$10 to SN - CAP SH - Stake Requested

    • Verre
      Verre
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      Hello all,

      My names Verre and I have been a completely unsuccessful online poker play for years. I have started multiple blogs before, all of which crashed and burned. This was mostly due to me posting a massive amount of posts with no substance and with nothing interesting in them. I would also flip flop games at the first sign of a downswing which kept people from ever wanting to read my thoughts.

      I promised myself I would never start another blog again unless I found a game I was going to stick with. To be honest I am not enthused about starting this blog right now! But I seriously need to keep track of my goals and I really want to give back to this community because it has provided me with so many hours of entertainment.

      On to myself. I live in Canada near Vancouver. I love it here. My family is here, my friends are here, and I never plan on leaving. Downside is everything is expensive. Living costs are higher here than 99% of the world (literally, check living costs around the world).

      Luckily for me I have a good job. I work in the railyard and help move cargo around the country. I dont "love" my job as I dont live to work, I work to live but the job is good for what it is. A job. I tend to work 48 hours a week on average and so this takes up a good amount of my time. More on that, it takes up a lot of my time in sleep. Its a very dangerous job and so I make sure I keep my sleep schedual on the higher side to keep myself from having a tired complacent moment on the job. This tends to end up in accidents and deaths on the railroad.

      I am married to a lovely woman, and we have a 2 month old daugher. They are the love of my life and most of what I do is for them. We have a great home, but may have to sell and buy something bigger in 3-4 years if we have more children.

      Anyways in my last failed blog, I was playing MTTs and even though I was winning I felt my blog was dead and never posted. MTTs posed a huge issue for me because I never have time to sit down for more than 2-3 hours at a time. This kept me from putting volume in. Also when my child was born I had to take time off work. This put pressure on my finances. I cashed out $1500 of my 2k roll at this point. I donked around and ended up with about $250. I realized I was donking off my money and cashed out everything but $30. I then proceeded to donk off $20 of that.

      Now comes the turnaround. Dec 28. I had $10 in my account. I should have taken a screenshot but I literally had no idea this would progress. I had 0 fpps, 0 tourny dollars, and no prospects. As I said before I have been a game jumper since I started playing poker. I've played everything, mostly unsuccessfully. The only game I've made profit in is MTTs. I was scanning over the lobby and saw CAP poker. I forgot all about it! I knew it from before but never played it because the smallest stakes is NL50. But I had $10! This was enough for 1 buying! And I'm good with a 20bb stack. I have so much experience in tournaments.

      So anyways I one tabled. I won a bit. Then I studdied. I downloaded poker stove. I knew I had to gain a large edge over my opponents if I was going to beat this game with a small roll. I studied preflop 3 and 4 betting against certain ranges. I studied much more than that. I watched the CAP vids on here. I looked at my own small sample of HH.

      My new year started on Dec 28/12 when I started my grind. My goals started to develope in my mind. I had a certain way I wanted to present this blog. I dont plan on having many followers to start for a few reasons. One is that CAP poker is not very popular atm. What I love about it is that it promotes action. Money is getting into the middle quite easily. You also create a lot of rake. If you break even you will earn good rakeback. The other reason I dont believe this blog will have many followers at first is that I will not be posting graphs under 50k hands. I believe anything less than 50k hands isn't a reliable sample for any high variance game (some would argue 50k isn't good enough either, but I need to post something).

      So my goals need to be posted. I will be posting monthly goals, half year goals, and yearly goals.

      Monthly Goals
      [] Earn Platinum Status on Pokerstars
      I understand this will be difficult for myself. I started playing 1 table a few days back. I'm up to 6-8 tables at a time now.
      [] Start Playing 10+ tables
      [] Work on my note taking
      [] Work on my table selecting
      [] Dont go broke (Still not properly rolled by any means)

      6 Month Goals
      [] Start playing NL100.
      I dont perticularily like this goal as its somewhat of a profit goal. I will start taking shots when I have 50-60 bis for the stake.

      Yearly Goals
      [] Earn Supernova!
      I have never earned more than 30k VPPs in one year. This is mostly due to the fact that I never stuck with a game. I say mostly because there is also my laziness. I have this fear of starting a session in case something bad happens. Its this funny stomache feeling. It tends to go away when I start the session, but this in the past has kept me from putting in volume. I want that to be dealt with.

      This is hopefully a first step to a second income. I hope you enjoyed the read and I hope you will enjoy this blog. The plan is to have more substance and less crap than my last blogs so hopefully I can follow through.
      This seems like such a daunting level but its really only one level jump
  • 38 replies
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
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      Good luck Verre!
    • DrKillByDeath187
      DrKillByDeath187
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      Shout out from Van city, wish you the best.
    • SneakyhanD
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      Hey mate, like your intro :)

      If you' will update constantly, I will sure follow this blog :)
    • 3prswins
      3prswins
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      Good luck mate. This will be interesting, I had a go at the cap games before and they're soooo swingy... I will give it another go when I'm rolled for it.

      What's your BR at now? They have cap games on full tilt down to nl10 but they are 30bb caps. Might be more appropriate for your BR atm :)
    • Verre
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      I'm actually at 44 bi atm for nl50. I would rather have 50-60 to start but when you start with 1 bi you cannot really complain about 44.

      Full tilt has horrible traffic still. You'd be lucky to have 3 games running at a time while at all hours of the day I still have about 10 to chose from at nl50.

      CAP definately is swingy but do not underestimate how much money is being donated! Make sure you mark the fish and then get it in against them with a good showdown value hand, you'll be surprised as to how many times your going to see 29s or 58s or J6s on the other side of the all in.

      Even the good regs are not too good. One guy plays 10 tables and literally flames me at ever single one. I'm not sure why he even bothers? I've taken money off of him quite a bit but they where all standard spots and he has just been unlucky. Then he got AA vs KK in against me pre and flamed me for sucking!?

      Anyways time to go grind a few k hands. :f_cool:
    • VorpalF2F
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      Wow three from the lower mainland in one thread!

      Best of luck!

      Have you ever played live at any of the casinos around here?

      They had tournaments at Fraser Downs that might be worth a shot.

      I've never done it though
    • Verre
      Verre
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      I've actually won 2 tournaments at Fraser Downs. Both have been the $60 nightly. Once I won outright and one I chopped with 7 others for me getting the first price and the rest splitting the rest. I've actually only played 4 tournies there though.

      I played for a living at Cascades for about 5 months before I got another job. Mostly played 1/3 but sometimes 2/5. It paid the bills but was highly stressful.

      On to my session today.... Not good. Ended 160bbs down. I lost 5 seperate all ins 3 ways only needing to dodge 5 outs or less. Those 5 hands are a 300bb swing all in themselves! Was a shame to be losing them in ugly ways. I also lost 2 3 way all ins with me getting it in poor. 0/7 for 3 way all ins on the day.

      It wasn't all variance though. I bumped up the table count to 10. This in itself was fine and easily handled. What was not easily handled was the game dynamic switch that happened halfway through the session. Halfway through the session I was up 120bbs and the games where aggro as normal. But then all of a sudden the games turned into a calling fest. No one folded preflop and hands where going to the flop with 3-4 players. Its nearly impossible to cbet these boards without a piece obviously.

      For the next 1500 hands I adjusted poorly. I kept my range wide preflop and was paying off with second best hands often. I am sure this wasn't effected by 2 more tables. I'm sure I was running into high ends of ranges but non the less I could have found a lot more folds.

      Anyways I may play another session later, but I definately need a break for a few hours.

      edit: Interestingly, in my HH I noticed a trend. I had been making a lot of good all ins and losing a bunch. I decided to go through the session and add up the money I lost from making good pushes, and then subtract the amount of money I won from making a bad play and then winning. I also excluded the 3 way all ins.

      The difference blew me away. $85. It builds my confidence even more. It proves I'm a large winner at this stake. The one losing session out of 9 was due to a lot of poor luck (with some bad play as well). With the $85 dollars and the $150 swing in 3 way all ins I could have made my biggest winning day so far. I love confidence boosters!
    • UPAY4DINNER
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      Hopefully you run better tomorrow :)
    • totte1992
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      Gl with the Cap games, will follow the blog for sure :)

      Btw it was me who won one of the 3 way pots vs your kings :P
    • Verre
      Verre
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      Lol I take it that was either the one with AJo or the one with 55. I lost 2 3 ways with KK, 2 with AA, and one with QQ. Was also behind in 2 with AK. It's such a fun game though for whatever reason getting money in the pot and sweating a run out has some seductive component to it.

      Earlier I lost most of my money to guys playing in the 30/6/2 range. I made mistakes like calling off TT preflop or jamming AQs pre. Also continuation betting overcards when the T high flop hits thier ranges perfectly. Usually these types of players arnt around in large quantities but this morning I had tables full of them. I think I have learned my lesson for the future.

      Time to play one more session before I gotta go back to my real job tomorrow. :f_mad:
    • VorpalF2F
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      Originally posted by Verre
      I've actually won 2 tournaments at Fraser Downs. Both have been the $60 nightly. Once I won outright and one I chopped with 7 others for me getting the first price and the rest splitting the rest. I've actually only played 4 tournies there though.

      I played for a living at Cascades for about 5 months before I got another job. Mostly played 1/3 but sometimes 2/5. It paid the bills but was highly stressful.
      I thought that they only had 2/4 NLHE -- or were you playing a different game?

      I still haven't scraped up the nerve to play the live tournaments.
    • Verre
      Verre
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      Cascades used to have 1/2,2/5,5/10. Only thing that's changed since the beginning is that 1/2 is now 1/3.

      The ev stat is by far one of my least favorite things in poker, but I just can't seem to get it outta my session tab. Unfortunately I should just have never opened my poker client today.

      The tally now is 29 bi under ev on the day, with -25 bi in profit.

      Some of this is my fault. I started to believe I was going to lose every hand I was in, and it became true. I always thought thinking positive was a bunch of crap but over the years whenever I've been super positive I've always had positive results.

      So anyways I lost 2/3 of my roll today. I'm going to have to move back down to 8 tables which puts platinum star out of reach. I'll still do my best to grind it out but the chances are a lot slimmer now.

      I will crush this game yet!
    • Verre
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      For those of you who do not believe its possible to lose a 40 bi roll in one day playing above ev.... well here you go!

      I decided to play a third session and went about losing big pair after big pair after bigpair, and running into the top of ranges with hands like JJ, TT, and AK preflop.

      Not sure what my next step is. I dont feel like depositing due to the fact that I can only afford 500 atm and well, that only takes one day like today to lose again. I could go after a stake, but again, my sample is small. I'm not sure I'd find a deal worth taking. I'd need at least 100bi for a stake which is minimum 1k. I would need to take something like a 25/75% split in favor of the staker due to a high variance low winrate game like Cap.

      I know I'm a winning player with ease at these stakes and I know I could make someone stacks of money in the long run. Just not so sure in the short term. I'll have to think about what I'm going to do.
    • Verre
      Verre
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      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.25/$0.5 No-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Known players:
      SB:
      $18.97
      BB (Hero):
      $37.16
      MP3:
      $17.50
      CO:
      $24.84
      BU:
      $10.37


      Preflop: Hero is BB with A, A.
      MP3 calls $0.50, CO folds, BU raises to $10.00, SB calls $9.75, Hero calls $9.50, MP3 calls $9.50.

      Flop: ($40) 8, 8, 9 (4 players)


      Turn: ($40) 3 (4 players)


      River: ($40) J (4 players)


      Final Pot: $40.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, aces and eights(A A).
      BU shows a pair of eights(A 2).
      SB shows a full-house, nines full of eights(9 9).
      MP3 shows two pairs, eights and fours(4 4).

      SB wins with a full-house, nines full of eights(9 9).

      Not much left to do but facepalm. This is on my only remaining table with the last of my roll. I was like "Oh yeah lets get this roll started back up again, time to quad up baby!" and then yeah.....

      Thats the way she goes!
    • UPAY4DINNER
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      Ridiculous bad run is ridiculous :(
    • Verre
      Verre
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      Lol yeah well thats poker isn't it? Its like anything in life. You have to take it and bounce back stronger! I dont know how I will go about getting bankrolled for my bounce back but somehow I will find a way.

      This just means I have run good just waiting for me right? :f_p:
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
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      I'd love to say of course but I think we both know that answer :D

      Good luck though and an epic mindset like yours definitely deserves some run good :)
    • Verre
      Verre
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      I spoke with my wife and have slept on the idea of looking for a stake. The benefits outweigh the negatives but it's not perfect. I would still have to take a tiny percent of profits at least for the first block or two. The other thing is that these games are so soft and if I had 100 bi to deposits I'm sure I'd win.

      I will make a final decision about either grinding a tiny roll back up or looking for a staker either tonight or tomorrow.
    • Verre
      Verre
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      So I went for it. I put in a stake request. Lets see how it goes.

      NL50 CAP Stake, 50k Hand Blocks
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