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Old 08-10-2020, 08:17 AM   #1
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Grind and travel and grind some more

Hello everyone again,

so I just wrapped up my other PGC. This one I will start with a little more introduction of myself!

My name is Thomas, in my early 30ies from Austria. I have been playing poker since 2009. Got decent, made extra cash while I was a student by playing up to NL100, but turned to playing recreationally when I started working in advertisement. Thats what I did until 2018, a year that changed some things for me. In late 2018 I quit my job (with the possibility to return) and went traveling in India with my cousin for a few months. I stayed from January to May, had a great time and decided that after a few months in Austria, working some and saving more before I would return to India, which I did in September. In May 2019 I put €100 to my favourite site and started playing there, next to working as a bicycle delivery driver. From this deposit I grinded up my roll, which I am playing up to NL200 with now.

This year I was renting a friends spare room, living there with my cat and grinding it out. So far I am up roughly 30k from January to July, which I am very happy with. My way to check if poker is the way to go at this point of my life is that I want cash out at least what I would have earned in my job, and I was successful at that so far and have an alright cushion.


Right now
At the moment I am staying in Varna, Bulgaria with Björn from Norway, who plays MTTs. It´s my first poker house and pretty nice
We arrived 3 weeks ago, didn´t get in much volume cause drinking and going out lots etc. but am up an ok amount so far.

We played some afternoon HU on our porch yesterday and I have a nice hand to share. For the setting: I heard about scandis before that they are maniacs, and Björn proved that, he pushed it pretty much anytime he could lol

We were playing with Bulgarian coins as chips, but agreed on playing 0.1/0.2$ stakes. So 1 Leva = 10 Dollar and BB was 2 stotinka.

This was a 600bb pot:

Spoiler:


we are both ~300bb deep, action was: I open J8s, B 3bets, I 4b

Flop is 973

I cbet about 30bb into 50bb, B ch/r to 75BB, I call

Turn: T

B shoves

We ran it twice, but he was drawing dead with his 76o.. which is why there are 6 cards in case anyone wonders ^^



Goals
So at the moment my primary goal is to get back on the grind. There are 21 days left in August and I will aim low: I want to play at least 60h of poker in that time. Traffic is low at the moment at my mainsite, but in the evenings it´s ok and I started playing at the chico network and trying some of the apps now.
I am not sure how much I want to define a long term goal, but a thing in the back of my head is that as a way out of poker I´d like to get a pilots license and possibly become a commercial pilot at one point in my life, because I don´t want to ever go back to the office grind if possible. Would have to save up about 100k to do so. Let´s see


For all of you that made it this far reading, two pictures of our garden cat. Her name is Miezi. She joined me the first day when I had breakfast outside and I started buying her food because I am a total cat person:

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gl at the tables everyone and cheers
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Old 08-10-2020, 10:54 AM   #2
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Re: Grind and travel and grind some more

gl!
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Old 08-10-2020, 03:28 PM   #3
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Awesome. GL man! :-)
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Old 08-10-2020, 05:03 PM   #4
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Re: Grind and travel and grind some more

thanks guys!

First session is in the books, and I can win hands again. Also stopped playing terribly, just feeling more confident again and not afraid to run into better hands again and again and again.

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Took me 1:25 hours, then tables died and I still have some sleep to catch up with after a long weekend.


vs active, hard to play reg, he doesn´t squeeze very much. Was thinking long and hard about betting this flop, but decided checking back is the way to go.

iPoker - €2 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 4 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

Hero (CO): 100 BB
BTN: 58.39 BB
SB: 141.02 BB
BB: 135.21 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has T T

Hero raises to 2.5 BB, BTN calls 2.5 BB, fold, BB raises to 14 BB, Hero calls 11.5 BB, fold

Flop: (31 BB, 2 players) 7 6 4
BB checks, Hero checks

Turn: (31 BB, 2 players) 9
BB bets 18.6 BB, Hero calls 18.6 BB

River: (68.2 BB, 2 players) J
BB checks, Hero checks

Hero shows T T (One Pair, Tens)
(Pre 54%, Flop 48%, Turn 68%)
BB shows A Q (High Card, Ace)
(Pre 46%, Flop 52%, Turn 32%)
Hero wins 66.95 BB


Looking at this now I think my flop sizing sucks. Should go big or small here. Won 5 buy ins from this weaker reg playing NL200 HU the other night, after this hand I decided to not play him today in heater mode

iPoker - €2 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 2 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

Hero (SB): 190.61 BB
BB: 207.89 BB

Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has A 3

Hero raises to 2.5 BB, BB calls 1.5 BB

Flop: (5 BB, 2 players) K Q 4
BB checks, Hero bets 2.75 BB, BB calls 2.75 BB

Turn: (10.5 BB, 2 players) K
BB checks, Hero bets 7.35 BB, BB calls 7.35 BB

River: (25.19 BB, 2 players) K
BB checks, Hero checks

Hero mucks A 3 (Three of a Kind, Kings)
(Pre 57%, Flop 13%, Turn 0%)
BB shows J K (Four of a Kind, Kings)
(Pre 43%, Flop 87%, Turn 100%)
BB wins 24.94 BB


and the biggest win of the day, lucky me

iPoker - €2 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

Hero (CO): 112.96 BB
BTN: 100 BB
SB: 109.91 BB
BB: 249.07 BB
UTG: 130.91 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has A A

UTG raises to 2.2 BB, Hero raises to 8 BB, fold, fold, fold, UTG calls 5.8 BB

Flop: (17.5 BB, 2 players) 9 A T
UTG checks, Hero bets 5.85 BB, UTG calls 5.85 BB

Turn: (29.19 BB, 2 players) 7
UTG checks, Hero bets 21.44 BB, UTG calls 21.44 BB

River: (72.06 BB, 2 players) 2
UTG checks, Hero bets 77.68 BB, UTG calls 77.68 BB

UTG shows A Q (One Pair, Aces)
(Pre 7%, Flop 3%, Turn 0%)
Hero shows A A (Three of a Kind, Aces)
(Pre 93%, Flop 97%, Turn 100%)
Hero wins 226.17 BB


gl
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Old 08-10-2020, 06:13 PM   #5
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Re: Grind and travel and grind some more

GL Thomas, enjoyed reading your other thread, very informative.
Thanks for the work you put into it. Hope things pan out well for you mate.
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Old 08-11-2020, 03:55 AM   #6
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Re: Grind and travel and grind some more

Thanks for the kind words rayfox!

Just played a one hours session at NL50 and 100. Was up 120, clicked the "leave all tables next BB". Lost it all back with AA and KK and am down 10€ now. Love this game
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Old 08-11-2020, 10:34 AM   #7
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I am like your moniker! Playing small stakes as I do really blows your mind. Its bingo not poker.
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Old 08-11-2020, 10:52 AM   #8
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Oh my friend. I have been there a long time ago, thinking the exact same thought. Variance is high but in the end this is where the most big blinds come from: bad players. Just learn to exploit them hard!
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Old 08-12-2020, 06:56 AM   #9
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Re: Grind and travel and grind some more

Its nice to say... running so good atm!


So... it´s freeroll time!


Whoever can tell the exact(!) amount in €, I cbet on the flop in this hand first: I will send either €13,37 at skrill or $13,37 from muchbetter!



iPoker - €2 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BTN: 136.64 BB
SB: 105.34 BB
BB: 100 BB
UTG: 202.1 BB
Hero (CO): 253.5 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has A A

fold, Hero raises to 2.5 BB, BTN raises to 8 BB, fold, fold, Hero raises to 22.5 BB, BTN calls 14.5 BB

Flop: (46.5 BB, 2 players) 8 3 6
Hero bets 34.85 BB, BTN raises to 114.14 BB, Hero calls 79.3 BB

Turn: (274.78 BB, 2 players) T

River: (274.78 BB, 2 players) K

Hero shows A A (One Pair, Aces)
(Pre 87%, Flop 61%, Turn 80%)
BTN shows A 5 (High Card, Ace)
(Pre 13%, Flop 39%, Turn 20%)
Hero wins 273.53 BB


also... how big would you guys 4bet here vs tightish unknown player with these stack sizes?

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Old 08-12-2020, 07:06 AM   #10
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69,69€

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Old 08-12-2020, 07:17 AM   #11
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there you go! that was quick
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Old 08-17-2020, 07:24 PM   #12
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update time!

Just came back from the casino where I went for some fun live play and beers. Well, guess I shoudln´t have left the online tables where I am still running pretty good, while in this game here I am just not (so far)

So I am down 550€ at 1/2 live today but still up overall for the day. Lost money 3 barreling my KTs on a dry QJ532 runout against a reg that called each and every of my opens in position. Once he rivered trips against my toppair, and I guess I could have check folded instead of calling but thought he is capable of bluffing as well. Once i made the nuts against a 30bb stack (yay!)

The last hand of the night I opened J2s from the HJ (yes that´s pretty bad but I got a little bored and was planning to leave anyway )
always call reg called the BU, SB called, BB folds

Flop is 922 rb
i bet 18 in 32, goes call call
turn is a K
SB checks, I check hoping for the BU reg to do something stupid but he checks back
River is a 5, still no flush possible

SB bets 25 in 86, I raise to 100
he asks how much I am playing (had ~250), and I already start laughing inside at myself making a donkeycall there on the river in case he shoves (but probably would have folded)
anyway... he just called and showed 52o for the rivered boat. WP sir!


It was the second time I went to this casino and first session I was down 400 as well, but then we played 1/3 NLHE and 2/2 PLO switching every orbit. First session I also split once when I got it in with KK vs QQ and luckily ran it twice, lost flush under flush (but should have folded the river) and the only time I made the nuts in PLO the fish had the same nuts. What to do?


Had some good days playing online though. Went on the tourney grind on sunday and won 2k $ final tabling a $55 and winning a $11 turbo. Cash games I am also up about 800€ today and a few k for the month. So everything is fine.
Had a big whale at NL100 table today and want to share some hands with you guys. In theory they are probably played horribly, but this guy just doesn´t have a fold button lol

So this is how my session started:

This is not against the whale but another bad player that wouldnt fold Ax there, sometimes they have it though

iPoker - €2 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

Hero (SB): 100 BB
BB: 100 BB
UTG: 117.48 BB
CO: 54.72 BB
BTN: 100 BB

Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has A K

fold, fold, BTN raises to 2.5 BB, Hero raises to 10 BB, BB calls 9 BB, BTN calls 7.5 BB

Flop: (30 BB, 3 players) K A 9
Hero bets 12.3 BB, BB calls 12.3 BB, fold

Turn: (54.6 BB, 2 players) 9
Hero checks, BB bets 10 BB, Hero raises to 77.7 BB, BB calls 67.7 BB

River: (210 BB, 2 players) T

Hero mucks A K (Two Pair, Aces and Kings)

BB shows 9 9 (Four of a Kind, Nines)

BB wins 208.75 BB


Simultaneously this hand happened vs the whale

iPoker - €1 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BB: 39.78 BB
UTG: 122.89 BB
MP: 116.18 BB
Hero (CO): 100 BB
BTN: 29.22 BB
SB: 103.5 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 9 Q

UTG calls 1 BB, fold, Hero raises to 3.5 BB, fold, fold, BB calls 2.5 BB, UTG calls 2.5 BB

Flop: (11 BB, 3 players) J T 3
BB checks, UTG bets 7.7 BB, Hero raises to 30 BB, fold, UTG raises to 70.7 BB, Hero raises to 96.5 BB, UTG calls 25.8 BB

Turn: (204 BB, 2 players) A

River: (204 BB, 2 players) 2

UTG shows A 2 (Two Pair, Aces and Twos)
(Pre 54%, Flop 30%, Turn 66%)
Hero mucks 9 Q (High Card, Ace)
(Pre 46%, Flop 70%, Turn 34%)
UTG wins 202 BB


well.. a bit later i started running alright

iPoker - €1 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

MP: 21.48 BB
CO: 301.44 BB
BTN: 100 BB
Hero (SB): 107.96 BB
BB: 28.72 BB
UTG: 100 BB

Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 8 9

fold, fold, CO calls 1 BB, fold, Hero calls 0.5 BB, BB checks

Flop: (3 BB, 3 players) 7 A 6
Hero bets 3 BB, fold, CO calls 3 BB

Turn: (9 BB, 2 players) T
Hero bets 15.99 BB, CO calls 15.99 BB

River: (40.98 BB, 2 players) 7
Hero bets 87.97 BB, CO calls 87.97 BB

CO shows A Q (Two Pair, Aces and Sevens)
(Pre 63%, Flop 66%, Turn 0%)
Hero shows 8 9 (Straight, Ten High)
(Pre 37%, Flop 34%, Turn 100%)
Hero wins 214.92 BB


and more alright

iPoker - €1 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

MP: 112.36 BB
CO: 179.62 BB
BTN: 182.21 BB
Hero (SB): 267.57 BB
BB: 112.17 BB
UTG: 110.09 BB

Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Q K

fold, fold, CO calls 1 BB, fold, Hero raises to 6.6 BB, fold, CO calls 5.6 BB

Flop: (14.2 BB, 2 players) K T K
Hero bets 10 BB, CO raises to 30.94 BB, Hero raises to 70 BB, CO raises to 156.94 BB, Hero raises to 243.88 BB, CO calls 16.08 BB

Turn: (360.24 BB, 2 players) J

River: (360.24 BB, 2 players) 7

CO shows A 6 (One Pair, Kings)
(Pre 58%, Flop 0.3%, Turn 0%)
Hero shows Q K (Three of a Kind, Kings)
(Pre 42%, Flop 99.7%, Turn 100%)
Hero wins 358.24 BB



and some more, as you see: he hates to fold. still looking at it now, i probably should just call the turn

iPoker - €1 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BB: 109.36 BB
UTG: 196.4 BB
MP: 181.21 BB
Hero (CO): 464.18 BB
BTN: 40 BB
SB: 107.59 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 7 Q

UTG calls 1 BB, fold, Hero raises to 4.5 BB, fold, fold, fold, UTG calls 3.5 BB

Flop: (10.5 BB, 2 players) 6 T 2
UTG bets 7.35 BB, Hero raises to 30 BB, UTG calls 22.65 BB

Turn: (70.5 BB, 2 players) Q
UTG bets 49.35 BB, Hero raises to 429.68 BB, UTG calls 112.55 BB

River: (394.3 BB, 2 players) A

UTG shows 9 J (High Card, Ace)
(Pre 44%, Flop 0%, Turn 0%)
Hero shows 7 Q (Flush, Queen High)
(Pre 56%, Flop 100%, Turn 100%)
Hero wins 392.3 BB


So yea, these hands against the whale aren´t played good in a theory sense, but I guess this players mindset is that betting and raising is weak, as he donks and gets it in with air a lot, and he doesn´t learn and doesn´t seem to give a single **** about losing these amounts, as he always says nice hand after getting in 200bb with about 0.5% equity

Played approximately 20 hours since setting the goal of 60 hours until the month ends. Should be doable.

gl everyone
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Old 08-20-2020, 02:32 PM   #13
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Had the first losing day in a while. Went to bed early last night and woke up at 6am feeling very fresh. So after coffee I started an MTT session. Regged only ten MTTs though and bricked all of them. Down 260$ there. Just lost every flip and then busted the last 4 tourneys always getting it in with 80-90%.
I opened cashgames as I busted tourneys and lost another 500$ at NL100 and 200. Must be because I cashed out yesterday.

Still was a good day. Afterwards I did some theory work, had a nap. Reviewed the session of a friend. Did some more theory work and then went for a long walk to the "monument of soviet-bulgarian friendship" thats 5km from our house.







Played another session just before and made a little money back. Will grind some more to clear some rakeback for the day after dinner.


And a hand for the day. Playing 3handed with 2 fish.

iPoker - €2 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 3 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

SB: 85.73 BB
Hero (BB): 100 BB
BTN: 61.2 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 3 4

BTN raises to 2 BB, SB calls 1.5 BB, Hero calls 1 BB

Flop: (6 BB, 3 players) T Q 8
SB bets 3 BB, Hero raises to 15 BB, fold, SB calls 12 BB

Turn: (36 BB, 2 players) 2
SB checks, Hero bets 34.85 BB, SB raises to 68.73 BB, Hero calls 33.89 BB

River: (173.46 BB, 2 players) 7

SB shows 9 K (Flush, King High)
(Pre 66%, Flop 100%, Turn 100%)
Hero mucks 3 4 (Flush, Queen High)
(Pre 34%, Flop 0%, Turn 0%)
SB wins 172.21 BB

c´est la vie


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Old 09-04-2020, 01:50 PM   #14
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When you shottake NL400 because there is a maniac... He´s been openshoving Q7o, and donking and calling raises with 93o on J88.... and you love your hand... until the river

iPoker - €4 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

MP: 41.5 BB
CO: 142.35 BB
Hero (BTN): 100 BB
SB: 131.45 BB
BB: 101.5 BB
UTG: 177.87 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has A A

UTG raises to 2.25 BB, MP calls 2.25 BB, CO calls 2.25 BB, Hero raises to 11.5 BB, SB raises to 25 BB, fold, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 100 BB, SB calls 75 BB

Flop: (207.75 BB, 2 players) 3 7 J

Turn: (207.75 BB, 2 players) 8

River: (207.75 BB, 2 players) Q

Hero mucks A A (One Pair, Aces)
(Pre 81%, Flop 92%, Turn 95%)
SB shows Q Q (Three of a Kind, Queens)
(Pre 19%, Flop 8%, Turn 5%)
SB wins 207 BB



Looks like i shouldn´t procastrinate the updating for last month any longer. Need to run better!
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Old 09-07-2020, 04:30 AM   #15
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Here we go! Update time

Björn left our little grindhouse today. Going to be spending two more weeks alone here and this time really get on the grind I hope.

The pokersite of things since coming to Bulgaria can be summed up as "low volume, high reward" which is lucky of course, but it can´t be like that forever.
I think I hit the goal set in the last post for playing 60 hours in the rest of the month, playing the usual cashgames but also some MTT sessions.

Graphs since coming to Bulgaria:

main site, winning all the flips



Chico



and MTTs





My absolute favourite hand

Chico - $1 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BB: 109.07 BB
UTG: 100 BB
MP: 134 BB
Hero (CO): 233.54 BB
BTN: 47.35 BB
SB: 231.37 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has A A

fold, fold, Hero raises to 2.5 BB, BTN calls 2.5 BB, SB raises to 11 BB, BB raises to 109.07 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 106.57 BB, fold, SB raises to 231.37 BB and is all-in, Hero raises to 233.54 BB and is all-in

Flop: (574.31 BB, 3 players) J 7 5

Turn: (574.31 BB, 3 players) 3

River: (574.31 BB, 3 players) T

BB shows A K (High Card, Ace)

Main Pot [329.71 BB]: (Pre 6%, Flop 2%, Turn 0%)

Hero shows A A (One Pair, Aces)

Main Pot [329.71 BB]: (Pre 70%, Flop 73%, Turn 88%)
Side Pot#1 [244.6 BB]: (Pre 75%, Flop 75%, Turn 88%)

SB shows 7 8 (One Pair, Sevens)

Main Pot [329.71 BB]: (Pre 24%, Flop 25%, Turn 12%)
Side Pot#1 [244.6 BB]: (Pre 25%, Flop 25%, Turn 12%)

Hero wins 569.81 BB


lucky runout!

Chico - $1 NL - Holdem - 8 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

UTG+1: 159.73 BB
MP: 101 BB
MP+1: 105.71 BB
Hero (CO): 142.8 BB
BTN: 98.5 BB
SB: 128.46 BB
BB: 105.75 BB
UTG: 136.2 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has T T

fold, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 2.5 BB, BTN calls 2.5 BB, fold, fold

Flop: (6.5 BB, 2 players) Q Q 4
Hero bets 2.03 BB, BTN calls 2.03 BB

Turn: (10.56 BB, 2 players) 9
Hero checks, BTN bets 5.33 BB, Hero calls 5.33 BB

River: (21.22 BB, 2 players) T
Hero checks, BTN bets 27.55 BB, Hero raises to 132.94 BB and is all-in, BTN calls 61.09 BB and is all-in

Hero shows T T (Full House, Tens full of Queens)
(Pre 57%, Flop 75%, Turn 86%)
BTN shows K J (Straight, King High)
(Pre 43%, Flop 25%, Turn 14%)
Hero wins 194 BB


love it when my plan works

iPoker - €1 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

SB: 270.51 BB
Hero (BB): 203.92 BB
UTG: 84.62 BB
CO: 100 BB
BTN: 191.31 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has A A

UTG raises to 2 BB, CO raises to 6.1 BB, fold, fold, Hero raises to 20 BB, fold, CO calls 13.9 BB

Flop: (42.5 BB, 2 players) T 9 A
Hero bets 10.5 BB, CO calls 10.5 BB

Turn: (63.5 BB, 2 players) 4
Hero checks, CO checks

River: (63.5 BB, 2 players) 7
Hero checks, CO bets 69.5 BB, Hero calls 69.5 BB

CO shows K Q (High Card, Ace)
(Pre 16%, Flop 16%, Turn 9%)
Hero shows A A (Three of a Kind, Aces)
(Pre 84%, Flop 84%, Turn 91%)
Hero wins 200.5 BB


interesting river spot, what sizing would you all prefer here?

iPoker - €2 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 3 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BB: 106.93 BB
BTN: 705.78 BB
Hero (SB): 120.81 BB

Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 5 5

fold, Hero raises to 3 BB, BB calls 2 BB

Flop: (6 BB, 2 players) 5 Q 8
Hero bets 2.1 BB, BB calls 2.1 BB

Turn: (10.2 BB, 2 players) J
Hero bets 8.45 BB, BB calls 8.45 BB

River: (27.1 BB, 2 players) 8
Hero bets 16.9 BB, BB calls 16.9 BB

Hero shows 5 5 (Full House, Fives full of Eights)
(Pre 50%, Flop 85%, Turn 91%)
BB shows T J (Two Pair, Jacks and Eights)
(Pre 50%, Flop 15%, Turn 9%)
Hero wins 59.65 BB



Time to clean the house now and probably go to the beach for a while.

Song of the day. Goodbye Björn my man



in case that link just doesnt work: https://youtu.be/zochPeuCI5Q




cheers and gl everyone!
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Old 09-07-2020, 10:12 PM   #16
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Old 09-22-2020, 03:16 PM   #17
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Re: Grind and travel and grind some more

Hey everyone,

came back to Austria on saturday. Staying with my parents at the moment and looking where to go next. Thinking about Turkey, as someone showed me a nice place there but maybe also Portugal. Will see. Just trying not to get stuck in lockdown. The longterm plan is to go back to India when they allow tourists in again. Maybe Cambodia for this winter..

Got back in the grindmood here at least. Today was my first day of hardcoregrind and I planned to play at gg for the rush and cahs leaderboard. Seems to have been a fkn bad idea, and I really mean that. It´s lucky I just played NL50 because BB wise this was the worst day of the year, and probably of all time for me. Down 20 stacks prerake, and 25 total. It was just amazing... I think I lost to runner runner like 4 or 5 times when villains check called flop with 2% equity. Couldn´t win any flips, not even once when we ran it twice. When I hit the board, it would run out terribly for me to get value. When I had Aces or Kings everyone folded preflop etc etc etc

I just want to moan a lot about this

I took 3 or 4 breaks throughout the day because I felt the tilt coming on. Came back with a fresh mindest but within ten minutes I´d be down 2 stacks again every time. In the afternoon I though about just calling it quits and giving up on the leaderboard, but I made myself push through, and things just didn´t improve. Just brutal. So now I think I am calling it a day. Will get up early tomorow to grind through the happy hour and hopefully at least get a little back of what i lost... and afterwards get drunk with a friend to forget the trauma of today

Here´s the graph:




This hand tilted me so hard i punched something.. At least could have had tens or aces and not hit the one outer.

GG Poker - $0.50 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BTN: 315 BB
Hero (SB): 122.78 BB
BB: 166.9 BB
UTG: 191.6 BB
MP: 186.88 BB
CO: 230.12 BB

Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has A Q

UTG raises to 2.5 BB, fold, CO raises to 7.5 BB, fold, Hero raises to 22.88 BB, fold, fold, CO calls 15.38 BB

Flop: (49.26 BB, 2 players) A 6 T
Hero bets 16.26 BB, CO calls 16.26 BB

Turn: (81.78 BB, 2 players) Q
Hero bets 27 BB, CO raises to 162.78 BB, Hero calls 56.64 BB and is all-in

River: (249.06 BB, 2 players) T

CO shows Q Q (Full House, Queens full of Tens)
(Pre 66%, Flop 5%, Turn 95%)
Hero shows Q A (Two Pair, Aces and Queens)
(Pre 34%, Flop 95%, Turn 5%)
CO wins 249.06 BB


This is what happens at gg when you 3bet someone twice in a row

GG Poker - $0.50 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BTN: 100 BB
SB: 100 BB
BB: 88.82 BB
UTG: 54.16 BB
MP: 123.86 BB
Hero (CO): 112.4 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Q Q

fold, MP raises to 2.2 BB, Hero raises to 8.1 BB, fold, fold, fold, MP raises to 23.34 BB, Hero raises to 112.4 BB and is all-in, MP calls 89.06 BB

Flop: (226.3 BB, 2 players) 9 8 J

Turn: (226.3 BB, 2 players) 4

River: (226.3 BB, 2 players) 7

Hero shows Q Q (One Pair, Queens)
(Pre 72%, Flop 68%, Turn 80%)
MP shows T A (Straight, Jack High)
(Pre 28%, Flop 32%, Turn 20%)
MP wins 226.3 BB




GG Poker - $0.50 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BTN: 100.12 BB
Hero (SB): 104.62 BB
BB: 94.02 BB
UTG: 376.84 BB
MP: 172.8 BB
CO: 101.5 BB

Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has T T

fold, fold, CO raises to 2.5 BB, BTN raises to 9 BB, Hero raises to 19.76 BB, fold, fold, BTN calls 10.76 BB

Flop: (43.02 BB, 2 players) 7 6 T
Hero bets 14.2 BB, BTN calls 14.2 BB

Turn: (71.42 BB, 2 players) Q
Hero checks, BTN bets 66.16 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 66.16 BB

River: (203.74 BB, 2 players) 5

BTN shows Q Q (Three of a Kind, Queens)
(Pre 82%, Flop 9%, Turn 98%)
Hero shows T T (Three of a Kind, Tens)
(Pre 18%, Flop 91%, Turn 2%)
BTN wins 203.74 BB


lol

GG Poker - $0.50 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BTN: 79.78 BB
SB: 100 BB
BB: 387.6 BB
Hero (UTG): 178.34 BB
MP: 122.04 BB
CO: 110 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 6 5

Hero raises to 2.5 BB, fold, fold, fold, SB calls 2 BB, fold

Flop: (6 BB, 2 players) 6 5 5
SB bets 1.98 BB, Hero calls 1.98 BB

Turn: (9.96 BB, 2 players) A
SB checks, Hero bets 7.48 BB, SB raises to 26.18 BB, Hero calls 18.7 BB

River: (62.32 BB, 2 players) K
SB bets 69.34 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 69.34 BB

SB shows 5 A (Full House, Fives full of Aces)
(Pre 65%, Flop 15%, Turn 95%)
Hero shows 5 6 (Full House, Fives full of Sixes)
(Pre 35%, Flop 85%, Turn 5%)
SB wins 201 BB


another interesting play

GG Poker - $0.50 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

Hero (BTN): 100 BB
SB: 99 BB
BB: 100 BB
UTG: 171.66 BB
MP: 55.52 BB
CO: 112.82 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has J T

fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 2.5 BB, fold, BB raises to 10 BB, Hero calls 7.5 BB

Flop: (20.5 BB, 2 players) T 8 3
BB checks, Hero checks

Turn: (20.5 BB, 2 players) Q
BB bets 10.26 BB, Hero calls 10.26 BB

River: (41.02 BB, 2 players) T
BB checks, Hero bets 41.02 BB, BB raises to 79.74 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 38.72 BB and is all-in

BB shows Q Q (Full House, Queens full of Tens)

Hero shows J T (Three of a Kind, Tens)

BB wins 200.5 BB


this **** happened in 4 splash pots

GG Poker - $0.50 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BTN: 87.66 BB
SB: 100.5 BB
Hero (BB): 108.1 BB
UTG: 51.18 BB
MP: 102.16 BB
CO: 127.6 BB
<br>10 BBadded to pot<br>
SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 11.5 BB) Hero has J J

UTG calls 1 BB, fold, CO calls 1 BB, BTN raises to 15.5 BB, fold, Hero raises to 108.1 BB and is all-in, fold, fold, BTN calls 72.16 BB and is all-in

Flop: (187.82 BB, 2 players) Q 6 4

Turn: (187.82 BB, 2 players) T

River: (187.82 BB, 2 players) 6

Hero shows J J (Two Pair, Jacks and Sixes)
(Pre 18%, Flop 8%, Turn 5%)
BTN shows K K (Two Pair, Kings and Sixes)
(Pre 82%, Flop 92%, Turn 95%)
BTN wins 187.82 BB




GG Poker - $0.50 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

Hero (BTN): 190.5 BB
SB: 54.6 BB
BB: 111.78 BB
UTG: 104.94 BB
MP: 119.46 BB
CO: 107.64 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 9 7

fold, MP raises to 3 BB, fold, Hero raises to 7 BB, SB calls 6.5 BB, fold, MP calls 4 BB

Flop: (22 BB, 3 players) 7 K 9
SB checks, MP checks, Hero bets 11 BB, SB calls 11 BB, fold

Turn: (44 BB, 2 players) T
SB checks, Hero bets 44 BB, SB calls 36.6 BB and is all-in

River: (117.2 BB, 2 players) 8

Hero shows 9 7 (Two Pair, Nines and Sevens)
(Pre 65%, Flop 72%, Turn 30%)
SB shows 8 6 (Straight, Ten High)
(Pre 35%, Flop 28%, Turn 70%)
SB wins 117.2 BB




GG Poker - $0.50 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BTN: 25.02 BB
SB: 39.5 BB
BB: 108.92 BB
UTG: 100 BB
MP: 100 BB
Hero (CO): 119.36 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has K Q

fold, MP raises to 3 BB, Hero raises to 9 BB, fold, fold, fold, MP calls 6 BB

Flop: (19.5 BB, 2 players) 7 T K
MP checks, Hero bets 9.76 BB, MP calls 9.76 BB

Turn: (39.02 BB, 2 players) 9
MP checks, Hero checks

River: (39.02 BB, 2 players) J
MP bets 29.28 BB, Hero calls 29.28 BB

MP shows Q A (Straight, Ace High)
(Pre 74%, Flop 26%, Turn 16%)
Hero shows Q K (Straight, King High)
(Pre 26%, Flop 74%, Turn 84%)
MP wins 97.58 BB


usually wouldnt coldcall there, was a combo of tilt and CO and BB being big fish

GG Poker - $0.50 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

Hero (BTN): 123.96 BB
SB: 96 BB
BB: 89.66 BB
UTG: 114.72 BB
MP: 609.54 BB
CO: 270.52 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 8 6

fold, fold, CO raises to 2.2 BB, Hero calls 2.2 BB, fold, BB calls 1.2 BB

Flop: (7.1 BB, 3 players) Q 6 8
BB checks, CO bets 3.78 BB, Hero raises to 14.78 BB, fold, CO calls 11 BB

Turn: (36.66 BB, 2 players) J
CO checks, Hero bets 27.5 BB, CO calls 27.5 BB

River: (91.66 BB, 2 players) K
CO checks, Hero checks

CO shows Q K (Two Pair, Kings and Queens)
(Pre 61%, Flop 25%, Turn 18%)
Hero shows 6 8 (Two Pair, Eights and Sixes)
(Pre 39%, Flop 75%, Turn 82%)
CO wins 91.66 BB


send good karma my friends, I need it

cheers!
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Old 09-24-2020, 02:40 PM   #18
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Re: Grind and travel and grind some more

Good karma incoming!
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Old Yesterday, 06:41 AM   #19
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Re: Grind and travel and grind some more

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Good karma incoming!
Thank you my 2+2bff!

Went back to the regtable grind. They even have a daily leaderboard there too now at gg. But the rake is too damn high even with this. So I will focus on the austrian site still when games are running there.

NL50 regtable graph so far.




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GG Poker - $0.50 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BB: 100.18 BB
UTG: 100 BB
MP: 103.68 BB
CO: 125.8 BB
BTN: 100 BB
Hero (SB): 131.48 BB

Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has T 9

fold, fold, CO raises to 2.5 BB, fold, Hero raises to 10 BB, fold, CO raises to 30.02 BB, Hero raises to 50.04 BB, CO calls 20.02 BB

Flop: (101.08 BB, 2 players) 4 7 2
Hero bets 81.44 BB and is all-in, fold

Hero shows T 9 (High Card, Ten)

Hero wins 101.08 BB


Trying to grind out a roll from what I have in my gg account. I´m actually still okish rolled to play the NL200€ games as well, but after a kind of expensive and punty (but very fun) stay in Bulgaria I am trying to make some nitty and sound financial decisions again and just grind it out at NL50 and 100 mostly for now. Shouldn´t take me too long with the right focus.
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Old Yesterday, 10:11 AM   #20
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Old Yesterday, 10:53 AM   #21
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Keep it coming Thomas.
May the cards be with you.
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Old Today, 09:20 AM   #22
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Re: Grind and travel and grind some more

Ok rayfox, more for you!

A bit of heads up shenanigans against a guy I have marked as bad reg/semifish. We had played 20 hands or so at that point.

First this hand happened

iPoker - €0.50 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 2 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

Hero (BB): 100 BB
SB: 106.26 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 7 3

SB raises to 2 BB, Hero calls 1 BB

Flop: (4 BB, 2 players) T J T
Hero checks, SB checks

Turn: (4 BB, 2 players) J
Hero bets 6.6 BB, SB calls 6.6 BB

River: (17.2 BB, 2 players) K
Hero bets 5.1 BB, SB calls 5.1 BB

SB shows A 8 (Two Pair, Jacks and Tens)
(Pre 67%, Flop 80%, Turn 95%)
Hero mucks 7 3 (Two Pair, Jacks and Tens)
(Pre 33%, Flop 20%, Turn 5%)
SB wins 26.58 BB


Then two hands later:

iPoker - €0.50 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 2 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

Hero (BB): 100 BB
SB: 121.64 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 9 3

SB raises to 2 BB, Hero calls 1 BB

Flop: (4 BB, 2 players) 7 A 2
Hero checks, SB checks

Turn: (4 BB, 2 players) 9
Hero bets 6.6 BB, SB calls 6.6 BB

River: (17.2 BB, 2 players) K
Hero bets 5.1 BB, SB raises to 22.74 BB, Hero raises to 91.4 BB, fold

Hero mucks 9 3 (One Pair, Nines)

Hero wins 61.68 BB



Both these defends aren´t something I would normally do, but against minraises, and a bad player... In the first hand I am testing the waters a bit. Second hand I discussed a lot with Shipnickle. He prefers ch/c turn and ch/? depending on V sizing etc, because our hand has too much showdown value against a lot of his checkbacks.
I think my thought behind playing my hand like this is that this combo is absolute bottom of my range (preflop). On turn he could be calling worse. I feel his river raise will be a more merged range and some pure bluffs like JT/T8, because I took this line with 7 high two hands before. So I just rip it because he will fold so much there. I don´t think he will checkback AK, A7, 77 or 22 on the flop. So that leaves AA, KK and 1 combo of 99 for him to call. Maybe some K7/K2 but that he probably folds as well....

He tank folded, so I am pretty sure he had some decend sd value, at least Ax.

What you guys thinking of this?
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