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Mess vortex. Micros here.

    • Anger86
      Joined: 17.08.2008 Posts: 511
      Life fucked me. Whatever.

      Full Tilt is gone, so now (after a long time of not playing) it's time to ...

      ... TO START FRESH.

      This is for me and only me. A little bit about me. I'm 25 old guy.
      I enjoy playing guitar, singing, dancing salsa, going to the gym, making some money.
      That's enough.

      Well I played at FT earlier. You might know the story.
      Two weeks ago I deposited $ 100 on the other site and started playing NL5 SH.
      At the moment I will use aggressive BRM = 25 BI. At NL 50 = 40 to 50 BI.

      Poker Mindset.
      Well, I have the worst mindset ever, but I'm not sure, since my keyboard still works after some fist work. :D
      Yes. I think I'm slowly getting better, though. I, kind of learnd to rage quit. :D ...


      Will be continued.
  • 7 replies
    • Anger86
      Joined: 17.08.2008 Posts: 511
      As I said, I was a FullTilt player earlier. Then I started playing on Poker Stars.
      My play was something like the name of this blog "Mess Vortex".
      No strategy at all (Some - yes, but not consistent, not disciplined). Played about 2 months, before ...

      Before JAN 10, 2012

      Then on JAN 10, 2012 I started to use some rules for myself. Something like discipline.
      If I feel like I have to do something different in the middle of my session,
      I'll say to myself: "There is no need to do anything different, because my strategy works fine already."
      So here is another graph ...

      After JAN 10, 2012

      [Graphs are shown in BB's.]

      - Is that a lot of hands?
      I see, that there are some good sample size on the 2nd graph,
      but still I have to remind myself to play more hands per day.
      Basic rule is to play 3,333 hands per day.
      - Why exactly 3,333 ?
      This is a rule for myself, because I want to average 100,000 hands per month.
      Follow the math 3,333*30=99,990 . So that's about 100 k hands.
      - What's the limit?
      I was playing NL5 SH, which is the biggest part of 2nd graph.
      Now I started to play NL10 SH, which I started to play yesterday.
      - How is the new limit?
      Great! Played about 4,2k hands yesterday.
      I also find a lots of misapplied aggression, which I can use to work for me.
      - How to play vs. those players on NL5 and NL10?
      Well. They bluff a lot so I let them as I'm waiting for hands.
      They bluff in the wrong spots, which really works for me
      as I'm very close between TAG and ROCK player styles.
      I also don't bluff-catch light, because I can't have any idea, what hands they
      have, because most of players don't play consistently.
      They can have all kinds of hands, when they move all-in.
      So, I'm kind of ABC in those spots.
    • murichej
      Joined: 28.05.2011 Posts: 54
      i will be following this. GL dude! ;)
    • Anger86
      Joined: 17.08.2008 Posts: 511
      Have you ever heard about term "rage quit"?
      I first heard about it from some video-gamers,
      who are playing "Call Of Duty" games.
      It turns out, that when you get raped/owned and you instantly quit,
      then it means you rage quit the game. YOU SIMPLY GAVE UP.
      Some of those gamers say, it' s a bad thing to do,
      because you are kind of a noob then.
      However, I think it's a HUGE SKILL advantege.
      People should do what they like, so if they don't enjoy the game,
      they have the right to quit.
      For me it's even better, because I'm also playing poker.
      It is so +EV to rage-quit aka tilt-quit at the tables.
      OVERALL: Wear the safety vest!


      Originally posted by murichej
      i will be following this. GL dude! ;)
      Thanks! Good luck to you too!
    • Anger86
      Joined: 17.08.2008 Posts: 511
      This weekend was pretty much spent in 4 walls. Yes, you get it right, I was playing some poker.
      So, here are hands per day:
      * 27.01.2012 [Friday] - 4495 hands;
      * 28.01.2012 [Saturday] - 6140 hands;
      * 29.01.2012 [Sunday] - 8770 hands;
      * 29.01.2012 [Monday] - 6447 hands. (Also had a free day on Monday)
      So that's 25 852 hands after 4 days of grind.

      Table count ATM:

      At the moment, i think, playing 16 - 20 tables is f**king perfect.
      When it comes to 24, it gets a bit fast ... so mouse works/clicks all the time.
      It's like, I can play 24 tables, but then there comes kind of a wave,
      when I have to click at all tables almost at the same time. :D

      - Play less tables, dude!
      - F**k off!

      Some will say: "You should play 4-6 tables, so you can get the notes. Bla, bla, bla ..."
      So, I f**king disagree, because there's no almost any other option than to play ABC
      [more or less], although I don't think I really play perfect ABC. (It's NL10 SH, btw)

      Impressions about NL10

      Players are bad in general. Only thing you have to do is to know, how to exploit their bad play.
      Good idea is to sit on their right. So, they are on your left. :D
      Well, for me, when choosing tables is all about stack sizes,
      since everyone is very bad at these stakes,
      so I don't really look at perfect positions.
      I'd rather play against semi-bad players with 100 BB stacks,
      than against 5 "whales" with 30 - 40 BB stacks.

      Weekend graph:
      Don't think I will putting mid/short term graphs here constantly,
      but this is kind of a celebration to me. And I need more good emotions in poker.
      About 1/2 half of the hands is NL5 SH and another half is NL10 SH.

      BB/100 = 10.09

      The rule for me remains the same - to play 100 000 hands per month.
      Four weekends like this would be awesome [a bit unreal],
      but I'm also playing on other days, so it can be done.
      Also, if I want to play less tables, I'll take only 16 tables.
    • Anger86
      Joined: 17.08.2008 Posts: 511
      There should be all kinds of sessions, in my opinion. It's very important for me not to standardize session times or table counts. For, example, sometimes after work I'm very tired, so it would be pretty stupid to have a 2 hour long session at that moment with max tables I can handle only on my A game. That's why I'm doing warm-up aka feeler sessions. I'll play for 20-30 minutes long session, then. Not too many tables. Good option is to set an alarm on the phone. [If your very tired, it will also wake you up. Almost happened to me a few times to fall asleep at the tables. :) ]
      Afterwards you can think about your strategical, psychological aspects of game.
      Almost 70% of the times I'll have to go to sleep for some time after my warm-up,
      but other 30% of the times it's a very good day right from the begging. It's not that I'm having a bad day, when I'm sleepy, it's just a shorter time of playing poker.
      When is a weekend, it's also not too profitable for me to play in the morning as I wake up. It feels like I'm up, but at the same time my brain isn't just having the right quickness/speed, so it's also a warm-up session for me then.
      If warm-up is going great, then I also add 30-60 minutes to it and it becomes a grinding session.
      Grinding session - for me it's not about time too much, but any way I'll set a timer,
      so I could realize, that I can sometimes get up from the tables and walk. :)
      What is important for me at grinding session is "flow". What I mean by that is I have to feel comfortable, when playing, say, 20 tables. If it's not comfortable, then it's a 2-3 min brake, because I can get a lot of speed back, when taking a short break. I don't know, how it works, but it's just better.
      I've also heard of lock-down sessions, but I don't really see the difference between my grinding sessions, cause you anyways have to eat or go to a WC sometimes.


      TRY TO:
      Do some warm-up sessions for some time and leave me a feedback, how it goes.
      I do really think, that it's a very good weapon in poker players arsenal.
    • Anger86
      Joined: 17.08.2008 Posts: 511
      Didn't wrote for a long time, it feels.
      Life is pretty good overall. Sometimes it makes me really tired and pissed off,
      but then I realize, that I have so great friends, family and of course myself
      [The best person I know. Why? Read declaration below].
      So, whatever will happen, I'll be cool with it. I love my life.

      And here is my declaration of self-esteem, which I found on the i-net:

      I am me.

      In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me.
      There are persons who have some parts like me,
      but no one adds up exactly like me.
      Therefore, everything that comes out of me
      is authentically mine because I alone choose.

      I own everything about me -
      my body, including everything it does;
      my mind, including all its thoughts and ideas;
      my eyes, including the images of all they behold;
      my feelings, whatever they may be - anger, joy, frustration, love, disappointment, excitement;
      my mouth, and all the words that come out of it, polite, sweet or rough, correct or incorrect;
      my voice, loud or soft;
      and all my actions, whether they be to others or to myself.

      I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears.

      I own all my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes.

      Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me.
      By so doing I can love me and be friendly with me in all my parts.
      I can then make it possible for all of me to work in my best interests.

      I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me,
      and other aspects that I do not know.
      But as long as I am friendly and loving to myself,
      I can courageously and hopefully look for the solutions
      to the puzzles and for ways to find out more about me.

      However I look and sound, whatever I say and do,
      and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is me.
      This is authentic and represents where I am at that moment in time.

      When I review later how I looked and sounded, what I said and did,
      and how I thought and felt, some parts may turn out to be unfitting.
      I can discard that which is unfitting and keep that which proved fitting,
      and invent something new for that which I have discarded.

      I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do.
      I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive,
      and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me.

      I own me, and therefore I can engineer me.

      I am me and I am okay.

      Peace, love, happiness.
    • Anger86
      Joined: 17.08.2008 Posts: 511
      I thought I'll show you a good system how to manage your hands you post in the forums.
      I really like this system. It takes a bit of time to write stuff down,
      but it will be very useful, if later I'll want to review my play on specific situation.

      I think, this system has a lot of advantages.
      Hope it can help to some of you.

      Poker stuff.
      Lately have been playing less tables and concentrating more on posting hands and also selecting good tables.
      That's takes some determination and discipline to to do both well.
      Table selecting is a huge skill, I realize.
      Not to say that I'm very good at it, but it's good to know, that it can be an edge.

      My previous goal, which was collecting 100k hands per month now seems unrealistic, but it's OK, as I realize, that I'm a horrible player and I doesn't make much sense to grind so hard.
      New goal is to be less horrible with every day I live.
      Be a better person and a poker player.
      Have some discipline at posting hands and selecting tables.

      Btw, write this down: "Any moment of time you spend not searching for better tables is a leak itself, which means you are probably on a tilt." That suits me actually.
      I know, that I'm in general horrible at poker, so not searching for better tables is bad.

      Do I tilt?
      Also had a thought about tilt itself. Books say: "Tilt is whenever you are not playing your A game." OK, I get it. It makes sense, but what about me? I'm playing my C game like daily. So, this rule between the gap of A and C is relative to each player.
      For me, it is like a very small gap as I'm inexperienced player.

      So, math:
      1) A-C=infinite, when player is very good at his A game, but totally sucks balls at his C game, unless his C game is OK too;

      2) A-C=medium, when player kind of knows something, but is not far from tilt, when considering his skill level;

      3) A-C=0, so A=C, which perfectly fits me as I mostly don't know, what to do at the tables. :f_p: So, by definition, it becomes it's impossible to tilt for me.