Somewhere In a Field in Somerset!

Hello, and greetings from hippy central! 

This blog post is being written from my palatial caravan in a field in Somerset! 

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As you guys know I had to return my stake money and cash in my bonuses the other week. As a result I didn’t think there would br anything worth reporting blog wise, but I was wrong! HAH! 

So, I ended up having 274fpps or something left on my account, so one bored evening I fired up a 235fpps Satty to the Sunday Storm for teh lulz. I won! wooooooooh! So that gave me T$11 in my account, now I originally was just gonna spazz around with this for some fun, but then thought NO! 

Let’s try and do something interesting with it and at the same time keep my brain in mode for poker so I’m not a total spazztard after having a month off. I’ve decided to do a little bankroll challenge for myself over the next few weeks. As the wifi is crap, and I only have my laptop I’ve opted to 1 or 2 table $1.50 6m turbo SnGs. Rather than my usual 10-15 tabling of $7s. 

So it’s been a big week as you can imagine, lets so how I’m getting on so far!

 

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BIG WEEK! 12, YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT TWELVE GAMES! 

With a whopping 58% ROI I am a poker GOD! 😉 

My plan is to keep grinding up the $1.50s til I reach about $35 then I will start adding a $3.50 here and there and so on and so forth and see what I can do. The $1.50s as you would expect are lol bad, there’s one “reg” who has played 16k games and multitables and loses consistently. Who knows maybe he’s somehow the only SuperNova at the $1 fiddies ever and just plays 24/7 ….. no 

So yea that’s about it, I don’t have much time or the want to play that much, but this little challenge should be fun and keep my hand in. I will keep you all posted.

Have a good week at the tables! 

 

 

Bish Bash Bosh!

Hi guys, happy Sunday. 

Not a great deal to report this week in poker so I will keep it short. 

I played a total of 0 sngs this week, I started a new job and it was also my birthday, this combined with training 2 nights in the week didn’t leave any time for a proper grinding session. I did however play some TCOOP satellites, which I won one of for $215 these were paid for using frequent player points (FPPs) on Pokerstars, I played 6x 150 FPP tournaments and binked , so pretty good ROI! 

The great thing about winning that $ is that it got me out of makeup with my backers, so I’m back to even nice and quickly, which feels good. 

In other news, the new job is great, and life fucking rocks right now! I am slightly concerned that this year has started off far too well and it will turn into a train wreck soon, but hopefully not! I can honestly say I haven’t felt this happy with my life in years, and I would like to say thank you to everyone that’s been there for me the last few years, it’s been an odd time and I know I haven’t always made things easy! 

 

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me doing my happy dance! 

So on to next week, now with work I obviously can’t grind everyday for hours so I am going to have to schedule sessions in evenings and weekends around Krav Maga and general life. 

Apologies for the lack of SnG based stuff this week, I will get some sessions in and have some numbers and stats and poker stuff next week! Take care everyone, have a great week and GL at the tables. 

 

 

Brand New Year, Brand New Blog!

Hola and happy new year! Yes I know it’s a bit late, but I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years. 

So as you all may have noticed… the blog has been gone for some months now. But I’m back baby yeaaaaaaa! 

For those of you that were with me around this time last year you will remember my new years post and goal setting. The plan was to hit Supernova VIP atlas once last year, plus some other goals. This however did not happen, mainly due to my laziness and work ethic faltering slightly as the year progressed! 

So here we are again, new year, new blog, new mission. 

To bring you up to speed a bit, the tail end of last year was pretty dire in terms of everything poker related. My volume of games was way down, I wasn’t studying enough and also seemed to get slightly doom switched and couldn’t win a hand. 

 All that said, it’s pretty standard stuff and nothing none of us have dealt with before. So that brings us to this year! New year, new arrangements and plans! So the most notable change for this years grind is that I am no longer playing with my own money. For those of you that play poker and know about backers/stakers you will understand what I’m talking about, for those that don’t, here’s an explanation. 

 I am now part of a stable of players for a group called Global Staking. This means that they give me money to play with and also supply coaching and a support network of other grinders and coaches to work with. 

 

Why do they do this you might ask, or why would I want to do this given that I’m a winning player with my own bankroll. So, they do it as for them it’s an investment, they and I both know based on my long term results that I’m a winning player and a worthwhile investment. Why would I want to do this? Well a few reasons;

 1) It means a lot of the stress of the swings gets removed as I’m not sat there sweating the money, this enables me to play better poker as there is no fear from playing with scared money.

 2) It means I get coaching for free in a sense as I get regular sessions without paying an hourly or set fee like I would if I was going solo. 

 3) Poker can be rather stressful at times and especially when things aren’t going well it can get hard to keep positive and believe in yourself. Having the support and belief in ones abilities from a backer, and support from a coach goes a long way to keeping focused and positive. 

 

So what do they get out of it? Money ultimately, although as we all know with poker this is by no means a guaranteed steady income for them, it is about long term investment. They get 50% of any winnings above my initial stake, baed on the weekly reports I send in (which conveniently are done on Sundays as well) 

 How’s it all been going then? Well not terribly well to begin with! The first week of being staked I was severely ill with tonsillitis and couldn’t grind. The second week I got crushed, I was playing badly and running badly. Upon review of a lot of hands I was making questionable bubble plays and generally not on my A-game. I somehow managed a streak of 30 games with only 2 ITM finishes! I’ve never seen anything like it. Now I’ve been unable to play due to issues with BT broadband customers and connecting to Pokerstars. This issue also cost me around 18 buyins when I got disconnected twice during sessions and was unable to reconnect. So not off to a terribly good start! As a result of this time off however I have been able to do a lot of study work and get my head back in the game after rather a long hiatus.

 In non SnG news I have been having repeatedly deep runs in a few MTTs on Full Tilt and Pokerstars, I keep getting some what coolered for very important pots when about 30-40bb deep. Oh well maybe I’ll bink one some day! In totally non poker news, I am still doing Krav Maga and loving it! WE have grading soon, and cannot wait, as I missed the previous one last year. Life is good, its going to be a good year, and I aim to be back at the $15 SnGs in no time! Hopefully these issues with BT get resolved and I can grind properly next week, thanks for checking in guys, see you next Sunday. 

 Here is a graph from the year so far! 

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Prop Bet Madness!

Hey everyone, I hope you have all had a great week and weekend.

So this week has been the best 5 days poker I’ve had ever I think. I setup a prop bet with a few friends of mine, the bet being that I could play 1,300 SnGs in 5 day from Monday-Friday. This works out as an average of 260 games/day. Prior to this week my personal best for 1 day was 257 games and that was a one off day, not doing it for 5 continuous days. This was going to be a lot tougher than my previous bet as well where the average was 207 games/day over 8 days.

Monday, here we go!

Well it seems the run good from last week was still present! God mode was fully engaged, I haven’t had a session like this in as long as I can remember! As everyone knows I don’t check my results until the end of the week, so I had no idea how well the session had actually gone, but there seemed to be an insane amount of bubbles and HU running for the entire session. I played about 215 games 15 tabling pretty much the entire time, then went to Krav and played again for a little bit when I got home. I then stopped, had a beer and watched Game of Thrones, life is fantastic sometimes! I am also quite glad I haven’t read the books because OMG what an episode, bat shit crazy y0!

The rest of the week was ouch of the same, I put in long days and managed to play 15-18 tables the entire time! This is a personal best for me, as before I have only been playing 12 and it’s great to feel relatively comfortable with increasing the games to 15. On Wednesday I think it was (the days blurred together after the long sessions!) I made a side bet with a friend of mine that I could play 300 games in 1 day! The deal was I had to stop regging by midnight, I got incredibly close according to sharkscope I played 295!! Painfully close! Oh well it was a tiny bet for $10 so no harm done, but it was the most intense day I’ve had in my life and I can’t quite believe I played that many games. bens prop bet meme

The week was going incredibly well until Friday! I somehow made a huge error in tracking the amount of games I had played, and when I thought I had a 180 games left which wasn’t looking too bad. Upon closer inspection it became clear that I actually had 275 left at about 5pm Friday……

By this point I was incredibly tired and getting quite irritable and was also finding it hard to keep 10 or more games running. I could feel myself drifting off and losing concentration and I was also beginning to make misclicks and mistakes more frequently.

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I decided to abandon the bet, this was because I really felt that I was playing awful poker and really struggling to keep going. I also wanted to get out of the house and socialise in the evening and not grind until midnight again. I had an incredible week already and really didn’t feel I needed to put myself through the extra pain on Friday night. I did feel like a quitter, I might have been able todo it if I had a rest for an hour then played late into the night, but this really wasn’t appealing at the time!

So overall I’m incredibly happy with this week, other than losing the bets! 18 tabling was immense and playing 295 games in one day was insane! I also got an awesome score on the Battle of Planets weekly leader board. I had 1st place for the entire week until Friday when someone else went a sick heater and put me into 2nd. This is still good for a $300 bonus though so I can’t complain too much.

Now the fun bit, the numbers and the money!

Games: 1,094 w00p w00p

Profit/Loss: $516.14

Coaching/Review: 0/2

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So there we go, that’s 2 weeks running with decent profit which is a much needed boost, both financially and mentally as I was really struggling after the last few months of running bad and not being able to win a hand.

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I don’t think there will be a blog next week as I’m really busy all week and won’t get to play much, if at all. Have a great week everyone, and I will see you all soon.

Keep your mind on the Grind

Hello everyone, happy Sunday (now Tuesday due to long weekend!) to you all, I hope you have all had a great week on and off the tables, and hopefully have been getting some of the sunny weather.

This week I really got back into hard work mode with study and review, but still didn’t play as much as I should have done as once again I got landed with some extra commitments that I hadn’t planned for this week. Oh well, at least I’m keeping busy I supposed, on the keeping busy vibe, I have also started Krav Maga in the last couple of weeks. I’m seriously loving it and it feels great to be being more physically active again, and that in turn is making me eat better and drink and smoke less, so happy days!

I found myself doing hand history reviews at 8am one morning as I was feeling so fresh after getting good sleep and eating good food for a change, so long may that continue. It sounds a bit strange but in a way now that I’m technically busier and have less time for poker, I’m feeling more focused and am enjoying my sessions more again. I guess as Phil Galfond once titled a blog post, “It always comes back to balance, doesn’t it?” a thing regular readers will know I struggle with! http://www.philgalfond.com/it-always-comes-back-to-balance-doesnt-it/

So this week has been pretty good to be honest, I’m feeling refreshed and more focused, and it pretty damn great! I spent some time this week working on my HU (heads up) game a lot with my coach, doing some live sweat sessions playing HU SnGs and some review as well. I also broke my no MTT rule by playing the $11 Saturday Duel HU MTT, as I thought it would give me some much needed practice. This was probably the dullest MTT experience of my entire life, I got a by in the first round, so played no hands for over an hour until the next round started. ZzZzZZzzZzZz 

Round 2 Fight! Wohoo, some hands, finally I can get into some epic HU battle lets go! Right well…6 hands is all it took to dispatch the guy that took all of 5 minutes! He was pretty loose passive and a total fish bowl, I ended up donk betting into him with some draws and other random hands which seemed to put him on tilt pretty bad. That’s all it took to make him lose his mind with  a T high river bluff after I turned top pair. gg me! Sleep mode now for another hour til the next round… This next guy took marginally longer to beat, 26 hands! YYAAYY!! Next round is the bubble round, I drew a total uber mega fish (although I didn’t know this until after when i scoped him) The crappy thing was that I was quite tired and bored by the time this round arrived as it was getting late and the time between rounds was ridiculous. I failed to adjust to the guy and instead of realising he never folded pre, or post flop, I just kept raising a wide range of hands and insisting on barreling multiple times with air. Not a good strategy against a really bad player who never thinks about ranges or anything other than drooling over their own cards!

Losing to a bad player always sucks, but losing to a bad player because of my own inability to adjust, sucks even more, at least if he had just been sucking out with hands and getting lucky I could live with that. So that was that, I played probably 50 hands in over 3 hours…but at least I got to watch a lot of episodes of Parks and Recreation (proper funny show!) 

Oh the irony, I titled a post about keeping my mind on the grind and most of this has been talking about non grinding MTTs! I guess this is because it made a more interesting write up than writing about my SnG week would have done! It was a rather apt end to a pretty rubbish month, another break even week..

I was playing well and felt good in my sessions, there were a few lil mistakes here and there, where I re-shoved too wide into certain types of players a couple of times (this became apparent after reviewing hands post game) But overall very happy with my play throughout the week.

Games: 318

Coaching/Review: 1/3

Profit/Loss: -$7.48

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So yea…overall an incredibly frustrating months poker, but it happens, and it could have been worse. It could have been a massive down swing to rebuild from, rather than just treading water. Even with the few wobbly moments I had this month, I still dealt with it better than I would have done previously, but it has also shown me that there is a lot more work to be done on my mental game. Being a professional player takes a professional attitude and dropping game volume or getting all pissy because you haven’t won any $ for a few weeks is not terribly professional! But I’ll get there, just gotta keep on grinding and working hard, oh yea and going to Krav Maga and getting rid of some of the stress is also great!

Thanks for stopping by guys, see you soon.

p.s I might be away this coming weekend so there may not be a blog!

This is my Brain on Tilt

Hi guys, sorry I’m a day late! I partook in some jollies on Saturday, and as a result wasn’t feeling terribly bloggy on Sunday!

As you have all seen from last weeks post this month so far has been pretty uninspiring stuff, low volume of games and non existent profit, although atleast I was breaking even and not losing a ton (I know of guys going through $2k swings this month, so I must try not to complain about breaking even!)

After this ropey BE start to the month I wasn’t going into last week feeling terribly confident about my own ability and generally was feeling a bit rubbish, but I soldiered on, I played pretty much every day although I did cut some sessions short   (monkey tilt) and had some other commitments which meant I couldn’t play quite as much.

If I’m being honest, the entire week felt like an absolute train wreck fro start to finish,  although Tuesday or Wednesday had some soft $15s that I felt I did OK in. I was convinced I had been running badly, playing worse and losing a ton of money. As you can probably imagine going through 4-5 days of thinking this way and being that negative and stressed did a number on my ability to be objective and really see how I was playing and judge how the week was going. So much so, that by the time Friday arrived I was steaming before I even loaded the first games up. But this passed and I kept playing, then BOOM! Uber insane monkey tilt set in at about 3pm on Friday……

I stopped playing, I quit the strategy chartrooms I belong to on Skype (I do this now and again when I can feel the tilt and rage building to the point where I will start ranting and imposing my shitty feelings on any poor soul that happens to be in the chat room) and that was it until today (Monday) I didn’t check my weeks results, and I didn’t speak to anyone about poker, and as far as I was concerned I had probably lost about $300+ and (poker) life was pretty craptacular.

So, I’m sure you are all wondering what happened…..did I lose it all…..how much did I lose, is there any hope, is there a dealer button at the end of the tunnel…. will I rise from the ashes like a lanky ginger phoenix once more…

This weeks breakdown:

Games: 292 (low volume but could be worse given the tilt issues)

Profit/Loss: +$145.98

Coaching/Review: 1/2 (boo not enough review)

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The really sik thing about this week was Friday, I was so consumed by tilt that I quit the session in the middle of a $140 up swing. In my mind I was getting pwned and losing every hand, which to be fair had been happening from game 122 – 267, but was not an accurate picture of how I was doing at that moment in time.

So…what conclusions can we draw here?

1) I am still not as in control of my mental game as I had thought recently. I think I’m going to reread The Mental Game of Poker, and speak with my coach more about this.

2) My ability to judge my game and results is pretty piss poor even when not tilted, but even more so when I am. So I really need to try not to think about my perceived results while playing.

3) The George Formby Grill would be an infinitely more entertaining kitchen device.

That’s all folks, see you next week, I hope you all have a great week at the tables/the office desk/wherever you work 🙂

Back once again, sorry!

Hey guys, I want to start off by saying sorry for missing the last couple of posts, I have been quite busy and haven’t been playing enough to have much to talk about.

This is going to be a fairly short post just to get things going again. In my last post I talked about how I had decided to just stick to the $7s for a while. I have started mixing some $15s in though when the games look good.

I have only played 1,032 games in the last few weeks, which sounds like an OK amount, but not when I need to be hitting 150+/day.

So I am considering arranging another prop bet, to get my arse back in gear and get soem serious volume in. But we will see if that happens 🙂

It’s been a pretty shitty break even couple of weeks, where I haven’t played enough, I haven’t reviewed enough and I haven’t had a coaching session. SLACK!

So tomorrow morning I need to get back on the horse as it were and sort it out.

Here’s the breakdown for the last few weeks:

Games: 1,032

Coaching/Review: 0/3

Profit/Loss: +$24.23 (baller!)

Have a good Sunday all, and I will see you next week 🙂

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