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    On the road to find a New Earth

    iam_jan
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    Hey guys!

    My name is Jan, currently playing 18man,6max turbos, hypers stakes 30s-60s.  I am going to write some short(hopefully) story, how I started and how I reached this point.

    Its really funny that I actually play poker, because for the first time I saw my classmates playing it, I thought: “stupid game, about luck, gambling for sure”

    I didnt even try it.

    One year later, my uncle introduced me this game and I played it for the first time. Still remember that feeling. I was instantly extremely into it. Havent had this kind of feeling ever since. I couldnt wait to get home to my PC and start studying/playing. I was grinding it everytime I got the opportunity, which didnt happen that often, because I did a lot of sports and my main ambitions were there.

    Everytime I was sick or injured I grinded.

    Initially started with cash games, because It was time friendly, not like SNGs.

    That turning moment is still very fresh. It was a hand on NL2 I had TPTK with AK on board A23. I managed to get it AI against a crazy guy with QT. I was extremely happy, laughing about my oponnents play. J on the turn. I very quickly realized that any K is a tragedy. I didnt realize that time, that I even blocked his outs. River K. BOOM I LOST. That was it. I started with SNGs.

    On SNGs it wasnt that much different…I won a little but then started loosing again. But I didnt quit. I loved the game so much and still believed that if I am skilled enough I would beat that fucking variance eventually.

    It happened. Slowly I started to climb up the stakes.

    One more moment I remember. It was december. I was ill the whole month so I didnt do anything else than play and drink tea. I was on the best run so far. Started to play 15s and on Sunday I lost 50 BIs within one day :D that crushed me hard.

    Next month I was ill again and again grinded very hard. Played around 2k 9man turbo SNGs and ended up very break even. I was pissed but still not willing to give up. And the next month It came within 3days I won around 2k mixing 7s/15s.

    That was the first time I seriously started to think that I could try playing it for living. The obvious hot run impact :D But I didnt feel that I was the best. I worked even harder.

    I had some solid results, when I asked myself a question: “What do you want to achieve as a poker player?” “A: Winning money playing easier games meaning that I would be pretty weak one eyed player but because playing against totally blind people I will make money. B: Develop myself as a player, meaning there would be a possibility, that I might not win that much money in beginning.

    For me It was easy answer without a doubt. I chose B.

    Thats why I started with hypers and I battled here almost the whole 2015. It was crazy. I experienced things I would never be able on turbos. Crazy variance and very intense feelings while on hotrun or badrun. I knew I had weak mental game and also postflop game. Thats why I started grinding it to get better in it. After a some time I managed to have solid EV, but my real results were still nowhere. That was killing me, because since September 2013 I didnt experience loosing month, not sure, anyway wasnt prepared to win/loose 1k within a day and experience 4loosing weeks in a row.

    Funny thing was that I thought about giving up and switching back only once and never did it. If there were no VIP changes on stars I would be still battling to get better.

    I made some mistakes last year, which I wanna learn from:

    -Didnt play enough when running bad and after a while also when runnin good, because I wanted to book a win, to get back that great winning feeling

    -I was way too RO, focused too much on shorterm results

    -Was very negative, I let the bad run get to me

    -I was focused too much on how AI situations end up so I wasnt that focused on whats actually going on (luckily I managed to fix that)

     

    I remember that I almost lost the passion for poker, but I just couldnt give up. I dont accept its just variance or luck. I need to get better. Thats the main reason I am here. I will post hands/homeworks/ideas and I hope we could have some +EV discussion about it.

    I hate wasting my time. I am aware that grinding almost every day, spending so much time in front of screen,…, That is not 100% healthy lifestyle and I could do some other things, like studying and developing “normal” carreer with a little more certain future. But I chose this, because I love playing this game. Thats why I need to get the best of me. Get to the top finally. So I would be able to continue not only earning money playing poker but slowly crushing this game.

     

     

     

    iam_jan
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    iam_jan
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    I had a homework to create defending ranges vs 2.5x and 3x opens against every position. I am a bit IT negative :D so I post it like this.

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    Wasnt sure how to create my 3b range. Still seems to me pretty crazy to flat 52s instead of 3betting, but I understand that I need to have good postflop equity in 3b pot so its much better to 3b hands like 86s T7s.

    I also wasnt sure how to calculate how much 3b bluffs and value hands could I have.

    I did it like this – you can check it if I am right.

    blinds 10/20 antes 3 6max, raised pot to 60, pot size is 10+20+18+60 = 108. I know if I 3b to pot size in theory I can have 50/50 bluffs/value.

    my usual sizing OOP is 3x so I 3bet to 180…that means 180/108 = 1,667 and 1/1,667 = 0,6.

    or when I 3b from BB is only 160more so it should 160/108…=0,675.

    Is the final number for value hands?

     

    I am also aware that I propably dont need to know this, at least for now, because a lot of regs overfold so I could have and will have much more bluffs, but anyway I want to know this.

    bencb789
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    BB vs BU (35%) 3x open, looks a bit loose to me. What edge did you put into power equilab ?

    Same for BB vs CO (30%) 3x open

    You have to keep in mind that people with 3x sizings are often stronger. They often use a mixed strategies and openraise with weaker hands (J9s) a bit smaller.

    So you need to tighten your defending ranges vs 3x raise a bit.

    You should use those defending ranges only at an effective stack depth of 40+

    BB vs MP (25%) 2,5x open looks also bite too loose to me.

    You get odds around 23% right ? Did you use a little difference between hands you can defend and hands you wanna defend ? If so, what is your difference ?

    iam_jan
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    For 3x open I used 29%…pot odds were 27,4% (full 6max turbo table)

    For 2,5x open I used 26,5%…pot odds were 23,8%(full 6m turbo table)

    Should I take little bit more difference? f.e. 30% and 27%?

    Also 3x sizing is normal at t20…I would defend these ranges only on t20 vs stnd 3x sizing.

    When somebody would raise on 30 3x and normally raises less I wouldnt defend that loose.

    What combos I should remove in that ranges? f.e. like this?

    bencb789
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    Should I take little bit more difference? f.e. 30% and 27%?

     

    yeah that sounds more reasonable. Then it will nail the range we wanna defend with pretty much.

     

    BUT

    If you play vs fish, you def wanna widen your flatting range !

    iam_jan
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    OK got it.

    After my first 2h+ session. Cant play significantly more, because I tend to be little bit tired and less focused – started to work on it already.
    After I finished session, I went out for a 20-30min walk to get some fresh air.
    Also repaired some of my defend ranges.

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    bencb789
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    What tool do you use for creating those ranges ??

    iam_jan
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    I am using power equilab
    http://power-equilab.com

    iam_jan
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    Playing day is over for me. I played 7,5hours. I am satisfied with the first sessions. Was focused, didnt tilt, managed to be focused only on how I played the hands. The fact that I ran good also helped a lot. But the last session It came. I dont care how I run on 30s, but I am much more RO on 60s. I remember exactly how it happened. Tables were super soft, so I had at least 5x60s. I did good, was on bubble and than I lost my BS with stnd abuse push and after that get sucked KKvsT9, than I was another 3times ahead and busted. The same happened to my last 60.
    Immediately in my head I started to think about, how good I ran how good I felt and quickly thought how much I lost just because of this few stupid hands…I never think like this on 30s. I know its completely wrong and I am going to work on it.

    I will write strategic reminder:
    “Focus only what you can control. Variance cannot be controlled but you can controll it a little bit by 100% focusing on how you play. Everytime you play a hand, have one goal, to play as good as you can at the moment, and after you finish the hand, f.e. move AI dont focus on it anymore, its done but other hands are being played and you are loosing some info because you are unfocused and fully influenced by something you cant control” (obviously I will make it shorter :D)

    But yeah, I liked how I played today…I did everything we talked about…found great spots for ATC shoves vs fishes, nAI 3b light in ICM heavy spots on/nearing bubble, abused MS with higher sizings, flatted wider using my new ranges, tried to look for some exploits postflop.

    bencb789
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    Hi! I like your blog very much. Maybe I will be on 30s too :) but not in the next 2 years… Gl and stay focus!!!

    iam_jan
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    Hi! thx very much :)

    Why 2years? Push hard and you are there this year!!!

    iam_jan
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    I have just finished working on defending ranges

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    bencb789
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    Why 2years? Push hard and you are there this year!!!

    I play just 1,50$ and it’s a long way to 30$

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