Kruppe's poker career

    • Kruppe
      Kruppe
      Black
      Joined: 20.02.2008 Posts: 2,144
      Hi.

      My name is Chris and I'm a 21-year-old philosophy student in Salzburg, Austria. I'm both british and austrian.


      I'm currently playing $30 cap NL $0.5/$1, which I switched to about 10 days ago. More on my online poker career up to this point further down.


      I plan on playing poker for a living, at least as long as I don't someday decide to become a doctor or something. Details will follow.


      I'm starting a blog now because I decided a while ago that I'd like to start a blog when I reach a point in my career that is interesting to read about. I thought maybe when I reach $2k BR or NL100, but I'm actually starting it because I've started playing live in a so-called 'card casino' in Salzburg.
      Details below.


      read on below the line if interested. It's split into three sections, so you don't have to read it all at once, and I'll post the first section now and the other two later.
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      1: yesterday's casino visit

      I first went there a week or so ago with some friends and played a €27 freezeout. I finished as 2nd bubble boy (gay bubble boy :) ), but the place is attractively furnished and has a good atmosphere, friendly staff, etc. , and I don't mind the slow pace too much. There were also some NL200 cash games running that looked insanely fishy, and the occasional PLO and higher limit NL table.

      Anyway, I returned yesterday and started off by playing a €10+3 rebuy. (1000 starting stack, 90 entrants, 12 payed, unlimited rebuy for the first three levels: 25/25, 25/50, 50/100, 30 minutes each, and shorter levels after that, 2000 chip add-in for €10)
      I somehow ended up going all-in both of the first two hands. First hand I had JJ, 4 or so players limped, and I for some reason thought I only had 20BB, and just pushed directly :) nobody called. next hand I had some kind of draw in a family pot where everyone was going broke.
      In the end I never managed to get a really big stack and busted in 20th after making 4 rebuys or so.
      Just to give you some idea of the level of play in this MTT, the best player at my table was an old guy from eastern europe who was a very bad rock, and whose line with the toppest of pairs was always to check, wait for someone to bet, then instantly and very loudly say 'ALL-IN'. :)


      A friend of mine and I then decided to play NL200 with €200 each. We sat down at a table that had some open seats, which turned out to be mainly young guys, including a guy who turned out to be from pokerstrategy.de and somewhat solid despite having given me the impression of being retarded. He was there with a friend, who was probably the most remarkable of my opponents. The friend was very heavyset, about my age, with a huge, square head, short, upwards-pointing hair, glasses, small eyes that stared intensely and looked in completely different directions, a small beard, and a mouth with corners that pointed downwards like on an unhappy smiley. He was really a HUGE maniac/spewtard, who liked to dish out snippets of poker wisdom about table-image, raise-sizes, etc (which included critisising my friend for making a normal-sized raise with AA instead of raising to at least 8BB, which would be the optimal play, as it gets you HU!). Oh, and he loved very loudly saying 'CHECK IN THE DARK'.

      To the play: I'm pleasantly surprised that I wasn't at all playing with scared money, even when I had a stack of over €400, despite never having played anywhere near this high.

      I actually managed to play some interesting hands, probably making some mistakes. Two of them involved bet/calling on the river in spots where i would have made an easy fold or a hero-fold online, but I called because it was live, and for information.

      The biggest pot I played was something like €380. I raised to €7 with AJo and got 3 calls, including the cross-eyed maniac. Flop: AQh5h, position on the maniac. I made a bet of €22 or so, and the maniac instantly raised to over €70. I had the Ah, and just called. Turn Q, hu, he checked, I CB. River blanked, he checked, and I made a €100 value bet :D
      he called and mucked. Pretty standard, I guess, but pretty sick by my standards. After this my stack included a huge red and black €100 chip :)

      In what was a slightly more interesting hand, I had AA, raised, and I think the maniac was my only caller. I was OOP on QQXr, and made a small bet. He called. It now gets interesting because he had made a sick float against me in a previous hand, calling preflop and flop with 73o or something and bluffing the turn. Same bet sizes on my part and very similar situation otherwise. So I checked the turn, and he bet. Should I call or raise now? I thought the best line of action was to let him know, by saying something, that I knew he had bluffed me in a situation just like this, and then to raise, in the hope that he thinks I'm re-bluffing him. Unfortunately, he folded. Should I just call? And then B/C or C/C or C/R river?

      Anyway, my friend wants to become a reg there, going there on week-days after uni, so I guess we'll be doing that. Not sure how profitable it is though.
      One noteworthy fact is something that the guy in the cage told me, namely that a lot of rich russions come here on holiday around russian christmas, which is the 7th of january, and play poker. I doubt I'll be rolled for bigger games by then though :)
  • 50 replies
    • radyan111
      radyan111
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      Joined: 03.07.2008 Posts: 1,151
      Hi Kruppe! Really nice blog you have here, can't wait for the next two chapters of your story :) .

      Good luck at the tables and keep us informed :) .
    • Kruppe
      Kruppe
      Black
      Joined: 20.02.2008 Posts: 2,144
      Originally posted by radyan111
      Hi Kruppe! Really nice blog you have here, can't wait for the next two chapters of your story :) .

      Good luck at the tables and keep us informed :) .
      thanks :)
    • sabo999
      sabo999
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      Joined: 11.06.2008 Posts: 502
      Just had a read through your blog..

      pretty interesting..i'm starting to get on 2 the live circuit slightly more these days..although, its more back door pubs and dodgey hangouts than actual casino's but nevertheless the poker's good and people aren't too bad, even though you get the ocassional guy making some ridiculous comment such as "Is two pair better than 3 of a Kind?" Only to see him later that same evening doing ten chip shuffles and the like, at the final table..

      Anyways, Keep Posting as i'm interested to see how you get on..

      All The Best,
      Eamonn :club:
    • Kruppe
      Kruppe
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      Joined: 20.02.2008 Posts: 2,144
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    • Kruppe
      Kruppe
      Black
      Joined: 20.02.2008 Posts: 2,144
      2: my online career to date



      part one: slow start (February to July)


      I started playing seriously online in november 07 on facebook :) By february I had 5 million chips and thought I was somewhat good at poker.

      I joined pokerstrategy and got $50 on ftp at the end of february. Unfortunately, being successful on facebook caused me to think that my own strategy was better than SSS.... I went bust after playing 40BB stacked NL10FR and SH, some SSS, then some $3 cap NL10 and some plo.

      However, I had improved a lot and got $100 rakeback in march. I still didn't play SSS, as it seemed to me that it was too swingy and unprofitable with the huge rake at NL10. I played NL10 SH with 100BB in march, ending up breakeven.

      In april I decided to switch to sngs, starting at $1.25, to build a bankroll for NL25 FR ($500). I quickly reached the $5 sngs, but I didn't play much in the following months.



      part two: heaters (July and August)


      One day in mid-july I had about $350, and started playing $7.50 cap NL25. This went well, and I reached $500 in a couple of days with the help of some random sngs and MTTs.

      I started playing NL25FR, planning on moving to NL25SH with 30BI. I also started posting sample hands instead of just talking hands over with friends. I cashed in some MTTs and ran well in random sngs, quickly reaching 30BI for SH. I went on a sick heater in NL25 SH and reached $970 or so at the end of july with the help of MTTs,some super-turbo sngs, and random shit.

      In august I decided to try the sng madness, and mass-grinded the $6.50 turbo sngs, resulting in pretty big losses. I somehow managed to quickly get up to $1k though, and started 4-tabling NL50FR. It went very well, and I also caught a sick heater at $4 cap plo10 SH :)

      In mid-august I had something like $1150, and went on a 2 week holiday to a friend's place in England, planning on grinding a god amount. (up until then I had only played about 1 hour a day on average, busy with uni and living with my parents.)

      It turned out that I had caused my friend to turn into a completely sick NL25 SSS mass-grinder, putting in many hours of 12-tabling each day, even when drunk ;)

      I continued to run well at NL50, but didn't play much, and started playing increasing amounts of plo. I started winning huge amounts at PLO10 SH, playing an extremely LAGy style. For a while I seemed to be winning $100 a day. I then tried $10 cap PLO25, and played a session where I won 10 stack in half an hour. The play at $10 cap was hugely different to plo10. I stuck with $10 cap until I had a session where I went down about 15 stacks in a very short period :) Before the holiday ended, I started to struggle at $10 cap and switched to PL10 deep 6.




      part 3: swings (September onwards)


      At the end of august I had about $1900, and flew back to austria, planning on playing NL50 in september.
      I ran badly at NL50 and ended up playing 10k hands of PLO, starting with PLO25, which went terribly, resulting in -$400 in 10 days or so. September graph

      I forced myself to concentrate on NL50 again and won a bit, then switched to SH, which went very well, and started using stats. By this point I was regularly posting huge amounts of sample hands

      Uni started again in October, and I planned on playing 15k hands/month, playing 4 tables of SH for 1-2 hours a day, with an estimated average monthly income of $800 (rakeback, which I overestimated, and a 7BB/100 winrate).

      Sometime around then I for some reason started playing PLO and NLHE HU sngs, mainly $10. They started off very well, but ended with super-tilt :)

      NL50 in October started off well, but what would turn out to be a huge downswing started after a week or two. huge downswing at NL50, very annoying.
      I made a lot of mistakes in 200BB pots during the downswing, some of them really big mistakes, and I tilted really badly several times, fortunately not losing much due to tilt. (of course, it wasn't just bad play and tilt. there were a couple of runner-runner bad beats and lots of coolers, etc.) On the plus side, I usually tilted because of my play, as opposed to just because of the results.
      I also continued to analyse my hands, discuss them, and think about the game, and I learnt a lot.

      By november I had recovered somewhat psychologically, but the downswing continued. I then started to mix in 8-tabling NL25FR without stats, as this was good BRM wise, was relaxing and still fairly profitable, and I could wait for interesting postflop spots to work on my game. I started running better at NL50 and ended breakeven for November, but I was clearly down in MTTs from September to November.

      I was unhappy with the volume I was putting in, and unhappy with my prolonged MTT downswing, so I decided to concentrate completely on cashgames in december.
      I only played small amounts of NL50, and started 6-tabling NL25 deep 6, trying to improve my deepstack play and play something that well within my comfort zone. About 10 days ago I realised that cap NL could be very good bankroll/profit-wise. I tried $30 cap, and it went well, which leaves me 4-tabling $30 cap NL100 quite a lot, paying about 6BB rake per 100 hands.
    • slikec
      slikec
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      Joined: 04.02.2008 Posts: 1,155
      As i can see you played a lot and like to mix. I have question about CAP NL since i like those to problem is there are max. 2 tables available( i talk about FR) at NL at least lower limits. You must play CAP NL SH right since there is usually a bit more of those?

      I play max NL50 so is there more tables higher limits( will check that btw also by myself) or you play CAP NL SH. Thats kinda hard to play i think doesn't it?
    • Kruppe
      Kruppe
      Black
      Joined: 20.02.2008 Posts: 2,144
      Originally posted by slikec
      As i can see you played a lot and like to mix. I have question about CAP NL since i like those to problem is there are max. 2 tables available( i talk about FR) at NL at least lower limits. You must play CAP NL SH right since there is usually a bit more of those?

      I play max NL50 so is there more tables higher limits( will check that btw also by myself) or you play CAP NL SH. Thats kinda hard to play i think doesn't it?
      Yes, I play SH, and sometimes the FR tables if there are 6 or less players on them.

      There aren't more $30 cap than $15 cap tables open on average.

      I've been making pretty big adjustments to my game. I can Imagine that if you don't adjust to 30BB and the capNL opponents, the rake could cause you to have quite a low winrate. (similar to shortstacking, you never win pots where the rake is less than 5%.)
    • Kruppe
      Kruppe
      Black
      Joined: 20.02.2008 Posts: 2,144
      I played some MTTs for the first time since november yesterday, and was pleased to see that the level of play was extremely low, with players doing stuff like making weird 6.5x raises:

      Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 60/120 Blinds, 9 Players
      LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter

      Kruppe (SB): 11,161
      wimtobbe (BB): 9,690
      whacoach (UTG): 1,623
      Cajun2004 (UTG+1): 3,410
      MrH2 (UTG+2): 5,900
      crook04 (MP1): 2,085
      hopi82 (MP2): 4,670
      Nice-and-Tight (CO): 7,513
      TribunCaesar (BTN): 2,550

      Pre-Flop: (180) A:heart: Q:club: dealt to Kruppe (SB)
      2 folds
      MrH2 calls 120
      3 folds
      TribunCaesar raises to 780




      not sure how I should react here. push?
    • radyan111
      radyan111
      Bronze
      Joined: 03.07.2008 Posts: 1,151
      Hi,

      I don't know anything about tournament play so I won't comment on the hand :) .

      The thing that catched my attention is that you try to play a lot of different variants of poker at the same time, don't you think it's better to focus on just one and master it? I mean, I've been playing no limit hold'em all the time and then I tried to mix that with some SNG's, even was kinda happy cause I cashed in some 3,6$ on party but in the end I lost a lot on them and decided to just focus on one game at a time.
    • Kruppe
      Kruppe
      Black
      Joined: 20.02.2008 Posts: 2,144
      Originally posted by radyan111
      Hi,

      The thing that catched my attention is that you try to play a lot of different variants of poker at the same time, don't you think it's better to focus on just one and master it?
      Yeah, I realise that looking at my history it would seem like I keep randomly switching formats, but actually I've always focused on NL cashgame, and the sngs, plo, etc. (I've even played FL and Razz) have never been my priority.
      It's just that I don't want to just focus on, say, 100BB NL SH, but instead I want to learn SH and FR, and I want to learn how to play with 200BB or more, and I want to learn cap NL, SSS, etc.
    • Kruppe
      Kruppe
      Black
      Joined: 20.02.2008 Posts: 2,144
      wtf? I'M PLATINUM! sick!

      everything looks so cool and non-kitsch now.

      wasn't expecting to be platinum for quite a while, but I'm paying huge rake at $30 cap now.
    • DaPhunk
      DaPhunk
      Bronze
      Joined: 01.03.2008 Posts: 2,805
      Playing so many different styles at the same time ever make you think that you are just keeping it interesting for yourself? Maybe you arn't as good as if you had just focused on one playing style, but isn't there the possibility that without doing that you would have just got bored with poker already instead of being more keen to learn all the different variations?

      I think playing many differents styles and variants is a good thing. :p Congrats on Platinum!
    • Balanarm
      Balanarm
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      Joined: 06.07.2008 Posts: 17,163
      Congrats on becoming Platinum Kruppe! Very nice blog, I have read the whole story :-)
    • Grimzor
      Grimzor
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      Joined: 28.03.2008 Posts: 421
      Gratz on platinum!
    • Kruppe
      Kruppe
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      Joined: 20.02.2008 Posts: 2,144
      thanks to the above posters :)



      Originally posted by DaPhunk
      Playing so many different styles at the same time ever make you think that you are just keeping it interesting for yourself? Maybe you arn't as good as if you had just focused on one playing style, but isn't there the possibility that without doing that you would have just got bored with poker already instead of being more keen to learn all the different variations?
      lol, I got owned :D


      Originally posted by Balanarm
      Congrats on becoming Platinum Kruppe! Very nice blog, I have read the whole story :-)
      I haven't finished writing yet :)
    • Kruppe
      Kruppe
      Black
      Joined: 20.02.2008 Posts: 2,144
      WARNING: BORING POST



      I'm a bit tilted now (as in a bit unhappy), as I just came back from a rather bad session at the casino. I think I haven't adjusted to the opponents as well as I should have.

      Basically I made a lot of plays that seem iffy in hindsight.


      MTT

      First I played a €24+2 FO at 18:00, the same one I played 2 weeks ago. This time there were loads of young men, many of which didn't look retarded, which is kind of bad ;) .

      There was one big hand in the MTT that I'm not sure about, and where my friend, who also played and is better than me at MTTs and adjusting to bad live players(probably), thinks I shouldn't have played the way I did.

      There are 10 players at the table. EP1 limps, I raise KQo from EP3 or something (KQ is an extremely good hand to raise against players of this level). SB calls, as does EP1.

      I have a read on SB: He is the only player I haven't seen do anything that seemed bad, and he just seems pretty tight and proficient (from the way he was playing and from his looks, expressions, etc, which indicated he was intelligent and well balanced, i.e. not degen and not scared.).

      flop QT8, and SB donks about 7BB, which is about 2/3 pot, and has about 15BB behind. EP1 folds, and I call, which I think is either optimal or only marginally suboptimal. turn blanks, and SB pushes. I called. Didn't think I could fold, even with my read.



      NL200

      hand 1:
      I overlimp 92s in LP, as my table is very passive.

      flop 722r, 4 players. checked to me, I decide to check.

      turn 6s, second spade. 3rd player bets, and for some reason I flat call. I think I decided he wouldn't bet with a draw, seems kind of weird to me now though, especially considering there were still two other player in the hand.

      the others fold and river is 8 of spades. villain makes a small bet, and I raise fairly small for value, thinking he would never fold 76, 86, 87, and that he would often call other hands, as he seemed pretty bad from the few hands I'd seen him play.


      hand 2:
      I raise AhKd from the blinds after a couple of limps, and get one or a couple of callers. flop KcQc7, and I bet fairly big.

      A very tight/passive player quickly raises. I was sure he was very tight/passive. I also thought he had overvalued a weak top pair before, something like a weak Ax, raising on the flop. Wasn't very certain though. But even without that read, a bad live player who is tight/passive will usually overplay Ax preflop and top pairs postflop imo.

      He started the hand with only 85BB or something. I push.

      Can I fold here? Or, considering that he will never raise draws ( :D ), and pair+draw hands aren't possible on this board, can I flat call, playing WAWB, pr re-evaluating turn?


      hand 3:
      7 handed, I raise KQo from MP1, LP player calls, as does BB. BB only has €90 or so.

      flop K99r - we all check.

      turn 7, I think, still rainbow. I bet, BB C/C.

      river some kind of blank-ish card, 6, I think. BB bet pretty big, €40 into about €50. I call.

      can I fold there? My friend said these live players usually just don't bet like that unless they have a strong hand, and wouldn't do this with KJ or worse.




      What do you think? Am I completely retarded? Am I overadjusting or incorrectly adjusting?
    • Kruppe
      Kruppe
      Black
      Joined: 20.02.2008 Posts: 2,144
      3rd part of introduction: Why I plan on playing poker for a living

      It boils down to this:

      I think I can, and I want to.



      why I think I can:

      a: I think I have a good personality for poker :
      I'm usually very calm and patient. I don't easily tilt, and can control tilt quite well. I'm usually quite disciplined.

      b: Partly due to my background in analytical philosophy, I am particularly good at thinking, and I try to understand poker and focus more on the decisions I make than the results.

      c: I don't think poker will stop being profitable enough. I think poker and online poker will continue to grow until it is pretty much as big as it can get, like football or whatever. I think there will huge amounts of new fish from booms in other party of the world. The average skill level may go up, and there may be a growing number of regs, and the regs may be getting better, but I don't think this is a problem, as I think it's possible to get a sufficiently big edge against these regs.


      why I want to:

      As long as I don't have to play 5 hours a day or something, I don't see anything bad about playing poker. I enjoy playing poker. I also think it would be great to be completely independent, being able to play when/where you like, no boss, etc.


      There aren't any other professions I'm interested in, for two reasons:

      firstly: I have difficulty in situations where someone (an authority) is telling me what to do. No matter how hard I try to obey orders and please my superiors, they always seem to get the impression that I'm lazy, insubordinate, and not doing my job, or that I'm an idiot. I've experienced this working in an office and stuff like doing chores for you parents, helping people, playing a sport under a team captain, etc.

      secondly: I've reached a point in my life where I just don't want to invest the effort required to get a degree that I could get a good job with, which would have been maths in my case. Maths and other subjects that are profitable simply hold little interest for me academically right now, and I don't want to spend years learning tons of stuff by heart for exams and trying to please professors in the hope of someday getting a job. I would have been interested and motivated enough maybe 6 years ago, but not anymore.


      I've probably left out a lot, so maybe I'll edit this later :D
    • DaPhunk
      DaPhunk
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      Joined: 01.03.2008 Posts: 2,805
      You Dislike People? Do I spot a Joke by any chance?
    • Kruppe
      Kruppe
      Black
      Joined: 20.02.2008 Posts: 2,144
      1.
      I've finally received $200 TAF money on party! I think I'll try to BRB with HU sngs there. (without tilting)

      2.
      Recently I've been trying to become less and less results-orientated. I've had some success, namely that I've managed to completely stop checking my balance during sessions. I'm considering not checking for a whole week, if BRM allows, but I don't know whether I'll manage that.