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Zoom/LivePoker, Travel and Life - Emat's Blog

    • ematpok
      Joined: 19.06.2011 Posts: 1,089
      Hey everyone!

      When you're reading this, you probably like (Poker) blogs as much as me.
      Me, that's "Emat", a male human in his mid-to-end-twenties who was born and raised in the greatest place on earth: BERLIN
      Even though Berlin is my favorite place in the world, I am kind of addicted to travelling to and living in different places in the world.
      Everything started 5 years ago during my Engineering studies (yep, German stereotype when it comes to that) when I travelled Europe via Interrail. The rest is history.
      I am not the greatest photographer, but when I travel i like to take some pictures (below some of them).



      Australian Open

      Byron Bay, Australia

      Saigon, Vietnam


      What is this Blog going to be about?

      The blog is going to be about everything and nothing. Mostly it's obviously about my poker sessions (currently NL10 Zoom FR after a long break from Online Poker) and maybe some Live Poker after a while. I will also here and there cover stories about my travels (going to Bangkok for New Years and staying for a month, before moving to Sydney for a year). Plus everything else I want to walk about (will hugely depend on the traffic here and if I feel like people read it I guess). I don't set precise days for writing updates. Sometimes there'll be more, sometimes less. Let's see where it takes us.

      This year I restarted playing online about 8 weeks ago. Since I currently work in different jobs to save up a bit for flights etc, there are "only" a bit more than 40k hands. EV-WR so far is at around 4BB/100, which is ok for Zoom.
      Main ambition for online poker right now is to build/feed my live bankroll. Graph for this year is the following:

      Let's get it on!
      If you're interested please subscribe and let me know if you wish to know anything I didn't mention yet.

      Cheers! Emat
  • 8 replies
    • ematpok
      Joined: 19.06.2011 Posts: 1,089
      First real Blog-Post

      Hey folks, almost a week has passed so I thought I might update you on what happened, especially since I just started this blog.
      This week was insanely busy workwise (I currently do three different jobs because I am about to leave the country and do not want to worry about money during January and February). I mainly work as a freelancer doing translations, but also work as waiter / bartender here and there and do some copywriting. Somehow this week there was plenty of work, so I did not manage to play a lot of poker. Also, i got kind of raped at the tables, so I did not feel much like playing during the few spare hours I had. This hand describes my poker week quite well (yea I know, should size bigger at the turn):

      PokerStars - $0.10 NL FAST - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 135.1 BB (VPIP: 15.82, PFR: 8.67, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 199)
      Hero (SB): 100 BB
      BB: 179.1 BB (VPIP: 24.64, PFR: 17.39, 3Bet Preflop: 12.90, Hands: 69)
      UTG: 97.5 BB (VPIP: 23.81, PFR: 14.29, 3Bet Preflop: 14.29, Hands: 21)
      UTG+1: 84.6 BB (VPIP: 20.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 10)
      MP: 71.5 BB (VPIP: 33.33, PFR: 5.56, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 37)
      MP+1: 75.1 BB (VPIP: 21.31, PFR: 10.66, 3Bet Preflop: 2.22, Hands: 123)
      MP+2: 76.4 BB
      CO: 107 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 2)

      Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

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

      fold, fold, fold, fold, MP+2 calls 1 BB, fold, fold, Hero raises to 6 BB, BB calls 5 BB, MP+2 calls 5 BB

      Flop: (18 BB, 3 players) 9:heart: 2:club: J:heart:
      Hero bets 11 BB, BB calls 11 BB, fold

      Turn: (40 BB, 2 players) 6:spade:
      Hero bets 22.5 BB, BB calls 22.5 BB

      River: (85 BB, 2 players) 6:club:
      Hero bets 60.5 BB and is all-in, BB calls 60.5 BB

      Hero shows Q:spade: Q:diamond: (Two Pair, Queens and Sixes)
      (Pre 92%, Flop 94%, Turn 95%)
      BB shows 6:heart: Q:club: (Three of a Kind, Sixes)
      (Pre 8%, Flop 6%, Turn 5%)
      BB wins 196.7 BB

      Today I had one hand where I wasn't 100% sure what to do (but 99% ;) )

      PokerStars - $0.10 NL FAST - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 118.8 BB (VPIP: 19.39, PFR: 15.21, 3Bet Preflop: 6.19, Hands: 266)
      SB: 199.8 BB (VPIP: 14.46, PFR: 12.20, 3Bet Preflop: 11.11, Hands: 85)
      BB: 100 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 6)
      UTG: 98.5 BB (VPIP: 16.22, PFR: 5.41, 3Bet Preflop: 15.38, Hands: 38)
      UTG+1: 136 BB (VPIP: 20.00, PFR: 20.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 25)
      MP: 124.4 BB (VPIP: 12.85, PFR: 8.43, 3Bet Preflop: 4.29, Hands: 503)
      MP+1: 100 BB (VPIP: 12.89, PFR: 11.42, 3Bet Preflop: 6.98, Hands: 546)
      Hero (MP+2): 100 BB
      CO: 106.1 BB (VPIP: 16.19, PFR: 12.03, 3Bet Preflop: 5.64, Hands: 1,623)

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 7:club: 7:spade:

      fold, fold, fold, MP+1 raises to 2.5 BB, Hero calls 2.5 BB, fold, fold, fold, BB calls 1.5 BB

      Flop: (8 BB, 3 players) K:club: A:heart: 7:diamond:
      BB checks, MP+1 checks, Hero bets 5 BB, BB calls 5 BB, MP+1 calls 5 BB

      Turn: (23 BB, 3 players) 5:club:
      BB checks, MP+1 checks, Hero bets 14 BB, BB calls 14 BB, MP+1 calls 14 BB

      River: (65 BB, 3 players) 6:club:
      BB checks, MP+1 bets 36 BB

      MP1 is a regular, should be quite obvious he is not bluffing here... Though he should know that I am a regular, too. So, I don't really see reasons why he is betting here. Thoughts?

      Nonetheless, I continued to make some plans for my live game approach, since (as i mentioned before) I am "moving" to Sydney and Online Poker is currently banned in Australia. Last year when i was in Sydney I checked out "The Star", Australias second biggest Casino. The smallest game at that time was 2/3 AUD (100-500). The rake is quite high (10%, 10$ capped PLUS 5$ hourly charge), but there are not many options in Sydney when it comes to Cash Games and the quality of play is insanely low with numerous Chinese business men. Also, in Sydney I am living like 15-20mins walking distance from the casino (plus there is a railway next to my place that stops pretty much IN the casino). Due to this, I am looking forward to grind some cash games in Sydney whenever I get the time to do so. Today I also received a picture of a friend of mine who currently lives in Sydney, grinding the 2/3 games:

      ~4.5k AUD...In for 300. 12 hour session. #kannmanmachen

      Too bad there isn't much more to report this week, but most of you guys are probably just interested in poker-related stuff. BTW don't hesitate to ask any questions which you might have!
    • ematpok
      Joined: 19.06.2011 Posts: 1,089
      Just one more post today:
      I like to share some music every now and then.

      This one is an all-time favourite of mine, especially with the current situation in our world.

      All my life I've been waiting for
      I've been praying for
      For the people to say
      That we don't wanna fight no more
      There will be no more wars
      And our children will play
      One day

    • ematpok
      Joined: 19.06.2011 Posts: 1,089
      No worries
      this blog is not dead before it properly started. The reason for the lack of posts during the last days were:

      1) Lots of work to do which results in less time for poker-related activities
      2) Bad Run
      3) My own laziness (which also collides with 1) sometimes)

      The graph over the last sessions says it all:

      As you can see, the villains just always have it right now and the blue line suffers a lot. But yea, inb4 "LoL volume" ;)

      From these ~11k hands I got some hands I'd like to analyze a bit and it would make me infinetly grateful to hear your opinions!

      Hand 1
      PokerStars - $0.10 NL FAST - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 100.4 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 4)
      SB: 49.6 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 1)
      BB: 250.3 BB (VPIP: 20.14, PFR: 18.06, 3Bet Preflop: 5.45, Hands: 148)
      UTG: 124.7 BB (VPIP: 16.85, PFR: 10.98, 3Bet Preflop: 4.05, Hands: 933)
      UTG+1: 107.8 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 4)
      MP: 166.7 BB (VPIP: 11.46, PFR: 6.25, 3Bet Preflop: 2.50, Hands: 96)
      Hero (MP+1): 110.8 BB
      MP+2: 226.9 BB (VPIP: 16.98, PFR: 13.21, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 109)
      CO: 123.9 BB (VPIP: 11.11, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 10)

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

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

      fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 3 BB, fold, CO calls 3 BB, BTN raises to 5 BB, fold, fold, Hero calls 2 BB, CO calls 2 BB

      Preflop should be standard. There is no point of putting in a 4-Bet and no way we're folding here. Villain on the Button seems to be a swimming non-mammal or has butterfingers.

      Flop: (16.5 BB, 3 players) A:club: 4:spade: T:diamond:
      Hero checks, CO checks, BTN bets 15.8 BB, Hero calls 15.8 BB, fold

      I think x/c is perfectly fine here, since the board is as dry as it gets. A reason for raising here would be that Villain bets almost pot and seems to be willing to put some chips in. While a raise might get a call plenty of times, this can also be used as argument for just calling and letting Villain keep the betting lead. Surely we are taking the risk that the turn gets checked back and in that case we won't be able to get it in on the river, but in that case Villain will also fold to a raise on the flop anyways. Additionally, we have another player behind us and would love to see a call by him, too.

      Turn: (48.1 BB, 2 players) 9:club:
      Hero checks, BTN bets 23 BB, Hero raises to 90 BB and is all-in, fold

      Thats the tougher part of the hand. Villain downsizes his bet on the turn drastically to less than half pot, which usually represents weakness. The :9c: makes several flush and straight draws possible, which is in favor of a raise. If we shove here we might get value from draws that came up on the turn. Also, if we just call and check the river we might get a check back by all the possible draws that did not hit.
      If we just call though, we give villain the possibility to bluff again.
      In the end I don't think villain is likely to bluff on all 3 streets after downsizing so hard on the turn. While it is relatively unlikely to get a call to our check-raise I still think him having a draw and not being able to let go of it is more likely than him bluffing on the river again.

      What are your thoughts here? Did I miss out on value?

      Hero wins 89.9 BB

      Hand 2
      PokerStars - $0.10 NL FAST - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 115.9 BB (VPIP: 12.74, PFR: 8.92, 3Bet Preflop: 6.76, Hands: 157)
      SB: 229.1 BB (VPIP: 12.40, PFR: 7.58, 3Bet Preflop: 2.04, Hands: 732)
      BB: 111.8 BB (VPIP: 16.87, PFR: 10.99, 3Bet Preflop: 4.05, Hands: 932)
      UTG: 113.7 BB (VPIP: 23.06, PFR: 16.09, 3Bet Preflop: 10.13, Hands: 382)
      UTG+1: 104.7 BB (VPIP: 22.11, PFR: 17.89, 3Bet Preflop: 15.49, Hands: 193)
      MP: 361.2 BB (VPIP: 26.32, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 20)
      MP+1: 276.7 BB (VPIP: 12.12, PFR: 6.06, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 67)
      MP+2: 96.7 BB (VPIP: 26.05, PFR: 15.87, 3Bet Preflop: 4.44, Hands: 677)
      Hero (CO): 100 BB

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

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

      fold, UTG+1 raises to 3 BB, MP calls 3 BB, fold, fold, Hero raises to 13 BB, fold, fold, fold, UTG+1 calls 10 BB, MP calls 10 BB

      The initial raiser is a fairly aggressive dude. He likes to open limp his monsters (seen AA and KK in his UTG limping range so far) so I am pretty confident to raise here. MP is a one-tabler btw. UTG probably calls 99-QQ, AQo+ and AJs+. MP might call most hands he calls the initial raise with.

      Flop: (40.5 BB, 3 players) 4:club: 4:spade: 4:heart:
      UTG+1 checks, MP checks, Hero bets 20 BB, fold, MP calls 20 BB

      I decided to sice relatively small here in order to get calls from overcards and lower pairs. In hindsight I think that pretty much every PP will call any size here anyways, which would favor sizing the bet way bigger. I can't really decide what size would be perfect here. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?

      When the IR folds and MP calls his range is pretty much any lower pocket or Ax's that he calles twice preflop

      Turn: (80.5 BB, 2 players) A:heart:
      MP checks, Hero checks

      This is a horrible turn since all his Ax get there... I decided to pot control and check it back and then reevaluate the river depending on his size.

      River: (80.5 BB, 2 players) 8:spade:

      I was ready to catch the river, since he should bluff here a lot. The problem is that villain is a recreational player and might not know it. Also, his sizing usually stands for a great showdown hand and I don't see him value betting any hands that I beat. Considering all of the above i might the sigh-fold.

      What do you think? Was I too tight?

      MP bets 87 BB, fold

      MP wins 76.9 BB

      In general its not like I didn't do anything related to poker, I just didn't play a lot. Out of all the leaks my poker game has, the lack of volume is probably the biggest. Since I also have to switch completely from Online Poker to Live Poker in the next year, my focus shifts more and more to doing some live poker theory and adjusting my game plan. I can also highly recommend to watch the Vlogs of some good live poker Regulars such as Neeme and co. These are definetely +EV for both, learning purposes AND entertainment.

      There isn't much more to report for now. I am currently on my way to Cologne in order to spend a week with friends while hopefully working AND grinding a bit during the days.

      Hope everyone is good and happy! Gl at the tables
    • ematpok
      Joined: 19.06.2011 Posts: 1,089

      In case you guys are wondering what I've been doing the last days:

      I heard posting graphs helps changing their direction. So, here it is:

      Took 1 hour both days to review the session and was quite confident that my plays were totally fine.
      I don't take this too serious, just thought I might as well share those graphs with you guys.

      GL to me!! I need some good Karma guys :)
    • ematpok
      Joined: 19.06.2011 Posts: 1,089
      No update in 3months... Welcome to an Emat-Blog!

      What happened in between?? Well, in short it was the following:
      :spade: December incl. Christmas in Berlin
      :spade: NYE at the airport in Bangkok
      :spade: 1 month full of snorkeling and diving in Thailand
      :spade: Arrival in Sydney, new job and first Live Cash Game

      Spending time with the family, especially just before leaving home again for quite while was obviously great. I enjoyed those last weeks a lot. After that me and my best friend took our flights towards Bangkok on the 30th of December. We were meant to arrive at Bangkok around noon on December 31st but obv our flights got cancelled. BUT only our connecting flight from Kiev, Ukraine. Which is why we spent a night together with a big group of people who were all planning to spent NYE in Bangkok and intead emptied the hotel bar of the airport hotel in Kiev on the 30th. Our new flight reached Bangkok round 11.45 pm, which is why we made the transfer to a new year in one of those airport busses that bring you to the main building.

      The month after that is a story for itself. I definetely enjoyed the time in the water a lot and we were lucky enough to find a little paradise with very few people around.

      I will definetely post some more impressions of that trip when I get the time.

      Currently I am in Sydney, were I am planning to stay for the rest of the year. Through a good friend I got a good job in construction. The work is hard but I enjoy it a lot. Additionally I continue to work a bit as a freelancer and as planned, I hit the casino every once in a while.

      Unfortunately I am running pretty bad so far but to be fair: I only played around 30 hours and am down 1k. At least I am happy with almost all of the hands I played so far (which are very few) and having fun. The rest is variance.

      Here some pictures, more detailed Updates will follow:

    • ematpok
      Joined: 19.06.2011 Posts: 1,089
      Hey guys,

      it's me with a little update again.

      Sydney life is great, even though I currently work like 60 hours a week (all jobs combined). The weather really makes up for a lot.
      Pokerwise I still wasn't really blessed with a good run though. Since I got here I seem to run quite bad, not making many hands and receiving some little bad beats hee and there. Yesterday's session was a good example for that.

      I lost KK vs. Q7o AI in 68Tr, callt an all-in in the dark with A5o - he shows 63o and I lose, lost a PFAI with AKs vs. 56s etc.etc. Sometimes there are spots where you just can't do much and need to stay concentrated and play well (which is what I am trying to do.)

      There is one interesting hand of yesterday that I'd like to share.

      We are 9-handed and play 2/3. I have one young, solid Brazilian reg on my right, the rest of the table is a mix of passive and one or two fairly aggressive recreational players.
      In UTG we have a big stack (2k) who plays super aggressively. A few hands before he opened to 33 (Blinds 2/3) from UTG with 78o... Here's the hand:

      UTG (2k)
      Me/CO (500) :Ah: :9d:
      SB (300)

      UTG limp, MP limp, Me/CO raise to 15, SB calls 15, UTG raises to 30, Me/CO call, SB call

      Flop (3-way, Pot: 96)
      :Kh: :8d: :Jc:

      SB check, UTG check, Me/CO check

      Turn (3-way, Pot: 96)
      :Kh: :8d: :Jc: :As:

      SB checks, UTG bets 30, Me/CO call, SB folds

      River (2-way, Pot: 126)
      :Kh: :8d: :Jc: :As: :Ad:

      UTG checks, Hero/CO bet 50, UTG snap-raise 200

      Before I share my thoughts about this hand I would like to know wjat you guys think !?

      I would be happy to read some comments.

    • paf85
      Joined: 10.10.2009 Posts: 25
      Nice blog man, keep it up , gl :)
    • ematpok
      Joined: 19.06.2011 Posts: 1,089
      Thanks Paf!
      Unfortunately there hasn't been much traffic or responses here. Which I get, since I am more of a sporadic blogger.

      Since my last update I did not play much Cash Game at the Casino. Like I said, I am far from being a professional player and here in Sydney for other reasons. So i gave myself a bankroll of 10 Stacks for 2/3 when I got here. Like I mentioned I ran really bad during the first weeks and after being down 8 Stacks (which I am aware is not much) and having to deal with a growing workload in my job I did not go there during the last weeks.

      Since two weeks I haven't been allowed to work due to an injury and just before that a friend of mine introduced me to the "pub poker" scene here in Sydney. Apparently there are countless of leagues and clubs that organise small stakes Poker tournaments, mostly held in pubs. Notably is that most players seem to take the tournaments quite serious but at the same time the amount and heaviness of mistakes I have seen in the few games I played blew my mind. In most cases the structure is obviously pretty fast-paced, but even with average stack sizes of 6 BB people make unbelievable mistakes here.

      So my friend and me played quite a few of those tournaments and I ran quite good. My average Buy-In is at 44$:

      Part of those winnings is a 165$ Torunament Ticket though. Not sure yet if I'll play it or sell it. I'll probably play it since the structure is a bit better (30min Blinds), it's a 2-Day Event and the quailty of play will be similar. 18k GTD I think...

      From today on I will go back to work though, so let's see how often I will get to play these. In the end they are a lot of fun and probably quite profitable.

      Sydney remains to be great. Somehow autumn did not hit us yet and it feels like there was no rainy day in weeks. Every day cloudless and hot - I love it!

      P.S.: I ended up folding the above hand. Villain acted really weird which he did not in the hands before. He eventually shows us JJ