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Comment | venatici commented on My NLH poker journey


Just a quick update.
Several last weeks have been quite busy for me non-poker wise therefore I did not put enough hours into my development and play. Frankly in June I played only one session as I decided that the time I commit to poker I want to focus on learning.
The group I am a member of has pointed out several leaks in my game that happen time and time again, so I am working on getting rid of them as those are quite common spots and even a small error in is draining my BR.

No point in posting my graph as the volume isn't significant.
For the next few weeks I will focus on development till I feel confident that those most common mistakes are no longer such a big issue.

Good luck at the tables and till next time!

July 2, 2021 | 10:56 a.m.

Comment | venatici commented on My NLH poker journey

It's been a while since my last post. I had worked quite a lot on my game and recently joined a group of players where we analyze hands.
The group consists of players from various limits - myself and one other person are playing the lowest.
We've got a coach / mentor who plays nl200 with quite good results.

Since my last post I was playing some zoom aswell as reg tables. I must say I have no clue what my results are. I feel that tonight session was really good results-wise.

At the end of march I will check my results and make an update. But I feel I am more or less break even, making lots of silly mistakes at the tables.
Oh well, at least I start to spot them.

Till next time. GL at the tables!

March 14, 2021 | 9:29 p.m.

Hand History | venatici posted in NLHE: NL5 turn x/r from unk
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) BN: $5.00 (Hero)
SB: $5.00
BB: $6.28
UTG: $8.96
MP: $5.07
CO: $12.30
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BN with A J
3 folds, Hero raises to $0.10, SB folds, BB calls $0.05
Flop ($0.22) 7 6 J
BB checks, Hero bets $0.16, BB calls $0.16
I want to cbet high here due to lots of possible draws.
Turn ($0.54) 7 6 J 2
BB checks, Hero bets $0.35, BB raises to $0.70, Hero folds
Not really sure what to do after his raise here?
I believe this could be delayed flush, or if he's fishy some Jx, 2p combos. Don't think I beat enough of his range to call.

Feb. 18, 2021 | 2:17 p.m.

Comment | venatici commented on My NLH poker journey

Thank you for your nice words!
To me regular tables are much softer as you get more reads on players. Also fish seem to be more tight preflop on zoom as they can easily fold a hand and get a new one.

Did you already take your NL10 shot?

Feb. 18, 2021 | 2:08 p.m.

Comment | venatici commented on My NLH poker journey

HeavyMask yes, it's around 20-ish/100, but the sample isn't this big to tell how far it is from "true" WR.
However I still have looooooooooooooooooooots to work on.

Feb. 6, 2021 | 7:23 p.m.

This is interesting, however if we iso to 10bb and get called does monker advice cbet flop?
Let's say we cbet flop with 1/2 then we have 40bb on the turn already with effective spr ~1:1 and can't really fold this hand anyway? Or am I wrong?

Feb. 6, 2021 | 7:20 p.m.

Comment | venatici commented on My NLH poker journey


It's been a long time since my last post.
To be honest the second half of 2020 I did not play at all, or if I played it was only a couple hundret hands. Meanwhile I cashed out most of my BR and focused on other things in my life.
Now I am back at where I began. I started some time ago at nl2 with $25 in my BR. I decided that at $50 I'll make a shot at NL5 as I was ok with making a deposit anyway if needed.
I took my shot carefully, playing 1 table of NL5 and 3 tables of NL2.
Currently playing nl5 exclusively with approx $150-ish BR.

Here's a graph from when I "came back" again:

Somewhere along those times I had some free tickets for some tournament series on PokerStars, cashed approx $30-$40 out of that so that was a nice boost to my BR.

Now I'll try to stick to hand / strategy discusion forums and check my results again at the end of March (yes, in 2 months). Let's see if I'll succeed at this task.

Feb. 5, 2021 | 11:08 a.m.

Hand History | venatici posted in NLHE: KQo "scary" turn vs action
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (5 Players) UTG: $5.85
CO: $3.15
BN: $4.76
SB: $6.02 (Hero)
BB: $15.44
Villain is 44/5 after 45 hands, at the time the hand took place I had much lower sample + no reads.
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is SB with Q K
UTG folds, CO calls $0.05, BN folds, Hero raises to $0.25, BB folds, CO calls $0.20
Flop ($0.55) K 2 J
Hero bets $0.19, CO calls $0.19
Turn ($0.93) K 2 J T
Hero bets $0.55, CO raises to $2.45, Hero raises to $4.35, CO calls $0.26 and is all in
I doubt he has AQ here, some combos of 2p have hit and Q9.
Since this player looked like a fish I believe he has enough of FD and SD combos to make a call (or a shove) profitable.

However now that I put this through Flopzilla I see he can easily have 42 value combos here with only KQ that I have a draw against: 22,KQs-KTs,Q9s,JTs,KQo-KTo,Q9o,JTo
River ($7.99) K 2 J T 5

Feb. 4, 2021 | 10:26 p.m.

Hand History | venatici posted in NLHE: NL5 AK IP in MW
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) CO: $10.35
BN: $7.53 (Hero)
SB: $6.15
BB: $5.64
UTG: $4.60
MP: $3.31
UTG is a weak reg 26/17 over 50-ish hands
MP is a fish 52/4 over 100 hands
CO is 24/6 over 70-ish hands
SB is 23/9 over 80 hands
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BN with K A
UTG raises to $0.15, MP calls $0.15, CO calls $0.15, Hero raises to $0.75, SB calls $0.73, BB folds, UTG calls $0.60, MP calls $0.60, CO folds
Flop ($3.20) J 3 6
SB checks, UTG checks, MP checks, Hero checks
I see no reason betting here with so many players, even in position.
Turn ($3.20) J 3 6 K
SB checks, UTG checks, MP checks, Hero bets $1.11, SB calls $1.11, UTG folds, MP folds
Decided for a 1/3 pot, not sure if sizing here shouldn't be much bigger?
From so weak players draws should call anyway and I believe my TP is often best at this point.
River ($5.42) J 3 6 K 2
SB checks, Hero bets $2.60, SB folds
Now I think that sizing could be greater. KQ should call 70-80% of the pot anyway and draws fold anyway.

Feb. 4, 2021 | 8:48 p.m.

Comment | venatici commented on NL50 AJs

Ah sorry, I didn't notice the FD here

Jan. 2, 2021 | 9:42 a.m.

Comment | venatici commented on NL50 AJs

What better hands are folding to your flop raise?
What worse hands cbet on the Turn? Or were you hoping to get your GS there?

Dec. 31, 2020 | 1:30 p.m.

Comment | venatici commented on My NLH poker journey


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.

Comment | venatici commented on My NLH poker journey

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.

Comment | venatici commented on My NLH poker journey


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.

Comment | venatici commented on My NLH poker journey

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.

Comment | venatici commented on My NLH poker journey


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 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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