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Couple last sessions ended for me with a monkey tilt therefore I had decided to take a break from the tables till next monday. During that time I will analyse my hands, DB and learn. I need to work on a good 3betting strategy as I seem to be lost in those spots and I 3bet pre more like a feeling than having a good preflop ranges...

Have a good week guys!

April 27, 2020 | 4:06 p.m.

April 20, 2020 | 8:13 p.m.

Hello everyone,

My BR is now suficient for a nl10 shot. So far I've been successful on nl5 with a nice 20bb/100 WR.

Below you can see my graph in bb's. As I am using cashout feature my true winnings are close to all-in EV.

Tonight I am going to play in a Sunday Storm, which happens to be an event of MM. I've got a ticket from a freeroll - tbh I've got 2 tickets, both worth $5,50 for the MM series. Don't yet know which event I am going to play for the other ticket and there are another 8 freerolls that I get a ticket from. The field is short (approx 130-160 players) with 34 places "paid" and the formats vary - yesterday there were 2 NLH events, tonight there are two 6+Holdem events, tomorrow some turbo I think.

Currently I am on a winning hype so probably not gonna play cash games tonight as I might be on a winning tilt.
From my next session I will start opening nl10. One table only for now. I will be very picky and make spend couple of hours 1-2 tabling before I will consider adding more.

GL at the tables!

April 19, 2020 | 11:02 a.m.


this week I could not put much volume. I felt I was struggling with my game and did not feel like my results were any good - anyways I had checked the BR just couple mins before and was supprised that I managed to get a couple of BI's and it's over $200 now.
If you are wondering about how much I pay for the cashout feature - it's 0,65bb/100. If not the feature my results at nl5 would be half of what I made so I am quite happy using it currently.

That's it for tonight! Have a good week folks!

April 12, 2020 | 11:17 p.m.

Hey, that's a great video, thank you!

I think that we can construct the calling range quite easy with equilab (which you used). In tools tab there's a hand range calculator. So we only need to assign villain open range, count pot odds and estimate our equity utilisation.
Let's say Villain opens 2,5x so I need 27% and my equity utilisation + other factors is ~70%. So 27%/70% = 38,57% - that's my minimum equity required for calling. This method helps with some starting point, but we still need to check the range in terms for eg. playability etc because for exapmle K6o might have enough equity, but it's playability OOP is terrible.

April 8, 2020 | 8:11 p.m.

Thank you very much Francesco for this great content!

April 6, 2020 | 6:11 p.m.

Czołem Kolaż :)
Thanks Djoksi!

I often check my results on Sundays after the play, just to wrap up the week. For several days I felt I was running really bad but it turns out my nl5 shot is so far at 14,8bb/100 winrate. If that's running bad then don't ask me what god-run is!
So far the rake for all-in feature still holds on 0,7bb/100 - I guess I am okay with that. Specially that if I didn't use it my WR would drop to 8,62bb/100. That's a massive difference!

Anyway, wish you all a good week and may the odds be with you! :)

April 5, 2020 | 11:19 p.m.

Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) BN: $6.16 (Hero)
SB: $5.05
BB: $6.38
UTG: $5.00
MP: $5.73
CO: $7.78
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BN with T Q
3 folds, Hero raises to $0.10, SB calls $0.08, BB calls $0.05
Flop ($0.30) 9 A 7
SB checks, BB checks, Hero checks
Flop w 3way, board wet. SB massive fish 76/21
BN 23/13

Possibly BB range is low pockets, some Ax suited, some suited connectors, SB any2 cards possibly.
If called my equity is not very good, I should face an Ax, sometimes pockets, and most of the time a SD/FD. A check seems reasonable. Also Turn and River might bring me some good cards. An 8x, Jx, sometimes Qx will be good.
Turn ($0.30) 9 A 7 8
SB bets $0.05, BB folds, Hero calls $0.05
Turn is an 8x which is kind of a good card for me as it opens a OESD. Getting a 1bb donk from fish and tight player folds.
River ($0.40) 9 A 7 8 J
SB bets $0.50, Hero calls $0.50
River is a Jd, which completes my SD but also completes a FD from flop.
V overbets 50 to 40pot, so my odds are 50:90 or 35,7%. He is a fish, he doesn't need that many Tx in his range for my odds being good but I am not so sure about calling here.

March 31, 2020 | 8:56 p.m.


On Sunday I checked my results and wanted to see wether all-in cashout featue works good for me or not. I had a period when I stopped using it, but now I am using it at all times.
The main reason to do so for me is that I only 4 table max, and can spend only couple hours a day for grind so my monthly volume isn't great and this helps me to move on with my BR instead of getting stressed that I wasn't lucky latelly.
If I was a pro, I probably wouldn't use the feature, but since I am a low-volume-micro-stakes-part-time grinder I find this to be really nice.

Please note that my tracker seems to not show exact results. Below is my last 24k hands in which my BR seems to show even bigger winnings for NL2 than the tracker does - I am not sure why there's a difference. Maybe because HM2 only recently launched an update which supports cashing-out feature and some hands were imported incorrectly.

As far as I know Net Won USD is what I would win if I did not use the feature, $ USD (EV adjusted) is what I should have won considering my equity when all-in and Cashout Net is my true winnings including cashouts (however this isn't true for NL2 as my real winnings are slightly bigger).

The sample isn't huge but I can see that thanks to the feature I had won more, than what I would if I didn't use it.

The NL5 results seems to be accurate and I can see that I've paid approx $0,70 for all-in feature. My "cashout net" bb/100 is 13,65 and EV bb/100 is 14,29. So I paid approx 0,63bb/100. The volume is small, so I will post a result later on when I'll get more hands with accurate result - I hope HM2 will track those properly now.

March 31, 2020 | 1:45 p.m.

Post | venatici posted in Chatter: My 2020 NLH poker journey

Hello everyone!

Although my account here is a few years old I feel like a brand new user to this forums.
Several years back I used to play FLHE exclusively, but as always good things come to an end and I had to give up my plans to becoming FLHE poker pro, first I weanted to switch to NLH but life verified my plans and I gave up poker till approx Jan 2020.

Since I had approx $20 left on Poker Stars I decided to climb my way up from NL2. At some point my BR dropped to $10 - that's when I decided to give up zoom tables and focus on reg ones. Approx 20k hands later I had a 25BI for NL5, where I took a shot and am playing currently.

Since Jan I am studing Peter's Clarke TGM which I find very good. Not moving fast with the progress there as I try to understand the concepts and then memorise them so they stay with me for a long time.

I've decided to start this Journal and post some free thoughts and updates here.
But don't wait for daily BR updates, I am not checking that myself very often. I rather focus on correct decisions and plays than check my BR after each session.

Anyway, tonight is the night where I plan to check my BR, so I might post an quick update later on.

GL at the tables and may the odds be with you.

March 29, 2020 | 1:02 p.m.

Thank you Patrick for this video. Great content!

To me personaly mindset is a top1 tip. The ability to stay focused, fold relative weak hands and focus on constant improvement is the key.

I've got a question about FPS - not sure if I understood you correctly. You mean that human brain is not a computer, and by working with solvers we see that "perfect" play would be to mix some combos to fold/call/raise. As we are only humans we tend to deviate from solver solutions but not by simplyfying the strategy but by making more fancy plays and actually making fishy plays?
Or do you mean that sometimes in a spot that we haven't worked out yet we tend to play fancy / mix plays because solver probably would do so, but we do not really know how this should be done and we do not understand what we are doing?

March 27, 2020 | 11:38 a.m.

Hand History | venatici posted in NLHE: NL2 deep vs a massive fish
Blinds: $0.01/$0.02 (5 Players) BN: $2.63
SB: $4.92 (Hero)
BB: $2.00
UTG: $5.71
CO: $1.78
Preflop ($0.03) Hero is SB with K A
UTG raises to $0.04, CO raises to $0.12, BN folds, Hero raises to $0.44, BB folds, UTG raises to $0.76, CO folds, Hero calls $0.32
Really playing deep is something I haven't studied yet so I am not sure if a 4bet pre wouldn't be better?
Flop ($1.67) 9 5 5
Hero checks, UTG bets $0.64, Hero folds
Not sure how to play this hand this deep and as I had no plan for the T if hot hit the A or K I decided to fold being OOP.
Final Pot UTG wins $1.61
Rake is $0.06

March 24, 2020 | 8:25 p.m.

I simply love this type of video where you do not give me a fish, but a fishing rod and show how to use it.

March 23, 2020 | 8:31 p.m.

Playing nl2 I wouldn't think what villain is thinking. As most of the time they are not thinking at all.

Aug. 5, 2016 | 7:44 a.m.

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