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Master Coaching

Posted by Punky159

The last item I'd like to talk about in reference to the Talent Code is "Master Coaching." I think that it's the glue that puts everything together and the drivnig force behine why a lot of people are able to rise to the top of their games. If you look closely at the top teams in sports, they usually have more than one master coach. Wether it's a swing coach, running coach, diet coach, or the play coach, the top teams usually have something that brings out the talent in their players and with that said, I think each and every one of us has the talent to accomplish great things in our lives.

With that said, how do we find that Master Coach for our poker game? Well, books might be a start... right now I'm reading Peak Performance Poker which is opening up my eyes to some different ideas. Friends who are good players are an option, training websites, tele courses, boot camps, and of course finding an individual coach who can be your own personal path to greatness.

The problem is in finding that right coach because there are masses of charletans out there, pretenders to the throne of greatness, and it's important for you to do your research.

Coaches results are one way to find the winning player, but a winning player doesn't always know how to coach or teach you in the proper manner for you. So it's also important to know what type of learner you are... visual? auditory? kinesthetic (more hands on)?

Figure out what type of learner you are, then look at coaches results, then if possible find out the results of some of their students (this will be the big tell). The final thing is affordability. I can easily afford being here at drag the bar, but at the moment, an actual paid coach is far out of reach. So maybe it's best for some of us to take things one step at a time, in phases, or LoL clusters to get us where we want to be.

I think that everyone at DTB is motivated to get better, and more importantly we have ignition which is definitely something we need. The next step is to learn how to do a deep practice that works for us, which we may already have a plan for, and if not... that Master Coach just might be the impetus that thrusts us into greatness.

Punky out

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road to 100K hands – Nov post, Dec pre

Posted by peasantonpaper

my hopes for november were to play about 30K hands and counting all bonuses this should net me about 5K.  Not to be.  i lost 2 weekends of work. one i was sick and luckily have learned not to play when sick a long time ago.  the other one i stupidly forgot to account for (anniversary weekend with wifey) when i was setting my 30K goal, so realistic goal should have been about 25K hands--which i will be short of anyway.

there's a cpl days left so i should finish right around 20K hands (+/- 2K) which is a nice improvement on the 15K i played last month.  still planning on playing 30K in december.  just moved up to 8 tabling so that should help me get there.  results-wise, i was really hot the last 5K hands and will net about 3.5K including bonuses (if i only B/E the last 2 days of play).

I'd love to be done this 100K hands by the end of January so will def have to step up my playing efforts.  December brings a great opportunity as this has been my biggest month in nearly evey year i've played.  I think Dusty mentions in his book that this could be due to christmas bonuses being gambled away by recreational players.  college (and even high school) students being off school can also be a factor.  whatever the reason for soft december games, i plan on being in a lot of them.

GL at the tbls.

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Deep Practice

Posted by Punky159

Last time, I talked about ignition and what I felt it meant. The one thing I know for sure is that you have to constantly stay ignited if you want to improve and that takes the proper motivations.

Maybe it's time to set some serious goals ala Greg Jones and the Definite Major Purpose from his Zero to Hero videos and it doesn't matter if you use the Napoleon Hill method, Tony Robbins, or any other self help guru that's out there as long as your goals are realistic and achievable. I myself have a DMP of Living a Better Life as my ultimate goal, but underneath that, I have several DMPs that I need to achieve for my ultimate goal. I know that goal setting isn't a part of my talking about the Talent Code, but it's an integral and important part of being a success. And speaking of the Talent Code, I understand a lot more now about Myelin and Ignition, but what about "Deep Practice?"

To me, Deep Practice could be done in many ways. In a former life, I was taught Mandarin Chinese over a short period of time and only at a level to give me enough of it to use as the Air Force desired. Basically a crash course in Chinese that was pretty much useless for anything but my AF job. Then years later I was sent back and taught Vietnamese. This time however, the training was more intense and the learning was broken down into clusters of information that were used in many different scenarios and in a manner that gave me a level of fluency to speak, understand, and translate at a superior level. I haven't actually used Vietnames in about 12 years, but because of the deep practice that went into training me, you could drop me in the middle of Vietnam with or without a dictionary and I'd have no problem communicating.

Then there's golf... before I had a serious back injury, I played (7 handicap) and also taught kids to play when I lived in Japan. If you watch golfers out on the range, you'll see many of them just hitting balls, and more often than not, you'll be ducking out of their way. But then there is the golfer or two, who seem to be breaking the swing down into it's basic elements, or clusters... the slow take away to get the feel, then up in an L shape, the turn and burn to finish the back swing and they will repeatedly do that until it feels right and they know they are on plane. Then they reverse the backswing, drop into the slot, get into impact and they go to the follow through and finish positions. Then you will see them do the entire proces from start to finish... What happens then is pure magic... They will start striping balls down the range, slowly at first, and then picking up their tempo until each shot moves exactly how they want it to. What do they then? Well, the good players will go home and relax and then play another day... you see, they were in a mode of deep practice for the full swing. The repeat similiar actions with the short game, sand game, and putting. Then on the days they want to play... they'll do a short version of the practice, until they reach about 75 to 80 percent of their speed... then they will go out and it's pure magic.

I'm trying to figure out different ways that I can use the theory of deep practice in poker and there are a few things that I do from going over my HH and analyzing it from different points of view, to playing a single table and recording my thought process so that I can go over it later.

But the thing about deep practice is that you will get the most out of it with proper guidance, so I guess that's where they talk about Master Coaching in the Talent Code.

Punky out

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Goal: Make $192 playing $5.20 DoNs

Posted by ChowMeinNoodh

My present goal is to not give up trying to make $192 playing DoNs.  The goal was recently $160 which should have been doable in approx. 615 DoNs if I could maintain a 5% roi or better (my roi has been 6.6% over 1.2k $5.20 DoNs) however some setbacks have changed that.

First I ran 10 buy-ins below EV for a $40 loss, my biggest losing day ever at the $5.20 DoNs.   Then, yesterday, Pokerstars froze and my computer crashed while I was 21 tabling these things which resulted in another $20 loss.  Gross.  Then, after rebooting, the Pokerstars client froze while launching and wouldn't close even after using End Task in Task Manager.  So another reboot was in store.  I asked Pokerstars what they could do about the situation so we'll see what happens.

I'll chart my progress here every 100 DoNs.

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geting back into the grind

Posted by steel88

so ive recently just come back from APPT CEBU which was amazing and really fun experience unfortunately made day 2 and then ran AQ<AK for about 18bb but its not a bad spot to not be playing poker lol. so ive been trying to get back into the online grind as i wish to try and attempt SNE next year. been trying to learn and play 6max but it just hasnt been working pretty much been b/e for about 40k hands or so at it although running 1500 below ev wen i tried to play 200nl dosent help lol. so im back to my std stomping ground 100nl fullring and im just gunna stick with it and focus as i no thats where i make my cash.

On a positive note i happen to lucksack a APPT syd package which im really pumped about as i wasnt even gunna bother attempting to play but cant wait to get back on the circuit n hang with all the regs again.

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Posted by steel88

hey guys, my names Rennie Carnevale and im a professional poker player from Australia and also a team pro @ feltstars

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The Value of Being Thankful

Posted by Jared Tendler

I’ll be honest. Years ago, Thanksgiving was mostly about food, family and football for me. I’d pay a little lip service to the idea of giving thanks, but it wasn’t something that I’d ever really taken to heart.

The last few years have been different though. It started in my career as I’ve become acutely aware of all the people who have contributed to my development as a professional, have given me opportunities, and have supported me along the way. Recognizing this has kept me grounded, focused, and at peace with the process. There have been times in my career where I wanted things to happen faster, was frustrated with results, was frustrated at myself for mistakes, got ahead of myself, and was uncertain about the future. All of these have eased up, in part because I have a clearer understanding of how I’ve gotten where I am today.

Furthermore, I’ve shared my appreciation with the people who have helped me along the way. I think that’s important, not just to being that kind of person I want to be, but to make sure they know how they’ve helped me. It's validating for me and for them. It feels good to have those conversations or send out those emails, and makes for a richer life. I don’t mean money wise. I always appreciate feedback, and assume that others do too.

I am incredibly thankful for the opportunities I’ve had in poker. I’d felt for a long time that I had an understanding of performance that could help people in an innovative and positive way...I just didn’t specifically know how. It wasn’t until I began working in poker where it took my coaching ability to the level that I had imagined.

To that end, I’m grateful to all the people I’ve met in poker, the clients I’ve worked with, and all of you have given me feedback and supported my work. Specifically I want to thank Dusty Schmidt for having the foresight not just to hire me, but also to show and support the opportunity for me to jump into poker. Barry Carter who has been helping me write my book for almost a year now, has helped me in a number of ways beyond just book writing and like Dusty, has become a close friend.

While I’ve only spoken so far about poker, I’ve done the same thing in my personal life I as have professionally. I've written a bunch of emails, written letters, made calls, etc to let the important people in my life know they are and how. It’s strengthened my relationships and the enjoyment I have in my life.

I say this mostly because there is great value personally for being thankful and recognizing what and who are important to you. You don’t have to be celebrating thanksgiving tomorrow to do it, and truthfully, I don’t wait for a holiday to tell me to. I do it regularly and when I feel it (or close to it) because I never know what tomorrow brings.

Recognize what you have and know why it's important. If you don't, it creates the need to want more and more and more. Never really satisfied with what you have. It’s cool to want more – I definitely do too, but when that drive for more leaves behind what you already have, you’ve done yourself and all the people who’ve contributed to your life or your game a disservice.

Interestingly the value of recognizing important elements, extends to poker too. The more you recognize the aspects of your game that are strong, both at and away from the table, the easier it is to maintain a balanced perspective when the cards go against you. It’s a practice that when done regularly that creates a mental stop loss. When things get bad, you know immediately what to do and what not to do. In the emotional fog that happens when poker (or life for that matter) get rough, the mind can fall quickly into downward spiral and shatter your confidence. Knowing clearly what is solid in your game (or in your life) to the unconscious competency level – where that knowledge enters your mind automatically no matter how hard the situation is – provides that mental stop loss for your confidence and allows you to be calm in the middle of a shit storm.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Zerosum Poker is back online!

Posted by zerosum79

Just wanted to mention that I have revamped my website and Zerosum Poker is back online. I will be starting to update the blog over there in parallel with my DTB blog and I am going to be adding a ton of fun free treats soon. Keep an eye on it at!


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Announcing The Release Of My New Book!

Posted by Leatherass

After months and months of hard work, I am proud to announce that my latest book that I wrote with Paul Hoppe titled Don’t Listen To Phil Hellmuth: Correcting The 50 Worst Pieces Of Poker Advice You’ve Ever Heard, is now available for pre orders. On December 6th, the book will be available to download via ebook at Around Jan. 2, the hard copy version will be released. As of now, pre-orders can be taken at this time for both the ebook and the hard copy.

Paul is the author of Way Of The Poker Warrior and I must say, is one hell of a person/writer/poker genius. Paul and I collaborated on this book in a way that I can only imagine very few authors have. We got along tremendously well, became friends in the process and it is our hope, produced one heck of a good book. I can’t say enough about Paul and his ability to help me flesh out so many of the concepts presented in this book. Had it not been for him, there is no way I could have produced this nearly 450-page book that sets the record straight on the 50 greatest misconceptions in poker.

The genesis of Don’t Listen To Phil Hellmuth is that while many people think I rose through the limits at a furious pace to become one of the biggest winners in online poker history, the fact is that it took me nearly 3 million hands before I even had a win rate over and above whatever I was able to make in bonus money. And looking back I realize that one of the major reasons for this was that I was looking for advice in all the wrong places.

Guys like Phil Hellmuth, whoever won the WPT event that week, poker TV announcers and a host of other self-proclaimed experts who primarily established their reputations at a time when the games were no where near as tough as they are today, were the ones I was listening to. After all, they were on TV and appeared to be making the big bucks, so the idea of taking their advice didn’t seem so bad to a wannabee like myself who was trying desperately to become good enough to play my way out of my tiny apartment and live the life I always dreamed of.

But what I realize now is that many of these folks don’t have any idea how to beat today’s games. They are often players who may done well at poker at one point, but whose games have not evolved to match the aggression of today’s games. Sure, there were some like Phil Hellmuth who were once great players, but many of them simply got lucky at a couple of final tables and were able to build reputations for themselves that far exceeded what they really deserved.

Television has a way of dignifying folks that often don’t deserve the level of respect for their poker games that they would like you to believe they should. For every Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey and Patrick Antonius–folks who deserve their reputations and then some–there are a whole host of others who can’t play their way out of a paper bag. And here I was trying to implement their advice for millions of hands and not getting any better!

So with that in mind, we decided to set the record straight on the 50 greatest misconceptions in poker as a way to prevent so many people from going down the same path that I did early in my poker career. Much like my previous book, Treat Your Poker Like A Business, I aim to prevent people from making the same mistakes early in their career. While there is a 60+ page strategy section in Treat Your Poker Like A Business, the aspect of the book that seems to have resonated the most with people is that I essentially shared with the world all of the things that I do away from the tables that goes into my success at the tables.

Many people were under the impression that you just logged on, played great poker and the money would come pouring in. Many didn’t realize what goes in to poker before you can get to that point. And my aim with that book was not only to share that information, but also to prevent people from making the same mistakes with their “poker business” (or potential business for those aspiring to make poker their career) that I had to learn the hard way early in my career. For many, they were able to circumvent the learning process and become highly profitable literally overnight. It feels great to have been able to have played at least some role in the success of others.

But back to Don’t Listen To Phil Hellmuth. So in this latest book, I also set out to help people NOT make the same mistakes that I made in my poker game of searching for advice in all the wrong places. This book takes the 50 greatest misconceptions about poker and not only sets the record straight on how you should actually be approaching these decisions at the tables, but also serves as an overall strategy guide for beating NL cash games both online and live.

There is something in it for everyone. It is written in such a way that I feel a high-stakes regular could benefit, as well as someone grinding the micro stakes games. It includes charts on what hands to play from every position whether you are raising first in, calling a raise, defending the blinds etc. It covers a plethora of important concepts on preflop, flop, turn and river play. We don’t just aim to give people a fish, but rather teach them how to fish as well. We give very direct advice for a myriad of situations on poker, but also aim to teach people HOW we arrived at these decisions ourselves.

I don’t personally think it does a whole lot of good to tell people what to do with KQ on a QJ8 board against an aggressive player since poker is so dynamic and there are like thousands of boards that can run out in no limit holdem. Rather, the key is to teach people how to think about these decisions. Why do we raise flush draws out of position on one type of board texture against an aggressive player and not another? Why do we play KQ on a K74r flop for stacks against one guy and maybe even find a fold at some point in the hand vs. another opponent type? It’s all in there in this book.

Because the games have gotten so aggressive in recent years, one of the greatest purposes of this book is not only how to not get run over in these aggressive games, but how to make these aggressive players your friend. That is what I really feel is a huge strength of this book. Just like everyone else, I have spent a lot of time frustrated and at times have struggled myself with how to handle the uber-aggressive games of today. What Paul and I intended to do was not only write this book, but also combine our talents in a way that we could improve each others’ game and improve the book at the same time. I am a very intuitive player. I have only on and off used a HUD when playing and make a lot more plays by feel than by numbers.

Paul on the other hand is probably one of the top handful of poker players out there when it comes to the math side of poker. He is sick good! What would take me a calculator and about a day and a half to figure out, Paul spits out the answer in like 2 seconds. So what I was able to do was incorporate the math behind the game of poker in a way that I never could have without him an that should become clear to anyone who reads this book. And I am proud to say that both Paul and I have improved our games immensely through the writing of this book.

In poker, you will never be done improving. You have to work at it each and every day you play poker, especially these days as the games evolve at a break neck pace. Hopefully if you give our book a shot, not only do we think you can speed up the evolution process of your own game at a furious pace, but give you the tools to evolve with the games as time goes on. After all, while we may have just written a book correcting the 50 greatest misconceptions of today, as the games continue to evolve, there is no guarantee some of the stuff we just got through writing won’t be a misconception at some point in the future!

The book is divided into 3 main parts:

Part 1 – 50 Misconceptions: In this section we dedicate one chapter each to a misconception. Most chapters are from 500-3,000 words long. Each chapter aims to not only correct the misconception, but teaches how to properly play the situation. Often it includes several examples of how to properly apply the correct strategy and how to play many similar situations for a profit.

Part 2 – 25 Hands With Dusty:
While the focus of the book is the 50 misconceptions, I actually think there is a lot to be gained from this section as well. In fact, for some this may be their favorite part of the book. We don’t just show a hand I played at the tables and describe the action. But rather, we take you through these very interesting hands from actual sessions of mine in a way that breaks it down so thoroughly that it should give you a very clear picture of not only how to play certain situations at the tables, but also similar situations as well. This part of the book definitely intends to “teach you how to fish” as oppose to simply handing you one.

Part 3 – Quiz: After you have read through the 400 or so pages that got you to the quiz section, we have a lengthy quiz that is designed to test you on how well you have come to understand the material in the book. We pull questions from the book as well as questions related to the material that should serve as a solid test on how well you grasp the concepts laid out in the book.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone who made Treat Your Poker Like A Business so successful. It has been nearly a year since Treat Your Poker Like A Business was released and since then it has found it’s way into the homes of tens of thousands of people and has been published in 8 different languages. When I was writing that one in my home in rainy Portland, Oregon, I couldn’t have even imagined that it would have that kind of impact. Thank you again.

I also want to thank everyone who intends to get themselves a copy of Don’t Listen To Phil Hellmuth. I hope this one can have the same kind of impact on your game as so many of you have shared with me through the thousands of emails and Facebook messages after reading Treat Your Poker Like A Business.

It is a nervous time for me. When I wrote Treat Your Poker Like A Business, I was nervous about it because I didn’t want people to buy it hoping to improve their game only to find little use of it. I certainly had those fears as a first-time author. Today I have not only those same fears, but additional concerns that too much will be expected from this book that it may or may not be able to live up to because of the success of Treat Your Poker Like A Business.

Just as when I released my last book, I am just going to have to trust that with 9 millions hands and 10,000+ hours of experience as well as a hunger to only produce the very best book that I have to offer, that Don’t Listen To Phil Hellmuth will be a worthwhile purchase for anyone who happens to get themselves a copy.

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I just can’t win online…….

Posted by philN

I can’t tell you how many times I hear this in a Brick and mortar tournament (you will notice I don’t say LIVE as what are we online DEAD?) “I win in every poker room I go to but can’t win online they must….. The next answers vary from:
1. You can’t get good reads online there are no tells.
2. There all out to get me they must be cheating.
3. They all use that “Cheat ware” that tells them how to play me.
4. It’s rigged they deal hands to induce action.
5. I only play tournaments online I can’t win at the cash tables (your probably loosing in tournaments too you just don’t realize it).
I ‘m sure I could go on but we will start here these are all common misconceptions from LAZY Players yeah I said it LAZY
1. Reads online are different online tells and reads bet sizing patterns, timing tells, Limp Folding, buying in a 400 nl game with 137.44 LOTS AND LOTS of reads Just too LAZY to learn them.
2. It may feel like they are all out to get you and seem like cheating when every time you call to see a flop someone 3 bets or someone else squeezes or you just keep getting Iso raised every time you limp IT”S BECAUSE YOU’RE THE FISH!!!! Stop being LAZY and learn how the game is played online.
3. There is software out there to help manage your winnings and to profile players So stop being LAZY and use it you know the Google machine your on right now They all work on it just gonna take some work to learn them.
4. Right good one fact of the matter is if a poker site were to Rig anything it would be to deal coolers that guys like you would be on the winning side of to keep win rates down and give more players bigger bang for their buck (they would want everyone to lose to the rake not each other).
5. AKA I am too LAZY to spend time on the other things so I have $300 a month to spend on tournaments where if I win 6 or 7 coin flips I can win a few bucks.
Table selection NONE of you Brick and mortar Players would sit at a table with what you know to be 8 Sharks because you know you’re not going to win well you’re not in Kansas anymore you better learn online table selection and if you’re a full ring player (which you are brick and mortar) don’t go sit in a 6 max game or better a H/U game and expect to win it’s not even a game you have played before.
So stop sniveling and get to work RANT OVER.

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Posted by garbageman18

** I am going to move my blog over here, so this is my last blog post @ leggo**

Ill give some quick general background info: started playing in 04. Played baseball in college, had two knee surgeries while in college. Played as high as 400nl in 08. Got signed by the LA Dodgers, got cut, got another knee surgery. Since then I have been playing 100 and 200nl and have coached for about a year but havent coached in a few months. Also was a video producer @ grinderschool for a short period of time and decided it wasnt for me to work with them. HU is my bread and butter but also play some 6max and rush as well when waiting for action. Oh yea and im currently living in Long Beach, NY. I like this site so far and look foward to talking strat with you guys.

I guess I will start with poker first. Since Oct1(somehow HEM got wiped out and started from 0 again) i have put in 86,221 hands. I know this isnt a lot for most people but I extremely happy with this. Work/training/traveling takes up a lot of time.Currently winning @ 6.85 ptbbs i think over the sample so im pretty happy with that so far only running like 6 or 7 buy ins under ev. I guess thats it for that, pics below.

edit:stats+graph are FTP and AP

ediy: pics arent working, help on this would be great thanks.

Pic 1

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Started training MMA. Im pretty competitive and obv my baseball career is over so I jumped into this to stay active.Ive been training with my friend Gian who is a heavyweight 6'3 230ish and hes been in the fight scene for about two years. He has had several fights in AC @ the trop He played football and wrestled @ Hofstra Univeristy in NY and was an all-american in football and was on the practice squad for the TB Bucs for a season. Obligatory links to his fights n interviews: (fight) (interview)

We were working out last week and one of Matt Seras boys Pete Snell came in with some other guy whos a reg at our gym ( I think he was on TUFF4).Anyways long story short he told us to start training jiu jitsu @ there place so we obviously obliged and went in this morning. Sera was there but he didnt roll with us which i was happy about cuz i woulda got murdered. We trained for about an hour and ive never been so sore in my life, ive been glued to this chair for over 3 hours. Anyways were gonna start going there on the regular and its only bout 15-20 min from long beach so its a pretty easy commute. Im weighing @ 191 right now so I could easily fight @ 185 but might experiment with dieting to get to like 180-182 and then cut to 170 but thats a while away and havent even decided if i am actually going to pursue fighting. Right now I am just enjoying training and I guess ill just see how that goes for now.In stand up I am doing very well, apparently cuz I pitched and threw hard I have the quick twitch muscles I am excelling and pitching mechanics are fairly similar to stepping into punches(this is what the head honcho claims). I am currently working on my left hook at the moment cuz its a little too loopy and slow compared to my straight or overhand right. Also been working hard on takedown defense and ive been getting better but Gian just butchers the shit out of me when we mess around but he does have 35-40lbs on me so fuck him.

Im just gonna stop there cuz i could talk about this shit all day.later gators.

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Ignition, blast off

Posted by Punky159

Today I'm going to talk just a wee bit more about the Talent Code because as a poker player I think it's important to utilize different types of thinking and the understanding of different concepts  in order to get the edge we need to dominate and improve our game.

When most people think about "ignition" I'm pretty sure they envision the turning of a key to start the engine of a car or some people may think of fusion and how it's ignited through some complex scientific method.  But to honest, I like thinking about ignition as when we are "sparked" and our inspiration, passion, desire, or motivation is ignited to a level where we take the actions necessary to improve our games or for that matter we are empassioned to improve areas of our life, or our skill at other endeavors.  It's not enough to just want to improve, you have to have proper motivation first and a plan or something more with which to move forward.

Lets take a look at Tiger Woods as an example of how the Talent Code works... Tiger was ignited with a passion for golf at a very young age.  While he may have had some natural ability, how far would he have gotten without his fathers deep passion for the game?  Tiger's ignition started with his father and continues today for the same reason.  But ignition by itself isn't enough to take us forward in our endeavor to become better at poker, one must also have deep practice and master coaching which is something I'll ponder upon and post in my next blog.

Punky out

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road to 100K hands – quarter mark

Posted by peasantonpaper

25K hands in, im well pleased with results.  up 25BI for 5ptBB/100.  i had a hot run, but it was followed by a cold streak which was magnified at the onset by what i now know as winner's tilt, coming off my rush.  it was then magnified by good old fashioned simmering tilt (a milder but longer lasting version of the explosive 'how the fuck did i do that' tilt).  Back on track now and hoping to keep all kinds of tilt in check (aren't we all).

For novermber i wanted to play 30K hands.  it's the 16th and due to taking many  more days off than expected (and losing a weekend to illness) i'm only at 8k and 30 is not looking too likely.

Just started taking some shots at 200nl and i feel i can def beat the game.  I'm still not rolled for it but planning to jump into the weaker games quite frequently once my BR is above 6K and make it my main game once BR is at 10K.

Merge network is a dream.  because of their major sportsbook, sunday nights (when all the NFL bettors have won bets to blow) are just about as good as friday and saturday--lotta terrible short-med stacks and surprisingly fewer decent regs (oh oh secret is out).  because of the presence of all these clowns, i may make 2nl my main game on wkend well before reaching 10K BR.

may all the fish find a seat on ur right, GL at the tbls.

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Can’t Beat Em, Cheat Em

Posted by Leatherass

This stuff has been going on all year against the Ducks because we move at such a fast pace on offense that other teams are trying to buy time so they can catch their breath. Stanford did it, as did Tennessee, ASU and to a smaller extent, every other team we have played. The NCAA needs to review this stuff and come up with some better rules other than making an “injured” player sit out only one play. I think there should be suspensions and/or maybe some sort of tiered system where you get one injury a quarter and on the second one your player has to sit out for an entire quarter and on the third one (or beyond) maybe the entire game. I’m not an expert, so I don’t know what is fair and what isn’t, but I do know it in unfair when the team you are playing against is faking injuries multiple times on a single drive and all they have to do is sit out one play and then they can come right back. Big whoop! That’s almost like getting a free timeout because they can just have one of their no name players fake an injury and then they aren’t even really getting penalized.

I hope the NCAA does some reviewing of this rule in the off season to protect the integrity of the game of football. Because apparently many of the coaches who are telling their players to fake injuries don’t really have much integrity themselves.

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College Football Saturday!

Posted by Leatherass

Just as a follow up to my last blog about sports betting, I'm not sure how much I like Oregon and the over anymore after Nate Costa got injured last week. A lot of the reason that picking them all year has been so lucrative was that Oregon was clearly being under estimated by most people all season. The reason for my 13-1 record this year on sports betting mostly Oregon is that I saw by week 2 or 3 what everyone figured out in week 9 or 10 when it comes to how sick good Oregon is. I was fairly confident we would destroy everyone like we did or at least felt confident enough to place all of the large wagers that I made. I also knew that unlike most teams who blow people out and start trying to run the clock down towards the end of the game, that Oregon would keep trying to pummel teams until the game clock read 0. This makes a huge difference for lines and the over.

But now the cat is out of the bag AND Costa (Oregon's solid back up) is gone, I am not sure they are such a good bet. I think that Costa being gone means we may start to shut er down when victory is imminent the way most teams do. That's my guess anyway. I think not having Costa is HUGE for the lines and I think today's 19.5 point spread against Cal is a good one. I am not going to touch it. I am pretty much just packing it in for the rest of the season when it comes to college football betting. I think the low lying fruit has been picked when it comes to Oregon anyway. I did make one bet today and I took USC and the points. USC is getting 4 and a half against Arizona on the road. I think it is far from a lock, but I will happily take USC and the points against what I think is a highly over rated AZ team. They got their solid record playing a soft schedule to start the year and I think they are going to lose most or maybe all of their remaining games. At least I hope I am right because Oregon has them next on their schedule! Here's to sweating the USC and Oregon games tonight in the Punta Cana sports book in the Hard Rock casino!!

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Punta Cana Is The Nuts

Posted by Leatherass

I'm here at the Punta Cana Poker Classic in the Dominican Republic and I'm not sure how you top this place. It is like heaven on earth; an adult version of Disneyland. It has everything you could ever want and it is on a tropical beach. I'm not sure you could dream up a better place if you tried. There are some great players here too. Doyle is here along with Mike Caro and Dewey Tomko, among others. It's just been a fantastic event overall.

I'm still alive in the tournament, but ended the day pretty disappointed. I worked it up from our starting stack of 15,000 chips to 78,000 and then crashed and burned. Lost 4 straight all ins. KQ into 88, QQ into AA (which I think I should have laid down preflop given the action. Probably my only regrettable decision of the event so far), AQ into A5 on an A62 flop when my opponent turned a 5 and JJ into AK where the same opponent binked an A on the turn. All in all I was really pleased with my play as well as how my experience at the WSOP is paying off. I feel very comfortable live versus how I felt last April playing the Big Game in London. I am really enjoying live play much more than online which is much different than how I felt before this year. I just love having time to think and coming up with a lot of outside the box stuff that has proven very effective, versus online where you mostly due the first thing that comes to you when you have 18 tables flashing in your face.

I am going into day 2 at chip average and hope to get some momentum going in my favor. It really stunk to be doing so well and then love 4 straight all ins, but at least I'm still here and if I can win my next 4 straight all ins I will have a chance to do just about anything.

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Pressure is Positive

Posted by Jared Tendler

Small amount of pressure or nerves in the early stages (before it builds into something big) can be a distraction. With your senses heightened, your mind can attend to things unimportant to what you’re doing. Noises that you didn’t hear before you now hear. Your clothing doesn’t seem to fit as comfortably. Movement around you, that you didn’t even see before, now catches your eye.

Players skilled in dealing with pressure, use the power of their minds, their mental muscle, to block out these distraction. They’re successful not just because they know not to focus on these things, but more importantly they know what to refocus upon.

When you know where your mind needs to be, rather than just where it shouldn’t be, you have directions for where you mind needs to focus.

If all you have are directions where not to focus, the mind idles like a car waiting for you to step on the gas and go.

The benefit of pressure is that increase in energy – nerves amped up – allows you to dig deeper into the action and see things that you can’t normally. If you’re finding that in the early stages of getting nervous that you get distracted, force yourself to focus 1st on where you mind needs to be (reading your opponents, improving a few of your own weaknesses, sensing game flow, etc) and 2nd use that find new details.

Pressure can be a positive if you use it well.

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The Talent Code

Posted by Punky159

I recently picked up this book on a whim and to be honest, I couldn't put it down until finished. I read about Myelin and firing neurons and talent hotbeds, Ignition, Deep Practice, and Master Coaching. The book basically explains a lot of the science behind the theory of the code, and also gives numerous examples that tend to prove the theory.

The book is long and very interesting, but the talent code is basically broken down into 3 major areas. First, Ignition... what are the things, situations, or mental states that ignite passion and desire and motivation within us. Then there is Deep Practice which is basically a method of learning where you break the training down into clusters and then combine the clusters for results. And finally, there is master coaching... people who bring out the best in you and help you to realize the talent within.

This all got me to thinking about my personal poker journey. How can I use the theory of ignition, deep practice, and master coaching to bring out the best in myself. Well, I have ignition because I have a deep desire to become a better poker player... but should I go further? Dare, I desire and further ignite myself to become a world class Sit and Go Player? Or maybe someday move on to cash games or tournaments?

How about deep practice? I know that in playing golf, I used to teach kids that breaking down the swing into a few simple components was the best way to put it all together. One step at a time, one cluster at a time, slowly at first, then faster until it all comes together. But how do I apply this to poker?

And finally, Master Coaching is a no-brainer. Since being at DTB, I've recognized and identified coaches who's videos inspire me to improve.

So I guess that there very well may be a talent code within all of us that can be cracked and maybe DTB is the next Talent Hotspot. We'll see and as I continue on in my journey, I'll periodically let you know how it's going.

Punky out

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WSOP Final Table/Overconfidence

Posted by Jared Tendler

There's been a lot of mentioned in the poker media, blogs written and discussions on forums about Joseph Cheong's shove with A7o in the WSOP final table last night against Jonathan Duhamel's 5bet. You can also check out his exit interview here, Duhamel talks about the hand about 40 seconds in here too for their take if you missed it.

When I first heard about the hand, I assumed he cracked under the pressure and wasn't thinking clearly. The more I read, and having watched his interview and Duhamel's I don't think that was the case. I'm obviously not going to comment on the actual decision itself, but it seems to me that at a minimum, he made a decision that was unaffected by the pressure of the situation.

In my speculation prior to getting more information, I wondered if the people watching him play (or heard about it later, like me) that thought he went crazy and tilted or cracked under the pressure, think they would make the correct play in that spot? Players often think to themselves, watching someone else tilt, make mistakes, or struggle under pressure, that they wouldn't have the same problem. They assume if the roles were switched they could handle it no problem. It's the same thing that happens when you're sweating a friend and see everything they should do, but the second you sit down, suddenly it's not as easy.

It's subtle, but this is a good litmus test for overconfidence. Unless you've been in the same or a similar enough situation, you cannot know for sure how you'd handle it. But that doesn't stop many players from feeling 100% confident or 100% certain they could handle it easily. It's only real success that is proof, until then you're just estimating.

If you tend to estimate too high, that's overconfidence and you want to make sure that it isn't an issue in other parts of your game.

Despite what you may have read or hear overconfidence is a major issue that should not be taken lightly. Yes confidence is necessary to succeed in poker, but too much of it makes you prone to playing equally as bad as when you're tilted, tired, bored, etc. That's right being overconfident is just as bad as tilting. In fact, what player's commonly call 'winner's tilt' is actually overconfidence.

Overconfidence isn't something that just strikes players who are cocky, arrogant, full of themselves, happens to players who generally have a pretty good head on their shoulders. One of the reasons it's a major issue is the feeling of crushing the games, or imagining that you would fold to Duhahamel's 5bet, feels so good. Why would you want to stop that? Because the feeling is based on a lie. Not entirely of course, what what isn't true creates positive emotion that you didn't earn. In other words it's a fantasy.

One day it might come true, but until that point, make sure overconfidence doesn't prevent you from actually doing the work together. Sometimes the fantasy or dream world can seem so real that you lose motivation and focus...which is why player's spew money when they are up - the game is assumed to be so easy they're just sitting and printing money like poker is an ATM. Of course logically you don't think that way, but the unconscious flaws that create overconfidence do - and that's what causes winners' tilt.

It's a random way to get to talking about overconfidence, but I've been wanting to write about it for a while now, and it popped into my mind today while thinking about the final table.

Is anyone not overconfident enough to admit this is a problem for them? If so, describe it and the problems that happen because of it in the comment section.

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Weekend Progress? (not sure whether to call it that)

Posted by realtalk108

So over the weekend I played a few SnGs, attempting to stay on my goal of playing a minimum of 4 a day. However, I did not play any on Sunday, deciding to take a day off being that there was football on tv and I probably wouldn't concentrate on my games.

If I remember correctly, I played a total of 9 SnG's between Friday and Saturday and placed ITM in 1. Writing this makes it seems worse than I actually felt it was. I felt like I played decent, although there were a number of spots that I was unsure about. I posted a topic in the forums concerning how to look over hand histories and spot leaks and or trouble spots. While I wait for a response on that forum, I will do my best to look at the hands myself and identify any issues and or troubles I had at the moment.

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Road to 100K hands – what type of mistake?

Posted by peasantonpaper

As mentioned previously i noticed a flaw in my 3b strategy and quickly turned that around by going to the video library and putting in some thought. Over the past 2days (3K hands) I've noticed a new chink in the armor...
I made about 3BI-worth of obvious and gross mistakes that make u want to pull ur hair out when u watch them back (lucky im bald). What type were they tho? well...
illadvised 5bet, bad riv raise sizing vs blockbet on paired board with nut flush, ch-shove rather than bet-fold turn line, flop float vs super tight 3bettor (hit turn but was going off for that bet anyway when he ch to me), 5min of TILT for 1 stack over 4 hands with light 4b, light 3b v fish (again), 2 bad cbets.

i wasn't making these overplays before but have enjoyed a rather hot run of late. Cockyness may be to blame. While i have been running the games over a bit, some spots are just clear losers. One good thing about my mistake-type is it is an easy fix and it shows that at least im the one with the initiative so may actually win with these poor plays once in a while (tho not enough). Still hot btw, up 6BI over these 3K hands despite the 3BI i bled in obv mistakes.

To fix this is a bit different than the 3b-strategy situation. that was str8 up game. this is trying to stop making mistakes you know are mistakes. I guess the best remedy is FOCUS. if tired, quit (i tend to make these past the hour mark and esp past 90min mark of sessions more frequently). Keeping the longterm in mind at the tbls is also a good way to not get too lost in meta (which is often used as an excuse for a longterm losing play).

hope to not make these gaffs with such alarming regularity. GL plugging up ur leaks.

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30 years ago, we’re all world champion

Posted by peasantonpaper

Recently read 'Running Bad for Life', a nice lil piece on how long it took to get to 100K hands back in the day and if top pros today can run bad and lose over 100K hands, u could run bad for 10 years back then!

This got me thinking tho. The top pros today are playing against other pros and everyone involved has a rock solid game. Edges are very thin so if u ran bad, u definitely lose. But in the days before training sites, when only a few books were available--mostly poor ones suggesting patience was the #1 virtue of a winning player--edges weren't nearly as thin. the gap between top players and the vast majority of players was gigantic. With everyone playing weak off suit aces and getting stacked with top pair J kicker on A36, there was a ton of fat value out there. add in the one's who bought into the patience wins camp, and there's so much value that u could run bad and win, unlike in today's highly competitive games.

Just consider 3betting, where even at 100NL players have light 3b ranges, polarized vs this type of player, no light 3b but wide v3bet range vs another type. Back in the 80s if u 3b, ppl run was like microstakes games (or so i hear from top pros reminiscing). Doyle and Jonny Chan openly laugh at the simplistic games they were crushing their opposition with back in the day.


if u consider Backgammon, Bill Robertie in one of his books reveals that the game has been cracked by programs like Snowie to the point that an average slight winning club player today, plays better than the 1983 World Champion. I think training sites and the slew of books available on Hold-em in particular have revolutionized the game to a similar degree. I honestly think that nearly any winning small to mid stakes player would be crowned world champion 30 years ago (if not 15 or 10 years ago as well).


so keep ur head up champ, you play this game better than many past champions did.  GL at the tbls (or in finding a time machine, cuz u won't need luck there, you'll just crush the clueless masses).

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Road to 100K hands — to this point

Posted by peasantonpaper

Gonna take you with me for my first 100K hands since joining DTB.  I expect to be done sometime in January as I don't exactly rack them up super fast.  My goal for November is 30K hands.

At this point I've played 18K hands of 100NL FR since joining DTB. I was B/E at first, then took a nice dive when i incorporated a 3b strategy i saw a coach employ without fully understanding it and not having the right postflop game to back it up. this cost me 5BI over 3K hands. I realized my mistake and quickly adjusted. My graph was moving north again. After incorporating a few more concepts into my game, like Achilles' barreling philosophy, and getting into as many 'bread and butter' situations (Tony Angelo) as I could, I began to dominate the games. Shaking 2yrs worth of table rust didn't hurt either.  Unfortunately I was still running bad and -6BI AIEV for the first 10K hands (carried over from 10K hands before joining the site and a rough run at STTs).
I took a break to reprogram my thinking and expectations with respect to luck/winning and came back fresh a few days later expecting to run good and win at a big rate rather than for more of the same. Now at 18K hands I'm still riding the spike on my graph that started at that point. I know the idea of affecting 'luck' sounds crazy, and this can be shrugged off as coincidental variance, but the things i do are really simple and backed up by many scientific studies being conducted on consiousness and 'chance' events. I don't want to get into it here, but i will write an article on 'luck building' soon. U can refer to my blog 'poker fairy tales do come true, it could happen to you', for a story about luck building in action.
till next time GL.

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The hidden cost of tilt

Posted by peasantonpaper

I was playing tonight and made a ridiculous brain-fart of a play. This sent me reeling. Usually what I do when I feel myself on the verge of tilt or tilting is quit the session for however long it takes for me to get my head str8. i un-autoposted all my tables and thought 'man, these wkend drunks are so juicy, how can I leave games as good and rare as these?'. a few psych-up thoughts later, my posture changed, my breathing changed, and most importantly my mindset changed.
Now to the hidden cost of tilt part (and there are many I am sure but I'll just cover the one that I experienced tonight). As soon as i started posting BB that I'd miss I went on a rush and won 4BI in the next 100 hands played. Had I resorted to my standard quit-to-untilt course of action, I'd be gone at least 10min and maybe the rest of the night. standard is about 30min esp for this severity of emotional uproar. Playing 6tbls of FR i get 300h/hr. That means I would miss my rush entirely.
This is obviously an extreme example, but at the very least, we lose our expected wage for the time missed when we employ 'solutions' to tilt like quitting. Quitting a game like i almost did tonight would cost me probably 3x my wage if not more due to the clown party at the tbls.
So work on spotting tilt early, and stopping it altogether, it's the biggest winrate killer there is--at the tbls and away from the tbls(when u should be at them).

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November Targets

Posted by johnsisk

[] Play 25,000 hands.

[]Maintain Silver Star Status (want to clear $50 Stellar Award Bonus and purchase $50 VIP reward bonus before year end)

[]Re-readTony Dunst article The Theory of Grinding  ( ). Take notes and research more on "Deliberate Practice" and the idea of developing a personal playbook/standard lines.

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Running bad for Life

Posted by philN

     I have been kicking this one around for a while and how we are very fortunate to be living in the internet poker era. Let’s look at how things could be different and how poker could be our worst enemy if we lived in a different time.
It’s the late 80’s, Bill Clinton is still in Arkansas. Ronnie Regan is president, and the Cold War is in full effect. You are new to poker but have read a book, Hold’em Poker for Advanced Players. You have won a few dollars playing with friends at a home game that runs once a month. Feeling like you are way better than the competition with a monkey on your back and an itch to win big money, you're off to play. Your choices are … well the local card room; that’s it. There are no other choices, and it’s a 45-minute drive one-way.
     With $500 in your pocket and ready to take over the world, you enter a smoke-filled, three-table card room (1 table empty). You plunk down your $200, post your $2 big blind, and you're off to the races. After 4 hours and 100 hands, you're broke. You got it all-in with your 33 on a 3d 5d Ks board versus your opponent's Kd 8d. You had no shot. Then, with your AA versus his JJ you got all-in preflop, still the pot went the other way. On the bright side, you did get a free burger and chili fries out of the deal. You repeat the process twice a month for three years with close to the same results month in and month out. Finally, you say "poker is all luck, and I have to Quit!" I could see this happening to any of us given the date.

   Let’s analyze how lucky we are. The first fun fact is I have heard many pros online doing all the right things, correct table-selecting methods, training hard, playing really well yet having a 100k-hand loosing stretch. "Hold on...100k hands...OMG!" Playing live, most of the time you’re getting around 25 hands an hour. Let's say in a year, you play twice a week 4 hour sessions that will give you a monster 100 hands a session with 52 weeks in a year you’re talking about 10,400 hands a year . At that pace, we're talking about 10 years of losing. Who among us would make it that long? You would probably end up never taking poker seriously and never get to 100k hands. Well, maybe you would if you're super optimistic and use all the tools available like going over your hand histories, being a member of, discussing your hands in poker forums, clearing your bonuses, cashing in on rakeback...oh wait! None of those is available to you!

             I know it’s easy to think “Will this bad streak ever end?” Well, it could be a lot worse. You could run bad for life. So count your blessings.

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October Review

Posted by johnsisk

I played 20k hands in October at 10NL Full Ring ending the month down 7oobb. Bankroll is still ok for 10NL so I will stay there. Was hoping to be at 25NL by now but I don't see that happening this year. Basically need to put more effort into getting my money's worth from my DTB subscription and becoming a better player. I'm coping with issues unrelated to poker that are impacting my overall well being  but I feel able to continue playing.

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Poker fairy tales do come true, it could happen to you

Posted by peasantonpaper

disclaimer: I'm new to blogging, but am gonna give it a shot for some consistency and accountability.  I'm gonna start a series for my first 100K hands since joining DTB.  but first I'll give an account of my unlikely poker fairy tale...

After a back injury halted my pool playing mere days after my first 1K night playing 9-ball, my girlfriend (now wife) suggested i try online poker and revealed to me a secret account she opened to practice for our sunday night home game but was about to abandon after losing half of her original $100 buyin.  i ran hot at 1/2 fixed limit my first night and made 100.  'i like this game.  but i like NL more.'  with no clue of BR requirements i went to 25NL with my $150 and couldn't believe how hard my heart would pump over a $3 bluff.  what a rush.  poker took over as my part-time job during school.  i fell in love with the game fast and once i could bend over a pool table again, i didn't want to (partly because i sucked hard compared to my peak, where i left off).

I played for enjoyment and the money was a nice bonus.  i had a great winrate (playing 2 tbls 25nl to 50nl or 4 $10 and $20 sit and gos) and certainly managed to bring in more than some fellow students working at grocery stores.  In the summer after i graduated and was accepted into teacher's college, i decided to take a shot just so i never ask what if....

I set a goal of 30K over 4 months which got edited to 20K for the 3 remaining months after a nearly B/E May.  chances were slim since i was starting at 50NL, but i felt good about my game and was ready to skyrocket the limits.  I was at 100nl after 1 hot week and at 200nl by the end of june (up 4K).  I was obv still a long way away but the way i saw it, this was in the bag because i'll just keep winning at an insane rate and climb the rankings and probably pull down like 10K in my last cpl weeks.  piece of cake.

all summer poker was my life.  every minute the thought 'what are u doing to help ur game' entered my mind.  i was studying a lot, eating well, jogging, and in general doing everything i thought would maximize my profit while staying in line with a lifestyle i had pictured for myself--grinding many tbls for many hours seemed like factory work to me so this was def not my way.  So  strangely enough i didn't actually play that many hours (and actually never had a 100h month).  I prepared for games like a football coach tho.  meticulously went over hand histories and broke down my opponents' games away from the table.  I then devised a specific strategy to exploit each one and the winning at the tables was a formality.  it was like they were playing with their hands face up (i didn't know how well i was running at the time.  i just thought i was that awesome).

I continued taking aggressive shots at softer games and by summer's end was chasing whales to the 1000NL tables while feeling like 200NL was somehow below me so i didn't stray below 400nl.  By September 1st, i had a winrate of about 17PTBB over 2 to 4 tbls and a number of hands that some mass multitblrs put in in a week (tho i had no idea of this at the time).  I made 19.5K that summer.  with the extra cpl hundred i collected from my father who bet me i wouldn't even make 5k, I deemed myself close enough to 20K to put off going to teacher's college for at least another year.  I WAS GOING PRO!!!

I set out to play poker because poker would allow me to do the things i want to do without being forced to be somewhere, doing something, for someone else on a schedule not chosen by me.  But, upon accomplishing my goal, i insta retired and barely played at all in september.  I no longer worked as hard on my game and my head got pretty gassed by my instant success.  i guess this is the part of the fairy tale where there's actually some adversity.  Either way , i still won when i played but found myself playing less and less, working 30-50h a month playing 4tbls maximum (eek).  those other things i wanted to do were taking over since i had enough money to not work and lost a lot of my drive in poker.  My focus shifted from trying to understand a game to trying to understand myself.

overall, the conventional way of doing things was just not how i did things (i think the way i took my shot at poker is an indication of this).  the summer i tried my poker shot I did it largely with mental prep and believing myself into it (law of attraction, yada yada).  u can google it for specifics, but the general idea is that we create our own reality and our outside experience matches up our inside expectation/belief/feeling.  so by working on the feeling/expectation of winning, i 'attracted' it into my reality according to this viewpoint/philosophy.

i kept a log of every session with a paragraph long note per day.  and a paragraph summing up each month.  after a cpl years of winning just under a teacher's salary (albeit at a rate of $100+ per hour), i noticed that all my huge months were months where i was 'monking' poker (approaching it spiritually).  i also noticed the following month i barely ever played (i was focused on the spiritual stuff or just lazy and feeling i had made enough not to work, maybe both).  This discovery led to the final chapter of my fairy tale....

I decided to put this 'law of attraction' stuff to the ultimate test and push the limits of my belief (u have to actually believe it fully otherwise u will attract the underlying belief that u smeared the positive thinking over).  I was going to 'create a rush'.  not going into the techniques here (a blog is coming eventually on luck building/tilt spotting).

Like i 'knew i would', i found myself in the right seat at the right time repeatedly even getting quads vs a boat or lower quads 3x in one week on my post hand after specifically choosing this scenario (quad sixes each time--the very hand i envisioned beforehand lol).  I won at an insane rate of 500/h over 2-3 tables of 2/4-5/10 and made 40K in 80h over 3 months.  u read right 80 hours, 3months.  i guess that's how much u play when u only sit for ur rushes.  And I am sure that these hot stretches just happen over a wide enough sample, but i was definitely not in a mood to ignore a 'coincidence'.

With every month the number in my head grew and was matched in my cashier box until i caught myself one night during the creating process and said "WAIT!  if this attraction stuff really works and i can attract anything, what are the implications of this?  who is attracting what? who am I?"  those 3 words: "who am i"  ended my poker playing right there.  for the first time in my life i realized i didn't know the answer to this question nor did i bother to ever ask it since i just assumed my identity was a fact.  career over...for 2yrs anyway.

that's my poker fairy tale beginning to end (of part one).  Here i am on this training site at the start of part 2.   I am starting basically from scratch as a shadow of the player i was in games that have gotten much tougher, with a 3k BR at 100NL.

Hope u found the story entertaining if nothing else, but should u come across any other post of mine, you'll know where im coming from.

People get lucky at this game all the time.  But when u get lucky enough to go pro because u get forced into looking to poker bc an injury sidelines u from ur game of choice, happen to have a g/f with a secret poker account, and run ridiculously hot to meet some far fetched mandatory profit requirement over an arbitrary time frame, you get to call ur story a fairy tale.  i wish u the same lucky start, but recommend u learn from others' mistakes rather than buy the lessons urself.  GL.

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First day and first few SnG’s

Posted by realtalk108

So I came home from work today and decided to get started on my poker journey. I didn't get the chance to run through the list of the excuses from my previous blog because I actually got rather busy at work. Since arriving home (circa 5:30pm) I have played 4 - $2.25 Turbo SnG's on FTP. My results were actually decent. I lost the first two, placing in 5th and 4th respectively. The final two tournaments I placed 1st and 3rd respectively.

I did what i could to adhere to Zero's ABC strategy, and feel like I did a decent job being that I am just starting. I found that while playing, I did not refer to Punky's PBJ  sheet as often as I thought I would. In fact, I believe I only looked at the sheet in tough spots where I wasn't sure what to do. I found that it seemed common sense which cards I could open with and in what positions. I did refer to the sheet when thinking about the more difficult situations, such as calling all-ins, re-stealing, and raising limpers.

I remember 2 or 3 hands that I had a difficult time with and thought about posting. However, I did not mark them for review at the time. I'm going to take a break and then open up PT3 to review some of the hands and see which would be good for me to post.

Mental Note: Proud of the fact that I did not tilt after losing the first two SnG's, even though I knew I had to redeposit money in order to continue playing. When I first lost, my first reaction was disappointment, but I quickly cut the thought and thought positively. I told myself that I felt I played well, and made correct decisions, and therefore couldn't be mad about the outcome.

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Back to Blogging

Posted by Jared Tendler

The past 4-6 weeks has been the busiest that I’ve had in quite some time and it was last on my agenda. A combination of a big influx of new clients (around 20) on top of my other book work and article writing (WTP Mag and Partypoker’s Blog), I got sick 3 times (a cold I couldn’t kick probably because I was so busy), moved to NYC (really excited about), met a great girl that I’m now in love with, and took a few personal trips.

Now that things are more settled both business wise and personally, it feels good to sit down and get back to blogging. First off there are a few things that have come out recently that you may have missed so I’m just going to throw them all out at once and get the spammy reposting out of the way:

I’ve started writing monthly articles for WPT Magazine, which began with a three part series on tilt, here are the first two, third one is due out later this month:

Solving the Tilt Equation
7 Types of Tilt

While I was in vegas for the WSOP, I did a 30 minute on camera session with Sean Gibson from Poker News Daily. The issues he talks about are really common, and you might find our interaction interesting as well. It’s in three parts:

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3

I also wrote a 4 part blog series on tilt as a guest blogger for PartyPoker. Here's the first one - Take Control of Tilt: part 1

Lastly, I woke up this morning to find a great review from one of those new clients after he finished the 8 hour package yesterday.

With so much going on recently, it’s like I’ve been playing a lot of poker without really working on my game. As I look back it, the blogs that I wrote over the summer were a version of my practice. A chance to play with ideas that I’ve been thinking about, get them out of my head, work with them a bit and get some feedback from you. I really enjoy not only the process of learning/working but also the interaction. I’ve definitely missed it and in missing it, better understand its value. Like the old saying goes you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. I know better what I have, and am looking forward to using it more, and in shorter postings too! I can talk with the best of them, and my fingers have a tendency to spew too.

So I’m going to try and be not only more regular in my writing, but also be varied in length. I’ve had a lot of short simple ideas that I often stopped myself from writing about because it was long or formal enough – as I’ve said before – I sucked at social networking and didn’t realize how a blog could be whatever I wanted it to be. It has to be of value for you otherwise I’m not doing my job well, but I falsely assumed that I always knew what value means. I’m looking forward to hearing more about what you think is valuable, rather than sitting ideas that could have been and never finding out.

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