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  • #130016
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    Greetings, everyone.

    My name is Atvars, I am 24 years old, and I come from Latvia. I play 6max NLHE, NL100/NL200, and I must confess that I’m occasionally guilty of being a spew-monkey. It’s because I so desperately want to be the best that I lose control and bet those chips where they should never belong. Clearly, I haven’t been so successful if I’m still stuck in low-stakes after roughly 4 years of serious trying. Now it’s become clear to me that my poker career will go nowhere, if I don’t give it some extra push, and it’s a conclusion that I should have made a long, long time ago. For this very reason, I’m participating in the coaching for profits program of BPC, as well as writing this blog in order to track my progress, motivate myself, and if it just so happens, perhaps even motivate others to give their best at doing their job and following their passion. I may experience some harder times while doing this, and it’s fine with me – the more I fall, the more I will have to learn how to stand up again, and it’s the act of training oneself that is going to turn me into the best version of me. I will work a lot with Gordon and other people to make this work. And they’ll deserve a lot of praise after this all is done.

    Anyone who’s read thus far deserves to know the future contents of this blog. It’s for you to know whether this can be of any use to you. While it’s not set in stone, this is what you’ll mostly get:

    -Several general updates per week about how I’m doing and where I’m at in my career;
    -Some homework assignments that I’ll post;
    -Interesting hands that I cannot resist posting for the public to see;
    -Graphs, graphs, and some more graphs, because everybody loves them;
    -Random thoughts on poker

    I’m still getting ready for this. And I may be clumsy in the beginning. But I’ll make sure it becomes history soon. So await new updates shortly.

    This blog is a story about how much I can do when I push myself to the limits. It’s a story about the best I’ve got.

    #130020
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    To spice things up, here’s my youtube channel:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQB5OYBfRh-C6Zuz7SE4Phw?guided_help_flow=3

    Expect the first vlog post soon.

    #131843
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    OK. I’m finally ready to start this all for real. Let this be known as the beginning of my super awesome profesionally profesional poker career.

    There are quite a few things I’ve done as part of my preparation for this. But perhaps the best decision I’ve made thus far will be most precisely reflected in the following two pictures:

    Before:

    After:

     

    How on Earth have I been able to play for 4 years staring at this ridiculously undersized screen?? I wish I could go back in time and bitchslap the shit out of myself for not having bought those two sexy monitors much much earlier, the same goes for the PC. Best money spent in my life. Thus far. And a great thing to start with.

    Anyway, I should, obviously, let you all know where I’m currently at in my poker adventures. Thank god for poker graphs, for there is nothing better in life. NOTHING.

    NL100. 7.27/100 bb

    NL200. -1.51/100 bb

     

    Apparently, I should probably stop bragging to everyone about how I’m playing NL200 and how much money it is etc. etc. Interestingly enough, I didn’t even notice this before starting this blog. I will have to make a decision on whether to cut NL200 out of my repertoire completely for now, or whether to keep pushing towards the profits. At least my NL100 performance seems solid. Very solid indeed! But nowhere near as solid as it could have been. At the end of this, I’d really like to find myself playing midstakes, perhaps even some carefully selected high stakes tables.

     

    The 60 000 euro challenge.

     

    To make this ever so more interesting, I’m going for a 60 000 euro challenge. Deadline: 1 year starting from now. If I make it, I’m super happy, and if I lose, I kind of don’t care but I’m still sad and may drink a bottle of vodka or two for the perfect fix. I’ll really work my ass off studying and playing long periods of time to make it. Which means very little free time for me for the duration of this challenge. Gotta work hard if you want to make it. Consider this day 1 of the challenge.

    But enough talking for one day. Today is Friday, and as you all know, we never lose on Fridays. So let’s not be lazy and just go for the grind. Who knows, perhaps we’ll meet?

    #133186
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    Days 1-5

    I’m slowly getting accustomed to my new routine and the fact that I have to sleep 6 hours each night to keep up with my schedule. It never occurred to me that I’m actually very ineffective at just about anything I do. I keep spending too much time on stuff that could be done twice as fast. Will have to work on that, because I’d really like to have some free time left each day after having studied and played for the whole day. Oh, my 8 hours of sleep, when will I ever see you again?

    Had my first real coaching session yesterday and got my mind blown. I really feel like I can make it now and get those 60k in 1 year just in time. My results for these 5 days almost beg to differ, though:

    The perfect start! 

    I played fine but not too great in the first few days. Still can’t get away from my old spewtard style but that will change shortly. There’s one rule that I officially set for myself starting from now: no overbets vs regs until I’m really ready for it.

    Here’s the reason why:

     SB: $200 (100 bb)

    Hero (BB): $165.72 (82.9 bb)
    MP: $207.27 (103.6 bb)
    CO: $197 (98.5 bb)
    BTN: $74.55 (37.3 bb)

    Preflop: Hero is BB with T K
    3 folds, SB raises to $6, Hero calls $4

    Flop: ($12) Q 4 J (2 players)
    SB checks, Hero bets $9, SB calls $9

    Turn: ($30) 5 (2 players)
    SB checks, Hero bets $22.50, SB calls $22.50

    River: ($75) 6 (2 players)
    SB checks, Hero bets $128.22 and is all-in, SB calls $128.22

    Results: $331.44 pot ($4 rake)
    Final Board: Q 4 J 5 6
    SB showed 9 9 and won $327.44 ($161.72 net)
    Hero showed T K and lost (-$165.72 net)

    What can I say… why did I have to do this? On the other hand, wtf @ his call? Does not matter, no overbets from now on.

    Will keep this updated. Gotta continue work or it’s gonna end up being 5 hours of sleep tonight. 

    #134280
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    Days 6-8

    Yup, I’m on a pretty hardcore regime. Slept 3 hours yesterday. It still has not killed me, so I suppose I’m getting stronger? Well, I know I am. It’s been one week since I’ve started this and I already feel more secure and emotionally stable at the tables. My play has also improved and I’m really looking forward to improving it much much more. Reaching midstakes during this year seems more and more possible.

    The results are getting better as well:

    They say that all that matters is the green line. And I know they’re right. But no matter what you tell me, having a positive red line is the coolest achievement in poker ever. And it IS important. All those graphs always look soooo cool. I should just filter out all non-showdown losses and just pretend for a little while that I too am part of the super-crushers club.

    You gotta love it when fish don’t understand hand strength:

    SB: $294.67 (147.3 bb)
    BB: $301.75 (150.9 bb)
    UTG: $43 (21.5 bb)
    MP: $210 (105 bb)
    CO: $264.80 (132.4 bb)
    Hero (BTN): $204.50 (102.3 bb)

    Preflop: Hero is BTN with A 5
    3 folds, Hero raises to $5, SB calls $4, BB folds

    Flop: ($12) 5 Q 5 (2 players)
    SB checks, Hero bets $9, SB raises to $18, Hero raises to $27, SB calls $9

    Turn: ($66) 3 (2 players)
    SB checks, Hero bets $40, SB raises to $80, Hero calls $40

    River: ($226) 6 (2 players)
    SB checks, Hero bets $20, SB raises to $40, Hero calls $20

    Results: $306 pot ($3 rake)
    Final Board: 5 Q 5 3 6
    SB showed 3 Q and lost (-$152 net)
    Hero showed A 5 and won $303 ($151 net)

    #136906
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    April review

    It’s most certainly time to reflect on how April went for me.

    Without much introduction, the results are as follows:

     

    NL 100 +200:

    NL100:

    NL200:

     

    One could say I’ve started out okish. But the results need to be much much better if I am to make those 60k in one years time. That’s alright though, I’m studying and playing so much that the results are bound to impove. Also, I started in the middle of the month, which makes May a very interesting month to come. First full month so first serious results to draw conclusions from. 

    I should really try to get more sleep though. I’m so slow at doing things that I had to sleep only 3 hours twice during these last two weeks to do everything on time. That, of course, sucks tremendously.

    Will soon make a video on how I feel about regs treating fish at the tables. Stay updated.

    Also, gotta love it when regs make silly mistakes against you:

     

    SB: $103.35 (103.4 bb)

    Hero (BB): $103.71 (103.7 bb)
    CO: $124.17 (124.2 bb)
    BTN: $107.88 (107.9 bb)

    Preflop: Hero is BB with J Q
    CO folds, BTN raises to $2, SB folds, Hero raises to $8, BTN raises to $17.50, Hero calls $9.50

    Flop: ($35.50) 7 T J (2 players)
    Hero checks, BTN checks

    Turn: ($35.50) J (2 players)
    Hero bets $20, BTN calls $20

    River: ($75.50) 6 (2 players)
    Hero bets $66.21 and is all-in, BTN calls $66.21

    Results: $207.92 pot ($2.50 rake)
    Final Board: 7 T J J 6
    Hero showed J Q and won $205.42 ($101.71 net)
    BTN showed 6 A and lost (-$103.71 net)

    #137252
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    Here’s the promised youtube vlog:

    #137399
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    agreed

    4:30~ made me lol.

    #137511
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    Following =]

    Nice graphics.
    Totally agree about the fishs

    #138037
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    Yeah, I was kind of thinking that this should be relatively obvious to most, yet you do see those tilting regs not really understanding what helps them staying on those stakes in the first place. Can anyone of them really have a great winrate? I think there’s a correlation between how they treat fish and how competent they actually are in just about any area of life that involves at least some intellectual capability.

    #138038
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    Down 15 BI currently this month. Not such a great start after all! Other than that, feeling quite good about my game. Have improved a lot and am willing to turn this month around no matter what.

    I’m on a 100k hands challenge this month as well. Gotta grind as much as I’ve never done before. Not sure but I think I’ve never played more than 60k hands in one month. This will be my record volume month. All regular tables. Excited! No graph this time because losing graphs look too ugly and I’m all about aesthetics 🙂

    #139942
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    First week of May

    On a bit of a downswing at the moment:

    Down almost 15 buyins. What a great start! Interestingly enough, I feel like as if this week I played as well as never before. I did get coolered and sucked out on a lot. Then again, some bad plays are involved as well. Another small reason may be that I’m horrible at not misreading boards or hands. Not 5betpushing A4 COvsMP would certainly help my game if I were able to figure out that A4 only looks like AA, and actually isn’t. Or such easy board misreads as these:

    The next level super ultra thin valuebet: 

    SB: $125.40 (125.4 bb)
    BB: $178.04 (178 bb)
    Hero (MP): $101.50 (101.5 bb)
    CO: $195.08 (195.1 bb)
    BTN: $115.20 (115.2 bb)

    Preflop: Hero is MP with K 7
    Hero raises to $2.50, CO calls $2.50, 2 folds, BB calls $1.50

    Flop: ($8) 3 5 A (3 players)
    BB checks, Hero bets $6, CO calls $6, BB folds

    Turn: ($20) 5 (2 players)
    Hero bets $16, CO calls $16

    River: ($52) 5 (2 players)
    Hero bets $36, CO calls $36

    Results: $124 pot ($3 rake)
    Final Board: 3 5 A 5 5
    Hero showed K 7 and lost (-$60.50 net)
    CO showed 7 A and won $121 ($60.50 net)

    And who could forget the unexpectedly well disguised river check/raise bluff vs a fish:

    Hero (SB): $195 (195 bb)
    BB: $100 (100 bb)
    BTN: $92.94 (92.9 bb)

    Preflop: Hero is SB with 6 5
    BTN folds, Hero raises to $2, BB calls $1

    Flop: ($4) Q 8 4 (2 players)
    Hero bets $3, BB raises to $8.75, Hero calls $5.75

    Turn: ($21.50) Q (2 players)
    Hero checks, BB bets $14.25, Hero calls $14.25

    River: ($50) 3 (2 players)
    Hero checks, BB bets $33, Hero raises to $170 and is all-in, BB folds

    Results: $116 pot ($2 rake)
    Final Board: Q 8 4 Q 3
    Hero mucked 6 5 and won $114 ($56 net)
    BB mucked and lost (-$58 net)

    For my defense, I can say that it took me only 5 seconds after that river ch/raise to realise that I actually didn’t hit a straight on the river. As for the run bad, here’s a little more about how my downswing has been:

     

    #140847
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    Right, the results are slowly coming back:

     

    View post on imgur.com

     

    But still not good enough. I am also getting more and more concerned about my chances of moving up to NL400 anytime soon. The more I study the clearer it is to me that poker is no playground and that dealing with competent regs is not that easy at all. Will have to do a lot of work before I’m even ready to consider taking those NL400 shots.

     

    Total hands played this month: 30601

    That means it will take plenty of 12 hour sessions this month to make it to 100k. Quite the zombie-grind. Have to get back to the tables ASAP 😉 

    #142339
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    Middle of the month report

     

    An interesting week in many regards. First of all, the results have overall been not so great given the volume I’ve put in. While I was extremely unlucky I also realised that there are still quite a lot of situations that I still don’t feel 100% confident about, some very simple situations included. A practical realisation, I would say. Nonetheless, I’m officially out of the negative profit zone for the time being. Largely thanks to the sickest day of my poker history yet:

    Finally set up a new record for biggest winning day! Was waiting something like a year for that. Surely that must be an indicator that I’m doing ok. Roughly 12-13 hours of play. From 8-12 tables.

    One thing I don’t understand though is this:

    NL200

     

    NL100

    I mean, I don’t mind, but it’s just weird 🙂 will mbe have to play NL200 + NL50 only. Because apparently I can’t beat NL100 anymore.

     

    Total hands played so far in May: 51046

     

    Having just discovered the ability to play 12 tables if necessary is what will allow me to reach those 100k hands this month. Gotta say though, feeling quite braindead.

    Gotta hit the tables again now. Take care!

    #142340
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    The edit function seems to be bugged lately on BPC, so ignore the first graph.

    Overall results in May up until this point: 

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