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Old 02-16-2017, 08:22 PM   #26
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Re: satellite84's 2k17 Grind in Thailand

Will do a trip update after I get to Phuket on the 22nd...

But we just got back from Full Moon/Pha-Ngan and it was excellent, now we have 4 jam packed days left in Bangkok before heading to Phuket for tonnes of grinding and island living. So I will do a fuller review with more pics once settled, but for now enjoy this view from our beach in Pha-Ngan:

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Old 02-16-2017, 09:18 PM   #27
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Re: satellite84's 2k17 Grind in Thailand

Looks awesome mate, have fun
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Old 03-02-2017, 09:43 PM   #28
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OK, big update... much has changed.

First... our trip to Phangan. We met up with two of my Canadian buddies and stayed at Nice Beach Bungalows... as you saw by the pic above, it was beautiful, but a bit secluded. We had a couple solid nights out including the Full Moon Party... which was my first despite having lived in Thailand for 5 years already. I can imagine my 22-25 year old self would have been #litlamb at this type of event, but as I am now an old man, it was a bit more chill, but still a crazy experience. We had lots of fun and drinks and laughs. Overall Phangan was a fun time. We headed back to BKK intending to move to Phuket full time a few days later... so we came back to do the touristy thing as my girlfriend had never been here before, saw Wat Pho and Khao San, take my buddies out for one last night in Bangkok, shop at Chatuchak Market and visit the Queen's Park and hit up a few evening spots like Sky Bar and Seen Space and maybe Wong's if there was time knowing we may not be back for quite a while.

Then we moved to Phuket, our apartment was nice, but out of the way and definitely required a scooter to go anywhere, which makes it difficult as we only like Thai food "nid noi" so we like to shop and make a lot of meals at home. So after a day of reflection, we decided BKK was where we wanted to setup shop, but that we would stay a year so we could sign a full lease and get a proper apartment. We found a really nice pad in Bang Na and changed our flights for March 1. So we had 5 days in Phuket to see the island, so we hit up most of the major beaches (Rawai, NaiHarn, Kata, Karon, Patong) plus caught a movie and dinner at Central Festival/Wine Connection as well as hit the Big Buddha, Rang Hill and Kata Hill Viewpoints plus Monkey Hill (I have photos on my girlfriend's camera, so these will have to come later)...

We arrived back in BKK on March 1, checked into our new digs (love it) and have been shopping at IKEA/Index for odds and ends and a desk/chair for me and doing general unpacking and setup type stuff. We should be done today and our water heater for the shower comes tomorrow. We will likely do dinner and a movie tomorrow night after we're fully unpacked just to get out and do something fun. Then Sunday I will fire a half session just to get back used to playing and test my setup and tinker with it so I am ready for the big grind Monday morning at around 3 AM local time.

This month I intend to get in 20 sessions and approximately 600-650 tourneys. Won't be going out much as we've obviously done a lot of traveling/partying/sightseeing already, so this month is going to be a break.

March 29th, I have to leave the country and we need to get our Visa times synced, so we are taking a 5 day Vacay to Sentosa Island in Singapore to hit up One 15 Marina Resort... that should be a fun, mindless vacay with Universal Studios and water parks and shopping in Singapore with partying at night both in and out of the resort. Then after that it's basically 2.5 months of pure grinding with a short trip just before SCOOP to Hua Hin for a little R&R before that major grind.

OK... that's it... some pics of the (unfinished) pad...

Living Room
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Kitchen/Balcony
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Workspace (Unfinished)
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Bedroom (A bit dark, sorry)
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Pool View
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So back on the grind Sunday, and will begin posting updates after sessions then.

GL grinders, time for a big March!

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Old 03-03-2017, 02:20 AM   #29
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GOOD update! Looks good! Keep pics and update come friend!
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Old 03-03-2017, 09:19 AM   #30
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Absolutely love Thailand, GL with your progress.
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Old 03-03-2017, 09:05 PM   #31
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GOOD update! Looks good! Keep pics and update come friend!
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Absolutely love Thailand, GL with your progress.
Thanks guys! I will definitely be trying to keep this thread alive and interesting for the whole year this time.

I will be trying to get a little tester session in either this evening or tomorrow morning as it's been a while since I last played and don't want the Sunday grind to be my first time back.

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Found this pic of the four of us from Full Moon Party (that's me and my girl on the right and my two buddies from on the left):

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Old 03-09-2017, 01:07 AM   #32
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OK, took a little longer setting up than planned, but finally played a medium size session today after firing like 6 events yesterday. Made my first final table of the year, a 4th in a small 6max (my tags got wiped, but I have my database, so those will be fixed as we go and I run into players I had tagged already), but nevertheless it felt good and the hand I busted was pretty standard after the flop,so no big deal. Small loss for the day and skipped the $109 Battle Royale as my limits hadn't been raised from $55 yet, so that will be fixed by tomorrow. Will try to fire a bigger session tomorrow to end the week, then come back early in the morning Monday for the Sunday Grind.

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Old 03-10-2017, 09:23 AM   #33
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Short session again today, but another final table in the Big 3.30, ran 88 into 1010 with 17bbs, could have played it differently, but I'd say my line was the 2nd best choice and it's still unlucky. But a profitable day... back Sunday for a huge grind.

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Old 03-16-2017, 02:16 AM   #34
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03/16/2017

Games: 28
Cashes: 6
Final Tables: 0
Profit/Loss: -$299.20

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None

Questionable Hands

#1 - Call or Fold?

PokerStars - 1200/2400 Ante 240 NL - Holdem - 9 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

UTG+1: 19,299 (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 17)
Hero (MP): 105,458
MP+1: 102,047
MP+2: 30,464 (VPIP: 2.78, PFR: 2.94, 3Bet Preflop: 7.14, Hands: 37)
CO: 106,731 (VPIP: 26.15, PFR: 16.92, 3Bet Preflop: 4.00, Hands: 66)
BTN: 145,709 (VPIP: 36.00, PFR: 20.00, 3Bet Preflop: 8.33, Hands: 25)
SB: 329,886 (VPIP: 22.81, PFR: 15.79, 3Bet Preflop: 11.11, Hands: 58)
BB: 94,355 (VPIP: 13.95, PFR: 11.76, 3Bet Preflop: 8.57, Hands: 87)
UTG: 25,362 (VPIP: 12.50, PFR: 11.39, 3Bet Preflop: 9.38, Hands: 80)

9 players post ante of 240, SB posts SB 1,200, BB posts BB 2,400

Pre Flop: (pot: 5,760) Hero has 2 2

fold, fold, Hero raises to 5,136, fold, fold, CO calls 5,136, BTN calls 5,136, SB calls 3,936, BB calls 2,736

Flop: (27,840, 5 players) 8 2 4
SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets 11,694, CO calls 11,694, fold, fold, fold

Turn: (51,228, 2 players) J
Hero bets 27,664, CO calls 27,664

River: (106,556, 2 players) 6
Hero checks, CO bets 61,997 and is all-in

#2 - Standard river bet here or should I give up most of the time?

PokerStars - 250/500 Ante 50 NL - Holdem - 9 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BB: 17,060 (VPIP: 12.66, PFR: 9.09, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 79)
Hero (UTG): 10,661
UTG+1: 23,786 (VPIP: 50.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 12)
MP: 32,869 (VPIP: 33.33, PFR: 23.40, 3Bet Preflop: 15.38, Hands: 49)
MP+1: 12,142 (VPIP: 30.12, PFR: 15.85, 3Bet Preflop: 7.89, Hands: 83)
MP+2: 15,712 (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 1)
CO: 45,404 (VPIP: 17.44, PFR: 11.76, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 86)
BTN: 5,292 (VPIP: 18.18, PFR: 16.92, 3Bet Preflop: 3.70, Hands: 66)
SB: 12,004 (VPIP: 13.68, PFR: 9.47, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 96)

9 players post ante of 50, SB posts SB 250, BB posts BB 500

Pre Flop: (pot: 1,200) Hero has T J

Hero raises to 1,070, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, BB calls 570

Flop: (2,840, 2 players) 9 3 K
BB checks, Hero bets 1,194, BB calls 1,194

Turn: (5,228, 2 players) 4
BB checks, Hero checks

River: (5,228, 2 players) 7
BB checks, Hero bets 2,824, BB calls 2,824

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#3 - Fold river here?

PokerStars - 150/300 Ante 50 NL - Holdem - 9 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

CO: 285 (VPIP: 75.00, PFR: 62.50, 3Bet Preflop: 50.00, Hands: 8)
BTN: 9,099 (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 8)
SB: 6,727 (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 8)
BB: 24,824 (VPIP: 50.00, PFR: 37.50, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 8)
UTG: 23,950 (VPIP: 62.50, PFR: 12.50, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 8)
UTG+1: 23,520 (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 8)
Hero (MP): 8,977
MP+1: 3,951 (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 24)
MP+2: 9,325 (VPIP: 12.50, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 8)

9 players post ante of 50, SB posts SB 150, BB posts BB 300

Pre Flop: (pot: 900) Hero has Q A

UTG calls 300, fold, Hero raises to 747, fold, fold, CO calls 235 and is all-in, fold, SB calls 597, BB calls 447, UTG calls 447

Flop: (3,673, 5 players) 5 2 T
SB checks, BB checks, UTG checks, Hero bets 1,544, SB calls 1,544, fold, fold

Turn: (6,761, 3 players) J
SB checks, Hero checks

River: (6,761, 3 players) A
SB bets 4,386 and is all-in
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Old 03-19-2017, 02:32 AM   #35
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Re: satellite84's 2k17 Grind in Thailand

03/16/2017

Games: 27
Profit/Loss: -$292.17

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Nothing exciting today. Played very solid, but never got any stacks together really as I ran horrible. No big deal. Sunday grind tomorrow. I'm going to Singapore on the 29th and have 8 more sessions planned for the next 9 days before I leave. GL grinders!
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Old 03-19-2017, 04:59 AM   #36
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Re: satellite84's 2k17 Grind in Thailand

x flop aq for sure

river pbb fold as played yeah

gl today
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:16 AM   #37
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x flop aq for sure

river pbb fold as played yeah

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Thanks. Agreed on checking flop.

Bricked hard today. Running stupid mostly still, whatever.

Back at it tomorrow.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:02 AM   #38
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Had a short day today that turned out well. Played only 9 tourneys as I am thinking of adjusting my schedule tomorrow onward to play more through the day and not have to keep getting up so early in the morning. Grabbed a 1st place chop in the $11 6max that I final tabled a few days ago and my first decent profitable day this year.

Excited to chill the rest of the day and play around with the final schedule tomorrow and be able to sleep in a bit.

GL grinders!

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Old 03-21-2017, 09:56 PM   #39
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Update/New Goals

Things have slowly started to settle down in BKK. GF and I have both started to get comfortable here and finding a decent balance of hanging out and working. She is starting some correspondence courses in April as well as some other projects she's been working on. She's also planning most of our trips abroad while we're here: Singapore, Japan and Cambodia (just Anghor Wat, short trip) as well as the final two in-country stops of Hua Hin and Krabi/Phi Phi. So she's been busy with that plus taking up yoga and now I feel more comfortable to start grinding properly and getting in much more volume.

Taking away the planned vacation days and assuming I can follow the base schedule below (adding about 20 Off Peak/Early Peak events for Sundays) I think these are my goals for this trip:

#1: Get in 2000+ MTTs before July 12th (my flight home)
#2: Turn my $5000 bankroll into $15000 or more, so I have a nice roll for returning home to the peak time grind and it's higher variance
#3: Crush a full SCOOP-L with at least some SCOOP-M mixed in either via satellites or buying in
#4: Use this new schedule to get into the gym/pool before my sessions at least 3 days per week
#5: Eat out only twice per week when at home in BKK

That should be good, of course I also want to enjoy my travels and fully put poker out of my mind when not playing/studying.

So this week will be a test of the new schedule and so forth, but I'm confident it will work and when I return from Singapore, I'll be much more ready for an aggressive Second Quarter of 2017 grinding wise.

I've had basically three months of warm-ups and adjustments and traveling and with the First Quarter winding down at a fairly bad loss for my stake level, I'm finally feeling like it's going to turn around with 5 sessions left for a strong finish.

I will try to post each morning after my sessions with notable hands and lobby porn plus general thoughts on the session and anything else that's going on. And of course travel pics (we leave for Singapore March 29th).

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