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  1. Hello P5ers! As of last month, I'm officially a member of the 100k club! I'm proud to say that most of the cashes that contributed to this achievement are from tourneys with buy-ins ranging from $1-$33. My Skype group really helped me evolved my game so props to all of them, especially AJ "UncleDrew4MVP" Yowler, Gid "Necks03" Rash, and Thomas "Clutch352" McDaniel for giving me advice and helping me take it to the next level.

    I recently returned from the WSOP circuit in New Orleans and had a great time. I played three ring events and min cashed one of them and since this is the last stop of the WSOP circuit season, a ton of circuit pros were there chasing points for a free entry to the 10k WSOPc national championship.

    The first ring event I played was the re-entry. Rex Clinkscales was to my left for a bit but was super card dead and busted fairly quickly. I think the highlight of my day one was a huge pot against ring winner, Juan Mendoza: (Blind levels and bet sizes are approximate) I have a 40k stack and at 500/1000 I look down at AJo and open to 3000 from MP. Juan flats. Board runs 346. He checks, I check back because I've been c-betting a lot and I'm not a fan of the board. Turn is a J. He checks. I bet 3500. He reraises to 15000. I think about it for a while and decide to go all in because of his aggro actions earlier in the tourney. He tanks for about 2 minutes and calls with 55 giving him an OESD. The river is a J and now I have 90k. My table broke shortly after that and I ended up on a table with Mina Greco and Maurice Hawkins. Maurice is super talkative and has a play style meant to tilt other players. After a few hands at that new table, I made it to day two and bagged 81.5k.

    137 players made it to day two and 135 players would cash. After a few round-for-round hands, an older gentlemen with one of those visors that come with a spiky grey wig, gets up and says "Congrats everybody! I'm the bubble boy!" and everyone in the room cheered. At the 1500/3000 level I'm in LP and call a MP raise to 6000 with QJo. Board is Q5x. I call all the way down to the river and initial raiser has Q2 and I ship a fairly large pot and have a read on this LAGgy individual. A little later I have around 95k and he has about 75k in the 2000/4000 level. He min raises to 8k. I look down at AK and 3 bet him to 25k. He calls pretty quickly. Board runs out J96xxc. He checks and I bet half pot. He calls. Turn is Ac. He checks again and I go all in to apply the pressure on him and to discourage him from chasing draws. He tanks for five minutes and calls with T9cc for mid-pair and a flush draw. The river comes and it's a 5c giving him his flush and crippling me. Funnily enough, I didn't really get to angry because I'm used to all kinds of beats. A few hands later I tilt 3 bet shove my last 20k with AJo from the BB to a solid UTG players raise. He has AQo and I bust for 104th place and a min cash. If that AK hand held, there's no doubt in my mind that I would have made a super deep run in that tourney. All is good though, because I'm super proud of the way I played.

    The next day I played in the six max and had a hard starting table with Juan Mendoza and another ring winner, Kevin Sherrill. The three of us kind of avoided each other and outplayed the other three players at our table. I was getting great cards left and right. Allen Kessler ended up at our table but either nitted it up or was card dead so he busted about an hour after he got to my table. There were about 240 entrants and when about 70 of us were left, I went super card dead. I eventually 3 bet shoved another short stack with KTo and his 66 held. GG six max.

    That final ring event I played was the mega stack. At first I was a bit card dead and for most of the tournament I was in shove mode. At my second table at the 200/400 level I open shove KTo and run into Kevin Sherill's 44. I spike a K on the river and survive. I move to my third table and Rex Clinkscales is to my right. I shove and 3 bet shove several times and don't get called but then I become card dead again and move to my 4th table with about 12 bigs. Shortly after I get to the table, I open shove with A8cc from MP and an old man with a Bama hat and slightly more chips than me says, "I really shouldn't call you, but I like this hand." and he calls with 86dd. I think to myself "Hell yeah! Got this guy dominated!" Board runs 24xdd giving him a flush draw. Turn is Ad. GG old man.

    I'm extremely proud of the way I played and if I was on the right side of variance, the results of the trip would have been much better. Either way, good luck to my fellow players and keep on grinding!

  2. Can I be a winning player? Perhaps a more realistic goal is to become a break even player, or maybe even a losing-less player. Either way after a couple years of playing online almost daily, I am a losing player in spite of giving it my best shot.

    I have been using Poker Tracker (collecting hand history, looking at charts, stats, leak tracker) to try and identify my leaks and even found a particular game that I was in fact profitable ($3 $5 DON SnG) but that game is no longer available on ACR. Becoming a better player all around has to be the key to me getting out of the loser club. I thought a little accountability might help me so I will set some goals here and contribute my experiences as I try to learn my way out of losing status.

    Today ACR seems to be down and is the reason I ended up here in an effort to make good use of the playing down time. I usually play 9 max or 6 max regular SnG @ $1.50 + $.15 as well as the Big 10 MTTs @ $2, $3 $5, and other low stakes MTTs under $10 buy-in.

    I have also played quite a bit of the $3, $5, $10, and $15 SnG 6max and 9 max regular and turbo but as of late I have been practicing bankroll management and staying at 1% - 3% buy-in rule which keeps me playing the $1.65 SnGs and under $5 MTTs.

    After 600 or 700 tournaments over two years, I am down about 1K. I have had a ton of fun playing and learning but would like to be a winning player or at least find out if I can in fact be a winning player.

    I have done most everything one can do as far as research and study of the game but where I fall short is in the following areas:

    • Sharing hands with others - my excuse is that it seems intrusive unless I have something to offer (working on this). Not sure how best to do this efficiently
    • Coaching - I have had none but would absolutely consider investing in it
    • Life balance - these past two years were some of the hardest of my life and must have an effect on my game
    • Self-review of Hand History - just started to do this through PT4
    • Using PT4 - I have been collecting the data and using the HUD but not using the tools to their fullest potential, this starts now though.
    • Math - could be better at calculating and understanding some of the on-the-fly calculations needed to be a winning player. I can calculate pot odds and outs usually

    My latest changes to my game:
    • Increased Positional awareness
    • Increased Bet size/stack size/pot size awareness
    • Folding more to 3bets, Cbets, turn bets, river bets
    • Reducing my VPIP
    • Reducing my overall Aggression Factor

    Also looking for new books and online materials, reviewing old materials, try to participate more on forums and find some real-world poker-friendly people and places. Scheduling a monthly trip to casino to play the MTT and $1/$2 cash table.

    Your feedback and suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

  3. Hey folks!

    I hope you had a great month. I had pretty decent month so to speak. Quite a lot I wanted to discuss today with my April's review, so grab your popcorn, mountain dew and a butt plug, and let’s roll.

    April goals

    Play 650 MTTs - Smashed this goal, played a total of 898 games in April.
    Study poker for 20 hours -
    Goal accomplished, studied exactly for 20 hours.
    Hit the gym every day on poker days in the mornings -
    I would be lying if I said that I did this, due to some other real life priorities I had to skip certain days just so some stuff could be done. But that's fine, I will pick this one up next month.
    Double my bankroll this month -
    Well definitely did not accomplish this. I will discuss this in next paragraphs.
    Increase my bb/100 to 11 EV -
    And last but not least, my EV BB for this month ended to be 9.18bb/100. Even though I came under the goal, which is fine because my winrate shows that I am doing good in terms of the strategic concept of the game.

    Double the bankroll

    This was the toughest part of the month in my opinion. I started the month very poorly results wise and was running well below EV. At some point I felt really lost because I couldn't tell what exactly is not letting me get the wins I strive for, so I started losing on each session I would sit down to play. Before sessions I would open up holdem manager, look at my stats and would say to my self - 'I don't fucking know...' And this went on until my coaching session Assassinato. Once the date I so long waited for came, I was super excited, because Alex is a great coach and I've read so many recommendations about him etc. And I realised that every good thing I have heard about him is actually true. He is definitely the best poker coach in the industry. He looked at my stats and was surprised that I am not making the money that I should, so it was a challenge for him to find the 'cause' in my game that does not let me do that. Which he did, and pretty quickly, after running through various filters in holdem manager. He identified my leaks, gave a lecture how to combat that and explained why what I was doing wrong was wrong, and why the other approach is better. I had such a relief when I found that I have some serious leaks, because at that point I knew what to work on. Definitely an amazing experience, and also worth mentioning is that a session that I booked was for 75 minutes, but it lasted for almost 2 hours. The reason is because Alex is a great guy, who also likes to find out more about his students life, we also talked about random bullshits to make the coaching a more fun experience and he does not charge for that 'bullshit time', so if the coaching got of track, he compensates for that. After the coaching, within few days I got my recording from the coaching so that I can go through it again if I feel that something is missing. Overall I am satisfied in that sense.

    So with help of Assassinato I was able to turn my month around drastically. At the start of the month I had a serious downer for my bankroll, not only I was able to recoup my losses but I also made a modest profit for the month. Here is my BB/100 graph for April:


    You can guess at which point in the graph I got my coaching. ;)

    Bye bye PokerStars

    I am pretty sure all of you know the situation with the Stars. Yes, they suck ass now... Implementation of rake to rebuys/addons, changes in schedules and tournament structures etc. I seriously do not find any value playing now on Stars. Now that the most MTTs how shorter blind levels and there are no longer MTTs I liked, such as the 2R1A MTTs, I no longer wish to play there. And it is not fun playing 1k+ field MTTs with shorter blind levels, with the older structure most MTTs felt like turbos but with the new one it is even worse. So for me bye, bye PokerStars. I will be focusing on the smaller networks such as ipoker, 888, party and winning. Those networks have much better value MTTs, weaker fields and also SMALLER fields. While playing on these networks I can stack more final tables in a month than in 5 months on Stars just because the structures are much better, and benefit more the skilled players.

    May goals

    Play 750 MTTs
    Study poker for 28 hours
    Complete Craig Capurso's 30 Days Out workout
    Triple my bankroll this month
    Increase my bb/100 to 12 EV

    I think these are pretty solid and achievable goals for this month. The reason why I am increasing the bar on the bankroll goal is because this summer I will be going to Latvia with my wife and we will be travelling for a month around Europe and I need to put some money aside for various bills, pay the travel expenses etc. I already got myself an MSI Laptop to be able to play properly while travelling.

    GPPT (Glasgow)

    I have seen that Party are hosting an event here in Glasgow, and I have decided to participate. I will try to play the Day 1 online so that I do not have waste time coming in to play it Day 1 live. It is a $109 event with a pretty decent prize pool of 250k, first place taking about 35k and also additional 50k if you have won a Golden Chip on Party (which I have, hehe). So, I am really looking forward for the event. Will be working hard to get there, and hopefully ship it!

    Conclusion

    That is pretty much all I wanted to discuss. The post may be long, but whatever, I hope people reading it enjoy it. :D

    Good luck at the tables!

    Rihard


 
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