Really been wanting to write a bit about poker as I enjoy reading poker blogs or any type of poker/gambling related story. Especially the blogs by regular players who grind.
My name is Rob, I am a 20 year old amateur poker player and college dropout (full-time job atm). I have been playing the game for about 4-5 years, seriously for 1. As most probably were, I was a huge fish when I started playing online, with several 50$ deposits and what not. I used to think poker was unbeatable, and like most people (read:idiots) thought online was rigged and viewed it on the same level as betting the ponys at the local track.
Then I discovered 2p2. A website where a vast majority of poker players (read:degens) claim to be winning players? And some of these guys play professionally, why aren't they on TV? The coolest thing I found about this website is that it essentially is
the poker community. Many top pros, whom are millionaires, post here regularly. The players the fish see on television, post here regularly amongst the low limit grinders. It's also amazing to know how many professional players there actually are in the world. There are people that I play against at 25nl who are pros, relying on this as an income, which is crazy to think about.
Among my discoveries on this site was also the fact that poker is not rigged, I just sucked. I spent a lot of my free time perusing BBV when I first found 2p2, as I was a pretty avid gamer and enjoyed the lolz. Then I realized that when people say you should spend "x" amount of time reading twoplustwo to better your game, that's not what they meant. I spent a good amount of time reading the beginners forum, the micro stakes NL forum and the theory forum. After reading these forums I realized that the amount of intelligence of these forums is pretty much unparalleled by any other forum or pocket of the internet I've ever been apart of. It amazed me how by using math you can come to a conclusion of folding/calling/raising based on my equity vs certain ranges. This is when I started to take poker more seriously and try to better my game.
As I would imagine most people did, I used to mass-multitable nanostakes. For those of you who are reading this, and find yourself playing 16-24 tables of nl2/nl5/nl10 STOP
. You are moving sideways. The rakeback bar at the top of the pokerstars client is not where you want to make money playing this game. My bankroll skyrocketed as soon as I dropped my tables down to 8-10. Even though you may make more money grinding nl5 rakeback across 24 tables, as opposed to playing 8, its a bad idea. As you move up, people are better at adjusting to you, and mark you as a 24 tabling nit. My reasoning behind this is that you need to better your game. You need to learn how to adjust to people, and readjust to people when they adjust to you. I used to blindly 3bet AK, because its AK and I'm playing 24 tables. I then played 8 tables and realized that 3betting AK against a 10/8 raising UTG is not the most profitable play. You need to think while you play. Rakeback grinding = robotic = no progress.
I learned this the hard way, after playing 10s of thousands of hands of 10nl, my bankroll was pretty steady around 300 dollars. One day I decided to drop tables and actually try and actually think while I played poker. Although my rakeback bar didn't progress as quickly, my bankroll had a steady upward swing. I see people in uNL or the BQ forum complaining about the nittiness of 10nl all the time. You cant beat it because your probably a nit who isnt playing ABC yourself.
Checking behind on rivers where you can valuebet is a big spot I used to miss as well, 2p2 fixed that for me.
Villian is a weak reg.
Poker Stars, $0.10/$0.25 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 9 Players
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. View Hand #8233412
BB: $26.87 (107.5 bb)
Hero (UTG+1): $28.93 (115.7 bb)
UTG+2: $26.92 (107.7 bb)
MP1: $11.33 (45.3 bb)
MP2: $25.62 (102.5 bb)
MP3: $9.50 (38 bb)
CO: $9.65 (38.6 bb)
BTN: $24.22 (96.9 bb)
SB: $29.38 (117.5 bb)
: Hero is UTG+1 with K
Hero raises to $0.75
, UTG+2 calls $0.75, 6 folds, BB raises to $1.50
, Hero calls $0.75, UTG+2 calls $0.75
: ($4.60) K
T (3 players)
BB bets $1.50
, Hero calls $1.50, UTG+2 folds
: ($7.60) 9 (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $6
, BB calls $6
: ($19.60) Q (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $19.93 and is all-in
, BB calls $17.87 and is all-in
This hand is from a while ago and looking back on that hand I misplayed preflop and the flop, I still have leaks. But how many of you are checking behind on the river? Work harder! This was one of my biggest leaks and I'm very proud of my value-shove there even though I'm sure its standard for alot of you guys.
These nano-stakes can be beaten, trust me, you just need to apply yourself.
My initial deposit on pokerstars was 40$. I am now healthily approaching 2k. This is from playing part-time. I do absolutely have aspirations to play this game as a career some day. Obviously with my minute bankroll and being only 20 its not feasible right now, but I continue to grind, and keep my graph moving upwards, expecting it to get harder and harder. I am about to try and move up to NL50, and hopefully not get crushed.
I just wanted to post a little piece of my story as an inspiration for the guys who work hard on their game but stay stuck in the super-nanos, as I once was. I never recieved coaching, never read a book, just active learning. Discuss your hands, join a skype group, ask why, and most importantly think!
while you play the game, it helped me. Progress is addicting. Its fun to notice myself floating a flop of J 4 9 with 77 because the guy has a cbet of 94%. Poker is more fun when you actively apply yourself
I don't know how many people care about a 25reg posting a story, I dont even know if I'm a good 25reg, but all I know is that with a little bit of workhard and a little bit of volume, you can make progress at this game. If your at a standstill just keep moving forward. I used to blame variance all the time, its an easy excuse, now I just work even harder at improving my game.
Thank you for all the help 2p2.