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- September 1, 2014 at 8:31 pm #56536
Hi, the name is Janez, born in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia 34 years ago. Well, at that point it was actually still Yugoslavia, but that didn’t end that well. I’m currently living in Ljubljana, with my girlfriend, but we are moving for warmer and happier climates at the end of this month, our destination being the sunniest country in Europe, Malta.
For those of you who don’t know much or anything about Slovenia, and are wondering why someone might leave, let me give you a short introduction. Here is how, let’s say, this summer looked like if you were a Slovene. First, we had premature elections in July. The reason being that our last elected prime minister was accused of corruption, and forced to resign a winter or two ago by mass country-wide protests. So, almost two years later (yes, things move fast here!), we had the election to replace him and his bunch of buddies. Who was running the country in between, you might ask? Well, another bunch of buddies.
When the elections were all done, the winner was a guy with no program. Simple. No program, no problem. No jobs, either. Ex prime minister-turned-criminal, the reason for the premature election, got re-elected again into the parliament. He can’t really attend the sessions, since he is in PRISON, and will be there for 2-3 years. But, they let him out for the first session, I guess for the photo shoot. Smile! Ok, back to prison. If I had the option, I would play for you our national anthem at this point.
Then came the rain, and it’s still raining today, as I write this. My tomatoes on the balcony are rotting already, it’s a miracle they made it so far. So, the social situation is down the toilet, and the weather is not far behind, either. If the game is not good, find another table, right? So, I’m leaving, and I’m taking my girl with me.
Anyway, that’s just the context. But the real point of this thread are not my tomatos, but – the BPC coaching program! Opaa! I saw all those BPC success threads on the forums, and thought to myself, hey, man, that’s the real deal. If I could just get in, learn from these people, and replicate their rise, wouldn’t that be great??! So, I applied, and, to make a long story short, I’m in! Now what?!
Well, here’s the deal:
Game: HU NL, cash.
Experience level: some.
Start: 50 NL HU.
Target: 60 000 EUR.
Time frame: 12 months.
Why you might care: Because, if I can do it, so can you. Maybe you already did. Awesome. What one man can do, another can do. I’m not going to be the first to make it, and not the last either. But I will make it.
I’m also opening a youtube channel, connected to the challenge: Janez BPC.
It’s empty so far, I just made it. I don’t know what will become of it yet, but I’ll try to keep it interesting and useful.
This is my introduction post, so no hands today. And no graphs. They will come.
For now, that’s me, that’s my goal – let’s play!September 3, 2014 at 8:48 am #56830
Join date: 2014/06/24
Srečno, Janez!September 3, 2014 at 8:30 pm #56978
Join date: 2014/08/01
GL Janez! Really nice presentation of our country. Seems even worse than it really is 🙂September 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm #56980
UhlvarParticipantForum heads up coach up to NL 100
Join date: 2013/06/15
Good luck with the move and your future poker career! Sounds like a real mess in Slovenia and a sound decision to moveSeptember 4, 2014 at 10:42 am #57098September 4, 2014 at 11:10 am #57107
Join date: 2013/05/21
Gl, will follow 🙂September 5, 2014 at 10:38 am #57264
Ok, I want to record some background information to the 60k challenge, so this way I can later compare the progress, and see what changed, and in what way.
So, here are my results prior to joining BPC program; I only included HU hands, some of them were played at 20bb CAP HU, and most on 100bb HU regular tables, played over the past 2 years. I thinks it’s most of my lifetime HU hands, but there are probably some 15% missing from the DB, for one reason or another.
Obviously, 5/10 CAP is my favorite stake, and there I also have what I feel is my true winrate – because, you see, at lower stakes they just don’t respect my raises, man… 😉
So, that’s my starting point and standard to compare myself to later on. The winrates I would say are ok, but the production really wasn’t there. And I was susceptible to periods of non-playing, mostly for fear of losing during my downswings. So, that’s one major thing I really want to change, to really stabilize and increase my output over the long-term.
I had actually a different chair, more cosy, like an armchair, but it slowly disintegrated, and ended up in the trash bin, cut to pieces. Now I use one of the kitchen chairs, it’s not the most comfortable for hours of grinding, but hey, I’m not buying new stuff now that I’m about to move, so it will have to do for the next couple of weeks. After that, I’m leaving all this behind, I sold my desk, monitors, speakers and the board on the wall to my landlord. And the chair was his anyway. I’m just getting rid of everything before the move, I’m selling everything these days. I just want to hop on a plane, with a suitcase or two. Actually, my desktop will be flying with me, in my carry-on luggage, I hope that goes well, that’s my only concern for the move.
Here, by the way, are my tomatoes – »before picture«, how they started a few months ago, and the »after picture« from today, after weeks of rain, you can see most pots are standing in water, which is not really good for the plants, but after weeks of everyday rain, you just don’t bother taking out the excess water anymore. I still managed to get a somewhat decent harvest, but mostly due to volume, I have about 7-8 more plants off the picture.
So, if the winrate is not too good, good volume can still save you to some extent! 🙂
And, that’s it, that’s my starting point. I don’t know how I want to document progress, with weekly graphs, or what. The problem with that is some sites don’t support Holdem manager, so it won’t be complete results, and I don’t know if it makes then sense to just post a portion of results. I might just record actual winnings, as I’m doing anyway in my accounting, that would mean I don’t put EV winnings, but the challenge is real 60K anyway, not 60K in EV, so that might be the simple and best solution. We’ll see.
That’s it for now, I will post mys first results at the end of the week, I don’t feel day to day means much, but weekly might be a good standard to follow progress.September 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm #57705
Ok, the first week of my challenge/coaching program is coming to an end. Looking back, it was a very intensive week. There was a lot of changes in the way I approach playing poker, from technical and organizational stuff, playing hours, monitoring productivity, etc. A lot of energy, time and focus went into things like posting and commenting on hands on the forum daily, even writing blogs, recording videos with camtasia, dealing with new poker rooms with different software, setting up cash flows to the rooms and so on. Many little new things, which add up and take a lot of time in the end.
At the same time, I put in exactly 35 hours this week at the tables themselves, which is the minimum requirement; I will increase the playing hours slowly, step by step in the future, untill I find my sweet spot. Right now, I’ve no idea what that might be, but I don’t want to burn myself out in the very beginning. I don’t think I’ve every played 35 hours of poker in a week, or at least not since my 6max 20bb CAP days a couple of years ago. So, I feel that slow and steady wins the race here. And, I also have to prepare for my move to Malta at the end of the month, which is going to take some time.
So, September will be like a training ground time for me, I will do all the necessary work, and try to play around with my daily routine, untill I find the one that suits me best for this project. By the time I have everything set up in Malta in October, I should be a reasonably well-oiled machine.
Really, you can’t underestimate the effect of the »secondary« things, not the poker strategy itself, but things you do away from the tables, and even on the tables, but are not exactly poker strategy per se.
It’s one thing to sit at your desk, open your favorite tables at your favorite room, and off you go. You know where all the buttons are, you have your betsizing set up, you know your villains, who the regs are, how the population plays, and so on. It’s a completely different story to start playing a new system on several new rooms, at the same time, while starting posting on forums, blogs, and making videos. You’re sitting there, new tables are randomly popping up, from different sites with different buttons, all new to you, sometimes they overwhelm you, sometimes not. The game is the same, in theory, but the context makes the situation very different.
So, looking back, I feel most of my energy went into logistics this week, rather than game strategy itself. This will come, however, and I’m reasonably happy with the way things are shaping up. The challenge is, indeed – challenging, and that is what I signed up for. To be honest, the first week was exhausting, but I would feel disappointed, if it wouldn’t have been.
I also made a video to relax and have some fun at the end of my first week, you can check it out on my Janez BPC Youtube channel:September 8, 2014 at 7:14 am #57809
Join date: 2014/07/20
Srečno!!! zelo lepo si predstavu Slovenijo 😀September 9, 2014 at 2:20 pm #58170
Gordon GekkoKeymasterHead Coach
Join date: 2013/11/06
Best video ever. Seriously Janez…still laughing my ass off… OH GOD this is good.September 9, 2014 at 2:33 pm #58176
fordey33ParticipantCFP HU Starter Student
Join date: 2014/07/15
hahah excellent video!!!
Check out my youtube page www.youtube.com/channel/UCDmtzQ-hV2ukZpupGp-fALQ/feedSeptember 9, 2014 at 5:36 pm #58223
nubsonParticipantForum heads up coach up to NL 1000
Join date: 2014/03/04
Gl mate! Im thinking about moving to Malta too 🙂 I will decide after completing CFP maybe we will met there!
MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsDgyC678xGJskRh4WI3pKQ/videosSeptember 10, 2014 at 10:22 am #58402September 11, 2014 at 6:38 pm #58770
It’s raining again for days here in Ljubljana, I can’t wait to get to sunny Malta, man. This has to be the worst summer in my memory, as far as the weather goes. But, at least I can focus completely on poker, which in the early stages is pretty much what I’m doing.
I had my first two coaching sessions already now, and tommorow I have my third one. It’s still early days, but so far I’m very happy with my coach, Rovar. There’s not a spot which he doesn’t have a quick answer for, it seems. There’s very little of »it depends« talk, but mostly straight to the point, and with a concrete answer. It’s really helping me with some of the confusion, which follows the shift of my strategy to a fairly different, new style.
The thing is, you can’t just add a few new plays and think, ok, that’s it, I got a few new tricks, let’s go. When you start doing that, you get into a lot of unknown situations, and can do some really weird stuff, which later you wonder about what the hell was going on. When you start changing things, the whole construction of your game, so to speak, shifts, and adapts. If you’re not expecting that, you’re in for a ride, and even if you are expecting it, it will still surprise you.
What starts as a simple guideline, can lead to a completely new situation two streets down the road, and now you’re on the river with a hand you’re not sure about, and villain’s ranges you’ve never seen before, and have no idea what he can have after this line you and he just made during the hand.
And I had struggless with that, in fact I still do, this is one of my main focus points at the moment, the other being tjhe organizational stuff, which I talked about already, and is now falling more and more in it’s place.
I had a break from playing today, as said 35 hours of playing per week is the target, so there’s some room for breaks from the tables. But of course these hours then go into other poker-related stuff, and why shouldn’t they, nobody said it was going to be easy to hit the 60k goal.
That’s it for now, I will make another video on the weekend, people really seemed to like the first one, which is great, yet on the other hand now you kind of don’t want to dissapoint with a lame video next week, so that’s another thing it brings with it. But yeah, the videos are really meant to be enjoying and fun to make, and so that’s what I’ll remain focused on. If not, then it just becomes something »you have to do«, and you really don’t want to go through life with many of »have to do’s«, if you can. Take ownership, and do it your way, right!September 14, 2014 at 6:12 pm #59944
Ok, week number 2 is coming to an end. I feel I’m settling into things now, slowly but surely.
I started my video blogging today, I guess I might do more of that in the future, rather than writing in my forum blog, it’s more fun to make and I think more interesting to follow.
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