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Old 08-20-2011, 05:50 PM   #126
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Re: My somewhat different poker story (extremely tl;dr)

just caught up, really good read chuckbass.
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Old 08-20-2011, 06:12 PM   #127
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Old 08-20-2011, 06:58 PM   #128
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:26 PM   #129
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Ok I've got part 7 ready now. As a fore-warning this is probably the most boring part of the series, as I didn't do much interesting stuff in the autumn of 2008 and I tried to skip most of the things. My life gets derailed pretty badly from part 8 on so I promise this will get a lot more interesting.

It also took me twice as long as normal to write, I'm not really even hungover but I'm struggling to think clearly for some reason. So I apologize if there are more spelling errors than normal.

With that, here goes:
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:27 PM   #130
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Consider making parts in new threads.
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Really cool story bro.
Hope you dont have such gamblin/tilt problems anymore.
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:34 PM   #131
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Vol.7: The Rise Of Our Magazine, Finally Getting Better At Poker And Meeting Rebuy Roope


After returning home from Vegas I needed money quickly. From the $1000 I had, I left a couple of hundred for living expenses and deposited everything else. I grinded a bit of SNGs at first, just to make sure I wouldn't go broke. That would've been a nightmare. I played even $11s at first, then $22s and $33s. When my bankroll hit $3k, I started playing heads-up again from 0,50/1 and built it up from there. When I hit $10k, I dropped $5k playing online roulette. I grinded some more, took shots and failed, grinded some more, played roulette some more and failed. You're supposed to get almost 50-50 on roulette flips, but out of the 100+ 4- and 5-figure flips I've done, I've hit probably around three. I always bet on black, so if anyone's considering the career of a roulette pro, it seems red is the way to go.

The first issue of Pokerisivut came out in August. When I saw the magazine for the first time, my first reaction was "holy ****, this looks great". To make it clear, in case someone missed it: Pokerisivut (which means "poker pages" in Finnish) is one of the largest affiliate sites in Finland, and I believe my blog helped them grow substantially. And when they decided to start their own mag, it was simply called Pokerisivut.

The owners of the site and the magazine had only one goal; to make the greatest poker magazine that had even been published. I believe they lost a lot of money in the making, but that wasn't a problem for them. I'd be hugely surprised if a single issue of the magazine ended up anywhere near breakeven. In a country with 100 000 poker players and probably about 1000 professionals only, it's quite impossible to be profitable in the poker magazine business. Especially if you spent as much money on it as Pokerisivut did.

They hired the best photographers and graphic designers. Our main photographer, Samuli Karala, has taken shots for Vogue. Here's his portfolio: http://www.samulikarala.com/ He's also a joy to be around with, and loves getting drunk. I've had many fun nights out with him. This shot of Doyle Brunson (taken by Samuli) is pretty incredible in my opinion, it was the cover shot for our issue 3/09:


Picture of Doyle Brunson taken by Samuli Karala for Pokerisivut. The set of pictures was the portfolio of the week at L'Exposure.

I've shown our magazine to many pros when I've interviewed them, and every single one of them has been incredibly impressed with how our magazine looked like. I've heard of our other reporters doing the same thing, and the list of impressed people is long. Many extremely well-known pros literally gasped when they looked inside, and asked how on earth it's possible that by far the most stylish poker magazine they've ever seen is released only in Finland. And it's true, I own issues of at least 30 different poker magazines, and every time I go to a random country, I always buy any poker magazines they have. I don't even have to know the language, I just want to know how they look like. I can say with full confidence that I've never seen or read a poker magazine that would get anywhere near the quality of both the writing and the outlook of Pokerisivut. This includes all major magazines too, such as Bluff and CardPlayer.

The people behind Pokerisivut were people who had a perfect attitude for a project like this. They didn't care about money, they really wanted to achieve something artistically and do things differently. They were actors, movie producers and poker enthusiasts. People with pockets so deep that it wouldn't matter if the magazine profited or not. We also got a lot of funds from commercials. Ever since the first issue came out, every single poker site wanted to have an ad in our magazine. We did all kinds of special agreements with sites, for example PokerStars paid for mine and our photographer's entire PCA trip. Full Tilt invited our other reporter and Samuli to go to Vegas and paid for all the expenses in a five-star hotel, in return for an FTP special where we interviewed all of their name pros. Even Phil Ivey showed up for our story. It's a shame the magazine doesn't exist anymore, I think this could be a good time for FTP special vol.2.

I remember when we had one of our first meetings regarding the second issue of Pokerisivut. The board of directors were extremely unhappy with the first issue, because it wasn't stylish enough. They brought us the latest Esquire and GQ magazines. "This is what it should look like!". They wanted us to broaden our view, to add stuff from fashion to gadgets to balance the wall of texts known as strategy articles. In the second issue we did a story on The Dudesons, who I believe are known even in America these days. We had 8 pages of Vogue-level shots of them dressed up in the latest fashion. The magazine was always over 100 pages long, and the content was maybe 80% poker and 20% poker-related stuff.

Regarding writers, we had a long list of strategy article writers, and they for sure were the best out there. We had regular columns by LarsLuzak, Juha Helppi, Ziigmund, Jens KyllŲnen, myself, Phil Galfond and a couple of others. At some stage someone was asking for SNG material, and I recruited Fungahz, the guy who had taught me to play them.

It was, and still is, the best magazine I've ever read. It fills me with pride just to think that I was involved in doing it.

When the first issue was out, a launching party was held. A lot of Finnish celebrities were invited, but almost no poker players. They wanted to make it a glamour event, and they rented one of the most high-class places in Finland just for us. Reporters were invited, and it was notified in the press the next day. This was Pokerisivut's first and somewhat succesful attempt of making poker look more sexy in the eyes of ordinary people. For the first time in the Finnish, and possibly the entire world's poker media, poker players were shown as high-class individuals who got all the women, instead of geeks who're sitting alone at home making equity calculations in their underwear.


From the launching party of Pokerisivut magazine. From left: Me, Internationally known photographer Samuli Karala, editor-in-chief Tero Salonen, and famous Finnish singer TidjŠn.


I hadn't seen the magazine before the party, and I had no idea what they thought of my first piece. It turned out they loved it, and I was offered a full time job at the office. I'd write for Pokerisivut as my main project, but I'd also help with other magazines the company was publishing. I was making pretty good money playing, and it was clear my hourly rate won't be very good compared to it making Pokerisivut, but I accepted the offer. This is one of the very few good decisions I made during these years. I knew it was -ev, but this was my dream job. Back then I was 100 percent convinced that I'd become a hugely succesful poker pro, but I wanted to have a backup plan, and this was perfect. And it'd help me skip 5 years of university level studying if I wanted to become a journalist.

I worked 40 hours a week. For the first time in a while I actually had to wake up early. I wasn't used to having my alarm clock set at nine in the morning. On the plus side, my girlfriend worked the same hours. For the first month or two they taught me everything about making magazines, from then on I worked a lot from home, allowing me to grind more.

Around this time I also got heavily interested in studying poker. I renewed my CardRunners membership, and ordered a pile of poker books. I tried to read The Mathematics Of Poker, but I got stuck on page 20, not having a clue what they were talking about. I still don't. I enjoyed all the game theory parts in the book, and realised that understanding game theory was already one of my strong points. I eventually gave up trying to learn math, and started concentrating on what I was good at.

I found Phil Galfond's Well on 2+2. This was when I was slowly trying to learn 6-max. The heads-up games had started to die, and I was struggling to beat 2/4. It's funny, at the same time when I for the first time actively tried to get better, my results started to get worse. The games got tougher real quick. I remember fighting against a villain named UllaGull, from Russia. I had a super LAG style at the time, and my aggression helped me crush most of my opponents. But UllaGull was smart. He absolutely crushed me. I remember a hand of 2/4 where I bluffed 400BB's into him on a board of KT99T. He called down with K6 and I was furious. I made a blog post calling this guy a massive idiot. Looking at it now, I was the idiot who was mashing the "bet 3/4 pot" button thinking he'll fold at some stage when my representation sucks.

So yeah, Phil's Well. I'm not sure how I found it, I think it was via Google after typing "6-max poker strategy" or something like that. I had barely heard of Phil before. The moment I started reading his well, I fell in love with his writing. I learned so much from his posts, and I religiously went through every single post he had made on 2+2. He had a guest video on CardRunners, which I watched and loved too. I started to idolize Phil, and he's still my all-time poker hero. I got a lot better by just reading his Well over and over.

I wanted to get Phil to write for our magazine. I know it's a bit naive to think that Phil would want to write for a random Finnish mag, but I thought it was worth a shot. I tried getting a hold of Phil, but the closest I got the was the agent of his agent's agent or something. He was impossible to reach. Then I found out that he had written for Bluff magazine, and I contacted their editor. We came up with a prize for using the articles, got them translated and voilŠ - we had the best strategy articles in the world in our magazine that 99 percent of our readers had never read before. Phil was the only one whose articles weren't originally written for us, everyone else wrote on a monthly basis just for us. I especially enjoyed LarsLuzak's articles where he analyzed nosebleed hands played against Durrrr and Phil Ivey. They are some of the best pieces of strategy I've ever read, and if they got translated they'd be highly appreciated by basically anyone even in 2011.

During that autumn I watched videos at least an hour every day, worked 8 hours a day, and grinded for at least six. I didn't have much free time, but this was my time of evolving both as a writer and a poker player. I got drastically better at both. I can't recall how much I made in poker by the end of the year, but it was a lot of buy-ins from the 0,5/1-2/4 games I played. I got about $3k per month of rakeback alone, as I was a big multi-tabler. If only I hadn't wasted most of my winnings taking shots up to 50/100 and roulette, I would've been a rich man by christmas. I don't think I ever had more than $20k during that year thanks all the stupid gambling I did, but I was doing well anyway.

The first time I met a lot of other poker players since the Pokerisivut party was a trip to Unibet Open Campione. I think I just randomly decided to go. BAP was going, as were a lot of other Finnish people. Campione is a small town in the Swiss/Italian border, with not much to do but get drunk and play poker.

I busted the 1650€ Main Event on the fifth level. It was the same old story; I 4-bet bluff shoved 55 into an aggressive 3-bettor and ran into his queens. It took me many years to get better at evaluating people's 3-betting frequencies and game flow, and it sure cost me a lot of tournament buy-ins. I was one of the first Finnish people out of the tournament, and went straight to the bar.


Taken at the Unibet Open Campione 2008 Main Event, this is the first pic ever taken of me playing poker.


The first guy I spoke to after getting knocked out was a pale, short Finnish kid who looked like a 12-year old. I asked if he'd been knocked out too, and he said he wasn't playing. I asked why he was there if not for the tournament, and he said he had randomly decided to travel to play some cash. We decided to get some food and wine, and went to one of the few restaurants in this ghost town. We ended up doing 100€ coinflips while we waited for the food. I lost every single one of them, for more than 2000€. 20 flips in a row and I had lost all the cash I had on me to him. I bragged that I didn't mind, and gave the impression that I was a highroller (when I probably had just lost 20 percent of my life roll). He hadn't said anything about his games at all, and I thought he was some random 0,25/0,50 player. It turned out he was a high stakes PLO player, and his blog was about the second most read poker blog in Finland. He's nowadays known as Rebuy Roope and plays nosebleed PLO on Stars.

Soon after the Campione trip I suggested the Pokerisivut editor that I'd start a gonzo-style series on every issue, in the spirit of Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. I'd go to a random country to play some poker, preferably a live tournament, and I'd take some pictures myself. They thought it was a great idea, and my first trip was to South Korea for the APPT. Greg Raymer and ElkY were there, but apart from them it was full of nobodies.

I had been drinking the night before my flight with my friends, and I had accidentally torn my passport. I hadn't been to many non-European countries before, and I didn't think it'd matter. The guy at the check-in desk said that there's no way they'd let me in Korea with my torn passport. I missed my flight waiting for a new passport, and took the next plane. As a result I also missed the tournament, and the story ended up being just a travel story. The money I had saved up for the $2500 buy-in I wasted on roulette.

Seoul was an awesome city. I hadn't traveled to Northern Asia before, and I was stunned by their culture, women and food. Korean food is still one of my favourites. I could write a lot about Seoul, but this isn't the time and place for it. All I'm saying is that I'm trying to find time to go back.

This is what the story ended up looking like:



It was voted the #1 story in the issue in the polls, and it became clear I'd now be traveling every two months to come up with a new traveling story for each issue. My gonzo format resulted in me traveling to four different continents and at least 12 different countries just for the stories. It eventually also scored me a sponsorship deal worth $70k.

If only I had known that the sponsorship I took from TowerGaming would ruin my life.


P.S. I'd like you to take a look at these pictures of Ziigmund taken for our mag, just to get a picture of how much effort was made to be the best poker magazine out there: http://www.samulikarala.com/poker-faces/ilari-sahamies/

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Old 08-20-2011, 08:36 PM   #132
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This ****ing chuck bass great poker player, incredible writer, and he is good looking on top of that. Life is so unfair. LOL. Bring the next installment this is the best **** ever
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:25 PM   #133
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Just won a sng reading part 7. Think ill sign up for a MTT as soon as part 8 comes out :P

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Old 08-20-2011, 09:37 PM   #134
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(press "next" for the truly awesome pictures, they were all published in one piece we did on him that was like 15 pages)
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:51 PM   #135
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great read chuck, enjoying it.

also, Don't want to fuel a bad habit but 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,18,21,22,23,28,35 only in a casino though. Online casinos are rigged. I'm up a good bit lifetime in roulette
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:48 PM   #136
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(press "next" for the truly awesome pictures, they were all published in one piece we did on him that was like 15 pages)
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Old 08-20-2011, 11:30 PM   #137
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Old 08-21-2011, 12:06 AM   #139
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Cant believe i read so much after returning back home drunk at 6am. So sick i had to post. Wished i have done even 1/4 of these. Keep em coming, feels like waiting for the new episode of ur favorite tv show just after watching the last available.
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Dear Mr. Bass:

Moar please.

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That trip would destroy my liver. EPT Barca right after?
You mean EMOP? 50/50 to go there, at worst I'm assuming youre coming to EPT Prague, which should be great
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Dont stop writing, ive been spamming f5 for 2 days already!
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Bah I missed regging to euro saturday majors by 5 minutes so I think I'm gonna skip my session and write part 7 instead

Thanks everyone for the feedback, it's very encougaring and keeps me writing. I didn't really know what to expect from this thread, given the first replies I thought this was gonna be an epic fail. I'm not that comfortable with my English writing skills and I've never been officially taught to write at all so I didn't know if I'd be able to write well enough... so I'm glad people are diggin' it.

Pocketbirdo, congrats on your score! I'm happy I could help.

The link to my blog is in my personal details page, but I only just started it (the English version that is), so there are only a couple of entries that aren't posted itt.
OP this is one of the best BBV threads I've read and if you didn't say, I doubt anyone would have guessed that English isn't your first language.
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Can't wait for the next part. Great stuff OP
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I'm so glad there are so many terrible threads, it makes these all the more worth the wait.

Great story so far OP (upto Vol. 3).

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