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November 18, 2016
5:57 am
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Hi all,

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 🙂

November 20, 2016
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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:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Sbyk7qnsiKJRLt2XyNytQ

November 21, 2016
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Hi,

 

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.

Session stats:
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

Ciao

November 22, 2016
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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.

November 23, 2016
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Hi Alton,

I haven’t seen all the videos yet, but I have enjoyed the ones I’ve seen so far. They’re clear and to the point.

I sent you a PM with a more detailed question on opening ranges in Equilab, can you please have a look?

December 15, 2016
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Hi,

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!

Ciao

December 19, 2016
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Awesome that you took 25 pages of notes while taking the course. Active learning in action!

Also glad I could point you to Andrew Neeme’s vlog, it think its great and watch all of his new vlog episodes.

May 5, 2017
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Hi all,

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!

May 13, 2017
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Hi,

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.
I’ll summarize:

  • 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

Ciao

May 19, 2017
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Hi all,

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.
Ciao

May 20, 2017
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I like what you were able to do with your OCR tool; very innovative way to get around Unibet’s hand history export limitations! Glad you focused on your ranges and was able to fold monsters….and you had a slight +$ week. Have a nice weekend!

June 2, 2017
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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

June 9, 2017
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Hi,

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!?

Ciao

July 7, 2017
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Hi !

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.

Best Regards

Markku

[The question on the second row would, of course, be unnecessary unless that mackerel ladnlubber Alton hadn’t eradicated the pages]

July 10, 2017
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Hi Markku,

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!

 

Ciao

September 1, 2017
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Hi,

Because school has started today, my poker journey continues!

As stated in my last post July and August was all about the kids. Of course I watched some vlogs on YouTube, logged in on this Forum every now and then, but that was about it. Now the house is all quite again and I can continue this blog, study and play poker.

I will start another topic in the Goals and challenges section of this forum with my monthly and weekly goals.

Ciao

September 8, 2017
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Hi,

My first week of poker after a 2 month holiday…
At the start of the week it was difficult as I had a headache after 2 hours and it was tough to stay focused for longer then 15 minutes 🙂
But it quickly improved.

It helped that I’ve set goals for the week and month. This way I have something to work for. 
Results didn’t matter this week, it was all about getting the rythm back.

What I did notice was that playing one table can be very very boring sometimes. Of course it gives me the opportunity to study the opposition better(as there is no HUD allowed on Unibet), but when there is not a lot of action going on it can be quite boring. Therefore I have adapted a bit in the second part of the week. I play a single table the first 15 minutes of the session and then I open up a second table for the rest of the session. 

But the overall feeling can be summarized as “it is good to be back” 🙂

Have a nice weekend all.

Ciao

September 26, 2017
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I didn’t update the blog that much, as I was trying out setting myself poker goals on this forum and was hoping that people could follow progress there.
Anyway as the first month of goals is finished it’s time for a short blog moment and a recap.

The goals really helped, so I will continue to do that as soon as I am back in October. 
As I try to apply the inchworm principle, I consider all preflop stuff to be part of my A & B game for now.
Time to address the post flop stuff, as that is what I struggle with the most.

Today I had a really bad poker day. I ‘ve lost 3 buy ins a on a single day. 2 of them where bad luck, the 3rd one I played not aggro enough.
1) 55 vs AK – I make raise from MP on the BB calls. I make a set on the flop, a FH on the turn and villain rivers me for a higher full house 
2) QJs vs AK – villain limps preflop, I iso from the BTN. He flops a straight and I make one on the river when the money goes in…

These 2 times I did not put my opponent on AK 🙁

3) KK vs 99. I raise from MP and get reraised by the BTN. BB calls and I flat call instead of shoving. Villain flops a FH. Playing 2 tables at the same time didn’t help my decision making.

So a bad feeling at the end of the day, despite the work I have put in…

Anyway, no poker for the next 1,5 weeks!

November 15, 2017
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After the bad session I mentioned in the previous post I didn’t play for quite some time.

First of all because I joined my wife on a business trip to Italy – Puglia to be more specific.
As always Italy was great! For those who need a very nice hotel in the region I can highly recommend the Borgo Egnazia hotel (http://borgoegnazia.com)
It is located right next to the Adriatic sea, has a beautiful golf course, great food and nice staff.

After 4 days in Puglia we went straight to Barcelona. The Hesperia tower hotel was good, but it needs some work. But who cares about the hotel when you can visit the lovely city of Barcelona right?

When we got back, I didn’t feel like playing poker – perhaps because of my last session?
Anyway I extended the holiday and enjoyed life. And altough I missed poker, I lacked motivation to pick it up again.

So I read the chapter on motivation in ‘the mental game of poker’ and updated my goals (short, mid and long term…).
Last week I slowly restarted, but motivation is still a bit of an issue.
Maybe it is the microstakes? It’s going really slow to win a couple of euros…
I know my current winrate (about 17bb/100) is not bad AND I know the microstakes are the best way to learn poker without losing too much money, but still…

Therefore I am looking for a way to get more variation…
All suggestions are welcome 🙂

December 22, 2017
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Hi all,

This will be my last post of the year, as the holidays will start and then it’s all about familiy.

It was a very interesting poker year. My focus was on getting the basics right. 
So mainly studying and less about actually playing poker. This is what I did in a chronological order:

  • Microgrinder course: “The poker blueprint”
  • Microgrinder course: “Crush micro stakes online poker” (and learn how to use Equilab)
  • Book “Essential poker math” by Alton Hardin
  • Microgrinder course: “Essential poker math”
  • Book “The mental game of poker” by Jared Tandler
  • Microgrinder course: “Preflop Master plan”
  • Book “Poker workbook for math geeks” by Doug Hull
  • Review Microgrinder course: “Crush micro stakes online poker”
  • Microgrinder course: “Building a bankroll” – only the 5NL live play videos

I also tried to make some progress by

  • Posting hands on this forum
  • Write a blog
  • Set monthly goals

When I played poker I used the stuff mentioned in the book by Jared Tandler: perform a warm up and a cool down. Doing that really helped to focus and progress.
As stated in one of my previous posts it wasn’t always easy, as things go rather slow…

Nevertheless I went from 10€ at Unibet to 175€. 
In the goals section you’ll see that my current balance is only 125€, but I made a withdrawal earlier this year to buy the math book.
So not a bad result…

Enjoy the holidays and c u next year!

Wim

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