Hi guys, i've been blogging since I started playing poker at a different site but there isn't a large amount of interaction that takes place there anymore. I looked around for another site that had better forums and I discovered here on 2p2 they have a section for blogging and here I am. I'm not sure if this falls more under blog or poker goals/challenges. I might end up making a PG&C at some point but for right now I will start with this here.
For those that do not know me
, I've been posting here on 2p2 for a long time now. I started in the micro stakes full ring forum and as I progressed up stakes I started moving up in forums. I've been a regular over in the high stakes PLO forums on here for a couple years now. Along the way I've won multiple prop bets here in BBV including playing 600k full ring hands in a month at NL, 50k hands in a day at NL and achieving SNE in 2.5 months playing PLO where I played 450k hands in a month. After I won the SNE prop bet I started playing less tables of HSPLO and went on a 700k upswing. I fell in love with raging and partying a bit too much and ended up losing most of that back. I lived in Chicago-San Diego- Vancouver- Sydney- and now back in Chicago along my poker journey.
I came back to the states
a year ago to cleanse myself from the rage life and rediscover myself poker wise. I started doing poker podcasts in February around the game of PLO that have been extremely popular among the high stakes crowd and also the small stakes/rec player crowd. I changed the format and started bring on guests from the PLO world after a few initial episodes and that is the current format I am doing. I also started doing a series with WCGRider who I have known since I started playing online. I also started a series called The Poker Life where I feature guests from outside of the PLO world. A thread in NVG was created about my podcasts and people have been giving me feedback and commenting about new episodes. The amount of positive feedback I have gotten has been amazing and was what I hoped for when I initially began. I've gotten a ton of messages from players that have began trying out the game of PLO because of my podcasts as well. When i started out doing these I hoped to spread the game of PLO out to more people and give PLO players something that they could watch as entertainment. I also wanted to give some of the regulars in the community a platform to get there names out there because I felt like I knew nothing about most of them. I could type about 10000 words pertaining to my podcasts but that is a basic summary of them so far. I've been putting out a bunch of content for people to enjoy at the WSOP and now I am trying to figure out a scheduling direction I would like to go for the future of those.
My PLO results
have been excellent so far this year. I found myself rededicated to the game and putting a majority of my mental focus back on poker and the results have come quickly. My primary games are 2-4 5-10 with some 10-20 on bovoda and other euro sites. I am currently living in Chicago so my options have been limited but that has not been a problem so far. I feel like doing the podcasts has helped me stay motivated to getting better and staying ahead of everyone else in terms of how hard I work at the game. My strongest ability has always been my work ethic and I'm glad I haven't lost that as I've gotten older. Once again I could write 10000 words on this as well but this is a basic summary of where I am with PLO.
I've had a girlfriend
for about a year now and I have to decide soon if we move out of the country together or I return to being single. This has been my first really serious girlfriend in my life as I've always been someone who never wanted to get serious with a girl and instead focus on poker. I've probably had 150 1-4 week relationships in the past 8 years, a few that were a bit more long term, but never ever anything serious to the point I am at now. Its a very big decision for me in my life and I am still very unsure what I should do. I feel I am near the peak of my life right now and a big part of me wants to embrace that being single but at the same time I am very much in love with her and she is one of the most sweetest and caring people I've ever let myself get close with. I am 29, she is 23, we are at very different points in our lives. She graduated college and is trying to figure out which direction to go in life. I am trying to figure out how to take over the world of pokertainment and conquer the high stakes world with a very clear idea of the plan of attack I need. She has no clear idea of anything right now. I am extremely hard working and motivated while she has nothing really to work hard at and doesn't know what to be motivated for. I am having a very hard time figuring this out and I feel like the best thing for me would to either be single or be with someone who can inspire and motivate me to be great. I could write 10000 words on this as well (no surprise lol) but this is a basic summary.
My new website
I mention in the heading is a work in progress that only exists in my mind right now. Ultimately I want it to be a website people can visit daily for a couple minutes of entertainment where I post different things pertaining to things i've done with my life around the world, poker achievements, the low points in my life, high points in my life, links to other great posts ive read, app of the day, youtube video of the day, poker hand of the day, etc etc etc it could be looked at as an enhanced blog of some sort but I want it to be more than just about me. I want it to be a site people can enjoy and look forward to coming to a couple times a week. Find inspiration and entertainment along the way and hopfully want them to be better at their own lives. Obviously this is a big project, not only in terms of putting it all together but putting myself out there to succeed or fail. I would also be sharing more about my life than i ever have before and that is still a bit scary of an idea. At some point I will end up doing this and I'm sure it will be a pretty big success but at this current moment in time my focus is on continued success with poker and podcasting while learning more about building a brand/business/however you want to look at it.
I wrote this OP
pretty quickly and if i made some spelling/grammar errors then those shall stay forever. As i said I can expand on these topics in a very great detail in many different ways and those expansions are the things I would be writing about one day on my website. If there is any interest from you guys I would love to share more.
I will leave you guys with a blog post I wrote today about working HARDER now with the long term in mind
I was watching a video yesterday and a person mentioned how most people that start a business only focus on the short term roi and completely neglect long term roi (return on investment). I've never really said it in that way but I talk about this idea in a different way often with my girlfriend. I talk about how if I work really really really hard now, it will pay off huge in the long term. I can say this confidently now because this is the exact approach I took when I started playing poker about 6 years ago. People who are friends with me on facebook or follow me on twitter saw a point in time where I constantly talked about partying or raging non stop. I had spent the previous 4 years playing poker 8-10 hours/day and thinking about poker 24 hours/day with the idea that if I worked hard enough now, eventually I would be in an extremely comfortable place and be able to take a break and live life. I probably went out to really drink less than 10 times in my life before this point of my life. I lived out the stage of my life that most people experience when they are 18-23 but I was able to do it all around the world and do whatever I wanted to do.
I may have taken it a bit overboard but the lesson I indirectly taught myself is something I am able to apply again now to my life. The idea that if you work extremely hard, harder than anyone else around you, right now....you will put yourself in a position to have an extreme level of success. Doing this does require sacrifice and that is something most people do not know how to do. I've had many poker friends over the years who only looked at the short term who are now unable to play anymore, wishing they worked harder when they had the chance. I think its hard for most people to have that outlook who haven't achieved any success with what they are going for. Most people tend to not have the self-confidence and belief that it can be done. I've started applying this to learning basketball, how to dance, and playing instruments in the past months but I probably wouldn't have been able to had I not had the success with poker. The confidence you get from knowing you can do something if you really put in the work is real. I wish I knew how I was able to instill this into others that I talk about it with but all I can advise to people is that if you have the belief in yourself, put in the time and you give yourself a greater chance success will come.
You can apply this to poker and you can also apply this to anything you are doing with life
I think I meant for this to be longer but I don't get motivated to write much like this so I wanted to take the opportunity to put something down while I did
in a year or two this blog will have turned into something amazing for everyone to enjoy