Climbing Through Microstakes (Fullring Zoom)

    • ImpasX
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      Hey guys,

      I've been reading all your blogs for past 2 months and they were an inspiration for me to achieve my goals, to not give up when I'm on downswings etc.
      Today I decided to write my own blog, to record my results, my goals and discuss my hands.

      Now about me:

      My name is Justin, I've started playing poker online seriously 6 months ago and trying to climb up through microstakes.

      My friends introduced me to poker like 1.5 years go, first we started playing with matches ( they were like chips :D ) then with some coins. I joined pokerstars like 1 year ago, deposited some money, then spewed them, like all of us :D . Tryed all sort of poker, SNG, HUSNG, MTT, but cash games are my favourite, because you're playing deep (100bb) and there is no all-in fest going on.

      I'm writing this blog to keep me motivated and with help of you guys I believe I can reach 50NL this year.

      Poker:

      My main game was 5NL FR Zoom, been playing there for almost 3 months, now taking shots at 10NL Zoom.

      With help of my friend iDecmate, I think i'll be able to beat 10NL. (He sweated me yesterday and found some leaks).

      My March Goals would be:
      • Reach Goldstar on Pokerstars
      • Play 80K hands atleast in 10NL
      • Have a 6bb/100 winrate
      • Take a coach to fix my leaks

      I hope i'll be able to reach my goals this month.




      P.S Sorry for my English.
  • 12 replies
    • gadget51
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      Well hello Justin and welcome to blogging - taking the plunge at last. :D

      I think if you study hard and take things seriously you can achieve your goal of nl50, just try keep it fun as well though! :f_biggrin:
      I also agree that I like to play cash as well for the same reasons as you.

      Oh and just a thought, your English is very good so far, better than a lot of native speakers I know of that's for sure!

      I wish you well and lots of good luck, I have no doubt you'll get some interested followers.

      Regards and keep us updated!

      Mal.
    • ImpasX
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      Going to post some hands from today, where I wasn't sure if I played it right...

      UTG is nit playing 11/8, has 0% F3bet. No stats on 4bet.
      SB is 13/12. No stats on 4bet.

      I folded because, that guy was kinda nitty and he donked, which was kinda strange, couldn't put him on hand, he wouldnt call with AJ and donk, thought maybe JJ, or even some set, and had a player behind me, so made so nitty fold, ofcourse when that guy jammed, i thought that this was a good fold, because either one of them had me beat.

      What do you think ? :) Would it be good fold, without looking at results ? I might be results oriented...

      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: $10.06 (100.6 bb)
      SB: $10 (100 bb)
      BB: $10.54 (105.4 bb)
      UTG+1: $6.30 (63 bb)
      UTG+2: $15.13 (151.3 bb)
      MP1: $10 (100 bb)
      MP2: $17.64 (176.4 bb)
      MP3: $6.62 (66.2 bb)
      Hero (CO): $14.02 (140.2 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with A A
      UTG+1 raises to $0.30, 4 folds, Hero raises to $1, BTN folds, SB calls $0.95, BB folds, UTG+1 calls $0.70

      Flop: ($3.10) 6 J 9 (3 players)
      SB checks, UTG+1 bets $1.80, Hero folds, SB raises to $9 and is all-in, UTG+1 calls $3.50 and is all-in

      Turn: ($13.70) 7 (2 players, 2 are all-in)
      River: ($13.70) T (2 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results:
      $13.70 pot ($0.62 rake)
      Final Board: 6 J 9 7 T
      SB showed K K and won $13.08 ($6.78 net)
      UTG+1 showed Q Q and lost (-$6.30 net)
      Hero mucked A A and lost (-$1 net)



      CO is 16/8, so he might have some SC and junk.
      BB is 12/11, 16VPIP from BB has 5.6% 3bet, so though he may have some Ax with clubs, KQ. Donkbet 50%(2) sample, so doesn't say anything.

      Should i have raised the flop to protect my hands from 4th flush card ? And what do you think of river call ?

      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: $17.43 (174.3 bb)
      SB: $13.61 (136.1 bb)
      BB: $5.12 (51.2 bb)
      UTG+1: $3.55 (35.5 bb)
      UTG+2: $19.86 (198.6 bb)
      MP1: $4.40 (44 bb)
      Hero (MP2): $13.37 (133.7 bb)
      MP3: $10 (100 bb)
      CO: $7.52 (75.2 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with Q A
      3 folds, Hero raises to $0.30, MP3 folds, CO calls $0.30, BTN folds, SB calls $0.25, BB calls $0.20

      Flop: ($1.20) 6 5 Q (4 players)
      SB checks, BB bets $0.55, Hero calls $0.55, CO calls $0.55, SB folds

      Turn: ($2.85) 3 (3 players)
      BB bets $1.15, Hero calls $1.15, CO calls $1.15

      River: ($6.30) A (3 players)
      BB bets $3.12 and is all-in, Hero calls $3.12, CO folds

      Results:
      $12.54 pot ($0.56 rake)
      Final Board: 6 5 Q 3 A
      BB showed 6 6 and won $11.98 ($6.86 net)
      Hero showed Q A and lost (-$5.12 net)
      CO mucked and lost (-$2 net)






      SB is 23/6 guy. when he limps, probably some Ax, Kx, some connectors, other junk.

      the raise on flop, he might have 78, 89, flush draw, I called, the turn is Q, which improves my hands, and he checks again. I bet, to get value from draws, and he c/r me again, what is going on I thought, i called hoping to hit my flush.

      On the river would you call ? Fold turn ? Raise flop ?


      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: $10 (100 bb)
      SB: $10.12 (101.2 bb)
      Hero (BB): $16.18 (161.8 bb)
      UTG+1: $7.12 (71.2 bb)
      UTG+2: $18.39 (183.9 bb)
      MP1: $9.63 (96.3 bb)
      MP2: $8.41 (84.1 bb)
      MP3: $4.55 (45.5 bb)
      CO: $5.65 (56.5 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with Q A
      7 folds, SB completes, Hero raises to $0.40, SB calls $0.30

      Flop: ($0.80) 6 5 T (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.50, SB raises to $1, Hero calls $0.50

      Turn: ($2.80) Q (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $1.50, SB raises to $3, Hero calls $1.50

      River: ($8.80) 4 (2 players)
      SB bets $5.72, Hero folds

      Results:
      $8.80 pot ($0.40 rake)
      Final Board: 6 5 T Q 4
      SB mucked and won $8.40 ($4.00 net)
      Hero mucked Q A and lost (-$4.40 net)
    • ImpasX
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      Originally posted by gadget51
      Well hello Justin and welcome to blogging - taking the plunge at last. :D

      I think if you study hard and take things seriously you can achieve your goal of nl50, just try keep it fun as well though! :f_biggrin:
      I also agree that I like to play cash as well for the same reasons as you.

      Oh and just a thought, your English is very good so far, better than a lot of native speakers I know of that's for sure!

      I wish you well and lots of good luck, I have no doubt you'll get some interested followers.

      Regards and keep us updated!

      Mal.
      Hey Mal, thanks for encouraging words. :)
    • ImpasX
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      My 10NL graph, from day I started taking poker seriously, had some spews in summer, didn't include them in my graph...

      Had some 10NL shots before, didn't work out.

      Have to reach my EV line though. Had some suckouts, but in long run, I'll catch that line !





      And today results:

      Had a nice heater going on, but thanks to IDecmate, who sweated me yesterday and helped with game in 10NL.

    • ImpasX
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      Hey guys,

      10NL is still going great, despite the fact I was down 20$ today, but played session in the evening, and got back to green and even won 30$ :) .
      Should make 100VPP a day and that would be enough for Goldstar, and have 6 days off for something else. :)

      187/2500 VPP
      6609/80000 hands 10NL


      (Heater please don't stop) :f_cool:


    • DecMate
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      I GUESS i'll follow this :P
    • jawoftheox
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      Following as well. I'm playing NL5 FR ZOOM right now, see you @ NL10 soon :)
    • ImpasX
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      Decmate, I'm sure you'll do :D


      jawoftheox, how's going in 5nl ?:) 10NL isn't very diferrent from 5NL, good luck climbing to 10NL. :)
    • jawoftheox
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      Originally posted by ImpasX
      jawoftheox, how's going in 5nl ?:) 10NL isn't very diferrent from 5NL, good luck climbing to 10NL. :)
      Way worse, than 2NL. 4.2bb/100 after 25k hands :/
    • DecMate
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      Okay i tried quoting the hand to post on them but it's too confusing.
      So,...

      Hand #1

      Folding here is wayyyy way to tight. We're beating AJ/KJs.

      BUT obviously if you feel uncomfortable playing the hand and can't put him on a range, then that is also important - to honour you're own feeling towards the hand and not get into spots where you are stacking off not knowing what the hell is going on.

      Hand #2

      Preflop: I prefer making it 4x but 3x is fine too

      Flop: Our hand here is way to strong to call this weak bet. Definately raise, for value. You have outs to the nut flush draw which is why we want money in the pot.
      Also, if they have the Kc we want to make them pay for the draw.
      Not only this, but there is another player in the pot - which makes all the more reason to raise.

      Turn:

      After he leads, i would push him all in. He has a short stack, and would most likely call off with Qx and possibly a FD.

      River:

      Tough, but since he is short and All-in, and you called on two streets, calling is the right play.
      We have the blocker to the ace high flush too making it less likely we're vs a flush.

      Hand #3

      Preflop: Fine

      Flop: prefer 0.60$, he's a fish and we want to build a pot for a potentially nut hand.
      As played, calling is fine.

      Turn:
      Bet more. The Q looks super strong here, you have outs to the nuts too, you need to get more money in the pot, and make him pay for any draws he may have. 2-2.20$ should do it.
      As played, calling is fine. Our Queen could be good in this spot, plus we have the nut FD.

      River:

      Eeeek. It is a tough spot, but he has check raised you on 2 streets so i don't mind giving him credit. I see fish's do this sorta thing with nut hands quite often too. Ship-river-panic :D
    • ImpasX
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      Yeah agree with all what you said, nice hand review Decmate ;) Thanks !
    • ImpasX
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      Originally posted by jawoftheox
      Originally posted by ImpasX
      jawoftheox, how's going in 5nl ?:) 10NL isn't very diferrent from 5NL, good luck climbing to 10NL. :)
      Way worse, than 2NL. 4.2bb/100 after 25k hands :/

      Might be variance dude :) 25K hands is tiny sample ;) just value bet more fishes and don't call too many 3bets to nits, especially OOP :)