A Nice Week
So it looks as though my commitment to mental game work paid off. I wrote a journal entry every day I played last week and felt like my mental game definitely improved. It’s carried over to this week, I find myself making a lot more big folds and reads than I was before. The results also improved tremendously:
I think my week was perfectly capped off on Sunday, where I decided to warm up for todays session (since I didn’t play at all on Saturday) by playing a reg for a half hour to an hour. We played about 20 games 2 tabling and I think I played exceptionally well. My opponent was competent but played pretty damn bad, and I took advantage as much as possible. Looking at my graph afterwards, you would’ve thought I was outplayed. My EV line was down pretty significantly as well as my non-sd winnings, two stats I usually look at it assess how I’m playing. What I realized was that these stats were a distraction for me during my sessions, that day to day or even during a week they just don’t fucking matter. Looking at these stats day-to-day has become an obsession for me and I bet a lot of other players. But in the end, unless I’m looking at them along with other stats and thinking critically, they are worthless.
One last event that convinced me I needed to stop looking at them was a thread on 2p2 about the Sauce vs WCGrider hu challenge. Someone asked if the fact Sauce was winning so much without SD meant that he was clearly better than WCG and/or clearly running bad even though the EV line indicated otherwise. Several great holdem players chimed in and said that with a sample like they had (about 5000), they just don’t even consider non sd winnings since there’s too much variance to put weight on it at all. Sauce even chimed in himself, stating that he used “the exact same strategy on Jungleman and won a lot but his non-sd winnings were actually negative.” With all these amazing players giving little weight to non-sd and EV over what I would consider a meaningful sample, I realize now that looking at these stats daily or even weekly is pointless and probably detrimental to my game.
Today is the start of my last week in Vancouver. It’s been a great trip and I can see myself coming back here in the near future. Hopefully I can end this journey with a bang.