The Generic ‘This is my year’ Thread 2021

  • The Generic ‘This is my year’ Thread 2021

     Tractatus1 updated 4 days, 11 hours ago 2 Members · 6 Posts
  • Tractatus1

    January 2, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Hi all,

    A bit of background about me, I am from the UK and am 24 years old. I first started playing poker in 2014 and grinded a decent return during my university studies. I decided to quit in 2017 after going on a soul crushing downswing that put me off the game for a while.

    Fast foward to summer of 2020 and a few years of career grinding. With lockdowns affecting most european countries, I redeposited and started to play PLO again. Initially only for fun. I fell in love with the game once again.

    I have played fairly consistently since july now and achieved the following graph for 2020: (see pic).

    I didn’t run the best all-in wise but the yellow line gives me confidence that I at least have something to build upon. I played at stakes of 2PLO & 5PLO intially with the bulk of my volume at 10PLO.

    My goals for 2021 are as follows (split into process orientated goals and results orientated):


    – Play 1k hands per day from Monday to Saturday.

    – Review a minmum of 5 hands per day from Monday to Saturday.

    – Review and take notes on one PLO Mastermind video per day from Monday to Saturday.

    – Take every sunday off from playing and studying. (Condition: Should I not be able to play on another day of the week for example if I socialise on a saturday then sunday will be used to replace this day).

    – Play 0 hands at Zoom/Fast Fold formats.

    – Play 0 hands at Pokerstars.


    – Have bankroll required to play 20PLO [24/02]

    – Have bankroll required to play 50PLO [15/04]

    – Have bankroll required to play 100PLO [04/07]

    I will not have a set schedule for posting updates as some days/weeks might be interesting and others not but I will keep as frequent as I can.

  • Tractatus1

    January 4, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Update 1

    Not a good start to the year. -8BI so far but managed to run above EV for once.

    Process goals going ok not great but not awfully:

    Hands : 2417/3000

    Hands Reviewed: 10/15

    Videos Reviewed: 2/3

    Overall semi happy with my actual play. I struggled with tilting a little when having some back to back hands where I get drawn out on which is the reason I have stopped playing the past two days rather than spew off 5 BI for no reason.

    A couple of hands I have been unsure on

    Hands #1

    Unsure if this is a call both preflop and on flop:

    GAME #8915498407 Version: Uncalled:Y Omaha PL €0.05/€0.10 2021-01-02 16:48:02/GMT
    Table Cornas
    Seat 1: Wildzeeh (€10.00 in chips)
    Seat 3: b2bChamp (€12.90 in chips) DEALER
    Seat 5: TommyComedian (€10.00 in chips)
    Seat 6: Tractatus1 (€22.43 in chips)
    Seat 8: dudasrobi (€4.50 in chips)
    Seat 10: pchela31 (€9.71 in chips)
    TommyComedian: Post SB €0.05
    Tractatus1: Post BB €0.10
    *** HOLE CARDS ***
    Dealt to Tractatus1 [SJ H7 S4 HJ]
    dudasrobi: Fold
    pchela31: Fold
    Wildzeeh: Raise (NF) €0.35
    b2bChamp: Fold
    TommyComedian: Call €0.30
    Tractatus1: Call €0.25
    *** FLOP *** [H4 S5 H6]
    TommyComedian: Check
    Tractatus1: Check
    Wildzeeh: Bet €0.78
    TommyComedian: Raise (NF) €3.39
    Tractatus1: Fold
    Wildzeeh: Raise (NF) €9.65
    TommyComedian: Allin €6.26
    *** TURN *** [SA]
    *** RIVER *** [CK]
    *** SUMMARY ***
    Total pot €19.00 Rake €1.35
    Wildzeeh: Shows [D7 S8 H8 S6] Straight, Eight High
    TommyComedian: Shows [H5 D8 C4 C6] Two Pair, Sixes and Fives
    Wildzeeh: wins €19.00

    Hand #2

    This hand on review I feel as thought should have been a fold pre flop and for sure once raised a fold on the turn:

    GAME #8915501227 Version: Uncalled:Y Omaha PL €0.05/€0.10 2021-01-02 16:50:49/GMT
    Table Bonassola
    Seat 1: cristiina7 (€6.81 in chips)
    Seat 3: BAD27BEAT1 (€7.37 in chips)
    Seat 5: atswimtwo (€13.01 in chips)
    Seat 6: Wildzeeh (€10.00 in chips) DEALER
    Seat 8: igrachbg11 (€21.21 in chips)
    Seat 10: Tractatus1 (€10.20 in chips)
    igrachbg11: Post SB €0.05
    Tractatus1: Post BB €0.10
    *** HOLE CARDS ***
    Dealt to Tractatus1 [D10 DQ S5 DJ]
    cristiina7: Raise (NF) €0.35
    BAD27BEAT1: Fold
    atswimtwo: Fold
    Wildzeeh: Fold
    igrachbg11: Fold
    Tractatus1: Call €0.25
    *** FLOP *** [HJ HA SA]
    Tractatus1: Check
    cristiina7: Check
    *** TURN *** [CK]
    Tractatus1: Bet €0.37
    cristiina7: Raise (NF) €1.24
    Tractatus1: Call €0.87
    *** RIVER *** [D7]
    Tractatus1: Check
    cristiina7: Bet €2.20
    Tractatus1: Fold
    *** SUMMARY ***
    Total pot €3.02 Rake €0.21
    cristiina7: wins €3.02

    Hands #3

    This hand, in hindsight maybe better to go as a check?

    GAME #8915826659 Version: Uncalled:Y Omaha PL €0.05/€0.10 2021-01-02 20:31:51/GMT
    Table Darfield
    Seat 1: b2bChamp (€10.01 in chips)
    Seat 3: wagaaaaaa (€17.51 in chips)
    Seat 5: Tractatus1 (€28.12 in chips)
    Seat 6: B0jinkatabrat (€13.08 in chips)
    Seat 8: kskdodo (€3.13 in chips) DEALER
    Seat 10: RUN4ITALL (€21.04 in chips)
    RUN4ITALL: Post SB €0.05
    b2bChamp: Post BB €0.10
    *** HOLE CARDS ***
    Dealt to Tractatus1 [D9 S8 CA HA]
    wagaaaaaa: Fold
    Tractatus1: Raise (NF) €0.35
    B0jinkatabrat: Raise (NF) €1.20
    kskdodo: Call €1.20
    RUN4ITALL: Fold
    b2bChamp: Fold
    Tractatus1: Raise (NF) €4.95
    B0jinkatabrat: Call €3.75
    kskdodo: Allin €1.93
    *** FLOP *** [D10 S10 SJ]
    Tractatus1: Bet €13.18
    B0jinkatabrat: Allin €8.13
    *** TURN *** [S5]
    *** RIVER *** [S3]
    *** SUMMARY ***
    Total pot €27.48 Rake €1.96
    Tractatus1: Mucks [D9 S8 CA HA] Two Pair, Aces and Tens
    B0jinkatabrat: Shows [HK SA HJ C10] Full House, Tens full of Jacks
    kskdodo: Shows [D6 H6 D5 SQ] Two Pair, Tens and Sixes
    B0jinkatabrat: wins €27.48

    Hands #4

    Again in hindsight not happy with this x/r. Having the Ad blocker diminshes his flush draw betting range. That being said, I would be unsure whether to call or not, I think yes x/c would be better:

    GAME #8918452999 Version: Uncalled:Y Omaha PL €0.05/€0.10 2021-01-04 20:41:54/GMT
    Table Bonassola
    Seat 1: clowntrue847 (€12.45 in chips) DEALER
    Seat 3: playforthem2 (€63.07 in chips)
    Seat 5: Tractatus1 (€12.54 in chips)
    Seat 6: tigerbig12 (€10.42 in chips)
    Seat 8: Shiller10 (€30.20 in chips)
    Seat 10: Hoplita (€10.00 in chips)
    playforthem2: Post SB €0.05
    Tractatus1: Post BB €0.10
    *** HOLE CARDS ***
    Dealt to Tractatus1 [DA SQ S2 CA]
    tigerbig12: Raise (NF) €0.30
    Shiller10: Fold
    Hoplita: Call €0.30
    clowntrue847: Fold
    playforthem2: Fold
    Tractatus1: Raise (NF) €1.25
    tigerbig12: Call €0.95
    Hoplita: Call €0.95
    *** FLOP *** [D6 C9 D3]
    Tractatus1: Check
    tigerbig12: Check
    Hoplita: Bet €3.80
    Tractatus1: Raise (NF) €11.29
    tigerbig12: Fold
    Hoplita: Allin €4.95
    *** TURN *** [C5]
    *** RIVER *** [H6]
    *** SUMMARY ***
    Total pot €19.88 Rake €1.42
    Hoplita: Shows [D5 S7 H8 C4] Straight, Nine High
    Tractatus1: Mucks [DA SQ S2 CA] Two Pair, Aces and Sixes
    Hoplita: wins €19.88

    Would love to hear thoughts on hands 🙂

    • This discussion was modified 1 week, 5 days ago by  Tractatus1.
  • Adelaney

    January 5, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Hey @tractatus1

    Welcome to the PLO Mastermind and the community!

    It’s great that you were able to find your love for the game again during a period of time where it was doom and gloom for the whole world (even still now to a degree) this is something i’ve noticed a lot which is great to see those that fell out of love with poker, find that passion for the game once again.

    Looks like the EV gods owe you many big blinds right now but as you said it can be flipped into a positive and give you the confidence to build upon and work on certain areas.

    If you ever have any concerns with preflop i’d definitely recommend joining our Discord server where we have the preflop helper you can join here: once joined if you direct message myself on there ADelaney#7944 i’ll be able to get you all set up. This is also a good place to share hand histories (as well as the hand history section within the forum) with other members and get their opinions. I’ll provide my thoughts below on a couple of the hands.

    Regarding hand 1 preflop is close but a call is fine (-0.89EV play but straight up folding pre would lose you -1EV) , flop fold is fine you have no nut draws and facing a bet and a raise no need to go with this hand.

    hand 2 as you already analysed yourself, is a pure fold preflop it only becomes a call vs BTN or SB open vs all other positions it’s a fold.

    Best of luck for this year and Happy New Year. I look forward to following along with your progress.


  • Tractatus1

    January 10, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Update since 05/01

    Results in graph

    Running above EV still which is a nice change, went on a mini heater at the start of the week but variance hit me 🙁 A winning week so should not be complaining.


    Hands: 4322/5000

    Hands Reviewed: 21/25

    Videos Studied: 12/5

    Going well against these this week, I am fine on the volume and Hands reviewed front. I have been trying to get in quality hands and quitting sessions when I feel unfocused/tired/bored etc.

    I have broken one of my fules aleady; No fast fold formats. I had not realised that the PartyPoker FF rakes around 18bb/100 which is a lot less than stars does (22bb/100). I will probably flit between PP FastFold and Ipoker reg tables for now, the reg tables on IPoker are so soft but the number of hands you can get in for FF is insane. Winrates are probably about the same since Ipoker rake is 24bb/100 but games being softer counters that. I’ll keep playing for a bit and then see how I’m doing. One downside is no HUD :/

    I’ve started the 10-week transformation course, I’m impressed so far and is giving great content not only on how to play poker but how to be a poker player. I’m going to implement the ‘Deep Work’ sessions suggested twice a week in place of hands review. It’s funny because i’ve just finished a book on Deep Work.

    I’ve been given access to the Preflop heloper and downloaded the PLO trainer. Both have been a massive help so far, I think that utilising then in a Deep Work setting will increase my efficiency of learning from these even more.

    I’ve got a crazy week next week, I have two exams for my Masters so my expectation is that I will not put in much volume. This is fine though as after next week I do not have any exams until the summer so cramming revision will not be part of the schedule for a while. Additionally, I have found that when I am stressed from Uni or Work then my play is affected. Quality over quantity.

    That being said, I will still have time for poker this week so I think it will be more effective to study than play given the week ahead.

    Goals for next week:

    – Play 250 hands per day (Mon-Thur)

    – Play 1.5k hands per day (Sat + Sun)

    – Have 3 Deep Work sessions

    – Review 15 Hands

    – Finish week 3 of 10-week transformation

    – Use friday as day off from poker for recuperation

    I hope results are better next week for the graph lovers

  • Adelaney

    January 12, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Glad to see you’re still putting in solid sessions and getting the results, good stuff!

    Best of luck with your masters exams I hope they go well for you!

    Quality over quantity indeed, when you have things going on outside of poker that provide a lot of stress you think ahh poker will take my mind off it lets play a session but ultimately all that stuff carries over to the point you can never really be in a position to play your A game or even B game in these situations as you have so much going on in your head that maybe sometimes you don’t even realise that is having a serious impact on your overall decision making. It’s definitely best when in these scenarios to just avoid playing at all (from personal experience avoid the tables when stressed out haha)

    Best of luck for the next week with the poker and studying hope it goes well for you!


    • Tractatus1

      January 12, 2021 at 6:19 pm

      Hi @Adelaney, thanks for checking in!

      I agree, I’ve got to that point in the week where I have missed playing so has become more of a stress relief like you say

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