Sorry I haven't posted an update of my month so far everyone. The games have been great lately and I have been super busy but I'm off work the next 7 days and plan on catching up on my promise to make a Youtube video and update where I stand with hands played this month and financial results. I did get my new monitor in today and new mic so I should be good to go as far as everything I need to get this show on the road! Update by the end of the week I promise!
March 18, 2019 | 4:59 p.m.
This is why I wanted to start posting more hands. I have learned more from this than I could have on my own seeing as how I am a noob when it comes to solvers. I just plugged it in Equilab to see what % I am on the turn. Hahaha I will agree after reviewing my database vilians are NOT bet folding this turn enough to probably be shoving on this board. I probably should have called in this exact spot but it's nice to see how close it actually is!!!
Essentially thank you for all the help.
March 18, 2019 | 4:50 p.m.
SB: $111.64 (Hero)
UTG wins and shows a full house, Nines full of Threes.
UTG wins $204.00
Rake is $6.00
March 17, 2019 | 2:14 a.m.
UTG lost and shows two pair, Nines and Deuces.
CO wins $75.41
Rake is $3.96
March 17, 2019 | 1:57 a.m.
SB: $166.16 (Hero)
Rake is $10.02
March 17, 2019 | 1:48 a.m.
BB: $251.95 (Hero)
SB wins $99.74
Rake is $4.00
March 17, 2019 | 1:43 a.m.
BB: $242.54 (Hero)
MP+1 wins and shows a straight, Six to Ten.
MP+1 wins $93.96
Rake is $10.00
March 17, 2019 | 1:31 a.m.
BB: $100.00 (Hero)
SB wins $195.02
Rake is $5.00
March 17, 2019 | 1:25 a.m.
SB: $105.40 (Hero)
SB lost and shows two pair, Nines and Sevens.
BN wins $208.80
Rake is $24.00
March 17, 2019 | 1:20 a.m.
CO: $198.33 (Hero)
Rake is $2.36
March 17, 2019 | 1:05 a.m.
BN: $75.62 (Hero)
BB wins $30.87
Rake is $2.62
March 17, 2019 | 12:59 a.m.
BN: $137.14 (Hero)
Rake is $5.50
March 17, 2019 | 12:55 a.m.
SB: $76.33 (Hero)
BN wins $104.64
Rake is $5.00
March 17, 2019 | 12:51 a.m.
CO: $69.91 (Hero)
Rake is $5.26
March 17, 2019 | 12:47 a.m.
Well I had a meeting first thing this morning at work that was lame as usual but it onlyj lasted an hour or so so I had about 2 hours to kill before coming back to work for another 9 hours to finish out the rest of the day. I did use that time wisely though and had a filling breakfast and reviewed a few hands and marked some hands I want to review with someone or just post in here soon to get some feedback. They were just spots I’m not to sure about and would like to get some insight on. I did play some for about an hour or so and won back 2 of the buy ins I’d lost last night at 100nl so I’m feeling pretty dang good about that for sure. Anyway it’s back at the real world and I hope the next post is one about hands and where I stand currently and what my next goal is.
March 15, 2019 | 4:31 p.m.
Finally had a losing session last night even though I felt I played very well. For the first time that I can remember in a very long time I feel I played very well and my mental game was extremely strong. I stuck to my 3 bi stop loss and felt great stopping knowing I’ve had such a wonderful start to the month and played as well as I did. Basically I lost 2 all ins to preflop 5 bet all ins that were bluffs. I had AK vs A7 and villian hit a 7 on me and another one the villian ripped it in with A5s vs my AA and hit the wheel. I didn’t get all tilted as I normally would have after a few of those in a row. I just kept staying focused and playing as best I could. I’m super proud of myself for that and it makes me feel so much more confident in myself knowing all the studying on the mental aspect of poker and all the work off the table studying is paying off. For once I’m embracing the grind and just sticking to my volume goals of study and hands played per month. I am trying to get some updates posted but am struggling to find the time so we will see if in the next few days I can get some hands and graphs posted.
March 15, 2019 | 1:58 p.m.
I absolutely can't wait to post some of these hands from the session I played tonight!!! Sadly it will have to wait a couple of days before I can get them downloaded but needless to say they're interesting. I certainly didn't win them all by any means but for a 3 hour session I did play fairly well I felt so that's always a plus. HH coming soon and an update. Probably Thursday so stay tuned!
Hint: (Massive WHALES on the felt tonight)
March 13, 2019 | 5:37 a.m.
Sorry for the long delay on the update but I have been trying to get all my ducks in a row and haven't been able to put in as much volume as I would have liked. As I had said in my previous post I do have a little boy and work a full time job and they come first always since this little endeavor is just a part time gig and being a father is way better than playing poker. However, I did manage to put in about 4.5k hands online and needless to say I ran pretty well! I am going to post some pictures of my graph but basically I won right at 14bi in a a very short period of time. I'm not that far off my monthly goal of playing 20k hands but I'm not going to stress it if I don't make it this month because I have spent a fair amount of time studying and getting my grinding station up to par. I even ordered a new second monitor that I am stoked to get within the next week or so. I also didn't play anymore live as I had my little boy for a decent amount of time and was doing a bunch of poker studying as well as some school work. I did go out on Friday night and had maybe 4-8 craft beers so that was a nice release after such a hectic week. I really like this local beer made by Blackberry Farms that is called Fenceline and it showed Friday night haha.
I did start studying a fair bit more and I can tell I have some MAJOR leaks on the river that i plugged somewhat. I still have a ton of work to do obviously but just by looking at my graph toward the end you can tell I made some minor adjustments with some great results. Basically people at 50NL just aren't bluffing the river hardly ever. I mean they do but it's far and few between that's for sure.I also can tell how much tougher the zone tables are than the regular tables especially since I can use PT4 on the regular tables and tell who are the fish vs the regs. Playing exploitable poker against these guys really makes a huge difference and I can't wait to get to 100NL and just play 4 regular tables. Even though my hands per hour will suffer I think my EV will go up a ton. On those zone tables it's pretty easy for those fish to just fold where they have a harder time on the regular tables.
Well here is a couple of graph pics for everyone. I wish everyone the best of luck at the tables. Let's just say variance was on my side during the last little bit.
50NL regular tables
50NL zone tables
If someone could tell me how to just get the picture to post I'd be greatly appreciative seeing as how I am obviously a NOOB at this.
Also just want to say thanks to anyone who gives me good feedback or just simply cheers me on in this endeavor since I don't really have many poker friends at all. I only know a few people who play online and not a single one of them live within 2 hours of me. Sometimes this can get a little bit rough going at it alone for those of you who do have poker friends. Essentially any support is much appreciated. See you all on the felt.
March 11, 2019 | 3:17 a.m.
Well I played my first session of this little challenge I have given myself. It was a live 1/2 home game that is extremely soft. I have to get up super early (5am) so I only play around 2.75 hours and I won $202. I had 2 hands that went very well where I flopped a set and turned a boat vs a slow played straight. Then I had AA and flopped another set and the board ran out bad so I only got half the opponents stack in before he folded turn on a AJ3K board. I did make one call post flop that I'm not to sure about even getting the correct odds to call because if I do hit my gutshot or set on the turn I don't feel I probably make any money so it's probably better to just fold flop.
I had 6s6c in a single raised pot on a 2s3s4c flop and preflop raiser bet the flop about 75% of the pot where this opponent only Cbets when he has OP or flush draw. He showed after I folded turn he had KK so I'm not 100% sure I should even call flop.
March 5, 2019 | 3:13 a.m.
As per the title I am going to make 2019 the year I start taking poker more serious as well as my life. I am aiming at becoming a better poker player and just better at planning out my life so I can enjoy it a little more in the years to come. I don't enjoy my job at all so I am currently trying to finish up my accounting degree so I can find a job I enjoy more, will also give me more freedom financially, and also one that gives more freedom in being able to enjoy my life with my little boy. I have been playing poker at a semi serious level for about 10 years now and am a small winner over the years. Having this journal I feel will help me with the support and guidance I need to succeed in my endeavors as a semi-professional poker player and taking control of my life so I can enjoy my time on this earth as much as possible. I have played approximately 500k hands of online poker and am a very small winner without much studying or effort. Last I looked on PT4 I am winning at a 3bb/100 clip. That's not that great but overall with how little effort I have put in I can't complain at all.
I am starting with a bankroll in poker of $3,000 which is separated from my life roll. I currently play 50NL zone on Ignition about 15 hours per week and also play in a 1/2 home game once or twice a month. I haven't been studying as much as I feel I should which has basically led me to a point where I feel like I am stuck in neutral in my poker "career". I use the word "career" lightly as I do work a full time job and haven't spent the time and energy into becoming a better player that it takes to make poker a "career". I am writing down my goals and plans to get it out in the open and hopefully gain the support needed to excel in my endeavors. I am aiming on updating this thread once a week with how I feel I've done sticking to my plan of becoming a better poker player and just overall happier in my day to day life of enjoying my little boy and all the joy he brings into my life. So, here are my poker goals and life goals for the year. I plan on breaking these down into monthly goals to keep everything more attainable and to hopefully keep the frustration level to a minimum if possible.
1) Play 200k hands by the end of the year (20k hands per month)
2) Work my way up from 50NL zone to 200NL zone (win 30BI before taking a 5BI shot at the next limit)
3) Study a minimum of 3 hours a week of poker
4) Keep this updated weekly
5) Post bi-weekly updates on Youtube of my bigger hands and progress
6) Play live poker 2 times a month because the games in my area are so juicy!!!
1) Take my little boy on vacation twice this year
2) Finish 5 classes per term in school
3) Get into better shape mentally with where I'm at in life as well as where I am going
4) Use my calendar on my phone to stay more organized
5) Exercise 3 days a week to strengthen my core so my back doesn't hurt as bad
I didn't want to make anything as far as financial goal with poker because variance can be a dirty * for the most part so I figured making a plan to play X amount of hands seemed much better. I also don't have any plans of not working and playing poker full time however I do know it can be a wonderful side income compared to actually working a second job. Needless to say I am very excited about this journey and feel with the help of everyone here I can be successful this year in my goals and the challenges that await. Thank you in advance for the support and I look forward to this journey and crushing the year 2019!!!
See you all on the felt!
March 4, 2019 | 11:24 p.m.
So this is a brag and a beat. I final tabled 3 tournaments last night. Total of over 5k up top and I finished 9th, 8th, and a respectable 5th in the smallest out of the 3. Total win of $456 after 7 hours. It was a fun experience but I just wish I'd ran and played a little better down the end. Final table hype was in full flow last night though. Best of luck everyone.
July 18, 2017 | 4:28 p.m.
I would bet a little closer to half pot on the flop like $7 or even check that flop since if opponent does call you're not going to be looking to get 3 streets here unless you get a very favorable runout. I would probably fire $7 on flop and check back this turn and see what the river holds. I think you can have opponent in some tough spots where they value own themselves or simply make a bluff and they don't know how strong you are since you've checked back the turn. I think as played its a fold on the river here. You dont beat anything really that gets to that river and the donk bet here on this board doesn't seem to be bluff heavy in my opinion. I am by far no expert so I am just saying this is how I might of played it different.
May 20, 2017 | 3:49 a.m.
My question is do you think 9 man and HU sngs are still worth playing at all really? Cash games seem to be getting a little tougher as time goes by and they should be getting tougher with all the training sites like this one out. I just wonder besides playing tournaments if when you get a little tired of grinding out cash games if playing sngs would be worth a shot. I play 50NL and 100NL 6H on Ignition by the way if that makes any difference. I am open to playing on BetOnline or ACR since I have PT which it would be nice to get the full value out of anyway.
Thanks for any advice someone can give.
May 20, 2017 | 2:45 a.m.
I have been looking for a video series like this for a long time. I used to practice golf in high school and college 10-20 hours a week and only play 2 rounds which is about 8 or 9 hours. I can't wait for the next one and learning how to "practice" better
May 4, 2017 | 6:50 p.m.
I am looking for good reading material on cbetting certain boards when you're the preflop raiser. I am trying to learn when to be cbetting and not cbetting. I know this leak in my game is causing me troubles on the turn and river. It's basically a snowball affect when you make one bad decision it seems. I am only playing 50NL and I know there are good videos on here but I am looking for more reading material and wondered if anyone had a good suggestion or 2. Free material is obviously better.
Thanks in advance for all the help.
March 18, 2017 | 9:14 p.m.
SO I am just getting back into the game after a little time off and was wondering what you guys and gals thought about the 2 different sites America's Card Room and Ignition. I like the idea of getting 27% RB because thats about 2bb/100. I also like the thought of being able to use my HUD from PT3 and then when I get some hands under my belt be able to play more than 4 tables. I was just wondering what the overall concensus was. Thanks guys and gals.