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07-20-2010 , 09:35 PM
Not feeling it tonight so going to take the night off. This may hinder my ability to hit my volume goal but I'm dead tired, my sprained ankle hurts and I dropped a pallet on my other ankle at work today. Entered the daily dollar to piss away a little time before I watch a movie and call it a night. Best of luck to y'all.
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07-20-2010 , 11:16 PM
So, not quite asleep yet, decide to pop onto Stars and play a little 2NL just 4 tables at a time to see if I can hit a monster before I pass out in 45-60 minutes. This snap call of my 4 bet makes me rofl.

Poker Stars $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players
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BTN: $7.89
SB: $2.09
BB: $1.71
UTG: $4.39
UTG+1: $5.00
UTG+2: $4.07
Hero (MP1): $2.00
MP2: $2.79
CO: $0.99

Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is MP1 with K A
1 fold, UTG+1 calls $0.02, 1 fold, Hero raises to $0.08, MP2 calls $0.08, 2 folds, SB calls $0.07, 1 fold, UTG+1 raises to $0.14, Hero raises to $2 all in, 1 fold, SB calls $1.92, UTG+1 calls $1.86

Flop: ($6.10) T K 5 (3 players - 1 is all in)
SB bets $0.09 all in, UTG+1 calls $0.09

Turn: ($6.28) 9 (3 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($6.28) K (3 players - 2 are all in)

Spoiler:
Final Pot: $6.28
SB shows 5c 5d (a full house, Fives full of Kings)
UTG+1 mucks Ad Js
Hero mucks Kh Ah
SB wins $0.18
SB wins $5.80
(Rake: $0.30)


Anyways, lol, still playing for another 30 minutes, hopefully I can win that buy-in back and get some sleep.

P.S. Only reason I shoved, is that I had seen the 3 better play A7os very similar and call a shove ... and sure enough ... cold caller makes me chuckle :-)

What do y'all think of this hand? Aggression is the name of the game against these loose passives who have shown a lot of weakness vs the other nits on the table post flop.

Poker Stars $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em - 7 players
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UTG+1: $5.97
MP: $5.84
CO: $1.78
BTN: $7.76
Hero (SB): $4.24
BB: $2.68
UTG: $0.57

Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is SB with Q T
3 folds, CO raises to $0.06, BTN calls $0.06, Hero raises to $0.21, BB calls $0.19, CO calls $0.15, BTN calls $0.15

Flop: ($0.84) J 2 4 (4 players)
Hero bets $0.60, BB folds, CO folds, BTN folds

Spoiler:
Final Pot: $0.84
Hero mucks Qs Ts
Hero wins $0.80
(Rake: $0.04)

Last edited by BAEVentures; 07-20-2010 at 11:43 PM.
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07-20-2010 , 11:47 PM
Tried to add my thought process to hand 2 but edit timer expired on me.

What do y'all think of this hand? Aggression is the name of the game against these loose passives who have shown a lot of weakness vs the other nits on the table post flop.

Bad to turn this hand that has some SDV into a bluff? I don't think I can flat PF, so it's either fold or make a play. Obviously, this is a fold most of the time, but one call had been bringing in lots of calls from 3 bets, and I figure a favorable flop or non-scary board and take this hand down 60% of the time or more. Wasn't expecting all of the callers, but figure since no 4bet PF, there's probably not an overpair out there. AJ/KJ about the only hands I see playing back at me on this flop, JQ/TJ possible as well I guess as these players are bad, but with my holding a T and a Q these are much less likely. Thoughts?

Anyways, I'm out for the night. Found a couple of favorable spots after my bust, stole a few pots, and snagged a couple of best hands against second best hands. Also had some freak call me down with a pair of 4s after my OESFD missed and lost half a stack there. AQ vs Q9, donk calls on AQ5 board and turns his 9 and stacks off to me, don't remember my other big double up and too lazy to look. Finished up 2 buy-ins despite the early bust after 200ish hands. Enjoy your evenings.

Last edited by BAEVentures; 07-20-2010 at 11:55 PM.
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07-21-2010 , 12:37 AM
I can't really offer you anything decent about the cash hands. Your sng play seems to be solid, hand reading tends to be good. What you're going through is a completely standard breakeven stretch and the only way to get through it is to put in more volume and keep playing your A game.

One thing I do tend to notice is you being way too results oriented. Don't worry about your ROI or your roll every session as it really has little to no bearing on how you actually played. Just focus on hands and playing them solidly.
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07-21-2010 , 12:50 PM
Thank you for the feedback Dunce. Being too results oriented is definitely a problem for me and something I need to work on. I don't feel at this point playing micros that my results have affected my play at all, but once I start playing with what seems like real money to me, it may be an issue.
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07-21-2010 , 11:30 PM
Played a few games tonight, 30 roughly, and pretty much broke even. Think I was up a little over a dollar. Used 2 of my Step 1 tickets as well, lost one, turned the other into a Step 2 so overall, a profitable night. Unfortunately since Full Tilt's patch today, neither of my database programs are recognizing my hand histories. Hopefully updates will be out tomorrow, or I was just too lazy to see if they already are as I wasn't prompted to download an update.

Anyways, happy with my play except for one hand. 3 bet PF with AK at low blind level $t20/40 if I remember correctly against a fishy who had raised in MP, no callers in between. I 3x raise to force out the blinds and he just calls. Flop comes T62 and he leads half the pot into me. For some reason I think he's drawing, I have the Kh no ace, so I shove. He insta calls with T7os and I feel like a tard having just stacked off to a donk.

Anyways, was really the only hand I was unhappy with. I couldn't seem to win heads up at all, and once my databases are back up and running, I'll be sure to review my heads up play. Most were high blinds, although I did get heads up on one table with blinds still only $t30/60 (lol at all the nubs that busted). I was short stacked and played it well, got to about even, before my AK lost to his AJ AI PF at $t60/120.

Going to call it a night early and get some extra sleep, work has been brutal as it's been hot and humid as all hell (no A/C) and been busy as all get out.

Nite all, hit some hands.
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07-23-2010 , 12:50 AM
Alright, so I took a break from the usual grind tonight as I got in late and wasn't going to be able to hit my 50 pt day towards ironman qualifier anyways, and only need 5 more days on the month, so shouldn't be a problem. I decided instead, to pop over to PokerStars once more.

Played 15 (8 at a time) of the $2.20 180-man tourneys. Did mediocre at best, I thought my play was spot on, but just couldn't seem to win a pot the one time I final tabled.

In that same tourney, I picked up the below hand. This was a really tough spot for me, we were 10 handed, so the prize pool jumps decent after the next person is eliminated, however, this would have been a great opportunity to chip up. The big stack all-in re-raiser is a multi-tabler on these games, hadn't bothered to pull up his SharkScope. Short stack was a competent tight player who looked like he knew what he was doing based on his 18/12 stats in my few hands with him (40 or so hand sample). 10th-18th pays $4.32, 9th pays $6.12. I didn't think I was up against an overpair, but more likely AK and perhaps a hand like a medium pair or just Ax. I think I probably should have called, but opted to fold in this dream situation in the big blind. I think this may have been a proper fold if there were 19 players remaining, and it was the bubble, but for the final table bubble, I think this needs to be an insta-call. Short stack could very well have been pushing a little lighter, and really, I could have been against two smaller pairs. In this one situation it paid to fold, but I think in the long run, a fold that nitty is going to cost me a lot of money.

Poker Stars $2.00+$0.20 No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t800/t1600 Blinds + t150 - 6 players
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BTN: t35852 M = 10.86
SB: t15681 M = 4.75
Hero (BB): t17375 M = 5.27
UTG: t38640 M = 11.71
MP: t10586 M = 3.21
CO: t9245 M = 2.80

Pre Flop: (t3300) Hero is BB with Q Q
1 fold, MP raises to t10436 all in, 2 folds, SB raises to t15531 all in, 1 fold

Flop: (t23372) 2 T 5 (2 players - 2 are all in)

Turn: (t23372) K (2 players - 2 are all in)

River: (t23372) J (2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: t23372
SB shows A K (a pair of Kings)
MP shows 8 8 (a pair of Eights)
SB wins t23372

Anyways, after 15 games, 5 cashes, 4 min-cashes ($4.32) and a 6th place cash for $15.80, I finished up $2.28 on the evening +16.5 FPP's.

Anyways, that's a night for me, and doubt I'll get much of a grind in this weekend as I have the wife's b-day, cousins going away party, nearing my anniversary, and I'm sure other crap I don't know about already planned. Looks like I'll be coming up short on my volume grind less I ditch a day of work to play which would make little sense as I get paid much much much better there. Anyways, best of luck to you until my next update, hope you are running well.
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07-26-2010 , 07:45 PM
So I've pretty much burnt myself out of STT grinding. It's just not for me. I will definitely continue to play them a bunch, especially as I burn myself out of FR Cash. For now I will take a short break and work on my FR Cash game in order to try to continue to build my roll. I am currently just under $260 on FTP and just under $200 on PokerStars. I'll be grinding 5NL FR on FTP while I continue to dabble with $2.20 180-man on Stars. A long term goal for me at this point would be to move from 5NL up to 25-50NL by early next year. I would love to make a run at SN next year on Poker Stars grinding 25-50NL (maybe even 100NL if I think I'm good enough). I spent the weekend and a good portion of my day today, read through all of the CotW's in the uNL FR forum from 2009 and intend to jump into the 2010 CotW's by the end of the week. I will then focus on the areas of my game that I feel need the most improvement, and hopefully around the 25NL area, be ready to give up a few dollars to have someone analyze my HH's and help me find my leaks.

I have set strict bankroll requirements for my cash game, and will also continue to follow the BR requirements I had previously stated for STT's and MTT's. I have pasted below my spreadsheet of BR requirements for cash games which should do very well to protect my roll. I hope that at some point I have the desire to focus on my play and progress more as a poker player in order to start playing 6-max cash and eventually HUSNG's and HU Cash games.



As you can see my guideline is optimistic of me eventually playing 400NL which I'm not even sure I'd want to if it got to that point. However, if I could wind up a slight winner at NL100 or NL200 while playing 16+ tables, I would be exactatic as that would provide me the opportunity to make a run at SNE in 2012. For now, 5NL FR is the game.

Hoping to maintain a win rate of 3 PTBB/100 over a 50kish hand sample, which would provide me with a roll to move up to 10NL per my above shot taking guidelines. Add rakeback into the mix and I could get their sooner, although I would be hesitant to move up in stakes to any game with less than a 50k hand sample, unless I am absolutely sure I am crushing, which I'm confident I can do at this level and hopefully through 10NL as well.

Just wanted to keep you all in the loop. Thought about starting a new thread, but for now will just keep it all in here. Will still be playing some STT's (probably swapping to turbo's finally) when the desire is there, but will keep y'all updated on both my MTT ($2.20 180-mans), $2.25 STT's and will be sure to provide some interesting hands from my cash games.

Wish me luck jumping back into the CG arena !
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07-26-2010 , 08:59 PM
I think cash is a good idea but more importantly you can switch back and forth from sng/cash to keep it from being such a grind.

GL
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07-26-2010 , 10:32 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by checkmate36
I think cash is a good idea but more importantly you can switch back and forth from sng/cash to keep it from being such a grind.

GL
My thoughts exactly. I know I'm competent at cash at 100NL and below (at least I used to be), and am sure now that I have discovered 2+2, HuD's, and the concept of session reviews, I can improve my game to the point of being a winner long term. I like the idea that I can play more than just one game as well to keep it from being such a grind. Probably swap back and forth monthly or just as the mood strikes me.

Anyways, just finished up my first session of 5NL, played 12 tables for about 2 hours. Practiced table selection for my first time as well after having read the CotW about it. It worked when I first started my session, but I didn't swap up tables much even when they weren't so cushy after I got my session going (moved off one table of nits below 18% VPIP, to an average of 28% players per flop).

Anyways, as promised some hands for the day. I think like many others, I will include the biggest winner, biggest loser, and one or two interesting hands. The interesting hands may come later in the week or at the time of my posting depending on if I had a chance to mark them during the session or if I find them during a session review.

Biggest Loser

BB is 33/12/2.29 AF. UTG is 30/6/2.67 AF. When BB raises me on the flop, I'm thinking he's on some kind of a combo draw, likely 9T or 67 but could be any pair plus straight draw, just the straight draw. I don't think TT as likely as I think he would have 3b preflop (5% 3b). Obviously there is a chance that he already has a made straight but unlikely, as I think this type of LAG would slow play that here instead of dropping in a raise. My biggest fear is a set, but I think even this guy would have peeled another card, but it's definitely a possibility. I chose to shove, primarily because I had been pushed off a few other hands on the table in the last couple orbits (missed AK's on the flop, and mucked KK on an A high flop). I liked my hand, thought it was best, and got it in.

Full Tilt Poker $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em - 8 players
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UTG+1: $1.75
MP1: $9.47
MP2: $9.77
CO: $2.01
BTN: $2.36
Hero (SB): $6.70
BB: $5.81
UTG: $6.15

Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero is SB with Q Q
UTG calls $0.05, 5 folds, Hero raises to $0.25, BB calls $0.20, UTG calls $0.20

Flop: ($0.75) 9 7 8 (3 players)
Hero bets $0.55, BB raises to $1.50, UTG folds, Hero raises to $6.45 all in, BB calls $4.06 all in

Turn: ($11.87) K (2 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($11.87) 9 (2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $11.87
Hero shows Q Q (two pair, Queens and Nines)
BB shows T 9 (three of a kind, Nines)
BB wins $11.08
(Rake: $0.79)

Biggest Winner
Villain is 17/14/4.33 AF/3.03 3b. Obviously, pre-flop is pretty standard. On the flop his CRAI definitely made me put him on flush draw or a set. Either way, I don't think I'm mucking here. Most likely combos for this player given the UTG raise are exactly, AsQs (unlikely given the CRAI), KK definite possibility but I think I'd have been 4b PF, or a combo draw, AsKx or any AsX but I don't think he's raising light UTG here. AK without the spade is also an option as the shove either tells me he doesn't want another card or he wants to get my money in while he can, thinking I won't play if another spade hits. If I was in his position, I'd probably have played it the exact same way.

Full Tilt Poker $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em - 8 players
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BB: $5.00
UTG: $5.00
UTG+1: $1.95
MP1: $7.83
MP2: $7.42
CO: $6.47
Hero (BTN): $9.55
SB: $5.00

Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero is BTN with A A
UTG raises to $0.17, 4 folds, Hero raises to $0.45, 2 folds, UTG calls $0.28

Flop: ($0.97) 4 K 2 (2 players)
UTG checks, Hero bets $0.75, UTG raises to $4.55 all in, Hero calls $3.80

Turn: ($10.07) 4 (2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($10.07) 9 (2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $10.07
UTG shows K A (two pair, Kings and Fours)
Hero shows A A (two pair, Aces and Fours)
Hero wins $9.40
(Rake: $0.67)

Another Biggest Winner
This hand doesn't really need any explanation. Unfortunately for him, it took place about 10 minutes after I busted him with the above hand. Same villain.

Full Tilt Poker $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players
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CO: $5.00
BTN: $5.69
SB: $1.97
BB: $8.07
UTG: $7.45
UTG+1: $6.37
Hero (UTG+2): $5.00
MP1: $5.00
MP2: $5.00

Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero is UTG+2 with Q Q
2 folds, Hero raises to $0.15, 3 folds, BTN calls $0.15, 2 folds

Flop: ($0.37) T Q 5 (2 players)
Hero bets $0.25, BTN raises to $0.70, Hero raises to $1.78, BTN raises to $5.54 all in, Hero calls $3.07 all in

Turn: ($10.07) 9 (2 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($10.07) 7 (2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $10.07
BTN shows A Q (a pair of Queens)
Hero shows Q Q (three of a kind, Queens)
Hero wins $9.40
(Rake: $0.67)

Feel like I played well, donked off once as you will see in the below hand. No idea what I was thinking when I 4b, just a total spewmonkey****** move is all. Took place very early in my session, come to realize later that villain is a multi-tabling reg at these stakes. Pulling up his and about 10 other players PTR's shortly. Anyways, hand is below. I just thought he was drawing and decided I wanted to be a donk.

Sir Donks Alot
Full Tilt Poker $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players
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Hero (CO): $5.89
BTN: $1.14
SB: $5.46
BB: $1.75
UTG: $5.25
MP: $5.00

Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero is CO with Q 9
2 folds, Hero raises to $0.15, 1 fold, SB calls $0.13, 1 fold

Flop: ($0.35) 7 5 9 (2 players)
SB bets $0.35, Hero raises to $1.05, SB raises to $3.50, Hero raises to $5.74 all in, SB calls $1.81 all in

Turn: ($10.97) 4 (2 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($10.97) 6 (2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $10.97
Hero shows Q 9 (a pair of Nines)
SB shows 7 7 (three of a kind, Sevens)
SB wins $10.24
(Rake: $0.73)

That's it for me tonight guys. Enjoy your evenings. Oh, roughly 1600 hands played 59 FTP Points accrued. Up two buy-ins with a few favorable spots and outcomes as you can see by the posted big winners. Haven't loaded anything into HEM yet to see my red line, but I will be curious, I'd love to keep it semi-flat, but was playing a bit too tight tonight for that to ever happen. Ran 11/9 tonight, my Blind Steal Attempt was low at 28% (I like to be around 33%), AF a solid 3.62, but my CR was too high, over 11%. I know, I know, stats aren't relevant in a sense, but I definitely need to work on getting more value out of certain hands, and perhaps check raising turns instead of check raising flops. Seems so many villains are weak though and always check the turn behind. Oh well. tl;dr

Last edited by BAEVentures; 07-26-2010 at 10:40 PM.
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07-28-2010 , 12:02 AM
tl;dr warning: Mainly hand histories.

Got in another session this evening. Although short, it was once again profitable. Didn't get off work until 5:30 (usually 5) had to stop for groceries and didn't get back from wakeboarding til 8:00, made some dinner ate it, sat down and played from about 8:45-10:00. Threw a graph down below for y'all to peak at.

Interesting Hand

Button is 21/8/2 AF. Only 13 hands on MP2 but at the time was 50/50 over 8 hands. I iso raise with AQ and unfortunately button flats my 3b. On this flop, I'd typically lead with a CBet but I don't see villain calling with anything I can beat, or folding anything that beats me so instead I opt to check and see what he does. Button bets tiny on the flop 25% pot, so I decide to lead the turn and see what he's up to. When he min-raises the turn on me, I should have mucked as I'm not calling anything on the river but like a "priced-in noob" i call and then check fold the river. Slight chance he was on the draw but rarely do I see villains bluff shove rivers. If only I'd had position on villain, hand would have played out quite differently.

Full Tilt Poker $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em - 8 players
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SB: $4.95
BB: $11.20
UTG: $8.63
UTG+1: $4.56
MP1: $6.63
MP2: $5.00
Hero (CO): $5.64
BTN: $6.71

Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero is CO with A Q
3 folds, MP2 raises to $0.16, Hero raises to $0.42, BTN calls $0.42, 3 folds

Flop: ($1.07) K Q 4 (2 players)
Hero checks, BTN bets $0.25, Hero calls $0.25

Turn: ($1.57) 2 (2 players)
Hero bets $0.60, BTN raises to $1.20, Hero calls $0.60

River: ($3.97) 4 (2 players)
Hero checks, BTN bets $3.97, Hero requests TIME, Hero folds

Biggest Winner

Villain is 33/4/.70 AF. I did not notice his AF at the time of the bet, but I think it's a mandatory call anyways as I'm 49/51 vs an overpair. Unfortunately, I had only looked at his VPIP when I snap called, figuring he could be on virtually any draw, or made pair here. I'm 40% vs a made straight and 30% vs a made set. This probably should have been a fold given villains range, but the cards treated me well for my snap.

Full Tilt Poker $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players
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MP: $5.00
CO: $2.42
BTN: $8.67
Hero (SB): $5.73
BB: $6.21
UTG: $8.09

Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero is SB with 7 A
UTG calls $0.05, 1 fold, CO calls $0.05, 1 fold, Hero calls $0.03, BB checks

Flop: ($0.20) 3 7 6 (4 players)
Hero bets $0.15, BB folds, UTG raises to $8.04 all in, CO folds, Hero calls $5.53 all in

Turn: ($11.56) K (2 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($11.56) 7 (2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $11.56
Hero shows 7 A (three of a kind, Sevens)
UTG shows 8 8 (two pair, Eights and Sevens)
Hero wins $10.79
(Rake: $0.77)

LOL HAND

Don't think my action needs much explanation here as both short stacks had VPIPs over 20. Who knows what they were thinking.

Full Tilt Poker $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players
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CO: $5.03
BTN: $3.68
SB: $4.15
BB: $4.65
Hero (UTG): $5.65
UTG+1: $2.50
UTG+2: $5.00
MP1: $2.08
MP2: $0.87

Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero is UTG with J J
Hero raises to $0.20, 2 folds, MP1 calls $0.20, MP2 raises to $0.87 all in, 4 folds, Hero raises to $2.48, MP1 calls $1.88 all in

Flop: ($5.10) 4 9 9

Turn: ($5.10) 7

River: ($5.10) T

Final Pot: $5.10
Hero shows J J (two pair, Jacks and Nines)
MP1 shows 2 7 (two pair, Nines and Sevens)
MP2 shows Q 3 (a pair of Nines)
Hero wins $2.25
Hero wins $2.51
(Rake: $0.34)

Biggest Loser

Villain is 18/10/2.4 AF/1.89 3b

I must assume pre-flop that villain is very strong to be 3 betting me here. I opt to flat so that I don't push him off the bottom of his range. The flop comes hideous and I shove. Only hand I can beat that he can call with here is KK and AQ. I played it like a ****** and deserved to lose it. A 4 bet preflop wins it, or a simple flop muck given the texture of the flop I think would have been acceptable as well as this flop his ALL of villains range unless he holds the other two aces or the few combos of KK. I suck and am glad I lost as it's just bad play and hopefully I will take something away from this hand.

Full Tilt Poker $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em - 7 players
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SB: $6.38
Hero (BB): $5.00
UTG: $5.00
UTG+1: $3.35
MP: $1.81
CO: $5.61
BTN: $6.34

Pre Flop: ($0.05) Hero is BB with A A
Hero raises to $0.15, 1 fold, UTG+1 raises to $0.50, 4 folds, Hero calls $0.35

Flop: ($1.05) Q J T (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG+1 bets $1.05, Hero raises to $4.50 all in, UTG+1 calls $1.80 all in

Turn: ($6.75) J (2 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($6.75) 2 (2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $6.75
Hero shows A A (two pair, Aces and Jacks)
UTG+1 shows A K (a straight, Ace high)
UTG+1 wins $6.30
(Rake: $0.45)

All in all, it was another positive session (up just under 2 buy-ins). I've logged 4283 hands at 5NL in the last few days, and my WR is 10.68 bb/100 or 5.34 ptbb/100. Ahead of my desired win rate and dead on track to be moving up to 10NL by September.

I need to work on being a little more aggressive in the blinds, auto-pilot has me routinely clicking check in the BB after the SB limps for some reason, at least I've been raising it up from the small blind roughly 50% of the time or more when it's folded around. Seemed like a lot of my steals today from the CO were getting jammed or flatted by the button, but oh well. Graph below for hands to date (excluding hands played on PStars Saturday and Sunday) as I'm not sure how to filter in both sites on one graph. Hopefully I can stay even with EV over the next 45k hands or so and get my ass up to 10NL.



Running slightly above EV and obviously, add rake back on top of these winnings.

FTP BR: $278.40 (Cash Game)
Stars BR: $196.13 (MTT)

Last edited by BAEVentures; 07-28-2010 at 12:10 AM.
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07-29-2010 , 12:18 AM
Alright, so I popped on over to Stars today and grinded a few $2.20 180 mans. Waiting on my tourney history from Stars so nothing official yet. But a "slightly" positive night. Couldn't seem to win a flip once in the money hence no real winners. Took one 5th, one 8th and a small handful of 10th-18ths.

FTP BR: $278.40 (Cash Game)
Stars BR: $197.93 (MTT)
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08-02-2010 , 12:52 AM
Didn't really get any good play time in this weekend. Popped on Friday afternoon for a two hour session, got 1600 or so hands in at 5NL 12 tabling and finished the session down 1 buy-in after being up 2.5. Hit some sick coolers, but wasn't disappointed with my play at all.

Was going to put in a quick session tonight but think one of my roommates is DL'ing some torrents and I'm too lazy to boot his ass off the router. Hoping to get some good grind time in tomorrow night.

Also, I'm looking into getting staked for $5.50 9-mans or maybe some MTT SNG's. Going to talk to a backer tomorrow and see where things lead. I don't "need" the stake as I can deposit as much of my live roll or other cash as I please at the moment, but figure it could be a good chance to get my name into the staking community.

Will kick off an update at the end of my session tomorrow.

FTP BR: $275.85 (Cash Game)
Stars BR: $197.93 (MTT)

P.S. Some of you have probably noticed me mentioning wakeboarding on a regular basis. The company owned house that I live in Monday-Thursday is on a lake and the boss just happens to own a 2008 Malibu Wakesetter . I kinda grew up on a lake during the summers as a kid and am a decent slalom skier and can hold my own on a kneeboard, but this is my first year with the wakeboard and more-so a boat built for wakeboarding. Nailed my first toe-side 180 last week (3 of em actually) and was finally able to jump the entire width of the wake. Getting excited, although painful, it's an absolute blast. Hopefully some good weather tomorrow to allow me to to nail down that toe-side 180 and perhaps work on a grab while clearing the wake. Anyways, just keeping yall in the loop. Looking forward to a good 3-4 hour grind tomorrow.

Last edited by BAEVentures; 08-02-2010 at 01:11 AM.
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08-03-2010 , 01:24 AM
Well it looks like I will have a staking deal next week for the $2.20 180 man tournaments on Stars. Need to talk to my backer a bit more next week and we'll get all the details sorted out. Looking forward to learning a bunch, getting some coaching and moving up in stakes. As my backer is well aware, I'm not being staked for the money, I'm being staked to try to get my name into the community a bit more, as well as hopefully be more comfortable shot taking. Hoping to earn my backers some money and learn the ins and outs of staking as I'm sure at some point down the road, I will be wanting to stake others to help smooth out my own variance.

As prep work, I've been following the MTT Strategy sub-forum here the last few days, as you know I've been dabbling in the 180 mans the last couple weeks. Just happened to play a session of them tonight. Played 26 games on the night in about 3 hours 8 tabling. Ran like absolute ass for the first hour and a half. Couldn't win a 60/40, a flip, and lost with KK 3 times on the first hand or two of different tourneys (shoved pre every time). However, I definitely finished the night on an extremely positive note.

Cashed on 5 of my last 8 tables, final tabled 4 of those 5. Took 2nd heads up on one game, and shipped another. Overall, a very positive night. Unfortunately, Poker Stars tournament results hate me and make it to my inbox like 9 hours later most the time so I can't upload a HEM graph of my progress at the $2.20's to date.

As an alternative to a HEM graph, I have uploaded my Sharkscope basics as well as a graph of my PokerStars earnings to date. My account there is new. This graph and chart also include the few (6-10) HUSNG's I've played over there as I don't bother to pay for sharkscope yet, I can't filter by 180 man tourneys.





Obviously, still a very small sample size, but think I will start focusing on these a bit more as I'm going to have a stake to complete. Cash game will still be had on FTP on occasion when I don't have time for 3+ hour sessions of 180 mans or just when I need a break from the grind on those.

Anyways, headed to bed before work in the morning... Oh I almost forgot, no real progress on the wakeboarding front tonight as I bit it hard early on and my ankle wasn't quite up to boarding hard after that. Came down a bit heavy on the nose of the board as I cleared the wake, back end of the board caught the tip of the wake sending it up and the nose down. Needless to say, I wound up about 15 feet from where the board popped off as it threw me face first and twisted the **** out of my already minorly sprained ankle. Anyways, hoping I'll be up to snuff tomorrow and wednesday as it looks like we're supposed to have some good weather.

Later hookers.

FTP BR: $275.85 (Cash Game)
Stars BR: $353.97 (MTT) Daily NET $156.04
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08-03-2010 , 10:28 PM
Wasn't going to play tonight as I'm pretty damn tired as it was hot as hell all day at work (101 today with heat index of 112). Humidity sucks. Anyways, wound up popping on FTP and played 700 hands of 5NL. Closed up about a buy-in in one hour. Gonna play some CoD or watch a movie before bed. No wakeboarding tonight, as good as the lake sounded, it was just too damn hot and muggy out there. The A/C sounded so much better after 10 hours in the heat. Until next time.

FTP BR: $281.73 (Cash Game, WR = 3.9 PTBB/100) Daily NET $5.88
Stars BR: $353.97 (MTT, WR = 149% ROI)
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08-06-2010 , 01:30 AM
Only played 8 180's tonight. Trying to take it easy as I plan to grind a ton this weekend. Only one cash in 8th place. A few bad beats and couldn't get much going.

FTP BR: $281.73 (Cash Game, WR = 3.9 PTBB/100)
Stars BR: $347.93 (MTT, WR = 149% ROI) Daily NET -$6.04
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08-06-2010 , 10:26 AM
Setting a goal for myself of 20 hours played between Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I don't have a lot on the schedule of things to do besides chill and get some wakeboarding in. Not going home to Chicago this weekend, so don't have to worry about dealing with the wife either. Just me and some poker, and hopefully, some time getting my ass whooped out on the water.

Update from last night 138.40% ROI is my WR on the 180's on Stars now. For some reason, if I request tourney results the night of I don't get them. I'm thinking this has something to do with some tourneys I'm knocked out of still running, but the fact that they say they sent them and just send nothing is kind of annoying.

Anyways, I'm hoping for 20 hours of grind this weekend, my schedule should go as follows.

Friday Noon = Get off work
Friday 3PM = 3 hour session of 2-180's
Friday 6PM = Dinner and chill
Friday 8PM = 3 hour session of 2-180's and maybe an MTT or two mixed in ($2.20 max buy-in, no rebuys).

Saturday 9AM = Wake up
Saturday 9:30AM = Wakeboard
Saturday 11AM = 3 hour session of 2-180's
Saturday 2PM = Food/break
Saturday 4PM = 2 hour session of 5NL
Saturday 6PM = Wakeboard/Dinner
Saturday 9PM = 4 hour session of 2-180's and MTT or two mixed in

Sunday 9AM = Wake up
Sunday 9:30AM = Wakeboard
Sunday 11AM = 2 hour session of 5NL
Sunday 1PM = food/break
Sunday 3PM = 2 hour session of 5NL
Sunday 5PM = Wakeboard/dinner
Sunday 7PM = 4 hour session of 2-180's and MTT or two mixed in

Anyone recommend MTT's that are running on Stars or tilt in the evenings Saturday and Sunday? I'm on CST so something starting roughly 8-9PM EST with a $2.00 buy-in or less. Not sure where the best bang for my buck is as most MTT's I used to donk around on were $24+2 or $10+1's. (No BRM = failsauce).

Hoping I can stick to this schedule as much as possible. Wakeboard times may vary depending on when the two guys with me want to go out. Both of them are doing some work around the house (company house, owner and co-owner are here for the weekend). I may also eat through my session, but if it's cash I'll definitely be breaking. Depends largely on the food too =).

Anyways, that's 23 hours scheduled so I could still hit my goal if I miss one session.

Grind on da mind.
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08-07-2010 , 10:42 AM
Alright so I started off pretty worthlessly trying to follow a schedule. Didn't get any play in Friday. Got off work at 4PM instead off noon, decided to take a nap for an hour, and woke up about 2 hours ago (7:30AM Sat). Going to start my first grind session now.

Hoping I can make up a session I missed yesterday at some point today.
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08-07-2010 , 02:35 PM
Finished my first session of $2.20-180s and mixed in two MTT's. Got nothing out of the MTT's and ran like crap in the 180s. Had 2 final tables in 33 180-mans, a 5th and a 3rd place finish. The third place should have been better but had two horrid suckouts while 3 and 4 handed. Was CL the whole final table until 2 three outers hit the river. Had a few other cashes as well towards the end of my 3.5 hour session. Will probably do a 5NL session next in an hour or two to pass the time. Will be sure to get in at least 2 more sessions today. Net $11.94 on the session.

FTP BR: $285.44 (Cash Game, WR = 3.9 PTBB/100)
Stars BR: $359.87 (MTT, WR = 105% ROI) (Daily Net $11.94)

One Close Call Hand:
Need to stove this later to see if I should have called. Villain was playing pretty tight so I'd think his range is something like KT+, A8+, 22+. If he was a standard villain shoving ATC, it's a definite call, not sure if my read and noting that he had passed on other occasions where he should have shoved ATC was worth a fold. 12 players remain.


Poker Stars $2.00+$0.20 No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t800/t1600 Blinds + t150 - 6 players
The Official 2+2 Hand Converter Powered By DeucesCracked.com

SB: t15551 M = 4.71
Hero (BB): t51405 M = 15.58
UTG: t6044 M = 1.83
MP: t16056 M = 4.87
CO: t10436 M = 3.16
BTN: t21094 M = 6.39

Pre Flop: (t3300) Hero is BB with A 3
2 folds, CO raises to t10286 all in, 3 folds

Final Pot: t4900
CO wins t4900

Last edited by BAEVentures; 08-07-2010 at 02:40 PM.
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08-07-2010 , 04:14 PM
you got staked for $2.20 180-mans? Seems a little on the nitty side with ~$500 of your own money and a track record of beating low-stakes SNG but gl. I think your backer got himself a good horse judging by your previous posts
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08-07-2010 , 04:15 PM
Very nice so far!
Keep up the good work!
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08-07-2010 , 05:15 PM
Just got my ass smacked on 5NL. 2 hour session complete but god ****ing damnit, can villains hit sets on me just a few more ****ing times please? Sick session, 4 sets hit against my AA and KK in the last 20 minutes. Was up $14 at one point, finished the session down -$4.97. Best part was, two of those sets that hit were in 3 bet pots where I made it $.50+ PF and get callers with $3-4 in front of em...gotta love the fish but why the **** do they have to be so lucky?

Another MTT session starting in an hour or two.

FTP BR: $280.47 (Cash Game, WR = 2.21 PTBB/100) (Daily NET -$4.97)
Stars BR: $359.87 (MTT, WR = 105% ROI) (Daily NET $11.94)
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08-07-2010 , 06:03 PM
great stuff, am really enjoying following your progress, ur dicipline is amazing. all the best.
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08-07-2010 , 08:56 PM
good job
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08-07-2010 , 09:52 PM
Alright 3.5 hour session later, played a bunch more $2.20's and a $1.10 4k guaranteed tourney. Placed 177 in the 4k guaranteed for $3.21, JJ ran into QQ PF 10 BB's deep. Took 2nd on one of my 180 man tourneys had bout 110k vs 160k, raised 99 pf, villain shoves KJ, i insta-call and he flops the king.

Anyways, BR and net updates are below. About to watch the UFC PPV. Depending how much I drink, I may play some more later.

Session NET $20.60
FTP BR: $280.47 (Cash Game, WR = 2.21 PTBB/100) (Daily NET -$4.97)
Stars BR: $380.47 (MTT) (Daily NET $32.61)

Stars hasn't sent me my tourney history yet so I can't update my MTT ROI.

9 of 20 hours completed for the weekend. Will likely get a late night session in starting around 11:00 or midnight.

Quote:
you got staked for $2.20 180-mans? Seems a little on the nitty side with ~$500 of your own money and a track record of beating low-stakes SNG but gl. I think your backer got himself a good horse judging by your previous posts
Staking is still not finalized. And yes it is for the $2.20 180's and no I don't need the money as I have more than enough to play on my own. The staking includes free coaching, hand history review, and some sweats from a large sample winner at the $12-180's. I am starting at the $2.20-180's cause my sample size is still very small on these 180 man tourneys (130 or so games). They intend to move me up very quickly and add 45 mans to the mix which my results are in the way past are not stellar. Also doing it so that I have a reference in case I am ever looking for staking in the future. Also, curious what it is all about, and I don't mind giving up half my profit as it's still just pennies to me. A few dollars worth of victories is well worth it for the coaching in my opinion. Thank you for the support though =).

And thanks to all for the encouragement and support. Sticking to my BRM guidelines has been much easier since I made my goals public, as I'm sure by now, if I had just set them for myself with no accountability, I would probably have dabbled in some higher limits.

Until next time.
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