Fighting mediocrity and some other motivational title

    • wolfi1337
      wolfi1337
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      Joined: 21.10.2010 Posts: 557
      oye guys, I`m Bogdan, a romanian citizen living in your country (also working illegally, but don`t let it out of the trust circle, ok? :f_love: ).
      I`m gonna start off by saying why I opened yet another blog here: mainly because I left the old one(s) (might be more, can`t remeber) rust in the romanian forums. why did I do that you ask? oh, you didn`t ask... I`m gonna tell you anyway: no real goals, posting rarely, no feedback and so on. It is called the way it is called because I want to make a change in my life, dump the laziness and be the man and the poker player I know I can be.
      Also, chose the english forums to improve my mad engleeeshz skeelz.

      On the poker related chapter, I busted my 50$ free, a few 10$ deposits :s_cool: and a few other rolls built from freerolls. why? poor study, no hand reviews plus tilt equals mayhem. My 'main game' was STTs, but the lack of time made me give cash a real try.

      my short term goals
      :club: move to NL10 at the end of may
      :club: hand reviews every day
      :club: get a sesion reviewed by a coach (and how do I do that?)
      :club: feasting in the articles for NL provided by this website
      :club: restarting insanity and finishing it this time
      :club: making some friends around here maybe (sounds lame but I work 10 to 1 with 1 day off, so no real time for anything)

      :club: reaching and keeping gold level monthly

      long term goals
      :club: 100k$ profit
      :club: quitting job and moving alone
      :club: poker as my only income
      :club: getting married to emma stone :s_evil:

      I didn`t set a goal to crush NL200 or NL400 in the long run, because if I`m goona keep doing what I have to do, I will crush all of them (right? right guys? come on...)
  • 17 replies
    • wolfi1337
      wolfi1337
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      Joined: 21.10.2010 Posts: 557
      so, it seems I have the honor of replying first in this awesome blog. here`s the graph for the 8k hands i`ve played so far at NL4



      I know it`s not a lot, but my time is limited and I`m trying to play only when I can focus and I`m rested.
      going to review some of the big pots lost and play with some filters to see how I can reduce my non-showdown losses, maybe c-bet less on frikky boards and 3-bet less oop. here`s a hand from today`s session that`s bugging me:

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.02/$0.04 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)

      Known players:
      MP1:
      $1.20
      MP2:
      $4.15
      MP3:
      $4.06
      CO:
      $4.47
      BU:
      $4.00
      SB (Hero):
      $4.02
      BB:
      $7.79
      UTG2:
      $2.48


      Preflop: Hero is SB with 7, 7.
      6 folds, Hero raises to $0.12, BB calls $0.08.

      Flop: ($0.24) A, A, 6 (2 players)
      Hero checks, BB bets $0.11, Hero calls $0.11.

      Turn: ($0.46) A (2 players)
      Hero checks, BB bets $0.22, Hero calls $0.22.

      River: ($0.9) 2 (2 players)
      Hero checks, BB bets $0.86, Hero folds, BB gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $0.9.

      plan was to call any river, but the potsize bet got me thinking... what do you think?
    • gadget51
      gadget51
      Bronze
      Joined: 23.06.2008 Posts: 5,622
      Greetings Bogdan and welcome to blogs [again :) ]

      (I wanted to be the second to be honoured to post here)

      It seems some of your old ways remind me of myself, just sort of auto-piloting or drifting along? It does look like you've started here with a more positive and forward looking approach, so well done so far! :f_cool:

      We'll see you at the other end of nl10 vey soon I hope.

      P.S. Your English is exceptional already so no worries there.

      Have fun,

      Mal.
    • wolfi1337
      wolfi1337
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.10.2010 Posts: 557
      hey, didn`t post here because I was pretty busy at work, the other guy got sick and I had to cover his shifts. Played a few hands thou, but after 14-15 hours of work my concentration was at 3-4% and I donated a few stacks, got them back in fast fold anyways. Also read a few article concerning the big bad red line, seems I had some big leaks and was missing the opportunity to 2nd barrel quite often. gonna watch some more vids since at the time I finish work there are only 2 or 3 nl4 tables, moving up to nl10 at the end of may still seems 'doable'.

      I`m a little obsessed with learning a new language, I think I`ll go with japanese... any of you fellas can use this alien language?
    • wolfi1337
      wolfi1337
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.10.2010 Posts: 557
      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.02/$0.04 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)

      Known players:
      BB:
      $4.16
      UTG1:
      $3.10
      UTG2:
      $6.24
      MP1:
      $3.90
      MP2:
      $4.69
      MP3:
      $5.69
      CO:
      $5.01
      BU (Hero):
      $4.00
      SB:
      $2.59


      Preflop: Hero is BU with A, K.
      3 folds, MP2 calls $0.04, 2 folds, Hero raises to $0.20, 2 folds, MP2 calls $0.16.

      Flop: ($0.46) 2, Q, Q (2 players)
      MP2 checks, Hero bets $0.22, MP2 calls $0.22.

      Turn: ($0.9) A (2 players)
      MP2 checks, Hero bets $0.43, MP2 calls $0.43.

      River: ($1.76) 9 (2 players)
      MP2 bets $1.72, Hero folds, MP2 gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $1.76.

      waddap? villain is 44/5

      1/2 flop cuz i woulda 2nd barrel any turn and wanna limit losses when getting raised. ok or not?
    • wolfi1337
      wolfi1337
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.10.2010 Posts: 557
      hand of the day. whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa?

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.02/$0.04 No-Limit Hold'em (3 handed)

      Known players:
      SB:
      $5.11
      BB (Hero):
      $4.16
      BU:
      $3.82


      Preflop: Hero is BB with 7, K.
      BU folds, SB calls $0.02, Hero checks.

      Flop: ($0.08) K, K, 7 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks.

      Turn: ($0.08) 4 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.04, SB calls $0.04.

      River: ($0.16) 2 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero raises to $4.08, SB calls $4.08.

      Final Pot: $8.32.
      Results follow:

      SB shows a flush, ace high(7 A).
      Hero shows a full-house, kings full of sevens(7 K).

      Hero wins with a full-house, kings full of sevens(7 K).
    • Chowchow12
      Chowchow12
      Bronze
      Joined: 04.06.2012 Posts: 338
      Originally posted by wolfi1337

      :club: getting married to emma stone :s_evil:
      SHE IS MINEE NUUUU

      :P

      Nice blog, I am just starting out as well, hope you're running well :) You've currently doing better than me profit wise, I might need some tips :)

      Good luck with everything and keep it up!
    • wolfi1337
      wolfi1337
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.10.2010 Posts: 557
      here`s 14k :oo



      finally running above the EV line, doesn`t feel that great thou, knowing I shoved with the least favorite hand :[. anyways watched a few vids, still NO articles read, waiting to get golden :f_biggrin: status so I can unlock some new spicy things, and when I say spicy I mean boring articles ### pages long about how dum-dum I am and how less I know about za game at this point.

      also, HOW do I get a session reviewed by a coach? let me be lazy and give me an answer please :]
    • wolfi1337
      wolfi1337
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.10.2010 Posts: 557
      hey dudes. weirdest thing today, actually yesterday. worked 14 hrs and came home a little tired but I was somewhat happy `cus I managed to pass an exam so I decided to open WPT and see what`s going on. a few full tables on NL4, but I spotted one with only 2 players, one of `em had 150BBs and the other 200BB. Joined the table and after a few hands I had 250BB in front of me. Left the table smiling and decided to bust 1$ on a tourney so I registerd for a 500$ guaranteed R&A (these are way out of my league). Not that many players registerd to be fair (¬130 with ¬200 rebuys), long story short I just shipped my first tourney and got my first 3 digit ($$$) win. I want to thank all my fans supporting me and my family for not snoring too loud tonight. Here`s the hand that pretty much ended the journey

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $4000/$8000 No-Limit Hold'em (2 handed)

      Known players:
      BB (Hero):
      $324589.00
      SB:
      $388411.00


      Preflop: Hero is BB with 3, 3.
      Hero raises to $12,000.00, SB calls $8,000.00.

      Flop: ($20000) 7, 8, 7 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks.

      Turn: ($20000) K (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks.

      River: ($20000) 3 (2 players)
      SB raises to $379,611.00, Hero calls $311,789.00.

      Final Pot: $711400.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows a full-house, threes full of sevens(3 3).
      SB shows three of a kind, sevens(2 7).

      Hero wins with a full-house, threes full of sevens(3 3).
      SB wins with three of a kind, sevens(2 7).

      :s_cool:

      now I have a pretty good BR for NL10, but I`m not gonna jump there until I manage to fully understand and get some exp with some things.

      cheers, going back to work in 3 hrs :<¬
    • wolfi1337
      wolfi1337
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.10.2010 Posts: 557
      so... I managed to get gold status after all. I didn`t play that much in the last days, busy at work and always tired, most of my mini-sessions were played with 30% or less focus on the game and graph got swingy, not going down thou. I am going to shoot a NL10 session in the next days, after I change some things on my HUD and watch some more vids of the ones I unlocked.

      Also started reading SF`s productivity guide, found some really interesting stuff in there, don`t know if I can follow it since it requires some time on a daily basis, time I don`t have for now. Hope to quit my job soon, always tired and when I get home the only thing I want is to sleep.

      anyway, my winrate for nl4 is somewhere between 9.5 and 10, pretty low, but it could definitely could of been higher if I would of always played at 100%, so I am somewhat happy with myself =d
    • wolfi1337
      wolfi1337
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.10.2010 Posts: 557
      okay, I found my blog in the 11th page of the blogs section. I didn`t update it because I, I really don`t know why. anyway, moved up to NL10 where I am BE on a pretty decent sample. It`s getting more and more frustrating, I know I still make a shitload of mistakes but I also know that my game has improved. It`s even more frustrating that I made a deal and someone is coaching me for 1h a week, I learned a lot of thing but still not winning.

      on the least interesting side, I am in the process of quiting smoking (3 days woosh) and I`m just puffing an e-shisha to fill in the time when I would`ve smoked.

      this is the nl10 graph, also known as the line of tears



      will update on a daily basis with hands from now on.
    • gadget51
      gadget51
      Bronze
      Joined: 23.06.2008 Posts: 5,622
      Welcome back again! :)

      My graph at nl4 looked like that for the longest time, I called it nl meh. :D

      I don't know why yours looks like that but my biggest problem was having so many family pots, like 4/5 handed all day verusus bit-stack stations t nl10. So much for iso-raising AQ from the small blind then! :tongue: I played a lot of fit/fold for quite a while.

      Nice to see the return. :)
    • wolfi1337
      wolfi1337
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.10.2010 Posts: 557
      Hey guys! As I said, I will post daily, I know you don`t really care but at least I`m blowing off some steam :D . My main goal now is moving up to NL25 until January. I started playing with the filters in HM and saw I was losing money opening small suited As and small PPs early. Also, bad c-betting costs. ALOT. Here`s the most confusing hand I had in the last session:


      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.05/$0.1 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      BB:
      $5.00
      MP2:
      $19.20
      MP3:
      $9.90
      CO:
      $8.53
      BU (Hero):
      $10.55
      SB:
      $16.49


      Preflop: Hero is BU with 8, 9.
      3 folds, Hero raises to $0.25, SB calls $0.20, BB folds.

      Flop: ($0.6) T, K, Q (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.42, SB calls $0.42.

      Turn: ($1.44) 3 (2 players)
      SB bets $0.68, Hero raises to $1.70, SB raises to $3.23, Hero calls $1.53.

      River: ($7.9) K (2 players)
      SB raises to $12.59, Hero folds, SB gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $7.9.

      when he`s donking the turn 1/2 I think he`s got some draw or weak hand he`s trying to get to a cheap showdown with, so I naturally raise. Even if he doesn`t fold here, I can take the pot on the river most of the times if no weird card jumps in. But the sheep decides to raise...
      spew or not?
    • wolfi1337
      wolfi1337
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.10.2010 Posts: 557
      Still no feedback, no worries. I`m grinding to get 2500 SP by the end of the month so I get Platinum... 1323 `till 13th so it`s not that hard. Here`s the biggest pot won and the biggest pot lost in the last session.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.05/$0.1 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      MP3:
      $7.26
      CO:
      $9.58
      BU:
      $10.00
      SB:
      $15.38
      BB (Hero):
      $12.51
      MP2:
      $12.80


      Preflop: Hero is BB with A, A.
      MP2 folds, MP3 calls $0.10, CO raises to $0.40, BU folds, SB calls $0.35, Hero raises to $1.60, MP3 folds, CO calls $1.20, SB folds.

      Flop: ($3.7) 9, K, 4 (2 players)
      Hero bets $2.64, CO raises to $5.72, Hero raises to $10.91, CO calls $2.26(All-In).

      Turn: ($22.59) Q (2 players)


      River: ($22.59) K (2 players)


      Final Pot: $22.59.
      Results follow:

      CO shows a straight, king high(T J).
      Hero shows two pairs, aces and kings(A A).

      CO wins with a straight, king high(T J).
      Hero wins with two pairs, aces and kings(A A).

      pretty standard I guess. villain was 51/16, the other stats pretty irrelevant since I didn`t have a decent sample on him.


      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.05/$0.1 No-Limit Hold'em (4 handed)

      Known players:
      CO:
      $11.78
      BU:
      $13.48
      SB (Hero):
      $11.83
      BB:
      $10.00


      Preflop: Hero is SB with T, Q.
      CO folds, BU calls $0.10, Hero raises to $0.60, BB folds, BU calls $0.50.

      Flop: ($1.3) 2, K, K (2 players)
      Hero checks, BU checks.

      Turn: ($1.3) J (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.93, BU calls $0.93.

      River: ($3.16) A (2 players)
      Hero raises to $10.30, BU calls $10.30.

      Final Pot: $23.76.
      Results follow:

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

      Hero wins with a straight, ace high(T Q).

      woohoo $$$$. villain 42/5 wtsd 47. yes, he folds any J but A or K will come to the finish line with me.
    • wolfi1337
      wolfi1337
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.10.2010 Posts: 557
      so I got platinum. yey...

      still banging my head against the walls at nl10. I don`t know, it seems nothing makes sense here, these are the top 3 winning 'regs' at this limit:

      26bb/100

      16bb/100

      12bb/100

      first line vpip/pfr/3b/ft3b and number of hands. I know I sound pretty lame, but GDHGSDFSGHDFDG :/


      edit: yes, I have a lot of things to improve at, and yes, I know my game is far from exceptional, but I don`t think you need to be a poker scientist to kill nl10.

      i have 1.27bb/100 in 85k hands...
    • wolfi1337
      wolfi1337
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.10.2010 Posts: 557
      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.05/$0.1 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      BU:
      $6.15
      SB:
      $10.00
      BB:
      $17.76
      MP2:
      $7.32
      MP3:
      $3.00
      CO (Hero):
      $22.69


      Preflop: Hero is CO with A, 7.
      MP3 posts deadblind, MP2 raises to $0.20, MP3 calls $0.10, Hero raises to $0.70, 3 folds, MP2 calls $0.50, MP3 folds.

      Flop: ($1.75) 4, 5, 9 (2 players)
      MP2 checks, Hero bets $1.10, MP2 raises to $2.20, Hero calls $1.10.

      Turn: ($6.15) 7 (2 players)
      MP2 bets $2.92, Hero calls $2.92.

      River: ($11.99) 4 (2 players)
      MP2 raises to $1.50(All-In), Hero calls $1.50.

      Final Pot: $14.99.
      Results follow:

      MP2 shows a pair of fours(J A).
      Hero shows two pairs, sevens and fours(A 7).

      Hero wins with two pairs, sevens and fours(A 7).


      wut?
    • wolfi1337
      wolfi1337
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.10.2010 Posts: 557
      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.05/$0.1 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      MP3:
      $20.00
      CO:
      $10.00
      BU (Hero):
      $26.06
      SB:
      $12.15
      BB:
      $4.00
      MP2:
      $10.42


      Preflop: Hero is BU with 8, 8.
      MP2 folds, MP3 raises to $0.40, CO folds, Hero calls $0.40, SB calls $0.35, BB folds.

      Flop: ($1.3) 7, T, 5 (3 players)
      SB checks, MP3 bets $0.62, Hero ? ;;

      what do we do against a fishy villain who barrels. ALOT. call or raise? what if the flop was 7, T, 6?
    • wolfi1337
      wolfi1337
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.10.2010 Posts: 557
      hey dudes and dudeses. how do we play a 2nd pair type hand oop vs a villain that does not fold to cbet and 2/3 times bets when you check. this is an example:

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.05/$0.1 No-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Known players:
      MP3:
      $9.07
      CO:
      $16.59
      BU:
      $8.91
      SB (Hero):
      $15.90
      BB:
      $8.72


      Preflop: Hero is SB with K, J.
      3 folds, Hero raises to $0.30, BB calls $0.20.

      Flop: ($0.6) A, K, 7 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.42, BB calls $0.42.

      Turn: ($1.44) Q (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.70, BB calls $0.70.

      River: ($2.84) 5 (2 players)

      should we bet? should we x/c or x/f? how much should we call?

      bet vs missed cbet 74, wtsd 30. I know, bigger bet on the turn...
      vpip 60, so he could have almost anything. Guess he`s betting busted draws the same as value hands


      anyways, seems like the sun came around the corner. finally! here`s the graph for the last 2 weeks


      24k hands for 10.8bb/100. yea it`s not such a big sample, still it is a big ego bump for me :f_cool: