Moderating my way to Success

    • ThatGuyMatt
      ThatGuyMatt
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      Hello all, welcome to My Blog! :f_biggrin:

      My background,
      I've been playing Poker since I first set eyes on it in the Xbox Live Arcade :D Thought I was the man back then!
      So I deposited into PokerStars and lost roughly $1500 over 15 months or so. I wasn't playing with what I couldn't afford, but I wasn't following any BRM either. So as a result, my stats on these tracking sites is shameful :(

      I started taking Poker more "Serious" December last year at 888Poker. I dropped down to NL6 and using BRM I won $335 over 35,000 Hands. I deleted my database and have only the following graph saved :(



      I had huge leaks, and thanks to Veriz and the NL Beginners Course I have plugged a vast amount of them, I'm living proof of how the Course can change you for the good! From a solid loser, to a steady winner ;)

      I also won around $700 in some Micro MTT's topping me up to $1000 for that month. This helped me see that it is possible to make a living from Poker, not anytime soon, but in the future for sure!

      I've since Withdrawn alot of my Bankroll for my own personal use as my insurance was due ( £1050! ;( ) I'm a season worker too, so I'm unemployed until Mid March.

      As a result, I did not play alot of Poker through January as I was spending more time reading alot of the Articles here, along with watching some Videos, such as TwiceT's "Move it, move it up to the sky"
      I was also given the opportunity to become part of the Mod Squad here at PokerStrategy ( Thanks all! :D ) and loving every moment of being part of a great community! So i've been spending alot of time posting around here and getting involved in some Crazy Skype Chats :f_love:

      So, whats going on now?

      I have $250 in my 888Poker account, I will use this account for MTT's, Why? I preffer the smaller fields that 888 has compared to Pokerstars, I will play the occasional Session there, as I love the Cam tables! :] I havnt played there for a while, so it remains at $250.

      I started fresh on Stars a couple of weeks back with a $200 Bankroll, I've played around 6-8 Sessions at NL10 which has boosted my Bankroll up to $375 (+ a $15 Cash thanks to FPP's)

      So, since I have started taking my 2012 Poker Serious i'm in a profit of +$175

      My Pokerstars NL10 Giraffe:



      I will be using stars as my main platform as I love the Software, Features and VIP System. I will be playing 4 SH NL10 Tables per session, my Goals / Aims are:

      :spade: Play 10,000 Hands Per week (Roughly 1500 Per Day)
      :spade: Review my game more (Posting in Hand Evaluation after every Session)
      :spade: Read more Articles / Watch more Videos
      :spade: Earn $5000 by Next Year (Roughly $100 Per Week)
      :spade: Move up to NL25 before next year.
      :spade: Save up all my FPP's - Then its like a Christmas Poker Bonus ;)
      Can't think of anymore, so I'll add to it if any pop up!


      My Live:
      I play Live at my Local Casino too. Thanks to an App I keep track on my progress there too :)

      I've played in 6 Tourneys there and the results are as follows!:
      £25+5's (£2 of the Rake goes in a Jackpot - You win this if you Ship the Tourney twice in a row)
      #1 Players 22 / Finished 3rd for £80
      #2 Players 34 / Finished 2nd for £180 + £170 (Heads up a done a deal to split some of the jackpot, So i got +£170
      #3 Players 35 / Busted 7th for -£25
      #4 Players 32 / Finished 1st for £260
      #5 Players 32 / Busted 28th for -£25

      I also played in one of their Special £50+£5 +1Rebuy OR Addon Tourneys.
      I instantly used my Rebuy to double my stack & finished 15th out of a 170 Field, Min-Cashed for £150

      My Total profits from Live MTT's is currently +£609 this year.

      But I'm at a loss of £300 in the Cash game's (3BI's) Its so different than Online! :f_frown:

      I'll try to keep this up to date after every session, but we'll see...

      I hope you enjoyed the read :f_cool:
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    • verneer
      verneer
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      Sounds like you have a specific plan for meeting your goals - that's a critical step to success. Good luck!
    • ThatGuyMatt
      ThatGuyMatt
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      I almost forgot!

      My Live:
      I play Live at my Local Casino too. Thanks to an App I keep track on my progress there too :)

      I've played in 6 Tourneys there and the results are as follows!:
      £25+5's (£2 of the Rake goes in a Jackpot - You win this if you Ship the Tourney twice in a row)
      #1 Players 22 / Finished 3rd for £80
      #2 Players 34 / Finished 2nd for £180 + £170 (We was heads up a done a deal to split some of the jackpot, So i got +£170
      #3 Players 35 / Busted 7th for -£25
      #4 Players 32 / Finished 1st for £260
      #5 Players 32 / Busted 28th for -£25

      I also played in one of their Special £50+£5 +1Rebuy OR Addon Tourneys.
      I instantly used my Rebuy to double my stack & finished 15th out of a 170 Field, Min-Cashed for £150

      My Total profits from Live MTT's is currently +£609 this year.

      But I'm at a loss of £300 in the Cash game's (3BI's) Its so different than Online! :f_frown:

      Added to Original Post :)
    • plebpl
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      good too see you blogging matt, ill follow this with interest :)
    • IngridN
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      I'm so happy for this! yeey! You just made my day kiddo! So proud! Let's shiiiiiiiiiip it!
    • sucker1952
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      note to self. keep an eye on matt's blog and understand how he plays and then rinse him when we next go to pompey!! :)

      whats ya pokerstars name? rinse you there too....

      good luck with ya goals
    • ThatGuyMatt
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      Good to see I've got myself a little troop following :D

      Thanks for the Good luck verneer, hopefully it works its way in my next session ;)

      My blog has even made Ingi's day, match that Bloggers!! :f_love:

      As for my Stars User, Its a Secret, you'll never get it! If you get those A's again, then perhaps :( Next time I'll join with just £50, would work so well against all the crazy regs :s_biggrin:
    • plebpl
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      it dousnt ive tried it, they see a small stack and try to put you in every hand so you have to fold alot, then your left with about 30 pound and cant do much atall lol
    • ThatGuyMatt
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      My first session since creating the Blog, Only 622 hands, doesn't help out my 10k Average goal too much, but its there more as something to aim for. Eventually I'll be able to put the volume in and reach the goal :)

      I've been a little busy today and got quite tired so I decided to call it a day early and quit whilst I'm ahead.

      Here is my Giraffe

      He was acting a little wild today :f_grin:

      I ended up with a +$20 Profit, Not much really happened apart from the 2 spikes you can see, the first spike was when I hit the Nut Straight on the river with KT in a 3 way pot, busted both :D
      The second I go it in with QQ on a 2TJ Ranbow board against a very loose Fish, he turned over JT :( But as you can see from my awesome EV Line, The turn was a K & then rivered the straight :s_cool: I would post the hands, but I've closed HM :f_mad:

      Bankroll is now $395 & 500FPP's !

      @plebpl - I'd happily get it in with AQ / 99+ Pre against a couple of them, they have called with much worse! If I lose £20 or so, i'll just topup to £50. I'll give it a try anyway, see it it goes. Got to try these things out ;)
    • Solidius
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      Good luck at the tables.

      Subscribed. :D
    • itblue145
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      Hey gusy :D I know the feeling u have, see you on tables on 888 ;D
    • ThatGuyMatt
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      Glad to have you both on board Matts Shipping Station :f_biggrin:

      Playing some NL10 @ Stars right now.

      224 hands over 30 Minutes so far -31BB's

      Plenty of time to turn it around :f_biggrin:
    • plebpl
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      play more tables :coolface: i average 1k hands an hour playign 10 tables of sh, it isnt unmanagable eather its quite easy if your style is robotic
    • HansTheGreat
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      Hey Matt,

      Wish you GL and all the best. Also wanted to add that since you participate in NL Course you could have opened the blog there(I mean not open just taking it also as a blog-I mean Locker room). Why?Ectually it is because that way you can stay much more in contract with the coach (Veriz) and that is something that is unvalueable(in my opinion). Of course you don t get that much attention but he can at least keep an eye on you from time to time for free. This way I doubt that he will follow or give you advices and answers as he can there(I mean that with no disrespect).I just wanted to say this to you since I get the feeling you mean it serious so maybe it will help. If you need if this idea of mine is worth taking a shot you can follow mine and then decide if you like it(for me it is a also just a start so basically it is still a pilot project).Anyway wish you all the best
    • ThatGuyMatt
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      I can manage 9 Tables, but it effects me game too much, I make some stupid plays. Whereas with 4 Table I have plenty of time to think more about certain situations, their ranges and the best way to get value ofc! Until I get that mastered, I'll stick with 4 Tables and improve my game, rather than my volume :]
    • ThatGuyMatt
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      Originally posted by Sikac
      Hey Matt,

      Wish you GL and all the best. Also wanted to add that since you participate in NL Course you could have opened the blog there(I mean not open just taking it also as a blog-I mean Locker room). Why?Ectually it is because that way you can stay much more in contract with the coach (Veriz) and that is something that is unvalueable(in my opinion). Of course you don t get that much attention but he can at least keep an eye on you from time to time for free. This way I doubt that he will follow or give you advices and answers as he can there(I mean that with no disrespect).I just wanted to say this to you since I get the feeling you mean it serious so maybe it will help. If you need if this idea of mine is worth taking a shot you can follow mine and then decide if you like it(for me it is a also just a start so basically it is still a pilot project).Anyway wish you all the best
      Hey Sikac !

      Thanks for popping by :s_cool:

      I have a Locker Room thread within the NL Beginners Course yes :) Well, I actually have 2, I was in the Previous Beginners Course when it was Exclusive to only 300 Members :f_cool: So nearly all of my Discussion and questions where in there.
      I've had alot of discusions about how to improve with Veriz, he has taught me a great deal, he is one of the biggest influences in my game today, I would not be the player I am right now if it wasn't for his awesomeness :f_love: I've also been in talks with him to buy 10 Hours of Coaching, maybe more, but it looks like 5 Hours will do for now until I can put in a good volume for him to look at in greater detail.
      I also get alot of input from Veriz in the Hand Evaluations Forums where I will post all the hands that trouble me, even small things such as my bet size pre, even the smallest of leaks need to be plugged!
      This is how I'm currently improving the my game at the moment and its making a huge difference; For example, he pointed out in alot of my earlier hands that I had too much faith in my Top Pairs, losing stacks where I shouldn't be because of it. Since then I've plugged this leak & I'm already seeing the benefits in my Profits :D Another was my small bet sizing, I'm still working on this, but I've made a huge improvement so far, although there are still some positions I should be getting more value.
      Hand Evaluation is so underrated, I'd suggest everyone post some hands, Its so important to becoming a better player, so if any of you have read this and don't post hands, go post 3 now! :evil:

      _______________________________________


      I played a 3 Hour 50 Minute Session this afternoon and reached my 1500 Hand goal, can we get a cheer? :D I actually played 1677! This huge session has made me realise that 1500 Per day may not be reachable for me, I'll give it a go by all means, but If I cannot keep it up, I'll lower it down to 1000, although this would be a Minimum, I will still try to get as many hands in as possible.

      It was a tough session today, nothing was working out, missed alot of draws and got rivered a fair few times. Finally hit some nice hands, but got little or no action, just one of those days :] I struggled to keep myself at -$10! But I held the fort and finally crept it back up, Giraffe bellow.



      As you can see, my +EV run has finally ended, the hand that got me, a good one though, Ran into a Monster draw!
      Hand in Spoiler

      BB: $5.73 (57.3 bb)
      UTG: $9.38 (93.8 bb)
      Hero (MP): $28.39 (283.9 bb)
      CO: $10 (100 bb)
      BTN: $4.09 (40.9 bb)
      SB: $10 (100 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is MP with Q K
      UTG folds, Hero raises to $0.35, 2 folds, SB calls $0.30, BB calls $0.25

      Flop: ($1.05) Q Q 9 (3 players)
      SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets $0.85, SB raises to $2.40, BB folds, Hero raises to $10, SB calls $7.25 and is all-in

      Turn: ($20.35) 6 (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: ($20.35) 7 (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results: $20.35 pot ($0.92 rake)
      Final Board: Q Q 9 6 7
      BB mucked and lost (-$0.35 net)
      Hero showed Q K and won $0.00 (-$10 net)
      SB showed T J and won $19.43 ($9.43 net)



      I also lost $4 with a All in Pre against a Maniac. QQ v 55, He flopped the 5 ;( But he is tagged, I'll get it back ;)

      I didn't get envolved in many big pots considering the amount of hands played, But my top 3 winners today where all Sets ($7, $7 & $8) Gota love em, right? :f_biggrin:

      A disappointing day Profit wise, but I cannot expect to win everyday ;)

      I am planning on playing a few Satellites for the $55 Red Spade Open which takes place on Sunday 26th, maybe even tonight, we'll see :rolleyes:

      Bankroll: $392 / 550FPP's
    • ThatGuyMatt
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      Its been a couple of days, so here is an update :)

      Saturdays Session
      Well, this wasn't a great day, I made a few bad plays, nothing major but it did affect my overall Profit/Loss. I hit a few coolers to. Overall, nothing was working out for me, I still went on to get the volume in, but with no such luck pushing recovering my loses. Saturdays Giraffe bellow


      Sunday/Today
      I played two separate sessions today, I had to stop my first as I was also cooking my Roast Lamb & best of all, eating it! So that takes priority over my grinding ;)
      My first Session of today continued as I left off the on Saturday, I was only down just under 1 BI, but it all adds up! :(
      Today's Session #1


      The second session... Well, what can I say, in my first couple of hands I doubled up with KK, can't complain ;) I was getting paid for for most of my made hands throughout the session, I made what I thought to be some good folds (I'll be posting them for Hand Evaluation tomorrow morning).
      There was one hand that got a smile though, I'm sure you'll love it too, so here it is! :D

      Isolated Villain, I don't mind playing oop here, I'm confident enough to take him on ;) But what was going on in this guys head? lol

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      BTN: $9.85 (98.5 bb)
      Hero (SB): $16.18 (161.8 bb)
      BB: $9.99 (99.9 bb)
      UTG: $12.51 (125.1 bb)
      MP: $2.66 (26.6 bb) 89/32/14 (VPIP/PFR/3Bet) Only 30 hands ..
      CO: $25.94 (259.4 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with J A
      UTG folds, MP calls $0.10, 2 folds, Hero raises to $0.50, BB folds, MP calls $0.40

      Flop: ($1.10) T J Q (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.78, MP raises to $2.16 and is all-in, Hero calls $1.38

      Turn: ($5.42) 5 (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: ($5.42) 3 (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results: $5.42 pot ($0.24 rake)
      Final Board: T J Q 5 3
      Hero showed J A and lost (-$2.66 net)
      MP showed 5 3 and won $5.18 ($2.52 net)
      ------------------------------------------------------

      Ironically, the next hands I was dealt JJ, and busted him :P

      Here is Today's Session #2 Giraffe.


      Never give up hope, Just because you're losing, doesn't mean you're not playing well.

      I also played several Satellites to the Sunday Storm/Red Spade along with a few MTT's, (Busted 100 away from The Sunday Storm Cash :( ) At the end of the day I made roughly $30 Profit.

      "Lady luck likes to hang out with those who practice the hardest" ;)

      Bankroll: $431 / 700FPP's
    • HansTheGreat
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      Hey,

      Nice second session but could you please add into your graphs ''Showdown winnings'' and ''Non-Showdown winnings''.Please, would be nice. Since will follow your blog it makes kinda more interesting overall.
    • ThatGuyMatt
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      Sure can Sikac :)

      Don't think I'll be able to get in alot of hands today, hopefully I'll be able to jump on tonight though ;)
    • plebpl
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      Originally posted by Sikac
      Hey,

      Nice second session but could you please add into your graphs ''Showdown winnings'' and ''Non-Showdown winnings''.Please, would be nice. Since will follow your blog it makes kinda more interesting overall.
      by the looks of the graph the non s/d will be a steady decline, as is most graphs at these limits, i know mine are