pokercode and more pokercode
Last couple months have been all about Pokercode. More on that later in this post.
a) Exchanging hand histories with 1 person - we review each others' HH from recent tournaments and make a printscreen of hands that we would've played differently and schedule a call to discuss those spots.
b) Comparing 2 databases with a player playing slightly higher stakes, but has a similar approach in terms of studying - a lot of solverwork - and finding leaks in our frequencies. Building a plan of what to work on in order to fix those leaks. We schedule a review session 1-2 times per week together - review hands that we played in this particular spot and discuss ideas.
c) Multiway 3-way spots - working closely with couple friends on multiway spots. Running 3-way sims, scheduling review sessions and solving complex gametrees on the server together. We are currently trying to study turns and rivers more often, as it feels like we have a decent understanding of flops mechanics already. I was doing a bunch of work on my own for 3-way, but I feel that working in a group is a bit better, because population deviates so much that in order to get good answers and build strategies, we have to brainstorm what playerpool is doing differently and how to adjust to it.
d) Outsourcing - PKO spots to solve - I have a friend that I collab with and he solves PKO spots that I tagged for me.
e) Outsourcing - FT spots to solve - similar to PKO spots, he solves FT spots in HRC beta / GTO+ postflop ICM adjusted. Sometimes goes through the entire FT and tags hands to discuss with me on a later day.
f) Deep work on my leaks which I do alone - working hard on my vs bet game currently, as I am not sure if I am playing vs turn and rivers bets correctly. So far, if I compare my calldowns to equilibrium I am mostly doing a good job, however some people say that it's still too much calling, as playerpool plays differently. I went deep in a rabbit hole in terms of how the population is playing on aggressive nodes last night and discovered quite a bit, that I can't share publicly unfortunately. What I can say though is that it's always important to question your assumptions, look at data, nodelock sims to see if and how you should be deviating. Our brains are tricky and our memory is rather selective one. Also, it's always important to verify everything, even if a lot of people say the same thing. Just to make sure you know.
g) Having a lot of fun drilling spots vs GTO. I use both GTOW and DTO, it really depends on how 'complex' the game I want to play is. Training vs solution is something that can discourage you from playing if you are not great theoretically, and something that can give you a massive confidence boost if you know what you are doing. I was playing very simple spots that show up often, like BVB, BB vs IP and IP vs BB and SB 3bet. The more you play the more addicted you are, so be careful.
h) Preparing sessions for 1 on 1 coachings and for seminars. This can also count as a study routine, more like re-capping of what I already worked on in the past to be able to present this knowledge for a student or a group on zoom call. This game is so complex that you always discover something new!
g) Beer and review sessions - those are spontaneous evening/night sessions as I usually review my tagged hands alone, but sometimes we go through them in a group setting. I think it's very powerful to get opinions of others as I can be biased and also can misinterpret solver outputs on occasion.
Grindhouse 3 will probably be on youtube mid / late September 2022.
I will be in Vienna on 8 September, so if you would like to grab lunch or beer let me know.
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