From the very, very start!

    • scottc18
      scottc18
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      Hi fellow poker strategists and thanks for clicking on this 'blog'. I'm new to poker and this blog is to document my learning and hopefully improvement in this mad game we all <3 so much!

      A little bit about me.
      My name is Scott and i'm a 21 year old from Scotland who feels as if he will be stuck in dead end min wage jobs for eternity! I'm the type of person who jumps from hobby to hobby but hopefully this one will be one that sticks :)

      Poker Background
      I was first introduced to poker when I was about 12 when I would go visit my dad and sit for hours watching cards on TV thinking "what is this utter sh*t i'm watching". Ohhh how wrong I was! After talking to dad while watching it a few times I began to pick up the very basics. By that I mean card rankings. I didn't even know the rules. That didn't stop me persuading my mates to start playing poker when it was to wet outside to kick a ball around. Those games were so much fun and we would play with pennies and the games were so messed up. We didn't know the rules so there was no blinds and we all thought that a betting round was 2 times round the table and even after a bet we were aloud to check! Eventually we all started playing on "bebo" for free and started to pick up the rules properly which improved our occasional games no end. These games lasted a few months then Call Of Duty came along and poker was just a memory!

      Everytime I went to visit dad i would sit and watch him play on FTP and he would talk me trough what he was doing and when i was 16 i got (rather stole) my first shot at playing a real game for real cash!
      It was around 2am and I had woke up and went downstairs. Dad was in bed and i took a look at the pc and thought - it can't be to hard surely. I turned it on loaded up FTP and managed to guess dads password on the 2nd try lol. I registered for a MTT and was playing for a good 2 hours before i busted. Still remember that hand. All-in pre with KK and i got beat by 9/10o. I loved it (although dad went mad the next day when he realized i had played) and everytime i went to dads we would sit and play HU or i would watch him play online.


      Wow if anyone did decide to read this they have left by now. Oh well, the story continues...

      When i turned 18 dad took me to the casino and we played some poker. It's scary how nervous i was that night but i managed to finish 5th out of around 40 and got a nice little £320 for my £50. From then the only time i played poker was in the casino when visiting dad and would play the very occasional MTT online. Life took over since then, i got a job and a girlfriend and poker was all but forgotten although i would still with it on TV from time to time.

      I want this game in my life!
      13 of June 2014 - my 21st birthday. I get a phone call from dad and he lets me know that for my 21st we are off to Vegas! The excitement was unreal! Anyway we went to Vegas on July 4th, what a night that was, gambling, fireworks and celebrations! We played the poker tournament every night in the stratosphere where we were staying and i played terribly although i did bubble one night! We took a walk down to Rio on one of the days and walking into that room, hearing nothing except the sound of chips being clinked through fingers and looking around while the ME of WSOP was being played reminded me what poker was all about. People from all walks of life, fighting it out for $10 million. We walked around the rail and i was stood less than 6ft away from Phil Ivey, although im not particularly a fan of his it still made me feel slightly starstruck.

      After getting home i downloaded Stars made an account stuck £20 in and played a few MTT's, didn't cash once but i had fun. I went to google and stumbled along this little gem! Some of the blogs i've read on here are so good. Hopefully, being on here i will be able to learn alot from others and become a part of this community :) .

      This post is already to long so for now i shall just stop! I will post what i want to acheive from poker and what i am going to do to improve my game which at the moment is utterly disgraceful. Here i leave a graph of my first NL2 session to show you just how terrible i am.

      [img][IMG]https://i1308.photobucket.com/albums/s611/Scott_Chalmers/Session1-230714_zpsdfb9f3c9.png[/IMG][/img]

      Good Luck on the Tables :D
      Scott
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    • Harrier88
      Harrier88
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      Hi Scott, nice first post! :f_thumbsup:
      I know I'd feel starstruck if I was standing 6ft away from Phil Ivey. I've never even been to Vegas before, unfortunately...

      Don't worry about the results of your first NL2 session, dropping 2.5 BIs happens to all of us from time to time.
      I noticed, however, the your red line is positive while your blue line is going down, which could mean that you're a little too loose. It is generally advised to stick to the basics at the micros, and avoid any unnecessary risks. Then again, 150 hands is not really a meaningful sample size.

      What games do you play, btw? Only cash and MTTs? And do you play full ring or shorthanded?
    • scottc18
      scottc18
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      It was pretty surreal tbh. If you ever do get a chance to go i recommend going to the grand canyon for a day, that was my highlight would say.

      I play a mix of everything really but always 9 handed and the occasional HU game. I seem to lose on cash games alot and mtt give a good value for money considering the time you get to play and also there is that chance of that one time big win. I'm playing n Micromillions event 60 right now and the bubble just burst so i've had 3 hours poker so far and i'm in the money :)

      I completely agree with being to loose. I also feel i'm being over aggressive post flop and i've noticed in the micros most people just do not fold so long as they have a pair. Finding leaks in my game is not my strong point. Hopefully by posting here and getting some feedback my game will start to improve and soon i will be able to all myself an average player :)
    • Harrier88
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      There's an interesting article by our coach w34z3l on showdown winnings vs. non-showdown winnings, you can find it here, it might be worth a read.

      W34z3l is also currently doing a very good video series on microstakes cash games, but it is aimed at shorthanded players, and most of the videos require silver status or higher, I'm afraid.

      Did you ever consider giving shorthanded games a try? The play is a little more loose in these games, and also more postflop-heavy.
      Oh, and when you say HU games, you're talking about HUSNG's right?

      Anyway, congrats on your ITM-finish in the Micro Millions event!
    • scottc18
      scottc18
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      I'll give that a read :) sounds interesting!

      How do i get higher status? Do i have to buy it or do i earn points for playing? If i get points for playing how do i link my stars account here? I noticed a lot of the videos require a higher status and i love to learn from them.

      I may give 6-max a try and see how i run. Going to play a little session just now so i think i'll play some 6-max NL2 - results will follow.

      Yes, HUSNG's. Seem to get some decent rresults playing Heads Up. I always played HU when i was learning the game which is maybe why im to loose on the full tables?

      Finished around 1700 for a small profit of about $2.
    • Harrier88
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      In order to earn points, you'd have to sign up at your room through Pokerstrategy, so if you already have a Pokerstars account, I'm afraid there is no way to link it. Sorry about that...

      If you want to earn points by playing, you can still sign up at any other partner room. Here is a list. Most of these rooms belong to the iPoker network, which I can't really recommend right now, since I experienced quite a few software bugs over there in the last few months. They do offer you the best conversion rate for StrategyPoints, though.
      If you haven't already, I'd recommend signing up at 888. This poker room is often considered one of the fishiest out there, and their traffic isn't bad either for most games. Make sure you follow the required registration process, though. My Pokerstars account is not tracked because I messed up at exactly this point.

      Of course, buying a higher status is also always an option.
    • scottc18
      scottc18
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      That's unfortunate :( Oh well will just stick to bronze for now and consider buying status at a later date. Although 888 is an option. I believe the have a pretty decent android app to play on also. I just love Stars for some reason.
    • Harrier88
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      Yeah, Stars is the best by far in my opinion. I'm still kicking myself for messing up the registration process back then.

      We can only hope that Pokerstrategy will make Full Tilt another partner room some time in the future. I've heard that this room is very similar to Stars.
    • scottc18
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      This is a hand i had earlier. How would you guys have played this? And what you think villian has?

      Poker Stars $2.00+$0.20 No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t100/t200 Blinds + t25 - 9 players - View hand 2545801
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      MP2: t12513 M = 23.83
      CO: t13608 M = 25.92
      BTN: t2535 M = 4.83
      SB: t5463 M = 10.41
      Hero (BB): t8136 M = 15.50
      UTG: t32935 M = 62.73
      UTG+1: t2004 M = 3.82
      UTG+2: t12207 M = 23.25
      MP1: t4192 M = 7.98

      Pre Flop: (t525) Hero is BB with J :club: J :spade:
      4 folds, MP2 raises to t400, 3 folds, Hero calls t200

      Flop: (t1125) 5 :diamond: A :club: 5 :heart: (2 players)
      Hero bets t562, MP2 calls t562

      Turn: (t2249) J :heart: (2 players)
      Hero bets t1124, MP2 calls t1124

      River: (t4497) A :heart: (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP2 bets t2248, Hero raises to t6025 all in, MP2 calls t3777
    • Lazza61
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      Hey scott,

      I would probably put him on Ax but he must be a fish because raising that flop would be standard.

      Please let on

      Laz
    • scottc18
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      He had 55. I hadn't even thought of that put when them cards turned over. Shocked a little. Probably poor play from me tbh. Do you think i played it correctly?
    • scottc18
      scottc18
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      Played for a little half hour there to give 6max a try. Wasn't too bad recovered yesterdays losses + a little more. Again over a very small sample.

      [img][IMG]https://i1308.photobucket.com/albums/s611/Scott_Chalmers/24-7-14_zps23b4ad51.png[/IMG][/img]

      My "lifetime" graph. 2 150 hand sessions is some career :) haha.

      [img][IMG]https://i1308.photobucket.com/albums/s611/Scott_Chalmers/LifetimeAsOf24-7_zps3380c435.png[/IMG][/img]

      Time to get some food and tea and sit down for MicroMillions #67. Lets go!
    • Lazza61
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      Shippppppppppppppp itttttttttttt. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • jorny123
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      Originally posted by scottc18
      This is a hand i had earlier. How would you guys have played this? And what you think villian has?

      Poker Stars $2.00+$0.20 No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t100/t200 Blinds + t25 - 9 players - View hand 2545801
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      MP2: t12513 M = 23.83
      CO: t13608 M = 25.92
      BTN: t2535 M = 4.83
      SB: t5463 M = 10.41
      Hero (BB): t8136 M = 15.50
      UTG: t32935 M = 62.73
      UTG+1: t2004 M = 3.82
      UTG+2: t12207 M = 23.25
      MP1: t4192 M = 7.98

      Pre Flop: (t525) Hero is BB with J :club: J :spade:
      4 folds, MP2 raises to t400, 3 folds, Hero calls t200

      Flop: (t1125) 5 :diamond: A :club: 5 :heart: (2 players)
      Hero bets t562, MP2 calls t562

      Turn: (t2249) J :heart: (2 players)
      Hero bets t1124, MP2 calls t1124

      River: (t4497) A :heart: (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP2 bets t2248, Hero raises to t6025 all in, MP2 calls t3777
      I may or may not be drunk still but why would you ever ship that river?

      Edit: And I only now see the donk haha. 3bet pre, as played don't donk flop and check fold the river.
    • scottc18
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      Busted pretty quickly in MM. Played pretty poor and the hand shown above is what busted me. After i busted i played 4 9man SnG. Finished 4th 4th 5th and 8th so again pretty poor.

      Think i will stick to cash games for the moment to improve my game and learn instead of throwing some of my br into MTT and SnG.

      From now on in i will be posting my BR at the end of each update along with a short time goal or 2 :)

      Current BR - $78.17
      Short term goals - Play at least 7000 hands before August 1st
      Read at least 3 articles per week here on PS.
    • Harrier88
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      Probably a good decision to stick to one format when you're still learning. Solid knowledge of cash games can actually even be quite helpful in MTTs, if you ever get back to those.
    • scottc18
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      Decided to play a HUSNG to end the night and this happens!

      Poker Stars $3.29+$0.21 No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t15/t30 Blinds - 2 players - View hand 2545904
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      BTN/SB: t1641 54.70 BBs
      Hero (BB): t1359 45.30 BBs

      Pre Flop: (t45) Hero is BB with K :diamond: A :diamond:
      BTN/SB raises to t60, Hero raises to t90, BTN/SB raises to t270, Hero raises to t1359 all in, BTN/SB calls t1089

      Flop: (t2718) 5 :spade: Q :club: 2 :heart: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Turn: (t2718) 8 :club: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      River: (t2718) T :heart: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Villain had AQ don't know why it isn't showing showdown :/
    • chilliyen
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      I probably would have pushed preflop with JJ being OOP and M 15.

      But I usually only play STT SNG. ICM baby.........

      SngWiz would probably say fold, but it's a resteal, right?
    • jorny123
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      Originally posted by chilliyen
      I probably would have pushed preflop with JJ being OOP and M 15.

      But I usually only play STT SNG. ICM baby.........

      SngWiz would probably say fold, but it's a resteal, right?
      Why would you push there? Stacks are big enough to just 3bet and hand plays well enough, also oop. Also not sure why SngWiz is relevant here.
    • chilliyen
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      $2 bi, obv steal, resteal allin, not sure a 3 bet is cost effective. Calling is weak, too late for set mining, gotta be aggro at this stage eh? no time for slow playin those jacks fella!!!!!

      Like I say I do mainly STT sng, might be different for MTT, don't mind being proved wrong,....
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