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Old 01-04-2013, 12:22 PM   #576
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1. Improve Health: After the holidays I'll probably clock in at around 230. I'd like to get under 200 this year. More importantly though, I just want to be healthy. That means getting back on my before-Christmas eating habits and figuring out a work-out plan that I can maintain. The eating plan is pretty much in place, I just have to start up again. I also have a good idea of what I will do for working out, so its really all in place, I just need to do it. How I will measure this is as follows. For the diet part, keep it to one cheat meal per week. And for exercise, a minimum of 3 times per week.




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So it looks like I'll be busy, but I'm exited to get back at it. I'll have more updates soon.

I hope everyone had a great holiday season, and even though its the 3rd, Happy New Year!
check out the health and fitness forum. lots of good info
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:47 PM   #577
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:18 PM   #578
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I'm a huge Harry Potter nerd so I'll try to find some other stuff in that genre as well as anything else that seems interesting. I'm up for suggestions if anyone has any.
Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind (If you ever saw the tv show, Legend of the Seeker, it was based on the books, but took a lot of liberties with the story).

My wife is a huge potter nerd and really enjoyed the Dresden Files (long series, think a new one just came out?) and has been doing the Sword of Truth audio books (LONG books).

You might use audiobooks while you exercise or something to help the transition back into reading.
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:21 PM   #579
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Good stuff man! Nice to see you have some solid goals in mind.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:10 PM   #580
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Join lifetime athletic and you will never want to leave the gym! The gym is amazing.
Yea I've heard a lot about that place from Squid and another V reg. It sounds awesome but for what my goals are I'm not looking to spend 140/mo on a gym membership.

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I've really enjoyed reading your thread here...very nice work. You are 10x the player I'll ever be, but one thing that I have a firm grasp on is...well, me. All that stuff about emotional control, learning about how you think, and how to fix it when you're not thinking along the lines you know you should, etc. is, IMO, maybe even more important than the technical aspects of the game (I know it's very close obv). After all, we all know somebody who, in their right mind, crushes, but either they have terrible tilt issues, or pit leaks, etc. and it matters not what your a-game bb/100 is if you blast off 30bi at the craps table once a month or whatever. I am at least as impressed to be reading about how you devote active work to this aspect of your lie as a player as I am at your actual poker playing.

I'm coming out there 2/4 - 2/12 and will be playing 2/5 at the V, and possibly taking a 5/10 shot or two at the B. I'm old and, um...old (45) but I'd love to shake your hand and buy you a drink at some point.

Keep it up.
Thanks man. Mental fitness is extremely important imo. You still need the technical aspects first, but once everyone knows basic strategy and adjustments, a ton of the edge comes from the mental game.

I'd be glad to me meet up with you, send me a PM when you're in town and we'll figure something out.

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Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind (If you ever saw the tv show, Legend of the Seeker, it was based on the books, but took a lot of liberties with the story).

My wife is a huge potter nerd and really enjoyed the Dresden Files (long series, think a new one just came out?) and has been doing the Sword of Truth audio books (LONG books).

You might use audiobooks while you exercise or something to help the transition back into reading.
Thanks, I'll check these out. I don't mind long series at all because once I get going I get through books pretty fast. I often end up wishing certain books/series are longer.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:09 PM   #581
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Yea I've heard a lot about that place from Squid and another V reg. It sounds awesome but for what my goals are I'm not looking to spend 140/mo on a gym membership.


Dude, why don't you come to LVAC with me? I can get you some passes so you can check it out before you commit to the $20/month. That's only 2 BB to you siiiiir.

Serious though, give it a shot.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:21 PM   #582
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Books: Just snag a kindle if you dont have one. I am on a zombie book kick right now and they are endless availble there. I second the Jim Butcher recommendations as well.

Good luck in your poker career. I have played with you before at Aria and I am sure you will be fine at 5/10.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:43 PM   #583
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24 hr fitness on wigwam and pecos has a bball gym. some pretty good run there if you like bball. obv have weights etc as well. not as big or as crowded as lvac.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:20 PM   #584
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Dude, why don't you come to LVAC with me? I can get you some passes so you can check it out before you commit to the $20/month. That's only 2 BB to you siiiiir.

Serious though, give it a shot.
Yea I was gonna come with you guys when you came out to the summerlin one but I left town before you went. The only thing is you mentioned they don't have bball courts and thats the main reason I would join a place. I'd still be down to check it out sometime.

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24 hr fitness on wigwam and pecos has a bball gym. some pretty good run there if you like bball. obv have weights etc as well. not as big or as crowded as lvac.
Nice, as mentioned above I'd like to find some regular pick up games so thats good to hear.

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Books: Just snag a kindle if you dont have one. I am on a zombie book kick right now and they are endless availble there. I second the Jim Butcher recommendations as well.

Good luck in your poker career. I have played with you before at Aria and I am sure you will be fine at 5/10.
Thanks man.

I just picked up the first book of the Dresden Files at the library. Got my library card and everything.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:33 PM   #585
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Try Tim Powers - I'd start with "Last Call" - a fantasy where the hero is a poker player who get's sucked into a "live or die" poker game played with tarot cards. A lot of twisted LV history included.

If you like that, I'd try either "Anubis Gates", "The Stress of Her Regard", or "On Stranger Tides" (they made the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie loosely based on that one).

One of my favorite current writers (others being William Gibson, Neil Gaiman, Lucious Shepherd).
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:01 PM   #586
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In terms of working out, I find it much easier to do it first thing in the morning. This way you get it out of your way and nothing will derail you. (ie. Game is juicy, so you play longer. Or invitation to grab drinks from hot dealer)



Also, make sure you have precise goals. Will work out more or be healthier is too generic. Set both a goal and a time. ie) When I started my regime July of 2012, my goal is to hit 12% body fat by June 30, 2013. A realistic goal is to shed about 0.5% of body fat every 2 weeks.

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1) Fun Reading
a) Not Taco Bell Material by Adam Carolla
b) Heat by Bill Buford

2) Books that make you think
a) Justice by Michael Sandel
b) Revenge of Geography by Robert Kaplan
c) $20 per Gallon by Chris Steiner

Also, subscribe to The Economist, just do the digital copy and they will read it to you word for word on the iphone via the app.

And same as the gym, set aside time each week/day to read, that's the only way you will get any reading done.

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Old 01-06-2013, 08:31 PM   #587
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Dude, why don't you come to LVAC with me? I can get you some passes so you can check it out before you commit to the $20/month. That's only 2 BB to you siiiiir.

Serious though, give it a shot.
Confirmed Katana knows how to work a man out.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:28 PM   #588
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Starberry, what app is that? I like the look of it
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:13 PM   #589
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Starberry, what app is that? I like the look of it
The Econmist app.

Just login with your subscriber ID....

whenever a new issue comes out, you download it to your phone/ipad...and you can also choose to download the audio version.
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I think he meant the workout app you included a screenshot of.
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I think he meant the workout app you included a screenshot of.
Ya I did although I have the economist app and like it
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Ohh.... that's the App from my gym Equinox (http://www.equinox.com/)

It keeps track of what I do automatically every time I sign-in to work-out or/see trainer/go to class.

For non-gym linked ones, Fitocracy is good for keeping track/motivation & Fitness Buddy is good for videos/routines.

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Old 01-07-2013, 02:24 AM   #593
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Hit up 5/10 at the B yesterday. It did not go well. Lost nearly as much as I did when I had my first big loss at 5/10 before Christmas, putting me now even since moving up to 5/10. I was much happier with this session than with that one though. A bit over half of the loss came from a set over set confrontation. The rest of it was just in normal spots. There were a few other hands that I wasn't 100% on, but I don't think I made any big/clear mistakes. A friend of mine from high school who has an Air Force tdy in Vegas texted me to get some dinner so I booked my session early, which after losing 3 big pots in less than an orbit I was certainly fine with.

Unfortunately that left me with not enough cash for a day of 5/10. I had enough for 1 initial buy-in but not to reload and since today was Sunday I couldn't get into my safety deposit box at the bank. So instead of playing 5/10 on one bullet I decided to hit up the V for some 2/5.

My session went pretty well, booked a solid win. There were a couple small things I wasn't happy with, but overall I played well. I felt really comfortable in the game, which was a nice confidence boost because at most of my 5/10 sessions I have not been all that comfortable. I remember feeling the same discomfort/lost feelings that I've had at 5/10 when I first was playing 2/5, so I'm thinking that eventually it will just wear off as I get a better grasp on the game. It was definitely nice to see a table of mostly fish and an occasional good player rather than the other way around.

In hindsight it might have been a blessing in disguise the way things turned out because going back to 2/5 for today got me back some much-needed confidence. I think it will make me less results oriented at 5/10 because I know that if I lose my shot money there is a game I know I can beat to build back up.
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Hey guys, after taking off Monday for the National Championship (gg Alabama), yesterday I again hit the B for some 5/10. I again ran into the situation where the must move was decent, but once I got to the main game it was just a waste of time as all that was left was a bunch of competent to very good regulars. So I headed over to the Venetian to play 2/5 since I can't just play 2 hours every day. Played a few hours there and ran pretty bad and made one questionable river call. I felt pretty good about both sessions despite losing overall.

Today, on a friends recommendation, I checked out the Aria's 5/10. It was similar to the Bellagio situation where the must move is good and the main game is mostly regulars. However, at least today, the must move was much better than any game I've sat at in the Bellagio, and the main game was not as bad as some of the main's I've encountered at the B. I ended up playing about 3.5 hours because of how slow the turnover was for the main game, which was fine with me as the must move was a great game. I ran fairly hot, but most importantly played my best 5/10 session so far. It wasn't my biggest win, but I felt more comfortable and clear-headed than in any other session. Unfortunately the main game was pretty horrible so I booked it early. I decided not to play 2/5 and just be done for the day. I haven't gotten many hours in since coming back from my break. I think it will take a little while to get back into the swing of things, so I'm alright with knowing this will probably be a bit of short month hours-wise.

I know one session is a small sample size, but judging by the games I saw today as opposed to at the B, I think I might make Aria my default place to play 5/10 instead of the B, at least until the deepstack starts up at the V in February. Another advantage to this is being able to play 200bb 2/5 games without switching casinos while also being able to keep tabs on 5/10 action.
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Hey guys, after taking off Monday for the National Championship (gg Alabama), yesterday I again hit the B for some 5/10. I again ran into the situation where the must move was decent, but once I got to the main game it was just a waste of time as all that was left was a bunch of competent to very good regulars. So I headed over to the Venetian to play 2/5 since I can't just play 2 hours every day. Played a few hours there and ran pretty bad and made one questionable river call. I felt pretty good about both sessions despite losing overall.

Today, on a friends recommendation, I checked out the Aria's 5/10. It was similar to the Bellagio situation where the must move is good and the main game is mostly regulars. However, at least today, the must move was much better than any game I've sat at in the Bellagio, and the main game was not as bad as some of the main's I've encountered at the B. I ended up playing about 3.5 hours because of how slow the turnover was for the main game, which was fine with me as the must move was a great game. I ran fairly hot, but most importantly played my best 5/10 session so far. It wasn't my biggest win, but I felt more comfortable and clear-headed than in any other session. Unfortunately the main game was pretty horrible so I booked it early. I decided not to play 2/5 and just be done for the day. I haven't gotten many hours in since coming back from my break. I think it will take a little while to get back into the swing of things, so I'm alright with knowing this will probably be a bit of short month hours-wise.

I know one session is a small sample size, but judging by the games I saw today as opposed to at the B, I think I might make Aria my default place to play 5/10 instead of the B, at least until the deepstack starts up at the V in February. Another advantage to this is being able to play 200bb 2/5 games without switching casinos while also being able to keep tabs on 5/10 action.
The Aria 5/10 is capped @ 3k right? How much are you buying in for?

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The Aria 5/10 is capped @ 3k right? How much are you buying in for?

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Yea 3k cap. Well at the B I had started buying in for the max of 1500, but I ended up getting myself into lots of sticky situations against some good players that I hadn't played against much. So lately I've been using the Limon method for my initial buy in. If I don't see a fish at the table I buy in for 70bb until I find out who the fish are and cover them. Once I get to know the player pool I'll be able to buy in deep right away because I'll know who I want to cover. For right now though it makes no sense to buy in deep against the good regs unless it is to cover a fish.

Yesterday this actually got one of the regs to play horribly against me. I started a must move game and on the very first hand picked up JJ in the sb. An unknown who I would later realize is a reg opened to 40, folded to me and I 3bet to 140. He asks how much I started with, I say 700, he calls. Flop J94r, goes check-check. Turn 7, I bet 180, he ships, I call. I win and he tells me the turn was a bad card for him because he had 79. Now I don't care how good he is post flop, theres no chance calling there is profitable. Obviously I got lucky to cooler him here (and I probably stack him if I started deeper) but it just shows how even a player thats good with deep stacks will make mistakes against short/medium stacks. The deeper I am the less bad his call becomes, and at some point becomes profitable because he has position and will be able to make it hard for me on a lot of boards. But with my medium-short stack I have a huge edge because mathematically he can't call but so many of these guys are gonna tell themselves that their superior skills will make up for it.

So I'll continue this strategy until I see a reason to do otherwise, but if I know no one, or the only people I know are good, I see no reason to buy in deep. Sorry for long post to short question, I just knew I would have to explain if I just said, oh I've been buying in for 700.
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Yea 3k cap. Well at the B I had started buying in for the max of 1500, but I ended up getting myself into lots of sticky situations against some good players that I hadn't played against much. So lately I've been using the Limon method for my initial buy in. If I don't see a fish at the table I buy in for 70bb until I find out who the fish are and cover them. Once I get to know the player pool I'll be able to buy in deep right away because I'll know who I want to cover. For right now though it makes no sense to buy in deep against the good regs unless it is to cover a fish.

Yesterday this actually got one of the regs to play horribly against me. I started a must move game and on the very first hand picked up JJ in the sb. An unknown who I would later realize is a reg opened to 40, folded to me and I 3bet to 140. He asks how much I started with, I say 700, he calls. Flop J94r, goes check-check. Turn 7, I bet 180, he ships, I call. I win and he tells me the turn was a bad card for him because he had 79. Now I don't care how good he is post flop, theres no chance calling there is profitable. Obviously I got lucky to cooler him here (and I probably stack him if I started deeper) but it just shows how even a player thats good with deep stacks will make mistakes against short/medium stacks. The deeper I am the less bad his call becomes, and at some point becomes profitable because he has position and will be able to make it hard for me on a lot of boards. But with my medium-short stack I have a huge edge because mathematically he can't call but so many of these guys are gonna tell themselves that their superior skills will make up for it.

So I'll continue this strategy until I see a reason to do otherwise, but if I know no one, or the only people I know are good, I see no reason to buy in deep. Sorry for long post to short question, I just knew I would have to explain if I just said, oh I've been buying in for 700.
Thanks for the super thorough and thoughtful response.

The buy-in question is something that has been bothering me recently as I am starting to play 5-10. (to LVL readers, nope, not a pro, just a profitable 2-5 recreational player who has $ to burn b/c of working in finance.) At 1-2 and 2-5 I love identifying the guy playing with money he can't really afford to lose and punishing the guy with my big stack. However, I notice there aren't many of those at 5-10 and I am thinking about how to play differently.

Even though normally I am a proponent for buying in deep, I shall give the Limon strategy a try next time.

Thanks!

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Thanks for the super thorough and thoughtful response.

The buy-in question is something that has been bothering me recently as I am starting to play 5-10. (to LVL readers, nope, not a pro, just a profitable 2-5 recreational player who has $ to burn b/c of working in finance.) At 1-2 and 2-5 I love identifying the guy playing with money he can't really afford to lose and punishing the guy with my big stack. However, I notice there aren't many of those at 5-10 and I am thinking about how to play differently.

Even though normally I am a proponent for buying in deep, I shall give the Limon strategy a try next time.

Thanks!

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Yea the pool is different at 5/10, at least in Vegas. At 2/5 even if I don't know anyone I have no problem buying in deep right out of the gate.
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