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  10-Feb-14, 14:04   #1
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jovicakralj 

Joined: Nov '10
Location: Serbia
Age: 29 (M)
Posts: 2075
Hi people,
This month I set myself a goal to finally become platinum star on PokerStars. And it is goddamn hard for me. I play 15$ 6-max SNGs mostly and I play poker for living. But I have problem with multitabling lots of tables. Currently playing 6 tables at once and when I try to go for more Im struggling. I can play more thats not a problem but I feel that my game is suffering and thats something that I dont wont. Also, when Im running really bad and losing money I have hard time forcing myself to continue playing on good level rest of the day which is another problem for reaching platinum since with number of tables Im playing you have to play big volume almost every day.

Reason for chasing platinum is not only for benefits of status itself but really its more about playing more and having better profit at end of the month. Also, its still early in year and with maintaining platinum till end of the year I could put in some sick grind at end and became Supernova which would obviously be Supergreat.

This month will be really hard and if I make it this month I will probably have no trouble in month to come. Reason is that I didnt have internet for 3 days (fckn provider) and obviously this is February and it haves 28 days.

So, I will need 7500 VPP. Or something like 1150 SnGs. My plan was to play 50 a day (roughly 8 hours of play) for 23 days with 5 days resting but I already screwed those 5 days so I will have to put sick grind till end of the month.
I have played only 202 games so far and collected 1355 VPPs.

If there is interest I will post my struggle daily here and hopefully with motive more get there.

     
  10-Feb-14, 14:35   #2
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marqis 

Joined: Sep '10
Location: Netherlands
Age: 48 (M)
Posts: 1631
I read most of your posts anyway, so yeah, keep us in the loop... It's always interesting reading the professional's views, successes and struggles...

I'm sure you've considered moving up in stakes rather than adding more tables?
Good luck!

     
  10-Feb-14, 14:54   #3
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mahdrof 

Joined: Nov '09
Location: Canada
Age: 47 (M)
Posts: 2367
Nice to hear from you Jovica. I follow your results and you are doing really well this year, so I would definitely be interested if you started posting about your efforts. Good luck with whatever you decide. Thumbs Up

     
  10-Feb-14, 15:27   #4
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Theapple 

Joined: Sep '13
Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Age: 29 (M)
Posts: 1552
nice one hope you hit ur goal.

ah and btw at first read thought ur topic name is 'road to porn star' Big Smile

     
  10-Feb-14, 15:32   #5
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jovicakralj 

Joined: Nov '10
Location: Serbia
Age: 29 (M)
Posts: 2075
Posted by Theapple:
nice one hope you hit ur goal.

ah and btw at first read thought ur topic name is 'road to porn star' Big Smile

Would be way better goal but... dont have tools for it I quess Big Smile

     
  10-Feb-14, 17:01   #6
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MB30 

Joined: Jun '12
Location: Greece
Age: 36 (M)
Posts: 484
You seem to have organized and solid way of thinking and I keep reading most of your posts First of all I would like to wish you good luck in your effort to achieve platinum star. We are dealing the same problem about MTT:can't get above a certain amount of tables. Six is my limit too. Can only to reach my A game for about an hour or less then I play like zombie. As marqis proposes you better consider moving up in stakes or mix up your game?For example playing cash games more often or registering at High buy-ins tourneys such is 320$.Keep us informed and good luck
(Theapple confirms the moto :there are no “dirty” words but only “dirty” minds) Big Smile Thumbs Up

     
  11-Feb-14, 11:02   #7
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hemuli 
Joined: Feb '09
Location: Finland
Age: 25 (M)
Posts: 220
I had problems also with multitabling, how do you put the tables? Do you have 2 screens? My friend who was multitabling around 20tables helped me. That solved my problems! When I had 2 screens going to 9 table was nothing and normally i played 14 tables without a problem.. Of course 6max is different at that time i played 9man.. Good luck! What is your name in ps? Smile I have played also few games in ps 15d and 7d 6max maybe we met Blink

     
  11-Feb-14, 11:28   #8
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pochui 

Joined: May '08
Location: Lithuania
Age: 32 (M)
Posts: 8638
yeah any update from you would be sweet- there are only a few mobsters out there who play poker for a living and not just say this but really mean this Worship always nice to hear your thoughts about the game, some strategy tips...hope you will achieve your goal and finish the year as supernova

     
  11-Feb-14, 12:20   #9
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BeMyATMplz 
Joined: Feb '11
Location: Germany
Age: 23 (M)
Posts: 1854
Definitely not worth going for it if you say you "struggle" with more tables.
If 6 if your top number that you can play your A-Game on,stay with it. You're on $2/game almost currently,that's a very good number,no need to lower that for a few $'s of extra rakeback.

Also,maybe you should think about playing continous sessions instead of sets (from your game history it looks like you play sets).
That way you could stay focused because you stay at 6 tables,but you'll get in 9 games (if we go with an average duration (duration of yourself being in the tournament) per hour instead of 6 games per hour. That will increase your hourly rate in $ itself and will gain you the higher VIP statuses by itself,for less time invested.

     
  11-Feb-14, 15:56   #10
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Mober 
Joined: Mar '09
Location: Greece
Age: 39 (F)
Posts: 10026
It will be an interesting read to do of course, since you are one of the good players in here Smile
according to results, so an update would be great.
Also as noted dont chase something unless you are completely confident you can succeed.
If you doubt yourself, you will end up with wrong judgements.

Anyway no matter how you will decide to play, good luck with your goal.

     
  11-Feb-14, 16:38   #11
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jovicakralj 

Joined: Nov '10
Location: Serbia
Age: 29 (M)
Posts: 2075
OK. So update time.
Yesterday played good volume. Tried 12 tabling 7$ games since 15$ were filled with regs. Did 2 series, 26 games of them. After that played something like 40 15$ games 6tabling. Played around 9 hours and made 350VPPs . So overall reached goal for yesterday.
Had really shitty luck tho and finished day with 5$ in profit lol.
Saved some hands on boom :
http://www.boomplayer.com/poker-hands/Boom/7409319_7C47...
http://www.boomplayer.com/poker-hands/Boom/7409382_519E...
http://www.boomplayer.com/poker-hands/Boom/7410413_B045...
http://www.boomplayer.com/poker-hands/Boom/7411287_CFCC...

Feel free to discuss them. They are not special or most interesting just for some reasons I saved them. in last one call is little questionable.

I will try to put another session later today after walk and coffee with my gf.


     
  11-Feb-14, 16:42   #12
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Theapple 

Joined: Sep '13
Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Age: 29 (M)
Posts: 1552
350vpps Big Smile Worship

jovice ti si kralj ja za mjesec dana ne napravim toliko vppova Big Smile

sry guys english again Tongue btw how can u keep your focus for that long? Wish i could do that :/

     
  11-Feb-14, 16:59   #13
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MB30 

Joined: Jun '12
Location: Greece
Age: 36 (M)
Posts: 484
Even ,as you say you achieved your daily goal of VPPs I can see what you mean when you are talking
about bad luck. Most of the cases I saw at boomplayer you was ahead or just even ,postflop. But despite that you made your hand in gust one(third one I think).Last one gets reward about it s bad ending!!!
Do not give up my friend. I consider the day profitable if I do not see negative sign at win/losses ratio. Think positive u got 350 VPP plus give dollars. U play strong and solid and u will get where u planning to go by winning money and not losing.

     
  11-Feb-14, 17:02   #14
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RoninHarper 

Joined: Nov '12
Location: Canada
Age: 48 (M)
Posts: 4440
G'day mate

I just wanted to say hello and all the best.
I have given though to getting my Platinum Star back again.
I have not worried about it and in October I stopped playing for a while and lost my VIP levels.
I have not been doing much yet this year so only at the chrome level right now.

Regardless I really want to wish you every success.
Wishing you the very best.
You can do it.
be cool

Ronin Cool

     
  11-Feb-14, 17:08   #15
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BeMyATMplz 
Joined: Feb '11
Location: Germany
Age: 23 (M)
Posts: 1854
Would consider your play @ hand number 2 alot more "questionable" than your A9o call (would even agree on the A9 call if SB has some sort of clue):

- very early and no need to get it in with FD + overs
- next to no FE to that size of bet
- Usually villains hand is even alot stronger (would suspect 2 pair in most cases) so you can't even count your overs as outs,and for the sole nutflushdraw you simply have by far not the odds

With the edge you have in these weak 6 max non turbo fields you shouldn't be looking for marginal spots,the structure is slow enough to have you wait it out Blink

     
  11-Feb-14, 17:56   #16
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jovicakralj 

Joined: Nov '10
Location: Serbia
Age: 29 (M)
Posts: 2075
Posted by BeMyATMplz:
Would consider your play @ hand number 2 alot more "questionable" than your A9o call (would even agree on the A9 call if SB has some sort of clue):

- very early and no need to get it in with FD + overs
- next to no FE to that size of bet
- Usually villains hand is even alot stronger (would suspect 2 pair in most cases) so you can't even count your overs as outs,and for the sole nutflushdraw you simply have by far not the odds

With the edge you have in these weak 6 max non turbo fields you shouldn't be looking for marginal spots,the structure is slow enough to have you wait it out Blink

It was way guy played from start. Overbetting almost every flop. I thought when he plays like that he might be having one pair tops because donks like him tend to slowplay really strong hands. More likely for me is that he could have worse flush or even straight draw (you seem to rule out weaker flushes and st8 draw which is definitely mistake). I had that in my head when shoving there. Also, guy played so badly and did this so often that there is chance he have any 2 overs because its how they roll.
Anyway, against any semi decent opponent or even donk that didnt establish this kind of move as regular on that kind of raise I would def fold unless its already 3 handed all in since I dont think this is way how they would play draws majority of time and I agree its early and I am most of time behind. BUT here I thought I am ahead lot of times and when Im not ahead I have crazy amount of outs so I go for it. And Im not type of player that will fold hand I think is better just because its too early. When I think Im better or have odds I get it in. Thanks for analyzing!

     
  11-Feb-14, 18:01   #17
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hemuli 
Joined: Feb '09
Location: Finland
Age: 25 (M)
Posts: 220
wow, I should move in pokerstars in the normal sng :O The q5 I would have only called on the river but apparently u know better Big Smile Is the players weaker then in turbos or were these hands just wierd? Or they were wierd all of them except the a9, maybe that one I woud have folded but good call in the end.. And the ATs I would have only raised, fold equity is bigger when u do that Smile Its more obvious your on flush draw when u push like that then u reraise Smile but thats only my opinion


oops didnt understand that the bet was slighlty overbet Big Smile

Edited by hemuli (Tuesday, February 11, 2014 @ 18:05 GMT)


     
  11-Feb-14, 18:27   #18
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magatt966 

Joined: Jan '09
Location: Italy
Age: 46 (M)
Posts: 3713
Interested in following your way to the goal.

Just play the number of tables your comfortable with and that, likely, would head you to platinum star.
When you are around 20th of February you can do the math again and see if you need to put more volume up. If need you could add more tables last days of the month.

Did you ever consider to play some ring games?
I guess if you play around a couple of hours a day something like 4 tables NL25 you should double your daily rake.
Or you could start this "ring games experiment" with NL10; I'm convinced you can easily beat that level just playing solid basic poker: if you don't get involved in tricky play you can multitable it even 6 or 8 tables after some sessions.

To be honest I don't play on pokerstars.com due to italian laws on gambling but I assume the average skills there are similar to other pokerrooms ones.

It could be just a backup plan if, at some point of the month, you'd be aware the main one wouldn't work for your platinum goal.

keep it up and may the aces be with you mate Worship Worship Worship

     
  11-Feb-14, 23:15   #19
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noonlion 

Joined: Mar '12
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 32 (M)
Posts: 1277
Well best of luck and much respect for putting those sorts of shifts in and being a winning player. That takes real discipline to ride out the bad streaks and to stay steady when winning too.

Hope it all works out and you nail that Platinum star. Grind like Tony Hawk!

     
  12-Feb-14, 01:05   #20
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Arithmajik 

Joined: Feb '11
Location: Canada
Age: 32 (M)
Posts: 1568
Wish you all the best in your quest Jovi. I have a hard time Multi tabling that many too.

One thing's for sure I know you've been playing for a long time, and you do it professionally. I think many Pro's before you hit this same point in their career and you have the skills to over come just like they did.

It's one of my goals to get to where you are so if you blogged or kept posting here I will definitely be reading.

Cheering for you brotha!

     
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