Where did Twenty-thirteen go?

    • Deadbillis
      Deadbillis
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.08.2011 Posts: 308
      Hi All

      Not been on for some time but been playing on PS throughout last year. Had a very nice 2nd in March in a $1.35 rebuy MTT from which I collected $1,135!!! Unfortunately, my wife was watching and so 80% of this went on a holiday to Zante (I did need it tbh!).

      Trashed $100 by playing badly on Zoom and spent the rest of the year drip feeding the remaining br away on micro MTTs. (Looking back I was playing way to passive on the bubble and so was very rarely making final tables).

      So there I was at the beginning of December with around $15 br and no plan or idea of what to do. ?(

      "OK!" I said to myself "let's see what I can do with this on Zoom nl2 playing textbook TAG"

      I started playing 2 tables expecting to get busted out within a hour (funny how are brains can be our worst enemy!!). I played Rock folding 90% of my hands and before I knew it I was 200% up!

      "This is good" I told myself. Then in pops my brain with it's usual " Don't worry D.B...You'll trash it all soon!!!"

      Ignoring my pessimistic head, I continued to played TAG and was soon playing 4 tables. My only real target at this stage was to get my 750 points so I could get an extra $10 before the end of the year. Was very pleased with myself when I reached my target late on Boxing Day and got the added bonus of moving up to Silver Status.

      By the end of December I had turned my $15 br into over $200.

      So along came the end of 2013, (Happy NY all) and we drifted into 2014. "What's your new years resolution?" A work colleague asked me. "I have no idea!" I replied.

      This bugged me for all of 1st Jan. Nothing seemed right then I thought about my poker. I was happy chugging along on nl2 but it was not challenging me. So I decided to look at what I need to do to move up to nl5 and what I want to achieve by doing this.

      I decided I would move up to nl5 with the following targets:

      Reach gold status by March (works out at 80points per day).
      Achieve +10bb/100 over 100k hands.
      Right a blog at least once a week.
      READ & STUDY STRATEGY every day.

      And so today I have started on my quest for quarter 1, 2014....

      It's funny how nervous I felt moving my mouse 2 bars down on the Zoom Menu. Hovering over the 'ok' button as I realise I am putting $20 up for grabs (as opposed to the $8 I had previously been investing).

      I launch my first 4 tables on Zoom nl5 and wonder how long I will wait until I get into a hand... 30 minutes, an hour... never!!!??

      5 minutes in and I get my answer.

      Poker Stars, $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 9 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      BTN: $2.25 (45 bb)
      SB: $5.27 (105.4 bb)
      BB: $6.21 (124.2 bb)
      UTG+1: $5.09 (101.8 bb)
      UTG+2: $2.18 (43.6 bb)
      MP1: $3.96 (79.2 bb)
      MP2: $4.88 (97.6 bb)
      MP3: $3.64 (72.8 bb)
      Hero (CO): $7.69 (153.8 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with Q Q
      4 folds, MP3 raises to $0.20, Hero calls $0.20, BTN calls $0.20, SB calls $0.18, BB folds

      Flop: ($0.85) 4 J 2 (4 players)
      SB checks, MP3 checks, Hero checks, BTN checks

      Turn: ($0.85) 9 (4 players)
      SB checks, MP3 checks, Hero bets $0.60, BTN calls $0.60, 2 folds

      River: ($2.05) 3 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.60, BTN raises to $1.45 and is all-in, Hero calls $0.85

      Results:
      $4.95 pot ($0.21 rake)
      Final Board: 4 J 2 9 3
      BTN showed 9 K and lost (-$2.25 net)
      Hero showed Q Q and won $4.74 ($2.49 net)


      Looking at this hand I have to admit it is not my best played hand and I really deserved to be spanked for it. I remember that when he pushed I was pot committed and had to call what I expected would be some horrid flush and was amazed to see his rag pair. This made me realise that there is not any difference between the payers on nl5 and nl2 so I relaxed, told myself to play the way I know I can and enjoy it!!!

      And that's what I have done. Hardly played any hands (1,301) can you guess my bb/100hands? It's 88. That's over 1000bb up!!! I had one cooler where my pockets Kings turned into trips against Pocket Aces but everything else has been massive +ev.

      And so I move on with my game. I have read some strategy today, written my blog and moved 100 points along my status line. Things are going well.
  • 3 replies
    • Alan883
      Alan883
      Bronze
      Joined: 03.12.2008 Posts: 1,941
      Achieve +10bb/100 over 100k hands.


      Ooh someone is ambitions here :f_cool: Well the most important thing is not exactly the winrate. Winrate is just a consequence of hard work and dedication. Some variance also can make some crazy things in poker. So i wish all good luck at achieving your goals. It looks like you are on the right path. Keep us updated and i hope we will see many of happy posts. I am subscribed and i will follow your progress for sure. Good luck again and see you around.
    • Deadbillis
      Deadbillis
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.08.2011 Posts: 308
      Cheers Alan,

      The bb/100hands is more a 'wishlist' than a target. My main targets are to reach Gold Status by March & keep reading & studying rather than just playing as learning purely by our own mistakes gets expensive!

      Guess I should introduce myself really.... I live in Devon UK with my wife, 2 kids, bearded dragon, 8 fish & (the newest addition) a 8 week old Collie Spaniel named Smudge. For the past 4 years I have been the 2nd chef in the towns Yacht Club. I have dabbled at poker since school (we used to play 3 card brag for lunch money) but did not really look at the game as anything more than luck until a few years ago when I first found Pokerstrategy. This site has help me move from a -ev 'Bingo Player' to a +ev semi skilled recreational player.

      Apart from poker, I also enjoy Sea Fishing, Am Dramatics, Chess (although I don't play that much anymore).

      So after a great start in kicked the old variance!!!!! Overpairs ran in to trips time and time again (although all the trip hitters were paying way over the value for their trips so long run I am happy. Went through the brain trying to tell me I could not win with AK after this hand:

      Poker Stars, $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 9 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      BTN: $4.38 (87.6 bb)
      SB: $5.02 (100.4 bb)
      BB: $4.04 (80.8 bb)
      UTG+1: $2.50 (50 bb)
      UTG+2: $5.80 (116 bb)
      MP1: $5.88 (117.6 bb)
      MP2: $4.32 (86.4 bb)
      Hero (MP3): $5 (100 bb)
      CO: $5 (100 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with A K
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.17, 3 folds, BB calls $0.12

      Flop: ($0.36) K 4 K (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $0.20, BB raises to $0.55, Hero calls $0.35

      Turn: ($1.46) J (2 players)
      BB bets $1.40, Hero raises to $4.28 and is all-in, BB calls $1.92 and is all-in

      River: ($8.10) 4 (2 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results:
      $8.10 pot ($0.34 rake)
      Final Board: K 4 K J 4
      BB showed K T and won $3.88 (-$0.16 net)
      Hero showed A K and won $3.88 (-$0.16 net)


      Managed to refocus, calm my brain down and keep playing with confidence and after going 4 buyins down I have come back to be +2buyins.

      was gifted a buyin by a 08/03 Rock who must have put me on AK as I have never seen him do this before (only 300hand record on him)
      Poker Stars, $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 9 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      BTN: $5 (100 bb)
      SB: $11.57 (231.4 bb)
      BB: $4.35 (87 bb)
      UTG+1: $5.57 (111.4 bb)
      UTG+2: $2.67 (53.4 bb)
      MP1: $4.73 (94.6 bb)
      MP2: $13.57 (271.4 bb)
      MP3: $5.68 (113.6 bb)
      Hero (CO): $5.14 (102.8 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with Q Q
      2 folds, MP1 raises to $0.15, 2 folds, Hero raises to $0.52, 3 folds, MP1 calls $0.37

      Flop: ($1.11) J 7 3 (2 players)
      MP1 checks, Hero bets $0.80, MP1 calls $0.80

      Turn: ($2.71) 4 (2 players)
      MP1 checks, Hero bets $3.82 and is all-in, MP1 calls $3.41 and is all-in

      River: ($9.53) 7 (2 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results:
      $9.53 pot ($0.40 rake)
      Final Board: J 7 3 4 7
      MP1 showed 9 9 and lost (-$4.73 net)
      Hero showed Q Q and won $9.13 ($4.40 net)


      So far totals are looking good.

      7800 hands played, +11bb/100, 18/10vpip and already 15% to making Gold Status by e/o/jan.


      Will bang some graphs, photos and funnies on very soon.

      Now it's time to do some reading.
    • Alan883
      Alan883
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      Joined: 03.12.2008 Posts: 1,941
      Well results so far. I hope you will maintain such a winrate for a very long time. Altho i have to mention that as far as i know 18/10 stats indicates some not optimal play. At least i think so. Maybe you call a bit to much and not raising enough. I am SH player so i don't know really a lot about FR. I would suggest you to review some hands you just called preflop and maybe you will find some not necessary calls and maybe you will find also some opportunities to raise instead of calling. I hope you don't mind my analyse :f_cool: .

      I wish you all the best and i hope to see many more happy posts from you.

      P.S: If i will need some food recipe i know who to ask for it:) And if you would like to share with us your beautiful pets i invite you to show them in this thread.