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  • dreamstrike13
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    Hi all,

    Recently come back to poker after starting a new business/family/ moving countries and missed being in the poker environment as I enjoy the theoretical/strategic side of the game immensely. Been playing for 20years mainly in the live environment and really wanted to have that as part of my life again. The rural countryside I live in now, while amazing for things like hiking/MTB, is not so great for poker.

    My main idea for studying is to try and understand the relationship between the GTO results we get from solvers and find where opponents differ in their play and how we can exploit them. Alongside this I hope to work on my mental game, and try and understand optimalhow best to implement this in my play, but also life.

    My goal this week is to begin working my way through the expert MTT course and try and see were I’ve played poorly in two MTTs I got to the final table this week. Main focus will be PF, and OTF as the ranges are different from EP than I’d normally play. Want to try and understand donking and fold ck/r as these are not moves a make often and want to try and figure out if this is/isn’t a correct. Another aspect I’m conscious of is I need work on is being situationally aware of what my range and my opponents ranges should be as the hand progresses.

    With that said let the study session begin!

    rye_mariano5
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    What’s up man!? Welcome back to the tables.

    Be sure to also join the discord app ASAP! It’s an amazing place to study and network.

    Good luck with the journey and keep us posted!

    dreamstrike13
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    What’s up man!? Welcome back to the tables.

    Be sure to also join the discord app ASAP! It’s an amazing place to study and network.

    Good luck with the journey and keep us posted!

    Hey man, cheers already on Discord :)

    dreamstrike13
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    Thursday Study: covered PF ranges and enjoyed the dynamic nature of the content. I liked the idea of table awareness and adjusting accordingly. Tried to implement this in my live session the following day which I had mixed results. Registered to too many MTTs and it become problematic as I was unable to focus on the specific study  task. Stopped registering and focused which was good. FT’d a decent MTT on Stars. A couple of things from that. Had a plan and adapted it on breaks which was good. Slowed everything down and thought about my range, opponents range etc and got heads up. HU game is terrible, which is one thing to work on, but really disappointed I didn’t follow through on plan execution when I was HU. Guy was aggro PF, sticky post and didn’t fold. Don’t bluff, simple…. except I bluffed twice. To be fair second time was tilt, which is something I’m working in my mental game study. All in all a decent session. BUT>>>>

    I’m a Spins crackhead. I’ve got a 28% ROI in MTTs which seems good although who know as the sample size is only 350ish. When I filer in PT4 I’ve got -8% for spins. Of my MTT winnings I’ve dusted half of that off on Spins. To be frank, my behaviour resembles the people I see in the Casinos at the slot machines when I do my live grind. Part of the issue is that the stakes I play are too low online, but I’m an online fish essentially, so playing higher seems stupid. It’s a discipline issue pure and simple. I never play Casino games live, look down on people that do and then become a complete hypocrite and shout ‘one time!!’ at spins. There’s something about spins that brings out the degen in me. I love the intense nature of the battles, the randomness of the prize, but suck hard and its too intense.

    In all honesty I’m not 100% what to do. Got the mental game of poker so will be looking through that. Need to transition from online poker being a fun thing, to a business thing. As I’m learning my goal with this is to put in an 80:20 ratio study to play. With that said, off to tackle PF 3betting and flatting.

    Will update here later what I’ve been reading in the mental game and how I intend to put it into an actionable plan with regards to Spins and tilt. The quest continues! :)

    dreamstrike13
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    Month down the line.

    Been meaning to update here for a while:

    The good:

    – The results are insanely good but essentially irrelevant as I’ve played very low volume. Volume at this point, and for the foreseeable future is going to be very low. Bottom-line, I’ve got more working capital which is nice as I’m approaching this in the same way I do my own investment portfolio.

    – 90/10 study split. Done a huge amount of study. Mainly learning GTO+ and PIO for scripting and database analysis. Also watching videos here and elsewhere actively and then tried to apply it to concrete actions in game, or in study.

    – Joined a study group.

    – learning how to learn more effectively by reading ‘Purposeful Practice in Poker’ and then implementing the ideas into my study program.

    – Not played a single Spin.

    The Bad:

    – Time management and focus need more fine tuning. More so in the sense of what to study. My problem is not that I don’t like to study, but that I find everything interesting!

    I’m somewhat torn between finishing the MTT course and focusing on the bounty content as there is so much more edge to be had in this variant. looking at spots in ICMizer and its crazy how bad I and others play as what would be normal in a freezeout can be much less so in a bounty.

    The Ugly

    – Waiting for scripts to be done. GTO+ is easier to use, but slower than PIO overall. Going to build a new computer specifically for solver work as I really enjoy it… messed up a couple times which burnt time, but it’s a marathon, not a sprint right?

    – Analysis of solver results is a serious amount of work and making sure you’ve inputted   the right paramatres is so important…… and build tree, always build tree…. Trying to be very focused, but with a huge number of flops it is going to require time.

    That’s it! This I’ll be working on over the next couple of weeks. Solution analysis and simplification, then node locking general pop tendencies from database to find ways of exploiting them. More reading and some playing and learning how to build a PC. GL to all

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