Zero to Hero

    • FrozenElf
      FrozenElf
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      Hello,

      Im Craig, I already have a blog but... I left my pc on with stars loaded up and went to work, when I got back somebody was playing it, sat with half my BR going up and down like a yoyo :f_biggrin: , in the end I think I was $5 down witch wasn't the end of the world, but I feel as though my graph is messed up now so I would like to start a new blog with new graphs.

      In my last blog I was trying to put the inchworm concept into action, not that I understood it very well but hey at least I was trying :f_biggrin: . I began with what I thought was the back end of my game and went on to learn MSS and SSS strategy, I quickly learned that it wasn't, although learning the basics has proved useful in some certain spots in the BSS. After searching through Google I came across an article by accident, it was by Jared Tendlar on inchworm, explaining it much clearer, since I now know how to use this concept properly it has had a massive impact on my game, heres my first graph.



      Here is my session I've played today



      Goal - Grind up to $250 to move up to NL10

      Bankroll management - Move up at 25 down at 20
      Bankroll - $141.26
      Game of choice - 6max deep I start with 100bb

      On a final note I will exchange vpps and bonuses when I have enough to move up a stake.
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    • FrozenElf
      FrozenElf
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      Just played another session of 845 hands, not long after I started I ran KK into AA SB vs BB for 139bb, I didn't play my best but I think I played to a good standard.



      BR $143.24
    • FrozenElf
      FrozenElf
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      Joined: 06.07.2015 Posts: 654
      Session 1216 hands
      Profit $4.93 + another $10 profit from deposit bonus
      Bankroll $158.22

      I started tilting after around 100 hands, I think it might be because im tired from work. I guess I need to make sure I get enough sleep instead of playing poker all night :f_biggrin: . I managed to swing it back around just under 800 hands to make a profit. It appears all this work on my overall game (including my mental game) is paying off.

      Note: when I was tilting before I was losing like 8 buyins, I feel really good about this session even though I played badly.

    • DarkoK3
      DarkoK3
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      Joined: 30.05.2013 Posts: 296
      So you play stars right?

      Did you ever consider trying on some other site with better RB?

      Wish you a good luck! Will keep tracking!
    • FrozenElf
      FrozenElf
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      Joined: 06.07.2015 Posts: 654
      Originally posted by DarkoK3
      So you play stars right?

      Did you ever consider trying on some other site with better RB?

      Wish you a good luck! Will keep tracking!
      Hello Darko,

      Yes I play on stars, I like there setup they have many players and so much to offer that other sites just cannot compete with. witch other sites was you thinking of?
    • FrozenElf
      FrozenElf
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      Joined: 06.07.2015 Posts: 654
      I have just played another session and I feel the same as yesterday, im tired from work and Im pretty sure that is leading me to make some poor decisions. im going to stop playing since unlike tilt and emotions there really is no fixing tiredness other then sleep, ill get some sleep now and hopefully play much better tomorrow, ill reduce my tables down to 1-2 too so im not using to much energy thinking.

      I have spotted some more leaks though so its not all bad, I have also set myself a warm up, for now it is simply to spend a few minutes reading my list of weakness's and corrections to them before I play.

      On a final note, recognising that my tiredness is leading to poor play and quitting is a step forward, although I lost $11 if I continued to play it would of been much worse. I see this as a win :f_drink: .

      Goodnight

      BR $147
    • DarkoK3
      DarkoK3
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      Originally posted by FrozenElf
      Originally posted by DarkoK3
      So you play stars right?

      Did you ever consider trying on some other site with better RB?

      Wish you a good luck! Will keep tracking!
      Hello Darko,

      Yes I play on stars, I like there setup they have many players and so much to offer that other sites just cannot compete with. witch other sites was you thinking of?
      Well im not really sure which site have the best RB for micro limits but its worth of looking into because games are softer and you can use first deposit bonuses too.
    • FrozenElf
      FrozenElf
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      I will have a look into that thanks Darko.


      Ok so the last few days I have been a bit tilted, I've been trying to figure out why and I think I may know the answer. I have a list of Don'ts, I call it "My Don't list" :f_biggrin: . I have 18 Don'ts on there and I think im trying to learn them all at once, witch is just to many, since my goal for a session is to not make any of the mistakes on "My Don't list" im setting myself up for a fail straight away with 18 of them.

      So what now? Well ill tell you, im going to select just 4 of the most costly ones from my list and set my session goal not to make any of those 4 mistakes on my list. If I don't make any of the 4 I select then ill give myself a pat on the head, and if I don't make any of the other 14, ill pat myself on the back too :f_thumbsup:

      Anyhow here is my overall graph since I've played a few thousand more hands.



      BR 149
    • FrozenElf
      FrozenElf
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      My session review tonight

      Hands - 329
      How I played - I played really well in some spots, but I made a few mistakes, I also spotted 2 more don'ts I need to add to my list, this is a big 1 though and its 1 that sends me on tilt so im pretty happy about that
      Session Goals (not to do 4 selected don'ts) - failed 3 only once or twice though
      Bankroll - $143

      almost right away had this hand

      CO: $15.90
      BTN: $18.74
      SB: $4.39
      Hero (BB): $5.00
      UTG: $14.47
      MP: $6.28

      Pre Flop: ($0.13) Hero is BB with 9 :spade: 9 :club:
      1 fold, MP raises to $0.20, CO calls $0.20, BTN calls $0.20, 1 fold, Hero calls $0.15

      Flop: ($0.88) 9 :heart: A :spade: T :spade: (4 players)
      Hero bets $0.65, MP raises to $1.30, CO folds, BTN calls $1.30, Hero raises to $4.79 all in, MP raises to $6.07 all in, BTN calls $4.77

      Turn: ($17.81) 5 :heart: (3 players - 2 are all in)

      River: ($17.81) 3 :diamond: (3 players - 2 are all in)

      Final Pot: $17.81
      BTN shows 2 :spade: 5 :spade: (a pair of Fives)
      Hero shows 9 :spade: 9 :club: (three of a kind, Nines)
      MP shows A :diamond: A :heart: (three of a kind, Aces)
      MP wins $2.45
      MP wins $14.62
      (Rake: $0.74)



      Then in the last 2 minutes I made this mistake I was bluff catching but looking into it his value range was bigger



      UTG: $2.95
      MP: $24.20
      CO: $6.79
      BTN: $16.82
      Hero (SB): $7.62
      BB: $12.24

      Pre Flop: ($0.13) Hero is SB with J :diamond: J :spade:
      1 fold, MP raises to $0.15, CO calls $0.15, 1 fold, Hero raises to $0.60, BB calls $0.55, 1 fold, CO calls $0.45

      Flop: ($2.01) T :heart: 4 :diamond: 2 :diamond: (3 players)
      Hero bets $1.44, BB calls $1.44, CO folds

      Turn: ($4.89) A :spade: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BB bets $5.85, Hero calls $5.57 all in

      River: ($16.03) 3 :spade: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Final Pot: $16.03
      Hero shows J :diamond: J :spade: (a pair of Jacks)
      BB shows T :spade: A :heart: (two pair, Aces and Tens)
      BB wins $15.36
      (Rake: $0.67)



    • FrozenElf
      FrozenElf
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      The same post posted twice, how do I delete this one?
    • SirPaulius
      SirPaulius
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      Following ! I allready had a downsing at NL5, went back at NL2. Have you played NL 2, did you noticed any difference ?
    • FrozenElf
      FrozenElf
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      Originally posted by SirPaulius
      Following ! I allready had a downsing at NL5, went back at NL2. Have you played NL 2, did you noticed any difference ?
      Hello SirPaulius,
      Yes I used to play NL 2, back when I played NL2 I was pretty much a beginner and I cant really remember what the players are like, if im honest I don't think there will be 2 much difference. Why are you struggling?

      Session Review


      WarmUp Completed
      Number of hands played 252
      Number of tables 1 cash 2 satellite tournaments
      Profit/loss -$4.00
      Bankroll $138

      Results


      How well I played

      I was playing my C game.

      Tilt control

      I controlled tilt rather well up until the last 5-10 minutes, I played a few cheap satellite's into the sunday millions, there was 2 tourny's to through, I got through the first tournament, then I got dealt QQ in sb and ran into AK in BB, witch I think lead me on slight tilt, witch I immediately spotted and decided to take a break for an hour.

      Focus level

      It wasn't great since I had distractions with the tourn's popping up, witch makes sense why I was playing my Cgame in this session. I thought I could play them in the background and focus on the cash game, this was a mistake im adding to "My List Of Don'ts" :f_biggrin: .

      Evaluation


      Tough spots

      There were a few tough decisions, Although I think played well in most of them here's some hands I played.

      I tried to make the guy pot committed by the river with bet sizes with this hand, witch seemed to work :f_drink:



      Hero (BTN): $5.00
      SB: $4.94
      BB: $8.17
      UTG: $16.72
      MP: $17.07
      CO: $6.49

      Pre Flop: ($0.13) Hero is BTN with K :spade: Q :spade:
      1 fold, MP raises to $0.15, CO calls $0.15, Hero calls $0.15, SB calls $0.13, 1 fold

      Flop: ($0.71) 5 :spade: A :spade: 3 :spade: (4 players)
      SB bets $0.35, MP folds, CO folds, Hero raises to $1.05, SB calls $0.70

      Turn: ($2.81) Q :heart: (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $1.34, SB calls $1.34

      River: ($5.49) 7 :club: (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $2.45 all in, SB calls $2.39 all in

      Final Pot: $10.27
      Hero shows K :spade: Q :spade: (a flush, Ace high)
      SB shows 7 :heart: A :heart: (two pair, Aces and Sevens)
      Hero wins $9.84
      (Rake: $0.43)



      This was at the end when I was slightly tilted by the tourny, I should of folded the flop vs this unkown in a MW pot.

      MP: $10.20
      CO: $5.02
      BTN: $12.16
      SB: $12.87
      Hero (BB): $5.00
      UTG: $12.75

      Pre Flop: ($0.13) Hero is BB with J :heart: 3 :diamond:
      1 fold, MP calls $0.05, 2 folds, SB calls $0.03, Hero checks

      Flop: ($0.21) 7 :heart: J :club: 3 :spade: (3 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.20, MP raises to $0.70, SB calls $0.70, Hero calls $0.50

      Turn: ($2.31) 6 :spade: (3 players)
      SB bets $1.20, Hero calls $1.20, MP raises to $3.20, SB raises to $12.11 all in, Hero folds, MP folds

      Final Pot: $9.91
      SB wins $9.50
      (Rake: $0.41)


      I think I made the correct fold here.


      Hero (BB): $9.87
      BTN/SB: $10.65

      Pre Flop: ($0.09) Hero is BB with T :spade: J :spade:
      BTN/SB calls $0.03, Hero checks

      Flop: ($0.12) 8 :heart: K :club: 9 :club: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN/SB bets $0.10, Hero calls $0.10

      Turn: ($0.32) 7 :club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.15, BTN/SB calls $0.15

      River: ($0.62) 9 :heart: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.29, BTN/SB raises to $1.45, Hero folds

      Final Pot: $1.20
      BTN/SB wins $1.15
      (Rake: $0.05)



      How much did variance influence my play

      Variance didn't have much to do with the results

      Session goals

      For my goals I have 5 mistakes off my list, I didn't make most of them, the ones I did make are very minor where money is concerned but happen most frequent so im happy with this and can say ACHIEVED

      Area's im trying to improve

      I didn't get much chance for this.

      Analysis


      This is part of my warmup so the mistakes I spot are fresh in my mind

    • FrozenElf
      FrozenElf
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      Joined: 06.07.2015 Posts: 654
      Session Review


      WarmUp Incomplete
      Number of hands played412
      Number of tables 1 cash 1 zoom
      Profit/loss -$4.38
      Bankroll $133

      Results


      How well I played

      Overall I think I played a solid B game

      Tilt control

      I controlled tilt really well it didn't affect my play 10/10

      Focus level

      My focus was high for most of the session 7/10

      Evaluation



      Tough spots

      this was my only tough spot i think it was a mistake im trying to get some more advice?

      Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero is BTN with Q :heart: Q :spade:
      1 fold, MP raises to $0.15, CO calls $0.15, Hero raises to $0.60, 2 folds, MP calls $0.45, CO calls $0.45

      Flop: ($1.87) 7 :heart: 2 :heart: 3 :club: (3 players)
      MP checks, CO bets $1.34, Hero raises to $5.04 all in, MP raises to $8.12 all in, CO calls $3.10 all in

      Turn: ($16.39) 2 :spade: (3 players - 3 are all in)

      River: ($16.39) 9 :diamond: (3 players - 3 are all in)

      Final Pot: $16.39
      Hero shows Q :heart: Q :spade: (two pair, Queens and Deuces)
      MP shows A :heart: J :heart: (a pair of Deuces)
      CO shows 7 :club: 7 :diamond: (a full house, Sevens full of Deuces)
      Hero wins $1.15
      CO wins $14.56
      (Rake: $0.68)



      How much did variance influence my play

      Variance influenced my results a little bit i ran into the top of ranges more often this session

      Session goals

      i made 2 out of 5 mistakes set on my "list of don'ts"

      Area's im trying to improve

      Im trying to improve my 3bet bluffs
      i think i played badly in this topic, i 3 bet bluffed the wrong player type a few times

      Im trying to improve my mistakes
      i think im making my mistakes a lot less frequent now
      Analysis


      Incomplete
    • SirPaulius
      SirPaulius
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      That was just a variance, I didn't change much my game play.
    • FrozenElf
      FrozenElf
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      Joined: 06.07.2015 Posts: 654
      Session Review


      WarmUp Completed
      Number of hands played 250
      Number of tables 1 table
      Profit/loss -$9.09
      Bankroll

      Results


      How well I played

      I played my C- game

      Tilt control

      very bad, I was tired towards the end, that could have affected me. 3/10

      Focus level

      Focus level was higher then average, I new what everyone was doing I didn't adjust verywell, due to slight tilt. 7/10

      Evaluation



      Tough spots

      This is a clear call on the river I cant believe I did this looking back


      Hero (CO): $16.75
      BTN: $15.75
      SB: $5.06
      BB: $5.37

      Pre Flop: ($0.11) Hero is CO with 4 :club: 2 :club:
      Hero raises to $0.10, 2 folds, BB calls $0.05

      Flop: ($0.26) 7 :diamond: A :club: 4 :spade: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($0.26) 3 :club: (2 players)
      BB bets $0.10, Hero raises to $0.39, BB calls $0.29

      River: ($1.04) J :club: (2 players)
      BB bets $0.65, Hero raises to $16.25 all in, BB calls $4.22 all in

      Final Pot: $10.78
      Hero shows 4 :club: 2 :club: (a flush, Ace high)
      BB shows Q :club: 5 :club: (a flush, Ace high - Queen higher)
      BB wins $10.33
      (Rake: $0.45)



      This guy was a nit, he would of raised the flop with a set, or 2 pair, so in his range was nuts or bluff after the 3rd 3 came on the river I had to call him, I think he was tilted towards me to witch is why the nit showed up on the river with a j3s


      Hero (UTG): $8.65
      CO: $19.20
      BTN: $12.22
      SB: $15.98
      BB: $5.00

      Pre Flop: ($0.12) Hero is UTG with T :spade: T :diamond:
      Hero raises to $0.15, 1 fold, BTN calls $0.15, 2 folds

      Flop: ($0.42) 3 :heart: 7 :heart: Q :spade: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.26, BTN calls $0.26

      Turn: ($0.94) 3 :club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.45, BTN raises to $1.40, Hero calls $0.95

      River: ($3.74) 3 :spade: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN bets $2.30, Hero calls $2.30

      Final Pot: $8.34
      Hero mucks T :spade: T :diamond:
      BTN shows 3 :diamond: J :diamond: (four of a kind, Threes)
      BTN wins $7.99
      (Rake: $0.35)



      I think I played this hand pretty well, this guy was a bit of a nit the same player, he started to 3bet light I, by the river I assigned him a range of AT+ 2 over cards, I tried to make this look like a bluff so he would call with A high, even better when he called with K high :f_biggrin:


      Hero (BTN): $5.00
      SB: $19.68
      BB: $11.88
      UTG: $16.05
      CO: $10.88

      Pre Flop: ($0.12) Hero is BTN with 7 :heart: 7 :diamond:
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.15, 1 fold, BB raises to $0.40, Hero calls $0.25

      Flop: ($0.87) 4 :club: 2 :diamond: 9 :club: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($0.87) 4 :diamond: (2 players)
      BB bets $0.50, Hero calls $0.50

      River: ($1.87) 2 :heart: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $1.60, BB calls $1.60

      Final Pot: $5.07
      Hero shows 7 :heart: 7 :diamond: (two pair, Sevens and Fours)
      BB mucks T :diamond: K :diamond:
      Hero wins $4.86
      (Rake: $0.21)



      How much did variance influence my play

      Variance didn't really affect my results it was bad play.

      Session goals

      Failed, im reducing my goals to focus on 2-3 mistakes I don't want to make for a session since I keep failing this.

      Im also adding, just to play a solid ABC style since, im tilting and making some mistakes, so im going to take a step back to this

      Area's im trying to improve

      I am removed cbet bluff as an area im trying to improve and just focusing only on my weaknesses and mistakes, until I fix all my known leaks im not going to improve the front end of my game

      Analysis


      This is part of my warm up, to analyse the last session, im doing a biggest loss biggest win analysis at the moment.
    • FrozenElf
      FrozenElf
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      Joined: 06.07.2015 Posts: 654
      Originally posted by SirPaulius
      Following ! I allready had a downsing at NL5, went back at NL2. Have you played NL 2, did you noticed any difference ?
      Hello Sirpaulius,

      I used to think that variance was affecting my loss's, when I lost, but thought that it was good play when I won, it was a problem with a mental part of my game, im not saying your doing the same but if you are, what you are actually doing is blocking your weak parts of you game by saying you lost due to variance, the problem is if you are doing what I was doing, its harder to make yourself a better player and improve your weakness's because you think, that your not doing anything wrong.

      Did I word that correctly so it makes sense?

      All im saying is don't fall into this trap like I did, basically its being ignorant to yourself.

      I hope this was helpful

      Goodluck
    • FrozenElf
      FrozenElf
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      Joined: 06.07.2015 Posts: 654
      Session Review


      WarmUp Complete
      Number of hands played 104
      Number of tables 1
      Profit/loss -$0.49
      Bankroll $124

      Long term goals

      1) To eventually be good enough to make some extra income from poker.
      2) Grind my way to NL10
      3) Learn the session goals to a level of unconscious competence

      Session goals

      1) Don't cbet bluff vs LAG's, CS, loose passive and maniacs - FAILED
      2) Don't bluff COMPLETE
      3) Don't call 3bets loose COMPLETE
      4) Don't 4bet loose COMPLETE
      5) Play ABC poker COMPLETE

      Since I failed on 1) I will prioritise that session goal over the others in my next session.

      Results


      How well I played

      I played a solid B game

      Tilt control

      Exceptionally good I felt like tilting, controlled it well and carried on ABC 10/10

      Focus level

      Reasonably high, 8/10

      Evaluation



      Tough spots

      I did not encounter any

      How much did variance influence my play

      $0
      -$0.53c in mistakes

      Area's im trying to improve

      Improvements of weakness's - 8/10 on this part

      Analysis


      This is part of my warm up, to analyse the last session, im doing a biggest loss biggest win analysis at the moment.
    • SirPaulius
      SirPaulius
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      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 580
      Originally posted by FrozenElf
      Originally posted by SirPaulius
      Following ! I allready had a downsing at NL5, went back at NL2. Have you played NL 2, did you noticed any difference ?
      Hello Sirpaulius,

      I used to think that variance was affecting my loss's, when I lost, but thought that it was good play when I won, it was a problem with a mental part of my game, im not saying your doing the same but if you are, what you are actually doing is blocking your weak parts of you game by saying you lost due to variance, the problem is if you are doing what I was doing, its harder to make yourself a better player and improve your weakness's because you think, that your not doing anything wrong.

      Did I word that correctly so it makes sense?

      All im saying is don't fall into this trap like I did, basically its being ignorant to yourself.

      I hope this was helpful

      Goodluck
      You might be right, I have checked all my hands, I found that i made some mistakes. I gave a second shot at NL 5, showed some profit like 4 bb win rate. I am still having a psychological problem at NL5, I am getting too tight in some spots where i have to make a move, because everything looks now much more expensive. Too bad that you're playing a 6 max, it would be fun to make a live sessions from time to time.
    • FrozenElf
      FrozenElf
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      Joined: 06.07.2015 Posts: 654
      I was thinking the other day about going back to full ring , what do you mean by live sessions?
    • FrozenElf
      FrozenElf
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      Joined: 06.07.2015 Posts: 654
      I've been reading the mental game of poker and I have been trying to use the inchworm concept, I believe I have been doing it all wrong, I have been setting goals for a session, I that I thought was my back end of my game are in fact just leaks, (obviously I want those out of my game :f_biggrin: ) The real back end of my game is for example blind defence, steals and playing vs resteals, or in in my case, squeezing and playing vs the squeeze. as you can clearly see below.

      This is also very important, on my old blog when I set it up I was working a lot on my mental game, and at that time I was getting nervous a lot in 3bet pots playing vs 4bets and 4bet pots, now because I have a good idea what im doing in that area, im much more relaxed, and don't get nervous (at least not like I used too).

      I sat out and stopped playing to write this before I forgot, I notice that exact similar pattern, in these 2 hands below, witch tells me need to work on my squeezing and playing vs squeeze, I went from crushing the 2 tables to calling station fish, simply because I didn't know what I was doing. I was $35 + after these 2 hands I lost $15 witch made me only $20+, another thing I noticed it sent me on tilt slightly I got looser and called a few bets without thinking, simply recognising this must be a step forward to say the least.


      SB: $9.23
      BB: $14.56
      CO: $10.40
      Hero (BTN): $13.64

      Pre Flop: ($0.11) Hero is BTN with A :diamond: 8 :spade:
      1 fold, Hero raises to $0.15, SB calls $0.13, BB raises to $0.60, Hero raises to $1.50, 1 fold, BB calls $0.90

      Flop: ($3.19) K :club: A :heart: 6 :heart: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($3.19) Q :club: (2 players)
      BB bets $1.50, Hero calls $1.50

      River: ($6.19) 2 :diamond: (2 players)
      BB bets $2.90, Hero calls $2.90

      Final Pot: $11.99
      BB shows J :club: A :club: (a pair of Aces)
      Hero mucks A :diamond: 8 :spade:
      BB wins $11.49
      (Rake: $0.50)




      SB: $9.23
      BB: $14.56
      CO: $10.40
      Hero (BTN): $13.64

      Pre Flop: ($0.11) Hero is BTN with A :diamond: 8 :spade:
      1 fold, Hero raises to $0.15, SB calls $0.13, BB raises to $0.60, Hero raises to $1.50, 1 fold, BB calls $0.90

      Flop: ($3.19) K :club: A :heart: 6 :heart: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($3.19) Q :club: (2 players)
      BB bets $1.50, Hero calls $1.50

      River: ($6.19) 2 :diamond: (2 players)
      BB bets $2.90, Hero calls $2.90

      Final Pot: $11.99
      BB shows J :club: A :club: (a pair of Aces)
      Hero mucks A :diamond: 8 :spade:
      BB wins $11.49
      (Rake: $0.50)