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Volume crazy low of course. Figuring out a schedule or sites to add is always a bit tricky. Playing low stakes for most of my time in the game was so simple because I could always just show up and rarely needed to consider selecting games where now it's one of the most important aspects of my grind.

Bodog was ACTING UP a week or two ago, several people on 2p2 were posting about getting disconnected and having other brutal issues. I have no interest in losing half a stack at any given moment due to software so I just choose not to play in those stretches.

The biggest challenge I face these days is managing my patience and persistence when the games aren't great. Trying to cycle through 6 reg games for hours isn't good for my bottom line and I'd probably make a similar hourly picking up cans. I probably need to accept starting my grind later in the evening and be willing to go past midnight when the opportunity presents itself. If I go an hour without finding a fish it's hard to build up the momentum to keep going, but if I have even 1-2 solid fish around I'll basically grind all night. The problem I think I have is that I have been starting a bit too early before the games get great and cost myself my momentum. Starting later can give me some more family time, probably a better hourly, and more overall interest in the grind.

I've also had a tough time being willing to grind 500 when the 1k games are trash but I've gotten over that hangup and use playing 500 as a recharge but also still an opportunity for a nice hourly.

Summer is finally arriving here and I am going to be pained with the gift and curse of using beer, so at the very least I am going to try to be a good boy during the week. For the last couple years my family has rented a house on a lakefront property next door to some of our closest friends and it's been a bit of a party hub. We are moving shortly which will be sad but will help my bottom line and my liver. Always a give and take!

June 15, 2022 | 7:31 a.m.

ZeroEQR I guess you have to copy paste the links in the original post to see the graphs, my bad!

Hey guys. Wanted to talk a bit more about my day to day process that helped me get up to playing 1k and what I'm doing now.

Patrick Gerritsen, NachosPoker head coach had some coaching with HS crusher Matt Marinelli some years back and when asked what he should be working on, Matt told him "Just do what you like doing."

I did a good job most of my poker career doing what I liked with study, but I got off base when I started doing what I thought I should be doing (trying to memorize grids and pio ranges) and I just ended up bored and miserable.

I finally got into a rhythm of a daily review of all of my 10-15+bb pots I played the previous day and it worked like a dream. I have a much easier time connecting and diving deeper to a hand I actually played rather than pulling up a random board and digging into it in a solver. Any misplayed hands I found I took note of the error, noted the upgrade, and saved it in an upgrade/mistake document that I regularly review.

Since the games at 1k haven't been great as of late and my volume has been weaker this rhythm has slowed considerably, so I have begun diving deep on every common formation in the small sample I've played at 1k. (Single raised pot in position preflop raiser, single raised pot in position preflop caller, etc). So far for the single raised pots each formation produces 700~ hands that I just comb through and each mistake I notice I mark the hand and mark the nature of the mistake to spot the trends. Usually when I get through the entire formation 1-2 common errors pop up for more often than the others and now I have something I can easily attack when I play.

With my volume being lower than I'd like it makes it harder for me to maintain a good study rhythm, but I am staying engaged and on my feet coaching all the new players that come into the CFP. Lucky for me they're passionate, curious, and smart so it's a real pleasure for me and helps me stay sharp.

Hopefully I can get some solid games this weekend and provide a good monthly update.

June 10, 2022 | 10:18 p.m.

Ty man!

June 10, 2022 | 10:17 p.m.

Cheers buddy!

June 10, 2022 | 10:17 p.m.

Post | sippin_criss posted in Chatter: sippin_criss: still grinding

Hi guys.

I'm a 36-year-old from Vancouver Island BC. Wife and 2 kids. I'm currently playing 1k on Bodog and am a coach for the Nachos Poker stable that's run by Patrick (freenachos). I'm approved to start taking shots at 2k but unfortunately it is not available in Canada and I haven't looked too deep into my thinly available options for high stakes.

Current results since joining NachosPoker last year:




My story:

I started playing SNG's in 2005 and learned a ton from STTF here on 2p2. I eked out a decent winrate at low stakes for several years and eventually managed to hit SNE on Stars once in 2013. Played a load of spin and gos after they were released but only regularly as high as the $50s on FTP. Spins dried up some and I bounced around different sites playing SNG's.

Got into MTTs a little bit in 2019, had some success and did some occasional traveling around playing live, highlights include a $40k bink in a 1k at The Bike and a shade better than a min cash at a WPT $10k at Hawaiian Gardens that I for some reason decided to try to satellite into. Covid hit shortly after those scores and due to the wild nature of the games I jacked up my ABI in an effort to hit a massive score. Crashed and burned there but don't really regret the decision, although I probably could have approached it better.

Had to pick up the pieces and was stuck and bored to death grinding low stakes in the thick of covid with a miserably low winrate ceiling so I attempted to get into cash. It took me a while to even build a roll to be comfortable grinding 200nl but I was able to start winning there at a decent clip and was feeling good. Even though I was winning at 200 I didn't feel optimistic for my future as my redline was tanking hard and I didn't feel like I'd have any shot of doing well at 500nl and beyond without assistance, so I sought out Patrick after seeing his blog on RIO.

I viewed joining Nachos as a last kick at the can for my time in poker. I live in an expensive part of the world and I have a family to feed. I figured I'd better start taking things seriously and properly establish myself at 500+ or just move on and find an actual career. Luckily, after banging my head against the wall at 200 for what felt like forever I finally broke through to 500 and had immediate success. I'm not sure why but for a long time I've felt proving yourself to be a winner at 500 is like achieving some kind of poker tenure. 50k hands of 500 later I was able to shot 1k and was fortunate enough to stick the landing and do well over a small sample. Knowing what I know now, I never would have figured it out without Patrick's help.

What's next for me:

Going to keep grinding with an eye on 2k games whenever they may become available for me. I want to play as high as I can and win as much as I can. If I don't find anything beyond 1k I'm still pleased to have come this far. I'll get more into my study and process later so this post doesn't take 2 hours to read.

Golf stuff:

Some of you who know me know I have been a rather serious failed low level pro golfer. I've played very little in recent years but my passion is still there and now that I'm playing higher stakes and my kids are older I may have a real shot to at least commit a lot of hours and pursue getting as good as I can at the game. Golf is pretty cool in that the best of the best can crush professionally well into their 50s. Don't think that's necessarily in my future but I would love to at least fulfill my potential one day since it's the thing I feel the most connected to.

Thanks for being here!

June 7, 2022 | 6:42 p.m.

Congrats dude and thanks for the steady updates.

That 500z WR :o:o:o:o

Aug. 1, 2021 | 9:05 a.m.

Love your resilience man I think that is one of the main keys to pushing through to the highest level!

Where are you putting in most of your volume? Feel free to answer vaguely lol.

July 15, 2021 | 12:42 a.m.

Moved from a bigger city to a small town 2 years ago and it has been amazing for me, my family, social life, and general connections with people around me. You go from being another face in the crowd to becoming buddies with the dude who works at the hardware store. If I go for a walk or drive my kids to school I'll end up waving at half a dozen different buddies.

May 20, 2021 | 10:55 p.m.

Demondoink I think consistency is definitely key! People love the regular updates. Seems appropriate not to post screen names in hands, simple enough to give a basic description or whatever.

Power rankings for sure who doesn't love that!

Do you mind sharing what your hourly rate is?

Cheers man

May 17, 2021 | 1:22 a.m.

Nice video Krzysztof! The way this video was structured would be a great study process for most of us.

Sept. 27, 2020 | 3:24 a.m.

RunItTw1ce yup that's me!

Sept. 17, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

Great video format. Love the videos that provide a framework for an immediate practical application!

Sept. 15, 2020 | 4:39 p.m.

Hey Brock. Tariq Haji put out a recent video for dealing with donk bets at 100NL on Ignition and I suspect his detailed findings will be similar across the board on most weak fields whether it's cash games or tournaments.

Sept. 11, 2020 | 6:36 p.m.

Hey Daniel, loved this video. I think your live play videos are among the best videos out there and recommend your stuff to anyone who will listen. What I loved about this video was a concrete way to boost winrate today as well as providing clear and detailed methods for us to work through on our own. 10/10 perfect video couldn't ask for anything more.

Sept. 11, 2020 | 6:34 p.m.

Tattooing this on my forehead:

"If I never pay attention to showdowns though, I'll also surely lose. If the player pool consistently deviates from GTO in some way, I need to take advantage of this arbitrage opportunity. The only way to find the opportunities is to think deeply about the implications of different range structures in different situations.

In fact the skill is more important than any other, because GTO strategies are really just models of potential play from our opponents. No one's preflop ranges or betsizings exactly match the solver, much less their postflop distributions after the flop. To quote George Box: "All models are wrong. Some are useful."

Thanks again for the content Tyler, broken record here but you're just the absolute best of the best.

Sept. 5, 2020 | 4:56 p.m.

Love your content Tariq and found your donk chart incredibly valuable. Cheers.

Sept. 2, 2020 | 4:45 p.m.

Re: x/f Ax otr in Q8 iso hand vs the loose passive fish, I agree there is an argument to x/f AJ there vs that player type but I would also assume that if Tariq has a hand as strong as AJ he's going to just be betting it himself a lot.

Sept. 2, 2020 | 4:45 p.m.

Great stuff Henry keep it coming!

Aug. 29, 2020 | 6:19 p.m.

Came to inquire about this as well.

Aug. 29, 2020 | 6:19 p.m.

Hi Tyler,

I'd pay the sub just for your content alone. You have opened my eyes to several recent spots where I've ignored obvious regions of range that would have made me some money had I clicked call.

I've seen some oversimplifications in river spots from known pros recently (always call, always fold) so it's nice to have a more balanced approach, even though you did always call ;).

Perhaps as a sister video you could look through the DB to find some spots where you folded say 2p+ OTR.

June 4, 2020 | 3:47 a.m.

Some of the best MTT content the internet has to offer, cheers man.

Feb. 19, 2020 | 7:38 p.m.

Nice to see you on RIO man! The K6s hand a x/r feels like it works pretty good from a popn POV, villain is probably betting 1/4 way too often and you get to continue on nearly half the deck.

Loving the sense of humour and looking forward to more content.

Feb. 10, 2020 | 4:57 p.m.

Love this content. Could watch live play with theory content mixed in all day. The majority of the RIO faithful seems to prefer theory vids but it's nice to see what the masters do when the rubber meets the road.

Feb. 4, 2020 | 12:08 a.m.

Hey Ryan, this video was great and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. I enjoyed your overall takeaways from analyzing these spots and what I'd love to see you dive a bit deeper into is how the population tends to deviate and what the responses would be. For example the AK3 spot where popn will almost never be finding that checking frequency from the BB, and how IP can exploit a BB who bets too often. Cheers man.

Jan. 29, 2020 | 7:39 p.m.

For guys like me who have used PIO but absolutely suck at it, this series is gold. Thanks Chris.

Jan. 17, 2020 | 6:19 p.m.

He discusses this in this video and says it is the issue with nodelocking. The example in the video was reducing OOP xr freq on Q93 BB vs BTN. IP strat went from a mix of 12% big bet 75% small bet and 13% check to nearly 100% small bet. The problem with this, Chris said, is that it fails to account the ways villain may misplay other streets. If OOP has a leak that he does not xr flop enough it's likely he's making mistakes at several other nodes. So while we may want to dark cbet 1/3 every time it's difficult to tell if it is actually more profitable to delay cbet or delay barrel with certain hands.

Jan. 17, 2020 | 6:07 p.m.

Hey Seth. Loving your content and love the way you do your sims, thank you.

7d7x hand at 27:30 where you def CO vs EP flop is A83dd and villain goes x block block, would you say that line is underbluffed by population?

Jan. 12, 2020 | 6:04 p.m.

Nice Ryan! Love the way you broke the hands down as well as your intelligent and practical sims.

Jan. 8, 2020 | 5:28 p.m.

Thanks Tyler. Nice to see an instructor have the humility to post hands with errors but the wisdom to break them down and provide the audience with A+ information.

Dec. 21, 2019 | 1:53 a.m.

Comment | sippin_criss commented on The Next Level

Thanks Mathias. Great video. At approximately what abi do you think Pio becomes an integral study tool? I am currently playing quite low ($30-$40 abi) and feel like the quality of play is so poor that solvers, even node locking are not a great use of my study time.

Nov. 30, 2019 | 4:29 a.m.

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