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My Road to Monte Carlo 2018

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My Road to Monte Carlo, The Beginning

By: Hoenhiem88 @ 04:52 (EDT) / 460 / Comment ( 10 )

So Ive never wrtten anything like this before so i hope you will be bear with me a little as i find my rythem. I have always been an avid writter but have struggled with a lack of discipline until now which i guess means i just needed to find something i'm passionate to write about. 



Ok so whats it all about but quickly a short back story. 

As like all of you i am beyond a poker enthusiast I am out to make this my career and i believe i will make it. I have been playing I guess for about 10 years but never seriously but in the last 2 years i have really started to learn the game i love for the very first time. I think like all of us until we start to study the game its only then we realise we dont know anything. I think most of us have had the light bulb moment "what do you mean your not supposed to play K6o, Or the concept of a favourite hand that is by exact defenition trash. 

There is nothing like the buzz of winning but the buzz of being a consistant winner has no comparason. As i have started to see myself improve and cash more and more regugalry it has given me the drive to keep going i guess its a little it like chasing the dragon where the buzz of my first deep run online has yet to be matched. i had $2.10 in my account and i spent it on a satelittle. i beat out 500 players for a ticket into a $22 bounty tournament with 956 runners and 9 hours later there i am sitting on final table literally vibrating with excitment looking at my $120 dollars in bounties while i have my good friend in my ear saying calm down stay focused. looking back at my play i made very few mistakes and when you play well it seems to lock you in all the more. Though that feeling will be nothing compared to when i left that EPT  trophy. DREAM BIG then make your dreams reality. Poker Rewards those who are patient, hardowrking and have metaphorical balls of steal. 

This month i have decided dreams dont just fall into reality you need to look at point A then look at point B, you cant just jump from one to the other its lots and lots of little steps in between and you have to start somewhere. 

I woke up and said to my wife I need a piece of paper and a pen. I took that paper and pen  and I wrote a list. In short it was a goal between now and monaco 2018. its as follows 

1.Qualify for the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event

2.Qualify for the Aussie Millions, I have already won the Step 3 satelitte ticket. 

3.Add 5k to my bankroll from just grinding. 

I then put that list away and by writing it down i have stated to myself my family and the universe i am going to make it. 


Then I put my schedule together along with my mission statement. "No Matter What The Stakes, Play Like a Pro. 


So how am i going to accomplish this is obviously the biggest question. 

STUDY. I study for 2-3 hours a day which i can feel paying off as i start to wrap my head around +EV, odds and percentages, SPR and the abilty to accuratly range certain players. The biggest part of studying is reminding yourself KQ or KJ in EP and most poisitions are rubbish and even if your raised on a bluff it s not worth going down the rabbit hole for. 

WATCH, I watch close to 8 hours of professional play. I dont watch the tv shows as its all highlights and doesnt give a clear picture but you can find full length final tables and they are such a good resource to sit and watch. 

PLAY, I have stopped playing most tournaments and have being focusing on league online I play 4-5 tournaments a day not only this I play a very serious game in my local cardroom which has an amazing collection of players and as a learning resource is invaluable. 


The more i study the more i realise i dont know anything but little by little i see myself improve, I dominate my local games which is good for bankroll but like a lot of players who are big fish in a small town you quickly learn your just a fish in a shark tank when it comes to the poker community.

So this is my journey from point A to point B, I will be talking about what ive learnt my successes and my beats where ive been silly and whatever else i feel like chatting about. 

Hopefully I will even find someone to read this and  mabye even find someone to tear up the competition with in Monte Carlo. Best way to learn is from eachother. 

I'll be aiming to post once a week. 

See you at the tables and feel free to get in contact anytime 

Hoenhiem of Light AKA Hoenhiem88 AKA Matthew 


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