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I figured people would get annoyed if I kept posting my poker results in "the poker chit chat" thread so why not make a dedicated thread for it instead!

I'm a Finnish guy in my early 20s. Poker is a hobby for me, mostly a way to relax and lessen my stress in the evenings. I enjoy it as long as I feel like I am making good decisions and winning money. I've only been playing when I have felt sharp enough for it.

I started around the end of November (maybe 30th or 31st) by depositing 60€. So far I have almost only played NL 4 cash games (playing 4 tables at once). I took a shot at NL10 when my bankroll was around 130€ but I lost about 25€ after maybe a four hour session. After today my bankroll is at 201.58€.

In the past I have played on Unibet by starting from similar sums of money. This summer (2019) I got to 380€ with pretty agressive bankroll management playing SnGs mostly, but I blew most of the bankroll after that because of my reckless bankroll management and not playing so well.

I think I will mostly be sharing what I have been up to in poker, my results, and maybe interesting hands every now and then. I don't really have any specific goals regarding poker or this blog, I will just keep playing and moving up in stakes when it feels appropriate, and posting on the blog when I feel like. I have not decided yet if I want to take shots at NL 10 again or if I still feel like growing my bankroll with NL 4 for a while, but I'm leaning towards still playing NL 4 for a bit.

If I get sucessful enough to consider moving up to NL25 I might try learning some PLO instead because I've heard the NL 25 rake is quite high, but that is still in the distant future :P.

 

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Today's session went well. I was running well and there were some quite bad players in the mix. For example one player kept bluffing all in post flop with pretty random hands and I was lucky enough to win maybe about 12€ from that player. After about 3 and a half hours I had a net profit of about 53€ in total.

Here is the craziest play that I made during the session http://www.pokerhandreplays.com/view.php/id/9797107.

Villain was playing back against me a lot. He (or she) had a very high 3bet rate against me preflop and he was raising a lot of flops too (and he calling most of my 3bets preflop too). I thought the flop would not hit villain very well unless villain had a pocket pair, which villain would have less of since villain was 3betting so much. Hence the pretty risky bluff sequence (I maybe should have 3bet all in instead of the sizing I chose because my sizing is a bit of a tell and if villain was dedicated enough with their bluff they could have now gone all in themselves, but whatever, it worked this time :P).

Below is a pic from around the end of the session.

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Pretty neat session there 👍
Although can't fully never understand the minraises from button 3-way, they seem to trigger a lot of rebound-action sometimes when the table is into that rhythm long enough, and somebody gets tired of it by trying something new. (like reraising with garbage or whatever) Well represented a strong hand in the vid, imo. Easy to fold if villain comes over that, and if there were a passive'ish player on the other side, well, that's how things are done well :laugh:
Anyway, nice to to read these, and hopefully lot's of 'em more to come 🆒
GG's

Edit. Or if he/she does the raising alot, only needs to play back even more and accept the beat if/when they come 😏

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Thankyou @Rushbie !

Yeah good points regarding the hand! I am risking less there by raising less and I guess that is probably a good thing since villain mostly either has a high pocket pair or they don't so if they don't they are probably going to fold for even a small raise.

Yeah I'm not sure if the minraises are good. I mostly do it because I think it is possible to play slightly more hands preflop with a minraise strategy and if bigblinds are likely to overfold anyway against any preflop raise size then it's a good price for me to steal the blinds. Also it's good if you are lazy because minraising only takes one click :P. On the other hand I guess I would build a bigger pot against my opponents if I raise bigger (which would probably be a good thing).

I've also noticed that having a big stack on the table seems to alter how people play against you quite a bit sometimes. Some people see it as a challenge and become more agressive and also some players get more scared.

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So today was the first time since my last post that I had time to play poker (apart from a short SnG session with about 10 2€ SnGs with a net loss of about 3€ some time before Christmas).

Today I ended up losing about 7€ playing 4 tables of NL4 cash games for a session of about 4 hours. I played badly at first by bluffing too much and lost some unlucky hands too, but later in the session I was able to win back some of my losses after I adjusted my play. I was more tired than I should be when playing poker and that probably affected my results :P.

The most interesting hand in my opinion and one of the hands that I am most happy with from this session is the following hand (I was the player in the cutoff who had AA): http://www.pokerhandreplays.com/view.php/id/9824174

The villain UTG is a cash game regular (I remember seeing that profile playing poker quite many times in the past). They seemed to be pretty tight post flop and I don't have any memory of them actually ever bluffing.They seemed to be pretty tight preflop too despite the fact that in this hand villain is limping UTG.

Preflop: I have AA and I can't think of any good reason not to raise, so I do raise. In hindsight my raise sizes against limpers are probably too small and I should change my overall strategy from raising 3x to raising 4x against an open limp (players who limp seem to almost always call that raise size so the raise is clearly not big enough if I want to extract max value).

Flop: I have top set on a really dry flop, and I think it's pretty normal to check back and give villain a chance to bluff. A small bet with my whole range might be ok too because I probably have a range advantage on this flop, but with me holding AA specifically I think a check back can't be too bad.

Turn: Villain checks again and I think checking or betting here are both probably good. I decide to bet because there are some draws now (like flush draws and maybe straight draws like J9s) and villain would probably call any pair here. In hindsight I probably should have gone bigger with my bet, something around 3/4 pot instead of 1/2 pot to give draws a worse price and extract more value from pairs. (Sidenote: The fact that villain didn't bet the turn with a flush draw reinforces the idea that they are tight in case I ever see the same player in the future).

River: Villain leads into me on a card that completes flush draws. I though quite long about if I should call or raise. If I raised I think villain would call with AT, A6s, A8s, A3s, TT, 88, 66, T8s and a few Ax top pair hands sometimes (AJ,A9s and the combos of AQ that don't 3bet preflop). Bacause I have AA myself there are not actually that many combos of these hands. There are maybe only about 30 combos of these hands at most, even if villain limps all these hands preflop, leads all of them on the river and never bets or raises the turn with them (so in reality there are far fewer, most likely less than 10). I also think the river lead just looks a lot like a flush (it would be a weird play from two pair or a strange bluff from a seemingly tight player). So even if there are only a few combos of flushes in villains range it is probably too many for me to raise the river bacause villain can then reraise all in with flushes and I would get rekt. I called and villain left the table almost immediately after showdown lol, I'm not sure if it was a coincidence or not.

However the fact that I have the ace of hearts makes it more close, and maybe I am being results oriented. What do you think?

After playing I realized that I had 37 Santas challenge bronze tokens to play (Santas challenge did not display earlier on the in browser version for some reason). I ended up winning 13 bronze freeroll tickets, 30 bonus points and 4€, so in the end I didn't lose much on the day (only a 3€ loss).

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Great analysis @CuteRaven 

I typically find that if villain is on the tight passive side then suddenly comes out betting on the turn, or especially the river, then they almost always have "it." You said you hadn't seen him bluffing, and he didn't bet the turn, all the more reason to expect the worst when he bets the river. We all know how hard it is to lay down the big hand when flopping so well, but I think the more times you call in those situations, the more times you'll see the bad news. His type want to see as many flops as cheaply as possible, stay in the hand as long as possible, and will only ever commit when they've made their hand, usually fairly easy to play against as you may not always know if you're ahead but definitely get told when you're behind. :happy:

 

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@CuteRaven wrote:

I called and villain left the table almost immediately after showdown lol, I'm not sure if it was a coincidence or not.

 


Villain was reg and UTG, so maybe he just had the "leave next BB" active, and would've drawn anything somewhat playable to the end as a final hand before taking a break 😏

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@GR1ZZL3R Thanks! Yeah, I think you are right. It's hard to fold a hand like that though :P. Sometimes I do bump into players who get frustrated when they they miss their draw and just decide to lead to see if you fold. And then sometimes you have clueless players that overvalue their hand and decide to lead the river. This player definately did not seem like either though :D

@Rushbie Yeah good point, you are almost certainly right.

In the past few weeks I have played a couple of poker sessions but been quite lazy to visit this forum (and a bit busy with university too). But what is new is that most of the sessions that I have played have been Pot limit Omaha. I got a bit bored with NLHE and was inspired by the Galfond challenge to play more PLO :D Basically I have had a couple sessions where I have been 4 tabling PL 4€ and listening to the Galfond challenge twitch stream in the background. I have played a bit of PLO in the past but not that much. But I know enough to know rough preflop ranges, some probabilities (e.g roughly how likely an opponent with a random hand is to have a flush and/or a full house on a paired river with 3 of one suit) and some basic game dynamics from watching some PLO gameplay on youtube (mostly from Phil Galfond).

My bankroll is now at about 257€, which is about 60€ more than I had during the last update (mostly thanks to PLO). My impression about PL 4 compared to NL 4 on Unibet are:

-It's seems to be a lot more profitable than NL 4 if you know what you are doing (but maybe variance is fooling me). Most players are either spewy fish, or tight regulars who almost never bluff (easy to fold to or bluff expolitatively). There are a few good regs every now and then of course, and I'm probably not that good yet myself. I'm still constantly learning this complicated game :P

-There is a lot more variance of course. Today my stack on one of the tables reached 33€ and on another table it was 27€ before both tables closed down :P.

-Blockers are more important when bluffing (because you have more cards which means more info on opponents cards), but there is more room to bluff exploitatively too in some situations. For example if a flopped A high flush would be the nuts and if the hand has been checked to the river, it seems like pots with certain opponents are going to be folded 80% to 90% when you bet the river (even 3 way sometimes).

I would maybe post a hand here (I was lucky to win a 28€ pot today lol which is by far the biggest in terms of big blinds that I have ever played I think) but I haven't been able to get a hand replayer website to work for pot limit omaha when I copy and paste the hand description from Unibet into online hand replayers. Do you know anything that would work? I guess I could write some sort of Python script that would convert the Unibet hand history format into the format of another site (e.g pokerstars) so that some of these sites would be able to process the hand description.

I'm also not sure when I should move up in stakes (maybe 300€ for NLHE but for PLO maybe something between a 400€ and 500€ bankroll).

Unrelated to Unibet, I went to play live dealers choice (with 1€, 1€ blinds) to a Finnish casino with friends recently. Dealers choice is a game where the button chooses between the poker variants (all pot limit) of Texas holdem, Omaha, 5 card omaha and Sökö for that hand (in practice most players choose 5 card omaha). I won almost 200€, which was mostly thanks to rungood even though my opponents were also pretty bad. 

Other than poker, I have mostly been studying and another hobby of mine is hiking/enjoying nature (it's nice not to sit too much on the computer!). I'll sign off with a picture of a lake taken from a tree some days after new year (which is rotated the wrong way unfortunately).

 

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@GR1ZZL3R Thanks! Yeah, I think you are right. It's hard to fold a hand like that though :P. Sometimes I do bump into players who get frustrated when they they miss their draw and just decide to lead to see if you fold. And then sometimes you have clueless players that overvalue their hand and decide to lead the river. This player definately did not seem like either though :D

@CuteRaven Yes I agree, players that overvalue their hand or lead out when missing a draw are all over the place but I'm basically meaning the quiet players who call call call or bet small small small then fire out a big bet from nowhere, that's the danger signal, but usually easy to spot. :Smile:

As for moving up in stakes I used to think you should build a big reserve but have now come round to the shot taking view, why not step up a level if you're running well and have a few spare buy ins at the next level?  Good luck and keep posting


 

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@GR1ZZL3R I took your advice about taking shots . I four tabled NL 10 for two hours yesterday, and again two hours today. Yesterday I lost about 10€ and today I won about 50€, so the bankroll sits at 298,91€ currently. 

If I manage to reach something like 500 € then I might try PL 10 at that point as well, but I will keep playing NL 10 until then (and move down in stakes if my bankroll reaches under 200€).

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Probably the most interesting hand from today was this one: http://www.pokerhandreplays.com/view.php/id/9844069

My opponent in this hand was a pretty agressive player who was sitting on a big stack (that was closer to 30€ earlier in the session). At this point the opponent was 3betting almost every hand that he played against me preflop (and he played a lot of hands against me), and was 3betting pretty agressively against other players as well, but more against me than the other players. Villain probably thought that I was loose preflop (I was probably one of the looser players on the table).

Preflop is pretty standard from me I think (against tight opponents I might fold though), this player had not folded against my 4bet yet the few times that I had tried it, so I didn't really see the point of 4betting now with this hand.

Flop: Given how aggro the player was and how wide their range was (and they also seemed to have a very high flop cbet rate), I didn't see a reason to fold

Turn: I call for the same reasons as flop and the fact that I pick up more showdown value. However I'm drawing dead against Kx and my opponent has not stopped betting yet which is maybe a bit worrying. I hadn't played many turns and rivers against this player so this hand was moving towards uncharted territory.

River: My opponent decides to bet again. I didn't think that my opponent would bet the river with JJ and QQ (since I probably am expected to mostly call the river when I have a king myself), which made me happy to exclude those from my opponents range. I also blocked AK,KT,TT and flushes. Mostly because my opponent was pretty aggro and seemingly repping only Kx, I decided to call.

Villain showed down 99, so I won the pot. I was a bit surprised by 99, I though 99 would usually check back the turn. Maybe villain could have QQ or JJ on the river after all. Or maybe villain decided that once I called the flop I should only ever have Kx, so since his hand is never good anyway he might as well turn it into a bluff. Hard to say.

Unfortunately for my opponent he ended up punting his stack away during the rest of my session. He ended up playing a lot more aggro towards the end of the session (probably was quite tilted from losing some hands). On the last hand villain cold 4bets all in for 120 big blinds with 95 suited and gets called by JJ.

 

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A quick update:

I went on my long overdue downswing last week :D. My bankroll was at almost 300€ but I lost about 8 buyins at NL 10 in maybe three hours (I was running bad but tilt and tiredness probably cost me an extra two buyins). Later on another day I played some PL 4. In that session runbad and some playbad set my bankroll at about 187€.

Today I decided to play NL 4 and I was feeling better about my game thanks to better sleep and doing some excersize (excersize has a really big impact on how well my brain works, it manages to surprise me every time all over again). I started out running bad and was down about 5 or 6 buyins at first (some coolers: blind vs blind I had a set on a dry board where my opponent rivered a higher set with pocket 88, and later I lost a hand which was full house vs full house). But later thanks to some run good and the really soft player pool (ah, NL 4, home sweet home :D) I swung back and ended the session up about 14€. I remember one hand where the pot was 3 way and the flop came 4 6 8 with two diamonds. I had pocket 66 and I went all in on the flop with another somewhat tight player, who showed 88 for top set, so I thought that this hand would just be a continuation of my run bad. However I ended up making quads and won the pot. Todays session was about 3 hours (all my sessions have been me playing 4 tables as usual). I also played the double trouble freeroll today but busted that.

So my bankroll is now at about 201€, which is fine. I will try and run it back up with NL 4 and PL 4 games and maybe some tournaments (because of all the missions involving tournaments). Regarding NL 10, I definately think I have an edge there when not too tilted or tired, however the edges are also much smaller than on NL 4 from my limited recent experience, because there are less ultrafish (but of course there are some) at NL 10 than NL 4.

I have about 1700 bonus points and one 6€ cash ticket on my account as well. I'm not sure what I should use the bonus points for yet, I'm debating between heads up SnG (fun fast games with low rake) and cash tickets (I'm probably best at cash, but the tickets are restricted by stake and game type).

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Bankroll is now 233.77€, mostly thanks to some good Banzai action.

I also played some tournaments because of the missions. I ran deep in the €2 buy in 100€ singularity but busted it with this hand against the eventual tournament winner (maybe about 25 players remaining with about 10 places paid, I was around the 3rd to 5th biggest stack):557558905_Unibettournamentbust1.thumb.png.f8cfb8f476f1a40617c2bbcc7ba8c279.png1559723215_Unibettouranmentflopallin.thumb.png.5802d8d048a4c9f89a43a93597f01ed8.png

Banzai also saw some interesting action. The biggest pot I played was against a pretty active player who was not afraid to bluff big and play a lot of big pots in general.1562992537_Unibetbanzaipreflop.thumb.png.2e81be0563bb10fb55e153ad00c788c4.png1719204135_Unibetbanzaibigpotflop.thumb.png.cd169258b900e09e6c7a2f3244c3b39b.png326098018_Unibetbanzaibigpotturn.thumb.png.b2fab85fa818638b8401a6ff5a846b2f.png1351984764_Unibetbanzaibigpotriverallin.thumb.png.91ebe251430a73c0e039a87ad541e814.png

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Thank you @Brocky ! That's encouraging to hear especially from someone with your results :D

Today was quite a good day poker results wise! I was playing some tournaments because of the second stage of the February mission (where you have to play a tournament 3 days in a row). I won the 2€ buy in €100 singularity for about 30€. I also played NL 1 Banzai today and probably won a net amount of about 25€ from those tables. I played a Unibet online series satellite thinking it would complete the Valentine mission, but I guess the satellites don't count. However I won a 25€ UOS ticket. Maybe I will use that ticket tomorrow, lets see :D.

The bankroll is now at 273,61€

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I had a decent session today. I busted all the tournaments that I played, but thanks to a 30€ stack on one Banzai 1€ table, my bankroll now sits at 290,67€.

I also had an ok sized stack on the other Banzai table but I lost it all in this hand: http://www.pokerhandreplays.com/view.php/id/9851131 (the replayer is a bit buggy with sidepots but the player with JT won the whole pot against my QQ). I might have made some sizing mistakes with my 3bet preflop or my flop bets, but the stack sizes and the fact that on the flop I am betting into a hand with a sidepot (which disincentivises bluffs) makes it harder to choose big sizes. But maybe I should have just gone all in preflop in retrospect.

I had quite a big stack in the beginning of the €4000 E70 UOS high (the 25€ buy in one that I got a ticket for yesterday), but because of rapidly increasing blinds and some pots that I lost, it did not last.

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Today after a session of maybe 3 or 4 hours my bankroll is at 302,46 €. I decided to try playing the 1€ 5 player SnGs. I have to say the stakes of 1€ feel pretty small with my bankroll so maybe I should play the 2€ SnG if I ever play SnG again :P. I saw some familiar names though. I played @EL_HEFAZO heads up 3 times and @E3STI heads up once.

I played 17 5 player SnG games. I won 9, came second 2 times and busted the rest. So I ran pretty hot in that small SnG sample.

I also played Banzai but broke even at that (net loss was -0,78€) and I played 8 HexaPro games (profit 1.50€) and I lost one 4€ HU SnG and won a 2€ HU SnG. I got a straight flush twice today, once at an SnG and once at Banzai. The Unibet hand replayer is not working at all right now for me but here is the straight flush hand from Banzai (I am "player 1") http://www.pokerhandreplays.com/view.php/id/9854420

I also played the €300 leaderboard low freezeout. I was running deep (one of the top stacks for a short time) but I busted before the bubble.

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So I played a pretty long long session yesterday. First I played some NL 4€ SnG games and ran quite bad (probably lost between about 30 to 40€).

After that I played some NL 10 cash games. I was 4 tabling and a lot of the same players were on many of my tables so it was possible to get some pretty good reads. Most of the players were either nitty regs who mostly (or sometimes seemingly only) bet value, or players who called too loose. Because of that I was playing quite loose agressive to exploit the overfolding of the nits, and to get the loose passive players to call me a lot (I would have more value against them than the nit regs). I'm not that happy with some of my play during the session but it wasn't too bad I guess (I was maybe a bit tired towards the end).

The cash game session started out pretty badly. I was running into big hands (I lost KK three times in preflop all ins for example, twice to AA and once to AQ), and there were some other coolers too. I was probably 7 or 8 buyins down and (also a clearly bad bluff and a clearly bad call probably cost me almost another 20€). Towards the end of the session though I was playing a better and able to bring it back to relatively even, and I lost about 7€ if I calculated correctly (I had about 70€ on one of the tables!). My bankroll is now at 276,28€.

I had a lot of interesting hands, so I will share some of those, and try not to overanalyse them:

Hand 1: The most interesting hand of the session imo. This hand was against a seemingly nitty player who would almost never bet anything, but occasionally he would start betting massive. I had been coolered by this player two times already when he was betting big and I never saw a bluff from them. I made a tight fold that might be pretty bad, but I was super deep too. I raise the flop because of my agressive play (normally I would call but I want to fast play more value hands than usual with my aggro image). The turn card is really bad because I think so many of villains value hands are now flushes (villain did not reraise flop either which he might with sets given past action). I also block stuff like AQ (I would rather have 44 or 55 which I might 3bet preflop too). On the river the bet is massive, I block two pair like Q9, flushes exist, 67 exists, and I don't think villain would play a set like this (but I could be wrong). So I make a questionable fold .

http://www.pokerhandreplays.com/view.php/id/9860604

Hand 2: This was a pretty hilarious loss against maybe one of the best opponents (lets call them "player A") who was on the tables for a significant amount of time. They were a tight reg who mostly bet when they a) had value b) had a strong draw (that they would give up if it bricked) c) were making a "one and done bluff" (they cbet the flop a lot but gave up on later streets)

http://www.pokerhandreplays.com/view.php/id/9860603

Hand 3: A unusual and questionable river bluff by me against the same player A. I do block some two pairs and AT, the river also pairs up KQ and KJ and villains Qx would be in a tough spot. The flop float is because of a high frequency of flop cbets and then turn/river folds. On the other hand the fact that villain quickly just called the hand he had in this spot makes me feel a lot better about the bluff.

http://www.pokerhandreplays.com/view.php/id/9860606

Hand 4: A loose call that worked. Villain seemed somewhat tilted (I won a hand against them earlier with my flush vs set) and was not repping much exept flushes.

http://www.pokerhandreplays.com/view.php/id/9860605

Hand 5: A hilarious cooler that I actually won (I am "player 3")

http://www.pokerhandreplays.com/view.php/id/9860608

I need to adjust some leaks of mine and not play as much tired, but the session was pretty fun at least :D

 

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I have been playing some NL 10 cash sessions recently. Today I played quite a long session of about 5 hours. I ended up being up about 10€ after a pretty turbulent cash session. I can't really complain because 10€ is still a win but it was a bit frustrating. After the cash games I played two Hexapro's because I had two 2€ Hexapro tickets (because of the gift drops at the cash game tables) and won one Hexapro for 10€. Then I played four €10 heads up SnG games, mostly because I was curious if I would see any familiar screen names. I won three of them and lost one. I played a screen name "Road21K" three times (probably a reg) and then I played a recreational player once. My bankroll is at 365,60€ now.

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Bankroll is now at 475,24€ after a good run at 10€ heads up SnG (and a few 4€ and 2€ HU SnG). I won 34 out of the 57 10€ HU SnG that I played, and I was mostly playing 3 tables. Yeah, I know my bankroll management is a bit aggressive right now (I had a stop loss at 300€, which I luckily did not need to use). Heads up poker is a lot of fun, at least when winning, so it's hard to resist playing those games over some other poker games on Unibet :D

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