Poker after hours...the casual way to climb the ranks!

    • DaToepFa
      DaToepFa
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      Joined: 02.11.2006 Posts: 4,218
      Hi everyone,

      you could call me an old regular. I started playing back in the 2000s, quickly made a couple of thousands from my initial $50 and also had a 1-year period where I regularly went to a casino grinding NL100. During that time I often thought about going "pro" but never really went through with it. That's a long time ago and nowadays I work the usual 9-to-5 job in marketing and sales. Don't get me wrong, pay is good and I enjoy what I do. But poker and the thrill it brings never really left my mind and I always wondered how far I could have gone...well, I believe it is time to find out!



      That's all I have left on Stars, so this will be my starting point. I will convert those T$ into actual $$ by playing $1.50 SnG's and $1 MTT's. Once all of it is converted, I will also play NL5 6max cashgame

      Bankroll management

      30 BI for cashgame, 100 BI for SnG's and 150 BI for MTT's


      Theory

      :club: (re-)read many books and articles about poker strategy

      :club: reviewing hands on the forums and with an ICM tool


      Since I work full-time, have a long-distance relationship (weekends are mostly booked), play sports competitively and also like to see my friends IRL from time to time, I won't be able to spend much time on poker each week. This means I have to be efficient with my time and my climb up the ladder will be slower than usual. I am curious how far I can take it, especially with these limitations. This blog is my way of keeping track of my development, getting some useful pointers from other players and...having some fun while doing it. :s_thumbsup:

      Without further ado: "Dealer, shuffle up and deal!" :gl:
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    • SDK1987
      SDK1987
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      Joined: 12.11.2008 Posts: 33,495
      Nice that you started a new blog and good luck with your new adventure :gl:

      Cheers,
      SDK1987
    • DaToepFa
      DaToepFa
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      Joined: 02.11.2006 Posts: 4,218
      Originally posted by SDK1987
      Nice that you started a new blog and good luck with your new adventure :gl:

      Cheers,
      SDK1987
      Thank you! It started out well this week, poker-wise and in RL. I had a free evening where I registered for some tournaments and MT-SnG's. Sadly I didn't win the important flips in the bigger tournaments but I was able to win a 45-man SnG which gives my BR a decent boost.



      Almost half of my T$ are now converted to actual $ and I will continue with SnG's and MTT's for the rest of it. There are some ridiculously bad players at the $1 level and I am confident that I can get to $350-400 quickly and then move up. I am currently buying components for a new desktop PC and will have a proper setup (playing on my old shabby laptop at the moment) with two screens soon. That will make things a lot more comfortable and once I have the PC set up I will test both PokerTracker and HoldemManager. I used HM in the past but let's see how they compare nowadays...

      Aside from poker, I had a successful start in the table tennis season. I managed to become regional champion in single and double competition in my class and started again to train twice a week. I also had a beautiful prolonged weekend with my girlfriend due to one vacation day and a statutory holiday today. Tomorrow I'm back to work and I will probably continue with the next session tomorrow evening.

      Poker Summary
      15 x $1.5 ST-SnG (3x1st/1x2nd/4x3rd) -> +$8,70
      3 x $1.5 MT-SnG (1x1st) -> +$14,50
      9 x $1.1 MTT (Turbo/Hyper) -> +$3,43

      BR: $172.63 (+26.63)
    • DaToepFa
      DaToepFa
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      Joined: 02.11.2006 Posts: 4,218
      PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, 1.5 Tournament, 15/30 Blinds 4 Ante (8 handed) - Converted at http://www.handhistoryconverter.com

      Hero (MP2) (t1,651)
      CO (t1,151)
      Button (t1,540)
      SB (t1,835)
      BB (t1,337)
      UTG (t1,360)
      UTG+1 (t1,413)
      MP1 (t2,002)

      Hero's M: 21.44

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with A:spade: , Q:spade:
      UTG raises to t90, 1 fold, MP1 calls t90, Hero calls t90, 3 folds, BB calls t60

      Flop: (t407) 10:diamond: , Q:diamond: , 2:club: (4 players)
      BB checks, UTG bets t305, MP1 calls t305, Hero calls t305, 1 fold

      Turn: (t1,322) 7:club: (3 players)
      UTG bets t961 (All-In), MP1 calls t961, Hero raises to t1,252 (All-In), MP1 calls t291

      River: (t4,787) 3:spade: (3 players, 2 all-in)

      Total pot: t4,787

      Results:

      UTG had K:club: , K:spade: (one pair, Kings).
      MP1 had A:club: , A:diamond: (one pair, Aces).
      Hero had A:spade: , Q:spade: (one pair, Queens).
      Outcome: MP1 won t4,787

      Some veeeery questionable calls this week. I find myself not believing that those donks really have it. Well they actually do...who's the donk now? :facepalm:

      Since the weekly challenge is for Spins, I played quite a few of them this week and got two tickets to the "Road to Bahamas Weekly Final". Never played Spins before but at $1 they seem to be pretty soft. Still...a bit too swingy for my taste! I will use one of the tickets this Sunday and hope for a heater all the way to Nassau :coolface:

      Regular SnG's didn't go too well since my last update but I still think I have more of an edge there and can grow my roll faster by playing them. That means I will concentrate on 9max SnG's next week. For a "normal" 9-to-5 week, I was happy with my volume since I only have a couple of hours to play in the evenings. However, that left little time for theory. I read a few articles but didn't really analyze any games in detail. I will try to spend some time with the ICM Trainer next week to make up for it.

      Also fyi...my desktop PC project is still ongoing and I will order the last bits tonight. I also went back to my parents' house for a short visit and grabbed my old monitor. I already bought a matching second one. So I should have a proper gaming setup soon! :f_love:

      This weekend my GF is coming to visit and we will do some hiking, have a BBQ and beers with some friends and - most importantly - get some :megusta: in there as well. That will refresh my energies, so that the goal for next week is to play 60+ SnG's and to invest 3h into theory. I also want to start adding some 6max CG soon but I will wait for the new setup and some tracking software before I do that. I'll keep you posted!

      Poker Summary
      58 x $1 Spins (1*x6/4*x4) -> +$8.00
      41 x $1.5 ST-SnG (4*1st/4*2nd/5*3rd) -> -$8.96
      6 x $1.5 MT-SnG (no cashes) -> -$8.50
      1 x $1.1 MTT (no cash) -> -$1.10

      BR: $162.07 (-$10.56)
    • SDK1987
      SDK1987
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      That’s a tricky AQs hand for sure. I would defiantly fold this hand on the turn when you need to commit yourself with only top pair against an all-inn and a call and I expect based on your nice win in the 45 mans that you have an edge on the players as well.

      Cheers,
      SDK1987
    • DaToepFa
      DaToepFa
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      Joined: 02.11.2006 Posts: 4,218
      Originally posted by SDK1987
      That’s a tricky AQs hand for sure. I would defiantly fold this hand on the turn when you need to commit yourself with only top pair against an all-inn and a call and I expect based on your nice win in the 45 mans that you have an edge on the players as well.

      Cheers,
      SDK1987
      I still don't know why I didn't simply fold there. It cannot get much more obvious that your tptk is beat :truestory:
      Well...this week went better and I am actually very happy with my play but the results don't really match it. That's fine though...i'm here for the long run. There are still many areas that I have to work on, most importantly pushing and calling ranges at the bubble and playing HU. Yesterday I did another review session and found that I was pushing too little and calling too much, especially at the bubble. Since that is a big loss factor, I have to work on it quickly. I am using some of my coins to try out "The Deal" since the jackpot is pretty high right now and I am hoping for a share of it. Not sure whether it is +EV but who can resist a good gamble? :megusta:



      One more week of SnG/MTT only and then it is vacation time. We booked 9 days of Portugal and will explore Porto and the northernmost areas right at the border to Spain. Viana do Castelo and Caminha are the other two focal points and we will make trips to the surrounding countryside from there. I hope there is some sun left for us this late in the season. If anyone who lives in Portugal or has visited the area has suggestions for us, they are much appreciated!

      That obviously means that I won't be playing for a week and a half. By that time my PC setup should be ready and I will test out HM and PT to see which one I like better. Once the software is in place, I will alternate between SnG's and cash game to make the sessions more interesting and keep up my motivation to play each day. Only playing one game type is really not my thing, so that'll mix it up a bit.

      Poker Summary
      50 x $1.5 ST-SnG (7*1st/9*2nd/3*3rd) -> +$10.07
      8 x $1.1 MTT (one mincash) -> -$6.65
      3 x $0.10 T$ from chests -> +$0.30

      BR: $165.79 (+$3.72)
    • DaToepFa
      DaToepFa
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      Joined: 02.11.2006 Posts: 4,218
      I just used $10 for the "Bet 10 Get 20 Challenge" to (hopefully) boost my bankroll somewhat. Here are my bets:
      :diamond: $10 bet - win for Bate Borisov vs FC Köln (@2.75 - $26.12 possible return)
      :diamond: $10 "free" bet - win for CSKA Moscow vs FC Basel (@2.20 - $11.40 possible return)
      :diamond: $10 "free" bet - win for Olympiakos FC vs Barcelona (@34.00 - $313.50 possible return) :profit:

      No particular reasons for my choices...just a gut feeling. I'm not even interested in soccer and thus I don't watch it. But tonight I might check on the games from time to time. Wish me luck! :coolface:
    • Primrose6789
      Primrose6789
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      Joined: 01.07.2016 Posts: 1,348
      Hey, my poker story and my poker goals are (almost) the same! And of course also the time "problem", packing grinding and studying somehow into some hours free time.

      One thumb up and:

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