jleonra "noluck" Blog - The SNGer Wannabe

    • jleonra
      jleonra
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      Joined: 04.03.2012 Posts: 53
      Hello guys, if you want to know a little bit of my background check the first post of my introduction to the comunity and my personal thread in the beginers NL course:

      Intro

      Locker Room

      Now the purpose of this blog is to keep me motivated in my attempt to master the SNG and MTT game play, in order to build a bankroll so i can then play without fear of going broke on the cash games. :f_mad:

      I play on Poker Stars and on Titan poker (because of the $50 starting capital), now my plan is to build a roll on Titan playing SNGs and MTTs, with a decent roll then start working on my cash games, so i can become an all-arround player, though my main source of income would be SNGs.

      I've recibed so far $20 of the $50 starting capital plus another $20 of my own money and $5 bucks instant bonus for making a deposit the day i signed up makes my initial bankroll $55.

      I'll make an update later today with more info about my progress and some hands.
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    • Takeiteazy
      Takeiteazy
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      Joined: 22.02.2010 Posts: 89
      Good luck!
    • jleonra
      jleonra
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      Joined: 04.03.2012 Posts: 53
      Ok so today is over, first thing I have to say is, Lady Variance at Titan Poker hates my guts xD really no help whatsoever from her. All the freaking month kicking me in the nuts.

      Take for example this hand

      iPoker - $1+$0.20|<> NL - Holdem - 10 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      BTN: 1,500.00
      SB: 1,500.00
      BB: 1,500.00
      UTG: 1,500.00
      UTG+1: 1,500.00
      Hero (MP): 1,500.00
      MP+1: 1,500.00
      MP+2: 1,500.00
      LP: 1,500.00
      CO: 1,500.00

      SB posts SB 10.00, BB posts BB 20.00

      Pre Flop: (30.00) Hero has A:spade: K:club:

      fold, fold, Hero raises to 80.00, fold, MP+2 calls 80.00, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold

      Flop: (190.00, 2 players) 7:heart: 6:diamond: A:club:
      Hero bets 142.50, MP+2 raises to 1,420.00, Hero calls 1,277.50

      Turn: (3030.00, 2 players) T:diamond:

      River: (3030.00, 2 players) J:spade:

      Hero mucks A:spade: K:club: (One Pair, Aces) (Pre 74%, Flop 87%, Turn 93%)
      MP+2 shows A:diamond: J:club: (Two Pair, Aces and Jacks) (Pre 26%, Flop 13%, Turn 7%)
      MP+2 wins 3,030.00


      Or this one:

      iPoker - $1+$0.20|<> NL - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      UTG: 1,370.00
      UTG+1: 1,390.00
      MP: 1,620.00
      MP+1: 1,530.00
      LP: 1,460.00
      CO: 1,440.00
      BTN: 1,500.00
      Hero (SB): 1,095.00
      BB: 3,595.00

      Hero posts SB 20.00, BB posts BB 40.00

      Pre Flop: (60.00) Hero has K:diamond: K:heart:

      fold, fold, fold, fold, LP calls 40.00, fold, fold, Hero raises to 160.00, fold, LP calls 120.00

      Flop: (360.00, 2 players) 7:diamond: Q:spade: 9:spade:
      Hero bets 270.00, LP raises to 1,300.00, Hero calls 665.00

      Turn: (2230.00, 2 players) T:heart:

      River: (2230.00, 2 players) 8:diamond:

      LP shows 7:club: 6:club: (Straight, Ten High) (Pre 23%, Flop 22%, Turn 20%)
      Hero mucks K:diamond: K:heart: (One Pair, Kings) (Pre 77%, Flop 78%, Turn 80%)
      LP wins 2,230.00

      Soo my run on Titan's SNG has not been a pleasent one, the only good thing is that i've acumulated enough points to reach silver status on Poker Strategy and also enough points for the Lord of the Grind Level 1.

      Here is my graph on Titan, please don't laugh :f_mad:



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      Anyway today was the worst day of all, i lost everytime i went in as a favorite, i also lost the times i did not :f_cry: , but not everything is lost hehehe fortunely Blackjack came to the rescue.

      I never thought BlackJack was so similar to SNGs, the variance is just as high, you use the exact BRM Strategy: 100 bets minimum to overcome the down swings. But unlike poker where you actually could have an edge over your rivals, in Blackjack the house always have the edge.

      Anyway I recover what i lost and made aditional $25 bucks :D

      Here is my Blackjack graph:



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      :diamond: Stats of Titan Blackjack :diamond:

      Total Bets: 260 (on sets of 5 each time)
      Amount Spend: $260
      Amount Won: $292
      Net Won: $32
      ROI: 12.3%

      So after Blalckjack this are my:

      :diamond: Stats on Titan :diamond:

      Bankroll: $76
      Bonus cleared: $5 / $40
      SnG’s played: 105
      Total Hands: 4888
      In the Money: 35.24%

      :diamond: Finish distributions: :diamond:

      1st: 8
      2nd: 6
      3rd: 19
      Bubble or less: 72

      Now on Poker Stars, things are slightly better, variance haven't hurt me so much and many hands actually holds.

      This is my graph for PokerStars



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      :spade: Stats on PokerStars :spade:

      Bankroll: $56
      Bonus cleared: $0 / $55
      SnG’s played: 61
      Total Hands: 4116
      In the Money: 59%

      :diamond: Finish distributions: :diamond:

      1st: 7
      2nd: 13
      3rd: 16
      Bubble or less: 25

      ======================================================

      :club: Goals for the rest of the month :club:

      • Finish Lession 4 and 5 of NL Beginers Course
      • Watch All the SNG Bronze Videos
      • Make a profit on Titan SNG and a 5% ROI
      • Reach 90%+ score on ICM Training after 200 hands


      I also have some things I wish to buy with my winnings:

      :heart: Wish List :heart:

      • Poker Tracker Microlimits ~ $50 (have 13 days trial left)
      • New Computer ~ $700
      • New Grinding Chair ~ $350
      • New Grinding Desk ~ $ 400
      • SNG Wizzard ~ $100


      The new computer and PT3 are priority because i'm playing on a AA1 (true story) plugged to an external monitor :P

      Anyway, I hope tomorrow variance finally smile at me and stop effing me in the behind.
    • jleonra
      jleonra
      Bronze
      Joined: 04.03.2012 Posts: 53
      Today was a better day on Titan poker, still this weekend i'll just play to make the minimum quota of 30 titan points for the Lord of the Grind promotion.

      Still there were some hands like this one:


      iPoker - $1+$0.20|<> NL - Holdem - 10 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      CO: 1,500.00
      BTN: 1,490.00
      SB: 1,480.00
      BB: 1,500.00
      UTG: 1,500.00
      UTG+1: 1,500.00
      MP: 1,500.00
      MP+1: 1,480.00
      MP+2: 1,435.00
      Hero (LP): 1,615.00

      SB posts SB 10.00, BB posts BB 20.00

      Pre Flop: (30.00) Hero has A:heart: A:club:

      fold, UTG+1 calls 20.00, fold, fold, MP+2 calls 20.00, Hero raises to 80.00, fold, fold, fold, fold, UTG+1 calls 60.00, MP+2 calls 60.00

      Flop: (270.00, 3 players) 4:club: 5:heart: K:spade:
      UTG+1 checks, MP+2 checks, Hero bets 135.00, UTG+1 calls 135.00, MP+2 calls 135.00

      Turn: (675.00, 3 players) Q:spade:
      UTG+1 bets 60.00, MP+2 calls 60.00, Hero raises to 915.00, UTG+1 raises to 1,285.00, fold, Hero calls 370.00

      River: (3305.00, 2 players) 7:heart:

      UTG+1 shows 4:heart: 4:spade: (Three of a Kind, Fours) (Pre 19%, Flop 89%, Turn 95%)
      Hero mucks A:heart: A:club: (One Pair, Aces) (Pre 81%, Flop 11%, Turn 5%)
      UTG+1 wins 3,305.00


      Other than that fairly standard mini session of 12 SNGs, i also played Blackjack again, made $30 profit got greedy and decided to make a very big stupid bet which i lost (half my BR), took me like 2h but i managed to recover half of what i lost :s_cry: , damn it, this will be a lesson never to forget, stick to BRM. Luckyly since i opted in for the 30% of losses back on casino games in the end i'll be down just like 30 bucks.


      :diamond: Stats on Titan :diamond:

      Bankroll: $96 (it would have been $147)
      Bonus cleared: $5 / $40
      SnG’s played: 117
      Total Hands: 5471
      In the Money: 44.87%

      :diamond: Finish distributions: :diamond:

      1st: 8
      2nd: 7
      3rd: 24
      Bubble or less: 78


      I didn't play SNGs on Stars today, insted i played Zoom, made like $14 profit and lost $10 in 4 hands xD my Kings again lost me lots of money, i'm starting to hate that hand.

      PokerStars - $0.02 NL (9 max) ZOOM - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      BTN: $0.97
      SB: $3.24
      BB: $5.16
      UTG: $2.36
      UTG+1: $2.37
      MP: $2.11
      Hero (MP+1): $3.91
      LP: $2.75
      CO: $2.05

      SB posts SB $0.01, BB posts BB $0.02

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero has K:spade: K:diamond:

      fold, fold, MP raises to $0.04, Hero raises to $0.14, fold, fold, fold, fold, BB calls $0.12, MP raises to $0.44, Hero raises to $0.74, fold, MP raises to $1.04, Hero raises to $1.34, MP raises to $1.64, Hero calls $0.30

      Flop: ($3.43, 2 players) 4:diamond: K:club: A:heart:
      MP checks, Hero bets $2.27 and is all-in, MP calls $0.47 and is all-in

      Turn: ($4.37, 2 players) 8:club:

      River: ($4.37, 2 players) 2:spade:

      MP shows A:spade: A:diamond: (Three of a Kind, Aces) (Pre 83%, Flop 96%, Turn 98%)
      Hero mucks K:spade: K:diamond: (Three of a Kind, Kings) (Pre 17%, Flop 4%, Turn 2%)
      MP wins $4.22


      And here again:

      PokerStars - $0.02 NL (9 max) ZOOM - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      BTN: $1.61
      SB: $0.91
      BB: $0.98
      UTG: $1.81
      Hero (UTG+1): $2.30
      MP: $3.93
      MP+1: $1.13
      LP: $3.68
      CO: $1.03

      SB posts SB $0.01, BB posts BB $0.02

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero has K:club: K:spade:

      UTG raises to $0.10, Hero raises to $0.24, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, UTG calls $0.14

      Flop: ($0.51, 2 players) 4:diamond: Q:diamond: J:spade:
      UTG checks, Hero bets $0.38, UTG calls $0.38

      Turn: ($1.27, 2 players) T:diamond:
      UTG checks, Hero bets $0.92, UTG calls $0.92

      River: ($3.11, 2 players) 3:diamond:
      UTG bets $0.27 and is all-in, Hero calls $0.27

      UTG shows A:diamond: Q:spade: (Flush, Ace High) (Pre 28%, Flop 24%, Turn 27%)
      Hero mucks K:club: K:spade: (One Pair, Kings) (Pre 72%, Flop 76%, Turn 73%)
      UTG wins $3.52


      This hand was awesome because i've been 3betting a lot with big pocket pairs and i've made some nice profit in NL2 Zoom:

      PokerStars - $0.02 NL (9 max) ZOOM - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      BTN: $2.92
      SB: $3.56
      BB: $7.01
      UTG: $1.55
      UTG+1: $3.10
      MP: $1.26
      MP+1: $2.34
      Hero (LP): $4.04
      CO: $4.51

      SB posts SB $0.01, BB posts BB $0.02

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero has Q:spade: Q:diamond:

      fold, UTG+1 calls $0.02, fold, fold, Hero raises to $0.10, fold, fold, fold, fold, UTG+1 raises to $3.10 and is all-in, Hero calls $3.00

      Flop: ($6.23, 2 players) 5:heart: A:club: Q:heart:

      Turn: ($6.23, 2 players) Q:club:

      River: ($6.23, 2 players) 7:spade:

      UTG+1 shows A:spade: 9:diamond: (Two Pair, Aces and Queens) (Pre 28%, Flop 1%, Turn 0%)
      Hero shows Q:spade: Q:diamond: (Four of a Kind, Queens) (Pre 72%, Flop 99%, Turn 100%)
      Hero wins $6.01


      I'll post graphs once i play another 30-40 sngs because not much has changed.
    • IngridN
      IngridN
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      Joined: 02.03.2011 Posts: 12,162
      Welcome to our blogs section jleonra :)
    • jleonra
      jleonra
      Bronze
      Joined: 04.03.2012 Posts: 53
      yesterday i didn't update because i stayed over at a friend's house, i however played some SnG at Titan and today at pokerstars.

      Luck started to change a bit at Titan and ppl don't suck out as much as the other days so i'm actually slowly recovering. Still is a very small sample since i can only play for a couple of hours a day, plus i can only play 4 tables at a time if i want to make correct desitions, i tried playing 9 tabes but i can't keep up with the pace and i end up messing up in a couple of them, so i'll stick to 4 until i get better.

      This is my graph now:



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      Sunday and Monday gave me a $9.5 net profit from SnG's and a $19 bucks profit from BlackJack :P

      :diamond: Stats on Titan :diamond:

      Bankroll: $124 (+$28)
      Bonus cleared: $5 / $40
      SnG’s played: 144
      Total Hands: 6587
      In the Money: 40.97%

      :heart: Finish distributions: :heart:

      1st: 11
      2nd: 11
      3rd: 31
      Bubble or less: 91

      Anyway KK keps getting cracked by ragged aces i might start to just folding it preflop and save me a facepalm everytime ehehehehe :s_frown:


      iPoker - $1+$0.20|<> NL - Holdem - 8 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      Hero (UTG+1): 1,585.00
      MP: 1,535.00
      MP+1: 1,215.00
      CO: 4,825.00
      BTN: 1,080.00
      SB: 670.00
      BB: 2,590.00
      UTG: 1,500.00

      SB posts SB 100.00, BB posts BB 200.00

      Pre Flop: (300.00) Hero has K:diamond: K:heart:

      fold, Hero raises to 1,585.00, fold, fold, CO calls 1,585.00, fold, fold, fold

      Flop: (3470.00, 2 players) Q:club: 3:spade: J:heart:

      Turn: (3470.00, 2 players) 2:diamond:

      River: (3470.00, 2 players) A:club:

      Hero mucks K:diamond: K:heart: (One Pair, Kings) (Pre 71%, Flop 86%, Turn 93%)
      CO shows 9:club: A:heart: (One Pair, Aces) (Pre 29%, Flop 14%, Turn 7%)
      CO wins 3,470.00


      Btw i didn't know i had to collect a certain amunt of points on titan to be able to withdraw money , this change my plan to buy the licence of pokertracker with my winnings so i'll have to use my credit card to purchase it.

      I think i'll collect the points in a month time, maybe even less, hopefully by then i'll be considering moving to a higher limit.
    • jleonra
      jleonra
      Bronze
      Joined: 04.03.2012 Posts: 53
      This last couple of days have been bad, yesterday i made many mistakes and got myself into many akward situations, terrible downsing, today was a bit better but still im not playing at my full capacity because i've been busy.

      Now i'm -$20, although my bankroll keeps increasing thanks to Blackjack, but i need to keep practicing more, specially heads up and postflop play.

      This is the graph now:



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      :diamond: Stats on Titan :diamond:

      Bankroll: $171 (+$47)
      Bonus cleared: $10 / $40
      SnG’s played: 167
      Total Hands: 7336
      In the Money: 38.92%

      :heart: Finish distributions: :heart:

      1st: 13
      2nd: 13
      3rd: 33
      Bubble or less: 108

      So far blackjack has kept me going because ppl suck out on me every freaking time, i'm seriously considering folding everything but AA preflop...



      iPoker - $1+$0.20|<> NL - Holdem - 10 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      UTG: 1,310.00
      UTG+1: 1,350.00
      MP: 1,500.00
      MP+1: 910.00
      MP+2: 2,910.00
      LP: 1,320.00
      CO: 1,509.00
      BTN: 1,560.00
      Hero (SB): 1,071.00
      BB: 1,560.00

      Hero posts SB 50.00, BB posts BB 100.00

      Pre Flop: (150.00) Hero has K:spade: K:diamond:

      fold, fold, fold, MP+1 raises to 910.00, fold, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 1,071.00, fold

      Flop: (1920.00, 2 players) Q:club: J:heart: A:spade:

      Turn: (1920.00, 2 players) 8:spade:

      River: (1920.00, 2 players) 4:spade:

      MP+1 shows 7:spade: A:heart: (One Pair, Aces) (Pre 29%, Flop 75%, Turn 86%)
      Hero shows K:spade: K:diamond: (One Pair, Kings) (Pre 71%, Flop 25%, Turn 14%)
      MP+1 wins 1,920.00


      ===============


      iPoker - $1+$0.20|<> NL - Holdem - 7 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      BTN: 2,050.00
      SB: 4,820.00
      Hero (BB): 1,800.00
      UTG: 2,205.00
      UTG+1: 1,600.00
      MP: 1,145.00
      CO: 1,380.00

      SB posts SB 300.00, Hero posts BB 600.00

      Pre Flop: (900.00) Hero has A:diamond: K:diamond:

      UTG raises to 2,205.00, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, Hero calls 1,200.00

      Flop: (3900.00, 2 players) Q:spade: A:spade: 7:club:

      Turn: (3900.00, 2 players) 7:heart:

      River: (3900.00, 2 players) T:heart:

      Hero mucks A:diamond: K:diamond: (Two Pair, Aces and Sevens) (Pre 75%, Flop 88%, Turn 90%)
      UTG shows A:heart: T:diamond: (Two Pair, Aces and Tens) (Pre 25%, Flop 12%, Turn 10%)
      UTG wins 3,900.00

      and when ppl dont suck out on me i ran into better hands and don't suck out:



      iPoker - $1+$0.20|<> NL - Holdem - 8 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      MP+1: 1,380.00
      CO: 2,440.00
      BTN: 1,320.00
      SB: 1,560.00
      BB: 1,380.00
      UTG: 3,510.00
      Hero (UTG+1): 1,900.00
      MP: 1,510.00

      SB posts SB 50.00, BB posts BB 100.00

      Pre Flop: (150.00) Hero has K:club: K:heart:

      fold, Hero raises to 300.00, fold, fold, CO calls 300.00, fold, fold, fold

      Flop: (750.00, 2 players) 6:diamond: 5:diamond: 7:spade:
      Hero bets 1,600.00, CO calls 1,600.00

      Turn: (3950.00, 2 players) 8:heart:

      River: (3950.00, 2 players) 7:heart:

      CO shows A:heart: A:spade: (Two Pair, Aces and Sevens) (Pre 82%, Flop 89%, Turn 86%)
      Hero mucks K:club: K:heart: (Two Pair, Kings and Sevens) (Pre 18%, Flop 11%, Turn 14%)
      CO wins 3,950.00


      Anyway, my run on stars was equally bad, only that i can't play blackjack overthere to recover my loses.

      I'll keep watching videos and practicing, i've made up my mind and will keep playing until i reach 1k sng at this level, after that i'll evaluate my performance and will decide if i''m ready to move up to the $2 or not.
    • jleonra
      jleonra
      Bronze
      Joined: 04.03.2012 Posts: 53
      This day i started watching videos and reading articles, i really needed that because my mid stage game sucks hard as well as my Heads Up play, that helped a lot and i'm actually playing a little bit better, also making some stupid mistakes still but all in all i'm playing better.

      Still i'm out of luck on Titan between sng's and blackjack loses my bankroll has been reduced $40 bucks and i'm at $131 dollars :f_cry: .

      On stars i also lost over $20 bucks on SnG's and Zoom, but i'm confident i've learned from my mistakes and I expect to overcome this and finally start making profit.

      This are my graphs as of now:

      On Stars


      By pumas_rlz at 2012-03-23


      On iPoker


      By pumas_rlz at 2012-03-23

      On ipoker as i said i have the worst luck on the history of the world:


      iPoker - $1+$0.20|<> NL - Holdem - 10 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      UTG+1: 1,500.00
      MP: 1,480.00
      MP+1: 1,100.00
      MP+2: 1,200.00
      LP: 280.00
      CO: 2,060.00
      BTN: 2,540.00
      SB: 1,620.00
      Hero (BB): 1,460.00
      UTG: 1,760.00

      SB posts SB 30.00, Hero posts BB 60.00

      Pre Flop: (90.00) Hero has K:diamond: A:club:

      UTG raises to 180.00, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 540.00, UTG raises to 1,760.00, Hero calls 920.00

      Flop: (2950.00, 2 players) 4:spade: 5:club: Q:heart:

      Turn: (2950.00, 2 players) 4:club:

      River: (2950.00, 2 players) A:spade:

      Hero mucks K:diamond: A:club: (Two Pair, Aces and Fours) (Pre 75%, Flop 15%, Turn 7%)
      UTG shows Q:club: A:diamond: (Two Pair, Aces and Queens) (Pre 25%, Flop 85%, Turn 93%)
      UTG wins 2,950.00


      ======================

      And on stars although is a bit better it still hurts :


      PokerStars - $1.32+$0.18|10/20 NL (9 max) - Holdem - 8 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      UTG+1: 1,420.00
      MP: 3,095.00
      MP+1: 1,470.00
      CO: 1,095.00
      BTN: 1,890.00
      SB: 1,360.00
      Hero (BB): 1,500.00
      UTG: 1,670.00

      SB posts SB 10.00, Hero posts BB 20.00

      Pre Flop: (30.00) Hero has 5:diamond: 5:heart:

      fold, UTG+1 calls 20.00, MP calls 20.00, fold, fold, fold, SB calls 10.00, Hero checks

      Flop: (80.00, 4 players) 4:spade: 2:diamond: 5:spade:
      SB checks, Hero bets 60.00, UTG+1 calls 60.00, MP raises to 200.00, fold, Hero raises to 1,480.00 and is all-in, UTG+1 calls 1,340.00 and is all-in, MP calls 1,280.00

      Turn: (4440.00, 3 players) Q:heart:

      River: (4440.00, 3 players) 3:club:

      Hero shows 5:diamond: 5:heart: (Three of a Kind, Fives) (Pre 45%, Flop 75%, Turn 88%)
      MP shows 2:spade: 2:heart: (Three of a Kind, Twos) (Pre 17%, Flop 10%, Turn 2%)
      UTG+1 shows 7:diamond: A:club: (Straight, Five High) (Pre 38%, Flop 15%, Turn 10%)
      UTG+1 wins 4,280.00
      Hero wins 160.00


      I'll continue watching videos before playing, lets see how much i improve this week.