Monday, 31 October 2011

october sucked or why discipline is more important than the results

Foto: my all time bankroll chart since september -47 dollars current bankroll - 60 $ or 37 pounds

so almost all october month i did not write anything here and basicly my poker carerr was the same as this blog that month - nothing what to tell about. I simple did not maanged to force myself to go for those goals that i put on me. there are many reasons for why that happend but everythign sums up to one reason - lack of discipline. first two weeks i had some personal problems that pull me out of the rythm later i tried to finish first education tasks that i set up for myself in previous post, but it appearce that a simple begginesr course at poker strategy tooks longer to do than i taugth. Well technicly i could done al homeworks quicly jsut after viewing any videos, because i already before read all basic and bronze articles but i lacked confidence in my game so i wanted to review everything with a writing a notes of every single artic to my notebook and this takes time but totally worth it. After finishing 5 lessons i started to play a little bit and kind of get to exited that did not continue on education and kept just playing.

But i was still going down in my bankroll, my session possed of some good hands a little profit and then i always go broke on stupid hand that takes all my session profit and makes day numbers down. It keep happening because of my stupid idea to mix watchin tv series and movies while playing hands. It started because i waskeep getting bored waiting for good hands on that time while you have to fold many hands you anyway do nothing so you are not focused and concentrate, also i did not want to go back to 4 tables and after great losts in multitabling I wanted to shape my skills on one table and more slowly grow number of tables till Ill be confident to play 4 tables again. So i taugth hey Ill jsut watch smthn till playing and went i get good hand Ill stop the video and concentrate on a game. But eventually you anyway start loosing concentration you mind flys not around poker and you start doing mistakes.

Money lost broke my spirit of poker but then the last day of poker i had 3 hours of poker sesion where i concentrated and won the bigges profit so far -200 BB. Maybe I was lucky but it gave me confidence to continue, honoustly i feel that i developed poker theory and my game I jsut need to force myself to be discipline to focus on game and I will progress.

While i was thinking about poker in last month i realised that I learned two lessons - 1) discipline and concentration is more important then knowledge of theory in poker (and basicly in everythin else) with idisciplini can develope my theory knowledge and with concentration i can put theory on practise 2) poker is such uniqe game that even if you play good yo ucan still lose money so i need to be concentrate not on making profit and coutned my winrate but concetrate on my game if doen a rigth choise or not. Even if i win it still can mean that i jsut get lucky so with bad play in lon run I ll lose anyway and with good game even if i lose one or two games in long run i have more probabilties to make money of that. At the end of the day the good game is something that i need to look for not money result.

And more improtant that if i want to get to my results i need to force myself for hard work even if that means to forcing myself to focus my mind on poker and paisantly waiting for good hands. It wont be easy but nothing in the world that worth having comes easy

besides that i learned that i should not lose my spirit just because of failures. Failures is compolsury if i want to learn and develope myself because how else ill knew what i need to develope if i wont faile?

So lets start a new month fresh

My goals for November

discipline myself to play to spend 6 days per week every day 10 hours of playing poker and 4 hours spending on education + every day to write this blog with what I learned and did that day.

Besides that I will have to find a job to pay my bills and probably to sponsor my poker (Ill be looking ofr it in the mornings and sending cvs, when ill start a job or if ill start a job obviuosly my previous goal will change to - just spending all the free of work time to poker)

Bring on November

Sunday, 2 October 2011

First week # busted in one hour

Above - money chart of 1st october

So last week as i mentioned in previous post I had only two days for poker. And I lost 16 dollars, a good start huh? I started MT with 4 tables at 0.10 big blinds but after one hour i lost 6 dollars due to my bad playing with middle pairs so I've moved back to the smallest possible amount 0.02 $ BB, cause obviously I needed to shape my game and couldn't afford such big lost, i obviously were losing in that level too but with smaller amount and could slowly develop my game. Next day after new 4 hours of game i started to make progress (at least i thought so) in preflop, because in MT 4 tables i felt very comfortable with quickly seeing in what position i am and how I should play according to starting hands chart. So far I decided strictly to follow this char with no exception, at least for now. on the second day after the lunch i was in very good mood, cause i was feeling that i developed my discipline on poker and a good sense how to play and more improtant i started slowly to melt my loses so i was hoping to see a plus at the end of the day, so small were left to that and than boom i got busted againts complete idiot who called my all in with a flush draw againts my set. Tha put me on a tilt and I lost even more to him later. So i needed to finish cause couldnt play normaly anymore. But Im not upset sicne it was a good tun that showed a lot of my weak sides and I learned something, needs just to keep hard work and finnaly starting to on profit, cause otherway i simple will be bankrupt and left with no money to play so my poker career will end.

In bad news i did not do alot work in poker learning througth those two days, propably because i was really tried after 8 hours of playing. All what i did is soem reading on book "Ace on a river" (very boring and useless book, only 100 pages left so i hope to finish next week and write a review) one coaching sesions on pokerstrategy and lessons one NL begginers course at

oh and I recieve a silver status on a that means: 73 extra articles (excluding omaha and 7 stud which im not playing) and 380 extra videos (OMG) in which - 20 are for NL short stack strategy. I hope to remain silver status for the next two months and than hopefuly finish all learning materials and jump to a gold

So that was my first two days


On such heavily draw board i was stupid to believe that i have the strongest hand with a set. In other hand the oponent slowplayed very well :

Preflop: Hero is BU with 2, 2 (Comment)
4 folds, Hero calls $0.02, SB calls $0.01, BB checks.

Flop: ($0.06) T, 3, 2 (3 players) (Comment)
SB bets $0.04, BB folds, Hero calls $0.04.

Turn: ($0.14) A (2 players) (Comment)
SB bets $0.09, Hero raises to $0.18, SB raises to $0.54, Hero raises to $2.98 (All-In), SB calls $2.44.

River: ($6.10) 6 (2 players) (Comment)

Final Pot: $6.10

Results follow (highlight to see):
Hero shows (2h 2c)
SB shows a flush, king high (Kd 9d)

SB wins with a flush, king high (Kd 9d)


Preflop: Hero is BU with Q, Q (Comment)
MP2 folds, MP3 calls $0.02, CO folds, Hero raises to $0.10, 2 folds, MP3 calls $0.08.

Flop: ($0.23) T, 4, 3 (2 players) (Comment)
MP3 checks, Hero bets $0.1, MP3 raises to $0.20, Hero raises to $0.97 (All-In), MP3 calls $0.77.

Turn: ($2.17) 7 (Comment)
River: ($2.17) A (2 players) (Comment)

Final Pot: $2.17

Results follow (highlight to see):
MP3 shows two-pair, fours and threes (4d 3d)
Hero shows (Qh Qd)

MP3 wins with two-pair, fours and threes (4d 3d)

Befor flop our odds: 80 againts 20 procent in my favor But I had a position so should sense that he had something on a flop :(

Anyway what good I did:

Preflop: Hero is MP3 with A, 2 (Comment)
Hero calls $0.02, 2 folds, SB calls $0.01, BB checks.

Flop: ($0.06) A, 4, 2 (3 players) (Comment)
SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets $0.1, SB calls $0.10, BB folds.

Turn: ($0.26) 8 (2 players) (Comment)
SB checks, Hero bets $0.16, SB calls $0.16.

River: ($0.58) 9 (2 players) (Comment)
SB checks, Hero bets $0.29, SB raises to $1.45, Hero raises to $2.04 (All-In), SB calls $0.59.

Final Pot: $4.66

Results follow (highlight to see):
Hero shows two-pair, aces and deuces (Ah 2c)
SB shows (Ks 4d)

Hero wins with two-pair, aces and deuces (Ah 2c)

Maybe a little to risky since he may had a flush draw and so far i don't really pay attention to those things, should start now

Preflop: Hero is MP3 with 9, 8 (Comment)
UTG2 raises to $0.08, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.08, 2 folds, SB calls $0.07, BB folds.

Flop: ($0.26) J, 7, 6 (3 players) (Comment)
SB checks, UTG2 bets $0.16, Hero calls $0.16, SB folds.

Turn: ($0.58) 2 (2 players) (Comment)
UTG2 bets $0.3, Hero calls $0.30.

River: ($1.18) 5 (2 players) (Comment)
UTG2 bets $1.18, Hero raises to $1.18 (All-In).

Final Pot: $3.54

Results follow (highlight to see):
UTG2 shows (Ks Kc)
Hero shows a straight, nine high (9d 8d)

Hero wins with a straight, nine high (9d 8d)

pokerstrategy starting hands chart sugest to fold on a middle position, so this is one from time when i wasn't folowing so stricly the chart and it shows... well it just show that you can get lucky and i did a rigth thing with shiping all in at river


Try to memorize much better starting hand chart (sometimes i still need to look)
develope After flop game on how to read a player
How to understand HUD and all this stats that elephant programs show on a player
Basicly to read player and how to recognise bluffs
TO measure amounts on after flop so i would not call to much what im doing now


to play: 50 hours
for education to spend : 30 hours

What i want to do for my poker education:

to finish NL begginers course
to finish read and review a book "Ace on a river"
to read silver articles about Others, No-Limit Short & Mid Stack Strategy,
to watch videos on NL short stack strategy at basic, bronze and silver status (40 videos in total - 10 in basic. 18 in bronze and that left about 12 in silver ?)
to review all poker learning materials on popular internet spots 9youtube, wikipedia)

that sounds like enougth

but the most important: