September 26, 2011


Sometimes it is not easy for us to admit that we made mistakes. I mean, it is the beauty of the game, because you can always say "I run terrible". Even so you might really be running terrible at that time, it gives you an opportunity. Especially at the times when you are running like shit you can spot leaks that you have way easier. I'm not going to tell you what leaks I found, but I was pretty surprised those plays actually weren't as good as I thought they would be. Over the last couple of months I had some sick downswings, which I think wouldn't have become a 40 buyin downswing if I would have played my a-game. I would have lost ~30 buyins, but I could have saved 10 buyins. 10 Buyins!!! That's so huge! If I think how many hands I have to play to win 10 buyins, it really makes me feel sick.. But that is just what I would save during a downswing. Thinking about how much money I could possible win more if I'm actually on a heater, I think we all underrate this. So overall I think I have to do some changes.

It is pretty funny, because in February I had close to the same thoughts, but I didn't do every change in my life/in poker which I wanted to do. Now I think is the right moment and I am willing to do the changes. So, here are some of my plans/goals I have at the moment:

the grind

My grinding routine in the past looked a little bit like this: Start playing, play for 3-4 hours, quit. I mean, don't get me wrong, I think this can work for a lot of players. But the more I think about it, I want to change it. The problem I have with it is that I find myself often watching at the clock thinking to myself "2 more hours to go" etc. and I don't think that's the best way to think when it comes to playing poker. The second thing is that I feel that I am not that focused anymore after 2-3 hours like I was maybe a year ago. So I want to change it to the following schedule:

  • 1 session = 1,5 hours
  • 2-3 sessions a day
  • 15-18 sessions a week
  • break of 30 minutes between sessions
  • stoploss of 4 buyins (this might be modified, but atm it's just 4)
  • 3rd session only if the result of the first 2 sessions is >=0bb

I like my new plan a lot, but I think I have to find some good solutions for 3 important points:

  1. What to do when on break, how to use this time effective?
  2. If I reach my stoploss in the first session, what am I going to do the rest of the time?
  3. What do I do for the 3rd session, if the first 2 sessions show a result of <0bb?

For question 2 and 3 I am actually thinking about adding a different game, like playing Stud/Razz/etc. Obv I am playing these games on a way smaller limit, but if I can use the time to challenge myself to at least think a little bit about poker in general, I think this might be a solid try. But that's just one thought at the moment.

poker theory

This is another important change I want to do. Overall I think I don't really have that many leaks, but there are at least some. The problem is to find them and to correct them. But, I think I am currently doing some things wrong, because I am a little bit to much on autopilot. Not saying what I am doing wrong, but I think I can work pretty easy on these smallish leaks to get back to a solid winrate.

In order to work easier on my leaks I'm going to move down to nl100/200 and I will stay there for quite some time. My bankroll could afford playing higher, but I made a bigger investment in reallife, so I don't want to risk to much right now. Also I think fixing my game has atm an higher EV for the future then continuing at nl400+.

In order to keep good track of my improvments and what I did to reach them, I'm going to update my blog on a regular basis. I don't know how often I will do this, but right now I want to do it at least 2 times a week. I think it is important to have some sort of diary so if you look back like 6months or so that you can see what you did wrong that time and remember to not do the same mistakes again.

  • moving down to nl100/200
  • adding nl400 after reaching XXXX bb
  • update the blog at least 2 times a week
  • watch strategy videos more effective and not for "entertainment"

Real Life

Another big change is to start with sports again. I don't want to start big, but doing some at the beginning and then adding a few more minutes to every session, so my body will work better. Atm I feel a little bit like this:

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You got my point. I don't want to be eaten by zombies, so I need to learn to be able to run away again ;) I mean 2012 is coming, the end is near ;)

In addittion to that I want to eat more healthy. Bought a new book which was recommended to my mother by some of her tennis friends who had success with it (not just women, men, too). I think those 2 are important in order to be able to be more focused.

  • don't get eaten by zombies
  • do sports
  • eat more healthy

Ok, I think that's all for now. I'm going to start with sports today, but the grind etc I guess I'm going to start next month. Taking some days of playing poker and starting again should be the way to go. Til next time!

Posted By CivSTAR at 10:51 AM



lawnmoe posted on September 26, 2011 at 21:25 PM


sports would also be a good idea for points 2. And 3.

keysersoze posted on September 27, 2011 at 06:46 AM


interested what you said about the grind. I think playing longer than 1,5 hour is indeed sub-optimal... but I have the same issue with breaks and what to do with them. They always seem to last too long.

zankaa posted on September 27, 2011 at 13:50 PM


When on break, i try to do something that just make me relax, like take a walk and listen to music, cocking food, playing guitar etc. When I was at my worst I had to start over and only play 45m sessions and every like 2-3 weeks i increased it up to 2h. Now I can def play longer than that some times. I think that your goals etc are good, I would implement them 1 or 2 at the time so you dont get overwhelmed. GL


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