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Hi All,

So a bit of background on me:

25 and from UK. Got back into poker during lockdown last year and fell in love with the game again. Played PLO for just over a year spending a combined time investment with videos, solvers and playing of just under 1k hours. It dawned on me about a month ago that I could not beat PLO, I was playing on GG at PLO50 and PLO100 RNC, I felt as though no matter my time investment, my winrate was not improving. Could be running bad but, to quote Mycroft Homes “What do we say about coincidences? The universe is rarely so lazy.”

It dawned on me that either I continue breaking even/slightly losing for a while or re-evaluate. I had a week break in order to make sure I didn’t make any rash decisions just because I might not be running great at the time. I concluded that the most important element for me and poker was the competitive aspect, I love competition and while I could start another sport or game such as chess which I had dabbled in quite a bit but it does not have the same allure as poker. Secondly, the potential money-making aspect is very appealing, and this offers something chess does not. A competitive and strategy-based game that you can make some profit at is very appealing to me.

As mentioned, PLO Cash ultimately did not turn out how I was expecting considering the workload I put into it. I accept my failure in this, it could be that I just am not good enough to succeed or my brain is not wired for the game. Either way, I will shut the door to this game. I could move to Mixed Games but the games are not very liquid particularly at low stakes.

This leaves NLHE. I think the advantage of this is that typically, new players use this as a base to learn about poker resulting in a greater scope of money to be made. Taking my experience in PLO Cash, I am concerned that my poor results are due to the cash game format and do not want to simply translate the results from PLO to NLHE. Hence, my game of choice with be NLHE MTTs.

Poker is Fractal and while I understand the broader scope of what a bad strategy at NLHE is generally and what to avoid as a result, when going down a level into the detail, my understanding is extremely limited. I accept this and hold no ego towards my exceptionally narrow knowledge at NLHE. With this in mind, I will start at very small stakes, applying knowledge I will learn in the ‘From the Ground Up MTT’ series to begin with, before transitioning to trainers and solvers thereafter once I have understood the content to a good degree.

I learned many lessons during my failings at PLO Cash and will be using these during my new journey in order to not make the same mistakes again. These will appear as I progress and will call them out as I make changes.

I shall start with 45 player Turbo SNG’s on stars (these are a very similar in structure and player count to the tournaments my local casino runs which is very soft and will be good simulations). 100 SNGs at $0.50, $1.50 and $3.50 each. Once reaching this point, I will review my results and decide whether to stick at this or transition to larger tournaments and larger buy ins.

As for other areas of my life, I am actually very happy with and am already where I would expect myself to be in most areas so I will not be making goal on these during this thread.

I am happy to answer any questions and will post results hopefully weekly 😊

  • Play 100 $1.50 MTSNG
  • Play 100 $3.50 MTSNG
  • Complete the FTGU MTT Course

July 28, 2021 | 10:42 a.m.


July 25, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.

Hi All,

Just started my journey into NLHE MTT’s. Previously played low stakes PLO cash and had a pretty successful study group that I set up.

I noticed this game type isn’t very active on discord’s and forums so I am hoping to at least find some low stakes MTT players who can band together and try and improve as one.

Discord: https://discord.gg/s9aUsXZWEV

July 23, 2021 | 6:59 a.m.

May 4, 2021 | 6:19 p.m.

Bump again! Calling out Floboyer to join :)

April 28, 2021 | 2:45 p.m.

Bump! Please come along all you PLO50 guys on GG we have a good group going atm

April 9, 2021 | 3:30 p.m.

Hi All,

Apologies for the second post, all of my steak personal high scores have vanished apart from those I have done in the past month or so.

I have been able to see them this morning, might just be an issue that will be fixed soon. I was able to see all my scores this morning


April 7, 2021 | 3:54 p.m.

Hi All,

New group set up for this site and stake only. Would be great to have people along for the discussion :)

Hit me up if you want to be added to the discord :D

Edit: Group now closed

April 1, 2021 | 7:14 a.m.

Hi All,

My ‘Facing Raise’ section is locked at the moment, is there an issue with this?

March 30, 2021 | 6:34 a.m.

This is an excellent post and hits every point.

March 21, 2021 | 5:25 a.m.


For discord

Jan. 5, 2021 | 10:26 a.m.

No I don’t think there is

Dec. 4, 2020 | 9:41 a.m.


Thanks for your post thats really helpful, grinding looks to be the way to get through it!

Dec. 2, 2020 | 7:26 p.m.

Hi All,

Discord server has been created and I've sent PM's to those who commented, let me know if you would like to be added!

Dec. 2, 2020 | 4:19 p.m.

Hi HeavyMask

Thanks for the post,

Putting it in those terms is actually really helpful, I think this is a good lesson as I imagine it would be very tempting to turn pro once you get to 1kNL. Making a decision like that based on a 180 BI run good sample (wow btw that is insane!!!!) would not be great

Bankroll-wise I am ok I am well within my limits and only risk a very minor proportion of my life roll

Update since post, I decided to spread my volume away from stars only to some of the other euopean sites. It's really weird because on the other sites I'm approx 2-3 BI above EV but on stars now I'm total 105BI below EV. I'm not tilting as much because I kind of expect it now from stars. I'm thinking of moving away from stars completely as it is coming to a point where something just doesn't seem quite right

Dec. 2, 2020 | 4:05 p.m.

Hi all,

Apologies I have been v busy as of late, I will set up a discord soon and can all join!

Dec. 1, 2020 | 9:33 p.m.

BigDickPlaya what is your stars screen name?

Nov. 28, 2020 | 12:12 a.m.

Hi Phil,

Great vid, glad to know that I'm not the only one getting tilited when on the wrong side of a flip on streak.

I think we need a video from izzie on their start for crushing streak - insane amount of trophies

Nov. 26, 2020 | 10:09 p.m.

Comment | michael14561 commented on Vision Streak

I think additional to that, there are situations (pretty much only on the post flop section) where you’ll have a hand as 60/40 split in check or bet. I understand the idea is to get the majority of the action correct but it seems counterproductive to lose a streak when the action chosen might be used 40%+ of the time

Nov. 23, 2020 | 11:54 a.m.

Hi All, myself and @kingetje123 are starting one, let either of us know if you want to join!

Nov. 15, 2020 | 10:40 p.m.

BigDickPlaya can you post your graph so I can see sample size? Is your yellow line at least positive?

Nov. 15, 2020 | 10:38 p.m.


I agree it goes up and down but that is variance, it happens in a lot of these pursuits. I work in the investment industry and these up and down patterns happen all the time.

I think you’re quite paranoid, I’ve looked through your posts and you seem quite a resentful person about the game. If you enjoy playing I suggest you carry on playing within your limits. If it’s causing you as much discomfort as it appears, for you I would just save yourself the trouble. From what I can see you look like a losing player who can’t accept fault. Luckily you’ve come to a great training site to help you improve and I urge you to make the most of the NLH content available.

Nov. 14, 2020 | 11:22 a.m.

Comment | michael14561 commented on Edited

Why join a training site to denounce poker as “gambling designed to take your money”? I’ve checked through your posts and you just look a like a bad player who can’t accept they are at fault.

Grow up, if you enjoy poker by all means welcome to the site and I hope you improve your game. If not, stop putting negativity on everyone, save yourself $25 a month and leave the site

Nov. 14, 2020 | 11:16 a.m.

Only one person ready to go so far, come on peeps! Let’s improve together!

Nov. 12, 2020 | 4:41 p.m.

Comment | michael14561 commented on PT4/HEM3

They both function pretty much the same. Can’t really go wrong with either one

Nov. 1, 2020 | 8:56 p.m.

Hi Emty,

I was thinking of messaging for this as I've founf your videos helpful. Do you have space in your roster and how would I go about setting something up?


Oct. 30, 2020 | 1:27 p.m.

Hi Emty

I liked the mixing of vision with the review again, good to see what works solver vs exploit

Question for the last hand w/ AAJ9hh, would you have also x/r with KKJ9 suited to the King? Or would this have been a Cbet as the hand no longer blocks nut fd in opponents range and required protection?

Oct. 26, 2020 | 9:58 p.m.

Hi all,

I've been really struggling the past month with getting frustrated with how often I'm losing all in's. I keep having this voice inside of me hammering 'This is not fair!' everytime I lose an all-in. I have this really stupid tendancy to refresh my graph each time I lose a flip.

It's really starting to negatively effect my game. I've improved a lot recently gameplay wise (thank you RIO!) and (in an ev adjusted sense) have become a good winning player. However, when I start running below ev in a session now I get frustrated, curse how unfair it is and ultimately, my game suffers because of this. I recognise how irrational it maybe but in the moment it always seems to get to me.

Any tips, exercises, articles, books, RIO vids or RIO threads to read would be much appreciated.

Graph below for reference


Oct. 26, 2020 | 9:33 p.m.

Hi All,

I’m looking to join a study group for 10PLOz preferably but also 25PLOz if there is one. If others want to start one I’m happy to do so :) let me know

Oct. 17, 2020 | 1:21 p.m.

Really useful point thanks plolearnerguy

Oct. 8, 2020 | 9:16 a.m.

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