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    • rulaZ
      rulaZ
      Platinum
      Joined: 19.06.2008 Posts: 1,002
      Welcome to all Pokerstrategists!

      From now on me and ‘maphacks’ will serve you a highly sophisticated poker blog. You can expect daily updates, mass of graphs, bankroll updates, a lot of hand discussions from different perspectives and much more. So stay tuned if you also have the desire to optimize your poker game and climb up limits like we have, and also are open minded for alternation from our real life, like parties and casino action!

      Personal information:
      My name is Matthias Pum, 20 years old and member of Pokerstrategy for 2 years. I am studying informatics in the 5th semester in Klagenfurt (Austria). Until some weeks ago I was just one of those many donks who tried to earn money, but in fact just did many things wrong.
      Until some weeks my major free time activity was playing Warcraft 3 on the highest Austrian level. Since Warcraft 3 isn’t sponsored enough now I focus to poker only, where I have some connections from my former gaming period like Peter Staudacher (winner of CAPT Velden 2009), who was the reason I started with poker. Also multiple meetings with my favourite coach TwiceT :f_love: , who offered me an insight into the VIP-life has pushed my motivation to the maximum!

      Here’s a short overview…

      Strengths:
      -tiltresistance
      -patience
      -selfcriticism
      -ability to aquire new skills
      -motivation

      Weaknesses:
      -often too weak in tough spots
      -loss of value caused by missed valuebets
      -AK, JJ

      My limits:
      -NL 20 + NL 50

      My style of play / My BRM / # of tables
      -TAG (21/17) / conservative (>50 Buy-Ins) / 8 tabling

      My actual Goals:
      -NL100
      -max. volume
      -car
      -playing casino NL200 without being scared money
      -coach other poker players

      Goals (> 1 year):
      -master degree
      -crushing low stakes in Vegas with maphacks :f_cool:
      -travelling to u guys to grind it up to the max and enjoy life

      I hope for a decent involvement of you fellahs!
      let the show begin..

      rulaZ

      First graph:


      Actual BR:
      2350€
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    • maphacks
      maphacks
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.08.2008 Posts: 346
      Hey Guys,

      My name is Philipp Trenker, im 20 years old and I’m studying law in Graz/Austria, at the moment. I started playing Poker at the end of 2008 when rulaZ came up with the idea of making some money by stacking some fish. We instantly joined pokerstrategy.com and started to play SSS at Pokerstars. Soon I got bored and tried some fr and ended up playing shorthanded. Due to some motivation problems I decided to quit poker in January 2010. I was playing NL25 sh at this time. A few months later rulaZ, who was still playing, convinced me of starting again. I took 200€ and restarted at NL10 sh. This is now 3 ½ months ago and at the moment im playing NL 50/100 with a 50stacks BRM.

      primary goals:
      - playing NL 200/400 at casino like a maniac and stack everyone
      - make enough money with poker so that there is no need to do another job
      - make my diploma at university

      secondary goals:
      - establish some connections and maybe drive around a little bit to grind with other members
      - go to Vegas in some years and crush the small stakes with rulaZ
      - generally do less –ev moves in my life

      I know that’s quite much but I’m convinced I can accomplish that by much discipline and hopefully the help of you!!

      So for me this blog is not just something to impress other by nice graphs (hopefully) or misplayed hands, but furthermore I see it as a chance to get in contact with other people, to improve my game and also maintain my motivation to spend as many time for playing poker as possible.

      first graph:


      actual BR:
      5362€

      I just say: LETZ RUMBLE!! And
      sexy greetz from Austria,
      maphacks
    • Alficor1
      Alficor1
      Bronze
      Joined: 16.06.2010 Posts: 7,291
      I think im in love with ur graph maphack.:f_love:
      Nice blog guys, keep that up
    • maphacks
      maphacks
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.08.2008 Posts: 346
      @alficor1: ty dude i will read your blog too!

      just finished my last session. unfortunately 2 stacks down :/ some bad moves and badluck, but im continuing. hands will follow
    • Mulatu
      Mulatu
      Bronze
      Joined: 26.07.2010 Posts: 112
      Originally posted by Alficor1
      I think im in love with ur graph maphack.:f_love:
      No Shit! 20k hands, almost 30k BB... do you ever swing down?
      Good luck with your goals.
    • JoaoMartins
      JoaoMartins
      Bronze
      Joined: 30.05.2008 Posts: 2,930
      I like the way this started=) . I'll follow.
    • TwiceT
      TwiceT
      Black
      Joined: 15.07.2007 Posts: 4,796
      austrian invasion :f_love:

      ship iiiiit :f_cool:
    • maphacks
      maphacks
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.08.2008 Posts: 346
      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Hand abspielen

      $0.25/$0.5 No-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Known players:
      BB:
      $54.10
      MP3 (Hero):
      $131.93
      CO:
      $63.52
      BU:
      $159.37
      SB:
      $148.80


      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with K, A.
      Hero raises to $1.75, 2 folds, SB calls $1.50, BB calls $1.25.

      Flop: ($5.25) 7, A, 9 (3 players)
      SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets $3.93, SB raises to $8.36, BB folds, Hero calls $4.43.

      Turn: ($21.97) 4 (2 players)
      SB bets $12.50, Hero calls $12.50.

      River: ($46.97) 5 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $15.00, SB calls $15.00.

      Final Pot: $76.97.

      im not sure what to do on every street. what do you think about 3bet/fold on the flop? when i played this hand i thought about it but didnt really want to fold my hand on the flop. on the turn its an easy call i think and on the river i think its also a valuebet but im not sure how much...any ace should call this size and i still can b/f. do i lose value from worse aces?

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Hand abspielen

      $0.5/$1 No-Limit Hold'em (4 handed)

      Known players:
      BB:
      $199.90
      CO (Hero):
      $108.81
      BU:
      $112.34
      SB:
      $165.82


      Preflop: Hero is CO with T, 9.
      Hero raises to $3.50, BU calls $3.50, SB calls $3.00, BB calls $2.50.

      Flop: ($14) Q, T, 8 (4 players)
      SB checks, BB checks, Hero checks, BU checks.

      Turn: ($14) J (4 players)
      SB bets $7.00, BB calls $7.00, Hero raises to $19.00, BU folds, SB folds, BB calls $12.00.

      River: ($59) T (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks.

      Final Pot: $59.

      raise size on the turn? i dont bet the river coz any fh beats me now and i dont think hes calling 2pair/overpair
    • rulaZ
      rulaZ
      Platinum
      Joined: 19.06.2008 Posts: 1,002
      hand 1: Any stats? Vs a fish i would check behind river, cause they like to raise two pair on flop and get weaker on later streets.. vs a reg I think it's well played!

      hand 2: Big blind can easily call with a flushdraw on turn, so you don't get any value on river, therefor check behind is fine.. i don't think you lose a lot of value from worse hands in this spot, nh.
    • rulaZ
      rulaZ
      Platinum
      Joined: 19.06.2008 Posts: 1,002
      hey guys

      I ran pretty bad yesterday.. 2 stacks down nl50.. now I really tempt to play NL20 again, but I know that it was not my fault, like losing A2 on 345 board vs 45 and KK vs A9 on 899 board 3bet pot. I also dont understand why fish always have to make fullhouse vs my nutflush as soon as the board pairs :f_mad:

      well I think I will take a last shot and if I lose again I will go back to 20 again.

      Also grinded a bit NL5 fr with my girlfriend, and yes, she really got talent and moved up 2 stacks @ rushpoker. Maybe I should take more private coachings :f_p:

      greets rulaZ
    • gedwashere91
      gedwashere91
      Bronze
      Joined: 20.07.2009 Posts: 2,387
      Dual blogs are awesome; good luck guys. Sick graph, maphacks.
    • maphacks
      maphacks
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.08.2008 Posts: 346
      heyho!!

      had a session yesterday and today, was pretty good. some stacks up allthough loosing 130bb with KK vs AA hu nl50.. i dont play hu usually but i think thats the 3rd or 4th time in a short period that happened -_- nevertheless i stacked some fish. some hands are here:



      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Hand abspielen

      $0.25/$0.5 No-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Known players:
      BU:
      $43.58
      SB:
      $217.51
      BB (Hero):
      $51.52
      MP3:
      $47.38
      CO:
      $67.58


      Preflop: Hero is BB with K, K.
      MP3 folds, CO raises to $1.75, 2 folds, Hero raises to $5.50, CO calls $3.75.

      Flop: ($11.25) T, 9, 7 (2 players)
      Hero bets $8.43, CO raises to $23.36, Hero raises to $46.02, CO calls $22.66.

      Turn: ($103.29) A (2 players)


      River: ($103.29) 2 (2 players)


      Final Pot: $103.29.


      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Hand abspielen

      $0/$0.5 No-Limit Hold'em (3 handed)

      Known players:
      CO:
      $40.15
      BU:
      $33.56
      BB (Hero):
      $52.34


      Preflop: Hero is BB with Q, K.
      CO folds, BU raises to $2.00, Hero calls $1.50.

      Flop: ($4) J, Q, 7 (2 players)
      Hero checks, BU bets $4.25, Hero raises to $12.00, BU raises to $31.56, Hero calls $19.56.

      Turn: ($67.12) 9 (2 players)


      River: ($67.12) 5 (2 players)


      Final Pot: $67.12.



      ofc this hand is mismplayed. i cant call the push. im not sure what to do. maybe r/f? in the game i thought my odds are good enough but after equilating i found out they arent.. i also dont want to just call the flop cos its so drawheavy...so what would you do here?


      @gedwashere91 ty!!


      looking forward to stack some more fish today!
    • aAaNajiN
      aAaNajiN
      Bronze
      Joined: 03.09.2010 Posts: 19
      You guys come from the warcraft 3 community ?
      That's awesome, I was also a fairly good french brood war/starcaft II player, always nice to see some gamers owning in poker. :f_biggrin:
    • rulaZ
      rulaZ
      Platinum
      Joined: 19.06.2008 Posts: 1,002
      niice, ye we are from wc3, I also play sc2 a bit ;) ( i know clan aAa - typical french clan :f_biggrin: )

      @ maphacks: hand1: as a nit you might fold, but not even me would fold here ;)

      hand2: i might call the flop, but even fold like a fish sometimes :D
    • Renmerb
      Renmerb
      Bronze
      Joined: 26.06.2009 Posts: 152
      Very nice graphs!

      Good luck achieving your goals!
    • rulaZ
      rulaZ
      Platinum
      Joined: 19.06.2008 Posts: 1,002
      hey guys,

      had some sessions going on today and yesterday, and I just run bad over and over again.. buttom pairs make trips, 5high backdoor flush draws call three barrels vs my straight and hit flush on river to stack me off.. gosh.. I really don't know what to do atm :f_confused:

      today maphacks observed my game and also just could say that it was only bad luck and doesn't depend on my game.. Such words hurt even more than if I knew I made mistakes, because it won't stop since months on NL50...

      well, like after every session I think I again have to say "lets hope for more luck for the next sessions"

      gn8 :f_frown:

      bankroll @ 2140€ now ..
    • maphacks
      maphacks
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.08.2008 Posts: 346
      hey guys. good day today and yesterday. some stacks up again :D . unfortunately i wont have so much time tomorrow :(
      but i found a nice hand from yesterday.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Hand abspielen

      $0.25/$0.5 No-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Known players:
      SB:
      $73.51
      BB (Hero):
      $53.50
      MP3:
      $25.47
      CO:
      $61.61
      BU:
      $20.07


      Preflop: Hero is BB with J, T.
      2 folds, BU calls $0.50, SB raises to $2.00, Hero raises to $6.50, BU folds, SB calls $4.50.

      Flop: ($13.5) 7, Q, 5 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $6.75, SB calls $6.75.

      Turn: ($27) 9 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $13.50, SB calls $13.50.

      River: ($54) 7 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $26.75, SB folds, Hero gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $54.
    • AlCaTrAzzALZ
      AlCaTrAzzALZ
      Bronze
      Joined: 06.05.2008 Posts: 726
      CS>WC3

      that is all

      oh and gl, will follow with interest, pwn some n00bs ;)
    • maphacks
      maphacks
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.08.2008 Posts: 346
      buhuhu!

      some sick sessions yesterday and today. nice upswing i got :D going for 5k in november..
      also looking forward for the weekend. hopefully nice casino action with rulaz. nl100/200. and on saturday some nice drinking action i think before joining the prom of my sister :D
      will be a nice weekend anyway!!
    • rulaZ
      rulaZ
      Platinum
      Joined: 19.06.2008 Posts: 1,002
      heyho guys,

      just finished my first winning session since a week (whoohooo) :f_grin:

      4 stacks up NL20, so bankroll is now at 2085€... so I still have to recover a bit but I'm confident. I watched TwiceTs move it move it vid yesterday and played a very loose session today (34/30) with a lot of thinking about ranges :f_love:

      here a very tough hand, ye, I gave him KT, but not sure if I lose value on river if i just call, my plan was raise/fold, although his stacksize sucked a lot. My turn bet was too small, I put him on Qx, Jx, and QJ, mb T9 until river, where he strongly represented KT after reraising me, can't fold obv.. I'm excited of your suggestions..

      so far..

      No-Limit Hold'em, $0.20 BB (5 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      Hero (UTG) ($20.01)
      MP ($26.74)
      Button ($19.77)
      SB ($35.57)
      BB ($16.17)

      Preflop: Hero is UTG with A, A
      Hero bets $0.70, 3 folds, BB calls $0.50

      Flop: ($1.50) 4, Q, J (2 players)
      BB bets $0.80, Hero calls $0.80

      Turn: ($3.10) 3 (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $1.80, BB calls $1.80

      River: ($6.70) A (2 players)
      BB bets $1.60, Hero raises $4.20, BB raises $5.20, Hero calls $2.60

      Total pot: $20.30