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Old 01-08-2015, 08:36 PM   #1
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The Live Grind: From Ireland to Vegas and Back Again

Who am I? Im a 28 year old grinder from Ireland



The story so far (The short version!)

I left my job as a train driver to pursue poker fulltime 20 months ago.My view on my poker ability was completely dilliusional.I struggled in games..i struggled with proper bankroll management,I was completly reckless





I got my poker eduaction from imitating poker players I saw on tv.As a result of that I thought I was a Superstar and played like a Superstar.I was regulary punished for it





A few months of madness started off in Monte Carlo at the EPT Grand Final and ended up with me living in Malta before eventually moving home





In between all that there were holidays..partying...champagne....bad haircuts and a lot of terrible poker played.I played everything..€1100 live buy in tournaments...$1000 online buy in tournaments..big cash games..and wasted many more thousands on clothes and eating out as well as a whole lot of other crap.I made endless mistakes in the game...I made endless mistakes in life











But then things started to change when i got home and got on board with Flux Stables.I started to get regular coaching and I gradually started to get better.I struggled a lot with my mental game and I didn't know how to deal with it.The guys at Flux were great though and arranged a mental game coach for me.I started to see improvements and I gradually grinded my way up through the micro cash games on stars with a solid winrate





Then last summer i was invited over to Vegas to grind live cash games by the guys at Flux.It started off very rough when i got robbed by a Vegas Girl on a night out.. I was in bits but the guys at Flux were great.They got me back on track,they gave me free use of a car for the rest of the summer and even put me up in their house for free for the rest of the summer.I grinded $1/$3 cash games with the occasional $2/$5 game for the rest of the summer and finished as a solid winner.I even managed to dabble in a few tournaments including two WSOP events.I finished the summer with 7k in tournament cashes











Then it was time to come back home to Ireland.I grinded live games for a bit but then I decided to try grinding online tournaments.I ended up more or less breaking even in online tournaments over the last few months.I know its not a great sample size given the huge variance in online tournaments but I don't think the big variance swings are something I want to continue with in the future so I plan on returning to grinding live cash games again





So where better to start back than Las Vegas!I plan on heading back over there to the guys at Flux this month.The plan is to grind my ass off for three months and make as much $$$s as possible





I will be grinding $1/$3 games but if the games are good or if im crushing i might take a shot at $2/$5.Im gonna try and update this daily while im there and post lots of pics! I have a few things to sort out before I can get over to Vegas but I will be over there to start my grind at some stage later this month!

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Old 01-10-2015, 09:07 AM   #2
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Looks like im gonna be in Vegas for the 28th of this month! Its like a totally different planet over there.I cant wait to get over and start grinding my ass off while checking out the hottest girls on the planet!! Oh Vegas ive missed you
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Old 01-11-2015, 05:52 PM   #3
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Op, I hope that this thread isn't a plug for Flux, but I do have some questions about your journey. How did you build your bank roll before you met with Flux (before you became a breakeven/winning player) ? Did it come from your train driver job, or poker winnings throughout your sessions? What was your starting bank roll, and how did you manage to live in Malta. How much was your initial bank roll when you went to Monte Carlo for the EPT?

I ask because I'm always curious about how normal people go from having a 9 to 5, to playing poker for their livelihood. Ha-ha, I also didn't realize how small Europe is (2.5 hour flight from Ireland to Monaco). Still, if you could talk more about your transition from the working world, bankroll it took before you quit your job, and any other tips would be appreciated. Also was the Flux training the only thing that improved your game, or where there any helpful books? What advice would you give a player to move from a losing player to breakeven?

Also, you might want to post in "Las Vegas Lifestyle" when you go to Vegas on the 28th, and post lots of pictures. It seem like people, including myself, enjoys a good trip report over there. It seems like you only get respect in "Poker Goals & Challenges" if you have past history, charts, graphs, statistics, and a somewhat proven record, or if you have an unrealistic goal and shows some sort of promise in obtaining it.

Definitely post your 28th visit in "Las Vegas Lifestyle" with lots of pictures.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:24 PM   #4
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Op, I hope that this thread isn't a plug for Flux, but I do have some questions about your journey. How did you build your bank roll before you met with Flux (before you became a breakeven/winning player) ? Did it come from your train driver job, or poker winnings throughout your sessions? What was your starting bank roll, and how did you manage to live in Malta. How much was your initial bank roll when you went to Monte Carlo for the EPT?

I ask because I'm always curious about how normal people go from having a 9 to 5, to playing poker for their livelihood. Ha-ha, I also didn't realize how small Europe is (2.5 hour flight from Ireland to Monaco). Still, if you could talk more about your transition from the working world, bankroll it took before you quit your job, and any other tips would be appreciated. Also was the Flux training the only thing that improved your game, or where there any helpful books? What advice would you give a player to move from a losing player to breakeven?

Also, you might want to post in "Las Vegas Lifestyle" when you go to Vegas on the 28th, and post lots of pictures. It seem like people, including myself, enjoys a good trip report over there. It seems like you only get respect in "Poker Goals & Challenges" if you have past history, charts, graphs, statistics, and a somewhat proven record, or if you have an unrealistic goal and shows some sort of promise in obtaining it.

Definitely post your 28th visit in "Las Vegas Lifestyle" with lots of pictures.
This isn't a plug for Flux..this thread is for myself.I thought about posting this is the 'Las Vegas Lifestyle' section but im undecided if I will continue the thread once I get back to Ireland.I guess I will see how the thread goes and how I am feeling about it before I decide whether or not I will continue with the thread

The company I worked for were making cuts.They were looking for 500 staff to take voluntary redundancy.I wasn't happy in my job and had always aspired to play poker fulltime so I signed up for it.I don't want to go into exact figures right now but it was a substantial amount.It allowed me to take up poker fulltime

But as I was saying in my intro I was completely dillusional about my poker ability and reckless

I thought about your question on how i improved my game..the major thing was the coaching from the stable.It was the first time i learned to think for myself.Before that i used to imitate a lot of what i saw.Looking back i may have thought my game had improved on my own but in truth i was just playing with better players and imitating better players.I would make plays but not wouldn't fully understand why and would be unable be a explain it to people.I was terrible in truth

The coaching opened my mind,it was the first time questions were put to me and i couldn't just answer it by saying 'i felt it' or 'i went with my gut' .I needed to start explaining my thought process.Once my mind was opened i started to study on my own as well as the coaching.I would normally do an hour a day of hand reviews and rather than always looking at what other people would do in spots i started experimenting and coming up with my own ideas.Some good and some not so good.If i encountered a reg that gave me trouble i would devote that hour of study to studying every aspect of that players game and look for ways to counter act his strategy.Ive read read books but i think the best way to learn and to improve is by reviewing hands and discussing them with other players.

What advice would i give to a losing/breakeven player? I would say review hands/discuss hands,explore ideas,get a coach and work on your mental game.Ive made countless mistakes and i am nowhere near the finished article but that's where i would start

How did I manage to live in Malta? I decided to move to Malta to grind live games,at the time my life was all over the place..a mini romance with a girl ended badly...i didn't take it well..things in poker weren't going too well either.I started to blame everyone around me instead of looking in the mirror at myself.Everything around me at time seemed bad and I used Malta as an escape

With regards to your questions I could really go on for pages and pages.I started to write a blog covering everything since i started my journey in the poker world but i found after 40 hours of writing I am nowhere near finished with it.I have a lot to say about my time in the poker world and I want to make sure when I put it all together its right.But to be honest it feels more like im writing a book than a blog with so much writing already done

I'll be sure to post plenty of pictures when i get to Vegas,not too long now only about 2 weeks!

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Old 01-12-2015, 10:58 PM   #5
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Thank you for this info. I look forward to reading your TR in "Las Vegas Lifestyle" when you start your Vegas grind, ha-ha. Run good and good luck. A book or extensive series of blog post would be a good read, btw.
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:03 AM   #7
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what happened?

I hadn't got a long term apartment sorted yet so i had been staying in hotels.On the day in question i checked out of a hotel.The plan was to stay at a friends place until i got my an apartment sorted.But on that day a poker friend asked if i wanted to go to a comedy show.I decided to go to it with him....and because i had checked out of the hotel i had all my cash on me..a considerable amount...stupid I know

We went to the comedy show and had a few drinks.Afterwards i met a girl at a bar in the venue.We had some drinks and then the next 14 hours were a total blank.My next memory was being in a taxi outside the hotel that i had just checked out of the day before and having no money to pay for the taxi.I didn't know how i had got there and what had happened the previous 14 hours

The cops were called at the hotel.*****y after i caused a scene and refused to leave.I had no cash and I had no way of making contact with anyone.The cops arrived and helped me get in contact with a friend and got me a way back to his house.The cops reckoned i had got date raped by a 'Vegas girl' .Apparently its a regular occurrence over there

It was bad enough but then it got even worse when i got back to my friends house.I used his computer to cancel my bank card as my entire wallet was gone.I checked my account and saw that two big transactions were made on my card at two different venues.I had no recollection of being in any of the places.Ive had drinks socially since i was 18 and never have i had an occasion where everything was a total blank the next day

Its actually crazy how often this happens in Vegas.Once i started telling people what happened almost everybody had a story of an occasion where it had happened to a friend or someone they knew.The lesson here is be very careful in Vegas on nights out,dont be stupid like me and carry large amounts of cash and make sure when you are out to stay with or near your friends.Im not saying every girl in Vegas is likely to rob you but be very careful..the women that do this are experts at what they do and its very easy to get drawn in when a chick that looks like a supermodel starts making advances at you.Just be careful and don't make the same mistakes that i did

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Dude! Epic Story!! I really enjoyed reading it , I have to admit, I also realized very quickly I was not phil ivey, at least not right now, getting crushed even in the smallest stakes! But I am getting better fast which is all that matters! Your story inspired me, I saw many things that I liked, Partying, vegas, tits, poker tourneys , ireland! I am conor mcgregors #1 fan by the way! Hey it would be awesome to talk some poker and raw vegan talk! add me to skype! or send me an email! my email: merovingianv@gmail.com my skype: MerovingianV.

very cool to see another raw vegan in the poker world!
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Dude! Epic Story!! I really enjoyed reading it , I have to admit, I also realized very quickly I was not phil ivey, at least not right now, getting crushed even in the smallest stakes! But I am getting better fast which is all that matters! Your story inspired me, I saw many things that I liked, Partying, vegas, tits, poker tourneys , ireland! I am conor mcgregors #1 fan by the way! Hey it would be awesome to talk some poker and raw vegan talk! add me to skype! or send me an email! my email: merovingianv@gmail.com my skype: MerovingianV.

very cool to see another raw vegan in the poker world!
Hey man,great to here you enjoyed my story,i will make sure to keep following your thread and i'll drop you a email sometime for sure

McGregor is a legend! I met him before his fight with Dustin Poirier..the man is so cool even in person..didn't act like a big shot,had loads of time for each of the fans,an absolute gentleman

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So as you can see I booked my flight..it only took me about 3 hours to book.I swear there must be a hundred different ways you can fly to Vegas.I was looking for the best value and also looking for a reasonable flying time.Going over to Vegas I can deal with long stopovers but I didn't want to be dealing with long stopovers on the way back to Ireland.I have a family occasion that I have to go to so im going to Vegas one week later that I had intended.So instead of arriving on the 28th of January I will now be arriving on the 4th of February

Ive never really worried about flying but I found myself being so paranoid when booking these flights.I had flights picked out and went to click to pay for the flights but then my internet stalled.It came back but then I got myself into this state where I got paranoid and said to myself 'don't go on this flight'.It feels stupid even talking about it.So in the end I ended up booking different flights to Vegas

I had a sort of a leaving party with my friends at the weekend.It was my friends 30th so with my friends all around for that I decided to have it the same weekend.As well as that I didn't want to be drinking the weekend before i go over to Vegas.I want to be sharp when i arrive over

The last few months I decided a lifestyle change was needed so I changed my entire eating habits..i started eating healthier and I started exercising daily.Alcohol doesn't really tie into that lifestyle but i don't think there is too much harm if its done in small doses.Last weekend was my first time drinking in i don't know how long.It was good as to catch up with friends i hadn't seen in a while.Conor McGregor was fighting in Boston in the UFC so it was cool to watch his fight as well at the weekend.He talks the talk but I think that guy is the real deal! Loved him jumping out of the cage to confront Jose Aldo to challenge him for the title!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCviO4rdtMc

American chicks are cool and for some reason they seem to dig the Irish accent so i started to grind the plenty of fish chicks in Las Vegas last week.Ive been chatting to one chick a bit on it so might be cool to hook up with her at some stage once im over in Vegas.I plan on taking more time off this time around..while that doesn't mean partying and drinking..it would be cool to kick back with a nice chick and catch a movie or go to a baseball game.The last time i was in Vegas i spent way too much time grinding and got burnt out half way into my trip so this time around i want to have a more structured approach.My mentality is quality over quantity.I'll still be grinding decent hours..probably around the 50 hrs mark.But i wont be going back to grinding 80hrs like i did last summer over there

If you haven't checked out the Lex Veldhuis video podcast with @joeyingram1 then check it out! Its so good..Lex is such a cool dood with some cool stories..he rips into Antonio Estfandiari in it as well! If you watch or have watched the podcast you will understand my tweet to Lex It was good to see that he appreciated it too by favouriting it! I'll post a link for the podcast below.Its worth checking out...hope you enjoy!

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Old 01-24-2015, 04:01 AM   #13
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Have such a bad itch to just get over to Vegas and start playing! So I said I would post some past CHIP PORN!!

This was from a crazy $1/$3 game at the Wynn during the summer,the guy with the glasses was crazy..pumping the game he was..stacks were deep and pots were huge...he felted me all in pre with 92 vs QQ blinds vs button..he was an aggro little monkey! I love how $100 bills are in play in Vegas!!





This was taken from a €1/€2 cash session in Dublin,Ireland..nothing too exciting just pretty different colour chips!





This last one was taken during the Full Tilt Poker International Re-Launch in my hometown in Galway,Ireland after Pokerstars purchased the company...they launched a huge live poker festival (It actually ended up winning European Poker Festival of the Year) with apperances from Isildur and Gus Hansen to name a few...also was it my best cash session to date...€2/€5 cash game..i was in for €1,000 ...cashed out for about €5,000....not too shabby


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I like those mint green chips.

Looking forward to updates when you get out to Vegas!
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I like those mint green chips too ha!

Yep I can't wait to start updating when I get over!

There will be plenty of pics!
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subbed, I love playing those $100 bills out here as well. It has this oldschool gambler feel.
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Lol yep that's exactly it when playing with those $100 bills! It feels proper old school! And it reminds me as well of high stakes poker that used to be on tv!
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Found some Vegas pics from the summer of Hooters ($40 a night) hotel I stayed in..pretty sure these were taken the night of the infamous robbery..also found a cringeworthy video I did with Nsync backing music...what did i think i was on?? Mtv cribs??? Ha I thought the video was worth throwing up as well!

I had a lot more pics and videos on a phone but its busto..I must try and get that fixed...just for the pics and videos alone!






















THIS VIDEO WHAT WAS I THINKING?!! WHAT A DONKEY HA!!

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Old 01-27-2015, 10:14 PM   #19
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Must admit I am sweating this New York weather hard! My connection for Las Vegas is in New York...there is a snow blizzard in the region and tonnes of flights have been cancelled...if I had booked my flight for the 28th which I had originally planned then my flight would of gotten cancelled!

Hopefully the weather will have calmed down before my flight next tuesday..gonna be sweating CNN hard until then!




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Just an interesting idea I am thinking about doing during my stay in Vegas...

All ideas/input welcomed on the thread below that I posted in the News,Views and Gossip section on 2+2

https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/29...nd-up-1506941/

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Decided to move this thread over to the Las Vegas Lifestyle section on 2+2..i spent a lot of time lurking there the last few weeks and there seems to be a lot of pretty cool people there who enjoy Vegas trip reports

As well as that there seems to be a lot of guys with lots of live experience in Vegas so I think I can benefit from all their experience and from hearing their advice/views/stories etc

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Looks like my attempt for some input for the video interviews was an epic fail! I considered dropping it completely but I think sometimes it can be too easy to stay within your comfort zone.Im going to have a lot of free time in Vegas when im not grinding so I think it could be good be something good that I can focus my attention on.I think it could be fun and i also think some people might enjoy watching them.I have a few 2+2ers confirmed for interviews so at least I have a solid foundation to start from!

As I said above I considered dropping the whole video interviews idea but I also considered dropping this entire thread.My whole mentality in poker has changed drastically since I started in poker.Intially it was all ego based and I welcomed anything that fed my ego and inflated it even more.I started thinking to myself is me doing this thread serving the same purpose?Am I on some level just doing this for my ego?

I thought a lot about it and came to the conclusion that the purpose of this thread isn't to feed my ego.The purpose of me doing this thread is to document my journey in poker and life so in time I can look back and see all that ive done,all the people ive met,all the places ive been and all the adventures that ive had.As well as that I think it will act as a good source of motivation for me to continue to do the right things.Ive made plenty of mistakes in the past and I don't want to repeat them again

Moving on from that I leave for Vegas in the morning! I spent the day with some family and explored Connemara.i must admit it was pretty amazing.My family home is in Connemara but despite growing up there since I was 12 I never really explored or appreciated the beauty that it has to offer.As you can see from the pics its just slightly different to Vegas!

But as with most things I do it couldn't of just been as straight forward as that! We set off around lunchtime and headed for the 12 pin mountains.We stopped along the way taking in the amazing scenery and taking lots of pics.We eventually found our way to the 12 pin mountains.It was out there in the middle of nowhere where there wasn't a house,person or car in sight that our car broke down! We were out taking some pics and when we went back into the car it wouldn't go into gear!

Then like something out of a Disney fairytale movie the most ridicoulous thing happened..about 30 seconds after the car broke down I looked at the road ahead and in the distance I could see a donkey walking up the road towards us...and behind him was two horses! There were 3 of them and 3 of us! It was like we were supposed to hop on top of them and ride away!As tempting as it was we didn't!

Luckily a car was passing and stopped and towed us to a garage.We were 30 miles from home and we were convinced that the gearbox in the car was gone and that we would have to find another way to get home.Thankfully it was only a small issue..some clip had come off..a quick fix..€30 and we were on our way home!

So Vegas it is in the morning...I am going to be travelling for 24hrs straight between buses..flights and layovers.So I expect im gonna be pretty wrecked when I arrive into Vegas 7pm tomorrow! No grinding tomorrow but I should be all set to go on Thursday!



































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So I'm finally back in Vegas at last! But I nearly didn't get here at all! I didn't really sleep much the night before I left..Ive always been really paranoid anytime I've had to be up early for flights...always been worried I would sleep it in and miss my flight.So I only got about an hours sleep but it was better than nothing I guess!

I left my house at 4.15am on Wednesday morning to catch my bus at 5.15am in Galway..my brother gave me a lift to the bus and from there it was a two and a half hour ride journey to Dublin airport.I arrived at 8am in plenty of time for my flight to New York.Then i got some great news my flight was delayed an hour...so that sucked! But at least it wasn't cancelled!



So I checked my bags in and the package I had with me..I had two snooker cues in the package.I was bringing them over for friends in Vegas.All good so far...I go through security no problem.But before I could go to my gate I had to go through US Pre-Clearance (American Custom officers) in Dublin...so all seems good but the custom officer seems to be taking a lot of interest in the package I was bringing with me and then started asking a tonne of questions about my trip.At this stage I'm feeling the pressure..I had nothing to hide but my god do these guys grill you! He took me back into a room a told me to wait..after about 30minutes my name gets called and a different customs officer starts asking me a lot of questions..he then brought me over to another area and started putting on blue gloves...it was at this stage I crapped myself! There's no way i thought to myself...there's no way he is going to strip search me! Thankfully he didn't! I looked up and saw my luggage and package was on a rail...he put the package through this giant scanner..it was easily 20 times bigger than the ones they usually have at the airport security...he then went through my luggage and then went through my backpack...I think when he went through my backpack and saw two poker books he realised my story checked out...I was in Vegas to play some poker..travel and to see some friends.In fairness I must admit the package did look like i could of been carrying a bazooka!



So after about an hour held up I could finally go to my gate...those guys really are good at their job..if I had been lying there was no way I wouldn't of been caught out..they are just so sharp..i guess they gotta be with the way the world is now

I had about an hour to wait so I grabbed some food and just tried to calm myself
down after the whole ordeal with customs.So after about an hour I finally boarded my flight to New York!



Before I left I gave out a lot about Delta Airlines..for some reason when I checked out my flight details online it said that there would be no meal included in my flight but food would be available for purchase..this annoyed me greatly...but thankfully i couldn't of been more wrong...I've never been given so much food on a flight in all my life! From the minute I sat down til we landed they were feeding me!

There in flight entertainment was pretty cool too...no shortage of options available...must admit I was pretty pumped when I saw they had the latest episodes of Boardwalk Empire! If you haven checked it out its a must see series!



The flight was about 7hrs and I pretty much just ate and watched tv up until the last hour of the flight..it was then I got chattin to the guy next to me..he was in his 50s from Donegal in Ireland and was on his way to New York to surprise his sister or her 50th birthday.We had a good chat and it turned out he was a big fan of poker ...he was a really cool guy and he even offered to put me up in his sons house in New York after I said someday I would love to spend a few days in New York!

So i arrived eventually to New York airport but had 3hrs to hang around..I couldn't connect to any wifi in the Airport so I went to information desk..it turned oh there was no wifi in the building for the public to use for their devices but it had something better! Free IPads with wifi to use! There was about 500 of them all around the airport and free to use so that was pretty cool! I don't even know how I could of been hungry after all the food I ate on the plane but I somehow was so i grabbed something quick at Wendy's






Ireland was cold but New York looked freezing! Snow everywhere!



So after a 3 hour wait I get on my flight to Las Vegas..At this stage I was in a zombie like state and i just wanted to sleep..luckily the flight was very quiet so I stretched out across three seats and fell asleep..I woke up to hear the pilot announcing we were 'starting our descent into Las Vegas'...it seemed like the fastest flight ever!

Flying into Las Vegas at night was amazing..seeing all the neon lights got me from being a little bit sleepy to being pretty excited! I was finally here after 24hrs of travelling!



So I went to collect my luggage but surprise surprise my bag was there but no snooker cues!Apparently 'it missed the flight' and would be arriving tommorow..it could of been worse I guess..at least it was arriving the next day.My friend Mike picked me up from the airport and took me back to his house.it was good to catch up with Mike..I met Mike through another friend last summer during my last trip and we really hit it off..he's a cool guy and the only poker player I know who grinds 30hrs a week but crushes it more than anyone!So it was back to Mikes house where the plan was to play some FIFA 15 for the night..another friend Gary Hurst aka twoplustwo legend 'el niño' came over too..apparently these guys had been practicing for the last three months in anticipation of me coming back over...I'll be honest they sucked last summer at Fifa and I crushed them! I'm gonna blame jet lag but somehow I managed to lose a few games against them this time around! We started up a whiteboard to track the results for the duration of my trip..we haven't decided yet what we are gonna play for but I'm sure we will think of something good!

It's a bit of a blur but I think we played until around 3am..at that stage we were all pretty tired..I headed back with Gary to his house..the plan was to stay at Gary's that night before I went over to another friend Matt who's house i would be staying at for the duration of my trip.

I stayed with Gary all last summer so it was pretty cool to see everyone in the house again including twoplustwo legend 'RobFarha' who lives there.I didnt got to see Rob but we are gonna meet up at some stage..there are definetly one or two mad stories involving Rob from the summer!Everyone in that house really looked after me last summer and it's something I will be eternally grateful for

I'll throw up a few pics of El Ninos house and him in his car..a little shy he wouldn't get out of the car for the pic!









So the next morning me and El Niño head for the Wynn to play a session .The $1/$3 game there places a bit deeper ($500 max buy in) which I like.Theres plenty of play in it.On the way to the Wynn at some traffic lights we came across a homeless guy with a cardboard sign..I threw him a dollar thinking it might give me some run good in return! El Niño wasn't happy! The last time he helped out a homeless guy he got crushed in his session and I quote he said he 'was retiring from poker'. !! Maybe I should of listened to him because I ended up having a losing session! But nothing major..to be honest on reflection I don't think I should of played..I just couldn't seem to focus...I thought I was ok but on reflection I was quite clearly still jet lagged.i cut my session short and then left the Wynn with Matt the friend i was staying with for my trip..he's another twoplustwo legend 'mpethybridge'.I almost forgot me and El Niño also picked up the snooker cues and he was pretty happy with them and played a session with them with Mike that day! When we opened them there was a leaflet from customs saying they had opened them...no surprise there then!













I went for dinner that night with Matt and had two beers..it was nice to just chill out and have one or two beers.it was back then to the house for some much needed sleep.My bed was comfy so I slept like a baby!



The next day it was back to the Wynn for my first real session and to say it went well would be an understatement! I was in beast mode and absolutely crushed! It was nice to get off to a good start so early in the trip..I know I won't have days like this every day but it is nice when they do come around!



This post might seem a bit all over the place..I've written it over the last few days at different stages so it's probably a little bit scattered! Im currently grinding a the Wynn again today although it did seem like a waste to be grinding given the weather outside! It's about 25 degrees celsius..it's not too hot..it's just perfect!

I'll throw some random pics of the Wynn casino below..the place is awesome and my god there is some of the hottest chicks on the planet walking around all the time! Pictures of them in later posts to come!!

















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Can confirm this guy is a hero
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