rye_tomyParticipantMay 3, 2019 at 10:55 pmPost count: 570
Siiick month! Congratz man! 👍 Nice to hear that you will start mixing up turbo sngs. You will see how it goes, but at the beginnings be carefull not too play too many tables like you said (more than 6-7) plus now even mixing hypers and turbos together. Quickly might be overwhelming. Just from my experiance. Anyway gl and im curious what you will say about turbo sngs :)sir_djunParticipantMay 4, 2019 at 3:14 amPost count: 51
Lekker bezig Tomm!
Ga volgende week ook weer 4 wkn volledige focus op poker! Je coaching en blog zijn een voorbeeld en inspiratie voor velen denk ik. Ga zeker zo door!
Ik zal ook doelen opstellen voor de komende maand en aan het einde hierop terug kijken.
Education is important, but riding a motorcycle is importanterrye_tomyParticipantMay 13, 2019 at 12:51 amPost count: 570tommie_toParticipantJune 12, 2019 at 10:15 amPost count: 85
Hey, time for a quick update. I finished my volume goal, but it took a bit longer than expected since I had fewer days to play than planned. I played way more consistently though which I really liked, push/fold spots reviewing worked, reviewed more postflop hands than before. However, I did not watch the RYE I was planning to watch, I improved at not looking at results, but I still looked once every few days and I had one MTT session.
Although I failed a few goals, I am still super happy about how I have been improving. For the next month, I want to push my volume for a bit on the one hand, but on the other hand, I will be really busy with studies and holidays after that and so on. So I won’t set a volume goal for the next period of time, but I will try to push for some good volume anyways. Gl at the tables and I’ll see you around!lanestarsParticipantJuly 9, 2019 at 10:17 amPost count: 2tommie_toParticipantAugust 12, 2019 at 10:10 amPost count: 85
Hey! Since I am back from my holidays, I will have some time for poker again. I played during a few evenings when on holiday, but since I was not allowed to play in all countries I visited due to legislation in some countries and since I wanted to spend time with family and friends as well, I did not play that much. Even when I played, I mixed in some MTTs, turbo STTs, and so on. Despite the low amount of playing, the number of study hours was okay and I have definitely been improving a lot during the holidays.
Over the coming few weeks, I will be able to play more consistently. I have been starting to build a sample on 30s. Although the sample is not large enough yet to draw conclusions, there is a tendency that I am beating these games. My results are okayish, my EV in $ is okayish and the BB/100 in those as well, but I am definitely not crushing yet and some regs definitely have an edge over me. That being said, I have improved a few things strategically this holiday I think, so I am looking forward to getting a bigger sample of results. Even more, I might actually want to start taking shots at the 60s soon, since my results almost allow me to, my bankroll allows me to and it might be the most efficient way up in stakes, even if it is just for the learning experience. Also, games in the 30s run so rarely, that it would take like 2 years to get the sample of games I would actually want to be 100% sure about having an edge based on results.
However, I am struggling with this mental game issue where I am afraid of the potential downswings that can happen when moving up stakes; I had it before and it gets worse and worse since the amount at stake gets higher. When in-game, it is not an issue: I feel like I play my A-game, no matter the stakes. However, it sometimes discourages me from getting in more volume at higher stakes or discourages me from moving up. Since this problem will probably get worse and worse over time if I don’t tackle it, this is something I am gonna be focusing on, since I need to get over it in order to be able to move up to the highest stakes long term, which I want real bad.
I’ll set up a volume goal and study goals for the next 3 weeks:
-1 hour on an average of studying a day, mainly before playing a session
-Running scripts and such overnight when sleeping to maximize study efficiency
-1500 games. (I am gonna decrease volume a bit to focus on implementing new strategies I learnt during the holiday, to be able to deal better with the mental game issue, and so on).
-No trips to other formats
-Mixing in 60s when confidence levels are solid
See you around!
Tom “tommie_to”sir_djunParticipantAugust 12, 2019 at 10:15 amPost count: 51
Welcome back my young padawan. Good goals I think. Downswings are part of the game, but we are all very confident that you can do it and will go back down in stakes when needed. HF!
Education is important, but riding a motorcycle is importanterrye_tomyParticipantAugust 13, 2019 at 8:05 pmPost count: 570
<p style=”text-align: left;”>I also have same problems. For me was best that i didnt look what stake it is particular sng, when i was mixing stakes or try to move up. If you have enough br then just dont limit yourself with like 20bi downer, because you know that nobody can get away from that.</p>
To build up your confidance, you can say into mirror like im the best reg on this stake and i will crush everybody! And then start playing 😁
Anyway gl at 60s and keep us updated! 😉tommie_toParticipantSeptember 17, 2019 at 8:13 pmPost count: 85
Hi! A quick update:
Over the past few weeks, I have been getting in a bunch of 60s. The sample is still insignificant, especially since games are running rarely, but I felt comfortable at most times playing in the games. Playing them still drained a lot of energy though, but I think this should get better over time.
I succeeded in almost all goal, expect of the trips to another format one. I played a tiny bit of cash games and a few MTTs. However, it did not bother my 6 max hyper growth too much I feel like, so it could be worse.
For the next period of time though, my main focus will be on my university studies (which started a few weeks ago), and because that is draining energy as well, I don’t want to combine it with grinding 60s for now. So for the next few weeks, I will stick to grinding 15s and 30s hypers only. I will have exams in a few weeks though, so in the next period of 4 weeks, there will be 1.5 weeks of no poker probably.
For the next 1.5 months, I will set the following goals:
-Get in a bare minimum of at least 3k games (preferably more)
-Doing a 15-30 minute warming up routine before the start of my session
-Studying 5 hours on topics I am working on.
See you around!
Tom “tommie_to”rye_tomyParticipantSeptember 20, 2019 at 9:16 pmPost count: 570
Yes better to not bother with 60’s and variance while studying hard for university. GL with exams! :Dkweezy14ParticipantOctober 1, 2019 at 1:50 pmPost count: 154
Hey Man, Just read last page of your blog and just read this: “I am afraid of the potential downswings that can happen when moving up stakes” […] “, it sometimes discourages me from getting in more volume at higher stakes or discourages me from moving up” and suddenly I noticed that I have the same mental issue. I wasnt even really aware of it but now I read it in your blog, it is undeniable there! Would you mind sharing what you do to fight it? Do you set yourself volume goals on higher stakes or what do you think helps?
Anyway, thank you very much for sharing this, only because of it I realised that I have this mental leak and you helped me a lot!
Weezytommie_toParticipantOctober 1, 2019 at 11:05 pmPost count: 85
Hi Weezy! I haven’t really solved it for myself (yet). Not looking at the bankroll during grinding helps as well, but this I have already been doing for a long time. Volume goals at higher stake are kinda tough since if you take shots and you hit a downswing, you might wanna and probably should move down earlier than reaching the volume goal. I will try this thing for the next period of time though:
Creating a kind of “Shot-taking” bankroll. I still have to figure out how I want to construct this bankroll, but it would basically be a bankroll besides my actual bankroll that is 100% for shot-taking for soft games. What I have been thinking of, is letting this bankroll grow with 1/4th of my expected profit per game, build a shot bankroll of let’s say 20 BIs of the higher limit this way, wait for confidence levels to be high enough and to not be in a downswing, and then keep on shot taking until I busted the shot taking bankroll. At a given point, the shots will be successful if I am a winning player and I can do something similar for limits higher than this limit. Also, since the shot bankroll is just 25% of winnings, I will still be up 75% of the profit on average after the shot taking, so my bankroll still grows even if you lose your shots. If 25% turns out to be too passive, I might go for 50%, 67%, 75% for example. I am going to experiment with this :)
Thanks for reading my blog and good luck at the tables.
See you around!
Tom “tommie_to”tommie_toParticipantDecember 17, 2019 at 1:53 pmPost count: 85
Hi! It has been a long time since I updated my blog. It probably has to do with that I mainly feel like updating the blog when on a bankroll peak and that I don’t want to bother others too much with it when things are rough. I hit a tough stretch in hypers, hitting the biggest downswing I have had so far, but basically, I have fully recovered. Even though I went through it quite comfortably, relatively speaking, it still hurt my volume a bit. My learning curve has been really steep once again though (also due to some added hours of studying), which I am super happy about. Even more, I started mixing in some MTTs now and then, with decent results. I like the variety compared to 6 max hypers, I like the relatively low level of opponents compared to hypers and also, players that are in the same communities as I am, seem to have a lot of success in them. I am aware of the higher swings in MTTs compared to STTs, but I will try to keep avoiding the massive fields with quick structures, and mainly focus on soft games with small fields (888 poker mainly), unless I am extremely well rolled for those.
I am not sure how my future few months will look like, but I think I am gonna continue mainly playing the same stakes as I have been recently, but I will try to take opportunities at higher stakes when games are soft. If I keep improving as I have been over the past few months, I should be able to beat those stakes eventually I am sure. I feel like my theoretical knowledge is good enough to beat the games, but I might lack skill in implementing this knowledge in-game and converting it to long term results. These needed skills might also come with putting in more volume, which is quite hard to do while studying a lot and having to spend time on uni as well. When I play, quantity vs quality is quite a struggle for me. Recently, I think I found a sweet spot though, which is more leaned towards quality while getting in decent volume still.
At last, I started mixing in some hypers at PartyPoker as well. Games have been running well, there are leaderboards running, and even though the games are quite reg-heavy, there are more than enough recreational players and games are definitely worth trying out. So if you haven’t, be sure to check it out! The reason I have not been putting my full volume on PartyPoker yet is that I won’t be able to compete for the leaderboards because I won’t be able to spend enough time to do so. But even besides that, games are definitely worth trying out.
Last but not least, my in-game mindset has been better than ever. I have been cutting sessions of less often, and I have been mainly focusing on decisions rather than results, which is obviously the way to go. Even more, over the past few weeks, I have been in a few relatively big spots in MTTs, but I was fully able to focus on my decisions, pulling the trigger if needed and not letting the money and such influence my decisions much if any. That being said, I still need to take steps off the table, which involves deciding to play some higher stakes now and then, and spending study time more efficiently.
Last but not least, we had an awesome meet up with the PokerDutchies last week. It already was the third time we met up, and it was as awesome as the 2 times before, if not even better. So if you are Dutch and are not in this Discord yet, be sure to join by either using this link https://discord.gg/yjTPvZ and if it is not valid anymore, be sure to hit me up on Discord (should be possible via the RYE discord).
Maybe a bit of a longer and vaguer blog than usual, but I figured it would still be better than not posting anything at all :)
See you around, and glgl at the tables!
Tom “tommie_to”tommie_toParticipantJanuary 10, 2020 at 10:57 amPost count: 85
Hi! First of all, thanks to everyone that voted for me regarding the member of the year voting! I appreciate it a lot!
Second of all, I want to share a session I had today with mental game coach Adam Carmichael. I have been watching his videos on youtube ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl9CvZw1IsxtBVH94ByhxoQ ) since he started uploading, and I could always relate to common mental game issues he mentioned and gave solutions for. This is the reason I contacted him about it.
The issue I have been having over a long period of time, is that I am relatively nitty in my BRM, but even to an extent where I know I should probably move up, but something has been holding me back. At first, I thought it was my lack of confidence, but since I have been working really hard on my game over the past few months, I have been noticing that a lack of confidence or a low skill edge might not be the issue.
I contacted Adam, and I explained my current situation in hypers: I have played 20kish 15s lifetime with good results, 3.5kish 30s with all right results, and a really low sample of 60s (almost not worth mentioning). In theory, I would like to stick to 30s an build a large sample, but in reality, this is not possible, since games are not running often enough. (Note here that in the future on PartyPoker, this might not be the case anymore, but for now, I want to stick to playing a lot of Stars, because I think getting hands on villains and studying with a HUD will improve my learning curve).
To keep a long story short, if I keep moving up this way, it will probably take like 20 years on average to reach high stakes. So that is why I want to take care of this issue, which is probably one of the main things holding me back. We came to the conclusion that, since my main goal is to become the best player I can become and moving up is a part of that and since I am relatively process-driven and not depending on the poker money for an income, there is no really good reason besides simply fear that holds me back.
We came to the following plan:
1. I will set a stop loss for playing 60s, which in my case will be 25 BIs (1500$). If I lose this amount, I will move down what so ever.
2. I am gonna review all the 60s I play in-depth, to get more confidence in my game and to learn from mistakes/blunders.
3. Even though I started mixing in MTTs, I won’t for the nearby future, since Adam told me that based on his experience, not many players are able to make this work, and that it will be tougher for me due to my mental game issue specifically. (I will keep on studying though on the side for fun).
After this, there are a few possible results, of which the main ones are:
1. I lose my shot-taking budget, I move down, learn from the process (!!) rebuild and repeat the process.
2. I will be able to settle at 60s and do a similar process in the future on 100s as well!
Even though this is a really standard and common way of moving up, Adam helped me really well identifying the main issues and I have a lot of confidence this solution will help me a lot over time! Thanks!
I will keep you updated on my progress!
Thanks for reading and I will see you around!
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