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2013 Time Vault Super Challenge - Mon Jan 28, 2013, 08:34 AM
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I have been playing poker at PokerStars for a year now. I started with a bankroll of US$ 300,00 and finished with US$ 8,00. I played all sort of different games: fixed limit, no limit, cash tables: heads up, 6-max and 9-max, sit & go´s, tourneys, CAP, Hyper, Zoom, etc, (managing to lost money in all of them), read several books and watched tons of videos. Now I think it´s time to get my money back plus interest! And I will do my best to accomplish that.

My main goal for 2013 is to prove myself that I can beat the no limit hold´em microstakes levels (cash games) at PokerStars.

In order to do that I have set an objective to attain by the end of this year: US$ 1.000,00 bankroll. I will star with US$ 80,00 bankroll by February the 1st playing 2NL tables (6-max and 9-max) and move up stakes each time my bankroll increases to 40 stacks size (100 BB each stack) of the next level: 2NL (US$ 80 bankroll), 5NL (US$ 200 bankroll), 10NL (US$ 400 bankroll), 16NL (US$ 640 bankroll) and 25NL (US$ 1.000 bankroll). Actually I will end up with the bankroll to play 25NL which is still a microstake.

PD: Once in a while I will allow myself to explore PLO cash games (micros of course)

See you at the tables
 
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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 08:37 AM
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Nice plan guataco! How comes both 6max and FR? I thought they were quite different in style.
 
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6-max vs FR - Mon Jan 28, 2013, 09:05 AM
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Hi powerdegre, you are right: 6-max and 9-max require different styles. For me 6-max is more fun and full of action, but 9-max has been more profitable, hence I have to find a balance between both.

At the end I will play more 6-max once I can get enough ROI out of it, but I still want to keep playing full ring since another goal I have is to go an play to live casinos (don´t have them in my country, so I will have to go to Las Vegas!) and I will find mainly full ring tables there.
 
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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 11:11 AM
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Sounds cool! Best of luck mate
 
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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 01:30 PM
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Good luck on your challenge for the year.

Don't forget that if you want to qualify for the >>Time Vault<< you will also need to write a blog about your challenge in the >>Blog<< section.

All the instructions on how to qualify for this years Time Vault promotion can be found >>HERE<<

Best of luck with your poker goals for 2013!

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About the Special Time Vault Signature - Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:16 AM
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Hi royalraise85,

Yesterday I started my blog related to the "Time Vault Challenge" titled "The ups & downs I face in the quest for my 2013 Time Vault Challenge!" and already post my first entry: "The road to $ 1.000 bankroll", as and introduction to the content of the blog.

I would like to know if there is something else that I need to do in order to get my "special time vault signature" and how do I know if I already got it.

thanks
 
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4 core concepts in just 1 hand - Sun Feb 10, 2013, 08:33 AM
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After 3.222 hands played my bankroll keeps around $80, which is not good but it's not horrible either. I've played some interesting hands, but one in particular gave me the opportunity to apply successfully my knowledge on four core concepts:

1. Profiling the players
2. The value of position
3. Implied odds
4. Slowplaying

I played this hand against a NIT (Villain_4) who was playing hit or fold style and against a very aggressive (LAG) player at his right (Villain_3)



Pre Flop Play:
As I said I identify the Villain_4 as a NIT, therefore when he opened from UTG I put him in a very selective range of hands and since I have a LAG playing after me (in the big blind) I did not 3-bet pre flop since I did not want to call a 4-bet from any of them.

Post Flop Play:
Once the LAG min bet the flop I was almost sure that he has a pocket 4-X and he was inducing a raise from any of us, and I believe the others two villains thought like me since they fold their hands in a dry board after such a ridiculously small bet. That tiny bet and his bankroll gave my hand a lot of implied odds, even though I only had 2 outs if he had the hand I put him on.
On the Turn things did not change as I still have enough implied odds: 22:1 on a 0,06 call on a 0,34 pot plus 2,14 effective stack.
My plan on the River was simple: If I hit I would go all in, by calling or raising any bet. If I did not hit, I would check, call a small bet or fold a big bet.

At the end everything works perfectly for me and I believe the hand shows the dangers of slowplaying... a lesson the LAG villain should have learned!


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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:59 AM
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I think you identified exactly what this kind of opponent's hand range is when he bets so small like this on that board. Nicely taking advantage of his weak bets in order to draw to a better hand. Gotta love it when he jams the river, he's basically handing you the money lol, nice hand.



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that's right to the point! - Sun Feb 10, 2013, 12:23 PM
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Thank you Fadyen... when this type of draws work well at the end of a session, it feels so good that make us to go to bed with a smile!


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Taking off - Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:37 AM
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I begun playing on the 1st of February with $ 80 and started wining fast, reaching about $ 88 (400 bb) in a couple of days by only playing around 500 hands in 2NLHE cash games 6-max… what a rush!

Well… by the end of my first week of the Time Vault Challenge I was down around $ 2, which sucks and put me to think about what went wrong after going so well.

Rethinking my game I started to play more cautiously without good hands and stronger with better than average hands and semi-bluffing really powerful draws. I also paid more attention in profiling my opponents and adapting my aggression to better fit their styles: widening my range and calling more against LAGs, value betting more against LPs and respecting more pre flop raises and two streets bets from TAGs.

Now my bankroll is up again about 10% which indicates that I’m back on business and hopefully will keep improving my game as I play more and more…


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A graphic progress - Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:33 PM
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I have done a graphic to show my bankroll increase or decrease as I play more hands. I will put it periodically in this forum to better visualize my progress (I hope so) as I keep playing NLHE in order to reach my goals by the end of this year.

Bankroll_17_02_13.jpg

The horizontal axis represents the hands played (5.648 so far) and the vertical axis represents the bankroll, which is $ 88,51.


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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:38 PM
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Looking good the graph is headed in the right direction.

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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 12:49 PM
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Your target is quite high, still it seems You have the right understanding how to learn and grow in Your poker game!
Glad You made 10% increase.
My challenge is almost similar - but not so high - I want to play succesfuly in Zoom NL10 at the end of the year (and have appropriate bankroll).

Anyway good luck to You! Maybe we will meet at the tables

P.S. Do You use HUD?
 
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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 02:43 PM
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Thank you Grade b... I hope it will keep in that direction for the rest of the year!


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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 03:07 PM
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Hi KKNgroup:

You are right about having a high target to reach, specially since I don't play many hands a week, but I will probably use Felix xflixx strategy which consist in taking shots at a higher stake once I gain four to five stacks (for that stake) above my initial bankroll amount, if I feel confident and competent enough for that level.

I don't use HUD but I write a lot about my opponents plays, and maybe that's a reason why I can't play more than two tables at the same time, hence the small amount of hands played each week (besides the few hours that I can spend in Poker). On the other hand, I work hard to think every move I make, don't take anything for granted and do my best to learn from my mistakes as much as I can, in order to improve my ROI; by now I have only made 7,77 bb/100 hands but I think that it's still low at 2NL.

Zoom is very interesting and I have try some shots at those tables myself, but the rhythm is so intense that the concentration needed to be successful burn my brain too fast.

I hope you the best of lucks at the tables!


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Waiting for the right hand - Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:33 PM
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When I watch videos from PSO normally the instructors talk about table selection and how profitable are the tables with loose passive players... the truth is that I've found that those tables are rare (and boring!), and even though I'm playing 2NL right now, normally what I find are tables with TAGS and LAGS.

At first I didn't like to play with very aggressive loose players since I find them betting strong and raising all the way and that made me tilt sometimes, since I folded many hands that I could have played in other circumstances. Now, after some experience I look for those tables, since I have the patience to wait for the right spot and at this level, most LAGs don't seem to care about the board at all; they just see their hands and our "betting patterns"... if we show weakness during the betting rounds they will eventually shove.

The next hand that I display was played today against one of those LAG guys. The hand was easy to play since I got a monster from pre flop and all the way, but my point is that with the right hand and appropriate moves we can make a lot of money from very aggressive players... those who want to bully us during the game.



You are welcome at my table Mr. LAG


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Trying out unsuccessfully ZOOM tables - Sat Mar 23, 2013, 12:19 PM
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I have been grinding my way through the 2NL tables, 6-max and full ring, with a modest success: around 9bb/100 hands winning rate out of 15.500 hands approximately, which had increased my original $80 bankroll up to $108 after 50 days of my Time Vault Challenge.

Since I had been experiencing ups and downs for a while, I decided a couple of days ago to divert a bit and give it a try to Zoom tables, so I chose to play 6-max 2NL Zoom tables to see how would I do. The results could not have been worst: I lost almost $8 (400 bb) in just 1.000 hands!

So, as the "serious poker aficionado I consider myself" I understood that I was not prepared to undertake such a large downswing rate without improving my game, or better said, without evaluating the difference between Zoom and regular tables and once I would be able to identified them, see if my game have what it takes to play successfully on those tables.

What I've seen so far is that for me it's hard to play against players that I have no clue about how they play: loose or tight, aggressive or passive, tricky, etc. In general it seems to me that the players' knowledge of the game is higher than those of regular tables, and they are more tight, but once they decide to enter the pot either play fit or fold or go all the way with a lot of aggression. Also it was very hard for me to bluff since they almost always called me when I bluffed and folded when I value bet, which upset me a lot, since I feel it was like playing limit hold'em, where normally you need to have a hand to win on the showdown.

I would love to hear your impressions of the difference between regular 6-max tables and Zoom 6-max tables, and some tips to beat zoom would be welcome, although as I said, I would not play again Zoom for a while


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A detour to a free tourney - Tue Mar 26, 2013, 08:56 AM
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Last sunday as I was watching a class from Gareth I saw several players asking for the Power Play password. I have witnessed that question in other lessons before, but I never asked what was all about. This time some guy at the chat box asked and another responded him that it was a password to enter a play money NLHE tournament held that same sunday, exclusive to PSO members; it was identified with a blue text on the free tournaments section.

I registered and the first thing that surprised me was that there were only 39 players enrolled. Normally I would expected several hundreds or even thousands players, but the truth is that a smaller field fitted better my interests: For one reason it will take less time to complete the tournament (if I was lucky enough to get to the final table) and, on the other hand, the blinds and antes wouldn't take much importance until the field was thin enough. This last point is important for me, since I'm mainly a cash player and I normally play with 100 BB stack or more, and I also feel confident in my game being short stacked, but between 30 and 50 BB I don't feel to competent.

Thanks mainly to one crucial hand that allowed me to almost triple my stack at the middle stage of the tournament, I managed to ended up in third place, which was better than I expected, but what I really liked was the attitude of most players. First of all there were not many allins pre flop bets as I've normally seen on the first levels of free tournaments, which made me realize that most of us where taking the experience as a learning tool, which by the way, that was exactly the way it was conceived in the first place, since only PSO members are allowed to participate. Secondly there was a lot of friendly chat along the way, with players sharing their holdings after the hands ended without showdown, which helps understanding their way of thinking and "acting" the game. Finally I also liked the fact that there were a lot of usa players who can't play with real money online, as we all know, but where there with a lot of enthusiasm as well as live play experience.

All in all it was a great experience and I'm waiting to repeat it in the near future, if I'm not hitting the cash tables

PD: By the way it was a very "nutritious" class on small stakes Zoom NLHE live play by Gareth until the PSO tool collapsed.


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I registered and the first thing that surprised me was that there where only 39 players enrolled. Normally I would expected several hundreds or even thousands players
Wow, with all the requests for passwords, I'd have thought there'd be several hundred there too


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I would love to hear your impressions of the difference between regular 6-max tables and Zoom 6-max tables, and some tips to beat zoom would be welcome, although as I said, I would not play again Zoom for a while
I've been wondering the same thing, because I've been thinking about trying out cash games the next time I hit a prolonged downswing in zoom, just for a change of pace. But some of the stats that people have posted of the players at the regular tables look so much more extreme - like those people with the VPIP/PFR of 56/45, or 89/2 or whatever Not sure I'd know how to play agains them? I asked somebody in HA the same question, but he pretended not to see me so I'm still not sure how different the two types of cash games play Hopefully somebody who's got experience playing both types'll stop by with a note?


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Zoom vs regular cash games - Fri Mar 29, 2013, 08:04 AM
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Hi TrustySam:

That's very interesting. For me if I play with the same players for a while I can start finding patterns on some of them, and that allows me to avoid difficult spots with some players while looking for favorable ones against others at the same regular cash table. One example that comes to my mind is Q-Q against a pre flop open raise from a passive player in early position, which I would only call and reevaluate when the flop hits, while the same hand against an aggressive one could be an instant 3-bet pre flop looking to shove.

Since I don't use HUD I have to take the notes on players myself, but that's not possible on Zoom, ergo I don't know if an early position pre flop open raiser is a passive player or an aggressive one and act accordingly. I guess with a HUD it would be easier to realize how to play against certain opponents in specific spots and exploit their weaknesses.

GL a the Zoom tables and welcome to the regular cash ones!


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