I wanted to thank everyone I met on this site for helping turn my poker life around in a short time frame. This site, its videos and the discussions with everyone has made me want to start a blog about how I am doing and to help other people.
First off, I will tell you now I am not a writer. I make my wife rewrite all my MBA papers I am doing. It takes me forever to write. This is going to take me 20 minutes to finish writing. But as all of your advice is pushing out of my comfort zone in poker to become better. This will do the same for my personal growth, no matter how painful this is.
So, a little history about me, I am currently a senior accountant for a large manufacture in the north-east USA. I started to play poker when I was in the Army and deployed in Iraq. We played for a few dollars and I donated a lot of my money to everyone. I got out in 2004 just after Chris Moneymaker made the game popular. Back then you could be killing the game at any level online without knowing what you were doing. Within weeks of starting I was getting top 5 finishes in tournaments taking home $1-2k. I was playing a $5-10 or $10-20 limit game. The swings I had were huge. I had 20-50% of my bankroll on the table every day.
Then everything changed I meet my wife at a party and told her we should get together on Saturday. So, Saturday afternoon I started to play to make some cash to go parting with her. Well that didn’t go so well. Playing a $20-40 Limit game and lost a ~$600 hand. I had AA preflop and we 4 bet every street. When the cards were flip he showed 22, he won on the river 2 came. I blew my complete bankroll after that. I got drunk and blew off my future wife. Luckily, she forgave me and I got out of poker except for the micro states after that. After they shut down the sites, I would go to the casino in CT for my birthday and loose $100, but I had fun.
Fast forward 11 years and Global Poker starts to advertise on Facebook. I started on a free roll $2 at the 4NL. I would get up to $20 then tilt and lose it back to $2. The next time I built it up I jumped up 10NL because of reckless players going all in every hand. The 10NL game was better but still had the same recklessness. I was reading my old poker books but the players just were as crazy. It was too cheap and suck outs cause me to tilt too much. So, I jumped up to 20NL and started to do good. I built my $30 bankroll up to $65. Then bad variance bit my butt down to $6. But for the first time I knew I was playing good. So, I reloaded my account to $100 I was up or down a buy in for a couple weeks. Then it happened,
I started reading the free fundamentals of poker book and I bought the full Crushing Micro Stakes course and the updated Poker Math and How to Study Poker books. I found all of my leaks and started to work on stopping them. Calling raises pre-with ok hands (ty GAP Theory), open limping, bad starting hand range, never 3 betting, Flop or fold playing, and tilting on bad variance. I starting using this and grew my bankroll 200bb in 3 days. Then I lost off my profits because I was afraid to lose my buy in. My bankroll was only 5 buy ins, a little small. But I was confident I could do good long term so I put $300 in my bankroll, and that fear disappeared.
So, my NEW Poker life began. I started to use the forum, and joined Roachz & Chowzor on a Discord chat app to discuss our play and my thought process and bankroll took off. I started to track my results in excel starting August 17th. In 3,776 hands at 20nl I am up 909bb, and 500 hands at 50nl I am up 133bb.
My Playing style is a TAG now, but I always don’t do the best EV plays. I tend to not go all in or call big bets if I don’t have a read on the player or have a great hand. I tend to like to pick my spots and think I can out play 70% of everyone at this level in the long run. Right now, I am trying to work on using the math in every decision I make. I am starting small by calculating the pot odds every time until it become level 4 Unconscious Competence (2nd nature) before adding more.
I have also redone my person life to get back to working out and having family time, while being able to grow as a poker player. I plan out studding and reviewing my game from 8:30-9pm every night after the kids are sleeping. Playing from 9-9:45 on 1 or 2 tables. Then updating excel and posting my nightly update, before heading to bed.
This will help me get to my personal financial goals. My goal is to profit 100bb a week and playing 500 hands. If I play 30-45 minutes full ring I should avg 50 hands per table and have to only win 10bb. My current win rate is above this. This will get me to my goal of playing at 50nl with 30 buy-ins in 45 weeks and should result in 30,000 hands at 20nl. This should give me a good data set on my playing ability. I set my financial goals low so I won’t feel pressured to change my play to make them.
My daily log I am going to be adding 4 hands for review.
- Biggest profit hand
- Biggest loss
- Best played (does not matter if I won or lost $)
- Worse played hand
Sorry for the long post but once it started to flow I just let it flow out. This took longer than 20 minutes it was more like 1 hour of writing.
I was not able to add a picture of my chart. Can someone let me know how to do it.
Crance, welcome! Very nice to hear that my resources have helped your game improve where you'd winning 20nl & 50nl on Global. Also glad you're playing on Global Poker too...I think its a great site.
I look forward to seeing your daily logs with details you mentioned.
Regarding inserting images, its in the "insert" menu dropdown. Upload an image to imgur.com, copy the image URL and paste it into "Insert --> Image" Hope that helps!
Thank you for that info Alton. Here is my YTD 20nl chart. [Image Can Not Be Found]
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Well i took today off from playing to go out on a date with the wife and friends. We all went to see the movie IT. This was a great remake. You will not be disapointed if you saw the original growing up. Yesterday i had a great day playing. i played 2, 2 table sessions for 45 minutes each time.
1st session i played 1 table 50nl i ended up winning 72bb. I was card dead most of the time. This was my biggest winning and my best played. https://play.globalpoker.com/poker-client/poker/10/hand/59b2cc22e4b06844bd41e964 The villain was playing tight. he had AA and KK in the last 15 hands and made the same type of raise preflop. he tanked and i was thinking he has JJ+ or AK. His small raise screamed AA but to call the $7 4bet. I was thinking that would be a big cooler and i would only have $11 left into a $40 pot so i shoved.
the other table was 20nl and ended up 28 bb. i wasn't play attention to this table. I was more concentrated on the NL50 table and a few reads i had on people there.
Session 2: i played 2 tables of 20nl for about 45 minutes.
table 1: I ended up 83bb
top winning hand: this was my 3rd hand on the table https://play.globalpoker.com/poker-client/poker/10/hand/59b334e3e4b06844bd41eaa7
i raised the flop to get the raiser all in. i didn't see the value to call with a board like that.
Top Loss: https://play.globalpoker.com/poker-client/poker/10/hand/59b33521e4b06844bd41eaa9 This can also be considered the worse played hand. i had no reads on the villain at the time. He was the preflop raiser also. This is where my low variance playing saves me or costs me money. While a call could be correct i think i am playing smarter than most. So for this and i would rather fold a coin flip maybe and wait to pick my stop. Advice welcome.
Table 2: I ended up 79bb
Top winning hand: https://play.globalpoker.com/poker-client/poker/10/hand/59b33662e4b06844bd41eaac After the call on the turn i didn't know where i stood. I was way ahead or loosing to the straight. This is why i did such a weak bet on the river. i wanted it to look like i hand the nuts and i was trying to get a little bit more money out of him. i had planned on folding if he instantly all in. I wasn't using the math when i thought of the plan. This is my major focus going foward.
Biggest loss & Dumbest Play: https://play.globalpoker.com/poker-client/poker/10/hand/59b33729e4b06844bd41eab0 I know the call preflop was done to mix things up in my play. I wanted to start to build and Over Limping range. The flop bet i thought i might have the best hand. As soon as i did it i was like that was dumb. Who is going to fold? Not if you have and A, or 2 clubs, 56. Atlest i smartly folded to any action.
Best Played : https://play.globalpoker.com/poker-client/poker/10/hand/59b33729e4b06844bd41eab0 Preflop i make my standered 3x+1bb for the limper. The Flop was not friendly to me. It left lots of draws. I didn't think a C-bet was the best choice, so i decided to see if i could get a free card. The villain i had see call a lot pre-flop with lots of low suited or connected cards. I thought he might be on a draw be he doesn't bet them to heavy. His bet was so small and gave me 15 to 1 odds(i did the math that time.lol) so i called knowing i had 3 outs to the nut straight and MAYBE 4 outs to higher pairs if he had a low pair. GIN on the turn. I checked wanted to see how strong he was. i was planning on a reraise if he bet. When he reraised me it froze me for a second thinking what would he do that with? i dont see that with the 89, i would expect a bigger one trying to extract more money if he thought i had kq. The best possibility was a Kx of spades. it would give him a great drawing hand and why it was min reraise so quickly. The river did freeze me for a second with thoughts of a full house and he would fold to a bet. So i just bet 1/2 pot. Thinking back now if my logic about his Kx spade hand i should have bet 2/3 pot or more. Any Thoughts?
Let me know what you think on my play or if i should or shouldn't include anything else.
Yesterday was a beautiful day during lunch so i went out for a walk and played a few tables. I was a very relaxing after sitting at a desk all day. I ended -4bb and +36bb at 20nl in 30 minutes.
Later that night i was a great table. I was picking up reads on multiple people. This first hand is on one of them. The villain has done this min raise to a few people. One of the times it went to show down and she won with a 1st or 2nd nut flush and a pair. So when i hit this hand let me know what you think of my decision.
This second hand is again against the same villain. On the flop i know that i am ahead. The turn J causes me to worry a little but i get a great draw with Diamond. The river doesn't help me. I couldn't tell if i was way ahead or way behind. So i put out a smaller bet knowing that if i didn't he would bet. When he took so long and went all in, i tanked to think about it. I knew that he didn't have QJ, he would have raise on the turn. If he had the flush draw he would have called the whole way like the last hand. The one hand i thought he could have is 65 of diamonds. This would be his play on calling everything. I finally came down to it the chance of hitting 2 pair on the river was good. But, the chance of him trying to bluff me off a hand after missing his flush was a lot bigger so i made the call.
With out a HUD i think making and seeing reads like this are very important. Right now i pick them up playing up to 2 tables. When i add 3 or 4 tables not being able to make these reads i think lower my win rate. I think its going to be a fine balance to get reads and have more tables.
One last hand. How would everyone play this hand? i have been getting lots of hands like think in late or in the blinds. Should this be more of a calling hand or is raising the correct move. This is one of the preflop hands i am trying to define when to call the limp and when to raise.
i hope this helps everyone think about their game.
Really enjoy the blog. Keep it up!
1st and 2nd hand: what a call with just one pair... I don't know if I would make them 🙂
3rd hand: With so many callers I would just call behind. You are out of position and if one starts calling the others get really good odds, so they are not folding....
Variance is a cruel and hard mistress to not tilt on. She can crack AA's when you sat down in the big blind and let your first big blind hand on another table of QJ almost double up. I had some great playing and lots of positive Variance in the previous 1000 hands winning over 800bb at 20NL. Most of those wins were smart plays and taking down lots of smaller pots on the flop or turn. i did have one KK crack someone's AA (see previous posts). But over the last month I've had a bad session or 2 together but it never fazed me. But the Variance i had in the last 3 day had me on a light tilt. Thanks to my changes and growth i have made i didn't go off the deep end and donk of 500bb or more. This did make me break my rules a bit. I started to look at my bankroll and try to get even for the day. I was still playing good, but i kept adding up the money on the table and bank and saying "I'm only down $3 one more pot and i can quit". It didn't change how i played much. On the flop i didn't C-Bet as i should not wanted to throw away money. So i found myself over-limping a bit light instead of raising. So i pulled up my starting hand sheet and stopped it. I decided if i wanted to play more hands i should play more tables. So i normally play full ring, but i had 1 full ring game going and i opened up 2 6-max game. Then the 2 hands happened above. After 45 minutes playing i hit a marginal hand and quit the game as it was way past my stopping time and a $ winner for day. I only get a C for my playing for the day.
Just to give you a some of the swings.
total hands Bank
I play a lot lower variance game and this was hard not get emotional. On one of the large down swings i had 4 open ended straights with a flush draw miss every thing, not even a pair. Those were pricey misses, but nothing beats i bet every street after raising in UNG (KJs) and the SB called me down with 22 to win. But sticking to winning hands and pays slowly won it all back and put me up almost a buy-in.
So for all of you cracking over pairs or sucking out with correct pot odds, get ready for Variance to come knocking. Just remember smart plays win over time, just don't tilt your money away in the short term.
Well playing at lunch continued my inability to hit a draw. I'm down 308 bb in 45 min playing 3 tables. Again i had a open ended straight flush draw and re-raised a guy on the flop 6x all in and he called with 33 and i missed everything. I think its time to take a break for a few days from poker and go back to studying. I said i kept my emotions in check and only slightly tilted, NOT today. The last straw that broke my back was my last hand.
The villain i have seen bluff at many pots to take them down so i figured Medium pair or suited Ax. As my week has been going i find KK. What can i say another cooler. i turned off all the tables right then. It was the first hand in 10+ minutes at that table and i was logging off right then anyways. AHHH. I have a free roll tournament tonight, after that i might have a poker free weekend.
Hope everyone else is doing better than me. See you in a few days.
Well i am still steaming 60 minutes later and decided to review a lot of my hands to see what i do on minor to mid tilt. I figured out i tend to over play my hand and not listen to myself. I think someone is just trying to push me out after seeing me loosing so much money. Case in point this hand.
This was the 2nd hand in a row of the min raise early. The last time she folded on the turn. When i saw the re-raise on the river, i remember saying this would suck to if she limps with pocket pair and hit trips or AA or AK. i didn't even notice the raise amount. I just called. Last week i would have folded with no problem knowing she had trips.
Now i just have to see why i got so mad and started to tilt after only being down $10 or $15 over 3 tables in the first 20 minutes. I think i started to think i am better than them, they are just bluffing me cause they keep seeing me folding. I don't think i re-raised on the flop or doubled barreled any turn. i kept have kq and floping a Q then the turn brings the A an i checked and they bet. Or the OOP player would bet it. I am soooo off my game.
What are everyone's tricks or habits when they run bad to get themselves back to normal thinking again?
P.S. i am still up 1.5 buy-ins for the week, but i am down 3.5 buy-ins from my high.
Well i did end up playing a cash 20nl after I said I wouldn't. I was still a little tilting after work, but i came home and grilled some stakes for the family. While i was grilling my wife made me a fireball and cider drink. I played with the kids and it seemed to hit the reset
I was calm and cool. So my son love to play poker after watching me, so he asked if he could watch so I played. I was making C-Bets at the right time, folding when should, not calling pre flop out of my range. I was having a fun time with him. I did fold 2 hands I think I had for a big pot, but I wanted a low risk/reward night. In all those 2 early hands were my only if hands the rest I knew where I stood. I just took down lots of smaller pots and ended up after 2 1/2 hours 96bb. I think the best thing for me is to stick to 1 table for now. I get so many better reads. Well the wife is demanding to stop playing and pay attention to her. Everyone have a great night and just have fun playing tonight and restart your batteries for the journey ahead.
So this weekend was my wife's 35th birthday so their was no poker allowed much. It was nice not to have to worry about studying or putting in x amount of time online. I did semi-play for 2 hours on Saturday. We went over to her friends for a women's night, meaning i was taken so i could drive her home. I watched college football with her friends BF and talked poker. He was playing on poker-stars( no $). He is Very aggressive but good. We were talking hands in real time. I ended up 19bb.
That is the one thing that i do miss in poker, the fun interaction with other players. When is the last time everyone had a home game or went to the casino? I went to Foxwoods in CT back in February and it was a blast. It was the first time i was a winner in live poker in years. I think the main reason was their was a few REG's but them and everyone else were talking it up having fun. Playing at home their is no one to celebrate with when you win a big pot after using all of your tools to make the correct play. I know when i get excited all my wife does is say good, now buy me presents. lol
I think i am going to try to play some more Live poker once every month or 2. I think i will be a good to recharge the batteries.
now onto the results for the week.
i ended playing
winning 213 bb or 10bb/100. This was a lot lower win rate that i have hand but after seeing my graph you will understand. I was lucky not to post the first weekly loss.
i cant upload the graph at work, i will do this later tonight.
Hi Crance99! First of all wish your wife a happy birthday from Belgium!
We've planned a home game next Friday.
It's indeed more fun to get some interaction with other people. Talk a bit, have a beer,...
Online it's much more serious.
So good idea to play some live poker every now and then!
Just make sure you don't tell your wife how much you've won, or she'll keep asking for presents...:-)
So today was a roller coaster ride of a day. After playing for my lunch hour i was up about 50bb playing 2 tables of 20NL. Then bad luck kicked me in the butt and ran me over with a car. It all started with this hand. https://play.globalpoker.com/poker-client/poker/10/hand/59c1bcfbea70cd32abe68510,
It seemed no matter what i did the river was against me, or opportunistic betting. After 2.5 hours i was down almost 5 buy ins or $100. The whole time i was winning smaller pots and clawing back till the next loss. Then the losses stopped and i started to claw back winning 20bb hands here and their. Then i finnaly floped a big hand with betters. https://play.globalpoker.com/poker-client/poker/10/hand/59c1bc13ea70cd32abe68504. I ended only down 102bb after 5 hours of playing.
After eating dinner my son wanted to play poker with me and my luck turned around. In 1.5 hours we ended up 216bb. The main win came in following hand.
The villain was pushing people around and betting big on draws. I figured i was ahead on the flop but was worried about the 4th spade. when the st8 draw can i put him on the st8 draw and flush. So i knew if they missed he wouldn't bet the river, so i shoved and hoped.
The 2nd was against a cry baby saying the site is rigged. Then i egged him on hoping to tilt him and make him spew off his chips. Then the next hand happens and it plays it self. https://play.globalpoker.com/poker-client/poker/10/hand/59c1ba78ea70cd32abe684ff
All i can say just keep playing good hands and variance will right it self and the better player will win. If anyone can see any way different i could have played those hands let me know.