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November 14, 2017 at 11:35 pm #363611
My name is Blake, I am a 22 year old kid from Canada, and I recently joined the MTT Bronze Program.
My story is that I’m a recent graduate from university, albeit with a degree in Creative Writing. Growing up I was always one of the smartest kids in my school and town. My middle school years were consumed by an obsession with spelling bees. For two years of my life, I carried a backpack weighing 30+ pounds because I had a dictionary, word lists, and word roots all jammed in there. I was a bit of a nerd.
That being said, I never made it to Scripps, coming close and choking two times. I only bring this up because I genuinely feel like that is the last time I applied myself academically. I became bored with school immediately after the spelling bee. I coasted through high school getting my 90s, and I coasted through university to get my degree. I did creative writing because stories were the only thing that even remotely interested me.
Poker is an obsession I had at the start of high school and something I rediscovered a year and a half ago. I’ve been playing mostly MTTs with a little cash game action since then. I started with a bankroll of about $80 and have it at about $250 right now. I take pride in my bankroll management and the fact that I’ve only deposited once, always trying to practice good money management. That doesn’t mean I haven’t had my slip-ups, but I’m excited that this is something I’ve sustained for so long. Knowing the pitfalls so many poker players fall into, I’m confident that I have this one small thing conquered that can allow me to play professionally.
I’ve been out of school for a few months, not writing, playing poker mindlessly, and not really sure what to do with myself. That’s when I realized I needed to follow my heart and do something I was actually fucking passionate about. That something needs to be poker. Poker has been a passion of mine for years, and I absolutely love the game. That being said, despite the fact that I’ve read books and watched countless videos, I never really felt like I knew what I was doing. I didn’t know how to digest what I was watching, what I needed to know, where the curve for the game today is or how to even get there. I realized that I needed to apply myself to poker, knowing what I’m capable of, and I really, really, really fucking badly needed help.
That’s where BPC CFP came in. Knowing that I could get coaching, all of this material, be taught how to think and prepare like a pro to win long-term, I just knew I had to get involved in the program. So here I am! I’ve already dawdled for a couple days, but it’s time that I ripped into this course. Knowing what I’ve done in the past, I’m confident that I can make this work. Should be fun 🙂November 16, 2017 at 2:47 am #364036
Pretty sure I’m supposed to summarize my thoughts on webinars in my blogs???
Just watched the Mindset webinar to start the course. Lots of good advice. I’m traditionally a pretty relaxed person, and that translates to poker a lot as well. I haven’t gone on tilt often, even though it has happened in the past. Having faced adversity before, having lost and been crushed before in life has made me fairly resilient and persistent. I don’t feel like I take success for granted, or get bogged down by bad beats, so hopefully my mindset isn’t too far away. I’m really interested in trying out meditation and mental exercises to train myself, excited to see how that might affect my game and my life.
I really clicked with the talk about not numbing pain. Life has been rough the last couple of years, and the last months following school were spent trying to numb myself to bad thoughts as much as possible, not wanting to do anything. I’m sick of the pity party though, and joining the BPC program was my way of moving on in life. I feel excited for this challenge, but I know that focus and work ethic could be some of my weaknesses moving forward. Something to continually watch and strive to improve upon.November 21, 2017 at 5:49 am #367377
Yo! A little update.
So I finished all of the intro webinars and am into the MTT postflop strategy now. I’m basically taking notes of everything talked about in the course, feels just like a university course haha. I’ve been doing 1-2 topics a day for the past couple of days, but I’d like to speed it up. I think I should do three sections minimum a day until I finally finish the course. I’ll still need to go through Millionaire Mindset and Tiltfree afterwards, so I want to finish as soon as I can. I’m going to be moving back home in a little under two weeks, so it’d be nice to be able to play poker by the time I’m back. I know the progress has been slow so far, but I’m really taking my time with the material and am focused on understanding it rather than ripping through it as fast as I can. I already feel like my understanding of the game is improving, and I’m confident I can start crushing as soon as I hit the tables. If doing my due diligence means a few extra days before I get there, that’s fine by me 🙂
Also, looked into the Hour of Power last night. Didn’t get a chance to try it today, but I’m looking forward to doing it tomorrow. Maybe I can do it while I walk to my old grocery store.
Very excited to be moving forward in my life 🙂November 27, 2017 at 7:04 am #369584
And I am finished the course material with a week to spare!
Very proud of my work ethic the last five or so days. After my last blog post, I unplugged the TV in my room that I was playing video games on and set it in the corner of my living room. Out of sight, out of mind. The distraction being cut out, I was just super locked in since then. I finished the poker strategy yesterday, and today I got through Poker Millionaire Mindset and Tiltfree Today. I am just ready to get grinding now. Hopefully tomorrow I can start playing poker
I streamed my Tiltfree self-discipline test on Twitch. While I’m learning and working towards my contract, I won’t be streaming. Best to cut the distractions and lock in. It was a fun one to close out on though 🙂December 5, 2017 at 11:07 pm #372404
Yo! So my first week at poker has come and gone. I lost one Euro on the week. Started off with some really deep runs (by my previous standards) and some positive days. Last two days I’ve hit a bit of a brick wall and came back to Earth. A little run bad, but I need to study the lines and hand ranges some more as well. Work to do.
In the middle of the week I moved from Vancouver back home to Saskatchewan. So I didn’t actually get to play that much. As I get settled in I’m wanting to play some more. I played my most MTTs and the longest time today, and I think it bodes well for volume to come (hopefully).
Also had a bit of a mental breakdown off the felt last week. Just trying to get back to square on that front. Need to really work on my mental game and mental health, even though I was tilt free for all of today. A good life off the tables will hopefully translate to a good life on them as well. Imma go for a walk, and then watch this past week’s webinar. It’s good to be home 🙂December 12, 2017 at 3:34 pm #374338
Hi! Another week has come and gone. Got to play about 25 hours in the past week since I’ve been home. Since I am still getting settled in, I wasn’t able to play as much as I wanted to. Basically, if I decide I need to be in town one day, I’m stranded in town for the day and am unable to play poker. Looking to get a place in town for start of January so that won’t be the case.
I haven’t been studying as much as I need to. Still a little wishy washy on some of the lines, particularly on when to bluff with busted draws. Need to really drill those in. My ranges are getting better, mainly because I printed them all off and they’re sitting at my work station for when I’m playing. Definitely need to dedicate more time this week to studying off the felt. Ready to grind tho 🙂December 16, 2017 at 10:40 pm #375883
Got absolutely steamrolled the last several days, cashing almost no tournaments and only making min cashes when I did. Need to take some more time to study this week, and I really need to watch some of the coaching session archive vids. I’ve thought I was playing fairly decent in all of my tournaments for the most part, running on the wrong side of variance. That being said, it’s only the first video of the coaching archive where Julian says to be careful not to put yourself in too many marginal spots. I feel like I have been doing that a lot. I’ve often been getting it in good on the right side of flips, but when the margin is only a few percent, losing my entire stack is not that uncommon. This week I might try using my edge postflop more than preflop, and giving myself better opportunities to last longer in tourneys.December 31, 2017 at 9:16 pm #379340
Won my first tournament last night!!! The $1.10 Bounty Builder saved my entire month. I won $397 USD, which put me in the black for December and for the CFP journey thusfar. Obviously I got some run good to go that deep, but I thought I absolutely crushed the final table. My edge compared to everyone else at the FT was pretty substantial, and I came in as chip leader and basically stayed a top two stack the entire FT. There was a lot of pressure to win, since the tourney is so top heavy, so I’m glad I pulled it out. Over 6500 people played. I know I was lucky to win it, but damn does it feel good.
Even though it’s Sunday, I’m not playing today. I’m burnt out from that run yesterday, and I’m just gonna collect myself for the upcoming week.
As far as December went, I think that I am very fortunate to have made money. I was running bad all month, and I certainly made enough bad plays to compound that. My game has come around in the last couple of days, with some more consistent cashes, but I still need to improve so so so much more.
I have not been studying at all the last couple of weeks. Obviously, that is not going to cut it. I know the lines pretty well at this point, and I’m starting to feel pretty comfortable with my opening ranges. But I still need to improve my game in so many areas. I need to dedicate several hours each week to sit down and study, even if I don’t really feel it. It’s the only way to get better, and ensure I won’t need to rely on a jackpot to be a winning player.
So for 2018, I am going to study. I’ve made the move back home. I’ve got settled in. I’m living the grind, and I am living the life. This next year, I just need to improve improve improve. If I don’t put in the hours off the table, I am not going to find the success I want. Yesterday was a nice ego boost, but I need the consistent results. I am ready to fucking crush 2018. Looking forward to itJanuary 3, 2018 at 1:41 pm #380104
So I have had three huge scores in my last three days playing poker. I won $397 in the Bounty Builder on the 30th, I place 3rd in the $2.20 Hyper-Turbo for $225.58 on the 1st, and yesterday I chopped for first in $5 deepstack tourney for $344.46. So yeah. After getting my ass kicked all of December, in the last three days I scored almost $1000 USD in these three tournaments. Variance is definitely on my side, but I have also just been totally crushing it out there. End game play I think has been really strong, and I’ve had some really nice big stacks to work with in all three tournaments. I’ve liked my play with the chiplead, and the pressure I’ve been able to put on my other opponents.
Taking the next two days off of playing poker to study and relax. Want to be sharp and ready to go for a hopefully super profitable weekend. These results have been amazing, but that doesn’t change the fact that I need to put in more work off of the tables. That is certainly one thing I can focus on for 2018. I want to be an absolute beast out there, so this year I need to be a beast off the felt as well. Looking forward to the challenge. The first month of CFP has already been hugely fun and rewarding for me. I can’t wait for the rest 🙂January 4, 2018 at 4:46 am #380363
2017-12-20 MTT Webinar Rules of Thumbs summary
-ask yourself same 3 questions for every hand to determine each situation. This includes preflop play (single-raised pot/3bet pot), people in the hand (heads up/multiway), and our position (OOP/IP)
– use open size 2.25x preflop from all positions regardless of stacksize. Only exceptions are <20bb we can open with smaller sizing and we openraise 3.5x from SB
-on dry boards when we are IP as PFA against the BB and we are not sure what to do, we should bet 33% pot with our entire range. On flops with no open-enders, we bet small with our entire range. On flops with open-enders, we bet part of our range big (strong value/strong bluffs) and part of our range small (all other hands)
-when SB completes to you in the BB, you can 3.5x most of your range and they will fold too much
-playing OOP heads up, poker becomes a checking game. Playing IP, poker is a betting game.
-if you check back a hand IP and turn top pair, bet big on the turn unless board is super scary (~75% pot)
-we play a super weak game in multiway pots. We play our draws and weak value passively, x/calling. Try not to bluff often. We only be aggressive with the nuts.
-play more cautious with top pairs in multiway pots, since action on a flop often means that someone could have a better top pair.
-for Aces and Kings, do whatever you can to make the most money. Trapping with a short stack, 3betting small to lure opponents, etc. Whatever you think will give you the most ev/bb in a situation.January 6, 2018 at 8:08 am #381021
Join date: 2017/01/03
Cool blog. I like your enthusiasm so far and congrats on your recent results 🙂
Have you reviewed your deep runs? I’d be interested in reviewing one together at some point next week.January 7, 2018 at 12:25 am #381211
Join date: 2016/12/17
nice blog 🙂 loved the twitch stream about folding AA preflop. sounds like you are on the right track. GL on your journey.January 7, 2018 at 3:32 am #381225
Appreciate it guys 🙂 @Tessies @degonzalezpena1January 8, 2018 at 4:02 am #381430
MTT Rules of Thumb Mind Map/First Draft (Homework)
Here is my mind map at the moment. I also did a first draft of the rules sheet since I had the time. I didn’t have too many headings, just tried to keep it simple. Can always add more headings as needed.January 12, 2018 at 7:37 pm #382748
Quick update. I’ve come back to Earth a bit since those three crazy days, taking Friday off to come at the weekend fresh and ready to crush. Had an 11.5 hour session on Wednesday that took a lot out of me, struggled through yesterday’s session a bit as a result. Very tired.
It’s pretty clear to me I need to take better care of my health, get more sleep and get back into shape. Over the last almost two years I have put on a lot of weight, so it’s time to get back on track. Gonna try eating better, but also working out. I’ve gone on the treadmill twice in the last couple of days, looking to start doing some weights once I’m feeling up to it. Being in shape will make me feel better in every aspect of my life, but it will also help with my focus and concentration while playing poker. Proper sleep will allow me to avoid sluggish days like Thursday as well. Looking forward to it 🙂
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