Off to Malta next week for a couple of weeks. Get away from the British weather, and I’ve got an apartment near the casinos so planning on playing some live cash, a handful of live tourneys, and some online sng grind in between.
The Battle of Malta series is on, so will be playing that, looks like a great tournament, €550 buyin, huge field expected. Been playing a few mtts on Unibet recently, no results worth speaking of but found a few common spots where I’m lost, so will do a bit of work on that before Malta. SNGs are a really fantastic training ground for MTTs in general; obviously I’m very biased but I tend to think a “good” sng reg is considerably better in mtts than a “good” mtt reg.
Still, things like how much antes change our range in full ring mtts, our opening range from EP full ring and how best to respond to EP opens are things I need to work on.
Been a great week at sngs, 100s are running a bit more often, games in general seem to have decent liquidity for an hour or so later in the evening than I’m used to.
Considering doing a free coaching giveaway, not sure how best to coach on unibet without hh, if anyone’s got any ideas how best to do this, please let me know.
games in general seem to have decent liquidity for an hour or so later in the evening than I’m used to.
At the SNG25s late at night? You're welcome...
Awesome blog man. Really inspiring read. I have recently came to unibet after becoming sick of heads up hypers on stars which I've played on and off over the past couple of years with okay results at 7s and 15s most of my games were 7s though.
I intended to play only hu at unibet but I'm not a huge fan of the larger stacks which is essentially a turbo and not a hyper which in used too. Plus I have already fallen in love with the 5 max games now so planning on grinding up through the stakes if possible!
Coaching freeroll sounds Awesome! Do you coach in general btw or is this just something you want to try out?
What would you recommend for brm for the smaller stakes on unibet €4 games specifically?
Thanks @UAC, if you’re planning on starting out at the 5max €4s, and you were a longterm winner at $7 hu hypers on stars, you’ll be the best player in that player pool. HU is probably the most important skill in these games, you’ll be getting hu much more often than in the usual 6max format, and you’ll be deeper on average, it’s very common to be 25bb effective or more at hu, which you’ll be very familiar with. Study ICM a bit and you will crush.
I quite like the idea of coaching somebody up a couple of buyin levels, as a challenge for myself, but seems kinda tricky to coach on Unibet without hh.
Difficult to say about brm, depends on your roi, and how much risk you’re prepared to take. There’s software out there that can model it. I don’t play the 4s anymore, but was getting about 12% ROI, and based on my results in other games, was probably running a few % below ev in these games.
Good luck in the games, sure I’ll see you at the higher games once you’ve grinded your way there.
Been in Malta for a week now, nice place, beautiful weather, a lot of St Julians seems to cater to lowest common denominator drunk brits abroad which is unfortunate, and also probably quite hypocritical since I’m a Brit and I’ve got drunk on every night I’ve been out.
Got an Airbnb in St Julian’s, had to move since they were demolishing the building next door to mine, my apartment was literally shaking from the work every 7am.
Played 3 live mtts, about 5 hours live cash and maybe 7 or 8 hours online sngs. +€200 live cash, +€700 sngs, -€900 live mtts.
Some interesting spots in the mtts, interesting to me at least since I don’t play too many mtts so I’m always questioning my play. Having seen the standard of play I’m very sure I’m in the top 5% of these fields, in spite of possibly butchering a few hands each day:
Redbet €200; mid final day, I’ve got about 90k, bit below avg. MP fish opens to 5.3k off 40k stack at 1k/2k/200, I 3bet to 15k with QQ from CO, villain flats. Dry ace high flop, he checks, I shove for 25k effective into 34k pot, he calls AJs. Definitely messed this up, think my 3bet should be a little smaller to induce more flats and shoves. Flops a clear checkback, was just so baffled in game when he didn’t get it in pre, and figured at time I’m probably never folding if he bets. If he ever bets it’s never with worse as I block a lot of the broadways he might peel and attempt to bluff, and his mid pocket pairs just try to get to showdown and I don’t need to protect my equity here.
Redbet €200, bustout hand. MP nit minraises and I shove 20bb on btn with ATo, he calls AJo. I’m happier with this hand, villain had been openshoving all his nutted hands (he’d shoved 40bb with QQ earlier, apparently was doing similar with AA on day 1), so we can take those hands out of his range. Minraise looks very weak from this playertype, think I found the only hand he plays this way that has me in bad shape. 12th/71 for €0.
Played €550 Battle of Malta day 1A yesterday, late regged half way through level 3, very first hand I’m dealt into big blind with 25k starting stack at 100/200/25. Utg limps, good aggro Italian (I played with him in a tournament earlier in the week) raises to 625 from co, btn calls, I 3bet AKo to 2500, utg shoves 14k, back to me, I fold. Think it’s ok, my 3bet possibly should be a little bigger. Think I run into AA here a lot.
BofM, down to 16k, utg opens to 800 at 150/300/25, I 3bet utg+1 with JJ to 2.5k, he shoves for my effective stack. I fold. Probably should flat pre, no reads on player he just sat.
Bustout hand BoM, I open 99 utg to 900 at 200/400, the good aggro Italian 3bets CO to 2.6k, I shove for 30bb total, he calls AA. This seems close, he definitely has bluffs here, dunno.
Battle of Malta day 1B in a few hours, lot of tough spots, second best hands and failed bluffs yesterday, hopefully a bit better luck with card distribution today, tournament seems very soft overall. Any thoughts on those hands appreciated.
Hey ,am, thanks for the response. Yeah I played around 5k 7s heads up on stars with a decent(ish) win rate, like 53% itm... Intended to play hu on unibet but idk don't like the structure and prefer the 5 mans now I think. Agree with you completely on hu in these. People play pretty bad and stacks are often deep enough for a lot of play for someone with my experience hu.
ICM is definitely something I need to look at, as I think 3 handed is probably where I am making my most errors after my first sample of games. I seem to be pushing too hard and seems people have really tight shoving ranges 3 handed, so i am just playing almost every hand lol.
Well, if you can come up with a decent way of doing it (no ideas mysef right now either), I would definitely be up for some coaching as I am looking to take these games seriously and move up the ranks with the vieww of making some decent money at the higher levels if possible.
On to the hands from Malta, pretty much agree with your thoughts. QQ hand could maybe 3b to 11/12k, but having said that the hands these players cal with doesn't really change much with sizing, so getting him to call a little more pre with a strong ahnd isn't such a bad thing. But yeah, once you get to the flop you must check as they're never folding any A and never bluffing there either, so may aswell try bink your two outer.
The ATo hand is close I would say, depending on just how nitty he is, but again most of these players are folding to resteals way too much even thogh they are probably opening tighter than we thnk it is still good. Especially if h has like an awkward stack size of 30-40bb where your stack is a big chunk of his chips.
Ak hand is wp imo, sizing is okay too. Once UTG limp shoves he always has you crushed.
JJ hand 3b fold or just flatting is okay with your stack size I thik. Hard not to be results orientated, but 3b here wins the pot a lot of times and stops you going 4-5 way to the flop alot too.
99 hand is another close spot, tough really, I guess it really depends on how he percieves you. Although he is aggro and getting in 99 with 30bb can't be too bad, if he sees you as decent he will know you UTG opening rnage from a 30bb stack is strong and a lot of those hands you will be prepared to 4b jam
Think that’s me done with live mtts for this trip. Battle of Malta day 1B went better (or worse, if you value time, which I do) than 1A. Still bust last level of the day. Was a 12 hour day and I was pretty exhausted by the end of it, probably wouldn’t have played if I knew how many levels they were fitting into one day.
Folded for about 3 hours straight to start the day, just terrible starting hands and 10 handed poker. Pulled a fairly ridiculous double barrel bluff for all of it with king high because I figured my image was worlds biggest nit at that point, I was correct, got villain to fold aces face up. Then ran into some great spots that played themselves from my perspective and got up to 3x average. Didn’t get much more go my way from then.
Bustout hand, last level of the day, blinds 1.2/2.4k/300. I open utg to 5k with AQs from 100k stack, btn new to the table 3bets to 17k from 100k, I shove, he calls AKo. This seems like another tough spot to me, I think it’s either a very standard shove vs some opponents and a very easy fold vs others, or a call?!? Readless I just don’t know, have a tough time with these early position plays, I just don’t study mtts at all, don’t run into these spots in sngs.
Next, Playing Manchester Unibet UK tour in December as I’ve got a ticket.
Gonna do a coaching freeroll.
Conditions: you need to post your interest in this thread including why you want to get coaching, and you need to PM me your 5max sng results for Oct 2017 (go to the help thread and request your results from unibet). You need good spoken English.
What you get: teamviewer sessions where I watch your play and give you feedback, all the secret sauce. Available on whatsapp for any specific questions. Im not the greatest ever, but I’m the biggest 5max sng winner on unibet, so I don’t suck. This is coaching for 5max sng’s only.
Mainly doing this as a challenge to myself.