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Old 07-04-2018, 03:18 PM   #1
Ballerholic
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Becoming the best at poker

Hey guys I've been away for a bit. Just finished my degree which took a lot of time, and then spent June traveling and moving out of my apartment. Now I'm looking to finally get everything together and move forward full force. Currently playing between 20-50NL. Can't post any hands as the sites I play don't allow tracking, but will post results and time played, etc. Currently, trying to come up with the best strategy to not only improve, but also move up as quick as possible. Study/Play ratio, will most likely be at a 1:1 ratio, but could lean towards 1:2.

Please comment here and post any advice or anything you wish. Let's try to get some conversation going!
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Old 07-06-2018, 05:05 AM   #2
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Re: Becoming the best at poker

Day 1 Finished.

It was a very productive day. I went through my pregame routine which is: Eat, Workout, Go over hands, Watch a Live Play video, Meditate and Shower. Then fired up some tables on the Chinese poker app and some MPN. Played a very good sessions throughout the day and was very focused. I made a little on the Chinese app ~$14, and I will not be checking my MPN results for a while. Maybe once a week? or twice a month? I only check winnings on Chinese app because you can't hide balance so I know right away . Anyway, I'm pretty sure I'm up a small bit at MPN as well. I played about 4.5 hours yesterday and definitely felt more focused throughout the sessions.

Goal today is to get through my pregame routine. Go over some preflop stuff (looking to play wider ranges) and then I've got some postflop strategies to go over. Will hopefully get in around 4 hours grind again and then watch some World Cup matches! I'm routing for France even though they cost me $45,000 last year!
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Old 07-07-2018, 07:04 AM   #3
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Re: Becoming the best at poker

Day 2

Another day in the bag! Woke up, went through my entire pregame routine and felt amazing. I then started playing and felt really good about my game. I started to really implement certain lines/strategies I've come to learn, but never fully trusted and I do feel enlightened almost. I did run really good too lol. Right now the biggest thing that is helping my play is to not think of poker as a way to make money. I watched a Q&A by Nick Howard on mindset yesterday and he talked about this. When we feel entitled to be winning and feel like we should be winning right now we end up 1) getting very frustrated when we don't win, 2) will begin calling too light because we feel the need to make that money right now and always feel like the opponent doesn't have "it", and 3) it shows that we are not financially sound. So at the moment I am not looking at my bankroll on MPN and not really concerned about making money on either sites. Because of this I've been able to play way more aggressive and take better EV lines that I would have nitted out of before due to not wanting to lose money. I've wanted to be able to play like this for the past year, but have always been so scared of losing.

Anyway, over the past 2 days I am up $155 on the Chinese site and definitely up on the other site. Played about 9 hours over the past 2 days in total. I think I'll check the balance on that account next Thursday.
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Old 07-09-2018, 06:15 AM   #4
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Re: Becoming the best at poker

Day 4

Only played about 1 hour on day 3 so didn't make an update.

So yesterday was very interesting. Didn't get through the pregame routine I wanted and then session just started horribly. I lost about $100 on the chinese site just getting coolered. Oh well, still up $47.8 without rakeback. Then on MPN I decided to check my results since it was last day of the week and I was curious, anyway was up about $30 after 11 hours of play, and I've got about $30 in rakeback I can cash too. So around $5 an hour, not too bad. Anyway, although I was up wayyyy more before I had my $-130 day yesterday, it was still a profitable week!
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Old 07-09-2018, 06:39 AM   #5
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Re: Becoming the best at poker

Gl on your journey. Whats your mpn name if u can tell ?
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:23 AM   #6
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Re: Becoming the best at poker

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Gl on your journey. Whats your mpn name if u can tell ?
thanks man, it's HomerSimpson93. What's yours?
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:23 AM   #7
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Re: Becoming the best at poker

Day 5

Played only a few hours yesterday, but day went very well. Up just under $100. More importantly, did a lot of studying especially with Pio videos from pros and learning about flop/turn strategies. I think I'm very good on flop, the areas I am the weakest are in 3bet pots. As well, I hope to receive some coaching in the next week or two from one of the top 200z regs. I'm going to make it or die trying!
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:04 AM   #8
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Day 6

What another great day! Ended up making some good money at the tables, over $100, and watched a few videos. So far I've watched about 6 poker videos and learning a lot. Unfortunately the poker site I play on has been down for over 24 hours so I don't know if I'll be able to play today. I'm pretty much done playing on the Chinese App. Although extremely soft, and maybe it is variance, but I just find some really fishy things happening. Again, I was warned about this, but thought I'd check it out anyway.

Right now I really feel the need for a mentor or community around poker. I'm definitely going to be getting a coach, but can't decide between joining a coaching group where the community is extremely poker focused and would get me into the right mindset and have me studying more effectively and often. Or, do I do that on my own, try to form my own group and pay somebody a little less money for an hour of their time?
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:54 AM   #9
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Day 7

Another good day. Unfortunately, the poker site I play on was down and couldn't log any hands in. But I watched another couple of poker videos by some top pros and I just keep learning so much. I still have the whole Educa Poker 6max course to get through as well. I'm extremely confident I am beating 50NL right now, and as long as I can prove that by the end of the month I'll be headed towards 100NL to start August. At that point I'm technically a full time pro.

I'm definitely heading in the right direction at the moment and hopefully it can continue. Climbing 1 stake per month I feel is definitely achievable until I can hit around 200nl. The videos I'm watching are from Pros playing 500NL+ and so once I get on the tables and start implementing these strategies I really think I can fly thru the next two limits.
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Old 07-14-2018, 06:26 PM   #10
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Day 9

I think I forgot to post for a day? Anyway, things have been going really well. Although I haven't been doing any part of my pregame routine, I have been playing very solid poker. I'm leaving Ireland to go to the U.S. for a few weeks, so I'll still make sure to play while over there. I've pretty much started marking some regs as fish since I'm starting to understand the weaknesses in their gameplay, but I think I am not giving the player pool enough credit in 3bet pots and I'm getting owned by their really strong hands. I guess people are just very nitty in 3bet pots. If I can make 15 buyins at 50nl by the end of the month I'd be very happy and ready to move up to 100nl. GLGL!
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Old 07-15-2018, 07:20 AM   #11
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Day 10

Man what another good day! Made a few buyins at 50NL and even shotted some soft 100NL games. Made over 1.5 buyins at 100NL too. Right now BR over $1k so still playing 50NL, but really looking forward to those 100nl games! I've got a 8 hour flight over to the U.S. so I downloaded a bunch of poker videos to study on the way. Honestly, going back to my hometown could mean me either 1) doing almost no study and just having some fun or 2) being bored and studying a bunch. Will be fun to find out!
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Old 07-15-2018, 01:41 PM   #12
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Re: Becoming the best at poker

gl dude!
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Old 07-20-2018, 09:36 AM   #13
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Day 15

@jigsaw, thanks man I appreciate it!

Took a break for a few days. I'm currently back in the U.S. now so was pretty jet lagged and hungout with family. I wasn't feeling 100% poker wise to open tables so I just didn't play. Will start studying intensely now and playing again. Still looking for 100NL in the next few weeks!
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Old 10-07-2018, 06:56 PM   #14
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wow we got to get new updates!!-
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