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ryancarter Thank you! It sounds interesting! I have a thing for the scent of lemons as well. I have planted a few lemon trees here :) I didn't even know their scent can be stress relieving. Or I do feel that but did not expect it to be more generally "true". Looked it up just now. I'll try the pepparmint. I like how trying to find a hack in a poker routine, can impact the rest life as well. Have a nice day!

May 3, 2019 | 6:50 a.m.

Maybe it seems completely uninteresting right now but I have a good feeling about this project. If anyone wants to do it with me, feel free to contact me at any time. The project outline is in the first post.

I plan to update 1-2 times a week in the future and see this as a longterm thing.

A very cool thing happened here. I did a hypnosis to recall dreams before I went to sleep last night and then recalled 2,5 dreams in the morning :) (I usually don’t recall my dreams nowadays. Hence the attempt to change that.)

May 2, 2019 | 6:54 a.m.

I recently read that when we process smells in the nose it goes through the ”olfactory bulb” which has direct links to the memory and emotion functions; the amygdala and the hippocampus.

Should I work some kind of nice scent into my poker warmup - maybe the function of the yogi tea...

Today I had some processed food and sugar which is quite unusual for me. I get a stomach ache from that (maybe a blessing in this world) I felt frustrated and almost angry as it came on. What can we call that. Stomach tilt.

So I did some exercise, took that shower, prepared that tea, smelled it, did a confidence booster from Elliot that I bought years ago. Then I started my session and the feeling was quite nice. It wasn’t the poker it was actually having that whole loop to feel good and calm down the whole system. Anyone who has a stomach problem knows how that and stress really goes both ways. One gives the other.

I never did all of these things in such an orderly way after each other.

For studying I was reviewing preflop strategies vs different player types. And some standard preflop ranges. I'm on the preflop train right now.

April 30, 2019 | 10:04 p.m.

Yesterday I did my first 100 hands and it felt good. I did the whole warmup routine before.

I have definitely used poker to disconnect from my emotions at painful times, almost like a meditation. I think I now have some messed up pathways in my brain with what is connected to what. So doing enjoyable things before the session and always doing those things. Why did I not do this before??? I want to RE-WIRE my brain.

I just trick my brain into feeling relaxed and good and then I toss a small poker session in there, ”btw just do this little thing also while you’re at it”.

So first session done. 100 hands. Feeling: Good/Excited/Content. No pain yet, but I'm ready for it.

April 30, 2019 | 7:40 a.m.

Hey Elliot!

Thank you! I appreciate you!

I have done a lot of hypnosis and meditation for other areas of my life but never really did a routine for poker. Poker has been my wild wild west so to speak. So now I will give it a fair shot and I actually feel that intuition/excitement that I usually get when something goes right.

You will definitely see me in the A-game masterclass in the future :)

April 30, 2019 | 7:38 a.m.

I play no limit holdem cash games :)

April 29, 2019 | 1:40 p.m.

Post | Soff posted in Chatter: My poker mindset project 2019

This is my third attempt to keep a poker journal. That should be the magic number right. I have been playing poker for many years and enjoy almost every aspect of it. I have my income from elsewhere and would label myself as a recreational player who wants to be at least a semi-professional in the future.

I am so very curious about the A-game Masterclass. I want to do that, but I don’t have the funds right now. Until I can get it I am going to strengthen my poker mind on my own. At this point I actually have gathered some skill in poker but show no fantastic results and I think I would be the perfect student for the A-game masterclass. Enrolling in that is my goal.

I heard Fedor Holz advice that accepting uncertainty or something similar is the key. This resonates with me a lot. All my poker mindset problems stems from me feeling impatient which leads to drastic bankroll mismanagement. It’s almost never me playing super bad, but rather having too few buyins for the level I play at. That’s my number one tilt style.

So I am going to torture myself a little until I can get hold of that a-game masterclass, which I will do somehow.

My plan is to play 100 hands per day for the coming 10 days. Then increase to 200 hands for the next ten days and so on. Until I get to 2k hands per day. These hands I am going to play with a perfect bankroll management. I will also do a warmup routine consisting of:

  1. Some exercise
  2. Shower.
  3. Make a cup of yogi tea which is my favorite tea type.
  4. Elliot Roe mp3 for confidence/motivation etc.
  5. Play the hands.
  6. Study for 30 minutes.

Let’s go!

April 29, 2019 | 1:38 p.m.

@JCJordypants: TY. I will check that out.

Keep editing my posts. They will soon shrink to nothing. If I see a white space I tend to fill that, even if it's a napkin in a coffee shop. So no wonder we can't keep all of that right.

Today i only played 200 hands roughly. Yesterday I surrendered to playing very very little and focusing on fulfilling my hand analysis commitments. I am posting over skype and I also found someone more advanced who were posting hands in a blog form somewhere else. So I read through those.

Since I stopped thinking about linearly taking in massive amounts of information, and having the constant feeling of being behind. I have started to become more creatively active with commenting and posting hands. Not here though since i don't have a routine for that. Can i post stuff here in this journal or should everything go into the hand analysis sections? That I wonder.

March 14, 2017 | 11:35 p.m.

@ SemiFreddo: Ty :)

I don't know how it is going atm with this project. Last week was very crazy with everything non-poker related. So I will make a quick post as to not disappear here before I dive into my week.

Except for my very horrible zoom result, and I made it worse by getting some new start hand charts and wanted to learn them in a quick way. I thought that maybe it was just a fluke my bad result because it's so different from the results at the normal tables. I realise though, that it's more likely that my normal table results are the fluke since i actually have a smaller sample size there. I also think that the format of zoom does not fit my brain, because I thrive on doing calm things being quite intense myself. It's like having coffee when you already feel quite restless.

So here is how it has been going on NL2 and NL5 so far. This week me and my study friend will be starting to focus on just one thing at a time. I like this approach, especially since we both kind of have an overall clue but we need to fix all the details.

I am way too passive IP, my cbet IP stats are low, I always seem to find a reason to check behind so I hope I can fix that. Also bluffing the river is something I've been lazy with. Thinking I have SDV with Ahigh when it's very probable both that I'm beat and the hand that beats me can't call a bigger sized bet. So these two topics are my point of focus this week.



March 13, 2017 | 8:59 a.m.

Ok, so I really don’t want to jinx myself by posting today’s session. But I have made a commitment to keep this journal so here it is. Obviously I ran quite good, but I am also getting better at maximizing value and pot controlling. But, yeah this was a very small session. Only played 2 tables also.

Today overall has been kind of intense in other respects. But at least I managed to go through some hands with my study friend and also got some input from my coach which was very helpful. The maths stuff I’m too tired for right now.

March 8, 2017 | 12:05 a.m.

So I have officially censored this journal from misleading things so I don't send out the wrong frequency here.

I can't give you my winrate because my sample size is very low, and i am kind of developing so i hope to move up before any longterm winrate is known. I have to go on the feeling for how i'm doing.

i think you should talk to somebody who is a solid zoom player for this question. But I can give you a hint that my winrate in zoom was negative over 17k hands unfortunately, which was enough of an indication for me to stop before I had some strategy input from somewhere. This was at NL5.

March 7, 2017 | 7:26 p.m.

When it comes to poker clarity, this has nothing to do with anything, what kind of person you are or anything. It's like 2+2 is actually 4.

Here’s my graph for yesterday. When I lose with AA vs KK allin pre, I don’t feel bad at all because my biggest concern is my EV line right now.

I kept to my goal of less than 1000 hands. I try to think through my decisions.

March 7, 2017 | 10:18 a.m.

Ty, i am all for blasting out tons of volume in general though. If it feels enjoyable :)

March 6, 2017 | 1:46 p.m.

Yesterday went ok. I did stay faithful to not playing more than 1000 hands. Rather high quality play than max volume on this level. NL5 now but if it goes sour i will move down to NL2.

The reason for posting my session is to free myself from my past results. And starting fresh, and in my mind this is a great way of operating. It' s like carving them in stone and moving forward.

I think that we have a friendly Universe, overall. I mean i trust in it for myself as it is. And then there are things that don't make sense, but I don't see value in spending to much time dwelling on that.

I read a few weeks ago Einstein's further explanation of that statement. Which was the following.

"I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ This is the first and most basic question all people must answer for themselves."

"For if we decide that the universe is an unfriendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to achieve safety and power by creating bigger walls to keep out the unfriendliness and bigger weapons to destroy all that which is unfriendly and I believe that we are getting to a place where technology is powerful enough that we may either completely isolate or destroy ourselves as well in this process.

"If we decide that the universe is neither friendly nor unfriendly and that God is essentially ‘playing dice with the universe’, then we are simply victims to the random toss of the dice and our lives have no real purpose or meaning."

"But if we decide that the universe is a friendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to create tools and models for understanding that universe. Because power and safety will come through understanding its workings and its motives."

I think that is quite relevant in today's world. And a little bit for poker as well ;)

March 6, 2017 | 9:13 a.m.

So I am not starting with my habits yet. On monday :) Which is such a cliche. But I need some time to chill.

Today I have been thinking about my low 3-bet stat and how to find good reasons to 3-bet. Ingame I have been looking for reasons to not 3-bet atm. So I came up with the following:

  • If we cold call on the BU instead of 3B we end up in a multiway pot quite often which is not so great.

  • We can take the pot preflop which is good even if it's small.

  • On NL2 maybe this is not so important, but we balance our 3-betting range so that people can't read us as good if they are observant.

  • In SB, it's good to at least have the initiative since we are OOP.

  • I am good enough to play postflop (I think) so the pot won't just live it's own life postflop like it used to when i knew nothing about anything. So I don't have to be afraid of what's happening next after I've shown this great sign of strength with my 3-bet.

Anybody can add to that? What is a good overall 3-bet percentage at the micros, is there one?

Yesterday i had J8s and a 4BI stack. A 6BI-stack 3-bet allin in a 4-way pot. I misclicked thinking for some reason that I was calling 8 cents, but it was 8 dollars. And I lost.

(The guy had 44, so I was surprised at my great equity preflop.)

And today I went to the museum of natural history in my hometown. I could not unzip my coat. And it was getting hotter and hotter in there. Felt like such a Seinfeld moment. It would not go off, so I tried to find some scissors (!). My confidence in that piece of clothing was gone anyway, and then i managed to get it off without unzipping somehow.

So, superstitious as I am I hesitated to play a session tonight...but for my state of karma it went ok. Even though it was very short.

Disclaimer: I understand that this is not my longterm winrate :)

Since I am on the subject. I can post my NL2 graph so far and also my NL5. I feel I have not played good since I started with cash games. I've been in a really weird kind of mood. Where I feel completely restless and irritated and almost tilting (which I never do usually). Today was the first day where I could relax.


March 5, 2017 | 12:37 a.m.

ok, ty!

Had to edit my first comment, because I mixed you up with this guy chaps1988 for some reason. Haven't learn how to read who's writing what properly!

I think marking players in zoom is very key. Blind stealing is so extra important.

I'll do some kind of update at least once a week here.

March 3, 2017 | 1:48 p.m.

I actually like zoom...i tend to get obsessed with solving things that beat me. But it requires a different strategy than regular tables it seems from my results in it. Do you play zoom?

The quiz is like a geeky puzzle where i have laminated some paper cards and have to connect odds/ outs and hand strength for example. And also how much equity do we need to call what bet. And similar for implied odds. Right now I have to think a little every time and i would like to be quicker.

Thank you for the welcome back :)

March 3, 2017 | 11:48 a.m.

I have been reading on this forum and now want to start a journal for some feedback and for fun. I actually made my first and only post here in 2013, and after that I was playing a little bit of everything. Last year I decided to find some coaching.

So now I kind of have two coaches and a friend who is also learning to play 6max NLHE. These guys are extremely intelligent, and I have such a weak spot for that. So I am very grateful to have them in my sphere. However, most of the work I will need to do on my own. And I expect to work quite hard overall.

I started this project off by playing zoom and that did not go good. Zoom play out very tight (!) relative to my current skill level and general strategy. Now I am doing normal tables.

I shall take a small ball approach to get forward from now on.

1. Try to get feedback on a hand every day, me and my study buddy have a system for this.

2. Do my self-made maths quiz every day to get some of the odds/outs into my spine.

3. Go through some video material. 1/2 an hour of video per day. That will add up.

4. Play a max of 1000 hands per day until i have the basics down.

My limit will be micro for March. The first goal is to get 100k hands to have some data to look into what I’m doing exactly :)

March 3, 2017 | 10:37 a.m.

So avoiding difficult spots would be not to just call medium strong hands when minraised preflop but instead shoving there so that the difficult decision will be back on the opponent. In that case if the opponent is weak/inexperienced (like I am) he often folds there anyway. I normally try to minraise almost every button but I realise that in this match I somehow started calling instead because I was reraised so often. I need to do what he did to me I guess.

Thank you for discussing this with me.

April 24, 2013 | 2:11 p.m.

Thank you for your quick response! I don't have automatic decision-making in play when I play headsup so I really have to have a plan before the match, otherwise I get a little lost. I haven't practised a lot so I will take you're advise on doing the hyper hu sngs. I was quite upset with my performance after this match and tried another strategy and managed to get through some step tournaments into another live tournament. I took a very aggressive approach then and that really worked well. But I guess there are different situations for everything. I realise that the headsup part of tournys is really important to grasp to get successful at this.

Would it be correct to, when not knowing what to do, rather to put pressure with calling or raising than folding? To sort of see the value of getting the chip advantage right from the start. I think that was what my opponent was doing but if I would have gone all-in after his raises I believe he would have folded in certain spots.

Also now I have qualified to my first live tourny. It's just a little one but I feel I definitely have to grasp this headsup concept before than to get the most value out of it.

When it comes to Phil's case I guess in some ways, the quickest way can sometimes be to learn the hard and expensive way. It seems to have worked well for him :)

April 24, 2013 | 10:16 a.m.

Hi, this is my first post and it is a question. I got in the top of a tournament leaderboard and got a place to this tournament which hade a 2100 usd package to a live event as first prize. No other prizes. The prize was big but the buyin low, accept for all the time and effort to place high on the leaderboard :) Hope I posted it in the correct section.

During the tournament I tried every spot to get some extra chips and relying on other people to knocking each other out. I folded AK in a re-raised three-way pot preflop and things like that because I felt I could find better spots. Everything was fine until headsup.

The person that I was headsup with had picked up on my unwillingness to stick to pots in which I got a lot of resistance. He turned his aggressiveness up directly.

Last year I also was in this same tournament (after placing high on the same leaderboard) and was out with A7 over AK. After that I was really frustrated that I hadn't waited for a better spot and it was sort of the same type of player I was up against this year.

This time I got scared and folded stuff and a few hands later I had to go all in and I was out. Painful. It was like I never really had a chance. The blinds were about 250/500 and we had about 10 000 chips each.

If I was gonna do this headsup match again I would try to win the first hands no matter what and really try to make a statement. If we would be allin then maybe I would win even with a bad starting hand. In the best scenario the other player would be the one to get scared of my nonchalance towards the big prize and maybe that would give me such a big psychological and chipwise advantage so that it would be worth it.

What do you think in general? How do you approach these matches? I just feel that I made such a huge mistake!

Best regards! /Soff

April 24, 2013 | 8:48 a.m.

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