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Bejamin1   Canada. Dec 30 2014 21:52. Posts 7042
Well, what can I say to sum it all up... Poker in 2014 was very up and down for me. I decided to start playing again sometime in midsummer and the made the choice of going full boar for the first time ever. The experience has been eye-opening to say the least and I have gained a whole new level of respect for players beating NL200/PLO200+ on a consistent basis. It takes a certain type of a person and a lot of work ethic to do that. Luckily for me, I learned that I probably am the type of person who can get there eventually if I want it bad enough.

Perhaps my biggest error in judgement this year apart from posting boring hands and whining - sorry LP - was obsessing too much over volume and results. In the short-term of poker it's really difficult to find much meaning in your actual results. It's even more foolish when you start to use things like EV, which isn't now and hasn't ever been calculated properly. Street-by-street would be very useful, but for some reason nobody has ever built that despite how easy it seems it would be to do. Maybe it has something to do with increasing the load times for databases who knows.

I'm less concerned with volume now and more focused on studying. I made the decision a few weeks ago to study my game as much as I play the game and it's made a huge difference for me. Mentally it feels better, I feel more productive and I'm enjoying poker more and more. I'm also recognizing a whole shit-ton of spots where I'm quite simply lighting money on fire for no reason. It doesn't mean $50 being tossed in spew-fest style, although once and a while that does happen, it's more the $5-15 I put into a pot where I either don't have much hope of winning or it didn't functionally help me do anything than build my opponents stack. My biggest goal in 2015 is to become as close to a zero mistake player as I can. Play Perfect, as our Starcraft heroes would say.

I've spent an awful lot of the last six months just figuring out how to learn this crazy PLO game. There are so many intricacies and so many different lines of thought out there sometimes it's hard to piece them together. The good thing is I think I've finally figured it out. I know how to learn and how to analyze what's happening in the hands I'm playing and I'm using the right analytical lens to think things through. The result is the last few weeks have left me feeling much better about my game and confident coming into 2015. Below is a summary of my results so far.

Also, a big shout-out to my coach who has been an excellent support both mentally and skill-wise. He's going to make me a crusher in this game as long as I'm willing to put the work in, I have no doubt of that.

Summary of Results:
CGs: -620
FPPs: 140K = $2,240 (In $1600 bonuses, when SN is achieved)
Stellar Rewards: $700
Total: +$2320

Goals for 2015
Get to 100PLO in the first six months, get to 200PLO by year end
Continue to use my philosophy of studying as much as I play
Whine dramatically less in hand history posts
Post interesting hands
Talk more poker with good PLO players and build up that network a bit, we're all in it together vs. Pokerstars rake anyway

Edit: Also, shout-out to JoeIngram1 for being an awesome mentor and a genuinely cool human being. Pretty big tip to give me the heads up about the 2p2 conversation and the study of Zoom PLO50 and how few players are beating the rake there. And even though I've now moved away from Zoom for now, I still believe it's beatable, just not when you're making the mistakes I had been. My worthless EV stat is also pretty ugly in that game.

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Sorry dude he Jason Bourned me. -Johnny DramaLast edit: 30/12/2014 21:55

Daut    United States. Dec 30 2014 22:32. Posts 8951

nice to hear progress. GL man

NewbSaibot: 18 TIMES THE SPEED OF LIGHT. Because FUCK YOU, Daut 

BarvyMAN   Czech Republic. Dec 30 2014 23:05. Posts 84

I would quit poker definitely, if i will be down for the WHOLE year... and for sure, you SHOULD NOT play zoom anymore !!!

mnj   United States. Dec 30 2014 23:24. Posts 3848

he made ~2500 in ~400 hours. maybe hes a student or somethin

Sleepy311   Vietnam. Dec 31 2014 04:54. Posts 122

dat rake

BarvyMAN   Czech Republic. Dec 31 2014 09:45. Posts 84

  On December 31 2014 03:54 Sleepy311 wrote:
dat rake

Hah, rakeback 70% and you are more happy than wait 12 months to get one time bonus

casinocasino   Canada. Dec 31 2014 09:54. Posts 3343

I like your posts, you put a good amount of effort into the experience which I respect.

If I can give you any advice its to think about the game more objectively instead of being focused on each hand. its to easy to get to caught up in your own overall game strategy and then have a narrow perspective on what actually works.

good luck in 2015

devon06atX   Canada. Dec 31 2014 11:21. Posts 5435

great blog post. gl in 2015

Bejamin1   Canada. Dec 31 2014 11:41. Posts 7042

  On December 30 2014 22:24 mnj wrote:
he made ~2500 in ~400 hours. maybe hes a student or somethin

It all starts somewhere . I work full-time for the government and I'm also doing my Master's thesis at the same time. So that's where the first 50 hours of my week go. Not to mention keeping up with the gym and the humans in my life. Basically, I play poker instead of Netflix as a hobby. However, it is a hobby I want to put enough time in to get better at it - because that's fun for me.

You might also want to recognize we paid 11K in rake for the privilege. I only need to close leaks to the point where I beat the game slightly better than I do now to be a massive winner by bb/100 standards. Leaks I'm pretty confident I can close because honestly they're super obvious and bad.

Sorry dude he Jason Bourned me. -Johnny Drama 


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