Happy to keep up my good routines, atomic habits was indeed very inspiring and helpful. Even if I do just 50 push ups, or 3min of meditiation, I feel much better then without and feel like I am making progress to get there I where I want to be in the future :)
After my morning routines I played 30min 2 tables and added another 2 for the reminaing 30minutes, which is not too bad of warmup routine + balance between Quality / Really thinking indepth / Improving and Volume. Results: +283$
In the afternoon I played two Day1s on the side, where I lost 310$ due to 2 rebuys and got stacked several times at the Rush n Cash. Result: -825$.
No Day 2s on Sunday I guess :( It was another lesson that I should stick to Cash Game, where I hardly never tilt while all the AI and Swings in MTTs are sometimes hard to handle imo.
Anyways, I had a quick break, short breathing exercise, some hands vs GTO wizard and went back to the grind. Again 4 tables for an hour, I managed to get break even for the day. I am pretty happy about that :)
See you tomorrow.
P.S. For those who want to see my progress and results:
Aug. 19, 2021 | 5:14 p.m.
I stood up quite early today which is also a routine I want to implement on weekdays. After warming up with GTO Wizard and some breathing exercises I felt again very ready for the grind. I indeed played pretty well imo, won a lot of small pots until this one hand came up where I lost 230bb. I d love to hear some opinions: https://gg.gl/pyd9l
Flop: I guess I range bet this board for very small
Turn: Mainly keep betting AK, I rolled a 3 so I thought checking back once in a while won't be too bad.
River: Hands that beat me: AA (3combos), KK (1 combo), A5cc (1 combo, if he 3b and call 4b 100% of the time) and 56hh (1combo, again, just if he purely 3b&call 4b).
--> 6 value combos that always call jam:
--> 6 combos of AK (2 AKs and 4combos of AKo).
My assumption was that
- he literally has no bluffs.
- always folds AK (wrong assumption?) since he's just calling for the split and vs population mainly beat there since just rarely people gonna jam AK there like I did.
Lets calculate EV
of calling: Odds: 1:4, which I exactly get as I split 50% of the time.
of jamming: 0.5 * 393 (when jam gets through which should happen 50%ott if he indeed folds his AK) + 0.5*(-350) > 0 > then call?
Idk if he actually always folds AK, but on the other hand he probably rarely has A5cc, 56cc and sometimes 5b AA so there are relatively even more AK combos and less "nut" combos.
Anyways, would really appreciate any feedback.
Sadly I cant run any SIM as I am currently away from home this week and dont have any access to PIO.
I take a break now and def. come back to the grind later today.
Aug. 18, 2021 | 12:32 p.m.
I am very happy with my day today:
Warm up with RIO Videos and GTO Wizard ✔
Just 2 Tables of Rush n Cash instead of the usual 4 ✔
--> Outcome: 2 Hourse Grind, 753$ Net Win ✔ :)
Cooldown: Writing down takeaways / my mistakes of my session (which I sadly cant share here since I dont want to give away all my thoughts here ;)) ✔
I haven't felt better prepared, from a theory point of view as well as from a mindset point of view, before of a Session in a while. I will keep up this routine for sure. It helps me a lot.
See you guys tomorrow.
Aug. 17, 2021 | 10:01 p.m.
Forgive me for not updating my journal. After my worst cash game session of the year, I made the bad decision to have a big MTT Grind on Sunday where I lost another 2k. I run really bad, but probably my state of mind and other conditions weren't very promising anyways, so I dont want to blame the bad luck. That was MY bad.
After that I went on holidays, Amsterdam and Croatia until yesterday. As you guys may know, nothing helps more in a downswing that just take a couple of days (weeks) off and fully let go all the bad emotions from poker.
Now here I am. Back to the Grind. And back to my Blog. Since my Challenge started really bad, I cheated on myself (played MTT and too many Cash Game Tables), didnt update blog and further, I withdrawed some money in order to invest in cryptos (Chainlink) before my Holidays, I somehow feel forced to restart fresh my Bankroll Challenge. This time I get it right!
I read a really nice book "atomic Habits" by James Clark which really inspired me to implement the following 3 Habits I really WANT to do daily (especially on working days):
Meditation, Exercise and Warming Up with theory (GTO Wizard or RIO Vids).
Further, I am breaking my bad Habit of playing too many (high buy ins) MTTs, since I never actually studied it.
See you guys tomorrow, on Monday, for a fresh new start!
Aug. 16, 2021 | 5:43 p.m.
Is there any possibility to swap some money?
Would be very very grateful. Cheers
Aug. 15, 2021 | 11:57 p.m.
Quick Update: Worst Session I've played this year I guess: Within one hour I managed to run several times with 2nd nuts vs nuts, with best bluffcombo vs nuts, stationed with top of range and was beat every single time and had a 3w AI with toptwo vs OESD + FD and obv. lost that pot too. Result: -1.2k$ within 1hour on 8 tables.
Conclusion: Take a break, walk around the house, maybe review 1,2 Hands and get back with 4 tables rush n cash. No more regular tables added to it.
1. For the sake of variance
2. Quality < Quantity, I really wanna use my RNG and think as deep as possible in every hand.
May the poker Gods change my luck :)
July 28, 2021 | 1:28 p.m.
I had my first session of the 100k Challenge yesterday.
877$ at rush n cash NL 200, 5 hours grind with 1 break.
2x Day 2 in Bounty 105$ and Omaholic 52.5$, both with very big stacks.
I did meditate before the session which I found very helpful. Really looking forward to make this a routine.
I did warmup playing vs GTO bot by gtowizard. Again, really felt the benefits of it.
Sadly, after the session I didnt find the time to cool down, to review hands and to update this blog.
But now, before my session I want to take the time to review 2 Hands:
GG Poker - $2 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hero (BTN): $746.85 (373.4 bb)
SB: $253.85 (126.9 bb)
BB: $200.00 (100 bb)
UTG: $208.83 (104.4 bb)
MP: $223.60 (111.8 bb)
CO: $200.00 (100 bb)
Pre Flop: (pot: $3.00) Hero has Jd Jc
3 folds, Hero raises to $5.00, SB raises to $21.20, fold, Hero calls $16.20
Flop: ($44.40, 2 players) 8s 6d 6h
SB bets $20.87, Hero calls $20.87
Turn: ($86.14, 2 players) 9s
SB bets $57.72, Hero calls $57.72
River: ($201.58, 2 players) Ad
SB bets $154.06 and is all-in, Hero folds
Results: $201.58 pot ($6.00 rake)
Final Board: 8s 6d 6h 9s Ad
1. Do we have a raising range otf, if yes, how much? I realised with 99-JJ we are doing a TON of 3betting otf, and if we didnt raise flop we pure jam turn. So I shouldnt ever arrive with my hand at the river.
2. Bluffing range otr of the SB and BB? I didnt expect SB to barrel to many Ax ott(just AT, mixed AJ, pure A9s and mixed A7/A8)so otr i was expecting a lot of checks. I thought about calling but blocking hard JT, QJ and KJs made me fold.
--> Surprise there, River gets checked just 20% by the SB, 36% blocking with nealry all 9x - KK and some Ax.The remaining 40% gets jammed including, surprisingly KK at high frequency. Intresting isnt it?Q highs are pure bluffs, Kx mainly checking.
GG Poker - $2 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hero (BTN): $203.86 (101.9 bb)
SB: $1,024.20 (512.1 bb)
BB: $422.32 (211.2 bb)
UTG: $249.82 (124.9 bb)
MP: $449.55 (224.8 bb)
CO: $678.69 (339.3 bb)
Pre Flop: (pot: $3.00) Hero has 6h 7h
3 folds, Hero raises to $5.00, fold, BB raises to $22.00, Hero calls $17.00
Flop: ($45.00, 2 players) As 3s 5d
BB bets $14.85, Hero raises to $34.04, BB raises to $53.23, Hero calls $19.19
Turn: ($151.46, 2 players) Ts
BB checks, Hero bets $28.00, BB calls $28.00
River: ($207.46, 2 players) 3h
BB checks, Hero bets $100.63 and is all-in, BB calls $100.63
Results: $408.72 pot ($6.00 rake)
Final Board: As 3s 5d Ts 3h
Hero shows 6h 7h: (One Pair, Threes)
(Pre 40%, Flop 19%, Turn 7%)
BB shows Qs Ah: (Two Pair, Aces and Threes)
(Pre 60%, Flop 81%, Turn 93%)
BB wins $400.72
- How does BB c bet range look like? I expect to see a lot of checks.
-->Solution: Indeed BB checks 50%. TT-KK still betting around 50%. Actually, like every Hand gets splitted so pretty hard to play that correctly.
2. How does our raising range look like. I raised 76s because of:
--> getting folds from air c bets
--> getting occ. folds from 66-Kk
--> having 4 nut outs and 2,4 and spades as nice barreling cards
--> dont mind if i get 3betted / jammed on as i have an easy fold, UNLESS he is min3betting as played. Sadly my solution doesnt have a minraise, so 76s gets pure folded so i cant solve the spot.
Solution: I am happy that indeed 76hh and 76cc does raise 20%, while spades and diamonds pure call.
Surprisingly, apart from obv. FD raises, 78hh gets raised 42%!, also QJhhcc raises 22%, K6hh/cc 35% I dont know if any player in my pool or even at NL500 would ever find those raises. Any thoughts?
Was it a punt to blast off when hitting this nice T of spades ott? I guess I always need to bluff this combo?
--> Solution: BB actually just jams nearly his range (83%), in game I thought we hit so many flushes ott that OOP needs to check a lot. Apparently there's already tooo much money in the middle and we just want to deny Equity.
--> I cant find out as solution does not include my hand etc.
If you are interested in more detailed notes, you ll find my theory notes in the excel sheet.
Idk yet how I gonna do that in future, If I should share all my thoughts in here or just in my excel sheet. Let me know :)
Nice, I studied now 3 spots, played some Hands vs GTO wizard, meditated and feeling reeeally ready to grind. Lets go boyyys, see you later.
July 28, 2021 | 12:05 p.m.
Quick Introduction: My Name is Ivan, I am 26 and I am currently living in Austria. I turned Poker Pro after quitting my economic degree in January 2020. I am mainly a Cash Game player and currently and beating and playing Rush n Cash NL200 on GG (if you play this pool i guess you know me.) I am very happy that I reached my goal of being a Pokerplayer, but as you guys know its not always easy. I really love the game and I think I am kind of talented at it, but I lack of discipline and good routines, I guess: I busted big parts of my roll with high variancse buy ins in MTTs, played Cash Game for too long without breaks, played in a bad mood, didnt warm up consistently and was doing way to little theory. All that should be changed now :) !
That's the reason why I start this blog, in order to keep myself disciplined, monitor my routines and results and discuss hands with you guys.
I start with 10k on GG where I will mainly play Cash Game and add some very small MTTs on the side (25$, occ. 50$) and the Day 1s and I ll have a little a MTT Account on Stars which I ll use on sundays.
- To reach 100k at begin of 2022
- Since monetary goals are difficult to reach I mainly want to focus on good routines (pre and post session) which includes:
- Warm Up: Solve Hands with GTO Wizard, watch Vids on RIO or share Hands in here.
- Cool Down: Export all the HH from Pokercraft to HM3 and share results & thoughts in here and write down the things I did wrong so I can read the list the next day before my session (I have that Idea from Pads :))
- Meditate each morning after getting up.
- Exercice daily (min. 100 Push Ups and I am happy ;) )
- Get Up at before 10am during weekdays
- Grinding MTTs only and Sundays (maybe Saturday), apart of some low stake tourneys and Days 1 during Week. But main Focus are Cash Games.
Here s the excel sheet where I update my results, monitor my personal progress and share my theory notes:
I am looking forward to going this journey together with you guys.