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Fish gotta swim, in the microstakes

    • quantum3141
      Joined: 06.03.2014 Posts: 19
      I have been a long time lurker of these forums, an even longer time lurker of the videos on the website, and a long time fish at the microstakes.

      I'm a 21 year old student in England, who has always loved playing poker. I've played live at my university's poker society for a couple of years now, with some very minor success.
      It was only about 5 months ago that I decided to learn, and committed to improve. Looking back, I was the very definition of a fish, and burned through a few dollars online just having fun.
      Since then, I've improved a lot, but never tried to move up stakes, and invest my small earnings back into poker. I've decided to focus on cash games, and keep track of my progress.

      The aim of this blog is to keep myself focused on improving, and to keep a reminder as to what my goals are.

      Short term
      :diamond: With the summer holidays just coming around I have decided that I'm going to set myself a bankroll challenge. I have $100 in my account at the moment, and aim to have $1000 by the end of the holidays.
      :diamond: I have never spent enough time reviewing hands. So I will end every session with a review of the hands played.
      :diamond: Cash at my local poker casino. I head down to my local semi-regularly to play their comps, and occasionally larger events. I have had a couple of cashes, but nothing consistent, so live playing will need improving.

      Long term
      :club: Be a consistently winning player at NL50.
      :club: Win a tournament at my local poker casino.
      :club: Satellite into WPT in November.
  • 7 replies
    • quantum3141
      Joined: 06.03.2014 Posts: 19
      Bankroll Challange

      As I mentioned in my opening post, I have set myself a bankroll challenge for the summer.
      I will have a starting bankroll of $100, playing NL5.

      Once I reach $220, I will move up to NL10, dropping back down if I hit below $190.

      I plan to play for at least 1 hour every day, with a hand review after each session.
      I will be posting hand reviews/discussions, and graphs here every other day or so, and would always appreciate any feedback anyone is willing to give me.
      So here goes...

      Starting bankroll: $100
    • Lazza61
      Joined: 23.03.2011 Posts: 11,027
      Hey quantum3141,

      Welcome to the blogs. :)

      The first step to improving your game is to admit you need to improve. Now comes the studying, hand analysis, session reviews etc.

      Having a blog is also good for discipline and that is something you really need in today's game.

      Happy Fishing

    • quantum3141
      Joined: 06.03.2014 Posts: 19
      Yeah, in the past I've never looked for the errors in my game, which was one of my biggest errors! I have learned so much just from reviewing my own hands, and feel silly thinking back and all that potential learning material that went unused.

      Two days into my new disciplined style, and bankroll challenge. Have played about 1500 hands each day, which I am intending on increasing each day. Started off going pretty well, not too many interesting spots, but then came the death by quads...
      In the space of 600 hands, I ran into quads 4 times, every time having the full house, for example

      PokerStars - $0.05 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 100 BB (VPIP: 21.38, PFR: 15.86, 3Bet Preflop: 4.00, Hands: 147)
      SB: 76 BB (VPIP: 22.22, PFR: 14.44, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 94)
      BB: 68.2 BB
      Hero (UTG): 102.2 BB
      MP: 100 BB (VPIP: 13.45, PFR: 11.76, 3Bet Preflop: 7.89, Hands: 125)
      CO: 217.8 BB (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 4)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

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

      Hero raises to 3 BB, MP calls 3 BB, CO calls 3 BB, fold, SB calls 2.6 BB, fold

      Flop: (13 BB, 4 players) 7:club: 6:heart: 6:spade:
      SB checks, Hero checks, MP checks, CO checks

      Turn: (13 BB, 4 players) K:club:
      SB checks, Hero bets 7 BB, fold, CO calls 7 BB, fold

      River: (27 BB, 2 players) K:spade:
      Hero bets 26 BB, CO raises to 52 BB, Hero calls 26 BB

      CO shows 6:club: 6:diamond: (Four of a Kind, Sixes) (Pre 53%, Flop 100%, Turn 100%)
      Hero mucks Q:club: K:diamond: (Full House, Kings full of Sixes) (Pre 47%, Flop 0%, Turn 0%)
      CO wins 125.6 BB

      But I was happy that whereas normally after the fourth full house vs quads I would go on full blown monkey tilt, I managed to take a quick break, and come back with a fresh view on things. I spent a little time reviewing hands, then got back into my session.

      One hand where I would like some advice is:
      PokerStars - $0.05 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 100 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 2)
      SB: 100 BB (VPIP: 27.78, PFR: 23.15, 3Bet Preflop: 9.52, Hands: 111)
      BB: 456.8 BB (VPIP: 33.33, PFR: 26.67, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 15)
      UTG: 104.6 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 2)
      MP: 66.4 BB (VPIP: 8.33, PFR: 2.78, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 37)
      Hero (CO): 221.8 BB

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has 8:club: A:club:

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

      Flop: (6.4 BB, 2 players) Q:heart: 8:spade: A:spade:
      BB checks, Hero bets 3.6 BB, BB calls 3.6 BB

      Turn: (13.6 BB, 2 players) J:club:
      BB checks, Hero bets 7.8 BB, BB calls 7.8 BB

      River: (29.2 BB, 2 players) 7:club:
      BB bets 21 BB, Hero calls 21 BB

      BB shows 9:spade: T:spade: (Straight, Queen High) (Pre 45%, Flop 43%, Turn 91%)
      Hero mucks 8:club: A:club: (Two Pair, Aces and Eights) (Pre 55%, Flop 57%, Turn 9%)
      BB wins 68.2 BB

      Firstly I feel I should have bet bigger on the flop, although would likely not have made much difference on the outcome of the hand.
      Is the river call here standard? I feel like he's never taking this line with any one pair hand, so I feel there is quite a lot in his range here that beats us, where we're only beating his worse two pairs & maybe busted flushes. No real stats on the player.

      Anyway, after 3000 hands, and two days in bankroll stands at $119.09
    • Tomaloc
      Joined: 17.01.2011 Posts: 7,151
      river call is standard.
      out of all the flop draws the only ones that complete are T9 and KT, which are both gutters and should be a bit discounted because average villain will sometimes c/r them on the turn.

      his range is something like better hands (discounted because no c/r so far), worse twopair (at least QJ) and busted flushes. you should be ahead the required ~30% of the time...
      i'd hate life if i got turn raised :f_biggrin:
    • holmeboy
      Joined: 29.01.2010 Posts: 1,336
      Wouldn't say its standard, its pretty much the very bottom of our calling range here; QJ is a fold for me. This is almost never a bluff on micros...

      If villain is multitabling then I fold (right click -> find player, or quickly search for their name in the player pool). If 1/2 table then they are more likely to do something 'random' and bet missed draws so leaning towards a call.

      edit: Yeah flop size is way to small. The board connects ok with his calling range so I'd make it at least $0.22-$0.25
    • Tomaloc
      Joined: 17.01.2011 Posts: 7,151
      on the other hand, he reps a very small valuerange when he didn't c/r all the way. i'll fold one pair hands, but not any two pair hands that i get to the river with this line
    • holmeboy
      Joined: 29.01.2010 Posts: 1,336
      But what hands is he betting that we beat?

      The only hand that we beat and makes sense with his line is something like A7

      I'll play around with equilab before my session later and see what I come up with.