I See London

    • harryjj0
      harryjj0
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      Joined: 12.08.2008 Posts: 54
      Hi,

      My name is Harry, and I am a student from the UK (London), hence my PokerStars nickname - I See London. (Also the song Sam's Town by The Killers has the lyric; 'I see London / I see Sam's Town.')

      I'm starting this blog after an interesting preliminary system that I used to have. Before I would make mini deposits and try to grind up $40-80 in an evening and then withdraw. However, now I want to build up a bankroll. I started with $400 at PokerStars, but managed to donk off a bit. So we really begin the quest at $275, playing 0.05/0.10$NLHE SH.

      My format will be:
      Date:
      Session(s) length:
      Net profit/loss:
      No. of hands:
      Significant hands?
      Anything else?


      I will complete my first entry at the end of today.

      Thanks
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    • harryjj0
      harryjj0
      Bronze
      Joined: 12.08.2008 Posts: 54
      Date: 18 June 09
      Session(s) length: 2.53 hours
      Net profit/loss: +$67.15
      No. of hands: 729
      Significant hands? There was a sweet multi-way all in where I had aces
      Anything else? Nice to get back on track; almost have 200 FPP on Stars. I am playing NL10 atm; just trying to grind it up to play NL25 (When I have $550 - 22 BIs)

      Here is a sweet hand:

      PokerStars Game #29504315714: Hold'em No Limit ($0.05/$0.10) - 2009/06/18 9:45:06 ET
      Table 'Ara V' 6-max Seat #1 is the button
      Seat 1: D'wilius ($10.10 in chips)
      Seat 2: I See London ($9.90 in chips)
      Seat 3: JeroAFCA ($10.55 in chips)
      Seat 4: dixiebabes ($13.25 in chips)
      Seat 5: cdsorrels ($7.25 in chips)
      Seat 6: Angelic666 ($6.50 in chips)
      I See London: posts small blind $0.05
      JeroAFCA: posts big blind $0.10
      *** HOLE CARDS ***
      Dealt to I See London [As Ac]
      dixiebabes: raises $0.20 to $0.30
      cdsorrels: raises $1 to $1.30
      Angelic666: folds
      D'wilius: folds
      I See London: raises $1.80 to $3.10
      JeroAFCA: raises $7.45 to $10.55 and is all-in
      dixiebabes: folds
      cdsorrels: calls $5.95 and is all-in
      I See London: calls $6.80 and is all-in
      Uncalled bet ($0.65) returned to JeroAFCA
      *** FLOP *** [Qd 3c 3s]
      *** TURN *** [Qd 3c 3s] [9d]
      *** RIVER *** [Qd 3c 3s 9d] [Ts]
      *** SHOW DOWN ***
      I See London: shows [As Ac] (two pair, Aces and Threes)
      JeroAFCA: mucks hand
      I See London collected $5.05 from side pot
      cdsorrels: mucks hand
      I See London collected $20.95 from main pot
      *** SUMMARY ***
      Total pot $27.35 Main pot $20.95. Side pot $5.05. | Rake $1.35
      Board [Qd 3c 3s 9d Ts]
      Seat 1: D'wilius (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
      Seat 2: I See London (small blind) showed [As Ac] and won ($26) with two pair, Aces and Threes
      Seat 3: JeroAFCA (big blind) mucked [Ks Kd]
      Seat 4: dixiebabes folded before Flop
      Seat 5: cdsorrels mucked [Qh Ah]
      Seat 6: Angelic666 folded before Flop (didn't bet)

      Here is my graph of teh day:




      x
      Peace
    • p0kerQT
      p0kerQT
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      Joined: 28.03.2008 Posts: 1,300
      Hi Harry,

      Nice to see another UK member starting up a blog :) I wish you the best of luck on your poker journey and hope you keep us updated!

      Also if you post hands using a hand converter it makes it a lot easier to read :)

      Best regards,
      Sarah
    • DaPhunk
      DaPhunk
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      Joined: 01.03.2008 Posts: 2,805
      London is a big place. Whereabouts in London are you?
    • harryjj0
      harryjj0
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      Joined: 12.08.2008 Posts: 54
      I'm from North London (Camden area).

      Date: 19 June 09
      Session(s) length: 53 mins
      Net profit/loss: -$10.90
      No. of hands: 224
      Significant hands? Got a nice beating here...

      $0.05/$0.1 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      MP2 = ($3.95)
      MP3 = ($5.75)
      CO(Hero) = ($10.00)
      BU = ($2.00)
      SB = ($7.45)
      BB = ($10.55)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with 2, T.
      Hero posts deadblind, MP2 calls $0.10, MP3 calls $0.10, Hero checks, BU folds, SB calls $0.05, BB checks.

      Flop: ($0.50) T, 2, 9 (5 players)
      SB checks, BB bets $0.30, MP2 calls $0.30, MP3 calls $0.30, Hero raises to $1.3, SB folds, BB folds, MP2 calls $1.00, MP3 folds.

      Turn: ($3.70) Q (2 players)
      MP2 checks, Hero bets $8.60(All-In), MP2 calls $2.55.

      River: ($14.85) K (2 players)

      Final Pot: $14.85.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, tens and twos (2 T)
      MP2 shows a straight, ace high (A J)

      MP2 wins with a straight, ace high (A J).

      Anything else? Not really - didn't play great, plus see above to explain some of the loss.
    • harryjj0
      harryjj0
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      Joined: 12.08.2008 Posts: 54
      wooo - had a decentish ($11) cash session earlier for an hour - and then found time to play 4 MTTs today. 18-man x3 (2x $6.50, 1x $3.40), 45-man x 1 ($3.40)
      Cashed in 2 18-man'ers and 1 45-man (2x 2nd and a 3rd respectively). This earned me $68. Plus the small cash session means Im back over my pre-downswing BR of $400. I have $406 as of now and it never felt better to break even. I love poker!

      Since it will be mere days till I am back on a downswing and am crying in fetal position, Im going to enjoy this heater whilst its warm!
    • Joshquan
      Joshquan
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      Joined: 01.01.2009 Posts: 479
      Hey nice blog, I will follow with intrest as im in a similar situation as point, just starting to take poker "semi -serious" after a few months of donking around, bankroll is arround $270 and also playing NL10 SH so will be nice to compare my progress to yours.

      Kepp updating :D
    • harryjj0
      harryjj0
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      Joined: 12.08.2008 Posts: 54
      thanks for the interest.

      I just lost 2 MTT buy ins (down to $400) and then played a cash session. It started well, but I started to lose concentration (I could feel it), although I did make a tough call with the best hand (against a TAG 4-better) where I called with QQ against AKos for my stack. Oh wells.

      BR = $382 (done for the day)
    • bilboBaggings
      bilboBaggings
      Global
      Joined: 11.06.2009 Posts: 5
      I did make a tough call with the best hand (against a TAG 4-better) where I called with QQ against AKos for my stack. Oh wells


      First of all; I dont want to bitch around (read: DONT)
      second; I wasnt there so im making a more general point.
      (If u thought the player could have had worse then AQ, its ofc. fine)

      The general point;
      If u think ur going for a 50/50 in a tournament/SNG. (52%/48% etc.)
      Dont handle this like u would in a cashgame, where 52% of the time is profit. Because 50%-50%'s in SNG's are -$ev. This has several reasons.
      the most important one for this is; (in a SNG) Cash lost is worth more then Cash won. so u would need to win more then just 50% for +$ev.

      As further explaination and as help in the nearby future; try using a
      "ICM-Calculator". It will help u during SNG's. specially at the last stages.

      Further on;
      I wish you (and others at this site) the best of luck at the tables!
    • harryjj0
      harryjj0
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      Joined: 12.08.2008 Posts: 54
      thanks for that bilbo - but actually the QQ hand was from a cash game - i just didn't clarify properly.

      thanks for the advice anyway - seeing as i would have done the same in a tourney.

      cheers.
    • harryjj0
      harryjj0
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      Joined: 12.08.2008 Posts: 54
      weird day (so far).
      made $22 at cash table. then lost $35 playing tournies.

      then got back to 385.

      So my BR is 385 right now.

      No more poker for the day!

      EDIT: I lied! I played a few tourneys - now BR = 401. WOOOOT (back over 400)

      Targets:

      a) achievements:
      1) Maintain a 6bb+/100 winrate for my first 10k hands on NL10 SH
      2) Get roll up to $550 to start NL25 SH
      3) Place in a MTT for over $100 on Stars

      b) personal:
      1) Read and study 3 new poker strategy books (maybe 2 Harringtons and a Slansky)
      2) Stop breaking things/punching things/relying on cigarettes to deal with tilts and swings
      3) Devote at least a few hours/week to HH and maintain involvement on this forum
    • harryjj0
      harryjj0
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      Joined: 12.08.2008 Posts: 54
      played an MTT ($11 Deepstack thing on Stars).

      Didnt realise how FREAKIN long the tourney is.

      I busted out 33/936 after like 8.5 hrs or play.

      for $36!!!!! ARGH
      i got bottom two cracked by an overpair (75/25 ftw!)

      feel like shit
      tired
    • harryjj0
      harryjj0
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      Joined: 12.08.2008 Posts: 54
      OK - just played a session of almost 50 mins. made 2 BIs in 5 mins and then spent the rest fluctuating around the same level.
      250 hands - $21 profit.

      BR = $458

      That means im up over $180 since i started this blog a week ago.

      Score!

      update:
      donked off $18 in tourneys
      then made a bit back

      now BR=453
    • harryjj0
      harryjj0
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      Joined: 12.08.2008 Posts: 54
      Most disgusting morning session.

      Started with a one table shot at NL25 FR
      First hand I got aces cracked by pocket fucking nines

      Then proceeded a stream of bad beats on NL10 SH.

      here are some of my favourites:

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.05/$0.1 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      MP2:
      $8.75
      MP3:
      $4.75
      CO:
      $3.10
      BU:
      $10.00
      SB(Hero):
      $10.30
      BB:
      $11.15

      Preflop: Hero is SB with 8, 7.
      MP2 calls $0.10, 2 folds, BU calls $0.10, Hero calls $0.05, BB checks.

      Flop: ($0.40) 9, 5, 6 (4 players)
      Hero checks, BB checks, MP2 bets $0.30, BU folds, Hero raises to $0.7, BB folds, MP2 raises to $1.1, Hero raises to $2.1, MP2 calls $1.00.

      Turn: ($4.60) 4 (2 players)
      Hero bets $4.00, MP2 raises to $6.55(All-In), Hero calls $2.55.

      River: ($17.70) Q (2 players)

      Final Pot: $17.70.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows a straight, nine high (8 7)
      MP2 shows a flush, queen high (2 5)
      MP2 wins with a flush, queen high (2 5).



      And this one (which I think I did well not to go broke on):
      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.05/$0.1 No-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Known players:
      BB:
      $11.55
      MP3(Hero):
      $9.90
      CO:
      $16.95
      BU:
      $10.00
      SB:
      $14.50

      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with K, J.
      Hero raises to $0.3, 3 folds, BB calls $0.20.

      Flop: ($0.65) T, 2, Q (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks.

      Turn: ($0.65) 2 (2 players)
      BB bets $0.30, Hero raises to $0.8, BB raises to $1.6, Hero calls $0.80.

      River: ($3.85) 7 (2 players)
      BB bets $2.90, Hero calls $2.90.

      Final Pot: $9.65.

      Results follow:

      BB shows a full-house, queens full of twos (Q Q)
      Hero shows a flush, king high (K J)
      BB wins with a full-house, queens full of twos (Q Q).

      The only reason i didnt get too excited is that Id seen that guy slowplay hands before, so I figured the paired board may have given him a house.

      This all completely has fucked the good work I have done.

      This is ridiculous seeing as the session lasted about 30 mins and all these different things happened.

      I currently want to kill someone.

      Fuck you all!
      Xxx xox love harry
    • harryjj0
      harryjj0
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      Joined: 12.08.2008 Posts: 54
      So i experienced a downswing (down 10 BIs), but then I unlocked a bonus.

      BR = 400 again
    • LuborC
      LuborC
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      Joined: 20.04.2008 Posts: 1,243
      Very nice progress!! You multiplied your bankroll by such a number that I don't even know what the correct word for that is - probably octadrupled? And all this in just two weeks, too.

      I hope you will beat this downswing soon!
      Lubor
    • harryjj0
      harryjj0
      Bronze
      Joined: 12.08.2008 Posts: 54
      woot
      after some grinding on some SnGs i have got my BR up to 455 today.
      Had a decent session where hands held up!!!
      So I just incr my BR by about 14%, so im pretty stoked

      And im playing well ($12 6-max, $6 9-max, $6 18man MTT)

      Ended with a shot at NL25 SH

      made about $11

      BR = 467
    • harryjj0
      harryjj0
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      Joined: 12.08.2008 Posts: 54
      due to some extreme sickness (i.e. suckouts) i am downto $400 again
      or slightly over

      so im gonna SSS a bit to mix it up to keep the motivation there

      im gonna do NL50 SSS

      fingers crossed...
    • Anssi
      Anssi
      Black
      Joined: 03.07.2008 Posts: 2,173
      You shouldn't move up to NL 25 with only 22 bins btw especially if you play shorthanded. You also shouldn't play 11$ MTT's, roll > 100x tournament buy-in is good rule of thumb.

      Oh well, good luck and have fun.
    • Zeffke
      Zeffke
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      Joined: 17.04.2007 Posts: 1,123
      Good luck harryjj0,

      Don't forget to post hands to keep learning ;)
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