The road to Chuckdom – A tale of KeKNoRRiS

    • KeKNoRRiS
      KeKNoRRiS
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      Joined: 15.10.2007 Posts: 51
      The name:

      So, I’ll start by explaining my nickname, KeKNoRRiS. My nicknames have always been influenced a lot by the games I played. It started with Pokemon and ended with World of Warcraft, where part of my current name comes from.

      KeKNoRRiS

      • KeK –-> The Orcish word for ‘lol’ in World of Warcraft.
      • NoRRiS –-> From the great Chuck Norris.

      I think I started using this name when I started playing online poker. Using the NoRRiS part to strike fear to my opponents, while keeping it fun with KeK.

      Throughout this blog, you might find some references to Chuck Norris, hope you like it.

      Me and poker:

      So, how did I get to know poker? I think it was about 5 years ago, when I was at my second year at university. Some of my friends where playing with play money online and I wanted to try the ‘big and scary’ poker thing as well. My friends were playing at party poker, which would be the site of my NLHE poker debut.

      Starting with play money, mostly playing my friends, I spent some weeks getting to know poker. I didn’t really know any strategy, but I soon got the hang of it and made some nice play money amount. Me and my friends got more and more hooked to poker and one day one of my friends decided to make a real money deposit. Most of us followed pretty fast, and as expected without any BRM, we lost it pretty fast after playing with our entire bank roll at one table.

      Since no one likes to lose money, we started hunting the internet for deals, which gave us some start money at whatever site we could get it. Due to the experience we were gaining, we started becoming break even players and eventually, slightly winning players. This went on for about a year, in which we started hosting live games for ourselves, where we became better and better. Still we didn’t have any real strategy, only a basic knowledge of good hands and good boards to make some plays.
      Then I stumbled upon Poker Strategy. After signing up I played SSS, but I got bored with it pretty fast after being used to playing with a full stack. Still using bad BRM and getting bored of poker (resulting in a cash out and quitting for 2 years) meant that I had about 50 dollars floating on some site when I regained my interest. This was about a month ago and now I’m looking to make it serious. Hence the blog.

      What do I play?

      In the past I used to play FR NL10, both SSS and BSS. I used to play SNG’s up to 3.30. This however, was all without BRM.

      Currently I’m hooked to SH play and since I’m looking to play according to some sort of BRM I’m starting at SH NL2. I’ll be using a mildly aggressive BRM to start with, since I have some experience with poker. Once I reach my old limit I’ll adjust this.

      Due to time issues, I won’t be able to play thousands of hands a day, therefore my average daily hands will be pretty low.

      Goals:

      I’ll divide my goals into two parts: Psychological and achievements (short, mid, long term). For me and my poker history, the psychological part will be the main point of focus. I need to follow a more strict BRM and refrain from tilting to become a winning player.

      Psychological
      • Follow a 20 BI BRM until I reach NL10
        o NL5 at $100
        o NL10 at $200
      • Follow a 40 BI BRM until I reach NL50
        o NL 25 at $1000
        o NL50 at $2000
      • Switch back to the previous limit when I fall back to 25 BI of that level.
        o To NL2 at $50
        o To NL5 at $125
        o To NL10 at $250
        o To NL25 at $1250
      • Stop playing when tilting
      • Master tilt
        o Don’t get angry when losing a hand
        o Don’t start playing differently after losing a hand
      • Only play when feeling good
      • Analyze my play

      Achievements
      • Short-term (September 2010-december 2010):
        o Reach NL5
        o Maintain silver status
        o Read all silver articles
        o Watch 3 bronze/silver video’s a week
        o Play an average of 200 hands a day

      • Mid-term (December 2010-may 2011):
        o Reach NL10
        o Acquire gold status
        o Read all gold articles
        o Watch 3 silver/gold video’s a week
        o Play an average of 500 hands a day

      • Long-term (may 2011- …):
        o Reach NL25 and NL50
        o Master my psychological goals
        o Be better at poker than Chuck Norris

      These are my goals for now. Basically, I want to reach higher levels of NL short handed play, while fixing my psychological playing flaws.

      Why the blog?

      I’m using this blog as a motivation to reach my goals. I’ll also use it as a “diary” to keep track of how I’m doing and possibly get extra motivation from you all.

      I’ll be posting updates on my goals, weekly graphs and hopefully a couple of interesting hands every few days. Besides that, I’ll release more information about myself as well in the upcoming weeks, I would do it sooner, but I think I’ve written enough for now.


      And now, to conclude my first, extremely long post:

      Current BR: $43

      Chuck Norris fact of the day:

      “Chuck Norris can touch MC Hammer”
  • 11 replies
    • KeKNoRRiS
      KeKNoRRiS
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      Joined: 15.10.2007 Posts: 51
      Hi all, it's allready time for the first update.

      Who am I?

      Ok, time to explain more about me. My name is Paul, a 23 year old student from the Netherlands, studying Technical Medicine. I'm allways looking for things to do, games to play, etc. One of those things is poker, and I want to get better at it.

      First graph

      This is the graph up till the 16th of september. I'm currently 4 tabling as 2 tables gets me bored and distracted a lot.




      Pretty swingy so far, but not a lot of hands played.

      Updates?

      I'll only be posting graphs once a week. The reason for this is the fact that I'm not checking my bankroll more than that. Before this measure I kept checking my BR after every beat I got and this affected my play tremendously. I Hope this measure keeps me playing my A game. (Got this idea from the kevvu and TLN blog, thanks!)

      I will however be posting hands that gave me trouble or that I found interesting during my plays. I'll also try to explain things that tilted me or how I refrained from tilting, as these are some of my important goals.

      Chuck Norris fact of the day:

      "Chuck Norris' hand is the only hand that can beat a Royal Flush"
    • KeKNoRRiS
      KeKNoRRiS
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      Joined: 15.10.2007 Posts: 51
      2 more days untill I can check my BR!

      Had a pretty swingy session today. One of my first hands was JJ, which ended in a coin flip vs. AK. Needless to say, I started my session good by losing this hand ;)

      After one of my tables died out, I joined a new one which, luckily for me, had some dude that was pushing literally every hand and even calling pushes from other people with any hand. The third hand I got dealt something pretty!

      $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      BU:
      $0.92
      SB:
      $3.32
      BB:
      $3.00
      MP2:
      $8.14
      MP3:
      $2.00
      CO (Hero):
      $2.00


      Preflop: Hero is CO with Q :diamond: , Q :heart: .
      MP2 raises to $8.14(All-In), MP3 folds, Hero calls $2.00(All-In), 3 folds, 2 folds, BB folds.

      Flop: ($10.17) 2 :club: , 8 :club: , 3 :heart: (2 players)


      Turn: ($10.17) 5 :heart: (2 players)


      River: ($10.17) 7 :heart: (2 players)


      Final Pot: $10.17.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows a pair of queens(Q :diamond: Q :heart:) .
      MP2 shows a pair of sevens(4 :club: 7 :spade:) .

      Hero wins with a pair of queens(Q :diamond: Q :heart:) .


      This more than recovered my mood! Unfortunately, I only got dealt hands like 83, 75, J2 aftwerwards, so no chance for another double up. The other players stripped him in about 8 hands of his leftover money :D

      Today I was really working on my psychological part, making some tough laydowns where I just couldn't believe my opponent, but which had cost me a stack more then once allready.

      I really believe my new mindset is making me a better pokerplayer, let's hope I can keep it up!

      Chuck Norris fact of the day:

      "Chuck Norris counted to infinity - twice."
    • Wriggers
      Wriggers
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      Joined: 21.07.2009 Posts: 3,250
      Good blog man :) Good to see your psychological goals are making you better with poker :) I;m currently trying to eliminate tilt entirely, i've never really had a bad problem with it but I don't want it to affect my game in the slightest :)
    • KeKNoRRiS
      KeKNoRRiS
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      Joined: 15.10.2007 Posts: 51
      Originally posted by Wriggers
      Good blog man :) Good to see your psychological goals are making you better with poker :) I;m currently trying to eliminate tilt entirely, i've never really had a bad problem with it but I don't want it to affect my game in the slightest :)
      Thanks :)

      Good to hear that your working on your tilt, must be hard to eliminate it completely. What are you doing in order to achieve this? Do you stop playing when you notice your not playing your best game? Or do "slap" yourself for thinking different and even concidering "tilt-like" moves?

      I'm really interested in that, because I notice some kind of mind shift whenever a couple of moves in a row get raised on, or the turn brings the worst card and villain gets active, or when I lose a coin flip or two.

      One of the main points I'm working on now is giving my opponents more credit for their hands, especially hands that outkicker me (ie. AJ vs AQ --> lost to many stacks due to hasty "tilt" like decisions.), but they have lower aces soo many times, it's really giving me troubles atm. I don't want to get too tight since I'm playing 6max.
    • Wriggers
      Wriggers
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      Yeah I only start to feel tilty when I lose a few coinflips, or as you say my AJ/AQ gets 3bet preflop 4 times in a row. I know it sounds cliche but when I do start to feel like I might tilt I just take a few really deep breaths and think to myself "Right, just focus, focus, focus". And then I start playing my A-game again. All i've got left to work on now is stopping from feeling this tilt-like feeling in the first place :) Although I have a feeling that will be hard to do it :D
    • KeKNoRRiS
      KeKNoRRiS
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      Joined: 15.10.2007 Posts: 51
      Cool that that's working for you! I'm telling that to myself too, but it's not working for me yet. (Usually I do calm down, but I start playing way too tight and when I play in that situation, I don't want to give up my hand)

      Ok, it's time for my first weekly graph! It worked out great so far to not look at my BR. I achieved my avarage hands a day and even managed to play a little more!

      Weekly graph:


      All time NL2 graph:


      I'm quite happy with the results. Did lose some stacks due to running into better hands (flopped flush vs turned full house), but I guess that's just part of the game.

      Game question:

      One thing I'm running into lately is playing small PP or hitting a middle pair with Ax. I just don't know how to continue post flop against agressive opponents. I end up folding nearly everytime I don't hit my set now. Can anyone give me some advice on this?

      Hard fold:

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      SB:
      $5.35
      BB:
      $4.90
      MP2:
      $1.00
      MP3:
      $1.39
      CO:
      $4.90
      BU (Hero):
      $2.09


      Preflop: Hero is BU with Q :club: , J :spade: .
      3 folds, Hero raises to $0.06, SB folds, BB raises to $0.10, Hero calls $0.04.

      Flop: ($0.21) J :club: , 6 :heart: , 4 :spade: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $0.14, BB raises to $0.28, Hero calls $0.14.

      Turn: ($0.77) K :spade: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks.

      River: ($0.77) 7 :heart: (2 players)
      BB bets $0.36, Hero folds, BB gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $0.77.

      Was really unsure here as villain was playing very weak. (calling and raising way too much) I also saw him take this minraise on flop line before. Should I have played b/f turn?

      Chuck Norris fact of the day:

      "Chuck Norris hears sign language"
    • KeKNoRRiS
      KeKNoRRiS
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      Joined: 15.10.2007 Posts: 51
      Today I will be playing in the 50 billion hand 50k freeroll on pokerstars!

      Currently 11000 players registered and 2250 places paid, with 11% for the one who comes wins the freeroll :)

      Wish me luck! I'll keep this updated with interesting hands and my progress.

      Starting stack was 1500

      Current stack at first break: 2370
    • KeKNoRRiS
      KeKNoRRiS
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      Joined: 15.10.2007 Posts: 51
      Been pretty card dead for the last hour, so my stack has dropped a bit, but has been relatively stable. There are currently 6100 players left, 3600 places paid!

      Current stack at second break: 2090

      blinds: 50/100, 10 ante

      Hope to pick up some card soon!
    • KeKNoRRiS
      KeKNoRRiS
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      Joined: 15.10.2007 Posts: 51
      I'm out, kept being card dead. Decided to push 55 in the BB against a limp and a minraise, unfortunately the limper was slow playing KK here :(

      Did end in the money, taking down a massive $3!

      Back to playing cash games again for me, I don't like the tight playing style at the start of the tournament and the luck needed to catch some playable cards.

      Current roll: €37,91
    • KeKNoRRiS
      KeKNoRRiS
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      Joined: 15.10.2007 Posts: 51
      So, what have I been up to this weekend?

      After the 50k freeroll I went to the casino with my brother and dominated the blackjack tables there ;) Made a hefty €10 there playing €2 a hand ;)

      Ofcourse I studied and practiced some poker too this weekend! I have been working on my flop play (reading the silver flop play articles) and putting it to practice on NL2.

      I feel like i'm becoming better and better by the session I play. My next goal will be to read and practice the turn and river articles, as I feel I'm playing to weak on these streets. (I give up too often and I don't bet enough for value.)

      I notice I'm getting a better grip on tilt. Had a couple of beats and been put of hands quite often, without it changing my play. And when it did change my play, I check the sitout button and go do something else. (Like now, I was feeling I made moves that were -EV)

      Hand I hated today:

      Poker Stars $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 950035
      The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

      CO: $1.79
      BTN: $7.78
      SB: $2.03
      BB: $2.17
      Hero (UTG): $2.24
      MP: $2.38

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is UTG with J :heart: J :diamond:
      Hero raises to $0.08, 2 folds, BTN calls $0.08, 2 folds

      Flop: ($0.19) 2 :heart: 4 :diamond: 8 :heart: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.12, BTN calls $0.12

      Turn: ($0.43) 5 :diamond: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.28, BTN calls $0.28

      River: ($0.99) T :heart: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.30, BTN calls $0.30

      I just don't get the calls the donks make sometimes, though I think I minimized my losses here by block betting. Villain ended up showing T8d :f_confused: (Why call a preflop raise with that?)

      I ended up just laughing about it, would've probably put me on tilt a bit if all the chips ended up in the middle..

      That's it for today, I'll play a couple of more hands later tonight, been running too good to call it a day.

      Chuck Norris fact of the day:

      "Chuck Norris CAN read Lady Gaga's poker face."
    • KeKNoRRiS
      KeKNoRRiS
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      Joined: 15.10.2007 Posts: 51
      Hi all,

      I haven't posted in a while and this has a reason. My account got banned (see: Banned from Pokerstars - Advice needed), therefore I haven't played anymore.

      I made a small deposit on cake poker, this only meant I had to break my BRM goal as their minimum stake is 2/4.

      I'll keep this updated with my ban status and possibly my cake poker results. In the mean time I'll keep studying and watching video's!