Navrark's Quest

    • Navrark
      Navrark
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.01.2010 Posts: 313
      I am going to start my own blog here just so I have a place to blow off steam. I don't plan to chronicle my play in detail, but I will keep posting updates.

      When I joined PokerStrategy I wasn't sure what games I would be playing; NL BSS, NL SSS, FL or SNG's. I had previously played lots of NL BSS and FL.

      I had found another Poker School online before PokerStrategy. They promised to take me from an initial $25 to $1000 starting at NL10. The course is okay except that it in no way prepared me to start at NL10. Using what I learned there I did well at NL2 and NL5 but that was it. The last time I tried NL10 I lost about $20. I think variance was the cause of most of that loss however, because the second time I tried NL10 I wasn't making the same impatient mistakes I made the first time through.

      Anyway, after my NL10 disappointment I went back to playing some FL, but after great success at FL10 I was getting killed at FL20, only having one or two winning sessions in two weeks. While searching for help with improving my FL game, I found PokerStrategy.com

      After looking at everything PokerStrategy.com had to offer, and reading their comparison of the different games they provide courses for, I originally planned to start the day with NL BSS, then FL and then lastly with NL SSS. The reason for this is that with NL BSS you can win so much more money if you are skilled at the game. Also many Poker rooms only have NL and so when I decide to start playing live Poker I will need to know NL. With FL I have read that the win rate really shrinks at higher levels even for the most skilled players.

      Anyway, I started playing NL2 and was winning everyday. My play was incredibly patient and error free! With FL however, I found that PokerStrategy has so much material in the Bronze section and therefore I began to wonder how in the world am I going to balance learning BSS, SSS and FL? I also played some Short Stack but I had zero success in the period of time that I was playing. I think I broke even with SSS but only because of hands I limped in with on the Big Blind that won me some sweet pots.

      Not only that, but after playing about 100 hands of Full Ring NL BSS to start my day, I began to get disinterested in paying attention to what was going on at the tables. Luckily I found a solution!

      I played a couple of FreeRolls yesterday at Full Tilt, and then started playing some SNG's on PokerStars and I loved the rush it gave me! I tried a 45 man SNG, two 90 man SNG's and a $1 Double or Nothing. I especially enjoyed the 90 man SNG's.

      So what I plan to do from this point forward is to play 100 hands or so of NL BSS at Full Tilt, and then head to PokerStars for some MT SNG's. This way I can stay interested over a longer period of play so I can document my opponents. It's hard when I am disinterested because I will go to a showdown with a player I know nothing about and sometimes am forced to fold simply because I hadn't taken any notes on that particular player.

      Nav
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    • Navrark
      Navrark
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.01.2010 Posts: 313
      I want to share with everyone a spectacularly dumb play of mine that knocked me from 12th place - In The Money - to a 14th place exit; and no prize:

      I was playing a $0.25 - 90 man SNG at PokerStars - my first 90 man SNG - and I was doing alright. I had been card dead for most of the match but thanks to PokerStrategy.com's learning materials I was able to stay alive.

      PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, 0.25 Tournament, 150/300 Blinds 40 Ante (7 handed)

      SB (t10075)
      BB (t8890)
      UTG (t10260)
      MP1 (t4784)
      MP2 (t8234)
      Hero (CO) (t6330)
      Button (t9155)

      Hero's M: 8.67

      Preflop: Hero is CO with K, Q
      2 folds, MP2 calls t300, Hero calls t300, 2 folds, BB checks

      Flop: (t1330) K, A, Q (3 players)
      BB checks, MP2 bets t300, Hero raises to t850, BB calls t850, 1 fold

      Turn: (t3330) 6 (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets t1700, BB calls t1700

      River: (t6730) 2 (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets t3440 (All-In), BB calls t3440

      Total pot: t13610

      Now what was dumb about this was, the fact that on both the Flop and Turn the Big Blind was just willing to call me, yet on the River I decided to bet once again despite the fact that I knew my bet would put me All In. Had I just checked on the river I would have still been alive, still having a chance to place in the top 12.

      What did my opponent have? He had pocket Aces if you can believe it. The moron just decided to check on the big blind and he hit a set. I was fearing a possible straight but I figured the chances of that was very low and I figured he was just playing like a donk like most of the rest of my opponents.

      I really wanted to write this down so I could remind myself of just how dumb the play was. All I had to do was play it safe and I would have been In The Money.

      Nav
    • Navrark
      Navrark
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.01.2010 Posts: 313
      Well today I played 100+ hands and had a rare losing session. I think only my second losing session. PTR says I lost $0.56 in 129 hands...

      Today was a day of mistakes, and that's the reason why. Well, I didn't get any breaks though either, raising several times with AK, AA and QQ and not getting any calls.

      One player min-raised in early position and I called with KQs on the big blind and we were heads up. The player seemed pretty donk so I figured, why not? The flop was low and so I knew he didn't pair the board. He did his usual 6 cent raises from the flop to the river and I called every one. Stupid! Even if he hadn't hit on the flop, he was still likely to have an ace and would have won with the high card. Well he did have an ace, actually he had two of them.

      After that donk play I decided that was enough of full ring for today.

      Nav

      Though PTR missed one of my winning sessions I still show an excellent win rate there at: 27.30 BB/100 over 978 hands.
    • Dendra
      Dendra
      Bronze
      Joined: 28.01.2009 Posts: 479
      if you think a player missed a flop you can always raise him on the flop or even bet into him out of position...that way you'll often win pots on a bluff and if he has something, you'll know on time - since often such a move on flop costs less than to just call 3 barrels and hope for the best.
    • Navrark
      Navrark
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.01.2010 Posts: 313
      Well, today I was planning on playing 100 hands of NL2 and then heading to the Casino again.

      Yes, last night was my first time playing live and - other than the fact the play moved so fast I couldn't keep up, and the fact that I was as nervous as could be - I did very well, bringing in $130.00 at NL $1/$2.

      I won a big pot by calling a raise before me with AQ. That's a no-no play according to the Starting Hands Chart but I was so nervous I couldn't think straight. I flopped top pair Aces and buddy wanted to play his pocket Jacks to the end despite my large bets. I hit a Queen on the River for 2pair.

      That's exactly why I went to the casino in the first place, hoping to find Donk players at NL200. If I played NL200 online I would get crushed. But the Casino is frequented by recreational players so I am hoping it can become a solid source of income.

      Anyway, today I had a terrible session of NL2. I don't really think I played that poorly however, just some bad luck.

      The first stack was lost to a goof-ball who wanted to go All In every hand. Every-time he would win an All In he would type: hahahahaha. He was having a good time so it was entertaining until I called him and took a bad beat.

      I had AJ and the odds were it was the better hand since he went All In every time. I was on the Button I think and he was the only other player in the pot. I decided to take my chances. He had Q6 I think, but he hit two Queens for Trips. I was left with just high card Ace. So that took away a stack plus a 20x BB win from a previous hand.

      On another hand I limped with pocket 99 and saw flop vs 2 opponents. The Flop brought a Ten and a Jack I think. Villain put out a $0.02 bet and the pot odds were like 8 to 1 so I called while the other opp folded. Then he bet $0.06 on the Turn and again about 8 to 1 I think so I called. $0.06 on the River and I knew I was beat but good odds so I called. I think the correct play would have been to fold. I didn't have odds good enough for a Set.

      My 2nd stack was lost when I hit a Set of Tens on the Flop. I just called his smallish bet on the Flop, re-raised him on the Turn and then took him All In on the River. I assumed he had top pair Aces since he called my late position raise on the button. He didn't have top pair Aces, he had top Set Aces!!! I'll cut and paste a quote of mine from a couple days ago:

      What did my opponent have? He had pocket Aces if you can believe it. The moron just decided to check on the big blind and he hit a set. I was fearing a possible straight but I figured the chances of that was very low and I figured he was just playing like a donk like most of the rest of my opponents.
      The Donks keep slow playing their pocket Aces and keep hitting Sets on me!

      Anyways I feel kind of shaken from my beating today at NL2 so I am certainly not going to risk more money at the Casino.

      Nav
    • Navrark
      Navrark
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.01.2010 Posts: 313
      I saw a thread with someone here boasting about their stats on Poker Table Ratings. Consequently I decided to post mine below for NL2:

      PRE-FLOP TIGHTNESS:
      You are 13% tighter than optimal. Loosen up a little. (B+)

      PRE-FLOP AGGRESSION:
      You are 49% more aggressive than optimal. Be a lot less aggressive! (D-)

      FLOP AGGRESSION:
      You are 65% more aggressive than optimal. Be a lot less aggressive! (F)

      TURN AGGRESSION:
      You are 48% more aggressive than optimal. Be a lot less aggressive! (D-)

      RIVER AGGRESSION:
      You are 29% more aggressive than optimal. Be somewhat less aggressive. (C)

      SHOWDOWN FREQUENCY:
      You showdown 29% more often than optimal. Fold more often. (C)

      Overall Grade: (D+)

      Not good!

      I really don't know how to be less aggressive...
    • Jaissica
      Jaissica
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.02.2009 Posts: 1,385
      Hey Nav. Nice mate. Its amazing but the average players on the felt at 2/3 NL at Crown, Melbourne are weaker than the players on NL10 on ipoker ;)

      Its just having enough money to play at that limit that kills you. One bad suckout and bang, you just lost two hundred bucks to some fish who called 20 bucks preflop with J5o, called two barrels with a gutshot A-5 straight draw and made it on the river. I know, because about 2 years ago I was that fish. I got abused fairly heavily by the player that lost (stacked off on the river). I didnt understand why he was angry at the time :)

      I like this poker table ratings thing! Glad I read your thread. I might bookmark this site.

      To join in the fun,

      PF handrange C+ (too loose)
      PF aggression C- (too aggressive)
      Flop aggression A+
      Turn aggression B+ (too passive)
      River aggression B+ (too passive)
      Showdown freq A+ (stunning!)

      Overall - B+ (suprising)

      This only takes into account Jan-Feb though. Doesnt include my May-October weak-tag multitabling debacle of last year :) I have been raising alot of suited connectors and such though which probably explains my C+, C-.

      With yours, the software is telling you that sometimes you are probably bluffing in the wrong situations or overplaying weak hands. However too much aggression, especially controlled aggression on very low limit tables full of bad, weak players, is better than too little. I wouldnt be too upset about being too aggressive, but youll have to reign that in as you move up.

      People wont be as easily pushed out of pots and will start playing back at you, putting you into alot of marginal situations.

      So that D+ could be a whole lot worse. If it was D+ for being too passive youd be a money-bleeding calling station. As it is you are probably a slightly profitable maniac ;)
    • Navrark
      Navrark
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.01.2010 Posts: 313
      Thanks so much for your kind post Jaissica! Glad to hear you aren't a big fat fish anymore, but it sounds like you still did pretty well back in those days!

      Your PTR stats are pretty darn good, congrats to you! One thing those stats can do is bring some assurance to your game if you are on a losing skid. If you have a good score you can at least feel you are doing something right.

      You are certainly correct about the amount of money you have to buy-in for at the Casino. It's definitely hard seeing people toss around $50-$250 so easily when I'm used to playing small change online. But I have definitely noticed that a great many of the players are fish. I hear many of them say they play online but who really knows how good they are.

      Take care!

      Nav
    • Navrark
      Navrark
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.01.2010 Posts: 313
      Well, other than hearing about the horrible accident in Vancouver today, I had a pretty good day.

      I can't help but get angry when an athlete warns of danger and nothing is done about it. The people in charge who mucked this up have given Canada a black eye because of this. I think they ought to be held personally responsible for the death but of course the rich and powerful never are.

      ======================================================

      Anyway, beyond that I am going to talk about my play the last couple of days:

      On Thursday I played my usual 100+ hands of Full Ring at Full Tilt. I was still deeply shaken by losing the two stacks the day before and on this day I would cause myself to suffer for it. Not terrible suffering but still disappointing and unnecessary.

      I began the day playing really well. I had, I believe KK in the pocket and was re-raised by a Donk with stupid hands and I took his stack. I also had another small win so I was doing well, but I was still haunted in my mind by the tragedy the day before.

      Things were going pretty well until the tilt took over. One player kept re-raising All In. There was no such thing as calling or a normal re-raise, he was always All In. I was in late position with pocket 55 so I raised. I just knew he was going to re-raise me All In. I just knew it! He was on the Big Blind and yes, he raised me All In.

      So now the chart says Call20 rule and he didn't have a stack large enough. I figured he was only doing the All In re-raises if he had a pretty good hand. I knew I shouldn't call - instead I should have waited for a good opportunity for him to pay me off with his stupid play - but I called anyway. He had pocket 88 and took the pot down.

      At that point I had lost about half of my winnings for the day. I wasn't done yet however! I told myself to calm down and play according to the Starting Hands Chart but I hit another tough situation. This time I raised with pocket QQ and was re-raised by a different player. I know that we are supposed to fold apart from the Call20 rule - which he didn't qualify for - and so I should have folded, but I decided to call yet again.

      The Flop comes down and he re-raises All In. I just knew he had pocket Aces. I just knew it, but I called anyway. After that I typed: "I'm playing like a donk" and I left the table.

      The end result? I only went down $0.10 for the day, which isn't that bad, but I should have been up over $2.00! :s_cry:

      Anyway, after that I took the rest of the night off and watched TV.

      ======================================================

      Today I came out with a new attitude. I was determined that I will not judge my play by how much money I earn, but rather how I feel that I played. I decided that if I feel I played smart I would be happy regardless of whether or not I won money.

      I played a solid game today except one hand that was questionable. It wasn't poorly played, it was just questionably played. I called a raise in late position with AQo. It was just a min-raise but it was from a Tight Passive player, so I knew he had to have something good. But it was a min-raise and I knew that the Calling Station girl would call so I'd have some decent pot odds.

      Well, four of us saw Flop and the Ace came down giving me top pair good Kicker. The Tight Passive who raised pre-flop put out a small bet of $0.06. I decided to re-raise for whatever reason and he called. On the Turn I decided to check because a King came down. I feared if he had AK he'd now have two pair. But he put out only another $0.06 bet so I called. On the River he bet $0.20 which was a little less than half the pot size. I called.

      He had AQo as well and we pushed. This was a bit of a dangerous move because if he had AK I would have bitten the dust, but those weak bets gave me some confidence that he didn't have me beat. There is a good reason why the Starting Hands Charts say not to call a pre-flop raise with AQ.

      However, I don't think we can forever rule out calling a raise with AQ. Eventually our opponents would know we only call with pocket pairs and then they'll know we have hit a Set if we don't fold. This thought came to me strongly tonight at the Casino:

      ======================================================

      At the Casino I had pocket 77 and was first in to the pot in the Cutoff. I raised to $10 and the loose aggressive at the table re-raised me from the SB or BB. He had a giant stack and so I called his raise.

      On the Flop I believe there was a K and maybe a 9 and 4. After re-raising me pre-flop he checked the Flop. I was nervous but the first thought in my mind was that we were heads up, and so what was the chance that he hit anything? I fired a 1/2 pot size bet and he immediately folded saying: "I'm getting out of the way of that one."

      At that point I began to wonder what would happen if all the players in the casino knew that I only called re-raises with pocket pairs. They'd know if I started betting that I have at least a pair, or if I really started betting they'd know I have a Set. Anyway, I don't need to worry about that just yet.

      I have been wondering all night what this player re-raised me with. I assume he either had a small pocket pair, AQ or AJ, or maybe TT, JJ, QQ, or maybe he was completely bluffing; hoping that I would fold. I really have to suspect that he had something like AQ or AJ and was hoping I'd fold to his re-raise, or that he'd hit on the Flop.

      He saw nearly every flop, but not only did he see flop often, he almost always raised the pot pre-flop. He was quite willing to throw his money around. But he's a Calling Station as well because I saw him blow two large pots earlier in the night on hands where he was clearly beaten. I really couldn't figure out what he had that would make calling be worth what it cost him.

      I finished the night down $35, but that was partly due to knocking over a beer on the way out - I gave the guy $5 for it though I only spilled half the beer, so I should have asked how much the beer was worth - and a tip to the dealer. But I ain't tipping the dealer anymore unless I win the session. I gave the dealer $3 = $1/$2 (a small and big blind).

      I raised one other time with TT in the middle position I think and the loose aggressive called and another player re-raised me. I folded and the other player - who was a rock or a card dead TAG - took the pot down with AA. His stack was too small to make the call worth my while.

      My only disappointment of the night was when I folded AQ of Clubs. The pot was raised so I mucked the hand without thinking. The Flop came with three Clubs and so I would have had the Nut Flush. The issue was that I noticed at that point that there were about 5 people seeing that flop. I think I would have had good odds to make the Call worthwhile and I would have taken a sweet pot. Oh well. :f_frown:

      Nav
    • Navrark
      Navrark
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.01.2010 Posts: 313
      Here's a hand today that I played really poorly. The reason I play poorly is because I don't think before I act. The adrenaline rushes into my head and I don't think my bet sizing through properly.

      This was a wet flop and so I should have made my opponent pay a lot more money. He may have called me even if I had bet more, but at least I would know that I played the hand properly.

      Anyway, I'm not done playing yet so I need to get back before I get booted from the table.

      Nav

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)

      Known players:
      CO (Hero):
      $2.51
      BU:
      $0.93
      SB:
      $1.81
      BB:
      $1.94
      UTG1:
      $1.50
      UTG2:
      $2.25
      MP1:
      $2.43
      MP2:
      $1.25
      MP3:
      $2.11


      Preflop: Hero is CO with A, Q.
      4 folds, MP3 calls $0.02, Hero raises to $0.10, BU calls $0.10, 3 folds.

      Flop: ($0.25) J, Q, 8 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.15, BU calls $0.15.

      Turn: ($0.55) 3 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.26, BU calls $0.26.

      River: ($1.07) T (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.50, BU calls $0.42.

      Final Pot: $1.99.
      Results follow:

      BU shows three of a kind, tens(T T).
      Hero shows a pair of queens(A Q).

      BU wins with three of a kind, tens(T T).
    • overson
      overson
      Bronze
      Joined: 13.04.2008 Posts: 195
      That hand was played right but 2/3 to 3/4 pot would be a better size. Losing to this hand should happen a minority of the time. He may have put you and AK and thought his pair was good, but he did not have odds to call for a set. In that regard you still win in equity with this play.
    • Navrark
      Navrark
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.01.2010 Posts: 313
      Originally posted by overson
      That hand was played right but 2/3 to 3/4 pot would be a better size. Losing to this hand should happen a minority of the time. He may have put you and AK and thought his pair was good, but he did not have odds to call for a set. In that regard you still win in equity with this play.
      Thanks for the kind and knowledgeable words Overson! What stakes do you play at?

      My experience tonight in NL2 has been of person after person calling me without proper Pot Odds. I had QQ a while later tonight and I bet 2/3 on both Flop and Turn. A fourth Club came down and the player Donk bet All In. I am glad she Donk Bet at least so I didn't have to throw away my hand after another large bet.

      Long term these goof ball plays will turn in our favor and consequently it's our smart play that dictates our success; not the short term wins and losses.

      Nav
    • Navrark
      Navrark
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.01.2010 Posts: 313
      On one dumb play I lost a huge chunk of change that I earned today. It's so heart breaking! :s_cry:

      $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em (7 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with 8, A.
      2 folds, Hero calls $0.02, CO calls $0.02, BU folds, SB calls $0.01, BB checks.

      Flop: ($0.08) 6, 2, A (4 players)
      SB checks, BB bets $0.08, Hero calls $0.08, CO folds, SB folds.

      Turn: ($0.24) 8 (2 players)
      BB bets $0.24, Hero raises to $0.48, BB raises to $1.12, Hero calls $0.64.

      River: ($2.48) Q (2 players)


      Final Pot: $2.48.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, aces and eights(8 A).
      BB shows a flush, ten high(T 3).

      BB wins with a flush, ten high(T 3).

      Then on this play here I lost the rest of what I earned tonight. I should have proceeded more carefully with so many players in the pot, and the villain being on such a hot streak. :s_cry:

      $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with A, 8.
      UTG1 calls $0.02, UTG2 folds, MP1 calls $0.02, MP2 raises to $0.04, 3 folds, Hero calls $0.03, BB folds, UTG1 calls $0.02, MP1 calls $0.02.

      Flop: ($0.18) 7, 2, A (4 players)
      Hero checks, UTG1 checks, MP1 checks, MP2 bets $0.18, Hero raises to $0.36, UTG1 folds, MP1 folds, MP2 raises to $2.57, Hero folds, MP2 gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $0.54.

      Will I ever make it up through the stakes? Takes forever since I don't multi-table and because of Donk plays like the above. I also really hate this hand now: 8, A.

      Nav :s_cry: :s_cry: :s_cry:
    • Navrark
      Navrark
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.01.2010 Posts: 313
      My first tournament win!!!

      PokerStars Tournament #244046575, No Limit Hold'em
      Buy-In: $1.00/$0.20 USD
      18 players
      Total Prize Pool: $18.00 USD
      Tournament started 2010/02/17 11:03:34 CT [2010/02/17 12:03:34 ET]


      Dear Licentia,

      You finished the tournament in 1st place. A USD 7.20 award has been credited to your Real Money account.

      YAY!!! :s_grin:

      There was a point in this tournament at the Final Table where I said to myself: I know I am going to win this tournament.

      The final hand was an absolutely amazing way to win. I didn't even realize that I had the better Full House! I just was hoping he wouldn't think to call me. I expected for us to push. LOL! :s_grin:


      PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, 1.2 Tournament, 200/400 Blinds 25 Ante (2 handed) - Poker-Stars Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      Hero (SB) (t14965)
      BB (t12035)

      Hero's M: 23.02

      Preflop: Hero is SB with Q, Q
      Hero bets t1600, BB calls t1200

      Flop: (t3250) J, J, 3 (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets t1700, BB calls t1700

      Turn: (t6650) 3 (2 players)
      BB bets t1200, Hero calls t1200

      River: (t9050) 3 (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets t10440 (All-In), BB calls t7510 (All-In)

      Total pot: t24070
    • eikciR
      eikciR
      Basic
      Joined: 07.02.2010 Posts: 23
      Hey Navrark! This is probably one of the most enjoyable blogs I have ever read, thankyou for sharing it with us. I'll continue to read this every time you post something new. I just thought you'd like to know that I appreciate what you're doing on here. I see you play at FullTilt would it be possible if you told me your played ID and perhaps we could play some time? Mine is eikciR, thanks.
    • Navrark
      Navrark
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.01.2010 Posts: 313
      Originally posted by eikciR
      Hey Navrark! This is probably one of the most enjoyable blogs I have ever read, thankyou for sharing it with us. I'll continue to read this every time you post something new. I just thought you'd like to know that I appreciate what you're doing on here. I see you play at FullTilt would it be possible if you told me your played ID and perhaps we could play some time? Mine is eikciR, thanks.
      Thanks for the kind compliments!

      My nickname there is LicentiaBJ. (The BJ stands for BlackJack, just in case you are wondering) :s_cool:

      Nav
    • Navrark
      Navrark
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.01.2010 Posts: 313
      Alright, it's been exactly one week since I posted my PTR Report Card score. Let's see if anything has improved!

      My score today vs my score a week before:

      This report card is based on 2,225 hands tracked at $0.01/$0.02 NL Hold'em (9 max) on Full Tilt Poker by PokerTableRatings.com

      PRE-FLOP TIGHTNESS:
      You are 3% tighter than optimal. Good Work! [A+]

      PRE-FLOP AGGRESSION:
      You are 55% more aggressive than optimal. Be a lot less aggressive! [F]

      FLOP AGGRESSION:
      You are 62% more aggressive than optimal. Be a lot less aggressive! [F]

      TURN AGGRESSION:
      You are 45% more aggressive than optimal. Be a lot less aggressive! [D-]

      RIVER AGGRESSION:
      You are 40% more aggressive than optimal. Be a lot less aggressive! [D]

      SHOWDOWN FREQUENCY:
      You showdown 22% more often than optimal. Fold more often. [C+]

      OVERALL GRADE: D+

      Originally posted by Navrark

      PRE-FLOP TIGHTNESS:
      You are 13% tighter than optimal. Loosen up a little. (B+)

      PRE-FLOP AGGRESSION:
      You are 49% more aggressive than optimal. Be a lot less aggressive! (D-)

      FLOP AGGRESSION:
      You are 65% more aggressive than optimal. Be a lot less aggressive! (F)

      TURN AGGRESSION:
      You are 48% more aggressive than optimal. Be a lot less aggressive! (D-)

      RIVER AGGRESSION:
      You are 29% more aggressive than optimal. Be somewhat less aggressive. (C)

      SHOWDOWN FREQUENCY:
      You showdown 29% more often than optimal. Fold more often. (C)

      Overall Grade: (D+)
      Well actually, after looking at my score today vs my last posting, I see that some areas have improved while others have become worse. My overall grade remains the same, however I have one A+ score this time! That feels good!

      Nav
    • Navrark
      Navrark
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.01.2010 Posts: 313
      Well, I played about 245 hands or so at Full Tilt and I came out ahead, though I didn't deserve to. :s_mad:

      Firstly, I decided that it was about time for me to start learning to multi-table. The money per hour playing one table is just so pathetically small that it's not even worth the time spent playing. I would like to move up to NL5 some time before the end of this year! =)

      Not only that, but I also found my mind wandering playing a single table. Consequently, I decided that I would play two tables - both full-screen - and it actually was enjoyable! I didn't have time to get bored. Sure, there were a few times where I was getting annoyed - because I had to play a new hand while I was still watching a replay of the previous hand and taking notes - but the annoyance was minimal compared to the benefits of playing twice as many hands. Anyhoo...

      I'll now discuss my play tonight, and it was less than stellar. Well, for the most part it wasn't bad. There were however a couple of highlight reel stupid plays that should have left me down money - a lot of money! The last of the two was just awful and it should have earned me a huge loss. I got lucky however and hit two pair. I'll explain this hand below:

      I was trying to steal the Blind, and A6s is not a bad hand for that purpose. The villain on the SB I had pegged as a Tight Passive, though he had only been at the table a short while. Players were coming and going from both of my tables like crazy and it was hard to get reads. Regardless, that is no excuse for this play!

      I had stolen the Blind from him a short time earlier so I figured his re-raise was him trying to defend his blind. I reacted with emotion rather than with logic. I need to let the tilty types donk their chips to me, not the other way around!


      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)

      Known players:
      UTG1:
      $1.96
      UTG2:
      $1.89
      MP1:
      $5.11
      MP2:
      $2.00
      MP3:
      $0.97
      CO:
      $2.00
      BU (Hero):
      $2.83
      SB:
      $2.00
      BB:
      $2.58


      Preflop: Hero is BU with 6, A.
      6 folds, Hero raises to $0.08, SB raises to $0.24, BB folds, Hero calls $0.16.

      Flop: ($0.5) 4, 2, A (2 players)
      SB bets $0.24, Hero raises to $0.48, SB raises to $1.76, Hero calls $1.28.

      Turn: ($4.02) 6 (2 players)


      River: ($4.02) T (2 players)


      Final Pot: $4.02.
      Results follow:

      SB shows a pair of aces(K A).
      Hero shows two pairs, aces and sixs(6 A).

      Hero wins with two pairs, aces and sixs(6 A).


      I got really lucky here, such a large pot that I didn't deserve. I even typed that I felt bad for winning the hand. He was from Belarus so perhaps he didn't understand English as he didn't return a comment.

      I really can't understand why I played so jittery tonight. I didn't feel very tilty, I just got out of control at certain points. Anyway...

      In conlusion, one final thing I noticed tonight is that I generally don't seem to have as many lucky breaks lately as when I started playing NL2. There are still plenty of people donking off chips every night, but I am no longer the one who takes the big profit from them. When they go All In with J5s against KK I'm not the one with the KK anymore.

      Nav
    • Navrark
      Navrark
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.01.2010 Posts: 313
      It's been a little while since I updated my blog. I've still been chugging away and am making loads more money than I was beginning to believe was possible.

      As for my cash game play, well... it's okay:

      Stakes: $0.01/$0.02 NLH
      Hands: 3,203
      Won: $11
      BB/100: 8.42

      I am not overly pleased with my cash game results. I feel that I am not playing as well as I did when I first began because I was over 10 BB/100 at the beginning.

      I do think however that in the beginning I was getting more chips donk'd off to me than I have been lately. But I also think that my play is less patient sometimes, and too patient other times.

      The being too patient I think comes from playing SNGs where I have found that if I play very patiently that players will be willing to donk off loads of chips to me without a decent hand. This is very true in the low stakes SNGs which makes winning them a breeze for me, well at least finishing "In the Money consistently"

      Playing cash games is much harder than playing SnG's because of all the tight passive players who play a profitable game. Tight passive players don't do well in SNGs typically, with the exception of "Double or Nothing" SNGs.

      So yes, I've been winning a lot more money playing SNGs then I have been playing cash. The reason? Well, it's not because I follow PokerStrategy's SNG strategies perfectly. Yes, the push and fold strategy taught to me by the ICM trainer is a huge help. However, the rest of my playing style is based upon my Cash Game play, and patience.

      Simply put, the knowledge I have gained playing Cash tables, as well as research I have done in the past according to starting hand values is paying off huge dividends for me. I steal Blinds regularly with weaker starting hands then PokerStrategy recommends, because I know what I can get away with.

      I also will at times just play tighter then even PokerStrategy recommends, or even play standard Cash game poker when PS tells me that I should be playing middle phase style.

      I suppose that I just have developed a feel for playing SNGs, and while these methods may not be effective in higher stakes, they are helping me to make a killing at the low end SNGs. And when you finish in the money regularly, you are making some pretty good coin.

      Nav :s_cool:
    • Navrark
      Navrark
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.01.2010 Posts: 313
      Things seem to be getting consistently worse for my Cash Game play:

      Game:
      $0.01/$0.02 NLH

      Hands:
      3,355

      Net:
      $8

      BB/100:
      6.01

      I did get beaten today with KK however. I re-raised pre-flop and opponent went All-In. I Called and he had AA. Not sure if there really is anyway to avoid swapping wins in that circumstance.

      I did make one stupid play today and that cost me all of my profits (the small amount of money I made back after my early KK defeat). I work so hard and seem to have nothing to show for it.

      Now looking at my PTR Report Card:


      PRE-FLOP TIGHTNESS:
      You are 3% looser than optimal. Good Work! (A+)

      PRE-FLOP AGGRESSION:
      You are 69% more aggressive than optimal. Be a lot less aggressive! (F)

      FLOP AGGRESSION:
      You are 64% more aggressive than optimal. Be a lot less aggressive! (F)

      TURN AGGRESSION:
      You are 47% more aggressive than optimal. Be a lot less aggressive! (D-)

      RIVER AGGRESSION:
      You are 42% more aggressive than optimal. Be a lot less aggressive! (D)

      SHOWDOWN FREQUENCY:
      You showdown 12% more often than optimal. Think about folding more often.
      (B+)

      OVERALL GRADE: (D+)

      Not much is changing for me. Of course I haven't played much cash lately either.

      Nav
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