The 5 month grind

    • BeN78
      BeN78
      Platinum
      Joined: 09.09.2008 Posts: 11
      Hello guys,

      I have been a member of pokerstrategy for quite some time now, although I visit the website everyday, I haven't been active in the forums. Time for some change and to work on my game more seriously.

      First of all a quick presentation, I have been playing poker since 2007, i started to play 5/10 in my local casino in 2008 and more seriously from 2009. The games where great and the 10/20 even better. Nowadays the games are a lot tougher and the 10/20 has dried up. I still play but the rake is high ~5%, and 20 hands/hour is starting to get frustrating...

      Online I am winning up to zoom100 on stars and on fulltilt I'm winning at lots of different stakes including NL1000 6max and fullring with good table selection and only playing with known fishes... (also loosing 10k @ NL5K, >discipline problem or gambling addiction whatever)

      2015 this guy still doesnt have a tracker ?:wtf:
      I have recently installed PT4 and I am going to start my new resolutions by working on my game thanks to this software. I feel there's a whole new way of learning possibilities now.
      Might be asking for some tips if you bear with me :f_thumbsup:

      Anyway I have 5 months before I start university and my goal pokerwise is to make enough money to put me through my 3 years of studying without eating into my bankroll...

      My limits
      Pokerstars:
      My plan is to grind zoom100 on stars and move up when i feel im ready to beat zoom200 on stars.

      Fulltilt Poker:
      Rush100 and 200
      I'll be taking more shots on FTP because I feel that the games are a lot softer

      I'll be playing MTTs also but i will not be discussing them (unless I ship one) because of the low volume and the fact that I'm looking into to working my NL CG game.

      Bankroll Management
      Bankroll management has been my biggest problem when playing online...
      I have lacked discipline for a very long time but I am determined to stick to the limits which allow me to earn money in a secure way :f_biggrin:

      My goal $$$
      Honestly I think I need 20K/year to cover my expenses, so that would mean 60K profit in 5months, but unless PT4 turns me into a massive crusher I am aware that it is not realistic.

      I would like to aim for 30K to start with and any extra will be the icing on the cake, I'm also looking forward to improve my game and see where it will take me.

      Other
      Sport: I think doing sport regularly is key into staying motivated for poker, studying and living a healthy life.
      Swimming 4 times/week
      Running 1/week
      Football with friends
      When I get up I don't allways feel like grinding but after a swimming session I am always in the mood to play because I feel relaxed and focused so that's going to be part of this challenge.

      Anyway I'll be posting my weekly results from PS and FTP, and some interesting hands now and then...

      If I have forgotten any important details please let me know this is my first blog and I hope I can make this interesting and that it will help me and others find the motivation to beat this sick game :f_drink:

      See you
      Ben
  • 5 replies
    • SDK1987
      SDK1987
      Moderator
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      Joined: 12.11.2008 Posts: 27,160
      Nice introduction of your blog :f_thumbsup:
      I don’t think you missed something.

      Further I wish all the best to crushing the Rush and ZOOM tables :gl:

      Cheers,
      SDK1987
    • IvicaIliev77
      IvicaIliev77
      Bronze
      Joined: 31.05.2012 Posts: 3,361
      Following for sure, sounds very interesting so far.
      Look forward to updates on Full Tilt traffic and field in general. I was told that games are softer vs Stars for ZOOM format by people who tried both but haven't seen actual examples (hands) of it yet.
      By the way, what is your study plan to reach NL200 ZOOM?

      GL and wish you all the best with your 1st blog !
    • BeN78
      BeN78
      Platinum
      Joined: 09.09.2008 Posts: 11
      Hello SDK1987, IvicaIliev77,
      Thanks for welcoming me.

      My plan is to watch the videos regarding Zoom 100NL - 500NL. Also work on my preflop game which i know has leaks and learn what the stats mean in PT4 I need to learn what ranges to asign to different preflop raising % etc...

      Overall I think my game is ok but I'm sure some tweaking would be profitable.

      I'll post some hands in the next post and maybe my first graph.

      Btw I checked out your blog IvicaIliev77, it looks really good I think I can learn a lot about how to keep mine going so I'll try to get some ideas from you.

      GL to all

      Ben
    • IvicaIliev77
      IvicaIliev77
      Bronze
      Joined: 31.05.2012 Posts: 3,361
      Sounds like a good plan Ben.
      May I suggest switching to HM2 instead of PT4? I think you will find it much easier for hand analysis and running filters.

      Feel free to take anything that can help you from my blog and use it. I am always happy to hear that people are finding my blog useful and inspirational. It gives me more energy to keep updating and sharing my road with them all.

      Hope to see a lot of updates from you as I am in particularly going to play NL100+ in near future also (hopefully). Maybe we will even have a clash or two on Stars :)

      Look forward to the hands and future updates Ben!
    • SDK1987
      SDK1987
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      Joined: 12.11.2008 Posts: 27,160
      I’m waiting for some interesting hands and/or graph of you :pcuser:
      It would be nice to know how your grind is going the last 2 weeks on the mid stakes.

      Cheers,
      SDK1987