I'm 33 years old and have been playing poker for around 8 years now. I started with illegal live homegames, 0.10/0.25. Homegames just aren't allowed in Belgium. It was a good learning course where I was playing super tight and still make a small profit despite everyone calling me tight. I did eventually transition to online without much succes at 10NL. Joined RIO essential, joined a study group from here with Samu Patronen and 4 other members. The study group went great for most people but I still felt like I was limping behind. Samu and Scream started playing for a living, 2 others went deep into solvers, the last vanished into a drug habit. I became a rakeback grinder, often not understanding what my fellow study partners where doing. I was winning in live games, losing a bit online but all around I was winning so I didn't care.
But eventually my government decided that people in my line of work shouldn't be allowed to gamble. I got banned from casino's, banned from online play, I was blacklisted. Only illegal homegames existed and I stopped trying to study as I was already winning live. Eventually I started going to bigger, raked homegames. One was robbed at gunpoint with a person shot (wasn't present, he lived), another was raided by the very police force I work for. My luck had it that I cancelled half an hour before the game would start because I felt tired. So those illegal home games weren't an option anymore. I only had my 0.10/0.25 games that had now evolved to 0.25/0.50 games.
Through these games I got the opportunity to play on someone elses account. So back to the online grind it is! I subscribed to Upswing Lab to see what that was all about and learned a better strategical concept. But I still felt like I lacked some things. I decided to buy From the Ground Up and some things just clicked. You might have seen me being a bit more active on the lower limits forums and that's because I am now full on active again.
On to the poker! I'll be playing two tables 25NL Zoom on Pokerstars to get used to this strategy and get in some volume. Then I will likely transition to regular tables as I find that there are much weaker players there.
Selective betting vs range cbetting: This is something I never really thought much about. It always felt weird to me when people bet
small on the flop and then bet big on turns and rivers. But after FTGU
I now realise that it's a range cbet followed by selective betting.
Never enter a pot passive (except BB): This is a rule I will adjust from for exploitative reasons but in general I won't be calling
preflop except from the BB. 3-bet or fold all the way. The way I will
3-bet will depend on how the 2-better reacts.
Range check OOP often in SRP: This seems to be a decent way to simplify my strategy, start with a check OOP on most boards.
Always keep range in mind: Something I struggled with and plenty of weaker players will likely do. "I could have Aces so I'm
just going to be barreling." Always will try to keep my range in mind.
- Play solid poker: That's it. I have no other goals, no monetary goal, no volume benchmark. I just want to get better at this game.
Updates on the strategy: Is something not working, does the strategy need a change or something else added, etc... .
Hand histories: I often go over spots I was unsure about. I am planning on writing some out here with my full thought process.
Updates on how it is going: Am I winning, losing, tilted my roll? You will find out all that and more.