Joe's journey

  • Joe's journey

     Cookiesareforever updated 1 year, 6 months ago 4 Members · 4 Posts
  • 3betosaurus

    May 25, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Hello everyone,

    My name is Joe. I’m 32 years old living in the Netherlands. Currently working a 9-to-5 office job from home due to corona and thinking about a restart in poker.

    I used to play part-time online PLO (mostly $0.50/$1) until a year ago. Made the switch from NLHE to PLO when I was 25 , in August 2013. I was still going to college back then and finished that two years later. The working life that usually follows didn’t really appeal to me, so after graduating I decided to stick around at the 10-hour-a-week side job I had and combine that with playing online PLO.

    I had learned how to play profitably, but I was lacking in a lot of other areas. I had very weak (self-)discipline and wasn’t professional about it at all. I would live off most of my earnings and barely build a bankroll. In fact, I would play just enough to maintain myself, and basically just chill the rest of the time. Of course, there was only one outcome possible. April 2019 I’m forced to cash out the remainder of my bankroll for living expenses, and two months later I’m grinding a 9-to-5 job.

    A year has passed since, and in the meantime, I only played a few live Omaha tournaments. Because of the whole lockdown thing (working from home and going very few places) it was kind of inevitable that I started looking into playing online again. Luckily, I had some nice results with the live tournaments, and now that I don’t have to cash out my poker earnings anymore, I actually have a healthy ~12k-ish bankroll to start with.

    So, I started exploring the best learning options out there and came across the 10-Week Transformation program. I find it to be very inspiring. Now that I’m experiencing what it’s like to put in 40+ hours a week for something I’m not passionate about, I wish I would be able to spend all that time and energy on something I am passionate about, such as poker.

    Obviously, it will be a big challenge to combine the 10-Week Transformation program with a full-time job. On the other hand, it’s great that there’s no pressure of cashing out. I don’t have to worry about making a profit. I can go back to solely focusing on learning and improving. That was my attitude and approach towards poker while I was in college, and that has brought me the best results and the most fun.


    I’m a poker player with a six-figure income who shapes and controls his own lifepath.


    I want to have the freedom to live life on my own conditions and to do the things that I truly enjoy and bring happiness.


    • Get play and study routine going again.
    • Complete 10-Week PLO Transformation.
    • Beat low-mid stakes decent sample.
    • Take a sabbatical of three months from work, detach myself from my current life, and dedicate to succeeding in poker. (This can take place after the project I’m currently working on in my job has finished, which will probably be end of the year.)
    • Depending on success, extend sabbatical/quit job, beat mid-high stakes, and go pro.

    Quite a stretch, right?

    Thanks for reading, I’m very excited to get started, I welcome tips, comments, and suggestions, and GL all at the tables!

  • Fernando Habegger

    May 26, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Hi Joe, welcome to the PLO Mastermind community and nice first blog post.

    Looking forward to see your progress over the next couple of weeks and months. I think you’re in a good spot now, with that healthy bankroll. Make sure to work on your mindset everyday, and improve on the professionalism, which you mentioned you’ve lacked in the past. It’s probably the most important thing to work on right now for you.

    It’s all about using your available hours the best way possible. As you’re grinding another job, at the moment, it’s so important to eliminate time wasters and fully focus on poker, in order to make your vision come true.

    Don’t threat it as a “stretch”, you can do this, if you really commit to self-disciple and mental game improvements.

    Good luck and I’m looking forward to your next post.



  • Adelaney

    May 27, 2020 at 4:02 am

    Welcome Joe to the new forum great to have you sharing your blog 🙂

    Glad that you’ve been able to relieve that constant pressure you had of always having to cashout and now have yourself a healthy bankroll to grind with! Also great to see you reverting back to the ways in which they got you here in poker by getting back into a learning and improving routine!

    Best of luck with your goals and look forward to your future updates!

    How have you been finding the 10 week transformation so far? How far in are you?

    Let’s crush these goals!

  • Cookiesareforever

    May 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Hi and welcome Joe,

    I enjoyed reading your blog and hope to see more posts in the future :).
    Good luck with the studying and playing so that you can reach your goals!


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