Learning to beat the micros - A poor student's poker diary

    • inceptioner
      inceptioner
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      Joined: 23.05.2012 Posts: 283
      "Hi,

      I'm a 21 year old guy from Finland, who allegedly played MTT's (5-10$) quite succesfully between 2010-2012. Now I'm quite serious about making a comeback in poker. I'm sure that I would easily beat micro MTT's right now, but I don't have the time to grind 5-8 hour sessions.

      That's why I'm trying to play cash games this time. Started with 50€ a week ago and played around 6k hands in NL2. Got up to ~100€ and now I'm playing NL4.

      Right now I'm in Turkey on a holiday and when I come back, I'm gonna start writing a blog."

      So, that's what I said in my post on the Introduce yourself -forum a week ago. Came back from Turkey couple of days ago. Cool place, but I burned my back the very first day, so that kinda sucked.

      Now let's get to the stuff this blog is going to be about; poker. Like I said in my introduction, I'd played some NL2 and NL4 before the vacation. It went well, but I just couldn't play with PokerHeaven's software anymore. It just tilts me way too much. So I moved my roll to PokerStars and started to grind NL5 Zoom. Have been playing for 3 days now, got in 13k hands and made some profit as well.



      All hands from all stakes:



      One thing I noticed was that there is a BR-challenge going on. I'd be interested to join if I could get the progress I've had this week in it. Start with 50€ and mark this week profits in it. But I don't know if that's possible.

      The reason I want to start keeping a blog is simply the fact that I want to get better. Posting hands, results etc. can be really motivating. Right now I have a ton of leaks in my play, and by posting hands and getting opinions from other players is going to help me a lot. Right now my biggest leaks imo are:

      1. Tilting

      I don't tilt the worst way possible. I don't get mad and just start throwing multiple buy ins away. But when I get angry, I start making bad decisions that on average cost me 1-2 bins before I realize I should prob stop.

      2. Riverplays

      I think I make a lot of mistakes on the river. The most common is calling too light. And I don't mean like calling 3 streets with a bottom pair. I mean situations where it feels bad to fold but you know you should. I'm getting better at this but it's still a problem. But yea, I have other leaks on my river decision making too.

      3. Long sessions

      I'm not sure if it's making a huge difference, but I think I've been playing sessions that are just too long. 5 hours without a brake can't mean 5 hours of flawless thinking. I also think that the longer the session goes, it's easier to tilt.

      I'm going to give myself some goals, every week or so. I'm going start easy on myself. My goals for this week are:

      1. Play 15k hands.
      2. Post 3-5 hands here and on the Hand discussion -section.
      3. Shorter sessions. At most 2 hrs without a brake.

      I think that's enough for the first post. Don't expect much comments, this blog is going to be mostly for myself after all. It's not going to be exciting or entertaining. It's just a tool for me to get better.

      See ya!
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    • inceptioner
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      Holy crap!

      Just had a horrible session. I played pretty bad, but I ran even worse. Not just EV-wise, I constantly ran into the top of my opponent ranges. Felt like shit being almost 6 bins down, but I somehow managed to come back.



      These two hand are my absolute favorites of the session.

      PokerStars - $0.05 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (BTN): 128.8 BB
      SB: 110.2 BB (VPIP: 6.45, PFR: 6.45, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 31)
      BB: 274.4 BB (VPIP: 15.38, PFR: 12.82, 3Bet Preflop: 6.25, Hands: 39)
      UTG: 110.2 BB (VPIP: 28.57, PFR: 19.05, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 44)
      MP: 100 BB (VPIP: 27.78, PFR: 16.67, 3Bet Preflop: 18.18, Hands: 18)
      CO: 115 BB

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has J:club: J:diamond:

      fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 2.4 BB, SB raises to 8 BB, fold, Hero calls 5.6 BB

      Flop: (17 BB, 2 players) J:spade: A:club: 8:club:
      SB bets 11 BB, Hero raises to 32 BB, SB raises to 102.2 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 70.2 BB

      Turn: (221.4 BB, 2 players) K:heart:

      River: (221.4 BB, 2 players) A:spade:

      SB shows K:club: A:diamond: (Full House, Aces full of Kings)
      (Pre 44%, Flop 7%, Turn 9%)
      Hero shows J:club: J:diamond: (Full House, Jacks full of Aces)
      (Pre 56%, Flop 93%, Turn 91%)
      SB wins 212.2 BB


      PokerStars - $0.05 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (BTN): 153.6 BB
      SB: 100 BB (VPIP: 21.88, PFR: 18.75, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 33)
      BB: 93.6 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 18)
      UTG: 108.8 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 2)
      MP: 95 BB
      CO: 100 BB (VPIP: 4.17, PFR: 4.17, 3Bet Preflop: 8.33, Hands: 24)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has 9:club: A:club:

      fold, MP raises to 3 BB, CO calls 3 BB, Hero calls 3 BB, fold, fold

      Flop: (10.4 BB, 3 players) J:club: 7:club: 3:club:
      MP bets 92 BB and is all-in, CO calls 92 BB, Hero raises to 150.6 BB and is all-in, CO calls 5 BB and is all-in

      Turn: (296.4 BB, 3 players) 7:diamond:

      River: (296.4 BB, 3 players) 2:club:

      CO shows J:diamond: J:heart: (Full House, Jacks full of Sevens)

      Main Pot [286.4 BB]: (Pre 16%, Flop 34%, Turn 95%)
      Side Pot#1 [10 BB]: (Pre 68%, Flop 34%, Turn 100%)

      Hero shows 9:club: A:club: (Flush, Ace High)

      Main Pot [286.4 BB]: (Pre 29%, Flop 64%, Turn 0%)
      Side Pot#1 [10 BB]: (Pre 32%, Flop 66%, Turn 0%)

      MP shows K:heart: K:diamond: (Two Pair, Kings and Sevens)

      Main Pot [286.4 BB]: (Pre 55%, Flop 1%, Turn 5%)

      CO wins 284 BB


      Yeah, they're pretty std but when you're feeling not-so-good already, it hurts. But what about this hand? Do you check-back river? Or do you bet-fold?

      PokerStars - $0.05 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (BTN): 101.2 BB
      SB: 153.6 BB (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 25.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 17)
      BB: 108 BB (VPIP: 13.39, PFR: 13.39, 3Bet Preflop: 5.00, Hands: 115)
      UTG: 118 BB (VPIP: 22.22, PFR: 20.00, 3Bet Preflop: 17.65, Hands: 47)
      MP: 112.2 BB (VPIP: 20.24, PFR: 11.90, 3Bet Preflop: 10.71, Hands: 86)
      CO: 129.2 BB (VPIP: 15.38, PFR: 15.38, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 14)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

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

      UTG raises to 2.4 BB, fold, fold, Hero calls 2.4 BB, fold, fold

      Flop: (6.2 BB, 2 players) K:heart: 5:spade: 8:heart:
      UTG bets 4 BB, Hero calls 4 BB

      Turn: (14.2 BB, 2 players) K:club:
      UTG checks, Hero bets 8 BB, UTG calls 8 BB

      River: (30.2 BB, 2 players) 6:heart:
      UTG checks, Hero bets 20 BB, UTG raises to 103.6 BB and is all-in, fold

      UTG wins 67.2 BB

      Totals (just for keeping track):
      Hands: 22k
      Bankroll: 192.42$
    • inceptioner
      inceptioner
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      Joined: 23.05.2012 Posts: 283
      Played a little more, although I should've gone to sleep hours ago. Grinded NL5 for awhile, got my BR to 200$ and decided to take a shot to NL10. It went well. Especially when there are guys like this.

      PokerStars - $0.10 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 208.1 BB (VPIP: 18.44, PFR: 15.08, 3Bet Preflop: 3.95, Hands: 182)
      Hero (SB): 123.4 BB
      BB: 723.4 BB (VPIP: 19.05, PFR: 19.05, 3Bet Preflop: 14.29, Hands: 23)
      UTG: 126.2 BB (VPIP: 33.33, PFR: 26.67, 3Bet Preflop: 16.67, Hands: 46)
      MP: 91.9 BB (VPIP: 50.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 2)
      CO: 212.7 BB (VPIP: 26.56, PFR: 21.88, 3Bet Preflop: 11.76, Hands: 66)

      Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has A:spade: J:heart:

      UTG raises to 3 BB, MP calls 3 BB, fold, BTN calls 3 BB, Hero raises to 15 BB, fold, fold, MP calls 12 BB, BTN calls 12 BB

      Flop: (49 BB, 3 players) 4:club: T:heart: A:club:
      Hero bets 31.1 BB, MP calls 31.1 BB, fold

      Turn: (111.2 BB, 2 players) 6:heart:
      Hero bets 77.3 BB and is all-in, MP calls 45.8 BB and is all-in

      River: (202.8 BB, 2 players) 7:heart:

      Hero shows A:spade: J:heart: (One Pair, Aces)
      (Pre 73%, Flop 96%, Turn 100%)
      MP shows J:diamond: 8:spade: (High Card, Ace)
      (Pre 27%, Flop 4%, Turn 0%)
      Hero wins 193.7 BB

      Totals:
      Hands: 23k
      Bankroll: 220$
      Days played: 7

      Gotta get some sleep now!
    • remy18
      remy18
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      Joined: 05.02.2014 Posts: 39
      Very interesting blog, looking forward to more posts and hands, bankroll looks nice!! Good job.
    • inceptioner
      inceptioner
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      Originally posted by remy18
      Very interesting blog, looking forward to more posts and hands, bankroll looks nice!! Good job.
      Thanks man!

      Things are looking good in NL10. Feeling comfortable and making good decisions (most of the time).



      I came across one interesting spot where I had no idea what to do.

      PokerStars - $0.10 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 140.3 BB (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 25.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 8)
      SB: 105.9 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 3)
      BB: 105.5 BB (VPIP: 12.50, PFR: 12.50, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 8)
      Hero (UTG): 125.8 BB
      MP: 166.1 BB (VPIP: 42.50, PFR: 30.00, 3Bet Preflop: 6.67, Hands: 40)
      CO: 100 BB (VPIP: 20.00, PFR: 14.29, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 36)

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has A:club: K:spade:

      Hero raises to 3 BB, MP raises to 11.1 BB, CO calls 11.1 BB, fold, fold, fold, Hero calls 8.1 BB

      Flop: (34.8 BB, 3 players) 9:club: T:spade: 4:heart:
      Hero checks, MP checks, CO bets 16.6 BB, fold, fold

      CO wins 33.2 BB

      What's CO's cold-calling range here, when he looks like a solid player after a small sample? I'm not sure but I'm pretty positive we can't beat it with AK. Getting pretty good odds so after a bit of tanking I decided to call and fold missed flops.

      What if it was a 60/40 fish cold-calling? Do we 4-bet to ~30bb or just shove? Or is folding ever an option?

      Gotta get some nap-time going on and get to work. I don't believe I mentioned it but I've got a summer job. It takes some of the grinding time but no worries, I think my volume is enough as it is.

      Totals:
      Hands: 25k
      Bankroll: 242$
      Days played: 8
    • inceptioner
      inceptioner
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      I'm so frustrated I don't even post graphs or hands. Best session ever. 4k hands, -$60. Running so fucking terribly bad and playing even worse. I loathe myself. FML.

      Totals:
      Hands: 30k
      Bankroll: $192
      Days played: 8
    • remy18
      remy18
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      Joined: 05.02.2014 Posts: 39
      Maybe you should consinder a stoploss , for nl10 you only had 20 bi (22) and you are playing fast tables which are terrible in ups and down, the variance is crazy... Maybe regroup at nl 5 get the mental game better because i think that just like me you may have a slight tilt problem:) , don t get mad, it s just an opinion.
    • inceptioner
      inceptioner
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      Quick update.

      Lost abit more on NL10. Moved to NL5. I'm continuing to lose but I've realized some major issues in my game and playing much better now. Just had a session where I played really really good. Unfortunately I lost AA vs KK, AA vs QQ and bvb QQ vs KK and decided to end the session. Been having a really tough time these last couple of days. Knowing that it's at least 60% my fault for playing bad helps a bit cause I know I can improve. Running bad is not cool but there's nothing you can do about it.

      Originally posted by remy18
      Maybe you should consinder a stoploss , for nl10 you only had 20 bi (22) and you are playing fast tables which are terrible in ups and down, the variance is crazy... Maybe regroup at nl 5 get the mental game better because i think that just like me you may have a slight tilt problem:) , don t get mad, it s just an opinion.
      Yeah, I think stoploss is a great idea. I've said it before, I have a slight tilt problem but I'm trying to work on it. Thanks for reading man! :)

      Totals:
      Hands: 32k
      Bankroll: $133
      Days played: 9
    • remy18
      remy18
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      Joined: 05.02.2014 Posts: 39
      Hey, bad beat and coolers will happen, stay calm and focus and i m sure you get back on track in no time, maybe a little more BRM on your part and tilt control, i am a beginner myself, what really helps me at nl2 nl5 is a 3 bi stoploss at nl2 and 2 bi at nl5 especially at zoom, in regular games i just table select the crap out of it and i can go to 3 bi or even 4 bi, i always remember when i have a bad day at these stakes i remember that all these players at such stakes are really bad even the regulars( no offense to anyone) and i only need 2-3 good hands in a 1000 to make the money, don t get yourself in spots where they wont just give up the pot... And you try to bluff them off.

      Regarding tilt , found some interesting articles from a psychologist regarding poker, if you want add me as friend and i l send them via message, i can t on the forum.

      Good luck at the tables
    • inceptioner
      inceptioner
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      Originally posted by remy18
      Regarding tilt , found some interesting articles from a psychologist regarding poker, if you want add me as friend and i l send them via message, i can t on the forum.
      Added you! :)

      Winning session! Woohoo! Played some solid poker for the whole session, got coolered a couple of times but no biggies. Here's the only 3 big pots of the session.

      Std cooler, this time favoring me.

      PokerStars - $0.05 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 90.2 BB (VPIP: 75.00, PFR: 75.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 8)
      SB: 106.6 BB (VPIP: 20.51, PFR: 15.38, 3Bet Preflop: 5.88, Hands: 39)
      BB: 127.6 BB (VPIP: 20.00, PFR: 20.00, 3Bet Preflop: 11.11, Hands: 16)
      Hero (UTG): 101 BB
      MP: 101.4 BB (VPIP: 27.69, PFR: 23.08, 3Bet Preflop: 8.00, Hands: 67)
      CO: 202.4 BB (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 25.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 4)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has K:club: K:spade:

      Hero raises to 3 BB, fold, fold, BTN calls 3 BB, fold, fold

      Flop: (7.4 BB, 2 players) K:heart: 6:heart: 7:heart:
      Hero bets 5 BB, BTN calls 5 BB

      Turn: (17.4 BB, 2 players) 6:spade:
      Hero bets 10 BB, BTN calls 10 BB

      River: (37.4 BB, 2 players) T:club:
      Hero bets 24 BB, BTN raises to 52 BB, Hero raises to 83 BB and is all-in, BTN calls 20.2 BB and is all-in

      Hero shows K:club: K:spade: (Full House, Kings full of Sixes)
      (Pre 67%, Flop 34%, Turn 100%)
      BTN shows A:heart: 3:heart: (Flush, Ace High)
      (Pre 33%, Flop 66%, Turn 0%)
      Hero wins 174.2 BB

      Cooler. This time a sad one.

      PokerStars - $0.05 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (BTN): 102 BB
      SB: 109 BB (VPIP: 13.24, PFR: 11.76, 3Bet Preflop: 6.25, Hands: 68)
      BB: 169.8 BB (VPIP: 33.33, PFR: 27.78, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 18)
      UTG: 121.4 BB (VPIP: 18.52, PFR: 7.41, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 28)
      MP: 118.8 BB (VPIP: 17.49, PFR: 16.73, 3Bet Preflop: 13.13, Hands: 268)
      CO: 129.4 BB (VPIP: 15.89, PFR: 12.21, 3Bet Preflop: 3.85, Hands: 221)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has 3:spade: 3:diamond:

      fold, MP raises to 3 BB, fold, Hero calls 3 BB, fold, BB calls 2 BB

      Flop: (9.4 BB, 3 players) Q:spade: 2:club: 3:heart:
      BB checks, MP bets 6.8 BB, Hero calls 6.8 BB, fold

      Turn: (23 BB, 2 players) 8:heart:
      MP bets 17 BB, Hero raises to 41 BB, MP raises to 109 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 51.2 BB and is all-in

      River: (207.4 BB, 2 players) 6:spade:
      Players agreed to run it twice.

      River #2: (207.4 BB, 2 players) K:heart:

      MP shows Q:diamond: Q:heart: (Three of a Kind, Queens)
      Board #1 (Pre 81%, Flop 96%, Turn 98%)
      (Three of a Kind, Queens)
      Board #2 (Pre 82%, Flop 96%, Turn 98%)

      Hero mucks 3:spade: 3:diamond: (Three of a Kind, Threes)
      Board #1 (Pre 19%, Flop 4%, Turn 2%)
      (Three of a Kind, Threes)
      Board #2 (Pre 18%, Flop 4%, Turn 2%)

      MP wins 99.4 BB
      MP wins 99.4 BB

      Another unfortunate hand.

      PokerStars - $0.05 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 111.4 BB (VPIP: 27.08, PFR: 18.75, 3Bet Preflop: 3.03, Hands: 99)
      SB: 46.2 BB (VPIP: 20.00, PFR: 20.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 5)
      BB: 100 BB (VPIP: 21.21, PFR: 15.15, 3Bet Preflop: 10.00, Hands: 33)
      UTG: 179.8 BB (VPIP: 15.27, PFR: 9.92, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 135)
      Hero (MP): 100 BB
      CO: 120.6 BB (VPIP: 18.52, PFR: 13.23, 3Bet Preflop: 3.28, Hands: 195)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has Q:spade: Q:heart:

      UTG raises to 3 BB, Hero raises to 10 BB, fold, fold, fold, fold, UTG calls 7 BB

      Flop: (21.4 BB, 2 players) 3:spade: 2:heart: 4:diamond:
      UTG bets 10.2 BB, Hero calls 10.2 BB

      Turn: (41.8 BB, 2 players) Q:club:
      UTG bets 22 BB, Hero raises to 79.8 BB and is all-in, UTG calls 57.8 BB

      River: (201.4 BB, 2 players) 5:spade:
      Players agreed to run it twice.

      River #2: (201.4 BB, 2 players) J:spade:

      UTG shows 5:club: 6:club: (Straight, Six High)
      Board #1 (Pre 23%, Flop 97%, Turn 77%)
      (Straight, Six High)
      Board #2 (Pre 22%, Flop 97%, Turn 77%)

      Hero shows Q:spade: Q:heart: (Three of a Kind, Queens)
      Board #1 (Pre 77%, Flop 3%, Turn 23%)
      (Three of a Kind, Queens)
      Board #2 (Pre 78%, Flop 3%, Turn 23%)

      UTG wins 96.6 BB
      UTG wins 96.4 BB

      But yeah. Playing feels good again. Let's hope that continues.

      Totals:
      Hands: 37k
      Bankroll: $137
      Days played: 9
    • Frexas22
      Frexas22
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      1. tiltcontrol
      2. more hands are not always better
      When i first started did i play way to much for my ability. 3-5k hands and i just got bored and frustrated, poker became automatic and thanks to that did i played poorly and i even tilted.

      Tilt is very detrimental to your game, it should be fixed first of all. I think all beginners would lose much less if they started out in this area.

      Nowdays do i only play 1-2k hands max, i actually feel tired after 1k. And i changed to 6max. And breaks between. Not the feeling that i must play hands or hours.

      You obv is doing good after 13k hands. Always be aware of the mental part. It took you 13k hands to do a good profit but it takes a very short time to tilt it away so please dont.
    • remy18
      remy18
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      Joined: 05.02.2014 Posts: 39
      Indeed Frexas, as poker players we must always think of the long run, patience is key and fewer hands sometimes means more concentration on the game.table selection especially at the micros is the key.
    • Frexas22
      Frexas22
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      I should add table selection!! This is very crucial. When i played on Pokerstars did i just join a table now when i am playing on my favorite site do i always take the table where i have the biggest edge. I will never understand people who even leave the table when a maniac enter the table. You should embrace it, and always take the seat at the maniacs table
    • teddypoker
      teddypoker
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      Joined: 29.05.2007 Posts: 3,895
      here is a list with mental game video that can help you in your journey:
      http://www.pokerstrategy.com/video/?query=mental+game&content_type=0&game_type=0&table_size=0&language%5B%5D=en&submit=Search
      Hope you find them useful and if you can play affiliated to be able to see them all they'll be more useful ;)
    • inceptioner
      inceptioner
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      Hi guys!

      teddypoker: thanks!

      Frexas & remy: table selection is one thing I can't do as I'm playing Zoom :)

      Today has been going good poker-wise. I've played 3 sessions, first one 1 bin down, second and third 8 bin up total. Glad to see I can still win.



      Totals:
      Hands: 42,5k
      Bankroll: $167
      Days played: 10
    • remy18
      remy18
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      Joined: 05.02.2014 Posts: 39
      Yes i know, sorry i think i got carried away, in case you ever start playing the regular tables thats a sound advise. Sorry for invading your blog with post! Good luck at zoom, at the moment for lack of time i also play zoom so i hope i don t meet you at the tables haha:)
    • vonki
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      subbed, GL!
    • inceptioner
      inceptioner
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      Originally posted by vonki
      subbed, GL!
      Thanks! Been reading some of your blogs too :)

      Had a good day today. Played around 4k hands in 4 sessions, all ~1k hands. First session 1 bin down. Second 4,5 bins up. Third 0,5 bins down and the last one I just quit was a little over 2 bins down. I may play a short session after I take a half hour brake. Solid poker, except for the last hand where I made a stupid call. It's actually great hand to show for you. It's a standard tilt-play. Been playing 800 hands kinda card dead, just lost a 4-bet pot KK vs ATs on a TxxTx board. Villain has made some horrible plays before, but we are NEVER beating anything here. Before I can think anything, I snapcall. Sigh.

      PokerStars - $0.05 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (BTN): 100 BB
      SB: 121.6 BB (VPIP: 8.82, PFR: 8.82, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 36)
      BB: 102.2 BB (VPIP: 38.75, PFR: 25.00, 3Bet Preflop: 10.71, Hands: 80)
      UTG: 90.8 BB
      MP: 100.4 BB (VPIP: 13.56, PFR: 10.17, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 60)
      CO: 108.2 BB (VPIP: 14.29, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 8)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

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

      fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 2.4 BB, fold, BB calls 1.4 BB

      Flop: (5.2 BB, 2 players) 2:heart: 5:club: 7:diamond:
      BB checks, Hero bets 3.2 BB, BB calls 3.2 BB

      Turn: (11.6 BB, 2 players) 8:club:
      BB checks, Hero bets 7 BB, BB raises to 25.8 BB, Hero calls 18.8 BB

      River: (63.2 BB, 2 players) 3:diamond:
      BB bets 70.8 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 68.6 BB and is all-in

      BB shows 6:heart: 9:spade: (Straight, Nine High)
      (Pre 15%, Flop 20%, Turn 100%)
      Hero shows A:spade: A:heart: (One Pair, Aces)
      (Pre 85%, Flop 80%, Turn 0%)
      BB wins 192 BB

      But anyways. At least I knew to stop playing. Here's my graph of my NL5 Zoom journey.



      I'm a little concerned about my red line, but I've been trying to work on it. As you may notice, the last 8k hand or so, it's not dropping as bad as before. I'm aware that in the micros the red line is always going to be going the wrong way, but I'm just trying to mitigate the damage.

      Also, I've played 2 MTT's, mostly for fun when watching movies. All I can say is that micro MTT's are soooo soft. People have no idea what they're doing. It's a shame I don't have the time (or the roll) to play them. Didn't cash anything, the other one I bust quite early and the other one I busted right before the bubble, mainly 'cause I'm not good at flipping :)

      That's all, have a great night!

      Totals
      Hands: 49k
      Bankroll: $169
      Days played: 10 or 11, gotta check that.
    • inceptioner
      inceptioner
      Bronze
      Joined: 23.05.2012 Posts: 283
      Shouldn't have started this session. LOL. The only good thing is that I'm not tilting and still playing well so I can continue. But holy shit. First 200 hands of the session.

      First KK vs AQs, 3-betted pot. KTxss. Moneyz in. He hits the flush. No problem. -1 bin.

      Second one. 3-betted pot. Flop Txx. I have KK. Moneyz in. He has TT. No problem. -2 bin.

      Third one. I got nutboat with JJ on a 633JT board. Moneyz in on the river. He has 33. -3 bin.

      Fourth one. "Std" preflop all-in BTN vs BB. AK vs 59o. -4 bin.

      Like I said, I'm not tilted. I actually started to laugh after the last one. Doomswitch on baby! Gonna continue this session and report in the end how it turns out. At -6 bin I'm stopping, doesn't matter if I'm tilted or not.

      Vamos!

      Edit: The rest of the session was pretty boring. No cards, no action. One QQ vs KK against a 44/30/20 aggrotard and one AA vs AA. Ended up being a little over 4 bins down which I recognize as a win considering the circumstances. Gotta get some sleep now. Bye!

      Totals
      Hands: 51k
      Bankroll: $148
      Days played: 11
    • inceptioner
      inceptioner
      Bronze
      Joined: 23.05.2012 Posts: 283
      Feeling pretty bad. Just can't seem to win. Played A-game like 90% of the session.

      Totals
      Hands: 52k
      Bankroll: $120
      Days played: 12