NOT just another 6-max NLHE Bankroll Challenge

    • Marcuso92
      Marcuso92
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.01.2012 Posts: 141
      Hello people,


      This blog might be something special which you haven’t seen yet. There are a lot of blogs about
      bankroll challenges (BRC) around in this forum, and that is a good thing, but my poker buddy and I
      decided that we would like to start something more fresh and unique. We call it the „duo bankroll
      challenge
      “. What does that mean, you might ask?! We thought about blogging about our progress
      in this 6-max NLHE BRC individually but nonetheless within this single blog!

      This way, you guys get double the excitement and my buddy and I can push each other through
      some bad runs and see it as a little competition. :)

      Before we give you the information about the bankroll management and some other important
      information about our challenge, we like to introduce ourselves a little bit.

      My name is Fabian (Corny1313 on the poker tables), I’m a 21 years old IT student from Austria and
      I’m in love with poker. I started playing poker like 4 years again but didn’t take the game really
      serious for around 2 years. But one day i decided to take my game to the next level and study all
      the important concepts behind this beautiful game. After studying for a while I was able to beat NL2
      and NL5 with a decent win rate over a good sample size. I am profitable on NL10 aswell, and had
      some good runs on NL25, but to be honest with you guys, thats the thing i want to find out and
      prove to myself with this challenge. I want to see how far I can get with a solid ABC style combined
      with some advanced elements.

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      My name is Marcus (marcuso92 on the poker tables), I’m 24 years old, educated commercial pilot
      from Sweden who’s still looking for the first flying job. I played poker for about 6 years, only lately
      trying to get somewhere and now taking it to the next level. I’ll start using almost all my spare time
      for poker to be able to improve and reach all the goals. And most importantly start to study and not
      only play the game.


      So let us quickly explain how the challenge is set up:

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      * Starting Bankroll: 50$
      * Starting Limit: NL2
      * Bankroll Management: reach 25BI for the next limit, go down in limits once dropping below 20BI.
      * Rakeback: counted as part of the bankroll
      * Goal: 1000$
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      Once we have reached this goal, the challenge is completed. But that doesn’t mean we are done
      with the game just yet. This challenge is just the start of something big, something life changing.
      Not sure about the „life changing“ part, but at least this challenge will broaden our poker horizon
      and will open the door for some serious cash! :f_cool:

      We have planed on investing this money into poker coaching to crush the higher limits once we
      reach them. (coaching for profit, for those who are interested)

      Our plan is to post weekly reports of our progress as well as a bigger monthly report at the end of
      each month!

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      To keep the challenge as entertaining as possible for you guys, we also decided to
      have a little || side bet running for each limit we are playing. It is quite simple, the
      one of us who reaches the next limit first will have to hand over 4BI of the
      currently played limit to the other guy. That means, when I reach NL5 first for
      example my friend owns me 8$, which is counted to our bankrolls.
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      So thats all for now, we hope you are as excited as we are and now its time to get the grind
      going! :f_drink:



  • 29 replies
    • Corny1313
      Corny1313
      Basic
      Joined: 12.01.2016 Posts: 11
      Hope you guys are as hyped as I am ;-)

      Let the grind begin!
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    • Lazza61
      Lazza61
      Headadmin
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      Joined: 23.03.2011 Posts: 9,245
      Hey guys,

      Nice star to the blog. you could say that it's not only a dual blog, but also a duel blog. Let the duelling begin. :fouet:

      Subbed

      Laz
    • KrisRukov
      KrisRukov
      Coach
      Coach
      Joined: 26.06.2010 Posts: 107
      i`ve always wanted to do that with someone and see how it goes :) Good luck, i`ll be definitely following you !
    • Corny1313
      Corny1313
      Basic
      Joined: 12.01.2016 Posts: 11
      @Lazza61

      That's right, the duelling part is also meant to keep the motivation at the highest level!
      Let the fight begin :)

      @KrisRukov

      It is definitely valuable to have a friend sitting in the same boat and fighting for the same goal!
      Thank you Kris, much appreciated! :)
    • la55i
      la55i
      Moderator
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      Joined: 27.01.2013 Posts: 5,334
      This looks great, good luck guys! :f_thumbsup:
    • Corny1313
      Corny1313
      Basic
      Joined: 12.01.2016 Posts: 11
      The first playing week has not ended yet, there are still 3 days left to play but today i just felt like updating
      you guys about the progress so far.

      Before I will show the results I want to say some important things.

      What makes a good poker player different from a bad one is PATIENCE. I had to learn this the hard way, by
      myself. I want to advise each and every one out there, who is struggling with their patience, to learn this
      from the bottom of their hearts. Once you overcome this strong feeling of nervousness, the tension at the
      tables, you will see a great increase in your success!

      The reason why I am saying all this is that it helped me out of my swing at the beginning of the challenge.
      Things were not starting off well! The run over the first 6k hands was just nerve-racking. Fish chasing
      draws and getting there like every time, classic coolers such as set over set and many other tilting hands,
      BUT it could have gone even worse, if I wouldn’t have had a solid mind state and a lot of discipline! Some
      folds did hurt quit a bit, but most of the time I just knew that it was the right decision and that’s what
      counts in the end. The result doesn’t matter as long as your decision was correct. Anyways… crying over
      some bad run is just for beginners. Poker is a game of incomplete information and swings are what make
      this game so exciting!

      Overall I am pretty happy with my results, not in particular with my winrate but with my decision making
      and my level of discipline! Following clear lines is really important to minimize losses when variance is
      showing its second face.

      Well, this report should just motivate all those, who are also starting off on the bad side of variance and
      are struggling to keep motivation and discipline at a high level! In the end it all comes down to your believe
      in yourself and in your skills.

      Be honest to yourself and always keep your goals in front of your eyes!

      So… enough of the talking part… lets see some results, shall we? ;-)

      https://i345.photobucket.com/albums/p362/Corny1313/graphJ_zpsinxklqfs.jpg

      I just played little over 10k hands so far. My goal for this week is 20k hands. I am not sure if i can hold that
      volume up throughout the whole month, but i will try my best. My winrate… well … lets face it, it sucks at
      the moment but that could change soon i hope. 10k hands is just not a big enough sample to tell anything.
      My main goal for the rest of this week is to keep the volume up and also get some off table studying going.

      Well, I hope you guys got motivated yourself to get out there and keep the grind going! :)

      Cu at the tables!
    • Marcuso92
      Marcuso92
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.01.2012 Posts: 141
      Sunday Update
      Week 1
      (03.09.16-11.09.16)

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      The results for week 1 are in the books. Neither Fabian nor I did reach the next higher limit yet. So our first little competition is still going on. Both of us played about the same amount of hands but with slightly different results.


      The first week of the „duo bankroll challenge“ is finally done. And its a week full of NL2 game with alot of weird plays seen at the tables i must say. Anyway I think I got a pretty decent volum done even tho i worked 50+ hours this week at my job. So im very pleased the volume part but I'll go for more volume in the next week. The week did start of abit rough at the beginning before i got use to the new charts and geting them into my head more or less. But now it feels so nice to play this stict, I've never played this strict before and its so nice. I've allways played approximately after charts and played with some feeling for some spots. But I feel like i doesnt bluff away closely as many chips this way.

      Next week I'll try to get atleast 20k hands played and go up and do some damage at NL5. Hopefully come to NL5 before Fabian does :f_biggrin:

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      Week 1 Results

        Hands: 21 739
        Profit: +53,22$
        RB: 0$
        Bankroll: 50$ + 53,22$ + 0$ = 103,22$


    • Corny1313
      Corny1313
      Basic
      Joined: 12.01.2016 Posts: 11
      Sunday Update
      Week 1
      (03.09.16-11.09.16)

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      The results for week 1 are in the books. Neither Marcus nor I did reach the next higher limit yet. So our first little competition is still going on. Both of us played about the same amount of hands but with slightly different results. :b

      Week 1 didn’t start off that well as i stated in my previous post. But there was a point in time where variance finally decided to let me start winning some hands. It was a nice confidence boost and it also motivated me again! My goal for the week was to play 20k hands and do some off table study and I am proud I actually reached that goal! This week, the first week of the challenge, was a little longer week with 9 playing days in total! In the future a normal grinding week will only have 7 days as it should have. Thats the case why I decided to take two days off and do some fun stuff in that time!

      In total I played 22k hands in 24 hours over 7 days. I tried hard to focus on the game and don’t get driven away. When I felt, that I started to drift off my standard lines I decided to quite the session. So far I am feeling confident that I can keep up the volume and the discipline over the next weeks! I did some off table work, where I watched over some spots and did some maths! It is kind of refreshing to not only play a ton of hands but also think some of them through, twice.

      The goals for the next week are moving up in stakes, keeping the volume going and hopefully reach NL5 before Marcus does. :b

      That’s my graph for this week:

      https://i345.photobucket.com/albums/p362/Corny1313/graph_week1_zpse1rybwhd.png

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      Week 1 Results

        Hands: 22 100
        Profit: $38,24
        RB: $10
        Bankroll: $50 + $10 + $38,24 = $98,24
    • miceflux
      miceflux
      Basic
      Joined: 12.09.2016 Posts: 2
      Tjenare vet inte om man kan skriva på svenska här men jag vet att ni är de tycker denna guide verkar sjukt intressant och kommer följa denna konstant varje vecka :) har en fråga om själva utmaningen, vad är det ni spelar full ring, 6max, eller zoom och hur många bord ni kör :)

      keep up the good work /miceflux
    • Marcuso92
      Marcuso92
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.01.2012 Posts: 141
      @miceflux

      Best to keep it in english since its an english forum. Nice to hear u find it interesting to read :) As the title says: "NOT just another 6-max NLHE Bankroll Challenge", Its 6-max. both of us grinding 4table zoom atm!

      Thanks and keep commenting its alot of fun :f_drink:
    • miceflux
      miceflux
      Basic
      Joined: 12.09.2016 Posts: 2
      Ok so I have decided that im going to do the same challange as you guys though I am a much worse player that you are but I will give it a try

      https://gyazo.com/00a2c633d8d5abb574637e29decfc610


      there is my deposit and I will start with 4 zoom table as you guys :)
    • Marcuso92
      Marcuso92
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.01.2012 Posts: 141
      @miceflux

      Cool man :) Go for it and dont give up!
    • Lazza61
      Lazza61
      Headadmin
      Headadmin
      Joined: 23.03.2011 Posts: 9,245
      Originally posted by miceflux
      Ok so I have decided that im going to do the same challange as you guys though I am a much worse player that you are but I will give it a try

      https://gyazo.com/00a2c633d8d5abb574637e29decfc610

      there is my deposit and I will start with 4 zoom table as you guys :)
      Hey miceflux,

      Welcome to PokerStrategy.com :welcome:

      You should consider entering our Get Rich or Die Tryin' - The Bankroll Challenge - Opt-in now!.

      There is no time limit and you could win a status upgrade just for being an active participant.

      Have fun :gl:

      Laz
    • Marcuso92
      Marcuso92
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.01.2012 Posts: 141
      Sunday Update
      Week 2
      (12.09.16-18.09.16)

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      Hi guys, im sorry this update didnt come yesterday. Found myself with short of time so it will be posted today. Hope thats fine by you all :)

      So a week with abit of job and unfortunately not the volume of poker i hoped for. The week started very good on Monday and broke the line to jump up to NL5 with a heater and a 10$ RB. In the start of NL5 it went good then i feelt like more of abit of bad run with very low profit. I Tried to pump in alot of hands Friday and Saturday with over 8k hands in those 2 days with im pleased with and i think i can keep a good volume this week because of much less worktime this week. Hurray!! So lets go for a better week pokerwise now!

      Because i jumped up to NL5 before Fabian did i got 8$ from him to add to my BR. :f_cool: Lets keep rolling and get to NL10 aswell before he does because i need those cash :f_biggrin:

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      Week 2 Results

        Hands: 12 971
        Profit: +30,94$
        RB: +10$
        Bankroll: 103,22$ + 30,94$ + 10$ (+8$) = 152,16$


    • Corny1313
      Corny1313
      Basic
      Joined: 12.01.2016 Posts: 11
      Sunday Update
      Week 2
      (12.09.16-18.09.16)

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      First off, I need to apologize for not updating on Sunday as it is usually planned! Yesterday was a stressful day and I just couldn’t find enough time to make a valuable weekly report.
      So… I hope you guys don’t mind the late report!

      This week in general was quite stressful for me! I had to study for an exam and get some other things done, but nonetheless I found the time to get 17k hands played this week! It is not the volume i was aiming for, but I’m still happy with it. This week I had some really nice sessions and my luck finally turned around. Im pretty happy with my play too. I did a lot of good river folds and I worked on my blind play! I did some hours of off table work as well and it really keeps me motivated because I learn new stuff, get my mind into some deeper thoughts and I can then use this new valuable information on the tables!

      As you already might know, Marcus won the first little side challenge! I owned him 8$ which I needed to take off my bankroll! This on the other hand led to me playing NL2 longer than I wanted to. But luckily I managed to move up in stakes in the middle of the week! My first NL5 sessions where not too great and I had to adjust my game a bit to the new, more aggressive but still equally fishy field. :b

      I really enjoy the aggression on this limit because it leaves room for some nice counter plays and bluff catches.

      This week I try to get to 20k hands again, but I’m worried a little bit to miss this goal due to my exams next week!

      Anyways, here is my graph for this week and I really hope to get some discussion going with you guys very soon. Feel free to ask whatever you might question yourself! I would be more than happy to give some answers! :)

      That’s my graph for this week:

      https://i345.photobucket.com/albums/p362/Corny1313/graph2_zpswq73eigz.png

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      Week 2 Results

        Hands: 17 078
        Profit: $56,19
        RB: $5,25
        Bankroll: $98,24 + $56,19 + $5,25 - ($8) = $151,68
    • Corny1313
      Corny1313
      Basic
      Joined: 12.01.2016 Posts: 11
      Sunday Update
      Week 3
      (19.09.16-25.09.16)

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      What is up guys?! In the middle of the week I thought I would be really excited to give you an update about the progress of the challenge, because everything looked like, I would reach NL10 within this week,…. BUT I got proven wrong!

      This week I didn’t play too much and I really wish, I could have found more time to play, but I was really busy studying for some upcoming exams and I just needed to put in a lot of time and effort to get things done! I still managed to play around 16k hands which isn’t too good but also not too bad! Those couple of thousand hands had all of poker’s beauty in it! … A couple cooler sessions, a really nice heater session, some boring sessions, where I just couldn’t hit anything and one session where I just got a little frustrated, because people played back at me like super crazy and I couldn’t do anything against it. This triggered something in my brain, and I realized that I should work on my tilt level a bit! Therefore I want to get my focus back on to the big picture again for the upcoming week and don’t let myself get frustrated just because of a dry run or because of other players, hitting better flops!

      I need to keep this update shorter, because I am f*c@y$g tired right now and I need the sleep and energy for the next days! I hope I can get in more volume again this week and hopefully we hit NL10 soon! I am really looking forward to this limit, because in my opinion, NL10 is the limit where most people start struggling and I want to prove to you guys, that it does not need to happen :)
      I hope I will find some sweet spots this week because I’m planing to post some hands to discuss with you and get some analysis going! :)

      That’s my graph for this week:

      https://i345.photobucket.com/albums/p362/Corny1313/graph_zpsmhyrqywa.png

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      Week 3 Results

        Hands: 15 598
        Profit: $44,29
        RB: $20
        Bankroll: $151,68 + $44,29 + $20 = $215,97
    • Marcuso92
      Marcuso92
      Bronze
      Joined: 19.01.2012 Posts: 141
      Sunday Update
      Week 3
      (19.09.16-25.09.16)

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      Hi guys! Hope you all have had a very good week.

      This week was a hard one for me. Alot of job to keep motivation up when i hit a cooler. Anyway i got decent volume with not so good results. It started out pretty awful but has turned abit but I get coolerd to much still for my taste :P Hopefully it will turn and i can run back closer to Fabian otherwise I'll lose next sidebet payout.

      But the weeks ahead i wont have any specific volume i will aim for. I need to prioritize my life abit beacuse I'm abit stressted out all the time because I cant find any job as a pilot and i need to reviewing all my studies to not let it fall. These weeks it feels like i have more or less priorotized poker and did very little studies. So the comming weeks i'll play poker when i get time over and im going to study 3 hours a day.

      The comming month I got a trip to Prague with a friend of mine to play poker live and drink some very nice Czech beer :f_drink:
      Is there some reader that has been playing live poker in Prague that can share some tips its more than welcome!

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      Week 3 Results

        Hands: 19 229
        Profit: -17,51$
        RB: +20$
        Bankroll: 152,16$ - 17,51$ + 20$ = 154,65$


    • tmannie
      tmannie
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      Joined: 09.06.2009 Posts: 93
      Hi
      Just a question regarding multi-tabling , is it advisable to have more than the standard 25 buy -ins and is this dependant of how many tables one plays concurrently.
      Thanks
      tmannie
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