I tend to ask a lot of questions. So forgive me if that becomes annoying.
So on this board texture looking at our overall strategy we would have a mix between betting small, big and check? Hands like QKcc prefer a bigger sizing I believe and I believe like you mentioned KxKc can bet big as well? Asking as a verification.
April 11, 2019 | 7:47 a.m.
Working hard and keep wanting more
I don’t know about you, but I never seem to be satisfied with where I am. Don’t get me wrong I am happy and grateful, but I always want to grow further. So what is the challenge of wanting to keep growing? It will also mean that I will always be working hard, because growth requires hard work. This can create a sense that the hardships of life just never ends and it seems like it never pays off. Because I am so fixated on the next level, I forget how far I have already come.
April 10, 2019 | 5:06 p.m.
Started studying and playing a lot of 50NLz. I feel like my routine is very good.. The main goal right now is to putting in the hours and be consistent with poker. To do that contradictonary I think I need to focus on the time I take rest and enjoy life. I can't waste my time playing videogames that I don't even enjoy or watching youtube videos I don't even find entertaining or worth watching. Valuing my time off poker will increase the quality of the time when I do play or study poker.
Regarding law I thought about it, but I will study econometrics instead. Like my last goal I am going to trust my intuition. I believe I have been put on earth to do more than just play poker, so hopefully I will find myself there.
April 5, 2019 | 3:02 p.m.
Not sure why everything is with PIO. But bought PIO so I could get used to it since every study material is done with PIO.
April 5, 2019 | 9:36 a.m.
So I took a shot at 100NLz. I kicked ass in the beginning, but after while I realised I couldn't hold up at 100NLz and decided today to move down to 50NLz and grind a schedule there.
Main lessons I learned from taking the shot:
Bankroll management matters. I thought I would be able to play poker even with negative variance, because I was able to at 25NLz. But the difference is that losses at 100NLz affect me more than 25NLz. It's hard to keep playing your A-game for hours, when every mistake and negative variance affect you emotionally. Not a lot, but it definitely builds up over time and especially playing multiple tables. This leads into my goal for 50NLz. Grinding 5k roll so I won't have to worry about running out of funds playing 100NLz.
Willing to play exploitatively. This is tied to the bankroll management issues, but playing outside of the comfort of my bankroll I am way too worried to balance every single action and not be willing to open up my game to gain a higher EV against the mistake of my opponents. The fear that opponents are going to exploit the exploits I make against them held me back. Even though I do believe that 100NLz regs are more capable of adjusting accordingly than 50NLz players.
Overall experience: It was really stressful playing the 100NLz pool, but a valuable experience as well. My motivation is still high and the stressful environment allows me to see ton of new ways to improve. Mainly I want to start using pio in my studying.
Sticking to my schedule
Make 5k playing 50NLz
Move out of my parents house
Explore studying law
Trusting my intuition more when it comes to life
March 29, 2019 | 2:14 p.m.
Question stated in the title. To give a bit more context. I usually base what I think is 'gto' of what coaches and other pros say is gto or make a guess but never done the research with solvers myself. I have made an effort to exploit, but not really sure if I am doing it right.
All thoughts are welcome!
March 28, 2019 | 2:54 p.m.
You can't go wrong to start at the learning path. The videos are well structured. So if you don't know what you're looking for just start at the top. There is also a list of top 5 videos by a lot of the coaches on RIO. So every coach list there top 5 videos on the site. These should be good too.
March 16, 2019 | 9:16 p.m.
This is going to be the last graph for now. Celebrating result is important, but I need to be able to move on. Goal is to establish at 100NLz, so I will be focusing on improving in any area I can and putting in the time and volume.
March 14, 2019 | 11:50 p.m.
True, I believe it wouldn't change how we play our range too much. I am kind of surprised that you would fold if SB wasn't in the pot. What hands do you think are good defends against 3bet OOP in general?
March 14, 2019 | 8:50 p.m.
Appreciate the elaborate reply. In practice I would give SB a weaker range than I would in theory, because I think a good player wouldn't have a coldcall range here. Since it's going to be very hard to play the hand postflop. But that's an assumption.
Splitting 4bet range is interesting. I don't have anything too add there, but I will experiment a little with it.
March 14, 2019 | 1:57 p.m.
I tried to refrain myself going too aggressive with my bankroll, but couldn't help but to dip into the 100NLz pool. Was a bit nervous, but in the end it's still poker no matter the stakes. First impression is that the pool is way more regfilled. My guess is that most of the money comes from the weaker regulars. Overall 100NLz gave me a warm welcome in the first ~2k hands. I have put the results for the day.
Also I noticed something interested about the way I spend my day. Structuring my day is good when I want to get a lot of work done, but having an unstructured day and just waking up at 11am really helps with the creative process and think of ideas I wouldn't think of when I structure my day.
I am going to end this with a graph to brag a little. Very happy with where poker is heading.
March 13, 2019 | 4:31 p.m.
Reflecting on day 1 it went really well. I was too early to the gym and rhey were closed so I did not got my workout in. Overall it went really well, when I needed to wind down I did not played video games or watched mindless youtube videos. Instead I meditated and developed other interests and passions. I do feel the burn of yesterday. Having spend 9 hours with intense focus takes it toll. Also my romantic life needs some work so I will allocate some time to get better with girls. Consistency keeping this level of performing is hard to keep up, so I will take it slower this day and maybe change my weekly schedule. I do feel really good about my game and want to move up to 100NLz as soon as I can, the only issue is having the proper BR and being able to manage the risk of playing higher stakes. For now I am growing my game at 50NLz as much as I am able to and. Plan is to allocate all the money above 1500$ in the bankroll for taking shots at 100NLz
March 12, 2019 | 2:17 p.m.
MP: $67.79 (Hero)
Rake is $0.62
March 11, 2019 | 8:14 a.m.
Anyone here that has a preflop solver? I was wondering how ranges differ from having a 3x 3bet or a 3.5 and for 4bet the difference between 2.5x and 3x. For defending and aggressor.
March 11, 2019 | 7:25 a.m.
Thought I didn't needed a journal, but I feel like it's going to be important to keep myself accountable. So for 6 days a week I will keep a journal about my journey through the stakes.
Tomorrow is going to be the first day
My schedule looks somewhat like this:
Wake up at 6 My body is going to feel asleep so I am going to do some stretches and a short abs workout right after waking up. Afterwards eat some cotton cheese w/ jam and hit the gym.
leaving the house at 6.30 and be in the gym around 7.30 I give myself an hour at the gym to get the best workout in I can think of.
7.45 I am heading home
8.00 - 9.00 Personal hygiene, breakfast, chill and mentally prepare for poker.
9.00-13.00 Poker. It's going to be in chunks of 50 minutes and 10 minutes rest. I notices that if I relax completely like it's the end of the day I can't get back into work mode. So I will relax and not think about poker, but not let myself of the hook yet until the end of the day. It's going to be chaos and whenever I feel overwhelmed I try to stick to the schedule and plan. Meditate and listen to my intuition that I have honed over the years.
My main goal is crushing 50NLz, but since that's not a concrete goal I am going to set smaller goals throughout the day. That I feel are going to be part of the process towards the main goal. Current goal is studying how to defend against 3bet and 4bet OOP and IP.
13.30 - 18.00 More Poker
18.00- 21.00 Dinner, family, socializing, following other interests and passions
21.00- 22.00 At this point my head is so full of thoughts I need to meditate and wind down a bit before going to bed.
March 10, 2019 | 9:44 p.m.
Betting range otf makes a lot of sense considering our range and villains range. We are more Ax heavy, AK, AQ, some AJ, AA, and suited Ax. So we can happily bet 1/3 and fold to a reraise. We get value from all the pp 88-TT and minimize our loss against 66,77 and the AK, AQ, AJ, Ax suited that villain decide to defend and not 4bet. Villain could be calling with suited hands like QKdd, QTdd, T9dd, all the 98s, 87s, 76s and fold out all the other T9s, QJs, QKs, combos . I think betting range for value and protection makes sense. Checking would be a blunder I believe, because it allows villain to maximize his EV with his Top pairs.
I do get lost on the turn what strategies will we play on different turn cards? All villains air gets folded out otf, so do we bet polarized ott? Checking our weaker Ax hands like AJ and suited aced QQ, JJ, TT. Villain has a lot of natural bluffs, so from a MDF standpoint do we need to call turn and river with all strong pairs on brick turns and rivers?
Feb. 25, 2019 | 1:16 p.m.
BB: $50.20 (Hero)
Feb. 16, 2019 | 11:08 a.m.
UTG: $25.35 (Hero)
Feb. 16, 2019 | 10:35 a.m.
Hey Dekkers, based on your name and accent I assume you are Dutch. I have a question unrelated to the video I hoped you could help me with. Do you know how the taxes work regarding poker in the Netherlands?
Feb. 12, 2019 | 10:46 a.m.
Man watching this video made me realize how much I still don't know. Which is frustrating, but also a very good thing. Especially regarding adjusting to players and making reads on opponents