Welcome to Nathan, a great addition to our team.
Next sweat session will be on Wednesday 19:00 GMT and we will see if we can keep it that way going forward people
My Poker Background:
From 2004 until 2007 I played part-time whilst at university, spending the money as fast as I made it. These were the glory days pre-UIGEA and so I was content to beat $50nl for spare change without too much concern for moving higher.
In 2008 the games started to become tougher as shortstacks infested every limit in the Full-Ring cash games that I was playing at the time. To get away from the shortstacks I started mega tabling 6max on Full Tilt, to grind out some rakeback for pocket money. I continued to jump around games and stakes for the next year, playing too many tables to improve, and withdrawing my bankroll too often to move higher.
At the start of 2010 I stopped mega tabling completely, playing a maximum of 4 shorthanded tables, for a couple of hours a week. I realised that I had stagnated by playing lots of tables while the games got tougher, so it was time to improve. Throughout 2010 I worked full-time so I could afford to focus completely on understanding the theory and mathematics behind the decisions I had made on auto-pilot for so many years. After studying consistently for a few hours each day in 2010 I finally decided I had plugged my leaks and was ready to hit the tables again in October.
I started with about $100 playing $4nl full ring cash games part time to get my feet wet, and moved up stakes with 20 buyins for the next level. When I reached the $25nl full ring cash games I decided to switch over to playing shorthanded. I had beaten each level for over 10bb/100 at full-ring but found it was taking too long for tables to fill up at $25nl (I like to start tables instead of joining waitlists). I continued to beat the shorthanded games, winning at 20bb/100 for the short time I spent at limits below 30nl.
From April until the shutdown of fulltilt I played Fullring Rush poker for some stupid reason and only had an average winrate.
When Fulltilt closed I moved back to euro sites and have been winning at about 8bb/100 at $25 through to £50nl, playing 2-3 tables of 5max.
I’m also a coach (Soon to be Instructor) at higherlevelpoker.com. The instructors/owners of the site are my backers, and i’ve been with them for 6 months. I have a pretty sweet deal 65:35 in my favour. I am moved up to the next level when I have been beating the previous level for 6bb/100 over 20k hands. I just have to keep winning for another 10k hands at 6bb playing at £50nl and then I’ll be moved up to £100nl. My main problem is that my job often takes up 50 hours a week so I can only play a maximum of 20k hands a month.
I will be going fulltime when I am beating £200nl, which should hopefully be before 2012.
The biggest strength I think I can bring to this group is that I study an insane amount, usually 30 hours a week, on top of my job, playing , and coaching. I feel pretty confident in my abilities to quickly analyse any hand using combinatorics and mathematics without using any computer programs, and being able to get close to the correct answer.
Can’t wait to get to know all you guys better.
Attached is a graph of all my play this year at Euro sites (I’ve excluded my stupid time wasted at Rush). All at 25nl – 50nl. I’ve included the EV line but this really isn’t accurate as some of my hands are on the Boss network where some hands are mucked at showdown and not recovered by HM, it looks cool though lol.
Residence and home town: Daugavpils, Latvia
Education: Bachelor of logistics graduated this year
Status: just married on 6th of august 2011.
- TAG style , 21/18 3bet 6-8%
- Poker is mine main income for 3,5 years now
- Spent 2,5 years at 50nl with some occasional shots at 100nl
- Serious work began in December 2009 when hired my first poker coach, now I still stick with him, because have a ton to learn from him
- 2011 january made a proposal had some big monetary money goal, to earn money for a wedding. Status – Completed.
- Currently working on game basics, want to make them perfect and then wanna start more advanced stuff.. Solid basics is golden.
- Watching videos, making lots of notes and etc
- Biggest leak: mental game.. working on that with Jared Tendler available stuff
- Noob at poker math , wanna learn it during this year
- First half of 2011 was super crazy was ill for 1,5 months, grinding for wedding, last semester at Uni + bachelor work and it’s defense, wedding preparation, wedding itself.
- I hope this will be a big year.. It is first year when I will be full time pro… No uni, just poker and life improvement
- This year I plan crushing 100nl with some shots higher
- gym, sport and healthy lifestyle
- big soccer fan (Barca, Milan, arsenal, totenham, Russian premier league, lv league)
- reading books
Here we go, the launch of the group is approaching.
It was about 9 days ago when I got all my money blocked. I couldn’t focus and was pretty stressed out, I couldn’t even buy groceries. Then the whole Girah scandal broke out, and on top of that I am helping my GF to write her dissertation. Boss, another member has his wedding really soon so he also is sort of tied up.We both should have everything wrapped up in about a week and then this thing can finally take off.
I have also decided on the number of group members, although that is of course subject to change because we have democracy within out group
In this free card runners video:
The importance of having a group is stressed, and also the common theme that starting a group is easy but keeping it going is hard is mentioned. I hope we will have the opposite approach, careful slow start of the group into solid regular elements for a long time to come. Stay tuned.
DC username: DoC.LemOn
Residence: Edinburgh, Scotland, for 5 years now
Education: Secondary School of Technical Engineering, HNC and HND IT and Administration, BA (Hons) Business Studies Sandwich
Status: In a relationship, with a sexy Chinese lady. We have been living together for 2 years now and are pretty co-dependent.
Poker so far:
- Started April 2009
- NL2=>Shots at NL100 in under 4 months
- Got into to 14 month work placement: break even at NL50, lost most of my BR, played sporadically and stopped for several months completely. I was replaced with 2 fulltime persons when I left the company.
- Final year of uni: dropped to NL25, with more or less breakeven results. I spent less than 14% of time on the computer playing poker (measured byhttp://autotimesheet.com/). But I aced my dissertation at 78% and finished uni with a good degree.
- After graduation I stepped up to play full time, and now I am comfortably rolled for NL50.
- I play on Pokerstars, Ipoker and Bodog
- Played floorball/unihoc for 8 years, was in the Czech junior national team briefly and played the highest division in Czech Republic. In Scotland I Coached team Dundee Northern Lights for a season and won the Scottish Championship this year. (There are 7 teams competing in Scotland compared to some 40,000 people in Czech Republic)
- Starcraft for about 4
- I worked in bakery for nearly 2 years: http://www.fisheranddonaldson.com/
- And in finance dept. of Life and Pensions company during my placement: http://www.scottishwidows.co.uk/
If I was forced to point out one specific thing that I expect from a group, it’s never ending activity.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love chatting about poker, discussing hands and doing ad hoc things, but from my experience with groups like this one too often get sucked in into conversations, hand discussions etc, chaotically, without direction.
This hyperactive chaos often leads to groups that shine like a falling star, with heaps of new unstructured posts, but it they eventually fall to the ground out as people run out of breath and get lost in the chaos.
I want this group to have structure, to offer more than just a channel to talk to your peers whenever you want to, share notes, videos, sweats advice and reviews whenever necessary, although that will be a big part of it.
I want it to have regular substance in the form of activities that you know are there, week after week, at the same time on the same day that you can look forward to and that you know are there to stay. These activities are the ‘core service’ that the group is based on, that will keep involvement and regularity, and make sure that the group works together as a team and everyone is included.
Below are few Ideas that could be the cornerstone of the group, the regular activities that we will build on. We will agree these together for sure, maybe some are stupid ideas, maybe some are not suitable for everyone, but once we do, please try and become a part of them. If not always then at least as often as you can.
Weekly sweat session (Live)
- Same time each week
- Rotating basis – 1 by 1
- Can be sweat, video review, HEM Analysis … we should look and review a player’s game as he needs
Monthly Coaching Session (Live)
- Agree on a date coach and topic and $$$we are willing to pay
- If we are unsure of what we want – coach will tell us, he is a professional after all
Weekly concept discussion (skype)
- Set time every week, everyone comes up with an idea and we discuss it, point to resources…
- We will always agree next week’s concept a week in advance to give people chance to prepare
‘Hero of the week’ Skype/live
- A person each week will have 5-15 minutes to bring a fun fact, sick hand analysis, video review, math concept, concept review, brag, anything he wants.
- Will include short (1-2min)update on personal progress, longer if you couldn’t make it last 1 (or more)weeks