wanderer_proParticipantOctober 21, 2018 at 6:09 amPost count: 45
Hello you wonderful community!
I have decided to start blogging to keep a journal of my career and to find fellow grinders that are willing to work hard and improve together. Recently decided that I need to treat poker more seriously if I want to succeed. I have just deactivated facebook to keep distractions to the absolute minimum. I also created a discord channel for mtt sngs. If you are interested, please join at https://discord.gg/D7MKZsg
I mainly play mtt sngs, those games have been my bread and butter and helped me to support myself financially for the last 3 years. In this blog I will post about my journey to becomming mtt reg, as sngs are slowly becoming less profitable and will eventually die IMO. Here are my results so far on pokerstars.
I do not plan on setting myself any financial goals for now. I just want to improve, work with people and slowly transition to mtts. My main games for now are $3.50+R 180s and on demand sngs. Ocasionally I might add some mtts to a session, but not that many just yet.
I am looking forward to meet new people and work hard, reviewing daily. In the spoiler below you can find tldr story of my journey so far :)
Peace and GL on your grind, friends!
My name is Grzegorz (Gregory or Greg) and I am Polish 28 years old, normal dude with a dream. And this is my story so far.
Beginning. Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
I found out about poker when I was doing my bachelor degree in Wolverhampton, England in 2010 or so. I do not have any specific gaming backgroud or anything in particular that could lead me to poker. At the time I just knew that some of my friends started playing this online cardgame and they were making decent money at the time. I decided to try it out, made a pokerstrategy account and started studying. I didn’t have much time for poker at the very beginning, so my skill wasn’t really increasing at the time. I treated it more like a hobby with some money making potential in the future. Never thought that one day I would play this full time and make a living out of it.
After finishing my degree I stayed in England for 1 more year working as a bartenter and studying the game/playing when I had time. I also went to local casino and won in my first tournament (we actually chopped HU). That was eye opening how bad eveyone was (despite the fact that I was playing $1 ABI) and how easy it was to play against them. I started to see that sky might be a limit and started playing more and studying even harder. That was 2013, when I started to treat this more seriously.
Coming back home. Lublin, Poland
In October 2013 I came back to my hometown, Lublin in Poland and faced difficult times telling my parents that I started to play poker and I really enjoy doing it. They are very conservative and they wanted me to focus on my masters degree but I decided to take some time off and focus only on poker. I rented my own place, I was young, stupid, full of hopes and dreams and way underrolled for this move. My game was not getting any better in 2014 as my mindset was really bad. Focusing purely on the money and not development and also having my parents talk shit about poker all the time was not an optimal way to go. I was playing $5 sngs at the time, grinding really hard to make a enought to pay rent and bills. At this time I was also in toxic realtionship that surely hurt my motivation and I was not able to believe in myself to the level I do now. I felt like maybe it wasn’t a good path to take and decided to go back to Uni.
The pressure from my parents, girlfriend and myself was very high (at least I felt it was), so I enrolled to business school here, in Lublin. There was a huge difference in schooling programme compared to the UK. I didn’t really feel like Im learning, I felt more like a slave that needs to memorise a ton of chapters to pass the exams. That was it. It was definietely not my world, so I decided to quit.
There was one specific benefit about taking business class – I developed a mindset that I can start my own business and be successfull at it. This and some other factors pushed me towards eventually starting my own online business in sales. Im not gonna talk much about it, other then it was OK at the begining and could be fine in the longrun if I put more time and energy into it. I also found out that opening a company and putting ideas to work was more exciting then running it. I definietely lacked discipline and fundamental knowledge. Running my own business was very fascinating at the very beginning, but poker was taking over again. I wanted to get better, I wanted to grind more. I wanted be better player and I wanted it more then anything. Around this time I got away from my toxic long distance relationship (I envy people who can make this work) and was motivated more then ever to acomplish something in this game.
Little turning point.
This is around 2016, I am 26 years old single man living with my parents. I have no masters degree, no work experience, and I have just closed my company as it wasn’t profitable anymore. I play card game on the Internet, withdrawing almost every $ I make, playing $2 ABI and feeling like a massive looser. Luckily, I have developed a passion for this game and I am grinding hard, studying, talk poker with friends etc. I am getting better. I work on my mindset, spending habbits etc. In August 2016 my friend called me and said that he came 3rd in the Sunday Million last night and he wants to ‘freeze’ a part of his bankroll. So, he shipped me some money (shoutout!) and I immediately started to grind higher. We both knew I am profitable in those fields, so he had no problem with that. I am not sure if I would still be playing if it wasn’t for him.
Polish law enforcement is the worst.
It is summer/autumn 2016 and the government is introduing potential changes in gaming laws in Poland. Noone knows exactly what it means. Everyone speculates. Some people think that we will be fine, some think that poker will soon be illegal/banned in Poland. At first, I didn’t know what to think about it. I was grinding sngs with $10 ABI and didn’t really care about goverment at this point. Things got a little more clear in the winter 2016/2017 when we knew that they are going to introduce new gambling laws in between April 2017 and June 2017. According to the goverment both poker and sports betting will be illegal in Poland unless played on Polish sites etc. There were some unclear notes on this, so some people thought it is unlikely that poker will get banned, some already booked one way tickets to Malta, UK, Thailand.
Grind the fuck out of here. Bigger turning point.
I was shocked, scared, confused and pissed off. I knew that it was somewhat likely that we only have 6 months left to grind. I personally though that it was close to a coinflip whether or not they will ban poker. This unsure situation turned into the best possible ‘push’ towards ginding my ass off, that I would ever imagine. I was on fire, tilted by the government and ready to play all day everyday. I was grinding. Limited social life, limited time-wasting. Poker was my only activity. I started to climb sng stakes rather quickly (was top 3 in mtt sngs leaderboards for quite some time), started to fire some mtts. First 3 months was very good. I won big 11, big 55, final tabled couple other mtts and was printing in mtt sngs. I built up $20k bankroll and booked my ticket to Malta, as 2 of my friends was already there. I have never been to Malta, but whatever, I knew that I need to move out quickly.
Malta. April 2017.
I landed on 03.04.2017 in a place I have never been before. My mate was suppose to pick me up from the airport, but was too drunk to bother. I took a cab to their place in the middle of a night with 3 suitcases and little to no clue where the fuck I was. The tension was gone as soon as I arrived and we started drinking etc. That was fun night, meeting theirs friends and socialising from the very first night. They were living in 3 bedroom apartment with one other dude that was going home for Easter holiday, so I had a room for myself to stay in for a week or two. I immediately started looking for my own place and found a nice apartment in the middle of this lovely island. I moved on my own on 14th April.
Malta, settling in.
I quickly settled in my new apartment and got used to the climate and Maltese way of thinking. I am very adaptable personality and feel well in almost every setting. For the first couple of weeks I was exploring Malta, going out, hanging out with friends and a girl I met there. Poker was not on the top of my to do list. Over the summer I also had 2 couples visitting me for a week each and I myself went back to Poland for a bachelor party and a wedding. When you count all of that time it’s a month without grinding. It had a huge life EV for me of course, but I felt too confident that I can grind it all back by putting more hours in then I used to. I couldn’t..
Malta, grey days.
I wasn’t playing much. I was having fun, chilling and enjoying life. That was obviously a huge mistake and punt of my EV. Playing only 20hours on average per week, downswinging/breaking even in sngs and playing too many scoops and mtts cripled my bankroll significantly. I started to feel financial pressure even though I had money saved for 6months living there. I started to play lower stakes with hopes to grind it back, but time was running out and $EV wasn’t so promising. I decided to grind 50 hours per week or sometimes more, but couldn’t stand the pressure and decided to move back to Poland in December, just before Christmas.
Poland, moving up again.
I came back to live with my parents again, and felt awful. I knew I had skills to grind higher but my bankroll was an issue. I had $1k roll and some money saved up. Decided to go all in again and played a lot. After couple of weeks I realised that my parents aren’t happy with what I am doing, they don’t believe in my at all. It’s hard to play your best game with this kind of mental pressure. I decided to move out on my friend’s couch and grind with him for 2 weeks. After 2 solid weeks of grinding I rented a room with my other buddy (non poker friend). I was grinding and only thing I could think of was moving out to my own place again. I saved 6 months worth of rent and moved out in July.
New place, new mindset.
I had a very eye opening conversation with my friend about treating poker as a normal job. Working hard and developing. Progressing is my biggest motivation right now. Who knows what future will bring…
I wish you all best of luck if you managed to read it all :)
"When you're winning assume it's variance, when you're losing assume it's you"the_alienParticipantOctober 23, 2018 at 3:05 pmPost count: 2
Been playing sngs/mtts for 4years. Player name on sharkscope is LZ11. Happy to bounce ideas off each other!wanderer_proParticipantOctober 24, 2018 at 12:22 pmPost count: 45
Been playing sngs/mtts for 4years. Player name on sharkscope is LZ11. Happy to bounce ideas off each other!
sweet :) we have a nice discord for sngs. feel free to join us at https://discord.gg/xtshpUG
"When you're winning assume it's variance, when you're losing assume it's you"rye_mariano5ModeratorOctober 24, 2018 at 6:49 pmPost count: 1959
Wow, sick results man! I’m sure you can start to crush MTTs as well.
good luck with the journey and keep us updated!wanderer_proParticipantOctober 24, 2018 at 10:44 pmPost count: 45wanderer_proParticipantOctober 25, 2018 at 7:59 amPost count: 45
This is $3.50+R. Villains is a reg with 52% fold to 3bet. This hand is a 3bet with high freq for me. Flop, I want to bet range, this hand has nice barreling potential. Turn seems like a clear bet when we pick up eq. He can start folding some Axs with backdoors and mid PP. My question is: is villain suppose to have xr range OTT. It doesn’t seem to be good here. Also, should we go 2/3 size OTT just maximize fold equity? It seems to me that xr doesn’t accomplish much from his side. But I might be wrong, hence the question. Thank you.
"When you're winning assume it's variance, when you're losing assume it's you"rye_tomyParticipantOctober 28, 2018 at 7:23 amPost count: 558
Hey welcome and nice that you have started this blog. Very inspiring graph! I also think we can make transition to mtts with not much problem. About the hand i think you recieve answer on discord. Anyway gl on your journey and gl at the tables!wanderer_proParticipantOctober 29, 2018 at 10:00 amPost count: 45
Hey welcome and nice that you have started this blog. Very inspiring graph! I also think we can make transition to mtts with not much problem. About the hand i think you recieve answer on discord. Anyway gl on your journey and gl at the tables!
Thank you :) Yeah, I hope the transition will go smoothly. I am really tired of grinding sngs. Need something new, but don’t want to turn everything around. Slowly transition is the way to go. I think at least in my case and with my mentality.
About hand, yeah, I got a reply. I will not double post here and on discord.
"When you're winning assume it's variance, when you're losing assume it's you"wanderer_proParticipantOctober 30, 2018 at 9:10 amPost count: 45
$3.50+R are my main game this month, I focus on them mostly and been working hard on improving postflop play. I try to think deeply through a hand, focus on ranges (my range and villains range), apply sizings that I think are correct in any given spot and target specific parts of opponents range. Some people say that sngs are push/fold game only. I strongly disagree. Most people have this approach and they don’t work on their postflop game. They don’t have a gameplan and don’t understand their range at all. I think that if we minimise mistakes postflop, then we can build stacks and chip up nicely. If we constantly build up, we will be on a shortstack less often then our opponents, so we will have less very marginal EV spots. AI EV in <15bb is around 5bb/100 or so, so pretty marginal and regs don’t really make mistakes on this stackdepth, so we should work hard on postflop gameplan to accumulate as much as we can. This is where EV comes from in those games IMO.
I also started adding some mtts to my daily grind. Yesterday I FT bubbled Big $7.50 :( Onto the next one!
Have a nice day all!
"When you're winning assume it's variance, when you're losing assume it's you"wanderer_proParticipantOctober 30, 2018 at 1:09 pmPost count: 45
I think this is pretty interesting spot and way of thinking vs recs that came up doing my daily review.
We play vs fish, so decided to go full exploitative here. I think that his range consists of small PP, some med suited connectors and broadways as well as small to mid suited Ax and hands that he doesn’t want to raise and decide, but limps and calls so AJo ATo A9o.
In theory we should be checking range oop, but here vs fish I think betting on the bigger side has merit as we want to maximize FE vs his wideish range. Maybe should bet 50% instead of 66% tho. Def see that we have immidiate FE OTF.
Turn is interesting, decided to bet 1bb because I dont want to be facing big bet and also when 3 pairs, I think our FE goes way down and he calls whatever he called OTF with.
OTR, having a Q sucks as we block his obv QJ combos, so I don’t really think we should be bluffing this hand. He never folds a Tx (but he raises some of them OTT vs 1bb), I dont think he folds a 9x as they are really stationy. So the range we are targeting is Ax that peeled (he prob folds most of Ax so not that many combos left), lower FD and QJ.
So maybe betting 10% pot just to fold out this part of his range is a way to go? I don’t care about balancing vs recs. Pretty interesting spot IMO.
"When you're winning assume it's variance, when you're losing assume it's you"wanderer_proParticipantOctober 30, 2018 at 7:28 pmPost count: 45
Close but no cigar quite yet
At least I have some interesting hands from FT to review tomorrow.
"When you're winning assume it's variance, when you're losing assume it's you"rye_tomyParticipantNovember 2, 2018 at 5:07 pmPost count: 558
Nice man, soon you will ship smth!! About Q2s hand i would play it passive vs fish and c/c flop. Like you said he is never folding any pair or draw.wanderer_proParticipantNovember 3, 2018 at 9:43 amPost count: 45
Distractions, quiet mind, focus and social media impact on our lifes.
Just a quick post about what I have been thinking about lately and what changes I have implemented because of a few conversations with smart friends and some tedx videos.
So we all live in a very distractive environment. Eveything around us fight for our attention. Notifications, buzzers, people, eveything wants to get our attention. I order to stay focused and driven (especially during grinding and/or studying) we should try to limit those distractions.
It was always a problem of mine. Being on facebook, skype, discord, watching youtube motivation video or just browsing while loading my session. Since 2-3 months, I took a approach that I am going to limit those distractions one by one. At this very moment I can tell that I have achieved almost 100% of my plan. So what exactly did I do? Presession I:
- meditate with headspace, go through 100 spots on snapshove and play 1 session on lumocity (brain teasing app)
- close all tabs in firefox. I only have sharkscope and random number generator tab open
- close skype and discord
- turn off the internet on mobile devices
- play music from random playlists on spotify (deep house etc, preferably with no lyrics at all)*
- start reging sngs
* music without lyrics or with very limited ammount is not taking too much of our focus as our brain doesn’t have to concentrate additionally on lyrics and understanding/interpreting them. This also applies for listening to podcast or twitch while playing. We waste way too much mental energy on that. And obviously I was guilty of doing this in the past.
I am really happy with my routine so far and I just though that I am gonna share it with you guys. For all that don’t really believe that being a little distracted hurts their winrates – just try to avoid them for 2-3 sessions. You will see the difference and never look back.
Social media and all BS that goes with it.
There is so much information about how bad social media is for our development, self esteem and productivity. However, everyone is on it regardless. I am gonna post some links about social media impact below. In general, my take on this is that it is very counter productive to spend even a little time on any platform. It doesn’t bring any value and all it does is broadcast fake reality and make us depressed. People only post good stuff, interesting moments and generally when they have accomplished something or went on holidays. Then there are us, scrolling through all that information about how perfect and fulfilling our friends’ lifes are and we sit at home being miseaurable watching all that happening around us. I was guilty of having these thoughts before and I was also spending way too much time on facebook and instagram. I wasn’t even involved that much. Not posting, just scrolling and judging. Looking back, I feel embaressed and really sad that it was such a huge part of my life. Yes, you guessed it. I deleted all social media platforms and I never felt eager to come back really. For all of you needing proof to what I am saying, please watch some vids and tell me what you think :) Peace!
"When you're winning assume it's variance, when you're losing assume it's you"wanderer_proParticipantNovember 5, 2018 at 12:15 pmPost count: 45
October was good. Grinded hard, worked my ass off both indivudually and with my discord group. Mtt sngs are going very well, I feel like I have a massive edge over the field because of the hard work I put in recently. I am also very happy how discord is growing. We started with a group of about 10 players and now It’s 50 of us with new players joining eveyday.
At the end of October I decided to add some mtts to my sessions. I will continue adding more in November as I feel that I gain a lot of experience which will help me to transition to grind them full time in the future.
I also review a little with a cash game player, and I really like his approach. Cash game players think a little differently and I believe that it is a correct way of analysing hands. He seems to be very professional. Because of that, I want to add some cash game sessions (probably zoom NL25) to learn deepstack poker and to gain more experience thinking about postflop ranges etc. I really enjoy it.
I believe that even if $ value in playing zoom is not that high, the value and experience that I will get will surely pay off in the future. Same goes for learning ICM in hypers. I think I might add few sessions of hyper 6max in November too.
Some graphs and numbers below. Peace!
"When you're winning assume it's variance, when you're losing assume it's you"
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