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Old 01-15-2019, 08:54 PM   #6176
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Jesus I thought it was only sold by the bottle--and always a secret.

Their business model of way under-meeting demand with supply is beyond interesting to me.
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Old 01-16-2019, 12:16 AM   #6177
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I had the best compliment I've received in ages last night while playing 5/5/10NL live. A rec said after about 6 hours of playing in a talkative splashy game that I drove: "this was some of the most fun I've ever had losing money here"

Totally unprompted which made me appreciate it. I've learned a lot from this thread that has translated into how I conduct myself at the table. thank you
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Old 01-16-2019, 07:57 AM   #6178
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Berkey is a boss. The only reason I made any sort of comment about his motivations for playing in the big games is cause he's obv way above my level and would never in a million years give a **** about anything I have to say about him.

Kinda surprised youre saying so many nice things about a guy who runs a training site though
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Old 01-16-2019, 02:18 PM   #6179
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Ha, I enjoyed this. The euros in general are easily the most clueless.
The euros don’t care. They’re not here for the long term. They’re just here to suck as much money as they can out of Americans before their visa expires.
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Old 01-17-2019, 02:00 AM   #6180
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Belgium Beer is something I know a thing or two about. I have been lucky enough to be visiting the country on on and off for the last 12 years with the longest trip being three months.

Best Belgian in the world and my pick for best beer in the world is Westvleteren 12. Brewed by monks only in the amount needed to fund the monastery. Want to buy some? Make an appointment wait a month, make sure you are on time and hope they did not sell out the days quota. It has one an award or two I think but all I can say is it is t he most flavorful complex and drinkable beer I have ever had.

Hard to find I only know of one shop in Brugge that consistently has it. Other favorites: Westmalle double. Omer, LeFort Trippel, Rodenbach (if you are into a sour) and Grimbergen. I also love Bourgongne des Flanders which is almost impossible to find (at least for me) out side of Brugge.

The thing we underrate in the states is Beer culture. We have great beer but in Belgium every beer has its own glass style to be served in, at precise temp with a ritual including making sure there is enough foam and then taking the time to level it with the glass which of course has just been rinsed with cool water to ensure not dust is present and that the glass does not warm the beer but not a cold glass that might mute the flavor.

Also Brazil has great beer culture. Any place that treats every beer like a bottle of Dom is alright by me.

In my opinion lost in the sea of micro brews in the states is that most of them are average. Esp the IPA's. Cover horse piss with enough hopps and no one can tell. We all love the local one but unless you are from that place many are pretty much the same.

For me other than the flavor and complexity the most important thing about a beer is the memories. That is why Yuengling, and High Life will be favorites for me. A taste that can bring back a time, place or loved one's or long lost lovers memory is perfect even if that our is PBR/Bud/insert whatever here.

Everyone will have a different feeling and memory that drives what is his or her favorite. A smell and a taste that can bring back to life the moments people an places that formed them. Other than my kids I have a hard time thinking about what might bring me more joy than an Ice Cold High Life and memories of moments that flash to the surface for but an instant.
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Old 01-17-2019, 02:37 AM   #6181
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Best Belgian in the world and my pick for best beer in the world is Westvleteren 12. Brewed by monks only in the amount needed to fund the monastery. Want to buy some? Make an appointment wait a month, make sure you are on time and hope they did not sell out the days quota. It has one an award or two I think but all I can say is it is t he most flavorful complex and drinkable beer I have ever had.

Hard to find I only know of one shop in Brugge that consistently has it. Other favorites: Westmalle double. Omer, LeFort Trippel, Rodenbach (if you are into a sour) and Grimbergen. I also love Bourgongne des Flanders which is almost impossible to find (at least for me) out side of Brugge.
westy was the beer that got me into good beer. it's great, but in my opinion (and this is obviously a totally subjective topic) overrated. it used to be known as "the best beer in the world", i think because it was rated #1 on beeradvocate.com for a long time. it's a great great beer, but there are better quads (Rochefort 10 is an example). and better beers overall. that said it is eminently drinkable. the first time i had it (in Brugge, Belgium actually) i had 7.

that's a good list of favorites. Rodenbach on draught is a top notch flanders red (good on bottle too). similar but even better is Duchesse de Bourgogne, which has a sweeter flavor balance and is one of the best beers i've ever had, particularly on bottle. some other favorites are Schneider Weisse Hopfenweisse and Aventinus Doppelbock. both absolutely world class, and from Germany for a change (Belgium does take the cake in beer, there's just no arguing it). Delerium Tremens only on draught is top notch. Grimbergen which you mentioned is a great beer considering how widely available it is in Europe. really really good. i'll take a good old nitrous tap Guinness for a widely available and excellent dry stout.

there's a brewery in Quebec called Trois Mousquetaires that makes a brutally intense but top notch Weizenbock that's 10.5ABV. If you come across one try it. Same brewery makes a great Maibock as well.

and i agree about memories. lots of good ones tied to some of the above high-level fare. and for me, it's a whiff of James Ready 5.5 that brings back the degen memories. downed too much of that from red solo cups for my body to forget.

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cheers to you both!

i feel fluffed by this thread now (beer wise).
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Old 01-17-2019, 05:09 PM   #6182
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please don't turn this into a beer snob thread
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Old 01-17-2019, 09:03 PM   #6183
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Why not? :-)
I actually work 2 min away from Les Trois Mousquetaires!
They make, among other beers, an excellent Baltic Porter. I still have a special edition one brewed in oak barrels.
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Old 01-17-2019, 10:34 PM   #6184
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Why not? :-)
I actually work 2 min away from Les Trois Mousquetaires!
They make, among other beers, an excellent Baltic Porter. I still have a special edition one brewed in oak barrels.
ya that one's tasty

thread takes twists and turns but eventually settles back on or around topic. ultimately we're (mostly) all poker players.
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Old 01-18-2019, 04:42 AM   #6185
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RIP Gavin Smith. Too young. ****. Let's work on this...
I didn't know him on a first name basis but probably spent >200 hours in the B Bar at Borgata at the same time as him over the years. He would just wander around being everyone's best friend and always had a super positive vibe and was really fun to talk to. Borgata is my favorite poker trip place, hanging out in the B Bar all night a lot of nights is my favorite part of the trips and Gavin was almost always a part of those fun nights.

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For me other than the flavor and complexity the most important thing about a beer is the memories. That is why Yuengling, and High Life will be favorites for me. A taste that can bring back a time, place or loved one's or long lost lovers memory is perfect even if that our is PBR/Bud/insert whatever here.
Speaking of B Bar, we don't have Yuengling around these parts, so any time I am out east, it is a treat to be able to enjoy a few too many Yuenglings.

I went to a Pub Dog for the first time when I was in Maryland this past September and it was a great experience, really enjoyed everything I tried.
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Old 01-18-2019, 11:24 AM   #6186
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I didn't know him on a first name basis but probably spent >200 hours in the B Bar at Borgata at the same time as him over the years. He would just wander around being everyone's best friend and always had a super positive vibe and was really fun to talk to. Borgata is my favorite poker trip place, hanging out in the B Bar all night a lot of nights is my favorite part of the trips and Gavin was almost always a part of those fun nights.
I hung out with him briefly one night in 2007 in Vegas during WSOP time. I had just beaten Jeanette Lee in a game of pool(on a bank shot) in front of a lot of people at Tao at a Bodog party. Shortly afterwords in the men's room(while pissing) him and Josh Arieh were discussing how much they should back me for in a big money game against her. I declined. That was a fun night though
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Old 01-18-2019, 04:04 PM   #6187
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Dg where’s the best place to leave a review on your sessions pod
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Old 01-18-2019, 06:12 PM   #6188
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Dg where’s the best place to leave a review on your sessions pod
Pretty sure iTunes is the best place. Also pretty sure that because it's explicit (not caving on that) it needs a ****load of reviews to move up the charts.

Thanks 808.

I just got some sick new equipment that should make the sound even better.

And I think I just had a pretty big learning, maybe you can confirm/deny...

I recorded ep 6 (of season 2) right after my session. I think it doesn't measure up to the majority of episodes, which I usually do after some sleep (or at least after I've gone out and chilled the **** out). I think I have too much caffeine while I play and I am way too amped up/aggro that there just needs to be a cooling off period (and some organization of the notes to get the hhs right and omit lame stuff).

Any thoughts on ^^^ would be much appreciated.

But yeah, iTunes if you can, wherever else you listen is fine too tho ofc.

Thanks again.
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Old 01-18-2019, 06:18 PM   #6189
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I had the best compliment I've received in ages last night while playing 5/5/10NL live. A rec said after about 6 hours of playing in a talkative splashy game that I drove: "this was some of the most fun I've ever had losing money here"

Totally unprompted which made me appreciate it. I've learned a lot from this thread that has translated into how I conduct myself at the table. thank you
Nice. That's awesome. GJ.

Back in 2008 an old school good poker pro at Venetian told me I was the first player he had ever played with that was absolutely amazing for the game while absolutely crushing it.

^^^ was an important moment in my career. I had already ditched the grinder uniform/behavior, and now I had the confirmation I needed that it was working/well worth it.
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Berkey is a boss. The only reason I made any sort of comment about his motivations for playing in the big games is cause he's obv way above my level and would never in a million years give a **** about anything I have to say about him.

Kinda surprised youre saying so many nice things about a guy who runs a training site though
I'm not sure I said that many nice things about him lol. I mainly just said he's really good at playing "the game" (beyond the cards that are dealt to him). As Jim Rome would say (at least back in the day when I used to listened to him), "Scoreboard".

He plays in the biggest game. He's the best player in it. He has zero risk!

Having said that, I also have had many encounters with him over the years and never had a negative one. He has always been pleasant+ and I don't think he has any scum bag in him <-- is saying a lot in the poker world.

FTR tho, I think training sites are pure bull ****. They are short sighted and/or greedy af. They don't create winners. They just create variance. And anyone good enough to beat the game should be happy just doing that imo. Winners have an obligation to be good for the game long-term, to respect the community and to not **** with their peers' livelihood.

If you want to make money in poker outside of sitting down and playing, do it in a way that is mutually beneficial imo.

But those are just my thoughts... My little brother pointed out that I am idealistic AF. He's right. But inside that **** just feels the best. It allows you to stay smiling (for the most part) even when your world crumbles down around you.

Gotta go coach some 3rd and 4th grade girls' hoops now!

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Pretty sure iTunes is the best place. Also pretty sure that because it's explicit (not caving on that) it needs a ****load of reviews to move up the charts.

Thanks 808.

I just got some sick new equipment that should make the sound even better.

And I think I just had a pretty big learning, maybe you can confirm/deny...

I recorded ep 6 (of season 2) right after my session. I think it doesn't measure up to the majority of episodes, which I usually do after some sleep (or at least after I've gone out and chilled the **** out). I think I have too much caffeine while I play and I am way too amped up/aggro that there just needs to be a cooling off period (and some organization of the notes to get the hhs right and omit lame stuff).

Any thoughts on ^^^ would be much appreciated.

But yeah, iTunes if you can, wherever else you listen is fine too tho ofc.

Thanks again.


i'll have to catch up, i'm a few ep's behind.
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:09 PM   #6192
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a few sessions ago i triple straddled pretty much all night. so i was paying 15.5bb an orbit to play in blinds. makes it an expensive game but i'm pretty sure it all came back to me because a whale was looking for a straddle buddy. i discreetly moved a few seats to my right to get position on him when the players next to me picked up. there was one seat left between us but i didn't want to make it obvious. while we waited for the shuffle he cozied right up to me of his own volition, presumably so we could get double and triple straddles going. god seat paid well.
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:25 PM   #6193
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Nice. That's awesome. GJ.

Back in 2008 an old school good poker pro at Venetian told me I was the first player he had ever played with that was absolutely amazing for the game while absolutely crushing it.

^^^ was an important moment in my career. I had already ditched the grinder uniform/behavior, and now I had the confirmation I needed that it was working/well worth it.

Meanwhile in my plo game last night I had to listen to some guy talking about how much work he's been putting in off the table at his tournament game,how he paid 1000 dollars for a tourny upswing course and is also paying 100 bucks a month for jdanzez plo course and it's working so we'll.

He saw 3 flops in about 2 hours,tanked in the one hand he did play for 4 mins before shipping the flop for about double what was bet and then told the guy "I just read your as week" when he got it in with a decent draw in a standard spot based on the spr
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died loling @ ‘does he think we have some kind of whale code going on here?’
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FTR tho, I think training sites are pure bull ****. They are short sighted and/or greedy af. They don't create winners. They just create variance. And anyone good enough to beat the game should be happy just doing that imo. Winners have an obligation to be good for the game long-term, to respect the community and to not **** with their peers' livelihood.
I hope we all appreciate the irony of being a poker player and being concerned with other people’s livelihoods. A lot of dream crushers in this thread
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