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, 23 January 2011

Quick Note

Last post I spoke of some adjustments I was going to make, they boiled down to the following:
1/ Play more dynamic ranges from the CO through to Small Blind
When it folds to me in these positions I will now look at the HU display and decide whether I have enough fold equity to make the hand profitable. Previously I just had a fixed range which was playing into the hands of liberal 3-bettors.
2/ Look for more light stealing (3-bet and 4-bet) opportunities versus liberal late position raisers
If anyone is 3-betting you to death when you steal there are two adjustments you can make. The first is steal less often, the second to call or 4-bet more often. I have begun to do a little of both these things. Not enough to create a leak, but just enough to help.

What these changes have done is alter the slope of my red line by a fraction. As Sklansky (and Meteoric ;)) said poker is a battle for the blinds. Any time we can fight for and win a little more of the blind money it will make a difference to our win rate and that appears to be the case in my game. I think these adjustments will probably add around 1 ptbb/100 to my win rate which could make the difference between breaking even and making a tidy sum of money. My graph is beginning to look better, if you factor in the four buy-ins that I'm running beneath expectation then I should be very confident in my strategy and where it will take me over the next few weeks. As I said before, I have a long busy work week and I'll try and play as much as possible but I think it will only amount to 5k hands or something like that. GL

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