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Vic Strongman 2014

    • BattleHunter
      Joined: 12.11.2009 Posts: 880
      Heyo boys and girls, vic here ;)

      About me:

      :club: 22 y.o
      :club: from Bulgaria
      :club: fav color: light green* (think of hem1's won hands in the report :D )
      :club: main game: 6max cash
      :club: favorite game: NL HU
      :club: highest limit played: PLO400
      :club: highest "stable" limit: NLHU/6max - 100

      Most of you don't know me, as I haven't been active in the English community since ~2011, so short story time:

      I "discovered" (online) poker when I became 18 (so around 4 years ago) and got hooked pretty fast, playing with pokerstrategy's free 50 bucks on cake poker. Almost went busto, but had some fishluck and didn't, so I kept on grinding for fun. Fast forward a year and I made the decision to quit my job, cuz I was making more than 1k/month (post RB) playing rush25 while working full time, which was more than my salary, so I fugured - hey, why not do this full time instead of spending 10+ hours every day working someting i dislike/commuting.
      Obviously everything wasn't butterflies and rainbows, as 19 y.o. me (despite probably being wiser than present me) had big big problems with time management, but somehow (mucherino luckerino) I managed to pull through and actually "work" poker fulltime for 2 years.

      Lots of cool things happened in the meantime, like joining the infamous TTT (TeamTwiceT :D ), traveling to awesome places like Spain, Gibraltar, Vienna for various poker funzies; becoming a regular coach in the Bulgarian community - things I am really grateful that I had experienced, but the downswing was sure not long after.

      Around an year ago (a bit more) I was shotting plo400 (on PKR) and experienced the biggest downswing of my life. Not only that, but FTP went down - I didn't really care much about having a small portion of my roll locked, but without rush I felt like I have no roots to go back to; it literally broke me so much that I ordered world of warcraft and spent 3 months playing it :f_biggrin: I didn't manage to fully recover until recently.

      I never stopped loving poker, but something just didn't feel right anymore. I spent last year pursuing a childhood dream of mine of becoming a professional gamer (league of legends), while working on side projects for main income, but little by little poker was crawling it's way from something I do from time to time towards returning full on as my passion like it always used to be. And so it happened.

      So here we are now, 2014, games tougher than ever (well, so ppl say, to be honest on the micro/low limits it doesn't feel remotely close to tough yet :O ) and me back in the right track :]

      Aaaaaanyway, goal of this blog is to... have fun! I have no plans how to manage it for now, but it will be awesome ;)

      * I just painted my new apartment's walls this color! Mmmm glorious hem1 days :f_cool:

      Current goals for April:
      :diamond: 25h/week playing 2 tables HU or 4-6 tables 6max
      :diamond: continue working on my habits (schnitzelfish is awesome!)
      :diamond: regrind a solid bankroll (iirc I found myself with around 2k$ in skrill to use for starters)

      This week's "habits" tab, screen from Monday

      I am currently mostly playing nl25 while adjusting myself back in grind-monkey-machine mode, probably going to move to nl50 asap and then look to grind it up further. In any case - top priority is to maintain high volume, make sure I can always cashout enough for living expenses (which is honestly not much in Bulgaria ^^) while not slacking on the learning department.

      See you around!
  • 11 replies
    • Lazza61
      Joined: 23.03.2011 Posts: 11,027
      Hey Vic,

      Welcome to the English blogs :)

      People never truly leave poker. They are only on holidays and always seem to return.

      Are you playing NL25 Rush again now that FTP is back or have you moved on somewhere else?

      Nice hair :tongue:

    • BattleHunter
      Joined: 12.11.2009 Posts: 880
      Hey Lazz,

      Thanks for the welcome : )

      I am currently playing in Prima (microgaming) nl20€ regular 6m games, 6-9 tabling. I have the bankroll to move to 50, but I want to stay on the cautious side and get a decent sample to make sure I don't have a huge multitabling leak (I've never been one to multitable, max 6, or 4-6 rush :D ).

      So far things have been good, tho I didn't put in much volume, because of exams in uni Tuesday and Wednesday, but I will make up for it as I am free to do whatever Fri-Sun :f_cool:

      So far the biggest mistake I've found myself doing was paying off people that take lines that make no sense - the advice I give my students to crush the micros applies for me too, if I am to play some hands on nl20:D

      At least I am not the only one that does it:

      $0.10/$0.20 No Limit Holdem
      6 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by

      UTG eiksikt ($19.50) 98bb
      UTG+1 Hero ($22.16) 111bb
      CO liavon777 ($21.60) 108bb
      BTN FlyToTheMoon ($21.20) 106bb
      SB simyds ($21.72) 109bb
      BB _psIX_ ($6) 30bb

      Pre-Flop: ($0.30, 6 players) Hero is UTG+1 Q:diamond: Q:spade:
      eiksikt raises to $0.60, Hero calls $0.60, 4 folds

      Flop: 6:club: 8:club: 6:diamond: ($1.50, 2 players)
      eiksikt bets $0.80, Hero raises to $2.20, eiksikt raises to $5.10, Hero raises to $8, eiksikt goes all-in $13.80, Hero calls $10.90

      Turn: 9:club: ($31.30, 2 players, 1 all-in)

      River: 10:heart: ($31.30, 2 players, 1 all-in)

      Final Pot: $31.30
      eiksikt shows
      5:diamond: 5:spade:
      Hero shows
      Q:diamond: Q:spade:

      Hero wins $37.34 (net +$25.84)

      eiksikt lost $19.50

      I also ended up playing a couple of BOTS in Prima in the NLHU Blaze tables (20€). My first session I wanted to chill a bit and see how blaze HU works - there were 2 separate tables where the "bots" were sitting (i didn't know they are bots at the time), not playing each other, but giving me instant action.
      I played them for a bit and thought those are really really bad players, so I should play as much as possible against them, but it was getting close to 7am and I was dead tired, so I ended up only taking ~3bi with them losing ~7.
      I gave up and went to sleep. To my surprise, when I woke up, bot players were still sitting at their tables, still not playing each other and still giving me instant action. I started smelling something fishy. This repeated in my evening session as well.
      By now I knew for sure they are bots and was making up some pretty funny ways to maximize my value against them:

      They both had different ranges,
      :heart: but 4-5% 3bet. I would min4bet if I want to, as they folded to min4bet as much as vs regular one.
      :heart: I would bluff cbet with 1/3-1/4 sizing (aimed at folding air only), as they would never fold any piece OTF, and never fold 2nd pair or better to barrel;
      :heart: I would overbet - overbet - shove when I have strong hand

      $0.10/$0.20 No Limit Holdem
      2 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by

      Hero (BTN) ($38.14) 191bb
      BB ($20.42) 102bb

      Pre-Flop: ($0.30, 2 players) Hero is BTN 10:diamond: 7:club:
      Hero raises to $0.40, BB calls $0.20

      Flop: 8:club: 7:diamond: 7:spade: ($0.60, 2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $1.40, BB calls $1.40

      Turn: A:club: ($3.40, 2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $5.80, BB calls $5.80

      River: 4:club: ($15, 2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $14.40, BB goes all-in $12.82

      Final Pot: $40.64
      Hero shows
      10:diamond: 7:club:
      BB shows
      3:diamond: 8:diamond:

      Hero wins $41.42 (net +$19.42)

      BB lost $20.22

      this would be my standard value line, as their cbet was 13 for bot1 and 22 for bot2
      $0.10/$0.20 No Limit Holdem
      2 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by

      BTN ($31.16) 156bb
      Hero (BB) ($27.88) 139bb

      Pre-Flop: ($0.30, 2 players) Hero is BB 4:spade: 4:diamond:
      BTN raises to $0.40, Hero calls $0.20

      Flop: 7:spade: 4:club: K:diamond: ($0.60, 2 players)
      Hero bets $1.50, BTN calls $1.50

      Turn: J:spade: ($3.60, 2 players)
      Hero bets $6.30, BTN calls $6.30

      River: A:heart: ($16.20, 2 players)
      Hero bets $19.60, BTN folds

      Final Pot: $35.80

      Hero wins $35.18 (net +$7.58)

      BTN lost $8.20

      They had ~5% 3bet, but folded anything less than JJ+ AK
      $0.10/$0.20 No Limit Holdem
      2 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by

      Hero (BTN) ($20.70) 104bb
      BB ($45.40) 227bb

      Pre-Flop: ($0.30, 2 players) Hero is BTN J:diamond: 8:club:
      Hero raises to $0.40, BB raises to $1.40, Hero raises to $2.40, BB folds

      Final Pot: $3.80

      Hero wins $3.80 (net +$1.40)

      BB lost $1.40

      This would be my standard bluff sizing on any street, as they folded based on street bets, not sizings
      $0.10/$0.20 No Limit Holdem
      2 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by

      Hero (BTN) ($28.85) 144bb
      BB ($42.88) 214bb

      Pre-Flop: ($0.30, 2 players) Hero is BTN 3:diamond: Q:spade:
      Hero raises to $0.40, BB raises to $1.40, Hero raises to $2.40, BB calls $1

      Flop: 8:club: 5:heart: 5:club: ($3.40, 2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $1.30, BB calls $1.30

      Turn: 9:heart: ($6, 2 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks

      River: 4:spade: ($6, 2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $1.50, BB folds

      Final Pot: $7.50

      Hero wins $8.53 (net +$3.33)

      BB lost $2.30
    • tarantaleo
      Joined: 07.07.2010 Posts: 251
      Glad to have u back in the poker world Vic.
      Feel free to contact me anytime if u want to discuss poker or not poker w/ someone :)
      Good luck , sure u ll be climbing limits pretty soon
      Regards ,
      Joined: 30.12.2010 Posts: 3,107
      Hey Vic,

      Welcome to EN Blogs :)

      Really glad to have another succesfull player's blog around, I'm sure many will learn along while reading it.

      I'm in for the journey,
      Keep us updated please :)

      Kind regards,
    • BattleHunter
      Joined: 12.11.2009 Posts: 880
      Thanks for the responses guys : )

      @tarantaleo - Thanks for the warm welcome :) If I am not mistaken I remember you as the guy that I've played with nl10 live waay back in the day :D :D . It is really motivating to see you progress so much while I was slacking, so I've got some catching up to do ;)

      @FRANKIE - Thanks you sir! I hope to be successful indeed after my hiatus, but hey, if anything pokerstrategy blogs is the place where one can see for sure that hard work pays off!

      I actually am not rushing to update my blog on purpose, usually when I get overly excited about something I end up overdoing it at the beginning and then getting bored/demotivated and stopping, which is why I have decided to start it slow and cap myself to 2-3 updates per week :f_biggrin:

      I will post my weekly review tomorrow as I am still grinding it up today, but so far so good. I managed to hit my target at nl20, ended up beating it with 9.88bb/100, and just took my first "shot" at nl50. I say "shot" because it feels weird to call it so, considering I probably have most of my career hands on that limit (as a matter of raw # of hands, for me it probably goes like 50(rush)>25(rush)>100(regular) ), but it is part of the overall process to prove my discipline going in this.

      As far as building up my habits goes, well it is not going very well, but I am learning A LOT in the process, and I actually think about being totally honest with you guys in this, with my weekly reviews, goals and workarounds for the problems that I find.

      As an old tradition that I often used to do, I will finish this up with a song that I've been loving recently

      Joined: 30.12.2010 Posts: 3,107
      ^nice song, when you come to Croatia, I can meet you to 2Cellos :)

    • Varune
      Joined: 24.04.2009 Posts: 5,452

      laughed at those bothands. :heart:
    • holmeboy
      Joined: 29.01.2010 Posts: 1,336
      Hello sir,

      How did the nl50 'shot' go? I'm playing nl20 on microgaming too and I've been thinking of taking 1/2 tabling shots at nl50. Have you experienced much of a difference between the limits? My wr is ~8bb/hh on nl20 so I'd like to think I'm good enough for at least b/e but any bit of info wouldn't hurt!
    • BattleHunter
      Joined: 12.11.2009 Posts: 880
      @FRANKIE - 2Cellos are really awesome! If I come to Coratia I will be sure to "randomly" time it with one of their performances :P

      @holmeboy - the "shot" went terrible; You know how it feels sometimes - lost all flips, my queens ran into kings, my kings into aces and my flushes overflushed; even the one 5b-shove bluff vs aggromonkey ran into aces. I did a few unsuccessful barrels too. All in all lost around 10bi in a matter of two sessions

      I had some life runbad too, internet stopped 4 times during a session :/ But I feel like I didn't tilt. I did feel bad during the session, but after I reviewed some hands, I felt much better knowing that the majority of the plays that costed me those buyins were actually the proper ones. I did find some poor plays as well, but I think I managed to learn from it so all is well in cakeland :f_cool:

      More importantly, here is how last week's goals/habits went:

      So, let's start with Tha Goodz:

      :heart: I stretched almost all days (6/7) - Can be better, but I Feel really good about this. I actively began stretching in the morning instead of drinking coffee, which I think is really healthy and also helps me use coffee more efficiently for when I really "need" it.
      :heart: I successfully managed to link my "Vision" to brushing my teeth - every time I brush my teeth I do it mechanically and think about what I want to accomplish in the longterm and how will that make me feel. I think this is really important to keep at, as it helps me give purpose to the smaller pieces in the present
      :heart: I meditated most of the days (6/7) - I am pretty happy with this; I want to eventually learn to meditate for longer time and learn to do it under different circumstances (right now I can't do it without headphones and near-perfect silence)
      :heart: Analyzing a hand 7/7 - I decided to start it small, to make sure I can keep this as a daily habit. I do most of the days analyze quite a bit more than 1 hand, but for now I want to keep the "requirement" to a minimum, to make sure I can be consistent at this for at least some time
      :heart: drink a cup of tea 7/7 - I love tea. I almost never drink tea. Why? Because I am lazy - lazy to go buy it from the storer; lazy to boil water; lazy to prepare it. This is why I decided to try this as a habit. So far so good :)

      The Bads:

      :club: Read a book - I love reading all sorts of books, mostly fantasy and scy-fi (think Game of Thrones, Foundation series, etc), but the more time I spend on the computer, the more I slack in this department. It is not that I don't have time to read a chapter every day, I simply find all sorts of excuses to spend my time before sleep with other mindless internet activities. Well, no more of that! The first week went pretty bad, with many fails; but since Friday (till today included) I found out my solution - I downloaded the book I wanted to read on my kindle. When I have a huge tome I sometimes don't feel like carrying it around but with the e-reader I always have it with me and read every time I am out for a walk, or traveling to uni and back, so I actually both do something I love and on top of it, I do it in time that mostly is lost otherwise anyway, so even tho I failed this week with 3/7, I found my solution here!

      Brushing teeth - You will also see it in this week's graph later on - i simply don't have this habit. For whatever reason since I was a child, I always had the habit of brushing my teeth once per day - either in the morning or in the evening. Almost never twice. So even tho it probably sounds silly to most of you, it is a big thing for me. I am still to find a 100% way of making sure I keep up at it, but for now all I have is to keep trying.

      I failed my goal of 25 hours by a bit less than an hour, which on it's own is not a big deal. The problem is the way that my time was allocated - Monday - when my motivation was very high and end of the week - when I simply had the deadline breathing down my neck. It is an awful habit, one that probably a vast majority of people have - to do things in the last possible minute, the last possible day before the deadline.
      Ways to combat it? I will look to set a daily minimum from next week.

      Absolutely the same is true with the videos, where at least I managed to cover my bare minimum program.

      Analyzing (general) ranges is a whole different thing. I love poker math. I don't know why, but calculating 4bet calling ranges out of position and figuring out the +EV check/ship textures makes me fell nice. The problem? I can NEVER get myself to start doing it. I always find ways to procrastinate, always a better thing to do - even other things I don't like doing suddenly become appealing to me simply because I don't want to sit down and start...

      Having figured this out, I have a few possible solutions (a friend of mine was a great help in coming up with them) that I will be trying in the next few weeks:

      - Set an appointment with myself - say, every day 2pm - time for calculations. No other planning, no distractions, no nothing.

      - Do it with somebody else - if I ask somebody to do this with me over skype, it will be harder for me to "slack off", knowing another person is waiting for me

      - Donate - every time I slack off of doing this basic (and important) thing, have a certain percentage of my BR shipped to charity.

      I will see which one of these will work best as a motivator and keep you guys updated :)

      P.S. Geez, this post is super long. Better leave it with a song before the blog police comes for me!

      dunno why but this tune is super catch, makes me smile and sing along ^^

      "Just a man nothing more,
      nothing less but none the less"
    • BattleHunter
      Joined: 12.11.2009 Posts: 880
      Just found this old jewel in my VODs collection. It is a bit long-ish (~10 min) but it shows an extremely interesting study that is somewhat linked with all of us and is presented in a really fun way

      "The surprising truth about what motivates us"

      Brb re watching it myself now ;)
    • StaticMoth
      Joined: 22.05.2009 Posts: 2,642
      Welcome back, buddy! :]

      Solid posts ITT ;)