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.