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  1. Yeah vs a 2.5x I think folding pre is good and calling A8o+. Check call flop for sure and check call turn as well. The villain may slow down on the turn since the diamonds came in but you probably check with nut flushes so you should check the nut flushdraw as well. If the villain checks back you can bet river and it's a more credible line than just donk shoving turn since you probably don't play the nut flush like that and shouldn't.
  2. He can't have AcKc if you have two black aces and I also think that he would 4bet QQ+, AKs preflop. I think his calling range vs your size is something like suited broadways and all pairs. I think he check folds all pairs that didn't hit sets and check calls most flushdraws and single pairs in his range. Given that, I think that exploitatively folding is best. You block AJ and the nut flush draws. His only bluffs would be semi-bluffs and have decent equity like KQcc, KTcc, QTcc so I'm okay just folding as crazy as it sounds. It's a soft live tournament and you'll find better spots. I don't think that players generally value raise worse in 3bet pots like QJ/KJ would likely just call your bet imo. I think the 2nd best option is to call his raise and decide on the turn. If it comes a 8, K or T non-clubs I'd fold vs a shove and I would call on the club turn that it came.
  3. rickyt88

    Tough spot

    You should start by checking. When I see players lead out like you did I put them on QJ/KQ. I think that the pro is polarized to KT/J/KJ/T/T8 bluffs but sometimes in a soft field he might pass on the triple barrel bluff jam thinking that once you call twice you're never folding and be weighted towards Q9s/AQ. Your hand is too strong to fold and he might not size it up that big with a boat like you said so call and be fine with it if he has Q9/Q7s or Q4s unlucky.
  4. Yep I had that upswing tilt and tried to bang with the big guns but couldn't hold my own. I dropped back down and started to bounce back but towards the end of the graph I made the same mistake again after a big score.
  5. Yeah poker is better played just part-time because of this and try to game select a lower variance schedule or have 500 average buyins if you're playing big field things. The only way to overcome variance is high volume and improving your skill. Taking shots like that makes it worse. I've learned about variance the hard way as well.
  6. How close were you to the money? I think with that small of a stacksize it's okay to play to mincash. I think it's better to just fold if you're positive you can mincash within the next orbit or so. If you satellited in and the mincash is worth a lot to you then that's more of a reason to fold as well. Learn from mistakes but yeah always play for the mincash since things like this will happen where you get upset. I've folded in a similar situation with TT preflop in a tournament near the top of my buyin range. I've also made a terrible live spew near the ITM of a $1k live tournament that I regretted. I overshoved AQs with a gutshot and nut flushdraw and got called by QT on JTx board and was pretty choked.
  7. **** the heater continues. I've been keeping average entrants low to reduce variance. I meant to register a couple satelites to the nightly $162 BB on stars and I didn't think I won a satelite but the tourney popped up. I checked sharkscope and I indeed didn't win so I guess I misclick registered directly in which is kinda crazy but I went on to ship it for $8.9K! That whole weekend was great. I came 2nd on Sunday in a $33 hyper to win $2.2k and I've just been on a heater. I've been taking shots at a few nightly $109s and stuff but shouldn't really do that. Everything on the night schedule is soft and worth playing and with smaller fields I think it's a great schedule. I've done **** all for study but I've been marking tons of hands to study for ICM spots and all kinds of spots. I have been using my hud and stats to the max but I think I need to get more coaching from Alan Jackson or somebody who has a really strong understanding of mtt stats and how to exploit. I have everything set up and I know how to utilize the obvious stats like high c-bet OOP % say 60% but very high check-fold % I will flat these players more IP since they don't protect their checking range it's easy to exploit them. Lately I've been trying out different random exploits and just trying to think about the game more. The player pools are smaller at night so I'll try to do a massive study on every decent player one of these nights. It's been encouraging being on a heater. I only clear $3000-$3500 CAD at work per month so I am very happy to be making so much in poker and I won't take it for granted or ease off the gas. Here is my graph since getting back into gasfitting apprentice job: I've withdrawn a bunch so I can't degen all the nightly $109s/$162s and $82s yet. I'll stick to $7-$44 reg speed until I have $42K in the bank or enough for another 10% deposit on the apartment. Fast forward from the early poker years to 2015. I got to see my friends Stu and Razvy or Paulsmiley and Razvyqq crush the games and I was working full-time and thought **** if I try really hard I can crush too and I went for it. I was grinding insane hours after work and on weekends April-May 2015 (tax refund season). Games were good and I had a crazy heater and binked a satty to $320 wednesday night $100k on stars and I came 4th I think for almost $10k. Then I started talking strategy/getting coached from the legend Yugiohpro and quit my job to grind full-time and things were awesome. Since then I've met tons of great players like Adam Owen, Modzillapl whom I stayed with in Edmonton for a few weeks. I had to admit to him that my username on betonline was Modzillapl so I was a fanboy. I remember messaging BBZ saying congrats on Modzillapl chopping the big Sunday 10 milly.* One of the coolest things was I got to meet Apestyles. We both did the same Vipassana retreat and he's been to my house! I had his books when I was starting out and stuff and I was always a big fan. I've watched all his cardrunners videos and had some coaching from him. If I told myself 5 years ago I'd hang out with him I wouldn't really believe it. He's binked a milly score since then and damn I hope I keep grinding and eventually work hard enough to be able to play the higher stakes and bink big scores. Anyway man I've been grateful to meet and work with/learn from so many great players. I've been good friends lately talking lots with Canadian G and Christaborg the twitch legend and Rmullen all super good local poker players. I hope we all crush for years to come.
  8. Fuck reminiscing a bit. I used to grind freerolls everywhere. All the low key sites I'd hunt down the freerolls. I remember my first win was on Luvin Poker. I think both these sites don't exist anymore. Getting old ffs. Young Jedi has come a long way. I bet if I traveled back in time and had a convo with my 21 year old self grinding those freerolls. He would say I exceeded his expecations in poker. I may have disapointed him in a bunch of ways but not poker. Hopefully I keep working hard. I remember bugging donut604 and traveller99 for HHs and stupid questions back on the 604poker forums. "This guy raise folded on 7bbs OTB is that a thing why did he do it he's a winning player?!??!" or I saw this German player flat Q2s in SB vs CO and he just randomly lead out is this a new strategy thing". I'd have the fishiest questions and logic. He's german so he must be pretty good. These germans are onto something. I fuckin love poker. I loved it enough to piss off the exgf back then lol when I would be grinding freerolls like it's life or death. Now that I've gotten decent at it and can make some money I love it even more. I used to idolize these players. I guess that is how a lot of people start. I was grinding 2c/4 limit and just auto-assumed the $1/2 grinders were genius gods. Then I'd watch them and see retarded plays and I would be confused because I had already set them as good in my mind. Anyway I'm grateful for poker. I'm glad it exists. This month has been good. Work has been good too I like it. Might as well celebrate it a bit cause fuck you never know with life I'm sure there will be something in the future that'll humble me. My final table distribition has been shit but I've gotten a lot better at ICM. I've barely been studying or reviewing so I'll have to take a day this week.
  9. Fuck reminiscing a bit. I used to grind freerolls everywhere. All the low key sites I'd hunt down the freerolls. I remember my first win was on Luvin Poker. I think both these sites don't exist anymore. Getting old ffs. Young Jedi has come a long way. I bet if I traveled back in time and had a convo with my 21 year old self grinding those freerolls. He would say I exceeded his expecations in poker. I may have disapointed him in a bunch of ways but not poker. Hopefully I keep working hard. I remember bugging donut604 and traveller99 for HHs and stupid questions back on the 604poker forums. "This guy raise folded on 7bbs OTB is that a thing why did he do it he's a winning player?!??!" or I saw this German player flat Q2s in SB vs CO and he just randomly lead out is this a new strategy thing". I'd have the fishiest questions and logic. He's german so he must be pretty good. These germans are onto something. I fuckin love poker. I loved it enough to piss off the exgf back then lol when I would be grinding freerolls like it's life or death. Now that I've gotten decent at it and can make some money I love it even more. I used to idolize these players. I guess that is how a lot of people start. I was grinding 2c/4 limit and just auto-assumed the $1/2 grinders were genius gods. Then I'd watch them and see retarded plays and I would be confused because I had already set them as good in my mind. Anyway I'm grateful for poker. I'm glad it exists. This month has been good. Work has been good too I like it. Might as well celebrate it a bit cause fuck you never know with life I'm sure there will be something in the future that'll humble me. My final table distribition has been shit but I've gotten a lot better at ICM. I've barely been studying or reviewing so I'll have to take a day this week.
  10. GOOD SUNDAY! Good weekend back in general. I still have tomorrow off work so I'll go hard. I was rusty with some ranges but feel okay or at least confident that I'll fix them soon. I was going hard in the paint! Shipped a $3r A small 10e KO: $16.50 rebuy: Chopped $16.50 bubble rush: Took degen shot in global poker $540 $200K GT and bricked :( I probably shouldn't have played that or the Betonline $99r. For the most part I skipped the higher variance games. I need some more discipline on the other sites though. So far(all in CAD):
  11. Sup guys I've been slacking/getting used to being back at work. It's time to get back on the grind. I'm starting Easter long weekend/tax refund season so I hope I start off well. I've been working back at the same company I was at in 2015 that I quit for poker. I blogged about it in the first blog/thread I made. I will try to work there at least until I finish my Gas A ticket for for 4-5 years and possibly just life. I can only play so much poker and I think playing nights and weekends is enough for me. I feel good being active at work and enjoy the social aspects again. I won't be able to travel much for poker which kinda sucks at least not for the first year of being back. Eventually it would be awesome if I could work 10-11 months per year and travel at least to Edmonton and Montreal events. I shouldn't reqally make profit goals but I'm hoping to play around $30K CAD ($23K USD) in buyins per month and expect to get around 20-40% ROI. I'm working on a schedule that has mainly less than 400-500 entrants. I'll be really strict with this. I think I should still take the fun sunday shots though but Monday-Sat I will stick to high value/smaller field tourneys as well as MTTSNGS and timed tourneys. I'm going to try to meticulously track my results in google drive: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets..._CU/edit#gid=0 I will just track MTTs. MTTSNGS/Timed **** I can filter for easily on sharkscope so I won't include them. I see all these guys with Turbo Kings avatar so I decided to 1 up it and designed this new avatar:
  12. Hey thanks Hunter, It's been a while since an update. This month my volume has been a lot lower but I've shipped a few tourneys. This was the biggest one. The next day I fired 3 bullets into sunday 10 milly and also played the ACR and Partypoker $215-265 Sunday millions. It was a rough day. Those are the days you dream about but also the ones that affect you the most. My friend showed me this article and it was really good: https://www.upswingpoker.com/tournament-player-mistakes-career-ending-mtt/ I think for the near future I'll play a super low variance schedule. I'm thinking early in the session just 8-10am till 2-3pm I'll mainly play 180s plus 5-10 smaller field $11-22 mtts. I'm thinking Ipoker mainly since their 20-30e tourneys during the week get less than 200 runners. Also I signed up and have been verified to play on pokerstars.es so I"ll try to game select a few 10-20e tourneys during the day. They have a few awesome looking Sunday tourneys. At night my whole schedule could be <400 entrants and on soft sites with a higher abi. I played around with that schedule last week and it went well. Deucescracked the poker training site that I first learned about 180s and stuff through omgclaydol's series is launching a new website. I'm really excited to announce that I'll be a part of it producing coaching videos! I've made videos here and there for friends and myself to review and I enjoyed doing it so I think I'll enjoy this opportunity. It'll force me to review and improve my game to be able to produce good content. Another thing I started playing on Global Poker and I shipped one of their "Grizzly Games" events yesterday and it's really cool what they do. They send out actual trophies to the winners. It's awesome I'm pumped to get mine in the mail. I'm back playing on Betonline but with a smallish roll. I think I'll keep doing what I'm doing there and trying to satelite into their Sunday majors every week. I had a few $1.5K-$2K CAD buyin days last week and almost half of that was for mttsngs but I feel really good about that schedule. Another thing also is I might go back to work soon. In a few months it'll be around the time I can lock in a mortgage rate and secure the apartment so I applied for some plumbing/trades jobs and maybe I'll get back into that and finish my ticket. I'm still contemplating going for the apartment or selling off the assignment of contract and having a healthy bankroll again. It would be tough again to enter the housing market in Vancouver so I think I should at least go for it and see if I can get approved for the mortgage in a few months. It's a shame because I think the poker economy is pretty healthy and it's a good time to play. There are so many smaller sites geared towards recreational players but either way I'll be fine with whatever I do. Nothing will be as brutal as the film industry and having 0 time to play poker. I'll make sure to play nights and weekends still. When I quit my job back in 2015 it was because I was going super hard after work and on weekends and did really well for 3 months in a row so I thought **** I might as well give it a go full-time. I think I had 3 $8-10K profit months in a row back then in early 2015. I wasn't a good player looking back but I was playing the softest schedule and ran super good. It helps a lot in poker having a bankroll and being able to fire the juicy/softer higher stakes games. In an ideal world if I had a bigger bankroll I would play all nightly $55+ tourneys across the american based sites and all the soft site Sunday majors $215+. Another thing I"ll start playing a regular Wednesday night live poker satelite game. They have a league and it's geared towards getting players to Montreal for the big10 milly. I'll try to make it there and I play the $22 feeder satelites on weekends.
  13. I chilled this Monday/Tues a bit burnt out from the weekend and reviewing a bunch. I finished off the first month of the challenge I'm really really happy with my volume. My winrate isn't great but I played a lot of tables and still have a lot of leaks and things to work on and improve. I need to stay on top of reviewing and studying. I took off more days than I planned to I wouldn't mind it so much if had I something to do on my days off grinding but I just get bored and eat and watch dumb netflix movies I barely pay attention to. Speaking of that I need to improve my diet and eating habits. I've walked tons on the treadmill this month and definitely enough to lose a few lbs but I've actually gained a few lbs since I eat like a maniac. Monday I went out and bought like 20 lbs of carrots and celery and peeled the carrots cut everything up and prepared them. I have to start chowing down on those veggies every day as my snacks. I think that'll help lose weight for sure. I'll try to do this regularly. I've also downloaded the Calm app. I've been listening to that a bit. So I think it's good use on days off to relax. I have a couple new books I want to read. One book is just called Elon Musk and is a biography type book about him. The other is the Power of Now. I've heard Gil3000 mention it in his blog and I've had friends talk a lot about Ekhart Tolle so it'll be good to see what the hype is all about. I've just finished reading Stealing Fire which a poker friend recommended and it's a good book. February will be a shorter month. I'll try to just keep at it and keep grinding hard. I might not move up much in stakes but my average buyin might go from $10-11 to $14-15 as I take more shots and play good value $55s. The month in terms of profit was okay but I'm hoping it's a below average month. So far since the end of November since coming back from work, I've bricked every $109+ shot I've taken. Hopefully that'll change in Feb.
  14. rickyt88

    big 109

    Hey yeah suited Ace wheel cards are great hands to 3-bet deeper stacked. I would 3-bet a bit bigger though to 600 or so. On flop also I would c-bet bigger to around half pot since he has a lot of pair + gutshot type hands in his range that you can get value from and you have a really strong range if your value 3b range is like TT+ AT+ KJ+ QJs type hands. With the nut flush draw I would barrel the turn as played I think check/calling turn and check/folding river is the play. You have many better hands that can call river and you're really low in your range here with A3.
  15. Hey I think if you look at the ranges of IP (preflop calling/fold to c-bet/raise c-bet) even if he is recreational it's hard for him to deviate much from GTO in this spot. Look at his flop raising range and I find even recreational players play similar. They fold similar hands to c-bets etc. I think it's not a spot to really exploit them but I know that is something many people say. "F*** GTO vs recreationals but in this situation and many situations even the worst players don't deviate too much from GTO so I think GTO is applicable. I guess to help understand I have a simple preflop comparison. From the button or small blind on 10 big blinds we can deviate significanly from GTO/Nash if there are recreational players in the blinds or players who call much tighter than GTO/Nash. But from UTG on 10bbs we can't really deviate much at all from Nash since it isn't profitable to be loose since the other 8 players call roughly GTO/Nash ranges since it's not a spot where it's hard to deviate with tight ranges. These are just my thoughts and opionins I've gathered from studying the piosolver spots and population. I haven't had anyone else really influence my decision but I know lots of people just say FK GTO but there are spots where it seems it's best to play close to GTO.
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