Within the last two-year period though some incredible game changing things have happened. The first was reading Jared Tendler’s ‘The Mental Game of Poker’, I’ve never gained so much from a poker book. Following that I have been having mental game sessions (yes there’s such a thing as a poker psychologist and I have one!) with him every 4/5 months to make sure everything is going well and I haven’t blown my bankroll. (Bankroll management and game selection are the two most important and underrated skills to have in poker) No I haven’t mastered either skill but I’m getting there.
Another has been the introduction of Cheqio into my game. The first time I heard about this ‘‘Cheqio’’ thing was in January 2016. The biggest factor in holding me back from progressing to higher stakes always been the mental game, I was never able to stay fully focused for long hours, I could never play my ‘’A-game’’ at 5am. I was always tired, distracted and bored which in turned made me more susceptible to making mistakes. I think we all have issues with this, it’s never easy to concentrate for long break-less days, no matter what your profession is (It’s been just as important in my new role as a consultant). In that first 3 months of taking Cheqio my win rate tripled. I felt much more focused and found it a lot easier to maintain a high level of focus and concentration. I went from potentially being in a slightly above minimum wage job to being able to live comfortably. If I wasn’t enjoying my part time job as a facilitator and start-up consultant I would have left it straight away. Since August I’ve had two full-time jobs as opposed to two part-time ones, making it a necessity to be fully focused from 9am to 6am.
The big difference is now I’m more competent and able to compete in the big buy in tournaments around the world. That’s the dream of most low stakes poker players like myself, to be able to play the massive events around the world and have a real chance of winning them. 2016 marked my best year of poker to date even though I played substantially less than previous years. It also produced my two biggest live tournament cashes and also my first decent cash abroad (finally!). I’ve now more confidence in my game than ever before and am fully expecting to bring home a trophy in 2017. Last week I won an Irish Open package*** so hopefully that’ll be the trophy Il be taking home!
*Dorset street, Drumcondra, Carlow and Dundalk are places in Ireland- not your first stops on TripAdvisor, but nothing wrong with them, sure I’ve been living on Dorset street for the last 4 years, just wouldn’t compare it to Las Vegas.
**Cheltenham is a big Horse Racing Festival in the UK (I didn’t even go, just lost all the money in the bookies)
***Package means flights (in this case spending money as I don’t need flights)/accommodation and tournament buy in are included in the prize.