Sept. 4, 2023 | 8:58 p.m.
Session #73 in the books. Finished : + $26.22. Got a decent amount of volume in today - played a bit over five hrs & got in 1,715 hands. Happy w how I played today. A few blunders along the way but overall think I played solid for most part. I might jump back on later tonight & get more volume in. Closer & closer to $1k! Hope all is well w everyone. Talk soon.
Sept. 4, 2023 | 8:58 p.m.
Sept. 3, 2023 | 9:37 p.m.
Session #72 complete. Played a bit over six hrs & 2,340 hands. Finished : + $68.32. Overall, I played very well today. Additionally, I am rly happy w my mindset throughout the session today as well. At different points within my session I took bad beats/ coolers & was able to stay the course & stay focused on playing my A game & making the best decisions in every hand. Today is also my birthday. Turned 32. I am viewing my birthday as a fresh start & a new chapter in my life. There are a lot of areas of my life that need improvement & my goal is to work on each one incrementally. I dont expect to fix every leak in my life at once - like the saying goes, "Rome wasnt built in a day". However, I want to improve & make necessary changes that will allow me to improve my mindset & health moving forward. One of the changes that I want to make that I believe will drastically improve my life in many ways : I am going to start journaling again. In the past I journaled on a daily basis & it rly helped me to compartmentalize my thoughts & helped me to overcome any frustration, worries, anger that I might've had at any given time. I have not journaled in a few yrs & I think thats one of the reasons I got so scattered mentally over time. Additionally, I want to be a better Christian & be more disciplined & committed on my walk w the Lord. I have strayed away recently & have done a very poor job of maintaining my relationship w God. A few more of my goals that I am going to commit to : do a better job of running consistently. Better eating habits. I came across this video a few days ago where this guy was talking about organizing his life. In the video he says, "do less, better". Basically saying to not spread yourself so thin. It rly hit me & stood out as something I need to implement into my life as well. More over, everyday is a blessing & life is 20% what happens to you & 80% how you react to it. I am in a good spot overall. I hope to build on my progress & push forward both in my life & in this bankroll challenge. GLGL on the tables. Talk soon.
Sept. 3, 2023 | 9:36 p.m.
Aug. 31, 2023 | 11:21 p.m.
Session #71 complete. Finished : + $44.31. Was finally able to get in a lengthy session for the first time in what seems like forever. Played for about 4 hrs & got in nearly 2k hands. Overall, happy w the way I played today. I am making a more concerted effort to be present & think out every single hand. Recently, I have noticed I have a tendency to go into auto pilot at times during a session. I rly tried to focus & zero in on ranges, sizing, etc throughout every hand. Moving forward, I want to establish & maintain a healthier work/ life balance. That is something I have done very poorly recently. Between working full time, consistently running, grinding the bankroll challenge, spending time w my dog - it is as if I am being pulled in so many different directions all the time & I allow myself to get overwhelmed. I have a lot of work I need to do on myself. This will help me not only in my real life but on the poker felt as well. You got to start somewhere & I am making a fresh start. I plan on going to my local card room tmrw & hopefully grind 1/2nl for a bit. The card room I go to is hit or miss - at times, youll get there & three or four tables will be running. At other times, youll get there, sit at a table & play 4 handed the entire time. Hopefully w tmrw being Friday we will be able to get some good action. I will keep you guys posted either way. Hope all is well w everyone. GLGL at the tables. Talk soon.
Aug. 31, 2023 | 11:20 p.m.
Aug. 31, 2023 | 3:42 a.m.
Session #70. Finished : + $31.85. Today was weird as it relates to poker. Lately, poker has been a rollercoaster of emotions. I have done a poor job maintaining a healthy mindset & approach to poker. That is something I must work on & improve moving forward if I want to complete this challenge. I am going to attempt to regroup & form a new approach to this challenge. Instead of focusing on "I need to move up the stakes quicker" & worrying about getting the most amount of volume in as possible - I am instead going to focus on improving my strategy & fixing my leaks & trying to make the best decisions possible in every hand. The rest is out of my control.
Aug. 31, 2023 | 3:41 a.m.
Aug. 30, 2023 | 9:43 p.m.
Session #69. Played 134 hands. Finished : - $28.41.
Aug. 30, 2023 | 9:43 p.m.
Aug. 30, 2023 | 12:39 a.m.
Session #68 complete. Finished : - $44.05.
Done w poker for a few days. Im not in the right headspace to play at the moment. It is starting to impact my regular life. GLGL at the tables. Talk soon.
Aug. 30, 2023 | 12:37 a.m.
Aug. 29, 2023 | 11:09 p.m.
Session #67 complete. Finished : - $19.62.
Aug. 29, 2023 | 11:08 p.m.
Aug. 28, 2023 | 9:24 p.m.
Session #66 complete. Finished : + $0.58.
Aug. 28, 2023 | 9:24 p.m.
Aug. 26, 2023 | 3:45 a.m.
Session #65 in the books. Finished : + $22.55. Managed to get in almost 2k hands today. Did not play great. If I had to grade my play today would go between B-, C+. Towards the end of the session I started to get a bit fatigued mentally. Woke up early this morning, got my run in, worked for 8.5 hrs. Grinded for just over 3.5 hrs. Still, happy to book a win. $5k is still the goal overall. However, I am mainly setting my sights on $800. At that point I will consider shot taking 25nl. I have the next two days off. Going to wake up early tmrw morning so I can get my long run in. Afterwards, depending on how I am feeling I will either go to my local card room & grind 1/2nl for a bit. Or, I will come back from my run & jump online & grind ACR. Either way, going to aim for a lot of volume tmrw. I will keep you guys posted. GLGL at the tables. Talk soon.
Aug. 26, 2023 | 3:44 a.m.
Just finished session #64. Finished : + $7.17. Short, swingy session. For some reason, my PT4 did not track my play this session. Overall, I did not play well tonight. At one point, was - ~$20 or so. Climbed to + ~ $30. I still have very obv leaks in my game that are preventing me to crush at the frequency I would like to be in the micros. Going to continue to work to improve & get better. I have a few things I have to finish before work tmrw morning. It will be my Friday tmrw so going to try & get in some nice volume tmrw night whenever I get home. I plan on going to my local card room on Sat to grind some 1/2nl. GLGL at the tables. Talk soon.
Aug. 25, 2023 | 1:45 a.m.
Aug. 24, 2023 | 1:33 a.m.
Session #63 in the books. Finished : - $25.58. Bleh session overall. Did not run particularly well & did not play particularly well either. I had a rough day at work today & I can tell I allowed it to impact my play at the table. Fortunately, I did not play as long as I wanted which prob saved me money overall. I might take tmrw off. I have not decided yet - will most likely depend on how my mindset is after I get off work. If not, I will for sure play on Friday as it is my wkend so dont have to wake up as early for work the next day. Hope all is well w everyone out there. I wanted to say thank you to the few ppl who have reached out to me on here & gave me advice/ tips for the bankroll challenge. I appreciate it & am thankful that you guys took the time to reach out to me. Talk soon.
Aug. 24, 2023 | 1:33 a.m.
Aug. 23, 2023 | 1:36 a.m.
Session #62 in the books. Finished : + $29.82 overall. I tried widening my range a bit. Particularly in BB vs BTN spots where previously I was basically not 3b apart from the top part of my range. I think it made a bit of a difference in allowing me to win pots that I would have otherwise folded. I plan on continuing to expand my ranges moving forward. My space bar on my keyboard is starting to not work so typing is not easy right now lol I have a new mouse & keyboard coming tmrw. I plan on getting in another session tmrw after work. Hope all is well for everyone both on & away from the tables. Talk soon.
Aug. 23, 2023 | 1:35 a.m.
Aug. 22, 2023 | 12:37 p.m.
Finished session #61 last night. Short session. I think I am going to have to accept moving forward that on days that I work my sessions are not going to be as much volume as I would like or thought would be possible from the onset of the challenge. Finished : - $9.32 on the session. I work until 630pm tonight. Not sure if I will get a session in tonight or not. We'll see. Hope all is well w everyone. GLGL at the tables. Talk soon.
Aug. 22, 2023 | 12:36 p.m.
Quido Thx for the info & instructions on using GTOwizard. I am getting rdy for work at the moment but will look into more whenever I get back later tonight. I was starting to think my VPIP was a bit on the lower side. I think structuring a better suited range will certainly help moving forward. Thank you again. I appreciate it!
Aug. 22, 2023 | 12:32 p.m.
Aug. 20, 2023 | 9:41 p.m.
Session #60 complete. Finished : + $37.85. Played well overall. Made a few mistakes & blunders but happy overall. Always room for improvement. I am in a good place mentally w my outlook & prospects on the bankroll challenge. I am starting to save enough money to where I can begin more frequently shot taking the live 1/2 cash game at my local card room. I plan on continuing the bankroll challenge while getting in more volume playing live. The games are incredibly soft. Will talk more soon. Have to take care of a few things around the house before my work wk starts tmrw. Hope all is well w everyone. Talk soon.
Aug. 20, 2023 | 9:41 p.m.
Yesterday I went to my local cardroom & grinded 1/2. Played for about six hrs before deciding to call it a day. Overall, I did not play well. The adjustment from online ( which is what I have primarily been playing for the last few months ), to live was a bit weird at first. I did a lot more flatting pre flop IP w hands like A6s-A9s whereas online I play them as either raise/fold. Additionally, pocket pairs from 55-99 I was playing as flats pre as well. My reasoning, which might be awful, was that I would have enough of an edge post flop that I could profitably play these hands IP even if we went multi way. The 1/2 I was playing had a max buy in of $200 & most pre flop raises were between $10-$12 so stack sizes were a bit awkward for 3b. As I mentioned before, I do not think I played great overall. If I were to give myself a grade I would go w a C/ C-. I called down light in two spots which villains are nvr going to have bluffs. I was immediately frustrated at myself afterwards. I did not run particularly well at the beginning of the session. At one point we were down $350. Absolutely buried.
The card room was running a $500 high hand promotion every thirty min for anyone that got quads or better & held up. Additionally, the table that the high hand winner was playing at would get a chance to win $75 : the winner of the high hand would pick a number out of a bag & that seat would get the $75. Someone at our table hit the high hand w quad JJ. Luckily, he picked the number 6 which was the seat I was in. A few min later I went runner runner w JTcc & river'ed my first straight flush playing live cash! Boom, $450 & also won the pot for about $50 or so. Ultimately, what looked like it was going to be a buried session turned into me winning $304. I left shortly after & the whole way home kept thinking, " I want to do this full time." The entire time I was at the table yesterday - even when I was buried, I was happy. I was enjoying myself. Enjoying the conversations I was listening to. The entire atmosphere made me harken back to being in MD where I was playing poker full time & how much freedom & independence it provided. In a way it provided a resurgence of determination & drive to reach my goal & to rebuild my bankroll so I can start the full time live grind again. It was, at the very least, a mental boost that rly picked me up after the last few wks/ month or so.
Tmrw is back to work for me. The wkly grind. I get off around 430pm or so tmrw so hope to get some volume in after I get off & back home. I will keep you guys posted. Hope everyone is doing well. GLGL at the tables. Talk soon.
Aug. 20, 2023 | 9:33 p.m.
I do not have much experience on GTOwizard - I just browsed around & cannot seem to find the pre flop ranges for 10nl. Is there a certain way to access the ranges/ do you need a subscription?