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Big stack NL blog with the masta of disasta

    • Escobario
      Joined: 17.01.2009 Posts: 183
      watsup to whoever wants to waste their time reading this!

      decided to make a blog, well more a 'log' of my progression (hopefully) through the limits to where i can make a decent living playing poker.

      a bit of background info:

      started playing probably 1-2 years ago, only recently decided to take poker more seriously. in the past year iv lost probably $300 or so playing micro limits and sngs.

      finally decided to nerd it up and started reading all the pokerstrategy articles, watching some videos etc... and have had some success - after depositing another 200 on pstars my bankroll is now on exactly $300, amazing, i know.

      basically decided to start a blog to keep myself in check, as most of my losses come from tilting and stacking off light. i feel if i have some way to keep track of myself i will feel accountable for being a retard and keep it on point.

      anyhow, i will be following the pokerstrategy TAG style and bankroll management rules, so plan to be at 5c 10c for a while longer. i learned a valuable lesson in BRM the first time i ground my way to $200 - i decided to put it ALL on a NL200 table as a shortstack, well, before i even paid my 2nd big blind, i got dealt KK, beautiful, my plan was working and im so lucky right? wrong. got reraised by AA and shoved all in faster than you could jackoff to a prime jenna jameson, of course i lost it all. will follow BRM religiously now.

      ill be updating this after every days play. starting from now! by the way, sometimes i play 16 tables, sometimes 1, sometimes 2 or 3 or 9, depends on my mood

      after tilting away 40$ yesterday, had a good session today getting back to $300, nothing out of the ordinary just winning stacks from people who like their overcards a little much when i have TPTK or better :D .

      bankroll : $299.74
  • 23 replies
    • Hahaownedlolz
      Joined: 24.04.2009 Posts: 1,755
      I highly suggest you play less tables if your still learning. I would play 4-6 tables.. 16 tabling is a really bad idea. And even though your rolled for NL 10, if you haven't beat NL2 yet over a big sample, it might not be such a good idea to play it.

      BSS suggests 25 buy ins so you weren't rolled for NL10 when you deposited.

      But goodluck, and don't multitable so much if your going to have such agressive BRM. I mean if you 16 table your sitting with more then half your bankroll at the tables. Even though i don't play BSS but sng's i just can't see how 25 BI's is safe.. eventhough the article suggests it.. I'd go with 50+ to be honest..

      Anyway, funny blog and good luck!
    • Escobario
      Joined: 17.01.2009 Posts: 183
      haha thanks for the kind words bro.

      i know im still learning and stuff. iv played NL2 and just found it so ridiculously easy. i know i can beat NL10 if i play my A or B game, i dont have to think about squeezing or making light isolation raises as i think its probably getting too advanced for the fishy nl10 limit.

      there is a reason i like to play alot of tables sometimes and ill fill you in why. this might not make alot of sense but iv noticed it.

      if im a bit bored or just not 100% on my game, 1 or 2 tables i occasionally find myself trying to think too much about what somone could have (surely hes just reraising me because im the button! kinda stuff). this leads to me stacking off with say 66 preflop, or even on a flop like J 5 2. however, if i have alot of tables open i dont have time to have these thoughts going through my mind, so i can fold that to a reraise and be done with the hand.

      i realise there is pitfalls to this, i wont be able to take notes as well, ill miss things like a certain guy being a maniac or somone raising my blind 90% of the time. i dont do it alot to be honest, usually the max ill do is 9 tables but occasionally i will pull out the 16, it just helps me follow my TAG strategy.

      i will always still be learning, and i wish i could be a robot and play as i wish all the time on just 1 or 2 tables, but iv noticed a definate pattern of screwing myself like this. so now i let my mood decide my table number.

      i think ill take your advice on board tho, and stick to a maximum of 9 tables and see how i go.

    • Hahaownedlolz
      Joined: 24.04.2009 Posts: 1,755
      It makes sense to me, i kinda have the same problem. For example i just busted in this hand. This guy would keep reraising preflop in position so in the button or the cut off. So he keeps doing this over and over, so i make a pretty risky play and reraise all in from the BB with 25BB with A-3 suited. And he actualy has something this time (66).. If i was multi tabling i wouldn't have done it..

      But yeah, we should learn to play TAG even when your playing one table :D It's hard to not go with your reads and make dangerous plays, even though mine are right quite often..
    • Escobario
      Joined: 17.01.2009 Posts: 183
      dont get me wrong i can do it fine usually, its just the 1/10 times where like ur example i get stacked light and it makes me tilt cos i realise how stupid a move it was.

      if i get stacked with KK vs AA i dont care at all
    • Escobario
      Joined: 17.01.2009 Posts: 183
      ok... really shit day today

      played 800 hands and this is what i get for my effort:

      Grabbed by Holdem Manager
      NL Holdem $0.10(BB) Replayer
      SB ($11.65)
      BB ($11.65)
      UTG ($20.40)
      UTG+1 ($11)
      UTG+2 ($8.50)
      MP1 ($15)
      MP2 ($13.60)
      CO ($10.60)
      Hero ($10)

      MP2 posts (SB) $0.05

      Dealt to Hero K:diamond: K:heart:

      fold, fold, UTG+2 raises to $0.40, MP1 raises to $1, fold, fold, Hero raises to $3, fold, fold, fold, MP1 calls $2

      FLOP ($6.60) J:club: J:spade: 3:diamond:

      MP1 bets $2, Hero raises to $7 (AI), MP1 calls $5

      TURN ($20.60) J:club: J:spade: 3:diamond: 8:club:

      RIVER ($20.60) J:club: J:spade: 3:diamond: 8:club: A:diamond:

      Hero shows K:diamond: K:heart:
      (Pre 69%, Flop 85.6%, Turn 93.2%)

      MP1 shows A:club: K:spade:
      (Pre 31%, Flop 14.4%, Turn 6.8%)

      MP1 wins $19.60

      but wait, theres more! this next guy had been raising my blind 80% of the time with junk and i decided to fight back

      Grabbed by Holdem Manager
      NL Holdem $0.10(BB) Replayer
      Hero ($11.85)
      BB ($2.70)
      UTG ($18.20)
      UTG+1 ($4.20)
      UTG+2 ($6)
      MP1 ($10.95)
      MP2 ($5)
      CO ($6.70)
      BTN ($4.20)

      Dealt to Hero 7:heart: 7:spade:

      fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, BTN raises to $0.40, Hero raises to $1.20, fold, BTN calls $0.80

      FLOP ($2.50) K:diamond: 8:club: K:heart:

      Hero bets $1.50, BTN calls $1.50

      TURN ($5.50) K:diamond: 8:club: K:heart: 3:diamond:

      Hero bets $1.50, BTN calls $1.50 (AI)

      RIVER ($8.50) K:diamond: 8:club: K:heart: 3:diamond: J:diamond:

      BTN shows J:heart: A:spade:
      (Pre 46%, Flop 37.6%, Turn 20.5%)

      Hero shows 7:heart: 7:spade:
      (Pre 54%, Flop 62.4%, Turn 79.5%)

      BTN wins $8.10

      and again....

      Grabbed by Holdem Manager
      NL Holdem $0.10(BB) Replayer
      SB ($4.75)
      Hero ($10)
      UTG ($3.45)
      UTG+1 ($4)
      UTG+2 ($3.10)
      MP1 ($7.70)
      CO ($13.55)
      BTN ($4.35)

      Dealt to Hero Q:heart: Q:club:

      UTG raises to $0.50, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to $1.50, UTG raises to $3.45 (AI), Hero calls $1.95

      FLOP ($6.95) 3:diamond: 2:heart: 6:diamond:

      TURN ($6.95) 3:diamond: 2:heart: 6:diamond: 8:diamond:

      RIVER ($6.95) 3:diamond: 2:heart: 6:diamond: 8:diamond: 7:diamond:

      Hero shows Q:heart: Q:club:
      (Pre 80%, Flop 86.4%, Turn 75.0%)

      UTG shows J:spade: J:diamond:
      (Pre 20%, Flop 13.6%, Turn 25.0%)

      UTG wins $6.65

      Grabbed by Holdem Manager
      NL Holdem $0.10(BB) Replayer
      SB ($11.10)
      BB ($3)
      UTG ($15.05)
      UTG+1 ($3.80)
      UTG+2 ($9.70)
      MP1 ($8.35)
      MP2 ($10.05)
      Hero ($10)
      BTN ($29.65)

      Dealt to Hero A:spade: K:heart:

      fold, UTG+1 calls $0.10, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to $0.50, fold, fold, fold, UTG+1 calls $0.40

      FLOP ($1.15) A:club: 7:club: 2:diamond:

      UTG+1 bets $0.40, Hero raises to $1.20, UTG+1 raises to $3.30 (AI), Hero calls $2.10

      TURN ($7.75) A:club: 7:club: 2:diamond: 7:diamond:

      RIVER ($7.75) A:club: 7:club: 2:diamond: 7:diamond: Q:diamond:

      UTG+1 shows 9:diamond: A:diamond:
      (Pre 30%, Flop 17.3%, Turn 30.7%)

      Hero shows A:spade: K:heart:
      (Pre 70%, Flop 82.7%, Turn 69.3%)

      UTG+1 wins $7.40

      luckily the last two guys were only medium stacks.... and i will confess i did lose a buyin or two with AA KK vs flopped sets on boards like 4 6 8. but dammit.

      ended the session $281.39, and can dissappointingly note that of all the times i won a full stack, i never had less than 80% ev. if im gonna get sucked out on at least let me do it to someone else right?

      might play some more later, but really dont feel like poker right now and shouldnt play in that mood X(
    • Escobario
      Joined: 17.01.2009 Posts: 183
      decided to bite the bullet and have another crack at breaking even today

      played 12 tables for approximately 1000 hands, and finished up.

      no real hands of note but i did enjoy seeing one guy lose to a 2 outer, then get KK vs my AA and have a MASSIVE whine in the chatbox. haha.

      bankroll: $308.19
    • Escobario
      Joined: 17.01.2009 Posts: 183
      same day new session (nothing better to do)

      just played 2 tables, taking notes etc. but OH MY GOD there was this one fish i just could NOT beat. he was sitting directly on my left, was in 60% of hands, never raising. basically, he just calls calls calls even if he just has an overcard, i know that sounds PERFECT, but he just kept catching cards. decided to stop cbetting him all together unless i hit because he would just give me free cards anyway, but in about 20 hands together i dont think i won one. would just hit 6 or something and take me down. i didnt lose much money to him, but it was pretty fked up.

      i wasnt in this hand but it shows his style well..... cutoff raises with AQ, fish calls with A6 from sb. flop comes AQ4, fish checks - CO raises, fish calls, turn comes 6, fish checks, CO raises, fish calls, river comes 6, fish checks, CO raises allin, fish calls.

      chuckles ensued.

      finished up, bankroll $327.64

      clearly, im well on my way to victory
    • Escobario
      Joined: 17.01.2009 Posts: 183
      had a terrible session of 1400 hands over about 3 hours tonight... not terrible in that people sucked out, but i just feel i played terribly.

      dammit. this hand which was near the end of the session sorta summed up how i was playing....

      Grabbed by Holdem Manager
      NL Holdem $0.10(BB) Replayer
      SB ($10.60)
      BB ($11.20)
      Hero ($13.05)
      UTG+1 ($8.30)
      UTG+2 ($10.65)
      CO ($9.75)
      BTN ($10.10)

      Dealt to Hero A:heart: K:club:

      Hero raises to $0.40, fold, fold, fold, BTN calls $0.40, SB calls $0.35, fold

      FLOP ($1.30) 8:diamond: A:spade: 3:heart:

      SB checks, Hero bets $0.80, BTN folds, SB raises to $2.40, Hero calls $1.60

      TURN ($6.10) 8:diamond: A:spade: 3:heart: 2:diamond:

      SB bets $4, Hero raises to $10.25 (AI), SB calls $3.80 (AI)

      RIVER ($21.70) 8:diamond: A:spade: 3:heart: 2:diamond: J:club:

      SB shows 3:spade: 3:diamond:
      (Pre 53%, Flop 98.1%, Turn 100.0%)

      Hero shows A:heart: K:club:
      (Pre 47%, Flop 1.9%, Turn 0.0%)

      SB wins $20.65

      his stats were 20/12 and his checkraise percentage was 29% over a few hundred hands.

      bankroll : $306.59
    • Escobario
      Joined: 17.01.2009 Posts: 183
      decent session today, thankfully.

      finished on $325.04 after 600 hands
    • jakosamlud
      Joined: 13.02.2010 Posts: 53
      Hey man, what's ur bb/100 - hands?
    • purplefizz
      Joined: 12.03.2008 Posts: 4,508
      i dont mind the 25 BI for micros. seems ur making good progress. clearly on ur way to victory as u said. :D
    • Escobario
      Joined: 17.01.2009 Posts: 183
      well, not so much anymore... :tongue:

      after an abysmal 200 hand session in which i lost a stack with AA to a loose aggressive guy with set of queens, then lost another stack with top set TT to somone with KK hitting their king on the turn after we got the money in on the flop, i can now proudly state im running 5 buyins below e.v according to the hem graph thing.

      bankroll : $307.65.

      oh and sorry jako i cannot reveal my bb/100 yet. as i was pretty much a losing player for a whole year its still not in the positive. if u can find a way i can work it otu for the last month or so then ill gladly post it. haha.
    • Escobario
      Joined: 17.01.2009 Posts: 183
      actually i guess it cant do any harm.... bb/100 is -1.61 , although thats a steady improvement since i started reading articles and such
    • Strahinjak
      Joined: 05.03.2010 Posts: 20
      You can just filter your hands from the day you started playing poker seriously.

      You posted hands are typical bad beats..It happens to everyone, as long as you get in your money good you're going to profit in the long run.

      Btw good luck with your blog :)
    • Escobario
      Joined: 17.01.2009 Posts: 183
      yeah i know its just poker gettin bad beats, just thought id post them just as an example of my shit day! not so much "OMG POKER IS RIGGED I HATE THIS" more like "fuck me in the ass" sorta thing.


      from being emotionally crippled by that session, i just had a freaking close to perfect one... everything seemd to go well, people folding to me cbets when i had air, calling me down when i had them crushed, the list goes on.

      even after getting stacked in probably the first hand of the session like a total donk in a blind v button battle with 33, i finished with the biggest gains i ever had on 5c 10c in a single session.

      ill follow sorta wat i did in the last post, but this time is gooD! :D .. this hand summed up the session for me:

      Grabbed by Holdem Manager
      NL Holdem $0.10(BB) Replayer
      SB ($11.90)
      BB ($10)
      UTG ($4.40)
      UTG+1 ($7.20)
      UTG+2 ($15.85)
      MP1 ($11.65)
      CO ($12.80)
      Hero ($17.80)

      Dealt to Hero 2:spade: 2:heart:

      fold, UTG+1 raises to $0.60, UTG+2 calls $0.60, fold, fold, Hero calls $0.60, fold, fold

      FLOP ($1.95) 6:spade: 6:club: 2:diamond:

      UTG+1 bets $1.20, UTG+2 raises to $2.40, Hero calls $2.40, UTG+1 raises to $6.60 (AI), UTG+2 calls $4.20, Hero raises to $17.20 (AI), UTG+2 calls $8.65 (AI)

      TURN ($39.05) 6:spade: 6:club: 2:diamond: 4:spade:

      RIVER ($39.05) 6:spade: 6:club: 2:diamond: 4:spade: 8:club:

      UTG+1 shows A:spade: A:club:
      (Pre 66%, Flop 17.1%, Turn 9.5%)

      UTG+2 shows K:club: K:diamond:
      (Pre 18%, Flop 8.5%, Turn 4.8%)

      Hero shows 2:spade: 2:heart:
      (Pre 15%, Flop 74.4%, Turn 85.7%)

      Hero wins $37.10

      i dont really like bieber, but baby baby baby oooooohhhhhh.

      even my winnings line caught up a little to my E.V line. cool huh?

      bankroll: $369.40 after the 1500 hand session lasting close to 3 hours

      looking back at my last few replys, i was kinda in a bad mood, even expecting to suck out on people. fact is, if im playing well then i will hardly EVER be sucking out, dunno why i was expecting a 50/50 ratio of getting sucked and sucking.

      days like this remind me to wait for the good spots instead of stacking off marginally, which can become a habit if ur not winning big pots with sets and such :D
    • Escobario
      Joined: 17.01.2009 Posts: 183
      600 hand session, ups and downs, ended down slightly. was going fine till i got stacked with KK by a set on a 3d 8d 5c board by a donkey. rats.

      also lost an allin preflop with KK vs JJ. rats.

      finished on $363.76 though so not all is lost (except my happy mood). o wells.
    • Escobario
      Joined: 17.01.2009 Posts: 183
      2000 hands over the last 6 hours zombie session :D

      despite losing a full buyin twice with KK vs AA preflop, managed to finish up (just).

      also my internet went down when i was in the middle of 3betting the dealer from sb, dunno what happened lol. dammit.

      bankroll $374.71. nnnooootttt toooo shabby.

      oh finally worked out how to see stats for just the last month, bb/100 hands was 6.6! dunno if this is normal or sustainable. let me know what u think. im guessing its a normal winrate for 5c10c micros tho.

      just worked out what that session's hourly wage... someething like $1.70 per hour.... not quite on minimum wage yet
    • Escobario
      Joined: 17.01.2009 Posts: 183
      2 hour session today, 600 hands. went pretty well. multitabling but not too many, average of about 5-6 i think. finished up! not too far till i crack the 400.

      bankroll : $393.36
    • Escobario
      Joined: 17.01.2009 Posts: 183
      well been a couple days. been gaming :D .

      had played a 100 hand session in which i lost 5 bucks, wasnt really in the right mindframe to poker so i just stopped... wouldnt suprise me if i had lost 30 if i kept playing.

      anyhoo. back playing today, 700 hand session over about 80 minutes. it was a good one.

      bankroll : $414.56 first time cracking 400 feels like an achievement for me.

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