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Yea could be that my preflop play is so bad that people punish me for it. But thats fine for me.

Haha yea that must have been one tilting hand. It sometimes pays off to go full pirate.. :D Thanks for your support!

Dec. 12, 2018 | 10:17 p.m.

Small mid-month update.

Getting absolutely crushed at tables :D Nothing special really, just some bad plays and probably lots of the other side of variance. But after running tremendously hot almost whole year its totally justified. Now i just have to play trough it, just take down small pots and avoid grey zone spots as much as possible.

Hoping to reach around 40-45k hands before Christmas. Around 20k so far so still some playing to do.

Lets throw in some random spews to brighten the day:

Btmpair value cr + get it in



Reg being cautious


Also had my very first coaching session (me being a coach???) this week. It was actually pretty fun and hopefully useful to the student. It was pretty easy for me since student spoke Finnish and was pretty much on board with similar strategies that i use. No idea if im going to do coaching more often, but if nothing else it was a nice experience.

Dec. 11, 2018 | 10:07 p.m.

Thanks man!

I will do my best and see where it takes..

Dec. 3, 2018 | 6:44 p.m.


I havent done any real in depth database analysis, only looked up most of the general spots for my pool. I just did all the filters/pop-ups by myself. H2N is a bit tough at start, but when get how its works its super quick to do those pop-ups. There are some videos about it on Youtube as well. So i cant say anything about the packs.

Dec. 3, 2018 | 8:53 a.m.

Ok, last month of 2018. Planning to put volume in before Christmas and maybe play few days between Christmas and new year. Goals are still the same that i stated earlier :

Goals for the rest of the year (1.11-31.12)

• Whole volume @ 200z [so far check]
• Total 100k hands (ambitious goal, but still doable) [53/100]
• Average 5 playing days and 2 off day per week
-3k hands / playing day -> 15k hands per week
• At least 1 handhistory review session / week [have been doing a lot more]
• At least one piosolver and/or hand2note session / week [slipping here a bit]
• Descent break during Christmas
• Effort in social events
-Spending quality time with my girlfriend
-Christmas partys, hockey games etc.
-Always book a hangover day! [Yesterday wasnt that bad..]
• Eat,move,sleep!
- Check results end of the year or end of the month, depending on how i feel end of this month. [check]

Now its time for some good quality poker. GL!

Dec. 2, 2018 | 8:44 a.m.


Thank you sir.

Video content that has developed me the most are Nick Howards streams. They are not in RIO, but you can find them for free from Youtube (link). Even though they are 2 years old the content is still extremely valuable.

My studying is nothing special really. All i try to find are spots where player pool is massively deviating from so called game theory optimal play. For finding these spots PIOsolver and Hand2Note are the way to go. What i dont do is try to memorize whole PIOsolver trees with 6 betsizes on each branch and somehow claim that im able to execute those strategies in game. Also i have greatly enjoyed looking trough hands with other players. At best its probably the most valuable studying right now. At worst its just fun.

Good luck to you as well ! (:

Dec. 2, 2018 | 8:31 a.m.

I had a feeling that im running super hot and apparently i was right..



Pretty sick month results wise. I played pretty descent trough whole month, but im pretty sure biggest factor for results was rungood. If im up 2k in all-in preflop that tells something. But anyways im super pleased how things are going right now. My current strategy seems to be working very well and im even finding new spots to maybe gain some more EV. Of course there are still a million things that i need to work on, both in game and away from tables. But im confident im on the right track.

Still one month of good quality playing and studying and the year is done. Basically whatever happens in December this year will be tremendous in almost all areas of poker. But before wrapping up the year there are still a lot of hands to be played..

Gl guys ! (:

Nov. 29, 2018 | 7:46 p.m.

Not this year. Havent really thought about goals for 2019, but 500z could be one of those...

Nov. 27, 2018 | 3:13 p.m.

Hi guys.

Quick month update. Volume is on the lower side (44,5k hands so far), but not super pathetic. Playing quality has been pretty descent overall. Feeling more confident with strategy changes and its motivating to see them working in action. Still planning to play three more days this month and then call it. Feels like im running super hot, but we will see that at the end of the month.. (:

Lets throw in some hands. Strategy content, zero. Entertainment value, very close to zero.

Im capped


No idea


Ok, few more days and then hopefully a winning month graph. If not winning, thats ok too.

Nov. 25, 2018 | 7:57 p.m.

Thank you mr Wang.

Apart from results (which obviously helps tremendously with confidence) there are few things. One is noticing leaks in other players in game. Doesnt really matter if its funplayers or regulars leaks, it still makes you more confident when you see some way to exploit players imbalance. Second is noticing off table that your plays are working in the long run. When you take some line multiple times in game and it doesnt work you easily start to question yourself. But when you look at similar spot from your database and it works the way you assumed, it keeps you doing that. Third thing comes from outside, from you guys. That is getting positive feedback from other people. Sounds a bit narcissistic but for me its totally true. Poker is still a quite lonely game, since all your decisions made in game are made just by you. So when you get feedback from other people that you are doing something right and that what you say makes somewhat sense it brings positive energy, like motivation and confidence. Of course your confidence cant rely purely on outer factors, otherwise its not going to be stable at all.

Nov. 11, 2018 | 11:47 a.m.


But thats also the beautiful part of poker, that not just one way leads to success.


Concerning that and your earlier post, there's one thing i want to make crystal clear for everyone, especially for you guys that are playing small/microstakes and trying to move up and beat the games. You dont have to play theoretically accurate ("GTO") poker in order to win at your (or my) games. You dont have to bluffcatch correctly, play mixed strategies on every street and balance your five different cbetsizes. What you really need to do is to play strategy that is most incentivized by your player pool.

Does that mean that solvers and gto poker are useless and you are just better playing by feel? Of course not. Solvers really help you to understand this game in more deeper level. Also they make you (or at least have made me) humble when you see how complex the game really is and how difficult it is for average human to fully grasp. And when used correctly, solvers are excellent for building exploitable strategies.

Or thats the way i see it.

edit. My last few posts have sounded like i would think im the greatest player of my pool and that i would exploit everyone in every way. And thats from truth. There's a lot of players in the pool that i think are better than me and who are very hard to exploit. But my strategy isn't designed to beat the best regs on my limit, but to extract the most from weaker regulars and recreational players.

Nov. 9, 2018 | 2:10 p.m.

Thanks Pape, i appreciate it!

Yea im not surprised. My playing style deviates a lot from the "mainstream" and might look fishy in many spots. Its basically because my fundamental view how i see poker is a bit different from the general view.

Theres no way to ask this without sounding very arrogant but ill ask it anyway. Are those guys you are referring beating the games with higher or lower winrate than me? Im asking this because some things that might look strange or fishy, might even be very good plays vs the population.

Nov. 6, 2018 | 10:34 a.m.


Yes and somewhat yes.

I still enjoy playing a lot. It’s easiest to spot when I’m taking a longer (5days +) break. After longer break I can’t wait to get into tables and play. Why is that, I can’t give you an exact answer.

Of course, there are times where you first feel not like playing. People seek pleasure and are naturally trying to minimize effort, so it’s completely natural to feel more like watching Salatut elämät (finnish soap opera) and drinking beer than battling in a stressful environment.

To get yourself up and going something, you need to have purpose. And “I have to grind 50k hands this month” isn’t a purpose. For me this year it’s that I can proof to myself that I can move up and develop in poker. Of course, there are many deeper meanings which I’m not going through right now, but you get the point.

Theres so much more into this topic that I might do a decent post about this later, but theres something that came into mind.

Nov. 6, 2018 | 10:22 a.m.

Goals for the rest of the year (1.11-31.12)

• Whole volume @ 200z
• Total 100k hands (ambitious goal, but still doable)
• Average 5 playing days and 2 off day per week
-3k hands / playing day -> 15k hands per week
• At least 1 handhistory review session / week
• At least one piosolver and/or hand2note session / week
• Descent break during Christmas
• Effort in social events
-Spending quality time with my girlfriend
-Christmas partys, hockey games etc.
-Always book a hangover day!
• Eat,move,sleep!

Something to get the rest of the year started. Lets see how it goes!

edit. - Check results end of the year or end of the month, depending on how i feel end of this month.

Nov. 3, 2018 | 10:45 a.m.

Saulo Ribeiro

I dont personally see Luigis question like that. Of course my thought behind hoping more questions and comments wasnt to start my own free coaching clinic trough forum posts. But im pretty open to answer even strategy related question in some degree for sure. Maybe im still stuck in those forum days where people shared their information pretty liberally without too much worry. After all, this blog is on a poker training site, not on that other pokerforum which is filled with negativity, doubt and anger. Dont remember its name but im sure it has something to do with some sort of math equation...

Nov. 3, 2018 | 10:29 a.m.


Hmm good question for sure. I dont know that many nl100 regs by person, and those who i know are very good. So, these “leaks” are just my biased views based on what ive seen in tables and read from the forums.

  1. Trying to split ranges on early streets. I see / hear guys trying to implement multiple sizes and actions on the flop, for example “I have a small cb, large cb and xb range on this board”. No you don’t. Or ofc you do, but there is no way you are going to be even remotely balanced with your frequencies. Also because game tree is, well a tree, choosing multiple actions on early decision node makes the whole tree just too massive to grasp on.

  2. Playing your own fixed strategy. Its ok if you are constantly beating the games at good winrate (I mean 6bb/100+) to just play your own strategy and not care what your opponent is doing. But most of us (like myself) aren’t that good, so we need to pay close attention who we are playing against and deviate from your base strategy accordingly. For example defending ranges vs 2% and 20% checkraise ranges should vary tremendously and if you defend same range vs both opponents you are leaking in both spots.

  3. Treating recreational/weaker players as the same. This relates to last point on fixed strategy. Recreational players are extremely interesting, since most of them have their own special strategy and view on poker. Some guys see poker as a game where you try to make your hand and go to showdown. Some see it as a game where your only purpose is to bluff or bluffcatch (put people on AK). And anything from between and beyond. So treating every player like they are the same will leave massive amounts of ev on the table. A lot of times you hear people saying “vs recreational I just go huge with my value and don’t bluff because they don’t fold.”. Yes that is true vs one type of funplayer, but vs another that will be very suboptimal strategy.

Nov. 3, 2018 | 10:27 a.m.


Thanks for your support!

I think there are many reasons why these poker journals are usually short lived. First that comes into mind is that players goals are sometimes too grand and optimistic. Im not saying there is anything bad with ambitious goals, but ive seen a lot of these “from nl2 to nl1k in 12months” and “100k profit, 6months, nl00” etc. If things don’t go how they were “planned” I can see people losing interest to post. For me goal for this year is challenging (move up and “beat” 200z) but I truly feel it’s doable and realistic. Also, it has been easy for me to post, since I was already a winning player and things have done better than I ever even expected.

Another thing that comes into mind why people stop posting is that they just don’t really have anything to say. I’ve been struggling with this a lot lately. If you look my past posts from last months, they have been mostly; month results, blabla things are going ok, gl guys. For me its easier to answer to peoples questions and comments than come up with things to post. Also I don’t want to just post random hands from standard cooler spots or suckouts or stuff like that, since I think there is zero value in those, so there is even less content. So if you guys want me to post more, just send some questions and/or comments so i have something to reflect. (:

Nov. 2, 2018 | 10:24 a.m.

I did it ! First full month at 200z.



Pretty descent month in terms of results and level of play. I have made some big changes to my overall strategy, which has been pretty challenging from time to time. But i feel im on the right track for sure. I managed to play whole month trough without looking at results, which like i said earlier, helps my mental game tremendously. All in all, things are going pretty smoothly pokerwise. Playing with confidence and i feel that i have some edge over good part of the pool. But most important, i feel that im playing way more accurately vs recreational players.

Thats all for now, gl guys ! (:

Oct. 31, 2018 | 5:05 p.m.

Hi Ponchee, im happy you find my random posts inspiring !

Hmm im not really the guy to compare differences between zoom and regular tables, since i havent played regular tables after Rush poker was released on Fulltilt. But i think zoom is tighter than regular tables and some people play more transparent strategies, since they think they can get away with it. But like i said, just guessing.

Rio is filled with great cashgame material, so there is a lot to choose from. One of my favorites is Paul Atwal, good player and is able to explain hes thought process very clearly.

My Hud is pretty crude and simple tbh, so nothing really fancy going on there. For me the most important stats are WWSF and aggression frequency by streets. Helps to define what kind of player profile im playing against, so that i can play accordingly. I think there is a lot of good huds out there, so just pick one that isnt too complex and start with that. Then you can add more stats gradually when you feel comfortable.

Gl to you too! (:

Oct. 30, 2018 | 10:10 p.m.


I use random number generator to balance my labeling frequencies.

Oct. 4, 2018 | 6:09 p.m.


Ive been struggling with that as well. Maybe i finally truly understand how feudal and harmful focusing on short term results is for my game in real time and for my mental game on the long run. So every time i have urge to check results (usually after mistake or lost pot) i remind myself how there is no benefit in focusing on shortterm and made mistakes. First you have to really focus on it but now i feel it comes more automatic and the need for checking results has gone down. But in not so naive that i would think i have resolved this issue, but at least im on the right track.

Beat (or brag) of the day. I was looking a video from runitonce as a part of my warmup for the session. This coach had me marked as a recreational player. So maybe in doing stuff very wrong (or right), who knows... (:

Oct. 3, 2018 | 7:25 a.m.

Maybe the best month of my pokercareer. Not resultswise but on other areas of the game yes.



I managed to reach few big goals for me which were playing over 50% volume at 200z and not looking results for the whole month. Especially ignoring results had a huge impact on my general mindset, on and off table. I recovered quicker from sessions and felt way less stressed while playing. Also its great to notice how you can focus so much better when you arent constantly worrying about last hand/session/day or month.

Goals for September:

-60k hands total, at least 30k at 200z (50k total, 40k 200z)
- create proper study routine and schedule (more relevant studying than in ages, so [x])
- check results at end of the month (x)

For october goals are quite similar. Play 200z, continue studying and focus on the long run. Gl everyone (:

Oct. 1, 2018 | 3:32 p.m.

Also to brag, i reached my main goal for the summer:

1000 ELO at chess.com!! :D

Sept. 8, 2018 | 9:36 p.m.

Hello everyone!

Summer is coming to an end, so maybe its time to update whats going on. Last month was really quiet what comes to poker. I took half of the month off, so volume was pretty low.



So i have had two break-even / results wise poor months in a row. Something to worry about? Not really when im ready to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.


For me its so easy to focus only on shortterm results and forgot how well things are really going in long run. For me longer breaks (+1 week) from poker are extremely beneficial, since they swift my focus from short term to long run.

Goals for September:

-60k hands total, at least 30k at 200z
- create proper study routine and schedule
- check results at end of the month

Gl ! (:

Sept. 8, 2018 | 9:34 p.m.

Comment | Onkleb commented on Pursuit of Balance

Nice results again (obv)!

Goals for September
140k hands
40 study hours
10 days off

How are you going to manage this kind of volume? With 1k hands / hour thats 9hours of poker every day. Any tips / tricks to manage this? (:

Personally i wouldnt be able to manage that kind of volume, so that it wouldnt have a great affect on quality of my play. Or is your B- and C-game so solid that you are able to beat games with great margin even while playing your B- or C-game?

Sept. 3, 2018 | 8:32 a.m.

Kenji Yabeta

Ty ty sir!

Haha im waiting too see them as well. But first step is to really conquer 200z with descent sample. After that who knows. (:

Have a great summer as well !

Aug. 7, 2018 | 11:16 a.m.

With the motivation / work ethic you have im sure youll be winning at no time at your stakes (:

Any tips for using primed mind? Any primers that really stand out and that you would recommend ?

July 31, 2018 | 8:49 p.m.

End of one disappointing month.



Month started quite nice. But after taking break from games i got completely destroyed at tables. And that went on rest of the month.

My overall game was somewhere between C to Ö game almost every session. Focusing too much on areas that dont really matter and missing out those that matter. When playing my C game i tend to forgot where majority of my winrate comes from and focus too much on spots that can be marginally +Ev or massively -EV. When i play my A game im able to recognize those spots immediately and take 0-EV option of folding.

Outside of poker month was really nice. Lots of summer stuff, going to festivals, countryside and just enjoying summer. Actually im pretty satisfied that i managed to pull off ok-volume even though a took a lot days off this month.

Next month will be quite short as well, im planning on taking few weeks off then as well. But when fall comes with rain and darkness im ready to grind my ass off. But first , lets enjoy rest of this summer! (:

July 31, 2018 | 8:38 p.m.

Hi. (:

Depends on a lot of things. There are many spots where ranges tend to be filled with potential bluffs, where i calldown exploitable amounts. On the other hand there is a lot of lines and spots where its the opposite. But generally there are more spots that are underbluffed than overbluffed, so my river fold is quite high.

July 30, 2018 | 3:57 p.m.

Saulo Ribeiro

Yes im somewhat aware that i have created too big thing on jumping up in stakes.

On the other hand, earlier in my career it was mostly conscious decision to play lower stakes. I was making enough money for my purposes, so i decided not to add more stress and work from trying to play higher. So my though was that more money wasnt enough to justify increased stress. Now when i play fulltime my priorities have shifted, and im ready to take the challenge that i have avoided earlier in my career.

edit. Yes and mental game is so huge part of the game that its actually dangerous to separate "mental-" and "technical-" game from each other.

July 23, 2018 | 8:02 a.m.

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