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View Poll Results: SO WHAT DO YOU THINK IS A REALISTIC ANNUAL EARNING OF AN "A" PLAYER GRINDING $1/$2NLHE?
LESS THAN $22K 251 12.61%
$22K TO $28K 319 16.03%
$28K TO $34K 343 17.24%
$34K TO $40K 329 16.53%
$40K TO $46K 185 9.30%
MORE THAN $46K 563 28.29%
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:45 AM   #51
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Re: MY $40k CHALLENGE in 2013, @ INDIANA HORSESHOE GRINDING $1/$2nlhe!

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player known as "AllState" in the poker room. He is a weekend gambler who likes to throw money around. He bluffs more than a fat kid eats cake, and plays every hand unless he is paying for his beer. He is great for the game, and also a truly a nice fellow. In the game, I been watching him the last 3 hours play more wreckless than Lindsay Lohan after an 8 ball.
I would pay $20 to sit at his table.

Hey do you know the rake on the Midwest Poker Championships in March? You said the dailys are pretty bad, and was wondering about this event. It doesn't have any info on the tourney sheet, and none of the pit bosses could give me an answer. Thank you
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:07 AM   #52
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Hey do you know the rake on the Midwest Poker Championships in March? You said the dailys are pretty bad, and was wondering about this event. It doesn't have any info on the tourney sheet, and none of the pit bosses could give me an answer. Thank you
· $250 Buy In ($225 Prize Pool - $20 Registration Fee - $5 Staffing Fee) 90 % payback
o Even if you add the $20 Add-On in to the mix, you are still getting back $225 out of $270 (83% return)!
· $150 Buy In ($130 PP - $15 RF - $5 SF) 87% payback
· $760 Main Event ($700 PP - $50 RF - $10 SF) 92% payback

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Old 01-22-2013, 12:54 PM   #53
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Re: MY $40k CHALLENGE in 2013, @ INDIANA HORSESHOE GRINDING $1/$2nlhe!

This week has been donuts, bagels, zilch. $0! My 2yr old is sick, so I been at home with her this week. My lady and I alternate when stuff like this comes up, and now its my turn. Hopefully tomorrow she will be well enough to go back to daycare. Hey it's life, this stuff happens, no biggie. This is where I really do miss playing online. When she's napping, I could b multitabling. Well, I'll just have to log more hours in the days/wks ahead, no sweat. #familyman
btw-If i was to set the over/under on online play in Indiana, i'm thinking March 27, 2015. Whatcha think? Which side would u take?

So far 15 sessions, won 9 lost 4, and 1 break even. Biggest win $749, Biggest loss $800. Not happy with these results. Need to somehow manage the losses better.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:20 PM   #54
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I always told people the “poker lows” hurt more than the “highs” feel good.
subscribed. sounds good. GD LUCK. I personally think the odds are against you. $30k gets my vote.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:18 PM   #55
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My bet should also be large enough for LB to fold. I must admit I was a little worried about LB, just because he called in early position from the jump, so he definitely has a hand.
About this hand. I like how you played it. Only thing I would of done dif is flat the $100 raise from the straddle and play it more cautiously. I'm a bit of a nit, so I like to see the flop before a large bet.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:30 AM   #56
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btw-If i was to set the over/under on online play in Indiana, i'm thinking March 27, 2015. Whatcha think? Which side would u take?
over. May 2016
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:58 PM   #57
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This week has been donuts, bagels, zilch. $0!
So far 15 sessions, won 9 lost 4, and 1 break even. Biggest win $749, Biggest loss $800. Not happy with these results. Need to somehow manage the losses better.
Does your wife know this? If so, what does she say?
(BTW, i'm subscribed and have read everything thus far)
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:45 PM   #58
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Re: MY $40k CHALLENGE in 2013, @ INDIANA HORSESHOE GRINDING $1/$2nlhe!

I just asked her this question- and she says she doesnt care, we have separate accounts. Thats awesome!
thanks for subscribe
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:30 PM   #59
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Need to win $589 over the next few days to put me in the $3ks for the month. If I wouldnt of played a certain 2 hands like a moron this month, then I'd already have surpassed 3k. The 2 hands in questions are: one hand i put my opponent on JJ when it shd of been more logical for me to put him on AA, or KK. I had QQs and lose a big one. The 2nd hand I tried set a trap and got "Johnny ReTrapped" by a bigger hand that cost me another big loss. Lesson learned here: play every hand the best I can possibly play it, stay focused, and make wise decisions.
Behind the 8ball (not literally -no cocaine in front of me, or pool ball. Just figuratively speaking) in this challenge thus far.
Hope everyone shredds it this week at the tables
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:18 AM   #60
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Everyone plays hands bad on occasion. It's how u recover and learn from it. Everyday is a learning lesson. You seem like you are a good student of the game! Keep learning, and go get em. Very gd thread u have going.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:32 PM   #61
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At least you got off to a decent start. You have 11 months to make up some ground. Looking forward to seeing your 1st month stats.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:05 PM   #62
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Subscribed! Good thread I look forward to seeing how you do. I can relate seeing as I also have a 2 yr old and 9 yr old and will be grinding the 1-2 game as well Good Luck!
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:58 PM   #63
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Re: MY $40k CHALLENGE in 2013, @ INDIANA HORSESHOE GRINDING $1/$2nlhe!

End of Month Review - Towards the end of the month it felt that I was forcing it a bit knowing I needed to b around $3500 to stay on track for this challenge. Needless to say, I came up way short. To make up for this, I must play more hours next month!! This month I had just 107 hrs (below avg). I am playing my first tournament of 2013 next month-CPC event 1 $350nlhe ($1mil guarantee). Some run good wd b nice.

End of month results: cash games 107hrs @ $21 = $2247 running total
$0 (of the $5k) invested in tournaments. (My 1st tourney is feb 24th)

I had to stay at the home front a little more this month due to a lot of family sickness. This took some hours away from work. So in order to keep an avg of at least 30hrs/wk (per challenge requirements), I will have to log at least 135hrs in Feb. It is my plan to stick to ALL the guidelines I set in place on page 1. A Quick Review of those guidelines are: 1) play only 1/2 & 1/ 3nlhe ONLY all year. 2) buyin for $300-$800 each session 3) invest UP to $5k in tourneys. Tournaments will b tallied separately and added/deducted to the cash game totals at the end of year. 4) play an avg of 30hrs/wk.
Objective- To make $40k in 2013 under the guidelines set for myself.
Special thanks this month to all the subscribers, twitter followers, and friends. Ur support gives me motivation, determination, and drive.
Thanks RayzRayl
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:08 AM   #64
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Good luck in month 2, see ya at the tables!
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:42 PM   #65
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I second what bvggocats said. I see a good February coming your way. Can you stake me in the WSOP main event tournament if u get top 5 in CPC? I'm a good sweat if you make final table, and I will only charge $10k. Lol
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:35 PM   #66
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Can you stake me in the WSOP main event tournament if u get top 5 in CPC? I'm a good sweat if you make final table, and I will only charge $10k. Lol
I never have backed anyone before. If their is a CPC tournament on Feb.30th, then Ill back you for sure no matter the buyn. 55-45% w/makeup

This is how I felt after I got "Johnny Retrapped" last month with my QQ vs. KK (pg4)... http://t.co/pyBEhrR2
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:02 AM   #67
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I never have backed anyone before. If their is a CPC tournament on Feb.30th, then Ill back you for sure no matter the buyn. 55-45% w/makeup
Feb 30th? You too funny
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:57 AM   #68
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GL OP looks like I might be at CPC so maybe I'll see ya there.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:27 PM   #69
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@bmess gd luck to u. Say what's up if u c me.

I won $495 today, but it should of been $800. The 3% got there, and it was gross! After the bad beat I tried not to blush, but I could feel my face get warmer by the second. I always try to shrug off the beats and not show emotion. But this one was nasty! I ran the #s on my poker calc just to see how painful it was. When the money went in on the flop I was 97%! Since I said I wouldn't write about bad beats on here, I won't discuss the hand. Lets just say he needed runner runner. #sigh
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:18 AM   #70
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Any advice on how you discuss your profession with the people close to you? My parents and fiancé just don't get it. I have a baby on the way, and I'm already getting grief from both. They think I spend to much time at the casino. I have a job, I pay my bills, so what's the big deal? Good luck in February
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:54 AM   #71
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Really villain and stack size dependent but I might 4bet a small amount with QQ at 1/2. If villain 5bets you can get away easy if your 4 bet is small enough.
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:55 AM   #72
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Hopefully you get bored and move up in steaks.

But the thing to consider is you get hit by a giant rake stick at 1/2 and 1/3 and it lessens as you go up.

I don't really enjoy giving my money to the Man.

But yeah it is smarter to make money from other stuff and just play poker for fun or side income in the rare event you can beat the games.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:33 AM   #73
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Any advice on how you discuss your profession with the people close to you? My parents and fiancé just don't get it. I have a baby on the way, and I'm already getting grief from both. They think I spend to much time at the casino. I have a job, I pay my bills, so what's the big deal? Good luck in February
They may never get it. I have been playing for 10 years, and my family is just now starting to understand/get it. If you're a winning player, then maybe try to explain it by comparing it to the stock market. Tell them that their will be ups and downs just like the stock market, but long term the graph trends upwards. I think if you show them proof (graphs,stats,etc) that you are a winning player then maybe they lighten up a bit. If you are losing player, then I can def see their gripe. Congrats on the "father to be". Being a father will change your life!! There is nothing like it. If I could describe it in one word, it would be-"Spiritual".

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Hopefully you get bored and move up in steaks. But the thing to consider is you get hit by a giant rake stick at 1/2 and 1/3 and it lessens as you go up. I don't really enjoy giving my money to the Man.
I cant move up in steaks this year because this challenge is really important to me. I really what to see what I can earn playing these limits all year. With just 2 months in, I have already noticed this challenge has helped tremendously with my discipline. It is propelling me to play every hand perfectly. I'm not making any loose calls, I'm paying more attention to detail, and playing the math/odds as close to perfect as possible. This challenge is facilitating me stay engaged and focused every hand. I am just trying to be the best, and the challenge aids me in that journey. There's a reason for everything...
Next year I will most likely play higher, and you make a great point on the rake. I am no fan of "The Man" either.

Today Update: 10hr sesh today, $139. Below hourly, but happy with my play. I was card dead pretty much all day. 0 for 14 on flopping sets w my pp. It was a tough and tight table. Even though it was just $139, I think today was the best I have played all year. I cant think of anything I would of done differently.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:11 AM   #74
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op **** you for ruining lifes greatest mystery....
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:28 AM   #75
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op **** you for ruining lifes greatest mystery....
I'm new to this, so I had to look up what op meant. Thanks for teaching me something new. I found out it meant original poster, and now I feel like I moved up from rookie/virgin status to mayb a sophomore. Thanks Teacher
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