Giving poker a try... [HU SNG inside]

    • fanegreu
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      Hello boys and girls!

      My name is Stefan, I am currently living in London,UK and I have moved here from Romania about 5 months ago. Two weeks ago I've resigned from my regular job as I pretty much hated every single minute of it and today is my first day of unemployment. I would like now to give poker a try, at least until the end of the year and see what happens.

      My poker history:
      I started playing poker back when I was at university in Bucharest and really considered making money out of it when I discovered Pokerstrategy in April 2008. As I am full time employee since 2006 I never really played as much as I would have wanted to and also I didn't got the time to study the game as much as I would have liked. I started plying regular SNG's at Titan then switched to playing full ring limit holdem at Mansion and then moved to NL SH at Mansion as well. As far as I can remember I didn't move past NL50 and I was not beating NL50. Most of last year and current year I've spent playing Turbo HU SNG on Fulltilt (mostly $11s). My graph below is from sharkcope and I know is not that relevant as to the end most of my games were not tracked. I must mention that I mostly played with really bad players.




      At the start of the month I've deposited 200GBP at PokerStars, splashed some of them arount on MTTs and started playing the $7s HU Turbo SNG. My progress so far is not that great



      So, I played 377 tourney and won 49.6% of them which is really terrible


      To sum everything up, I still consider myself a noob to poker and I want to focus on learning and playing as much as possible in the next month or so (at least).


      My daily plan for this project:

      :club: Watch at least one HU SNG video, I will start today by re-viewing HU with TwiceT
      :club: Read something from Collin Moshman's book Heads-up No-Limit Hold'em. Plan to read "Betting Post-Flop in Unraised Pots" and "Calling Button Raises"today
      :club: Play at least 50 HU sng games per day for a start
      :club: Taking notes on each player I play against
      :club: Analyzing my game at the end of the day
      :club: Updating this blog at least once every two days.


      Stats

      :club: Current bankroll: GBP112.55
      :club: Games played: 0

      My main reasons for starting a blog

      :club: ability to folow up my progress easily
      :club: oportunity to get advice and suggestions from other people


      All right, that's all for the moment, thanks for reading and wish me luck.

      Cheers,
      Stefan
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    • IngridN
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      Hey Stefan,

      I think it takes a lot of courage, motivation to really dedicate yourself to poker. Especially when you used to work everyday and didn't have to play to provide for rent/food/family etc...

      Collin also has a blog/staking thread with us!

      Team Moshman SNG, MTT, and Cash Staking

      *** Collin Moshman Blog ***

      Don't forget to attend coaching either: http://www.pokerstrategy.com/coaching/

      What matters is your mindset, You want to do this then you'll succeed! Wish you best of luck at the tables and let us know if we can help you with anything!

      Ingrid
    • fanegreu
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      Hi Ingrid,

      Thanks for your support. Most people would call me crazy for doing this but I think I owe it to myself to give it a try. I don't like 9-5 jobs and I have 9-5+a lot of overtime jobs.

      Started the way pretty well yesterday. I didn't got the results I was hoping for, but still managed to get all the volume I was aiming for so that's good.

      Stats from Monday

      From HEM:

      Tourneys: 50
      ROI%: 3.5%
      ITM: 54%
      Winnings: $12.34
      Time Played: 6.2 hours
      $/hr: $1.99

      For today my plan is again play at least 50 matches, (re)watch a SNG HU video (TwiceT Goes Emirates - Part 1) and read a couple more chapters from Collin's book.

      I'm now going back to work :)
    • pleno1
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      Hey Fanegreu,


      Great writing skills sir. Have subscribed to your blog and looking forward to your progress as a pro sng player :f_love:

      HU turbo's are really soft, from what I have experienced people don't 3bet really light, so I wouldn't clal too many 3bets in position as preserving chips for extra fold equity when you decide to start 3bet shoving when the blinds get bigger is super important.

      Gl and run like Camelz3391!
    • IngridN
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      Originally posted by pleno1
      Gl and run like Camelz3391!
      who is this by the way: Hi im a sun runner :) :)
    • fanegreu
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      Originally posted by IngridN
      Originally posted by pleno1
      Gl and run like Camelz3391!
      who is this by the way: Hi im a sun runner :) :)
      I've seen his blog, he's out of this world :)

      @Patrick - thanks for the encouragement, at the moment I am part of the weaker group of players at HU SNG but trying to fix that asap. By the way, good luck with your current NO HUD challenge ;)

      Yesterday was not a very good day for me. Although I managed to play 57 games, what I failed to do was to keep the same concentration on every single one of them. So, my graph at the end of the day looked something like this:



      I think my main problem is that I don't take any game separately and I don't reset myself at the beginning of each match vs different opp. I've noticed a lot of times that I just take the dynamic of a match into the second one even if it's a different opponent. I will have to see how I can deal with that.

      Stats from Tuesday

      From HEM:

      Tourneys: 57
      ROI%: - 9.2%
      ITM: 47.4%
      Winnings: -$36.66
      Time Played: 7.2 hours
      $/hr: -$5.07

      For today, I don't have a plan on how much to play, I would still like to get around 50 in but it's my birthday and phone already started to ring. I will probably gave up playing until night comes if I'm frequently interrupted and go for studying more. I will also go out with my gf in the evening so, yeah, I will see what I can do in terms of playing.

      I had some funny hands from yesterday that I wanted to post, but I can't find them at the moment. So, that's all for now, just finished my coffee and I will start the grind.

      GL to everyone,
      Stefan
    • IngridN
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      Happy birthday then and run golden! :)
    • fanegreu
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      Thanks for the cake Ingrid :) . I actually ran golden yesterday, but as expected, did not get so much volume in. Still, better to run good than bad imo.

      Although didn't played that much, stats from yesterday are below...

      Tourneys: 21
      ROI%: 36.9%
      ITM: 71.4%
      Winnings: $54.30
      Time Played: 3.6 hours
      $/hr: $14.94

      ...I did manage to read more and since I'm giving this a try for a living at the moment I jumped to the "career play" chapter in Collin's book. It's funny how a simple advice about pace setting your match (slowing it down in this case), specially after a bad call or a bad beat can really help you with your tilt control.

      Target for today is now to get at least 50 tourneys in, probably a bit more as I would still like to have an average of at least 50/day at the end of the month.

      Now back to work :)

      Cheers,
      Stefan
    • IngridN
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      weee! glad to hear! :) hope you had a good birthday too! shiiiip it! :)
    • fanegreu
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      Hi guys,

      It's funny how when you're doing something that you hate it always seems like Friday never comes and you wake up on Wednesday mornings trying to get to work and think to yourself "omg it should be Friday already". At least this is what used to happen to me.

      Now that I'm staying at home and playing/studying poker everyday I am a bit sad that the week is almost gone and don't have that much time for playing... this should be a good sign :)

      I had a fantastic day yesterday, run very good on overall, still made some mistakes that I hate but I did manage to get in the most volume of this week and also to show the most profit in a day since the start of this project.

      Stats from Thursday

      From HEM:

      Tourneys: 61
      ROI%: 25.7%
      ITM: 65.6%
      Winnings: $109.80
      Time Played: 8.2 hours
      $/hr: $13.34

      So, a pretty good day overall, hope that I will manage to keep my composure and not do anything crazy today.

      I got my last paycheck from my old job this morning and I do want to deposit the rest of my first deposit sum on Pokerstars, as I started with only GBP200 I still can deposit 190 and take that bonus but I do have a question for people that know more about Stars bonus and may read this. I know that I have some restriction on withdrawing money before I clear all my bonus. Do you know what that is, cause I didn't find anything relevant yet. I mean assume that by the end of December I've cleared 150 from my 390 bonus can I withdraw them or a part of them? Or can I withdraw the profit at least?

      If you have the answer for me please let me know.

      Thanks and good luck!
    • fanegreu
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      Hello everybody,

      It's Saturday already and I have some plans for a homegame at a friend's house in the afternoon and then drinks/party with my gf and other friends in the evening. That being said, not sure how much and if I am going to play today at all. I would probably have time to get in 10 tourneys or so but honestly I'm not sure if I want to play such a low number...

      Yesterday my run-good continued (although it kinda switched to the end of the day) and I did manage to win 15 games in a row at some point - I'm pretty sure this a record for me.

      Stats from Friday
      From HEM:

      Tourneys: 61
      ROI%: 19.34%
      ITM: 62.3%
      Winnings: $82.96
      Time Played: 6.9 hours
      $/hr: $12.08

      Everything went pretty good for me during this week and I surely hope I can take my good run through the weekend as well :f_p:
    • IngridN
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      Happy weekend and run golden :) :)
    • fanegreu
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      Originally posted by IngridN
      Happy weekend and run golden :) :)
      Thanks Ingrid, I'll try to run as good as possible today, happy weekend to you as well.

      As expected I didn't play that much yesterday and also ran bad in the homegame but I'm already up very early today to try and put in as much volume as possible by the end of the week.

      Stats from Friday

      Tourneys: 10
      ROI%: 15.00%
      ITM: 60.0%
      Winnings: $10.52
      Time Played: 1.2 hours
      $/hr: $8.53

      For today I plan to get as many games in as possible until the Liverpool - man city game at 4pm cause if Liverpool loses it might tilt me more than a lucky fish.
    • pleno1
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      Hey Stefan,

      Nice writing skills sir, what job did you resign from by the way?

      Nice to see the poker is going well, seem to be consistently winning which is rare for a MTT player. When I play I have 5 losing days then 1 big winning day, what do you think your secret is behind the regular cashes? If it is playing tight do you think this has a negative effect of the chances of you getting a top 3 score where most of the money in MTT's is.

      Thanks
      Patrick

      p.s I want bday cake :(
    • fanegreu
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      Hello boys and girls :)

      My first week on playing poker for a living is now over and I will post a summary about it soon.

      But first, just to update you about yesterday, it was a decent day - I started going down 4+ buy-ins after around 20 tourneys but manage to finish 3+ buy-ins at the end of the day, after 50 tourneys. Really happy with the volume I have put in on a Sunday day, not s happy with my focus on the game on this particular day but I will have to see how I can improve that. My biggest problem so far is that I need to be alone when I'm playing poker. It helps me focus a lot on the game and also it enables me to speak to myself (if I need to) and explaining my thought process out-loud versus some players as it really helps me taking right decisions. I'm leaving with my girlfriend in a studio here in London so it's pretty hard to get the ideal poker conditions when she's around, although she's very supportive an let me do my stuff.

      Hopefully in the near future we will be able to move to a bigger flat as I'm confident that the more space I get the more improvement I can make to my game.

      Enough about that for now, I just want to post the stats from yesterday


      Stats from Sunday

      Tourneys: 50
      ROI%: 7.4%
      ITM: 56.0%
      Winnings: $25.76
      Time Played: 6.8 hours
      $/hr: $3.80

      And I will be back with an update about the previous week and short term goals.
    • fanegreu
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      Originally posted by pleno1
      Hey Stefan,

      Nice writing skills sir, what job did you resign from by the way?

      Nice to see the poker is going well, seem to be consistently winning which is rare for a MTT player. When I play I have 5 losing days then 1 big winning day, what do you think your secret is behind the regular cashes? If it is playing tight do you think this has a negative effect of the chances of you getting a top 3 score where most of the money in MTT's is.

      Thanks
      Patrick

      p.s I want bday cake :(
      Hi Patrick,

      Sorry about this, I'm new at this blogging thing and it doesn't seem that I clearly specify the game that I play. I'm currently focusing on HU turbo SNG so you can see now why my graph/stats looks that way. I don't think I would consider MTTs for a living, not in the near future though, as I don't have any savings available and have to withdraw money from poker almost every month. I like HU SNGs as you can basically play as much as you like and take as many breaks as you like during the day.

      About the job, I was working for 5 years in the Market Research industry, for my first 2 years as a scriptwriter and my last 3 years as a Project Manager. If you are not familiar with the industry you might consider it interesting or something but trust me, it's not :) . Imagine having a desk job in a 500+ employes company with a lot of stress/pressure/unpaid overtime and very few satisfactions.

      Unfortunately though, if poker doesn't work out I might have to go back to the same crap or take it from the start in another field but that would mean a substantial salary drop for a regular job. But that's another discussion, really depends on what kind of job it is. I imagine I would enjoy working for pokerstrategy for example:) . Enough about this though, I'm really confident that is only up to me to make it as a poker player so I will just focus on this for now. :s_biggrin:

      Cheers,
      Stefan

      and btw: cake was gone in a second :)
    • pleno1
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      I am quite familiar with the market analysis and research sector yes! :s_biggrin: :s_biggrin:

      Made me my first smile of the day.

      HU ftw btw.

      Thanks
      Patrick
    • IngridN
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      Originally posted by pleno1
      I am quite familiar with the market analysis and research sector yes! :s_biggrin: :s_biggrin:
      Patrick is a market analyst at PokerStrategy.com so I'm guessing you two have a lot in common :f_love:
    • fanegreu
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      Originally posted by IngridN
      Originally posted by pleno1
      I am quite familiar with the market analysis and research sector yes! :s_biggrin: :s_biggrin:
      Patrick is a market analyst at PokerStrategy.com so I'm guessing you two have a lot in common :f_love:
      He he, it seems that we have. There was actually a job for a market anlayst trainee or something similar advertised until recently on pokerstrategy.com and I was thinking of applying myself at some point in the previous months so yes it looks like we have many things in common. :s_biggrin:
    • IngridN
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      Originally posted by fanegreu
      Originally posted by IngridN
      Originally posted by pleno1
      I am quite familiar with the market analysis and research sector yes! :s_biggrin: :s_biggrin:
      Patrick is a market analyst at PokerStrategy.com so I'm guessing you two have a lot in common :f_love:
      He he, it seems that we have. There was actually a job for a market anlayst trainee or something similar advertised until recently on pokerstrategy.com and I was thinking of applying myself at some point in the previous months so yes it looks like we have many things in common. :s_biggrin:
      yepp, that was exactly the job which would have been next Patrick :) well, keep an eye on job section and don't miss another chance!