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David Brent

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Amazing work! Read the whole post. You can notice the increase of understanding and progress in the game over time only by what you write. Don't even mind the graphs.

About your goals, motivation and confidence:

From a psychological perspective you should not have "result oriented goals" or a goal big enough that you can divide to many goals and the end result will be your "original goal". The harder the goal or the less you can control the outcome, the harder it is to maintain motivation and also resulting in losing confidence and ultimately losing concentration. Just stating the worst case scenario.

Because I just read the whole post, I can see a very clearly how its very hard for you to find motivation or energy to put in many hours. I don't necessarily its just a matter off putting in less hours. Of what I can see is, for the first time in this in this post, you have the most pressure on yourself. What has changed you might ask? (correct me if am wrong):

Your older goals where clearer, such as:
Becoming a winner at your stakes
Improving the red line
Being strict with your BR

These mentioned goals gave you the motivation and the desire to put in many hours. These goals where more defined and easy for the mind. So every time you work with these goals you see progress, even if the results don't go your way. Still you are making good improvements, and for that your mind rewards you with motivation(happy feelings).


Your goals now are great but not defined enough for you.Your big goal now is to make enough money for 50NL and you also feel time pressure of some sort. This is very different from your earlier goals. You are doing yourself a disfavor when putting goals in form of earning money. Its very easy for the brain to base the result on your skills or ability, even though you know that is not the case always. There will be some sessions where you feel great and play your best many hours, but the result doesn't really match the performance. In terms of motivation it will be very hard to take away the good bits from that session, which would have kept you motivated and giving you a sense of accomplishments. So I would advice you to not view the BR-goal as your main goal, but rather as a result of accomplishing all other smaller goals.

a weird example of this but it will make a point:
If you want to do laundry and your "to-do list" state:
* Do laundry

Of course its not hard but to wash your clothes, but the point is its a process. So for the mind not to be lazy, and find some motivation in completing the task your list should more like this:
*take out the clothes
*sort them into different colors
*but them into the machine
*dry them
* fold them

On a bigger scale(as your goals) these will be very helpful to keep goals more handy and easy to work with on day-to-day basis. Eventually, resulting into increased motivation, confidence and concentration.

This was purely focused on the psychological part of the game. Not so much about poker. I really enjoyed your post and seeing how well you are doing. Me, being very interested in psychology, put some time on this to try help in any way a can. Hope it helps a bit.

July 25, 2016 | 2:14 a.m.

Haha! Perfect answer!

July 21, 2015 | 5:25 a.m.

Just curious, 400NL and 500NL is just for fun? Which stakes do you usually play? Or am I missing something? :-)

July 20, 2015 | 11:28 p.m.

I like this Windows theme, wich one is it?

Sept. 16, 2014 | 7:41 p.m.

Nice, congrats!

Aug. 23, 2014 | 3:05 a.m.

Comment | David Brent commented on Ergonomic Eyewear?

Thanks for the tip! It's exactly what I needed! Order some gunners now. Have to say that the name convinced me because I'm a gunners fan ;)

July 16, 2014 | 11 p.m.

I like your argument...

June 11, 2014 | 6:49 p.m.

Great breakdown of the hand! this was a hand vs the latest coach on RIO Era7er

is there any way to tag a profile? So he could explain his thought process?

June 10, 2014 | 11:50 p.m.

I think MrSneeze is spot on here. If he is calling 5bets with trash then why not build a big pot preflop and continue on the flop. You are def putting the pressure on him and that will allow you to win more pots against this type of players. I wouldnt be surprise of he showed A3o

May 6, 2014 | 3:59 p.m.

Aleksandra, do you play SNG? or only PLO like the rest

April 26, 2014 | 11:21 a.m.

I agree! Taking a small deposit and try running it up MTT is rarerly gonna be a proof for someone's skill. Its possible, but variance is such a huge factor in MTT especially if its small sample. Correct me if am wrong :)

April 26, 2014 | 9:46 a.m.

So Usama bin laden clearly had a slight edge on Adam Sandler. Now we now what started the war :/ 

Joking aside, your graph skills tells me you got one heck of a thick beard!

April 26, 2014 | 9:17 a.m.

Thats pretty much how beards work and how it effects your Winrate/performance! 

April 26, 2014 | 7:19 a.m.

April 25, 2014 | 5:08 p.m.

Good luck man! hope you get quads all the way to the final. With that being said you must now play all pocket pairs at all time! :)

April 17, 2014 | 2:41 p.m.

I agree with you. The play didnt feel right at the time but I couldnt really think of it in the way you are reefering to. It was only a couple of hands in into the session. Maybe i shouldnt fold hands this strong with the pott odds im being offered! Thanks for the input

April 13, 2014 | 9:02 a.m.

Thanks for the reply Chael. Sounds good. If it didnt play out the way it did, is there any way Im getting away from this? I knew at the time it wasnt a good play but the fold might have been ok. But i didnt now how to approach the situation! 

It wasnt ElusiveMark :) Good guess :P The person said he haid set too.

April 13, 2014 | 7:14 a.m.

thanks for the reply, I kinda agree with you that we should fold to a shove when we are 4betting or vice verca. But is that a standard line or is there some spots where its correct to fold? at the time I 4bet   for value but when he shoved I figured I must be behind. 

April 9, 2014 | 8:21 p.m.

Hand History | David Brent posted in NLHE: Big fold or bad fold? ZOOM 500NL
BN: $500
SB: $957.30
BB: $792.36
UTG: $554.70
HJ: $546.98
CO: $636.62 (Hero)
Preflop ($7.50) (6 Players)
Hero was dealt 6 6
UTG folds, HJ raises to $12.65, Hero calls $12.65, BN folds, SB folds, BB folds
Flop ($32.80) T 9 6 (2 Players)
HJ checks, Hero bets $25, HJ raises to $81.92, Hero raises to $195, HJ raises to $534.33, and is all in, Hero folds
I first bet for value and then he raised me so i was thinking he could still do that with any overpair wich Im ahead of so I pop it up to 195(questionable?) for value ofcourse plus there are possible draws there wich I dont see continue with after me raise. Then he goes allin and now im think he doesnt have the nuts but this is def a cooler. set vs set?
Final Pot
HJ wins $420

April 7, 2014 | 11:01 a.m.

Comment | David Brent commented on 5bet shove math

Can anybody recommend a book for all this info. Sounds great but a dont understand a thing. 
Looks alot like the Matrix numbers.

March 30, 2014 | 6:08 p.m.

Well Gus has no pressure really. Used to loosing a million from time to time :) 

March 29, 2014 | 12:20 p.m.

March 27, 2014 | 12:43 a.m.

I highly recommend Nick Rampone's videos. He is great! 

March 15, 2014 | 9:09 p.m.

March 13, 2014 | 11:24 a.m.

Im an arsenal fan too! :)

March 12, 2014 | 9 p.m.

I fully agree with you BigFiszh! You are criticizing part of the book/quotes/GT and this should not be generalised by others. If I discuss one hand you played then Im not really talking about your hole game. Same thing applies here! Stick to the point boys and girls :)

March 2, 2014 | 6:55 p.m.

Comment | David Brent commented on Organising tables?

Table ninja is perfect! Try it out!

Feb. 24, 2014 | 6:57 p.m.

Good Luck! Wish you the best! :)

Feb. 16, 2014 | 7:26 a.m.

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