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  • March Poker Blog

    Kind of found it helpful to post about stuff that was happening on the tables the last couple of months as part of the Cowboy's Challenge, so I thought maybe I'd keep it going for things that come up.

    Here's my old threads:

    October +

    Goal: To try and turn a profit
    - went in search of one game I could commit to and learn the ins and outs of
    - started record-keeping (+/-$ per game)
    - bought a good HUD (pokertracker)
    - started playing $1.50 regular speed STT's
    - started and stopped playing 5nl
    - encountered variance, tilt, downswings
    - encountered some tricky hands

    February +

    Goal: To try and up my volume of play to 100 games for the month
    - worked on bubble play (push/fold and ICM calcs, etc)
    - encountered fatigue (push/fold of a different kind I guess ... haha :/ )
    - tried to think of ways to pick up and keep chips during a downswing
    - encountered tilt and burnout, and wound up taking a break from my STT's
    - started playing 2nl
    - got to play against 2 pros in WBCOOP which was really scary, but so so exciting!!


    And now some stuff I'll probably talk about in this blog:

    - I'd love to be able to play more than one game at a time
    - which might be easier if I switch to $1.50 6-max turbo STTs
    - but every time I try, I start to get tired :/
    - also, still playing 2nl
    - have some tricky hands that have been on my mind
    - and have been reading some interesting books and articles

    Will see what comes up

    Sam
    Last edited by TrustySam; Sun Apr 01, 2012, 06:54 PM. Reason: Tried to change the title of the blog, but it didn't work :/

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    It's great to keep a record like this and it's sure to help you in the long run. There's a lot of points there that you made i can relate to. Keep up the good work! Raiser umbup:

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    • #3
      TOPIC: Tricky Hands Flush draws on the Flop (Raising to Get Others to Fold or Call?) Okay, so here's something that's been on my mind - sometimes when there's like two to a flush on the flop, aren't we supposed to be raising to try and keep people IN the pot? But yet, who here does the opposite, and bets to try and get people to fold so we won't get drawn out? You think that's a beginner thing, that maybe a lot of us do, because the lower stakes people keep calling? Like with this hand: villain's pot odds: 4% needed to call: like, 50% (didn't put 'sean' on the spade draw ) But then, I got a similar hand in the WBCOOP game against Andre Akkari, and got all nervous and wound up making my 'usual' raise - and then he folded: Was I only supposed to raise like maybe 50% of the pot, to maintain a little 'mystery'? I think I screwed that up because it looks like I have KK, AK, or AA
      Last edited by TrustySam; Wed Mar 07, 2012, 02:38 AM. Reason: Trying to add some organization to this blog with headings :/

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      • #4
        Originally posted by royalraise85 View Post
        It's great to keep a record like this and it's sure to help you in the long run. There's a lot of points there that you made i can relate to. Keep up the good work! Raiser umbup:
        Hey, thx raiser!! Are you doing the Cowboy Challenge again this month? Will keep an eye out for your thread

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        • #5
          TOPIC: Tricky Hands Flush draws on the Flop (Cont'd) You know what can get tricky about those 2-to-a-flush flops though ... sometimes even when you make top pair, you're not the favorite. Like with this hand: I was playing super nitty because it was an Open League game - needed those points! But it turns out the pot odds post-flop were as follows: ivo: 46% me: 37% jjrl: 16% You know what else can get tricky though, is like, you don't know what the villain has - like, with the JJ hand ... they only had 4% pot odds, but they could have had 9cTc, which would have put them as high as 40%. So maybe it's okay to assume the worst-case scenario? I don't know ... still trying to figure stuff out ... My blog's not off to a very organized start, eh ?
          Last edited by TrustySam; Wed Mar 07, 2012, 02:39 AM.

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          • #6
            TOPIC: Status Update

            Been donking around lately, and have been kind of all over the map ... in search of something, not sure what

            Been experimenting with

            1) Cash games
            2) $1.50 STT turbos
            3) Multitabling at $1.50 STT turbos
            4) $3.50 STT turbos

            With pretty mixed results

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            • #7
              TOPIC: Status Update Cash Games Seems like there's 4 basic kinds of players at the 2nl cash tables that I've encountered: 1. loose passives 2. tight value betters 3. blinds stealers, and 4. maniacs And most of my profits seem to be coming from the loose passives (despite all the river suckouts) The value betters are a wash. The blinds stealers are always raising with marginal hands, which drives me nuts, and eventually makes me want to play back out of position the way people play back when I try to steal blinds The maniacs also pump up the pot with marginal hands, which tilts me. I guess I'm having problems pot controlling and show restraint at the cash tables the way I would at STT's? Here's my graph of 2nl so far: kind of a roller coaster! ASSESSMENT: Thinking of trying to better table select, and tighten up ... also be more patient. I'm optimistic that'll help! umbup: Sam
              Last edited by TrustySam; Wed Mar 07, 2012, 03:08 AM.

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              • #8
                TOPIC: Tricky Player Micro Stakes Maniacs Okay, so here's a taste of the kind of players that have been compromising my bottom line: The caller looks like they might have had a read, but they were just as reckless. I used to think we were supposed to stay at tables like these and thank our lucky stars for all the money spews. But sometimes these gamblers wind up with monster hands like a straight with a flop that comes 356 rainbow, and then there's like no way of knowing if you're KK is still good or what, eh? Maybe there's just more variance involved, but it's still profitable to play against them, not sure ... this time, I got up and left and found a softer table

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                • #9
                  TOPIC: Status Update Cash Games - Yikes, My Graph Looks Like the Swiss Alps! Ay yay yay ... so I've been trying to tone things down, but gosh ... I guess the results pretty much speak for themselves, eh? Will keep plugging away ... I guess my biggest leaks are: 1. Raising too much with what I think is the best hand, which turns out to not be, 2. Staying too long at tables where people pump up pots when I know they don't have anything, and then we wind up playing big pots with thin value, and 3. Trying to bluff people out of pots that I've invested more than I meant to. I think I haven't quite gotten used to watching my stack, and realizing how much I've invested in a pot. Like stack management - it took me a while to learn that in tournaments and STT's (in relation to blinds, other people, the payouts, etc). Will have to check the library and see if I see something that clicks - hope I find something! umbup:

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                  • #10
                    TOPIC: Beginner Mistake Incomplete Ranging of Players In The Blinds So gosh, blind v blind has been a thorn in my side since I don't know how long. I did say I was going to try to tone things down, but I felt like my two pair was probably good against maybe a Q with a bad kicker, and that I could probably get good value from such a hand because my 2pr was so well-masked in the blinds. Like who would ever put me on 84? D'oh ... who would ever put the small-blind on 85? It was so well-masked At least I didn't shove my whole stack on the river, so I suppose that's a small sign of progress? Sam
                    Last edited by TrustySam; Wed Mar 21, 2012, 04:45 AM. Reason: Got the hands wrong ... d'oh! :p

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TrustySam View Post
                      TOPIC: Beginner Mistake Incomplete Ranging of Players In The Blinds So gosh, blind v blind has been a thorn in my side since I don't know how long. I did say I was going to try to tone things down, but I felt like my two pair was probably good against maybe a Q with a bad kicker, and that I could probably get good value from such a hand because my 2pr was so well-masked in the blinds. Like who would ever put me on 84? D'oh ... who would ever put the small-blind on 85? It was so well-masked At least I didn't shove my whole stack on the river, so I suppose that's a small sign of progress? Sam
                      yes your right it's good enough that you didn't lose all your stack. If this was me I'm broke. well done Sam, funny hand though but unlucky

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                      • #12
                        I noticed that in October that you talked about finding one game that you could commit to but that does not seem to have happened to date.

                        Why don't you open up a staking thread for a new format? I have actually found that playing with a staker's money makes me much more disciplined and concentrated and I am slowly bringing that into my own game as well.

                        I am sure you would get backers no problem

                        Cheers,

                        TC

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by marvinsytan View Post
                          yes your right it's good enough that you didn't lose all your stack. If this was me I'm broke.
                          well done Sam, funny hand though but unlucky


                          It looks like I really saved myself a bunch of chips there ... but then there was the hand before, where I had a flush but the board was paired, but I still thought I had the best hand, and yet I didn't shove. And it turned out I did, and wound up losing value. So maybe it evens out over time.

                          Probably my leaks are coming from somewhere else - my curiousity calls on the river, playing too lose, etc.

                          Yeah, just one of those unlucky hands - and yeah, at least it was funny, the way I was practically counting my winnings, and then I got beat at my own game

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by topthecat View Post
                            I noticed that in October that you talked about finding one game that you could commit to but that does not seem to have happened to date. Why don't you open up a staking thread for a new format? I have actually found that playing with a staker's money makes me much more disciplined and concentrated and I am slowly bringing that into my own game as well. I am sure you would get backers no problem Cheers, TC
                            Thx everybody for stopping by to say hi I wasn't sure if anybody was reading my stuff ... mostly I've been using it as like a scratch-pad for all my random poker thoughts, but I was trying to avoid making it a dumping ground for anything and everything and instead try to limit the content to stuff that maybe others could relate to. But yeah, so I didn't bother to clarify my goals at the beginning of the thread - but probably I should have I'll add a new post below umbup:

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                            • #15
                              TOPIC: Status Update Whatever happened to the STT's? And Setting a New Poker Goal Okay, so 6 months ago, decided to try and commit to figuring out how to stop losing money (LOL!!). And since everybody who's profitable was saying that the people who are profitable generally tend to just stick to one game, I decided to try that too. And so things wound up turning out okay - here's the graph of the $1.50 STT's (regular speed) that I was playing: But you know what, I started to get bored - not because of the pace of things, or because of the repetition, but just because there's certain situations that come up again and again. And the types of players you tend to get that play these entry-level games tend to all fall into general patterns. So I was really thirsting for a new set of challenges. And I couldn't decide between trying cash games again, or trying out STT Turbos, or trying to move up a level, or moving to 6max. So I decided to experiment with everything, and I've wound up at the cash tables for now. Like my goal is still to try and turn a profit - I've just refined it by trying to turn that profit at the cash tables instead? So that's where I'm at ... I've been playing a couple of tournaments here and there, but probably I should try and cut that out and just stay focused on the cash tables and try to commit to playing something like 5000 hands to start, and see where that leaves me? Okay, so wait ... I guess my adjusted, adjusted goal will be to try and play 5,000 hands, and turn a profit! umbup: Work in progress
                              Last edited by TrustySam; Sat Mar 24, 2012, 05:57 AM. Reason: Added some detail :)

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