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An Introduction to the [0, 1] Model for Ranges

One of the problems with studying poker as a whole is that different poker games have different ways of dealing the cards across multiple streets. If you want to study poker on its own, then you need to have some sort of standardized model for dealing with ranges. It...

Finding the Motivation to Improve at Poker

This week’s topic is that of motivation, something that a lot of players have trouble with when it comes to studying to get better. Extrinsic motivation in the form of more money and a better win-rate will only carry you so far, but here we’re going to...
An Introduction to Abstract Thought in Poker

An Introduction to Abstract Thought in Poker

Introduction Whether you want to call it “playing on feel” or whatever else, the fact of the matter is that practical play on a strong level is based around a higher level of abstract thought. The reason for this is simple: Poker is a very complicated...
Exploring Open-Limping Pre-flop

Exploring Open-Limping Pre-flop

Introduction Open limping before the flop in no-limit hold’em cash games is almost always the sign of a loose/passive, weak player. However, this doesn’t have to be the case, and you can definitely add open limping to your game in the right circumstances...

Summary of August 13, 2009

Today I played 1.57 hours of FR for 1036 hands and -$10. Additionally, I played 1.52 hours of HU for 319 hands and $135.65. Holy crap HU is awesome. I don’t really feel like doing the biggest winners/biggest losers thing anymore. It takes up like 15-20 minutes...

Summary of August 12, 2009

Today I played 3.02 hours of cash for 1801 hands and $44.75. Additionally, I played a half-dozen or so $5.50 and $11 MTSNGs tonight for a profit of $23. Here are my biggest hands: Biggest Losers: 1. I called a 5-bet shove in LP v BB with AQo, ran into AK, -$50. I...

Summary of August 11, 2009

Today I played 2.82 hours for 1678 hands and -$128.15. Besides doing my normal thing of posting my biggest hands, I’m also going to start doing something else by ranking my day on a number of factors from a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is the worst and 5 is the best....

Summary of August 10, 2009

Today I played 2.93 hours for 1756 hands and $38.80. Here are the biggest hands: Biggest Losers: 1. Open KQs in EP, semi-loose crazy in LP guy calls. I c-bet KJ2 two-tone, he raises and I decide it would be a great idea to stack off against 22, -$52. 2. AK loses to AA...

A Shunryu Suzuki Quote

Shunryu Suzuki was a Zen master from Japan who did a lot of work to bring Buddhism to North America. A number of his talks were put into a book named “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind”, which centers around maintaining the idea of shoshin (beginner’s...

Summary of August 9, 2009

Today I played 2.80 hours for 1665 hands and $307.70. After running like God in two 300bb pots, I had two major breakthroughs today, which I will get to after I post my biggest hands from the day. Biggest Losers: 1. I call a small 4-bet in the SB oop with AK, flop...

Summary of August 8, 2009

Today I played 2.90 hours for 1628 hands and -$10.85. Here are the biggest hands: Biggest Losers: 1. I open UTG with AsAh, crazy guy calls in LP. Flop comes 5h4h2s and I get it in against 44 and lose, -$54. 2. Three limpers in EP (literally UTG, UTG+1 and UTG+2), I...

Summary of August 7, 2009

I haven’t played any today, and I don’t plan to. I’ve been doing a lot of stuff that I guess could be considered mental game work, though I don’t necessarily see it like that, maybe I’ll do posts about it later on. I guess I’ll post...

Summary of August 6, 2009

Today I played 3.25 hours for 1824 hands and $129.65. Here are the biggest hands: Biggest Losers: 1. Nut flush loses to a set all-in on the flop, -$51. 2. Set under set in a raised pot all-in on the flop, -$50. 3. I call a 3-bet with AJs in position. The flop comes...

Summary of August 5, 2009

Today I played only 1.95 hours for 1068 hands and $67.10. The lower volume was because today was my girlfriend’s birthday. There weren’t as many big pots, but here they are: Biggest Losers: 1. I called an LP open with 66 and decided it would be a neat idea...

Summary of August 4, 2009

Today was a busy day and I feel like I got a lot accomplished. I managed 4.75 hours (though about 10-15 minutes of that or so was HUD testing) for 2493 hands and $236.40. Here are the biggest pots: Biggest Losers: 1. 33 loses to 44 on 345 monotone in a 3-bet pot,...

Summary of August 3, 2009

I played something like 30 minutes, had trouble getting started on a lot of tables so that was only like 150-200 hands, got coolered twice for stacks and decided to take the day off and work on other stuff. So today I started reading Ed Miller’s Small Stakes NL,...

Summary of August 2, 2009

Today I played 4.72 hours for 2513 hands and -$99.80. I’m satisfied with the majority of my play, and after AIEV I would have been up for the day. As always, here are the biggest hands: Biggest Losers: 1. AsKs loses to QQ on Ah5sQs, -$56.20. 2. KK loses to AA...

Summary of August 1, 2009

Today I played 4.58 hours of 50nl for 2508 hands and -$66.35. I’m hesitant to even list hands like I normally do because it’s going to sound like a bad beat post, but here we go: Biggest Losers: 1. KK loses to AA aipf, -$58. 2. This hand came after...

Summary of July 31, 2009

Today was basically cooler hell. I lost something like $550 over 4500 hands and 8 hours or something, but I’m not entirely sure because a HH or two that I know happened aren’t showing up in PT3 or the HHs when I request them, and I think it’s because...

Summary of July 30, 2009

Today I played 3.57 hours for 2010 hands and -$109.85. Here are the big hands: Biggest Losers 1. QQ v KK aipf for -100bb. 2. AA < KK+fd ai on JT32 for -100bb. 3. A hand against takesix I played really terribly on the flop and turn, then made a misclick on the...

My Girlfriends and I

Occasionally after one of my girlfriend’s episodes different parts of her personality will be brought to the forefront than others for a short (15 minutes to 6 hours) period of time. Some of these parts come out so often that they have names. Here is a list of...

Summary of July 29, 2009

I went to bed around 7 this morning after working on something non-poker related all night in a bit of a manic episode, and as a result I’ve felt pretty bad today. Add in a doctor’s appointment and a ballet class for Michelle and I didn’t play very...

Summary of July 28, 2009

Note: This entry got screwed up because you have to put in a special code thing to use less-than signs and so it ate like half my post. Today I played 3.13 hours for 1812 hands and $60.50. While I was somewhat satisfied with my play today, I’m not very satisfied...

Summary of July 27, 2009

Today I played 2.52 hours for 1658 hands and -$258.95. I was very unhappy with my level of focus today. Here are the big hands: Biggest Losers: 1. Nut flush draw plus two overs against a pair all-in on the flop in a 3-bet pot. I lost 99bb, and was a slight favorite....

Summary of July 26, 2009

Today I opted to play 100nl. I played 2.58 hours for 1703 hands and $374.65. Though I only played 12-14 tables, I didn’t play as many hours as I probably should have. However, my VPP/hand rate is so high that I hit pace for today. As usual, here are my biggest...

Summary of July 25, 2009

Today I played 3.08 hours for 2379 hands and $259.80. I was down two buy-ins after like 400 hands then ran like god. Here are the big hands from today: Biggest Losers: 1. CO opens, I call with AK OTB to trap SB who is being pretty crazy with 3/4/5-betting. He 3-bets...

Summary of July 24, 2009

This is going to be quick because I forgot to do this last night. I played 4.47 hours for 3463 hands and a profit of a whopping $6.50. At one point I was down almost 4 buy-ins, so I’m okay with that. Here is a quick look at my biggest winners and biggest losers...

Summary of July 23, 2009

Today I had a pretty full schedule. I played a short session this morning first thing. My girlfriend had an appointment at a hospital for an ultrasound (not pregnancy-related, and no she’s not pregnant) at 11 am then we had to go straight to her dentist about 45...

First Post

Early last year I was one of the biggest winners at both 100nl and 200nl FR on PokerStars and was well on my way to beating mid-stakes NLHE. I moved into a small apartment with my girlfriend and everything was great. Eight months later I was almost broke. So how could...