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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.

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.

Post | Aquila posted in Chatter: Work hard, be patient, don't quit!

Hi there,

I find myself in a very special situation. I am a daddy since the 26th of April and since then I am on paternal leave until the end of march of next year. I am 39, have a regular job and currently no plans on becoming a pro. Besides Poker, I am into ornithology and fitness :)

So, what are my goals for the near future/this journal:
- Play only when the little one is with my wife and I had no beer. I like wheatbeer, but keep it to a maximum of 4 bottles per week (2 days). So the aim is to play 5x per week undistracted after dinner.
- follow a solid brm plan.
- I meditate daily around 20 minutes after walking the dog in the morning.
- The gym is reopening on tuesday and I go 3x per week plus 3x cardio, either crosstrainer or swimming. One day is off. After the gym break I will restart with a standard beginner machine program. The gym is quite small and I have some lower back issues, so deadlifting is not a good option for me.

Besides that I have to take care of the little one and oh boy that takes up a lot of time! I had so much spare time before, but for now those days are over ^^ I also miss my sleep :) Life is great, but also very different.

Tomorrow I will start the "grind" on PP. Bankroll starts around 500€.
Next week will be a short one with regards to poker, as we visit family from wednesday onwards. So, I will play some on monday and tuesday.
I want to give an update on at least a weekly basis.

Have a good one and good luck at the tables.

Cheers, Aquila

May 31, 2020 | 6:09 p.m.

+1 Good luck! Those things sound crazy tbh :) Glad, I live a peaceful live :)

April 25, 2020 | 2:43 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Back to Square One

Hi there,

what kind of flash cards are you learning with Anki?
Also, when it comes to failing your "goals" for the day. That's perfectly fine, just don't miss it a 2nd day. No one is perfect. Give yourself some leeway :)
Also, have you tried yoga? I also think that walking long distances, especially up and down, is good for backpain. You need to strengthen and stretch it. Of course swimming is fantastic, but most likely the pools are closed in italy as well.

April 11, 2020 | 4:57 p.m.

Hello Phil,

regarding Feedback:
1 h is quite long, but in general thats not an issue.
What I would really like at the end are "take away messages". One or 2 slides where you basically summarize the adjustments you consider worthy. I think thats what I usually find lacking when I watch coaches make live or recorded videos.


Nov. 4, 2018 | 11:45 a.m.

Hand History | Aquila posted in PLO: PLO 10: TPTK get barreled on in SRP
Blinds: $0.05/$0.10 (5 Players) SB: $10.00
BB: $10.90
UTG: $10.24 (Hero)
CO: $14.54
BN: $19.24
Preflop ($0.15) Hero is UTG with Q K 8 A
CO raises to $0.35, BN calls $0.35, BB folds, Hero calls $0.25
Flop ($1.10) 2 7 A
Hero checks, CO bets $0.78, BN calls $0.78, Hero calls $0.78
Turn ($3.44) 2 7 A 8
Hero checks, CO bets $2.40, BN folds, Hero calls $2.40
River ($8.24) 2 7 A 8 7
Hero checks, CO bets $7.83, Hero folds
Final Pot CO wins $7.83
Rake is $0.41

Oct. 3, 2018 | 12:43 p.m.

Hand History | Aquila posted in PLO: PLO 10: Top Set on Mon flop (BTN vs BB)
Blinds: $0.05/$0.10 (6 Players) SB: $10.00
BB: $14.45
UTG: $8.62
MP: $10.00
CO: $16.53
BN: $10.00 (Hero)
Preflop ($0.15) Hero is BN with K 2 T K
2 folds, Hero raises to $0.35, SB folds, BB calls $0.25
Flop ($0.75) 3 Q K
BB checks, Hero bets $0.21, BB raises to $1.35, Hero calls $1.14
Turn ($3.45) 3 Q K 5
BB bets $2.46, Hero folds
Final Pot BB wins $3.28
Rake is $0.17

Oct. 3, 2018 | 12:34 p.m.

Hi Nick,

I have seen only the first 20 minutes so far, but I have a question about the AA54ss hand.
I can see your points for bet/folding the flop and I was wondering how you would continue on different turns.
For example if the flush gets there on the turn?
Against this loose passive player pool where people tend to overvalue medium flush draws, I guess I would check/fold such turns.
Or do you basically check/fold the vast majority of turns when you get called?

Sept. 30, 2018 | 3:04 p.m.


what stakes are you looking to play?
And can you tell a bit about your experiences with Primed Mind? Had to google it. Do you have to pay for it? How often do you "use" it? And so on.

July 10, 2018 | 4:24 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Finally studying


lets do a quick update. For the most part of the week work kept me very busy.

  • Daily Meditation: managed to do it except on wednesday, when I got home quite late and was super exhausted.
  • Daily Exercise: check :)
  • study Poker: 50-60% check, but I did watch some videos and found them really helpful
    will watch 2 videos from dekker today, haven't seen any from him so far. Let's see how I like it.
  • study swedish: will start today, we received the language course yesterday
  • keep this blog alive: what I am doing right now :)

Quick question: If I record a session. Do I just upload it somewhere and then share the link here?


July 7, 2018 | 11:17 a.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on There's a day.

I am german :) so you moved to germany for studies? (in case thats correct, which city and what do you study?) I live close to Karlsruhe, lived in Sweden, but didnt have to learn the language there, because everyone loved talking english...
now, my wife and me think about moving there, but not without learning the language before.

July 7, 2018 | 11:03 a.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on There's a day.

"There's a day I become decent in my 3rd language."

You are fluent in? And which one do you want to learn?
I speak german and english and want to learn swedish now. Good luck with your goals!
Where are you at regarding poker?

July 7, 2018 | 9:23 a.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Starting Out

Hi Steve,
I liked the video. I can see where I made plenty of mistakes along the way (especially about the fun part and just counting hours... ;) )
I think a video on how to look for mistakes as a novice/ mistakes you came across in your students, that they typically werent aware of in the beginning could be nice for a follow up (if this makes sense to you)
Aquila (and yeah, I reactivated my blog (2 years and 9 month no activity), bettter luck me this time (hah!)

July 2, 2018 | 3:37 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Finally studying

Hello there,

long time no blogging. Last almost 3 years has seen no poker growth on my end. I have a good job and was busy. Now I have settled in and actually just return from vacation in sweden. I used to live there and I really want to go back. Compared to germany it is so relaxed and "empty". I really enjoy silence (nature and few people). I was also impressed that they had fiber in places where i would basically think people dont know what the internet is (joke). In germany the politicians have been talking about establishing broadband for the last years and basically nothing is happening/it is slow and expensive.
Anyhow, my wife and me have decided that we really want to move back to sweden. This won't happen in this or next year, but hopefully in the next 3-5 years. Right now our plan is to study swedish and pay off our 2 cars. I believe she has good chances of finding a job in of the bigger cities in sweden like Gothemburg or such, but we don't want to live in the city.
So, my goals for this 3-5 years period are:
- Daily Meditation (right now at 20 min each day for about 150 days in succession)
- Daily Exercise (I started with Pushups, have added planking (not sure thats how you call it in english) --> become fit
- study Poker serious
- study Swedish
- keep this blog alive, by posting about my progess and post hands.


July 1, 2018 | 3:28 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on Best HUD Coach

I think Alan Jackson is a HUD specialist, but maybe I am wrong.

March 11, 2018 | 7:40 p.m.

hi, could you reupload your hud pls xD much appreciated, watching the vidoe right now, very good stuff so far

July 16, 2016 | 3 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on What are you watching?

saw first episode yesterday. Agree, that it was quite good. Even though I thought that Mulders (cant think of his real name right now) acting was quite weak :D

Feb. 24, 2016 | 2:25 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on What are you watching?

Lucifer is one of those typical ones. Limitless is pretty boring tbh. Couldnt continue after 3 episodes. Rome is supposed to be quite good, havent watched it though.

Feb. 24, 2016 | 9:57 a.m.

Thanks a lot

Dec. 2, 2015 | 4:02 p.m.

Hi Leszek, sry to derail here, but could u upload your HUD again? :D
thanks and great videos!

Dec. 1, 2015 | 10:10 p.m.

Hi Phil,

I thought the video was fine. An idea for a future video might be a "classroom/theory" video. You talked about leading ranges on low boards and some other type of board (have to go back to that...) and coming from NL I find leading very "awkward".
Cheers and how have you settled into the married lifestyle (if you don't mind asking). :D
I am married for 2 years and some month now :D life is better with someone you love.

Oct. 18, 2015 | 12:05 p.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on The Transition

So you are a teacher in "real life"? I most likely never made the same money as you did with poker, but I must say that I like my regular pay cheque :D especially given the fact that I have a job that I love. Not that I want you to quit here, but it just seems, that plenty of people in the "small to midstakes" disappear over the last 2 years or so (black friday and so on obviously being a huge factor). To sad that it doesnt appear as if the americans are soon to be brought back to us..
Good luck with your decision making.

Sept. 18, 2015 | 3:34 p.m.

Have you checked Party Poker? In general you can check out traffic on under Game Finder.

Sept. 16, 2015 | 10:09 p.m.

agree on betting once. Would only continue on 4x, picked up FD and Ax. If he has a low wtsd/high folt to 2barrel (sample size important), then I would consider barreling on Qx and Kx (more K then Q).

Sept. 15, 2015 | 7:11 a.m.

Comment | Aquila commented on TPTK with AQo, fold?

Yes, you can find a fold here without any real problem. Call turn some time, but fold river in general. Obviously player type plays a big role too.

Sept. 14, 2015 | 7:56 p.m.

Hi, can u maybe give me a short rundown on your color coding? Time stamp 10:08. What defines Bad Regs and a Weak / TeamNobluff? How quickly do you dish those out?
Aquila (more questions might come later..)

Sept. 13, 2015 | 8:18 p.m.

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