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Running behind EV was frying my head so I took a break from cash and played a few tournaments... managed to come second for $400 on ACR in a $3.30 and skyrocketed my bankroll :P

Decided to start playing 5nl after this, as much as I wanted to beat 2nl it's just not motivating... I think the money has to be meaningful for you, 5nl does that for me... The decision went well - winning at 8.43bb/100 and 5.12bb/100 in EV terms over 5000 hands
Just finished from the ground up and i'm moving on to some of the other videos, following the learning paths set out focussing on an area where I'm weak at ingame.. today's video was hand reading!

Will post a few hands tomorrow

April 4, 2020 | 3:37 a.m.

Finally finished a session with an overall profit for the challenge :)

Winning at 9.13bb/100 in EV terms, winning 1.61bb/100 in $$ terms.

Happy to be beating the challenge at above the 6bb/100 target in terms of EV, hopefully the money will follow.

Should have been a bit more, was gonna sign off at around 4800 hands but kept going to get to 5000, actually loaded up more tables after i had closed them.

Still a nice winning day, back friday! some studying to do tommorow for uni and off the tables!

March 26, 2020 | 4:46 a.m.

Currently winning at 2.82bb/100 in EV. Losing at 9.49bb/100 in $

It's been frustrating running behind, I want to actually be making money and i've been looking at the graph whilst playing. If you look when I get close to 0, I'm losing just after because i'm taking close spots trying to boost myself over the $0 line.. Will put the graph away this session as its influencing what i'm doing, and it shouldn't. i'll make money over time if i'm making good decisions anyway.

Hand Review
Yatahay Network - $0.02 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 4 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4:

BTN: 92 BB
SB: 100 BB
Hero (BB): 180 BB
CO: 142.5 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Ad Jc
fold, fold, SB raises to 4 BB, Hero raises to 12 BB, SB raises to 36 BB, Hero raises to 180 BB and is all-in, SB calls 64 BB and is all-in

Flop : (200 BB, 2 players) 3h 3d 9c

Turn : (200 BB, 2 players) 6c

River : (200 BB, 2 players) 5h

SB shows As Qs (One Pair, Threes)
(Pre 75%, Flop 79%, Turn 86%)

Hero shows Ad Jc (One Pair, Threes)
(Pre 25%, Flop 21%, Turn 14%)

SB wins 190 BB

I'm losing too much money doing shit like this, I was having a back and forth with this player on a few tables and he was mostly showing up with crap.

I can peel his 4 bet and bet him off AQs on either the turn or river - depending if he checks to me on the flop or not, but i've alot more ways to win the hand - check, check, turn a jack or check check, bet 1/2 pot - can fold to shoves here too and save some BB's. SPR is low though so perhaps he may just fire it all in on flop. Folding pre is the best option, AJo isn't really a great candidate for shoving.

I'm doing this ingame because i'm used to mtt and just getting it in off shorter stacks with weaker holdings. Cash is a different game and I need to respect ranges will be much stronger.

*Hand Review 2 - Can I get away from this? *

Yatahay Network - $0.02 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 4 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4:

UTG: 100 BB
CO: 102 BB
Hero (BTN): 129.5 BB
BB: 144 BB

BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1 BB) Hero has 9h Kh
UTG raises to 2.5 BB, CO calls 2.5 BB, Hero raises to 8 BB, fold, UTG calls 5.5 BB, CO calls 5.5 BB

Flop : (25 BB, 3 players) 3s Ks Jc
UTG checks, CO checks, Hero bets 13 BB, fold, CO calls 13 BB

Turn : (51 BB, 2 players) Tc
CO checks, Hero bets 38 BB, CO raises to 81 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 43 BB

River : (213 BB, 2 players) 8c

CO shows Ad Qh (Straight, Ace High)
(Pre 60%, Flop 28%, Turn 100%)

Hero shows 9h Kh (One Pair, Kings)
(Pre 40%, Flop 72%, Turn 0%)

CO wins 202.5 BB

My 3x pre is perhaps the first error in the hand, even though it is 4 handed, I should probably just call and take the advantage of position. Bloating pots for no reason

I flopped topped pair, I think the half pot bet when checked to is fine. I could size up however, to fold out draws like the one he had and spade draws, perhaps get backdoor Axcc out of there.

I can check when checked to here. I don't have the strongest K - I think he can have hands lAQo (didn't think he could whilst playing though) Kjo. KJd, but likelihood of these is low considering I have a K and K on board.. J 10 is his most likely 2 pair combo, I don't block any of it. AsJs is really all I can beat here, he's too many value combos for me to call this off compared to the bluffs

Check shove on turn from him feels extremely nutted, I snapped it in game like an idiot.. I ended the session not long after this

Not been fantastic so far, but i'm happy to be beating the game in EV terms. I was crushing for a bit then let it slip away, lets hope I can turn it around in the next 2500 hands.

I'll study 3x pots more - I think i'm playing lots of these out of position also and putting myself in the bin so much donk betting.

March 25, 2020 | 7:34 p.m.

Session 1 - Loss of $6.48

I can't get all my hands because partypoker doesn't have them ready to export which is annoying.

I've got a D rating on River calling on their mygame feature and that where i've lost the most money for sure. Any other time i've grinded river calling has always been my worse stat, I just think everyones bluffing too much and want to win the hand because i'm so invested in it. When I can get my hand histories imported correctly i'll upload some of these and review them, but i'm concious of it going forward and will try get to the river will more premium hands.

I've also been too spewy. It's cheaper to fold and get on with the next hand sometimes, especially when you're out of position - example A

Hero $3.19 , Villain $2.12

Dealt AQdd in the SB
Button opens to 0.05$, I raise to 0.17$, BB calls, Button folds.. total pot $0.44
Flop - 3c2c2h - I check here and BB bets $0.15 - I call
Turn - 8s - I check, BB bets 0.26$ - I raise to $0.64
Flop - 4h - I bet $1.25 putting him all in for $1.18

Review of each round of betting
Preflop - reraising from SB is fine, build a pot with a good holding

Flop 3c2c2h - checking oop on that board is pretty stupid since I don't have any clubs, i'm letting all his flush draws draw for free, in game i've not thought through his range at all - he's more likely to have the mid to upper part of his range here calling my sizeable raise pre. He can have pairs such as 66-JJ (assuming he'd reraise anything better) and any two broadway cards which don't include AQdd.. I don't block any of the range. He can also have hands like 78s, 89s, 109s, Q10s, J10s.. when I check, i'm not removing any of the diamond or spade variations of these hands from his range, or things like k10 off that shouldn't hang around to a bet - I should have led for about $0.15 or $0.18 into a pot of $0.44, I fold out some parts and I can narrow it down to a pair or flush draw

Turn 8s - Why? it's so stupid - i'm getting such a good price, he bets 0.26 into a pot of 0.74. The breakeven point as i've calculated is 21%, meaning I can call here and draw an A or Q - I've 68.77% equity giving him a range of TT-88, A2s+, K8s+, Q8s+, J8s+, T8s+, 97s+, 87s, ATo, KJo-KTo, QTo-Q9o, J9o+, T9o.... check raising does nothing for me only bloat the pot and my A high isn't strong enough to do that, and really.. is he folding a pair? I can get him off a flush with this but when he calls it's time to give up.

River - Damage is done, shipped it in. check, fold. Take a loss, live to fight another day - keep your 112bb stack instead of shipping another 50bb into a pot I can't win

I wasn't thinking at all today really. I was clicking buttons, listening to music and looking at news headlines. Having a smashing time giving away money to folk on the internet.

I think it's more important to be able to record hand histories to review mistakes, i've got 35 bucks on Americas cardroom so i'll go there.. (banned off stars, long story).

Back to the tables.

I'm going to review 2 hands before the start of each session to start thinking through things and looking for leaks as a warm up.

March 24, 2020 | 12:16 a.m.

Post | Slow Hand posted in Chatter: Beating 2NL over 25,000 Hands

Been playing poker for a few years. I've dabbled with MTT's and Micro cash games but never had much success except for chopping a few tournaments. I'm down money lifetime playing poker and i'm not a winning player.

Tired of losing all the time so i'm making the effort to get good at the game now that I have spare time. Just bought From The Ground Up cash course and I have PT4.

I don't have people to talk to about cash poker. The purpose of this blog is to discuss hands that I play and to express my thoughts surrounding the game, I feel that writing after the session will help me learn.

My goal is to beat 2NL at 6bb/100 playing fastforward cash on Partypoker. I've deposited 40$ so i've 20 buy ins.

March 23, 2020 | 3:26 a.m.

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