Developing my Game

    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      I learnt how to play poker in late 2009 after I saw rounders and found it pretty cool. I remember I was home from my college for holidays and I learnt the rules and started off at Zynga. As soon as I was back to my college I taught a bunch of my friends how to played and we started a poker group that did nothing but play poker for the next 1.5 years. We thought we were good, I thought I was good but a whole different level of poker existed out there that I was completely unaware of.

      I found pokerstrategy.com in the summer of 2010 and I think it took me less than a week to blow off my starting capital. Thats the first time it hit me that I wasn't as good as I thought I was. I started implementing what I learnt from the SHC at my home games and noticed a considerable change in my game but I never dug deeper into the articles cause the idea of seriously playing poker never occurred to me.

      I came back to online poker in December last year and played on Everest till the end of Jan before moving to Titan and eventually back to my original Pokerstars account. I played on Titan just so that I could get HM2 for free which I did.

      This time I am very serious about online poker and hope to make a lot of money off of it. I started from NL5, moved up to NL10 but am on NL2 now but we'll get to that in a bit.

      So why am I starting this blog? I feel I have reached a point where I need to discuss my game with other people and improve. I have nobody here to talk to about different styles of playing, discuss strategies get helpful tips and discover leaks so I strongly believe that starting a blog will help me here. I'm gonna try and discuss every session that I play hereon, post some hands and most of all discuss and reassess my gameplan and overall strategy.

      My focus now is gonna be on learning and developing as a player while at micros as I move up to low limits. I want to work on my weaknesses and would really appreciate all the help that I can get. I will try to keep my targets focused on poker education initially rather than having monetary targets and performance targets. Once I have developed I don't think making money should be that big a problem.
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    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      My first month after I returned to online poker. Played NL5 on Everest and I think I did very well. Strictly followed the SHC and somethings I learnt from Hasenbraten's After the Flop Articles. Didn't really have trouble beating NL5 FR there but didn't like how there was very little traffic especially on FR tables.



      Win-rate December: 11.94 bb/100
      Hands: 10,883

      Overall I was satisfied with my performance and it felt to be good above EV. I feel like I was way above EV, got lucky with some bad calls but most of the times I would have higher equity in an All In situation and people would really call with much worse hands.

      The competition definitely felt softer and I was eagerly awaiting to move to NL 10. One big mistake I made at NL5 was that I started to play this limit with a very aggressive BRM. I had about 10-12 BIs when I started. The games felt easier and I felt that I was fine on this limit but decided to move to NL10 with a bigger bankroll.
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Things slowed down a bit in January. I played a lot more hands than I did In December and my win-rate fell but overall winnings were very similar. I did a lot of moving around in this month. Moved half my bankroll to Titan to get enough points to get HM2 for free and continued to play NL5 at Everest and NL4 at Titan. There was a period where I was losing slowly and my win rate was decreasing. I decided to get back to basics and started reading the bronze sections articles over and over again and realized that I was playing Top Pairs too aggressively. Doing that worked on Everest but not so much on Titan so I was losing on Titan and winning on Everest but I realized what I was doing was wrong. Re-read the 'After the Flop' articles again focusing on how to play top pair under different situations and I was back to winning again and almost reached the highest point of January again, as you can see in the graph.



      Win-rate January: 3.74 bb/100
      Hands: 33,861
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      I shifted my entire bankroll from Everest and Titan to my original account tracked by Pokerstrategy at Pokerstars by the end of Jan. I shifted because they had a much better software which was much more multi-table user-friendly and they had good traffic at all times as when I play the European Timezones don't have many players up at that time. On Everest I would have like 1000-2000 players online and I would hardly find more than 2 Full Ring Tables.

      I had 20 BIs for NL 10 and decided to move up a limit. I broke the 25 BI BRM rule which is wrong. Anyway within the first 5 days of playing at NL10 at Pokerstars I was up about 4 BIs and feeling very good about myself. Then I did something I am not very proud of and I tilted away almost 10 BIs in two days at NL10. I should have moved back to NL 5 but I didn't which accelerated my losses. A months work was gone in 2 days. In desperation I shifted half my Bankroll back to Everest and was playing NL 10 there. I should have moved down again but I didn't. I lost some there and recovered and am almost breakeven there but I continued to lose on PokerStars. Finally I moved down to NL5 and had about 27-30 BIs of NL 5. I reviewed my game and tried to assess where I was going wrong and figured out that I wasn't winning big pots anymore but was losing complete BIs in some hands. I would suffer a bad beat, then I would play a few hands poorly, finally I would hit a good hand and try to win a big pot but would not get any action and people would fold when I had a set on the flop or similar hands that really used to pay me off well earlier. I realized that my game had become perhaps very predictable and as people on PokerStars had stats on me they would back out when I'd show aggression. I was playing a very straight forward ABC poker. I was hardly bluffing and I'm sure I was even bluffed off many times by weaker hands and I had become quite predictable. So then I decided that I need to constantly work on my game and moved to Silver articles for the first time. I am also warming up to the idea of moving to SH games now as I feel FR have become kinda boring. I end up playing like a nit on FR and I wanna change my game with a more looser range. I read some articles on Shorthanded and enjoyed it but lost a little obviously as I am very new to this style of playing. I have now moved to NL 2 and have about 55 BIs. I'm gonna continue to play NL 2 FR till I have 25 BIs for NL 5. I'm never gonna move up a limit unless I have 25 BIs for that limit now and I'm gonna make sure that I move down and not make the same mistake that I did by not moving down from NL 10 to NL 5 at the right time.

      I'll continue to read Silver articles and research on SH game-play but I'm gonna continue to play FR for sometime till the end of this month. I plan on finishing all the Silver articles this month and watch a few videos on SH.


      Win-Rate Feburary so far: -6.80 bb/100
      Hands: 21,545

      I'm gonna continue to review almost every session that I play from now on and discuss whatever I learn from the articles, videos and my sessions.
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Played NL2 after a very long time. I played for about 1.5 hours on stars and ended up almost 3 BIs. I need to win 4 more BIs to move to NL 5.

      Very simple game, hardly any tough decisions and loads of fish around. Played simple straight up poker and didn't try any fancy moves as I don't believe they would work on that limit. Haven't read any articles today but plan on finishing the Silver articles on Bets tomorrow.

      I lost 120bb in a very silly hand. I saw people shoving with all sorts of hands and very loose range so I kind of gambled on this hand.


      $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 8 Players


      SB: $1.93 (96.5 bb)
      Hero (BB): $2.41 (120.5 bb)
      UTG+2: $4.56 (228 bb)
      MP1: $1.15 (57.5 bb)
      MP2: $2.34 (117 bb)
      MP3: $2.51 (125.5 bb)
      CO: $1.44 (72 bb)
      BTN: $2.04 (102 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with J J
      UTG+2 folds, MP1 calls $0.02, MP2 folds, MP3 calls $0.02, CO calls $0.02, 2 folds, Hero raises to $0.16, MP1 folds, MP3 raises to $0.62, CO folds, Hero raises to $2.41 and is all-in, MP3 calls $1.79

      Flop: ($4.87) 7 K 8 (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      Turn: ($4.87) T (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: ($4.87) 6 (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results: $4.87 pot ($0.17 rake)
      Final Board: 7 K 8 T 6
      Hero showed J J and lost (-$2.41 net)
      MP3 showed A A and won $4.70 ($2.29 net)

      I'd like some opinion on the following hand by people who regularly play NL 2.

      $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 9 Players

      BB: $2.08 (104 bb)
      UTG+1: $2.60 (130 bb)
      UTG+2: $5 (250 bb)
      MP1: $2.64 (132 bb)
      MP2: $2 (100 bb)
      MP3: $2 (100 bb)
      CO: $1.26 (63 bb)
      BTN: $1.94 (97 bb)
      Hero (SB): $2.06 (103 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with J J
      UTG+1 raises to $0.04, 5 folds, BTN calls $0.04, Hero calls $0.03, BB calls $0.02

      Flop: ($0.16) Q J 3 (4 players)
      Hero bets $0.14, BB calls $0.14, UTG+1 folds, BTN calls $0.14

      Turn: ($0.58) K (3 players)
      Hero bets $0.44, BB folds, BTN raises to $1.76 and is all-in, Hero calls $1.32

      The turn just screwed it up and could have completed many draws and I usually Bet/Fold here but I noticed that people would play a lot worse hands aggressively on this limit so I decided to call. I figured he could have done this with draws in his hands too.

      River: ($4.10) 3 (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results: $4.10 pot ($0.14 rake)
      Final Board: Q J 3 K 3
      BB mucked and lost (-$0.18 net)
      BTN showed Q K and lost (-$1.94 net)
      Hero showed J J and won $3.96 ($2.02 net)
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Another hand that I sort of risked and usually I would Bet/Fold but I guess I just relied on poor play by opponents. This however was a close call and perhaps a bad call as many draws completed on the river.


      Poker Stars, $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 7 Players


      BTN: $1.03 (51.5 bb)
      SB: $2.04 (102 bb)
      BB: $1.19 (59.5 bb)
      MP1: $1.01 (50.5 bb)
      Hero (MP2): $2 (100 bb)
      MP3: $2.39 (119.5 bb)
      CO: $2.47 (123.5 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with T T
      MP1 folds, Hero raises to $0.08, MP3 folds, CO calls $0.08, BTN calls $0.08, 2 folds

      Flop: ($0.27) T 9 5 (3 players)
      Hero bets $0.20, CO calls $0.20, BTN folds

      Turn: ($0.67) 7 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.65, CO calls $0.65

      River: ($1.97) J (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.92, CO raises to $1.54 and is all-in, Hero calls $0.15 and is all-in

      Results: $4.11 pot ($0.14 rake)
      Final Board: T 9 5 7 J
      Hero showed T T and won $3.97 ($1.97 net)
      CO showed A A and lost (-$2 net)


      Classic example of bad players on this limit. I should consider myself lucky today. :D


      Poker Stars, $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 8 Players


      SB: $0.80 (40 bb)
      BB: $1.17 (58.5 bb)
      UTG+2: $1 (50 bb)
      MP1: $1.21 (60.5 bb)
      MP2: $1.82 (91 bb)
      Hero (MP3): $2.06 (103 bb)
      CO: $2.24 (112 bb)
      BTN: $5 (250 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with K A
      2 folds, MP2 calls $0.02, Hero raises to $0.10, 4 folds, MP2 calls $0.08

      Flop: ($0.23) 5 4 K (2 players)
      MP2 checks, Hero bets $0.18, MP2 calls $0.18

      Turn: ($0.59) 8 (2 players)
      MP2 checks, Hero bets $0.46, MP2 calls $0.46

      River: ($1.51) K (2 players)
      MP2 checks, Hero bets $1.08, MP2 calls $1.08 and is all-in

      Results: $3.67 pot ($0.13 rake)
      Final Board: 5 4 K 8 K
      MP2 showed J J and lost (-$1.82 net)
      Hero showed K A and won $3.54 ($1.72 net)

      So overall I feel that at this limit its just best to play Nitty and I'm sure most of you already know that. I was playing more tables than usual as I just wanted to get some hands underway and I knew I wouldn't have to really think a lot in many hands I was just waiting for decent hands and firing away. I'll continue to do that tomorrow and I'll try to avoid some bad calls like i made today. One of them going wrong could trigger a tilt that would just make things worse.
    • Krishjanis
      Krishjanis
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      Originally posted by maheepsangari

      I lost 120bb in a very silly hand. I saw people shoving with all sorts of hands and very loose range so I kind of gambled on this hand.


      $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 8 Players


      SB: $1.93 (96.5 bb)
      Hero (BB): $2.41 (120.5 bb)
      UTG+2: $4.56 (228 bb)
      MP1: $1.15 (57.5 bb)
      MP2: $2.34 (117 bb)
      MP3: $2.51 (125.5 bb)
      CO: $1.44 (72 bb)
      BTN: $2.04 (102 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with J J
      UTG+2 folds, MP1 calls $0.02, MP2 folds, MP3 calls $0.02, CO calls $0.02, 2 folds, Hero raises to $0.16, MP1 folds, MP3 raises to $0.62, CO folds, Hero raises to $2.41 and is all-in, MP3 calls $1.79

      Flop: ($4.87) 7 (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results: $4.87 pot ($0.17 rake)
      Final Board: 7 K 8 T 6
      Hero showed J J and lost (-$2.41 net)
      MP3 showed A A and won $4.70 ($2.29 net)
      I would fold to 4bet you can't call there and shoving all in he will probably call and depending on the player it can easily be a flip or you can even be beat.

      [quote]Originally posted by maheepsangari
      [SPOILER]I'd like some opinion on the following hand by people who regularly play NL 2.

      $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 9 Players

      BB: $2.08 (104 bb)
      UTG+1: $2.60 (130 bb)
      UTG+2: $5 (250 bb)
      MP1: $2.64 (132 bb)
      MP2: $2 (100 bb)
      MP3: $2 (100 bb)
      CO: $1.26 (63 bb)
      BTN: $1.94 (97 bb)
      Hero (SB): $2.06 (103 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with J J
      UTG+1 raises to $0.04, 5 folds, BTN calls $0.04, Hero calls $0.03, BB calls $0.02

      Flop: ($0.16) Q J 3 (4 players)
      Hero bets $0.14, BB calls $0.14, UTG+1 folds, BTN c...4.10) 3 (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results: $4.10 pot ($0.14 rake)
      Final Board: Q J 3 K 3
      BB mucked and lost (-$0.18 net)
      BTN showed Q K and lost (-$1.94 net)
      Hero showed J J and won $3.96 ($2.02 net)
      [/quote]Tough spot, it would be easier if you had raised pre-flop to get the real trashy hands to fold so then the fold on turn would be easier, but him shoving all in on turn when that card hits that pretty much is nuts there. So I would fold, but in game I would probably have gambled and called, depends on the player if he is a total fish or he actually understands something.
    • maheepsangari
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      Yeah not very happy with these hands. Anyway under normal circumstances I would have folded both those hands but I just wanted to see what kinda range people usually have at this limit and how they play. Its not too different from other micro limits, its just that you're more liable to get called here so you get paid off with bigger hands and I guess one shouldn't be bluffing a lot too. I avoided C-Betting many times as I'd enter the flop with 2-3 opponents calling my PFR which I'm not very used too and skipped C-Betting medium or trash hands that I used to freely C-Bet with at NL 10.
    • maheepsangari
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      Very good day, up about 5.5 BIs. I have 25 BIs for NL 5 and will be moving there tomorrow. :D I made very few mistakes and was lucky enough to be dealt into a hand where 2 opponents went crazy :D .


      Poker Stars, $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 9 Players

      BTN: $1.80 (90 bb)
      SB: $0.80 (40 bb)
      BB: $5 (250 bb)
      UTG+1: $1.85 (92.5 bb)
      UTG+2: $3.20 (160 bb)
      MP1: $4.66 (233 bb)
      MP2: $0.83 (41.5 bb)
      MP3: $1 (50 bb)
      Hero (CO): $3.14 (157 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with A A
      UTG+1 raises to $1.85 and is all-in, UTG+2 raises to $3.20 and is all-in, 3 folds, Hero calls $3.14 and is all-in, 3 folds

      Flop: ($8.16) T J J (3 players, 3 are all-in)
      Turn: ($8.16) 7 (3 players, 3 are all-in)
      River: ($8.16) J (3 players, 3 are all-in)

      Results: $8.16 pot ($0.29 rake)
      Final Board: T J J 7 J
      UTG+1 showed A 4 and lost (-$1.85 net)
      UTG+2 showed 6 6 and lost (-$3.14 net)
      Hero showed A A and won $7.87 ($4.73 net)


      Will start afresh from NL 5 tomorrow. Read a few articles too so I guess I can close for the day.
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Up 3-BIs in NL 5. I've been getting pretty decent win-rate for the last 3 days so thats great. Almost 3000 hands in the last 3 days @ 37.10 bb/100. I'm getting away from uncomfortable and unprofitable situations and cashing in on good situations and the cards have also been good to me so all is well right now. There is still a lot of lost ground to cover though and I'm still $100 short of my highest point in the beginning of Feb, no problem I'll get there.

      Read an article on way-ahead and way-behind situations and actually experienced a hand of this kind of situation. Let me know your views on this one guys.


      Poker Stars, $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 8 Players


      CO: $5 (100 bb)
      BTN: $5.16 (103.2 bb)
      SB: $7.27 (145.4 bb)
      BB: $5.11 (102.2 bb)
      Hero (UTG+2): $5 (100 bb)
      MP1: $2 (40 bb)
      MP2: $2.29 (45.8 bb)
      MP3: $5.26 (105.2 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is UTG+2 with A A
      Hero raises to $0.20, MP1 folds, MP2 calls $0.20, 2 folds, BTN calls $0.20, 2 folds

      Flop: ($0.67) Q 7 Q (3 players)
      Hero bets $0.45, MP2 calls $0.45, BTN folds

      Turn: ($1.57) 2 (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP2 bets $0.50, Hero calls $0.50

      River: ($2.57) 7 (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP2 bets $0.50, Hero calls $0.50

      Results: $3.57 pot ($0.15 rake)
      Final Board: Q 7 Q 2 7
      Hero showed A A and won $3.42 ($1.77 net)
      MP2 showed T T and lost (-$1.65 net)
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Ok, so instead of reviewing every session I'm gonna review every week's performance. This week has been good.



      Ran at 12.05 bb/100 and played 11,814 hands.

      However I'm still far away from recovering my losses incurred earlier this month.

      Leaks Fixed:

      Over C-Betting

      Losing a lot of money in medium 25-70bb pots. Few of those and all of a sudden BOOM you're 1 BI down.

      Flop & Turn Play

      Articles Read:

      On the Flop - The Basics
      On the Flop - When to play Aggressively
      On the Flop – When to Play Passively
      Protection - Defend your Hand
      Pot Control - Keeping the pot manageable
      Slowplay - Trapping your opponent
      How to play when you are way ahead / way behind

      I think this week has been productive. I'll focus more on Turn Play and river play in the next week.

      Oh yeah and I've moved to Short Handed now. I moved up from NL2 back to NL5 this week and after some hands on NL5 FR I've moved to NL5 SH. I'm really enjoying SH, playing only 4 tables at a time and paying a lot of attention to my opponents and their play.

      One thing I've noticed is that my graphs have this unique thing where they rise at a fast rate initially and then remain flat for a long time before a nice rise again. Does this happen with you guys too? Most graphs I see on this site just keep on going up. My bb/100 rate isn't too bad so maybe I'm not doing too bad but would really want a graphlike those out there :D
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Poker Stars, $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 4 Players


      BTN: $5 (100 bb)
      SB: $5.09 (101.8 bb)
      Hero (BB): $5 (100 bb)
      CO: $6.41 (128.2 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 4 4
      2 folds, SB raises to $0.15, Hero calls $0.10

      Flop: ($0.30) 3 4 4 (2 players)
      SB bets $0.25, Hero calls $0.25

      Turn: ($0.80) A (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.40, SB raises to $1.70, Hero calls $1.30

      I put him on a flush here and decided to just call as he'd shove himself on the river since the pot would be significantly bigger than his stack and he'd be pot committed. Although I do feel sorry for him after seeing what he ultimately flipped over. So sick.

      River: ($4.20) Q (2 players)
      SB bets $2.99 and is all-in, Hero calls $2.90 and is all-in

      Results: $10.00 pot ($0.42 rake)
      Final Board: 3 4 4 A Q
      SB showed 3 3 and lost (-$5 net)
      Hero showed 4 4 and won $9.58 ($4.58 net)
    • Krishjanis
      Krishjanis
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      Oh wow, that guy must have been :rage:
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Originally posted by Krishjanis
      Oh wow, that guy must have been :rage:
      Yeah, it was really sick. Hey do you play NL5 on Stars? I saw someone with the same name.
    • Krishjanis
      Krishjanis
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      Yes :D
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Originally posted by Krishjanis
      Yes :D
      Cool see you at the tables then. :)
    • maheepsangari
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      12 BIs to go for the next limit. Should be there soon :D .
    • maheepsangari
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      February Win rate: 1.31
      Hands: 36.274

      I lost about $46 because I lost many BIs at NL10 and could not recover the whole value from playing NL5. I also earned bonuses in Feb worth about $50 so my Bankroll ended a little over $200, the same amount where it was at the begining of Feb. So no money lost in Feb, only time was lost :D .

      Right now I'm hovering around $215, just 7BIs from NL10. I have completely switched to SH now and I don't think I'll be going back to FR. SH really suits my style of play and I don't have to be Nit anymore. :D I've reduced the number of tables I play to 4 from 6 that I used for FR and I'm really enjoying the dynamics of the SH game on 4 tables. I'm able to focus on how players play and am learning how to exploit their weaknesses.

      From the development point of view I've done a lot in Feb. I've focused on C-Betting, Bet Sizing and Turn Play and I have made some improvements. Overall I'm not losing a lot of small pots anymore like I used to before and am taking them down from weak players. There was a time when I'd end up losing 1 BI in a session cause of 5-6 small pot losses. I still have a lot to learn about this though and have to tweek my pre-flop play in SH.

      One aspect I haven't really focused on a lot is taking notes and identifying patterns in the way people play and exploit their weaknesses. So thats gonna be the main focus for this month.
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Last week was good. Got some decent sessions in and had some good results. 12 BIs up. I'm settling into SH very nicely and I'm about to move to NL 10.



      I've been trying to identify patterns in peoples games and how they play but I haven't been able to get very far with that. I'm not able to identify what sort of information I should be looking for and what information to record and what not to.

      There must be some patterns that you guys look for in the opponents games and I'd like to know how you analyse it. For example many times I see that many players call a pre flop raise and check raise the flop. When they do so they usually roll over a pocket pair and show a set they made on the flop. So next time I know what their check raise means but thats just one of the move and many people especially fish react very unpredictably even according to their stats cause I don't know (maybe they feel like it) and I've realized that it doesn't make much sense trying to read them since they themselves might be confused about what they are doing. Many fish play a top pair very aggressively cause they honestly think that top pair + lame ass kicker is good enough.

      However its the thinking players I should try and understand and what kind of tendencies do you guys look for and how do you exploit them. Actually finding their tenancies also can get a bit expensive, sometimes I think that I'm gonna call an opponent down till the river to see what he has and what kind of hand he's playing with and sometimes it can get very costly to get that information so is it really worth it at these limits since you really don't know when you'll see him again.

      Another pattern I've been trying to look at many players is that they play passively till turn and become aggressive on the river. The flop would be 2 suited and if the flush draw doesn't complete by river they might get aggressive and I call them to see if they were trying to bluff with a busted draw. Here's an example of such a hand.

      Poker Stars, $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players


      UTG: $6.50 (130 bb)
      MP: $2.63 (52.6 bb)
      CO: $5.43 (108.6 bb)
      Hero (BTN): $5 (100 bb)
      SB: $2.83 (56.6 bb)
      BB: $5 (100 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BTN with A J
      3 folds, Hero raises to $0.20, SB calls $0.18, BB folds

      Flop: ($0.45) 6 3 7 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.30, SB calls $0.30

      Turn: ($1.05) 8 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks

      River: ($1.05) J (2 players)
      SB bets $0.95, Hero calls $0.95

      Results: $2.95 pot ($0.12 rake)
      Final Board: 6 3 7 8 J
      Hero showed A J and won $2.83 ($1.38 net)
      SB showed 9 A and lost (-$1.45 net)

      The only reason why I called this on the river was to see if this guy was bluffing with a busted flush draw and I was right. Under normal circumstances I would have easily found a fold here. Although in this hand he could have had a lot more as the board was very drawy but I just thought that this piece of information might be quite important. Sadly I only got about 16 hands on him and he left.

      So it would really help if you could share what sort of patterns do you look for in your opponents games, what moves do you note and how do you go about trying to analyze the other guy.
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
      Gold
      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      The last time I posted I was about to start NL10. Now I'm about to start NL16. I'm running good. I'm finding NL10 on Stars easier to beat than NL5. Well I'm actually only targeting fish and taking their stacks and Table Scan Turbo is helping me locate the fish very easily :D . But I'm begining to wonder if I really am playing well or I'm just running hot.

      Anyway here's the graph to begin with


      Winrate: 11.41
      Hands: 15,667

      The dip actually came because I was playing drunk :f_biggrin: and decided to quit as soon as I lost 3 BIs. So obviously I went ahead and lost 3 BIs and quit slept off, woke up in the morning and recovered what I lost and made some profit too for that day. Nonetheless what I did was wrong and nothing to brag about so next time I'm drunk and I feel like playing I'll go ahead and spam some threads instead.

      I haven't been able to put in a lot of hands this month cause have been busy with my social life :) . By next week I'll start putting in atleast 1800 hands everyday need to get the volume up.

      This month I've focused on how to play AK and QQ pre-flop. Went through the series of articles and I think I'll need to go through them a few more times to understand them better. I've posted some hands with these hands and learnt a few things from hand evaluations too. I've also learnt that there is a bog difference in how people think its best to play them according to their style. A hand in a certain situation Veriz might advocate a fold and CallumN might bend towards a shove. So clearly different styles of playing and I think i need to develop my own style which I'm sure I will in time right now I'm just trying stuff out and finding my comfort zone.

      I have also concentrated on finding patterns in opponent's games and I have been able to exploit one or two of them here and there after carefully analyzing their play.

      I'm about 1 BI away from NL16 and am beginning to wonder if I really am ready for that level. Actually I was feeling the same way just two weeks ago about moving to NL10 :D .

      So my plan now is to keep moving up quickly till NL100 which I think I should reach by July. I'll keep moving up using the 25 BI rule and move to NL100 only when I have 40 BIs for NL100. After reaching NL100 I'm gonna spend a few months there even if I'm rolled for higher limits cause I wanna really prepare myself for higher limits and take all the time I can. Even if I win at NL100 at 3-4 bb/100 I'll be able to make a very good living and support myself on poker alone and I won't really feel the need to keep moving up fast. I think after NL100 I might as well start accumulating 100 BIs for the next limit before I start to move up.

      Alright big plans but a lot to learn, huge leaks to fix and lots of hands to be played.
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