Becoming mid stakes MTT regular

    • danan758
      Joined: 03.06.2012 Posts: 115
      Hi everyone, im Danan 20yrs of Saint Lucia tiny Caribbean Island. Been playing since I was 15, played mostly mtts last year with roughly 6k in total winnings that is a lot after conversion for me. Im unemployed so have plenty of time on my hands and considering that if i were to get a job with my qualifications ill be makin jus under $300/month after expenses, so poker always seemed like a viable option.

      Well i started sick mtt downswing around Dec last year, couldnt win anything and i had been improving alot around that time so my br dropped quite a bit, subsequently i withdrew all my funds but $0.25 to go to a few interviews which was roughlyaround end of march. i was bored played a $0.25 45 man and cashed ran it up a bit to $99 dropped to around $50 and decided its time to try cash again, despite how poorly i did b4

      So now to present times(this Week 12/5/15 - 16/5/15 ), deposited $50 888 $13 P.S. played a mixure of cash and mtts
      So P.S BR $23 888 $60
      Cash Winnings:P .S $10 888 : $17
      Mtts ate up some

      So challenge- Br $83 total Goal $7000
      BRM Move up to next limit at 16 Buyins drop bk down after 4 BI at lower limits
      $64-Nl4 888
      $80 NL5 P.S
      $96 NL 888
      $160 NL10
      $320 Nl16 P.S
      $600 NL20 888
      $750 NL25

      At Peak concentration levels 4 tabling 6max with more tables or lack of concentration Fr maybe 1 limit down

      So blog is basically to keep track of my progress, get pokerstrategy status up, learn as much as i can and win at a format i was never good at
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    • SDK1987
      Joined: 12.11.2008 Posts: 35,931
      Nice that you started a challenge with tournaments :f_thumbsup:
      Don’t forget to report you results every Monday in our Get Rich or Die Tryin' - The Bankroll Challenge - Reporting thread .

      Further I wish you all the best to reach your challenge of a 7k bankroll :gl:

      Best regards,
    • danan758
      Joined: 03.06.2012 Posts: 115
      Hi again well only 2 days have passed but its Monday, and alot has happened
      BR combined dropped from $83 to $52
      Woke up early Sunday sat at a few tables, fish heaven..... Was going well went up couple buy ins this guy shoving any 2 rivered me twice so Broke even that session, but my tourney addiction put me down approximately 2 buy ins
      2nd session i played like shit and lost another couple :(
      3rd session played well again but like the first the fish got the better of me
      888 Poker - $0.04 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4:

      SB: 118 BB (VPIP: 21.21, PFR: 18.18, 3Bet Preflop: 8.33, Hands: 34)
      BB: 24.5 BB (VPIP: 50.00, PFR: 50.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 2)
      UTG: 107 BB (VPIP: 27.19, PFR: 20.18, 3Bet Preflop: 9.80, Hands: 119)
      MP: 257.5 BB (VPIP: 40.32, PFR: 29.03, 3Bet Preflop: 14.29, Hands: 63)
      CO: 109.5 BB (VPIP: 39.29, PFR: 19.05, 3Bet Preflop: 2.63, Hands: 87)
      Hero (BTN): 121.75 BB

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 8s 8d
      UTG raises to 3 BB, fold, CO calls 3 BB, Hero calls 3 BB, fold, BB calls 2 BB

      Flop : (12.5 BB, 4 players) 3h 8c 5s
      BB checks, UTG checks, CO bets 9.25 BB, Hero calls 9.25 BB, fold, UTG raises to 18.5 BB, CO raises to 27.75 BB, Hero calls 18.5 BB, UTG raises to 104 BB, CO raises to 106.5 BB, Hero calls 78.75 BB

      Turn : (329.5 BB, 3 players) Qh

      River : (329.5 BB, 3 players) Jh

      UTG shows 5d 5h (Three of a Kind, Fives)

      Main Pot [324.5 BB]: (Pre 16%, Flop 5%, Turn 2%)

      CO shows Jd Jc (Three of a Kind, Jacks)

      Main Pot [324.5 BB]: (Pre 66%, Flop 9%, Turn 5%)
      Side Pot [5 BB]: (Pre 81%, Flop 9%, Turn 5%)

      Hero shows 8s 8d (Three of a Kind, Eights)

      Main Pot [324.5 BB]: (Pre 18%, Flop 87%, Turn 93%)
      Side Pot [5 BB]: (Pre 19%, Flop 91%, Turn 95%)

      CO wins 308.5 BB
      CO wins 4.75 BB

      888 Poker - $0.04 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4:

      UTG: 140.25 BB (VPIP: 50.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 2)
      CO: 16.25 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 2)
      BTN: 174 BB (VPIP: 50.00, PFR: 50.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 2)
      SB: 35.75 BB (VPIP: 50.00, PFR: 50.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 2)
      Hero (BB): 100 BB

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Qc Qh
      fold, CO raises to 2.5 BB, BTN calls 2.5 BB, SB calls 2 BB, Hero raises to 12.5 BB, CO raises to 16.25 BB, fold, SB raises to 35.75 BB, Hero calls 23.25 BB

      Flop : (90.25 BB, 3 players) 6c 6s 2c

      Turn : (90.25 BB, 3 players) 6d

      River : (90.25 BB, 3 players) 6h

      CO shows 9d 9s (Four of a Kind, Sixes)

      Main Pot [51.25 BB]: (Pre 19%, Flop 9%, Turn 5%)

      SB shows Js Kh (Four of a Kind, Sixes)

      Main Pot [51.25 BB]: (Pre 24%, Flop 12%, Turn 10%)
      Side Pot [39 BB]: (Pre 29%, Flop 12%, Turn 9%)

      Hero shows Qc Qh (Four of a Kind, Sixes)

      Main Pot [51.25 BB]: (Pre 57%, Flop 79%, Turn 86%)
      Side Pot [39 BB]: (Pre 71%, Flop 88%, Turn 91%)

      SB wins 48.75 BB
      SB wins 37 BB

      well 2 of my favorites, but after losing the 88 hand i tilted and 4b shove T9s and lost, all my losses were at 888 and b/e stars low volume

      Well study wise have not done as much as id like just 1 video since saturday
      TILT- i dont tilt often anymore been a while but after that T9 4bet i guess i got work to do

      My cash game has gone well my losses are mainly mtts and im proud to say i played none today, my stars mtt limit is 0.01 and 888 cheapest tourneys are $1 so brm is impossible for me hence losses
      ill use today for studying since im tilting and work on assessing ranges better as it was the reason for bad second session
    • danan758
      Joined: 03.06.2012 Posts: 115
      well its a cash game challenge and i hope to mix in mtts later down the line
      And thanks alot :f_grin:
    • SvenBe
      Joined: 19.04.2006 Posts: 13,479
      He Danan,

      long time no post here?
      I just read the intro to your blog....
      St. Lucia... it sounds very romantic and idyllic. I am actually really interested in all the small and tiny places in the world ( I work in Gibraltar, so ...enough said?).
      How is life there? Do you have a constant proper internet connection for playing? I could imagine that it is really difficult on small communities. Here we had a Powercut on Sunday for the full night...

      Oh, if you like... i wouldn't mind if you post some pics!
    • danan758
      Joined: 03.06.2012 Posts: 115
      hey im back, had some difficulties with my laptop, then had to visit my ill sister, played a little in between but time has been very limited
      hi Svenbe, well my internet connection is usually fine, but it is a lovely place indeed
      life here is great, make some foreign currency and its really easy

      well been playing cash exclusively at 888, went up roughly 7 buy ins nl4, so br stands at $87
      However gotta revove $30 for dentist its very important

      loved playing cash but still feel like mtt are my passion
      im thinking of grinding mtts early on in the day when im usually idle if im not playing poker and cash later on in the day where i must accommodate my girlfriend into my schedule

      well im bk and updates will be regular
      More about poker NEXT TIME!!!

      This is my back porch... well the view from it, beautiful sunsers daily, on mornings you can hear the waves, with a small airport right behind that coconut tree, too bad i cant play there due to sun and too much light

      This one was taken by my dad on the east coast, thats the Atlantic Ocean, where as my home is on the west, and the water body there would be the Caribbean Sea

      This one is google :D , picture of twin peak mountains , world heritage site very popular with tourist with an amazng panoramic view when u get to the top
    • SDK1987
      Joined: 12.11.2008 Posts: 35,931
      Good that you’re back again :f_thumbsup:
      Hopefully everything will work good now for a long period of time.

    • danan758
      Joined: 03.06.2012 Posts: 115
      Hi all
      Well past week has been great for playing and got some descent studing in but lots of room for improvement

      Using Andrew Brokos hand reading system has worked well for me, however i need to finish watch the series and practice religiously

      well played cash/mtts this week
      5658 hands nl2/nl5 zoom resulting in +$41.74
      101 tournaments +$308
      current br $310.25+ 4.40Tmoney minus $143 i withdrawed

      took deal 2/3 in $2.75 deep stack for $350, last 2 players weren't very good but it was a very long tourament and we all had above 100bb stacks so i accepted deal

      well this has been my week review, wish i could talk about my improvements, leaks and hands but i was grinding more than studying wanted to make this week a big one
      well good luck at table guys
    • SDK1987
      Joined: 12.11.2008 Posts: 35,931
      The results a great I think on a week time. I wish I win so much in a week
      Good luck with making a other profitable run this week and improving you’re game :gl:

    • danan758
      Joined: 03.06.2012 Posts: 115
      thanks yh br only 3 days ago was $50
      current br is 310 after withdrawal not minus withdrawal
    • danan758
      Joined: 03.06.2012 Posts: 115
      well jus quick update till i get some time
      wasnt home yesterday so missed my usual monday updates
      since last post
      3rd for $94 .50 mtt got very unlucky there vs 2 huge fish
      10th .50mtt got a little unlucky there again
      1st for $235 in 2.75 deep stack
      br 470 right now
      reasons for being so low are withdraws
      roughly $180
      took additional $40 since last post to buy anniversary gift for gf

      poker wise no studying playing like crap since 3rd place finish other than today which i took down 1st
      been plaaying all the wrong games and deviated from my optimal play style
      i stay away from turbos some what so 2.50 180s isnt one of my goals instead its 2.50 90man

      and if u noticed i went cash/mtt to jus mtt im not sure what i wanna play as yet :s_cry:
    • SDK1987
      Joined: 12.11.2008 Posts: 35,931
      Do you have decided if you play only MTT’s or you play still MTT SNG’s as well?
      How is July going so far?

    • danan758
      Joined: 03.06.2012 Posts: 115
      hey guys been a mess poker wise
      not playing well, tilting berating players dont know what went wrong this week
      br took a huge hit so not gonna post it today
      but im gonna play cash with occasional mtts, mtsngs are so annoying to me these days so i quit those indefinitely

      So finally goals
      Cash gonna start at nl10 to get confidence up
      im gonna be learning religiously
      after i win 3 buy ins convincingly im going up to next stake i got 12 buyins for
      im gonna be 1 tabling for now until i feel im ready to expand
      becuz im gonna be 1 tabling i wanna play stakes that are high enough to keep me interested
      as usual im gonna be playing multiple networks to find best tables: where there is 1 or more players i have huge edge on a.k.a fish.... and i gotta hv position too. This is why i dont like pokerstars its tough to choose your seat if ever

      Mtts occasional small buy in games like 10-20% of cash buy in
      With a full cash buy in allocated to sundays non turbo mtts
    • danan758
      Joined: 03.06.2012 Posts: 115
      Been a while since i made a post but got nothing to do
      So whats been happening is i used 75% of br to go on dates with this new girl(i broke up with after a while :f_cool: )
      Then i played like crap poor brm then blackjack lost my entire br ;(
      got my hands on $3.40 about 3 weeks ago played .25 45s, won a couple freerolls for about $100
      Played $1 180s because i hate turbos won a couple
      played mtts got 5 final tables at stars 3 wins 7th 9th
      4 fts 888 and fred combined all within last 8 days
      so br is no over $1000 in less than 3 weeks ( i wish i started a br challenge) $3.40 to 1k 3 weeks how cool does that sound
      now grinding mtts and mtsngs, watching colins vids trying to improve as much as possible
      I may start posting more
    • danan758
      Joined: 03.06.2012 Posts: 115
      Hey decided to change title and make this all about MTTs and MTSNGs
      So as i said in last Post i started with $3.40 not too long ago had some success got to 1k in roughly 3 weeks
      Im withdrawing $300 which leave me with right around $700

      Goals for This week
      Read Raisers Edge(browse through it)
      And Moorman's Book

      Despite Having a descent understanding of a few Math Concepts i really hate that aspect and i dont really study it because i wont learn anything

      So i learn through experience and watching what people do in certain spots in videos etc

      Volume i tend to put in a large number of games daily when im really grinding (70+)

      In the coming week ill decrease volume and buy in, to work harder at my game, im really lacking in my 3bet and resteal game, floating, not betting enough rivers and bluff catching in bad spots

      Finished 13th yesterday bluff catching bad spot dropped to 12bbs

      Another area im trying to improve is being all in less often finding alternative lines and ways to build my stack

      Well thats the areas im gonna start working on now... yes now!! so im out
    • danan758
      Joined: 03.06.2012 Posts: 115
      Hi all exactly a week since i lasted, alot has happened
      Well in terms of improvement not much, dont commit to studying as much as i need to. But still playing well enough to beat 45s 90s and MTTs
      So I made alot of deep runs, alot of disappointments deep. Many final 2 table bust with best hand of course
      But managed to get 2 good runs in and a few mtsng wins
      So Best results were:
      3rd for $130 in a $3 MTT
      4 way deal $5.5 Deep stack chip chopped in 1st place for $525
      Yesterday i finished 11th after dominating all tourney with JJ vs TT and KK some guy called nearly half his stack to my 3bet and flopped trip 8 with 89o, so i was furious but went on to that 4 way deal so its all good :)

      Goals: study and improve get a few more results under my belt to make an attempt at getting backed
      I have had about 15 MTT final tables in past couple weeks so im on the right track

      So BR is now $1700 maybe the quickest $3.40 has grown in poker :)
    • danan758
      Joined: 03.06.2012 Posts: 115
      Hi , got some highs and lows which im gonna document
      Good news, made 2 final tables today won $1 mtt field of over 1.7k for $296 i believe and tied for 1st $2.75 deep stacked for $215
      comes at a good time considering since my win on saturday i hit a minor slump

      Bad news i failed yet again at studying, my game is severely lacking, i also lack discipline, ill make the correct read and hit call button knowing im bad
      and i also dont seem to be doing well at games past $5.5 alot of it is bad luck but when i do get an opportunity to do well i squander it
      Also my push/fold icm ranges need work
      Cant really present a gragh as i play across multiple networks and computers

      BR $1800 (withdrew about $300)
    • Lazza61
      Joined: 23.03.2011 Posts: 10,477
      Hey Danan,

      Welcome back to the 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' bankroll challenge. We will be looking forward to your first update which you should post by Monday of each week in Get Rich or Die Tryin' - The Bankroll Challenge - Reporting thread. Due to the Xmas holidays, it is not necessary to update until January 04th, 2016.

      Have fun :gl:

    • spidersense
      Joined: 03.11.2014 Posts: 85
      Hey Danan,
      i didn't know you had a blog. You live in a beautifull place! Amazing mtt results! Do you actually reach the final table at pokerstars? (it seems too hard with so many thousend players playing). Best of luck with your challenge!
    • danan758
      Joined: 03.06.2012 Posts: 115
      hey yh most of my fts as of late are at pokerstars, thanks alot but one issue
      long hours of mtts are doing some damage to my eyes so im switching to cash 6max zoom
      my main game is pokerstars deep stacked games made quite a few fts in them and 3 or 4 wins i think, but winning means roughly 16hours i cant do that very often anymore so cash it is with occasional mtt grind, cash might actually help me become better at mtt, so thanks and good luck with your games also
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