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Old 11-03-2016, 10:40 PM   #26
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Re: Sacrificing it all for the love of the game

I am hip hop head man I know all those songs very well but it will not hurt to listen to them for a few more times

After a lot of days of analyzing I have finally managed to fire up session. I was confident AF. I am slowly but surely getting a grasp of these thing called MTTs. Playing beautiful exploitative pokers, doing some overbets, doing some nice folds, adjusting my sizings/strategies to stacksizes. It is finally starting to look how I like it. Still a long journey in front of me. I will try to put down a list of things I would like to work on in near future so I will be able to move up in stakes in jan/feb at worst.

- HU (will have to find coach definetely or PIO pack dunno for now. Probably both)
- BB vs XX 3bet strategy
- SB vs XX strategy (create polar gameplan. will be so tough to switch to polar because I have been playing very merged/hybrid/linear strategies in cashgames. No excuses though)
- pre-bubble/itm play with biggest stack on the table
- 25-bb BTN strategy (probably will involve a lot of limping but I cant solve this preflop in Pio by myself because I do not have 128GB RAM . Probably will have to pay a for a few lessons)
- defend vs 3bets as preflop raiser
- and many many more things...........

Alright. I'mma go get some sleep because tomorrow we've got some work to do

Std fold, right?
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Old 11-04-2016, 04:54 AM   #27
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Even if opp is fish and is jamming any pocket pairs there, you are still just flipping for 35bb which is bad. I don't think I'm even calling AQss there, but don't take my word, don't have a lot of MTT experience tbh. Seems like you can wait for better spot.

edit: ran your exact spot through ICM and it says it is -0.38% EV. So yeah, wouldn't risk my tourny with AQo in this spot.
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Old 11-04-2016, 02:08 PM   #28
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what are you talking about? we did not fold preflop but on the AKQtt

In the meantime I have created an account on pocketfives for fun. I have registered all my screennames and will see if I can make TOP2/3 in Slovakia for year 2017. I think that if I will manage to analyze most of the cEV things in this year I will have way more time to just grind and do other things as well haha.


I feel like I have my strategy created for close to 25% of boards when IP so will run today a lot of sims so I can move on to other important things. I think that I kind of understand the tendencies of this limit so with Pio and node locking function I should create some marvelous postflop strategies. Had a plan to play today / in weekend but for some reason I just want to move up ASAP and I will not move up by playing but by analysing everything gl guys in the weekend!
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Old 11-15-2016, 10:15 AM   #29
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quick update:

Managed to analyze some high stakes FT's, did not learn much though. It was very deep and there was not enough ICM spots to learn from. But it was $100k where people give each other a lot of credit / should not be making a lot of mistakes so that may be the reason. So in future I should be definetely concentrating on smaller buy-in tournaments haha

On the other note I am starting to feel pretty comfortable in my game. Managed to solve a lot of things. I still have to work on BB and SB 3bet ranges + ICM stuff but overall we are on the right track.

From this day I will be raising the avg bi to 30. I feel like I have worked enough to beat these stakes and in near future (2 months max) I will be looking to go to avg bi 40 and so on. Can't wait haha

In december (9-12th) I will be playing on EPT Prague. I will be playing Eureka ME €1000+€100 which I managed to sell 50% of action and then €300+€30 PokerStars Cup. I am looking forward to this because I have never been to such a tournament. Buy-in-wise and prestige-wise too I am very fortunate to be playing these tournaments. I am going to enjoy them so much and hopefully make some deep run to brag about :P

Meanwhile I have been watching a lot of streams. Mostly sc2 and poker. I have been watching TLO's stream where he was playing this classical music which was making me really chill and peaceful so I decided to give it a shot when playing sessions. Guys I can't punctuate enough how good it is. It makes me so happy and so chill at the same time which is in my case the best mindset for MTT's
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Old 11-15-2016, 10:46 AM   #30
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Good luck!
Work hard, spoil less, don't lose your balls while trying to grow 'em!
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Old 11-23-2016, 09:27 PM   #31
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Small update guys!

Playing abi ~40-45 at the moment. Doing a lot of off-table work myself every week around 10-20 hours so I feel very happy with myself. Managed to understand some very good spots in ICM from watching high stakes and (imo) understood some very important dynamics at the tables. Tried to apply it today at FT @big44 and I was crushing it..I was probably the best player on the table but in the last 3 I declined a deal because a weak reg wanted some bonus money and I ran kinda bad..definetely made some questionable plays which I am going to review tomorrow. Also I managed to make some FT @EXTASE which is €100 mtt at Winamax and after the long HU fight managed to take down the first place for €3.9k + €150 ticket. The HU match was "so much fun". I started as 5:1 CL and it turned to 1:4 after some hands and then I ran it back after winning some key pots in no-showdown..Actually I think my "feel heads-up game" is on point haha.

So yeah. Probably the best day in MTTs so far since concentrating on this game (~3k from big44, 4k from Extase and some scraps from tournaments like Monsoon @888 and I am still in some LOL turbos which I launched just so I can click something in the background because what if I get deep in these too and somehow [don't ask me how] I made it to the money in both of them )

You have no idea how happy I am at the moment. In a few months I have learned so much about MTTs and I feel like I am going to crush these buy-ins like OTB does crush high stakes. On the other note. Living with parents and winning thousands of euros a day (some days winning, some days losing) is leaving me somehow questioning all of this. Everybody in my family is healthy. I am making a living from the thing I love. What more can a man ask for? I feel so blessed that I even have a chance to be doing this.

Ok..enough of this I am going to play the rest of the tables (aka 2 random ITM turbos) and then going to play some dota and enjoy the rest of the night with 50cent's shizzle in my ears. PEACE

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Old 11-29-2016, 02:53 PM   #32
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against regular with high abi from Hungary

Party, $20 Buy-in (250/500 blinds, 75 ante) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 9 Players
Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

SB: 41,991 (84 bb)
Hero (BB): 29,850 (59.7 bb)
UTG+1: 29,700 (59.4 bb)
UTG+2: 29,700 (59.4 bb)
MP1: 29,700 (59.4 bb)
MP2: 31,625 (63.3 bb)
MP3: 28,950 (57.9 bb)
CO: 16,834 (33.7 bb)
BTN: 31,725 (63.5 bb)

Preflop: Hero is BB with 6 6
2 folds, MP1 raises to 1,000, 5 folds, Hero calls 500

Flop: (2,925) A 6 J (2 players)
Hero checks, MP1 checks

Turn: (2,925) A (2 players)
Hero bets 2,000, MP1 calls 2,000

River: (6,925) 7 (2 players)
Hero bets 5,193, MP1 raises to 26,625 and is all-in, Hero folds

Results: 17,311 pot
Final Board: A 6 J A 7
Hero mucked 6 6 and lost (-8,268 net)
MP1 mucked and won 17,311 (9,043 net)

I hate folding but....you'd better know when to fold'em
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Old 12-22-2016, 11:19 AM   #33
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It's been a long time since I got back from Prague. Eureka was a good tournament but I was dead for 9/10's of day1. I have to tell you guys. Live poker is frustrating when you do not get cards Smh got to day2. Had very good table (2 old guys to my right) but in early day2 the overbet vs capped old guy's range did not work when BU/BB 30eff after XX OTF called river overbet all in w T8 @9337J after 1 minute of tanking. Cashgames have not been good too since it was my first big festival and I did not know that casino will decide they will open more 5/10+ than 2/4 and I did not have any sold action of me so I could not play on these juicy tables and after 3 days I was like **** it I am not going to wait 5 hours to play 2/4 live so I packed my things and gone home kind of unsuccessful trip overall but I still managed to enjoy some parts of it.

This year of poker has been very interesting. I have finally made my dream come true when I started playing some NL600 and ocassional 1k's and winning there was just so satisfying in general. I wish everybody could feel these emotional highs like I did back then (not from winning lots of money but the satisfaction that my hard work has paid off). But around june/july I had to make a decision if I want to go deep in cg's and go for the high stakes route or switch to mtt's and be the boss in them. I have decided that I will give tournaments a shot. Since start I have gotten very good in them and in the upcoming year I would like to be number 1 in Pocket5's Slovak rankings. It should be quite easy since I think it is only a matter of time when I will be playing and crushing abi100 + there is not many Slovak MTT players who are playing "high". So I think that is kind of a low bar to set for 2017 but it is a good start. I would like to achieve as many goals as possible in 2017 from these:

- leave my hometown and rent a flat with (poker)friends / I was considering even living alone

- play abi100 till the end of 2017 (if I do not get on serious DS I should achieve it pretty fast and play even higher. I am very confident in my skills)

- get a gf (1000%+ easier when living alone / with some friends outside my hometown. I am still making sure my game is sharp but in my hometown there are not many opportunities to test it haha)

- keep up with workout schedule (lately I have been working with personal trainer (friend of mine) who is doing a great job so far so hopefully we will continue in our collaboration for more than a few months )

- be happy (main goal)

I think if I work hard I should be able to achieve these goals with ease. I am going to work with one coach whose game I respect a lot so it may cost me some nice money but in the end I should have all weapons in my arsenal to crush abi100+

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Old 01-14-2017, 08:35 AM   #34
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What's good yo? Time for a small update.

I am slowly working towards abi 50 (prolly even playing it now xD) I think I should be playing it late this month at latest. I have had only one session with my coach but the amount of confidence and info I got....DAAAAAMN. I am going to have one more in Monday and then I am just going to grind the **** out of these mtts + work a **** ton on ICM and I should crush everybody. I would like to move up every 1-3 months by $10 in abi if things go well. I think with my edge I should be more aggro but lets' not **** it up. We do not want to end with no money in our pockets

I think I am going to create some spew challenges for myself because there are serious tendency leaks on these limits..there is so much EV just laying on the floor which just needs to be picked up and I AM GOING TO PICK IT UP. ALL OF IT. 12+bb/100 cEV baby

I would like to update this blog on daily basis so I can track my work and slap myself when I do not work as hard as I am telling everybody

Yesterday I have played a long session and I usually have a day-off in Tuesday/Saturday/Thursday. Usually these days I work on certain aspects of my game and study final tables. After a few months when I get a very nice grasp of ICM I would like to take only 2 days "off a grind" and play more mtts. Atm I want to learn as much as possible in shortest amount of time so I can crush asap.

I am going to play some football today (I fckn love football). Then prolly get some action in gym and later in the day I am going to study some FT's I have been a part of yesterday. There was some 22 turbo @Party where smh I ended 2nd, then some €100 monster stack @winamax and one more tourney that I can't remember. IT should be a lot of fun because I remember I did some tight preflop folds because of ICM. Just need to make sure that I was not nitting too much

Question for MTT players: Usually how long are your sessions? I play at least 8+ hour sessions when I play, when I get deep in some late tourneys it gets around 10 and in Sundays at least 12, usually over 13
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Old 01-16-2017, 07:45 AM   #35
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Sunday has not been very..In the words that I did not bleed much After a long time I have done a lot of multi-tabling (I guess 11 was max, would like to play 12 tops) and it was going very fluently. Some time-out folds but it is what it is..Overall did not miss any good spots to spew and to create EV so I am very happy with the way it is going

It was standard only ( ) 12hr session where in the start I shipped 1st place in 22 T @Party which seems like I just cant lose in when I get ITM. Got some mincashes in mtts like SM, Big100 @ps.fr and a dozen of smaller mtts but was not lucky enough to convert it into FT or a nice score..nonetheless I have been extremely spewing in certain spots and it has been working beautifully so I am super super super confident that I will reach abi 100 very soon if I continue with this attitude


On the other hand I have been thinking about my schedule (4days grind/3days off with some analyzes) and I have come to conclussion that I am going to change it to at least 5 days grind and take 2 days off. Mainly because I do not have as many hands/spots to study compared to cg where I always could analyze 3hrs/day. And also I took that opportunity (3days off) to slack a bit and I think I became kinda lazy. So I am going to give this "no-life grind" a shot since I am still having no life but this time with 5 grind days instead of 4 + These MTTs are just a grind and I have to get a huge sample + I really enjoy playing these MTTs..you get to outplay people in so many situations and nobody gives a ****..and these people are also crushing it btw! so yeah..feeling pretty pumped

Today I am going to have a session with my coach so I will (unfortunately) not be able to play today but at least I have to make sure that I hit the gym and create a wallpaper that sorts my displays onto 6 same-sized squares where can I put my tables in so I will not spend much time creating these balanced nice looking 6 tables on every monitor Probably will have some free time to play some dota or analyze FTP/ACR from tournament schedule standpoint..probably will do both since I am always playing some DotA on off-days

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Old 01-18-2017, 10:17 AM   #36
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Yesterday I played 61 MTTs. Did not manage to ship anything significant. Probably ended session with a loss, hopefully no more than 1k haha. Had a nice run in 888 Crocodile but did not manage to DU @FT w KK vs JTs vs AA for a nice stack...I managed to get 2nd again in the 22 Party turbo and made some small runs in other tournaments but I cant be happy with results..but play was ok..

Today I will be playing day2 of €150 1mil @Winamax with solid stack so hopefully we will give ourselves a nice chance to get a revenge for that Sunday Warm-Up dip**** in last 10.

I am slowly getting used to 5day/2day grind weeks but I have to tell you...it is tough But I think that I have to take advantage of my hunger and try to use it as my fuel to grind and work in MTTs as much as possible..I would like to avoid Tuesdays/Wednesdays but play all other days because of obvious reasons.. But playing 10-14hour sessions 4days in a row is going to be a hell of a ride..I am starting to like it

gl fellow grinders!
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Old 01-19-2017, 09:28 AM   #37
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Yesterday's session was horrible. I was deep with 1.5 avg last300 in Winamax Million and 11 more mtts and my internet decided that it is going to disconnect and not fckn connect for more than 30 minutes. So I have lost probably more than 1k+ in equity and got simply blinded out in more that 4 tournaments...Was pretty angry but in the end I managed smh to get 3rd place in $55 contender @Party by grinding it out on my iPhone so at least sth but probably still ended up in red numbers..

Will have the whole day to work on downloading poker platforms on my tablet + iphone and buying the best mobile internet so this stuff does not happen anymore

Today I have a day-off. Will go to the gym and probably analyze some FTs + marked hands..Overall I have to say that I am pretty happy with my game but I think that I should work way more on reshoving + adjusting these reshove / raise/call ranges to different player types..I totally love this schedule so far. After a long time I am starting to feel "in the zone" again. Grinding a lot of hours + analyzing a lot of spots + getting coached + rinse and repeat. This is my comfort zone. This is where I excel. Can't wait for the next grinding day..

On the other hand I may play some DotA games today as I always do on "rest days". Last few games I have been totally on point with my safelane carrying won 80% of last 25 games so I guess I will be back in 3k mmr games soon..
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Old 01-19-2017, 10:32 PM   #38
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Today had a day off but managed only to get into gym. Still did not manage to solve the internet issue..tomorrow (today) I am going to but a fckn 25meter cable as my last option and hopefully it will be solved for ever..

Tomorrow I have a nice session in front of me, can't wait really. I am kinda disappointed that I have these internet issues but if I manage to solve them asap I will be able to have more free time thus will be able to start analyzing more of ICM / marked spots again.

2017 is my year and I am going to work as fckn hard as i fckn can and then I will create some other super-high goals which will make me work even harder. Can't wait already for a grind
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Old 01-20-2017, 03:25 AM   #39
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Old 01-20-2017, 08:59 AM   #40
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Really like your attitude OP!
Glgl and try to post some hands once in a while! Sacrificing it all for the love of the game


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Old 01-20-2017, 09:29 PM   #41
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Today had very good chance to have a slam dunk session. Made 3 FTs ($27 deep stack @PS, €100 extase @winamax and 10+R Storm @ps.fr) but in all did not manage to end better than 5th. Made a very questionable call in 27 deep stack in a situation where villains imo do not adjust enough at these stakes vs big stacks ICM opening ranges..it probably cost me some money..but atm there is not a lot of time for analyses because I am playing whole Friday - Monday so will have to save these FTs for tuesday..can't wait to analyse them and get better already

In the end of the session I managed to ship 22 turbo @Party for some nice money so in the end I guess I should not end the session worse than break even (hopefully). What a shame it would be.. 3 FTs + one win and still not breaking even..imagine that...MTTs are hard lol

Finally managed to solve the problem with internet. Bought 20meters long ethernet cable and did not have a single disconnect for a whole session (10hrs)..Everything has been going silky smooth..hopefully it will be in future as well

Probably going to play some DotA2 because I have last table some $11 10k on ACR and it has a structure of a Big tournament..Finally I can game without disconnects..That makes me wanna play DotA little more than before but hopefully I will not get consumed by it

@hands: I would love to post some but I do not want to reveal any of my strategy/thinking which is massively explo and it has a lot of overbetting and check/raising stuff in it because of some things..and the rest of hands which may be "interesting" are the hands of people just being bad at poker (and still smh winning)

But let's do some music..you know this guy, right? Gets me pumped every time that I could go fight 100 zombies with 2 plastic knives in my palms

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EDIT: it is John Cena's theme song "You can't see me" but smh it can't be opened any suggestions what I may have effed up?
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Old 01-21-2017, 10:50 PM   #42
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few minutes ago ended session with 2nd place in €50 6-max Palace @ps.fr. Lost HU vs rec/weaker player where I played very well, nicely adjusted to him but in the end did not manage to take it. I was kinda ul but I am very satisfied overall with my HU play. Even though I have not ever analyzed any heads-up spots I think my experience from 6max cg do help me a lot. Mostly in explo plays but also in creating some overbet river situations etc.. Overall todays' session was a failure (again). Had some nice runs but no FT's besides Palace...There were some Big €50 where I shoved ATC in good spot at semiFT but ran into KK and then 2Xth place in 109 Uppercut @Party...I guess this is common MTT regular life..I am starting to enjoy it I like being out of my comfort zone

2 of the last < 10 hands of HU. But still believing in myself more than ever. Can't wait to play tomorrow. Tomorrow is going to be a big day (as every Sunday is). gl!

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Old 01-22-2017, 08:58 PM   #43
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Sunday...I both love and hate this day (sometimes). The day where you either shoot up where the stars are or burn like the last match

In the start of the session shipped $300 major for less than 6k (did not have 100% of myself). At least I did not feel very sad when I was busting all these majors on other sites haha. Session looked very very promising. Let's try to break it down together

I was CL in $109 50k pokerfest @Party but after ITM I did not manage to win any significant pot and my stack just went down and down and then AK<AJ aipf..but at least got 4 buy-ins to wipe my tears

Then I had winamax €100 majors + SM which all were going very well. I was at XTREM semi FT 5/12 v 4/12 but did not manage to bet/fold BU/BB vs xmr OTT @ AK3Jr w AK..opponent had QTo as always..few hands before that managed to bust also other Winamax major

SM was quite a fun. I had a great table + I was playing well and you could feel that certain players were kinda moneyscared so I was taking advantage of it. Tried to accumulate chips before bubble so I could own people but ran pretty bad and had to do a lot of hero folding etc..but still managed to get a mincash so I got that going for me which is nice

I was also CLing PokerFest 22 Turbo @Party but in last 60 or w/e my 1.5x ob did not work out on the river vs ace-high and I was out of that one too..

Since that moment everything has been kind of a downfall..As I am writing this I got to FT of €100 monster stack @Winamax as a CL and I am going home at 6th place..very ul ft but whatever

Today it has been the 3rd day in a row of grinding. Tomorrow is the last one and in Tuesday I am finally taking a day off, probably going to gym, try to be a human for a few hours again haha. But it is hard when there are all these tournament series on all sites like PokerFest or Super XL or Winamax series or whatever.. will have to give up some EV for the long-term I guess

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Old 01-25-2017, 10:36 PM   #44
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Ended session about an hour ago. Session was kind of a failure but I managed to save it with winning $20 Turbo $800 GTD on Asian site + mincash in some $100 MTT in conjuction with 9th place @FT of 22$ PokerFest and 2nd place in Counterpunch @Party..Had some mincash in some winamax major too but name of the game was lets get at least BE + when I was streaming and had last 3 tables my iPhone battery has died (I do create a hotspot on which I connect my PC because it has faster dl and ul). Not like very many people have been watching the stream but still felt kind of bad for them

Had some fun today definetely. I have confirmed some very good explo overbet spots multiway + managed to not lose money. I actually think it is very good when I as a MTT player have BE days without any significant hits, right? At least that makes sense to me.. Play 61 Mtts today and had around 10.5 hour long session so you can imagine how my brain is fried..Atm I am just thinking how am I going to jump in bed and fall asleep..Tomorrow I am going to have a day off and I will do some analyses mostly of FT's but also I want to work on my cEV game because there are still a lot of spots to learn.

Btw if you want to check out my stream go to www.twitch.tv/zeltzn I am usually streaming around 11PM CET because that is about the time where I reg last turbos of the session and I have some deep runs to brag about etc.

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Old 02-06-2017, 09:02 PM   #45
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Guess who's back? Feels good to be back. I have been to a 5-day ski trip with some friends from Czech and Slovak community so I did not have a lot to talk about so I just did not update the blog. But from today we continue!

For last few sessions I have been running pretty bad in high-end mtts (109+). Very close to ITM in 109's but busting in very crucial all-ins or deep runs (mostly in 109 powerfests where I have been top5 stack for a very long time of MTT but then the ****storm happened) or Sunday 215's..

Last Sunday (yesterday) has been pretty bad (until I almost won hot 11 for little over 7k). Did not have more than 3 "deep runs" for a whole Sunday and it was looking like it was going to be one of the worst days of my "MTT carreer" but I played very well in Hot $11 both pre and on FT. Got to HU with 1:3 disadvantage but my opponent was very impatient I got it to 1:1 and at some point I was also 3:1 CL. Almost won the whole thing but did not manage to win AJvK9 with 30:10bbs and since then he just rolled..I had so many chances to win it but variance was not on my side ..but still a nice session saver + some nice money made for Sunday so everything's looking good. Still waiting for a 5digit win but we have already a lot of 5k+ hits so it is just going to be a matter of time.

On the other note, it is February. What does this mean? It means that I get to play abi 60. I have been analyzing a lot of ICM lately and I think I am finally getting an ok-ish grasp of it. Been thinking about a lot of limping on FT/semiFT/bubble phase with not the best stacksize to open + a lot of limping on BU. Will probably have to spend some money on more lessons with the coach but so far I have been very satisfied with the content and when I think about it..when you invest a few hundred for a 90 min lesson you can get the money back in one deeper run in a mtt which is pretty ridiculous when you think about it..

Today I have not played a hand and tomorrow I am going to chill a bit. Go to the gym, analyze some FTs and try to work on my reshove game for 15-25bbs (find the main diffrence in frequences and chosen hand selections for different sizes). I am going to give this thing a week /the reshoves/ and then I would like to do some KO math so I can play all the bounty builders up to 109. Looking forward to it already!

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Old 02-20-2017, 12:09 PM   #46
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Re: Sacrificing it all for the love of the game

Time for small update.

Still running as **** at 109+ mtts. Getting to FT's and having a lot of chips there but always losing in those big/crucial spots for winning all of it. But I am persistent and it is only a matter of time when I crush these. Luckily I am crushing hard 50- buyins so I am not down a lot..I cant imagine if I will start doing better at "high stakes"...But I have to say it is pretty frustrating. Doing 50hr+ weeks (only grind in it) and analyzing a lot of my game, creating reshove ranges and adjusting them to re-reshove ranges so my 20bb reshove game is probably on high stakes level + working on a lot of ICM spots (I am doing a lot of limping now with certain stacksizes in semiFT/FT's it is a lot of fun) + limping a lot in certain tournaments is making me super happy that I am able to come with these "creative" strategies that probably make the most EV in the longrun. I can't wait to apply them more and see how it is going to work out.

Yesterday was kind of painful. Shipped some asian majors but on the other sites it has been total disaster. But only down about 1k on Sunday so you can say we dodged a lot of bullets Today and tomorrow I am going to have a day off. Today I do not want to do anything poker related so I will go to the gym and get some wellness right after. Probably play some DotA and enjoy procrastinating for the rest of the day. Also I am going to try to record as many high stakes fts of tcoop as possible (if they are still available) and maybe watch them later..but having these to your disposal is always good imo (thank me later)

Tomorrow is going to be a tough day, though. Will have to go through all finals/semifinals/bounty spots + go to the gym so I may as well today try to get through some of these spots so I will not get overwhelmed and thus maybe even demotivated to go through all of these.

On the other note I am playing close to abi 60. I would like to play abi60 but to the end of the session I add a lot of 20-50 turbos and they lower my abi a lot but increase my hourly. So I may as well just add 1-2 215+ mtts a session just to get to needed abi + use them as a motivation factor (bro, we are playing this 215$ mtt we are on our way to play more of these lets goo!) etc

Feeling quite pumped for the next few days but I have to say the run at higher stakes is very demotivating and sometimes I even find myself questioning my abilities etc..that is why I have to not give up on my analyses and work hard to get that confidence back and strike back!
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Old 03-08-2017, 05:20 PM   #47
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Re: Sacrificing it all for the love of the game

Guess who's back with some good news?

Running little better on the higher stakes after a long time. May be on a tiny $20k upswing after getting 4th in $160 Crocodile + winning 109 @Party + Dealing in last 3 in Sunday kickoff + Shipping 2nd @big27 in last few sessions. I have been working on my game very hard and after a long time I finally see some results. I do not know but for some reason this "hotrun" made me more pumped to analyse than ever. For the last few days I have done a lot of analyses in Pio to get a good grasp in certain spots and I have to say that I have still a long way to go to play super perfect but we are on the way! On the other hand I have found that my 3betting game needs a lot of work because I think that my 3betting frequency in a lot of spots should be like 40%-60% higher but I am playing certain spots more "pot-controlly" and I am "less opened to variance" but I guess I may be missing some EV in these spots. Will try to contact my coach to work on these.

I will be looking to create or join grind house in Europe (Hungary/Austria/Germany etc) so if you have any friends up there who are looking for a future high stakes crusher with a high level sarcasm and troll speech play hmu!

Will take a day-off tomorrow and today I will try to analyse the rest of the final table runs I had in last week. Tomorrow I will try to work out a lot of stuff in Pio (inspired by Apotheosis video series to analyse certain board textures with node locks) and we will see after how many hours I get bored. Today I have watched like 10 videos on RIO (only mtts) and I have to say that I am kind of unhappy with the content. But at least it gives me more motivation to work on my own

Btw last few hits are opening me door to raise abi by a nice margin. So what am I going to do (and what I always do) is that before moving up I will try to attack the biggest leak in my game and after I am sure that I got rid of it I will move up. Just so I have those little checkpoints that are also motivated by me getting better and not only having money to play higher.

Do you remember me talking about being Best player in Slovakia in terms of PLB on P5's? I am second already with 3,018 behind only by ~140 pts. Nobody can stop me. I will be THE BEST in my country. Do not want to get carried away by all of this but I really think that I am my own limit. Can't wait to blast the next session

Also got an offer to coach in some stable but asked for a certain price that they declined with words that "you do not have results to ask for that"..Do I have results now?..

Alright, enough of this ego motivated BS..Hopefully will be able to update blog in near future with more hits gl!
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:16 AM   #48
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Re: Sacrificing it all for the love of the game

GUESS WHO'S BACK!

what has been going on with me for the whole time?

BitB was looking for coach, I reached out to the bosses, they reviewed my game and told me I am not good enough to coach they main stable guys (since they had a nice structure where guys from higher stakes coached weaker guys) and they have been looking for coach for higher stake guys. but later in discussion I got an offer if I do not want to get better with them and (because of very many oustide factors that I do not want to go into detail about) long story short I decided to join BitB as a player. Approximately 4-5 months have gone by and it seems like a good decision.

Also I am the best player in regards to P5 's in my country. I got it quite fast and I am surprising how everybody in our country sucks at tournament poker (with me in the mix lol). But it is what it is and now I have to set another goal. I do not want to put a time frame in but I want to be one of the best players in $320 6-max mtt pool on Stars (toughest online mtt in daily schedule imo). It is very long-term goal but that is only one that I could come up with. Trying to think about some other short term goals that would make me get out of the bed but somewhat I cant think of anything..


On the other note, I have been analysing a lot since i joined bitb and my game has elevated so much. It is actually sick how mtt poker theory is dynamic. Strategies (both preflop and postflop) change with stackdepth so much and they are soooo dynamic if you start getting into exploitative strategy making it a lot of fun (and a challenge at the same time). I am starting to enjoy it and I feel like I am on a good path with BitB. So many motivated people with the same goal, trying to achieve something in the poker world.

I did not come to Barca and I am going to prepare myself for WCOOP and grind it like crazy because a week after a WCOOP ends I am going to go on 2week holiday to Egypt. So lets get crazy with the volume, let the burnouts come so we can heal that in the Egypt


Also I am looking for very egoistic goal to fuel my ego. It does not have to be rational. If you have any ideas, let me know!
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:28 AM   #49
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Could set some good WCOOP goals - most cashes, most titles, win the same event at S/M/L etcc

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Old 08-18-2017, 09:28 AM   #50
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just to keep this less monotone I will post hands from time to time. This one was from some FT of 22$ mtt on party where I have managed to miss that I do not have flush and I have J high.

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