Heads Up, Toes Down - Variance GTFO

    • moovet
      moovet
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      Joined: 19.01.2009 Posts: 157
      Hi all :D

      Well i just got TAF payment of 55$ on my MB account, which i insta shoved on my FT account to play heads up sng's (for now)

      About me: im a 19 year old student from Zagreb, Croatia, studying computer science. Have a lovely girlfriend Sarah who supports me at my poker "career"...if you can call it a career. Also i train boxing, used to train basketball and football when i was a kid, so therefore i do sports betting (kinda successfully too). I occasionally work as a flyer dealer for one computer shop here, and for a pretty good pay (2 cents per flyer, comes about to 10$/hour, which is pretty good for a croatian standard).

      Ive been playing poker since i was 16, my friend got me into a home game which i crushed even though i had no idea of the game whatsoever, few months later started reading about it over the net, strategys etc. and since then i cant remember i lost a home game :D One of the main reasons why i love this game is competition...i looove to compete, whether is for peanuts, honor, money...i dont care. If i fail ill strive to be the best and do whatever it takes. Poker allows me to compete for money.

      Enough about me, lets talk poker:

      This is my fourth attempt in bankroll building. The first one, which was successful was canceled cause i had to cash out the entire BR. Other attempts were victims of my tilt and retarded software (partypoker).


      -Ill be playing all forms of Heads Up sitngo's on Full Tilt Poker. Starting off with a 55$ bankroll will be enough for the 2$ ones.
      -Occasionally ill play a donkament for a maximum of 4% of my BR.

      Short Term poker goals
      -If i find it easy to beat the games, ill move up to 5$ limits with 100$ BR
      -TILT CONTROL!!!!! I get very tilted very easily and become a degen.
      -Find someone who is willing to talk about HU strategy, hands etc. over the skype.
      -Work on my game as often as i can, and perform HH review sessions.


      Long Term poker goals
      -Play Cash Heads Up NL50+
      -Get myself coached by some of the HU specialists


      Looooongest Term poker goal
      Become a Heads Up Coach that charges 300$/hour :D



      Materialistic Goals:
      -Have a steady 150$/week income - this should be more than enough for my student life needs
      -Buy an Android mobile phone so i can play rush poker on fill tilt anywhere (addicted much? :D )
      -Buy a laptop (really need one)
      -Recently i got my drivings license, so a car would be nice :P
      -Earn more through poker then my parents do with "normal" jobs.
      -Eventually earn enough money through poker to start my own business

      This would be it for now, starting br:






      P.S. Anyone interested in Heads Up discussion/sweat sessions/whatever PM me for details
  • 53 replies
    • moovet
      moovet
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      Started off with a win, accidently bought in a $1+$0.10 game...dominated throughout the whole match, he didnt call any of my 3bets preflop, and he made 3x bb pf raises, he would always call my preflop bet but fold to cbet. Noticed a timing tell :) whenever he snap bets he had air. Predictable player all in all. Sharkscope says he played 1200 games with a ROI of 0%, profit -$18. Nice start for me nevertheless.

      Current BR: $55.05
    • bradomurder
      bradomurder
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      Hey good start to a blog. I'd reccomend using more like 40 BI BRM for these HU sng and 100BI for tournaments especially if you do tilt easily
    • moovet
      moovet
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      20 mins ago came back from night out, decided to play some husngs cause i really didnt have the time recently and prolly wont have any till Christmas since i have to work/college/gf..etc.

      On login i was offered a 300$ bonus witch i took, need 7500 points till january 8th to clear, so must put in some volume :P

      Played 3 matches of RegSpeed's againts some Taiwan newbie, sharkscope says 6 games, roi 5%..I won all three of them :) but there were some interesting hands.

      For the first one i dont have a HH since saving hh's was disabled in my full tilt client, as soon as i realised that i turned it on.

      It went like this:
      Binds 20/40
      Hole Cards: JJ (BU)

      Preflop: I raise to 80, villan calls

      Flop: 4 :spade: 2:spade: 3 :diamond:
      - Villain bets 60, i raise to 200, he calls

      Turn: 3 :heart:
      - Villain checks, i bet 300, he calls

      River: 3 :spade:
      -Villain bets 100, i raise allin, Villain calls

      Villain Shows A :spade: 5 :spade: for a straight flush and wins ~2000chips
      cooooooler :D




      Another hand was very badly played by me but it ended well:

      Known Players:
      Position:
      Stack
      SB:
      1120
      Hero:
      1880

      SnG $ 2.15 (2 Players)
      15/30 No-Limit Hold'em (2 Players)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy.com Elephant 0.90.30913.3 by www.pokerstrategy.com

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 8 :heart: , 2 :heart:
      SB raises 30 to 60, Hero calls

      Flop: (120) J :club: , 5 :heart: , 3 :club:
      Hero checks, SB checks

      Turn: (120) 6 :diamond:
      Hero checks, SB checks

      River: (120) 4 :club:
      Hero bets 600,
      SB raises 460 to 1060 (All In), Hero calls

      Final Pot: 2240

      Results follow (Highlight to see):
      Hero shows a straight, six high (8h, 2h) --> (6d, 5h, 4c, 3c, 2h)
      SB shows a pair of jacks (Kc, Jh) --> (Jc, Jh, 5h, 6d, Kc)

      Hero wins 2240 with a straight, six high (8h, 2h) --> (6d, 5h, 4c, 3c, 2h)


      The bet of 600 was a missclick (misstype actually) i meant to bet 60
      I soooo wanted to fold but i never saw him check raise any of his strong hands so i found that fishy...but poorly played hand from the start

      I still have to work on aggression from the BB, im never 3 betting unless the opponent has wide preflop raise range but is generally passive.

      Couldnt wish for a better start 4/4 :P

      Current BR: $60.60

      btw. 100th post :D
    • moovet
      moovet
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      Originally posted by bradomurder
      Hey good start to a blog. I'd reccomend using more like 40 BI BRM for these HU sng and 100BI for tournaments especially if you do tilt easily
      Tnx for advice

      for micro limits i dont think i need 40BI's, ill start using 40BI's for 11's and 22's

      Ill play tourneys very rarelly, maybe once every month...but wont play the limits over my head and ability, so no worries there :)
    • moovet
      moovet
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      Today didnt really have much time, played only 9 games, won 7 of them...the two i lost were flips, their PP vs. my AK/AQ
      Players on these limits are soo easy to read, very predictable!

      I noticed im too result-oriented, i keep checking my cashier and elephant. If anyone knows any psychology video/article about it let me know.

      Some of the hands:

      1st hand:

      Known Players:
      Position:
      Stack
      Hero:
      1580
      BB:
      1420

      SnG $ 2.15 (2 Players)
      10/20 No-Limit Hold'em (2 Players)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy.com Elephant 0.90.30913.3 by www.pokerstrategy.com

      Preflop: Hero is SB with 8 :spade: , 5 :heart:
      Hero raises 20 to 40,
      BB raises 20 to 60, Hero calls

      Flop: (120) 8 :diamond: , 7 :heart: , 2 :spade:
      BB bets 120, Hero calls

      Turn: (360) 4 :diamond:
      BB bets 360, Hero calls

      River: (1080) Q :diamond:
      BB bets 880 (All In), Hero calls

      Final Pot: 2840

      Results follow (Highlight to see):
      Hero shows a pair of eights (8s, 5h) --> (8d, 8s, 7h, Qd, 5h)
      BB shows a pair of twos (Kc, 2c) --> (2s, 2c, 8d, Qd, Kc)

      Hero wins 2840 with a pair of eights (8s, 5h) --> (8d, 8s, 7h, Qd, 5h)



      this was 5th hand of the match, he fired all three barrels with light speed, gave him AK at best. This isnt a recommended call, i know...but in my mind on these limits they are.


      2nd hand:

      Known Players:
      Position:
      Stack
      SB:
      1550
      Hero:
      1450

      SnG $ 2.15 (2 Players)
      10/20 No-Limit Hold'em (2 Players)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy.com Elephant 0.90.30913.3 by www.pokerstrategy.com

      Preflop: Hero is BB with A :spade: , J :diamond:
      SB calls, Hero checks

      Flop: (40) J :heart: , 8 :club: , 6 :spade:
      Hero bets 40,
      SB raises 120 to 160,
      Hero raises 240 to 400, SB calls

      Turn: (840) K :diamond:
      Hero bets 1030 (All In), SB calls

      River: (2900) 8 :heart:

      Final Pot: 2900

      Results follow (Highlight to see):
      Hero shows two pairs, jacks and eights (As, Jd) --> (Jh, Jd, 8c, 8h, As)
      SB shows two pairs, jacks and eights (Jc, 7h) --> (Jh, Jc, 8c, 8h, Kd)

      Hero wins 2900 with two pairs, jacks and eights (As, Jd) --> (Jh, Jd, 8c, 8h, As)



      same villain, but in another match. My min3bet on the flop was to see how strong he was, since he just called i put him on 57, 79, J2-J7,maybe J9, 9T. on the turn K came, he would defo raise KJ preflop, K8 maybe, but hes not gonna raise me on the flop with a 2nd pair. I just shove to protect from draws/hoping maybe he calls with smaller J.


      3rd hand (and the most interesting if you ask me :P ):
      Known Players:
      Position:
      Stack
      Hero:
      2090
      BB:
      910

      SnG $ 2.15 (2 Players)
      15/30 No-Limit Hold'em (2 Players)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy.com Elephant 0.90.30913.3 by www.pokerstrategy.com

      Preflop: Hero is SB with Q :club: , 8 :heart:
      Hero raises 30 to 60, BB calls

      Flop: (120) Q :diamond: , 9 :spade: , 6 :spade:
      BB bets 30,
      Hero raises 90 to 120, BB calls

      Turn: (360) Q :spade:
      BB bets 730 (All In), Hero calls

      River: (1820) 7 :spade:

      Final Pot: 1820

      Results follow (Highlight to see):
      Hero shows three of a kind, queens (Qc, 8h) --> (Qd, Qs, Qc, 9s, 8h)
      BB shows a flush, queen high (5s, 2s) --> (Qs, 9s, 7s, 6s, 5s)

      BB wins 1820 with a flush, queen high (5s, 2s) --> (Qs, 9s, 7s, 6s, 5s)

      Villain was the best player i played against so far. I played this hand awfully, given my image in that game i couldve easily just set up a huge bilboard on the flop saying: I HAVE A QUEEEN!!! :p Ofcourse the doom card came on the turn and he exploited it...i knew he had a flush but folding a set while in comfortable lead seemed weak for me + i had 10 outs for river. Bad call i think?



      any comments are welcome :)

      To summerize these 3 days:
      Played 13 games, 11 Wins and 2 Losses
      Released only $0.72 of my $300 bonus so far :( need to pace up badly

      Current BR: $69.25


      P.S. im still looking for a study/sweat partner (maybe even a coach), anyone interested leave your contact info here:)
    • arianik
      arianik
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      Joined: 26.06.2008 Posts: 1,457
      Hello,

      I am from polish ps section and playing SNG HU for some time...

      I use skype, so preety sure we can talk a little some time. Nowdays I play 6.25 turbo on P* but after terrible day yesterday considering going down....

      if You want to talk about game do not hesitate to write, but in 99% evenings cose i work full time.

      r.wronski is my skype name
      regards and gl
    • moovet
      moovet
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      Time for update

      This has been one of the busiest weeks of my life, played around 8 games in total. Very low volume, yes i know...but the whole week ive been running from one side to another, doing million things and whenever i got the chance to play, i was soo exhausted i just played a few and then quit.
      Today i came back home around 21:30 after working for almost entire day...dead tired i forced myself to play some, made some profit, but i did sooo many mistakes its just lol so i quit before i start tilting and do other stupid stuff.

      Since PS Elephant didnt track any of my game since 22nd Decembet (dunno why, i got the full version) i dont know how many did i exactly played nor which is my win/lose ratio

      all i know is that my BR is currently at $73.30
      and ive released only $1.54 of my $300 bonus so i can pretty much forget about that. Maybe ill manage to clear just the first step ($20) but even that is doubtful if i continue to play such low volume.

      Note to myself: DONT PLAY UNLESS YOU FEEL LIKE PLAYING!

      Found one very motivational video on youtube :D gives me the chills:





      @arianik
      hi, ill add you to skype for now :)
    • arianik
      arianik
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      Joined: 26.06.2008 Posts: 1,457
      Couse we played together yesterday as I said You... the most importent thing in HU games are: Position, Agresion and playing against specyfic oponents.

      First of all You should consider beting a little more pf... miniraise to 2bb is week and You loose a lot o value, couse usually You make Your opp fold on the flop.
      Probability of hiting a pair on the flop is like 35%, so You have a great chance that You will send Your opp out on the flop.

      And this is a second thing, play Your good cad more agresive! You checek behid 2 pairs one the (hi pairs) on the river cous there was a 3rd club... You can consider folding to a big raise of Your opp but no way to check behind (uless You are sure he has hit his flush draw).

      but a good game and was nice to meet You:)
    • moovet
      moovet
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      yea, i made a very bad play with that two pair

      as for preflop raises, im going to try to adjust more to the player, if hes tight ill bet bigger, if loose i minbet

      the value thing is the difference between turbos and regulars. In turbos you play less hands, your edge is smaller therefore you have to maximize your value in thinner situations.
      In regulars its easier (in my eyes) you just put the pedal to the floor when youre sure youre good, if not - play it more cautious and wait for better hand. Players are bad enough to stack off with 2nd pair.

      Nice meeting you too :) hoping to play some more together soon.

      But not tonight, tonight is party time :D

    • konkey
      konkey
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      Hi, you can find this interesting...
      hu sng study group
    • moovet
      moovet
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      Joined: 19.01.2009 Posts: 157
      Update

      Went out on Christmas eve, got wasted so the entire Christmas i was in a wobbly state.
      Played few that day, felt really bad but i forced myself. Ended the day with -4BI...fuck it, i played badly, i ran badly, -4BI is a success imo.

      Today however, totally different story...started off with a few $2 reg speeds, then i talked to my gf over the skype since shes not currently here in Zagreb. But because i wanted to play so bad, i couldn't play the $2 reg speeds, i wanted something fast and more dynamic :P
      I ended up playing 46 1$ HUsngs Super Turbos...Started off extremely great, got 20 wins in a row, after that variance kicked in so i was pretty much brake even for the rest of the session.

      Since i started this blog i played 100Hu sngs, this is how the graph looks like:



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      FIRST 100 HUSNGS TOTAL:
      Played: 100
      Profit: $35.25
      ROI: 22%
      $/hr: $3.69

      Current BR: $90.32

      Goals Reached:
      -I Stopped Tilting, Just today i got about 4 5%bad beats in a row...didn't blink, im very proud of that
      -I joined an HUSNG study group, and played with arianik amazing how just a few hours in the study group and one session with arianik helped me.
      -Im reviewing my HH's regularly and finding my leaks.


      All in all, im satisfied with this first 9 days. Only thing i wish i could do is put more volume in it.
    • ricardo132
      ricardo132
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      Joined: 15.12.2010 Posts: 37
      Just something, in what program did u made that graph? I play fulltilt S&G $1.20 and $2.25 and HU $1. Started 10 days ago with $50 free got $74.

      I want to make a graph of my results, where did u do that?

      Cheers,
    • moovet
      moovet
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      Pokerstrategy Elephant

      You can find it on this site for free if you have reached 1000 lifetime strategy points.
    • chimicalecombinate
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      add me on skype. antoisbad
    • arianik
      arianik
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      Originally posted by moovet

      Goals Reached:
      -I Stopped Tilting, Just today i got about 4 5%bad beats in a row...didn't blink, im very proud of that
      -I joined an HUSNG study group, and played with arianik amazing how just a few hours in the study group and one session with arianik helped me.
      -Im reviewing my HH's regularly and finding my leaks.


      All in all, im satisfied with this first 9 days. Only thing i wish i could do is put more volume in it.

      Thats great I could help, hope You will still have good winrate and beat the levels quick...

      Regards and see You on the next sesion:)
    • moovet
      moovet
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      $100 BR UPDATE

      Ok, reached $100, that's 20 BI for the $5 husng's, im not going to shift completely, first ill take shots, and if it turns out they are soft ill stay on them.

      yesterday arianik sent me two husng vids which helped me quite a lot, i implemented a few aggression moves into my game and it turned out to be very profitable.

      Need to generate $15 in rake till january 8th in order to release a $20 bonus, so ill focus on that too.

      This was the winning hand of the last match which brought me a $100 BR :D :

      Known Players:
      Position:
      Stack
      SB:
      1480
      Hero:
      1520

      SnG-MTT $ 2.15 (2 Players)
      10/20 No-Limit Hold'em (2 Players)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy.com Elephant 0.96.31219.2 by www.pokerstrategy.com

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 4 :diamond: , 4 :club:
      SB calls, Hero checks

      Flop: (40) T :spade: , 9 :heart: , 4 :heart:
      Hero checks, SB checks

      Turn: (40) 9 :diamond:
      Hero bets 40, SB calls

      River: (120) 4 :spade:
      Hero bets 1460 (All In), SB calls (All In), Hero gets uncalled bet back

      Final Pot: 2960

      Results follow (Highlight to see):
      Hero shows four of a kind, fours (4d, 4c) --> (4h, 4s, 4d, 4c, Ts)
      SB shows two pairs, nines and fives (5s, 5d) --> (9h, 9d, 5s, 5d, Ts)

      Hero wins 2960 with four of a kind, fours (4d, 4c) --> (4h, 4s, 4d, 4c, Ts)


      :)
    • moovet
      moovet
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      a quick update

      Since my last post played only 9 games :( but won 7 of them :) Im going to try to play some this evening, so arianik if you're reading this, ill play tonight around 12, thats when the american fishes come out to play :D

      $5's are exactly the same as the $2's, just noticed people bluff shove waaay more often (which is good imo :P ). Also noticed a few that table select, they dont want to sit with me :( haha

      Current BR: $123.02

      Im definitely staying on $5's, less rake, same amount of bad players, more profit :)

      Cheers :D

    • moovet
      moovet
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      I hate Russians
    • moovet
      moovet
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      New goal:
      -Never play against russians, no mater how bad on sharkscope they look, you WILL lose