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, 2 August 2010

Frustrating Session

Just lost four buy-ins. Pretty frustrating so I just sat out to whine on here. Basically I felt like I played super well, I made some big folds when cards came out that really improved villain's ranges and destroyed mine. Also made some great value bets and bet sizing to get stacks in before being sucked out on when already pot committed. This is all totally standard, villains are just realising the little equity in the hands that they had. Oh well, I'll prob play another couple thousand hands later and see if I can get sucked out on some more ;). It's a useful point to remind myself that down-swings are essential for poker's profitability. My goal is simply to make sure that those down-swings are less than the upswings. This happens where we find folds where villains can't and where we find extra value (or folds) where villains can't. Simple as that!
Varying Bet Sizing by Position
Can't remember if I posted about this but recently I've started raising smaller from the Hijack Cut-off and Button positions. This gives nothing away about my range, as well as allowing me to lose less in the positions where I'm most likely to face a 3-bet. Opponents play no differently using this 2.5x raise size than they do when I open to 3.5x so we're saving 1bb every time we have to fold. It's working really well for me currently.

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