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I guess I will stop this challenge right here, because I don't see that much merit in doing this stuff here. Thought about this, don't think to documenting is a necessary part of being a good learner - at least for me, I don't have much fun with this - it feels like a clumsy task.
On the other hand it feels a bit like giving up, but for me it was just a challenge - how it feels to do this and whether it makes me more consistant or not. Watching videos and comment some hands are much better options for me right now and focusing on other stuff. I guess all in all it was a wrong assumption that this project will help me in the way I wanted to.

... but guess what, you'll still see me around here in the forum for some hand-analysis.

Aug. 2, 2019 | 8:11 p.m.

Yesterday I talked with a friend of mine about poker and my way to approaching it. And an interesting view on this I found by thinking about mindset and focus. For me it's super important to maximize my focus in any given situation and perform on a high level. To get in this state of mind and check myself, if I'm doing it correctly, is very motivational task to me.

All in all I way trying the last two days to check what's important for me and saw, that I want to develop as a poker player on multiple levels, like strategic skills and performing skills etc. - and my performing skills are prioritized right now! :P

Aug. 1, 2019 | 11:40 a.m.

The last session was very good. Was focused and had some nice spots!

This hand is interesting - maybe my slowplay made V try some moves against me:

What do you thinks? Thoughts on this?

July 30, 2019 | 7:39 p.m.

I play a really profitable limp-strategy out of the sb - it works super well!
And thanks for your view on the R-decision!

July 29, 2019 | 5:21 p.m.

Today I was trying to hit a score in the 22 micro millions main. Wasn't my tourney tho. I wished I could share some interesting hands, but there were none #sad .
Best thing about the evening: Had a good time with my buddies.

Cashgame was kind of a roller-coaster session: First off I started with a heater, was card-dead and got it back together. Decisions were solid. Looking forward for the next week and month.

July 28, 2019 | 9:03 p.m.

Hey James! Thanks for your words.
Yes, it's a challenge, but sometime you have to accept it :P

July 28, 2019 | 8:57 p.m.

July 28, 2019 | 2:50 p.m.

Very interested in the session today. Yesterday was a bit of a roller-coaster but I played fine I guess. One hand was a bit tricky, where I stacked off a fish a bit too light ... I guess this should be a fold, right?

July 27, 2019 | 8:17 a.m.

Blinds: $0.05/$0.10 (6 Players) BN: $4.60
SB: $11.70 (Hero)
BB: $5.26
UTG: $13.90
MP: $3.71
CO: $9.20
Co is no full stack and seems a bit fishy ...13/4 on 23 hands
Preflop ($0.15) Hero is SB with K A
2 folds, CO raises to $0.20, BN folds, Hero raises to $0.78, BB folds, CO calls $0.58
Flop ($1.66) Q A 6
Hero bets $0.52, CO calls $0.52
Against a fish would could bet bigger here (like 0.5 pot)!
Turn ($2.70) Q A 6 T
Hero checks, CO bets $1.94, Hero calls $1.94
I don't know if this check is good or necessary. I think we can gain some value angainst AJ, A9-A5 (ex. A6) and FDs + hands like QK, KT, QJ and so on. The fish seems a bit tighter, that could be sign for the fact, that he would raise stronger hands on the flop and isn't calling like all the gutshots. But if the fish is betting big here, I was concerned ... (big bets = strong (most of the time))
River ($6.58) Q A 6 T 7
Hero checks, CO bets $4.71
On this brick R we can add A7 to his value range - and this big bet size seems really strong to me. In play I wanted to fold so badly ... you too?

July 27, 2019 | 8:16 a.m.

Do you think 72 is a realistic calling and then even raising hand? Therefore the fish has to be very active, I guess ... Q2 - yep, you're right, I should add that.

July 27, 2019 | 8:04 a.m.

1) Yes, I guess you're right - we don't have that many Qx ... but on the other hand V has QTs+ and KQo+ maybe ... do you think that is realistic?
2) What size would you prefer?

July 27, 2019 | 8:01 a.m.

Here are my first hand-histories. Check them out!

1) NL10z: JJ, BTN cold-call, turn bet-fold vs tight Villain?
2) NL10z: Q6o, blind on blind - is this R-fold nitty?

Also my first session was going okayish so far. Focus level was good, but nothing really big happened. I'm excited to see what the weekend will has to offer.

July 26, 2019 | 5:12 p.m.

Blinds: $0.05/$0.10 (6 Players) BN: $12.31
SB: $10.15 (Hero)
BB: $10.00
UTG: $10.21
MP: $4.66
CO: $13.75
Preflop ($0.15) Hero is SB with Q 6
4 folds, Hero calls $0.05, BB checks
Flop ($0.20) 7 Q 6
Hero bets $0.14, BB calls $0.14
Turn ($0.48) 7 Q 6 K
Hero bets $0.23, BB calls $0.23
... should bet bigger here ... (attacking Qx, Kx + FDs + weaker 2Pairs)
River ($0.94) 7 Q 6 K 2
Hero bets $0.55, BB raises to $1.50
I guess the hand becomes interesting on the river. Here I think, that a R-raise is pretty strong and so few times a bluff. On NL10 the population underbluffs rivers (in my opinion) and I guess that V. (a tight-fishy guy - 18/5 on 22 hands) doesn't have that many bluff combos. I could see hands like slowplayed 77, 66, Q7, Q6, KQ or a hands like K2hh. Natural bluffs V can have are some like JThh, 89hh, but I consider that he would play these combos faster earlier in the hand. What do you think? What should we do?

July 26, 2019 | 5:09 p.m.

Blinds: $0.05/$0.10 (6 Players) BN: $10.10 (Hero)
SB: $9.65
BB: $12.26
UTG: $10.35
MP: $8.24
CO: $11.59
Had 100 hands from V., seems to be a tight guy with 18/17 stats.
Preflop ($0.15) Hero is BN with J J
UTG folds, MP calls $0.10, CO raises to $0.54, Hero calls $0.54, 2 folds, MP folds
Should we raise against this big iso pre?
Flop ($1.33) Q Q 7
CO checks, Hero bets $0.32, CO calls $0.32
Against a check on this board, I would expect to play against a range like some trapped Qx (KQ, AQ, etc.), pokets (like JJ-88) and air-hands and overcards with low EQ. I think a big percentage of the time villain is weak here, so I want to get value from all the worse hands with this small sizing and denie EQ from OCs like AK. What do you think about the sizing?
Turn ($1.97) Q Q 7 7
CO checks, Hero bets $0.90, CO raises to $2.22, Hero
I guess the turn is maybe a bit of an overplay. I guess, that we dont have a second street of value against weaker pairs and the overcards will fold a lot of the time, too. Also we are just afraid of Aces and Kings - so we might check the turn and play collect some money on bricked rivers?! (what do you think?). And then - against the raise, I guess against this tight guy it should be an easy fold, or not? Don't see many bluffs here, especially on NL10z.

July 26, 2019 | 5:02 p.m.

Hey RIO-community!

This is new attempt to take my poker-jouney a bit more seriously. I'm new to this side and forum. Started the "from the ground up" course a few weeks ago. The last months I wasn't sure where I'm heading with my game and so I thought this blog/journal activity could be my next 30day-challenge. If I like the experience - maybe I continue doing it this way.

My rules:
1) Post an interesting hand every playing-day (into the forum and the link into the journal).
2) No two days in a row without posting something into the journal (whether something about mindset, sessions, videos i watched, hands or other interesting stuff).
3) Have consistent updates on weekly/monthly poker-results.

My approach:
1) Start on NL10 and we will see where this is heading.
2) Take your time to make decisions and don't do auto-click-c-game-bullsh*t.
3) Stay mindful about progressing towards a better poker player.

... my motiviation came from Henry Lister's blog (https://www.henrylister.com/) and I was writing a blog back then on poker-strategy. So this is my own, new "english" attempt - and I hope you will apologize if my english is not the finest.

About me:
I'm just a normal 23 years old guy from germany, who is playing this game over 7 years now and for like 3 years seriously. I would call me a semi-professional, because I'm playing like every day, but because Poker isn't my main-focus I wasn't able to make big steps towards the highest limits. I'm a student for social work with takes time as well and has a higher priority than poker. For more impressions of my life-journey you can check out my instagram: click here

My setup:
Here you are seeing my set-up. If you have questions about it, feel free to ask them!

My updates:

July 25, 2019 | 10:48 a.m.

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