Hey people whats up - i been back on the building site slogging hard this last week, day off today so gonna study and surf. Have been implementing sooo much new stuff into my games its crazy, it will take lots of practice to get it running smoothly for sure. Excited to be having this opportunity though, i been doing decently at the tables too nice little mini heater but volume is a joke due to so much study + real life work:
GL everyone will report back soon :)
Jan. 20, 2017 | 11:17 a.m.
So 10K hands was completed and i almost made the entire sample without any bad calls, still made a few but overall the challenge really helped my mental game and overall game so much. Probably some close to bad folds though in there, however it did me good to just sure things up. Overall i am pretty aware that i'm still a fish in turn an river spots so taking the humble approach is helping avoid me playing like a spider monkey on acid which is nice ;)
Other BIG news, made the team with Nick Howard and 7 other like minded individuals and couldn't be happier to take my game to the next level. There's a really good vibe in the group which is great for motivation. I began my study properly yesterday and have been loading up, which is all good but i need to level off +clear the brain now so hitting the gym now. Will update in a week or so with some progress reports, that's all for now GL
Jan. 11, 2017 | 10:54 a.m.
Just wondering if I can turn down the number of posts displayed per page, when I read some of the blogs it's impossible to get to the bottom of the page on my phone - or even just put the most recent ones at the top, sorry if I'm being dumb and missed something :)
Jan. 6, 2017 | 10:21 p.m.
Today i did lots of video study again, its so good for the motivation, and after lots of watching i made a plan for next 10K hands, seems easy but for me it would be so sweet to achieve since right now i am still struggling with my old patterns of confused poker - so will try the following:
#1 No river calling when i'm unsure / confused - this is by far the toughest part for me bc it occurs pretty often and i don't like the feeling of getting run over - definitely a mental game leak that would be hugely important to fix.
#2 No bluffing river in 3B pots unless its one of a few hotspots i have worked on off the tables (i only know a couple right now) - helps keep the mental game strong.
#3 When i enter a hand postflop, challenge my own assumptions / opinions on whats the best play - what evidence am i using to justify my decision? stops the silly calldowns. Will read this post before every session now and update after 10K hands - more soon GL
Jan. 4, 2017 | 5:54 p.m.
So hit 5K hands since i began trying to implement a fresh strategy at the tables, i have ran pretty average / poor for that time. Results are unimportant right now, just following the right path of learning and not letting old habits creep back in. Also i think its worth noting right now i am unsure in a lot of spots so am taking a more passive approach instead of forcing it, trying to decrease variance. Overall my hero folding has been much better vs a field who don't bluff enough. I still have a list of hands marked "HERO FOLD" with lots of losing spots although luckily only a few are river showdowns. I deceided best course for making progress was to type up a mental reflection on how i felt during the hand - what points were most relevant and this allowed me to identify and make a clear plan for improving when i get into a similar thought pattern in the future. I guess i would be around 25 buyins under EV in last 30K hands so hoping things turn around soon and i can use this time to get my mental game tuned up and ready for the crush when i run a bit better. Happy NY everyone reading and GL :)
Jan. 3, 2017 | 4:47 p.m.
Hey Ninja, that's awesome you got engaged and are looking for a fresh page to rebuild your game, feels really exciting to be in the spot now.
Jan. 3, 2017 | 4:37 p.m.
Done a nice bit of study in last few days, just absorbing everything i can from the material i have at hand is really great feeling to have some positive direction, also have played about 3K hands. Games seem good, Christmas vibes at the tables. Been working lots on my thought process and prioritising what factors are important during a hand, and ignoring irrelevant stuff instead of using it to make assumptions. Making lots of mistakes and have marked about 35 hands so far. I am a bit worried that i am marking too many to efficiently look over, so gonna go through them all in next two days before i mark any more. I am proud of my river game improving as a direct result to the work i am putting in, still making a few bad ones though:
facing river donk
Key stuff i missed here is my perceived range contains all flushes and straights, villain is fish so so i think on brick rivs vs this bet calling with top pair is good, but on this runout where the board becomes very scary it definitely an assumption to think he will donk pot with air, and i haven't got enough evidence to make a profile so i would lean towards a fold.
Dec. 31, 2016 | 12:45 p.m.
^^^^ Ha yeah Ddog that's what everyone using flopzilla probably needs to brighten up there day :p
So poker has been fairly low volume for the last week, been running pretty awful aswell, trying my very hardest to make tons of disciplined folds on bad runouts vs regs who don't bluff enough, almost there and re calibrating my emotions towards how it feels to play that way. Study is next on the list of things i need to work harder on. I am in the process of making a plan for the next few weeks. I hurt my knee surfing so have some free time available. Also i applied for a coaching program with Nick, hoping lots of to get that chance, but still have another step before the final selection is made, i will try my hardest to achieve it and even if i don't get it i will continue on my path of self improvement. More soon happy xmas and GL
Dec. 28, 2016 | 11:45 a.m.
Looks super sweet man - i use a app called "one note" which is really user friendly and you can use on phones / laptops while your on the move aswell. you can screen shot a body of text and it will convert it in words for you, as well as numerous cool highlighting features. Anyway GL upspiral think i bumped into you at 10NL on MG the other day :)
Dec. 23, 2016 | 10:59 a.m.
Things i would try and put together when i get to this flop - first thing this red flags in my head is there are 3 players in early positions (stronger ranges) so fold equity will be much lower. Next thing is to consider is that the board connects very well with there ranges, all 3 opponents can have sets of 88 99 and AK for EP MP, so can i get the group i am betting into to fold enough by betting? I think that makes it an easy chk despite my Ad giving me some bkdoor equity. Would consider leading some turns though as ranges get much weaker on this texture after it chk through and you will still be percieved to have slow plays in your range. I wouldn't worry about blockers for me it is not enough of a reason to override the red flags. NH in the end :)
Dec. 22, 2016 | 9:01 a.m.
My goal is to make 200NL by the end of 2018. I am a 35 yr old poker player from the UK and love the game. I got taken by the theory train and ended up wasting a shit ton of time and making a ton of bad decisions in game. A mix of trying to force aggression against regs who wouldn't fold (at the end of the day its not an excuse to claim they are bad players its my fault for playing badly against them) and spending lots of time in flopzilla / cr ev which ended up confusing my thoughts in game and me making tons of bad decisions based on how the average opponent was playing. Also i took on coaching from a mid stakes reg who was so far ahead of me in terms of being able to range people in game that i ended up misapplying lots of the stuff i learnt. By failing so hard i reached a point where i said to myself "your not doing it right! There must be another way."
Anyway I took a break from poker and had to a chance to think about things. I got engaged to my gf which was awesome and am really happy to have found her. I don't play professionally and work a day job to support myself in the winter (building work) and in the summer i run a beach as a RNLI lifeguard which i love. However, i am now super motivated to get really good and be able to provide extra money for the family doing something i love. After a break i decided to start playing for fun again and felt fresh and excited to play again, then i came across Nick Howard's channel and it was definitely a turning point in terms of my game. I have recently been studying really hard and its opened my eyes to how i needed to change my game. I have scrapped flopzilla and CR EV, now i do all my study in a one note notebook. Its refreshing and i am loving playing again. Starting off at the bottom 10NL. Lets run this thing up. Bring it on.