Time to step it up!

Todays blog is gonna be a peek into my past and my future plans as a poker player. Also gonna finish it up with a quick recap of the previous weeks results from ze online grinds.

When I first got into poker my thirst for knowledge and improvement was unquenchable. I consumed books, training video’s, articles and discussed poker hands with my friends. As my game improved over the years – poker became more of a grind for me, and that thirst disappeared. For many years I was just playing my own game, improving very little and seeing my winrates decline. It didn’t bother me too much. I was still making money playing online without having to put too much effort into it. It financed trips to cool destinations, and supplemented my student loans to pay for beer and other essentials.

In the “About” section of this blog, I described how I refound the joy of poker through Twitch streaming. I’ve also rediscovered a passion for getting better at the game (mostly because I want to win more monies, but also because I don’t want to look stupid on the stream). So, to make an effort towards getting better at this game, I’ve done what all the other cool kids are doing these days… I’ve bought and downloaded PioSOLVER! At first glance, PioSOLVER looked kinda daunting. Initially I thought the minimum price you paid was $475, but you can buy a basic version with pretty much same functions for $250. Also it seemed super complicated and I suspected that the learning curve would be very steep. I think I was right about the last part, but with focused effort each day I think it’s gonna be fine. So I’ve just begun playing around with it, and starting to learn the basics. I think in the beginning it will probably lead to me making a fair bit of mistakes, trying to implement concepts I don’t fully understand. I will probably try to make way to many “GTO” plays, something I find myself doing already before doing Pio-work. For example bluffing in spots where people never fold, just because “I should have a bluffing range here to be balanced”. SO, I’ll try to keep my eyes out for those spots. I am sure that when I get enough Pio-work under my belt, my game is overall gonna be a fair bit stronger.

Last weeks grind was not great. In total we lost €3200 – and much of that was due to wednesday, where we lost €2700 in one session. I felt my game was not up to par, and my mind was definitely not where it needed to be, which brings me to my next point… There has been some developments in my personal life and as a result I will not be streaming this week. Too much stuff that needs taking care of etc. I will come back to this later, but for now there is probably not gonna be a stream until early/mid march. I will try to be a good boy and update as much as possible from Unibet Open London though, which is in a week. So hit that follow button on the social medias if you wanna keep track of that stuff!

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