Thanks bro. When I was beating 200nl for a comfortable winrate I was preparing myself and when I got to the point I was ready to shot 500nl I was fully ready for it. I'm lucky to be in a good financial situation as well so don't have to worry too much about bankroll/liferoll right now, otherwise I'd have stayed in a job for a while longer most likely.
May 19, 2021 | 9:27 p.m.
A little over a year ago when I was moving through 100nl I had a really nice 40BI upswing, took a shot at 200nl and although the first shot didn't go well, the second shot landed really nicely with a +15-+20BI month which was May last year. Ever since then my results have been pretty average. Don't get me wrong I'm doing fine and have been remarkably consistent - I've only had 1 losing month in the last 15 and I'd probably much rather have consistent wins each month than drastic swings but at the same time it's been a year since my last really good stretch. Along the way I had a stretch where I ran about 45BI under EV which was tough and two days ago i had my biggest ever losing day - I am only 15k hands through a 500nl shot so it was inevitably coming soon and was only $3k so there'll be plenty worse to come but it hit pretty hard given the timing.
Truth is it's been so long, I've subconsciously started craving a juicy upswing. At the same time however I've been complacent and haven't invested the time into study and improvement that I should be, I've been suspecting that I've not been playing at the peak of my ability but rationalised it by telling myself that new concepts were just bedding into unconscious competence so I was probably playing just as well as I'd ever been but with less effort.
The session the other day was a kick up the arse and it got me digging into my database looking for areas where I was lacking and I've found a number of them. Nothing huge but there are a number of spots that are evident in the stats and hand histories where I can see I'm not executing well and autopiloting through the spots in-game. Over the course of a month these are what separate good months from great months and great months from mammoth months.
I'm sure a lot of this is related to performance cycles, I've been through this phase a number of times. I make improvements, my game improves, I put in volume and get results and over weeks and months my routines start to slip, I feel like I can just turn up and play and the results will fall into my lap and things stagnate somewhat. I'm happy to be at the start of a new performance cycle and somewhat lucky that it's coming off of a single losing session rather than a stretch of loosing weeks or months. Still sore from the other day but excited to feel like I'm moving forward again rather than sitting waiting for the money to fall into my lap.
May 18, 2021 | 10:07 p.m.
I'm a recently turned professional poker player from the UK (I promise we're not ALL fish over here).
Being a responsible parent, my dad taught me to play poker when I was 12 years old and that same year i watched the 2003 WPT final table on TV and wanted to go pro ever since. I tried a couple of times after leaving university but just wasn't good enough and although I looked everywhere for ways to improve, joining a couple of different stables but getting kicked out of both. I was just lacking something that led me to posting graphs like this which were pretty crushing at the time.
Eventually after years of work and coaching I eventually got to the point I was beating the games and have spent the last year and a half moving up in stakes, transitioning to effectively playing part-time and getting myself to the point I am at today where in January of this year I quit my job, took the plunge and went professional. I wanted to make this thread here to keep myself accountable and to share my experience (which so far has largely been a combination of freedom and stress).
My goals for the coming months and year are:
Sort myself out with proper routines to organise my days and stick to them!
Play a minimum of 120 hours a month alongside coaching
Get ready to shot take 1knl (although I'm not sure I'm going to find enough games running to put in much volume there)
Stop shouting at the computer screen at 3am and waking up the neighbours
Hopefully I can keep the sun-run from the last 12 months going!
May 8, 2021 | 1:48 a.m.
15 hands is nothing, seeing someone bluff doesn't make them a lag. This is pretty gross OTF tbh, sure villain has some SD/GS combos but only 8 so he has to begin turning bottom pair into a bluff which I don't see loads of people do at 25nl. I feel that OTR we probably have to fold, even if he does over bluff in general its pretty tough for him to do so. It even makes sense that villain does this with 5hXh.
Sept. 14, 2018 | 1:33 p.m.
When a live player limo calls preflop I don't think we should be expecting him to be folding TP all that often.
Agree with first comment, fold pre, we aren't deep, high rake and we are most likely playing a fish who we want to have a range advantage over and maximise our value betting.
As played, take the free card and just check it down. I think shoving can be a fairly massive mistake when villain just snaps us off with any Kx where's checking this hand is never going to be a huge mistake.
May 29, 2017 | 3:19 a.m.
Think we can 4b this over folding if you don't think it is a call. If I am 4b one hand v a nitty 3b as a bluff its this so makes sense to do so :)
As played I think betting flop is probably better than checking but once we get called I don't think we are ahead that much. Maybe like the bottom if his qx range that defends by 3betting x/c along with JJ but those check down otr anyway.
River is weird but idk how good we are doing v his range once he calls otf and we get overcadded ott. Like our best hope is he has AQ and can find a fold I guess. Calling may be slighlty worse than calling but for that price I may well call but not like it .
Sept. 2, 2015 | 5:36 p.m.
I'm only now starting to study but I am finding it difficult to use my study time properly and get anything out of it. Even though this was a small number of hands, the techniques you used look like an excellent place to start and there were some interesting concepts you spoke about.
I get the feeling many viewers are in the same situation as me, looking for ways to maximise their study time so excellent video and I hope you do more like it in the future.