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Old Today, 01:24 PM   #4976
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Re: 2k- a poker story (wtmfl;dr obv)

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Granted, it's not just true in poker. Any entrepreneur that made it big was both really good and really lucky. Same for athletes and many artists.

Can confirm about life. I have an MBA, but that couldnít fade being given to an anti-Semitic boss (analysis from multiple other employees at the firm, who were not Jewish) right after grad school. Took him awhileóhe wound up being fired before I leftóthat said, the results were my career being permanently stymied at that company, despite delivering projects in 6 months that were expected to take 2 years and solving a problem thought to be impossible and on a corporate backburner for a decade (the latter took me 2 monthsóin retrospect, it was given to me assuming Iíd fail, not gather top minds in and out of the firm to help deliver a brilliant analysis and working product within 2 months). I wasnít known for brilliant work, I was considered a massive corporate question mark (old boss was bad enough they didnít fire me on his recommendation, which never happens at big companies).

7 years before that happened I was a young hot shot building a promising hedge fund career before the financial crisis crushed my entire generation and everyone I worked foróthree early mentors wound up semi-retired and out of the game.






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Old Today, 01:40 PM   #4977
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hahah somehow i'm able to do most of this except the exercise and supermarket coupons (i am a credit card bonus whore though.)

i love joking about one timing pots worth more than my economy car.

i'm really good at separating +ev plays where i lost thousands from wasting money in real life.



but yea time bomb made a lot of good points.most people aren't wired this way.



hell some are way better poker players than me and can even afford massive life leaks.


I was very happy to read TimeBombís post. I remember his posts from years ago and was always wondering what his story was.

The only thing I really canít empathize with is the pure gambling parts (I can sympathize, but not understand). I love poker for its strategic aspects and ability to think my way to victory (same w Settlers of Catan, or a myriad of other games)óas such I find blackjack, roulette, craps, whAtever as boring time sucks. Literally every bet just feels like Iím losing 5% or whatever the House edge is on the gameódoesnít matter where my money hits the table or how many choices I make, itís all the same and itís boring AF to me. I also donít participate in last hand of the night PLO hands and other stupid ****. To me itís the same as playing waróboring af.
At the heyday of my poker playing, I remember I had just lost about 2k on a bluff when a friend came in to the sino partying. I took 40 bucks to the craps table w him, chilled for 20 minutes until I lost it, and told him Iíd hit my cap for the day, and headed back to my poker game. Gambling to me is inherently boring, if Iím at a table game itís to play the minimum and sit next to a friend w a drink in my hand.



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Old Today, 03:00 PM   #4978
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At risk of sounding like a broken record with prior posts I've made over the years...

The above sentence is one of the most important in my life. Although still a long ways to go, my improved/continued ability to focus exclusively on what's in my control has brought me so much more peace daily and has improved my poker game, technically and mentally/emotionally, quite a bit.

A major component to this thought process is that I am going to work sickeningly hard at everything that is in my control, from relationships to fun to fitness to poker. It's not that I know better than anyone else to what extent variance has on poker/life/etc, I just choose to not to focus on it. (Although I do have some idea as someone who over 15 years has split his career playing infinite high stakes online hands and then live nosebleed hands.) I also think it is INSANELY hard but probably more likely impossible to even come close to close to having any real idea how well/poor one runs (let alone how well a peer of your runs), even after half a lifetime of poker, in part because of the way the human brain works and the tricks it will always play on itself. Really smart people often suffer from the worst cognitive distortions of all and because they know they are smart are the hardest to convince of anything else.

Whenever I blame most of my good or bad fortune (irrelevant of whether it's poker or anything else) over a period of time on variance, it tends to lead me toward a path of frequent inactivity and thus anxiety in my case. Because I'm liable to think "almost all this is out of my control anyway," I'm much less likely to execute what is within my control. Although rarely discussed in this thread, making excuses for something happening/not happening in life is so deeply human, and something I do plenty of myself. But by focusing on executing what I can as often as I can, I'm able to keep these excuses from impeding my progress in a way that they used to. I suspect these excuses get in the way of many others goals as well.

Disclaimer: No one will ever convince me of how hot I run in everything more than myself. I think it is a much happier/healthier/easy to connect to others way of thinking. Sure, maybe all my thoughts above are all BS as a result
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