I think pre and flop play is fine. Cbet 4/4 doesn’t tell us much especially if he’s down betting dry boards. Turn ship is gonna be overpairs at a high frequency so I like a fold. Against a range of reasonable Ax flush draws and overpairs you have about 32%. I don’t put low equity AK/AQ type hands in v’s range. Ran an ev calc and it looks like a call loses 204.5t
Jan. 17, 2020 | 10:52 p.m.
happy to consider your adjustments!
Plan is to stick to the 2/5 and play the 5/10 once a week. I think my play in the 2/5 varies from b to c game. My autopilot can be pretty bad... I would say the majority of my bad play losses are a result of light call downs and taking marginal spots. Going for a 2/5 session today. Shooting for b+ game.
Curious what you guys do to stay focused in-game?
Jan. 13, 2020 | 7:11 p.m.
So last weekend had a really bad run in 2/5 (240bb max buy in game). Lost 6.5 buyins over 3 sessions.
However, luck turned around when I got invited to a private 5/10 game a couple days ago and over the next 7 hours proceeded to score a 15K win. Let’s go!
Jan. 11, 2020 | 12:25 a.m.
Sorry! I meant 250bb*3. So about 4k. But yes, the mtt wins do eclipse the losses! And actually, what I want is good mtt videos. I play on Party and stars with no success. Would love to start winning sooner than later. In general, I can usually build a 3-4 starting stack pretty easy in early stages but am terrible at keeping my stack before the money. When I do get into the money, I often get to last 2-3 tables but never final. So I think there’s a big mtt fundamentals leak but not sure where to start.
Jan. 2, 2020 | 1:13 a.m.
Super helpful. The idea of leading never occurred to me but I don’t lead very often in general. Seems like a reasonable play to introduce to my game.
So I guess best line is bet, check, bet or bet bet check? Do you go for 3 streets?
Jan. 2, 2020 | 12:55 a.m.
Decided to do some live MTTs and went deep in two for a total 25k profit.
Cash games have been meh. I’ve been stuck 4 buy ins in live cash (240bb 2/5 game) for about a month.
Best live cash courses/videos? I benefited huge from “From The Ground Up” and RYE for MTTs.
Dec. 30, 2019 | 9:55 p.m.
First session. Was up 270 bbs at 1/3, moved to 2/5 then lost 100bbs for a $330 profit. Have already reviewed some of my hands that I could have played better but no blaring mistakes so far.
Will do another live session later tonight after a date with my wife.
Nov. 29, 2019 | 3:46 a.m.
Ah gotcha. Yeah, I think both used to be true of me but have long since ceased to be. Life is too busy to sit around feeling bad about what could have been. Just gotta move forward and let the past be the past. I'm also not afraid of what others think anymore. If others want to shake their head at me, that's up to them.
Nov. 28, 2019 | 9:34 a.m.
I'm 28. I have been a losing live player for the majority of my poker life of 10 years or so. Have always thought myself to be talented at the game but lacked sound fundamentals and had terrible mental game tendencies/habits: recoup tilt, drinking during sessions, playing way under-rolled, lavish spending habits. I have gone broke several times but have always had my business to reload.
When I was 20, I won a lawsuit against an insurance corporation for 113K. I decided to make a go of playing live and went bust within a year. About 60K lost in the game and a poker coach who'd been swindling me (and tried suing me!). The rest was spent living the good life. Had to go back to work and played recreationally for the next few years.
Well, I've sold my business for about 30K. Small potatoes, I know. But I also have a full-time job.
So, I'm putting the 30K as my new roll. If it works this time, I'm in the game. If I lose it, I'm out.
I'm going to make a go at online MTTs ($15 ABI) and live cash (1/3-2/5). I'm allocating 8 hours to study a week and 30 to play.
Will post hands, session notes and questions here. Would love your input!
Nov. 27, 2019 | 7:53 p.m.
I don't know. I've read about 35-40 BI downswings of winning players over large sample sizes. 200K hand BE stretches happen. See here: https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/117/medium-high-stakes-full-ring/what-your-longest-downswing-break-even-stretch-proven-winners-only-1734026/
And it's also important to remember this is not 2003-2009. The game is tougher. Players in the micros are studying, range constructing etc. "Printing money" does not quite have the same meaning as it used to. Poker players are looking for sponsors, running games, streaming, starting training sites because (I think) it's easier than making millions in today's games. Scary stuff.
This year, I'm up 21K in live tournaments and down 19K in mostly live cash. It's brutal. All you can do is keep studying, keep optimizing your life so life tilt doesn't become poker tilt, make sure you're rolled...
Nov. 27, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
BB: 13,683 (Hero)
UTG+1 wins 4,560
Nov. 24, 2019 | 8:06 p.m.
Bet smaller. I like 25-40% pot. The issue with betting 60-70% is that the calling range for that sizing is going to have Qx with a high frequency so you value you own yourself. Agree with the block bet.
I think we should be betting with a high frequency on our Ax & Kx high boards. The trouble with checking behind so villain can bluff is that they when they lead into us on turns they actually won't be bluffing and will continue on brick rivers, extracting two streets from us.
I like the check-back-call-down line if I know villain is aggressive and tends to bluff.
Same as example 2.
Villain won't be check raising us often. They will let us barrel when they hold Ax that decided not to 4bet. 25-40% sounds about right.