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On last Sunday of January this happened and it was so sweet !
Its been a long long time since I had a nice big score in a single freeroll tournament.Poker being “Fun”& G@mes!Brings me to the time when I use to play playmoney poker for a year for fun and accumulated millions of play chips before I decided to play real money games.If isn’t fun and theres no passion I wont stick around .I also bought a gaming laptop recently to play pc games because its fun(prolly got influenced by twitch and also remembering as a kid when I use to play on sega mega drive,Atari etc),but only play when I have spare time and am bored,so thats rarely(no passion to be a gamer on twitch or otherwise).
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On January 2nd I won the Merge Networks Nightly $33, for almost $1000. It was nice to get the first win of the year early on but even more importantly, this win pushed me past the $600,000 mark in career cashes. Most of those cashes have taken place over the past 6 years but 2018, wrapped-up my 12th consecutive year of being in profit, so I thought I’d take this time to thank those who have helped me along the way.
As I put together this list, some names you will know, others you may not. Some of the names you know, may be a bit controversial, but for me this list represents how they personally helped me and is not a statement on all their views or actions. So with all that said, here are my top 10 influencers, in approximately the chronological order that they influenced me.
1. Pat Mehaffie- This 60-something year- old grandmother, at the time, was the one who introduced me to Poker Stars in 2007. She only played the play money side of it but it was through her influence that I signed up to, also play the play money part. It was soon thereafter however, that Poker Stars emailed me saying they had credited my account with 2 real dollars. I took that $2.00 and ran it up…the rest as they say is history. My 600k in cashes all stems from that original $2.00 freeroll!
2. Phil Gordon (@philnolimits) Phil’s book, Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em was the first poker book I ever bought. It was really what cemented in my mind how much of a strategy game poker really is and gave me some initial fundamentals to apply.
3. Vince Olaf (@shnoodolaf) My wife and I moved to Harrisburg, PA post Black Friday and my online game play had greatly diminished other than playing on BetOnline. It was shortly after moving that I discovered a local game Vince ran in local restaurants. This game gave me a chance to meet a lot of new people and just for fun play the game we all love. However, an honorable mention to this list could go to Jon Bratz who asked me if I had ever played on the Merge network. That same night, April 17th 2012, I signed up on Merge and played my first tourney. Since then over 500k of my cashes have come on there. So thanks Vince for hosting the game and for being a great friend as well.
4. Annie Duke (@AnnieDuke) Her book, Decide to Play Great Poker: A Strategy Guide to No-Limit Texas Hold-em revolutionized my game at the time. For the first time I was seeing how to see the game through hand ranges, proper bets sizes and a proper balance of bluffs vs value. And it all came down to then making proper decisions and that those proper decisions over time would always pay off in the long run. I’m not here to debate whether all her decisions off the felt were always proper but I do know that her book definitely set me on the right path poker wise.
5. Jonathan Little (@JonathanLittle) After Annie’s book, I had a real thirst to soak up as much poker content as possible. So I started subscribing to PocketFives, when they were also a training site. At the same time I also came across a lot of stuff from Jonathan. Books, articles, videos, you name it, I wanted to know everything he had to say, especially in relation to tournaments. Jonathan still puts out a ton of quality content which you can find on his web-site. www.jonathanlittlepoker.com
6. John Gonzalez (@BetOnDrew) If I were putting these in order of importance here is the #1 guy on the list. If anyone deserves an entire blog post just about them, it’s this guy! I first became familiar with Drew through one of his PocketFives training videos. Then on July 22, 2013, he became my 1st coach. Wow did he open my eyes to so much more and it was through his influence that poker went from a nice little side income to a second career. Even greater though is he has become a fellow brother in Christ and my very best friend in the poker community. We have spent many hours in person and online learning and growing together in the things of life and in the game we both love. Thanks bro…truly better together!
7. Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) Daniel hasn’t influenced my play as much as my attitude towards the game. The better you become the easier it is to get upset when others make stupid plays. Our natural tendency is to want to call out how bad they are or call them a fish or donkey or try to teach them the right thing. What I learned from Daniel though, was to make the game fun for people. Don’t chastise them…and for goodness sake don’t teach them…you want them making bad plays so why would you correct that?
8. Mike Gagliano (@Gags30poker) Gags is another person I became familiar with via the PocketFives training videos. Then we played a live tournament together in Atlantic City, which eventually led to him becoming my 2nd coach (www.Gags30poker.com). His big influence? Convincing me to use a HUD…yep that’s right…up until this point I had refused! That turned out to be a pretty good decision…thanks Gags!
9. Alex Fitzgerald (@TheAssassinato) My 3rd coach and yet another one that I met via PocketFives. Alex is the most expensive but is worth every penny. His knowledge of the math side of things is second to none. His books, videos and coaching are all worth it but he also puts out a lot of free content for those that can’t afford it! You can sign-up for all that and more at his web-site www.pokerheadrush.com Alex is another person that I’ve gotten to know off the felt as well and it’s a real honor to call him a friend.
10. Doug Polk (@DougPolkPoker) For a long while no one was cranking out more high quality and highly entertaining YouTube poker videos than Doug. Hearing and watching his thought process eventually led me to purchasing a few of his courses through www.upswingpoker.com. Doug has helped me to clarify some of the more complex parts of poker into much simpler terms and concepts and I’m grateful for his teaching style.
I wish I had more time to further thank those above and the many that were not mentioned. My point is this…whether it’s poker or life, none of us are who we are without others. None of us should ever stop learning. None of us should think we are self-made. So surround yourself with people that will make you better…whether that means in person or having mentors from a far.
As for my January grind, I was again busy traveling a lot for church related activities so again my volume was about ½ of what I would typically like it to be. However, even in the limited time, I was able to grind out a profitable month that got 2019 off to a good start.
With all that said…here is the January 2019 break-down…
20..…. Final Tables
7.......Top 3 Finishes
$4605.60 in total cashes (65.40% ROI)
Now onto my Merge up-date. For those not familiar with my blog, Merge stopped allowing Pocket Fives to track scores on September 5th 2016, so what I’m doing here is tracking where I would have been had they not stopped tracking. I do play some on other networks but Merge gets out 95% of my volume so I thought it would be fun and motivating to keep things going as if though it never stopped. I use Poker Dominator to track all tourney’s so these are the most accurate and up-to-date numbers as of the last day of the month.
Merge Lifetime Total: $536,846.14
Career Lifetime Total: $603796.50
Career number of Cashes: 4706
Follow my monthly results in real-time by following me on Twitter: @YourPokerPastor
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It's good to be back on US soil after two months in Europe. I absolutely love everything about Europe, but nearing the end of my journey I started to get exhausted from the travel. It's always good to get back home and take a short break to regroup and get the mind and body feeling good again.
For the past week of being home, I have been considering my exit from poker. Each day I come up with something new. But today I am questioning why I am questioning my future. I've determined that there is something about being in my hometown that makes me feel like I have to do what everyone is doing (get a "real" job, buy a house, find a wife, have kids, ect...).
However, the past couple of days I have the fire lit under me again. I'm ready to compete, and put all my hard work to the test. Poker has been the one thing over the past 15 years that I haven't given up. I have spent thousands of hours studying this game and thousands of hours playing this game. Constantly, I am learning and thinking about how I can play hands/spots better and exploit my opponents.
The passion is still there. I absolutely love poker. I still strive to be the best. I still love the competition.
People laughed behind my back when they found out that I was playing poker for a living. They will never understand. I hope they continue to doubt me, because it's one of the main reasons I am able to succeeded. I find it sad that people waste their energy rooting against me and waiting for me to fail instead of finding ways to change their life for the better, but to each their own. Most people have given up on their dream, I have not.
If I come off a bit arrogant sometimes, it's because I worked really hard for this. I typically put in 80 hours a week in some form, just to make sure I have enough money for the month to pay the bills. I didn't have natural talent like so many of the successful poker players. I had to work really hard for this. I am proud of my success and will continue to strive for more.
My goals haven't change even though my surroundings are trying to talk me into change. I will be a champion. I will win World Series of Poker Rings. I will win a major tournament. I will continue to travel to the world while fulfilling my dream. But even if I don't get those things, I will never give up on this dream!
You can not stop me!
If you are unhappy with your current situation, here are a few things I hope will help.
Don't let the people closet to you scare you away from what you are doing. They don't understand what you are trying to accomplish and so often they try to talk you out of something because they themselves were never able to take a risk and even attempt to accomplish their goals.
Stay focused. This is what you want. There are going to be moments of pain. It will not be easy. You will not get to the end goal if you're distracted. You have to work on your goal everyday. If you truly want it, there is no reason to take a day off. Don't take baby steps, take leaps. But understand that even with taking leaps, this goal will take time. be prepared for the long haul
If the main fear for accomplishing your goal is the financial burden, find ways to simplify your life. Don't buy the $7 Starbucks everyday. Get rid of subscription services like Netflix (it's going to distract you from your goal anyways). Sell your vehicle. Live in a cheaper apartment/house or live free and travel around from different cheap AirBnb's. Move to a cheaper country. If you work digitally, you can live in places like Thailand for under $500 a month.
People will judge you. As soon as you start reaching for something that seems unobtainable to others, they will judge you. They will wait for you to fail. Use this as motivation and tell yourself, "I must succeed".
But Chris, It's easy for you to say...
Just stop. There is a way. It's easy to come up with excuses why you can't do something. That's what 99% of people do and that's why they get stuck working some job they hate with no life fulfillment. You are different. You're the 1% that will find a way.
Don't make it all about money. I hate the cliche, but it's true, money will not make you happy. You need to find something that you truly enjoy. If you make $20,000 a year from it or $200,000 a year from it, it shouldn't matter. Remember, this is what you want. The financial aspect is just the payoff for your passion.
Chris 'Professional Homeless Poker Player' Perkins
In the long run, yes.
In the short term, skills increase your chances of winning but do not guarantee it.
There are many types of poker and they all require similar skills, but there are major differences in how different games work. For example, in Omaha, you get 4 closed cards, versus 2 in Texas Hold'em, so your range of potential winning hands is much higher, just like the others. Even in Hold'em, the limit plays much less than the limit, and the strategies between them differ radically.
The basic skills of poker begin with knowing which hands are worth playing and become more complicated when you start looking at your chances of getting the best hand. players, and also how to generate the most shares when you have the best hand - if you scare others by folding them against your unbeatable hand, you will not earn as much money.
I played online for extra money a long time ago. Online poker is very different from what it was at the time - players have progressed tremendously since the "old" days. It takes a lot more skill to win online than in the past. The low limit live games are probably still pretty easy.
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1. Stop reading shitty blogs
2. Report shitty blog to mods
3. Regret reporting shitty blog , afterall all blogs are shitty and what the f do I read now?
4. Stop concentrating on shitty blogs and actually get a resolution list going
5. AKo is not infallible, realise that it can lose and the old guy calling with Qd8d is sometimes going to get there, serenity now.
6. Start a band made up of poker players from Australia , afterall the draconian no online poker laws are not going away any time soon, so what else do we have to do?
7. Admit that I don't know wtf I am doing and then take advantage of free videos from 1985 to spice up and tighten up my game
8. Get a bankroll together by selling all my no.1 issues of house cleaning monthly,buy a google watch, take advantage of the email I got asking to buy all my bitcoins for a cool $75 each(do this quickly before they realise how inflated their offer is) Use the same email link to transfer 80% of each bank account to an offshore site so they can set up a player account for me which allows me to play from Australia but register as playing from Europe
9. Advise all my friends and relatives to do the same,and if anyone is reading this feel free to do the same I can send you the link once I get the technician to unlock my computer because someone was trying to infiltrate my system and the company I am using for all the transfers were able to catch them for me and are in the process of correcting it as soon as the fee is paid,shouldn't take too long , but basically just go online and ask for people who can tranfer your money for you and set up a safe/false identity
10. Make bank
It's going to be a good new year because this time I am prepared for the year . rather than waiting for the cliche New Years Eve "soft promise" to change my ways and do things better. My plans are already in progress, hell I may as well become a financial advisor on the side for extra money after all the stuff I've been taught by Hugo the money man over the past week.
Wishing all the poker world and all industries related to this wonderful game all the best for the New Year. Let's work together to help the game prosper , basically as players we can try something wild like talking at the table and using word play for tells and information, I understand this used to be called "playing poker" and in turn this will make the promoters,producers and news sources jobs that little bit more easy by making the content more attractive to the general public. Going down in flames because doofus want to talk about 3% edges and how wonderful he/she is makes no sense to anyones bottomline.
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There was a brief moment at the Cherokee WSOPc where I got to really experience the excitement of being at a major event with friends.* Coming out of a break I darted over to 1dullgeek's table to check on his stack,* he was sitting on about 150k in chips in the 8 max event while I had amassed 43k in a very soft plo8 field.* After a brief discussion we ended with a fist bump and a lets do this.* The rush of knowing we both were one double from serious contention in fields with nice prize pools was intense and invigorating.*
Then just as fast as it began it was over for me.* *About 25 min into the next set of levels, I missed on a freeroll for a scoop,* lost to a short stack all in with AK27s and then got in good for my tourney life only to lose to runner runner wheel against A225.* I busted 8 from the money in one of my favorite tourney formats, and I was crushed.* 1dullgeek managed to last much longer but ran into a similar fate, after flopping a set and losing to a 2 outer river followed by getting kings all in against A-10 only to see the ace spike the flop.
I remembered telling my wife it was going to be a long trip home,* but to my surprise it wasn't.* *As I started the 9.5 hour trek home,* I fired up some poker podcasts, mainly to take my mind off things.* For the first few I honestly was not even listening much to the content,* the particular podcast I was listening to was geared at beginning players,* and I really was just using it for background noise.* I began to think about what I always see and feel when i go to a WSOPc..* I always think to myself that "I am good enough to win one of those events".* *Honestly I don't believe that to be hyperbole.* I really do feel that way, and am confident that is the case.
The problem though, is one common to poker players.* It is confusing potential with expectation.* A simple explanation of the problem comes with pocket aces.* We have the potential to win with aces between 80-92% of the time, but our expectation is that we should win with them 100% of the time.* So often we enter fields that we know we have the potential to win, but then leap to expecting to win them.* Now there is nothing wrong in confidence or believing in yourself,* where the problem lies is when we merely satisfied with having "potential" to win, and we stop pushing to improve that potential.* This was roughly my 30th WSOPc event.* I have 3 final tables,* 7 or so cashes,* and 1 chop.* Why have I not taken one down if I have the potential to win one outright?*
Well the obvious answer is 30 is a ridiculously small sample size, and the 3 final tables, 7 cashes and 1 chop say nothing about whether my ability is good or bad, I could just have run really well.* Coming home on the drive though I started to wrestle with a question.* As I look at the elite players online and live, what is the gap between them and me?* I started to look at some of the obvious shortcomings... Bankroll,* some of these guys can fire 4 bullets in a tourney and not even flinch with their bankrolls,* this is an obvious advantage.* *Friends,* some of these guys are parts of 10-12 people crews who study together,* coach each other, train competitively...* *Health.* Fitness is all the rage in poker these days, and while there are definitely successful players who don't have fit in their vocabulary, the advantages of being healthy and full of the right energy necessary to sustain 12 hours of play in a day cannot be denied.* Experience,* I don't care who you are the first few final tables of any major tourney series can be tense.* The more you do it the more comfortable you get.* *
Talent....* *Wait a minute I am talented...* I have over 300k in online earnings, I already mentioned 3 WSOPc final tables!* Some people don't have one...* I have final tabled the sunday storm on poker stars... I am a MOSS Champion(this is all sarcasm in case you don't have a meter).* *I do have talent, but what happens to so many players is they decide talent is enough, they decide potential is enough, and they stop getting better.**
The truth is I did not get much studying done in November,* now there were some very practical reasons for this, it wasn't just deciding I was going to grind myself into the ground and ignore study.* I did still take occasional periods aside to contemplate poker theory and strategy,* but I put extra time into building my stream, and into getting prepped for vacation that took away from study time in November.* I knew coming back in December I was going to be doing more studying,* but it was the second half of the trip that changed everything for me.
As I switched to a poker podcast with more advanced strategy,* I started hearing the buzz words that had me so excited about study in September and October.* I started remembering the fun of getting into detailed hand reading analysis,* how much fun it can be to interpret blockers and bet sizing,* how to really become exploitative when your heads up with certain opponent types.* *I began to think about how many hours in the last 6 weeks I played sub-optimally because I was on auto pilot, or I wasn't truly engaged to hands.* It's not like I didn't make money in the last 2 months, but with every successive podcast the whole picture started coming together.* I want my potential and my expectations to align, and I don't want to settle with "having the potential to win" I want to have the best potential to win of anyone I am up against.* Those are two different things.**
Now to be fair, that is an absurd declaration to make in any field.* In reality most tourneys probably have several elite players who are separated by very very tiny edges that couldn't possibly be measured, and any one of them could out play another on any given day.* Yet how many poker players cannot even reach that elite status because once they become good, they are satisfied.* Once they are no longer dead money, they have achieved their own personal elite status, and the focus shifts from getting better to cutting their teeth and proving they belong.* I am always vulnerable to this because of my competitive nature and my passionate drive,* but it is time that I turn those weaknesses into strengths and channel them into study.* Not just studying poker in general, but getting on the cutting edge of poker study and getting ahead of the curve.* Being willing to take risks on trying new things and becoming a part of what evolves poker instead of always keeping up with the latest trends.
Prior to Black Friday there was an 8$ rebuy on poker stars that I managed to chop on 2 different occasions.* At the time I was into writing and I remember writing an article about things I learned in poker, that actually got acknowledged and nominated for an award.* There was one particular part of the article that got criticized though.* It was regarding being outside the box.* I talked about how I had shifted to min raising in the mid-late stages of tournament play,* because I was seeing no difference in fold equity(I was actually getting lots of fold equity to min raises back then)* and thus there was no point to raising to 3x given the amount of times I was opening in this tourney.* *People pitched a huge fit talking about how ridiculous it was to raise anything less then 3x pre-flop, and how bad of a play it was.**Fast forward several years and we can laugh about this, as 2-2.2x raises pre-flop are practically standard now.* *
When I busted that WSOPc,* I felt awful, I felt like a huge opportunity was lost, and I felt like I had failed,* but coming home I realized that this may have been the highest EV result possible.* I am coming home now with the dream more real to me then ever before,* I want to get back there, and I want to do it with ample bankroll, ample bullets, and with a potential that is as close to it's ceiling as possible.* *I am coming home now with a healthy view of what it takes to be elite and the desire and commitment to make it happen.* As a result* I am setting a goal of streaming 12 study sessions in December.* Most will be during the day, and while I realize not everyone can watch during the day, VODs and you-tube are things of beauty.* I feel that this will allow my awesome followers and my friends to hold me accountable.* All my goals for December are going to be study based,* I am making 0 volume or profit goals.* *I truly believe with this approach, the results will speak for themselves....
You can watch these study sessions and more by following the PokerPastor at twitch.tv/PokerPastor
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Full Disclosure... I went through a messy divorce this past year, lost my father and grandfather all in the same time period. My bankroll suffered indirectly. My play wasn't up to par , mixed with a downswing , and playing above my bankroll just lead to disastrous results. Now I could sit around and say boo hoo look at me , But I grinded through and came out stronger because of it. I made adjustments in my life and got focused. I feel better and got out of a toxic situation. My health is better, I eat better and I have more fun. When it came to poker, I used discipline and sought new motivation for my game. My game was more self centered before but now I realize that long term, I am doing this for my 2 little boys. I plan to pay my mortgage, so they will always have a home , and pay for their college or trades in life one day through these earnings. My career is still a priority, but in today's world one salary is not enough and poker is my supplemental career. When I talk about my kids , poker and work, people always say... "I don't know how you do it". The answer is simple though. It's about discipline. Having kids, while pursuing a dream is a hard endeavor. Below I listed some tips on how to succeed in the Dad/ Poker world. ( This goes for Moms as well)
1.) Kids come first - this needs to be number one. You need to put your kids first. This means attending their soccer practices, back to school nights , birthday parties etc. We only have so much time in our lives and we need to help these little guys/gals out. If your putting a card game ahead of your kids schedule then its never going to work. And before you say " well I need to make this money to help them" ... Watch the Eric Seidel pokerography. His kids are interviewed and say he never missed a high school sports game a day in their lives. Eric is one of the top players in the world and he can do it.
2.) Eat Better / Exercise More - If you are like me, and your work full time, and play almost full time , then your health is going to take a toll. Kids in general will make you sleep less. I have found though by eating better and making exercise a part of your daily routine , I have more energy and can sleep less and still feel more energetic. This is a huge challenge for a lot of people. My recommendation is making prop bets to get started ( I currently have a bounty on my head, if people catch me eating certain carb foods on certain days I have to pay them cash ) Money motivates us and this helps. On days I can't go to the gym , I run around the back yard with my kids, play soccer with them, jump on the trampoline or work out in my basement. Involve your kids in your exercise and you accomplish 2 things in once. Family time and Exercise.
3.) Wait til the kids are asleep... this is huge. Trying to play while your kids are running around , screaming , breaking stuff or making a mess is going to be a disaster. I do not start playing at night until my kids go to bed. It allows me to focus more and actually unwind for the day. Trying to watch your kids and play just doesn't work. Make a set bed time every night and stick to it.
4.)Time management .. laying clothes out, pre packing ... Creating time to play is a must. This means when the kids are coloring, doing homework or watching TV, I am making lunches , laying out clothes for the next day, checking book bags etc. By pre planning and getting things set up for the rest of the week , you will create more time to play . So when you start playing online , you don't have to worry about something you forgot to do for their school the next day. Create more time by becoming more organized.
5.) Naps ... This is the ultimate secret. When my kids nap, I nap. A good 25 min power nap will do wonders for your health and well being. There is a lot of good studies out there that say the same thing. Learn to squeeze in a good nap. Put down your phone, turn off the TV and just learn to nap or relax. Sometimes I will get 2 - 15- 20 min naps in a day and pays off wonderfully when putting in some late nights on the felt.
Dad life is hard. Work Harder!
"You can't teach an old dog new tricks" is a phrase I have heard a few dozen times in my life from various individuals crossing my path. Crossing the poker table though? A similar statement is usually coming from a man well into is 70's, rendering the opposite "Huh, I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks" as they slowly rake in a pot.
When playing a hand in poker, win or lose, if you're serious about the game, often times you'll look at how you could have improved. Did you make the right decision from a mathematical standpoint? Maybe there is something you could have done better to maximize your value? Naturally, in the art of progression, you learn from unlocking that knowledge, and move on in your career as a better player (even if only in that one spot).
"Clogging leaks" to poker players is the art of fixing bad decisions of the past, in preparation for future times where they will face similar choices. This is one of many takeaways from poker you can apply to your life in an effort to better your day-to-day. It seems more logical that the game of poker mirrors life in the sense that it gives constant examples of people that don't continuously make the same mistakes over and over, rather than being an exception to the rule that bad decisions are an unfortunate inevitability to anyone making a single error in judgement. It is my belief that this could easily tie back into teaching old dogs new tricks, as well as past mistake makers not being deemed for eternity to continue the same patterns.
It is said that the probability of a former prison inmate returning to prison is somewhere around 80%. Beyond a side rant about the system not working...wouldn't one assume the downswing of being behind bars (if the system worked) would be enough to sway someone to clog that leak in their game? I sometimes wonder if poker had been introduced nationwide, to learn at a high level, if these statistics would still be the same. Maybe the average individual would be more aware of the fact that they don't have to be that negative statistic?
Probability is something we face in poker with every hand. Mastering the fact that you are at the mercy of mathematics, and knowing that all you can do is put yourself in the best position to win, are both key elements in getting better at the game of poker. This too can transfer to the game of life.
Many people have the idea that whenever they finally happen to win the lottery, their life would be whole. Alas! I have seen many examples of money not buying happiness. Financial hurdles are the biggest to jump through as we speak, but any success in that field, or any other for that matter, should not be relied on for happiness. It should become a compliment to a life in which you have found a sense of peace with all potential outcomes...including the lows, not just the highs!
Learning not to over-invest emotion into the game during the highs and lows was another "breakthrough" if you will. Things are great when we are winning, and terrible when we are losing, right? Perhaps instead of lower stakes to lower emotions a bit, maybe the dynamic is what is hurting the process. It is easier in poker to tilt off more money if I am already on the downward spiral, and in turn that causes my overall value to be much lower. In life it is easy to make things worse in forgettable, regrettable, and almost petty spots that in turn causes the overall value of life to be much lower.
I recall after playing online during a Sunday grind I was a bit frustrated about another Sunday full of close calls and high emotions. Online legend and hometown hero of our shared, sometimes despised residence of Sioux City, IA, William Reynolds, told me in response "We can't discredit our effort by our results. That takes away from the mindset that we did everything we could have today to put ourselves in the best position to win". A lot of what Will has told me lifetime has stuck with me. I have tried to absorb what ever his astonishing, and at times unorthodox mind projects, but this was pretty much a mini-epiphany.
Pictured is a photo from 2011 of Will and a much heavier me at Red Rock. This day was a prime example of Mr. Reynolds' desire to reach the top no matter the mountain being climbed, and was also one of the first legitimate steps in me moving to better my mind, my body, and myself.
One thing that would surely be an infinite, renewable power source if we could figure out how to harness it would be undervalued effort. Underappreciated effort. The constant examples of work put in by everyday individuals that goes unnoticed seems to rival the number of sand grains on Earth. You have to hang your hat more on the fact that you know you are going to be better tomorrow based on the effort put forth today.
Always doing things with certainty is certainly the best path! How are you going to win if you never think you can? What was that Henry Ford quote? "Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't, you're right" ...That's the one!
Confidence, not cockiness. Knowing you are going to make the best moves, the best play, the best effort. Leave it all on the court, floor, ice, street, or table. If you are not putting yourself in a winning mindset, you'll only be left with bad beat stories and excuses to what could have been. You will stumble and come up short with that mindset of course more times than not (math says so), but you must continue the progressing attitude that keeps you moving forward to find the times where you come out on top.
Humbling yourself must go hand in hand with confidence. Maybe you hit a big score in a Sunday Major, and get a bit too over confident on the next Sunday loading that same table. You find out quickly that last week's tournament has nothing to do with this week's. The only thing you can take from any length of time is the information that particular moment provided. You can only bring a better version of you to battle next time with newly harnessed information at your fingertips. You should be better for it as a person, and as a player of whatever game you are in.
I am not sure if any of this translates to anyone, or if it made sense to anyone else besides myself. I do know my overall poker experience lifetime has been a perfect example of a potentially harmonious life. I have learned so many things from the game and met so many faces with so many different backgrounds. For a degenerate hobby portrayed stereo-typically in back rooms and ending in gunpoint standoffs, I'd say it is a pretty beautiful game! It has taught me so much, and I have met so many amazing people just by splashing pots with them.
Thank you poker. For teaching me things I probably would have never known about the beating hearts living life, giving effort, and playing the game right along with me!
Hi poker community,
Reaching out to find out when enough's enough. I've been playing and studying poker for 13 years, and I am a poor man as the result. I've been stuck playing baby buy ins my entire career, because I can't break through. All of my poker friends and acquaintances have had some sort of significant success while I am dragged down by the fish. I'm contemplating life, and how much I feel I'm wasting away trying to succeed playing the game I hate at all times. Every opportunity for me to have a chance at something ends up in disaster. Over the years, I think and talk about poker tricking myself like I have some sort of grasp on the game as I watch my friends build their bankrolls. Mine is depleted for the 10th time. I'm currently down because I just played a dinky $6 satellite with one seat awarded to the million dollar guarantee on ACR in September. There was a consolation prize of $72. I made the final table and got to 4 handed with 380,000 at 4k/8k with the next closest player having 100k. I was positive that with a stack like that, like I always see, the cards would go my way while I played my best. But once we got 4 handed, I proceeded to lose EVERY SINGLE HAND until I was eliminated. The other 3 players had been playing extremely terribly during the rest of the tournament. The player on my right was down to 1 BB with 10 players left and hadn't played a hand AT ALL for almost an hour. Then he starts sticking it in every hand with trash and hits everything. The hand that started my fall was when said player raised the btn to 23k. I moved all in from the SB with K9hh knowing that he could be raising with a monster in that spot hoping to induce, but, his play style wasn't weighted that way. I figured he'd fold all of his marginal hands as if he had intended to get it in, he would just shove his hands to keep his FE. however, after raising and facing my all in bet, he calls it off with the A2o and flops an A. WHY? Why isn't he just shoving there? I'll tell you why. Because he's a fucken donkey. Then, why is he calling? I'll tell you why. He's calling because the thought in his head either "whatever, I don't care" or "I has an ace!". That's who I'm fucking losing to day in and day out. The next hand, I'm dealt 55 on the btn, and shove and the BB wakes up with JJ and cripples me. The blinds hit me, and on the next orbit, I shove A6s from the SB for my last 9 bigs and get called by the BB who has 11 BB's and has been snug while he's holding K8o. Naturaly, his K hits the turn and eliminates me. After, I'm ready to end it all, poker and life. I feel sick, over a fucking $6 satty I thought I had locked up. I have a successful business and a stunningly intelligent and gorgeous fiancee, and I want to kill myself because I can't win a $6 satty having had a major CL 4 handed. I'm trying to earn extra money for us, and I figure at some point, my game would turn around based on my skill and understanding of the game. But both of those things are meaningless when my opponents get everything they need when it counts to beat me. This scenario hasn't stopped for me EVER. My hands don't hold, I can't get folds when I'm supposed to, my bluffs never work. I've bubbled 5 times as many tournaments as I've cashed, and I know for a fact that when I get it in in those spots, I'm rarely in bad shape, and almost always, dominating. The players who call me are the worst players at my table. Something makes them decide at that moment, to gamble, completely abandon any logical thought, and spin the poker wheel. They always win.
My finacee sadly has to deal with my horrible mood all the time. I have made her watch while I play, so I have a witness to the horror. She has watched on countless occasions while I find that fish and get him to stick it in while I have the goods only to watch him runner runner me, suck out with his 2 outer on the river, or straight up flop me dead with garbage. As much as I've learned, I watch the same players win massive tournaments, watching their KK hold against Ax, then flopping set over set, then making the nut flush, and WINNING. While I'm losing to Borgata Jack when he defends his BB with 72o for funsies, then donk shoves against my AA and back doors his straight. I watch my AA get cracked by the BB shoving over my btn raise with his QQ and spiking. I watch my AA get cracked when the BB decides to defend 63hh, flop a FD, and call my 20 BB shove and runner runner's his straight. If I don't get folds, I lose, plain and simple, and for some reason, people love not folding their trash.
I CAN'T WIN. It's complete BS when all you successful players out there talk about your thought processes about how to play your hands when you can't lose. If you're unlucky, it doesn't matter how well you play. For all of you who say you can avoid being unlucky by playing well and that those of us who think poker is all about luck have much to learn, screw yourself. You are lucky, the cards go your way when you need them to and that's why you've won. You make a hero call here or there, you get a bluff through. But when you need it to work out for you, it has. And here I am, feeding the fish because nothing works out for me....for 13 years.
I want to be successful at poker. I want my $ back that it has taken from me. I want to punish the players I'm supposed to punish. I want to be a poker beast, and have always wanted that. I make a great move against a fish and lose and get criticized by "better players", and watch the players who win have their praises sung for making such a good move when it works out for them in the same scenarios, same thoughts. I'm sick of seeing the top pros win and win and win. I watch them play. They're lucky. Their hands hold. That's the only difference between them and me. They win and I lose, that's the only difference.
My conclusion about poker is that you can study all you want, play all you can, but if you're unlucky, that's the bottom line. I should have such an easy life at this point from poker. But even with all I have, I feel worthless. And if you say "just keep getting in those spots and eventually it will go your way", straight up suck it. I don't know how many more spots I can get it in good. Poker sucks. I wish I had never learned about it.
07/13/2017: 100 session challenge to me.
Bankroll: 1,500 starting value.
Goal in 100 sessions to build to 3,000 minimum playing 4/8 limit and 8/16 limit mixed with small 30 dollar and 50 dollar weekly tournaments.
Track all sessions with excel and keep detailed records of all sessions and players I encounter.
Post updates at least weekly if not two times a week.
See where it goes and where it ends up. This is a fun hobby thing and something I will do for enjoyment and learning.
Good luck to me.
Poker-techniques and methods:
A simple Mental approach to Coaching.
"I wish I could play today as I played that day"
a)- The Win- Be winning doesn't mean that you're playing well.
b)- The Control - You can't control the cards but you can control the form of play.
c)- The Illusion - Your mind can make you believe that you’re playing well, or poorly, which may not be real.
Second, Jared Tendler (Mental Coaching) that considers to be four levels of learning, that he call ALM (Adult Learning Model): Unconscious, Conscious, Incompetence and Competence, Jared puts these principles in a Johari window which uses psychology to help the individual and enhance your relationship with him and with others. (Open-Closed-Secret-Hidden).
The Poker Player is always in action, moving, playing, with the "thought", the "emotions" and "decision making". These three are the factors that a poker player needs to know about itself, these are strengths or vulnerabilities of any sport, as well as of any profession.
Jared also offers a model process for working with the player (PPREA) and refer also that the emotions of Poker players are always between the Doubt, Anxiety, Fear and can pass to Phobia. The basic emotions are joy, disgust, fear, sadness and anger, and are universal and they all affect the decision.
About your mental game, (involves what you think, what you feel and what decides) not always these three factors are United or appropriate at the moment (but because I make that call?) There are three key points that are needed to recognize:
1) the ability to recognize the variance.
2) the ability to recognize your technique.
3) the ability to recognize the technique of your opponent (s).
The pressure given on a material, (in the case of Poker players are in constant pressure) depends on the pressure exerted on the body and the material's response to that same pressure. and so is for actions that involve decision-making. The term Resilience is born of a concept where metallurgy materials go back to your original form after a certain pressure exerted on them (e.g. the rubber band back to your original shape after being stretched). So, it can recover more quickly and be able to maintain stable and so it is for human beings and for Poker. The Tilt is an emotional reaction to a determines pressure (negative), the opposite is the Euphoria that leads many players playing so deficient in virtue of having received what might be called positive pressure, strengthening, however with time will be influenced by the pressure of having to continue to win. What will create the illusion that you can't lose to a "fish" or who can win every hand.
The Resilience of a player builds up not only with his life, but there are studies indicators of these capabilities may be more developed in some personality types that others (see "children of Haiti").
However, the cognitive approaches can gladly develop aspects and fear reduction techniques and correct development of confidence and self-observation, introspective, very useful for professional players. Well with the motivation. on the question of motivation, understand that motivate is not to say, "you can do it", because that doesn't make sense because we don't know, we want to be able to, but we don't know if it's going to be. We can remember the joke of "stuttering talks ...! and he said to stutter the lame dropped "the lame wanted to walk and when he threw his crutches away, fell, because you said that he was capable of.
The real question about motivation is if the person knows how, when and what you can do (Pot Odds, implied Odds, bet value, equity, …). the confidence born from the reason and not the from illusion. So, learn, read, management is a good planning and organization to know what you are doing.
"Are you motivated? "I’m, today I'm with a great feeling " If you’re losing bigger will be down and the longer it will take to recover. A coaching would quickly a call to reality and say focus on "feeling " but don't forget that you're not going to play alone (that's his profession). It can be display optimized that confidence levels can and should be used, but then the spending euphoria is a moment, just a fuse, and then automatically loses the rationality. (that's his profession).
In the corridors between hands what we hear, most of the time, are the players count their bad beats. their stories. but are they really had a feedback and learn about it, some seek an opinion, but not to talk about their emotions "don't be a weak man, because men don’t cry", but the opinion was about something that happened and the probability of that hand to repeat in the same circumstances are tiny, so what is?
If we know that the future actions are determined by other variables that the player does not consider, what was your position? everyone knows that answer, but where were sitting on the table? Place 1? 10? 6? had players who were in action on that field of your vision? you know that the brain makes different readings varying where you are watching? How many players saw? as they were sitting, the room was the same? (...). And, what kind of players a have on my table?
So, what can the mental coaching do for you? Develop techniques and capabilities you consistently and linear. You're not just losing because you play badly, there's circumstances you don't control but you can learn to deal constructively and objectively with them.
Today poker won it’s a much larger dimension that just: Ah! It was a bad beat, or a cooler (? and how do you feel? how many times do you think of that? or are you on a downswing. For all now everybody is uses the expression that you are on a downswing, and that can be a month or even last for years (I think that's called depend on luck or bad luck) which makes no sense, no, because there is no professional in your area to last if I stand by that crisis, if you're not selling anything or not you show up customers Nothing's going to happen if he does nothing. He needs it to live, is a Poker player, (Not a gambler) and they have to realize that there may be things to do, Learning, Strategies, Planning, Motivation and Confidence.
"If you have a store up the street and you don't have customers to buy your products, you wait?" thus becomes effective build a realistic plan and it is here that the mental coaching in conjunction with the player, build a vision of the whole and plan strategies together, about what you think, how you feel and what you're thinking. How are you going to do? What are the alternatives. Many of the players depend on the luck of being winning to maintain levels to which they call it confidence. But is it reliable? And last?
What isn’t Mental coaching? Mental coaching isn’t to teach to play Poker or to tell you how to play that hand, or managing a bankroll. But the skill and knowledge of coaching in all these fields can be very useful and even identification is very important, as well as the empathy most relationship processes do not work because of the lack of empathy that is also understanding.
Poker, grew up, has already surpassed the stage of innocence and is much more than a simple call and all-in or know the rules or "can be hit". Requires in-term a good resilience. among much study, practice and a great self-awareness.
On the myth of emotions in Poker we will speak in another session or one day.
Mental coaching look for poker, for your poker, and work with a coaching is not just say "Goooooo" “unlucky” and GG or GL, or we're all going to be on the rail for you, it’s okay but … . Mental coaching looks at a whole (lifestyle, individual, group, actions, thoughts). Gives you the ability to be you.
Einstein said the Borh Solvey Congress in 1930, "God does not play dice" and because of this the science has never been the same.
Just like in Poker there are Deterministic and Probabilistic.
PS: I’m not sailing nothing this is just homework.
some personal references from the works of Jared Tendler.
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This afternoon I did the unthinkable. I traded my T$ for cash and then withdrew all of my remaining cash from my Pokerstars account.
I have played on the site since 2005, with estimated winnings in excess of $100,000 in close to 8,000 tournaments. I have earned close to $15,000 in profit over the years.
Recently, I have found that for someone who works, tournaments with 2 hour or longer buy ins did not work. I did not have 4 to 10 hours of time to play a tournament.
Star Coins, and the total disintegration of the rewards program ended my play. The new program is even worse.
I take issue with rewards and loyalty programs being based on luck and randomized prizes. Poker players control random events by making good decisions. Pokerstars now rewards luck and chance.
Please withdraw all funds from your account, and send Pokerstars a message when you do telling them that "Skylardog told me to close my account."
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Good morning and Happy Friday.... Well maybe not morning maybe not Friday but that's where I am right now :-)
So I have not found time to work on Razz. A shit ton of life changing is happening right now and it excites and scares me.
I will be finding more time to work on my Razz goal. I did receive my vegas money from Black Chip.
I know my purpose in life and where my true passion is... Started splitting my days into two days,
5 hours of sleep 7-8 work 5 hours of sleep 7-8 hours of work so now I get to have two days every day.
Feeling Good and Feeling Strong!
Conan: Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of the women!
Very Successful: Making my own trail.
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Name: Adam (Bensy229) on partypoker
Age: 26, soon to be 27
Aim of Blog: To achieve poker greatness, greatness being a small and consistant profit and to continue having fun while doing it.
How to achieve my aim: Starting this blog will be verycathertic and one that will lead me to putting all my thoughts in writing to look back on and hopefully look back on with fondness at the fact I achieved my aim, continuing to listen to others through the forum and to make sure I stay in the game to stay up to date with strategy with good BRM, a schedule (which I have just created) and good discipline.
This is a new chapter in what is an eventful 3-4 years of online poker as a 15-25 Hours a week player, call that semi professional I don't know, I think you would all agree that the lows are way more painful than small wins in this game with uncontrollable variance at times, but why do we do it? Why do we put ourselves through crazy swings and consistant pressure to achieve that small edge. I think that there is still a competition element and a fun factor that will never change, for me both of these are still very much apparent, as I look to start again in my quest to achieve my aim. I would urge anyone that if the fun factor or competition goes, you SHOULD NOT play at all. I like boxing and I can draw comparision to boxing, if your fighting for titles money follows, if your fighting just for money you not going to get as much as you think you deserve. In a roundabout way, you need to ask yourself are you playing poker purely for money or do you want the joy of beating a large field. I am not an author or someone that writes blog entry regularly, but this is a helpful tool in order to get everything on the table.
My Start (24/04/17): I will be starting with a $500 roll and playing exculsively on Partypoker, I will be playing $5.50 as my max buy in tournament. I wll be 4 tabling max and I will be playing 3 days a week, 8 hours a day max. I will assess my BR monthly and go from there. I will be commited into blogging after every session maybe with a long rant or a successful day, whatever the day brings it will be documented and I hope that anyone that takes the time to read this can comment and give advice good and bad, both very much welcomed.
Thankyou all and I hope this is the start of my blog (Everything on the table)
PS: this blog is purely off the cuff as it were, so any spelling mistakes noticed, Apologies in advance :)
Recently I have been asked by a few poker friends, “how do you keep your win rate in the Big Blind so low?” Due to the frequency of this question I have decided to write this article focusing on the Big Blind play. In this text, we will discuss how someone should approach the position with the many variables that come into play.
Playing out of the Big Blind is one of the most common scenarios in poker. It’s curious then that so few players pay attention to it or study the position.
I’m not going to lie: Once I was like that as well. I tried to play as little as possible out of position because it’s harder to make money out of position than in position. Most other poker players I spoke to agree with this sentiment.
However, recently I’ve learned from my coach Alexander Fitzgerald that focusing on the Big Blind is what makes you a more consistent player.
Our goal when playing in the Big Blind is not to generate profit; it’s simply impossible in today’s game. No, what we’re aiming to do is to save as much money (chips) as possible. Here is why:
• This is the most expensive position in No-Limit Holdem (every time you are seated in the BB you pay 1 Big Blind, a huge investment).
• If you fold every single Big Blind you will be losing -100 big blinds per hundred hands
• Your win rate in the big blind has the biggest impact on your overall win rate because of the previous points made
This applies to both tournament and cash game players. How good you play in the Big Blind will determine how much money you will make in the long-term.
Flatting Out of Big Blind
Too many players in low-stakes games never defend the big blind. Too many players in high-stakes games defend their big blind too much. So, where is the sweet spot?
There is no trick to playing well from the Big Blind. However, we all underestimate the power of exploitive play. After all, there is no way to exploit another player without being exploitable yourself.
In order to save the most money in the Big Blind, you must employ exploitative play. Too many players get obsessed with GTO play that isn’t relevant to their stakes.
You need to defend your big blind constantly in order to save it. As we previously discussed, if we always fold the BB our win rate will be -100bb/100 hands. Many players do not play hands from the big blind, which means they’re losing 70 or 80 big blinds per 100. That’s a lot of big blinds!
However, there is a way to only lose 30 big blinds per 100 or even 20. Doesn’t that sound like a nice edge to have?
In order to get these numbers you need to work on the following:
Watch their stats. What statistics are important before you defend the BB? Pay attention to the following:
• RFI (Raise First In, this shows how often the player raises preflop)
• Flop Continuation Bet (Shows how often the player bet the flop as the aggressor)
• Turn Continuation Bet(Shows how often the player bet turn after betting the flop)
• River Bet (Similar to the Flop and Turn Continuation Bet statistics, just for river decisions)
Also, eye their preflop raise. If it’s larger than 2.7X it’s really difficult to profitably defend. Yet, against a min-raise (which is the most popular raise size) you should be aiming to defend about 80% of the time.
Playing Out of Position
Most of the time when defending the Big Blind you will be out of position. These are strategies to consider:
• Donk bet
Players that we must target from the Big Blind are the ones with Raise First In 20% or more, Flop Continuation Bet 70% or more and low double/triple barrel statistics. Those are the easiest players to exploit. They raise with many hands and continue the flop with too many hands. This makes it hard for them to defend against a check/raise. Here is why:
We can see that our opponent has top pair or better or a good draw only about a third of the time. If our opponent continues the flop majority of the time that means that he/she will not have a good enough hand to continue over 50% of the time.
To apply maximum pressure, we must check/raise to the size of the pot. This play needs to work only 50% of the time. If they fold bottom pairs and Ace highs, they will be folding over 50% of the time. This makes our play profitable without any cards. If you have a draw or a backdoor draw, then the play needs to work less often due to added equity to the hand.
Against players who open similar range preflop but have Flop Continuation Bet 50% or less, we must donk bet. These type of players will be checking too many flops and we will miss value. The hand combinations to consider:
• Top pair hands that are likely to remain top pair on the turn or river (for example, A-Q on A72 flop)
• Small sets/trips
• Small flush
• Two pairs (Top pair and bottom pair)
• Flush draws
• OESDs (when there is a flush draw on the flop)
• Three to a straight flush (for example, Q-Jhh on Th3c6d)
Defending When Short
Most players undervalue the power of the short-stack. Hence why people overfold in the Big Blind. Being short-stacked in the Big Blind is an advantage. It’s very difficult to defend against a check/raise against a short-stack because they miss the flop 50-60% of the time.
You must constantly defend the Big Blind against 2x raises. The best hands to have are the high cards, for example, K-4 off-suit. You cannot make a mistake post flop with K-4 off-suit when you flop a King with a 14x stack.
CardRunnersEV is a great tool to find out if that is correct. Here is a calculation showing the Expected Value when defending the Big Blind with K-4 off-suit:
In the scenario, we have given our opponent 20% raising range. We also assume that he/she is going to Continuation Bet the Flop with a top pair or better, draws, and some pure bluffs. We also assume that our opponent checks the flop with many second pair type hands. That is what most people do. Then for simplicity sake, we decide to check/raise all-in the flop with top pair or better or with a flush draw. Our opponent calls with top pair or better and good draws. We look at the first BB node and underneath where is says EV it shows +683 chips. This means that our play is profitable for over half of big blind. Remember if you fold preflop you lose 1 big blind. By making this play, you get back your mandatory big blind investment and earn another 0.68 big blinds on top. This is a huge boost to your overall win rate.
I do recommend getting your own copy of CardrunnersEV and experiment with other calculations and see what other profitable lines you can find.
The important things to take from this writing:
• You need to defend your Big Blind constantly against small raises
• Keep an eye on the statistics all the time
• Target players with 20% or higher preflop raise frequency
• Target players with high Continuation Bet frequencies
• Defend when short-stacked (High cards are king!)
I do recommend to do your own research on these areas. I have made my calculations, therefore, you need to do them as well. This is the way to learn how to become a better player.
This post was shared on the Alec Torelli’s Best of Poker Series
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Last Nov a bill was presented to parliament to ban all online overseas gaming.
This includes online poker
this bill has not yet gone to the house and been made into legislation . However 888 poker from today has already
starting shutting down Australian accounts .
we need to fight this and make it load a clear we are not happy .
you can sign a petition http://www.taxpayers.org.au/ here and make sure you forward to your local member
these guys have made it very easy .
only way is by numbers guys and girls , otherwise we are going to be shut out of doing what we love .
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Online Poker is Totally Dead for Many Reasons.
1. You can only play legally in a few states in the USA.
2. All the Prize pools are so much lower and the Player Base is super small full of good regs.
3. The Poker Sites with Bigger Player Pools are Non Regulated such as ACR. Do you really think this site could pay anyone that Won? NO theres 0 Money and its illegal and unregulated
4. Less people Depositing cause of poor sites and Constant Bad Press- Full Tilt, Absolute Poker Etc.
5. Check all the Top US Pros ROI. Only the Very Best are making very little money
6. I think most people feel like Online Poker is a Huge Scam See #5
7. The Poker Sites could care less about their Players . Poker Stars taking away Rake Back
8. The Games are all Dried
Suggestions! Never Play on Un Regulated Poker Sites! Don't give these Scumbags your Money. Full Tilt and Absolute Cheated Players and they were Regulated.
Do you really Believe am Un regulated site is Legit? If so you are a Fish Good luck losing all your Money
Play Live at Casinos cause Online Poker is Dead .
A new year is dawning and with that most people decide to embark upon a certain goal. Thus, I have decided to follow suit. A small bit of background information before I decide to divulge my plans. I am a 30 year old teacher that also works part time in a bar. I have been playing poker for the best part of 10 years, originally on ipoker but since 2011 or so I have played only on stars. Like most action junkies I crave the big mtt score but with limited time and an ever growing dissatisfaction with the elusiveness of such a score I plan to spend 2017 creating a bankroll. I hope to inspire a few micro stakes grinders and show people that hyper turbo heads up are not 'blind luck'.
My challenge is to see how far I can run 100 dollars to in 12 months. I will be playing primarily hyper turbo heads up games. I have also decided that I can dabble in the bounty builder tournaments (only). When I say dabble, this will be extremely limited until i build a sufficient roll and my challenge progresses. I feel these tournaments are extremely weak. At this exact minute I have nothing in my stars account. I plan to deposit some money over xmas and enjoy the mtt scene. If i get lucky I will continue on from there. If not I will redeposit 100euro on January 6th and begin my strict rules from there.
I am in nyc for new years and return on January 6th so i will begin then. Obviously i need some sort of planned structure to achieve my goal. I usually only play 1hu game at a time. From my initial deposit i was thinking of mixing the 3.50 and 7dollar games until I reach $1200. This is where I plan to implement the 80/60 rule. Essentially I need 80 buy ins to play the level and if I fall to 60 I drop down. This would mean i will need 1200 to start the 15dollar games and 2400 to start the 30s.
Before people start slating me for being extremely naive, i do understand the fluctuations that can occur at these games. I am not extremely tech savvy at uploading charts etc but I know the standard of players at the lowest levels and they are very poor. I am not sure how good my game is but I can make money at the 7s for sure and would be confident at 15s. I have never gone beyond this really. That is the plan this year.
Checking my sharkscope stats for these hyper turbos I have found the following results for the hyper turbo heads up games.
$3.50- 2907 games roi-6.7%
$7 - 6761 games roi-7.5%
$15 - 417 games roi-2.9%
I am not sure how these would match up would similar grinders. What I do know is that I will not be playing insanely huge amounts of games and I will not be multitabling. If you want to have a look at my sng graph here is the link http://www.sharkscope.com/#Player-St...lter=Class:SNG obviously this also includes other games outside the scope of the challenge. Any advice or questions are welcomed. I hope you will follow me on my journey and I look forward to some company along the way.
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Hello, My name is Pawel (Paul or Pablo as you wish).
I am 31yo. I do play poker since middle 2000. I started back in BetAndWin Poker and Paradise Poker era. Started with freerolls and small stakes tournaments. Later i did move to cash games. Mostly played live cash games.
Last couple years i play mostly cash games as: 8-Game Mix, Razz and 6-Max PLO Zoom.
Money which i am winning at those game goes many different ways. Some of them i do Cash Out and spend when i need some money. Rest of moneys i am losing playing No Limit Holdem MTTs (i am fish at NLH) and Slots (thats make me upset cause i know how those games works).
1. First day of my challenge is 1st October. I am starting with $100 - 100 buy-ins for ZOOM PLO2 as i do like to play with 50BB starting stack.
2. Whenever i will get my bankroll up to 70 buy-ins for higher limit of PLO i will move up in stakes. But if my Bankroll drop to 50 buy-ins i will have to move down in stakes.
Example. When i will get my bankroll up to $175=70x$2,50(50BB for PLO5) i will move up from PLO2 to PLO5. If bankroll will drop to $125 then i will move down to PLO2 again. The same pattern will do for higher stakes.
3. I want to play around 2K hands per day.
4. I willl play 4 ZOOM tables at the same time so i can expect to play between 750 and 900 hands per hour. Session shouldn't last longer than 2,5hours each day.
5. I will do updates here twice in a week. Most likely that will be Wednesdays and Sundays.
6. My update will include: Count of played hands, profit, and charts. (Tomorrow will try to configure Omaha Manager cause right now it's tracking only regular PLO tables and doesn't include ZOOM hands).
7. All StarsCoins which i will earn will be converted to real money as soon as I will have 1000 of them avilable (1000 StarsCoins=$10). Each time $10 will be added to bankroll.
8. To be honest i never tried any challenges like this so i don't really know what i should expect. I am guessing it should take me somewhere between 4 and 6 months but I am optymist and I hope i will be able to finish this challenge before end of year.
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One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stu Ungar
Hi I'm Mike, 1st time poster, long time lurker. I've recently decided to play because of the ease of deposits and withdrawals. I'm traditionally a live game player but I relocated about 4 years ago and the closest casino is about 2 hours away. I've played on a few different sites, but every time I decided to cash out, it became a process. Checks would take weeks to months to arrive, and I wound up getting banned from Western Union and Moneygram for frequently doing transactions with questionable countries. Pre Black Friday I was able to just link a debit card from an internet specific bank and withdrawals were credited in a matter of 2 days at the most.
I treat these sites as my own in house poker room. I don't multi-table, I don't use a hud or tracking software, and I keep my playing to a minimum. Oh and I only play on my phone and my iPad... I know what a lot of you might be thinking, but my approach is to play no different than I was if I were playing live, and try to earn enough money to eventually make taking the trip to those distant casinos worth it.
Well that's my current goal. My previous goal was to earn enough for a new piece of tech to play on, which is what I'm typing this on now.
I'm hoping that blogging my progress will invite different perspectives and constructive criticisms that will assist in evaluating my play and prepare me to play the best possible poker.
In future blog posts I'm going to go through and break down my play schedule, bankroll perspective, and various other topics that coincide with the Pocket Fives community.
Today is an amazing day for my poker game, I will put some stats at the end for anyone interested. I literally can not lose a hand today and the cards keep coming one after the other. Today I have been playing micro-stakes cash tables and low stakes SnGs on ACR (WPN) and it was the second time a very strange thing happened while I was playing. This happened once before for about 30 minutes only, but today it has been happening all day and I can only describe it as some kind of ZONE but with very specific things happening regarding my play and thought process.
Of course I have heard of being "in the zone" before, and I have been in the zone many times doing certain things like playing guitar, painting a car, bowling, writing code, racing gokarts etc. but never like this playing poker.
I noticed the cards were coming in good early today during a $3.00 9 max regular SnG. A higher stake for me which I was playing only because I had done well in a bunch of other $1.50 9 max regular SnGs earlier so I took the shot and took first, eventualy moving up to the $5 game with the same success.
The day and the cards got better and better and this weird phenomenon took over my playing awareness. First I noticed that the HUD was in my way and had to shut it down. Then I stopped thinking about opening ranges. Then I lost track of bet sizing. I figured I am just among the fish at a good table but it spread to my other games with regs that usually beat me at least half the time. I am now multi-tabling 3 games (soon to be 5 and I usually play one game at a time).
Then I realized the strangest thing, my strategy on all games turned into playing just about every hand, or so it seemed (71%). Now I am just trying to figure out how best to get the other players to put their money on the table so I could take it. It really felt amazing and I wondered how many good players experience this often?
After a good hour of straights, flushes, set after set, aces, kings, all colors matching holy crap! I had to make some adjustments to make sure I was getting all the value I could from my lucky streak. Added a couple more games to my screen and the cards continued to fall in my favor for the better part of three hours.
I mean I was not even concerned with my own cards, only what will make these people part with more money/chips. Once I realized what I was doing, I toned it down a bit get more value from this great streak of cards or luck or whatever it was that was happening and the end result (if even over at this point, only stopped playing to take a break and write this, get some food/water).
So I guess my question is, can I expect more of this?
Doe sit have something to do with all the work I have been putting into my game?
or is it a perfect storm of luck, variance, fish and I better buy a T-shirt because it will never happen again?
I look forward to any of your experiences with this type of "in the zone" playing. So, my bank roll was entirely depleted this morning when I started playing down to a few dollars of the original $50 I deposited 29 days ago and now is up to around $50. Stupid pocket change for most of you but a great accomplishment for me as I have never come back from nothing before, always a slow gradual declining chart regarding winnings.
As an overall update regarding me becoming a winning player, I have definitely leveled off my winnings graph chart. I think for the month I am at worst, a break even player which is huge for me. I think the difference between me and a winning player is very little and I am tweaking my game daily. Here are the things I did this month to improve my game:
Watched any videos I could find created by Assassinatto, I think his non-poker videos helped me even more than his great poker instruction videos. If you have not seen him in the DFW Rap Battle vs Plan Nein, you are really missing something great. Not often you see a prof. poker player putting themselves out there like this without being hammered - very inspiring to me.
Wrote a detailed personal email to Assassinato thanking him for the videos and shared a bit about my game/journey, how he inspired me. Even if he does not read it, I made the effort and shit like this affects your game and state of mind.
Sharkscope searched and studied most of my SnG opponents, looked at their game habits, stats, ability compared to mine etc. got a visual of what kind of players they really are. Kept that visual with me as I played them.
Looked through better players newsfeeds on P5 went through their cashing histories, then sharkscope charts, this is enlightening and inspiring to see how well less-capable players do because of game choice and other factors, & how poorly some great players do due to game choice.
Followed my strict bankroll management plan (except for todAy)
Stopped playing when I am doing poorly
Telling myself I can fold any hand any time without stress
Accepted PokerTracker4 data is incomplete and incorrect when using on WPN or ACR - I still use it for some basic data mining and the up side is that I am not half as bad of a poker player as I thought originally. PT4 had not logged/imported my (correct) winnings (among other important elements) for hundreds of SnGs. Check your PT4 data, my data had a 76% error rate. Only way to remedy is to manually enter all the data. I inquired about this, they blame others, say it is impossible to fix, this is in spite of the correct data being imported by numerous other sources/apps like here on P5, sharkscope etc. I'm over it, it's not scottish, it's crap.
Tried to help a couple people in the P5 forums
Shared some hand histories with a friend and studied a lot on my own through replayer
Studied other players lives outside of the cardroom via blogs, news, other research - this help me not feel so alienated from better players. They are just like you and me.
Till next time - and I am headed back for more taking candy from babies...