Wim's poker blog
I have never ever written a blog before. But there is a time for everything!
As I already mentioned in the members introduction part of this forum, I have decided to pick up poker again as a hobby - but a bit more serious this time.
Focus will be on cash games only, for a couple of reasons - mostly time related:
- As a CF patient I need to follow physiotherapie, do sports, rest, etc.
- My wife and I have 2 kids. I need to bring/get them to/from school. Tournaments can just take too long
- Personnally I find cash games more interesting
What did I do so far?
- Well I created a poker account on a Belgian site on the 7th of November.
- Since then I have played 1050 hand on the 4NL tables (started with 10€, currently on 21,91€)
- Read the free e-book after registering on Microgrinder
- I am busy with the free mini course on the microgrinder site: crush micro stakes Online Poker
- Reviewed some chapters in Harrington on cash games vol. I & II
- Installed the Equilab from Pokerstrategy.com
Next on my list:
- Complete all free courses on microgrinder.com and use 1/2 my winnings to pay for the other ones soon
- Check out Thepokerbank.com
- Get to know Equilab a bit better
- Post on this forum
- Continue playing the 4NL, slowly transitioning from playing 1 table to 2tables at the same time
- Continue this blog
That's all for now, as school is almost finished 🙂
Very good and detailed plan of action. In addition to the free courses here, please be sure to watch the ones on my YouTube Channel as well:
As weekends are too busy, there is no time for poker.
But now it's Monday and I contiuned where I left off on Friday!
In the meantime I have
- Completed the free mini course "Crush micro stakes poker"
- Completed the free mini course "Seven common Beginner mistakes & Solutions
- Played with Equilab. I have some questions: in the predefined ranges (part Pokerstrategy - No Limit) I see predefined open raising Standard/Chart from Poker evolution, Card Runners, etc. What is the difference? Should I apply those or create my own ones?
- Watched "Episode 1: 5NL & 10L Live Play Session | Grinding Ignition Casino Poker"on the Microgrinder channel on YouTube
Of course I also played a bit of 5 NL poker - on PokerStars this time - and 1 table only.
It was quite a boring session as I didn't get many playable cards, but as I learned from the videos: patience is important.
So I waited...a lot...
When I finally got some playable whole cards, there was a raise before me and I couldn't call, I was out of position or I missed the flop.
Anyway, I tried to stay focused and made some notes on the other players. Quite a tough job as there were not a lot of showdowns. So it wasn't easy to have a look at other players opening ranges. When I almost wanted to quit I got AA in the BB. UTG had KK so we went all in preflop and I doubled up.
131 played and saw flop:
- 2 of 22 times on the SB (9%)
- 5 of 22 times on the BB (23%)
- 7 of 87 times on another position (8%)
- total 14 of 131 (11%)
Pots won at showdown - 1 of 2 (50%)
Pots won without showdown - 13
Good update - how did you enjoy the free videos?
Regarding your question with Equilab. All sorts of different coaches have different opinions and range charts. My recommendation to you is to understand the "why" we open/call/3-bet, etc with different ranges pre-flop and then create your own unique ranges based upon suggested ranges you've come across. Hope that helps.
It's been a while since my last post, but I have been busy...
After a downswing (from almost 22€ to 13.5€) I decided to play less and study more.
So I have completed the following 2 courses at Microgrinder Pokerschool:
- The poker blueprint
- Crush Micro Stakes online poker
I really enjoyed both courses. The first one because it told me to become a thinking poker player, explained variance, why people fail/succeed, the fundamentals, etc.
The second because it clearly explains basic strategic concepts for beating the micros.
I will list some of the things that were eye openers / things that I was not aware of / things I find most usefull:
- Opening and calling ranges (incl. the gap theory)
- Player types
- 3 betting
- understanding board texture
- post flop play
I made about 25 pages of notes on this training and I know I will need to review it a couple of times to grasp all the information.
Today I played a short session (50 hands) and I quickly noticed that it takes quite a lot of concentration to implement all I have learned so far. I am pretty sure it will take some time before I can apply it all, but it will come with time. At least I was thinking: "how big a bet would my opponent call?", "can I call an UTG opening with KTs? (quickly checked Equilab), etc.
Next on my list are 2 more courses:
- Building a bankroll
- Essential poker math
I also started watching the VLOGs of Andrew Neeme on YouTube (thank you Alton for mentioning him in your Vlog) and they are really entertaining!
It's been really long since I've posted an update. Therefore I will try to post every Friday from now on.
I need structure and planning, also for writing the blog apperantly.
Last 2 months I didn't play a lot, because of several reasons (kids, illness, spring started and therefore gardening as well,...).
Current status of the bankroll is 120€ (started with 10€). I have no idea on the winrate, as the xls is not up to date.
Altough my bankroll was increasing, I had the feeling that I had to work harder on the basics.
This is how:
- I read Alton's book 'Essential poker math - expanded edition'
- I am doing the exercises in the 'Poker workbook for math geeks' by Doug Hull
- I read the 'Mental game of poker'
- Did the 'Preflop mastery game plan' course
My goal is to really understand the basic math concepts well and apply them quickly (bullets 1 & 2), deal with the mental aspect of the game better (3) and increase my strategical knowledge (4).
So at the moment I don't play a lot, but I focus on studying.
I even kept some kind of timesheet...
Current status (since mid April):
- 26 hours of studying and reading
- 3 hours of play
- 5 hours 'Various' (creating the warm up and cool down documents, start a daily log for myself, etc.)
As of next week I would like to start playing a bit more, but with a real focus on
- doing a good warm-up before I start playing (trying to find a standard routine),
- special focus on RFI for 1 week (then I'll select something new next week like coldcalling or 3 betting),
- marking hands during the session for review afterwards
- and doing the cool down
C u next week!
Variance is my word of the week...
As said before I want to start playing a bit more and put some of the stuff I learned into practice.
Unfortunately results in the short term were not great: - 4 buy ins for this week, mainly because of the following hands.
- AA vs 99 preflop all in (80% favorite).
I had AA in the BB. BTN raises to 3bb, I reraise to 10 and he shoves. I am very happy to call, but he his a straight on the river...
- QQ vs AJo preflop all in (70% favorite) - against the same player.
I noticed before that villain has a wide all in range, so same scenario as before. Now he hits the A directly on the flop...
- 44 vs KQo
player in CO opens to 3 bb and I make the call from the BB, as he is deepstacked and very aggressive.
flop comes 4 9 T rainbow. Villain C-bets, I raise and he pushes all in. I had put him on something like AJ, AT, JT...so I make the call (80% favorite). Villain hits the gutshot on the turn...
- JJ vs AA
Villain was a TAG and just had AA in the previous hand. UTG min raises, villain makes a small 3 bet. I call from the SB, while the original raiser folds.
Flop is 3 5 8. Villain cbets and I call. Turn and river are also undercards to my JJ and I call the bets. He shows AA for the second hand in a row...
So not a great week... results wise.
I did memorize the opening ranges and added the 3-betting range as well.
Also the warm up document was used & updated.
Next week I will
- add the overlimping to focus on
- continue the exercises in the math book
- review the iso and squeeze topics
Short update on last poker week...
I wanted to post some hands for a long time already, but as the Unibet site does not allow export to .txt or to copy/paste from the handhistory I needed to find a solution (as I am lazy and don't want do all the typing myself...).
And I did 🙂
With a printscreen and a free OCR tool that converts jpeg files into txt. ( https://www.onlineocr.net/)
Still need some adjustments, but it's better than doing all the typing myself.
The idea is to post some more hands after each session...
As I had a cold in the beginning of the week, I didn't play that much. (didn't have a clear head which means I don't play => rule numero uno)
But I was happy with the few sessions I played. Focus was there, used the RFI, 3bet, cold calling and overcalling ranges all the time..and I was able to fold monsters.
The result for this week is slightly positive, but that's not that important.
Now the poker-free weekend can start.
It is Friday, so time for another update.
Results wise it was a poor week. Lost every single all in... so overall down 5 buy ins this week 🙁
This is a lot compared to my current bankroll, but not a disaster either (and the sample size is relatively small)
I knew a run bad would come once, so now I know how it feels...
Focus in previous week was on preflop play (RFI, 3bet, cold call & overlimping), but I noticed that I made to many errors (or just didn't knew what to do exactly) post flop. Therefore I did some studying there. Still a lot of work to do, but one has got to start somewhere.
I reviewed some chapter of the 'crush micro stakes' course, but I cannot apply it all...
I try to balance the time I play and the time I study a bit more, because it helps pointing me towards the areas where I need to work on (C-game).
The preflop play (with before mentioned focus points) is more or less ok, with RFI considered to A-level (at the moment) and the 3 other points as B...
All post flop play is obviously part of my C-game.
So applying the inchworm principle seems to work.
Problem this week was that I was more or less card dead for a lot of the time, and when I got a good hand (QQ+) I did not get any action. Part of the game I suppose...
As I play only 1 table it tends to get boring.
Anyway I did continue posting hands on the forum and will try to continue doing so. I also saw improvements in areas I wanted to improve, so no impact on my motiviation.
As mentioned before post flop play is part of my C-game, but so are isolation raising and squeezing.
Where do I put my focus on for next week? My guts says that the postflop errors are costing me more money, so I need to fix that...
Any comments or help is welcome!
Have a nice weekend
As mentioned before, last week was tough due to the fact that I lost every all-in.
This week was much better 🙂
I also posted some hands this week as I find the all-in situations the most difficult ones.
They have such a huge impact on your overall result.
Last week I had full house over full house, running into quads with my full house, etc and villains had really good hands.
This week was entirely opposite...
So it is always a tough decision wether I should make the call or not. I really struggle with it.
Anyway I try to stay focused on playing tight aggresive poker & my mental game and will continue from there...
In the long run it should be worth it!?
Are you the guy I used to chat with on that forum? The original Scot?
I am a bit confused: Siego, Wim, why so many noms de plum.
My name is Markku, I play poker under that name online if it's possible but because it is so familiar name in my age class I often have been forced to join some numbers to it.
I am curios where you play. My intention is to challenge you.
[The question on the second row would, of course, be unnecessary unless that mackerel ladnlubber Alton hadn't eradicated the pages]
No I am sorry, but I am not Scot 🙂
Siego is the avatar, Wim is the real name.
I mainly play on Unibet, but as the holiday has started and kids are at home (until end of august) there is currently not a lot of time to play or study poker.
That's one of the reasons why this blog has not been updated recently.
The current status of my bankroll is +/- 130€ (started with a 10€ cash ticket).
There was a time when I took poker too serious, couldn't think about much else then, but now it's more of a hobby. I still try to take it seriously, but less then before.
I always enjoy reading your blog Marrku. Good luck at the tables!