Now this is a plan to grind to... Platinumstar!

    • NIVEKii
      NIVEKii
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      Ah, new months, new opportunities, way too much of the same crap. Once again I'm falling victim to the opportunistic nature of man. I am starting a blog to track my progress through the limits of Fixed Limit on Pokerstars.

      I'm not that interesting when it comes to background story, but I'm down 'a lot' on Pokerstars on cashgames and sng's. I think a total of $500. Thanks to 1-tabling limits I wasn't rolled for and taking 10BI shots on way too high sng limits. Thank God for bonushunting on other poker sites so I'm actually up in my total 'career'. All that must come to a stop now. I will start with a $50 bankroll and hope to be able to cash out some profits at the end of the month to pay for some parties. Any bonuses earned will 100% go to the cash out funds. Let's see how much I'll be able to drink in August thanks to my outstanding play in July. I will keep playing 0.10/0.20 FL 6m until I reach 500BB for the next limit ($250). With most of my profits (hopefully!) going to the cash out funds I realize I'll be on this limit for a while, I don't mind though.

      A fellow LHE player on a local forum climbed the limits and is now playing a mix of 2/4, 3/6, 5/10 and 10/20 so he is in some sense the inspiration of trying to go for this. I will use July to see how well I can cope with enormous amounts of minbetting and hope I will come out on top at the end of the month when I re-evaluate.


      GOALS JULY 2011

      [ :heart:] Play ONLY 0.10/0.20 FL 6m on Pokerstars
      [ :heart:] Play 20,000 hands
      [ :heart:] Actually be a winning player of that sample (winning being anything > 0.00BB/100, with a personal hope of 2BB/100) excluding bonuses
      [ :heart:] Update this blog numerous times a week, I don't want this to be a two week thing this time.
      [ :heart:] Keeping Silver status on PokerStrategy
      [ :heart:] Getting Gold status on Pokerstrategy

      NEW GOAL ADDED ON JULY 6

      [ :heart: ] Getting Silverstar status on Pokerstars

      Going to hit the tables now, I'll play 3-4 tables at a time so the volume should be sufficient. Hope my first update will be a good one!
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    • NIVEKii
      NIVEKii
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      So I totally forgot I had a band rehearsal today so I obviously skipped the session earlier. Opened some tables and it took me around 120 hands to realize I was too tired to concentrate on the games so I decided to stop my first day way early :)


      Bankroll: -2.9BB
      Hands played: 133/20,000


      On these levels it's just waiting for the nuts, but sometimes that's not enough!


      $0.10/$0.20 Limit Holdem
      PokerStars
      5 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      UTG bretta1801 ($2.95)
      CO danaddie ($1.58)
      BTN Hero ($8)
      SB jocker79554 ($5.08)
      BB Monserge ($5.69)

      Pre-Flop: (1.5 SB, 5 players) Hero is BTN 8:spade: 8:club:
      bretta1801 calls, 1 fold, Hero raises, jocker79554 calls, Monserge calls, bretta1801 calls

      Flop: 8:heart: Q:spade: Q:club: (8.0 SB, 4 players)
      jocker79554 checks, Monserge checks, bretta1801 checks, Hero bets, jocker79554 calls, Monserge folds, bretta1801 calls

      Turn: 5:diamond: (5.5 BB, 3 players)
      jocker79554 checks, bretta1801 bets, Hero raises, jocker79554 folds, bretta1801 3-bets, Hero calls

      River: 2:club: (11.5 BB, 2 players)
      bretta1801 bets, Hero calls

      Final Pot: 13.5 BB
      Hero shows
      8:spade: 8:club:
      bretta1801 shows
      Q:diamond: 8:diamond:

      bretta1801 wins 12.9 BB (net +7.4 BB)

      Hero lost 5.5 BB
      jocker79554 lost 1.5 BB
      Monserge lost 1.0 BB


      Not too sure about my line, because on the turn there are really only three combo's that beat me, QQ, Q8 and Q5. I believe he would play Qx very aggressively here, together with A8, K8, perhaps even J8. 77+ are in his range too. Should I 4bet turn and try to stick as much in as possible? :f_confused:
    • IngridN
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      Welcome to our blog section NIVEKii:)

      Ingrid
    • stevegold87
      stevegold87
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      Hey NIVEKii,

      I have no experience on the fixed limit hold em but it looks like to me that you have some good goals here.

      I am sure this blog will become great!

      Welcome and take care!
    • MarcPS
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      I certainly cap turn and raise river with 88.

      I think those, long term, are missed bets.
    • tcs35
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      You still owe me money from playing more hands in 2010 :D
    • NIVEKii
      NIVEKii
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      Originally posted by TobyCS
      You still owe me money from playing more hands in 2010 :D
      Haha, I totally forgot about that. Weren't we aiming for 500k? That sure as hell didn't turn out right. I actually forgot what our bet was...
    • tcs35
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      Me too :) but I think it's ok we can just play hu for rollz sometime soon
    • NIVEKii
      NIVEKii
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      Started out with a lot of good intentions, but I think I'm getting sick. Not feeling optimal and cut my morning session short (again, like my evening session yesterday). I shouldn't be playing when I'm not feeling 100% obviously, but if this goes on for a couple of more days I'm afraid I won't get the 20k hands in.

      Anyhow, results of the morning session:

      Time played: 37 mins
      Results: + 15.4BB
      Hands played: 229


      Total for the month:

      Time played: 1.03h
      Results: + 12.6BB
      Hands played: 362/20,000

      Didn't come across any noteworthy hands, just standard bet bet bet when I had a hand and opponents showed weakness.
    • NIVEKii
      NIVEKii
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      Played a decent session, got quite a few hands in, ran well, hit good, donks paid my monsters, pretty standard :p

      This hand made me think, I get 14 to 1 or something on that river, although, due to the line he took, I was pretty sure he had KK or QQ. I decided to bet bet bet as long as they didn't show resistance, because they only raise on these limits when they have a very strong hand. Mafkees51 played like 95/27 over 50-60 hands, annytiggar seems a "regular". Obviously I can fold river, but come on, 14 to 1 odds. That being said, not sure what hands would raise river there that I have beat.

      $0.10/$0.20 Limit Holdem
      PokerStars
      6 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      UTG MeRunSoHot ($3.43)
      UTG+1 Hero ($8.96)
      CO mafkees505 ($4.46)
      BTN annytigar ($10.36)
      SB olakaligyl ($6.17)
      BB KKAAESSAR ($4)

      Pre-Flop: (1.5 SB, 6 players) Hero is UTG+1 A:spade: A:heart:
      1 fold, Hero raises, mafkees505 calls, annytigar 3-bets, 2 folds, Hero 4-bets, mafkees505 calls, annytigar calls

      Flop: 6:club: 7:diamond: K:diamond: (13.5 SB, 3 players)
      Hero bets, mafkees505 calls, annytigar calls

      Turn: 10:heart: (8.3 BB, 3 players)
      Hero bets, mafkees505 calls, annytigar calls

      River: Q:spade: (11.3 BB, 3 players)
      Hero bets, mafkees505 calls, annytigar raises, Hero calls, mafkees505 calls

      Final Pot: 17.3 BB
      Hero shows
      A:spade: A:heart:
      mafkees505 shows
      J:heart: K:spade:
      annytigar shows
      Q:heart: Q:club:

      annytigar wins 16.4 BB (net +10.9 BB)

      Hero lost 5.5 BB
      mafkees505 lost 5.5 BB


      Results of the afternoon / early evening session

      Time played: 124 mins
      Results: + 8.4BB
      Hands played: 729

      Making a total for this month:

      Time played: 3.10h
      Results: +21.0BB (1.92BB/100)
      Hands played: 1,091/20,000

      All in all, can't complain, at this pace I should get the 20k hands mark well before the month is up, hope the results keep this positive and most importantly, that my game improves for August, where I can hopefully get my 500BB roll for the next level in September.
    • NIVEKii
      NIVEKii
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      Alright, regged to a 6m sng 235FPP sat to the $11 20k GTD and shipped a ticket. Not too sure if I should unreg and collect the T-USD or try and make a run for it...

      I registered a Pocketfives.com account today so I'll probably try to get a third MTT cash on that one, my previous ones being a pretty good run in the 1/4 Mill and apparently a 75/3,037 position in a $1 Micro Mania MTT or something.

      Ah well, I'll just look those results up and post them here:

      Jul 11th, 2010 / MicroMania $1 NLHE Special [$1,000 Added]: 75/3,037 for $6.45
      Sep 12th, 2010 / $11 Sunday ¼ Million [$250K Guaranteed]: 875/28,687 for $63.11

      Guess I'll just try to look a little more pro on my P5 acc with a third cash. MTT pro's watch out!
    • NIVEKii
      NIVEKii
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      Still in the 20k with around 1k players left. Top 360 get paid out. Got kind of shortish and couldn't find a spot to shove. Average stack was getting to 7k and then I got AQs.


      No Limit Holdem Tournament
      PokerStars
      9 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      UTG Maccarini (9,575)
      UTG+1 abeiamelo (4,435)
      MP1 Riag (8,650)
      MP2 omg itm 1888 (1,308)
      MP3 Hero (2,160)
      CO rbg187 (1,369)
      BTN GazmanOIA (3,470)
      SB BigStuff3985 (13,045)
      BB pachocha33 (8,327)

      Blinds: 75/150 Ante 20

      Pre-Flop: (405, 9 players) Hero is MP3 A:heart: Q:heart:
      4 folds, Hero goes all-in 2,140, rbg187 calls 1,349, 3 folds

      Flop: 3:heart: 2:diamond: 9:heart: (3,894, 2 players, 1 all-in)

      Turn: 5:heart: (3,894, 2 players, 1 all-in)

      River: 5:club: (3,894, 2 players, 1 all-in)

      Final Pot: 3,894
      Hero shows
      A:heart: Q:heart:
      rbg187 shows
      10:diamond: 10:heart:

      Hero wins 3,894 (net +1,734)

      rbg187 lost 1,369


      3.4k stack at 100/200/25
    • NIVEKii
      NIVEKii
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      6.5k at 100/200/25, 950 remaining.



      No Limit Holdem Tournament
      PokerStars
      9 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      UTG abeiamelo (9,850)
      UTG+1 Riag (7,700)
      MP1 nord96 (3,906)
      MP2 Hero (3,389)
      MP3 caracabra25 (12,358)
      CO GazmanOIA (2,945)
      BTN BigStuff3985 (11,585)
      SB pachocha33 (8,202)
      BB Maccarini (9,125)

      Blinds: 100/200 Ante 25

      Pre-Flop: (525, 9 players) Hero is MP2 J:club: A:diamond:
      3 folds, Hero raises to 500, 3 folds, pachocha33 calls 400, 1 fold

      Flop: 9:heart: A:spade: 4:diamond: (1,425, 2 players)
      pachocha33 checks, Hero bets 699, pachocha33 goes all-in 7,677, Hero calls 2,165

      Turn: 8:club: (11,966, 2 players, 1 all-in)

      River: Q:diamond: (11,966, 2 players, 1 all-in)

      Final Pot: 11,966
      Hero shows
      J:club: A:diamond:
      pachocha33 shows
      A:heart: 10:spade:

      Hero wins 7,153 (net +3,764)

      pachocha33 collects 4,813 (net -3,389)
    • IflopMonsters
      IflopMonsters
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      Originally posted by NIVEKii
      Originally posted by TobyCS
      You still owe me money from playing more hands in 2010 :D
      Haha, I totally forgot about that. Weren't we aiming for 500k? That sure as hell didn't turn out right. I actually forgot what our bet was...
      LOL, who wants to do a bet with me, how bout 500k till 2012? If we both do it its a wash :)
    • NIVEKii
      NIVEKii
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      Out in 400th place, obviously couldn't win the 77 vs AQo flip when it mattered. Not that I'd go far anyhow, was floating between 5-12bb's for the last 90 minutes. Kind of sucks I didn't cash though.
    • NIVEKii
      NIVEKii
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      Joined: 01.01.2009 Posts: 1,097
      Skipped on my morning session, wasn't feeling like it. Railed some 100nl reg on Mikogo and asked some questions. Nothing that could really help me with my FL play, but fun none the less.

      I have nowhere to go tonight, had to cancel two rehearsals this week because I'm sick. Actually I don't have anything to do today, so I'm going to pick up the pace this afternoon and hopefully record a monstersession, both playing A-game wise as BB profits wise! Hope to at least break the 2k hands mark today.
    • purplefizz
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      hey kev, just wanted to drop in and say hi :) glad to see you playing again.
    • NIVEKii
      NIVEKii
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      Originally posted by MarcPS
      I certainly cap turn and raise river with 88.

      I think those, long term, are missed bets.
      Hey MarcPS, thanks for your insight. I absolutely agree with you, I did not play this optimally.

      Originally posted by purplefizz
      hey kev, just wanted to drop in and say hi :) glad to see you playing again.
      Hey Wendy, it feels good to be back and more importantly, be back with a goal. Althought it's microlimits I'm having fun playing poker, and that is just as important as winning $$.
    • NIVEKii
      NIVEKii
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      I can't seem to play sessions longer than 60 minutes. It's really strange, I could play for three hours straight last year and still have the urge to grind it out, but nowadays I feel my focus (and enjoyment in the game) drop quite quick. Anyone else had this 'problem'?

      I hope with playing more I can steadily improve the length of my sessions without losing too much concentration... Especially if I want to climb up limits and become an FPP pro :megusta:


      Anyhow, first session of today:

      Time played: 44 mins
      Results: + 25BB
      Hands played: 250


      Making the total of this month:

      Time played: 3.87h
      Results: +46.7BB ( even running like 11BB under EV :f_cool: ) :)
      Hands played: 1,341/20,000

      It of course helps when you you flop set > set :)


      $0.10/$0.20 Limit Holdem
      PokerStars
      6 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      UTG Hero ($7.92)
      UTG+1 pixx123 ($5.46)
      CO crizizpro ($5.20)
      BTN dimars968 ($3.70)
      SB annytigar ($12.17)
      BB August31 ($4.19)

      Pre-Flop: (1.5 SB, 6 players) Hero is UTG K: K:
      Hero raises, 1 fold, crizizpro 3-bets, dimars968 4-bets, 2 folds, Hero calls, crizizpro calls

      Flop: :8c: K: T: (13.5 SB, 3 players)
      Hero checks, crizizpro bets, dimars968 calls, Hero raises, crizizpro 3-bets, dimars968 calls, Hero 4-bets, crizizpro calls, dimars968 calls

      Turn: :9c: (12.8 BB, 3 players)
      Hero checks, crizizpro bets, dimars968 calls, Hero calls

      River: :9d: (15.8 BB, 3 players)
      Hero checks, crizizpro bets, dimars968 calls, Hero raises, crizizpro 3-bets, dimars968 folds, Hero 4-bets, crizizpro calls

      Final Pot: 24.8 BB
      Hero shows
      K: K:
      crizizpro shows
      T: T:

      Hero wins 23.8 BB (net +14.8 BB)

      crizizpro lost 9.0 BB
      dimars968 lost 6.0 BB
    • NIVEKii
      NIVEKii
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      Just as I said I couldn't handle longer sessions I recorded a 159 minutes session that went quite ok, not to say, excellent. A perfect mixture of terribad players and the best rungood I've had in more than a year are resulting in the start of an epic graph, that is to say, if the downswing doesn't come immediately. Something I'm not hoping for!


      Last session:
      Time played: 159.5 mins
      Results: +69.8BB
      Hands played: 823


      Today's results:
      Time played: 204.7 mins
      Results: +95.45BB
      Hands played: 1,073


      Monthly results:

      Time played: 6.60h
      Results: +116.5BB
      Hands played: 2,164/20,000
      Silverstar goal: 108.74/750

      Obviously I'm very happy that I'm running this good. The players do allow for good winrates though. Will post graphs for every 2k hands I add to my monthly total. Time for the first one! Also, since I'm going for Pokerstars Silverstar, I'll add my VPP counter too from now on. Still a bit behind on Silverstar pace, but I didn't play any hands until yesterday basically so that'll be ok too. I've added the goal to my OP.



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