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Dan Self

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As someone who spent most of my schooling at an international school, I know the teachers I had there had the biggest impact on my education, and the person I am today. I'm sure you probably had the same effect, and now can bring that experience to revolutionise poker coaching :)

July 12, 2021 | 7:08 p.m.

Really agree with jscott26 and would highly recommend reading Stulberg and Magness' book if you haven't read it.

Consistent work + ample recovery, my friend. There might be times to push hard and get in a lot of volume, but it's not sustainable permanently

July 1, 2021 | 9:38 a.m.

freenachos at least you'll know that I'm not going to be folding on the flop ;)

I'm hoping I don't end up on your tables...

June 26, 2021 | 6:33 p.m.

May Update

It's about time I got around to posting this! Things have been pretty full on here over the last month, and I haven't been able to get that much volume in. Gyms have finally reopened, so I've been in there 2-3 days a week - getting back in to it has been a bit of struggle, and it's pretty crazy to see how much strength I've lost despite staying relatively active since last year.

I've also been doing some work with the German Sailing Team helping them with some statistical analysis in preparation for the Olympics in a month. Those two things alone have been taking up a bit of time, but I could also improve my schedule a bit to get some more poker time in.

Poker wise, was basically break even for most of the month, then went on a massive heater towards the end, and built my roll up to the point where I can now play 100NL reasonably comfortably. My plan is to keep mixing sites, and to play 100NL as frequently as possible, while staying in good games. Working with the team in the CFP is going great, and the whole team put up pretty solid results over May, so I'm pretty fired up to keep working on my game.

June 8, 2021 | 2:30 p.m.

thanks my man, we'll be crushing together!

May 7, 2021 | 7:25 a.m.

April Update

April has come and gone, and boy is this year is going quickly! I've spent most of the month grinding 50NL reg tables, and started playing on a few different sites with some decent RB.

In the vein of my 'goals' for the year, even though I haven't joined Poker Detox, I've taken what I believe, is an even better step for my poker journey. When I first set out in joining Detox, it was thanks to my friend Patrick (freenachos), who had given me a heap of free guidance, and was a member of Detox at the time. Since reaching HS, Patrick has left Detox, and started his own CFP 'Nachos Poker', which I've now joined. Patrick was also kind enough to make some admissions which allow me to join the team given my weird tax/residency situation at the moment, where I'm not really living in any country... The ethos of the team is similar - using MDA based strategies to exploit player pool leaks, but also creating a grounding in solid fundamentals as you move up towards HS. There's a good group of guys in the team, with most of us playing 50/100NL plus a few others at 200NL+. If anyone wants to hear more about the team, feel free to PM me! We're on the look out for more motivated players who are willing to commit to this sort of strategy.

Results wise, break evenish, but I get the feeling that I'm still improving. When I start going through a patch of 'run bad', it doesn't seem to be as bad as they used to be, but who knows, still small sample...

I'm basically in line with how our teams strategy should be carried out, just gotta wait for some heat now. Whilst I'm clearing some bonuses from new sites, I'll probably do a bit more grinding during May than studying, but I also want to make sure I don't let my game start to slip.

Life wise, it looks like I'll be starting an internship at the end of June, so that should give me a few more 'real world' job prospects after gaining a bit more experience. With the weather starting to warm up a bit here, I'm getting back in to some recreational sailing, and I'll even be doing a kite surfing course this weekend. One of the new Olympic Sailing disciplines for 2024 is going to be a kite surfing event, and I've gotten the feeling that I'm not quite ready to give up on trying to qualify for the Olympics, so this may be a new pathway for myself.

Kinda all over the place sort of post, but hopefully doesn't come across as too scrambled...

GL everyone for May!

May 6, 2021 | 8:48 a.m.

Nice month. I'm inspired by your ability to balance work, family, life and poker. GL for April

April 4, 2021 | 2:07 p.m.

Pretty important to make sure you can grind in the best environment possible. I'd be willing to quit sessions early if you don't think you can achieve your A game

April 4, 2021 | 2:03 p.m.

Sick run good! Glad everything is working out.

April 4, 2021 | 2 p.m.

Cool to see your dedication, especially to posting everyday. GL!

April 4, 2021 | 1:59 p.m.

Looking forward to that bounce back shooting all the way up this month! You've got a heap going on, don't forget to keep your 'Life EV' in check :)

April 4, 2021 | 1:56 p.m.

Awesome results man, GG!

April 4, 2021 | 1:54 p.m.


What's up RIO!

Managed to find a bit of run good in March, and now I'm mostly playing 50NL. Played a little less volume than usual, but also dedicated two days to study per week. I've mostly been working on my SRP pot game as preflop caller, and I feel like I'm becoming a lot more competent in this spot. I'm pretty happy with how I'm progressing at the moment, and feel like I'm getting in high quality sessions. The plan for April is to keep up the study hours, and continue to add new upgrades to my game.

Off the felt, I'm finally in the process of getting my visa/residency sorted here in Germany, but still on the job hunt. In uni, I studied to be an Actuary, and I'm looking for roles in this space or as a data scientist. My goal is to land a 'real world' job, and develop poker as a profitable side hustle.

In line with my 'objectives' fromt the start of the year, through a mix of intermittent fasting and calorie counting, I'm down around 7kg and pretty stoked with my progress in this area. Whilst gyms are still closed here due to the lockdown, in between each poker sessions I'm doing a short routine of push ups, single leg squats and bodyweight 'desk rows', to help keep the blood flowing and get in a few more sets during the week. I'm hoping that this lockdown can come to an end soon, but it has definitely been good for dedicating some hours to poker.

All the best for April!

April 4, 2021 | 1:38 p.m.

Sick results man, glad to hear BRPC is going well. I really like your approach to routines, even though you're spending more time on poker now, it sounds like you're still able to keep some perspective and value the other things in your life

March 16, 2021 | 9:36 a.m.

February's over and it's been a month full of ups and both in and out of the online poker streets.

Life wise, we had some pretty polarised weather here in north Germany, with some flash snow storms and frozen lakes in our local park, to beautiful 15ish degree weather.


For my first winter here, it was pretty cool to experience some of this 'abnormal' weather compared to the winters I'm used to in Australia. With the lockdown here dragging on, it's been great to get out and do some running when we've had some of the better weather days.

Fitness wise, me and my gf are still keeping up with 3-4x home workouts a week, but I'm looking forward to getting back in to a gym sometime soon. I'm down to the leanest I've possibly ever been, and going to keep working on that for a bit longer.

I'm still working on trying to establish myself here in Europe, and getting a proper job is a slightly bigger challenge than I expected. That being said, I've got some part time gigs on the horizon, but I'll have to sort out a visa at some point.


Not the best results this month, but managed to win a little bit post RB and GGCare. I took some shots at 50nl this month, which went well, but lost a number of BI's at 25nl, so dropped back down. There's some big things coming up for me poker wise, and I'm looking forward to continuing to improve and plug some leaks. My plan is to switch up my routine a bit, and start adding in more study, which will probably cost me some volume going forward. I'm thinking something like 1-2 days of study per week then 3-4 days of playing per week will work well.

March 1, 2021 | 6:01 p.m.

Hey HeavyMask ,
Thanks for the nice words. I wish I had a concrete answer for you. In essence, I think I've had that sort of resilience ever since I was a young child. When I was growing up, I was the kid who after first learning to surf, would stay on the water for 7 hours straight without any breaks for day after day. Same went for playing basketball, and then basically any sport I played, or activity I took up right up until my career as an athlete, and now poker.

Part of it may be down to my upbringing, and always being somewhat decent at most things, and subsequently being held to a higher standard (or thinking that I am than most). The corollary of being somewhat decent at everything, is also not being standout in anything and I think that also led me put an insane amount of effort in to various pursuits. Doing this continuously just makes it a sort of 'habit', and now I'm at the point where I feel lost if I'm not continuosly working on improving myself, and can't take the time to relax.

Perhaps I may also be somewhat masochistic in my willingess to stubbornly pursue goals, without analysing my process and adjusting it frequently enough. Sorry that I can't give a great answer, but I hope this hasn't come across as too self-centred or egotistical

Feb. 5, 2021 | 8:32 a.m.

My schedule is perfect when I play 5 hours a day. Makes my "poker day" ends at
3 pm, and I still have plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the afternoon / evening.

Makes sense, I've been fitting in 4-5 hours lately and that seems to be a nice balance. 9 hours + a day consistently seems crazy!

Feb. 4, 2021 | 7:07 a.m.

Nice winrate!

Feb. 1, 2021 | 6:50 p.m.

Crushing man! What's your daily schedule look like to be able to get that much playing time in? Do you do any studying on the days you're playing?

Feb. 1, 2021 | 6:49 p.m.

Looking forward to see how you progress in BrPC!

Jan. 31, 2021 | 5:41 p.m.

January 2021

My love-hate relationship with Zoom continued in January, first few weeks of the month was spenty purely grinding Reg tables, and then after seeing some weak looking Zoom pools, jumped in and managed to crush to bring me a bit better than break even on the month.

With the massive heater this last week, I'm solely playing 25NL now, and hopefully shot taking 50 sometime in February. I've spent a fair bit of time studying this month, did a big DB review, and am focussing on plugging some of the major leaks that came out of the that.

More importantly, I've been pretty mindful of my emotional state whilst playing, and I think I've done a good job of making sure I'm playing in a good mental space, in good games.

Life-wise, I'm at the leanest/lightest I've been in a number of years, but I'm keen to get back in to a gym once the lockdown here is over. There's only so many bodyweight exercises one can come up with to do in their bedroom.

Cheers for reading, and let's crush Feb!

Jan. 31, 2021 | 5:40 p.m.

Man, that sucks! Sorry to hear it. You should tell internal affairs that you're 'investing' and not 'gambling' :)

Jan. 20, 2021 | 6:15 p.m.

Sick man! Interesting to see how most of your winnings are blue line which is contrary to a lot of the other Detox guys, it seems

Jan. 20, 2021 | 6:10 p.m.

Solid hours on the study and play!

Jan. 12, 2021 | 7:57 p.m.

Nice shot take so far! Looking forward to popping in to the stream a bit

Jan. 12, 2021 | 7:56 p.m.

Nice work, hopefully once you sort out the environmental factors you can bump up that win rate even more!

Jan. 12, 2021 | 7:54 p.m.

Really impressed how you were able to uproot yourself and change your life so drastically. What's life like in Malta? How's cost of living compare to France?

Jan. 8, 2021 | 7:24 p.m.

I didn't realise you were so young man! I always thought you were doing a masters course or something - I've realised now that your age is in your first post but I must have missed it... It's really refreshing to see someone who seems really well rounded and wholesome at your age, and with the courage to deviate from the 'normal' path. GL for 2021.

Jan. 8, 2021 | 7:22 p.m.

Comment | Dan Self commented on From semipro to pro.

GL with the journey.

How are you going to keep track on if your mental game is weak? I think everyone says they'll only play when they're in their best mental state, but it takes alot of self awareness and mindfulness to be able to keep track of when you're not at optimal. Don't mean this as a slant on you, just genuinely curious if you have a plan for this

Jan. 8, 2021 | 7:16 p.m.

Sick results so far! GL for this year

Jan. 8, 2021 | 7:12 p.m.

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