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    • Zareos
      Zareos
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      Greetings from Sunny Scotland.... well, from Scotland, at least.

      I joined this site several years ago, when I was 17. I took the starting capital, and grew it ever so slightly. Then due to a combination of reasons I gave up playing online poker. Not necessarily due to bad play by me but I started other projects which consumed my time.

      But, I'm back baby!

      I've been playing under the pokerstrategy guide using my own capital in the past few weeks. I started with £5... but due to a combination of good fortune, good play and fishy friends, it's now at £18. Not much, but exponential growth has a slight incline at first. I'm playing $0.02-0.05 NL Hold'em. But also play $0.02-0.04 FL occassionally to hone post-flop play.

      I believe in Evolution. Anything for a more powerful pokemon.

      Now to the good stuff.

      :spade: My goals :spade:


      1) Be Silver status by the start of next month [X]
      2) To cut-out as many mistakes as possible [ ]
      3) Learn, learn, learn and learn some more
      4) Enhance my discipline (I have played some "bored" hands) [X]
      5) Record EVERY session and analyse hands [X]
      6) Have my bankroll reach $50 and move up a level ($0.05/0.10) [X]
      7) Study MTT in preparation for a new depositor's free competition on 21/8 [X] (22/8 edit... I came 3rd in that tourney for a cool $100)

      And finally 8) (Long term) Earn above min wage from playing poker


      I started this blog as tomorrow is my new dawn in poker. The mistakes of the past are forgotten, the lessons learned. And I'll be recording each session on a certain poker charting website for your arousal.

      I'll be in touch.
      Keep smiling!
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    • Wriggers
      Wriggers
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      Great start :s_cool: I'm not too far from Scotland myself, and regarding the firs tpart of your post, i've never seen it sunny in that country :D
    • Zareos
      Zareos
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      Thanks for reading Wriggers. I'm not stalking you but I am reading your blog as well. And your new curtains look majestic.

      Hello all, how are you? I'm well thanks for asking. Your hair smells great today. And you are a strong, confident woman who has no need to smoke!

      I promise not to post every day but as this is the "new dawn" I felt I should mark it with some posting. Today has been excellent poker-wise... been fortunate to get some very meaty hands and some opponents that have been easy to read.

      Time for some stats: 42.70 BB/hr for today resulting in a lovely +$9 profit. My bankroll is almost touching $50, which means a very quick move up the limits!

      I don't know how many hands I've played today but I've played for 4 hours in total in shorter bursts, no session has been over 40 minutes at a time. Nor have I played at more than one table at a time. I want a solid skill base before I move towards multi-tabling.

      Tomorrow I'm going to look over MTT strategy as in two weeks I have a new depositor freeroll and the better I do will be better for my young bankroll. I'll do some practice MTT competitions as well, so as I'm prepared when the big event comes on the 21st August.

      I'll leave you on an embarrassing fact: I'm 20, and I have bunk beds! That gets bloody awkward. Especially if you're trying to bring a girl back. Worse still, if you forget to mention the bunk beds and the girl gets flirty and says: "Who's going to go on top?" Arrrgh! Take my advice, in the confusion never respond by saying: "Erm.... well, normally, I go on the bottom. But that's only because my brother prefers to go on top"

      Had a triumph today as I won a game of strip poker, against myself! GET IN! :D

      Keep smiling!
    • gxtwo
      gxtwo
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      Hello mate! Fellow scot here :f_thumbsup: I'm 20 aswell, been playing for 8 months now. nice start to the blog, I'l be following ;)
      Few wee questions; where about in scotland are you from?
      what limit are you playing?
      what tekkers are you useing?

      gl with the blog/ future mate ;) maybe we could help each other out sometime. well... I'l atleast try :f_grin:
    • Wriggers
      Wriggers
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      Good to know my copious amounts of stalkers appreciate my new curtains! I bought them especially for you guys you know!?
    • Zareos
      Zareos
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      Originally posted by gxtwo
      Hello mate! Fellow scot here :f_thumbsup: I'm 20 aswell, been playing for 8 months now. nice start to the blog, I'l be following ;)
      Few wee questions; where about in scotland are you from?
      what limit are you playing?
      what tekkers are you useing?

      gl with the blog/ future mate ;) maybe we could help each other out sometime. well... I'l atleast try :f_grin:
      haha, every little helps!

      I'm from Glasgow, living right next to Hampden... makes it an easy trip to watch Scotland beat Denmark, with like 4 other fans in total! :s_evil:

      I'm currently playing NL 0.02/0.05... however, I'm doing VERY well at this limit and hopefully will be moving up either tonight or tomorrow! I started with $8 and now am at $45. At 50 I get to play NL 0.05/0.10.

      I'm using unbelievable tekkers ;) Right now it's just me, a computer screen, paper and a pen!



      Now... time to blog!

      Good afternoon ladies, gentlemen and hermaphrodites. Been a bit quiet on the blog front this past week purely because I've been a busy little bee. Been through in Edinburgh doing some stand-up gigs, and also had one in Glasgow in front of 350 people.... earned myself three separate applause breaks so have been feeling pretty happy with myself. I was also at the Scotland Denmark game last night to watch Scotland... win. England in turmoil and Scotland win, it's like the SNP's wet dream!

      I've been thinking, the first Where's Wally books came out roughly 24 years ago. Does anyone else agree that it's about time he was just declared dead?

      Poker-wise things have kept improving... I noticed a few mistakes, such as my "steal range" was too wide and not being tapered to my opponents or position. Also, I have a much better mindset... A few times I've went all-in with an excellent hand and suffered a bad beat... however, I just accepted this and went on to finish each session in profit.

      For example, I've had by KK busted by AA, my AK busted by 55 and my QQ busted by KK but guess what? That's life. I've written these hands down, I'll analyse them and then post them for hand evaluation later tonight.

      I'm improving and I want to keep improving.

      My stats: (One week into my "poker career")

      Hands: 1,127
      BB/hr: 30.21
      ROI: 43.21%
      Profit: +$20.74


      Oh, and I've got some studying to do... today, I became SILVER

      Might make an audacious attempt to become GOLD before September. But, baby steps!

      (There is no gold font colour btw)

      Currently in a philosophical mood so will philosophise with you all if you don't mind. Hopefully, it will make you ponder the big questions in life.

      Why is the sky blue?
      What's the meaning of life?
      How did Danny De Vito find a wife?

      How many days did it take to build Rome?
      Does selling the big issue count as working from Home?

      Why, in this world, is there so much hate?
      What do blind people think of when they masturbate?


      Hope that's made you wonder at least a little bit.
      I've wasted enough of your time.

      Thank you and keep smiling!
    • gxtwo
      gxtwo
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      are you useing SSS? or just a very agro BRM?
    • gxtwo
      gxtwo
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      are you useing SSS? or just a very agro BRM?
    • Zareos
      Zareos
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      Originally posted by gxtwo
      are you useing SSS? or just a very agro BRM?
      SSS, which does get a bit infuriating when the all-in KK gets trumped by AA.

      I'm sticking to the BRM as suggested by the basic articles.
    • Zareos
      Zareos
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      Ladies and gentleman, I set myself the target of improving my game and try to increase my bankroll to $50 and recover the starting capital that I squandered two years ago.

      11 days later, I have achieved it.... and then some! :P

      I've played very well in some hands, and awful in others but through sheer perseverance and willingness to improve (as well as reading the basic and bronze articles over and over again), I'm very happy with my progress as a player. I've even moved for 6 max because I feel when you get a premium hand you get more people biting, and it is easier to assess opponents.

      My worst "bad beat" was: Sitting with pocket QQ, I raised and was called.
      the flop: 10 :spade: 2 :heart: Q :spade:

      He was a player who was aggressive, but silly. Several hand previously he went all in with Q7o. He raised, and I went all-in per the SSS. He called.

      Turn: A :spade:

      River: K :spade:

      His cards? J :spade: 2 :diamond:

      Fuckity, fuck fuck fuck. At least I was beaten by a decent hand, I suppose :f_cool:

      But using the sound knowledge I'd gained from here, I've been fishing very successfully here is the stats...

      Profit: +$40.84
      BB/hr: 31.66

      Current bankroll: $66.34


      I'm not 100% happy with my game, I know my success is due to my opponents weakness and not neccessarily due to my quality. So I'm not moving up the limit yet even though I should. Instead, I'm moving to PartyPoker. I'm going to test myself against (hopefully) better opponents. I'm going to download Elephant and attempt to get used to their statistics at the lower limit before I move up to NL 0.05/0.10. Also, elephant will give me a better way to analyse my hands and hopefully plug the inevitable gaps before I move up.

      Finally, there is 6 days until my Betfred Depositor $10,000 competition. I've been practicing on the $100 Poker Strategy freeroll, usually ending in the money (finished in the top 30 a few times.) Sadly, no final table appearances yet. But, today is another day... fingers crossed.


      I've said a lot of crap in this... and not enough jokes.... but today I had my business head on. And to that end....



      Keep Smiling...
    • Zareos
      Zareos
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      I just played the Betfred New Depositor $1K freeroll; I had been preparing for it all week and this was my first BIG MTT tournament.

      Almost a thousand entered. I set myself some goals.

      [X] Make the bubble
      [X] Make the top 30
      [X] Make the final table (My first one too)
      [X] Make the top 6
      [X] Make the top 3
      [ ] Win....

      I finished third, and won $100.

      I'm very very happy... but a bit disappointed with how I went out. KK beaten by a 98o, which made a straight. But still.... I have one more ticket to play another tourney in 2 weeks!

      My bankroll which was at $8 on August 1st... is now at $189

      Not bad for 3 weeks work... :s_cool:

      Keep smiling folks, I know I will be.
    • gxtwo
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      well done mate!! :f_thumbsup: :s_thumbsup:

      will you move up the limits your playing now you have a bigger BR?
    • clandestineAl
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      Fellow glasgonian reporting in. You should download the elephant thing for tracking your play and the HUD is pretty good too for a free one. I might have seen you do some stand up. Are you ginger? Do you ever play any live poker?
    • Zareos
      Zareos
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      Originally posted by gxtwo
      well done mate!! :f_thumbsup: :s_thumbsup:

      will you move up the limits your playing now you have a bigger BR?
      Yeah, I've decided to move up and play some NL 0.05/0.10. I still feel I have some weaknesses, but I'm doing the BSS School to try and strengthen the weak spots!

      Originally posted by clandestineAl
      Fellow glasgonian reporting in. You should download the elephant thing for tracking your play and the HUD is pretty good too for a free one. I might have seen you do some stand up. Are you ginger? Do you ever play any live poker?
      Nah, I'm not ginger. I think you may be thinking of Ray Bradshaw...

      I've played some live poker, with mates and stuff. No idea where there are any other live games. You know of anywhere dude? Also, when I play on partypoker I'm using elephant!
    • clandestineAl
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      How do you find the competition on party poker? I was playing there but then moved to poker stars because it seemed I was always playing the same people every day. I've played at the riverboat gala casino twice and won pretty big but it was nl 200 I was playing. It's the lowest they have there but as most people are pretty drunk it is easy to win a lot. I was a bit nervous the first time but it is so much better playing live. You should give it a shot for sure. Bankroll permitting of course :)
    • Zareos
      Zareos
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      Originally posted by clandestineAl
      How do you find the competition on party poker? I was playing there but then moved to poker stars because it seemed I was always playing the same people every day. I've played at the riverboat gala casino twice and won pretty big but it was nl 200 I was playing. It's the lowest they have there but as most people are pretty drunk it is easy to win a lot. I was a bit nervous the first time but it is so much better playing live. You should give it a shot for sure. Bankroll permitting of course :)
      hmmm.... that'll be a long term aim then. Right now I'm working up a bankroll, and doubt I could take the leap to NL 200 as things stand.

      Did you win big then... make drunk people shark bait?
    • clandestineAl
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      Yeah I should have bought in for £200 but I didn't want to blow loads of cash really quickly. So I only bought in for £60 and just watched for a while. I had been on a work night out so I had a few drinks as well but I watched the game for about an hour before I even sat down. Are you going to start playing BSS soon? I never played short stack but I think I might find it a little boring. Sounds like you are doing well with it though.
    • Zareos
      Zareos
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      Originally posted by clandestineAl
      Yeah I should have bought in for £200 but I didn't want to blow loads of cash really quickly. So I only bought in for £60 and just watched for a while. I had been on a work night out so I had a few drinks as well but I watched the game for about an hour before I even sat down. Are you going to start playing BSS soon? I never played short stack but I think I might find it a little boring. Sounds like you are doing well with it though.
      Well once my bankroll is healthy enough, I'll give it a go. I don't really drink that much so could make some excellent exploitation of drunk folks!

      I'm wanting to play a mix of both SSS and BSS.

      Buy in with $3 on a NL10 table (the minimum it allows) and play SSS until I have between $7-10 on the same table. Then I switch to BSS to try and take the rest of the money. I am much more advanced on SSS than I am on BSS. That's why I'm currently in the NL BSS Learning School right now!

      Also guys, here is my graph from 23 days work:
    • clandestineAl
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      I like the sound of your system from switching from one system to another. It should allow you to move up the limits faster and really help your game style
    • gxtwo
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      How are things now you've switched to BSS?