Tuesday, 30 April 2013

April and New Working Space!


Okay, I'll admit that during April I've neglected the blog a bit. The truth is, it was not a very productive month poker-wise like I was hoping it would be. Here's a little update on what I've been doing lately...

Moving our computers and the rest of the stuff that we had at the office back home may have only taken a day, but putting everything back to order took a lot more than that. I put quite some effort into organizing everything... Our apartment was a mess! Then I got a flu (for the second time this year!). This time the fever lasted a bit longer and I ended up staying several days in bed and spent a whole week without working.

When I finally felt better, we were already in the middle of April and my poker skills felt so dusty that I decided the best approach would be to study and stay away from the tables. André suggested that I study the equilibrium for situations that are frequent so that's what I did. For those of you that are not familiar with it, if all players involved in a hand play according to the equilibrium then none of them win or lose money. The equilibrium represents the perfect balance, the break even point for everyone. It occurred to me that all this time I had been studying the game I was trying to figure out how to play against regulars and non-regular players. That means that I was studying how to deviate from the equilibrium without ever having spent time to study the equilibrium on its own!

Anyway, I created some spreadsheets of my own for the first time and I found quite a lot of stuff that I can improve in my game. As long as there's room for improvement I'm happy, cause I find it really frustrating when I'm losing and I don't know what I could be possibly doing wrong. Apart from studying, which took most of my working time, I spent a little time at the tables but I was playing low (mostly $18s). As a result, I didn't get a lot of VPPs and I didn't meet the minimum requirement of 6,5k VPPs per month to maintain the Supernova VIP status. Fortunately, each player is allowed to skip that requirement twice. This was only the first month that was happening for me, so I'm still Supernova. I plan on putting a lot of volume during May so hopefully I'll renew my Supernova status for 2013 soon and I won't have to worry about the monthly requirements anymore.

In my previous post I promised to tell you a bit more about our new working space and post photos when it would be ready. When we first moved into this apartment, that room was destined to be André's office. I was not playing poker back then, so he had all the room to himself. Then, when I decided to learn how to play poker on a professional level we rent an office and André didn't work at home anymore. That meant that we had an empty room in our apartment. Since André started doing his physical exercise at home around that time, he decided to use it as a mini-gym. He bought weights, yoga balls, a workout bench and a bicycle.

As you can imagine, when we decided to move our computers back home it was quite problematic because the old office room was now occupied. Fortunately, that room has a built-in closet. André keeps all his computer-related stuff in there. I re-organized everything and found out that he didn't really need to be using all of the closet to store those things, but only a small part of it. The rest of the space was just perfect... for the gym equipment! It does mean of course that he has to take everything out every time he wants to work out and put everything back in after he finishes, but that's not such a big deal.


The only thing not fitting in the closet was the bicycle which is in the middle of the living room at the moment, but I'll figure something out eventually. Back to our subject... The closet was organized and the room was cleared out to receive all the stuff from the office. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so check out the one below:

No space to walk. Literally.

I probably look happy in the picture above but trust me, I wasn't. As I said earlier, it took me days to put everything in place. The annoying part was that in the meantime we couldn't really work. Even after André installed the computers and got them working, the place was such a mess that you felt like suffocating in there. At least I did. Working was out of the question until everything was nice and neat.

The only new piece of furniture we bought was a small library from Ikea. Our collection of poker books is constantly growing and it reached the point where it wouldn't fit the small square shelves that we had been using so far.

Does anyone feel like studying?

With a lot of patience, everything was sorted out. Our desks were cleared out of all the stuff and I utilized the square shelves that were previously used as bookcases to store everything away in white boxes. I think the overall space now looks very neat and tidy. What do you think?

Room Overview

My desk

André's desk

Overview from a different angle


Everything is organized and easy to find.


Just about when I've finished and I think it's time to celebrate, André ruins the moment by telling me that he wants to put his screens on the wall instead of simply having them on his desk like he used to. I don't know if you've ever tried to put a screen on the wall, but it's not an easy task. Now imagine putting three of them while trying to keep them aligned! What a nightmare!

It took us a whole afternoon to get the job done. Even though his three screens seem to be exactly the same, one of them is a different model than the other two. We didn't really pay much attention to it at first, but it turned out they are slightly different on the back, which resulted in one screen hanging slightly lower than the other two. Then again, it's a very small difference so after spending that many hours of taking measures, opening holes in the wall and creating a mess we decided to leave it as it is.

As usual, I got the fun part all for myself...

Cleaning time!

It was tough, but I think the final result was worth it. Here's André's current setup:

Screens on the wall

André's desk

So now I think we're pretty much done. In the future if we have more books it is possible to add another column to the library but that's about it. I think we have everything else that we need and it's all ready just in time for the SCOOP!

Let me know what you guys think about our working space and see you at the tables!


  1. Congratulations, nice room!

  2. Loved the bookshelf, I'm doing my own collection but still half-way there :)

    Nice setup for both, good work.

  3. Nice work there :)
    Just a question, those screens in André's setup aren't they to high?

    1. Time will tell, but I think they're ok...

  4. Exactly i think the same. Ask André about neck muscles 2 months later, he will suffer from it.

    1st look to the folders in your office i got a question, what can be in it. Yes, of course, hand histories !!! :-)

    Cya at the tables ! Looking forward to see your adjustments ^^

  5. Yeah ! I think the same, andre's neck will suffer a lot.

    by the way, i didnt know that the Greeks were so ordered ! Nice hand :)

    1. Dunno if it's the Greeks in general or me in particular...

      As for André's neck, I'll probably have to post a picture of him playing or something, cause everyone seems to be worried but the situation is not as bad as it seems...

  6. Last comment by Rainmy. now you know that Venezuelans are clueless he-he-he

    1. Haha! Don't you have a google account? It's quite handy!

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    1. There's no need to apologize for something if you are going to do it right after. If you were really sorry for that comment, you wouldn't go on and post it in the first place.

      I respect the fact that some people may have a different opinion about whether making money is a waste of time or not, but I will not tolerate disrespectful comments on my blog.

  8. hi katerina,i love your blog it kicks ass!i have a question about bankroll management while playing the hyper turbos.i know you posted one i think it was last year where to play the $3 the minimum you need is $100.i know this is pretty aggressive brm so i'm just wondering what would be a good amount of buy in's to do the $3.75(Sunday Storm) sat's?

    i've been playing the smallest buy in sat's for experience since the first time i tried the $3.75 i started well and then a huge downswing(probably because i didn't really know how to approach these games)
    i've rebuilt and added to my bankroll but have a fear since the first time the downswing was pretty hardcore so what in your opinion would be a way too comfortable amount of bye in's?

    thanks from justin

    1. Hello Justin,

      I'm glad you enjoy reading my blog!

      Now to reply to your questions... I never said that the minimum amount needed to play the $3s is $100. Ideally, you should always be playing with around 100 buy-ins of your chosen stakes so in this case it would be $300. The $100 you are referring to were the point to move down at stakes, but at the same time in that bankroll table it went up to $499 in order to move up.

      As to what is the most comfortable amount of buy-ins to play with... That's entirely up to you. I personally go with 100, some people would say 200 or even more. There is no right or wrong answer here. It also depends on how fast you are willing to drop the stakes you are playing. Keep in mind that the variance at the hypers is very high and that even winning players can get downswings of 50+ buy-ins.

      I hope this helps. Good luck! :)


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