Grind on the Mind
Lately I have been playing a lot
of poker. Like an insane amount for me. Regularly playing 30 hours a week and actually doing quite well.
Unfortunatly I haven't been able to update this thread because I smashed my fist into my computer's keyboard during a starcraft 2 game where I got proxied (I suck) and broke my comp. Ordering another one soon.
Anyway, poker has been going quite well. Been doing pretty good at 2/5 which is all I play now and been playing wed/thurs/fri pretty much every week. Enjoying myself as well.
I can honestly say that I consider myself good at live poker now. I used to just coast, but I have been playing exceptional well the last 2 or 3 weeks. Folded kings preflop to a 4bet to 240 and just generally making more disciplined laydowns. As I have said so many times in this thread the challenges of live poker is not whether to call raise or fold, it's controlling your emotions and not making erroneous plays due to tilt/boredom/alcohol/ego etc.
I might get that tattooed
The 2/5 games at Mohegan and Foxwoods play looser than 1/2, yet they are much harder because there are legitimate good regs that are capable of 3betting light and owning me postflop.
For example- hand against a young regular who I see playing 2/5 at Foxwoods all the time. Had a few conversations with him, obvious 2+2er, may or may not play professionally, could potentially be in a similar situation to me, overall really solid player.
I'm SB hes in the HJ. Roughly 900ish eff stacks
He raises to 25 pre and I 3bet to 80 with A
Flop (160) Q
Hmm. This is a very bad board because it essentially lights up his calling range, my line is to c/f because he wont flat my 3bet with a small pocket pair because he knows his IO's arent that great vs me and he's not tilting or anything.
Hmm. He checks back the flop, this tells me he cannot have 1 pair beat right now. All his sets and QJ are going to bet this flop 100%.
Completes the rainbow. I can maybe rep a scared overpair or a set I was intending to check raise. I bet 100. He calls confirming he is not that strong because his sets absolutely pop the turn.
Completes the rainbow and now I'm sure my bet can get him to fold.
I fire 165. He thinks for about 20 seconds and calls with Q
These are the type of players you just don't encounter in 1/2. He just owned me that hand for a few hundred dollars. No big deal, although I was rather annoying when he told his friend behind him "flop top pair and call, just clicking buttons", 2p2ism I've said before so I can't really fault him. NBD, it's only money right? In order to be good at winning you have to be really really good at losing.
Let me pump my ego.
Here's a 2600$ stack I amassed at Foxwoods 2/5 on thursday night. Played till about 330 am.
Recent pokerjournal log -
Ego Ego Ego. Can be the downfall of so many people, not necessarily just pertaining to poker either. There are so many people I encounter at the poker table, as well as my daily life that would greatly benefit from having their ego downsized.
Not to say that I am completely humble, because I am not. I enjoy telling my friends that I regularly win and lose 1000's of dollars (when they ask), because it is simply incomprehensible. I have friends that have a slight clue about gambling/poker and then friends who go nuts at betting 10$ in a hand of blackjack and are convinced the house is cheating when the dealer makes a 6 card 21. Not to say having fun betting 10$ is looked down upon, just I have separate types of friends.
I am 21 years old. We get a bad rep for acting like know it alls. I know nothing. I know so relatively little about poker and life its almost sad. A lot of my friends in college who pursue "real world jobs" with massive college debt would not be so keen to admit that. Managing money is difficult, managing friendships and relationships with friends and my parents is even more difficult sometimes.
I was recently attending a friend's college in Rhode Island (I'm from CT), so I drove up there straight from Foxwoods on Friday night. Of course my drunk ass friend introduces me to all his friends as a "professional poker player". My mother cooks me dinner and buys me socks, I'm far from a professional. He just knows the money that circulates and it's obviously semi-interesting to him because your average person is looking for the cheapest roulette table in the casino. Losing 1k in a poker game would break every single one of my friends hearts for about a month. For me its Thursday.
There was a girl there whom I attended high school with. Late at night she was talking to my other friend about how she is getting into an internship for something and how she is great at managing money and knows all about return on investment, risk of ruin and equity management. I was just lol'ing at this bright eyed, pretty young girl who has literally no idea what the hell she is talking about. You can't learn to handle money by reading a book.
That sounds douchey but it's the type of logic that causes him to introduce me as a pro poker player.
It's awkward/annoying when my friends do this nonsense (I constantly tell them to not bring poker up around people), because
1. They have a story about their uncle who lost a fortune playing craps. So be careful.
2. Some random dbag wants to tell me about his quarter homegame in which his aces lost to 68 suited.
3. Girls think that your FOS and trying to impress them.
Not once has anything good from that statement. When I first started playing I thought telling girls your a professional would be so impressive, it's not.
I either tell girls I work for AT&T (I once did), or I'm taking a break from college. The general public (in the northeast at least) does not view poker in a positive light. Which is fine.
To me this is the biggest concern. I have no desire to go back to college. I absolutely hated it the second I stopped living there and couldn't party all the time with my friends. Those days are simply behind me. When I was 18-19 I was a complete maniac, drank 4 times a week, smoked a lot of weed, experimented with drugs a good amount. My grades were bad to average until I eventually decided to drop out and work full time for AT&T. Hated that job after a while, quit, and decided to pursue poker for now.
My future is the biggest thing I am concerned with at this point. The present is pretty awesome. I can guarantee my hourly playing poker (true hourly after gas/food etc) is significantly higher than my friends who work "real" jobs. I worked on a golf course where I had to get up at 4am to go blow leaves and use weed-whackers for 10$ an hour. To hell with that.
The problem is that they won't have a 4 year gap in their resume that they have to explain to potential employers.
I have met several people who claim to play poker for a living that are in the 25-30 range, I never have the balls to ask this but-
Are you still going to be grinding at 45 years old? 50? Probably not, so whats your plan?
Like I stated earlier. Right now I can do this without fear. 21, single, low cost of living, ambition for the game, mental toughness, drive.
That is going to wear off some day, I have no idea what I'll be doing 20 years from now. Hopefully I can back a horse or bink a tourney myself and then open a bar or something.
In all seriousness you would be ignorant to assume that poker money will be around for ever. The future will be interesting.
Haven't posted in a while, just wanted to put my thoughts into text. If anyone wants to follow me on twitter, I post random poker stuff sometime...