My Story

    • CustardKid
      CustardKid
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      Hello,

      My name is Craig I started playing poker back in 2010, I deposited $10 and turned it into $100 drew it off and repeated that again, only the 3rd time I couldn't win again :f_cry: . , I was playing for about 3 years with 3-6month breaks.

      After about 3 years of playing on and off, my bankroll started to creep up (ever so slow :f_biggrin: ). my dad decided to give me $500 to play with because he's a nice guy like that. one night I came back pissed out my head and lost it all to space gravy on pokerstars. I was kicking my self for months and months and haven't been able to play right since until recently.

      shortly after this I bought a book "The art of modern day poker" I think it was called, and found my way here after JC TT and Manu said in the book somewhere lol, I still couldn't play right I was tilting after being at the table for ten minutes, so I decided to quit and have a break for a long time.

      After a long 12 month break partying and socialising. I finished work one night, ate, showered and put Netflix on my pc and watched rounder's, suddenly the itch came back, and I couldn't help but load up pokerstars :f_thumbsup: .

      But this time I'm not tilting (as much lol) and putting in more theory then practical at the moment. so I deposit $60 and started my poker adventure again. I watched a few vids on tilt and they changed my way of thinking completely. I definitely fell under the paranoid player last time. but after all the learning I've constructed a solid win rate at the NL25 and below, here is what I have played so far.

      I watched some videos and read some strategy's on here as I was playing NL2 to start with, it was a bit rocky to begin with hadn't played for like a year so I was making some really common mistakes lol. after 2 days or so I was back to playing good poker in fact after the all the videos and theory I have put in I was playing better then I ever have before. my game was on a whole new level. I had a 3 hour session at 2NL and left the table with $22 ive never EVER got even close to that before. this had a very positive impact on me.

      My bankroll was $77 after the 2 days it took me to get back into the game. I decided to take a shot at the Tankroll BRM after watching the video in the strategy section. so I played NL5 up to $100, then I played NL10 up to $150 then NL25 up to $250 in like 2 days I was flying until.... NL50 and those dreaded restealers, unfortunately this was new to me and I didn't know how to counteract it, everything I seemed to do was bad poker. to start with it was fine but then I struggled and was quickly back to NL25, I got up again then down again this happened about 5-6 times the last time I got up I had a very good session at NL25 in 30 minutes my BR went from $230-$370 then the worst thing happened my attempt at NL50 again... I tilted my $370 BR back to $105. But I have spent 2 days learning some more theory in the section I was struggling with resteals, and ive constructed a a game plan if I get back to NL50 I can tackle it better (rather then tilt shoving crap cause I don't know how to counteract ,y opponents lol) , only this time I will try to build up a BR of $1500 before trying to beat the NL50.


      After my session today my bankroll is now $127 and my challenge is to turn that into $1500 to start with and keep it simple.

      Ill post up some of my charts later when I get home. i look forward to making some new friends and good luck to you all and Merry Christmas x
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    • SDK1987
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      Nice story and good luck with your new blog and challenge:gl:
      Further I wish you also a happy Christmas and happy 2015:f_drink:

      Cheers,
      SDK1987
    • MasochisticDesire
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      Hey CustardKid,

      An exciting couple of weeks you have been having. :s_biggrin:
      So where are you settling with this $127 bankroll, NL5? and whats you BRM plan now?
      Of course it is only whilst you grind towards your $1,500 goal and I'm sure you'll be moving up soon enough. ;)

      All the best,
      MD
    • CustardKid
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      Thanks a lot SDK.

      Hey MasochisticDesire can I call you MD for short lol?

      im playing NL10 at the moment. That's something I haven put a lot of thought into atm im in 2 minds whether to attempt the Tankroll BRM again leaving out NL50 or .. something like this

      NL5 up to $250 (I might just stick at NL10 yet)
      NL10 up to $500 - droping back to NL5 if I go below $200
      NL25 up to $1500 - dropping back to NL10 if I go below $400

      I plan to take 4 shots at NL $50 at $1000 dropping back to NL25 at $800, but again I might not bother with this one yet it depends on how im coping with the blind defence, by the time I get to $1000-$1500 im hoping to have mastered a basic strategy in the blind defence.

      What are your thoughts on this?

      Thanks
      CK
    • MasochisticDesire
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      Hi CK,
      Sure, MD, I don't know why I sign off anyway - probably cause I send too many emails.

      I have literally got back into poker again two weeks ago and am considering whether to put some serious time into it next year. Due to this and having a job (admittedly a low paying job) I haven't yet felt the need to build a BR plan before now.
      Here is what I would consider a very safe plan that purposely expanded your BR and lowers your ROR (risk of ruin) as you climb the limits:

      BRM:

      NL5 < $250 (25BI @ NL10)
      NL10 < $750 (30BI @ NL25)
      NL25 < $1,750 (35BI @ NL50)
      NL50 < $4,000 (40BI @ NL100)
      and on to real $$$

      *I would allow for a 10BI shot at each new level before moving back down.

      Pretty standard but, hell, I will probably follow that BRM if I get stuck into poker in 2015. I think this sort of BRM suits someone making a longer term investment. I think it also allows plenty of hands at each limit and time to build solid fundamentals of your game. If you want to play a little more cut 'n' dry and make some quick bucks on the side then you would probably want something faster. It would be plenty exciting with the extra risk and reward but could pay off. My main concern wouldn't be going broke but learning in a 'piece meal' fashion as you will need concepts at NL50 that may be redundant at NL10 and population reads at NL5 will be useless at NL25 for example. Regardless, before attempting an aggressive BRM strategy I would put in at least 50k hands at one level that you can definitely beat so that you know you can drop back there to rebuild if it goes wrong up top.

      GL,
      MD
    • CustardKid
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      Hey MD,

      That does look like a solid BR plan I might stick to that im still undecided at the moment, here is my session review today, I have had hardly any sleep this week (I am going to create a strict routine with a good diet plan into my poker game). witch didn't help with a few of my decisions today mostly marginal, but still. I played badly for 30 mins or so with a few ups and downs, then decided to sit back relax and try and get my dad into a better way of thinking about the game. I then had a session again after a break for an hour at 4 zoom results were

      $127-$118 then I decided to stop cause my Agame couldn't be seen

      $127-149.80 <--- funny that cause its 0.20c under the $150 if I decided to follow the Tankroll BRM at NL25.

      here is a hand in witch im not 2 sure about

      6max
      UTG 100bb
      mp 100bb
      bb 100bb

      hero is bb with 78s
      UTG raises 30c, 1 calls, 3 fold, hero calls

      flop (95c) 9 T J

      hero bets 3/4 pot, Utg raise/calls heros shove of 100bb

      UTG turns over KQ

      I figured that would be worst case sinario but I thought a lot of 2 pair type hands would also raise here for protection I sometimes fold here only vs passivefish, how do you think I played? could I have took a better line?

      for some reason some of my hand are dissapeariing and are not being tracked by hm2 and when I try to replay a hand in the replayer on stars its disappeared has anybody else been haing this problem?

      this might sound like a noobish question, but how do I take a pic of my graphs and upload them on here lol? (althought they are inaccurate because there is hands missing and it seems to be most of the big pots won and lost)

      thanks~CK
    • CustardKid
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      oh and I think ive played over 20k hands in the last ten days I don't know how to take a screen shot of graphs and where it saves the pic to though lol?
    • CustardKid
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      here is my overall graph, although its slightly inaccurate because its missing hands



      here is what it should look like after my tilt, ive had to modify it because my session was on my friends laptop, NOTE: im not playing without hm2 again

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      NL2- as you can see the first 4k hands were ups and downs as my return to poker



      NL5



      NL10



      NL25



      NL50



      here is my new graph after beginning again, I will only play when I track my hands so I can keep a record so far $149-$1500 10% progress

    • SDK1987
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      Nice graphs. Keep it up:f_thumbsup:
    • CustardKid
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      Originally posted by SDK1987
      Nice graphs. Keep it up:f_thumbsup:
      Thanks SDK I'll try my best!

      I had a bit of a crappy session yesterday had 2 pairs of Ace's cracked by kings all in. I wasn't playing my best either so decided to quit instead of continuing to play, I think I finished the session about $135 I'll post graphs every 5k hands from now on
    • CustardKid
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      session $135-$163

      I'm taking 1 shot at NL25,

      here is a hand I just played what do you think.

      co hero $13.24
      btn $25.85 3B 16.7% on the button, with a 40% RS stat

      6mx 10nl (deep) I sit with 100bbs
      hero is CU with ATo,

      folds to hero who raises 30c, BTN 3bets 70c, 2 fold here 4bets $1.80

      Flop($3.87) Qs Tc 2d

      hero checks, btn checks

      turn($3.87) 5s

      hero bets $1.85, btn raises $4.30 hero calls.

      turn($12.47) 6c

      hero check calls his last $7.14


      btn shows 7h4h
    • CustardKid
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      did I play this hand right or should I have taken a different line of play?

      utg 25.
      mp 25.
      co 78.
      btn 40.32
      sb 54.88
      bb 43.37

      hero is sb with As Ad

      3 fold, btn raises 61c, sb raises 2.08, bb calls btn calls

      flop ($6.24) Ks 8s 6S

      hero bets 4.47, sb folds btn calls

      turn (15.18) Jh

      hero check calls btns bet of 7.25

      river (29.68) 6d

      hero check calls btns bet of 16.90

      villain shows 88


      reviewing the hand I think I should have bet flop, bet turn and decided on the river. would this have been better?
    • CustardKid
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      Ive just finished my shot at NL25 BR $135-$198 despite losing that hand above overall it was a good session today

      $198/$1500
      progress - 13%
    • CustardKid
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      NL25 session had K flush beat by A flush HU, about $30 and AA cracked by KJo =)

      ok so ive took another shot at the NL25 at $150 I think this tankroll brm, is having a negative impact and making me look at my bankroll too much, so ive decided to give it up and drop to NL5 and move up with a tight strict limit of 30BI and move down at 25BI

      $125/1500
      progress 8%
    • CustardKid
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      12k hands 7bb/100 I keep making some really stupid mistakes

    • CustardKid
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      After finnishing. 2nd in 2 tornys my bankroll is now $1061 but my cash Ge play has deteorated would anybody like to add me on Skype and show me some of the things I'm doing wrong
    • CustardKid
      CustardKid
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      After finnishing 2nd in 2 tornys my bankroll is now $1061

      But my cash ge play has deteorated would somebody like to add me on Skype and show me hat I'm doing wrong?

      $1061/$1500
      Progress 70%

      I think I have what it takes to become pro just need some guidance by the write person