Frog to princes ***Leap of faith... Full time grind!***

    • J1zzC0
      J1zzC0
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      I dont completely agree my hand would be dead at a double paired board with my line. I can get behind b/c of c/r. But after the c/r there shouldn't be to many Qx hands in his range anymore.
    • DaToepFa
      DaToepFa
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      Originally posted by J1zzC0
      I dont completely agree my hand would be dead at a double paired board with my line. I can get behind b/c of c/r. But after the c/r there shouldn't be to many Qx hands in his range anymore.
      Agreed, he does not have many Qx in his range. But what hands do you actually still beat that call a riverbet or go AI after you check? Any K would gladly check behind. Sometimes villain might bluff with a busted gutshot...but how likely is that compared to MP sitting on 9x, Qx or JT?
    • J1zzC0
      J1zzC0
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      Yeah, I agree. Was kind of a frustrating hand at the hand of a break even session. Now that I look at it in hindsight I completely agree with your comments
    • J1zzC0
      J1zzC0
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      The end of an productive day. Quite tired now and I'll update OP tomorrow somewhere. The bigger MTT's I could not really make anything work sadly. But closed the day with a final table in an hyper $11 on Stars and a win in an $5,50 turbo on 888 for a total of $1372. So I'm quite happy. Have done a lot worse on sundays.
    • J1zzC0
      J1zzC0
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      OP updated.

      I'll be grinding an unexpected big session today, due to having an extra day of. Also, because of profit, I can add a couple of 16NL tables starting today. So the plan is to 6 table for at least 6 hours. Four 10NL tables and two 16NL tables.
      Thursday I'll have another MTT grind in the peak hours and hopefully make it profitable again. I feel like the many hands I have played on 6max cash and before this Spin&Go's are helping me quite a lot in MTT's. My postflop game has improved considerably and due to the spin and goes both playing short stacked as short handed is way more comfortable.

      Next week I'm to busy probably to play any poker what so ever. I'm opting to go to Austria for some MTB races with two of my teammates and the week after there is a local series starting where I'm playing all side events. I have sold a big piece for the entire package. The main event I'm playing staked. Which is an unexpected bonus for me.
    • J1zzC0
      J1zzC0
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      Graph for the week. Haven't played to much last days, but it does not include yesterday when I played a whole lot of hands.
      Running over EV apparently. I haven't really noticed thus far really.


      Zomg!hand
      Poker Stars, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $10.31 (103.1 bb)
      Hero (BB): $10 (100 bb)
      UTG: $8.88 (88.8 bb)
      MP: $11.08 (110.8 bb)
      CO: $10 (100 bb)
      BTN: $11.86 (118.6 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with :2s: :2d:
      3 folds, BTN raises to $0.30, SB folds, Hero calls $0.20

      Flop: ($0.65) :2h: :9s: :Jh: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN bets $0.31, Hero raises to $1.10, BTN calls $0.79

      Turn: ($2.85) :7c: (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.52, BTN calls $1.52

      River: ($5.89) :9h: (2 players)
      Hero bets $7.08 and is all-in, BTN calls $7.08

      Results:
      $20.05 pot ($0.90 rake)
      Final Board: :2h: :9s: :Jh: :7c: :9h:
      Hero showed :2s: :2d: and lost (-$10 net)
      BTN showed :Jd: :9d: and won $19.15 ($9.15 net)


      I've somehow managed to satty into the Prague national championship. This is a Pokerstars event in december with an €1K buyin. Earlier on I've already sattied into th BPS Namur €1K main event. So between the Master Classics of Poker in Amsterdam, Czech en Belgium my ambition to get into the live circuit is getting shape. I've been told that NAmur is quite boring. It has a casino, a stripclub and some crappy food, but that's about it. So I'm taking the family with me to Prague and I'll take the MTB with me to Namur.

      I'm selling about 60% for all events. Just to lower the variance and pay for all the expenses. I'll have a separate bank roll for cashgames during the 3 series. Normally I don't really play higher than €5/€5 live, but I'm expecting that it being Pokerstars events and all the cash games are going to be quite high. Maybe that someone has some insight in what they normally offer during Pokerstars events??
    • J1zzC0
      J1zzC0
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      My first stop/loss since I've started playing serious cash games again. Horrible session and I just had to call it quits because I did not feel like I was playing solid whatsoever anymore



      Villian was playing 98/35 3b 48% over 98 hands . Turn in hindsight a call would have been better perhaps. But vs this type of villian ....
      Poker Stars, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.


      SB: $39.54 (395.4 bb)
      BB: $41.95 (419.5 bb)
      UTG: $9.30 (93 bb)
      MP: $16.31 (163.1 bb)
      CO: $13 (130 bb)
      Hero (BTN): $11.74 (117.4 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BTN with :8d: :Ah:
      2 folds, CO raises to $0.25, Hero calls $0.25, SB folds, BB calls $0.15

      Flop: ($0.80) :Qh: :8s: :As: (3 players)
      BB checks, CO checks, Hero bets $0.50, BB calls $0.50, CO folds

      Turn: ($1.80) :9c: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $1.20, BB raises to $2.80, Hero raises to $10.99, BB calls $8.19

      River: ($23.78) :Kh: (2 players)

      Results:
      $23.78 pot ($1.07 rake)
      Final Board: :Qh: :8s: :As: :9c: :Kh:
      BB showed :Ac: :9s: and won $22.71 ($10.97 net)
      Hero showed :8d: :Ah: and lost (-$11.74 net)


      I end up getting it in even worse than expected...
      Poker Stars, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $11.75 (117.5 bb)
      BB: $10.10 (101 bb)
      Hero (UTG): $11.57 (115.7 bb)
      MP: $14.90 (149 bb)
      CO: $11.19 (111.9 bb)
      BTN: $7.70 (77 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is UTG with :Kh: :Qh:
      Hero raises to $0.30, 2 folds, BTN calls $0.30, SB folds, BB calls $0.20

      Flop: ($0.95) :Jh: :Kc: :6h: (3 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $0.64, BTN calls $0.64, BB calls $0.64

      Turn: ($2.87) :Ts: (3 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $1.92, BTN calls $1.92, BB raises to $4.50, Hero raises to $10.63 and is all-in, BTN folds, BB calls $4.66

      River: ($23.11) :5c: (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results:
      $23.11 pot ($1.04 rake)
      Final Board: :Jh: :Kc: :6h: :Ts: :5c:
      BB showed :Qd: :9c: and won $22.07 ($11.97 net)
      Hero showed :Kh: :Qh: and lost (-$10.10 net)
      BTN mucked and lost (-$2.86 net)


      vs 41/28/ 27% 3b
      Poker Stars, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $10.23 (102.3 bb)
      BB: $10.78 (107.8 bb)
      UTG: $10 (100 bb)
      MP: $10 (100 bb)
      CO: $14.54 (145.4 bb)
      Hero (BTN): $10 (100 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BTN with :Jc: :Js:
      2 folds, CO raises to $0.30, Hero raises to $1, 2 folds, CO raises to $2.20, Hero calls $1.20

      Flop: ($4.55) :2s: :3s: :2d: (2 players)
      CO checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($4.55) :4s: (2 players)
      CO checks, Hero bets $2.50, CO raises to $12.34 and is all-in, Hero calls $5.30 and is all-in

      River: ($20.15) :9d: (2 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results:
      $20.15 pot ($0.91 rake)
      Final Board: :2s: :3s: :2d: :4s: :9d:
      CO showed :As: :Ks: and won $19.24 ($9.24 net)
      Hero showed :Jc: :Js: and lost (-$10 net)


      All hands seems to be poorly played by me as well. Kind of makes sense that I had to pull a stop/loss:f_cry: :f_drink:
    • J1zzC0
      J1zzC0
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      I have to start looking at some points in my game it seems. After the Stop/loss today I forced myself to have an extra look at my database for leakfinding.
      I've noticed that quite often (read; every single session since I came back to €10NL) I'm chasing losses due to losing a couple of buyins in the start of the session. Obviously I also know this ingame and it shouldn't have any effect what so ever on my decision-making. But it does probably.
      [*] I tend to call off a little to light with 10s to queens on low boards.
      [*] I b/f to little on rivers
      [*] I listen to little to the voice in my head (reads)
      [*] overall I'm not doing anything that should be really harmful long term

      I value a lot the moments that I have a look at my database and do some self analysis. Moneywise everything is going pretty smooth. Because I won enough the first days of the month I could add 16NL and even 25NL tables, but nevertheless I've been losing money the past week on 10NL. The shots on higher buyins all where profitable, which makes for an impasse. My reasoning for down moving, next to cashing out, was that I felt I did not beat 100NL and maybe not 50NL. As it stand now I'm also not beating 10NL this month with losing 7 buyins over 8K hands.

      I've opted in for the Get Rich or die trying challenge. Made against my better judgement an money goal. It seems to be a quite unrealistic goal at the moment maybe playing 10NL and micro stakes MTT's, but I feel if one aims for a goal that is susceptible to variance it better be a real challenge .

      My bankroll at the moment is approximately €2K. This includes my cash game roll, which is about €600 and my MTT roll which is pretty much the rest. Next to this I have a live roll that I'm not tracking within this challenge for now. I've gotten lucky winning a couple of tickets to huge €1K live events in europe. My live roll essentially now is about €4K that I use to play €2/€2 live. Thats pretty aggressive bankroll management, but than again the level of play is hilarious.

      Current roll
      €2.150
      Goal roll
      €35.000

      I've updated OP with all the info
    • Lazza61
      Lazza61
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      Hey J1zzC0,

      Welcome to the 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' bankroll challenge.:f_drink:

      I've opted in for the Get Rich or die trying challenge. Made against my better judgement an money goal. It seems to be a quite unrealistic goal at the moment maybe playing 10NL and micro stakes MTT's,
      The beauty of the GRODT challenge is that there are no time constraints on completing the challenge. As long as you know that you can continually grow your bankroll, you will get there in the end.

      If you require some inspiration, check out HansTheGreat's epic blog where he turned $50 into $500k.

      Have fun :gl:

      Laz
    • J1zzC0
      J1zzC0
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      Thanks a lot. Hans's blog is pretty inspirational

      Had a smallish session this morning. Was playing pretty well, got a bit unlucky at the end of the session. I'll have another go somewhere tonight.

      10NL graph


      16NL graph


      Poker Stars, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      Hero (SB): $12.90 (129 bb)
      BB: $11.33 (113.3 bb)
      UTG: $10 (100 bb)
      MP: $15.11 (151.1 bb)
      CO: $17.34 (173.4 bb)
      BTN: $8.97 (89.7 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with :Js: :As:
      3 folds, BTN raises to $0.22, Hero raises to $1, BB folds, BTN calls $0.78

      Flop: ($2.10) :2c: :Jh: :Td: (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.20, BTN calls $1.20

      Turn: ($4.50) :4s: (2 players)
      Hero bets $2.41, BTN raises to $6.77, Hero calls $4.36

      River: ($18.04) :3s: (2 players)

      Results:
      $18.04 pot ($0.81 rake)
      Final Board: :2c: :Jh: :Td: :4s: :3s:
      Hero showed :Js: :As: and lost (-$8.97 net)
      BTN showed :Qd: :Qs: and won $17.23 ($8.26 net)


      Vs 53bb stack? Fine I guess

      Poker Stars, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $5.49 (54.9 bb)
      Hero (BB): $27.62 (276.2 bb)
      UTG: $6.39 (63.9 bb)
      MP: $8.38 (83.8 bb)
      CO: $9.47 (94.7 bb)
      BTN: $10.15 (101.5 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with :5s: :5c:
      UTG folds, MP raises to $0.25, 2 folds, SB calls $0.20, Hero raises to $1.30, MP folds, SB calls $1.05

      Flop: ($2.85) :6h: :4d: :4c: (2 players)
      SB bets $4.19 and is all-in, Hero calls $4.19

      Turn: ($11.23) :Tc: (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: ($11.23) :7s: (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results:
      $11.23 pot ($0.51 rake)
      Final Board: :6h: :4d: :4c: :Tc: :7s:
      SB showed :9s: :9h: and won $10.72 ($5.23 net)
      Hero showed :5s: :5c: and lost (-$5.49 net)


      vs 30/30 (123 hands)

      Poker Stars, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      Hero (SB): $12.90 (129 bb)
      BB: $11.33 (113.3 bb)
      UTG: $10 (100 bb)
      MP: $15.11 (151.1 bb)
      CO: $17.34 (173.4 bb)
      BTN: $8.97 (89.7 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with :Js: :As:
      3 folds, BTN raises to $0.22, Hero raises to $1, BB folds, BTN calls $0.78

      Flop: ($2.10) :2c: :Jh: :Td: (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.20, BTN calls $1.20

      Turn: ($4.50) :4s: (2 players)
      Hero bets $2.41, BTN raises to $6.77, Hero calls $4.36

      River: ($18.04) :3s: (2 players)

      Results:
      $18.04 pot ($0.81 rake)
      Final Board: :2c: :Jh: :Td: :4s: :3s:
      Hero showed :Js: :As: and lost (-$8.97 net)
      BTN showed :Qd: :Qs: and won $17.23 ($8.26 net)


      vs 38/38 (small sample) River b/f?? I'm not sure he always has a flush here

      Poker Stars, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $12.12 (121.2 bb)
      Hero (BB): $10.93 (109.3 bb)
      UTG: $10.02 (100.2 bb)
      MP: $13.28 (132.8 bb)
      CO: $7.93 (79.3 bb)
      BTN: $8.98 (89.8 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with :Th: :Qd:
      UTG raises to $0.20, 4 folds, Hero calls $0.10

      Flop: ($0.45) :Js: :Ks: :4h: (2 players)
      Hero checks, UTG bets $0.22, Hero calls $0.22

      Turn: ($0.89) :5d: (2 players)
      Hero checks, UTG bets $0.43, Hero calls $0.43

      River: ($1.75) :9s: (2 players)
      Hero bets $1, UTG raises to $2.84, Hero calls $1.84

      Results:
      $7.43 pot ($0.33 rake)
      Final Board: :Js: :Ks: :4h: :5d: :9s:
      Hero mucked :Th: :Qd: and lost (-$3.69 net)
      UTG showed :Qs: :4s: and won $7.10 ($3.41 net)


      Sizings fine??

      Poker Stars, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $14.38 (143.8 bb)
      BB: $10.82 (108.2 bb)
      UTG: $45.19 (451.9 bb)
      Hero (MP): $10 (100 bb)
      CO: $17.49 (174.9 bb)
      BTN: $13.03 (130.3 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is MP with :2s: :2c:
      UTG folds, Hero raises to $0.30, CO folds, BTN calls $0.30, 2 folds

      Flop: ($0.75) :8h: :2h: :Jd: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.40, BTN calls $0.40

      Turn: ($1.55) :Qd: (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.04, BTN calls $1.04

      River: ($3.63) :5h: (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.94, BTN calls $1.94

      Results:
      $7.51 pot ($0.34 rake)
      Final Board: :8h: :2h: :Jd: :Qd: :5h:
      Hero showed :2s: :2c: and won $7.17 ($3.49 net)
      BTN mucked :Ah: :Qs: and lost (-$3.68 net)


      Vs crazy fine?

      Poker Stars, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: $9.34 (93.4 bb)
      BB: $16.47 (164.7 bb)
      UTG: $3.95 (39.5 bb)
      MP: $9.85 (98.5 bb)
      Hero (CO): $10 (100 bb)
      BTN: $10 (100 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with :2c: :Ac:
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.30, 2 folds, BB raises to $0.95, Hero calls $0.65

      Flop: ($1.95) :As: :6s: :9d: (2 players)
      BB bets $1.24, Hero calls $1.24

      Turn: ($4.43) :Jh: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks

      River: ($4.43) :8c: (2 players)
      BB bets $2.82, Hero calls $2.82

      Results:
      $10.07 pot ($0.45 rake)
      Final Board: :As: :6s: :9d: :Jh: :8c:
      BB showed :Ks: :7h: and lost (-$5.01 net)
      Hero showed :2c: :Ac: and won $9.62 ($4.61 net)
    • J1zzC0
      J1zzC0
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      Yesterdays graph. Still running over EV according to HM2. But hey, money is money
    • DaToepFa
      DaToepFa
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      Just my 2 cents about the posted Hands:

      :diamond: AJs - i would make a smaller 3-bet pre since his raise is also smaller as usual. Turn is b/f for me without reads
      :diamond: 55 - why 3-bet pre? You just Isolate your medium-strong hand against a stronger range. I would rather just call on set value. Also makes the hand easier to play postflop
      :diamond: hand 3 is a double-post AJs. If he had 30/30, you only know that he plays aggressive preflop. That doesn't tell you much about his postflop play. I'd still go with a b/f on the turn.
      :diamond: QTo - Since everything hits on that river, he might check behind with medium hands. So I like the donk here. The raise is ugly but I don't see a fold here given the odds. IMO :nh:
      :diamond: Depends on villain. Against unknown it should be fine. If you know he calls light, almost potsize on each street
      :diamond: If "crazy" means that he raised and called any2, sure
    • J1zzC0
      J1zzC0
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      AJs I agree on every street
      55 hand 3b is to balance a bit. I'm not sure if that is really necessary on these stakes, but the pool is still quite small. I just don't want to default call these hands OOP.
    • J1zzC0
      J1zzC0
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      Haven't been active for a bit due to traveling a bit. I have been looking around the WSOPE and went snowboarding. WSOP was cool, but decided not to play anything. I was with some friends who dont play poker and for the rest there wasn't that much to do.
      I'm having my fair share of live MTTs coming up soon, so I rather just go grind some snow with the boys.

      I'm going to chance the blog up a bit. I've build my own website in my search for a staking deal. Even though I'm doing pretty well moneywise when it comes to poker, I really miss being part of an motivated stable and the comfort of having backup when variance.

      My website: jizzcopoker
    • J1zzC0
      J1zzC0
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      OP update.

      Results
      Poker is going pretty well. Playing more live the next couple of months, hopefully making some money. Online I haven't played to many cash hands. I've moved my focus more back into MTT's and SNG's. I still appreciate the cash game format, but I rather just stick to it for live games or a couple of sessions a week. It is not something I can see myself doing full time long term.
      I've won a couple of tournaments on Ipoker and 888. Somehow that really sparked the will to get back to actual playing MTTs again.

      Weblog
      I'm still working on polishing the website a bit. I have it up and running, but still busy tweaking it a bit. It is quite fun to make something beautiful to me where I can keep track of heaps of poker related stuff. I'm also contemplating getting back on Twitch once in a while. I always had fun making video's and now that I'm more comfortable with my game and the reasoning behind my decision making I feel it could be the right moment. It should be good for my motivation and focus.

      Staking
      I'm actively searching for a staker now. Preferably to get into a stable. I'm considering this for two main reasons.

      [*] Playing on my own dime has two sides. Money in is actual money in. Running like I'm now this is fine. Im making decent profit and it is going into my families and my pockets. But variance is a big thing and even though I should be financial stable enough playing the limits I am now, I don't think I could re-deposit to chase to many potential losses. Also, I'd like to do a profit cut once in a while. Which currently means that there is no moving up. Being in a staking deal could make this more easy. I have less personal financial risk, could mainly focus on playing the games and getting better. Not/less having to worry about accounting.
      [*] Being part of a stable seems to be pretty important to me. The poker forums of old are pretty empty and all strategy and pokertalk is being done in skypegroups and within stables nowadays. I'm doing everything on my own now and I feel more than ever that the time to get out of hiding is now. I know I learn quicker and better when I talk to others about all facets of the game.

      One of the issues I'm having to deal with is that my stats in MTT's aren't that solid. Having been a recreational player always I just clicked whatever I liked. I'm a winner up till the lowstakes. But in big fieldsizes I had a lot of close call, but no sigars. Came in the last two tables of the Sunday Million and the Sunday warmup. But never managed to make that leap to moneychanging scores.
      The best ROI I find in MTTs with a fieldsize up to 250. That why I'm mainly focussing on other clients than pokerstars to grind my games. Obviously having Pokerstars open on sundays still. Because you just need to be on the right site of variance once....

      Check it out!
      J1zC0poker
    • J1zzC0
      J1zzC0
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      Pretty cool decision to make. I'm not sure though, but I'm having some serious option here.

      My girlfriend opted for me to go and grind poker full time. Both online as live. It is not something I ever considered due to several reasons. But I'm considering it now.
      My day to day job is on a freelance basis and it is also something I love doing. It is something I could keep doing, but less hours. I work in diving and I have a reputation that allows me to come and go a bit more often than some others maybe. My contractors are pretty lenient and that makes this to be an actual opportunity.
      We had a young one recently and working poker full time would allow me to be around quite allot.

      I'm still in debate to get staking and going full time would allow for so much more opportunities. On the other hand I have to consider if it is something I would really want to try. Poker can be quite frustrating, lonely and boring from time to time. Plus the risk/reward is uncertain. A bad month could mean that I'd be unable to pay my mortgage.
      More to follow later about the subject. I'm keen on hearing from people who are actually playing full time and how it works for them.
    • J1zzC0
      J1zzC0
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      Playing poker for a living:
      Making a career switch is always something one does from intrinsic motivation. But when you have a family it is not a decision taken lightly. I want to support my family in the best way I can. I never been focussed on money to much. Never made money motivated career moves and always have been quite happy with that. I currently work as a researcher and dive instructor. A pretty fun job which allows me to have a lot of leisure time outside of work. My latest environmental research project is about done and I was put on the spot to go for a multiple year contract. I love what I do, but I do love heaps of other stuff to. I'm pretty sure I can always get back to where I am now and I probably can even keep doing it but in a less involved and frequent manner.

      I'm quite busy training for some endurance bike races and my girlfriend has a pretty well paid job. Plus, I've worked off shore for quite some time, so I have some money saved up.
      I always love competition. In sports, in education, in work and in poker. I've started grinding again a couple of months ago after I had some time on my hands and the bug really got to me again. My girlfriend noticed it to and the results have been pretty okay for the stakes I'm currently playing.
      It is as I dive in everything I do. I want to learn as much as I can and get competitive as soon as possible.
      There are some pro's and con's to every decision. Al the same here.

      Pro's:
      Self managing. Little responsibility to third parties. Essentially I plan, schedule and manage when I play, where I play and whom I play
      More quality time with the kids
      More freedom
      More time to keep training and to train more specific
      More opportunity to get into a proper stable
      Who doesn't want to at least try if they are able to do something like this.

      Con's:
      Financial risk
      Risk of failure
      Resume gap
      Unclear working hours
      Finances getting more comprehensive

      So, I'm still not certain if I'm going to try this. I currently am mapping all the things I'm doing in my life. What do I want to keep doing? How much time do I need for everything? Pretty simple questions, but very important to me.
      I'm in debate with a pair of stakers who are considering me if I'm going to put in the hours.
    • J1zzC0
      J1zzC0
      Silver
      Joined: 20.08.2017 Posts: 88
      OP update.

      Had a decent sunday. Played heaps of MTT's with a total buyin of about $1,2K. Came in 2nd in an hyper 6max micro for $789 and won a $22 for $2903 plus some min-cashes and semi deep runs. So we are still making money.
      I've played without a HUD for the first time. I feel really happy about it. I think the samplesize in MTT's is always going to be way to small to actually be useful. Making heaps of notes and colour coding is worth so much more I feel.

      I've set a deadline at the end of this week (read; friday) to have made a decision about if I'm going to put in the time pokerwise. At the moment I'm finishing up the environmental project. It should be done tomorrow early in the morning.
      I have to think about what I want to do with my time in poker. Do I want to keep an active blog, keep track of every progress. How am I going to do that with the live games. Am I going to be active on twitch again? I imagine it could be quite helpful for my motivation and focus.
    • luckinsearch
      luckinsearch
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      Joined: 07.12.2016 Posts: 36
      Seems interesting to read, may learn a lot from your, subscribed.:f_ugly:
    • J1zzC0
      J1zzC0
      Silver
      Joined: 20.08.2017 Posts: 88
      OP update!

      Haven’t really played any poker past few days. Next week I’ll play some live games in Amsterdam at the MCOP and pretty soon afterwards I’ll be going to Belgium and Prague. It means I’ll be 3 weeks away from my girlfriend and kid, so I hope it is going to be worth it.

      I still haven’t found a staker for my games online. Which is to bad, but makes sense. My stats overall aren’t that impressive. Played heaps of random high stakes MTTs whit little result. Currently I’m doing fine on showing that I am a winner when I put in the time and effort. It doesn’t worry me to much at the moment, but I’d love to get some sort of agreement before 2018. Meanwhile I can comfortably play the games I am now.

      I’ve reached a decision when it comes to going at poker full time. I’m pretty much going to do it. I’m still going to work as a dive instructor for about one day a week. Further I have my cycling, where I can put a lot more effort in even now.

      Poker is going to become(hopefully) my main source of income.

      I’ll have every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday a full MTT schedule. Playing low to mid stakes on pokerstars, ACR, 888 and BWin. I’ve been working hard on my multitabling and I feel comfortable playing up to 12 tables at once. Preferably less for obvious reasons.
      The other days I’ll either play some live games or smaller sessions online.

      Fridays I’ll teach at the diveschool quite often.

      I’ve bought a new setup which is going to be installed today in my office. With 3 screens on advice of my coach.
      That means I also have a MTT coach for the first 3 months with whom I’ll be doing daily checkups and weekly reviews.

      I’ll post some pictures of my office and setup when it is finished.
      Overall I’m pretty stoked on diving in this adventure. Really motivated! Certainly also because I will have so much time to put in to endurance cycling as well.