If you are close or down, you really have to be ready to step up and skip work. This challenge is waaaay more important.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, I love my job and...
Job I love > poker > job I do not love.
On a side not im seated waiting for the cards to go in the air. Im on a great table with 1 old nit reg, 3 fish regs, and a few unknowns who bought in semi short and sound like standard randoms. None of the few better morning regs are here from what I see which is always nice.
45 mins in update. Super fish on my immediate left has donated his 300 and left the game. I got into one had where I turned the nut straight and raised his lead. I made it look bluffy, to which he loves to over shove his medium holdings. He even said he thought I was bluffing, but he didnt have anything to push me with He then went on tilt and stacked off his last 150 in the next three hands to people on my table.
With him leaving im going to give an example of why I did one my biggest habits when playing live: The auto seat change to my left when a player busts. It seems and looks silly but its helped me plenty for reasons like todays experience. I moved over and next player got called to the table. The player who sits is one of the very few 2/2nl players who's play I respect. He also plays LAG amazingly well with only a few leaks that nearly no one finds. Hes the type I would full on stake right now if he let me. Needless to say, I much prefer him to be on my right.
In general, I love putting the unknown player to my right when I have a decent read on the rest of the table. Just makes sense to move over to gain that advantage at every opportunity.
Currently up about 40. Had two bigger hands that didn't pay off well, but its been a easy table to navigate the small and medium pots.
Close to 2 hours in and up 102. Definitely on my A+ game today and refusing to miss all opportunities to accumulate chips. I dont remember the last time I was giving a LLSNL game this much attention and energy. No headphones, no tv, no playing games on the phone...just beat this game
Just got cute check calling a flopped straight against a tight player who obviously bet out with a hand like tptk. I did it planning to check raise any blank turn since his turn bet might have been enough to commit his stack. Turn puts 4 to straight on board and he shuts down. My stacks at +156. A raise on flop may have gotten me there.
Having been within 30, im fighting tilt as people keep sucking out for medium pots while I keep dancing around a 300 stack. Aq on ak3 hh flop. I cbet from mp, two callers and a ****in 2h on turn like its nothing. Stupid draws getting there.
Aggro thug punk (atg) has chipped up being aggressive and raises to 13 pre from mp. I flat button with 8c8d. One other caller from ep.
Flop (43): 7c6c3s. They check, and I bet 25, ep folds, atg calls. Turn (93) is Ks. Atg checks, I bet 35. I assume he had clubs, k isnt a great card but I have to bet so he checks river. Also 35 more makes the pot large enuf that if I take it down with blank river I have a $400 stack and win this bet.
River is a Qs. He checks and I check behind. He flips over A9ss for runner runner spade flush. He then celebrates and says he had to try to and get there since people do it to him.
Now sitting well short. Need a big pot in next few hours.
Super duper awesome "the guy" sat to my right and quickly luckboxed his stack up to over 1k. Our whole table just got loose and wild, nearly all of us have 500+ stacks. I currently have 510 in front and am in for 700. Yes, **** my life 700 in this game cuz I kept getting run down in good spots. Itll happen but id rather it not today. 510 in front...double up coming soon for the win!
OK followers and 2+2 geniuses in general. We have a debate. After the hand above, I was left with about 300 and needed to turn it into about 900 to win this bet. As a result, with having to leave for work in the very near future, I convinced the fish on my right to go all in dark with me for a flip. He obliged, and the next hand we were in the sb and bb, the table folded around so we could flip. I took it down, and he asks me to give him another shot for 300. Table lets us and I won another $300. I then racked up shortly after for $916 to book the victory. While first excited that I just luckboxed into a win, it feels like its not in the spirit of this bet, to which the person betting against me similarly agrees. Technically, it wasn't in the rules, but I have a bad taste because I wanted to win grinding, not just win.
So we are currently taking suggestions, and any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Its a win to me. There were no stipulations on how you got there. No different than adding high hand money that you didnt actually win off someone playing money. If I were the one betting you I would have made sure high hand money didn't count instead of you going all in in the dark at the finish line.
We both agreed that I should not be declared a loser since I did hit in the number. Since all neutral parties, including those who responded on here, said I won, its been a declared victory.
However, it felt unsportsmanlike since we made the bet based on how much I could grind at 1/2nl and flips are anti-grind. I was less then $30 away at one point and then collapsed. I haven't made some of the mistakes I made late into Fridays session in a long time. It was a great reminder of some leaks that used to cost me tons of money in the past, but I haven't committed in a long time. Part of it was the bet itself, but I'll discuss a few common things anyways:
1. Having specific monetary goals in the short term.
- When you put too much pressure on yourself to make a certain amount in a short span of time, you aren't looking at the big picture. Its all about long term winnings based on good decision making. Trying for a quick score sets yourself up for a big loss more often than not.
2. Having specific time constraints within a need to win.
- Similar to the above explanation, its all about long term and decision making. Having time constraints can be OK as long as you look at it all as one long session. Even playing with a specific start and stop time can be OK as long as your thoughts aren't geared towards a "I need to get even by the time I leave, and I'm leaving in x minutes/hours."
3. Assessing the situation.
- In this case, when I was at +150, I could feel myself getting a little anxious about the prop win. It blocked my thoughts about playing an A game and how to win the prop. I could've gotten up and gone to the bathroom or something to quick reasses my situation. My situation was needing to continue playing small ball and wait for great spots. When I was in an OK one and lost a medium pot on a flip, I also should have reassessed my situation. Instead it felt like the victory elluded me, and it messed with my head. At that point, I was still only 100 short with about 6 hours remaining. I could easily table change, as my table got tougher, and grind out the win. Instead I got stubborn, and definately went below my A game.
4. Table change/ignore your ego (long rant warning)
- In the above explanation I said I could've easily changed to an easier game but I got stubborn. Any good grinder knows that you must table select to maximize your profit. Yes, you can beat the game, but its not always a game worth trying to beat. Its an ego thing, people wanting to prove they are the best. Who cares if you can beat the game, you can put yourself in an easier more profitable spot elsewhere. I always remember the first Kinish/Mike scene in Rounders at KGB's place before Mike goes busto. He runs into Kinish and says he can beat the game. Kinish agrees with something along the lines of, "yes, maybe this game can be beat, but you know you can beat the games down the street." People hate swallowing their pride and taking the easy money. You can feel like a pussy by leaving the tough game, walking away with a tail between your legs. But its not about pride or ego's...its about money. Thats it, how do you make the most. Nothing else. I'd say what made me most successful in poker very early on was that I played online. For some reason, my mind treated online poker like a video game - who ever had the highest score wins. The way we keep score in poker is by chips/money. Its about making the most, thats how you win.
As a final review, I really had some good and bad luck happen the last month. Binking promo money really saved my ass at times and certainly made a nice, free donation to the profit goal. On the other hand, battling a sickness for nearly a week right in the middle of the month was quite unfortunate. Yay variance
So to wrap up the bet, my friend who bet against me did accept the loss. As a gesture of good faith, I'm using the amount I won in this bet as a cash game buy in. He's then receiving 25% of any profits I make in that session. So I get paid for the win, play a cash session I'd normally play anyways, and if I win, he gets a rebate. Seemed the most fun and fair thing I could come up with and he really enjoyed it as well. I tried talking him into a month long grind at 1/2NL of his own where I'd give him some odds, but hes got some commitments the next month that would hold him back.
Thanks you all for the support, advice, etc. I'm eager to do something similar down the road to prove to myself I can. Its fun to challenge and push yourself in crazy directions. This one was a fun ride, with a lot of live friends coming along on trips and pushing me to win. Whenever I get some more prop bets going, I'll start another thread and/or update this one accordingly.