- 02.01.2011, 22:22
- This post has been edited 20 time(s), it was last edited by Shevtshenko: 19.05.2014 08:26.
Bloggin action here I come.
My poker path (aka rly long ramble of my times as a whale in poker industry)
I started playing poker during autumn of 2009 when I moved to Jyväskylä (semi-sized city in Finland). University started at september and I guess it was during oct/nov when I made a 10€ deposit to a Finnish skin in Entraction network. Started playing some sng's and made my bankroll to ~100€ without any bankrollmanagement (obviously). Then one day I decided to donk it all to roulette and busted my roll.
Next deposit I made, was to Fulltilt at Nov. 4th -09, deposited 43$ and started playing sng's trying to study brm, starting hands, etc. from fulltiltpoker's academy . Like a pro made my way to 11$ turbo sng's with some sort of brm and hit the peak of my career at ~300$. Then I hit a "downswing", loosing few buy-ins and at ~200$ decided to withdraw half of my br to "secure my winnings". Then donked some bucks to all sorts of games and that continued without much of a plan until I joined pokerstrategy.
6.12.2009 joined pokerstrategy, obviously just because of free money. But I did decide to give a shot to SSS and tried it out for a while. Never really did too well with it nor was I enough disipline to bother actually following any charts. If I had a pocketpair in mp2 and someone raised from utg it was obvious 3bAI for 20bb since "he's just gonna have AK and it's a flip". Love my thought processes during those days .
Started playing on bet365 with x amount of money during January. I had an adequate bankroll to play nl10 sss but hit a "downswing" which was due to playing waaay too many tables and just playing too loose. The thing was though that I couldn't move down since smallest buy in to nl4 tables was 50bb. So I kept losing on nl10 playing sss until i had like 5$ on my account. At that point I made a decision that changed everything.
Started playing nl2fr and nl2sh with 100bb buyins. So basically had roughly 2,5 buyins on my br when starting. That was the point when I hit some sort of upswing and also started watching a ton of bss videos on ps. Moved up soonish to nl4, then struggled with it, moved to nl10, struggled some more, moved down to nl4.
And on June 1st 2010 I was playing nl4sh on PartyPoker. Moved back to fullring and Fulltilt at some point during summer and started taking it really seriously and putting in some solid volume for my standards. Finally I decided to give rush a shot and started with nl10fr rush. Raised level of my game at the same pace as I moved up limits. Nl10 was obviously soft, nl25 didn't stop me and after crushing nl50 for some months decided to take some shots on nl100. During first shots I overadjusted a lot and donked off some buyins with way too loose/bad stackoffs. Analysed my game like never before and oved back to nl50 to build roll to take some more shots: which ended up working waaay better. Currently I'm playing nl100fr/sh/hu on Fulltilt/Stars/Betfair.
autumn 2009 - June 1st 2010 fish, fishier, me.
From June 1st 2010 playin NL4 to Jan 1st 2011 nl100fr/sh/hu and taking shots to nl200.
Where do I stand atm with my game & mindset
-I'd say that my mindset is OKish. I definately do tilt when I realize that I'm making a bad plays but after I realize that I'm tilting I either quit tilting or playing. Yet suckouts don't really affect my play, even when getting sucked out ten times in a row. (Hu might be different though. One can only stand a certain amount of losing vs. one opponent ).
-My game is solid enough to beat nl100. Been playing nl100 sinve Sept. 1st and done fine with it.
-I've got a coaching deal with Joenaes atm and should try to find some time again to have next session with him within couple weeks.
-Did some leakfinding during X-mas and found something which is/was propably costing me a healthy amount of bb's during my months on nl100. I think I got those spots figured out relatively well and realized that I was overestimating peoples bluffing frequency's a lot.
-I do feel comfortable playing on nl200 as well (aka not bothered by the amounts at stake) and to demonstrate that "bluff of the day":
Villain was a fish and had been opening rather light. The play definately was spewy but villain's snapcalls just convinced me to fire through. Thought that he's going to have so many 2nd pair+ one diamond type of hands that are going to fold on river that barreling through will be profitable. Also A on the river is unlikely to make him any two pair type of hand and half of his TP hands (KQ/AQ) just got less likely with the rivered ace.
Grabbed by Holdem Manager
NL Holdem $2(BB) Replayer
Dealt to Hero T 7
fold, fold, UTG+2 raises to $6, fold, Hero raises to $18, fold, fold, UTG+2 calls $12
FLOP ($39) 6 3 Q
UTG+2 checks, Hero bets $30, UTG+2 snapcalls $30
TURN ($99) 6 3 Q 8
UTG+2 checks, Hero bets $64, UTG+2 snapcalls $64
RIVER ($114) 6 3 Q 8 A
UTG+2 checks, Hero bets $108 (AI), UTG+2 tankfolds
Hero shows T 7
Hero wins $227
-I've lately been mainly watching nl hu videos on cr and I feel very confident in my hu game on nl50/100.
-Best part of my game: Table selection. I'm capable of multiplatforming and I'm constantly looking at lobbies searching for juicier games.
-Worst part of my game: thinking hands/spots in a tube. That basically means that when I get to river vs. a villain (esp. when multitabling hu) and I've got a third pair which is effectively a bluffcather I know that I only beat a bluff and for the first 20 seconds of my timebank I spend on just thinking that "villain simply has to have a bluff here!" thinking through stuff like timing, betsizing and gameflow and during the last 10 seconds of my timebank I start to think that "what's his range for value and what's his range for bluffing" and to be 100% honest: that 10 seconds isn't always enough to realize wether the right play is to call or fold.
----> solution to that. Need to think in ranges all the time during hands, not just in spots where the play isn't obvious to me.
-atm hu > fr > sh when it comes to pure edge. Don't really feel uncomfortable playing sh but just don't have the same touch on it as for hu/fr (prolly mainly due to lower volume with it).
-Second year at uni, studying business.
-living in a studio in Finland
-Having a polar bear as a pet
Guess that should be long enough for a first post. I'll be posting some goals for 2011 during this week. Huge thanks for reading!