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85 points

It's Mass Data Analyse and it describes finding Leaks in Pool Tendencies for different Player Profiles based on huge Samples

And Yes I give a shit about balance because I know a lot of exploits through MDA

June 27, 2020 | 6:02 p.m.

Hi ,

I recently moved up to NL50 (playing on GGPoker and Ipoker ) and I am looking for a study Partner / group.

What I dont want:
- Studying an PIO based Approach
- looking for GTO Solutions on specific hands

What I am looking for
- Players who play NL25+
- Who study based on MDA
- ideally using a Nick Howard approach
- on top familar with H2N Range Research studyding Pool Analysis would be nice

If you have such a group either on Discord , Slack , Skype or anywhere else and are looking for a guiy experiencd in the above mentioned points. just hit me up.

Thanks in advance


June 27, 2020 | 11:14 a.m.

Comment | dirk_diggler commented on Mobius Poker Blog

radiosick great Blog, love it

I assume that you use H2N to analyze Population tendencies because it is way better for this kind of work than PT4 or HM2.

But it seems from your posts than you use PT4 or HM2 in game . Is there a reason why you dont use H2N also in game ? missing Hand Converters or the marking system of H2N ?

Oct. 3, 2019 | 11:04 a.m.

Third Week at NL5Z I had a rough start ;)

pretty unfortunate Runouts which leads to no Showdown Winnings and in Addition to that we run below EV.

I also fall into the trap of adjusting my game too early after not running "at my expactation" . A mistake I made in the past and I thought I had solved it. Seems that Poker is a Project you have to work on in all areas for a lifetime.

But nevertheless it's still a lot of Fun to Stream (although winning would be better ;) )

Hopefully we can make the turnaround thsi week

Aug. 21, 2019 | 2:49 p.m.

Done with NL2Z ;)

After about 20k Hands , one Chest and 1k Stars Points we have beaten NL2Z for about 9.xx bb/100 EV.

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Today's Stream will be 1 hour play and after that I will give my opinion on the pool and what is necessary to beat NL2.

We will start on Wednesday with NL5.

Aug. 11, 2019 | 1:43 p.m.

Hi . 2nd week of streaming is over and I have to admit that it is way more fun than I thought .

Streaming NL2 makes even more fun than playing NL25 for my own .

Viewer numbers climb slow but steady which i really like and the reuslts on NL2 so far are also good.

Also commentaring my whole thought process in most hands help me to stay focussed and implement my strategy - I think it also prepares me to play and stay consistent at higher Limits but we hopefully will see that in the near future .

Graph 2nd week

Aug. 5, 2019 | 5:42 p.m.

Post | dirk_diggler posted in Chatter: Old Horse learning new tricks

Inspired by OMGClayDurrland I decided to open a Blog .

I am a german Poker Player at he age of 49 playing NL.

Due to a recent lack of Motivation at my home Limit NL25 I also decided to start streaming on Twitch .

Just come on Board if you are interested

Twitch Stream

Because everybody likes competitiotns and a lot of players think that microstakes these days are unbeatable I decided to start at NL2Z.

I am playing 2 tablies NL2Z with a somewhat different style than most other player do ;)

Here are my Results of the first week

Graph 1st week

Will try to update here on a weekly basis

July 31, 2019 | 1:06 a.m.

GL to the old players ;)

not sure what you consider "old" . But I am in a similar situation with Job Netflix and some Poker and I am close to 49 ....anyway you are more courageous than me beause I am going back and forth about opening a Blog since 2 weeks and can not convince myself to do so

July 23, 2019 | 9:52 a.m.

  1. I would say 5 Mio is enough for most Preflop Situations
    1. I dont think you can get Zoom hands. But building Exploits for regular tables is close enough in my opinion
    2. I would look at all lines where villain has to defend his checking Range . Like XF, B-XF or similar and start at LP Game .

If you want to get a decent Sample for Turn and River Plays I would assume you need something between 20-40 Mio hands in a specific Line (on certain Boardtextures)

Feb. 5, 2019 | 3:42 p.m.

Folding TPTK with an SPR of 1 is not possible in my opoinion especially when a lot of the combos you are beaten by are blocked (44,JJ,AJ).

Not uncommon to the a merged raising Range here consisting of AQ and worse Ax given you bet the Flop for 1/3

Jan. 27, 2019 | 10:40 a.m.

I would also squeeze bigger . Something like 15-16 bb .

Flop Bet for 1/3 with your entire Range is ok . Turn Check on A is Standard because you dont poalrize enough to bet and you dont want to bet small .

River I dont understand the 1 bb Bet. I would check and hope he checkes behind and we win vs TT,JJ

Questions I would ask myself when being raised on the River :

Does the typical Regular (which I assume he is) raise enough as a Bluff here ?
If no do I dominate some Value of his Value Range ?

I would answer both Questions with with No for NL2 so I think fold is best.

Jan. 27, 2019 | 9:42 a.m.

So much truth in this . It looks like the circle I've been in for years in one of the four stages . Trying hard to get out of it since last year.

May 25, 2018 | 2:23 p.m.

Most improtant lesson I learned was on Microstakes the biggest part of my WR comes from recreational Player . Therefore Site/Table/Seat Selection is a crucial Skill most player underestimate and you have to play exploitiv Poker and getting really out of line vs those guys by using uncommon Betsizes and Lines.

March 5, 2018 | 10:43 a.m.

Some Questions about this :

Do you do this Analyse every 3k hands or every wwek, month ?
Is this anaylse done automaitcally ? Meaning you export some Data in CSV File and Excel does the rest ?
Or do you even have to check all 3k hands manually and mark the mistakes and create those beauty Excel Chart by your manually categorized data ? IF Yes , how long does it take to go over 3k hands nad mark the mistakes ?


Feb. 16, 2018 | 10:09 a.m.

Take away from the Quizzes

Main Take away: My Preflop Game is not that well thought out and reasonable as I thought


  1. I overvalue Wheel Aces over Axs with better Kicker in 3-Bet Range
  2. I call too liberally multiway underestimating the difference between Equity and realizable Equity in MW Pots especially OOP

After reading this:
For example, if either opponent is a recreational, it is likely that we get swayed to calling, or if both villains are regs and the BTN is an aggressive reg, then we are likely to be swayed to 4-bet

Work to do:

I will have to resolve my Ranges vs MDA Pool Ranges (and different Player Profiles) to look into details when good blocker with High cards have more EV in 3-Betting and 4-Betting on Flop Subsets. After that I will change mixed Strategies to pure Strategies based on the Player Profiles and develop a base Strategy based on the most occuring Profile in my Pool.

Feb. 10, 2018 | 9:26 p.m.

a Pokerfriend of mine switch to Pokermaster (Chiinese App) and were a BE NL50 on stars back then . He uses no exploit theories because he is not aware of any / dont want to put the time in .

He made over decent sample 23 bb/100 on NL150$.

So I think its quite possible with the right exploits / Coach

And before anyone asks : No I will post no graph :D

Feb. 9, 2018 | 11:43 p.m.


I will start doing some Research about 2 different Environments using H2N and have some questions.

  1. do you exclude Reg vs Fish Hands in H2N when mapping Lines ?
  2. when looking for frequencies at a certain Line like BB vs BTN in a triple barrel Spot vs 33,66,66 Betsize I have to filter for those Betsizes especially on the Flop because it's uncommon, right ?
  3. In PIO how many subsets do you use ?
  4. When I Solve the subsets in PIO do i solve my BTN Range vs BB Pool or BU Pool vs BB Pool defend ?

Thanks in advance to anybody who answers


Dec. 15, 2017 | 12:55 p.m.

Saw the Video just to know why Nick goes that out of line the first time . For me it's not the strategy talk about the hand (i don't even can judge if the hand was played good from both sides) but it's the presantation from Doug which is far off. All he said and how he presents his thought on Matt after 10:40 in the video is pretty much not necessary and disrepectful and just aims to get more clicks at least in my opinion.

Nov. 22, 2017 | 9:11 a.m.

Add the end it sums up to one thing :

We all try to set our Opponents in every single situation on a Range and suck hard at it . We do this because it was told to us from professionals over the last 10 years . And its hard and takes a lot of time to get out of the paradigm if it's rooted in you over such a long time .

I try to get out of it and after watching all of your youtube Videos for the 3rd time (yes all of them ;D ) i think I might be on the right path

Nov. 13, 2017 | 1:20 p.m.

I would add

  • How agressiv / good is the player behind me

Nov. 8, 2017 | 11:17 p.m.


finally an update ;)

For me it's not only the Graphs that make a blog interesting but the Journey of the player . How does he do on a new site , what problems is he facing how does he overcome them .

Those are more interesting than any Graphs .

So , if you got time and and are wiiling to post go ahead . I will read it for sure

GL at your new site and enjoy your trips

Nov. 6, 2017 | 8:18 a.m.

Ok you asked for work ;)

How do we gain Vision over the inbalance of a pool when there is no Tracker working and we couldn't get HH ?

Would you prefer to play in soft pools and no tracker over those where we have a lot of vision over the inbalance / tracker but better players

Thanks Dirk

Oct. 30, 2017 | 6:39 p.m.

Question for Q&A:

If I am an independent leaner how much hours of private Coaching with you does it take to push me in the right direction so that I can go on from their putting in the work and reach Midstakes when I am playing NL50 right now.

Thanks in advance

Oct. 23, 2017 | 4:27 p.m.

Yolu are right If I would have same opinion . And I would snap to get Elite.
But I mostly agree with HSNL Reg which you obv dont have watched . Out here no sense in dsicussing with you

Oct. 18, 2017 | 10:37 a.m.

I understand that someone is questioning a Coach or his approach but if you dont even aceept the credit one of the Top Highstakes Players in the World gave for Nicks Coaching (4 hours) I don't get it.

Oct. 18, 2017 | 5:18 a.m.

to all the haters :


Newest Joeingram Stream where HSNL Stars Player (ohhHeaycindy) shout outs to Nick 2 times for opening his Eyes to different strategy and make him use PIO more efficiently

Oct. 17, 2017 | 8:57 a.m.

Hi Nick . Good to have you back streaming.

Really like the new one especially the honesty about how the first group performed.

At some point you said that non native Speakers might also have been a problem .

Could you explain this a little bit further either here are on the next stream ?

I am innterested in this because as you might remember I am a german Poker Player and might be interested in joining a stable (I am actual in a german one but contract ends next year).



Oct. 16, 2017 | 8:51 a.m.

really enjoyed the Q&A. Being sick 6 out of 10 days on my first Vegas Trip this was a highlight .

You nailed it on the head when it comes to mental leaks at least for me.

Waiting for the next Q&A

June 9, 2017 | 11:49 p.m.

another 3 weeks without an update ?

Man you seem to be really busy ;)

don't hold back the good news we can take it :D

May 24, 2017 | 4:29 a.m.

Well just to be clear on this my post wasn't made to feet Copernicus or his opinion in any way .
Maybe I am wrong but I think Nick has postet a winning Graph on Igntion from 2015 as far as I remember . Thats enough for me and I believe in his ability as a coach .

My post was just to check out on which route I should and will go in the future

The problem I have in this Thread is that it is total fair to critize somehting you don't beleive in . But first of all Copernicus is too harsh in his tone and second he don't even knows what he is critizing . At least it seems to me .

When I came across Nicks stream I was the same non Believer like copernicus is but in opposite to him I put in the work checking my Pool and doing the DB research . After I have done this I knew that the things a got from Nicks Twitch streams are right and are true even for my Microstakes Pools. like inblances of certain lines , simplifying strats for sacrifizing only little EV etc.

But only yelling at someone you are a scumbag without doing all this because it's easier to put up a Picture from hands played 2 years ago isn't the way I would choose

May 24, 2017 | 2:01 a.m.

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