I guess I’m back grinding?
it’s been a while since I updated this thing. After numerous requests (a whopping two people) to bring it back from the dead, I’ve finally caved in. Last time I left off, I was a struggling 50nl grinder trying to break through into 100nl.
For those not in the know, 50nl= 50$ no limit holdem. The number refers to the buy in for the game, so 2nl= 2$. 4nl= 4$. 50nl = 50$, etc.
Anyways, I’m now currently grinding 200nl on Bovada. The site is all anonymous + 4 table max, so volume is lolbad but the soft play makes up for it. I’m talking like, Pre 2007 bad play. No rakeback or VIP system blows, but again, it’s the tradeoff for not really even needing to table select because everyone is so awful. Also, they have some solid MTT’s that run, especially the 10$, 10k GTD + the 60$, 25k GTD.
now that the boring stuff is out of the way quick update on my….
I’m using pretty aggro BRM, moving up with 20 bis and moving back down at 20 for the previous limit. For example, 2,000$ is 20 buy ins for 100nl, so when I get up to 4,000$, I moved up to 200nl and played 200nl until my roll either eclipsed 8,000$ (400nl) or if I fail, back to 2,000. Also, I’ve been mixing in a ton of MTT’s on the side trying to get a big score. I’m hovering around 3.5k currently, so I’m mixing 100 and 200nl. Every Sunday I’m playing the big 162$ trying to get that 30k+ score as well.
A. 5-7 hours of online play per week
Yeah, I know that’s pretty pathetic, but law school sucks. My hourly is somewhere around 20-30$ per hour, so that’s a solid 150-200$ a week in grinding.
B. Play the 162$ 100k GTD 10/15 Sundays
Don’t want to put a profit goal on this since lolMTT’s and all, but if I can commit to play 10 over this semester, it should give me a decent chance to pull in a score. Obviously, 10 entries is like zero volume, but it’s the best I can really commit too.
C. Build a 20k roll for Vegas next summer
The most important goal. Without getting too in depth/specific numbers, I’m making good progress. If I can get 20k together, i’m going to play the 10k Main Event + some smaller WSOP 1k events + grind live cash.
The giraffe above is my last 30 days or so of grinding. It’s a mixture of 50/100/200nl. I was beating 50 pretty decent, crushing 100 and I’m b/e at 200nl. I didn’t notice a difference from 50 to 100, but I definitely felt it at 200. Theres still a ton of fish around, but the regs are highly exploitative. Feels like every single mistake I make gets crushed by the 200nl regs. At times it just feels like there are guys infinitely better than me grinding the same limits. I guess that’s the perils of moving up since everyone is just getting that much better.
Probably pretty standard, but for some reason it’s sticking out in my mind. We have 100bb on the river, so what possible lines can we take? I think b/f is probably right? but it’s also so transparent that it seems so exploitable to just bet/bet flush then bet/fold when board pairs that a reg could pretty easily take advantage?
No reads on MP, but seems competent. UTG is a pretty big fish calling station, hence why I call pre. UTG just stacked off A8 on AQ1042 board for stacks. c/c the entire way*
[B]PokerStars – $2 NL (6 max) – Holdem – 6 players[/B]
[I][URL=”http://www.pokertracker.com”%5DHand converted by PokerTracker 4[/URL][/I]
UTG: 84.63 BB
[B]MP: 213.4 BB[/B]
CO: 100 BB
BTN: 101.25 BB
[B]Hero (SB): 151.19 BB[/B]
BB: 60.31 BB
[B]Hero[/B] posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB
Hero has 23dd
[B]Pre Flop:[/B] [I](pot: 1.5 BB)[/I] [B]Hero[/B] has 3:diamond: 2:diamond:
UTG calls 1 BB, MP raises to 4 BB, fold, fold, Hero calls 3.5 BB, UTG calls 3 BB.
Flop: (13 BB, 3 players) AT9 ddd
Hero bets 8.5 BB, UTG calls, MP calls.
Turn: Kh (38.5 BB, 3 players)
Hero bets 25.5 BB, UTG calls, MP calls.
(Board A109K10 dddhc) (115 BB)
**Apologize, my PT4 hand converter is acting up so I had to improvise the HH 🙂