the last 15 months I documented my journey in the blog: Goal: Playing like a man. I had often a hard time especially in the first months having a lot of physical issues (including surgery on ellbow). Fate turned around at December though and the door to a lot of possible poker success opened and also my physical issues get better from day to day.
So now it is time to open a new chapter in the book "Fulfilling your poker dreams". I have learned an awsome lot in the last 8 months and achieved an alltime Bankroll high of approx. 2.500,00 EUR. Now it is time to get my feet wet on NL50. If I win 2k Dollar I will move up to NL100.
If variance will be on my side I guess it is possible to play the first hands of NL100 in September. As also mentioned in the old blog I am planning to reduce my working hours soon, which would make it much easier to play enough hands per months.
I will try to play 3 sessions for the next weeks every day (and analyse every session in the evening with GTO+ and hopefully a little help of my coach if necessary). Using GTO+ more is something I really want to get to. Reasoning: I want to become better in GTO-Play and study more in general. Knowing whats the GTO-Play and whats best against the Populations disbalances would make my Live Play Videos much better I guess. And it will show me areas that I can improve on.
First session 7am - 8pm before my daily work starts- this gets more difficult/impossible though when my home-office ends the next weeks.
Second session 4pm-5pm and third session 7pm-8pm. 8pm-9pm Postsession analysis.
The sessions I miss I have to play at Weekend. So I am able to play 20k Hands rougly which is realistic number as a fulltime worker.
Side Goals: doing bodyweight training every second day at least. I really want to improve my nutrition and eat more vegetable and consume less milk products. I already started drinking green tea instead of coffee. I will be not too strict with this. One cup of black coffee per day is allowed.
During the week i will leave the Computer at 9pm. TV time will end at 10pm. Reason for this is my bad sleep quality. So after 10pm only meditation, reading books and light stretching for my back. 11pm is bed time. I should be able to get up at 6am then.
Good luck at the tables and stay healty.
July 3, 2020 | 10:35 a.m.
Hi all. This will be my last post in this blog and I will start a new blog: Goal: Leaving Microstakes this year.
I guess i reached my Goal of stopping playing very anxious at the tables.
Example from my first session on NL50. Was not able to load it up to weaktight...
Was against fish but obvious will get a lot of calls on river.
Poker Hand #HD366717620: Hold'em No Limit ($0.25/$0.5) - 2020/07/01 17:49:12
Table 'NLHBronze26' 6-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: e78af5e7 ($51.14 in chips)
Seat 2: 7e2640e6 ($66.75 in chips)
Seat 3: Hero ($60.81 in chips)
Seat 4: db671f57 ($50.75 in chips)
Seat 5: f78b3dc2 ($51.6 in chips)
Seat 6: fb1f5a5d ($74.88 in chips)
7e2640e6: posts small blind $0.25
Hero: posts big blind $0.5
* HOLE CARDS
Dealt to e78af5e7
Dealt to 7e2640e6
Dealt to Hero [Ah Jc]
Dealt to db671f57
Dealt to f78b3dc2
Dealt to fb1f5a5d
db671f57: raises $0.75 to $1.25
e78af5e7: calls $1.25
Hero: raises $6.25 to $7.5
e78af5e7: calls $6.25
FLOP [2c Qh 4d]
Hero: bets $5.5
e78af5e7: calls $5.5
TURN [2c Qh 4d] [Td]
Hero: bets $13.75
e78af5e7: calls $13.75
RIVER [2c Qh 4d Td] [7d]
Hero: bets $34.06 and is all-in
Uncalled bet ($34.06) returned to Hero
Hero collected $55 from pot
Total pot $55
Board [2c Qh 4d Td 7d]
Seat 1: e78af5e7 (button) folded on the River
Seat 2: 7e2640e6 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 3: Hero (big blind) won ($55)
Seat 4: db671f57 folded before Flop
Seat 5: f78b3dc2 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: fb1f5a5d folded before Flop (didn't bet)
The last days I focused to be more aggressive preflop in the right spots and I guess it works out fine since most opponents play poorly against it.
I managed to beat NL25 in just over 20k Hands at GGpoker. The graph is without Rake so I actually won 1100 Dollar (300 Dollar Jackpot and 140 Dollar Deposit Bonus and some Dollars Fish Buffet Rakeback). As you will already figured out reading this it is massive rake here on the site. After I have completed the 600 Dollar Deposit Bonus I will ask myself if its worth it.
Since I am pretty busy in the moment in my job i was not able to play that much. I really gave everthing I had and right now I am pretty tired and really in need of some holiday or days off at least from normal job. I am also planning to reduce my working hours (perhaps in September if possible). Then I will decide if I try to enter PokerDetox. I really absorbed everthing i was able to get from their methology and of course there is still most stuff unknown cause of not being a member yet.
My bankroll is around 2.800 Dollar now and I am try to do at least one session of NL50 every day.
I am not studying a lot at the moment. Only watching Videos- but really trying to implement it at the tables. Meditation is also an area i should get involved more since i am oftern really nervous and the lack of good sleep is really terrible often times.
Perhaps I will do another challenge to review every 10bb+ Pot at least after every session this month. If this turns out to be too demanding I will analyse 15bb+ Pots.
Thx a lot to my coach: without your help I would perhaps still be grinding NL5 SNAP and be afraid of NL10 SNAP. You are the best.
July 3, 2020 | 9:15 a.m.
Hello Poker Community,
my challenge hasn´t been successful since I am only played roughly 21k Hands from End of March until end of April. I donated 90,00 EUR to Unicef and 50,00 EUR to the local church community for the partnership with republic of Kongo. So 10,00 EUR missing - will do this this Weekend.
Month April was not good in monetary means and i had some physical issues with my back and neck. These factors made it mentally and physical difficult to Play many Hours of Poker.
As you see: my redline Drops quit severly. Especially on NL20 EUR tables this was extrem and my good NL10 EUR results (even with dropping redline) were "eaten up" by results on the higher stake. The last Hands are not complete since Guts did not provide the Hand histories of the anonymous tables for the last days (good Winnings on NL10 EUR).
At the beginning of this month Guts shut down and I moved to GGPoker after playing some Hands at 888 Poker. Since the traffic has been quit bad on 888 Poker and rakeback is almost non existent at the beginning of the last week I cashed in at GG Poker (400 Dollars) and I received a Bonus of 600 Dollar. Even on NL25 which is my main Limit now it is possible to clear it- at least a big chunk of it. At the beginning my Impression was not very good. You find many functions/Gimmicks here that easily could distract you from playing well (Allin Insurance, all Kinds of smilies that Players use, Straddle (some Players straddle every Hand).
But rakeback is great and Player pool is quit decent.
Results were awsome the last days:
The results of GGpoker are without rake, so I actually won less in game.
But: yesterday I won 310 Dollar in the Big Hand Jackpot and was sitting with almost 14 Stacks at the table :-) . I thought i have to get to Showdown what is not correct I think so I only called the minbet with my Royal Flush :-)
Hand History for Game 1111111111 (GG Poker)
$25.00 USD NL Holdem - Friday, May 29, 09:20:59 ET 2020
Table NLHPurple2 (Real Money)
Seat 6 is the button
Seat 6: Player6 ( $25.23 USD ) - (21.43 / 10.71 / - / 29)
Seat 1: Player1 ( $24.62 USD )
Seat 2: Player2 ( $25.00 USD )
Seat 3: Player3 ( $60.95 USD )
Seat 4: Player4 ( $41.34 USD )
Seat 5: Hero ( $25.35 USD )
Player1 posts small blind [$0.10 USD].
Player2 posts big blind [$0.25 USD].
* Dealing down cards *
Dealt to Player1 [ Kh Jh ]
Player4 raises [$0.85 USD]
Hero raises [$2.40 USD]
Player4 calls [$1.55 USD]
* Dealing Flop * [ Qh, 7h, Ah ]
Player4 bets [$5.15 USD]
Hero calls [$5.15 USD]
* Dealing Turn * [ Th ]
Player4 bets [$0.25 USD]
Hero calls [$0.25 USD]
* Dealing River * [ 8d ]
Player4 bets [$0.25 USD]
Hero calls [$0.25 USD]
Hero wins $16.45 USD
I haven´t read the rules of it and expected one stack since my Coach also won just a stack in this Jackpot (and checked the nuts on river). So I have adjusted the rakeback and the graph with rakeback and boni to Show my real Winnings.
My Bankroll is Ready for NL50 but I want to Play 15k Hands at least on Nl25. I know this is a hugh upswing and I really want to get in some volume here.
Good Luck at the tables.
P.S. I adjusted my goals for the year in the initial post.
May 30, 2020 | 7:43 a.m.
have bought a new TV (Philips Ambilight 55OLED804 139 cm (55 Zoll) Oled TV (4K UHD) and I try to pay the five installments with poker money. So I cashout 320 Dollar to the Creditcard to pay the first one. This was my monthly winning. Few months ago I would have been very happy about this, now I am content but want more. Have played only 19k Hands and still a lot of NL5 during the first 2 weeks of the month. Last 10 Days were almost breakeven.
Still cannot let SNAP NL10 go. Run a little bad there this year, winning 2 BB/H (5BB/EV-wise).
Of course I know that this is not the most profitable games to play in but it has more of an old bill with these games. So I will continue playing there and using it as a warm up. I will move up to NL20 EUR at Microgaming the next days (most likely at weekend where games are softer and i have lots of time). Need to put in a lot of volume to reach the volume goal of 40k. Have played only 7k since the start so need 33k next month. Will have to restart scheduling my days I guess. Also I have to tune up my aggression again, the slightly dropping redline is no coincidence. I have tightened up preflop without reasoning and miss some good overbet bluff spots river and get angry with me when I see villains hand that he would have folded ;-)
Good luck at the tables and stay healthy.
March 31, 2020 | 7:22 a.m.
3bet 4x hat least. Postflop I would Play This Conti Flop Range small ch call Turn ch decide River depending on bis betsize.
Reasoning: he is likely a weaker player coldcalling the 3bet. He will call Flop to wide and overstab this lowcard paired Board. Same on River.
March 24, 2020 | 11:54 a.m.
Good Luck! If I were in Your Shoes I would Avoid the Zoom Format especially with 20 Buyins. Play regular Tables and tableselect a Ton. And I would choose a site with cashin bonus and decent rakeback. Peter Clarke ist good choice to start with.
March 23, 2020 | 4:26 a.m.
Builded up my new writing desk today and installed my 2nd monitor. Really like it - before I had a old Tiny desk that was not stable at all.
Really crushing the microgaming NL10 EUR tables now and the Nl10 Dollar 888 Tables also were quite profitable. Up around 300,00 EUR this month so far.
Inspired by Patrick (freenachos) I also start a challenge. I still have to work but I do Homeoffice which is more Relaxing and not so stressful without customer contact. And with my new Setup it should be more productive than at Office even. While I am enjoying the soft poker games even during the week I do not Forget that the reason for this is really terrific. So I:
a) want to Play as much as possible and
b) help in form of donating some money
- Since I work I plan to play 40k Hands (mostly Reg Tables so thats quite ambitous working fulltime)
But since it is not that challenging I have to meet another condition. I have the bad Habit to still play NL5 Dollar tables with an 1650,00 EUR Bankroll, so:
- I am only playing NL10EUR Tables or higher, ( Nl10 EUR/NL20 Microgaming, NL20 Dollar 888). So NL20 Dollar SNAP is the only Option to Play the Zoom Format and it is not running that often.
- Donation: 20 Percent of my Winnings when I succeed.
- When I not get this volume I will donate 150 EUR.
Weekly update, so first update 29.03 including Monthly update.
Please stay healthy.
March 20, 2020 | 11:15 p.m.
People even at higher stakes are overfolding their BB - because of this it is good to play looser even with high rake. It is still one of the best ways to overcome the rake barrier to steal the blinds (and outplay the opponents in position with skill and positional advantage).
March 19, 2020 | 8:03 p.m.
It is hard to get called by worse Hands on turn - especially against your sizing. So betting trash and 77+ I guess and check back a Hand like this to bluffcatch many rivers (this line will be very overbluffed on this board and Formation). When he checks River on low runout you can valuebet small against his Ax. Or you bet smaller on turn (around halfpot) which I would prefer cause Pool (also fish) are struggling to defend enough. Checking and Bluffcatching or betting halfpot should not make a big difference.
March 9, 2020 | 1:53 p.m.
Postflop I definitely Bet and shove over raise. You should have enough equity and your Hand Need some protection. As played I would bet turn smaller but not a big deal. Had a similar spot yesterday with JJ. Really was not happy About his checkraise but he folded to jam. Was Thigh Flop so much Closer spot than this one.
March 9, 2020 | 12:55 p.m.
Taking days off really could be hard. Yesterday I was shocked realizing that I played poker almost every day for the last 2 years. And this even without any success ... When I do other things often times with the purpose to be able to play better poker afterwards.
March 9, 2020 | 7:53 a.m.
This line should be overbluffed by fish on this texture (paired lowcard flop, overcard non Ace River) but the tight Formation (UTG vs BB) and especially the overbet Donk allin is concerning. Against smaller donk I would call.
March 4, 2020 | 7:26 a.m.
So another month is over. Except playing very low volume and run little bad on NL10 SNAP it is another good month. Updated Bankroll already. Graph, some stats and hands will follow when the Site has sent me all hand histories. Made around 500 Dollar this year so I am on track I believe. Still playing NL5 SNAP is enticing because I am really crushing this limit. I have an hourly of 4 dollars here this year ;-)
Feb. 28, 2020 | 9:50 p.m.
As I mentioned in the post before I was not fit and not motivated to Play poker. So played only 4k Hands or so this month so far. Continued crushing NL5 but lost some stacks in 2 Sessions on NL10.
So Goal for the 2nd half of this month (13 days) is do get back in the grind and the healthy routines again.
Poker: Play 20k Hands
Sports: 4 times gym
Feb. 17, 2020 | 8:55 a.m.
I have updated the last post (stakes overview last month and monthly graph).
Recent days I was ill - catched a severe cold(very bad weather in Germany makes it quite hard to stay fit). I had some days off from work but really felt miserable. The few hours I was able to play poker (just B to C-Game I guess) just played NL5 SNAP a little bit and won 12 Stacks in under 4k hands :-) Was lucky of course too.
The plan is to play a lot in the next two weeks. I am still not healty and at the weekend my little boy visits me so I will not be able to play a lot the next days. I will not set any volume goals but really try to motivate myself to play higher. So think I will concentrate on mindset excercises and trying to get me in good vibrations again. Also I will restart scheduling my days and filling my private poker journal. Last weeks were not too great i must confess. So hopefully the 2nd half of the month will be much better.
Feb. 12, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.
Update: Now with all hands.
Aiming for 11-12 Percent 3bet this month since population is not defending enough and is playing poorly in bloated pots. Also trying to play more aggressiv Raise and Checkraise Strategies in 3bet Pots and raise more in position in single raised pots (at the moment only 8 Percent).
Seemed weak to me - was wrong... :-)
Not very interesting hands (except the first one). While reviewing Hands I will post the more interesting ones.
Hope you all have a nice start in the week!