I love money! I love SNG's!

    • ilari27
      ilari27
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      Joined: 20.06.2010 Posts: 869
      Hello PokerStrategy English.

      I’m another refugee from the surprisedly closed Finnish community. As you can still probably see, I was a coach before this incident. I’m pretty disappointed cause I just started working on my debut video and now it’s not going to happen. But now there’s nothing left to do but to open a blog on this side too.

      A little about me. I’m a 26-year-old uni student from Finland. I’ve played poker from 2010, starting with the free $50 from PokerStrategy. I’ve never made a deposit with my own money, so I’m pretty attached to pokerstrategy community for giving me this chance back then. :)

      My hobbies include gym, guitar, floorball and other sports (recreationally) but I won’t be talking about those here since they are not that special stuff lol.

      My main game is and always has been one table SNG’s. All kinds. HU 6max 9max DoN etc. They just fit my style! I also play some tournaments occasionally, personal favourites being omaha and HU.

      Anyway, I’ll be posting my progress here from now on (towards whatever) because I feel some sort of social pressure is good for my performance. Lately it has been very poor unfortunately. Even though I think I have OK technical skills (obv since i was hired) and also mental skills on the tables (I rarely tilt and never take shots), my results are mediocre at best. I seem to get discouraged easily and constantly putting in good volume is impossible.

      These are my favourite games, regular speed STT’s on party from the beginning of this year. I could be making money with this, if I just had the attitude. But with this volume and variance resistance it’s not going to happen. I just lose motivation to grind when it feels like I have no chance of winning. My poor life management also plays a role in this.



      But let's be positive and set our sights forward.

      Short-term goals
      Learn HU.
      Decide where and what games to grind! This is hard since the sites are have changed quite a lot lately.

      Long-term random, inspiring goals

      These are things that I really want do before quitting poker, if I ever will that is.

      [] Play cash games limit where there are no cents on the table (with BRM and beating previous limits). This would probably be NL200 HU.
      [] Play on a famous poker tour EPT, WPT, WSOPE etc. I suck at live poker though.
      [] Play Sunday million. I haven’t yet lol.
      [] Do private coachings. I like teaching/coaching. :)

      Alrite. See you guys!
  • 23 replies
    • mbml
      mbml
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      Joined: 27.11.2008 Posts: 20,694
      gl.

      can't you just debut in English then?
    • ilari27
      ilari27
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      Joined: 20.06.2010 Posts: 869
      Originally posted by mbml
      gl.

      can't you just debut in English then?
      Well it's not that simple. There's lots of great english-speaking coaches and many topics have been well covered. And I would need a new contract and everything. :)


      Anyway today I had my tournament night of the month. A bit disappointed finaltable-bubbling a tournament T8 < AJ on T8J at this hour. Final table is always where the money is at.

      Also lame cooler on $109 monday night omaha. Huge 90/0 fish limps, I isolate w KK77ss, fish shoves w AAxx and holds. Could do nothing there, and $100 tournaments are a bit too big for my br/skills. But that one was half-paid by strategy anyway.

      So. Lost money and time. See you next month, donkaments.

      I'll be playing HU and SH SNG's the rest of the month. I'll be aiming for 1000 games, although I probably shouldn't since I need to do lots of studying too.
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
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      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 21,921
      Hey Ilari!

      Welcome to EN!

      Good luck with your blog :)
    • ilari27
      ilari27
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      Joined: 20.06.2010 Posts: 869
      Great friday night nolife games tonight. I did not see any of the usual good regs. Got something like 11-12 buyins.

      Here's a sweet hand against a solid (this far) reg in $22 HU sng. I think I'm defending a bit too wide here though..? Anyway lovely spazz from villain. I had done a few semi std gutshot/bdfd donks earlier with no luck so my image was right to just shove, to keep as much air in my range as possible. And villain tanks and finds the call button. Sometimes everything just works.

      No Limit Holdem Tournament
      PartyPoker
      2 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      BTN (2,340) 39bb
      ilari27 (BB) (1,660) 28bb

      Blinds: 30/60

      Pre-Flop: (180, 2 players) ilari27 is BB 10:heart: 7:club:
      BTN raises to 120, ilari27 calls 60

      Flop: 7:heart: 10:spade: K:spade: (330, 2 players)
      ilari27 bets 120, BTN raises to 300, ilari27 goes all-in 1,420, BTN calls 1,240

      Turn: A:club: (3,410, 2 players, 1 all-in)

      River: 4:heart: (3,410, 2 players, 1 all-in)

      Final Pot: 3,410
      BTN shows
      10:diamond: 6:spade:
      ilari27 shows
      10:heart: 7:club:

      ilari27 wins 3,320 (net +1,660)

      BTN lost 1,660
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
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      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 21,921
      Nice flop!

      Cannot believe he shows T6o there though :D
    • NutzAreOk
      NutzAreOk
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      Have you play any fifty50 games now? How is your mission with them? :)
    • ilari27
      ilari27
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      Joined: 20.06.2010 Posts: 869
      Originally posted by NutzAreOk
      Have you play any fifty50 games now? How is your mission with them? :)
      Yeah so for everyone i had started a project in the finnish forum called $50--> $500 with fifty50's. I had never played fifties before, and the point was to make my coachings a bit more more versatile and interesting.

      Now that coachings are over and I'm only at $3,50 games it's no point really continuing. However I have good graphs and documentation if i someday get the inspiration to mass table at stars again. For now i'll be playing my main games where i have my best $/h.
    • ilari27
      ilari27
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      Joined: 20.06.2010 Posts: 869
      First month of the english blog has been pretty solid to the halfway point. :)



      Unfortunately no hem graph because party and hem won't cooperate.

      Games are mostly HU, which makes it harder to reach that 1000 games / month I aimed for.

      But yeah let's keep runnin'. :s_cool:

      I also got an idea that I should share some finnish music here so here's one of my all time favourites!

    • ilari27
      ilari27
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      Joined: 20.06.2010 Posts: 869
      Crazy day. Made ~$300 playing CASH. EV at $400. Lost a nasty 400bb+ pot set over set.

      CASH!!

      My cash game history is pretty disastrous. I've lost about $1k to PLO25 and last spring something like $500 in one night to fastforward HU/6max NL50. I haven't really played cash since. :)

      I did beat NL2 to NL25 ages ago on the old Everest site, so I'm not terrible, but I lose focus very easily, and TILT whenever I lose a pot.

      However, now my HU skills have gotten better, and also I realized fastforward HU is pretty cool. It doesn't feel as personal as playing one opponent. You can stand up, dump winnings back to account and continue playing 100bb. There's no bumhunting. Villains' skills are mediocre in average. And I can play it on my phone.

      But yeah feeling good atm. At one point, after losing AK<KK pfai and JJJ<KKK on dry board at turn I thought this was going to end up badly again. :s_o:
    • HuhtalaJ
      HuhtalaJ
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      Joined: 19.04.2010 Posts: 7,166
      Heads-up in a speed format sounds interesting - I'd imagine that average bum hunters don't want to play it much, so the player pool would be highly "polarized" so that there are fish and really good regs. Really good regs is of course only a small portion compared to any other player group, so I could imagine that there's a lot of fish in that sea.
    • ilari27
      ilari27
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      Joined: 20.06.2010 Posts: 869
      Originally posted by HuhtalaJ
      Heads-up in a speed format sounds interesting - I'd imagine that average bum hunters don't want to play it much, so the player pool would be highly "polarized" so that there are fish and really good regs. Really good regs is of course only a small portion compared to any other player group, so I could imagine that there's a lot of fish in that sea.
      There's usually under 10 players, and I think maybe like 1 or 2 good players. They tend to play more tables though. So yea I think it's good place to be. :)
    • ilari27
      ilari27
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      Joined: 20.06.2010 Posts: 869
      SNG's ave not been good to me lately, but in cash I'm still doing ok. Haven't played too many hands though, maybe I'll reach 10k by the end of the month.

      There's some problems that emerge in my cash game. I think leave lot of money on the table on the river. Playing 100bb+ deep is pretty scary for a sng player. :P Also it's very hard to decide what kind of value bet should I place when the pot is fairly big and the villain is competitive. Villains hand ranges are also usually polarized in big pots.

      1. So I just bet half pot usually and then feel stupid when he's bluffcatching with worse trips.

      Party, $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 2 Players

      Hero (SB): $88.06 (176.1 bb)
      BB: $79.71 (159.4 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with A:club: J:heart:
      Hero raises to $1, BB calls $0.50

      Flop: ($2) T:heart: J:club: 8:diamond: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $1.42, BB raises to $4.62, Hero calls $3.20

      Turn: ($11.24) 4:club: (2 players)
      BB bets $5.34, Hero calls $5.34

      River: ($21.92) J:diamond: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $10.46, BB calls $10.46

      Results: $42.84 pot ($1.00 rake)
      Final Board: T:heart: J:club: 8:diamond: 4:club: J:diamond:
      Hero showed A:club: J:heart: and won $41.84 ($20.42 net)
      BB mucked 2:spade: J:spade: and lost (-$21.42 net)



      2. I guess I could shove the river here. :facepalm:

      Party, $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 2 Players

      BB: $55.45 (110.9 bb)
      Hero (SB): $50.93 (101.9 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with 6:diamond: 6:spade:
      Hero raises to $1, BB calls $0.50

      Flop: ($2) 6:heart: 4:club: 9:diamond: (2 players)
      BB bets $1.42, Hero raises to $4.62, BB calls $3.20

      Turn: ($11.24) 8:heart: (2 players)
      BB bets $5.34, Hero calls $5.34

      River: ($21.92) Q:spade: (2 players)
      BB bets $11.50, Hero calls $11.50

      Results: $44.92 pot ($1 rake)
      Final Board: 6:heart: 4:club: 9:diamond: 8:heart: Q:spade:
      BB showed 9:club: Q:diamond: and lost (-$22.46 net)
      Hero showed 6:diamond: 6:spade: and won $43.92 ($21.46 net)



      3. Here's an ok reg (playing 4 tables). He opens like 90% and i hadn't 3bet in a while so here we go. If I was the villain I probably would have checked the river with some sd value. I might even consider calling with a pp because it's very hard for him to have a 7 and Ax don't usually raise this flop. I would probably end up folding that pp though cause I'm a pussy.

      Party, $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 2 Players

      SB: $180.88 (361.8 bb)
      Hero (BB): $59.10 (118.2 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 6:heart: 7:diamond:
      SB raises to $1, Hero raises to $3, SB calls $2

      Flop: ($6) 7:spade: 7:club: 4:club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $2.85, SB raises to $8, Hero calls $5.15

      Turn: ($22) A:club: (2 players)
      Hero checks, SB bets $10.50, Hero calls $10.50

      River: ($43) A:heart: (2 players)
      Hero checks, SB bets $38, Hero calls $37.60 and is all-in

      [spoil]Results: $118.20 pot ($1.00 rake)
      Final Board: 7:spade: 7:club: 4:club: A:club: A:heart:
      SB showed K:club: T:heart: and won $0.00 (-$59.10 net)
      Hero showed 6:heart: 7:diamond: and won $117.20 ($58.10 net)
    • ilari27
      ilari27
      Bronze
      Joined: 20.06.2010 Posts: 869
      Life kinda sucks atm but pokers is easy. Fish just spew their stacks whenever i hit the tables.

      1. This feels nice.

      Party, $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 5 Players

      BB: $77.15 (154.3 bb)
      CO: $109.50 (219 bb)
      MP: $47.61 (95.2 bb)
      Hero (BTN): $51.79 (103.6 bb)
      SB: $92.22 (184.4 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BTN with K:diamond: K:spade:
      2 folds, Hero raises to $1.50, SB folds, BB raises to $4, Hero raises to $13, BB calls $9

      Flop: ($26.25) 2:diamond: K:heart: 8:spade: (2 players)
      BB bets $64.15 and is all-in, Hero calls $38.79 and is all-in

      Turn: ($103.83) 7:diamond: (2 players, 2 are all-in)
      River: ($103.83) 8:diamond: (2 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results: $103.83 pot ($3.00 rake)
      Final Board: 2:diamond: K:heart: 8:spade: 7:diamond: 8:diamond:
      BB showed T:heart: T:spade: and lost (-$51.79 net)
      Hero showed K:diamond: K:spade: and won $100.83 ($49.04 net)



      2. I don't know if I played this optimally but feels nice too.

      Party, $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 4 Players

      BTN: $52.10 (104.2 bb)
      BB: $50.84 (101.7 bb)
      Hero (CO): $95.13 (190.3 bb)
      SB: $54.59 (109.2 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with 9:spade: 9:diamond:
      Hero raises to $1.50, BTN folds, SB calls $1.25, BB folds

      Flop: ($3.50) 7:heart: 6:club: 6:heart: (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $1.66, SB calls $1.66

      Turn: ($6.82) 5:club: (2 players)
      SB bets $3.24, Hero calls $3.24

      River: ($13.30) 9:heart: (2 players)
      SB bets $6.32, Hero raises to $23.70, SB calls $17.38

      Results: $60.70 pot ($2 rake)
      Final Board: 7:heart: 6:club: 6:heart: 5:club: 9:heart:
      Hero showed 9:spade: 9:diamond: and won $58.70 ($28.60 net)
      SB mucked T:spade: T:club: and lost (-$30.10 net)


      200 hand session again. My sleeping patterns suck so it's hard to have good sessions. This week I've fallen asleep like 8pm and wake up 3am. There's no sng's or fastforward HU going at these hours.

      Anyway, so far november has been one of my best months pokerwise so let's hope no last minute ds to destroy the results. Would be NICE to report a clear 4figs mnth wihout mtt luckboxing.

    • ilari27
      ilari27
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      Joined: 20.06.2010 Posts: 869
      November


      SNG's
      ABI: $23,62
      Av ROI: 7.3%



      Cash



      Hands played ~33000
      Profit SNG's: $769
      Profit Cash: $583,75
      Bonuses: $50

      Total: $1402,75

      Lost some money to tournaments on other sites but I've forgot them since I only play at party now. :)

      Good month anyway. Volume wasn't exceptional because of the HU games and playing night time.
    • ilari27
      ilari27
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      Joined: 20.06.2010 Posts: 869
      Sweet ~+$900 sunday games! Have played $50 mostly lately and took shot to soft $100 games. 4 games so far and 4 victories. :s_cool: This is how taking shots should work out. :s_cool:

      Ah christmas. My favourite time of year. To grind 24/7. :megusta:



    • ilari27
      ilari27
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      Joined: 20.06.2010 Posts: 869
      Cash games challenge my mental strentgh. Last 10k hands the board runs out so sick every time when I flop a set/overpair. And my cash game is still a work in progress. I'm just starting to realize I should call big river bets only when there's a chance villain is overplaying something, or I have supernuts. It's just never a bluff. In sng's it's so much easier..


      I guess I can't fold here...

      $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Holdem
      PartyPoker
      6 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      UTG ($17.50) 35bb
      ilari27 (UTG+1) ($61.20) 122bb
      CO ($17.50) 35bb
      BTN ($21.64) 43bb
      SB ($62.78) 126bb
      BB ($56.12) 112bb

      Pre-Flop: ($0.75, 6 players) ilari27 is UTG+1 J:club: J:heart:
      1 fold, ilari27 raises to $1, 3 folds, BB calls $0.50

      Flop: 3:club: J:diamond: K:heart: ($2.25, 2 players)
      BB checks, ilari27 bets $1.50, BB raises to $4.98, ilari27 calls $3.48

      Turn: 6:club: ($12.21, 2 players)
      BB bets $8.70, ilari27 calls $8.70

      River: 3:spade: ($29.61, 2 players)
      BB bets $21.09, ilari27 calls $21.09

      Final Pot: $71.79
      BB shows
      3:diamond: 3:heart:
      ilari27 shows
      J:club: J:heart:

      BB wins $68.79 (net +$33.02)

      ilari27 lost $35.77




      They could have AJ /55/44 but folded this time. Man I would have tilted if I had the best hand.

      $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Holdem
      PartyPoker
      6 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      ilari27 (UTG) ($50) 100bb
      UTG+1 ($55.14) 110bb
      CO ($48.75) 98bb
      BTN ($121.45) 243bb
      SB ($50.75) 102bb
      BB ($50.78) 102bb

      Pre-Flop: ($0.75, 6 players) ilari27 is UTG A:diamond: A:heart:
      ilari27 raises to $1, UTG+1 calls $1, 2 folds, SB calls $0.75, BB calls $0.50

      Flop: J:club: 5:diamond: J:spade: ($4, 4 players)
      SB checks, BB checks, ilari27 checks, UTG+1 checks

      Turn: 4:diamond: ($4, 4 players)
      SB checks, BB checks, ilari27 checks, UTG+1 checks

      River: A:club: ($4, 4 players)
      SB checks, BB bets $2.85, ilari27 raises to $6.17, UTG+1 goes all-in $54.14, SB folds, BB goes all-in $46.93, ilari27 folds

      Final Pot: $109.73
      UTG+1 shows
      J:heart: J:diamond:
      BB shows
      4:spade: 4:club:

      UTG+1 wins $115.45 (net +$60.31)

      SB lost $1
      BB lost $50.78
      ilari27 lost $7.17



      I guess I f up here but villain was a fish so...


      $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Holdem
      PartyPoker
      6 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      UTG ($55.90) 112bb
      UTG+1 ($55.48) 111bb
      CO ($37.08) 74bb
      ilari27 (BTN) ($50.25) 101bb
      SB ($109.46) 219bb
      BB ($51.52) 103bb

      Pre-Flop: ($0.75, 6 players) ilari27 is BTN K:diamond: A:spade:
      3 folds, ilari27 raises to $1, 1 fold, BB calls $0.50

      Flop: 10:spade: J:spade: K:spade: ($2.25, 2 players)
      BB bets $1.07, ilari27 raises to $4.01, BB calls $2.94

      Turn: 5:club: ($10.27, 2 players)
      BB checks, ilari27 bets $5.50, BB raises to $11, ilari27 calls $5.50

      River: 2:spade: ($32.27, 2 players)
      BB goes all-in $35.51, ilari27 goes all-in $34.24

      Final Pot: $100.75
      BB shows
      Q:spade: 9:spade:
      ilari27 shows
      K:diamond: A:spade:

      BB wins $100.29 (net +$48.77)

      ilari27 lost $50.25


      But losing is the best motivator. And my ev line is still on the plus side. So tonight I hope it's a different story. :s_cool:
    • IvicaIliev77
      IvicaIliev77
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      Joined: 31.05.2012 Posts: 3,335
      Interesting blog , I like your SNG mix with cash game!

      What are the formats and sites that you play for SNGs? How many games do you play a month and how many tables do you play? Do you table select at all?

      Perhaps you can recommend some road for 6 max cash game using Strategy's videos for somebody like me (STT 6 max regular for past year making steady 2k+ $ a month post rb)

      Appreciate it
    • ilari27
      ilari27
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      Joined: 20.06.2010 Posts: 869
      What are the formats and sites that you play for SNGs? How many games do you play a month and how many tables do you play? Do you table select at all?
      I play all sng formats that are available on $50-$100 levels at partypoker. I don't put in steady volume (i'm not a pro). So it's very hard to tell you how many games i tend to play a month. For example this week I've played 20k+ hands already (in three days!) but before that I had many days without playing at all.

      If I grind sng's I usually 10-table at party. Today i had kinda fun playing 4 fastforward tables + 1 HU sng + 2 6max sng's. At stars i played 12-16.

      I do table select, very heavily in HU obv, and in 6max I have to sometimes miss a game. If I played at stars I would pay way more attention to that though.

      Perhaps you can recommend some road for 6 max cash game using Strategy's videos for somebody like me (STT 6 max regular for past year making steady 2k+ $ a month post rb)


      Sorry, I'm still a cash game fish, please don't take any advice from me in that department. I loved some finnish guys' nl videos but that's probably not any help to you. :D


      Thanks for commenting!
    • IvicaIliev77
      IvicaIliev77
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      Joined: 31.05.2012 Posts: 3,335
      Thank you for your responses :)
      I was hoping for some cash game advices also but when you become pro in that area you I guess you will tell me more about it ;)
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