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  • Alexaudetboutin

    January 10, 2021 at 6:45 pm


    I’m Alex 29 years old, I live in Canada and I speak french so its very possible I am making english mistakes haha. I have been playing holdem for more than 10 years now and I started to play more seriously a couple years ago. At the age of 27 years old I started playing as a semi pro keeping a part time job, but for the last year I’m playing full time. I play mostly live but also online to work on my game. I really like holdem and I think I have natural skills for it ( I haven’t studied much before last year and I always was at least break even or winning since I began playing. Of course live games or much softer but I think I have the right personnality to play poker). Maths have always been easy for me, I’m quite competitive, I always try to be better in everything I do, I’m grounded to reality and I can be very critic to myself. I think I have natural skills to read people , how they think and what they would and won’t do. I also think I have very underated skills like understanding myself (the state that I am in), knowing my level of skills and being very selective about the games I choose to play in. (poker is a tough enough game, you don’t want to make it tougher just to prove yourself. When you choose easier games from the start, the whole rest of the game is easier and more profitable.). I had to start learning GTO because I was playing almost 100% exploitative and I had diffculty beating good players. I improved a lot my fundamentals and the balance of my game in the last year.

    I’m doing my best to become a better pro, studying, balancing life and poker, talking about hands with other regs I respect, etc. I think to become a better pro you have to be versatile and to be able to play the best game available. In my region there are some insane plo games running that I want to get in. I need at least some basic training in plo to play them. Investing a couple hundred dollars in plo mastermind I think is a good way to go.

    I don’t know if I will be posting much on this blog, I’m not that kind of guy but I will give it a try. Also thank you for replying if you want to know more about my journey. 🙂

    Here are my goals:

    -learning the fundamentals of plo

    -practicing and winning at micro stakes

    -moving up when I feel time is right

    -giving some shots at the crazy live games

    -review, post and talk about some hands, keep practicing, keep learning

    -becoming a reg of the live games

    -moving up in stakes online (lets see how far I can go!)

    Who knows, plo might become my main and favorite game!

  • Adelaney

    January 12, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Hey Alex,

    Welcome to the community and the PLO Mastermind (your English is perfect btw nothing to worry about there haha)

    How have you been finding the process of studying and learning PLO so far? As well as the life of being a professional poker player over the last 12+ months or so?

    Thanks for taking the leap and creating the blog, I know it’s not something that is easy when you’re used to not sharing information about your journey so thanks for doing that and hopefully we will be able to occasionally see some updates from you 🙂

    Best of luck,


  • Alexaudetboutin

    January 13, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Ash, thanks for replying!

    I like the process of learning plo a lot so far! You guys built the site and the courses in a very easy and motivating way to learn the game! I’m having a lot of fun so far and I’m not bored at all.

    As for my career as a pro, i’m enjoying it a lot so far. Poker is a real passion for me and even though there is a lot of ups and down I love the freedom that it gives me. I need to work on my game and I am putting a lot more time studying that I used to and it helped my game a lot. With all those ressources like your site being available I have no choice but to use them, because others are using them and I will fall short long term, specially against good players. If you dont know some GTO they will find holes in your game and you won’t be able to beat them. The only way is to outwork them and this is my goal. 😉

    Now here is an update on my plo journey:

    -I didn’t know where to start and Jnandez said its a good idea to start with the 10 week plo transformation. I did the first two weeks and I found it very motivating, although I already understood that kind of mentality and adopted it. It is always good to have a reminder and it some times can boost your will to power to be motivated like that once in a while (nod to my friend Nietzsche, who I red a lot in my early adult life)

    -On the 3rd week when I arrived to the 3bet and 4bet training I realized I had not enough plo experience to continue on this path. I haven’t played that much plo so far and I need more basics like preflop ranges, what you should open from where, what sizing do we use ( do we always open pot pre?), can we flat sb in plo, can we cold call 3bets in plo, etc.(I thought this course was going that way but it seems a little bit too advanced for me)

    -So I switched on crushing small stakes plo to see what it looks like and put the 10 weeks on hold for the moment. crushing small stakes is more basic but maybe not quite enough yet for me, tough very interesting and well explained. I did around 10% and looked around in the courses between 2 videos and saw The Launchpad.

    -I started the launchpad and it seems to answer a lot of the basic questions I wanted to know, espcially preflop which is the beginning. I like it a lot so far I think I will be able to get through it quite quickly. Like I said I haven’t played that much plo before mainly holdem, and it is was difficult for me to understand what hand is better than what in certain spots and what should you play what should you fold.

    -So now my plan is to finish the launchpad (with all the quizzes and everything), then go back to crushing small stakes and finish it, and after do the complete ten weeks. After that I should have good basics in plo. I dont want any holes in my fundamentals, I want to build my game on solid foundations. It is my plan for now but it can be adjusted, like every plan should. What do you think of it?

    This my journey so far. For the past couple weeks here is what I did during my days: I start off by learning and studying with your courses for about 2-4 hours, then I play some zoom plo 10 for about 2h in order to practice, gain some experience and build a sample of hands. After that I play some NLHE for about 6-8 hours on private clubs, in order to make a living. I live in Quebec and the gouvernment is very strict right now during covid. we have curfew from 8 pm to 5 am, so there is no live games anywhere. People play on phone apps like X poker on private clubs and there is not much to do right now so games are quite juicy and there is a lot of action!

    But tonight I think I gonna take a couple of hours off, it is the Montreal Canadiens season opener 🙂 I’m gonna take some time of and chill a little bit. I saw @jnandez with a Golden Knights cap in the launchpad, are you a Knights fan? 🙂 If so I wish you a good season, you have a very good team this year and are a Stanley Cup contender!!

    Thank you for reading, keep you posted!

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