Scared money don't make none | Grinding 6max cashgames (@100NL)

    • Anomic
      Anomic
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.01.2012 Posts: 557


      Introduction

      Hey, I'm Ruben from Belgium, 25 years old and this account was created about 3 years ago. I started out playing poker on facebook for playmoney and gave cashgames a try after I won a lot because it felt like playmoney was a waste of time. I've been playing on and off for 3 years and realised that I'm going to have to play more consistently and constantly working on my game if I want to achieve anything in poker, which I do, and that's why I'm starting this blog. I already have a blog in the dutch forums but decided to come here because it's more active -> more feedback -> more motivation to grind.

      My bankroll is now 818$ and I'm currently playing on bwin 10NL. I've played 25NL succesfully before (turned 625$ into 1250$) and taken shots at 50NL, but I always ran bad there and had to move down. The last time I took a shot at 50NL, lost 5BI, and started grinding it back at 25NL I immediately hit a downswing there and started tilting and losing even more, so now I'm playing a bit overrolled on 10NL, but I like it. I think playing overrolled makes me less results-oriented and less likely to tilt, so my BRM is more conservative right now.

      Here is my 10NL graph from 1 september - 31 december 2014:



      Bankroll plan

      300$ (30BI) => play 10NL, move down if less than $200 (20BI)
      875$ (35BI) => play 25NL, move down if less than $625 (25BI)
      2000$ (40BI) => play 50NL, move down if less than $1500 (30BI)
      4500$ (45BI) => play 100NL, move down if less than $3500 (35BI)
      10000$ (50BI) => play 200NL, move down if less than $8000 (40BI)
  • 73 replies
    • Alleen86
      Alleen86
      Platinum
      Joined: 27.05.2010 Posts: 4,707
      Wish you the best of luck, mate!

      We are playing the same limits and have a similar bankroll, so will definitelly follow your progress, unless you'll be more successfull than me, in which case I will stop following to avoid being a jealous a**hole. :f_tongue: Just kidding, keep crushing! :f_thumbsup:
    • webhunky
      webhunky
      Diamond
      Joined: 31.03.2010 Posts: 312
      Great mindset, good luck achieving your goals :f_thumbsup:
    • Anomic
      Anomic
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.01.2012 Posts: 557
      First session of the year!

      Bankroll: 812,75$
      Hands: 1102
      Net won: 0,22$
      EV Net won: 10,42$

      2 hands where I wasn't sure:
      Nut flush on river vs big donkbet
      Top pair on turn facing check/minraise
    • Anomic
      Anomic
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.01.2012 Posts: 557
      Great day today, I love friday nights. Reached the bankroll for 25NL :s_thumbsup:

      Bankroll: 876,46$
      Hands: 3448
      Net won: 63,71$
      EV Net won: 86,36$

      4 hands where I wasn't sure:
      full house, call or raise to river lead?
      QQ Mp vs Sb on 875r/7 3b pot turn fold
      set JJ on J76ss/K vs huge turn raise
      Slowplay set vs Utg on 974cc
    • CamboCat
      CamboCat
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.10.2012 Posts: 127
      Good luck with your goals!
      Go Belgium :f_drink:
    • iSoOwnYou
      iSoOwnYou
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.11.2014 Posts: 637
      Nice winning sessions, grats on your milestone too! Good luck for 2015 buddy :f_thumbsup:
    • vonki
      vonki
      Coach
      Coach
      Joined: 18.03.2008 Posts: 6,091
      GL!! :f_thumbsup:
    • gadget51
      gadget51
      Bronze
      Joined: 23.06.2008 Posts: 5,622
      Nice job Ruben and welcome to blogging; your opening post sounded like me. Sigh.

      Good luck and keep the rungood going!

      Mal.
    • Anomic
      Anomic
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.01.2012 Posts: 557
      Ran very good and won about 7 stacks last night, played a bit timid at first but that changed quickly when I won a few stacks.

      Bankroll: 1048,11$
      Hands: 3486
      Net won: 172,59$
      EV Net won: 75,86$

      6 hands where I wasn't sure:
      KK 3way when flush hits on turn
      AQo vs utg on JT9ss blank turn fold?
      AKo SB vs BU on QTTdd
      KK on 844dd/Q facing overshove from fish
      QQ 3bet vs isolator got limp4bet
      Quads with 65s on 555, best way to get value?

      I haven't posted any hands here, so here are some fun hands. There's probably nothing to discuss though...
      Fun hands:

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      BU:
      $7.30
      SB:
      $34.73
      BB (Hero):
      $25.00
      MP2:
      $32.85
      MP3:
      $65.81
      CO:
      $12.26


      Preflop: Hero is BB with T, 9.
      MP2 raises to $0.75, MP3 calls $0.75, CO calls $0.75, BU calls $0.75, SB folds, Hero calls $0.50.

      Flop: ($3.85) 9, T, 5 (5 players)
      Hero bets $3.00, MP2 raises to $8.70, MP3 folds, CO raises to $11.51(All-In), BU folds, Hero raises to $24.25, MP2 calls $15.55.

      Turn: ($63.86) 3 (3 players)


      River: ($63.86) 9 (3 players)


      Final Pot: $63.86.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows a full-house, nines full of tens(T 9).
      MP2 shows a flush, ace high(J A).
      CO shows two pairs, tens and nines(T J).

      Hero wins with a full-house, nines full of tens(T 9).
      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      BU:
      $25.35
      SB:
      $34.66
      BB:
      $25.09
      MP2 (Hero):
      $27.35
      MP3:
      $11.48
      CO:
      $98.65


      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with Q, Q.
      Hero raises to $0.75, MP3 folds, CO raises to $1.25, BU folds, SB calls $1.15, BB folds, Hero raises to $5.25, CO calls $4.00, SB folds.

      Flop: ($12) Q, 2, 7 (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO bets $11.40, Hero calls $11.40.

      Turn: ($34.8) 3 (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO bets $5.45, Hero raises to $10.70, CO calls $5.25.

      River: ($56.2) J (2 players)


      Final Pot: $56.2.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows three of a kind, queens(Q Q).
      CO shows high card ace(9 A).

      Hero wins with three of a kind, queens(Q Q).

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      BU (Hero):
      $28.39
      SB:
      $44.38
      BB:
      $26.37
      MP2:
      $67.64
      MP3:
      $10.59
      CO:
      $42.78


      Preflop: Hero is BU with Q, A.
      3 folds, Hero raises to $0.50, SB folds, BB raises to $2.25, Hero calls $1.75.

      Flop: ($4.6) 9, 5, 4 (2 players)
      BB bets $3.27, Hero calls $3.27.

      Turn: ($11.14) Q (2 players)
      BB raises to $20.85, Hero calls $20.85.

      River: ($52.84) 7 (2 players)


      Final Pot: $52.84.
      Results follow:

      BB shows a pair of queens(A Q).
      Hero shows a flush, ace high(Q A).

      Hero wins with a flush, ace high(Q A).

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      BU:
      $25.00
      SB:
      $27.35
      BB:
      $31.74
      MP2 (Hero):
      $25.35
      MP3:
      $26.07
      CO:
      $25.68


      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with 8, 7.
      Hero raises to $0.75, MP3 calls $0.75, 4 folds, 3 folds, 2 folds, BB folds.

      Flop: ($1.85) A, 9, J (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.17, MP3 raises to $25.32(All-In), Hero calls $23.43(All-In).

      Turn: ($51.77) 6 (2 players)


      River: ($51.77) T (2 players)


      Final Pot: $51.77.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows a flush, ace high(8 7).
      MP3 shows a flush, ace high(6 4).

      Hero wins with a flush, ace high(8 7).
      MP3 wins with a flush, ace high(6 4).

    • Anomic
      Anomic
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.01.2012 Posts: 557
      Not a good day. Lost over 5 buy-ins in a little over 1000 hands but managed to climb out of that hole a bit later, still down though, but I was running above EV the previous day anyway...

      Bankroll: 984,58$
      Hands: 1923
      Net won: -64,41$
      EV Net won: -17,28$

      3 new hand evaluations:
      Ten high flush facing overshove on river
      76s SBvsBu bluff backdoor flush draw
      87 on 865 cbet gets raised, fold 8 turn?

      And as promised, first graphs of 2015:

      10NL



      25NL



      Details:

    • Anomic
      Anomic
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.01.2012 Posts: 557
      I'm not nearly playing enough hands yet to reach my volume goal of 25k per week so that's postponed for a while... it is still a goal to be able to do that eventually though. I don't have enough info yet on regs so I'm watching them play hands too often and I'm checking my pop up stats a lot to prevent making costly mistakes, which all costs time. At the moment I'm not even playing 4 fast tables yet.

      New goal is 15k hands per week. I also want to finish watching w34z3l's walkthough series (just watched vid 4 today), and make notes of new concepts. I will post those notes here to remember what I have learned more completely. :f_thumbsup:

      Had a short and sweet session today.

      Bankroll: 1022,15$
      Hands: 1017
      Net won: 50,98$
      EV Net won: 36,19$

      3 new hand evaluations:
      tpgk + Q high flush draw in limped pot
      c/r A7cc with initiative multiway on 983cc
      KK baby full house river c/c or c/r
    • SDK1987
      SDK1987
      Moderator
      Moderator
      Joined: 12.11.2008 Posts: 27,040
      Nice start of 2015 so far. Good luck with your blog sir :gl:
    • Pokerruudje
      Pokerruudje
      Silver
      Joined: 12.12.2007 Posts: 316
      GL! :f_drink:
    • Anomic
      Anomic
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.01.2012 Posts: 557
      Thanks for the support guys :f_drink:

      I've been running bad (and playing bad as a result) this week. Thankfully been running a lot above EV or I'd have to drop down to nl10 again. So instead of trying to reach my volume goal I've put more time in watching video's and reading than playing. Haven't posted any hands recently but I'll post some tomorrow, I want to keep this marking & posting hands thing going.

      Here's last week's results:

      Bankroll: 902,47$
      Hands: 10819
      Net won: -14,57$
      EV Net won: -219,92$





      Will post hand evaluations tomorrow but here is a summary of last week:


      If there's anything worse than getting set over set... it's getting set over set on the river.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      BU:
      $13.63
      SB:
      $35.07
      BB (Hero):
      $36.29
      MP2:
      $25.60
      MP3:
      $69.80
      CO:
      $60.08


      Preflop: Hero is BB with 9, 9.
      2 folds, CO raises to $0.70, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.45.

      Flop: ($1.5) 4, 6, 9 (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO bets $1.07, Hero raises to $4.00, CO calls $2.93.

      Turn: ($9.5) 2 (2 players)
      Hero bets $7.50, CO calls $7.50.

      River: ($24.5) K (2 players)
      Hero raises to $24.09, CO calls $24.09.

      Final Pot: $72.68.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows three of a kind, nines(9 9).
      CO shows three of a kind, kings(K K).

      CO wins with three of a kind, kings(K K).

      :f_ugly:

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      BU:
      $49.74
      SB (Hero):
      $36.20
      BB:
      $38.04
      MP2:
      $7.48
      MP3:
      $19.54
      CO:
      $30.91


      Preflop: Hero is SB with K, K.
      3 folds, BU raises to $0.75, Hero raises to $2.50, BB folds, BU raises to $8.50, Hero raises to $36.30, BU calls $27.70.

      Flop: ($72.65) J, K, 3 (2 players)


      Turn: ($72.65) A (2 players)


      River: ($72.65) 7 (2 players)


      Final Pot: $72.65.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows three of a kind, kings(K K).
      BU shows three of a kind, aces(A A).

      BU wins with three of a kind, aces(A A).

      :f_ugly:

      vs 21/7 fish... don't think I can fold

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      BB:
      $25.56
      MP2:
      $37.90
      MP3:
      $41.57
      CO (Hero):
      $26.46
      BU:
      $7.50
      SB:
      $10.36


      Preflop: Hero is CO with T, A.
      MP2 folds, MP3 calls $0.25, Hero raises to $1.00, BU calls $1.00, 2 folds, MP3 calls $0.75.

      Flop: ($3.35) T, 5, 7 (3 players)
      MP3 checks, Hero bets $1.59, BU folds, MP3 calls $1.59.

      Turn: ($6.53) 9 (2 players)
      MP3 checks, Hero bets $3.10, MP3 calls $3.10.

      River: ($12.73) T (2 players)
      MP3 checks, Hero bets $6.05, MP3 raises to $30.25, Hero calls $14.72.

      Final Pot: $63.75.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows three of a kind, tens(T A).
      MP3 shows a full-house, tens full of nines(T 9).

      MP3 wins with a full-house, tens full of nines(T 9).

      :f_ugly:

      Was very surprised when I saw his hand. He was 3betting like 29% BBvsBU but still...

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      BU (Hero):
      $51.54
      SB:
      $25.49
      BB:
      $82.06
      MP2:
      $67.07
      MP3:
      $40.08
      CO:
      $32.86


      Preflop: Hero is BU with K, Q.
      3 folds, Hero raises to $0.50, SB folds, BB raises to $2.00, Hero calls $1.50.

      Flop: ($4.1) 7, K, 9 (2 players)
      BB bets $2.80, Hero calls $2.80.

      Turn: ($9.7) 6 (2 players)
      BB bets $7.00, Hero calls $7.00.

      River: ($23.7) Q (2 players)
      BB bets $14.00, Hero calls $14.00.

      Final Pot: $51.7.
      Results follow:

      BB shows three of a kind, sevens(7 7).
      Hero shows two pairs, kings and queens(K Q).

      BB wins with three of a kind, sevens(7 7).

      :f_ugly:

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      BU:
      $89.25
      SB:
      $29.60
      BB:
      $67.44
      MP2:
      $10.03
      MP3:
      $31.80
      CO (Hero):
      $26.86


      Preflop: Hero is CO with K, K.
      MP2 folds, MP3 raises to $0.75, Hero raises to $2.25, 3 folds, MP3 raises to $7.50, Hero raises to $26.86, MP3 calls $19.36.

      Flop: ($54.07) 8, T, J (2 players)


      Turn: ($54.07) T (2 players)


      River: ($54.07) 5 (2 players)


      Final Pot: $54.07.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, kings and tens(K K).
      MP3 shows two pairs, aces and tens(A A).

      MP3 wins with two pairs, aces and tens(A A).

      :f_ugly:

      Plan was to x/r turn

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      BU:
      $28.66
      SB:
      $25.25
      BB:
      $41.68
      MP2:
      $44.02
      MP3 (Hero):
      $25.75
      CO:
      $18.98


      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with T, A.
      MP2 folds, Hero raises to $0.75, CO calls $0.75, BU calls $0.75, 2 folds, BB folds.

      Flop: ($2.6) K, J, Q (3 players)
      Hero bets $1.64, CO calls $1.64, BU folds.

      Turn: ($5.88) 7 (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO checks.

      River: ($5.88) 3 (2 players)
      Hero bets $4.00, CO raises to $16.59(All-In), Hero calls $12.59.

      Final Pot: $39.06.
      Results follow:

      CO shows a flush, queen high(J T).
      Hero shows a straight, ace high(T A).

      CO wins with a flush, queen high(J T).



      And a ton more set-ups and beats but no point posting really... Also made a lot of really bad calldowns because my mindset was blown

      Did get really lucky 2 times also so it wasn't all bad


      He stacked me AA>KK BUvsSB 150bb deep earlier so this was quite satisfying :s_drink:

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      BU:
      $31.06
      SB (Hero):
      $95.88
      BB:
      $18.23
      MP2:
      $27.73
      MP3:
      $63.15
      CO:
      $30.79


      Preflop: Hero is SB with 7, T.
      MP2 folds, MP3 calls $0.25, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.15, BB checks.

      Flop: ($0.75) T, T, 5 (3 players)
      Hero checks, BB folds, MP3 bets $0.72, Hero raises to $2.30, MP3 calls $1.58.

      Turn: ($5.35) 7 (2 players)
      Hero bets $4.07, MP3 raises to $17.30, Hero raises to $93.33, MP3 calls $43.30(All-In).

      River: ($159.28) 6 (2 players)


      Final Pot: $159.28.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows a full-house, tens full of sevens(7 T).
      MP3 shows a pair of tens(J Q).

      Hero wins with a full-house, tens full of sevens(7 T).

      This one really made me feel kinda bad for him but I was laughing pretty hard regardless.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      BU:
      $25.00
      SB (Hero):
      $49.30
      BB:
      $24.15
      MP2:
      $25.00
      MP3:
      $27.67
      CO:
      $39.45


      Preflop: Hero is SB with A, K.
      MP2 folds, MP3 raises to $0.75, CO calls $0.75, BU folds, Hero raises to $3.00, BB folds, MP3 calls $2.25, CO raises to $39.45, Hero raises to $49.40, MP3 folds.

      Flop: ($92) J, 4, Q (2 players)


      Turn: ($92) 2 (2 players)


      River: ($92) T (2 players)


      Final Pot: $92.
      Results follow:

      CO shows a flush, king high(A K).
      Hero shows a flush, ace high(A K).

      Hero wins with a flush, ace high(A K).

    • Anomic
      Anomic
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.01.2012 Posts: 557
      Haven't played much this week, only a lot on friday and sunday night. I've read dusty schmidt's book "treat your poker like a business" and found it quite inspiring, but the only thing I really got out of it was that I should use my time more efficiently. Was a good read nonetheless. I've also finished watching w34z3l's walkthrough series but will probably watch it again and maybe write a summary so all that information can stay in my head a little longer :s_tongue: .

      This week was not as bad as the last one, and I'm still running above EV. But I think I'm playing slightly better. I think I'm getting exploited by folding too much to 3bets and not second barreling enough, so those are probably my most urgent leaks to be plugged. I should also stop spewing in some spots just because I think villain can't have "it"...

      Bankroll: 991,79$
      Hands: 8976
      Net won: 84,49$
      EV Net won: -23,98$

      5 new hand evaluations:
      ATs oesd in 4bpot
      AK in 4bpot oop
      J9s combodraw vs turn raise bvb
      78s combodraw on AT9s
      88 straight on scary board, shove river or not?

      Last weeks graph & stats



    • kevin2001
      kevin2001
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.02.2009 Posts: 136
      GL sir! I also watched the whole walkthrough series (except the gold ones, haha) and it proved to be very helpful. I like your bankroll management plan. :f_drink:
    • Anomic
      Anomic
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.01.2012 Posts: 557
      Just spent almost half a day on making this homework!
    • Anomic
      Anomic
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.01.2012 Posts: 557
      Pokersnowie thinks I'm pretty good :spit:

    • Anomic
      Anomic
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.01.2012 Posts: 557
      I'm winning again without just relying on luck :s_cool: . Just played a nice session.

      I'm trying to 3bet and 4bet bluff more and I can notice the difference in my redline already, making that analysis for w34z3l's redline series homework #2 was really worth it. Still watching a lot of videos atm so I'm not playing that much yet.

      Bankroll: 1124,57$
      Hands: 2034
      Net won: 126,84$
      EV Net won: 100,01$

      2 new hand evaluations:
      AK oop in 3b pot turns nuts, bet or xr?
      Low flushdraw + gutshot facing xr from original raiser