Hello all, welcome to my online poker blog.

I've been playing on and off for a decade after being introduced by a friend.

I played regularly for a few years during the poker boom and had a decent record at the micros, particularly Rush and Zoom No Limit Hold'em games (here's one of my graphs).

Around 2012 I began a new career which involved immersing myself completely in study in my spare time, so I had little to no time for poker. However recently this burden has eased and so I have been gradually dipping back in.

I'm an amateur player who still hopes to some day beat the rake.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Found a great little piece of free software....

called HoldemViewer and it's available for free download from www.holdemviewer.com. Please, I haven't checked it for adware or such so you should scan it first to check that it's safe. Basically you can use it to help visualise ranges of hands that your opponents are playing certain lines with. It's hard to explain without going into it alot but I highly recommend you muck about with it. If someone is raising 50% of their buttons I want to know what sort of hands are in that range. With this tool, I can do this. It's been a great help tonight already! I see myself getting tons out of it. A word of advice, I find the best category of hand ranking to be the Sklansky - Malmuth Groups, as this tends to focus on hands people like to play rather than those that win more overall when number crunched.
So how's my play going?
Well, the tens are creeping ever so slowly towards break even ROI (I'm up to -3% now from -50% at one point, lol) which is great. Tonight I was sat by a good player who was 3-betting (reraising) over 30% of the time. So I four bet with 55 and he shoved - for those not familiar with fourbet maths, you pretty much can't fold any pair after four betting versus a wide range. So I call and he's got JJ. So I lost that first one, but if someone is reraising you a third of the time, 55 does really well versus that range. But I think the fold is ok too, with calling the weakest option. With the stack sizes, there wasn't enough chips behind us to setmine. The four games that followed were all pretty bad players, and I was fortunate enough to get some hands. Against pretty weak players and given the right pot size you just need to maximise your equity and shove any good hand - even if it's an overbet. Twice I did this and got snap called by some pretty dreadful garbage. So the motto is, if weak villain shows any strength in a pot and we have a good hand, BET BIG! Anyway, hope you get something from the software I recommended at the top. GL all :)


  1. simon,
    are u following meteoric poker. his results seem incredible ??? with a game average of 10 mins. is that std?

  2. Hi Adam, didn't look for long but couldn't find anything on that player... do you have a link or anything?