This is very true and maybe I have lost sight of my goals. I enjoy strategy games and being able to win money playing a strategy game seems like a perfect combination. I do enjoy playing and learning more and I feel as though poker has taught me a lot of lessons about mindset that I try to follow into every day life. That being said I don't think I would play this game if there was no money to be won and everyone were just using play chips.
April 23, 2019 | 10:38 a.m.
Feeling pretty bummed out right now - my shot take at NL10 did not go as well as I wanted it to and I have lost 10BI in about 2,500 hands. "10BI is nothing" I hear you say and that's true, I know that's true because I've been in an extended 50BI downswing since the tail end of 2017. 2019 has gone well for me thus far though and I managed to climb about 30BI out of that hole. My bankroll was the highest it's ever been, peaking past where I was in October 2017 but the last few days have been horrendous and I feel like I am right back down there where I know they have the goods and when I try to take myself out of that mindset and say that maybe they are overvaluing that TP or maybe they have that busted draw but of course they have the goods.
I stuck £10 on stars back in August 2016 and ran up 100BI at NL2 before switching to NL5 ($200). I grinded away and took some shots at NL10 that didn't work, rebuilt and did it again and then my severe downswing happened. I think I had 1 winning month in the entirety of 2018 but only played about 100,000 hands because I felt as though no matter what I did I couldn't win. 2019 rolls around and I finally feel as though I am making progress but then the last few days have happened that have just thrown me back down to earth and this is the first time I have seriously considered throwing in the towel.
I have spent thousands of hours playing and studying the game and for what? If I can't beat NL10 after thousands of hours then what chance do I have beating NL100 in the next decade? or NL500? I have made mistakes that cost me a few BI I know that but you would think that somebody who has studied and played as much as me should be able to beat the button clickers on the lowest stakes. I look at some of the bad regs in my pool (who have very exploitable stats and are not good at the game) and they crush at 5bb/100+ over hundreds of thousands of hands and I wonder what they are doing differently.
I feel like this game is not for me. If I get pissed off losing $90 how would I handle losing $5000 at NL500? I can't help feeling that I am completely wasting my time with this game and that it is not good for my health and my happiness but then I have spent so much time on it that I feel like any day could be a breakthrough (sunk cost fallacy right) but of course it never is because I take 1 step forward and 2 steps back.
How is it possible that somebody can spend thousands of hours on something and not make progress? I know this is a rant post but I don't have any poker friends to discuss this with and I am seriously considering quitting.
April 22, 2019 | 5:02 p.m.
Thanks guys - I knew I butchered this hand as soon as I played it. If anyone's interested the strategy created for BB vs SB 3betting including this hand was created by Peter Clarke for micro/low stakes games on his website. I agree it is not a hand that I would have put in my 3betting range but he's a professional and I will continue to utilise this strategy for now as I have only implemented it recently and am not confident postflop with it yet.
April 22, 2019 | 12:16 p.m.
I think a fold is very tight OTF we need about 12% to continue. Do you not think it's possible that CO and BTN as below average villains would have 66-TT, flush draws and lots of Kx and that UTG can be overvaluing Kx or bluffing with a flush draw? Obviously there are 6 set combinations but we also have required equity to continue vs 54s. I can get behind folding AK/KQ as we block TP but I think there's way to much KQ/KJ/KT in villain's range that we can consider folding to this.
April 22, 2019 | 12:10 p.m.
BB: $10.00 (Hero)
April 21, 2019 | 5:02 p.m.
MP: $10.10 (Hero)
BTN is a weak passive reg playing 22/13 over 200 hands.
April 21, 2019 | 4:53 p.m.
He's the face of upswing, RIO training's biggest competitor. Even if they wanted to ask him I highly doubt any deal would make him promote RIO poker (and in effect RIO training). Moreover he lives in the US so would have to relocate to play.
April 15, 2019 | 7:55 p.m.
Hey Pete great video! I was just trying to access your website but received a 404 Error "The requested URL was not found on this server - tried on different browsers and changing DNS settings. There's also an unsecure connection. Could you look into this please?
Edit: Also I think the mental game book would be well worth every player's time as this is a particularly undercovered area of the game when compared to the technical side. You also have a nice thought process that resonates with me so would love to hear your thoughts on the mental game.
As for further video suggestions I would love to see you play some 25z and recreate your "comparing triangulum" video for lower stakes talking about the leaks that population tends to have. I think a Key concepts: Multiway pots would also be particularly beneficial as multiway pots are very common in LS live and MS online and learning the correct adjustments would be highly beneficial to win rate.
April 15, 2019 | 1:34 p.m.
What flushes do you think villain can have in this scenario? Axh are the main 4bet bluff hands pre that get there but we block all those. I agree this is an interesting spot. Really makes me wish I had PIO in spots like this.
April 8, 2019 | 2:56 p.m.
Yes thanks - obviously we can never be sure of villain's range but I can't see much else that villain can take this line with. Do you think this range is appropriate?
April 8, 2019 | 2:55 p.m.
CO: $9.46 (Hero)
April 8, 2019 | 12:48 p.m.
Yeah no recreational player is going to want to pay to play; if you have no recreationals you have no game. The reason rake works so well is because recreational players don't realise or care that it exists.
April 5, 2019 | 12:19 p.m.
Great video but I have a question. In the first hand example @22:35 PIO likes to use a big bet sizing with hands like A3s and A2s. Should these not be in our checking range or in the "smaller bet" range in a partially polarized sub-range? Why are they using big bets when they will struggle to extract value and are too strong to bluff using this sizing? I would have thought PIO would have bet small near 100% with these hands for protection and value.
April 3, 2019 | 3:27 p.m.
Is my analysis sound? Was this fold too nitty?
Rake is $0.10
April 2, 2019 | 3:07 p.m.
Hey Pete! You're my favourite coach on this site and my favourite video of yours was Comparing Triangulum, however, i'm not currently playing NL50/NL100 and would love to see you play some lower stakes (even just NL25) and talk about the population tendencies and adjustments similar to your comparing triangulum video. Thanks very much!
April 2, 2019 | 2:50 p.m.
Good video - thanks for reviewing my hand! (The NL5z one). I think i've got stuck in a rut of maybe overusing the block bet because it makes my decision points easier. Population under bluff raises that sort of river and I thought I could still get value from Ax from a player trending towards weak/passive. If he raises I have an easy fold, whereas if I check and he bets it's a tricky spot.
March 14, 2019 | 7:32 p.m.
CO: $6.88 (Hero)
March 9, 2019 | 5:50 p.m.
SB: $6.21 (Hero)
March 9, 2019 | 5:47 p.m.
Well played. If you want to incorporate some AA into your calling range then I would call with hands that don't have the Ad as this is a card that villain could conceivably bluff turn with. That being said vs this player type I wouldn't think about blockers too much and would lay this down the large majority of the time
Feb. 21, 2019 | 8:09 p.m.
Just move up if and when you have the bankroll. 1k hands is too small a sample to say anything. There's as much chance you are a losing player as there is a winning player from this sample. Play a minimum of 30k (and preferably closer to 100k) to get a rough idea of your win rate.
Feb. 21, 2019 | 8:01 p.m.
CO: $18.91 (Hero)