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Old 07-04-2015, 05:31 PM   #1501
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Things have been going pretty much according to plan the last couple weeks. Everything regarding the break in is pretty much in order. New documents/keys and all that is done. Got a new, more secure door installed. All that's really left is replacing some minor items but I'll get to that after the main event.

Speaking of which, I am playing, actually just registered yesterday. My dad came out to help me with some of the break in stuff which made it much easier to get some volume in. I've played about 50 hours since I've been back and feel plenty sharp to fire at the main.

I've also picked up right where I left off on the health front. I've been slowly adding exercise back into my routine which feels great. I've also gotten right back into my previous eating habits and as of today am at a lower weight than when I left for Europe, and also the lowest I've been since I was 13 (189 fwiw).

The next couple days I'm going to rest and mentally prepare for the main. I have a 4th of July thing today and then tomorrow I'll be doing a bit of planning along with some light exercise, then mostly relaxing and keeping my mind clear and off poker. I look at it like I did with exams in school. During finals week most kids would be cramming. I'd just be relaxing and making sure I got a good nights sleep and a solid meal. My approach was that I was as prepared as I'd ever be and last minute cramming would be useless. It's more important to be fresh and sharp than to try to learn new things last minute. So thats basically how Ill be approaching this as well.

Thus, for the next couple days and as long as I'm alive in the tournament, my 3 focuses will shift to 2; poker and health. Poker is obvious. Health is to make sure I stay in as good of shape as I can mentally and physically so I can play my best during longer than average sessions for me. Basically it boils down to getting some light exercise on off days, maintaining eating habits and properly resting from poker when on breaks and off days.

If I can do that effectively, I'll have a successful main event regardless of the result.

Hope everyone has a great 4th of July!
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Old 07-04-2015, 06:35 PM   #1502
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Hey guys, just got back from a trip to my cabin in Northern Wisconsin. I'm back in my hometown now for a while until my trip to Florida. Hadn't planned on writing on here much but I got some inspiration while I was up north and decided to put some thoughts down.

I went up with my brother and a few friends from high school and a golf course we both used to work at. We also met up with some people who have a cabin near ours that we usually see when we're up there. Basically spent the week chilling on the lake, riding wave runners, playing lawn games, campfires, and of course some beer pong at night. It was a great trip, but what inspired this post was some of the conversations with my friends. They are all 1-3 years older than me, but we are basically in the same phase of life of just starting our "careers".

One is a teacher, two are accountants working on their CPA credentials, another works at a bank, and my brother works in marketing at a vacation resort. Listening to these guys talk about their 9-5 routines reminded me how much the paradigm of my life changed when I chose poker as my route. Now thereís nothing wrong with the path any of these guys chose, but hearing them talk made me incredibly happy that I chose something different. The pros and cons of professional poker have been discussed ad nauseam itt and around 2+2, but listening to my friends discuss their lives made me even happier with my decision to escape the 9-5 life.

Since we were all going out to eat and paying for groceries together, at one point early in the trip I brought up credit card roulette in a conversation with 3 of my friends, already knowing it probably wouldnít happen. Literally everyone was against it. One of the accountants, who actually just bought in to a local CPA firm, was extremely adamant that he would never do that, saying things like ďwhat if you lose a bunch in a row?Ē My response was pretty much that you just have to pay for a few in a row.

It just so happened I had lost the last few I did in Vegas. The thought of this made them sick. One said it would ruin his day if he lost. Iíd probably be the same way if I had chosen a normal job as well, so I donít blame them whatsoever, it just highlighted how different my paradigm is from all of these guys. They canít imagine flipping for a $50-$100 dinner bill, something I do at least weekly. When they asked how much I buy in to a poker game for and I responded with ďusually $1000Ē, they about **** their pants.

I had similar realizations at various moments on the trip when they were talking about their budgets. I track my expenses more than nearly all poker players I know and try to keep my expenses low, but these guys have their budgets down to the last dollar. It was crazy listening to them talk about maintaining a minimum balance in their checking account and pinching pennies at the grocery store.

Its not like these guys are broke either. For being in their mid-twenties they make plenty to play ccr and not worry about pinching pennies, but their relationship with money is just so different than people in the gambling world. I am desensitized to it. Losing ccr or having a surprise expense of $20 might stress one of them out whereas I wouldnít blink an eye.

Itís really just a different mindset. Poker has altered my relationship with money. In my opinion this has been for the better. Quality of life is higher when Iím not worrying about saving 50 cents here or a dollar there. Obviously if it becomes extreme and people just spend, spend, spend it is bad, but imo the general population worries about money too much in spots where the time and energy spent to save a buck simply isnít worth that time and energy.

There were also some interesting discrepancies when talking about daily lives. Guys were talking about having trouble getting off work for the trip and budgeting their 2 weeks of vacation time for the year. I pretty much just booked a plane ticket for when I wanted to leave and didnít have to tell anyone. Iím taking a month vacation and then a month ďbusiness tripĒ to Florida just because I want to. Granted they get vacation pay and a consistent income, but to me that freedom is worth sacrificing those perks. Doing what I want, when I want is important to me and if necessary, giving up income to get that luxury is optimal for me. I donít care about money, I care about freedom. Money is just a means to that end.

There was a discussion about getting weekends off, as all of them previously worked in hospitality or restaurants where they had to work weekends and holidays, but now get those days off. I was asked if I take weekends off. I tried not to laugh and said I pretty much take off whatever days I want.

One of the accountants mentioned that he gets excited when he gets to wear jeans on Fridayís. I had no words. There were many times like this that I could almost not believe what I was hearing but didnít really say anything since Iíd sound like a complete *******. Itís just a different life, a life I very nearly had.

One of the guys was pretty much directly responsible for me becoming a poker player. A classmate of my brotherís in high school, he was the one who suggested having a poker game in the parking lot of a grocery store several of us worked at. The game was moved to my house the next week and became a weekly thing for the next 2-3 years until I left for college. If that doesnít happen Iíd probably be working 80 hours/week in some finance job.

Iíd be lying if I said I loved it right away. I actually quit for a few weeks because I lost every time. It just so happens that this guy beat me heads up once because he kept bluffing and I didnít understand that I couldnít wait to make a hand heads up in what was a short-stacked sit-n-go format.

So even though I wasnít hooked right away, that game is what started it all, and without it I wouldnít be doing what Iím doing.

Its mind boggling how easy my path could have been different, and a side effect of this trip was realizing that. Yes, sometimes poker sucks, but hearing my friends talk about the 9-5 lifestyle makes me even happier that I made the decision I did. I know I wonít play poker full time forever, but Iím so glad I did something different. Again, there are lots of advantages to taking the paths my friends took and I donít disparage any of them for what they chose, but for my personality and temperament, Iím very confident it would make me unhappy.

This isnít really about poker being the end-all-be-all. Far from it in fact, considering how much Iíve been thinking about alternative income sources. Itís more about the lifestyle it offers. There are other ways to get that lifestyle, but for me right now poker is the best option. As poker becomes less appealing I will look for other things that still allow me the freedom I want, but going after poker helped me to figure out the lifestyle I wanted.

Around the campfire one night, a friend of ours from the other cabin, a teacher in her mid-twenties, was asking ď20 questionsĒ type stuff just for fun. It was mostly ďwould you ratherĒ and other hypothetical-type fun questions. One of her questions was ďIf you could be doing any other job besides what youíre doing now, what would it be?Ē Iíd never really thought about it that way, but I didnít really have an answer. Its not always fun and games, but when I really thought about it, I was doing exactly what I wanted to be doing. Iím self-employed and find the best way I can to make the money I need to be happy. Right now thatís mostly poker and a little writing and investing.

Everyone else was pretty quick to come up with something theyíd rather do. I thought Iíd sound like a douchebag if I said I was living my dream job, so I said football coach because I really would like to volunteer with a program, but I donít actually want that to be my job.

A lot of this year Iíve been thinking about doing some other things. At times Iíve even considered going back to school and doing the 9-5 thing (for like a minute maybe). Being able to take a step back from Vegas and get a glimpse about what that life would actually look like, Iím more confident than ever that I made the right decision to find an alternative way to produce income. My passion for poker may not be what it once was, but my passion for having a life structured around free time, relaxation, self-improvement and just generally doing what I want rather than around work burns brighter than ever.
so glad to have come across this thread. i enjoy most of your posts but especially this one. hope you are doing well with whatever you are doing now!
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Old 07-05-2015, 11:05 AM   #1503
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My place got broken into too my man. they got a couple of computers and a tiny amt of cash. Felt really violated and bitter for a while. The good news is that feeling goes away pretty quickly. Just remember it wasnt personal and it happens all the time...good luck in the main
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:11 AM   #1504
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My place got broken into too my man. they got a couple of computers and a tiny amt of cash. Felt really violated and bitter for a while. The good news is that feeling goes away pretty quickly. Just remember it wasnt personal and it happens all the time...good luck in the main
Thanks squid! I remember you telling me that when it happened actually.

Where've you been pokering lately? Rio? Haven't seen you in forever it seems.

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so glad to have come across this thread. i enjoy most of your posts but especially this one. hope you are doing well with whatever you are doing now!
Thanks man. Oddly enough I was just thinking about the post the other day, kind of a crazy coincidence for you to bring it up.
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:57 AM   #1505
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My place got broken into too my man. they got a couple of computers and a tiny amt of cash. Felt really violated and bitter for a while. The good news is that feeling goes away pretty quickly. Just remember it wasnt personal and it happens all the time...good luck in the main
Sorry to hear. A former Venetian player told me his apartment got broken into, which led to him moving to a different city. Do ya'll feel it was at all poker related? Thoughts on putting a few cameras around the house?
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Old 07-06-2015, 02:26 AM   #1506
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Sorry to hear. A former Venetian player told me his apartment got broken into, which led to him moving to a different city. Do ya'll feel it was at all poker related? Thoughts on putting a few cameras around the house?
Vegas has one of, if not highest, home burglary rates in the Nation.
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Old 07-06-2015, 05:47 AM   #1507
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Mine was completely on me cuz I know I need to change the locks when I move into a new place. And I completely spaced it out. Sure enough unforced entery.


Cush - been on the late shift brotha!
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Old 07-07-2015, 02:45 PM   #1508
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Sorry to hear. A former Venetian player told me his apartment got broken into, which led to him moving to a different city. Do ya'll feel it was at all poker related? Thoughts on putting a few cameras around the house?
Could have been poker related, just as likely not though. I do think whoever it was knew I was out of town. Whether they knew from being a friend of a friend on Facebook or something or if they just noticed there was no activity around the house I'm not sure.

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Ah makes sense, hope all is well!
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Old 07-07-2015, 05:02 PM   #1509
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Also, bagged 32.7k yesterday, coming back Wednesday at 250/500-50.

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Old 07-07-2015, 06:51 PM   #1510
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how much money should i bring to vegas if i plan on playing 2/5 there pro? how much would i have to pay to get a decent apartment?
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:45 PM   #1511
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how much money should i bring to vegas if i plan on playing 2/5 there pro? how much would i have to pay to get a decent apartment?
How much you would need or if it's a good idea in the first place (it probably isn't) is way too dependent on your life/poker situation for me to give a specific answer.

If you are dead set on taking a shot I'd say take whatever you think is reasonable and double it.

I had a nice 1 br apt in a decent area and paid 780/month plus utilities. I just did research on here and google when I was moving out. I'd recommend doing that since prices change frequently so my info is outdated.
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Old 07-08-2015, 11:16 PM   #1512
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how much money should i bring to vegas if i plan on playing 2/5 there pro? how much would i have to pay to get a decent apartment?
It's inversely proportional to the size of your balls. housing is dope for cheap
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Old 07-09-2015, 01:01 AM   #1513
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Busto on 2nd hand after dinner break
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Old 07-09-2015, 06:58 AM   #1514
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Next year bro - happy with effort?
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:54 AM   #1515
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You guys think 10k is enough to test the waters for a month? i would try to find a poker house or something with an open room
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Next year bro - happy with effort?
Yea I'm very happy with my tournament. Don't think I made any major errors, picked my spots well, just wasn't to be.
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:43 PM   #1517
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You guys think 10k is enough to test the waters for a month? i would try to find a poker house or something with an open room
10k is more of a solid roll for 1/2 and a shorter roll for 2/5 if that includes paying for living expenses. Maybe start out at 1/2 and jump up to 2/5 if it goes well?
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Old 07-15-2015, 02:56 AM   #1518
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Good luck w 10k, you better be good cheap, and buy in short
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Old 07-18-2015, 02:06 PM   #1519
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This has happened to me with at least one thread I've participated in and some others I read and thought were BS. As Rob has said countless times, poker is a facade, and variance, among other things, makes it very hard to see past it.
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Old 07-18-2015, 03:36 PM   #1520
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Link or pm?
The one that comes to mind is here. Its from Limon's #2000 Random Shyt thread.

People on here know my stance on not wanting to join corporate america, so part of the post kind of still makes sense, but I was dead wrong thinking I could or would want to be a live pro grinding 2/5 and 5/10 my whole life.

Also as another poster points out a couple posts later I use an incredibly illogical false dichotomy in that post.
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You guys think 10k is enough to test the waters for a month? i would try to find a poker house or something with an open room
Flop--

I do think that $10k is enough to test the waters with for a month. If you avoid buying in for $1k to the larger buyin games, it would require some pretty bad luck to lose that much in a month if you're a strong winning player in the games.

$10k is not the best bankroll for a full-time 2-5 pro, but I think that "testing the waters" is an *excellent* idea if you have professional aspirations, and that you have enough money to do that.

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Old 07-21-2015, 07:01 PM   #1522
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I agree and one thing that I would suggest is using the $10k for strictly 1/2 and when you save up a few $500 on top of that slowly start shot taking 2/5.

Like $11,000 take 2 buyins to 2/5 and if you lose then go back to 1/2. This will protect your roll and is a solid rule to keep your stress low when you are most vulnerable during run bad. Having preplanned guidelines before you fight and lose a war is paramount to survival, because losing is the hardest part of this game.
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I agree and one thing that I would suggest is using the $10k for strictly 1/2 and when you save up a few $500 on top of that slowly start shot taking 2/5.

Like $11,000 take 2 buyins to 2/5 and if you lose then go back to 1/2. This will protect your roll and is a solid rule to keep your stress low when you are most vulnerable during run bad. Having preplanned guidelines before you fight and lose a war is paramount to survival, because losing is the hardest part of this game.
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Where u at Cush?
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Old 09-02-2015, 01:33 AM   #1525
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Where u at Cush?
Hey man! Geez its been too long in here, just realized my last update was the ME bust-out. Gonna write an update here tonight, hope all is well with you.
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