Starting from scratch ,rags to riches!NL2[X],Nl5[]

    • lokiah
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      1st blog ever! sorry if its not well presentd but ill take any criticism with open heart :) I normaly just read but I think writing this would be good motivation to keep my head in the game!

      My name is Aik and Im fron the far enchanted land of New Zealand where hobbits and mystical elves live.O and David Tua too.Im 26 this year and only started playing poker about 2 years and have been hooked ever since.I was originaly from Malaysia and have been in kiwiland 10 years now.

      Well when I first started,like many i knew the basic hand ranking etc.I found out from a good friend of mine that theres poker game running at the local casino ($2/$3 and $5/$5) , which got me interested and like a child got shown a new toy for the 1st time i got myself there and wanted to play.The very first hand i got when i sat down was Qs-Js and since i only bought in for $50 on the small table i was like omg2facecard all in! Obviously this reg there looked at me and sized me up and called with his Ad-9d and i hit trips on the turn .My emotions went high! I shall cut the story short and you probably know that I left the casino empty handed.

      So as I am a person acustomed to being a winner,i put my heart and head down to want to try improve my game.I would go to the library and get all the self help book i can get my hand on(super system1,2,Negreanu holdem,David slansky's series,Dan harringtons series etc.) and Slowly but surely my game have improved a little.But I would have a major leak in my game..blackjack,caribean stud and rouletteI would win like $1000 or so in a good day and couldnt help but go down to the table games and play and lose a big chunk of the profit putting me on semi tilt,and going back the hext day playing poker like a fish..

      Well thats why i have decided to try to be discipline and try grind a bankroll online up.I started off signing up to all sites trying to play freeroll and build a bankroll(chris ferguson 10k challenge style),I got a couple cent here adn there but couldnt build it up.That was until I managed to turn a $0.55 from a freeroll on UB into $800+ playing and shipping some tournaments.I was estatic but as u guys know , UB happened to went bankrupt and my BR was gone along :(

      Well i think i went too long with the intro :~
      Basicaly from here on Im gonna start playing cash games mainly (maybe the side daily tournaments) and for the 1st time ever try grind bankroll using cash game .This would be a new experience for me and so far Im doing ok.

      As im not using HUD or programme whatsover at the moment I have to put notes and record stats manualy..have some problem trying to install Elephant on this old pc of mine .

      Stats so far(03/08/11 - 14/08/11)

      NL2 17395 hands +30.26 8.7bb/100
      NL5 1004 hands +5.52 11bb/100

      As aline with the Pokerstars August promotioon Im trying to hit Platinum this month,so im playing about 2-3k hands per day (10-16 tabling) playing straight ABC unless i got some notes on villian.Thats the best I could do without any poker software,but will try get my hands on one when i can afford it :)

      Goals :
      :heart: Achieve Platinum VIP level by September
      :heart: Be starting Playing NL5 during September

      Thanks for reading and Ill try post updates if I can.

      Current B/r : $69.94
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    • albionpro
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      GL with it im at NL5 at the moment and grinding to platinum this month, how are you finding it earning enough vpps? Ive earned 290vpps of 750vpps target in the first 11 days, so hopefully ill reach platinum too!
    • lokiah
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      Hi thanks for reading.Ya i pretty much have to play about 1-2k hands per day to keep up with volume needed to reach Platinum.Just from observation from last 3 days,Each 1k session i do i was getting around 15 VPP so if I keep this up I should be able to get there.Im currently at 283/720 vpp for the month needed..17 more for gold star hahahahaha

      GL to you too and hopefully ill be seeing u on the tables very soon :)
    • albionpro
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      Originally posted by lokiah
      Hi thanks for reading.Ya i pretty much have to play about 1-2k hands per day to keep up with volume needed to reach Platinum.Just from observation from last 3 days,Each 1k session i do i was getting around 15 VPP so if I keep this up I should be able to get there.Im currently at 283/720 vpp for the month needed..17 more for gold star hahahahaha

      GL to you too and hopefully ill be seeing u on the tables very soon :)
      Yeah im putting in around 1k hands a day to stay on target reached goldstar aswell today which was cool and right on target at the moment. keep grinding away and yeah might see you at the tables with a goldstar statuses haha
    • lokiah
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      So decided to take a break from cash grinding and played in a $1R 3xturbo 30k guranteed...prize pool swelled to 65k and 8700 runners.

      Played solid ,had to rebuy 2 times as AA lost in 3 way pot to A-10 (fml) ..but doubled up twice in a row and was chip leader at 1 point but as u know with this structure that doesnt mean much.Made couple close fold and calls but didnt work out and stacj started to dwindle. X(

      So fast forward to 88 ppl left and 140k/280k blinds 20k antes and i had JJ in BB with 11bb stack..UTG shipped with 25bb so it was a snap call from my hand..he showed K-10 and proceed to rape me in the face with K-K-2 flop..sigh .O well, got $84 from that and more then doubled my bank roll :P

      So far i achieved Gold Star level and need another 386 vpp for the month to reach Platinum Star.That would be around 22VPP per day which is very doable and hope I dont tilt away my bankroll at anypoint and keep moving up!

      B/R:$141.27
    • lokiah
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      O and forgot to mention, TIME TO TAKE SOME 5NL shots! :f_cool: :f_cool: :f_cool:
    • lokiah
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      Wow...just posted biggest losing session in a long time.Down 5 BI and feel pretty bad about it.Played a couple of tourney today as well and didnt run too deep into it.

      Had 2 x Set over Set and a Hand where Villian just donked me off..

      UTG limp,button limp,SB complets and I had Q-Q on BB . I raised to $0.25 and SB called me.Pot was $0.60 and SB had $5.20 and i had $9.20 behind.

      Flop : A :diamond: -Q :diamond: -3 :heart:

      SB donked $0.25 and deciding not to slowplay I raised to $0.60 and he called

      Turn:8 :spade: Pot ($1.80)

      SB bet $0.50 , Hero Raised $2 , SB call $1.50

      River:9 :heart: Pot($5.80)

      SB check , Hero push all in , SB calls($2.60)

      Hero shows Q :spade: Q :heart: (3 of a kind)
      SB shows J :heart: 10 :heart: ( 8 to Q staright)

      SB win $11
      ....

      was down almost 5 BI after 1k hands..decide to take the rest of the day off cooling down and watch some poker video to off steam..Kinda feeling not confident as clearly getting hit hard in this limit..might move back down if go below 20 BI over next 2 days...we'll see how it goes.

      NL5 2829 hands -$24.82 -17.54bb/100

      Current B/r : $110.28
    • lokiah
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      Hi there all,

      So ive made Platinum Star last week and hit the 5NL tables as per my goal so im stoked about that.Gonna take it ez for this last week and maybe just play some tourneys here and there and grind when i feel like it.

      IRL im actually unemployed but have been accepted to work as a dealer at the casino here but just waiting on my licence being approved from the Ministry od Justice..Just wanna balance my life a bit as with all the free time available to me I could be tempted to play even when im not in a good mental state and end up on the .5/1 PLO tables when im on tilt hahahaa

      Dont know If its just me but 5NL FR seem a bit harder(lol?) I tried my hands on SH and since i dont have any HUD or software to aid me,this allow me to play less table and pay attention to the players more instead of my standard no brainer ABC 20 tabling at NL2.Just makes grinding more enjoyable .

      NL2 19968 hands +33.04 8.3bb/100
      NL5 2527 hands -24.82 -19.6bb/100
      NL5(SH) 3389 hands - 5.85 - 3.5bb/100

      Ill put my heads down and give FR more try later and will report back soon~

      GL at the tables! :f_cool: :f_cool:

      Current B/r:$152.52
    • lokiah
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      So...Its been a while since I blogged..and the reason is because i did the unthinkable...and tilted all my BR away last week...every single cent of it on high limit PLO..SIgh...
      I decided to take 2 days off and think clear about it and after putting my head back into the game.I decide to deposit another $30 and give it another go.This time swearing I wont play .5/1 PLO again when taking multiple beats...

      So on this was on Tuesday my $30 and I pretty muched played my A game on the 5NL SH game and fast forward to today and my BR is up to $111(10 from vpp bonus)

      I think ive played about 7.5k hands in that time so thats ~ 18.66bb/100 which is awesome.Hope to keep up the good run!

      I also decided to get the trial version of HEM and give it a go.Played about 700 hands today and was just basicaly trying to get use to it and the layout and all.Overall pretty happy with it,even tho i made massive mistake even with the HEM clearly suggesting a fold there which costed me about 80bb but all good!



      Ran $2 above EV its cos I jammed K-J into a 43/25 with 3 bet ratio of 20 guy o.o and he had A-K but obv spike J :f_p: :f_p: :f_biggrin:

      Anyway thats all for now.
      Until next time!
    • conall88
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      gj, keep going.
    • lokiah
      lokiah
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      SO..ITS been 1 week and Im here again..Thats good news as it means IM not busto yet :D ~

      RL news:was looking forward to start working on the casino floors as other people from my dealer class have started working or begin to this week.But obv,Im the very last as Im still waiting for my Certificate of Approval(issued by the DoJ<-- dont u just hate them sometime)..so nothing much but just been idleing around not doing much.

      Poker:
      Well after the great start using HEM, on day 2 i manage to go on a major downswing,down 12 BI(to be fair,5 of them were tilt)..I took the day off and went watch some poker video as I dont think i was mentaly fit to be playing at that point.Worked good as I got 3 BI back the very next session , but from there on was a uphill battle.

      About HEM:
      Really enjoyed using the trial version so far.Now just trying to grind half of the money needed so i would pay the other half myself.Been looking at all the -EV calls that i make,sometime i would look at the stats and it clearly indicate a fold but i just wouldnt do it.Need to learn to not get stubborn ;/

      Week graph:


      So far im proud of myself to not go on tilt after that 12 BI as the old me would had PLOed the rest of my BR away after that. /pat on back

      GOALS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
      :spade: FKING STARTT WORK AT CASINO :<
      :heart: Grind profit to pay for HEM!
      :diamond: Read/Watch at least 1 hour per day


      Gl to you all on the tables.Happy fishing!