Very mediocre month in terms of win rate, volume and results. Running cold in higher buy-ins, so we happily take the green month I guess.
In terms of studying, I did a bunch of work on couple new concepts. By doing some frequencies research, I discovered major leak in my game and started to fix it. I think I was also participating in every group session from Pokercode this month. We started solving most 3bet spots now as well as 3way spots with the team. It's going very smooth and should be done relatively soon. Next step will be ICM sims.
Coaching is going fine. Next week I will start doing 2 webinars for my server instead of 1. I also started prioritising a bit more. Paying less attention to people that pay limited attention to me and the ones that don't respect my time enough.
I will get my 2nd dose of vaccine next Monday which opens the door for travelling again. I've just booked my stay in Banco casino in Bratislava for Pokercode festival in September. It's open for non Pokercode members as well, so if any of you would like to join, there is more information:
It starts on 9th September, but I will be going to Vienna and taking the bus from there with Pokercode crew on Thursday morning. I haven't decided yet when I want to be in Vienna, but I definitely want to have 3-4 days of sightseeing before the poker starts. If someone lives in Vienna and wants to hang out, let me know.
Not the best month in terms of volume and results. I am not happy with my performance, feels like I was missing too many spots and misplayed too many hands because of not paying attention and I got easily distracted by watching Twitch or random podcast while playing. Actual damage is smaller then sharkscope shows, as I was selling % of action to higher buy-ins. Anyways, June is over and I've learnt my lesson. Plan for July is as follows:
ODIN is finally released (only for Pokercode members right now, but it will be available to everyone very shortly). I was beta testing it and I can say that this is very good tool for someone that doesn't have access to and doesn't plan on running sims in the future. It has limitations, as lack of agg reports as well as lack of postflop trainer, but it's very good for someone who wants to view a game tree and improve in the long run. This is not a solver, this is not a trainer. This is a database of many simulations showing optimal solutions with very complex game trees. It's worth a lot and I can totally recommend it to someone that doesn't run his own sims, but wants to view game trees and improve faster. They have most MTT SRP and 3PB as well as BVB spots solved for MTTs up to 50bbs. It's very clean and easy to work with. I will let you know when it's finally released to the public.
Let's hope for better results in July. GL!
It was very good month. I was playing well and running even better. I started registering a little bit higher, playing up to daily $250 on GGpoker and playing $162 pacific rim on Pokerstars. Volume is still low, because of coaching taking a lot of focus and time as well as me being lazy, as restaurants and pubs finally opened after a lock-down, so I spent some time with friends and family.
In a week or so Euro 2020 (2021?) starts, so I think my volume will be even lower, as I really enjoy watching football. I will still try to go to bed straight after the game, but I might not wake up on time to reg pacific rim, which starts at 7am. We will see.
I also started selling action on ggpoker client, usually selling half of $250 daily, if anyone is interested in getting a piece.
If I book profitable June, then I will most likely go back to evening schedule in July, as I want to play as high as I can, and there isn't many high stakes games ($109 - $215) in the mornings. I will also join BBZ seminars when I move to evening grind.
That's pretty much all I can post. May was a little bit boring.
GL in June!
SCOOP and GG Spring Festival started pretty rough, I've lost almost 9.5k first 7 or 10 days, which is the biggest downswing in terms of money lost due date for me. After the bad start, I managed to finish 3rd in Marathon on GG for 12k as well as finish 3rd in hot 109 to secure break-evenish series. I lost money overall, however I sold a lot of action to ME satellites, so if we exclude sats, I'm in profit, so I think I can say that April 2021 was a break even month.
Total ROI being lower then average, means that I didn't perform well on higher stakes. Most likely a mix of not playing optimally and running bad. Overall, this series taught me many things that I will list down below.
Back to the morning grind. Back to good routines. Back to the lab.
I wish all of you best of luck!
I will be chilling with family and friends in next couple days, so I decided to post a little update as I have more spare time.
2021 started very well for me, I am gradually moving up in stakes, mostly because of low variance games in the mornings. March was no different, pretty steady grind and a lot of work off tables. I miss click registered short deck tournament on GG and somehow managed to come 2nd place, basically just by jamming and calling wide for bounties as EQ run closer together then it does in normal holdem. I think I lost 2 all-ins, and I was in all-in pots for like 20 times. It was fun journey, but I should pay more attention to what I am registering. Sometimes I find myself registering too shortstacked in PKOs, sometimes I register very reg heavy small field daily turbo $100 or $109 on PS. The only good thing that comes with it is gaining more experience playing vs strong regs. Stronger then avarage regs? Playing against regs...
My plan for SCOOP and Spring Series is to take it easy. I want to focus on staying healthy in April and focus on grinding, rather then coaching or studying. Time for preparation expired and now it's time to execute. I want to have a good sleep routine, which could be hard because of different times that I will finish my session, but what's very important to me is getting 8 hours of sleep per night. On top of that I will make sure that I do a workout and if I have time I will also go for a run. Diet is already ordered for entire month, so food supply is covered. During the grind I want to focus only on tables, so Discord will be mainly off. Lately I discovered brain.fm, very good music boosting our focus. There is science behind it, if someone is interested go check it out. I can strongly recommend.
In terms of schedule I will not play anything lower then $11 and try to max late reg $11 - $22 games. Main focus will be on $55 - $150 buy-in range and possibly if things go well at the beginning I will add $215 - $250 to the mixer.
After the SCOOP is over, doesn't matter with what bankroll I end up the series with, we will change couple things:
- buy and start working with both simple preflop and simple 3way
- consider getting PIO2
- buy and start working with DTO preflop and DTO HR tier
- join daily BBZ seminars
- increase coaching rates to limit the interest. I want to focus on my play rather then coaching
- buy both tracker and advanced HUD for hand2note and start using it for both range research and as a main in game HUD
- potentially get a server to run more complex spots (right now, because of kindness of a friend, we are running 60bb sims, and I had a brief look at them and I have to say that it's very helpful to have deeper stacked poker solved as it's completely different to short or mid stack)
Pandemic is going crazy here, we are in heavy lockdown and my move to Malta doesn't look great. I really want to wait until things come down a little and I don't need to be quarantined or anything like that. I also don't want to move there for a summer, as it's not the greatest time of a year to be there. Moving there for WCOOP would be good, but it depends on many factors.
I wish you all best of luck during series and don't forget to take hot showers, drink coffee and treat yourself to a glass of wine after the long grind.
Time for update.
I was very busy lately with coaching and other poker projects and volume is pretty low unfortunately. Since 3-4 weeks I am playing morning schedule. I really enjoy it and can totally recommend to someone that doesn't like playing massive fields and very long sessions. I come from SNG background and playing for 8+ hours in tournaments with 3-5k runners wasn't optimal. Also, I am very happy with 'normal' sleep schedule these days and all benefits that come with it. Due to smaller fields and not many games running in the morning, I decided to play higher stakes as well. It's good practice to play against stronger opponents and also to get more familiar and get more experience with bubble ICM / FT ICM / PKO ICM.
These days I am also working on population research which in the future will help me to run exploitative preflop and postflop sims. Ranges of hero vs regs / hero vs playerpool / gto vs gto. I strongly believe that the population research we are doing will be a game changer.
On top of that we stick to normal 3-4 review sessions per week and I also coach 16 hours per week.
Busy times, but in order to get results, we got to put hours in. There is no way around it.
$16.50 deepstacks PKO FT
Due to massive risk premium vs the same stack size, I decided to flat QQ on BU 4 left, which seems to be correct approach according to preflop academy models 40bb vs 40bb with shortstacks around.
Recreational player on SB squeezes and good mid stakes reg jams for 80bb and I used my entire time bank and decided to call. This felt very close in game, and one of the spots that I think we are not making a lot of EV, so QQ is probably indifferent. I ran couple simulation, giving SB JJ AK to stack off with and occasional bluff squeeze for card removal effects in Monte Carlo in HRC.
Ranges I assigned:
CO RFI range
BU CC range
SB SQZ range
SB stack-off range 3way (SB was recreational and I expected him to stack off wider then he should in ICM)
Scenario 1 (most likely in my mind): CO jams AKo AKs QQ only
BU calling range:
QQ is +$14.8
Scenario 2: (pessimistic approach)CO jams AKo AKs QQ + 25% AA, 50% KK
QQ is -$98.0
Scenario 2: (optimistic approach)CO jams AKo AKs QQ + 50% JJ, 50% TT and 25% AQs
QQ is +$73.1
As we see if really depends on what CO is jamming with. QQ is closer then it seems. All 3 scenarios:
+73.1+14.8-98.0 = -$10
I thought it's very interesting hand and I will make sure that I brainstorm CO jamming range with other players to come up with the conclusion that is accurate for playerpool. I wonder what are your thoughts. Please comment in here or in my discord server. Thanks!
Time for update. I wasn't playing much, I was focused on studying and coaching mainly. Studying a lot of HU and BVB spots lately helped me to feel more confident in game and I am really happy with the progress I made this month. Volume is hurt by the time spent on studying, but I am sure it will pay off in the future.
Results are fine, I am playing more aggressively on turns and rivers, which resulted in almost break even red line this month.
i hope to put more hours on the tables in the next 10 days.
10 days in, so I decided to update the blog. I will try to post every Sunday in 2021.
I had a very good start to 2021, winning a tournament on NYE. Since then, I had plenty final tables, but unfortunately no wins. Good start to the year allows me to attack higher stakes already and motivates me to work even harder. First 10 days in numbers:
Tournaments: 189 + 37 re-entries = 226
Time spent playing: 45 hours
Time spent coaching: 13 hours
Time spent studying: 19 hours
TOTAL: 77 hours
8.5 hours per day
Pretty lazy start so far, in terms of hours put and in terms of tournaments played. I would like to average 10 hours per day. I am actually surprised by that, I thought numbers will be higher. It shows that I am not using a time wisely, and a lot of that is not efficient. Being on the computer seems like work, but it's not really work. I will limit the amount of time I spend on Discord from next week. I will check it only twice per day: morning, after the run and night, after the grind. I finished watching BBZ bundle, which I don't include in hours spent on studying, as it's hard to track. I also finished all lectures from Fedor and now I'm watching Igor's toy games, which is a mix of PIO and monkersolver and a bunch of nodelocking vs population, which is definiately more interesting then dry lectures about fundamentals. I really enjoy this type of format so far. I unsubscibed from Netflix, as I don't have time for that BS and poker videos are literally the only videos that I watch right now.
Overaggressive play on turns and rivers vs tighter playerpool resulted in positive red line. Something that I don't really focus on, but I started implementing many new things to my game, mostly exploits, and that is the result, so I take it.
Spots that I was focusing on this week in terms of studying are:
We also had a session about investing money, that we do not need in our poker accounts. That portion of the bankroll should be working for itself rather then sitting there and losing value. It was interesting session.
I also had 8 hour long review session with friends on Friday. It was good, and I think I will do long sessions like this in the future as well. So, days that I don't play will be for long ass reviews. I was drinking wine and beers, looking at solutions and trying to figure out this game. This is my entertainment in 2021.
Today is Pokercode webinar with Matthias and Fedor about shortstack HU play. Let's hope I can put that into practice tonight.
GL on the Sunday grind!