First Week Results: 2.88BB/100 Winrate 11.2k hands
Alright so my first week results are in. I definitely was doing great at the very beginning and towards the end had a few massive losing sessions. This so far, has been my longest continuous play of online poker, but my main reason for doing this was to have somewhat of a reasonable sample-space of hands to actually study my leaks and see where I need the most improvement. This has also been my first profitable 10k hands.
In The Big-Blind I had such massive losses that I believe are far outside the norm of what I should be losing in that spot. I'm gonna use this weekend to study my leaks, and watch some RIO videos. Do some hand reviews. Then the following week, I will play my next 10k hands.
Sept. 8, 2019 | 4:39 p.m.
Peter Clarke For your next topic could you cover c-betting out of position? I haven't been able to find a video on ROI that covers this extensively. In particular, how do you separate your c-betting range from your check-raising range and check-calling range oop as PFR? I think this would be an extremely useful video.
Sept. 5, 2019 | 10:32 a.m.
Really good win to start off. Gained 13 buyins on my first day and got in 3k hands. Going on a trip with some friends this weekend so probably won't play until next week. Didn't really expect this. I guess I got lucky because there were lots of limpers and the players were especially loose today.
Aug. 30, 2019 | 2:02 a.m.
Starting this poker journal because what the heck.
A bit about me:
Computer Science student from Boston.
Been playing poker since April 2019. Started very casually and then got a little more into it this summer. I am currently working as a software engineer for the next six months before starting school in February so i'm using this time to focus on poker more seriously. Previously:
I deposited about 200 into ignition and lost it all. Dabbled in America's card room but the site hasn't been reliable as of late.
I started playing live at the new casino in Boston and have made some money there but I want to use online to really deepen my skills.
A few days back I deposited 250 into Ignition.
For now, my plan is:
Grind 4 hours a day every day after work (approximately 2k hands a day (500/hr standard 2 tabling zone)
Grind 8 hours on Saturday.
Grind 4 hours on Sunday.
Total: hoping to hit approximately 16k hands a week.
I will be posting results each week.
Aug. 30, 2019 | 1:58 a.m.
Just wondering, you mentioned in your book that you went to uni, what did you study? your ability to communicate technical concepts is pretty up there. Thank you so much for this awesome content. Just finished "From The Ground Up." currently reading Grinder's Manual, gonna go through the hundred hands book soon.
Aug. 26, 2019 | 11:21 p.m.
Alright dude BigDickPlaya like please don't even talk about mental game. Your mental game was so bad that the site literally had to ban your old account because you had zero self control and stability. Now you're back, saying that you have a better outlook but you keep flip flopping between claiming that you're crushing the game and improving and saying that anyone who is playing online poker seriously or even live poker seriously is an idiot. I think the bottom line is that you take Poker in general WAY too seriously and have some unrealistic expectation that you just start playing micro-stakes poker and all of a sudden you're able to make a living. In terms of BR management, you need 50 BI for whatever stakes you're playing, If you don't have that much, then don't play at those stakes.
In regards to live play, yes the hands you get in are far less but the players are aids regularly going all in pre-flop with trash so that offsets volume concerns. But I will say this: you probably have some of the worst mental game ever observed in any poker player in history and believe me: that is saying a lot. If you're playing microstakes and online poker is anything more to you than a fun competitive vvideo game then you are taking it too seriously.
Aug. 25, 2019 | 4:47 p.m.
I’ve been playing ignition zone for a while and for the life of me, I find the player pool to be so insanely nitty I can rarely make it past the flop and get more than a street of value for any particular hand.
Is there anyone in here who is a winning player who has any advice for getting value out of hands from the player pool? Any advice is much appreciated.
Aug. 14, 2019 | 5:54 p.m.
The truth is that all the RIO members have been hacking the poker rooms and rigging the game against you so you'll quit and stop making these mega-long posts. LMAO.
May 28, 2019 | 2:26 a.m.
Like did it honestly not cross your mind that if he calls your aggressive bets on that board that he likely has a flush draw? He calls you down and then goes all in on the river. You weren't blocking any of his range, and with how wide he is, he has infinite ways to make flushes on boards like that. Loose players are far more exploitable on dry boards, but tend to make huge hands pretty often on wet ones.
May 27, 2019 | 3:42 p.m.
You've said that quite a few times in the last week. You seem to be bouncing between extremes. When a guy goes All-in out of position on a flush draw, it's usually a strong indicator that he probably had a flush. Yeah: bad beat because he probably has a super wide and exploitable range. You should have been doing a lot more pot control on a board like that. I'm also pretty sure that you've been on the giving end of bad beats but just don't remember them. I know for a fact that i've been on the giving, and recieving end of bad beats. It's just funny how one second you're ranting about how every player is a loser and then the next about how they're all donks and you're crushing it and then the next about how the game is pointless. Either way, it seems like you've been taking the game too seriously anyways if it's messing with you this much emotionally. It's probably better for you to do withdraw.
May 27, 2019 | 3:39 p.m.
Okay this is starting to make sense to me. Is the summary that we want to play more value hands instead of implied odds hands becaues our stack won't even be able to withstand the preflop betting and missing all those flops? Therefore, those hands have little ability to improve our stack in the first place?
May 27, 2019 | 8:30 a.m.
You’re clearly putting a lot of effort into the game yourself lmao.
May 27, 2019 | 1:05 a.m.
You are level 69 permatilt
May 27, 2019 | 1:04 a.m.
Yeah so i'm talking about mathematical logic. Again: this is only necessary for understanding the higher level theoretical stuff. Like the fact that i've studied formal level logic in math classes along with stuff like boolean algebra helps me understand theoretical stuff covered in the more technical game theory books. I mean if you think about it: before we had PIO-solver to do all of that thinking for us, people had to manually do those sorts of algorithmic simulations. But yeah I was referring to formal logic. But all of this crap really isn't necessary to crush the micros.
May 26, 2019 | 4:09 p.m.
America's Card room is currently down which means there is nowhere for me to play 2nl fast poker. Ignition doesn't have 2nl zone poker so i've been thinking of playing 5nl at 2$ buyins. What are people's opinions on this? Is it a no no? Are there any overt disadvantages to buying in short-stacked?
May 26, 2019 | 1:54 p.m.
Yes. Yes. and Yes. The precision, mastery, and clarity with which he explains things is so useful as a beginner and honestly i've tried out a few courses and have simply not come across better training material. A lot of courses get way too theoretical but Pete will explain theory and then immediately follow it up with applied examples. He doesn't simply analyze it on a hand by hand basis but explains everything in the context of ranges. There are a lot of good poker players out there but Pete is a GREAT TEACHER.
May 26, 2019 | 1:19 p.m.
It would be cool if PT4 could actually read the saved hands (which it doesn't) so it's not factoring into any of my charts or updating my winrate. Ignition zone poker works in PT4. WPN keeps going down for maintenance every night. They cut me off in the middle of a hand.
May 24, 2019 | 10:22 p.m.
I would say a Probability and statistics class helps a lot with understanding conditional probability, ev calculations and that sort of thing. A game theory class is great to build upon that. The guys who are really hard core like Will Tipton (author of expert heads up no limit holdem also a current software engineer at google) uses some computer science concepts like decision and logic trees. So in summary:
- Probability and statistics
- Some discrete math so you can understand game trees
- Game Theory
- IF YOU REALLY WANNA GO OVERBOARD: Linear Algebra (deals with matrices, large series of equations)
But at the same time there are guys who really don't seem to be all that good at math.
Developing a good mathematical intuition for the game (being able to count outs, calculate pot odds, and use that to calculate EV) is pretty fundamental. Furthermore, you should be able to do these sorts of things in fractions of a second. Speed is pretty key because you can then chunk that information and focus on other components of reasoning.
Books like "The Mathematics of Holdem" seem to contain all the formal math you'll really need to know. You might need to be familiar with some notation but that's it. All the math books I've found on poker have been really easy for me to digest and don't seem that complicated but that's mostly because I come from a Math and Computer Science background.
A lot of the math you find in these books can get a little far up its own ass and there is very little opportunity of ever really implementing it in an actual game. That being said: I still like that shit because it's cool :).