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Old 08-09-2018, 01:47 AM   #1
Join Date: Jun 2017
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Crushing Poker as a College Student (while Vlogging)

What's up everyone!

This thread is for all of the college lurkers on two plus two who range from those who want to crush their weekly home games, to those who want to make a side-income from 1/2 to help pay for the alcohol and the party next week, and to those who want to take it to the next level one day. Yes, I have had thoughts of finishing my degree and going directly into poker because I love the game so much, but to the advice of nearly everyone I've talked too, I'd rather keep it as a hobby... But I want to be able to play and compete at the highest levels with the best in the world one day.

Anyways, some background on me: I started out playing fun weekly home games with my high school friends. That soon turned into me scrambling online to learn more. I read forums, watched videos, all while slowly improving. In the meantime, I played a TON of hands on Ignition and America's Cardroom, ranging from 5NL to 200NL zoom (my bankroll management was not the best).

It wasn't until I was 19 when I realized that I could play live poker legally. I live in Austin, Texas, and there are a few card houses in town that allow players 18+ to play. (The cardhouses get around the law by not charging rake, but instead institute a membership fee and hourly seat fee). And so my live poker journey began.

It's been around 11 months since, and my lifetime stats are:

Net: $14,058
Net Hourly: $37.02
Hours: 379:45

Net: $3982
Net Hourly: $17.18
Hours: 231:47

Net: $11,527
Net Hourly: $104.74
Hours: 110:03

Net: $738
Net Hourly: $44.50
Hours: 16:35

I know in a vacuum this is a small sample size, but with all the work I've put in my online game and developing a solid fundamental game, I'm confident I can beat these games at a fairly high win rate. Now, the goal is to obliterate these games by going max exploitative against the fish, and playing solid strat against the regs.

In sum, my goals are:
- play 500 hours this school year (about 12 a week)
- build up to a $30,000 BR
- win a tourney

But most importantly, to share with those who are contemplating how successful can a college kid be playing poker 1-3 times a week, when there are exams, recruiting, and social events going at the same time.

That leaves to my last point. I have started a vlog to document my journey. I really enjoy making these videos and the feedback I've already received has been amazing. I recently uploaded a vlog where I talk about a 9 hour session at $2/$3, where a TON of crazy pots happened that I discuss and analyze.

I will use this thread to clearly articulate any extraneous thoughts and any questions you guys have, but if you guys are interested, here is the link for the vlog:

Cheers! Let me know if you have any feedback.
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:55 AM   #2
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Re: Crushing Poker as a College Student (while Vlogging)

For those of you who would rather not watch the video to see the hands I played, here are several interesting ones:

Villain is the biggest whale at the table. Sometimes straddles to $100. Plays probably 50% of hands and gambles with the whatever. However, never seen him raise post-flop without a pretty strong hand. Tends to bet big and call big bets.

Both players $800 deep.

Villain in MP opens to $20 (typical raise at this table)
I call in HJ with Ah Jd

Heads up to the flop:

Flop: ($45) Qd 9d 8c

Villain bets $30
Hero calls.

Turn: ($105) Qd 9d 8c Td

Villain checks.
Hero bets $60
Villain check raises $300

Think this is an easy call esp with the Jd. What are we doing without a diamond though?

Hand #2:

Villain is middle aged asian man. Decent reg that probably plays too much and sometimes makes moves out of nowhere. Capable of bluffing.

Hero is $500, Villain covers

Villain raises $15 in MP, Hero has QQ in BB. Raises to $65. Villain 4bet to $150. Action?

Interesting dynamic here. Me and villain get along well. He knows I vlog, and has been making me comments like "will this get into the vlog?" Not too sure.
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Old 08-11-2018, 07:46 PM   #3
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Re: Crushing Poker as a College Student (while Vlogging)

Vlog #5 is out!

I talk limping big pocket pairs in EP and how I like to play them. Also when I prefer to flat AK and when I like to 3b them.

There's a hand against a solid reg that is probably the most important. He is pretty tight preflop and post, but definitely capable of bluffing. Saw him 3b ship a flop 300BB deep with A high.


Limp in MP. Hero isos in CO with K6hh to $20. SB, BB, and limper call.

Flop ($80) Kd Js 5d

Checks around.

Turn ($80) Kd Js 5d 2c

Checks to Hero. Hero bets $45. Villain in BB calls.

River ($170) Kd Js 5d 2c 9c

Villain leads $200. Action?

Strange line. Repping pretty thin: QT, and maybe K9 and J9. We have a pure bluff catcher. I guess it depends how often I think he makes those value bets with 2 pair and how often he will donk lead his missed diamonds and hands like ATo.
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