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  • rye_mariano5
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    What is a flat-sharing community?

    atlantis
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    When you share an apartment with other people isn’t this called flat-sharing community, maybe you call it living community or residential community!?

    atlantis
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    Big Update – Part 1

    Day 92 – 106

    This is by far the longest period of time where I didn’t post a single update but the good thing is that I have a lot to write down so here we go…

    I moved into my new apartment on April the 8th, it took way longer than I expected to set everything up and it also took quite some time to get used to the new environment and my roomates. During this time I didn’t play a lot of poker but I achieved one think that is worse mentioning. I qualified myself via satellite for the German Poker Grand Prix main event at the end of April.

    It was a long time goal of mine to finally play some live poker because I never tried it even though watching live poker is essentially what brought me to playing poker as a profession. The Grand Prix Germany was held in King`s Casino Roszvadov and had a BI of 220€, which is btw totally out of my bankroll but the qualifier tournaments wasn’t.

    Anyway, I decided that it would be a good idea to play some smaller tournament before playing for a pricepool of €500k+. There is that one other Casino near my location called Grand Casino As and it has some smaller tournaments and lower BI’s than the King’s. This Casino has one 60€ deep stack tournament with a pricepool of 7k gtd. So I decided to play this tournament one week before playing the Grand Prix.

    After just a few hands I started to feel very confident and I soon realised that I was one of the better players in the field. I think my biggest advantage was my short stack game and my biggest disadvantage was my missing live poker experience. But somehow I made some good plays and got really deep in that tournament. I guess that the best end to this story would be that I won the tournament but that is not very realistic when playing your first ever live tournament if you ask me. Beside winning the tournament the funniest story would be to become bubble boy, am I right? :D

    …fuck yeah, my first tournament and I get bubble boy how crazy is that? I wasn’t mad at all, that’s just such a great story and also an amazing result for the first live tournament in my opinion. On my drive home at 4 am in the morning I was constantly smiling, I had such a blast at that tournament, what an awesome experience!

    Fast forward to the Grand Prix Germany…with some good tailwind from my first live tournament I was very confident playing this way bigger tournament. I had a very strong start but after a few hours I got down to 20bb…one quick double up….and another one, 75bb. Then one more time down to 50bb and not a lot of time later I was back up to 100bb, I survived Day 1C. What a crazy feeling, I didn’t expect anything from this tournament and made it to Day 2, just wow! Day 2 was on sunday so I had one free day in between and I saw on twitter that you could actually look up all the stacks and player names from Day A, B and C, not from D, E and the online days but I still looked it up and was very surprised to see I was on rank 36/420 players. I can’t express how awesome I felt after seeing this.

    The Grand Prix is a 3 day tournament so getting to the second one was a huge success and it was also not that far away from the money. In the back of my mind I thought it would be pretty cool to get ITM in such a big tournament, so I could pay the expenses for driving there and also make up for the money I „lost“ in the other tournament. Nevertheless I can’t remember one single situation where I played money scared or something like that. When I got near that bubble and my stack was around 20bb I obviously didn’t do any crazy stuff but this is just basic ICM. The hand for hand play did last a pretty long time but quickly after the bubble everything happend so fast.

    After some time we got a new dealer, the new dealer was a young and very good looking girl at my age which was a nice change after playing all day on a male only table. But the best thing about this dealer change was that she really brought the run good for me. I think I knocked out four people in just ten hands, sadly my table got broken down after eliminating so many players and I lost my run good dealer. Just a few hands later the new table I was at got also broken down, the next table I got moved too was a table full of germans. I took me two hands until I realised that the german twitch poker streamer Nikkymouse who is actually affiliated with RYE was on my table. I watched his stream a little bit so it was quite cool to sit next to him. However I thought it wouldn’t be a good idea to tell him that I know his stream, I thought he might try to target me if I did tell him that, because usually the people don’t watch streamers that are worse in poker than themselves. Also at this point I had such a badass crusher image :D

    Definitely one of my highlights was to see everyone at the table being afraid to play hands against me because I had by far the biggest stack. I played three hands against Nikkymouse, two small hands and one big hand. I won one of that smaller hands and also the big hand, I could clearly see that he was afraid of me and I took total advantage of this. It was just one of the best feelings ever, I felt like bullying everyone at that particular table. Eventually this table got also broken down after a small amount of time but it was fun as long as it lasted.

    When I got to the next table two guys at that table told me that I was the biggest stack in the tournament, they were watching the livestream of the tournament on their mobilephones that’s why the knew that. I already knew I had a very big stack but being told to be the chip leader…what an unbelievable feeling.

    Little spoiler alert from here it goes downhill…stop reading ;)

    There was this one super sick hand that almost broke my neck for the tournament completely. There was this one women on my table with a pretty big stack but it was very clear to me that she wasn’t a very good poker player after watching her play for some time. I also knew she didn’t directly buy in to this tournament because of the partypoker qualifier patch she was wearing.

    Let me tell you guys the actual hand, the women is UTG and limps her hand, I knew from previous hands that she never limp-traps with premium hands which is an important information for the rest of the hand. It folds around to me and I got K7o on the button and I decide to limp along with her. The big bling checks and we see the following flop AcJsJd, BB check, UTG check and I bluff bet something around 40%, can’t provide excact sizing because I am writting this post weeks later. The BB folds and UTG raises around 3x, I was kind of prepared for this move and already thought about this situation before betting myself. I was searching for any Jacks in her range and was super confident that she doesn’t have any in her limping range, I really was 100% confident about this read! I knew that she has to have some weak Ace, maybe something like A5o-A9o or A2s-A8s. I obviously have nothing and no chance to win this hand on the river but I saw an opportunity to bluff an Ace out of the pot and represent a weak Jack that I limped on the button. I clearly wouldn’t raise a weak Ace which I could have limped so my raise range is basically a jack or a complete bluff. I was so sure that she wouldn’t stand the pressure and wouldn’t risk to bustout with a weak Ace, I also calculated that her stack is big enough for an easy laydown. So I pushed it all in the middle….

    ….she snap calls with Ah8h…the whole table was in shock!!! No one could believe what she just did and in my mind I was like that is exactly one of the hands I was attacking and I was super confident to bluff out this hand, but the reality was that this women didn’t even think half a second about that call.

    The tournament had a new chip leader and my stack dropped to 30bb. I managed to hold this 30bb up for a pretty long time even though the blinds were constantly rising. Two bad beats later and I am out of the tournament, first I lost AKo < Aqo and after that hand with something under 5 blinds I lost A4o vs QTo.

    I busted the tournament which is a sad thing but on the upside I won €1,1k. I qualified for this tournament with less than 1$ and won 1.100€ who sick is that? It was the second live tournament in my career and it had over 3,7k players and around 900 re-entries, having said that can you imagine how awesome it is to finish in the top 100 of player!?

    Of course I thought something like „what if I won that one hand…“, despite this there was basically pure joy and gratefulness in mind and heart while I was driving the long way home. Till this day that is my biggest score and a nice double up for my bankroll.

    Beside learning so much and having the time of my life I also discovered some true love for live poker. I was pretty sure even before I sat down on a live poker table that I would enjoy it but it feels so great to really know that for sure. It is like my passion for poker just doubled, I really love playing only poker but for me it was only one half of the coin. Now I truly discovered the other side of the coin and I love it as much as the first one.

    I also discovered some kind of talent for playing live poker. For example that sick hand against that woman, I took that punch without any reaction, no emotion, no facial movement and not a single word came out of my mouth. I am really not a fun player to have on the table, this is not because I think that I am the sickest crusher or that my plays are ahead of my opponents. It is because I feel like my mindset is stronger than that of the most player in this low-live-game buyin range. I am a friendly person and everything but I am not that kind of person that talks much or is at the table to give everyone a great time. I am at that table to win, I am very focused, I am emotionless, I am confident and I even had the feeling that I dont give away any tells even though it was just my second tournament. I had sunglasses with me all the time but I never felt like I need to wear them. So in this regards I feel a little bit gifted with some kind of natural talent for live poker and with more experience I think I would make a strong live poker player apart from all the poker theory.

    rye_mariano5
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    Congrats on the cash! sounds like an exciting run!

    Regarding the K7o hand, just fold that trash preflop!! even vs weak players it plays terribly post.

    And to be honest I really hate your play on the flop. Sure sometimes betting out small to take the pot down on the flop is okay (still way too wide IMO vs 3 players), but when you get raised I would just be done with it. Your drawing dead basically when you get called and this is a disaster. It would be better to at least have a gutshot or something. I think the main thing to take away is to not try to run huge bluffs against randoms. There’s just no need for it. You can accumulate small pots in many spots spots, and when you get into big pots you can actually have a strong holding.

    Anyways, I don’t mean to rain on your parade. But hopefully you learned lots and can crush it even harder next time out!

    best of luck!

    atlantis
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    Hey mariano, you are totally right and I know that I missplayed this hand big time!!! I guess I got a little bit too confident, a litte bit cocky at this stage of the tournament and had to pay the price. I would never played a hand like this online but somehow in this moment I thought it would be a great idea. I really learned a lot in this tournament and like you said next time I will crush it even harder ;)

    atlantis
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    Big Update – Part 2

    Day 92 – 106

    In my second part of this big update I want to talk more about personal development and the goals I set early this year, so basically everything that is not poker related.

    As stupid as this may sound like I wanted to gain control back over my bad habit of not washing the dishes after I used them. What I did instead was to wash them when the stack of dishes got to big. Obviously it was pretty easy to turn this bad habit into a good one even though I struggled with this topic in the past.

    Another good habit I have already integrated in my daily life is to do meal preparation, in the moment I can even say that I am following a strict diet and track all my calories in a nutrition plan. When I first started this blog it was already a goal of mine to follow a nutrition plan and get back in decent shape. It is sad how long it took to finally follow such a plan again, but better late than never. At the moment the only problem reaming is that I don’t hit the gym often enough. For the most people the hard part is the right nutrition and not to visit the gym, that is also the case for me so I am sure I will get in a good routine in no time. I follow the typical goal of loosing fat and gaining muscle, just get in a better shape overall. I think that one of the factors that is limiting my progress in the gym is that my heart is actually my weakest muscle. I sit all day in my chair, study or play poker and don’t get that much movement, sometimes when climbing the stairs I feel like my stamina is equal to that of an old man, even though I am not in a bad shape.

    Normally I would hit the gym between 4-5 times a week and train like a bodybuilder but that doesn’t help building up my stamina, so I decided to lift weights just 3 times a week and do something for my stamina twice a week. Starting this monday I want to go once a week swimming, once a weak regular cardio training, one leg workout, one back workout and one workout for the smaller muscle groups. I want to combine one other good habit that I wanted to implement anyway with my cardio training, it is stretching.

    To keep my motivation on a high level I actually have two fitness bets with friends of mine. The one bet is between me and two friends to compete in a 400 meter swimming battle at the end of summer and the other one is to be able to hold a handstand for a few seconds in four weeks. I can’t remember how the handstand idea was born but I have to compete against my roomate Luise. She is a pretty fit girl and can already perform a handstand so her mission is to do a walking handstand for atleast 4 meter. I think it’s a cool way to boost your motivation with this little bets so we will see how it goes.

    I will keep you updated with everything regarding this two bets and also my weight and nutrition plan. At the moment I am consuming 2940kcal at an body weight of 92,9 kg (204,8 lbs), the weight is measured in the morning on an empty stomach.

    scooba troopa
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    Cool updates!!!! keep up the work to reach your goals! ;)

    atlantis
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    Thanks a lot Scooba Troopa.

     

    Big Update – Part 3

    Day 92 – 106

    In the third and last part of my big update I want to talk more about my current bankroll and study progress.

    So I had this discussion with Elrondsbote from our german study group about how I want to spent the money I earned playing live poker. In the past I had the idea to have two different bankrolls one for playing online and one for playing live tournaments. I still like this idea because the difference in the strenght of the player pools is huge. I think I would actually have an edge at a 100$ live tournament but would get marked as fish from the online regs at this stakes. I was thinking about playing a few more of the 60€ tournaments at the Grand Casino Aš, maybe once a week. Even with the travel expenses I would be able to play a lot of tourneys and most likely build up my bankroll over time. I got the tip from Elrondsbote that this is probably not the best way to spent the money. His take on this was that I could play thousands of hands online with one 60€ live buy-in, at the same time I would just be able to play a couple hundred live hands. To become a better poker player it is essential to play a lot of hands. Also we both feel like it is very hard to get out of the so-called „micro stakes hell“ and boosting my bankroll by more than 100% with my live earnings would allow me to play like 5$ tournaments on a regular basis which would already have a huge impact on the size of the player field. It is a fact that it’s harder to win the Big 1,1$ rather than the Big 5,5$ at pokerstars because thats already 1.6k players less to defeat without any change in average player strength. After this discussion it was clear to me that the best use for the money would be playing bigger online tournaments. I still want to play live events so I will simply play more satellites for Kings Casino and try to qualify for the upcoming Grand Prix Germany and Grand Prix Million and similar events.

    I also bought myself a sharkscope silver membership but I am not quite happy with it. I feel like the stats on sharkscope are not really accurate for micro-low stake player. When I search my own name on sharkscope it almost looks like I am a loosing player, obviously that’s completely bullshit. The database is missing a few hundred tournaments, doesn’t count bountys from every poker side and often satellites have such a huge impact on the stats and graph that you can misread a lot. I am that kind of person that is hunting for every single promotion out there and that’s why I have won over 300$ in free tournament tickets. So sharkscope can’t distinguish between actually buying into a tournament or using a free ticket, in my case with a small bankroll it looks like everytime I won some money I start to play mid-high stake tournaments. I look like a complete maniac  which might be not that bad after all but on the other side I could also misinterpret someones stats as well. I don’t think that free tickets would have an big enough impact on the graph of a mid stake player but on micro stakes they definitely have that impact. Maybe sharkscope just hurt my ego with this wrong stats and that’s the real reason why I am hating a litte bit on it.

    In the near future I have to buy myself other poker tools like pio-solver and/or HRC but at the moment I feel like there is still a lot of room for improvements by simply mastering more poker theory basics with the help of the tournament masterclass.

    After deducting all expenses my „live bankroll“ is at 975,87$ and my „online bankroll“ is at 879,33$ which is a combined bankroll of 1855,2$. I guess I could play 5-6$ tournaments on a regular basis with this bankroll but for now I will be very strict with my bankroll management. I have no urge to burn my bankroll during this learning progress. Until I feel like I have adopted the most important masterclass topics I will keep my bankroll managment more on the conservative side, there is no time pressure.

    rye_mariano5
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    I like your idea of using conservative bankroll approach. Much better for long term success as you can keep playing through tough stretches without a ton of stress!

    good luck!

    atlantis
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    Day 122-125

    The last four sessions were pretty crazy I just started to play a little higher average buy-in so from time to time I registered a few 5,5$ tournaments and pretty much the first tournament I took third place for 268$. Two days later I took third place in another little 5,5$ tournament for 98,65$ and the same evening I won the Raise Your Edge freeroll for 158$. I was actually the most excited when I won the RYE tournament I feel like this is one of the most prestigious tournaments you could win as microstake grinder ;)

    The Stats:

    • played 46 MTT’s
    • played 4 sessions
    • won a total of: 472,89$ (overall 570,29$ winnings)
    • total buy-in: 97,4$
    • average buy-in: 2,11$
    • hands played: 3,95k
    • bb/100 = 12,86 ; EV bb/100 = 9,23
    • bankroll: 2260,76$

    atlantis
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    Day 126-130

    I actually had a few good runs this past week but unfortunately I couldn’t bring home any solid winnings. The payout structure is really hardcore in this pokerstars tournaments that have these huge player fields e.g. I took 8th place in an one dollar tournament with a 2,1k field for 25 bucks or 24th place in a 3 dollar tournament for 24 bucks which had a field of 4k players. This just shows me once more how important it is to improve my late game and ICM understanding because every mistake at this stage of a tournament cost so much money. This week I had the clear leak of playing to sticky against postflop raises and donk bets especially on the river, I had problems with this topic in the past and it usually occurs when I don’t play very focused and get in this mindset of „nah the fish never has it here, he is just trying to bluff me“ but in fact these are most of the time spots where weaker players would never bluff if they are not complete maniacs.

    The Stats:

    • played 125 MTT’s
    • played 5 sessions
    • lost a total of: 108,31$
    • total buy-in: 356,1$
    • average buy-in: 3,15$
    • hands played: 11,5k
    • bb/100 = 2,93 ; EV bb/100 = 5,76
    • bankroll: 2152,45$
    rye_mariano5
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    Took down the most prestigious title! nice work!

    atlantis
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    Day 131-134

    A lot of good runs lately and I feel very confident playing this 5$ buy-in tournaments. I also regulary win a satellite into the big fish series on 888 poker and the mypartypoker live$$$ satellite trees, it’s just a question of time until I cash in one of these tournaments.

    The Stats:

    • played 92 MTT’s
    • played 4 sessions
    • lost a total of: 38,98$
    • total buy-in: 263,35$
    • average buy-in: 3,21$
    • hands played: 7,8k
    • bb/100 = 7,68 ; EV bb/100 = 7,43
    • bankroll: 2113,47$
    atlantis
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    Day 135-138

    I am still on an upswing and managed to get on more final tables this past month than all my poker time combined before this June. I often play tournaments with smaller fields and bigger buy-ins which seems to work out well. Also I decided to not play bounty tournaments over 3,3$ even though some people think it’s a good way to keep the variance low by winning bountys from time to time I feel like the „maniac“ count is too high in this tournaments and especially when these guys can rebuy into the tournament endless times the variance increases drasticly. Also my understanding of how bountys should affect our game is limited, that’s why I don’t see any good reason to play these type of tournaments when there are normal freezeout tournaments available at the same time. I think I have to set ICM and playing short handed as the next study topic that I have to focus on because I play way too much based on my gut feeling rather than real knowledge in some situations.

    The Stats:

    • played 102 MTT’s
    • played 4 sessions
    • won a total of: 219,12$
    • total buy-in: 266,9$
    • average buy-in: 2,11$
    • hands played: 10,95k
    • bb/100 = 19,87 ; EV bb/100 = 18,30
    • bankroll: 2332,59$
    bencb
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    Hey man! Congrats on your recent results. Hard work pays off :)

    Schedule optimization is very important and if you feel you can gain a higher edge/roi in normal freezeout tournaments, then so it be.
    Congrats also in winning the freeroll :) Now we have something in common :)

    Keep up the good work.

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