From a crap MTT player to a crap 6max cash player

    • CreamyGoodness
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      Hey Pokerstrategy

      After browsing the site for a couple of years, and playing recreationally, I've decided to take things a little more seriously this summer, starting with a blog.

      I began playing about four years ago in a home game. I literally had not played a card game in my life before the age of 24, so you could say I arrived on the poker scene a little late. I'm 28 now and all I really like to do is play.

      So I discovered online poker about three years ago and since then I've played a couple of times a week. 95% of that has been MTTs.

      I wouldn't say I've done badly. I've ground a $50 bankroll up to several thousand dollars over the past 2 1/2 years, but my winnings are far from impressive.

      Not long before xmas I became interested in cash games, so decided to try them out. I do OK in micro and low stakes FR games, but I get my ass kicked at 6max. I've taken several shots at nl50 and lost around 12 buy ins. I hate losing. I feel like I'm too LAG and spewy in many spots, and too weak with medium hands. I dick around playing real aggro coz its fun, then I out level myself and stack off to a monster hand.

      After Xmas I purchased tracking software for the first time, and bought pleno1s package too. Both have helped alot, and Plenos amat thread is pretty cool too. I've found that I over rely on small sample sizes on PT.

      Today I finished college for the summer and have decided to put in huge volume. My biggest problem is discipline and that is why I've started this blog. In don't care if anybody reads it or not (although id love feedback and the chance to make some friends who actually play poker!), its more for me - a place to record my progress (or lack of) and to try objectively examine my decisions. I need to spend more time studying the game. I'm not completely inept or lazy when it comes to study - I've devoured a couple of dozen strategy books over the past few years. But books will only get you so far.

      I'm going to lay out some groundrules:

      I will play 30 hours per week in 4 hour sessions

      I will play regular tables - not zoom. I think that a feel for game flow and table dynamics is important and something I need to work on

      At the end of every session I will update my blog with key hands and general trouble spots. This is to improve my indiscipline with regards to study

      At the end of every month I will post a PT report. I will also do this if I encounter a winning or losing streak, or if I am considering moving up to a new limit

      I will also contribute to others blogs and posts, both to give back to the forum and to gain insight.

      I will play at least 20,000 Hands at nl25 before considering moving up (I have hundreds of buyins at this level)

      I will not look at my bankroll during this time in order to quell my results oriented attitude

      Success will be judged through pokertracker only

      I will play 50,000 hands at the next limit before considering moving up

      I will not play a tournament until I am consistently beating the next level (nl50)

      My only goal is to consistently beat nl100 by the end of the summer/September

      That's it for now! If you read the whole thing, well done and thanks! If not, I really couldn't blame you!
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    • Lazza61
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      Hey CreamyGoodness,

      Welcome to the blogs. :)

      Actually I think grinding a $50 roll to several thousand is a pretty impressive effort. Most players will never achieve that.

      Tracking software is so good at helping to review your game and plug leaks, and what could I say about pleno1 that hasn't already been said.

      Looking forward to seeing some awesome giraffes.

      Regards

      Laz
    • CreamyGoodness
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      Thanks Laz!

      I suppose I can't complain about my tourney results, but that big win remains an elusive one.

      Plenos vids helped shift my mindset big time, it's led me to start thinking outside the box a little more often, and to loosen up quite a bit. A few of his strategies might go over the heads of my opponents at NL25 (shit, a few of his strategies go over my own head), but they have definitely improved my game. I just enjoy his aggressive style and would love to take some lessons from him sometime. I'm pretty aggro myself but tbh, I verge on spewy more often than not.

      Ironically, I have the opposite problem in MTTs. I tend to play far to tight don't steal/resteal enough.

      I'm still getting to grips with pokertracker, but when I first got it I was a little over-enthusiastic. I would base my decisions around stats drawn from 100 hands, which is clearly a bad idea.

      Also, I'm making some amendments to my list of rules:

      I play live cash 12-15hrs a week in my local casino, simply because the casino is convenient (5mins away), the game is soft and I have a huge edge (it's in the nightclub district, and even the regs in the game make huge mistakes while making a decent living from the game), and winning cash I can put in my pocket is sweeeeeet.

      Playing in that cash game qualifies me to play in a league freeroll tourney (1k guaranteed) every week. Only 6-10 players ever show up, so obviously breaking my no tourney rule there is +ev

      I also might not be able to play 30hrs a week online for about 4 weeks from middle of June to mid July, as I will be working extra hrs at my real job :evil:
    • CreamyGoodness
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      So I've played two sessions, and to be honest I don't have much to report, but I'm gonna brag a little while I still can.

      The sessions went really well, its nice to be off to a good start. I ran well, picked up some nice hands, hit a few flops. I executed a few well timed bluffs to.

      I'm playing four tables of 6max NL25. I'm comfortable with 4 tables at a time, not really in a rush to add more. I think I prefer to play good poker (or try/learn to play good poker) than go for sheer volume.

      So over 1,921 hands I'm winning at 25bb/100!!!! I assume this is a short term rush and will level off to whatever is normal for these stakes. What is normal for this stake?

      Stats so far are 23/17, 3bet 6, f3bet 69, AF 4. I think these are solid numbers, but I'm really just guessing.

      The only position in the red is my Big Blind, which I assume is normal. There I'm -61bb/100.
      Is this good/normal or bad? I have no idea.

      Im actually winning in the SB at 20bb/100. Again I assume this is short term, and I will eventually be losing in this position.

      All other positions look normal, bar the BU, where I'm breaking even. Again, hopefully short term.

      CO has been my most profitable position.

      My red line looks nice, running steady in a roughly break even line. Green and blue obviously look good after my brief winning streak.

      Overall I found my opponents to be very passive. I didn't come across any of the manics I've heard so much about. They love to limp/call pre and fold on the flop, which is great. Few ever 3bet anything over 3 percent, and I don't think anyone ever defended light vs. my 3bets. It seems easy bluff scare cards and a lot of players didn't even Cbet over 50%. Maybe I got lucky and landed exceptionally soft tables, but if this is the norm then I might be able to make a bit of money here.

      Also, can anyone tell me where to find tagged hands in pokertracker. I think I tagged a couple but now I dont know where to view them.

      Sorry for another long winded post. I realize this is probably too much info on too small a sample size, but I'm trying to be diligent in making this a habit.
    • CreamyGoodness
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      So I played another 2000 hand session today. I'll update stats etc later, but first I need to post a few hands if I can figure out how...

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (BTN): 97.2 BB
      SB: 108.96 BB (VPIP: 33.33, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 18)
      BB: 101.4 BB (VPIP: 22.73, PFR: 22.73, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 24)
      UTG: 56.6 BB (VPIP: 39.13, PFR: 21.74, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 24)
      CO: 102.56 BB (VPIP: 24.14, PFR: 20.69, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 29)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has J:spade: J:club:

      UTG calls 1 BB, fold, Hero raises to 4 BB, fold, BB raises to 12.8 BB, fold, Hero raises to 29.6 BB, BB calls 16.8 BB

      Flop: (60.6 BB, 2 players) T:club: 8:diamond: 9:club:
      BB checks, Hero bets 67.6 BB and is all-in, BB calls 67.6 BB

      Turn: (195.8 BB, 2 players) A:spade:

      River: (195.8 BB, 2 players) 2:club:

      BB shows T:heart: T:diamond: (Three of a Kind, Tens) (Pre 19%, Flop 66%, Turn 77%)
      Hero mucks J:spade: J:club: (One Pair, Jacks) (Pre 81%, Flop 34%, Turn 23%)
      BB wins 187.8 BB

      This one seems straightforward enough, just wondering if anybody would play it differently
    • CreamyGoodness
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      Heres another one. It's a small pot with reasonably few mistakes. My real concern is the preflop action. I encountered a few of these small 3bets today. At first I had no clue how to proceed, but after getting to a few showdowns I just started 4betting pre.

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (SB): 97.6 BB
      BB: 201.48 BB (VPIP: 71.43, PFR: 57.14, 3Bet Preflop: 66.67, Hands: 7)
      UTG: 137.08 BB (VPIP: 14.29, PFR: 14.29, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 7)
      MP: 123.6 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 7)
      CO: 48.92 BB (VPIP: 14.29, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 7)
      BTN: 111.36 BB (VPIP: 34.43, PFR: 29.51, 3Bet Preflop: 5.88, Hands: 63)

      Hero posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has T:diamond: K:spade:

      fold, fold, fold, BTN raises to 2 BB, Hero raises to 7 BB, BB raises to 12 BB, fold, Hero calls 5 BB

      Flop: (26 BB, 2 players) T:spade: 5:heart: 3:spade:
      Hero checks, BB bets 10 BB, Hero calls 10 BB

      Turn: (46 BB, 2 players) J:spade:
      Hero checks, BB checks

      River: (46 BB, 2 players) Q:diamond:
      Hero checks, BB checks

      Hero shows T:diamond: K:spade: (One Pair, Tens) (Pre 27%, Flop 85%, Turn 80%)
      BB shows Q:spade: K:heart: (One Pair, Queens) (Pre 73%, Flop 15%, Turn 20%)
      BB wins 43.92 BB
    • CreamyGoodness
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      Here's one that actually worked out for me. It's a little spewy, and I hated villains call preflop. I had visions of AA or KK, but Cbet anyways.

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      CO: 100.88 BB (VPIP: 20.00, PFR: 17.14, 3Bet Preflop: 15.38, Hands: 36)
      BTN: 254.4 BB (VPIP: 30.00, PFR: 17.65, 3Bet Preflop: 2.73, Hands: 295)
      SB: 101.8 BB (VPIP: 57.14, PFR: 57.14, 3Bet Preflop: 33.33, Hands: 7)
      Hero (BB): 169.96 BB
      UTG: 45.4 BB (VPIP: 26.67, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 16)
      MP: 126.16 BB (VPIP: 31.25, PFR: 25.00, 3Bet Preflop: 10.00, Hands: 33)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has 3:spade: 3:diamond:

      fold, fold, fold, BTN raises to 3 BB, fold, Hero raises to 10 BB, BTN raises to 23 BB, Hero raises to 40 BB, BTN calls 17 BB

      Flop: (80.4 BB, 2 players) 7:heart: 9:spade: 7:diamond:
      Hero bets 52.76 BB, fold

      Hero wins 76.8 BB

      Spewy, or awesomely aggro?

      P.S. This is not a standard move for me, I just felt he did not have a premium hand and didn't think he would want to throw all his winnings away with AK or TT.
    • CreamyGoodness
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      Is there any getting away from this? I feel like I could have to his raise on the flop, but it kinda felt like a big draw. I'm instafolding a single pair without a redraw, and a set or better is an easy shove, but top two?

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 4 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 107.28 BB (VPIP: 22.22, PFR: 18.52, 3Bet Preflop: 20.00, Hands: 28)
      SB: 279.68 BB (VPIP: 22.34, PFR: 20.21, 3Bet Preflop: 6.06, Hands: 96)
      BB: 188.68 BB (VPIP: 24.66, PFR: 18.49, 3Bet Preflop: 5.56, Hands: 297)
      Hero (CO): 97.2 BB

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has T:diamond: 9:diamond:

      Hero raises to 2.8 BB, fold, SB calls 2.4 BB, BB calls 1.8 BB

      Flop: (8.4 BB, 3 players) 7:heart: 9:spade: T:heart:
      SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets 6 BB, SB raises to 20.8 BB, fold, Hero raises to 94.4 BB and is all-in, SB calls 73.6 BB

      Turn: (197.2 BB, 2 players) K:spade:

      River: (197.2 BB, 2 players) 5:diamond:
      Players agreed to run it twice.

      Turn #2: (197.2 BB, 2 players) Q:heart:

      River #2: (197.2 BB, 2 players) J:heart:

      SB shows 9:heart: 9:club: (Three of a Kind, Nines)Board #1 (Pre 61%, Flop 90%, Turn 95%)Board #2 (Pre 61%, Flop 90%, Turn 95%)
      Hero mucks T:diamond: 9:diamond: (Two Pair, Tens and Nines)Board #1 (Pre 39%, Flop 10%, Turn 5%)Board #2 (Pre 39%, Flop 10%, Turn 5%)
      SB wins 96.6 BB
      SB wins 96.6 BB
    • CreamyGoodness
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      I decided to setmine here for some reason. In retrospect a resqueeze may have been the best play, but I was new to the table and didnt have much info on the players. The BB had a monster stack and is obviously a fish (or trapping, but doubtful), so I felt I could get it in with a set on flop, whereas I feel like I would be crushed getting it in preflop.

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BB: 282.4 BB (VPIP: 38.71, PFR: 18.28, 3Bet Preflop: 7.32, Hands: 94)
      UTG: 286.04 BB (VPIP: 19.48, PFR: 15.58, 3Bet Preflop: 12.90, Hands: 78)
      CO: 100 BB (VPIP: 37.50, PFR: 33.33, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 26)
      Hero (BTN): 214.32 BB
      SB: 114.64 BB (VPIP: 18.18, PFR: 9.09, 3Bet Preflop: 5.56, Hands: 35)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has T:diamond: T:club:

      fold, fold, Hero raises to 2.4 BB, SB raises to 8.4 BB, BB calls 7.4 BB, Hero calls 6 BB

      Flop: (25.2 BB, 3 players) 8:heart: 2:diamond: A:club:
      SB bets 16.8 BB, BB calls 16.8 BB, fold

      Turn: (58.8 BB, 2 players) Q:heart:
      SB checks, BB bets 21 BB, SB calls 21 BB

      River: (100.8 BB, 2 players) 9:diamond:
      SB checks, BB bets 236.2 BB and is all-in, fold

      BB wins 96.28 BB
    • CreamyGoodness
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      Thin value bet, or spewy?

      I felt like he had TPTK or something similar, or an overpair. Hated the flush card on the river, not because I thought he had a flush, but because it would be hard to get paid. I set myself up for a smooth jam on the river, but went with a small bet instead.

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 4 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      SB: 114.92 BB (VPIP: 16.67, PFR: 16.67, 3Bet Preflop: 8.33, Hands: 33)
      BB: 100 BB
      Hero (CO): 197.16 BB
      BTN: 100 BB (VPIP: 66.67, PFR: 66.67, 3Bet Preflop: 33.33, Hands: 7)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has 4:diamond: 5:club:

      Hero raises to 2.8 BB, fold, SB calls 2.4 BB, fold

      Flop: (6.6 BB, 2 players) 3:heart: 5:heart: 8:spade:
      SB bets 3 BB, Hero calls 3 BB

      Turn: (12.6 BB, 2 players) 4:club:
      SB bets 7 BB, Hero raises to 26.52 BB, SB calls 19.52 BB

      River: (65.64 BB, 2 players) T:heart:
      SB checks, Hero bets 35.2 BB, SB calls 35.2 BB

      Hero shows 4:diamond: 5:club: (Two Pair, Fives and Fours) (Pre 14%, Flop 19%, Turn 64%)
      SB mucks 6:club: 6:diamond: (One Pair, Sixes) (Pre 86%, Flop 81%, Turn 36%)
      Hero wins 132.04 BB
    • CreamyGoodness
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      So I'm finding it hard to get the hours in at the moment. I'm working quite a bit - covering holidays etc, so I may not get the desired 30 hours in between now and July. Theres another long weekend coming up so this one will be busier still (I work in a bar)
      Still, 20 hours a week is manageable, and should rack up to about 8,000 hands a week.

      Hopefully I'll be playing NL50 in ten days or so.

      After todays 2,000 hand session my winrate has dropped to 10bb/100
      My redline has also taken a nosedive.

      I encountered far more aggro players this time. I wonder if its got something to with time of day? I played mid afternoon last time, late evening this time.

      Stats are currently 23/18, 3b 6.5, f3b 69, 4bet+ 16, Cbet 80, 50, 33.

      Stats I'm curious about : WTSD 25%, WSD 47%, WWSF 46%
      Are these decent stats? I have no idea. Again, I know 4.5k hands is too few, but what should I be shooting for?
    • CreamyGoodness
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      Another 2k hand session today went really well.

      Although I decided to start out playing normal tables, I've switched to Zoom as I usually only have time for two to four hour sessions. I found that I spent a good quarter of my time table selecting and sitting on waiting lists as my tables tightened up or broke up. Zoom obviously provided awesome volume too, so I'll stick with it for a while, at least through NL50.

      Anyways, session was great. I've really opened up my range from CO and BU, and I'm trying to find some good 3bet/Cbet spots to improve my redline and abuse the more passive players. Those spots mostly went ok, though I did back myself into a corner once or twice.

      I've also opened my defending range from the BB. So far it's been ok, no major issues yet, though I do need to improve my postflop ability when OOP.

      Also, I made one or two missteps today, but nothing worth posting here. I decided to go with a brag instead!!!

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 100 BB (VPIP: 16.95, PFR: 10.17, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 60)
      SB: 103.6 BB (VPIP: 21.05, PFR: 5.26, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 19)
      BB: 100 BB (VPIP: 14.81, PFR: 7.41, 3Bet Preflop: 9.09, Hands: 28)
      Hero (UTG): 456.64 BB
      MP: 59.44 BB (VPIP: 100.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 2)
      CO: 171.68 BB (VPIP: 11.11, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 10)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has 7:spade: 7:club:

      Hero raises to 3.2 BB, fold, CO raises to 9 BB, fold, fold, fold, Hero calls 5.8 BB

      Flop: (19.4 BB, 2 players) 6:diamond: J:spade: 7:diamond:
      Hero checks, CO checks

      Turn: (19.4 BB, 2 players) 2:club:
      Hero bets 13.88 BB, CO raises to 48 BB, Hero raises to 447.64 BB and is all-in, CO calls 114.68 BB and is all-in

      River: (344.76 BB, 2 players) T:club:

      Hero shows 7:spade: 7:club: (Three of a Kind, Sevens) (Pre 55%, Flop 98%, Turn 100%)
      CO mucks A:heart: Q:club: (High Card, Ace) (Pre 45%, Flop 2%, Turn 0%)
      Hero wins 336.76 BB

      My preflop call is definitely not standard. I had no hands on the guy, but what made me call was the stacks. We were seriously deep here, and I figured I could win a big pot if I hit my set. Things went according to plan.
    • CreamyGoodness
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      Another short session today. Nothing major to report.

      I played a little over a thousand hands, winning at about 4bb/100. Lost a KK vs AA confrontation in the last few minutes so that one skewed my winrate on the session. Was over 10bb before that pot.

      Here's another hand I played like a fish today, the only one where I felt I layed very badly. I think giving up control on the flop was a mistake, but I think raising the donk bet would only be trading one mistake for another. However I played it, I was never winning this hand.

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 229.68 BB (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 15.00, 3Bet Preflop: 22.22, Hands: 21)
      SB: 103.2 BB (VPIP: 100.00, PFR: 100.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 1)
      BB: 65.08 BB (VPIP: 100.00, PFR: 100.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 1)
      UTG: 177.12 BB (VPIP: 16.18, PFR: 10.29, 3Bet Preflop: 3.57, Hands: 72)
      Hero (MP): 139.48 BB
      CO: 61.72 BB (VPIP: 100.00, PFR: 100.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 1)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has A:spade: Q:diamond:

      fold, Hero raises to 2.8 BB, CO calls 2.8 BB, fold, SB calls 2.4 BB, fold

      Flop: (9.4 BB, 3 players) 5:heart: 8:diamond: A:diamond:
      SB bets 8 BB, Hero calls 8 BB, CO calls 8 BB

      Turn: (33.4 BB, 3 players) 6:club:
      SB bets 26 BB, Hero calls 26 BB, CO raises to 50.92 BB and is all-in, SB calls 24.92 BB, Hero calls 24.92 BB

      River: (186.16 BB, 3 players) 2:diamond:
      SB bets 41.48 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 41.48 BB

      SB shows 7:heart: 9:heart: (Straight, Nine High)
      Main Pot [186.16 BB]: (Pre 34%, Flop 18%, Turn 79%)
      Side Pot#1 [82.96 BB]: (Pre 40%, Flop 23%, Turn 100%)

      Hero mucks A:spade: Q:diamond: (One Pair, Aces)
      Main Pot [186.16 BB]: (Pre 38%, Flop 6%, Turn 0%)
      Side Pot#1 [82.96 BB]: (Pre 60%, Flop 77%, Turn 0%)

      CO mucks 5:diamond: 5:spade: (Three of a Kind, Fives)
      Main Pot [186.16 BB]: (Pre 28%, Flop 76%, Turn 21%)

      SB wins 261.12 BB

      I think folding the turn was an obvious escape route. I really had no idea what to do in the moment.

      Note to self. Calling with single pairs in multiway pots is baaaad.
    • CreamyGoodness
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      It was a busy weekend at work, so I've played very little.

      I'm on my way to a freeroll MTT in my local casino right now. I qualify for this by playing 6 hours of live cash every week. This will be the last one I play for a while though. I'm gonna stop playing live cash as it tilts the shit out of me due to the slowness of the game and the retarded drunks I have to put up with. I also feel like my energy is best spent online. Live really is for donks. Except for live MTTs. They are just fun!

      I'll play another few thousand hands after the live MTT is over tonight. Got the next two days off work too, so lots of poker for Jamieface!
    • gadget51
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      Well it seems old 'jamieface' is doing quite well then? I have been following, just a little in the background since I don't play MTTs except occasionally.

      Did you find the marked hands feature by the way? It's easy to get to at the top of the hands view window. Double click them to open them in the replayer.

      I agree about calling multiway all ins with TP as well (noting the AQ hand), it usually means our hero is beaten. I don't find folding to a lot of action there at all, but then I am a fish so take that advice with a sandwich! :)

      Will follow and watch you climb high I think.

      Good luck and have fun,

      Mal.
    • CreamyGoodness
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      Thanks Mal!

      Actually this blog is all about my 6max cash adventures, as I'm new to cash games. I play the odd MTT - in fact I just finished a cash league freeroll in my local casino. Got down to heads up and chopped the €1,000 pot with another guy! I've qualified for another live MTT in the same casino. That one will play out on Wednesday with a €100 entry (I won a ticket in last weeks cash league MTT), and will be a very deepstack tourney with 2K guaranteed. Its a small casino (more of a card club), so there wont be more than 2 or 3K in the pot.

      I've just finished another brief session of Zoom25. This one didn't go so well as I got coolered in quite a few spots (AK vs AA pre in BU vs BB etc)

      Heres an example of me getting coolered on the river. Does anyone here ever fold this hand?

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (BTN): 259.64 BB
      SB: 101.92 BB (VPIP: 30.00, PFR: 20.00, 3Bet Preflop: 14.29, Hands: 10)
      BB: 99.6 BB (VPIP: 46.67, PFR: 26.67, 3Bet Preflop: 15.38, Hands: 31)
      UTG: 402.08 BB (VPIP: 16.09, PFR: 13.79, 3Bet Preflop: 3.45, Hands: 87)
      MP: 132.32 BB (VPIP: 11.11, PFR: 11.11, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 18)
      CO: 209.24 BB (VPIP: 18.55, PFR: 15.73, 3Bet Preflop: 2.02, Hands: 258)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has 4:spade: 3:spade:

      fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 2.4 BB, SB calls 2 BB, fold

      Flop: (5.8 BB, 2 players) J:spade: 5:club: 6:spade:
      SB checks, Hero bets 4.12 BB, SB calls 4.12 BB

      Turn: (14.04 BB, 2 players) 2:club:
      SB checks, Hero bets 10.4 BB, SB calls 10.4 BB

      River: (34.84 BB, 2 players) 4:club:
      SB checks, Hero bets 24.96 BB, SB raises to 56 BB, Hero calls 31.04 BB

      SB shows K:club: T:club: (Flush, King High) (Pre 63%, Flop 33%, Turn 20%)
      Hero mucks 4:spade: 3:spade: (Straight, Six High) (Pre 37%, Flop 67%, Turn 80%)
      SB wins 140.24 BB
    • CreamyGoodness
      CreamyGoodness
      Bronze
      Joined: 18.10.2010 Posts: 229
      Similar to the earlier AQ hand where I overplayed TPTK. Assuming the player behind me is a fish, is this an obvious fold? I have no reliable sample on either player.

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 139.64 BB (VPIP: 20.83, PFR: 13.89, 3Bet Preflop: 3.33, Hands: 72)
      SB: 113.68 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 2)
      BB: 209.44 BB (VPIP: 60.00, PFR: 20.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 5)
      Hero (UTG): 127.84 BB
      MP: 178.4 BB (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 25.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 4)
      CO: 99.4 BB

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has K:club: A:heart:

      Hero raises to 3.2 BB, fold, CO calls 3.2 BB, fold, SB calls 2.8 BB, fold

      Flop: (10.6 BB, 3 players) 3:heart: J:club: K:heart:
      SB checks, Hero bets 7.56 BB, CO calls 7.56 BB, SB calls 7.56 BB

      Turn: (33.28 BB, 3 players) A:spade:
      SB checks, Hero bets 23.84 BB, CO calls 23.84 BB, SB raises to 102.92 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 79.08 BB, CO calls 64.8 BB and is all-in

      River: (327.76 BB, 3 players) T:club:

      SB shows T:spade: Q:diamond: (Straight, Ace High)
      Main Pot [299.2 BB]: (Pre 31%, Flop 24%, Turn 81%)
      Side Pot#1 [28.56 BB]: (Pre 36%, Flop 28%, Turn 91%)

      Hero mucks K:club: A:heart: (Two Pair, Aces and Kings)
      Main Pot [299.2 BB]: (Pre 39%, Flop 7%, Turn 10%)
      Side Pot#1 [28.56 BB]: (Pre 64%, Flop 72%, Turn 9%)

      CO mucks 3:diamond: 3:spade: (Three of a Kind, Threes)
      Main Pot [299.2 BB]: (Pre 31%, Flop 69%, Turn 10%)

      SB wins 319.76 BB
    • CreamyGoodness
      CreamyGoodness
      Bronze
      Joined: 18.10.2010 Posts: 229
      Had an absolutely horrible session today. 2,000 hands of pure shite. I seemed to get coolered at every opportunity, and I think I reverted to my old spewy self after a few bad beats and more than a few mis-steps.

      I lost at -20bb over 2100 hands. My redline seems to be my only saving grace, I'm pretty much breaking even in non showdown hands. But I'm down 5 bis today.

      Are there any stats I can post for the more experienced members to analyze? Shit, is anybody even reading?

      Anyways here's a few hands where I found myself in tough spots:

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 122.16 BB (VPIP: 20.00, PFR: 13.33, 3Bet Preflop: 20.00, Hands: 15)
      SB: 103.96 BB (VPIP: 8.33, PFR: 8.33, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 12)
      Hero (BB): 394.36 BB
      UTG: 105.44 BB (VPIP: 22.86, PFR: 20.95, 3Bet Preflop: 9.52, Hands: 107)
      MP: 100 BB (VPIP: 18.18, PFR: 12.12, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 35)
      CO: 145.24 BB (VPIP: 11.11, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 9)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has Q:heart: A:heart:

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

      Flop: (6.4 BB, 2 players) A:club: Q:spade: 8:spade:
      Hero checks, MP bets 4.56 BB, Hero raises to 14.68 BB, MP calls 10.12 BB

      Turn: (35.76 BB, 2 players) K:club:
      Hero checks, MP bets 25.6 BB, Hero calls 25.6 BB

      River: (86.96 BB, 2 players) 3:diamond:
      Hero checks, MP bets 56.72 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 56.72 BB

      MP shows K:diamond: A:spade: (Two Pair, Aces and Kings) (Pre 70%, Flop 18%, Turn 95%)
      Hero mucks Q:heart: A:heart: (Two Pair, Aces and Queens) (Pre 30%, Flop 82%, Turn 5%)
      MP wins 192.4 BB

      Obviously I'm checkraising and looking to barrell off here, but the king on the turn kills my hand. Still, I couldn't get away from it.

      Here I was just trapped perfectly

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 77 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 7)
      SB: 100 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 3)
      BB: 90.68 BB
      UTG: 161.84 BB (VPIP: 22.22, PFR: 16.67, 3Bet Preflop: 20.00, Hands: 18)
      Hero (MP): 110.16 BB
      CO: 122.64 BB (VPIP: 21.88, PFR: 12.50, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 32)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has K:heart: K:club:

      fold, Hero raises to 2.8 BB, fold, fold, SB raises to 9.4 BB, BB calls 8.4 BB, Hero raises to 28.4 BB, fold, BB calls 19 BB

      Flop: (66.2 BB, 2 players) 8:heart: 6:spade: Q:spade:
      BB checks, Hero bets 27.6 BB, BB calls 27.6 BB

      Turn: (121.4 BB, 2 players) 6:diamond:
      BB bets 34.68 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 34.68 BB

      River: (190.76 BB, 2 players) 5:club:

      BB shows A:heart: A:diamond: (Two Pair, Aces and Sixes) (Pre 82%, Flop 92%, Turn 95%)
      Hero mucks K:heart: K:club: (Two Pair, Kings and Sixes) (Pre 18%, Flop 8%, Turn 5%)
      BB wins 182.76 BB

      Any getting away from it?

      This might be the toughest one. I felt that my Queens were good preflop, but thought 5betting would fold out everything but AA and KK, maybe AK. I thought taking a flop and going broke with an overpair was the best play.

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (BTN): 102.6 BB
      SB: 100 BB (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 25.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 5)
      BB: 228.68 BB (VPIP: 11.94, PFR: 8.96, 3Bet Preflop: 3.33, Hands: 68)
      UTG: 410.44 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 8)
      MP: 121.96 BB (VPIP: 9.09, PFR: 6.06, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 33)
      CO: 106.32 BB (VPIP: 32.50, PFR: 20.00, 3Bet Preflop: 5.56, Hands: 40)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has Q:club: Q:heart:

      fold, MP raises to 2.48 BB, fold, Hero raises to 7.6 BB, fold, fold, MP raises to 22 BB, Hero calls 14.4 BB

      Flop: (45.4 BB, 2 players) 6:diamond: 5:heart: T:diamond:
      MP bets 28.16 BB, Hero calls 28.16 BB

      Turn: (101.72 BB, 2 players) J:diamond:
      MP bets 71.8 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 52.44 BB and is all-in

      River: (206.6 BB, 2 players) 7:club:
      Players agreed to run it twice.

      River #2: (206.6 BB, 2 players) 4:heart:

      MP shows J:spade: J:club: (Three of a Kind, Jacks)Board #1 (Pre 18%, Flop 8%, Turn 95%)Board #2 (Pre 18%, Flop 8%, Turn 95%)
      Hero mucks Q:club: Q:heart: (One Pair, Queens)Board #1 (Pre 82%, Flop 92%, Turn 5%)Board #2 (Pre 82%, Flop 92%, Turn 5%)
      MP wins 99.32 BB
      MP wins 99.28 BB

      I failed to raise the flop as planned. I don't know why, I guess AA and KK were still nagging at me. I turned my hand into a bluff catcher.
    • CreamyGoodness
      CreamyGoodness
      Bronze
      Joined: 18.10.2010 Posts: 229
      Another tough spot, this time on the river. I think my call is reasonable, getting 4-1 on a good flush draw and 2 possibly live overs.

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 97.4 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 2)
      SB: 134.28 BB (VPIP: 29.63, PFR: 29.63, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 27)
      Hero (BB): 96.92 BB
      UTG: 90.28 BB (VPIP: 27.50, PFR: 25.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 42)
      MP: 181.92 BB (VPIP: 42.86, PFR: 42.86, 3Bet Preflop: 33.33, Hands: 7)
      CO: 150.72 BB (VPIP: 18.18, PFR: 18.18, 3Bet Preflop: 16.67, Hands: 45)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has K:club: A:diamond:

      fold, fold, CO raises to 2.48 BB, fold, fold, Hero raises to 8 BB, CO calls 5.52 BB

      Flop: (16.4 BB, 2 players) 7:diamond: 3:diamond: 4:diamond:
      Hero bets 11.2 BB, CO calls 11.2 BB

      Turn: (38.8 BB, 2 players) 7:spade:
      Hero bets 24.68 BB, CO raises to 131.52 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 53.04 BB and is all-in

      River: (194.24 BB, 2 players) Q:heart:

      Hero shows K:club: A:diamond: (One Pair, Sevens) (Pre 59%, Flop 51%, Turn 18%)
      CO shows 8:club: 7:club: (Three of a Kind, Sevens) (Pre 41%, Flop 49%, Turn 82%)
      CO wins 186.24 BB


      I think I need to start making bigger 3bets when OOP.
    • CreamyGoodness
      CreamyGoodness
      Bronze
      Joined: 18.10.2010 Posts: 229
      Another cooler (I think, a better player probably folds)

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 143.68 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 2)
      SB: 62.92 BB
      BB: 100 BB (VPIP: 10.53, PFR: 10.53, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 19)
      UTG: 143.28 BB (VPIP: 28.57, PFR: 28.57, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 7)
      Hero (MP): 115.68 BB
      CO: 209.96 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 6)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has Q:club: K:spade:

      fold, Hero raises to 2.8 BB, fold, fold, SB calls 2.4 BB, fold

      Flop: (6.6 BB, 2 players) T:heart: K:heart: 8:heart:
      SB checks, Hero bets 4.72 BB, SB calls 4.72 BB

      Turn: (16.04 BB, 2 players) 8:diamond:
      SB checks, Hero bets 11.48 BB, SB calls 11.48 BB

      River: (39 BB, 2 players) Q:diamond:
      SB bets 26.04 BB, Hero calls 26.04 BB

      SB shows J:diamond: A:spade: (Straight, Ace High) (Pre 60%, Flop 25%, Turn 14%)
      Hero mucks Q:club: K:spade: (Two Pair, Kings and Queens) (Pre 40%, Flop 75%, Turn 86%)
      SB wins 87 BB