sunday was.... interesting. I have learned a decent bit today both about the donkaments i played and myself as well as done some thinking about the future. this post is probably gonna end up a decent sized ramble so feel free to scroll down and enjoy some booties
goals, goals, goals!
I ve not really set myself the shortterm goals i was planning on doing on a weekly basis. I have come to realize that this is a BIG problem as just randomly plugging away at whatever i am currently playing is just not the most productive way to go about things. I often tend to preach to others that laziness is not some kind of sickness one cant control. its a choice of life. and a bad one at that. I used to say that i m a lazy f*ck and it has gotten me to where i am at right now but tbh i could be so much further in the direction i want to go if i just pushed myself a little harder and worked more. I m not gonna make promises but i will try my hardest to set and follow weekly goals starting tonight!
cash vs donkaments
I ve recently really enjoyed grinding those donkaments and after some reflection i have come up with th following reasons which having figured them out will serve as a starting point for my goal setting further down this post:
-donkaments force me to grind.: in cash i ve kind of fallen into this routine of only playing when i feel like it. while i think forcing myself to grind is absolutely not good i think i ve used this approach as an excuse not to grind harder. while studying is absolutely important studying all by itself wont make me any money if i dont put what i learn into practice. i think having no other option but focus on the grind when playing donkaments has refueled my hunger for volume a bit.
-monotony: while i absolutely love cashgames for the in depth thought processes as well as the big edges and the low variance i have probably just spent a tad too much time following the same ol routine and ive maybe in some way shape or form burnt out. focussing on sth new for a change definitely gets the juices flowing again and forcess me to learn poker from a whole new perspective. never a bad thing
-variance: after i came back to cash from hypers in december (having experienced variance from its very very ugly side running 130BI below ev) i started looking at cash from an absolutely different perspective and immediately began crushing at more than 10bb/100. since december i doubt i have had a session worse than maybe -5BI in cash. obviously when i hit a rougher patch at 100nl that felt really odd. clearing my head a little and then coming back to cash hungry to crush is what the following goals will be aiming to achieve (also MTT variance will be a good way to toughen me up mentally):
goals for the week of march 25th-31st
[ ] 40hours : 5x 8hr sessions seems very doable given i ve played 10hr+ sessions almost every time i played donkaments [ ] study up on my ICM: while i think grinding is the best way to improve i understand i suck at ICM and things like that and i deffo want to keep finding new things to learn [ ] quality over quantity: i wanna keep the table count at 15 or less. today i eclipsed 22 tbls for like an hour which deffo isnt the best thing in the world [ ] get a decent chair and another screen: very important now that i am settled and looking to stay in this place until likely next may
and probably most importantly:
[ ] come up with a schedule: ideally i wanna make a grind schedule that structures my week in a very efficient manner. in order to avoid the problems i ve recently had with grinding cash i wanna have a balance both inside and outside of poker. what i mean by this is balancing both donkaments and cash (grind and strat obv) and balancing poker with having a life outside of poker which includes at least one day off, cooking regularly including salads fruit and müsli bars, working out, meeting ppl, painting, clubbing etc. i will try and get this schedule done on tuesday which i ll probably make my fre day of the week.
i say most importantly because all my life i have refused to live by schedules. i ve always hated getting up in the morning i ve always hated dusting my room i ve always been late to any kind of appointments. the problem is obvious: being such a turd has not gained me ANYTHING. and this has to stop. I wanna get shi*t done this year and i wont get anything done if i dont organize my life. Poker is my business and its about time i start treating it as such!
the plan for this week is to grind MTTs and 180s hard, learn a bunch and make a schedule then start mixing both cash and MTTs in the way i find the most beneficial for my overall poker balance.
i played what likely was the biggest donkament schedule i have ever played in terms of number of tournaments played. i feel like i have definitely improved a TON over the last few days finding many spots that would have gone unnoticed earlier as well as making good folds. things are definitely coming together. if only the results were as good
i got a ton of deep stacks going in the MM main, in the Bigger $11 and a $8.8 FO and a few others only to get sucked out on really nastily for top 10 stacks. not gonna go on about how bad i ran as whats much more important is the way i dealt with those beats. i played from 5pm until about 4-5am with practically no breaks and played what i think was a very solid game throughout. dropped $300 on the day though (rain)
I ve done some database work and it turns out most of this weeks losses have come in turbo MTTs from basically running like aids.
but i did just find two HHs i saved today so might as well post them. both from the bigger $11. had really juicy table draws throughout the day just couldnt win the important ones:
felt was a good spot to 3b as at the time i had not many reads and a solid image. i thought villain would have virtually no flatting range and have to play a 4b/fold game and most villains tend to not go crazy wrt 4betting. when he does flat and then overbetdonkjam i think he has a ton of hands that are only drawing or hands like he had OR singlepairs vs which i have enough equity. plus i dont like to fold t8ofDiamonds
CO: t73418 M = 11.65 Hero (BTN): t72088 M = 11.44
SB: t121708 M = 19.32
BB: t195420 M = 31.02
UTG: t21236 M = 3.37
UTG+1: t56193 M = 8.92
UTG+2: t114963 M = 18.25
MP1: t101709 M = 16.14
MP2: t10750 M = 1.71
Pre Flop: (t6300) Hero is BTN with 8 T 5 folds, CO raises to t5160, Hero raises to t13470, 2 folds, CO calls t8310
Flop: (t33240) 8 7 9 (2 players)
CO bets t59648 all in, Hero calls t58318 all in
Turn: (t149876) K (2 players - 2 are all in)
River: (t149876) 5 (2 players - 2 are all in)
Final Pot: t149876
CO shows 7 J (a pair of Sevens)
Hero shows 8 T (a flush, King high)
Hero wins t149876
one of many rough ones today at a table full of fish deep in that same tournament-
CO: t795263 M = 44.18
BTN: t639530 M = 35.53
SB: t889295 M = 49.41 BB: t85831 M = 4.77 UTG: t200677 M = 11.15
UTG+1: t674209 M = 37.46 Hero (MP1): t134240 M = 7.46
MP2: t239010 M = 13.28
Pre Flop: (t18000) Hero is MP1 with A A
UTG raises to t14400, 1 fold, Hero calls t14400, 4 folds, BB raises to t84931 all in, UTG calls t70531, Hero raises to t133340 all in, UTG calls t48409
Flop: (t362411) 9 5 K (3 players - 2 are all in)
Turn: (t362411) K (3 players - 2 are all in)
River: (t362411) J (3 players - 2 are all in)
Final Pot: t362411
BB shows 4 K (three of a kind, Kings)
UTG shows A T (a pair of Kings)
Hero shows A A (two pair, Aces and Kings)
Hero wins t96818
BB wins t265593
you mean in OP or in the last post? glad you like them anyway
Originally Posted by Richard88
should see mine
I imagine its not quite as sweet as the ones i ve been posting
Originally Posted by Palikari
OP, gl with your goals!
slowly getting there....
today i ended up waking up at 2pm after falling asleep at around 10. I remembered i m not a lazy fk anymore so i forced myself to stay up and actually make sure i ease into a decent sleep pattern tonight so i can keep waking up at 2pm and start being productive.
so i used today to grind a ton of strat and devise that schedule that I ve allowed myself until thursday at the latest to ease into. pretty happy with how it came out and really looking forward to living a more structured life. i ve still left a bunch of hours in the week where i give myself a choice of either taking it easy or crunching some strat or if i feel motivated grind.
the first part of the days i m gonna allow myself a bit more time to get used to becasue i ve pretty much lost all my muscle over the last few months as regular workouts havent been part of my life since.... early 2011. ffs it makes me sick thining about this as i know i feel so much better when i m in good shape. since i ve done a bunch of smoking and almost no cardio in two years either i ll be not too strict with the running until i build up some stamina.
food i will definitely try and have a green salad daily for lunch and/or dinner. i will have crunchy cereal/muesli/fresh fruit and yoghurt for most breakfast keeping the sweet sh*t to mondays as much as possible. i will try and cook twice a week in bulk and try out sth new every week. i ll prep food on sundays and keep a bunch of ideally semihealthy snacks close to my grind station at all times. i will build a goddamn grindstation!!!! ( my back has been killing me lately)
wrt the hours i have actually outlined i am gonna see how they will work out. i do plan to implement breaks inbetween my 4hr cash slot. maybe play a total of three 60 minute sessions with breaks in that time. i do plan on grinding continuously in the first sessions daily and i may decide to do 180s only in all first sessions to get the day started. i have to start somewhere though and i think this will be just fine:
right now its 2am and i am getting fairly tired. didnt play tody as i think after a massive 3x12 hour weekend donkament grind monday deffo has to be an empty day. empty meaning really no poker whatsoever starting next week!
thx for the rating to whoever has done so btw and thanks for the comments/for reading in general. onwards and upwards!
Last edited by blakkman08; 03-25-2013 at 09:13 PM.
That looks way too complicated :P. I for one like to keep it simple... GL with it
yea it still needs a decnt bit of polishing but as a general outline i think its fine
Originally Posted by MR_UNOWEN
what is the reason for the 6am - 2pm sleeping hours? typically not the most healthful. I am guessing poker related, though.
well i find the games to be at their best when the central european middle class working guy gets home and gets on the piss. so imo grinding before say maybe 5pm CET imo is a pretty big waste of effort given how soft the evening games are. works the same way for cash and MTTs fwiw. also i really suck at getting up before 2pm so that should suit me just fine
just finished my first workout in a while. woke up way too early but thatll settle. breakfast then gonna get my first 180s session in. 180s only today and tomorrow then i ll follow everything as outlined