Starting with $0, my first challange :)

    • tvalberg
      tvalberg
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      Joined: 24.03.2010 Posts: 61
      Hi Guys

      Thought it was time for me to finally start a blog here.

      I am 30 years old, and currently live in The Netherlands. But originally from Norway. Have been moving around in Europe, but thanks to my job and my wife im pretty much stuck here :) (not that its a bad thing, Holland is great)

      I have always loved playing poker as a social thing, but the last few months the interest has been growing rapidly. And lucky for me i have a great wife that allows me to spend time on my favourite hobby :)

      And as you can imagine i am still quite a newbie playing online. When i got my first $50 starting capital, after a lot of variance i eventually went broke. But that didnt stop me offcource.

      Lately i seem to get much better results, specially after i started reading "The Theory of Poker" by David S. Forced me to think much more...And play more aggressively.

      I know the below is not a great achievement, but its probably my best achievement so far :)

      My Challange
      By accident i have made my self a challange to make $100 from 0$. (if i make that i will probably start another challange:)

      This wednesday i went home to play in a $1000 freeroll on William Hill. My bankrolll on that account was $0.

      I busted as nr 22 from the turney, and got $6.50. Then i moved on to a NL5 cash table (FR). Bought in the minimum $3

      Aproximately 100 hands later i had $25.

      And now 2 short sessions later im at $40 :) So almost halfway to my challange. I will stick to NL5, until i have at least $150.

      When i compare my stats before and now, it seems like i have gone from TAG to LAG playing style. ( i think i had a PFR of 36%, but only 100 hands sample though)

      I'll try and add some stats and graps when i get home. And maybe some hands.
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    • TerrorBlade
      TerrorBlade
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      Joined: 16.10.2007 Posts: 1,922
      Now that you've managed to luckbox up to 40$, I strongly recommend moving to NL10 shortstack strategy (2$ buyin) cause at least you have 20 buyins for that which is some semblance of bankroll management.

      Playing such a loose style will most likely result in losing everything, if you're serious about actually not losing all your money, I strongly advise following the articles in relation to your strategy & bankroll management (BRM).
    • tvalberg
      tvalberg
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      Joined: 24.03.2010 Posts: 61
      Thanks :)

      Ohh man do have have the terms wrong :)

      I am actually short-stacking on NL10, not NL5 as i said.

      I buy in $2 or $3 when that is the min.

      Will get some hands posted son.
    • tvalberg
      tvalberg
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      Joined: 24.03.2010 Posts: 61
      So here are my stats since i started from $0.Note one session is missing as i was playing at work. Won $10 in that session. At this moment bankroll is $43.

      And i know its not a big sample size.




      And here is my graph: ($10 is missing from 1 session)


      Some fun hands:

      Stats:
      Button: 18/134/2.3/19/45 (VPIP/PFR/AG/WTSD/STEAL)
      SB: 25/8/0.0/25/0

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.05/$0.1 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)

      Known players:
      UTG2:
      $2.54
      MP1:
      $10.00
      MP2:
      $10.15
      MP3 (Hero):
      $4.61
      CO:
      $10.00
      BU:
      $9.54
      SB:
      $9.05
      BB:
      $20.30
      UTG1:
      $5.17


      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with K, 9.
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, CO folds, BU calls $0.40, SB calls $0.35, BB folds.

      Flop: ($1.3) K, 9, J (3 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks, BU bets $0.99, SB calls $0.99, Hero raises to $4.21(All-In), BU folds, SB folds, Hero gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $3.28.



      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.05/$0.1 No-Limit Hold'em (7 handed)

      Known players:
      MP1:
      $6.13
      MP2:
      $10.15
      MP3:
      $10.83
      CO:
      $2.06
      BU:
      $4.00
      SB:
      $6.00
      BB (Hero):
      $2.00


      Preflop: Hero is BB with A, Q.
      3 folds, CO raises to $0.40, 2 folds, Hero raises to $1.20, CO raises to $2.06, Hero calls $0.80.

      Flop: ($4.11) T, 6, A (2 players)


      Turn: ($4.11) 5 (2 players)


      River: ($4.11) 5 (2 players)


      Final Pot: $4.11.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, aces and fives(A Q).
      CO shows a full-house, fives full of sixs(6 5).

      CO wins with a full-house, fives full of sixs(6 5).
    • Waiboy
      Waiboy
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      Joined: 18.09.2008 Posts: 4,877
      Hey tvalberg.

      To my (admittedly limited) understanding of SSS you are not applying the strategy correctly - especially with stats like VPIP 31.6%, PFR 25.1%, 25% call v 3B.

      Read the strategy articles. Read them again. Attend some coachings. Read the articles again, then play a couple of hundred hands.

      Repeat the above for a week or two until you fully comprehend and can apply the theory.

      Otherwise I suspect you are going to struggle to remain solvent.

      Best of luck!
    • Hahaownedlolz
      Hahaownedlolz
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      Joined: 24.04.2009 Posts: 1,755
      :f_mad: People completely ignoring bankrollmanagement always getting lucky.. sigh..
    • tvalberg
      tvalberg
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      Joined: 24.03.2010 Posts: 61
      Originally posted by Hahaownedlolz
      :f_mad: People completely ignoring bankrollmanagement always getting lucky.. sigh..
      :)

      How is $2 by-in on NL10 ignoring bank-roll management ?

      Anyway, bankroll now at $49.59 :s_biggrin:
    • Hahaownedlolz
      Hahaownedlolz
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      Joined: 24.04.2009 Posts: 1,755
      Originally posted by tvalberg
      Originally posted by Hahaownedlolz
      :f_mad: People completely ignoring bankrollmanagement always getting lucky.. sigh..
      :)

      How is $2 by-in on NL10 ignoring bank-roll management ?

      Anyway, bankroll now at $49.59 :s_biggrin:

      and got $6.50. Then i moved on to a NL5 cash table (FR). Bought in the minimum $3

      :f_mad:
    • Tampaloeres81
      Tampaloeres81
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      Joined: 08.03.2009 Posts: 1,416
      1. BRM says 30BI at a level :f_confused: . So I suggest to play NL5. If you have beat SSS NL10 before 20BI can be enough. Swings of 10-15 BI are very common.
      2. you play way too much hands for SSSing. Default SSS PFR stat is like 8-10%.
      3. SSS is meant to be played with 20xbb and not 30xbb (yes that is a big difference).
      4. Items 1, 2 and 3 are probably the reason for wasting your first $50, so dont blame it on variance.

      Gl with your strategy but I would suggest to start reading before you bust.

      My 2 cents.

      T.
    • tvalberg
      tvalberg
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      Joined: 24.03.2010 Posts: 61
      Thanks for the tips :)

      I have read the articles, and i used to have stats closer to whats is reckoned to be optimal SSS. And also following the SSS starting hand chart to the letter. However the results were not very good. Thats basically how i lost my initial $50.

      My EV seem to be much better as well now, then when i following a chart.

      After reading some general poker theory and math (not specific to holdem), i find it best to play my opponents and situations, rather then following a strict starting hand chart.

      At least in my experience it seem to be more profitable playing more dynamically. Dont get me wrong, there is definitely situations were i play much more tight.

      But also the sampling size is not too big, i could just have been lucky with the cards i got in position :D

      If the table is tight, i play legitimate starting hands more tight but semibluff/bluff and steal more. If the table is more loose, i hardly bluff at all but loosing up a bit on legitimate starting hands.

      Also for the moment i play only 1 table, so i can keep track on how people play, not just by the stats.

      As for BRM, i now have $50 and buy-in for $2 on NL10. Will stay on NL10 until i have at least 25 BI for nest limit.
    • tvalberg
      tvalberg
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      Joined: 24.03.2010 Posts: 61
      Originally posted by Hahaownedlolz
      Originally posted by tvalberg
      Originally posted by Hahaownedlolz
      :f_mad: People completely ignoring bankrollmanagement always getting lucky.. sigh..
      :)

      How is $2 by-in on NL10 ignoring bank-roll management ?

      Anyway, bankroll now at $49.59 :s_biggrin:

      and got $6.50. Then i moved on to a NL5 cash table (FR). Bought in the minimum $3

      :f_mad:
      Ahh, in that sence yeah :) I was starting with 0$, and i do not want to play lower then NL10.
      Then would play on my PartyPoker account instead :)
    • tvalberg
      tvalberg
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      Just to add update from this weekend.

      $10 earned in bonus payment as of points generated.

      Currently bankroll is at $59.87




    • tvalberg
      tvalberg
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      Joined: 24.03.2010 Posts: 61
      So i have had a downswing on my starting from 0 account and a small upswing on my PP account.
      All in all a net loss of $10, starting from 0 account now at $30.

      So not much interesting happening there.

      But my "debut" playing live have had a good start :)

      About a month ago i went for the first time to the casino playing cash game. Sat down at No limit Holdem 2 euro small and big blind.

      Bought in the minimum of 100 Euros, shortly after i left the table with 180 Euros. I had KK and hit a set, against a tourist with a small 2 pair.

      Was quite nervous as I've never sat down at a casino poker table before. I basically sat down for 30 mins or so and left. At least i left as a winner my first time.

      Just came back now from my second trip, also with profit :) And felt as bit more comfortable at the table.

      Bought in with 100 Euros, and left with 230 after 3 hours.

      Maybe its just me getting beginners luck, but man some of them played so obvious. Even i could read them like a book.

      Maybe there are more fish at then casinos then online:) (depending on limits naturally)

      There was specially this one tourist that kept going to showdown with anything he could hit in the flop. 1 time he went all in with bottom pair and just reloaded.

      I was all in 1 time against this guy. Me with AK and him with A6, we both hit the Ace on the flop, but i out-kicked him.

      But man there was a lot of limping and calling at the table :)

      I might go back tomorrow...