Tommy is back with a new challenge! (PLO building br from $50-$500)

    • tommygecko
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      Hey guys! Some of you might have seen my old blog before. Many things have changed then. This is my 2nd blog, hopefully this time it will be successful :D

      Anyway, for those who do not know, I've made a switch from NLHE to PLO. I have been playing PLO since around August, mainly plo5 and plo10 zoom. I'm not a big winner I admit, but the winnings from RB alone is pretty good. And I got 2nd in a 2.20 zoom tourney a week ago for $310.5 which increased my BR by 33% ish. Then won another $100 the past week, but am currently on a downswing. So I'm kinda back to where I was before last week, feeling abit demoralised.

      Right now I am feeling a bit aimless poker wise, so I decided to do a small challenge, hoping to improve my plo and instil some discipline. It's almost identical to Kyyberi's plo project (pardon my lack of orginality :D ) but I think it's really an interesting challenge, so I'm going to attempt it.

      So yea, withdrew all $1500 of my BR and left myself with $50 in stars. For guys who do not know about Kyyberi's challenge, it's turning $50 into $500 playing only plo using aggressive brm starting from plo2 until plo25. Might try to break Kyyberi's record in the process (although I definitely won't :D ) I won't be rushing through this challenge though

      I'm thinking of getting plo coaching from Kyyberi and Skodljivec too. Really affordable and worthwhile for sure.

      Alright guys cya then!
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    • TinoLaan
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      [x] Following
    • Lazza61
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      Cool. Sounds good.

      GL Tommy.

      Following for sure.
    • tommygecko
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      Had my first small little session, only 226 hands mixing plo2 and plo5 regular tables. +$7.93 which is great start and a good change from my recent bad run (at least I'm hitting sometimes now).

      Still early days though, will probably update again when I hit 1-2k hands.
    • tommygecko
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      Finally put in >1000hands. So right now I'm +$28.25 after 1084 hands which is a massive start. I'm like $18 over EV though, got super lucky in some spots, but made some mistakes too.

      In today's session I was to the left of this guy who was playing 74/55. I was pretty card dead though, ended up 3betting twice with marginal hands which I think are ahead of his range. It's funny how twice I got 4bet and ran into KKxx, which are definitely the top part of his 55 pfr range :f_mad:

      But I sucked out both times :D The moment he left the table everyone started leaving lol.


      Poker Stars, $0.02/$0.05 Pot Limit Omaha Cash, 5 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      Hero (CO): $7.57 (151.4 bb)
      BTN: $3.75 (75 bb)
      SB: $5.05 (101 bb)
      BB: $7.77 (155.4 bb)
      MP: $6.41 (128.2 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with Q A K 7
      MP raises to $0.17, Hero raises to $0.58, 3 folds, MP raises to $1.81, Hero raises to $5.50, MP raises to $6.41, Hero calls $0.91

      Flop: ($12.89) Q 5 T (2 players)
      Turn: ($12.89) 2 (2 players)
      River: ($12.89) 7 (2 players)

      Results:
      $12.89 pot ($0.50 rake)
      Final Board: Q 5 T 2 7
      Hero showed Q A K 7 and won $12.39 ($5.98 net)
      MP showed 9 K 4 K and lost (-$6.41 net)



      Poker Stars, $0.02/$0.05 Pot Limit Omaha Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      Hero (MP): $5 (100 bb)
      CO: $3 (60 bb)
      BTN: $1.46 (29.2 bb)
      SB: $5 (100 bb)
      BB: $7.91 (158.2 bb)
      UTG: $11.78 (235.6 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is MP with T 7 6 Q
      UTG raises to $0.17, Hero raises to $0.58, 4 folds, UTG raises to $1.81, Hero calls $1.23

      Flop: ($3.69) 6 Q Q (2 players)
      UTG bets $3.55, Hero calls $3.19 and is all-in

      Turn: ($10.07) 9 (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: ($10.07) 4 (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results:
      $10.07 pot ($0.39 rake)
      Final Board: 6 Q Q 9 4
      Hero showed T 7 6 Q and won $9.68 ($4.68 net)
      UTG showed 7 7 K K and won $0.00 (-$5 net)


      The 1st one is probably okay, 2nd one is pretty bad, got really impatient and pissed off with this guy I think (and being card dead in general).

      No more poker until my test is over on Wed I guess. No updates until after that :D
    • tommygecko
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      No more poker until my test is over on Wed I guess. No updates until after that


      Screw that :D Couldn't resist the temptation to play yesterday, so I played a really short session (I'm being honest), only 97 hands. But +$12.26 :D Sick run good.

      I found this hand really interesting, seriously what was villain thinking?

      Poker Stars, $0.02/$0.05 Pot Limit Omaha Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      BB: $11.38 (227.6 bb)
      UTG: $13.27 (265.4 bb)
      MP: $5.06 (101.2 bb)
      CO: $9.67 (193.4 bb)
      BTN: $21.60 (432 bb)
      Hero (SB): $5.32 (106.4 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with 8 A J A
      3 folds, BTN raises to $0.15, Hero calls $0.13, BB raises to $0.55, BTN folds, Hero raises to $1.80, BB calls $1.25

      Flop: ($3.75) 3 3 5 (2 players)
      Hero bets $3.52 and is all-in, BB calls $3.52

      Turn: ($10.79) 8 (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: ($10.79) 3 (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results:
      $10.79 pot ($0.42 rake)
      Final Board: 3 3 5 8 3
      BB showed 2 Q Q T and lost (-$5.32 net)
      Hero showed 8 A J A and won $10.37 ($5.05 net)


      3b squeeze with QQxx ds and call vs 4bet :facepalm: then herocalls my shove. Obviously a NLHE player :D
    • tommygecko
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      Got enough to move up to PLO10 today. Moved down within 100 hands :facepalm: :rage:

      For some reason my luck at plo10 reg tables just isn't there. I have tried playing them a few times, always had a losing session. KJxx vs KKxx on KJJ flop.

      So for now I'm back at plo5. It's okay though, just need to win 2-3 BIs to move back up.

      1405 hands, +$31.70 and $10 from deposit bonus. so $91.70 now.
    • acerbikas
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      I'd rather suggest you win a little bit more so that you do not have to move down in an instant once variance strikes. You can easily lose 5 BIs in a span of several minutes (as you may know from my experience :P ), so I'd suggest keeping a few buyins more in order for your shot to have more chance of success.
    • tommygecko
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      400 hands. +$7 today. But more than 2BIs under EV. Thankfully I could still win this session.

      So now I have enough to shoot plo10 again, may luck be better this time.
    • tommygecko
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      Earned about $5 from placing 15th in a $2.2 zoom plo mtt. Lost AAK3<AJJ6 AI pre KKJ flop so disgusting. Could have been much bigger :(

      Not sure if I should count it towards the challenge, probably not? Hmm
    • TinoLaan
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      I'd say you should stick to keeping this a PLO cash challenge. But it's all up to you of course :)
    • tommygecko
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      Originally posted by TinoLaan
      I'd say you should stick to keeping this a PLO cash challenge. But it's all up to you of course :)
      Yea doesn't make sense if I include mtt winnings.
      Then shouldn't I not include FDB and rb too? ?(
    • TinoLaan
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      Again, up to you. But including rakeback would make sense to me and would definitely be an option imo :)
    • tommygecko
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      Just can't get the run good at PLO10, ever.

      Lost 4 way AI pre at plo5, was 62% on turn but lost lol

      Then got it in 3 way for $4 effective with 89JTds, 49% equity. Drawing dead on flop lols.

      Yup, pretty shit. Was $25 under EV at one point, then closed the plo10 table (I was 5 tabling plo5 and 1 tabling plo10). And guess what?



      Yup, grinded 6 BIs back at plo5. So I'm going to be shooting plo10 again tomorrow.

      Hopefully no 3rd time unlucky?

      And the hand that shot me into profit today:

      Poker Stars, $0.02/$0.05 Pot Limit Omaha Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $5.41 (108.2 bb)
      Hero (BB): $11.09 (221.8 bb)
      UTG: $14.06 (281.2 bb)
      MP: $5 (100 bb)
      CO: $10.77 (215.4 bb)
      BTN: $9.09 (181.8 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with Q T 6 4
      2 folds, CO calls $0.05, 2 folds, Hero checks

      Flop: ($0.12) J 8 9 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.12, CO calls $0.12

      Turn: ($0.36) A (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.35, CO calls $0.35

      River: ($1.06) 4 (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.02, CO raises to $2.04, Hero raises to $7.14, CO calls $5.10

      Results:
      $15.34 pot ($0.60 rake)
      Final Board: J 8 9 A 4
      Hero showed Q T 6 4 and won $14.74 ($7.08 net)
      CO mucked 2 9 T A and lost (-$7.66 net)


      :coolface:
    • tommygecko
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      Tried something different today, 2 tabled instead of 6 (1 plo10 and 1 plo5). It did work thankfully, was only a short session though. 86 hands +$10.23

      Overall stats so far:

      2879 hands
      +$65.14 (excluding $10 fdb)
      58.7 bb/100
      40.5 ev bb/100

      BR: $125.14

      Sick win rates :D Definitely not sustainable though.

      Not going to play tomorrow, I've lost in 2 sundays in a row :D
    • Lazza61
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      Aha the Tino curse.
    • TinoLaan
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      Originally posted by Lazza61
      Aha the Tino curse.
      :coolface:
    • tommygecko
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      Here comes a non-challenge related post :D

      Played 2 mtts on full tilt today, shipped one and got 2nd for the other :D So insanely lucky in the hyper especially. Really happy I'm doing well in mtts recently:





      :s_thumbsup:

      And I forgot to mention an interesting stat: I finished either 1st or 2nd in all of my last 7 final tables. Didn't realise till today, pretty amazed I can accomplish this. Bad thing is I only have 1 1st, 1 chop, but 5 2nd places :D
    • Lazza61
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      Nice. :s_thumbsup:

      Does this mean the end of the dreaded "Curse of Tino" :coolface:
    • tommygecko
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      Poker Stars, $0.05/$0.10 Pot Limit Omaha Cash, 5 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $9.83 (98.3 bb)
      Hero (BB): $10.95 (109.5 bb)
      MP: $10.30 (103 bb)
      CO: $24.77 (247.7 bb)
      BTN: $12.97 (129.7 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 3 6 K K
      MP raises to $0.35, 3 folds, Hero raises to $1.10, MP calls $0.75

      Flop: ($2.25) 5 5 2 (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.07, MP calls $1.07

      Turn: ($4.39) 5 (2 players)
      Hero bets $4.20, MP calls $4.20

      River: ($12.79) T (2 players)
      Hero bets $4.58 and is all-in, MP calls $3.93 and is all-in

      Results:
      $20.65 pot ($0.88 rake)
      Final Board: 5 5 2 5 T
      Hero showed 3 6 K K and won $0.00 (-$10.30 net)
      MP showed A T 8 T and won $19.77 ($9.47 net)


      Worst player in omaha ever, and got paid a stack by me. What a joke