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  • pendul7
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    Weekly update

    Bankroll : $5.41k.

    Here’s a little review of last week. What went really well:

    • Meditation twice a day, at least 30 minutes total, CHECK
    • Cold shower only, CHECK
    • Exercise 2 times a week (more would be really hard to get), CHECK
    • Cut all chocolate, cakes after meals in the evening (COME ON!), DEFINITELY NOT CHECK
    • 3 coffees max per day, CHECK
    • Study for at least 5 hours a week, CHECK
    • 1 grinding sessions, CHECK (2)

    Study sessions were mostly passive (watching preflop videos, starting back at the very beginning) and this week, I will definitely switch back to HRC and maybe some PIO. The problem is that I don’t have any tracker on the sites I play, so difficult to review last hands’ session. But I still have hundreds of 1000’s of hands from last years, so I guess, I could just review them and I take screenshots from important preflop ICM spots. Big data analysis would be definitely good as well, looking at how I digress from GTO.

    Chocolate and shit after the last meal of the day is the big challenge for me. Not that I eat a lot of them, really small portion is good enough for me, and I eat healthy all day. But that’s just a very old habit and I want to get rid of it at some point. Ending a meal has always involved eating some sweet. I guess I could try eating a fruit instead.

    Anyway, here are this week’s goals:

    • Meditation twice a day, at least 30 minutes total (I do mostly 40 minutes, might go to a third time at some point),
    • Cold showers only,
    • NEW Reading on average 30 minutes per day,
    • Exercise 3 times this week,
    • Cut all chocolate and sweets after meals in the evening (at the very least nights when I didn’t exercise),
    • 3 coffees max per day,
    • Study for at least 5 hours a week,
    • 2 grinding sessions (+depending on how I feel on Sunday, once I moved in my apartment, I hope I’ll be able to get 4 sessions/week)

    That’s it for this week. Have an amazing week guys!

    pendul7
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    Reviewing ICM spots

    Here are some interesting spots I’m currently reviewing from last few sessions. Just posting that here so that I remember the spots better and also to have a place where I can go through them later. So I might do this on a regular basis.

    First spot

    I thought it would be a close one (I only took a screenshot of the hand reviewer so sorry for its quality): PKO on GG, ITM, 18 left, BvB, fairly short (BB=7k). In general, in a no ICM environment, it is definitely a no brainer for me to call a 10bb jam BvB. In-game, I snapped as well and then thought that might be a mistake as I was a middle-ish stack, I thought it could potentially make sense to be a little tighter.

    However, it is definitely an easy call here. While SB should jam 59% of hands, including hands like 53s, T4s and Q7o, I went for a fairly conservative assumption, with only a 42% jamming range. Even then, KJo is a call no matter what:

    Interestingly, there’s basically no ICM pressure here (or at least it is compensated by the bounty of SB). Here’s the same range BvB chipEV:

    Absolutely no difference between the two. Could we conclude that ICM pressure in bounty tournament is negligible before the FT?

    Second spot

    Final table, 4 left. Prices : $411, $313, $239, $182.

    Here the main question was, am I willing to call and flip a coin to bust the short stack (which was a decent reg) but at the same time risk to double him up and basically fall back to his stack size.

    I opted to fold and protect my stack. Assuming that he is trapping with AA/KK and jamming near GTO (around 19%), then it’s basically a whatever spot:

    I opted to fold, which I think is definitely OK as it is really a close spot and the opponent might be sometimes a bit tighter than what he should be so that I’m profitable with my call (not 100% sure he’s jamming J9s/K9s and some of these hands that I crush). Also, I might be in a better spot for future game situations.

    happygaylucky
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    Hey pendul how’s it going? Just caught up with your blog again its good to see you back. I looked over those ICM spots you posted and thought I’d give my comments.

     

    KJo hand

    It’s not so clear how deep you are in terms of blinds but looks like a solid call.

    I was wondering about your conclusion when saying that there is no ICM in bounty tournaments before the FT. I’m not quite sure what you meant but the bounty MTTs on GGPoker turn into regular tournaments once you are ITM so this is certainly not a good general rule to apply to other bounty tournaments.

    Also, I noticed that GGPoker tend to have very top heavy structures in their smaller MTTs, like the 10.50 bounty hunters for example. In these top heavy structures, ICM tends to have much less of an impact before the FT. This is likely why you see here that your spot is very similar to chipEV.

     

    KJs hand

    I liked your analysis. Without seeing what you assigned villain as a rejam range I was also assuming that KJs would be marginal. However, there are some future game/meta reasons that you might want to take a marginal spot here:

    1. More inclined to take the spot if winning this hand makes you CL for the 3-handed part of the FT.

    2. More inclined to take marginal spots vs a reg, especially if the 2 other players are recreational players. It will always be more profitable for you to play vs the recreational players in the 3-handed part of FT than the regs, so busting the reg has some positive future EV implications.

     

    Just some things to keep in mind and add to your discussion :)

     

    Look forward to seeing another update soon. I hope your week went well. Good luck.

    pendul7
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    Hey man, thanks a lot for your comments, great insights!

    First hand, I was around 15bb and SB had 10bb. Yeah that screenshot is not great, for sure.

    As for the Bounty tournaments in GG, they changed the structure of the tournament recently and now it has become a very standard PKO tournament, in which you get 50% of the bounty right away. So that’s why even though I was ITM, there was still bounties in play. I must say I pretty happy with that, I don’t think these tournaments will be less profitable because of the change, but now there are no more insane ICM pressure on the bubble in case you have a big bounty. And finally, I get to play some regular PKO again which I missed a lot!

    But in this case, as you said, the facts that there are bounties in play + top heavy payout structure are two reasons why the ICM pressure is actually negligible here. Or, more precisely, the bounty in play compensates here exactly for the ICM pressure.

    About the KJs, I totally agree with you and I must say I didn’t quite see it that way, but that is definitely true and great things to consider. The other two players were unknown but mostly because they had very small volume on GG, hence I would tend to say they are more recreational than anything else.

    Thanks again man, I really appreciate your post!

    pendul7
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    Happy New Year!

    Bankroll at the beginning of 2019 : ~$1.58k.

    Bankroll at the end of 2019 : $4.85k.

    So again, I’ve been away for quite some time now. I moved to a new place at the end of 2019 which kept me fairly busy. But I’m really happy about it, and it’s the first time of my life that I’m living alone. It’s nice so far. Here just a picture of the best part of the apartment : my grinding station and my bookshelves (and the beamer of course because who’s still got a TV nowadays?).

    Oh and I know I still have to put some lamps and hang stuff here and there. Yeah, whatever :-)

    Poker

    Let’s talk a bit about poker. After an insane upswing in November last year, I had then I think by far the worst month I’ve ever had in December. I played at least 2 sessions every week, sometimes more, and had no profitable session (literally none). I was feeling absolutely powerless, yet I managed to keep my emotions under control and that is truly amazing. I strongly feel that all the work I’ve done on myself over the past month has been so beneficial. I’m not saying it was easy, but definitely helped because before I would have quited / smashed something more than once.

    Also, I only lost around 13% of my bankroll, which is not so much after all. So one more argument why BRM is so important and key to success in poker. You can’t avoid downswing and you never know how long they are going to last. So I will definitely not change it although I sometimes want to play higher because it’s taking quite some time to grow a bankroll. It doesn’t matter, that is the way! And I multiplied it by 3 in 2019, so I guess that’s not bad, and I hope I can do that as well in 2020 (or better?).

    Anyway, the downswing finally ended yesterday with three wins (rather small ones but still) and a good profit which made up for a good part of December and was an incredible start of 2020.

    Goals for 2020

    Now let’s talk about goals :

    • Be more dedicated to poker, that means:
      • 20 hours per week for poker at a minimum (I still work part time and I prefer to start small but do it)
      • Study sessions more consistent (25% of the time)
      • Grinding sessions (75% of the time)
    • Daily routine with:
      • Yoga (sometimes only 5 minutes but doing it nonetheless)
      • Meditation (20 minutes at least, and twice a day if possible)
      • Cold shower (once in the morning as a minimum)
    • I also want to make this blog live again. The only problem is that I’m not sure how. It seems I don’t have the discipline to make a weekly post, but mostly because I don’t what to say. Maybe I could just stick to simple structure : weekly review and goals. Now that I’m settled in a new place, I guess it could work. It did for so long so why not?

    Finally, I came up with an idea of monthly challenges, so a new one every month. So far I have :

    • January : no alcohol/drug
    • February : no social media (Whats app excluded)
    • March : sleep at least 8h / day
    • April : no biscuit, cake, chocolate, etc.
    • May : no coffee
    • June : plank every day

    Some months will be easier than others, like April and May will be tough for me for sure. But I like this idea. We’ll see about the second part of the year, I’m still looking for ideas (reading? no porn? talking to strangers? …).

    Well that’s it for now!

    I wish you all an amazing, joyful and happy year, and of course LET’S CRUSH! Cheers!

    iliketrains
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    Hey pendul,

    I’ve been silently following your blog for a while. So as it’s now 2020, I want to take the opportunity to wish you all the best for this year and good luck with your goals!

    Also I implemented daily cold showers and meditation into my routine. How is it going for you? At my first cold shower I felt like I’m going to die but it’s getting better :D

    In January I also always cut off alcohol for at least one month, it’s a good thing and helps me alot.
    As you are looking for challenge suggestions: Maybe you also want to add a “>10.000 / day steps” challenge

    See you

     

    pendul7
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    Hey pendul,

    I’ve been silently following your blog for a while. So as it’s now 2020, I want to take the opportunity to wish you all the best for this year and good luck with your goals!

    Also I implemented daily cold showers and meditation into my routine. How is it going for you? At my first cold shower I felt like I’m going to die but it’s getting better :D

    In January I also always cut off alcohol for at least one month, it’s a good thing and helps me alot.

    As you are looking for challenge suggestions: Maybe you also want to add a “>10.000 / day steps” challenge

    See you

    Hey man, thanks a lot for stopping by and taking the time to write! Thank you and all the best to you too for 2020!

    About cold showers, the first one was the most important : I struggled for like 30 seconds, breathing heavily and moving in all directions, and then I just told myself “Why the fuck are you doing that? That’s just cold water, calm down!”. And it changed everything. And now whenever I’m struggling, I just breath slowly and try connecting with my feelings. I think it’s a great exercise along with meditation. How do you do that? Do you have any strategy to cop with the cold?

    Funny that you suggested this 10’000 steps/day, I had the same idea this week-end talking with a friend. Pretty good one for sure, I guess it’d be nice for July or August!

    Cheers!

    pendul7
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    Weekly update

    Bankroll : $5.47k.

    So let’s try to get back on a good routine. I’ll try to focus on my goals, that are threefold: poker, daily routine, and monthly challenge. So why not structure my weekly reviews with those?

    Poker

    As said, rough end of 2019, but amazing start of 2020! I had only 2 sessions, but already 4 trophies, including one in the Winter Holidays Series on GG. I got only $293 as it was a $2.10 but I’m actually more happy for the trophy itself then the money as it was a 1000+ players field.

    I also tried to evaluate my ROI over 2019. Using sharkscope and some deductions as some sites are not available there, I assume that I played around 3000 tournaments, which seems actually lower than I expected, but there was a lot going on in 2019 (working full-time for most of it) so I guess it’s alright. My ABI over the whole year was somehow around $5.50, bringing my overall ROI to 20%. Definitely not as good as I’d like to be, but considering my assiduity when studying in 2019, I don’t think I could have hoped for more. And it could have been worse for sure!

    Daily routine

    Minimum is alright, but I have a hard time doing more than that. I really wanted to make a habit of meditate twice a day, but it’s often really hard when going out, of simply when I’m too tired to meditate in the evening (I’d just fall asleep and I think it’s pretty much pointless). Not sure I’ll manage that. But I also really need to be more consistent with reading.

    Monthly challenge: alcohol/drug

    Alcohol is no problem for me, but I must say that I like to smoke from time to time, especially CBD (weed with no THC basically), and it’ll be harder than I thought. But no question whether or not I’ll make it: I decided to go for it, so I’ll make it.

    All the best guys!

    iliketrains
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    Hey,

    About cold showers, the first one was the most important : I struggled for like 30 seconds, breathing heavily and moving in all directions, and then I just told myself “Why the fuck are you doing that? That’s just cold water, calm down!”.

    great thought process. Honestly I almost surrendered at the first time and thought like: “OK, maybe I am a pussycat”. But I remembered bencbs word: “EXECUTE NOW” and finally I managed to do it.

    Do you have any strategy to cop with the cold?

    My strategy:

    1. Start with legs + arms
    2. continue with torso + head
    3. switch to warm water
    4. switch again back to cold

    Works good for me and I have read on the internet, that the benefits come from switching between cold/hot/cold and then let the body warmup by itself.

    Funny that you suggested this 10’000 steps/day, I had the same idea this week-end talking with a friend. Pretty good one for sure, I guess it’d be nice for July or August!

    Yeah, I also think that July/August would be great months for it and Switzerland has beautiful landscapes.. I walk around every second day close to St. Gallen for > 10.000 steps during lunchtime :)

    As said, rough end of 2019, but amazing start of 2020! I had only 2 sessions, but already 4 trophies, including one in the Winter Holidays Series on GG. I got only $293 as it was a $2.10 but I’m actually more happy for the trophy itself then the money as it was a 1000+ players field.

    Good job! Feels good to win larger MTTs, even when the prize pool is smaller

    pendul7
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    My strategy:

    1. Start with legs + arms

    2. continue with torso + head

    3. switch to warm water

    4. switch again back to cold

    Works good for me and I have read on the internet, that the benefits come from switching between cold/hot/cold and then let the body warmup by itself.

    Very interesting about the benefits of switching from one to the other. I’m always going for cold only, but maybe your body is better at managing internal heat with that strategy? I’m actuallly looking for something to be able to better stand the heat during Summer, it usually fucks me completely and I don’t have energy anymore, can’t do shit and that’s annoying. Especially as Summers are getting hotter and hotter every year.

    Yeah, I also think that July/August would be great months for it and Switzerland has beautiful landscapes.. I walk around every second day close to St. Gallen for > 10.000 steps during lunchtime :)

    I didn’t know we were neighbors :D always nice to meet like-minded people not far from where you live (I’m near Neuenburg as you may have read).

    iliketrains
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    Very interesting about the benefits of switching from one to the other. I’m always going for cold only, but maybe your body is better at managing internal heat with that strategy? I’m actuallly looking for something to be able to better stand the heat during Summer, it usually fucks me completely and I don’t have energy anymore, can’t do shit and that’s annoying. Especially as Summers are getting hotter and hotter every year.

    Actually I don’t know if it’s really better to switch between cold/hot/cold. But in a YT video a doctor explained it that way and basicaly compared the effect with Sauna.The downside is obv the higher water consumption..

    But however – I guess the most important thing is to keep executing :D

    Luckily I don’t have big issues at all with heat…

    I didn’t know we were neighbors :D always nice to meet like-minded people not far from where you live (I’m near Neuenburg as you may have read).

    :D actually I am from Austria but I work close to St. Gallen. The upside is that I’m able to play at stars/party,…
    The downside… when it comes to taxes, Austria isn’t the place to be

    I saw that we share a few Discord groups (f.e. I joined two days ago the private mindset class group) so I guess we’ll stay in touch anyways :) My name there is “Tischgiraffe”

    pendul7
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    :D actually I am from Austria but I work close to St. Gallen.

    Oh ok, nice, well Switzerland is the best in terms of taxes for poker as there’s no tax up to CHF 1 million. But yeah, obviously, beside cash games in casino, it’s getting tougher everyday.

    I saw that we share a few Discord groups (f.e. I joined two days ago the private mindset class group) so I guess we’ll stay in touch anyways :) My name there is “Tischgiraffe”

    Great investment, man, so important to invest on ourselves to grow as poker players but also as individuals. Enjoy!

    pendul7
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    Weekly update

    Bankroll : $5.36k.

    Same structure as last week. Am I back on track?

    Poker

    Tough week in general, with no real big results. Very happy with my mindset though, stayed strong even when nothing was going my way.

    I still have some work to do on focus, especially when I get to 3-4 tables at the end of the session. At least, I’m aware of it.

    Actually, now that I strongly feel I made a big step towards solving my tilt issue (don’t want to say it’s done as it’s most likely never going to be), I’m considering buying a new standing desk (as I don’t risk to break it into 2 pieces anymore). I have that at work and it’s great not to spend the whole day sitting.

    Daily routine

    All good for now, although the biggest struggle is the second meditation of the day. For sure, sometimes I don’t really feel like it but more than that, I’m usually pretty tired at night and I just fall asleep. We’ll see how it goes. 20 min/day is already pretty decent.

    I also added started today a new objective, which is to read at least 15-30 minutes a day. I wanted to make it 1 hour but hey, let’s be realistic. I really want to get this one done.

    Monthly challenge: alcohol/drug

    All good! Worst part is just saying no when everyone else is drinking, but not so bad after all. And I’m actually more thinking about how tough it’ll be next month with social media (but great as well) haha!

    All the best guys!

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