goal setting for a lazy poker pro

    • jmackenzie
      jmackenzie
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      Joined: 04.06.2008 Posts: 1,241
      Hi all,

      for those of you that don't know me I play purely headsup poker currently at limits nl100-200 under a stake coaching deal and have been doing so since feb of last year.

      Although this is my only source of income its been clear over the last 11 months i havnt put the time and effort in that i really should. (what usually happens is i play 10-15k hands a month make an ok amount and instead of saving anything to build a bankroll of my own or improve equipment, i squander it all on partying..)

      I tried several times to set volume goals, points goals etc. over the entire month but they've always ended in failure, so last week i decided to set one of a very shortterm nature of a lockdown that could last anywhere between 1-4 days Lockdown

      this actually went pretty well and i managed 2 full days.. this got me thinking, what should i try to achieve next which actually has a reasonable chance of being completed.

      So my new goal is to play 1.5k+ hands a day for the next 7 days.
      this is approximately 5-6 hours of play per day 1-2 tabling.

      Each day will be accompanied with graphs, general mood and some days may include abit of strategy or funny hands..
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    • NightFrostaSS
      NightFrostaSS
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      Freeroll your friends w a volume bet - volume guaranteed!
    • jmackenzie
      jmackenzie
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      Originally posted by NightFrostaSS
      Freeroll your friends w a volume bet - volume guaranteed!
      ha did this.. didnt work -.-

      edit: will do todays graph tomorrow when im not drunk
    • jmackenzie
      jmackenzie
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      Joined: 04.06.2008 Posts: 1,241
      Day 1



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      mostly 6max and a little fullring + about 600 hands nl100zoom for +80 dollar. Didnt have time for 1.5k hands of headsup as it was my mates birthday thing


      €1/€2 No Limit Holdem
      Entraction
      5 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      UTG njhib (€420.18)
      CO reddds (€167.68)
      BTN oops420 (€740.66)
      SB eliot_ (€329.19)
      BB Vianney (€92)

      Pre-Flop: (€3, 5 players) njhib is UTG Q:spade: Q:club:
      njhib raises to €6, reddds raises to €16, 3 folds, njhib calls €10

      Flop: 2:club: 7:heart: 3:club: (€35, 2 players)
      njhib checks, reddds bets €26.25, njhib calls €26.25

      Turn: 6:spade: (€87.50, 2 players)
      njhib checks, reddds goes all-in €125.43, njhib calls €125.43

      River: 7:diamond: (€338.36, 2 players, 1 all-in)

      Final Pot: €338.36
      njhib shows two pairs Queens and Sevens
      Q:spade: Q:club:
      reddds shows two pairs Kings and Sevens
      K:club: K:heart:

      reddds wins €335.36 (net +€167.68)

      njhib lost €167.68

      1 of them hands vs a nitreg you just know your beat the whole way .. bad turn call next time i will try my best to make that fold.
    • jmackenzie
      jmackenzie
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      all 6-max again nl100/200 i only 4 table it so 1500 hands per day is still acceptable i have very little exp with any cashgame other than headsup so learning alot through playing.

      €1/€2 No Limit Holdem
      Entraction
      4 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      CO s3lassie (€424.93)
      BTN OMGenere (€261.60)
      SB must-fight (€220.94)
      BB njhib (€200)

      Pre-Flop: (€3, 4 players) njhib is BB 9:club: Q:club:
      1 fold, OMGenere raises to €4.50, must-fight calls €3.50, njhib raises to €19, OMGenere folds, must-fight calls €14.50

      Flop: 10:diamond: J:club: 2:heart: (€42.50, 2 players)
      must-fight checks, njhib bets €24, must-fight raises to €48, njhib calls €24

      Turn: 10:spade: (€138.50, 2 players)
      must-fight checks, njhib checks

      River: 8:spade: (€138.50, 2 players)
      must-fight goes all-in €153.94, njhib goes all-in €133

      Final Pot: €425.44
      must-fight shows two pairs Jacks and Tens
      J:diamond: 2:diamond:
      njhib shows a straight Queen high
      9:club: Q:club:

      njhib wins €401.50 (net +€201.50)

      must-fight collects €20.94 (net -€200)
      OMGenere lost €4.50


      turns out theres good fish on 6max tables too :)
    • jmackenzie
      jmackenzie
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      Joined: 04.06.2008 Posts: 1,241
      Day 3:



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      2.2k hands of 6max/9max rest headsup

      was fun day.. discovered the softness of 9max tables on partypoker 4+ fish per table and nit regs makes for easy money


      $1/$2 No Limit Holdem
      PartyPoker
      6 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      UTG PietroViesch ($200)
      UTG+1 OWGrant ($200)
      CO whoisnextnow ($278.95)
      BTN MelanieBouchard ($480.42)
      SB njhib ($200)
      BB Durbacher ($485.35)

      Pre-Flop: ($3, 6 players) njhib is SB J:heart: 10:heart:
      3 folds, MelanieBouchard raises to $4, njhib calls $3, Durbacher calls $2

      Flop: J:diamond: 10:spade: 4:spade: ($12, 3 players)
      njhib checks, Durbacher checks, MelanieBouchard bets $8.10, njhib raises to $28, Durbacher folds, MelanieBouchard calls $19.90

      Turn: 6:club: ($68, 2 players)
      njhib checks, MelanieBouchard bets $41, njhib goes all-in $168, MelanieBouchard calls $127

      River: 9:diamond: ($404, 2 players, 1 all-in)

      Final Pot: $404
      njhib shows
      J:heart: 10:heart:
      MelanieBouchard shows
      J:club: A:spade:

      njhib wins $401 (net +$201)

      Durbacher lost $4
      MelanieBouchard lost $200

      Getting nitregs to stack off with "just" top pair is hard but not impossible double c/r works like a charm
    • TilTmuch
      TilTmuch
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      Joined: 06.10.2010 Posts: 1,185
      wow man, those are some nice graphs, i can't believe u can't put the volume in when ur winning shitloads of cash lol, kinda makes me think u hate money or sumtin :f_biggrin:

      anyways, gl with the grind and hope u don't fail now and complete ur goal ;)
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
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      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 21,926
      Originally posted by TilTmuch
      wow man, those are some nice graphs, i can't believe u can't put the volume in when ur winning shitloads of cash lol, kinda makes me think u hate money or sumtin :f_biggrin:

      anyways, gl with the grind and hope u don't fail now and complete ur goal ;)
      +1

      Some solid returns there!
    • jmackenzie
      jmackenzie
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      Joined: 04.06.2008 Posts: 1,241
      unfortunately my cat (sooty) died today, and therefore i wasnt in the mood to grind till much later in the day and only got 5/600 hands in.

      ill count this day and tomorrow as day 4, as i think its totally acceptable to not hit my daily goals when something unexpected like this happens..
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
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      Originally posted by jmackenzie
      unfortunately my cat (sooty) died today, and therefore i wasnt in the mood to grind till much later in the day and only got 5/600 hands in.

      ill count this day and tomorrow as day 4, as i think its totally acceptable to not hit my daily goals when something unexpected like this happens..
      Awww :( Sorry to read such sad news :(
    • jmackenzie
      jmackenzie
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      Joined: 04.06.2008 Posts: 1,241
      Day 4a/4b



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      almost all 9max with a few bits of 6max and headsup in there.

      about midway through a did a little 2/4 shot won 1.1k then lost 800 in a few hands and decided to leave while i still had a lil profit..

      Came down strong with a cold today hopefully this'll get better n then maybe ill feel more inclined to gets some hu in instead.


      $1/$2 No Limit Holdem
      PartyPoker
      9 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      UTG mrzaporozhe ($208)
      UTG+1 shergarr ($247)
      MP1 The39player ($203)
      MP2 jenjenjen ($138)
      MP3 OMGimNIT ($302)
      CO doonv ($42.51)
      BTN njhib ($255)
      SB Lefty851 ($269)
      BB Kingston.G. ($71.27)

      Pre-Flop: ($3, 9 players) njhib is BTN 9:heart: 9:club:
      3 folds, jenjenjen calls $2, OMGimNIT raises to $8, 1 fold, njhib calls $8, Lefty851 raises to $32, 1 fold, jenjenjen calls $30, OMGimNIT calls $24, njhib calls $24

      Flop: 6:heart: 4:diamond: 8:diamond: ($130, 4 players)
      Lefty851 checks, jenjenjen bets $20, OMGimNIT calls $20, njhib raises to $70, Lefty851 folds, jenjenjen calls $50, OMGimNIT folds

      Turn: 3:club: ($290, 2 players)
      jenjenjen checks, njhib bets $44, jenjenjen goes all-in $36.05

      River: K:diamond: ($362.10, 2 players, 1 all-in)

      Final Pot: $362.10
      jenjenjen shows
      5:club: 5:spade:
      njhib shows
      9:heart: 9:club:

      njhib wins $366.95 (net +$220.95)

      Lefty851 lost $32
      jenjenjen lost $138.05
      OMGimNIT lost $52

      this hand was pretty sick, the 3better was a massive nit and the limper was a massive fish i thought about 4bet shoving then decided im crushed jus too often.

      Both the regs tanked for a very long time which makes me think i probably had the 3rd best hand here :)
    • jmackenzie
      jmackenzie
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      Joined: 04.06.2008 Posts: 1,241
      day 5

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      bout 800 hands 6max 400 9max and 400 headsup

      had lots of fun pots today

      Started off way above ev, but it caught up mostly by the end of the day

      this ones for pleno1..

      you can not win if you fold :P

      €1/€2 No Limit Holdem
      Entraction
      6 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      UTG IwinIfUfold (€467.25)
      UTG+1 LapeSnape25 (€207.08)
      CO Hunt4Euro (€200.25)
      BTN fCb_ (€265.77)
      SB BobStyle (€221.45)
      BB njhib (€321.25)

      Pre-Flop: (€3, 6 players) njhib is BB 6:club: Q:club:
      4 folds, BobStyle raises to €4.50, njhib raises to €15, BobStyle calls €10.50

      Flop: 4:heart: 7:spade: 10:heart: (€30, 2 players)
      BobStyle checks, njhib checks

      Turn: K:diamond: (€30, 2 players)
      BobStyle checks, njhib bets €16, BobStyle calls €16

      River: A:spade: (€62, 2 players)
      BobStyle checks, njhib bets €34, BobStyle raises to €76, njhib goes all-in €290.25, BobStyle folds

      Final Pot: €428.25

      njhib wins €425.25 (net +€104)

      BobStyle lost €107

      Villan is a super aggro reg but folds alot to 3bets oop.
      On this flop i decided to delayed cbet or give up if bet into as he will c/r flops like these wide and i have v little equity.

      turn and river bets std to bet on the scare cards when he raises i only needed 40/45% folds to make a shove profitable.

      Seeing as i wouldnt have been too suprised if his entire bluff range is more than that let alone the small ax 2pair type hands he may hero fold it looked like a nice spot to STICK IT IN HIS EYE
    • tcs35
      tcs35
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      make a blog no homo
    • ThatGuyMatt
      ThatGuyMatt
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      Would you like us to move this to the Blog Section?

      You'll probably get alot more interest over there :f_cool:
    • jmackenzie
      jmackenzie
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      Joined: 04.06.2008 Posts: 1,241
      Originally posted by MattDenness
      Would you like us to move this to the Blog Section?

      You'll probably get alot more interest over there :f_cool:
      Its just a7 day thing so you can put it wherever its most relevant
    • jmackenzie
      jmackenzie
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      Wasnt able to play until just before 5am today because the internet wasnt working...

      So it looks like I failed my Goal :(

      I think its time to increase my internet backup and get a good internet dongle

      full graph of the past 6 days grind



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      Next goal we be announced in at max 1week this time with some forfeits or rewards on completing my goal(S)

      For now i will be attending the diamond party at london on saturday. should be fun!
    • Aruniux
      Aruniux
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      sick grafics and play, I'm playing poker half year, all time sit n go, i decide, 1st goal put my time to family business, and free time put in poker, but when i read blog's like this im starting to think "wtf im wasting time in familly business :) "
    • THEDEATHSTRIKER
      THEDEATHSTRIKER
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      Joined: 07.12.2008 Posts: 37
      Nice to get an insight into the daily grind of a Pro poker player. Can't wait to try and understand the intricacies of your advanced level of strategy. I am just starting out on my fifth stab at learning properly!. I am also lazy and need to set goals myself. I know I am capable but get bored easy and like you, like to party!
    • jmackenzie
      jmackenzie
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      Joined: 04.06.2008 Posts: 1,241
      Originally posted by THEDEATHSTRIKER
      Nice to get an insight into the daily grind of a Pro poker player. Can't wait to try and understand the intricacies of your advanced level of strategy. I am just starting out on my fifth stab at learning properly!. I am also lazy and need to set goals myself. I know I am capable but get bored easy and like you, like to party!
      Goodluck sir!

      if your lazy like i am it's going to be best to set short term attainable goals in order to improve

      Example. watch three videos on what your learning taking notes

      Committing for a whole month i found just too hard, but gradually increasing then maybe 1 day whole month goals will be easy for me :s_biggrin:
    • Nivlem
      Nivlem
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      Joined: 28.05.2008 Posts: 4,861
      Hi James! My perception was always that you played way more than that, however I wish you good luck with the challenge! I know you're a good player and beat the games by quite a margin, putting the volume in should pretty much guarantee you a nice monthly winning :) .

      GL!



      Originally posted by jmackenzie
      Originally posted by NightFrostaSS
      Freeroll your friends w a volume bet - volume guaranteed!
      ha did this.. didnt work -.-

      edit: will do todays graph tomorrow when im not drunk
      Exactly what I'm doing as well, it works very well so far :) .
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