Oh no, not another SNG blog. OH YES!

    • savage1981
      savage1981
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      OK, so after a long deliberation whether I should start my own blog, I came to a conclusion that there's probably not much point, since every man and his dog have a blog nowadays. But I'm a stubborn fucker, so I'm gonna do it anyway. If noone reads it, at least I can reflect on something later.

      So the next bit, I guess, is the bit where you write how you became addicted to poker. Well, pretty fucking easy. Someone I knew from when I was little was fucking about playing play money fix limit and he suggested I try. So I did. Fucking loved it! In fact, I don't think I had as much fun playing poker as I did then. Later on I switched to no limit (still play money), built up the bankroll, and decided I was good enough to play real cash. Bad idea. At the time anyway. I think I spent about a year pissing my money up the wall playing cash games.Never heard about Pokerstrategy at that point, so I was picking up bits and bops from various sites, until I decided to invest in Harrington's books.

      Worked out quite well acutally. I was still playing cash (and losing), but also started playing some tourneys. The big break came when I came second in $5 MTT on Pokerstars. Ater that I figured, that I might as well start specialising in something specific. So I chose 9-man STTs, since they were something I was making the most money on.

      I discovered Pokerstrategy, switched to FullTilt, invested in SNGWiz, and started studying the game with quite decent results. Eventually I managed to build my roll to about $7k, moving from $10s to $20s and $30s. Looking back, all to good luck, actually.

      At the time I had a full time job, being a bookies manager. It was an OK job, which was paying the bills, untill the recession kicked in. The company decided it was a good time to take the piss out of the workforce, by freezing the pay, stopping most benefits, suh as double pay on Sundays and bank holidays. On the top of that they required increased work effort from everyone and that was the straw that broke the camel's back.

      Not being the one who enjoys being told what to do by some prick who sits in the office and being drunk by my recent succeses, I decided to to stick the middle finger to the management and go "pro". So in June last year I quit my job, went on a stag do in Benidorm, got back and got the bad fucking news. FullTilt is no more. My poker career finished before it even started.

      But pirates don't give up, right? Titan with the help of Pokerstrategy were good enough to give me $400. So I dipped into my savings, made a £600 deposit and started grinding there. Saying I underestimated my skill is a fucking understatement. I've no idea how (possibly to a soft field), but I managed to make enough money to pay the bills. They had quite a generous rake back system as well, so that was good enough at the time.

      Not sure why (possibly due to this fucking recession), but it became harder and harder to find $20$ tourneys, nevermind $30s and grinding a mixture of $5s, $10s and occasioanally $20s wasn't quite cutting it for me. So despite everyone saying that Pokerstars were reg-infested last month I moved back there.

      What can I say.. Yeah, they are. So table select. And study loads. So at the moment I'm playing a mixture of $15s and $30s and running pretty hot. Time will tell if I can actually beat the limit for enough to live on, but I'm being optimistic, which is unusual for a sceptic cunt like me.

      OK, I'm boring myself now, so I better call it a night. I'll do an update of the month soon. Peace out!
  • 237 replies
    • Schrader69
      Schrader69
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      Good luck dude.
      Screename?
    • dangermowse
      dangermowse
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      It's funny how both ongame and merge are way more reg infested than Stars, not even sure why. Or at least that's what I gather from seeing people's ROI's in those games being not much more than break even.

      GL
    • savage1981
      savage1981
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      Originally posted by Schrader69
      Good luck dude.
      Screename?
      Thanks. I'll be posting a few hands, so I wouldn't like to reveal.
    • savage1981
      savage1981
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      So they say "you need to give action to get action". Now, I'm not the one who steps out of line a lot. I don't really steal blinds more than anyone else or 3 bet excessively. But action is all I've been getting lately. Here's some of it.

      Poker Stars, $13.89 Buy-in (10/20 blinds) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 9 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      MP1: 1,500 (75 bb)
      MP2: 1,490 (74.5 bb)
      MP3: 1,590 (79.5 bb)
      CO: 1,340 (67 bb)
      BTN: 1,180 (59 bb)
      SB: 1,680 (84 bb)
      Hero (BB): 1,360 (68 bb)
      UTG+1: 1,440 (72 bb)
      UTG+2: 1,920 (96 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with J J
      7 folds, SB raises to 60, Hero raises to 180, SB raises to 400, Hero raises to 1,360 and is all-in, SB folds

      Results:
      800 pot
      Hero mucked J J and won 800 (400 net)


      Poker Stars, $27.78 Buy-in (25/50 blinds) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 5 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      MP: 1,415 (28.3 bb)
      CO: 1,905 (38.1 bb)
      Hero (BTN): 4,040 (80.8 bb)
      SB: 4,575 (91.5 bb)
      BB: 1,565 (31.3 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BTN with Q A
      2 folds, Hero raises to 125, SB raises to 275, BB folds, Hero calls 150

      Flop: (600) 7 Q 3 (2 players)
      SB bets 210, Hero calls 210

      Turn: (1,020) A (2 players)
      SB bets 375, Hero calls 375

      River: (1,770) J (2 players)
      SB bets 875, Hero calls 875

      Results:
      3,520 pot
      Final Board: 7 Q 3 A J
      Hero showed Q A and won 3,520 (1,785 net)
      SB showed 9 6 and lost (-1,735 net)


      I think I missed some value from AK or AJ, by not raising the river here.
    • Castle93
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      I think raising the river here would make AK fold, where as you could raise the turn and get max value of his Ax hands, and maybe some draws if he's a fish
    • savage1981
      savage1981
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      Originally posted by Castle93
      I think raising the river here would make AK fold, where as you could raise the turn and get max value of his Ax hands, and maybe some draws if he's a fish
      Yeah, good point.
    • savage1981
      savage1981
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      Originally posted by dangermowse
      It's funny how both ongame and merge are way more reg infested than Stars, not even sure why. Or at least that's what I gather from seeing people's ROI's in those games being not much more than break even.

      GL
      Thanks. I haven't played on either. But I played on iPoker and traffic was so bad, that you ended playing with 4-5 regs on every single table anyway.
    • Castle93
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      Any half decent player would know when yu raise the river hes only bluffcatching with AK, as your never raising the river with AT, A9, and draws did get there, but if hes a fish and doesnt know hes never good apart from bluffing catching raise raise raise my friend ;)
    • Tim64
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      Will be following and hoping for even more expletives than in the first entry ;)

      Good luck.
    • dangermowse
      dangermowse
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      YEh every Ace calls the river no question, from randoms. The toughest decision is whether to shove or leave him some behind. I find the latter gets more calls but that can never truly be known. I'd prob shove here.
    • savage1981
      savage1981
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      Originally posted by Castle93
      Any half decent player would know when yu raise the river hes only bluffcatching with AK, as your never raising the river with AT, A9, and draws did get there, but if hes a fish and doesnt know hes never good apart from bluffing catching raise raise raise my friend ;)
      Well, I've been thinking about the hand. The villain is not a fish though and doesn't perceive me as a fish. If I raise the turn he only goes broke with AK, A7, A3 or something which has two pairs beat. By calling we do keep his bluffs in. Still not sure what is optimal.
    • Castle93
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      thats a really fair point actually man, guess you can to use your reads and see what your gunna get the most value out of, obviously in this case yu played it perfectly as he was never called a raise and yu kept his bluffs in, so wp sir
    • savage1981
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      Ok, some non-poker related stuff. As everone who lives in the UK would know, the weather's been pretty good. So enjoying it while I can. Been drinking quite a bit and listening to this. Off round my folks for some home made food and more beer.
    • Castle93
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      its been gorgeous, we ve all just been chilling outside our halls, everyones been pre drinking outside and having BBQs :f_biggrin:
    • savage1981
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      Originally posted by Tim64
      Will be following and hoping for even more expletives than in the first entry ;)

      Good luck.
      Thanks Tim! Will do my best to keep you interested.
    • savage1981
      savage1981
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      Since I'm a pathetic bronze, I can't really be posting the hands for a review in appropriate forums. So I was wondering what other people think.

      Poker Stars, $27.78 Buy-in (75/150 blinds) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 5 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      Hero (SB): 3,344 (22.3 bb)
      BB: 3,365 (22.4 bb)
      MP: 1,190 (7.9 bb)
      CO: 1,395 (9.3 bb)
      BTN: 4,206 (28 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with T A
      3 folds, Hero raises to 375, BB raises to 3,365 and is all-in, Hero folds

      Results:
      750 pot
      BB mucked and won 750 (375 net)


      The BB is a decent reg. Basically to call this he needs to be shoving about 65% which I don't think he is. If he's shoving about 30%, which is more realistic, we need AQo+. Shoving this, however, gives us about 0.3 increase in equity. What's a better play? Raise/folding ATo seems a bit wasteful.
    • dangermowse
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      Although there are many ICM situs where we have to make ego crushing folds, especially where calling open shoves is concerned, there are some spots you just cannot lay down. They're usually raise-call situs vs regs you cannot allow to try dominating you.

      However, in this case, you are 62% vs this range: 99-22,A9s-A2s,KTs+,A9o-A2o, everything above that I'd imagine he SIZED 3-bets. Alot of regs will jam their entire range so the top end is included but I'm still calling regardless for above reasons.
    • savage1981
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      Originally posted by dangermowse
      Although there are many ICM situs where we have to make ego crushing folds, especially where calling open shoves is concerned, there are some spots you just cannot lay down. They're usually raise-call situs vs regs you cannot allow to try dominating you.

      However, in this case, you are 62% vs this range: 99-22,A9s-A2s,KTs+,A9o-A2o, everything above that I'd imagine he SIZED 3-bets. Alot of regs will jam their entire range so the top end is included but I'm still calling regardless for above reasons.
      Yeah, what you're saying makes sense. So you're never jamming, even though it's +ev and leaves us with no tough decisions to make?
    • dangermowse
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      I never even jam 12bbs in any situation let alone 20. Other than perhaps a huge MTT field where we've a helluva long way to go.