I ended up in July somehow. Due to problems with PPPoker, the hand count is less than I expected. Some hands were not registered.
Right now I'm mentally fine. My biggest problem is that I usually play poker while my wife is asleep. These are the times when I played the most intense site. 11pm-6am. As soon as the tables are complete, I go to bed around 6:30 am. I wake up around 2:30 pm. I have 3.5 hours before I go to sports. It seems to me that this time is not enough that I do not do the breathing exercises I do as soon as I get up in the morning most days. I have the feeling I don't have enough time. I used to be very good at time management. As soon as I woke up in the morning, my actions were sequential. I wouldn't have to think about what to do. Although I had a positive impact on my life, I realized that it caused negativity in my poker life. Because as soon as I woke up, I was doing a lot of work, and it took some of my energy.
-Get your bed.
- Take a cold shower.
- Prepare a healthy breakfast
- Make coffee.
- Wash the dishes
- Go to Crossfit
The main reason for this was that I tried to fit more than one habit at a time. Because I was setting myself goals for poker and trying to get habits. I couldn't stop myself, no matter how much I knew from my research that I couldn't handle this much habit at a time.
This month, I intend to develop myself a little bit more about time management. When I wake up in the morning, I think it's exhausting to think that I'll miss the day without planning.
I keep watching Nick Howard videos from Youtube. I'm trying to understand the logic of your game, even though I don't have the right to buy one of the packages for money right now. The impact on my game next month will be more pronounced. I need to increase WWSF and WTSD%. This month I'll share more and improve myself on the game.
-100 hour grind.
-20 hours study.
Aug. 1, 2019 | 12:38 p.m.
I've only been trying to use Nick Howard's point of view to work for the last two months. Game style and game perspective is exactly what I'm looking for. I tried to exploit the errors of the population using pt4 even if I did not have Hand2note. I'm the one who can't play without work. Yesterday, after PPPoker banned PT4, I asked them because I didn't know what to do.
a) yes, there are too many resources, and I made my choice among them. Nick Howard is the coach I'm looking for.
b) The ideas I had to improve my game were focused on PT4. Can I still reflect on you and Nick Howard's mentality to my game without using PT4? That's what I'm wondering.
July 27, 2019 | 1:51 a.m.
JULY UPDATE 2
I think there is a problem with the goals I set in July. They didn't motivate me enough and didn't make it easy for me to sit at tables. I want my new goal until the beginning of August.
-8750 hands in 7 days.
-Update every day.
-Everyday with thoughts, 3 hands.
July 24, 2019 | 8:37 p.m.
-It's really hard to think of a poker career in my country. Is it impossible? Of course no. But I think I missed that train. I've stopped making plans for a long time. I'm just trying to spend my time doing things I love. Poker is on top of them for now. If I have 10 hours of free time a day, my goal is to devote more than half to poker.
-Unfortunately, I don't have a group of players to discuss. I have friends who have played poker more advanced than me and still have, but their game style is very different from me. I am in favor of a slightly simpler and exploatitive game. They prefer exploatitive games. I'm a man who likes to use my time effectively. If I'm gonna play poker for an hour, I've got to do it right. I don't like to get into deep issues that won't affect my play. At this stage, your colleagues need to understand you. However, no one has ever agreed on this.
-I spend most of my time watching Nick Howard. The hands I played the day before or the hands I created as a result of the filters, I start to solve in GTO +. I watch Nick Howard while I wait. If I have money one day, I would love to buy the paid content.
July 24, 2019 | 7:02 p.m.
JULY UPDATE 1
It wasn't easy for me to start playing again this month. Psychologically, I was unlikely to succeed. I decided that I should gain motivation by adding simple but effective new habits next to my good habits. As bad as I am in poker, I still have good habits in my life.
- I keep going crossfit for at least 4 days a week.
- I take a cold shower every day for at least 2 min. (At the moment I live in the air is 40 degrees. Unfortunately I can't find enough cold water. There is a barrel in my house that I can enter. However, because the balcony faucet is broken, it is difficult to fill 180 liters.)
-I'm paying attention to my sleep and waking hours. I've read a lot of articles about sleep recently and watched videos. Although my sleep time is not the same time every day, at least my sleep time is ideal.
- My diet is good for most people. Most of the time I cook my own food. I have suffered financially for the last 2 months. I'm sure we'il have a better meal after our finances get better.
- At least 10 minutes per day Wim Hof I practice breathing or meditation. I used to do it as soon as I woke up in the morning. I can say that it helps me to start the day better. But every morning when I take 10-15 minutes of breath training and 10 minutes of cold shower, when I come from the gym, I take a shower again and do breath training or meditation again before starting poker. This meant almost one hour of the day only for shower and breathing exercises. I stopped my morning routine this month. When I come from the gym I take a cold shower and practice breathing before starting poker.
- I'm not starting to play poker in a moment. Before starting the session, I set my goals and try to continue the session focused on it
I have to admit that setting daily goals is a mistake in my monthly targets. Because as a result of urgent work within a week, when I play poker for 5 days instead of 6 days, serious problems occur in my motivation. Failure to fulfill my promise to myself is the most important thing that affects my motivation mentally. So in August I will set the number of hours per month or hand.
I spend a very productive month on losing money tilt, motivation and focus. The effect of TMGOP is considerable. The biggest thing that helps in these 3 problems is to inject logic.
-I feel so bad when I lose big pots at the time of the session. (Poker is a game of odds. No matter how good you play poker, you will always lose big pots. Think of it as a payout to win big pots.)
- I want to quit the game and play Dota during the session. (Doing the least fun thing right now will give you more fun in the future)
- Surf the internet while playing poker. (The human brain isn't very good at focusing on two things at once. While reading a book, try to focus on another part of your body at the same time. You'll realize how hard it is)
After finishing this month, I will present you with new and more specific targets in the new month. My status so far:
Only 3 tables are played on the site I play. No games at all hours of the day. So the hand count is a little low. But no matter what, I had to play 20,000 hands a month. Average 250 hands are played per hour. I could easily reach this figure with 1250 hands per day. This will be my biggest goal for next month.
July 23, 2019 | 12:37 p.m.
IMO flop bet size not matter so much. But turn card not good for you. Checking ok OTT. Why we c/r allin? Yeah you dont have Ad its good but he can still have very strong hands after flop call. 99,88,JJ,QTs. When you c/r he can easly fold FD and even TT.
July 17, 2019 | 2:47 p.m.
Ryan in Turkey we are able to play only WPN,GG or PPPoker. Live poker is legal in Cyprus but not in Turkey. So live poker is not an option for me. WPN has lot of problems. GG Poker soft but their rake system suck. Also i cand use tracker tool for study. Now i have only one option PPPoker with converter.
July 10, 2019 | 1:07 a.m.
I haven't written in a long time. So why?
'Sekabet' had a dispute with 'WPN Poker'. As a result, I could not use my money for about a week. As a result, I don't have any income from stream. I got the 'bot pay' money about 4 months late. These events caused great damage to my motivation and my view of poker. While the poker room that I can play as a Turkish player was limited, it was really hard to find a new room.
My wife didn't want me to focus on poker anymore. Because I couldn't convince her like I used to. I didn't have enough money to support my life just by playing poker. We thought the best decision was to look for a job.
Turkey also messed up the economy in that case, unfortunately I can not find a job to relieve me currently working in economic terms. The lack of work and stress and the lack of a goal of development caused short-term mental problems. I started having sleep problems and wasting days. As a result, my smoking increased again. I stopped doing breathing exercises as often as I used to. All I could hold was Crossfit. Maybe if I'd left it, things would have gotten worse for me.
I have no big dreams about poker right now. I don't know if this will change in the future. A friend who trusted me said he could stake me. The limits I'm playing are pretty high. But the players' status is probably worse than the sites I've played before. I will try to play 2-3 table games at NL200,400,600 and 1000 tables. The three biggest problems for me now are tilting motivation, focus and losing money. I will try to write here more often and share with you how my poker career will continue. Today is the 8th of July. I will try to continue my poker adventure from where I left off by updating my overall and monthly goals.
-To support my family by playing poker.
-5 hours grind in 6 days a week
-1 hours study in 6 days a week
-Daily track for losing money tilt.
-Daily track for motivation problem.
-Daily track for focus problem.
July 8, 2019 | 2 p.m.
As I mentioned before, I've only been playing poker for 1.5 years. During this time, I played almost 80% of my games in WPN. I'm mad at myself for not meeting these limits for months. Almost all of the best players I've ever played with are the new ban list. So I've been trying to beat the bots for a year and a half. Now it is said that I'll take a money because of these bots. But for 3 weeks, although I've contacted unfortunately I did not get results. If the money I gave to the boats was in my safe a year ago, things could be different now. I won't get any money back in those days when I stressed myself. The worst part of the job because I live in Turkey still need to continue to play in this damn server.
All bots im affected. Total 200$ money back.
May 16, 2019 | 12:32 a.m.
MAY UPDATE DAY 10
[ 35 hour ] Grind 6 hours on weekdays, 3 hours on weekend for total 150 Hour.
[ 14.5 hour ] Study atleast 30 hour.
[ Done ] Go crossfit at least 4 days a week
[ Done ] Make the Wim Hof Method every day.
I completed the first 10 days of this month. I'm not happy with the money and the result. Even though I cannot influence the money directly, there are big mistakes that I find related to my game. If I can reduce these errors, I think the return will be in money. There are two issues I'm focusing on right now.
- Preflop range vs 3B
- Postflop play in 4B pots
I think these are the 2 things that have the most impact on the state of my red line. Unfortunately I don't have a friend who is more experienced than me. So I have to find my own mistakes. And the way of trial and error always causes the work to grow longer.
A second point I need to fix next to the red line is WWSF. They're a little tied to each other, but they're not completely connected. I think that bringing this value closer to 47-48 will have a big impact on my game. Frankly, I'm not sure what I need to focus on. I will continue to work on this.
Everything goes well in crossfit. I think that my rivalry and ambition with people I've practiced together has a huge impact on poker. You have an interval for training. In this time period you have to do your best. The best. You have to be proud of yourself when you're done training. This feeling is really priceless. If I reflect this feeling to poker, it'il be better. The only squeeze of this week is the wounds in my palms that wobble iron. Even though it slowed my pace, it didn't stop me from going to practice.
I'd like to talk about Wim Hof breathing. People always make things complicated. Do you want to lose weight then create a calorie deficit. How simple is that? But the fact that it's so simple always leads to question marks in humans. That's why they make things complicated. Different diet plans are formed. They get suplament support even though they don't need them. The benefits of Wim Hof breathing are actually similar. Just 15-20 minutes a day by breathing and taking a cold shower can give a great benefit to your life. But the fact that it's so easy doesn't attract people. They can't believe it works. They don't even want to do it even if they see it works (I'm talking about my wife and friends here). If I briefly list the things that this method adds to me
- Reduced stress
- Increased my belief in habit building
- I have never been sick for about 2 years. Sometimes I thought I was sick, but my body reacted in a very short time and it didn't impress me.
- Increased my sports performance
- It taught how simple things are
I hope things will get a little better when I write again. I will reflect the stability and performance in other areas of my life to poker.
May 10, 2019 | 12:42 p.m.
Time Management Problem
For a long time I believe that time is the most important thing in our lives. While the value of most things in our lives is measured by money, the time we spend creating money is always the case. When I went in a restaurant, I didn't pay much attention to the dishes I left in my plate. If I do the same thing right now, I'm constantly thinking that the dish I left in my plate is actually a part of the poker session that I played by giving great labor. If I'm 15 minutes late at the time I planned in the morning, I can't stop my irritation. But no matter what I do, there is a time that I cannot help myself to waste. I'm below average in most people today, my use of social media is really addictive. I find myself writing Twitter or Facebook to the address bar whenever I am idle on the computer. This is one of the biggest problems I need to correct in the short term. Other than that, I'm broadcasting poker at noon for a local site. It gives me extra income when I play on these limits. I need to reserve 14: 30-17: 30 this afternoon. These watches are the least of the players because they are against the American clock. As soon as I wake up, playing poker at an unproductive hour, I'm a bit annoyed, but I need that extra income right now. Other than that, I'm happy with my schedule. I'm going to share the program I'm trying to meet with you on weekdays. With your ideas and directions, maybe I can do better. I know I'm not messed with planning, but I think I can always do better.
May 6, 2019 | 11:50 a.m.
I'm 28 years old. I live in Turkey and I'm playing poker for about 10 years. Although poker is a passion for me though because of the living conditions in Turkey I could never show enough respect to this passion.
I used to be a good SNG player. After Pokerstars to Turkey 's closing, I started playing tournaments in small sites. I couldn't keep doing this much longer with my business life and decided to learn Cash Game. In this period, I got married and I quit the game completely to allocate enough time for my wife. However, due to the economic crisis, I became unemployed in the third month of my marriage.
My wife let me give her a chance at poker during my unemployment benefit. I've only been playing poker for about a year and a half. However, in the beginning of this period, I could not do enough for myself because I had very serious family problems. In this period, GGPoker, WPN and PPPoker played games. And thanks to friends who trusted me, I had the opportunity to play live poker.
I don't know what the rest of my life brings, but I want to do my best when I have the chance. As data, I have a very small history of WPN poker playing this year.
I want to do my best to improve myself and play. So I got RIO Essential membership. After my membership there were some changes in my game. It's more of a small set of hands, but it made me a little excited for the game.
Now I want to share this excitement with you and develop myself with you. My goal here is to win nice friendships and share information with people who are having the same problems as me. I would like to share with you other things that will make me a better individual in my normal life. For the last three months, I've been interested in crossfits with my wife. I can't tell you the value it adds to my life. Maybe in those days when I'm playing online poker again, it will help me more. I've also been following a strict Wim Hof for about 1 year. I try to start the day in the morning with a breathing exercise and a cold shower. It is my biggest goal to be a better person every day than the previous day, using these 3 main areas of interest to support each other.
[ ] Grind 6 hours on weekdays, 3 hours on weekend for total 150 Hour.
[ ] Study atleast 30 hour.
[ ] Go crossfit at least 4 days a week
[ ] Make the Wim Hof Method every day.
See you soon. (Note: I am using Google Translate most of the time because my English is not very good.)
May 4, 2019 | 10:42 p.m.
Normally I would trust my psychology more than most poker players. However, my only effort with a return on money was that after it became poker, things started to change. I'm beginning to focus on most things I don't normally focus on. The biggest reason for this was trying to prove my wife to myself. I'm starting to make more radical decisions about this situation. I have prepared an action plan with the suggestions of people who have similar problems with me and the people who comment on this topic.
- Pokertracker all the colors in the graphics I've turned to white. I would like to look at this during the game, but I will not see any data.
- I removed all statutes related to money.
- When I woke up in the morning, I rearranged my routine to do before poker (cold shower, Wim Hof breathing training)
- I limited the session time to max 2 hours. Then call a minimum of 10 minutes.
- I erased all the money-related targets in my head and set goals based on my self-improvement.
- By analyzing full data on Monday, I decided to look at my cash case.
I hope I'll be as eager as I do in the changes I've made in the coming days. After 1 month I will share the results with you again. Thanks everyone.
March 19, 2019 | 6:12 p.m.
I've been playing poker for years. At the beginning of this year, I decided to play poker as a professional. I have a very stable routine. The time I wake up in the morning is usually the same. I'm trying to eat healthy. I do crossfit training for at least 4 days a week. I think I've built a solid poker psychology over the years. But the last 3 months didn't go the way I wanted.
First of all, because of the country I live in, WPN is the best option for cash game. I think most of the games are hard compared to the room. 4-5 tables playing at the same time. I've been in this situation for 3 months. In such cases, I was advised to study more. I'm trying to work more every day. I feel that my poker is getting better, but unfortunately it's not reflected in my game.
My friend told me not to disturb my morale and he could support me for other rooms. I've been playing here for the last 1.5 months, but I'm facing a similar result.
I know I have a lot of crap. I keep working on them every day. But the fact that I sit at the table after the lecture and spend a lot of money on the table reduces my desire to play poker. Every morning I sit with great enthusiasm, but I don't want to continue the session because of what happened during the session. I've been in this head for a long time and I'm starting to think I'm not getting any better. I can't afford to measure myself anymore. I'm having a hard time motivating. Most of the time I do not notice that I play good or bad.
How can I handle this?
(Besides studying and practicing.)
Do I have to accept that I'm a bad player and give up?
Do I exaggerate this situation too much?
Waiting for your solution and suggestions. Thank you.