Getting better at NLHE 6max cash game

    • KnowWhyStarted
      KnowWhyStarted
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      Hello Pokerstrategy members.
      Let me introduce, my name is Dalius and i am from Lithuania. I am trying to come back to poker world and community. Previously in 2010-2013 was playing/grinding SNG/MTT 180 men on PS.
      This year in February started to play a little bit of NL10 ZOOM 6max cash games on Pokerstars. It went well and I find it quite interesting. Started to learn, talk, watch and play more :f_grin:
      And after 2 months i am here, typing this text :f_thumbsup:
      I want to mention that i have never ever done that before, what i am doing now (blogging) :f_pleased:
      I hope it will go well.

      Why started this blog: I believe, and want to believe, that it will help to improve my poker ethic, game and learning process.

      Blog goals: firstly, to move up from NL16 to NL50 myself. Then decide on the coach if i accomplish first task :)
      Secondly, to become stronger mentally.
      Thirdly, i wish to keep this blog alive and interesting:)

      Currently i am playing NL16, will focus more on regular tables.


      Short term goals until April 15:

        Play 20-30k hands
        Finish preflop perfection videos
        Take a shot at NL 25 if bankroll goes up to 30 BI
        make at least 2 blog updates


      I am starting this blog with:
      Current bankroll: 485.36$ ~30BI at NL 16

      For the first time i think its enough :f_wink: Next update i will write about my strengths and weaknesses.

      All suggestions, opinions and advices are welcome.

      Good luck at the tables:f_wink:
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    • Lazza61
      Lazza61
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      Hey KnowWhyStarted,

      Nice first post. You should check out our Get Rich or Die Tryin' - The Bankroll Challenge promotion.

      This is also a good way to remain focussed.

      Have fun :gl:

      Laz
    • KnowWhyStarted
      KnowWhyStarted
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      Thanks, i will =)
    • KnowWhyStarted
      KnowWhyStarted
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      Current bankroll dropped to 443$.

      From now i am also participating in bankroll challenge and every monday will update how i am doing
    • Lazza61
      Lazza61
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      Joined: 23.03.2011 Posts: 10,322
      Hey Dalius,

      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.

      We do need you to go back to your opt in post and adjust your target BR to $2115 as the target must be a minimum of 5x the starting BR

      Have fun :gl:

      Laz
    • KnowWhyStarted
      KnowWhyStarted
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      Joined: 24.03.2016 Posts: 64
      Strengths and weaknesses

      First, i would like to write about my strengths in poker. As i am a former SNG player i feel that i have pretty much good understanding about opening ranges.
      But many regs have a good understanding this too. So, i don't have such big advantage on them at this area. Advantage is more against weaker players.
      I am still working on it, playing with Eqlab that i can adapt better.
      Other strength is table selection. If i am playing regular tables, i can easy change bad or tough tables. Don't try to rush my hands per hour.
      I can patiently wait for good tables.
      Strengths:

        Preflop ranges
        Table selection


      Secondly, I feel that my mental weaknesses are bigger than poker technique. I struggle in many sports post flop, especially then i am out of position (3bet pots oop from blinds or then i am cold called my player in position).
      I lack a bit of poker discipline and concentration at the tables, sometimes i am just clicking buttons. Also, have problems with tilt, don't how to call it, then u can't win a bigger pot for about 30 minutes or more, i start to raise, 3bet more, to play for a bigger pot.
      I am a bit results oriented, i am looking at the sessions results during the play. THIS IS BAD.

      Weaknesses:

        Mental problems
        Tilt
        Spew
        Lack of discipline
        Concentration
        OOP post flop play
        Results oriented


      Perhaps, i have more strengths than 2 (i hope) and for sure i have more weaknesses or big leaks in my game than i mentioned.
    • FWallace
      FWallace
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      Joined: 30.01.2010 Posts: 32
      Hey,
      I really like your post.
      I also used to play a lot of multitable SnGs but stopped a while back.

      Recently got back into poker by playing 6max NL10 and suffer from same weaknesses (tilty and spewy...). have mixed feelings about zoom. when you run good, its good, but when you run bad (and are a bit tilty) i tend to donk away my money :f_biggrin: ... so now i play regular tables :f_cool:

      I look forward for updates on your blog.
    • KnowWhyStarted
      KnowWhyStarted
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      Thank you very much :) i am grateful ;)
    • KnowWhyStarted
      KnowWhyStarted
      Basic
      Joined: 24.03.2016 Posts: 64
      Bankroll challenge Week 1 UPDATE
      NL16z hands: 9980
      Profit: 21.15$
      Bonuses: 7.5$

      starting bankroll: 443$
      current bankroll: 471.63


      1st week went not so well, but not so bad, small profit achieved. Plus i spewed few buy ins for sure :D
      As mentioned at my first post, i should be playing more regular tables. But did not find so many good, soft regular tables, so played more zoom tables. At once i was playing 2-3 zoom tables. With 4 tables i am bit auto clicking and fold too much.
      Weeks results

      Biggest pot won
      BTN: $25.15
      SB: $16.24
      Hero (BB): $16.95
      UTG: $21.64
      MP: $21.78
      CO: $14.99

      Pre Flop: ($0.24) Hero is BB with A :diamond: Q :spade:
      1 fold, MP raises to $0.48, 1 fold, BTN calls $0.48, 1 fold, Hero raises to $1.84, MP calls $1.36, BTN calls $1.36

      Flop: ($5.60) 4 :club: 7 :spade: Q :diamond: (3 players)
      Hero bets $2.40, MP folds, BTN calls $2.40

      Turn: ($10.40) 5 :diamond: (2 players)
      Hero bets $5.60, BTN calls $5.60

      River: ($21.60) 7 :heart: (2 players)
      Hero bets $7.11 all in, BTN calls $7.11

      Final Pot: $35.82
      BTN shows T :diamond: T :club: (two pair, Tens and Sevens)
      Hero shows A :diamond: Q :spade: (two pair, Queens and Sevens)
      Hero wins $34.32
      (Rake: $1.50)


      Biggest pot lost
      BTN: $19.41
      SB: $7.57
      BB: $35.86
      UTG: $16.00
      MP: $16.00
      Hero (CO): $41.54

      Pre Flop: ($0.24) Hero is CO with Q :club: Q :diamond:
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.32, BTN raises to $1.92, 2 folds, Hero raises to $6, BTN raises to $19.41 all in, Hero calls $13.41

      Flop: ($39.06) 7 :spade: 2 :club: 7 :heart: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Turn: ($39.06) 8 :diamond: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      River: ($39.06) 5 :diamond: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Final Pot: $39.06
      BTN shows K :club: K :diamond: (two pair, Kings and Sevens)
      Hero shows Q :club: Q :diamond: (two pair, Queens and Sevens)
      BTN wins $37.56
      (Rake: $1.50)


      BRAG
      CO: $34.36
      BTN: $18.38
      Hero (SB): $16.00
      BB: $16.24
      UTG: $9.54

      Pre Flop: ($0.24) Hero is SB with T :heart: Q :heart:
      2 folds, BTN raises to $0.40, Hero raises to $1.36, 1 fold, BTN calls $0.96

      Flop: ($2.88) K :heart: J :heart: A :spade: (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.44, BTN calls $1.44

      Turn: ($5.76) A :heart: (2 players)
      Hero bets $2.56, BTN calls $2.56

      River: ($10.88) 3 :club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $10.64 all in, BTN calls $10.64

      Final Pot: $32.16
      BTN shows A :diamond: Q :club: (three of a kind, Aces)
      Hero shows T :heart: Q :heart: (a Royal Flush)
      Hero wins $30.71
      (Rake: $1.45)


      Few spews
      BTN: $58.03
      SB: $27.11
      Hero (BB): $16.00
      UTG: $21.75
      MP: $32.11
      CO: $16.17

      Pre Flop: ($0.24) Hero is BB with T :spade: 3 :diamond:
      4 folds, SB raises to $0.48, Hero raises to $1.36, SB calls $0.88

      Flop: ($2.72) 4 :spade: 2 :heart: 9 :heart: (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $1.36, SB calls $1.36

      Turn: ($5.44) A :spade: (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $2.80, SB calls $2.80

      River: ($11.04) 6 :spade: (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $10.48 all in, SB calls $10.48

      Final Pot: $32.00
      SB shows A :club: J :diamond: (a pair of Aces)
      Hero shows T :spade: 3 :diamond: (high card Ace)
      SB wins $30.56
      (Rake: $1.44)

      BTN: $12.87
      Hero (SB): $16.00
      BB: $24.46
      UTG: $16.00
      MP: $26.29
      CO: $15.75

      Pre Flop: ($0.24) Hero is SB with 8 :heart: A :heart:
      2 folds, CO raises to $0.48, 1 fold, Hero raises to $1.60, 1 fold, CO calls $1.12

      Flop: ($3.36) 2 :club: J :diamond: 6 :club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.60, CO calls $1.60

      Turn: ($6.56) 9 :club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $3.20, CO calls $3.20

      River: ($12.96) 5 :heart: (2 players)
      Hero bets $9.60 all in, CO calls $9.35 all in

      Final Pot: $31.66
      Hero shows 8 :heart: A :heart: (high card Ace)
      CO shows K :diamond: J :heart: (a pair of Jacks)
      CO wins $30.24
      (Rake: $1.42)
    • FWallace
      FWallace
      Bronze
      Joined: 30.01.2010 Posts: 32
      Is it just a coincidence or do you 3barrel alot?
      On the one hand you sometimes get payed off (royal flush :f_drink: nh btw), but especially your 2 spew examples show that ppl are willing to call 3 barrels in 3 bet pots with TP.
      It may also factor in these examples that you 3bet from blinds, i.e. resteal but villain is persistent...

      It may be exploitable (is it really, idk :P ) but i usually avoid 3barrel bluffs especially when OOP, especially in 3bet pots, especially when defending/restealing from blinds.
      Just my thoughts. Feel free to disagree :f_cool:
    • KnowWhyStarted
      KnowWhyStarted
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      Joined: 24.03.2016 Posts: 64
      i showed these spews, because they happened then i really was tilted X(
      With T3o hand is versus pretty good regular, and i can see why he callled, i just rep nothing or very small range of value hands.
      Versus KJ, i thought that fish could fold a pair :D

      maybe my next update topic could be about overthinking (over leveling). If u are interested i try to write my thoughts:)
    • KnowWhyStarted
      KnowWhyStarted
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      Good morning :)

      Recently, i made my small database of 40k hands at NL16 analysis. I just looked up at my standard opening ranges and at some deviations.
      I am quite surprised. i made 723 +- not good decisions preflop with open raises. Sometimes it worked due to too nitty table or wanted to play more hands vs fishes.

      From the table below, we can see, that opens from BTN snd SB dont bring the loss, because many players dont defend as they should.
      Other positions were very unprofitable, we faced 3bets and should fold or we were cold called, and with weak hand were playing out of position.


      Have a nice day guys :)
    • KnowWhyStarted
      KnowWhyStarted
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      Joined: 24.03.2016 Posts: 64
      Bankroll challenge Week 2 UPDATE
      NL16z hands: 8804
      Profit: 160.18$
      Bonuses: 18$ it is from daily pokerstars card hunt challenges

      starting bankroll: 443$
      current bankroll: 647.77$


      2nd week went pretty good. I run this week better and finished above EV line :)
      This weeks volume 1/3 was at regular tables and 2/3 on zoom. comparison with previous week, regular tables were a lot softer with 1-3 weaker players at once.
      I am glad that this week has passed without big spews, maybe some lighter calls failed and some attempts to fold fishes hand failed too :)

      Weeks results

      Biggest pot won
      against huge fish with a note that overplays and don't fold TP
      Hero (BTN): $42.99
      SB: $234.52
      BB: $16.08
      UTG: $101.04
      MP: $43.38
      CO: $9.75

      Pre Flop: ($0.24) Hero is BTN with A :spade: K :spade:
      UTG calls $0.16, 2 folds, Hero raises to $0.72, 2 folds, UTG raises to $1.76, Hero calls $1.04

      Flop: ($3.76) 2 :spade: 4 :spade: 5 :spade: (2 players)
      UTG bets $3.59, Hero raises to $8.40, UTG calls $4.81

      Turn: ($20.56) 6 :spade: (2 players)
      UTG checks, Hero bets $10, UTG raises to $90.88 all in, Hero calls $22.83 all in

      River: ($86.22) Q :club: (2 players - 2 are all in)

      Final Pot: $86.22
      Hero shows A :spade: K :spade: (a flush, Ace high)
      UTG shows A :heart: A :diamond: (a pair of Aces)
      Hero wins $84.72
      (Rake: $1.50)


      Biggest pot lost
      BTN: $18.44
      Hero (SB): $17.01
      BB: $16.25
      UTG: $18.42
      MP: $16.00
      CO: $19.25

      Pre Flop: ($0.24) Hero is SB with 9 :spade: 7 :spade:
      3 folds, BTN raises to $0.32, Hero raises to $1.20, 1 fold, BTN calls $0.88

      Flop: ($2.56) 3 :spade: 9 :heart: 2 :spade: (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.36, BTN calls $1.36

      Turn: ($5.28) 6 :club: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN bets $3.20, Hero raises to $14.45 all in, BTN calls $11.25

      Final Pot: $34.18
      BTN shows 2 :diamond: 2 :club: (three of a kind, Deuces)
      Hero shows 9 :spade: 7 :spade: (a pair of Nines)
      BTN wins $16.34
      BTN wins $16.34
      (Rake: $1.50)


      Lucky
      though process was, that i am 4 betting and probably folding to 5bet, but i can't physically fold pocket KK pre flop :) with 100bb deep it should be always a good play, but deeper i am not sure about it.
      BTN: $14.21
      Hero (SB): $31.84
      BB: $59.31
      UTG: $30.41
      MP: $16.08
      CO: $28.36

      Pre Flop: ($0.24) Hero is SB with K :diamond: K :club:
      UTG raises to $0.32, 1 fold, CO raises to $1.28, 1 fold, Hero raises to $2.80, 2 folds, CO raises to $5.76, Hero raises to $31.84 all in, CO calls $22.60 all in

      Flop: ($57.20) 5 :club: 7 :diamond: J :diamond: (2 players - 2 are all in)

      Turn: ($57.20) 3 :club: (2 players - 2 are all in)

      River: ($57.20) K :heart: (2 players - 2 are all in)

      Final Pot: $57.20
      Hero shows K :diamond: K :club: (three of a kind, Kings)
      CO shows A :heart: A :club: (a pair of Aces)
      Hero wins $55.70
      (Rake: $1.50)


      Few spews
      Hero (BTN): $17.07
      SB: $59.43
      BB: $18.07
      UTG: $18.77
      MP: $19.49
      CO: $10.77

      Pre Flop: ($0.24) Hero is BTN with 8 :club: 7 :club:
      2 folds, CO raises to $0.32, Hero raises to $0.88, 2 folds, CO calls $0.56

      Flop: ($2.00) 2 :heart: 6 :diamond: 2 :spade: (2 players)
      CO bets $0.48, Hero raises to $0.96, CO calls $0.48

      Turn: ($3.92) K :heart: (2 players)
      CO checks, Hero bets $1.28, CO calls $1.28

      River: ($6.48) T :spade: (2 players)
      CO bets $0.32, Hero raises to $10.56, CO calls $7.33 all in

      Final Pot: $21.78
      Hero shows 8 :club: 7 :club: (a pair of Deuces)
      CO shows Q :diamond: 6 :spade: (two pair, Sixes and Deuces)
      CO wins $20.80
      (Rake: $0.98)

      BTN: $14.87
      SB: $16.59
      Hero (BB): $16.00
      UTG: $16.00
      MP: $32.51
      CO: $56.06

      Pre Flop: ($0.24) Hero is BB with A :club: 5 :spade:
      3 folds, BTN raises to $0.38, 1 fold, Hero calls $0.22

      Flop: ($0.84) 2 :spade: Q :spade: 4 :club: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN bets $0.55, Hero raises to $1.60, BTN calls $1.05

      Turn: ($4.04) 9 :heart: (2 players)
      Hero bets $2.80, BTN calls $2.80

      River: ($9.64) A :heart: (2 players)
      Hero bets $11.22 all in, BTN calls $10.09 all in

      Final Pot: $29.82
      BTN shows 3 :diamond: 5 :diamond: (a straight, Ace to Five)
      Hero shows A :club: 5 :spade: (a pair of Aces)
      BTN wins $28.48
      (Rake: $1.34)
    • KnowWhyStarted
      KnowWhyStarted
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      Joined: 24.03.2016 Posts: 64
      Lets make an update, how was the 1st half of the month.

      Short term goals until April 15:

      • Play 20-30k hands - done
      • Finish preflop perfection videos - done
      • Take a shot at NL 25 if bankroll goes up to 30 BI - failed
      • make at least 2 blog updates - done


      I played almost 26k hands at NL16, 2/3 at zoom and other 1/3 at regular. I am happy that i achieved profit during this time period. Also all in EV fortune was more on my side this time :)


      I finished Preflop perfection videos pack and some other video packs. But on the other hand i feel that i have watched to many of them at his short period of time. So many different information come to my mind and i cant process and take them to my game that quickly.

      Shot to NL25. I have a chance, but i felt tired and decided to leave this in short future. Last day of the 1st half on month my bankroll was over 750$ or 30 Buy ins in NL25, but i finished my green number session at NL16 and didnt force to take a shot at NL25.

      Blog updates +- i completed this task. Wrote few posts in general and weekly posts about participating in Bankroll chellenge.

      I will leave here some notes for my next post: Productivity, laziness, tiredness

      This weekend i will spend with my girlfriend and wont think much about poker. Will let minds to settle in their places. And hope i will come back fresher and stronger to the field:)

      Of course i will set new goals in next few days and post them here :)

      I would like to appeal to readers of this blog( if there are any): If you are reading my blog, I would be glad if you could mention what do you like or unlike from blog, what topics could be more interesting to you and any other information. Also any advice, questions of any topic (life, poker and etc) are very very welcome:)
    • KnowWhyStarted
      KnowWhyStarted
      Basic
      Joined: 24.03.2016 Posts: 64
      Bankroll challenge Week 3 UPDATE
      NL16 hands: 6751
      Profit: 86.08$
      Bonuses: 35.5$ it is from daily pokerstars card hunt challenges

      starting bankroll: 443$
      current bankroll: 778.50$



      3rd week was decent. But I am not very happy with volume. I felt i was tired, a bit lazy and lack of productivity. About this i will write in my next blog update :)
      bankroll in HEM2 are missing about 10$, but i feel that some hand histories wasn't saved, because one day i had some disconnects problems and won 5.81$, 3 small bets were made:)

      Weeks results

      Biggest pot won

      BTN: $3.00
      SB: $15.26
      Hero (BB): $19.61
      UTG: $17.86
      MP: $28.04
      CO: $34.52

      Pre Flop: ($0.24) Hero is BB with 7 :club: 7 :diamond:
      1 fold, MP raises to $0.64, 1 fold, BTN calls $0.64, SB calls $0.56, Hero calls $0.48

      Flop: ($2.56) 3 :club: T :club: 7 :spade: (4 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks, MP bets $2.44, BTN calls $2.36 all in, SB raises to $5.92, Hero raises to $18.97 all in, MP raises to $27.40 all in, SB calls $8.70 all in

      Turn: ($57.48) 5 :diamond: (4 players - 4 are all in)

      River: ($57.48) 4 :club: (4 players - 4 are all in)


      Biggest pot lost
      BTN: $6.39
      SB: $14.91
      Hero (BB): $21.73
      UTG: $18.67
      MP: $17.48
      CO: $11.20

      Pre Flop: ($0.24) Hero is BB with A :heart: Q :diamond:
      UTG calls $0.16, MP raises to $0.64, 3 folds, Hero calls $0.48, UTG calls $0.48

      Flop: ($2.00) Q :heart: 8 :heart: A :diamond: (3 players)
      Hero checks, UTG checks, MP bets $1.43, Hero calls $1.43, UTG folds

      Turn: ($4.86) 9 :spade: (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP bets $3.48, Hero raises to $19.66 all in, MP calls $11.93 all in

      River: ($35.68) T :diamond: (2 players - 2 are all in)


      Few spews
      chasing card hunt :(
      BTN: $16.00
      SB: $17.13
      BB: $20.21
      Hero (UTG): $20.06
      MP: $5.97
      CO: $15.71

      Pre Flop: ($0.24) Hero is UTG with 8 :diamond: 5 :spade:
      Hero raises to $0.40, 2 folds, BTN raises to $1.28, 2 folds, Hero raises to $2.88, BTN calls $1.60

      Flop: ($6.00) 4 :heart: 8 :club: Q :heart: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN bets $2.88, Hero raises to $15.76, BTN calls $10.24 all in

      Turn: ($32.24) 7 :spade: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      River: ($32.24) 3 :heart: (2 players - 1 is all in)
    • KnowWhyStarted
      KnowWhyStarted
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      Joined: 24.03.2016 Posts: 64
      Goals until the 30th of april
      • Reach Gold star @PS - currently have 1.1k vpp earned after 17.5k hands in NL16. hopefully shot to NL25 will be successful :)
      • Read "The quick guide to skyrocketing your (poker) productivity" - i feel that i waste a lot of time on unnecessary things
      • At least one blog update about productivity
      • Start working with mindset
    • KnowWhyStarted
      KnowWhyStarted
      Basic
      Joined: 24.03.2016 Posts: 64
      Bankroll challenge Week 4 UPDATE
      NL16-25 hands: 4776
      loss: 65.83$
      Bonuses: 9$ it is from daily pokerstars card hunt challenges

      starting bankroll: 443$
      current bankroll: 721.07$
    • KnowWhyStarted
      KnowWhyStarted
      Basic
      Joined: 24.03.2016 Posts: 64
      Goals until the 30th of april
      • Reach Gold star @PS - currently have 1.1k vpp earned after 17.5k hands in NL16. hopefully shot to NL25 will be successful :)
      • Read "The quick guide to skyrocketing your (poker) productivity" - i feel that i waste a lot of time on unnecessary things
      • At least one blog update about productivity
      • Start working with mindset


      Failed all goals :/ so i will leave these for next month
    • KnowWhyStarted
      KnowWhyStarted
      Basic
      Joined: 24.03.2016 Posts: 64
      Bankroll challenge Week 5 UPDATE
      NL16 hands: 7907
      profit: 85.89$
      Bonuses: 9.5$ it is from daily pokerstars card hunt challenges

      starting bankroll: 443$
      current bankroll: 815.62$
    • imgoingtomirage
      imgoingtomirage
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      Hello!

      How it went it the week 6? Post your updates here too, please: Get Rich or Die Tryin' - The Bankroll Challenge - Reporting thread

      :f_drink:
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