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December goals

November I managed to get plenty of work done, overall good stuff. December is expected to be a little weaker in terms of volume but I still plan to keep up on the track.

Goals for December:

  • To play 250 MTTs (with regards to visa run and Christmas holidays)
  • To watch missed coaching
  • Once a week do a hh review and study spots in HRC
  • To attend all group reviews
  • To go to the gym at least 2x a week
  • To reflect on presence and awareness 1x a week by writing a journal
  • To turn off my poker brain during Christmas and be present in my social life

Although I'm not gonna go full speed this month, my plan is to stay consistent with my routine as much as possible to make it easier to come back to the business fully in January.

Longterm goal in this aspect is:
to keep professional and social life on balance -> don't get stuck with grind and study but find time to enjoy life and have fun as well
LFG

Dec. 4, 2021 | 5:01 p.m.

November sum up

After October when I took almost 2 weeks completely off poker to celebrate my bday and travel I went fully back on track in November.

Positives:
Over 500 tournaments played
Reached all my study goals (HH review every weak, study group sessions, solver work for PKOs)
I upgraded my working station to feel better
Planned my month day by day and sticked with my routine in every aspect

To improve:
Reflect more and write a journal (at least 2x a week)
Make a consistent workout routine and follow it
Bring more awareness to my emotions when playing and let go of the story narrative in my head

Overall decent month regarding volume, studying and the results. December will be weaker because of the Christmas holidays and also the need to go for a visa run from Mexico for a couple of days with some of my friends who are visiting me here.

GL everyone

Nov. 30, 2021 | 6:07 p.m.

My poker journey

Many times poker is being a harsh fella and makes me angry, sad, irritated but also happy, motivated, grateful and passionate. An important thing is not to get trapped in those emotions and stay balanced. That’s why I like to take a step back and see the big picture.

I started playing poker when I was around 15-16 years old with my friends at very small home games. I got interested in the fact the game is actually solvable and started to read some poker books. Jonathan Little poker books were my first poker studies ever and as soon as I turned 18 I went to try it out in small casino tournaments.
As time passed I played time from tiem with friends or in casinos but only small games really. My first professional poker sight was when I met a guy who played live cash for a living and offered me a coaching/staking deal. At this point I decided to drop uni (Civil Engineering) and move from Czech Republic to Denmark to start studying Entrepreneurship there. In the gap I had to make some money so this deal was a perfect opportunity. So while my parents thought I’m working as a card dealer in a casino, I was actually sitting on the other side of the table playing.
When I moved to Denmark I had to go back to recreational poker as live action wasn’t any interesting and I ended up playing a couple of tournaments a month online. After 2 years the life changer deal came through - my very good friend who played online MTTs for some years told me there is a stable that just got running and accepted new players, so if I’m interested I could join playing part-time alongside my studies - hell yeah, let’s do it! It was nuts, something I’ve always dreamt about. Suddenly instead of spending hours of reading some poker material or watching videos that I didn’t really understand anyways, I got preflop ranges to learn, postflop lines to learn, videos with general concepts and late game and fellow peers to discuss hands - an infinitely more effective way to study the game.
That was 2 years ago in winter 2019 when I started with Poker Detox. After one year I finished my studies and in the summer 2020 moved to Playa del Carmen, Mexico as a full time poker pro - I still live here in this wonderful place, enjoying life and working hard.

In those 2 years I have learnt so much about the game and about myself - and that keeps me motivated, keeps me going and wanting to improve even more.

Me on our first PD team trip in Malaga in January 2020

GLGL

Nov. 26, 2021 | 2:36 p.m.

Beating the variance

With the new set up I was able to increase my volume from playing cca 30 tournaments/session to around 40 tournaments/session.
Starting the session with 12 tables and decreasing to 9 at the end works great for me so far for the following reasons:
- With so many tables and don’t have time to get attached to results in individual tournaments - I simply don’t have the time to focus on bad beats, suck-outs and running in a bad set ups
- I am able to operate more from an objective perspective instead of overthinking individual spots.
- Even if I feel like I am running bad, losing big pots when being ahead etc., busting tournaments I usually end up with huge stacks in some tournaments and manage to get couple of deepruns anyways

Even it is a small sample so far, I can feel the difference with increased volume and I am starting to realize that the only way to beat variance is to put in the volume*

Nov. 24, 2021 | 3:13 p.m.

Upgrading my game
I am constantly seeking to get an edge at the tables as well as outside of them.
I just got a flexispot - a table which is adjustable to a standing desk.
My downer back was begging me to make this purchase for some time. Although my usual activity during the 5min break each hour while playing MTTs is yoga and stretching and my chair is pretty nuts, still at the end of a long session (after playing for 8 hours) the seating position was getting pretty uncomfortable. As that’s the part where it is likely I’d have a deeprun - therefore the most focus and concentration required - I couldn’t wait longer to make this investment.

Now I go with alternating the seating and standing position each hour and the first couple of sessions were absolutely great - at the end of the grind it felt like I played 3 hours less than I really did (you’re welcome my downer back).

As a bonus I bought a 4k 32’ monitor where I can fit 12 tables!!!

From playing 9-10 tables at peak of my sess I am moving to this plan now:
11.00am starting my session with 8-9 tables to warm up
12.00-17.00pm peak of mz sess with 12 tables
17.00-18pm cooling down back to 9 tables (17.30 stop registering)
18.00 down to 6 tables to finish my sess

When I have a deeprun I try to keep my table count a bit lower to be able to max focus on that and also wanna make the change gradual so sometimes I keep only 11 tables depending on my energy levels. Slightly increasing my ABI too which is this month 62$ (I don’t check my profit until the end of the month so not exactly sure how that is going - the long term results matter more to me anyways)

LFG!!!

Nov. 19, 2021 | 9:24 p.m.

My First Downswing
I’ll be honest with you. I’m a complete newbie in blogging but there is often a massive amount of thoughts running in my head so I like to write them down. 2 years of playing isn’t that long of a time but still I managed to go through several setbacks, burn outs and fckups and I’m pretty sure there are more waiting for me in the future (that’s the poker pro’s burden isn’t it?) and I think note them down (together with ways how I overcame them) will help me to get ready for moving up in stakes!

When I was going through my first downswing this is how I went about it.

“Things go wrong for some time, so what should I do?” was the question I eventually asked myself. Ok. Let’s take some time - hour, half an hour, even 15 min to sit down, relax and reflect. It may sound quite simple, but that's what really helped me. Sort of looking at everything from a higher perspective, think about my poker journey as a long term journey and then objectively evaluate my game in terms of both - mindset and strategy. It is really frustrating to face sck outs, villain's top range and making mistakes - all at the same time, because then it all gets mixed up and actually can lead to even more mistakes and incorrect deviations.
So...
1) To sum up what I’m sure that I was doing right and keep doing that.
2) To identify even only one mindset mistake, which I think is hurting my win rate and come up with a plan to fix it
3) To identify even only one strategic leak and focus on it in the game

Then things will be getting back in order and I can build up on that. Basically, organise my mind and take it step by step in an organised manner instead of being all over the place and not knowing what or who to blame. Also, the way the I looked at my downswing was as an inseparable part of every poker player and I just told myself, that it's actually good for me to go through all this, because I know it won't last forever and when I get past that, I'll be mentally stronger than ever before. And hell yeah I was right.

GL!

P.S. Next post will be more positive I promise

Nov. 17, 2021 | 12:43 a.m.

Who am I?
Hello my name is Joe, I’m 27 years old and come from Czech Republic. It’s been 2 years since I started professionally playing online MTTs. The stable - Poker Detox - where I started (accepted for friend’s recommendation without much data to prove I was decent) told me: ‘Feel free to play up to 5$ tournaments’, while new players could play up to 11$. Fair enough. All I knew at that point was pretty much how to exploit fish in casino’s cash games on 0.5/1$ games. At that point I was also at university in Denmark studying Entrepreneurship so at the beginning my occupation was a student and a part-time poker player.

Why?
To become an Elite player! For me to do this, I believe it's time I decompress my thoughts on my journey so far, so that I can shape my path for the next chapter. I will post here regularly (2x a week) about my journey until now, my short term goals, my long term goals, my current game, mindset, lifestyle and habit developments that I believe will take me to the upper echelons of the poker world!

My goals:
Move up in stakes and crush 200$ games in daily schedule and 500$ - 1k$ games during the series
Reach 200k$ profit in one year from today
Upgrade my understanding of GTO concepts (yep, it’s true until now I was going on with pretty much basic theory concepts and exploitative strategies only)

My graph for the last two years since I’ve started the journey
- First year - lot of ups and downs while moving up in stakes
- Second year getting consistent with my lifestyle, routine, study and also the $ results!

GL to everyone!

Nov. 12, 2021 | 5 p.m.

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