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March 20, 2013 at 11:40 pm #4457
This blog is going to be journal. Journal from the bottom to the top. Gordon want to prove people that he can turn anyone with good attitude into wining poker player who crush this game. I know nothing about NLHU I am NL SH player who struggle with NL25. Day before yesterday was the first day when I start playing NLHU. I play few times with my friends for fun but it never was something serious. Here I’ll post my progress and things I’ll do to improve my skill. I want this blog to be real time journal, there are a lot of blogs from pro players but not so many blogs where you can see they fast progress.
I come from Poland. I am a Computer Science student. I am a nerd, but special one. I have my nerd’s hobbies, eg. computer programing, math and so forth . But I also date with women, I work out, I am learning dance. Every once in a while I like to do something stupid. I like books, I like to travel. Two months ago I’ve been to Budapest. I had a flight for 3 bucks for two-way-ticket and because of very kind stewardesses with a lovely smile I came back in VIP section.
I like to go from one extreme to the other. Yeah I know we should be well balanced and we should keep happy medium but fuck that! That’s not the way how I want to live my life. I almost died twice and it changed the way I live. When I was young, bus almost hit me but I was too young to understand what happened and I was keep playing, second time was when I was old enough to knew what happened. Car hit me and I was literally flying in the air. Fortunately nothing happened but my life changed. I start drinking a lot, I start having party all the time and live hedonistic live.
I am glad I had this part in my life, even though it was very nihilistic moment in my life. “Nothing matter, we can die every day”. It’s funny because it was great for pick up chicks. “Why I should care about rejection I can die tomorrow, lets drink and do some crazy shits with her”. Chicks always asked me: “How can I make you feel better?”, this was fucking fantastic and I just replied “whatever, you know in what you good at”. I had a lot of crazy memories from then. Maybe I’ll write about something one day 🙂
As I said I like go from one extreme to other and right now I am not drinking and don’t drugs for one year. It’s already 7 months or so without anything. Even on New Year’s Eve I didn’t drink anything, I was the only one sober at the party. Of course I wasn’t good boy before, I used to drink or get high literally every day for six months. I realized that I was running away from my problems and that was the time when I said: “Fuck it, I am running away from problems and this’s not what champions do!”. Seven months later I am writing this post.
I realized that I only read blogs where authors put part of their life there. I am mean for sure there are greats blog where authors write only about poker but I am not interest about it that much. That’s why I decided to write more about and my past. I also want to share with you guys photo how I changed in last three years:
I’ve changed my body a lot and now it’s time for poker. I want to live baller lifestyle. I feel huge urge to pick up again and gain some new crazy experience. Poker will help me live baller lifestyle and that’s why I decided to focus on it first and foremost.
At that moment the most important goal is to move up to NL HU 1k in one year of course with Gordon’s help. I have the best teacher I could have because Gordon is crushing this game. So even I know nothing about HU I believe this goal is possible. For sure it won’t be easy but it’s worth it.
1. Achieve 40 cm in biceps. (+4cm)
2. Visit every state in USA
3. Pass CEA exam and become a polyglot ( learn Spanish and French)
4. Become a millionaire
5. Do threesome
I’ll focus mostly on poker but those goals still are important for me. I am going to spend ~60 hours every week on poker. I’ll study to school, work out, eat 6 meals a day, learning how to dance, hang out with girls and friends, write posts with my progress every day and sleep when I’ll find some time for such a thing… Seriously next few months are going to be pretty extreme. Can’t wait to see how I’ll handle this.
I know nothing about heads up dynamics. Today I had session with Gordon and he was really surprised because he thought I know more about it. I used to play SH at NL25 at it made him thought I know something but I don’t. I lost 10BIs before session with him and I can’t wait to see results after his coaching. It was my graph before coaching:
I am learning from:
Heads Up Mastermind – it’s a Gordon’s course about crushing Heads up game. This is going to be my main source of knowledge. I really amazed that he put so much great material in one place. I need to watch it over and over again and I’ll absorb this knowledge. He focus on most important things there, he keep it simple, so it’s easy to absorb.
Gordon’s coaching – I am realy, realy amazed how great his coaching are. Those of you who had sweet sessions probably know that most people don’t have enough time to tell his thought process that’s why I was amazed when he gave me few pretty logic reasons why I should do something. He did it pretty fast and easily because he know what he’s doing. You know why? He keep it very simple, he focus on most important things and skip the rest what doesn’t so important. Now I know why he had more than 500$/h while playing HUNL up to 2k.
I know it’s going to be hard, very hard but I can’t wait to understand this game and crush it, with that coach it’s only a matter of time. Last but not least I’ll also work some with Steve aka: ImaCHAMPION, you may know him from his blog: https://www.bestpokercoaching.com/forum/showthread.php?1073-Success-is-inevitable
PS. On English blogs I’ll post at least every second day because I am going to make Polish blog too.March 20, 2013 at 11:44 pm #14196
1) Stealing ranges from BU (95%-70%):
95% w/o 92-42
90% w/o T3-83, J2-42
85% w/o J3-43, J2-42
80% w/o J4-64, J3-43, J2-42
75% w/o J5-75, J4-64, J3-43, J2-42
70% w/o J6-86, J5-65, J4-54, J3-43, J2-32
2) Post 20 hands where you have raised the Button with a hand that you normally wouldn´t have raised before watching this video:
3) Record a short 15min video of yourself, where you play 100% of Buttons. Don´t be lazy, play 100% of Buttons no matter what
4) Think about how you would adjust against yourself from now on. Write down 3 key points.
1) I Would steal 100%
2) I would 3bet more (10%-15%)
3) I would x/r more 20%-30%
Tomorrow I’ll have pretty hardcore task: Record a short 10 minute of yourself where you 3bet your opponent every hand. :s_biggrin:
The most important lesson from 17.03.2013 is:
Heads up are far more different than SH.
I’ve thought there is only few differences between them but it’s look like completely different game
After watching Gordon’s video I make some ranges of 3bets and I chose my adjustment: BRDW = all brodways, BRDW s= all brodways suited ATs+,KTs+,QTs+,JTs+ Third line is equity.
5% 77+,Ak,AQs || 99+,AQ,AK => QQ+, AQs+, AKo (44/56)
10% 66+,AK,AQ,A2s+,KQs,QJs => TT+, AQ+, ATs, KJs+, QJs (45/55)
15% 22+, AQ+,KQ+,A2s+,QTs+,KTs+,76s+ => 99+, BRDW s, AJ+,KQ (46/54)
20% 22+, BRDW, A2s+ => 99+, BRDW s, AJ+,KQ (43/57)
25% 22+, A2+,KQ, BRDW s, 54s+ => 88+, AJ+,KQ, A9s+,K9s+,Q9s+,J9s+ (45/55)
30% 22+, A2+,K2s+, BRDW => 88+, AJ+,KQ, A9s+,K9s+,Q9s+,J9s+ (43/57)
The most important lesson from 18.03.2013 is:
Know the numbers.
I mean I need to know what 25% 3bet exactly means, what 15% bet mean to be better at this game, of course I’ll use some cheat sheet until I’ll learn all of those 😎
After coaching session with Gordon he decided that I should first and foremost watch all the videos for the first time and then watch them again and do the homework so I’ll do how he said and now I am going to watch alMarch 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm #14144
Welcome on board. Rock it.March 22, 2013 at 3:27 am #14197
This is how things change after first Gordon’s coaching:
March 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm #14145
King of NL 4 ;)))March 22, 2013 at 11:25 pm #14198March 23, 2013 at 11:52 am #14194
Join date: 2013/02/27
Shiiiiiit. This is pretty much gold right here.
Mind if I ask a million questions?
Well, I’ll do it anyway.
It is pretty clear that you’ve got quite some personality and in all honesty there is every reason to be divinely jealous of at least some of the character qualities that you have developed through your life experience. Yes, some of the beliefs that you have adopted could be open for discussion from my point of view but neither am I anyone to judge you (no-one is, in fact), nor should you (and nor do I think that you would) care about what other people say. Although the latter may sometimes cost you some valuable opinions that may positively influence your view on life, so maybe look out for that in future.
Having said that, you have my full support on that threesome dream and I will root for you every single second. Just make sure that the 3rd one is not a dude 🙂
I would be stupid not to use this wonderful opportunity to learn from you and from those parts of your story that inspire me more than weed does (and that is a big compliment!).
I presume that you somehow do remember what your life and consciousness was like before those life-changing experiences, right? I’d die to hear more about the contrast of what you were and what you are now, if you would be so generous.
I also would like to hear your thoughts on the following aspect of your transformation and transformation in general:
Your life was what it was before those accidents (still curious what the contrast is like). It sounds like as if the difference now is incomparable and that it hardly was as good as it is now.
What I am interested in is – how do we other folks get to open our eyes if we are not too keen on getting near death experiences or on getting hit by buses and all sort of other vehicles, which for a strange and weird reason keeps happening to you?
After all, I think it would be safe to assume that without those experiences you had heard a lot of this “you live only once”, “live fast, die young”, “live every day as if it is your last”, “be bold and challenge yourself everyday”, “take risks and never be afraid” stuff, right? And like most people, you probably also just shook your head and said: “yeah, that’s a great idea. I agree with that. Someday (but not now and thus quite likely – never) I’ll be like that. But hey, I really wanna play that computer game right now. Or drink various intoxicating substances til I feel no feelings anymore, cuz it’s friday, doh”.
So my question is: what advice can you give to the people who still say “later (never) when I’m ready”, knowing that the typical verbal advice never really sticks into the mind strongly enough to slap you mentally so hard that it really changes you significantly? How do we get there without getting hit by random crazy buses?
OK, that’s one question.
The other one is about your physical transformation.
Being stereotypical here, but judging from the fact that you’re an IT student, statistically there is a high probability that before your transformation you pretty much had a very static lifestyle that didn’t involve a lot of physical activity and that may have involved a lot of time spent home and not going out, having fun etc..
Regardless of whether that applies to your reality at that time, it’s pretty clear that your progress is insane and again, EVEN more inspiring than weed.
The question is: what kind of mental challenges did you have to overcome in the beginning of that road? What where the fights that you won, lost and what where the lessons that you learnt?
The reason why I ask is that I’m pretty much at the point where you started, if we’re talking about physical condition. And I know more than I would like to how it feels to every day be weak, physically less than attractive and self-conscious about all the other bad consequences of such a state. But you know, it’s goddamn hard to change the way you think both consciously and subconsciously if sitting home and isolating yourself from society is the only way you have lived for pretty much most of your life. The challenges that need to be overcome are INSANE. And while I really understand that the obvious and pretty much the only solution that there is to this rather unpleasant situation, if I may say, is to just simply DO IT, I also wanted to know if there are maybe some philosophical/psychological insights that you developed and that helped you in your journey and that you may share to others as advice?
For me it is currently so that poker is #1 priority and the plan that I have for pulling my life together is such that there really is no room for any other priorities. Even if it is physical well-being. That’s a long story, but you’ll have to trust me on this one. That’s why currently “just do it” advice, although to my mind fully correct and fundamental, is not exactly relevant to my present situation.
I guess this is enough questions for now. Looking forward to your answer quite a bit.
PS. Still rooting for that threesome dream.March 24, 2013 at 12:48 am #14199
First of all I don’t like call it my dreams, I prefer to use goals instead. Why? Dreams are something that people wish to do. I wish I could do it. I wish I could do that. Maybe I’ll try to do. And goals are something that you make happen. I am going to do it no matter what, this is my goal so it must be done. This is how I see it and this work better for me. So I use goals instead of dreams. Long story short I don’t have dreams I only have goals.
It seems pretty funny that bus and cars like to hit me 😀 You know when you have an accident like that it can open your eyes for few things and it can motivate you but for a short period of time. The most important thing that you can realize is that you waste your time on stupid things. You are dying one moment at a time. You can’t get your life back. You can only move forward. You just don’t care about past that much. Today I tried to play some computer games but I just turn it off after 5 minutes because I told myself I don’t want to waste my time on shits like that, I don’t have time for that. It will come naturally when you start value your time more. My friend is a great example for that, yesterday we were talking by the phone and I asked him: “What about this girl?”, “Ah it’s a waste of the time, she play and waste my time, she respond me in one or two words, she say that she would meet with me but she have a lot of work to do”, “Yeah like talking via facebook all day long”, “Exactly, that’s why I don’t give a fuck about here. You know when you need to work on something for 10 hours a day you start to value your time more and you don’t give a fuck about stupid chicks like her”.
By the way I don’t believe in motivation, I am bad at motivate myself to do stuff. Discipline is what I believe. Motivation for me means that you make things and you feel like doing them. Discipline is that you don’t give a fuck how you feel like, you must do your work. I try to don’t lie to myself. If I want to do something I do it if I don’t want to do something I don’t say I wish I could do it or I want to do it but I don’t have motivation etc. When you talk to yourself it gets harder. I think the best way to learn discipline is by doing sport. When you feel bad, when you don’t feel like moving anywhere and you go and your job done, you feel good about yourself and your discipline improve. That’s why a lot of sportsman achieve success in business. They can work when they don’t feel like that. But gaining discipline isn’t so easy. I remember when I said “no sorry I don’t go with you I need to go to the gym”. Most people don’t understand it, they give up on everything easy and they think everyone will.
Actually I have a lot of learn and I need to change a lot. I see when Gordon give me tasks that I still need to learn a lot and change myself a lot. His task are easy but I need to grow because they challenge me. It’s challenging but I like it, because if it won’t challenge you it won’t change you. It keeps me moving forward. Most of my changes was because I feel unhappy. I used to look in the mirror and I think: “dude you look like a shit, you’re fat, you don’t know how to dress, shame on you”. I used to be very shy at age 18 so I start working as a door to door salesman. It was hell, I really hated it, it was exhausting I feel like shit and I was bad at it, I was struggle with it for half a year until I get better at it. I was scared of heights so I jumped at bungee from the highest place in Poland. I was praying for death back then, it was stupid and I was praying for fast death because I was so scared but I was falling down and up. I think I do most of the things because I don’t want to feel empty inside and unhappy. When I do nothing or wasting my time there is a great outcome that I’ll feel that way and it lead me to nihilism.
I think the biggest impact for you can have sport. When you start doing it for real you’ll learn determination. The more you practice it, the better you are at it. I hope I helped.
I’ve though about not putting here a losing graph because I don’t want to complain but I decided to keep this blog real, so here is outcome of my today game:
I am pretty happy with my game today. I did some aggressive moves but I think it was collers not spazz. I am not happy with my mindset during the game. It didn’t impact my game but I was very angry and frustrated. I need to evade agro donkey opponent until I’ll learn how to play better vs them. I was calling down them with second pair in 3bet pot because they have 30% 3bets and in both cases they have TP I need to be sure play like this is good or bad. I am very very happy with my mindset after the game. One hour after the session I was feeling great I wanted to play poker again.March 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm #14200
Today I had day free from poker. My main goal was to regenerate myself and I enjoyed this day a lot but still can’t wait to wake up tomorrow and grind + watch HU mastermind. If you love what you do, you just can’t wait to do it. I forgot how I enjoy hanging out with people. I was with one chick at Chinese restaurant, we were having fun and I enjoyed it a lot. After that I came to my friend’s house, we were hanging out and he gave me some pizza (Yeah I didn’t eat most healthy meals today 😀 ) I am really tired after 3h at school and hanging out with people all day long. I’ll go to sleep earlier because tomorrow I can play poker 😀March 25, 2013 at 1:15 am #14171
Join date: 2012/09/25
thats exactly what I been doing. Keeping cool and going HIATUS from poker for a while low voluming it and then will slowly pick up the volume. you’ll get them back 🙂March 25, 2013 at 11:50 pm #14201
Yeah but probably not today 😀
Today only graph:
Today I wasn’t running so well. Next few days I am going to be extremely busy so post are going to be shorter.March 26, 2013 at 11:50 am #14202
Was playing 2.4 hour session and reached stop loss third day in a row. Was playing vs guy who has 60% 3b after 70 hands, 5 times I pushed Ax vs him, three times he called with better hand. Can’t play anymore today so I’ll make session review because I need to find out what I am doing wrong. I am very glad that I don’t run like that on NL50 otherwise my bankroll would be crushed.
That was my two almost last hands for today:
Hero (SB): $5.18 (129.5 bb)
BB: $3.35 (83.8 bb)
Preflop: Hero is SB with 7 7
Hero raises to $0.12, BB calls $0.08
Flop: ($0.24) 7 Q 8 (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $0.18, BB calls $0.18
Turn: ($0.60) Q (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $0.45, BB calls $0.45
River: ($1.50) 5 (2 players)
BB bets $0.38, Hero raises to $4.43 and is all-in, BB calls $2.22 and is all-in
Results: $6.70 pot ($0.44 rake)
Final Board: 7 Q 8 Q 5
Hero mucked 7 7 and won $0.00 (-$3.35 net)
BB showed 8 Q and won $6.26 ($2.91 net)
Hero (SB): $5.73 (143.3 bb)
BB: $8.59 (214.8 bb)
Preflop: Hero is SB with A Q
Hero raises to $0.12, BB raises to $0.36, Hero raises to $5.73 and is all-in, BB calls $5.37
Flop: ($11.46) 8 6 8 (2 players, 1 is all-in)
Turn: ($11.46) J (2 players, 1 is all-in)
River: ($11.46) J (2 players, 1 is all-in)
Results: $11.46 pot ($0.76 rake)
Final Board: 8 6 8 J J
Hero mucked A Q and lost (-$5.73 net)
BB showed 8 J and won $10.70 ($4.97 net)
I must play more to reach long run faster. I must study more to minimize variation.March 27, 2013 at 12:08 am #14203
Today Gordon did session review with me. The more time I spend with him, the more I admire his knowledge and mindset. The great bonus is that he says a lot of psychological and mindset stuff while teaching poker. He had great fun by watching how “great” my big hands ended. One after another was beaten. The bright side is that Gordon told me I am not playing fine and I just ran bad. I am not playing perfect I make mistakes but I play fine. Anyway most of my leaks were at the river, that’s why I spend most time on that. I almost ended whole HU Mastermind course. Only River section left. I’ll start making homework from River section because it seems to be my biggest leak at that moment.
Also he told me to play a little less table. I like to play 4 tables at HU atm. I am more like grinder than guy who think for ages on one table but first things first. I must to improve my game, my skill then I can add more tables. I used to play 8-10 tables on starts or 10-12 on unibet and I like it a lot. Downswings are good because you focus more on learning and searching leaks. It’s also test your mindset. Can’t wait to play tomorrow and now I am going to bed. One thing that I love about his coaching. He focus mostly on understanding poker not on doing right action. He always repeat: “You understand why? First of all you should understand why you should do such a move” and he explain me over and over again game plans and how he would adapt. I found really great person to emulate.March 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm #14204
Today I’ll write post faster. I have a lot of things to do and when I’ll come back at home I want to just play some poker and go to sleep. I don’t think I’ll have energy for something else like writing. Today I’ve been playing 3 hours session long. I almost fall asleep, nobody joined second table so I was playing 40 min versus mega boooooring opponent. I won with him character battle
Hero (SB): $12.19 (304.8 bb)
BB: $4.10 (102.5 bb)
Preflop: Hero is SB with A K
Hero raises to $0.12, BB raises to $0.20, Hero raises to $0.58, BB calls $0.38
Flop: ($1.16) 3 A T (2 players)
BB bets $3.52 and is all-in, Hero calls $3.52
Turn: ($8.20) J (2 players, 1 is all-in)
River: ($8.20) 8 (2 players, 1 is all-in)
Results: $8.20 pot ($0.54 rake)
Final Board: 3 A T J 8
Hero mucked A K and won $7.66 ($3.56 net)
BB showed K 7 and lost (-$4.10 net)
After this spazz he left. He was mega boring passive calling station. My today’s graph atm looks like that:
Few nice hands:
Hero (BB): $14.34 (358.5 bb)
SB: $1.12 (28 bb)
Preflop: Hero is BB with K T
SB raises to $0.20, Hero calls $0.16
Flop: ($0.40) A T 2 (2 players)
Hero checks, SB bets $0.92 and is all-in, Hero calls $0.92
Turn: ($2.24) A (2 players, 1 is all-in)
River: ($2.24) 2 (2 players, 1 is all-in)
Results: $2.24 pot ($0.14 rake)
Final Board: A T 2 A 2
Hero mucked K T and won $2.10 ($0.98 net)
SB showed Q 5 and lost (-$1.12 net)
Hero (BB): $8.92 (223 bb)
SB: $6.26 (156.5 bb)
Preflop: Hero is BB with Q 6
SB raises to $0.08, Hero calls $0.04
Flop: ($0.16) 8 2 4 (2 players)
Hero checks, SB bets $0.12, Hero raises to $0.40, SB raises to $1.02, Hero calls $0.62
Turn: ($2.20) K (2 players)
Hero checks, SB checks
River: ($2.20) Q (2 players)
Hero checks, SB checks
Results: $2.20 pot ($0.14 rake)
Final Board: 8 2 4 K Q
Hero mucked Q 6 and won $2.06 ($0.96 net)
SB showed 9 9 and lost (-$1.10 net)
Hero (BB): $15.16 (379 bb)
SB: $4.44 (111 bb)
Preflop: Hero is BB with K 8
SB raises to $0.12, Hero calls $0.08
Flop: ($0.24) K T 5 (2 players)
Hero checks, SB bets $0.24, Hero calls $0.24
Turn: ($0.72) 4 (2 players)
Hero checks, SB bets $0.48, Hero calls $0.48
River: ($1.68) T (2 players)
Hero bets $1.16, SB calls $1.16
Results: $4 pot ($0.26 rake)
Final Board: K T 5 4 T
Hero mucked K 8 and lost (-$2 net)
SB showed Q Q and won $3.74 ($1.74 net)
March 27, 2013 at 2:38 pm #14146
Well done so far!
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