000Puh4u – PLO Personal Blog
MemberJanuary 21, 2021 at 9:07 am
This is 000Puh4u (aka Georgi). I have decided to start a blog, not because I am expecting many people to read it but, because I believe it will hold me more accountable for my actions.
Some background info, I have started playing poker maybe 15 years ago during the Full Tilt years. I have ventured into MTTs, NLHE and PLO Cash games. At one point, I was primarily playing PLO Cash on Cake Poker, which gave me 50% cashback. I believe I was a massive whale. I have never studied the game and I had no clue what I was doing really. Funnily, I made a little bit of money while playing there. I was definitely not profitable pre-rakeback.
I stopped playing poker for many years due to work and study commitments up until the Covid time (2020). I have started working from home and had more time to pursue other hobbies and interests and decided to start playing some poker again. I mean no commute to the office, no girlfriend, no gyms, no personal life so what else to do than playing some cards?
I played some small stakes MTTs in a cocktail of sites from March until about Sept 2020. Then, I did some grinding on Party Poker on Double or Nothing Hyper SNGs (nudged by a friend). I have managed to climb from $5 stakes up to $100, where I played against Slayerv, which was a lot of fun.
In Nov 2020, I decided to go back to PLO (nudged by the same friend) and give it another shot. I played PLO10 and PLO25 on Party but got beaten up and quickly realized that I have got some studying to do if I wanna perform better.
I bought the annual subscription for the PLO Mastermind when they had their Black Friday deal. I thought that was a no brainer decision. Two months later, I still think in the same way. A very high quality content there and highly recommended (Disclosure: I am not getting paid to say that but I will accept any money anyway ).
I have spent more than one and half months on my preflop game, which I thought would be the best use of my time initially. This proved to be correct. Now, I have moved to some c-bet studying in SRP. I will be making my way through all parts of the decision tree slowly and methodically.
I have been playing on GG because they have a better traffic than Party on the regular tables. So far it is going well. I only look at the winrate All in Adj, however subjective it may be as a metric.
I have won 10 buy ins on PLO10 and took a 10 buy ins shot at PLO25, which did not go that well. I got beaten up quickly, mainly due to my mistakes of course, and moved back down to PLO10 where I won another 10 buy ins. Now I am taking my second 10 buy ins shot at PLO25, which is going well so far.
One of my biggest leaks that I have been trying to fix is to stop hero calling too much, especially on the river and vs a check/raise. I think the population is not bluffing enough, thus I should be exploitatively overfolding, which I have hard time doing. I believe that if I manage to fix this leak, I will beat PLO25. Only time will tell I guess.
My aspirations are to be playing PLO100 profitably by the end of 2021.
Well, this is it for the intro post. Please stick around if you find it interesting.
Good luck at the tables!
MemberJanuary 21, 2021 at 9:09 am
A pretty wild session today. It was basically in two parts.
Part 1 – I got a ton of very difficult decisions for stacks withing the first 10-15 mins of the session. Obv, that was not ideal because it is hard to make the best decisions when you are just warming up. I did my best however.
Part 2 – Played my A game. A really good and solid tight aggressive play. Firstly, I made no bad big or even small hero calls, which is a big leak of mine as mentioned above. And secondly, I just bet and bet and bet for value, thinner then ever.
Overall, I am very pleased with how the things went today and the way I manage to overcome the difficult beginning. Sometimes, when the thing do not go well in the beginning, I get tilted and start playing terribly, which of course leads to more losses and then more tilt and so on and so forth. Nothing like that happened today. Just good solid game.
I made almost 6 buy ins today.
And from today, I am officially profitable at PLO25 with the massive 0.01bb/100 All-in Adj.
This means two things:
1. This blog is probably the only reason for my solid performance today.
2. I am 10 buy ins away from taking a shot at PLO50.
MemberJanuary 22, 2021 at 10:46 pm
Two raining days. 🙁
MemberJanuary 24, 2021 at 11:33 pm
After being beaten like a dog for three days, I have finally managed to hold my ground.
Three tough days in a row where I actually thought I played very strongly most of time and well the rest of the time. Overall, I am pleased.
I have switched to Party FF tables and I had managed to win 10.5 BIs today so we are back to being profitable on PLO25. Now going for another 10 BIs win and we will take a shot at PLO50. That is the plan.
MemberJanuary 25, 2021 at 4:37 am
I was just browsing through some people who are in similar places like myself and came across your post. Gl on your journey!
MemberJanuary 25, 2021 at 10:47 am
MemberJanuary 26, 2021 at 12:32 am
Another day, another insane session where I thought I played very very solid.
Left the tables well…
+8.5 buy ins and only 1 until taking a shot at PLO50.
A few interesting hands from today’s session:
1. I have no idea what to do as the preflop caller on such super dry board so I thought to experiment and see what will happen. No idea what the GTO solution on these type of boards is.
2. Finding a bluff in a 3-bet pot when the opponents show a lot of weakness. I will underbluff overall regardless so I guess it can never be too bad.
3. A call down vs a very loose and aggro opponent. He tried to bluff me a ton of times so I knew he had many bluffs and his range was so wide pre. Also, how many more blockers and unblockers (if there is such a word) do we need to hero call? I think my hand is absolutely one of the best one for hero calling and a no-brainer vs this opponent.
MemberJanuary 26, 2021 at 12:33 am
MemberJanuary 26, 2021 at 1:18 pm
A very good playlist for PLO grinding. It has made my game much more enjoyable. Enjoy!
MemberFebruary 1, 2021 at 5:33 am
like the playlist. thanks for posting it!
MemberJanuary 27, 2021 at 12:50 am
Alright, made the 1 buy in in the beginning of the session today on FF25 and then I started with my shot at FF50, which went relatively alright I think. I thought I had performed much better than the results which are down 1 buy in. Not a big deal. I have 9 more buy ins to go before moving down to FF25.
Moving up criteria will be either winning 10 BIs All in adj or 20 BIs actual. I used to only look at the All in Adj but FF games are tougher than regular tables and if you are breakeven, I think you had performed rather well. So moving down if I lose 10 BIs All in adj and moving up if win as many or 20 BIs actual.
Quite a few interesting hands today:
1. I did not know what to do on the turn and river in this hand. It seems like potting the flop is fine and then potting the turn as well 100bb deep however. Don’t know. Tough.
3. And got trapped here like a rat… could have I escaped the trap? Many times, I give a lot of credit when two villains jam the flop and they often had some junk. This time however, I got creamed.
Overall, B++ session. I missed some thin value bets but managed to escape some big traps where I could have lost a lot. There was some pressure when playing a higher stake as usual.
- This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by 000Puh4u.
MemberJanuary 28, 2021 at 12:49 am
A decent and weird session at the same time. 2.5 BIs+, which is nice. I believe I played something like A- game. Generally, alright but was tired and not sharply focused.
However, what I am particularly pleased with was that I had managed to play a very solid session considering the crazy beginning. I had to make many decisions for stacks so early in the session. Not warmed up properly.
I even got it in with 0% equity, which could be demoralizing. I was with a nut flush vs straight flush. I do not know if my play was a mistake. I have not studied such a spot. Obviously, villain’s min x/r OTT looked super strong but there is always a chance that they are clicking buttons and are with a random hand I think. Don’t know.
Won a $400 pot and I was with ~50% equity three way, which was nice.
And finally, I got creamed again. I got the money in pretty badly. The stack sizes were a bit deeper and I was in a very awkward SPR on the flop and did not know what to do when I did not flop anything and at the same time the board was relatively dry, low cards one.
I was afraid not to make a mistake by bet/folding the best hand so I decided to go with my hand. Again, I do not know if my decision was correct. I will ask around the house.
MemberJanuary 29, 2021 at 12:22 am
A very solid session. +3 BIs and 5 until the shot at FF100.
1. This is what happens when your line does not make sense. What is villain repping? He is saying that he has a flush OTT and then a boat OTR? Really? It just does not tie up. I had to look him up.
2. I wonder if villain has Aces pre? Well, almost but he has another super premium hand.
3. And here, I was not sure what villain was doing. He absolutely unnecessarily put his entire stack on the flop with 1.22% equity. Maybe he was on tilt or something. Don’t know but I don’t complain.
MemberJanuary 29, 2021 at 11:06 pm
There will be bad days. Today is one of them. -7.5 BIs.
I will go to sleep early and see what the weekend will bring.
MemberJanuary 30, 2021 at 9:20 am
Hands from yesterday’s carnage:
1. Bluff that did not work out – https://plomastermind.com/replayer/19AyYoFra/
2. C-betting/call turn? Probably wrong – https://www.plomastermind.com/replayer/59AyYpdCd
3. Betting for value with the worst hand – https://plomastermind.com/replayer/39AyYqkfw/
4. Probably should have x/c turn only – https://plomastermind.com/replayer/39XAYEFGKq/
5. Don’t like this either. Probably ch back the flop and take it from there – https://www.plomastermind.com/replayer/39AyZHVbB
Apart from these hands, I think the battle was lost in many many small pots where I could not really flop anything decent and villains never folded vs my c-bets. That is how accumulated to -7.5 BIs. There are no other big pots.
- This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by 000Puh4u.
MemberJanuary 30, 2021 at 1:21 pm
Hands from yesterday’s carnage:
1. Bluff that did not work out – https://plomastermind.com/replayer/19AyYoFra/
2. C-betting/call turn? Probably wrong – https://www.plomastermind.com/replayer/59AyYpdCd
3. Betting for value with the worst hand – https://plomastermind.com/replayer/39AyYqkfw/
4. Probably should have x/c turn only – https://plomastermind.com/replayer/39XAYEFGKq/
5. Don’t like this either. Probably ch back the flop and take it from there – https://www.plomastermind.com/replayer/39AyZHVbB
Apart from these hands, I think the battle was lost in many many small pots where I could really flop anything decent and villains never folded vs my c-bets. That is how accumulated to -7.5 BIs. There are no other big pots.
MemberJanuary 31, 2021 at 9:22 am
Lost another 4 BIs yesterday and about 6 at FF50 without counting leaderboard and rakeback. I made some mistakes. Hero calling too much and some tilt play. Not ideal.
1. Villain was trying to bluff a person who has issues with hero calling too much. Not a great idea. But seriously, I need to work on this leak. Maybe not in this hand specifically but in general. I lost so many big blinds yesterday by hero calling too much.
2. More hero calling. Are we ever good OTR?
3. A funny hand where I got donked twice and I bluffed twice
4. I don’t know if this is a cooler or I should have done anything differently
5. Tilt helps with increasing your bluff frequency
6. And one of the biggest pots I lost yesterday. I think my line is good though.
MemberJanuary 31, 2021 at 4:06 pm
Really enjoying your blog – very honest look at what it is like to be in the washing machine that is low stakes PLO!
Think we are playing the same games atm – and from what I can tell you are someone I will be avoiding clashing with in the pool, fingers crossed the session you are playing right now is going as well as it seems to be!
MemberJanuary 31, 2021 at 11:41 pm
Thanks for the kind words. I am glad to hear that are enjoying the blog.
Are we playing FF on Party? Who are you? What nickname? I do not remember Lichu but I am like a horse with blinds so I may have not paid attention.
You should try to play as many pots as possible vs me. I am soft like a cat. 🙂
MemberFebruary 1, 2021 at 12:26 am
As one Ancient Chinese proverb says, it can never be too bad when you leave a table with 1,000bb+ … or something like that. I am not fluent in Chinese (yet) so the translation might be a bit off.
Having said that, I am actually not pleased from the session. I played relatively well but made mistakes again. Some bad hero calling as you will see below. Also, maybe I had too high of expectations. I mean if I leave one table with 1,000bb+ and one with c.500bb, I did not expect to be roughly breakeven All in Adj. It is disappointing.
I ran super hot however. I am +0.5 BIs All in Adj and +12 BIs Actual.
This however means one thing – I will take a very opportunistic and aggressive shot at FF100. It is a bit brief to stay at FF50 only one week but I set the goal one week ago that I will take a shot at FF100 if one of two things happened:
1. Win 10 BIs All in Adj, which did not happen unfortunately. I am down 5 BIs (3bb/100), which of course annoys me. I was hopping to beat every stake on this metric.
2. Win 20 BIs actual incl. all rakeback and leaderboard and everything. This was achieved. I am up $570 from play, about $320 from rb and 5-6 times this week I got $25-75 daily awards from the leaderboard.
Overall, I am gonna take a shot at FF100 from tomorrow. The same conditions for moving up or down in stake apply:
-Up +10 BIs All in Adj or +20 BIs actuals
-Down -10 BIs All in Adj
Now lets look at some hands:
1. Another day, another session, another bad hero call. I should have folded the turn. According to GTO this was probably never a fold but whatever.
2. I am not sure why but I decided to triple barrel this one. The nuts did not change, thus it cannot be too bad.
3. This however, was a different story. I have a hard time selling my front door stuff so trying to sell the backdoors did not work.
4. And finally, to lighten the mood a bit with one fun hand. I am not sure what the SB was doing in this hand. It was mystery. Funnily, 5 hands later we stacked off 150bb deep AA vs AA and I sucked out. That must have been tilting.
I hope you all had a good week. Let’s go to sleep now because we will have to go to work tomorrow (and by go to work I mean work from home).
- This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by Adelaney.
MemberFebruary 2, 2021 at 1:11 am
First 3.2K hands played at FF100. About breakeven All in Adj, which is an amazing accomplishment, especially considering how badly I got tilted in the first part of the session. I maybe gifted away 3-4 BIs at least. I ran very hot again and won the flips and I am $600 above EV. In the long run, this does not matter because the Actual number will converge with the All in Adj. You can only run hot for so long if you are a losing player.
I do not know what grade to give myself. On the one hand, I played absolutely terribly. I felt like I was on a date with an extremely hot girl and you know how you feel then – you are stupid, your nose feels big, butterflies in the stomach, you are clumsy, etc. I felt like that. Not the best state for playing PLO, nor dating, and yet it happens.
On the other hand, however, any session where you tilt and play extremely badly, and then you manage to pull yourself together and manage to even achieve a positive All in Adj number in addition to c.$250 I will get from rb and lb is an amazing accomplishment.
Probably, some of the anxiety came from playing the higher stake. I have been very aggressive in taking shots. I played PLO10 in Nov and Dec but I was mainly studying and played a very few hours. Then PLO25 two shots in the first 20 days of Jan. Then FF50 for one week. Now, 1st of Feb, FF100.
Taking aggressive shots makes you feel uncomfortable but I believe this is the way to grow by challenging yourself. All of this while sticking to a conservative bankroll management. I have not been building a bankroll. I have the bankroll and I moved up when I had achieved some milestones.
The field at FF100 seems soft. I could not really see too big of a difference compared to FF50. Villains were doing the usual stuff preflop – limping, minraising, cold calling with junk from the SB, min-3-bets, 3-bet with bad hands etc. I am fine playing in such field and I believe I will be able to hold my ground. From the first session played, I believe I will be able to beat the stake, if I am able to remove the stupidity from myself. Easier said than done however but it is doable.
Finally, I am updating my goal for this year. I am targeting to be playing FF200 profitably be the year end. I do not know how difficult it will be but I believe it is a good goal to strive for. I do not believe FF100 will be a big challenge judging by the field tonight. I could be speaking prematurely however and only time will tell. These are my first impressions. The field is very soft.
Let’s see what tomorrow will bring.
MemberFebruary 3, 2021 at 12:55 am
Today’s session was completely different compared to yesterday. I played a very very solid game. I managed to win 3.5 BIs and only 6 to the shot at FF200. Exciting!
Also, an interesting contrast between yesterday’s and today’s break between sessions:
Yesterday – I was feeling quite low. I was asking my friends and study group buddies to cheer me and watched some motivational videos.
Today – My cousin taught my mum how to send voice messages via Messenger and she surprised me with a couple, which I heard at the start of my break. I rang my mum and we had 45 mins of a lovely chat. It felt very nice considering the current crazy pandemic situation in addition to all the swings in PLO.
Anyway, I really enjoyed today’s session and there were a ton of very interesting hands below.
1. 4-betting some non-AA hands to make myself tougher to play against. In this hand, I think villain folded ~79% equity. Very nice! I remember when I was looking at my database three months ago, out of 68 hands or thereabouts, I had 4-bet only two non-AA hands and they were vs short stack players. I think now it is a bit different.
2. Betting small vs a super aggro villain and allowed him to make a mistake. If I had potted here, I think I would not have gotten the value probably. Obviously, I was never folding vs a jam. If he got me, he got me. That is life.
https://plomastermind.com/replayer/49Azr8LoJ/ (not sure why the replayer does not show villain’s hand. He had K543ds with 2 BDFDs)
3. Some good hero calling. I think we had the best hand in the best situation to hero call. Firstly, when villain did not c-bet flop, this removed a lot of the top hands from his range. The population is over c-betting and not protecting their checking range enough. Secondly, the suits of our hand are perfect meaning we did not block any of the missed flush draws. And thirdly, we did not block any of the straight draws either. I like it.
4. When villain suddenly decided to rep the Quads. Kudos to him for being able to pull that off. I never know how to do it. I took some notes…
5. More protection of my checking range vs the aggro villain. He has been blasting anytime I check to him. Gotta add some traps and protect my checking range.
6. This is when your line makes no sense. A poor way to play AA with the Ace of clubs in my opinion. Would he had played the nut flush like that? I do not think so, thus he should not have played the main bluff differently than the nuts. I was not folding regardless but it just shows when you do not think properly when you bluff.
7. This was an extremely interesting hand. Funnily, I have just been watching JNanez course on how to play from the BB in a 3-bet pot. So handy. If I remember correctly, we should be checking such hands so that we can attract more people into the pot if possible. I hope I am not wrong on the line. We were all in 4-way with 45% equity.
8. In this hand, I was struggling. It was probably a fold but I had some clean outs and also a lot of money in the middle. I took my time bank on this one but I think folding was the right play because I could have been heavily dominated. Not a massive mistake regardless.
9. And finally, not to disappoint my many followers (2-3), we are concluding with some stupid hero calling. Enjoy!
MemberFebruary 3, 2021 at 2:08 pm
Two corrections for yesterday’s post:
1. I was up only 1.5 BIs All in Adj rather than 3.5. As I have played after midnight both days, some of results were mixed up with the previous day. Overall, +2 BIs All in Adj for 5.7K hands.
2. The equity from Hand 1 that I thought villains was folding was ~73%. I forgot to remove AA from his 4-bet CC range. JNandez commented on a few hands and he said that I should be checking back there.
MemberFebruary 4, 2021 at 8:52 am
A terrible session yesterday. -7 BIs. There will be sessions like that.
I could not hit the board much and any time I hit it the nuts changed on the river where I have put in 80% of my stack already. I made some mistakes too. Not great.
MemberFebruary 4, 2021 at 9:56 am
Hey 000Puh4u, just read through your blog, really interesting and a lot to take away for a newcomer like me. Will definitely follow your progress, you are really cruising to through the limits. Keep going strong 🙂
MemberFebruary 4, 2021 at 1:32 pm
Thanks for the kind words and for checking out my blog.
Well, cruising through the limits for sure, I wish I was crushing them at the same time. 😀
Just taking aggressive shots but I am in no way of imagination an established player. I mean I started studying PLO at the end of Nov last year. Hard to develop an expertise in such a short period of time. The only thing I can do is to keep studying and see what will happen.
Thanks for the comment once again and see you around.
GL at the tables!
MemberFebruary 5, 2021 at 8:10 pm
Alright! I got beaten at FF100. I sucks but that is life. I know what I need to work on – 3-bet pots. I am super weak in them so I have to put in some hard work in studying them. I will decreased the play volume so that I will have more time in studying.
- This reply was modified 4 months, 1 week ago by 000Puh4u.
MemberFebruary 7, 2021 at 8:19 pm
Sorry to hear about your 100 journey having a bit of a bump in it, I also had a similar experience (a few hands at the mercy of you!!)
I really do feel like the field is not particularly filled with good regs, just a bit passive, but at the same time some swings and some tripping myself up (see the AA hand vs you when you flopped the Nut straight in a 3/4b pot).
Fingers crossed you can bounce back with me and we can burn through the PLO50 tables again!
Thank you for the kind words. Which hand did you mean? I do not remember it.
Also, there are two Lichus and I am not sure, which one is you. 😀
Are you playing FF50 again, like me?
MemberFebruary 9, 2021 at 12:07 am
Ah yes, I need to force myself to stay down at 50 PLO while I am still getting better in the bigger SPR spots. I play under just pure Lichu, and certainly feel like I have a long way to go before I feel comfortable higher!
I enjoy playing in the 50 pool – would be keen to chat about some regs tendancies if you were keen at some point?
One Ancient Chinese proverb says – all is well when you book a profit on your Sunday session regardless of how much you got wrecked during the week.
It has been one very very tough week – mentally and physically. I started with a shot at FF100 where I played very well in the beginning but I believe ran bad. This in turn shook up my confidence, which is not a lot as a novice player, which led to unnecessary mistakes (in tennis, these are called unforced errors). These mistakes led to losing more confidence and making more mistakes, which in turn led to tilt. And when tilt appeared then all hell broke loose.
There will be weeks like this.
I have been working a lot on my game. I have been making some adjustments in Single Raised Pots based on analyzes of my database. In addition, I have started studying c-betting in 3-bet pots, which I believe is gonna bring benefits in the near future.
I will be posting a lot of 3-bet pots going forward because this will be the focus of my learning in the near term. The bad hero calling leak has been a bit better recently, although it is always hiding in the bushes and is ready to jump on you.
1. Not sure if this play was good. I though that I should maybe x/fold this one.
2. I liked this play but I ran on the top of villain’s range. I am wondering if the x/r was good OTF?
3. I do not know if this was a punt. I do not know how to play these type of hands
4. Villain just kept betting. Do we call here?
MemberFebruary 9, 2021 at 12:21 am
Very interested to look at the 3b spots: Just my thoughts on the hands, happy to be wrong!
1. Issue here is what do you think he will be getting it all in with, best case scenario is naked 10J which you have blocked out, but in reality feels like Pair+FD or Set, while hard to fold, I think there are better spots to get the money in. As SPR is still high (4ish) you need 44-5% to be profitable here, which best will in the world I don’t think you have enough?
2. Against the pool, I think this is a great spot to run your equity, people make some big errors over valuing one pair and weak FD so I think your hand is strong enough to run with, just a shame when they have top set but your still live enough.
3. So i think this is probably a little thin, but it largely depends on what you think about SB 3b ranges in the pool, the more they are weighted to pure AAxx the tougher the spot is. But if they can mix in KKxxhh and AKJQ etc which you have 58% equity against then I don’t think it can be too bad. However, again there are probably higher equity spots that we can look for in these pools.
4.This one is just rough, if its a reg I might be tempted to close eyes and call, but even then I would probably RNG and call 50% of the time. But my logic may be a disaster xD
Great set of hands, hope you are having a better time in the 50/25 pools!
Thank you for the hands review. I appreciate it. Yeah, FF50 is going alright. I hope soon I will take another shot at FF100
A decent session +2.5 BIs All in Adj and +7BIs actual. If I keep running well, I soon may be eligible to take my second shot at FF100.
There were a ton of very interesting hands. I have been marking them as I went along but they just became too many so I selected a few.
1. I do not know what this thing was. Villain’s bet sizes did not make sense, especially OTR. I used my timebank but decided to look him up.
2. Villain decided to go wild for no reason.
3. Trying some moves here. We have the perfect blockers to the boats and also the line is credible. We would have played JJ/TT in the same way.
4. Unfortunately, I do not know how to play these spots yet. I am probably making big mistakes.
5. And this is the last hand I got stacked off. Don’t sweat it. It is a standard play. If our positions were reversed, we would had ended up in the same situation. Well played by both of us.
MemberFebruary 9, 2021 at 10:42 pm
I think this #4 is solid vs 75bb stack. Just stack it in turn like u did. If stacks were bit deeper here, this wouldnt look so good anymore but here imo always cbet turn here with big smile.
Guess we have also played FF in Party. Few hands looks kinda familiar lol.
MemberFebruary 9, 2021 at 11:57 pm
Hahaha. Yeah, I was having a big smile while barreling but eventually the smile turned into a cry.
I appreciate the comment.
MemberFebruary 10, 2021 at 7:31 am
Yep. Maybe here balancing flop cbet is also one way here to check flop and make easier decicion in turn
MemberFebruary 10, 2021 at 9:36 am
Don’t know. Maybe. I was happy to get it in coz I have a decent equity vs almost anything and I did not want to ch back and give the flush draw a free card.
MemberFebruary 10, 2021 at 12:03 am
-4 BIs today. I kept running vs Quads and what not. Many of the pots where I 4-bet pre with AA and jamming almost any flop, I was usually up against 2P+. I think I played decently.
1. Maybe a slight punt. Don’t know.
2. Not much else to do here. A very weird line by villain but he got me.
3. Yeah great. I put so much money in the pot and I was almost dead OTF.
4. The same thing.
I start getting the feeling that I was set up tonight!?
- This reply was modified 4 months ago by 000Puh4u.
MemberFebruary 11, 2021 at 12:48 am
A breakeven session tonight but ran 3 BIs above EV. However, this is not the main thing I wanted to say. I need to announce two things:
1. I am a bad reg. Why am I bad reg? Because of two things:
(i) A massive leak of hero calling too much in all kind of spots postflop. There is not much strategy or something that I need to learn to fix it. It is just pure punting. I am doing it because it is kind of I don’t believe that when the board changes villain has it and also being afraid of not getting bluffed and feeling stupid. However, this is costing me a lot of money when I do it, in addition to getting angry and tilted, which of course leads to more mistakes and losing more money. I will have to triple my efforts in trying to fix it. It won’t be easy at all. It has lasted even since I played NLHE MTTs one year ago.
(ii) I am too weak in 3-bet pots. I am aware of that and working on it. This one will take time to fix and, unlike the previous leak, it is purely based on not know the correct strategy.
When I fixed these two leaks, I believe I will deserve to be called a good reg.
2. I have been running at about -2.2bb/100 All in Adj at FF50 (a typical winrate for a bad reg). However, I have been running super hot at 6bb/100 Actual. It is a bittersweet but I have made enough money to take my second shot at FF100 from tomorrow. I wish I crushed FF50 before doing it but it is what it is. I will be opportunistic and take advantage of the good run and hopefully, I will be able to stick around for a bit longer at FF100 compared to last time, which lasted 5 days.
If I am able to achieve the -2.2bb/100 All in Adj winrate that would be great because I will be winning after rakeback while still working on my game.
The criteria for mocing down will be losing 10 BIs All in Adj. Actuals don’t matter.
The criteria for moving up to FF200 will be determined when I manage to fix the above mentioned leaks. Until then, there is no point of thinking about it coz the good regs will crush me.
That’s all for tonight. See you tomorrow at FF100.
The bad reg
MemberFebruary 11, 2021 at 9:51 pm
-Just gotta look at big picture. Do right things you obv know. For long term, its working. Dont think small like “did u fkin fish get that runner runner- CALL” and tilt maybe because what u just did. Take good reads who is nit and who isnt. Makes a lot easier decicions
-Maybe tighten your OOP 3bet/call range
MemberFebruary 12, 2021 at 12:56 am
The big picture is all that matters.
Thanks. I appreciate the comment.
MemberFebruary 12, 2021 at 12:57 am
I am absolutely gonna take +1 BIs All in Adj over 3.4K hands. Ran 6 BIs below EV but I do not really care. It is All in Adj that only matters in the long run. I am delighted by the session.
It so much simpler when I do not punt in hero calling and do not screw up too much in 3-bet pots. I was extra extra cautious not to make many big and bad hero calls. I massively overfolded in some spots, where I probably shouldn’t have but this is how you work on one of your biggest leaks. Making big laydowns occasionally. There was no tilt tonight because I was just playing solid with focus on the previously mentioned strategic objectives.
This is one of the most insane and massive laydowns I made tonight. I do not like it to be honest and I probably should not have made it but it is what it is.
When all is said and done, let’s not open the champagne just yet. On my first shot at FF100, I also started pretty well but did not finish well 5-6 days later. Let’s make one step at a time.
Tomorrow is another day. Let’s see what it will bring.
MemberFebruary 13, 2021 at 12:39 am
+4 BIs All in Adj. I will absolutely take that. Really amazing session. I played my A-game, obviously I am delighted about that. I executed perfectly on my two strategic objectives – hero calling and 3-bets. The sessions go very differently when I manage to achieve these. This of course led to another session with 0% tilt.
There were a ton of interesting hands:
1. This was an interesting hand vs a tricky villain. It is rare to see someone CC a 4-bet with premium AA. Too bad it did not work out for him this time. (The replayer is bugged but villain had AA54ds)
2. I thought this was a great hand to go for the check/call OTR. I had no clubs so let’s give villain some opportunity to bluff. I was calling off any bet size obviously. I wanna take alternative lines with my hands so that I am not easy to play against.
3. Overfolding here but I like it.
4. Some bluffing…
5. …And more bluffing…
6. …And even more bluffing
7. And finally, it is very important to check back with super premium hands when you have an overkill to the board. Otherwise, you will not be able to extract maximum value because the opponents won’t have anything to continue with. And then trap and stack them off on the river. See how much extra value I manage to extract.
MemberFebruary 13, 2021 at 5:41 pm
Early update… today may not be good unless a miracle happens. Taking a break now after losing 5 BIs within 45 mins. Not great start of the weekend.
MemberFebruary 13, 2021 at 11:04 pm
Alright, I managed to do some damage control and lost only about 2 BIs. I will take that. Except for some mistakes in the beginning of the session, I think I played solid. It was a wild session with a lot of set ups unfortunately. Not much I could do.
Will finish with the last stack off, which happened in the last 5 mins of my sessions. A big hero call and hero calls are always interesting.
I think this villain has been reading my blog and they tried to exploit me OTR. However, I did not buy it due to his timing. He snap pot the river. I mean if you hit the nuts, don’t you need to take a second or two to decide what is the best possible course of action? If just looked so fishy. Thank God I was right, otherwise this would have spoilt my night. Now, however, I can make a bowl of popcorn and watch a movie knowing that I played a decent session.
MemberFebruary 14, 2021 at 9:51 pm
Another terrible session. -8.5 BIs.
And -6 BIs lost in the second 10 BIs shot unfortunately.
What went wrong:
1. Stupid hero calling as usual. There is just no excuse for doing it and yet I keep doing it. I believe I usually lose between 1-2 BIs per session by bad and unnecessary hero calling. This is an enormous leak, which is worth more than 3bb/100 (100bb/3,000 hands). Fixing that will lead to the highest improvement in my game by far.
2. Some very big set ups/coolers:
3. My bluffs almost never worked tonight. Villains were using their time banks and finally decided to call almost always with ridiculous hands.
4. 1+2+3 Led to tilt, which of course cost me a lot of money like playing too aggro, too loose, too passive, not value betting enough, playing more hands, playing less hands, etc.
So what? I cannot do anything about #2 the coolers. I am not gonna shy away from good bluffs so nothing to do about #3. The elephants in the room are #1 the bad hero calling and #4 tilt/mental game.
How do we improve the mental game? Easy, by making less mistakes, thus improving the bad hero calling leak. I get usually more pissed off by bad hero calling than a cooler. My brain can logically explain that there was nothing that could be done when I get a top boat vs quads for example by I get frustrated when the mistake is caused by my own actions.
I have 4 more BIs in the current FF100 shot. Let’s see how long they will last and whether I will be able to recover or gotta move down to FF50 again. Only time will tell.
MemberFebruary 16, 2021 at 7:43 pm
I played another very short session, which I stopped due to very poor play on my side. I have decided to move down to PLO5. Although, I have made money overall after rb and lb on the higher stakes, there is no point in sticking around when I play so poorly. I think it is time to reset the stats and grind my way back to FF100, if I can of course.
The usual criteria for moving up in stakes applies +10 BIs Adj or +20 Actuals.
MemberFebruary 17, 2021 at 10:48 am
I typed a long reply here 2 days ago, but it disappeared. I really enjoy reading your blog.
There is no need to move down again to plo 5. Thats just a waste of time, after everything u achieved already. Why don’t u move down to plo 50 and try to improve your game there? I noticed u are way too much focused on short term results. I advice to work on your mental game. Plan your sessions and take breaks every 60 – 50 – 45 min, worked out very well for me. Plo is a crazy game and can really mess up with your mind.
My personal problem is that I only can apply those principles when I run well.
Recording your sessions from time to time is also a great way to improve. I ever lost 17 bi during a recorded session and I went on a monkey tilt. I felt really shy afterwards, but at least I could notice what hands made me go nuts 🙁
U can work a ton on your game but it will never pay off if your mindset is not good during playing. Take a few days off and come back stronger than before might also be a thing.
Good luck for the future!
MemberFebruary 17, 2021 at 2:03 pm
Thank you for your comment and reading my blog.
Firstly, there is something weird that happens here. I also have some technical issues. I guess the platform is not really the best unfortunately.
The mental game is indeed extremely important. I think this is where I lose a lot but also I am making some mistakes due to not knowing what to do, which eventually affects my mental game. I am studying as much as possible and hopefully this will show up in my game.
I really think that it will be best to go as low as PLO5 so that the money will be unimportant and I can focus again on the only thing that matters – to play solid. I lost a lot of my confidence over the last week, which was a very tough one for me. Actually, the whole month was tough for me because I got beaten up twice on FF100. It is really hard to play in a solid way.
I will stick around for awhile at PLO5 and see how it goes. The most important thing is to play and learn and I believe I can do that at any stake so why not PLO5? If I start playing solid again, there is no rule against moving up in stake quicker. I have been very aggressive in taking shots so I can also be very aggressive in moving down when I am not pleased with my game.
Overall, I have been very disappointed by myself. I am always very hard on me and when I do not perform as good as I want, I feel down, which has been over the last several days.
I hope PLO5 will give me a bit confidence if possible so I can gather some momentum and climb up the stakes again.
Thanks again for stopping by and for the comment.
Guck luck at and off the tables!
MemberFebruary 17, 2021 at 11:48 pm
The grind from the bottom up has started. A reasonable session at FF5. I cannot really see too big of a difference between FF5 and FF100. There are very aggro players mixed up with all kind of limpers, minraisers, etc. I was put in some pretty nasty spots but I guess I will always be put in such regardless of the stake because I just do not know how to respond in many spots.
However, there are a couple of things. Firstly, there is no much traffic at PLO5.
And secondly, a few people reached out to my, including members of my study group, and said that they thought I was joking that I would be playing PLO5. Obviously, I was not.
Anyway, given the fact that there was no traffic and also it seems like people want higher stakes action (e.g. PLO10 ) I may move up in stakes sooner as long as I play a few thousand of hands profitably. I may not necessarily go through the 10 BIs All in Adj. I have not made my mind really. It is more on how I feel. If I play solid then sure I may move up sooner. If not then much slower. It depends on the way I will play.
Some hands from tonight’s session:
Hand 1: Do we call the river after so much money in the middle?
Hand 2: I wonder if we stack off OTF?
Hand 3: Weird hand. I think should have gone smaller OTF and I guess bet/fold the turn. I am worried when villains X/R on a card that is better for our range than theirs.
MemberFebruary 19, 2021 at 12:11 am
Another 2K hands at the higher stake. So far so good. If my future shots at FF100 do not work out, I can always make a $10-15 a day at FF5/FF10. There is something quite enjoyable in playing these stakes. However, there is a lot of pressure not to perform badly as I was taking shots at FF100 and it would be pretty bad if I got beaten up at the micros. I look forward to climbing up.
I put in only two thirds of my usual volume of hands per day. I take more breaks. Today, I watched the landing of the Mars rover on Mars. Pretty phenomenal, huh?
MemberFebruary 19, 2021 at 10:48 pm
Quite of a hit today unfortunately. It seems like I am gonna stick at PLO25 for awhile before moving up to PLO50.
MemberFebruary 20, 2021 at 8:36 pm
Some days I play great, other days I play not so great. Well, today was one of the days I believe I played great despite of the -1 BI results. This reminds of the story Warren Buffett used to say about a man with an ailing horse. Visiting the vet, he said: “Can you help me? Sometimes my horse walks just fine and sometimes he limps.” The vet’s reply was pointed: “No problem – when he’s walking fine, sell him.”
Anyway, my overall result at FF25 since resetting the stats is -7 BIs all in adj. Not nice. I would like to at least get to breakeven before moving up. It might take some time, which is fine of course. Studying is a priority than playing. I study as fine at FF25 as FF50.
A lot of interesting hands from today:
1. A very weird hand. I did not know where I stood at the hand so decided to fold the river. Probably wrong.
2. A terrible play by villain pre and yet he is flopping 65% equity OTF. PLO is a funny game.
3. I do not know if I could avoid going broke in this hand?
4. Losing a hand where I was 96% favorite OTF. Amazing backdoor work for villain.
5. Blocking myself heavily here. I wonder if I should fold the flop?
And finally, I just wanted to say that the c-bet training in 3-bet pots has started to bear fruit. Although I am in the very beginning of it, still it has improved some of my sizing and decisions in general.
MemberFebruary 22, 2021 at 6:06 pm
I will take some days off playing, which I will use to do a lot of analysis of my database and hopefully make some adjustments preflop and postflop. Some of the leaks I have found out in my game are:
1. Not RFI enough from all positions
2. Not coldcalling enough vs RFI from the CO, BTN and BB
3. Not coldcalling enough vs 3-bets when I am in position, which is magnified considering that I already have much tighter RFI range than GTO
4. Not 3-betting enough from MP, CO, BTN and BB
I am not sure if anyone is reading this but I thought I should say what I will be up to in the foreseeable future.
MemberFebruary 23, 2021 at 9:46 am
Very entertaining blog you have and funny at times. And swingy:)
It is all so recognizable.
(things below are probably all old news)
I see you are having some mental (game) issues that are very common. Do you have any pre game preparation? a few minutes of working with the trainer, going over a spot with the 10week PLO or other course.
Doing some (guided) meditation for 5-15 minutes really helps getting you in a calm and good mood to play. You mentioned that you played very well after a good phonecall with your mum where you were all happy. It works.
I don’t see you mention study often. Maybe you are It is the only way to go really. Understanding of certain spots gets the confidence up.
I would go to regular tables, but that is what I would do. Especially on party the FF tables are often 5-3 handed which is another beast and is not laying good fundamentals.
Good thing on moving down and working on your game. Big step, hard to leave the juicy big tables.
You got this.
- This reply was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by Tommycomedian.
MemberFebruary 24, 2021 at 8:01 pm
Thanks a lot for your comment and for stopping by.
I have not only mental game issues but mental issues too. 😀
I have tried meditation but it is not really my cup of tea. I find it so boring and I cannot sustain it. However, what I have been a huge fan of is bodybuilding. This has not been going well for months and months. The gyms here in London have been closed for awhile. And the last time I went to a gym here I caught covid. Not ideal.
In terms of studying, I study a lot. I have been prioritizing study over playing for a couple of month. Then I increased the volume of playing but still studying well. Now, I am only studying for a few days. We will se how it goes. I am working on the preflop strategic adjustments I mentioned in the previous post. I will probably play this weekend and then keep working on these.
I am personally excited to see what difference these will make. I checked my database. When I RFI, I make a lot of money. However, I do not RFI enough. When I 3-bet I also make a lot of money. However, I do not do it enough often. Same with 4-bet and some other stuff. I just wanna adjust my game for these easily adjustable preflop stuff.
I will stick with FF tables for awhile. I think it is mostly my mistakes than people being so amazing to be honest. As long as I am able to improve my game, I should be able to hold my ground in the small stakes at least.
I appreciate the comment and thank you for the support.
Best of luck at and off the tables!
MemberFebruary 24, 2021 at 11:23 pm
Just ran 300 hands training in the PLO Trainer on SB response vs CO RFI.
Do you think I should redo it and aim for a higher score?
MemberFebruary 26, 2021 at 9:26 pm
Continuing to work on my preflop game. I have been studying today the BTN defense vs BB 3-bet. As you can see from the training session I did with the PLO Trainer I lean more towards passive actions e.g. I am folding more than I should and I am CC and 3-betting less than I should.
I have definitely learnt a lot from this exercise. I saw some group of hands that I have been playing differently than GTO again more towards the passive side. Also, I think my view of the game is quite a bit different compared to when I did my preflop work initially back in Nov/Dec last year. Like, I was not able to spot some nuances and differences back then.
Also, having some experience with the PLO Trainer definitely helped me filter in some ways that I did not know they were possible before e.g. under the rundowns category I could filter for 2-gap rundown ($2g).
Overall, good progress on theory. However, on theory I should have a few more zeros in my bank account but on practice I do not. So now the question is how to converge theory with practice.
Anyway, I am excited to be testing my strategic adjustments in the upcoming weeks. I still have a lot of work to do on preflop so until then my volume of play will be low and instead I will prioritize my preflop studying.
I hope this will not disappoint the million of followers of mine. If you cannot cope with the low volume of play, you can always say hi on discord (000Puh4u#8876). This will cheer you up. Money back guarantee!
MemberFebruary 27, 2021 at 9:53 pm
First session for the week. Unfortunately down 4 BIs. The good thing is that it was on PLO10 only. I believe I play relatively well. I lost so many pots where I 4-bet AA and the flop comes monotone or something like that. Or villain cold called with something like QT75 with the bad suit and the flop is 55X on SPR of 1. It is what it is.
I will continue to be working on the preflop adjustments. I need a few more days and I believe that will be it for now until another month or so when I will have played enough hands and can see what is working and what is not.
MemberFebruary 28, 2021 at 11:26 pm
Hello Georgi. I want to get in touch with you on discord. I saw your post on twoplustwo about a study group and I might be interested in joining if you have a spot. Really interesting reading about your journey and I do think you have way to small sample size in the different stakes to know how you are really doing. I do believe you focus too much on All-in Adjusted, I think the stat can be very flawed. Some times AIA will be heavily in your favor because you are in coolers going your way and the other way around ofc. If you want to talk on discord hit me up. I am playing at PLO25 and taking a shot at PLO50 atm. Natteravn#3952 is my discord name 🙂
MemberMarch 2, 2021 at 11:40 pm
Finally, I have managed to get one small positive session. I mean just purely by chance I should have a winning session every once in a while. I have switched from Party FF tables to GG reg tables. I used to have relatively good results on GG reg tables before switching to Party. I believe I should be able to play better with the basic hud. I am not great at keeping track of the opponents tendencies so I hope the hud will help me a bit. Also, by not getting new opponents every hand, I hope I will be able to improve my reads.
MemberMarch 3, 2021 at 11:39 pm
Another small winning sessions and now they become two in a row. This is at PLO10 on GG. I have won 3 BIs yesterday and today combined. I wanna win another 7 before moving up to PLO25. This will also give me time to get used to the reg tables. The game is quite a bit different compared to FF and wild too.
Regardless of the results, I should get a bit of credit for the work I have been doing off the tables. I continue to be making some preflop adjustments based on what I found out in my database. I compared my stats with the template provided in PLO Mastermind.
The screenshot is from the training I did today where I defended from the MP vs BB 3-bet. Overall, this studying has been quite good as I learnt more about the different categories of hands.
Btw I think I know why I am not able to win on the FF, or at least a major reason of it. My winrate is good from MP and EP, however on the FF we play much less from these positions compared to reg tables. Thus, I am not able to win from these positions and alternatively the opponents do not have the opportunity to lose their money from these positions. While at the same time, I do not utilize well when I play from the BTN and CO e.g. I am not CC and 3/4-betting enough, which is especially bad considering that I RFI less than GTO.
I have been working towards fixing these leaks and as well as moving to reg tables, which play usually 5+ players. I hope the tide will be turning soon or not. It is not set in stone that I should be winning on PLO, although I am up for the challenge.
And finally, some very weird dynamics on this table. Do not ask me why!
MemberMarch 4, 2021 at 10:57 pm
4 BIs down tonight. I did not manage to hit any boards. When I checked back, villains bombed the turn and I folded. When c-bet villains almost always continued and I had to give up on later streets. Not ideal.
MemberMarch 6, 2021 at 10:16 pm
The results since switching to reg tables. It is somewhere around breakeven. I think I will need to keep working on less hero calling as per the population tendencies analysis I had done today. People are just not pulling enough bluffs on many spots. I have made 4-5 hero calls today and had 0% success rate and I actually thought that I have been wayyyyy too tight. Obviously not. I wonder if today’s positive result was influenced by the overfolding. I definitely did my best to not pay them off as well as I tighten up a bit preflop and I tried to calibrate my range for multiway because this is what usually happens.
I wanna move up to PLO25 but I was hoping to get at least a couple of more positive sessions at PLO10 before doing it. But PLO10 is tough. I can see that players are terrible and yet I cannot capitalize on their mistakes. I do not know why I am unable to do that.
MemberMarch 7, 2021 at 11:58 am
Some more analysis today
MemberMarch 7, 2021 at 10:12 pm
There some very good things that I did today, some very bad and then there are the ugly stuff. A bit like the movie “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.
After watching four Duel Review episodes where Shuller was reviewing Luuk’s game, I just saw how much Shuller was aware of the different opponent types, which is exactly the opposite of me. I will be thinking what the GTO response would be in a certain situation and Shuller will be how I could maximally exploit the opponents I am up against.
As a result of this, I decided to experiment and see what will happen. I decided to 3-bet and flat call wayyy more from LP vs very loose aggro opponent ahead of me. I think so far, it has worked beautifully. Their range is so wide so that they cannot retaliate vs my higher 3-bet %. I mean if they have 60%+ of the hands, what exactly will they 4-bet me with apart from AA, which is only 2.5%? Not much.
You can compare my 3-bet % from the previous sessions with this one. Quite a bit of difference I think. I will continue to be adjusting going forward. I still do not know what exactly I am doing.
The bad is the usual suspect…too much and bad hero calling. And I make the things worse for myself because I play many hands and especially draws too passively such as check/calling my NFD instead betting. In this way, I put myself in the situation where I have to make decision of whether to call and not. And as you know already, my hero calling part of the decision tree is not up to scratch.
A goal for tomorrow’s session will be to play my draws more aggressively, which will decrease the difficult hero calling decisions. As one Ancient Chinese proverb says “the less hero calling decisions, the better”.
P.S. Obviously, this is a joke coz all cats are absolutely phenomenal and cute.
MemberMarch 9, 2021 at 12:04 am
A shot at PLO25 and destroyed by the aggro clowns. Obviously, I am pretty pissed off right now. However, I thought I was down many BIs all in adj but I am down only about 1 BI. Not too bad then for such a terrible session. Ran terribly at -6 BIs actuals but I do not care about these. I have no control on how I am going to run in the flips.
MemberMarch 13, 2021 at 12:16 am
A decent session today and now I am about breakeven at PLO25. I am not crushing but it is better to be breakeven then down a lot. I will play a few more thousand hands at PLO25 and if I managed to stay above water, I will take my shot at PLO50.
I look forward to putting a decent volume over the weekend. I have not played as much as I would have liked to recently due to being busy at work and also not in the right mindset. I have even been wondering if it is worth playing at all? It is hard.
MemberMarch 15, 2021 at 11:57 pm
I started with the shot at PLO50. Unfortunately 1 BI down but I believe I played very solid, which is nice. In addition, there is Omaholic series on GG where I registered one tourney. I managed to finish 15, which is on the one hand nice but on the other, I was just short of the higher prizes. Full disclosure, I have no idea what is going on on the tourneys. I have never studied the format so I was just playing what I thought was good.
Anyway, I may be registering for $10-20 buy in. I am wondering whether anyone is interesting to buy some action if I were to be playing tourneys with a higher buy in? I will be willing to sell at 1.2 margin, which I believe I should be able to clear but of course I cannot guarantee it. Let me know if you are interested and how much money you would like to put in.
MemberMarch 19, 2021 at 10:33 pm
I have not played for a few days because I did not feel I was in the right mindset to do so. Just so busy at work and some other stuff that have annoyed me. I did however read 2/3 of Shoe Dog by Phil Knight – the co-founder of Nike. A pretty interesting story there. I cannot wait to finish it over the weekend.
Anyway, I did play a few hands today. I believe I played a very solid session at PLO50 with solid 6 BIs profit. There were some small mistakes but nothing major really. There are no big hands that I wished I had played differently.
I believe I have all that I need to beat the stake. Easier said than done though. I will play a few more sessions at PLO50 and if it goes relatively well, I will take a shot at PLO100, which is the main stake to beat by the year end. Anything above that is a bonus.
MemberMarch 20, 2021 at 10:26 pm
As I mentioned in one of my first posts, I have been updating my blog here and on 2+2 with the same content until I saw, which one get more attention, comments, etc. I think for now, I will discontinue this one on PLO Mastermind. I am tired of dealing with bugs and IT issues here. If the things change, I may continue from where I will be in the future but until then I will only be updating my blog in 2+2. If you are interested in following me please be my guest.
Thank you for your support during my time here!
All the best at and off the tables!
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