25NL $0 to $1k Challenge  

Page 1 / 2 Next
  RSS

Alton - MicroGrinder Poker
(@microgrinder)
Member Admin
Joined:2 years  ago
Posts: 330
July 1, 2016 4:40 pm  

Kicking off my 2016 poker challenge, which is to make $1,000 playing 25NL on Bovada to build up a 5 buy-in $1-$2 NL Live Holdem Bankroll. My more immediate goal is to build a $500 bankroll to take to Vegas in August, 2016 for the $1-$1 NL and PLO games at the Linq...I heard the games are super fishy!!!

Its been awhile since I've played live poker and I want to get back into it, so I figured, why not use Bovada to build up a 5 buy-in roll, which I think is sufficient for live 200NL playing conservative small-ball poker...where I expect the games to run fairly similar to Bovada 25NL.

I moved up to 25NL on Bovada in June, 2016 with a 20 buy-in bankroll and just over 7k hands in, I'm already up to 30 buy-ins...even with a  6.5 buy-in downswing of running terrible.

According to Poker Tracker 4 (PT4), I'm running at around 12BB/100. Here is a snapshot of some of my results (not 100% up-to-date because of the 24 delay period in downloading Bovada Hands)...for some reason PT4 doesn't appear to be importing all of my hands either...so the results are bit low. But I'll be using PT4 to post my results.

25nl-results.png

My initial impression of Bovada 25NL is that the game are SUPER SOFT if you game select well. I bum hunt for fish playing 3-tables of regular 6-max and 1 table of Zone. While there are some tables full of regs and nits, there are lots of tables full of at least 1 fish...so my goal is to sit with the fish until I stack the fish or he/she leaves the table.

So far, I've logged around 33 hours of play, so my hourly rate is a measly $6.54 / Hour...Lol!

So why do I want to start playing live again? Well I see more money in it getting to $500NL at the local casinos in the first place. Secondly, I want to start playing local tournaments and would like to use my cash game bankroll to fund it. I am also interested in comparing the differences between live and online games to see how the differ...possibly creating a course on live play basics, nuances and etiquette. I used to play live every weekend over 10 years ago...but now I never play and miss the action.

So expect regular updates from me on my progress and wish me good luck!


ReplyQuote
superunkn0wn
(@superunkn0wn)
Eminent Member
Joined:2 years  ago
Posts: 43
July 2, 2016 1:00 am  

glglgl


ReplyQuote
simonL
(@simonl)
Eminent Member
Joined:2 years  ago
Posts: 40
July 2, 2016 11:34 pm  

Sound good! I'm excited too.. 

Waiting to see the progress Alton, good luck!


ReplyQuote
Alton - MicroGrinder Poker
(@microgrinder)
Member Admin
Joined:2 years  ago
Posts: 330
July 3, 2016 10:21 am  

Thanks Guys, I appreciate it!

July 3, 2016 Update: +$276 (11 Buy-Ins)

The last couple of sessions on Bovada on 4th of July Weekend has been insane roller coaster rides where on both sessions I immediately was down 3-4 buy-ins each session within 20-30 minutes of starting my session and by the end I finished winning approximately 1/3 - 1/2 of a buy-in.

Variance can be brutal playing against stationy fish when you are getting sucked out on...but on the polar opposite, when you start catching cards you win at an insanely quick rate!

Some Rough Hands

Today AA was not my friend. Variance kicked me in the butt and in a 3-bet pot I got sucked out on all-in with the best hand against an OESD. Then in another hand villain opens QQ on the BTN, I 3bet, he 4bets, I shove and he insta-calls and flops a set. Both +EV for me, but short-term variance kick in the butt, lol.

Another hand that was just as shocking was HU's where I had KJ and turned top two pair to only lose to the last combo of KK for a set of kings, lol. Combinatorically I was looking great but in reality, I was not.

Hand #1

SB ($24.40)
BB ($24.42)
UTG ($15.16)
MP ($27.55)
CO ($15.80)
Hero (Button) ($33.28)

Preflop: Hero is Button with Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif
2 folds, CO raises to $0.75, Hero raises to $2.85, 2 folds, CO raises to $6.50, Hero raises to $33.28 (All-In), CO calls $9.30 (All-In)

Flop: ($31.95) 4http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, Jhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, Qhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif (2 players, 2 all-in)

Turn: ($31.95) Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (2 players, 2 all-in)

River: ($31.95) 2http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif (2 players, 2 all-in)

Total pot: $31.95 | Rake: $1.59

Results below: [spoiler]
Hero had Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif (three of a kind, Aces).
CO had Khttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, 10http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif (straight, Ace high).
Outcome: CO won $30.36[/spoiler]

Hand #2

CO ($22.16)
Button ($11.65)
SB ($43.42)
Hero (BB) ($42.80)
UTG ($24.75)
MP ($26.28)

Preflop: Hero is BB with Qhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, Qhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif
3 folds, Button raises to $0.75, 1 fold, Hero raises to $2.60, Button calls $1.85

Flop: ($5.30) 6http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, 4http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif, 7http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif (2 players)
Hero bets $5.30, Button raises to $9.05 (All-In), Hero calls $3.75

Turn: ($23.40) Khttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: ($23.40) 3http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $23.40 | Rake: $1.17

Results below: [spoiler]
Button had 5http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (straight, seven high).
Hero had Qhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, Qhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif (one pair, Queens).
Outcome: Button won $22.23[/spoiler]
 

Some Nice Hands

Hand #1
UTG ($28.40)
MP ($85.50)
CO ($26.87)
Button ($30.16)
SB ($45.80)
Hero (BB) ($36.95)

Preflop: Hero is BB with Khttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif, Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif
2 folds, CO raises to $0.75, 2 folds, Hero raises to $2.60, CO calls $1.85

Flop: ($5.30) 4http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, Khttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, 10http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif (2 players)
Hero bets $2.90, CO calls $2.90

Turn: ($11.10) 8http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif (2 players)
Hero bets $5.80, CO raises to $21.37 (All-In), Hero calls $15.57

River: ($53.84) 10http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $53.84 | Rake: $2

Results below: [spoiler]
Hero had Khttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif, Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif (two pair, Kings and tens).
CO had Jhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, Qhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif (one pair, tens).
Outcome: Hero won $51.84[/spoiler]

Hand #2
Button ($24.75)
SB ($12.60)
BB ($38.29)
UTG ($25.98)
MP ($11.75)
Hero (CO) ($27.41)

Preflop: Hero is CO with 9http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, 10http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif
2 folds, Hero raises to $0.60, 1 fold, SB calls $0.50, BB calls $0.35

Flop: ($1.80) 7http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, 8http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif, Jhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif (3 players)
SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets $1.80, 1 fold, BB raises to $4.35, Hero raises to $26.81 (All-In), BB calls $22.46

Turn: ($55.42) Qhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: ($55.42) 9http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $55.42 | Rake: $2

Results below: [spoiler]
BB had 7http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, 8http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif (two pair, eights and sevens).
Hero had 9http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, 10http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (straight, Queen high).
Outcome: Hero won $53.42[/spoiler]
 

Hand #3
Hero (MP) ($35.95)
CO ($28.86)
Button ($20.14)
SB ($69.83)
BB ($25)
UTG ($15.63)

Preflop: Hero is MP with Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif
1 fold, Hero raises to $0.85, CO raises to $1.70, Button calls $1.70, 2 folds, Hero raises to $7.40, CO raises to $28.86 (All-In), 1 fold, Hero calls $21.46

Flop: ($59.77) 8http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, 9http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, 5http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif (2 players, 1 all-in)

Turn: ($59.77) Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: ($59.77) 7http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $59.77 | Rake: $2

Results below: [spoiler]
Hero had Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif (three of a kind, Aces).
CO had Khttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif, Khttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif (one pair, Kings).
Outcome: Hero won $57.77[/spoiler]


ReplyQuote
simonL
(@simonl)
Eminent Member
Joined:2 years  ago
Posts: 40
July 4, 2016 4:27 am  

LOL, it really was a roller coaster ride! I hate those sucked out with Aces! 


ReplyQuote
Alton - MicroGrinder Poker
(@microgrinder)
Member Admin
Joined:2 years  ago
Posts: 330
July 7, 2016 4:30 pm  

July 7, 2016 Update: +$324 (13 Buy-Ins)

Things have been going well the past few days. I haven't put in a ton of volume with the 4th of July holiday weekend, but I was able to rack up another two buy-ins.

Here is a quick graph update (its not 100% up-to-date and missing a buy-in), but since my downswing and turbulent couple of sessions:

7-7-16-1.png

Some Recent Hands

Hand #1: 3 Streets of Value with AA in 3Bet Pot

Hero (BB) ($30.02)
UTG ($30.03)
MP ($43.53)
CO ($24.15)
Button ($25)
SB ($13.96)

Preflop: Hero is BB with Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif
1 fold, MP raises to $0.75, 3 folds, Hero raises to $2.60, MP calls $1.85

Flop: ($5.30) 3http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, 6http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, 5http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif (2 players)
Hero bets $4, MP calls $4

Turn: ($13.30) 10http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif (2 players)
Hero bets $9, MP calls $9

River: ($31.30) 7http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif (2 players)
Hero bets $14.42 (All-In), MP calls $14.42

Total pot: $60.14 | Rake: $2

Results below: [spoiler]
Hero had Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif (one pair, Aces).
MP didn't show
Outcome: Hero won $58.14[/spoiler]
 

Hand #2: Fishy Villain 3Bet Bluff Gone Bad

BB ($8.21)
UTG ($32.19)
MP ($25.37)
CO ($25.25)
Button ($27.98)
Hero (SB) ($25.10)

Preflop: Hero is SB with Jhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif, Jhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif
UTG calls $0.25, 2 folds, Button raises to $0.75, Hero raises to $3, 2 folds, Button raises to $6.50, Hero calls $3.50

Flop: ($13.50) Jhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, 5http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif (2 players)
Hero checks, Button bets $6.75, Hero raises to $18.60 (All-In), Button calls $11.85

Turn: ($50.70) 4http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: ($50.70) 5http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $50.70 | Rake: $2

Results below: [spoiler]
Button had Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif, 3http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (two pair, Aces and fives).
Hero had Jhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif, Jhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif (full house, Jacks over fives).
Outcome: Hero won $48.70[/spoiler]
 

Hand #3: A Lucky Little Fish...WTF, lol.

Hero (Button) ($31.15)
SB ($47.48)
BB ($28.50)
UTG ($6.09)
MP ($29.20)
CO ($33.18)

Preflop: Hero is Button with Jhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif
UTG calls $0.25, 1 fold, CO calls $0.25, Hero raises to $1.25, 2 folds, UTG calls $1, 1 fold

Flop: ($3.10) 2http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, 4http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif, Jhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (2 players)
UTG checks, Hero bets $1.55, UTG raises to $3.10, Hero raises to $12.40, UTG calls $1.74 (All-In)

Turn: ($12.78) 8http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: ($12.78) 9http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $12.78 | Rake: $0.63

Results below: [spoiler]
Hero had Jhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif (one pair, Jacks).
UTG had Qhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif, 10http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif (straight, Queen high).
Outcome: UTG won $12.15[/spoiler]
 


ReplyQuote
Alton - MicroGrinder Poker
(@microgrinder)
Member Admin
Joined:2 years  ago
Posts: 330
July 11, 2016 1:56 am  

July 11, 2016 Update: +$370.22 (15 Buy-Ins)

I haven't put in a lot of time playing poker over the past weekend, but I was able to win a couple of buy-ins fairly quickly through solid table selection, targeting fish and my opponents overvaluing their hands.

Here is a quick look at my graph (not 100% up-to-date), but shows that I'm winning at 14bb/100

7-11-16.png

Just one hand to post today. This shows the power of set-mining in 3-bet pots against opponents that are likely to stack off lightly. I raise in MP and villain in the SB 3bets me lightly with AQ suited, which typically should be in his flatting range (not knowing much about my 3betting flatting range & 4betting range). If I 4bet he is crushed; if I flat he is usually behind AK or pocket pairs...so he effectively turned AQ suited into a 3bet bluff here. What is even worse for him, is his positional disadvantage in the hand as well.

Post-flop, he flops top pair with a Q kicker and I flop a set. Its a perfect board texture for me to x/r the flop, because of the flush draw, so I look weaker than I am when I raise here. Villain calls as expected, I time bank the turn and jam all-in and villain snap calls me.

In this hand, villain was 3 buy-ins deep, playing somewhat aggro and just over-playing his hands...so regardless of what pocket pair I had, I would set-mine in this situation for 100bb effective stacks.

BB ($80.09)
UTG ($11.60)
Hero (MP) ($26.25)
CO ($12.33)
Button ($20.29)
SB ($9.75)

Preflop: Hero is MP with 8http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, 8http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif
1 fold, Hero raises to $0.75, 3 folds, BB raises to $2.50, Hero calls $1.75

Flop: ($5.10) 8http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif, Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, 4http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif (2 players)
BB bets $2.75, Hero raises to $8.90, BB calls $6.15

Turn: ($22.90) 9http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $14.85 (All-In), BB calls $14.85

River: ($52.60) Jhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $52.60 | Rake: $2

Results below: [spoiler]
BB had Qhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (one pair, Aces).
Hero had 8http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, 8http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (three of a kind, eights).
Outcome: Hero won $50.60[/spoiler]
 


ReplyQuote
simonL
(@simonl)
Eminent Member
Joined:2 years  ago
Posts: 40
July 11, 2016 10:43 am  

Nice... Alton!

I like your aggressive style and it seems to paying you off. I'm surprised that you can still find fishy players that limps at 25NL.

How often do you 3bet? Mostly only value hands or you include some bluffs as well?


ReplyQuote
Alton - MicroGrinder Poker
(@microgrinder)
Member Admin
Joined:2 years  ago
Posts: 330
July 11, 2016 3:45 pm  

simonL said
Nice... Alton!
I like your aggressive style and it seems to paying you off. I'm surprised that you can still find fishy players that limps at 25NL.
How often do you 3bet? Mostly only value hands or you include some bluffs as well?  

Thanks Simon. My philosphy with 25nl on Bovada is to value bet relentlessly for maximum value. But my style really isn't that aggressive. I've actually toned down my aggressiveness since I'm looking to play low variance to quickly build a roll for Las Vegas in 4 weeks, which I'm happy to say is already up to $600 for 100nl there.

25nl is really fishy on Bovada if you're willing to not play Zone and table select the regular tables. I'll sit down on 4 tables, observe my opponents and get off a table if its bad and move to another. Some tables are full of nits / regs while others will have 3-5 short-stacker fish...which I target. I actually think 10nl is harder than 25nl.

Since I target stationy fish, I 3bet JJ+, AK (depending upon opening ranges and villain). I have only 3bet bluff a hand full of times at 25nl since its really isn't necessary or optimal against the opponents I try to play against. I thought 3bet bluffing, especially in the blinds, would be a big part of my game but man...these players are bad.

Also, the anonymous factor reduces our need to 3bet bluff. If you think about it, we 3bet bluff to balance our ranges against observant opponents...since its anonymous that really isn't a factor. We also 3bet bluff to protect our blinds where we block Ax or Kx or have a hand we don't want to flat and is bluffable...but we must ensure we have decent fold equity before we 3bet bluff. Since I play with lots of stationy fish, 3bet bluffing is less than optimal cause they simply don't fold enough. Seeing flops where they'll make lots of mistakes is more +EV in my opinion that winning their 3bb's pre-flop.

If I played mainly Zone poker, I'd be 3bet bluffing more since it is very +EV with fold equity. I typically have a 2:1 value-to-bluff ratio which is covered in my Conquer Micro Stakes and 3-Betting 101 courses.


ReplyQuote
simonL
(@simonl)
Eminent Member
Joined:2 years  ago
Posts: 40
July 16, 2016 8:09 am  

It make sense Alton.

If you plan to visit east coast (NJ or NYC) let me know, we could play some live games 😉 I enjoy then as well!

 

It's actually funny that 10nl is harder than 25nl. Why do you think is that?

10nl has more grinders who wants to move up in stakes by slowyl building they bankroll ,
and 25nl have more players who has money and they don;t really care if they lose or win?


ReplyQuote
Alton - MicroGrinder Poker
(@microgrinder)
Member Admin
Joined:2 years  ago
Posts: 330
July 17, 2016 3:09 am  

simonL said
It make sense Alton.
If you plan to visit east coast (NJ or NYC) let me know, we could play some live games 😉 I enjoy then as well!
 
It's actually funny that 10nl is harder than 25nl. Why do you think is that?
10nl has more grinders who wants to move up in stakes by slowyl building they bankroll ,
and 25nl have more players who has money and they don;t really care if they lose or win?  

I never visit the East Coast, but thanks!

Exactly...regs grind up from 5nl to 10nl, whereas fish play 25nl since its still not that much money to them.


ReplyQuote
Alton - MicroGrinder Poker
(@microgrinder)
Member Admin
Joined:2 years  ago
Posts: 330
July 20, 2016 1:56 am  

July 20, 2016 Update: +$430.90 (17.2 Buy-Ins)

The last week has been a bit of a rocky week, but since my last update I'm up approximately 2 more buy-ins. The last ~3k has  been break even for me, where I've been running really bad but keeping a level head and taking down pots when I get really good hands.

On Bovada I always expect the unexpected. More importantly, expect fish to defend a "wide" range of hands:

Hand #1 - Flopping & Folding TPTK & Nut Flush Draw OTR

UTG was a complete NIT, so I decided to flat with AKo instead of 3bet to maximize value. There was also an HUGE whale in the BB. On the flop BB donks out and with TPTK and the nut flush draw, I raise with the intention of getting it in on the flop. Oddly enough BB calls my huge raise OOP, and when I don't improve on the turn I decide to check back since I think villain has smaller made flushes and two pair combos. When he over bet jams the river I fold and he ends up having the flush with 9heart4heart.

BB ($128.21)
UTG ($25.29)
MP ($31.27)
Hero (Button) ($26.72)
SB ($7.27)

Preflop: Hero is Button with Khttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif
UTG raises to $0.75, 1 fold, Hero calls $0.75, 1 fold, BB calls $0.50

Flop: ($2.35) 7http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, 2http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (3 players)
BB bets $1.42, 1 fold, Hero raises to $6.61, BB calls $5.19

Turn: ($15.57) 4http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif (2 players)
BB checks, Hero checks

River: ($15.57) Qhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif (2 players)
BB bets $27.09, Hero folds

Total pot: $15.57 | Rake: $0.77

Results below: [spoiler]
BB had 4http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, 9http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (flush, Ace high).
Outcome: BB won $14.80[/spoiler]

Hand #2 - Flopping & Fold Top Set OTR

This hand highlights how loose Bovada players can be. BB defends Qheart8heartin the BB, flops the flush draw, turns the gutter straight draw and hits it on the river and donk jams into me, where I make a "sigh" fold. But hopefully you see my bet sizing on the flop and turn is sized with the intention to jam the river on any blank card.

Button ($20.75)
SB ($14.57)
BB ($25)
UTG ($36.11)
Hero (MP) ($25)
CO ($24.78)

Preflop: Hero is MP with Jhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif, Jhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif
1 fold, Hero raises to $0.75, 1 fold, Button calls $0.75, SB calls $0.65, BB calls $0.50

Flop: ($3) Jhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, 6http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif, 4http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (4 players)
SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets $2.20, 2 folds, BB calls $2.20

Turn: ($7.40) 5http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $5.50, BB calls $5.50

River: ($18.40) 3http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (2 players)
BB bets $16.55 (All-In), Hero folds

Total pot: $18.40 | Rake: $0.92

Results below: [spoiler]
BB had Qhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, 8http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (flush, Queen high).
Outcome: BB won $17.48[/spoiler]
 

Hand #3 - Hero Coolering AA with AK in 3Bet Pot

This is an interesting hand. MP limp / 3bets my isolation raise. Being a deep stack, pre-flop I am assuming he is either being deceptive with JJ+, AK or is simply a fish doing something silly. With AK we can either (1) 4bet with the intention of getting all-in or (2) flatting to keep villain's range wider. Since I have positional advantage I simply flat. The flop is a pretty standard call because implied odds are huge here. If villain has JJ+, then we'll double up through him if a T hits. We also have the backdoor K-high flush draw. When villain checks back turn I'm happy to free roll to the river with the flush + straight draw. At this point I think villain is afraid of diamonds and me potentially having a set, so I think his range is weighted more towards KK+ or AK. The river completes my straight and I decide to over bet jam here instead of sizing a 2/3 to 3/4 pot sized bet to make it look more polarized and he snaps me off AA. If there is ever a time to fold KK+, this river is the spot for villain since TT, JJ and QQ all made sets, the flush completed on the turn, and AK made the nut straight on the river...all which are in a typically 3bet flatting range. So KK+ loses to almost an entire 3bet flatting range (TT, JJ, QQ, AK) expect for AQ.

BB ($17.41)
UTG ($34.55)
MP ($64.37)
CO ($61.59)
Hero (Button) ($26.67)
SB ($20.86)

Preflop: Hero is Button with Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, Khttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif
1 fold, MP calls $0.25, 1 fold, Hero raises to $1, 2 folds, MP raises to $3.50, Hero calls $2.50

Flop: ($7.35) 7http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif, Jhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, Qhttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif (2 players)
MP bets $4.67, Hero calls $4.67

Turn: ($16.69) 5http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif (2 players)
MP checks, Hero checks

River: ($16.69) 10http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif (2 players)
MP checks, Hero bets $18.50 (All-In), MP calls $18.50

Total pot: $53.69 | Rake: $2

Results below: [spoiler]
Hero had Ahttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif, Khttp://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif (straight, Ace high).
MP didn't show
Outcome: Hero won $51.69[/spoiler]

Here is a quick graph update, its not 100% up-to-date as usual but shows my progress:

1.png


ReplyQuote
Alton - MicroGrinder Poker
(@microgrinder)
Member Admin
Joined:2 years  ago
Posts: 330
July 29, 2016 3:31 pm  

July 29, 2016 Update: +$430.90 (17.2 Buy-Ins) - Bankroll Challenge On Hold For Vegas Trip!

 

For the past couple of weeks I've been withdrawing money from my online bankroll to fund my upcoming Vegas trip poker play. I have withdrawn around 70% of my online bankroll so I can have a good time in Vegas and play some live poker for fun and (hopefully) profits.

So since I've taken most of my money out of my online bankroll to fund this trip, I'm putting my online bankroll challenge on hold until I return and can re-deposit some of it online.

Why? Because I'm not rolled for 25nl anymore online and I like to be properly rolled to continue my challenge. I've also been super busy with a backyard garden fence project and doing my best to dedicate time every day to exercising.

Whats interesting is that when I don't play poker, I sleep much better at night. I usually play poker late at night, so when I end my session my brain wide awake and it takes me forever to mentally wind down and fall asleep. I had been falling asleep at 2-3am and now I'm falling asleep around midnight...which is good since I start work at 8am M-F.

Vegas Trip Details

I leave for a 4 night trip to Las Vegas in a week. I usually go once every 1-2 years and its been two years since my last trip where I stayed at Aria. This year, I'm staying at the Mirage. This will be my first time staying there, so I'm looking forward to it and its amazing looking pool!

My poker buddy and my parents are tagging along for their anniversary trip and we've got tons of things comped from MyVegas. If you don't play MyVegas on Facebook and/or your phone you're missing out cause I've gotten thousands of dollars of items comped over the years from the game:

  • 1 night comped at the Mirage (myself and my parents for our own rooms)
  • 3 free tickets to cirque du soleil KA at MGM Grand (myself and my parents)
  • $100 off $200 at the Steakhouse at Camelot at Excalibur
  • Free breakfast or lunch buffet at the Mirage for each of us (four total)
  • Two 2-for-1 Dinner Buffets at Aria for all four of us
  • Two 2-for-1 Vegas Monorail 3-Day Passes for all of us

All four of us going have MyVegas accounts...hence all the nice comps for the trips! MyVegas rewards aren't as good as they used to be, but still worth it!

When I'm in Vegas I plan to relax, have fun, enjoy the pool, eat good food, have a good time, and in my spare time play some poker for enjoyment. I don't go to Vegas anymore solely to play poker, but more the entire experience now. So I only plan to play $1/$1 NL at The Linq, $3/$6 Limit wherever its available and Spread Limit at the Excalibur. All fun and soft games!


ReplyQuote
Markku
(@markku)
Eminent Member
Joined:2 years  ago
Posts: 49
July 29, 2016 4:19 pm  

Sounds good. Have a nice trip!


ReplyQuote
Alton - MicroGrinder Poker
(@microgrinder)
Member Admin
Joined:2 years  ago
Posts: 330
August 2, 2016 3:32 am  

Thanks! I'm super excited!!!


ReplyQuote
Page 1 / 2 Next
Share: