December 09, 2013

Small adjustments good results

tweaked some things in my game and really happy with the results. My ranges are alot stronger positionally, my aggression has gone up, my steal has gone up, my wtsd has gone down and won at showdown up, good stuff across the board. This over a 23k hand stretch where the 28 k stretch the hand before was my worst ever since moving to Ecuador. Thank god for rb. I was tons under ev, played bad and ran kk into aa 13 times in 10k hands so yea. Coaching still going well. Students are more excited about it than me and have quite a few long standing relationships. See skype chat belo

[11/24/2013 10:23:41 PM] josh - student Florida: super deep in a tourney right now, we're down to two tables from 400 ppl, i'm 6th for stack sizes

[11/24/2013 11:20:41 PM] josh- student Florida: final table, with 120 big blinds haha

[11/24/2013 11:21:18 PM] josh- student Florida: next biggest stack is 44 bb

[11/24/2013 11:21:42 PM] josh- student Florida: i'm at 150 bb actually

[11/25/2013 12:50:49 AM] josh- student Florida: took it down broooooooooo 850$ first place!!!!

[11/25/2013 2:34:14 PM] josh- student Florida: now i'm wondering if i should try and hit 25nl for a while, i mess around in it every now and then and it seems lighter or just as light as 10nl does. I am still working on my occasional retardness but with 1k to play with i wouldn't mind seeing how 25nl goes. what are you thoughts on that?

[11/25/2013 4:02:34 PM] Keith : if u have the roll than ya! shit dude congrats!

[11/25/2013 4:17:50 PM] josh- student Florida: thanks! yeah i think ii'll try it a bit

[11/30/2013 5:30:40 AM] Stephen Unger- ca student: In Vegas

[11/30/2013 5:31:00 AM] Stephen Unger- ca student: Cashed 4th in the aria nightly tournament

[11/30/2013 5:31:26 AM] Stephen Unger- ca student: Chopped it

[11/30/2013 12:28:49 PM] Keith: aesome dude. very cool to hear! did u feel good playing? how many entrants?

[11/30/2013 7:21:40 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: 80

[11/30/2013 7:21:45 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: Yes -

[11/30/2013 7:22:33 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: Playing in a new one - 150 players, I made a bad laydown

[11/30/2013 7:22:57 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: On the bb J-9 off suit check to JQJ

[11/30/2013 7:23:05 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: Two guys shove

[11/30/2013 7:23:30 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: One had aQ and other qt

[11/30/2013 7:23:36 PM] Keith: it call therre

[11/30/2013 7:23:46 PM] Keith: in a fast paced tourny

[11/30/2013 7:23:54 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: Damn

[11/30/2013 7:24:02 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: I put them on kj

[11/30/2013 7:24:08 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: Aj

[11/30/2013 7:24:16 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: I'd be out kicked

[11/30/2013 7:24:36 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: But 9 hit on river - gotta forget about this

[11/30/2013 7:33:32 PM] Keith Pearson: 'yea cantl always say what if

[11/30/2013 7:34:54 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: Ok

[11/30/2013 7:41:06 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: I was reeling from a previous hand when I had aj and flopped jjrag

[11/30/2013 7:41:35 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: Went down to river and villain hits a king - wins with kj

[12/1/2013 11:43:57 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: Well I settled from my mistake - and came back and cashed 3rd place

[12/1/2013 11:55:05 PM] Keith: wow awesome congrats 4th then a 3rd

[12/2/2013 1:20:50 AM] Stephen Unger- ca student: But third wasn't as much

[12/2/2013 1:20:58 AM] Stephen Unger- ca student: Less players

[12/3/2013 4:02:39 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: played in one more tourney last night and cashed 7th

[12/3/2013 4:02:42 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: out f 90

[12/3/2013 4:02:48 PM] Stephen Unger- ca student: not bad i guess

Pretty psyched about both fronts. And rb.

Posted By kerwinty at 08:32 PM


October 30, 2013

Time Flies- still living off poker in South America

I moved down here two years ago now, planning to spend 3 months. whoops. Still hear grinding and coaching and battling the cycle of win, withdraw, spend repeat.  I feel lightyears away from where I was as a player when I got here. In prep before coming had solid coaching with thread13 and inavacuum, and since then have been on my own. I got into coaching as I love it, used to teach English and Spanish and feel I have a amazing grasp of micro stakes poker online. I have put in so much time watching vids, in a solid skype group, reading, coaching and just playing, that at times the game seems lol easy. Then I'll go through a 3 week period where I am playing against nothing but reg bots at ipoker speed and am just grinding hands for the rb. Over my first 3 weeks playing at Titan Poker, including rb I made 110 bi at 10nl speed. Pretty lame to still grind mostly 20nl and some 10nl when 50nl seems exactly the same, but I will always have the withdrawl cycle dilema unless I get some sort of staking which I am hesitant to do. And I am a banroll nit since it really is my only roll. But its been too long so I will prob shot take 50nl speed on very short roll so that I can raise my hourly and have slightly  more fun with friends and girlfriends here in Guayaquil. Hope it goes well. And if you are having trouble with the game at the micro stakes, I love helping students out and do so at a very cheap rate. Feel free to add me on skype at lkpearson12. 

Posted By kerwinty at 05:54 PM


November 28, 2012

Poker Help?

Since getting sessions with Thrreads13 (great coach) and a few others I have put in a massive studying amount over the past year +, played around 500k hands at mostly 10nl, some 20nl, and have about 7..8bb/100 over that time. Have successfully gotten into coaching (not trying to help players that are super active and get as much out of the videos and forums that I do) but those in downswings, breaking even, just starting out, etc.  So not sure if this is cool with DC as this isn't affiliates with them, but feel I offer a great service for people looking for one on one attention, leakfinding, etc. I just started zooming and have gotten a pretty good grasp on it after adjusting. Biggest leaks I see: not stealing enough against tight blinds, calling too much oop with any pocket pair to set mine when odds aren't there against a wide 3 better from the button, auto stacking QQ and JJ pre against unknown or TAG, not stacking when you have a read that a player is a maniac, not trusting your read enough to follow through calling down, etc. I think there is a misconception (and this applies more to rush, that the fish always call so just cbet for value. Against fishy players this is fine but also think there are more villains that when they raise of check raise have air a large portion of the time and letting them continue bluffing is the most clear play. The difficulty is determining what type of villain we are against. Again these are all zoom concepts that I have been studying and coaching for the past 2 months or so, and there is definitely the random factor that makes it more difficult some time if you get jammed on with a decent hand and your only read is the guy is a fish but not sure what type. Anyway: offering for micro and zoom players affordable coaching that I truely believe to be a great value. I think I am probably a slightly better coach than player given my teaching background. Charging $15/hr standard. Flexible, I have good relationships with my students and most have done many more than just 1 or 2 so they are definitely getting something out of it. Someone I talk to regularly has now gone 13/14 winner of at least half a buy in at $1/2 live since we started working together. So yes, happy with the service. Feel free to pm me to chat about this or set up a session. Again DC, hope this is cool. Thanks. Keith

Posted By kerwinty at 05:28 PM


September 02, 2012

Updates and Coaching Part Dos

So coaching has been going GREAT. Very excited about it. My students, who find me via Backpage and Craigslist seem very content and continue to book session after session. Notice that these aren't the folk that are young and looking to "work hard" on their game like most DC'ers or 2plus2ers. They tend to be a bit older and play live. However, of the 15-20 students I've now taught, roughly half have deposited on carbon and gotten the free version of PT3 to help their development. Some have done quite well, while others are learning the realities that even 4nl online is probably tougher than 1/2 nl in most casinos. This bodes well for their trips to live games and as a whole, they certainly feel much more comfortable playing live after 3 or 4 solid sessions with me. Also have a couple micro online students and those sessions too are going well. Really digging the coaching thing since if one was to ask my profession, I'd probably label myself "teacher" based on past employment and overall persona. In terms of playing, taken a step back but still running at around same wr so doing well. Just got $10 on stars and am attempting to run it up on zoom. Playing strictly 2nl for the first 4 days am up to about 45 so going well although huge adjustment going from HUD poker with regs on ongame to HUDless poker with a completely different feel. So much more bluffing I can't get my head around it. It is amazing. Check calling for value is super good option even if it makes your stats look passive. If a guy is opening every button and 3 barrelling every time, calling down with overpair becomes super plus ev when his range his mostly air (most recent hand- my KQ to his 34 off on qq6t8. Just get very confused which players are playing solid and which are playing spewy. Might need to switch from HM to PT4 if I continue to grind zoom. Also, might be moving into a much nicer apt with a poker player from the states that is coming down for scoop. Will be a big step up and cool to live with a mid/high stakes pro and gringo so we can show each other the ropes respectively. Possibly him with poker and me with life, Spanish, and Ecuador in general for him since I'm going on almost a year here in Guayaquil. WOWWWWWWW. GL all.

Posted By kerwinty at 04:36 PM


June 21, 2012

Updates, Coaching Thoughts, and Fishing China!

Results have been standard- 8bb/100 for most part over 220k at mostly 10, some 20, and for a few days 4nl. Cashed out 500 and left 100 in roll to grind up again as I have done 4+times so far on this site. Unfortunately, the day I moved into my new digs, which is far from digs and is just in a better location and cheaper here in Ecuador, had my first bad session in awhile losing 4.5 bi running like doggy poop. That is the game, Just came at bad time since my roll was light at that moment. Dropped to 4nl to grind a roll for 10nl and now, because I have two/possibly 3 or 4 part-time additional income jobs (coaching, part time english TOEFL teaching, and country rep for Ecuador for Poker Refugees helping the agency successfully re-locate players to continue the grind, will most likely leave roll on site and try to move up to 50 which I think is very achievable since I don't have to withdrawl for life as has been the case the past 6 months. Coaching has been going well, not necessarily to promote but to update. Have about 8 students of varying levels, some found my ad on CL, some from 2plus2, but all have done numerous sessions and given me very good feedback. Granted, I am coaching beginners that play live and players that play20nl below and charge a really cheap rate for a good product imo so they end up satisfied. But as a former/English teacher, Spanish teacher, and guitar instructor, I think I do a good job covering concepts,and explaining them well so pretty excited to expand this in the very near future and pick up some more live/beginner type players or micro grinders. I think the players I seem to help most are those that make plays just "too make plays" and get in akward spots and lose stacks, which although specific on dynamics and villain, is pretty avoidable, and not just playing tight or passive. Just knowing what you are hoping to accomplish in each hand, where you are going to extract value, and how to preserve your stack when faced with super tough decisions with marginal holdings are pretty simple concepts that go miles for unl online games and with beginners in the casinos and home games. I had a student that was breaking even at 5nl, sweated an hour and half (he made plays that were definitely not needed), he cut those out, stopped playing so much from oop, and is not doing well at 10nl making the move up. One other quick coaching note that is funny and kind of amazing. I got a response to a CL add from a gentleman in China that is RICH who is involved in a poker stars homegame with other wealthy gamblers that play like party played in 2003. Since they were using play money but had a score keeper tracking who bought in for what, rebought etc, they tallied up and paid at the end of the month since it was a private club. I got his email first thing in the am and he asked if I could sweat him as the big fish was in the game. He bought in for about 500 USD, having lost 1k each of the last 3 nights. He played abc and wasn't a beginner, but had no clue how to adjust to the players at the table. Basically I told him what to do for an hour- even when he said things like I can't call with just one pair for 1.2k. He called and was right, and simply by identifying the opponents, and adjusting to each logicially, he went on to win 4 k in an hour without an major coolers or flips- he never knew the concept of checking back flop as pfr to induce bluff from agro, we did it twice and both times our top pair beat 7 or 9 high- both pots got big as agro player potted turn and river.... He would have insta mucked in past on river but talking through the process and player type, he got it and it worked really well for him. There is a huge spewer in the game that is down 27k this month but has more money alone than 80 percent of the rest of Shangai, so he is the target. I just wish I was invited to such a juicy game or got tipped on his 4k profit and not just the $15/session I charge and we agreed to. Anyway, was pretty cool experience and he is booking once a week for immediate future so might have some other juicy richman china fish game stories in near future. As always, appreciate any thoughts, comments or questions- peace out and good night it is lateeeeeeeeeee.

Posted By kerwinty at 08:59 AM


June 02, 2012

Bankroll Question?

So here is the situation. Have been playing and beating 10nl since moving to Ecuador in October at about 8bb/100 although during first 100k was at more like 12bb/100 but regardless, withdrawing and paying for life here which is not hard to do. 3 days ago, I moved to a more central and cheaper location but had to pay first month, a security, and the last month rent of my prior residence. Basically I cashed out everything but $100 or 10bi to continue grinding. Now that I am in a better and much cheaper financial situation, and have secured part time additional work so everything isn't coming in from poker, have no problem moving up even with the risk of downswings. I had never gone through more than a 8 bi downswing before but never had less than 15 bi in my roll, which is plenty in my opinion for a 10nl ongame winner. HOWEVER, my first session in new place went horrible and lost 4 bi (not huge but not best time to have it happen since I had just withdrew). Cashed out of site and am considering doing a few more kickback bonus whoring with the 58 bucks I have left (I have more that I could deposit but have no way to get money onto moneybookers being an American in Ecuador without a cc) So wondering if I should start at 4nl? Or anyone have a clue how to get funds I have on paypal onto moneybookers? I was playing on bwin with no rb and am excited about clearing a few 100+ percent rake bonuses and then finding permanent home on either an ongame skin with rb or another euro network. Thoughts? Ideas? Thanks in advance!

Posted By kerwinty at 03:41 AM


May 09, 2012

Withdrawl syndrome

I know its not real (I don't think) but everytime I have made a substantial withdrawl from ongame, I have gotten crushed the following few sessions. If you look at my long term graph 220k hands on the site, the worst sessions I've experienced are the day after I take a big chunk off the site. I ran like hell obviously but even so, I have been a winner even when running really badly below ev. Ongame isn't the same as stars atm, so I've figured out a style that allows me to beat the game without much trouble and conistantly withdrawl for living expenses. Today was the biggest losing day I've had on the site (7 bi). Maybe that is not alot the higher up you go, but its pretty crazy for the fishy game I play.  I dread withdrawing because I know it is coming. I looked back at dates of big withdrawls and sessions immediately after and its the same thing. Really weird to me. I KNOW variance is a big part of the game, but playing nitty aggressive and passive against certain players does take alot of variance out of this particular game. No matter what I had, my hand would and could not win at showdown today. Didn't matter one bit if it was nuts on turn or AA all in against A5 and k6 respectively. There are days that no matter what you do, you have no chance whatsoever in winning. Some hands and graph...

Second hand of session...

Ongame Network $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em - 3 players - View hand 1757872
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SB: $10.42
Hero (BB): $9.38
BTN: $7.99

Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is BB with K of diamonds K of hearts
BTN calls $0.10, SB raises to $0.50, Hero raises to $1.25, BTN calls $1.15, 1 fold

Flop: ($3.00) T of clubs T of hearts Q of spades(2 players)
Hero bets $1.25, BTN raises to $2.50, Hero calls $1.25

Turn: ($8.00) 8 of hearts(2 players)
Hero checks, BTN bets $4.24 all in, Hero calls $4.24

River: ($16.48) A of clubs(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $16.48
Hero shows K of diamonds K of hearts (TWO_PAIR KING, TEN)
BTN shows Q of clubs A of spades (TWO_PAIR ACE, QUEEN)
BTN wins $15.39
(Rake: $1.09)

This player always checked with a good hand and bluffed with air. Could have/should have raised turn but he literally has k high here 90 percent of time.

Ongame Network $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em - 5 players - View hand 1757875
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Hero (SB): $10.78
BB: $10.97
UTG: $7.18
CO: $31.66
BTN: $17.54

Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is SB with Q of clubs A of hearts
UTG raises to $0.40, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.35, 1 fold

Flop: ($0.90) A of spades 5 of hearts 5 of clubs(2 players)
Hero checks, UTG bets $0.70, Hero calls $0.70

Turn: ($2.30) 6 of hearts(2 players)
Hero checks, UTG bets $1.15, Hero calls $1.15

River: ($4.60) 6 of diamonds(2 players)
Hero checks, UTG bets $2.25, Hero calls $2.25

Final Pot: $9.10
Hero mucks Q of clubs A of hearts
UTG shows 6 of spades Q of spades (FULL_HOUSE SIX, FIVE)
UTG wins $8.50
(Rake: $0.60)

Probably a check fold on river I know I was beat the way the day had been going... Wasn't a chance I was good. Should have bet flop.

Ongame Network $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em - 5 players - View hand 1757876
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BB: $8.30
UTG: $5.88
CO: $19.43
BTN: $20.24
Hero (SB): $9.55

Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is SB with K of hearts Q of spades
UTG calls $0.10, 1 fold, BTN raises to $0.50, Hero raises to $1, 2 folds, BTN calls $0.50

Flop: ($2.20) A of spades 6 of diamonds J of spades(2 players)
Hero checks, BTN checks

Turn: ($2.20) T of hearts(2 players)
Hero bets $2.20, BTN calls $2.20

River: ($6.60) A of clubs(2 players)
Hero bets $6.35 all in, BTN calls $6.35

Final Pot: $19.30
BTN shows T of diamonds T of clubs (FULL_HOUSE TEN, ACE)
Hero shows K of hearts Q of spades (STRAIGHT ACE)
BTN wins $18.02
(Rake: $1.28)

This guy insta call A5 pre. One diamond on flop sealed the deal.

Ongame Network $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 1757878
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SB: $6.25
BB: $9.14
UTG: $11.25
MP: $11.34
CO: $25.92
Hero (BTN): $8.40

Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is BTN with A of clubs A of spades
1 fold, MP calls $0.10, CO calls $0.10, Hero raises to $0.45, 1 fold, BB raises to $1, MP calls $0.90, 1 fold, Hero raises to $8.40 all in, BB raises to $9.14 all in, MP calls $8.14

Flop: ($26.83) Q of spades Q of diamonds 9 of hearts(3 players - 2 are all in)

Turn: ($26.83) 2 of diamonds(3 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($26.83) T of diamonds(3 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $26.83
BB shows K of diamonds K of hearts (TWO_PAIR KING, QUEEN)
MP shows 5 of diamonds A of diamonds (FLUSH ACE)
Hero shows A of clubs A of spades (TWO_PAIR ACE, QUEEN)
MP wins $23.66
MP wins $1.39
(Rake: $1.78)

Posted By kerwinty at 03:15 AM


May 01, 2012

This week....

Somewhat in response to kuval regarding redline at 10nl...

Posted By kerwinty at 06:43 AM


April 05, 2012

Currently... and not that results matter but...

I'm enjoying poker, not stressing over results, trying to chase fish, win back loses, getting super pissed over a 150 bb cooler, etc and I like it. Yes, I have been running normal and not super bad, which got me into an unwanted and unwarranted mental state a few weeks ago. As I mentioned in my last post, I'm getting back to basics. I think for a long while I was over analyzing, trying to incorporate new tricks and moves into my arsenal when it really wasn't necessary. I started to play WAY to many hands just because a fish was in a pot, call out of the blinds, try to outplay the other regs and it got me no where, except to the pharmacy to buy more advil or the market to buy more Mantabi Sugar Cane Absolutely Horrible But Cheap Liquor- to forget about the game for a while. After my computer crashed and had been away from the tables for about a week, I got a re-deposit bonus offer from the ongame skin I play on (with no rb), so took roll off, and transferred back a couple of days later. I Have put in 3 long days without looking at HM once! I feel like I'm playing better and also feel like the results are probably there, but am enjoying this time to not be results oriented and just go with the flow.

After about 75 percent of my sessions that occurred on days that I din't go out with buddies or girlfriends, I basically just watched vids until the wee hours, and while the content is great and there is always something more to learn, it probably just became too much. My brain was overloaded with info, concepts, advice, strategy, and as such, I couldn't filter it out and apply it correctly. I'll get back to studying hands, and breathing poker when not playing sessions, but for the next few days, just going to play like I know how, and try to let the accrued knowledge naturally come out. Here's to hoping it goes well, and that I don't jinx myself by writing this and end up tilting off buy ins to monkey men and stations. And if any of you are interested in a sick poker thread to follow though it is dated- check out this link- sure most of the DC vets have seen it and know the guy, but it is an incredible read from page 1 to page 141 on 2+2.

Just looked at HM now- this is since Monday and didn't play today. Didn't once look at HM. Was surprised I broke totally even on Tuesday and won 9 bi's on Wednesday when both days seemed similar and to go well. I am def more nitty (21 vip in games where average to flop is like 45 percent on most tables) though which means my adjustments are good for the games I'm, feel my current game would be too weak against super good opponents- even at 10nl. But during long break even stretch, I was playing like 28 vip avg but more like 35+ on lots of fishy tables and it definitely hurt my game for how I play. Stupid preflop calls ended up being whole buy in loses when I shouldn't have been in the pot in first place.

Posted By kerwinty at 03:58 AM


March 31, 2012

Interesting random poker thought

Hey, have been away for a bit. My computer crashed and took a week to fix and before that was getting crushed, running bad, playing bad etc so played and thought about poker alot less. Got my pc back and have put in some hands and a thought occurred to me- playing nitty/weak tight/not ideal for higher stakes where people exploit, and then picking spots against the regs of the game, and value betting the shit out of fish seems to be what worked for me when I was winning the most during a 150k hand sample. At some point, I started to get more aggressive, 3 and 4 bet, barrel, bluff, and go with jj and ak plus against most regs in most spots if the dynamic was there. Anyway, during this time, variance was obviously way higher, and it was far easier to run bad. Sometime qq is not the nuts pre in a non aggressive game.

My question is, and I know my answer but wanted feedback- is it ok to play in a way that others construe as "weak tight/fit or fold" (most of the time at least) if that is winning you the most money in your current game? I got so worried about my numbers, stats, etc that I didn't play in a way that I knew was profitable in the 10 and 20 nl game I play in. It is a style that allows a player to limit to a degree variance which subsequently, can lead to less tilt etc... anyway, adjusting is the name of the game, just think I adjusted in the wrong direction when the need wasn't there in order to "play better more agro poker"

Posted By kerwinty at 12:05 AM


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