Taking the Ego out of Poker

    • AlCaTrAzzALZ
      AlCaTrAzzALZ
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      Hey everyone!

      A bit about me. I'm 24 from Newcastle, Australia, and work full tilt as a Tournament Director for a local pub poker company. Like alot of poker players, i come from a Magic: The Gathering background and I've been playing Hold'em now for about 5 years after seeing it on TV and wondering how it worked (i'd only played 5 card draw up to that point).

      I started out playing live freeroll tournaments, then slowly moved to live cash MTT's. back then i was a uni student, had a few good cashes in the live games, and decided to give online poker a try.

      i deposited $50 onto PokerRoom.com back then, played PLO25, turned it into $200 after one night, and ended the week with a $2k bankroll (this was only 2 tabling, so probably less than 1000 hands... god i must have run good back then)...

      In the end, variance got the better of me, and altho i had several good withdrawals, i eventually was left with about $100, and moved that over to FullContactPoker.com's skin, and promptly lost it ;)

      Since then, i've messed around with online poker, not as seriously as i should have... I've had success at live ring games, playing anything from NL100 to NL1000 live, and the biggest game i've ever sat in was a PLO2000 game.

      I actually originally refered justkyle88 to this site, since then he's gone on to become a moderator and crush MTT's, so i decided that i needed to take poker a bit more seriously online and actually start at the bottom and work my way up, using good BRM and constantly working to try and improve my skills for online.

      Since i've had shocking BRM in the past, i'm setting a rule for myself now, which is different to the BRM suggested on this site:

      I will move up in limits when I have at least 40 BI at that level, and will move back down to the lower level if i have less than 25 BI for the higher level
      Using this as a guide, I will move to NL5 with a BR of $200 (40BI @ NL5), and move back down to NL2 if my BR drops below $125 (25BI @ NL5).
      Also, I will move to NL10when my BR reaches $400 (40BI @ NL10), and back down if my BR reaches $250 (25BI @ NL10)

      So, where i'm at as of now 16 Oct 09

      My graphs are actually divided in half, as I play at home and also in the office in my lunch breaks.

      Office Graph


      Home Graph


      Bankroll: $129.89 (Full Tilt)

      Currently Playing: NL2 BSS (12 tables at home, 9 at office)

      Short Term Goals

      :diamond: Keep Grinding NL2 to get a BR of $200
      :diamond: Session Review after every session, posting hands here and in the hand judge threads
      :diamond: Organise Sweat Sessions with justkyle88 or any other players who are grinding the micro stakes
      :diamond: Keep reading the articles I have access to
      :diamond: Refer Friends to this site, i need an additional $15 TAF to be able to move $50 across to my PokerStars account, which is the account tracked on here
      :diamond: Grind enough on Stars to get Silver level on here to access next level of articles/video's
      :diamond: Move up to NL5 BSS

      Long Term Goals

      :club: After beating NL5, build a BR of $400 and move to NL10 BSS
      :club: Work out the best site for me to play on long term (I prefer the software for Full Tilt, but dont have rakeback on my account, and my stars account is the one tracked here, but stars doesn't offer rakeback at all)
      :club: Attend coachings as much as possible (hard when my work roster moves around so much, video session reviews are alot more convenient for me)
  • 51 replies
    • monkey0nfire
      monkey0nfire
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      Joined: 30.04.2009 Posts: 255
      good to see some1 with the same sorta goals as me, and playing similar tables as me.
      Ive just started NL2 BSS with my ~$110 BR, usually 6 tabling, and some SSS on NL10..will be way more productive when exams for uni are over.
      unfortunately am on Partypoker (i hate it) so will prob transfer to FT or Stars..eventually..but ill definetly keep tabs on ur blog with great intent..

      Grind away on them microstakes!! its kinda boring/depressing at times, but if u can strive thru those periods that will truely define u as a poker player and wether u really wanna acheive or not... lol i sound like a retarded philosopher :f_biggrin:

      peace and good skills at the tables!
    • AlCaTrAzzALZ
      AlCaTrAzzALZ
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      Joined: 06.05.2008 Posts: 726
      if u can, sign up with full tilt through here, get the rakeback deal and get tracked for PS points... win win!
    • AlCaTrAzzALZ
      AlCaTrAzzALZ
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      Joined: 06.05.2008 Posts: 726
      well... i guess this blog must be lucky for me!


      1086 hands, $14.05 profit
      32.34 BB/100

      BR: $143.94

      couple of interesting hands:

      $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Holdem
      6 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      UTG DachRalter ($1.09)
      UTG+1 pokercaw ($1.72)
      CO BIVVV ($2.67)
      BTN skillzz11 ($4.95)
      SB YG Tilt ($2)
      BB Hero ($3.68)

      Pre-Flop: ($0.03, 6 players) Hero is BB A:diamond: A:club:
      DachRalter calls $0.02, 2 folds, skillzz11 raises to $0.08, 1 fold, Hero raises to $0.26, DachRalter folds, skillzz11 raises to $0.80, Hero raises to $1.34, skillzz11 calls $0.54

      Flop: J:diamond: 8:heart: 7:diamond: ($2.71, 2 players)
      Hero goes all-in $2.34, skillzz11 calls $2.34

      Turn: 2:heart: ($7.39, 2 players, 1 all-in)

      River: 4:diamond: ($7.39, 2 players, 1 all-in)

      Final Pot: $7.39
      skillzz11 shows
      K:heart: K:diamond:
      Hero shows
      A:diamond: A:club:

      Hero wins $6.90 ( won +$3.22 )

      skillzz11 lost -$3.68
      DachRalter lost -$0.02


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      $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Holdem
      9 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      UTG buffalobill85 ($2.74)
      UTG+1 toxone13 ($2.01)
      MP1 imconfucius696 ($1.28)
      MP2 makalg ($2)
      MP3 frenchnurse ($6)
      CO CyKill_13 ($1.62)
      BTN shw1190 ($2.14)
      SB Hero ($4.38)
      BB forkware ($1.97)

      Pre-Flop: ($0.03, 9 players) Hero is SB 8:diamond: 8:spade:
      3 folds, makalg calls $0.02, 1 fold, CyKill_13 raises to $0.10, 1 fold, Hero raises to $0.32, 1 fold, makalg calls $0.30, CyKill_13 calls $0.22

      Flop: 5:spade: A:heart: 9:heart: ($0.98, 3 players)
      Hero checks, makalg checks, CyKill_13 bets $0.10, Hero calls $0.10, makalg folds

      Turn: A:club: ($1.18, 2 players)
      Hero checks, CyKill_13 goes all-in $1.19, Hero calls $1.19

      River: 10:diamond: ($3.56, 2 players, 1 all-in)

      Final Pot: $3.56
      CyKill_13 shows
      Q:spade: 3:spade:
      Hero shows
      8:diamond: 8:spade:

      Hero wins $3.34 ( won +$1.73 )

      makalg lost -$0.32
      CyKill_13 lost -$1.61

      Need to explain this one... had a note on the guy where i'd seen him shove 100BB pre a few hands before with J6o... so really felt my hand was good here... the read was the reason why i played the hand different to normal
    • justkyle88
      justkyle88
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      Joined: 07.05.2008 Posts: 7,596
      Hey Martin,

      Welcome back to the community and good to see you have created a blog.

      Nice graphs so far. Keep it up.

      catch ya round mate.

      Regards,

      Kyle.
    • AlCaTrAzzALZ
      AlCaTrAzzALZ
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      wow... what an average session...



      just alot of crappy spots... QQ vs KK, AK vs 99 and miss when i flop a FD... i'm glad i got it back out of the hole tho, i consider the session a win really... could have ended alot worse than it did

      BR: $142.24
    • AlCaTrAzzALZ
      AlCaTrAzzALZ
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      Joined: 06.05.2008 Posts: 726
      BR: $147.67




      only one really big hand, cut the session short due to connection issues, altho the tables were all super juicy


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      Implied Pot Odd's with a Maniac! ;)

      $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Holdem
      7 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      UTG yoyo5121 ($2.32)
      UTG+1 WSkhong ($0.79)
      MP Hero ($2.58)
      CO greattrader ($2.83)
      BTN AnyaNero ($1.97)
      SB buckrogers48 ($0.78)
      BB newway098 ($1.98)

      Pre-Flop: ($0.03, 7 players) Hero is MP 6:diamond: A:diamond:
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.08, greattrader calls $0.08, 3 folds

      Flop: 8:diamond: 3:spade: 7:diamond: ($0.19, 2 players)
      Hero bets $0.08, greattrader raises to $0.43, Hero calls $0.35

      Turn: 4:diamond: ($1.05, 2 players)
      Hero checks, greattrader goes all-in $2.32, Hero goes all-in $2.07

      River: 5:diamond: ($5.44, 2 players, 2 all-in)

      Final Pot: $5.44
      Hero shows
      6:diamond: A:diamond:
      greattrader shows
      8:club: 10:club:

      Hero wins $4.85 ( won +$2.27 )
      greattrader wins $0.25 ( lost -$2.58 )
    • AlCaTrAzzALZ
      AlCaTrAzzALZ
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      Joined: 06.05.2008 Posts: 726
      BR: $159.71

      just had a good session, rocky start but ended good. big props to justkyle88 for the sweat and helping me run good ;)



      most of the hands were pretty standard, even down to the suckouts... frustrating tho when i had like 4 suckouts within 5min...

      and the top hand of the session? i'm glad you asked!

      $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Holdem
      8 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      UTG Hero ($6.39)
      UTG+1 xenocide0999 ($0.93)
      MP1 Iamparts ($2)
      MP2 Dark Aqua ($2.49)
      CO Danil_ka ($0.40)
      BTN Kingofda Throne ($0.93)
      SB fijeriko ($3.94)
      BB Foxhound32 ($1.79)

      Pre-Flop: ($0.03, 8 players) Hero is UTG A:heart: Q:heart:
      Hero raises to $0.08, 4 folds, Kingofda Throne raises to $0.14, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.06

      Flop: J:heart: K:heart: 10:heart: ($0.31, 2 players)
      Hero checks, Kingofda Throne checks

      Turn: 10:diamond: ($0.31, 2 players)
      Hero bets $0.14, Kingofda Throne calls $0.14

      River: J:diamond: ($0.59, 2 players)
      Hero goes all-in $6.11, Kingofda Throne goes all-in $0.65

      Final Pot: $7.35
      Kingofda Throne shows
      2:diamond: 2:club:
      Hero shows
      A:heart: Q:heart:

      Hero wins $7.23 (net +$0.84)

      Kingofda Throne lost $0.93

      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      so, looking back at my goals, i'm well on my way to hitting $200. haven't gotten the $50 for TAF yet, but my housemate has just got her roll, and is SSS at NL5 atm, so hopefully she will clear it soon for me :D or i might have to give her a hand ;)
    • AlCaTrAzzALZ
      AlCaTrAzzALZ
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      Joined: 06.05.2008 Posts: 726
      going to try stepping upto 16 tables tonight (the max on FT)



      wish me luck!
    • AlCaTrAzzALZ
      AlCaTrAzzALZ
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      Joined: 06.05.2008 Posts: 726
      BR: $164.98

      This was an interesting session, was my first attempt at 16 tables, which once i got into the hang of it felt fine, except...

      when i was 12 tabling, i was playing on average, 581 hands/hour. my first session with 16 tables, i saw a stupid 1045 hands/hour!!!!
      the session did feel alot more hectic for me, and obviously there was the reason for that... my win rate was only 11BB/100, as opposed to every other winning session i've posted with 12 tables, where i was running at least 20BB/100


      Session Graph:

    • justkyle88
      justkyle88
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      Go Go Go.
    • NightFrostaSS
      NightFrostaSS
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      Originally posted by AlCaTrAzzALZ

      Very nice!
    • EagleStar88
      EagleStar88
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      Hello AlCaTrAzzALZ,

      Good to see you blogging, will follow with interest, good luck buddy.

      Btw, you work with Kyle? :rolleyes: you have my sympathy ;)

      lol no seriously, he's a really nice chap and good friend, thanks for introducing him to PokerStrategy.

      Wishing you every success, enjoy your poker.

      Best regards,


      Bart
    • AlCaTrAzzALZ
      AlCaTrAzzALZ
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      Thanks Bart... It's funny when you think about it, i refered Kyle to this site and now he's coaching me to improve my game :s_cool:
    • Dendra
      Dendra
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      i like your brm with 40bi / 25bi set, gonna implement it from now on :)
    • AlCaTrAzzALZ
      AlCaTrAzzALZ
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      Originally posted by Dendra
      i like your brm with 40bi / 25bi set, gonna implement it from now on :)
      i know it seems very conservative, but at the rate i'm going, it just means i'm going to be on NL2 for an extra week i'd say... plus hopefully it'll help me handle the 5BI swings a bit later on.

      New Goal: it's 9:30am monday here... by this time next week, my BR will be over 200 and i'll be moving up to NL5 BSS :D
    • AlCaTrAzzALZ
      AlCaTrAzzALZ
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      Question: I have 1,120 FPP on Full Tilt. Whats the best way to convert those into dollars? i kno there's another blog on here on stars where a player had like 4k fpp, and turned em into T$, then grinded those into real dollars... any advice/suggestions?
    • AlCaTrAzzALZ
      AlCaTrAzzALZ
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      Variance is a bitch :-(

      BR: $171.95

      wow, how can AlCaTrAzz complain? his BR is up from last time??? easy, check out this EV graph :-(




      oh, but maybe you were getting it in with the worst of it? haha, sure:

      $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Holdem
      8 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com

      Stacks:
      UTG Hero ($2.22)
      UTG+1 chupry ($0.65)
      MP1 jakovasaure ($5.35)
      MP2 sofranindian ($3.08)
      CO Skipda Fourplae ($2.74)
      BTN Ycuk ($1.80)
      SB JUANCYTAG ($0.33)
      BB HD-Ziegel ($2.03)

      Pre-Flop: ($0.03, 8 players) Hero is UTG A:spade: A:club:
      Hero raises to $0.08, 1 fold, jakovasaure raises to $0.27, 5 folds, Hero raises to $0.52, jakovasaure goes all-in $5.35, Hero goes all-in $1.70

      Flop: K:club: 10:spade: 5:heart: ($7.60, 2 players, 2 all-in)

      Turn: 3:heart: ($7.60, 2 players, 2 all-in)

      River: 10:club: ($7.60, 2 players, 2 all-in)

      Final Pot: $7.60
      jakovasaure shows a full house, Kings full of Tens
      K:spade: K:diamond:
      Hero shows two pair, Aces and Tens
      A:spade: A:club:

      jakovasaure wins $7.31 (net +$1.96)

      Hero lost $2.22


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      Now, this is why we have BRM... normally, beats like that would hurt... i barely felt it, just shrugged and moved on to the next hand... feeling very confident of my goal of hitting 200 by the end of this weekend!!!!!
    • johnylee
      johnylee
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      very nice blog man, keep it up :) wish u best luck.. :s_cool:
    • AlCaTrAzzALZ
      AlCaTrAzzALZ
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      Originally posted by johnylee
      very nice blog man, keep it up :) wish u best luck.. :s_cool:
      thanks man... it's not as cool as reading about the guys with 4 and 5 figure bankrolls... but i'll get there ;)