My Nan used to say Poor people cannot afford to buy cheap things

    • jirikipol
      jirikipol
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      Joined: 07.07.2009 Posts: 146
      Hi,
      My name is David 29 years old (Dawid In fact as I’m polish but been living in UK for 4 years and cannot bear how they pronounce “w” here) so let it be like that for the blog purposes. I beg your pardon for any mistakes here as after all English is not my mother tongue.
      I’ve been involved in poker for quite a while even before coming to UK. I played live poker for a while abut since being in relationship now is not quite possible.
      After making quite good money from live poker and investing this money into flat in London I started from the scratch (like NL2 and $50)and decided to dedicate myself to online poker (as you can do it anywhere and anytime without sacrificing your social life)
      Now I managed to hit the $300 mark today by playing after work really irregularly.
      I have set up this blog to track my progress, take part in Bankroll challenge and finally start to put some hands here so people may advise me and through that I hope to improve even further.
      Despite poker being part of my life for a bit I still know how much I have to learn and how much there is to do until my dream of making a living from it comes true.
      So this is for the start. I will try to update it after each session and follow the bank roll Challenge requirements.
      As for a challenge here is my Bankroll currently:



      And here is chart from Holdem manager



      Chart is not including all my sessions (I got a problem with HM at some point) and is showing more or less 40k of most recent hands. The little drop came when I changed from NL2 to NL5 (always happen to me when going up) and there are two things that I’m concerned with it at the moment:
      • Red non showdown line (I guess that is what happens with it at micros)
      • Difference between EV All-in and Net winnings- As it shows that I am on a little bit of an upswing at the moment. Nonetheless I have been on both sides of the variance and this is the side that I enjoy a bit more to be honest


      As for the BR Challenge I want to have BR of 1500$ from $300 Which I will achieve within next 200k hands. I do not know if this is doable or if I should adjust it but I’m more than open to any suggestions.

      I play NL Holdem on Pokerstars Full ring on 9 tables.

      As for a title of the blog it was just what my Granny used to say which is one of the things that sticked with me whole my life.

      So lets the fun begin.

      I will post the sum up of week 1 on Sunday together with hands which I would like to analyze.

      Any suggestions are more than welcomed.
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    • metalmonkey80
      metalmonkey80
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      Hello Dawid,

      Welcome to the 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' bankroll challenge. we will be looking forward to your first update which you should post by Monday of each week in Get Rich or Die Tryin' - The Bankroll Challenge - Reporting thread.
      Congratulations on hitting the $300 mark. I look forward to reading future posts.

      My regards

      Matt
    • jirikipol
      jirikipol
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      Joined: 07.07.2009 Posts: 146
      So the first session on new limit and I am delighted with it :f_biggrin:



      2 hands that cought my attention:

      Hand Information
      PokerStars No Limit, 0.1 BB (8 handed).
      Hand History converter courtesy of pokerhandreplays.com

      Table Information
      Seat: 1 roma251 ($9.96)
      Seat: 2 heisenber699 ($10.59)
      Seat: 3 alexkoro87 ($11.39)
      Seat: 4 kas155 ($16.96)
      Seat: 5 a_svinolobov ($12.18)
      Seat: 6 stvoler88 ($9.41) Dealer
      Seat: 7 Hero ($11.17) Small Blind
      Seat: 8 klismois ($10) Big Blind
      Dealt to Hero
      :Jh: :Js:

      Preflop (Pot:0.15)
      roma251 FOLD
      heisenber699 RAISE $0.3
      alexkoro87 FOLD
      kas155 FOLD
      a_svinolobov FOLD
      stvoler88 FOLD
      Hero CALL $0.25
      klismois FOLD

      Flop(Pot: $0.7)
      :7d: :7c: :4d:

      Hero BET $0.6
      heisenber699 CALL $0.6

      Turn(Pot: $1.9)
      :7d: :7c: :4d: :7h:

      Hero BET $1.2
      heisenber699 CALL $1.2

      River(Pot: $4.3)
      :7d: :7c: :4d: :7h: :8h:

      Hero CHECK
      heisenber699 BET $3.08
      Hero CALL $3.08

      I am not entirly sure if C/f wouldnt be better as from the way he played that it looks like a bigger pocet then me and only thing reason to call here would be to catch a bluff but maybe I am mistaken.


      2nd hand
      Hand Information
      PokerStars No Limit, 0.1 BB (2 handed).
      Hand History converter courtesy of pokerhandreplays.com

      Table Information
      Seat: 7 jedexx ($10.15) Dealer
      Seat: 8 Hero ($12.05) Small Blind
      Dealt to Hero
      :Jc: :Kh:

      Preflop (Pot:0.15)
      jedexx RAISE $0.3
      Hero RAISE $0.9
      jedexx CALL $0.6

      Flop(Pot: $1.95)
      :8c: :8h: :Qd:

      Hero BET $1.4
      jedexx CALL $1.4

      Turn(Pot: $4.75)
      :8c: :8h: :Qd: :Td:

      Hero CHECK
      jedexx CHECK

      River(Pot: $4.75)
      :8c: :8h: :Qd: :Td: :9c:

      Hero BET $2.8
      jedexx ALL-IN
      Hero FOLD
      jedexx RETURN $5.05
      Showdown:
      jedexx MUCKS

      jedexx wins the pot: $15.3


      I think OTR it would be better to C/C or C/x or rather C/Decide. I was putting him on small pocket or AK AQ, but in that case I think I should still check and catch a bluff. But still some opinions would help greatly.

      Bankroll challange Week 1
      Hands : 792
      Start $311,69 10.02.2016
      Currently $340,65
      Goal : $1558,45 1246,76
      Profit: $28,96
      Realisation 2,32%


      I hope to play another session on Sunday then I will update the challenge.
    • jirikipol
      jirikipol
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      Joined: 07.07.2009 Posts: 146
      Bankroll update

      Week 1:
      Total hands: 3958
      Net won: $22,65
      Starting br: $311,69
      Current br: $ 334,34
    • jirikipol
      jirikipol
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      Joined: 07.07.2009 Posts: 146
      Hi,

      Worst session ever yestarday.



      it was worst and best at the same time. I lost a lot of money but throughout whole session I was feeling like I play good poker.

      Main thing is that I am really happy for it to happen as it was first in 20 sessions that I pleyed.

      Nut not much one can do about running KK into AA and Trips into Fullhouse or Two pair into set.

      Not much to analise as most of the hands where I lost big were just coolers and nasty surprises.

      Today I am going to play another session hopefully better than yestarday :) and than report on bankroll challenge.

      Till than keep calm and carry on :f_cool:
    • jirikipol
      jirikipol
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      Joined: 07.07.2009 Posts: 146
      Well I gues it didnt went so bad as yestraday I lost only 29,95 :f_cry:

      I am going to take a break till monday or tuesday asses my game and come back to teh tables again.

      As for Bank roll challenge

      Week 2 summary

      Total hands: 4587
      Net won: $ -55,67
      Starting br: $311,69
      Current br: $ 278,66:f_frown:
    • jirikipol
      jirikipol
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      Joined: 07.07.2009 Posts: 146
      Hi There,

      It is a bit upsetting but my first attempt at NL10 failed after what looked like promising first session. My BR is at around $250 and I need to step down to NL5 .I know it is still more than 25BI but after losing around $80 in past 4 sessions I feel like going down, rebuilding BR and making another shot when hitting $350 is most sensible thing at the moment.

      I am going to play another session today in the evening but that is how it is going to look now.

      So my next goal is to Grow my BR to $350 playing NL 5 and than make another attempt at NL10.

      Cheers :f_drink:
    • vonki
      vonki
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      GL with your bankroll challenge! :)
    • jirikipol
      jirikipol
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      Joined: 07.07.2009 Posts: 146
      Hi,

      Thank you for your support nice to know that somebody is reading this sometimes :f_biggrin:

      As for Bank roll Challenge I lost quite a lot in first two sessions this week and even tough todays session was good I still finish the week worst off then when I started.

      Week 3 summary

      Total hands: 3107
      Net won: $ -15,6
      Starting br: $311,69
      Current br: $ 260,06 Screen Below

      But If anything I am persistent and stubborn so one way or the other I am going to get there. After all that is what has given me everything else in life, and that is what poker really have tought me. so Again keep calm and carry on.




      I will put next update on Next Sunday, as tomorrow I am going to Gibrlatar for a Week Holiday :f_drink: can't wait to see this british scrap of Land at the coast of Spain where all major bookies and casinos have their CS and monkey are asking for a Bannana.:f_wink:
    • AgapieGheorghe
      AgapieGheorghe
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      Joined: 10.07.2011 Posts: 999
      You gonna visit the pokerstrategy headquarters in Gibraltar ? I live really close to Gibraltar but never been there, I hope you gonna post some photos when you come back.
      Have a nice trip !
    • SvenBe
      SvenBe
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      Joined: 19.04.2006 Posts: 13,108
      He jirikipol,

      Damn, why do i read it only today? Are you still here? Every user visiting Gibraltar is happily invited to come around for a coffee & a free tour!
      How did you like it here? Unfortunately the weather last week was very cold, but this week is so much better.
      Oh, and cold means 15°C :-)

      CU,SvenBe
    • jirikipol
      jirikipol
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      Joined: 07.07.2009 Posts: 146
      Hi,

      Thank you for the inventation :f_thumbsup: I will use it next time.

      I really like the Gib. All those places one can see on such a small area, it is like Spanish version of UK. How one cannot love it ? The Rock, Ocean Village, The Clipper (nice bar in Irish street :) ) the sun and the Monkeys and prices of alcohol and Cigarettes as cheap as I have ever seen it :)

      It was cold you say ? It was perfect for me around 20 everyday and blue sky. Coming back to London was bit of shock to my system 1 and raining :f_rolleyes:

      Holidays made me really motiveted to play poker as one can see from my Bankroll it is really needed now :f_wink: But as one wise man said "There is not progress without struggle"

      AgapieGheorghe you should definitly visit Gib espessialy if you live nearby It is probably The best Rock in the World worht seeing and worth going there :f_biggrin: And as said above for me nothing beats the prices there :f_cool: Even in the Pub 3 £ for a beer is nowhere to be seen in London. Not to mention amazing place near the border in La Linea Where you got pint of beer in frozen glass for 2 Eur :f_drink:

      So to the better luck in Poker and more holidays like the one in Gib :f_drink:


      Week 4 summary

      Total hands: 3107
      Net won: $ -13,4
      Starting br: $311,69
      Current br: $ 246,87 :f_cry:
    • jirikipol
      jirikipol
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      Joined: 07.07.2009 Posts: 146
      Hmmmm I have come back to basics ABC poker like:

      Tight is right
      Out and odds
      Cbet control (depending on Flop structure)
      and just being persistent in it :)
      Not to mention good old Starting hand chart for reference and reminding how much there is still to learn :f_love:

      The Results are a bit better this week due to one really good sesion one average and one a bit bad :)

      The thing that is bugging me a little bit it seems that despite quite a volume I am not quite getting the hands and when I do I get into a lot of coolers :f_wink: which I guess it is what I loved in this game in the first place. It resemble life in so many ways :f_cool: At least for me.

      I always have some obejctive more like a dream.
      I want it.
      Then I want it even more
      Then I fail
      and fail
      and fail and fail again
      and than I want it even more than I want breathing
      and than when most people are turning back and saying ehhh I guess is not for me I want it so badly that it becomes really important and I put everything I got and even bit more into whatever it is
      and than another few failures :f_pleased:
      and after that I am on the top of the mountain when most of the people manage to quit half way trough it :f_rolleyes:

      So As said before "no progress without strugle" and if this requiers persistance and patient I do have plenty of that.

      Next update around Thursday as I going for yet another short break. This time in Poland.

      Week 5 summary

      Total hands: 4258
      Net won: $ 15,57
      Starting br: $311,69
      Current br: $ 262,44
    • jirikipol
      jirikipol
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      Joined: 07.07.2009 Posts: 146
      Just a quick update unfortunetlly my play nowadays is resembling catching a falling knife with baer hands. so I bit red ufortunently. But I kind of starting to feel better about the way I play and I think it is going to go upwards really soon :f_thumbsup:

      Week 6 summary

      Total hands: 3188
      Net won: $ -5,17
      Starting br: $311,69
      Current br: $ 257,23
    • jirikipol
      jirikipol
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      Joined: 07.07.2009 Posts: 146
      I had really little time to play this week chance volume and profit which I got a feeling could be better :) I kind of starting to feel I am riding of the downswing or lots of hands with poor results which feels good :)


      Week 7 summary

      Total hands: 2526
      Net won: $ 6,9
      Starting br: $311,69
      Current br: $ 264,13
    • jirikipol
      jirikipol
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      Joined: 07.07.2009 Posts: 146
      Hiya not really hight in volume this week and I tought that I will not play at all this week but I managed to play one session on sunday to quite a nice results I think my chart after being ofended with me for a bit finally started to go up :f_thumbsup:


      Week 8 summary

      Total hands: 1046
      Net won: $ 12,35
      Starting br: $311,69
      Current br: $ 276,48
    • jirikipol
      jirikipol
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      Joined: 07.07.2009 Posts: 146
      Hi,

      I am not really sure if I will mange to play any sessions this week as I am moving house, City and my cat this week than I will have to refurbish the House. So I hope there is such thing as taking "holidays" in bankroll challenge :)

      If I will find some time to play I will update this for sure but if not I will be back in 2 weeks.

      So Week 9 and Week 10 Summary

      HOLIDAYS :f_love:
    • jirikipol
      jirikipol
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      Joined: 07.07.2009 Posts: 146
      Hi,

      Unfortunetlly my break was longer than expected due to Refurbrishment of the house taking longer than anticipated and other personal matters I would rather not disscuss . Without me haveing any time to play or to update on my status I doubt that I will be able to participate in Bankroll challenge anymore (If I still can do it please let me know and I will start raporting again)

      I am going to Gibraltar again on 23rd of May so I hope this tiem I will find some time to visit PS office :) Could any of you please give me an exact address ?

      For now I am planing to play better every day keep on my learning progress and hit 4 digit and tan 5 where once I have been :)

      Till than GL to eveybody and lets all have fun with poker as this is a game we all love isin't it ? :f_drink:
    • Marta
      Marta
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      Hello jirikipol!

      Glad to hear you'll be in Gibraltar. Please pay us a visit :)

      The address is:

      4th Floor, Waterport Place
      2 Europort Avenue

      At the door, you need to ring a bell - you can ask for me (my name is... Marta :P ). I'll show you around.

      Cheers!
    • jirikipol
      jirikipol
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      Joined: 07.07.2009 Posts: 146
      Hi Marta,

      Thank you for the invitation. I hope bringing some people along (there will be 4 of us) wont be a problem, they are not members but family :)

      As for my challenge I missed the reporting period yesterday and I am not sure if I can still participate :f_cry:

      Either way It was quite a valuable week for me and I decided to play way less tables 4 instead of 9 and change from Fulling to Short-handed. I want to focus on basics and gain valuable experience not to mention that I really need to focus on something that used to bring me a lot of returns. Meaning observing and exploiting weaker players instead of just bringing in huge volume with no warranty for the results.

      If I cannot participate any more and will need to have a break please let me know.

      So for the Week 11 Summary:

      Total hands: 6340
      Net won: $ -24,88
      Starting br: $311,69
      Current br: $ 268,49
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