@DianeAbbott you are our huge-huge-huge HERO !!!
I think that many of us still DREAM about such a results you are 'damn easily' achieved last days !!! I'm one of them and taking my virtual hat off
You deserve incredible credit for streaming such a show as most of us (let's say nano-stakes recreational players) could only dreaming of!
I think you looks quite arrogant but I did not take care about it as long as your play really enjoyable
I could say that during breath-taking watching your stream I most of the time think "yeah, holly-cow is it really easy like that ?" we all know it is NOT!
It is a HUGE difference between watch a 'master play' for really high-stakes (personally all above 4s HU is 'high' for me) and think about 'such easy' AND try it on its own (own money, own mistakes, ...) think you know what I'm talking about.
I wish you all the best, as you really deserve credit for your hard work! You are hero, you are our inspiration, you playing/shows our big-dreams! I love your style as it really sometimes looks like 'easy money' (most of us know it is NOT) !!! keep grinding-up and we are looking forward what will come next
Wow, I wasn't expecting to wake up to the messages I have today. Even though I've spent years of playing to get to the position I'm in today I feel really grateful to be where I'm at after reading the last few posts.
First of all I'm glad you enjoy the stream, it's my first time doing such a thing so I have no idea what people want to see, what they want to hear etc. I'm completely aware I'm a pretty frustrated poker player in general, I don't know what other people are like when they play online but I think it's super important to vent your frustration so you don't tilt at the table.
I also think confidence/arrogance are needed in poker, especially in heads up games where you're battling a king-of-the-hill style lobby. Effectively on Unibet, you cannot share the lobby with anyone like you can on other sites, if a really good player sits, you have to play them until they don't want to play you anymore. There's definitely a confidence needed in your own game to take on these players. Furthermore, confidence/arrogance is always overstated when on an upswing. Sometimes I'm downswinging and I sit here questioning whether I can even beat the 25s anymore!
In terms of the plays that you see, it is mostly just experience. One of the great things about learning HU is that there are generally a limited number of different spots that appear in game. I made a ridiculous bluff on stream the other day where I put a guy all in for 200 more chips when the pot was like 1200 with king high, almost no fold equity and I got him to fold. It just didn't feel like he has a value hand there very often. It's impossible to sit here and explain but after playing game after game over the past 10 years you will learn what boards hit villain out of position and as a result I can pick off bluffs a lot easier than an inexperienced player would.
Undecided on what to do today, slept pretty poorly as I went to bed so late. May well take some more shots at the 100s if the games are good
Pro tip: When you bluff, you need to be so convincing, even with seemingly little to no fold equity that even you believe you have the nuts!
Nope, don't wanna talk about it.
Started well enough, up 500/600 at one point, went on stream tonight and just lost every all in, played 1 rec who was going crazy every time I had draws (which I wasn't improving with) yet seemed to snap fold every time I had a strong hand. Lost god knows how many in a row, 8 or 9, at the 100s. I then just super tiltedly gave myself a 3bi shot at the 200s (would put the account down to 3k if I lose these 3), lose the first game, win the 2nd then just get coolered into AA, AK and lose a flip. Ran like absolute toilet. One game we were at 40/80, guy was limping 90% of buttons, I didn't hit a single pair, not one single pair. The one time I check raised as a bluff he snap jammed. Ridiculous.
Probably down somewhere around 1k for the day in the end.
I'm still up around 3k for the week I guess as I withdrew 300, back to the 50s tomorrow. I would estimate this is probably the 10th time on Unibet I've moved up to 100s/200s and just lost all in after all in when it matters. Put me at the 25s and I'll sit there winning flip after flip but it's the complete opposite after moving up. Super frustrated but still in a good position for the year.
Failed my tilt goal, completed profit/volume/ROI/stream goals. Will do graphs tomorrow maybe, they're going to look super horrible now with that downswing though.
Don’t worry man you’re still smashing it and everyone here believes in you. At a lot smaller level I am suffering the same but it’s slightly different for me. Satellites I seem to be running really good overall but all the Sunday events / daily events I’ve entered I have been outdrawn silly ways. And don’t get me started on flush draws. If you’ve got one against me you’re completing. No two ways about it you will make your flush. Oh and bounties. If I’m allin in a bounty just call anything. You’ll win a bounty lol.
It’ll change man. Just so hard to chill and think that when’s it’s going like that. My biggest problem. Just stay out the casino!
@DianeAbbott Keep pushing on mate, your thread is probably the most popular here now and for good reason. Also it is not only because the stakes are higher than all of the others, it is also because of these vents, frustrations, arrogance, shot-taking etc. We are getting a real insight into a professional player, which is what a lot of readers he will likely aspire to be or at least will have at some point.
So, yeah do share graphs, whatever they look like as it is all part of it, plus the fact you're still streaming and reporting here when running bad, tilting, playing higher than you planned is awesome, there is nothing worse than people who just post heaters and skip out all the bad parts because we all know that is BS and see right through it.
I think regarding the 3BI shot at 200s, yeah when tilted it os obviously not the best idea, but at the same time don't beat yourself up about it, you are likely still a winner in a lot of games there and also you have had some amazing results at the start of the new year, so taking shots is not bad, just (imo) try to take them when you are running good and confidence is high.
Finally, I have seen you write about arrogance in here and heard it on the stream too, it seems you may be a little worried about how you are coming across regarding this, I wouldn't worry about it if I was year. You have over a decade of experience playing the game, seems mostly heads up and you have a large sample proving that you are a winner, so knowing that you are one of the best (probably the best)in the pool at 25s and 50s does not make you arrogant.
So yeah, stay confident, stay tilt free and you will clean up mate, looking forward to following along
A game such as poker can be won or lost on the finest margins, and with it being such a mental game any weapon that can be used effectively has to be utilised. If your attitude makes them more determined to take you down but causes them to play sub-optimally as a result then what's not to like. You're out there with your name in the open and players know if they take you on they're going to have to work for it, that can only be a plus.
Steve Davis, Phil Taylor, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods all had this attitude to some degree and they've had pretty good careers, many opponents were beaten before they turned up, If you keep telling them they can't beat you some of them do start believing it.
The downswing is a blip, you've had a terrific start so your roll should carry you through, forget the graph, get back on the grind and keep crushing.
Thanks @MetalWolf, @UAC & @GR1ZZL3R. I'll probably not respond to every point individually because I'm definitely going to forget what was said but I think it's important to reflect now that I've slept.
I had an interesting chat with @AndreiBN last night which helped me realise that I'm really not disappointed in pushing the run good. We look at things very differently, he is conservative in his approach to sports betting whereas I am aggressive and believe that you need to move up to maximise profit. He asked me why I didn't just solely grind the 25s and I explained that I think not only am I capped at what I can make at the 25s, I only need 25% of the ROI at the 100s to be making more money after rakeback. I then started thinking what I would've made at the 25s over 750 games, probably somewhere around 1.5k, yet I made double that even with a 1k downswing included, how can I be unhappy with that?
I do think one of the biggest things holding people back is they get comfortable in the stakes they're playing. If you play HUSNG's and you give yourself a 5bi shot at the stake above every now and then, you may just never look back. I made 41 buy ins at the 50s in just 236 games last week, all because I was prepared to take that opportunity.
I guess the flip side is dealing with the inevitable downswing when it happens. Mentally it's tough, but I removed myself from the poker lobby last night because sometimes you need to just step away. Time and sleep are great healers though and I have money in the bank so I'm likely going to give myself 20 more buy ins at the 100s for a couple of reasons. Firstly, if I lose 20 then it's time to move down and take an honest assessment of why I'm losing 20. Secondly, those challenge points man. I'm at 246k already, if I can just play the 100s without going broke for a couple of months I will earn 2-3m points and the rakeback from that alone should keep me at the 100s even with a downswing. It's like one of those weird scenarios where you need to break through that first barrier (3m points without going busto) to then be set up for a long time. I counted around 13k rakeback for the 3m points, it would be hard to go broke with an extra 130 buy ins in the bank.
Live by the sword, die by the sword.
Edit: Can I just say I really appreciate every message I receive on here and Twitch, I definitely wouldn't be as motivated if it wasn't for that.