A reminder

    • Owl64
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      Hi community.

      Started my poker career thanks to this site few years ago. Was able to make a living by grinding nanos and not improving.
      So... After a few long years of living near the bottom of poker pond ill try to rise and be better.

      This blog is only a reminder for me, that i can work more, study more and have a better life.
      A reminder to stop limiting myself.
      Most of things here will be written only for myself, but maybe someone will read and find it useful.

      Goals/challenges?
      Yeah.

      Continuous goals:
      [] Be happy about myself.
      [] Get better. (in poker, in life)
      [] Eat.
      [] Work.
      [] Train body and mind.

      Temporary goals:
      [] Get to NL10.
      [] Learn to beat NL10.
      [] Move up.
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    • SDK1987
      SDK1987
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      Hello Owl64

      Welcome on the PokerStrategy forum :welcome:

      Hopefully this blog will help you reaching your goals.
      I wish you al the best to reach NL10 and you will beat it :gl:

      Cheers,
      SDK1987
    • Owl64
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      Today i did not get better.
      I lived as i usually do.
      Same mindset, same mistakes.
      I will get better.
      I did a little of mind training and little exercise, i will do more.

      I ate and i worked.

      A little closer to NL10, but not there yet.

      I am happy about myself, but i can do better.

      3 of 8
    • Owl64
      Owl64
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      Still here, still trying.

      I can see a small change - I work more, but I'm less happy about myself, as I can't see results yet.

      Most important part is...
      I am still the same as before. I'm not better.
      I will be better than I am now, even if i don't know how to do this. Heh.


      3 of 8 - not much of a change in terms of goals. Still 5 to do.
    • Owl64
      Owl64
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      I'm more happy, as my work brings results. Some feedback at last.
      Every bet, check and raise have a meaning now.

      I eat, work and train.
      I'm better, and i will be better.

      5 of 8

      I'm not hoping this will go on. My actions decides if it will.
    • SDK1987
      SDK1987
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      How is it going this month so far?

      Maybe is it a good idea to post some hands in the hand discussions forum.
      If you don’t know how that works you can always read the thread How to use the hand discussion forums

      Cheers,
      SDK1987
    • Owl64
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      It's going slow, I'm still here.

      Yesterday was one of the most important hands in my learning.

      PokerStars - $0.05 NL FAST - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has A:club: 3:heart:

      UTG raises to 2 BB, UTG+1 calls 2 BB, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, SB calls 1.6 BB, Hero calls 1 BB

      Flop: (8 BB, 4 players) Q:heart: 5:diamond: 2:diamond:
      SB checks, Hero bets 2 BB, fold, UTG+1 calls 2 BB, fold

      Turn: (12 BB, 2 players) 5:spade:
      Hero bets 15 BB, UTG+1 calls 15 BB

      River: (42 BB, 2 players) 9:heart:
      Hero bets 30 BB, UTG+1 raises to 105 BB, fold

      UTG+1 wins 97.8 BB


      Thanks to it I remember how to bluff correctly.
      Posting it here in case I'll forget again.


      Working too much training too little.
      Eating and sleeping in norm

      4 of 8

      Can be better.
    • Owl64
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      I am happy.
      I am getting better.
      I eat, work and train.

      Still beating NL5 and getting ready for NL10.

      5 of 8.
    • SDK1987
      SDK1987
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      Originally posted by Owl64
      It's going slow, I'm still here.

      Yesterday was one of the most important hands in my learning.

      PokerStars - $0.05 NL FAST - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has A:club: 3:heart:

      UTG raises to 2 BB, UTG+1 calls 2 BB, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, SB calls 1.6 BB, Hero calls 1 BB

      Flop: (8 BB, 4 players) Q:heart: 5:diamond: 2:diamond:
      SB checks, Hero bets 2 BB, fold, UTG+1 calls 2 BB, fold

      Turn: (12 BB, 2 players) 5:spade:
      Hero bets 15 BB, UTG+1 calls 15 BB

      River: (42 BB, 2 players) 9:heart:
      Hero bets 30 BB, UTG+1 raises to 105 BB, fold

      UTG+1 wins 97.8 BB


      Thanks to it I remember how to bluff correctly.
      Posting it here in case I'll forget again.


      Working too much training too little.
      Eating and sleeping in norm

      4 of 8

      Can be better.
      I’m not a cash game player, but I’m folding pre-flop A3o. The reason for this your most of the time dominated against the UTG opening range. A3o is also a hand that played terrible post-flop in a multi way pot OOP, because you need to hit 2 pair or better if you’re almost sure to have the best hand. That happened not too often I’m afraid.

      Also it makes not to much sense to bet OOP against 3 players and you have only 3 clean outs to hit your straight.

      Turn and river is a complete spew of chips if you ask me. Hopefully you don’t do it again. It’s safe you a lot of money.

      Cheers,
      SDK1987
    • Owl64
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      UTG is a spewfish, something like 40/30 and fold postflop less than 30% and raise over 20%. He is attacking any weak plays. Had i hit 2p+ his stack is mine.
      What i did wrong was trying to push him off his hand and played it just bad OTR. He is raising all busted draws and air there.
      My mistake, true.
    • Owl64
      Owl64
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      Shots @ NL10 taken.
      First i applied NL5 strategy, but failed. I watched matched my opponents tendencies and succeeded.

      NL10 looks easy.

      Happy about myself, I'm getting better.
      Eating, working, sleeping.

      5 of 8
      My playing @NL10 is not set in stone yet, so let's be quiet about this.
    • Owl64
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      Yesterday was my fist day in a while that I played my C game.
      Lost about 10$ and quit. That makes me... quite proud of myself.
    • Owl64
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      It's going good.
      I'm happy about myself.
      I work and eat.
      I'm improving, but it's still far from perfect.
      I did not train my body enough.

      Still not settled @NL10

      4 of 8, but I feel I'm almost there.
    • Owl64
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      I need to remember that i can play my best from the start of my session.
      I often play B or C game for the first few hundreds of hands.
      It's a waste of time, remember this!
    • Owl64
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      As I play NL10 it seems quite easy.
      I can profile a player, judge his play and play accordingly.

      When I play bad I have no idea what someone is doing and why I do something.

      When that happens that means i need to learn more to understand this. I need to be better at handreading and opponent reading.
      There is no winning by force. I will remember this.
    • Owl64
      Owl64
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      Fell into "I am good enough" trap.
      Got to NL10, beat it and stopped improving.

      Time to change temporary goals.

      Continuous goals:
      []Be happy about myself.
      []Get better in poker/life.
      []Eat.
      []Work.
      []Train body and mind.

      Temporary goals:
      []Get to NL25
      []Learn to beat NL25
      []Move up
    • Owl64
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      Two days ago i took a shot @ NL25.
      Played well for a while. Game was a lot more aggro than NL10.
      Got a hand with set vs set and my opponent got quads. Tough.
      After that roller coaster started as i was feeling pressured to win.

      Being pressured is bad thing when playing poker. I try to force hands out and that makes me losing player.

      Took 2 days to calm down and rebuild that shot taking.
      Still here, still getting closer to my goals.
    • Owl64
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      After i moved up to NL10 it's going slow, i'm happy about my situation.

      I still need to be better.
      I can do more.
    • SDK1987
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      How it’s in the meanwhile going on NL10?
      Still struggling or it’s going better now?

      Cheers,
      SDK1987
    • Owl64
      Owl64
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      Nah, made a break from poker, as usual when i get good.

      Back to square one.