As I mentioned, transition was smooth and I am very happy I did it, as I think SNG are slowly dying and hourly rate is getting worse. MTTs are where the money is, and I am a little bit tilted that I wasn't too eager to play more of them in the past.
Mid June 2020 as the start of MS MTT journey.
PS had summer series or whatever series that was (it was so many this year) and I was fortunate to final table 1 and came 5 out of 3454 runners. I also won 30 euro PKO series on ES that month and final tabled many other tourneys, which boosted my bankroll significantly and allowed me to jump into mid stakes straight away. This is something I wanted to avoid - playing low stakes tournaments. Fields are massive so is variance, so I didn't want to grind micro/low as I think hourly rate is very low. So I am very grateful for that bankroll boost in June/July 2020. Since then I was focusing mainly on MS MTTs, occasionally playing some 109s as well. I am very strict with my BRM and I didn't want to increase variance, so I was mostly selling action to 109s with couple exceptions.
I am very happy with the progress that I have made in coaching. I understand better what I should be doing and focusing on. I worked with over 30 players this year, some of them quit poker, some of them made over $50k. It's just the way it is. Because of such a polarising group, I realised that it's not about the quality of my coaching (which I believe is very high right now, and many strong players can confirm that) but it's about approach of the student to studying and working hard. Many players didn't succeed because they didn't put enough effort into it. At the very beginning I was blaming myself a little bit for a lack of results from players. I am not doing it anymore and I get very frustrated when someone is not putting work / doesn't implement things I teach for long period of time. At the end of the day, I can provide tools, but I can't make anyone to use them. That was definitely aha-moment this year when it comes down to coaching. These days, I care less about lazy guys, more about guys that put in work. I feel better psychologically and I don't waste my time. It also resulted in me giving less hours of individual coaching and focusing on players that want to achieve something in this environment.
I became SNG head coach for Standard Backing and I also do 2 webinars per week for them. On top of that, I do 1 webinar for Global Staking and I am very happy with being able to do both. Working with many players at the same time is very powerful and teaches me how to become a better coach. I'm simply open to more thought processes and approaches, which can give me a better understanding how players think and play, so we can correct their mistakes quicker and more efficiently.
Very good year in terms of hours put into working on my game. Providing coaching helps a little bit, but probably helps less then many people think. It can help if you coach someone that is playing similar stakes and has very strong fundamentals already. Most of the players that I coach are less experienced and play lower, so it doesn't give me as much value as many people expect. It's good for making sure that I understand basic concepts and theory behind a lot of situations in this game, but it's all that it helps with.
I realised that 2-3 months ago, and forced myself to work on my game a lot more. These days, I try to spend 2 hours per day working on my own. Usually it's a mix of reviewing hands / doing pairrd quizes / creating a preflop spreadsheet with ranges / running sims / watching poker videos from different courses that I purchased or preparing theory sessions for webinars.
Working in a group is about preparing a topic and presenting it for a group of 6. Everyone knows what he is responsible for and it will be a game changer for us in 2021. Preparing a topic / making notes / brainstorming the ideas during group sessions 3-4 times a week looks like a great mix and I am glad that we started doing it. PokerCode is also doing webinars with Matthias, Simon and Fedor on Sundays. Hopefully they will continue doing that. Also Robbie PlayaPlz is doing some group coaching occasionally for Standard Backing which I always attend. Depending on how many hours per week we will be doing our group sessions, I might join BBZ webinars in the future as well.
I am not a goal-setter. However, poker environment is changing and it feels like profitability of this game is going down year after year. It's hard to see it if we only think about 2020, because of small poker boom due to Corona virus, but if you take 2020 out of the equation, poker is getting harder and less profitable.
This means, that we have limited time to get max value out of that environment.
Which means, I need to set some goals for 2021. I will try to make them well structured and post after NYE.
For all of you reading this, I hope you had successful 2020 and I wish you all the luck on the tables in 2021. Let's hope that 2021 will be a year that history books will refer to as the end of global pandemic. Let's hope that it will all be back to normal soon.
All the best! GL