I am an author of over a dozen published books. Poker is definitely harder!
June 3, 2019 | 4:33 a.m.
I finally went to a local casino for the first time, Grand Villa in Burnaby. I worked up the nerve because a friend was already there on a date and two other friends wanted to go there to play slots, even though one of them comes to my home games. Anyway, I signed up on the wait list and was told it would be about two hours long. When I got the text after only one hour, I was excited and ran there just to find out that my text hadn't arrived in a timely manner. Luckily, somebody put me back on the list. I only had time to play for an hour, but I sat down excited and nervous. I was shaking so hard that people thought I had no idea how to play and were throwing their chips at me. I won my first hand with a pair of nines, Ace kicker, against Ace high. Someone at the table said, "Don't let him bully you! He's a bully! I luckboxed a $250 profit playing $1/$3 that hour. With pocket sixes I hit a six on the turn and then got to go All In for the first time at a casino! The guy to my right stood up and said, "this is a bullshit table" and left. When the clock reached 11pm I stood up and announced that it was my bedtime and hit the cashier. I can't wait to go back and work on grinding my bankroll up to something proper.
June 3, 2019 | 4:33 a.m.
You know what's really cool about Run It Once? They let you keep your StreamR level even if you don't keep up the numbers in the subsequent month, just like Twitch does. That's really cool of them and also gives me even more incentive to shoot for Level 2.
I just finished the book Poker Winners Are Different by Alan N. Schoonmaker. It was recommended by somebody I respect, but I didn't really enjoy it. It was pretty heavy-handed and harsh, and that alone would be fine. However, the author also made some weird assumptions that made me question the rest of the book. Also, as an author myself, I could really tell when he was reaching and stretching for word count with every subheading, using words and phrases repeatedly as if this were a series of SEO articles. It was kind of painful to read. The good thing about this book was that it was organized well (a lot of lists like clickbait top ten articles) and had reader engagement through the use of quizzes (just like in Seventeen Magazine). I'm glad that I read the book, I just wouldn't recommend it to anyone I didn't actively dislike.
May 16, 2019 | 2:43 a.m.
I just finished reading Applications of No-Limit Hold'em by Janda. This book is ama-a-a-azing. It is now my favourite poker book. I really loved all the math and logical thought processes. The book was dense, which means I'm going to have to read it multiple times. I think that, as I learn more in this game, each new layer of understanding will peel back a new epiphany. I want to buy two copies of this book... One Kindle version so that I can make highlights and see what other readers have highlighted, and one softcover copy that I can mark up the margins and flag different sections for further study and basically take it with me everywhere like a Bible. Fun read for sure. I can see why others recommend it.
May 2, 2019 | 3:58 a.m.
I've been working on reviewing my coach's hand histories for all positions for spins. I'm pretty clunky and slow with them now, but I remember how slow I used to be when just interpreting the button's play. I'll get there. I just need a lot more hours and to keep with it.
Have you all already read Applications of NLHE by Janda? That book is legendary and seems like a bible for GTO. I'm taking notes while wading through the dense material, but I feel like I'll need to re-read this book at different stages in my advancement. I'll get more out of it each time that I read it. I'm working with an electronic copy now, but I might purchase a hard copy that I can mark up.
On the "just for fun" front, I applied to be a host for Thirst Lounge on Twitch, now that Catrific has stepped down following that whole debacle. If you haven't stayed plugged into the podcast news, Catrific was seated at the wrong table at a tourney and ended up playing the main event instead of a smaller buy-in. She got in huge trouble with the poker community for not reporting the error right away. Anyhoo, I know I probably won't be selected due to my small stakes, but it was fun to make a video clip anyway.
April 24, 2019 | 10:32 p.m.
So, I've interviewed today for a Canada City Partner role as a Market Manager based in Canada. PPPoker is going to send me some swag and digital assets and I'll be good to go. If I manage to get 3 different people to sign up for a club on PPPoker in a month, they'll give me a salary! It's free to sign up and it is a good way to run home games online when you all can't get together on the regular. Those who sign up can give me their club number and I can award them in-game currency to use, plus help give them support via WhatsApp in order to get their club running profitably. AMA about PPPoker! If I don't know the answer, I'll ask them.
April 16, 2019 | 5:15 a.m.
I had an idea for StreamR collaboration last night at my home game, so hear me out. What if... we do a dual stream at the same time. We each open at least one table. The stakes don't have to be the same. Then, we have an audio link by Skype or Phone and I could ask you interview questions (you can always ask me questions too, if you like, but I'm a beginner so I won't have meaningful answers). It would be sort of like a podcast but done while chatting over our different respective poker tables, just as if we were chatting at the same home game. I'm open to other collaboration ideas as well, if you think this one is lame. Post your colab ideas in a reply and let's make our StreamR collaboration dreams come true!
April 14, 2019 | 9:18 p.m.
Hello, fellow StreamRs! I had an idea for collaboration last night at my home game, so hear me out. What if... we do a dual stream at the same time. We each open at least one table. The stakes don't have to be the same. Then, we have an audio link by Skype or Phone and I could ask you interview questions (you can always ask me questions too, if you like, but I'm a beginner so I won't have meaningful answers). It would be sort of like a podcast but done while chatting over our different respective poker tables, just as if we were chatting at the same home game. I'm open to other collaboration ideas as well, if you think this one is lame. Post your colab ideas in this thread and find other StreamRs to make your collaboration dreams come true!
April 14, 2019 | 9:16 p.m.
I got my rakeback from RIO! Almost an entire buy-in! I also applied to be a city partner for PPPoker, since they need Canadians. If I can help them with the language barrier I will be happy.
My Tuesday home game was postponed, so I did some more streaming. I have another home game on Saturday that I plan to livestream.
Patrik Antonius himself noticed that I had nearly a hundred friends on FLOP days after its release. Yeah, I'm a gemini.
In other news, I have been really busy studying hand histories. I have been hitting a goal of an hour a day. I am also spending half an hour a day running this month. A fellow poker player and I are in this goal together and are sharing our runs on Runkeeper.
I finished out the month of Essential membership I won on RIO. I watched as many videos as I could during that time but, to be honest, I am glad to get back to my preferred forms of media for a while!
April 11, 2019 | 4:51 a.m.
I got to present a PowerPoint about poker this weekend! Yes, some friends of mine hosted a high tea party in which we each got to present about an esoteric topic. I presented some poker basics to a room full of poker muggles and got at least one person interested! Even though they live far away, she's going to try to come to one of my home games. I'm very pleased that I'm doing the work of the Women's Poker Association ambassador that I am. Internationally even!
April 8, 2019 | 5:06 a.m.
I have been busy studying! I have been replaying hand histories of my coach on Poker Tracker 4 and Hand2Note and it is amazing to learn. I have been practicing 3-handed and Heads Up play from the button on RIO. I have made it a goal to study hand histories for an hour a day if possible, On top of that, I am running 30 minutes a day on Runkeeper with Gillian Epp and to write my novel for Camp NaNoWriMo.
Also, I just joined a new poker social network available through the app store called First Land of Poker. Add me on there! Look me up by my last name, Chauran.
April 5, 2019 | 5:57 a.m.
Suggestion: I have been studying to play 3-way Spin n' Go games and I think that Splash n' Go games would be awesome in the future! Also, any hints as to when a mobile app will be available for iPhone? I know it used to be a high priority item on the roadmap. Is it still? :)
April 1, 2019 | 6:40 p.m.
I've been working on playing button strategy postflop vs BB and/or SB and it has been rough. I'm going to stick with it, though, because the concepts I am learning are sound, I'm just clumsy and rushed because it is all new to me. I'm getting slaughtered. So, if you want free money, make sure to stop by 4NL and go fishing for me! :)
March 29, 2019 | 5:07 a.m.
Customer support came through for me as heroes and I am officially a Level 1 StreamR for March! What's more, I've just been accepted as an official Women's Poker Association Brand Advocate. I am looking forward to the days ahead. My learning has already progressed by leaps and bounds as a beginner. I know the grind to continue improving will be a slow, long haul, but I am eager to do the work.
March 26, 2019 | 8:26 p.m.
Nick Steiner Phil Galfond Good news! I have achieved 202 watch hours streaming almost exclusively RIO Poker! Bad news... I assumed that my StreamR application hadn't been accepted because I didn't have enough watch hours only to find that I missed some onboarding email in which I was supposed to learn that I was supposed to log all my hours as I went along. Unfortunately, that means I may be screwed for March. I am totally bummed because I worked my butt off to reach the goal of being a Level 1 StreamR. I emailed support and I can only hope that the fact that I've been such a big supporter all along will allow them to find some way to credit me. Like, perhaps they can check how many hours I have been playing RIO? I am just... so crestfallen. I guess there's always next month. :(
March 25, 2019 | 1:35 a.m.
Good news! I have achieved 202 watch hours streaming almost exclusively RIO Poker! Bad news... I assumed that my StreamR application hadn't been accepted because I didn't have enough watch hours only to find that I missed some onboarding email in which I was supposed to learn that I was supposed to log all my hours as I went along. Unfortunately, that means I may be screwed for March. I am totally bummed because I worked my butt off to reach the goal of being a Level 1 StreamR. I emailed support and I can only hope that the fact that I've been such a big supporter all along will allow them to find some way to credit me. Like, perhaps they can check how many hours I have been playing RIO? I am just... so crestfallen. I guess there's always next month. :(
March 25, 2019 | 1:33 a.m.
It's been an awesome week, you guys! I went on vacation to Harrison Hot Springs and I got engaged! I also managed to accidentally achieve affiliate status on Twitch while working towards my goal of 200 watch hours. I participated in the #SaturdaySprint, even though I only played 615 hands (that's a lot for me) while walking 7km on my treadmill desk. I only have 6 watch hours to go before reaching Level 1 StreamR status this month! I can do this!
March 24, 2019 | 4:59 a.m.
Dang, all of Tommy Angelo's videos are Elite instead of Essential membership level! I watched all of the teaser intro minutes though, and they do sound awesome. I feel like Tommy and I would be buddies and would hang out IRL. :)
March 12, 2019 | 11:45 p.m.
Can I let you all in on a secret? My ex-husband just broke up with the girl he left me for, a former good friend of mine, and she's moving 3,000 kilometers away. I'm trying really hard not to feel mean-spirited joy right now. Like Mike Caro says, every new hand you play you're "even" again.
I finished working slowly through a re-read of Gordon and Hellmuth's books, slowly putting each principle into practice. As you guys advised about old books, much of it was hit or miss, but I got a lot of food for thought and found several plays that occasionally work against some players, so that's good. I'm taking a break from most books right now because I received a free Essential membership here on RIO for playing RIO Poker. Sadly, I'm actually TERRIBLE at learning from videos, and they're my least favourite media from which to learn. It's kind of torture leaving my books gathering dust so that I can grind through as many videos as I can this month, but I know RIO content is very valuable and highly sought after in the poker community, so I'm going to suck it up and do it.
I've got 172 watch hours left to go on Twitch before I reach Level 1 StreamR status. Do you think I can do it?
March 11, 2019 | 10:40 p.m.
It's the week of various contests! I missed the opportunity to win money for #MidStakesWeek, but I did enter the silly username contest even though my username is actually super coolbeans. Solve For Why ran a contest in which you were to show them a visual representation of your poker goals. They were going for a vision board style collage, but instead I submitted a comic of me winning the Main Event of the WSOP, turning to the cameras, and telling my ex-husband to go to hell. One Time Poker is running a contest to win a pro position as an ambassador on their site. They're awarding three 6-month contracts that include tournament staking based on an essay I submitted, site engagement, and sign ups acquired through my affiliate link from now until the end of April. So, if you need more poker sites, or if you just love collecting welcome bonuses, please consider signing up through my link: https://record.otppartners.com/_q5h4xISYMFhhg6WO2I1rgWNd7ZgqdRLk/1/
March 7, 2019 | 6:33 p.m.
It has been an exciting week! Not only have I been getting some awesome coaching from InvesThor, but I've actually got a Twitch viewer who wants to stake me in a tournament! I'm one step closer to being the world's worst professional poker player. Now, if only I could get a job as a prop. I guess If I manage this StreamR thing that's the closest I could come! They reset the watch hour count in March, so now I have 8 out of 200 watch hours for the month. Obviously I need some more fans on Twitch. Tonight I have a home game with my neighbours, so wish me luck!
And now, another journaling exercise from the Adam Jones NLHE course.
- What does it feel like when I’m in the zone?
I feel pleasant; calm and happy yet alert.
- Does time slow down or speed up?
Time speeds up. I lose time playing poker.
- How do my thought processes differ compared to when not in the zone?
When I'm not in the zone I'm easily distractable. I find myself checking the clock.
- Which aspects of poker become easier when I am in the zone?
When I am in the zone I am less likely to be emotionally affected by loss and I have a more joyful time.
- When I am I most likely to reach the zone?
When I've had a good run and a good meal before I play.
- What kind of things may cause me to fall out of the zone?
Hunger and exhaustion, distracting things going on in the room.
March 5, 2019 | 10:06 p.m.
One Time Poker is running a "Become A Pro" competition that I ran across on Instagram, so I applied just for fun. My poker dream job is to be a prop, after all. I'm still working towards StreamR status with RIO. I've got 52 followers on Twitch now, which is nifty. I'm only at 105 out of 200 watch hours, though, so I really need more viewers. If you see me live on Twitch, please consider leaving me on as background noise so that I can reach my goal!
Meanwhile, I've been studying with InvesThor and reading through Adam Jones' NLHE written course. I finished the math section and am working on the psychology section, so here's a journaling exercise!
- Which types of tilt affect me? Why? How?
Body tilt, distraction tilt, and loss tilt.
- Give examples of things that happen which send me on tilt.
Body tilt of being hungry or needing move my body. Distraction tilt because of my kids needing or wanting attention. Loss tilt if I see a big number as a loss in my log book at the end of a session.
- How do I feel when affected by this type of tilt? Give examples of some thoughts. (E.g It’s impossible to make money at this game when the fish always suck out.)
I feel a lack of motivation to commit volume when I experience tilt.
- How does the tilt affect my strategic decisions at the table? Give examples.
I might choose to end a session early or play more conservatively.
- Write down a reason why my tilt or my thoughts are illogical. Alternatively write down a plan of action.
My loss tilt is illogical because of course I'm going to lose while I'm learning. My plan of action is to try to eat and go for a run before a session. If my kids are around (like during the summer) I will sit down with them to explain the importance of my concentration on poker and I will plan regular breaks to address their needs so that they know when mom will next be available.
March 4, 2019 | 1:35 a.m.
Today I feel a lot of love for the poker community and, in particular, the RIO community. The poker community in general has been super friendly towards a fish such as I. This week I've had a little extra help from people stopping by my Twitch channel to offer help as simple as telling me to bet more with QQ. Some of my friends here (shout out to Investhor and Chowzor) have helped out significantly more via Discord. I've been studying poker all day and here's hoping some of it sticks in my brain. I finished the Intermediate section of Adam Jones' NLHE course. Some of it was over my head while some of it was badly needed and came just in time. Next I'll get to study a more comfortable section, Math! For now, I've got a Thursday Tourney with the Pppoker club to join! See you on Twitch tonight.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
March 1, 2019 | 2:59 a.m.
So, I won from RIO for #FunPlaySunday with this hand! I'm so excited because I really needed the money to keep up the current volume of practice. I'm not quite a reliable winner yet and my monthly poker budget was going to make me need to slow down my volume. Saved by RIO! Phil Galfond himself commented: "€100 - for the quick and instinctive decision making in [this video] too bad he had the top pair beat, but you set yourself well up for the FPS-competition!"
In other news, I'm still working through Adam Jones' Intermediate NLHE course. This is full of vital information on stealing preflop, protection betting, bluffing and semi-bluffing and especially value betting. I have a new Post-It note at my command centre with his value betting advice and I'm working in my sessions now to decrease the donk betting that I've mistaken for aggression.
My current principle from Phil Hellmuth is in his section on playing Ax where he encourages calling a preflop reraise with Ax suited (normally I would fold). My current principle from Phil Gordon is to notice when a player is pot committed. I'm still reading Mike Caro's Hold'em book, but right now I'm going back to reading Adam Jones' NLHE course Intermediate section on Flop Play. I hope to stream on Twitch tonight after the kids go to bed at 8, so see you there!
Feb. 26, 2019 | 6:45 p.m.
Can you tell me what you mean by "FD?" I'm clueless and that's not easily googleable. :) Thanks for your help! I'm working my way through the NLHE Intermediate section now and it's full of vital information that I've definitely been missing.