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Old 09-26-2009, 01:32 PM   #1
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**** The Well - ZepHendrix ****

A stranger is being shown around a village that he has just become part of. He is shown a well and his guide says "On any day except Saturday, you can shout any question down that well and you'll be told the answer."

The man seems pretty impressed, and so he shouts down: Why not on Saturday? and the voice from in the well shouts back: Because on Saturday, it’s your day in the well.

All right, ask away.
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Old 09-26-2009, 01:39 PM   #2
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First

I only know you by reputation. Who are you? How old, location etc. And ofc what's your poker story?
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Old 09-26-2009, 01:51 PM   #3
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how many vpps this year, you still gonna make elite?
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:00 PM   #4
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Typical day in the life while school is in session?
Any tips on time mgmt, getting motivated, being a grind machine,etc?
Updated cheat codes for getting AA on the button?
What do you think is my biggest leak at the tables in your experience?
Been setting aside $$$ for taxes, etc. and been doing so by just buying cash... is there a better low risk option to go with where I will still have easy access to this $?

My lease expires next month and I have had my heart set on moving to Chicago for a long time. I have an idea of how miserable Chicago would be in the winter (I grew up in Cleveland, made it through a Detroit winter) but am I better off moving somewhere warm for a few months and them make the move to Chicago in the spring?

What part of the city should I be looking to live in? Looking to be in the heart of the action, walking distance from bars/restaurants/etc, looking to most likely work at an ad agency within next year or two.
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:04 PM   #5
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moving to chicago in winter? u ****ng crazy

zep will you be meeting up tomorrow with me, marty?
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:06 PM   #6
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how old were you when you saw your first porn movie
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:07 PM   #7
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First

I only know you by reputation. Who are you? How old, location etc. And ofc what's your poker story?
James Daniel Vonderhaar Jr. I'm 25 and I live in Chicago.

My poker story is I started playing seriously in college. I had a buddy that was decent and we played a couple times and I started getting the hang of it. We played .25/.50. He then took me to a couple fraternity games around campus. I just crushed these games and I was terrible.

My first online experience was on Party Poker. I deposited $200 and turned it into a grand in a couple days playing SNGs. I knew nothing about 2p2, pocket fives or bank roll management. I started playing $100 SNGs and busted in 4th in like 6 straight to terrible beats. I convinced myself that online poker was rigged and swore off it. Not a day goes by that I don't think about how if I knew about simple bankroll management back then I would be a multimillionaire now.

Anyways, I did really well in college. When I graduated, I just planned on grinding 5/10 limit at hollywood casino in Aurora, IL until I found a job. This has to be one of the softest games on the planet. But I ended up getting a job at Ronin Capital and I took it.

So about a year out of college my buddy came over. He brought his laptop because he was planning on playing a tournament. He told me him and his buddy used to make bank in college playing online. So I asked him about the tournament he was playing. It was the Sunday Million. I was like, "wait, so every week there is a MILLION DOLLAR TOURNAMENT?", lol. He told me about online poker and all that and I was like, okay this is definately for me. I put $200 on there and started playing .5/1. I built it up to $1000 in a weekend and never really looked back. I was 6 tabling and pretty soon I was 12 tabling. This was September 2007. I made SN this year, and towards the end of the year I went on a really bad run and was kind of sick of poker. I decided to change it up and play MTTs. Like a week or two in, I made my first final table and made like $800, more than I had ever made in a day iin poker. The next weekend, I final tabled another tourney on stars for 3k. I was like, okay, tournies are sweet.

A couple weeks later, I had my first 10k score with a second in the Saturday 109, that same night, I took like 20th in the nightly hondo and busted with KK to AA. Either way, I started to get really confident about my game. I transferred some funds to FT, and final tabled the second tourney I played on that site (the first night) for 4k. I was a successful nit tourney player. I final tabled two Sunday majors in six months, winning the mulligan once.

Then my doomswitch got activated. I busted every tournament deep to horrible beats. Like every time I made the final two tables I got it in dominating someone and lost. It was disgusting. Then finally I was pushed over the edge at the nightly hondo on stars. I got it all in on a 8 3 4 rainbow flop with QQ vs Q8 for 25% of the chips and a dominant chip lead at the final two tables. I was running over the table, but the 8 rivered and I remember this so clearly. I didn't freak out, break or throw anything like i normally would. I just closed my computer and laid in bed. It was a Thursday about 2 a.m. I had to wake up for work in less than four hours. But I just laid in bed, dumbfounded at how bad I had been running for two months. I just expected to lose every hand. I decided I was done with poker.

Obv that didn't last too long. About two months later it was double VPP week and I was back. I decided to grind 1/2 though. I think I was playing like 11/7 or something, lol. I was so bad, but I was still a winner. At the end of the year I went on another bad run chasing the 400k milestone. I had just started classes at University of Chicago and grinding was tough. But I did it anyways. I decided that I had a great job and was going to an awesome grad school, so to make poker worthwhile I would have to make more. The obvious solutiion to this was to move up, lol. I was so bad for 400 and 600NL. I broke even for 3 months, always blaming luck. I would tilt like a mother f*cker. Then one day I read a book called 'The Poker Mindset'. This totally changed my poker life. I decided the next month, I would make 25k. Keep in mind that I had not made a dime at mid stakes. I did not get coaching or read any strategy or anything. I just decided I would not tilt, I would concentrate and play solid. I made 26k this month.

Since then I have been a 3-4 BB/100 winner. My ptr doesn't show this because there is over half a year of me playing awful at 1/2 and three months of losing at midstakes. But now I am a totally different player.

That's my story. It's been a long road.
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:08 PM   #8
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how many vpps this year, you still gonna make elite?
780k. Yes, I plan on it.
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:09 PM   #9
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Typical day in the life while school is in session?
If school is in session, a typical day is waking up at 6, getting to work at 7. Working until 5:30. Going to class from 6-9. Coming home and grinding from 9:30-1 or 2 a.m. Rinse and repeat.
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:11 PM   #10
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Any tips on time mgmt, getting motivated, being a grind machine,etc?
There are no tips really. If you're not motivated to do something you either are not going to do it or do a sh*tty job if you do. I do everything balls to the wall, it's jjust the way I am now. I don't see the point in doing something half assed. It's really funny though, just a few years ago I was a complete bum. Wasting my talent all day long.
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:11 PM   #11
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Updated cheat codes for getting AA on the button?
Ctrl + A = AA on the btn. You know that.
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:14 PM   #12
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What do you think is my biggest leak at the tables in your experience?
I don't think you have any leaks really. I think your biggest flaw was at 5/10 you would four bet / fold to me so damn much. And every time you four bet I shoved. I was like, when is this guy going to learn. But I obviously think you're awesome at the pokers, esp after rooming w/ u in Barcelona.
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:15 PM   #13
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What part of the city should I be looking to live in? Looking to be in the heart of the action, walking distance from bars/restaurants/etc, looking to most likely work at an ad agency within next year or two.
Lincoln park is great but I think river north is the best. That is where I live. It is really expensive to buy though. The place I found was like the only nice place I could afford.
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:16 PM   #14
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moving to chicago in winter? u ****ng crazy

zep will you be meeting up tomorrow with me, marty?
Yeah, planning on it. I'll get Marccus in on the action too.
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:17 PM   #15
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how old were you when you saw your first porn movie
Like 10. This kid next door to me had literally 1000 porno movies. His dad used to own a movie rental store. When he sold the store, I guess he decided to keep the pron. He didn't even hide them. They were basically just sitting in boxes in his basement. GG respect for women.
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:30 PM   #16
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What did you study in college? What do you work with? How do you like it and how playing poker changes your perspective in terms of making a non poker carreer?
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:38 PM   #17
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when this week can I check out your place? are you gonna be at the tilted kilt tonight? what firm are u currently working for? what are you studying at UofC again (always forget this)? why does sethsethseth minraise 4b 1010 and insta fold to a shove from an insane italian who has 105o and finally:
How did we miss pettey break it down on the dance floor at ras (I extend this question to gomuk as well)?
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:41 PM   #18
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What did you study in college? What do you work with? How do you like it and how playing poker changes your perspective in terms of making a non poker carreer?
Finance major, entrepreneurship minor at Miami OH. Now I'm studying analytic finance andd statistics at University of Chicago.

I work with Equity options and do computer programming in Ruby, SQL and C++.

Poker basically just makes it hard to go to work in the morning. Like, if I have a 5k session, the next morning I have to wake up at 6 knowing that I just made more than my paycheck. I love my job though. They pay for my school 100% as well, which is like 40k a year.
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when this week can I check out your place? are you gonna be at the tilted kilt tonight? what firm are u currently working for? what are you studying at UofC again (always forget this)? why does sethsethseth minraise 4b 1010 and insta fold to a shove from an insane italian who has 105o and finally:
How did we miss pettey break it down on the dance floor at ras (I extend this question to gomuk as well)?
Anytime after Wednesday.

Not sure of my plans tonight. Definately getting drunk tho.

Analytic finance, econometrics and statistics.

REPPING ACES. It's a good play bro.

Because we run bad LDO.
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do you have anytips for grinding the micro limits ? any strategies to keep in mind
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:56 PM   #21
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How big are my pecks?
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:57 PM   #22
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what secrets do you use to beat me for such an outstanding wr
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do you have anytips for grinding the micro limits ? any strategies to keep in mind
Just be wary of becoming a robot grinding microstakes. I fell into this tarp. Just try to be creative and concentrate while you play.
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Big yo.
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Old 09-26-2009, 03:10 PM   #25
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what secrets do you use to beat me for such an outstanding wr
I figured out the secret to beating you. (It's flopping sets)

That and I just own you left and right
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