The Bukafax Tale: Path To NL10 Glory.

    • LukasGunther
      Joined: 01.12.2009 Posts: 12
      Hello everybody!

      I have decided to write a blog about my current poker endeavors! I have had only a years worth of actual poker experience; if that. My beginnings in poker were not very savory.


      The Moneymaker effect had hit me. I was constantly watching WPT on sundays and got really interested in poker. At that time I was only about 14 so I was much to young to play seriously. I downloaded PS and played play money hard! I built my stack up high and thought I was a poker god. Looking back; I had no clue what I was doing. I came across a website that would turn the play money it to real money. So I shipped off all my play chips. I ended up with about 3 dollars and went and sat at a table. I ended up losing it instantly and my dreams were shattered. I had given up playing on PS.

      Fast forward to August of last year. A guy I work with brought up the topic poker and I got into a conversation with him. He told me of all his casino and online stories. Bad beats, hitting a one outer, you name it. Poker was officially back in my mind. We decided to trek to a casino not to far away. The casino we played at only had limit poker. We played 5/10 limit. That night I came out even. We played for 12 hours and I loved it. He ended up lending me Super System 2 and I read that and absorbed as much as I could.

      Not to long after that I found PokerStrategy. Passed the quiz right away and got my 50 dollars on Party. I shared the account with the guy I worked with. He sadly blew all the money and paid me back in cash.

      Online poker wasn't my priority. It was live poker. So I ended up playing the 5/10 game at that casino quite regularly. Just as a recreational player. I would take the $100 dollar buy in with me and see what I could turn it into. One night I made enough so I could have the $400 for 10/20. So I sat at 10/20 and had the luckiest night of my poker career. Hitting anything and everything. I turned that $400 into $1700. I went and spent it all and decided to regularly play 10/20. I became a regular at the 10/20 game and had no BR management. I would just take $400 from a check and play with it. Usually I would build it up to about 1K and end up losing it. I quit live poker about 2 months ago for BRM reasons.

      My first real online deposit was on FTP. I put on 250 because that was the minimum with the method of depositing that I was going to use. I started playing NL 6-max. It was a very fun fast paced game. I started off well. Nights were very swingy. I would go up and down +/-5 buy-ins a night. One night I was really tired and played more tables then usual. I ended up losing 6 buy-ins. So that angered me and tilted me. I headed to the HU SnG. Playing anywhere from the 20,50,88,100 HU SnG. It didn't last long till I went busto.


      I have deposited money once again on FTP. The same amount as prior; $250. I am taking a shot at NL10 FR. This is a less swing oriented game and hope it will not deter me like before. So far I have put in about 5K hands and am at 3bb/100. I am looking to keep people updated on my journey once a week.

      Hand Of The Week
      Full Tilt Poker $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em - 8 players - View hand 732604
      The Official Hand History Converter

      SB: $10.05
      BB: $10.00
      UTG: $10.29
      Hero (UTG+1): $18.19
      MP1: $10.75
      MP2: $14.22
      CO: $6.46
      BTN: $10.00

      Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is UTG+1 with A :heart: J :diamond:
      1 fold, Hero raises to $0.30, 1 fold, MP2 calls $0.30, CO calls $0.30, 3 folds

      Flop: ($1.05) 7 :spade: 2 :heart: T :diamond: (3 players)
      Hero checks, MP2 checks, CO checks

      Turn: ($1.05) J :heart: (3 players)
      Hero checks, MP2 checks, CO bets $0.50, Hero calls $0.50, MP2 folds

      River: ($2.05) T :heart: (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO bets $5.66 all in, Hero calls $5.66

      Final Pot: $13.37
      Hero shows A :heart: J :diamond: (two pair, Jacks and Tens)
      CO shows 3 :heart: Q :spade: (a pair of Tens)
      Hero wins $12.48
      (Rake: $0.89)

      The only reason I called here was due to notes. I had notes on his prior bluff attempts and knew how he went through with them. This leads to my lesson of the week.

      Lesson Of The Week: Note Taking

      This week I have learned how effective note taking really is. It gives you your own personal call on things. It is a detailed way to know how a player plays and what they may do. HUD may give you a players stats but when it comes down to it, note taking is far more effective. For example, you fold your hand pre flop in early position. It is folded around to the button who raises it. The SB fold and BB 3-bets. The button decides to 4-bet and the BB folds. The button decides to show his hand of 72o. This is the first time you have seen him 4-bet giving him a low 4-bet stat in your HUD. Later on down the road your the BB and he is the button. You have Jacks. He raises for the steal and you 3-bet. He comes back at you with a 4-bet. Your HUD will tell you his 4-bet stat is low and will scare you off. If you had taken a noted from what you had watched previously you would know to come over the top. This is a very extreme example but helps polarize the necessity of Note Taking.
  • 2 replies
    • Hahaownedlolz
      Joined: 24.04.2009 Posts: 1,755
      Goodluck, just read it all. Keep studying, watching videos, posting hands, going to coaching sessions etc. Most importantly follow BRM.. And realise you have to move down at a certain point..
    • ZhiCheng
      Joined: 04.10.2008 Posts: 2,294

      really nice read.
      I guess you started like everyone else here.
      Found poker interesting - heater - bustooo - rest - poker strategy.
      Now you have all the best material to get yourself close to your dream.

      Wish you good luck;)