An Unorthodox Blog By A Conservative Human (NL25SH & SCOOP)

    • Verre
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      An Unorthodox Blog By A Conservative Human

      My name is Verre. Some of you already know me. For those who dont know me well, it wont effect much of this blog anyways :P .

      This blog has been about 4 months of planning. I have 2 previous blogs here, mostly going no where. I did not want to do that again. Not only do I cheat myself but I cheat anyone who is reading. As you read you'll see why I have not succeeded so far.

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      Poker History

      Despite me not wanting to babble on about myself, I will give you some information about my poker past.

      I started playing poker live in early 2009. Unlike most people I won quite often and fell in love with the extra money. In Canada our casinos smallest game is NL200. I won at this game, but never recorded anything to keep track of wins/loses.

      Mid February a friend told me about pokerstrategy and I signed up. The world of online poker was opened up a little more to me. I had played online before but just donked around.

      Long story short. I worked on my game on and off. Tried to take online poker seriously many times and always failed after a few weeks. I enjoyed donking around online. In comparison to NL200 the money I was risking was pennies. The key to this whole blog is when I actually sit down and play my A game, I surprise myself how good I am.

      Since Mid April 2009 I have kept track of all winnings live, and the internet has kindly kept track of me donking around for a year and a half. Live I am up $4,237.00 playing NL200 and a few tournaments. Online I'm down ~1,400.00-~1,600.00 depending on some sites. I realized I had to stop donking around 4 months ago and this blog started to be born but I must tell you, playing a $5 tournament or losing a BI on NL25 still feels like fun to my subconsious. It has taken me until now to cut that off. I played my last donkament today.

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      The Unorthodox Challenge

      So I have been thinking along time about what I actually wanted to play for this challenge. I had 3 choices:

      Tournaments: Most enjoyed form of poker for all the wrong reasons. I love this form of poker because of so many bad players and because it is low risk high reward. My problem is I dont prepare well while playing and I lose focus too easy after long hours and go into auto pilot which eventually has me making stupid mistakes at key times.

      NLHM 6 Max: Probubly my most skilled form of poker when I'm playing my A game. NL Cash games are high reward but I dont jump up and down with excitement when it comes to table selection. I have two major problems with this form of poker. I'm conservative by nature. Its a great skill when it comes to managing money but not a great skill when a pot is laying you two to one and your in a flip situation and you know it. The other problem is that I like to sit on early session profits and leave after an hour or two with what could realistically turn into a greater profit if I just kept truckin along.

      FLHM 6 Max Rakeback Grind: Because of my conservative nature and the smaller need to table select due to small amounts of tables at required levels this is choice has drawn to me for along time. The problems for me is FL Rakeback grinding is unimaginative in a way. You can make a lot of money but it doesn't have the appeal outsmarting opponents with sophisticated lines does. The other major drawback is to rakeback grind properly at 5/10 I would essentially need to deposit my whole roll onto one site and not play any live poker.

      With all that in mind I made a decision on what I was going to do. It came together like this. Because I have one month of free time and no idea what my life will bring next, I mise well make a one month challenge for myself. I will combine NLHM 6 Max with SCOOP and possible MiniFTOPS events. Here are the events I have already bought into:

      May 2 SCOOP Event #1 $22 NLHE 6 Max 250k Gtd
      May 2 SCOOP Event #2 $22 NLHE 2-Day 500k Gtd
      May 4 SCOOP Event #8 $11 NLHE 100k Gtd
      May 7 SCOOP Event #13 $16.50 NLHE Ante Up! 50k Gtd
      May 9 SCOOP Event #20 $22 NLHE 2-Day 500k Gtd
      May 11 SCOOP Event #22 $11 NLHE 100k Gtd
      May 15 SCOOP Event #36 $22 H.O.R.S.E 50k Gtd
      May 16 SCOOP Event #37 $22 NLHE 200k Gtd

      If I manage to make a major cash in any of these tournaments you will see me playing in a lot more obviously.

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      Goals

      Before I list my goals I warn you. This is not going to be like a normal long term goal thing. With my time limit and bankroll limited, bankroll management is gone:s_ugly: . Now so you know I haven't lost my marbles, I'm using it as a training tool for myself. After this month I will go back to using strick BRM.

      Goal #1) Start with a small bankroll ($220.20) and use a 10 BI bankroll system. I will start at NL25 and will not be moving down at anytime. If I lose this small amount I will reload a regular bankroll and refine ALL of my goals to something reasonable.

      Goal #2) Break the mind/money bond. I value money too much to make thin +EV moves that are necessary to be a high profit NLHM player. To attain this goal I will play my sessions to thier designated length no matter the profit I have made so far. While I do this I will conciously take advantage of any +EV spots no matter how thin it is.

      Goal #3) Final Table a SCOOP event. Alright this one is crazy, but if I play my A game and prepare its not lottery chances bad. I need to take that major step in my big event tournament game.

      Goal #4) Play 20,000 hands of NLHM 6 Max at whatever limit my bankroll allows. 20k hands may be a bit high due to the high amount of time I may be spending playing tournaments but whatever, I need to set a lofty goal.

      Goal #5) And finally, the goal you'll all roast me for (please remember I'm having a bit of fun with this I'm not trying to grow this measily 200 bucks into a living), I want to finish this with $2,000.00 bankroll. Thats right, 1000% RoI in one month :s_biggrin: I have full confi...... oh who am I kidding even I think this is stupid lol. But we'll keep it here anyways so I can fail :f_biggrin:

      So goal rundown.

      Maintain my crazy bankroll requirements for the month of May - So Far So Good
      Play all sessions until designated finishing time - In Progress
      Final Table a SCOOP tournament - SCOOP hasn't started Yet
      Play 20,000 Hands of NLHM 6 Max - 0/20,000
      Increase Bankroll to $2,000 - $220.20/$2,000.00

      Wish me luck. I hope those who follow this will get a kick out of what I'm trying to do. The end goal is for me to break the mental blocks that are holding me back from playing online poker the way I play live poker. At that point if i succeed I will probubly turn my blog into a real blog updating on real goals and such.

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      Bankroll

      $220.20

      FPPs 66.86
  • 10 replies
    • wuttehhell
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      10BI, that's some crazy bankroll management but you know best.
      I wish you luck and I'll be following your blog. :spade:
    • Verre
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      Thanks for the support wuttehhell. I hope I dont dissapoint :P

      I played my first short session today. I had plans so I only had 2 hours, 1 of which was spent watching hasenbratens new video.



      Its nice to know that when I play a simple ABC A game I seem to dominate. Of course this high winrate is variance but I didn't seem to be running extremely good except for a big three bet that priced me in to go all in with AKs vs QQ.

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      Bankroll

      $307.76

      FPPs 142.21
    • Waiboy
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      Hey Verre! Good to see ya back around the traps dude!

      Good luck with the donk around, and ship one of those SCOOP events to ensure this blog stays a solid read. LDO. :f_cool:

      I won a $33 SCOOP ticket in a freeroll - ofc there aren't any $33 tourneys I'd feel comfortable playing so I'm considering donking it away in the 7 card Stud tourney on the 5th. I've worked uber hard on my Stud game and am (sortof) confident with my play all the way to 3rd street. After that I'm guessing tbh, but I'm assuming my uber FL skills will see me pwn.
    • Verre
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      Lol Waiboy nice of you to post.

      I've actually followed only a few blogs during my time of not blogging myself and yours has been one of them.

      Can you not split up your 33 ticket to play in a 22 and an 11? If that was the case I would play in the FL event since your FL skills will probubly give you a good chance to ship a nice payday there. Who knows, that might be the kind of thing that changes your luck and puts you on a mad heater.
    • Verre
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      A dissapointing loss in event #1 6max NLHM.

      I made a bad read on a guy I had over 200 hands on. His AGGFreq was huge and i hit second pair and bet all three streets only to lose to his pair of Q when he held Q2o and called a 3 bet preflop OOP. I held JJ.

      A few hands later I got my remaining 11k in with AKs against a stack of 140k who ended up having TT hold.

      40 minutes until the 2 day event. I feel this next event is my best chance to make big money.

      Event #1 Finish. 9068/27305 after 3 hours and 12 minutes
    • Verre
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      And event 2 is over for me after 2:12.

      I was card dead for 2 hours and on the button I raised with 66 and got called by the BB. Flop came 345 rainbow and he raised and I repopped and he got me all in for basically my starting stack and he called my pfr with 34o and it held.

      A frusterating day overall.

      16723/26200
    • Waiboy
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      Originally posted by Verre
      I've actually followed only a few blogs during my time of not blogging myself and yours has been one of them.
      Wow.. I'm not sure whether to say thank you and feel quite humbled, or refer you to the sado-masochist hotline.. :f_p:

      Can you not split up your 33 ticket to play in a 22 and an 11? If that was the case I would play in the FL event since your FL skills will probubly give you a good chance to ship a nice payday there. Who knows, that might be the kind of thing that changes your luck and puts you on a mad heater.
      You'd think you could! But I tried registering for the FL event and it wouldn't let me use the ticket. Still I'm absolutely 100% sure Stud Hi MTTs are going to be my game. :s_cool:
    • Verre
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      Well my playing comp is absolutely trashed. I made the mistake of letting my gf use it. Shes a great gf but useless with electronics. She somehow got me a super bug and it crashed my harddrive.

      I've lost all my stats and records. I tried everything to save the data but in the end i had to reformat. I cashed most of my role out to go buy windows 7 so by bad cercumstances this blog is basically dead :( . I'm left with 80 dollar bankroll and 6 SCOOPS that are already bought into.
    • Verre
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      Whoot my comp is fixed. Unfortunately I have lost all my histories so I'm starting fresh. Its almost a nice feeling to have a clean slate.

      There will be two parts to this post. First will be my first session back with no stats on any villains.

      Here is my winnings graph:


      As you can see it was a rather nice session. Previously I would have been inclined to quit early with how bad I ran but I kept my 3 hour session going and played great and it worked out.

      Here is my EV graph. I dont post this one much but it shows how bad I ran:


      I lost KK vs QQ, KK vs 99 (bad push by me on a 9 high board), and KK vs JJ in this session and still pulled a profit. I believe it shows how far I have come as a NLHM player in the tilt department.

      As for SCOOP it has been going horrible. I have played each one up until now with no stats. In the first three tournaments I've found the donkeys only for the donkeys to have big hands. Looking back I overplayed hands against these guys because I knew they would call down with second pair. I haven't been playing my game. With 3 tournaments left for me I will be trying hard to place well.

      Now for the second part of this post.

      Once a month between 16-18 guys get together to play a $60 buyin tournament at a private room followed by NL50 cashgame. Most of the guys are NL200 regs and play in this game because they enjoy the deeper thought processes of thier opponenets at our home game than they can get playing NL200 at the casinos. Our NL50 game is well known as one of the harder games around our area.

      I have not missed a month since the cardgame started 17 months ago. When I first started playing against these guys I was the fish in the room, and back then a few buyins was my limit. As I have got better and been able to beat NL200 live I was still having trouble with this NL50 game.

      Last night was the monthly game and I skipped the tourament because I had my last class until 10pm. I got there as a 9 handed NL50 game was starting and lost a buyin quickly with TPTK against two callers who where both drawing, one with TP and a flush draw and the other with a straight draw.

      I quickly rebought and kept playing my normal game. Incredibly I started calling hands at a huge rate and making massive and correct turn and river laydowns that would be unthinkable playing NL25 online. In 7 hours of play there was over $1500 dollars on the table and 5 guys left. At this point I have a massive $700 dollar stack, one guy has ~450, one guy has ~$300, and the other two are barely over starting stacks. Not one person that had left had cashed out and at this point it was 6am.

      In the SB I am dealt pocket Aces and the BB who is notoriously tight/passive (one of the only non LAG players in this game) reraises my 5bb raise to 18bb. I decide he has a big hand, probubly Kings or Queens and if I flat I can get paid off big.

      I flat and the board comes QJ8 two diamonds. I check and look at the opponenet and he looks very confident. I figure if he hit top set he is checking and if he has an overpair or TPTK he will protect. He does just that and raises $18(36bb). I think for a minute and decide that any card other than a K or a Q should make me good here no matter what. If either of them come I will have to give up and if anything else comes I will check/raise again.

      Unfortunately one of the less nice cards comes. 10d. If he had the bottom of his range with AK he would hit the nuts. I had the Ad so i would have to call a raise with a gutshot and a flushdraw both to the nuts.

      He looked very weak and after I checked he deliberated for about 5 minutes. The pot was ~$60 bucks and he had ~$300 behind.

      To my surprise and my delight he decided that the best course of action was to overpush his 300 into the pot. I snap called and sure enough he had KK with the Kd. He was drawing to 9s9c9hAsAc. The river came a beautiful 8s and I raked in the biggest pot in the 17 months of this cashgame $701.50.

      The game shut down soon after that hand and I cashed out $1050.50 with a profit of $950.00. Thats a solid 271.57bb/Hour and if you calculate that into bb/100 it would be huge. Anyways it was the best poker I've played in my life and wanted to brag. I wish there was more hands to brag about but I only went to showdown 6 times all night and twice where flips with shorties and I broke even between the two of them.

      Wish me luck with SCOOP in an hour.
    • Verre
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      With all that said I think I'm going to quit tournament poker :P

      I cannot get over how profitable tournament poker could be if your hands could hold or people would play proper poker against you.

      This is how I went out of the scoop.

      Preflop Late position with Ac7c. I raise guy who limps calls. Flop comes 689 two clubs and guy raises. I reraise and he calls the rest of his stack which was like 8k with AQo...!!!???? What??? I made the play because I knew he had nothing.

      I have two scoop events left and I need to take a break from that kind of stuff.