Micro stakes BR challenge!

    • kasles
      kasles
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      Joined: 28.12.2010 Posts: 38
      Hello, I started yesterday a new BR challenge, basically, i'm playing only 180 man 50 cent on stars starting off with 10$ and my first goal would be 100$ then i would move up.

      Background: I've started playing poker seriously for about 8 months now, hard studying and all that. I first played about 8 years ago but never thought about making a living out of it. I always thought it was luck, not math. Goals for now are to keep it simple and make small goals like $100 for start, rather than $100.000. I hope i'll eventually get there but for now I want to focus on baby steps and always improving my game.

      Day 1

      Went well, don't have the hands played this time but i managed to get 1st place in my first 8 table session and grinded it up to $34, I'm now at 29$ after a few bad runs. Starting from now I will update my blog every day, looking forward to it, it will be a long journey.

      BR: $29
      Profit: $19
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    • kasles
      kasles
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      Joined: 28.12.2010 Posts: 38
      DAY 2

      What an AMAZING day!
      Won 2 tournaments for $24.50 each and final tabled about another 3, min cashed a few as well but I don't really take them into consideration.
      When I play these I aim for top 3 always, no matter how short stacked I am, no matter how many bad beats I have to confrunt.
      Hands played: 926
      BR: $74.48
      Profit: $45.48

      Looking forward to already achieve my first goal tomorrow and hopefully move up!
    • HazyLobo
      HazyLobo
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      Joined: 26.06.2015 Posts: 4
      Good Luck and nice start!
    • nathanrenard
      nathanrenard
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      Keep up the good work, even if things do go bad, don't ever lose your motivation.
    • SDK1987
      SDK1987
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      Hello kasles

      Welcome to the PokerStrategy forum :welcome:

      Nice that you started a blog about you’re 180 mans adventure.
      Looks like you started with only 20 buy-inns on the 180 mans. It’s good to see you’re started great, but I recommend to have at least 200 buy-inns if you’re planning to play the turbo variant only. The variance is ugly in those games and losing 100 buy-inns will happened often here. Even if you’re a fantastic player.

      If you want to show pictures in you’re blog you need to be a bronze member. The easiest way to be one is to use 1 of our free money offers on a poker room you don’t have a account yet.

      Further I wish you all the best with you’re challenge :gl:

      Best regards,
      SDK1987
    • kasles
      kasles
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      Joined: 28.12.2010 Posts: 38
      Thanks guys for all the support so far!
      @SDK1987 My plan is always 200 buy-inns.

      Update:Since the 180 man take such a long time to register, I decided to play all 45, 90, 180 man sngs in the early hours and focus only on 180 man in the later hours. Hopefully it won't affect my grind.
    • kasles
      kasles
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      Joined: 28.12.2010 Posts: 38
      DAY 3

      Did a mini 8 tourney session, played 6 45 man 1 90 man and 1 180 man, only cashed one 45 man for $1.82.

      Hands played: 351
      Profit: -$2.18
      Bankroll: $72.30
    • kasles
      kasles
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      Joined: 28.12.2010 Posts: 38
      10 table session

      Hands played: 353
      Profit: -$1.66
      Bankroll: $70.64
    • kasles
      kasles
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      Big session

      Hands played: 821
      Profit: $10.97
      Bankroll: $81.61
    • SDK1987
      SDK1987
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      Originally posted by kasles
      Thanks guys for all the support so far!
      @SDK1987 My plan is always 200 buy-inns.

      Update:Since the 180 man take such a long time to register, I decided to play all 45, 90, 180 man sngs in the early hours and focus only on 180 man in the later hours. Hopefully it won't affect my grind.
      That's good to know. Don’t forget the 45 mans will play completely different at the final stage of the tournament, because it’s a flat paid out structure and the 180 mans is a top heavy one. So you need to play a lot tighter at a 45 mans final table.

      Good to see after a rough start yesterday that you ended well.

      Cheers,
      SDK1987
    • kasles
      kasles
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      Joined: 28.12.2010 Posts: 38
      Very good point, in 45 mans, icm pressure is much lower. Thanks for the advice!

      Good luck!
    • kasles
      kasles
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      DAY 4

      Grinded a lot of 45 mans and 180's, I think I played at my peak, very happy with my decisions, unfortunately i couldn't get a top spot this time.

      Hands played: 683
      Profit: -$6.39
      Bankroll: $75.22
    • kasles
      kasles
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      Variance is starting to come in.

      Hands played: 642
      Profit: -$7.21
      Bankroll: 68.01
    • kasles
      kasles
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      Did a mini session, running pretty bad, but it's ok. Tomorrow I'm looking forward to grind hard since it's my non training day.

      Hands played: 165
      Profit: -$3.50
      Bankroll: $64.51
    • kasles
      kasles
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      Joined: 28.12.2010 Posts: 38
      DAY 5 UPDATE!

      I decided to move over and try 6 max $1.50 STT because I wanted the smallest variance as possible and biggest skill edge as possible, so far it didn't work out that well.

      Hands played: 1920
      Profit: -$12.98
      Bankroll: $51.53
    • kasles
      kasles
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      Joined: 28.12.2010 Posts: 38
      Finally got the hang of this format.

      Hands played: 915
      Session length: 02:30:29
      Profit: +$11.33
      Bankroll: $62.86
    • kasles
      kasles
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      Joined: 28.12.2010 Posts: 38
      I think I did it!

      After a lot of studying and hard work I can say that it's paying off big time, did a short grind after a lot of HH reviewing to find my leaks, they are almost non existent now.
      I'm really enjoying this format, it has no variance, always in the green!
      What I'm thinking now that I specialised really well in this format, how many tables to play to maximize hourly rate, I'm thinking sets of 6 or successive 4's, any multi-tabling specialist around here to help me out ?
      I tried 8 tabling but for 6 max in the late stages it becomes impossible for me to catch up and it forces me to make worse decisions which leads to smaller ROI.

      Here's a small session

      Length: 1h31
      Hands played: 483
      Profit: $11.14
      Bankroll: $74
    • kasles
      kasles
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      DAY 6

      First session

      Session length: 2h44
      Hands: 1117
      Profit: -$5.49
      Bankroll: 68.51
    • kasles
      kasles
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      Joined: 28.12.2010 Posts: 38
      Short session!

      Quick Bankroll update after 1 hour session.

      Hands: 640
      Profit: +12.73
      Bankroll: $81.24
    • SDK1987
      SDK1987
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      Originally posted by kasles
      Very good point, in 45 mans, icm pressure is much lower. Thanks for the advice!

      Good luck!
      Just checking you’re blog again and I think you can set more ICM pressure in 45 mans than in 180 mans, because you need to be careful if you’re not the chip leader. If you’re the chip leader you can play pretty loose if they are familiar with ICM. So ICM pressure is higher in 45 mans I think.

      Good to see that you’re still improving so far I can see it without any hands you have posted so far.

      Cheers,
      SDK1987
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