Tough times don't last, tough guys do

    • tommygecko
      tommygecko
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      Hi, this is my first blog :D

      I'm from Singapore, 21 this year. Started playing August last year because I wanted a way to make money online (watched a youtube video and playing poker was one of the ways :f_pleased: ) So I deposited $60 into 888 and played NL10 (had no idea about brm obviously :P ), and lost it in 2 days (I think there was a bad beat or two, why was I a fish who ran bad lol). Then I stumbled upon pokerstrategy(if not I'm probably not playing now), took the free $50, and started to seriously learn poker. Mainly played FR cash, SSS initially and switched to BSS eventually.

      I don't ever plan to play poker professionally. I'm going to university soon and all I hope for is some extra but significant income from poker in the future while working my day job (semi professional I guess). But I do hope to move up asap so that I can start making $$ in university.

      Right now I mainly play NL10 SH at 888, occasionally some MTTs. I play around 3 hours a day 4 tabling so that equates to around 1000 hands. Haven been running too well at NL10, but also made some avoidable mistakes which probably cost me 5bb/100 wr.

      Here is my graph at NL10 right now, mix of some FR at the start:


      Not the best start ever but it's always harder at NL10 than at NL5 or NL2. Just need to focus on playing my best poker and stop spewing money away.

      My wish is to move up to NL50 by the end of the year, but right now main focus is to just keep improving (by playing and analysing hands everyday and watching videos after I'm done playing and if I'm free) . I'm working out everyday it helps alot too.

      Oh yes, my bankroll right now is around $615. Is that actually enough for NL20? As of now I think I'm just going to play NL10 (since I just started) until I feel I crush this limit before moving up.

      I will try to update after every session, and whine only here :D so you guys won't see me whining at other forums.
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    • nmilan84
      nmilan84
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      Hello,

      welcome to the blogging section... :D

      If you run trough blogs here, you will find many stories similar to yours, so maybe you find pointers that will help your game as well. people here tend to be very friendly and helpful... :f_biggrin: !

      From the graph I could say you are pretty aggro, what is your VPIP/PFR/3B/AF rate??? (Maybe I'm asking too much :f_grin: )
    • tommygecko
      tommygecko
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      Originally posted by nmilan84
      Hello,

      welcome to the blogging section... :D

      If you run trough blogs here, you will find many stories similar to yours, so maybe you find pointers that will help your game as well. people here tend to be very friendly and helpful... :f_biggrin: !

      From the graph I could say you are pretty aggro, what is your VPIP/PFR/3B/AF rate??? (Maybe I'm asking too much :f_grin: )
      20/16/4.7 AF: 2.76

      I'm not too aggro to be honest. But I do bluff and sometimes do it wrongly :f_biggrin: and i make hero calls too often.

      I'm not good at dealing with weird plays (eg. min bet/ min raises) I think i spew off extra money to these people once in a while.
    • tommygecko
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      Played my first session since creating this blog! Ran AK into AA but then won a massive flip with AK vs QQ. No big mistakes but i was only a short session of 450 hands ( I played earlier today so I'm going to take a break now and watch pleno1's recorded coaching. He is so awesome :f_biggrin: ) And I tried playing tiled instead of cascade I really like it more, no random misclicks when windows suddenly popup.

      So.. +$7.43 since creating this blog. :f_p: Looking forward to fishing in the weekend (:
    • tommygecko
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      Finally another update, my account has been locked for 4 days for security reasons (??) So I'm glad to get my account back.

      Last few days are really great, ran really well. No tilt and feeling good about most of my play.

      Graph for last 4 days:


      Finally out of my one week long BE stretch and hit a new high for profit. Feels awesome :D

      And it's great that I didn't rely on bad beats to win (got lucky on river maybe twice but that's it).

      Some tricky spots:

      Pacific, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      BTN: $14.53 (145.3 bb)
      SB: $7.83 (78.3 bb)
      BB: $5.32 (53.2 bb)
      UTG: $10 (100 bb)
      Hero (MP): $27.39 (273.9 bb)
      CO: $11.58 (115.8 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is MP with K A
      UTG folds, Hero raises to $0.30, CO folds, BTN calls $0.30, 2 folds

      Flop: ($0.75) A 3 J (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.37, BTN raises to $1.39, Hero calls $1.02

      Turn: ($3.53) Q (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN bets $1.76, Hero calls $1.76

      River: ($7.05) A (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN bets $5.28, Hero calls $5.28

      Results:
      $17.61 pot ($0.88 rake)
      Final Board: A 3 J Q A
      BTN showed 9 7 and lost (-$8.73 net)
      Hero showed K A and won $16.73 ($8 net)


      This is the reason why my WTSD is so high and river decisions are so difficult at these stakes at pacific. Very often two pair or trips are best in this spot but generally it's difficult to call such a large bet when a draw completes. Not too happy with the flop bet sizing though. I realised after getting coolered/sucked out several times last week I've become more timid with my strong hands, betting smaller than I should. I'm going to fix this in the next session.

      Pacific, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 5 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $10 (100 bb)
      Hero (BB): $10.14 (101.4 bb)
      MP: $5.51 (55.1 bb)
      CO: $8.61 (86.1 bb)
      BTN: $5.56 (55.6 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with J J
      MP folds, CO calls $0.10, 2 folds, Hero raises to $0.45, CO calls $0.35

      Flop: ($0.95) 4 7 7 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.57, CO calls $0.57

      Turn: ($2.09) 9 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.84, CO calls $0.84

      River: ($3.77) A (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO bets $6.75 and is all-in, Hero calls $6.75

      Results:
      $17.27 pot ($0.86 rake)
      Final Board: 4 7 7 9 A
      Hero showed J J and won $16.41 ($7.80 net)
      CO showed 5 Q and lost (-$8.61 net)


      Another seemingly tricky spot. I plan to c/c river because A is such a good card to bluff on but I didn't expect him to shove. I don't think Ax will float 2 streets here and sets/trips would very likely raise my small bet on the turn (or not?). A full house would probably not shove river if he didn't expect me to call so light. So my conclusion is that he had a missed draw or some random bluff.

      Sometimes I feel like I'm outplaying myself at these stakes. There were spots where I could have raise bluff profitably (like on a paired board) but didn't because I'm afraid I don't rep anything. But what pleno1 said in last week's coaching is right, at microstakes fishes and even regs don't care what you represent, they just look at what they have.

      What I've noticed from pleno's coaching was that he squeezed very often and very comfortably despite playing vs unknowns. Before watching his coaching I've never thought of squeezing being so profitable especially at micros. But actually, squeezing is very profitable at where I play because there are so many cold callers and loose raisers. And by just squeezing at the right spots I can add a few bb/100 to my WR easily because it is so profitable. I'm a little bit afraid of implementing it into my play at the moment though because I'm not comfortable playing marginal hands in 3bet pots postflop vs unpredictable fishes. But it seems like squeezing is the best thing I can add into my skill set right now.

      And.. no luck in micromillions so far, these big mtts are so hard to cash let alone reach the final table :s_frown:
    • tommygecko
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      really bad today so far. coolered, sucked out, coolered. Mostly in tourneys though(but still shit). But had a fish call my 3bet with KJ and flopped a gutshot. He shoved and rivered a straight >.< Why must this always happen after I have a big session :rage:

      I'm pretty shiote at mtts though I think(right now, it just doesn't feel as exciting as cash, so I screw up after awhile) Maybe I should just stay away from them.

      Pls let me run gooooooood
    • justkyle88
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      Blog. Blog it up.

      Welcome and goodluck.
    • tommygecko
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      I don't even want to talk about today. It's basically me paying off my idiotic opponents' bad plays.

      They say we miss the flop 2 out of 3 times? Today I think i missed 8 out of 9. And my fking calling station opponents hit their flops 3 out of 4 times? wtf

      today's really really bad. If not for bad players it would have been the worst session ever.

      If i folded all my Ax today it would have been a great day

      Pacific, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      Hero (SB): $11.01 (110.1 bb)
      BB: $9.01 (90.1 bb)
      UTG: $9.85 (98.5 bb)
      MP: $11.37 (113.7 bb)
      CO: $16.24 (162.4 bb)
      BTN: $21.60 (216 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with K 9
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.23, BB raises to $0.50, Hero calls $0.27

      Flop: ($1) 7 8 5 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.50, BB raises to $1.50, Hero raises to $10.51 and is all-in, BB calls $7.01 and is all-in

      Turn: ($18.02) 8 (2 players, 2 are all-in)
      River: ($18.02) 9 (2 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results:
      $18.02 pot ($0.90 rake)
      Final Board: 7 8 5 8 9
      Hero showed K 9 and lost (-$9.01 net)
      BB showed Q Q and won $17.12 ($8.11 net)


      and of course

      Pacific, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $10 (100 bb)
      Hero (BB): $20.23 (202.3 bb)
      UTG: $10 (100 bb)
      MP: $14.13 (141.3 bb)
      CO: $14.68 (146.8 bb)
      BTN: $11.75 (117.5 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with A K
      2 folds, CO calls $0.10, BTN raises to $0.40, SB folds, Hero raises to $1.35, CO folds, BTN calls $0.95

      Flop: ($2.85) K 7 6 (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.42, BTN raises to $3.55, Hero raises to $18.88 and is all-in, BTN calls $6.85 and is all-in

      Turn: ($23.65) 9 (2 players, 2 are all-in)
      River: ($23.65) J (2 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results:
      $23.65 pot ($1.18 rake)
      Final Board: K 7 6 9 J
      Hero showed A K and lost (-$11.75 net)
      BTN showed A T and won $22.47 ($10.72 net)


      nothing will save today's session so I think i will call it a day.

      :rage: :rage: :rage: :rage: :rage: :rage: :rage:

      If only cards had a memory.
    • canniballsy
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      Sorry to hear about your troubles.
      How much are you down so far?
    • tommygecko
      tommygecko
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      Not too much. But I was up somewhere between 2 to 3 BIs today, so it's a little bit frustrating.

      Was down 2 and a half BIs my last 400 hands. Not dealt AA at all (quite frustrating when you see other ppl's KK and AA getting paid by fish stacking off top pair/mid pair repeatedly)

      There was an insanely loose fish. (50+ PFR) I could profitably 3bet hands like KQ for value. But I missed way toooooo often today. He ended up stacking off 140 bbs with 55 I think on a board with 2 overcards vs someone's AA or KK and then left.
    • tommygecko
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      Took a shot at NL20, looks fine so far. The quality of play is more or less the same as NL10 from what I saw. Played a short 200 hand session 2 tabling and ran quite okay so maybe I won't have to move back down :D
    • tommygecko
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      Two great hands for the day:

      I don't understand what he's doing here.

      Pacific, $0.10/$0.20 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $24.61 (123.1 bb)
      Hero (BB): $20 (100 bb)
      UTG: $9.65 (48.3 bb)
      MP: $23.80 (119 bb)
      CO: $16.43 (82.1 bb)
      BTN: $12.48 (62.4 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with K A
      2 folds, CO raises to $0.60, BTN folds, SB calls $0.50, Hero raises to $2.60, CO folds, SB calls $2

      Flop: ($5.80) J K 3 (2 players)
      SB bets $0.20, Hero raises to $5, SB raises to $22.01 and is all-in, Hero calls $12.40 and is all-in

      Turn: ($40.60) 9 (2 players, 2 are all-in)
      River: ($40.60) J (2 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results:
      $40.60 pot ($2.03 rake)
      Final Board: J K 3 9 J
      SB showed 6 A and won $0.00 (-$20 net)
      Hero showed K A and won $38.57 ($18.57 net)




      Pacific, $0.10/$0.20 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      Hero (CO): $21.74 (108.7 bb)
      BTN: $28.67 (143.4 bb)
      SB: $20 (100 bb)
      BB: $19.42 (97.1 bb)
      UTG: $17.80 (89 bb)
      MP: $74.60 (373 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with 7 J
      UTG folds, MP calls $0.20, Hero calls $0.20, BTN calls $0.20, SB completes, BB checks

      Flop: ($1.00) 5 9 6 (5 players)
      SB checks, BB checks, MP bets $0.60, Hero raises to $1.60, BTN calls $1.60, 2 folds, MP calls $1

      Turn: ($5.80) A (3 players)
      MP checks, Hero bets $4.35, BTN folds, MP raises to $18.85, Hero raises to $19.94 and is all-in, MP calls $1.09

      River: ($45.68) 7 (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results:
      $45.68 pot ($2.28 rake)
      Final Board: 5 9 6 A 7
      Hero showed 7 J and won $43.40 ($21.66 net)
      BTN mucked and lost (-$1.80 net)
      MP showed A 9 and lost (-$21.74 net)


      2nd hand was such a cruel setup. Lol. Really lucky not to get sucked out.

      Up almost 3BIs at NL20. Having a great time. Feeling a bit emotional after winning 2 BIs in 3 minutes though so I cut short my session for now.

      My BR's about $750 now
    • canniballsy
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      Nice!
      Keep the update going!
    • Tomaloc
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      1) ???? idk but i think he tried to induce a bluff and shove over your bluff. obv very indepth leveling there
      2) why do you limp behind? turn is actually quite close on a limped pot with only J flush, but there are some even worse flushes and 87 so it's ok i guess.
    • canniballsy
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      Hey while playing do you use HEM or Pokertracker?
    • cheekopeh
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      Hi bro good luck!

      Didn't know there are so many :f_confused: at 888. The last I tried 888 doesn't accept singaporeans?
    • tommygecko
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      Originally posted by Tomaloc
      1) ???? idk but i think he tried to induce a bluff and shove over your bluff. obv very indepth leveling there
      2) why do you limp behind? turn is actually quite close on a limped pot with only J flush, but there are some even worse flushes and 87 so it's ok i guess.
      MP has been raising alot (lots of trash) but suddenly decided to limp so I thought of seeing a cheap flop, try to get straight or flush and get paid of. He indeed had a decent PF hand (A9o is much stronger than whatever hand he tried to raise) Unorthodox but I felt it was right at that moment.
    • tommygecko
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      Originally posted by canniballsy
      Hey while playing do you use HEM or Pokertracker?
      HEM (:
    • tommygecko
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      Originally posted by cheekopeh
      Hi bro good luck!

      Didn't know there are so many :f_confused: at 888. The last I tried 888 doesn't accept singaporeans?
      They do accept Singaporeans. I've seen quite a number of singaporeans on 888.

      And yes there are many fishes. And the regs aren't too good either (at least in low limits)
    • tommygecko
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      Some bad spots:

      Pacific, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $11.01 (110.1 bb)
      BB: $14.08 (140.8 bb)
      Hero (UTG): $19.62 (196.2 bb)
      MP: $10.66 (106.6 bb)
      CO: $34.97 (349.7 bb)
      BTN: $9.91 (99.1 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is UTG with K A
      Hero raises to $0.30, MP folds, CO calls $0.30, BTN calls $0.30, 2 folds

      Flop: ($1.05) A 7 5 (3 players)
      Hero bets $0.78, CO folds, BTN raises to $3, Hero raises to $5.41, BTN raises to $9.61 and is all-in, Hero calls $4.20

      Turn: ($20.27) 9 (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: ($20.27) 8 (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results:
      $20.27 pot ($1.01 rake)
      Final Board: A 7 5 9 8
      Hero showed K A and lost (-$9.91 net)
      CO mucked and lost (-$0.30 net)
      BTN showed 5 5 and won $19.26 ($9.35 net)


      Would have shoved in a 3bet pot, but in a raised pot despite the flush draw it's a fold without reads?

      Pacific, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 4 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $20.03 (200.3 bb)
      BB: $10 (100 bb)
      CO: $32 (320 bb)
      Hero (BTN): $17.25 (172.5 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BTN with A T
      CO calls $0.10, Hero raises to $0.40, SB calls $0.35, BB folds, CO calls $0.30

      Flop: ($1.30) 8 9 8 (3 players)
      SB checks, CO checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($1.30) J (3 players)
      SB bets $1.30, CO folds, Hero calls $1.30

      River: ($3.90) 7 (2 players)
      SB bets $3.90, Hero raises to $15.55 and is all-in, SB folds

      Results:
      $11.70 pot ($0.58 rake)
      Final Board: 8 9 8 J 7
      SB mucked and lost (-$5.60 net)
      Hero mucked A T and won $11.12 ($5.52 net)



      Bad mistake on my part to shove the lower end of my straight on a paired board vs a deep stack. But after this hand he said he folded QT because he was adamant that I had 89 99 or 88. I told him I had a straight but he didn't believe me. I doubt he really has QT too that would be such a nitty fold. So if he really had QT I'm really really fortunate not to pay for such a massive overplay.

      Pacific, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 5 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $10.38 (103.8 bb)
      BB: $10 (100 bb)
      MP: $10.37 (103.7 bb)
      CO: $33.11 (331.1 bb)
      Hero (BTN): $20.81 (208.1 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BTN with A Q
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.26, SB raises to $0.88, BB folds, Hero calls $0.62

      Flop: ($1.86) Q 2 9 (2 players)
      SB bets $1.29, Hero calls $1.29

      Turn: ($4.44) 8 (2 players)
      SB bets $3.33, Hero calls $3.33

      River: ($11.10) T (2 players)
      SB bets $4.88, Hero calls $4.88

      Results:
      $20.86 pot ($1.04 rake)
      Final Board: Q 2 9 8 T
      SB showed K A and lost (-$10.38 net)
      Hero showed A Q and won $19.82 ($9.44 net)


      Another really bad spot to be in I'm only beating AK in his value 3bet range, he could so easily have AA or KK. Perhaps a fold PF w/o reads.

      Will play some NL20 later when there's more traffic. Hopefully no more mistakes.