Funding is a very bad excuse since you can start learning it pretty much for free these days (check out FreeCodeCamp). Greece is part of EU so you are always free to move to another country and apply for jobs there. I understand this isn't super easy but it can be done. Obviously this is all just my personal advice and you can do whatever you want, Gl :)
Dec. 17, 2018 | 1:28 p.m.
Yes since many hands want to deny equity still. It depends a lot on preflop ranges how flops should be played so always gotta be careful :)
Dec. 17, 2018 | 1:25 p.m.
Yes you should use a bigger sizing since the board is extremely dynamic so you want to deny equity. I have PIO c-betting for like 66% sizing at 90% frequency if I give the option of 33, 50, 66 and 100%. It does x/f some hands with terrible equity like A5s without a backdoor.
This sizing also allows you to make it a 2 street game given the preflop sizings. If you c-bet for example flop and turn 3c, pio prefers the jam over a regular sizing. A hand like QQ/KK really benefits from this given that so many cards will hit IP on the river and this reduces your equity realization a lot. Obviously on a J turn you still have to check but I am sure you will realize with some PIO work quickly what turns are good to jam with what sort of hands :)
Dec. 16, 2018 | 2:50 p.m.
Reading your first post I would recommend you don't start doing poker. Poker will add a lot of stress to your life, especially if you aren't very good. Stability would benefit you well now. I would recommend to learn programming since it will be a nice challenge, it pays well and is less risky than poker. I started doing this myself and 0 regrets so far.
Dec. 16, 2018 | 2:41 p.m.
Time for an update :)
On the poker side, I took it very easy lately since I had to get used big time to programming. I started slowly getting into it again and received a coaching session from someone which was very good. The main reason for this being that I get very enthousiastic about the game again :) On top of that some good things to work on. This should hopefully help for some profitable live poker trips in 2019. Once I get some hands in online, I will post a graph again :) Also planned a weekly poker study session with a friend, with the goal to keep us motivated. I don't plan on spending a ton of hours on poker now, but enough to keep it fun and interesting.
Dec. 16, 2018 | 2:38 p.m.
So did you finish Hack Reactor and are you coding full time now? I couldn't find it as I was scanning your thread but maybe I missed it. I am learning coding myself now too and curious how you find it to combine that with poker.
Dec. 13, 2018 | 10:24 a.m.
I enjoyed the video a lot but would like you go to more in depth about how to exploit these games with PIO, for example against very wide ranges 4way/5way and so on. I often find myself in spots like that OOP and I am clueless what to do. I realize PIO doesn't work multiway but maybe my comment gives you some thoughts.
Aug. 15, 2018 | 8:54 a.m.
Really? Did you really have to tell me 3 times about France? It was already painful enough.
Sad face from the Netherlands (yes, they did not qualify).
I like to see more live play videos but I think you could have improved the speed a lot. I watched 33 minutes but I think it could have been summarized in 2 minutes (no offense).
Hand 1: when people normally raise big and now small they are capped, on flops they dont pay attention to betsize so you can lead paired boards small as a bluff and get too many folds. When they bet quick and acting strong when betting/raising they are often weak so you can bluff them.
Hand 2: nit leads 4 way on a low 2tone board, often some protection and very strong value, when they pot the turn its the nuts so dont hesitate to fold AA.
Just meaning it as feedback, I will experiment with leading paired boards a bit when I play live again and see how it goes. Do you think it will work for 2/5 too? I guess people might be more sticky. Thanks
Aug. 14, 2018 | 5:52 p.m.
Let's hope the hot run continues. In all seriousness I did change some things obviously lately in my game so curious how it will play out. On top of that I am playing less tables after multiple people told me to do so. Hopefully I will miss less spots because of that :)
Aug. 13, 2018 | 11:43 a.m.
Even though I am not sure I am crushing 25nl yet with my current skill set, I did catch a bit of heat and therefore decided to take a 5BI shot at 50nl. So far it is going well and the heater continues so hopefully with the right amount of effort (and luck!) I can stay there. The main reason I am doing this is because I don't need the money right now anyways and moving up to 100nl as soon as possible will make me a better player the quickest I think. I am sure it will be hard on my mindset sometimes but I think that is just what I have to accept.
Yesterday I was watching some Sauce here and someone asked him how he could play so long and stay focussed. He said he was having fun and it made me realize that I had to take a shot :)
On a technical note, I notice the barreling in 3bet pots is really improving which is good. What I posted yesterday is important too, so reminding myself of these 2 things before I play and during my play as often as possible.
Aug. 13, 2018 | 11:32 a.m.
Been grinding, studying, and realized again a big leak that I have. I already knew I missed up a few hands in my sample not fastplaying enough on drawy boards, mainly vs donkbets against recreationals.
However, the same is true in 3bet pots. I realized that on cards that are good for us when we are IP and villain barrels, we sometimes need to fastplay a lot more.
Three examples where I would not raise/jam and where Pio does in a 3bet pot vs a 2barrel
TT on T63r, turn 8 bringing a flush draw
AQ on Q97tt, turn Qo
89s on Q97tt, turn 8o
In the TT hand I was actually playing myself and in game I was considering a raise. I did not do it in game because I he did bomb it and I thought we shouldn't raise vs such a polarized range. This was wrong since we just want to stack off vs an overpair or draw here before our action gets killed.
AQ I would reason in game we want to protect our calling range like A9 or draws here. This is wrong because on many runouts we have enough strong hands to call down. It is costing us too much ev to slowplay here, we can still call QJ for example or some boats.
Same reasoning with the 89, except I would be more paranoid here about being actually beat compared to the AQ, being afraid for JT for example.
I am looking forward to improve this (part of the reason I also play too weak OOP in 3bet pots on turns) and I am sure I can improve my winrate a little bit again applying this more.
Aug. 12, 2018 | 8:22 p.m.
Thanks for that detailed post Eldora. I think you are right I am trying to force the results too much which leads to quick burnout. That said I also feel I might fear success since I have trouble pushing through. I find it hard to give a good reason.
I listened yesterday to a Nick Howard video here and I felt literally the same as the guy in it in many aspects.
I did run the same filters and also my won/lost pots between 4 and 20 big blinds are terrible. I also know that this is better if I play more relaxed/focussed/without distraction. Another way of saying this is that I know it would improve with more present moment awareness, aka paying attention.
Aug. 10, 2018 | 2:48 p.m.
I realized that I really need to get my shit together before it is too late. I already sort of realized that starting this blog but I don't think online poker will do it. I am a fan of Jordan B Peterson and decided to buy his course on self authoring (www.selfauthoring.com). I did some work the last 2 days and even though it was extremely confronting (sometimes I really did not know what to write down for my future) I think I simply have to suck it up. I don't know yet in what field but I simply need to get a stable income that provides me with security and simply income to pay bills.
I am 27 now and I can still get a job relatively easy in my country. Poker will be hard for me online taking into account that I am playing break even 25nl zoom now and that I obviously can never get a mortgage for a house playing 50nl/100nl or even 200nl or whatever.
I decided to book a new live poker trip for 3.5 weeks to hopefully make some money. I lost a lot of money recently and I would like to have a bit more money at the moment. Also I am still working hard on my poker game (using simple gto trainer, reviewing NVE) but still getting 0 results. I did write down some things and realized that I did put A LOT of money into poker coaching over the past couple of years and that I still suck. Expecting to move up the ranks online to make like 3-5k a month might simply be desillusional. I will still play poker and try to improve, but I just think I have to face reality that I can't count on it. I did this for multiple years, moved abroad and that did not work, so why would it this time? I realize it sounds all negative but I simply don't know what else I can do now. Every time I watch a poker video I think ''I can do this too'', but the results so far are terrible again, no matter how much I study.
I think the truth is simply that no matter how much effort I put into being my own boss, I failed the last few years clearly. I will still play poker and try to improve for sure, but it is time to face reality.
Aug. 9, 2018 | 6:04 p.m.
Yes it is terrible for your winrate. Just one 20bb mistake per 400 hands decreases your winrate with 5bb/100. I think you will like this video if you have a membership:
Aug. 9, 2018 | 10:33 a.m.
Correct. I understand the bankroll thing but this seems inefficient to me. If you have the option available I would make some money with a different job and use that to speed up your poker process. You can likely make $1k quicker in a different field than playing 2nl so that way you can invest in your poker development and move up :)
Aug. 9, 2018 | 7:51 a.m.
No problem, I lost so much with crypto recently that I need that free monthly RIO membership next month so I need these likes :)
In all seriousness, hope that explains why solvers can be very good for you, even at 2nl. You will simply improve your understanding of the game quicker I think.
Aug. 8, 2018 | 8:41 a.m.
Played quite a bit and noticed the work is paying off. Not really in the results or anything but more so making the right barrels, checkraises etc that I studied. Having confidence that it will pay off if I keep doing this. I still notice some trouble in 3bets pots mainly on turns but I guess that will always stay like that.
On another note I am considering a new live poker trip to make some money. I am really doubting it because I find it always very boring but living costs money too. That said, I still have enough savings so it is not like I need cash right now.
On top of that I am really enjoying this online poker journey again and it sort of feels bad to put that on pause and leaving home again. If I knew for sure I would beat 100nl soon I would stay at home, but I learned in the past that isn't an easy thing. Will decide quick on this and all feedback is appreciated.
Now time for a well deserved break with a nice evening on the beach :)
Aug. 7, 2018 | 1:54 p.m.
Hi man, I was interested in this spot myself so I decided to run it in PIO and help you out. The flop is close and a mixed strategy so it doesn't matter. Just make sure to defend enough (see how much is a call in PIO!). This is super important to learn because most people overfold here and that is very costly. Obviously raising the right hands is important but the biggest leak at 2nl is people playing too straight forward and giving pots to their opponent on the flop.
Given that you raise A8 on the flop, many 8x and 66 your range should play more bluffcatch on the turn and therefore a low raising frequency. You opponent has way more boats and 8x now so you should protect your calling range on the flop.
Once our opponent bets the turn he has 43.6% of the time overpair+, while we have it 23.9% of the time. This is a little bit over half so don't raise a lot! I would personally just simplify here and not have a raising range because of that.
Range explorer for OOP after villain bets turn:
Range explorer for IP after villain bets turn:
This is our response versus the turn bet, as you see calling most 7x, 55, draws and our A high with a gutshot (folding J7 and some Q7 since it blocks his main bluffs like J9, Q9 and so on while obviously we don't fold 79 since even though we block his bluffs we got an open ender so extra equity) :
As played with the turn raise on the river we have a super easy check. We should bet the river for value if we have over 50% equity versus a calling range (actually a little more since we can get bluffraised but that's a minor detail).
If we raise here we have only 27% (!) equity versus his calling range. The difference in a river bet or check is 11 big blinds and therefore would qualify as a massive mistake. Hope that helps you think about ranges more :)