May 31, 2011
For a few days I am thinking about what I should write, but now I think I have some good ideas. Since Feb '11 I have been playing a lot of poker and I am really really happy with my results so far. I got lucky to be able to beat nl200 for a decent winrate and now I am able to make the next jump to play nl400. While I have been playing nl400 for a few weeks now, I am also happy with my results here so far, especially if I consider some facts that I didn't really get before.
Chris asked me in the video why I think it is so tough for a nl200 player to get to nl400. Even so I think I got some good points, I think I forgot one really important one. Of course the players that play these limits are playing better then the normal nl200 reg (and he obv plays better then the normal nl100 reg and so on). But there is another reason, why this is the case.
The less good tables I find at nl400 the more tables of nl200 I mix in, because I want to play at least 6 tables. Might sound stupid, but if I just play 4 tables I have a hard time focusing and I start doing other things. Most of the time I try to play 8 tables, but that's like the maximum I can do while maintaining my a-game.
At nl400 you nowadays reach the point, where you have to play people that would play not only nl600 and mix in some tables of nl400, no, you get to play vs players that are playing up to nl2k on a somewhat regular basis who are mixing in some tables of nl1k, nl600 and nl400 to reach the volumne they need. So the players you are playing against are way more tougher then a few years before.
The good thing so far for me is, that I am able to beat the games! So what does that mean? I can continue dreaming :) I mean, like everyone of us, when I first started playing poker, I saw myself sitting next to Ivey and Doyle, doing the 200k bluff on the river etc ;) Even so I believe I won't be able to reach that limit, I am happy to continue trying to maybe be able to beat nl1k/2k someday. I'll continue to learn as much as possible and to work on my game to maybe reach that goal, too. It's obv not easy, but if you would have asked me in Dec '10 if I would really believe in playing nl400 on a somewhat regular basis at one point in 2011, I think my honest answer would have been "I don't know, I hope so, but I have a hard time believing in it"
One last thing I would like to tell you guys: I feel like some of my answers in the Stormtrooper series might sound a little bit stupid or that I haven't really thought about the correct answer enough. I think it is, because when we start recording the vids it is like 9-10pm in Germany, and like all of us know, it is tough to be "in the zone" after you have been working for 10 hours that day already. But(!), I believe the vids are really good and should help everyone to become better at poker, because Chris points out so many important things.
Ok, finishing my first blog entry after not writing for a long time. Next entry will contain some results etc, so take care!