Quick update on the bankroll. Down to $385. I want to say I actually played fairly well most of the week. 2 hands I was unhappy with. I decided to go with a hand based on an assumption that didn't really have much weight to it. The 2nd hand was me playing too long of a session and I wanted to finish my orbit even though I didn't feel like playing anymore.
Not worried about the downswing. Didn't get to put as much volume in this week as I'd have liked to but I did get way more studying in. I would say I put in about 30 hours of study this week and 10-12 hours of playing. This week I will be swapping that ratio and hopefully the roll will be up =).
April 19, 2019 | 6:39 p.m.
I always learn so much from you. I love the way you explain why the solver chooses to do what it does. Instead of just looking at the ranges and say "these hands do this". I remember you teaching me about that situation where turn brings the flush and to put those non-club hands in bluffing range otherwise those 4-flush rivers you are underbluffing =)
April 14, 2019 | 2:20 p.m.
Thanks! 2nd daughter definitely makes things a little harder than with just one haha. Started with $500 BR right now to shake off rust and get things going. Will be reevaluating at the end of the month. Playing on Global makes it impossible to catch hands otherwise I'd get banned so I'm trying to stay ontop of all the spots I am unsure of. Will continue to do weekly updates with some interesting hands, BR, and life spots =).
April 13, 2019 | 11:12 p.m.
Updating - will put a more in depth summary later but I just wanted to get this done =).
Had a 2nd daughter 2 months ago, moving in 3 months to a new area. Starting poker again but will have to be 6max since HU still seems to be pretty dead. At least there will also be live games near me instead of 3 hours away from me to also play in. Got a vod review of a recent session from Sterling who is someone that streams poker on twitch and also loved his commentary and the way he looks at poker as a whole.
Now to go catch up on Nuno's blog as I have about a years worth to read =). Still wish him the best in everything he does
April 7, 2019 | 12:24 a.m.
It's been taking a lot to get through being to hard on myself but the way you put it is exactly what I need to do more of. Almost everything you said is what I have been trying to grasp from more meditation. Understanding that I can't change it and "in this world it already happened, I made the mistake" instead of omg I shouldn't have blah blah. "If only I ..." I actually enjoy the time spent meditating but I definitely burden myself with way too many things right now. I need to sit and prioritize them more and not be so rigid with a schedule of trying to do things.
I appreciate all the advice and kind words =) . Hope I am able to prove you right!
March 31, 2018 | 11:59 p.m.
Alright so the trip was very much needed. Great time spent with the wife and daughter looking at a future area we plan on moving to. I don't know what happened with ACR but I had an influx of people playing me the last few days. Maybe about 10 new names sat me and that was insane for me to see. Maybe all the refunds and actions they are taking against the bots? The volume this month was not great BUT my studying was amazing. Minimum 2+ hours a day. Had to change it to 1 hour study 1 hour review because I was just not retaining much when studying for 2 straight. I do want to add a goal.
No more saying " I will put up a graph / hands tomorrow". I will do it right when I should be instead of putting it off to another day. I need to hear Apollo say "There is no tomorrow" 100x so I don't do that again lol. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQVbJ8k42A4
March 31, 2018 | 5:55 a.m.
Hey guys quick update.
Had a rough week with both Poker + Life. I'm still trying to figure out a site that can be used to show my hands through so I don't post a million lines of code. My wife and I are taking 3 days to go upstate. She really needs the break as she's been taking the brunt of everything lately for the family. I'm undecided on if I'm going to play while away. Maybe if the daughter and her are already sleeping and I have some time before bed. Either way I hope to come back refreshed. I felt this week I was having 90% of my sessions be a loss and that was never fun haha. Will be posting a graph later today after the next few sessions. GL everyone
March 24, 2018 | 8:45 p.m.
Always great videos! I feel like I should've known better about the T8 hand where if you have a club its better for the check raise because opponents range is stronger since you block a club. I need to use that information more in my own sessions.
March 21, 2018 | 6:04 a.m.
I can't find a website like weaktight that allows HH's from WPN. If anyone knows please tell me because I'd rather not just post the data straight to here. Here is one of the hands I spoke about until I find a site I can link to(Maybe I can just screenshot them and post on an Imgur or something). After speaking about it with Nuno I know I overadjusted in this situation. I have way better hands to be calling flop with. The villain was raising flops very often and being very aggro on a ton of turns + rivers. I should've checked back flop and not even got to this mess. I'm just forced to call so many turns because it brings a lot of backdoors also.
BB: $102.75 (102.8 bb)
Hero (SB): $100 (100 bb)
Preflop: Hero is SB with 6 4
Hero raises to $2.50, BB calls $1.50
Flop: ($5) 4 T 7 (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $2.37, BB raises to $9.48, Hero calls $7.11
Turn: ($23.96) 3 (2 players)
BB bets $23.46, Hero calls $23.46
River: ($70.88) 9 (2 players)
BB bets $67.31 and is all-in, Hero calls $64.56 and is all-in
Results: $200 pot ($0.50 rake)
Final Board: 4 T 7 3 9
BB showed K 6 and lost (-$100 net)
Hero showed 6 4 and won $199.50 ($99.50 net)
March 18, 2018 | 8:03 p.m.
First week update to the blog!
So overall I want to say I am very very happy with how the week went. I need to balance my schedule a little better. Still didn't get as much volume in as I hoped but I did find a few regs that are actually willing to battle me. I love playing vs. other good players, I enjoy it wayy more. Even if its not good for my bankroll I'd rather play vs. better people.
I STILL HAVE TO POST HANDS! One of my goals is to post 7 interesting hands tomorrow (Sunday). One from each day. I have a very very crazy call down vs. a guy who was getting way out of line.
Going to reupdate these goals atm.
Poker Goals -
2 hours minimum study a day.** Keeping this one but making it 1 hour study / 1 hour review so I can retain more information.
Sleep schedule might be to go to bed earlier and wake up at 1am to grind while action is better. Then go back to sleep around 5 or 6am. Need to figure out a better balance atm.
Since a lot of the action I get is heavily reg based I want to study their individual games and be the best one there at 100nl (and higher when I get there ) **I did not actually do this for more than 30 minutes this week. I forgot I even made this a goal =X
I did much better this week at not being as hard on myself over mistakes as i have been. Realizing that I am still relatively new to HU and everyone makes mistakes as Nuno and James pointed out a few days ago.
Keeping the same monetary/knowledge goal as in OP.
Weekly Goals -
20 minutes daily meditation. Did great on this. Will keep it up.
4 days per week at the gym. Need to do better with this / the new schedule might help
Spend more time with my wife and daughter. I did amazing with this and I loved every second of it. Need to fit my schedule more around this instead of ALL around poker.
Update this blog every week with new goals and challenges.
Once again guys thanks for all the advice! Will keep updating every few days.
March 18, 2018 | 5:25 a.m.
I can't get the reply to work for your comments so I'll do this for now
Yeah I wrote everything possible down for the first 2 boards I went over, but then reviewing it took a very long time. I tried to condense it so its easier to go over for the next time I read it. Screenshots seem like a wayyy better idea than writing out the ranges LOL.
Yes, I'll never regret that. It was great being able to do this.
Thank you for the advice! I read that book a long time ago but I'll probably read it again now that I see myself having an issue. I used to have this little notepad called "don't be a dumbass". It would have all my mistakes in there and how much it cost me and I'd add it up at the end of the month and see how much better my winrate would've been / how much I have improved over the month. It hurts but helps at the same time.
March 15, 2018 | 8:01 p.m.
Midweek update. Have put in 2 hours MINIMUM of study everyday since this post. I've gone over all of the boards I listed earlier and some of the redbaron vs. trueteller hands I saw for fun =). I am very happy with the work I put in for studying but I feel I didn't retain as much as I wanted to. Debating on putting more emphasis on review/and maybe just flop+turn decisions for now and really get those spots down before trying to know a lot of different rivers as well. It was hard to play between the 2am-5am hours lately because of 2 reasons. I did the studying 2 hours before I wanted to play session...felt my brain was fried by that time lol. 2nd is because some of the days my wife had appointments early and I had to be up to watch the baby.
As for the life goals. I loved every second I chose to spend more time with my wife and daughter. Very glad I decided on this one. A lot of my time that I could spend with them I was studying/playing poker or even just thinking about it while with them. I skipped workouts on some days because of the goals of spending more time with family+more study time. Need to find a good balance between everything..family/poker/health. I might need to go to bed early like 8pm and wake up at 3am to fit everything in on a regular basis.
I will say I did feel a little bit discouraged when playing some of the sessions this week. I don't think I played my A game and was overthinking a lot of spots from all the work I put in. I REALLY need to work on how I feel during a session when I get to a board I've studied. If I forget how to play a certain part of my range I get extremely upset with myself. It is insane to me that this is basically the only version of tilt I go through and I HAVE to fix this. I am not perfect, but I strive to be. I know it will take a lot more time studying before I can expect to know more situations and I have to be ok with it in real time. Will be updating with some hands and the graph for this week soon. Good luck at the tables everyone
March 14, 2018 | 10:14 p.m.
Looking forward to those hands! Waking up early always feels so great. Get so much done in the day. Do you have any recommendations for retaining what you study? I feel I learn SO much in these hours I'm putting in that I don't remember somethings. Maybe I should cut the study sessions shorter and put more review time?
March 13, 2018 | 5:47 a.m.
All the tables are full right now(great sight to see) and I have just finished studying the first board I set to learn for the week. I'm going to list the boards I intend on focusing on each day until next weeks update.
Day 1. Ad Qs 6h - Just finished this one. I have all my notes on desktop, debating whether I should post them here as well (Very large amount of notes due to all the different turns + rivers / trees)
Day 2. Ks 8d 6d -
Day 3. Qc Jc 8s -
Day 4.6d 7d 8s -
Day 5. 5s 5d Tc -
Day 6. Ks 9s 6d -
Day 7. 7s 8d Jc -
Here is also a graph of this month so far (not so many hands but hopefully the new schedule I'm going to try helps with more action).
March 10, 2018 | 5:30 a.m.
I want to start this off by sharing my background with poker and life (short story) in general. A quick rundown is that I have played mostly 6max online a majority of my poker career. I played a lot pre black friday and grinded from 5nl to 100nl right before it all went down. I have ALWAYS loved heads up and would have always preferred it. I am a strict and disciplined player so I never fully switched to HU because of how many buyins was always preferred and to start at minimum 100nl because of rake. 3 years ago I took time away from my job to play poker full time again. I grinded from 10nl-200nl (a lot tougher than it was when I first started playing online haha) within 4 months playing 70+ hours a week. At that point I made a decision to go to AC Sun-Thurs since it was way easier to make a living off of the live tables compared to 200nl on ACR. I realized after a few months of being away from my wife that it was a lot of stress on the relationship and that it would be almost impossible to continue this for when we wanted to start a family. LONG story short, I did the "right" thing and went back to my job which I had for 7 years. 1.5 years later they let me go 2 months after my baby was born.
Literally the most stressful time in my life, felt like a failure. No clue what to do. Was taking any side jobs I could get. My wife runs her own salon so I was ending up watching the baby now most of the time since she had to go back to work. I started playing poker again and decided I'm going to play heads up no matter what. I always wanted to be the best (cliche). I am incredibly hard on myself.
It was at this time that I started watching RIO HU videos and came across someone named Nuno Alvarez. The way he taught in his videos was perfect for the way I learn. I decided to message him and find out his coaching rate because I knew I needed to learn from him if I was going to get anywhere in the HU world. Learning an incredible amount of knowledge every single session and further speaking with him, he decided to stake me. I could not tell you how much this meant to me. Putting in at least 1 hour of study everyday and meeting with him once a week has been an eye opening experience to how much more there is to poker. He is a great guy and an amazing teacher.
Heads up has been quite different. Getting used to the differences in hand strength took me a little longer than expected. Spending 4-5 hours a day waiting at the tables is something I did not think was going to happen at 100nl HU tables. It's a shame that I don't have better options for sites to play on. It took me almost a month to put money on because I had to go through bitcoin (yeah...I lost quite a bit while waiting for it to clear =[ ) Tomorrow I will be putting up hands/graphs/goals. At the moment just finished a session and pretty tired. I will be updating once a week. Good luck to everyone!
Poker Goals -
2 hours minimum study a day. I want to fully understand both IP and OOP ranges for one board with many run outs per day.
Change my sleep schedule to fit for when there is more action on WPN HU. I noticed that between 2am-6am EST is when I get the most action.
Since a lot of the action I get is heavily reg based I want to study their individual games and be the best one there at 100nl (and higher when I get there )
I need to stop a tilt that I have with making mistakes. Being so hard on myself during a session when playing a hand incorrectly stops me from playing my "A" game. (ex: knowing that I should be using a small bet size on certain boards and auto pilot back to my old strategy with 3/4 pot from long ago). The difference in EV is nothing too crazy but just knowing I made a mistake on things that I studied for so long makes me incredibly mad at myself.
I know putting a goal on a limit/monetary amount is never a good thing but I want to put one anyway. My wife and I are planning on moving by the end of this year. I want to be studied / experienced enough to beat the $400nl HU tables or higher by the end of the year and hopefully be able to support my family with this knowledge and continue to grow.
Weekly Goals -
20 minutes daily meditation. I slacked for the past few weeks.
Continue with 4 days per week at the gym. Helps both with feeling great on and off the tables.
Spend more time with my wife and daughter. Now that I think I have the best schedule for getting the most action at the tables I will be able to spend the other hours with my family.
Update this blog every week with new goals and challenges.
March 9, 2018 | 7:17 a.m.
I'm calling it first. He will be one of, if not the best HUNL player in Gamma Crateris.