Working my way up through the limits

    • urmo1
      urmo1
      Black
      Joined: 02.03.2008 Posts: 718
      Hi, i'm 21 years old and living in estonia.I have been playng poker for about 5 years and last 2 years professionally. i'm making this blog to keep track about my past results and hopefully get some feedback about my play.

      Past i haven't been writing much and i would like to put more poker goals for myself and really keep pushing my volume.
      Last two years have been okey but i haven't really accomplished all that what i was hopeng before i turned to pro.


      I have been playng 6max cash games(nl100-600) now for about a 2 years.
      This year i have been playng in pokerstars nl200-600 but mostly nl200 because theres not enough good tables in higher stakes.
      I'm right now thinking about taking next month second site to play nl600(1k) and if someone could suggest some sites to play i would appreciate it. Second site i would play smt like 4-6 tables and only 25% of my sessions. In stars i usually play 7-10 tables.
      I was thinking about ipoker but estonians can't play there.


      I also try to play more live poker because it really gives me a lot more motivation to grind online and really feel good about playng poker.
      This year so far i have been in Monaco and Bulgaria to play live and august i'm planning to go EPT Barcelona to play mainly cash but maybe some tourneys as well.


      This year graph so far i got some hands missing here and also laptop got something like 50k hands.



      My long term goals:
      To beat high stakes by the end of this year on a second site where i play 25% of my sessions.
      Beat stars high stakes in 9 months.
      Play live cash games NL2k€ this year.

      August goals:
      Play 50k hands but aiming 70k.
      Not play longer sessions than 2h(once a week can broke this if tables were really good.)
      Post 5 hands every week.
      Update this at least once a week.
      Studying for MTT 3 hours every week.
  • 38 replies
    • maritsula
      maritsula
      Gold
      Joined: 19.12.2011 Posts: 905
      subbed. Good luck man
    • urmo1
      urmo1
      Black
      Joined: 02.03.2008 Posts: 718
      Last 4 days haven't been playng well and a little bad run.
      In bb i'm down only 600bb but haven't been running well at nl400-600.




      Tomorrow gonna try to find some leaky hands and post them.

      Crazyiest call from a regular(semi reg.):

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $1/$2 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      BU:
      $200.00
      SB:
      $439.93
      BB (Hero):
      $211.46
      MP2:
      $201.00
      MP3:
      $200.00
      CO:
      $256.25


      Preflop: Hero is BB with A, 4.
      3 folds, BU raises to $4.00, SB calls $3.00, Hero raises to $18.00, BU raises to $35.00, SB folds, Hero raises to $62.00, BU calls $25.00.

      Flop: ($124) 9, K, 7 (2 players)
      Hero bets $35.00, BU calls $35.00.

      Turn: ($194) 2 (2 players)
      Hero bets $116.46, BU calls $105.00.

      River: ($415.46) J (2 players)


      Final Pot: $415.46.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows high card ace(A 4).
      BU shows a straight, king high(Q T).

      BU wins with a straight, king high(Q T).
    • DeLau
      DeLau
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.01.2009 Posts: 1,606
      Why don't you play Zoom nl200/nl500 if you want more action?

      I recently checked midstakes action at stars and it did look pretty dead.

      GL!
    • Iam2good
      Iam2good
      Bronze
      Joined: 07.07.2013 Posts: 95
      Why did you 5bet this small if I may ask? Just so you can take the lead postflop?, because I am never folding to such a small raise if I was in villian shoes.
    • urmo1
      urmo1
      Black
      Joined: 02.03.2008 Posts: 718
      Originally posted by DeLau
      Why don't you play Zoom nl200/nl500 if you want more action?

      I recently checked midstakes action at stars and it did look pretty dead.

      GL!
      I usually take like 1-2 nl200 zoom tables and 6-7 regular tables.
      I think it's really hard to find edge on nl500+ zoom games . Maybe only saturdays and sundays gonna play it.
    • urmo1
      urmo1
      Black
      Joined: 02.03.2008 Posts: 718
      Originally posted by Iam2good
      Why did you 5bet this small if I may ask? Just so you can take the lead postflop?, because I am never folding to such a small raise if I was in villian shoes.
      because i can't 5bet/fold with much bigger 5 bet and also bluff would be more expensive. I think he can't really get good pot odds preflop and often he has reverse implied odds.
      Flop i think he had low fold to cbet and i didn't expect to have too much fold equty but i planned to push most turn cards and expect to get a lot of fold equty and very cheap bluff.
    • urmo1
      urmo1
      Black
      Joined: 02.03.2008 Posts: 718
      Just finished one of my worst sessions. I think i played well and so far i'm still positive about this month. At the moment im down 7k$ this month.



      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      This hand was quite intresting because i think most value hands would raise bigger and i think he reps more likely draw here like JT with flushdraw or JK. But still i didn't had read about it and decided to give up.

      $3/$6 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      SB:
      $600.00
      BB:
      $573.18
      MP2:
      $471.20
      MP3:
      $221.08
      CO:
      $664.50
      BU (Hero):
      $759.22


      Preflop: Hero is BU with A, T.
      MP2 raises to $15.00, 2 folds, Hero calls $15.00, 2 folds, BB folds.

      Flop: ($39) A, 4, Q (2 players)
      MP2 bets $18.00, Hero calls $18.00.

      Turn: ($75) 9 (2 players)
      MP2 bets $42.00, Hero raises to $138.00, MP2 raises to $234.00, Hero folds, MP2 gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $213.





    • DeLau
      DeLau
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.01.2009 Posts: 1,606
      Is it your standard play to raise turn there with AT? I would just call turn.
    • urmo1
      urmo1
      Black
      Joined: 02.03.2008 Posts: 718
      yes because most draws just call here and give up river. If i call he can easily turn his draws into bluff and i have to guess so many river spots.
    • DeLau
      DeLau
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.01.2009 Posts: 1,606
      Ok thanks. Are you raising your entire range on this turn then? If not, what is your calling range here?
    • urmo1
      urmo1
      Black
      Joined: 02.03.2008 Posts: 718
      Originally posted by DeLau
      Ok thanks. Are you raising your entire range on this turn then? If not, what is your calling range here?
      No not entire range. My calling range are FD; some gutshot+FD combos not all. I think it depends about how bluff happy your opponent is and what's his calling range when i raise( in this case it was FD; two pair+).
    • urmo1
      urmo1
      Black
      Joined: 02.03.2008 Posts: 718
      I was away from poker tables on the weekend so i haven't played a lot lately.
      Anyway this month haven't got volume and been taking more breaks because downswing. Decided to play till the end of the month nl200-400 stars.
      Also i think half of my sessions i have been making C game and i need to take myself together.


      This months graph(-4 buy ins only):
    • urmo1
      urmo1
      Black
      Joined: 02.03.2008 Posts: 718
      Today played 82$ turbo and got second place 2k$. Falled out AJ vs KT. Had good run and field was really soft that's why i decided to play.Usually don't play turbos. This morning there was few cash tables so it worked out nicely :)

      In cash games i think i'm having this years worst downswing -6k$ so far. I have changed my game a little bit more agressive and have found some leaks in my game.

      Hands from todays session:

      1) agressive fish and i had 3 betted him couple of times.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $1/$2 No-Limit Hold'em (4 handed)

      Known players:
      SB (Hero):
      $500.00
      BB:
      $318.51
      CO:
      $473.63
      BU:
      $1235.79


      Preflop: Hero is SB with A, K.
      2 folds, Hero raises to $6.00, BB raises to $24.00, Hero raises to $53.00, BB raises to $320.11, Hero calls $266.11.

      Flop: ($636.22) A, 4, 5 (2 players)


      Turn: ($636.22) 8 (2 players)


      River: ($636.22) K (2 players)


      Final Pot: $636.22.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, aces and kings(A K).
      BB shows a pair of aces(A 3).

      Hero wins with two pairs, aces and kings(A K).



      2) very wierd line from regular and -ev for sure. Can't see river because run it twice.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $1/$2 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      MP2:
      $725.02
      MP3 (Hero):
      $1162.12
      CO:
      $618.69
      BU:
      $235.32
      SB:
      $925.22
      BB:
      $200.00


      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with Q, Q.
      MP2 folds, Hero raises to $6.00, CO folds, BU raises to $19.00, 2 folds, Hero raises to $40.00, BU calls $21.00.

      Flop: ($83) 3, 4, 4 (2 players)
      Hero bets $45.00, BU calls $45.00.

      Turn: ($173) 5 (2 players)
      Hero bets $1,076.72, BU calls $149.92.

      Final Pot: $1399.64.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, queens and fours(Q Q).
      BU shows a straight, seven high(6 7).

      BU wins with a straight, seven high(6 7).


      3) Hand that i'm not happy about my play. Against good regular and i think river should be fold.


      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $1/$2 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      MP2:
      $187.25
      MP3:
      $200.00
      CO:
      $207.01
      BU:
      $216.56
      SB (Hero):
      $200.00
      BB:
      $243.52


      Preflop: Hero is SB with 9, 9.
      2 folds, CO raises to $4.56, BU calls $4.56, Hero calls $3.56, BB folds.

      Flop: ($15.68) 8, Q, 7 (3 players)
      Hero checks, CO bets $12.00, BU folds, Hero raises to $36.00, CO calls $24.00.

      Turn: ($87.68) 2 (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO checks.

      River: ($87.68) 4 (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO bets $60.93, Hero calls $60.93.

      Final Pot: $209.54.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows a pair of nines(9 9).
      CO shows a pair of aces(A A).

      CO wins with a pair of aces(A A).


      4) Got lucky :)


      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $1/$2 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      CO:
      $753.22
      BU (Hero):
      $709.58
      SB:
      $675.99
      BB:
      $361.54
      MP2:
      $932.88
      MP3:
      $210.00


      Preflop: Hero is BU with 9, 9.
      2 folds, CO raises to $5.00, Hero raises to $15.00, SB folds, BB calls $13.00, CO calls $10.00.

      Flop: ($46) 6, J, 8 (3 players)
      BB checks, CO checks, Hero bets $32.00, BB calls $32.00, CO folds.

      Turn: ($110) A (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $75.00, BB calls $75.00.

      River: ($260) 9 (2 players)
      BB bets $38.00, Hero raises to $587.18, BB calls $201.14.

      Final Pot: $1086.32.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows three of a kind, nines(9 9).
      BB shows a pair of aces(A T).

      Hero wins with three of a kind, nines(9 9).
    • jules97
      jules97
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.06.2012 Posts: 1,449
      Hand 3: Why is this in your flop x/r range?
    • urmo1
      urmo1
      Black
      Joined: 02.03.2008 Posts: 718
      Co cbeted a lot and folded smt like 50% to raise cbet. I should barrel turn i think.
      If I bet blank turn i can get him off Q and some straightdraws propably.
      Flop C/F i think is fine but check/call seems like worst line if his cbeting most turns and rivers.
    • urmo1
      urmo1
      Black
      Joined: 02.03.2008 Posts: 718
      Arrived to spain yesterday. My plan is to play mostly cash games but some torneys as well. So schedule looks like this:
      28.08 Estrellas Main Event - Day 1A €1,000 + €100
      30.08 NL - Estrellas Mini Event - (Re-entry) €300 + €30
      04.09 NL - Holdem - Single Re-Entry - Day 1A €1,000 + €100
      06.09 NL - Holdem - Deepstack - Day 1 €500 + €50

      Yesterday when i got barcelona i was little bit tired but decided to check out casino. So i went there and played 165 eur buy in satelite to Estrellas ME for fun. Falled out after 2h 30min i shipped my last 4k chips and got beat AQ vs KQ vs KQ pre all in.
      One intresting hand was were i opened 700 UTG AKs(stack 14k and blinds 150/300); MP calls; sb calls(older guy, had some betsize mistakes and kinda semi fish 10k stack); Flop comes AJJ rainbow, sb check, i decided to check because i had played like 25 min this table and i maybe had played only 1 hand before that. MP checks. turn 6 and gives me flushdraw. Sb checks and so i bet 1k into 2,4k pot i think i shoud been makeing 1,4-1,6k. MP folds and bb calls. River 2 and gives me flush. SB donks 1k to 4,4k pot, I raised to 5k and he shoved and shows me 66. Before that hand he was betting smaller amounts with quite weak hands(thin valuebets)
    • urmo1
      urmo1
      Black
      Joined: 02.03.2008 Posts: 718
      This estrellas main event was quite huge there was like 300+ people waiting in late registration line.
      Falled out after 5h 30 min playng estrellas main event my KK vs AA.
      Blind were 100/200(25ante) utg opens 500(older guy who was quite loose opener . Saw him open A6o utg.) MP1 calls and i sqz to 2k(my stack size 18k, starting stack was 20k) and sb 4 bets to 4,5k( young guy who was agressive but i havent seen him 4 bet before). i Shoved my 18k and aces did hold.

      So far havent been able to play cash games. Those waiting lists sucks. You need to wait about 4 hours to get seat 2/4-5/10 tables.
    • urmo1
      urmo1
      Black
      Joined: 02.03.2008 Posts: 718
      Today played some cash game and only needed to wait like 1 hour what is pretty good comperd to yesterday.
      Played about 5 hours and profit was 635. Not many intresting hands happend. Table was quite easy. I didnt see any good tight agressive players, but no big fish either. Hope to see better tables tomorrow :D
    • DeLau
      DeLau
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.01.2009 Posts: 1,606
      What stakes was that?

      GL for the rest of your time in Barcelona!
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