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Do you think that population is check raising enough on paired boards (around the 15 Min Mark) that one should defend with all the type of hands you showed? I am talking about NL10-25 range. What would you say would the checkraising % need to be like to become "suspicous" that they are likely to attack certain board types?
When I cbet range on these boards and even get checkraised a bit more than usual, I still feel like l can overfold to xraises compared to the GTO solution, given that they are in the end still under checkraising these boards. (I hope this makes sense ^^)

May 23, 2022 | 7:47 a.m.

His Wtsd is really low (22%) and his won at showdown is very high. --> we should overfold to his aggression and attack more by raising cbets for example?

His BB defense % seems low (one of your examples was "similar") --> open 100% on BTN?

His CO opening range is too low (while 3bet % is also not high) --> can we exploit this by opening wider when we are in front of him (open our CO range from MP instead)?

His fold to cbet is a bit high --> we can cbet at a high %? range cbet 1/3?

How would you deal with his donking range? he is also raising the flop decently. So, there gotta be a lot of air either in the leading range or in the raises.

also stab a lot when he misses cbet (fold 60%).

May 18, 2022 | 6:06 p.m.

Hello there,

Thanks a lot for your replies! Just wanted to say that I have decided to quit Poker.
I have banged my head long enough against this wall and with limited available time and plenty of other more important matters, I have come to the conclusion that I will move on. In the past weeks whenever I played I could only focus on the negative, just playing regardless of winning or losing stressed me out. That's not good and not needed. I am sure I did plenty of mistakes along the way, but I am good in "real life" and there is no shame in admitting that this wasnt ment for me. I think in a way what I found most interesting was talking to people about "self-improvement", but I suppose I dont need a poker forum for that.

Special thanks go out to Demondoink @RoleTide. Was fun and interesting talking to you via skype/discord and I wish you all the best.

Take good care and I see you in the next one ^^ :)


April 22, 2022 | 6:08 a.m.

For some reason I am not 3betting nearly enough on the BTN vs HJ, CO opens. Confused myself. Also running like Shit. But who cares. Just play without tilt and results will come (I hope xD). Also, Rake is insane. Really need to move up.

April 20, 2022 | 9:10 a.m.

What kind of movies do you like? Or what topic are you interested in? Books can be extremly boring and tedious, but if you find something you really like...That would be my recommendation. So, I dont think its about attention span, its that people often believe they are supposed to read certain genres.

April 19, 2022 | 7:15 p.m.

CO vs BTN 3bet. Biggest blunders were 65s, JTs and QJs.

April 19, 2022 | 6:13 a.m.

I did olympic distance once, many many years ago. I really liked it, but then got hooked with beachvolleyball. There are plenty of books about triathlon that are probably worth reading, one I found to be quite nice/inspiring was this one: Finding my voice

Apparently the IRONMAN company is quite a mess nowadays, but for example Challenge Roth in Germany is surely extremly awesome Challenge Roth

Have you ever thought about how endurance sports is more "befitting" to the Poker Mindset? I kinda have this thought on my mind that the "mind struggles" you experience when running long distances are similar to stuff that pops up when you get hit by bad beats. Dont think that strength training really helps you in the same way.

Have you set yourself an amount of money you want for financial independence? Not sure if you have heard about the FIRE movement (Financial Independence Retire Early).

April 19, 2022 | 6:02 a.m.


Thanks for your reply. 2.5 hours is actually the time I estimate for my half marathon, nowhere being a great runner. :) I hope to get below 2 hours, that would be amazing, but the really important part for me is to just do it and train with a "goal", which forces me to stretch/get better. The 2 friends are probably going to kick my ass, especially the female one. She weighs nothing and runs a decent amount. Good times ^^

"Might start a thread on what makes us/me happy (HTO) but dont know if people will like it." Just go for it. I would def. be happy to add my 2 cents. Sent me the link if you decide to open it.

With regards to being happy: I went to the library last week and took some books history books with me. I had been mainly reading via kindle and it felt so good to actually hold a real book in my hand. really have to say that reading can make me very happy (not in an extreme way, but a relaxed generally satisfied way). They also have a nice kids area and I am happy that my son will be able to read a lot of exciting stories in the future. I was absolutely in love with our local library when I was a kid. For summer holidays I borrowed basically all books of five friends (Enid Blyton, 22 books or something like it) and read them all in the first half of the summer holidays. We often traveled to Portugal when I was young via bus. The drive oneway took us something like 3-4 days. In the Pyrennaes you could walk next to our bus, it was so slow. Good memories. Reading a ton + vacation at the beach :) I also remember my parents struggling with the maps in Paris and that there were different radio stations everywhere. (Obviously my memory is a bit fuzzy about some of these things, but I am fond of these and I can see that there are certain things that I want to show my kid as well).

April 19, 2022 | 5:52 a.m.

Working on Preflop this week. Facing a 3bet OOP. Just Preflop.

Daily goals:
Play 45 Minutes [x] 1/7
Study at least 150 preflop decisions daily [x] 1/7 (not going to share these screenshots any more, don't think they add any value)

Feeling a bit sick, thus taking it slow. No gym today, its also deload week, so not that bad to miss a workout. Did some yoga (mainly sungreeting). Looking forward to my course in May.

Will sign up for a half marathon in the middle of September. 2 Friends will most likely join me. Goal is to run 2-3x a week, this week maybe only 2 due to the sickness. Right now I just want to get 3x runs in per week. My watch can create a training plan for me, but it's like 16-20 weeks ahead of the competition. So right now this would be too early.

We will see how I feel tomorrow.
Making lots of cool plans for the new house :)
And I am back on track with meditation. Started at the 1.4 again and have done so daily. Started with 10 minutes, right now 10-15, depending on how I feel.

Also: Next week I get 1 hour free coaching by freenachos!!! :) Looking very much forward to it!
Unsure what to expect, but I am sure it will be helpful!

April 18, 2022 | 6:45 p.m.

will add checking hands/ranges where I was in the bottom 3 categories.

April 16, 2022 | 5:02 p.m.

How are you going to break these up? I think one of the common ways is to chunk them into smaller pieces and thus being able to reach milestones along the way. Good luck with everything!

April 15, 2022 | 4:32 p.m.


April 15, 2022 | 1:10 p.m.

April 14, 2022 | 8:03 a.m.

Didn't practice yesterday, but will do 2 sessions today.

April 14, 2022 | 7:08 a.m.

Did 96, then the site crashed. Excellent!
One problem I kinda see is that there are too many betsizes available on the flop. I guess I want an "easier" strategy and more of a right or wrong way of looking at this. Maybe this is not how solvers work, but I need to be able to implement this. Maybe getting GTO+ (I think its the cheapest) and run own scripts might be better, where I can allow only 1-2 betsizes.

April 12, 2022 | 11:32 a.m.

Great Job! Congratulations! You really look like a runner :) Guess you would really need to up your calorie intake to make some serious gains in the gym (not saying you need to, but calorie plus would def. be needed). How do you feel about triathlon? I just love the aspect that you train the whole body, while running/biking is just so leg focused.

Can totally relate to the crowd aspect. :)

April 12, 2022 | 9:04 a.m.

Thanks for your input. I looked a bit into general frequencies (How often to bet overall, rainbow, monotone, Ace high and so on).
Still overwhelmed by the whole thing :) But just practice practice

April 11, 2022 | 6:22 a.m.

Will post screenshot of my daily GTO Wizard Practice.
What do you think is the better way to practice certain spots? Go through a bunch of hands without going into depth (1) or look at fewer hands and dive deeper (2)?

Today I practiced 100 Hands BTN vs. BB, 100bb

Theres more checking than I am kinda used to/ guess I see.
Coming week I will use approach 1 and only check Spots where I did a Blunder or a wrong move. I am still confused on how to best use the site for becoming better, but maybe it is just practice, practice, practice.

April 10, 2022 | 4:16 p.m.

check for all. Maybe not interesting to post it like this. Probably will do a weekly review next week.

April 3, 2022 | 4:48 p.m.

Great News! Wish you a great time and a great Run!
Keep crushing mate!
And happy to share some old uncle wisdom xD (Just kidding, made so many "mistakes", but what is really a mistake?)

April 3, 2022 | 10:18 a.m.

check for all

April 2, 2022 | 4:57 p.m.

Great video! Super inspiring!

Jared's Eye Opening Transformation

April 1, 2022 | 6:16 p.m.

Good luck!

Why did you move down? Seems like the graph was going up?

Breath in - breath out, the fundamental exercise in meditation :)

April 1, 2022 | 5:49 p.m.

I also have hardly any knowledge about crypto, but have invested a bit into Bitcoin and Ethereum, but NFTs-.- I really have 0 clue. Not going to get into that.

April 1, 2022 | 5:46 p.m.

Day 1:
- Meditate [x]
- GTO Wizard [x] (not sure if this is optimal, maybe I should have started with preflop, but this is what I said, so I will stick with it
- Went for a run [x]
- Yoga [x]
- Poker Session [x] 30 minutes is probably too short, but on days where I am tired or don't have lots of time its fine, otherwise I will probably aim for 60 min sessions.

Interesting suggestions on rewards :)
Will get me some good chocolade tomorrow and have 1 piece after finishing the whole slew.

April 1, 2022 | 5:45 p.m.

This month was bs but also great in many ways. See last post. Lets not give up and refocus in April.
- Begin was good, until I was having winners tilt (or whatever you want to cool it, I call it cocky and stupid)
- Hardly (lets admit it, none) work off the tables
- Exercise good, not my weak part
- Sleep terrible for the last week, due to alcohol consumption and my son thinking he has to wake up at 2:30 :)
- Will move to a new house in June and bought a fireplace for ~4.5k € :) Now I need to get my hand on firewood and then start stacking it up for the winter. Looking so much forward to this.

- get back into meditation (start with 10 Minutes), I can always increase in single sessions, but just want to get back into the habit of doing it daily
- Poker study: study daily minimum 10 minutes of BTN vs CO 3bet pots in GTO Wizard. First 15 days I will look at it from the BTN and then switch it around. I can do more, but don't need to fulfill the goal (also won't be able to do it during easter times (family visit)
- Gym 3-4x a week and running 1-2 depending on available time
- work on the garden planing for the new house (greenhouse is basically decided (the type, not if or if not)).
- Yoga/Stretch daily for at least 5 minutes, just do a bit (course starts in may, dont want to go there completely tight)
- play 30 Minutes of Poker in the evening daily (except easter)

Do you have good ideas for rewards? The only one I can think of is chocolade or a drink (which is not an option).
I am just looking for a small daily reward.

Cheers and take good care,

March 31, 2022 | 2:31 p.m.

I think one should be careful/ not worry about other people's motivation all that much, also when it comes to their life choices or how they might think about yours. In general people are just obsessed with their own life, it's a bit similar to the gym, where a ton of people are worried how they might look doing x and y, while in reality no one gives a fuck.
If you for yourself are not happy with the way your life is right now, then go ahead and change it, but you should think about what makes you happy and what you are looking for. I totally agree that living in different places can be a great experience, but it can also be totally shit (personal experience both ways) :) It just depends on what kind of person you are and what you expect. Also on your current life situation. My view has changed dramatically, I always dreamed about a cottage far away from society, but now with a kid this seems total bs. I need him to see and experience things and meet with other kids. So, living a bit away from a city is a great compromise. I have lived in a couple of other countries, but for his school education I am happy that it will be in my native language, thus I can help him with home work and discuss stuff in detail.
We all change, change is always happening, don't think that your beliefs with 25 are the same at 40x and you will be a lot more relaxed. You should definitely give living abroad a try, I think something warmer and sunnier could be good for you. Good weather kinda leads to people being a bit more open and happy.
Also, there is this common example with someone being offered a coin flip and he gets x for heads and y for tails (?). And from a poker perspective the option that is higher EV longterm is superior, but in reality a lot of people rather take the risk free money. It's the same with investing or the way you life your life. The reason a lot of people stick to what they know, is that it is a viable option (family, security, you know what to expect), because you just don't know if you are alive in 20 days, 1 year, 20 years. From a longterm perspective the other choice might be superior, but when you look at our evolution, it is not so clear cut. So, I think one should live in the here and now (= live a fulfilling and meaningful life and have fun), while also taking care of the future (like investing, staying in shape, sleep, and so on. But one shouldn't obsess only about one or the other, strike a balance. With investing for example a good recommendation is to invest 15% of your income every month, this should leave enough money to actually enjoy life as well. Obviously this depends on your income and the outlook of that income in the future. Not sure if you know about the FIRE (financial independent retire early) movement, but this way of life (very frugal and then live a typical restricted lifestlye, so you dont have to work) seems wacky to me. So, if you feel caged in/ not happy, then go ahead change it, do small changes or big ones, depending on what you can afford and what you feel like. Go for extended walks and thing it through by yourself. And then execute :)
Cheers and take good care and best of luck with the run!

March 30, 2022 | 6:43 p.m.

Well, I am pissed at myself :)

The results are "fine", but I play piss poor and while drinking the last 3 days. Total BS!
I was also playing unfocussed at "work". It makes no sense, there are a lot of things that I do very well. I hit the gym regular, eat good food, sleep enough, have a good job, have a great family and real life overall, go running, do yoga, meditate...and still I fuck this up. You could argue its all fine, given that I am still winning, but this is not good. It stresses me, I feel it the whole week. When I stress out about it, my jaw starts to hurt. xD

I have decided to go for a dry April, makes sense regardless of Poker, because I feel this is really hurting me and I have an important doctors appointment at the end of the month.

March 25, 2022 | 7:55 p.m.

Hi Mate, good luck! Will follow, also curious about the study. I fall into the other group...

March 24, 2022 | 7:39 a.m.

Maybe a bit late, but I bought refurbished phones in recent times. I feel phones are in a way similar to new cars, when you buy a new car and drive of the car dealers property the value drops by 50%.

Also, how do you pay for Stars Caption, the options all seem so wacky, or am I missing something? I currently don't play on stars but it's availabe on 888 as well and I think it's the same guys.

I think meeting new people has become really difficult for a lot of people. The gym is probably not a great place to meet people, but you never know. It is so strange, on the one handside people are very lonely but on the other handside they are not willing to give people a try. The people I talk to most often on the streets are elderly when I walk the dog and have my kid with me. There are some young people that greet me, but for example on the play ground all parents stick to themselves or in their little groups, even when the kids are playing together. I think if I were single again I would be fucked xD
No surprise that the work place is such a typical place to hook up, even though I think this is often absolutely not ideal.
Are you still playing chess? Have you considered to go to a chess club? What about meditation groups? I can imagine meeting interesting people there. And have you ever considered to go on a retreat? I was thinking about this before I became a dad, now I wouldn't want to leave my wife alone with him for a week. Maybe some day in the far future :)

And how is IG going? I used it some years ago, but decided that it wasn't useful at all (also deleted FB recently). No follow from me on that front ;(

Also, nice hands xD

Cheers, Aquila

March 24, 2022 | 7:22 a.m.

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