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December 10, 2015 at 4:13 pm #178220
My name is Lauri and I’m 35 old family guy. I have a wife, 9 month old son and 15
year old stepdaughter.
My greatest hobby is running. I have run for fun since a kid, but for last 5 years
I trained consciously according to training plans. I have managed to improve my
half marathon record from 1.45 to 1.21, 10K record from 42 minutes to 36 and after
running my first marathon on my first training year 3.28 I started to chase
magical 3h limit and this year (4 years later) on my 6th marathon all the hard
work paid off when I finished it 2.59 (actually was little disappointed because I
really hoped 4-5 min better time, but this is another story :P)
My poker story
I have played poker since March 2007 and as a professional since 2009 and this
year has been the most awful year for me (2007 excluded).
I deposited about $20 at first and managed to play with it on 5NL for a whole
month before busted. After that I made another deposit $20 and from that I started
to build my bankroll and manage to win $3500 on the first year. 2008 I won $10K
and at the beginning of 2009 I was really stressed out of my job and I managed to
make deals with my boss to work from home halftime and be a halftime professional
On the 13th of Feb 2009 I was lucky enough to play in Merge poker room and sit on
the table where one of the biggest online jackpots went out
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBe7BpS1dv8) and I got $41,7K.
After that it was decided: I lost motivation to work and started as a full time
2009 was a good year: about $21K profit, 2010 not so good with only 13K.
2011 I started to play Heads Up and I even bought Gordons Heads Up Mastermind and
made 31K this year. Games were juicy and my favorite site was Bodog, fishiest
place I have seen. I played 200NL and 400NL there and life was great. That year I
also won a trip to New York from poker 2012-2014 I managed to win 20-26K per year
and everything was OK.
But from July 2014 my worst downswing started. Since then I have had only couple
normal months, but overall I have played 370K hands with 3,4/100 all-in adjusted
winrate (from 2012 to 2014 I had 265K hands tracked and all-in adjusted winrate
8,1bb/100) and because it seems that it never ends I decided to join CFP and give
it a last change before going back to a regular job.
Why I want to join CFP?
I want to join CFP because I actually like my lifestyle and I don’t want to work
for someone else. I like that I can go running any time I want, I like being there
for my family and see my son grow every day, I fucking like being my own boss and
I love the financial freedom poker gives me (though not recently) and that’s why I
want to join CFP and let the Gordon make me rich 😀
My graph since 2012 (unfortunately I have lost my earlier databases)
https://gyazo.com/f4217b5df80f2d63489523f6933f1655December 11, 2015 at 1:06 pm #178341December 11, 2015 at 1:36 pm #178346December 17, 2015 at 8:24 pm #179550
I have been learning a lot on past week. Pot odds, equities, advanced ranges and UhlvarsEquity.
Also I started to play a 30NL. Not doing very well yet. Lost 5 buy-in-s today. Most of my losses come from HU. I start tables and do a little bumhunt in heads-up. Dont reg-battle and play only bad recreational players but simply can’t win. Maybe I should cut off the HU games for a while? My graph so far:
Basic preflop equities:
Advanced ranges (UTG, MP and CO)
Good luck at the tables!February 1, 2016 at 3:37 pm #190791
Hello! I haven’t written long time. My journey on 6max is over for now and I moved to HU Course. I managed to lose 55BI then playing 6max. It was really ugly. My graph from middle of the December to middle of the January in 6max: From 20th of January I started to play HU and this is my January HU graph: Last month I played 139h which is actually my record month. This month I want to play 160h. Lets see how it goes. GL at the table to everybody (who is not playing against me).February 7, 2016 at 11:19 pm #192991
Beginning of the February have not been very kind to me but I still managed to play 40 hours.
At first day I managed to run 5 buy-ins under EV and almost hit my stoploss.
Im loosing a lot on Winamax(14 buy-ins already) and winning in other rooms (11 buy-ins). Its really weird actually. Because I feel like I dont know how to play against Winamax players. And its been going on actually a long time.
I checked my total HU graphs. I have played 88K hands on Winamax and my EV-winrate there is 1,9bb/100 and I have sample of 225K hands from other rooms and my EV-winrate there is 9,8bb/100. I dont understand is it rake or what it is but its kind of brutal.
Actually I downloaded this program SECT which calculates street-by-street EV. Lets say I accidentally raise preflop to 99bb with my aces and I have opponent who accidentally calls it with 32o. Flop becomes 222 and we go all-in with our 1bb. Now pokertracker and holdem manager shows what i put all my money in with almost zero equity but SECT calculates that I put 99bb in with 87% equity and 1bb with 0 equity. So its EV-line should be more accurate. With Winamax I got very weird graph (there are not only HU hands there, also some 3-4 handed action):
The sad thing is, this graph goes worse every day. In my opinion some day on long run my actual winnings and total winnings should meet some place but I dont think this will happen any time soon. According to this program my expected total winnings are 14747 bb-s and my real winnings are 455 bb.
From Pokerstars have 41,5K hand sample and graph looks like this:
So its really really weird to have so bad results on 1 room and normal results over others. Anyone ever experienced something like that on any site?
My February graph so far:February 16, 2016 at 10:13 pm #195320
2nd week of February wasn’t very good. I played only 34h and 5900 hands and earned about $36 (rakeback included). I also joined with Intermediate coaching group (week after others) and though Janez told its a lot of work I wanted to do it. After seeing what I have to do I realized its pretty hard work. I watched lot of videos and participated at coaching sessions but at the end of the week I realized I wont catch others up. So now Im watching video on my own pace and trying to start Intermediate course all over from next month. This way I can also play more hours.
This week has started better and I hope I can make a positive entry next time.
GL at the tables (who is not playing against me)February 22, 2016 at 2:51 pm #196949
Third week of February was so far best week for me in this program. Played 40h and won €550 (rakeback included) and now I’m -€30 from the start of the project ( because I lost €1073 while playing 6max).
I think that coaching sessions has been beneficial and M1ndCrtl has done a very good job in Starter sessions. I especially liked session about donkbets. I have been struggling with them a lot but now Im even waiting my opponents to donkbet to make more money 🙂
Lets see what the end of the month brings me. I’m still on schedule to make 160h month which would be my record.March 4, 2016 at 10:08 am #200232
Last week of the February was the best week I have had so far: +€814. Month all together was 166h and 32K hands and +€1,8K. Not bad for a first full HU month. For this I should thank our coach Ivan, because these Starter coaching sessions were really great and useful.
This month I want to play 160+ hours and learn a lot. Coach suggested to go to Intermediate but because my wife goes to University daytimes and I babysit our son I probably cant participate most of the coachings. So I put my effort to get maximum from Starter coachings and watch Intermediate videos and join Intermediate coachings later.
GL for fellow grindersMarch 7, 2016 at 10:00 am #201374
Last week started with the best day so far: I woke up 5.15 in the morning and played over 11 hours (with one little pause) and won little over €500. It felt great although I was pretty tired at the end.
So after that I had vacation day and next days I set my daily routine so that I wake up 5.30 every morning (except Sunday then I woke up 6.30), grind 6-8h with a little pause and then babysit my son (then wife was at university) and in the evening I watched some Intermediate videos. Im still stuck with posting hands, because after hard day its hard to do but Im more and more motivated every day now and I add this to my daily routine.
I also train running (only 4 times a week) for Estonians masters championchip (its an old people event, because Im 35 already) to run 3000m. I dont train as much as I would like but for now poker is more important.
From monetary aspect the last week was not so good I hoped, only little over €200. Hopefully this week will be better.March 12, 2016 at 4:06 pm #203256
Im just coming back from running competition. Its 2,5 hour bus ride to capital and I took my laptop with me and it was very useful time. I prepared tomorrows coaching session and posted 6 hands and commented other people hands. Checked my ptr and I think found a leak in my game about BOP. Will know it after tomorrows coaching.
Race was quite good. It was 3000m for 35+ people and the end results were calculated with age graded coefficient. 8 or 9 runners started. We run 15 times 200m lap. On the first lap my shoelace broke loose. I had do decide will I stop and tie it up or continue running. I didnt tied it up. At first it felt that pace is quite fast and I was among the last ones. But race progressed and people started to get tired. So I improved my place after every lap. Before last lap I was 4th, 10m behind 3rd guy but I put it all out and finished on the 3rd position, 10m before that guy. Because Im one of the younger ones my final place (according to coefficient) was 5th, 2 sec after 4th place. It was my first Estonian Masters Championchip and I think it went quite good. Oh and the time was 10.12 (I hoped to run about 10.10) and the 2nd half was little bit fast than first half (5.04 vs 5.08).
At poker the week hasnt been very good but I write about that after tomorrow.March 13, 2016 at 9:24 am #203404
I checked back turn, because villain had shoved couple of times then saw weakness. Still quite optimistic play buy him 🙂
BB: 60.78 BB (VPIP: 77.78, PFR: 40.74, 3Bet Preflop: 42.86, Hands: 27)
Hero (SB): 64.56 BB
Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB
Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Q A
Hero raises to 3 BB, BB calls 2 BB
Flop: (6 BB, 2 players) Q Q J
BB checks, Hero bets 4 BB, BB calls 4 BB
Turn: (14 BB, 2 players) J
BB checks, Hero checks
River: (14 BB, 2 players) 8
BB bets 18 BB, Hero raises to 57.56 BB and is all-in, BB calls 35.78 BB and is all-inSpoiler:March 14, 2016 at 8:14 am #203705
Last week was not very good until yesterday then I finally had a good day (€431) and week altogether was €656 and 39,5h of play. Not bad actually.
But the sad thing is, Im running a lot under EV. Since start of the HU program 16buy-ins ($750). It wouldn’t disturb me because I know eventually things go like they should but at the moment my bankroll is not that big and that makes it harder to bear those suckouts. My hope is, Im getting it all back at the higher limits in the future.March 18, 2016 at 4:37 pm #204946
Had longest session so far: 11h and 20 minutes. There were a fish I just couldn’t quit at 100NL. He was passive and kept reloading little by little. I think I was $150 up and then he took some of it back. At the end I managed to win $100 (he had lost about $200) and then I quit him because I was really really tired, my head ached and I had some family obligations. At the end I didn’t know my days result before I entered numbers to CFP and the result was almost +€270. Not bad considering that I thought it may be loosing day. Let hope the weekend will be good action and some money 🙂March 19, 2016 at 8:05 am #205103
Fast mode: Hands 25; Avg Error 7,23, Avg Time 5.88
Slow mode: Hands 25; Avg Error 4,48, Avg Time 16,4
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