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Habit's Poker Blog: The Smart Spin Experience

    • BadHabit1989
      BadHabit1989
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      Hey guys,

      let me Introduce myself first.
      I am Michael from Germany, competetive Mind, Former eSportler (as a hobby), Weightlifter and free mind!

      Since end of 2016 I'm taking poker somewhat more seriously and it allowed me to have a nice side income besides working fulltime.
      I have another blog that you can find here
      There I am mostly doing monthly recaps with cute ferret pics (the key to sucess!)
      Sometimes topic arise that I find to be worthy writing about, then I just pick that up, too.

      As one blog is not enough and I like to discuss poker I started this blog aswell.
      This is for faster interaction with the community for more recent stuff, not only monthly recaps!


      In September 2017 I started playing spins and here are the results through the limits so far.

      1$

      September 2017




      3$

      September 2017



      October 2017




      7$

      October 2017



      November 2017



      December 2017



      January 2018



      Februar 2018



      March 2018



      April 2018




      15$

      January 2018



      Mai + June(beginning) 2018




      As I just recently left my stable and I am about to move across the country and have to renovate 2 flats and find a new job at the new location I thought this is the perfect time to start a bankroll challange in June 2018.

      -start on the lowest limit with 100 buyins (25$ on .25$ Spins) and want to reach 1000$ asap
      -get up when 100 buyins for the new limit.
      -get down when 100 buyins for the lower limit are left

      I know this is kinda agressive bankroll management but I expect my edge to be decent at the limits I will play during this challenge and I can always move down a limit unless I manage to lose 100 buyins on .25
      Some might consider this a timewaste as I should be able to beat 15$ Spins by now (even tho my sample is super small), yet poker always meant to be fun to me in the first place. I do not rely on the money and I think there is value in showing that one can grind up from scratch playing spin & goes.
  • 285 replies
    • Tr0ubs
      Tr0ubs
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      Joined: 13.02.2015 Posts: 3
      Nice Blog u got ther bro...i've read all of it and liked it a lot...will keep reading :f_drink:
    • kr0daking
      kr0daking
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      Red it in one breath.
      Interesting stuff.
      Can you post your stats?
      I would suggest studying/playing equally for a week and then check results.
      Example : study 1 hour , play 1 hour
      Or review your session after playing , every hand you were not sure how to play on the spot!
      Post hands here , so we can discuss.
      Crush 'em
    • BadHabit1989
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      I am studying more than i did in february so far, but 1-1 ratio seems to be an overkill :) but i will get like a 3-1 ratio, that should be fine for my situation at the moment :)

      what stats do you want to know? I do not want to get to much of my personal preference to the public :D

      I played 20/16 the last couple of thousand hands since my last coaching and since i reworked my ranges (i was nitty as fuck before, especialy when things went bad)

      I will be posting plenty of difficult spots I will face "on my way to glory" :D
    • BadHabit1989
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      Big money isnt won by jamming AA vs KK, Big differencemaker are the small pots where we have to decide what the best line against our oponnents would be. So thats pretty much todays topic.


      What do you think about the following hands from today:

      Villain is a 47/12 fish who does not fold on any flop, gives up on turn when we raise and sense a check for weakness

      iPoker - €0.04 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      CO: 98.5 BB
      BTN: 145.25 BB
      SB: 26.5 BB
      BB: 208.5 BB
      UTG: 116.5 BB
      Hero (MP): 129.75 BB

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Q:heart: J:spade:

      fold, Hero raises to 3 BB, fold, BTN calls 3 BB, SB calls 2.5 BB, BB calls 2 BB

      Flop: (12 BB, 4 players) 5:diamond: J:heart: 7:club:
      SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets 7 BB, fold, SB calls 7 BB, fold

      Turn: (26 BB, 2 players) K:club:
      SB checks, Hero checks

      River: (26 BB, 2 players) K:heart:
      SB bets 7 BB





      Hand 2 is against the same player


      iPoker - €0.04 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      UTG: 150.25 BB
      CO: 40 BB
      BTN: 208.5 BB
      SB: 114 BB
      Hero (BB): 115.25 BB

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB, CO posts penalty blind 1.5 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 3 BB) Hero has 9:club: 9:spade:

      fold, CO checks, fold, fold, Hero raises to 5 BB, CO calls 4 BB

      Flop: (11 BB, 2 players) 2:diamond: T:spade: 6:heart:
      Hero checks, CO checks

      Turn: (11 BB, 2 players) 6:spade:
      Hero checks, CO checks

      River: (11 BB, 2 players) J:club:
      Hero checks, CO bets 11 BB, Hero calls 11 BB






      3rd Hand. Button is 48/0 callingstation with 1 agressionfactor and BB is 20/17 Reg

      iPoker - €0.04 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      UTG: 100 BB
      Hero (CO): 116.25 BB
      BTN: 134.25 BB
      SB: 139 BB
      BB: 143.75 BB

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has T:heart: T:diamond:

      fold, Hero raises to 3 BB, BTN calls 3 BB, fold, BB calls 2 BB

      Flop: (9.5 BB, 3 players) A:club: 4:spade: 5:diamond:
      BB checks, Hero checks, BTN checks

      Turn: (9.5 BB, 3 players) 2:club:
      BB checks, Hero checks, BTN bets 1 BB, BB calls 1 BB, Hero calls 1 BB

      River: (12.5 BB, 3 players) K:heart:
      BB checks, Hero checks, BTN bets 1 BB, BB calls 1 BB, Hero calls 1 BB


      If you want to know results just ask for it but i want you guys to make up your mind without knowing the results :)

      My thoughts
      Hand 1 i just raised because the blinds where very passive and i can outplay the fish alot of the times.
      i think i got maximum value, i cannot raise turn without him folding weaker and calling better hands so i made him do the job on the river and if im ahead i got max value out of him.

      Hand 2:
      Pretty much exact same spot. I could have barreled the turn because i think he gets more sticky with overs when the board pairs. I thought about it quite some time. after a while i checked because i thought calling his raise on the river is more ev over a longer time. River was a snapcall

      Hand 3:
      Thisone is tough, I could be drawing dead from river but I think even agaisnt 2 players i will win more often than required to Breakeven. (which is not really often)
    • BadHabit1989
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      Since everyone seems to be very interested in yesterdays hand lets continue already!!!!!! :D
      I am used to writing for myself from my mainblog, so doing it twice is even more motivating! :D


      5 hours of grinding, finally up in the green for one day! :)

      I encountered one really really interesting (and lucky!) hand! This hand seems to be easy to play on the first glimps but I wasted at least 20 braincells while figuring out what the best +ev line would be on the river. well here is the hand!

      iPoker - €0.04 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 4 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (SB): 131.5 BB
      BB: 136.75 BB
      CO: 41.25 BB
      BTN: 61.25 BB

      Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has A:club: 3:club:

      CO calls 1 BB, BTN calls 1 BB, Hero calls 0.5 BB, BB checks

      Flop: (4 BB, 4 players) 9:club: 6:club: 5:club:
      Hero bets 2.75 BB, fold, fold, BTN calls 2.75 BB

      Turn: (9.5 BB, 2 players) A:spade:
      Hero bets 8 BB, BTN calls 8 BB

      River: (25.5 BB, 2 players) K:club:
      Hero checks, BTN bets 12.75 BB, Hero raises to 119.75 BB, fold

      Hero wins 154.75 BB

      I thought about the especialy. I loved it when another green card came on the river! Mainly because i block the ace!
      But I am not sure if my approach was right.

      well as played i dont really think he had a high green card in his hand. but did i deny myself ev if he did?
      if i would just keep raising 70% of pot i would have won a few more chips if i get called.

      On the other hand, if he had no green card he would just have folded and not "bluffed" at me!

      and another question on this self-playing hand (you see even those hands are very interesting) which comes in handy only 0.000000000000000000000000000001% of the time!

      is my jam on his riverbet + or - ev?
      will we only get called when he has a straighflush or does anyone ever call my jam with anything else?
      I mean at least after that my hand should be kinda obvious :D

      what do you think about this hand?
    • luckinsearch
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      eSportlers?! What kind of eSports do you play ?
    • BadHabit1989
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      hey, I played Warcraft 3, Starcraft 2 at a decent level and more recently CS:GO to Supreme (that was like my last goal before i could leave that game behind),
      nowadays i only play wc3 teamgames very very casually and rocket-league, but only to relax after some hardcore poker sessions :D
    • luckinsearch
      luckinsearch
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      Ah yes, same username as TL, I know who you are. The article you wrote on teamliquid is pretty funny.

      I quitted SC2 half a year ago (Made Europe GM in 16,season 4 I think ) to pursue poker (Not much left in SC2 after David Kim becomes head of game balance designer )

      Poker is almost like SC2 but not adaptive can be a problem.It shouldn't be a problem to crush nl2+.

      Started to play poker on 16 Summer. Now doing okay in poker, still need to practice, learn and improve quite a bit.
      Good luck to you!
    • BadHabit1989
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      hey, thank you very much :)
      well i guess everyone at every spot still has to improve in poker :)
      whether its an NL4 Pleb like me or a nosebleed crusher :) sky is the limit.

      yeah it was kinda controversy back than and i got alot of bad feedback, but well :)
      changing the meta game for 2 weeks and see everyone cry in my thread was totally worht it :D

      best of luck on your journey, too.

      i havent touched sc2 in like 2 years :)
    • BadHabit1989
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      so today after running aa vs kk and lost it (i know even if it was the other way around it would not make a difference, that stuff just happens and will balance out) and the feeling of not being capaple of being able to win a single hand after 50!!!!!! hands!! i decided to lay off for another complete day and hopefully start fresh tomorrow.

      My tilt problems got soooo much better in the last few weeks, but i reached a point where i am just a timebomb.
      My mindset is wrong and I ve been trying to fix it, but i only can make it for a small period of time.
      To control damage best atm I just have to play less!

      Tomorrow My plan is to grind 2k hands (4 hours of play). I will reply if i could keep my (A) game up for that long


      Little late edit!:

      Well as it turned out it was still a good day.
      Tournament won a 30$ touranment over at 888.
      I bought 50% of his action, he bought 50% of mine, i busted within 10 minutes, he finished first for a 2080$ score.

      And everything just because of the 888 treasure quest bonus which gave us 30$ we had to turn around today :) guess turning around went well :D
    • BadHabit1989
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      so after reading all day long about how to value bet in the micros i finally got into a spot i could use all my gathered knowledge!

      here is the hand!

      iPoker - €0.04 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      CO: 106.5 BB
      BTN: 105.75 BB
      SB: 130.75 BB
      BB: 124 BB
      UTG: 100 BB
      Hero (MP): 106.25 BB

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Q:heart: K:spade:

      fold, Hero raises to 3 BB, CO calls 3 BB, fold, fold, fold

      Flop: (7.5 BB, 2 players) Q:club: K:heart: K:club:
      Hero checks, CO checks

      Turn: (7.5 BB, 2 players) T:diamond:
      Hero checks, CO checks

      River: (7.5 BB, 2 players) J:spade:
      Hero bets 103.25 BB, CO calls 103.25 BB

      Hero wins 201.5 BB
    • BadHabit1989
      BadHabit1989
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      Since my hands seemed to be very interesting for you guys lets try something different :)

      New Blogpost on my Personal Recap of February and goals for March on my other Blog here
    • metalmonkey80
      metalmonkey80
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      Hello Michael,

      Like your blog and look forward to future updates :f_thumbsup:
      Have you seen Get Rich or Die Tryin' - The Bankroll Challenge - Opt-in now!

      Good luck at the tables
      Regards

      Matt
    • BadHabit1989
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      hey matt,

      thank you very much. :)

      I thought about joining it, but that would force more detailed updates (and timely sheduled) on me. I feel like I have so much stuff already going on and wanned to skip thatone :D

      But thanks for letting me know again!

      Good luck to you, too
    • rvnikauj
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      Originally posted by BadHabit1989
      so after reading all day long about how to value bet in the micros i finally got into a spot i could use all my gathered knowledge!

      here is the hand!

      iPoker - €0.04 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      CO: 106.5 BB
      BTN: 105.75 BB
      SB: 130.75 BB
      BB: 124 BB
      UTG: 100 BB
      Hero (MP): 106.25 BB

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Q:heart: K:spade:

      fold, Hero raises to 3 BB, CO calls 3 BB, fold, fold, fold

      Flop: (7.5 BB, 2 players) Q:club: K:heart: K:club:
      Hero checks, CO checks

      Turn: (7.5 BB, 2 players) T:diamond:
      Hero checks, CO checks

      River: (7.5 BB, 2 players) J:spade:
      Hero bets 103.25 BB, CO calls 103.25 BB

      Hero wins 201.5 BB
      It's curious, today at 2:00 CET I got to be heads up with a huge whale 52/52. It happens that I ended up value betting as you:
      Samme villain all hands:
      PokerStars - €0.02 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 2 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      SB: 126.5 BB (VPIP: 68.69, PFR: 4.51, 3Bet Preflop: 2.04, Hands: 495)
      Hero (BB): 343 BB

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 9:spade: 8:spade:

      SB calls 0.5 BB, Hero raises to 2 BB, SB calls 1 BB

      Flop: (4 BB, 2 players) 4:club: 7:spade: 9:heart:
      Hero bets 4 BB, SB calls 4 BB

      Turn: (12 BB, 2 players) T:spade:
      Hero bets 11.5 BB, SB calls 11.5 BB

      River: (35 BB, 2 players) 2:spade:
      Hero bets 325.5 BB and is all-in, SB calls 109 BB and is all-in

      Hero shows 9:spade: 8:spade: (Flush, Ten High)
      (Pre 46%, Flop 81%, Turn 93%)
      SB shows 4:diamond: A:diamond: (One Pair, Fours)
      (Pre 54%, Flop 19%, Turn 7%)
      Hero wins 242.5 BB

      PokerStars - €0.02 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 2 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BB: 123.5 BB (VPIP: 62.96, PFR: 4.57, 3Bet Preflop: 1.99, Hands: 381)
      Hero (SB): 188 BB

      Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

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

      Hero raises to 3 BB, BB calls 2 BB

      Flop: (6 BB, 2 players) 2:diamond: 5:spade: K:diamond:
      BB bets 2 BB, Hero raises to 12 BB, BB calls 10 BB

      Turn: (30 BB, 2 players) T:diamond:
      BB checks, Hero checks

      River: (30 BB, 2 players) 2:spade:
      BB bets 29 BB, Hero raises to 173 BB and is all-in, BB calls 79.5 BB and is all-in

      Hero shows 5:diamond: 5:club: (Full House, Fives full of Twos)
      (Pre 50%, Flop 74%, Turn 23%)
      BB shows 8:diamond: 7:diamond: (Flush, King High)
      (Pre 50%, Flop 26%, Turn 77%)
      Hero wins 237 BB

      PokerStars - €0.02 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 3 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 78.5 BB (VPIP: 38.46, PFR: 20.51, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 39)
      SB: 114 BB (VPIP: 69.38, PFR: 4.64, 3Bet Preflop: 2.48, Hands: 507)
      Hero (BB): 444.5 BB

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 8:spade: T:spade:

      BTN raises to 3 BB, SB calls 2.5 BB, Hero calls 2 BB

      Flop: (9 BB, 3 players) K:spade: J:spade: 4:club:
      SB bets 2 BB, Hero calls 2 BB, BTN calls 2 BB

      Turn: (15 BB, 3 players) 3:spade:
      SB bets 2 BB, Hero raises to 20.5 BB, fold, SB calls 18.5 BB

      River: (56 BB, 2 players) 3:diamond:
      SB checks, Hero bets 419 BB and is all-in, SB calls 88.5 BB and is all-in

      Hero shows 8:spade: T:spade: (Flush, King High)
      (Pre 71%, Flop 86%, Turn 100%)
      SB shows 3:club: 8:club: (Three of a Kind, Threes)
      (Pre 29%, Flop 14%, Turn 0%)
      Hero wins 223.5 BB

      PokerStars - €0.02 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 4 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      SB: 116.5 BB (VPIP: 58.52, PFR: 4.52, 3Bet Preflop: 0.76, Hands: 327)
      BB: 193.5 BB (VPIP: 23.03, PFR: 20.56, 3Bet Preflop: 8.99, Hands: 1,244)
      CO: 38 BB (VPIP: 53.48, PFR: 17.28, 3Bet Preflop: 1.77, Hands: 279)
      Hero (BTN): 100 BB

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 8:spade: 8:club:

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

      Flop: (7 BB, 2 players) T:club: Q:club: 7:club:
      SB bets 1 BB, Hero calls 1 BB

      Turn: (9 BB, 2 players) 8:diamond:
      SB bets 4 BB, Hero calls 4 BB

      River: (17 BB, 2 players) Q:heart:
      SB bets 16.5 BB, Hero raises to 92 BB and is all-in, SB calls 75.5 BB

      Hero shows 8:spade: 8:club: (Full House, Eights full of Queens)
      (Pre 55%, Flop 74%, Turn 43%)
      SB shows 9:spade: J:diamond: (Straight, Queen High)
      (Pre 46%, Flop 26%, Turn 57%)
      Hero wins 193 BB
    • BadHabit1989
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      very nice value bets! Is this vs the same whale? great :)
    • rvnikauj
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      Originally posted by BadHabit1989
      very nice value bets! Is this vs the same whale? great :)
      Yeah same whale, same session, same table. I stacked him off like 5-6 times (positive variance this time he didn't suck out me) in 3 hours. We were left heads up in a SH table and I think villain has mental issues. All the plays were like this, ORC 3bb, Cbet flop/turn, then If I had nuts (or 2nd nuts) I went allin and I just got called. Was like a dream! The guy was multitasking so I got him in another table tilted against me paying nuts with his stack!
    • BadHabit1989
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      Originally posted by rvnikauj
      Originally posted by BadHabit1989
      very nice value bets! Is this vs the same whale? great :)
      Yeah same whale, same session, same table. I stacked him off like 5-6 times (positive variance this time he didn't suck out me) in 3 hours. We were left heads up in a SH table and I think villain has mental issues. All the plays were like this, ORC 3bb, Cbet flop/turn, then If I had nuts (or 2nd nuts) I went allin and I just got called. Was like a dream! The guy was multitasking so I got him in another table tilted against me paying nuts with his stack!
      nice, the dream is real! :) Hope you meet him soon again :)

      First day in March was like February ended. I played fairly well, nothing seemed to work but all in all i am confident and my day was OK.
      -3,5 buy-ins tho :)
    • BadHabit1989
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      recent past of my cash game history. Including alot of set-ups which did not impact EV.
      My mind is still good for february, I did not have tilting spots. I am playing fairly well and have just to get through it all together.
      I didnt even face any spots noteworthy. Hopefully I will run into some interesting hands to share here soon :)

      my girlfriend got the flue since last sunday and I woke up sick today, too.
      Hopefully both of us will get will until Sunday where we go on a small trip to relax (our x-mas present for each other)

      Hit Tilt-Stop for the 2nd consequtive day. I still feel like I can play good poker but I will stop for today so I wont fuck things up like I did in February :)