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Post | RiverBeavers posted in Chatter: I'm terrible - A true story

This is gonna be long.

I started playing poker more than 7 years ago, when I had a desk job, and sufficient salary that I thought that I could afford playing poker without knowing what I was doing. To make it worse, I was an aggressive LAG, watching one too many Highstakes Poker episodes, and playing for thousands of dollars (not USD - value was about 3 to 1 at the time) in underground live cardrooms in the city.

Needless to say, I went broke.

My dad had to bail me out of a tilt session and I thought I'd quit the game for good. A few months went by and PokerStars came to town - it was now available to play in my country. I gave it another shot, but this time, tried to learn the basics properly. Started at NL50, went bust, and re-bought. Played NL25 and went bust again. This happened a few times till I racked up substantial credit card debt. Thank god Pokerstars eventually left the country. I quit the game again.

Totally underestimated the love I had for the game though, and after a few more months, I was back at it again. I bought Ed Miller's Small Stakes No Limit Holdem. Posted in 2+2. Gained a ton of new insights, and started winning a little. Won a few tournaments here and there. Played about 150k hands on NL25 and PL25 and was a small winner (~1.8 BB/100). Burnt myself out playing, and stopped for a year, actually cashing out some for the first time ever to Neteller.

Got my love back for the game again playing in some live underground card rooms (which I do well), and fast forward till yesterday and today, which triggered this post. Playing at NL25 and PL25, I played about 10 sessions averaging ~600 hands a session, winning 80% of them. Problem was, the wins were 1-3 buyins. The other 20%, I lost massively, dropping 10 or so buy-ins in two major sessions.

I don't know what I'm doing wrong anymore. I need help. Would be great if anyone here could point me in the right direction. I don't think I'm a bad player, but I feel like I make sub-optimal decisions at some spots where I risk too much of my stack. I would love to get coaching if possible, and my goal is to move up from low stakes to mid and eventually highstakes. I don't think I want to quit, but I can't keep losing money at this game. I have a decent job, and have my life in order, debt free now with some savings and property. Have a gf and family. But what can I say, I love this game, and am very competitive. I would like to be better.

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RB

Oct. 27, 2017 | 9:15 a.m.

Thanks will do. Perhaps you're right, but I'd like to hear from others too.

Oct. 27, 2017 | 9:14 a.m.

Post | RiverBeavers posted in Other: I'm terrible - A true story

This is gonna be long.

I started playing poker more than 7 years ago, when I had a desk job, and sufficient salary that I thought that I could afford playing poker without knowing what I was doing. To make it worse, I was an aggressive LAG, watching one too many Highstakes Poker episodes, and playing for thousands of dollars (not USD - value was about 3 to 1 at the time) in underground live cardrooms in the city.

Needless to say, I went broke.

My dad had to bail me out of a tilt session and I thought I'd quit the game for good. A few months went by and PokerStars came to town - it was now available to play in my country. I gave it another shot, but this time, tried to learn the basics properly. Started at NL50, went bust, and re-bought. Played NL25 and went bust again. This happened a few times till I racked up substantial credit card debt. Thank god Pokerstars eventually left the country. I quit the game again.

Totally underestimated the love I had for the game though, and after a few more months, I was back at it again. I bought Ed Miller's Small Stakes No Limit Holdem. Posted in 2+2. Gained a ton of new insights, and started winning a little. Won a few tournaments here and there. Played about 150k hands on NL25 and PL25 and was a small winner (~1.8 BB/100). Burnt myself out playing, and stopped for a year, actually cashing out some for the first time ever to Neteller.

Got my love back for the game again playing in some live underground card rooms (which I do well), and fast forward till yesterday and today, which triggered this post.

Playing at NL25 and PL25, I played about 10 sessions averaging ~600 hands a session, winning 80% of them. Problem was, the wins were 1-3 buyins. The other 20%, I lost massively, dropping 10 or so buy-ins in two major sessions.

I don't know what I'm doing wrong anymore. I need help. Would be great if anyone here could point me in the right direction. I don't think I'm a bad player, but I feel like I make sub-optimal decisions at some spots where I risk too much of my stack.

I would love to get coaching if possible, and my goal is to move up from low stakes to mid and eventually highstakes. I don't think I want to quit, but I can't keep losing money at this game. I have a decent job, and have my life in order, debt free now with some savings and property. Have a gf and family. But what can I say, I love this game, and am very competitive. I would like to be better.

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RB

Oct. 25, 2017 | 6:39 p.m.

No history on villain (2 hands). Also, could I have taken a different line?

PokerStars Zoom Hand #177277772857: Omaha Pot Limit ($0.10/$0.25) - 2017/10/23 21:38:03 CCT [2017/10/23 9:38:03 ET]
Table 'Thyestes' 6-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: pnikoletta84 ($17.31 in chips)
Seat 2: Grindmaster1 ($28.65 in chips)
Seat 3: rmfjslrk ($27.65 in chips)
Seat 4: CrotchSnifer ($43.36 in chips)
Seat 5: linglingqitt ($25 in chips)
Seat 6: RiverBeavers ($58.67 in chips)
Grindmaster1: posts small blind $0.10
rmfjslrk: posts big blind $0.25
* HOLE CARDS
Dealt to RiverBeavers [Jh Th Js 6c]
CrotchSnifer: folds
linglingqitt: folds
RiverBeavers: raises $0.42 to $0.67
pnikoletta84: folds
Grindmaster1: raises $1.59 to $2.26
rmfjslrk: folds
RiverBeavers: calls $1.59
FLOP [5h 9s Kh]
Grindmaster1: bets $3
RiverBeavers: calls $3
TURN [5h 9s Kh] [7h]
Grindmaster1: checks
RiverBeavers: bets $5.98
Grindmaster1: calls $5.98
RIVER * [5h 9s Kh 7h] [Ad]
Grindmaster1: bets $17.41 and is all-in

Oct. 23, 2017 | 2:22 p.m.

What are you repping here if you bluff? Board is too dry to bluff on imo and AK / AQ would not play this way as turn gives them no equity, unless he's a complete spazz. He's calling with Tx, 77+ of his range, and you only really fold out Ax of clubs. He's checking to induce a bet from draws a lot in this spot, and without more info / reads on villain, I would give up on the river.

June 21, 2016 | 1:12 p.m.

Comment | RiverBeavers commented on Donkbet on turn?

Yup, bet more pre flop and considering he limp calls preflop instead of limp raise / jam (a lot of fish do this, even at higher stakes like NL25), I would eliminate AA-QQ from his range. Over bet on flop with possible flush / straight draws could indicate some level of strength, e.g. Kx, bottom two, sets, or even TT / JJ / AQ as a spazzy player, and possibly Ax spades. I would fold turn same as you, as K9 only beats less than half of his range, i.e the spazzy range, but loses to hands like KT+, two pair hands and sets, and you're not even that far ahead of Ax of spades. Better spots imo.

June 21, 2016 | 1:03 p.m.

Blinds: t75/t150 (9 Players) SB: 4,072
BB: 14,103
UTG: 16,399
UTG+1: 4,842
MP: 17,745
MP+1: 1,674
MP+2: 6,570
CO: 12,130
BN: 19,785 (Hero)
My notes on UTG+1

Stats: 26/20 over 37 hands

Call mid position raise, mid call, with 43s from SB, check call cbet on T63 two tone flop, check call turn A, check river 5

Will call 3bet out of position with KQo


Preflop (225) Hero is BN with Q A
UTG folds, UTG+1 raises to 300, 2 folds, MP+2 calls 300, CO folds, Hero raises to 860, 2 folds, UTG+1 calls 560, MP+2 calls 560
Flop (2,985) 9 K 3
UTG+1 checks, MP+2 checks, Hero bets 920, UTG+1 calls 920, MP+2 folds
Turn (4,825) 9 K 3 4
UTG+1 checks, Hero bets 3,042, UTG+1 calls 3,042 and is all in
I'm betting here thinking I have decent equity both showdown and fold - Villain might fold better hands like QQ, JJ, TT. Villain is likely never folding a K
River (10,909) 9 K 3 4 6
Final Pot BN lost and shows high card Ace.
UTG+1 wins and shows a pair of Kings.
UTG+1 wins 10,909

May 14, 2015 | 9:27 p.m.

Hand History | RiverBeavers posted in MTT: Big $8.80 Mid Tournament Push Spot
Blinds: t1,000/t2,000 (8 Players) MP: 96,283
MP+1: 47,752
CO: 89,011
BN: 28,092 (Hero)
SB: 28,144
BB: 10,521
UTG: 64,286
UTG+1: 49,689
CO has 31/25 stats over 46 hands
Preflop (3,000) Hero is BN with Q J
4 folds, CO raises to 4,000, Hero raises to 27,842 and is all in, SB raises to 27,894 and is all in, BB folds, CO folds
Flop (63,736) 2 5 A
Turn (63,736) 2 5 A K
River (63,736) 2 5 A K 7
Final Pot SB wins and shows a pair of Queens.
BN lost and shows high card Ace.
SB wins 63,684

May 14, 2015 | 8:03 p.m.

I think cyclone420 makes a good point - if I had 99 in this spot, wouldn't it be a jam? If so, then 88 would be a very close comparison. But given that I had 0 reads, a fold would be correct even with 99?

May 14, 2015 | 4:23 p.m.

Thanks. I feel like I would lean toward folding in future to preserve stacks for better spots. Then again, every time I do that, the spot never comes, and I end up blinding down too quickly :(

May 13, 2015 | 11:51 p.m.

Thanks - need to tighten up my play

May 13, 2015 | 4:45 p.m.

Blinds: t500/t1,000 (9 Players) MP: 2,643
MP+1: 18,419
MP+2: 31,411
CO: 51,165
BN: 13,828
SB: 17,863 (Hero)
BB: 10,948
UTG: 56,143
UTG+1: 9,128
Preflop (1,500) Hero is SB with 8 8
UTG raises to 2,000, UTG+1 folds, MP raises to 2,518 and is all in, 4 folds, Hero raises to 17,738 and is all in, BB folds, UTG calls 15,738
Flop (40,119) 5 T T
Turn (40,119) 5 T T 3
River (40,119) 5 T T 3 T
Final Pot MP lost and shows a full house, Tens full of Sevens.
SB lost and shows a full house, Tens full of Eights.
UTG wins and shows a full house, Tens full of Aces.
UTG wins 40,119

May 13, 2015 | 4:33 p.m.

Hand History | RiverBeavers posted in MTT: Strange first hand on SCOOP-01-M
Blinds: t10/t20 (9 Players) BN: 5,000
SB: 5,000
BB: 5,000 (Hero)
UTG: 5,000
UTG+1: 5,000
MP: 5,000
MP+1: 5,000
MP+2: 5,000
CO: 5,000
No reads - the very first hand of the tournament
Preflop (30) Hero is BB with 7 T
7 folds, SB calls 10, Hero raises to 70, SB calls 50
I think this is standard, with such deep stacks, nothing much to add here
Flop (140) 6 5 7
SB checks, Hero bets 90, SB raises to 240, Hero calls 150
Villain check raises the flop, which I hit decently well. Called because I'm ahead of Asx ranges which might be c/r as semi bluffs, and have decent equity against overpairs with no spades, plus I have position and the pot to stack ratio is still pretty small.
Turn (620) 6 5 7 6
SB bets 380, Hero calls 380
The turn does not change much, though it does somewhat invalidate some of my flush outs, but it gives me full house outs if Villain has a flush that is crushingly ahead. If Villain was ahead on the flop, he would still be ahead on the turn. So, I call.
River (1,380) 6 5 7 6 2
SB bets 4,310 and is all in, Hero folds
Villain jams for all of his stack!

With absolutely no reads, and a hand that can only beat a complete bluff, I fold. Thoughts?
Final Pot SB wins 1,380

May 10, 2015 | 1:29 p.m.

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