May 13, 2011

Process of tilt

I've moved up to NL20 this month and i had a nice run until yesterday, i was running like 18 bb/100. I played my best game and ran good. But yesterday i had to experience that still have tilt issues. Actually, i'm happy for this experience (but of course was not funny in the middle of this) as i am a big believer that these things are improving me as a player and make me realizing other issues. 
So first, here is my NL20 graph from the month. It's easy to recognize where i collapsed: 

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The most important issue i realized yesterday is the bookkeeping effect: I've mentioned this in my previous post about my tilt. It's still an old issue for me what i consider mild tilt. I mean, that i play a session and reach 2 BI up, i then quit for the day or for the session and satisfied with the result fearing that i could lose what i earned. However, i'd have the time for playing more. At NL20 i played in this manner. Definitely i have to change about this, plan my sessions, play the quantity i planned. There is no problem with the length of the sessions as i play generally shorter sessions, max 1,5 hours on 4 tables. 

But let's have a look at the process i reached a tilty mindset with the hands in chronology. I was at - 6BI at some point, but could come back to -4 BI. I played 1500 hands during the day, which is really high for me. I was playing my most aggressive game of 27/22/11 and i usually play more solid. My WSD was 40% and was just never good even at the smaller pots. 

1. Started with this hand. I keep this one as a cooler and had no sign of tilt, but the little evil digged himself into my mind i guess. I was fine with this hand and don't think that i should have folded this hand. Normal, weakish reg. I was experimenting with smaller bet size OTB, but i think i will stick to my regular 3x. 

Ongame Network $0.10/$0.20 No Limit Hold'em - 4 players - View hand 1305636
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Hero (BTN): $20.00
SB: $24.93
BB: $19.30
CO: $23.70

Pre Flop: ($0.30) Hero is BTN with K of clubs A of clubs
1 fold, Hero raises to $0.50, 1 fold, BB raises to $2, Hero calls $1.50

Flop: ($4.10) K of spades 5 of spades J of diamonds(2 players)
BB bets $3.50, Hero calls $3.50

Turn: ($11.10) 8 of clubs(2 players)
BB bets $13.80 all in, Hero calls $13.80

Turn: ($38.70) 8 of clubs(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($38.70) 4 of hearts(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $38.70
Hero shows K of clubs A of clubs (PAIR KING)
BB shows J of hearts J of spades (THREE_OF_A_KIND JACK)
BB wins $36.77
(Rake: $1.93)

2. 19/15 w 24% 4b on 2k hands. Losing player, i made this guy big. These and the following 2 hands happened at one table within 5 minutes. My 3b is questionable, i believed that my shove is good, was not, but this one tilted me. 

Ongame Network $0.10/$0.20 No Limit Hold'em - 4 players - View hand 1305641
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CO: $19.60
BTN: $20.20
SB: $23.06
Hero (BB): $20.00

Pre Flop: ($0.30) Hero is BB with 3 of diamonds 3 of hearts
2 folds, SB raises to $0.60, Hero raises to $1.80, SB raises to $5.40, Hero raises to $20 all in, SB calls $14.60

Flop: ($40.00) 5 of clubs 5 of diamonds 5 of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

Turn: ($40.00) Q of diamonds(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($40.00) 4 of clubs(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $40.00
SB shows 9 of spades 9 of hearts (FULL_HOUSE FIVE, NINE)
Hero shows 3 of diamonds 3 of hearts (FULL_HOUSE FIVE, THREE)
SB wins $38.00
(Rake: $2.00)

3. Same table, right after the previous hand. I just called due to MW pot for setmining (normally i would fold), it's okay. SB is a huge fish, CO is a reg with fps but w low 3b. My shove is just meh. I wanted to see a bluff from the fish and making fold Ax hands from the reg. I was tilted hard here due to the previous hand.

Ongame Network $0.10/$0.20 No Limit Hold'em - 5 players - View hand 1305643
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CO: $19.50
BTN: $20.74
SB: $12.63
BB: $41.06
Hero (UTG): $18.30

Pre Flop: ($0.30) Hero is UTG with 9 of hearts 9 of clubs
Hero raises to $0.60, CO raises to $1.75, 1 fold, SB calls $1.65, 1 fold, Hero calls $1.15

Flop: ($5.45) 2 of spades 6 of clubs 8 of spades(3 players)
SB bets $2.70, Hero raises to $16.55 all in, CO calls $16.55, SB calls $8.18 all in

Flop: ($49.43) 2 of spades 6 of clubs 8 of spades(3 players - 2 are all in)

Turn: ($49.43) 4 of hearts(3 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($49.43) 2 of hearts(3 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $49.43
CO shows K of spades K of hearts (TWO_PAIR KING, TWO)
SB shows T of hearts T of clubs (TWO_PAIR TEN, TWO)
Hero shows 9 of hearts 9 of clubs (TWO_PAIR NINE, TWO)
CO wins $36.19
CO wins $10.78
(Rake: $2.46)

3. Again, same table, same guy from the hand 2. I knew that he will 4b superlight. This bad beat wouldn't hurt me normally, but sucking out against this regfish pissed me off. At this point i was seriously affected, but couldn't stop. Typical issue for chasing losses, couldn't do a stop loss. On the flop i knew what will come. 

Ongame Network $0.10/$0.20 No Limit Hold'em - 5 players - View hand 1305645
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BB: $48.77
UTG: $20.14
CO: $19.70
BTN: $40.46
Hero (SB): $20.55

Pre Flop: ($0.30) Hero is SB with K of diamonds K of clubs
2 folds, BTN raises to $0.60, Hero raises to $2, 1 fold, BTN raises to $6.20, Hero raises to $20.55 all in, BTN calls $14.35

Flop: ($41.30) 9 of hearts Q of hearts T of hearts(2 players - 1 is all in)

Turn: ($41.30) 6 of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($41.30) 8 of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $41.30
BTN shows J of hearts J of spades (STRAIGHT QUEEN)
Hero shows K of diamonds K of clubs (PAIR KING)
BTN wins $39.24
(Rake: $2.06)

4. The usual limper fish. I don't know we should ever fold here, maybe i could find a fold here. 38/12, the standard ongame fish. 

Ongame Network $0.10/$0.20 No Limit Hold'em - 5 players - View hand 1305648
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UTG: $13.28
CO: $19.40
BTN: $24.80
SB: $45.59
Hero (BB): $19.70

Pre Flop: ($0.30) Hero is BB with 5 of spades 6 of spades
UTG calls $0.20, 2 folds, SB calls $0.10, Hero checks

Flop: ($0.60) T of spades A of clubs 2 of spades(3 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $0.50, UTG calls $0.50, SB folds

Turn: ($1.60) 9 of spades(2 players)
Hero bets $1.25, UTG calls $1.25

River: ($4.10) 2 of hearts(2 players)
Hero bets $4.10, UTG raises to $11.33 all in, Hero calls $7.23

Final Pot: $26.76
UTG shows A of hearts 2 of diamonds (FULL_HOUSE TWO, ACE)
Hero mucks 5 of spades 6 of spades
UTG wins $25.43
(Rake: $1.33)

So, it's really important to realize how important is playing without tilt. Controlling my emotions,  making right decisions and not affected. Not affected that i occassionally got owned by the fish, by bad regs or due to the rng. It saves a lot of money and it can make somebody a winning or losing player. It's the big project I'm working on, learning respect and hopefully writing these things off helping me to reach this. 

Posted By velvia at 11:59 AM

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May 10, 2011

3b or not?

I'm thinking a lot about what hands we should 3b with and why. And most importantly what's working for me, for my overall gameplan. 

Prime examples are AK-AJ type hands. The mantra says that we should almost always 3b with them in the classic steal situations (especially OOP) like BB vs SB, blind vs steals, BTN vs CO. But is it really the case? They are just A highs (my head will be cut off for these words i guess). We should defend our blinds, position (especially at 5max i play now) and balancing our 3b range (against regulars), i think it's not a question. But honestly i just find  myself in thin spots unimproved with these hands (especially OOP) as 3bettor and the case is not better if i got action when i flop TP. I much prefer a super polarized range.

I'm a big fan of inducing lately and like playing postflop leveraging my skill advantage (hoping that i have). 

But with the following hands i can represent my thinking much better way:

1. Villain is 24/22/7, losing regular. It should be a mandatory 3b in bvb. But what should we do if we got 4b? I can convince myself that it's bvb, we could shove here or we can make a laydown losing the dead money we created. With calling we can use our positional advantage and our skill. And then villain could convince himself that it's a cooler, however on the turn if he is a competent player he should know that i wont raise him up with worse.

Ongame Network $0.10/$0.20 No Limit Hold'em - 4 players - View hand 1302452
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Hero (BB): $19.20
CO: $22.11
BTN: $18.88
SB: $19.70

Pre Flop: ($0.30) Hero is BB with A of spades Q of spades
2 folds, SB raises to $0.80, Hero calls $0.60

Flop: ($1.60) J of hearts T of diamonds K of clubs(2 players)
SB bets $1.20, Hero calls $1.20

Turn: ($4.00) 5 of spades(2 players)
SB bets $3, Hero raises to $9, SB raises to $17.70 all in, Hero calls $8.20 all in

Turn: ($38.40) 5 of spades(2 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($38.40) 2 of clubs(2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $38.40
Hero shows A of spades Q of spades (STRAIGHT ACE)
SB shows K of spades K of hearts (THREE_OF_A_KIND KING)
Hero wins $36.48
(Rake: $1.92)

2. 20/18 w 11% 4b on 17k hands. The classic spot. I've the blockers, he 4bets a wide range ......

Ongame Network $0.10/$0.20 No Limit Hold'em - 5 players - View hand 1302459
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Hero (SB): $21.47
BB: $45.49
UTG: $22.62
CO: $19.51
BTN: $20.92

Pre Flop: ($0.30) Hero is SB with Q of diamonds A of hearts
1 fold, CO raises to $0.80, 1 fold, Hero raises to $2.60, 1 fold, CO raises to $8, Hero raises to $21.47 all in, CO calls $11.51 all in

Flop: ($39.22) 2 of hearts 2 of diamonds K of diamonds(2 players - 2 are all in)

Turn: ($39.22) 9 of diamonds(2 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($39.22) 5 of spades(2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $39.22
Hero shows Q of diamonds A of hearts (PAIR TWO)
CO shows A of clubs A of diamonds (TWO_PAIR ACE, TWO)
CO wins $37.26
(Rake: $1.96)

3. 25/21, fishy reg who cannot laydown. He cbets 70% and 2b almost zero. If i 3b pre i'm narrowing his range a lot and i think it's really important issue concerning my idea. 

Ongame Network $0.10/$0.20 No Limit Hold'em - 5 players - View hand 1302462
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BTN: $29.36
Hero (SB): $21.04
BB: $17.19
UTG: $19.70
CO: $18.56

Pre Flop: ($0.30) Hero is SB with Q of clubs A of spades
UTG raises to $0.60, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.50, 1 fold

Flop: ($1.40) 7 of spades Q of diamonds Q of hearts(2 players)
Hero checks, UTG bets $1.10, Hero calls $1.10

Turn: ($3.60) 3 of spades(2 players)
Hero bets $2.70, UTG calls $2.70

River: ($9.00) A of diamonds(2 players)
Hero bets $9, UTG calls $9

Final Pot: $27.00
Hero shows Q of clubs A of spades (FULL_HOUSE QUEEN, ACE)
Hero wins $25.65
(Rake: $1.35)

Posted By velvia at 01:31 PM

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May 08, 2011

Tilting a good reg

I'm experimenting lately with alternative lines, inducing and getting the max value for my monsters with blufflooking lines against regulars. Against fishes we should just betbetbet, but against good handreaders there is more needed. 

Villain is a good player, good handreader and big winner at NL20. 24/18/7 and squeezing, restealing frequently. He cbets 80% in 3b pots on a big sample size. Before this hand i shoved in a squeezed pot to his cbet w TPTK on a drawy board. 

After that previous hand my image was so bluffy that i had to leverage that. It was the next orbit i was on BTN and he again 3betted. If i just call the turn he will probably checkfold the river or make a crying call. With my turnshove i represented a nice bluff and got max value. He instaquitted after this hand. 

Ongame Network $0.10/$0.20 No Limit Hold'em - 5 players - View hand 1300510
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UTG: $15.63
CO: $54.77
Hero (BTN): $28.35
SB: $20.10
BB: $19.50

Pre Flop: ($0.30) Hero is BTN with A of diamonds K of clubs
2 folds, Hero raises to $0.60, SB raises to $2, 1 fold, Hero calls $1.40

Flop: ($4.20) K of hearts K of spades 2 of diamonds(2 players)
SB bets $2.60, Hero calls $2.60

Turn: ($9.40) 4 of spades(2 players)
SB bets $5, Hero raises to $23.75 all in, SB calls $10.50 all in

Turn: ($40.40) 4 of spades(2 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($40.40) Q of diamonds(2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $40.40
Hero shows A of diamonds K of clubs (THREE_OF_A_KIND KING)
SB shows T of clubs T of spades (TWO_PAIR KING, TEN)
Hero wins $38.38
(Rake: $2.02)

Posted By velvia at 10:14 AM

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May 05, 2011

My tilt

I'm writing this post as some kind of therapy, about my tilt. I didn't have a big tilty day or a session lately, it's not because of that. The reason is that i still have tilty moments during sessions and i hope that i can understand the root of that. 

Tilt is a big issue for every player on every level and it's a continous fight with our ego. When i started my poker career i immediately realized that i'm affected a lot, at that time i didn't know that it's the so called TILT. But i digged myself into the topic and got to know about this.

I did have big tilty sessions and was affected a lot by results, bad beats, bad play, coolers, fishes etc. I'm a hot temper personality and it's much worse for a guy like me. I had 5-6 BI losing days and had to be honest with myself that i could have saved a lot of money with proper tilt handling, stop-loss. And with good play of course. These days are over and I've improved a lot. It's a psychological issue and without handling this you cannot be a professional player, needless to say that it's my aim.

So, still there are thigs which tilt me and things which not anymore. 


My tilt:

1. Berating the fish: I keep this as my biggest problem, I'm writing into the chat and berating the lunatic fishes. Why? It just doesn't make any sense. From Tommy Angelo we know that we should regard them as human beings. I should be grateful that they're donking, limping and playing horrible. I shouldn't make them leaving instead. I'm making serious efforts to stop this. I just waste my energy, concentration and just making myself more angry. At the end i'll tilt myself.

2. Idiotistic plays by fishes: I still couldn't solve this. Limpcallers, min3betting, donking, mindonking, mincheckraise are making me still nuts. 

3. Sucking out in 3b pots: I'm sitting out after these lost AIs immediately. Fish cold calls 3b with trash, I've got a premium and he flop the goods. Or he's calling 3b OOP with trash, calling barrels with a hopeless gutshout and rivering. Setmining in 3b pots with small PPs and i flop TPTK. Variations are endless. 

Improvements:

1. Bad beats: I'm not affected by bad beats anymore. In the past they tilted me hard, today i just don't care if i lose even a 1 outer. Understanding variance, putting the money in when I'm ahead just enough for me. I had an epic day when lost 4x AIs w 90%+ equity. I think it was a milestone.

2.  Bookeeping effect: In the past i continously checked my results during play, i could stop it. I finished a day, session when made a good result. I could get out of these bad habits.

3. Number of tables: Last year  i played 6-9 tables with a nice autopilot mode. I reduced the number of tables to max 4 and my results rocketed. I never believed but it's working. 

4. Balance: most important thing is that i play my sessions with the righ mindset (with some mildtilt detailed earlier) and could improve a lot by controling my temper. 

5. Music: playing to the right music is very important. It shouldn't be dynamic, it shouldn't boost my adrenaline during play. Calm, laidback music is just great. 

6. Tommy Angelo: I've heard it once and will do it again. Really great stuff. 



Posted By velvia at 03:32 PM

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May 02, 2011

April at Ongame

In my previous i've mentioned that due to Black Friday I've moved to Ongame. I've chosen Betfair registering through DC and got a nice first depo bonus which will be great to my BR.

After FTP there was a huge difference in the games, lot of fish with idiotistic plays and had to make a lot of adjustments.At the beginning i made some mistakes (which were not mistakes at FTP) and my sessions were like a rollercoaster. It took some time to realize that preflop 4betting range is super narrow and there are not big preflop wars (at least at NL10). Until the end of the month I suceeded to find some balance and could make a small profit. I think it's okay for the start, but i'm not that thrilled:

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Software is quite bad, seat selection is awful, lack of time bank is very disturbing. I could continue, but important thing is that i can live with it, now i got used to these things. As I've mentioned in one of my posts i'm doing an aggressive step up strategy, so started May at NL20 and it went okay. I'll use a 2BI stoploss strategy until i can remain there. I hope it will go smoother than at FTP:)

First impressions at NL20: big difference compared to NL10. More regheavy (i like that), fewer fish and more preflop wars. It's much more likely to my taste, so do hope that i can keep it up

Posted By velvia at 01:35 PM

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April 20, 2011

Life after FTP

As a European i've got a much easier situation than other DC members from the USA. I feel really sorry about them and hope situation will be solved soon, however outlooks are not the greatest.

On Black Friday i could withdraw the big part of my bankroll and left only a small part at FTP. After having read more stuff on the forums i decided to withdraw the rest, but it still hasnt arrived yet. As I'm a very cautious person i decided that i will look for a new home for myself. Lately I've tried several EU sites and honestly the reg heavy FTP level fit better to me as I played my best against regulars, really. 

So, I've chosen Ongame for my new site. I've registered through DC and dont use any special grey RB offers (I'm a nit). With a nice first depo bonus i will hopefully boost my bankroll and move up soon to NL20.

Traffic is pretty good, plays are supersoft, software is bad, but bearable. Four tables are the max i can play (but it's good, as i didnt want to play more). Seat selection is a pain in the ass, no waiting lists. Momently i play a nice breakeven poker, fishes are tilting me and try to adjust to the totally different style after FTP. Playing like 26/22/7. 

My biggest problem is playing against limper fishes, they can totally tilt me after a while and at the moment it's my biggest leak. Working on it.

First impressions:

- no preflop wars: People are just calling pre and only some regs will 3b you. You should give more respect to 3bets, they are more for value. Regs have max 7% 3b, while at FTP there were a lot of 3b monkeys with 10%+ 3b.

- limpers: the site is full with limper fishes. 40/5 and similar guys. They just want to see a board and flop the nuts. I'm struggling with ISO raises against these great players. They just call a lot on any boards.

- random plays: you can expect anything anytime. Limping with AA, mini 3b w trash or monsters etc, slowplaying, trapping on the scariest boards......

- 5 max structure: it's much more intensive than 6max, more action

- baluga theorem is a must on the turn. I was just always crushed with hands 2pairs below.


Posted By velvia at 03:43 PM

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April 11, 2011

Regfishes

I've been planning to write about them for a long time. About regfishes. We play against them every day. You probably know them and hopefully you're not one of them.

Everybody is looking for the best tables with huge fishes on them, you join to the neverending waiting lists to play against one fish with the other regulars. You look for the highest pots tables with one maniac doing the show. For me it's just a bonus, i rather look for good seats, good position. And we can play against the new fishes.

A lot of people are crying that tables are full with regulars, everybody is solid etc. I dont have any problem to play against other regulars, most of them have really big leaks and believing that i can improve faster this way.

At first you just see their stats and you would say it's solid. But you examine those stats carefully you will realize a lot of leaks in their play.

- They have various stats like 19/13, 20/17, 17/15 etc.

- They dont like folding to 3bets. They call with their small PP oop to setmine. They call with any broadway to catch a pair on the board. They will call any cb in a 3b pot w total air. They're paranoid that you want to bluff them off if they catch any weak peace of the board. 

- They dont like folding at all

- They will minicheckraise paired boards.

- They cold call 3bets, squeezes OOP and dont have any plan postflop. Checkcall a big cb and checkfold the turn. 

- They do nobrainer bluffs which dont't make any sense.

- They want to trap you all day long and i could just continue

Dont get me wrong, i'm not saying that i'm without leaks, i have several one. I just write what i see at the tables nowadays.

Some hands from my database, all of the villains are regs i play against everyday:

1. Mini checkraise on paired flop, 19/15. Inavacuum has really nicely covered this topic and the response we should give. I learned this from the Yin and Yang series.

Full Tilt Poker $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 1272701
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CO: $22.10
Hero (BTN): $10.00
SB: $12.74
BB: $11.94
UTG: $10.00
MP: $8.00

Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is BTN with 8 of spades 9 of hearts
3 folds, Hero raises to $0.30, 1 fold, BB calls $0.20

Flop: ($0.65) J of clubs 6 of spades J of diamonds(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $0.35, BB raises to $1.20, Hero raises to $2.40, BB folds

Final Pot: $3.05
Hero wins $2.85
(Rake: $0.20)


2. 16/13, with almost zero F3B.

Full Tilt Poker $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em - 5 players - View hand 1272705
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SB: $10.73
Hero (BB): $11.51
UTG: $21.55
CO: $10.00
BTN: $19.63

Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is BB with J of hearts J of diamonds
2 folds, BTN raises to $0.35, 1 fold, Hero raises to $1.20, BTN calls $0.85

Flop: ($2.45) 6 of spades 2 of clubs 9 of hearts(2 players)
Hero bets $1.50, BTN calls $1.50

Turn: ($5.45) J of clubs(2 players)
Hero bets $3.30, BTN raises to $16.93 all in, Hero calls $5.51 all in

River: ($23.07) 2 of spades(2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $23.07
Hero shows J of hearts J of diamonds (a full house, Jacks full of Twos)
BTN shows T of clubs K of clubs (a pair of Twos)
Hero wins $21.54
(Rake: $1.53)


3. When you can use your image and they smell a bluff.

Full Tilt Poker $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 1272707
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SB: $10.05
Hero (BB): $10.00
UTG: $12.54
MP: $10.00
CO: $11.97
BTN: $10.00

Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is BB with 9 of clubs 6 of clubs
4 folds, SB raises to $0.30, Hero raises to $0.90, SB calls $0.60

Flop: ($1.80) 9 of diamonds T of clubs 8 of hearts(2 players)
SB bets $0.90, Hero calls $0.90

Turn: ($3.60) A of clubs(2 players)
SB checks, Hero checks

River: ($3.60) 9 of hearts(2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $8.20 all in, SB calls $8.20

Final Pot: $20.00
SB mucks K of diamonds T of diamonds
Hero shows 9 of clubs 6 of clubs (three of a kind, Nines)
Hero wins $18.67
(Rake: $1.33)


4. They want to trap you. 21/16

Full Tilt Poker $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 1272709
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MP: $11.36
Hero (CO): $10.00
BTN: $10.00
SB: $13.30
BB: $10.00
UTG: $28.59

Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is CO with 3 of spades 3 of clubs
2 folds, Hero raises to $0.30, 2 folds, BB calls $0.20

Flop: ($0.65) 7 of spades 6 of diamonds 2 of diamonds(2 players)
BB bets $0.20, Hero calls $0.20

Turn: ($1.05) 3 of diamonds(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $0.85, BB calls $0.85

River: ($2.75) 2 of clubs(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $2.75, BB raises to $5.50, Hero raises to $8.65 all in, BB calls $3.15 all in

Final Pot: $20.05
Hero shows 3 of spades 3 of clubs (a full house, Threes full of Twos)
BB mucks T of diamonds 7 of diamonds
Hero wins $18.72
(Rake: $1.33)



Posted By velvia at 02:04 PM

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March 31, 2011

March results

In my last post i set up the goal for myself that I will post my results on a monthly basis. Here it comes.

I mentioned that i've tried different sites in this month and due to this reason i couldnt play that amount what i wanted to. So from now i will play only at FTP and there wont be any more changes concerning the sites. 
I started the month with an unpleasent downswing of 7BIs due to bad beats, coolers and some bad plays. This downswing actually was very good to my play, as i reviewed my strategy and have made several changes in my game. Firstly i reduced the number of tables from 6 to 4. I never believed that it could have such an enormous impact on my winnings, but it had. I could build important reads which i missed at 6 tabling and i could dedicate enough time to important decisions.

Secondly I opened up my game and started playing more looser. And it was the big bang for me, i started enjoy the game much better with this looser style and it's incredible how image can tilt solid regulars with calling superlight when we have the nuts. I absolutely think it's the way to go and hope i can keep it up. 

I have to mention that I've made a hard work on proper table and seat selection, i was very strict with choosing the right tables. Maybe i will write a post about it later on.

Results for the entire month:

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And here are the results from the half of the month which i regard the true picture of my actual game:

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I'd be happy to hear opinions on my stats, if accidentally a winning player from higher stakes is reading my blog, dont hesitate to give me advice where leaks can be visible.

I'll take shots at NL25 very soon and I'm training myself mentally to the step up. I wanted to avoid playing weaktight and just to want play my game. Hope it will work out. 

I've recently started watching the Yin and Yang series, they're the nuts for me momently. Inavacuum is doint a great job with teaching advanced concpets and they've helped a lot in my game. I do hope that in the near future i can afford him as a coach.

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March 22, 2011

Groups, buddies, poker rooms, micro challenge

I havent blogged for a while and definitely would like to change about it. There are a lot of reasons for this lazy activity, but i find it +EV to chronicle my fights through the micros. So I'm planning to update my blog on a monthly basis, at least for myself.
Since my last blog I'm still at NL10, so it seems nothing has changed. But a lot of things happened and changed in my poker life:

1. POKER GROUP: I've established a poker group at the end of last year in order that i could share thoughts, strategies with other players. I've got a strong need to discuss poker stuff with other players, it's simple like this. There were a lot of guys from all around the world from NL10-25. We had a private forum, we've made sweating etc. Everybody seemed to be dedicated at the beginning, but later on the activity disappeareed and found myself posting almost alone in our forum, it was the point that i quitted. Another problem was that not everybody was on the same level and it can badly influence your game when you get advice from a player who is longterm loser. It was a bit disappointment as I've expected a big bang from the grouping thing.

I've joined to another group after this fiasco, it was the same situation, joined to a dying group with lack of activity. But with the previous experience i could quickly decide and quitted, didnt want to spare my energy. So i think i've finished grouping.

2. BUDDIES: After the bad experience with the groups i've decided to look for 1-2 poker buddies we could discuss poker. I could find two great guys from DC and it's much better than the grouping. I can recommend this for everybody!!

3. RUSH: At the end of last year I didnt do well at the regular tables and i tried Rush 6M. Of course i got a nice heater at the beginning with the illusion of beating Rush. I wish i would have never tried it. I wasted 2 months with Rush playing against nobrainer fishes instead of improving my game, my skills, my BR and moving up quicker. It was a big tilt experience and now I'm happy that i could quit Rush. I've made some money at NL10, but I've been crushed at NL25. It was quite a sensitive bang to my BR. Variance is gross, much higher than at regular tables, there was a day when i lost 4 AIs with 94%+ equity. For me Rush was like gambling without reads, dynamics. I accept that there are players who are crushing Rush, good for them, I've decided to learn instead of it. 

4. POKER ROOMS: There was a dark time when i felt that i cannot win at FTP and i should try something new. Another nonworking illusion that there is a canaan somewhere else:) Which is nonexistent of course. As a European I've got nice choices among poker sites, so i tried PokerStars, Ipoker and Microgaming. There is a very big difference between the sites in all respect.

PS: I've tried Stars several times, but the software still annoys me after FTP, seat selection is more difficult, no RB (but smaller rake) and simply didnt feel myself comfortable to play there

Ipoker: worst software, customer service was not that friendly at cashout, full with shortstackers, nits, regulars

Microgaming: software is okayish (but was distracting enough for me), high RB, very fishy site, poor table selection. This is the dream site if somebody like playing vs at least 4 huge fishes at the table. Personally i dont like it and probably everybody would be shocked at this. But it's still true. It's full with aggro scandinavian fishes with 40/8 stats who came alive postflop. There are a lot of limpcalls and there is a totally different dynamic to a guy who got used to playing on FTP. 

So, i made the final decision that i wont change anymore, will stick to FTP, there is RB, i love the software.

4. REGULAR POKER: So, after Rush and having tried different sites I'll concentrate on the regular tables at FTP. I'm beating the games at NL10 this year, my confidence is strong and i believe in the lot of hours i put in playing, learning, watching vids. I've watched a lot of vids lately which helped a lot in my improvement. I'm playing max 4 tables (played 6-9 tables in the past), which added a lot to my winrate. I never wanted to believe this, but it's the truth.

2011 01-02 (playing standard TAG):

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In the second half of this month I've started to open up my game and my aggressivity. I've watched some Grindcore vids which inspired me a lot. Of course i wont copypaste it, but it helped a lot to loosen up my game. I still play pretty solid (dont want to be one of the usual spewtard regs), but do to my loose range and image people are stacking off much-much lighter:)  At the moment I pretty much enjoys this new strategy and see my future in it.

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5. POKER CHALLENGE: Everybody read about the story of Girah and i was also totally inspired by his story. There was one momentum which had the biggest impact on me, his aggressive moving up strategy. He wrote that he tried a new level with 25-30 BI and used a 2 BI stoploss, when he lost that 2 BI he stepped back and tried again. I'm planning to use the same method and will see. I'm at NL10 for a long time and now it's time to try again NL25. I'm confident about my play at NL10, will improve my BR for a little bit and then attack NL25 again. In the past when i tried NL25 my play was not ready for it, it's the sad truth and i have to be honest with myself.

So will use this method and will step back after 2 BI loss, dont care if it's a bad beat, a cooler. That's the challenge for myself.

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October 26, 2010

Lost AIs - Where the money goes away

Running pretty bad in this month concerning my full stack AIs and now have checked my HEM to find where my money is going away.

The dry facts: 30k hands at NL10 and down at -13 BI (with RB I'm cca BE). Not that nice. The only positive thing that I didnt go to a massive tilt and could stay cool. The toughest moment was when lost 3 AIs within 5 minutes as a favourite. The last drop was when lost against shortie w AA vs Q3o. Not much money but it pissed me off.

So. Lost 25 full stack AIs!!!! That's huge and started analyizing the lost AIs. The main categories.
- 4x Pre AI as fav: AA vs KK, KK vs QQ, AA vs JQo ....
- 3x Pre AI as underdog: QQ vs KK, AK vs AA .....
- 2x Coinflips: QQ vs AK, AK vs QQ
- 3x Postflop AI as fav: set vs FD, set vs gutshot
- 2x Postflop coolers: set vs overset
- 4x Postflop underdog: trips vs FH, 2 pairs vs straight, flush on paired board....
- 4x Single raised pots w KK+, AK: typical mistake from me, cannot lay down and suspect a draw, a bluff
- 3x 3bet, 4bet pot w KK+ coolerized: that's my nightmare when a preflop underdog flops set

So I was at the wrong side of the variance 7 times, i think it's too much in this month, but cannot do anything about it. Poor postflop play when cannot lay down 8 times.
I tend to think that there is no need to go preflop AI w QQ, AK facing a 4b. Its a coinflop (it tilts when you lose) or we're underdog to better hands. It happened 5 times. And I got coolerized 5 times.

I dont care about variance and coolers because i know that i put the money rightly in. But I will avoid coinflip situations w QQ, AK. We gain nothing, can increase only variance and tilt.

What worries me the most is when i cannot lay down with big PPs in single raised pots to checkraise or reraise from setminers. And going or calling the shove without the absolute nuts.
I'd be happy to hear any comments from experienced players.

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