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Skeat: PLOing

    • Skeat
      Joined: 18.08.2009 Posts: 493
      Puhh, it's going to take some time until I'm done writing down all I planned to write :s_confused: . But I think it is going to be worth it.
      Ok, let's get it started. :f_cool:
      Ah, there is a summary after each chapter, so if you are lazy and don't give a fuck about my story (in which case, wth are you doing here?), you can scroll by.

      As usual, and somewhat interesting/needed, a short intro about me:

      :spade: Personal Intro:

      :club: Name: Claudio
      :club: Age: 20
      :club: From: Brazil, living in Germany.

      :club: Grew up in south Brazil, in Blumenau actually. Great town, 300k inhabitants, and the well known southbrazilian girls, which are awesome :s_evil: . Once I was done with school there, found out family was going to move to Germany, so July 2007 I arrived near Bremen in Germany. During whole 2008 I had to go to some special school in Hamburg so my notes from Brazil could be accepted in german universities. For this winter I got into the best university in Germany, located in Munich. Started with mechanical engineering this October.

      :spade: Personal Intro Summary:

      Before: :s_cool:


      :spade: Poker Lifetime Story:

      :club: A friend, Katu1900, from Brazil posted stuff about poker in a forum me and him visited. I got interested and spoke to him, he lead me to PokerStrategy. August this year I opened an account at PokerStrategy, recieved a starting capital at PokerStars, read some articles, watched some videos and headed to NL10 tables to play some SSS.
      :club: As it happened with 80%+ with all starting online poker without their own money, doom was my destiny :f_biggrin: . After 4-tabling NL10 for some days, my BR was at 30$. I did try to follow BRM, but at NL2 and NL5 I couldn't buy-in for 20bb, so I stayed at NL10 and lost the rest.
      :club: Deposited 100$ to give it another try, but this time at SnG. I did play something around 50 1+0.2$ SnGs, with a RoI of 9%+, so I thought I was great. Continued to play 1.2$ SnGs, and after another 50 my overall RoI was around -15% :s_o: .
      :club: Decided to give DoNs a try. When I was done playing around 450 1.1$ turbo DoNs, my RoI was about 0.7%, meaning I spent about 45$ in rake, something like 40 hours playing, to make less then 5$ :f_confused: .
      :club: Finally light shed upon my poker career and I was decided. NL BSS and later on some MTTs are the way to go!
      :club: Started at NL2 with my 70$ remaining, and this last saturday I moved up to NL5 with a BR of 222$. Was crushing NL2 with 29.8 bb/100 over 24k hands (I don't know if I should thank those fishes calling a 250bb shove with Q8o while I had AA :s_biggrin: , even though they quite usually did suckout on me :f_mad: ). I just hope the opponent's playing skills goes up, because although I get paid off at micro limits, I'd say the variance is much higher with those non-thinking-money-depositing-fishes not respecting a raise, a 3bet, a 4bet, a shove, or anything else at all.

      :spade: Poker Lifetime Summary:

      50$ -> NL10 SSS -> 0$ -> Deposit -> 100$ -> 1+0.20$ SnGs -> 65$ -> 1+0.10$ DoNs -> 70$ -> NL2 BSS -> 222$ -> NL5 BSS -> 239$

      I didn't make this post in the portuguese community forum because it's not as active as this one.
      And neither on the german one, because I still hate writing in german. (Probably because there would be countless mistakes in my blog)

      In the next post I'm going to write about my future plans/goals/decisions.
      And thanks to all that read until here, I hope you keep reading the blog and give some input/feedback/tips/opinions. :s_love:
  • 90 replies
    • Skeat
      Joined: 18.08.2009 Posts: 493
      :spade: Decisions have to be made during life:

      :club: So, at the moment my situation is a bit messy. The university I got into is hardcore :s_evil: . This year there are about 900 new students starting with mechanical engineering. About 60% out of those won't make it past the first year :f_o: and last but not least, it would take me 3 years to get my bachelor done.
      :club: The thing that is breaking my mind the most is: As I am now, I not being able to concentrate as I should to be able to make it through university. I keep thinking about poker, because I can't find out what I want most. If I finish my bachelor and then master, I could find a job that pays me 2500~4500 euros/month quite easily :f_cool: .
      :club: BUT, do I want to have a life like society says? ?( I am a person that doesn't like to get told "you have to do this", "you have to do it this way", you have to live your life like this" :f_mad: . Society "says" you got to go to school, then university, do find a job, work from 9am to 5pm, have a family, a house, die (I hope someone understands what I am trying to say). And I can't just swallow that.
      :club: So this leads to the decision I made: I can resign from my university place, and get it back next year for sure. Maybe up to 3 years later. As I'm probably not going to be able to make it through university this year due to my psychological conflicts anyway (and if I get thrown out, I can't study mechanical engineering in any other german university), I decided this weekend to take a year off, maybe 2 or 3, depends if it is possible and how this year runs.
      :club: So, this leads me to the position I am now. I got at least until October 2010 to give poker a try and I'm trying to find out what is the best way to do it. I suppose the best would be get into a flat-share with other poker players. Thing is: Who would want to let a NL5 poker player into their flat? (If you do, contact me asap please :f_biggrin: )
      :club: So this leaves me with 4 options:
      - Stay in Munich where I got to know some people and learn/study/grind poker.
      But the town is expensive.
      - Go to Hamburg, where I got friends I made last year and learn/study/grind poker.
      But the town is expensive.
      - Stay with my mother in a town I got 0 friends. Cmon, it can't be good for a person to stay 24/7 at home.
      - Go to Brazil, where I could live with the same living quality I got in Munich for around 400$/month, while in Munich it would be 700€/month :s_cool:

      (PS: I would not live from poker earnings, financing this year won't be a problem. This year would be spent to see how far can I get in poker)

      :club: During this year I would also like to do 2~3 months of internship. For the university, all got to have 18 weeks of internship done until the 4th semester, I got 6 so far, need another 12 and I'd rather do it before, because I don't think I'll have that much time later.

      :club: So, I expect to go to Brazil in December/January if I don't find a poker flat share and dedicate a lot of time to poker and see how far I can go.

      :club: What are your thoughts on all of this? Tips? Would love any feedback.

      :club: Oh, and I frequently read 2 other blogs, one from caltabiano+dandycal and the other from TLN+TwiceT. Think these 2 are awesome (I bet there are other ones out there, but I don't have that much time :f_frown: ) and learnt a lot from them and got some motivation.
    • Skeat
      Joined: 18.08.2009 Posts: 493
      :spade: Some graphs:

      :club: NL2 lifetime:

      :club: NL5 lifetime:

      :club: Cashgame lifetime:

    • tomzyb
      Joined: 02.08.2007 Posts: 623
      Solid start, keep it up ;)
    • raun
      Joined: 15.07.2007 Posts: 746

      some cute graphs you got there :) keep it going!

      i loved the before after pics and i think we can all understand why you'd want to get back home to the sun and the hot ladies :D

      im still very much considering wether or not to come with you but i have to say brazil looks sooo nice on all the pictures and it is very tempting. and i sure could use some sun :)

      anyways im off to bed soon. this long intro really took its toll on me, nah just kidding it was a good read and ill definately follow this blog.

      good luck mate!
    • Huseens
      Joined: 02.07.2009 Posts: 709
      Hey! Nice blog here.
      I am playing NL2 for now. Can you give me some advice how to beat it? Play extra tight or smt like that?
      I really get like +5$ in a long time and then lose them in a few hands.
    • Skeat
      Joined: 18.08.2009 Posts: 493
      Thanks for the feedback so far <3


      Yeah, still got a lot of thinking to do about brazil :f_cool:

      Originally posted by Huseens
      Hey! Nice blog here.
      I am playing NL2 for now. Can you give me some advice how to beat it? Play extra tight or smt like that?
      I really get like +5$ in a long time and then lose them in a few hands.
      Although it is not by the strategy, I did limp more then usually with connectors and AXsuited.
      My stats at NL2 where VPIP 16.2% and PFR 7.9%.

      Biggest pot ever was when I had a 5$ stack, checked from the BB with KT and the flop came QJ9 rainbow. I betted, 2 players called. On the turn a 8 came, board still rainbow. I bet, one raises, the third pushes, we both call. One had AT and the other K9. 14.4$ pot was mine after a blank river :s_evil:
    • pablomeza
      Joined: 22.08.2009 Posts: 508
      Hey Skeat, very nice blog, and very nice start to your Poker career. We are currently both at the same stage, except you have a bit bigger BR than me. I'll be watching your blog closesly, as I'm sure I can learn from other people experiencing the same situations in the same limits as I am. Good luck with your poker outings and have fun!
    • Katu1900
      Joined: 06.07.2009 Posts: 349
      already told you before, im very proud to got you in my taf (more richer too :f_biggrin: )

      gonna always read and write here.

      And my english is worse than your german =[
    • Hahaownedlolz
      Joined: 24.04.2009 Posts: 1,755
      BUT, do I want to have a life like society says? verwirrt I am a person that doesn't like to get told "you have to do this", "you have to do it this way", you have to live your life like this" fish mad . Society "says" you got to go to school, then university, do find a job, work from 9am to 5pm, have a family, a house, die (I hope someone understands what I am trying to say). And I can't just swallow that.

      i know exactly how you feel. Do you really just want to be remembered as a plain simple guy who lived how society wants.

      I also hate it when people tell me to do stuff, although not with work. with work you got to understand that the other person is the boss lol.

      i've been playing NL2 SH for a few days now.. having only played almost 4k hands so far. mostly 2 tabling, but it has gone horrible. donkey's keep calling my half pot-size bets and then hit their flush or gutshot straight draw everytime on the river. my draws never hitting, and today AA getting cracked by QQ.

      what's worse is.. my bankroll is only about $15 i think and i play BSS :f_mad:

      Hard to stay motivated atm.. GL at the tables.

      I almost feel like quitting poker atm. ahwell.. hope it goes better tomorrow
    • Skeat
      Joined: 18.08.2009 Posts: 493

      Just checked your blog, quite awesome. And as I can see, I'd say we both got the same problems, f***ing fishes making herocalls and hitting their 3~6 outs on the river quite often :s_mad: .


      Don't forget my share on your TaF $ :f_cool:


      Nice nick :f_biggrin: .
      Nice to find people with somewhat the same thoughts. At our generation, and even more at poker forums, its easier to find people thinking the same way. Internet has in fact changed daily live quite a lot. Now try telling people 40 years old or older you want to give study a break and try poker out....
      Common reactions include: "what? are you crazy?", "you can loose a lot with poker", "the casino always wins", etc..

      About your poker career, SH is quite though at micro stakes, I'd suggest FR games playing tight, and maybe change to SH later on, at a level where you got opponents that can actually think =D
    • Hahaownedlolz
      Joined: 24.04.2009 Posts: 1,755
      i might, i tried FR a little bit but i can't play like i play in SH. but i don't really like waiting 10mins for a hand either.

      i just checked my stats.. the 10 hands i lost most $ in.

      4/5 hands i lost to were straights

      5/9 hands lost on the river. (one didn't got to showdown)

      and they had a flush draw or a OESD and even a gut-shot straight draw and hit it on the river lol. what's worse is.. they had hands like 9-7 with which they made a straight with. and even called my bets pre-flop, on the flop and turn with those hands. and that was all in only 281 hands..

      just not my day.. I'm going to read alot of strategy articles now. To see if i can avoid some of the situations i lost in.

      If my bankroll goes below $10 i will try playing very tight in FR ;)
    • Skeat
      Joined: 18.08.2009 Posts: 493
      :spade: Update 12.11.09:

      :club: Went to uni today and found out the maximum I can postpone my place is 1 year, so it looks like October next year I'm back at Munich to study, unless this poker year goes out better then expected :f_cool:

      :club:P layed a total of 2 sessions today, the first one after around 800 hands I was breakeven, then in about 10 hands I got dealt AA twice :f_cool: . Both times I got it all in preflop, one of the times I even had a double stack, so the pot was around 21$. :evil:
      :club: Guess what? First time the villain hits a 5 on the flop giving him a set, and on the second time the villain had A4s, flop rainbow, and got a runner-runner flush .....
      :club: I'm glad I could stop there and take a break, didn't do the mistake of trying to get it all back with the wrong mindset.
      :club: Second session I played 2.6k hands, took me 230 minutes, and managed to make up for the loss and even finish the day with +6 BIs :s_biggrin:

      :club: Been working on 2 of my leaks, at least for these stakes. One is cbetting too much, also into a multiway pot. Too many people can't let their hands go. I'm saving the cbets more for the times there is only 1 villain or the villain is a reg that can laydown a hand he missed. Obviously it depends on the board texture.
      :club: The other leak was chasing straights/flushes without the right pot/implied odds.
      :club: I think just playing straightforward pays off at these micro stakes.
      :club:O h yeah, I'm also planning to get 35 or 40 BIs for NL10, as I am 10-tabling.

      :spade: Graph:

    • Swire
      Joined: 24.08.2009 Posts: 320
      Cool read, i find it a little strange that you are only at 5nl and taking a break out of uni for poker is a little extreme in my eyes. I mean, i like your style but for a beginner to be thinking of taking a year out for poker at the starting stages is a little extreme in my eyes. Gl with you quest and i hope everything works out ok for you.
    • Skeat
      Joined: 18.08.2009 Posts: 493
      Thanks for feedback Swire =D

      Point is that I'm not taking a year to live from poker earnings. I'm taking this year to see hor far I can get with it. I know I got some potential, as I am eager to learn, watch videos, etc, but until now I had almost no time to do that, just play.
    • Katu1900
      Joined: 06.07.2009 Posts: 349
      Nice one Skeato, nice coment about mindset.

      im almost sure that youre gonna be a great player.

      And im almost sure that i need to improve my english writing =[...
    • lozz08
      Joined: 26.06.2009 Posts: 106
      I love your blog. You're doing exactly what I'm doing, except I'm in australia, and playing NL10. Good luck. I might take a little inspiration from you too and take a gap year. I'll check back here regularly and hopefully both our paths lead toward a good lifestyle.
    • Skeat
      Joined: 18.08.2009 Posts: 493
      :spade: Update 13.11.09:

      :club: So, it's official, today I left the university and my place is guaranteed for the next year. So now starts the poker year :s_evil:

      :club: Today I played 3 sessions, first one went great. I don't know if I should say the poker god was at my side or if I was the poker god for a day ?( .
      :club: Managed to win the biggest pot I played ever, check the hand:

      PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, $0.05 BB (8 handed) - Poker-Stars Converter Tool from

      MP2 ($1.45)
      Hero (CO) ($24.37)
      Button ($10)
      SB ($20.04)
      BB ($4.33)
      UTG ($9.69)
      UTG+1 ($4.08)
      MP1 ($7)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with A, A
      4 folds, Hero bets $0.20, 1 fold, SB calls $0.18, 1 fold

      Flop: ($0.45) A, 7, 7 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.30, SB calls $0.30

      Turn: ($1.05) K (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.70, SB raises to $3.10, Hero raises to $8, SB raises to $19.54 (All-In), Hero calls $11.54

      River: ($40.13) 3 (2 players, 1 all-in)

      Total pot: $40.13 | Rake: $2

      Results below:
      SB had 7c, 2c (three of a kind, sevens).
      Hero had Ac, Ah (full house, Aces over sevens).
      Outcome: Hero won $38.13

      :club: Sick, right? Well, at least he had 72 suited, and not offsuit. There were other hands also that sick, where I lost and won.
      :club: First section took 2 hours almost, second one too, and after both those sessions I was crushing at 58 bb/100. Made a break and came back with the wrong mindset (trying to keep the winrate...). Oh, and also was chatting with a friend I didn't speak with for a looooong time.
      :club: Needless to say my winrate went downhill. -4 BI within an hour, but then I stopped and here am I, updating xD

      :club: What makes we feel good is that the All-In EV line was together with my Winnings line, so I can't blame all my success on the upswing or good cards, I did have to play good at least a bit to keep it like that.
      :club: Oh yeah, almost forgot. One thing that is helping me quite a lot is listening to classical music :f_p: . Brings me in the right mood, makes me think clearer, and even if I don't get cards for a longer time I don't start playing with crappy cards, I just wait and know they'll come.

      :spade: Graph:

      :club: I am happy with my nonSD winnings actually :f_grin:
      :club: BR @ 321$. Soon clearing another 10$ bonus and probably taking a shot at a 210 FPP satellite.


      Start crushing your stakes too and lets make a flat share :f_biggrin:


      If it goes on like this, I might be at NL10 soon too, and maybe later at Australia :s_cool:
      I'm glad someone is taking motivation/inspiration by this blog, makes me want to continue^^
    • ZhiCheng
      Joined: 04.10.2008 Posts: 2,294
      Hello there!

      Nice blog.. I didnt quiet read it, but it looks good :)
      So, keep up with good work:)
      Good luck at tables!
    • JuiceQuadre
      Joined: 05.10.2008 Posts: 2,688
      I opened ur blog by accident, i wanted to know what my friend GooRukYONG was posting :D

      But i ended up reading it all =) ... Nice start.. I totally understand how you feel about the "live how you are supposed to, because everyone does"....

      I wish i would have time just for poker =) But im not leaving or postponing the Uni for now.... =) My parents would kill me :D

      So good luck to you =) Keep it up and dont give up ;)

      ps: im a bit jealous about ur non-sd =)