Archive for November, 2012

November 2012 Results/December Goals

Posted: November 30, 2012 in Poker Theory

Tilt hit its highest point this month just before me getting staked so although I managed to play a bit of NL50 the results at the beginning of the month wernt that great mainly for that reason.


This is my graph since starting my stake and also after working with Elliot to reduce my tilt:-



Pretty happy with how things have gone from that point although getting volume in has been tough simply because we are so busy at work at the moment.

December Goals

Main goals for December are to keep working on my tilt issues and a lot of the Poker will take care of itself. I also want to repay the faith a couple of people have shown in me and thats going to be by working hard and playing good poker.


Well I might do if I cant tilt anymore.

Ive now had 2 sessions with Elliot and I have yet to tilt since we started. Its not a big sample size but any improvement is obviously welcome.

Im still playing NL50 as my main game and so far its going really well and Im pretty happy with how Im playing.

At this moment in time I think it would take something pretty special to tilt me at the tables and I have taken a few horrific bad beats in the last few days but Im just seeing it as a way to practice my tilt control. Saving this mental energy is making more more focussed at the tables which is probably why the shot taking is going well.

We are coming up to our busiest time at work now so its going to be tough to put in any big sample sizes to get a real good check on things but lets just say in the days before talking to Elliot I were playing some of my worst poker of the year and in the days since I feel Im playing some of my best. I dont think its a coincidence at all.

Hopefully after the weekend I should have some more results to report.

I had my first session with Elliot Roe who specializes in reducing tilt in poker players by way of hypnosis.

I was very skeptical if Im honest and didnt think there was any way I could be hypnotized. By the time the session had finished I dont think I have ever felt as relaxed as i did during parts of it.

Elliot tries to get straight to the route of the problem and some very interesting stuff came up for me as to where my tilt problems at the table may stem from.

From my first session I can start to imagine how powerful a tool hypnotherapy could be. just by talking to me Elliot was able to induce how I feel at the tables when i am in full blow tilt and I had the feelings that I need to lash out, my face was getting flushed, and my heart was racing and then from that he could take me back to a relaxed state and have me feeling totally calm about that very same situation.

Im not going to claim that I am fixed as i havnt even played poker since but I have a sneaky suspicion that my first session may be played with less stress than normal.

Elliot seems to have this confidence that he can pass on to you and I now believe that he can help me with my tilt problems and thats something I wouldnt have said a week ago.

I have another session on Sunday night and will get some hands in at NL50 over the next couple of days so people will have to look out for the new improved me.

The last few days have been pretty manic and exciting for me. Loads of stuff to report and loads of stuff that has happened.

After the other day and the hands above I decided to take all my money off both FT and PS to put down as a deposit on a new car. I had it in my mind that if I couldnt get staked then I would just do the same as when I started playing on Stars and just deposit a couple of hundred bucks and work it back up. Even though thats probably leaving money on the table it wouldnt be that much of an issue. Obviously the better option would be to get staked to play NL50 & Nl25.

So Sunday I went to test drive the car I had been looking at and I loved it and they seemed pretty keen on not letting me leave the forecourt without sorting out a deal so I managed to knock them down over £1K on the price as well as getting a favorable deal on my car that I was part exchanging. Im picking the car up tomorrow night so that should be fun.

Corsa VXR

So thats that out of the way which left me with no money on either site to play Poker though but Im very happy to say that I have sorted out a deal which allows me to play my normal volume and also play at NL50 & NL25. I did quite a bit of research when it came to approaching people as a lot of the time in the staking forum people are just contacting everyone which Im not sure is the best approach and wouldnt fill me with confidence.

Im very happy with the deal that I have got and hopefully this will give me a chance to move up to NL50 permanently and then hopefully spring board me above that. We just have to sort out the fine print tonight but I must say I am quite looking forawrd to this and hopefully it will give me a bit more structure and responsibility which may see me tilt less.

On that note I also contacted Elliot Roe who specializes in hypnotherapy and mindset coaching for Poker. My problems have been well documented in my threads and I were at the point of just stopping trying to improve in that area and just accept that I tilt and cant do much to stop it.

Ive had a long chat with Elliot about the way he works and ways that he looks to help people, again I did some research and the reviews he has had seem pretty impressive. Im willing to give anything a try to try and help me with this problem which I feel is holding me back far too much so Ive booked some sessions and Im going to be working with Elliot for the foreseeable future.

Im really excited and nervous about this and have my first session with him on Thursday. I really dont know what to expect, I feel almost unhelpable and Elliot has a lot of confidence in his work and what he can do for me. He says my history makes me a really interesting subject for him to work with, I wonder what he is letting himself in for. 🙂

One thing is for sure that tilt over the years has cost me thousands and if I can improve even a fraction on that then the long term benefits will be clear to see.

Elliot’s thread can be found here:-

Thats a question Ive asked myself a lot when it has come to poker. I have a very bad habit of calling when I know I am beat for a reason that really can only be described as curiosity. A couple of those stupid calls can have me on crazy tilt very quickly.

I would be very angry then after the session and having done my usual hitting the desk or whatever and having a chance to sit down and reflect for a short time I get this wave of optimism that seems to come over me where I will tell myself that Im going to cut out all the stupid mistakes that I make which then means that Im going to be making more money.

Obviously that never happens though, not in the long term anyway.

Im playing like a total tool at the moment. Its always been the same with me, I get a few bad beats over a short time and then my poker play just goes tits up.

Im tilting more at the moment than I can remember for quite a while and with my tilt creeps in the bad play. Its got so bad that today i withdrew all my money off Pokerstars and will be doing the same off FT tonight.

Now that does sound a bit extreme but it does coincide with me finally changing my car and so the money has gone on a deposit for the car and also to pay off my credit card which has crept up since we started the business.

So basically the money was coming off one way or another anyway as I decided a few days ago that I was going to look for a stake to play NL50 or NL25. Im hoping playing with someone elses money will help keep the tilt in check and also drawing the money out is going to just give me a few days away from poker which i probably need.

Whilst i try and sort out a stake It will give me the chance to start reading Jared Tendlers book again as this usually coincides with me playing the best poker I play so will give it a chance again. I usually manage to get half way through the book and then stop because Im playing well and then it seems to work for a few months before I end up at the point im at today.

On the staking thing I am in talks with someone so Im just waiting to see if that will go anywhere but it seems a major problem is my lack of volume that I can put in but im hoping my good results will make up for that(apart from the start of this month anyway). If I cant sort anything out then I will probably just deposit $100 or so and start out at NL10 again and just grind my way back to NL25.

First thing though is to get refreshed and then start to try and grab my tilt by the horns whilst sorting the staking out. Will report back.

October 2012 Results

Posted: November 1, 2012 in Poker Theory

Again not really a bad month results wise but as I have mentioned quite a few times I am playing like quite a big fish at the moment.

Im hoping finding out how much i have on full Tilt along with the motivation of a new care may improve my play this month but we will see.