Well, I failed horribly at keeping this up to date :'D. But this time I'm going to make it ;)
What happened since my last blog post?
I applied to the cfp from freenachos and got accepted! Started in like June last year and besides failing multiple shots at NL100 - things went great! Unfortunately German regulations of online poker are just a pain in the ass and they cut rakeback for Germans in ~February this year, which let to us ending the staking agreement, because it just seemed highly unlikely now that I'd make it under these circumstances.
But I've only great things to say about the guys at NachosCFP and I recommend everybody who struggles in their poker journey to apply. All around great guys over there, who genuinely care for you!
After that I felt like either I switch to PLO (only format which wasn't completely fucked for germans) or give up. At the time I struggled to see myself pulling it off and gave up. But in April this year I just got the urge to try one last time. Made the promise to myself that I gave it my all for one year and with that trying to move to Austria by june next year. Bought myself the Carrot Corner Grade 1, deposited 500$ onto pokerstars and started going.
For the last 1 1/2 months I've been sloppy tho. Studied really in depth until mid July, when the games on stars even on NL50 turned to pretty much shit. Also had a bit of a bad run and yeah just lost discipline. Booked an hour of coaching with aner0 (or Donk Orleone, coach on GTOw and 1k NL reg) and we checked my DB for some leaks. Found them, listed them all out there and I'm now eager to work on those mistakes. I've also read the book "The Chimp Paradox" by Prof. Steve Peters, which clearly showed why I've some tendencies in my mental game and why I give up at certain points. But, this time I'm well prepared :)
Results so far:
goals for september:
- drill 2h in GTOw every day BBvBU
- grind 30h per week
- meditate every day with Primed Mind
- update this blog at least weekly
Hope you guys are having a good time as well :) cheers!
Sept. 7, 2023 | 12:51 p.m.
Time for a recap on week 1 :)
as for the goals, I only managed the daily meditation one and failed the rest.
I got sick on friday, so I decided to skip the water fast. I did a 5 day water fast two weeks earlier, but ate carbohydrates again, so the idea was to do another 3 day fast so my body naturally turns into keto mode, but yeah, didn't feel like it once I got sick. That's why I didnt read either, I got a bit lazy due to being sick and I decided to spend more time with my child :).
Poker itself it progressing great. Cleared a 20$ challenge on stars and got lucky in one of the GGcare freerolls, which netted me another 33$ rakeback. Also running good on the tables, which means I've already doubled my bankroll and I'm already playing NL5.
But what's most important is the study, since results are out of my control. So I started with the PIO analysis of the boards, but I don't feel like it's the right thing to go for right now. I'm only noting heuristics but I do not know why solver chooses to do things, so it feels like it's the type of study with the most potential, but I'm not yet able to translate that into creating strategies.
Drilling against GTO wizard, aswell as checking HH's in GTOwizard has so far be the best value to me. I already have spotted a ton of leaks I have and I'm more aware ingame to avoid these mistakes. I think combining the RYE course with drilling the spot of the week in GTOwizard is the best move to progress right now.
I've noticed 4 major leaks so far:
- I call to wide on the flop
- I call draws to wide OOP on the turn
- I valuebet to thin really often on drawy runouts on the river
- I construct my bluffing ranges to equity driven, which leads to me having the wrong combos on the river + I've to many c/f hands on the river
Are these common leaks of lowstakes players?
- daily meditation
- execute a clean keto diet
- drill 500 hands on gtowizard BUvBB SRP
- read the book "Poker with Presence"
Hope you guys are doing well :) gl to all of you!
March 21, 2022 | 3:55 p.m.
Hey there :),
would love to read your blog aswell! Maybe we can also get in touch and work together :)
Keto+fasting I think is the best way to lose weight without fucking up your maintenance calories + I feel amazing on keto. Also your brain runs better on ketones, so usually I'm more focused when I'm on keto and I do intermittent fasting.
Do the water fasting bit, I think it is really healthy for both your physical health but also your mental health to fast 3-4 times a year. I did one 5 day fast two weeks earlier, so I didn't so it this week but yeah, I like it and it is got for the body to cleanse itself.
March 21, 2022 | 3:44 p.m.
So I've been grinding Zoom the past 2 days for 4 hours each day, while focusing on the topic presented in the RYE course but tbh, it just doesn't feel worth it. I'm grinding in a state of insecurity at a stake, which won't make me much money anyway. So I decided to also invest into GTOwizard and start looking at the each spot presented in the course for 2 weeks at a time.
My plan is to study six times a week for 2 hours each, using the following method:
I'm going to analyse 1 of these boards in depth for 1 hour, trying to understand all flop and turn nodes and I'm going to try to come up with heuristics I can use while playing.
After that, I'll check similar boards to the one I studied that day for 30 minutes, to see if my heuristics keep recurring on those aswell.
Last but not least, I'll just use GTOwizards practice tool for 30minutes to just drill the spot in general.
If anybody has input on my training method, please let me know!
Topic for this and next week will be BUvBB SRP and I'm excited to learn and improve my game.
In addition I'll switch to normal tables. I don't feel comfortable at Zoom at the moment, so I'll bumhunt on normal tables while improving off the tables.
Goals for this week:
- daily meditation
- do a water fast for 3 days from friday until sunday
- finish the first 6 boards
- start reading Poker with Presence from Jasun Su
gl to all of you guys :)
March 15, 2022 | 6:08 p.m.
really inspiring journey! Will follow your journey and hope to be able to move out of the micros just like you did :)
gl to you!
March 13, 2022 | 8:33 p.m.
this is my first thread here on RunItOnce and in this thread I'll make it to mid/highstakes NL, while starting at NL2.
I've played poker the first time around 2012, but never played serious/made any serious commitment until February 2018. I applied at BTS, got accepted into their microstakes program and moved up to NL50 rather quickly, while also taking shots at NL100. Due to problems in my relationship back than I decided to quit poker in early 2019 and never seriously returned since.
This was my graph back than, mainly playing FastForward on Partypoker NL25/NL50:
Since than I left the woman I was with and I'm now on stable foot, so I instantly thought about returning to poker and made a 500$ deposit like 2 weeks ago and I instantly got shit on again on NL10z on stars :D. I reset my PC since and didn't save the database, but I lost around 200$ on the tables, 12 buyins under EV und just feeling overwhelmed and lost in most spots. This is exactly how I felt the time I quit poker, just lost in most spots. I had a fundamental strategy that was working, than introduced solvers into my study routine and Idk how, but ever since I feel lost and confused almost every time I play.
My initial thought was to maybe give up, BUT THIS TIME IM GOING TO MAKE IT. I'm so tired of giving up once I face adversity, so it's time to level up and get serious in life. I swallowed my ego, invested 200$ of my remaining 300$ into the RaiseYourEdge Cash Apprentice course and I started working on it since yesterday. With the remaining 100$, I'm gonna start at NL2 and rebuild my game from scratch.
The main struggle I have is not having a basic framework to think and execute on in the most basic spots. The curriculum at RYE looked just great for that, since it covers the 8 most basic spots I guess. After having read books like Thinking Fast, And Slow and Noise and reading the tweets from Matthew Marinelli, a gameplan that is simple enough, so that I can consistently execute it, even under performance stress will be my first goal for this journey.
Goals for 2022:
- build a network with hard working players to move up in stakes together
- execute a clean keto diet and get from 25% bodyfat to 12%
- keep working out 3x a week
- DO NOT GIVE UP ON POKER
- daily meditation
- make the move from Zoom to normal tables after the RYE Course.
- apply at a CFP once I've layed down some foundations.
That was a long ass intro, sorry for that. I'll be posting hands/homework that I'm doing weekly and post some graphs once I'm willing to check it :P.
Gl to all of you :)
March 13, 2022 | 8:32 p.m.
after going through the first chapter of the course, I'm gonna start working with the Preflop section on Monday. Because study groups have done great for me in my time in NLH, I wanted to create one for PLO, especially for people working with the same content. Therefore I'm looking for 3, maybe 4 people to work with closely, where we go through the content together, help each other with specific problems, share hands etc.
Some requirements for people to join:
- no bad beat postings, crying about variance etc.
- you can invest some time into the group, i.e. preparing the content we want to discuss etc.
- you've ambitions to climb the stakes, so maybe this group goes from micro to midstakes together
how we want to structure the group exactly we are going to discuss once it's established :)
if this sounds like you, just post here in the thread and I'll set up a discord server, if some people are interested :)
Feb. 13, 2021 | 11:25 a.m.
I agree, a good practice would be to count how many combos of Value you triple barrel there, and get into a Ratio of 2:1 Value:Bluff OTR. Also, consider how Villains Callingrange looks like on flop+turn, so you have his Range OTR aswell. Now you not only know your range, so you know how many bluffs you need. Additionally, you also know Villains range, you see how it is constructed in your opinion and now you can construct your bluffing range accordingly.
Dec. 31, 2020 | 9:13 a.m.
Your folding to cbet stats are also way too low. Generally speaking, the further down people cbet (turn/river), in most cases people underbluff heavily. So look to find more folds. Also, I'd advice to play 3bet or fold from the SB and cut away all the coldcalling there.
Preflop seems to be the easiest way to fix some of your leaks, so I'd advice to watch Patrick Sekinger vids about Preflop, as well as the vids from Francesco Lacriola.
April 27, 2020 | 12:11 p.m.
I've been really tired of playing NLH, as it seems as boring as it can get at the moment. Lost all the motivation to learn in to long run, and I've been thinking about switching to PLO for a long time and I've a few questions about my approach.
Since I masstabled most of my NLH days, I really want to focus on improving rather then on results. That being said, I was wondering whether playing 2 Tables Zoom PLO or focusing on 4 normal tables and "bumhunt" and focusing on getting reads is the better way to go in terms of learning? I'm kinda worried that playing 4 Tables only will just not make it in terms of volume, even tho bb/100 should be way higher.
I'll start from the very bottom of PLO2, so what would you suggest?
Feb. 22, 2017 | 6:16 p.m.
Hero raises to $0.12, CO folds, BN folds, SB calls $0.10, BB folds