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Fundamental mistake in my game

By: Ovalman @ 07:59 (EST) / 707 / Comment ( 4 )

I've been using Notecaddy for over a month now. For those that don't know, Notecaddy automates notes for you and finds mistakes in my opponents games. I could normally pick up these tells myself but when multi tabling it's near impossible to take notes of any quality. The depth of these notes is great as well picking up minor tells that mount up as your database grows.


I bought Notecaddy for the badges feature. Badges give quick concise tells on a player like "folds to a CBet unless really strong" and when you're multi tabling you need to make quick decisions. They are user defined and Notecaddy only comes with a small number of badges, you need to make your own up or puchase badges that someone else has made.

I played around with NC and added my own stats to the badges feature. I've 350,000 poker hands in my database, most of which are on my own play but when I added the badges feature to myself I got 2 shiny badges of my own. I won't reveal which badges but one is good and one is very bad. Both badges are exploitable but it's the latter badge I'm really concerned about. So much so it's a fundamental mistake I've been making that any good player has been using against me since I started playing on Pokerstars. It really affects quite a few aspects of my game, affects every street and I'm going to have to re-evaluate a lot of what I already know because small adjustments will change my entire game.

It was a shock getting any badge because I thought I was playing OK. My game is good enough to crush micro stakes but I'd be eaten alive at higher stakes. Better getting it sorted now whether it takes days, weeks or months but I know I will become a better player because of it.


Last Sunday I had to use up a $120 ticket on another site. It was a freebie I won for KO'ing a player in a $5 game many months ago. I've played these stakes a few times before, they don't scare me and I can handle myself OK at them.

There were 35 players competing for 5 x $1400 live packages and I binked one! In fairness I lucked out T9s v AKo on a AK board when we were 15 out and I was shortest throughout on the final table but I maintained my stack to BB ratio throughout while my opponents limped to try and make the prize. They all dropped in chips and on the bubble there were 4 of us on the drip. The killer hand was an A9o shove against AKo and I won my seat.

On the subject of Notecaddy, NC picked up just 1 note on a player in 360 hands. This is totally unheard of and means he made just one small mistake which shows the quality of my opponents. I was really impressed by the quality of the final table. There were no bad players and the chip leader was brilliant, one of the best players I've come up against TBH. I don't mind these stakes but I don't want to play good players. For this reason I think it's better to multi table lower stakes where the quality isn't quite so good.

The winners got a $650 live seat in Prague and $750 travelling expense. I'd love to go but I've a few more important things to sort out so I'll probably sell the ticket. Still I'm euphoric on my win and I'd love to play at thyese stakes more often. Bankroll and a shiny notecaddy badge is restricting me.


I didn't play much during the week. I can't say I'm on tilt but I'm trying to change my game to avoid my tell. I know I'm being secretive on what tell it is but it's very exploitable and I don't want to be exploited! While it's an easy tell to pick up on, it's proving a little harder to fix. As it's so fundamental I need to change a few things about my play. It's not just a simple "stop doing it " tell because I need to understand how my opponent percieves me. It's a tell that a maniac won't pick up on but any good player will.

I hardly played on Stars because of it.


The WBCOOP hasn't been much of a success but I sat out for a lot of the games. The timing doesn't suit me for many of the games, either too early or too late. I've won a $16.50 SCOOP ticket from them and 3 tickets remaining.

I'm exited about playing my first Big Bang ticket. $5,000 and only 250 players which gives it a $20 buy in. I won my ticket for being the featured blog, something I'm chuffed about! The game is massive value for the micro stakes player and I hope to do well.

As usual I play a lot of Freerolls and MTTs at the weekends. I'm in several games including the Chrome Freeroll and a couple of games on Full Tilt.

Until next week, good luck at the tables.

I guess if there weren't luck involved, I'd win every time.
Phil Hellmuth

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