My New Big Log

    • bradomurder
      bradomurder
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      Joined: 17.10.2008 Posts: 1,329
      Welcome my new big log.

      Hi, I'm Brad, I'm 26 and I live in NZ. As of about 8 months ago I downgraded my poker status from "pretty average micro-stakes wannabe pro" to a much more sustainable "Engineer with a love of poker"

      I've done a lot of thinking and reading over the past few months about poker and realised some of the mistakes I was making in my approach to it (and a lot of other things) before. I'd like to start trying to get a better at the game and document my thoughts along the way.

      This blog will be mostly about poker, in particular low stakes live poker and online micro-low MTTs.
  • 9 replies
    • Alan883
      Alan883
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      Joined: 03.12.2008 Posts: 1,941
      Well you may think that you downgraded your poker status but actually you upgraded it.

      I really hope we will see some great results here. Good luck on your journey.
    • Schrader69
      Schrader69
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      Joined: 08.03.2008 Posts: 345
      So thats what blog stands for. Look forward to the log captain.
      I reckon stop pissin around on the micros, whats your roll at? I can offer to take a piece so you can play abit higher if you gonna get srs & a new log suggests u pretty srs.
      Im hopin to get back into it too in couple months when I can afford a new lappy an get through those books.
      Peace out bei, ship somethin.
    • bradomurder
      bradomurder
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      Joined: 17.10.2008 Posts: 1,329
      Cheers guys,

      I'm not really playing in the micros micros more like $5-$30 MTTs, I'm planning on getting back into cash games soon too, probably start at 25NL. I've been running pretty good since I last talked to you and now have enough of a roll so thanks for the offer but at the moment I'm all good, I'll hit you up if I change my mind and want to play something bigger though.
    • metza
      metza
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      Joined: 28.01.2012 Posts: 2,220
      Hey man whereabouts in NZ you from?
    • bradomurder
      bradomurder
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      Hey, I'm living in tauranga. It's pretty good. There's no casino but got a good little poker club here
      what about you?
    • metza
      metza
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      Originally posted by bradomurder
      Hey, I'm living in tauranga. It's pretty good. There's no casino but got a good little poker club here
      what about you?
      Wellington. Also no casino :f_frown:
    • bradomurder
      bradomurder
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      Do I know you? I used to live there and play a bit at the pubs. My photo is on my profile
    • metza
      metza
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      Originally posted by bradomurder
      Do I know you? I used to live there and play a bit at the pubs. My photo is on my profile
      Nah you don't look familiar, sorry. I have been playing a bit at the pub games recently but for the last three years was down in Dunedin studying.
    • bradomurder
      bradomurder
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      Well enjoy wellington, There was a good 50NL home game with a bunch of the students that ran when I was there, try to get into that if you can.

      Big Log Post 2
      I noticed something today, a cycle that I've been stuck in for quite a long time.

      I start by saying I'm going to do/make {some crazy new idea that will be so sweet} and I add it to my "To Do List"

      I get home from work with a bit of spare time and sit there and look at my list, there's about 10 unrelated huge projects that will each take months to complete. I start one of them, then I just check facebook, I start a different one because that other one was too hard and I didn't feel like it anyway, I just quickly check PS.com, I start something else.

      Almost nothing on that list has ever been done yet every time I write something I honestly believe I will do it.

      It's an unrealistic expectations problem rather than a procrastination problem I think. Maybe I'll save my list for day to day things that I might otherwise forget and just run one project at a time.

      POKER:
      Poker has treated me well lately. This weekend was no exception. On Saturday night I went to a $50 tournament at the Tauranga Poker Club. They've really nailed the blind structure and its one of the best tournaments I've played in.

      It only had 11 players this time because the rugby was on. I got on the 5 handed table which I like and went on a great run. Was winning almost every pot and the one where people got sick of me and called me down was when I raised 45 and the flop was a 236 rainbow.

      the tables merged and I had to shut down for quite a long time. A very loose player that I've sort of struggled with was 2 places to my left. I called him down after the flop went ch/ch on Axx and he barrelled blank turn and river with K high and was right. He was pretty baffled but it was actually an easy call at the time.

      It seemed to swing the momentum back in my favour and I ended up taking it down for $275 after sucking out on the bubble vs the short stack with KQ vs KK! (Felt almost as good as the K high call-down)

      Hit a final table (7th) on sunday for $120 online which was nice but would've liked to push through for the win.

      Here's a hand from a $50 mtt that I'm not sure about, villian is a reg who looked solid and had pushed me off a few pots without showdown, also I'd seen him make good sized thin valuebets in the last couple of weeks. The river donkbet was INSTANT.

      Grabbed by Holdem Manager
      NL Holdem $400(BB) Replayer
      SB ($9,163)
      BB ($20,652)
      UTG ($15,405)
      UTG+1 ($10,381)
      UTG+2 ($19,733)
      CO ($8,851)
      Hero ($15,973)

      Dealt to Hero 8:diamond: 8:heart:

      fold, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to $800, fold, BB calls $400

      FLOP ($2,080) 7:heart: 6:diamond: 6:heart:

      BB checks, Hero bets $1,040, BB calls $1,040

      TURN ($4,160) 7:heart: 6:diamond: 6:heart: 7:club:

      BB checks, Hero bets $2,080, BB calls $2,080

      RIVER ($8,320) 7:heart: 6:diamond: 6:heart: 7:club: 3:heart:

      BB bets $4,160, Hero calls $4,160

      Hero shows 8:diamond: 8:heart:
      (Pre 70%, Flop 13.7%, Turn 9.1%)

      BB shows K:heart: 6:spade:
      (Pre 30%, Flop 86.3%, Turn 90.9%)

      BB wins $16,640

      Honestly I don't know if the call was ok or not. The insta-bet makes me lean toward folding but I figured my range is sooooo weak there and if I barrelled twice I would probably barrel again so he can't be valuebetting there. On the other hand he would've had to call twice with air to bluff the river.