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Old 12-09-2016, 02:11 AM   #1
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Spinning My Way To New Experiences And Improving Myself - A Journal

So here I am, on another river met with the tough decision of either spew calling or over folding. What to do, what to do...



All jokes aside (for now), the above picture shows a look not disimilar to the one I embody whilst grinding. I feel it's largely a look of pensive thought combined with some underlying stress. Granted in a few weeks the christmas jumper will with all likelihood be retired (not making any promises though) but you get my point.

In prior threads I've somewhat omitted the regular use of pictures. Part of me has a great desire to live in the moment and not document every aspect of my life through photo's/video's. Memories are important though and I feel pictures do help give an extended insight into how someone is doing and what kind of experience they're having at that given time.

To demonstrate this rather obvious point I thought I'd share a picture of my desk in my room and use the picture to describe a bit of information about my current situation. I'm still not sure if I'm using this as a gateway to show my set up or in fact to dictate the effectiveness of pictures, maybe it's both?! Who knows maybe it's even to prop up my own self worth, a triple range merge perhaps. I promise to cut out the Micro's references for the rest of the post.

"Da da da dada da da da da dada"

I'll be serious from now on I promise.



So this is it, I bought a second monitor which I genuinely think is one of the best technological (hell maybe even life) decisions I've ever made. Why I didn't get one earlier is beyond me. You'll also notice that I have 2+2 in particular PGC open, I spend a lot of time reading PGC threads on here and I love the variety of people and games you see in the threads.

There's also some notes in the form of theory for both poker and my degree. It's roughly organised but useful to look at when I'm at my desk. One thing I do need to get better at is general organisation alongside setting out a timetable of what I need to do and be strict with it, this was all adviced in an "organising a heavy workload" workshop I went to at my university, definitely +ev.

The more eagle eyed of you may also notice a piano lurking in the corner, whilst I got it extremely recently and am I fish right now I find it's a great way to relax and take my mind off other things going on in my life. A definite aim for this thread is to showcase a fair amount about my life and I hope to get to the stage where I can create my own songs and post them on here.

I also have my maths homework which is still due as we speak. Going off the organisation point I made earlier I do need to be more diligent and efficient with managing work next semester.

I also have a water bottle, a stars thermos (actually v good quality and better quality lid than any other thermos I've earned, maybe doesn't stay as hot as others do but definitely worth it) and some poker chips.

I try and drink water most of the time but the Brit inside me finds it so comforting to sit with a warm drink at pretty much any time of the day. I do realise that caffeine is not an ideal supplement in regards to long run ev so if any of you have any suggestions for warm drinks that can be consumed 2/3 times a day with no potential health risks then let me know. And no I didn't just get scared about caffeine from WebMD I know from personal experience that the act of me trying to sleep is greatly affected by caffeine (why do you think I'm writing this at 5am).

The poker chips are there to shuffle and remind me of the ev of live poker. Who know's how much longer online (maybe excluding mtts) will be going on for. I should really jump on the horse at some point but for now I like being in my room grinding away, I like having personal space from time to time and grinding poker gives me that opportunity since most of my university work is done at the library.

So let's actually go into a bit more detail about myself now you know some vague things about my life.

I'm twenty and in my first year of an engineering degree at university in London. The degree could be going better, I could be more motivated and commited but it could also be going worse. I have a lot of mini exams over the next week so poker will take a slight back seat until those are over.

I love being in London and do plan to go out and explore more, I'm lucky to live with people who like seeing new things which definitely gets me out of my room and off my arse at times.

In regards to my poker history, I've pretty much played every format. From mindlessly semi-spunking MTTs to grinding zoom (BEish grinder here) I've epereinced a lot. I could go into more detail but I thought I'd direct you to a podcast I made about my history in poker, don't worry, it's just as jumbled and confused as this post so it won't be anything out of the ordinary.



So going to the current situation (even though it's mentioned in the podcast I respect the fact that not all of you will listen to it) I'm currently playing $7 Spins for the stable SpinBeasts.

It feels great to be in a constructive environment surrounded by smart people who all want to improve. It's really made me realise the ev of studying and receiving coaching. To all of you currently grinding away hoping doing the same thing over and over will reward you with success, I urge you to post more hands and get into study groups and really work hard, it's worth it. I wish I "actually" studied way earlier in my "career" (I couldn't think of a word better than career..).

So poker wise whilst at university I plan to get around 1.5k games/month. In the summer though that all changes, I've been fortunate to win/run well enough so far to of made more money then I would of working a part time job all through the summer (and then some). As a result during the summer I plan to play spins "full time" for two/three months. I plan for one of those months to go somewhere in Europe and grind from there. I feel since I've got the freedom to play wherever I want I might as well make the most of it and not just stay at home in England all the time. I have so much to work on with poker but I'm really driven to give myself the best shot at making it work.

You can expect regular updates with the occasional chip ev graph and my thoughts about spins and how I'm finding them. Maybe I'll stream on twitch who knows, one thing I definitely want to work on is trying to be as positive and mentally secure as I can be whilst grinding. I'd say my mental game is much much better than it used to be but I hope to eventually get to that zen like stage where I give zero ****s about losing a 4x. I mean often I don't care but you know's there's always that one hand that sends y-.. I'll stop now.

Instead of just making this thread about poker I thought I'd also include a fair amount about self improvement and how I aim to get more out of my life and feel happier as a whole.

I feel I've come along way from the person I was 1-2 years ago, I was generally quite a cynical person often depressed and boosting myself up by laughing at other peoples misery, I mean I still watch Fail Army on a weekly basis but it's a far cry from openly criticising the actions of people close to me every other day to make myself feel good.

I'm now a lot more positive and try and find and enjoy the positive things in life, but just like in poker, you should always strive to go even futher and push yourself.

Giving a quick early morning self assessment I know I'm still relatively self concious and don't want to be seen making mistakes or failing. It can be something simple pushing a door instead of pulling it or dropping a book whilst walking to class. I feel there's a pressure on most people (including myself obv) to fit in, to wear normal clothes, to do normal things, to not stand out. So much so that I often find myself falling into the trap of doing things just because everyone else does them instead of really thinking about something independently.

Now granted, often the decisions which a society tends to follow are somewhat water tight (I said often ) but there's nothing wrong with questioning things a second time over.

Another thing which I guess ties into the above point is the fear of rejection. I've dealt with some hardships and got over them but I'm far from the perfect being in regards to not being afraid of rejection.

I recently watched/listened to a Ted Talk about lessons from rejection and it's really opened my eye's to the possibilities of just being forward and proactive and not holding back your opinions and not being afraid of getting rejected. Much like with my poker background I'll link the video right now.



I thought I'd address a point which... well none of you have brought up but whatever. This isn't I guess a stereotypical PGC thread, that's not me trying to be hipster or fire shots.

This thread is largely for myself, that doesn't in any way mean I don't want anyone reading to not gain anything from it or that I don't want any interaction, quite the opposite.

My point (which I'm rather poorly putting across) is that I doubt this thread will cater to the masses, this post, for example, is super long and I don't many people in PGC would read this long of a post from a random (I don't blame you either), also, a lot of the posts may be quite different, some more poker based, others more general life based, might be a fluctuation in length and time between posting etc.

If you do gain something out of this thread and find it interesting then awesome, whatever happens hopefully I can look back through this in the future and see what's changed. I'll be happy to answer any questions so feel free to fire away!
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Old 12-20-2016, 12:18 PM   #2
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I am interested in your ideas and will subscribe to your newsletter.

I think I have some of the same personality traits as you, and could do with sorting out my life a bit, so I'll watch the videos later.
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Old 12-25-2016, 10:58 PM   #3
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Many thanks ^

For now "newsletter" is the perfect way of summing up this thread. I thought I'd go into some detail as to why that's the case for now.

I'm always reluctant to post small updates every day or two as I feel the most constructive posts I have are when I really feel like posting and making an active effort to talk about a lot of things on my mind. However, this might not be optimal. I feel my mindset for many years has been to let things drift by and to not be proactive about much until it's too late. Well you could argue it's too late currently which is why I find myself in this predicament again.

So yes, you guessed it, this post will talk about my current mindset towards life and poker and what I feel I need to change.

I feel one of the most important things that I need in my life right now is regular self-assessment. To me at least it feels way too easy to just let things fly by even if you're not fully content at where you're at in life. This has definitely caused me to not fulfill my potential in multiple aspects of my life.

However I'm not writing this to dwell on the past and talk about my regrets. You can't change the past, you can only learn from it. A reasonable example of a poker related incident is let's say running 200BI below EV in a year. It sucks and it's easy to whine and want sympathy, however, there's nothing you can do about it, it's no good imaging where you'd be if you ran like most people etc etc.

One thing I've realised over time is that humans are great at being irrational and not getting over things. In a lot of cases if we spent even a small fraction of that "irrational time" into proactive thinking about what we can learn from the experience then we would all be much better people.

I feel it's time to stop generalising and instead talk about my own battles with mindset and draw some conclusions. I've been playing spins for a while and let's just say I haven't had the start I was hoping for. I feel I've improved a bit but I still have some limitations in regards to applying strategy, as well as some mental game and focusing issue's.

When I delve in a bit deeper I feel that there is definitely some entitlement issue's. I get tilted pretty easily losing vs fish and often find myself berating other people when they play badly which is pretty laughable considering my own game isn't exactly water tight.

I find it hard to know what approach to take when battling both positive and negative variance. Let me explain, of course there's a lot of variance and it's easy to argue that you have little control over the results over around 1000 spins. It's also very easy to put it all down to variance and take the blame away from yourself when running bad. This, whilst it makes one feel comfortable, is also a detriment to one's self improvement.

If we flip the tables and jump into a scenario in which we are running good it's extremely easy to be in the limelight. Everyone's congratulating you, you're happy because you haven't had a losing session and your CeV is great etc. I mean you've put in the work right? Why wouldn't you deserve this. However this can also lead to overconfidence which is why self assessment and especially perspective is so so important.

All in all I think there is a line which can be drawn between variance and input. Whilst it's different for everyone I feel very no player has this completely nailed down. And it makes perfect sense why no-one has, it's because we're human beings, not robots. We don't fully understand variance, and it's unlikely we ever will.

I'm in a current spot where I know I have to improve but I also feel slightly unfortunate in regards to negative variance. My CeV is pretty bad for 7s and whilst I have a million things I can improve on it's also hard to deal with the fact that after a lot of reviews of hands in my DB there often isn't much to be said apart from "that's unlucky", "that's a cooler" etc.

And I again I could go on about how bad I've ran but I can't change that. I could also use the same quotes to make myself feel better and prop myself up and weight my current results more on variance.

All I need to care about is how I'm playing and not the short term results but it's far easier said than done. It's hard to disconnect after the session, it's natural for everyone to have a change in emotion based on how the session has gone.

So let's draw light on some positives before concluding about what I plan to change.

For one my parents are extrememly supportive of me playing, I guess being in a stable is effectively a receipt and they know I'm somewhat smart and it suits the kind of things I'm good at.

Actually **** it I want to draw on something I've thought about for a while, and that's self assessment vs external assessment and what to take from both as well as reacting on improvement and advice.

I wrote about how self assessment is extremely important earlier on in this post. Assessment from others is also very important as it's very easy to lie to yourself about the reality of the situation you're in.

Again we can draw a line where the net advice would be optimal but again that's hard to find and also dependent on other factors like your own current mindset and who's giving you the external advice. I feel too much of either one is pretty terrible and I've been thinking a lot about this.

I find reacting on improvement and advice is incredibly important and something I'm pretty bad at. Over the past couple of days I've realised a pretty big flaw in my thought process. I'll give you an example.

So from the age of about 14 to 18 I was a very cynical person. Everyone was an idiot, that advert on tv was stupid, that guy is a mug, these people don't get it. This just made me an ******* and generally unpleasent to be around, as a result I was a pretty big introvert and was depressed at times.

Now I'm happy to say I've moved on-

There it is, "moved on" is what I wanted to type at that point in time. Just because I'm not the exact same way I was a couple of years ago doesn't mean I'm completely cured of being a cynical *******.

It's very easy to improve yourself as a person and completely detach yourself from what you used to be and strike it off as it no longer being an issue. However, actually moving on from anything is in my opinion extremely difficult to do and maintain in the long run.

The issue with that mindset is you feel that aspect of your life is no longer an issue and you don't need to work on it. I used to get tilted to absolute **** playing online chess when I'd make a mouseslip at 14 years of age after playing for 40 minutes. Has my mentality whilst thinking changed for the better since then? No ****. But that doesn't mean I don't get annoyed when playing poker now. However, I found myself time and time again telling myself I had a good mental game instead of thinking about how I should improve it (this ties in with the irrational thinking point).

So what can I do to move forward in a positive way from this point.

For a start hold myself accountable for most things. Whilst it's true none of us have as much control over things as we think we do, I feel it's still more plus ev to maintain a high concenctration of accountability instead of the polar opposite approach. That means posting here more often and admiting and noticing my own faults more often by spending a lot more time having constructive independent thinking.

I can also set myself a better routine by eating and sleeping better as well as timetabling my work and university. Having a routine is the foundation needed to succeed at anything in the long run. I've been slacking at this and hope to improve.

The potential drawback I see through this is generally being a lot more emotionally volatile as a result of constant self assessment. A big reason as to why I feel I've been passive and not proactive in the past is due to the fear of being upset or anxious. I still feel it's worth a shot.

Whatever happens in the future I can happily say I'll always be grateful for poker. Never have I encountered a game in which you can learn so much about yourself and pick up so many valuable skills. People often say once poker players retire they have nothing, I'd argue they have more than most people. I hope to keep playing and improving and make 2017 the best year for me both on and off the felt.
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Old 12-30-2016, 10:23 AM   #4
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So as the year draws to an end and I take the next two days off from grinding (mainly to get some uni work done before Jan 1st but also to take a break and come back refreshed) I thought I'd lay out some goals for 2017.

Before jumping right into the goals I'd like to go into a bit of detail about goal setting.

So at the start of every year PGC is littered with a good 100+ new (and some old) posters who set out goals for the year ahead.

"Here's where I crush 2k17"
"Let's make it happen this time"
"My journey to the top"
"Spinning My Way To-

You get the picture just insert a midly motivating title or you're good to go. General rule is better you are, smaller your title needs to be, the stake you're playing already attracts enough clicks, dw.

I'd guess around 1% (maybe 2%) of those people succeed and the large majority bail out within the first couple of months. This (in my eyes) is largely due to poor goal setting.

Poor goal setting often comes in the form of pure unrealistic and uncontrollable goal setting.

"Have a 1k month before April!!!!!!!!"

Let's say you're currently playing 25z, hell maybe even 50z. Unfortunately you have next to no control over whether you have a 20-30BI month within the first 4+ months of the year. This goal is entirely dictated by variance and a wasted goal to have on your mind.

"Always book a winning month"

Again variance see above ^

"Be at x stake by x"

Variance ^ (spotting the trend yet?)

"2017 2z -> 200z"

Again this in completely unrealistic not only since it's incredibly hard to move up the stakes now, in the period of a year even if you did have the potential to make it to 200z (the irony is people who title their threads like this likely don't) you'd have to run really well in regards to shot taking etc to get up to that stake.

And now I'm going to bring up a point, a point which I've brought up in this thread previously and will likely bring up many times in the future.

People aren't good enough at taking accountability and looking into their current approach. The issue with a lot of these "Micro>High Steaks" "$1k month" goals is that's all those people have. They take next to no interest in their current thought process and how they're going to get there. They don't mention potentially improving their routine, eating better, exercising etc. It's just a narrow minded view which is just an empty dream in most cases.

Some of you may know that I browse a fair amount of threads and for most people (I should do this for everyone). I ask a simple question.

"What are you going to do differently next year?"

I feel if anyone out there is looking to make a proactive change in their life in or out of poker they need to take a massive look at themselves and think what they're doing currently and why it's bad instead of dreaming about what it would be like to be a sicko at the end of the year.

An issue with people who often do this is they have this "I'm a slob, now I'm going to crush" attitude, with no actual small fundamental goal setting.

This is the thing I want to see people have in their threads for the year ahead, it's always eye catching to have some sicko vamos goal and everyone says "in glgl" but I think it's way higher ev to nit pick what you're failing at currently and make some small improvements so you give yourself a solid foundation to grow off so those long run goals are actually achievable.

With that being said here are my goals:

Have a set daily schedule for uni work and poker which fluctuates based off of Timetable/Lectures.

No caffeine after 6pm - I like warm drinks in the evening and I've bought decaff tea. This links in with the point below.

Sleep at least 7 hours a night with a constant fixed sleep schedule - Having those talks to 3am with flat mates or someone in the stable can be ev in some regards but a good schedule will be way higher when looking at long run ev. To have a good schedule I've installed f.lux on my computer which takes away harsh lights which harm sleep, I'll try and have 20-30minutes after my session before I go to sleep to relax.

Exercise/Get fresh air - The Ev of doing this is way higher than people think. It doesn't even have to be for long either, just a 15 minute jog or walk can do wonders to ones mindset. To make this be a successful goal I need to allocate time for it. I'll say a walk everyday and a run Monday/Wednesday/Saturday and whenever I'm super tilted.

Play Piano/Keyboard 30-60mins every day - I feel having some balance off the felt and away from studies can be +ev and playing really takes my mind off everything else. Issue is with this as a side hobbie is there maybe isn't enough room for self developement as I'd like (e.g from reading) but there's something magical about music and listening and playing it which I just love.

Have time for other people in my life - I've be lucky enough to have a few friends who I can learn a lot from and who are definitely plus ev in my life. Whilst I can't spend every hour of every day talking to them or visiting them it's still important to make time for them.

Be efficient with my time - This ties in with the routine point but making the most out of every minute I dedicate to something. If I have a set time where I'm doing Fluid Mechanics Revision from 2pm-3pm I can't waste the first ten minutes on my phone or procrastinating.

"Huh, no long term goals?"

Not really, I mean long term wise I just want to try and become a better person and poker player. I feel if I do all the above to a high standard there's no reason why I wouldn't be able to achieve lots from poker and uni/life.

I guess a mini one is putting myself in the best spot for the summer after exams where I'll be playing poker full time for the holidays. I want to work as hard as I can on my game to put myself in the best position possible to make the most out of the 8hrs a day I can invest in poker during the summer.

I wish you all the very best for the year ahead.
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I might use this as the title if I start a new thread.
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Got moved to 15s today which is great.

Feeling pretty good about my game and constantly thinking about what I can do to improve. Lot's of positive feedback from coaches saying my game/thought process (especially postflop) is in a v good place and of the same/better quality of players at much higher stakes.

Been grinding poker 5+ hours a day since the start of 2017 and feel good. University is also going better than expected with me actually getting some pretty decent marks for last semesters exams considering the amount of actual revision I did.

Piano is going well too (hopefully I'll post a song on here one day!) and I feel I can really make poker work for me if I keep up this attitude.

My coach says if I keep working hard I can be at 60s by Summer in which I'll probably focus on much more volume instead of studying and trying to print whilst living at home with no living costs (thanks mum and dad!).

Very interesting few months ahead for my personal growth both in poker and life, bring it on!
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Thanks for the support!

The semi degenerate part of me wants to fire some online sats to the Festival Main at Hippo. Sat's this weekend look like pretty good value! If I go on the heater I most definitely don't deserve you may see me venture into a casino at some point.
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Can we have some graphs of results/EV please ot see from future CRUSHER?
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I'll chuck out an Cev graph of the year/month so far.

Cev could be better but comes down to a bit of run bad and spew during some spells in the first week of the new year. All 7s which will now combine with 15s.



In regards to future graphs I think once a month is a good amount in regards to Cev. I think we are all a bit better than the "session cev" graph post where I say the big spike was some sick cooler etc etc.

Without going into the intricate details of my game Cev is likely the best metric to quantify my progression through spins.

"OP you drowning in MU gg"

I'm actually not but using monetary profit as a measurement of success at pretty much any sample in spins is crazy imo.

And yes I'll still post one at the end of January for this month dw.

I'd love to write more right but it'll have to wait till tomorrow/weekend since I need to start my session.

Super quick I did actually take a day off yesterday to work on a lab report, but it was also nice to take a break after 10 days of pretty solid grinding. Feel motivated today and spent time in a break between lectures jotting down adjustments when moving to 15s.

Already using spinylyzer to look at the top regs stats for 15s and see why they are at thos freq's.

Whilst reggy games are bad for my Cev there's something about figuring something out about someone in a competitive environment and doing everything in your power to exploit them and win. Love the idea of battling.

The same goes for fish though, I feel a fair few regs underestimate the amount of work and adjustment and general thinking it takes to be max EV vs fish. Fish are arguably just as mentally stimulating to play against but there's something about battling and beating people who you know are working hard which never fails to put a smile on my face.

The time for the hard work is now, there's no time to let the months drift by and wish you did more earlier in the year.

Btw my inner degenerate simmered down and I've decided to spend the weekend studying (sweating people and studying reg tendencies, how to exploit the weaker ones, where are they unbalanced etc) instead of degening live donkament sats. There's no time to turn my focus away from the spin format!

I'll fall into the live pit eventually but hopefully not for a while!
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Come out and play the first event for some laughs. It's thr 275 deep stack.
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Believe it's on a Monday/Tuesday.

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Cool blog.
My story is pretty similar to yours. This made me wanna GTFO cash and try spins..
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Old 01-16-2017, 09:26 AM   #17
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Great read 👍 good luck in 2017

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Old 01-16-2017, 06:07 PM   #18
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Thanks for the kind words everyone!

This thread was never made in the hopes of popularity later down the line, instead just as a tool to reflect and share my journey. That being said I'm glad some of you are enjoying it.

Weekend was a bit of a blip, mental game issue on Saturday night and university internet basically down for most of Sunday evening/early morning.

Today has been a good day though, lots of constructive conversations with members of the stable and good focus and play at 15s so far.

Since for now I am only one tabling 15s I only have about 75 games but cev is good and I love battling and play vs regs even if the cev is bad. I feel you have to get in the streets and battle and study hard if you want to get to the top. That's exactly what I'm aiming to do!

I am still two tabling 7s since my two tabling game has a lot to be desired. Again I just have to two table more and get used to it and it should improve. This is really important in regards to long term ev and me making money in the summer so I'm really working hard in regards to session preparation, routine, breaks etc to make my sessions as max ev as I can.

Just want to remind you all that the time for putting the work in is now! Don't let the weeks/months drift away half heartedly hoping it will work out. In the the words of the brazillian fish, "vamos".
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Old 01-18-2017, 10:01 PM   #19
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So after a coaching session in the morning and some good results my coach said I could two table 15s now.

Managed to have some v good days cev wise and money wise and am not in MU which is always nice.

I planned to start my grind just after lunch, I go grab some water from the kitchen and I see it's a super nice day out. Normally I'm the introverted "lets stay inside" type but I really felt like I needed to go out.

I immediately decided on going to a place I haven't been to for over a year and it's probably my favourite park in London.

Me and my friend jump on the tube and before we know it we're at Regent's Park. Well actually by a Madame Tussaurds but after a bit more walking we made it there. Some super nice architechture in the area too! Here I am by a fountain around sunset.



Here's some more photo's which me and my friend took! His are edited and probably look a lot better!









So after the walk we head back on the tube and grab some dinner, shoutout to Co-op for making cheap yet suprisingly tasty ready-meals, very gto.

I load up the session and decide to two table more, my coach basically told me all I need now is volume, I study a bunch every day but getting in the streets and two tabling 15s is necessary in order to print at higher stakes. The session was mainly run bad with some awful spews and concentration lapses vs a fellow player in the stable. Especially a couple of plays which are very uncharacteristic of me.

However, I took a break, reviewed and still felt I generally played okay, ofc short term cev at this stage at 15s is going to be a bit poor but hopefully I keep up this motivation and continue to work hard and we should grind through this stake.

I chatted to my coach about balancing life when grinding full time, I talked about how I was going to grind at my parents house for 3 months and how balance wise it may not be GTO. He said if you are at good stakes and money is okay guys from the stable going to places like Malta in the summer and get 3k game months etc.

This seems pretty gto and definitely something I plan to work towards and look into. Whilst I could lower costs by grinding at home poker is one of the few income streams where you can work from anywhere, why not take advantage of that and see places and have experiences when you're young instead of lock myself in my bedroom with my parents asking me how much money I'm up today (it's not actually that bad, they actually support me a lot and were both traders in the city but I can see being at home getting tilting after a while).

That's all for now. In regards for future goals keep getting better at two tabling 15s and study hard and go for Supernova in February (2k 15s).
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Some super nice architecture in the area too!
Since the area around (and including) Regent's Park was mostly designed by John Nash, it's obviously GTO. Russell Crowe made a film about the wrong John Nash imo.

Your photos show a distinct lack on penguins, btw. I'm pretty sure it's illegal to go to Regent's Park without popping into the zoo.
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Old 01-23-2017, 11:12 AM   #21
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Nice thread, you write very well.

What are you studying at university?

A little tip would be to study less and smash the volume in at the 15s, there are too many people punting off stacks and whilst you're not registering, you're not making any cash.

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Old 01-24-2017, 08:25 AM   #22
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Since the area around (and including) Regent's Park was mostly designed by John Nash, it's obviously GTO. Russell Crowe made a film about the wrong John Nash imo.

Your photos show a distinct lack on penguins, btw. I'm pretty sure it's illegal to go to Regent's Park without popping into the zoo.
I'd be a fan of a film about either nash! Yeah it is illegal to not go to the zoo, not sure we we didn't go since jail is one of the things I think I'd hate the most. And yes, penguins are gto, especially in graphs!

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Nice thread, you write very well.

What are you studying at university?

A little tip would be to study less and smash the volume in at the 15s, there are too many people punting off stacks and whilst you're not registering, you're not making any cash.

Glgl
Thanks for the compliment, I study mechanical engineering, since it's first year all engineers basically do 80% of the same modules, so basically an engineer for now.

This is something I hear a lot about and I thought I'd dedicate some time in formulating a response.

So yes volume is important, it's important to grind hard and get in the games, which why my goal for febraury is supernova (2k games).

However there are many people on poker (even in the stable) who put in brain dead volume with no active form of studying which means in return they get bad many and bad results.

You said there are too many people punting off stacks but in my opinion 15s is actually a very different and difficult stake than 7s. Which is why you see people with 80-90cev at 7s only get 30-40 at 15s. This is not the usual cev decline expected at a new stake.

In 15s you actually have to play against regs way more often, a lot of polish and hungarian and greek people all in stables who are competant. It's important to work hard and study so you don't burn cev to these guys. A lot of my studying has consisted of how to exploit these regs since this will aid me well at this stake and future ones.

Imo 15s isn't actually free money, a lot of people struggle and it's a bottleneck for many people in stables since it's when you actually have to start working hard.

Anyway, I plan to keep grinding hard over the next few days. Currently on a downswing but studying lots and had a coaching session yesterday which was great.

Also played in the TCOOP 3-Max yesterday and managed to have a semi deep run and cashed for around 220. Got to play against connorb1 and lena900 and other sickos and it was definitely fun! Zoom tourneys are often in the COOPs since there's a chance you get to plau against some end bosses (especially in 3max)!. That's the only tourney I plan to play until another 3 max comes around for SCOOP.
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Old 02-01-2017, 04:11 AM   #23
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So the month is over. I spent most of the month studying which imo was the max ev thing to do considering my goals for this month ahead.

I feel my game is in a good spot, my position stats are v good and whilst cev is a bit mediocre, obsessing over cev over lol samples is a waste of time. Regardless, I said I'd post graphs so here we go.



So a small downswing at 15s skewed the cev but I don't really care about that. The main issue was volume which I aim to fix this month by getting 2k games and supernova in the process.

I never like feeling comfortable in poker, it's the easiest way to stagnate and not work on your game. The best thing that actually happened to me was running bad as it made my start to question everything and do a lot of studying. I made a lot of video's and wrote articles about adjusting vs regs and I feel my poker theory for spins and overall thought process is in a much better place now.

That being said I can still work on it but many have told me I have the skills for 15s and even higher stakes currently. So what's the goal? To get in the streets, deal with the volume, the swings, university etc.

Happy to offer 3 x $15 freerolls to the people who comment on this first. You get $15 on stars if I don't get 2k games this month.

I think perspective is incredibly important in regards to one's own self improvement. I have a long way to go but I can already be thankful for not running stupid amounts under cev or adjusted $, things could always be worse and I find it important to constantly reflect so overwhelming negativity doesn't simmer underneath for prolonged periods of time.

So 72 games a day at 15s for this month, for my own peace of mind I want a 2k+ sample at 15s before I move up, some coaches have said I could just move to 30s now but 15s is a completely different game to 7s and I want to feel like I have even more things plugged so I save myself $ev in long run.

Anyway this is a huge ****ing month in my progression, this is a big make or break month, yes I can't control the swings of potential standard deviations in cev etc but this is where I find out a lot about myself and how I can manage heavy volume alongside university. I have a bunch of tests and labs so I need to do well in those too!

I assume I'll be posting on here far more often commenting on my mindset and mentality throughout the month.

Let's see how this goes.
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Old 02-01-2017, 04:20 AM   #24
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Gl this next month man, I'm sure you will smash the volume out!! Never the less... In for the freeroll!!!

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Old 02-01-2017, 05:42 AM   #25
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in for freeroll

good luck man
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