atlantisParticipantJuly 22, 2019 at 3:00 pmPost count: 132
A normal week
Hey everyone, it’s been another three weeks where I almost didn’t put any work into poker. In the last 21 days I only had access to the Internet for 10 days. I just want to mention I’m living in Germany and this shouldn’t even be a possibility but I have the fucking worst Internet provider ever. The customer rating from this company is 0,3/10, the support is a joke and I don’t even get any kind of financial compensation. If you look up their stock price you can see that this company is done and at this point probably doesn’t even try to solve problems anymore.
On two of these 10 possible workdays I had food poisoning and on the others days I was either to scared to even register tournaments because that one day I lost my connection while playing and I lost 40$ in BI’s or I was just too demotivated.
When I was being asked in the past what my greatest poker skill is I would always answer that my mindset is my greatest skill. The last couple of weeks showed me that this is not the case. I don’t get tilted when I bust deep in a tournament but when something like this Internet issue happens, I’m totally lost. I loose my drive and feel discouraged, that’s mainly because I can’t really do something about the problem. I don’t have a laptop so I can’t grind in an internet café or something like that. Because of my part-time job I cannot really leave the city and go to e.g. my parents which live on the other side of the country. I feel completely at the mercy of the Internet provider.
I didn’t have internet this morning but it’s been running again since noon today. All I can wish for is a normal week…atlantisParticipantAugust 8, 2019 at 4:12 pmPost count: 132
For the last two weeks I had no problems with the internet and could finally get back grinding and studying. I had a couple of really nice deep runs unfortunately for the most part I was card dead to the end of my deepruns. Nevertheless I won a smaller 5$ tournament for 200$ on pacific poker. Everytime I don’t study or play for a longer period of time I like to rewatch the last tournament masteclass videos I was working on before the break just to get back into it. So for the last week I was working on my postflop game as PFA IP again.
My so-called summer diet is still going on and I only got 2,5 weeks left before I want to hit my all time best physique. I have this bet with my training partner Lukas we are betting on who can get in better shape by the 24th August. My initial goal was just to cut down a little bit but now it’s more like a bodybuilding prep for an actual contest, even though none of us wants to step on a bodybuilding stage we still take this bet just as serious. At this point I am just curious how far I can push myself, I see this as an extreme experiment and I believe my discipline and mindset will benefit great from this. I have to sacrafice a lot for my goal, I train 5 times a week and I do 2-3 times fasted cardio a week also I’m in a harsh calorie deficit but I believe that it will be worth it in the end.
This week (05.08-11.08)
volume goal: 70 tournaments
study goal: 8 hours, watch “Explaning the Ranges Pt1 (updated)” & Pt2
review goal: 2 hours postflop course homeworkatlantisParticipantAugust 14, 2019 at 9:50 amPost count: 132
To compensate for the 3 weeks I had no Internet access I’m currently in “full force”-mode and grind that extra hours. I’m now on a 7 day streak of playing MTT’s everyday and I don’t feel burned out or something similar acutally I feel great and have a few good results as well. With partypoker removing their 3rd party tool support it is super annoying to track every tourney and result, I just hope they will release their website-based tournament tracking soon. The past week and the current week kind of merge together and I don’t have an exact overview of the results yet but to this morning I grinded 40,5h. As much as I enjoy this permanent grind today will be the last day till saturday because I have to work at my part-time job Thursday and Friday. When grinding everyday and being in the last stretch of a diet obviously something gets thrown under the bus in this case poker studying. I hate to admit this but in the last three days I only did study for one hour. My biggest “leak” in life in my opinio is that I don’t study enough poker content so I will make sure this is number one priority for the rest of the week!
Something else kind of poker related, my car broke down and I had to pay for an expensive repair work. My goal was to not cash out money from my bankroll but I really had no other option so my bankroll got another big hit. This sucks because I now for a fact I could easily play higher stakes because for the most part there is no difference in the difficulty of micro and small stake games anyway.rye_mariano5ModeratorAugust 18, 2019 at 6:21 pmPost count: 1988
Would it be an option to maybe get part time work as you grind up? There are always going to to be unforeseen expenses so if these snags are constantly depleting your roll it will be very hard to grind up imo. I had the same problem early on and actually wished I just did some off the table work to build up, have less stress, and actually save some time long term. Always an option at least. Grinding out of micros while trying to pay expenses can be super tough. But it also sounds like you’re willing to put in the volume so it could be fine. Just my two cents.
good luck!atlantisParticipantAugust 30, 2019 at 7:14 pmPost count: 132
Thanks for you advice mariano, I already have a part time job and beside the unforeseen expenses I can finance my costs of living. It is true that it’s a pain in the ass to grind out of the micros but as you said I’m willing to put ih the extra hours and volume. I feel like I make a lot of progress lately and hope to play atleast the low stakes very soon :)
Last two weeks (12.08-25.08)
The last two weeks went pretty well. I had countless deepruns and even won a 3,3$ Tournament on 888. Overall I’m up 350$ in the last 6 sessions (34h 15m). I’m never really happy with the amount of poker studying I get in but the last two weeks I made some good progress. We also had our first group study session after a long period where we didn’t met up. As you will all know by now I had this challenge to get in the best shape of my life by the 24th of August, the challenge also included a little bet with a friend of mine and I can tell you it was a huge success. I’m super happy with the result of my 13 week diet and feel awesome! I’m not just looking great in the mirror but I also feel perfectly fit. In addition to that I won the bet against my friend which I’m very proud of.
Next week (26.08-31.08)
This week I plan to focus most of my time on studying poker and reviewing hands. We have planned a group session on Wednesday where we want to focus on the “Playing Postflop as PFA OOP”-Video from the Tournament Masterclass. The reason why my main focus will be on studying this week is that I feel like I lag behind in the theoretical part of the game and also because I will play a bigger live event on the weekend. I qualified online for the Germany Poker Days in famous King’s Casino Roszvadov CZE, it did only cost me 8$ to qualify for a 250$ (175€ BI) package so beside some gas money I don’t have any costs. If I don’t survice Day 1 of the Tournament I will probably play a smaller 10k € gtd. (63+7€) Tournament in the nearby Grand Casino As because it’s on the route home and I want to get the max. value out of the gas money/trip. Wish me luck ;)atlantisParticipantSeptember 6, 2019 at 3:41 pmPost count: 132
So nothing really exciting happend last week, the live tournament went pretty uneventful and I busted somewhat late on the first day. My original plan was to play another smaller live tournament but on my way to the casino I got a headache and decided to not play another tournament that day.
This week (02.09-08.09)
This week I want to try out the morning schedule and start grinding at 8 am let’s see how that goes…
volume goal: 80 tournaments
study goal: 6 hours, finish “playing OOP as PFA” + homework
review goal: atleast 2 hours postflop course homeworkatlantisParticipantSeptember 11, 2019 at 8:43 pmPost count: 132
The past week went kind of bad, we obviously don’t want to be result oriented but a big loosing week is still a big loosing week at the end of the day. In addition to rough variance in important spots I also felt like I didn’t play my A-game all the time.
Playing in the morning worked out great for me, the fields are smaller and I get more often on FT’s and in interesting spots. For the future I will probably play most of my sessions in the morning. I also created a tournament schedule for myself for better tournament selection. Another positive thing I want to mention is that I play more MTT sattelite which allows me to play bigger BI’s without destroying my bankroll, so far this is working great as well.
volume goal: 112/80 + 28 sattys (32h 16m)
finished the “playing OOP as PFA” video and 2/6 hands for the homework of the video
Next week (26.08-31.08)
A friend of mine is visiting me on the weekend so my volume and studying goals are lillte bit lower than usual.
volume goal: 70 tournaments
study goal: 3 hours rework masterclass notes
review goal: atleast 2 call river analyis + 2 tripple barrel analysis and 1x group review sessionatlantisParticipantSeptember 17, 2019 at 9:17 pmPost count: 132
As expected I couldn’t work as much as I would liked in the past week. Beside that I made the best out of the time I had, I played pretty well and had one big FT on which I unfortunately busted in 7th place. The time with the friend who visited me was really great and a welcomed change of my typical routine.
volume goal: 54/70 + 8 sattys (20h 54m)
study goal: failed at that
review goal: 2/4 hand analyses + 1x group review session
Next week (16.08-22.08)
Before I dive into the next Masterclass video I would like to work on my notes and also do more in depth hand analysis. In the upcoming week I should be able to grind atleast 5 maybe even six sessions so I will up my volume goal to 100 tournaments.
volume goal: 100 tournaments
study goal: rework masterclass notes
review goal: atleast 3 call river analysis + 3 tripple barrel analysisattolinibossParticipantSeptember 19, 2019 at 10:00 pmPost count: 105
Nice to see your journey man. Keep it up and you will notice you will get better in all areas along the way.
Your progress will be like:atlantisParticipantOctober 1, 2019 at 8:41 pmPost count: 132
You are so right about that attoliniboss, the more you do the more you get ;) btw great motivational video.
This week was pretty awesome. I won a 1500 people field 1€ tournament for 182€ and a smaller 3,3$ where I took the trophy and 85$ home after making a deal headsup. Beside these two wins I had a few smaller final tables and great opportunitys for bigger scores. I played very focused and had a great table awareness. I’m still working on my notes and I guess this will take a few more hours but I can already see the benefits I gain from reworking and sorting all my notes.
volume goal: 124/100 + 15 sattelites (38h 33m)
I had another great poker week with countless deep runs and lots of FT action. Beside one ICM punt on a 1$ FT I am very happy with how I played this week. Also to focus more on playing sattelites was probably the best idea I had in a long time, it’s working really great for me. The highlight of the week was my 7th place finish in a 10€ 3,5k€ Turbo tournament on Pokerstars.ES unfortunately the small stacks won every flip until I was short myself :D
While I was writing this blog entrie I was grinding my last table of the day a 2,2$ Deepstack Monsterevent on PP. Funny enough, my last tournament of the day in which I didn’t have any great hope or expectation turned out to be one of my biggest wins ever. I went on a sick run and managed to take home the 2nd place for 1125 bucks. This is my second biggest single score and I’m super happy about that. It seems like I was headsup with another RYE member who played very well and after big misplayed hand it was soon a push or fold game for me. I lost the headsup but I have to bitter feelings about that I was too overwhelmed in a positive way.
volume goal: 65 + 21 sattelites 27h 59m
study/review goal: didn’t execute nearly as much as planned
Next week (30.09-06.09)
For the upcoming week I don’t expect to play more than 3 sessions because I will travel to the other side of the country to celebrate my father birthday and I also have to work three instead of my usual two days at my part-time job. My plan is to do more studying because that’s something I can easily do at my parents place and after working at my regular job.
volume goal: 45 tournaments
study goal: finish reworking notes
review goal: atleast 3 call river analyis + 3 tripple barrel analysis and 1x group review sessionatlantisParticipantOctober 9, 2019 at 6:59 pmPost count: 132
Well, I should start to build a routine to write this blog entries on time and not a week later because sometimes it’s hard to remember how the last week went. I had two big final tables were I unfortunately busted pretty early but I’m still 170$ up for this short week which isn’t too bad.
volume goal: 60/45 + 18 sattelites 19h 31m
study/review goal: finished reworking my notes + 1x group review session
Next week (07.10-13.10)
My poker week will start on Thursday so I don’t expect to play super high voulume the next week, probably only 3 sessions so something around 60 tournaments. I still try to get as much volume and especially theory content in as possible.
volume goal: 60 tournaments
review goal: atleast 3 call river analyis + 3 tripple barrel analysis and 1x group review sessionatlantisParticipantOctober 25, 2019 at 7:40 pmPost count: 132
Hey guys, I’m back from my little vacation/break. After this downtime I feel super ready to attack the tables and the great game of poker again! I will work my part-time job today and do some poker content later this Friday, I will start grinding on Saturday and Sunday. I will post a bigger update soon but for the rest of the week (21.10-27.10) I will try to get as much volume in as possible. I wish everyone reading this good luck at the tables!atlantisParticipantNovember 11, 2019 at 10:26 amPost count: 132
Last week (4.11-10.11)
Last week was kind of insane in terms of buy-ins. On Sunday I played my biggest session ever with buy-ins over 200$, it’s crazy to see that I went from playing 0,55$ to 11$ tournaments in this relativley small amount of time. This just shows that I’m on the right track. Poker studying is an ongoing process which has been the biggest impact on my progress. My results for this week are not that great but I’m happy with how I played and as little consolation I qualified for a Day 2 on Wednesday evening.
volume goal: 82/80 + 18 sattelites 17h 29m
This week (11.11-17.11)
This week I start attempt no.148 to implement the habbit of meditating once a day and I also want to work on a proper warmup routine before I start my grind sessions.
– volume goal: 80 tournaments
– review goal: rework openraise strategy + homework from masterclass video and 1x group review session
– 1x meditaion per day
– warmup routineatlantisParticipantNovember 11, 2019 at 2:24 pmPost count: 132
I thought to myself that I would be necessary to write a bigger general update on how my poker career is going and what my current goals look like.
This blog is to this day over 2.5 years old and I went through many ups and downs in this time, more downs than ups to be honest. Throughout this journey there where times where I was super motivated to become the best poker player I can be and then there were times where I had practical no motivation at all and my progress stagnated. Sometimes a higher force slowed down my progress, like when I had no internet for a month or that miserable time when a family member was in hospital but in all honesty for a big part of this journey my pure laziness did hinder my progress.
But it’s not like I didn’t achieve anything in the past 2.5 years. Without a doubt I became a much better poker player and most definitely I became a much more mature person. In the past 10 month I was able to earn ~50% of my bread and butter by playing poker. One could argue that makes me a 1/2 poker professional but there is so much more that goes into becoming a pro than just winning some money.
This April I had the hopes that I could become a pro by 2020 but this goal is more like a marathon and not a sprint. If I would have been more diligent I would be closer to my goal but I was not. Ben always teaches us to be patient and to be consistent with the work we put in. My goals didn’t really change I just feel like I have to be more realistic and also hard working to achieve them. I still which to be an independent poker professional which in my case doesn’t mean I want to become rich or something like that. I still live a budget friendly live and would “only” like to have a bankroll to play 5$-22$ tournaments and enough savings to withstand a 6 month downswing with poker being my only income. In the calculation I did I also took into account cost for health/pension insurance and so on. If we want to talk about a time period, I believe another six month is still ambitious but if everything goes as planned it is somewhat realistic.
Grinding the poker tables was never a problem for me. I only struggle with studying the game, that’s why I made a concrete plan for the rest of the year. Till christmas I want to rework the entire preflop and postflop part of the TMC, for the most part I already worked on the videos but I want to complete my notes, update my ranges, redo the homework and also focus more ingame on specific topics. Thats also why I want to work on a new warm up routine, for a short period I tried such a warm up routine and it really helped my ingame awareness. I don’t know why I stopped doing this routine probably because I was lazy. Beside that I will also start attempt no.927 to implement the habit of meditating once a day. My weekly schedule roughly looks like this: Mondays I will mostly study poker topics, Tuesday/Wednesday I have to work at my part-time job but in the morning I got some hours to do poker studying as well. Thursday/Friday/Saturday I will grind the morning schedule mainly due to the fact that in the afternoon the player fields are too big and the variance is very high. After the grind I want to review hands and also do some studying depending on when I finish the session. On Sundays I will play the afternoon/evening schedule and try to get lucky in the bigger events with bigger pricepools, yet higher variance. In case the grind doesn’t end too late I will also review hands and study after the sunday grind.
We all got seven weeks left to execute and work for our dreams in 2019, I will give it my all and wish everyone reading this the power to achieve their goals.kweezy14ParticipantNovember 18, 2019 at 5:24 amPost count: 154
heyho, looks like your are doing well and are on the right path my man! Lets keep hitting our head vs the wall and at some point we will break throught it! How does your study plan look like exactly? do you have written down topics for each week you want to work on?
Good luck on the tables!
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