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I would like to have a better look at my flop cbet stats OOP compared to IP. Does anyone know how to do that with PT4? Can only find flop cbet in general. Flop cbet call IP and OOP does exist.

I think you need to run a Player Report in My Reports. Select the following filters:
- Actions & Opportunities Preflop - Preflop Raises - Any 2Bet AND Raised First In
- Hand Details - Player Position Flop - Active Player Relative to All Opponents (ON) and then "Is In Position or "Is Out of Position".

Then add the Flop Cbet stat to your report. I think this is what you're after?

May 28, 2020 | 2:23 p.m.

Thanks for all the comments guys. Do you think missed spades make up any of his range with flop floats?

Can u share the results ??

He had AA.

Fold is fine exploit vs this specific sizing. Never fold if he bets smaller, but this tend to be very underbluffed. River overbets is a very underbluffed node.

Yeah I agree, I think the population's tendencies in river overbets at these stakes tend to be more skewed towards value rather than bluffs.

Turn i would like to ck back most of time then evaluate on river

Check back...We're OOP? Do you mean x/c?

May 26, 2020 | 5:35 p.m.

Crappy position but my hand is strong enough to raise against a sole limper. I raise slightly larger than usual due to being OOP

No reads on Big Blind as I have only just sat down at table. Over 9 hands he is 11/11 & hasn't gone to show down. He hasn't done anything out of line.

I elect for just under 1/2 pot cbet for value. I expect to get floated on this board by regs.

Again, I fire a turn c-bet for 55% of pot. I am charging draws and need to balance my range when I fire the turn with air. I don't like x/c'ing or x/r'ing and we get value from weaker Q's and 88-JJ plus FD's

My plan was to b/f Heart or Spade rivers and x/c non-completed flushes to allow him to bluff his missed draws. However, when he overbets, this throws this into question.

Are we calling here? He's never value-betting worse and our required equity to call is 37%.

Is there enough missed draws in his range to justify a call?

May 25, 2020 | 12:19 a.m.

Thanks Citanul - I'll try that out!

How are you liking the book? I bought From the Ground Up and liked it.
Not sure how the Grinders Manual compares.

It's good. The current sections that I'm reading are a bit more basic on concepts such as RFI, Isolating, C-Betting and Value Betting but since I took so long out of the game online, I think its reinforcing why every decision at the table matters. I think as the book progresses the content becomes for advance so I'm looking forward to that.

I assume that the FTGU course will cover a lot of similar subjects. I'm most likely going to purchase the course too as it's relatively cheap considering you get the free month of Essential membership.

Good luck! Two solid graphs!


May 19, 2020 | 9:57 a.m.

UPDATE – 17 May 2020

Summary of Last Week

So, another week completed. Here’s a breakdown:
• 18.25 hours of play
• 5,088 hands

Week Stakes

On Friday, I took another shot at 50NL and it went a lot better. Ran very nicely and the games were really good. Won a good amount which has helped my bankroll immensely.
As I mentioned in my previous post, the play is very similar to 25NL. There are the same number of weaker players with few good regulars. My initial view (although it is a small sample size) is that most of the regulars aren’t 3-betting enough and those few that are, seem to be too aggressive in the wrong spots.

A few population tendencies that I have noticed:

  • Unless you have a specific read on an opponent, big bets (especially on the river) = strong hands and small bets = weak hands. This may sound obvious, but I think it is really easy to level yourself into calling that pot sized bet on the river with TPGK. Generally, villain’s betting range is A LOT stronger than his calling range. I’m finding that overfolding in these spots, is helping make my decisions easier and helping my winrate.

  • Again, generally, no-one is 4-betting light (with the exception of some crazy aggro fish). I want to see if I can filter my database to show what type of 4-bet range (>15bb or something) the population has. Does anyone know how I can do this on PT4?

I’m guessing the games are a lot better than usually though due to the Coronavirus lockdown. I’m guessing once restrictions are lifted in casino’s, live games will be just as juicy.

Results So Far



I’ve been continuing to work on my game. I’ve decided to read Peter Clarke’s The Grinders Manual. Being out of the online game for so long meant that I missed this when it was released and it’s helping me with a lot of concepts.

Continuing to work on my mental game by meditation and recognising spots where I could tilt etc (mainly after losing a big pot as a big favourite), as well as taking regular breaks while playing after an hour or so of play.

A Few Interesting Hands…

Triple Barrel Bluff
KK vs AQ
Nice Flop!

Outside of Poker

I’m currently changing my lifestyle to a healthier one. Having your own business takes its toll on you if you are not disciplined. Long hours, eating poorly and little-to-no exercise were all common for me. This resulted in me being at my heaviest in May 2019, with me topping 22 stone (140kg). I decided to make a change and start trying to lose weight.

I lost some but I felt I could still eat crap and lose weight. Food was always my go-to fix when I was stressed with the business. After consistently telling me to get my health checked, my best mate told me to purchase an online blood test through Thiva. In March 2020, I did it and sent off for the results.

The results weren’t good. Included in the test was a HbA1c test, which measures your blood glucose levels and ultimately whether you have diabetes. Mine was 108mmol/mol, which was over twice the healthy amount. I forwarded the results to my doctor and received a phone call later than afternoon asking me to get down to the surgery immediately. I felt like a lorry had just hit me. I had previously thought I was invincible but there is something truly scary of a doctor telling you to see them urgently. I had a blood test the next day and it confirmed the original test. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

Over the past 2-3 months, I’ve been focussing on my diet and health and I am determined to reverse diabetes. Here is another graph (non-poker related) that I am proud of:

I’ve got another HbA1c blood test in June, so hopefully I can come off my medication. My eventual goal weight is 70kg but getting under 100kg will be a huge achievement by the end of Summer.

Not sure if non-poker content is enjoyable here. Let me know what you guys think.

Current Bankroll Online - $1,746

May 17, 2020 | 5:08 p.m.

Comment | johnmorgan commented on Pokerizing it !

That's right but FT is the same player pool as Pokerstars I believe. Are you playing zoom or regular tables? 6-max or full ring?

May 14, 2020 | 10:13 a.m.

Comment | johnmorgan commented on Pokerizing it !

Good luck! Where do you play?

Your English is good (coming from an Englishman!).

May 11, 2020 | 10:58 a.m.

UPDATE - 11 May 2020

Ok, here are my results for the past week.

So I put in just shy of 19 hours last week over the last 8 days, playing 5,318 hands. As I'm reading other blogs on RIO, I'm seeing other users putting in this amount of volume in one session! It is extremely hard to put in serious volume playing at regular tables. However, I maintain that I believe the field to be a lot softer than Zoom tables and I am banning myself from adding more tables than my current set-up of 4.

As you can see, I took a shot at 50NL that did not go that well. I would say that the standard of play is not that much better than 25NL and I ran into some bad spots. Here are a few interesting hands:

1 - Pretty standard spot

2 - Again - I think this is standard

3 - Getting funky with 32s - N.B. I though he went all in on when he 3bet as I wasn't giving 100% of my attention to it.

4 - Interesting spot w/KK - I think my line is fine here. I think we could shove the river instead of my bet sizing to get value from any Jx. Villain was 31/7/Afq 14 over 30 hands. We're loosing to JT, T9, 22, JJ & AA (56 combos) and I think the following are calling (AJ-QJ, QQ, J9) and KQ and FD's fold. What do you guys think - too thin?

5 - I think I should have just flatted his 4bet - villain was 15/15 over 40 hands and 27% 3bet %.

6 - Third nuts vs nuts

7 - Fold on the river - levelled myself into calling

8 - Got the blockers to straight!

I'm playing more aggressively post flop and trying to find good spots to 3-bet/squeeze pre-flop. Most players at this level are not adjusting at all to being 3-bet. I've been watching Peter Clarke's videos on 3-betting and trying to implement that strategy into my game. In addition, I've been brushing up on my c-betting. I'm around 55% since watching the video (previously I was up at 63%). I don't think many regulars at these stakes will be exploiting this but I want to improve my game now before going up the stakes. In addition, I have been x/r'ing more players and looking for good spots to do so, which I did not utilise as much before.

Before yesterday's session, I meditated for 15 minutes. I did this because I found myself getting frustrated with some results where I was a big favourite and my opponents hit their 2-outers etc. This was affecting my play and I quit a session on Saturday early because of this.

I've downloaded the Primed app and did a "primer" prior to yesterdays session. I am trialling the app for free for 7 days so I will let you know how I find the app and if it has a positive effect on my game. Has anyone else have any thoughts about meditation prior to playing or a warm-up routine?

I'm also finding my concentration dips when I play over one hour. I am going to introduce regular breaks and avoid distractions while playing.

Graph so far

Things to improve on

  • Take a 10 minute break after 1 hour of playing.
  • Avoid distractions while playing (put phone in another room, close RIO etc).
  • Meditate prior to sessions

Current Bankroll Online - $1,196.

May 11, 2020 | 10:51 a.m.

Yes, I suppose that is one downside to that strategy. It can also affect your perception of how your session was - sometimes better, sometimes worse.

May 11, 2020 | 9:17 a.m.

Thanks - good luck to you too!

May 7, 2020 | 5:32 p.m.

Comment | johnmorgan commented on 2NL 3Bet Pot OOP

Ditto what Citanul says.

Pre-flop is fine. However, as we are OOP, I would make the 3-bet slightly larger (day $0.33) to discourage 3-way action, as KJo OOP vs 2 players isn’t a great spot! I would be switching between calling/3-betting based upon how villain’s tendencies are to facing a 3-bet. Versus low F3B%, I am more likely to call and versus high F3B%, I’m more likely to 3-bet.

On the flop, I think a x/f is best but again I would be taking into consideration both villains Fold to C-Bet stats.

May 6, 2020 | 2:47 p.m.

Was going to say store your money elsewhere than in your wallet! Always a bit nerve wracking when you're carry a lot of cash in the early hours of the morning in car parks!

Keep it going! Some good results and strategic thinking!

May 5, 2020 | 11:11 p.m.

Thanks for the comment! Yeah, (re H1) it was a super weird spot and as you say, one that is not that common. H2 - yes, I agree with your comments about having so blockers to call his bet e.g. Jh.

Yes, the play is very weird - makes for some good games to play!

May 5, 2020 | 7:50 p.m.

Played a few sessions over the past few days - 2,086 hands and $41.48 profit. Took a shot at 50NL as my bankroll passed the $1,250 mark. So that I'm staggering my moving up, I added 1 table at 50NL while playing 3 at 25NL. I think this eases in the process of moving up stakes and helps with some of the unconscious fear and unfamiliar territory of playing a higher limit. Here's a breakdown

Anyway, as you can see, my shot at 50NL didn't go as planned! Here are a few hands from the past few days:

N.B. Stats are VPIP/PFR/3b/AFq

Hand 1 - not happy with the way I played this hand at all. Villain was 24/0/8/80 over 17 hands. CO was 29/0/0/25 over 17 hands. I think my 3-bet pre-flop is fine. However, I'm not thrilled about the 2 cold calls when I'm OOP. On the flop is where I think I made my first mistake, I think c-betting here would have made the hand easier the play on the turn & the river. When villain bets, as played we have to call. At this point, I'm putting him on AK, AQ, KQ, KJ, KT, TT+, QJss, QTss, AT and occasionally some air. On the turn, I think I should have bet folded. As played, I think it's a fold but I talked myself into calling and then again on the river. Overall, a bad play that could have been avoided. What are people's thoughts?

Hand 2 - Villain is 46/19/8/40 over 69 hands. EP raiser is 24/19/44 over 69 hands and has a F3B of 90% (9/10 times). I think this can be either a call or a 3-bet PF. I elected to call because 1) we're facing an UTG raise and 2) I believe Villain is likely to squeeze and then we can see how UTG acts. When UTG just called, I believe we can try and win the pot pre-flop. I like my check flop. I'm interested to hear what people think to the turn bet? I was trying to get some value from hands with Ks or Qs. When he shoves the river, I went for the hero call. I think this is another spot where I'm levelling myself. I think if the bet was $25-30 then this could have been more likely a bluff, but these river over-shoves from fish seem to signify a last ditch attempt to get as much money in the pot for value. Again, what are people's thoughts?

Hand 3

Hand 4

Hand 5

Feel free to comment on any hands. I want to force myself to post the "bad hands" as I think it's a great way of improving. It's easy showing the AA vs KK pre-flop etc but showing hands which you butchered and dissecting them can only be good for improving your game.

May 3, 2020 | 12:36 p.m.

Hi - good luck! Where do you play? Have you been playing all the time since 2000's or just on & off?

May 2, 2020 | 2:47 p.m.

Yeah, I think its just the Stars games but with Full Tilt software etc.

Will check them out - thanks for the tip.

May 2, 2020 | 12:28 p.m.

Let me know if you ever have any questions. Always happy to help!

May 2, 2020 | 12:27 p.m.

Thanks for the support! Yes, definitely - I'm extremely interested in anything business wise. Do you have your own business?

Our main issue at the moment is fending of landlords who are still chasing their rent!

May 1, 2020 | 1:45 p.m.

Thanks! When I've played online in the past (here & there in the past ten years), I found 6-max a lot more aggressive and the ratio between regulars and fish is higher than what I seem to find at Full Ring.

My assumption is that with Zoom/Rush etc, regulars are trying to get their volume in at 6-max, leaving the FR games softer. However, this is only an assumption.

April 30, 2020 | 7:37 p.m.

I'm John, 30 years old from Birmingham, UK.
Used to play online back in 2007-2011 (pre-Black Friday) starting at 25NL and up to 100NL 6-max.
Stopped playing post-Black Friday, mainly due to focussing on my career etc - I know have my own business which takes up a lot of time so not as much time to play poker.
I still play live 100NL, which I am a winner at.

Why a Poker Journal
Decided that due to having a lot more spare time at the moment due to the Coronavirus, I would dabble at online poker again. My business operates in the fast-food retail industry and we are currently instructed to close by the UK Government and it doesn't look likely we'll be open any time soon (I'm anticipating July/August).

I'm going to be playing 25NL Full Ring on Full Tilt and moving up with balanced bankroll management. Started approximately 2 weeks ago by depositing $500.

Current situation
Running extremely well! See below my current results for April (half month).


I'm surprised at how many fish there are and the lack of decent regulars - I expected the standard of play to be much higher.

Things to expect in this journal
Results, hand histories, goals, a blast to ramble about things, etc.

Feel free to comment on my hands etc and let me know how badly I played them! Always up for a discussion about poker etc.

Currently trying to learn more about the game and I'm going through the Learning Paths. Halfway through "Getting Started" etc. The theory is a lot more advanced that it was 10 years ago.

Will try and keep this updated.

Good luck guys.

April 30, 2020 | 5:51 p.m.

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