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October 13, 2016 at 11:51 am #242971
My name’s Alfredo, I’m from Portugal and I’m on the CFP 6-Max Micro team.
I’m on my 3rd month on BPC now and decided to create my blog.
So, I’ve been playing poker for a few years now but always recreational. I always loved playing but never thought of it professionally. Online, I just played low buy-in tournaments on Stars and won a few ones. Nothing serious. Than, the online stopped here since more than a year now. But we always gathered to play at one of my friends home on Friday or Saturday night. In the beginning of this year some friends started to go to a nearby casino to play cash. One day, I decided to go but I only had 80€ to play. The lowest stakes here are 0.5€/1€. I went that night, and I came home with 270€. The rake is 5€/hour so it was a good win. I played for two months almost 5 days a week with those starting 80€. I started thinking that I could make a living out of Poker.
Everything I learned from Poker was through my friends and some online free stuff that I could gather and of course my own experience. I was thinking that I was a good player, but I always want to go further. I always want to learn more! So, I decided it was time to take Poker serious and look for coaching. I talked to a friend that had coaching with two brothers who are NL400 cash regs for a few years now. I talked to one of them and he wanted to coach me but he had a son recently so he didn’t have time to play as he wanted and couldn’t make more time to coach me. So, he told me about BPC and that BPC was considered the Best Poker Coaching team in the community and the CFP program was the ideal for me since I didn’t have much money to start. I talked to BPC and I’ve been told that I needed 500€ security deposit and 50€ BR to start. I didn’t have much money at the time so I had to gather it. How? Playing poker of course. I put the 100€ that I had on 888 and started playing low BI tournaments. In one month I won 2 tournaments and finished 3rd and 4th in others and finally had the money to start! 🙂
I decided to start on 6-Max Cash Game because I think is where you need the better skills (HU too). Also, it’s better to choose when to play or not and play at your own pace. But most important for me is that in Cash Game you build up a foundation. And by doing that you can play tournaments also. A tournament player does not do very well in Cash Games very often but a Cash Game player can crush tournaments if he wants to.
My goal is to finish 6-Max Crusher on my birthday, 2nd of July 2017. I’m learning from the basis, correcting mistakes that I have in my game and already improved a lot in this first two months. I beat NL2 on the first month but than I had to move down due to paying my share. After, in the beginning of September I had a pseudo downswing probably affected by moving down not to lack of skill but lack of money. I put my shit together and recovered all my losses and won the money I needed to play NL4 in the last two weeks. The first two weeks of October were really strange, because I had really good winning days and really bad losing days. I’m slightly up now on NL4 (1BI). I know I will beat this limit. Just have to figure what I’m doing wrong to have such high swings. I played 6 tables but now I switched to 9. Hard to get used to it but is just a matter of time to adapt.
I really believe in this program. The only thing I’m a bit frustrated is with my progress. It’s been very slow. I thought that it would be a bit faster. But this means that I still have flaws to correct and I’m doing it step by step. Although I can’t complain being always up. I have never been down since I started, meaning I never been below 50€ BR. So I’m improving and that’s what matters most. The last accuracy report I received I had 98.7%. I have to reach 99%+ and that’s my motivation and I have to get there.
This blog is to share my thoughts and my progress in the course. I will update it every week now.
Thank you BPC for this opportunity! I will not let you down! 🙂
SuccaddOctober 17, 2016 at 6:51 pm #244360
So, as promised, here I am for the first update.
It’s been very difficult for me to motivate myself to play on this limits. Although, at the begginning it was easy to motivate as I was learning all the stuff and making progress now I feel I’m a bit stuck on the learning process. I have to reach intermediate soon to keep learning and that’s my goal right now but it’s been hard to motivate and play the hours that I used to. First, because I have no income from this, despite winning, so I have to try to earn some money on the side as much I can now. Second, I have some other responsabilities that take me a lot of time now. It’s been hard to put the hours that I should.
It’s been a bit frustrating that I’m still on NL4 and I think after I move up to NL10 things are going to get more interesting. And that’s what I have to do now and that is what has to keep me going!
Let’s see what this week brings and next week I will bring the news!October 26, 2016 at 11:27 pm #246433
This week has been amazing! I had to change my strategy of playing. I play less hours now because I have to work on the mornings to have some money to live. I cannot live from poker money yet as I’m still on NL4.
But, I realized what was my problem and you guessed it: TILT! I was tilting with badbeats (who doesn’t?) but now I’m getting more used to them and I realized the importance to stay focused and not spew your money. It will come back, really! On my last 10k hands I won 100€. 25 buy -ins! 25/100 Winrate! I feel great and very confident and stronger everyday. I just want to move to intermediate as soon as possible and move to Crusher! I will move up next month! I know I will! 🙂November 2, 2016 at 8:38 am #247781
bragachrisParticipantForum 6-max coach up to NL10
Join date: 2016/10/25
Nice read. Keep up the good work. You’ll get there eventually! 🙂November 2, 2016 at 9:25 am #247789
Thanks Chris! 🙂
I will update this soon again.
Just have to work harder! 😉November 2, 2016 at 10:41 am #247809
Join date: 2016/10/28
Ola Alfredo good luck on your Ride 🙂November 2, 2016 at 5:07 pm #247870
GL to you too! 🙂November 2, 2016 at 5:42 pm #247874
I’m sorry I didn’t update my blog last week. Lazy me. It won’t happen again!
This month I want to get enough money to move to NL10. I will! I found that I had skipped the links with all the math numbers, probabilities. One of the benefits of the courses being reset! 🙂
So, this month I will be dedicated to math. I want to know it by heart. Although somethings I already know and are easy to understand like pot odds. For me, there’s no memorizing, there’s understanding! If I know how something works, I understand it than it gets into my memory. If I have to repeat 1000 times the same thing to memorize, that doesn’t work. So, there’s a simple way to understand pot odds. They are never more than 50% because it’s not possible to call more than you have. Less than 15% pot odds, don’t need to bother, just call. It gets trickier in between 15% and 50% but it’s simple. Just remember that when you have to call a pot size bet you need to have at least 33% equity. When someone bets pot and you call there are 3 equal shares. Opponent’s bet, the pot and your call. If you divide 1 by 3, you’ll have 33.33333% for each part. Now, remember that if someone puts you all in, your equity has to be maximum 50%, so overbets will vary between 33% and 50% equity to call. So, as you can see from the charts, 1.5x is 37.5% and 2x the pot is 40%. Now, when it comes to the pot bet or under, you need to remember again the pot size bet equity needed: 33%. But now, you do the opposite. You need to know that it varies between 33% and 0%. The 1/2 pot bet should be easy to understand too. Because you have a pot, and someone bets 1/2 of that you only have to call 1/2 of that too. So, it can be divided into 4 equal shares, which means that you need to have 25% equity to call. And you just do the same thing as before: 2/3 pot and 3/4 pot vary between 25% and 33%. Less than 1/2 pot varies between 25% and 0% and you don’t need to worry much about that because you only need a little bit of equity to call.
So the conclusion is that you need to understand the easy numbers, Full Stack with no money in the pot: 50%, pot size bet: 33% and 1/2 pot bet: 25%. The others stand in between! 🙂
Next week I will have the fold equity needed understood and I will publish here my conclusions.
Have a great week and crush those fishes! 😉November 9, 2016 at 11:37 pm #249640
This week it’s being hard to play. I’m feeling tired because I have to wake up early and the work is heavy. But still, I’m very happy with my results. On the last 20k hands I have a 21.8 Winrate! I think it’s very good! I’m playing less but when I play I’m more focused. I just can’t wait for the time when I can dedicate full time to poker. For that I have to make more effort. And I will!
So, as promised, let’s talk about pot odds when we bet.
This just means the number of times your opponent has to fold when you bet so your bet can be instantly profitable. Again, we need to find the reference to guide us and the most easy one is when we bet pot. When we bet pot, we risk the same amount as the pot. Therefore, we are risking half the pot created by our bet. Which means that our opponent has to fold 50% of the time to make our bet instantly profitable. Now, take this reference and this meaning and apply to other amounts. When we overbet 2x the pot we are risking 66% of the pot we create by our bet, meaning our opponent has to fold 66% of the time to make our bet profitable. When we bet 1/2 pot, we are risking 1/3 pot we create with our bet and our opponent has to fold 33% of the time.
It’s really simple. The percentage of times that you need your opponent to fold is the same that you risk when you bet! Let’s look at an example:
The pot is 50€ and is your time to bet. and you decide to bet 1/2 pot. 1/2 of 50€ is 25€. Your bet is 25€ into a 50€ pot which makes a 75€ pot. 25€ is 1/3 of 75€. So, your opponent has to fold 33% (1/3).
Easy right? 🙂
Next week I’ll go into Implied Odds and bring my thoughts.
Have a great week!
GL! 🙂January 3, 2017 at 10:15 am #260774
It’s been a long time since I updated the blog and I didn’t because I didn’t have much to say and mostly because I was lazy! So, now I’ve beaten NL4 and I’m trying to get used to NL10. Not much different but by running a bit bad and due to some stupid calls I’m moving up and down lately. I know I will beat this for sure and I’m just looking forward to see the results of my DB from last month to see the mistakes I’m doing, but I already know some.
I promised to write about Implied Odds and I’m gonna deliver. Implied Odds are very easy at theses stakes, you don’t even need to borrow with it. I guess now at NL10 I have to think of them a little bit deeper occasionally but what you need to know is FISH = IMPLIED ODDS. So, if you play against fish, they will pay you a lot more with weaker hands and almost always you’ll get the extra odds you needed. Another simple thing to remember is ALL IN = NO IMPLIED ODDS. You know why, right? You can’t get money on future streets if all the money is already in the pot! 🙂
There’s a cool easy to remember chart for the odds to apply the formula which I’ll go back again soon to understand it and memorize it.
About me, I just joined the Outstanding Mind Academy, coached by M1ndctrl. I know it’s one of my biggest (if not the biggest) leaks and I have to really improve on this area. I’m now focused on really improving and move to Crusher as soon as I can.
My main goal continues to be to finish the Crusher program on my birthday (July,2nd). It’s not an easy one but I’m going to do my best to achieve it!
GL at the tables and off them! 🙂January 8, 2017 at 9:55 am #262929
Hey guys! As I told you, I joined the Outstanding Mind Academy and my fist homework was to right down and post my Goals. I think it would be good to share it here also. 🙂
Here it goes:
I want to be a healthy and wealthy leader of my family. I want to make my family great again!
I want to play high stakes poker and rebuild a clothing brand (belonged to my family),
I want to be the prime-minister of Portugal and help make a better society and take my country out of misery.
5 YEAR PLAN:
I want to be married and have a lot of kids. I want to be fit and healthy,
I want to maintain my friends and add a few ones.
I want to have the knowledge to play High Stakes cash and high buy-in live tournaments.
I want to learn how to invest on the stock market.
I want to learn a new language.
I want to be playing the World Series.
I want to have my family brand and grow it to the best in Portugal.
I want to invest my money on stocks and other assets.
I want to be a millionaire!
I want to be the leader of my party in my town.
I want to play High Stakes cash and High buy-in tournaments. Because I want to start accumulating the money to buy my family brand and make my family great again.
1 Year Goal: Play NL1000 and 5k tournaments
Focus On: Volume, Strategy and Mental Game
Weapons: 6 Max Crusher, Forum, Outstanding Mind Academy
Q1: Play NL100
Q2: Finish 6-max Crusher and Start MTT Coaching
Q3: Play 100€ BI Tournaments
Q4: Play NL 1000 and 5k Tournaments
I want to be healthy and fit. Because I cannot help my family without health.
1 Year Goal: Exercise routine, eating healthy habits and meditation routine
Focus On: Eating healthy, Running
Weapons: Gym, Learning cooking
Q1: Exercise and meditate everyday
Q2: Learn how to cook properly
Q3: Eating healthy
Q4: Healthy and fit – 80Kg
I want to start investing. Because I need to diversify my investments to grow faster and make my family great again!
1 Year Goal: Make my first investments in the stock market.
Focus On: Learning how to invest
Weapons: Internet Courses/Coaching
Q1: Research on training sites/people
Q2: Join a course/coaching
Q3: Finish course/coaching
Q4: Start investing
I want to visit new countries. Because it helps me know other ways of living and society and it help me make a better society later in politics.
1 Year Goal: Visit 3 Different Countries
Focus On: Making money
Weapons: Poker, Low Cost
Q1: Decide what countries I’ll visit and make a plan
Q2: Visit 1st country
Q3: Visit 2n country
Q4: Visit 3rd country
I’m going to play 200h
Exercise/meditate every morning
Play 6 days/week
Exercise/meditate every morning
Play 6 days
NOT TO DO:
Every Sunday morning.January 22, 2017 at 11:25 am #268008
The results are finally coming! This has been an amazing week! 🙂
I’m finally on a good run after being 50k breakeven on NL10. I didn’t change much but corrected a few mistakes I was doing, such as not table selecting effectively (this is really important!!) and being more focused on what really matters!
The reasons that helped me do that were probably joining the Outstanding Mind Academy with m1ndCrtl and teaming up with Chris to discuss hands and study! I strongly advise you to do both. Find a way to work on your mental game (this is by far my biggest leak) and find someone to study with, which is on the same path with you and has the same level.
So, now I’m pretty close to reach intermediate! 🙂
I only need 15k hands on NL10 to apply for it. 3 more days and I’ll have it! 😀
GL at the tables and stand up and fight! 🙂January 26, 2017 at 10:06 am #269440
Already accepted on INTERMEDIATE!! 🙂
Finally can improve seriously on my poker game! Not that I didn’t so far, but what I mostly did was get back to the basics and correct a lot of mistakes that I was doing (few of them still am). Now we go to the adults swimming pool! 🙂
I’m doing a lot of quizzes and combo counting. math chapters, etc. So , my first homework is to post 50 Uhlvar hands. Going to do this everyday!
Here is the shit result:
GL! 🙂January 30, 2017 at 8:22 pm #270807
bragachrisParticipantForum 6-max coach up to NL10
Join date: 2016/10/25
Hey, I thought you were going to post the results every day. Fail! To the basement! Rats! 🙂January 30, 2017 at 8:31 pm #270808
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