Becoming a shark - peche's NLHE adventure

    • peche025
      peche025
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      Hello and welcome

      I'm Craig i'm 26 years old from England but I currently reside in the northern most reaches of Iceland.

      I've been thinking about starting a blog for a while but for whatever reason I never did but here we go.....

      So the title, becoming a shark, I want to be the biggest shark in the ocean and eat all the little fish! :s_biggrin:

      I've first found out about poker more than 10 years ago when me and my school friends found 'Late Night Poker' a tv program each week was a SnG with the winner making the final, it was great. Ever since I've been playing poker, firstly tournaments with friends and then online.

      I currently have two account, one on FT with the $50 from PS playing SnG's mainly this currently has about $350.

      The second is at Ladbrokes and not tracked, I deposited £200 there and firstly through €5sng then cash games have increased the balance to £1500 and I currently play NL50/40 FR and NL40 SH.

      Happily I'm already a winning player, but Ladbrokes is soft and my win rate is nothing too special, hence the need to improve. If I'm honest at the moment I probably play weak TAG style.

      I am hoping this blog will motivate me to work more on my game.

      My biggest weakness is like many, I love playing, if I have a spare hour or two I want to play, I don't want to read articles, watch videos go over my last session...

      This needs to change and then hopefully my win rate will increase.

      Well this has been an incredibly long intro and if anyone has managed to wade through it congratulations you get one gold star, i'll try set out some goals in the next post.

      peche
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    • TheBu11d0g
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      Hello peche025,

      Well done on taking the first steps with starting your own blog ;) .

      I would highly recommend using the strategy tools like the articles, videos, coachings and hand analysis as this will help to become a more rounded poker player and help you move up the limits successfully.

      Good luck with your journey,
      -Steve
    • vonki
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      Yey, goldstar for me! ;)

      I recognize the problem with wanting to play rather then study, I felt the same for a long time. But eventually, you will understand that you're gonna get pretty stuck if you dont. Once you realize how much the studying will do to improve your game, you're gonna get more motivated to study, i'm quite sure of that.

      Good luck and keep us updated!

      Best regards,
      vonki
    • peche025
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      Thanks for the wishes Steve and vonki.

      Steve you are indeed right about the articles and videos etc and that is my plan.

      I would also like to attent the coaching sessions but unfortunately can't. I'm not exactly sure why, I think it is a problem with the university firewall or something ?( .

      Well i'm off the tables, hopefully i'll have interesting hands to post later

      peche
    • peche025
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      Well I've been playing a bit of Rush Poker this morning as I have got a $50 bonus on FT and my opinion has changed a bit, I was not at all a fan of Rush until today.

      HEM now works perfectly on it. It updates every hand so Rush is now just like playing any other table but faster. It's really amazing to see how many rocks there are at the tables. For anyone playing I would recommend using the auto-rate feature, it allows you to see instantly where the rocks are.

      I'm not sure if it is actually better than say 12-16 tabling, I would guess not, as the tables are tighter and your probably don't get in any more hands, but I guess each to their own.
    • peche025
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      I've been playing a bit today and have a few interesting hands to post, firstly:

      No-Limit Hold'em, $0.50 BB (9 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      Hero (Button) ($64.61)
      SB ($84.21)
      BB ($49.17)
      UTG ($15.88)
      UTG+1 ($76.03)
      MP1 ($18.77)
      MP2 ($22.99)
      MP3 ($56.94)
      CO ($49.42)

      Preflop: Hero is Button with 7, 5
      UTG calls $0.50, 5 folds, Hero calls $0.50, SB calls $0.25, BB checks

      Flop: ($2) 8, 9, 6 (4 players)
      SB checks, BB bets $2.50, 1 fold, Hero calls $2.50, SB calls $2.50

      Turn: ($9.50) 2 (3 players)
      SB checks, BB bets $4.50, Hero calls $4.50, SB calls $4.50

      River: ($23) 8 (3 players)
      SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets $13, SB calls $13, BB calls $13

      Total pot: $62

      UTG and the two blinds were huge fish playing something along the lines of 40/20, so I figured why not peel of a flop with good implied odds, I was praying on the river for someone to have the A or FH, unluckily the two fish just had the J and Q high :f_biggrin:

      No-Limit Hold'em, $0.50 BB (9 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      UTG+1 ($57.17)
      Hero (MP1) ($52.25)
      MP2 ($78.59)
      MP3 ($52.88)
      CO ($31.82)
      Button ($47.07)
      SB ($50.27)
      BB ($61.73)
      UTG ($56.10)

      Preflop: Hero is MP1 with Q, A
      1 fold, UTG+1 calls $0.50, Hero bets $3, 6 folds, UTG+1 calls $2.50

      Flop: ($7.25) 2, Q, 2 (2 players)
      UTG+1 checks, Hero bets $5, UTG+1 calls $5

      Turn: ($17.25) 2 (2 players)
      UTG+1 checks, Hero checks

      River: ($17.25) A (2 players)
      UTG+1 checks, Hero bets $10, UTG+1 raises $49.17 (All-In), Hero calls $34.25 (All-In)

      Total pot: $105.75

      Results:
      UTG+1 had Q, Q (full house, Queens over twos).
      Hero didn't show Q, A (nothing).
      Outcome: UTG+1 won $107.67

      This hand, I'm not too sure about, villian is a TAG playing 19/5, my thought was to check the turn to induce a bluff on the river, when that didn't happen thought I'd put out a value bet. I don't really think I can get away from it in the end. Maybe it's just a set up....the more I think about it the more it doesn't really make sense for him to value shove an A on the end as he only gets called by the same hand and all worse hands fold.

      No-Limit Hold'em, $0.50 BB (9 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      CO ($81.12)
      Button ($49.25)
      SB ($52.82)
      BB ($76.35)
      UTG ($43.33)
      UTG+1 ($60.38)
      Hero (MP1) ($79.52)
      MP2 ($45.40)
      MP3 ($52.63)

      Preflop: Hero is MP1 with A, K
      UTG calls $0.50, 1 fold, Hero bets $2, 2 folds, CO calls $2, 1 fold, SB raises $7.75, 2 folds, Hero calls $6, 1 fold

      Flop: ($19) 9, 5, J (2 players)
      SB bets $11, Hero calls $11

      Turn: ($41) 7 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $20.50, SB raises $33.57, Hero calls $13.07

      River: ($108.14) 3 (2 players)

      Total pot: $108.14

      Villian is a tight REG and he only 3bets 3%, I think it's fine seeing a flop in position, I'm not too sure about my turn play, I would have prefered to bet a little more and maybe I over estimated my fold equity, I played it exactly the same as 3 of a kind and villian thought about it so long I thought I was going to get a fold out of him but lesson learned.
    • peche025
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      February was my most successful month so far so I guess that makes me happy!

      But in reality there are a couple of reasons for this, it was my first full month playing NL40/50 FR and also the month when I have played the most:



      Works out at about 5.5BB/100 which I think is ok but can definately get better ev adjusted is nearer 7.

      This month is also the most rake back i've ever earned it was £86.11 + about £40 in player points that can be converted to cash, so that is like a further 3 buyins on the month :s_biggrin:


      Marchs goal's

      :diamond: Match February for volume about 20k hands or 60hours
      :heart: Watch Hasenbadens videos series common mistakes at NL50
      :club: Watch at least 2 other FR videos
      :spade: Read 10-15 silver BSS articles

      Hopefully this will see me playing better.
    • peche025
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      Well I haven't said anything for the last 15 days and March is half over ;(

      I can't say that I've really been playing too much and when I have i've been getting owned, i'm guessing the two go hand in hand. After getting owned at the tables I can't say I'm too much in the mood for more poker.

      I'm trying to take some positives from what I'm hoping is just a small dip in my poker career. And whilst not playing a great deal I have been thinking a lot about poker and trying to analise my own game and areas of improvment.

      The area I've been thinking about the last few days is steals vs blind 3bets, this kind of led me to this hand last night:

      No-Limit Hold'em, $0.50 BB (9 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      UTG ($51.72)
      UTG+1 ($26.75)
      MP1 ($50.40)
      MP2 ($50)
      MP3 ($81.37)
      CO ($91.56)
      Button ($57.96)
      Hero (SB) ($54.67)
      BB ($10.50)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with Q, A
      5 folds, CO bets $2.50, 1 fold, Hero calls $2.25, 1 fold

      Flop: ($5.50) J, 2, 10 (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO bets $5.50, Hero calls $5.50

      Turn: ($16.50) 7 (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO checks

      River: ($16.50) 6 (2 players)
      Hero bets $11, 1 fold

      Total pot: $16.50

      Villian is relatively unknown but had a steal % of 35 29 from CO, I'm not really sure if calling pre is a good idea, obv I can and do 3bet this hand from the SB often but I thought I'd take an alternative line. Villian has a fold to 3bet % of 80 so I think I isolate myself against a smallish range by 3betting.

      This second hand I'm quite happy with how I played it apart from my bet on the turn I would have prefered to have bet about 15 or something.....

      No-Limit Hold'em, $0.50 BB (10 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      BB ($50.22)
      UTG ($52.07)
      Hero (UTG+1) ($50)
      UTG+2 ($9.59)
      MP1 ($42.70)
      MP2 ($79.34)
      MP3 ($10.50)
      CO ($64.42)
      Button ($52.24)
      SB ($39.14)

      Preflop: Hero is UTG+1 with 10, 10
      1 fold, Hero bets $2.50, 3 folds, MP3 (poster) calls $2, 3 folds, BB calls $2

      Flop: ($7.75) 9, 3, 10 (3 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $6.50, 1 fold, BB calls $6.50

      Turn: ($20.75) K (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $12.50, BB raises $40.72, Hero calls $28.22

      River: ($102.19) 7 (2 players)

      Total pot: $102.19

      Well GL at the tables everyone....including myself ;)
    • peche025
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      Sometimes I think the poker gods are just taking the piss, something along the lines of 'wouldn't it be funny if....'

      Needless to say the doomswitch continues at ladbrokes, this is the first hand at the table, I post in the cutoff....

      No-Limit Hold'em, $0.50 BB (10 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      UTG+2 ($20.17)
      MP1 ($50)
      MP2 ($11.75)
      MP3 ($50)
      Hero (CO) ($50.50)
      Button ($21.08)
      SB ($72.67)
      BB ($51.82)
      UTG ($25.63)
      UTG+1 ($10.50)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with A, A
      UTG bets $2, 5 folds, Hero (poster) raises $6, 3 folds, UTG calls $4.50

      Flop: ($14.25) 2, 5, 4 (2 players)
      UTG bets $19.13 (All-In), Hero calls $19.13

      Turn: ($52.51) Q (2 players, 1 all-in)

      River: ($52.51) 5 (2 players, 1 all-in)

      Total pot: $52.51

      Results:
      UTG had A, 5 (three of a kind, fives).
      Hero didn't show A, A (nothing).
      Outcome: UTG won $49.89
    • peche025
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      And so this was one of the last hands of the day:

      No-Limit Hold'em, $0.40 BB (7 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      BB ($40.40)
      UTG ($46.73)
      MP1 ($45.96)
      MP2 ($54.30)
      CO ($40)
      Button ($21)
      Hero (SB) ($46.80)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with 6, 8
      5 folds, Hero calls $0.20, BB checks

      Flop: ($0.80) 5, 7, 9 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.80, BB raises $2.40, Hero raises $4.80, BB raises $37.20, Hero calls $34

      Turn: ($80) 9 (2 players)

      River: ($80) 7 (2 players)

      Total pot: $80

      Results:
      Hero didn't show 6, 8 (nothing).
      BB had 8, 6 (straight flush, nine high).
      Outcome: BB won $77


      It's almost like PLO villian freerolling me....

      Well ended the day + €8.98, not so great after 1500 hands
    • peche025
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      Been playing on FT quite a lot this weekend, mostly due to not wanting to play at Ladbrokes and no good tables on that site.

      Well I have a quite small BR so with $450 figured I'd take a shot at NL25 and stop if I thought I was being outplayed or lost a couple of stacks quickly.

      Then this happened.....



      I ran pretty good but the play was extremely fishy which kind of suprised me, I know it's only NL25 but FT it mean't to be a tough site so I was kinda happy with the results, ran 3 stacks under ev thanks so these two hands, they are back to back against the same 40/20 fish:

      No-Limit Hold'em, $0.25 BB (8 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      MP1 ($34.98)
      MP2 ($184.89)
      CO ($21.51)
      Button ($25.16)
      SB ($7.84)
      Hero (BB) ($39.82)
      UTG ($26.25)
      UTG+1 ($32.97)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with A, K
      3 folds, MP2 bets $0.50, 2 folds, SB calls $0.40, Hero raises $2, MP2 calls $1.75, SB calls $1.75

      Flop: ($6.75) 7, 8, A (3 players)
      SB bets $5.59 (All-In), Hero calls $5.59, MP2 calls $5.59

      Turn: ($23.52) K (3 players, 1 all-in)
      Hero bets $15.75, MP2 calls $15.75

      River: ($55.02) 7 (3 players, 1 all-in)
      Hero bets $16.23 (All-In), MP2 calls $16.23

      Total pot: $87.48

      Results:
      SB didn't show -> A10
      Hero had A, K (two pair, Aces and Kings).
      MP2 didn't show -> J8o lol :f_biggrin:
      Outcome: Hero won $84.48

      The next hand:

      No-Limit Hold'em, $0.25 BB (7 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      UTG ($34.98)
      MP1 ($145.07)
      MP2 ($21.51)
      CO ($25.16)
      Hero (Button) ($84.48)
      SB ($26.25)
      BB ($32.97)

      Preflop: Hero is Button with A, A
      2 folds, MP1 calls $0.25, 2 folds, Hero bets $1.15, 1 fold, MP1 raises $2.25, Hero raises $6.25, MP1 raises $10, Hero raises $35.20, MP1 calls $30.20

      Flop: ($85.65) 9, 5, 8 (2 players)
      Hero bets $41.78 (All-In), MP1 calls $41.78

      Turn: ($169.21) 2 (2 players, 1 all-in)

      River: ($169.21) K (2 players, 1 all-in)

      Total pot: $169.21

      Results:
      Hero had A, A (one pair, Aces).
      MP1 had K, K (three of a kind, Kings).
      Outcome: MP1 won $166.21

      This hand was about a 1/3 of my BR so kinds annoying but that's poker :tongue:
    • peche025
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      Well I played about 6hrs today and at times I think I was definately in the zone playing my A game and the rest of the time I felt I played alright. Unfortunately the graph doesn´t show it, had KK run into AA twice and AA cracked by QQ when a Q fell on the flop and then another on the turn.

      The good news is that I definately feel by game is getting better all the time, picked up some good 4bet bluffs in steal and blind battles.

      The other thing that happened today is that I think I had my first ever day with positive non-showdown winnings, how? I have no idea, I guess I'll have to do a session review and try and figure out :s_confused: because this is definately a good thing if it can continue!



      Hopefully I´ll play quite a bit more this weekend and will actually win something!!
    • peche025
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      I just turned gold woohoo! Now I have another 20 BSS articles :s_cool:

      Might we a while before I make platinum though and black member definately not before christmas.
    • RMB
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      Good to hear that your doing good!

      I also have the same problem, meaning that i would rather play and grind instead of reading articles.. But lately i keep telling myself if i dont Review or read articles im not gonna get any better :D

      Good Luck at the tables :D
    • peche025
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      Yo RMB,

      Thanks for stopping by, I think your the first in a month! I thought I was the only one reading :D

      Yeah reading/reviewing is all definately +ev, it's just not that much fun
    • peche025
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      Well I haven't said anything for a while.

      I had a great Easter went away for the weekend to a free music festival, saw a lot of great bands, drank a few :D beers and generally had an awesome time. I think having some time away from poker was also good.

      Before I left I was mass multitabling up to 14 which is the most I have tried so far but I was feeling fairly comfortably with it, however, I didn't win anything, it does generate a lot of rakeback but since I don't want to be a rakeback whore I've decided to drop down the numbers of tables and really concentrate on every decision I make, so far so good but playing only a few tables it takes a while to get a decent sample size.


      Marchs goal's were:

      Match February for volume about 20k hands or 60hours
      Watch Hasenbadens videos series common mistakes at NL50
      Watch at least 2 other FR videos
      Read 10-15 silver BSS articles

      I decided against watching Hasenbadens series after I realised it was about SH not FR but other than that I passed the goals read about 15-20 articles and watched quite a few videos.

      Is it too late for goals in April? I can't believe it is already the 8th.

      My main goal for this month is to enjoy the game and try to improve, I don't want to set any volume goals as I'm going to see how my slow and steady 4-6tabling goes.

      Hopefully I should finish reading the silver articles and move onto the gold ones, I think the most interesting article I have read is the one on taking good notes, it's a simple article in which I learn't a lot.

      Anyways enough of the rambling

      GL at the tables.

      One last thought donks n chips is a reg at NL25 on FT he has won $3.5k this year and got a further $1k in rakeback why not move up a level? Maybe he loves the grind :f_confused:
    • xcyberkidx
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      what a nice blog ......

      a little shark :s_cool: ...haha

      nice.. :s_biggrin:
    • Skeat
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      Update ^^
    • peche025
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      Hey Skeat, your probably right I should say something! Well recently I have stopped playing FR and been concentrating solely on SH, mostly because FR felt like a GRIND and SH is just more fun.

      Since I knew nothing about SH I had to start from the basics but after about 10-15k hands i'm doing ok. No huge profits but I guess that is ok since I am a SH noob, one thing I must say is the tables seem a little more fishy and I guess this means if you do find/get a seat on a good table there are less players to share the fish with :s_biggrin:

      On the learning point of you I had my first ever sweat a couple of days with Skeat and I enjoyed it, having never done one before I didn't know too much what to expect but I thought it went well and we disagreed over a couple of points which I believe is excellent and gives you something to think about.

      Right now I'm reading The Poker Blueprint seems very similar to Fees book but just in a lot more detail, it is a whole wealth of information and I think I'm going to have to reread it once I'm done to pick up a lot of imformation I missed first time around.

      GL at the tables just not mine ;)
    • peche025
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      Oh one last thought SH = high variance