This post has been edited 2 time(s), it was last edited by Gerardus: 01.01.2016 18:20.
First of all: best wishes for your new year!
Just a short introduction of me: I’m Gerard and live in Amsterdam.
This is my third blog and the first time in the English corner. My first two blogs were in the Dutch corner, which is deserted now. My first goal (the first blog) was to try to move up from NL2 to NL25 level at FR Zoom three/four years ago. I managed this. The second goal (the second blog) was to try to prove that online poker is not dead or dried up after all. I could earn somewhat little money at ultratight Zoom FR NL25, but playing as a robot fit and fold poker at four tables at once is very very very boring. So I was bored and quit
The reason that I still play poker is that I like games. That you can earn money with poker is a very big bonus. That is why I am not playing chess anymore.
Today is the first day of the new year. So, let's have fun and have a new challenge: build a new bankroll that makes big enough to play poker live in casino’s on a regular basis on one day.
So, I start with zero money. I have just only 1000 StarCoins and 7 PokerStars Giveaway tickets. Lets try to convert these tickets/StarCoins into money for the cash game FR NL2. I will post here my progress on a regular basis.
To improve my games I should also study & post my played hands, read poker books (especially the books from Ed Miller), read the hand discussions corner, read another pokerblogs and so on… For now, I’m going to reread the book “The Course: Serious Hold’em Strategy for Smart Players” by Ed Miller.
Played twice with PokerStars Giveaway tickets: 1x All-in shoot out and 1x Zoom Turbo Freeroll --> total profit: $0.00
Played 7 times with $0,25 Spin & Go (total cost: 175 StarCoins) --> total profit $1.00. Enough for Zoom FR NL2.
Played short Zoom FR NL2 with only 50BB buy-in. After 60 hands: profit $0.15.
And 825 StarCoins and 5 PokerStars Giveaway tickets left.
Tomorrow another few attempts with Spin & Go and Zoom FR NL2.
Originally posted by stompy91
Sounds like a very good challenge! Why not try 6max if you are finding FR a little boring?
Originally posted by vonki
Could be nice to follow! Count me in! Is there a special reason why you like the books of Ed Miller? Just curious! GL GL and keep us updated!
Good questions! The reason I choose for full ring is that casino's don't offer 6max poker. I want to learn to play poker at full ring as well as possible. Far as I know, only Ed Miller have written books about poker for live full ring cash games.
This post has been edited 2 time(s), it was last edited by Gerardus: 06.01.2016 22:15.
Originally posted by Pistoleroo
Day 4 and 5
The last two days were great days for my bankroll: $8.54 up!
To be honest: playing Zoom FR NL2 with very shallow bankroll made me to play too cautiously. As if I was playing poker like a slot machine at a nitfest zoom FR NL2 game. That works very bad! lol So, I decided to play more loose and agressive. This works far much better! There are too many players who are just waiting for a good hand and then go... or just fold too quickly. Too nitty. Easy to read
This post has been edited 1 time(s), it was last edited by Gerardus: 10.01.2016 21:03.
Little played last five days... but my fishy play resulted in a lot of micro money
My graph from Zoom FR NL2 cash game this year so far. Even a red line is in plus.
My new bankroll:
When I have $75, then I am going to play FR NL5.
Hand 1 I know it is far too loose to open with 76s here. But Zoom FR NL2 can be very nit fest. So that is why I open wider from early (or even in mid and late) position now and then. What could the mini-raiser have here?
River:(85.5 BB, 2 players) 2
Hero bets 74.5 BB and is all-in, MP+2 calls 47.5 BB and is all-in
Hero shows 6
(Straight, Nine High)
(Pre 23%, Flop 97%, Turn 100%) MP+2 shows A
(Two Pair, Aces and Twos)
(Pre 77%, Flop 3%, Turn 0%) Hero wins 174 BB
Again with 76s.
Flop I made a small re-raise to keep the villain in the pot. To my experience, a lot of players in micro will make a fold here if someone make a big reraise. Though, I think now I should have reraised to 30.5 or 35.5 bb instead of 25.5 bb.
Turn: maybe I was too greedy? I thought: if the villain is already planned to fold to a scared card K, then it doesn't matter if I make a smaller bet or shove here. If I make a 1/3 or 1/2 pot bet on turn, then his remaining stacks becomes also too small at river. I guess that the villain won't have just TPTK here. Perhaps: straight/flushdraw, two-pair or set. Maybe even slowplayed AA/KK?
If I need to guess in hand 1 he has most likely AA or maybe KK here with his min raise.
Hand 2 I would 3bet to 30bb or so and then villain has less than a pot size bet left on the turn.
Hand 3 he could have a set or 2 pair I think. It would be bad if he shoves with 1 pair hands or a draw. So I would likely fold here against an unknown.
Hand 4, because they think people with AA would make a normal 4bet what I would do with AK as well.
Anyway. Your start looks promising and good luck with your new blog
Hero shows K
(Two Pair, Kings and Fives)
(Pre 18%, Flop 24%, Turn 39%) UTG+1 shows A
(Two Pair, Aces and Fives)
(Pre 82%, Flop 76%, Turn 61%) UTG+1 wins 16.5 BB
Today played only 446 hands and won $4.10.
My new bankroll is: $35.73. I am very optimitic that I will reach NL5 the coming weekend.
For short term:
I'm still re-reading/studying the book of Ed Miller: The course - Serious Hold'Em Strategy for Smart Players. This book is focused on live NL200/NL500/NL1000 cash games. To my opinion, it is also very usual for online micro cash games!
For mid term:
I'm also reading/studying the book of Doug Hull: Poker Workbook For Math Geeks. I want to learn different kind of equities! I think this knowledge will be very useful when I am going to play at higher level.
For long term: another books that I am going to read/study are:
- Playing the Player - Ed Miller
- How to read hand at no-limit Hold'em - Ed Miller
- Poker Plays you can use - Dough Hull
- Red Chip Poker - Late position - Hull, Sweeney and Soto
- Poker's 1% - The one big secret that keeps Elite Players on top - Ed Miller
- Live No-limit cash games 1 and 2 - Jonathan Little
This post has been edited 1 time(s), it was last edited by Gerardus: 19.01.2016 23:29.
Day 15 to Day 17
I played nearly 9000 hands in the last weekend. Firstly I runned hot and went $6 up and then... I got really one after the other bad beats. This resulted also in my TILTY FISHY play. This way of play punished me with $16 down. So, there is still a lot of work with my poker mindset.
Hapily, I made a good recovery at the end and this resulted finally in $7,40 up for this weekend.
Today I have played just only 550 hands and $5,30 up.
Hopefully I will reach $75 this week for playing at NL5.
Study for the coming week:
Re-reading/studying the book of Ed Miller: The course - Serious Hold'Em Strategy for Smart Players.
Studying the book of Doug Hull: Poker Workbook For Math Geeks.
fold, fold, Hero raises to 3 BB, fold, MP+2 raises to 6 BB, fold, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 19.5 BB, MP+2 calls 13.5 BB
Flop:(40.5 BB, 2 players) 5
Hero bets 25.5 BB, MP+2 raises to 77.5 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 52 BB
Turn:(195.5 BB, 2 players) 8
River:(195.5 BB, 2 players) 6
Hero shows K
(One Pair, Kings)
(Pre 68%, Flop 81%, Turn 89%) MP+2 shows 8
(One Pair, Eights)
(Pre 32%, Flop 19%, Turn 11%) Hero wins 188.5 BB
His action on the river is raising all-in... It looked as if he had got a full-house. But, I decided to make a call here. I assumed: if he had a set, he would have raised at the turn. This is because there is a flush draw --> a lot of players tend to play at this way at NL2 as they don't want get drawn out by a flush.
He had a high fold to 3bet stats, so I decide to 3-bet here. As he called here, I was carefull to make a continubet. Maybe too carefull. But, he didn't make a bet too. So, i assume he might also have nothing here. That is why I decide to barrel on the turn and river. I think that these barrels will be profitable on long term.
Pity, he didn't barrel again on the river. Does anyone have a suggestion how I should playu this kind of board/hand most effectively on long term? I think I should make a CB again here and then check behind on the turn for a check-raise next time.
This post has been edited 5 time(s), it was last edited by Gerardus: 23.01.2016 00:15.
Played 1000 hands with good result: $4.85 up!
Players can play really fishy at FR Zoom NL2
Against a short stacked player I'm gonna never fold. Especially with very low SPR (stack to pot ratio)! I guessed he might have Ax. My check was a bluf catcher. If he has got straight, two pair or a set, then bad luck. But now: I think I should still make a TB at thurn. But then just smaller: 1/3 to 2/5 of the pot to keep the villain in the pot.
Hero shows 9
(Three of a Kind, Eights)
(Pre 49%, Flop 91%, Turn 95%) BB mucks A
(Two Pair, Aces and Eights)
(Pre 51%, Flop 9%, Turn 5%) Hero wins 71 BB
Just keep betting as long as you think you're not behind. The river was a small suck bet of me. I want earn somewhat extra money. To my experience: when you bet here again high 80/90% of the players will fold here, unless he has got a strong(er) hand. When he raise, then reevalute your hand again.
Played 1100 hands and $6,28 up
Graph for this month so far:
Start bankroll (1st of January): $0.00and 1000 PokerStars Coins
Currently bankroll now: $67.21
Yet to win another $8.00 and I can finally go play at NL5! My tankroll is:
Homework for tomorrow: Your 20 Minute Poker Training - Fold Equity Overview for day 1, 2 and 3.
Analyse of the hands that I have played today.
Read the chapter 8 of the book "Dynamic Full Ring Poker - Beyond The Basics" of James Sweeney.
To go through chapter 1, 2 and 3 of the book “The Course: Serious Hold’em Strategy for Smart Players” by Ed Miller again.
A lot of books that I will read coming months to improve my poker kills:
How to Read Hands at No-limit Hold'em - by Ed Miller
Playing the player * Moving beyond ABC poker to dominate your opponents - by Ed Miller
Poker plays you can use - by Dough Hull & Ed Miller
Red Chip Poker * Late position - by Hull, Sweeney & Soto
Poker's 1%: The one big secret that keeps elite players on top - by Ed Miller
Poker Workbook for math geeks - by Doug Hull
Application of no-limit Hold'em - Mathew Janda
Jonathan Little on live No-limit cash games theory 1 and 2 - J. Little
Pfew, that is a lot of books to read! Later, I will also plan to watch poker on Youtube.
This post has been edited 1 time(s), it was last edited by Gerardus: 25.01.2016 20:05.
Played a lot of hands, though I was a bit ill yesterday. Hindsight: that was not a good idea! Playing poker whereas I was ill resulted in a bad play of me: just only C or even D-game. Luckily I run hot at the and ended with a big profit: +$8,50 and finally reached $75 for the NL5 level.
Today I have made a small shot at Zoom FR NL5. The result was nice: $4 up with thanks to a pre-flop all-in shoover
This post has been edited 1 time(s), it was last edited by Gerardus: 29.01.2016 23:30.
Day 26 to 29
Pfff, that was a hard and interesting lesson! The game that works at NL2 does absolutely not work at NL5! So I've tried to play too long at the same manner at NL5 as at NL2. This resulted in declining of my bankroll from $75 to $32. Around the 3000th hand I finally adjusted my poker game to the players at the Zoom FR NL5... with result! See graph below. Hopefully I will be back at the bankroll of $75 this Sunday.
Zoom FR NL5:
Currently bankroll: ~$65
I was suprised when I logged in at NetBet Poker. I had still some money there: €13.79... So, from now I will also play 6max poker at NetBet on a regurlarly basis. I think that playing at 6max game will improve my poker skill.