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  • 12
  • Mar
  • 21:52

180 players 4-tabling video

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I just uploaded to youtube a new video where I play 4-tables of 180-players sit-n-gos!

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I’m going to give away some shares of my $9M GTD Sunday Million and you can win up to 10%!

(Please read everything before registering)

  1. To Participate you need to go to Tools->Star Code and enter “acoimbra“.*
  2. You will be debited $11 and credited a ticket to the $11 Super Satellite that goes at 14:20ET (Mar 15). It has 1000 seats guaranteed for the Sunday Million! (T#1144797698).
  3. You will get a ticket to an all-in shootout special tournament just for my followers (T#1159723562). Prizes are pieces of my Sunday Million!
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  • 26
  • Jan
  • 15:21

Always learning

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Original post: PokerStarsBlog

Since I started playing professionally, I’ve been playing mostly sit-n-gos, making Supernova Elite five times, and playing tournaments during my $100k charity challenge for a year.

Tournaments are very exciting but require huge sessions that can be very tiring. Sit-n-gos on the other hand are great to grind a steady income, but they got a bit repetitive after so many years, and I feel like it’s time for a new challenge!

The Goal

As you might be guessing at this point, I will be playing cash-games in 2015, to be more precise Pot Limit Omaha cash games. I feel like this format will provide me with a great challenge and has more potential in the long term since you can make bigger wagers in cash games than you can in the other formats.

My main goal for the year will be to get a bit better every day, and the way to do that is to keep learning and improving. This way I can keep the game fresh and exciting!

You can also think about the brain as a muscle that you can either try to build up by constant learning or let it grow weak by being lazy. Poker is a game of inifinite depth, so there is always room for learning and it can be a great tool to keep the brain in shape!

I’ve also hired Jared Tendler as my mental game coach and I’m looking forward to working in the mental game arena as well. I believe that even a small change in that area can make a big difference in the results and I expect to be able to improve a lot!


With Jared Tendler

The Plan

I’ve never played cash-games seriously, so I will start by slowly playing micro-stakes, but hopefully I´ll steadily move up in the stakes as I improve my understanding of the game.
Regarding studying, I will start by watching some videos where professionals explain their plays and try to takes notes of everything I find interesting. Then, I will use my playing sessions as a way of trying out the stuff I learned during the videos and test myself. If I come up with any questions or doubts while playing, I will mark the hand for review and either try to figure out the solution by myself while away from the tables, or ask other players what they think is the best play.

This is my plan for this year! I will write a monthly blog post for pokerstarsblog describing how things are going, tweet the most interesting hands and stream some sessions on twitch.

See you at the (cash games) tables!

Andre Coimbra is a member of Team PokerStars Pro Online

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  • 29
  • Oct
  • 10:47

August Review

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After taking holidays in July and changing my status on facebook to “engaged”, I returned to work in August!

CRN Notation

Before starting to play, I spent almost a week studying, changing the format of my spreadsheets and working on some new ones.

Traditionally we are used to seeing ranges in these formats:


The problem with these formats is that they are quite long and for those who work a lot with ICM situations they are hard to say and memorize.

One solution to this problem is to simplify the way we write these ranges using what is known as Row Notation.

Instead of separating the offsuit hands, we join them, and in the cases where there has only been one suited hand we put in only the number of the suited hand:

  • Row Notation: 22 A22 K22 Q28 J28 T27 947 846 746 64 54 43

Saying “Ace two two” is faster than saying “Ace two suited, Ace two offsuit”. Right?

Here, a range of only AQs would nevertheless just be AQ, which usually means AQs and AQo.

It is possible to simplify further by taking advantage of the continuity of the ranges!

  • Compressed Row Notation: Q28 28 27 47 46 46 443

The vast majority of ranges are continuous, that is, if they have K22, they normally also have A22, so one possible simplification is to write the range from the first hand that does not go up to 2 offsuit and from there we can index the rest from the first letter.

In the example I gave, I excluded 22, because if we do not write a pair, we already know all pairs are included. I also did not write A22 or K22, because since we started with Q28 I already know they are included. From J28 I didn’t write J, because I know after the Queens are the Jacks, and so on.

Finally, if there are 3 or more numbers alone at the end, we join those 3 and learn that we are referring to 3 different suited hands.

I spent a day writing a script to convert my spreadsheets from the Icmizer format to the CRN format and then it was still a few days until everything was converted.

It then took me about a week to get used to the format, but now I wouldn’t change it for anything, because I can access my information much faster and more efficiently!

Although I didn’t invent this notation, I wanted to share it with you. If you are interested in knowing more, you can read about it at awice’s blog.


In August I played 2 freerolls, 2 $215 turbos, and the Sunday Million I hosted.


Unfortunately I did not reach the prizes and I ended up losing $645.


August was the month where I lost at the tables, and I ended up losing $9K!

It may seem strange to have a positive Av ROI and lose money, but this happens when you get good results when the stakes are lower and losing money when the sakes are higher.


However, I guess I cannot say it was a bad month, as I was to get $ 24K from VIP Stellar RewardsVIP Rewards Bonus and Milestone Cash Credits.

Taking everything into account it was a month where I made a profit of $15K.

Here is the monthly graph of the hypers:


Before finishing the section on hypers, I want to say that I was very happy to finish the month with the Portuguese flag in the world top 10 of sit-n-gos!

This is no longer one or two months of luck, it is the result of 8 months of hard work :)



Even though I spent the first week of the month without playing and then I started with lower stakes, August was the month I got the most VPPs:  200K!


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  • 20
  • Oct
  • 10:43

Promotions: Team Pro Online week

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Welcome to Team Pro Online’s week!

There will be promotions for everyone and you might even win a full package for the PokerStar Caribbean Adventure!


Are you excited? Read all the details on the official page!

I will just explain how my twitter promotion will work.

Twitter Promotion

Until the 24th of October follow me and tweet @andrebcoimbra how many vpps you think I will have (Lifetime) by the end of Friday with the hashtag #COIMBRAHASVPPS

The first tweet that gets the closest to the real number will win a ticket for an exclusive 22 players tournament on Sunday at 14:00 ET.

There will be a $50 award for everyone playing this exclusive tournament and the top2 will get the chance to participate in the Team Pro Online Heads-Up challenge on the 27th of October, which might even lead to winning a PCA package!!!!

I strongly recommend that you also follow other members of our team and participate in their twitter promotions, so that you increase your chances of winning!

Follow @PSTeamOnline no Twitter for more details!

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  • 01
  • Sep
  • 19:40

June Overview

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At the beginning of June, Katerina and I talked about going somewhere on vacation, but we were invited to 2 weddings in Greece in July, so we felt like we had to work during the month of June because we weren’t going to do it in July.

That was a colossal mistake!

(Check Katerina´s perspective on her blog)

In a profession where the difference between working 100% focused and 50% focused is the difference between making money and losing money, INVESTING in vacations and rest frequently is fundamental to be able to work at your full capacity.

What I think works better for me is something like having 2 weeks’ vacation away from home in each quarter, but sometimes that’s hard to reconcile.

Since there were no special series of tournaments and I didn’t feel like playing much, I decided to stop playing the Hypers for 2 months and start writing my book about tournaments!

Then I remembered that I had to make 50k VPPs in June, so that my Supernova Elite status wouldn’t expire at the end of July! If it did, that would imply losing some thousands of dollars until the end of the year, because my FPPs multiplier would go down from 5x to 3.5x.

For someone that is not familiarized with the status, after obtaining it, we have to make 50k VPPs per month until we reach 1M VPPs in order to keep it. Meanwhile, Pokerstars knows that their players need some vacations, so they allow players to miss 2 months of this requirement without losing their status.

In January I wasn’t able to make the necessary points and if I failed in June, it wouldn’t be possible to go on vacations in July, so I had to play!

I even thought about writing part time and playing the rest of the time, but I felt it was too hard to focus on two projects at the same time, so I focused on the only thing I really had to do in June, and that was playing.


This month I ended up playing only 2 tournaments: a $215 turbo and the Sunday Million where I was the host. I didn’t reach the prizes in any of them, so it ended up being a “slightly” negative month with low volume.

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At the Hypers I finished the month losing $427 at the tables, but I got $6710 in VIP Stellar RewardsVIP Cash Bonus and Milestone Cash Credit.

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I have seen many mid-stakes sit-n-gos players thinking that is super important to be winning pre-rakeback*. For them to win more money through rakeback* than at the tables is less noble or something like that. I think that is ridiculous and I have noticed that those who normally have that argument end up being the ones that don’t have the bankroll to play the limits they want to play. Because they lack volume and don’t manage their bankroll properly, they are constantly trying to find someone to back them up financially.

There are games in which the rakeback*, is not very important because you can manage to have very high margins in comparison to the rake that is paid, like multi-table  tournaments and normal speed sit-n-gos. However, for those who play Turbos and/or Hyper-turbos of 6 or more players ignoring that extra return can affect a lot your bankroll growth, because the margins at the table are smaller when compared to the rake.

I’m not saying that it should be just “grind grind grind” to make money exclusively via rakeback* and leave aside the study and evolution of the game, or not consider them priorities. I’m also not saying that playing while being staked is bad, because there are cases where it´s mutually beneficial. But I think defining goals based on VPPs which depend fundamentally on us can be an excellent incentive to put the volume necessary to “beat the variance “and not be slackers!

You can be sure that I won’t think of June as a month of -$427, but as a +$6283, because that was the boost that my bankroll got from the Hypers. At the grocery they never ask if the money is after-rakeback or pre-rakeback!

Here is the monthly graph of the hypers:

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In June the VPP Balance was +55k VPPs, finishing the semester with 577k VPPS.



I’ll probably hit 1M VPPs until the end of October or November and have some time at the end of the year to finish my book.

Regarding my goal to run a marathon, I’ll stick with the half-marathon, because training for a marathon is very time-demanding, and if I  have to cut one goal for this year it’s this one because is the least important for me.

Note that health and exercise are very important to me and I’ll continue with strength training + running 3-4x/week! However, I’ll stick to the 30-60 minutes runs, because I´m not sure if runs that are over an hour long are the best thing for your health.

Please leave a comment with your opinion about this post and what was written here, or just “ I read it”!

Your feedback is fundamental so that I can keep writing quality posts for you!

*Rakeback at Pokerstars comes in the form of VIP Benefits and Promotions.

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  • 04
  • Aug
  • 11:46

August League

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My league starts today at my HomeGame!

Daily Tournaments

Until the end of August I will have a daily tournament with a different format for Weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays!

  • Week Days (19:00*):  $1.10 6-max tournaments, with 5K starting stack and 3 minutes blinds.
  • Saturdays (16:00*): $1.35 Knock-out tournament, with 1k starting stack and 10 minutes blinds.
  • Sundays (16:00*): $1.10 tournament, with 20K starting stack and 5 minutes blinds.

*All times are WET (Portuguese mainland time).


League Prizes

At the end of the month, the top 5 players of the league will earn a ticket to play September’s Team Online freeroll and get a chance to compete with our pros for a prize-pool of $1000 and $25 bounties on each pro!


  1. - If you don’t already have it, download the free PokerStars software from
  2. - Open the main poker lobby, then click on the Home Games tab
  3. - Click the ‘Join a Poker Club’ button
  4. - Enter my Club ID number: 6527
  5. - Enter my Invitation Code: seguidoresdocantinho

That’s it! Once I’ve approved your membership request, we’ll be ready to start playing Home Games online together.

If you want to find out more, visit our Home Games page.

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  • 15
  • Jul
  • 15:02

May Review

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During the first days of the SCOOP I tried to add some tournaments to my grind, but it was way too hard to play hypers and tournaments simultaneously!

This might sound weird if you haven’t tried both formats, but I will try to explain…

While I’m playing tournaments I don’t spend much time in most decisions, but in the end each tournament is defined by some key decisions where I might need up to a minute or something like that to make the best decision. I’m used to taking decisions within seconds at the Hypers, but it becomes really hard to focus properly on key decisions at tournaments and I end up making mistakes that I would never do on a… “slower” session. The hypers also get affected negatively since whenever I get a non-trivial decision at the tournaments, I end up not paying the proper attention to the hypers and make mistakes!

During the SCOOP I won some $357 and $714 satellites and I forgot to un-register before the tournaments started, so I ended up playing some $1k and $2k tournaments!

Let’s take a look at the results…



Sharkscope says that I finished -$4k, but this time sharkscope is WRONG!


On the image above I selected the line where I played a $1k+r tournament, because even though the result is -$2659, my cost was $1050 because I didn’t do a single rebuy or add-on!

This is obviously a bad result, but if you take into account the buy-ins of the tournaments I played it’s perfectly normal!

I will share three hands from that tournament that I played very close to the money:


In the first hand I have AK and 8BB, so usually I need a very strong reason to not get all my chips in the middle!

Well…, there are 4 players left for the money and there is a player with more chips than us with a reasonable range all-in.

If we assume that vincentfish’s range is something like TT+, AJs, AQo it’s a coin flip for the AK! It’s possible that his range has more non-pair combos and that my equity is a bit better, but I seriously doubt that it goes up to 60% and even with that kind of equity it would be a mistake to risk the tournament 4 hands away from the money to try to get a 16BB stack.

Hand History


With Queens I should get around 70% equity versus his range, which is excellent in most tournament stages but I’m on the Button, now there are 3 players left for the money and the first paid spot is $4.2K.

Being in the button means that I will get to see more 4-6 hands before I have to post a blind and with a turbo structure usually that’s enough for 3 players to bust.

The fact that this tournament pays at least 2 Buy-ins for an ITM finish. That means we should play more conservatively when our tournament life is at stake than we would at a tournament that pays 1.5 Buy-ins or less.

Between getting my money with the QQ, moving 70% of the times to 16.5BB and missing the money 30% of the times or making it in the money with 7BB and “freeroll” after, I prefer the 2nd option!

Hand History


This third hand was the hardest one for me, because I had the 2nd nuts!

Obviously KK is much better than QQ, but…, I also think that this player has a much tighter range and this might sound crazy, but I think that in this hand my equity is actually worse than the equity I had at the previous hand! Since there was no fold equity on my side and the equity was worse, I folded.

As you can see from the positions, I got these hands one after the other and while I didn’t maximize my chances of winning the tournament by taking a coin flip with some dead money in the middle, or a 70-30%, I think that I maximized my profitability and I was still able to “freeroll” after being in the money!


It was a $5.7K finish and I dodged a -$8K month in tournaments.

During June I’m not planning to play tournaments, so my results can’t really be worse than the ones in May when it comes to this format.


During May I was doing very well at the $357s and during the last week of the SCOOP I gave another shot at the $714s since the player pool was very similar.

Results of the month:


The volume was about half of the previous month, but the average buy-in was 2x as big, so the total rake was very similar.

I finished up $12990 plus $21437 from VIP Stellar RewardsVIP Cash Bonus and Milestone Cash Credit, so this was the most profitable month of the year so far!

I will also leave you my graph:




When it comes to VPPs, the month was slightly better than the previous month and I finally got a bit ahead of the Supernova Elite pace for the year.

Life Style

At the end of April I wrote:

“But on the other hand, April left me completely tired of grinding, feeling that these VPPs marathons are getting harder and my will to play poker decreases substantially when I go through them.”

During May I didn’t slow down on volume and when the SCOOP ended I spent the next 3 days sick at home recovering. I think that I pushed my nervous system too much :(

Since I got a bit worried about this situation I did some research about stress and I found this book: “Tired of Being Tired

Tired of Being Tired: Rescue Repair Rejuvenate

I’ve finished reading the book and it changed my way of thinking about what is and isn’t healthy, so if you have stress related problems I strongly suggest reading it!
Please leave a comment with your opinion or a simple “I READ IT!” :)
Only with your feedback I can keep improving and write better blog posts for you!
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  • 13
  • Jul
  • 10:55

VIP Club Live – Lisbon

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  • 06
  • Jun
  • 12:28

April Review

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I wrote this post originally in Portuguese on a month ago, but with all the SCOOP grind I ended up not finding time to translate it and I just don’t trust other people to translate my posts… I feel that there is always some loss.

Sorry for the delay!

April Review

I ended the March Review saying that:

“During April and May I’m going to ‘work my ass off’ and put an insane volume to make it up for the lack of VPPs during the first quarter of the year.”

That’s what I did!

Let’s see some numbers…


I warned you in the previous review that after 3 months of putting in the minimum volume in tourneys and wining money nevertheless , it was a matter of time until I had a month with moderate losses, and that’s precisely what happened in April.

The only somewhat relevant result was a final table in a $82 hyper-turbo with 158 players, in which I finished 5th.


I increased my volume at the hypers by close to 53% in comparison with March, and my average buy-in escalated about 48%.

This represents both a vertical and horizontal expansion with positive results, something very hard to accomplish!

With a profit of $4182 plus $20818 of VIP Stellar RewardsVIP Cash Bonus and Milestone Cash Credit., it was the most profitable month of the year so far!

Check out the monthly hypers graph:

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At the beginning of April I was playing well and when I added the $357s to my grind it went pretty well.

Then I added the $714s to take a shot. I’ve always tried to play games where thee were 3-4 non-regular players, but I couldn’t put in a big volume, and the results were weak. Each time I lost one of those sit-n-gos I felt that it affected me psychologically and I ended up sleeping a bit worse, so I just stopped playing them.

Whenever I play lower sit-n-gos and get a bad beat in a situation where I know I’m winning money because the opponent made a mistake, I feel fine! At the $714s however, I couldn’t reach that state of mind, because since I was just taking a shot, I end up being dependent on good results to keep playing them.

Another problem with the $714s is that I am only able to play them during the COOPs, since PokerStars doesn’t have a regular $2100 tournament in the weekly schedule. This way I don’t know how long it will take me to play a meaningful sample. Is it really worth playing if I know I probably won’t be able to put in a volume big enough to get consistent results?

I might be able to create an equation where it’s reasonable to play them, maybe if they were super soft games where if I lost some buy-ins it wouldn’t affect my bankroll, but here we are talking about games with 2-3 non regular players and at least 200 buy-ins, or a bankroll of $142K+, which probably won’t happen this year. This is because if the games are easier, then my profit from each game is bigger and, with higher ROIs downswings end up being less harsh.

I think that I will keep playing the $357s regularly until the end of the year, since they are available every Monday, Tuesday and during all the other days during the COOP’s. Doing this will allow me to put a reasonable volume during the period of one year, making it possible to see predictable results in a 1-2 years period. However, I will be selective when it comes to the tourneys I sit at, and won’t play games where there isn’t at least one (preferably two) players that haven’t really studied the game.



When it comes to VPPs it was a brilliant month, and I finally caught up with the necessary rhythm to achieve Supernova Elite this year.

I ended up more than doubling the points I had gotten in March, so you can really feel the effort I did in April when it comes to grinding!


During April I ran less, studied a bit less than during the previous months and increased the volume in order to catch up the Supernova Elite pace.

I wrote in my Half-Marathon post that I feel healthier and better when I ran regularly, and the opposite is true when I don’t.

In my article on 5 Lessons from 5 Million VPPs, I stated that when I don’t feel like playing poker it is because I’m not studying enough.

Now picture not running, not studying much, and many spring allergies in the mix…!

You know…, on one hand I am super happy with my results this year! In March I was able to cash out my initial bankroll for 2014 (around 300 buy-ins for the $74s) and play only with the profit I had gotten until then. In April, my bankroll increased a lot and I feel that I can make a lot of money playing a game where you mostly play with 10 Big Blinds and each game doesn’t take more than 10 minutes.

It’s amazing!

But on the other hand, April left me completely tired of grinding, feeling that these VPPs marathons are getting harder and my will to play poker decreases substantially when I go through them.

I believe that in May I will be able to reach 500K VPPs, but my focus will be set on playing well, playing whenever it is really worth it, and having a more balanced life. I feel that if I kept going with April’s rhythm, I would burn out quicker and apart from feeling bad my results would get worse and I wouldn’t want to play this anymore.


The SCOOP begins today and I will  be playing the majority of the existing Turbos along with the $1K Main Event.

I believe that I am a winner in low, mid-stakes, and maybe some higher stakes tournaments with a lot of recreational players, but I don’t like playing long tournaments, because I ruin my schedule and in addition to feeling worse, I end up losing consistence in my regular games.
The reason why I play Turbos is that they fit much better in my schedule and I feel better playing the.
I will also host the #03 and #06 events, so if you reach the final table in those tournaments I will be there to with you luck! :)
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