I've been following a schedule where I wake up around 6.00 am every day, including weekends for the past few weeks. There were some days in which I let myself sleep but it has been great so far. Right now, I'm moving to wake up at 8h30 but more often than not I keep waking up sooner, before the alarm.
On the poker-related stuff, I'm currently playing 25NL at PartyPoker. I feel I have an edge over the pool but still losing some money there overall. Hopefully, it will change when I'm back at the tables. Yap... Not really playing right now as there's something wrong with my desktop - loses connection to the peripherals and I'm not sure why. I've ordered two power supplies already but they have both been cancelled because they went out of stock (I mean, if they are out of stock, why sell them in the first place?). Hoping the PSU will fix it. Otherwise, my next suspect is the motherboard.
During this time away from the tables, I'm focusing on studying, both technically (tons of videos and discussions) and mental game (A-Game course here at RIO).
June 27, 2020 | 2 p.m.
I'm using windows 10 which already comes with a "Night Light" which makes the screen more yellowish. Haven't used it that much, to be honest. Just turned it on! - small victory here.
I haven't been eating to much garbage which is positive. However, the snacks kill me. This week my SO ordered some Nesquick cereals and some chocolate cookies/biscuits. They didn't last two days. The trick is really simple: do. not. buy.
Tomorrow work starts after some days off. It will be fun, even though I'm really not looking forward to it.
June 7, 2020 | 11:19 p.m.
Making a change
The last few weeks have been a bit of a rollercoaster and some changes.
So, my initial idea for the blog was to post a lot of graphs, hands, stats, and have some discussions about those. However, I believe it won’t benefit me as much as writing about what’s going on off the tables. Hopefully, that content will benefit the community more too.
With that in mind, I’ve changed the title, and hopefully, most of my post will be off-table topics.
I'm off work this next week and will start to 'Treat my poker like a business' more. After all, that's what it is if you ever want to become a professional wink player. Following up on this would like to see what are the things that you guys do, in your life, that most improved your game. Things like exercise more, eat healthier, stick to a schedule, turn off your screens at night, and so on. For what is worth, I'm currently pretty bad at all those right now and the first one I will tackle will be to have a better diet. What do you think?
May 31, 2020 | 11:29 p.m.
Oh, you're right, it is the same pool!
How did I miss that in the initial post? haha
I'm currently playing regular tables, 6-max. Have swapped sometimes between regs and zoom, just due to not being able to open more than 4 reg tables.
May 16, 2020 | 5:59 p.m.
First journal here at RIO! Happy to finally have done it ahah
To introduce myself, I used to play micros in 2014/2015 but stopped due to external reasons. The best I got at the time was a few shots at 25NL.
Came back to poker a few weeks ago, started off with 5NL and quickly moved up to 25NL (running good) and now back to 10NL (running bad).
This is obviously due to my aggressive bankroll management of 15BIs to take a shot of 5BIs at the next level. The idea behind it that I believe I have an edge over the population, so want to get out of the micros asap. At least up to 25NL where the rake is less bad. Not sure what my strategy is to move up to 50NL. Time will tell.
Introductions done. Here's the graph!
Still running above EV as you can see. However, the EV line just show us a tiny bit of what variance is.
I can go into further detail on this on a later post if you guys think it's reasonable.
The idea behind the journal is to make myself accountable, get to know like-minded people and have some fun honestly.
I'll try to update regularly, aiming for once a week to start with.
And yeah, the goal with poker is to be able to quit my well-paid job in the IT industry which starts to have some serious thought once I get to 100NL - 200NL.
Last but not least, will try to keep this initial post as a sort of index for future posts, if that's possible.
Congrats if you've made it this far! Best of luck at the tables!
PS: please do be picky with my writing skills as English is not my first language.
May 10, 2020 | 7:09 p.m.
One last question though, you say BB 3bets a linear range bc Hero is 3betting TT or are you saying we should 3bet a linear range? Asking as I'm 3betting polarized here as std, unless I have reads Villain is on the fishy side
April 21, 2020 | 1:58 p.m.
What you a good 4bet size be? Both IP and OOP?
April 20, 2020 | 3:49 p.m.
What sizing would you recommend my the cold 4bet?
I think the size is fine. Maybe could do 21bb since BU 3bet is small imo. He did 7.5bb for a 3bb open raise. I would do 3x (9bb). For 9bb, OOP, I reckon 23bb is okay. Happy to change sizings given a good argument to do it :)
April 20, 2020 | 1:12 p.m.
In-game I would probably just bet turn.
Now, do we loose value from AJ, KJ which would pay us 3 streets? Definitely, as we won't be raising the river. How many 8x would he have? And, you do block BDFD with hearts (part of his turn folding range) which would bluff the river sometimes, so it's not ideal to have Ah I guess.
Would this somewhat close to his calling range PF from the SB?
April 19, 2020 | 10:05 p.m.
Yeah, I think river you're only winning against 22. Maybe against JT too? Overpairs? TT+
Exploitatively, I'm not willing to risk a stack on a "some times good call" so would fold.
Well played. I would consider raising flop as there's a lot of bad turns: 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, spades
April 19, 2020 | 9:58 p.m.
I think the BB 3bet is a std size. Would call.
As mentioned, not sure if we want to raise flop. We have a ton of equity and will always release more of that equity than the BB since we have position.
Flop I would call. If we hit a good turn call again otherwise fold is okay as BB size is on the bigger side for a 3bet pot.
We probably have all the sets while he has none, so I don't think he should do this very often. And you are exploiting by folding as I believe we would see a lot of overpairs when he barrels turn.
April 19, 2020 | 9:46 p.m.
I just can't see many folds in his range. Prob 50% will be flushes OTR. You're blocking straight draws and 87 which he could call you down with, some times (?).
Regarding your ranges on the turn I don't see him with TT+ as those would prob 3bet flop for value. And even Adxd would go for 3bet/shove flop I believe.
April 18, 2020 | 11:30 p.m.
I'm not expecting to see such a wide 3bet range. I'd say that's insanely high. Without any reads I would expect something closer to AA-TT,AKs-AJs,KQs,AKo-AJo,KQo and then a bunch of suited non-callable hands as bluff.
Not expecting to see a 10NL player 3 barrel bluff in a 3bet pot almost never so I would fold river since we would never win. And, if he 3bets KT, he would shove 100% of them on the river with FH. Don't see a reason to assume he would only shove 50%. Again, the same logic applies to the rest of Tx he gets to the river with. He's only loosing to JJ (assuming you have JJ some of the times and always 4bet QQ+).
April 18, 2020 | 11:19 p.m.
Not sure if KK would check flop as there's a lot of cards that have him beat OTT.
His donk betting 1/4 turn after x/c flop, not sure what... I would call just because it's so cheap.
River after the check I would go for thin value against rec (based on turn play). Would make it closer to 1/4, 2/3 of the pot to get called by some random pair we could've bet OTT.
April 18, 2020 | 11:10 p.m.
Can you expand a bit on why should the CO check his whole range? I get completely misses the board (overcards and overpairs). How would we play overpairs in COs shoes? And AK, AQ?
I assume we are range checking to protect against stabs every time we don't cbet. So we would play x/c with pretty much everything that is made or could improve (FD + Backdoors)?