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Hey guys, Im starting this journal because I recently been reading through Freenachos, sauloCosta, and Max Lacerda's journals and have gain great information, and inspiration so maybe ill be able to give someone else that feeling one day with this journal. Also i think the biggest missing pieces of my process right now are community and coaching(private coaching or a CFP). So hopefully this helps with the community side.

Heres the bullet points of my poker history:
- Started playing poker around the poker boom when i was 13 in 5$ SNG's with friends.
- got on stars as soon as i was legal age and spent the next 5 years grinding 2nl and 5nl zoom mindlessly. (makes me sick just to type it)
- in 2017 learned spectrum of hands theory and FINALLY had some kind of framework for decision making. I was able to move up to 25nl but was still grinding 4 tables of zoom on auto pilot for 1 or 2bb/100.
- in 2018 i got very discouraged that i didnt meet my arbitrary goals and quit poker.

Current Era
At the end of August 2022 I started playing again. Im in Ontario, Canada which has become a closed poker market. I started to play on Partypoker which only offers 10nl, 50nl, 200nl, 1knl, etc. So when i started playing 10nl i immediately noticed how soft the games were seeing as everyone who would have played 2nl or 5nl was pushed up to 10nl and games are just softer in small markets. With the help of the great coaches here at RIO, GTOWizard, GTO+, and slowing my volume to a snails pace I have been able to move up to 200nl.

Mental game
During these last 6 months i've realized how terrible my mental game has been. I didn't realize tilt can last weeks or months or longer. I thought when i went to bed and woke up not feeling emotional anymore that the tilt was gone. This is clearly not true. I've put a lot of effort into getting better in this area, im better than i've ever been before but of course its an everyday struggle. I will make future posts about this.

What now?
- I will update this blog weekly, however the next 2 weeks i will be travelling through Vietnam so i will start the following week. I just dont want to wait 3 weeks to post this so ill just do one now and start again after my travel.
- I've played a tiny amount of volume but im very happy with the win rates and the development of my game. Now its time to pick up the volume just a little so i will be playing 4 reg tables(sometimes 5 if im feeling particularly good) instead of the 2 like I have been doing.
- When im back from travel I will have 4 or 5 hours a day for poker. Im not sure how i should split this between study and play but ill figure it out.
- The biggest part of my study will be using GTO+ or Deepsolver to create simple strategies that i can execute at near 100% accuracy(definitely watch FreeNachos videos if you haven't). This is something i've already done for a few flops BTN v BB SRP but i got a LOT more work to do. And im so fuckin fired up to get going on it.

50nl graph

50nl stats

200nl graph

200nl stats

GL at the tables!

FYI the title of the journal is a reference to something Muhammad Ali said in his pre fight press conference with George Foreman. If you wanna get fired up heres a great video with some of the context around that fight :D.

Jan. 20, 2023 | 2:58 a.m.

Holy shit dude. You really spoiled us with this one. I'm so fired up to study and build strategies with this framework. I know you have said and shown similar things in your other videos but seeing it presented like this hit me different.

Jan. 19, 2023 | 6:16 a.m.

Comment | silken218 commented on Alternative to Dojo?

Ouu yea i dont really know anything about deep solver but just looking at the pricing it seems like good value. You get 500 solves a month for the lowest price, on GTOwizard you only get 50 i believe.

Thank you for the suggestion.

GL at the tables.

Jan. 16, 2023 | 10:50 p.m.

Great video.

At 6:57 you check the KT on KJ5 out of position. Let's say this was a heads up pot vs the BTN only. How often are you betting a spot like this?
I feel like when I'm out of position in these situations I need to range check on almost any flop. This flop is one of the better flops for us but I still want to range check. Is this a bad idea?

I feel like its hard to balance my checking range if I have a betting range in those situations.

Thank you for any reply.
Good luck at the tables.

Jan. 16, 2023 | 12:41 a.m.

Comment | silken218 commented on Alternative to Dojo?

Thank you for the reply.
Yes I use GTO wizard but I want to be able to changes ranges and bet sizes so I can create a more realistic strategy for what's happening in my games.
So yea I been playing around with GTO+ more recently. It does the job just the interface is terrible compared to GTO wiz or Dojo, but I will have to live with it for now.

Jan. 15, 2023 | 6:35 p.m.

Post | silken218 posted in NLHE: Alternative to Dojo?

I recently re-watched FreeNachos making a barreling Turn Strategy for BvB. He uses Dojo in that video. I was gonna get Dojo but my understanding is that you need PIO as well and i dont have PIO. So i was wondering if there is another program i can use that does similar stuff to Dojo without needing PIO.

Thanks for any feedback.
GL at the tables :D

Jan. 13, 2023 | 3:42 a.m.

One of the best series on the site! Thank you.

Dec. 23, 2022 | 8:18 p.m.

Comment | silken218 commented on Shifting Gears

Very informative video.
I really liked "when the rank of the board is terrible for you, you want it to be monotone" great, easy to remember rule of thumb.

Dec. 21, 2022 | 6:30 a.m.

Good stuff. :)

Nov. 4, 2022 | 1:35 a.m.

Post | silken218 posted in NLHE: New to GTO+

Hey guys, so I am messing around in the trial of GTO+ trying to figure things out. I was wondering if there is a way for me to see how much my EV changes if I want to range check or range bet in a given spot? Thanks so much for any help.

Sept. 27, 2022 | 1:03 a.m.

always good stuff from you

Feb. 24, 2016 | 7:03 a.m.

Comment | silken218 commented on NL10 QQ 4bet spot

Yea I prefer just calling the 3b pre actually. Cause If he 5bjams then at best we are up against AK against most villians at 10NL. I think he would just call the 4b w/TT,JJ,QQ, and AQ. So probably only jamming AA,KK,AK pre, most 10NL players don't have a bluffing range when they 5bjam. I could be wrong but with no reads I'm not super happy to get in 100bbs pre at 10NL here.

But as played its kinda tough post flop here. I mean the hands in his range that we beat, he would probably check those down on this board(eg.JJ,AQ). He might take a stab on the Turn with AQ but its so unlikely he has that since we have QQ. But yea with no reads I guess we have to call once here postflop.

Dec. 24, 2015 | 1:30 a.m.

Well IMO we should raise big on the Flop. For a couple reasons, we don't want to give cheap Turn cards to all the broadway draws/FD's, and just going to the Turn 3-ways on such a wet board is pretty scary(maybe that's the same reason :P). So by raising we Iso the donk-better with his TP/SD/FD hands, when he 3bets we can get it in against a lot of draws and maybe he would get it in w/TPTK on this wet Flop if he is that kind of player.

As played on the River I think its tough to raise, with his small sizing he is looking for a call. A bunch of SDs and FDs got there so I don't think he is even betting two pair here. So at best he is block betting with a set? I guess. And he will probably fold to a raise with all the draws completing.

GL at the tables!

Dec. 23, 2015 | 5:38 a.m.

I do like the 1/3 pot cbet against more advanced villians maybe.

But at these stakes in a spot like this Ill just bet Flop, jam Turn. Bet enough on the Flop too have ~pot on T and jam it. Cause villians at 10NL are just hero calling way too much in general.

As played on the River I think you have to call. I mean we have near the top of our range right? We have played so weak up to this point in the hand. Its definitely not pleasant though.

Dec. 23, 2015 | 5:29 a.m.

I believe calling the F is better. The donk bet is almost pot size so the player behind will fold a large % anyway. And we avoid this gross click back.
On the Turn I would fold. He would have to have a ton of TPTK and NFD's(and some random I guess) for us to get close to 25% equity.

GL at the tables!

Dec. 23, 2015 | 5:13 a.m.

I'm thinking Cbet F, x/f T. with the Ah being the worst card in the deck for us I think its fine to fold. I think x/raising F is not good. I believe just cbetting is going to be best. There are so many hands you get value+protection from by betting and you avoid him checking back. Also I don't think there are that many bad cards on the T. Obviously any heart is not our favorite, but in reality the chance of him having 2 hearts in his hand isn't that high. And the straight cards at least connect with your hand as well. We can continue betting a lot of Turns and get called by all sorts of hands, even if this guy is a TAG this is still 10NL so people will be making bad calls here often enough.

GL at the tables!

Dec. 23, 2015 | 1:10 a.m.

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