Just a quick update - I moved down to 5nl like I said I would and really focused on increasing my aggression and bluff catching this week.
I'm moving back to 10nl, I have no reason to play 5nl at this point, I'm well rolled for 10nl. I just want to regain some confidence and I think it's worked.
- I plan on playing at least 50k hands at 10nl and then reassessing how things have gone.
Graph for last week
July 21, 2020 | 10:21 a.m.
So the original goal of getting into BrPC still stands but the way I go about getting into the program needs to change.
Results clearly haven't went as I wanted for the start of this journey. It's not all negative, when I take a step back I should still be pleased with the progress I've made this year. At the start this year I was basically clicking buttons when I was playing, no thought process, no study routine, no pre session routine, no poker friends, my mental game was terrible. All of these things are 100% better it's night and day, when I look back. Yes these areas still need improving more and I still have a lot to learn.
Results are only one part of the bigger picture and just because they aren't going the way you want/expected doesn't mean you haven't improved or aren't a better poker player than you were!
I need to focus on improving the leaks I have (which are in above posts). Continuing to grind 16nl doesn't make sense to me at the moment. With the way things have gone so far, it's caused me to doubt if I was even beating previous stakes before starting at 16nl. So I've decided to move back down in stakes. I'm going to start at 5nl and move back up when I feel I'm ready. It's seems like a step back but I think long term it will be a positive thing.
So my aim/goals going forward are as below;
Main goal - Get into the program !
To help me achieve this goal I'm going to do the following
1. Move back down to 5nl - I'm not sure yet how I will be moving back up etc.
2. Work on my leaks the main one now is still being to passive and I need to improve my BB play asap.
3. Review every session - challenge my assumptions
I don't think I need to make huge drastic changes If I'm honest. I need to keep doing the good things that have got me to this point. Pre session warm ups, review all sessions, working on my mental game, stop play when tilted etc
That's it for now.
July 14, 2020 | 12:08 p.m.
Thank you sauloCosta10 for taking the time to respond. After reading your response I decided to take a few days off from playing. I've used this time to do as you said above and try to challenge my assumption in these two areas, "1) "No one folds at low stakes" 2) "No one bluffs at low stakes". There's definitely a few trends I'm noticing all ready, in a lot of spots I need to be betting more or calling down more.
I've re-read the post a few times now and It may be one of the most influential/eye opening post I've ever read.
Going forward I've decided to drop down in stakes. This week I've dropped down too 5nl, mainly to rebuild some confidence in my game but also I would like to play slightly low whilst I try a more aggressive style.
Long term I would still love to get into the program but with the way things have gone and with me having too move back down, it's not looking very likely it'll happen anytime soon. I have to admit it's a little disappointing having to say that but that's the reality of where I'm at right now.
That's all for now, I'll make a post about my plan going forwards soon.
July 10, 2020 | 1:43 p.m.
Thanks Dan Self . Even so things aren't going the way I wanted, I'm still kind of happy with my mental state. In the past I would of stopped playing for a few weeks or longer but this time, I've kept playing and I'm still trying to study/look for leaks.
The way I'm trying to improve those leaks is reviewing plenty of hands, hand review/sweats with some poker friends, I have gto+ and I use that to run some hands through but I like more interactive/social learning if I'm honest. I joined a couple of discord groups but there very hit and miss to say the least.
July 2, 2020 | 11:32 a.m.
Update - Things aren't really going to plan and it's fair to say I'm not getting into the program with this sample.
I still want to be honest about all of this and I have to accept this is my reality. This is where I am, all I can do is regroup, study and grind. I clearly have some big leaks in my game The sample size is small but the big things I can see are, Redline crashing, BB/SB play needs to improve, CB Freq and I still need to be mindful of my over-all passive tendencies.
The plan was to put a enough money on to play at least 16nl maybe 25nl in the hope of getting into the program. It doesn't really feel right at the moment to keep grinding out these games, I think I need to take a step back in order to take two steps forwards. I have to accept this is going is effect my getting into the program, at least in the short term but it is what it is.
Here are my results from 16NL so far and some stats if anyone wants to give me some pointers :)
July 1, 2020 | 1:06 p.m.
So after doing some digging into this sample. Variance does have some role to play but there are areas I've notice need my attention and are a continuing themes from previous samples.
Before looking I thought I had a tendency to be too passive in some spots, the leaks I've pulled out are -
*River call efficiency is too high especially from the big blind (2.45 from BB). So I need to watch for spots where I'm over folding too much, to double or triple barrels.
*Big blind play in general - SRP's and 3 bet pots (playing OOP just sucks balls).
*I did notice a few weeks ago that I was having trouble playing 8BB - 20BB pots but they seem to be improving lately. This leak was down to 3 betting and not CBing or double barrelling enough or calling 3B's and playing them to passively. like I said this area seems to be improving but I still need to be mindful of it.
That's all the digging I'm going to do into this sample. I think any more and it's too much to focus at once.
June 23, 2020 | 1:43 p.m.
So volume isn't were I wanted it to be but that is down to the reasons stated above. Results haven't really got off to the best start but I can't control results all I can do is try and play my A as much as possible.
I'm still working on the same areas to improve, being too passive in some spots and I need to work on my big blind play too.
I'm going to go over this sample tomorrow and double check where I'm making the most mistakes. I'll post tomorrow with my findings and focus areas for the coming weeks.
One area I'm really pleased with is my mental game. It's took a lot of work and time but It's so much stronger now than It has ever been.
85,525 Hands before application lets hope things start to pick up :)
June 22, 2020 | 11:05 p.m.
I didn't update on Monday I had a few problems at home. We're building an extension and we didn't have power/internet for a couple of days so that effected my volume last week. Everything is sorted now so back at it. Played about 6k breakeven hands since then but I'll update with graphs etc on Monday.
MY improvement areas are the same from my last post. Still need to up the aggression in some spots and stop being so passive. My mental game is coming on nicely, I've ben watching RYE - Unchained and it seems to be helping.
Dan Self which CFP did you try?
June 18, 2020 | 8:30 p.m.
Hi thanks for the support, it really does give me encouragement.
I wanted to do this update on Monday’s but I couldn’t yesterday. It doesn’t really matter as I didn’t play any hands yesterday so the update is the same.
I was really hoping this was going to be a straight path to joining the team and each update/graph I posted would be showing an upwards trend. In reality this isn’t how poker works. You can’t just look at results to gauge your progress, especially over small samples (6k hands this week).
At the start of each week I look over my previous hand sample to try and spot any trends or themes. This week I’ve spotted the following areas I need to work on.
• Not ranging villain well enough given the previous action in the hand. This isn't in all spots but definitely in some.
• Being too passive – this is probably my biggest leak right now and has been a long-term leak which still slips back into my game, more so If I fall back into auto piloting ways. This leak has a knock-on effect in all areas of my game. It leads to me missing value bets, bluffs and over folding bluffcatchers in some spots.
• Calling out of frustration – This has been something I’ve worked hard on and has improved a lot this year but it’s something I still need to be mindful of. At least three calls in this sample were made due to emotion and not logic.
These three points as with most leak are interlinked. Failing to range villain properly in certain spots – leads to me naturally taking a more passive line.
Also not ranging villain properly – leads to calling out of frustration. Instead of having a logical thought process*, I make the calls due to either an emotional reaction or for some non-logical reason like “villains is full of shit, call!”.
*Pot odds - is villain betting worse - can villain have air - does this make sense for value - is this spot under or over bluffed = logical thought process
I want these posts to be honest and fully transparent. Even if that hurts my chances of getting into the team.
That’s it for now.
June 9, 2020 | 10:16 a.m.
I think at the moment 2 zoom tables is the right amount for me any more and I seem to auto pilot too much, so the trade off of getting more volume in isn't worth it. When I get into BrPC I will look to increase the table amount but for now I still need to focus on quality and improving.
I'll post weekly graphs I think as more often than that It isn't worth it. 4k hands so far 6bi up and then back down again so about breakeven so far.
June 4, 2020 | 3:50 p.m.
I'm late to the party I've just read your thread.
One thing I would suggest is to turn off your all-in EV and redline on your graphs they mean so little over a small sample and they can distract you, maybe try looking at them monthly depending on your volume.
June 2, 2020 | 2:16 p.m.
lIlCitanul I'll check that out later today. I haven't had the chance to read it yet.
I don't really have a timeframe but like you say if you were in the program your expected to play 50k hands/month so that will be my minimum volume goal I guess.
At the moment I two table zoom so that limits my volume a little but I'd rather put in good volume then bad.
June 2, 2020 | 12:41 p.m.
Hi I'll put cliff notes at the top as most don't want to read a wall of text.
- I want to join BrPC - Brazilian Poker Crew.
- I'm going to play a 100k hand sample and then apply starting today 01/06/2020.
- starting on stars 16NL
- I realistically need to be playing higher to get into the program so I've decided to invest some money from outside of poker to give me the best chance. I'll have $900 but I can't realistically keep redepositing so that's why I'm starting at 16NL. I will trying moving up when I can but also I'll have to move down If needs be.
- Up until this point I've mostly played 10NL. Started at 2NL then 5NL now 10NL.
Up until this point I have only played micro stakes. Until the start of 2020 I had played and studied alone which in retrospect may have been a big mistake, as I spend to long spinning my wheels. At the start of 2020 I invested in a coach and since then we have been working weekly on my mental game leaks, technical game leaks and also my study practices.
The reason I want to join BrPC is because I took great inspiration from both Saulo and Zinhao’s blogs. They both gave me direction and focus, also they helped me see what is possible with hard work and the right help at the right time. This is where the program comes in, I think with the right guidance right now I could make this work and become the best player I can be, which is my main goal at the moment.
This year I’ve also learnt how important it is to have the right support and be in the right community to succeed within poker. Which is why I want to be part of the project, I think I could learn so much from it but also share my experiences with the group hoping they’d gain from that too.
I really feel ready to go to the next level and with some help I feel like I can do it.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.