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

    • ematpok
      Joined: 19.06.2011 Posts: 1,083
      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
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    • ematpok
      Joined: 19.06.2011 Posts: 1,083
      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: 1,083
      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