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steliansis: Hello Jamie i will post a few questions because i really need this 20 $ :D. The first one is - do you have some sort of a ritual while playing poker. What is your nightmare connected with a poker hand. When you are on a winning streak like 3-4 hands in a row do you continue playing some weak hands like 45 ? What is your best poker experience. Do you have a dream for which you are playing, i mean like to collect money and buy something good like a car a house etc. Thanks for your time :)
September 3, 2013 11:38
Hey, and thx for first question I do have a pre game warm up, I normally take a shower before I play and have food prepared ready for the session. I also make some sesison goals which I write down before I begin to play. Broken down into what I call tactical and mental, the tactical ones are normally 2/3 things I have been working that week often one of them will be a new concept I am looking to implement. The mental ones can be something as simple as not playing to many tables, or trying to get into the 'zone'. I also try (if its not to late) to do a little warm down after a session which is normally a review of how I did versus these goals and a couple of notes on areas I felt went well and didn't NIghtmare, I guess when I have to fold :) If I have won 3-4 hands in a row it doesn't really mean I would go out of my way to play a hand like 45. Though if its suited 45 I could consider that a 'premium hand' (joke ofc) Best exprience was chopping the sunday million I was very lucky and ran well that day. I made a number of other major final tables and it didn't do so well! I don't have a dream to play for, as boring as it is I play to pay the bills :(
Scarmaker: Hey Jamie! Thanks a lot for doing this once again, it is well appreciated! :) First off, you already mentioned that you are a pro poker player for 18 months now, so I wonder for how long did you play poker before turning pro and what exactly happened on the day you decided to actually become a pro :)
September 3, 2013 13:23
I started playing around 2007 though I really didn't even start to take it seriously until around mid 2008 when I joined 2+2. I took a long time from when I decided that I could possibly play for a living to actually playing for a livign around 6 months. While I gathered some money for saving should I not make money for a few months and hit my finanace plan I had agreed with my lovely wife for me to give it a shot. I had to give notice in my old job which was nearly 4 months notice as well as I was fairly senior
ozziwar: Heya! Whats your biggest "aha moment" when it comes to learning in poker, the thing that really made your game to take it to where it has become today?
September 3, 2013 14:17
Hey, I am sure I have seen your name before somewhere and thanks for the question. For me was when I realised the 'rules' that many people set down where in fact pretty bad once you were competent. There are many times they apply but, so many exceptions that if you followed them 100% you would be a pretty bad player.
BlooDyG23: Hi Jamie. What is the best advice (briefly) that you can give to players with not so much of experience on online or live MTT's ?
September 3, 2013 15:57
I would say play a lot, as much as you can. There are two components to learning, one is learning what to do the other is doing again and again until it becomes second nature and you have a innate understanding of that given spot/concept. There is no substitute for exprience in other words
fachtung: Hi there simple question,you start playing your session but you see you go bad beats all the time so do you close oyur pokertars and now playing or just keep loosing that day? How you practice your mentality skills and psychisical skills|? Thank you for answer.
September 3, 2013 16:59
I used to actually do this a lot. If a session was not going well or I was playing bad I would un reg from a bunch of my later tourns. However, I certainly consider this to be a mental game leak and I worked on it pretty hard. Realising it is a issue is the first step to solving it, I think I am pretty mentally discplined when I put my mind to it. I gave up smoking after 10 years overnight once i had decided I want to stop and that was actually 8 years ago now :) I would reccomend the Jared tendler books they are very good, the first one is regarding tilt control the 2nd book about getting into the zone and also how to go about effective learning. Though I confess I have only read 1 chapter of the 2nd book Physically, this is something I have let go. I used to play football 3 times a week pre playing full time. Since then I have just not had the time due to the un socialble hours for playing MTTs. I am looking into some form of martial arts to keep fit and more importantly to keep supple and my body in good shape
24Caliber: What's the most common advice you give to your students / which area's are players generally weakest (specifically the more experience/already winning players) ?
September 3, 2013 17:08
Hi mate, checking out the competitiion ;) I think many of the more exprienced players are really tied to some old school (I mean in regard to online play) that you cant do this or that because they saw it in a 2010 training vid. This really limits them in their ability to play creatively in many spots and leads them to taking sub optimal lines I also think the vast majority of my students including those that have made a lot of money are really poor postflop and lack some fundementals
fulixas: Hi , Jamie ! We all now everyone wants to get these 20 $ from TiltBook. And I want . And i dont ask many questions just a several. When do you started playing poker? What was the most memorable and the most shocking moment in your poker career? And what is poker in your life ? Hope get the answer soon :) Good Luck at the tables :)
September 3, 2013 17:55
I think I ansered but I stated in 2007, I actually played with freinds at homes games. Then my brother intoduced me to online poker on FTP but we played play money as I was to scared to put money online!
Then after about 3 months I put $10 on poker stars and played cash games and $1 sngs. I think I ran that up to about $50 and then played a $4 180 man and came 2nd for around $150 and from there played reg speed 9 man sngs.
From there I played a mix of reg speed and turbo sngs 1 tabling I might add until I had about $500 roll. I think I then turned to turbo 9 mans and also moved up the the $6 turbos and multitabled them. From there spun this up to about a $6k roll in 6 months playing mainly $16 turbos in the stars heyday for these games
Most memorable is obv chopping a major, shocking I guess the number of untrustworthy people there are in the backing world (I help run a stable)
AceKing9999: Hi Jamie ! :) I want to ask you. What means for you poker? And what it's your advice for us, how you must start? Cash games / sng / mtt ? Your opinion. Thanks a lot,gl at the tables?
September 3, 2013 18:25
Well poker is a game I love and am obsessed with and luckily for me I am able to make a living from it. Thats a pretty privaliged postion to be in. I have never really played cash games to be honest except to dabble a bit here and there. I started off in sngs which is a solid way to start even if they are a little boring. MTTs are great fun but the variance is insane even if you have good game selection.
randypajo: Hello! I'm interested mainly your beginnings. How much you put into the game, how do you cope with losing.
September 3, 2013 19:02
I outlined below to a question how I began. In about 2010 I started to play mtts and instantly fell in love with them and never played a sng again actually except the odd 180 man. I put a lot into getting to a good level, and I mean a ridiculous amount of work. I have studied hundreds of my own hand histories, I was coached for a long time by my freind andressoprano and later alex fitzgerald. I have watched so many training vids, made notes and asked questions on them (not just mtt ones either). I was probably pretty inefficient at studying for a long time, and my trial and error actually led me to believe I could coach people effectively. Now I still work really hard on my game as my aim is to get to play the highest stakes not just the midstakes where I mainly play now As to losing well, it is of course hard and you have to be mentally tough
When I first started to play for a living my first 6 weeks were a downswing and I was pretty worried about it. Luckily I chopped a pokerfeast tourn (like a party poker version of scoop) and then 4 weeks after had the milly score. Even now though this is tough to deal with the variance and you have to work hard, play a lot (which is my major leak actually) and game select well
nicusor93: AceKing9999 , you are really good, you copy paste my question. I won last week with that question. Sorry for spam. Hello, i want to thank you for joining TiltBook . I want to ask you , how you felt when you win the first big win ? i'm sure you don't start with $22 buy-in. How you felt when you won $126,000 in Sunday Million? In your opinion, how many from 10 could have your continuating in wins? Sorry for my bad english, good luck in your future!
September 3, 2013 22:19
My first big win was $15k on a sunday in the stars 22 cubed with an eilite final table. I was certainly the most inexprienced player at that table and I held my own (this was way before I played professionally) Well a big score is of course very nice
I have no clue on your last question though I firmly believe if you are intelligent and work really hard you can be a big winner
24Caliber: Hi Jamie :) What approach do you have improving your own game, how much time to spend off the tables studying relative to on the tables playing?
September 4, 2013 04:19
I think I spend a lot more time than most. I consider the coaching I do as also working on my game. As I am constantly teaching concepts which means I have to really know them myself. Plus many students are really good players or ask very good questions so it constantly challenges me
I also still watch some vids though mainly cash games vids and HS MTT players vids and spend a lot of time using HEM filters to asses my play or think about new lines to take in common spots.
kyramai: Hi jamie !! I want to know how does it feel being a pro??..Are you nervous when you are being watched to not make a mistake or a unsuccessful bluff?? Did you ever thought at the begining of your playings that you will be a pro ?:) thank you! good luck!
September 4, 2013 17:05
I mean playing as a professional is just like going to work, its not really that glamarous or anything. I don't think I got nervous for a very long time, though certainly when I first played mtts I did get nervous deep in tournaments. I think that once you have played so many and gotten to big final tables a few times you don't feel those nerves.
Its a bit like if you are a actor in a play. The opening night you may have nerves but, by the end of the season you don't feel anything like this
Truthfully, I always had in the very back of my mind. Even when I first started to play for fun that I had the potential to maybe one day be able to make a living at poker. I didn't say anything to anyone of course but, just put the work in and ended up where I have
Scarmaker: Hey again! As a MTT coach and probably friends with many MTT regs, I wonder, given the fact that mtt sessions tend to be sometimes very long, whether you feel like this often turns out to be a big issue leading to bad plays/mistakes during critical phases of a tournament or if your experience is that this does not really occur much?
September 4, 2013 17:08
Yes I think this occurs a lot. I think it has a way bigger effect than people realise. If you have been playing 12 hours in high pressure situations then certainly something like this can happen. If the tourn is big enough I think adrenline kicks in and you are ok but I have known people to fall asleep even deep in mtts and blind out!
sierinsh: Hello Jamie :) First question, how u started to play poker and at first did u tought that poker will be ur job? What is ur favorite non premium hand? And have u ever tought about quiting poker after row of bad runs?
September 4, 2013 17:51
Your first questions I think I have covered. In regards to non-premium hands I love anything thats suited but, specifically I have always loved J9cc. I have no idea why it just looks so pretty!
I haven't thought about quiting to be honest but maybe because I have never had a brutal downswing though I am actually in a pretty big breakeven stretch for me at the moment. I think it's just a confidence thing both coaching players who are doing well, and also having peers that are exceptional players also respecting your game. Plus I am coached myself as well as I am trying to break into the higher stakes and my coach also respects my games and thinks I am ready to play those stakes
Ramalhah: Hi Jamie, my question is when you are on "card dead" on a MTT (micro stakes) what do you advise me/us to improve our game? I spend most of the time 30m without playing a single hand, and that´s not the way to win the tournament for sure !
September 4, 2013 20:00
I can't remember the last time I spent 30 seconds withouth playing a hand! I think in answer to your question there is no such thing as card dead. There are certainly many spots where your cards largely dont matter, I would also say that if you spend 30 mins not playing a hand then you are only playing a very narrow range of hands, which cannot be a good thing.
In terms of improving I would try poker forums as a nice start, reading startegy posted by people. Trying to make poker freinds as well who can give tips and advice. If you have some spare money I would reccomend a training site to help with the basics and if you really have a lot of cash then some coaching. Though if you play micro stakes this may not be the case.
There is plenty of free stuff out there/content but you just have to look for it to get you started.
george12: Hey Jamie ! I admire the results and I hope one day to get to your performance What is the key to his success? How to stand working-hours ? What poker books you read? How to get to the final table is a sunday millons ? hand is preferred? Do you have problems on tilt? good luck! and respect from me
September 4, 2013 20:24
Hard work - its boring but I say it a lot just really working hard getting a unquenchable thirst for knowledge. To give you a example when I started I mailed every player in the top 1,000 of the pocket five rankings to ask for help/advice or a hand history. I got 3 replies actually, one guy said he would answer a HH question i had, one guy offered me coaching for some huge sum of money. The last was my now friend andresoprano who sent me a win of his which I studied for days wrote out a list of 20 questions and sent him!
He very kindly answered me on all of them, and at a later date took me into his stable for coaching/backing
Working hours is hard because MTTs are long and unsociable. i have a young family and its why I balance playing wth coaching now as coaching not only do I love but gives me some flexibility for family life
Poker books I read tons to start with but, to be honest I would mainly watch videos now if I were you. I did buy Matt Janda book on GTO last week but its pretty advanced and not light reading
How to FT the million, run really well and play well :)
Preffered hand - anything that looks good when I am drunk! Basically anything pretty, but of course you can't beat them Aces
I don't have tilt issues, not obvious ones. I have never broken an mouse or anything I may slightly mummer in my very 'english' accent once in a while. There are other forms of softer tilt which I am pretty sure I don't have. I reccomend Jared tendlers book on this as it helps you to recognize if you have such issues
buffyslayer1: OK guys thanks a lot for the questions and feel free to PM me on tiltbook should you have any more I didn't answer a question fully enough bets of luck
September 4, 2013 21:00
Scarmaker: The AskThePRO with Jamie is now officially over! I would like to thank Jamie once again as well as all who participated! The winner of 20 bucks for the best question will be announced tommorow!
September 5, 2013 02:43
Voicu: I would like to know how you have to take the late level on a mtt turbo turnament because all the time when i get there i usualy start losing my chips whit good card on standard play ... so how should i play for exemple QQ after a pre flop raise and i am deler..?
September 5, 2013 11:37
Dan Bhoy: Hi Jamie, what in your opinion is the best way to improve your game after being stuck in the same style for so long without the high costs of being coached, mentored etc ?
September 6, 2013 18:02
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