CASE STUDY: How KanelBullar Made His First €60k With BPC

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CASE STUDY: How KanelBullar Made His First €60k With BPC

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Before Jonas aka KanelBullar, joined the BPC family he was a poster child for the classic mid-stakes Grinder with a capital G.
Like so many players, he worked on his game when he first started, hammering his way up the stakes playing mostly no-limit hold’em at the six-max tables. And just like the many, he got to about $100NL and something didn’t click. You can take your game so far when you treat it as a hobby. A lot of people hit those diminishing returns and hit the ‘Esc’ button or go on coasting.
Jonas had fallen into that camp. As he wrote in his introductory blog about himself: “Even during the best times in the past, I’ve never played higher than NL200 with most of my volume on NL100 during the last 5-6 years or so. Since 2 years, I got pretty lazy (at least in regards to poker) and did not really improve anymore, which resulted in the consequence that I had to drop down in stakes.”
We hear this story a lot.
January 2015, was the crunch point. He made a decision, he could carry on grinding out a flat graph or he could get some coaching and take it to the next level.
Guess which one he went with. In his words:
“Since I felt that I needed a bigger change and be very very VERY serious about poker again, I applied for Coaching For Profits.”
Why Best Poker Coaching?

Well, it is in the name really isn’t it? You want to be the best, you have to learn from the best. But don’t take our word for it, take KanelBullar’s:
“I absolutely like the attitude here at BPC so far and am completely sure I will not only massively improve at the game, but also in several aspects of life too. The professionalism that comes to light of day here is amazing and an inspiration to me to become the best possible version of myself.”
He decided that heads up would be just the change of scene he needed and to learn to beat it he enrolled in the No Limit Hold’em Heads Up Soldier Coaching Program (NLHU Soldier).
A Little Background On Swedish Baked Goods
Although Jonas hails from Deutschland, when he started his poker journey with BPC he was living in his home away from home in Sweden. That’s already an auspicious start, we know what Scandinavian players are like. (It’s also where his handle comes from: the Swedish pastries known as “kanelbullar” are one of many Teutonic takes on the cinnamon swirl).
Between being a Masters Student, a BPC student, and putting in the volume at the tables he was quick to find that its hard work becoming the best. He put iron discipline in place to keep on track, carving out the non-essentials and focussing on what mattered. So poker, I guess?

That didn’t stop him from having a nice holiday to see the Northern Lights and ride a dog-driven sledge at Kiruna in Northern Sweden. It’s good to be your own boss.
“Volume and studying goals are 40h – 15h,” he wrote early on and with the exception of his numerous holidays – Kiruna, Copenhagen, Bali – he made good on that commitment to volume.
Practice Makes Progress
Just like it is for many BPC students, the first few months were the hardest for Jonas. It takes time to tear down your game, find and plug leaks, and adapt to the new strategies and concepts that are thrown at you.
In April 2015, just three months in he was feeling down, writing of his graph for May: “Ugly piece of shit of a graph. I’m even tilted to look at it so rather grind some more… Will give everything to avoid such a huge disappointment in April again.” And that’s how he felt when he finished a month €1,200 to the good.
We like that. We want our people to want to win. And win BIG.

Like most players, he struggled with the head-space part of poker. Tilt and results-oriented thinking dogged him.
For help with that he had his BPC coaches. The BPC syllabus has a focus on managing your headspace while you play and away from the table. If you can beat poker tilt you can beat life tilt and vice versa. He put his hours in, posted his exercises to the blog and was generally a model student.
It all started coming together for him after a few months when his graph began to look a bit more consistent in its month by month improvement.
Getting Into the Grind
He worked his ass off going forward, but something wasn’t quite clicking. He had some bad luck with game selection as the net tightened on online poker further in late-2015, early-2016. A bunch of smaller, highly profitable sites evaporated and the market-place seemed bleak for the poker sites as well as the players.
Some days Jonas was struggling to find two $50NL opponents to rub together, let alone getting decent volume in at the $100NL and $200NL levels. And it was those higher levels he was raring to be playing.
With the pond shrinking so did the pool of fish and HU was becoming grinder vs. grinder battles to eke out an edge. Jonas nearly threw the towel in.
Reading his old blogs it feels like he is constantly swimming upstream in this period; but no matter how hard the challenge got, he stuck with the program. If he found a leak he worked with his coaches to plug it, if he found a new line he analysed it to death, and bit by bit as the games changed, Jonas adapted.
Even the ever better opponents he was playing against couldn’t daunt him. By October 2015, Jonas was looking good. “So, October is over and I was able to reach a new record month, making €6,953,” he wrote. But good isn’t great, and Jonas gets that.
Even in his triumph he found a place he could improve: “I am not so happy about this, as I only played around 130 hours.” That’s the BPC way: to push and push our students until they achieve greatness.
Unfortunately no one can push onwards forever, and in April 2016 he was feeling down about poker again. Jonas had had enough and told himself he’d give it one more month. After that he’d look at some different career paths… Then – in his darkest hour – everything started to click. In April he broke his October record.
He made over eight-grand in April. Of that about €6k rolled in just in the last week of the month alone. The final tally was €8,162.
That €8,162 month put him within spitting distance of his contracted €60,000 CFP goal. One of the nice things about working with BPC is the community that is by turns highly supportive, brutally honest, and deeply competetive. The comments on his blog reflect that atmosphere as players came out of the woodwork to cheer him on over the finishing line.
He had a masters dissertation to submit in May, so despite hoping he’d be done that month he wasn’t able to hit his volume goals. Some bad luck left him with a little under €3,000 still to go. Leaving us all on tenterhooks.
Life as a BPC Alumni

When the final day of his contract came on June 15th, 2016 he finally got to write the bittersweet words:
“Hi everyone, I finished my profit target of CFP and am done with the program now! It’s been a ride! […] I don’t really know yet what the future will be for me in regards to poker. Gonna keep playing for now and try to make some profits on my own.”
It was one year, five months and one day after he signed his contract with BPC and he’d gone from stagnating as a player to living his life on his terms. Playing a game he loved and earning enough at it to pay his bills, travel the world and set his own hours.
It is a proud moment to see them fly for themselves, but always sad to see them move on. Before he took off, we got his one piece of advice to those who want to follow in his footsteps:
“Listen to your coach and do everything he says! Cut the BS and keep working if you really want to succeed.”
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Bulgarian Breakout: Ivaylo Takes $5,300 Score in Bwin Tournament

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It was worth a shot. The $33 Six-Max tournament was part of the Bwin/PartyPoker Monster Series and featured a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool. The tournament had already been underway by the time BPC student Ivaylo Stoimenov registered on Oct. 30 at 11 p.m.
Along with the Six-Max, the 38-year-old from Sofia, Bulgaria, registered for three more MTTs. A student in the MTT Coaching for Profits program, he began with 33 big blinds at Level 23. That’s not too bad, but Ivaylo quickly realized he’d need to make some big moves soon.
“With the level changes and the many blinds you play shorthanded, it gradually became a stack for a push/fold strategy,” he says of the event, which would attract 1,357 players.
He quickly tripled up after hitting a set of fives against two hands with an Ace. He utilized more moves he’d learned in his training as he advanced.
“I bullied relentlessly at the money bubble and after that I managed to go deep in the money,” he says. “Most of the time my stack was in the healthy range of 30 to 50 big blinds and when it was decreasing, I was lucky to hit a pot to recover.”
The hard work paid off and after making the final table, Ivaylo took runner-up for a nice score of $5,323.80. The tournament took almost seven hours to complete –  about $761 an hour. Most of us would certainly be happy with that.

Tournament Tale
The big finish didn’t come easy for Ivaylo, who plays under the screen name “kremlinburning.” After rewatching the tournament, he found some mistakes in his play including “some weird folds or rejams due to multi-tabling timeout effects, but luckily those didn’t bring any fatal consequences.”
There were other challenges that could have ended his big run. During level 70, Ivaylo took a huge blow. With an open-end straight draw, he lost a huge pot to pocket Aces and saw his stack shrink to 19 big blinds.
Despite that setback, he succeeded in rebuilding. A set of Jacks with two tables left brought a triple up and moved him back to 72 bg blinds. That big stack allowed for some bullying of opponents to build even more.
“I used my chips advantage to terrorize everybody,” he says. “That’s how I entered the final table as a chip leader with 75 big blinds and continued in the same manner – also having the amount of luck required for a tournament victory.”
At the final table, Ivaylo was a force – eliminating all four other players before heads-up play. Squaring off against a player nicknamed “alfrancar,” Ivaylo began with an 85 to 28 big blind advantage. He continued with his aggression. However, a few of his bluffs were unsuccessful when his opponent hit pairs and played them passively.
The breaking point came when he hit a flush, but alfrancar had a full house and took the lead for the first time. Their stacks began to swing up and down a bit, but Ivaylo was never able to get much of an advantage again.
“As the guy was folding a lot, every time when one of us was under 20 big blinds I was pushing with quite a wide range,” he says.
After about 40 minutes and down to 20 big blinds, Ivaylo’s A-3 was beaten by 5-5 when the two players got all their chips in. Looking back, he believes it was probably a mistake and left him a bit disappointed. He planned to discuss the situation with coaches in more detail. The winner took home $7,500, but Ivaylo was pleased overall with his showing.
Despite finishing at 5:46 a.m. sleep didn’t come easy after such a massive score.

“I couldn’t fall asleep immediately,” he says. “There was a storm of thoughts and emotions in my mind – what to do with the money, how much to remain as a bankroll, what I need to buy.”
He may have been exhausted, but this poker player was still thinking about the game.

 
BPC to the Rescue
This wasn’t the Bulgarian’s first big tournament score. In 2015 before joining BPC, Ivaylo won $6,800 in a Sunday Million but didn’t retain enough money for a bankroll. His training has prepared him better for these types of scores now.
“This time I am much better prepared thanks to my enrollment in BPC,” he says. “Even if I have a very long road in front of me, which will not always be easy, I believe that ultimately it will take me up and ahead.”
Ivaylo began playing about eight years ago after seeing a promotional Unibet tournament awarding a trip to an English football game to the winner. He’d always been good at intellectual games, and gave it a shot. He now realizes what may have looked easy takes time to understand enough to excel.
Overall, BPC changed his way of thinking about the game – more practical and mathematically.
“I understood that I have lost years of my life and a lot of money doing things wrong,” he says. “Our coaches Julian and Thomas are not only nice guys, but more importantly, devoted and hardworking professionals who constantly explore, analyze, and improve their own game and knowledge. At BPC we have the chance to get all the new concepts and trends as the game is changing constantly. To be on the top you have to stay aware of that.”
He credits the site with not only improving his game, but also instilling discipline in studying and putting in the hours. Working as a real estate agent in his day job has limited some of his playing time, but he seems to be making progress after a recent downswing after being in the program for eight months.
“I had the ambition to complete my 10K contract in record time, but reality was different,” he says. “My last few months were terrible and during the last two weeks I lost my appetite for the game. I had doubts about my poker future and became less active in the weekly webinars and the community chats. Now I am back stronger than ever and able to fulfil my dreams.”
 
Poker, Life, & Future
Poker remains a big part of life for Ivaylo and the win only serves as more motivation.
For him, poker means freedom – a dream to live life traveling around the globe, working from any place with an Internet connection. His dream is “to get rid of the winter,” waking up early, and become a successful full-time poker pro.
He continues to work on his tournament game and hopes for continued success. What does he enjoy about tournament poker?
“I am attracted by the life-changing opportunity provided by the tournaments in comparison with the day-to-day steady grinding of cash play,” he says. “Of course, both options have their strengths and weaknesses, and with tournaments you depend heavily on variance.”

Away from poker, he enjoys reading, cooking and to mix in some partying when he was a bit younger. Nowadays, however, he’s more of a wine lover than a party animal, and also enjoys working out. He loves to travel and has visited more than 30 countries on four continents.
As he continues his training, Ivaylo believes big things are ahead and is encouraged by the team spirit in the MTT program.
“It’s a group of people with similar goals, dreams, and problems, who support each other in the learning process and cheer for teammates when they make a deep run,” he says. “It’s helpful and comfortable to have that sense of community, even if we don’t meet in person but only online.”
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Leandro – 6-Max Brazil Coach


Leandro is a student in 6-max Crusher Program close to finishing (86%) but also a coach for the Brazilian 6-max students.   
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On a Roll: Jernej Graduates Program and Has Big Plans for Future

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Some things don’t come easy. Good things come in time. But with enough perseverance, persistence, and hard work major achievements can happen. That’s the case with 36-year-old “Jernej,” who recently finished the NL Heads-Up Soldier program with a target of €60,000. It was much-deserved after so much effort.
“It took me quite a long time, about three years to finish my contract,” he says. “But it feels good to finally get it done, especially as the last month and a half felt like I was really playing at the highest levels I ever have.”
Jernej, who plays at stakes up to NL600, attended BPC Poker Camp in Marrakech, Morocco, in October, but finished right after the event. He was at 93 percent before the event, and will receive his trophy at the next event. It certainly gives him something to look forward to.

Beyond his excitement for reaching his goal, this player from Ljubljana, Slovenia, is excited to complete the program for another reason – financial.
“It also means a big pay increase getting all the profits now for myself,” he says. “I will miss the coaching a bit, having all of the support and help, but I am ready to take on new challenges.”
Getting to this point didn’t come without a few setbacks and challenges. There were plenty of them. Jernej loves to travel and live some interesting adventures. Working in serious poker time and a regular schedule at the tables wasn’t always easy to fit in with that travel schedule.
Another big challenge was on the mental side – staying motivated and disciplined during the tough times. He loves poker, but found his motivation lacking at times.
“But with time I learned and got better in those areas also,” he says.
As he continued in the program, Jernej’s discipline became better and he began to focus on the important things – hard work, persistence, and using the training he was receiving with BPC. What are a few of things he learned to stay on the profitable side?
“I think the biggest thing was the professional attitude to have: what it takes to get things done, how and what kind of goals to set for myself, what kind of standards to uphold,” he says, “and how much effort one should expect to give to something if he wants to succeed on a high level – not just at poker.”
While the poker skills and strategies played huge roles in improving his game, Jernej lists some other factors he learned from BPC that were critical to his success and important for earning money in the game. Those include getting in the right games, keeping track of his time and effort so he can better see his progress, and keeping his accounting much better. He plans to keep those ideas in mind as he continues to play.
While he may have taken three years to finish, some big moments stand out. Some of those include his first milestone earning months in the program, which were major accomplishments for him, and those that moved him to a new level also in the study materials.
A few moments that stand out were: the €1,500 month that moved him to the intermediate level; and the €4,000 month that propelled him to a new class and benefits. Winning €4,000 a month had even been one of his personal goals before joining BPC.
Another big moment was winning €5,000 in a month to move to an advanced group. Earning the blog of the month also stands out as well as attending Poker Camp, which he described as “an awesome event.”
Jernej (right) quad racing at the BPC Poker Camp 2018
One night at the tables sticks out in his mind, and showed how much he had improved. Just before finishing  the program he was playing with two regular players who lacked the real skill he had been learning. After his training, Jernej now had a noticeable edge against them.
“It showed me how much I improved,” he says.
After learning the game at a friend’s birthday party about 15 years ago, he was hooked and started playing online a bit for play money. He won some money in freerolls and kept slowly building his bankroll from there – playing several games and variations from from fixed limit poker to SnGs, all at small stakes.

A year before Black Friday, Jernej began to take the game more seriously. His goals began to grow and and he signed up with BPC to improve at his favorite game type, HU cash. Jernej has never really had a real job – just poker. What does he like most about the game?
“I love the competitiveness and logically trying to solve and counteract what another player is doing,” he says. “Lately, I also like just solving and correctly applying the whole strategy of the game, seeing the big picture in how some line affects other actions.
“Every time I play heads-up, I get completely immersed and forget about time and everything. It is also about seeking the edge and the lines you can take. I love it.”
Of course, Jernej enjoys the money that the game brings and the freedom to live how and wherever he wants.
While he may have once struggled with dedication, Jernej now plays five days a week, for nine or 10 hours a day, and also studies an hour or two. He also likes to make time to hit the gym and jog, and believes it’s important to stay in shape after so much time playing poker. He enjoys playing late into the night, and sometimes wakes up very early to finish playing and studying by 3 p.m.
When not playing poker, Jernej enjoys meeting friends or just relaxing a bit. Some of his hobbies also include sports, traveling the world, and trying a bit of anything to gain as many experiences life has to offer.
His goals now are to evolve and improve in heads-up poker even more and also look for some more challenges in the game.
“I still have a lot of things to learn and it’s really fun to explore all these strategies,” he says. “I will also add 6max to my game later, start playing live games more, and then see what makes the most sense. I would like to learn PLO, but I know everything takes time to really master so will decide in the future which way to go.”
After his BPC graduation and so many things going his way, Jernej sees big things in his future and has made some definite plans to use what he’s learned to make his life better. That includes goals like living in different locations around the world, building up his bankroll, and growing his poker knowledge. He’s also got some ideas for business.

“I also want to start investing,” he says, “opening some business and expanding on other areas that I was already trying a bit before.”
At such a big moment in his life, this poker shark has one more thing to add.
“I would like to thank the coaches and whole BPC organization,” he says. “I wish them plenty of success to them and all those people joining the program.”
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CASE STUDY: Janez Translates Determination Into €60k

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Found in Translation
Janez joined the Best Poker Coaching heads up program back when it was still just called Coaching For Profits and you could pick any colour so long as it was heads up or 6-max. He applied, got picked up and stuck in, crushed his way to the end of his contracted €60,000 profits and then joined up on the other side as coach and ultimately chief operating officer.
 
But that is getting ahead of the story, cus Janez’ journey from nine-to-five mug to head-ups money magnet took a roundabout route. After finishing his bachelor’s degree he left his native Slovenia for the equally rain-harrowed United Kingdom where he picked up a masters degree in modern philosophy. That university book learning was to come in handy later.
In the wake of his graduation he took to a translation gig at a local TV station back in Ljubljana. The grind ground him until the day his station bought a season of the PartyPoker Premier League. Needing the show translated for their audience they gave the tapes to Janez, and Janez not wanting to look like a total fool went out and bought himself a few books on the game including Harrington’s uber-opus.
He had the bug. After booted up his laptop to get a little practical experience playing sit’n’gos for a few bucks here and there it became pretty clear that there was more cash on the table for the players than the translators and he shifted his career focus.

Going Pro… Ish
It was towards the end of 2014 that Janez felt he needed something new in his life.
He’d put in a serious stint at poker. Several months passed with real time and effort sunk into online play and no sign of real improvement.
“I was not satisfied with where I was in life and poker, and decided to take up a challenge. I averaged around two-thousand euros per month,” he told High-Stakes Database in an interview. “But there was this moment when I asked myself, “Is this all you can do?” I was always watching a lot of poker videos and reading poker books, and I felt frustrated that with all this theoretical knowledge, I can’t make more money in practice. I felt I had to change something…”
With that €2k/month result he was prime material for Gordon’s then fledgling BPC Heads Up Soldier programme. A smart guy, with a proven track record of putting in the time. All he needed was the right mentor. He found that here.
To BPC and Beyond
Janez’ coaching for profit contract started in September of 2014. He came to the game with some confidence as a $50NL player and that was where he started the programme. He was living in Ljubljana with his girlfriend Ella and their tomato plants but he was readying himself for change.
Not just changing up his poker game, but changing his country of residence. The political situation was farcical, the weather miserable, and his tomato plants weren’t doing particularly well either. So he and she upped sticks, moving to Malta and leaving the land of his birth behind.
Expatriating himself in the middle of taking on a commitment to serious study and consistent play may not have been the best idea but Janez made it work. From his early blogs here at BPC:
“Ok, the first week of my challenge/coaching program is coming to an end. Looking back, it was a very intensive week. There was a lot of changes in the way I approach playing poker, from technical and organizational stuff, playing hours, monitoring productivity, etc. A lot of energy, time and focus went into things like posting and commenting on hands on the forum daily, even writing blogs, recording videos with camtasia, dealing with new poker rooms with different software, setting up cash flows to the rooms and so on. Many little new things, which add up and take a lot of time in the end.”
And all that while hunting up a new flat and working out where he could buy locally sourced vegetables.
Despite Moving to Malta over the first few months of his journey so he was still putting in the minimum of 35 hours while he dealt with the move, posting regular equity exercises to his blog and reaping the rewards that focus gives you.
Fair Pay for Hard Work
8 weeks in and he made the move to drop $50NL from his roster, moving up and taking on the higher stakes more consistently. By December 2014 he was already taking shots at $400NL. His blog posts from this period showed his introspection and self-analysis:
“Made a couple of BI there [at 400NL], so it looks I won’t be dropping back down, at least not anytime soon. In general, I feel I have quite a conservative style, and once I make a couple of BI it’s gonna be hard for people to take them away again. I don’t make big calls, and I’m almost never going AI, so I’m more about “slow and steady wins the race”. Maybe it’s just variance and I’m just not getting setups against the right opponents, I don’t know. It feels like I was going AI pre-BPC much more often.”
After feeling stagnant at €2k/month, in November he raked in €6k and taking shots at the $400NL games. He stuck at $400NL and finished December with a profit of €7.5k.
His graph had started tilting upwards and never seemed to stop. He was rocketing up through the stakes.

Along the way he learned a few life lessons. Like: “The thing is, you can’t just add a few new plays and think, ok, that’s it, I got a few new tricks, let’s go. When you start doing that, you get into a lot of unknown situations, and can do some really weird stuff, which later you wonder about what the hell was going on. When you start changing things, the whole construction of your game, so to speak, shifts, and adapts. If you’re not expecting that, you’re in for a ride, and even if you are expecting it, it will still surprise you.”
It also became clear that he had the ability to learn about poker while doing just about anything. Having relocated to an island he took up sailing as a hobby. From his BPC blog, it sounded like he learned more about his approach to poker than about that cruel mistress: the sea.
“Don’t try to race, if you can barely turn the boat,” he wrote. “Of course, you can’t help it, it’s so much fun and before you know it, you stack off… I mean, capsize. I took a few swims, capsizing the boat 3 times, but in the end, it was great stuff, and a good start to my sailing days.”
This way of thinking, drawing ideas from one place to illuminate or illustrate another is one of the things that makes Janez such a good coach, and it helped to make him a great player back then.
Under the tutelage of Rovar, he continued to make strides. His youtube videos became class favourites for their idiosyncratic style.

His proudest moment came 10 months and 18 days after he first picked up his pen and signed that contract. That was the day he hit his €60,000 profit margin and became a completely free agent again. For a while…
 
Back to BPC
By the time he had made his first €60,000 he was already embedded with the BPC team. He was asked to step in to lend a hand when Gordon took off for a hike through an internet free section of the Andean highlands.
He started out helping out here in the slow hours of poker grinding.
But as he took on more and more responsibility it became clear that he needed to be part of the team.
Once he graduated with flying colours he was a pro with a record of crushing the $400NL heads up matches, an alumnus of the BPC programme who’d seen what works and what doesn’t from the student’s side, and someone who had proved again and again that he was willing to put the perspiration in that you need to make the inspiration pay.
So, Gordon made him an offer; Janez was part of the family.
Now, Janez is COO of BPC, finding less time for coaching and griding, and developing his shark instincts in the business world beyond the tables.

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Marcus – Coaching for Profits HU Soldier Student Interview


 
Marcus is a student in our NLHU Soldier coaching program. He is almost halfway through to the 60k euro profit target. His graph below:

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Matic – Coaching for Profits 6-Max Elite Student Interview


Matic is more than halfway through the NL 6-max ELITE coaching program 
See below his graph:

Click here to read our latest written interview with him.
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CASE STUDY: Fred Dominates HU Program

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Scott Driscoll (also known as “Fred” online) knows what it’s like to grind and be patient. It took some time, but this 30-year-old player from the U.K. completed the NLHU Soldier Coaching program in 2017. He earned €60,000 in profits in two years and seven days as a BPC student.
Fred is now a coach in the HU Soldier program and helping others reach their goals. Looking back, Fred is thankful for what he he’s accomplished and those who helped him get there noting: “The best part is having great coaches and feeling the improvement come month after month.”
 
LIFE BEFORE BPC
Fred has been playing poker for around 12 years, spending the nine years before he joined BPC playing Limit Hold’em on several sites. Like others, he wasn’t having the results he sought. Some extra motivation and strategies might be good for his game.

“I have come to the conclusion I need to learn a new game,” he wrote in his first blog post. “I’ve joined CFP because I feel like I need a push from someone. I feel like I don’t put enough hours in at the table these days, so hopefully that will get solved.”
Fred admitted he was “pretty rubbish” at no limit games and called bets too much. He knew to get anywhere in poker, he needed a coach.
“This feels like it can be a new start for me as 2015 is coming to an end,” he wrote in his blog. “So next year I can start afresh with learning NL and hopefully begin crushing the plebs!”
While he knew he had a long way to go, Fred was ready to get started and even posted a photo of his new exercise/poker room – perfect for staying in shape and mixing it up at the tables. He was ready to go.

PROGRAM & PROGRESS
After steady growth throughout 2016 and 2017, Fred’s graph exploded in late-2017. It was as if all the information he had been taught came together at once. The rise occurred right after the 2017 Poker Camp in Cannes, France, and he credits the event as a major turning point in his success. What was a highlight?

“Meeting Gordon,” he says. “Before, he was just a guy who gave me advice about poker over videos. I hadn’t met him or knew anything about him. But after meeting him, everything changed. It was so much easier to accept everything he said. And it is not like I was doing the opposite of what he said before, but everything just became easy and simple for me.”
Life wasn’t always perfect during his big run however. In March of last year, he vented a few frustrations about some of his sessions at the tables.
“Overall, I’ve had some really swingy days,” Fred noted in his blog. “A man took €600 off me, and the he left. And that’s happened to me twice this week. I think I’m about break-even this week.”

By the end of 2016, Fred was still in the €15,000 profit range, but there were more good days than bad and his profits continued to grow. They really picked up in 2017.
When he began with BPC, Fred was in the 6max program, but realized it wasn’t his best game. While he was successful at 6max, he made the switch to NLHU and moved his game into high gear.
“I don’t know why I decided 6max when I had played so much HU limit, but we all live and learn,” he says. “I got to the right place in the end.”
By late 2017, Fred completed four consecutive months of reaching the €10,000 mark – quite an impressive feat. His work and studies were paying big dividends and credits his success with his BPC coaches: “Each coach has taught me some poker logic but they also teach you other things outside of poker.”
 
THE FINISH LINE
After occasional setbacks and switching programs, Fred reached his goal of cmpleting the program on Dec. 28, 2017. It was a great feeling, he says, and gave him a real sense of accomplishment at accumulating a total of €60,324. What were some of the most important things he learned in the program? He offered some insight on how BPC not only changed his poker game, but his life habits in general.
“For poker, the logic to break down situations so you can come to the right decision even if you are unfamiliar with the situation,” he says. “For outside poker, discipline to do the right things every day, setting goals and looking at them frequently – and getting a huge work ethic instead of being a lazy ass.”

When becoming a BPT student, Fred advises others to take it seriously and realize that reaching those goals requires a major commitment.
“I think everybody who wants to finish as soon as possible should stop watching TV and stop playing video games and just focus on poker,” he says. “It will take over your life, but it’s better than giving only 50 or 70 percent, and at the end of the year being unhappy with your results. You can always do these things once you achieve your goals.”
The site has given him some traits that he feels he didn’t have before. Fred now has a normal routine, and a poker regimen that he follows to play at his best.
“The biggest difference is,” he says, “is that I have discipline in everything I do.”
 
JOINING THE COACHING RANKS
As a HU master, this poker Jedi is now out to help other HU students. After his own journey, Fred now has a lot to offer others who may have been in his position. So far he is also learning himself through interactions with those he’s training.
“I have been enjoying coaching,” he says. “Sometimes students ask me questions which force me to think, ‘How can I to explain it in a clear and easily understandable way.’ And other times they ask me about a spot that I am unsure about, and it shows where I need to spend some time to improve my logic. I think this will also improve my game a lot over the next few months.”

Teaching enthusiastic students who want to get better has motivated him to teach them everything he’s learned, “So they can get to the €10,000 months also.”
Now that he’s finished his contract and taking on more students, what are some of Fred’s goals in poker and in life? He’s a man of action and has no plans to slow down.
“My future plans are to keep playing NLHU and see how close I can get to finishing my three-year and five-year goals sooner,” he says. “In life outside of poker, I will still do the same things. Every Monday evening I go salsa dancing. I think I’ll probably take a few vacations – and that’s about it.”
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So what about your poker skills? Have you hit a wall in your growth as a player? Maybe the profits aren’t where you’d like them to be or you’re looking to move up in stakes.
Whatever the case, BPC may be your answer. Like Fred, the program can help you learn how to crush at the tables. BPC is more than just training and coaching, it’s a community where players motivate each other, learn from each other, and become friends through amazing events like the upcoming Poker Camp in Marrakesh, Morocco.
When you’re part of BPC things that didn’t seem possible become a reality. What are you waiting for? Get on board and start winning today.
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CASE STUDY: Piotr “Goodfake” Leszczynski

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Before
Piotr Leszcynski was 23 when he came to Best Poker Coaching in late 2014. He’d been playing for a while (about three years) and was doing a bit of short handed $0.25/$0.50 NLH. By his own admission he wasn’t “making much money,” instead he played just to get a little extra spending money for the finer things, if not quite the finest.
“I just wanted to have $$$ for parties,clothes, gym and other things,” he wrote in his first blog post after signing up for the NLHU Soldier Coaching programme. But in December 2014 he made the decision that now was the time to was time to get serious.
He booted up his computer, signed up with Best Poker Coaching and Piotr “Goodfake” Leszcynski, heads-up pro was born.
Early Days

The first thing we had him do was play a few thousand hands of heads up $4NL. Not the most auspicious start you might think for someone who’d been doing alright at $0.25/$0.50, but it gave Piotr time to adapt to heads up play and our coaches a baseline to build from without putting too much of his roll on the line.
It was a good start for Goodfake, he was winning at about 30BB/100 over his first 10k hands at the ultra-micros. After going over the basics with his personal coach ilidek he soon moved back up to $50NL and the course began in earnest.
And earnest is the right word.
His first experiences at NL that level were pretty positive. They were so positive because he was an incredibly diligent student, doing all his assignments, putting in the volume, listening and working closely with his coach. In his blog he wrote:
“nolife mode: ON. This weekend ive played so much 21,5h of grind in 2 days, fk the parties :D. Results are very good too in last 8 days since i started to play NL50 i’ve made profit about 2k+Euro without rb’s.”
He’s one of those people who really throw themselves into things. He didn’t like his body, so he hit the gym. He was bad with girls, so he went out and practiced talking to strangers. He wasn’t earning his living at the game he loved, so he came to us.
His natural spark for hard work was bolstered not only by the professional coaching he was receiving but the great community we’ve built up here at Best Poker Coaching. “i play a lot,” Piotr wrote in his blog at the end of that first month. “i work on my game a lot, there is no capability to procrastination. Everyone helps each other, no1 works only for himself. I feel that all of us gonna make huge progress in one year. SKY IS THE LIMIT.”

 
It paid off. That first month on the Heads Up Soldier programme he won €2.7k after putting in time at the table for twenty-eight of the first thirty-one days.
Like most of our students he found his occasional session with Gordon an eye-opening experience! Luckily he took and Gordon meshed well and we all watched Piotr’s graph on its slow and steady rise.
Crisis
The problem for Piotr though was that his rise was too steady at first. Despite all that diligence and relentless hard work that graph just wasn’t getting steeper. In fact for those first few months very few players have been as consistent as Piotr.
At first this was encouraging and it drove him to redouble his efforts, looking to increase the number of hands he played. He also undertook a new fitness regime, pumping iron and increasing his calorie intake to a whopping 4,000 cal/day, started meditating, and almost quit drinking alcohol altogether.
But eventually he hit a wall. Whether he got the yips or a case of the run-bads he had a few break even months in the middle of his steady €3-4,000 months that led to a sense of frustration.
“I figured out that i waste a lot of time while i wait for action, i check fkn FB , grindin youtube and doing other useless stuff instead of doing something productive. I don’t know why but im too lazy to turn on some materials now and start study during that time. It’s always like that and i hate it . . .”
All this time his poker playing was still funding regular trips to the sweetest spots in and around Eastern Europe, Slovenia, Croatia, the Ukraine. He even got a poker holiday to the Philippines and paid for his trip to Thailand out of his profits.
But Piotr aims high when he aims at all and he wanted more. Steady though his income was, he found he wasn’t showing the improvements he wanted. Until Dubrovnik happened.
The Dubrovnik Epiphany
At BPC we often arrange live events, gathering coaches, students and other members of our vast and diverse community of players in one place for a weekend of meetings, community events, and so much poker.
In the summer of 2015, about 8 months into Piotr’s contract with us, BPC went to Dubrovnik. It came at exactly the right time for him.

 
That week-end in Dubrovnik seemed to kick him into overdrive. Recharged by time spent with other hungry card sharks who were looking for the same kinds of success, he went on in September to take down his first five figure paycheck for a little of €11k.
He followed that up with the same again in in October, and then set a new record in his last month by taking down €14,352. He had completed his contract goal of €60,000 in profits, and with two-thirds of that windfall hitting his account in the last three months.
Paid Up and Flying Free

With his contract paid up and his skills razor sharp he’s off to new and greater things now. It took him just 10 months and 20 days to hit his goal of €60,000 profit.
I think he’ll probably have enough money for those “parties, clothes, and gyms and things now” and plenty more besides.
The sky is no longer the limit for Piotr. Now, he’s shooting for the stars.
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