August 25, 2015 in Uncategorized
Winning a live tournament at my 3rd IPC was ecstatic! I was the most prepared going into this IPC as I had been working on my live game, fixing my live leaks and watching a ton of videos on runitonce of live poker. Obviously the 14h+ sessions that I’m used to putting in online mtt’s everyday helped a lot aswell just because of the sheer volume that you can put online and the experience that you can gain in such a short span. It’s huge!
I’ve also been a part of “BBZStaking” which is a poker stable since Jan 2015 and I think the 5hrs+ coaching every week is one of the main reasons for my success at the live and online felts. Poker is a game where you need to keep improving everyday to stay ahead of the curve. In the past 7 months I’ve seen my game improve so much that’s its unreal.
10k Kickoff IPC –
So we finished 50ish in the 5k event and we had the player’s party the previous day so I didn’t get enough sleep for the 5k. As soon as I busted the 5k I went straight back to my room and slept for good 12 hrs. I had pre-registered for all the events which is something I highly recommend for everyone who plays at the IPC. Just saves you a lot of time and hassle. We reached at the venue at 7:15 (the tournament started at 7:00) and our stack was down to 7375 (7500 Starting stacks). Had I not pre-registered I would’ve been standing in the long queue for late registration and probably would’ve had to wait 3-4 levels to get in.
We started off loosing a couple of pots and were down to 4400 in chips at 200bb. We picked up KK at the cut-off and opened. My really good friend Jaideep (jdsaz) shoved from the button (3800) and it was folded back to us and we called. He had QQ and we held. There were mixed feelings as you want to win but at the same time it sucks busting a close friend. After this hand we were upto 9kish.
We chipped up a little bit and were upto 11k at 400bb. Then we picked up JJ and an active guy opened from EP. We 3bet to 2400 and he called. We cbet the 992 flop small and he called. The turn was a 8 and he lead out for 2/3rd of our stack. We shoved, he called with 44 and we held. We had a 55-60bb+ stack going forward and it was looking good.
At 1kbb we had a 40k stack. This was probably the most important hand of the tournament. We opened with QdJd from the hijack and the BB (who looked like a solid reg) defended. The flop was Ad3s4d and we cbet the flop. He check called and the turn was 3d completing our 2nd nut flush but pairing the board. He checked again and we bet the turn. He tank called. The river was 6h and the board was Ad3s4d3d6h. He donk shoved 22k in a 24k pot. At this point I went deep into the tank and started figuring out the hands that beat me which play this way.
Given that he defended from his bb vs my 2.1x open and looked like a solid reg. On the river with his line after defending the BB and x/calling twice. His range had all the Kx of diamonds, All the 34, 36, 44, 66, one combo of 33 and some AA (I don’t hate defending my bb with AA). After tanking for about 4 minutes it was pretty clear to me that his line had me crushed. I asked him if he’d show should I fold and he was like maybe. I folded and he showed me AA. I was pretty happy with my fold and was really confident going forward even though I lost a pretty significant pot. (had I called and won I would’ve been upto 74k at 1kbb which is huge but is meaningless at the same time)
An orbit later we had our first table change and as soon as I sat on the table I saw this guy opening for 3.5k at 1kbb. He had AK at showdown that hand. The very next hand we had ATo and the same guy limped (so he clearly never has a bigger ace in this spot). We Iso’ed and Cbet the K83 rainbow flop, he x/called and we gave up on the turn. He showed 33 and gave us a little more free information.
We were down to 20k at 1200bb when we had our 2nd table change. This table was relatively soft. I had this guy on my right who had a massive CL but kind of had no idea of what he was doing. I picked up some shove spots and we were upto 35k at 2kbb. The table was soft but then Amit “bblacklegend” Jain and Shravan Chhabria were moved to our table. Both are super good and I really respect their game. After that I kind of adjusted to not taking every spot and just played relatively tight as the table got tougher and passed on the marginal spots.
We had a 3rd table change in another orbit and this table seemed fine. We started off with 40k but were carddead for good 2 orbits. Going into the 3rd break we had a 31k stack at 3kbb. Coming back after the break I just started taking every spot for shoving and 3bet shoving. In just 1 orbit we were upto 65k. We open AhQh and the BB defended. We x back the JJx flop. Bet the brick turn and he called. Checked back the river where AQ high was good vs his AT. This was the only showdown we had for quite a long time.
At around 39 left, we had our 4th table change. 32 were paid and we started that table with 85k in chips at 6kbb. From 39 till the bubble burst we kept applying max ICM pressure on our opponents and chipped up to almost 400k without showdown. We opened close to 12-15 unopened hands in a row. This was huge for us as just when the bubble burst. We ran our AK into AA and were down to 240k. Took another small hit to our stack when btn shoved 1.3bbs and we reshoved Q8o from sb as (bb was tight and had 5bb). BB woke up with 99 and held. The table broke and we were down to 18 players.
I started with around 220k at 10kbb. Picked up JJ vs a shortstack shove. We reshoved and held to get our stack upto 275k. After just playing tight for an orbit we were moved to the 2nd table where we started with 300k at 12kbb. Nikita Luther, the new Thrill Team Pro was on my right and 13 players were left at this stage of the tournament. I won a few pots and our stack was upto 450k by just applying pressure. At this time I messed up in a huge 3x Chiplead pot. This was the only hand I think I played bad in the whole tournament. We opened JTo from co and btn flatted. We x/raised JsTc8c flop, x/called 2s turn and x/folded 9d river because of ICM considerations. The reason I played this hand bad was probably because it was my first live deep run and instead of check/overshoving the flop which is the best play by far in this spot, I ended up playing that hand poorly in the spur of the moment. I discussed that hand with a lot of other pros and even though I’d play it perfectly if it happened online, live I couldn’t think through it properly. We were down to 200k at 16kbb after that hand. We got a couple of shoves through and started the FT with 317k in chips at 20kbb.
The FT was pretty weak to be honest. We just waited for a hand to double up and during that time I saw 2 chipleaders who had no idea of what they were doing going at it by 4bet shoving QJo on J47 flop and costing themselves over ₹3 Lakhs in equity. One of the CL busted and we were down to 7 players. At this time I realized that most of the players left had no clue about ICM so as a result I couldn’t put ICM pressure on them. We picked up 55 with 220k at 20kbb and shoved with our 11bb. We got called in 2 spots by AK and AQ. I had been loosing a lot of these key flips online the last month at final tables so it was really good to hold in this spot. We tripled up to 600k+ and were down to 4 players.
At this time we were 2nd in chips with the CL having a massive CL. We opened 99 from the CO and held against Nikita’s Q8. 3 players were left and the sb shoved his 5bb with Q5. We had Q7 and we called. We held and it was down to Heads Up. We started HU as a 3:2 underdog and our opponent was a recreational player. After 15 mins of heads up I figured out that he was ultra aggressive and had huge sizing tells. He was basically overpotting every flop so I decided to just play him postflop and not get involved in a lot of preflop spots as I had a massive skill edge vs him. But in those 15 minutes we lost a lot of pots and he had a 5:1 chiplead. With 400k at 40kbb we picked up 99 and shoved. He called with 66 and we doubled.
After this hand we had around 800k and he had a 2:1 CL. We kept playing postflop and checked 45o from the BB. The flop was J74, we x/called flop. The turn was a 5 and we turned 2 pair. We x/raised his 70k turn bet to 170k and he shoved. I called and he had 76 for a middle pair + OESD. The river bricked out and we held. Suddenly we doubled again and had the 2:1 CL. At this point I realized that with this CL and my edge I could take this down. I switched to a complete postflop fit or fold limp strategy and (limp/folded)/(open folded) 10-12 hands in a row. Which is huge in HU. Vs this particular opponent who was overpotting every flop I just had to wait for a hand and keep the preflop varience as low as possible.
We got T8o and limped the BTN. He checked from the BB and the flop was 976 rainbow. We flopped the nuts and checked back the flop. The turn was a 6 and he bets. We raise and he snap shoves. We obviously snap call and he tables 63o for trips. The river bricks out, we hold and win the tournament!
It was an amazing experience to say the least. The 60k Highroller, 30k Main and the 8k Greed didn’t go too well but I couldn’t complain. It was a fantastic IPC for me. I sold action for all the tournaments that I played at the IPC and it felt good making some money back for my investors who’ve trusted me since I started playing live in January.
2015 has been pretty good for me so far. With my 100$ to 5,000$ challenge being smashed at the start of the year. The 100k$ Challenge getting a superb start. Me improving a lot as a player, getting consistent results online and finally a live title. It’s pretty satisfying when you see the hard work paying off which can sometimes take longer than usual. This just motivates me to work harder each and everyday and keep improving as a player.
It’s been a super journey so far and I’ll try to blog as often as I can! I’m already looking forward to the Next IPC! GL to all the Indians leaving for Macau (Red Dragon) and GL y’all at the felts!
April 4, 2014 in Uncategorized
This is the first of many blogs yet to come on PokerGuru. A Little bit about me. I am Arsh from Delhi, Have been familiar with this game of poker for the past 7 yrs of my life and I started playing this back when I was 11. Yes that’s right, I’m playing this game since I was 11. I turned 18 a few days ago and can now officially play poker online and live (Not in Vegas Yet) but we’ll get there.
So for the past 7 yrs, I’ve played on numerous online websites starting way back on zynga poker. I remember that time when It was launched. I was a kid then, discovered this game and got hooked on to it. It was fun as I had zero knowledge of the game and sometimes you would win shoving almost anyhand, that was the start for me. I Soon discovered shows like High Stakes Poker, and watched WSOP Run Throughs for days which gave me enough knowledge to make around 300-400 Million Zynga chips. Then I Learnt how in 2003 Chris Moneymaker turned a 20$ sattelite ticket into millions. After reading that, I was, what do you call that ? A Kid with a Dream. So I sold my zynga chips for $$ on ultimate bet and full tilt poker thinking of doing something similar (little did i know I was about to get owned)
With just about no core knowledge about this game, I started playing online. I lost that money within minutes. All the hard work in getting those 400 million zynga chips was gone. I remember having 35$ in my account and sitting with it on a 50NL Table thinking it would be as easy as zynga poker. To my surprise it wasn’t. Days went by as I tried to find more sources to get money on any poker website and start playing.
Chris Ferguson’s, 0-10,000$ Challenge was running at that time and I was inspired. I remember playing freerolls for 2 straight months and failing on ftp. Thats when i discovered pokerstrategy.com, I was 12 or 13 at that time and Poker Strategy had a promotion running which would offer 50$ to new players. And that was it. For a year straight, I used to avail that offer, bust. Then find a new computer, ip, rinse and repeat. That happened a countless no. of times and now when I look back at it. It feels like it was just a stupid kid who was doing anything in his power to play real money poker online.
When I turned 14 and figured out that I wasn’t going anywhere with this. I started reading, learning, watching videos on bankroll management. I was still pretty bad back then and busted my roll atleast a few more times on UltimateBet and FTP. Things kept on improving as I started to mature, More sense started to knock into me and I started getting better. You could say from a looser to a merely break even player.
As I got more sensible and got some hang of things, I started winning some small field tournaments on ftp (micro ones). That motivated me, and inspired me even more. For once I was winning, Winning in a game that I love and it felt like heaven (Which was some rungood ofcourse).But it made me watch more videos and I started ordering books. That was the turning point where I actually got better (I’ve read almost 9 books on MTT Strategy till date and they were one of the main reasons for my game to improve.)
Then came the black Friday period, Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars and Absolute Poker got seized by the FBI. And I was pissed, even though It was just a very small amount of money that I had in my FTP Account, It was all the money I had online to play. After playing on these websites, playing with chips on zynga poker felt like a joke and I couldn’t ever return to it. So I shifted to other websites that used to offer 5$ no deposit bonuses and started playing there. I was addicted, hooked to this game of cards and I actually came to realize that this could be actually be taken as a profession.Realized It was more skill than luck. It was Volume > Varience. Realising most of this just made me love this game of cards even more.
So When I turned 16, I started getting more serious about it. PokerStars was back and I also started playing home games with my cousins & friends. The knowledge I had was enough to beat them and it felt good. So, at the latter part of the year, I started a new journey, I guess I read around 4 books and watched a ton of videos on different websites that made me want to grind. I started off with a small amount, used strict BRM and ran it up to a really hefty payout, having some great scores. At that point, I used to play everyday and put in 12 hr sessions. I even remember my all time SnG/MTT Count to be upto 7K+ Tournaments over all platforms.
Days like this went by for almost 6 months, I started staying up at nights, and sleeping all day. Which eventually resulted in less or no attendence at school. Though My Grades didn’t suffer as I put in the work in the last few months. Still my parents were not so happy about their kid gambling at the age of 16. Atleast that’s what they thought it was. And it took me a lot of time to make them understand how this game was not like roulette or crabs.
They knew that I had love for this game and that I was getting pretty good at it (Courtesy of a few decent cashouts). It was time to make a decision. My parents are the type of people who would never force you to do something you don’t want to and they are always supportive of what you want to do, given that you do it at the right time. And playing poker for 14 hrs straight everyday when your 16 wasn’t quite the right thing to do at that time.
So, I made a decision. A bold one. I decided to give up poker for almost 2 years. (1 and a half) to be precise which was really tough for me. But I knew that, its exactly what my parents wanted. Though I decided to not play poker, I never stopped learning, reading books, watching videos on DC, Scrolling through forums. The urge to play was at par but I bared with it.
And now here I am, After 1.5 yrs of scrolling through forums everyday, watching countless number of videos, readin’ books and P&GC threads on 2p2. I am back with a plan. A solid plan and back for good.I have officially made my own account on PokerStars and I don’t need to play on a cousin’s or friend’s account anymore. That feels like a huge relief. My 12th Board exams have finally ended and my dream of becoming a poker pro starts now.
My parents are supportive, they are supportive of me taking this as a profession and for a living because they knew my love and dedication for this game and which is all that one could ask for. The love of poker for me is more than anything and I would never stop playing this game! At the end of the day, If you can find something in life which you love to do, that can earn you money and you look forwarding to do keep doing it everyday, Thats basically all you need in life.
That was about the past, but what does the future have in store for me ?
I have followed pokerguru and the Indian poker group for a while now. Following a lot of good Indian players, railing them. One thing that I have been always wanting to do for the past year is get coached. And I would love to be coached by one of the top Indian players if possible. Players like bblack, intervntion, donka, anti, danish (Sry if I missed someone). Especially Intervntion. His results speak for themselves and what he has given back to the Indian poker community is commendable! I followed PGMC and would love to be a part of the 3rd edition if it returns !
From this day onwards, I will be taking up poker professionally and starting out with a relatively small bankroll. (1500-2000$) I know it’s not a lot but I will be following proper BRM and grinding this to be a decent Amount. If I still tend to bust, I will be reloading (Which I’m positive I won’t with the knowledge that I have gained over the past 2 years)I will be sticking to Low Limit FLHE Cash Games (Which I’m getting coached for) & Low-Micro ranged MTTs. Will put in 12-14 hr sessions atleast 4-5 times a week. and playing my best poker. I am going for Supernova on stars this year and I am on achieving it 2-3x if possible.
Also, If I do manage to bink anything in the next 2-3 months and am lucky enough to make a decent bankroll that quick, I would be more than willing to join indian players in all the poker tours across Europe and Asia. Meeting new people with similar interests is another thing that I love! Be it the Macau Poker Cup or WSOPA. For me, there is no looking back. I am dedicated and focused in making a career out of this and making my dream of becoming a professional poker player a reality.
I will blog atleast once a week and keep you guys updated on how I am doing!
Cheers & GL Everyone, See you all at the tables…
I will only keep volume goals, things i can control and not worry about the profits (Though they’r always nice), but my motive for the next 9 months is improve my online game to that level that I can crush 2015 and never look back 🙂
I start in a couple of days :’)
May 20, 2014 in Uncategorized
Hey Guys, this is the follow up to my last blog and yes I said I will be blogging weekly but the circumstances changed and a lot of stuff happened between that time.
I started playing on stars and just after a couple of days my account was frozen and stars asked me to provide my documents. I had just turned 18 last month and I didn’t actually have all that they required from me. My Passport was expired which I had given for renewal but was supposed to take a long time and I applied for a Driving License which takes a while as well.
So, My stars account got reinstated today.. Another tough month for me to stay without playing poker but I took that time to relax myself and prepare for the year long grind that I’ll be in.
Another goal that I have set for myself will be reading 4 books in a month. Yeah I know that sounds like a lot but dedication is something that takes you far in life. So I’ll be aiming to finish a book per week. After I’ve done that, I will read all those four books again in the upcoming month so that I can get the most out of it!
I will be surely be putting in the hours now and will even make a P&GC thread on 2p2 to keep me motivated, so watch out for that 😀
My weekly blog posts should hopefully be there now for all you guys who want to be a part of my journey! I can’t thank you guys enough for the support!
GL at the table peeps, Lookin’ forward to meeting y’all at the felts!