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June 24, 2022 | 2:55 p.m.

I'm in for the sweat. Best Wishes _baba!

June 24, 2022 | 2:53 p.m.

100% yes.

This is the spot where having a jovial attitude at the table really pays off. If I saw a reg continuously sitting out in the blinds during bomb pots, I would start bringing him coupons from the newspaper and occasionally tipping the dealer for him.

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June 21, 2022 | 4:28 p.m.

You are in a great spot!

I understand how at times it can feel like you are torching 4bb every 45 mins but sitting 200bb deep with multiple fun players at a game they probably never play isn't an edge you should pass on...

1. You are not rolled for the variance (sounds like you are)
2. Taking a bad beat in a PLO hand will destroy your mental state for the rest of the session (doesn't sound like you).
3. You don't care if you are invited to private games (I don't).

Rake isn't an issue since the cap is already hit with 7-8 players seeing the flop, I hope ;)

Nut pettling, making a hand, and value betting vs nlh fish that overvalue their hands are how most live PLO regs make a living.


June 21, 2022 | 2:09 p.m.

I was reading your last post and thinking....wow, this guy has a ton of self awareness. Then I realized it's the golf pro dad!!!!

Keep at it and remember, it's all in the hips!!!

June 21, 2022 | 1:37 p.m.


I highly recommend this book to help lay a foundation for your meditation practice: https://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/anapanasati.pdf

The book is everything that's taught during a 10 day silent meditation retreat and has a lot of good tips for common roadblocks...and it's free.

GL with your journey!

June 20, 2022 | 7 p.m.

Interesting post.

I'm curious, will you be personally boycotting his videos?

June 20, 2022 | 4:06 p.m.

June 16, 2022 | 3:16 p.m.

Watch good streamers/coaches and pay attention to what hands they are folding IP to opens (hopefully at a similar stake/rake structure you are playing).

Having a solid foundation of cold calling ranges IP will go along way in terms of your winrate. GL!

June 15, 2022 | 6:52 p.m.

Best wishes Giovanni! GL GL GL!!!

June 15, 2022 | 6:40 p.m.

June 14, 2022 | 10:47 p.m.

Best wishes on your journey to 1kNL emsterdad!

June 11, 2022 | 4:36 p.m.

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June 11, 2022 | 4:10 p.m.

"If you could play yourself from two months ago, and you don't think that player is a total fish, you're not studying enough". -Thallo on Runchucks podcast

How have you structured your study to play schedule?

What has your study focus been on for the past two weeks?

June 11, 2022 | 4:03 p.m.

Best wishes, Jan! I'm looking forward to filling up your comment sections!

June 10, 2022 | 1:19 a.m.

I used the MM trainer (not the web version) when it was free and before I had monkersolver. Vision seems cleaner but MM trainer has more functions (I think, it's been awhile). I wouldn't use either of them if monker had a training function lol.

June 9, 2022 | 7:35 p.m.

Good question.

In the A-GAME Poker Masterclass, Elliot has us implement a Post-Session-Routine (PSR). Part of this routine includes detaching from the session by performing a low attention but enjoyable exercise for 20-30 mins.

I chose to play a turn based 4 player game and realized I was getting massively colluded against by multi-accounters. With ZERO $$$ on the line and no clear incentive to do this, I started to become paranoid during my poker sessions.

I watched Mikesell's video "$500 Heads-Up Hyper SNGs" and became interested in the format. I ran some HU short stack sims and started to grind. The energy I was putting into combing through hand histories for sketchy people was now invested in improving my game. In January I bought Cory's HU book and Phil's course ten days later.

With two of the best poker minds laying out the path to heads-up endboss, I've never been this motivated to improve at poker.

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June 9, 2022 | 3:19 p.m.

Best wishes! I look forward to seeing your updates! GL GL GL!

June 8, 2022 | 2:49 a.m.

Yes, Vision has a practice and streak feature which is very useful for getting your preflop ranges down (and makes it fun). You really do need to put the time in and I take a ton of notes as well.

Galfond will walk you through it here:

I'm leaving 3 handed tables for a couple reasons:

  1. I'm putting 100% of my focus on HU.
  2. Prevents collusion
  3. The rake doubles and quadruples depending on the site!

June 8, 2022 | 2:44 a.m.

AGAME Planner is getting me dialed in!
Total Study Hours: 16
Study Focus: Mastering PF

Grinding "streak" can be hilarious. My hands actually start to sweat when I'm approaching a new PB. So many ups and downs.

This is the type of hand I call a "streak killer":
BB vs BTN 4b


I feel like I have a solid grasp of the "shape" of the PF ranges. It still needs work but I can sense when the descion is close (Dave Chappelle sums it up pretty good here in 2 seconds: https://youtu.be/R4SYIfhzMmU?t=32).

Once this months Vision subscription expires I will mark PF spots for review while playing and grind my copy/pasted notes alongside monker.

My 1st HU MTT Victory

Felt good to ship the daily $11 HU MTT. It becomes a freezout once there are 4 players left and I was lucky to finish mine quickly and get about 45mins of showdowns/notes from the other table.
Here's a fun hero call/brag from the FT:
RFI POT/C, X/C half pot, X/C half pot, X/C half pot.

Eric Stoltz Morty had some serious bet sizing tells. My initial reaction was to x/JAM the river...

...but calling probably delivered a demoralizing blow.

GL and THX for the read!

June 1, 2022 | 5:37 p.m.

Looks like the "6-max section" has been removed for a revamp and "Session Reviews" is live!!!

May 29, 2022 | 12:12 a.m.

You are definitely in the right place to be starting out!

I highly recommend getting 6-max vision for a month and drilling the beans out of preflop (when you have the time/$$$). It's the foundation of any solid strategy. The streak leaderboards make it fun as well.


May 23, 2022 | 12:28 a.m.

I invested in monker coaching and run sims myself.

Right now I'm focusing on drilling PF with vision and cut/paste into a note file to review and expand on using monker. I also ran sims for various rake structures since vision is using the $500 structure. It's actually interesting to see what hands become unprofitable as well as how my range expands and contracts.

Are you playing any heads up?

May 23, 2022 | midnight

6-max section has been added.

Tune into Phil and Richard creating some of the best unintentional ASMR content on the web.

May 20, 2022 | 1:06 p.m.

Are you tired of starting a table only to be insta joined by 3 players from Belarus?
Did you somehow not get staked by Bryn Kenny?
Are birds even real???????

Sounds like you're ready for HU PLO!

THIS IS (my) PLO (journal): A serious attempt

HU PLO: A Definitive Guide
This is PLO Course
AGAME Poker Masterclass
RIO Forum
YOU (thanks for reading)

Bankroll: $5,000

Current Study Goals:
Continue laying a solid preflop foundation utilizing vision + monker as well as study guides/scheduling from AGAME.
Continue grinding "This is PLO" course in correlation with HU PLO: A Definitive Guide.

Playing Goals:
Sneaky Six Max - Open sit or join 6 max tables, leave when it goes 3 handed.
$50 zoom when the pool isn't reg infested.
$11.00 HU MTT on Stars
I'm not currently setting a hands played or hourly goal. My main objective is learning the game and putting hands in when I'm focused.

Long-term but Short-term Goal:
Build bankroll to $10,000 and reinvest $5,000 with private coaching from Cory Mikesell.

Thanks for your interest and input!

Enjoy the sweat.

May 19, 2022 | 7:32 p.m.

"Hi, to move on to the next node within a specific category requires a streak of 5. To move on to a new category requires a streak of 10 on each node." -RunItOnceJames

Vision Discord channel: https://discord.com/invite/AXuqNrP

May 13, 2022 | 8:10 p.m.

How much will getting to 100% accuracy move the needle in your winrate? Would investing your study time elsewhere be more beneficial (x/x/b line in SRP for example)? GL!

May 10, 2022 | 1:27 p.m.

Have you considered investing 10% of your playing/studying time into HU? I think it would give you a big boost in confidence as well as skill and elevate you out of rake samsara faster.

May 3, 2022 | 3:56 p.m.

Really interesting journal Bennosuke! Great tip on keeping your breath in mind while playing. GL!!!!!

May 1, 2022 | 9:42 p.m.

Comment | ElSquancho commented on omahaha problem

What are the positions? Are you playing HU, 6max or full ring? How many players are calling your all in?

April 30, 2022 | 10:12 p.m.

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