Epic Poker Adventure

    • jdnismo
      jdnismo
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      Joined: 26.07.2010 Posts: 193
      Yeah so welcome to my epic poker adventure!, decided to start a blog to motivate myself into playing and studying more than I am already, just got the $50 starting capital at William Hill after grinding $30 up to $112 at FT. A bit about me: I'm 18 and just finished school, about to go into college but I want to find some more time to study poker and move up the limits.

      Right now I play 6 tables at NL2 and hope to move up fairly quickly and hopefully improve my game overall!! I occasionally play live at home games with a few friends where I usually dominate because I'm basically playing underwater in a fish tank, I'm planning to play live in casinos near me starting from next week, I much prefer playing live because it's not nearly as boring as grinding NL2!! Which I'm sure most of the micro-stakes players who are reading this (if any) agree with :s_cool:

      Hopefully in this blog I can discuss some topics and/or hands with other micro players and post how my sessions went, and try and plug some leaks with the help of other people!!

      I've been a member of PS for a year now but haven't really posted much outside the hand evaluation forum, I think if I make this blog it will really give me incentive to do the best I can at moving up the stakes.

      Anyway, I'll start posting in this probably tomorrow, and let whoever is following this know how my session went!
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    • jdnismo
      jdnismo
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      Joined: 26.07.2010 Posts: 193
      Ok so I haven't posted in this since I started it a month ago :tongue: but I plan to change this, I've just been busy with a lot of things. Since i started this I've played 16 sessions, and things haven't been going so well :f_cry: As of now I've played 14k hands of NL2 and I'm down $17, my bankroll is $37. Not good.

      So I've tried to identify my leaks, and there are a few things that I know are wrong with my game:

      :diamond: I cbet too much, at 86%
      :diamond: I don't fold to cbets enough, at 54%
      :diamond: I don't fold to 3bets enough, at 51%
      :diamond: My WTSD might be a bit high at 26%, but my W$SD is 53%, which I think is quite standard?

      As for my normal stats, I play 11/8/3/3.6 [VPIP/PFR/AF/3b]

      Might be a bit nitty, I know I'm a bit of a nit UTG, but I do open a lot from LP so I don't think it's a big leak :f_eek:

      I will now show you my graph, please prepare yourself because it's not pretty :f_mad:



      I looked at my winnings summary based on flop hand strength, and I've lost the most with top pair weak kicker or worse, with weak/no draw. I didn't think I was that much of a calling station :f_cool:

      And that actually brings me to my biggest leak I think, which is being waaaay too spewy, and basically shoving for no good reason, something like this:


      IPoker Network $2.00 No Limit Hold'em - 10 players - View hand 1429378
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      MP2: $1.20
      MP3: $1.03
      CO: $1.84
      BTN: $5.00
      SB: $3.74
      BB: $1.00
      UTG: $6.16
      UTG+1: $0.67
      UTG+2: $5.79
      Hero (MP1): $2.23

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is MP1 with Q :club: Q :spade:
      2 folds, UTG+2 calls $0.02, Hero raises to $0.10, 6 folds, UTG+2 calls $0.08

      Flop: ($0.23) T :spade: 7 :diamond: J :spade: (2 players)
      UTG+2 bets $0.23, Hero raises to $2.10, UTG+2 raises to $5.69, Hero calls $0.03 all in

      Turn: ($4.49) A :club: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      River: ($4.49) 4 :club: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Final Pot: $4.49
      UTG+2 shows J :heart: J :club:
      UTG+2 wins $4.20
      (Rake: $0.29)


      Sooooo I will obv try to stop doing that, but it is so tilting when they donk potsize :s_evil:

      Anyway, this post is kind of like the introduction part 2, from now on, I will post here all my sessions, interesting hands, ideas, etc. And hopefully with the help of others I can improve my game :f_biggrin:

      Goals for this month:

      :diamond: Play 15k hands before the end of this month (although I'm starting college in the last week so not sure how busy I'll be then)
      :diamond: Post at least 3 hands in the hand evaluation forums after each session.
      :diamond: Read and re-read 10 Silver strategy articles and know them in-depth.


      Can't think of anything else atm, so here is some music from my favourite band:






      Thanks for taking the time to read :heart:
    • DrDunne
      DrDunne
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      Joined: 29.12.2010 Posts: 3,378
      in before ingrid corrects your signature :D

      i will be reading and look forward to seeing some more hands from you! QQ looks like what happened to me a few times. i tend to assume now that if i have TPTK/overpair i have the best hand unless im reraised. i can remember many times when i've got it in in that situation and seen a set - much more than i've seen a FD/SD. alarm bells are definitely going off now whenever this happens.
    • jdnismo
      jdnismo
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      Joined: 26.07.2010 Posts: 193
      Cheers for the reply :D

      How the hell do I correct my signature??

      But anyway, I just finished my first session since starting the blog:

      Hands played: 1058
      Winnings: $4.84

      I feel like I played really well, was focused throughout, although one hand confused the shit out of me:


      Villain is 17/15/4.5/7.2/1044 [VPIP/PFR/AF/3b/Hands]
      Additionally, his fold to 4bet is 80%, so this combined with the high 3bet% led me to believe that he's 3betting light a lot. I was going to just call because I have good equity vs. his 3bet range and I have position, but his AF and cbet% are high, 4.5 and 87% respectively, so he'd be betting a lot of flops and I would have to fold a lot of flops that have overcards, and this would just happen to often, so I decide to 4bet, esp. since his fold to 4b% is so high. Unfortunately, he 5bets and I have to give it up since he's not bluffing here.


      IPoker Network $2.00 No Limit Hold'em - 7 players - View hand 1442667
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      CO: $5.55
      BTN: $1.03
      SB: $5.03
      BB: $4.64
      UTG: $0.82
      Hero (UTG+1): $2.87
      MP: $1.48

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is UTG+1 with 8 :spade: 8 :diamond:
      1 fold, Hero raises to $0.08, 3 folds, SB raises to $0.24, 1 fold, Hero raises to $0.70, SB raises to $5.03, 1 fold

      Any thoughts? How could I play it differently?


      Gonna post that + others in the hand evaluation forums :f_cool:

      Have to say I really enjoyed this hand, this is what NL2 is all about right? :f_biggrin:

      IPoker Network $2.00 No Limit Hold'em - 10 players - View hand 1442694
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      UTG+2: $2.00
      MP1: $1.13
      MP2: $5.00
      MP3: $4.91
      CO: $2.58
      BTN: $2.11
      SB: $0.95
      Hero (BB): $2.66
      UTG: $1.11
      UTG+1: $4.77

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is BB with A :club: Q :club:
      UTG calls $0.02, 8 folds, Hero raises to $0.10, UTG calls $0.08

      Flop: ($0.21) 3 :club: 2 :spade: Q :diamond: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.14, UTG calls $0.14

      Turn: ($0.49) 4 :spade: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.28, UTG calls $0.28

      River: ($1.05) 9 :diamond: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.78, UTG calls $0.59 all in

      Final Pot: $2.23
      UTG shows J :spade: J :diamond:
      Hero wins $2.09
      (Rake: $0.14)


      Monthly goals so far:

      :diamond: Hands played: 1058/15000
      :diamond: Hands posted in the forums: 3
      :diamond: Silver articles read & re-read: 1/10

      That's all for now, I'll prob post again tomorrow =)


    • purplefizz
      purplefizz
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      Joined: 12.03.2008 Posts: 4,508
      glglglgl!

      nice blog :D thinking through your own plans and noting them down helps keep your thoughts and goals organized. i think this can only help you towards your improvement.

      that QQ hand, i dont think i could fold an overpair on NL2 either :f_biggrin: unless villain was just super mega passive

      that 88 hand, id be curious as to what the hand judge will say.
      here's some additional thoughts i wanted to share.
      when you see 7% 3bet, i suspect vast majority of them are blinds vs bu/co steal. because i dont think he 3bets utg raiser light at all. think it helps if you check out some positional stats. you do have 1k hands on the guy.
      i think you will find that people arent 3betting you as light as you thought.

      because you need to ask why you would 4bet here. is it a bluff? (i assume it wasnt for value because then why would you fold?) we bluff to get them to fold. did you hope him to fold AQ here? what about JJ? maybe KQ?

      i think calling is another option here. you are in position, you will be able to play really well on succeeding streets, if you hit your set, he pays you off, and you are bit deep. you know what kinds of flop hits him well (i expect him to only have AQ+ here)
    • jdnismo
      jdnismo
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      Joined: 26.07.2010 Posts: 193
      Originally posted by purplefizz
      glglglgl!

      nice blog :D thinking through your own plans and noting them down helps keep your thoughts and goals organized. i think this can only help you towards your improvement.

      that QQ hand, i dont think i could fold an overpair on NL2 either :f_biggrin: unless villain was just super mega passive

      that 88 hand, id be curious as to what the hand judge will say.
      here's some additional thoughts i wanted to share.
      when you see 7% 3bet, i suspect vast majority of them are blinds vs bu/co steal. because i dont think he 3bets utg raiser light at all. think it helps if you check out some positional stats. you do have 1k hands on the guy.
      i think you will find that people arent 3betting you as light as you thought.

      because you need to ask why you would 4bet here. is it a bluff? (i assume it wasnt for value because then why would you fold?) we bluff to get them to fold. did you hope him to fold AQ here? what about JJ? maybe KQ?

      i think calling is another option here. you are in position, you will be able to play really well on succeeding streets, if you hit your set, he pays you off, and you are bit deep. you know what kinds of flop hits him well (i expect him to only have AQ+ here)
      Thanks for reading :D Yeah the QQ hand I don't think I could fold but I still shouldn't have just shipped it like that :f_cry:

      Yeah you're completely right about the 88, I didn't think about the relevance of my position vs. his in that hand, and yeah I guess the 4bet was a bluff because he is folding to 80% of 4bets, but yeah, I should have called.



      So today I did a sweat session with DrDunne, ended up +$2.74, played 400 hands on 4 tables and it was a very useful experience! Hopefully we'll do it again :f_cool:

      We had a few tough spots but it's all good because I've shipped them over to the hand evaluation forums :f_biggrin:

      This is a nice hand from today:

      IPoker Network $2.00 No Limit Hold'em - 8 players - View hand 1444789
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      Hero (BTN): $2.32
      SB: $4.79
      BB: $2.50
      UTG: $5.63
      UTG+1: $3.93
      MP1: $1.94
      MP2: $1.07
      CO: $2.12

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is BTN with A :spade: 7 :spade:
      1 fold, UTG+1 calls $0.02, 3 folds, Hero raises to $0.10, SB calls $0.09, 1 fold, UTG+1 calls $0.08

      Flop: ($0.32) 8 :spade: 7 :diamond: 7 :club: (3 players)
      SB checks, UTG+1 checks, Hero bets $0.18, SB folds, UTG+1 calls $0.18

      Turn: ($0.68) 4 :spade: (2 players)
      UTG+1 checks, Hero bets $0.40, UTG+1 calls $0.40

      River: ($1.48) J :club: (2 players)
      UTG+1 checks, Hero bets $0.70, UTG+1 calls $0.70

      Final Pot: $2.88
      UTG+1 shows J :spade: T :heart:
      Hero wins $2.69
      (Rake: $0.19)

      I think that if I sweat with someone more, I'll definitely improve =)

      Bankroll is currently at $44.78

      And the monthly goals:

      :diamond: Hands played: 1456/15000
      :diamond: Hands posted in the forums: 8

      Here is my graph since I've started the blog:


      Yeah, not many hands, but atm I'm really focusing on the small tough spots and trying to iron them out. Here's more music:


    • minibiff
      minibiff
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      Joined: 12.09.2010 Posts: 3,756
      Good luck :)
    • jdnismo
      jdnismo
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      Joined: 26.07.2010 Posts: 193
      Originally posted by minibiff
      Good luck :)
      Thanks! :D