Well, after a lot of debate, I decided it was time to get serious about my study of the game and I joined Cardrunners. I think the money spent will be well worth it in the long run and hopefully get me up the ranks much quicker than just grinding. The past few sessions have not been that great as I've been 2 and 3 outered numerous times. Overall I'm down about 3.5 buyins since my last update and currently I am sitting at $413.93. I'm also playing less tables and focussing on making better decisions to maximize every winning hand and minimize my losses.
Well, as one that wanted to experiment a little with 50nl, decided to try some shortstacking out. Buying in for the minimum and playing only premium hands preflop and looking to get my stack in most of the time. Was able to get in ~1200 hands or so and was quite pleased with the results. I don't think that I could continue with this for a long period of time, but who knows????
Overall, this month has not been that great. Between both computers, I think I am up about $200 overall. I think it was a mistake for not including my starting bankroll in my first post so going to put it in here for a benchmark. As I write, my bankroll on Tilt is $496.53. This will help me keep the overalls better since I play on multiple computers. I'm also not going to be posting each session as that just seems to be really boring.
After I finished my shortstacking session, played some 25nl and had some pretty descent results. Had a good run of cards and had my opponents with strong 2nd best hands. Example of this was me raising KQo first in and the sb called. Flop comes QKQ. I bet out, he smooth called. Turn was a T putting straights, flushdraws and all kinds of scary stuff out there to let catch up so I decided to check. River was a blank and SB led out and I pushed. He called with AJ :) Stackage!
I then was able to get a set of 4's all in vs AA and K8 on a K48 flop and I held for a nice 4 buyin pot. Anyhow, on to the next session.
Let's just put this out here quickly as I don't want to dwell too much and move past this.
Now, I feel that I played ok, but not great. I made a few tilty plays when the donkeys hit hard against me. Ran Kings into Aces twice and my Aces lost to kings twice. The best one was when a table had gotten real short and was playing heads up. Picked up Kings and obviously raised. Flop comes out as 4s Kh 6s. We get all in on the flop which was wonderful. My opponent had 57s of spades and hit his flush on the turn. I'll be going over my hands today to look for obvious spews and I'm sure there were a couple, but overall was just a bad day where I had strong hands that just didn't hold up.
well, decided to go ahead and move on up to 25nl knowing that I currently do not have the bankroll for it but will as soon as my rakeback hits for last month. Had a fairly good session and also ran into Soultwister from ITH while playing. Was quite surprised to find him playing at my level as he normally plays 200nl. Said he had gone on a huge downswing and was $3.5k -ev in his h/u all-in's over a short period of time. That kinda hurts.
With that said, wanted to be true to myself and log my session for this afternoon:
I also posted a semi-article on Pokertrikz regarding rakeback at the micro stakes. You can read about it here:
I'm going to try and keep track of sessions here so there will be quite a few updates with not much "content". This is more for accountability to myself and think it helps me to stay focused. I also will be playing on a couple different computers and this will help me keep up with the overalls between PT merges. Anyhow, played a little bit over the weekend but not much time available.
Well, here we are and I am now going to try and start keeping track of my play through the use of a blog and really try and learn NL properly with study and lots of playing. I really started playing NL at the end of February and was doing quite well through the month of March and had graduated from 25NL up to 50NL until Easter Sunday. Without getting into many details, I ended up being angry, drunk and in my bankroll which really does not go well and lost all of my month's winnings plus some. Roughly 30k hands of play/profit were wiped out in a short time period. So, I'm restarting at $10nl with what I have left and should be able to get back to 25NL fairly quickly once my rakeback at Full Tilt hits my account.
Here is a graph of what occured last month:
Anyhow, starting fresh this month and looking forward to the journey up the ranks. I've been watching a lot of Video's at http://www.pokertrikz.com/ and really appreciate what Trikkur is doing here. I'm also spening a lot more time analyzing hands on ITH.
So, with that said, here is the month of April so far at 10NL: