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the_kumParticipantOctober 1, 2018 at 9:36 amPost count: 52
# September review
-Total hours: 201 (165 playing, 36 study)
-75 k hands
-64 $ loss
-Didn’t reach my goal of 200h playing and 100k hands. Went busto so stopped playing 5 days before the end of month, but wouldn’t make 100k hands anyway.
# Few observations
-Was pushing hard to reach planned volume, so my daily graph went on plenty ocassions from top to bottom close to end of day, especially my red line. Even with variance included, seems safe to assume the quality of my play went down towards the end of day.
-August’s good results at Poker Stars are probably due to variance or regs being on vacation, as Stars is still full of regs, and without RB no point in playing there.
# Moving forward
-I am very well organised and plan each day, week and month ahead in details. Pushing quite hard and realised it leads to plenty of suboptimal playing time. As poker is my main focus in life and I won’t get relaxed, will try this month to focus on playing only when at my best or close, and staying phisically and mentally fresh as possible, without blindly pushing for some set volume. I am not good enough to autopilot profitably while on my C game. I don’t doubt I will reach more than 200 hours of playing+study, so lets give it a try.
-Plan to have my main volume at Party Poker, it’s decent RB and they have more or less enough traffic. Will give a try to Ignition, I hope it doesn’t look so appealing just as Neuron makes it look easy :). Probably depositing on Unibet as well. ***Please can you add some advice on where else you would play***
-Situation looks bad, but if there is one thing I am good at, is somehow coping with bad times, going to sleep and waking up in the morning and keep pushing again. Tough times though.the_kumParticipantOctober 1, 2018 at 8:13 amPost count: 52the_kumParticipantSeptember 17, 2018 at 9:07 amPost count: 52
September, week 2 review:
-47h of playing, 12h of learning
-20k hands played, -10 BI
Being very consistent with the schedule, en route for 200h playing and 50h learning for the month. Preparing for sessions, meditating, living healthy, working out, everything is as it should be. Apart from results unfortunately. Very tough period. Had 10bb/100 last month when I was just playing when I had time due to summer, now with all preparations and focus is not going good. And I think I play better than last month. Running bad no questions about it, but obviously not seeing something, as at these baby limits I should be up no matter how bad the variance. Not getting any decent bonuses and rakeback at these sites and limits, so that doesnt help either (playing PS+PP, seemed last month that PS is so full of fish due to regs leaving cause of no RB so gave it a shot again, hope that now post WCOOP it will be less regs).
Hard times, actually not taking it that bad, pretty happy with my volume and approach. Only can keep my head up and keep pushing, and hope that BR will survive hits, as now I’m on a thin line.
Learning wise I’m analysing hands, watching videos, reading articles, watching cash streamers. Need to make my hand analysis topic focused, like this I think I’m not getting too much value.
Faced some spots this week where I didn’t know whether to cbet or not when oop, so will focus on that area this week. Need to find some more material on the topic as well, can’t afford to buy right now the training sites subs.
Let’s keep grinding and improving and hope the better times are ahead.the_kumParticipantSeptember 17, 2018 at 8:51 amPost count: 52the_kumParticipantSeptember 11, 2018 at 8:25 amPost count: 52
Here are my preflop c range MP v CO 3B 3x, and my flop c range vs 45% cbet vs villain who has 3/3 cb in 3B IP:
I arrive on river w 52 combos.
-Clear value bet: 17 combos (sets, AQ, 3 flushes)
-Check: 32 combos (12x AK, 6x 66, 6x 99, 6x JJ, 2x 98s) (just x-f here or how to decide if call?)
-Little to no showdown value: 3 combos (2x AJ, 1x T9s)
*So I have 17 value combos and 3 bluff combos.
*Villain has 33 combos, around 10 bets for (thin)value if checked to and calls at least 8 of them if facing a bet, 23 he checks behind and beats my AJ (he calls at least 8 of them if I bet)
??? So how to solve this correctly :)
-With little I know, with 17 value and 3 bluffs it’s easy bet w all of my bluffs. I can overbet and get max with value and max fold equity with bluffs, can go even 3x pot size here.
-Villain folds around 45% of his range so I can bet 75% profitably from that perspective.the_kumParticipantSeptember 10, 2018 at 4:04 pmPost count: 52
September, week 1 review (9 days):
-59h of playing, 11h of learning
-25k hands played, breakeven
-5 hands analysed and posted on forum, 8 articles/videos read/watched
-Played really bad 2/8 days (1 day rest), that cost me a lot, my old enemy ‘fear’ of losing and going even more broke was back. The rest I played fairly good, was happy with my consistency, and due to more set-ups against me than for me first week was just bad, instead of really bad. If I keep my hours and learning like it was, shouldn’t be a problem for the rest of month. 100k hands should ‘kill’ the variance. Hope next few days will go ok so I don’t need to go lower in stakes.
Spent a bit of time getting along with RYE Discord group, community is great. Cashgame part is bit less active, hope it changes soon so we can get more hands done and strategy discussions going.
Tried to get in the learning group of RYE members, but I don’t play high enough and don’t have experience with solvers, so didn’t get in, hopefully as soon as I improve they will let me in, heard that guys work really hard. Need to find some ‘baby’ group soon, need to speed-up my learning curve and definitely need to surround myself with more poker people, grind is mentally tough sometimes.the_kumParticipantSeptember 8, 2018 at 9:42 amPost count: 52
I gave him in flop calling range all pocket pairs, 3 AK combos w bdfd, 2 QQ, 87s-JTs (CO v UTG open flats AK and QQ are reasonable calls sometimes pre I guess), so very wide already.
Vs my shove OTT I assigned him to call with AK FD, all pairs+SD, so very wide esp as my shove is pot size, and I don’t have a value shove there.
So I like that initial plan, to bet smaller OTF w AA/KK, maybe QQ, to get called with all pairs and keep more broadway floats in, with JJ like here bet big and shove on favorable turns, but it is already moving to a thinner side as on a blank 3c turn I have 55% vs a villain that calls TP and 88, which means he can’t be a good player that folds weak TP/88.the_kumParticipantSeptember 3, 2018 at 4:43 pmPost count: 52
# Recap of august:
-159h (137h playing + 22h learning)
-EV bb/100: 11
Took it a bit easier, tried to still enjoy a summer while playing. BR is low so played NL10 mostly. Nice profitability, felt good and played without tilting and long periods of bad play. Nice easy month as an intro to a great September.
# September plan:
-200h of playing, 50h of learning
-40 analysed hands posted on forum
Roll is suffice for NL10 only again, hope to start adding NL25 tables during the first week.
I realised lately that I need to start taking consistent weekly rest, one full-day off and maybe half-day more. I don’t want to burn down like this June. Key is to play even when I am in a downswing and day/week is not going good. Just focus on playing the best I can regardess the result, so I can keep my monthly hours plan and still manage to have a rest. Will be posting weekly reports here.
It’s gonna be a great winter!the_kumParticipantJune 5, 2018 at 9:53 amPost count: 52
# May recap
-229 total hours (188 playing, 41 education)
-32 BI profit (NL20-30, low volume at NL50); EV bb/100 5.5
EV wise was the best month ever, volume was a bit lower though as I mixed in some live and online MTTs. Had profitable shot at NL50, then cashed out some money for living costs and couldn’t play it anymore. Had very organised and constant month education wise, routine was setup nicely and for most of part I manged to do it completely.
I feel extremely drained, couldnt manage to have a focus for a long session past ten days. I didn’t have more than 2 days break since the New Year, and didn’t have 2 weeks off since 2016. When you mix dissapointment with the progress it really started to take a toll on me. Need to have a bit of normal life in the next two months and have a 2 weeks break along the way if I want to give myself a chance to turn things around. So plan for the next two months is to play whenever I can, but I won’t cross 180 hours monthly, and to enjoy a summer and a World Cup whenever I want. Will take 2 weeks off sometime in July, and then from the mid of August we go full throttle again. Won’t keep weekly updates here for that period, but will post it when something good or really bad happens at tables.the_kumParticipantMay 24, 2018 at 9:08 amPost count: 52
*May, week 3 recap
-Played 52h, education 6h
-Up 9 BI
-Watched 5 videos, analysed 4 hands
-Started playing NL 50, was profitable but on a very low sample
I failed to achieve 100% of plan. Was not very careful with diet and immediatelly was harder to focus, also closing on 200 h on the month, so feeling a bit tired. Took day and a half off this week, was really necessary.
Past 2 weeks been focusing on thin value spots analysis, went through 3 different scenarion in my DB, already feeling a good progress. From now on will be focusing on CB spots, my numbers are way off (OOP 38% OTF, 50% IP), and will be watching plenty of videos and going through my DB. Also need to learn more about correct sizings, feel like I am doing it the same for different spots.the_kumParticipantMay 24, 2018 at 8:56 amPost count: 52
Hey canoluck, this is how I would rate sites for you if you play NL 10 Zoom right now (based on my profitability):
-always have 1 casual table at Party Poker opened, you can have 10+ bb/100 profit there easily
-888 NL20, the easiest tables in the world, no rakeback, but top fish
-microgaming anonymous, cant use hud, but worth it (n of players in decline though)
Surely there are local fishier sites that are riskier but better, but of those ‘big’ names that are secured, all of above are better than PS for sure, even though it seems there are less regs nowadays at PS due to ‘rakeback’. I am trying ipoker now and will do the same with Unibet, can update in a few weeks again. Please share your opinion if you do try more sites. And for Zoom, I play it only at peak hours or when there is no enough regular tables going.the_kumParticipantMay 17, 2018 at 9:27 amPost count: 52
Damn, I did bet indeed, nice focus from my side :(. Speaking of which, that was probably a good clue yesterday morning, as in the afternoon when I started to play I felt really unfocused and not playing good, not feeling good, and decided probably for the first time ever to listen to my body, so stopped playing and called it a day. Went to cinema, Avengers are bad btw :). Feeling good today, must grind at least 8h, but lets try for 10.the_kumParticipantMay 16, 2018 at 8:50 amPost count: 52
Hey canoluck, why do you play on Poker Stars, and why do you play Zoom (it seems that is the case from your posts)? Not talking about no rakeback only, there are softer sites and Zoom is definitely not the solution to climb the stakes as fast as you want. I would table select the fish relentlessly, and play Zoom only when there is no enough action elsewhere (if you are beating Zoom) and only in peak hours when there is enough fish.the_kumParticipantMay 16, 2018 at 8:38 amPost count: 52
*May, week 2 recap
-Played 52h, education 12h
-Up 2 BI
-Made 650$ profit on live MTT
-Achieved hours that I planned, but not the output education wise, analysed 4 hands less and watched 5 videos less that I planned, and posted only one blog entry
-Spent 3 days on live MTT. Ended up 25/500, was in a pretty good spot to be able to compete for top prize (50k). I play these live MTTs ocassionally, for a chance to get a decent score and fast track the progress, but also as that is the most fun there is in poker, and good break from online grind.
-Online played bad, had 2 big tilted periods, needed to take a break for a day (didnt take it for 10 days, felt like that was the root of the problem as well).
-Spent the week analysing missed thin value spots, focused on missed river cbets after I barreled F+T. Leaking big money there, but already seeing the improvement.
-After practicing meditation for several months, finally can see the results. While playing live, I had mini meditation moments, for a minute or two, once I would feel the pressure or lost of confidence. It would calm me down and made me feel present and focused at the table, was so happy with the result. Need to start implementing it for online grind as well, as usually I do it only pre-game.
-I am in a good physical shape, exercise few times a week, and having a diet most of the time, but do drink sometimes and eat unhealthy. Last week was preparing for the live MTT, didn’t have a sip of alcohol and didnt have a cheat day whole week, and slept good. The difference that made in terms of how better I felt and more focused at tables and how easy it was to grind long hours was astonishing. Just a little extra effort, and the results were multiplied. Last week was just a huge win in terms of meditation progress and what I learned about body/mind preparation, just need to replicate it into my daily online routine.
*Week 3 plans and expectations
-Go through missed river value bets spots for 2nd pair holdings and when one of the previous streets was checked around
-60h playing. 10h education. 6 hands analysed. 5 videos watched.
-Will be adding NL50 tables. Hope to play good and run good, so ideally by end of the week will be playing as many NL50 tables as NL25.
Wish you all a great week people.