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  • Jul
  • 15:02

May Review

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Tournaments

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…

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

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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:

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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

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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

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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!

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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.

Hypers

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:

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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:

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VPPs

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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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  • 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…

Tourneys

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.

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

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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.

VPPs

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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!

Lifestyle

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.

SCOOP

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! :)
Please leave a comment on facebook or twitter with your opinion on this post, or even a simple “I READ IT” :)
Your feedback is of the utmost importance so that I can write quality posts for you!
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  • 22
  • Apr
  • 9:57

Hall of Fame

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On the 12th I reached a very important milestone in my career: 5 Million VPPs at PokerStars!

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What does this mean?

To put things in perspective, I got as many VPPs as the VPPs required to reach the prestigious Supernova Elite status 5x!

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Apart from all the money that I got during the years in the form of VIP Stellar Rewards, VIP Cash Bonus, VIP Cash Milestones, VIP Tournaments, etc that allowed me to have very stable finances, I will also get:

Hall of Fame Induction, including a short bio and photo on the page.

Hall of Fame Induction

5.000.000 Icon on the PokerStars software and direct support from PokerStars  senior staff via phone.

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An exclusive Slyde watch that will be given to me at an official live event.

SLYDE Sport Black & White - EPT 10 High Roler Winner

I want to thank everyone that has been following me in my path and I hope sincerely that this post will motivate you to go further and be sucessfull on the Poker world!

Keep in mind that when I had as many VPPs as you did I wanted more! :)

Thanks

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  • 08
  • Apr
  • 21:21

March Review

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Media

During March I got featured in some Portuguese newspapers/magazines, national news and went to a TV Show!

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I also participated in the Ronaldo promotion for Portuguese players and got the “Charity Award” from a newspaper.

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It was a great month media-wise and I got the chance to explain my perspective about this game we all love to a wider audience and hopefully improve the society’s overall impression of Poker.

On the other hand interviews, TV shows, etc take a lot of time, so whenever you compare my Poker performances to other pros, please have that into account! :P

Tournaments

In my previous January and February reviews I ended up talking about the tournaments I played since they had a big impact on my monthly results and March won’t be different!

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The biggest scores were a 18th place finish on the Sunday 6-max (+$1426) and a final table on the Big $162 (+$3592)

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I ended up playing these tournaments because I forgot to un-register after winning a satellite and they went very well!

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Obviously I’m being quite lucky in tournaments this year!

Three months in a row with positive results playing just a bunch of tournaments per month is not sustainable on the long run and sooner or later I will have some months with moderate losses at this format.

For the sake of consistency I will keep including the tournament results on my monthly reviews until the end of the year.

Hypers

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At the hypers I got once again close to 10k sit-n-gos in March, but with a week off in Greece and all the time I spent on media related stuff I didn’t get there.

That said, the results were amazing, finishing with a profit of $9692 and an additional $9121 from VIP Stellar Rewards, VIP Cash Bonus and Milestone Cash Credit.

Graph:

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As you can see in the graph, I got a big downswing at the end of the month, but obviously I can’t complain!

VPPs

I forgot to take a print-screen from my VPPs at the end of March, so this is the one from the beginning of April:

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During March I accumulated 74548 VPPs, which is more or a less what I got in February.

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.

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  • 31
  • Mar
  • 12:35

Lisbon Half-Marathon

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As you might know by now, one of my goals for 2014 is to run a Marathon!

Honestly I’m not very good at running and until 2014 the biggest race I attended was a 10KM in 2011, so you can guess how much I have to work on my running skills this year!

Whenever I want to figure out how to do something, I usually ask google and for this task I “googled” “How to run a marathon” in Portuguese. I found a page with multiple training plans and I chose to do the “novice” one. I was supposed to run 4x/week, but with all the media work that I got in the first quarter of the year, I ended up only running 3x/week during most weeks.

Work has priority over my hobbies!

Team Online Mikhail “innerspy Shalamov” has been into running for a while as you can see from his video:


He saw that I was into running too and recommend readingDaniel’s RUNNING Formula

The book is very good!

Before running my first Marathon I thought that it would make sense to run a Half-Marathon or two, so I started by the Lisbon one in March!

My goal was to run all the way and not stop or walk. Regarding speed I was planning to stay at 9-10KM/h, since it’s the speed that I managed to be consistent while training.

I will leave you my data from Runkeeper app:

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While training, the biggest race I’ve done was a 16KM one, so moving up to 21KM wasn’t easy at all!

Things didn’t start very well at the race, since there were a lot of people walking on the bridge and there was barely enough space to run among them, so the first Kilometers were a true obstacle race!

After the bridge things got better and I finally could run without having to worry about the walking crowd!

At this point my main concern was to run within my fitness limits in order to complete the race, so I ran at my comfortable speed and saw a lot of people passing through me at higher speeds.

When I reached Kilometer #16 I was still feeling very well! I think that the race rush plus the constant hydration thanks to the waters that the organization was giving every 2KMs was good enough to help me beat my previous personal distance record.

During the next 4KMs I was still feeling good and at this time I was the one passing through people that started by running really fast and couldn’t keep the speed so they had to walk to finish!

The last Kilometer was the hardest part since I was already feeling extremely tired and my feet/legs were screaming “STOP STOP”, but…, no way I was giving up when I was missing less than 5% of the race…

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(Me and my sister after the race)

I don’t know when I will run another half-marathon, but I will take a look at the Lisbon schedule and see which one fits my work schedule the best.

Training-wise I need to work on a lot of different aspects and I will start focusing more on my speed!

Also… I really enjoy running!

Sometimes I listen to people talking about going out and all, but they very often end up in shopping malls, stores, etc. I find that kind of “going out” very boring and I find going out to run in the park so much better! Really, feeling the trees, the wind on my face, sometimes the rain, etc, that’s just magical! I’ve been feeling much more alive and even though I run a few times under the rain this year I didn’t get sick so far!

Last year on the other hand with my challenge and massive sessions I spent a lot of time indoors, I got sick some times and I really missed this connection with nature that I get when I run!

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  • Mar
  • 10:15

February Review

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During February I had some interviews for Portuguese mainstream media about my challenge and my charity, so I ended up getting a bit late on my blog posts.

That said, I got some free time now and I will tell you about how February went for me!

Tournaments

During February my work efforts were mostly on improving at the hypers to get as good as possible before Abril, since April-May are the months with the highest work volume at the hypers.

That said, I ended up playing some MTTs… I played the Supernova+ freeroll, some TCOOP tournaments and some tournaments where I failed to un-register after winning a satellite. Usually I wouldn’t mention these tournaments on the monthly review since the volume was very small, but since the results were significant for the month (+$3857) I will talk a bit about them.

The first relevant score was at the Sunday 6-max, that I played after winning a satellite and forgetting to unregister. 

I usually finish my session as late as midnight and I ended up playing this tournament until 5am!
So, it was a big stretch schedule-wise and it affected my schedule during the next few days, but the $2902 compensates for all that!

The second relevant score was at the quarterly Supernova+ VIP freroll and I finished 9th for $2800.

$2800 on a freeroll is a great result for sure, but I got quite unlucky on the last part of the tournament and missed the $4500 18th prize on an interesting kind of bad-beat…

On the last hand of the tournament (for me) there were 3 tables left and I had the 3 tables open on my screen to follow all the action, since a single elimination would mean more $1700 for my bankroll. I know that many tournament pros don’t care about pay jumps and focus only on accumulating chips, but I feel that knowing what happens at the other tables lets me make better decisions on my table and if I have a relatively marginal spot to risk my tournament life while there is a good chance of being able to move a pay spot by just folding and waiting, I will skip those marginal spots and take the free equity.

Those extra pay jumps really add-up after a year!

Anyway…, we were playing hand by hand (special SNE freeroll feature with 19 players left) and I had a middle pair (77 or 88). On another table some player moved all-in before me with a smaller stack, so I took the +EV spot and move all-in with around 15BBs too since if two players get eliminated when the tournament is on hand-by-hand mode, the one with more chips at the beginning of the hand is the one getting the extra pay-jump.

I got called by QQ and the other player with a medium pair as well got called by JJ.

I should lose around 80% of the times in this spot, but I should get the extra pay jump 96% of the times!
This happens because when I lose I still have the 80-20 on the other table working for me, so missing that extra pay-jump was like losing a $1700 pot on a runner-runner flush!

Hypers

At the hypers it was the first month of the year where I played the full month and I managed to play 8644 sit-n-gos with a profit of $1388.

I spent $13K on rake, which means that I got back through Stellar Rewards, Cash Bonuses and Milestones something like $8.8K

If you add the tournaments profits, hypers profits and VIP Club benefits, you can see that it was an excellent month for me!

Regarding VPPs I finished the month with 73K, which is below Supernova Elite pace.

The two factors that contributed to finish below pace are the time I spent studying and working on my game and my table selection, since I avoided games with 5 regular players.

VPPs are obviously important and I’m going to work hard to make Supernova Elite this year, but I prefer to get my VPPs at a smaller rate and having to play more hours to accomplish the VPP goal, than to take a hit on my hourly rate and get worse yearly results.

Content

I haven’t started writing my book yet, but I have been reading about how to write/publish books to be as prepared as possible when I start. I think that I will only start writing it on the beginning of the second semester of 2014 whenever I feel more comfortable at the hypers and the traffic slows down.

 

PS: I’m missing the links in this article because I’m writing from Greece and they have the pokerstars.com links blocked. I’m planning to fix this once I get back home, but if you don’t know what something means in the meanwhile, don’t hesitate to search on google!

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I wrote an article about how to study Poker and it was published on PokerStarsblog!

Original Article

Introduction

Some decades ago, people would just play poker, think about hands on their own, and maybe read one of the few poker books that were available at the time. They could only play a few hands per month, and it would take a lot of time to learn the fundamentals.

Nowadays it’s a lot easier to learn how to play and improve at poker, so while things might be a lot worse for the lazy ones since the games got a bit tougher, they are definitely better for the people that are eager to work hard and improve.

Are you eager to work hard and improve your game, but you don’t know exactly what to do? Than this article is for you.

Reasons to Study

Poker is a game of mistakes where your goal is to make fewer mistakes than your opponent, or at least less costly mistakes. To make fewer mistakes you will need to spend some time studying, and this is a process that never ends because most of your opponents are working on their game as well and trying to make fewer mistakes. Whoever studies less or less efficiently will be the one losing the battle of mistakes.

If you just keep playing, you will most likely end up doing the same things over and over, creating a lot of repetitiveness, and most likely get stuck in stakes or have to move down eventually. While if you study, you will keep learning new things and keep the game fresh and new for yourself.

If you find yourself wondering during a downswing if you are playing bad or it’s just negative variance, that probably means that you need to study. By getting solid data/reasoning to support your plays, you will be more sure about them and you will find yourself more focused on improving your game and less focused on the daily swings.

To be honest , starting to study sometimes can be like going out to run on a rainy day. I rarely feel like leaving the house, but once I do it’s awesome.

Since you will need different studying methods as you move forward on your poker career, I will divide the article in two parts to keep things organized and try to share with you what I learned in my years as a professional Poker player:

Today, I’ll address low-stakes. Tomorrow, I’ll talk about studying for mid-stakes.

Studying for Low-Stakes Players

When you start there are a few options to learn and I think that it really depends on what fits best your personal style.

When I’m learning a new format, I personally like to read a book about a game, play a bit on my own to try out some concepts and then try to review some hands that I struggle with while playing. Then when I feel like I got all the concepts from the book, I like to move to videos that tend to be a bit more advanced.

I try to spend around 50% of my time studying and 50% playing, but if I don’t feel like playing, I will spend a bigger share of my poker time Studying.

But that’s me and you will need to find out what works better for you.

You probably need at least two of the following four methods to really optimize the learning process:

• Reading Books
• Watching Strategy Videos
• Participating in Forums
• Discussing hands with Friends

Reading Books

Reading a good Book can speed up the learning process a lot.

Back when I started playing Fixed-Limit cash games were very popular, and I still remember reading my first poker book (“Internet Texas Hold’em: Winning Strategies for Full-ring and Short-handed Games” by Mathew Hilger). I learned a lot from it, and I started showing a consistent profit right after.

Nowadays fixed-limit games are not as popular as they used to be, and I strongly recommend starting with a Texas Hold’em No Limit game, so I will give you my personal suggestions for books depending on which format you choose:

• Cash Games: “Small Stakes No-Limit Hold’em” by Ed Miller, Matt Flynn and Sunny Mehta
• Tournaments: “Secrets of Sit’n'Gos” by Phil Shaw

Both books are very well organized and really give you a good structure to start learning either game.

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Watching Strategy Videos

Videos are my next option, since most people tend to retain information better when they watch a video than when they read a book.

One thing that I must warn you is that I’m not telling you to watch live tournaments videos or live cash games. While there is certain value in these videos, new players will probably get more confused from watching this kind of videos than not, and by trying to use a high-stakes play in the wrong context they will just fail miserably and become the type of player that says:

“I don’t like to play low stakes. People never fold! If I had more money, I’m sure I would beat the higher stakes. To win at poker you need money!”

While there Is some truth in these sentences, these players fail to understand that to win at poker you always need to adjust to the games you are playing, and if at low stakes people are clueless and their biggest mistake is to stack-off too light, then you should just try to get into that kind of spot as often as possible with a stronger hand and build your bankroll like that.

So, what kind of videos should you watch after all?

1. Explanations of theoretical concepts
2. A good player playing low-stakes and explaining his/her thought process

You want to watch videos from players that can beat higher stakes, then the ones you are playing and are good at explaining their thought process. These videos will allow you to learn the fundamentals in a very structured way, and very often you can leave a comment on the video page asking for questions creating a very interactive form of learning.

While some sites with videos require you to pay, for beginners you will find a lot of great content on PokerSchoolOnline and my YouTube page for free.

Participating in Forums

Studying poker by reading books or watching videos can be kind of a lonely road.

Participating in forums on the other hand can add a social component to studying and make it more interesting, while everyone involved improves together.

Keep in mind though that forums work by giving and receiving.

You should feel free to post hands and ask questions about the stuff you are studying. You should read the feedback you get very carefully but not take anything people say for granted. Listen to everyone and think about what people say, but in the end you will need to use your own brain to decide what makes sense or not. I guess that this is also true for book and videos, but since you are learning from a professional, it’s less of a concern. Also follow threads that interest you and if you can help someone, just do it.

There are a lot of poker forums available online, and once again while some are paid, you can use PokerSchoolOnline forum for free, as well as the 2+2 forum, which is the most popular.

Discussing hands with friends

If you have friends that are interested in the same games and stakes, you can discuss hands with them. Nowadays with Boomplayer it’s super easy to boom a hand, share it on Twitter/Facebook or Skype and ask your friends their thoughts. I guess that it’s similar to forums, but you get to choose who sees your hand, while the forums I mentioned are open communities.

You need to choose very carefully who you listen to, because there is more bad advice going around than good advice, and if you have a friend that is successful at higher stakes, ask him/her as much as possible since that will probably be a very good source of advice.

Balancing Playing with Studying

Most people playing low-stakes are not playing poker full-time and with a very limited amount of time to dedicate to poker, a common question is: “How many hours per week should I study?”

I think that at this point you want to study at least as many hours as you play, because you don’t have to worry about paying your bills from poker, so there is no pressure on you to grind.

On the other hand, you want to try out what you are learning and see it working, so there is a need to find a fine balance and not just over-study.

I would suggest studying between 50% and 75% of your poker time and playing between 25% and 50% of your poker time.

Tomorrow I’ll discuss studying at mid-stakes. Now, get to work.”

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  • 05
  • Feb
  • 12:41

January Review

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January is in the books and it’s time to do the first month review of the year!

The beginning of the working year for me was at the PCA, where I played the main event for the first time and I’m very thankful to PokerStars for sponsoring me in such a great event!

Honestly the PCA experience was much much better than my previous WSOP main event experience! Overall the PCA is a tournament with more quality, a better schedule and a better venue where you have plenty of room to walk around.

I ended up losing on the 2nd day of the event while I was at the TV table :(

I talked about what I was thinking during that hand on my facebook page:

After talking with some players about the hand and thinking about it a bit more, I think that the right play is to check/call the turn and check/fold the river on either an Ace or a King.

I made a big mistake and in tournaments a single mistake puts you out of the tournament very often!

After that, there were some Team Online meetings. Also, I was interviewed by  Sarah Grant:

Then I had some free time and I took some photos to share a bit of the Bahamas experience with my followers:

(We went to see the Dolphins this year and you can see how good looking they are!)

(Also played some basketball with other members of Team Online)

(I went to the stand-up comedy show with Katerina, Kathleen and Tyler)

(Team Online photo at the PCA Party!)

I would also like to share a video with the Fireworks that PokerStars offered to their players during the Party to mark the start of the season:

Online

I came back to Lisbon on the 14th and I didn’t spend much time resting, since I have some big goals for this year!

I played some tournaments during the month and I got a great result on the 19th!

I ended up winning a bit more than the winner (Stefan Jedlicka) because we made a deal when we got heads-up and I had more chips at that point.

Unfortunately during the rest of the month I didn’t manage to get any deep runs in tournaments and I lost a decent part of what I won on the $82. Never the less it was a great start of the year for someone that only plays a tournament from time to time nowadays!

On the other hand, getting back to the hypers wasn’t easy at all!

I haven’t played them for more than 18 months, the $74s were full of regulars and if I really want to make Supernova Elite this year I have to become a winner again very very quickly…

I started by playing only a few hours per day and spending most of my time reviewing my games and Katerina‘s games on ICMIZER.

Very quickly I realized that a lot of my game plan from 2010/2011 wasn’t going to work in 2014. The players nowadays play much better than 2-3 years ago and the leaks are more subtle most of the times.

The bright side was that I had a very open mind about how to play and I searched for the best play for the most common situations and how to adjust my ranges when the variables change.

I ended up losing $814, but if you take into consideration the 68% return on rake that I get for going for Supernova Elite I still finished up $2191.6

If you add that amount to the money I made playing tournaments, it ended up being an excellent month, specially taking into account that I could only play online half of the month and I spend most of that time studying!

I got 27.4K VPPs

I think that it’s important to mention that until I reach 1 Million VPPs this year, I have to get a minimum of 50k VPPs/month to maintain the status and I can only fail that threshold two months!

Unfortunately I already missed that minimum VPP requirement in January, so I only have 1 bullet left…

On the bright side, if I managed to get 27.4k VPPs in a month where I could only play online for two weeks it and I spend most of the time studying, then the chances of making 50k+ VPPs/month look good!

February

My plan for the hypers for February is this:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: Study 2 hours, play 2 hours and get 1-2K VPPs/day.

Saturday: Study 2 hours, play 6 hours, get 5-6K VPPs.

Sunday: Play 8-12 hours, get 10K VPPs.

Maybe the title of my February article for PokerStarsBlog will be “5 tips to make Supernova Elite as a part-time job”…

Or maybe by playing all those hours during the weekend, it doesn’t qualify as a part-time job after all…, but now seriously, the main reason for managing my time like that apart from grinding I have other goals this year! I want to spend 16+ hours per week working on my book, at least 4 hours working on free content for my followers and I also want to have some time to work out and take care of my health.

It’s really hard to manage everything and sometimes things just don’t go as I plan, so it’s perfectly normal that once or twice per month I have to take an extra day off my regular schedule to rest or just to do stuff related to my sponsorship.

It’s just the way things are and it’s going to be a pretty tough year for me with lots of work ahead, but I think that as long as I’m focused and working hard it’s fine and I hope that it’s enough! :)

I wish a great February to everyone that follows me!

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  • 31
  • Jan
  • 13:37

$100K Vlog Bloopers

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Some times I do silly faces while recording my Vlogs, don’t miss them!

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