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.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

The tens

... have not begun too well. Opposition is not much better but I haven't been playing great. I'm going to get my head down and really try and concentrate on fundamentals.
1. Adjusting to player types
This is something I need to concentrate more on, the last two players have been loose passive types but I've continued to try and bludgeon with trashy hands despite that they're rarely folding. Against loose players I need to tighten my range a little and limp alot more. If they're raising limps alot, then merge my limping and raising range so we can limp call.
2. No fancy syndrome
When I've lost a few chips, I sometimes get desperate to make them back and end up playing an extravagent bluff and stacking off. I don't think these plays are ever horrible in terms of EV since we've usually got some fold equity but still, I probably need to show some more patience.
3. Value, value and more value
I've heard it said that it's possible to make a profit at micros by just value betting made hands. I think recently I may have got a little out of line with the bluffs and probably not got as much value as I should.
4. Frame of mind
I need to make sure I'm playing when my mind is sharp - so I'm not tired and can quickly and effectively work out my likely equity in a hand.
Overall I don't think I'm doing too much wrong but a little fine tuning and extra effort on each of these four areas should hopefully see me turn it around. I'll try and blog less for a bit and work some more on my game. GL


  1. gl simon , i hate leveling up . i find it such a mental hurdle . i know you will soon be crushing . u work too hard not to . regards, adam

  2. yeah I'm finding it a bit of a challenge at the moment but I'm trying to keep the faith... lol. Thanks :)

  3. next update? i'm dying to know wots goin on. adam