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Poker blog - from zero to...

    • sinsas
      sinsas
      Silver
      Joined: 22.09.2009 Posts: 380
      Hello, I'm 21 (almost 22) years old student from Lithuania, 4th year in uni. That's enough for now about my background.

      I decided to start a blog because i feel I'm loosing my game past few months and I need something to keep me motivated and somewhere I can bitch about my bad run or brag about a good run. Probably not many people will read this but whatever this will be mainly for my own good and helping my self. In case i do get some readers I will try to update as often as possible and keep my posts easy to read not putting to much useless talk ( maybe only this first post will have to many letters in it :P )

      Poker life -> I knew how to play poker from my childhood, and when i turned 18 I registered to bwin poker and started playing some freerolls, somehow being a complete fish I managed to get my BR up to like ~200$, took out ~120$ to get drunk and left the other 80 to play. Needless to say i was busto in few weeks ( though without any coaching i think my BRM was ok, it's just that I was too big of a fish ).

      ~1year after i was broke on bwin, some students in my uni introduced me to a site called PokerStrategy.com , I completed the test and went to play on party poker as previously on bwin i was still playing only mtt's with very few shots at cash tables. Ran up my Br up to ~450$ I felt like a poker guru at that time, but when I hit a downswing I simultaneously hit mega tilt and went busto in few days :s_cry: :s_cry:

      Some time after i gone busto, PartyPoker gave me 10$ I dont know for what, but i ran my BR up to ~470$ in like 2-3 weeks, being very careful i took out ~350$ and went busto again :f_cool:

      Next time I played poker was when i got 2nd free starting capital from PS at WH, turned that 50$ into 800$ in ~4 week time. Took 600$ for me and 200$+50$( from PS TAF ) I deposited to FT, had a rough run there and when i had 100$ i moved to stars. Also switched to cash games and in ~6 weeks with bonus clearing, milestone cashes and FPP i had over 1200$ and then i got stuck and became a break-even player took out ~1000$ and decided to start from scratch with a good mindset.



      So this where I am now, i tried switching from stars to 888 and back to WH but I find it very hard to play on these sites with my small screen notebook ( this sucks ) on stars I can manage 9 tables.

      So my next poker chapter will be at stars starting with 150$ BR from NL5

      This time I will admit I'm still a fish, I will read PS articles and watch videos, I will stop my sessions when I feel I'm playing bad and come here to talk about it or go do something else, I will not be results oriented

      My stars giraffe follows next: most of it was played on NL10 some NL5 and ~6.5k hands on NL25 had 1 shot at NL50 won 1 BI in ~150hands :P but thats not in the graph, because it's beginners PokerTracker :P



      this kinda sucks because i went from ~8-9BB/100 winner in first ~30K hands to ~3.15BB/100 after 75k I know it's a small sample size, but I feel i can sustain a ~5-6BB's/100 So I will try to do my best
  • 11 replies
    • sinsas
      sinsas
      Silver
      Joined: 22.09.2009 Posts: 380
      It's already past 8PM so will not start CG session today, probably will watch few videos and maybe read few articles. Also i will play 8888$ freeroll on 888 with ~500-600 runners so maybe i will ship something, and I will find my self few tourneys in WH still have ~10$ on that platform :)

      too bad I will not have much time to play because uni this year is kicking my ass :D

      EDIT: Forgot to mention that i will be playing NL5 6max and graph provided in 1s post is only 6max game
    • thazar
      thazar
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.09.2009 Posts: 6,561
      Glad to see you starting a blog. It can be a great motivation / help for your poker career.

      I am subscribed.

      did you set any target / goals for the month or year to come?
    • sinsas
      sinsas
      Silver
      Joined: 22.09.2009 Posts: 380
      No goals for october, because I need to see how much time I will be putting in. Hope my studies won't take all my time.

      So for now it's to play as best as I can and see what volume I can expect for upcoming months. And I will set some goals for november,december,2012...
    • sinsas
      sinsas
      Silver
      Joined: 22.09.2009 Posts: 380
      Having hard time with NL5, probably i will not move up as soon as I thought.
      For some unknown reason it's infested with 10/8 , 8/7 nits :D would be fine, but I've ran horrible past two days

      Yesterday


      And today


      At least i managed to climb up to green, won't be playing today, off to a homegame :)

      I will try to find few interesting hands later, for now here is my last hand of the session ( finally won 1 )





      PokerStars - $0.05 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      BTN: $6.55
      Hero (SB): $5.26
      BB: $5.32
      UTG: $9.87
      CO: $9.34

      Hero posts SB $0.02, BB posts BB $0.05

      Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero has A:diamond: K:spade:

      fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to $0.15, BB calls $0.10

      Flop: ($0.30, 2 players) 9:diamond: K:diamond: 7:diamond:
      Hero bets $0.20, BB raises to $1.80, Hero raises to $5.11 and is all-in, BB calls $3.31

      Turn: ($10.52, 2 players) 7:heart:

      River: ($10.52, 2 players) 2:heart:

      Hero shows A:diamond: K:spade: (Two Pair, Kings and Sevens) (PreFlop 65%, Flop 88%, Turn 93%)
      BB shows Q:spade: J:diamond: (One Pair, Sevens) (PreFlop 35%, Flop 12%, Turn 7%)
      Hero wins $10.00
    • sinsas
      sinsas
      Silver
      Joined: 22.09.2009 Posts: 380
      Starting to wonder if I run really bad or I completely suck at poker, this is getting frustrating and my confidence... well I don't know what confidence means anymore :/ NL5 is actually much harder than NL10-25 for some reason

      Would be nice to post few hands in to hand evaluation forum, but I i don't know how to find the hands in pokertracker that I marked for review.

      though it's only the 3rd day I started NL5 grind and sample size is more like just sample without size, but still it hurts not to make progress.

    • sinsas
      sinsas
      Silver
      Joined: 22.09.2009 Posts: 380
      Started session by playing and feeling good, but I had to end it soon enough because of the shit that kept happening

      1st hand: Not much explanation needed from me on this one- value,value,value... oh shit! :s_confused:

      PokerStars - $0.05 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      BTN: $13.41
      SB: $5.02
      BB: $7.10
      UTG: $4.75
      Hero (CO): $7.21

      SB posts SB $0.02, BB posts BB $0.05

      Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero has A:spade: K:spade:

      fold, Hero raises to $0.15, fold, SB calls $0.13, fold

      Flop: ($0.35, 2 players) 2:heart: K:club: 2:diamond:
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.20, SB calls $0.20

      Turn: ($0.75, 2 players) K:diamond:
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.45, SB calls $0.45

      River: ($1.65, 2 players) A:diamond:
      SB bets $1.57, Hero raises to $5.45, SB calls $2.65 and is all-in

      Hero shows A:spade: K:spade: (Full House, Kings full of Aces) (PreFlop 49%, Flop 0%, Turn 2%)SB shows 2:spade: 2:club: (Four of a Kind, Twos) (PreFlop 51%, Flop 100%, Turn 98%)SB wins $9.59




      2nd hand: It sucks so hard, I'm actualy loosing -4BB/Hand w KK. everything is pretty standart PF and on flop, i check back the turn for pot control and allow him to bluff his ace high floats, if he checks behind I put him on a ~66-TT and value bet the river, so I don't loose any value by checking on the turn because hes not calling 3 streets with underpair. The river min-raise seemed fishy, but worked out perfectly for him.

      PokerStars - $0.05 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      MP: $2.00
      CO: $12.50
      BTN: $8.10
      Hero (SB): $12.79
      BB: $3.34
      UTG: $14.56

      Hero posts SB $0.02, BB posts BB $0.05

      Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero has K:spade: K:club:

      fold, fold, CO raises to $0.20, fold, Hero raises to $0.55, fold, CO calls $0.35

      Flop: ($1.15, 2 players) J:heart: J:diamond: 5:spade:
      Hero bets $0.65, CO calls $0.65

      Turn: ($2.45, 2 players) 4:club:
      Hero checks, CO checks

      River: ($2.45, 2 players) 3:spade:
      Hero bets $1.45, CO raises to $2.90, Hero calls $1.45

      CO shows 7:club: J:club: (Three of a Kind, Jacks) (PreFlop 17%, Flop 91%, Turn 95%)
      Hero shows K:spade: K:club: (Two Pair, Kings and Jacks) (PreFlop 83%, Flop 9%, Turn 5%)
      CO wins $7.85



      3rd hand: just to clarify that i run really bad with Kings :s_frown:

      PokerStars - $0.05 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      Hero (MP): $6.70
      CO: $11.50
      BTN: $5.74
      SB: $3.46
      BB: $10.21
      UTG: $11.60

      SB posts SB $0.02, BB posts BB $0.05

      Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero has K:diamond: K:club:

      fold, Hero raises to $0.15, CO raises to $0.45, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to $1.35, CO raises to $3.15, Hero raises to $6.70 and is all-in, CO calls $3.55

      Flop: ($13.47, 2 players) 9:spade: 3:diamond: 5:spade:

      Turn: ($13.47, 2 players) J:diamond:

      River: ($13.47, 2 players) 8:diamond:

      Hero shows K:diamond: K:club: (One Pair, Kings) (PreFlop 18%, Flop 8%, Turn 5%)
      CO shows A:spade: A:diamond: (One Pair, Aces) (PreFlop 82%, Flop 92%, Turn 95%)
      CO wins $12.80



      4th hand: no comment needed, still had combo draws in his range and QK QT I guess, so getting more than 1:3 on the turn had nothing else to do

      PokerStars - $0.05 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      UTG: $4.77
      CO: $3.05
      BTN: $5.00
      Hero (SB): $6.02
      BB: $5.00

      Hero posts SB $0.02, BB posts BB $0.05

      Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero has Q:club: A:spade:

      UTG raises to $0.15, fold, fold, Hero raises to $0.45, fold, UTG calls $0.30

      Flop: ($0.95, 2 players) J:heart: Q:heart: J:diamond:
      Hero bets $0.65, UTG calls $0.65

      Turn: ($2.25, 2 players) 3:diamond:
      Hero bets $1.40, UTG raises to $3.67 and is all-in, Hero calls $2.27

      River: ($9.59, 2 players) 3:club:

      Hero shows Q:club: A:spade: (Two Pair, Queens and Jacks) (PreFlop 74%, Flop 9%, Turn 5%)
      UTG shows J:club: A:heart: (Full House, Jacks full of Threes) (PreFlop 26%, Flop 91%, Turn 95%)
      UTG wins $9.12


      5th hand: I overbet the turn, so I can jam the river if he has something like Qx hes not folding anyway, and if he has draws I want him to pay the price and check behind any scary rivers. Did not go as planed for some reason I shoved on the end which does not make sense any more :)

      PokerStars - $0.05 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      SB: $4.24
      BB: $5.00
      UTG: $10.48
      CO: $4.27
      Hero (BTN): $5.59

      SB posts SB $0.02, BB posts BB $0.05

      Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero has A:spade: A:heart:

      fold, fold, Hero raises to $0.15, SB calls $0.13, fold

      Flop: ($0.35, 2 players) Q:club: 8:heart: 8:club:
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.25, SB calls $0.25

      Turn: ($0.85, 2 players) T:spade:
      SB checks, Hero bets $1.25, SB calls $1.25

      River: ($3.35, 2 players) 7:club:
      SB checks, Hero bets $3.94 and is all-in, SB calls $2.59 and is all-in

      Hero shows A:spade: A:heart: (Two Pair, Aces and Eights) (PreFlop 83%, Flop 9%, Turn 5%)
      SB shows 8:spade: 4:spade: (Three of a Kind, Eights) (PreFlop 17%, Flop 91%, Turn 95%)
      SB wins $8.12
    • sinsas
      sinsas
      Silver
      Joined: 22.09.2009 Posts: 380
      still running like shit, off for today. Yet somehow happy that I managed to get break even, and the fishes keep waiting for my run good

      PokerStars - $0.05 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      MP: $8.46
      CO: $7.45
      Hero (BTN): $5.13
      SB: $3.69
      BB: $5.00
      UTG: $5.56

      SB posts SB $0.02, BB posts BB $0.05

      Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero has Q:spade: Q:diamond:

      fold, fold, CO raises to $0.50, Hero raises to $1.45, fold, fold, CO raises to $2.40, Hero raises to $5.13 and is all-in, CO calls $2.73

      Flop: ($10.33, 2 players) J:spade: J:diamond: 3:club:

      Turn: ($10.33, 2 players) 5:heart:

      River: ($10.33, 2 players) 9:heart:

      CO shows A:club: J:club: (Three of a Kind, Jacks) (PreFlop 32%, Flop 91%, Turn 95%)
      Hero mucks Q:spade: Q:diamond: (Two Pair, Queens and Jacks) (PreFlop 68%, Flop 9%, Turn 5%)
      CO wins $9.82



      PokerStars - $0.05 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      CO: $8.34
      BTN: $5.13
      Hero (SB): $5.90
      BB: $5.38
      UTG: $5.41
      MP: $5.00

      Hero posts SB $0.02, BB posts BB $0.05

      Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero has A:diamond: K:club:

      fold, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to $0.15, BB raises to $0.25, Hero raises to $0.65, BB calls $0.40

      Flop: ($1.30, 2 players) Q:club: Q:diamond: A:spade:
      Hero bets $0.75, BB raises to $1.50, Hero calls $0.75

      Turn: ($4.30, 2 players) J:spade:
      Hero checks, BB bets $0.70, Hero calls $0.70

      River: ($5.70, 2 players) K:heart:
      Hero checks, BB checks

      Hero shows A:diamond: K:club: (Two Pair, Aces and Kings) (PreFlop 61%, Flop 11%, Turn 14%)
      BB shows Q:heart: 9:heart: (Three of a Kind, Queens) (PreFlop 39%, Flop 89%, Turn 86%)
      BB wins $5.43


      PokerStars - $0.05 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      UTG: $19.22
      MP: $7.57
      CO: $13.54
      BTN: $3.09
      Hero (SB): $5.79
      BB: $4.00

      Hero posts SB $0.02, BB posts BB $0.05

      Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero has 6:spade: 6:heart:

      fold, fold, fold, BTN raises to $0.15, Hero calls $0.13, BB calls $0.10

      Flop: ($0.45, 3 players) 7:club: J:club: 6:club:
      Hero checks, BB checks, BTN checks

      Turn: ($0.45, 3 players) 7:spade:
      Hero bets $0.25, BB calls $0.25, BTN raises to $0.60, Hero raises to $1.10, BB raises to $1.60, BTN raises to $2.94 and is all-in, Hero raises to $4.55, fold

      River: ($7.93, 2 players) Q:diamond:

      Hero shows 6:spade: 6:heart: (Full House, Sixes full of Sevens) (PreFlop 57%, Flop 70%, Turn 84%)
      BTN shows 7:diamond: Q:club: (Full House, Sevens full of Queens) (PreFlop 43%, Flop 30%, Turn 16%)
      BTN wins $7.54
    • sinsas
      sinsas
      Silver
      Joined: 22.09.2009 Posts: 380
      Recently moved to new room - Everest Poker, could not handle being BE at stars, mind set issues :/ though i did play only few days. Now at least I can clear FDB and and that helps a little :)

      First impression of the room = impossible to multitable, I can only do 6 tables at most and they are already falling off my desktop :) so not sure if I will stay at Everest after bonus clearing will be done

      So far I suck at volume, and will suck even more since Im playing in everest now
      Probably will set some hand number to hit next month, probably won't be much :/

      What I've done at stars:



      Everest last 1.3k hands played @ NL10 (+16.28$ from FDB)




      Some boobies to make me happy:

    • sinsas
      sinsas
      Silver
      Joined: 22.09.2009 Posts: 380




      Just had a nice little session, up 2.5 BI, but what is most important. I GOT MY FIRST ROYAL FLUSH. And it came against a 85VPIP fish, that stacks off realllly light

      Everest - $0.10 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      Hero (UTG): $12.34
      CO: $8.42
      BTN: $3.10
      SB: $9.79
      BB: $13.71

      SB posts SB $0.05, BB posts BB $0.10

      Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero has Q:spade: J:spade:

      Hero raises to $0.30, CO calls $0.30, fold, SB calls $0.25, fold

      Flop: ($1.00, 3 players) A:spade: K:spade: T:diamond:
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.40, fold, SB raises to $2.20, Hero raises to $4.00, SB calls $1.80

      Turn: ($9.00, 2 players) 3:club:
      SB checks, Hero bets $8.04 and is all-in, SB calls $5.49 and is all-in


      River: ($19.98, 2 players) T:spade:

      SB shows A:heart: 9:heart: (Two Pair, Aces and Tens) (PreFlop 56%, Flop 3%, Turn 0%)
      Hero shows Q:spade: J:spade: (Royal Flush) (PreFlop 44%, Flop 97%, Turn 100%)
      Hero wins $18.98
    • thazar
      thazar
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.09.2009 Posts: 6,561
      weee congratz on the RF!!!!!
    • sinsas
      sinsas
      Silver
      Joined: 22.09.2009 Posts: 380
      Almost busto... keep loosing flips AA vs 73 :/ not moving down, will play NL10 to the end :)

      Realized that poker is a waste of time ;( no matter how much you study the game or how good you think you play, variance does it all 4 you.

      When I'll bust my BR, which is i think unavoidable I will give up grinding and poker will be a recreational hobby as it is supposed to be :)

      Will post in this blog how this ends up for me. I guess it's no point in posting any more hands from my game, because they are all the same. Lady luck must really hate me :D