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Comment | ItWasAGhost commented on Bankroll queries

Thanks very much for that point of view, appreciate it!

Aug. 23, 2020 | 5:19 p.m.

Post | ItWasAGhost posted in NLHE: Bankroll queries

Hi all,

Just had a couple of queries in regards to live bankrolls.

There is a game at my local casino £1/£1 £50 min £250 max. I presume whatever one buy in for is "the buyin" and its not just worked out at 100bb counts as a buy in for bankroll management.

Lastly - I'll be planning to play live for about 20 hours a week, I planned to take out £800 a month from my salary starting next week so I have 24 £100 buyins - as an average player in a live game, does this seem a sustainable model? Or do people wait until they have the full bankroll in their account before playing? Obviously I wasn't planning on going through 24 buyins in 3 months, but I'm not sure how fast variance can catch up in slower live games


Aug. 23, 2020 | 12:08 p.m.

Hey all,

I'm not sure if this is just a cooler, or being 200BB deep I should have been able to get away from this? I always find stuff like this difficult, especially at the micros, as there's so many combos of flush and people would stack off with any of them. It took me from a good winning session to breaking even, so want to know if I should have folded on the jam or not? Thanks!

* Hand History for Game 1591450948791jw62scdycrp *
0.01/0.02 Texas Holdem Game Table (NL) - Sat Jun 06 09:41:07 EDT 2020
Table Table 6132929 (Real Money) -- Seat 1 is the button
Total number of players : 6/6
Seat 1: Player6 ($6.82) is sitting out.
Seat 2: Player1 ($2) is sitting out.
Seat 3: Player2 ($4.29) is sitting out.
Seat 4: Player3 ($1.97) is sitting out.
Seat 5: Player4 ($3.23) is sitting out.
Seat 6: Hero ($6.02)
Player1 posts small blind (0.01)
Player2 posts big blind (0.02)
Dealing down cards *
Dealt to Hero [ Jd, Kd ]
Player3 folds
Player4 folds
Hero raises 0.05 to 0.05
Player6 folds
Player1 folds
Player2 calls (0.03)
Dealing Flop * : [ 2h, 6d, 9d ]
Player2 checks
Hero bets (0.07)
Player2 raises 0.24 to 0.24
Hero calls (0.17)
Dealing Turn * : [ Td ]
Player2 bets (0.48)
Hero raises 1.37 to 1.37
Player2 raises 3.52 to 4
Hero calls (2.63)
Dealing River * : [ 7s ]
Creating Main Pot with $ 8.17 with Player2, Hero
Summary **
Main Pot: $8.17 Rake: $0.42
Board: [ 2h, 6d, 9d, Td, 7s ]
Player6 balance $6.82, didn't bet (folded)
Player1 balance $1.99, lost $0.01 (folded)
Player2 balance $8.17, bet $4.29, collected $8.17, net +$3.88[ 7d, 8d ] [ a straight flush, six to ten -- Td,9d,8d,7d,6d ]
Player3 balance $1.97, didn't bet (folded)
Player4 balance $3.23, didn't bet (folded)
Hero balance $1.73, lost $4.29[ Jd, Kd ] [ a flush, king high -- Kd,Jd,Td,9d,6d ]

June 6, 2020 | 2:14 p.m.

Thanks man helpful as always! I can see why you're top of the monthly likes!

June 5, 2020 | 8:38 p.m.

Comment | ItWasAGhost commented on How to add hands

Ah ty!

June 5, 2020 | 5:17 p.m.

Hey all,

I've been playing some partypoker fast forward, I'm quite enjoying it and I seem to tilt less due to the speed, but with no HUD on party - how do people adjust their play? I don't have time to put notes on anyone, as by the time the hands have flipped its a new table. Are we just playing ABC poker in these games?

This is a hand I'm sure I played horribly, JJ is a nightmare for me to know what to do with, but I'm interested to hear what my optimal should be.

* Hand History for Game 15913591061444kq22tthdr *
0.01/0.02 Texas Holdem Game Table (NL) - Fri Jun 05 08:10:45 EDT 2020
Table Table 6132308 (Real Money) -- Seat 1 is the button
Total number of players : 6/6
Seat 1: Player6 ($2) is sitting out.
Seat 2: Player1 ($2.38) is sitting out.
Seat 3: Player2 ($2.19) is sitting out.
Seat 4: Hero ($2.01)
Seat 5: Player4 ($2.23) is sitting out.
Seat 6: Player5 ($2.26) is sitting out.
Player1 posts small blind (0.01)
Player2 posts big blind (0.02)
Dealing down cards **
Dealt to Hero [ Jh, Js ]
Hero raises 0.05 to 0.05
Player4 folds
Player5 folds
Player6 folds
Player1 raises 0.15 to 0.16
Player2 folds
Hero calls (0.11)

First issue is being 3bet! I presume I can never fold here, and need to see a flop most of the time? I don't know how often I need to 4-bet against an unknown?

* Dealing Flop * : [ Ad, 7c, 8d ]
Player1 bets (0.10)
Hero calls (0.10)

This was a super small bet, I had no clue where I was, but presume his range may include some 99,TT so for the price I called.

* Dealing Turn * : [ 5d ]
Player1 checks
Hero bets (0.37)
Player1 calls (0.37)

Villian didn't seem thrilled with the turn, thought I may either be ahead or be able to fold out a higher PP so took a stab. I didn't get the feeling they had a flush.

* Dealing River * : [ Jc ]
Player1 checks
Hero bets (1.38)
Player1 calls (1.38)
Creating Main Pot with $ 3.84 with Hero, Player1

When they called the turn I had them on a strong ace, with the set on the river I thought I was ahead against all of their range bar the AA so decided to jam to get value from a big Ace which I'd convinced myself they had.

* Summary *
Main Pot: $3.84 Rake: $0.2
Board: [ Ad, 7c, 8d, 5d, Jc ]
Player6 balance $2, didn't bet (folded)
Player1 balance $4.21, bet $2.01, collected $3.84, net +$1.83[ As, Ah ] [ three of a kind, aces -- As,Ah,Ad,Jc,8d ]
Player2 balance $2.17, lost $0.02 (folded)
Hero balance $0, lost $2.01[ Jh, Js ] [ three of a kind, jacks -- Ad,Jh,Js,Jc,8d ]
Player4 balance $2.23, didn't bet (folded)
Player5 balance $2.26, didn't bet (folded)

Turns out I was wrong! I'm sure I made multiple mistakes, but one thing I never do is talk about my plays, I'm really wanting to get better now so this forum seemed a good place to start!

June 5, 2020 | 5:16 p.m.

Post | ItWasAGhost posted in NLHE: How to add hands


Sorry for the newb question, how do I actually add a hand history?

I'm copying directly from pokertracker in the "hand history" post type, but all it ever says is invalid hand - even though pokertracker is down as ok?


June 5, 2020 | 4:45 p.m.

is that the applications of No Limit Holem?

June 5, 2020 | 4:15 p.m.

lIlCitanul thanks for the advice!

June 5, 2020 | 4:03 p.m.

lIlCitanul I didn't know that was a thing to be honest! What do people usually use to record something like that? It's certainly something that would be useful to me I'm sure

June 5, 2020 | 9:59 a.m.

Because its been so long since I put good volume in and I have no idea what all my leaks are, I was thinking of maybe just blasting through 50,000k hands at zoom at 2NL - I'm hoping that data will give me some indication of what I'm doing wrong and help me fix it for the reg tables.

June 4, 2020 | 8:20 p.m.

Have you noticed much difference play wise between say Zoom on stars and Fast forward on Party?

June 4, 2020 | 6:02 p.m.

TheLiger insane variance
can happen when you're playing multiple tables at a time!

June 4, 2020 | 5:59 p.m.

It's deffo worth the money!

June 4, 2020 | 4:47 p.m.

Post | ItWasAGhost posted in NLHE: Is Zoom "real" poker

Hey all,

I was thinking of putting in some hours at the zoom tables...mainly because I can play so many so quickly, but a big part of that is that I want to improve my game for when live play is back.

Would playing a ton of zoom hands be a positive or a negative to this goal? I don't want it to create bad habits in my play when I go back to real tables.

June 4, 2020 | 4:38 p.m.

It happens bud, I remember back in the day I was crushing Full Tilt at the $1/$2 stakes, then one 4 hour session I managed to lose 17 buy ins, it was incredible what was happening, every flush was dominated, if I flopped a set someone had the higher one. Just need to rise that wave, the long term numbers can't lie.

June 4, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

Comment | ItWasAGhost commented on Coaching

RaoulFlush Ah I had no idea there was a study group, this would for sure help me! Is it somewhere on the forum?

June 3, 2020 | 6:06 p.m.

Comment | ItWasAGhost commented on Coaching

So I have the from the ground up NLH course, but I guess my problem is I find it hard to study...then put it into practice. Something might make sense to me while watching, but I kinda tail off when playing by myself and just grinding. I dread to think how many leaks I have, which I guess is a big part of what I want to fix. In general I just want to improve to the point I can at least break even at micros, which should then give me a good shot at being able to beat the low live games (once they open up again) - I played for a living 2003-2008...and my game has pretty much not changed since then, which just gets me killed. I miss being able to C-bet 90% of flops ;(

Losing my job due to covid 19 has kinda pushed me to want to find backup ways of being able to maker a few $ when times call for it

June 3, 2020 | 4:50 p.m.

Post | ItWasAGhost posted in NLHE: Coaching

Hi all,

Can anyone recommend any coaches for the micro sakes who have a reasonable rate?

Many thanks!

June 3, 2020 | 4:31 p.m.

Ah perfect, this is just what I want. Thankyou!

Nov. 25, 2019 | 9:57 p.m.

Hi all,

I got a $109 ticket for depositing on Partypoker and I managed to fluke my way through that phase into the $530 phase.

I play $2 and $5 NL cash and have no idea what I'm doing in tournaments, this is way above my head (and sadly I can't exchange the ticket for credit!)

Can anyone recommend any videos to watch to try and help prepare myself a little for this? I've got 6 I'm hoping I can prep atleast a little!


Nov. 25, 2019 | 9:56 p.m.

Hi all,

I've started playing Cash on PartyPoker which doesn't allow any HUDS or trackers at all.

How do people tend to review their play, or keep track of winnings/losses on sites like this?


Nov. 24, 2019 | 5:01 p.m.

Hey all,

As someone still quite new to poker and hoping to live the dream in a few years hearing Shaun Deeb say this on the Poker Life podcast was alittle disheartening. Does everyone agree with him - or is he just being negative?

May 5, 2019 | 4:04 p.m.

Post | ItWasAGhost posted in Courses Forum: From the Ground Up - PLO


I really loved the from the Ground Up series and found it really useful, I wondered if there might be a PLO one in the works?


April 30, 2019 | 9:45 a.m.

Post | ItWasAGhost posted in Courses Forum: Still within the first 200?


If i purchased now would I be within the first 200 with a chance to win the coaching session?


Feb. 15, 2019 | 10:44 a.m.

Phil Galfond Wednesday is a really busy day for me but I'll still commit to playing for an hour (or until I bust!)

Just wanted to say thanks for still believing in online poker when alot of others have cut everything of any benefit to players - fingers crossed this is the next boom!

Feb. 4, 2019 | 6:23 p.m.

Phil Galfond LOVE this update Phil, what you're doing with the dynamic avatar is pure genius, im looking forward to this feeling more like the early days of online poker (and hopefully the profitability that goes with it)

One question - you mentioned when someone leaves and return you'll still have any notes you made - how long does this last for?


May 3, 2018 | 1:36 p.m.

I am so hyped for this Phil. I've been very disillusioned with online poker over the last year or two and Stars crack down on anything good for Micro Grinders wanting to move up. but I have faith you'll find us a way! Just hope once Brexit hits England won't be banned on the site :0

April 12, 2018 | 10:25 p.m.

Thanks for all the posts guys! Yeah I wasn't expecting to be a millionaire from it or even play for a living - but if i could get to the point where I can make $20 an hour for playing part time that would be great!

Feb. 28, 2018 | 1:36 p.m.

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