Lazza's 45 man SnG/MTT Blog

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    • MrMardyBum
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      HEY!

      No pretending to have a blog... Get that first post made buddy!!

      Subbed obv. :)
    • Lazza61
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      Thanks Steve and lolz at Danny.

      Like Danny, this isn't my 1st blog. But it is nowhere near my 13th (6th or 7th I think). :tongue:

      ABOUT ME

      My name is Larry although most people call me Laz or Lazza (or even the BigLazSexMachine). I also appear to have picked up various nicknames across online poker sites that include donkey, fish, idiot and luckbox. I must be a better player than I think I am because those names are always preceded by 4 stars.

      I am a 51 (with another birthday next month :( ) Australian currently living in Hobart in the beautiful Island State of Tasmania.

      ABOUT POKER

      I was about 10 or 11 years old when I first played 5CD. It was a era back in the dark reaches of time known wistfully as "The Seventies". At around the time I was learning 5CD, Johnny Moss was probably taking down his 2nd WSOP ME in NL Holdem, a game I wouldn't even hear of for another 35 years.

      I also learnt 5 and 7 card Stud and along with 5CD, these became the staples for our card nights for quite a few years before we drifted apart and playing poker for me stopped.

      Not that I was idle. I had been a gun chess player from the age of 8, often being shown off by my parents as I beat their adult friends constantly. I moved on to backgammon as well.

      From a playing cards point of view, Euchre became my game of choice and stayed that way for over 20 years until................

      2005 I was sitting at home having dinner with the TV on the Evening News in the background, when I heard the famous Aussie sporting chant of "Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi". Looking up expecting to find some sporting triumph, I instead see a guy named Joe Hachem draped in an Australian flag with the largest pile of money I had ever seen stacked in front of him.

      I listened intently.

      wtf....... They have World Championships in Poker.

      wtf.......US$8.5 million dollars.

      I was gobsmacked. Why wasn't I told that stuff like this was going on. And promptly forgot all about it until.............

      2008 I was living in a flat by myself that just happened to have subscription TV. While scanning through the channel guide one night, I came across a show called World Poker Tour. Recalling the Joe Hachem story, I decided to see what all the fuss was about.

      It didn't start well. It was some game called 'No Limit Texas Holdem' which I had never heard of and didn't even know how to play it. Just like clockwork, Mike Sexton pops on the screen and gives a brief overview of the rules. It was just enough to keep me interested.

      The 1st hand was dealt. The camera pans to the UTG player (at the time I didn't know that), he looks down at the backs of his cards, bends down, starts to lift the corners of the cards and the camera shot changes and as he lifts his cards I can see them.

      From that moment I was hooked. I went from being mildly piqued to ravenously fanatic. I had to find out more. I had to watch more.

      My journey had begun.......

      To be continued.................
    • Lazza61
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      ...........continued.

      So in 2009 I started playing play money on PokerStars.net and Party. At the time I didn't even have a computer and used to hijack my housemate's computer when he went to bed, so puling allnighters was the norm.

      In late 2010, someone pointed out to me that if I downloaded PokerStars.com, I could play freerolls and actually win real money. So it was onward and upwards as I got my 1st taste of real money games.

      Which basically brings me to now. The last 2 years has been up and down and round and round. I don't really seem to be making any noticeable progress. However I know I have. I'm a better player at any game than I was 2 years ago. I am also mentally stronger and able to handle the swings a lot better.

      MY PLANS

      My current plan is to play $1 45 man SnGs on PokerStars and MTTs mainly geared around the major tourney series' of which there always seems to be one starting. Which brings me to Micro Millions...........

      PLANNED MM SCHEDULE

      Event 5 $3.30 NLHE (25k Gtd) 292/15,583 $18.69
      Event 7 $5.50 NLHE (20k Gtd) 1995/7,590 for NIL
      Event 38 $5.50 NLHE (25k Gtd) 686/9,691 $12.59
      Event 52 $5.50 NLHE (30k Gtd) 6,082/11,033 for NIL
      Event 54 $5.50 NLHE (20k Gtd)
      Event 55 $2.20 NLHE (10k Gtd)
      Event 63 $5.50 NLHE (15k Gtd)
      Event 64 $3.30 NLHE (15k Gtd)
      Event 66 $2.20 NLHE (10k Gtd)
      Event 70 $5.50 NLHE (30k Gtd)
      Event 73 $3.30 NLHE (15k Gtd)
      Event 80 $5.50 NLHE (20k Gtd)
      Event 82 $2.20 NLHE (10k Gtd)
      Event 93 $2.20 NLHE (15k Gtd)
      Event 98 $22 NLHE Main Event ($1M Gtd)

      POSSIBLE EXTRAS

      Event 76 $2.20 NLHE (20k Gtd)
      Event 86 $1 NLHE (15k Gtd)

      NOT PLAYING

      Event 16 $2.20 NLHE (10k Gtd)
      Event 24 $2.20 NLHE (15k Gtd)
      Event 42 $5.50 NLHE (50k Gtd)
      Event 45 $3.30 PNLHE(Big Game Format)(5k Gtd)

      PokerStars (bless them) have put on 3 MM ticket freerolls for Australian and New Zealanders players. Freeroll 1 ($2.20 ticket), Freeroll 2 ($3.30 ticket) and Freeroll 3 is tomorrow. So I have already paid for a couple of BIs.

      My first MM event is in about 36 hours and I can't wait.

      Bring it on

      Laz
    • 177272
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      Added to favourites obviously :)

      What do you do for a living? $1 45 mans none turbo right ?


      Steve
    • Lazza61
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      Hey Steve,

      Thanks for following. :)

      Sadly I'm unemployed (or unemployable lol).

      Certainly non turbo 45 manners are never going to be a road to riches, but I need to prove to myself that I can put some volume in first. Hopefully by playing a lot of the MM tourneys, I will get back my mojo back for the grind.

      When I first started playing online in the Astronomers Freerolls, I had no problem playing 14 hours a day every time I logged in. I need to get that feeling back again.

      Also as I 4 table max (laptop and fading eyesight) and like to play in sets rather than consecutive, I could play them for 10 hours a day and be lucky to play 30 if I run good.

      Sooner or later I have to take the plunge into turbos just to be able to grind some sort of reasonable hourly rate.

      It's certainly going to be an interesting time as my PT4 trial expires in a couple of days and because of being unemployed and not really winning at poker, along with the fact I want to get the Holdem and Omaha Small Stakes licences, I will probably be HUD free for a couple of weeks.

      Hoping to crush

      Laz
    • 177272
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      Ok Mate,

      I am a little older than you at 54. And I hear everything you say, I do believe in essence it is a young mans game, even if only on the eyesight and ability to click buttons ( X box and the like) front. However we do bring some thing to the party and that "something" is the tool I feel we can best use to our advantage.

      Experience, life skills, stability, realism and the like. Maybe we can help each advance along this path. I do work full time and multi-tabling does not come easy to me ( doubt the young uns can understand that), so I truly get what you are saying about playing all day and only playing 30 games. Unfortunately pretty sure volume is one of the absolute necessary skills to hone.

      Going to get some MM going as well, despite being a natural at all of the mixed games :) Only holdem for me, turbos except at weekends, i don't even like 6 max , so when you add all them restraints in it narrows the selection down.

      Will play the Big Storm (ran deep twice, rude not to let the 3rd lucky rule not kick in) and probably the main.

      Gl
    • Lazza61
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      Lol. Don't laugh at your successes in the mixed games. You may have discovered you have a hidden talent.

      I think it was at the 2012 WSOP, someone won a bracelet in 2-7SD by reading a how to play book as he went and Isildur1 (at this time he only knew how to play NLHE and PLO) ended up finishing 14th in the Players Championship (8 Game) by reading a book.

      Now Isildur1 wins a lot of his money playing FLO8 and 2-7TD, games he picked up from that tourney.

      I am a FR nit, so you'll notice there are NO turbos or 6 Max in my schedule. Although after last weekend maybe I should go in the HU shootout. :tongue:

      GL and run deep

      Laz
    • TinoLaan
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      Looks like the only MM event we will both be playing is the ME :O

      Good luck, and following obv!
    • Lazza61
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      Originally posted by TinoLaan
      Looks like the only MM event we will both be playing is the ME :O

      Good luck, and following obv!
      Be prepared to be left trailing in my wake! :coolface:
    • Malendes
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      Gl, I will be following :f_grin:
      See ya that the MM tables
    • Lazza61
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      Originally posted by Malendes
      Gl, I will be following :f_grin:
      See ya that the MM tables
      Ty. :)

      If you see me, don't be too hard on me. :f_biggrin:
    • UPAY4DINNER
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      Good luck Laz!
    • Lazza61
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      Originally posted by HollyMichelle
      Good luck Laz!
      Thanks Gaz. :)

      Hopefully I'll make UPAY in MM ME. :coolface:
    • Lazza61
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      Have just busted the third Australia/New Zealand MM Ticket Freeroll and have ended up 3/3. So I start MM with a bonus of 2 * $2.20 and 1 * $3.30.

      Damn I've still got 12 and a half hours to wait for my first event.

      I'M READY NOW :s_biggrin:
    • Lazza61
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      Only about 40 minutes to go to my 1st MM event, so it's time to psyche myself up (or out) and get my gameface on.

      As I head to the 'starting grid', I think it only appropriate to post a song from one of my fave bands.



      Go me!!!!
    • Lazza61
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      Interesting hands so far.




      PokerStars - $3+$0.30|25/50 NL - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      UTG+2: 290.3 BB (VPIP: 42.11, PFR: 16.22, 3Bet Preflop: 10.53, Hands: 38)
      MP: 95.7 BB (VPIP: 42.11, PFR: 5.41, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 38)
      MP+1: 89 BB (VPIP: 8.57, PFR: 5.71, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 36)
      CO: 0.9 BB (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 25.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 4)
      BTN: 194.2 BB (VPIP: 11.54, PFR: 7.69, 3Bet Preflop: 7.14, Hands: 26)
      SB: 95.5 BB (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 10.71, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 28)
      BB: 63.7 BB (VPIP: 63.64, PFR: 18.18, 3Bet Preflop: 20.00, Hands: 11)
      Hero (UTG): 110.9 BB
      UTG+1: 152.4 BB (VPIP: 42.11, PFR: 13.51, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 38)

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 8:club: 8:heart:

      Hero calls 1 BB, UTG+1 raises to 4 BB, fold, fold, fold, CO calls 0.9 BB and is all-in, fold, fold, BB calls 3 BB, Hero calls 3 BB

      Flop: (13.4 BB, 4 players) Q:heart: 8:spade: 3:heart:
      BB checks, Hero bets 4.8 BB, UTG+1 calls 4.8 BB, BB calls 4.8 BB

      Turn: (27.8 BB, 4 players) 7:heart:
      BB checks, Hero checks, UTG+1 checks

      River: (27.8 BB, 4 players) J:diamond:
      BB bets 28 BB, Hero calls 28 BB, fold

      BB shows 4:heart: J:heart: (Flush, Queen High) (Pre 29%, Flop 26%, Turn 79%)
      Hero shows 8:club: 8:heart: (Three of a Kind, Eights) (Pre 57%, Flop 73%, Turn 21%)
      CO mucks 7:club: 4:club: (One Pair, Sevens) (Pre 14%, Flop 1%, Turn 0%)
      BB wins 83.8 BB


      Probably should have folded but often it is just a top pair like hand.

      PokerStars - $3+$0.30|50/100 Ante 10 NL - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BB: 190.67 BB (VPIP: 39.71, PFR: 10.45, 3Bet Preflop: 9.09, Hands: 68)
      UTG: 97.5 BB (VPIP: 11.11, PFR: 5.56, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 18)
      UTG+1: 30.6 BB (VPIP: 9.23, PFR: 6.15, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 66)
      UTG+2: 110.79 BB (VPIP: 7.14, PFR: 7.14, 3Bet Preflop: 11.11, Hands: 28)
      MP: 156 BB (VPIP: 14.29, PFR: 7.14, 3Bet Preflop: 8.00, Hands: 56)
      MP+1: 52.9 BB (VPIP: 17.24, PFR: 6.90, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 58)
      CO: 42.2 BB (VPIP: 58.54, PFR: 29.27, 3Bet Preflop: 9.09, Hands: 41)
      Hero (BTN): 60.15 BB
      SB: 30.7 BB (VPIP: 66.67, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 6)

      9 players post ante of 0.1 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 2.4 BB) Hero has A:heart: A:club:

      UTG calls 1 BB, fold, fold, fold, MP+1 calls 1 BB, CO calls 1 BB, Hero raises to 6 BB, fold, fold, UTG calls 5 BB, fold, CO calls 5 BB

      Flop: (21.4 BB, 3 players) Q:spade: 9:diamond: 6:club:
      UTG checks, CO bets 36.1 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 36.1 BB, fold

      Turn: (93.6 BB, 2 players) 3:spade:

      River: (93.6 BB, 2 players) 4:diamond:

      CO shows 9:heart: T:spade: (One Pair, Nines) (Pre 18%, Flop 23%, Turn 11%)
      Hero shows A:heart: A:club: (One Pair, Aces) (Pre 82%, Flop 77%, Turn 89%)
      Hero wins 93.6 BB

      Revenge against villain from previous hand.

      2nd break. Currently 2074/8571 with 30 mins late reg left.
    • Lazza61
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      I do love cracking the Aces. :f_biggrin:


      PokerStars - $3+$0.30|100/200 Ante 25 NL - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      MP+1: 110.31 BB (VPIP: 29.59, PFR: 8.25, 3Bet Preflop: 6.67, Hands: 98)
      CO: 32.3 BB (VPIP: 20.83, PFR: 8.51, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 48)
      BTN: 17.03 BB (VPIP: 12.63, PFR: 6.32, 3Bet Preflop: 3.45, Hands: 96)
      SB: 65.42 BB (VPIP: 10.34, PFR: 10.34, 3Bet Preflop: 6.67, Hands: 58)
      BB: 70.18 BB (VPIP: 10.47, PFR: 4.65, 3Bet Preflop: 6.25, Hands: 86)
      UTG: 42.04 BB (VPIP: 56.52, PFR: 30.43, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 23)
      UTG+1: 56.13 BB (VPIP: 10.34, PFR: 6.90, 3Bet Preflop: 9.09, Hands: 29)
      Hero (UTG+2): 45.9 BB
      MP: 50.99 BB (VPIP: 33.33, PFR: 22.22, 3Bet Preflop: 10.00, Hands: 28)

      9 players post ante of 0.13 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 2.63 BB) Hero has 6:spade: 6:club:

      UTG calls 1 BB, fold, Hero calls 1 BB, fold, fold, fold, fold, SB raises to 3.5 BB, fold, UTG calls 2.5 BB, Hero calls 2.5 BB

      Flop: (12.63 BB, 3 players) 6:heart: 8:club: Q:diamond:
      SB bets 6.31 BB, UTG calls 6.31 BB, Hero raises to 16 BB, SB calls 9.69 BB, fold

      Turn: (50.94 BB, 2 players) J:heart:
      SB checks, Hero bets 26.28 BB and is all-in, SB calls 26.28 BB

      River: (103.49 BB, 2 players) K:heart:

      SB shows A:club: A:heart: (One Pair, Aces) (Pre 80%, Flop 9%, Turn 5%)
      Hero shows 6:spade: 6:club: (Three of a Kind, Sixes) (Pre 20%, Flop 91%, Turn 95%)
      Hero wins 103.49 BB
    • Lazza61
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      MM Event #5 Update

      3rd break (2 and a half hours). 1001/4860 with 23k. Ave 16k. 2025 ITM. Blinds 200/400/50.