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Brocky Rank 16
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Hi all, 

As I lay in bed at 1am on a Thursday morning having work in a few hours I thought to myself what better time than to create a blog to track my progress through my 2018 poker life?  

A little about me - I'm a 26 year old accountant who has been playing poker on/off for 10 years.  Up until the age of about 24 I played religiously, sometimes from the moment I woke up to the moment I went to bed.  I've played cash, MTT's, SNG's, HUSNG's, pretty much everything but with varying success.  My biggest issue is that ultimately I've always loved chasing losses at stakes I would be better off avoiding, even though I have learned over the years how not to tilt at the tables.

For the past couple of years poker has definitely taken a backseat as I've focused on my career and relationships but I think 2018 is the perfect time to get earning some extra money, pay off those debts and maybe even store a little away for a deposit on a house.  

I deposited £300 around Christmas and managed to spin it up to 1k euros which I felt gave me the perfect opportunity for this challenge, which itself is fairly simple:

Reaching the highest stakes HUSNG's without playing outside of the bankroll.

My plan is to start at the 25s, giving me 40 buy ins and move up only when I have 40 BI's for the stake above, while moving down when the bankroll gets halved.  With my experience in HUSNG's I have no doubt that the 25/50s should be fairly comfortable with the 100/200s having some better regs and I feel this challenge will simply succeed or fail based on how well I can stick to the BRM.

Unfortunately volume won't be massive as I have work commitments/girlfriend/accountancy exams but I always try and squeeze games in on the mobile app when I can.  

After the first 3 days I managed to find myself up €375 which is a great boost to not only the bankroll but confidence after a while away from the game.  The games have been fairly soft so far with just a few regs, none too troubling.  

Anyway, just wanted to casually track my progress and it's there if anyone wants to follow.  I will add pics/more when I'm at my computer so well done if you've made it this far.

Thanks.

 

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Brocky Rank 16
Rank 16

Thought I'd just write a few thoughts in my break between sessions as my recent return to poker had reminded me just how much poker is a confidence game, especially for me anyway.  A lot is made of bad beats but I think what people don't take into consideration is running good/bad actually comes in many forms other than simply winning/losing ahead all-in.  It may simply be that I notice it more due to the number of flops I see playing heads up but I'm going to give a few examples of what I find affecting my confidence during a swing:

1) Card distribution - Fairly commonly talked about I guess but massively important, especially in the end-game of HUs.  Obviously you want to avoid being on the wrong side of coolers (KK vs AA for example) but I'm talking more specifically about when I get to the stage where you're playing around 10bb and under effective stacks and you have someone who is very aggressive on the button.  The number of games where I have this and I'm getting dealt hands that are simply not profitable to call before finding myself blinded down to a situation where I'm having to double up just to get back to even stacks.  Of course there are opportunities from my button but if villain is calling anything near a correct range, you are limited, especially when they are attacking your limps.  

Often to combat this I will limp a large percentage of my range to balance but you know for a fact that when you're downswinging they are attacking your 83o and check/folding the flop to your AA.  I think I find myself deviating from what I know is the correct play at times like this because I convince myself they're going to attack my junk.  Alternatively, when it's all going right I often feel like I'm at a level that is almost unbeatable for the stakes I'm playing.  

2) Board run-outs - This is something I feel I need to focus on.  Picture the scenario, you're playing an agressive reg who you have seen 3 barrel with high frequency so you're waiting to set the trap.  You flat JTcc to a min raise at 20bb, the flop is T72ss and you check-call a half pot c-bet.  The turn is Ks and he continues for 5bb after you check to him, not a great spot.  When you analyse how you can play the flop/turn, of course there is merit to check-raising the flop but with the reads that we have, flatting with the intention of calling down most boards may well be the most profitable play.  If we are taking this line then of course it seems a very nitty fold on the turn while raising seems completely counter-intuitive, so calling seems best, prepared to call a shove on all decent rivers.  The river is then As, sweet.  Now we are expecting an agressive reg to shove all his bluffs and good spades here, while checking back showdown value that beats us, which puts us in a spot where we either have to take the initiative and jam (not a great choice as a reg will know we will check our nutty hands) or check/fold the river having committed almost half our stack.  

Obviously not all boards will run like this but referring back to my earlier point about confidence, I am intrigued to hear how others deal with this type of variance.  I find that were this to happen a couple of times during a session I would instantly revert to just check/raising the flop, a play which I think has lower expected value against the described opponent.  It's very easy to think that the game is out to get you at times, I've definitely had those types of thoughts during the past couple of days where I've dropped about 10BI in spots that are really stupid.  

Anyway, back to the grind for now, will update results tonight.

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Brocky Rank 16
Rank 16

Quick update, managed to claw back 10 buy ins after my last post so the bankroll has gone from 1.15k euros to 1.4k which feels good.  Here's a couple of hands from the session:

This first one I open the button, he flats, he min donks the flop, I 4x to 120, he flats, turn he check/calls 180, river he check/calls my jam with 6 high Rofl

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This second one, he limps, I 3x to 120, he flats, flop I check he bets 95, I call, turn check/check, river I check he bets 355, I call with K high.

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Off out for dinner tonight with the gf so doubt I'll get any volume in but overall a decent day.

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GotWhatItTakes Rank 18
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This first one I open the button, he flats, he min donks the flop, I 4x to 120, he flats, turn he check/calls 180, river he check/calls my jam with 6 high :Rofl


He still beats 45, solid call Rofl

NO MORE HALF-MEASURES.
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UAC Rank 12
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Hey, how have you been doing lately in the hypers?

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Silver1 Rank 16
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+1! Would also like to hear an updateSmile

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successlaw Rank 14
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Brocky Rank 16
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Yo, completely forgot about this tbh, don't even remember posting it!

Anyway, funnily enough I quit my job a few weeks back to play poker full time.  Unrelated, I won a package to Unibet Open Dublin for 50 euros and ended up finishing 6th for 14k which was a great result.  I was chip leader with 6th left and lost AK vs QQ for over half the chips in play though.  75k for first would've been unreal but can't complain too much.

I pretty much exclusively play the 25/50 euro HUSNGs now and am doing alright so far.  I've played some Hexapro's but the rake is unbeatable imo plus the liquidity in the 25s+ isn't high enough to get the volume in needed to play them for a living.  I was concerned about the HUSNG traffic being eaten up by Hexapro but it looks unlikely, which is good news for me.

I will update regularly from now if there are people interested!

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FreedoM Rank 21
Rank 21

@Brocky wrote:

Yo, completely forgot about this tbh, don't even remember posting it!

Anyway, funnily enough I quit my job a few weeks back to play poker full time.  Unrelated, I won a package to Unibet Open Dublin for 50 euros and ended up finishing 6th for 14k which was a great result.  I was chip leader with 6th left and lost AK vs QQ for over half the chips in play though.  75k for first would've been unreal but can't complain too much.

I pretty much exclusively play the 25/50 euro HUSNGs now and am doing alright so far.  I've played some Hexapro's but the rake is unbeatable imo plus the liquidity in the 25s+ isn't high enough to get the volume in needed to play them for a living.  I was concerned about the HUSNG traffic being eaten up by Hexapro but it looks unlikely, which is good news for me.

I will update regularly from now if there are people interested!


Awesome.

Congrats!

I'm interested. Smile

“The unfed mind devours itself.” – Gore Vidal
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UAC Rank 12
Rank 12

Pretty sick update!! Congrats and will follow blog for sure

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