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Comment | Unicorn commented on Summertime

I took 5 days off. First sessions in after and not feeling thrilled about playing but it might be just me being tired after traveling for a while.

Day: 12/75
Hands: 11000/112 500
Results: 1414€ (+536)

June 28, 2023 | 9:01 a.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Summertime

Didn't get too many hand in. I am feeling a mild burnout for sure and it's been that way for a while. I am interested in studying poker and thinking about it but it's really hard for me to open the tables and keep playing. Gonna take 4 days off and I believe it is doing wonders.

Day: 6/75
Hands: 9500/112 500
Results: 878€

June 22, 2023 | 7:35 a.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Summertime

Lost some money to Omaha but ended up winning in regular grind. I will prolly play 1 more day before taking few days off.

Day: 6/75
Hands: 8500/112 500
Results: 601€ (-30€)

June 21, 2023 | 9:11 a.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Summertime

Felt really tired after exercising hard but still played the 1500 hands at least. B-game for sure but I think it is winning still. Played some NL200 but I will leave it for a while

Day: 5/75
Hands: 7300/112 500
Results: 631€ (-260€)

June 20, 2023 | 9:03 a.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Summertime

Had a day of on day 3 since I was playing some live poker. Played almost 3000 hand on day 4 though to compensate for it.

Day 4/75
Hands: 5800/6000
Results: +891€

June 19, 2023 | 10:01 a.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Summertime

Day 2/75
hands: 2951/3000
results +562€

Didn't have too much time to play but managed to get my 1500 hand in. I ran and played well and booked nice winning day. I will be trying to get ahead of pace within next few days since I will be having few days off next week

June 17, 2023 | 9:09 a.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Summertime

Day 1/75
hands: 1432
results +134€

Playing fewer tables felt a bit boring at first but started feeling better after a while. I feel like I am addicted to just pressing buttons so this will be a struggle for a while I believe. I am also addicted to playing games to pass time for no reason so I will be trying to stop playing Chess and such games after 9 pm. Hopefully this will make my evening routines and sleep quality better.

I will add cold showers to my morning routines once I start waking up 30 min earlier so I have extra time for those and Wim Hofs breathing exercises. I've been doing those for years but lately it has been difficult to find time.

June 16, 2023 | 10:11 a.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Summertime

I will make changes once again since I had this idea.

I will be posting here daily when I play on this 75 day challenge and talk through my days so this is more like daily blog to keep me disciplined. I set few goals for now and might add few more during this but just get this going.

-Daily updates when playing (gonna take days of for sure)
-Play less tables (2 zoom + 2 regular or 4 reg tables)
-Aiming to play 1500 hands a day with better win rate
-Making another post about exercising and weight loss as soon as I set myself clean goals for those

Starting now!

June 15, 2023 | 10:03 a.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Summertime

BR: 6000€ (+1600€)

I've been lacking volume but have been playing quite well. I will try to push myself to play a bit more this week since next week there will be lots of days off.

I aim to play 18k hands this week. My overall winrate has been around 5bb/100 past 100k hands but I believe I can do better.

June 12, 2023 | 9:38 a.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Summertime

Didn't realize until now that it's June already so I will make an extra update and goals for June.

I think 18k hands is too much for week so I will lower my goals and make them monthly instead of weekly.

-60k hands with 6 evbb/100
-Update weekly here with graphs if possible
-Finally start the A-game masterclass and do it at least weekly.

BR: 4400€ (+1400€)

June 1, 2023 | 9:40 a.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Summertime

Thanks! Good to hear

June 1, 2023 | 9:35 a.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Summertime

I had somewhat low volume week. Next week I'll try to post some graphs if I get my hands together to some tracker

BR: 3100€ (+100€)

-This weeks goals: 18k hands NL100
-Creating simple study schedule and plan
-Playing more efficiently with 45 min + 45 min sessions with small break

May 29, 2023 | 8:44 a.m.

Post | Unicorn posted in Chatter: Summertime

I am aiming to start winning in poker again so I decided to make myself accountable with this journey. I've had couple tough years and been playing with poor mental game a LOT so I am trying to make changes now. I had a kid year ago and easy to say in retrospective that I have been playing too much while sleeping too little but live and learn.

From now to the end of September (4 months)*

-Bankroll challenge from 3k€ to 20k€ starting in NL100 and moving up to NL200 when having 8k€

-Drop 10 kg. I am changing my training from gym to running. My weight always skyrockets when training hard so I expect to lose 3kg in really fast. 88kg to 78kg

-Starting and finishing the mental game course here in RIO

I will talk about my routines and other goals in later posts but now just gonna but this one out there and start working!

May 20, 2023 | 8:43 a.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Missed Value Spot?

Yes, river needs to be check-raised all-in. Villain might have a flush here from time to time but more often than not he will be bet-calling with set or even worse.

I would prolly tighten up a bit preflop and just fold preflop. Against NL10 playerpool it might be hard to make profit with these kind of holdings from UTG

Nov. 19, 2021 | 12:08 p.m.

Still lacking volume because had some stuff IRL I needed to do. This week I am aiming to play 20k hands.

July 26, 2021 | 6:39 a.m.

Holidays are over and I will most likely start playing a lot more. I played one horrible session while being somewhat pissed off and could have saved a few buy-ins but obviously that is also mostly variance. Grinded it back though and feeling great now about fully starting my challenge!

July 19, 2021 | 6:23 a.m.

Have you already tried it? These kinds of intensive exercises can have huge impact from the get-go too but the most important thing is to do them regularly. I don't remember all the science behind this but I like to think that I am teaching myself to be calm in high-stress situations.

Another great exercises that I can recommend take look at are Oxygen Advantage. Those will focus more on your base breathing and teach you to breath slowly, deeply and calmly. Many people are wrongly breathing through mouth and that causes them to have all kinds of problems in the long run.

If you want to take a test how well you are breathing try this test called BOLT. With empty stomach take a regular breath in, and breath it out. Then breathe a small sip in and then fully exhale. After that hold your nose with your fingers and hold your breath with empty lungs while timing your breath hold. When the first urge or physical symptom to breath appears you are done. Meaning that if you have to take a big compensating breath you have done it for too long. Here we are aiming for 40 seconds but many peoples results are as low as 10-20 seconds. If that is the case, it means that you are most likely breathing too shallow on day-to-day basis.

Another great trick to better your health if you happen to breath through your mouth during sleeping is to use tape to close your mouth. It sounds like a brutal way to do it but if you buy Micropore-tape and use it to gently keep your mouth shut. There are great benefits to be had if you are breathing through your mouth. And no, your nose can't be naturally blocked if you are breathing through it. :)

July 19, 2021 | 6:05 a.m.

Volume is still lacking because I have had my days full of other things. Next week will prolly gonna be the same but hopefully I'll find my time to grind a bit more. We'll see about that!

July 10, 2021 | 8:31 a.m.


I don't get bored easily so that makes these kind of routines a lot easier. I recommend meditation for everyone who is getting bored or distracted easily. At first it is really f*ing hard to sit down and watch your monkey mind which tells you to go do something that is valuable or entertaining but that will fade away over time with practice. Many people experience this (state of being in the present moment) when they do something they are really interested (or addicted) in but this can also be experienced without doing anything.

July 10, 2021 | 8:26 a.m.

I've been lacking volume a bit but that was expected since I've been doing activities and such with my girlfriend on her summer vacation. I am really happy with the way I've been playing although I have played a bit more tables than I first planned.

I've been also tried to stand 1/3 of my sessions. Even though I've had standing desk for a couple of years already, I never really forced myself to actually stand. Sitting is really bad for body and energy levels if done for too long so I definitely recommend anyone to force oneself to switch positions if possible during the day.

A Part of healing my body is my somewhat new morning routine. I start my day doing A LOT of movements to open up my joints and muscles. I will usually do around 1000 reps of different joint and muscle opening movements which takes about 30 minutes. After that I do 3 rounds of Wim Hof breathing technique which I've been doing for the past few years somewhat regularly and would highly recommend this to anyone. After that I take a cold shower, do a my morning meditation and drink my coffee and start my grind. It is really hard to push yourself to do this long routine (except the coffee part and especially the meditation part) since your mind is trying to convince you to do something 'useful' already, but I believe that the more it resists, the more these things are needed.

I will write more about these subjects later.

First 4 days

July 5, 2021 | 6:07 a.m.

Post | Unicorn posted in Chatter: 140k hands - Summer Challenge

I've been struggling with my mental game and self confidence lately and wanted to start tracking my process more.

I challenge myself to play 140k hands during next 2 months on NL200. I might take shots to NL400/500 if I manage to run good but most likely I will be just rebuilding my confidence and bankroll in smaller games.

On the side I will be losing weight from ~83kg to 76kg and fix my body while doing it. I've been having a lot of problems with my body for so long (especially my hip flexor tendon) that I really need to take a break from harder exercises and just focus on mobility and conditioning.

I will try to update at least couple of times a week but I might just update every day if I feel like it.

July 1, 2021 | 6:58 a.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Once More With Feeling

Ok, lets do this again! Nothing special has happened poker-wise withing last 3 years. I have been lazy as f* and I can't remember why I stopped writing in this threat but I probably just forgot it after not taking my goals seriously and concentrated on other things.

Now i'm more interested in poker than in many years so let's keep that up.

1. Play 60k+ hands monthly and win with 7bb/100 winrate. (I will mostly be playing NL200z)
2. Study more
3. Write here at least weekly about my mental game feelings and post graphs regularly.

This month didn't start too well

Feb. 3, 2020 | 1:48 p.m.

Great video Ben! The mental process of thinking through a hand is so much more wearing if you don't have a structured pattern to follow.

June 26, 2018 | 2:55 p.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Once More With Feeling

I haven't been playing as much as I planned but thats ok, I'm getting there. I changed my sleeping pattern last weekend to wake up early and I've been kind of tired in the mornings when I have played most of my hands. I hope that will change within a week or so when I get used to this change. I feel like my a-game is very strong though so hopefully I will be playing it more ofter near future. I don't feel like updating this blog every day so I'll try to do that every 25k hands so that would be 2-3 times a month. ~25k hands almost now and the next update will be after 50k hands or so.

June 9, 2016 | 11:26 a.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Once More With Feeling

I haven't played as much as I planned for couple of days now. I felt a bit tired after changing my sleeping pattern and I didn't feel like playing that much so I decided not to force it. Tomorrow I will have a one day holiday and start to play again on sunday. The few k hands I got in went well though and I'm now marginally up after starting this thread

May 27, 2016 | 3:12 p.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Once More With Feeling

Thanks m8!

May 27, 2016 | 3:07 p.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Once More With Feeling

2nd day wasn't a game changer. I'm glad I am getting in the hours but still I have a lot to do maintaining my A-game. Today I will be putting in 3k+ hands and hopefully book a winning day.

I will be updating this graph here daily and if I get super exited maybe post couple of HH's in some point

May 25, 2016 | 12:57 p.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Once More With Feeling

Either way, I don't have strong opinion about this so you might be right as well. That said, as long as I keep writing here I am more than satisfied with myself whether I choose to out my long term goals or not.

Good stuff Seacombe! I believe my lack of motivation comes from not totally committing to poker and not caring too much about money or getting rich or whatever. Even though I haven't really done anything reasonable besides poker I have never really committed on studying the game and optimizing things 100%. I have just pretty much done what has been necessary but now I aim to do many things better.

May 24, 2016 | 5:58 p.m.

Comment | Unicorn commented on Once More With Feeling

Thank you! I have my personal goals but I read somewhere that telling others your goals will make you subconsciously feel like you've already made it and hence makes you more likely to fail.

Also the goal to play x amount of hand in x amount of time is a nice goal for me because I am not that type of person who can force himself to play. Meaning that if I reach the goal then I have found my motivation and interest in game and that is already more than I would have expected to achieve few months ago. Now after I've started playing again, even if only for couple of days now, I feel like I am more interested in the game than I have been for a very long time.

May 24, 2016 | 1:53 p.m.

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