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Chavez Challenges FL SH.

    • mChavez
      Joined: 13.02.2009 Posts: 323
      Hi all!

      I've decided that now its time to start my own blog :s_cool: , mainly for accountability reasons, but I also expect to obtain some priceless advice here from experienced poker players.

      So, a little bit about my poker experience:

      I've been playing poker on and off for a couple of years now. Started a few years ago at Poker Strategy with $50 playing SNGs and after many ups & downs, quit poker for good (At least that's what I though at that time) having turned my $50 starting capital into just under $3000.

      One year later, I've started playing again (from scratch i.e. $20), being unable to resist the temptations of poker and after a few ups & downs and turnarounds I've ended up in the FL SH field with a $650 bankroll. Unfortunately, I got hit by a monster downswing that brought me down to $450 (incl $100 bonus :f_cry: ) and one day I realised that I've just been tilting my roll off for about a month and I had to make changes to my approach to poker.

      I am going to use this blog to account for my poker sessions and poker education to make sure that I don't drop into bankroll-burning tilt again. :s_grin:

      So, here we go:
      1) I am going to accept the realities of poker. I understand that poker is a game of variance and small edges, therefore, I should only be concerned about the decisions I make during a hand. Results of one hand or one session or even one month of sessions are irrelevant.
      2) I will dedicate myself to a continuous process of improvement by reading and re-reading books & articles, watching videos and reviewing my hands.

      This is the plan of action for meeting the targets above:

      I will always approach my sessions in the following manner:
      - open up 3 tables
      - chose the most profitable one after collecting 30-40 hands
      - continue to play only one table.
      - Only display the following stats for my hud: VPIP; PFR; 3!; AF.
      - Play the session for at least an hour. Quit the session unless I am in an extremely profitable spot.
      - Only play one session a day.

      I will then review the sessions and post the most interesting hands here for discussion that would hopefully benefit everyone who is interested.

      I will watch at least 1 video and read / reread at least one article a week.

      Please feel free to leave your comments and questions. The main purpose of this blog is to record my thoughts and my progress and to keep me on the right path, so I will be posting here anyway=)
  • 4 replies
    • Helipacter
      Joined: 28.07.2010 Posts: 474
      Looking forward to the hands & the chartporn - will it all be exclusively FL SH?

      Also, if you're doing some extra-curriculum reading or video watching, let us know what it is, and what your thoughts are.

      Best of luck!
    • taavi1337
      Joined: 29.05.2009 Posts: 2,924
      good luck :)
    • mChavez
      Joined: 13.02.2009 Posts: 323
      Well, time for a little recap.

      After a few days of poker I ended up break even after 1k hands. :s_mad:
      In fact, this was a huge improvement considering my recent -6BB/100H rate in FL SH.

      My main aim was to fix my tilt leaks and I guess I had some success.
      I've analysed the spots where I was losing money and reduced my strategy to a rather basic ABC poker with no fancy play. I stopped playing very marginal hands and tried to focus on extracting value from strong hands and folding all weak hands.

      I'll list the leaks identified in case they are helpful for other FL'ers:

      - FPS (aka fancy play syndrome). Making stupid moves hoping that they would confuse the opponents and pay off. Overthinking the game. This was not a big issue for me but still I've lost quite a few BB due to fps.

      - Playing by the articles without adjusting for opponents. Something silly like 3-betting 99 into a maniac who plays 65/4/4.0 (vpip; pfr; af). Under-thinking the game.

      - Playing preflop looser that the charts. Loose openings and loose isolation and 3! have surely cost me a few dozen BB during my tilt and since these are quite easy to fix, I'm hoping to fix them very soon=)

      - Not quitting when hit stop-loss marks. This could have saved me a large chunk of my roll :f_mad: .

      If you are not happy with your winrate I suggest that you have a look at your game and try to identify and fix the leaks above=)

      I've heard many high-limit players saying that micros are very easy to beat but I would dare to disagree.

      Your ideal table would be something like:
      LP; LP; You; Weak-tight; Weak-tight; LP.
      These tables are very easy to beat and hero's position is great. YOu'll never see such a table though.

      The main problems of 0.5/1 are a large number of maniacs who are absolutely inadequate with their bets and a generally high WTSD of all players. This results in pots that easily grow out of control as well as next to 0 fold equity against such tables.

      Of course, you have to adjust your strategy and aim to extract value from their loose calldowns and raises with air. Sure. All you need for that is a few strong hands that will actually win. Now, suppose that you start folding all weak hands, calling down in big pots with semi-strong holdings and jamming all monsters. Playing for value is good unless you run cold for a week or two. Imagine you don't get many good hands, so you bleed blinds; you don't hit the flops with the few hands you get and you lose half a dozen monster pots to 2- or 4- outers.
      This can easily take you down 200-300BB in a few k hands and there is nothing you can do about it. If you had some fold equity, you would have been able to smooth the losses and wait until your value hands start winning again. But what can you do in the games packed with maniacal fish? Shut up and keep playing? drop down a limit and rebuild? Would you quit a table where you were running cold for a 100 hands and were forced to play weak and fold way too often just because you miss all the flops and there is no point double-barelling against 2 players with WTSD of 60?

      Please prove me wrong, but without some good luck one can be stuck in micros for a very very long time... :f_mad:
    • mChavez
      Joined: 13.02.2009 Posts: 323
      And the winner of this week's "Sunday's Shittest Showdown" goes to this hand!

      Known players:

      0.5/1 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: Elephant.Base 0.99 by

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with A:heart: , A:club:
      Hero raises, MP3 3-bets, CO folds, BU calls, 2 folds, Hero caps, MP3 calls, BU calls.

      Flop: (13.50 SB) 9:club: , 6:diamond: , 5:heart: (3 players)
      Hero bets, MP3 calls, BU calls.

      Turn: (8.25 BB) 2:heart: (3 players)
      Hero bets, MP3 folds, BU calls.

      River: (10.25 BB) 3:club: (2 players)
      Hero bets, BU raises, Hero calls.

      Final Pot: 14.25 BB

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows (Ah Ac)
      BU shows a straight, six high (8d 4d)

      BU wins with a straight, six high (8d 4d)