$150 to SNE - Confidence

 photo masuronike: Father, 6max hyper turbo grinder and founder of TiltBook, end of story. My nickname on PokerStars is MASUR0N1KE.
A lot of players asked me how I made SNE from $150 in 2012 so I decided to post translated articles from my old dead website where I was posting weekly updates in Slovak language. After last blog I will announce how you can get free coaching from me, enjoy!

Nothing worse for a poker player than when he loses his confidience and starts to doubt his game, skills and eventually every single hand he played. Once that happens you start to make a lot of mistake and your graph goes down and down. This is exactly what happened to me, but now I got my confidience back!

After moving up to $30s it all began to go terrible, my game was full of leaks and it immediately showed. Mix that with a little bit of bad ran and you got a total catastrophe. There were two things that helped me a lot at that point. First one was coaching from a great czech HU hyper-turbo player oxyzak who brought a lot of new insight into my game and I realised it is possible to have a decent edge in heads-ups even against other regs. I also did this because I am planning to play some of these in the morning when the traffic won't be as good.

The second thing was another conversation with one of the top hyper-turbo regs I used to play with a lot on the Entraction (BALOTELLI9O). He told me I should focus more on analyzing spots in ICMIZER (analyzed a lot of spots!) and try to call more preflop. It really helped me and my EV line went from about 0% - 1% to 5%, which is almost unbeleivable! There is still plenty of stuff to work on though so, I indeed will keeping working.

However, even though the EV line is going wonderful, winnings are not keeping up. This month I am already 120 buy-ins under EV altough I am not trying to think about that much. Once this will get back to normal I am pretty sure I can beat $15 and $30s in no time and move up to high stakes really fast. Even though I reduced tables and I spent some time on vacation in Croatia I managed to put in a nice volume. And because I am not planning a lot of days off for the rest of the year, I am positive I can win this challenge.

Graph for last two weeks:


Total graph for entire challenge:


That's 2,6k total under EV which, given the limits I played mostly, is quite a lot. I am really happy for my redline though, improvements on my game are obvious. It is always better than being over the line and falsely convince yourself that you are playing really well when in fact there is so much room for adjustements.


SNGs played: 15,062

ROI: 2%

Profit: $1,505

Bonuses: SCOOP reload $210, VIP stellar rewards $400, Refund $22, Battle of planets $80

Total profit: $2,217

Bankroll: $2,367

VPPs: 37,907

Hourly rate: $9,85

Amount of VPPs needed per day to reach SNE: 7576


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