From micros to high stakes ...:P

    • Bossulb
      Bossulb
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      Hello. My name is Bogdan,i'm 18 and i am from Romania. I decided to start this blog because this would be a good motivation for me to take poker seriously.

      Here is my story: i started to play poker 1year ago. I played only homegames, and everytime i tried to give shots on the online pkr(because i never respected the bankroll management) i failed. I got some hands played on 50nl(like 10k) ,on 25nl(like 15k),on 10NL(12k),5NL(5k), 2NL(20k). The only limit i was capable to beat was 2NL because i respected BRM.2months ago i decided to start playing not just for fun ,because i know i am good at this game.:P I read almost all the articles from here,from other forums,watched videos but haven't played because i had the BAC exam (when you finish high-school).

      Now that i am done with the exam i want to play poker for a long period and i want to keep this blog up to date.

      I will start with 10NL with a bankroll of 250$. I will play at least 1k hands/day because i am playing 4-6 table of 6max for the begging.

      Goals:
      Short term(July)-20days: get my BR to 400$ and play 25k hands
      Long term(till 1jan 2011-not so long:) ) ) - reach 100NL

      I will play at least 4hours/day and i will study every session and watch some videos too. I would like to find here some players which are playing the micros too and would like to discuss with them give/receive advices and so on. I will update this blog i hope daily and i hope you will be a kind of professors to me:)
      Let's go!
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    • Eminescu500
      Eminescu500
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      Hey Bogdan, nice intro!

      I'm from Romania too and i'll recommend you to watch the videos in my challenge "move it move it up to the sky" with TwiceT. The series starts from nl10 and it might help you. Also check out our blog for more info :D

      Some advices from what i've experienced so far:

      - stick to 4 tabling..it's sooo much better and helpfull even though boring sometimes
      - even when you fold, if there's some interesting action going on the table watch it and take notes, see the opponents range and use it in your advantage.
      - review your sessions and post a lot of hands, it can't do harm to you (i still lack here :f_confused: )
      - and least but not last think about every decision you make @ the tables. Don't just bet cuz you feel like, you must have a purpose. think about what your opponents holdings might be, what can pay you, if you have a value betting, why are you betting, raising, and so on.

      As a conclusion, the best advice is to think :f_biggrin:

      I will follow your progress, good luck :f_cool:

      oh btw: don't set money goals or even think about them and any staff that has to do with money like checking your winnings/losts and stuff cuz you'll really fail.
    • Bossulb
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      Thanks for the advices man:) .I'm happy that someone is watching my progress. I had some problems and haven't played so much first day ,like 700hands 4table-ing.

      It was a bad session because i was hunting a fish with 70/55 on 150hands and it seems that he got me. I lost 4BI.. i had top 2pairs ,he made his flush; i had AQ he called all the raises on a flop like Q 9 5 .He had 97 off and hit the 7 on the river. I won't discuss that hands but i will post another hands because i don't think i made the right decisions.

      Easy fold here?

      PokerStars Game #46601066654: Hold'em No Limit ($0.05/$0.10 USD) - 2010/07/10 17:16:23 ET
      Table 'Pandora III' 6-max Seat #3 is the button
      Seat 1: HERO ($10 in chips)
      Seat 2: Joene09 ($8.04 in chips)
      Seat 3: X ($24.32 in chips)
      Seat 4: Trancelabsss ($9.40 in chips)
      Seat 5: brzeslaw ($10 in chips)
      Seat 6: Kablammy ($10 in chips)
      Trancelabsss: posts small blind $0.05
      brzeslaw: posts big blind $0.10
      *** HOLE CARDS ***
      Dealt to HERO [Kh Kc]
      Kablammy: folds
      HERO: raises $0.30 to $0.40
      Joene09: folds
      Emiel-020: folds
      Trancelabsss: calls $0.35
      brzeslaw: folds
      *** FLOP *** [Jd 7h 9s]
      Trancelabsss: checks
      HERO: bets $0.60
      Trancelabsss: raises $1.20 to $1.80
      HERO: raises $3.30 to $5.10
      Trancelabsss: raises $3.90 to $9 and is all-in
      HERO: calls $3.90
      *** TURN *** [Jd 7h 9s] [2c]
      *** RIVER *** [Jd 7h 9s 2c] [3h]
      *** SHOW DOWN ***
      Trancelabsss: shows [7d 7s] (three of a kind, Sevens)
      HERO: shows [Kh Kc] (a pair of Kings)
      Trancelabsss collected $17.96 from pot

      This was one hand with the fish which probably i played like this only by knowing his stats .

      PokerStars Game #46604271454: Hold'em No Limit ($0.05/$0.10 USD) - 2010/07/10 18:38:56 ET
      Table 'Pandora III' 6-max Seat #2 is the button
      Seat 1: HERO ($11.76 in chips)
      Seat 2: Talbos ($14.24 in chips)
      Seat 3: X ($22.65 in chips)
      Seat 4: cubann ($10 in chips)
      Seat 5: brzeslaw ($23.88 in chips)
      X: posts small blind $0.05
      cubann: posts big blind $0.10
      ew8fh: sits out
      *** HOLE CARDS ***
      Dealt to HERO [Qc Qd]
      brzeslaw: folds
      HERO: raises $0.30 to $0.40
      Talbos: folds
      X: calls $0.35
      cubann: folds
      *** FLOP *** [Js Th 4c]
      X: checks
      HERO: bets $0.50
      X: calls $0.50
      *** TURN *** [Js Th 4c] [5c]
      X: checks
      HERO: bets $0.90
      X: raises $20.85 to $21.75 and is all-in
      HERO: calls $9.96 and is all-in
      Uncalled bet ($10.89) returned to Emiel-020
      *** RIVER *** [Js Th 4c 5c] [3h]
      *** SHOW DOWN ***
      X: shows [4d 5d] (two pair, Fives and Fours)
      HERO: shows [Qc Qd] (a pair of Queens)
    • alenstrat
      alenstrat
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      The first case I don't think you could have done anything different with the opponent you were dealing with, he could have a pair, only two pair or even a draw with such high vpip. In most cases of his range you were ahead or had a redraw ie vs. 2 pair, and other pair gave you two pair, vs. pair or draw you were ahead.

      In the second case, probably not the best idea to call unless vs. a maniac. Most people don't shove at random. I'd give up AA without a problem to most weird shoves like that unless I've got reads that villain is a bluffer.
    • rohit3887
      rohit3887
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      Joined: 07.07.2009 Posts: 42
      hey i will follow your blog ...i too recently started playin NL10 at FTP...

      @Eminescu500 thanks for the advice man of playin just 4...i play 8 or smtime 12 tables nd tend to take no notes which is screwing up my game..
    • Bossulb
      Bossulb
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      Joined: 30.09.2009 Posts: 54
      Sorry for not posting so much time but i was in a trip and now i am at the mountain with my parents but still play some poker. It's not going well:( I switched from 6max to fullring because i have more experience and i prefer to multi table. I was playing 12-16 tables but i am making a lot of mistakes.
      I have lost 5BI in 5days and it's not going good. Here are some hands :

      1. His stats were 11/6 and i tought he got KK or QQ. I payed because i had a straight posibility too.

      Seat 1: idaaaa ( $9.33 USD )
      Seat 2: rbaucke ( $5.73 USD )
      Seat 3: Ragulin55 ( $3.15 USD )
      Seat 4: X ( $12.47 USD )
      Seat 5: Hero ( $10.00 USD )
      Seat 8: Relog1N ( $15.55 USD )
      Seat 9: dinger95 ( $12.19 USD )
      X posts small blind [$0.05 USD].
      Hero posts big blind [$0.10 USD].
      ** Dealing down cards **
      Dealt to Hero [ Ah Ac ]
      Relog1N folds
      dinger95 folds
      idaaaa folds
      rbaucke folds
      Ragulin55 calls [$0.10 USD]
      X calls [$0.05 USD]
      Hero raises [$0.45 USD]
      Ragulin55 calls [$0.45 USD]
      Xcalls [$0.45 USD]
      ** Dealing Flop ** [ 4h, 3s, 5c ]
      X checks
      Hero bets [$1.10 USD]
      Ragulin55 folds
      X calls [$1.10 USD]
      ** Dealing Turn ** [ 5h ]
      X checks
      Hero bets [$2.39 USD]
      X raises [$4.80 USD]
      Hero raises [$5.96 USD]
      Xcalls [$3.55 USD]
      ** Dealing River ** [ 2s ]
      X shows [4s, 4c ]
      Hero shows [Ah, Ac ]
      X wins $19.54 USD from main pot

      2. This guy is 10/3 so it's kinda strange that he could hit that flop but... I was UTG 2 and this is why i haven't raised preflop.

      ***** Hand History for Game 47259026583 ***** (Poker Stars)
      $10.00 USD NL Texas Hold'em - Sunday, July 25, 04:05:00 ET 2010
      Table Hermippe VIII (Real Money)
      Seat 6 is the button
      Seat 1: Hero ( $10.15 USD )
      Seat 2: suso620 ( $20.74 USD )
      Seat 3: bool 72 ( $7.41 USD )
      Seat 4: johanamujito ( $8.78 USD )
      Seat 5: nosenko ( $3.65 USD )
      Seat 6: LukeeT ( $11.87 USD )
      Seat 7: An0m1 ( $12.31 USD )
      Seat 8: iszkár01 ( $10.00 USD )
      Seat 9: varelapts ( $6.90 USD )
      An0m1 posts small blind [$0.05 USD].
      iszkár01 posts big blind [$0.10 USD].
      ** Dealing down cards **
      Dealt to Hero [ 6c 6s ]
      varelapts folds
      Hero calls [$0.10 USD]
      suso620 folds
      bool 72 folds
      johanamujito folds
      nosenko folds
      LukeeT folds
      An0m1 folds
      iszkár01 checks
      ** Dealing Flop ** [ 8s, 6d, 7s ]
      iszkár01 checks
      Hero bets [$0.17 USD]
      iszkár01 raises [$0.34 USD]
      Hero raises [$0.79 USD]
      iszkár01 raises [$2.06 USD]
      Hero calls [$1.44 USD]
      ** Dealing Turn ** [ 9h ]
      iszkár01 bets [$3.40 USD]

      3.This guy was 63/23 and i couldn't put him on a big hand ,like a set or something on that flop.On the river i completed my straight:(

      ***** Hand History for Game 47143779822 ***** (Poker Stars)
      $10.00 USD NL Texas Hold'em - Friday, July 23, 01:28:45 ET 2010
      Table Leukothea IV (Real Money)
      Seat 7 is the button
      Seat 1: Superheavy99 ( $12.45 USD )
      Seat 2: chrisodj ( $18.39 USD )
      Seat 3: luis016 ( $11.47 USD )
      Seat 4: plzdonthrtme ( $25.00 USD )
      Seat 5: deer2hunt ( $27.24 USD )
      Seat 7: Hero ( $10.00 USD )
      Seat 8: ASTON166 ( $19.49 USD )
      Seat 9: scooter0019 ( $17.49 USD )
      ASTON166 posts small blind [$0.05 USD].
      scooter0019 posts big blind [$0.10 USD].
      Superheavy99 posts ante of [$0.02 USD].
      chrisodj posts ante of [$0.02 USD].
      luis016 posts ante of [$0.02 USD].
      plzdonthrtme posts ante of [$0.02 USD].
      deer2hunt posts ante of [$0.02 USD].
      Hero posts ante of [$0.02 USD].
      ASTON166 posts ante of [$0.02 USD].
      scooter0019 posts ante of [$0.02 USD].
      ** Dealing down cards **
      Dealt to Hero [ 9h 9c ]
      Superheavy99 folds
      chrisodj raises [$0.32 USD]
      luis016 folds
      plzdonthrtme folds
      deer2hunt folds
      Hero raises [$1.13 USD]
      ASTON166 folds
      scooter0019 folds
      chrisodj calls [$0.81 USD]
      ** Dealing Flop ** [ 5s, Jc, 7s ]
      chrisodj checks
      Hero bets [$1.69 USD]
      chrisodj calls [$1.69 USD]
      ** Dealing Turn ** [ Ts ]
      chrisodj checks
      Hero checks
      ** Dealing River ** [ 8c ]
      chrisodj bets [$7.50 USD]
      Hero calls [$7.18 USD]
      chrisodj wins $0.32 USD
      chrisodj shows [6s, Qs ]
      Hero shows [9h, 9c ]
      chrisodj wins $19.28 USD from main pot

      4.This one is 8/5. I haven't raised because i was mid position and i still don't know if it is good to raise from there with small pairs.

      ***** Hand History for Game 47121284367 ***** (Poker Stars)
      $10.00 USD NL Texas Hold'em - Thursday, July 22, 03:09:36 ET 2010
      Table Gutemberga V (Real Money)
      Seat 1 is the button
      Seat 1: YoeyOnFire ( $4.17 USD )
      Seat 2: weintrinker1 ( $12.08 USD )
      Seat 3: uemitanli ( $6.60 USD )
      Seat 4: Blizz ( $5.15 USD )
      Seat 5: [MGN] Ruslan ( $3.85 USD )
      Seat 6: Paavst ( $4.00 USD )
      Seat 7: Hero ( $10.00 USD )
      Seat 8: ca$per2001 ( $9.55 USD )
      Seat 9: Alfonso_MA ( $11.43 USD )
      weintrinker1 posts small blind [$0.05 USD].
      uemitanli posts big blind [$0.10 USD].
      ** Dealing down cards **
      Dealt to Hero [ 3h 3s ]
      Blizz folds
      [MGN] Ruslan folds
      Paavst folds
      Hero calls [$0.10 USD]
      ca$per2001 folds
      Alfonso_MA folds
      YoeyOnFire folds
      weintrinker1 folds
      uemitanli checks
      ** Dealing Flop ** [ 8h, 3c, As ]
      uemitanli checks
      Hero bets [$0.17 USD]
      uemitanli calls [$0.17 USD]
      ** Dealing Turn ** [ 5h ]
      uemitanli checks
      Hero bets [$0.37 USD]
      uemitanli calls [$0.37 USD]
      ** Dealing River ** [ 4c ]
      uemitanli bets [$1.20 USD]
      Heroraises [$3.40 USD]
      uemitanli raises [$4.50 USD]
      Herocalls [$2.30 USD]
      uemitanli shows [7h, 6h ]
      uemitanli wins $12.10 USD from main pot
      Hero doesn't show [3h, 3s ]

      I really don't know if i should play fullring or 6max because it seems that i need to practice way more for both. I am waiting your replys.
    • Bossulb
      Bossulb
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      nobody?i wish to know your opinions about those hands
    • MrMardyBum
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      Hello,

      If you are just starting out then you should stick to FR games because variance is lower. As you freely admit you are making mistakes, stop playing so many tables.

      Also, run your hands through a HH convertor and it's much easier for the reader to follow, and if you really want a review on your hands then yuo should try the Hand evaluation section of the forum where the professional hand judges will be happy to help you out.

      Good luck :)
    • Gabinr1
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      Bogdan, find a hand converter, pokerstrategy has one here . Otherwise few people will look at the hands, because they are hard to read.

      Also, you can use the hand evaluation forum, there you will surely get an answer.


      Good luck with your ascension! :s_thumbsup:
    • Bossulb
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      It seems that i'm still on the downswing mode. I have played a little today and i am -1BI which is not much but i would prefer to see some cash after all this days of downswing. Here is one major hand that i think i played well,espicialy because that player was 48/12 i tought he might have A8 or something like that.

      BTN: $33.57
      SB: $22.95
      BB: $36.45
      UTG: $9.60
      MP: $10.16
      Hero (CO): $10.00

      Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is CO with A :club: Q :club:
      UTG calls $0.10, 1 fold, Hero raises to $0.64, BTN calls $0.64, 2 folds, UTG calls $0.54

      Flop: ($2.07) 2 :spade: Q :heart: Q :spade: (3 players)
      UTG bets $0.60, Hero raises to $2.50, BTN folds, UTG calls $1.90

      Turn: ($7.07) 8 :diamond: (2 players)
      UTG bets $1.30, Hero raises to $6.86, UTG calls $5.16 all in

      River: ($19.99) T :spade: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Final Pot: $19.99
      UTG shows 8 :heart: 8 :club:
      Hero mucks A :club: Q :club:
      UTG wins $19.07
      Hero wins $0.02
      (Rake: $0.90)

      I am looking for someone who is playing 10NL maybe 25NL to make some sessions together .I think it would help a lot improving our game. I wait your answers.
    • MrMardyBum
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      I can help you with the sweat sessions dude... Hit me via one the contacts in my signiture and I'll happily watch you play and comment and show you my methods also if you like :)

      I'm at NL10 right now. :)


      Oh yeah, kudos for finding the HH convertor, that hand is a pretty bad beat, don't feel bad about it. :)
    • Bossulb
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      Sure m8. If there are any others who wants to make some sessions of 10NL together just tell me.
    • mrkaktus
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      im currently at NL25. if u want add me on skype. skype name: basskaktus. we may make some sessions together :)
    • Bossulb
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      Yesterday i have played a bit of 5NL trying to build a stronger bankroll for 10NL and last night i made a sweat session playing 10NL FR. The game was normal as usual not many big hands just one that i will post because i want to know if i made a good play there.

      Poker Stars $10.00 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players - View hand 835134
      The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

      SB: $19.34
      BB: $10.15
      UTG: $5.61
      UTG+1: $10.00
      UTG+2: $7.02
      MP1: $10.00
      MP2: $11.09
      Hero (CO): $20.12
      BTN: $13.61

      Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is CO with A :club: K :heart:
      UTG calls $0.10, 4 folds, Hero raises to $0.50, 1 fold, SB calls $0.45, 2 folds

      Flop: ($1.20) 6 :spade: K :diamond: Q :spade: (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.90, SB raises to $1.80, Hero calls $0.90

      Turn: ($4.80) A :heart: (2 players)
      SB bets $2.80, Hero calls $2.80

      River: ($10.40) 4 :spade: (2 players)
      SB bets $5.95, Hero folds
    • Bossulb
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      Looks like nobody is replaying on this hand.

      Ok so this month(just 2days) i have like 3k hands most of them being on 5NL and just 600 on 10NL. Everything went good i have made a good session with steve on 10NL and it was fun and nice improvement.

      Here is the graph:
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    • santostr
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      Originally posted by Bossulb
      Yesterday i have played a bit of 5NL trying to build a stronger bankroll for 10NL and last night i made a sweat session playing 10NL FR. The game was normal as usual not many big hands just one that i will post because i want to know if i made a good play there.

      Poker Stars $10.00 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players - View hand 835134
      The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

      SB: $19.34
      BB: $10.15
      UTG: $5.61
      UTG+1: $10.00
      UTG+2: $7.02
      MP1: $10.00
      MP2: $11.09
      Hero (CO): $20.12
      BTN: $13.61

      Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is CO with A :club: K :heart:
      UTG calls $0.10, 4 folds, Hero raises to $0.50, 1 fold, SB calls $0.45, 2 folds

      Flop: ($1.20) 6 :spade: K :diamond: Q :spade: (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.90, SB raises to $1.80, Hero calls $0.90

      Turn: ($4.80) A :heart: (2 players)
      SB bets $2.80, Hero calls $2.80

      River: ($10.40) 4 :spade: (2 players)
      SB bets $5.95, Hero folds
      Depending on the player I call this. You beat some worst 2 pair. QQ/KK don't realy make sense. JT min raising? Pocket 66 are possible. I think 1:3 is usually profitable here.

      By the way, if you need advice with the hands, you'll get it quicker in the hand evaluation forums.
    • Bossulb
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      I know is better to post on the evaluation hands thread but i post here too just some interesting hands to keep this blog up.:P