September 27, 2009
Thought Iâ€™d best write since while Iâ€™m moving over the next couple of days I might not have internet access!
I accomplished my 50nl goal, of 20k hands at a respectable WR. Overall I put in 20.1k at Nl50 at just over 5ptbb/100, which Iâ€™m pretty happy with. Overall my combined stats were 30/25/2.8, 3b 12%, which looks very laggy, but it actually includes ~3k hands of HU, so at 6m my stats were 26/22, 3b 12%, agg 3.11. My WR was actually higher at 6m alone (~7 or 8ptbb/100) but a late in the day downswing at HU dragged it down a bit. I will at some point go back and play some HU until thatâ€™s at a satisfactory WR.
Anyways hereâ€™s a graph, itâ€™s not super pretty but itâ€™s going the right way and itâ€™s a decent WR:
Things I learned from the mini challenge:
1) Not losing every flip ever feels wonderful
2) You can play laggier than you think, like people donâ€™t adjust that much to 3b so vs the guys who fold too much you can just rape their faces right off, and people donâ€™t squeeze so much or in the right spots so you can call IP with a lot of hands versus wide openers without worrying so much about being squeezed out of the pot
3) You can vb really thin because a lot of players at micros donâ€™t seem to bluffraise, and even if a bet size is kind of blatantly a thin value bet theyâ€™ll still talk themselves into a call
4) There are spots where peopleâ€™s lines are completely skewed, like there are lines/spots the majority of players at these stakes seem to take as a bluff about never, so sometimes you have to make hero folds, but actually itâ€™s ok because their range is like a polarized range of supernuts and air, but without the air. Obviously anything I said about what spots these are will be too general to be helpful, but I guess the point is that you can be ok sometimes folding big hands, when you know that nevertheless itâ€™s a bluffcatcher and their line is totally skewed towards value, and you can be ok with those folds and not worry about being exploited really because that just wonâ€™t happen. Itâ€™ll save a bunch of BBs and stress/tilt at paying off when you kind of knew that passive idiot had the nuts all along.
5) However much you pay off you probably pay off too much â€“ it felt like people were incapable of vbâ€™ing thin and never bluff as much as you think. I really struggled to keep my W$SD around 50.
6) You can really abuse people having capped ranges, especially regs, like people donâ€™t tend to sort of protect flatting ranges etc, and are ok telegraphing that they have like a marginal 1p hand or w/e, that can never call a shove etc. That said this is pretty true vs regs, fish seem to call with hands they really shouldnâ€™t. Like a lot of the time, I was right about what type of hands made up the majority of someoneâ€™s range, but a bit less successful in knowing how theyâ€™d react with them to a bet. â€˜Of course he can fold 44 on this horrendous boardâ€¦.noâ€¦no he snapped. Either heâ€™s a genius or he has an IQ of 47 and cannot open a door without assistanceâ€™. Or maybe my handreading just sucks.
7) Micro stakes players seem to be the worst for tapping the glass! People should be nice to the fish, especially when they suck out, thatâ€™s what keeps the games going in the long run â€“ fish thinking they can win.
Anyways, on another note, I think Iâ€™m going to start learning PLO. The games look good, my old NLHE coach recommended learning it for more game selection while people still suck at it, a good poker friend I talk with a lot seems to be having a lot of success at HU PLO (though bearing in mind how variency that game is I expect him to hit the long run in about 2057), and KasinoKrime pointed me in the direction of some great learning materials. Also Iâ€™ve been playing NLHE all summer and am kinda burnt out on it, so a change might be good for me! I for the couple days while Iâ€™m setting up net access at the new house Iâ€™ll watch some PLO videos and get the hang of the game properly, and then try putting in some hands this week. Hopefully itâ€™ll go well!If anyone has any suggestions/tips for learning PLO please let me know! Iâ€™m thinking absorbing all of DCâ€™s plo vids, talking with some friends who play, and doing lots and lots of equity calcs on like the pro poker tools website etc, and posting on hands.
Since I always post something ridiculous hereâ€™s my contribution for today, itâ€™s from Mitchell and Webb look, a really hilarious sketch series by the actors from Peep Show (which if you havenâ€™t watched you ought to..)
Also I recommend the other Party Planners clip, â€˜friends of Moneypennyâ€™ that can be found in the same place, in fact, here Iâ€™ll just link to itâ€¦ Party Planners Friends of Moneypenny
Will post again when Iâ€™m done moving!