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20 points

Very well deserved!

Aug. 30, 2023 | 11:29 a.m.

First Month
It has been a month already since I started this journey. I had a lot of fun studying and playing the game. First I wanted to share my results. I played around 15k hands while working full-time. From my graph you can see that I managed to win 5bb/100 EV. I noticed that I had a major leak the first 12k hands and that after that my graph goes up more. This was due to calling a lot versus players in the pool. I now know that players underbluff in NL5 and am exploiting that as much as possible. This results in a decrease in the red line, but an increase in the green line and yellow line.

If I look at my winrate per position I see that I'm losing alot in the big blind. This is in
line with my understanding. I'm not comfortable playing from that position yet.

The Next Step
So I finished the course 'From The Ground Up' and I'm a little bit lost on what my next study step should be. I'm thinking about getting a subscription to a GTO Training Site to study different board textures from different positions and drill those spots, but I'm not sure. I would appreciate it if anybody has some idea's on this.

For now I wish you all the best.

Aug. 16, 2023 | 6:14 a.m.

Nice blog, seems like you're enjoying your time off the tables.

We signed up for chaos. We signed up for unpredictability. We signed up for variance. We signed up for stress. Most of all, we signed up to see how far we could get in this game and where it could take us. So let's not create our own barriers from the fear created within our own minds. Let's just try out best and see where it takes us, while seeking discomfort in the process.

Very well written, very inspiring. Our mind can be the one thing keeping us from achieving greatness. Will be following your journey for sure! :)

Aug. 7, 2023 | 7:46 p.m.

Good question. There are several factors to consider if calling is a good option. First of all is to determine what kind of opponent you are facing. Is it a regular, who's 4-betting range is a bit wider? Or is it a recreational player, who's 4-bet range is usually strong and consist of only premium hands.

In low stakes I noticed that 4-bets are usually strong, so you could decide to fold exploitatively. When stacks are deep I inted to call more, since the implied odds are also higher. If we hit a set vs an overpair in a 4-bet pot, we are likely the get paid off.

Hope this helps!

Aug. 3, 2023 | 12:21 p.m.

Very cool that you're meeting poker friends irl. Enjoy your trip!

Aug. 1, 2023 | 6:17 p.m.

Last week
My week started off with a small vacation to the Belgium Ardennes. It was really nice and we went for a few hikes and had some good Belgium beer. This resulted in not being able to play or study the first couple of days. Once I got back, I had a few days off work and managed to play some hands and study some more. The results and graph show that I had my first losing week. Not bad at all, I'm excited to study more and improve my game everyday.

This week I'm working full time again. My main goal for the week is to create a structure so I have planned out what I will study at a certain time or when I will play. For now, these goals will be my best estimate of what I want to achieve. Since I'm working full time I have the idea that I'm not putting in alot of volume. However I don't want this to be my main focus, but I think it is important to see and implement the learning materials. For now the goals for this week will be:
- Create an overview of when/what to play and study
- Study the remaining part of the course 'From The Ground Up'
- Play 2.000 hands regular tables
- Update the journal

Thanks for reading and see you next time!

July 31, 2023 | 8:26 a.m.

Good luck!

July 31, 2023 | 8:07 a.m.

Focus on the process.
I played MTT's for a long time and know how you feel. What helped for me is to focus on things that I can control, like playing the best I can and study parts of the game where I feel like I can improve. This is also way you should focus on long-term results, instead of short term. In the long run, if you are a winning player, you will outlast the bad beats and also be on the other side of the coin and have some good runs.

There is also a mindset course on Run It Once, you can check that out. I personally haven't bought it (yet) so can't give you any feedback on that.

July 28, 2023 | 9:14 a.m.

Nice video on how to use Anki to studyt these spots. Would you say that GTOwizard is a good way to study these spots, or do you prefer the tools used in this video, if so why you prefer those?

July 27, 2023 | 8:26 p.m.

Nice journal, you are progressing really well. I'm just starting out at 5NL and hope to reach the level you're at. Good luck, I will be following your journey!

July 27, 2023 | 11:52 a.m.

Great video! I really liked the part going into how you study the game. Will definately make some flashcards myself.

July 27, 2023 | 8:34 a.m.

First week
My first update on in the journal. I learnt a lot on why we do certain actions on different board textures and against different players. This helped me a lot at the tables to identify weaker players and adequately play against them. In the first part of the week I played rush tables on GGPoker, however I noticed quickly that I was mainly on autopilot. This resulted in bad play on my part. After reading some journals I decided to play regular tables instead and focus more on my decisions. The resuls and graph show that I made the right decision.

Next week
Due to playing regular tables instead of rush, I did not manage to reach my volume goal. Next week I have some time off from work and will go away for a few days, so will not be able to play in the mornings and evenings. Therefore I set the following goals:
- Study the remaining part of the course 'From The Ground Up'
- Play 3.000 hands regular tables
- Update the journal

July 24, 2023 | 6:25 a.m.

Good that you prioritize your health in this period of time. I look forward to follow your journey in the upcoming period. Good luck!

July 17, 2023 | 1:54 p.m.

Post | Ubersantas posted in Chatter: From Dream To Discipline

A new beginning
I've been playing poker since 2015 and been in love with the game since the first hand I played. However, I never took the time to actually improve my game, as I just learned by playing and watching streams and youtube video's. This time will be different, I know that I can be a professional poker player. Right now I am working full-time as an accountant and almost finished my theoretical studies. Since I have a summer break from studies I can focus more on playing poker.

My focus will be on cash games. I'm currently playing 5NL on GGPoker and my main goal is to eventually move up to 100NL. I just bought the course 'From The Ground Up' by Peter Clarke and already learned a lot on why we play certain ways. There is also a lot I don't know yet and I am very enthusiastic to learn and study all aspects of the game. I will play with patience and only move up in stakes when I have a sufficient amount of hands played and be confident that I can take a shot at the next level.

This week
I set the following goals for this week:
- Study the first section of the course 'From the Ground Up' until level 2
- Play 4.000 hands 2-tabling
- Update the journal

July 17, 2023 | 8:11 a.m.

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