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    • Supremace
      Supremace
      Bronze
      Joined: 16.10.2010 Posts: 63
      Hello everyone,

      I have been playing online poker for about 2 years now. NL 25 was my main game for a long time. The last quarter of 2011 I ran like a God with a very high winrate so naturally I climbed to NL 50. I did pretty good there for about 40k hands and then all hell brake loose. Suddenly I coudn't even win a single hand and I dropped down to nl25 pretty quickly. However things didn't get better there. I kept loosing and loosing sometimes due to variance sometimes due to tilt and sometimes due to bad adjustments I made to my game during the downswing.

      At that time it seemed there was no light at the end of the tunnel. I completely lost fate in poker in general and took almost a month off. When I came back I sat at a few cash game tables, however I noticed my mindset was way off. I felt agitated for loosing even a very small pot mostly because I felt I deserved to be compensated for such a huge downswing. This was around February , and at that time I lost most of my motivation, so the number of hands I played during a month dropped from 60k to 20k, and eventually I transitioned to playing mtts. I played mtts entire April which was a phenomenal month for me with 2 first place finishes and 1 4th place finish. The thing I hate most about mtts though is the insanely high variance so I started slowly transitioning back to cash games in may. The thing I noticed I lack the most is the discipline to play a lot of hands. Also I think I have a rather poor time management. So I decided to make a 15 day self challenge with the following goals and rules:

      *Play only NL16 6max
      *Play 5k hands a day
      *Play no more than 9 tables
      *Drop down to 6 tables as soon as I start loosing focus
      *Do a 1 hour cardio training each day
      *Study 1-2 hours a day for the upcoming exams
      *Sleep no more and no less than 8 hours a day

      I am starting this blog mainly to keep myself motivated.
      I will be posting daily graphs and interesting hands each day.

      Wish me luck! :s_biggrin:
  • 6 replies
    • fruktpuff
      fruktpuff
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.09.2010 Posts: 3,982
      Welcome to blogging!

      Wow, sounds like a nightmare ride downhill..

      I guess only PokerStars offer NL16, so that's where you'll be playing?

      Yeah, MTTs can be horribly timeconsuming and far more dangerous to play too many tables on when you do make a really deep run and need increased focus.

      Having a good plan and structure is definitely a good start, let's hope you can stick to it and come out the end of the 15 day period with boosted confidence to crush higher again!

      What exams? What're you studying?

      Looking forward to seeing your interesting spots and how you approach them!

      Regards,
      Richard
    • Supremace
      Supremace
      Bronze
      Joined: 16.10.2010 Posts: 63
      Hi fruktpuff,

      Yeah, It was a nightmare indeed...

      I will be playing at stars.

      I am studying economics: Corporate and international business. I'm in my 3rd year, and I have 2 exams (International banking; Financial business analysis) at the end of June and two more in mid July (Financial management; Economics in international trading).

      Halfway through for today.
      I will go out jogging and continue to grind later!
    • Supremace
      Supremace
      Bronze
      Joined: 16.10.2010 Posts: 63
      I had a very interesting spot today. I might put it in the hand evaluation forums
      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.08/$0.16 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      MP2:
      $11.93
      MP3:
      $22.66
      CO:
      $44.53
      BU:
      $15.23
      SB (Hero):
      $24.96
      BB:
      $10.99


      Preflop: Hero is SB with T, T.
      MP2 folds, MP3 raises to $0.48, CO calls $0.48, BU calls $0.48, Hero calls $0.40, BB folds.

      Flop: ($2.08) 5, 5, 4 (4 players)
      Hero bets $1.23, MP3 folds, CO folds, BU calls $1.23.

      Turn: ($4.54) A (2 players)
      Hero bets $2.08, BU calls $2.08.

      River: ($8.7) A (2 players)
      Hero checks, BU bets $11.44(All-In), Hero calls $11.44.

      Final Pot: $31.58.



      button is a passive station with a high bet river stat around 69
      the other players in the pot are regs

      My line of thought here is

      PF: I didn't 3 bet since I had a very high 3 bet stat on that table and regs were starting to 4 bet and call my 3 bets so i didn't wanna play 3 bet pot with TT OOP.

      F: I donk bet to extract value from 66 , 77, 88, and 99. and all the FDs and SDs. If I face aggression from regs i will call a raise on the flop and reevaluate on the turn. If a fish raises me i will reraise him all in since there are so many draws and a few overpairs I beat.

      T: when fish calls on the flop his range is usually all overpairs up to 99, FDs, SDs, 5x and 4x so I think a 2nd barrel is a standard play here and his calling range is the same as on the flop.

      R: A 2nd ace hits on the river so I don't think I can extract any more value here by betting so I check it down looking for a bluff induce./When he shoves i really much doubt its ever gonna be 5x or 4x so unless he had a FD with an ace he is pretty much bluffing with all his missed draws given his high river bet stat.

      Still wondering if it was + EV to call a shove.
    • fruktpuff
      fruktpuff
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.09.2010 Posts: 3,982
      Always hard to know with fish, as they don't think like we do..

      I've often been told "Ah, there's your problem, you are projecting how YOU would think onto others who almost certainly do not." when I complain things like "I repped it perfectly, how the hell can he call down there?!". I tend to struggle getting out of that mindset when it comes to putting fish on things.

      If you do post it for eval, which I strongly suggest, do let us know what you get back!
    • Supremace
      Supremace
      Bronze
      Joined: 16.10.2010 Posts: 63
      I hit the 5k mark yesterday. Yay :)

      Not really satisfied with the way I played. Made a few very unnecessary spazzy plays which have cost me at least 2 buy ins. Anyway I am satisfied in a sense that I learned a lot from yesterdays mistakes and I plan to implement some adjustments starting today.

      I noticed when I played for 4 hours straight (with 5 min breaks each hour), I made most of my mistakes during forth hour of play and later that day during my 3rd hour of play. Also I noticed I made some impulsive decisions which relied more on intuition than on logic and I think the reason for that was a number of tables I had opened at the moment. I really think that when I am 8 tabling I am moving away from my comfort zone. I also noticed my 3 bet stat drops down a lot when I have 8 tables on instead 6 and that I make more technical errors (such as 3 betting short stacks without looking at stack sizes etc.)

      So the adjustments I decided to make are:

      *Play no more than 7 tables at a time
      *Play sessions no longer than 3 hours with 5 min breaks each hour



      Yesterday was a very turbulent session :)
      Finished it nicely but could have done better

      winnings = 50.34$
      Reload bonus = 20$
      Rakback equivalent = 11T$


      Total winnings = 81$

      I ended up posting that hand for evaluation and the correct play was to blockbet then river. Also I was adviced to bet bigger on the flop and turn. And you are absolutely right fruktpuff I need to stop doing that since it can become a serious leak overtime.
    • Supremace
      Supremace
      Bronze
      Joined: 16.10.2010 Posts: 63
      Whoa!

      I had 2 pretty crazy poker days.

      The day before yesterday I played. 4.5k hands. This was largely due to playing less tables as I have decided to do so. During those 4.5 k hands in the first 1k hands I had 5bi downswing. "No worries" I thought, and I steadily started to grind back and endexd up being break even for the end of 2.5 k session. Later that night I started to grind again and for a while there were no big pots or anything I was up maybe a half bi or so when it started with me hitting a full house on board.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.08/$0.16 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      CO:
      $18.74
      BU:
      $11.65
      SB:
      $16.00
      BB:
      $15.44
      MP2 (Hero):
      $16.64
      MP3:
      $6.40


      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with 2, 2.
      Hero raises to $0.64, 2 folds, BU calls $0.64, 2 folds, BB folds.

      Flop: ($1.52) J, J, 2 (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.02, BU calls $1.02.

      Turn: ($3.56) K (2 players)
      Hero bets $2.86, BU calls $2.86.

      River: ($9.28) 6 (2 players)
      Hero bets $7.16, BU calls $7.13.

      Final Pot: $23.57.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows a full-house, twos full of jacks(2 2).
      BU shows a full-house, sixes full of jacks(6 6).

      BU wins with a full-house, sixes full of jacks(6 6).







      Then this happened







      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.08/$0.16 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      SB (Hero):
      $16.00
      BB:
      $16.01
      MP2:
      $14.20
      MP3:
      $16.48
      CO:
      $32.43
      BU:
      $42.10


      Preflop: Hero is SB with A, Q.
      3 folds, BU raises to $0.32, Hero raises to $1.04, BB calls $0.88, BU folds.

      Flop: ($2.4) Q, A, 7 (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.92, BB calls $1.92.

      Turn: ($6.24) 6 (2 players)
      Hero bets $4.33, BB calls $4.33.

      River: ($14.9) K (2 players)
      Hero bets $8.71, BB calls $8.71.

      Final Pot: $32.32.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, aces and queens(A Q).
      BB shows a straight, ace high(T J).

      BB wins with a straight, ace high(T J).








      Then this






      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.08/$0.16 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      CO (Hero):
      $19.02
      BU:
      $16.00
      SB:
      $10.64
      BB:
      $16.15
      MP2:
      $13.44
      MP3:
      $85.03


      Preflop: Hero is CO with A, Q.
      MP2 calls $0.16, MP3 raises to $0.64, Hero raises to $2.16, BU folds, SB calls $2.08, 3 folds, 2 folds, MP3 folds.

      Flop: ($5.28) A, 6, 9 (2 players)
      SB bets $8.48(All-In), Hero calls $8.48.

      Turn: ($22.24) T (2 players)


      River: ($22.24) 5 (2 players)


      Final Pot: $22.24.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows a pair of aces(A Q).
      SB shows two pairs, nines and sixes(6 9).

      SB wins with two pairs, nines and sixes(6 9).







      Then vs 36/28 fish







      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.08/$0.16 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      MP2:
      $23.92
      MP3:
      $16.00
      CO (Hero):
      $30.30
      BU:
      $16.26
      SB:
      $23.63
      BB:
      $6.90


      Preflop: Hero is CO with J, A.
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.64, BU folds, SB calls $0.56, BB folds.

      Flop: ($1.44) 7, J, 6 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $1.13, SB raises to $3.20, Hero calls $2.07.

      Turn: ($7.84) A (2 players)
      SB bets $4.16, Hero raises to $26.46(All-In), SB calls $15.63.

      River: ($54.09) 9 (2 players)


      Final Pot: $54.09.
      Results follow:

      SB shows three of a kind, sevens(7 7).
      Hero shows two pairs, aces and jacks(J A).

      SB wins with three of a kind, sevens(7 7).








      Vs 50/19 fish








      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.08/$0.16 No-Limit Hold'em (4 handed)

      Known players:
      BU (Hero):
      $18.59
      SB:
      $15.78
      BB:
      $16.63
      CO:
      $65.70


      Preflop: Hero is BU with K, K.
      CO calls $0.16, Hero raises to $0.80, SB calls $0.72, BB folds, CO raises to $65.70, Hero calls $17.79(All-In), SB folds.

      Flop: ($85.25) A, 6, A (2 players)


      Turn: ($85.25) 7 (2 players)


      River: ($85.25) 8 (2 players)


      Final Pot: $85.25.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, aces and kings(K K).
      CO shows four of a kind, aces(A A).

      CO wins with four of a kind, aces(A A).










      Then lost to a Royal flush with a full house








      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.08/$0.16 No-Limit Hold'em (4 handed)

      Known players:
      BB (Hero):
      $16.00
      CO:
      $31.17
      BU:
      $21.64
      SB:
      $25.22


      Preflop: Hero is BB with A, K.
      CO raises to $0.40, BU folds, SB calls $0.32, Hero calls $0.24.

      Flop: ($1.2) A, K, J (3 players)
      SB bets $0.63, Hero calls $0.63, CO raises to $1.76, SB folds, Hero calls $1.13.

      Turn: ($5.35) Q (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO checks.

      River: ($5.35) A (2 players)
      Hero bets $13.84(All-In), CO calls $13.84.

      Final Pot: $33.03.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows a full-house, aces full of kings(A K).
      CO shows a royal flush(T 9).

      CO wins with a royal flush(T 9).







      Then I get AK in sb and a crazy reg decides to 3b me, I 4b and he 5 bet min raises me so I 6b shove. At that moment he concludes he is pot committed and decides that he has to call a shove with 23s. Later he told me that he was on tilt, that he was down 100$ that night and that it was a first time he 5bet bluffed. Anyway here is the hand




      Hand converted with online http://www.pokerstrategy.com/poker-hand- converter/:

      Play hand

      $0.08/$0.16 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      MP3:
      $18.65
      CO:
      $16.00
      BU:
      $12.83
      SB (Hero):
      $16.56
      BB:
      $16.00
      MP2:
      $44.48


      Preflop: Hero is SB with K, A.
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.48, BB raises to $1.44, Hero raises to $3.92, BB raises to $7.52, Hero raises to $17.20, BB calls $8.64.

      Flop: ($32.56) 2, 6, 7 (2 players)


      Turn: ($32.56) J (2 players)


      River: ($32.56) 9 (2 players)


      Final Pot: $32.56.
      Results follow:

      BB shows a pair of twos(2 3).
      Hero shows high card ace(K A).

      BB wins with a pair of twos(2 3).








      also lost to 4 of a kind






      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.08/$0.16 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      MP3:
      $7.38
      CO:
      $22.61
      BU:
      $20.10
      SB:
      $28.53
      BB (Hero):
      $16.00
      MP2:
      $16.59


      Preflop: Hero is BB with J, J.
      MP2 folds, MP3 calls $0.16, 3 folds, Hero raises to $0.80, MP3 calls $0.64.

      Flop: ($1.68) T, 9, 4 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.96, MP3 calls $0.96.

      Turn: ($3.6) T (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP3 checks.

      River: ($3.6) T (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.77, MP3 raises to $5.62(All-In), Hero calls $3.85.

      Final Pot: $14.84.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows a full-house, tens full of jacks(J J).
      MP3 shows four of a kind, tens(Q T).

      MP3 wins with four of a kind, tens(Q T).







      And now the mother of all bad beats and set ups :)

      BEHOLD!!!!





      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.08/$0.16 No-Limit Hold'em (4 handed)

      Known players:
      CO:
      $29.86
      BU:
      $17.07
      SB (Hero):
      $17.40
      BB:
      $16.24


      Preflop: Hero is SB with A, 5.
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.48, BB calls $0.32.

      Flop: ($0.96) 9, T, K (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.64, BB calls $0.64.

      Turn: ($2.24) 4 (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.66, BB raises to $4.48, Hero raises to $16.28, BB calls $10.64.

      River: ($33.64) Q (2 players)


      Final Pot: $33.64.
      Results follow:

      BB shows a straight flush, king high(J 9).
      Hero shows a flush, ace high(A 5).

      BB wins with a straight flush, king high(J 9).




      Anyway,

      I am not trying to turn my session into a sob story. In fact, I managed to go back up to around -3 bi for that day and I must say that I am more than satisfied with my play that day, in fact I am very proud of myself of the way how I handled that session. I didn't tilt even once and managed to play my A gme during a very tough period.

      Here is a graph for that day:



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      winnings = -51.19$
      Reload bonus = 10$
      Rakback equivalent = 11T$


      Total winnings = -30.19$


      I'll post yesterday's graph, impressions and results later today.