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$24 HU Hyper TUrbo Sng!

New Video! Back to the Grind! $24 HU Hyper Sngs!!

I talk about topics like Barreling, Perceived Ranges, Jamming frequencies and more!

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The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street

Hey Guys!

So Bankroll climbed up to……..

$2434.54

Which although I am Happy with, I was really Hoping to be at 3k by today. This week, I tried to practice only playing Solid players in a best of 3 games scenario. I think that should cut down on the variance of swings a bit for me. Especially since Im still working on climbing stakes. I played mostly the $24 and $36 Husngs this month.

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I had such a good start to this month! Hopefully My July can swing into gear. I know I have some work lined up as well as a trip to NY around the corner.

On the bright side:

I got my FTP Refund Check in the mail last week! I didnt even get notified, I was depositing into my savings account and noticed the balance was much bigger than it should be. I went to look at the transaction history and BOOM, Deposit from the DOJ. Im not gonna lie, I never thought Id see a penny of that money. Its like this huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulder. So then I go on Cardrunners to see if anyone else is in this boat with me. And a Friend makes a comment that Juicy Stakes Poker has a new Owner and we can cashout now. When FTP died, I created an account on Cake poker, because at the time they had a good reputation and seemed like good software. But after a year, they emailed me and told me they had transferred my account to a site called “Juicy Stakes” which looked like a ghetto version of Cake poker. I ran $200 into a sizable Bankroll and tried to withdrawal. And they kept my money Pending for 9 months! Finally I emailed them very angrily for a month, and they put the money back into my account. I haven’t played on the site or checked my balance ever since.

Flash forward to today.

I requested a Juicy Stakes cash out (Max is 1k, and they charge $100 check cutting fee, 3 checks allowed per month) and 4 days later they email me saying

“Dear Valued Customer,

Please be advised that your cashout request has now been processed and the Check will arrive in 3 to 5 days at your mailing address on record with Juicy Stakes by courier. Never mention online poker when talking to your bank about this Check please. Kindly note that the Check will be sent from a Canadian Bank.

Should you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind Regards,
Juicy Stakes Support”

 

Obviously that seems super shady but seriously I never thought Id see this money either so what can I do.

 

Anywho the bank worked out great, and now starts the long process of doing 3 checks a month for a while.

WHAT A MONTH

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The above pic is my stats for the month. The $36 level is a bit skewed and Break Even IMO, I played mostly Regs just so they might be discouraged from sitting me in future sessions. Hopefully that strat pays off. Also the $12 level isn’t anything dramatic, In previous Months Ive been running like God at those stakes so this must be the other side of the coin.

I have lots to do in July, but Ill do my best to try to record a couple vids for the health of the blogs sake, Hope everyone is doing well!

 

-Laikaspacedog

 

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Busy Week

Hey Guys!

Starting it off with My Bankroll…..

 

its at $2129.79

 

Obviously not a big improvement like previous weeks, in fact I think Its around $90 profit for the week. Theres a lot of factors as to why its where it is.

Ill list them in Order of Importance

1)I had a killer first 3 days of the week, I jumped up $390 profit and was looking to have the best week on this blog yet. But then I started playing a Reg, which led to Heads Up Warfare, He was playing well and running well, and one thing led to another, and all my profit slid away. I decided in future matches, Ill just play him 2 out of 3, and if he wins Ill do my best to find a different opponent.

2) I decided that even though I’m sick, I couldn’t turn work down anymore and had to put in about 60+hrs of film making work this week. I got lucky, I got handed some really fun projects.

3) When I get home from said jobs, its roughly 8-10pm and all the fish have gone to bed. So I’m stuck playing regs. Although I do enjoy playing Regs, I enjoy playing New people a whole lot more. I don’t wanna sound like a broken record about mentioning the regs so ill stop.

Im only working 4 days this week though, So Im gonna try to do a video or 2 of me playing the $24 and $36 stake level. I know Im super overdue on that. Thanks for stopping by!

 

-LaikaSpaceDog

 

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Ojo De La Tigre

Hey Kids!

Alright Starting things off with….

My Current Bankroll is $2038.57

And we Aint stopping. This Car came with a full gas tank and no brakes.

 

Had a Mediocre week at the tables. Just played $24 HUSNGs I played a couple $60 cuz I saw it was this reg that was dodging me and I wanted to send him a message, but the rest of the week I stuck to the $24’s.Capture

I started the week off really well. But then I started getting Bum Hunted by a new reg. Ive played him before but I decided that the best course of action was to play him til he quit me, he started off strong, won around 5 buy ins in some cooler situations mixed with bad calls on my end. So my duel started off 6-2 , but I stuck with him, and later we pushed it to 14-9, still convinced that variance was helping him as well as tightening up some of my looser calls that may have had poor judgement. I stuck with him and turned things around, I started crushing him, and tied it up 17-17, in fact the last 5 of those games I played so aggressive that when I finally tied him at 17-17 he snap quit me. I don’t think he’ll be sitting me for a couple weeks at least, and if he does, I have pages of notes now against him.

I wanted to show you some fun calls I did without a hand. I think In both of these I made the call solely on the fact my opponents weren’t thinking of the range their representing.

WPN, $24 Buy-in (10/20 blinds) No Limit Hold’em Tournament, 2 Players
Poker Tools by CardRunners – http://www.cardrunners.com/

Hero (SB): 500 (25 bb)
BB: 500 (25 bb)

Preflop: Hero is SB with Kd Qd
Hero raises to 40, BB calls 20

Flop: (80) Ac 8d 6s (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets 35, BB raises to 80, Hero calls 45

Turn: (240) Jc (2 players)
BB bets 120, Hero calls 120

River: (480) 8c (2 players)
BB bets 260 and is all-in, Hero calls 260 and is all-in

Results: 1,000 pot
Final Board: Ac 8d 6s Jc 8c
Hero showed Kd Qd and won 1,000 (500 net)
BB showed 7h 5s and lost (-500 net)

 

This ones fun cuz on the turn I was kinda torn between a call or a fold, but when the 8 rolled off on the river, I snap called.  I actually dislike his play, I understand what hes thinking on the turn, but If I call that turn, Im NEVER folding the river, At that point I have just as many club draws as he does in my range, Actually I have more since I still have the Ace of clubs in my range, and he NEVER did. I think hes literally just setting money on fire in that spot with a bluff after the turn play.

 

Second Hand

WPN, $24 Buy-in (10/20 blinds) No Limit Hold’em Tournament, 2 Players
Poker Tools by CardRunners – http://www.cardrunners.com/

SB: 535 (26.8 bb)
Hero (BB): 465 (23.3 bb)

Preflop: Hero is BB with Kh 7h
SB completes, Hero raises to 60, SB calls 40

Flop: (120) Jd 7c 3s (2 players)
Hero bets 45, SB calls 45

Turn: (210) Qd (2 players)
Hero checks, SB bets 120, Hero calls 120

River: (450) Ah (2 players)
Hero checks, SB bets 310 and is all-in, Hero calls 240 and is all-in

Results: 930 pot
Final Board: Jd 7c 3s Qd Ah
SB showed 9d 8h and lost (-465 net)
Hero showed Kh 7h and won 930 (465 net)

this ones a bit different.

When he check/calls the flop his range is something like

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and In all Honesty this is me being Generous, I feel when I raise PF this guy would probably give me a cute re-raise on the flop something really small with AA or KK, people get greedy like that.  Also I Included QTs to his flop calling range cuz I do think he’d call a small flop bet with something along those lines. I feel like ALL of his weak Jacks except J7 would Re-raise me on the flop  for fear of protection. as well as most of the 7’s in his range would also Re-raise the flop. so as you can see by the photo most of his calling range is Air, with QJ being the only real threat.

so the Qd comes on the turn.

He bets 120……

I tank and rule out all the Jacks in his range, I still beat most of the 7’s that he failed to Re-raise the flop with. so that leaves mostly bluffs that are betting big to scare me off and maybe some hidden monster like AA or KK but Im in the air on if he even plays those premiums that way.  I call and decide if the River is a blank card Im calling him down.

River is the Ace of Hearts.

Now he gives his hand away

He has No Aces in his range except for AA, and there’s even less combos of that when that River ace comes. That Ace is the WORST card for him, and he shoves? any weak 1 pair hands would most likely check or bet small. especially after I call that heavy turn bet. Honestly with His hand after that turn, when the Ace comes he needs to shut down, He cant rep anything and I didn’t believe him on the turn so he really cant force too much of a fold on the river.  his river range looks like River

 

You see how the bottom of that Picture it says 79 combos? well 66 of those combos I beat.  Thankfully It worked out and Im able to blog to you today about the call. History is only written by the winners right? 🙂

Anywho I’m withing $100 of jumping up stakes this week to the $36 HUSNGs. I look forward to grinding those for a little while. Hopefully they work out.  Thanks for stopping by, and Feel free to throw out a comment,

 

-LaikaSpaceDog

 

 

 

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Things Are Picking up

Still Sick….

I went to the 5th Doctor for the 6th Time today. They did another chest X-ray and apparently the haze in my left lung has since transferred over to my right lung. Blah. I worked for the first day in 2 weeks last night and proceeded to cough the whole night. no fun. There sending me to a lung expert next week and gave me some more antibiotics.

Onto poker

Great week at the $25 HuSNG tables. My Current Bankroll is….

$1656.09

which makes that one of my best weeks yet! for the most part the week went smooth, tho I did go to war on a reg that keeps sitting me. we played for several hours, and although I’m up on him a little he seems very content to play me all day vs fish. I’m fine playing him, in all honesty he calls multiple streets very light and I get a lot of value in spots that I normally wouldn’t get. I just prefer more variety in my opponents, also I don’t want him to get used to how I play and/or correctly asses a way to play against me one day.

I had to work a night shift this week, and as a result couldn’t sleep last night. So I logged on and landed a pretty bad opponent. He would call super light against AI’s no matter the blinds, would min 3bet me in really dangerous spots for him, and generally just put it in bad. It felt great to be lucky enough to hold, and play confidently against someone who was either shot taking or just some action hungry degenerate. I beat him 8-3 and then started to feel tired so I called it a night finally.

Holdem Manager has been acting up a lot on me this week. When I went to war against a reg for a couple hours this week, I was multi tabling, and as a result it merged all my HH files.  So at the end of the day even though I was a little better than Break Even (+$17 for the day) , Hold Em Manager said I was up $403 for that day. I’m not really sure how to correct this so my graph for the month is going to be skewed off sadly.  At least in Reality I’m up $500 from last week, just not up $900 which is what my computer seems to think.  😦

Hope Everyones doing well, Thanks for stopping by!

 

-LaikaSpaceDog

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Off To Vegas

Hey Guys!

What a week!

started playing mostly $6 and $12 HUSNG’s and I did pretty solid for such a low volume.

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Not bad for working 14 hour days all week! I stopped early every night because I was starting to nod off while playing.

My Bankroll is $708 dollars. I’m fairly happy with most of my play. Most of my Focus has been on All In situations, with my hand versus their perceived Range vs My perceived Range etc… Its working out. But obviously its a short sample. I look forward to just sticking with $12 HUSNGS, but for now I think its important to play Both, especially since I may not get action at one stake all of the time.

I definitely had a lot of luck with opponents this week. I had a ton of players just making bad plays against me. Its kinda like that scenario when

you raise

someone shoves

you fold

and that someone says ” I knew you were bluffing”

 

but in reality, If you were bluffing, why raise? cant you just call and beat the bluff?

haha hands like this

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the action was something like

Raise then call

flop cbet, I called

Turn was Check Check

I value donked against 2 Pair or worse straight, and he shoves giving me 2-1.  Im not sure why he made that play, If Im bluffing then he could just call and split. If Im not then I usually have a Queen there. I wont elaborate but Im grateful for people making plays in that spot. I hope everyones running good!

 

Im off to vegas to see old friends and hang out! I dont plan on gambling but who knows! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

 

-LaikaSpaceDog

 

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Looking Up

Hey Guys,

This weeks been pretty solid! I grinded a lot of $6 HUSNGS and have racked up for the month a 14% ROI for those stakes. Obviously some of that is Run Good, but its also good solid play. There’s a ton of people making mistakes and thankfully its been working out in my favor. Currently my Bankroll is $558. Lots of work still needs to be done, but Im very happy with my play, and the way things are shaping up!

 

 

-Joe

 

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Back from NY

Hey Guys!

Went to NY for a week! It was fun, but I’m glad to be back. Ive been grinding the $6 Hyper HUSNGs again, and having pretty decent success. My BR is $422 and climbing. Ive been doing my best to stay focused, I’m practicing 1 tabling for the moment, which really helps a lot. I’m trying to put the hours in before my next job starts on Monday. Ill be doing 6 day weeks for the next 3 weeks, which will be a bit gross, but I’m cool with that. Its a quick job so it cant be too bad.

 

This hand happened earlier this morning.

Game started at: 2014/4/19 9:14:18
Game ID: 274790062 10/20 $6 Hyper Turbo Heads-up, Table 1 (Hold’em)
Seat 1 is the button
Seat 1: Dstunner27 (554).
Seat 2: SpaceDog (446).
Player Dstunner27 has small blind (10)
Player SpaceDog has big blind (20)
Player SpaceDog received card: [7c]
Player SpaceDog received card: [4s]
Player Dstunner27 received a card.
Player Dstunner27 received a card.
Player Dstunner27 raises (30)
Player SpaceDog calls (20)
*** FLOP ***: [Qs 7h Js]
Player SpaceDog checks
Player Dstunner27 bets (54)
Player SpaceDog raises (110)
Player Dstunner27 calls (56)
*** TURN ***: [Qs 7h Js] [2h]
Player SpaceDog allin (296)
Player Dstunner27 calls (296)
*** RIVER ***: [Qs 7h Js 2h] [10c]
—— Summary ——
Pot: 892
Board: [Qs 7h Js 2h 10c]
*Player Dstunner27 shows: One pair of 10s [9d 10d]. Bets: 446. Collects: 892. Wins: 446.
Player SpaceDog shows: One pair of 7s [7c 4s]. Bets: 446. Collects: 0. Loses: 446.
Game ended at: 2014/4/19 9:15:3

 

 

His Turn call on my AI looks deceiving. If you do the math he needs 33% to call but in reality he has 32%. which you can definitely argue makes it a call. BUT thats because you know what my hand is.

 

If you give me a realistic range for my hand possibilities it looks something like

AA,KK,KQo,KQs,Kts,Kto, K2s, QJs-Q3s,QJo-Q3o Jts-J4s, T7s, T7o, 97s,97o,87s,87o,76s-74s,76o-74o

 

basically something around 267 combinations of hands that i could be taking that line with. And against my Range he has 20%, which makes his hand a clear fold and not a close call at all. Hands he could call with would be more like Jacks with a strong Kicker, and most Queens, that should be the most of his calling range, so if he had a Jack he should really be thinking about if his kicker is High enough to make calling profitable. Its villains like that tho, that build your bankroll. I rematched him a bit, only won 2 buyins off of him, but i know against him im very +EV. and those are the spots you need to get into.

Obviously all of that is easier said than done, I mean I cant tell you how many times I play regs and basically feel like im FLipping quarters online. But when you can identify those players that play by “Feel” or recreation, then you can just rely on the math and your nerve, and usually you’ll come out on top.

 

Hope everyone’s doing well!

 

-Laikaspacedog

 

 

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Update

So, I played a lot of $2 HU Hypers, and when I felt my game had returned, I stepped Back up to $6 HU Hypers. Finally a good week! Granted Ive been running moderately, but I managed to have my first winning week since Week 1. Currently My Bankroll is at $370. The way Ive been running Ill take it. I wasn’t just running bad, I was making small mistakes that Added Up. A ton of the players at this Buy In Level just don’t play as aggressive as I am Used to, and as a result I was stacking off way too light, and making calls that really should only be applied at Higher Levels. I studied a bit and corrected a lot of my more common mistakes.

As you can see I thankfully turned things around a bit.

As you can see I thankfully turned things around a bit.

Obviously Id like to be doing better In my challenge, but For now I feel like making sure I have a strong grasp on the basics, is more important than jumping up stakes. Looking forward to posting my End of the month graph. 🙂

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A Small Amount of Reflection

So Every Day I play with 5% of my Bankroll. For example Today I fired up some tables, broke out the calculator and saw that 5% of my BR was 15$. If I lost 15$ I call it a day. I decided to play 6$ Hyper Turbos. The Obvious Problem being If I lose 2 in a row, There Goes my Day. I think Im going to Grind 2$ Hypers All Week that way I can Actually Grind a Day out versus having a very short session. Hopefully It works out, Im doing this since Ive been on the wrong side of Variance the past 2 weeks. Im almost over My Illness, I feel well enough to play at least, So Put me in Coach!

 

 

Hope everyones doing well!

-Laikaspacedog

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