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Becoming a Shark!

    • stompy91
      stompy91
      Silver
      Joined: 09.04.2012 Posts: 261
      Hi guys, Welcome to my 2016 blog!

      I've decided to start a new blog as my old one was running a little lack luster and not very interesting for anyone to read. The past 6 weeks i've spent learning the game again and working hard. I have learnt a lot so far but i can see there is so much to learn and implement that even when i eventually hit NL100 i'll be learning even more! :s_thumbsup:

      My Background :
      I'm just an average 24 year old guy with dreams of earning big money and having freedom to travel the world while i have few attachments holding me back. I've played poker since i was 18 always depositing and losing money until about 6 weeks ago where i began to take it more seriously. So far i have got from $50 to $428.63 playing on 888 where i am now going to switch to Betfair as it is the only site i can get a first deposit bonus of 200% plus a much better VIP system. Although the currency differences are really annoying.

      I also have a huge passion for motoring and motorbikes in particular, especially since i live so close to some of the best scenery in the UK :


      I will be starting with a €400 deposit carrying my bankroll over and continuing my bankroll challenge.

      Good luck to all and Happy New year! :f_drink:

      My bankroll management:
      NL10 - €250
      NL20 - €500
      NL50 - €1750
      NL100 - €4500
      NL200 - €9000

      With each level I plan on a 5 BI shot and then dropping back down if i drop below 40BI's for lower limit. E.g. Playing NL20 with €500 but dropping to NL10 if i drop down to €400.

      Goals for January :
      - Play 50,000 hands
      - Clear €800 bonus (45 days to do so)
      - Reach comfortable NL20 bankroll (€700)
      - At least 2 session reviews per week
      - go back to the gym

      Goals for 2016 :
      - Visit 4 different countries(more if I hit later goals)
      - Reach NL100 Bankroll (€4500)
      - Go to the gym 4+ days a week no matter what.
      - Become a shark @ the tables!
      - Turn semi-pro so I can leave my job and travel.

      [b]Bankroll Challenge results:
      Starting bankroll : $50
      Week 1 - $129
      Week 2 - $130
      Week 3 - $82
      Week 4 - $362
      Week 5 - $260
      Week 6 - $210
      Week 7 - $498
      Week 8 - $545
      Week 9 - $601
      Week 10 - $645
      Week 11 - $601
      Week 12 - $493
  • 46 replies
    • vonki
      vonki
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      Joined: 18.03.2008 Posts: 6,091
      Wish you all the best in 2016 and with your challenge! Traveling is awesome, hope you post pics here when you make one! :f_thumbsup:
    • Gerardus
      Gerardus
      Bronze
      Joined: 05.11.2009 Posts: 939
      Good luck with your challenge and travel goals. :f_thumbsup:

      Where do you live?
    • stompy91
      stompy91
      Silver
      Joined: 09.04.2012 Posts: 261
      Thanks very much guys! Good luck to you both as well !
      Haha yeah i will have to take some good photos :f_cool:

      Originally posted by Gerardus
      Good luck with your challenge and travel goals. :f_thumbsup:

      Where do you live?
      I stay in Glasgow - but the picture is in Glencoe, which is only 90 miles away.
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
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      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 22,030
      Gl sir - happy new year!
    • stompy91
      stompy91
      Silver
      Joined: 09.04.2012 Posts: 261
      Thanks Gary! You too!

      Well i'm off to a flying start on ipoker :f_thumbsup: even if it's all EV Euros :f_tongue:


      Two annoying hands where i was going to rage quit but battled on :

      IPoker, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      Hero (SB): $12.97 (129.7 bb)
      BB: $10.55 (105.5 bb)
      UTG: $9.73 (97.3 bb)
      MP: $11.12 (111.2 bb)
      CO: $19.63 (196.3 bb)
      BTN: $8.15 (81.5 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with 3 3
      UTG folds, MP raises to $0.40, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.35, BB folds

      Flop: ($0.90) 3 A A (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP bets $0.63, Hero raises to $1.70, MP raises to $10.70, Hero raises to $12.57, MP calls $0.02 and is all-in

      Turn: ($22.34) 8 (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: ($22.34) A (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results:
      $22.34 pot ($1.48 rake)
      Final Board: 3 A A 8 A
      Hero mucked 3 3 and won $0.00 (-$11.12 net)
      MP showed 6 A and won $20.86 ($9.74 net)



      IPoker, $0.05/$0.10, $0.02 ante No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      Hero (SB): $12.33 (123.3 bb)
      BB: $10 (100 bb)
      UTG: $10 (100 bb)
      MP: $15.33 (153.3 bb)
      CO: $10 (100 bb)
      BTN: $9.60 (96 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with 2 2
      UTG raises to $0.20, MP calls $0.20, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.15, BB folds

      Flop: ($0.82) 8 6 2 (3 players)
      Hero checks, UTG bets $0.10, MP raises to $0.30, Hero raises to $1.30, UTG folds, MP raises to $3.37, Hero raises to $12.11 and is all-in, MP calls $8.74

      Turn: ($25.14) K (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: ($25.14) 9 (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results:
      $25.14 pot ($1.67 rake)
      Final Board: 8 6 2 K 9
      Hero mucked 2 2 and lost (-$12.33 net)
      UTG mucked and lost (-$0.32 net)
      MP showed K K and won $23.47 ($11.14 net)



      Both hands agains kind of fishy players so hopefully i will get them back at some point.
    • stompy91
      stompy91
      Silver
      Joined: 09.04.2012 Posts: 261
      Hey guys, How's everyone's Sunday grind going ?

      I'm finally getting used to the Ipoker skin and not letting anything tilt me as there are so many "fun" players :f_love:
      I seem to be off to a good start so hopefully i can have my best ever month in poker this January :D

      From what I can see my first deposit bonus worked so i have €814 (€10 cleared already) to clear and the rakeback is also very good. Works out at €1 for 375 VPP's - I have already got 5,830 VPP's.
      I have been playing normal NL10 tables which are all either € or £ so I think my HM2 might be off slightly so i will just put up my graphs in BB's now.
      Bankroll week 6 : $210
      Bankroll week 7 : $498 (€459/£337.62)

      Total graph on New site :


      Also a funny hand here as i was trying to sit out and accidentally sat back in - payed off though :f_tongue:
      Villain is a 73/40 Whale and i already had a note that he raises big preflop with junk.

      IPoker, $0.05/$0.10, $0.02 ante No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $10 (100 bb)
      Hero (BB): $10 (100 bb)
      UTG: $10 (100 bb)
      MP: $22.76 (227.6 bb)
      CO: $28.75 (287.5 bb)
      BTN: $8.48 (84.8 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with A K
      3 folds, BTN raises to $0.50, SB folds, Hero raises to $1.67, BTN calls $1.17

      Flop: ($3.51) J 3 8 (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN bets $3.51, Hero raises to $8.31 and is all-in, BTN calls $3.28

      Turn: ($17.09) 7 (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: ($17.09) 8 (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results:
      $17.09 pot ($1.13 rake)
      Final Board: J 3 8 7 8
      Hero mucked A K and won $15.96 ($7.48 net)
      BTN showed 6 T and lost (-$8.48 net)
    • stompy91
      stompy91
      Silver
      Joined: 09.04.2012 Posts: 261
      *update*
      Slight change to my BRM as updated in first post :)
    • stompy91
      stompy91
      Silver
      Joined: 09.04.2012 Posts: 261
      Having a few problems today and i'm not sure what's up with me. I seem to be making quite a few mistakes and had a bad session today (-6 BIs)

      Here's a few odd hands today :
      Villain is a 79/18 fish with 40 RFI UTG over 76 hands and a note to say large bets pre-flop are weak.

      IPoker, $0.05/$0.10, $0.02 ante No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $9.88 (98.8 bb)
      BB: $10.21 (102.1 bb)
      UTG: $10 (100 bb)
      Hero (MP): $13.69 (136.9 bb)
      CO: $12.82 (128.2 bb)
      BTN: $10.06 (100.6 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is MP with A J
      UTG posts BB OOP, UTG raises to $0.30, Hero calls $0.30, 3 folds, BB calls $0.20

      Flop: ($1.07) 6 J 5 (3 players)
      BB checks, UTG bets $0.74, Hero raises to $2, BB folds, UTG calls $1.26

      Turn: ($5.07) 8 (2 players)
      UTG bets $5.07, Hero raises to $10.14, UTG calls $2.61 and is all-in

      River: ($20.43) J (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results:
      $20.43 pot ($1.36 rake)
      Final Board: 6 J 5 8 J
      UTG showed Q Q and lost (-$10 net)
      Hero mucked A J and won $19.07 ($9.07 net)



      Villain is 22/17 TAG - with 33 RFI on the BTN / WTSD 24
      I think i should be folding to the river raise as what can he really have here that i beat?

      IPoker, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 4 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $11.03 (110.3 bb)
      Hero (BB): $10 (100 bb)
      CO: $7.68 (76.8 bb)
      BTN: $10 (100 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 7 9
      CO folds, BTN raises to $0.25, SB folds, Hero calls $0.15

      Flop: ($0.55) A T 7 (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN bets $0.35, Hero calls $0.35

      Turn: ($1.25) 7 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.75, BTN raises to $2.20, Hero calls $1.45

      River: ($5.65) Q (2 players)
      Hero bets $2.82, BTN raises to $7.20 and is all-in, Hero calls $4.38 and is all-in

      Results:
      $20.05 pot ($1.33 rake)
      Final Board: A T 7 7 Q
      Hero mucked 7 9 and lost (-$10 net)
      BTN showed A A and won $18.72 ($8.72 net)


      This Villain was 3betting every one of my SB steals and seemed to be playing aggro. 21/16 stats and 13.4(64) 3bet from BB.

      IPoker, $0.05/$0.10, $0.02 ante No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      Hero (SB): $10.54 (105.4 bb)
      BB: $10 (100 bb)
      UTG: $11.33 (113.3 bb)
      MP: $10.91 (109.1 bb)
      CO: $9.79 (97.9 bb)
      BTN: $12.14 (121.4 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with T A
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.30, BB raises to $0.90, Hero calls $0.60

      Flop: ($1.92) 5 Q T (2 players)
      Hero checks, BB bets $1.20, Hero calls $1.20

      Turn: ($4.32) T (2 players)
      Hero checks, BB bets $2.80, Hero raises to $8.42 and is all-in, BB calls $5.08 and is all-in

      River: ($20.08) 9 (2 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results:
      $20.08 pot ($1.33 rake)
      Final Board: 5 Q T T 9
      Hero mucked T A and lost (-$10 net)
      BB showed Q Q and won $18.75 ($8.75 net)
    • stompy91
      stompy91
      Silver
      Joined: 09.04.2012 Posts: 261
      Today i set up my two 24" monitors and my grinding station is almost there.
      Just waiting on a wireless mouse, keyboard and headphones and then i can get the laptop off the desk and it will be looking sweet :f_cool:

      Here it is - Imagine it with a small wireless keyboard and mouse instead of the laptop under the middle though haha :


      Obviously the new set-up is paying off - Today's session :
    • Pkrpains
      Pkrpains
      Silver
      Joined: 04.10.2010 Posts: 382
      Hey sir :)

      Seems like you are making quick progress, well done! How are you finding Ipoker may I ask?

      By the way, that's a Suzuki gsxr, am I rite? Beautiful. :f_love:

      Oh, and you've got a neat setup, too. :s_thumbsup:
    • stompy91
      stompy91
      Silver
      Joined: 09.04.2012 Posts: 261
      Originally posted by Pkrpains
      Hey sir :)

      Seems like you are making quick progress, well done! How are you finding Ipoker may I ask?

      By the way, that's a Suzuki gsxr, am I rite? Beautiful. :f_love:

      Oh, and you've got a neat setup, too. :s_thumbsup:
      Hey :)
      Yeah, trying to catch up with you! Haha.

      At first I thought it was full of regs but I'm finding a lot of weak players and quite a few full stacking fish who tilt. I'm also warming to the software but it will never be as good as stars. The rakeback really helps also.

      Yeah it is! A 2002 GSXR 750 :) my dream bike from being a kid. Many thanks!

      How are you getting on? Other than running way under EV?
    • stompy91
      stompy91
      Silver
      Joined: 09.04.2012 Posts: 261
      I was quite proud of this yesterday as there is a 21/17 reg on the BB and the whole table was targeting the UTG as he is a 70/7 whale over 130 hands. :s_cool:

      I raise big to get value from the fish as they were limp calling anything and i think the reg spotted this. When the fish calls i'm sure my AhQh is good and it looks like a profitable shoving spot :profit:

      The reason i am proud is that i would have never realised this 3 months ago :f_thumbsup:

      IPoker, $0.05/$0.10, $0.02 ante No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $10.24 (102.4 bb)
      BB: $24.13 (241.3 bb)
      UTG: $27.84 (278.4 bb)
      MP: $10.28 (102.8 bb)
      CO: $11.25 (112.5 bb)
      Hero (BTN): $12.29 (122.9 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BTN with A Q
      UTG calls $0.10, 2 folds, Hero raises to $0.50, SB folds, BB raises to $1.77, UTG calls $1.67, Hero raises to $12.27 and is all-in, 2 folds

      Results:
      $5.48 pot
      Hero mucked A Q and won $5.48 ($3.69 net)


      Also getting MAX value from a slow playing reg : :sfishy:

      IPoker, $0.05/$0.10, $0.02 ante No Limit Hold'em Cash, 5 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $8.83 (88.3 bb)
      BB: $14.51 (145.1 bb)
      Hero (MP): $13.14 (131.4 bb)
      CO: $17.53 (175.3 bb)
      BTN: $10 (100 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is MP with J J
      Hero raises to $0.30, CO folds, BTN calls $0.30, 2 folds

      Flop: ($0.85) 7 6 6 (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN bets $0.60, Hero calls $0.60

      Turn: ($2.05) 8 (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN checks

      River: ($2.05) J (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN bets $1.80, Hero raises to $12.22 and is all-in, BTN calls $7.28 and is all-in

      Results:
      $20.21 pot ($1.34 rake)
      Final Board: 7 6 6 8 J
      Hero mucked J J and won $18.87 ($8.87 net)
      BTN showed 7 7 and lost (-$10 net)
    • murzius
      murzius
      Bronze
      Joined: 02.07.2009 Posts: 134
      nice progress, gl to goals :)
    • stompy91
      stompy91
      Silver
      Joined: 09.04.2012 Posts: 261
      Thanks Murzius! :f_thumbsup:
    • srna10
      srna10
      Bronze
      Joined: 17.12.2010 Posts: 412
      Nice setup mate :f_thumbsup: . I've also got 27" monitor recently so grinding start to look very easy :f_biggrin: .

      I'm glad to see that you progress very well, just keep them crushed.

      And Suzuki is just awesome :f_drink:
    • stompy91
      stompy91
      Silver
      Joined: 09.04.2012 Posts: 261
      Originally posted by srna10
      Nice setup mate :f_thumbsup: . I've also got 27" monitor recently so grinding start to look very easy :f_biggrin: .

      I'm glad to see that you progress very well, just keep them crushed.

      And Suzuki is just awesome :f_drink:
      Thanks SRNA - Your not doing too bad yourself :coolface:
      Yeah the bigger monitors make the HUD so much easier to read and it helps that i can have as many tables open as i like now :pcuser:

      Play has been rather rough this week with loads of ups and downs but i am definitely playing better and reviewing my hands after every session.
      But thankfully a €10 SNG came to the rescue with a €60 win, along with rakeback and my FDP.
      To be honest its good to have a small safety net while i am still learning! :f_ugly:

      Midweek update :
      Hands : 5,862
      Winnings : +€15.12
      Bonus : +€30
      Rakeback : +€19
      €10 SNG win :+ €60
      Bankroll now : €560


      Total challenge : ($614/$4000)
    • vonki
      vonki
      Bronze
      Joined: 18.03.2008 Posts: 6,091
      Really sweet setup! :f_thumbsup:
    • stompy91
      stompy91
      Silver
      Joined: 09.04.2012 Posts: 261
      Originally posted by vonki
      Really sweet setup! :f_thumbsup:
      Thanks Vonki :f_thumbsup:
      It will look even better tonight with my new wireless keyboard and mouse and I can get the laptop off the desk :)
    • stompy91
      stompy91
      Silver
      Joined: 09.04.2012 Posts: 261
      Hey Guys, :s_biggrin:

      The last week has been all over the place and I'm a little frustrated at myself as i have not studied much because i am not gold member due to my new account not being tracked properly so i may have to buy Gold status at some point again as all the good videos are on here. I am also wanting to get some coaching from W34z3l at some point so hopefully he gets back to me soon.

      I am so happy now that i've got a proper grinding station going on as it makes me feel like i have to take it seriously and motivates me to play :


      As for today, it didn't go so well :s_cry: :


      Although Betfair did reward my bad luck :s_thumbsup: :


      I also decided to take a NL20 shot when i was a little tilted from playing at NL10 which didn't go so well :s_ugly: :


      Overall NL10 graph :


      So far all i am all over the place and have so many leaks in my game. I'm really not sure where to start but i think it will really benefit me to get some coaching as i want to be at least an NL20 reg by the summer.
      I will be doing a full database analysis tomorrow as i need to find some of these leaks and work out how to sort them before it costs me dearly and then i can start making some real :profit:

      So far January :
      Hands : 10,480
      Profit : -€99.74
      Tournament winnings : €90
      SNG winnings : €60
      Rakeback : €44
      FDB : €50
      Bankroll : €546.44

      One day i am going to win all the monies!!!! :milord: