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Markku
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July 25, 2016 5:01 pm  

26.7.2016

Today I made a deposit of 10€ ($10.71). I play at NL2.

My first intermediate goal is to achieve NL5 within 3 months. That requires a bankroll of 150 dollars. This means that I have to have a winning rate of 30bb/100 on average playing 300 hands per day. I consider it realistic at the lowest stake especially for the reason that I play only one table. I feel multi-tabling confusing and harmful from the point of view of learning.

Without further ado, I had better to start now.

 

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First day update 26.7.2016

Hands played:   92    

Flop seen:          14 (15%)

Bankroll:           $12.54 (+$1.83)

(Win rate: 99.5bb/100)

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Alton - MicroGrinder Poker
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July 26, 2016 9:19 am  

Nice to see your blog on the forum. I think getting to 5nl is a realistic goal; however, I don't think 30bb/100 is a sustainable win rate even at 2nl...so I would aim for something like 12-15bb/100 which is still crushing it but more realistic...especially with negative variance downswings.

Question: Are you playing normal tables or Zoom one-tabling? I would assume Zoom otherwise you'd be playing 7+ hours a day trying to get in 300 hands. If you are playing Zoom I would highly suggest getting of the speed tables and 2-tabling regular games instead...because they are a lot easier to beat due to lots more fish being at those tables.

Hope your bankroll and 5nl challenge goes well!


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Markku
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July 26, 2016 9:13 pm  

You are right Alton. Three hours is the maximum per day for me to be able to focus on the game. And 10+bb/100 is really good rate but 30bb/100 is something I'm aiming at.

I play normal tables and only one table. That means that I play up to 180 hands per day at the most. Now I am experiencing an upswing but when the downswing comes, well I have usually lost my whole bankroll no matter how big it has been.

That's why I opened the blog here. To force myself always play the best play I can. As BlackRain79 wrote: "It might sound cliche but goal setting is one of the most important ways to keep yourself motivated to do anything. But even more important is setting public goals."

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Update 27.7.2016

Hands played: 92     Flop seen: 22 (22%)       Winnings: 116bb/92 hands       Bankroll: $14.86 (+$4.15)

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Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston Churchill


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Alton - MicroGrinder Poker
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July 27, 2016 2:58 am  

I agree, setting public goals holds you accountable and so you're more likely to complete them. I would challenge you to set further "stretch" goals in addition to your win rate and 5nl goal. Set some specific poker goals, such as "I will improve my thin value game, etc.".

Also, definitely post your graph and some hand histories for us to see on some interesting / tough hands you encountered.

Cheers!


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Markku
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July 27, 2016 4:54 pm  

I will set some further goals later, but right now I do not dare trying to improve for example my thin value game, because I am playing against the worst players of the world. Although at FullTilt/PokerStars the players are not so terrible as perhaps at other sites and are at least somehow predictable/readable, I still wouldn't challenge a fish without strong value or at least SDV.

I should like to post a graph, but the problem is that I don't have PT4. Late last year I had HM2 on a 30-day free trial, but it was premature since I didn't understand anything of the entire program. I have now thoroughly studied the HUD stats and HUD stat correlations. It helps me to understand how my opponents see me when they are using a HUD. This spring I had also a 30-day free trial of the PT4, but it didn't work on my computer. Maybe it was a Windows 10 problem I don't know. It just halted my whole computer.

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Update 28.7.2016

Hands played: 79      Flops seen: 21(26%)      Winnings: 135bb / 79 hands      Bankroll: $17.56 (+$6.85)

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Alton - MicroGrinder Poker
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July 28, 2016 9:39 am  

You should always be on the lookout for areas to improve your game and put focus on those. So I think its important that you always do so.

As for thin value, fish are the perfect target because they'll call with tons of terrible hands. So you should be going for thin value when you think you can get called by worse. Also, when I'm talking about thin value, I'm not saying betting insanely thin, but thin such as with hands like top pair with a crappy kicker, middle pair with a strong kicker, etc.

Nice to see you're up close to 3 buy-ins. cool

BTW - check out Free Poker Database. You can use it to import your hands and view your stats and graphed results. Its kinda clunky, but gets the job done...plus its free and there is a long-running thread regarding it on 2+2. I used to use it before I purchased Poker Tracker 4.

http://fpdb.wikidot.com/


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Markku
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July 28, 2016 4:43 pm  

It's been a very good session.

From the beginning I was dealt cold cards, there were only a few small pairs in between, so I carried out set mining. How disastrous the hitting of a set can be! I lost two buy-ins. And it was getting even worse. If the cards would have been tangible I would have had to use winter gloves. But around 469th deal I started to get better cards, I was dealt an AK suited - and lost another buy-in. Soon after that I got AJ suited on the button with the result that I lost my fourth buy-in. I wasn't even on square one, I was beyond and I was desperate. I had lost four and a half buy-ins, which is big money to me taking into account my small bankroll in the first place. But 521st hand was an AT of clubs on the button and I called an early positon raise. The flop was a T and two clubs. The opponent went all-in with a pair of queens (as they usually do) and I thought, it's now or never, and called with my 13 outs and I hit the flush on the river. I was back again.

How come that kind of session can be good? Well, the really good thing was that I did not cross the Mike Caro's Threshold of Misery, that every cent meant a lot to me. I didn't start to spew chips around. That's what I am proud of.

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Update 29.7.2016

Total hands played: 910     Win rate from the beginning: 25bb/100       Current Bankroll: $15.18

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Markku
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July 29, 2016 4:45 pm  

I will install the Free Poker Data Base to make it possible to post some kind of graph here in the near future. I checked from the PokerStars that the FPDB is a permitted program. I did it because I already have a warning from PT which I got when I had unintentionally the PokerStove running in the background on my computer and I didn't notice that when I logged in the FullTilt. So I can't afford any further mistakes.

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Update 30.7.2016

Total hands played: 1074      Win rate from the beginning: 30bb/100      Current bankroll: $17.24

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Markku
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August 1, 2016 10:22 pm  

The Free Poker Data Base is trickier to install than I thought. After two days of efforts it's still not working. Right now I don't know what to do. But I am confident that I can get it to work one day.

[We Finns are quite trustful people: according to the European Council's latest barometer 94 % of Finns trust the Finnish Police and 91 % of Finns trust the Finland's Defense Forces (as we call the Finnish Army).]

My game is a little bit messed up due to the installation project. I started the whole project only to get some graphs to show here in the first place.

I will update my results later when I'm calmed down and played seriously without trying to get the HUD data on screen.


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Alton - MicroGrinder Poker
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August 2, 2016 3:30 am  

I agree..it can be a hassle to set-up! I ran through similar issues as you trying to set it up. Did you visit the 2+2 forum for it? If not, I'd check it out and reach out for assistance there:

http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/168/free-software/free-open-source-poker-tracking-software-fpdb-version-0-40-5-nov-14-2013-a-273001/


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Markku
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August 3, 2016 6:22 pm  

I think I have to stop playing for a while. There are other things on my mind which bother me so that I can't concentrate at the poker table. When I am so absent-minded I make mistakes that put my tiny bankroll in danger.

I'll be back when I've got a grip of myself and have a sufficient degree of confidence in my own abilities.

In the meanwhile I'll study thoroughly the Alton Harding's course "Crush Micro Stakes Online Poker: The Complete Mastery Guide", which has been waiting for too long a time to be done.

Until then...


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Alton - MicroGrinder Poker
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August 4, 2016 1:58 am  

Markku - nothing wrong with taking breaks. I actually haven't played a single hand of poker in 2+ weeks simply because I'm not motivated to play and other things are taking up my time and interest outside of poker.

If your confidence is suffering, taking a break is a great strategy to (1) put poker into perspective with your entire life, (2) study off the tables and analyze your game to help improve it, and (3) motivate yourself to start playing again. I always get the bug to start playing again after a break and I tend to be much more level-headed as well.

Hope your break goes well!


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Markku
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August 11, 2016 5:27 pm  

I eventually managed to read the book "Dynamic Full Ring Poker – Beyond The Basics", 2010, 366 p. Now I'm filled with HUD stats and Flopzilla analyses. Why bother to look one's own cards when the HUD stats tell what to do. Just decide what your opponent's range of hands is and Flopzilla analyses tell you how much Fold Equity you have. Then act according to your HUD stats. It is as simple as that. But hey! - there is nothing new in that. Annette Obrestad won a big live tournament without ever looking at her own cards. It is a question of Tells. I guess Annette had read the Mike Caro's Book of Poker Tells.

I have struggled with my Pre Flop starting hands. I tried to memorize Sklansky's groups of starting hands - without success. Andy Bloch's starting hands guide have several pages and he says they have to be learned by heart. Not possible for me. Well, Hutchinson's Point System is easy to memorize and feasible at the table. But it's somewhat too loose at the cash tables, in my experience. I play at FullTilt / PokerStars. So I ended up to apply the Chen Formula as my starting hands guide with my own modifications. It's tight enough for a novice player but not too tight. I think it's a strategy of a TAG, but not too conservative. After all, I have to have some kind of Pre Flop Strategy and I think it's a good basis to start.

I started a new book yesterday. I was thinking what to read next. Should I read Sklansky again? Not yet, I said to myself. I have read four Sklansky's books, two of them twice. I have now enough Sklansky Dollars, I need real money. My Fancy Play Syndrome has impaired to that level that I'm not loosing money at so fast rate than I used to do after reading Sklansky and Malmuth. No more Sklansky for awhile. Then I remembered that Greg Walker recommended a book named "Professional No-Limit Hold'em, Volume I". I checked it on amazon.com. The price is 87 dollars. Huh! But then I checked helmet.fi (Helsinki Metropolitan Area Library), and there it was, and the price is 0 dollars. Now I have it. An untouched copy of the book from Matt Flynn, Sunny Mehta and Ed Miller. 


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Alton - MicroGrinder Poker
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August 12, 2016 11:39 am  

See you've been reading lots of books, but wondering if you've been watching any good video series lately?


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Markku
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August 14, 2016 4:13 am  

When I got the spark to start to play poker online I played freeroll tournaments and lowest by-in MTTs. From the beginning I learned to play bad poker. I played "monkey see", "monkey do". I tried to imitate the worst players in the world to beat them in their own fishy game which they mastered so well. After a few months I realized that this bus was going to nowhere. I wanted to get a better knowledge of poker by reading books and articles, and that's what I've been doing. I was not willing to spend much time watching video courses because I was not ready for that kind of training. 

I tried out some free video courses but I found them boring, niggling nonsense from the beginning: the same image on the screen all the time and some guy telling almost half an hour how he plays AA. Then I found MicroGrinder. I found it on amazon.com or actually I found Alton Hardin's book "Essential Poker Math" and thereby "Fundamentals of Exploitative Online Poker" and "Poker Fundamentals". I also have taken the Udemy video courses: "Poker Tips for Poker Players", "The Poker Blueprint: Learn to Play Good poker" and "Essential Poker Math for No Limit Hold'em".

I like Alton's video courses. Especially I like his clear and consistent manner to introduce subjects to his students. I have some teaching background myself, I was a teacher in a University of Applied Sciences for eleven years and I am definitely not willing to listen any kind of pointless nonsense very long.

Now I'm off the poker tables for awhile. I must unlearn the bad habits that grabbed me in the early stages of my "poker career". Since I'm not playing, I have time for video courses. At the moment I'm working on the "Crush Micro Stakes Online Poker: The Complete Mastery Guide".


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