My journey to becoming a pro (hopefully!)

    • HulmeArch
      HulmeArch
      Basic
      Joined: 20.03.2017 Posts: 3
      Hi all, this is a duplicate thread from another forum that seems to get little traffic, and I'm really looking for regular feedback, line checks etc, so going to give this forum a shot! On the original I posted graphs of every session but I've deleted a lot from my PC now - but will keep that up moving forward.

      About me:
      29, Manchester based
      Decent paying job that I do three days/week with another self employed side earner that takes up a lot of weekends
      Played poker a lot around 10 years ago but then quit for uni and have got back into it recently
      Bank rolled for NL50 and have played it for the past 2 months seriously, have been profitable both months

      Goals:
      Get up to NL200 with 25 BI roll i.e. 5 grand and maintain decent winrate
      Quit day job when have additional 6 months of living expenses saved from poker earnings (6 grand)
      Whilst still in job, play 30-50k hands per month, more if possible
      Maintain this thread as a log

      What I've done so far:
      Played around 50k hands, 30k seriously with HUD etc and been profitable for the last two months albeit with good rb deals
      Read/studied extensively and had a coaching session with a reputable coach, and now feel comfortable at NL50, although I realise my sample is small
      Grinded bankroll from $1500 to $2000 (roughly)

      What I plan to do:
      Takes 5 buyin shots at the next limits aggressively, when I have 25 buyins. So $500 worth at NL100 when I hit $2500
      Study extensively and review sessions
      Have further coaching
      Work on my tilt issues
      Supplement with the occasional live casino session

      What I need from you guys:
      Just suggestions on hands I post, encouragement etc. Also I strongly suspect that ipoker is filled with bots and am hesitant to play there any longer. 888 seems the softest but the rb deal is awful. Does anyone have any recommendations for a beatable network that also has decent rb deals?

      That's it for now, will try and update after every session and won't skip the bad ones. I realise this is a lofty goal but I think achievable with the right mindset. Would be good to hear of any similar stories or just feedback in general!!

      Bankroll: $2000

      First update coming soon

      Cheers, Luke
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    • HulmeArch
      HulmeArch
      Basic
      Joined: 20.03.2017 Posts: 3
      OK so just realised it would take ages to copy each post as there has to be 5 minutes between posting, so I'll summarise but moving forward will post individual questions and results etc from each session. Can someone tell me how to link images? I can't find how to do it from a file so used an upload site and I still only get the link below - very tilting!



      https://www.imageupload.co.uk/images/2017/07/10/overall.png


      Bankroll has gone from $2000 -> $2415 over 5 or sessions. Will shot NL100 at $2500

      The most recsnt sessionw as today, 1600 hands and up $76. It was pretty standard, although I have a hand I'd like opinions on. 4 bet pre? AP X/R flop, AP donk turn? AP fold river? Felt OK but not a great line - any help appreciated.

      Pacific, $0.15/$0.30 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $37.62 (125.4 bb)
      BB: $30 (100 bb)
      UTG: $29.07 (96.9 bb)
      Hero (MP): $45.06 (150.2 bb)
      CO: $62.80 (209.3 bb)
      BTN: $30 (100 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is MP with :Jd: :Jc:
      UTG folds, Hero raises to $0.86, CO raises to $3.03, 3 folds, Hero calls $2.17

      Flop: ($6.51) :7h: :5s: :3s: (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO bets $3.25, Hero calls $3.25

      Turn: ($13.01) :2d: (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO checks

      River: ($13.01) :Qs: (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO bets $6.50, Hero calls $6.50

      Results:
      $26.01 pot ($1.53 rake)
      Final Board: :7h: :5s: :3s: :2d: :Qs:
      Hero showed :Jd: :Jc: and lost (-$12.78 net)
      CO showed :Qc: :Ac: and won $24.48 ($11.70 net)
    • VorpalF2F
      VorpalF2F
      Super Moderator
      Super Moderator
      Joined: 02.09.2010 Posts: 9,745
      Originally posted by HulmeArch
      OK so just realised it would take ages to copy each post as there has to be 5 minutes between posting, so I'll summarise but moving forward will post individual questions and results etc from each session. Can someone tell me how to link images? I can't find how to do it from a file so used an upload site and I still only get the link below - very tilting!
      Hi HulmeArch,
      Welcome to PokerStrategy.com!

      Both of the bolded items above are a result of having "Basic" status.
      To become bronze simply sign up with one of our affiliated poker rooms perhaps taking advantage of a promotion or one of the free money offers.

      Your status will increase based on the points you accumulate each month, and never drops below bronze.
      Here's the image you were trying to post.



      I look forward to following your blog!
      VS
    • metalmonkey80
      metalmonkey80
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      Joined: 15.08.2013 Posts: 2,126
      Hello HulmeArch,

      Good to see another Brit here on the forums :welcome:

      We have a very active and friendly community here with lots of hugely experienced members who are keen to pass on their thoughts, expertise and experience to fellow members. Something you may be interested in is Get Rich or Die Tryin' - The Bankroll Challenge - Opt-in now!
      Throughout the week there are live coachings worth tuning into. English Community Coachings & Streams Schedule

      I think you will like it here and we all wish you every success in hitting your goals and I look forward to reading future posts :f_drink:

      Regards

      Matt
    • HulmeArch
      HulmeArch
      Basic
      Joined: 20.03.2017 Posts: 3
      OK great cheers guys.

      I've tried to retag my membership here to my poker room, am I bronze now? How do I tell?

      Edit: Ah - bad session of snap/ -$65. Bankroll $2350
    • Lazza61
      Lazza61
      Headadmin
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      Joined: 23.03.2011 Posts: 10,332
      Hey Luke,

      Unfortunately we can't track accounts that haven't been created using our download links and/or marketing code. If you wish to upgrade your status, you can take advantage of one of our bonus offers. This will cost you nothing and will give you lifetime Bronze status.

      Bronze will give you a tracked room to earn SPs, the ability to send friend requests and PMs through our community tool as well as opening up more strategy and videos.

      You can also purchase upgrades through our points shop. If for instance, you were to purchase a month's silver status for $9, at the end of your subscription you would revert to lifetime Bronze status.

      If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. :f_thumbsup:

      Regards

      Laz