Full Ring Full Time - pitabread189's Journey to $100,000 in 2014

    • pitabread189
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      Wow! My name is Peter Chien and I play full ring cash games. I'm 20 years old and I will be graduating from the University of Toronto this year with a degree in English and Economics. When I finish school I'm going to move back home and play poker full time.

      Poker Background
      I started playing online poker in September 2011. I struggled and broke even for a few months at first but then got staked by C Biscuit Stables and quickly improved with their coaching and help from a bunch of guys in the skype group which has over 150 players now. After I ended my stake I became a partner at C Biscuit and began staking and coaching players. At the end of summer 2012 I was starting to take shots at 100NL but took a break from poker and returned to a big downswing at the beginning of 2013 which resulted me moving back down to 25NL. By summer I was beating 100NL and 200NL and took shots at midstakes which unfortunately failed.

      2014 Goals
      I'm going to be playing 50-200NL full ring on Pokerstars. I have no plans to move up but I will add in higher stakes if games are good. My goals for the year are to play 1.5 million hands with a 3bb/100 winrate at an average stake of 100. I should get over 300k VPPs and rakeback is about 1.8bb/100 which should bring my total profits at the tables to 72k. I also expect to make a bit of money staking so my overall goal is to end the year with a life roll of 100k. This will require me not only to reach my goals but also save a very large percentage of what I earn.

      This is a video I made during the PokerStars Film Festival. I'll continue posting videos on my Youtube channel this year.


      Thanks for following :)

      Peter
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    • pitabread189
      pitabread189
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      Results for 2013:
      http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UOoB3xh4XOc/UsGAC1bBZ4I/AAAAAAAABqs/iP17gLILouo/s1600/2013+year+graph+bb.png

      $7331.21 from playing and in total around $12715.34


      Stake breakdown for full ring regular tables

      25nl
      https://i.imgur.com/FLEXiiQ.png

      50nl
      https://i.imgur.com/Yzjqlt9.png

      100nl
      https://i.imgur.com/ChOKN1g.png

      200nl
      https://i.imgur.com/8qb74MV.png


      Not sure why the images are not showing...
    • JCSeerup
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      GL Pita, your gonna crush in 2014!

      And btw. you can't post pictures when you are basic member.

    • Lazza61
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      Hey pitabread189,

      Very nice start to a blog. I can see this one being one of the most viewed. :)

      As JCSeerup pointed out, you can't post images while a basic member but there are a couple of ways you can fix that.

      The first is to take advantage of one of our free poker money at one of our partner rooms. This will give you lifetime bronze status as well as being able to post graphs and send PMs.

      The second is to buy a Points Package from our shop.

      Following for sure

      Laz
    • pitabread189
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      Okay cool guys, thanks for the help

      Thank you for Lia gif JC :f_love:
    • circoflax
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      Poker Stars, $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      MP: $58.17 (116.3 bb)
      pitabread189: $80.02 (160 bb)
      BTN: $29.70 (59.4 bb)
      SB: $56.09 (112.2 bb)
      Hero (BB): $50 (100 bb)
      UTG: $98.47 (196.9 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with K J
      2 folds, pitabread189 raises to $1.50, 2 folds, Hero calls $1

      Flop: ($3.25) 6 3 6 (2 players)
      Hero checks, pitabread189 bets $2, Hero raises to $6, pitabread189 folds


      The best hand wins :D
    • pitabread189
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      I think you probably do have the best hand here. I'm not folding much better.
    • pitabread189
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      Played a live session today, 28.5 hours total, 22 hours playing, -$371.7. Ran terrible and lost multiple buyins in a few hands.

      Some hands:

      1/2 $300 deep UTG limps, some more limpers, someone raises to $15, some callers. I raise to $60 in SB with KK. BB calls. UTG shoves. I fold.

      1/2 $450 deep there are a few of limpers, I raise TT in middle position to $15. 5 callers, flop is T:diamond: 5:diamond: 4:club: and there's $80 in the pot. It's checked to me and I bet $55. UTG who limp/called shoves for $450 and wins with A:diamond: 2:diamond:

      I also lost 2 hands where I was $800+ deep and got raised on the river when I was value betting and folded for around $400 losses. When you raise limpers to $15 and get a few callers, betting 3 streets can puts a lot of money into pots... Not much to say, pretty much I just folded when they obviously had the nuts.
    • pitabread189
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      Amazing day :f_biggrin:

      http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-V_XYtkFCvYw/Usojq2j9URI/AAAAAAAABrk/MNQ803qR1S0/s1600/20140105+graph.png

      http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-N1Bljp2XbLM/UsojqbmvZ_I/AAAAAAAABrg/eUfyuSb7CBk/s1600/20140105+graph+bb.png
    • tonypmm
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      Could you explain why there's a strict division between 6-max and FR cash game specialists? Isn't 6-max just a particular case of FR when the first three players fold (which happens quite often in NLHE, it's not like FR PLO where people limp a lot in EP)? :f_biggrin:

      Perhaps the worst disadvantage of being a basic member for you is the inability to offer stakes in the dedicated subforum :f_cry: So def consider signing up to some room through PStrat, maybe an 'exotic' one like Poker770, just to get the gtd lifetime Bronze status and the PM'ing and staking abilities :f_wink: , maybe you'll even want to become a permanent Gold member (which will give access to all hand evaluation subforums) by buying the status for $228 a year, or raking a bit at the chosen room, or (eventually) by becoming a professional hand judge.

      Speaking of Poker770, if you earn >=1 SP on any day, e.g. by playing a €2 HUSnG as a part of the warm-up before the Stars grind :f_biggrin: , then you get 10 bonus SPs for the day, so if you do so every day, you then have to earn only 190-220 more SPs a month by actually raking, which is $38-44 in rake a month because Poker770 awards 5 SPs per $1 of rake; the value of Gold membership is $19/month so you get 43-50% cashback from that, plus 14-18% cbk, depending on the game and stake played, from $10 'reload' bonuses in the loyalty shop... I doubt there's another 65%-ish longterm iPoker deal for someone raking merely two figures a month to a skin :f_biggrin:

      Cheers, I'm gonna play a $15 hyper at Stars to complete today's challenge and get the daily SP, bbs :f_tongue:
    • pitabread189
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      I think most people have tried both and find that they do a lot better at one than the other because of their style. The biggest difference that I have seen is the type of whales that show up, in FR it is mostly guys who call too much, in 6max it is guys who raise too much.

      I already signed up for a site to get Bronze. I'm not really interested in hand reviews or videos since I'm pretty sure I have better places to get those so I'm happy with this.
    • tonypmm
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      Originally posted by pitabread189
      I already signed up for a site to get Bronze. I'm not really interested in hand reviews or videos since I'm pretty sure I have better places to get those so I'm happy with this.
      The relative quality of advice depends on the game type. I can't comment on cash NLHE; PStrat PLO forums rely heavily on a single regposter - Skodljivec - and are way smaller than 2+2 SSPLO, that's why I didn't post here for so long; but the STT forums here are about as active as 2+2 STTF.

      I know you mean rather the study group of your stable as the main source of advice, but I guess there are quality stables that advertise on PStrat but no other major forum. (You know that better, though.)

      Originally posted by pitabread189
      I think most people have tried both and find that they do a lot better at one than the other because of their style. The biggest difference that I have seen is the type of whales that show up, in FR it is mostly guys who call too much, in 6max it is guys who raise too much.
      True that... and also I forgot that the top 5% of hands makes a bigger part of the profit in NLHE than in PLO and this profit is less dependent on the position, so having a strategic option to play rare preflop monsters from EP changes the picture a lot, as opposed to 6-max which is equivalent to FR with EP autofolding.

      Another consideration is the hourly: FR is generally slower, I suspect that e.g. on iPoker even fishes act slower at FR as the natural game slowness makes them more prone to playing backbet games (casino-in-poker) :f_mad:

      Stars regs have their own problems, such as choosing between 6-max and FR; on smaller networks, there are no such dilemmas and regs just play everything that runs :f_biggrin: but the lack of game selection is compensated by higher cashback and sometimes higher field softness.

      GL with your :f_zZz: FR grind!
    • pitabread189
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      I think it just balances out. Winrates are smaller in FR but you can play more hands/hour. One game can't ever be a lot more profitable than the other since if it was then regs would start switching.
    • pitabread189
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      Forgot to reply to strategy discussion: As well as stable's chat group but I also have lots of people who play similar games as me to discuss strategy on. I find 1 on 1 discussions with people more helpful than posting on forums.

      I see some videos here that might be good but don't need to pay for another training video site right now.
    • pitabread189
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      26.5k hands and $2350 for the month.
    • pitabread189
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      Thought I had a horrible session and was down 1k since I lost like 15 all ins but this isn't bad haha

    • pitabread189
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      Yay!

    • pitabread189
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      This month I have been a sick crusher due to some changes I've made in my game.



      I believe that the key to being a big winner is being skilled at bluffing.


      Bluffs are very good HU. This guy was 15 tabling and playing some high stakes MTTs, I told him I didn't know he was a MTT sicko and he told me he was actually a regfish. He obviously tried to bluff me there so I bluffed him back!

      PokerStars - $1 NL - Holdem - 2 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BB: 95.8 BB (VPIP: 14.22, PFR: 11.30, 3Bet Preflop: 7.19, Hands: 414)
      Hero (SB): 122.1 BB

      Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 6:spade: 7:heart:

      Hero raises to 2 BB, BB raises to 4 BB, Hero calls 2 BB

      Flop: (8 BB, 2 players) 3:diamond: A:spade: 4:club:
      BB bets 4 BB, Hero calls 4 BB

      Turn: (16 BB, 2 players) Q:club:
      BB bets 9 BB, Hero raises to 22 BB, BB calls 13 BB

      River: (60 BB, 2 players) A:club:
      BB checks, Hero bets 92.1 BB and is all-in, fold

      Hero wins 59.5 BB


      Bluffs are also very good in full ring because regs are weak and nitty.

      PokerStars - $1 NL - Holdem - 8 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      CO: 124.22 BB (VPIP: 17.69, PFR: 13.00, 3Bet Preflop: 4.68, Hands: 4,954)
      BTN: 116.98 BB (VPIP: 19.94, PFR: 14.65, 3Bet Preflop: 5.04, Hands: 5,367)
      SB: 100 BB (VPIP: 27.07, PFR: 19.34, 3Bet Preflop: 7.32, Hands: 181)
      BB: 40 BB (VPIP: 17.19, PFR: 15.32, 3Bet Preflop: 6.93, Hands: 1,845)
      UTG: 35.61 BB (VPIP: 43.14, PFR: 7.84, 3Bet Preflop: 7.69, Hands: 51)
      UTG+1: 114.68 BB (VPIP: 20.65, PFR: 15.43, 3Bet Preflop: 6.41, Hands: 3,337)
      Hero (MP): 101 BB
      MP+1: 100 BB (VPIP: 18.98, PFR: 12.98, 3Bet Preflop: 4.41, Hands: 1,122)

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has K:spade: A:club:

      UTG calls 1 BB, fold, Hero raises to 4 BB, fold, fold, BTN raises to 12 BB, fold, fold, fold, Hero calls 8 BB

      Flop: (26.5 BB, 2 players) 5:diamond: T:diamond: 9:spade:
      Hero checks, BTN checks

      Turn: (26.5 BB, 2 players) J:diamond:
      Hero bets 15 BB, BTN calls 15 BB

      River: (56.5 BB, 2 players) 6:diamond:
      Hero bets 33 BB, fold

      Hero wins 53.96 BB


      You can make your bluffs very small to get a good price

      PokerStars - $1 NL - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (BTN): 100 BB
      SB: 19.86 BB (VPIP: 26.52, PFR: 14.44, 3Bet Preflop: 1.56, Hands: 182)
      BB: 101.25 BB (VPIP: 17.62, PFR: 12.07, 3Bet Preflop: 3.24, Hands: 617)
      UTG: 120.01 BB (VPIP: 23.84, PFR: 7.95, 3Bet Preflop: 3.13, Hands: 151)
      UTG+1: 103.86 BB (VPIP: 20.71, PFR: 10.88, 3Bet Preflop: 3.63, Hands: 482)
      UTG+2: 64.09 BB (VPIP: 23.40, PFR: 4.26, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 49)
      MP: 40 BB
      MP+1: 100 BB (VPIP: 17.02, PFR: 12.09, 3Bet Preflop: 5.45, Hands: 4,779)
      CO: 160.95 BB (VPIP: 16.88, PFR: 13.88, 3Bet Preflop: 2.83, Hands: 641)

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has K:diamond: Q:club:

      fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, CO raises to 2.5 BB, Hero raises to 9 BB, fold, fold, CO raises to 19 BB, Hero calls 10 BB

      Flop: (39.5 BB, 2 players) 2:heart: 6:club: 8:diamond:
      CO bets 14 BB, Hero calls 14 BB

      Turn: (67.5 BB, 2 players) 3:spade:
      CO checks, Hero bets 18 BB, fold

      Hero wins 64.7 BB


      Or very big for intimidation.

      PokerStars - $1 NL - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      MP+1: 101.5 BB (VPIP: 19.94, PFR: 14.94, 3Bet Preflop: 3.11, Hands: 10,292)
      CO: 92.45 BB (VPIP: 29.40, PFR: 7.95, 3Bet Preflop: 2.51, Hands: 416)
      BTN: 124.79 BB (VPIP: 16.78, PFR: 10.67, 3Bet Preflop: 3.51, Hands: 2,897)
      SB: 110.74 BB (VPIP: 19.33, PFR: 14.72, 3Bet Preflop: 6.72, Hands: 1,512)
      BB: 116.34 BB (VPIP: 66.67, PFR: 18.18, 3Bet Preflop: 6.67, Hands: 33)
      UTG: 101.5 BB (VPIP: 15.21, PFR: 12.45, 3Bet Preflop: 4.31, Hands: 4,529)
      Hero (UTG+1): 113.06 BB
      UTG+2: 61.54 BB (VPIP: 16.15, PFR: 13.66, 3Bet Preflop: 5.97, Hands: 4,863)
      MP: 41.7 BB (VPIP: 63.64, PFR: 4.55, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 22)

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 7:club: 7:heart:

      fold, Hero raises to 3 BB, UTG+2 raises to 8.5 BB, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 113.06 BB and is all-in, fold

      Hero wins 18.5 BB


      A good trick is to make sure the really big ones are at higher stakes.

      PokerStars - $2 NL - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      UTG+1: 106.75 BB (VPIP: 16.13, PFR: 12.46, 3Bet Preflop: 5.29, Hands: 6,421)
      UTG+2: 79.6 BB (VPIP: 13.99, PFR: 12.66, 3Bet Preflop: 5.17, Hands: 3,007)
      MP: 41.52 BB (VPIP: 14.00, PFR: 10.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 50)
      MP+1: 37 BB (VPIP: 18.52, PFR: 14.58, 3Bet Preflop: 6.01, Hands: 1,186)
      Hero (CO): 106.76 BB
      BTN: 137.56 BB (VPIP: 19.40, PFR: 16.09, 3Bet Preflop: 7.03, Hands: 1,454)
      SB: 40.5 BB (VPIP: 17.34, PFR: 16.19, 3Bet Preflop: 7.39, Hands: 955)
      BB: 142.1 BB
      UTG: 101.25 BB (VPIP: 14.95, PFR: 12.04, 3Bet Preflop: 3.89, Hands: 1,899)

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Q:diamond: K:diamond:

      fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 3 BB, fold, fold, BB calls 2 BB

      Flop: (6.5 BB, 2 players) 9:diamond: 4:diamond: 8:club:
      BB checks, Hero bets 4.5 BB, BB raises to 15 BB, Hero calls 10.5 BB

      Turn: (36.5 BB, 2 players) 6:club:
      BB bets 20 BB, Hero calls 20 BB

      River: (76.5 BB, 2 players) 3:club:
      BB bets 25 BB, Hero raises to 68.76 BB and is all-in, fold

      Hero wins 125.1 BB


      And keep the failed ones at lower stakes.

      PokerStars - $0.50 PL - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      CO: 100 BB (VPIP: 17.02, PFR: 12.09, 3Bet Preflop: 5.45, Hands: 4,779)
      BTN: 100 BB (VPIP: 15.86, PFR: 11.68, 3Bet Preflop: 3.25, Hands: 12,524)
      SB: 130.78 BB (VPIP: 14.24, PFR: 10.98, 3Bet Preflop: 3.14, Hands: 4,101)
      Hero (BB): 105.12 BB
      UTG: 159.62 BB (VPIP: 16.10, PFR: 12.51, 3Bet Preflop: 5.37, Hands: 12,280)

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 7:club: A:club:

      fold, fold, BTN raises to 2 BB, SB calls 1.5 BB, Hero calls 1 BB

      Flop: (6 BB, 3 players) J:spade: 7:diamond: J:club:
      SB checks, Hero checks, BTN bets 4 BB, SB calls 4 BB, Hero calls 4 BB

      Turn: (18 BB, 3 players) 5:club:
      SB checks, Hero checks, BTN bets 9 BB, SB calls 9 BB, Hero calls 9 BB

      River: (45 BB, 3 players) 4:spade:
      SB bets 25 BB, Hero raises to 90.12 BB and is all-in, fold, SB calls 65.12 BB

      Hero shows 7:club: A:club: (Two Pair, Jacks and Sevens) (Pre 34%, Flop 5%, Turn 2%)
      SB shows 7:spade: 7:heart: (Full House, Sevens full of Jacks) (Pre 66%, Flop 95%, Turn 98%)
      SB wins 220.24 BB
    • xcEmUx
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      GL Peter ! :)

      Nice Blöffs you have there :f_love:
    • pitabread189
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      Originally posted by xcEmUx
      GL Peter ! :)

      Nice Blöffs you have there :f_love:
      Hey, nice to see you here :f_grin: