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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.


Ive managed to get back to winning ways this month after starting the month with a 6 buy in downswing.

That makes it sound better than it actually is though because Im still not playing that well and I am still spewing quite a bit. I made a decision early on in the month that I was going to try and tighten up because I feel Ive gone past the point of playing good loose Poker and in to the realm of playing bad loose Poker.

I mean just one look at my stats for the month and its clear to see that playing 24/19 with a WTSD of 30% is going to be a losing proposition. looking at my best month in poker I were playing 16/13 and going to SD just about 23% which is quite a big difference.

Its almost as if I feel I can just open any two fancy looking hands and profit by playing them rather than opening them in the correct spots.

Im just about to start a session now and Im going to try and play a really basic form of poker and try and resist the urge to open all these hands and actually tighten up a bit and also try folding some hands when Im obviously beat as well as cutting down on the stupid spews that I do when I bluff for no logical reason other than to stroke my own ego.

Anyway I will report back how I have gone on.

Wish me luck.


Results are in and I lasted 258 hands before tiltbreaker kicked in. Managed to end the session a buy in up after it had set off the alarm. Stats were 23/20 and 32% WTSD so no real change and couldnt help but try and bluff the fish who at the moment seem to smash every paired board against me when I have a decent pair. The fact I never fold against their raises even though they play their hand face up isnt helping me.

2 Hands that cost me were 2 all ins where I had Ak against QQ and missed and AQ against QQ. The other big hand was AK that I 3bet and got a TJQ flop where my opponent shoved the flop I call and he flips AT, Turn brings a Queen and the river a King.

Will try again in 15 mins.












So not a bad month all in all. Again my volume is very poor but my results are pretty good. I really should look at moving up because Im becoming very comfortable at this level and i dont want that to happen like last time.













Last 50K hands Im obviously delighted with and despite there still been elements of tilt in my game Im getting to be a lot more consistent in what Im doing, just need to get rid of the rest of the tilt now lol.













Last 100K hands graph looks a little weird because it starts out with me playing NL10 and then includes 25K hands where I moved to NL25 and tried to adjust my game to find the best way to beat the level which results in the downward heading redline.

So how do you play Poker again? Its that long since I played online that I think I may have forgotten.

15th September to be exact where I managed a massive 245 hand session. Its safe to say from that the business is going very well and I have not got much free time at all, infact its over 6 days since I last posted on 2+2 which apart from when it was down must be a new record for me. To be fair though I have looked on there a few times but one or two posters are pretty much trying to ruin it at the moment and its a bit like a school playground a lot of the time these days. I have been following the zacvach Vs Marshall HU challenge and I had to laugh when zachvac complained that he hasnt much time because he has like 15 hours of classes at school, try working 70 hour weeks and balancing a family life and then you can see what the real world is like.

Ive managed 5K hands so far this month and I have to admit that it is a bit frustrating not been able to play because I feel if I had more time I would probably be at least at NL50 by now but it is what it is and Im not going to make a living off Poker so its important that the business is going well.

Business wise we are going VAT registered from the 1st of next month and our first year has been very good indeed. I think its fair to say both Darren and myself will admit to been a bit naive when we first opened the shop but I think we have a pretty good grip on things now and although we still have the odd argument and struggle to balance things its safe to say we are both excited for what next year is going to bring for us.

Most of my time outside normal work hours at the moment is been taken up with updating the computer system we have used to both try and save time and to help things run more smoothly. We use Access 2010 and the program is just immense and the stuff it can do is almost limitless but its been a case of learn as I go along which obviously takes time but it will certainly be worth it in the end. The one I set up for last year is pretty basic but does the job it was made to do but I want to do something a bit more special with this one but theres not much time left in the month to finish it off.

On that note if there is any good access programmers who read this that feel they could help then maybe we could set something up where you give me a bit of time with the things Im struggling on in exchange for some sort of Poker coaching from me. If that is of interest to anyone then please get in touch.

I would love to say Im planning on playing a lot more in the near future but its really not going to be happening but I will try and keep this blog updated on at least a semi-regular basis or as much as I can.

All the best.


Spent most of the month running bad and playing some of the worst Poker I have all year. Volume wasn’t bad for me considering the time I have available but my WR and my tendency to bluff off buyins was disappointing.

On the plus side though ourĀ  business had the best month we have had since we opened last November which was very pleasing.


This hand basically summed up my month. All in pre with AA against AA/KK/QQ and lost to all of them:-

Poker Stars $0.10/$0.25 No Limit Hold’em – 8 players – View hand 1876403
DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

BTN: $16.55
Hero (SB): $29.99
BB: $9.72
UTG: $25.00
UTG+1: $27.52
MP1: $10.00
MP2: $9.95
CO: $10.00

Pre Flop: ($0.35) Hero is SB with A of spades A of diamonds
1 fold, UTG+1 raises to $0.75, 3 folds, BTN raises to $2.25, Hero raises to $4.05, BB raises to $9.72 all in, UTG+1 calls $8.97, BTN raises to $16.55 all in, Hero raises to $29.99 all in, UTG+1 calls $17.80 all in

Flop: ($81.31) 3 of hearts 4 of hearts K of hearts (4 players – 4 are all in)

Turn: ($81.31) 6 of hearts (4 players – 4 are all in)

River: ($81.31) 8 of spades (4 players – 4 are all in)

Final Pot: $81.31
BTN mucks K of spades K of clubs
Hero shows A of spades A of diamonds (a pair of Aces)
BB shows A of hearts A of clubs (a flush, Ace high)
UTG+1 shows Q of hearts Q of spades (a flush, King high)
UTG+1 wins $21.94
UTG+1 wins $20.24
BB wins $37.13
(Rake: $2.00)

Updates on here have been really slow but I really didnt expect that our business would take off as much as it has and it has left me with very little free time to think or play Poker. If I do play this month Im going to have to try and spew a hell of a lot less than I did last month because I must have cost myself more than 10 buyins running crazy bluffs that are just not needed at NL25.

All the best.


Still not playing a lot due to time restrictions but tonight I had my first coaching session with KnoxItAll who is a HU Poker specialist. I am a little different in what I am wanting from the coaching as Im not really wanting to get in to playing HU that much because Im not sure my tilt problems could handle it but I want to get very good when starting tables and playing shorthanded and Jesse has a `Name Your Price` coaching offer on at the moment and I took the opportunity to try and sharpen up my game a bit.


First impressions are that I was very impressed as we went over a session that I had recorded yesterday and Jesse picked out quite a few spots where I was leaking. A lot of it boiled down to my bet sizings and he did a really good job of explaining things in a pretty simple manner when it came to value betting and spots I were missing value. We also had some good discussion about playing HU and shorthanded and how it differs from FR.


Ive booked another session for a couple of weeks time which should give me chance to work on the areas that we talked about and hopefully we can see some improvement from there.

Link and details of Jesse`s blog:-

When a 57/5 fish bluff calls your river bet…….

Poker Stars $0.10/$0.25 No Limit Hold’em – 9 players – View hand 1833027
DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

CO: $25.10
BTN: $25.00
SB: $31.89
BB: $23.60
UTG: $11.29
UTG+1: $23.30
UTG+2: $10.25
MP1: $13.91
Hero (MP2): $29.78

Pre Flop: ($0.35) Hero is MP2 with J of diamonds A of spades
3 folds, MP1 calls $0.25, Hero raises to $1, 2 folds, SB calls $0.90, 1 fold, MP1 calls $0.75

Flop: ($3.25) 2 of clubs A of clubs T of hearts (3 players)
SB checks, MP1 checks, Hero bets $2, SB folds, MP1 calls $2

Turn: ($7.25) 8 of diamonds (2 players)
MP1 checks, Hero bets $3.90, MP1 calls $3.90

River: ($15.05) 2 of diamonds (2 players)
MP1 checks, Hero bets $7.20, MP1 calls $7.01 all in

Final Pot: $29.07
MP1 shows 9 of clubs 7 of clubs (a pair of Deuces)
Hero shows J of diamonds A of spades (two pair, Aces and Deuces)
Hero wins $27.76
(Rake: $1.31)