2nd month in of 2013, few changes in my life and the grind going strong. Heading of to Vienna in 6hours and can’t find my passport. Enjoy the art work.
A lot has happened since my last blog in terms of poker. I got off to a good start to the year profiting around 8k in the first two weeks and was feeling extremely positive and motivated during this time. I was running well in all forms of poker and was in profit for 6 max hyper SNGs, MTTs and heads up SNGs. However bad variance kicked in and I started playing all the wrong games. I was playing big MTTs and a lot of 6 max hyper turbo SNGs and didn’t really focus on giving commitment to heads up.
I was also playing players that really weren’t worth playing at the stakes. Rather than waiting to play fish, I played games against good regular players.
My thinking at the time was to get as many games in as possible to get to get my money back when in reality it would have been better to just wait for the best possible games. I also lost money to a player where I broke a personal rule in which I previously had of loosing no more than 4 buy-ins to anyone in a single session. However it was really difficult for me to stick to this rule when one particular player was two tabling me that I didn’t recognise and he was calling all ins full stack with hands like 5 2 so I couldn’t bring myself to press decline when I was loosing buy-ins to him.
To cut a long story short, I lost 27/30 games to him before he declined me. Here was my next 3 weeks to the year after the good start:
I felt defeated after this and took a much-needed break from poker. I also had thoughts about quitting poker and getting a job but no real substantial thought or plan went into getting a job. It was just a tilted thought and statement to show my anger for the game with no real substance to the statement.I then got introduced to a hypnotherapist called Elliot Roe by my brother Rocmar87. Here’s a brief introduction from him on what he does. ” I’m Elliot Roe, a hypnotherapist based in Las Vegas who specialises in working with Poker players and MMA fighters to help them improve performance. I used hypnotherapy to help clients understand and resolve the root causes of any irrational behaviour that is effecting their game. This irrational behaviour could be tilt, anxiety, motivation issues, ego wars or a number of other issues effecting optimal performance at the table. For more information, watch my introduction to hypnotherapy and poker video http://www.pokervip.com/poker-coaching/videos/view/157 and on my testimonials page http://www.poker-hypnosis.co.uk/testimonials/“
Elliot has specially designed a heads up warm up MP3 now out on HUSNG.com. He also sells other MP3s, including a post session warm down, prep for live sessions and prep for online sessions. You can view more info on the packages, as well as a free sample, here: http://www.husng.com/content/mindset-pregame-warmup-heads-up-poker.
Usually I’m very negative towards this sort of thing but there are so many players who have benefited from his hypnotherapy and don’t tilt anymore as a result.
He has taught them to become emotionally detached from the games they play and as a result, their results have been extremely consistent so I thought it was certainly worth a try.
He charges $150 an hour or you can get a discounted price at $550 dollars for 5 hours. I certainly recommend it to any poker player because we’re only human and none of us like loosing so naturally emotions can take over. After a few of these sessions with Elliot I now feel above the game and take care with every decision with a much more logical, professional outlook on what is actually happening and not the usual negativity and thinking “I’m running way worse than I actually am” attitude of before.
In this time since working with Elliot Roe, I’ve improved my attitude towards poker so much and feel so emotionally uninvolved. The only MTTs I have played is the heads up hyper turbo knockout which is what I’m grinding anyway. I’ve been a lot more logical in situations and am starting to treat poker more like a job rather than just playing for the sake of playing at any given opportunity despite not being in the correct mindset or correct environment to grind. I was also feeling satisfied when I was winning and feeling frustrated when I was loosing. Now every time before I play , I listen to a mp3 from Elliot Roe that gets me in the zone so I’m so much more focused now when in a game and my mind is on the game only. When I’m starting to feel tilted or frustrated, or feel like I’m going into auto pilot mode, I realise it straight away. I take a short break and come back focused again. Since this time I’ve made money and instead of having the attitude of :
“I’ve dropped a lot of money. I want it back quickly to reach my peak again. Let me try bink something so I can get out of the hole sooner rather than later.”
As a result of this thought process, I then play bigger stakes and the hole gets deeper very quickly with MTTs. This is most probably the attitude of most gamblers and I would expect it’s emotionally very challenging.
However, now I take it one game at a time. All I can do is control what I am doing. More than likely, the result will be that I will come out on top. It’s only money and it’s important to keep poker and social time separate and have a clear perspective of the bigger picture and what’s really important.
I’m also going to get my fitness up because it was abysmal. I’ve bought a bicycle, play badminton once a week and play football competitively (using the term very widely) twice a week. Anyway I’m going to leave you with a few random pictures and a song my brother introduced to me to.
Healthy eating. Trying to have 5 pieces of fruit and veg a day. (mainly fruit though. hate veg)
Fun way of getting fit. Good workout.
On the grind.
Start of weekend away in Nottingham.
two brothers and marge.
My first Video Blog in a while….I should be making them more of a regular thing from now on hopefully!
Part 2 is coming in the next few days where I talk about waking up in Vienna Hospital, busting the tournament and my plans over the next month
It was a weird spot to say the least. I was playing my usual deep stack 9 handed tournament hand ranges, which at these stages of the tournament was very tight aggressive. I felt my table image was represented like that but obviously as always it is pretty clear I am a person who grinds online, there’s something about an online grinder, it’s not hard to spot them.
I was in the BB with kc10s, in this case it is a pretty good hand, but in reality this unique spot would have been a spot where I would play a wide range of hands. I learnt a long time ago that anything you do in poker is a unique snap shot moment, every moment you are in, when playing poker, you have the thought process of will this be +ev in the long run. Seen as I rarely all out bluff, I like to have it with a random hand at a random time when I feel it is least expected my the victim (bar the times the hero calls you off and you look like a donkey and it’s gg and on to the next one). I didn’t go into the hand 100% bluffing but I was calling pre flop with the intention of representing hands such as sets on low boards, and on some wet boards maybe representing some hands a bb calling range couple perceptively hit.
The pre flop action, utg+1 raises on my BB, this player a very competent player, has the knowledge I do not like playing OOP, I perceived this range to be pretty wide but not super wide given he is still utg+1, if I assigned a range like 67s+, 10Jo+, all PPs, a8s+ a10o+ would be pretty close but as always with a great player like this, I can always add a few random balance hand in that doesn’t fall into his raise for value range. The button called, the bottom was one of the loosest players on the table, had classed him as a fish, some body who would over play hands. A good assigned range for him flatting would be 45s-KQs, 89o+, all pp’s 22-88, A2s-AJs, A7o-AJo.
The flop came 7c5c3h. I was first to act. I had previous knowledge that player UTG+1 folded AA when I lead out in a 3 handed pop prior, I showed down and set this time, I believe he would sometimes think I am balancing but sometimes leveling by taking the same line back to back. This player would consider all angles, it seemed like a perfect time to throw a hand where I have pure air into a spot and work off the information my opponents give me, leading here is going to set the dynamic for any further actions. I lead half the pot into both players. The original player flat called. I perceived this as weak and a lot of the times floats for further streets, lots of his hands with flush draws, bare ace of clubs sometimes 68 and sometimes a7. I believe he would re raise all sets, all over pairs, the reason for this is the opponent on the button would be getting extremely good odds to call with a draw or something so he would have to protect his equity and slow playing just isn’t an option in this spot + in the past I have noticed this player liked to pile in a lot of chips when he had good hands and faced with aggression.
The button then came over the top for around 2.5 times my bet, I thought for 10seconds and 2.5times his bet back at him. The reason I done this was, the perceived situation so far from his shoes could go something a long the line of: Player one weak leading out to steal pot because flop is low, player two is weak just flat calling number one. I perceived his ranging range to be some squeezes with semi draws, some top pair type hands especially with ace kicker, he doesn’t have a flopped straight often at all. His range does weight towards, pairs, 8s sometimes 9s and straight draws or pairs and flush draws.
Opponent UTG+1 folds as expected and the bottom calls, this to me cleared the hand up here. If my opponent had a hand he was willing to go all in with he would choose this time to commit himself to the hand and go with it. The only made hands I could see flatting this bet would be 46 or clubs and that’s about it, he sometimes flat calls smaller sets but if this particular player just flats a set then I think I can push him on it on future streets given if he was confident he would have went with it on the flop. What ever hand he had, by him flat calling this bet I was confident that I was barreling the turn on most turn cards. My perceived range at this point should be something like this: A7, 75, 46, 77, 55, 33 and some combo draws and some over cards and flush draws, I am very confident air isn’t in my perceived range at this point.
The turn came and off suite 2, I didn’t think this card changed much to the hand unless opponent had A4 some how but this would have flatted the flop giving the implied odds and the two people in the hand. I was confident in finding out what my opponent was holding here on the turn or making him fold. I chose a decent size of close to half pot bet, this I believed from this opponent would narrow his calling range to A7, 75, 76, 78, and possibly 33 but I do not think 75 or 33 would flat this turn bet, I believe they would go all in, I strongly believe that all sets, and straights would be putting all the clips in on this bet on this turn if not already done by the flop. My opponent called after a long thought, I felt he was nervous and didn’t want to call but for some reason he still couldn’t fold, I was really leaning towards the hands with gut shots and pairs in them, flush draws with pairs would be more comfortable calling the turn bet than this man was, he seemed to have a hard decision.
I made up my mind that this opponent was probably fishy enough to call of most of the hands in his turn calling range on the river if I was to shove all in, I was confident in the fact that I could rep a flush if it came especially when I had the k of clubs, which was massive in the decision, it was unlikely he had hands like Kc Qc and Kc Jc etc. so I made the decision. If a club falls then I would go all in with the expectation of winning a high % of the time, and then just check folding if a brick card was to fall. I was still undecided what I would do if I hit my K or my 10 but I was leaning towards shoving all in for value given I felt it would be the best hand and better than checking down vs his range in the long run.
The river came the J of clubs and due to the premeditated decision I looked up at the card as if it was everything I was looking for (because it was) and I confidently released the words, ‘I’m all in’ at a calm collected voice, I chose my spot to stare at on the table and took the pressure as my opponent took at least 2minutes to decide and eventually fold.
I tabled the cards because I felt the uniqueness of this hand would only mess with my perceived ranges in the long run and make people make poor judgements on my ranges. I guess I also like to show off when I do such a crazy thing.
Other highlights of the WPT Flippetyflop getting too drunk on the first night and ending up in hospital. I bubbled the main event. I got kicked out of the WPT party for showing off to a girl by trying to steal drinks from the bar, the things I do when I am too drunk. I even offered the door man a 200Euro courtesy but he rejected it and we went to another club and partied all night. Great other news was when a new friend of mine came second in the 300euro side event and even more impressively back to back cashed when she won the Montesino 150euro event. Well done Gina.
Hold tight Christian Zetzche and WPT/fabphoto’s on the pictures.
2nd month in of 2013, few changes in my life and the grind going strong. Heading of to Vienna in 6hours and can’t find my passport. Enjoy the art work.
Hey guys It’s Millz_uk here…
First and foremost, I would like to apologise for taking so long putting an update on how my year has been so far ( THIS WON’T HAPPEN AGAIN). January has been a decent month for me for many reasons. I really got off to a good start in the first week of the month then the variance kicked in. I experienced some crazy swings where I lost 40 buy ins in two days on two different occasions. I’m really glad I went through these swings because it made me a stronger player and thought me a lot about grinding and putting in a lot volume. In January, I played over 4k games which is the most games I have ever played in a single month.
At the start of this year I moved up to 200′s which meant I was gonna have to play some good regs to prove myself that I belong at those stakes. I lost a few thousand $$$ but I was really happy with how I played. My EV was really good and thats all I care about!
This year I’m looking to go for SNE which is going to take a lot of hard grinding,working on my game and moving up stakes. Achieving SNE is not an easy thing to do but I will try my best.So far I earned just over 70k Vpps. I’m slightly behind SNE pace,but hopefully I will catch up soon as I’m looking to play higher stakes in the near future.
Last but not least I would like to thank everyone thats following and supporting the WhyNotGrind.com blog. We really appreciate your support. I know we haven’t got off to a good start but we gonna try our best to achieve our target.
Good Luck at the tables
Whats up people!! Rocmar87 here…
I was originally going to make a video blog, but i thought that i may just do a written blog while i’m at home in the UK, and maybe save the video blogging for when i have a major update!
I do have a few things however that i want to speak about. Firstly i’m now back in the UK. I flew back from Australia to spend Christmas and new years with my family, I will be going back to Australia within the next month or so. I then plan to go to Costa Rica to meet up with some other players and hopefully be in a situation to play the WSOP main event.
Hopefully some other members of Whynotgrind decide to travel to Costa Rica/Vegas with me as they are both poker based trips!!
Goals for 2013
I think that these are goals that A LOT of players would benefit from. Firstly my routine at the moment is literally wake up, jump straight on the computer and start to play poker. I’ll play until I feel hungry, go and make myself something to eat, then jump straight back online and continue playing. Before I know it it’s been about 7 or 8 hours and I’ve just been playing consistently. I’ll then take the dog for a walk in a poor attempt to make me feel like I’ve done some exercise then I’ll come home and play more poker. Obviously In Australia when I’m with my girlfriend life is far from this as I do a lot of things with her, but in the UK when I don’t have my GF with me, this is literally how I live excluding the occasional meal with friends or family or nights out with friends.
Needless to say living this kind of lifestyle with n0 routine is really unhealthy and I’m very aware of the toll its taking on me physically. I’ve clearly put on weight, which I’m trying to do a lot about. I’m not in TERRIBLE shape, but certainly not the ripped up mofo’ Iwould like to be
Another leak of mine is that I have NO days off…… I love grinding, so it doesn’t feel like work to me…. It’s something that i enjoy. Seven or eight months ago i used to have a really strict schedule. On Monday i would not touch or think about poker, Tuesday i wouldnt’ play but i would just study poker for a few hours… watching HUSNG tutorial videos and going over hand histories, and I’d then spend the rest of the week playing solid poker. However now I don’t want to give myself a routine or a schedule and restrict myself. If I feel like playing poker, I don’t want to not be able to just because its Monday and it’s my ”day off”
So here are some of my goals for 2013!
Ill keep you updated on these as the year goes on (And I’ll expand on the ‘lawyer stuff’ later in the year)
Baked chicken, broccoli and sweet potato… Also notice my purple poker pyjama pants
I’ve also always really wanted a professional grind zone and have finally set one up…Here’s a picture!
I’m currently on my biggest ever downswing. I wont talk about figures, but to me its a substantial amount of money. It’s not really affecting me too much mentally though, and I have some of the best players in the heads up community around me making sure I keep in check… All i can do is continue to play my best and hope for the big upswing to come sooner rather than later!
I will say that I’ve never ran as bad, and I say this because my EV line relative to my downswing is the biggest gap that iv ever experienced…each game feels like cooler after cooler after suck out after cooler (you get the picture)… but i mean when you stand back and look at the bigger picture…It doesn’t matter if i have had a rough month or two, I can still do everything i wanted before the downswing, can still play the same stakes I want, so no point in dwelling on it, just move on and focus on the future!!
I also got an amazing staking deal. I didn’t intend to be staked this year, but i got offered such an amazing deal that i literally could not turn it down. TEAM 651 stake me and if you are looking for a stake, hit up the link below!!!
Thanks for reading guys. I’m going to have 3 or 4 days off from poker following this big downswing. I’m going to review my games and go over them to see if i am leaking money anywhere (and im sure there will be a few spots where i may have played different if i was running well).
Thanks so much for reading and good luck at the tables!!
We are now halfway through the first month of whynotgrind but unfortunately as a group, it hasn’t been the start we were hoping for on our journey to making 1 million in 2013. There is however many positives to take from our start!
Moca choca89 is running way under ev at the moment so all he has to do is keep doing what he’s doing and it’s more than likely he will have a nice upswing coming his way as he currently plays the biggest games in the group with an average stake of $816.
Millz_uk and Rocmar87 have put in the most volume from the group and are on track for supernova elite. Both got off to great starts but have run into some bad variance. Despite this Millz_uk is 17th on the leader board 36-100 dollar level and has actually put together the “best 100 game streak average profit” this year and Rocmar87 is 12th on the leader board 36-100 dollar level.
Flippetyflop has an average stake of $405 and has an roi of 2.7% so it’s a good start from him considering he took the first week off poker to recharge his batteries after his insane late supernova elite surge last year.
From a personal perspective it has been a decent start to the year, although it could of been a great one!
I went up to Nottingham with Flippetyflop and a friend to play the 300 pound, £150,000 pound guarantee, two day event. It got 787 runners and to cut a long story short, I made day two as a short stack, eventually finding myself with a stack of 1.1 million chips @ 20k/40k with 22 players remaining
With 50k for first prize I unfortunately lost over half my stack as I got outran by aq when I was holding 10 10 with a short stack was also allin with a8. The pot would of put me in contention as I would of had around 2 million chips and I never recovered from that eventually coming out in 21st place.
Despite this disappointment I had to move on and I have grinded a lot since then and I’ve done decent with a few highlights. I’ve come 2nd in a $25 dollar 6 max hyper mtt, also coming 4th the next day in the same mtt, with the lowlight of the past week losing 16 heads ups in a row. My graph will give you a clearer indication of my year so far.
Hello my grinders, wannabees and friends. This is my first post for the WhyNot Grind blog, I will be posting all blog posts on this site and on my own. http://www.mocachoca.com
2012 Ended with me achieving Supernova Elite which in the world of poker is pretty big, less than 1,000 people have achieved this ever. Considering the millions of poker players it’s a very tiny %. It’s a little up the pyramid but still not quite Illuminati status so I won’t brag too much about it.
I have been catching up a tonne in London and now am really ready for the new year, and really focusing on the important things such as: Making money, building a stable future, maintaining poker success, maintaining a good relationship, getting the clothing brand out there and last but not least furthering myself as an artist. I guess there my new years goals.
I am now part of a group called whynotgrind. Basically the lads from the ends want to make a $million in a year between 5 of us. Guess it’s mainly something to motivate, grind hard, keep focussed etc. I feel we have a strong possibility to make this goal. It means me probably making around $300k so it’s a nice target, I have done it one year before so if I focus hard enough I should be able too do it again.
I hope everyone had a good 2012, I hope you guys like the blogs this year. I will try and keep as active as I can. Enjoy the 1st episode of in the new Video blog series: Moca Choca I Grind Whynot.
Happy new year people.
WHYNOTGRIND WEEKLY UPDATE WEEK 1
January 1st- January 7th
Our first week of grind hasn’t gone too well as a team with us being down $-17,997 in total. It’s been a pretty amazing week for both Rocmar87 and Millz_UK posting 6.5% and 4.9% ROIs respectively.
Moca choca had a very bad run at 1k’s against Ossedede, whilst Flippety hasn’t put in much volume following his last minute Supernova Elite grind in the last week of December.
The next week should see an increased level in volume and hopefully all 5 of us can have a winning week!
We’ll also have a Moca Choca blog very shortly for you guys….stay posted!
* Graph below has been edited to include Millz_uk + Rocmar87s FTP results for the year.
So 2013 is here!
If you’re reading this it’s a certainty that you are somebody who uses Facebook, where if you’re like me you’ll have a dozen friends who proclaim ”NEXT YEAR IS MY YEAR” before monotony rears it’s ugly head and they spend the entire year bemoaning their luck until the next new years eve.
There is something though about the new year that does bring hope and promise. Critics denounce it as just being another day, which in reality it is but if it evokes a new found passion and motivation is this really a bad thing??? As a poker player I find that often my life doesn’t always run in cycles, or in a set pattern, but even for myself on a day to day basis it’s easy to lose sight of your goals, with each day seeming to blur into the next.
I think the new year should be served as a time of reflection, but also as a time to get excited about new challenges/set yourself some goals and try your best to not let setbacks and obstacles along the way get in the way of that. The REAL challenge comes in trying to maintain the same positive attitude that most of us have in January, and making it last over the whole year.
From a personal perspective 2012 was in some ways the best year of my life and in other ways the worst. In my years I’ve been a professional I’ve always managed to achieve more success than I done in the year before and I’m hoping that continues for next year. I managed to go abroad 5 times, meet a lot of new people, some of whom have become good friends. On the downside the breakup of a 7 year relationship contributed to a lack of form/volume during the end of summer/autumn, with a death in the family also having a weird effect on me even if I didn’t like to show it in public.
Towards the middle of the year I went on a serious health kick and managed to lose 10 pounds in a matter of weeks before having cartilage issues on my knee which I’m going to have an operation on before the end of January. I can’t wait to get back into football!
Due to me currently being as hungover as **** I’ll keep this short, but as is customary I’m going to write my list of goals for 2013. I’d be happy with achieving 80% of them, and I’m going to take a few weeks off in poker to set the wheels in motion. (pun intended)
Go abroad at least 8 times
Be on the roads driving by May
Get a few hobbies
Lose 2 stone in time for Vegas in the summer
Widening my social circle to more non poker playing friends.
Eat in restaurants Less
Join a football team
$650k (including bonuses)
Pace my volume well over the year
Have a husng stable by the summer.
World Series ME + Heads up Event
I wish all of you guys luck with your goals, whether they are poker or non poker related.
To steal and slightly alter a quote from one of my poker idols...remember the year is a Marathon not a Sprint!!!