Monday, November 30, 2009

November Wrap Up

November has been my worst poker month to date. The first 50k hands of the month looked really good as I cut tables (and volume) to focus on improving my game - heatering for like 12k hands midway did not hurt either. All indications pointed to a strong month with a solid 2.5+ptbb winrate. However, such is poker and nothing in poker is guaranteed as the last 20k hands I played this month have been some of the most painful to date. The all-in luck analyzer in HEM is not a good indication of the luck in poker... but it's certainly a start. As you can see, the divergence is pretty painful.

Without further adieu, results:

Post run-bad the month looks like .5ptbb at 50NL. While a lot of this can be attributed to running bad, my NSD were still terrible for most of the month (leaking monies!!). Near the end of the month I started to improve, but not enough to counterbalance the runbad.

As a result of running awful, I decided to take a break from poker for Thanksgiving until Friday Dec 4th. I've really enjoyed my time away from the game, and have been spending time preparing for a very difficult actuarial exam (Exam 2 - Financial Mathematics) which I will take Friday. Generally, it is suggested to study 100 hrs for every hr of the test. This test is 3.5 so I should have studied 350 hours... I've probably done half so prospects for passing are not great. Hopefully, I can put in some solid volume (lol!) into studying and pull this one out.

As far as poker goes, I will most likely return to the game this coming weekend at some point and I've decided to put some volume in at 25NL so I can show some profit. I also want to add some more aggression to my game, so I can practice finding the right targets at 25NL (although I expect to lol in pain when no one folds their over-pairs).

Back to the books for me... hope everyone is doing well!


Month summary & next month goals

Alright, November has been the best month for me in my 1+ year of playing cards. Some people will tell me I've been on a super-heater or something and I guess I've been a bit. I also think those results are due to the fact that I read 2p2 everyday and post mostly everyday in strategy posts which helps me in figuring out some spots and thinking about spots.

During the month I've been 6-12 tabling strictly depending on table selection and how I felt about my game at the time I start a session. I've also tried mixing up levels, at the beginning of the month I played strictly 25NL, after I've won a couple of BIs I included some 50NL tables. At the end of the month I was playing 50NL and included several 100NL tables.

I played some SnG during the month too when I don't feel like 'grinding' but more like playing cards for entertainment.

Here's my November:



(I know I'm running hot with sets :P)

My next month's goals maybe won't make sense but whatever I'll just state them anyway..

[ ] Become a regular at 100NL
[ ] Take shots at 200NL if BR permits it at some point
[ ] Finish reading Professional No Limit Hold'Em
[ ] Make at least 1K next month
[ ] Play 30K hands and try to hit Platinum
[ ] Sweat 2 people ( General Johnson already has a reserved spots here :P )
[ ] Get sweated

November Review / December Goals

Latley I feel pretty ok about my game after I cut my tables from 8 to 4. But yesterdy I got totally hammered on the tables and booked an awful -5 BI session over 1.2k hands.

Here is my month overall

Seems like I have still a lot of work to do before I can beat NL25.

December Goals:

[ ] Have finally a winning month (before RB)

[ ] Play 25k hands.

[ ] Improve overall as player ( posting hands, reading COTW, etc.)

[ ] Table select as good as I can.

I wish you all an awesome December at the tables and in life.


Sunday, November 29, 2009


Just wanted to make a quick post.

I hit Supernova today.

Now I can focus at becoming good at this game!


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Almost there...

Well my chase for Supernova is almost over. Just wanted to give a quick update on my status.

I currently have 2046.24 vpp's to go!

Here's a current screenshot.


I hope to have it tomorrow evening sometime!

On a sidenote, who's playing in the turbotakedown tomorrow?

Thursday, November 26, 2009


And finally the first post from me.

My poker history in a nutshell:

I started with Poker in November 2007. Till summer 2008 I blow some small rolls because of missing BRM and tilt issues. At this time I decided to take Poker more seriously since it sucks for me to be a semi-clue less tilt monkey. I concentraded mainly on SNG where I was somekind decent I guess.
But in the summer this year I got the feel that they are already to much explored and the edge in todays game is pretty slim.
So I moved to the Cash games at the end of July. Since then I play NL25 FR on Full Tilt.

So far I am still struggling with it but I have the hope to be able to beat the game somewhen in the near future. So this blog is a good way to records my progress in the Poker world.


P.S.: In case you find spelling and/or grammar mistakes you can keep them since I am not a native english speaker :D

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Introduction and end of year goals


My name is Yannick and I've been playing poker for a bit more than a year now. I've started playing 2nl with a $50 roll (overrolled baby). I'm now pretty much playing 50nl and taking unrolled shots at 100nl when I feel frisky.

I speak french. =)

For the end of the year goals part, I'd like to be taking serious shots at 100nl if not being a reg there already by mid January if everything goes well.

I'll try posting interesting hands here if I encounter any and give my opinion about it.




My name is Gooose, aka Mooose, aka Rocketfish. I have played poker for several years, made a bunch of manies. I can currently be found at 25nl-100nl for anyone looking for donations. I don't really have anything to say so I don't know why I am poasting this. This blog will be used for all my thoughts that everyone should be aware of.

You stay classy SanDiego-Anchorman

Pilot Post

Hello All,
I've been wanting to blog since the beginning of the year,but I've never put any effort into starting it.Out of the Blue,comes crzytimes on the idea of sharing a blog with other poker players(Thanks Andrew on it).So with that,is how I got into my 1st post running.

Poker History:
I've been wanting to play poker since young,but i never got the chance.Well,growing up in a country like Malaysia has its limitations.Things are just generally more passive in Asia.Therefore chances like this doesnt come along.Malaysia Poker Boom didnt come on Chris Moneymaker's win but more of a like Jerry Yang's win.

Now that I'm in Germany,studying.That learning curve came by.It all started with a small play money home game,and then i got introduced to High Stakes Poker.I got hooked,and i never looked back from then on.For about 6 months-1year,all i played was home games which i crushed game by game by simply watching HSP.Luckboxing all the way i guess

So i started with a $10 dollar depost on Stars(fuck the $600 deposit!!!) middle of last year,and i was grinding 2NL and 5NL for about a month before i start on SNG for about 6 months.I bought books and read some strategy posts online about cash games and sng to help with my progress.After a while,i realised that SNG was a bitch,and you dont earn shit unless you go sky high.

To keep my poker history short.I jumped into cash games and started crusing on 25NL 6max and 50NL 6max(doomswitch at 50NL).So i started hopping into FR,although at 1st ,i fucking thought,how fucking boring is this(9 fucking handed),then i somehow started opening 24 table-since its wasnt worth the wait playing 1 table).I realised how much fun from then on.Only then i discovered 2+2.I kept reading but never joined the site till like 2 months ago.

Now I can be found tangling with other regs on 25NL and 50NL FR Stars.
This sounds like fun eh-blogging?Putting your thoughts into a notepad post!
Thats it for now

Thanks for reading,
take it easy

Monday, November 23, 2009

100nl... and playing poorly.

One thing I have discovered through my poker playing, is that being results oriented is almost always a mistake. Today's early session was a pretty good example, though i finished +220, I played poorly, and am upset I didn't win more.

That being said the FTP 100nl tables were lolsoft, but I had a few interesting hands that I'd like input on.

No-Limit Hold'em, $1.00 BB (9 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from

SB ($192.95)
Hero (BB) ($119.45)

Preflop: Hero is BB with J, J
7 folds, SB bets $2.50, Hero calls $2

Flop: ($6) 10, 3, 9 (2 players)
SB bets $6, Hero calls $6

Turn: ($18) Q (2 players)
SB bets $11, HERO ?
Total pot: $18

Hud has him at 16/9 14%stl, so no real reads yet.

I would like commentary on all streets, on what anyone thinks is optimal.

Same with this hand... I thought about checking the flop MP2 was a 33/11, and mealowns, mj, and tiranook are pretty std.

No-Limit Hold'em, $1.00 BB (9 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from

MP3 ($556.90)
SB ($122.90)
Hero (UTG) ($100)

Preflop: Hero is UTG with Q, A
Hero bets $4, UTG+1 calls $4, 2 folds, MP3 calls $4, CO calls $4, 1 fold, SB calls $3.50, 1 fold

Flop: ($21) A, J, 2 (5 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $14, 1 fold, MP3 calls $14, 1 fold, SB raises $49, HERO ?

Total pot: $63

Just wondering what people think is optimal here? through the whole hand.

annnnnd one more.

No-Limit Hold'em, $1.00 BB (8 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from

SB ($200)
Hero (Button) ($113.80)
Preflop: Hero is Button with 4, 4

5 folds, Hero bets $4, SB calls $3.50, 1 fold

Flop: ($9) 4, 10, J (2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $6, SB calls $6

Turn: ($21) A (2 players)
SB bets $16, Hero calls $16

River: ($53) 2 (2 players)
SB checks, HERO ?

Total pot: $53

Thank you guys, hope you run good.

Andrew Gambino

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thinking... about how to think.

So there are two main aspects of poker, the thoughts you put into a hand, and how well you range your opponents hands.

There is no question you can be a successful uNL'er without good skills in either, but just knowing fundamentals and using your basic deduction skills.

As I have progressed in poker, I have discovered what I think are four levels to real time thinking.

1.) I has xx, I know its a _____ strength hand.
2.) I has xx, the board is xxx, I know the relative strength of my hand to the board.
3.) I has xx, my opponent has done ___, on this board he can have this range of hands and my hand has ___ value agaisnt that range.
4.) My opponent's range is ____, on this board he can have x combos of ___, if i take ___ action my EV is ___.

I don't know if everyone else has trouble with this, but I certainly do. I often hear people refer to their A,B,C games etc, from what I have discovered, the way I am thinking is directly related to the way I would label my play.

I am not quite sure why [perhaps muscle memory of the brain], but I have had a lot of struggle getting into the correct thinking mindset, and sometimes still regress. Now, I have been playing poker for ages, and have really just discovered what I feel is the correct way to think in the last few months. It still disgusts me that it is so challenging to think correctly, and I feel like it is actually quite a hurdle to players. [as it is to myself]

I would like to know, how do you all think in real time ? Why do you think that way ? and how do you want to think ?


Introductions and Intetions

Given that it's the year 2009, I'm sure anyone reading this blog has read a dozen others - many of which will almost certainly be much more interesting and informative than mine. I think the purpose of blogging is as much personal as it is a way to share information and creative ideas with others. I hope to look back on this first post and each consequent post with sense that I'm going somewhere and as my blog progresses that I do too.

About Me
My name is Josh, I am 21 years old and about to finish my second to last semester at college. I attend NYU and live in Manhattan (the Gramercy Area). I study Math primarily, with a minor in Business Studies. Up until the last 5 months, I thought (and still may) I would graduate and work for a large-well known company as an actuary (see end for definition of actuary). While interning for one such company this past summer, I began playing poker online in earnest.

(Actuary: The actuarial profession is basically a field of study that uses different kind of applied mathematics in order to quantify and price financial risk. For instance, as an actuarial student one studies probability, financial mathematics, life contingencies, etc... The purpose of this discipline would be for instance to set rates on a health insurance policy. In fact, if you are insured in any way (auto insurance, anyone?) the price you pay on your plan is in part paid to an actuary for their services.)

During August, I borrowed 10$ from a friend (aka Scotty too Hotttttie) on Pokerstars. I did some brief research, found the 2+2 forums, where I was introduced to Pokertracker/Hold'em Manager. I started playing 2 tables of 2NL... until my bankroll could support more tables. By the end of July I was 24-tabling 2NL and by the end of August I 24-tabled 10NL. (Basic Bankroll Management meaning I needed 30 buy-ins of 100 big blinds to move up a limit.) Here is my lifetime graph from July and August. As you can see there are some bumps and ebbs, but pretty much no troubles.

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Would I prefer to sit in an office from 9-5 with a guaranteed wage, or play a game I love in order to support myself? So I returned to school in the Fall with the goal of improving my poker game to the point were I could make an economic choice to play for a living rather than to work, at least for the time being.

To date, September (my first month back at school) was my best month of poker and the sky was the limit. I started September "shot-taking" 25NL, which means I still considered myself a 10NL player. By the end of September, I was shot-taking 50NL and considered myself a graduate of 25NL. I'm not sure what has changed since then... some people might call it "drift" but my game has changed significantly perhaps, for the worse since then.

Here is my graph from September 2009.
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As you can see my NSD is slightly negative, but I'm playing pretty solid TAG poker. For those more familiar with "poker numbers" I was playing about 13/10, 12/9 through this period with about 3-4% 3-bet. My winnings were very very good. I was a soild 4ptbb winner over my life-time at 25NL (while 24-tabling).

Since then, my game has gotten significantly looser and not in a good way. I've been playing between 17/14, 15/12 but I haven't turned up the aggression enough (I think!). As a result I'm losing a lot of money NSD... (the bad redline). Here is graph since the end of September. Essentially over this period I'm about a 1.5-2ptbb/100 winner at 50NL playing anywhere between 16 and 24 tables at time.

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The looser that one plays the more variance there is. I think overall an optimal winrate would be achieved playing about 17/14, but one cannot shirk their nature - I need to get back to where I was before - tighter is better for me. Why change something that's working well?

Typically I'd like to set up a system where I set goals at the beginning of every month and see how I do at the end. Here are the goals for now until the end of December.

1) Focus on school, not poker!
My grades this semester have not been bad (split A's and B's). However, my formal education will be over soon and even though I do not care about grades per say, they do stick and it would be nice to have some solid scholastic credentials to my name. I also have the second actuarial exam coming up, I have not been putting close to enough time into studying so I'd like to at least put up a good fight as November comes to a close. My test is December 4th.

2) Poker goals
Tighten my game back up to 14/11 at the loosest, 12/10 at the tightest. I need to stop opening marginal hands UTG/EP especially some small pairs and implied odds hands. I think play at 50NL isn't to the point where I need to worry about my image too much. I think playing with an imbalanced range isn't too big of a leak here. Numerically, I'd like to see myself beating 50NL for 3-4ptbb/100 over 100k hands in the next 40 days.

I hope this first post was some-what entertaining. Thanks for reading!

Plans for the rest of 2009

First off, I'd like to apologize right now. I'm not nearly as good of a writer as Andrew is. Now that we got that out of the way, I wanted to mention a little bit about myself and my goals for the rest of 2009.

I predominantly play 50nl FR on Pokerstars under the s/n "crzytimes". Sometimes you will see me at 25nl FR, 25nl/50nl 6max, 25plo or 2nl/2plo flipping away stacks. Here is a list of my goals for the rest of the year.

  • Reach Supernova status on Pokerstars
  • Reach a 3k bankroll for shotakements at 100nl FR Jan 1st
  • Study more 6max poker after achieving Supernova status
  • Study more PLO
  • Continue to do sweat sessions and provide guidance to nanostakes players

I look forward to updating weekly on my status towards my goals. Here's a screenshot of my "countdown to 'Nova" vpp tally on 'stars.


Good luck on the tables and stay off my blinds,

James Horein

Moving into 100nl, getting a blog.

As I have recently discovered, poker is an enigma. There are days where we swear we are destined for stardom, and then hours later feeling like all the air in the world wouldn't be enough to get us feeling fresh again.

My mission in starting this blog is to get whatever one is feeling out at that certain time. Poker is a game of information and knowledge, yet it is a game that rides the emotional coaster better than anything else. You may have a nugget of knowledge one day, and forget it in the excitement the next. Hopefully this blog will serve as a method of getting out what you want to say, be it an interesting theory, getting your thoughts on a hand out, or just posting about your recent downswing.

Mostly I will be trying to chronicle my rise [or fall] through the ranks, and getting as many thoughts on paper as I can after a session.

Hopefully we get some authors on this blog, if you are browsing and would like to join, just shoot me an email.

May you all run good,

Andrew Gambino