b1edro: Hey everyone :) At the beginning let me quickly introduce myself: my name is Kamil, I'm 21, live in Poland and besides of playing poker I also study Computer Science.
MY FIRST CONTACT WITH THE GAME
b1edro: My first contact with the game was when my older friends started playing it in the garden house; one of them was already playing some online micro stakes and introduced everyone with the rules etc etc. (I was 13 maybe and my friends were 16-20) So at vacation time we started playing few times a week even because all of us enjoyed it, but everyone knows how this type of home games looked like (completely retarded) :D
COMING OF AGE
b1edro: When I was finally 18, I made my first account on Pokerstars and started playing nl2-nl5 for couple of months, I was already break-even, slightly winning player there as I was having some backup from the previous years, but in the end I was always YOLOing the bankroll in some MTT's or at higher stakes while I was tilted and didn't manage to build the constant grind.
TAKING IT SERIOUS
b1edro: I binked some HOT 5.50$ for 2k$ and I decided that I will give a try to playing more professionaly, I hired a coach, started working on my game a bit, and I decided to mix MTT's and 6-max turbo SNG's on stars as I felt very comfortable there back in the day.
THE SWITCH TO SPIN & GO'S
b1edro: After I put lots of hours in playing MTT's and didn't have breakthrough results, I felt really frustrated after almost busting my whole roll again for 3-4 time in a row (I was building it up to 8-10k each time, and each time busting to 400-1.5k$) and I decided that I need to change something and started playing spin&go's around year ago.
I started with 15s level, hired some coaches, study and analyze my game a lot and I managed to get to the 30s (shotting some 60s also) level in few months, but I was at the same time, I was feeling that I'm not improving this much that I could be.
And yeah, that was the moment when I decided to join SpinBeasts :)
BECOMING A SPINBEAST
b1edro: After joining, I had several 1vs1 coachings with Chris and he helped me a lot to organize my overall game. At his suggestion I also started playing only 2 tables at full focus (I was playing 4 before) and it worked out pretty well so far. I started seeing things that I was unable to see before, I started understanding more about bet sizes, mathematics in bluffing and overall dynamics in poker. What is more important, it gave me new motivation to play surprisingly, as I was feeling super focused about every decision on 2-tables while when I look into the past, I see how close my 4-table game was to just clicking random buttons :D
b1edro: I joined SpinBeasts around 2.5h months ago, started with 15s level to learn new concepts well, played there 1.2k games, then I moved up to 30s and played there around 2.7k games and now I'm taking shots on 60s. I try to play 1.5h-2h each session and I try to rest at least 5-10 mins before each, make some breathing exercises to feel the "flow". Also I don't start the 1st session of the day until I drank the coffee (without sugar and milk) and coffee stands with me all day almost :D although I'm not the mindset specialist and I still feel how bad run affects me, I will be working on that :)
KEEPING ON TRACK
b1edro: When I feel I play good and run just kills me, I'm not really bothering that much, the worst problem for me is when I start to be frustrated in long downswing stretches; in this moments I try to analyze my hands more often, prepare better to sessions and just survive it. Talking with other players also helps, as they could give some nice advices or boost a mindset a bit by just reminding that results in long term are the one that matters, not the short one.
ROAD TO SUCCESS
b1edro: My main motivation is to travel for few years to some marvelous places like Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico, etc., play poker there, make lots of money and eventually invest it in the future :) My long term poker goal is to be the good reg on 100s level and play 3-4 tables at once there to get my hourly as high as possible.
BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE
b1edro: Believe in your skills, try to be concentrated on every each hand you play, don't be afraid to be creative and take your time, the good results will come with the hard work and volume sooner or later :) Also be honest with yourself, many people blame bad card distribution and other factors when they have don't have decent results, while this could be only f.e. 30% of the situation. Don't be afraid or ashamed to mark the hand that you completely spewed, analyze those the most, be always realistic and the results will come :)
Thanks for being part of the Team b1edro, good luck going forward!