Beating Poker from Ground Up in 2017

    • SmellTheCoffee
      SmellTheCoffee
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      Joined: 12.07.2008 Posts: 55
      Hey, I decided to start this challenge to keep me motivated with my goals for poker over the coming year or so.

      I have played before but not particularly high, only up to 10nl quite a while ago. This year I want to make a go at making some serious money with poker. I'm working with a friend who is a successful poker player, and we are splitting profits 50/50. Hans blog inspired me, and I am also going to be playing 6max NL.

      I have a reasonable game for 2nl at least but as I move up, the coaching will become more important I think.

      To start with we are going to keep any profit in the bankroll so I can move up at a reasonable pace.

      So far I haven't played many hands, but I've been concentrating on just playing 2-4 tables. I played mostly 2nl to get my feel for the games and some confidence back. But have just taken a 1 buy-in shot at 4nl with 7 stacks, and that worked out pretty well.

      Here is my total graph so far



      and here are results by stake , very limited sample but as I'm just starting my blog I thought I might as well include them



      and here is cashier:



      Look forward to updating daily with how things are going :f_drink:
  • 12 replies
    • Tim128
      Tim128
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      Joined: 29.01.2017 Posts: 201
      Best of luck!

      How does the splitting the profit work? Did you invest in your bankroll together, and is he coaching you?
    • AgapieGheorghe
      AgapieGheorghe
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      Joined: 10.07.2011 Posts: 1,250
      I´ve seen one of your post earlier, I love the name and the avatar. I could´t say this in that post but I can on your blog :P

      Good luck with your challenge :f_drink:

      Will you mix zoom with regular tables ? Having a successful friend helping you is always +EV:f_thumbsup:
    • SmellTheCoffee
      SmellTheCoffee
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      Joined: 12.07.2008 Posts: 55
      Originally posted by Tim128
      Best of luck!

      How does the splitting the profit work? Did you invest in your bankroll together, and is he coaching you?
      Hey Tim, yes the bankroll was pretty negligible as we started at 2nl, with 10 stacks, but yes my friend paid that. I don't think I'm good enough yet to move up any higher, so that's why I'm building everything from the ground up.

      Originally posted by AgapieGheorghe
      I´ve seen one of your post earlier, I love the name and the avatar. I could´t say this in that post but I can on your blog :P

      Good luck with your challenge :f_drink:

      Will you mix zoom with regular tables ? Having a successful friend helping you is always +EV:f_thumbsup:
      Hey thanks Agapie! Yes I'll need lots of coffee to get through the limits I think :f_thumbsup:

      I think I will mix some zoom in eventually, but I'm not playing on stars, so there's not always very big player pools at zoom. I'll wait until I'm beating my stakes on regular tables before I mix zoom in though if I do, because I'll have less time to think :f_tongue:
    • SmellTheCoffee
      SmellTheCoffee
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      Joined: 12.07.2008 Posts: 55
      Today's play was kind of not great :) but I played OK I think.

      To help improve my game and also to keep me playing solid as much as possible, going forward I've decided to post the biggest 5 losing hands each day in my blog.

      1) I think this was just a cooler...

      SB: $8.83 (220.8 bb)
      Hero (BB): $4.56 (114 bb)
      MP: $4 (100 bb)
      CO: $4.04 (101 bb)
      BTN: $4.35 (108.8 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with :Ac: :Jd:
      3 folds, SB raises to $0.10, Hero calls $0.06

      Flop: ($0.20) :Jh: :Kc: :7s: (2 players)
      SB bets $0.14, Hero calls $0.14

      Turn: ($0.48) :Jc: (2 players)
      SB bets $0.36, Hero raises to $0.78, SB raises to $1.97, Hero calls $1.19

      River: ($4.42) :8s: (2 players)
      SB bets $3.09, Hero calls $2.35

      Results:
      $9.12 pot ($0.50 rake)
      Final Board: :Jh: :Kc: :7s: :Jc: :8s:
      SB showed :7c: :7d: and won $8.62 ($4.06 net)
      Hero mucked :Ac: :Jd: and lost (-$4.56 net)


      2) This was an adjustment I made against a maniac. He joined the table about 12 hands earlier and his first hand open shoved. Every other hand he had 3bet the pf opener. I'd also seen him showdown Q4 in his 3bet range.

      IPoker, $0.02/$0.04 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 4 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $4 (100 bb)
      BB: $5.15 (128.8 bb)
      Hero (CO): $6.41 (160.3 bb)
      BTN: $4.49 (112.3 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with :Td: :Ad:
      Hero raises to $0.12, BTN raises to $0.20, 2 folds, Hero raises to $0.60, BTN raises to $1, Hero raises to $6.41, BTN calls $3.49 and is all-in

      Flop: ($9.04) :4d: :Js: :Kh: (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      Turn: ($9.04) :2s: (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: ($9.04) :8h: (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results:
      $9.04 pot ($0.50 rake)
      Final Board: :4d: :Js: :Kh: :2s: :8h:
      Hero mucked :Td: :Ad: and won $0.00 (-$4.49 net)
      BTN showed :Kd: :Tc: and won $8.54 ($4.05 net)


      3) Whatever :f_love:

      IPoker, $0.02/$0.04 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $4.12 (103 bb)
      BB: $4 (100 bb)
      UTG: $8.71 (217.8 bb)
      MP: $3.09 (77.3 bb)
      CO: $1.60 (40 bb)
      Hero (BTN): $5.14 (128.5 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BTN with :Jh: :Jc:
      UTG folds, MP calls $0.04, CO folds, Hero raises to $0.16, SB calls $0.14, 2 folds

      Flop: ($0.40) :3c: :Jd: :4d: (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.26, SB calls $0.26

      Turn: ($0.92) :3h: (2 players)
      SB bets $0.12, Hero raises to $0.80, SB raises to $1.48, Hero raises to $2.16, SB raises to $3.70 and is all-in, Hero calls $1.54

      River: ($8.32) :As: (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results:
      $8.32 pot ($0.50 rake)
      Final Board: :3c: :Jd: :4d: :3h: :As:
      SB showed :Ah: :Ac: and won $7.82 ($3.70 net)
      Hero mucked :Jh: :Jc: and lost (-$4.12 net)


      4) another cooler i'd say

      IPoker, $0.02/$0.04 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 5 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $2.53 (63.3 bb)
      BB: $7.40 (185 bb)
      MP: $4.07 (101.8 bb)
      Hero (CO): $4.02 (100.5 bb)
      BTN: $4 (100 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with :7d: :7s:
      MP folds, Hero raises to $0.12, 2 folds, BB calls $0.08

      Flop: ($0.26) :Ad: :8h: :7h: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $0.17, BB calls $0.17

      Turn: ($0.60) :4c: (2 players)
      BB bets $0.44, Hero raises to $0.96, BB raises to $4, Hero calls $2.77 and is all-in

      River: ($8.06) :9c: (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results:
      $8.06 pot ($0.50 rake)
      Final Board: :Ad: :8h: :7h: :4c: :9c:
      BB showed :8s: :8c: and won $7.56 ($3.54 net)
      Hero mucked :7d: :7s: and lost (-$4.02 net)


      5) What do you think of this? Would like some thoughts postflop! I think on river I have to shove, to avoid negative freeroll, as I don't think I'm ever c/folding :f_o:

      IPoker, $0.02/$0.04 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 5 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $3.18 (79.5 bb)
      Hero (BB): $4 (100 bb)
      MP: $4.32 (108 bb)
      CO: $6.02 (150.5 bb)
      BTN: $6.82 (170.5 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with :Kc: :Ks:
      MP raises to $0.12, 2 folds, SB calls $0.10, Hero raises to $0.48, MP calls $0.36, SB folds

      Flop: ($1.08) :9h: :Js: :5h: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.71, MP calls $0.71

      Turn: ($2.50) :Ts: (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.25, MP calls $1.25

      River: ($5) :8h: (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.56 and is all-in, MP calls $1.56

      Results:
      $8.12 pot ($0.50 rake)
      Final Board: :9h: :Js: :5h: :Ts: :8h:
      Hero mucked :Kc: :Ks: and lost (-$4 net)
      MP showed :8s: :Qs: and won $7.62 ($3.62 net)



      Those were the main hands, overall at 4nl this is how I'm shaping up:

    • Tim128
      Tim128
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      Joined: 29.01.2017 Posts: 201
      Hey Tim, yes the bankroll was pretty negligible as we started at 2nl, with 10 stacks, but yes my friend paid that. I don't think I'm good enough yet to move up any higher, so that's why I'm building everything from the ground up.
      Ah okay cool, nice of him!

      Btw, you're results today are very similar to mine today! That first hand you showed, I had exactly the same situation, Trips against a maniac, who flopped a fullhouse. And some other similar coolers, so I, like you gained +EV today but lost two stacks :(
    • SmellTheCoffee
      SmellTheCoffee
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      Joined: 12.07.2008 Posts: 55
      Hmmm been a bit of a grind past few sessions, as I can't seem to win much at NLH :f_mad:

      Here is my total graph so far: -



      Here is weekly report for bankroll challenge:

      This week i've played: 5007 hands of 2nl and 4nl and 5nl NLH.
      I've also played some HUSNGS: a mix of 5 and 10 euro - I've played 50 of those this week.

      P/L: at poker: + €9.94
      P/L: at sngs: + €34.18

      Total P/L for week: €44.12
      Current BR: €64.12
    • SmellTheCoffee
      SmellTheCoffee
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      Joined: 12.07.2008 Posts: 55
      I played 1,479 hands since yesterday, graph starting to move up a bit at last:



      Made €14.51 profit at NLH
      and played a few more SNGs also for €7.19 profit

      Bankroll: €85.82



      Also I started a diet 3 days ago, it's very low calorie diet just 3 shakes a day... I did ok on day 1.
      Day 2 i decided to eat and came off it... (yesterday)
      Today I restarted it and stayed on it all day and just had 3 shakes.... although I'm tempted to come off it again now and it's 10pm :f_tongue:
    • SmellTheCoffee
      SmellTheCoffee
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      Joined: 12.07.2008 Posts: 55
      Hey quick update. Today has not gone good! Didn't manage to hit anything, and also played a little bad. Down like 3 stacks since my last update. SNG's been going ok though, although only played a couple, which is keeping the bankroll topped up.

      Here is my cash graph currently:



      I decided to take a night off the grind and... play an MTT for some fun. Not great bankroll management as it's a 10 euro, but it's just a one off and now and again I think it's ok. I'm still like 55 euros up from my starting bankroll even after I bought into it.

      Here's my cashier at the moment: -



      I will keep you updated if I cash the MTT will report back.

      It's quite nice updating your blog, because it's almost like you drew a line under your last session and are ready and fit to start again the next session. :f_thumbsup:
    • AgapieGheorghe
      AgapieGheorghe
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      Joined: 10.07.2011 Posts: 1,250
      Good luck with the MTT :f_thumbsup:
    • MrMardyBum
      MrMardyBum
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      Joined: 14.03.2009 Posts: 2,235
      Hey Coffee,

      Unlucky on the cash games, but if it makes you feel better I dropped well below my profit line and then over next 1k hands managed to hit my highest profit yet so hopefully same will work out for you!

      Anyway, keep up the good work and hope you cashed in that MTT
    • SvenBe
      SvenBe
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      Joined: 19.04.2006 Posts: 13,470
      Hi SmellTheCoffee,

      great nickname that you chose, guess with you regularly updating your blog... that will increase my caffein consumption dramatically

      GL at the tables and with your BR challenge!
    • AgapieGheorghe
      AgapieGheorghe
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      Joined: 10.07.2011 Posts: 1,250
      I will keep you updated if I cash the MTT will report back
      I think he won the MTT and went to Macau :D No updates :fouet: