On my way to NL1000 - back to nl50

    • zumpar
      zumpar
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      Hello guys,

      after using PS for a few months, I decided to start a blog on my own. I hope it will be at least a little entertaining :)


      Little about myself:

      My name is Michal, im 22years old and I come from a small country in central Europe - Slovakia.
      I recently starded my 4th semester of Finance&Banking at a university in Prague, Czech republic.

      My poker "career" so far:

      I was introduced to poker by my friends about 2 years ago, playing some NL10 home games and - just like almost everyone - really liked the game,
      although i only started taking it a little more seriously about a month ago :)

      First i started playing NL2 SH 8-tabling regular tables on Everest,
      then, since Everest moved to iPoker,
      i started 3-4 tabling NL5 and NL10 SH SPEED poker cash games on Everest (mostly NL5, the first shot i took at NL10
      didnt really go as planned and i got destroyed by variance :P - although i should be able to try again soon - only need a few more BI's and ill have a proper BR)


      Starting bankroll: $10
      Current bankroll: $181.16



      My poker goals:

      Short-term (<4 months)

      - Move up to NL20
      - Reach Platinum status @ PS
      - Play at least 60k hands every month
      - Buy Holdem Manager 2

      Mid-term (<1 year)

      - Be a winning player at NL100
      - Reach Diamond status
      - Play at least 100k hands every month
      - Make enough money so i dont have to have another job while studying @ uni
      - Have a very solid mindset
      - Probably switch platforms
      - NO TILTING!

      Long-term (<3 years)

      - Reach NL1000 and be a winning player at mid-stakes
      - Become a Black Member




      Some graphs:

      My Overall NL2 graph (before Everest moved to iPoker):



      My November NL5 Speed poker graph:



      My stats for NL5 Speed poker:




      Overall i think i might be too nitty, and especially passive, but it has worked so far overall i guess.
      Well, tell me wat u think - any feedback is very much appreciated

      :)
  • 268 replies
    • carrapa
      carrapa
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      gl with your goals :)
    • zumpar
      zumpar
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      Originally posted by carrapa
      gl with your goals :)
      ty sir :) i hope they are at least a little realistic :D
    • TheJesusOfSuburbia
      TheJesusOfSuburbia
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      GL with your goals!
    • zumpar
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      played a short session this morning, about 400 hands, ran pretty well,
      but my PT4 beta HUD doesnt seem to be working (worked fine untill now), so i just decided to stop playing until i sort this out.

      Seems like the HUD is starting up, but then nothing happens.


      weirdest hand of the day:


      iPoker - $0.05 NL (6 max) FAST - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BB: $4.23
      UTG: $5.92
      MP: $1.20
      CO: $5.71
      Hero (BTN): $6.03
      SB: $4.98

      SB posts SB $0.02, BB posts BB $0.05

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.07) Hero has A:heart: A:club:

      fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to $0.12, SB raises to $0.33, BB raises to $0.54, Hero raises to $1.25, SB calls $0.92, BB calls $0.71

      Flop: ($3.75, 3 players) 3:club: 9:heart: 5:spade:
      SB bets $1.87, BB calls $1.87, Hero raises to $4.78, SB calls $1.86, BB calls $1.11

      Turn: ($14.19, 3 players) 9:spade:

      River: ($14.19, 3 players) 8:diamond:

      BB shows A:spade: K:club: (One Pair, Nines) (Pre 5%, Flop 1%, Turn 0%)
      Hero shows A:heart: A:club: (Two Pair, Aces and Nines) (Pre 76%, Flop 90%, Turn 95%)
      SB shows Q:diamond: Q:spade: (Two Pair, Queens and Nines) (Pre 19%, Flop 9%, Turn 5%)
      Hero wins $13.49



      no idea about BB's thought process lol
    • zumpar
      zumpar
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      tired of CG for today, gonna take a stab at my first tournament

      $5+0.5 Freezeout
      $1250GTD

      starts in 10 minutes and there is only 38 people registered so far ...

      i guess im pretty much underroled for this, with only 40 BI's, but what the heck... once in a while its ok i guess :P
    • zumpar
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      great one, lost AJ to AJs and im out :f_mad:
      i guess ill just stick to cash games for some time now....


      btw i cant believe how bad $5 tournaments players are.. you see some stuff thats just - amazing lol

      10x worse competiton than NL2 cash imo
    • zumpar
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      hand of the day


      iPoker - $0.05 NL (6 max) FAST - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BB: $5.55
      UTG: $3.74
      MP: $5.02
      CO: $5.27
      Hero (BTN): $17.27
      SB: $6.35

      SB posts SB $0.02, BB posts BB $0.05

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.07) Hero has 8:spade: 8:heart:

      UTG calls $0.05, fold, CO raises to $0.20, Hero calls $0.20, SB calls $0.18, fold, fold

      Flop: ($0.70, 3 players) 7:club: 8:club: 6:diamond:
      SB bets $0.35, fold, Hero raises to $1.20, SB calls $0.85

      Turn: ($3.10, 2 players) 9:spade:
      SB checks, Hero checks

      River: ($3.10, 2 players) 3:diamond:
      SB bets $1.50, Hero calls $1.50

      Hero mucks 8:spade: 8:heart: (Three of a Kind, Eights) (Pre 54%, Flop 83%, Turn 26%)
      SB shows K:heart: T:club: (Straight, Ten High) (Pre 46%, Flop 17%, Turn 74%)
      SB wins $5.80



      am i supposed to just shove the flop to fold his 1 card gutshot?

      there is like no t's in his range.... 1 combo of 8Ts nad almost nothing else....
      i even thought about shoving the river for value, maybe he could call with some weirdo 2pair hand if he is bad enough
    • zumpar
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      just finished a pretty long session, about 4000 hands, didnt run good at all , but managed to still win 2BI's so thats cool :)

      A high is good :P


      iPoker - $0.05 NL (6 max) FAST - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BB: $6.60
      UTG: $5.00
      MP: $0.64
      Hero (CO): $5.00
      BTN: $7.32
      SB: $5.13

      SB posts SB $0.02, BB posts BB $0.05

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.07) Hero has Q:diamond: A:diamond:

      fold, fold, Hero raises to $0.15, BTN raises to $0.45, fold, BB calls $0.40, Hero calls $0.30

      Flop: ($1.37, 3 players) 3:diamond: 5:diamond: 8:spade:
      BB checks, Hero checks, BTN bets $0.68, fold, Hero raises to $1.75, BTN raises to $6.87, Hero calls $2.80

      Turn: ($10.47, 2 players) 3:club:

      River: ($10.47, 2 players) T:club:

      Hero shows Q:diamond: A:diamond: (One Pair, Threes) (Pre 66%, Flop 80%, Turn 86%)
      BTN shows K:diamond: 7:diamond: (One Pair, Threes) (Pre 34%, Flop 20%, Turn 14%)
      Hero wins $9.95
      BTN wins $0.00
    • zumpar
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      so, BR is finally @ $200, i think im gonna take a shot at NL10 with 3 BI's.

      I know PS reccomends 25+ BI's for moving up, but i think 20 is still okay right?

      I dont feel like NL10 is going to be much tougher than NL5, basically i guess its the same thing.

      What do you think? are there any differences between NL5 and NL10 speed?

      :f_confused:
    • doctorkgb
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      Originally posted by zumpar
      I know PS reccomends 25+ BI's for moving up, but i think 20 is still okay right?
      :f_confused:
      If you are shure, you will move down accordingly. If your plan is to take shots, you must be prepaired to move up/down a lot, and every single time no matter what. If you are able to do that, it is perfectly fine.

      Don't worry aboth ''skill level gap" between NL5-NL10, just play your best game, and don't think that everyone is bluffing :f_cool:
    • zumpar
      zumpar
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      Originally posted by doctorkgb
      Originally posted by zumpar
      I know PS reccomends 25+ BI's for moving up, but i think 20 is still okay right?
      :f_confused:
      If you are shure, you will move down accordingly. If your plan is to take shots, you must be prepaired to move up/down a lot, and every single time no matter what. If you are able to do that, it is perfectly fine.

      Don't worry aboth ''skill level gap" between NL5-NL10, just play your best game, and don't think that everyone is bluffing :f_cool:

      yeah, ill be moving down as soon as i have <17BI's for sure :)


      so far so good tho, about 2BI's up and running pretty good :P
    • zumpar
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      forget about your bluffs, they just wont work,

      ama call with my 9 high flush vs overshove :evil: no folding there he haz nutz


      iPoker - $0.10 NL (6 max) FAST - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BB: $2.90
      UTG: $7.52
      MP: $10.00
      Hero (CO): $22.68
      BTN: $9.55
      SB: $11.82

      SB posts SB $0.05, BB posts BB $0.10

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.15) Hero has Q:club: J:spade:

      UTG calls $0.10, fold, Hero raises to $0.40, fold, fold, fold, UTG calls $0.30

      Flop: ($0.95, 2 players) A:heart: 5:heart: J:heart:
      UTG checks, Hero bets $0.71, UTG raises to $1.42, Hero calls $0.71

      Turn: ($3.79, 2 players) 3:heart:
      UTG checks, Hero bets $20.86, UTG calls $5.70

      River: ($15.19, 2 players) K:club:

      UTG shows 6:heart: 9:heart: (Flush, Ace High) (Pre 38%, Flop 97%, Turn 100%)
      Hero shows Q:club: J:spade: (One Pair, Jacks) (Pre 62%, Flop 3%, Turn 0%)
      UTG wins $14.18
      Hero wins $0.00
    • TinoLaan
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      Well yeah... You also shouldn't have been in the hand anymore by the turn :f_biggrin:

      Will be following though! Good luck with your goals! Shouldn't be too difficult to get money from the guys on iPoker :f_biggrin:
    • zumpar
      zumpar
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      Originally posted by TinoLaan
      Well yeah... You also shouldn't have been in the hand anymore by the turn :f_biggrin:

      Will be following though! Good luck with your goals! Shouldn't be too difficult to get money from the guys on iPoker :f_biggrin:

      yeah it was towards the end of the session and i made a very tilted decision to call flop and shove any turn if he checks to me :D lol
      not the brightest idea, :heart: was actually one of the greatest cards tho, cause i could rep nutflushes :(
    • zumpar
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      I fell like i need some advice on this tho, every time someone makes a weird line, i instatly start tilting and trying to take the pot down with pure air, i just cant help it.

      seeing some random guy limp - overcalling 3bets and then betting 1/4pot into me or c/minraising flops on monotone boards, i just cant give it up with my AK high and instantly start spazzing and trying to fold them with no equity :(
    • TinoLaan
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      Yeah, people do crazy things. It's often pretty hard to give them a range, sometimes even almost impossible! So against those guys I tend to play pretty straightforward. Making crazy plays against them is pointless anyway.
    • zumpar
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      had to end the session, this was just too much for me to handle...

      so in first 20 minutes im up 3 BI's then i just start losing flip after flip, cooler after cooler, setup after setup, sets (4-5 handed) got absolutely no action, AA twice - no action,

      and this hand to top it off..



      fish floating me with 6 high on the flop and hitting a runner-runner straight vs my QQ, thats just too much....


      iPoker - $0.10 NL (6 max) FAST - Holdem - 4 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (SB): $20.64
      BB: $7.34
      CO: $10.92
      BTN: $26.45

      Hero posts SB $0.05, BB posts BB $0.10

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.15) Hero has Q:heart: Q:club:

      fold, fold, Hero raises to $0.40, BB calls $0.30

      Flop: ($0.80, 2 players) K:heart: 9:spade: 8:spade:
      Hero bets $0.60, BB calls $0.60

      Turn: ($2.00, 2 players) 7:diamond:
      Hero checks, BB checks

      River: ($2.00, 2 players) 5:club:
      Hero checks, BB bets $1.00, Hero calls $1.00

      Hero mucks Q:heart: Q:club: (One Pair, Queens) (Pre 83%, Flop 91%, Turn 82%)
      BB shows 4:spade: 6:heart: (Straight, Nine High) (Pre 17%, Flop 9%, Turn 18%)
      BB wins $3.74



      thinking process of the villain:
      preflop: why not, i got cards
      flop: snapcall ofc, i got 6 high, backdoor 4 high FD, backdoor 1 card straight draw, backdoor 2 pair and backdoor trips
      turn: better c behind, now that i hit my miracle card
      river: ship the moneyzzzzzzzz

      how the f***** do they do this?
    • zumpar
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      vunny hand vs fish

      floating 3 high on the flop OOP


      iPoker - $0.10 NL (6 max) FAST - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (BB): $13.26
      UTG: $5.70
      MP: $9.90
      CO: $4.49
      BTN: $15.10
      SB: $4.45

      SB posts SB $0.05, Hero posts BB $0.10

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.15) Hero has 2:club: T:spade:

      fold, fold, fold, fold, SB calls $0.05, Hero checks

      Flop: ($0.20, 2 players) 5:diamond: 7:heart: 7:spade:
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.13, SB calls $0.13

      Turn: ($0.46, 2 players) J:spade:
      SB checks, Hero checks

      River: ($0.46, 2 players) A:club:
      SB checks, Hero checks

      Hero shows 2:club: T:spade: (One Pair, Sevens) (Pre 66%, Flop 77%, Turn 88%)
      SB shows 2:heart: 3:heart: (One Pair, Sevens) (Pre 34%, Flop 23%, Turn 13%)
      Hero wins $0.43
    • zumpar
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      my great run @ NL10 seems to continue, cooler after cooler, fish shoving 42s 30bb deep obv winning vs my AK 4/4 times, LAGtards floating flops with AK high in 4bet pots with 70% of their stack commited, obv hitting their 3 outers on the turn.... monsters never get action....
      im like 1000 bi's under ev


      here is 3 hands from today's session (last 100 hands), which pretty much sum it up


      iPoker - $0.10 NL (6 max) FAST - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BB: $2.21
      UTG: $10.00
      MP: $9.71
      CO: $7.39
      BTN: $2.24
      Hero (SB): $29.08

      Hero posts SB $0.05, BB posts BB $0.10

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.15) Hero has Q:diamond: A:heart:

      fold, fold, fold, BTN raises to $0.30, Hero raises to $29.08, BB calls $2.11, fold

      Flop: ($4.72, 2 players) 2:heart: 5:diamond: K:spade:

      Turn: ($4.72, 2 players) 7:spade:

      River: ($4.72, 2 players) K:heart:

      BB shows 4:diamond: 2:diamond: (Two Pair, Kings and Twos) (Pre 37%, Flop 76%, Turn 86%)
      Hero shows Q:diamond: A:heart: (One Pair, Kings) (Pre 63%, Flop 24%, Turn 14%)
      BB wins $4.41
      Hero wins $0.00





      iPoker - $0.10 NL (6 max) FAST - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BB: $3.36
      Hero (UTG): $10.20
      MP: $29.77
      CO: $2.90
      BTN: $10.15
      SB: $21.33

      SB posts SB $0.05, BB posts BB $0.10

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.15) Hero has K:spade: K:diamond:

      Hero raises to $0.30, fold, fold, fold, fold, BB raises to $3.36, Hero calls $3.06

      Flop: ($6.77, 2 players) 4:club: 6:heart: Q:club:

      Turn: ($6.77, 2 players) K:club:

      River: ($6.77, 2 players) A:club:

      BB shows 8:club: 8:spade: (Flush, Ace High) (Pre 19%, Flop 14%, Turn 18%)
      Hero mucks K:spade: K:diamond: (Three of a Kind, Kings) (Pre 81%, Flop 86%, Turn 82%)
      BB wins $6.32





      villain is a 42/33/20/8 1tabling LAGtard with 3bet of 20, i decide to 4bet with blockers he calls...


      flop i cbet, sizing is standard i guess, turn brings me nuts, cause there is no way he floats AK on the flop, + there is no FD's in his range (AQs/AKs) he would shove the flop) so i check to induce a bet from TT-QQ which i think he is bad enough to do 100% of the time, obv call and....


      how the f....ck do they float AK? trying to hit their 0-6 outers on the turn?
      is this for f...cking real?





      iPoker - $0.10 NL (6 max) FAST - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BB: $13.03
      UTG: $12.32
      MP: $14.66
      Hero (CO): $23.54
      BTN: $13.63
      SB: $7.17

      SB posts SB $0.05, BB posts BB $0.10

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.15) Hero has Q:diamond: K:heart:

      fold, fold, Hero raises to $0.30, BTN raises to $0.90, fold, fold, Hero raises to $2.40, BTN calls $1.50

      Flop: ($4.95, 2 players) 5:spade: 9:club: 2:club:
      Hero bets $2.70, BTN calls $2.70

      Turn: ($10.35, 2 players) K:club:
      Hero checks, BTN bets $8.53, Hero calls $8.53

      River: ($27.41, 2 players) T:diamond:

      Hero mucks Q:diamond: K:heart: (One Pair, Kings) (Pre 25%, Flop 14%, Turn 7%)
      BTN shows K:spade: A:heart: (One Pair, Kings) (Pre 75%, Flop 86%, Turn 93%)
      BTN wins $25.59



      since i moved to NL10, i won like $5 in about 5000 hands.... this is freakin devastating