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I am very impressed! I would kill myself (half joking) if I were down this much :)
It is a great step if you can tell that this is mainly variance/ in your control and it only affects your play to a small degree. Good luck for the turn around. (We are not playing the same limits, so go get lucky ^^)

May 7, 2021 | 12:41 p.m.


I am not sure if this applies here, but a way to prevent from going over the things that you "can/do know" and work instead on the things that you have difficulties with is by using the spaced repetition approach. You can use a software like Anki for example and create flashcards. It is free on your PC and free if you have an android phone.
"Spaced repetition is an evidence-based learning technique that is usually performed with flashcards. Newly introduced and more difficult flashcards are shown more frequently, while older and less difficult flashcards are shown less frequently in order to exploit the psychological spacing effect. The use of spaced repetition has been proven to increase rate of learning" from Wikipedia.
I used this system for my hunting license and my university degree. It is very helpful in my mind if you don't overload the cards. You can find plenty of instructions on youtube on how to setup ankicards. In general I think it is a great tool to memorize stuff --> preflop ranges, flop x leads to action y. Try to keep it simple. For example: I am memorizing 3bet ranges from different positions right now and I can see that I stumble over the same cards on a daily basis. These cards have too much information (full range from a certain position). For me it is much easier to memorize something like: Which Pocket Pairs do you 3bet 100% from the BTN vs EP for example. This will extend your deck, but going through 50-100 cards a day doesn't take very long. The act of creating might take longer though :)
Since I have no subscription to stuff like GTOwizard or LucidGTO I always wonder if they have this system integrated in their trainers. It is not very effective if you constantly repeat the stuff you know. It will make you go superficially through your deck.
When I practice, I also dislike just saying the answer, but instead prefer to write it down. We are all different but learning only visually is not effective for me.

And if you want to learn a language, there are hundreds of decks available on Anki. So, I think it's great :)
Also, read this, it's a summary of a book that has been recommended here. Peak.

Hope this helps.

May 7, 2021 | 12:39 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Level 2

Hello there,

quick update. Found a reasonable routine since our boy is at the kindergarden for ~ 6 hours between monday and friday. I did put in some hands this week and also worked on my preflop game. Next week things will change again, I am going back to work :)(:
So, no time to play in the mornings. I will need to play in the evening. Goal for the coming weeks is to just work on preflop with flash cards and play solid.
My meditation has slipt quite a bit. I would like to do it first thing in the morning, but when I sit down I am constantly wondering if he is awake or not. The gym is closed again ;(
Life is good overall.
Hope you are all doing fine.
Any book recommendations?

April 24, 2021 | 5:10 p.m.


very interesting read overall. Would you recommend the book? I read a summary of it, I am wondering if it would be worth paying for it. Are there guidelines/examples on how to improve ones "grit"?
GL and it will take the time that is going to take! Something we want to ignore all the time...

April 24, 2021 | 5 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on I Cash Out!!!!

Cookies seem to be mighty :)
Good luck. Also, on more thought. Doing Yoga with a focus on the breath is very similar. Doing the sun greeting for example could also be an option. In case you don't like the sitting still part.

April 8, 2021 | 9:24 a.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on I Cash Out!!!!

I can recommend the Waking Up App from Sam Harris. They have a daily meditation (10 or 20 Minutes). Maybe paying for the App gives you the needed incentive to get going. You can try 1 Month for free.
I think it's quite interesting how certain things are super easily established, but some things are just super hard. For me sports and also meditation are super easy, but I find it very difficult to sit down and watch a video/ do work for even a set amount on a regular (daily) basis.
I also think its helpful to have a set place in your apartment/house where you do it. A meditation cushion is really nice.
Another thing could be to attach it to something you find easy. Like, you take a shower every morning and now you just sit down 5-10 minutes afterwards for your meditation. I actually think that feeling refreshed and clean shows that you care about meditation.
Another thing could be that you first have to meditate and then get to eat a cookie or whatever.
Get a reward right away. The App Insight Timer has a streak counter, which can be nice too. You might not want to lose the streak. It's not really what meditation is about, but it can be benificial in the beginning.

April 7, 2021 | 6:13 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Level 2

10/10 short one. Will take a break now. Will maybe write again in the future. We will see.
Good luck and stay healthy ^^

Feb. 25, 2021 | 5:50 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Level 2

9/10 played some earlier, not 25 minutes or so, but I realize that playing in the evening when I am always tired and exhausted ain't the best idea...I will most likely take a break and just study for a bit (when I have time) and then get back to the tables when our son is in kindergarden. Right now I am between D and E in terms of quality of play. Frustrating and not worth it, since the money isn't important anyhow.
Ordered some bottles of nice white wine. We have 20°C already and so I can start the white wine season already by the end of February :) Life's a bitch ^^

Feb. 24, 2021 | 4:21 p.m.

Hi, when fixing your sleep schedule, try not to go from 0 to Hero, but instead move it by something like 15 or 30 minutes. Then do this for a week and then add the next 15 minutes.
Also, you can try using Flux for your pc if you spend the evenings in front of it. And don't head right into bed after playing. Take something like 30 minutes to cool off. Reading something boring helps with sleep as well :)

Feb. 24, 2021 | 7:21 a.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Level 2

8/10 done. Got smacked on the tables ^^ probably played bad too. Just tired and exhausted.

Feb. 23, 2021 | 6:29 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Level 2

7/10 done. Was tired, but okay. Weather is good and first icecream of the year :)

Feb. 22, 2021 | 6:06 p.m.

This is so much me as well :)( Very good about the spreadsheet, I hope and I am certain it helps! Do you have a set amount of time you play?

Feb. 21, 2021 | 6:36 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Level 2

6/10 done.
Ran good in allin with FD vs Top Set. Bad call on my end, thought my equity would be better. Playing regular tables is a lot more relaxing.
Any ideas what do to after the 10th session? There should be a small increase. Either I will add some playtime = extend to 30minutes or add some study time, but don't think I can find that much time yet.
Real life issues... I was looking into wine fridges. Anyone here can recommend a good 2 zone one? :)

Feb. 21, 2021 | 6:34 p.m.

I wish you all the best with your little one!
And also, take it easy with the life style changes. You'll find that you sleep a lot less and this will decrease your productivity by quite a bit, at least that's what happened in my case :)

Feb. 21, 2021 | 6:28 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Level 2

5/10 done.
Actually fucked up a bit yesterday and played some more and obvioulsy ran like Jesus...NOT :)
Will continue still, try to be kind to myself. Now off to a nice glass of red wine...
Also, playing 4 reg tables, in my age the slower pace is preferable, also more fishy plays ^^

Feb. 20, 2021 | 6:19 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Level 2

4/10 done. Early today

anyone here playing NL10 on GG? Thoughts about the pool? Compared to Stars?

Can I import GG Handhistories to Pt4?

Feb. 19, 2021 | 4:26 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Level 2

3/10 finished. Captain Teemo Reporting for Duty ^^

Feb. 18, 2021 | 6:34 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Level 2

RoleTide you are probably right from a strategic (rake) point of view, but for me this is about setting out to do a task and then execute it. As simple as it might be, but gotta start with the consistency somewhere. I am very prone to switching plans or cashing out and then reloading and all this idiocy. I need to be able to take more hits without doing stupid stuff, like chasing losses or cashing out = Hero needs more Hitpoints and a better armor :)

2/10 finished. Lost some, ran with quads into straight flush and with AA vs top set vs shortstack. Doesn't matter at all. If I want to play PLO, then that's nothing unusual at all. Gotta accept the role of the dice and roll with it...

Feb. 17, 2021 | 6:23 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Level 2

1/10 finished.
Level 2 hero on the move...
Will think about a reward once I am close to finishing.

Can someone tell me how to insert GIFs here? ^^

Thanks for reading.

Feb. 16, 2021 | 6:40 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Level 2


I see that I have to change my approach to the Game. I was talking to a friend of mine today and he is a professional mental coach. His advice was the same that my wife has been giving me for quite some time...I should listen to her more ;)

So: Poker is a hobby. To me it's a GAME with levels. It's also a tool for me, to work on consistency and discipline.

Poker is NOT about making money for me. It is not about becoming something like a sport pro, something I have aspired to become when I was young and a dream that I have been chasing in some ways. I also don't have the time to become a professional poker player. I have a job, a family, sport, friends and other commitments that will not allow me to put in tremendous amount of time for this, which would be required to become a professional.

This means "business before pleasure".

I am also thinking about using a fantasy analogy to Poker, I like to read fantasy books and was a big Diablo2 players when I was younger :) and yes I am looking forward to D4...D3 sucks...
So, right now I am on level 2 (B), which is PLO5. I have to master opponents like rake, opponents and my lack of patience/discipline. But in level 2 there are also a lot of easy monsters to slay when you start with a superior weapon. Let's see if this analogy will be helpful for me :)
So my first task is to stick to a simple routine for the next 10 days.
Play 1 sessions of 25 Minutes of PLO5 Rush once the little one is asleep. No music, no focus on the monetary outcome and just go play a solid style and work on the basics.


Feb. 16, 2021 | 12:06 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on I Cash Out!!!!

What kind of test is this?
How do you approach this one "Create a quiz to help practice and learn."?

Feb. 13, 2021 | 6:14 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Level 2

Nr. 3:
too tired, played 2 sessions, but felt tired all the way. First one was still ok, but shouldnt have went for the second one.

Feb. 12, 2021 | 8:39 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Level 2

session number 2 on GG:
3 sessions a 25 Minutes 4 tabling PLO5. Tired by the end of the third, made a loose call in one of free bb pots. What are they called again? :)
Called it off 200bb deep w QJ98ds, felt like gambling, which ain't the goal ^^

Can anyone recommend playlists on Spotify for background music?

Is it possible to export handhistories from GG and import them to HM3 or PT4?

Cheers and good night...

Feb. 11, 2021 | 7:27 p.m.

Yeah, sick. I wonder if this is the same in Germany.

Feb. 11, 2021 | 8:24 a.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Level 2

Hello there,

I am reanimating this blog. :) I guess I underestimated the energy it would take to raise a baby and thought I would still have plenty of time and the energy to play continously. By now he is 9.5 month old and we have found our groove a bit more.

So, what are the current goals and topics this blog will be about?

- Play PLO within my bankroll (100 buy-ins, starting with 500$) = PLO5 on GG Poker
- Play only when he is asleep (so, that's after dinner) using a Pomodoro Timer
- Read/Study Jnandez PLO-Book & the one from Matthias Plum (not sure that's his name, but this book might be more applicable to my games)
- Be patient. Work on a pre session flashcard, which is supposed to set me in the right mindset and prevent me from typical mistakes (playing too many hands, playing non-nutted hands multiway, not barreling enough, not taking my time with decisions...)

Gym is still closed, so I am stuck with my 2 dumbbells (2x max. 15 kg)
- Workout 3x a week, full body workout
- Daily stretching. 13x 1 Minute.
- No alcohol for 30 days. I was drinking too constantly, not a lot but just regular. Also I know it affects my sleep quality, which does suck due to the fact that I keep watch on the little one via a camera. So, I don't sleep as deep as I used to anyhow. Currently I am at 8/30.
- No coffee once I ran out of it. Still a little more than 1 kg to go. When I wake up I instantly prepare coffee and I drink a lot. I want to do a 30 day only water challenge. See how that affects my skin, weight and so on. So, step 1 is the alcohol, then the coffee and then I can go for the water only.
- Try Hello Fresh. We will get our first package next tuesday. We have used Marley Spoon before, which is basically the same. Then we quit and quickly started cooking too much and always the same. With the little one around we now have to make some adjustments/ consider to prep food that he can try/eat as well. I will post some pictures of the meals, if they look halfway decent ^^
- Measury weight once a week. I don't have any weight goals, but I want to keep a watch on it. My main goal is too stay fit and healthy and keep a good diet.
- A longterm goal regarding fitness is doing an Ironman. I am talking about 3-4 years here. My first step towards this goal is to swim 4 kmm but without a pool this obviously is impossible right now. I will not start out with running, because I have arthrosis in my right ankle joint. So, we will see if this can become a reality. Running is associated with pain, even though I went through surgery, but they only took out some tiny bone parts, that were floating around in my ankle joint. But swimming is fine and I will take my time with this project.

- Save money for a house/ moving to Sweden.
- Continue investing in ETF's (monthly saving plane) and something like a life policy.

Enough text for now. I will write a short session review each evening when I played. I was planning on not checking the cashier, but with the new german regulations that's not working. You get an overview each time you open the app...

Thanks for reading. Also, does anyone know of an article about the insurance on GG-Poker? When should I use it?


Feb. 11, 2021 | 8:23 a.m.

Hello Tariq,

thanks a lot for your video. Especially the part on the Donkbets was very insightful.

My suggestion for another one of those analysis would be a comparison of Raising cbets and what they show up with if they continue on the turn or not (I am wondering if these lose passiv players for example might actually raise strong draws on connected flops, but don't continue to bet on the turn, while they would continue with strong made hands). I guess what kind of hands people are raising cbets with in general is very interesting in general. Maybe also comparing checkraise vs raise cbet in position, whether or not a difference can actually be found.
Also, 3bet by villain and which hands they do 2/3 barrel, especially from fishy players. Typical spot could be SB vs BTN.

Also wanted to add, that I really enjoy your videos so far. Keep up the good work!

Sept. 2, 2020 | 2:42 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Level 2

Hello guys,

finally I can get back to this blog. Being a young dad is/was so much more demanding than I expected and right in this moment he is waking up :)

Things are great! I really love it.

Quick update on the other topics:
Poker: has been more off then on, due to being tired and no time to focus. No real update here. I tried Natural 8 but the software kept crashing and I cashed out again. Right now I am back to 888. Will try to get a sample size on their fast tables and then post a graph and some stats. So far games are looking good.

I finally went for the subscription of the waking up course by Sam Harris and I am absolutely loving it so far. The first 5 days are for free and they also offer 1 year for free if you really can't afford it. I have listened to some podcasts with Sam before (JRE for example). Being an agnostic, his approach to meditation is especially appealing. The subcscription for a year is 100 € (or $). I tried my hands on Metta meditation for the first couple of times and that was fascinating :)

Everything is going well, I still manage to hit the gym 3x per week. Will keep the same routine for a total of 12 weeks, then one week off and then probably back to 4x per week (upper lower split).

Thanks for reading and may you be happy :)


July 3, 2020 | 5:11 a.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on NL200 Challenges

Whats up with the coffee goal? Where do you stand now and you quit cold turkey?

good luck

June 24, 2020 | 5:10 p.m.


maybe not very helpful, but life outside of poker is actually just as good (and for a lot I would say even better). In my mind there is no shame in "quitting". To be honest, I think that I would have gone insane if I were in your shoes! If you like the game, then just play for fun and play at stakes that for the time being don't really matter. Maybe it's better to quit alltogether/ take an extended break (1 year+) and then reevaluate if you would like to get back into the game. Obvioulsy I have no idea whether or not you are dependent on poker as an income.
If you need to stick with it, then go hardcore on meditation imo. Vipassana apps are available for free and the technique is actually quite "beginners friendly". And have a social life and take care of your sleep and exercise = life a healthy life most of the time ^^, but also enjoy it.

Best wishes,

June 19, 2020 | 8:08 a.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Level 2

Hi IIICitanul,

I start to realize that life has changed for me forever :) It's funny to see how my wife and me try to make sense or see patterns in his behavior, but it sinks in more and more that there is constant change and evolution at this age (and the next 10-15 years). So, I think it's a good practice to be comfortable in all moments. The moments where he is sleepy, the moments where he is crying and all the other moments...

Regarding DL, yeah it's a bit sad, but like I said it makes no sense for me and they also have terrible barbells. Most of all I am happy that they reopen :) I have 2 dumbbells at home with 30 kg in total. I did some stuff since the shutdown, but it's nowhere close to a real gym :)

What to expect from the journal:
- weekly "reviews" about poker, meditation practice, fitness and general stuff.

I am not 100% decided on whether I will play PLO or NL, but I don't feel like I need to decide on it yet. I will stick to a 50/100 buy-ins regiment for both, so it's fine if I decide at a later stage.


June 1, 2020 | 8:30 a.m.

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