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It's not always about the money

I have never actually blogged about any private coaching experiences I have had, as most of the things I discuss or review with my clients will usually be confidential and they would rather not have me write about it. Last week when I was staying at Atlantis during my first PCA 2014 I had breakfast with my Team Online mate André "acoimbra" Coimbra and we were talking about and exchanging ideas about our coaching philosophies. I told him this story from one of my clients and he suggested I should...more

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Team Online week: Win a $15,000 PCA package, play a $25,000 freeroll, and more!


OMG, Team Online starts next week. Do you know what that means? It means lots of free stuff and possibly a chance to join Team PokerStars Online as a fully sponsored player! Sure, you have to be a Supernova or Supernova Elite to be eligible to join Team Online, but...more

Win 10% of Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra's UKIPT Main Event winnings

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We've said it before and we'll probably say it again: Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra is one crazy kid. He's done prop bets, sleep deprivation and ridiculous spin-ups*, so what now? He's giving away 10% of his UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event winnings and all you need to do is guess...more

Never give up


I recently read something remarkable on the forums (thanks Petey5thStreet - what a great find!). It was a post made by Doug "WCGRider" Polk on May 5th, 2007 and the title of the thread is 'Reaching the end of my rope.' He was down to his last $30, again,...more

The wobbly foundations of the short stack strategy


One thing that makes poker such a fascinating sport is that it evolves every single day. I am not talking about its growth outside the tables, which is big here in Brazil. I'm talking about the adaptation capacity needed because of the game's dynamic. It is important to be aware...more

Ask nanonoko anything!


You've got to love Randy "nanonoko" Lew. Not only is he a successful online grinder (and by that we mean world record-breaking) but he's also a super nice guy. Then again, we'd never met "macronoko" before. He's the glitzy flipside of nanonoko, the chalk to Lew's cheese, the Oliver Hardy...more

Team Online's Oyster King slips up, but not too badly


The month has come to an end and brings with it an end to my self-imposed ban on sugar. I cannot call the month a success but I am not ready to call it a failure either. I had one early slip up, one conscious decision to overrule my ban...more

$57,000 and counting: Coimbra Twitcam this weekend


My last update was at the end of June when I had $18K, so you are probably wondering about what happened to me during the June. As planned, I started by playing really early, and while it took me some days to get used to this new schedule, I started...more

It's STILL good to be innerpsy


I have a wonderful life. I really do. I'd change some things if I could, but I'm a happy guy. But Team Online's Mikhail "innerpsy" Shalamov? That guy...I mean...well just LOOK at him. That's the Team Onliner just lazing around at EPT Barcelona, kicking back the way you do if...more

Safety Nets and double bottoms


I have just returned from an unforgettable three-week vacation on the US West Coast. You can read all about it and see a lot of pictures from that road trip in my blog at PokerSchoolOnline. The timing for such a trip couldn't have been any better as I had just...more

Moving up stakes via the Freeroll Approach


The success of a poker player, especially the long-term success, will have a great deal to do with how that player manages themselves away from the tables in terms of money management. Aside from standard bankroll management (such as keeping X amount of buy-ins for a certain level), I think...more

Marriage, award, and the 2013 ACOP

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A lot has happened for me recently, and the biggest one is that I just got married! As if that wasn't big enough news for one month, PokerListings just had their first ever "Spirit of Poker" Awards, and I was named Most Inspiring Player. In all honesty, I was already...more

Giving it up


I had a great original idea this weekend. The idea to steal Leo Babuata's idea for an experiment which he calls "A Year of Living Without". The concept is simple - each month for the next twelve I will give up one thing in the pursuit of self betterment and...more

My first VIP Club Live experience


Last Saturday in Berlin, PokerStars hosted their first German edition of the VIP Club Live series of parties for PokerStars players. Not one to miss a good party, together with my wife, I made my way to Düsseldorf airport early that Saturday morning for the one hour flight to Germany's...more

Caveman or victory!


In my last blog, I told you I was moving to Thailand on July 1st for 9 months. For the couple months before that, I was working on my game, improving my strategy a little and my mental approach a lot. I had nice scores after that, liked my focus...more

Weekend review: talonchick wins...on a boat


So, a great many thousands of you sat down over the weekend to compete in one or more of PokerStars' weekend majors. But, how many of you won? Okay, yes, there were a lot of you. But how many of you won with a view like this? Okay, I'll admit,...more

It's good to be innerpsy


I watched Mikhail 'innerpsy' Shalamov go deep in this year's WSOP Main Event, and I remember thinking, "That kid is quite a poker player. I wonder if he does anything besides play cards." After seeing the video at the end of this post, I am now wondering how the member...more

The difference between online and live: location


There is something magical about live tournaments for online pros. They become our vacation time. We spend most of our time grinding at the virtual tables on PokerStars, so it's a great pleasure to attend these events. We meet our friends. We get to know new places, new people, and...more

Adventures in NLO8


Over the last few weeks I have been experimenting with a new game. It goes by the name No Limit Omaha High Low Split....or for simplicity NLO8. I took the game lightly, not expecting the games to challenge me; however, after playing a few sessions I realized I was wrong...more

Grinding it UP! (with xflixx) - the July update


Another month, another review! June wasn't a great month looking at some of my poker results, but July is pretty much making up for it. Here we go. Cash game results I didn't get a lot of volume in, but that's not bothering me at all. I managed to reach...more

For those who really want to be a pro: limits and behaviors


Folks ask me the right way to start a career in online poker. Looking back in hindsight at my over seven years of grinding experience, I believe that the success of a poker player can come in many forms and that there is no magic recipe for becoming a winner....more

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