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February didn’t go too well but my volume was terrible anyway.

Net Won: $1932
EV Won: $9025
Hands: 52 224
Time Played: 63 hours
VPPs earned: 50 000

I’m trying to play more this month. Have been working quite a bit on CREV and finally putting in some effort in reading MOP. I’ve been feeling a little sick for the past few days so I’ll produce a new strategy video when I get better.

12 comments for “February

  1. March 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Awesome that you’re not only putting up when you do great, also when you feel you’ve done bad xD

    Hopefully you’ll feel better in a few days. Really appreciate the vods you’ve put out, they’re much more interesting than most training site vods, where they talk for 1 hour about a few hands, or they put voice over something when they’re done, and keep pausing. Much cooler to see it in action xD

    • March 6, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      thanks :)
      i’ll try to produce more varied content in the future

  2. March 6, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Actually, I like your vods so much, I’m a buy your books, transferred $90 to my Stars, should be there in a few minutes, then I’ll buy all 3!!

    Ok, sending now, ship books asap please xD

    I’ve sent you a mail, my mail is

    In the mail I also have a screenshot of me sending the money to you <3

  3. Jeffrey Shew
    March 7, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Hey I’m learning poker and trying to build my bankroll from the micro stakes playing 9 handed 2cent/5cent zoom 4 tabling. I was wondering if there if you could explain the difference between 6 handed and 9 handed and how you would devise a strategy to play against 9 handed players?

    The main problem I find is that people are really tight in 9 handed but if I try to be aggressive, there are so many players I find a lot of them hit the flop or they have at least a pocket pair in their hand.

    • March 7, 2014 at 7:14 am

      People play 9-handed for a reason – They are afraid of dealing with wider ranges and want to be able to nutpeddle and wait for good hands. The way to exploit them is to steal very loosely in late positions preflop (with small raise sizes) and to attack their capped ranges when they show passivity. They often play value hands in a very obvious and imbalanced manner (their Turn and River raising ranges are highly weighted towards nutted hands). Basically their tight PF ranges which contains many pocket pairs allow them to flop sets really often.

      • Jeffrey Shew
        March 7, 2014 at 10:25 am

        Then for 9 ring, what would you suggest for a good VPIP? I usually play around 10% which I think is really tight at the moment because I only play nut hands. Also, so far I’ve exploited the weakness of players unable to fold 2nd nut hands. Would you think stealing pots and blinds be more profitable?

  4. David J
    March 7, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Hey Gavin, really like ur website! I have a couple questions that I am really curious about.

    How many buyins would u recommend for zoom 10NL/non zoom 10nl, 9 ring and 6 ring respectively?

    What would you consider a really big downswing? Negative x buyins in how many hands? What would you consider an average player’s winrate bb/100 versus someone’s winrate bb/100 who is crushing at 10NL or 25NL (microstakes)?

    When do you think a player should take a shot at higher stakes and when to move down accordingly dealing with a mega downswing?

    Thank you so much for helping,


    • March 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Buyins: At least 30. 40 would be a safer bet. Aggressive BR management only makes sense if you are very confident in your game.
      Big downswings for me would be somewhere between 30-50 buyins lost. At your stakes you shouldn’t be losing that much because games are much easier and edges are way larger.
      I don’t know too much about winrates, I suppose 10bb/100 would be the winrate of a good microstakes player. If you are achieving more over a substantial period of time, you’re wasting your time playing so low and should move up.
      I would advise taking it slow. I was always overeager to climb to the top and I came crashing down (having 33%+ of my BR wiped out) at least 3 times.

      • David J
        March 7, 2014 at 2:16 pm

        Thank you so much for your fast reply, would you recommend 9 ring or 6 ring at microstakes? I think 6 ring in general should be harder than 9 ring. But why do people still choose 6 ring over 9 ring if 9 ring is easier to play with?

        • March 8, 2014 at 12:57 am

          9man is really boring. I’m sure you can squeeze out a higher win-rate at 6max if you are good. Besides if you have any intention of playing midstakes you have to learn 6max for sure, since midstakes action for FR is really sparse and can only be found at pokerstars. You don’t get Zoom games running at NL200+

  5. March 8, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I’m exhausted, read through your beginner book, then I skimmed the other two. And I started in the evening to build my hud, and around 05:00 I finished. I have pt4, so couldn’t make it like yours, but I tried as good as I could to make it as good as I could, whilst referring to your Hud!!

    This is the popup I made, when I click on the hud stats:

    I tried to make it yellow and black as well, some stats I couldn’t find, and I didn’t want too much. Took ages finding the right size for the letters and stuff, but could see it clearly with size 9 (I’m on a 30 inch).

    The default stats, I have the same as yours, except I don’t have that skip cbet fold to bet stat, I can’t seem to find it xD

    Anything you see wrong in this layout, or will this suffice?

    • March 14, 2014 at 11:58 am

      looks fine to me for now.

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