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Known as 'Keruli' no more, I fear. My time as a low-stakes professional at fulltilt is over for now. here's a link to my previous blog, where I updated my
progress playing rush poker, along with a graph for my current database of hands, which is march through june:
Now I'm left with barely enough money in the bank for 2 months or so, and only a couple of hundred dollars here and there online that I'm going to try to grind up into a
sufficient bankroll. I was planning on flying to Sweden this month, but now i'm going to have to improve my finances before i can do that
Anyway, I deposited €200 on party today and started grinding NL10. I need to get 1000 party points in the next 15 days to get fast-tracked Palladium status, which
may require a ton of volume. Screenshot of partypoker and my HEM session stats:
I'm considering adding some other stuff to this blog besides poker content, we'll see...
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I have, but I'm not actually sure that it would be the best choice. There's the logistics involved(how to get money onto a site for me to play with, how to
arrange the parameters in a way that lets me cash out at the required times), and then the fact that even with a really good staking deal I probably wouldn't have a
good bankroll very soon anyway. Plus the challenge of building up a new bankroll seems appealing to me.
That being said, I'm still not sure. Maybe some kind of deal where I get longterm stakes or staked for 100k hands or something of NL50/100 and i get to keep
80% of the profit? Dunno, what do you think?
It's pretty unrealistic to get such a deal, unless you give away all rakeback or something. But you can just think like this.. if you get staked for nl100 and do 50/50, its like playing nl50 for you. That's more than NL10.
But maybe it's more profitable in the long run for you to grind up a nl50 roll of your own, I'm not sure.. you might be right
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yeah, that's more or less correct, but 50/50 would actually be an insanely bad deal for me. 80/20 or even 90/10 would honestly be a great investment, but i
guess what i'm thinking of isn't just a stake for a certain limit, but instead a stake that i treat like a bankroll, using my normal BRM, in which case the probability
of me being down after 2 months or so of serious grinding is actually close to zero, so it's pretty much a nice chunk of free money for the investor. that distinction
is actually very important imo. I've actually staked a winning player for NL50 before who then lost 40 stacks
wouldn't have happened if he a) used BRM
and b) actually relied on profit from the deal to survive
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Well, to get some idea of how much I play you can check my previous blog, but really it depends on necessity, so if i need to grind a certain amount I will, and
right now I do need to, otherwise I'm not going to be able to finance various holidays/just normal life. I guess if i ran hot and quickly won $3k or something
i might only play 40k or something in the next month, otherwise i guess
somewhere between 50k and 100k? hard to say.
Not sure about the exact timeline for what i need to cashout, but i really need to start withdrawing in a couple of weeks time, at least a couple of hundred €,
and i guess i need to have withdrawn several hundred euros within a month or so from now.
If i grind on party, i guess i'll be basic palladium? and i guess somewhere between 30 and 45% effective RB? would probably only be about a quarter of
my hourly though.
anyway, what sort of deal are you thinking of offering?
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I found a staker! So no more grinding NL10 on party*.
Managed to come to a very satisfactory staking arrangement to play NL100 on 888/LuckyAce.
I started depositing yesterday, and so far I in fact love the software and am very happy with the softness of the opposition, albeit only having played NL50 yesterday.
*was going badly. I played 12k hands or something and was running very cold.
I was in Chile for over a month being distracted by a delightful friend of mine. I am however now back and have moved my roll from the horrible software (well, i guess it could be worse) of Partypoker and have deposited on PokerStars to do some mini-grinding whilst I study this Autumn for some exams.
Will post some graphs when I have something to report. I feel rather old now because the stars software is nice and shiny compared to how I remember it and I rather like it!
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haven't felt like updating for ages due to DaPhunk being in Chile for a month and not playing at all,
and his poker future being very uncertain, but here gos. goes? go's? WHTF? should be 'goes', i suppose? looks weird though.
I'm pretty much Robusto, have established myself on 888, overcoming the initial downswing, making
about 2k in august and at about +2.5k so far this month. I'm playing NL100 FR/SH with a lot of
confidence, often starting tables and playing HU against regs. I want to play some NL200 asap,
but despite withdrawing loads of money, my bank account somehow manages to always hover
around zero, so I guess I don't have enough money yet.
I got back from England yesterday, spent 11 days at Mark/DaPhunk's place, before which I
hadn't really played any poker this month due mainly to Philosophy related stuff. While in England
I put in a lot of hours of mainly 6-tabling on a Netbook, with good concentration,
no tilt, and seemingly a somewhat better red-line and win-rate than when i 8-12 table.
One morning in England, Mark said he wanted to play 5k hands before we met a friend of ours
in the evening. VVe ended up having a race to 5k hands. He played up to 24 tables of NL5
FR on stars, and i played ~18 tables of NL20 and NL30 SH on 888.
this turned out to be great
fun, as I proceeded to play 29/25 WITH 16% 3BET over those 5k hands... YEAH. I won $250 or
so, running below alev, and reached 5k when Mark was at about 4900. About half an hour from
finishing, I believe I nearly fainted, my head sliding to the left and my sense of balance fucking up
and going way off centre, much as happens when you're extremely drunk.
i might add some merenghis when i've sorted out my database
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I've been struggling recently, and things came to a head yesterday. I lost a huge portion of my roll
in two horrible sessions. I went to bed exhausted and depressed, and couldn't sleep for about two
hours, which hasn't happened in several years. A lot of thoughts circled in my mind. For the first
time ever I seriously thought about quitting semi-professional poker and getting a job. More strongly
than ever before, I hated poker, hated the constant pressure and uncertainty that accompanies
gambling for a living when one hasn't been successful enough to just forget about results
and take life easy, sitting on a pile of cash. I hated the fact that I had won so many thousands,
only to be left with less money than ever before and dwindling confidence. I imagined how
marvelous it would be to have some boring day-job, a job during which I don't have to feel the
pressure of constantly making important decisions, and after which I can play an hour or two of
poker in the evening and NOT HAVE TO WITHDRAW the thousands of dollars I win. I could build
a bankroll faster and with less pressure. Maybe some kind of half-time job, just enough to sustain
I woke up today and felt completely different. I often do, regardless of how bad I felt the previous
day. My usual quiet optimism was back. I felt that yesterday was a wake-up call, that I had to face the facts.
Here are the facts: I may have run badly in my poker career thus far, and even worse in staking,
but the real problem is that I haven't been putting in the required effort. I've been so lazy and
inconsistent, just not putting in the hours. Since my first cash-out over two years ago with a huge
bankroll for my stakes, there have been huge ups and downs, but I have to face the fact that
over-all it's been a downhill slide. I've known for a long time that things could and would be
very different if I took it more seriously and didn't just play an hour or two here and there, and
now I've finally reached the point where taking it more seriously for a sustained period seems
like the clear choice.
I'm going to play an average of 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, until I've played 50k hands at
NL200, then I'll re-evaluate. I'm 90+% sure this will work and won't be very unpleasant.
In other news, I've been semi-seriously play SC2 for a few months now,(although
I might stop in the light of my new plans) and have worked my way up from bronze to high
platinum since last summer. I've started winning in all my match-ups, so I might move up to
diamond soon. I don't think I'll ever be a top-level player, but I actually think I could reach
Masters and probably Grand-Masters. We'll see.
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I've been trying quite hard, and I'm pretty happy with how things have been going. I haven't
managed to reach the 5h/day target, but that's pretty much impossible coming from just
1-2h/day, especially as I've been 12-tabling on not very good software. However, I have dramatically
increased volume, and am feeling good about how this is affecting my motivation and my game.
I managed to rebuild a work-able BR starting from NL20, and I'm back at NL50 now.
Here's a Merenghi for the re-build followed by one for the whole of october: