October 15, 2010

Coaching

When I first started doing well at poker a few years ago, I thought I was 'the shit' and much to my detriment, I didn't take the time out to learn or improve, because hell, I was already good. The thing with poker is, you can never stop learning, and if I had sought to improve my play or fix my leaks earlier in my 'career' then who knows where I'd be at today.

Gradually my attitude has changed, which I think may have been triggered by the games getting tougher in the post-UIGEA world. I signed up to CardRunners before it had any real competition. I started posting more on the Blonde Poker forum. I even read some poker books rather than having them just decorate my bookshelf.
My dramatic change in attitude eventually led me to embrace coaching over the last year or so. In November last year I signed up to CollinMoshman.com, even though I was doing very well in the games I was playing at the time. Nevertheless I wanted to make sure I was as 'leak free' as possible/my ROI was as high as possible, and also because it would give me an avenue into coaching people myself.

I soon took on a few students and was coaching for the first half of this year. Over that course of time I made good friends with my students and most of us ended up making some money out of it. I liked everyone that I worked with, and I enjoyed actually talking to real people for a change. However, I ended up finding that it sapped a bit too much of my time, scheduling coaching sessions all over the place. The hourly rate I earned was similar to what I was earning playing, and playing was simply easier. Consequently I decided to finish up with Moshman when my two main student's contracts expired. Also, I was starting to feel a bit guilty at sharking up the fish pool so to speak. I still curse CardRunners to this day for making everyone good!


My coach 'bwammo' definitely had a positive effect on my all round game. If you're looking for coaching you can't go far wrong with Team Moshman. Simon who does the administrative side of things is excellent, and Collinn gave me a very productive session or two.

One of the most positive things that I got out of coaching was that my star student Ray, who plays as 'Mondonewc' on PokerStars, pretty much turned professional under my wing, He has been keeping a blog detailing his progress this year in this thread on Blonde which makes for interesting reading, and his graph below shows his results in the time I was his mentor.


Since leaving Moshman I had a look at Rainman Poker, run by Nick Rainey, although recently he closed the website for similar reasons to why I stopped coaching (afaik). Although the content he made was of a very high standard, it was pitched more at an entry-level than a player of my calibre (if I do say so myself).

As I mentioned in my last post I have been making the transition from 180-mans to 18-mans, and I have to say I have enjoyed going back to playing during the daytime rather than grinding in the evenings. I have enlisted the coaching services of BigBluffzInc who is one of the few players who have an impressive ROI in these games. My initial impressions are he certainly knows his shit, and without question thinks on a deeper level than most SNG players. His playing style is certainly unique, and I'm hoping I can learn enough from him to go alongside my own game so that I can become one of the best players in the games. I have to say though, I'm getting rather sick of seeing the same regs at all my tables (not playing with the same regs all the time is one of the benefits of the 180s that I miss). However, there is a decent amount of softness to them, and I am enjoying the challenge of learning a new format. One thing is for sure, I'm better at making final tables in the 18s than I ever was in the 180s ;)

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1 Comment to "Coaching"

Yorkshire Pud said...

I suppose if you could charge your hourly rate then it would be ok to go back to coaching.

FWIW, I thought you were a very good coach when you helped me with the 45 man games. Just a shame I think it was at the wrong time in my life for a number of reasons