[NL25 SH] Poker 'pro' - still studying basics

    • Dawidas888
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      Fcuk yeah, I get up again, and again, and again...


      ABOUT ME

      I'm a 23 year old husband (yeah, I married at 21 :f_eek: and no, we don't have children :f_pleased: , yet) living in UK (originally from Lithuania - still planning to go back there someday) and my name is Deividas (a Lithuanian version of David). I'm somewhat of a failed nerd who doesn't like looking for jobs but likes security of a 9-5 job ( :f_confused: ). I also like all kinds of martial arts (I prefer contact though :f_cool: ).


      This is me pretending that I can do karate :f_biggrin:


      This year (2013) I will graduate in law and will be looking for a FT 9-5 job as a backup plan if becoming a poker pro plan fails :f_biggrin: (I sure hope it doesn't, but the past results suggest otherwise and I like to be safe nowadays, you know, just :f_cool: ).

      Why did I start this blog?
      I like to reflect on my progress to keep my motivation up (currently I suck at motivation very hard and I have some 'soft tilt' issues) and at some point in the future I will probably need evidence that I could crush NL50 (when I'll lose a ton of money gambling etc.).

      What will you find here?
      I'll post some summaries of articles and videos, interesting hands (links to HE forums) and prop bets. I rarely talk trash as I find it boring (I do, however, make sure to waste a lot of time on movies / TV series :f_biggrin: ).

      POKER CAREER

      Have played a bit in 2008-2010, was even considering myself a FT pro at one point when I was playing NL10-20 HU SnG :facepalm: We all know how this ends...

      In April 2013 I started it all over. Why? I don't like to have this idea in my mind that I can't crush at poker. So yeah, I will prove that I can crush at least NL50. I'm glad with my progress since - I've reached all my goals so far (20k hands + 100 HE (hand evaluations) in April and 30k hands + 150 HE in May - old thread here: Dawidas888 (Locker room)) and, hopefully, passed the final quizz in beginner's course.

      SOOOO... WHAT'S THE PLAN?

      Guiding principles

      The main one (taken from Professional Attitude):
      It is possible to compensate for a lack of talent through the will to work hard. But it is not possible to compensate for lack of will with talent.

      Also, a quote from TwiceT:
      The technical game is one thing. However, as I underlined so often here on PS over the last years, in so many of my coachings as well as in the mindset section of our book: A good technical game is the foundation, but you ultimately make money due to:
      - peak performance
      - mindset
      - work ethics
      Outworking > any talent and/or technical skill.
       

      For me this means that anyone can be a winner and it's not about being smarter but rather putting more effort/time than anyone else.

      Strengths
      Above average analytical skills.
      My family.


      My wife :f_love:


      My 2 younger brothers :f_cool:


      Weaknesses
      Long periods (anywhere from 1 day to 6 months) of low motivation to play/study.
      Overconfidence in my abilities.

      Short-term goals
      I will have ongoing goals for x amount hands and x amount HE per month.
      I will study at least half as much time as I play, i.e. at least 1 : 2 ratio of study : play.

      SO GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU AT THE TABLES!
      You will need it...
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    • nooni2k
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      Hey David, will follow, GL!


      I also graduated law (some years ago :D ). 9-5 jobs can be good for sure, but working in law is not a 9-5 job! (I don't btw!)


      I like the 2 quotes in your guiding principles, they fill me with a warm glow of hope :f_biggrin:
    • gadget51
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      Oh no, not more clever, nice and far too attractive people! :D

      Anyway, welcome to the dark side! It seems you have a plan you think you can manage, but I assume you have an idea how tough it can be to be a poker professional?

      I do wish you the best of everything though and hope it goes well!

      If not, just run good!

      Very best regards,

      Mal.
    • NightFrostaSS
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      Sekmes ;)
    • Schnitzelfisch
      Schnitzelfisch
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      Interesting, will follow :) .
    • ikkvr
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      Nice couple :D what limits u playing ? btw gl
    • Alleen86
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      Will follow you!

      Good luck with your goals!
    • Dawidas888
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      Hey ho boyz and girlz! (what's up with me always trying to be 'cool'??? :facepalm: )



      nooni2k: I'm glad you like the quotes, they are nice indeed :f_biggrin: Regarding the 9-5 job, I agree that law doesn't provide that comfort and therefore I'm looking for a sales/management role (I think I can sell shit well :f_cool: ).

      gadget51: Haha! Yeah, I do have an idea how tough it can be to be a poker pro :f_mad: However, the difficulty is very relative and if everything's done correctly, it shouldn't be too difficult.

      I will turn pro only when I have enough money to live for 1 year with all expenses paid. Then I won't need to care about money which is supposed to take some pressure off. If things go terribly wrong with my poker career I expect to have enough time to look for a job and prepare my plan B [i](that's how pro's roll baby :f_cool: )[/I].

      NightFrostaSS: Ačiū :f_grin:

      Schnitzelfisch: Thanks!

      ikkvr: Haha, thanks! I'm playing NL10 SH/FR at the moment.

      Alleen86: Thank you mate!

      POKER
      During last week I successfully nailed all my May goals and set up myself for a nice June. I haven't played any online games in June, but I tested the waters in live cash games and I have to say - jeez how soft these games are!

      So I played on Saturday in Aspers Poker Room in Westfield, Stratford (http://www.aspersstratford.co.uk/poker-room.html). I played NL100 and ended up with +3.5 BI after all expenses. I caught 1 nice bluff, sucked out a couple of times, got coolered once and didn't get KK+ which was sad given how aggro my image was :f_biggrin:

      I probably won't play much poker next week because I have to prepare for my final exam on Friday. After that, my grandmother, mother and youngest brother is coming to London so I won't have much time to play either. However, I still plan to put in about 30k hands and about 100 HE in June with some mix of live games so there will be action! I will finalize my poker plans next week.

      David
    • nooni2k
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      Ah man...I'm itching to play some live poker.

      Aspers sounds good but what's the smallest stakes can you play there?

      Obv I'm an micro-stakes online poker kid so hence don't have much of a bankroll to take to a live game.. and if I was to drop like £200 in an hour to bad beats I would tilt my ass off

      GL in your exam. :D
    • Dawidas888
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      Hiya Matt

      Thanks, I'll really need to be lucky in the exam to get a good grade.

      Smallest stakes are NL100 but the player field is very soft. It's almost impossible to drop £200 in an hour (unless you tilt like crazy and spew money around) as the speed of the game is roughly 25 h/h, the players are very passive and you can buy in for 100bb in the beginning. If you do decide you want to try out cash games, it would be nice to have some company :f_grin:

      David
    • nooni2k
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      Originally posted by Dawidas888
      Hiya Matt

      Thanks, I'll really need to be lucky in the exam to get a good grade.

      Smallest stakes are NL100 but the player field is very soft. It's almost impossible to drop £200 in an hour (unless you tilt like crazy and spew money around) as the speed of the game is roughly 25 h/h, the players are very passive and you can buy in for 100bb in the beginning. If you do decide you want to try out cash games, it would be nice to have some company :f_grin:

      David
      Yeah, exam rungood is the nuts ;)


      Hmm sounds tempting with the soft field. I was hoping for a 50nl-ish table but 100 isn't so bad. Will think about it! Guess that would mean we'd be sat at the same table though :f_o:


      btw - how are you planning to get together enough $ for one year's living expenses? just through poker or will you save up from a job too
    • mineriva
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    • Dawidas888
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      [CENTER]----- SONG OF THE WEEK -----



      [I]Today is THE day[/i]

      [/CENTER]
      nooni2k: I think I should be capable of getting enough money for my year's living expenses entirely from poker (my family's monthly expenses stand at ~£1,000 in London; if I go back to Lithuania it would go down to £500 / 2,000 LTL / $800).

      mineriva: Thanks! I do follow your blog as well just didn't have time to post anything smart, yet. But it's coming.

      [CENTER]----- [b]PERSONAL LIFE[/B] -----[/CENTER]
      Last week I had my final exam and I think I did pretty well considering how little time I spent preparing for it. The results will be in 20 days (or so they say :f_biggrin: ). Also, my family came to visit on Friday and we spent a lot of time together so I have no time for poker. They will leave on Tuesday ( :f_cry: ).

      In addition to that, I had my second job interview with a marketing company and only when they started showing what the actual work will be did I realize that it's a face-to-face sales job based entirely on commission (£10 spent on travelling + my time :facepalm: ). This means its exactly like poker - if you work hard you will be paid... (I am looking for a basic salary + commission type job). Therefore, I decided not to take it.

      Current plan:
      If I am successful on this weekend live sessions (Friday-Sunday, ~30h of play; successful = +3 BI) I will not be looking for a job in June and will try to grind some more live games.

      [I]In UK poker winnings are treated the same way as lottery winnings - you do not have to pay any income tax.[/i]
      This means that if I manage to win £1500 a month from poker then it is more +$EV to play poker than work in a job which pays £20k annual salary. However, I understand that this does not include any other potential benefits such as healthcare or free gym membership :f_biggrin: .

      If I fail (fail = break-even or below) I will look for a job on Mondays-Wednesdays.
      If it's something in between I will probably still look for a job :f_cool: .

      [CENTER]----- [b]POKER[/B] -----[/CENTER]
      I managed to have a 10 hour live poker session on Thursday (06 06) with almost +2 BI. Also, I'm happy that my brother decided to stake me a little bit so that I have a better buffer for my live sessions. Below you can see what I have planned for June.

      ----- RESULTS OVERVIEW -----

      Monthly goals:
      0 / 30 online sessions (1.5 hours each)
      2 / 11 live sessions (10 hours each)
      0 / 100 hand evaluations
      0 / 2 video summaries
      0 / 2 article summaries

      Time spent on:
      Live play - 21h
      Online play - 0h
      Study - 0h

      Time to start grinding like there's no tomorrow...
    • mineriva
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      Yep most, if not all, these sales jobs where you only get commission are not worth the time. If the product was good it would have been marketed differently.

      That having been said... My advise is do not think of poker as plan "A" and getting a job as plan "B". Poker should be plan "Z".
    • Dawidas888
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      [CENTER]----- SONG OF THE WEEK -----



      [I]I listened to this song on Saturday evening - I tilted on my live game session, lost 3 BIs (£300), came back home early without waiting for my wife to finish work, talked to my brother, watched a movie - this song was playing in the end...[/i]
      [/CENTER]

      mineriva: If I understand you correctly you are saying that poker should be a last resort thing. I have to disagree with you as I don't think you can be really good at something if its just 'something you do when you have nothing else to do'. And I want to be good at poker.

      [CENTER]----- [b]PERSONAL LIFE[/B] -----[/CENTER]
      I learnt that my exam results are coming out on 15th of July so fingers crossed. Haven't done much besides poker, my mother and brother left on Tuesday and I spent some more time helping out my other brother with the website of his company (you can check out the website by clicking here :f_eek: ).

      Also, I spent the bigger part of Sunday playing Elements the Game and recovering my serotonin and dopamine supplies ( :f_cool: ).

      [CENTER]----- [b]POKER[/B] -----[/CENTER]
      Live poker
      I had 2 live poker session on Friday and Saturday (14 06 - 15 06). On Friday I came out with +5.6 BI and on Saturday -3 BI. I didn't play on Sunday as I needed to recover my serotonin supplies after my tilt on Saturday.

      2 biggest winners on Friday
      Hand 1 - Set
      I flopped a set 4 or 5 way and took about 150bb from a fish who stacked off with KQo on K45r J board (r = rainbow flop; J - turn card).

      Hand 2 - KK
      I squeezed a raiser and 2 callers from BB to 35bb. The guy on BU called me (my reads: tricky fish, can bluff at pots, slowplays monsters). Flop came T86r. I bet 40bb into 84bb pot, BU minraises to 80bb (he has 150 left behind), I reraise to 140 (I want him to give another chance to bluff at me) and the guy shoves. I snap call. Turn - J, river - 9 ( :f_mad: me praying that he doesn't have Q, 7 or some weird 2 pair). The guy flips over KJo and I take down the pot.

      2 biggest losers on Saturday
      Hand 1 - QQ
      I was playing vs my uncle (he joined me at the casino) who is a complete fish. I raised preflop on BU, check back on A53r flop 3 way, bet 12 on J turn and I get check/raised to 24. I called this raise just because this was my uncle and I've seen how he liked to bluff. However, this was not the spot where he would bluff with air and my call was really bad. On the blank river he bets 50bb into me and I call. He flips over AJ for 2pair (I felt like a complete fish :facepalm: ). I went into a soft tilt after this hand.

      Hand 2 - T9s
      I came back after a break and I was still on tilt. I didn't wait to talk to my brother about the session and this made me tilt even more. In this hand I was in position on the turn facing a small bet (1/5 of the pot) and a caller. I had a FD+OESD and instead of just calling I decided to raise even though I was pretty sure I have little to no fold equity. This mistake cost me about 120bb. After this hand I was playing shortstack and was feeling miserable (now I know how all those shortstacked fishes feel... :f_biggrin: ).

      I'm so glad I had a hard stop loss of £300 :f_cool: .

      What did I learn?
      After I lose a big pot or even feel that I'm on soft tilt, I take my chips of the table and place them with the cashiers. Then I go to call my brother and if he's not available I chill until he is ( :f_grin: ).
      I don't play with less than 100bb. My buy-in is 100bb, but after I'm familiar with the table I always keep my stack between 100-150bb. If I don't have enough money to rebuy above 100bb I leave (with dignity :f_cool: ).
      I start to tilt when I'm outplayed or I overthink the hand.

      Online poker
      I studied more about dopamine and serotonin. I finished my summaries for articles and videos on serotonin and dopamine from the Somnius' neuropsychology series. Both articles and videos are very long and boring (I think the same amount of information could be taught in half the time with better visual presentations), but the information is really valuable.

      I played 4,571 hands with most of them on Thursday waiting for the 100 billionth hand. When the milestone hand was nearing I opened some tables across NL2-50 to get into the stake share and was lucky enough to win $15.20.

      What did I learn?
      I found some good spots where I could raise on the flop

      Weak draw on dry board
      NL10 FR A2s flop/turn spots - bluffraise?
      #1 I have equity to improve
      #2 The board is dry
      #3 The opponent is aggressive and by raising I will often get a free turn
      #4 People at NL10 play straightforward vs raises

      Strong draw on wet board
      NL10 SH K6s flop/turn spots - good spot to raise the flop
      #1 I have equity to improve
      #2 I have good FE vs better hands

      I found a good and a bad spot to turn my hand into a bluffcatcher

      Vs an aggressive opponent in a HU pot - good spot
      NL10 99 flop/turn spots - turning my hand into a bluffcatcher
      #1 The opponent is aggressive
      #2 Draws are present
      #3 HU pot

      Vs a passive opponent in a 3way pot - bad spot
      NL10 FR TT flop/turn spots - turning my hand into a bluffcatcher
      CB: F - 54(13), T - 50(2).
      #1 Opponent does not cbet too much (in this spot he will bet TP+ and strong draws).
      #2 Villain is not aggressive overall
      #3 I'm not closing the action
      #4 3-way pot

      [CENTER]----- RESULTS OVERVIEW -----[/center]
      Monthly goals:
      4,571 / 20,000 hands (I changed this from sessions to hands as it's easier to count :f_biggrin: )
      4 / 11 live sessions (I also removed the time for the session as it doesn't really matter)
      6 / 100 hand evaluations
      1 / 2 video summaries
      1 / 2 article summaries


      Last week's graph


      So far I'm a quite a bit behind with my poker goals and I will need to do more hand evaluations in the next 2 weeks. I also feel that I don't study as much as I used to so I will definitely spend more time on that. The focus of this week will be (1) hand evaluations and (2) live poker tells. If anyone has a good information source for live poker tells please let me know, I will really appreciate that.

      Good luck at the tables!
      David
    • nooni2k
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      Nice post.

      Regarding your plan B/plan Z thing! Imho you're at the awesome lifestage where you've just finished education, and the whole world is laid out in front of you. Therefore, if you're going to have poker as one of your possible career options, there is no better time than right now to try it.

      Believe me, I would've started much much sooner if I had the chance. You have the time, you have the youth, and it sounds like you have the motivation. So so go for it. :D


      By the way, couple of questions:

      - At the casino can you not rebuy when you're below a certain stack size? I am still keen on playing live but I don't like the idea of potentially having to play short-stacked if I lose a big hand early on.

      - With the serotonin and dopamine thing. Without going into too much detail (unless you want to!)...what's their relevance to poker? I am aware of what they do in the brain (rewards system and mood stability etc) but not sure how that relates to poker.
    • ABShortland
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      You barely missed out on the +3BI you wanted to not look for another job, you seem to be pwning online pretty hard so i shouldn't think .4 of a BI should deter you from putting all your time into being a hero grinder :s_cool:

      Last weeks graphs looks soo sweet! :f_love: the monthly graph is gonna be sick :s_cool:

      A note on your A2 hand i'd probably be raising that alot of the time vs most opponents and barreling good turn cards, You pick up alot of dead money and in the very small times you do hit by the river you have pretty good implied odds.

      Regards
    • Dawidas888
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      Hi guys!

      nooni2k: Thanks for the support Matt, you are the second person who encourages me to play poker! :f_biggrin: My wife doesn't understand it well so after every bad session she urges me to look for a 'normal' job :f_frown: I don't blame her, swings are tough for me even though I understand that they can occur, for those who don't understand variance it's even tougher. I guess it will take some time for her to get used to it :f_biggrin: .

      Regarding rebuys in live games - you can rebuy whenever you want (1/1 table limit is 250bb or 50% of the largest stack whichever is higher). I assume you asked this because I mentioned that I played shortstacked. This happened to me because I had a hard stop loss and I lost more than 250bb so my stop-loss 'didn't allow' me to rebuy :f_cool: .

      Regarding serotonin and dopamine - I don't mind going into a lot of details about these neurotransmitters. Bear in mind that even though I learned this information from articles and videos mentioned below some of the extensions I made are made by me using common sense, so they may not be entirely accurate :f_biggrin: .

      ARTICLE - Neuropsychology of Poker (2) - Serotonin and Mood
      VIDEO - Neuropsychology of Poker - Episode 2

      Serotonin's primary function is to mediate the perception of your resource levels relative to your survival needs and to that of others (higher perceived resource levels = more happiness). Lowering of serotonin is our brain's way of telling that we lost / need more of some resources [I](resources include but, I think, are not limited to (1) food (2) material things and (3) social ranking)[/i]. Another serotonin's function (this one is more directly related to poker) is to help 'unlearn' and 'relearn' responses that were initially rewarding but later became punishing.

      Common poker example:
      You have a draw on the turn, someone bets and you call having wrong pot odds and no implied odds. You suck out on the river. The brain will receive a rewarding response, because you win the pot. However later (and in the long-term) this same action will send you more punishing responses because you will lose money more often than not. To prevent yourself from doing this next time you will need to have good serotonin supplies to resist the urge to call. Also, this wasn't said in the article/video but I assume it is possible to measure your serotonin supplies by checking your mood - good mood = good serotonin supplies.


      It has been shown that serotonin levels drop significantly when consistently losing during the games of risk (such as poker) and therefore they have to be restored. For me, the best way to restore those resources is to talk to someone you like and trust (increase your social resources by using your social network). When I lose money in live games my serotonin levels drop but I compensate for that drop by talking with my brother during breaks and discussing the hands. He never criticizes me, stresses the good plays I made and how he trusts me to continue make good plays therefore increasing my self-confidence. This way my serotonin levels are increased by getting respect (social resource) from people I admire. If I were to talk to someone who would criticize me I would probably lose even more serotonin and start tilting faster and harder.

      So to sum it up, serotonin's primary function is to regulate your mood and it is required to maintain your A-game and to be able to fix your leaks at the table.

      ARTICLE - Neuropsychology of Poker (3) - Dopamine, Energy and Focus
      VIDEO - Neuropsychology of Poker - Episode 3

      Dopamine is utilized by frontal lobes. Rationalizing, planning and remaining poised are all functions of dopaminergic activity (dopamine's function). Dopamine does not act alone, all the effects are produced both directly and indirectly by this neurotransmitter and its counterparts (norepinephrine, serotonin). Norepinephrine is a hormone synthesized from dopamine (another dopamine's function). The release of norepinephrine triggers an increase in blood pressure and blood flow in your body - the 'fight or flight' response.

      The 'fight or flight' response is good for physical training (more blood rushing to the muscles = better workout) but bad for playing poker (less blood for the brains = decreased ability to subdue emotions). Preparation for this response is unconscious - this can happen even when we don't want it.

      Poker example:
      You just lost a preflop all-in with QQ vs AK. No sweat, you do this all the time, flipping pre-flop is a common occurrence and something you are used to. 30 seconds later on another table you get it in preflop again KK v AA and your opponent holds. Now you feel it a little more. Still, business as usual you think, but your brain is already feeling the effects. At this level of neural activity, it cannot tell the difference between a potential predator rounding the corner and losing 2 flips at the poker table. Put simply, there is enough stress to elicit a response, and the body is already starting to react. 2 minutes pass and you hit a set - wonderful! You check/call the flop, the turn and then check/raise the river and your opponent snap-calls. Your microseconds of joy turn into horror as your opponent reveals a bigger set. This time your response is more dramatic, perhaps you look away from the screen and grimace. Your shoulders move closer to your neck, you hunch a few more inches over the keyboard, your heart-rate increases a little bit more. Being a professional poker player, you shake it off and continue playing, still maintaining your A-game. However, your body already has something different in mind. It has already begun to secrete norepinephrine at dramatic levels. All of a sudden you feel more energetic, yet tense, attentive and excited, too excited perhaps. You continue playing, and whether you realise it or not, you’re making decisions faster, clicking buttons quicker and not thinking as clearly.


      Low levels of dopamine affect:
      Episodic memory (context surrounding the hand). It makes it difficult to pick up reads and remember previous hand histories. You are also more likely to play on autopilot.
      Executive functioning (a combination of higher order mechanisms employed to manage important cognitive processes) is hindered. Most signals must go through frontal lobes before they can manifest in some sort of an action. Executive functioning allows us to think flexibly (conceive new lines, think about all details) and is responsible for forming rules / guidelines (necessary when adapting to other players). When it is hindered it becomes more difficult to think abstractly, acquire and form rules, initiate appropriate and stop from taking a known wrong action. Knowing the best play, but failing to follow through is the likely result of low dopamine levels (though it's also a function of serotonin levels, so I think both of these neurotransmitters are equally important; there was no express link made in the videos/articles between these 2 transmitters).
      Energy levels (lowered). Stress, drugs (alcohol, caffeine (rushes blood to the muscles)) & bad nutrition (sugar) also lowers dopamine levels. The goal is to increase dopamine levels in frontal lobes and reduce our sensitivity to norepinephrine.

      It has been shown that 10 minutes of energetic walking releases dopamine to the brain and increases energy levels for the next couple of hours. However, I assume that any kind of energetic movement will do. So for me, the best way to increase dopamine levels is by moving for 10 minutes (if I'm alone in my room I'll probably dance for 10 mins to some good songs).

      Now that's a long explanation :f_biggrin:

      abshortland: Hey Adam, thanks for the support buddy! Missing out on my goal would not be such a big deal if I did not tilt when I play. However, since I did, I feel like my emotional stamina, level of poker training (preparation) and physiological baselines are not yet good enough to do this for a couple of days in a row professionally. I'm really reluctant to look for a job though ( :f_cool: ) so in this month I will do my best to improve this aspect of my game.

      Regarding graph and hands - yeah, I was running quite well last week online :f_biggrin: , hopefully this will continue this week. And for the A2 hand, I feel that I need to work more on my flop raising range (a note for myself in the future) as if I don't have something planned my natural tendencies are usually very loose passive :f_biggrin: .

      Best of luck to you guys!
      David
    • nooni2k
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      Wow, epic response David :D

      Certainly expanded my knowledge a great deal. I also find it very interesting from the point of view of my whole "Vices" angle ;)

      Just goes to show that you really do need a good balance of things in life. Exercise, healthy living, sleep and time with friends and family = healthy body & mind = good poker mindset.


      When I lose money in live games my serotonin levels drop but I compensate for that drop by talking with my brother during breaks and discussing the hands. He never criticizes me, stresses the good plays I made and how he trusts me to continue make good plays therefore increasing my self-confidence.
      This reinforces the importance of having the gf/wife on your side regarding poker. If she is moaning at you during a session or being critical/non-supportive after a bad one, it's incredibly damaging and -EV. Keep her sweet :]
    • Dawidas888
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      [CENTER]----- SONG OF THE WEEK -----



      [I]Crazy weekend[/i]
      [/CENTER]

      [CENTER]----- [b]PERSONAL LIFE[/B] -----[/CENTER]
      Not much has been going on in the past week. Been grinding and studying most of the time. I started watching a new TV series 'Psych'. It's not super interesting (it's hard to compete with 'House' and 'How I Met Your Mother'), but it makes me laugh and that's all I need to relax after a long day of grinding ( :f_biggrin: ).

      Also, today I received a call that this Wednesday I'm invited to a job interview for some management position. It must be from a few weeks ago when I was spamming my CV ( :f_biggrin: ). So I'm looking forward to it. I should receive a confirmation email about the time and place (and what kind of job this is :f_biggrin: ).

      [CENTER]----- [b]POKER[/B] -----[/CENTER]
      Live poker
      I had 3 live poker session last week on Monday, Friday and Saturday (17 06, 22 06 & 23 06). I lost 3.5 BI in total :f_confused: . It's possible I'm on a downswing but it's more likely just my bad play. The final few hands I played I made a fishy call for 80bb and was really shocked after it. I'm just glad that I managed to come back home and not tilt any money (though I made a raise with monster draw with no actual fold equity :f_confused: ) afterwards. When I came back home I was really desperate and my mood was at a really low point. Scary memories :f_mad: .

      It takes a lot of stamina to be a live grinder and I've always been more of a sprinter ( :f_biggrin: ) so this is something I have to learn. Therefore, I decided to take a break from live games until I recover from this low point and grind my way up to NL25.

      Online poker
      I studied more about ranges and evaluated a lot of hands (though I didn't post much of them). I ordered (using online poker bankroll :f_eek: ) Matthew Janda's 'Applications of No-Limit Hold'em' which focuses a lot on game theory optimum (GTO). The book arrived on Saturday and I haven't had much chance to learn from it yet, but I will definitely study it a lot in the next coming weeks. From what I've read already it seems amazing and is exactly what I was looking for (math and reasoning behind decisions :f_cool: ).

      Last week I played 9,454 hands. Gonna do more this week as I need to finally grind my way up to NL25.

      [CENTER]----- RESULTS OVERVIEW -----[/center]
      Monthly goals:
      14,527 / 20,000 hands
      6 / 11 live sessions (I will not achieve this goal due to the break I'm taking :f_cry: )
      19 / 100 hand evaluations
      1 / 2 video summaries
      1 / 2 article summaries


      Last week's graph


      I'm still behind with my online poker goals as I was putting a lot of hopes in live poker. Not the best of the weeks, but I'll recover. What doesn't kill me, make me stronger (or so they say :f_cool: ).

      Good luck at the tables!
      David