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Old 08-18-2017, 09:31 AM   #51
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Re: Sacrificing it all for the love of the game

The thing about cashes/titles/wins is that there is a large amount of variance and I am looking for slightly longer term goal. Something up to 1year lets say, like being the best in the P5s in my country. It can be short term too, but concentrating goals towards results in mtts is not very good since there is quite high probability that even though you are very good player and you have quite solid ROIs in most of your schedules you can just lose tens of thousands of dollars and your goal is shattered Also it is missing the EGO factor. The goal does not have to be the most rational, the purpose of this one is ego
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Old 08-18-2017, 04:25 PM   #52
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Re: Sacrificing it all for the love of the game

Lol I was reading your first few posts and tought "maybe he is a bitb player now" and a few minutes later i saw you sign a contract... Nice thread btw! But big question is... What is your SN?
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Old 08-19-2017, 11:14 AM   #53
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Lol I was reading your first few posts and tought "maybe he is a bitb player now" and a few minutes later i saw you sign a contract... Nice thread btw! But big question is... What is your SN?

thanks, bro. i do not share my screennames, i like to hide in the dark but one of them has been shared by bitb on social media when i got lucky in one of the tournaments. Smh from that moment everything was going downhill so I may as well ask them to not share anything in the future lol

I usually do not play fridays but I had like 1month pause + I will be going on 2week vacation week after WCOOP ends into Egypt with family. I was not on proper vacation for years lol. Not that I did not have opportunities or anything but I just wanted to play and grind. I love it so much that I do not even want to take some time off. But I have decided that I am going to always put family first because sometimes I have moments where I think what is going to happen when they will "go away" and I really want to build some nice memories and enjoy my time with family till its there. They are my everything, they have always been very supportive of everything I have ever been doing in my life so I kind of think that i "owe them" to go with them on vacation and put poker away on second track whenever a spot like this comes up.


So I just decided that I am going to limit my analysing and I am just going to grind like crazy because I will have so much time to recover from me griding like a mad man for the next 6 weeks. To be honest I am enjoying every moment of it, but sometimes you are on a bad part of variance and lose like 14/15 of sessions and it kind of puts your spirits down. But when you surround yourself with players that may be in the same spot as you and they decide that that do not give a **** and they are going to "break that curse" and crush it kind of motivates you to do the same OR makes you feel kinda miserable that they are "working their heart out" and you are just sitting here waiting for a miracle.

But yeah, I did not come to bitb to grind like a slave and not work on my game. The biggest reason I joined is because of the information, obviously. Since I am one tier away from playing Super Tuesdays and a few more higher stakes mtts that I am not allowed to play at this moment by grinding my ass off I will have a lot of spots to analyse/go through on my vacation where I will eventually get bored at some point so the equation is kind of this:

play more = get better

Yesterdays session as usual has been a total disaster. But at some point I will have to break it and hopefully I will time my hotrun for the series that would feel great but probably not happening...I will be playing today too, lets see if I am going to be able to break the curse today
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Old 08-20-2017, 08:55 AM   #54
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BAZAAAAM BOYS! It seems like we managed to break a curse at least for one day

Yesterday felt good. 2/3 of the day was a total disaster as usual but I persisted and managed to take some heavily overlayed 109 down lol. Outside of slightly misplayed spots (as always these sick spots have to come in hs mtts because **** you, Martin ) I played well.

I am not sure if I should treat them as punts, but the first one definetely is.

h1 - stone cold bubble of BB162 I am chilling with my stack no real danger. I think vs good reg it is even limp/fold with QQ. It is 75% PSKO which means he has no real intention to iso anything outside of QQ+ since he can just shove "the medium strength part" but 12th hour and 1 tabling have probably played some role. My senses were telling me to fold but I did not listen to them this time


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h2 is Saturday Scuffle iirc (215 6m psko) where this weaker player snapshoved over my river bet in 0.1sec. Do you think people always check 77 on the flop? I think they do with AA/A7s but 77 does not block Ax which can make my call very bad. It was like I needed 33% and had 35% if he played 100% of 77 combos as a check on the flop. So in the end it is kind of whatever if he 100% checks 77 on the flop (with my edge on this field probably still fold)

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I feel like todays Sunday is going to be really good. A lot of people are in Barca or are taking some time off before series so I expect fields to be really soft like yesterday. Yesterday it was a thing of beauty. inb4 I ship some sunday major


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Old 08-21-2017, 09:26 PM   #55
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So how was my Sunday??

Sunday was a bigger disastah than CDEC getting ****ed in roshan pit by 6mil Echo Slam by Universe in TI5

I felt really drained after session since it was 3 straight days of playing poker which was me playing like total of ~36h in last 3 days (36/72 hrs is kinda lot) so today I just took a total day off of poker.

Did not study, tried not to go through marked hands. Just woke up late, played tennis, fell asleep for 2hrs because **** daily schedule (like going to bed at 6am is not bad already ) and had a very warm call with my buddy about the world we live in. As always it was quite eye opening and maybe world is not such a bad place as I thought it was...

Today I have so many hours left to do stuff but I have no idea what to do so I guess I will just watch some bitb videos, meditate and think about tomorrow. I have a lot of stuff to do tmrw. 2 group coachings + go through ~100 marked hands. If I manage to time it correctly there will be some time left for a cheeky tennis match so I hope I will spend enough time creating a good enough schedule before falling asleep

Rather than from poker perspective I will try to rate my days based on how have I worked on being better version of myself or how have I influenced people around me (positively/negatively). I will try to lead by example. So far I think I have done a good job (based on my age and the world I live in) but I think I can (and I will) do better.

Once when I won like $20k hitting a few mtts in a 24hr span there was an article about me and how I did and bla bla bla. Winning $20k did not really change the way I live my life, but it is nice to have $20k more to your name, do not get me wrong. But few days after it got published and I shared it on social media (I am very proud in myself that I pursed my dream of being poker player and I am always trying to tell people to pursue their dreams and by sharing it I just wanted to show them that i fckn did it and if i can so do you) I met a long friend of mine at bar who was going through some tough life times like his parents divorced and he had some rare skin disease, he started drinking heavily etc he approached me and told me sth along the lines of "Hey Martin, I have read that article about you and how well are you doing. When you was saying to everybody that you want to be a poker player I did not believe in you. I was laughing at you. Now look at me. I do not have any dreams and you have already achieved yours. You motivate to go through these tough times and I would like to thank you for that." I do not have to tell you that I was stunned. That feeling of influencing somebody has felt so warm and felt better than winning those $20k. From that moment I thought that even though it may seem like we do not have power to influence people as on big of a scale as popstars or big superstar athletes etc but we still can do it on a small scale. And I think the fact that we do not have such a big audience to influence positively should not mean we should not do it!


LEAD BY EXAMPLE. Let's start tomorrow

I love this song. So many positive vibes from the big old Snoop
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Old 08-24-2017, 09:01 PM   #56
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Re: Sacrificing it all for the love of the game

Wednesday


Yesterday was cool. I got to play 3hrs of tennis before session and then regged a lot of mtts. I had a lot of fun. At first I got to meet my longtime friend and 3 of us went to play tennis. 2 were playing and one was picking the balls so he would not get too cold before his next match. Each match was 1 set long. It was great because Tomi (friend of mine) was playing well and I had to play different style compared to a friend of mine. I had to play really aggresive because he was really strong in the "exchanges" so I had to play hyper aggro and try to get to net as much as possible. It really fun and high paced game but I am not used to that style and he owned me. But it was pleasure to meet him after a long time. With the other friend we are quite evenly matched but I just seem to have better closures / I deliver more under pressure than he does.


I really did not have much time after our tiny tennis tournament to get ready for session and I really wanted to have pizza. So I just made a very non GTO decision and ordered one. The pepperoni one just hit the sweet spot before firing the long sesh but do not tell bosses


In regards to session I think I played decent, had a lot of deep runs.

I had final table of BB33 where I was really unlucky on semiFT where vs shorter stack I tripled COvBB AQx8x board with AK, BB had Q8 and slowplayed it + got AKvAA vs 15bb short on FT and then just made -EV openshove on the button which felt borderline because of the nature of ICM in pskos.

Then I had Wednesday challenge FT where I got super short and smh people just busted and I could not win a flip so I got like fifth which was not bad result

Next one was 44$ 6m PSKO where I busted on the FT bubble iirc. There was really bad table draw where the reg would get on the button, fish in the small blind and me into big. and fish would not ever care when reg opened and he was just going crazy and I could not stop him from opening by myself. I got through ocassional 3bet but it was not enough.

Then I had some last3 tables in BB55 + some random stuff on ACR. Overall a nice day in the office but I was not able to close out any of these. But just running deeper than usual made me feel great because I was not even getting there the last few days

I felt great and I think the timing is going to be just right with this one on WCOOP, hopefully peaking at series lol. I am looking forward to this one, I would like to play as many days from the schedule as possible. It will be big challenge but I would like to play at least 5/7 days, at best 7/7.

Today and tomorrow I have a day off, just played 2h tennis match today. Again it was pretty close. It was sth like 6:3/4:6/7:6 the last few games and tie break especially, it was super dark. we just played very cautiosly just waiting for the other one to make mistake

I have already gone through BB33, I have 2 more deep runs to go through. I have missed partially Romeos new coaching which was from what I have heard pretty good so hopefully it will be up in the video libraray tomorrow so I can go through it ASAP. Since I will be taking a day off of tennis tmrw it would be pretty sweet to find the new coaching in library haha

I love this guy. Does what he loves, is himself and when they tried to put him into the tough spot with that video when he was 17 he played it cool



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Old 08-29-2017, 05:23 PM   #57
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Sunday

Sunday was great. I started pretty soon (5PM) with SWU and late regging 33+R. 3-5 tabling and waiting for **** to hit the fan between 6-7pm (a lot of 100-215 comps start at this time so I have to be really careful not to over reg beforehand). I had a few deep runs, nothing exceptional.

I have busted like around 20th place in Title fight where in last 4 tables I may have made a very unnecessary 4bet shove vs very laggy recreational player in last 4 tables where I was top 10 stack. Unfortunately my 55 did not beat his TT and I got to short stack and was just able to survive for a few more orbits and beat 10-15 more players before busting.

Next one was some $22 80k on ACR, where I have gone really deep. The strucures are super weird. At first it is super slow and deep, in last 4 tables it is like a turbo. 20bb avg stacks. **** was scary. But nobody knew how to play poker so I just let my opponents light money on fire while I was laddering up. I got to FT like 2/9 but since avg was between 20-25 the ice was really thin. I managed to lose very key pot in last 4 where I got sucked on river for chiplead and from that point I was just trying to ladder while everybody was lighting money on fire left and right. No firefighters would have been able to get that fire under control lol everybody was going crazy. Makes you miss americans even more I have gone 4th for like 5.6k not bad, but playing with these people and not actually winning it felt devastating with 18k up top after playing like 15 hr session

I took day off in Monday and Tuesday too. I had a lot of spots to go through + I do not want to wear myself too much before WCOOP. I was just analysing and playing tennis. I got really better in last few weeks in tennis. I started to use my head more and come up with explo strategies vs my friend. But i am crushing him so hard he has even reached out to me that I should probably find somebody else since I am just too good (4months ago we started on the same line together lol)

On the other note. I have had a few thoughts about my happiness and money and I have decided that per every session played I will redeem €20 credit that I have to use. Pizza, other delicious food, tennis whatever. Luckily 20€ is not too much so I do not get a chance to spend it on drugs I think I am greedy in a lot of spots and I think I should treat myself little better. So in near future I will probably be buying some new tennis racquet, new tennis balls and a lot of delicious food. Good times are ahead of us

Also in very near future (36h max) the managment will release our WCOOP schedules and I cant fckn wait to see and pick which hs comp am I going to win this time Last time it was only $109 event on Party, so this time I think I should aim higher. Good friend of mine has sent me a lucky chicken which is a symbol of luck (who would have thought) and it has been pretty on point, actually. Whenever I had a deeprun and he would know about it and he felt like sending me a lucky chicken I would win that comp OR be in like top3. This time he sent it to me before WCOOP series so hopefully the effect will not wear off / is going to be able to affect my series and not only one comp. To assure that I have put the lucky chicken into all of my avatars LET'S FCKN GO BOYS
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Old 08-29-2017, 06:49 PM   #58
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Normally if I would forget to put a music video into my blog pots I would either edit the pots or put it into the end of the post but this one just deserves its' own one.

I was having a dinner and this has just somehow showed up in my youtube feed. I am so happy that I clicked on this video. That was sooooo tight! Premier on the wheels of steel keeping it real and other guys really stepped out too. It made my day. Preemo-like skills behind wheels of steel + live instruments like drums, horns and that guitar really amplified the whole experience. Also you can see all the musicians enjoy what they do on the spot, it felt full of positive energy (and i like sheit with positive energy ). hip hop + live instruments have always been a good match imo. I have been to many concerts where rappers would rap with live bands and what not but this one has set the bar so high that I think not many people in the world will surpass it


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Old 08-30-2017, 02:59 PM   #59
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Wednesday

these days I usually play but since it is few days before WCOOP i took a day off and treated myself before the biggest grind I am about to go on.

I really love anything that has some sort of food aspect in it. Traveling to countries because of food, watching cooking shows about food, understanding cultures via food, going out with people not to drink beverages, but eat something nice...everything. For many days I wanted to go ahead and do one simple recipe and since I am not a very good cook and I love bruschettas I think this was a good "starting point" recipe for me to get into cooking (Tomato & Ricota Bruschetta from this young handsome lad from youtube video
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The biggest issue was not cooking, preparing or doing dishes afterwards. The biggest challenge was to go to the fckn grocery shop and buy everything needed for the recipe Luckily, I managed to convince myself that today is the day I am going to start cooking and nothing is going to stop me. On my way I have bought "Kangen water" in the local tea shop where we always buy it. It is the water that is filtered and has a certain pH which is very good for your body, it provides body to get nutrients from food more efficiently than other normal types of water etc. I usually do not speak to old lady when I am here because I am shy or do not feel like talking to her. But today I was so happy that I made that step towards cooking that I decided to have a little chit-chat with her. They were making donuts. It felt great lol. And also there was another older lady in the grocery shop behind the cash register and I decided to have a little chit-chat with here too. I just said sth like I am going to cook this and unfortunately I was unable to find a fresh basil in their store but we agreed that nonetheless the bruschettas will taste amazing

So I got home and was ready to do this. I prepared a tray, I put tomatoes in, little bit of garlic paste and chopped a few leaves of fresh oregano. Pre-heated oven, shipped it into it and impatiently stared on it and could not wait for a moment when I am going to take it out and put them on my beautiful bruschettas. I think I pulled them off little soon but I may have made a mistake beforehand. Because I saw on tray that the garlic is already starting to brown and tomatoes were not ready I was kinda forced to pull them out otherwise the garlic would have burnt and it would be pretty bad. So for the next time I will put more garlic on the bruschetta and keep tomatoes longer in the oven. Because what has happened was that my bruschettas even though they were pretty thick slices have started to be soggy. The tomatoes had a lot of water in them that they relieved into a bread which caused it not to be as crunchy as I would like them to be. But other than that it was great and in next few days I am going to give this recipe one more try. The bites where you would go through olive oil, little garlic, tomato, 2 cheeses and in the end you got a little touch of fresh oregano..i enjoyed it a lot

On the other note


WCOOP Schedules have been released and I will play +/- what I have expected. I have few days to get used to a few habits which is going to be mostly trying to meditate right after i get to a bed after session so I can get as much sleep as possible in the series. I will also try to incorporate a few minute walk after session in late night before going to bed. Just thinking about today, visualising what I want to do the next day etc. I will start with today and see how it goes.

Other than that I will just keep playing tennis and make sure that I am in the best condition to get into the series. I would like to play as many days as possible. To be honest, I will go as yolo as my body will enable me to go. I do not think I will be able to do it without any pauses but I will try to listen to my body. Also I am going to order bars, I call them "series bars". Whenever there are series (WCOOP, SCOOP, etc) I order a pack(s) of 21 bars called "wellnes bar". They are super high in fat and fibre and very low on sugar. And the best thing about them is the fact that when the series end you usually have a few left to munch on in regular schedule days

I will try to update before the WCOOP but if I do not manage to I would like to wish everybody gl in the WCOOP
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Old 09-07-2017, 10:49 PM   #60
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WCOOP

WCOOP SUX DIC(k). WCOOP results-wise is probably a disaster. I am dodging every deep run, no day2's, but at least I am sometimes cashing my 530's so I got that going for me which is nice. Outside of that I just cant build a stack in any mtt but hopefully we will be more lucky in the next few days. There is still lot to come and I think the Chicken God has some nice present for me, just have to stay on the track

On the other note I am really enjoying this. I just love to grind. Since there are so many good comps I just decided that I am not going to miss a day unless I feel really bad or sth. Primed Mind app is really helpful in this regard. I use it before I fire my session, before going to sleep and I thought about using the "maximise your pause" feature in the next few days. Wanted to use it today when I will feel like I am losing my focus but today I have just felt really comfortable and not in need of it.


I would want this series to never end. Just waking up, doing my routine, reviewing yesterdays' grind and grind for 10-15hrs. Words can't even explain how much I am enjoying this. Tournaments are good, every mtt has so much more runners than outside of series, so much more money to play for...you just want to play 24/7

Today my "series bars" have finally arrived. The cost of one is around €2.50 and the value I have in sessions is worth probably in tens of euros for sure. I have ordered 2 packs of 21 just to save 4€ on shipping (thats like 1+1/2 of bar saved). Already had one today and it just made me realise how much I have missed them


Let's hope the next few days of WCOOP are going to be better than the first ones'. I think I am playing really well lately, just have to keep my head up and look for reasons to play and get better rather than vice versa. I honestly think that I am in my mental peak and at this point can't think of many things that would be able to break me. These are the moments where I shine. Where my mental game is A++ and I believe in the work I have put in more than ever. I am fckn ready to shine. Just give me one an opportunity to do so and I will take care of it. LETS. FOKIN. GO


I have seen this guy both live and online. So far he had the best live show and I have seen some guys like Evidence, R.A. The Rugged Man, Mobb Deep, Joey Badass etc. Check it out if you like hip-hop


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Old 09-08-2017, 04:04 AM   #61
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Glgl! I see a lot of motivation, a guy who really loves this game , who works hard, so I wish you the best (eventually you will bink big , you see)
P.S: "Primed mind" is a really cool application that I start using in it .


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Old 09-08-2017, 07:06 AM   #62
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WCOOP

WCOOP SUX DIC(k). WCOOP results-wise is probably a disaster. I am dodging every deep run, no day2's, but at least I am sometimes cashing my 530's so I got that going for me which is nice. Outside of that I just cant build a stack in any mtt but hopefully we will be more lucky in the next few days. There is still lot to come and I think the Chicken God has some nice present for me, just have to stay on the track

On the other note I am really enjoying this. I just love to grind. Since there are so many good comps I just decided that I am not going to miss a day unless I feel really bad or sth. Primed Mind app is really helpful in this regard. I use it before I fire my session, before going to sleep and I thought about using the "maximise your pause" feature in the next few days. Wanted to use it today when I will feel like I am losing my focus but today I have just felt really comfortable and not in need of it.


I would want this series to never end. Just waking up, doing my routine, reviewing yesterdays' grind and grind for 10-15hrs. Words can't even explain how much I am enjoying this. Tournaments are good, every mtt has so much more runners than outside of series, so much more money to play for...you just want to play 24/7

Today my "series bars" have finally arrived. The cost of one is around €2.50 and the value I have in sessions is worth probably in tens of euros for sure. I have ordered 2 packs of 21 just to save 4€ on shipping (thats like 1+1/2 of bar saved). Already had one today and it just made me realise how much I have missed them


Let's hope the next few days of WCOOP are going to be better than the first ones'. I think I am playing really well lately, just have to keep my head up and look for reasons to play and get better rather than vice versa. I honestly think that I am in my mental peak and at this point can't think of many things that would be able to break me. These are the moments where I shine. Where my mental game is A++ and I believe in the work I have put in more than ever. I am fckn ready to shine. Just give me one an opportunity to do so and I will take care of it. LETS. FOKIN. GO


I have seen this guy both live and online. So far he had the best live show and I have seen some guys like Evidence, R.A. The Rugged Man, Mobb Deep, Joey Badass etc. Check it out if you like hip-hop


Just finished reading the whole thread and although we have quite opposite stories, i was pretty exciting reading every poat u made so far + enjoyed your way of thinking!!

Please DO continue this blog, keep updates flow, keep posting more hands and if its possible include more thinking process!

Obv subbed and wish u best of luck on the rest of the series.

Cheers buddy peace!

PS: I also love rap music but i dont think u got to love rap to just enjoy "da man" premier.
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:11 PM   #63
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I don't know from which day to Monday WCOOP Update

This is what I love the most about this series. I play so much that I do not remember the ****storm I go through everyday since I always fire up the session next day and the memory in my head is being overwritten with very fast pace We have almost made two day 2's yesterday in 530 mini HR and $27 WCOOP.

$530 mini HR WCOOP-L was going really well for me. I played very focused and was able to adjust my strategies super well vs certain opponents (especially the ones that like to punish b-x-b lines with xraises on the river haha). I played solid, no fear at all. I had some tough tables and it was nice to see myself battling it out with the better regs in the pools. I think I had solid edge on most of them which was the best feeling so far. Moments like these really give me confidence in regging these hs events even though variance can be biatch, if you can handle your cool and kick ass on "tougher" tables you know you should not be passing these comps and you have solid edge. So yeah, last 2 levels we lost big all-ins AK<QQ and TT<JJ and we were out. But overall I have very good feeling about the way I played and everything so rather than crying about how I did not master the art of flipping in deeper run I will take the confidence from that session towards the next days of WCOOP.

We did not make day2 in the big one, but we made day2 in the $27 WCOOP (we will start 20/174 which is looking good!). It was pretty easy, I was just playing my standard B-game on this table while paying most of the attention to the high stakes stuff. Somehow I got deep, won some flips, sucked some people, beaten thousands of player and made it to day2

Today is $1k WCOOP ST, that I will pass. I am not sure if it is good or bad decision but it may be one of the tougher $1ks in my opinion so I will rather play less tables and play more hs stuff on Winamax and just hope that I will make friends with flip gods in the $27 stuff

As I read this after myself the update is only from yesterdays' session. I do not remember very vividly the bad stuff from the previous days (which were really dirty). I guess thats' good, isn't it? Who cares about me talking how I do bad in hs series, right?

Let's ship todays' $27 WCOOP and make some more day 2s boys!
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Old 09-15-2017, 12:11 PM   #64
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Crying post alert

As you may think boys we did not win the $27 WCOOP event since I am updating blog many many days after day 2 We had good table, started with almost 2 avg's but right from the start I lost 1/2 of my stack, had to fold AA on the river and was unable to win a flip AQ v KQ for many bigs, but that's poker...

The bad run on high stakes continues. It is actually crazy how much I am bleeding there and I just am not able to stop it. Most of my tables are either not bad (< 20%) and the rest is either good or very very good. I think I crush there everybody in every type of spot (3bet, SRP as pfa, SRP as CCer / BB defender), it is just whenever I go aipf I just can't win. Yday I was playing Thursday Thrill and I have been playing in a very bad mood for big part of the session. I got great table, was doing really well, then I lost AKv99 for nice bounty and very healthy stack, following KK<QQ pfai ended with TT<AA CO/BU for 40bigs. One would ask how deep I was playing but after everytime I lost the big aipf pot I just bounced back because that's what I do That's how my high stakes mtts look like. Pots for chipleads, pots for 3 averages, hs bubbles, you name it.

I just seem to always be on the bad end of a cooler (only when there is a lot of money at stake ) and it is starting to get into me. I can feel it. I was able to endure that pain but yesterday it got me. My mind has drifted from "lets crush, do not care about results" mindset to "what about DotA, pizza, tennis bro?". But that's poker and it is my job to make sure to get over it and programme my mind to right mindset. Primed Mind has been very helpful. I was very "disconnected" at one point of a session, I did not want to reg because I knew how I felt etc. Decided to fire "maximize your pause" on Primed Mind and I was back in the mindset. It is crazy. Elliot is a fckn boss. Whenever I heard "imagine the most proffesional part of yourself playing poker, how would he look like?" I have immediately felt that this is not who I am and I got back to playing my game. Stepping into that "body" and started battling again.

I will take a day off today, not many good series events are being played (excuse!) but the main reason is that I feel like shiet and I think I would not take one more day of straight losing without any deep runs. I will try to not think about poker for this day and I will come back tomorrow. Primed, with right mindset ready to play my best poker. Because that's who I am.
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Old 09-18-2017, 12:15 PM   #65
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I am no biatch no more


The same day I made last post I have gone to bed to chill for a few moments...it turned out to be 4hour nap and my daily schedule got even more twisted I proceeded to play DotA till ~8am boosting my mmr for approximately 200 points. Got my ass kicked by Necrophos mid so I have decided to try him and since then I always just snap pick necro mid and carry my team 3k teams towards the victory After I woke up I have felt way better, not having stupid thoughts and did not feel like a pussiey anymore.

I am not saying that I am not being manhandled on high stakes (by variance, not by these so called regs lololol) I have decided to just not give a shiet. But I have decided that there are more important things in life than being a biatch about how you run at certain stakes in mtts

so yeah, I am happy that I have gotten over that "mental issue" really quickly and I have created precautions for it to happen with lower probability in future and also learnt how to handle it.

In regards to another "series sunday" it was again just a mental test for me to not cry and go balistic. I think I have withstood the test pretty well. Had last 2 comps at 2am $55 6m at ACR and $33 Bounty Builder on Stars, managed to make FTs in both of them (i played till like 9am or sth lol. casual 16hr session) Shipped $55 ACR for around 5k with little to no problems and 5th for $1k in the second one. The fields were amazing as they always are, I came to Bounty Builder FT as a chip leader. The first hand I lost KK<JJ for even bigger chip lead and since then it was around Average stack < 30 big blinds and everything could happen. Shorties busted, I did not get some raise/folds through and I got to 20bbs and the rest is history

We have last week of WCOOP in front of us so lets' use this mental energy that we got from the Sunday runs to keep us going through the rest of it LFG

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Old 09-22-2017, 12:52 AM   #66
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Bossing the last days of series

One would say that towards the end of the series (i have only missed 2 days!) I would feel tired and ready to throw the towel into the ring and wait for series to end. That I would be exhausted after 12hr (or more) grinding almost every session. Guess what. That is the exact opposite of how I feel. I'm feeling good, lately I have had more and more deep runs although I just can't close them. (= can't win a big all-in in last 3-5 tables for a lot of chips). But that is completely fine. There are some things I just can't do anything about. But even after all those promising runs one after another I just do not stop to believe in my abilities. I have actually gained a lot of confidence from this series. I have found my groove, my style, how I want to play and I am really good at justifying almost every play that I make. I think I have finally found the way I want to play mtts. I obviously have a loooooot to learn but I think the foundation has been built. I used to be locked up more in the lab and not play much but now I just enjoy playing. I think I am starting to understand a lot of spots where psychology > theory and it always makes me smile whenever I go for the psychological play sizing-wise as a bluff and my opponents fold.

In regards to last few days I have just been grinding. Playing kinda low abi since I do not get to play these $2k wcoop events which is ok by me. I would probably not even play them since that is just too much variance and the last thing I want to be in is some make up because I could not resist the urge to play every hs event lol.

I managed to make a day2 in winamax main event, qualified in monday. I actually did not feel very good Tuesday and I have decided to just not reg any mtts after 7:30pm, try to create stacks from the early mtts and then start with the d2 at 9pm. I probably missed a lot of value by doing that but I like to listen to my body. I am trying to put myself first before everything else even though it may cost me some money or somebody may think something not nice about me. Luckily, we managed to go pretty deep in the main event, actually we almost shipped it. I think I was cruising through final table, pulled off some very sexy 3barrel bluff in like 2/5 vs 1/5 spot. Other than that there were not that many spots that made my life hard. I got to heads up with weak reg but he was running pretty good in heads up and i lost my CL in very very ool hand by him (before that hand could not lock the win with QQ<JJ) but I did not really seem to care. I just wanted to play my best and I think I did that. We managed to lock up around €21k which is my biggest win since I started playing mtts "professionally" although we could take €33k but still, nothing to be sad about. (weeeeeeee)

Obviously I managed to make a lot more FT's than that but I just could not lock them up but I feel very very comfortable at this moment. Honestly, my results for the last few months are nothing to brag about. But the psychological state that my mind is in I just can't describe. Like in tuesday I won the biggest amount of money since long time and I just did not seem to care. No positive, nor negative feelings. Just like the 2nd best "hit" i had in Sunday kickoff for around 13-15k (do not even remember lol) I just wanted to play the next day, latereg $11 5k at late night, play $33 bounty builders and so on. Have any of you experienced this state of mind? I feel like I am invincible but in the good way (not in the arrogant way). I am willing to make mistakes. I am slowly stopping being a little biatch when I lose big pots for a lot of money when being unlucky. There is only one thing I care about right now. It is performing.

We have 3 days of mtts left. I hope the wina main event is not going to be our only mark that we are going to leave on this years WCOOP. I think I may have something left in the tank Let's see what am I going to pull out of my magic hat after sunday Let's PERFORM!

I like this instrumental. It creates some weird emotions. I love music that leaves me with some emotions after listening to it. It sometimes feels like the artist has spoken to me even though there were no lyrics. Who knows, maybe one time I will make some music too haha
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Old 09-27-2017, 11:17 AM   #67
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WCOOP recap

Result-wise I may have won small/lost small. I have crushed up to $109 stakes I think, or rather I have felt like I was. The higher stakes 215-1050 were a total disaster. Especially the 1k's. I think I have played very well, I was one of the best players on my table always. But when there were some flips, 80/20 or 60/40 happening I was either on the losing side of a flip or got sucked out on in the 80/20. I would not even remember it if it would not happen in most of the high stakes stuff all over again. It was pretty frustrating but somehow (I dont know how) I was able to keep my cool and kept focusing on the small ones which may be hard for someone. Luckily the wina main event has saved me otherwise the series would have been total disaster.

The "big Sunday" was a disaster too. I did not have any stacks. I think I was done by midnight and I have had only late regged 0-22 buy-in mtts at that point which was little frustrating, but not that much actually. Sometimes you can't do anything. Just have to accept the reality and not let it get some variance get into you. Because if you let it get into you, you are gonna have a bad time.

So yeah, WCOOP was a nice experience, definetely I played and adjusted better for series than for SCOOP which is the big step forward and I hope I will keep improving as the time goes by. I think I am on a right track and by the time next wcoop starts I think I have a very good opportunity to be one of the players on the table that you meet you will say "***, why him and not anybody else?".

After WCOOP has ended I am spending more time with my family, my bro has almost 4month kid and yesterday all of us have gone to play with the little bad boy. Also, I am trying to get my daily schedule back so I am trying to do sports/wellness everyday because when we will be going to vacation to Egypt in less than a week it would be better not to wake up at 3pm. Can't wait to eat try some new quisines and get a good grasp on the Egyptian one. I think the vaca will be really helpful, I will have a lot of time to think about moving, read some books in regards to my state of mind etc.

Usually I would play today, but I am taking a day off because fukc it. I did not see champions league for months and I feel like enjoying some time with my friends before I move (and probably not see them again for a long time) is more +EV than firing a wednesday session. I think I worked hard enough through the series, now is the time to slow down a little.

We played football yesterday and my legs are so hard and whole bottom part of my body feels like a stone. I think nice 2hrs of wellness are way to go and hopefully on my way home I will know where we will watch some Champions League
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Old 10-22-2017, 03:11 PM   #68
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What's up boys

I came from vacation in wednesday evening, could not wait to make update but 2 days before departure I got very bad sunstroke and was battling fevers, stomachaches and super low energy levels (I basically just eat bananas, drink tea, lay in bed and sleep). I can't even make food without having pain, lost a lot of appetite. So whenever I will feel better I will make a nice report from Egypt, it was nice vacation. Although 14 days was more than enough. I was craving after poker from day 1 of vacation so you can imagine how I feel right now. But I am happy that I have chosen the right path in the life. So many people just do things they like as a reward for having to do things they dont like. I am also writing this blogpost with a fever so I will try to keep it as short as possible.

It feels bad to miss another sunday, I feel so envious of guys that can fire today. But it is what it is and I know what I have to do in order to not miss anymore of them.


I would not make this post but I listened to this song and it got me into mood to do something.
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Old 10-23-2017, 04:23 AM   #69
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Where abouts in Egypt bro? Been on vacation there a couple times and there are some super nice places if you venture out of complex etc.

I got pretty bad stomach bug/food poisoning when I was there so know how that feels.
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Old 10-23-2017, 12:35 PM   #70
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We have been to Hurghada (Prima Life Makadi Bay). Also been to center of Hurghada where not many tourists get a chance to go. Outside of one traffic light there were none. Literally. There were no rules for riding a vehicle, the one with the bigger balls and stronger horn was in right

We have gone to church in the centre only, though. It was different than churches in our country. It was huge. Also it was not only a place for praying but also for people to meet and chat. But catholics are in Egypt in very big disadvantage and you could feel that there is a lot of tention between two biggest religions in Egypt. Later we have managed to buy some nuts on the street (they were hot and the taste of skin was delicious. It appeared smoky. Kind of unnatural but pleasant flavor for nuts). After that we have been looking for galabeya. Unfortunately they did not have my size but in hotel we managed to buy one (heavily overpriced, but fukc it) together with the cloth that if you put on your head properly you will have a nice hat. When I will go to some live poker stop in the summer there is a high chance that I will wear these hahaha. Will take a photo and put it into blog whenever the galabeya will be ironed and I learn how to work out that thingy around my head

Yeah, in regards to food poison you just can't go for trips on boats imo and go to at least 4* hotels (my guess). Food was great here. My favorite was breakfast because I was eating this + pancakes every morning haha. It is grilled carrot, grilled eggplant with some egyptian mix of spices (very salty, but sweetness of carrots and butter really balanced it out) with some traditional Tameya, which is nothing else than Egyptian falafel. Consists of minced beans, some herbs and sesame. Sometimes when I felt very hungry I warmed the Egyptian bread and put some herbs + butter on it. Breakfast was very egyptian-like, delicious
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I love trying out new food. The rest of it was not so good / my taste. But from the breakfast you can see that their food is quite economic but still delicious. The power of spices

Usually you could go on a trip to a city / shopping centre in a mini van with other people but our family is very frequent guest in this hotel and we know everybody to GM by name so we got some rakeback here. We got a solo ride to the heart of Hurghada. While we were on our way here, our friend, one of the mangers of the hotel was showing us his family on the phone. His son and daugther etc and it made me feel so happy that I am not giving money to some company but directly to his pocket. Very sweet guy, his family is catholic.

most of the vacation I just stayed in hotel. You can imagine if you come "after season" the prices go down and bar representing average age instantaneously goes up by 20yrs min So hotel was like 75%+ of very old people and i was just not doing much in the evenings, but it was ok. Spend some quality time with family yadayada.. Happy to be back, though. I was missing poker from day 1 + this health problem..I don't want to miss poker for a month ever again. Today I feel probably the best I have ever been since the sunstroke so tomorrow I will go for a short walk and Wednesday I will try firing a short session.

I will end this blogpost with the one of a very few photos I managed to take.

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Love this song. Reminds me of my time in Bratislava, living with my non-poker friends trying to show them that they can get their live together and get some motivation. It did not work unfortunately, but I have learnt that I should rather be creating my circle with people who are on the same on higher level and not trying to give a helping hand to people whom are not looking for it
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Old 10-27-2017, 05:58 PM   #71
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Ego - my war with everybody that I don't tell them we are in


Last few days since I got kinda healthy enough to work hard I feel like I am not working as hard as I could. But that's fine because I can make sure that it won't happen tomorrow. And it won't. Yday has started ESL Hamburg (DotA 2 Major) and it got me working slightly less than I would like to. Today I watched like 9 hours worth of content. A lot of good games were played, I love watching high level DotA but I think I could have just missed the last EG vs Fnatic and save like 2hrs of time that I could use to run some pio. And that idea has popped into my head but I was just too lazy to turn it off lol. Lazy me

But at least I managed to go through ~100 marked hands. The ideal day for me would be sth like 150, pio sim with numerous nodelocks, at least an hour of studying of "earthing" topic with very active notetaking (mainly of things like studies of certain health situations that study shown earthing to have a positive effect). This is great, though. A bunch of people around me (in the stable) are trying to achieve nice things, get better and crush life and that is (indirectly) motivating me to go in the pio streets and get that one more hour of good focused time in on the top. A lot of times I felt like I wanted to achieve great things, but there was just nobody with the same goals, hunger or work ethic that I could share the battlescars with. Now I feel like I have found these people and it is time to back up my talk. For my personal growth there is nothing better than fighting for a king of a hill spot in my peer group. Just put me into a group and I will try to make everything I can in order to be the best one in it. For some reason it is just how my mind works and lately how I see all the guys trying to get very good and make the better versions of themselves it immediately made me feel like I should be even harder on myself to keep my imaginative king of the hill spot. I like to tell myself things like how am I working harder than all of these guys but lately I feel like their work ethic is ahead of mine. And things like "you work harder than all of these people, you are a champion, you are better than all of them" only sounds to me nice when I can be honest with myself, that it really is the case....I like to compare myself with other people from my group and my ego always makes me to strive to be on the top. Can't wait for the next few days

In regards to whole earthing thing I think if I will think about the business side deeply enough and study topic hard enough to be able to speak with people and convince them to buy my product I think I could create a small business which could after a few years (it takes a time until people get to know your business, your product, etc) be able to show some profit. I did not even get to the numbers and did not study the topic hard enough but I know the mindset of people and what is their ideal form of treatment and this totally hits the nail on the head from that perspective which could mean that people would be more motivated to buy the product compared to "our previous business ideas".

Damn, I want to achieve so many good things but last few days were such a failure in this regard..but it is ok. Unless I don't make same mistakes and make sure that everyday I recognize and get rid of some negative habits and replace them by positive ones in the future I am ok with that.

So yeah..a lot of ego talk..time to back up my schit. Time to get my king of the hill spot back. Time to release the power of ego. LET'S. FUKCIN. GO.
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Old 10-30-2017, 10:53 AM   #72
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I am happy with the work ethic of mine in last few days. Saturday before session I managed to go over some marked hands (~100) and then play a decent session. Not many runs, high stakes have been disastrous but that is nothing new. Managed to make FT of €100 xtase iirc 4th place. I was just sitting here and people were lighting money on fire and busting in ridiculous fashion while I was just enjoying the ladders. Unfortunately COvBB for 11bbs postflop KJ6ddd my K5o was not good vs KQd of CL but it was still nice to have a run.

On Sunday I felt really well. Before session started I got a chance to watch my boys from Virtus.Pro go to Grand Finals of ESL Hamburg (first major of the new season) and then went onto nice grind with many runs which I was unable to close out but felt good to be back at the tables. I remember I was at one moment playing 15 tables. That has never happened to me but I just could not bust any mtt for ~2hrs straight and had runs in BB44, 55 Sunday Marathon, Bigger 22 and other mtts I just could not bust. Also made day2 with small stack in winamax main event. It was either hour of power or hour of shower at around 10pm and it was the bad one (this time ). But at least I still got like last 3 tables of $55 marathon, last few tables in bb44, top 70 in bigger22. Nothing exceptional but it felt good to go deep in a comp. You know, you have to be able to find some positive things in this variance heavy world of mtts otherwise you would just go ham

After session ended ESL has managed to update the Secret vs Liquid semi finals on youtube I watched that and was very happy that Secret got through them. I am not a big fan of dynasties in any sports and I am not a diehard fan of any team so it was probably the best outcome for me as a fan. But after this major VP have won my heart. They are a team from Russia and they are playing hyper aggresive DotA (very entertaining to watch) and they have that Russian mindset which is just funny to watch how they fight with it knowing they have to be disciplined and patient in many spots.

Also it feels very good to know that there are some positive changes happening in MTT landscape (or in poker landscape in general). It felt warm seeing these big guarantees on bounty builders, bigs and many many other mtts actually being crushed. Also Party is trying hard now, Winamax guarantees have gone up big time lately too. It is a big motivation boost at least for me knowing that all of my work I will be able to put to use once I get to high stakes. Party 500's, new Stars daily $530 Bounty Builder, Sunday 500, more higher stake stuff, higher guarantees, Party Sunday Million and ACR Sunday Million = 3x Sunday Million per week YOU NAME IT. I was quite unhappy that I have missed the high stakes train in cash games. It seems like I will be able to catch one in mtts with these positive changes happening all over the online world. Only thing that is standing between me and my high stakes train is work. I know what do I have to work on. I know what I have to do in order to get there. I know it is not going to be easy. But I know I will not regret it when I get there

It is already 3:45pm and I will be starting session soon. Let's get ready and do our best today to get the biggest chunks possible from these nice comps. Especially ones' on Party Vamoooo


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Old 10-31-2017, 12:27 PM   #73
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So far so good

Saturday-Monday I played everyday like I used to. I felt quite comfortable but I lacked balls in some spots (which is understandable since I was not playing for last few weeks and getting that confidence in certain types of spots is key) but I already took a note of it and decided that for the next few sessions I will be playing less tables to grow my balls back to the size of WCOOP ones' I had before vacation. Oh man they were big as hell. Bigger than my ego

Session was great, I don't reg very much after 8:30pm because I can feel that I can't keep the focus in the very late parts of the day (=where the money is since it is "deep run time"). Slowly but surely I am getting back to my sleeping schedule, got to bed at like 3:30AM finally which is big progress. (Thank you Party 215 Main event!)

Today I have decided to reward myself. I already had pizza before coaching with Pads. Coaching has ended few minutes ago and I will go now to restaurant with a long time friend of mine and get some nice food. The thing is that in our city (and most parts of our country in general) there is not a big market for people whom want to eat delicious food and are able to pay for it. But somehow I did not notice that there is a good restaurant in town so I am going to see whatsup over there :P

In regards to last few days I have seen that my updates have contained some crying bs like "i ran bad at hs". Since today even if I am going to run bad I will try to highlight positive things from sessions even though I may bleed more than virgin's pussy after first intercourse. So lets' start it with yday.

Yday I think I have done well in my top ends of buy-in. Cashed 215 6-max on Stars, made d2 in 215 1m party Main event also made d2 in winamax main event. So today I am going to have active day-off with some Pads coaching, a lot of good food and I will top it with some d2's that hopefully end at least like my last d2 of Winamax Main Event (2nd for 22k?). LFG
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:53 AM   #74
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Tuesday day 2's and Wednesday

Tuesday has not been bad. Managed to get ITM in the winamax d2 for some mincash and busted Party 215 ME ~150 for 1.7k iirc. lost very big pot in a somewhat cooler spot for 1.7x avg (at that point i had like 1.5+ so i would be top10 stack for sure). Shiet happens haha. Maybe next time


Wednesday has been great. Day before we had a session with Pads, which was probably the best coaching session I have ever attended. It has been so simple but the message was (to me) so powerful. I knew it but it was like I needed to hear those words from somebody else (and see certain things). I think I have played the best session in a long time. I was very focused (=not distracted) and my ability to exploit, come up with right adjustments and strategies to punish certain things has been top notch. It was so much fun. I remember vividly certain spots

- for example some 3bet pot on the river i decided to create 1/4 blockbet range on certain river card not very good for my range but it made so much sense

- 3x overbet on the river after calling flop cbet 4ways

These moments just made me so happy. Poker for me gets boring when I don't play my B++ game but luckily in mtts you get to play so many hands that there is always going to be a spot in a session where you can "play your heart out" and these are the things why I love poker so much. If you play focused there is just so many spots to get creative, to have fun and not play "ABC poker".

Although results-wise I was getting crushed everywhere. I remember that I bubbled €100 xtase BvB where potentional CL openshoved and 99<62o @ AK435 I have said some bad things when that happened but I have recognized that it is time to cool down and be focused. Managed to make semiFT of 55 20k counterpunch on Party towards the end of the session but that was about it. Made some mistakes because of small focus but these things happen from time to time when I try to play super focused for 10 hrs I guess..Still had a very good feeling about a session. I think now I finally have a "know-how" on how to beat mtts (BIGLY). It is not anything complicated, out of reach and hard to understand. It is actually simple but I always had a tendency to overthink things for some reason

Next session is in saturday. In a few moments we are going to have a coaching with Tomi and then I will start digging interesting hands from my database for my 1on1 with Tomi and work on the aspect of my game that I think is my strongest but also my weakest at certain points
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Old 11-05-2017, 10:54 AM   #75
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Small update before sunday sesh

Usually I would just wait until the end of Sunday or Monday sesh end but I have to wait until grilled chicken will be done and I got an echo that it will be in 30 minutes lol

In regards to yesterdays' session It was a B-game. Not happy about it but I got inspired by Tomi to rate my sessions which is a big thing because you can then get an idea when you play how and maybe try to find leaks why did you play B-game etc. For example yday I think it was because

a) my new batteries in wireless mouse have been creating lags and I was loosing a bit of focus there
b) few days ago I have fallen asleep while watching dota for 2 hrs and I created some weird sleep pattern (6hrs in night + 2hrs at ~8pm) and the energy levels were hit pretty heavily but I made sure to not latereg small buy-ins and just concentrate on runs.

In regards to yday runs it was fun. I ended up 2nd in small €50 at Winamax, bubbled FT of 55 6m PSKO on Stars, 4th in 22 $20K contender. Got some bounties and cashed 215 Saturday KO so overall I think the day was great. Nice warmup before Sunday

I got interrupted in the midst of writing this post. The chicken was ready to go I could get used to grilled chicken with buckwheat for breakfast. On the other hand, just done my work with todays' schedule..It looks beautiful. I am going to start in < 45 minutes. Can't wait already





Interesting thing I may have found about myself. I have been talking to my friend that has been going through bad things in life and I wanted to give him helping hand. In the conversation I said something like "I want to achieve great things in poker". I have never said something in such disbelief. Immediately as I said that I have heard a voice in back of my head say "no, you do not". In next few days after todays' and tmrws' grind ends I will try to think of reasons why I play poker. My guess is that it makes me a better person and I like to get better / challenge myself with other people. I like the proccess of getting better (both as a person and as a poker player) and in life and a lot of times in poker too you can see the results right away. I also have a book to read from our mindset coach James and this is a thing I have been postponing a lot because lately my days have just been very poker-ish and the idea of relax by watching high stakes DotA sounds much better than reading a book trying to make yourself a better person But I am on a good way. After grind ends I will make sure to incorporate reading habit into my non grinding days for sure and I will probably substitute that with sleep primer on grinding days. There is a lot of things to think about, a lot of areas to get better. let's do it


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