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The Rocker - 6maxin' n relaxin'

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  • The Rocker - 6maxin' n relaxin'

    Greetings earthlings.

    This blog will detail my adventures in 6max cash games, and may or may not include rants off topic, random music links....reader discretion is advised .

    I deposited 10bucks on stars a couple months back now with no clear goals. I've dabbled in 6max cash in the past but never with any clear structure.

    So what I plan on doing is setting monthly targets, and posting graphs/ some interesting hands itt.

    So far i'm sitting on 42 buy ins for 10nl so time to start focusing on that limit. Majority of my hands played are at 2nl and 5nl zoom, and I am currently switching from these tables to regular tables.

    I'm not planning on being aggressive in brm, and volume isn't my main goal atm either. So my goals initially will focus on the learning aspects of the game as opposed to the grinding.

    Better to learn from mistakes at lower stakes than later on right?

    So here are my goals for May:

    [ ] 20K hands at 10nl reg tables.
    [ ] Spend as much time studying concepts/articles/videos, as I do playing the game. This is a minimum.
    [ ] Find one leak in my game and work on it.

    Overall Graph so far:





    Some inspiration

    [youtube link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWBUCuS_l6E"]
    Last edited by Paddy Gar; Tue May 06, 2014, 10:43 PM.
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  • #2
    Seems like a good plan. Good luck with your game!
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    • #3
      This seems like it'll be a fun thread - GL!! umbup:

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      • #4
        @ follow

        gl dude,


        p.s scary pic

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        • #5
          Ty guys, appreciate the support!

          No poker today I took a shot at scoop 1 and 2 low yday, cashed the second which was nice. I wasn't going to play them but figured it's a once yearly event and i don't mind grinding the buy in back.

          Also worth mentioning I like to shot take some micro tourneys. I try to satty the storm with fpps every week, and will play as many micro million events as I can when they arrive again.

          Last micro mil, I finished just outside the top 100 in the final leaderboard, mainly because I missed the first couple of days of the events. Those fields are just too fun and the deep stacks suits cash game players well imo.

          Monday is usually my day off, watch some Game of Thrones/ footie and get some studying in. Nearly finished watching Gareths cash game archive, highly suggest watching some topics if you haven't.
          Last edited by Paddy Gar; Tue May 06, 2014, 12:36 AM.
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          • #6
            So I had a smallish session today, played regular 10nl and some zoom. Lost a stack with kings against aces in zoom, then won it back and then some. Won a stack or so on the reg tables also, waiting out a rec to my right. He was 3betting a bit too light and squeezed an utg open and mp flat from the button. I had AQ in the s.b and 4bet/called it off. Villain had AJ so happy days. I'm not sure if i'm done with zoom yet. There's def plenty fish in the sea judging by the player pool size, players to flop and just general observations of 10nl. I only have a brief sample so if anyone has opinions on this i'd appreciate it. I'll be like: Here's a fun hand from zoom to suggest it may be quite profitable: Anyhoo off to try and satty the last scoop low of the day and that'll be me done for now. Gonna read some articles on isolation later as it's not an area i'm entirely comfortable with yet. Some more Lizzy, it soothes my soul
            Last edited by Paddy Gar; Tue May 06, 2014, 10:36 PM.
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            • #7
              Selected aggression hand of the day What do you guys think about the play here? Villain is 4tabling so assumed reg with a fold button. I've blockers to the nuts, can rep very well, and have outs if called. Im c/folding river if i don't improve because I haven't enough information on the villain. He cbets the flop with pretty much his entire range here, turn is much narrower so I'm targeting kx/1 pair hands here. A bit spewy in a vacuum?
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              • #8
                "Here's a fun hand from zoom to suggest it may be quite profitable:"

                Villain used the check-call flop, donk the turn line. Obviously you have a set and aren't folding, but what is he repping? Fourth pair, evidently.

                With the 77, floating is OK, but if you're going to bluff, then doing it on the flop might be better, as the range that villain c-bet bluffs with can definitely improve on the turn, so it's better to "protect" your hand and make him fold out all the hands that have equity against you. I'd usually fold to the turn barrel, unless I know that villain has a high turn bet frequency, but the 8 is a pretty good card for you to raise, as - like you said - you can rep a bunch of hands while also having outs if villain calls.
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                • #9
                  I like the play with 77. Raising flop or turn seems like a solid play on this dry K-high board, though if my plan was to raise turn I would not do it 100% of the time. I would be looking for good turn cards, something like that 8 is close to perfect (3 or 5 would be much better as you maintain second pair).

                  EDIT: On second thought, I don't like raising this dry flop IP unless you also do that with your strong hands like sets? I do like going for a check-raise OOP sometimes, but not always, for the same reason.

                  What is your plan when you take this line on the turn? What are you doing on the river?
                  Last edited by RockerguyAA; Wed May 07, 2014, 02:13 AM. Reason: typos - can't check-raise IP

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                  • #10
                    Arty: Ha yeah that's true, but remember we were talking about defending the bb, not calling iso raises after limping utg

                    Rocker: I don't think raising the flop accomplishes a whole lot. My thinking is that villain never folds his value hands on flop to a raise, say he has AK. What am i representing to him? The 3 combos of 66 and 44, but does it make sense to raise such a monster with nothing to really protect against on the turn? Especially in position when i can get more bets from his bluffs ott.

                    If villain is thinking about it, he may even call a flop raise with qq/88, as it wouldnt make sense to raise a king either. Im not saying you wont get folds doing it, but it's a lot more reputable imo to float the turn and attempt it then. That's how most people would play a set, baluga theorum etc.

                    I guess what i'm saying is i believe i can fold some of his value range AND bluffs ott, as opposed to just his bluffs otf.

                    Yeah I agree that the right turn card helps. Like i said, this was selected aggression. I don't attempt this every time i pick up a small pp. Felt like a great spot to do it imo, and I have blockers to the nuts not that it's that vital in this spot.

                    I said above plan otr if called is c/fold as I have no reads on villain except that he's a likely reg. I don't expect him to bet/call turn and fold river. I'll bet a 7/5, thats it.
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                    • #11
                      Yes, I agree with everything in your post. This is a very good spot to make this kind of play and it is important to make these kinds of plays sometimes against better players to balance our ranges appropriately. It is definitely critical to be thinking on the 2nd level here, being aware of what is likely going on in villain's mind given his perspective. My bad about the river action question, I did read what you said, but forgot about it while I was working on my reply. I do think you can barrel the river more often than just a 5 or 7, but generally only when you do have a better read on the villain. It helps a lot to know if he can fold a hand like KQ or AK there. Without those reads I agree shutting down on river is usually the better play. You strengthened villain's range quite a bit on the turn with your raise and you may have some showdown value, though off the top of my head I'm not sure what he could call the turn that makes it to showdown worse.

                      Also, I really like that you have the added value of the gutshot when you decide to turn your hand into a bluff on the turn. It triples your outs against a huge portion of his range, and the small portion that absolutely crushes you like a set of kings you go from drawing dead to having 4 outs to the nuts assuming he continues to slowplay.

                      Anyways, very interesting hand. Hopefully I can get some more hands in at 10NL myself and post something for hand analysis. Maybe I can get some input from players like yourself and Arty when I do

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                      • #12
                        How's everybody doing? So I've spent a lot of the week going through some videos of gameplay at microstakes, and also trying to help out with the hand analysis in the forum. Jumped into the 10nl zoom pool again today and played a 1.2k hand session. Won 3 stacks but made 1 really spewy call off with an overpair in a spot I normally always fold. Went for thin value on the river and called off figuring I could have induced some spew. Yeah, I did, spew by myself lol. Zoom is such a cooler fest, went through the big pots from all tables after the session and the majority are set over set, kings against aces, it's gonna take me a while to figure out what i should be stacking off with in spots at these stakes. Haven't made any mistakes yet but need more sample size to determine what some guys are doing. Here is an example of a spot where I would never put the guy on kings, for example, but he was probably afraid I had it pre. Here's another one, when the guys calls the flop I'm so sure he's got me beat it's sick. Like this is never jacks, I'm blocking several AK combos, but I still feel I have to shove the turn. Thankfully pokerstars support sent me the 2 outer Disappointed I made one big blunder in a 200bb pot, which is something I haven't done for a while. All in all pretty happy with my game despite not playing for a couple of days, ready to get some more hands in over the weekend. Hope everyone else is doing well on the grind, I'll leave you for now with some Boss
                        Last edited by Paddy Gar; Sat May 10, 2014, 02:45 AM.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Paddy Gar View Post
                          made 1 really spewy call off with an overpair in a spot I normally always fold. Went for thin value on the river and called off figuring I could have induced some spew. Yeah, I did, spew by myself lol.
                          I did the same thing a couple of days ago. Villain rivered a flush, and check-raised, but for some reason I convinced myself he was turning an underpair into a bluff, which ABC tags just aren't capable of doing at 5NL/10NL. Replaying the hand made me feel so embarrassed (and angry with myself for making such a terrible call) that I had to take a day off to allow the steam to subside. I had to have a word with myself prior to tonight's session: "River raises are always the nuts".
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ArtySmokesPS View Post
                            I did the same thing a couple of days ago. Villain rivered a flush, and check-raised, but for some reason I convinced myself he was turning an underpair into a bluff, which ABC tags just aren't capable of doing at 5NL/10NL. Replaying the hand made me feel so embarrassed (and angry with myself for making such a terrible call) that I had to take a day off to allow the steam to subside. I had to have a word with myself prior to tonight's session: "River raises are always the nuts".
                            How did your session go tonight? Post a blog update it's due

                            Yeah I hear you man, need to get in the right mind set when you jump in the 5nl/10nl pool!
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                            • #15
                              Had a small win tonight, mostly thanks to coolering AA with KK in a 4-bet pot. The last 8000 hands have been brutal though. Of the 16,000 hands I've played on [rival site], the second half has basically been breakeven, which has meant I've lost some motivation. I don't plan to update my thread until I've reached 20k, but I'm no longer in such a hurry to reach that milestone, as I'm not really enjoying poker right now, and results tend to slide if I'm not motivated to play my A-game.
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