, sign up at

Monday, May 5, 2008

I like the new 180-player sit and go's on Poker Stars

There have been many petitions on trying to get Poker Stars to bring back the $10+1 non-turbo 180-mans. Well today, they brought them back and also added a $2.20 turbo 180-man. That's cool because a lot of people like to grind the 180's and now there are a variety of stakes to choose from. I played 3 of the $2.20 turbo 180's tonight and on the 3rd one.................

PokerStars Tournament #87236769, No Limit Hold'emBuy-In: $2.00/$0.20 180 players
Total Prize Pool: $360.00
Tournament started - 2008/05/05 - 02:42:02 (ET)


You finished the tournament in 1st place.A $108.00 award has been credited to your Real Money account.You earned 181.41 tournament leader points in this tournament.

For information about our tournament leader board, see our web site at!

Thank you for participating.

WEEEEEEEEEEEE. Hopefully my 6 week stretch of running bad is coming to an end. I also went pretty deep in the $11 Midnight Madness on Full Tilt tonight finishing 55th out of 1,529 people for $33. I min-cashed the 2100 $5 NLHE on Stars and as I'm writing this I'm also in possesion of a good stack in a $1 rebuy on Full Tilt. Hopefully I can get rolling again. The past month or so has been very frustrating.

Good luck and happy days to all of you.

**EDIT** Went very deep in the 10 cent turbo @0400 at Stars. LOL. I got AQ sucked out on by AJ all-in preflop and lost. Would have had a 5th place stack with 2 tables left. :(

PokerStars Tournament #87142177, No Limit Hold'emBuy-In: $0.10
1343 players
$50.00 added to the prize pool by
Total Prize Pool: $184.30 Tournament started - 2008/05/05 - 04:00:00 (ET)
You finished the tournament in 19th place.A $0.65 award has been credited to your Real Money account.You earned 45.74 tournament leader points in this tournament.

For information about our tournament leader board, see our web site at

Congratulations!Thank you for participating.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Dealing with variance A.K.A. running bad for an abnormal amount of time.

So it's nothing huge but I've been running bad since the 9th of April. 3 weeks now. A run that has seen me drop 15% of my bankroll. This downswing occurred during a run of 97 MTTs and 24 SNGs. I've cashed in 21 of the MTTs and 4 of the SNGs. Not far off my normal in the money percentages but I haven't had any nice scores. I've bubbled a couple 180-mans as well as a couple 180-man final tables. I got 25th out of 1,875 people in the Midnight Madness on Full Tilt for $77 when first place was $3,400. Took a very sick beat to get knocked out of that when the pot I lost would have guaranteed me a final table. It's been a lot of that. I'm getting close to some very good scores because I've stepped up my average buy-in a little but I keep getting the door slammed in my face when it matters. Key pots are just not going my way right now.

So far this has not affected my game as far as tilting or playing differently. I'm sticking to my gameplan and what has been working for me which I'm proud of. I just have to ride it out. I've been through an extended bad run before, about a year ago, and I guess you just have to ride it out.

One of the things I'm going to do in the next couple weeks is decrease my volume a little bit and do some other things outside of poker. Like tomorrow for example, I'm playing golf with some friends at 11 in the morning. The weather has been great here in Long Beach, CA lately and when we played 2 weeks ago it gave me a little bit of the golf bug. That combined with the fact that my cable provider finally got The Golf Channel back and I'm really into golf again. I found that after working the Long Beach Grand Prix for 4 straight 18 hour days (in which I didn't play at all) when I finally got around to playing again after 4 days off, I was really excited and focused.

Hopefully it will end soon. I've been getting close to some nice scores and when one of these swing pots goes my way deep in a tournament, the grind will all be worth it.

If anyone has any suggestions or things that they do to try and counteract a bad run, feel free to leave a comment.