Poker and Fitness ITT (yet another one)

    • sebalpda
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      Hi, there, I'm Sebalpda. I've been playing poker for some years, and it's been 2 and a half since I started playing professionally.

      The propuse of the blog, is both to keep track of poker and fitness improvements, and to get better writing in English.

      I currently play MTTs, and plan to keep doing so, but I'll consider adventuring in some juicy live games (mostly cash games but mtts as well) if the opportunity presents itself. In the past, I played more than 1000 hours live. It was about 400 hours in, when I moved to live alone. I got to travel some (Uruguay, Brasil, and Peru) mainly to play LAPTs and other series.
      That's about it, for now.

      Year has been good results wise but volume is lacking. Fitness also could get a little help, I'm doing ok, but not that gto.

      I'll try to keep this going, but updating 1 or 2 times a week (or maybe more, who knows) but I'll probably fail to do so.
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    • SDK1987
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      Always nice to see a professional MTT player around. What for range of buy-inns you play most of the time?

      Further I wish you all the best with crushing alle MTT’s you are playing and your new blog :gl:

      Cheers,
      SDK1987
    • sebalpda
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      Thanks man! I don't really know, but my guess is 25$/30$. Yesterday was ok, somewhat positive or break evenish. I don't really care. I played fine, even though I had to handle something unexpected. On break I cut my self (on the palm really close to index finger)with a knife trying to improvise an ingame snack. It's a very small cut, but the knife got somewhat inside. Its been like 20 hours now, finger still a little bit 'cold'. I can move it ok though, and it doesn't hurt anymore. Anyway, It was bloody, and I have 'weakness: blood'. So I had to deal with my body trying to pass out, while I was trying to prevent QQ frop being folded preflop, and some other insane situation. So, yeah, challenging.

      Other than that, pretty no variance sesion, with some small itms here and there. 28 games in 5 hours. Surely I can aim to 35 non crappy mtts a sesion.
    • SDK1987
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      It sounds good. Hopefully you will win soon a nice MTT.
    • vonki
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      Hello! I will def follow this blog! I've added you in the community page, feel free to send me your skype! I am trying to get an MTT group going! :f_thumbsup:
    • sebalpda
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      Hey man. Thanks for joining!

      Yesterday I was going to make a quick update, but I went to sleep instantly post session. I wasn't even able to do my 3 minute 'yoga' rutine pre sleep. So, two days, two sessions. Thursday one was only 3 hours and a half long. Yesterday, a played 5 hours. Results are fine, nothing special though.

      Fitness break is over. Monday I get back to the gym whether my friend likes it or not. Rutine will remain mostly the same. 5 workouts, 2 rest days, no cardio. (I play sports here and there so I'll be fine).

      Bench press, incline, dips, cable abs, bicycle abs.
      Barbell rows, pull ups, lat pull down, calves raise (smith)
      Seated military press, lateral raise, bent over lateral raise
      Rest (food intake drops a little)
      Squats, leg press, romanian deadlift
      Barbell curls, dumbell curls, triceps barbell extension, random triceps excercise
      Rest (food intake drops a lot)

      I could use some help both in training and nutrition. For example, on arms day, it's safe to say I have no idea what I'm doing.
    • sebalpda
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      Ok. Things are quite well. About 1.5k up, and 200 games already. Not great but not bad either. Took 450$ from a proggresive turbo. AQ < 99 for a 250$ bounty (125 for me 125 for my bounty). So close to the real money, but hey, it's more than the 430 I took from 1st place in other one.
      In other news, I'm close to 10k this year, according to sharkscope.

      Yesterday I did leg stuff (mainly squats) at home. It was ok, but I think I need to stop till I see a hand specialist for the cut., given the fact that it's been a week, and about a half of my index finger is still feeling cold and senseless. It sucks, mainly because I really like eating. I guess I could do slow paced cardio, which is 'as fun as sucking a nail' (argentinian saying translated).
    • sebalpda
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      About 25 games in 5 hours. Meh. I forgot 2 good tournaments, and also stoped registering early because y was 2 tabling, but one of those took forever.

      May grind tomorrow, idk.
    • vonki
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      Does sharkscope record the progressive bounties correctly? From what I understand, HEM2 does not :(
    • sebalpda
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      I believe it tracks them ok. I have no idea about Hem, I was playing without hud or stats until a couple of days. Now I use pt4, with about 4 stats on the hud.
    • sebalpda
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      So, yesterday I was tired after a football match and didn't play much, just 4 tabled for about 2 hours, the main stuff and some fillers, pathetic number of games played, but good ev/effort, for sure. Today I wont be playing.

      Mid month graph, and year to date one. This is about 2/3 of total games played.



      I definitely can still improve my schedule. Also, my learning processes has slowed down. I think it would be good to play more hours on the Sunday, about 50% more. That would give me a lot of extra ev a week, and I think I can handle the extra variance. I'm also thinking about starting one hour earlier on my weekly grinds.

      Even though I'm just beginning to take mtts seriously (and not just open random mtts and play), I'm already starting to notice I finish sessions less tired, probably as a result of more decisions becoming semiautomatic, and better overall unconscious awareness (for example the 'feel' I have when it's close to the moment I got to late register to an mtt), and other good habits, that I used to have to think about, but now I don't because they are.. as said.. habits.

      As a consequence of this, learning habits get an extra importance: It's not only the fact that if you study and learn, you will play better (thus win more money); it's that at the end of every hour, ever session and every month, you will be less tired, and arguably have more fun at the tables. And even, if you already have an A+ mentality and rarely tilt (which I lack btw) and this has almost no impact on your ev, it definitely impacts your overall happiness at your work.
      Finally, learning also leads to faster decisions, which leads to more multitabling (at very low opportunity cost) or to better overall EV (if you decide not to add extra mtts due to this fact). Either way you thrive.
    • sebalpda
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      Quick update.

      So april is gone. My volume was off, as usual, but profits are always appreciated.



      About 1/4 of my total games are not tracked, and results there are good too. I could be more strict and track better, so I know exactly how much I win, avgs, and stuff.

      As a multi-lobby grinder, I found amaya chances to be clearly better for me. Even though I took some big loses (by having to say good bye to same specifically good mtts that are certainly going to be missed), I now have more and slightly better games to play, and some great fillers too. I felt really at home playing the 16$ hyper progressive.

      Anyway, my overall lineup is better now, good value on few grind hours, with the ocasional longer session available for weekends, specially sundays.

      I was going to extend a bit more with some ideas about amaya's change, but I'm very tired atm.

      Tomorrow I'll be setting some goals.
    • vonki
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      Looks like a pretty good month there! Well done :f_thumbsup:
    • sebalpda
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      So another lazy ass month is near to it's end. Played about 125 sharkscopable mtts and about 35 other ones. I've been playing very few days, and very few hours a day also.



      Lately, I've spent some time thinking about my professional future, as I believe that, for me, it's time to move away from this market. I'll still be playing for a living till I can get a good income from something else.
      Over the last 3/4 years I've been thinking about becoming a day trader, but because of reasons I was discouraged to continue to learn steadily (at times it felt like a lot of effort for really really long term EV). However now I'm really thrilled about it. I've seen some DVDs from good and reliable day traders (stocks mainly), and subscribed to a pretty good chatroom/newsletter.

      So, yeah, at the time I'm not really spending much time reviewing my poker game, as I believe I won't be here long and, mainly, because I don't want to.