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My name is Sam, I'm 35 and identify as a fish. I've played poker since I turned 18 and played professionally for 7-8 years of my adult life (pre solvers). The years in between then and now were spent working as a chef on tour in the music biz (final tour i did was the Rolling Stones) before moving onto films (final film I did was the new Bond) and then COVID happened... 

I initially went back to poker during the first lockdown with an out of date skillset and a bad work life balance with almost no time devoted towards studying. After a bad run and about a -10k downswing I decided to put a stop to playing and study theory as a hobby until I felt confident in my game again.

This blog is being started with the intention of detailing my progress as I work towards becoming a breakeven player and spin up a bankroll for a US trip next year with some banter and strategy sprinkled in. Most of my volume will be in cash with some MTT punts and occasional sports betting.

My return to the tables in September started off hot and I even managed to bink a UOS low rebuy for +£1k!

Net Unibet winnings (Year): £2390

Net Unibet winnings (Lifetime):  -£1188.42

Goals for the month: Quit smoking, Update blog weekly, Play 45k cash hands, No shot taking, HQ Study sessions, Activate rungood



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Welcome and good luck, 🍀 

Goals for the month:

Quit smoking, Just do it, easier than you think and your health and pockets will thank you.

 Update blog weekly, Harder to do than you think, if you're running good you'll want to play, running bad and you'll postpone it.   

Play 45k cash hands, Too many for me, go for it. 

No shot taking, We all say that till we do it.  

HQ Study sessions,  I'm too old.  

Activate rungood  Definitely.

Looking forward to some juicy results. 😄


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"How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?"

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Just a quick update since I haven't played much volume yet this month.

Nicotine withdrawal has  had some "interesting" side-effects. When I am playing a lot of tables I find that lots of hands are almost auto 3bets or auto folds, your subconscious has made the decision for you whilst you concentrate on the more complicated scenarios. When I am playing lots of tables at the moment my "automatic" decision making is definitely not running as well as it normally does. I've had to quit a lot of sessions early as I have suddenly flicked back to a table to find I 3bet an UTG reg with AJ67 with 4 spades and now have a flop decision I should never have to make due to my poor preflop choices. 

On 10/1/2021 at 8:32 PM, GR1ZZL3R said:

Play 45k cash hands, Too many for me, go for it. 



I couldn't agree more 😄 So far I have had 1 cigarette in 4 days and am starting to feel better for it physically so I am hoping to catch up on volume in the latter half of the month.

Things could definitely be worse.  As it stands I am +£25 on the week after bricking every tournament and playing  B- cash games.

Net Unibet winnings (Year): £2415

Net Unibet winnings (Lifetime):  -£1163.42

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Much better mental game at the tables, I moved down to .10-.25 & .25/.50 as I was still a bit wary of punting/tilting from the nicotine withdrawal but am happy to say I played and ran great. Still had to cut a few sessions off early as I could feel the stress levels rising but I didn't play a single hand on a table more than I should have so overall very happy.

I donated £20 to the MTT community league before realising I would rather stick molten hot pins in my eyes than be forced to play a full schedule of £10 freezouts again and continued on with cash games. Good luck to all that endure it!

Due to my cautious approach I've only managed around 7k hands of a target of 11k for the week so am looking to start scaling up volume. I have noticed that if I play any more than 5 tables simultaneously I will lose a lot of depth to my thought process (I'm old AF now) so 5 tabling 40k hands in 3 weeks... bring it on!

0/3 on e-sports (LOL WC) bets for another -£30 but I run good where it counts so its OK

All in all, a great week. I hope you all feel the same!

P.S. There is a distinct lack of HH's in this blog so far but that's due to the fact I am playing on a very old laptop and grabbing screenshots just isn't viable at the moment. I am in the process of building my man cave which will have a desktop PC instead of a laptop so HH's will follow soon!

❤️ Sam

Net Unibet winnings (Year): £3090

Net Unibet winnings (Lifetime):  -£488.42

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I am officially out of the hole! And completely free from smoking! I even threw the vape in the bin and it feels F*cking good 😄

I did break one of my blog targets and on the tail end of the recent rungood I sat 100PLO for an hour.



Biggest hand in terms of BBs:

Game #1566666682: Table €25 PL - 0.10/0.25 - Pot Limit Omaha - 06:51:30 2021/10/07
*** Seated players ***
Seat 1: loserbooser (€33.46) - early bird
Seat 2: plotrix (€25.98)
Seat 3: Bongihiiri (€70.61)
Seat 4: ACRRTY (€58.77) - early bird (sitting out)
Seat 5: ButtonB (€25.15)
Seat 6: nonpareil (€73.38)
*** Blinds and button ***
plotrix has the button
Bongihiiri posts small blind €0.10
ButtonB posts big blind €0.25
*** Hole cards ***
Dealt to Bongihiiri [Jc Jh Kd 2s]
Dealt in ButtonB
Dealt to nonpareil [8s Js Qc 9c]
Dealt in loserbooser
Dealt in plotrix
*** Preflop ***
nonpareil raises €0.85 to €0.85
loserbooser calls €0.85
plotrix folds
Bongihiiri calls €0.75
ButtonB raises €4 to €4.25
nonpareil calls €3.40
loserbooser calls €3.40
Bongihiiri calls €3.40
*** Flop *** [Jd Tc 7c]
Bongihiiri bets €17
ButtonB folds
nonpareil raises €68 to €68
loserbooser folds
Bongihiiri calls €49.36, and is all-in
Uncalled bet returned to nonpareil: €1.64
*** Showdown ***
*** Turn *** [Jd Tc 7c] [Kh]
*** River *** [Jd Tc 7c] [Kh] [6h]
Bongihiiri shows [Jc Jh Kd 2s], Three of a kind, Jacks
nonpareil shows [8s Js Qc 9c], A Straight
nonpareil wins €147.22
*** Summary ***
Total pot €149.72 Rake €2.50
Seat 1: loserbooser: bet €4.25 and won €0, net result: €-4.25
Seat 3: Bongihiiri: bet €70.61 and won €0, net result: €-70.61
Seat 5: ButtonB: bet €4.25 and won €0, net result: €-4.25
Seat 6: nonpareil: bet €72.25 and won €148.86, net result: €76.61

Biggest hand in terms of £££:

Game #1567063551: Table €100 PL - 0.50/1.00 - Pot Limit Omaha - 22:19:49 2021/10/07
*** Seated players ***
Seat 1: dachriiii (€145.31)
Seat 2: Jamesbodman (€254.23)
Seat 4: 5amba (€101)
Seat 5: SikaRillo (€100)
Seat 6: plopedro (€226.16)
*** Blinds and button ***
5amba has the button
SikaRillo posts small blind €0.50
plopedro posts big blind €1
*** Hole cards ***
Dealt in SikaRillo
Dealt to plopedro [Qh Jh Tc Ts]
Dealt in dachriiii
Dealt in Jamesbodman
Dealt to 5amba [9c Ah 9d Jc]
*** Preflop ***
dachriiii folds
Jamesbodman folds
5amba raises €3.50 to €3.50
SikaRillo folds
plopedro raises €10 to €11
5amba calls €7.50
*** Flop *** [Qc Td 9h]
plopedro bets €11.25
5amba calls €11.25
*** Turn *** [Qc Td 9h] [Kc]
plopedro bets €22.50
5amba raises €78.75 to €78.75, and is all-in
plopedro calls €56.25
*** Showdown ***
*** River *** [Qc Td 9h] [Kc] [4d]
5amba shows [9c Ah 9d Jc], A Straight, Ace high
plopedro shows [Qh Jh Tc Ts], A Straight, King high
5amba wins €199.50
*** Summary ***
Total pot €202.50 Rake €3
Seat 4: 5amba: bet €101 and won €199.50, net result: €98.50
Seat 5: SikaRillo: bet €0.50 and won €0, net result: €-0.50
Seat 6: plopedro: bet €101 and won €0, net result: €-101



I have 5 esports bets open on the account for a max return of ~£200 (2 of which win or lose today) Other than that it is back to the grindstone! Low stakes grinding to minimise the chances of redepositing and DEFINITELY no sitting higher than 50. 

Thanks for reading! The next update will be when I either have to redeposit or hit £400 on the account.

❤️ Sam

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have fun with the blog sam😍

i am a life long alcoholic and know how hard it is to quit a drug but how rewarding it is and how mucy it helps my poker! so well done for kicking the 'cigs'

gl and run well

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Thank you for the kind words guys, 

INTERESTING day yesterday, I woke up to news that one of my open bet's had a roster change (Fnatic) and went from evens to 2:1 so I had an extra 20 on it before the game starts. The replacement player didn't warrant that much of a change in the odds so I felt fine about. It lost. I was on tilt over the roster change. Roster changes prematch are a lot rarer in esports than in traditional sports as injuries aren't really a thing so the fact this happened pissed me off. I had another £5 bet and then a £90. Both losses.

That was the first time I've ever felt on tilt from betting sports and betting on games I had no opinion of, it will also be the last time I do it. For 6 months 😉

Fortunately, I run a lot better at card games than I do at betting on children's video games and booked a small win overall ~£50. (I'm still salty about it)

When I fired up some tables this morning I was pleasantly surprised to see all the same names from 11.30pm last night still playing at 6am with 1kbb stacks on several tables. There is absolutely nothing I like for breakfast more than the money of tired bad regs.

Biggest pot: 4b pre  to 46bb so the shortstack could rejam and reopen the betting and we squeeze the other deepstack and flip for the money, but the nit just flatted. AI On flop, easiest hold of my life     



Onwards and upwards we go! Short break to enjoy the DOTA 2 and LoL matches before recommencing the grind later tonight. I know I am a massive nerd.


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Humble pie! That is what I had for breakfast this morning.. Small downswing over the last few sessions to bring me back to my senses and stop being an arrogant twat. Definitely didn't play my best either and punted 80% of a stack OTR with only imaginary fold equity.



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Well, the blog run good continues. After a few nice sessions where I played & ran well I cashed out some profit and am now officially a winning player on Unibet! For now atleast. 😉

Biggest pot won (298.36BB) MP raise I call in CO, BU 3b, SB cold call, MP call, I roll a 97 and repot feeling pretty good based on opponent's frequencies. BU Jams and SB calls, I call. It turns out I was 32.69% pre so slightly +EV, I actually expected to have more than that vs non AA hands but there you go. LOLmaha



When I hit 60k XP Ill have 4500BP to spend but I am planning on saving them up for the entire quarter 



Net Unibet winnings (Year): £4,309.45

Net Unibet winnings (Lifetime):  £731.03


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The post-smoking cough has started and it is disgusting, I won't go into any more detail than that.

Ran pretty bad yesterday but the day was saved by some absolute legend who just decided to start 4bet/calling me and only me for stacks every time I 3bet him. EVERY. TIME.  Fast foward a few hours and I managed to get out of the 5 BI hole and back into some profit.

I decided to spend my BP on a cash game ticket instead of saving them as there is no real incentive to save them other than a 2% discount on the top end playthrough bonus. Considering I will already have playthrough bonuses active by the time I purchase it, I don't really see the point.

The site going down has actually given me a chance at doing OK in the rake race this week, since the eastern european androids who usually grind 18 hours a day missed out a large chunk of playtime yesterday in their prime hours. Every cloud...



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As I was starting this update I realised I have messed up math somewhere with my winnings totals so I am gonna simplify it to one figure for future updates: Net profit

I fell off of the rake race leaderboard because I joined the dark side and went to play some poker in the real world vs some live fish. The game was atrocious.

1/2 NL vs four 2/5+ regs who I know from the Vic/Hippodrome in London and one 5/10+ reg who I hadn't seen since 2018 because he has been in Macau. Everyone is back because of the pandemic and it was my first time playing live since March 2019 for the same reason so I had no idea what the game was like.  I have played in some bad 1/2 games in my life but that one takes the cake. Left after an hour and about an orbit after losing 50BBs with QQ < AA in a 3b pot to the high stakes Macau reg. In a 1/2 game in Portsmouth. Go figure.

Glad my improved discipline levels helped me to pick up from the game though, That is the first time I have ever picked up from a live game in my life! Previously When I sit a game in a casino I play until it breaks or I can't stay awake anymore.


Net profit (including BP + Tickets) £925.71

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