Going into lockdown.
It's been a while since I got around to blogging, mostly due to the fact that I just haven't had time. Things just haven't gone well for me in poker this year so it has really dawned on me how much effort I need to be putting into my game and also making up for some lost volume. I feel as though I have really failed as a blogger given all of the work I have started and not completed, but at this point in time my blog being up to date is the least of my worries. So let's jump to right now.
April is going to be a huge month for me. It is the start of a period that I don't intend on doing any traveling at all, therefore I will be focusing entirely on improving as a player and grinding like a bitch. I have already started to find some rhythm in terms of grinding/studying over the past week or so, now it is just a matter of maintaining it. My goal for the month is to play 1000 MTT's which is something that I haven't done before.
This downswing that I am on is really teaching me the harsh reality of MTT's. Variance will make you it's bitch. For a large portion of the downswing I have felt better than ever about my game, but now I am starting to realise that merely being confident in your game as it stands is way too complacent. I have reviewed my play constantly throughout the first 3 months of the year and never really been dis-satisfied in what I have seen. The same goes for having other people I really respect reviewing my game. This is not to say there are no mistakes, naturally there are, but anything that is a consistent leak I am yet to really find. While this gives me confidence, I have realised it is not enough on its own. I need to be striving to be better, not just make sure my game right now is going well. It is so easy to get caught up in critically analysing your game while you are downswinging and neglecting the importance of improving.
I also intend on opening up some coaching hours again. I have been working with two students only for the past few months and have probably even neglected them a little bit with my travelling and having no real routine. Now that I know that I will have a routine for the next few months, I am going to try to take on 5-10 hours of coaching per week. Coaching is something that I have always enjoyed. I love seeing people implement things and see noticeable improvements in their game and their results as well, it's always a cool feeling to know you've helped. For selfish reasons, it is also amazing for my game because I learn a lot while coaching people too. Quite often I get new insights from students, or just thinking about the concepts I am teaching will give me a nice refresher on things for my own game.
(If you are interested in coaching, my rate will be $120/hr. I am happy to discuss your particular situation and what I feel I can offer for your game, as well as field any questions you have. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. I would appreciate if only people serious about the coaching contact me)
If you guys missed it before, I did a detailed hand analysis of my day 1 at APPT Seoul. You can check it out here.
I would love to hear any thoughts you guys have on any of these hands, or any questions. Just leave them in the comments section.
I have also started back in my role as host of the radio program 'Konvict Korner' on Quadjacks radio. I have a new co-host, my good friend Stevan 'random_chu' Chew, who is making it a whole lot more fun. You can check out our podcasts (http://quadjacks.com/category/konvictkorner/)
So that will be it for now. Hopefully we can get this ship sailing in the right direction! I hope you are all doing well!
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