The French Canadian Guy.

    • ReaZoN999
      ReaZoN999
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      Hey guys, Im Jonathan, 24 years old, from Quebec, Canada. Im a Network Administrator for a Compagny near Montreal and I make a pretty good living out of it. Im a gamer, I love cars, I own a 2010 Civic SI and a 2001 S2000. I love to watch movies but my real my new passion is a card game. Poker.

      I've been playing poker for some time with my friends and family. I was pretty good playing live with people I know so some months ago I deposited 600$ on Pokerstars. Soon I realized poker was really harder then I thought.. Loosing my 600$ in about 3 days. And of course, I had absolutely no idea on what a bankroll management was. I then started reading a bit about poker on the internet before giving up because I played too much Starcraft 2!

      So two months ago, I dont remember how but I got here, on Pokerstrategy.com and I started playing with the free 50$ on Full Tilt Poker. I also started to read alot of Articles and deposited 600$ for the first deposit bonus and the rakeback from PStrategy. I began by playing 1-4 tables SSS which I rapidly pop'd to 16 tables because it was very boring. I played it for a week or two clearing a bit of the First deposit bonus. I was at about 100$ when I took a shot at NL5 and then the second disaster came. I started tilting and I said to myself: Lets double my "real" 88$ poker money in Rush poker so I can go back to NL2 with a good amount of money..... Yep.. I did that... but thats nothing. Remember my 600$ first deposit? Yup! What you think happened happenned X( .

      I began reading much more articles, bought Holdem Manager and read "No Limit Holdem, Theory and Practice". I also watched some videos on Pokerstrategy and one other website which helped my thinking about micros by alot. I deposited another stupid 300$ thinking I could crush NL10 easily after all that. It didint work at NL10, and after another huge tilting, I went back just under 50$. I stopped playing for a couple of days and after thinking alot about the money i spent, I realised I cant go rich in 2 weeks playing poker. I went from something like 45$ to 125$ playing like a complete Nit 16 tabling. Im now at exactly 125.00$ and I dont wanna make the same mistake again. Its about time for me to stop gambling out my money and make stupid 3 outters call in hope to win a big pot.

      So here I am with a 125$ bankroll, ready for some very safe, consistent and solid NL5 play. I will be playing 4 tables this week/next week. I will try to make a detailed post each night, post some hands and of course inform you guys about my bankroll evolution. I will also be posting the amount of rakeback i receive each week and the bonus from my 1st deposit bonus (260$ left to clear). I also have a fresh HeM Database to work with to upload graphs and stats.

      I would appreciate if you guys can give me some mini-challenge. Something realistic considering my current NL5 limit. It can be anything that would help my poker play. something like "Dont get over 15 VPIP this week", or "Try making around 15bb/100 this week". It could also be a goal that I could archive in a day, or in months.

      Enough chit-chat, Im going to play some poker.

      :spade: :heart: :diamond: :club: My personnal Goals: :club: :diamond: :heart: :spade:

      Longterm:
      1- Stop playing when tired: (Im getting very good at it!)
      2- Read another book (Any suggestion?)
      3- Beat NL5 (By reaching 250$ Bankroll): Done!
      4- Beat NL10 (By reaching about 650$ Bankroll)

      Midterm:
      1- Try to keep my VPIP/PFT very close to 15/11 (Thanks Frankyx911): Done! (17-13 and I like it!)
      2- Watch video "Leaks by Yersh" (Thanks hackbinder): Done!
      3- Play 50k hands with a 2 BB/100 Winrate (Thanks hackbinder) (Currently at 29BB/100 over 2.6k Hands)
      4-
      Read "The poker mindset" (Thanks hackbinder)

      Shortterm:
      Get myselft a poker Shcedule (Thanks Frankyx911) Done! (I'll be playing 3 hours for each our of study and see how it goes.)

      Current Status:
      - Stakes: NL5 Crushed!
      - NL10
      - Bankroll: 348.15$


      Thanks for reading!

      Comments and suggestions are welcome!
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    • DannyG13
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      Good luck matey, will be following. :)

      As far as a 'mini challenge' goes, I've got quite a generic one for you - Don't tilt. Keep playing your game regardless of how you're running, and under no circumstances jump up a level, etc, when things aren't quite going your way. If you feel yourself not playing right, take a break. Tables will be there when you're ready to play properly. ;)
    • ReaZoN999
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      This could be the hardest, but the best challenge anyone could give me haha :f_biggrin:

      I'll be trying very hard. I just lost a preflop all in with kings against A2s. Against a shortstacker thought so I'm cool.


      I wanted to know guys. Is it okay to read forums while playing 4 tables? Im used to play 16 tables so 4 tables gets a bit boring. Even thought im fully concentrated when I get a playable hand, do you think I might miss something by doing so?
    • ReaZoN999
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      Here are my results for tonight:

      770 hands.
      6.70$ profits.



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      Here is a hand Im not quite sure how I should have played. My biggest lost of the night. The guy was playing a 15 VPIP, 15 PFR, 14.3 3bet.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.02/$0.05 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Known players:
      CO:
      $5.13
      BU (Hero):
      $5.41
      SB:
      $5.02
      BB:
      $1.97
      UTG1:
      $2.24
      UTG2:
      $7.83
      MP1:
      $5.00
      MP2:
      $4.64
      MP3:
      $14.47

      Preflop: Hero is BU with Q, A.
      6 folds, Hero raises to $0.15, SB raises to $0.50, BB folds, Hero raises to $1.55, SB raises to $5.04, Hero folds, SB gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $1.58.
    • hackbinder
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      Bonjour!

      As someone who has failed two poker goals already (and the third isn't looking to good), I understand where you are coming from.

      For a challenge, I would say watch a video a week related to what you play. Also, go 50,000 hands and try to achieve a winrate above 2 BB / 100 hands at the lowest stakes. Poker is a game where skill wins long term, so a long term goal and a decent sample size will at least give you good information to study at the end of your goal to plug leaks.

      Here is my suggestion for a video...

      Leaks by Yersh

      The phrase that I keep in my head from the video is something he said a few times in relation to marginal holdings... "Do you really want to play for stacks?" I ask myself that question when I am holding top pair, middle kicker and my bet gets raised, or if I have a flush draw and the odds are NOT there to call.

      As for books, everyone here will recommend "The poker mindset". And for good reason. Also, "The poker blueprint" is good but not so much for the ultra micro stakes, its more of a 25/50, 50/1 kind of book.
    • stevegold87
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      Salut Jonathan :D

      Lol, I am french Canadian as well and I have been on those forums for a while as you can see...Do you ever go to Montreal Casino? (I am from Montreal as well)

      I am mostly grinding SNGs but I played some NL2 and Nl5 online back then...it<s a pretty annoying world and I would rather play SNGs for sure :) .

      Of course I suggest that when you play you dont do anything else but thats just me :)

      GL in your goals sir
    • Frankyx911
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      Salut ! voisin ;)

      I'll keep it english so evryone can read :P

      1st...
      I'm doing the same thing you are here :
      poker is Hawt 70$ to... (now @ 408$) added graphs

      i've added my toughts as my BR went up so you might find something usefull altho theres a lot in there even if I started only a month ago to completly change my game

      I was a multiple deposit failure but... I think I managed to turn it around or... I've been way to lucky for anyone to believe it :f_cool:
      2nd...
      I was doing the same as you...cutting down tables to "study"
      Dont do it ... keep your head on your game when you play...
      I was playing only 2 table back then ... i used to get bored and so played more then I should!!
      So I started adding tables 2 at a time...waiting 10k hands to see if I was still showing profit before adding 2 more
      I'm up to 9 tables now and waiting for a second screen to go up to 12+

      By having more tables you see more hands ... you are more buzy and focused on your game and since you often get more then 1 active pot at a time you give up semi-bad hands you would play whit less tables just to have time to think about those big pots

      You are way better off opening more tables then doing ANYTHING else while playing ... i would suggest closing MSN SKYPE ect ... anything that would distract you while you play strategy articles and video included...

      You want to study? make yourself a schedule... play 1h session then study for a 30 min session then 15 min break of anything poker and repeat...

      3rd...
      As for a challenge I will give you the one that helped me the most...
      You are using holdem manager so... keep track of your own stats
      If on multiple tables after 100 hands your VPIP IS over 18 cut down on the hands you play!!
      It can happen that it goes over it on a table as you get good card runs .... but you should mostly try to keep it lower than 18 but
      that is my opinion and what worked for me ... i even keep it lower then that @ 15 over 40k hands

      Then try to keep your PFR at 60%+ of your VPIP... i use 66% as it is 2/3
      so for a VPIP of 18 I'd keep a PFR of 12 or more

      I keep both as near as possible (VPIP/PFR 15/11) or ... in other words... if I wouldnt dare to raise a hand... I dont play it!! except maybe baby pairs for set mining :D


      Hope It helps feel free to post question on my tread or here !
      I will try to keep up to date on your progress
    • ReaZoN999
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      Hey thanks for your posts guys.

      I added some personnal goals up in my 1st post considering your mini-challenges ;)

      I'll be reading your blogs and watch "Leaks by Yersh" tonight.

      As for the Montreal Casino, I just played one time there when I wasent very famillar with Poker so I looked like a complete idiot. I was planning on trying it again now that I am much better. What are the stakes at the casino? And how does the rake works?

      Thanks guys! Time to work ?(
    • stevegold87
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      Originally posted by ReaZoN999
      Hey thanks for your posts guys.

      I added some personnal goals up in my 1st post considering your mini-challenges ;)

      I'll be reading your blogs and watch "Leaks by Yersh" tonight.

      As for the Montreal Casino, I just played one time there when I wasent very famillar with Poker so I looked like a complete idiot. I was planning on trying it again now that I am much better. What are the stakes at the casino? And how does the rake works?

      Thanks guys! Time to work ?(
      Good morning,

      The stake at the casino are NL100, NL200, NL500.

      Of course they must be out of your BR but the game is very fishy there...I am not a cash player and I'd say I was able to win quite a lot of money 80% of the times I went there.

      I think the rake is cap 7%. It's huge huge huge rake. Very hard to beat...Not too sure how it works..
    • ReaZoN999
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      Hey guys, had a super bad run today. Ive lost some hands with aces, kings, and queens. I think im trying to win too many pots with those hands. I need to fold way more often. I also realised my Cbet % is at 80%. I beleive it is a bit too high? Am I right?

      I'll try to play more table. I think my focus is there, Im just bored and tend to overplay my high pairs.
    • hackbinder
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      I wouldn't mind discussing this in more detail with you as it is something I struggle with as well...

      Hey guys, had a super bad run today. Ive lost some hands with aces, kings, and queens. I think im trying to win too many pots with those hands. I need to fold way more often. I also realised my Cbet % is at 80%. I beleive it is a bit too high? Am I right? I'll try to play more table. I think my focus is there, Im just bored and tend to overplay my high pairs.


      ... and were both Canadians so I sent you a friend request!

      ;)
    • i5bet72o
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      the rake at canadian casinos is not that hard to beat imo (it might be different in Montreal). the games r just soo super fishy
    • Frankyx911
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      true about mtl casino... the game is pretty easy if you dont mind 200$
      Thats what got me last time ... 200$ is half a week pay and got scared of 50$ raises :P

      BTW Dont take those high pocket out of your play ... you shouldnt be affraid to shove Aces heads up preflop.... sorry if I sucked out whit my kings :f_eek:

      something I did notice... you need to keep your play the same even if you get some bad outcome ... like I told you when I went up to NL10 I got 7 AA cracked in a row ... but ... its part of variance ...
      I cant even start to count how many time they've hold all in preflop ...
      true 7 times in a row makes you doubt them (even more if they make you go down a limit)...
      but still THEY are the best hand preflop and I will be more then happy to shove them next time :D

      I read somewhere ... that AA will win 80% the time against any hand ...
      But that doesnt mean they will win 8 times then loose 2
      They could very well loose 12 times then win 48 in a row
      All in all it's never a mistake to shove them heads up or 3 way... i would fold them in a 8way allin tho :P

      was nice playing whit you !! See you on the tables ;)
    • ReaZoN999
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      Ya Frank I was just kidding about not going all in preflop with aces :)

      So guys I took a day off today and ive been running good playing 4 tables and watching poker videos. I cleared a 20$ Bonus and made a 12.35$ profit in 356 hands.

      I was experimanting 3betting and stealing more blinds. In my 356 hands I played 23vpip with 21pfr. I am pretty sure it was the best way to play against the opponents I had. Complete rocks folding anything but the nuts.

      In the future I'll try to ajust my play alot more considering my opponents on the table.
    • ReaZoN999
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      Hey guys Im back! Sorry for the lack of post, I was busy shopping for a Bike, with the summer comming I need a toy to play outside :)

      So I did crush NL5 faster then expected. I now play 4-8-16 tables depending on how I feel for the night. Ive been rushing NL5 16 tabling playing different style, but mostly nit at the end where I had a very good upswing flopping my sets and getting aces alot. I won 12 buy-ins in 544 hands it was awesome. I also cleared a bonus so I achived a 249.85$ Bankroll.

      In the last 3 days I've been playing NL10 with 2 tables open for the 1st 1000 hands to get the feel of the game. I've won 35$ over these 1000 hands and then started to 16 table again. I am now up 78.30$ at NL10, and I also cleared another 20$ Bonus.

      Heres my graph for NL10, playing a 17/13 style:


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