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Old 01-19-2013, 12:15 AM   #1
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shooting for the high stakes (HU hypers - from $15s to $1000s)

Hey guys, thought I'd start a PGC thread to try and keep me motivated and on track for my goals. I'll try to post regular updates on BR, VPP count, graphs and some more general thoughts as well.

Poker background:

Deposited $50 in summer of 2011, played a bit of everything before settling on SnGs (with some MTTs thrown in for good measure) played micros and like $0.25-$1.50 games mostly, managed to build up to ~$550 then lost $350 playing $3.50 6-max games. That was in march 2012 and didn't play much until Jun 2012 where I decided to transition to $3.50 HU hypers with a roll of $220. Since then had some big swings and am currently playing $15 HU games on stars and $20 on FTP with a roll of ~$750. I've been as high as $30s/$35s but ran pretty bad so had to move back down.


My main goal this year is to make supernova. Hopefully I'll be close to $100s by the end of the year. My main aim from poker in general is to reach the top of the chain. To try and prepare for this I'm trying to play as many regs as possible at the lower stakes (and higher stakes as I move up) rather than just bumhunting since I feel this will strengthen my game far more than just playing fish. Pretty much all the regs seem to have huge leaks in their game and the few that don't provide a fun challenge for me to try and uncover more hidden leaks/cover my own imbalances they are exploiting. Only problem is hardly any regs are willing to play proper sessions. Ultimately I want to be able to play as high as possible, hopefully I'll be at the high stakes at some point and going for SNE. Won't be able to properly start trying to grind for supernova until I clear ~$420 bonus on FTP but once that is cleared going to try and reach supernova on stars though. Currnetly studying a degree so I have large amounts of time in summer to dedicate to poker where I can rack up lots of points towards supernova. Also going to be using a 50/35 BRM for stakes at $20 or less and a 60/40 BRM for $30s and higher.

If anyone has any questions or wants to see specific graphs of stakes (to compare or w/e) then feel free to ask away.

Graphs of hypers so far (all HU hands played since Jun 2012, Avg BI $11.70):

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Old 01-19-2013, 12:26 AM   #2
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re: shooting for the high stakes (HU hypers - from $15s to $1000s)

I play HU PLO and the variance in those charts make me cry inside.

Good luck friend!
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:32 AM   #3
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I play HU PLO and the variance in those charts make me cry inside.

Good luck friend!
Haha ty. I couldn't imagine playing PLO, I don't think I could cope with anything that increased the variance any more lol.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:41 AM   #4
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Gluck BN,will follow throughout 2013.. TID
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:59 AM   #5
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Gluck BN,will follow throughout 2013.. TID
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Messiah from CC, right?
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:46 AM   #6
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Messiah from CC, right?
That's the 1.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:03 PM   #7
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Played 75 games on stars today (playing a few days there to keep silverstar), was looking like it could be an ugly day at first but sorta made up for it with a late run good. Can't recall any paticularly interesting hands. Going to try and put in a good volume day tomorrow though.

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Old 01-20-2013, 08:08 PM   #8
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Again an ugly start to the day but got better towards the end. I was looking at my graphs again today and worked out I've managed to go $2800 below my adjusted winnings (240 ABIs below ev) which is pretty disgusting. Definitely a good job that I'm pretty good with the mental side of poker and rarely tilt, like in this time I've never played a game I'm not rolled for or started playing really badly due to tilt. If I wasn't good mentally I'd have probably quit by now.

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Old 01-25-2013, 10:07 PM   #9
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Re: shooting for the high stakes (HU hypers - from $15s to $1000s)

So I've managed to maintain silver star (expect to be platinum every month when I mvoe all my play back there) for the time being, now back to full tilt to finish clearing my bonuses, then once those are cleared back to pokerstars again and push on for supernova.

BR: $1090
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:59 PM   #10
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Quite enjoying being back on full tilt, so much easier to sit specific regs which means games get more interesting since you start to build up history and you can really try to exploit some of their tendancies in certain spots whilst having to try and defend against spots where they attack you. Although as a result of this I do expect my roi to be lower but it's fun so worth it imo.

Sorta interesting hand that I discussed on skype today, villain is a reg I've played a decent amount of games against, opens fairly wide and c-bets a decent amount, I expect him to bet pairs+draws otf so when he bets the turn he can have Ax a decent amount, also maybe something that he decided to check back but now wants to rep the A. So when we get to the river I decide to bluff to try and fold out Ax since I think my range should be fairly uncapped (only since I have history I sometimes choose to c/c strong hands so my c/c range isn't too weak v regs) so I can have lots of value hands, also I don't think he expects me to be bluffing that often. Interestingly enough comparing the ev of calling river and raising river I need villain to fold his value range 33.5% of the time to make raising better than calling (I can call 'cos he probs will be bluffing enough here). Even more interestingly for raising to be better than calling it actually doesn't matter if he has 25% air or 90% air, all that matters is how much he folds his range that he was value betting, which I think should far exceed 33.5% since I'm, not gonna be bluffing in this spot with a large enough frequency for calling to be +ev for hi:

Full Tilt - $20Heads-Up|10/20 NL (2 max) - Holdem - 2 players
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Hero (BB): 420
SB: 580

SB posts SB 10, Hero posts BB 20

Pre Flop: (pot: 30) Hero has T 7

SB raises to 40, Hero calls 20

Flop: (80, 2 players) J 9 7
Hero checks, SB checks

Turn: (80, 2 players) A
Hero checks, SB bets 40, Hero calls 40

River: (160, 2 players) 5
Hero checks, SB bets 60, Hero raises to 201, fold

Hero wins 280


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Old 01-29-2013, 07:57 PM   #11
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Re: shooting for the high stakes (HU hypers - from $15s to $1000s)

Not played much last few days since I've had quite a lot of work to do and hard to really motivate yourself when you're not running good.

BR: 893

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Also lifetime full tilt graph, was momentarily at -$1000 but managed to get back into the non four figure minuses. I guess this is the risk you expose yourself to when you try to play nearly all regs, if someone is sat in the lobby I will always sit them rather than sit my own lobby, this is probably the main reason for the huge swings and lower roi than on pokerstars though.


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Old 01-31-2013, 05:23 PM   #12
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Not going to be playing $20s until I win another $300, downswung hard today, just couldn't win a hand or get my money in good.

Summary of the month is net adjusted (+ rakeback) $1152, net won (+rakeback) -$133 so pretty horrible month, I'll post monthly graphs later


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Old 02-01-2013, 06:25 PM   #13
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Re: shooting for the high stakes (HU hypers - from $15s to $1000s)

Are those net expected lines accurate?

I know at one stage they wasn't, then they did a fix and they was and once again...they buggered on an update.

I've gone back to PT3 because PT4 is really beginning to annoy me.

Anyway; gl with challenge blue..will follow closely.

msg me ur skype if u have it & get back on CC; not the same without u lol
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:50 PM   #14
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Re: shooting for the high stakes (HU hypers - from $15s to $1000s)

Played some today and ran really good. Almost won enough to move straight back to $20s in 24 hours, Needed a break from ftp though so going to spend a few days on pokerstars ill I reach silverstar then switch back over, going to try not to be lazy and be done by end of Sunday night (Although have to do coursework so depends how long that takes)

Current BR: $941

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Old 02-01-2013, 08:59 PM   #15
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Are those net expected lines accurate?

I know at one stage they wasn't, then they did a fix and they was and once again...they buggered on an update.

I've gone back to PT3 because PT4 is really beginning to annoy me.

Anyway; gl with challenge blue..will follow closely.

msg me ur skype if u have it & get back on CC; not the same without u lol

With how closely they correlate with my cev lines I would think they do give some form of acceptable measurement (although I'm not actually 100% sure of this, had quite a bit of chat about it in my skype group today and didn't reach any definitive answers)


tyty, and yea I messaged my skype. Also can't go back on CC due to ban lol. tbh I think it's for the best, I probably wasted too many hours on there and I was at the point where, for the games I played, I was gaining nothing from being on the site, also even for the games I didn't play they were still mostly ******s who posted stupid stuff. I still carried on posting advice and stuff out of loyalty (since it was first poker forum I ever went on) I guess even though I'd reached a point where I was gaining nothing but still giving out a lot of advice.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:02 PM   #16
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So weekend out of the way. Ran pretty good and with sharkystrator I tend to play far better games, since I don't really chase many regs with it so it means I don't end up playing 90% regs. I will still rematch as much as I can but I sit lobbies rather than sitting other peoples lobbies. Also won enough to move back up to $20s when I go back to FTP. Have to play 137 more games so should be done by tuesday at latest then back to FRP on wednesday.

BR: $1016
VPPs: 1266

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Old 02-04-2013, 05:31 AM   #17
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Nice results.

You playing $15's with a 1k roll?

Isn't that quite low?
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:25 AM   #18
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Nice results.

You playing $15's with a 1k roll?

Isn't that quite low?
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Nah not really all that low, especially when you're very confident you have decent edge, if I was to say play the $7s with my roll and skill I'd effectively just be lighting money on fire. Also because I don't need money for anything irl I don't have to worry about having a decent cushion in case of downswing and I'm always willing to move up/down as my br dictates so that means I can use pretty aggressive brm as well. Even if I dropped like $400 I still wouldn't need to move down anyway so I have a pretty comfortable cushion.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:41 PM   #19
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Finished on stars for the month, back to $20s on FTP to grind out remaining bonus, need to put in just over 2k games I think to clear it. Think I played pretty well on stars so far this month, I think playing almost all regs on ftp has made my game alot stronger since I've had to concentrate on adapting really well and I'm feeling it's showing now.

BR: $1044
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:20 PM   #20
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1st day back at ftp and huge downswing, I don't think I could hate a site more right now. Probably my own fault for stupid ego warring and then inevitably running horrendously though. Think every time I tried to make a move v 1 reg I ran into the nuts, obv decided the most sensible thing to do would be have 41 matches against him whilst I was running like that, not good.

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Old 02-07-2013, 08:54 PM   #21
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Well had a very swingy day. Managed to win back all the money I lost yesterday + some more, then I managed to lose it all back to a huge fish (who in the midst of this managed 10 wins in a row) then I had a slight resurgence at the end and got some of it back.

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Old 02-13-2013, 08:43 PM   #22
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Haven't played much over the past week, haven't had a ton of time with deadlines + going out. Played quite a bit today though and was very swingy session. Also no longer down a four figure sum (now -$980) on ftp which is nice.

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Old 02-18-2013, 09:27 PM   #23
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Decided to start playing some $15 cap HU cash as well as my normal games to keep things nice and fun. Not played as much as I would've like with tests and deadlines over past few days but got in very big volume today. Also on a pretty big upswing which is nice, only like 4BI away from having another shot at $35s where hopefully I run good and can establish myself there since last time I was there I was back down to $10s within the month.

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Old 02-18-2013, 09:30 PM   #24
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Subscribed. Looking forward to reading this thread. All the best mate.
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