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  • #55640
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    vidarbusk
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    Hey guys!

    I’m a Norwegian student kind of taking a break between my bachelor’s and master’s degree. I say kind of because I lack one course and I’m retaking some exams. I’ve had three fine years living the student life, but now I’ll dedicate the next year to learning and grinding heads up poker. I’ve always wanted to become good at poker, but never really been dedicated towards it.

    My dad is a retired horse jockey and longtime horse gambler so you could say gambling is in my blood. My first time betting on horses was when I was about 9 or 10 when it was still legal to bet as an underage in Norway. In one of the races I bet 5 kr (about 0.60 EUR) on a horse with 19 in odds because I thought he seemed pretty decent from his recent race times and the odds was so high. He won. I felt like a true genius. I’d made 5 kr turn into 95 kr. This might be a big reason why I today love to make money on informed decisions like in poker, sportsbetting and investing.

    About four years ago I played a bit of micro stakes 6 max nlhe and plo where I was your regular TAG-fish. I lost a bit at nlhe and won a bit at plo. With a couple of lucky MTT finishes I think all in all I was a bit over breakeven. I’ve also done quite a bit of sportsbetting beside my studies and made about $2500 on that (about half being from bonuses). Now I want to give poker a go again, but this time do heads up as it seems to be the best way to become good at poker. I got a deal with BPC where I get coaching for split profits which I’m very grateful for and will try to utilize as much as possible. This makes it so much more probable that I will become good at poker.

    My main goals with poker:

    –          Make a comfortable living.
    –          Have the opportunity to travel/move around for extended periods without needing a job everywhere I go.
    –          Not end up with a life where I have to travel 1 hour to work and not really enjoy the work for 8 hours and then travel one more hour to get home.
    –          If I’m able to make a living off of poker by August next year and I enjoy it, I’ll wait with my further studies and keep playing poker.

    Join me on my quest for heads up riches! Hopefully it’ll be both an entertaining and educating read.

    #55711
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    Rovar
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    Welcome aboard. Let’s do this!

    #55713
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    IronBPC
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    6-max Ironman Headcoach

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    Yeah, welcome on board mate !!

    #55758
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    vidarbusk
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    Thank you!

    I forgot to add that I’ve played some heads up this summer with pretty depressing results.

    #56020
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    Gordon Gekko
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    Well, in the future the only ones having depressing results will be your opponents

    #56433
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    vidarbusk
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    @ Gordon Hehe 🙂 that’s going to be awesome.

    So a little update after the first week. I’m breakeven over 2400 hands. You can watch a very quick summary of my results in this youtube video.

     

     

    Now it’s off to bed to get a good night’s sleep before my first full poker week!

     

    #57104
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    Atalol
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    GLGL!! Will follow 🙂

    #57182
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    vidarbusk
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    Tyty 🙂

    This week started pretty bad resultswise, but then made a turn after a coaching session with Rovar 🙂 Still got a loss for the week, but the last three days has been pretty decent. Will post graph on sunday.

    It also feels like I’ve learned quite alot. It really is remarkable how much it helps to think through hands, try to solve them and then see what the coaches reply. I’m not used to thinking like this, so now in the beginning I’ve spent very long time for each hand, but it’s getting quicker. Which doesn’t just make the posting more effective, but I’ll also be able to think faster while playing.

    Other than poker I’ve not done too much. Worked a bit at my job and received the working schedule for the semestre. I’m going to work every monday from 12-20. I have a parttime job at my university as IT user support. It must be the best parttime job ever. There’s really only traffic in the start of the semestre and during home exams. Other than that it’s really relaxed. There are times where nobody needs help during the whole day 😀 

    The other day this happened:
    “Hi, I got this error message (bluescreen) and my laptop has just stayed like this for an hour now.”
    “Have you tried restarting it?”
    “No.”
    *Force shutdown*
    *It starts without any problems*
    “Oh.. okay… thank you for your help”

    I guess I’m not the only IT support who has experienced this 😛

    #57760
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    vidarbusk
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    This week did turn out with some profits in the end which is pretty sweet after hitting stoploss on the first day. After losing for three days straight I had a good Thursday and Friday to bounce back into the green.

    Other than poker me and some friends made tacos and watched The Hurt Locker last night. We’ve had this tradition kind of for about 2.5 years now where each week (when there’s no holiday) on either Thursday, Friday or Saturday make different types of tex mex food and watch a movie. The Hurt Locker was an okay movie. Also watched We’re The Millers today and it was a good laugh. It was nice to be a little social after doing mostly poker and studying during the week.

    On saturday I played against a shortstack that just wouldn’t go broke. It’s so annoying when that happens. In the end even if you win his money you already lost like half a buyin to rake.

    #58527
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    vidarbusk
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    This week has been pretty good so far, been a better start than last week 🙂 also running over EV 🙂

     

     

    This villain did a mighty fine job at disguising his hand to the very end.

    BB: $19.34 (38.7 bb)
    Hero (SB): $68.04 (136.1 bb)

    Preflop: Hero is SB with 7 9
    Hero raises to $1, BB raises to $2, Hero calls $1

    Flop: ($4) 7 T 9 (2 players)
    BB checks, Hero bets $3, BB calls $3

    Turn: ($10) 7 (2 players)
    BB checks, Hero bets $5, BB calls $5

    River: ($20) A (2 players)
    BB bets $9.34 and is all-in, Hero calls $9.34

    Results: $38.68 pot ($1.50 rake)
    Final Board: 7 T 9 7 A
    BB showed K K and lost (-$19.34 net)
    Hero showed 7 9 and won $37.18 ($17.84 net)

    #59460
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    GL from a fellow norwegian! 

    #60093
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    vidarbusk
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    Thank you!

    Now another week is over and this has been by far the best week when it comes to results. Not the best on volume, though, but I believe this will come soon enough. Now I’m spending a lot of time to learn stuff like standard ranges and lines to heart so I can multitable like a madman later.

    So yeah, you can see by the results that I had a good run this week:

    I saw that the graphs from my earlier posts didn’t include some hands where I had lost quite a bit so they were more positive than the reality. This is the graph of my results so far after I got approved for CFP:

    On saturday I had a little accident and broke my five year old office chair while leaning backwards. The back broke and I fell straight to the floor. I didn’t get hurt or anything and got to finish the hands I were playing so it didn’t cause any problems. All the screws were wrecked so now I’m on the look for a new chair 🙂

     

    This youtube video shows some pots where I tested out overbetting. I was quite lucky and some of them would probably have end up all-in anyway, but those five hands, which are all pretty small pots on the river, account for 322 big blinds of in all 800 big blinds won over 13 000 hands.

    #61406
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    vidarbusk
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    I’m still running good 🙂

     

    This week so far:

     

    Also got a new chair today: http://www.ikea.com/no/no/catalog/products/20196807/

    It feels better than my last one and wasn’t that expensive so I’m happy 🙂

    #61717
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    vidarbusk
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    Woop! I’ve now turned my lifetime HU results to breakeven. The white line is where I started playing after joining CFP.

    #61719
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    Love the music in the video, look forward to following. Good Luck.

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