Sick brag, and you've inspired me to try to move up ASAP and achieve the sort of success you've had.
How did you deal with problems of tilt and emotional control?
stop playing when you feel tilt coming on. Getting emotional over poker is just childish. Do whatever it takes to make yoursel feel better whether it's taking a break or whining about bad beats. Just don't expect any sympathy from anyone else or that your bad run will magically stop.
This thread is epic. I really enjoy to read it and appreciate that Nan is taking the time to answer questions from members. Thanks for that. My questions are: How did you deal with a long breakeven stretch/downswing? What advice would you give to anyone who wanna succeed at online poker?
My guess would be he worked harder. It's insane how much volume he put in w/ a full-time job.
That's the thing though, I never have a problem putting volume in, but I seem to break even a lot. It might well be because I play too many tables and don't take enough shots, not sure. I was just curious.
It looks like it took you the first 200-250k hands to just make $3k, any advice on how to get out of the micros faster? Do you think its mostly just trying to beat the rake or is it where the most learning/mistakes/trial and error occurs?
Also I talk to TubaSteve regularly and he says you were one of his best students if not the best . Any advice on what you have learned from getting coaching or how to make the most of it?
thelynchmob1: Understand variance and accept it as part of the game and looking for the why instead of the how. Instead of trying to figure out how to play a draw I was asking why we play draws that way. Understanding the why allow you to adjust when your default play is no longer optimum and that's where I have an edge over the other regs that I play with.
TecmoSuperBowl: I don't think my volume is that insane. A pro grinder can crank out that many hands in 3 month. You just need to turn some of those post counts into poker hands
1BYONE: Grind rakeback and play shorter sessions. My advice to everyone who want to succeed at online poker is 1. understand what variance is. 2. Never take what is "standard" to be the right play.
Chazb0t: 3k is alot of money for micros. Getting out of mico fast is just a matter of playing solid. Most of my experimenting came after 200NL because at micros I wasn't thinking on the right level to try different things. Get most out of coaching to have to coach revolutionize your thought process in regards to poker and not try to figure out how to play this hand. Have the coach teach you how to figure out what the best play is and not what he thinks the best play is.
TecmoSuperBowl: I don't think my volume is that insane. A pro grinder can crank out that many hands in 3 month. You just need to turn some of those post counts into poker hands :smile:.
Tis insane for someone like me who struggles with volume. Btw, what is the exchange rate on hands per post? I might be able to trade in and get my volume that way
How many hours/tables did you play after work to reach that kind of volume?
"I play 2 hrs a night during weekdays and 4-6 hrs during weekends for most of my year. This is enough to get in around 35k hands a month and allow me to work out for 1hr everyday."
" I think what seperates me from the guys who are stuck at microstakes is that i'm a learner not a grinder. I usually play 4-6 tables with max of 6 tables of 6m and 2 tables of full ring. I spend about 70-80hrs a month on poker which includes playing and studying"
I feel that I should make a few comments in this thread since I almost know Blah's game as well as he does himself - but more importantly I know what he does well as a student.
#1 He focuses on learning not on winning money.
#2 He is mature. Very few issues with tilt. This is easier when #1 is true.
#3 He has a good understanding of what he knows and what he does not know. Most players watch videos and learn that way. That is fine if and only if you think about the content. Most people learn poker by heart - just like they would learn a math proof by heart; that is almost a waste of time. This requires that you are very honest with yourself.
Blah's strength is not that he snap understands everything you tell him and all implications that follow. He takes a step back thinks about it by himself and returns if he after some time still does not understand it. In a way you can say that he understands that truly learning something takes time.
#4 Lately he has worked his perceived range and it looks good. Here is an example: http://www.deucescracked.com/forums/17-Mid-Stakes-Shorthanded-NL/292651-1000NL-3-way-3-bet-pot-wh
#5 He does not click buttons but tries to think about every hand he plays (See #1 and #2)
If you add some run good to the above skill set good things will happen.
(And Blah 500 is not your true post count... it is more like 1500)...
no but the rakeback is much better which like doubles your win rates at micros.
I feel bad that everyone is drilling you for questions, but I would appreciate if you could answer this one.
I have spent the day looking at rakeback deals, I live in the UK so can play on any site. The sites with the most rakeback are the ones with almost no action at the micro stakes, I couldn't even 4 table at one site. Could you point me in the right direction of a good site and rakeback deal?
I want to get my head down and really start grinding but finding the best site and rakeback deal really helps boost the bankroll especially in micros.