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I decided to start up a blog for myself. I don't need any others to read it. I just want to check in every now and then to see how I'm feeling about poker and where I'm at.

I've been playing poker for 10 years now with very little success. Granted I don't play as much as your standard player as I don't live in the immediate area of a casino. AC and Foxwoods are about 2 - 2.5 hours away from me. If I were closer, I probably would be spending more time at either of them.

Anyway, I started as a live player in 2003. I first started visiting Turning Stone in upstate NY. My first cash was in a shootout tournament. I defeated my entire table to make the final table. I ended up placing 3rd in an embarrassing fashion. I was all in pre flop with 88 against A J off. The flop came Q 9 Q. The turn was a 3, and the river was a 9 and I shot my hands up thinking I would be taking the chip lead to find out I had been counterfeit. I think the take was $600 or so. I didn't get to play much after that until 2005. I had read a few poker books and was taking a trip to Fort Myers FL to help my aunt prepare for a hurricane. I found out that there was a casino 40 minutes from her. I entered a tournament there after finishing one of my poker books. It was a $20 buy-in and drew 65 players. I managed to take it down for a gigantic $350 payday. After that, all I wanted to do was play poker. Over the next few years, I tried to get to A.C. as much as possible. It probably averaged out to a weekend every 2 months or so. My game was pretty standard A B C style poker. One weekend I took down the Borgata's $50k guarantee. It was a $13k payday. The following morning, I entered the $100 tournament they were running. I ended up chopping that 3 ways for a $4500 profit. That was a great weekend. I've had a few other minor live cashes since that day ranging from peanuts to the $4k area. But over the years, my bankroll dwindled and was never able to hit the big win.

In 2009, a buddy of mine convinced me to try playing online. I found some small success on Full tilt poker, winning a $20k guarantee tournament, placing 5th in a $75k guarantee, and winning many 45 player SnG's at different buy ins. I had built up my bankroll to about 22k on Full tilt having started with a $300 deposit. Then something happened. The game changed. I started to notice a greatly different style of play and I wanted to learn about it. I studied top players and watched them play for countless hours. I began reading literature about this new uber aggressive style with 3 and 4 betting and I loved it. I researched concepts like player tendencies, hand ranges, and tracking analytics. I started by practicing in small stakes cash games and it didn't seem to work. I discovered players at those levels weren't really aware of all those things. They would raise with A 2 suited UTG and then call my 3 bet in mid position. The flop would bring a deuce and then they wouldn't fold no matter what line I took or the cards on the board. Players would call me with all kinds of garbage no matter their position and suck out time after time. I started to wonder if I was doing something wrong. I analyzed my play and after asking some online guys, I was reassured that variance was the culprit. That kind of got me wondering more. I went back and analyzed my hands over the course of a month on Poker Tracker and what I found was really alarming. Opponents on flush draws after the flop got there over half the time. Opponents on open ended straight draws after the flop got there more than half the time. None of the players were willing to fold at any point in the hand. I lost 90% of my coin flips. Hands in which I got my heads up opponent all in pre-flop while I was holding A A ended in a loss for me just under 50% of the time. The main thing I saw was that when I had KK, my heads up opponent had AA more than 50% of the time. My KK lost almost 90% of the time. In that one month, I lost half my bankroll playing small stakes and tournaments. I cou;dn't believe the statistics. I understand variance, but running that bad made me feel like someone had targeted me to lose. I felt like opponents knew what cards were coming. I didn't think I could run that bad. I'll never forget losing to runner runner quads multitabling within 30 seconds of one another for the maximum. I couldn't turn it around. I took a break.

I started again a month later. I began to play 2/4, 4 tables at a time. I had a bout 9k left in my bankroll. I managed to stay even for a couple of months. But I just couldn't understand why I couldn't ever get ahead. I had been reading about the guys who started with $25 deposits and were playing 10/20 plus. Why couldn't I get there? Well, a month later the suck outs came in force. I ended up having $1500 in my account on black friday, down from $22k or so. I went over everything again and the beats were sick and relentless. I felt that I was playing as good as the top guys. The only difference was that they win and I lose.

I started playing again on Carbon poker in July. It has not worked out for me. I put a total of $2500 on the site and am down to 8 cents. I jut couldn't win in big spots in tournaments over and over. The beats I take in the cash games are worse.

Merge Game #74353422-1717 | Holdem NL ($0.10/$0.25) | 12/18/2013 23:37:09 EST | Version:2

Table Hollywood *Fast III (74353422), Seats 6

Seat 1: JoeSharp3 ($61.43 in chips)

Seat 2: Klinic ($25.43 in chips) DEALER

Seat 3: YaBoiiiiiii ($17.55 in chips)

Seat 4: 15OutsTwice ($27.57 in chips)

Seat 5: PanamonCreel22 ($66.66 in chips)

Seat 6: Captainshipper ($26.43 in chips)

YaBoiiiiiii: Post SB $0.10

15OutsTwice: Post BB $0.25

*** HOLE CARDS ***

Dealt to Captainshipper [Ks Ad]

PanamonCreel22: Fold

Captainshipper: Raise $0.55

JoeSharp3: Call $0.55

Klinic: Fold

YaBoiiiiiii: Fold

15OutsTwice: Call $0.30

*** FLOP *** [2c Kd 4c]

15OutsTwice: Check

Captainshipper: Bet $0.75

JoeSharp3: Call $0.75

15OutsTwice: Raise $4.00

Captainshipper: Raise $8.00

JoeSharp3: Fold

15OutsTwice: Allin $23.02

Captainshipper: Allin $17.88

*** TURN *** [2s]

*** RIVER *** [3c]

*** SUMMARY ***

15OutsTwice: Shows [Ac 5c]

Captainshipper: Shows [Ks Ad]

15OutsTwice: wins $51.25

15OutsTwice: wins $1.14 (uncalled)

Merge Game #74353422-1743 | Holdem NL ($0.10/$0.25) | 12/18/2013 23:52:21 EST | Version:2

Table Hollywood *Fast III (74353422), Seats 6

Seat 1: JoeSharp3 ($28.60 in chips)

Seat 2: Klinic ($29.69 in chips)

Seat 3: YaBoiiiiiii ($16.40 in chips)

Seat 4: 15OutsTwice ($57.34 in chips) DEALER

Seat 5: PanamonCreel22 ($74.69 in chips)

Seat 6: Captainshipper ($36.47 in chips)

PanamonCreel22: Post SB $0.10

Captainshipper: Post BB $0.25

*** HOLE CARDS ***

Dealt to Captainshipper [Qc As]

JoeSharp3: Raise $0.50

Klinic: Fold

YaBoiiiiiii: Fold

15OutsTwice: Fold

PanamonCreel22: Fold

Captainshipper: Raise $1.25

JoeSharp3: Call $0.75

*** FLOP *** [Ts 8s Qs]

Captainshipper: Check

JoeSharp3: Bet $1.30

Captainshipper: Call $1.30

*** TURN *** [6c]

Captainshipper: Check

JoeSharp3: Bet $2.60

Captainshipper: Raise $5.90

JoeSharp3: Allin $23.45

Captainshipper: Call $20.15

*** RIVER *** [9d]

*** SUMMARY ***

JoeSharp3: Shows [7s Ks]

Captainshipper: Shows [Qc As]

JoeSharp3: wins $54.12

Merge Game #74353422-1839 | Holdem NL ($0.10/$0.25) | 12/19/2013 00:41:53 EST | Version:2

Table Hollywood *Fast III (74353422), Seats 6

Seat 1: JoeSharp3 ($88.87 in chips) DEALER

Seat 2: madmarti123 ($7.74 in chips)

Seat 3: 1001101110 ($27.60 in chips)

Seat 4: Harpell ($17.91 in chips)

Seat 5: PanamonCreel22 ($36.26 in chips)

Seat 6: Captainshipper ($12.62 in chips)

madmarti123: Post SB $0.10

1001101110: Post BB $0.25

*** HOLE CARDS ***

Dealt to Captainshipper [2s 3s]

Harpell: Fold

PanamonCreel22: Fold

Captainshipper: Raise $0.55

JoeSharp3: Call $0.55

madmarti123: Fold

1001101110: Fold

*** FLOP *** [7s 8s 2h]

Captainshipper: Bet $0.72

JoeSharp3: Call $0.72

*** TURN *** [Jh]

Captainshipper: Bet $1.44

JoeSharp3: Call $1.44

*** RIVER *** [8h]

This last hand.... why wouldn't this guy fold? This is what I mean. He has a pair of twos and I've been showing good hands at showdown after being the pre-flop raiser. Any 7, 8, J, hearts, 9 10, or over pair betas twos. I'm aggressive the whole way, and he hangs on to it. These are the guys who take my $. Some people tell me it's my fault for raising with a hand like 3 2 suited. But I watch the pros do it, and I do it the same. I really don't know what to do at this point. I'm gonna call it a night and check in soon.

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