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  1-Dec-15, 22:19   #1
One month bankroll challenge. ($0.50 starting bankroll) +1 
classisco 
Joined: Jan '14
Location: Sweden
Age: 20 (M)
Posts: 7
The challenge!

The goal of this challenge is to build a decent bankroll over the course of one month by using my own bankroll management strategy. Of course, I won't be able to follow a correct bankroll management strategy in the beginning since my bankroll is to low. I will NOT use any kind of helping tool such as Pokertracker or Hold'em Manager since I want this to be a bankroll challenge starting from scratch. (I actually got my 50 cents from finishing 6th in a $0.02 Hyper Turbo MTT with my last 2 cents.) I will try to update every day and briefly explain which games and stakes I have played during the day and the outcome of them.

Bankroll strategy:
Cash games: 10 buy-ins.
Heads-up SNG: 15 buy-ins.
SNG: 20 buy-ins.
MTT: 50-buy-ins.

Who am I?

I'm a student from Sweden who play poker on a regular basis as a hobby. I have played for about 18 months, I created my account right after my 18th birthday. I would consider myself a decent player, I think I'm above average but I have one big weakness; my bankroll management. I combine big cashes in MTTs with busting my bankroll. In total I'm about $16.000 up, but that is largely due to my biggest ever cash which was $19.000.


December 01: Starting bankroll: $0.50
December 02: Starting bankroll: $11.89 (+$11.39)
December 03: Starting bankroll: $17.37 (+$5.48)
December 05: Starting bankroll: $24.37 (+$7.00)

Edited by classisco (Saturday, December 05, 2015 @ 21:09 GMT)


     
  1-Dec-15, 22:36   #2
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StheP 

Joined: Oct '14
Location: Serbia
Age: 26 (M)
Posts: 3116
wow nice numbers there O.o just explain to me how did you come from 16k up to playing games with 0,50$ bankroll? and what is your target you didnt said it also... but if you are 16k in black why are you wasting time with micro games, you can play with that money whatever you want... anyway good luck on your challenge Big Smile

     
  1-Dec-15, 23:29   #3
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crash58 
Joined: Oct '08
Location: Canada
Age: 58 (M)
Posts: 2423
good luck with your this.
it is a little bit odd that your up 16 k but your starting with so little.
but thats the way some people work, so just go for it.
and i hope you do well.

Interesting first post.

     
  1-Dec-15, 23:36   #4
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PokerKing76 

Joined: Dec '11
Location: Canada
Age: 40 (M)
Posts: 746
GL with your challenge, maybe I should try this in January, I only have $0.36 left with 8 tickets.


     
  2-Dec-15, 01:26   #5
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classisco 
Joined: Jan '14
Location: Sweden
Age: 20 (M)
Posts: 7
The reason I'm playing microstakes is because I got most of my money invested in stocks. I could of course play a little bit higher but I feel like I want to this challenge instead Smile

     
  2-Dec-15, 02:33   #6
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bowie1984 

Joined: Apr '12
Location: Hungary
Age: 32 (M)
Posts: 4685
Posted by classisco:
The reason I'm playing microstakes is because I got most of my money invested in stocks. I could of course play a little bit higher but I feel like I want to this challenge instead Smile

LOL...
U r not playing microstakes, with only fifty cent u r going to play with ant-penis sized stakes in a shoebox cardroom...
This whole thread is ridiculous.

Good luck for whatever.

     
  2-Dec-15, 05:54   #7
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classisco 
Joined: Jan '14
Location: Sweden
Age: 20 (M)
Posts: 7
Day 1 - Off to a fantastic start!

Starting off with just 50 cents was hard, I couldn't apply my bankroll limits. So I decided to play 2 $0.25 Spin n Go. I won one of them for 50 cents, so I was back at 50 cents again. Loaded two more tables and now I was a bit fortunate with the prize pool. $1.50 on one table and $1 on the other. Woke up with aces on the $1.50 table on the second hand and both opponents shoved on me. I ended up winning them both and suddenly I had $2.50 in my bankroll.

With a feeling of being rich I loaded 3 cash-game tables with $0.01/$0.02 blinds and $0.80 dollars on both tables. I busted one table after just a few minutes but I ended up with a decent profit on the other two tables. After about 1 hour of grinding I had about 5 dollars in my bankroll.

I got a bit boring playing two table for pennies with 9 players on the tables, I felt like I didn't get enough hands to maximize the profit. So with my 5 dollars I loaded up 4 zoom-tables, 1 dollar on each. Once again the blinds were $0.01/$0.02. I started off playing my normal aggressive game which turned out to be devastating. After 10-15 minutes I had busted on 2 tables and reloaded with my last remaining dollar. I was down to around 3 dollars when I decided to change my game. I couldn't really get any bluffs through so I started playing more straight-forward. I won a massive flip for half my bankroll (1.5 dollars) and the fortune seemed to have turned. Just minutes later I was up to around 7.5 dollars.

At this moment I set a goal for myself to reach $10 by the end of the day. I loaded up 2 Heads-up Sit n Gos for 1.50 dollar each. I unfortunately ran Queens into Aces when I had a 2 to 1 chip lead but luckily caught a queen on the flop. My opponent wanted a rematch so we played again. I ended up winning all three matches and my bankroll is currently at Dollar 11.89

Tomorrow I will take a more conservative approach and play within my bankroll. But I couldn't have asked for a better start.




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Posted by bowie1984:
LOL...
U r not playing microstakes, with only fifty cent u r going to play with ant-penis sized stakes in a shoebox cardroom...
This whole thread is ridiculous.

Good luck for whatever.


Why the lol?
And yes, I will be playing "ant-penis sized stakes" in the beginning at least. But that's what you have to do if you want to start from scratch.

The whole reason I wanted to do this challenge is because since I recorded my big win I have become a losing player. I kept on busting my bankroll and deposit more. So I decided to take what was left of my winnings and place them in stocks and funds. So now I have to work with what I've got and I can't really splash so much cash on poker since I have moved to my own place and have rents, food and studies to think about.

Edited by classisco (Wednesday, December 02, 2015 @ 06:13 GMT)


     
  2-Dec-15, 07:47   #8
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magatt966 

Joined: Jan '09
Location: Italy
Age: 46 (M)
Posts: 3713
Challege are always motivating and I will follow yours

+ Thumbs Up from me

Read you are switching between games (cash, sng, hu, zoom) depending on your mood: suggest you to chose the game you enjoy/win more and stick to it.

Keep us posted and don't mind haters ...maybe someone is envious of your $19k winn...post your sharkscope graph here to make them still even more envious Cool

     
  2-Dec-15, 07:49   #9
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Sammy1982 
Joined: May '15
Location: Netherlands
Age: 34 (M)
Posts: 20
That's an awesome first day. From 0.50 to 11.89 Thumbs Up

GL on the tables today!

     
  2-Dec-15, 17:36   #10
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classisco 
Joined: Jan '14
Location: Sweden
Age: 20 (M)
Posts: 7
Thanks for the kind messages!

The reason I switched games was because of my small bankroll. Now that I got a more steady bankroll I might stick to one/two game formats a day. Played some SnGs today and I'm about even for the day. Will probably stick to cash-games for a while now though.

For the record: Here's my biggest win to date: http://playerscope.com/pokerstars/ebf0c38d06fda81f893bb...

     
  2-Dec-15, 21:42   #11
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Theapple 

Joined: Sep '13
Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Age: 29 (M)
Posts: 1552
good luck with your challenge.

i gotta say how thats a very... healthy starting br you have there ! Big Smile

     
  3-Dec-15, 05:40   #12
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classisco 
Joined: Jan '14
Location: Sweden
Age: 20 (M)
Posts: 7
Day 2 - I think I'll stick to cash games.

After playing some Sit'n'Gos and ending up around the 12 dollar mark I decided to stick with cash game tables for a while. I loaded 9 tables with 80 cents each and started grinding. It took me 2 hours to reach my target for the session which was 20 dollars. A great start.

I felt like it went to slow, I didn't get enough hands even with 9 tables, and I could barely see my cards since my 13" screen can't fit that many tables. So I decided to load 4 zoom tables for 1 dollar each. That turned out to be a big mistake, the style of the opponents are completely different there. People rarely play their hands unless they have a monster hand. I tried to capitalize on this and started raising more hands. This made me pick up some pots but when I did get called I was often behind on the flop. I thought to myself that if I only can catch a flop I will surely double-up sooner or later since these players tend to get married to their hands even when the board looks ugly.

I saw 3 of my buy-ins getting shortstacked to about 20bbs each ($0.40), but one table kept me above water. I had around 2.50-2.75 on that fourth table. The turning point of this day was when I got in to a battle with a big stack on my table. I raised on in the SB with 9-8 of diamonds, my opponent in the BB min 3-bet me, I call. The flop came 7d-6d-3c. A very good looking board for me, so I bet out to build the pot. I bet about half pot, my opponent immediately shoves on me with his massive stack. I put him on a high pocket pair or a set. Maybe even A-7 or A-K of diamonds. I knew i was behind but that I had loads of outs, no matter which hand he had. I finally put him on a higher pair. So I had 15 outs to hit on the turn or river, which means that I was a small favorite to win the hand.

I finally decides to call my 2.5 dollars and my opponent flips over A-10 of diamonds. One of the worst hands to be faced against. Unfortunately the board bricks out for me and I lose my "big" stack. I immediately closed down the other 3 tables and called it a night.

Current bankroll: $17.37

     
  5-Dec-15, 14:20   #13
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Theapple 

Joined: Sep '13
Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Age: 29 (M)
Posts: 1552
ew you are at $17 already? :o

now if you only started with $50 instead of 50 cents, your bankroll would be at $1.700 now !! Big Smile ok dont think thats how it works but still... Tongue

     
  5-Dec-15, 16:00   #14
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Ingrind33 

Joined: Sep '15
Location: Netherlands
Age: 34 (F)
Posts: 530
Hey there, I like this thread. your posts are clear and long, but not too long.

So now you have 17 dollars you can stick to your: Bankroll strategy:

Cash games: 10 buy-ins.
Heads-up SNG: 15 buy-ins.
SNG: 20 buy-ins.
MTT: 50-buy-ins.

I like this and you should think about your bankroll management. It's easy to lose a lot on expensive blinds or tournies.

GL keep us updated Cool

     
  5-Dec-15, 21:08   #15
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classisco 
Joined: Jan '14
Location: Sweden
Age: 20 (M)
Posts: 7
Back again!
Couldn't play at all on December 3 because of exams.
But on friday I was off, I decided to only play the Christmas Calendar Freerolls. Played a straight forward tactic for freerolls since they are full of donks and people who doesn't care in the first stages. I folded every hand in the beginning except for the premium hands (10s and A-Q and better). Instead of slow-playing the premium hands, I just shoved and got called almost every time with bad hands. Since only 189 out of about 25-30.000 entrants got payed I only managed to cash in 3 of the freerolls. Once for $5 and twice for $1. It would have been more if my aces hadn't been cracked by 9-7 off in a blind v blind all-in pre-flop pot. But the bankroll is up to $24.37, which is beyond my expectations. I think I will grind the cash-game tables and Zoom-tables for the remainder of the week and maybe focus on Sit'n'Gos later.

     
  6-Dec-15, 11:02   #16
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Skpmorita 
Joined: Feb '14
Location: Tunisia
Age: 28 (M)
Posts: 2076
this an amazing run friend
0.5$ to almost 25$ .. that is like x50
wish you best of luck in your next challenge
don't forget we got a home game here in bankrollmob , maybe you should join
it is gonna be soon
hope to go from 25$ to 1000$ soon , keep us updated

     
  6-Dec-15, 16:56   #17
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erru9107 
Joined: Oct '11
Location: Sweden
Age: 25 (M)
Posts: 910
You're doing great! I'm from Sweden as well Smile hope your luck rubs off on me simply by the proximity Blink

     
  7-Dec-15, 19:29   #18
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Ingrind33 

Joined: Sep '15
Location: Netherlands
Age: 34 (F)
Posts: 530
Posted by erru9107:
You're doing great! I'm from Sweden as well Smile hope your luck rubs off on me simply by the proximity Blink


You're doing great! We have IKEAs as well Smile hope your luck rubs off on me simply by the proximity of IKEAs Blink

o, well, let's smoke another. Tongue

     
  9-Dec-15, 16:57   #19
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darknight091 
Joined: Nov '15
Location: India
Age: 26 (M)
Posts: 1
Hi to all BRM members!I have joined BRM in this november.I have won $1 yesterday in PS.I was in the final table.I could have won that tourney as my stack was pretty good before the final table.Then i got nervous and played tight and folded too many good hands in order to reach top 3 spots.This affected my stack size severely.As a result I was left with only 2 BB. I had no choice but to shove with a trash.I got called from a bully and ended up in 5th place.I got little upset.I realised my mistake.Should have played fearlessly in the final table.Anyways after all its a freeroll!I am happy to be able to reach final table.Kudos to me Smile


As for your challenge,I will try my best to achieve a decent BR in this month.For your information I am using PT4.But I only use it as guide to see whether a player is tight or loose,nothing more.If I had some success I would let you know.

Thumbs Up BRM Worship

     
  9-Dec-15, 17:05   #20
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badboll 
Joined: Jul '12
Location: Sweden
Age: 27 (M)
Posts: 1
good work

     
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