Yax's $1000 challenge

    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      Hello everyone!

      Why my blog?

      I got additional $50 starting capital on Mansion. And with all this guys trying to prove how good they are I was kidding about making $50 to $1000.
      I was speaking with my friend and the conversation went something like that...

      Me: Do you think I can make $1000 from this $50 I got?
      Friend: Hahahahahahaha...
      Me: No seriously. How much time do you think I need to achieve it?
      Friend: (loling me some more...)
      Me: You really think I can't do it?
      Friend: Yep.
      Me: Why is that?
      Friend: You have the poorest brm I've ever seen!
      Me: Wanna bet for 50€? (thinking: damn you, you're so right but I have to answer something)
      Friend: I'm not betting you I'm just saying you can't do it.
      Me: We'll see...

      The best thing that came out is the idea of writting it down. I have problems because I do a lot of things by instinct and we all know that's not the best option in poker. I'm gonna reach $1000! (That's not my only motivation of course)

      Yaxkukmian?

      My name is Milan and I'm 26 years old, live in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Studying economics, have few exams left. Love sports and that's huge part of my life which I don't intend to sacrifice for this »project«.

      My poker beginning.

      I heard about poker like 3 years ago when few of my colleagues started to play home games. I was invited to learn this »wonderful, amazing, unbeliveable game«. Thought for a second, maybe two and answered no. Few months later I had chance to see home game but It left me cold – »I don't gamble«, was my argument.

      About a year and half ago my friend (not the doubting one from above) bought poker chips and said I must come because that's just hanging out with friends and not gambling. I came and it was the first poker game(the rules weren't exactly poker because there were kickers deciding whose straight is better – straight 5 to T was won via K kicker over Q kicker...) . It didn't felt ok because I didn't have a clue, what is good, which cards to play, who plays first, what's the betting,...total rookie.
      And then it happened. I wanted to learn the rules and came across Pokerstrategy. I read the articles and next poker game with guys was much more interesting. I soon understood there must be something more than this so I reread basic articles, completed PS test, got my $50 and started playing on Titan. Of course I knew »everything« and immediately started playing NL20, lost few $$ in fist session, then lost few more in next sessions. I was too good of course it was all bad luck for bastards who took my money. Heard that story? ;D
      So eventually came down to 15€ and playing NL10, had no special successes but kept playing because my luck had to turn around...
      Reached bottom with 4€ and decided to give up on poker (was happy though, proverb goes something like this: who doesn't have luck in gambling has it in love). Wasn't playing poker for like 2-3 months and in meantime met my girlfriend (proverb was true! :D ). Then one weekend didn't have anthing to do so decided playing titan bronze freeroll. It went very good and I actually won it and took 148€. That were millions for me. My br was amazing 152€!! (friend with proper brm had around 200 at this moment).

      At this point I wanted to try one more time, this time I actually read the articles. I sticked to brm (not really but almost) and my rise began. Came to 600€ and then in two successive Sundays I lost around 160€ in each of them. Took a week off and then started playing again. In time improved my game, playing comfortably NL100 and came to 936€ which was my top. Playing at Titan wasn't enough so I started searching for another more challanging poker room. So I took 800€ out and decided starting from the start in another room.

      Still didn't change it and started playing sngs and hu on Titan so I'm on 247€ right now.

      That's my story in short. It's not that important for this blog but wrote it anyway to get a feeling about me and my poker.

      From 50 to 1000!

      Starting with $50.

      My brm will be like this:
      1) I'm starting with NL 20 because I think I'm beating NL 20 sss ( moving down if hitting $40).
      2) moving to NL50 with 23 buyins (=$230).
      3) going to NL 100 with 25buyins (=$500)

      Goals:

      Shortterm:
      > Playing good at NL20 (meaning not too loose which is a problem for me)
      > study nl articles 1h per day
      > to update this blog every time I play

      Mediumterm:
      > to post hands on forum and to study posted hands from others
      > reach NL50 and comfortably playing that limit

      Longterm:
      > proving my friend wrong!!!
      > reaching NL100 and playing that limit (don't see myself playing at higher limits at this moment)
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    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      few interesting hands from the first day

      I play sss but not by the book I deviate from hand to hand :P

      a bit lucky, but
      BB:
      $14,15
      MP1:
      $2,98
      Hero:
      $4,07

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with A:club: , Q:club:
      2 folds, MP1 calls $0,20, MP2 folds, Hero raises to $0,80, 3 folds, BB raises to $1,40, MP1 calls $1,20, Hero calls $0,60.

      Flop: ($4,30) Q:diamond: , 3:club: , 8:spade: (3 players)
      BB bets $1,40, MP1 calls $1,40, Hero raises to $2,67 (All-In), BB calls $1,27, MP1 raises to $1,58 (All-In).

      Turn: ($11,22) 7:diamond:
      River: ($11,22) 7:club: (1 players)

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows two pairs, queens and sevens (Ac Qc)
      MP1 shows two pairs, eights and sevens (As 8h)
      BB shows two pairs, jacks and sevens (Jc Jh)

      Hero wins with two pairs, queens and sevens (Ac Qc)


      Final Pot: $11,22

      a bit brutal hand for first day, don't you think?

      BB:
      $18,93
      Hero:
      $4,00

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with 8:heart: , 8:club:
      3 folds, Hero raises to $0,60, 3 folds, BB calls $0,40.

      Flop: ($1,30) A:heart: , K:heart: , 9:diamond: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks.

      Turn: ($1,30) 8:diamond: (2 players)
      BB bets $1,00, Hero raises to $2,25, BB raises to $3,50, Hero raises to $3,40 (All-In).

      River: ($8,20) 5:diamond: (1 players)


      Final Pot: $8,20

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows three of a kind, eights (8h 8c)
      BB shows a straight flush, nines high (7d 6d)

      BB wins with a straight flush, nines high (7d 6d)

      hand where I see my friend laughing: told u so, you're not gonna make it.
      I put him on hand 66-88, that's why I called, if I suspected any ace I would fold. Not good play but that's my game...

      Hero:
      $3,80
      BB:
      $4,38

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is SB with K:diamond: , T:spade:
      7 folds, Hero raises to $0,60, BB raises to $4,38 (All-In), Hero raises to $3,80 (All-In).

      Flop: ($8,18) 4:heart: , 3:spade: , A:club:
      Turn: ($8,18) Q:diamond:
      River: ($8,18) 6:club: (1 players)


      Final Pot: $8,18

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows high card ace with king kicker (Kd Ts)
      BB shows three of a kind, threes (3c 3d)

      BB wins with three of a kind, threes (3c 3d)

      next hand doesn't need comment either...

      SB:
      $10,44
      Hero:
      $4,00

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (10 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BB with Q:diamond: , 5:diamond:
      8 folds, SB calls $0,10, Hero checks.

      Flop: ($0,40) 8:club: , A:club: , 3:heart: (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0,40, SB calls $0,40.

      Turn: ($1,20) 5:club: (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks.

      River: ($1,20) 8:diamond: (2 players)
      SB bets $2,00, Hero calls $2,00.

      Final Pot: $5,20

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows two pairs, eights and fives (Qd 5d)
      SB shows a full-house, aces full of eights (Ad Ah)

      SB wins with a full-house, aces full of eights (Ad Ah)

      the most brutal hand I ever won and on first day on Mansion...was getting off the table too :D

      UTG1:
      $9,73
      MP2:
      $2,40
      Hero:
      $7,79

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with K:spade: , K:heart:
      UTG1 raises to $0,60, 2 folds, MP2 calls $0,60, Hero raises to $2,20, 4 folds, UTG1 calls $1,60, MP2 raises to $2,40 (All-In), Hero calls $0,20, UTG1 calls $0,20.

      Flop: ($7,50) 7:club: , T:spade: , J:spade: (2 players)
      UTG1 bets $7,33 (All-In), Hero raises to $5,39 (All-In).

      Turn: ($20,22) 5:diamond:
      River: ($20,22) K:club: (2 players)


      Final Pot: $20,22

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows three of a kind, kings (Ks Kh)
      UTG1 shows three of a kind, tens (Tc Th)
      MP2 shows a pair of aces (Ah Ad)

      Hero wins with three of a kind, kings (Ks Kh)

      What about this laydown? I had around $4. I would shove on raise from mp I thought he had AK, but when mp3 miniraised I saw utg is in the game too, so it was quite easy fold. But so ugly flop hurts anyway...

      UTG1:
      $4,00
      MP1:
      $9,11
      MP2:
      $8,15
      MP3:
      $3,21

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is SB with J:spade: , J:heart:
      UTG1 calls $0,20, UTG2 folds, MP1 calls $0,20, MP2 raises to $0,80, MP3 raises to $1,40, 5 folds, MP1 calls $1,20, MP2 calls $0,60.

      Flop: ($4,70) J:diamond: , 7:diamond: , 6:heart: (3 players)
      MP1 checks, MP2 bets $1,17, MP3 raises to $1,81 (All-In), MP1 calls $1,81, MP2 calls $0,64.

      Turn: ($10,13) 4:heart: (2 players)
      MP1 checks, MP2 checks.

      River: ($10,13) 4:club: (3 players)
      MP1 checks, MP2 checks.

      Final Pot: $10,13

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      MP3 shows two pairs, aces and fours (As Ah)
      MP1 shows two pairs, kings and fours (Kc Kd)
      MP2 shows a pair of fours (Ad Kh)

      MP3 wins with two pairs, aces and fours (As Ah)



      30.1.09 had 4 sessions (491 hands, 24BB/100):

      1- $46,81 (2 tables)

      2- $49,23 (3 tables)

      3- $58,89 (6 tables)

      4- $73,87 (6 tables)

      31.1.09-> 1 session (147 hands, 9BB/100)

      1- $75,77 (6 tables)

      things to think about :
      -> don't call donkey's shoves when you know you're beat
      -> take notes about players
      -> play tighter, don't "see" the flop
      -> play 6 tables
    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      I don't have time for big sessions, so I'm playing miniones :D 1h or so. I'll have more time after feb 10th...

      Do you think conti bet is ok here? I had a feeling he had KK or AA, he would definitely bet AK so I was beat by almost any hand. I doubted he'd call with pair lower than mine. I looked so weak in that hand after flop I was sure he's gonna bet, but it turned out ok :D

      Hero:
      $4,20
      MP1:
      $19,70

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (10 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is UTG2 with J:diamond: , J:heart:
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0,80, MP1 raises to $1,60, 6 folds, Hero calls $0,80.

      Flop: ($3,50) 7:club: , A:spade: , 9:diamond: (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP1 checks.

      Turn: ($3,50) 9:spade: (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP1 checks.

      River: ($3,50) J:spade: (2 players)
      Hero bets $2,60 (All-In), MP1 calls $2,60.

      Final Pot: $8,70

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a full-house, jacks full of nines (Jd Jh)
      MP1 shows two pairs, queens and nines (Qh Qd)

      Hero wins with a full-house, jacks full of nines (Jd Jh)

      next hand is very interesting...I had a read on guy he'd call anything preflop so I tried with connectors. I was thinking on making a move after flop but didn't like the hearts because he would reraise all-in with flush draw, so calling was better. When ace came and he bet so smallish I decided to make a move and he folded in a sec :D

      SB:
      $7,86
      BB:
      $41,47
      Hero:
      $4,00

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BU with T:heart: , 9:spade:
      6 folds, Hero calls $0,20, SB calls $0,10, BB checks.

      Flop: ($0,60) 7:diamond: , 4:heart: , 8:heart: (3 players)
      SB bets $0,60, BB folds, Hero calls $0,60.

      Turn: ($1,80) A:spade: (2 players)
      SB bets $0,80, Hero raises to $2,10, SB folds.

      Final Pot: $4,70

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows high card ace with ten kicker (Th 9s)

      Hero wins with high card ace with ten kicker (Th 9s)

      1.2. -> 1 session (223 hands, 30bb/100)

      $89,37 (+$13,60)
    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      Played pretty badly this session. Couldn't find good tables and so I tried to play too aggresive to win a pot. In situations I should reraise didn't want to try and then played worse hands to make a move. Made few flat calling till river - stupid play. I was like -$9 but then few donkeys reraised my made hands and I'm in + again :D

      UTG1:
      $15,38
      Hero:
      $4,00
      MP3:
      $28,71
      CO:
      $18,20

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with A:spade: , Q:heart:
      UTG1 raises to $0,40, 2 folds, Hero calls $0,40, MP3 calls $0,40, CO calls $0,40, 3 folds.

        hate miniraises! I usually don't call with AQo but in this case I did. It brings many players in the pot and that's not good for my weak hand.

      Flop: ($1,90) T:heart: , 4:spade: , A:club: (4 players)
      UTG1 bets $0,47, Hero raises to $1,40, 2 folds, UTG1 calls $0,93.

        1/4 bet??? so fishy! Needed to see where am I.

      Turn: ($4,70) 6:heart: (2 players)
      UTG1 checks, Hero checks.

        Calling flop and checking turn? So fishy, no chance of slowplaying it. Should of bet!

      River: ($4,70) 3:spade: (2 players)
      UTG1 bets $1,17, Hero calls $1,17.

        Again fishy bet. Calling isn't an option - all in.

      Final Pot: $7,04

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a pair of aces (As Qh)
      UTG1 shows high card ace with king kicker (Kd Jd)

      Hero wins with a pair of aces (As Qh)

      BB:
      $20,00
      UTG1:
      $15,40
      Hero:
      $3,70

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (10 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is CO with 6:heart: , 6:spade:
      UTG folds, UTG1 calls $0,20, 4 folds, Hero calls $0,20, 2 folds, BB checks.

      Flop: ($0,70) 3:club: , T:club: , 6:club: (3 players)
      BB bets $0,40, UTG1 folds, Hero calls $0,40.

        BB can have any hand. Thought of folding but wanted to see the turn. Maybe he has flush draw.

      Turn: ($1,50) 9:spade: (2 players)
      BB bets $1,00, Hero raises to $3,10 (All-In), BB calls $2,10.

        Thought he's just conti beting.

      River: ($7,70) A:spade: (1 players)


      Final Pot: $7,70

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows three of a kind, sixes (6h 6s)
      BB shows a flush, ten high (9c 4c)

      BB wins with a flush, ten high (9c 4c)

      Without utg calling I would raise it preflop and probably fold it on the flop if bb called.

      2nd session (230 hands)

      $95,31 (+5,94)
    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      It was a loooong week. Instead of going to sleep and rest I decided to play poker or to be more precise "play" poker. If you're playing on micro limits on Mansion you should be sorry if you didn't play on my table tonight. I was giving away my $$ like it's not mine :D My brains were sleeping and my eyes were almost closed but I wanted to play poker :O

      Won't post any hands because they're so silly I'm embarrassed...probably will post some stupid plays when I get some rest.

      played two sessions:

      1= -$22,45

      2= +$7,86

      hands played: 353
      Big Blinds/100: -20,93

      BR: [COLOR=red][B]$80,53[/B][/COLOR]
    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      Hello kids.
      In today's lesson we're going to see how the donkeys think and play. It's very important to learn how to play solid and correct (see the videos and coaching of good players) but in my opinion it's also very useful to see how precise are speculations of good players on donkey's hand ranges and their thinking patterns.

      Let's start:

      SB:
      $4,20
      Hero:
      $7,51
      MP1:
      $9,14
      BU:
      $22,87

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BB with K:heart: , 9:diamond:
      UTG2 folds, MP1 calls $0,20, 3 folds, BU calls $0,20, SB calls $0,10, Hero checks.

      Flop: ($0,80) K:spade: , Q:spade: , 3:diamond: (4 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks, MP1 bets $0,40, 2 folds, Hero calls $0,40.

        As you can see. Donkey's got a pair and that's top pair to be precise. He doesn't see flush draw, neither does he know what does it mean that four players are seeing that flop. He calls flop knowing his hand is the best.

      Turn: ($1,60) 4:heart: (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP1 checks.

        Turn card is interesting. Low card hits the board and donkey knows his top pair is the best. He checks to trap another player.

      River: ($1,60) 5:diamond: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0,60, MP1 raises to $2,40, Hero calls $1,80.

        River card doesn't bring anything so his top pair is winning (kicker?? what's that, 9 is high enough).

      Final Pot: $6,40

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a pair of kings (Kh 9d)
      MP1 shows a pair of kings (Ah Kd)

      MP1 wins with a pair of kings (Ah Kd)

      The moral of this hand: Donkeys overvalue their top pair and don't see the kicker. When you find donkey who does that, mark him, he's going to bring you a lot of money.


      CO:
      $26,06
      Hero:
      $3,20

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (7 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BU with A:spade: , T:heart:
      3 folds, CO raises to $0,60, Hero calls $0,60, 2 folds.

        CO regularly steals the blinds. Donkey read it somewhere and he thinks he understands it. He wants to "defend" it.

      Flop: ($1,50) 3:diamond: , K:spade: , 8:heart: (2 players)
      CO checks, Hero bets $1,00, CO raises to $2,00, Hero calls $1,00.

        Beautiful flop. Donkey leads out because he knows co doesn't have a thing.
        Minireraise? So weak, donkey flat calls and he knows that 60cents are going to force the opponent out on turn.

      Turn: ($5,50) 7:heart: (2 players)
      CO bets $0,80, Hero raises to $0,60 (All-In).

      River: ($6,90) T:club: (1 players)


        Yes!!! Ten hits the river and he hits his pair. Damn! Now donkey sees his villain hit trips on flop - so lucky that bastard. Suckout, what can you say?

      Final Pot: $6,90

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a pair of tens (As Th)
      CO shows three of a kind, eights (8d 8c)

      CO wins with three of a kind, eights (8d 8c)

      I mark this kind of donkey and next time I get the hand I usually bet-all-in him because they like flips and will call you with wide range of Ax.



      SB:
      $12,71
      Hero:
      $3,88
      UTG:
      $16,68
      MP3:
      $7,70

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (10 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BB with K:heart: , 8:heart:
      UTG calls $0,20, 4 folds, MP3 calls $0,20, 2 folds, SB calls $0,10, Hero checks.

      Flop: ($0,80) 6:club: , J:heart: , K:club: (4 players)
      SB bets $0,80, Hero calls $0,80, UTG calls $0,80, MP3 calls $0,80.

        Hitting top pair is the best thing you can see. Donkey sees the opportunity - 4 players, more money! He has also backdoor flush draw, his opponents are so dead.

      Turn: ($4,00) T:diamond: (4 players)
      SB bets $4,00, Hero raises to $2,88 (All-In), 2 folds.

        SB bets so big, he's obviously afraid of our hand, and donkey is sorry he doesn't have more $$.

      River: ($10,88) 3:heart: (1 players)


        Again trips. Bad luck, so unbeliveable.

      Final Pot: $10,88

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a pair of kings (Kh 8h)
      SB shows three of a kind, sixes (6d 6s)

      SB wins with three of a kind, sixes (6d 6s)

      That's the same kind of play like in the first example. It's clear that donkey doesn't learn from previous lost hands. They overplay top pairs, mark them and try to use that in your favour. Don't try to bluff this kind of donkey, because he's gonna call you till river and call you donkey.


      BB:
      $3,40
      Hero:
      $4,50

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with 3:heart: , 3:club:
      3 folds, Hero calls $0,20, 3 folds, BB checks.

        Pair from hand. Donkey is thinking about raising but trapping with limp is far better.

      Flop: ($0,50) 6:heart: , 9:diamond: , 6:diamond: (2 players)
      BB bets $0,20, Hero calls $0,20.

        Smallish bet, weak.

      Turn: ($0,90) 4:heart: (2 players)
      BB bets $0,90, Hero calls $0,90.

        Betting big ha? Not gonna work, donkey has pair in his hand.

      River: ($2,70) 6:club: (2 players)
      BB bets $2,10 (All-In), Hero calls $2,10.

        And now all-in? So obvious he's bluffing! OMG, he hits his quads, how unlucky is that?!

      Final Pot: $6,90

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a full-house, sixes full of threes (3h 3c)
      BB shows four of a kind, sixes (8h 6s)

      BB wins with four of a kind, sixes (8h 6s)

      Mark this kind of donkey. Overplaying his pairs is common and donkeys calling stations are quite profitable.


      SB:
      $7,53
      Hero:
      $3,80

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is UTG1 with A:heart: , Q:club:
      Hero raises to $0,80, 6 folds, SB raises to $1,60, BB folds, Hero calls $0,80.

        AQo? that's nuts. Raisy daisy. Donkey things for a second or two to go all-in preflop but he rather slowplays his nuts.

      Flop: ($3,40) Q:diamond: , K:spade: , 2:club: (2 players)
      SB bets $2,00, Hero raises to $2,20 (All-In), SB calls $0,20.

        Donkey sees his pair and not just that but he has top kicker, that must be winning.

      Turn: ($7,80) 7:club:
      River: ($7,80) 6:club: (1 players)


        Of course, aces! Donkey is very unlucky, his hand was crushed by the best hand but he thinks his play was correct so he's playing the same way next time.

      Final Pot: $7,80

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a pair of queens (Ah Qc)
      SB shows a pair of aces (Ad As)

      SB wins with a pair of aces (Ad As)

      My advice is not to overbet this kind of donkeys. They put some money in the pot and they're going to pay you out. Don't like miniraises because you give them odds to call you with some medium pair and then hit trips on flop. But I don't reraise them too big.



      SB:
      $5,10
      Hero:
      $4,00

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (10 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BU with A:club: , 9:spade:
      7 folds, Hero raises to $0,60, SB raises to $1,80, BB folds, Hero calls $1,20.

        Stealing blinds? That's crucial part of poker and A9o is excellent hand to do it.

      Flop: ($3,80) 2:spade: , J:club: , 2:diamond: (2 players)
      SB bets $3,30 (All-In), Hero raises to $2,20 (All-In).

        We didn't hit the flop but as initial raiser we must be aggressive and show who's the boss.

      Turn: ($9,30) 8:spade:
      River: ($9,30) 6:heart: (1 players)


        Of course, he doesn't believe us. Oh-well, this was correct it just bad luck I guess.

      Final Pot: $9,30

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a pair of deuces (Ac 9s)
      SB shows a pair of deuces (Ah Kc)

      SB wins with a pair of deuces (Ah Kc)

      Marking donkeys who're stealing the blinds is very important. That doesn't mean you're going to call him every time. You wait for a hand and exploit it when you get the hand. He's going to pay you out for all the blinds he stole and for many more he was intending to steal in the future.


      That's all for today. I hope you enjoyed it and learned something useful. :D


      I learned something very important reviewing yesterday's sessions. Playing poker isn't just about the cards. It's not the cards that decide winner and loser - it's the player and his play. It was mistake to open the tables when I wasn't ready to play. I don't even remember half of the hands I played!! When I saw them today I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. I showed you just few but definitely the best ones.
      I'm sorry that I lost 20% of my br in 300 hands but that experience is going to help me in my experiment and my poker career.

      - don't play poker when you're not in the mood for playing
    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      Today I didn't have anything in my schedule so I was thinking why not poker. ;)

      My first session started disastrous; my jacks were cracked with 87s, my queens by KQ (straight of course), KQ raise in lp was called by T3 and flop came KT3, couldn't win flips 88-AQ, or QQ-AK(he hit flush with turn and river),... I actually played really good but cards weren't cooperating.

      So after a hour or so I finished my first session with only minor minus.
      I was happy with my play but not with the result.

      Second session started very well but I had to end it prematurely.

      After few hours I finally found some time to play and think only about poker and no other stuff. I decided to play with $5 on the tables instead of $4 and it was a good decision. I was playing pretty tight and took advantage of bad plays by others. Have to write good beats too-> my TT beating AA(river, I was already rebuying chips :D ), AQ-AK, poker is fair game, you just have to play it long enough to use your tokens of luck. ;)

      Fourth session was again short one.

      I was thinking not to play anymore but I realized that I won't be able to play for few more days. So I played one last session. Again I was doing great and in one of the last hands of the day lady luck smiled at me again, helping me win nice pot for this limit(see the second hand).

      Hero:
      $4,60
      MP3:
      $19,43
      CO:
      $26,51

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with A:heart: , Q:club:
      3 folds, Hero raises to $0,70, MP3 calls $0,70, CO calls $0,70, 3 folds.

        Tried to use my tight image raising mediocre hand. Really didn't like it when two called me, one of them verified donkey.

      Flop: ($2,40) T:diamond: , 7:diamond: , Q:heart: (3 players)
      Hero bets $1,60, MP3 calls $1,60, CO calls $1,60.

        Definitely one of the best flops for my hand, but not against two opponents, so I wanted to eliminate one. I was suspecting one flush draw and other AK.

      Turn: ($7,20) 5:spade: (3 players)
      Hero bets $2,30 (All-In), MP3 calls $2,30, CO calls $2,30.

        Nice card for another bullet. But to be honest I was happy to be shortstacked because I was instant called. I was expecting fireworks on the river.

      River: ($14,10) 6:club: (3 players)
      MP3 checks, CO checks.

      Final Pot: $14,10

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a pair of queens (Ah Qc)
      MP3 shows high card king with queen kicker (Kc Jc)
      CO shows high card king with queen kicker (Kd 9d)

      Hero wins with a pair of queens (Ah Qc)

      It's good to be called by two donkeys and actually taking a pot is even better.


      SB:
      $20,10
      UTG1:
      $12,87
      Hero:
      $9,27

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (10 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with A:spade: , K:club:
      UTG folds, UTG1 calls $0,20, 2 folds, Hero raises to $1,00, 3 folds, SB calls $0,90, BB folds, UTG1 calls $0,80.

        I'm finishing the last but one table and I get this hand. Have to play it but when I have so much money on a table I play it very cautiously.

      Flop: ($3,20) T:spade: , A:heart: , 5:heart: (3 players)
      SB checks, UTG1 bets $0,20, Hero raises to $2,20, SB folds, UTG1 calls $2,00.

        Very dangerous flop, especially when two more players are in the pot.

      Turn: ($7,60) 8:diamond: (2 players)
      UTG1 checks, Hero bets $6,07 (All-In), UTG1 calls $6,07.

        At this point I put him on some kind of flush draw (from utg he could have JJ-AA, AK, didn't believe TT or KQ was posible, but was afraid of KQh). Beting $4 was an option but then he wouldn't call me on the river if he didn't hit. Plus, if he wasn't calling the turn I would be taking the pot immediately.

      River: ($19,74) 5:club: (1 players)


      Final Pot: $19,74

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows two pairs, aces and fives (As Kc)
      UTG1 shows two pairs, aces and fives (Ac Qd)

      Hero wins with two pairs, aces and fives (As Kc)

      Today's sessions in numbers:

      1-> -$5,45

      2-> +$7,15

      3-> +$9,24

      4-> -$0,17

      5-> +11,28

      hands played: 912 (finally one normal day in the office)
      BB/100: 12,09

      BR: $102,58
    • Balanarm
      Balanarm
      Bronze
      Joined: 06.07.2008 Posts: 17,163
      Nice blog and good progress, keep it up!
    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      I can't do anything after lunch for an hour or so, not that I'm tired or something it's just a habit - resting afer a meal is refreshing. :D So I usually listen to the music, watch some anime or just sit at computer doing nothing. That's what I usually do but today I sat down and played some poker. I played for 50 min and results of this session are amazing. :P

      I got a hand after a hand...

      SB:
      $23,29
      Hero:
      $4,98
      CO:
      $28,67

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BB with Q:club: , 8:club:
      5 folds, CO calls $0,20, BU folds, SB calls $0,10, Hero checks.

      Flop: ($0,60) T:heart: , J:club: , 9:club: (3 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks, CO checks.

        I actually didn't know what's better - to lead out or to check-raise. I decided my Qhigh flush draw and my straight are strong enough.

      Turn: ($0,60) 3:diamond: (3 players)
      SB bets $0,40, Hero calls $0,40, CO calls $0,40.

        Nice bet. Check-raising is not the best because because I would lose a customer from co.

      River: ($1,80) J:diamond: (3 players)
      SB bets $0,60, Hero raises to $1,60, 2 folds.

        Smallish bet is obviously a weakness. JT was possible hand for co, but he would probably play it more aggressive, so I wasn't afraid of it-I would go broke with my hand at this spot.

      Final Pot: $4,00


      BB:
      $21,92
      Hero:
      $4,40
      CO:
      $5,17

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (10 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with 4:heart: , 4:diamond:
      4 folds, Hero calls $0,20, MP3 folds, CO calls $0,20, 2 folds, BB checks.

      Flop: ($0,70) 7:heart: , 2:club: , 4:spade: (3 players)
      BB bets $0,40, Hero calls $0,40, CO folds.

        I couldn't believe I finally got a set. And a dry board was reason just to call him.

      Turn: ($1,50) K:club: (2 players)
      BB bets $0,60, Hero raises to $1,60, BB calls $1,00.

        Again weak bet, wanted to defend from flush draw.

      River: ($4,70) 6:diamond: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $2,20 (All-In), BB calls $2,20.

        He surprised me with river call. I expected at least 2 pair from him.

      Final Pot: $9,10

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows three of a kind, fours (4h 4d)
      BB shows a pair of sevens (8s 7s)

      Hero wins with three of a kind, fours (4h 4d)

      In yesterday's session I got just one set in almost 1k hands.


      Hero:
      $7,03
      MP1:
      $25,79
      BU:
      $40,41

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is UTG2 with A:diamond: , A:club:
      Hero raises to $0,70, MP1 raises to $2,20, 3 folds, BU calls $2,20, 2 folds, Hero raises to $7,03 (All-In), MP1 folds, BU calls $4,83.

        Last hand on the last table!! I was thinking of miniraising mp1 but I dislike that kind of play (would raise him on 5,40 or so). When bu called, my decision was simple one.

      Flop: ($16,56) Q:spade: , 2:diamond: , J:diamond:

        Flop wasn't dream one.

      Turn: ($16,56) 5:diamond:

        I was thinking of flush now. Hoping to be exact.

      River: ($16,56) A:spade: (1 players)

        It wasn't classic two outer but it felt great to hit one of the aces.

      Final Pot: $16,56

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows three of a kind, aces (Ad Ac)
      BU shows three of a kind, queens (Qd Qc)

      Hero wins with three of a kind, aces (Ad Ac)

      hands played: 106
      BB/100: 90,52

      BR: $121,77
    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      How to start...it's so hard... my experiment is over. I lost my money and decided to quit poker. I see now poker is not for me :( Still can't believe this really happened. I was loosing hand after hand and donkeys were calling me with crapy hands. Suckout after suckout and now... I'm just kidding of course :D

      I found two hours to play today. Tables were unbeliveably tight and there were so many shortstacks that I needed more than 30 min to find 3 good tables! After hour I did manage to find 6 (let's say) playable. It was really silly waiting and canceling table after table. I'm still rebuying with $5 and day really started quite bad. I went -$20 in first 30 hands (QQ against limping AA, AQ against J9s(flop JJA hit him), and few misplayed hands). After that I suckouted in one big pot (getting flush on river in three way pot) and then started playing my standard game.

      I'm very happy with my progress but unfortunately I realised I won't be able to play much more than I'm playing right now. If that can be called playing - 2000 hands in 10 days uuuuuu :tongue: (was playing only 7 days but that doesn't matter)
      I was hoping to find more time in Feb for studying the articles and to play some poker but it doesn't look like it's going to be that way.

      My plan looks like this:

      Feb (time for poker: Mon - Fri):

      - 5h/week for studying the articles (go through the articles; basic - silver)
      - 5h/week playing poker (if I find some extra time in between I'll play some more; let's say up to 4h)
      - playing one mtt for at least $3 buyin (one free weekend)

      Mar (still Mon - Fri):

      - 2h/week watching the videos
      - 10-12h/week playing on tables (want to clear $100 bonus which will be hard but I won't be pursuing bonus like mad - good play is more important)
      - playing two mtts, hope it will be $5 buying but I'll see if my br will be high enough (I follow Fergusons idea of spending no more than 2% of br for mtt buyin)

      hands played: 211
      BB/100: 16,37
      time playing: 1:50h
      profit: $6,91

      BR: $128,68
    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      I finished everything I had to do for today at around 19h and I had a full hour before going to basketball. I didn't need much to sit down and play few hands - why not :D

      Today's tables were very good, found all 6 in just few minutes.

      Summary of this session:
      - was getting good flops (got 3 sets on flop, ace when I needed one, and so on)
      - used my position perfectly
      - played quite well throughout the session (cooperation between my radar and notes about players was excellent)
      - proud of my consistent play (folded when I knew I was beat and was waiting for hands although time wasn't my ally :) )


      Hero:
      $4,80
      BB:
      $20,00
      CO:
      $4,00
      BU:
      $3,50

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is SB with 9:heart: , 9:club:
      5 folds, CO raises to $0,40, BU calls $0,40, Hero calls $0,30, BB calls $0,20.

        I love miniraises at this spot. If you hit flop you cash it big, if not it's only 40c.

      Flop: ($1,60) 2:diamond: , Q:diamond: , 9:spade: (4 players)
      Hero checks, BB checks, CO bets $0,20, BU calls $0,20, Hero raises to $1,00, BB folds, CO calls $0,80, BU calls $0,80.

        There were two diamonds but I was counting on initial raiser to put some pressure with contibet. Didn't like his miniraise so I wanted to get rid of at least one of them.

      Turn: ($4,60) A:club: (3 players)
      Hero bets $2,30, CO raises to $2,60 (All-In), BU folds, Hero calls $0,30.

        Beautiful turn. The ace surely hit someone, I was hoping on AQ or AK. If I checked I believe they would check too so betting is better I think.

      River: ($9,80) T:heart: (1 players)


      Final Pot: $9,80

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows three of a kind, nines (9h 9c)
      CO shows a pair of aces (Ad Ks)

      Hero wins with three of a kind, nines (9h 9c)

      And now comes the story... On one of the tables I had one big donkey who limped 80% of the pots and not only that, he was calling station after flop - perfect opponent. He definitely wins this weeks award - Donkey of the week! He really earned this title, see the hads below.

      MP1:
      $14,05
      Hero:
      $5,57

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BU with A:heart: , T:club:
      2 folds, MP1 calls $0,20, 3 folds, Hero raises to $0,80, 2 folds, MP1 calls $0,60.

        This was bad play by me but I wanted to try and test this donkey.This is usually perfect recipe for disaster.

      Flop: ($1,90) 7:diamond: , 4:spade: , 6:club: (2 players)
      MP1 checks, Hero bets $1,20, MP1 calls $1,20.

        Dry board and I knew he's calling but contibetting is not a mistake I think.

      Turn: ($4,30) 4:diamond: (2 players)
      MP1 checks, Hero bets $3,57 (All-In), MP1 folds.

        Really bad card for me. I had a feeling he was really weak so I tried. I was afraid he's gonna call me with A6 or something like it.

      Final Pot: $7,87

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a pair of fours (Ah Tc)

      Hero wins with a pair of fours (Ah Tc)

      This was first pot between donkey and me...I think this helped me a lot in our second battle.

      BB:
      $9,80
      Hero:
      $7,66

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with A:club: , T:club:
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0,70, 4 folds, BB calls $0,50.

        It worked once why not try it again :D Donkey vs me, 2nd round.

      Flop: ($1,50) K:club: , J:club: , 6:club: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks.

        Sweeeet. Definitely didn't want to lose him.

      Turn: ($1,50) 2:heart: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $1,00, BB calls $1,00.

        Bad card for the action, his hand surely didn't improve. But ordinary bet should look weak to him. When he called I was hoping he has some K with bad kicker 9 or T. There were too many clubs out so probability him having one or two was small.

      River: ($3,50) 5:heart: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $5,96 (All-In), BB calls $5,96.

        Another not so good card for the action. I usually don't shove but I did that few hands before to this opponent. And he didn't even see what did I have. If he called turn he should have at least medium top pair.

      Final Pot: $15,42

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a flush, ace high (Ac Tc)
      BB shows a pair of kings (Kh 3d)

      Hero wins with a flush, ace high (Ac Tc)

      I was shocked when he showed me his hand. I was looking at least for a 3(two pair is a monster for him), but no, he called me with top pair with low, no, super low...let's say with no kicker - good play! Here's your cup, make sure you find a good place for this award: Donkey of the week!!!

      hands played: 147
      BB/100: 54,39
      time playing: 45 min
      profit: $ 15,99 + $10 bonus (earning 650mp)

      BR: 154,67
    • darkonebg
      darkonebg
      Headadmin
      Headadmin
      Joined: 17.01.2008 Posts: 9,508
      Nice progress.Remember, when building a roll, the bonus clearing is everything.
      I have built 50$ to 2-3k twice(last time it was more like 150$ :) ).You can read about it in my blog.
    • ovechkin91
      ovechkin91
      Bronze
      Joined: 09.06.2008 Posts: 201
      Gl
    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      First of all thank you for your support.

      @Balanarm...Tnx. I'll try to keep up - the blog and my progress.

      @darkonebg...I already read your blog and I really liked it. Your progress was awesome! It can be seen that you put in a lot of work and it payed off big time.
      I almost finished with my play today and then I remembered your thought about "clearing the bonus" and played another session :D

      @ovechin91... Tnx

      Any replies are welcome. Self-criticism is very important for poker player and his play. Especially after suckouts or bad plays you must think about the situation and think whether your play was correct or some other variations are better. Even after not so bad start I think I'm not overconfident at least I try not to be. I think positive and my aim is to constantly improve my game, if possible after every session. Views "out of the box" are always welcome so any thoughts, ideas, advices, criticism,... are most welcome. :D

      Played two sessions today and both were quite successful. In first I was playing quite solid and then all of the sudden 4 good tables opened. I had 6 tables already opened but this were better so I tried to cancel tighter ones. When you have 10 tables opened and you're trying to finish some and you're not sure whether you just started or want to finish it, that can be a problem and you definitely can't play your A game. I lost about $6 because of that. After that everything went well.

      Hero:
      $4,75
      UTG2:
      $4,00
      MP3:
      $28,19

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 8:diamond: , 5:diamond: . UTG2 posts a blind of $0,20.
      UTG1 folds, UTG2 checks, 2 folds, MP3 raises to $0,40, 3 folds, Hero calls $0,20, UTG2 folds.

        Hate miniraises because usually I call them.

      Flop: ($1,10) 2:club: , 5:spade: , 3:club: (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP3 bets $0,80, Hero calls $0,80.

        Hm, I was thinking about leading out but his minibet was too suspicious. Bad call because, even with overcards he had good chances. And position of course.

      Turn: ($2,70) 9:spade: (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP3 bets $1,00, Hero calls $1,00.

        1/3 pot bet is usually strong one because he wants to keep me in the game. At this point I was hoping AK, AQ and such hands. I totally forgot about minioverpairs 66-99.

      River: ($4,70) J:heart: (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP3 bets $2,35, Hero raises to $2,55 (All-In), MP3 calls $0,20.

        In this spot I was just curious. I couldn't find his range. At least he's been marked :D

      Final Pot: $9,80

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a pair of fives (8d 5d)
      MP3 shows a pair of queens (Qs Qd)

      MP3 wins with a pair of queens (Qs Qd)

      His play was obvious. Flopplay: tried to defend from flush draw. Turnplay: 9 couldn't help my potential flush draw or maybe straight draw, so he bet just to keep me in the game. River: easy bet for him because if I called till river I must have sth. Standard play by him (except that minibet preflop) and really bad by me.

      SB:
      $4,60
      BB:
      $58,33
      UTG2:
      $3,70
      Hero:
      $5,00

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is CO with T:club: , 6:club: . Hero posts a blind of $0,20.
      UTG2 calls $0,20, 3 folds, Hero checks, BU folds, SB calls $0,10, BB checks.

        That's why I like to start the game from co and not necessarily from bb. If there are many limpers you can still see free flop.

      Flop: ($0,80) 8:heart: , 7:diamond: , 9:diamond: (4 players)
      SB bets $0,80, 2 folds, Hero raises to $2,20, SB calls $1,40.

        Don't like miniraises but here I was thinking about $1,80. Smaller bet usually looks stronger so I decided going with $2,2 ($2,60 was too big for his range of hands).

      Turn: ($5,20) 2:spade: (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $2,60 (All-In), SB raises to $2,20 (All-In).

        Didn't want to risk diamont flush draw so I shoved.

      River: ($10,00) 6:diamond: (1 players)


      Final Pot: $10,00

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a straight, ten high (Tc 6c)
      SB shows a straight, nine high (7h 5c)

      Hero wins with a straight, ten high (Tc 6c)

      Flopplay is interesting. With one more calling I would consider just calling, which would be a mistake. But having a position on them I was quite confident.


      Hero:
      $4,80
      BB:
      $4,00
      MP3:
      $19,58
      CO:
      $20,00

      0,1/0,2 No-Limit Hold'em (10 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is SB with A:heart: , 2:club: . CO posts a blind of $0,20.
      5 folds, MP3 calls $0,20, CO checks, BU folds, Hero calls $0,10, BB checks.

        I like limping in with many players in the pot. Not exactly the hand for doing this but anyway.

      Flop: ($0,80) 6:club: , 2:diamond: , A:club: (4 players)
      Hero bets $0,80, BB folds, MP3 calls $0,80, CO folds.

        Four way action is many times checked around and my hand didn't have the strength to wait check-raise.

      Turn: ($2,40) 7:diamond: (2 players)
      Hero bets $1,80, MP3 calls $1,80.

        Good card for me because limping from mp means at least AT, AJ.

      River: ($6,00) 5:spade: (2 players)
      Hero bets $2,00 (All-In), MP3 calls $2,00.

      Final Pot: $10,00

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows two pairs, aces and deuces (Ah 2c)
      MP3 shows a pair of aces (As 3s)

      Hero wins with two pairs, aces and deuces (Ah 2c)

      Nothing special about this hand. I posted it to think about it if I were big stack. What would my action be If I got bet-raised on turn. This cards look so unconnected that I would call him. What about river? Check-call probably. If diamond hit then it would be a tough call.

      hands played: 483
      BB/100: 22,99
      time playing: 2:10h
      profit: $ 22,21

      BR: $176,88
    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      So it came - the day of the suckouts! Really amazing. I know poker is not just a game of skills and suckouts are normal thing. I read so many stories, saw so many sick bad beats and suckouts so I thought it would be easier when it happened to me, but it's not.

      Let's start from the beginning...

      Today I wasn't planning to play cash games, just first tournament on Mansion. I found just one appropriate - $6000 Freezeout with $5,5 buyin (1773 registered player; $5,5 buyin was over my 2% br line but that was really only non rebuy tourney). It started well, picked one pot and had 1600 chips. Waiting for cards, donkeys were killing each other, I was happy.
      I was sb and holding K9s(blinds 15/30). UTG2 called the blind, everybody folded to me, I called the blind. Flop Ad Qs Js (pot 120). I lead out with 80, bb calls, utg folds. Turn 6c, I bet 200, he calls. At this spot I tried to get him off with potential flush draw (ironic I know). River 5s, I bet 520, he reraises me all-in, I call. He shows A8s and I finished 1358.
      I think better play would be checking the river and just calling his bet. He was representing strong hand so I should respect that but I didn't. I could easily checked the turn and waited for my flush draw, that would save most of my chips and I would probably still be in the game. I'm not happy with my play and performance but ok, it's not a tragedy.

      So after finishing after just 30 min I decided to play cash games. I opened NL20 but they were so silly I looked at some NL50. There was far more action and I thought for a second or two, maybe three and said why not :D My br is still not ready for NL50 and that definitely wasn't consistented with my "at least 23 buyin for NL50" but I wanted to try.

      It started with my AA losing to 88 (he bets 3bb, I reraise 3xbet, he calls - we go all-in on 29J (all d) and he catches a diamond, nice start), after that AK vs 99 preflop, 77 are cracked with 64 (539, turn 7), QQ vs KK.

      Hero:
      $9,50
      MP1:
      $36,01
      BU:
      $82,15

      0,25/0,5 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BB with T:spade: , 9:spade:
      UTG2 folds, MP1 raises to $1,75, 3 folds, BU calls $1,75, SB folds, Hero calls $1,25.

        MP was one weird guy so I tried.

      Flop: ($5,50) 6:heart: , 6:diamond: , 7:spade: (3 players)
      Hero checks, MP1 checks, BU bets $2,00, Hero calls $2,00, MP1 calls $2,00.

        It's an easy fold but I called.

      Turn: ($11,50) T:diamond: (3 players)
      Hero checks, MP1 bets $5,75, BU folds, Hero raises to $5,75 (All-In).

        I must call that.

      River: ($23,00) A:spade: (1 players)


      Final Pot: $23,00

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows two pairs, tens and sixes (Ts 9s)
      MP1 shows two pairs, sevens and sixes (7h 3h)

      Hero wins with two pairs, tens and sixes (Ts 9s)

      Bad play by me but his play was awful.


      UTG1:
      $122,32
      UTG2:
      $8,10
      MP2:
      $15,75
      MP3:
      $49,95
      Hero:
      $9,25

      0,25/0,5 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BU with A:spade: , K:heart:
      UTG1 calls $0,50, UTG2 raises to $1,00, MP1 folds, MP2 calls $1,00, MP3 calls $1,00, CO folds, Hero raises to $5,00, 2 folds, UTG1 calls $4,50, UTG2 folds, MP2 calls $4,00, MP3 folds.

        Wanted to rid of at least 2-3 players. Better play would be shoving it!

      Flop: ($17,75) Q:diamond: , 2:club: , 4:diamond: (3 players)
      UTG1 bets $8,00, MP2 folds, Hero raises to $4,25 (All-In).

        Have no choice but to call. When he shows me his cards I'm more than surprised.

      Turn: ($30,00) 4:heart:
      River: ($30,00) T:diamond: (1 players)
        First day on NL50 and this happens to me hand after hand.



      Final Pot: $30,00

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a pair of fours (As Kh)
      UTG1 shows two pairs, tens and fours (Kd Tc)

      UTG1 wins with two pairs, tens and fours (Kd Tc)

      The same guys is going all-in from the sb in the hand below.

      SB:
      $139,17
      UTG1:
      $38,95
      Hero:
      $10,00

      0,25/0,5 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with K:diamond: , K:club:
      UTG1 raises to $1,00, 3 folds, Hero raises to $2,50, 2 folds, SB raises to $10,00, BB folds, UTG1 raises to $38,95 (All-In), Hero raises to $10,00 (All-In), SB calls $28,95.

        Was thinking for a moment folding but sb was donkey from previous hand so I was hoping utg wasn't miniraising aces. Donkey calls $30 with 33!

      Flop: ($88,40) Q:spade: , 7:diamond: , 7:spade:
      Turn: ($88,40) 3:heart:
      River: ($88,40) 4:spade: (1 players)


      Final Pot: $88,40

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows two pairs, kings and sevens (Kd Kc)
      SB shows a full-house, threes full of sevens (3c 3s)
      UTG1 shows two pairs, aces and sevens (Ac Ad)

      SB wins with a full-house, threes full of sevens (3c 3s)

      I was running quite bad at this moment and was thinking of ending the tables (my br was around $150). I knew most of my lost hands were suckouts so I wanted to play some more.


      Hero:
      $12,30
      UTG1:
      $9,13
      MP2:
      $15,06
      BU:
      $98,17

      0,25/0,5 No-Limit Hold'em (10 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 6:club: , 5:diamond:
      UTG folds, UTG1 calls $0,50, 2 folds, MP2 calls $0,50, 2 folds, BU calls $0,50, SB folds, Hero checks.

      Flop: ($2,25) 6:spade: , A:club: , 5:spade: (4 players)
      Hero bets $2,25, UTG1 folds, MP2 calls $2,25, BU calls $2,25.

        2 pair is good enough but have to protect my hand from flush draw. Didn't like 2 callers.

      Turn: ($9,00) 6:diamond: (3 players)
      Hero checks, MP2 checks, BU bets $4,50, Hero calls $4,50, MP2 calls $4,50.

        Time for slowplaying. I used most of my time before calling bu bet.

      River: ($22,50) K:heart: (3 players)
      Hero bets $5,05 (All-In), MP2 folds, BU calls $5,05.

      Final Pot: $32,60

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a full-house, sixes full of fives (6c 5d)
      BU shows two pairs, aces and sixes (As Jh)

      Hero wins with a full-house, sixes full of fives (6c 5d)

      Thought for a minute my luck is turning and three hands later I got this.


      SB:
      $11,38
      Hero:
      $30,75

      0,25/0,5 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is CO with K:diamond: , Q:diamond:
      5 folds, Hero raises to $2,00, BU folds, SB calls $1,75, BB folds.

      Flop: ($4,50) 8:spade: , T:heart: , 5:diamond: (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks.

        Was thinking about contibet but didn't like his check.

      Turn: ($4,50) Q:spade: (2 players)
      SB bets $2,25, Hero raises to $6,00, SB raises to $9,38 (All-In), Hero calls $3,38.

      River: ($23,26) 9:spade: (1 players)


        It happens again.

      Final Pot: $23,26

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a pair of queens (Kd Qd)
      SB shows a straight, queen high (Qc Jd)

      SB wins with a straight, queen high (Qc Jd)

      At this point I would be tilting big a year ago but today I knew I can't do anything and I just kept playing on. I had many suckouts today and after that I made some looser calls but my level of play was average. I didn't wan't to play as agressive as I usually do because I was adopting to higher limit. I'm really glad that despite all the suckouts I didn't lose much.

      Summary:
      - no tilt (I was thinking about it; tried not to tilt and throw my money away after bad beats)
      - NL50 is different than NL20 but I have experience with it so it's not something new for me
      - It's easier to clear the bonus through NL50 so I will be playing this limit from now on

      hands played: 462
      BB/100: -5,22
      time playing: 1:50h
      profit: $0,40 (-$5,5mtt - $4,10 + $10bonus)

      BR: $177,28
    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      My friend always says: "on the long run math prevails and if you play correctly donkeys should lose." Theory and real life are not always the same thing. I played very loose today and I won many suckouts. There are three possible explanations for that:

      1) friends theory is true and I won today everything what I should have yesterday (my summary: poker is fair (in longterm of course))

      2) playing like a donkey realy pays out

      3) dokkey wins most of the times (friend calls me dokkey - meaning something like-> dokkey = playing like donkey but knowing that my play wasn't correct; after that I use my donkey image to take more money from loose players)

      The decision is quite hard but third option is probably the closest :D

      Today I reached 2000 mansion points so my $50 are not jeopardized any more. =)

      I thought playing shorter sessions wouldn't be so effective because you need some time to find good tables and play few hands to feel the opponents. But it seems that's not decisive factor. Played two superminisessions (first 30 and second 50 min), both successful.

      Now it's time to show you my biggest suckout :D


      CO:
      $8,75
      Hero:
      $10,00

      0,25/0,5 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BU with 7:heart: , 7:diamond:
      5 folds, CO raises to $2,00, Hero calls $2,00, 2 folds.

        Easy fold according to shc.

      Flop: ($4,75) Q:spade: , 2:heart: , 5:club: (2 players)
      CO bets $2,50, Hero raises to $6,00, CO raises to $6,75 (All-In), Hero calls $0,75.

        Fold or raise, calling is not an option and since I was in dokkey mood I reraised. Didn't like his call and even less his cards.

      Turn: ($18,25) 7:club:


        Hm, not bad.
      River: ($18,25) 7:spade: (1 players)


        Dokkey wins via brutality.

      Final Pot: $18,25

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows four of a kind, sevens (7h 7d)
      CO shows two pairs, aces and sevens (As Ac)

      Hero wins with four of a kind, sevens (7h 7d)

      This was the best one today. Of course I didn't play that way all the time, but from time to time I couldn't resist the temptation. Otherwise I got very good hands - four times AA, two KK, one QQ, one JJ, one TT, five AK,... in just 250 hands!

      hands played: 259
      BB/100: +18,76
      time playing: 80 min
      profit: +$24,30

      BR: $201,58
    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      Firstly, I would like to write few things about Pokerstrategy. Many members already showed their gratitude towards this amazing site. I started from zero, not knowing even the basics of poker. I realize only now how lucky I actually was to find this site. It gave me excellent base and from that foundation I was able to make a nice progress. I'm writting it now because yesterday I went to strategy section and there was much to see. There are so many articles that after reading it you must be better (if you understand them of course), there is no other way.

      One of the goals of this blog was to read all the articles on PS. I started two days ago and read Basic NL (90 min). After that I continued with Bronze (4/14 articles read; 2h). Reading this articles I realized few very important things:

      1) Bankroll management (br) is more important that we think. That's the reason I'm probably going to change my initial plans about minimum buyins (I'll decide that after I read all the articles). Despite everything written I'm staying at NL50 because I feel ok at this limit.

      2) I don't play short stack strategy poker! Knew that all along but didn't want to admit it. Must think about it whether to start playing sss or big stack strategy NL20. I'm not confortable playing bss yet so I'll be thinking about that when I reach min 20 bss buyins (20x $50 = $1000 for NL50).

      3) I don't calculate odds, pot odds and implied odds. I play too much by a "feeling". I will have that in mind and will be thinking about it while playing.
      (I'm thinking about creating some kind of "odds chart" for usual situations that appear in NL50)

      4) Money is important and it's not important. I reached that level when I don't see everything through money. That doesn't mean I earned enough for the rest of my life. That only means it's more important to me when I play good and correct. Analysis of my hands and other elephant stats help me with that. I used to think +$$$ session is good, -$$$ session is bad...that's wrong! Like everything else on this world poker is not only black and white but to get there you must experience many bad beats, suckouts,downswings and also good beats and upswings. Only through that experience you can truely learn.

      That's the part about the articles, pokerstrategy and it's excellence!

      Two more things happened in the last few days and I must share with you:

      1) I withdrew all my funds from Titan, so Mansion is my only pokerroom. I know what you are thinking right now - well, you didn't do much, ipoker is ipoker. :D But I was really angry with them. I worked myself to death in november and december(not literally, but I played higher limits than my br allowed,just to clear +$100 bonus). After that nothing happened. In Jan I asked them about this bonus and didn't get any answer (two times!!). When they finally answered me I was suppose to wait...in the first week of Feb I got their final answer:"xxx,this is in response to your query on the bonus that you get with PokerStrategy. Please be informed that the promotion has expired last February 1,2009.Hope this clarifies your concern." If I prevented one member to register at titan I'm more than happy...

      2) Got $80 from PS TAF(tell a friend). If my "doubting friend" (who btw earned me all this money, lets call him mr. J) accepted my bet I wouldn't include this $80 in my $1000 challange. But since he didn't I'm competing only with myself...

      And now only sentence or two about my today's sessions.
      First session was a roller-coaster one. I was playing super loose (VP$IP=20%, open raise late pos=40%, fold sb to steal=55%, fold bb to osteal=71%, overlimp=21%,) :D
      Second was almost insane :D It started with first AA-KK loss on Mansion :) other than that I hit everything...

      posted hands are from the first session:

      Hero:
      $12,35
      UTG2:
      $9,10

      0,25/0,5 No-Limit Hold'em (10 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 9:spade: , 9:diamond:
      2 folds, UTG2 calls $0,50, 6 folds, Hero raises to $2,50, UTG2 calls $2,00.

        I thought he has some middle pair and wanted to test it.

      Flop: ($5,25) 7:diamond: , J:spade: , 5:club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $4,00, UTG2 raises to $6,60 (All-In), Hero calls $2,60.

        5 or 7 are dangerous but maybe it missed him. I wasn't even thinking of AJ or any other J :D

      Turn: ($18,45) 3:diamond:
      River: ($18,45) 6:spade: (1 players)


      Final Pot: $18,45

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a pair of nines (9s 9d)
      UTG2 shows a pair of jacks (Jc Ts)

      UTG2 wins with a pair of jacks (Jc Ts)


      BB:
      $17,55
      Hero:
      $10,00

      0,25/0,5 No-Limit Hold'em (10 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is CO with J:spade: , J:club:
      6 folds, Hero raises to $2,00, 2 folds, BB raises to $17,55 (All-In), Hero raises to $10,00 (All-In).

        The same player from a previous hand. I knew he had something but this is almost must-call.

      Flop: ($27,80) K:heart: , 6:heart: , 5:heart:


        Disgusting.
      Turn: ($27,80) 3:heart:
      River: ($27,80) Q:club: (1 players)


      Final Pot: $27,80

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a pair of jacks (Js Jc)
      BB shows a flush, king high (Td Th)

      BB wins with a flush, king high (Td Th)

      Donkey rewarded, two times in a row. But that's poker, you win some you lose some


      Hero:
      $21,85
      CO:
      $68,01
      BU:
      $33,95

      0,25/0,5 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with A:heart: , T:heart:
      2 folds, Hero raises to $1,75, MP3 folds, CO calls $1,75, BU calls $1,75, 2 folds.

        I love this kind of hands. They cost me a lot of $$ but they can bring me even more.

      Flop: ($6,00) T:spade: , 8:club: , J:heart: (3 players)
      Hero bets $4,50, CO folds, BU calls $4,50.

        As initial raiser I had to put some pressure on those two.

      Turn: ($15,00) 7:club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $9,00, BU raises to $27,70 (All-In), Hero raises to $15,60 (All-In).

        At this point I was thinking about many things. If I check, he bets 100% representing straight, top pair, overpair... So I had to bet but how much? I was thinking all-in because I was commited but in the end I thought better option was almost 2/3 pot size. Had to call his reraise.

      River: ($58,30) 5:spade: (2 players)


      Final Pot: $58,30

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a pair of tens (Ah Th)
      BU shows a pair of tens (Qc Td)

      Hero wins with a pair of tens (Ah Th)

      Biggest pot on Mansion for me. Unfortunatelly I didn't take it by outplaying my opponent but at least I didn't lose it.


      hands played: 702
      BB/100: +20,27
      time playing: 190 min
      profit: +$71,15 + $10 bonus + $80 TAF

      BR: $362,48
    • ovechkin91
      ovechkin91
      Bronze
      Joined: 09.06.2008 Posts: 201
      nice
    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      I have to reconcile myself to the fact I can't play sss anymore. It's not something to mourn about it's just a fact :D
      My style needs more aggressive play and not only with a premium hands. I'm aware it costs me sometimes $$ but it seems I can get it back. I'm not even going to try to play tighter despite understanding what is the logic behind sss. One of the things that goes on my behalf is many sss which play really tight and I can actually steal their money :)

      NEW BR PLAN:
      -> when reaching $480, I'm buying-in on a table with $12 and leaving it with no less than $15
      -> I'm moving on NL100 with at least 35 buyins (=$700).

      Today I played two minisessions (I'm used to playing short sessions so I won't call it "mini" anymore). There were few interesting hands but not worth posting.

      I also started to search for elephant hud setup which could help me in my game. Since now I'm not using elephant while playing (I import hands after the sessions) and hate that standart layout - can't play with it! To be frank I have to deepen my understanding of individual terms - there are to many numbers which I don't know what they actually mean.


      hands played: 511
      time playing: 120 min
      profit: +$33

      BR: $395,48
    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      I wish I had more time to play poker (reading the articles would be even a better option). But ok, I'm not complaining too much.

      I lost the only preflop coin flip today-> QQ-AK. Lost once with overpair on flop, he got flush on river. Lost two top pairs on flop, once flush, once straight, both on turn. All the money was already in a pot, just bad luck.
      On the other hadn I didn't lose any of four AA I got today - just one was cashed out, but ok, better that than nothing. Today's session wasn't interesting at all - too tight tables.

      Playing with hud setup is lengthy and tiring. :O I'll do it when I find 4h to complete it. I hope it will bring some results...

      BB:
      $56,05
      UTG:
      $10,20
      CO:
      $10,00
      Hero:
      $9,75

      0,25/0,5 No-Limit Hold'em (10 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BU with K:heart: , T:diamond: . CO posts a blind of $0,50.
      UTG calls $0,50, 5 folds, CO checks, Hero calls $0,50, SB folds, BB checks.

      Flop: ($2,25) Q:club: , A:heart: , T:club: (4 players)
      BB checks, UTG checks, CO checks, Hero checks.

        Too many players to take a shot, so I didn't.

      Turn: ($2,25) K:spade: (4 players)
      BB checks, UTG checks, CO checks, Hero checks.

        Any J beats me, so I waited for a T.

      River: ($2,25) T:heart: (4 players)
      BB checks, UTG bets $2,25, CO calls $2,25, Hero raises to $9,25 (All-In), 3 folds.

        OMG! I felt like Negreanu who called out the river card. It would be better just to miniraise - bad river play

      Final Pot: $16,00

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a full-house, tens full of kings (Kh Td)

      Hero wins with a full-house, tens full of kings (Kh Td)


      Hero:
      $9,50
      MP2:
      $16,15

      0,25/0,5 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is SB with 5:spade: , 5:club:
      2 folds, MP2 raises to $2,00, 3 folds, Hero calls $1,75, BB folds.

        I'm not sss player, I just buyin $10

      Flop: ($4,50) 3:club: , T:heart: , 5:diamond: (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP2 bets $2,25, Hero calls $2,25.

        One of two flopped set today. And rainbow flop gave me an idea to slowplay.

      Turn: ($9,00) Q:heart: (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP2 bets $4,50, Hero raises to $5,25 (All-In), MP2 calls $0,75.

        Wasn't afraid of flush, AK,AQ, JJ, QQ or something like that...KQ is even better. Arigatou for your $$.

      River: ($19,50) 7:diamond: (1 players)


      Final Pot: $19,50

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows three of a kind, fives (5s 5c)
      MP2 shows a pair of queens (Kc Qc)

      Hero wins with three of a kind, fives (5s 5c)


      Hero:
      $10,00
      BU:
      $11,01

      0,25/0,5 No-Limit Hold'em (10 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is MP1 with A:club: , Q:spade:
      3 folds, Hero raises to $2,00, 3 folds, BU calls $2,00, 2 folds.

      Flop: ($4,75) 3:heart: , A:spade: , 3:spade: (2 players)
      Hero bets $3,00, BU raises to $9,01 (All-In), Hero raises to $8,00 (All-In).

      Turn: ($21,76) 8:spade:
      River: ($21,76) 6:heart: (1 players)


      Final Pot: $21,76

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows two pairs, aces and threes (Ac Qs)
      BU shows a flush, ace high (Js 7s)

      BU wins with a flush, ace high (Js 7s)

      Interesting preflop call. I'm used to it but the interesting part was when I wanted to mark him. Hm...what to write about him. Loose preflop bet-call, reraise flushdraw flop? I stayed on that table few more rounds and at the end of the session I had to add some more - watchout, donkey.

      hands played: 274
      BB/100: +14,39
      time playing: 60 min
      profit: +$19,72 + $10 bonus

      BR: $425,20