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  • nekim0r
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    Hello Guys & Girls out there, welcome to my little Blog.

    Online my nick is Nekim on most platforms, but my mother calls me Paul. Feel free to go either way.

    Currently I am a student of English + economics at the university of Münster, Germany. To finance my life I have a part-time job in a small local security company. I basically work on most weekends and do my studies during the week. My job is quite helpful since I am allowed to bring my stuff and learn/read while “at work”.

     

    Poker has always been a fascinating hobby for me. I actually play for 10 years now (on and off…) but never treated it as more than that – a Hobby. I hope this post will be the first step to change this attitude.

    In the early years, I was part of a super juicy weekly homegame where I earned a couple of bucks each month. From time to time we visited the Holland Casino in Enschede, where I also managed to have some fine results playing 2 / 2 and a few tourneys.

    My online “career” on the other hand is rather trashy. Despite having only 35k VPP lifetime on PS, I never took online-poker to a serious level. Whenever I won some money in cash games I looked for the fastest way to get into highstakes tourneys, chasing the big cash. Well, it turned out to not break my way so far :D

    My best finishes were 2x top 20 finishes in a 11$ rebuy and the big 162. I guess the 1 Buyin- BRM might be the first thing to change. Long story short – I punted off a lot in online games being one of the steady reloaders everybody else likes.

    My first attempt to get a little deeper into poker was half a year ago – I subscribed to Doug Polks Upswingpoker. I worked on my game from NL2 on and can now proudly say that I am able to beat NL10 on stars. Sadly I had to cash out two times since then so my current Bankroll is “only” 230$.

     

    A few weeks ago I received an email from RYE, inviting me to join this site on a discount. I couldn’t pass on this deal. High-value content and free mentoring? I´m in!

    Before I registered on upswingpoker, I actually wanted to get here, but opted for cash over Sit & gos. Today this focus will change. Since I just love the game of poker itself I hope to get into this discipline as fast as possible. I have no experience so far.

    I am a long-time lurker in Blogs on pokerstrategy.com and a big fan of several Twitch-streams (Tonka, Doug, Jnandez, Komododragon mainly). Pretty happy to see Fallout on this site, since I loved his videos and nearly booked some coaching lessons with him two years back. Maybe this time :D

     

    In my free time I love to play the cardgame Magic: the Gathering. When I moved to Münster two years ago, I went to the local store without having played for more than 10 years and never looked back. I became a mainstay of the community, passioned deckbuilder and respected limited player. And by the way, found a lot of new friends, some of them very very smart guys to exchange thoughts about different things in life, not magic only.

    A looooong long time ago I was a successful athlete, 10 years and 30kilos later I have troubles climbing a few steps. I am currently also working on my body to get back into a healthier shape.

     

    So this Blog will mainly consist of 2 goals that I will report about.

    1. My progress within the poker-world + structured learning process
    2. Loss of bodyweight

     

    Everybody is welcome and invited to help me achieve those goals. Contribute whatever time and effort you think might be reasonable, I appreciate it all. Sometimes, we all need some kicks in the butt… I can take it for sure.

    If you have got any questions feel free to ask, since I consider myself a very open person you will most likely get a fast and honest answer. (although everybody thinks that of himself, right? Put me to the test..)

     

    That’s it for today. Let the work & studies begin !

     

    Nekim

    bencb789
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    Hey man, welcome!

    I am glad you came here. Even though the content Upswingpoker delivers is actually pretty dope !

    I hope we can reprogram you regarding your BRM. Otherwise its not gonna work out well for you.

    Gl

    nekim0r
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    Hey Ben,

    I promise that those trips outside of my Bankroll will be a thing of the past

    To get started, I just hopped into a couple of 1.5$ hypers to get a first feeling. And since people on that limit open/call a jam with Q4o I even managed to win some bucks :-D

     

    I also went through the first two videos, which in all honesty were already too much for me. Before I will be able to implement anything of the things taught I will have to gather some experience and data I guess.

    Does anyone have tips for me on how to build a good foundation to build on?

    Greets nekim

    Little Edit…upswing is dope indeed. I’ll keep grinding some cash games from time to time, mainly because it’s fun as well and the promos offered by PS actually are helpful for my little roll

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    nekim0r
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    Hey Ladies and Gents,

    my first few days on hypers leave me with a pretty good feeling moving forward.

    I caught a heavy cold during the week, so I was not able to concentrate to grind and study as much as i would have liked to (and was not able to hit the gym :-/), but the time that i did spend went pretty well.

    I´m currently only 1-tabling and i guess i played little bit above 50 hypers. Additionally i played some normal CG-sessions for BR-Promo-purposes and moved from 230$ to 285$.

    im also working with the video series. Im not actually implementing very much, but im taking notes about what to look for and improve on in the future.

    ingame my most important observations so far are…

    • alot of ppl on 1,5$ are horrible af. I´m mostly betting for value, only bluffing guys that i think know about the fold-button.
    • im probably too shy when chipleading in bubble-situation, guess i could pressure my opps far more
    • when i came HU, i won more often than not and think i played fine there (for my little knowledge obv ;-)) … the villains still find folds even with very low BB-count

    special note concerning tilt: In Cashgames, i tend to get tilted pretty fast when some obvious braindead plays lead to suckouts. I have more than once spewed away chips when trying to win money back of those guys.

    In these hyper-tournies, i didnt have those hard feelings very often. I think thats because some all-ins are nearly forced and the hands played are overall far less good than the hands i would play in a cash game. Also when its over, its over. Opponents change quickly. Not once did i feel tilted yet.

     

    still looking for a good study-guide for 6-max-hyper-starters. any other tips?

    greets

    matchball
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    Hey Nekim,

    sounds like you had a good start with the strategy. I also just started on the hypers, but without taking steps to CG. I guess I’m a bit more experienced with SnG, but I will have hard to work on eliminating some lines I got used to. At the moment I’ve got a few troubles getting my blog on. Btw. we are also localy not far away from each other. I live in the north of Dortmund :)

    So I wish you good luck at the tables. I will follow your blog for the next time :)

    fallout86
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    Hey Nekim,

    when you go tilt in cashgames try to play shorter sessions. This might help to avoid it a bit. Do you play Zoom or regular tables when you play cash?

    Greetz FaLLi

    nekim0r
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    welcome to my blog guys :-)

    @falli: i basically play reg tables only for to have softer games. i dont care too much about volume since its only NL10

    bencb789
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    special note concerning tilt: In Cashgames, i tend to get tilted pretty fast when some obvious braindead plays lead to suckouts. I have more than once spewed away chips when trying to win money back of those guys.

    Before looking for a study guide, you should work on your mental game. You wont be able to be ever profitable in poker when you spew again and again and again…

    If you have that inclination of “I AM GONNA WIN MY MONEY BACK” mentality, dude, work on that! And get over it as fast as possible.

    nekim0r
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    Hey Ben, I’ll make sure to work on that and give it a high priority. I think I have that “mental game of poker”-book buried somewhere. I’ll include my work on this inside this blog!
    Open for more input on that topic. And the question of a beginners guide to hypers remains open ;-)
    Greets nekim

     

     

    matchball
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    Hey nekim, after your post in my blog about learning from each other I was thinking about making a little hands rewiew session offline. It would take me ~50 minutes to get to Münster on average traffic(the other way would be the same I think). We could just click through some tourneys and comment and/or discuss each others lines. I have a feeling this could fresh up our both thinkings and brings new ideas and perspectives. And we could do it in German which I speak slightly better than english :D

    nekim0r
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    Hey matchball, i appriciate the idea of learning as a team. But i guess we dont have to waste time and money on travel just to sit next to each other :D

    we can easily do skype-conferences with a shared screen. My nick on skype = dernekim

    greeets

    matchball
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    sounds good too. atm I’m not using skype, but I wil find the time tomorrow to get it run. I should spent a bit time on the teamviewer or similar software so we can follow each other :)

    nekim0r
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    yeah just let me know when you got your setup running, then we can plan further.

    i just played a short session today. i started with CG to clear the challenge and won some cents. Then went on to get some hyper action. I won here aswell… experience ^^

    my EV winnings were 8,5bb /100, but my actual chips lost per 100 was 48,5 …. no damn hand ever held to the river, villains hit everything. sometimes you are just not meant to win ;-)

    As promised I searched my collection and found the book “the poker mindset” . ill start to work on it.

    bencb789
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    Yo guy, glad that you already plan to work together. Thats the best way. So find more buddies and build a solid poker network =)

    nekim0r
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    Hey guys,

    its been a week since my last update, so here i am  :D

    during last week there wasnt too much going on poker related. I have some exams comin up in the next weeks and my focus is there atm.

    The time i spent at the tables were twofold. I got crushed in Cash Games and got some Hypers in, running about breakeven. Current bankroll is 204 $.

    I actually spent more time with theory videos and reading my book (the poker mindset). to strenghten my emphasis on hypers, i got rid of a bad habbit already.

    I often played poker from my mobile, lying in bed and distracted by the TV or a running stream or sth. I liked it because it was sooo convinient. But I always knew it was sth a serious player should not do. So – i decided to delete the software from my mobile devices and play only on my Tower / laptop when 100% concentrated on the game.

    I think I already got a good idea of which factors are important in the 6-max-hyper-streets. After my exams ill have a lot of time to get some volume in and start to focus on different topics one by one.

    i would appreciate any sort of tips on the order in which i tackle those fields.

    thx and have good grind everybody !

    short hand i just played in a little midnight session…

    Poker Stars No Limit Hold’em Tournament – t/t Blinds – 3 players
    DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

    BTN: t327 1 BBs – VPIP: 16, PFR: 0, 3B: 0, AF: 3,0, Hands: 19
    SB: t1830 1 BBs – VPIP: 42, PFR: 32, 3B: 25, AF: 0,0, Hands: 19
    Hero (BB): t843 1 BBs – VPIP: 35, PFR: 24, 3B: 10, AF: 2,1, Hands: 1582

    Pre Flop: (t0) Hero is BB with A :diamond: J :club:
    1 fold, SB raises to t200, Hero raises to t755, SB calls t555

    Flop: (t1510) 9 :heart: 7 :diamond: 3 :spade: (2 players)

    Turn: (t1510) T :heart: (2 players)

    River: (t1510) Q :heart: (2 players)

    Is it ICM suicide to push AJ in this spot? Villain seemed to be a fish (calling light and raising 3x pre all the time)

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