Even though I hate giving negative feedback I feel like I have to because of the recent (probably unjust) accusations in this thread.
I'm a poker player from Germany so I don't post very often on 2+2, but feel free to look me up on PTR on Pokerstars under the same name. I play NL100 and NL200 FR as a midstack. I have been midstacking for over a year so I was familiar with the differences to fullstacking and already had good results.
I always look for the next great coach or video series and when i stumbled upon YourDoom it seemed clear that I had to take at least one session with him.
My first coaching session for $502 was in July and was held in Skype chat only, which was okay since it was a lot of numbers and percentages about his approach to midstacking (mostly preflop) including betsizing, ranges and some in depth stuff. He pasted a lot of the content but always asked afterwards if I had any questions and we had a very fruitful discussion about all of the topics. He types really fast so we got a lot out of the 90 minutes, though not all that is required to play poker. I would say it was a very good introductory course but you wouldn't be able to just start playing with the information, you need a few more elements that weren't included. I don't know if this was done on purpose but for the price and the length of the coaching you certainly get enough out of it so that I would recommend it to anybody thinking about midstacking at NL100+.
After the coaching I started to employ his advice and everything went well. Since it was only a minor change to my prior experience and mostly a confirmation that I was doing the right thing I didn't see a major increase in my winrate but I never regretted taking it.
I also watched all of his Pokerstrategy videos which will be relevant later on.
A few weeks later I discovered his Blind Defense Course on Bestpokercoaching and snapbought it. For the cost (397€) I didn't even think about it. You can do the math yourself. If it only helps your winrate from the blinds a tiny bit it is easily worth the purchase. My results from the big blind are pretty bad (they still are) but I am confident the course will give you a very good outline on how to play from the blinds, not only against steals but also in multiway pots and versus tight ranges from earlier positions. I am very happy with the content and while I haven't implemented all of it and probably won't fully for a few months (it's a big change and basically impossible to do if you're masstabling like me at the moment). As with all coachings you have to put in a lot of time thinking about it and consciously making the changes in your own game.
Now to the bad part.
When I take coaching it is always about a specific topic, something that has been troubling me or something new that I want to learn. I wanted to learn his approach to midstacking and I wanted to learn his way of defending the blinds. I don't like sweat sessions and I don't like hand history reviews since they only show a fraction of my play. Which is why I made the decision to shell out another $650 for 2 hours of coaching from him on a very specific topic that has been a problem for me. I'm not going to mention it because I'm not too eager to expose it here but I made it very clear in my email requesting the coaching what problems I faced and what I wanted out of the coaching. He replied quickly saying that he would "tailor a session around the topic" and after the first coaching we had I thought it would be of equal quality with a lot of ranges, numbers and tangible information. By the way he asked me if I wanted 90 minutes or 2 hours and I decided on the 2 hours, giving him more time to explain everything since there was some stuff missing in the first 90 minute coaching. There was no talk of me preparing anything in advance.
I paid for the coaching after his holiday 2 weeks ago and the coaching took place last Thursday.
Before the coaching he mentioned that we would do the prepared content on his pc via Teamviewer and then switch to my pc for some hand history reviews which took me by complete surprise because this was the first time I heard about it and didn't know if I would even be able to find good spots to talk about on the fly. Still, I didn't say anything and we started the coaching.
When I looked at his screen I immediately knew what was up. I looked at a hand he had already talked about in one of his Pokerstrategy videos and I was very familiar with it but it didn't even fit into the coaching because a) he was playing 100 bb stacks and b) it didn't match what I wanted out of the coaching. I immediately stopped him and told him I already knew what he was going to say. Even if I hadn't known about the hand he should have told me beforehand that he was going to use content that had already been published on a very popular german pokersite that I am a member of. Also, talking about the hand in the video only took him about 10 minutes which would have left another 110 minutes for other stuff. After I stopped him he was a bit baffled and when I asked he told me that was all he wanted to talk about and that we should go on to the hand histories.
I complied but this totally wasn't what I expected.
What followed were about 60 minutes of random hand history reviews (I was lucky to find some good ones) and a little bit of chit chat. Before the time was up we both got bored I think and he offered to use the remaining time by evaluating some more hand histories via email in the following days.
He also asked me to write a review but he never asked for it to be a positive review. He just wanted some feedback and some attention to his coaching which is completely understandable as an american citizen in this state of online poker. To an outside spectator it looks a little bit like scam but you have to realize that a very profitable job was taken from him and he is trying to fill the time and make some money. I would only be suspicious if he was still able to play but chose to coach instead like many other coaches out there.
How should you interpret my review? I think he is a great coach when he is talking about his style of poker and if you're struggling with any of those aspects and can afford him I would highly recommend him. I was only disappointed when I asked for a specific topic. That might have been a function of his inability to teach the topic to my requirements or that he just wasn't prepared for it after going on holiday. Obviously I am very unhappy about the high price I had to pay to find that out. $650 is a lot of money to someone midstacking NL100