Dedication & Desire

    • Spazzaments
      Spazzaments
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      Hi everyone,

      So it actually took a while for me to create a topic for my poker blog. But here it is. Alive and well. Let me first start off with a proper introduction.

      I'm a 25 year old poker player and student from The Netherlands. Poker was just fun for me, so i've never played it as a source of income. I hope that's going to change soon. In general i've been dabbling around with school and poker. Not taking anything seriously, to the point that i just quit everything that didn't work out for me. That is going to change. As a person i really want to grow and show people that i actually can accomplish anything i want. I've always been a pretty shy and insecure person in general, and i loved doing things alone. I thought i didn't need anyone to solve my own problems. But guess what? I do need people to help me sometimes. I had a pretty big wakeup call when two of my friends committed suicide by jumping in front of a train. A lot of thoughts were going through my head, for example: Why did he do it? And why didn't he look for help? They both were suffering from depression, although that wasn't visible when you talked to them.

      I think not saying anything is the worst thing you can do. Sometimes you have to take responsibility for your actions and just ask for help. It can happen that you feel ashamed, but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I'm adopted and i have family in another country. I always felt like i didn't belong here in the first place. And that played a big part in becoming the person who i am now. I rather travel then stay here. I'm somewhat of a loner, but a lot of people say that i make friends easily and that people also like me a lot for it. At school i always was good at talking in front of big crowds and i could make them laugh easily. But thanks to my insecurity i just thought that i would fail at basically everything i wanted in life.

      I live with my girlfriend, who i love very much, but i need to work on my mentality as a person. I just don't want to end up depressed and alone. To give you an example how insecure i really am: when i talk to a person i look at everything he does. Facial ticks, eye movement, what he might think of me etc. I just analyze everyone and think they don't like me or think i'm weird. When drinking with my colleague's i think i feel left out, although they try to talk to me and have a laugh. It's bad.

      So! Back to the pokers! My main limit is 10NL, with the occassional shot of 16NL Zoom on Pokerstars. The pool is just really bad in general, with a few decent regs here and there. A lot of players don't really know how to play in 3-bet pots or 3-bet calling ranges. 10NL zoom seems a bit tougher, but not impossible. I would like to make poker my main source of income someday, but i have plenty of time left to improve. Why do i want to do this? Because the life attracts me. Being your own boss, really live a life you may like and not having a 9 - 5 job every day. I treat poker like it's my own business, and really focus on the theoretical side of it. Without learning, you will not improve.

      GOALS:


      1. Quit smoking (really, it's bad)
      2. Seek proper counseling to help deal with issues i might have
      3. Try to get a degree first and leave poker on 3th place for now
      4. Study! Time away from the tables is the best thing you can do early in a poker career
      5. Be happy. People like you for who you are. Don't ever try to change that
      6. Exercise on a regular basis. Wake up early, go for a run and start the day fresh

      I don't have real monetary goals in poker as of yet. I just want to learn the best i can.



      This is my Zoom poker graph from NL5 to NL16. I hope to get to 200k hands first and evaluate when i'm done. I might hire a poker coach, but first i want to study some poker literature. I hope you guys would like to join my in my quest to becoming the person i really want to be. Feel free to reply, add me on skype or just follow the thread :-)

      - Spaz
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    • SvenBe
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      Hi,

      welcome to our challenge! I hope you will have a good start - remember: the first 40k hands from Sunday on count for your challenge. As I am reading, you move up to NL16 - for the challenge we count up to NL10 as microstakes (we had to make the cut somewhere)...

      CU & GL!
    • Spazzaments
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      Day 1


      So, i made a new database to start off the challenge. Mostly i'm not one for setting monetary goals, but for the sake of the challenge i'm going to share it. I play on 888 and Pokerstars.

      Bankroll: 903,45
      Target: $3000

      This is the BR on stars and 888 combined. My session on 888 went fine, but on Pokerstars i couldn't really manage to get some big pots. Played breakeven but got $20 rakeback with my starscoins.

      My 888 graph today:



      as you can see at the start it went good pretty fast. Breakeven for the rest of the hands but that's totally fine. I think i called down with some weaks hands that i just fold on the turn when facing aggression. Shouldn't do that anymore. I need to have a plan when i go to the turn and river.

      Here are some interesting hands :-)

      888 Poker - $0.10 NL (6 max) FAST - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com

      BTN: 43.1 BB (VPIP: 24.32, PFR: 21.62, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 37)
      SB: 29.5 BB (VPIP: 17.14, PFR: 14.29, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 37)
      BB: 92.7 BB (VPIP: 16.67, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 6)
      UTG: 105.2 BB (VPIP: 19.42, PFR: 15.05, 3Bet Preflop: 2.41, Hands: 216)
      MP: 140.9 BB (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 15.00, 3Bet Preflop: 14.29, Hands: 22)
      Hero (CO): 116.8 BB

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Jc Js
      fold, MP raises to 3 BB, Hero calls 3 BB, fold, fold, fold

      Flop : (7.5 BB, 2 players) 2h 7h 7d
      MP bets 4.7 BB, Hero calls 4.7 BB

      Turn : (16.9 BB, 2 players) 2c
      MP bets 10.4 BB, Hero calls 10.4 BB

      River : (37.7 BB, 2 players) 6d
      MP bets 44.7 BB, Hero calls 44.7 BB

      MP shows Qh Th (Two Pair, Sevens and Twos)
      (Pre 33%, Flop 40%, Turn 25%)

      Hero shows Jc Js (Two Pair, Jacks and Sevens)
      (Pre 67%, Flop 60%, Turn 75%)

      Hero wins 119.7 BB


      PokerStars - $0.10 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com

      BTN: 64.7 BB (VPIP: 12.50, PFR: 4.17, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 28)
      SB: 150.1 BB (VPIP: 33.33, PFR: 29.63, 3Bet Preflop: 12.50, Hands: 27)
      BB: 112.7 BB
      UTG: 160.2 BB (VPIP: 37.50, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 8)
      Hero (MP): 106.2 BB
      CO: 100 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 3)

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Th Ah
      fold, Hero raises to 3.5 BB, fold, BTN calls 3.5 BB, fold, fold

      Flop : (8.5 BB, 2 players) Tc 3s 5s
      Hero bets 5.6 BB, BTN calls 5.6 BB

      Turn : (19.7 BB, 2 players) 4d
      Hero bets 10 BB, BTN raises to 55.6 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 45.6 BB

      River : (130.9 BB, 2 players) 3h

      Hero shows Th Ah (Two Pair, Tens and Threes)
      (Pre 48%, Flop 84%, Turn 77%)

      BTN shows 6c 6s (Two Pair, Sixes and Threes)
      (Pre 52%, Flop 16%, Turn 23%)

      Hero wins 125 BB


      More hands incoming later today!

      - Spaz
    • Spazzaments
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      Originally posted by SvenBe
      Hi,

      welcome to our challenge! I hope you will have a good start - remember: the first 40k hands from Sunday on count for your challenge. As I am reading, you move up to NL16 - for the challenge we count up to NL10 as microstakes (we had to make the cut somewhere)...

      CU & GL!
      I signed up for the challenge also. Only playing NL10 when it starts.
    • taavi1337
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      I like this and good luck! Will be following your journey from time to time...
    • Spazzaments
      Spazzaments
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      Originally posted by taavi1337
      I like this and good luck! Will be following your journey from time to time...
      Great to hear :-)
    • vonki
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      I'll def follow when I can, GL! :f_thumbsup:
    • Spazzaments
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      Day 2:


      Didn't do a lot today (poker related) because i had to study for school. Played some hands, all went well. Today's graph:



      And a pretty nice hand. Played it like a nit tho. Because i thought someone had KQ

      PokerStars - $0.10 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 48.2 BB
      SB: 112.1 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 1)
      BB: 104.2 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 1)
      Hero (UTG): 107.4 BB
      MP: 111.9 BB (VPIP: 37.50, PFR: 25.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 8)
      CO: 193.2 BB (VPIP: 15.00, PFR: 15.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 20)

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has J:club: J:diamond:

      Hero raises to 3.5 BB, fold, fold, BTN calls 3.5 BB, SB calls 3 BB, BB calls 2.5 BB

      Flop: (14 BB, 4 players) A:club: T:diamond: J:spade:
      SB bets 10.9 BB, BB calls 10.9 BB, Hero calls 10.9 BB, fold

      Turn: (46.7 BB, 3 players) 9:spade:
      SB bets 30.3 BB, BB calls 30.3 BB, Hero calls 30.3 BB

      River: (137.6 BB, 3 players) 5:diamond:
      SB bets 67.4 BB and is all-in, BB calls 59.5 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 62.7 BB and is all-in

      Hero wins 308 BB
    • Spazzaments
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      Originally posted by vonki
      I'll def follow when I can, GL! :f_thumbsup:
      Thanks coach :-) looking forward to the first lesson!
    • AgapieGheorghe
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      Hey Spazz good luck in your new journey ! :f_drink:
    • Spazzaments
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      Originally posted by AgapieGheorghe
      Hey Spazz good luck in your new journey ! :f_drink:
      Thanks man! Happy to have you here!

      Played some more today. Calling it a day for now:



      10NL Zoom on 888 and Stars
    • Rains7
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      Just read through your blog and wanted to wish you all the best for poker as well as for all your other goals :f_drink:

      I think that you have a really good plan for reaching your goals and it seems that you are crushing NL10!

      Just a short question - I read starting NL10

      Dont you have the roll for NL25? Do you just want to be really safe when trying a shot or is there any other reason?
    • Spazzaments
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      Originally posted by Rains7
      Just read through your blog and wanted to wish you all the best for poker as well as for all your other goals :f_drink:

      I think that you have a really good plan for reaching your goals and it seems that you are crushing NL10!

      Just a short question - I read starting NL10

      Dont you have the roll for NL25? Do you just want to be really safe when trying a shot or is there any other reason?
      Good question. First i want to see what my winrate is at NL10 to NL16. NL25 is not that far away tho, but mindset wise i'm not ready. As i want to have poker as a profession one day, i want to start at the beginning and see where it takes me. I'm concentrating on the volume and results rather then the stakes now. Even if i had to start at NL2 again i don't care actually. I just want to win and have good results.

      Having said that, i'm looking to move up pretty fast when i see my results are good. Obviously i want to make an epic thread here on Pokerstrategy.
    • Rains7
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      Well your results seem to be pretty crushing :f_drink:

      Talking about epic blogs - maybe you have already seen this one?

      Hans' Blog

      This is pretty inspiring I think!
    • zolaman
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      Great blog! I have very similar goals and will enjoy following you in your progress.

      Will follow and here to support you! Good luck at the tables!
    • Spazzaments
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      Originally posted by zolaman
      Great blog! I have very similar goals and will enjoy following you in your progress.

      Will follow and here to support you! Good luck at the tables!
      Great to have you here man! :-) Thank you for the support.
    • Spazzaments
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      Best river ever:

      PokerStars - $0.10 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 231.3 BB (VPIP: 20.00, PFR: 20.00, 3Bet Preflop: 50.00, Hands: 10)
      SB: 119.9 BB (VPIP: 25.81, PFR: 19.35, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 32)
      BB: 256.9 BB (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 25.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 4)
      UTG: 142.5 BB (VPIP: 9.09, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 11)
      Hero (MP): 110.9 BB
      CO: 88.1 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 7)

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 5:diamond: 5:club:

      fold, Hero raises to 3.5 BB, fold, BTN calls 3.5 BB, fold, fold

      Flop: (8.5 BB, 2 players) 4:club: 5:spade: 3:heart:
      Hero bets 4.8 BB, BTN calls 4.8 BB

      Turn: (18.1 BB, 2 players) 3:club:
      Hero bets 10 BB, BTN calls 10 BB

      River: (38.1 BB, 2 players) 6:heart:
      Hero checks, BTN bets 36.4 BB, Hero raises to 92.6 BB and is all-in, BTN calls 56.2 BB

      Hero wins 213.3 BB
    • Spazzaments
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      Just to clarify: this was against a reg. When the board paired, he still decided to continue with his A7 and i guess he was hoping for a split or overpair. If it was me in his position i just should've checked behind
    • metalmonkey80
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      Hello Spazzaments,

      Very nice hand. Especially when against a reg too:f_drink:
      If you continue this way I am sure your blog will be a epic one!
      Good luck in LemOn36's 40,000 Micro Hand Challenge

      Regards

      Matt
    • AgapieGheorghe
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      Spazz I´ve seen some of your post around and I had to come back here to ask you : Who is the girl from your avatar foto ? :f_biggrin:

      And how are things going ? I am also in LemOn36's 40,000 Micro Hand Challenge but things for just don´t go my way.
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