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.

Friday, 19 March 2010

$5s so far

Away all weekend so no posting for a few days I expect. So here's the graph of the $5s so far since I moved over to Full Tilt just over a week ago. As I only single table the volume isn't spectacular, and I'm sure I'm running above expectation currently. But it's moving in the right direction. Been watching some videos by a mid/high stakes cash game HU player called LJJones. He explains thoughts very well and I'm learning alot currently. A while ago I spoke about merging common 3-bet hands into my blind defense range, but LJ explained pretty well why it's good to develop a solid 3-bet strategy. The main reasons being:
1/ Players tend to make poor decisions preflop when deciding whether to reraise again, flat or fold. Typically they polarise between one or the other. The players that call are just asking to be value bet with big hands; the players that fold are allowing us to reraise ATC profitably. 4-bettors are trickier.
2/ Players mostly play awfully post flop in 3-bet pots (after calling the 3-bet)
3/ It's great to create an aggressive image
So I think I'll move back to 3-betting a decent range of hands but still mix in some calls with strong hands some of the time in order to balance my calling range somewhat. Finally, I thought I'd post a pretty funny hand that I played in an MTT. I didn't cash but it turns out I overbet shoved ace high for value against a loose aggressive player. I thought I'd have loads of fold equity shoving the flop but I think it's pretty thin. In fact, if I'd known he was calling that lightly, and putting him on a fairly tight 3-bet range, it was probably pretty bad. Probably a mistake calling in the first place. But getting great pot odds and with the stack sizes allowing me to shove over a c-bet often with draws and on dry boards I felt it was OK at the time. Most players would fold the non pair hands to a shove, that was my reason for doing it at the time.


  1. am i missing something.....is his call of ur all-in a good play 'cos it looks like shit to me ....????

    grt HU results . keep it up.

  2. yeah dreadful call probably unless he thinks I'll have something like JT. If his calling range includes KQ it likely includes alot of aces that dominate me totally too so knowing that now; and if I played the same villain again I wouldn't be shoving A2 here, unless of course he'll call with any two cards... a distinct possibility I suppose lol. Thanks :)