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.
Feb. 25, 2019 | 11:48 p.m.
I made a video clip of a 1000BB splashed pot from the other day. It's hilarious! I also tried Phil Helmuth's suggestion of sometimes re-raising small pairs pre-flop, with catastrophic results. I'll be moving on to a new principles, how to play Ax. Hellmuth says: Don't call 3-bets, call one bets (or 2 bets except to raise a jackal/maniac with ATs/AJs). I've also been observing Phil Gordon's rule that 4 bets means aces. Now I am going to be observing for when opponents are pot-committed to not bluff or chase speculative hands.
I've completed Adam Jones' Beginner section of his NLHE written course. Implied odds seem like just a way to disguise optimistic guessing as math. Anyone here prove me wrong? See you on Twitch!
Feb. 23, 2019 | 1:01 a.m.
Also on the topic of podcasts, two of my podcasts this week asked me to leave reviews. Unfortunately, PodBean app doesn't let you review podcasts for some reason, so I'll review them here:
Smart Poker Study by Sky Matsuhashi: One of my favourite podcasts, for sure! Sky does such a great job being an encouraging teacher. His podcast is family friendly, and people at all levels of poker study will find at least one kernel of wisdom that they can take to the felt for the week. He's also an accomplished author and his books are on my list. His mixed and balanced approach to poker is appealing and easy to understand. I am a big fan and his is the first podcast I hit when I have a crop of episodes from which to choose.
Poker Central Podcast: These guys are a real authentic hub of the contemporary poker community and they have their finger on the pulse of everything happening in the poker world. That said, their constant attempts to be edgelords with their f-bombs and dick jokes just comes off as cringy. I get that they're trying to be down-to-earth and provide content for adults, but it sucks that I can't listen to it in the car with my kids or in the background of my family-friendly Twitch stream. I wish they'd just grow up. I'll keep listening, though.
Tonight at 6pm Pacific Jonathan Little has a free webinar about "How to Play from the Small Blind Against a LAG". Maybe I'll see some of you there!
Feb. 20, 2019 | 10:20 p.m.
This is my battle station! Ring game ranges up above and six max down below. Odds and outs to the left. Things are about to get more complicated because I just printed out another range chart from Adam Jones (Weasel) on Red Chip. I love their podcast! I am reading through the NLHE Written Course now, starting from Beginner, of course! See ya' on Twitch!
Feb. 20, 2019 | 3:29 a.m.
Is it still called "running bad" if your recent downtrend is due to your own decisions and not luck? I guess it's called tilt instead. Whatever it is, I've been on that lately. You can see it written in the video over at my Twitch channel. Nothing like having a home game with my friends to cheer me up about it, though. I was really able to see how much of my errors are still on the basics of slowing down and reading the board properly, since I made two mistakes at the table with them last night and they called me out on it! We had a good time and it gave me encouragement for improvement. I haven't hit a plateau... I'm still too much of a beginner for that!
I finished reading Online Poker: Your Guide to Playing Online Poker Safely & Winning Money by Doyle Brunson and Andy Glazer. The reviews about this book is right that the first third of the book is just an advertisement using Brunson's name. He admits that the online poker room bearing his name during the era was not owned by him, they just paid him handsomely for branding. This book was historically interesting. In Chapter 3 he foretells the Black Friday that outlawed online poker in most of the United States four years later. He writes of the biggest online room being Party Poker and of a new up and coming site, Poker Stars. I'm going to take away one interesting idea from this book, and it's to watch for the instant checking that happens when people select the check/fold button, not that many people in the microstakes sandbag anyway.
Feb. 13, 2019 | 8:51 p.m.
It is so snowy that I was trapped at a random motel by the highway last night. The kids and I fell asleep like a pile of puppies in one bed after I finished reading Hold'em Wisdom for all Players: Simple and Easy Strategies to Win Money by Daniel Negreanu.
This book was a fun read. I don't know if much of the advice works anymore, since I read the edition published back in 2007, but it was well written and well edited. This is a welcome change from most poker books. This book seemed to be like a companion to most poker books that include the basics. It shouldn't be the only poker book you read if you're trying to learn how the game works, but I'd recommend it anyway!
Feb. 12, 2019 | 1:09 a.m.
Well, the RIO servers are down, so it's time to write in my poker journal! I was right in the middle of a recorded session that I'm going to send to the RIO team for review. Phil Galfond himself posted on Twitter saying that some play will get review and commentary in an upcoming video. I hope they choose me! Despite the photo of the towering pile of books in the previous post, I have actually made it through some of the books recently.
I've read Play Poker Like The Pros by Hellmuth for the second time now, a year apart. I was better able to understand the concepts a year later. That said, this book is still poorly edited. There were too many parenthetical asides and other basic readability issues. All things considered, I will still use this book by going through the Limit Hold'em Beginners Strategy and Limit Hold'em: Intermediate Strategy sections by subheading, trying out each of the concepts in turn as I am doing with Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em. I now know enough not to touch the Advanced sections, since I don't yet have the judgement. When I get around to attempting PLO, I will try using Hellmuth's suggested starting hands.
I also read Poker for Women: A Course in Destroying Male Opponents at Poker-- And Beyond. This book was a laugh a minute and I can easily see why Mike Caro is called "The Mad Genius of Poker." This is the only book written by a man that qualifies as a feminist anthem on its own. I love how he extends the concepts of poker to life in general, for a philosophical feel. The book is written for an absolute beginner, so I didn't really learn anything groundbreaking. Also, NLHE is my game, and apparently it was new on the scene in the 80's when he wrote this book and he seems rather butthurt about it. Too bad! I'd love for him to grab a female co-author (moi, perhaps?) and write a second edition featuring Hold'em!
Now I'm reading Hold'em Wisdom for all Players: Simple and Easy Strategies to Win Money by Daniel Negreanu. What are you reading? What's on your bookshelf or nightstand?
Feb. 10, 2019 | 1:58 a.m.
I kitted out my Twitch stream with Run It Once assets from the tutorial. I'm glad I did because tonight I was the #1 RIO streamer, I was told in chat! It turns out that people don't mind sweating a bumbling beginner's game. I earned a handful of new followers. I hope that I earn a place as a StreamR and get some more guidance and help building a community, because this is pretty cool! Anyway, I have to get ready to bed and get reading. Take a look at all the poker books on my nightstand right now. Just kidding, I added one more poker book today that I bought at Value Village, so it's even more ridiculous than yesterday's photo featured here.
Feb. 8, 2019 | 6:17 a.m.
I streamed for four hours today, making today my longest stream session by far. I wanted to participate in RIO's social media giveaway, so I waited until I got AA and went All-In while taking a selfie. I was also pretty pleased to flop a set of 9s. Splash the pot turned out to be pretty cool, although at some tables people seemed to get overly excited, making pot odds terrible despite the inflated pot. I've got plans with friends in the meatspace tonight, so no more streaming for now. Tomorrow I'll be back on after my kids' bedtime streaming RIO! I can't wait until they have a mobile app for iOS. I'm now finding other RIO streamers on Twitch and adding them to my autohost queue so that my channel will be mostly RIO content. Drop your username in here if you're another prospective StreamR looking to play mostly RIO on Twitch!
I just figured out that you need to apply to be a StreamR through RunItOnce.eu so I've officially sent in my application! Wish me luck! Now, off to join Jonathan Little's webinar on "Combating Overly Aggressive, Almost Maniacal Players."
Feb. 7, 2019 | 12:33 a.m.
Who else is streaming RIO? Drop your username in this thread. Let's follow each other and support each others' game play! I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to watch how others are using the new site.
My username: QueenOfDiamonds