How to play poker with two fins? Microstakes blog

    • Malendes
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      Hi
      I am an 18-year-old guy from Denmark. I am a big fan of sports, especially soccer, as I have been playing soccer since I was a little kid. Watching all the sport at TV, I stumbled over poker a few years ago. I have always been thinking mathematical, and got my highest grades in math, so I guess it was naturally that I found poker funny to watch. After a few months where I followed poker events on and off, I began to play for fun with my friends. I had seen the pros on TV, wiping their ass in 100-dollar bills after eating one fish after another, and I remember thinking ‘how hard can it be?’ Playing with my friends it wasn’t hard, but when I started playing online (play money), I found out that poker is so much more than luck and random play – you actually had to use your mind, before you could beat the good players. This definitely made me even more interested in poker.

      Just before I turned 18, I began to study poker. First the basics and later at SnG 6man and 180man. I started with a little deposit at Stars. However straight from the beginning I had to face it – I wasn’t even near the level of an average poker player, and I had to go back to the studying.
      This time I actually started to play okay. I still didn’t knew what I was doing, but I won, and were happy about that. I also began to play the poker game called Badugi, which I also had a blog about here on Pokerstrategy. In the beginning, I was winning big in Badugi, but it is a very swingy game, and that the end I had to realize Badugi wasn’t the right game for me at that time. Sometimes I played games where I only had a bankroll with 1 BI… so yeah. I don’t know what is going on with Danes, and our game selection (wink wink Gus :f_grin: ). Therefore, I stopped playing Badugi, and therefore I quitted my blog.

      Now I have been playing Zoom NL2 in a few months. So far, I am happy with the results, but I am struggling to move up. I would like to share my play, and my poor attempt to become a better player, and hopefully move away from NL2, and back to the nosebleed games I played before. But anyhow, I try to take poker really serious, about studying, improving and game selection – so I will first move up when I am 120% ready.
      I will try to upload a few hands per week on this blog, and then ofcause update on my play, with graphs and stats :f_cool:

      The goals I had for January:

      :spade: 55.000 Hands
      :heart: +100$ Bankroll (from 164$ to 264$)
      :diamond: 100 1.50$ 6 Max SNGs
      :club: Reach Silverstar (Pokerstars)
      :spade: Complete 12 'January Daily Challenge's (Pokerstars)
      :heart: Study poker, post hands and improve my game

      (Really) Longterm goal:

      :spade: Move up to NL5 :f_cool:

      January so far, both NL2 and a little bit NL5:


      Starting Bankroll:
      254,81 USD
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    • JCSeerup
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      As a fellow dane I will follow! :)

      Also $250 BR for NL2.. MOVE UP you BR nit! ;) From my experience you learn a lot more the higher you play (till a certain degree). Also I would recommend just focusing on one game (Cash game, SNG, MTT, etc.) you have too much to learn to focus on multible games.

      Anyway good luck, and feel free to contact me if you ever think I could help out with something. :)

      Btw. nice graph!
    • Malendes
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      Haha, Thanks.

      I know 250$ is okay for NL5, but one thing is your BR, another thing is your play. I have played abit on NL5, as you say I learn more there, but I think I am abit afraid moving up, now when I have a clue about BRM.
      But I hope I can succes in NL5 soon.

      Where in Denmark are you from, buddy? :f_biggrin:
    • JCSeerup
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      Herning
    • Malendes
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      :heart: Day 1 and 2 :heart:

      My first days at the tables after starting this blog have been great. So great that I decided to take one more shot at the highstakes; NL5, and I finally got in green at NL5 too :s_cool: I would have like to play more hands, but all in all im pretty happy with the result, earning +35.34$.
      That isnt huge money for me, but compared to last year where I would be emtremly happy with a +5$ session, I really like the earnings I made so far this year. And no matter how much I make, I do it while playing a game I really enjoy - the money is just a nice bonus :D

      First 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: $2 (40 bb)
      SB: $6.26 (125.2 bb)
      BB: $2.70 (54 bb)
      UTG+1: $5.60 (112 bb)
      UTG+2: $3.45 (69 bb)
      MP1: $6.71 (134.2 bb)
      MP2: $6.96 (139.2 bb)
      MP3: $4.71 (94.2 bb)
      Hero (CO): $9.01 (180.2 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with 4 4
      UTG+1 folds, UTG+2 raises to $0.10, MP1 folds, MP2 calls $0.10, MP3 folds, Hero raises to $0.35, 3 folds, UTG+2 calls $0.25, MP2 calls $0.25

      Flop: ($1.12) T 4 3 (3 players)
      UTG+2 checks, MP2 bets $0.55, Hero calls $0.55, UTG+2 calls $0.55

      Turn: ($2.77) 7 (3 players)
      UTG+2 checks, MP2 bets $2.65, Hero raises to $8.11 and is all-in, UTG+2 calls $2.55, MP2 calls $3.41 and is all-in

      River: ($17.44) 2 (3 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results:
      $17.44 pot ($0.72 rake)
      Final Board: T 4 3 7 2
      UTG+2 showed K T and lost (-$3.45 net)
      MP2 showed Q 6 and lost (-$6.96 net)
      Hero showed 4 4 and won $16.72 ($9.76 net)


      That was the biggest hand. If I knew both would call my all in, I would probably not have believed I had the best hand, but I like the result. I guess both a TT and pocket 7's was possible, and if you have call a 3bet preflop with Q6s, you can probably also call with 56s.

      Second 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: $9.76 (195.2 bb)
      SB: $6.92 (138.4 bb)
      BB: $5.95 (119 bb)
      UTG+1: $3.63 (72.6 bb)
      UTG+2: $3.81 (76.2 bb)
      Hero (MP1): $5.40 (108 bb)
      MP2: $7.80 (156 bb)
      MP3: $6.02 (120.4 bb)
      CO: $5.12 (102.4 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is MP1 with K K
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.15, 4 folds, SB calls $0.13, BB folds

      Flop: ($0.35) 7 K 2 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($0.35) K (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks

      River: ($0.35) 6 (2 players)
      SB bets $0.85, Hero raises to $1.70, SB raises to $2.55, Hero raises to $4.11, SB raises to $5.67, Hero calls $1.14

      Results:
      $10.85 pot ($0.45 rake)
      Final Board: 7 K 2 K 6
      SB showed 2 2 and won $0.00 (-$5.40 net)
      Hero showed K K and won $10.40 ($5.00 net)


      Dont really know if I played this right. With pocket 2 he would atleast call me if I bet on flop. But since it was a really dry board, I would like to give him a chance catching something like a pair of Aces, which probably would pay me of.





      Graph:
    • TinoLaan
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      I know 250$ is okay for NL5
      $250 could even be enough for NL10!

      Of course I'm not saying you should move up to NL10 right off the bat, but I agree that it would be a mistake to stay at NL2, like JCSeerup already mentioned!

      Good luck sir, and very nice graph! :)

      Regards,
      Tino
    • Malendes
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      Originally posted by TinoLaan
      I know 250$ is okay for NL5
      $250 could even be enough for NL10!

      Of course I'm not saying you should move up to NL10 right off the bat, but I agree that it would be a mistake to stay at NL2, like JCSeerup already mentioned!

      Good luck sir, and very nice graph! :)

      Regards,
      Tino
      Yep, I am also doing my best to move up perm. at NL5, but I dont want to play a limit where I get destroyed. And if it is true the gap between NL5->NL10 is much bigger than from NL2->NL5, then NL10 is really far away... what I tried to explain with the blogtitle :f_frown:
    • TinoLaan
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      I'd say there's not much of a difference between NL2 and NL5 actually! So if you have the bankroll to move up, I'd definitely do so.

      Of course you should do whatever feels best for you :)
    • Malendes
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      Originally posted by TinoLaan
      I'd say there's not much of a difference between NL2 and NL5 actually! So if you have the bankroll to move up, I'd definitely do so.

      Of course you should do whatever feels best for you :)
      Might be the wrong tactic, but im not moving up when I beat one level, but first when I can beat (or do good) at the next limit.
      Have been trying out NL5 and NL10 now after I started this blog. NL10 must for fun, and I got hammered, but I am going ok at NL5 :D

      Poker Stars, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 9 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      BTN: $24.44 (244.4 bb)
      SB: $74.01 (740.1 bb)
      Hero (BB): $12.49 (124.9 bb)
      UTG+1: $11.97 (119.7 bb)
      UTG+2: $7.91 (79.1 bb)
      MP1: $10.75 (107.5 bb)
      MP2: $14.50 (145 bb)
      MP3: $101.11 (1,011.1 bb)
      CO: $19.94 (199.4 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with Q Q
      2 folds, MP1 raises to $0.20, 5 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, MP1 calls $0.20

      Flop: ($0.85) 4 Q T (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP1 bets $0.30, Hero calls $0.30

      Turn: ($1.45) 6 (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP1 bets $0.80, Hero calls $0.80

      River: ($3.05) A (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP1 bets $1.50, Hero calls $1.50

      Results:
      $6.05 pot ($0.27 rake)
      Final Board: 4 Q T 6 A
      Hero showed Q Q and won $5.78 ($2.78 net)
      MP1 showed 3 K and lost (-$3 net)


      :coolface:


    • Malendes
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      :heart: Day 3 and 4 :heart:

      Last two days have been really up and down. I finally moved up to NL5, and probably have had my best session so far :s_cool: But after I took a waaay too early shot at NL10 I began to make alot of mistakes, and was on a tilt :f_cry: Need to work on mental game... again.

      I hope I can forget about my bad play, and continue grinding NL5 like a baws :f_cool: Wish me luck :heart:

      Stats for 19-20th January:






      So far in 2014:



      Bankroll:
      310,37$ + 11t$