2NL to 10NL Grind Challenge

    • Pnnkaznk
      Pnnkaznk
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      Hey,
      I have been a long time reader of the forums and after reading all the challenges here, I decided to create my own. I have been playing poker for about one year. I started with a 50$ free bankrol on full tilt, made 250$ playing 2NL/5NL. Than moved my bankroll to another sites and cleared bonuses there. Than withraw it all :)

      So i'm going to start with Nl2 with 27$ and move up when i have 20 buy ins for Nl5.

      Hope this thread will motivate me to grind at least 1h day, about 1000 hands day. I Hope i can achieve moving up in one month.

      Goals:

      Grind 100$ for nl5
      Grind 200$ for nl10
      Play >1000 hands day
  • 48 replies
    • Alficor1
      Alficor1
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      Nice blog sir! Similar story as mine. I see your BRM is bit more looser than mine though (i had 35 BI for for each level)

      What will you play? FR or SH? On tilt or somewhere else?

      GL man!
    • Pnnkaznk
      Pnnkaznk
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      Joined: 13.11.2009 Posts: 317
      Thanks Alficor.

      I'll play full ring at Full Tilt, i belive they have best rakeback deal for micro players...

      Just played first sesion. Forget to check save hand history buton on Ft. So don't know how many hands i have played. Earned 4$. BR:31$ now...
    • Pnnkaznk
      Pnnkaznk
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      I'm so lazy.. Played only 1500 hand's in last 6 days... :( . I thought writing this will motivate me to play more :D At least i'm running good...

      BR 43$ Profit 12$
    • Pnnkaznk
      Pnnkaznk
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      BR: 75$

      Played 14k hands since last update. Profit: 34$

      Biggest loosing hand


      Known players:
      Position:
      Stack
      SB:
      $4,1
      MP1:
      $0,7
      MP3:
      $1,2
      Hero:
      $3,8

      0,01/0,02 No-Limit Hold'em (7 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: Elephant.Base 0.92 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is CO with K:heart: , K:spade:
      MP1 calls $0,02, MP2 folds, MP3 raises to $1,20 (All-In), Hero calls $1,20, BU folds, SB raises to $2,38, 2 folds, Hero calls $1,18.

      Flop: ($6,00) J:heart: , T:diamond: , 8:heart: (2 players)
      SB raises $1,72 (All-In), Hero calls $1,42 (All-In), SB gets uncalled bet back (All-In).

      Turn: ($8,84) 7:club:
      River: ($8,84) J:spade: (3 players)


      Final Pot: $8,84

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      MP3 shows (Qh Qd)
      Hero shows (Kh Ks)
      SB shows two-pair, aces and jacks (As Ac)

      SB wins with two-pair, aces and jacks (As Ac)

      Culd i fold this hand preflop. SB goes all in and MP3 just min raises. It looks very strong. :/ .But you can expect a lot of strange moves on this limit so i'm not sure culd i ever fold this.
    • rupucis2
      rupucis2
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      Hi! Nice thread, even if it is not motivating you for putting in so much volume as you were hoping for! Goals you set are realistic, just stick to them - at least 1h/day and 1k hands/day.

      With KK hand you could not do much there, this happens from time to time, but for sure, you should try to get all-in with that hand preflop no matter what!

      GL with challenge!! :f_cool:
    • 36bullets
      36bullets
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      good luck with your challenge!
    • Pnnkaznk
      Pnnkaznk
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      Had prety long session today, 3500 hands. Won 20$, 10 buyins. :) )

      BR:95$

      Biggest winning hand:

      Preflop: Hero is SB with Q:spade: , Q:club:
      UTG1 calls $0,02, UTG2 folds, MP1 calls $0,02, MP2 raises to $0,06, MP3 folds, CO calls $0,06, BU folds, Hero raises to $0,20, 3 folds, MP2 calls $0,14, CO calls $0,14.

      Flop: ($0,66) 8:heart: , 8:spade: , 2:spade: (3 players)
      Hero bets $0,56, MP2 raises to $1,12, CO calls $1,12, Hero raises to $2,61 (All-In), MP2 calls $1,49, CO calls $0,67 (All-In).

      Turn: ($7,67) A:diamond:
      River: ($7,67) 6:spade: (3 players)


      Final Pot: $7,67

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      MP2 shows (Jh Js)
      CO shows (7h 7c)
      Hero shows two-pair, queens and eights

      Hero wins with two-pair, queens and eights (Qs Qc)




      Biggest loosing hand

      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with A:diamond: , A:club:
      UTG2 folds, MP1 calls $0,02, MP2 raises to $0,09, Hero raises to $0,24, 3 folds, BB raises to $0,42, MP1 folds, MP2 raises to $0,70 (All-In), Hero raises to $2,12 (All-In), BB calls $1,70.

      Flop: ($4,97) T:club: , 7:club: , 3:heart:
      Turn: ($4,97) 3:club:
      River: ($4,97) 7:heart: (3 players)


      Final Pot: $4,97

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      MP2 shows (Jd Jc)
      Hero shows (Ad Ac)
      BB shows a flush, queen high (Qc 8c)

      BB wins with a flush, queen high (Qc 8c)
    • Pnnkaznk
      Pnnkaznk
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      I'm stuck at 95$. Went up to 110$, and go back to 95$ three times. First two times i just lost 3 buyins at NL5. Today i lost 6 buyins Nl2. I hate poker sometimes. Poker elephant can't read hands i played today... My computer date was wrong, so maybe that is reson. Can't find hands to post. :/
    • Pnnkaznk
      Pnnkaznk
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      Found something from today....



      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em (7 handed)

      Known players:
      BB:
      $1.92
      MP1:
      $2.15
      MP2:
      $3.62
      MP3:
      $0.91
      CO:
      $0.76
      BU (Hero):
      $2.02
      SB:
      $1.97


      Preflop: Hero is BU with A, A.
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.08, SB raises to $0.24, BB folds, Hero calls $0.16.

      Flop: ($0.5) Q, J, K (2 players)
      SB bets $0.30, Hero calls $0.30.

      Turn: ($1.1) 9 (2 players)
      SB bets $0.30, Hero calls $0.30.

      River: ($1.7) J (2 players)
      SB bets $1.13, Hero calls $1.13.

      Final Pot: $3.96.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, aces and jacks(A A).
      SB shows three of a kind, jacks(A J).

      SB wins with three of a kind, jacks(A J).



      After reraise i put that guy on QQ KK or AK, and didn't want him to fold, so i just call 3bet. On flop i thout he hit set. Most of time i fold turn if bet is big, but he bet only 30c, and culd not see him holding ten after 3bet preflop... I was so angry after i saw what he 3bet me with.


      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)

      Known players:
      MP2:
      $3.51
      MP3:
      $2.26
      CO:
      $2.00
      BU:
      $2.93
      SB (Hero):
      $2.01
      BB:
      $2.03
      UTG2:
      $2.26
      MP1:
      $3.60


      Preflop: Hero is SB with K, K.
      6 folds, Hero raises to $0.08, BB raises to $0.20, Hero calls $0.12.

      Flop: ($0.4) 8, K, 2 (2 players)
      Hero checks, BB bets $0.26, Hero calls $0.26.

      Turn: ($0.92) A (2 players)
      Hero checks, BB checks.

      River: ($0.92) 4 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.92, BB raises to $1.57, Hero calls $0.63.

      Final Pot: $4.04.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows three of a kind, kings(K K).
      BB shows a straight, five high(5 3).

      BB wins with a straight, five high(5 3).
    • Alficor1
      Alficor1
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      You should have 4bet with both hands pre flop and try to get it in imo..
      Btw in the second hand, any aggro player would 3bet you with far worse than queens as you can see. ;) I'd never ever just call in this spot. I'd rather 4bet and just win the 20c then call, slowplay and lose a big pot. :)
    • Dendra
      Dendra
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      Joined: 28.01.2009 Posts: 479
      ye, rule of thumb is to better win a smaller pot than to stack off somebody due to slowplaying your strong hands. you simply don't need to mix up your play with slowplays and such for your game to be profitable - so just bet bet bet :) (obv there are cases when you can slowplay but in general, abc poker is the easy&safe route)
    • Pnnkaznk
      Pnnkaznk
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      I just can't imagine any hand callin 4bet preflop, FR. Maybe QQ. (maybe i'm to nit). So 4bet has value only against KK if we have AA, in my opinion, all other hands will fold. I don't think calling 3bet is slowplaying. I culd just stuck off them if they hit they top pair AJ+. And on low boards if they have owerpair. JJ+

      Just wanted to extract maximum.

      Nice to see you guys succeded in goals i'm trying to achive. Your advices are very apriciated. :) )
    • YourDoom
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      AA in position may be ok (although I still 4bet unless villain is very very aggro), but KK out of position definetely not. A lot of people will call shove even with AQ or 99, one guy even called my 6-bet shove with Q6s. In AA example You are BU thus he does not see You so strong and can easily 3bet with speulative hands, sometimes even with trash.

      Dont slowplay monsters pre unless You are in position AND villain is aggro.
    • Pnnkaznk
      Pnnkaznk
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      Joined: 13.11.2009 Posts: 317
      bankroll: 111$ now, going to take a shot at NL5. If i fall down to 95$ i'm going back to NL2.
    • StoneJ
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      In the hand where you had aces and he had AJ I think 4-bet is most definitely the move given the scenario. He/she most likely doesnt often 3-bet with AJ but in the face of a button open it is much more likely if that player thinks about position factors that they would 3-bet thinking you may just be stealing therefore i think there is every chance they would shove to a 4-bet as a semi-bluff thinking even if you call they have a fair chance.
    • StoneJ
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      And secondly, if you are going to slowplay your monsters like that you have to be willing to let them go on certain board textures. That AAvAJ board is awful, I mean just about every hand that is likely to 3-bet you now beats you, 99 1010 JJ QQ KK A10 AJ, KJ KQ or even some diamond suited connectors. You pretty much only beat AK or AQ(not diamonds). I dont think you can profitably make that call on the river.
    • Pnnkaznk
      Pnnkaznk
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      Joined: 13.11.2009 Posts: 317
      Banroll 90$. -21$ sesion at NL5. I will take long break from poker....
    • cauelaratta
      cauelaratta
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      Joined: 11.02.2010 Posts: 86
      good decision, after sessions like that I usually take a break to chill out. really helps.

      hang in there and GL.
    • Pnnkaznk
      Pnnkaznk
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      I'm going to try week chalange, next week. I'll try to play 20k hands in week. About 3k hands day. Hope i'll have bankroll for NL5, next sunday.