Good point about playing AJcc/AJhh like this which I probably do at least sometimes and should add some more value to my range.
I guess I really have to look at my OOP cbet strategy. What sizing would you guys recommend? Going 1/3 pot OOP seems wrong to me aesthetically but that is obviously not a good reason...
Dec. 2, 2020 | 6:38 p.m.
CO: $30.90 (Hero)
(Edit: Also check/raising a decent amount of drawish hands (straight draw, flush draw, backdoors))
Rake is $0.77
Dec. 2, 2020 | 5:24 p.m.
BB: $5.00 (Hero)
(Edit: small site note, can I ever fold the flop with my exact hand?)
Folding JT seems trivial given that we don't even block AK or KQ.
Rake is $0.07
June 20, 2017 | 12:45 p.m.
Hello! For quite a long time I had a leak that I never really defended my big blind by 3bet bluffing. I recently put some thought into it but I'm not totally satisfied by my results. I'll preface this topic with this example hand:
10NLz on Stars
CO is tagged as reg, 25/20 over 54 hands
folds to CO, CO opens 2.5x, folds to BB
How do we play our range in the BB?
3bets for value: My intuition tells me to 3bet JJ+, AQ+ for value. What about AJo/AJs? What about TT? KQs? For now, let's assume we stay at a conservative JJ+, AQ+ (56 combos)
Calls: 22-TT, A2-AJ, K2s+, K9o+, Q5s+, Q9o+, J7s+, J9o+, T7s+, T9o, 96s+, 98o, 85s+, 87o, 75s+, 65s, 54s (just a rough estimate)
3bet bluffs: from my understanding, in theory we never want to 3bet bluff with good calling hands. That means, good candidates are usually hands that are just too weak to call. Additionally, I think we want to make sure to have good playability, so suited hands are drastically preferred. I would create my range out of hands like Q4s, J6s, T6s, 95s, 84s, 74s, 64s, 53s and make sure to get to a bluff:value ratio of about 1.5 as I feel villains overfold in these spots. These hands still play pretty poorly postflop and are demolished by villain's calling range.
Should I go away from a strictly polarized ranging approach in spots like this and opt to 3bet calling hands like 98s, KTs, JTs? What are your thoughts in these situations? Also, without further reads, what bluff:value ratio do you think is acceptable?
March 16, 2017 | 10:39 p.m.
Hey man. I think I am guilty of thinking too much about my winrate. Anyways, my goal is not to have a sick 12bb/100 at 5z, I just want to get these stakes behind me and gather experience to be prepared for 25z+
Thanks for stopping by!
March 15, 2017 | 8:56 p.m.
Yesterday, I watched James Hudson's video on database examination and took a look at some of my stats. I found I'm 'only' cbetting flop 51% which is on the low side, especially combined with the fact that I'm check/folding flop as the preflop agressor at about 58%.
A second leak I identified is that I'm check/raising too little on the flop (only 5.6%). I like to think that I'm check/raising a decent amount of value hands so it's likely that I'm not bluffing enough in these spots. I usually try to check/raise strong combo draws and weak draws, especially gutshots, so I will have to work in some flush draws and OESDs into that range while making sure not to overbluff as the population is still quite station-y.
I will look out for spots like in my upcoming sessions and provide hand examples with my thoughts in the next days. As for now, here's an example hand:
Unknown CO opens to 2.5x, folds to Hero in BB who calls. Flop: Qh9s7h. Hero checks, villain bets half pot. What hands should hero elect to raise?
I raise 99, 77, Q9, Q7s and 97s (not sure if I have Q7o and 97o from pre) for value. As for bluffs, I want to have some flush draws, some straight draws and the strong combo draws like JThh, T8hh, KJhh, KThh. The combo draws play well even if we get 3bet so I think we should pick the other raising hands to be pretty weak draws - low flush draws, OESDs like 86 or T8 and decent gutshots like KJ or KT. Having a backdoor spade draw would be a helpful thing but I don't think it's too necessary. My other FDs and OESDs I would like to call with but mix in some AhXh to build the pot for eventual flush over flush scenarios.
What do you think about that general flop approach? Raise value, some pretty weak draws, very strong combo draws and some draws to the nuts.
March 15, 2017 | 3:49 p.m.
Hey! I still believe these aggressive shots are a good idea, I have put in a lot of work out of the tables to be confident to win at 10NLz and 16NLz right now so I would love to move through them as quickly as possible. That being said, I really need to hold on to my stop loss and that has been a problem when I took my last shot about 2 weeks ago. I'm optimistic that I won't let that happen again.
Thanks for the kind words, I will do my best to have regular updates.
March 15, 2017 | 3:02 p.m.
keep this journal updated at least weekly with results, interesting hands and general things I did to improve my game.
yeah about that...
So since writing this post three weeks ago, my holidays started and I headed home for longer than I expected. I only got to play 7.3k hands (about 350 per day AKA nothing) but ran well in 5NLz, allowing me to hit my goal of $150 to take a shot at 10NLz. I played a short session of 221 hands at 10NLz that resulted in me losing $34.61 or as I like to call it, -156.7bb/100. So that was fun. The hands were coolers for the most part.
Hand 1: Lost with AK on AA265 where villain rivered a boat with A5
Hand 2: 4bet pre, cbet flop and shove turn with AK on A65Q, villain has AQ
Hand 3: AK < slowplayed AA on K high flop
Each of these hands lost me an entire buy-in of $10. I also went a good bit over my stop-loss of 2 buy-ins, I felt I have an edge (I'm still very sure that I have one) but that doesn't justify having nearly 10% of my roll on the table, especially when I'm probably pretty tilty. Overall I lost $45 that day, my biggest losing day ever.
After more than a week away from the tables, yesterday I finally got to play again, this time back at 5NLz. I turned 2000 hands into a profit of $46 (about 45bb/100), feels nice to come back to an upswing. My bankroll is sitting pretty at $177 right now. I'm planning on taking another shot at 10NLz after I got some more hands back in as I still feel quite rusty (accidently timing out more often than usual, opening trash hands without thinking every once in a while etc.). I will probably do another long 5NLz session today and try 10NLz tommorow with a strict stop loss of 2BI. I think I just need one of these to go well in order to establish myself at the next stake. We shall see.
TL;DR: Took 10NLz shot, lost more than my stop loss before moving back down, now on the 5NLz grind again and looking quite promising.
March 15, 2017 | 2:57 p.m.
Hello and welcome to my Poker Journal, thanks for stopping by! Here, I will document my efforts of improving at Poker and working myself out of the micro stakes.
I'm a 20 years old student (3rd semester computer science), born and living in Germany. I've been playing poker for nearly exactly two years at this point, starting out by bascially not studying and trying to beat the Micro MTTs. I never really succeeded before deciding to take the game more seriously about 9 months ago (at least that's when I bought PT4 :P). At that time I first took interest in cash games which will be my absolute main focus for 2017. I've played about 170k hands of 2NLz to 10NLz to this day, most of which I have no access to since I had to re-install windows twice and never backed up Pokertracker. My current stake is 5NLz (6MAX).
My current financial situation is such that I can pay rent and 'survive' while being able to save about $50 a month. As you might imagine, it's tough to be on that sort of budget and still be partying, buying reasonably expensive stuff (clothes, tech, etc.) or going on holiday once or twice a year.
Finally, my Pokerstars bankroll is at $124. I am not planning on depositing any money on that account anytime soon. This is where my poker goals come into play...
Goals - Poker
Short term (~2 months):
- play an average of >1000 hands per day for multiple months
- move up to 10NLz and 16NLz rather aggressively (start shot-taking at 10NLz with 15BI, 2BI stop loss and 16NLz with 20BI, 2BI stop loss respectively)
- study RIO Essential vids, discuss hands on various platforms
- keep this journal updated at least weekly with results, interesting hands and general things I did to improve my game.
Mid term (~1 year):
- move up to 25NLz once my Bankroll reaches $750 (also: figure out a stop loss, maybe 4BI?)
- play at least 75k hands there without taking shots at 50NLz even if I was rolled for it
- manage to beat 25NLz at a rate that allows me to make >$10/hr (>5bb/100 post-rakeback)
- actively work on my mental game
- basically have Poker as a solid side job to always fall back on if needed
- move up to higher stakes if I feel mentally and financially prepared
- maximise profits and enjoy playing Poker on the side while studying/having a job
- take a poker trip to a big European city (Prague?)
Goals - Personal life
- start going out more, actively look for a partner
- spend as much time with friends and family as possible
- become more open about my Poker hobby (very few people I'm close with even know about it at this point)
- become a happier person in general (I'm generally not unhappy about my current life but it could be much better)
Goals - Studying
- not let Poker get in the way of my studies
- achieve satisfying results in upcoming exams
- actually visit the majority of classes
- become a more organized person
Here's my results over the last 72k hands which I have accumulated from the beginning of December '16 to now.
Finally, I want to thank you for stopping by and encourage you to comment, it will certainly help to keep me motivated to do this blog and will make stuff more interesting for both you and me.
GL at the tables!
Feb. 22, 2017 | 9:48 p.m.
Thanks for the feedback. I messed up the hand in every way, looking back at it, I can agree that it was just poorly played. I often happen to come across these sorts of spots and not have enough time to make very good decisions.
Feb. 22, 2017 | 7:46 p.m.
SB: $5.24 (Hero)
Edit: Just to be clear, I never thought about calling his river bet.
Rake is $0.13
Feb. 18, 2017 | 3:43 p.m.
BB: $19.52 (Hero)
Jan. 15, 2017 | 3:22 a.m.
Thank you. I have already looked at the Learning Paths section. What I wondered was how applicable many of the concepts are to the stakes I'm playing (5 and 10nlz). I guess the concepts are still very relevant to me but I need to make adjustments to the generally nittier and more straightforward player pools of the games I'm playing.
Jan. 13, 2017 | 3:51 p.m.
Hello! I just got RIO Essential and I'm a bit overwhelmed. I'd really appreciate some video advice for a guy playing 5NLz and 10NLz on Stars trying to move up in stakes. Many videos seem to be >2 years old which I usually want to be careful with as the game is constantly evolving.
Thanks a lot in advance!