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Old 07-07-2015, 04:45 AM   #1
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Arrow Climbing The Ladder, 25nl, $40 - $3,000

Ok guys, I have been wanting to start a PG&C thread for myself to keep track and blog my progress. Well now I am finally doing it.

Starting Roll: $40
Online Site: Bovada

Intro
I am 25 years old and live in California, currently going to Sacramento State to finish up my bachelors in Interpersonal Communications. My source of income is as a server/bartender.

So my poker life began like most, playing with friends at home games when I was 16 or 17. We would do small sit n go tournaments with friends and I felt like I had the special skills to play poker. It was usually just fun and games until I turned 21 and got to visit the closest card room which was 15 minutes away. 1/2nl was the game and I decided to keep a log of what I made there. Over the course of 6 months I was up at the card room for just a little over $2000. Very small and I played very dumb.

Fast forward to today I am 25 years old with a lot more poker knowledge, I have read a few books, Phil Hellmuth Play Poker Like The Pros, Dan Harrings Tournament Poker, and a few others, it has been awhile.

Goals
1) The goal is to build my roll from $40 to $3000 online on Bovada so that I can cash out some of that money and start transitioning to Live 1/2 games.

2) Finish reading my current book, Killer Poker Online, and find a new book once I am finished.

Possible?
So far I have been having a good run. I need to work on my bankroll management though. My vpip looked like 18/14, I have been playing a very TAG img and felt I have been sticking to the plan but I need to not stray away. I used up my trial of PT4 and I am considering buying the full version, but for now I do not have a hud.

I started the 1st of June at the 5nl tables with my $40 and built that up to $100. I then decided to take a shot at 25nl and lost half my roll. The 5nl table's were boring me very much so I hopped on the 10nl. I played that for the remainder of June and had a 12bb/100 ratio over a 20k hand sample.

The beginning of July I decided I wanted to play 25nl and I will not raise my stakes until I am properly rolled for the next stake.

I will update the post with the usual social life/session/hand results.

**First Update**
Tomorrow I will make sure to save a few of my hands to post.
Started at 11pm at $242.12 and when I hopped off at 1am my new roll is $282.53

Current Roll
$242.12
+ $40.41
$282.53
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Old 07-07-2015, 05:11 PM   #2
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Re: Climbing The Ladder, 25nl, $40 - $3,000

It's 2pm and time for my daughter to take her nap. I am going to read through chapter 8 "Online Pitfalls," while we watch a movie together and hopefully by the time I am done reading she will be fast asleep and I can get at least an hour session in.

I will update this post with the good news.
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:25 PM   #3
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Re: Climbing The Ladder, 25nl, $40 - $3,000

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I will update this post with the good news.
Ok so I finished reading the chapter and daughter was still up and kickin'. I made us some food and after that she went night night and now time to get down to business.

Opened a beer and searched the open tables. Nothing was available at first until one room opened up with 30% Plyrs/Flop and low Avg. Pot.

I sit down and my 1st hand that I play goes like this :

Hand #1
9 Handed
Hero [BTN] $24.65 - AK
Villain [UTG] $24.65 - ? ?
PreFlop
Villain - Raises $1
folds to me
Hero - Raises to $3
SB/BB Fold
Villain Calls
Flop
QJ5
Villain Checks
Hero Checks
Turn
7
Villain Bets $3.17
Hero Folds
Hand Result = Hero loses $4

I think I should have cBet the flop and then played out from there. I also think that being very early in the game I choked up and played way to weak...

I played at the table for another two rounds around the table and decided I didn't like how tight it had gotten and once I found a juicer table I left. At the new table it was nice, more than enough loose players and I was able to stack up w/ a couple of sets and I caught a boat to take down some bigger pots.

I played at this table for about 1.5 Hours and then got off, here is a hand that I could have played better.
Hand #2
9 Handed
Hero [UTG+3] $62.14 - A9
Villain [UTG+4] $49.50 - Range is wide, has gotten wild and bluffs w/ Air
PreFlop
Folds to Hero
Hero Raises - $1
Villain Calls - $1
Everyone Else folds
Flop
T3K
Hero cBets - $1.25
Villain ReRaises - $4
Hero Calls - $2.75
Turn
5
Hero Checks
Villain Checks
River
Q
Hero Checks
Villain Checks
Spoiler:



I definitely think I should have bet the river but I was hoping he would bet into me. Obvious mistake? IDK lol

Well had a good session overall, minimized my mistakes/risks and looked good. I would have played longer but it was time to wake my daughter up

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+ $38.93
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Old 07-08-2015, 03:14 PM   #4
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Re: Climbing The Ladder, 25nl, $40 - $3,000

So last night I went to bed a little bit early but found it a little hard to sleep so I decided to pull out my phone and play for 30 mins. I gave myself a limit because I did need to wake early the next morning lol.

Played tight and won a couple small pots.

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+ $8.68
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Old 07-08-2015, 05:12 PM   #5
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Re: Climbing The Ladder, 25nl, $40 - $3,000

Read some more of my book and played from 12:30pm - 2pm. Playing disciplined and felt that I folded when I should and called when I should. Hands that I lost were the minimum loss. There were a few fish at the table that I had my eye on and made sure to attack them when I did have a hands. It was a little rough though, my image was Tight and Aggressive and I had trouble keeping them on the hook when I did catch a hand.

Once all my targets got off the table I decided to hop off. Pretty damn hungry and thought I would take a break.

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+ 21.26
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Old 07-09-2015, 05:10 PM   #6
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Re: Climbing The Ladder, 25nl, $40 - $3,000

Just had a horrible session.

Made some bad calls, had a few "bad beats" but could have been avoided if I folded. When I reviewed the bad hands they weren't easy hands to fold but I could have laid them down.

Lost 2 Buy-Ins and I think thats what lead to the following bad plays.

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- $45.46
$305.94
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Old 07-10-2015, 04:28 AM   #7
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Re: Climbing The Ladder, 25nl, $40 - $3,000

Short shift, but felt like it was a forever shift. Once I got home I took a shower, packed a bowl and played some poker with discipline. Hopped from table to table looking for a really good game but at each table I was only able to find 1 - 2 fish were getting crazy.

I still haven't had time to put together a long session. I am also debating withdrawing $100 and buying PT4. Oh well so far ok, another 2 hour session.

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Old 07-10-2015, 04:56 AM   #8
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Re: Climbing The Ladder, 25nl, $40 - $3,000

Hand 1: Checking back flop is totally fine, it smacks his 3-bet calling range from UTG pretty hard (QJs+/AQo/JJ). No need to get involved.

Hand 2: Definitely need to be leading the river. So many hands with showdown value in his flop raising range that he won't be betting.

Definitely would recommend some kind of HUD, whether it be HEM2 or PT4. It'll be well worth the $50-100.

All the best!
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Old 07-11-2015, 02:24 AM   #9
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Re: Climbing The Ladder, 25nl, $40 - $3,000

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All the best!
Thanks man

Today was my father in-law's birthday so we had a nice day, went out to dinner and had a few drinks. We came home early we had a long weekend packing and getting ready for the move next week.

Put a 2 hour session together from 9pm - 11:20pm. Nothing special happend for the first hour, I was sitting +$1. Towards the end of my session I got a run of great luck. From the button I call a 3bet with 44, the bet was $2.00 to me and I was sitting at an even stack with my first buy-in.

I felt strong calling, figured he was drawing anyways. Board comes out I catch my set, check-raise him he goes all-in and has me covered by a dollar or two.

He turns over AA and turn card kills him being another 4.

Also right before I logged off I ended up catching another 4 of a kind with 6's. Those 2 hands made me all my profit tonight.
Awesome small session, now time to get off and get laid.

Night night.

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$35.55
$369.10
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Old 07-11-2015, 03:37 AM   #10
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Re: Climbing The Ladder, 25nl, $40 - $3,000

GL!
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Old 07-12-2015, 03:40 AM   #11
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Re: Climbing The Ladder, 25nl, $40 - $3,000

Gonna need all the luck I can get

Building my roll some more, played for an hour tonight. I wanted to play longer but I was just so tired, worked an 11 hour day lol.

Continued with solid play and punished a few fish for trying to bluff me out of pots.

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+ $32.89
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:15 AM   #12
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Re: Climbing The Ladder, 25nl, $40 - $3,000

Hopped on tonight for a couple hours and I just played like trash. Players were hitting there draws on me and I just got tore up. Got a little on tilt and wasted my money.

Lost a buy in and almost another and decided im just gonna hop off.

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- $35.25
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Old 07-14-2015, 11:38 PM   #13
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Re: Climbing The Ladder, 25nl, $40 - $3,000

OK, felt better today.
So I have started reading Applications of No-Limit Hold-Em By Matthew Janda. I like it so far, I've been reading it on the side while playing and a lot of the concepts are stuff I have read but in more depth.

We are in the process of moving so we did some packing in the morning then after lunch I took a nap and woke up for some poker.Started off on a weak-tight table and the play was boring, made like $5 off the table and got up. I looked for a new table with high "Avg. Pot" and it was the right thing to do.

The table was a little wild at first but I was wrecking the table. One of those sessions where you are feeling good about every bet/call/check-raises. It was awesome, if I can play that confident all the time I will continue destroying sessions. I was applying some of the concepts I was reading and it seemed to be helping out, but it's hard to tell off of such a small hand sample.

Current Roll
$366.74
+ $41.16
$407.90

A little side-note I we moved some boxes to our new house and I stopped at the local casino for 1/2nl and it felt great. I played my usual TAG image and it worked out. I played from 11pm till 4am, I wish I would have gotten up earlier but I was so excited to be playing live. ( I haven't played live for almost 2 years ) I bought in with $100 and at one point was at $230 where I got in to a nice pot. Long story short, I caught my A-high straight with the river card with no flush possibilities and lost to a lousy J full of 5's full-house. Knocked my stack down about $100 so after that I played a few more hands and left with +$25.

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Old 07-15-2015, 05:05 AM   #14
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Re: Climbing The Ladder, 25nl, $40 - $3,000

Well couldn't sleep at all tonight. Turned on netflix and started another session.

I played for 2 hours and nothing too crazy happened. Just sticking to my gameplan, playing tight with hardly any bluffs. I have started getting comfortable with my post-flop play and I have widened my range quite a bit from when I first started this challenge.

More positive gameplay, making good calls and minimizing my losses .

Current Roll
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+ $27.23
$435.13
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Old 07-16-2015, 01:06 PM   #15
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Re: Climbing The Ladder, 25nl, $40 - $3,000

Played 3 seperate sessions yesterday and got destroyed in all 3. I really felt like I was playing ok but then I would get a run of good cards that didn't catch, or if they did I was dominated.

Caught the A-5 straight on river and guy happened to have pocket 6's, that took a large portion. I got beat set over set once and had a full house beat an Ace high flush.

Oh well just some bad luck right? lol
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- $86.21
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