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SnS Stands Up (and calls) One More Time Than The Rest

    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      Hi Guys. My Name is Sebastian, I'm 24 years old, and I'm from Germany. I also have a blog in the German community. Since I study Psychology as an English taught bachelor programme in the Netherlands, I think its fun to also keep the writing style in that language (wanted to start a second blog anyways). :)

      I started playing Poker in 2011. Recently I kept playing 50NL for about a month until I had a huge mental breakdown which cost me about 3/4's of my Bankroll. I play 25NL again (platform is Stars). :rolleyes:

      By the way, I'm a part of Schnitzelfisch's current Life-Mentoring Group. I also wrote an email to Gordon if he would make a deal with me over the summer. That would assume I had to quit University for making a deal possible at all. I am willing to do this.

      As you may notice from the blog title, I am willing to pay for the bullshit I have done in the past by challenging myself for the next 60 days (at least). The goal is to reach (and beat NL25 and 50) NL100 until the end of august. =)

      I am working with the series Champions Stand up one more time than the rest, the course "Double your 6max Winrate", as well as, Mental Game of Poker by Jared Tendler.

      I commit myself RIGHT NOW to update this blog DAILY, NO MATTER WHAT. Content will be consisting of CSOMTTTR and DY6MWR, and maybe some posts of how I try to hook up with random Ladies on the street. :D

      You're all welcome to join :)

      See you,


  • 130 replies
    • gadget51
      Joined: 23.06.2008 Posts: 5,622
      HI Sebastian and welcome to blogs sir!

      I think a challenge is good for focusing the efforts, it works for me anyway if not for all.
      The life mentoring group is a great idea a swell, so you seem to be on track with planning and effort so far. :s_cool:

      Have fun with it and I'll keep am eye on your progress I think.

    • 24me14u
      Joined: 28.09.2010 Posts: 919
      In and gl =)
    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      Thank you, sir! I think as well a challenge is a great thing. Also because I was really lost the last months, was just massgrinding and thought my upswings were a mere result of great play. I don't think so anymore and there are so many flaws still in my game and my mindset. Hard work pays off, and that's what I should really hammer into my brain until it sticks.

      Thanks, Bro!

      Let's Start simple with Part 1!

      Champions Stand up One More Time Than the Rest Part 1

      Beliefs SnS should adopt:

      1) Champions stand up one more time than the rest
      2) I can achieve whatever I want!
      3) Life is too short to listen to others (who have no idea what they talk about)

      The 5 Steps to simple poker logic:

      1) General Hypothesis / Assumption what people do these days (simple
      2) Smart Guessing (already based on statistics/HUD)
      - without having a big sample size, you can still make some sort of
      assumption. E.g., a red 3bets 50% of his hands.
      3) Statistics
      - you have a decent sample on your opponent which says already sth you
      can infer to his play.
      4) Empirical Evidence / Known Holecards / 100% Proof how he plays his hands
      5) Check -> Evaluate -> Think
      - Did I make the correct play based on my assumptions?
      - How I am going to adjust to his play (partly based on results of the hand)

      I guess I watched the video for the 4th time now. Plan is to implement the beliefs and the logical framework to every decision I make.

      Next Post will contain the homework for Video 1 about Stealing from the SB.
    • ains21
      Joined: 04.06.2011 Posts: 303
      Did you purchase Gordon's series from his website ("Double your 6 max win rate")? If so I'm interested to see how you find it .. I'm very tempted to invest myself. Good luck.
    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      Yes. I find it really interesting so far. He covers a lot of topics and spots in which players frequently simply lose a lot of money and he also covers it in a simple way that everybody can easily understand it. If you should purchase it or not ofc depends then on your current skill level. Thanks and I also wish you to succeed a lot!

      Stealing from the SB - Part 1

      I learned that you can / have to steal very very wide from the SB against certain opponents. Versus unknowns you should also openraise from the SB with any two cards. Otherwise you can't figure out their tendencies preflop, and on the flop when you cbet.

      I made a ~15 min video on NL10 where I try to focus a lot on stealing the blinds. I wasn't sure with some spots.

      Second Homework is to post 10 Hands where I steal from the SB (where I otherwise in the past would have always folded): with blindposter (think its fine though) Here I think I should just had to c/f after getting called.

      Additionally I am currently reading "Learned Optimism" by Seligman, because I often have the problem of attributing bad events wrong. For example, when I have a losing session, I infer it very often to myself whereas it could have been just bad luck. Or a girl rejects me and I think its my fault whereas she just could have had a bad day or sth. So I want to be much more optimistic than I'm right now. With Poker it would help me a lot as well. But people should be critic with such things. When you get too optimistic then you may distort your own thought process by attributing all the bad stuff to external causes and all the good stuff that happens to you to your own ability (Poker is not like that). :D
    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      Hey there! I just finished two short sessions (45 min. & ~25 min). I prepared myself for the session by setting sessiongoals and watching a live coaching for a few minutes to get motivated.

      I also tried to further apply the learned material. I really tried to take very seemingly profitable steal spot. I recognized that I still sometimes lose the profit postflop again by cbet flop / turn / river on scarecards but without any plan about opponents' tendencies or other limit related stuff.

      Further, I had the feeling that I fold way too much on 3bets (I tried to avoid marginal spots) but there were definitely 1-2 very aggressive regs on each table that kept 3betting mit frequently. I adapted by becoming tighter (though still folding to 3bets). Plan was to 4bet Kxs, Axs, and flat my strong hands to attack their weak 3betting ranges. Didn't work out, maybe just variance that I always had a hand I did not want to 3bet with / I excuse due to uncertainty?

      I also marked some hands:

      iPoker - $0.10 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (SB): $10.00
      BB: $9.95 (VPIP: 32.20, PFR: 27.12, 3Bet Preflop: 17.39, Hands: 59)
      UTG: $16.94 (VPIP: 42.86, PFR: 42.86, 3Bet Preflop: 20.00, Hands: 15)
      CO: $11.32 (VPIP: 36.36, PFR: 18.18, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 11)
      BTN: $9.22 (VPIP: 17.57, PFR: 9.46, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 74)

      Hero posts SB $0.05, BB posts BB $0.10

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.15) Hero has 5:diamond: A:club:

      fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to $0.30, BB calls $0.20

      Flop: ($0.60, 2 players) 4:heart: 4:diamond: J:spade: Hero bets $0.40, BB calls $0.40

      Turn%s: ($1.40, 2 players) K:club: Hero bets $0.90, BB calls $0.90

      River%s: ($3.20, 2 players) 7:diamond: Hero bets $2.00, BB calls $2.00

      Rather stupid play since the actual goal was to just steal the small blind. Somehow I talked myself into this slightly spewy 3barrell bluff thinking he could fold all his Jx here :facepalm:

      iPoker - $0.10 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (UTG): $11.77
      CO: $11.73 (VPIP: 18.49, PFR: 14.29, 3Bet Preflop: 5.00, Hands: 240)
      BTN: $9.48 (VPIP: 56.60, PFR: 47.17, 3Bet Preflop: 15.00, Hands: 56)
      SB: $10.27 (VPIP: 13.19, PFR: 9.89, 3Bet Preflop: 9.09, Hands: 94)
      BB: $8.20 (VPIP: 20.00, PFR: 5.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 20)

      SB posts SB $0.05, BB posts BB $0.10

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.15) Hero has J:diamond: J:spade:

      Hero raises to $0.30, fold, BTN calls $0.30, fold, BB calls $0.20

      Flop: ($0.95, 3 players) 7:heart: 9:heart: 6:club: BB checks, Hero bets $0.70, BTN calls $0.70, fold

      Turn%s: ($2.35, 2 players) Q:diamond: Hero bets $1.40, BTN calls $1.40

      River%s: ($5.15, 2 players) 4:club: Hero bets $1.00, BTN raises to $5.70, Hero calls $4.70

      Hero shows J:diamond: J:spade: (One Pair, Jacks) (Pre 67%, Flop 46%, Turn 64%)
      BTN shows K:heart: T:heart: (High Card, King) (Pre 33%, Flop 54%, Turn 36%)
      Hero wins $15.45

      Here, my gameplan was: bet -> bet -> ?(
      I did not know how to properly play this river. I mainly put him on draws, he would have raised all his sets earlier and all he can represent here is A :heart: Q :heart: and K :heart: Q :heart: , whereas he probably also has AhJh, AhTh, KhTh, etc in his range. Think I have to call here, or alternatively play c/c.

      Played ~1:19

    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      Was going out yesterday with people I like, but though it felt strange. After I quit my relationship (which ended in total peace and full respect to her) something weird's happening. It feels like a big part of me just faded away and I feel pretty much alone in this world. We were in the city and I suddenly got very sentimental and left the crew to go home, with some tears in my eyes. I just wished to have a girl as pretty as her by my side...

      Right now I'm listening a bit to Bob Marley "every little thing gonna be alright" - Life goes on. Wanted to make some music (drunk talk yesterday) with a friend today, but I have to finish reading Learned Optimism. Later on I will have my 4th coaching with Schnitzelfisch. After it I should continue working on the course.

      I cannot just let those setbacks influence my mind and life so bad, that I am still sitting here not being productive yet, at all!!! I will work my ass off to go for what I want! Cu later, guys.
    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      Just had my weekly PPC with Kavalor. I played 3-4 tables for about 105 minutes. I did not have the feeling I played so well. Problem was I think I estimated ranges way too optimistic in some spots (was valuetowning myself frequently). Further, I have watched Part 2 from Stealing from the SB. Gordon says we can sometimes against very weak players just minopen or even complete with very marginal hands like 45s or 44, will def. try that in the future.

      Hand 1
      Here my thought process was to get some value from Jx and worse Qx he def. could have played like that. Otherwise he could also easily have the Flush or 9T.

      Board: 8:diamond: Q:diamond: J:spade:  Q:club:  4:diamond:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      MP2    12.20%  12.20%   0.00% { KcQh }
      MP3    87.80%  87.80%   0.00% { JJ, 88, QTs-Q8s, T9s, 54s, KdTd, JdTd, Ad9d, Kd9d, Jd9d, Ad8d, Kd8d, Jd8d, Td8d, 9d8d, Ad7d, 9d7d, 8d7d, Ad6d, 8d6d, 7d6d, Ad5d, 6d5d, Ad4d, Ad3d, Ad2d, T9o }

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BB: $17.29 (VPIP: 48.28, PFR: 22.76, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 149)
      UTG: $22.82 (VPIP: 30.25, PFR: 10.92, 3Bet Preflop: 4.76, Hands: 121)
      Hero (CO): $26.99
      BTN: $25.00 (VPIP: 21.21, PFR: 16.97, 3Bet Preflop: 2.86, Hands: 168)
      SB: $21.28 (VPIP: 17.12, PFR: 15.89, 3Bet Preflop: 7.34, Hands: 9,550)

      SB posts SB $0.10, BB posts BB $0.25

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.35) Hero has Q:heart: K:club:

      fold, Hero raises to $0.75, fold, fold, BB calls $0.50

      Flop: ($1.60, 2 players) 8:diamond: Q:diamond: J:spade: BB bets $0.50, Hero raises to $2.00, BB calls $1.50

      Turn%s: ($5.60, 2 players) Q:club: BB bets $0.50, Hero raises to $3.90, BB calls $3.40

      River%s: ($13.40, 2 players) 4:diamond: BB checks, Hero bets $6.00, BB calls $6.00

      Hero shows Q:heart: K:club: (Three of a Kind, Queens) (Pre 64%, Flop 5%, Turn 23%)
      BB shows T:club: 9:diamond: (Straight, Queen High) (Pre 36%, Flop 95%, Turn 77%)
      BB wins $24.26

      Hand 2
      Opponent seems very tight on the first hands. I think the bet for itself is fine though, he can have AJ/AT easily in his range. But I should have probably made it smaller since he can just snap us with AK he could have played this way. Better to c/f here?

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BB: $13.55 (VPIP: 18.26, PFR: 18.08, 3Bet Preflop: 11.43, Hands: 5,499)
      UTG: $35.34 (VPIP: 20.00, PFR: 17.84, 3Bet Preflop: 7.35, Hands: 381)
      MP: $35.42 (VPIP: 23.33, PFR: 13.33, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 30)
      Hero (CO): $25.00
      BTN: $33.55 (VPIP: 15.38, PFR: 7.69, 3Bet Preflop: 7.14, Hands: 26)
      SB: $19.90 (VPIP: 21.25, PFR: 20.00, 3Bet Preflop: 10.34, Hands: 166)

      SB posts SB $0.10, BB posts BB $0.25

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.35) Hero has A:heart: Q:spade:

      fold, fold, Hero raises to $0.75, BTN calls $0.75, fold, fold

      Flop: ($1.85, 2 players) 8:spade: A:spade: 9:club: Hero bets $1.20, BTN calls $1.20

      Turn%s: ($4.25, 2 players) 4:heart: Hero bets $2.90, BTN calls $2.90

      River%s: ($10.05, 2 players) 6:spade: Hero bets $3.90, BTN calls $3.90

      Hero shows A:heart: Q:spade: (One Pair, Aces) (Pre 63%, Flop 31%, Turn 18%)
      BTN shows 9:spade: 8:club: (Two Pair, Nines and Eights) (Pre 37%, Flop 69%, Turn 82%)
      BTN wins $17.05

      Hand 3
      I am mainly betting the turn to a) against a bunch of straightdraws and worse Qx, and b) to build the pot if we hit a T, Q, or a :heart: - what do you think of the turnplay?

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BB: $14.79 (VPIP: 30.14, PFR: 21.92, 3Bet Preflop: 6.25, Hands: 74)
      UTG: $27.06 (VPIP: 24.68, PFR: 18.18, 3Bet Preflop: 10.61, Hands: 156)
      Hero (MP): $54.84
      CO: $27.51 (VPIP: 18.15, PFR: 15.80, 3Bet Preflop: 4.36, Hands: 827)
      BTN: $30.06 (VPIP: 21.21, PFR: 16.97, 3Bet Preflop: 2.86, Hands: 168)
      SB: $22.82 (VPIP: 75.73, PFR: 26.21, 3Bet Preflop: 5.56, Hands: 104)

      SB posts SB $0.10, BB posts BB $0.25

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.35) Hero has Q:heart: T:heart:

      fold, Hero raises to $0.75, fold, fold, SB calls $0.65, fold

      Flop: ($1.75, 2 players) 4:heart: K:diamond: Q:club: SB checks, Hero bets $0.90, SB calls $0.90

      Turn%s: ($3.55, 2 players) 3:heart: SB checks, Hero bets $2.00, SB calls $2.00

      River%s: ($7.55, 2 players) A:diamond: SB checks, Hero checks

      SB shows 7:spade: K:club: (One Pair, Kings) (Pre 52%, Flop 74%, Turn 68%)
      Hero mucks Q:heart: T:heart: (One Pair, Queens) (Pre 48%, Flop 26%, Turn 32%)
      SB wins $7.21

      Hand 4:

      I hat this flaw in my head that he has a flushdraw very often I should better protect against on the turn. On the river I obvsly would have taken the free showdown. Thats why I push the turn here, which is so stupid cuz nobody plays draws like that.. cbh turn for potcontrol would have been better and then re-evaluating the river.

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (BTN): $25.00
      SB: $14.89 (VPIP: 50.00, PFR: 25.00, 3Bet Preflop: 16.67, Hands: 12)
      BB: $25.00 (VPIP: 31.51, PFR: 21.92, 3Bet Preflop: 6.90, Hands: 73)
      UTG: $27.68 (VPIP: 20.58, PFR: 15.71, 3Bet Preflop: 3.40, Hands: 925)
      MP: $25.78 (VPIP: 21.62, PFR: 16.75, 3Bet Preflop: 4.82, Hands: 5,548)
      CO: $7.96 (VPIP: 37.93, PFR: 17.24, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 60)

      SB posts SB $0.10, BB posts BB $0.25

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.35) Hero has T:diamond: Q:diamond:

      fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to $0.62, SB calls $0.52, fold

      Flop: ($1.49, 2 players) 3:club: Q:spade: 5:spade: SB checks, Hero bets $0.80, SB raises to $2.25, Hero calls $1.45

      Turn%s: ($5.99, 2 players) 5:diamond: SB checks, Hero bets $3.00, SB raises to $7.00, Hero raises to $13.40, SB calls $5.02 and is all-in

      River%s: ($30.03, 2 players) K:spade:

      SB shows 5:club: 5:heart: (Four of a Kind, Fives) (Pre 49%, Flop 98%, Turn 100%)
      Hero shows T:diamond: Q:diamond: (Two Pair, Queens and Fives) (Pre 51%, Flop 2%, Turn 0%)
      SB wins $28.68

      Overall the day went pretty grose. I need to understand better how ranges are constructed, and how large is the proportion of madehands equal to the proportion of draws on different board structures... Also I recognized I isolate a bit too lose against fish. Also I give a damn on my table image. Its probably a bit overrated anyways, but I will have my smaller eye on it :D Here's the graph (Australian heglaf):

      Tomorrow I will hand in the second homework of the course. I also gonna start up with Jared Tendler and also attack some negative distorting beliefs regarding different things with the ABCDE-Technique from Seligman.

      Today I had a very good coaching session with Primoz. I improve slightly in many areas and we talked a bit about my future. I am seriously thinking about taking a Uni break for a year so I can fully concentrate on Poker. We also made up a challenge with two other guys participating. Everybody is going to run several kilometers every day. The one with the longest distance wins. I'm excited about it since its already 1-2 Weeks ago that I sported the last time.

      I'm gonna do some productivity stuff now and see you tomorrow!

    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      I can't believe I could get my ass up to finally go running again. :) Strong commitment (especially within a group) helps a lot. Though, I feel a bit tired now. But f*** it.

      Champions Stand up One more time than the rest Part 2

      Beliefs SnS should adopt

      1) Stop excusing
      - I must take on full responsibility for all actions I take
      - Who I am is, at least for a huge part, result of what I did in the past
      - I have to accept reality as it is: I did not lose 3/4 of my BR due to circumstances or other people. I lost it because I behaved just stupidly. There is no way but to change myself in order to change things for the future.
      - I must escape from any delusions from reality

      2) Stop "being right
      - Question what I already know: my current knowledge can't ever be the ultimate reality
      - When I am not where I want to be, I better take advice and use it (of course then from the right people)
      - When I hear something new, I better try it out because I am not where I want to be -> DO it and question it later!

      3) Spend time with the right people
      - Look at the 5 people you spend most time with and write them down
      - I am the average of these 5 people
      - Spend time with people who DON'T excuse and TAKE ON responsibility (because that's what I want to do and become)

      Who is not furthering my goals/is negative?


      Let's be brutally honest with myself:

      I am 24. I am studying since two years. I started to play Poker in 2011. I was usually playing about 6 hours per day, on average. I was investing in content about 15-30 min per day, on average. It took me 1,5 years for NL25, and another 1-2 months to reach NL50. Theory : Playing ratio was the same.

      I lost a huge part of my BR because I wasn't honest with myself.
      I thought I could just keep on grinding, cause "it's easy".
      I could not insight that what I did was autopiloting thousands of hands whilst slowly losing $100 after the other.
      I did not see that I am not something I might consider a very good poker player.
      I did not see that huge mental flaws I had / still have.
      I was totally result-oriented.
      I just kept on grinding when I had a bad day chasing Buy-In's until 6 in the morning, because I just could not accept bad results. My ego would be destroyed after a losingday.

      My goals were only monetary. So, when I got NL50 and experienced the biggest winning day (~€350) I was feeling like the biggest baller of all times. I immediately bought an expensive rum for a party and started to tell people about my "great achievements". Now they are just dust blown away by the wind. :)

      Was it all a dream?
      For that time, yes. It wasn't a far-stretched and long-term oriented achievement. I ran totally crazy and it seems sooo easy for me to beat the limits. When I look back, I can just agitate my head, because I made a lot of bad decisions. But I CAN achieve whatever I want! No reason to worry about that now since I have big plans for the summer. It's about HARD WORK that pays off. Not about bullshitting oneself by upswing-delusions. :)

      Where should I go from here?

      I need to correct the flaws I have written down above.
      - Be as honest as possible with myself: Be far more aware of BS in my thought processes and my reasoning.
      - Get rid of results-orientedness: Process Model would probably help a lot because the evaluation part gives a rough estimate on how I perform.
      --> Go for Quality!
      - autopiloting: Tackle it with strict playing times! Use for this.
      - chasing: STOP playing when time is over. Close the software immediately, and do something else (there are always other essential things to do)
    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      Yes, Baby! My weekly goal is 2/5 fulfilled. Pretty late I went to the supermarket to get some nice food. The store almost closed, but I did not look at the time. There was this very cute, tall, blonde dutch girl walking to the checkout with a bottle of whine. She was so fast, that I could not talk to her right away but had to put down my basket and follow her outside. I talked to her in the same way as to the girl two days ago ("Hey, I just saw you inside the supermarket. I love your hair, and I just wanted to come over and say hi. :) "). She liked it a lot, and did not mention her boyfriend until the conversation was almost over and I was showing her, that I want to hook up with her. But she gave me her number, and I will probably meet her later in the city center. If she does not want, I will just switch to one of her (probably also hot, dutch) female friends. :coolface:


      SB Steal Part 2

      I did the homework, how I promised. The task is the same as for SB Steal Part 1.

      10 Hands where I steal:

      And the 15 min. video where I focus a lot on stealing:

      Other accomplishments:
      + I read Jared Tendler, Chapter 5 - Tilt
      + My redline is slightly up/breakeven

      - I lost about 9 BI's on NL25 (guess I should better move down to NL10 now -.-)
      - I tilted in the beginning and then I ran pretty bad after it(~4 Stacks under EV), a few suckouts and thats it for today.

      I am gonna relax on NL10 now. Got about 22 BIs for NL25 left, think its too Hollywood to play on this limit now...

      Plans for tomorrow:

      Get my leaks fixed! To the level of my unconscious competence, some really bad habits are still implemented. I do such a bullshit sometimes that I cant believe it, actually. I think its all a mental thing with me. I was autopiloting like shit today. I crammed and then I became angry when I ran into setups I could have easily avoided by folding my Toppair weak kicker. As mentioned I read the chapter about tilt. I will work with that and see how that goes. Maybe I will also do the next Part of the series. :) Good night guys!

    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      wooooooooh, Just went running again. For some of you it may not be fast, but me its a new record after a while. Ran 5.57km in ~32min. For my conditions (I have asthma), I was about to die, but then Will Smith came into my head and told me "If we both get on the treadmill, YOU either gonna go off first, or I gonna DIE" - so I kept on running until the end, ready to die. :D
    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      Hey Party People :f_cool:

      I am shortly before going out again after the last night was pretty much a mess :D My pickup game is even worse than my poker :coolface: and I gonna work on that skill, definitely.

      Mental Game

      I was grinding hard today, played about 3k Hands, a lot of zoom, and at some points I started to go in rage mode where I started to get very pissy by getting sucked out and set-up etc. I screamed at my opponents and that was the beginning of today's mental game work.

      After I read the Tilt Chapter (5), I kinda combined a task of this and also made a mental hand history for my problem(s).

      • Emotion accumulated over the last days, since I am running 6 stacks under EV (which is not much, but I am almost NL10 again, so its really annoying)
      • I hate to lose right now. It upsets me and brings me away from my A-Game
      • I did not see that variance is only 50% or so of the momentary influence on the results. Literally I spewed away 4 stacks or so. It's retarded!

      However, I was working on these points today, then in the end played another session, 4 tables, for almost 2 hours. I know it's bad to play that long, but it wasn't that hard since I was not tableselecting and played almost only regs, trying to apply the stealing from SB and BU. It's crazy how much this influences one's winrate. YOu can see it in the graph below:

      (see from Hand 2,1k where I wasn't tilting anymore.


      I have watched the next video from DY6MW. Even there, most regs just make stupid mistakes by autofolding the Button for at least 50% of the time. I was stealing successfully with 90% open from BU AND SB. :D Only thing was I did not adapt and just kept stealing when regs started 3betting me. Though it was still working well because they are only doing it when they kind of have a hand (which is not thaaat often).

      Tomorrow, I will do the homework for the BU steal video, and I will also go through some stupid, and not so stupid hands. It's time for some handanalysis and range estimation. :)

      Stay Tuned!
    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      "Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
      Action breeds confidence and courage.
      If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it.
      Go out and get busy!" - Dale Carnegie

      Following this quote, I am learning so damn much about myself at this moment, it's ridiculous. Will post later a bit more about it. Right now I am in the Uni and working my ass through Tendler Chapter 5 (Injustice Tilt) - Poker and RL have more commonalities than I ever thought of... :)
    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      So guys,
      I am going through a really weird time.... I never hat this, but since yesterday, I started screaming at my opponents when I make a bad play and lose the hand. Following hands are great examples of my bad condition. I could beat NL25... I already did it 3 months ago.. but now.... nothing changed actually, but my mindset. I don't know what to do against that BS.. :(

      Hand 1:

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: $27.84 (VPIP: 11.11, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 9)
      Hero (SB): $37.49
      BB: $25.22 (VPIP: 28.57, PFR: 22.86, 3Bet Preflop: 15.79, Hands: 109)
      UTG: $30.89 (VPIP: 9.68, PFR: 6.45, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 34)
      MP: $28.76 (VPIP: 60.87, PFR: 30.43, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 24)
      CO: $27.64 (VPIP: 18.00, PFR: 12.00, 3Bet Preflop: 7.69, Hands: 50)

      Hero posts SB $0.10, BB posts BB $0.25

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.35) Hero has 8:club: 8:spade:

      fold, MP raises to $0.62, fold, fold, Hero raises to $2.00, fold, MP calls $1.38

      Flop: ($4.25, 2 players) Q:spade: 7:spade: A:diamond: Hero bets $2.20, MP calls $2.20

      Turn%s: ($8.65, 2 players) T:spade: Hero bets $5.20, MP calls $5.20

      River%s: ($19.05, 2 players) A:spade: Hero checks, MP bets $18.25, Hero calls $18.25

      MP shows K:spade: K:heart: (Flush, Ace High) (Pre 81%, Flop 92%, Turn 95%)
      Hero mucks 8:club: 8:spade: (Flush, Ace High) (Pre 19%, Flop 8%, Turn 5%)
      MP wins $53.55

      SnS screams: YOU SON OF A B****! and recognizes soon after that his play sucks.

      Hand 2:
      Opponent has 57% ft3bet. So I 3bet ATo for value here. I flop second pair and decide to check call the flop. Turn blanks and he bets 3/4 pot. His Flop - River AF was infinite, respectively. He can easily be bluffing here, so I call a second time. River comes amazing, and I instantly c/f screaming "CMOON....".

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: $26.71 (VPIP: 23.44, PFR: 20.31, 3Bet Preflop: 10.34, Hands: 67)
      SB: $50.47 (VPIP: 22.86, PFR: 14.29, 3Bet Preflop: 5.56, Hands: 36)
      Hero (BB): $58.66
      UTG: $37.52 (VPIP: 18.71, PFR: 16.13, 3Bet Preflop: 2.94, Hands: 159)
      MP: $28.05 (VPIP: 18.00, PFR: 12.00, 3Bet Preflop: 7.69, Hands: 50)
      CO: $26.70 (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 21.43, 3Bet Preflop: 8.33, Hands: 29)

      SB posts SB $0.10, Hero posts BB $0.25

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.35) Hero has T:diamond: A:spade:

      fold, fold, fold, BTN raises to $0.62, fold, Hero raises to $2.00, BTN calls $1.38

      Flop: ($4.10, 2 players) T:club: 9:spade: Q:club: Hero checks, BTN bets $2.50, Hero calls $2.50

      Turn%s: ($9.10, 2 players) 3:diamond: Hero checks, BTN bets $6.00, Hero calls $6.00

      River%s: ($21.10, 2 players) K:spade: Hero checks, BTN bets $16.21 and is all-in, fold

      BTN wins $20.15

      Hand 3:
      Again, such a retardness... either I quit Poker, or I get this huge issue solved :/

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      Hero (BTN): $32.32
      SB: $13.87 (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 4)
      BB: $26.27 (VPIP: 8.82, PFR: 5.88, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 34)
      UTG: $26.51 (VPIP: 10.71, PFR: 10.71, 3Bet Preflop: 9.09, Hands: 28)
      MP: $12.50 (VPIP: 19.71, PFR: 17.52, 3Bet Preflop: 16.67, Hands: 139)
      CO: $25.00 (VPIP: 23.07, PFR: 18.59, 3Bet Preflop: 7.34, Hands: 2,909)

      SB posts SB $0.10, BB posts BB $0.25

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.35) Hero has K:spade: 5:spade:

      fold, fold, CO raises to $0.75, Hero raises to $2.25, fold, fold, CO raises to $4.67, Hero raises to $7.50, CO raises to $11.50, Hero calls $4.00

      Flop: ($23.35, 2 players) 5:diamond: 7:spade: A:spade: CO checks, Hero bets $20.82 and is all-in, CO calls $13.50 and is all-in

      Turn%s: ($50.35, 2 players) 4:heart:
      River%s: ($50.35, 2 players) T:heart:

      CO shows A:heart: A:club: (Three of a Kind, Aces) (Pre 83%, Flop 72%, Turn 82%)
      Hero shows K:spade: 5:spade: (One Pair, Fives) (Pre 17%, Flop 28%, Turn 18%)
      CO wins $48.35

      Hand 4
      So unnecessary....

      PokerStars - $0.25 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      CO: $11.25 (VPIP: 18.26, PFR: 18.09, 3Bet Preflop: 11.61, Hands: 5,592)
      Hero (BTN): $26.30
      SB: $25.05 (VPIP: 23.25, PFR: 16.76, 3Bet Preflop: 4.52, Hands: 1,086)
      BB: $12.05 (VPIP: 30.00, PFR: 30.00, 3Bet Preflop: 33.33, Hands: 11)
      UTG: $36.88 (VPIP: 18.18, PFR: 9.09, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 11)

      SB posts SB $0.10, BB posts BB $0.25

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.35) Hero has 2:club: A:heart:

      fold, CO raises to $0.55, Hero raises to $1.60, fold, fold, CO raises to $2.90, Hero raises to $26.30 and is all-in, CO calls $8.35 and is all-in

      Flop: ($22.85, 2 players) 6:heart: J:diamond: Q:club:
      Turn%s: ($22.85, 2 players) Q:spade:
      River%s: ($22.85, 2 players) 7:heart:

      CO shows K:diamond: A:spade: (One Pair, Queens) (Pre 74%, Flop 87%, Turn 86%)
      Hero mucks 2:club: A:heart: (One Pair, Queens) (Pre 26%, Flop 13%, Turn 14%)
      CO wins $21.82

      For the HW regarding BTN Steal.. I just want to sleep now.

    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      I deleted my last post, because I wanted to not do anything for Poker today. Well I changed my mind and it became clear to me that at this stage it is ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY to keep on PUSHING! What I mean by that is, that this day would be a waste of time for my poker career.

      I applied for Raskolnikov's Longterm coaching, and I HOPE SO BAD that my application will hold. Poker is not only some game for me, it is my LIFE atm.

      Also, after running the last 3 days, I doubled the km today and made 10.64km out of 5.60km. My willpower led me to do this, there's no other explanation. I have asthma since I was 5 years old and I always sucked bad at running. I hated playing soccer, and other endurance related sports. :)

      However, Let's start with Poker!

      Mental Game

      I continued to read the Tilt Chapter of Tendler today. I then had some awesome epiphanies!!! Last times I played I cared so bad about results and losing money against fish etc, that my mind went that blank to let me forget the essence of variance:

      • Everything you invest in a certain hand, has a specific probability of keeping / losing it later on. This is the EV. So, if you go preflop AI with AK, and you lose a flip against QQ, the money you lost, isnt really lost, because you will eventually get it back in a similar situation. However, if a player makes a play with a HUGE profitability, but even though loses the hand, he will get the money back later on like 2-5 times. I go AI on the Flop with my overpair, Villain shows a flushdraw, he hits on the river. He went AI with less than 30% Equity, whcih means, we will eventually get the money back, at least twice.

      I need to implement this epiphany to the level of my unconscious competence in order to make it work even in times when I'm on tilt (not saying its not better to quit when you start tilting :D )

      BTN Steal Homework

      Here's a part of the session I played today. Recorded the first 15 minutes concentrating to steal aloooot. It wasn't that easy though cause the tables were pretty lose :)


      However, I could find ten hands from the SB and BTN of the last two days:

      Today I ran really good in the end and above EV, which obvsly shows that it is totally unnecessary to expect that a bad run will continue. From today ON, I WILL SHOOT THIS LIMIT!

    • Matysek
      Joined: 24.10.2012 Posts: 160
      Hi Sebastian, good luck with becoming champion :)
      We started blogging same day, we got almost same goal, I hope we will suceed both.
      I will keep eye on your blog.
      See you!
    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      Originally posted by Matysek
      Hi Sebastian, good luck with becoming champion :)
      We started blogging same day, we got almost same goal, I hope we will suceed both.
      I will keep eye on your blog.
      See you!
      Thanks man!!! I wish you the same, much success on your way to the top! :) I just had a look into your blog, and read that you are working poker 12h per day? That's sick bro, I appreciate that!!


      Today the weather was so damn good that I decided pretty spontaneously to go to a huge lake in Groningen. It was a great time, we played soccer, had BBQ, and were swimming. I also met some really cool people. I also had the summary of chapter 5 (Tendler) with me, trying to study it a bit more. I could not really relax cause I was so busy in my head thinking at Poker and how to continue the best.. However, my mind feels to become in a very good shape now. Today I only had one blackout in which I spewed off 100bb by pushing AQ BB vs CO preflop AI (saw him having 3bet 2/3 times in the CO, on 30 hands or so. No big sample, and he obvsly showed up with AA :D ) = lesson learned. After all the evening went great.


      Which factors do we have to consider when cbetting?

      • Villain
        - does he call a lot / fold a lot on cbets?
        - high VP$IP -> general assumption that he is rather the callingstation type than the nitty player.
        - does Villain fold a lot to cbets, bet smaller, does he call a lot, bet bigger
      • The Board + Our Opponent's Range
        - is it very dry / very wet?
        - the more dry, the smaller we can cbet
        - the more drawy, the more we should bet
      • Own cards (weak hand / strong hand)
        - the stronger our hand, the bigger we should bet
        - the weaker our hand, the smaller we should bet

      All these points are standing in isolation for themselves. Of course we have to deviate from them, and connect for instance our Own Cards with our opponent's tendencies, AND the board structure to choose the best betsizing (or just checkfold instead of cbetting).

      I also learned again, that BALANCING is BULLSHIT. Nobody really cares how you play. Further, you automatically balance when you adjust to your opponent's play.

      Video on Cbetting:

      Bet as big as your opponents calls this amount. Iso KK for 5bb instead of 4bb against weaker players. Also cbet BIG in 3bet pots with your overpair (since most players will call on 883r anyways with their 99 at least one bet.

      Todays Graph:

      This weeks Heglaf:

      The video comes as soon as the upload is finished.
    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      Weekly Review

      This week turned out be a mixture of being crazy, annoying, mindfucking, mindful, resurrection, and last but not least, GROWTH. I learned a lot about myself in some areas. I am trying to improve daily. Often it was so hard, that it HURT. I went through some ridiculous emotional swings, I tilted, I ran hard under EV, then I came back, played normal, got punched in my face again, stood up, tilted, read, read, read, applied concepts, and eventually went towards solution.

      This is a great feeling!!!

      However, the facts say that I was NOT reviewing my sessions. I mainly tried to work on my mindset. This is gonna change for the following week.

      • I will talk with some players and will try to figure out how to analyze, and get the highest learning effect out of my sessions.
      • Further, I will keep on working on my mindset, and set up a good warmup / cooldown strategy.
      • I will work my ass through the end of chapter 5 Mental Game of Poker, and start reading Chapter 6.
      • Eat enough before playing.

      New Goals, new motivation! Lets take off into the second week!
    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      Wow, what an awful start into Week #2.

      Today I woke up at 10, had some breakfast, "just wanted to grind some hands on zoom", continued til 2:30, told myself, "ok! at 3 you are going to the city center and care about your duties (had to get a new garbage card)" - guess what. I kept on playing until 5:15 pm, at 6 was my coaching with Schnitzelfisch. I went to the supermarket get some food, and came back home on time.

      Thus, I played 5 hours zoom, getting a SHIT out of that, and obviously dropped some buy-in's.

      So I had my coaching. Before I was pretty dissappointed and angry on myself. Such a BS. However, we talked about connecting with other people. I always had the problem that I hardly could establish good relationships. As we talked about solutions and he came up with asking more open-ended questions AND asking more questions in general (whilst telling almost nothing about onself, only when asked), I recognized that I was always doing the extreme opposite. When I talked with others, I always had to tell a shitload about myself, and therefore did not get to know the other person (whereas he/she was probably a bit annoyed by my stories or sth :D ). I will go out tonight, trying to apply this new concept.

      Mental Game

      Today I felt actually in a good shape. I spew less than yesterday. Though, I was autopiloting a lot (who wonders when I had almost no breaks in between). But here, I also learned an important lesson!

      Winning money, in short-term, is NOT a characteristic of a winner.

      What do I mean by that?

      Well, as many people relate good outcomes with their own skill, and bad outcomes with external factors, such as variance, it is very easy to delude oneself. The right way to approach poker is not by looking at your graph every day and then evaluating, regarding on results, if the session was played well.
      Tendler describes it pretty good in the section of Chapter 5 "Hate-Losing TilT":
      There are other gains besides winning money playing poker.

      [*]Being better than your opponents
      [*]Ability to pay the bills
      [*]Achievement and accomplishment of other poker goals
      [*]Respect from people who tink you're wrong for even playing poker
      [*]Confidence in your game
      [*]Ability to move up in stakes (ok, this is rather money-related..)
      [*]Others' opinions of your game
      [*]The time, energy, and work you put in the game
      [*]A better chance of retiring early.

      I put the (for now) important things in bold. I need to apply these things to my own attitude. The reason why I was massgrinding today (and many other days in the past) was that I did not realize the unworthyness of the money won in short-term.

      "Yeah, GREAT, I have a winning session! Damdadam! I am the poker master and all regs on NL25 are weak, gotta catch them all!!!! :s_cool: "

      Great, buddy, you will lose it all eventually when you are not f****ing start working on your game and start valueing non-monetary related poker goals... I'm gonna fix this issue, since it is a major thing that costs me a lot of time and money.

      Good news are, I indeed posted 4 hands the last 2 days, and if you read this, mbml, great appreciation for your work!!! :)

      Bad news again, after I had the coaching, I was playing 2 sessions a 60 minutes. I did not tableselect. I am usually never doing it, since my goal is not to crush the fish, but to crush everybody. That may sound dumb, but I want to gain an edge over everybody. Well, the first session wasn't that good, I lost a lot of non-SD winnings and a retarded reg from Germany next to me 3bet around 40% of his hands against me. Better should leave such annoying tables prospectively since they cost a lot of mental energy and also money.

      Second session went better, I got 3 stacks in ~100 hands, but eventually dropped the hafl again due to non-sd losses. Have to figure that out tomorrow in detail.

      It's still a rollercoaster adventure right now. But I will work hard this month to reduce these inconsistencies and make my game become better than ever.