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.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Study Week

Hey, I'm not intending to play tonight; I just feel too tired and would tilt/spew. I may not play tomorrow either as I have Valentines stuff to do. However, I'm three thousand hands up on my weekly target and I can play 3k or so on Saturday.

Following this week I have a week off and amongst other things I intend to do a lot of work on my poker game. There are a few recent Cardrunners videos that I think will help me to achieve this. I'll try and break the day into a couple of hours of study and follow it with a couple of hours (minimum) of play. I believe there is tons of room in my game to get better. In particular there are loads of betting lines that I use as standard where I think that they are not necessarily optimal. A big example I can think of is blind defence where I check call the flop after hitting << something >> and then check the turn. With my value hands in a spot where a lot of opponents will check back a lot of their range it is much better to lead (or donk). This is a line that I saw Markuis use in Heads-Up poker last year and I've no idea why I have not utilised it more. The kind of players that will raise a turn lead here are likely to be a very small minority and the few that are capable of bluff raising here I should have tagged as tough reg already. But this is just one example of a spot that I think I could improve my expectation in. I'm thoroughly looking forward to the next part of my journey. GL!

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