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Old 02-11-2013, 02:31 PM   #676
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Shouldn't be the case - just less money in squeezing people, not that that's specifically your doing. The world is slowly becoming a better place.
If you think the 3-5% commission that an agent is "squeezing" out of the economy is the reason the nation is faced with rapidly rising health care costs....talk to me in 2014 & 2015 and compare the rates of the young, single male then to the current premiums that wj94 listed below.

World (health ins wise) would be a much better place if people focused on what they eat, how much sleep they're getting & exercise. Like OP is working on (so not a complete derail). /derail

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Old 02-11-2013, 04:00 PM   #677
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Lawyers don't have a hand in the whole health care fiasco?
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:24 PM   #678
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Healthcare derail is very interesting.
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Please continue.
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:39 PM   #679
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lol I never woulda seen a healthcare discussion coming itt. I don't know anything about it really since I don't follow much in the way of politics/govt. So I'm just gonna talk about the pokerz.

Last couple days have been mostly 5/10 as the games have been very good. The last 3 or 4 days a specific guy has been playing and he's just awful. Plays any 2 cards and calls down with middle pair+ and calls one or two streets with ridiculous draws. I got him on Sunday as he called down having flopped top two pair and I had turned a straight. Unfortunately he only called the whole way, against almost any other player I would have been able to get stacks in on the turn. I would end up with a win at 5/10, more than offsetting a small loss I had in a short 2/5 session before I played 5/10.

Yesterday I was able to get right into a 5/10 game and again it was very good. I played about half my session at the must move and half at the main game, both of which were equally good. I was up early but in the middle I got back down to even largely because of a couple suicide bluffs I ran that got caught. Late in the session I got into a groove for an orbit or two and in the end was able to book another winner.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:23 PM   #680
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Glad we are back to poker, sorry for the derail. If I ever get curious about anything else, I will keep it to myself. Nice to hear you are gaining some traction at 5/10. Is the DSE going on now?

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Old 02-12-2013, 04:24 AM   #681
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Glad we are back to poker, sorry for the derail. If I ever get curious about anything else, I will keep it to myself. Nice to hear you are gaining some traction at 5/10. Is the DSE going on now?
haha np man, derails are part of the deal on 2+2 so feel free to post anything. Can also send a PM if you don't wan to post in the thread.

Yea DSE is going on now so action has been crazy. 5/10 games have also been better than usual and I played an almost exactly 50/50 split this past week between 5/10 and 2/5.

I've heard tournament action has been great and its making me want to play some. The only thing I'm definitely gonna play is the 300 super satellites on sat/sun this week to try to get a seat into the main. Might play more depending on how I feel after that stuff.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:31 AM   #682
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Sweeet. Looks like things are going quite smoooothly in here

Can't believe you just tried sushi for the first time. Please tell me you've tried Thai/Indian.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:25 PM   #683
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Sweeet. Looks like things are going quite smoooothly in here

Can't believe you just tried sushi for the first time. Please tell me you've tried Thai/Indian.
haha, unless lemongrass at the Aria (I think thats Thai) counts, no. I'm pretty basic when it comes to eating. Just tried falafel for the first time a week ago. I thought it was some kind of breakfast food because it kinda sounds like waffle
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:01 PM   #684
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Lmfao! Falafel is overrated
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:08 AM   #685
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Alrighty so been playing 2/5 all this week. Honestly haven't been overjoyed with any of my sessions. Wednesday I played fairly solid and booked a decent winner despite losing to RobFarha's quads. He took a great line that would be horrible against a standard fish but against me it was awesome and got me to make a bad river call.

Yesterday was pretty much a disaster. I played a few questionable hands and was so tilted that I cut my sessions short after about 3 hours. First time in a very long time that I've cut a session short so I guess its not the end of the world but still not optimal.

Today was better but I still felt like I was on autopilot a lot and made one mistake late where I just shut my brain off and made a bad river bluff. At least all my mistakes lately have been aggressive mistakes, which is better than making passive mistakes.

I've been a little disappointed that the 5/10 action has not been better. There hasn't been more than one game running much lately and nothing has been worth sitting in yet this weekend imo. Today there wasn't even a game running for most of the time I was there.

Tomorrow I'm planning on playing the 300 super satellite to the DSE main event. I'm actually looking forward to this because even if I bust out it should be a nice change of pace from cash. I've also been thinking of playing some PLO or LO8 for a few days just to change it up as that has really helped me to refocus in the past, but I'm gonna start with this satellite.

Also, for those interested I'll tweet chip count updates for ****s and giggles. @cucciabot
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:29 PM   #686
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Just stumbled across this thread and wanted to wish you good luck. It's always great to see another guy from Madison taking a shot. Only made it through a few pages but it's been a great read so far.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:27 AM   #687
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Just stumbled across this thread and wanted to wish you good luck. It's always great to see another guy from Madison taking a shot. Only made it through a few pages but it's been a great read so far.
Thanks man I appreciate it.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:37 AM   #688
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So as indicated on twitter I busted that tournament in about 10 minutes. Standard stuff really. Guy hit a flush on the river to beat my TT, lost with a straight to a flush for a small pot when I value bet the river and the guy basically got min value from his K high flush. Then check shoved a J85 board with A2 and bricked out against KK.

I ended up playing 5/10 for the rest of the day and I think played pretty well. Essentially broke even in the session but was really happy with everything except a few small, but dumb river calls. This has been a leak of mine lately and its really coming out of left field.

Today I played 2/5 for a while, then 5/10, then 2/5 for another hour before calling it quits. I left the 5/10 game because it was just an awful game. I couldn't get anything going anywhere. No big hands, just none of my iso's or barrels were working. I hate days like that more than ever. I'll take getting sucked out on all day over feeling like I'm getting run over because variance is making it seem that way (its not actually happening, as RobFarha says, "they don't play back").

Was talking to Squid between 5/10 and second 2/5 session and he goes "whats up man?". I respond with "not much, been playing like garbage today", to which he says "well cut that **** out man". I couldn't have said it better myself. For the hourish afterwards I played 2/5 and felt pretty good about everything but again nothing was working.

I think it was just an accumulation of some small things that just got to me today and led to a little frustration. Despite not getting a ton of hours in this week I'm gonna stick to my plan of taking mon/tues off and just reset and come back ready to go for the last week of DSE.

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Old 02-18-2013, 10:00 AM   #689
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It's awesome to hear about the interactions you have with your poker colleagues/friends. Seems quite valuable, I envy that.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:44 PM   #690
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It's awesome to hear about the interactions you have with your poker colleagues/friends. Seems quite valuable, I envy that.
it is a horribly lonely frustrating biz my man. Even though we are trying to get each others $ at the table - having others to bounce ideas off/share beat (success) stories is critical in order to maintain ones sanity.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:39 PM   #691
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dude... those are standard folds in level 1 tournaments.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:02 PM   #692
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Cushlash, there is a saying you cannot win the world series bracelet on day 1, but you can definitely loose it.

Transitioning from cash to tournaments sometimes has that affect on players.

Hope you can run better in future tournaments and crush the cash games.

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Old 02-18-2013, 05:42 PM   #693
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it was good catching up with you taylor. hate days like the ones you had yesterday too but if that was a bad game last night i really need to see what the good games are like! lol. see you around
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:52 PM   #694
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it is a horribly lonely frustrating biz my man. Even though we are trying to get each others $ at the table - having others to bounce ideas off/share beat (success) stories is critical in order to maintain ones sanity.
Yea since I've been talking with guys like Squid and Rob my game and mindset have been so much better. I owe a lot of my improvement to conversations with them, especially some of the early ones with Squid back when I came back to holdem in September. Someone asked me recently in a PM what I might have changed if I could go back. The first thing I'd do is make more of an attempt to find poker colleagues/friends.

Its an invaluable asset to have other good players to talk to. Its hard enough finding players worth talking to, let alone getting them to actually talk. I see so many people talking with old nit never-gonna-get-any-better grinders and I feel so lucky that I was able to associate myself with the players that I have.

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Cushlash, there is a saying you cannot win the world series bracelet on day 1, but you can definitely loose it.

Transitioning from cash to tournaments sometimes has that affect on players.

Hope you can run better in future tournaments and crush the cash games.

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Thanks man. I wasn't too happy to bust so early but I liked the spots I got in.

I don't feel like I was trying to rush anything. Some of my plays were aggressive, but absolutely +EV. Mschu, I'd like to hear more on what hand is a standard fold because I didn't share a single full hand history so I'm not sure how you can think that.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:21 PM   #695
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I think that a big part of becoming a better player is having friends who are also good players and with whom you can discuss hands and bounce ideas off of one another as well as share insights and revelations. I am glad that this is happening for you.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:33 AM   #696
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I've played two sessions since my last update, both 2/5. Ended up losing a bit on Tuesday and booking an average win today. I took off Wednesday and came back today 100% refreshed, getting to the poker room early than I have in months, clocking in around 12:30. I really like going soon after I wake up because it allows me to get in longer sessions and feel good the whole way through. Even though it wasn't huge results wise, today was actually my best session in a long time.

Gonna be grinding hard the next few months as some of you who read the chat thread know I'm in a prop bet with Squid, RobFarha, and another V reg. Its a winrate challenge for the next 500 hrs of 2/5nl and the two lower winrates have to buy the two higher ones steak dinner. I think rob will be posting updates on that every 50hrs or so in the chat thread, so look for those if you're interested.

So because of that and a few other reasons, I'll probably be playing mostly 2/5 until that is over. I've been doing a lot of thinking about 5/10, had a good discussion about it with Rob the other night. Even though I'm rolled for it, with the toughness of 5/10 compared to 2/5 I think I could probably make 75-80% at 2/5 what I could make at 5/10 with less than half the variance and really no headache. I'll still play 5/10 when its exceptionally good, but unless the games start getting better in general 2/5 will still be my regular game. Those are just my feelings right now though and as readers of this thread know, I'm liable to change my mind on stuff like this.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:26 PM   #697
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I've played two sessions since my last update, both 2/5. Ended up losing a bit on Tuesday and booking an average win today. I took off Wednesday and came back today 100% refreshed, getting to the poker room early than I have in months, clocking in around 12:30. I really like going soon after I wake up because it allows me to get in longer sessions and feel good the whole way through. Even though it wasn't huge results wise, today was actually my best session in a long time.

Gonna be grinding hard the next few months as some of you who read the chat thread know I'm in a prop bet with Squid, RobFarha, and another V reg. Its a winrate challenge for the next 500 hrs of 2/5nl and the two lower winrates have to buy the two higher ones steak dinner. I think rob will be posting updates on that every 50hrs or so in the chat thread, so look for those if you're interested.

So because of that and a few other reasons, I'll probably be playing mostly 2/5 until that is over. I've been doing a lot of thinking about 5/10, had a good discussion about it with Rob the other night. Even though I'm rolled for it, with the toughness of 5/10 compared to 2/5 I think I could probably make 75-80% at 2/5 what I could make at 5/10 with less than half the variance and really no headache. I'll still play 5/10 when its exceptionally good, but unless the games start getting better in general 2/5 will still be my regular game. Those are just my feelings right now though and as readers of this thread know, I'm liable to change my mind on stuff like this.
Not wanting to get between you, Squid and Rob . . . I will take this opportunity to wish all of you the best of luck. Having a steak dinner with friends ? No one loses.
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Not wanting to get between you, Squid and Rob . . . I will take this opportunity to wish all of you the best of luck. Having a steak dinner with friends ? No one loses.
zactly - just an excuse to go out and have a nice meal...and motivate us all to play a lot of high quality poker. Unfortunatley these prop bets have set off the dooooooom switch for me and am currently in the red with a slightly negative w/r. Blowing town till next wknd to recharge and reset - then back to play A+ pokerz. I am sure all the boyz will...should be a fun prop to watch unfold!
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:44 AM   #699
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Alright so definitely overdue for another update. I've played 4 sessions since my last update and I'm pretty satisfied with my play. Friday I was involved in what seemed like every pot and the table was really sick of me opening every hand it seemed like. Every time I built up I ended up barreling some more off and ended the day roughly break even.

Saturday was pretty brutal as I lost two all-ins right off the bat, one all in on the flop with nut flush draw and the other making a river call with second pair when this super spazzy guy backed into two pair with a flush draw. After barreling off more money with failed cbets and double barrels I ended up having one of my bigger losers at 2/5.

Sunday it got better as I had a decent win despite a couple small errors. One of which I leveled myself into thinking this chick was super pissed at me for not chopping that I made a bad river call. Not sure if I mentioned this, but I decided, as a result of some discussions with robfarha and another friend to no longer chop.

Today was another pretty good session, booked a medium win. I made two pretty big bet/folds, one with two pair on the turn and the other with trips on the river. Both are certainly spots that I would pay off sometimes but in reality both are clear folds so I was happy about that.

Still have some things to work on but I think I made some good progress this week and looking forward to making more.
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Not sure if I mentioned this, but I decided, as a result of some discussions with robfarha and another friend to no longer chop.
I would be very interested in learning what considerations went into this decission.

I'm asking because personally, as a recreational player who's money should be easy prey for players your caliber, the presence of somebody at my table who refuses to chop is a strong impetus to look for another table. Its just a very strong signal that "I'm not here to have fun and hang out, but to bully casual/socially minded players". It's hard for me to believe the decission not to chop actually has a +EV for you.

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