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25 points

February 2024
This month started really rough. I ended up in a 10 buy-in downswing in only 2.5k hands. Since I was still up playing 10NL I only thought it was just a downswing. I just kept studying and putting in volume. After this month I ended up with a loss of 2.5 buy-ins.

February was a month in which I did not achieve my volume goal. I set up monthly goals on variables that I can control. So when I miss a goal it feels like I am letting myself down. On the other hand life happens and I don't want to get stuck on these thoughts.

For March I'm going to look over my goals and re-adjust when necessary. I don't want to try to "win-back" the missed volume of the previous month. I will just focus on the next month, with the next volume and study goal.

Quality over quantity.

Hope everyone has a nice day and see you next month!

March 7, 2024 | 1:09 p.m.

January 2024
The first month of the year is already over. Time is going so fast.

My work in this period is the most busy. This gave me less time to focus on poker in general. However, I did have a great month poker-wise. Starting the month I was just playing 10NL, but had to drop down a few times in the past. This time however, I landed the shot and managed to win around 20 buy-ins at 10NL.

It feels great to see that my work so far has payed off. The failed shots before also gave me great incentive to keep improving my game, and that is what I did.

The upcoming months will still be busy with work and life in general. But I'm also dedicated to keep playing and improving on my poker goal. I notice that life can get the best of us, and if I don't set clear goals, it will just be pushed back into the shadows as life goes on. Now that I have set clear goals and a clear plan for myself, I know the direction where I want to go. The only thing left to do is to put in the work and the hours.

Thanks everybody, and I wish you all good luck!

Feb. 5, 2024 | 6:10 a.m.

I received mine per email. But I'd recommend to look at the preflop charts from GTOWizard. They have several preflop ranges for different rake structures and you can access them for free.

Jan. 1, 2024 | 8:51 p.m.

Nice results last month, great way to close of the year!

Jan. 1, 2024 | 8:32 p.m.

Recap 2023
This is the year I decided that I wanted to put in the work to become a professional poker player. If I look back at July, I can see that I made great progress in the last few months. I really gained a good foundation for the game and made some money in the process.

At the beginning I was just button clicking at rush and cash. Now I'm playing regular tables and notice that there is way more thought after every decision I make. I have a game plan ready for when I don't know what to do, so I have guidance in every spot and that I'm not completely clueless.

This year I also talked to some more experienced players which helped me along my journey. This is one of the things that I'm very grateful for. Just by talking to like minded people who are way ahead of me, I gained a better understanding and felt less lonely in the process.

Resultwise I started playing on a site with way less rake then GGPoker. Here I managed to move up from 5NL to 10NL quite quickly. The downside is that this is an anonymouse site and doesn't create hand histories. This means that my studies don't revolve around reviewing my game. I mix this up by still playing some hands on GGPoker, but not as much as I used to.

I know that I have a very long road ahead of me, but I also know that I will do whatever it takes to succeed. Of course there were days that I felt too tired or busy to play, but I'm ok with that. As long as I keep the end goal at the horizon. For 2024 I plan to put in some more volume then I did in 2023. I'm also pretty sure that I eventually want to join a CFP.

For now I want to wish everybody a happy new year and good luck at the poker tables in 2024.

Dec. 29, 2023 | 5:43 a.m.

Hi Mato,

Thanks again for the coaching session. I gained a better understanding of the game and strategy I can bring to the tables. Your coaching style is very nice and you explained good reasoning for different playing styles that was easy to follow.

Good luck with your journey, I will keep an eye on your blog!

Dec. 4, 2023 | 2:18 p.m.

Amazing post! I can sense the dedication and discipline in your writing style. Good luck!

Dec. 1, 2023 | 12:03 p.m.

Amazing! I've sent you a message.

Nov. 26, 2023 | 6:03 p.m.

Monthly update
Last month I had a good time learning and playing poker. I think this is most essential for me. Waking up early and getting some poker hours in before my workday gives me a the feeling of a succesful day, no matter what happens afterwards.

In terms of my study plan I really got better at playing preflop. I was still struggling with SB 3BP and BB defence. But in terms of preflop I gained a good understanding. Furthermore I drilled some spots in GTOWizard for BB defence vs BTN. I made some notes on several textures and created flashcards to repeat my study.

Right now I'm working to create a flop-strategy for most common spots (SRP IP PFR, SRP OOP PFR, 3BP OOP PFR). I'm not really sure how to tackle this one. I do have a GTOWizard subscription and right now I look at the EV of an action for the entire range, however I noticed that the EV's can be relative close. For example I was studying SB vs BB SRP and noticed that we want to do a lot of checking on several board textures. But for example on AK6r we have a overbet/check strategy, which makes a lot of sense, but the EV is relative close.

My question to anyone here is, since I want to start with a simplified approach, does anyone have some tips on how I can tackle this study process better? I'm just not sure if i'm looking at the right things.

Nov. 12, 2023 | 8:28 p.m.

Thanks for your comment akissv7
Last month I didn't play any poker at all, I was on vacation in Asia. Now that I'm back, I'm excited to go after it again.

Study plan
Just as suggested I was thinking alot about a study plan for the coming period. I want to make a theoretical groundline for the most common spots that occur. Therefore my focus the coming period will be on the following topics:

Master preflop
Every decision begins before the flop. I want to have a great understanding and knowledge about the preflop decisions I can make. Learning this will give me a great understanding of ranges from different positions and neglects the unknown factor. I will study this by drilling and practising these spots in GTO Wizard.

Very common spot in poker, since we open a lot of hands from the button and the big blind has to defend a lot versus this open. I'm going to learn a simplified approach to different flops from the button versus the big blind. For this spot I watched some interesting video's here on RIO to approach and study this. I think Freenachos posted an interesting one. Will definately check this out again and form my strategy around this.

BB Defend
I'm going to focus on defending the big blind. I noticed that I have a lot of trouble from this postion on how to accurately defend versus stabs on different flops. I'm going to look at what the solvers does on different flops versus small raises. After that I will form my strategy around that.

The above is mostly based on the theoretical aspect of the game. In the future I will of course study aspects on how the population actually plays in different situations. I have a though time trying to figure this out. But with some research and by playing I think I will get to know a lot of information. But first things first. I'm excited to get back and study and play some more poker.

Hope everyone is well and see you later.

Oct. 1, 2023 | 7:08 a.m.

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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