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  10-Dec-13, 09:39   #1
From Zero to Hero (Cash game Grinding Blog) +2 
adok 

Joined: Oct '13
Location: Philippines
Age: 27 (M)
Posts: 54
Good day! My name is Benjie but most people call me adok, I just turned 25 yesterday and I'm from the Philippines. I decided to write a blog today in order to keep myself motivated in playing and keep track of my progress. I started playing poker occasionally 2 years ago but I only became serious with it some time last summer. I've read books and articles, watched videos so that I can improve my game.

This blog is called 'From Zero to Hero' because i have not personally deposited any amount to any poker room but thanks to BRM and their no deposit offers, I now have a $10 bankroll to play with.

Goals
1. Play at least 10k hands per week
2. Move to the next level asap
3. Review sessions on weekends and find leaks

Bankroll Management
Starting bankroll: $10.00
Current bankroll: $128.84
I will start taking shots at the next level if I have 40 buy ins at the current level + 5 buy ins for the next. I will move to nl4 when I have 2 x 40 = 80 + 20 = 100. I am currently 4 tabling so when my bankroll is at $100 I will have 2x 2nl tables and 2x 4nl. If I reach another 5 buy in I will move up to the next limit. So if i have $120, I will move to nl4. This is how it will look like




Latest update on graph: 12/31/2013

Edited by adok (Tuesday, January 21, 2014 @ 04:17 GMT)


     
  10-Dec-13, 10:14   #2
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Puffaholic 
Joined: Dec '13
Location: Canada
Age: 26 (M)
Posts: 3
Well composed and maintainable plan. Good luck on improving your game, the more hands you see with that attitude u can be a top player. I myself have to open up to other sites soon because pokerstars is going absolutely terrible for me i cant make profit. I used to do well on Partypoker. On pokerstars i run atrociously bad.

     
  10-Dec-13, 10:32   #3
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doubletop777 
Joined: Mar '11
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 47 (M)
Posts: 5542
Good luck to you on your venture. Its always nice to read the ups and downs of these adventures. I hope you just get a fair run of the cards and dont get too many bad beats . Good luck to you again and i look forward to reading about it

     
  10-Dec-13, 10:58   #4
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bradleyfl 
Joined: Oct '13
Location: Philippines
Age: 52 (M)
Posts: 4
Good luck to you. I will make a point to keep up with your blog.

     
  10-Dec-13, 11:38   #5
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adok 

Joined: Oct '13
Location: Philippines
Age: 27 (M)
Posts: 54
Thank you guys. I will update this blog frequently and will post graphs weekly. Puffaholic I also plan to move between sites so I can take advantage of the bonuses they are offering. I recently won 5000 mob points and I cashed it out on skrill. I will use that to move my money around sites and clear bonuses.

     
  10-Dec-13, 12:00   #6
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Puffaholic 
Joined: Dec '13
Location: Canada
Age: 26 (M)
Posts: 3
Good strategy my friend, jumping sites for the bonuses is smart starting off to get a good bankroll started. U seem like u have a good grip on the game myself i must say, a really tough looking amateur.

     
  10-Dec-13, 12:14   #7
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thefly131 
Joined: Jun '10
Location: Belgium
Age: 43 (M)
Posts: 1343
Well nice to see a new blog here.

Well stick to your bankrollrules, because this is the basis of succes.
Looking for new/special bonusses is also interesting as long as you have time and money enough to clear them.

GL and keep us informed

     
  10-Dec-13, 14:33   #8
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adok 

Joined: Oct '13
Location: Philippines
Age: 27 (M)
Posts: 54
Played a short session today. Lost a few bucks but it's okay. Variance is part of the game. I will post 2 hands during this session.
Current bankroll; 19.82

Known Players:
MP2: $2.00 - 100 bb
MP3: $2.19 - 110 bb
CO: $1.85 - 93 bb
BU: $4.58 - 229 bb
SB: $2.38 - 119 bb
BB: $2.00 - 100 bb

0.01/0.02 No Limit Hold'em (6 Handed)

Preflop: Hero is BU with A Spade, A Club:
SB posts small blind ($0.01), BB posts big blind ($0.02), MP2 folds, MP3 calls, CO folds, Hero raises for $0.08, SB calls, BB folds, MP3 calls

Flop: ($0.26 - 13 bb) T Heart, 6 Spade:, 5 Heart (3 Players)
SB bets $0.20, MP3 calls, Hero bets $4.50, 2 , Hero gets uncalled back ($2.20)

Turn: ($6.97 - 348.50 bb) 8 Heart (3 Players)

River: ($6.97 - 348.50 bb) A Heart (3 Players)

Sb showed Q Spade 10 Spade
CO showed Q Heart 6 Heart


Known Players:
CO: $4.13 - 207 bb
BU: $2.00 - 100 bb
SB: $2.71 - 136 bb
BB: $2.23 - 112 bb

0.01/0.02 No Limit Hold'em (4 Handed)

Preflop: Hero is BB with 3 Spade, 3 Club
SB posts small blind ($0.01), Hero posts big blind ($0.02), 2 folds, SB raises for $0.05, Hero calls

Flop: ($0.12 - 6 bb) K Heart, 7 Club, 3 Diamond (2 Players)
SB checks, Hero checks

Turn: ($0.12 - 6 bb) 3 Heart (2 Players)
SB bets $0.08, Hero calls

River: ($0.28 - 14 bb) 6 Heart (2 Players)
SB bets $0.16, Hero raises for $0.37, SB calls

SB showed 9 Heart 5 Heart

I think I should've re-raise the turn to get more value here. What you guys think?

Edited by adok (Tuesday, December 10, 2013 @ 15:04 GMT)


     
  10-Dec-13, 15:00   #9
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Forcharity 

Joined: Oct '12
Location: Netherlands
Age: 22 (M)
Posts: 152
AA hand you should raise bigger pre-flop after 1 limper and reraise smaller on the flop. Say 1.15-1.25 instead of 4.50. I wish you luck with your challenge, also the turn on the 33 hand is a good spot to reraise small instead of call.

I will read this as frequently as possible and help out where I can, you got a good plan.

     
  10-Dec-13, 15:10   #10
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adok 

Joined: Oct '13
Location: Philippines
Age: 27 (M)
Posts: 54
Posted by Forcharity:
AA hand you should raise bigger pre-flop after 1 limper and reraise smaller on the flop. Say 1.15-1.25 instead of 4.50. I wish you luck with your challenge, also the turn on the 33 hand is a good spot to reraise small instead of call.

I will read this as frequently as possible and help out where I can, you got a good plan.


My standard raise is x3 of the big blind + 1 bb for every limper. Both of them had like $2 left on the flop that's why i 3bet all in. On the 33 hand, I didn't really notice the flush draw during the turn so I just called so that if he's bluffing, he could barrel again on the river. I'll note this on future play. Thanks btw

     
  10-Dec-13, 22:11   #11
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hemuli 
Joined: Feb '09
Location: Finland
Age: 25 (M)
Posts: 220
Aces was way to much bet on the flop..But in my opinion the 33 hand was a good play I would have maybe myself bet a little bit more on the river.
I think that in this spot he is most of the times bluffing because he didn't hit or he was slow playing some huge (why he checked the flop) so to max the profit I would have called only like u did on the turn and let him bluff or then you will get anyway the chips in if he made also a monster.. Of course after you saw his hand its easy to play "right" but u cant always think that he is trying to make a flush on that situation.

     
  10-Dec-13, 23:43   #12
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Plexo 
Joined: Aug '09
Location: Chile
Age: 30 (M)
Posts: 1336
Nice blog man!

I wish you good luck!! Hope you can build up your bankroll soon because 10 buy-ins is too low to play in any level, even NL2. I think you need have at leat 50 buy-ins to play with confidence.

Nice to read that you won 5000 mobpoints, that would certainly help you! Make a wise decision where to deposit the $50!!!

Keep us updated!



     
  11-Dec-13, 02:57   #13
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mocoteo 

Joined: Mar '11
Location: Romania
Age: 47 (M)
Posts: 35
Hi, y have a nice blog and I'm going to watch especially as you are at the first posts.I am MTT/SNG player but begin to be increasingly more interested in the cash game.Good Luck!

     
  11-Dec-13, 05:35   #14
 
This post by adok has been removed by the thread owner (since this is a blog-thread), probably due to being spam or because it was irrelevant to this topic.
  11-Dec-13, 22:57   #15
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uno1Bomber 

Joined: May '13
Location: Russian Federation
Age: 28 (M)
Posts: 541
Posted by adok:
...
Goals
1. Play at least 5k hands per week (will increase this in the future)
...

Are you serious? Shock
I played about 9 000 in 3 months .
Big Smile
Do you have real life?

     
  12-Dec-13, 00:01   #16
  0 
adok 

Joined: Oct '13
Location: Philippines
Age: 27 (M)
Posts: 54
Posted by uno1Bomber:
Posted by adok:
...
Goals
1. Play at least 5k hands per week (will increase this in the future)
...

Are you serious? Shock
I played about 9 000 in 3 months .
Big Smile
Do you have real life?


Actually I've already accomplished the 5k hands last night. I think I'll go and try 10k hands per week. I play 2 3-hour sessions everyday 4-tabling so each session I have around 1k hands. So I can actually make 2k hands per day Big Smile I want to take poker seriously and I need self discipline to be able to call myself a pro someday Cool

     
  12-Dec-13, 00:20   #17
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uno1Bomber 

Joined: May '13
Location: Russian Federation
Age: 28 (M)
Posts: 541
It's really hard work.
IMHO big tournaments is the best way to win big money and not wasting your time everyday for "rakeback" + some extra $ from fishes.
But I wish you GL Thumbs Up Keep it up

     
  12-Dec-13, 04:12   #18
  0 
adok 

Joined: Oct '13
Location: Philippines
Age: 27 (M)
Posts: 54
Posted by uno1Bomber:
It's really hard work.
IMHO big tournaments is the best way to win big money and not wasting your time everyday for "rakeback" + some extra $ from fishes.
But I wish you GL Thumbs Up Keep it up


MTTs have high variance and you really need a big bankroll for that. I wouldn't really say that I'm wasting my time because I learn more everyday and I think I play more confidently now than when I started this. And once I can go to higher limits (say nl50) I would have a descent $/hr but for now the focus is still to learn.

Anyways my morning session is done. Had some profits.
Bankroll: 32.85

     
  12-Dec-13, 05:49   #19
  0 
doomdy 

Joined: May '08
Location: Netherlands
Age: 46 (M)
Posts: 6197
Great blog, nice to read.
Keep the bankrollmanagement, i'll say make it even tighter bankrollmanagement.
For what i read your up up up, so you getting there, slightly tighter bankroll management doesnt matter you gonna reach that goal anyway if your talented.

Keep grinding and keep posting Thumbs Up

     
  12-Dec-13, 05:56   #20
  0 
adok 

Joined: Oct '13
Location: Philippines
Age: 27 (M)
Posts: 54
I may play tighter bankroll in higher limits but I'll stick to this one for now. Anyways I won't have any problem moving down if ever I hit a downswing. Thank you and good luck to you too.

     
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