I would place my soul as a side bet that 95% of the times he has TT and other 4.99% KK. Think like this and do not level yourself with the theory of the theory that leads to impractical practices. Think how obnoxious this line looks to be a bluff from a human psychology perspective, his poker paradigm would have to be advanced like hell to make a move like that, and that is not happening at 10NL. A merged raise with TT or KK on the flop for protection vs your A high is something that almost anyone can pull off. A check back with with KK with locked equity, and a checkback with TT vs a scare card is something that the enviroment will follow with like 95% frequency again. And shoving the River now with KK and TT. What you asking to happen on the other hand, villain to randomly check raise as a bluff an AJ or AQ is extremely unlikely, more extremely unlikely to change his mind to passive from "aggrotard" when he picks up gutshot equity to passive again and then shift back to aggrotard to randomly spazz the river, we talking about a psychopath here or an extremely sickly advanced player that knows exactly what and why he doing it, NOBODY at micro stakes. If i had to play a very good reg my bluff would be T9s with this line(not know if its good or not).
Dec. 27, 2018 | 10 p.m.
If the conversation gets to Poker with my granfather it is very likely that he will try to reach for his hunting rifle, and it seems like it would take a lifetime to explain to my father how Poker includes skill in its mechanics. Thankfully my friends are not that closed-mindend and that you can find online sites to talk with others about your passion.
Dec. 25, 2018 | noon
Pump, sorry for my lazy activity guys, just felt like i have to post something to keep this going even though my volume was extremely low these days and i barely got time to be on my pc(relatives, familly stuff, moving around). So what has been going on, is that i won about hundend of dollars and i got informed that this is how much my laptop gonna cost, its motherboard was dead, so the money gonna go there for now, i will try to play as much as i can so my next winning can get me to 5NL as soon as possible
Dec. 25, 2018 | 11:53 a.m.
Laptop is on its way to tech assistance, i hope it can be fixed and that it wont cost that much. The last two days i have been playing from my brothers pc, it really feels different, the screen is bigger and i am not getting tired that easy, in general my game was pretty average, some mental and physical fatigue, bad mood and lack of concentration, but still a lot better than my "past self"
Dec. 17, 2018 | 9:43 p.m.
Thanks for the post.It does not seem like a real option for my situation right now. I can not fund any kind of studies, and we talking for a country that is contesting with Palestine(no offence or racism) at unemployment levels.My brother is in programming and we have no idea for now how we gonna push him so he can find something here, another good friend is in it and he was paid almost basic salary before living for Germany. Things do not work normal here, basically i would be much happier if i move to live in another country and it is one of my goals.
Dec. 16, 2018 | 9:53 p.m.
Sorry guys for some reason i thought nobody had given me support here before i saw your comments, unfortunately something unexpected happened. It might be the case that my laptop died and i can not replace it. I did now setup my brothers PC so i can grind from there, this will raise several issues. i do not remember exactly my graphs and stats but i had raised my poor bankroll from 60+ to 90+ , the run was kinda bad and the win/rate was something like 12-14 bb. Will update very soon on how i am doing and gonna post some graphs at maybe 10.000k hands. I will also be on the forums posting hands quiet frequently from now on.
Dec. 15, 2018 | 11:28 a.m.
Actually i can, it just happened , today while i was grinding my laptop shut down,and it looks really bad i think that 95% it is just dead.Now i am using my brothers pc and setting up everything for grinding while he is in the army for some months to come.
Dec. 15, 2018 | 11:21 a.m.
Now i am, at the very bottom, but the "now i am " is the elastic part of the title, it will hold a present value even in the future,throughout this thread.
And my goal is to enrich this now i am statement with something other than being in the bottom, or being miserable , being lost, unfulfilled.
The amount of factors that led to this situation are tremendous, and it is a scary thing that most of them look self-imposed in first glance, even though there is not such a thing in reality yourself is nothing else than enviromental reactions,and it seemed like i had the most negative reactions to everything happening arround me, i spent 2 years of my life (15-17) thinking that i am sick or that i might die every day, with insane psychosomatic symptoms, i litterally had more than five triple heartbeats,for sure 3digits of doublebeats xD, after this period i had ocassional panic attacks, mild depression,low self-esteem and lost all motivation for achieving goals, i would binge alcohol,porn, video games every single day.
Now being a 27 year old male, with no education , no job , living in a small village in Greece with my parents and grandparents, with litterally zero prospect for anything good for my future, the best case scenario would be like, to find that 600/month job by kissing someon's ass and live the rest of my life with this.I think without even realizing it i was nihilistic to the core, an approach of i can not make it perfect so i do not even bother. The biggest procrastinator the earth has ever met, i remember the nuttela that i never put back on the fridge from the table for like two years before eventually throwing it to the garbage. My brain hurts trying to analyze how it is possible that a human being can act this way, repeatedly and for years, it is like i am under a spell or something,you can imagine how i did on my studies!!!.
I dropped out, but that is not the real issue at all, i never was into it in the first place , the last two years i have been playing Poker, i felt like that this is a chance, if i can make it i can change everything for me, but i had it backwards, because i did not really change anything in myself and in my life first , just imagine what a person with issues like mine can show up to a poker table, having litterally zero experience with the game, i had little to no money also so my first and only Pokerstars deposit was for 30$. I played mostly 2NL and i have tried 5NL and 10NL, i lost my database and track of results the last months, but if i range my estimation to +3.000$-3.500$ i am almost certainly not making a big mistake.All my earnings were spent for bills and basic needs.
The last few weeks, i was gathering the pieces of the puzzle, trying to figure out what my next moves have to be, i came up with a journal, my personal one,and it will start the same time as this one,it has some strict routine and rules, things that i must do, habbits i must give up.With short-term goals and long term goals, a decent portion of them are Poker-wise but not all of them, i might show up with some stuff from my personal journal if i feel inspired or find it even a bit relative to Poker. This routine and goals came up from the best of my thinking and reading from others, and i will try to apply them with the best of my skill. I think i just might be the biggest underdog ever trying to do this, i read many journals here i do not think i have seen someone starting of like this, but this makes me even more ambitious now, i do not feel like i am at the very bottom now, all this time my perspective and mindset has changed, If i was determined by the laws of the universe to never commit seriously into changing and improving myself, maybe that could be the reality bottom , now i am just ALL IN. :D.
Will be playing 2NL due to financial reasons and due to me just wanting to see where i will land at in terms of win/rate after commiting seriously into a different approach and mindset. i never had any coaching ,i do not have poker buddies to study or talk with(looking forward to), all that i know for the game is coming from free youtube content, forums, own experience and assumptions at the tables. The poker Goals for this period are gonna be to increase my bankroll and make some money untill September 2019 when i will have to join the military, i will obviously be studying poker too, by the time i come back i would like to have a bit of savings and a healthy bankroll to play at least 10NL. This will make a huge difference, even beating this small stake is detrimental for me, basic sallary here is 570 euros.
Dec. 9, 2018 | 10:02 p.m.
That is a promising journal, that is the stuff i like to see, keep going good luck
Dec. 9, 2018 | 7:46 p.m.
Hello and good luck, i am about to start a journal too so give it a look if you want.
1) By the way you speak it almost feels like you are coming from a place of "unhealthy entitlement " to achive your goals ( insane assumption i know but somehow i felt that), make sure you do things to relax and to take a deeper look into your mental game.
2) Breaks are indeed extremely usefull, the way i play now are many small sessions rather than staying still for hours, i will usually go for 70-100 minutes but sometimes even less depending on day routine, there is a sweet spot i guess but i am not that educated to that matter, the point i want to make is , too short of a session , too hard to hit flow, too big of a session too hard to maintain flow?
3) I do not see anything wrong with outside of technical aspect of the game talk, in fact i think that journals should have this kind of content, and Poker is a life mirror so, almost everything is rellevant. Better stick to one game and master it for now,or, the way i try new games is to make a day be dedicated to them, for example on Saturday i will play Spin&Go , and this being a routine thing and a rule will help a lot for not getting out of line, like stopping my cash games and playing more Spin&Go because i had a good session etc.
Dec. 9, 2018 | 5:07 p.m.
I think this hand is fine with a little tweak, this board is hitting his range so damn well and you mainly gonna bet super strong hands but they will benefit hard from protection and then draws with huge equity that want to make the pot bigger for when they hit, and some other bluffs like this hand,So i think it needs more polarized sizings.And even overbets sometimes.
July 10, 2018 | 9:35 p.m.
The turn shove is a polarization error imo.
I think you can make a case for doing it against those 2NL players who flat AK and can raise merged the flop withit and with KQ etc but still you need a good read for that.
If your opponent is playing this spot reasonably you let him play perfectly against this specific combo, and kinda feels like you only getting called by better and folding worse,or folding hands you have implied odds like 6h7h 7h8h.
July 10, 2018 | 9:30 p.m.
My range for this spot is 0%.I think the range you gave the BB is a bit random. I believe its like a hell more nittier. I put them on TT-QQ AQs KQs maybe. and thats it.There are people doing weird things however so its hard by nature to give a range on a spot that everyone plays so differently.
July 4, 2018 | 11:13 p.m.
Many players do this mistake.
When there are 3 same cards on the board they think its almost impossible that someone can have Quads.
But that is not truth.especially when that card is J or higher.
It is way easier to have Quads on these spots than to have any set on 5839 for example,there are gonna be 12 sets there, 3 of each combo 55 88 33 99
Why is that happening? Its because the Ace can make combos with many other cards,So when three Aces are down, there are gonna be 4xAK left, and 4x AQ 4x AJ etc for any Ax.
In these stakes people love the Aces and some fish play them very often thinking that any A is a strong hand.
So you can see that is not that impossible or rare
On the other hand what is rare here, is for villain to be bluffing(with the river check raise),or to be trying to get value with PP vs you, you are on the button and you can have an insane amount of Aces, down to A2, and you can have the full houses from TT-KK(if you bet them on the flop which i do not advice you to do on this situation,especially the QQ-KK).
So villain is unlikely to try something here or to even call you down with something worse than 99.
Your hand is a bluff catcher on the River.And you have to decide if villain will bluff enough after having called the flop,combined with betting worse for value, like 88.
So just raise with Quads and bluff catch by calling with other full houses.
When he jams all in after your raise, he just has the A himself.He shows you that he is not afraid of the Quads that you represent when you raise him.
July 4, 2018 | 10:57 p.m.
I check this flop,you just have third pair,and your hand will not make great turn or river barrels that often. Villain hits this board with middle pair and top pair very often.I dont think denying equity from his weakest range overweights the times you get called or check/raised. At these stakes players underbluff this spot, its so hard for them to raise on a board that a straight is possible. So i would not be that happy to get it in now.I would just call the turn and wait to get it in on the river vs his straight with a Flush or a Full House.Realizing my implied odds cause i dont think no matter what the river is a 2nl player can fold the straight.Even for the times your flush is dominated you can win in the river, vs AT diamonds giving up for example.Or you can outdraw his 55 QJ with a flush and get it in good. So call turn and fold any not improving river would be a good play imo. I dont think this hand was what we call a setup btw,but even if it was try do not think about Poker like this.Setups will happen like it or not all we can control is our decisions focus your energy on that!!
July 4, 2018 | 10:37 p.m.
I i am on the same track i guess, i learnt all these things by myself from random videos articles books experience in the tables, so my context might be somehow messy and inaccurate.I am just a bit more stuck into succeeding at Poker than any other person might ever be due to personal life situation, even micro stakes success is gonna have big effect on my life right now, so i can not guide you to this step by step ,all i can say is keep working on the forum, and check these 2 specific youtube channels that provide so much value for free, CrushTheMicros, and Nick Howards channel.
April 10, 2018 | 12:11 a.m.
You need to develop a default strategy for this texture and the SB vs BU 3bet pot fights, to help you navigate a bit, it does not matter if it is not perfect, i have mine myself and i am not a great Poker player yet, not even close.But its gonna give you a starting point at least to develop as player, for me i was using the 1/3 pot size with range, it helps gutshots push equity like KQ QJ and getting value with all Ax from worse Ax Tx pp etc. I changed that and kept in my check range AA some low Ax and my Tx. What do you do with your Tx here this is the first thing you need to know for yourself, i assume you do not bet them for this flop sizing, the flop sizing is kinda big imo (maybe he folds some of his later street bluffs because of that, like QJ KQ).So yeah this turn is pretty bad for you, this hand you have is prolly quite high in your check turn range, Turn is the point where you need to make a decision of if you want to follow with an exploitative fold against him or go with it on blank rivers, meaning that i dont see much point in calling this turn and folding this river, i think enviroment is unbalanced enough to operate from a context of instant give up mode or "bluff mode" very often on the specific texture, this is ofc my assumption, what i want to say is i dont see them having a "give up bluffing on the river street range".
So 1) Visualize and work on how your range plays this spot and for what sizings
2) I would fold this turn as played
1)Villain opens 3.5 bb and flats a 3bet
2)Tx is very good for his range and bad for you
3)Enviroment does not float that much to bluff later streets+flop is rainbow,especially on Ahigh vs more than half pot bet
4)Eviroment fails to 4bet hands like AK or AQ and flats them most of the time
5)I dont believe they will bet lower Ax so aggressive or that they have enough of them to begin with, prolly up to the point of split equity AJ.
April 9, 2018 | 10:32 p.m.
Really need some villain info for this spot, it can make the difference, it is well played from me if you have no info.vs no info its fine to fold or even toss coin.
You should also have a greater introspect of what is happening with your range on that turn card,for example how much of your Ax you bet the flop with and then check that turn where you improve,this will help you for your game in general and for spots like this when you battling regs or better enviroment opponents,i say that because some players might have JJ-KK as their best hands in this line and check fold everything
April 9, 2018 | 9:59 p.m.
Playing this hand as a squeeze is a good way to go, your hand is pretty strong to be played only for its set mining value,saying that because its very hard to play TT multiway unless you flop a set or the rare low boards,and even then you have to be scared for overcards that will come very often.+ you dodge some heavy rake the times you win the pot.But as said above you really need to use a bigger sizing, you put yourself in a very tough situation where there might not be a clear answer for what you have to do next, CO range reactions to that sizing can be very wide but with no way for you to actually know what he is doing, for example he can bluff you wide worrying about the prize BU player is gonna get if he flats your squeeze, not wanting to play hands like AQ AK oop and multiway.On the other hand he can still be the nitreg who will only 4bet value, either way you wont have good context over what to do.If you go for lets say 3.80$ things are gonna be a bit more straighforward.And the flat flat scenario which is really bad for you its gonna happen way more rarely.Flop is fine you can get called by hands that enviroment does not bluff later like 66-99 and you deny 4 cards drawing equity like broadways with overcards, but even here the sizing plays a role, they might be having more things like AJo or TJs because of the small squeeze.Guys sizing is not to be taken lightly when you are into Poker. Preflop or on any street.