Dec. 30, 2020 | 2:41 p.m.
Can't believe last update has already been 2 months ago. I have joined Big Bet University and putting my all into it. Its pretty crazy that after all this time playing poker I finally feel like I am ACTUALLY playing now instead of just trading coolers and not really feeling like I'm one of the good regs at higher stakes. I wanted to thank them for taking me on and being a part of a small group. I prefer it that way so there is more of an individual focus on helping me instead of a blanket study guide that helps the overall group. Jason Su who helps with the mental side of the coaching has been an incredible resource. I already thought I had a pretty good mental game compared to most others but he has taken it to another level. Seemingly help just my overall life outside of poker has already been well worth it for me. Matt spends an hour a day answering any questions we have and gives a very indepth look at it both in a solver world and exploitative. My next graph update will be after 100k hands since we started this. I can't wait to be able to look back on all this hard work I've put in over the years and watch it all pay off. Will finally let my wife read this blog too haha.
On the bodybuilding side - I am 13 weeks into the program and starting the massing phase. We upped the steps to 14k a day with a similar split 6x a week. Trying to gain between .5-1lb a week for now. Strength has increased dramatically and I believe we start focusing on specific groups now
Dec. 28, 2020 | 9:11 p.m.
Bought myself a treadmill to go under my desk. I've been trying to keep up with the other goals I've set for myself. Next year I want to be in a bodybuilding competition and started about 5 weeks ago. The goal right now is to finish a mini cut to get a better base first then go from there. I need to hit a minimum 12k steps a day and have been doing a pull push legs split 6x a week.
This might be a placebo effect but I also think I've been playing better while on the treadmill. Having a little bit of a sweat going while I play just feels that I have more clarity.
Oct. 31, 2020 | 11:05 p.m.
Was reading a bit through my blog and realized that I had kind of given up hope on HU =(. Its something I wish I could still play but even when I try to sit the tables here I rarely get people to stay. Mayyyyyybe all of these high stakes HU challenges will bring more people to that format of the game and I can start playing it again =).
Had a coaching session last night with someone new. Went over my db and saw a good amount of leaks that I feel should be somewhat quick to fix. Quick =/= easy though. I need to find the right combos and spots to be fixing them as I could easily be over compensating just to fix certain stats. Got a new fire lit under my ass to keep improving and see how far I can take this.
Hopefully will be going to take another 1knl shot this weekend as long as I don't hit a bit of a downswing.
Oct. 27, 2020 | 5:04 a.m.
Ok so as usual - bit late after saying I'd update more. Basically this job has an extremely busy season, followed by an extremely slow season. Better way to describe it is more of a 6 month 80+ hours a week and the other 6 months are extremely slow. It is starting to hit into the slow season so now I can get back to the normal 35+ hour poker grind. I'm very happy with the job as of now as it allows me to have the ability to not stress about providing for my family and also gives me the capability to pursue poker.
I shot took at 1knl last weekend. It went extremely well in terms of my happiness with how I felt playing there. Not so well results oriented from a few coolers =(. It was pretty interesting though....I bluff caught some bigger hands with A or K high but then I was "scared" to turn some spots I usually jam as a bluff into a different size....that shit needs to be cut out by the next time I shot take it.
Oct. 21, 2020 | 9:32 p.m.
Haven't posted here in a while...picked up a job that felt like was too good to pass up. Although I am missing the poker grind quite a bit. Will do a better update tomorrow (hopefully)
Oct. 13, 2020 | 3:22 a.m.
Heres the 10k hand update for the shot at 500 reg tables =)....reg tables I'm doing well...Zone is rough. The biggest issue for me is the 15 second time for decisions with no timebank. Not really sure how to practice this, playing the lower zone tables aren't good practice because nobody puts you in tough spots there
April 5, 2020 | 7:43 a.m.
Alrighttttttttt heres my 500nl reg table shot so far! https://gyazo.com/ec9197f18c90e97a3b040841fc033bf6
April 2, 2020 | 9:06 a.m.
Took 500 shot this weekend and it went like this. - Honestly I'm pretty surprised at the games. They feel very similar to the 200nl games and not much better. One thing I notice is that they are better at bluff catching overall. I don't get to just run rampant in certain spots like I was at 200.
March 23, 2020 | 5:53 a.m.
Alright so the bad news hit. Guess I'll be full time playing poker now? Possibly considering some coaching now to help with the me losing the job =/. Good news -- Playing 500nl now and lets run good throughout the weekend to stick it =P
March 21, 2020 | 2:47 a.m.
So potentially getting ready for some bad news this weekend. Was told today its a possibility that I will not be able to continue my job...Alot of factors going into it. I like to keep a good mindset and continue to think everything happens for a reason and maybe this is a perfect time to follow through on full time poker? Will be interesting to look back on this specific post in the future and see what happens during this crazy time
March 19, 2020 | 3:19 a.m.
27 hours of poker later...lockdown was successful again. We hit $3k upswing this weekend =). super tired right now but heres the lockdown graph. We had a huge hand vs. a maniac rec player 250ish bb deep where I flop mid set on KJT and he flopped straight with AQ, get it in and spike a T on river. Ran pretty good on the flips pre also. Feels good to be above EV LOL.
March 16, 2020 | 7:34 a.m.
Yeah I have chinup bar, bands, and 20 + 35 lb dumbbells. Should be ok but I've been a bit lazy. I did a 6 week program where I was doing HIIT 3x/week + Steady state 2x a week. 5x a week I was lifting and going on a lean bulk. Right after the 6 weeks the gyms started getting out of hand so it was an excuse to be lazy. Which isn't good lol. Kettle bells are good I can probably get some
March 14, 2020 | 5:06 p.m.
Alright guys...been playing a ton and studying certain spots. Got a lesson from someone on how to study more efficiently with PIO and it felt like I learned an insane amount. Can't wait to put what I learned to use. I am doing another lockdown this weekend for saturday AND sunday. Sooo maybe the next update we get here will be at 500nl???? Will be a sick feeling to finally be playing there. I'm going to start posting some hands here...some funny and some sick calls/bluffs from myself orrrrrrr villain =)
On the other goals -- I haven't been meditating as much as normal. Need to focus on that a bit more and make sure I get that in. Working out -- Been slacking since the whole corona virus thing and gyms. I know children have a small chance of anything being serious from it but I still worry about giving that to my kids especially the 1 year old.
March 14, 2020 | 7:15 a.m.
10k update - https://gyazo.com/8a2bb21a49606e39ed041f048f8aa8e0
Had this happen too vs. a super fishy player -- I probably should've just shoved when he 3b but oh well -- https://gyazo.com/a6e1f511c93a41b7a0579dd7feb4f03c
Feb. 29, 2020 | 10:04 p.m.
I completely agree 7k is nothing. Seeing how many huge mistakes the players at my limits are making + the adjustments that was made to fix a significant sized leak in my BB - I am very confident I am a minimum 6 bb/100 winner at those stakes long term.
10k hands at 25nl // 17.78 EV bb/100
22k hands at 50nl // 11 EV bb/100.
15k hands at 100nl // 9.89 EV bb/100
13k hands at 200nl // 1 EV bb/100 (If you read through the posts before - most of my issues were overadjusting and the BB leak. I'll post the updated graph when I hit 20k hands and see where I'm at)
47k hands where the minimum EV bb/100 was 9 I'd say is pretty solid enough results to say I'm a winner in these games.
Feb. 28, 2020 | 2:57 a.m.
had to drop back down after I took a pretty big downswing at 200z --...Grinded back a bit at 50nl until about 3k hands on this graph. The rest was 100nl. Back at taking shots at 200nl now hopefully we run well early. Had a big database review with my coach and we fixed one huge leak that probably will add about 5 bb/100 overall. Other little things we worked on are doing great. I found a few other spots to take advantage of vs. some regs where they are overcalling rivers.
EXTEMELY happy with this return after the downswing. Can't really argue having a 24.52 EV bb/100 even with it only being 7kish hands is showing I am definitely a very big winning player at these stakes imo.
Feb. 22, 2020 | 2:05 a.m.
Alright so came back after a ton of studying. Played a few thousand more hands and just tankeddddd. I don't know if it was fancy play syndrome or just trying to put things into my game that maybe just don't work so well at the stakes I'm at. Taking a few days to reevaluate and make sure I'm not OVER adjusting to what I think is going on
Jan. 28, 2020 | 1:32 a.m.
Alright guys here is the 10k hands update at 200nl.
Winning at 4.10 EV bb/100. I feel these games are pretty wacky lol. So much crazy bluffs with just no blockers. One thing I did a lot of here is check my strong hands on flops where I have a huge advantage vs. some aggro regs and they just have always been barrelling off. I've put in maybe 50 hours a week of grinding ontop of my actual job. I'll be taking a week off to study and spend more time with my family. I'm happy with the results but I almost don't feel l ike I earned it. Seemed like it was mostly just me making good hands and letting people bluff off lol.
Jan. 14, 2020 | 8:20 a.m.
Hey, No I don't mind answering. So it is a little complicated. I've been a winning player at reg tables up to 100nl. When I came back to poker I put money onto ignition for a database so it would be easier to get things reviewed/show a coach certain hands and things like that. Now obviously I thought I'd be crushing those low zone games but the factor of it being anonymous just completely made it hard for me. Trying to base their skill level on literally in the middle of a hand by stack sizes and if they happen to choose a bet size that didn't make sense. You don't know if they are the type to ever fold a hand or one to go overbluffing. I truly believe if they were able to show names then I would've been an easy winner there. Fwiw - I was losing at 25z but also over 15+ buyins below EV when I finished. I am the type who likes to prove he can win at one stake before moving up, even though I was able to stay at 50 with the bankroll I had at the time.
I was ALWAYS a bankroll nit. Even if it wasn't when I was playing fulltime, I still wanted an absurd amount of buyins before taking shots. I think this was a huge downfall for me where I could've been a bit lenient and just took small shots and dropped down quick. For this I am staked a portion, and following his guidelines for moving up and down. He's been reviewing my hands and if he feels confident that I am a winner at the stakes above the current ones he tells me to move up. I know 10k hands are small samples but he also has my database from before and knows how I play/skill level.
TL:DR - Yes I'm staked - I was losing over the sample at 25z (15+ BI below EV) and breakeven 50z. If my coach feels confident in my skill to move up, I will move up even with 10 buyins in my bankroll and move down if I drop too much. If he is super confident in my winrate at that current limit then he will replenish if I drop too much, which hasn't been the case yet.