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Originally Posted by MartL 2nd Sept 2010 View Post
Getting seriously tired of all the BS.
Had someone call my 4bet with 67s then call a bt on a dry flop with a gutshot then call my shove on the turn when he hit his 7. The guy is 13/10 and its just total BS i play the hand the same with AA KK QQ JJ yet of course this time i have AK. Had a Nit suckout on me when i had AK and the flop came A34. Im OOP and know i wont get any value from him so i check and let him bet, of course he catches 2 pair on the turn with his AQ. Now if i pull moves like this my opponents always have premiums. I think im best just playing like a robot and just bet when hit, cbet most flops but fold to any raise. Its pathetic poker but it wins at this level.
Needless to say i have loss it. Lost 2 BI`s and now i have a hole in my bedroom wall. Not impressed. Im starting to think that the temper inside me just can not be controlled. Im the most laid back person you can meet away from the tables but just see red mist occasionally when im at the tables. I need to sort it but i have no idea how.

Originally Posted by MartL 30th March 2011 View Post
If this dosnt turn around soon i think i will be calling it quits again, its not really good for my health when im hitting things because i lost a pot or somebody didnt fold when they should have done. I either get used to been out flopped or everyone hitting hands against me or thats it,im done. Also no more Rush, theres more fish at the normal tables and Rush just sends me mad.

Self banned for 3 days to start with until i decide what i want to do. Ive been reading through the pschology forum and it does seem the problems ive been having are quite a common occurence. I genuinly believe when i look at hands away from the table a lot of the time i can pick out how i should be playing the hands in the best way possible so although i could watch a ton of videos on how to get better im not sure they can have much effect on me because i will always have these tilt/spew/boredom problems in the back of my mind holding me back. I really need to do something on the mental side of things and try and work on that to get better. Its really annoying as i can sit at a table and play really well and then i take a stupid beat or someone 4bets me and i do something stupid. Its crazy.

Ive been playing poker for a few years now and have been a winning player up to and including NL100. I have a problem though, quite a large one, that has plagued my entire Poker playing life.

I tilt, I tilt really bad. I have broke monitors, mice, speakers and earphones. I have broke chairs and desks. I have kicked holes in my wall and I have punched holes in my wall and Im pretty sure that later on in life Im going to have problems with my hands because I wouldn’t be surprised if at one time or another I have broke bones in my hands by doing that.

Pretty soon after I have had a major tilt I realize that what Im doing is stupid and is costing me a lot of money and also not helping in other aspects of my life. I make a pact with myself that I am not going to do it again and have this new found focus which can last between a couple of hours or a few days until my next major tilt. In fact the only good thing that has come out of it all is that I am now a dab hand at re-plastering.


I have not tilted since 12th November 2012(32 Days). Thats right, over a month without even getting close to the levels of tilt that I used to get to. I used to check Hem what seemed like every single minute of every session. I have not done this since the same date. I seem to be playing with a ton of focus at the moment and what is even more encouraging is that I have done all of that while moving up levels which can tend to be more of a stressful time than usual and In all honesty I have not run that well either which can be a good test for where you are at mentally.

The significance of that date is that was when I had my first contact with Elliot. I have now had 5 sessions with him and I have had a month of playing pretty good, tilt free poker.

To even go a week without tilting would be a miracle for me so to go a full month is just out of this world. If someone had of told me that a month a go I would have cried laughing as the thought of that happening was just absurd.

Before working with Elliot I felt that I had tried everything. I had read books, I had watched videos, tried meditation, amongst other things but the tilt would still return. I even worked with Jared Tendler, now I enjoyed working with Jared and we did see some improvement but in my opinion for whatever reason it only scratched the surface of getting to the actual route of the problem. Thats not to say what Jared does dosnt work because he has proven results its just that it wasnt right for myself at that time.

I forgot to add that I am that person who dosnt think he can be hypnotized but lets just say my girlfriend coudnt believe it when during my first session with Elliot he had me running round the house pretending I were a chicken.

Im joking obviously but thats how I saw hypnotherapy mainly thanks to television. I am skeptical at the best of times when it comes to things like this and after trying many things I probably had it in my mind that this would fail as well. Elliot provided me with a ton of information about what he does and was also kind enough to put my gf`s mind at ease as well as she was also a bit worried about what could happen.

Over the last couple of years I have learnt to be a pretty good judge of character and it is easy to see that Elliot enjoys what he does and more importantly is very good at what he does. All of my dealings with him so far have been excellent and although I dont want to nag him all the time or give him constant updates, Its does feel like there is someone there for me who can get to the point of exactly what is wrong and knows exactly how to help. That in itself is a pretty good feeling.

I have held off writing this review because I didnt want to do the usual have one session and then go on about how good a coach some one is without a sample size. The sample size may still be small but I can tell you that I have no intention of and also no desire to ever tilt like I used to again. This is going to save me a lot of mental energy which I can hopefully put to good use and improve as a Poker player instead of worrying about flying off the handle every two minutes.

I really cant thank Elliot enough for what he has done for me and hopefully over time I will get the chance to repay him for helping me(I will get the beers in Vegas after my Poker winnings pay for the trip ). I will keep updating my results on here as Its an ongoing process but lets just say Im delighted so far.

The long and short of it is that if like me you didnt think anyone can help you then give Elliot a shot. Im confident you wont regret it. Even if you havnt tried anything Im pretty sure that Elliot would be a really good first point of call for improving your mental game and also your life away from the tables. Failing that buy his Mp3`s and give them a go, again these are an absolute bargain and a must have for anybody taking the game even half seriously.

There is a reason you are reading this thread so if you havnt already then get in contact with Elliot, you will be a better person for it.

Thank You Elliot.


Looking for feedback…..

Posted: October 28, 2012 in General
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I made a post a while since mentioning that our new website had gone live, well we have now decided to extend this a bit and we are going to go down the route of starting a blog and also doing an online store.

To do this we have decided to set up another webiste which is the .com version of the first one and has a different set up to the first one and we are hoping to update on a regular basis.

Anyway the website can be found at and although its still in its early stages I would appreciate a bit of feedback on how it looks and if theres any errors that we have missed or ways people feel that we could improve it.

Thank you.

Theres a couple of new and exciting things hitting the WWW this coming month, first and most importantly is our company Cuttin Edge Carpets has had our website launched which can be found here:-

This is going to coincide with some new advertising we are doing using google adwords so please dont hesitate to click the link and have a nosey at our site.

Second of all is the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker which is obviously a big thing for anyone who has some money on the site. Its going to be a pleasant surprise when they finally let us check our balances and we get to see how much money we actually had on there. Im hoping most of it will go towards helping me fund the new car that i have talked about previously but we shall wait and see……

Thats all for now. All the best.

So once again Poker has taken a backseat to work and we have been run off our feet for the last couple of weeks. Business is going really well and we are getting some pretty big orders so touch wood we can go from strength to strength and look to keep increasing sales in the coming months.

It was my birthday on Friday and my girlfriend Cara organized a big surprise party for me at my local pub and it was a really good night, lots of alcohol was consumed and some very dodgy dancing occurred from a couple of people. Was great to see so many people there and a big thank you to Pete and Max at the Ivy who let us have the party there and to my Family and Friends for turning up and making it a really special night and the biggest thank you to Cara for all the arrangements and managing to keep it a secret from me.

Poker wise Ive been running pretty bad for most of the month and although I said Ive not had much time for Poker I have already managed more hands than last month and although I`m still winning its pretty meh. My biggest losing hand for the month is AK which probably says a lot for how it is going and I really dont seem to be able to win flips at the moment. Im not tilting though so for that reason Im not overly fussed at how it is going and I know it will turn itself around in the future.

I also had my second session with Jesse and it went pretty well again although I still haven’t had chance to go over the video and review stuff so for that reason we have put back my next session so I can review the stuff we have discussed as I dont feel there is any point rushing these things and it will take some time for me to take all the things in.

Anyway thats it for the moment, hopefully things can carry on as they are and it will be a really good end to the year in general.



It was the Northern Rail Cup Final on Sunday and the team I support Halifax RLFC managed to overcome favorites Featherstone Rovers at Blackpool. We stayed for the weekend and had a really good time and the win was a massive bonus for us. I think Ive just about recovered now and back to normal with work stuff consuming most of my time.

As for chasing stuff, before the weekend I needed to play about 2K hands before the end of the month in order to keep my Silver Star status on Pokerstars. Thats lol volume obviously but for someone who has only played 6K hands all month it was looking like I was going to struggle to do it. Luckily I managed to get in just over 1K hands yesterday and should be able to make up the rest today to keep my status which obviously means more money even if it is only a little bit with the volume that I have been putting in.


The games are really soft at the moment as well and even though I’m not running that well I’m still turning a decent profit for the hands Im playing. Once I get through those hands I want to get back to learning to play some HU and have my coaching session with Jesse to go back through and then have another one in about a week to prepare for so hopefully I can get a bit of volume in to see if I’m actually improving in the spots that we talked about.

Anyway best get back to playing so all the best.

Well the lack of time to play Poker has continued and Im just not going to get a chance to play for the rest of the month so had a look at my results and despite only playing 9K or so hands ive had my best month this year. I will post the results in the next couple of days or so.

So whats been keeping me busy then? Well my brother and myself have had our best month since we opened the shop and its continuing in to the next month as well which is really promising and we are really busy at the moment which is great. Besides that family life is keeping me busy and I had a really enjoyable trip to the Circus with my girlfriend and her daughter. Lets just say I wasn’t over excited at the thought of it but it turned out to be really good in a cheesy sort of way and I think I ended up enjoying it more than them two. For anyone who hanst seen the Wheel Of Death you are missing a treat, even an adrenaline junkie like myself was nervous watching the guy jumping at the top of that as it was spinning.

So July up next and Im going to try and shot take NL50 a lot more than I have because Im massively over rolled now for Nl25 and I really need to suck it up and try and move up. Poker is obviously going really well for me at the moment and Im feeling pretty confident in my game but unfortunately I dont have time to play but family and building the business have to come first because I think its fair to say Im never going to have the right tools to play poker full time but its all good.

Got a double bank holiday coming up this week in the UK and then a really busy rest of the week at work so im not going to get much chance to play Poker and probably not much chance to blog either. Got a few things already lined up for the blog this week though. Ive managed to finish the piece on Table Scan Turbo that i wanted to do and ive also recorded another NL25 session which is a lot better quality than the last one and hopefully i should be able to get them up this week at some point.

Ive also done a piece on crushing Short Stacks which i might get up by the end of the week and then obviously finishing up with Part 4 of the Ipoker Bots which i just havnt had chance to do yet. Will have to try and fit that around family stuff though as im not expecting much free time like i say.

Anyway must crack on so all the best to you all.