MONTHLY UPDATE - February
Overall, February was a great month. I made consistent improvements throughout the entire month and earned a decent profit as well
In the first half of the month, I finally started crushing nl10 as I had mentioned in my previous post. However, the nl25 shot wasn't as smooth. Especially at the beginning, I lost six buyins in two days and almost had to go back to nl10 (It was around 23k hands in the graph below). Fortunately, things got a little better after that and by the end of the month, I was up $100 on stars and +470$ on party. Overall with profit from nl10 I am over 1k$ (with rakeback) in February.
Even I am glad that thanks to party I have now established bankroll for nl25. I dont care that much about money profit yet and I would much rather start crushing 25$ tables on stars. Which is most important goal for me. Its also easier to grind in poker when you focus on improvements and not on net profit.
Here is my whole pokerstars graph from February:
I finished carrotcorner scholarship Grade 2 and I think I finally got basic, level 1 GTO fundaments. So in March I would like to start focusing more on exploiting stuff. I have purchased some coaching sessions to study the pool database of small stakes players. I hope this will help me achieve a breakeven red line and a decent win rate on NL25
I have achieved all of my goals for February, although I could have spent a little more time studying preflop ranges. I played four regular tables on PokerStars and two to three tables on PartyPoker. Overall, I played approximately 75,000 hands this month.
Goals for March
First of all, I have some exciting news to share. My wife and I are expecting a baby in March, with the due date set for the 15th. I am very excited, but I'm also feeling nervous at the same time. I know it's going to be quite a ride, but I'm looking forward to this new chapter in our lives
I will try to put decent volume in first half of the March but after that I have no idea how much time I will be able to work. Therefore I dont have that big poker goals for March.
- Finish 10 poker coachings which I bought about small stakes pool leaks.
- Beat nl25 reg tables on pokerstars
- Keep analyzing every day top 5 biggest spots and all marked hands before first session
Also I am negotiating about CFP deal. However, I need to achieve a solid win rate and have a decent sample size on NL25 first. I will provide more information about this in my next update probably.
Things helped me this month
Good table selection - especially on lower stakes you should really focus on having at least 1 solid fish on each table. Thats also reason I would highly recommend to not play zoom tables. Unless you play it for competitive reasons.
Analyze couple hands before your first session of the day. Thats really nice habbit to have. Mainly beacause its good as warm up before session and also in past I had big problem that I was marking hands I wanted to analyze but never had system to do it regularly. Soon I had so many marked hands that I rather never checked them at all. So checking these hands for 10-15 minutes a day before session is not that hard and over the course of a whole year, this could make a massive positive difference in your game. Remember, Consistency is key!
Feb. 28, 2023 | 12:32 p.m.
Thank you for feedback. Really appreciate it. I always though that when is very loose/passive fish (like 50+/5) on blinds I should expand my OR range and not make it even tighter.
Otherwise yeah in my ranges I have 50% OR with J7s and 100% with J8s with 2.5bb sizing.
Feb. 16, 2023 | 12:36 p.m.
Yoooo hello RIO! Things have changed significantly so I need to make quick update because tomorrow I am planning to shot nl25.
So far I played this month 23.5k hands on stars and around 12k hands on partypoker (I am always playing 4 reg table on PS and usually 2 on party) Overall I made 450$ so winrate 12.7bb/100
Here is my graph from stars:
I am very exciting about getting out of micro stakes because I start loosing motivation for studing / improving my game since everyone has so many leaks postflop and games are not very competitive.
Things helped me this month the most:
- overbets overbets overbets. Thats actually crazy how pool overfold vs overbets. Mainly in cap ranges and especially when scared card comes OTR
- x/r range. Whenever you are OOP value bets are pretty much never mandatory. Even you have initiative. For example on SB in BvB situation I start x(misscbet)/r OTF 25% of my strong hands like some 2Pairs and sets (not top set bc its block TPs - so Villan betting range) and realize people crazy overfold when they stab vs my misscbet and I x/r them. So I start x/r with pretty much every single weak backdoor which I dont want to cbet.
Same when people cbet small OTF on dry/semi dry flops. Again I pretty much x/r any backdoors which I cant call.
Alright thats all from me for now. I just wanted to make quick summary before nl25 shot. Hopefully things continue going well tho. See you soon!
Feb. 14, 2023 | 12:41 a.m.
MONTHLY UPDATE - January
I really want to make my blog valueable to read for others so I will try to give as many advices as possible.
Firstly I want to start on positive side. I pretty much achieve all my goals. I took cold shower like 90% of the time. I did gym/run 3 times every week and also had almost 0 sugar. I lost 3.5 kilos and 4cm on the belly. Right now I am on 81.5kg
The box diet for full day helped me like crazy with this. If you having problems with overweight I very recommend you to buy it for like month. You just eat only what you get in your box diet and you should see results very fast. Its not that hard to stick to it like if you would shop and cook for yourself + its not that expensive. On the top of that it will save you a lot of time and its super healthy.
About poker I didnt play that many hands in January because as I said in my last post I reduced hands/hr.
Later in the month I even just played 4 reg tables without zoom (400 hand per hour) and also focus more on studying outside of the tables. I still spent easily 8+hr per day average with poker. So I am super happy about finishing my goals even numbers of hands per month are low.
Ok now its time to show graph for January...
I had ready big crying post but than I deleted it and decide to leave graph without comment.
January was just nightmare in terms of results and I am glad its over now. I will try to preted that Fabruary is new beggining.
At the end I didnt sing up for any CFP program yet. I tried to message nachos guy, he replied here on PIO but than he forget to reply to my message on discord. I could obvisouly remind myself tbh but I decide to try it without CFP for some time before I sign up myself for sharing profit for several months...
I start studying scholarship on carrotcorner.com tho. Just finished grade one recently. It really improved my game. He has also alot free pratical materials on his youtube channel if you want to check it as well. Although for more theoretical stuff you need to buy his scholarship.
My biggest problem right now is switching between GTO and exploit mode. I just really dont like folding and many times I am argumanting in my head just for calls or raises and never for fold from GTO strategy even when I am vs fish and I should be in pure exploit mode. For example in this hand.
Preflop: I increase sizing from 2.5bb to 3bb because on BB is very loose fish
BTN is 31/25 weakish reg
Flop: I will cbet this flop very low frequency with low sizing because I have range and nuts disadvantage. So J5 I decide to x/call
Turn: easy x/c even vs Overbet
River: My GTO thoughts: I have bluffcatcher (I dont beat any value bets and I beat all bluffs) so I dont care about my relative hand strength and I care only about my blockers. I dont block any FD, he maybe dont have that many 22/33 in his cc PF range. 55 I am blocking so I have really nice hand to call.
However instead my thoughts should be something like yeah I have good bluffcatcher but overbets are extremlly under bluff line. If Villan would bluff for example busted FD he would 99% use like 1/2-3/4 pots and dont risk whole stack. This is super easy fold.
Goals for February
- Start playing on party poker and play 6-8 reg tables.
- Study preflop ranges. Dont waste time with excel during play.
- Focus on switching mode between explo and GTO play - USE LOGIC! DONT BE MONKEY!
- Analyze every morning before session top 5 hands + all marked hands from yesterday. (Make it a habit!)
- Finish carrotcorner scholarship Grade 2 and practice every new strategy on GTO wizard.
About hand volume I dont really have exact goal. It will depends on how many tables I will play and what my winrate will be (less winrate = study more outside of the tables). Overall I would be happy with 80-100k hands if things goes well.
Last tip for January
If you have extra money I recommend you to invest in to electric standing desk. I just got mine couple days ago. Even I never had long term problems with my back this help me work longer and more effectively. Usually I am sitting 4hrs and standing 4hrs a day. There are much more benefits to it but I dont want to make this post super long. You can watch some youtube video for that.
Here is my setup:
GOOD LUCK IN FEBRUARY!!!
Jan. 31, 2023 | 10:30 p.m.
Its just 2 days since my last post however some things changed so I want to comment on this.
My downswing continue so I spent yesterday and today like 4-5 hrs reading blogs here on RIO to get some inspiration. What I learned is that most people recommend during downswing stop pushing volume, study more and have better table selection.
I also find out interesting post from guy "Freenachos" where he compared 231 players with 100k+ hand played of zoom and 238 players who played 200k+ hands on reg tables. Where average reg from reg tables has 2.7bb/100 better winrate than zoom player. So I decide instead of 4 zoom tables play 4 reg + 1 zoom.
So I reduce my hand/hr from 900 to 600 + I am now very strict with table selection
With this rules I put 5k hands yesterday and 3k hands today and lost both days 10 buyins each day :D
Here is graph from January (I didnt play much on the beggining of the month so its more like last 14days.
I experienced couple 30-40 buyin swings in past but having this on micro stakes and lossing 7bb/100 on nl10 after having 10bb+ winrate on HU mid stakes 2 years ago is now very painfull.
I am trying to use this pain as motivation + not checking results during the day helps me alot. I think I can still play my A-game like 95% of the time but this being more and more harder.
For fun I checked all my PF allins in last 4 days (80bb+ shove or call) with my range being JJ+ AKo/AKs and I lost 15 out of 16 PF allins (Just won one KK vs QQ) and those supposed to be 50/50.
Either it as just bad variance only or my poor skill combined with bad variance I should look for game improvement. I am now strongly concidering CFP program from the guy Freenachos who I already mentioned or CFP from pokerdetox.
I will do some more research and hopefull choose best option. If anyone will have some tips about CFP or coaching in general I would appriciate any advice here or on my discord: MartinVee#3148
I still have in mind my goals for rest of the month however I am not going to play 5k+ hands everyday because I have now less hand per hour and I want to focus more on studying, hand review, reg analysis, reading more blogs, finding good poker program, etc. So I will aim more like for 8hrs/day with poker. Not just exact volume.
Jan. 20, 2023 | 10:36 p.m.
Thank you alot for message.
yeah good point and I agree with you. I have now no clue what my skill level is. I used to play nl50 like 5 years ago and than played alots of heads up. So my plan is now starting pretty much from zero, play like 100k on nl10 zoom very fast and see what my skill level is. Than I will decide if I should push more volume or studying I guess
Jan. 19, 2023 | 7:59 p.m.
I play around 100 hours on nl5 zoom with around 4-5bb winrate. Than I start having big problems on nl10 and relaize that I will need to work on my game much more.
Since 12th of January I bought kanu7 course for 1.000$ and start focusing on poker hardcore. Usually last couple days I study 3-4 hrs and play 6-7 hrs a day. Here is graph of my last 6-7 days
I am not sure if I am that bad or its just variance. However losing on micro stakes motivates me alot for improving. Thats also why I just started with this blog today.
Course I bought seem too complicated for micros so I will for now focus mainly on playing. Or If anyone can recommend me some good materials for studying for nl10-25 I would really appreciated it.
Goals for rest of the month:
-play every day 5k+ hands
-Focus on health: Cold shower, 3times a week gym/run, no sugar
Jan. 19, 2023 | 3:51 p.m.
Hello and welcome in my poker blog,
my name is Martin and I am from Czech Republic. I used to play heads up holdem up nl1k however I was just waiting for fishes and running away from regs so my game skill was very poor concider stakes. I invested all earnings in to realesate/stocks and took 2 years break from poker. Now I would like come back but for 6max holdem. Starting on micro stakes with 100$
What I expect from this blog:
-Track my goals
-Find people on simillar level for study together, share knowledge, review hands, etc (add me on discord if interested: MartinVee#3148)
-Inspire and motivate others
-Talk about investing little bit, make solid passive income and finally ESCAPE THE MATRIX!
I plan to post here once month with summary and goals for next month + during the month randomly add smaller posts if I will have someting interesting to say. Also will focus on giving some tips what I learned in each month so hopefull you can get something usefull from my blog as well :)
PrankCallRiver I completely agree with you. In my opinion, I have already reduced the volume enough tho. Maybe on higher stakes where games are really though 6 tables could be hard but for my skill level even on 6 tables I feel pretty bored tbh. However really good point with starting less tables. I followed your advice last two days and in first 20 minutes of the session I play just 4 reg tables on pokerstars. Focus on having really good tables with fishes first and then I add tables from party randomly.
Also thank you for advice about shoting higher limits :)
March 2, 2023 | 6:54 p.m.