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Old 10-08-2019, 08:19 PM   #1
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Fighting out of the Downswing// $250k Year Live Pokers in Mexico

1. The Challenge:
I am a 31 year old who has lived in Mexico since I was 22. I own rental properties here that are run as vacation rentals and am a full time poker player with 95% of that volume coming at live cash. I am currently coming out of the worst 1 month downswing of my live poker career. In USD it was roughly $28,000, (I play a pretty wide mix of stakes so BI's don't tell the whole story). The majority of the games that I am playing in are very soft, deep and not overly aggressive so this number is really painful for me to look at currently. Don't even want to look at the amount of BB's I blasted off over this stretch but it is substantial.

I play in everything from 25-50 peso games up to 200-400 peso which is roughly $1/3 USD up to $10/20 USD with the bulk of my volume coming in the 5/10USD range. I think the exact stake would work out to 4.1/8.2USD.
From May 2018-today I was a 21k loser in 37 tournaments but don't play many and that # includes bricking the main so who knows. I assume I am a winner but

I will document the next year (October-October) and hopefully give a cool look at the live scene here in Mex, cool travel stuff, poker trips and just kind of a day in the life look while keeping myself on track and focused on making good choices. There are some amazing characters in these games and I think it will make for some entertaining reads. I am only setting the $ goal because it corresponds with my hourly in the most focused year I had (2016) and the amount of hours that I want to play this year.

Live Cash Graph May 2018- Today:
The stats are on 274 unique days of playing. Hours are correct. Sessions are weird because I quit and play somewhere else pretty frequently especially on trips so a lot of 2+ session days
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Stats. Played 274 played of 466 days
May 2018-Today
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September was a mix of run bad and some atrocious play bad and bad mental leaks that I thought I had conquered long ago. Soooooo... the challenge will consist of keeping myself accountable to

1. Consistently Grind (160hrs a month avg. over the next year. roughly 2000hrs total) Play longer sessions.

I have always been a great studier and a sometimes lazy player. The fact that most of the games I play here run from 8pm-3/4/5/6am makes it so that some nights I would prefer to stay home with a glass of wine and the family. I also tend to quit, the amount of 1-3 hour sessions I have put in the last year and a half is quite high. I do take 4-5 poker trips a year and those are pure work and I can pretty easily knock out 70-100 hours a week but when I am home I am averaging about 20hrs a week which is not volume I am thrilled with. This July in Vegas did a 280hr month and that was with wife and kids coming to visit for a week and taking some days off, so I am definitely capable of grinding just need the motivation.

2. Mental Game// Compartmentalize
I am always proud of my level headedness but some really bad habits crept back in over the last year or so and they fully came back to punish me this last month. The month would have been a loser no matter what based on some big spots not going my way and some poor decisions but the mental leaks threw gasoline onto the fire. I will address this more later because the mental side of live poker is one of the things I love most about it. No loss chasing, putting as much focus on low stakes games as high stakes etc.

3. Less degen activities.
Less drinking while playing. I'm not a huge drinker but love wine, I am playing about 70/30 home game vs casino and theres a lot of great wine in the home games. In September my biggest loss came after a bottle and half of my favorite bottle but not so good after a 9k loss at effective 5/10 stakes and seemingly limitless $200 flips.
When you are in a crazy live poker environment with all the characters that come with it, sometimes crazy **** will happen and I recognize that and never want to be considered the nit. However I am pretty aware of when giving action goes towards the dark side of just degen behavior and will be hopefully on top of that throughout this blog.
Just a quick side story 2 weeks ago in a 5/5 game two of the very fun players did a 50k peso flip to start the session (roughly $2500 each). So not being a nit is not always easy when surrounded by maniacs. Despite stuff like this the bigger games play pretty straight forwardly and passively. Even more reason to take the bare minimum of neutral or - EV spots.

4. A minimum of 5 Poker Trips
I always go to Vegas for WSOP for 2-4 weeks and generally will travel 1-2 times to a big tournament series here in Mexico + LA once or twice. Would like to expand that a little this year and take the family on the backend of these trips for a vacation too. I love poker trips. I feel like this is when I am 100% locked in and focused. If the casino where I am going to be playing has a hotel, even better. I will grind as long as the games are good, go to sleep and wake up excited to do it again. The more the better.

5. Update my PGC at least twice a week
This should be easy. There's always good stories. I have wished that the games are recorded so many times when some crazy **** happens.

6.Study 8-10 hrs a week
Another easy one, I have always been a dedicated studier. I loved school and uni and studying comes naturally.

7. Buy a new Rental Property during this challenge.
I will also touch on this throughout the tthread but our rental business is doing well and I am less reliant on poker income to live a good life for the family. That being said I have also stopped growing the business and haven't added anything since early 2018. Comfort in business = less effort and dedication in poker = same amount of income. Rededicating time and energy to poker frees up more disposable/investable income and if people are interested I will talk about this as well.

8. Maintain family time at current levels + 2 family vacations.
My wife takes our daughters to school and picks them up but I am the fun activity dad. We love to travel and my wife is happy with anything I do as long as I'm present at home and we go somewhere else a few times a year. I started early in this department (my wife is older than I am) but this is something that I am so grateful for. We are roughly 10 years younger then the majority of parents in our daughters school and I am happy knowing I'll still be young/healthy enough to play sports with my future grandkids etc.

Wow that was a lot longer than anticipated and more time consuming but future posts will be shorter I promise. Will post more thoughts on all things but particularly interested in sharing the Mexico side, wild games, Real Estate and the mental side of Live Poker.

Heading to casino game shortly, let the climb out of the downswing and towards 250k year begin!

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Old 10-08-2019, 08:57 PM   #2
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Old 10-09-2019, 04:23 AM   #3
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Just got home from the first session of the challenge and SUCCESS!
This kind of session is the exact reason why I wanted to start posting in the first place. Tuesday nights are one of the smallest games I play and recently I have either been skipping it or putting in a meager effort. Tonight started off down 50bbs in 30 minutes and everything in me wanted to go home and just write off the night considering this is the lowest hourly game I play in blah blah blah. I didn't, the game got better and bigger and we booked a 110bb winner.

Started at 7:00 and played til the game broke at 1:15am or so.

Start:
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In for 10k pesos = $555
Finish:
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Out for 24,500 = $1361
+$806 in 6.25hrs

The Game:
This game takes place almost every night in the casino in the downtown area where I live. Its a roughly 15 minute drive from home, same usual lineup with a healthy mix of tourists thrown in. Stakes are generally 25/50 and 25/50/100. Roughly 1.5/3/6 USD. This was the first place I played and I have fond memories here and several of the regulars I have known for 7+ years.

Pros:
Close to Home
ALways get paid. No hassling with debts etc.
Game consistently runs.
Insanely soft (have run almost 11bbs/hour over a large sample). This is the most limp call happy game you can imagine. The average player in the game would be running a 40% vpip, 3% RFI. This isn't an exaggeration.
Very reliable "reads" on the regulars
I can autopilot/ can get other work down at the table, I don't feel the need to socialize or give action or any of the networking style BS that comes with home games. I like to be social generally but sometimes I just want to throw in headphones and read or write emails etc.
Surprisingly reasonable rake, capped at 1bb
I have a reputation as crazy in this game despite being very nitty, will come back to this at the end of the post.

Cons:
Smokey smokey. Cigarette smoke everywhere, you can even smoke at the table. There is a threshold where if there are 3+ people smoking at the table it can be unbearable.
The best nights to play in the casino (Thursday-Saturday) I am playing elsewhere or doing something with family/friends so I end up playing the smallest games and using it as a volume filler.
Unhealthy food. This seems trivial but so often I have been sitting there hungry, not wanted to eat something fried and then remembered what my wife cooked for dinner and the leftovers in the fridge and just gone home lol. She is an amazing cook.
Lowest hourly in $$ historically.


Not going to do a ton of HH's from these games because live poker against funish players doesn't lead to too many interesting spots from a reading perspective but played a hand that illustrates the game well against a nittier reg who's RFI range consists of JJ+, AQ+. Everything else goes in the limp bucket.
He raises LJ 4x we defend BB 200bbs effective with 86
Chk/Chk 642r
Pot/Call 2 turn
Pot/Call 7 river
We win
This guy is not trapping anything on the flop. He has played with me for roughly 5 years and refuses to believe I have it ever. Hands like this are why I am burning $/EV by not putting in the time and why I love live poker.

Quick Musings on Live Poker:
When I am bluffing I always immediately table my hand. I have always done this but after 100's of hours against the same players I genuinely believe that this sticks in peoples heads more than getting called and mucking your hand. It is inexplicable how much credit I get against certain players in spots where I would never consider bluffing them. I have always thought that eventually this tide will turn, they have to start throwing rock occasionally, but it doesn't. If anything as time has gone on people have gotten stickier against me.
My takeaway is always table your hand. Whatever "informational" value (lol) you are giving up is far surpassed in value by the players remembering that you are that crazy guy that showed up with a bluff 4 weeks ago


Tomorrow is a hiking day with wife and doggies, going to see The Joker (El Guason here) and then my favorite home game of the week! Onwards and upwards we go
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Old 10-09-2019, 05:05 AM   #4
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In! Sounds like we are playing in some very similiar games, even though we live almost on the opposite sites of the globe I am a former online pro who now plays decent volume live while working full time, but I can relate to a lot of your musings here. Looking forward to some interesting characters descriptions, as there tend to be a lot of them in games like yours.


Oh, and +million on always showing a bluff, the easiest way to make money in live games is to have a loose reputation while actually playing quite solid
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:50 AM   #5
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I didn't know there were regular mid - high stakes games in Mexico. I am guessing you somewhere like Mex City or Guadalajara? Do you mostly play home games with locals or there ex pats inviting you to their games? I have spent a lot of time down there but had no idea you could find such good games or I would of spent more time in the bigger cities.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:44 AM   #6
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Awesome thread, I'm subscribed.

I've been in CDMX a bit over a year and also looking to buy a rental property or 2 here in Mexico. Mostly a tiny place in a city I love that will break even or show a small profit that I can visit for a week whenever I feel like.
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:53 PM   #7
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Awesome thread, I'm subscribed.

I've been in CDMX a bit over a year and also looking to buy a rental property or 2 here in Mexico. Mostly a tiny place in a city I love that will break even or show a small profit that I can visit for a week whenever I feel like.
Thank you! And super cool about your plans. Love Mexico, one of my favorite cities I have visited. What neighborhood are you in?
As for the rental 3 years ago before Airbnb/VRBO was as prevalent here I would have said just go for it anywhere and you'll make a profit/house hack for free. Now theres so many more rentals you definitely have to be a little more selective where you buy or bring something unique to the table. Where do you like?

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I didn't know there were regular mid - high stakes games in Mexico. I am guessing you somewhere like Mex City or Guadalajara? Do you mostly play home games with locals or there ex pats inviting you to their games? I have spent a lot of time down there but had no idea you could find such good games or I would of spent more time in the bigger cities.
The biggest game I have seen in a casino is 50/100 pesos roughly 3/6usd. The home games are a different story. Even the small home games play much bigger. I am not in a big city, but its a big tourism city on the west coast. There are definitely games in GDL + MX as well though. Every game that runs down here is a mix of Mexicans and expats probably 70/30. The winter months are when we get the seasonal expats/ retirees etc and there are more/better games from November- April. The games are obviously by invitation but nobody is particularly picky about who comes as long when it comes to gringos

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In! Sounds like we are playing in some very similiar games, even though we live almost on the opposite sites of the globe I am a former online pro who now plays decent volume live while working full time, but I can relate to a lot of your musings here. Looking forward to some interesting characters descriptions, as there tend to be a lot of them in games like yours.


Oh, and +million on always showing a bluff, the easiest way to make money in live games is to have a loose reputation while actually playing quite solid
Awesome. And yes the characters are one of my favorite parts of live poker. Where are you located? Im always appreciative to be in a place where poker is newer and growing, still feels a little wild west ish.

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Thanks man, I've never really written like this but I'm liking it so far
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Oh ok makes sense. Now I would guess Cabo, Vallarta, and I’ll throw in my favourite city Tecoman.
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Thank you! And super cool about your plans. Love Mexico, one of my favorite cities I have visited. What neighborhood are you in?
As for the rental 3 years ago before Airbnb/VRBO was as prevalent here I would have said just go for it anywhere and you'll make a profit/house hack for free. Now theres so many more rentals you definitely have to be a little more selective where you buy or bring something unique to the table. Where do you like?
I'm really happy in CDMX so far, it's a great city. I'm in colonia Cuauhtémoc right next to Reforma and 2 blocks from Zona Rosa.

I haven't put a ton of thought into it just yet b/c I probably wouldn't get started for another year+ when my residency situation is clearer, but my initial thought would be a beach area that I could rent out most of the year and then stay in for a month or 2 when CDMX gets cold in the Winter.

Acapulco is appealing b/c there are some really cheap properties in great areas near the beach. So I feel like it would be a low risk way to get started and if the perception of the city ever returns to a fraction of what it once was in the glory days, then property values should appreciate nicely. From what I understand, Mexicans still vacation there in reasonable numbers, but foreign visits have plummeted.
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Old 10-10-2019, 06:43 PM   #11
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Re: Fighting out of the Downswing// $250k Year Live Pokers in Mexico

Hike on a rare cloudy day. 9/10
Dogs are happy its not 32+ out for once
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The Joker 6/10
Pretty pretty bleak man.

Game 9.5/10
+$3300 in 6 hours playing $3/6/12 with the occasional 1000 peso ($60) button straddle thrown in.

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The Game

My favorite home game, usually runs once or twice a week depending on the current state of some of the bankrolls in the game. Uncapped buy in and 100 peso rake ($6). Plays like a big $5/10 game

Pros:
Amazing food, the chef stays the whole time and will make stuff to order or just a fixed menu. Can eat healthy if I want to.
Can put in really long hours in my highest EV spot of the week, game usually runs til 6am
Great cast of characters, will elaborate on some in future posts
Gambley, fun atmosphere
No cap on straddle sizes. This really ramps up the variance so could go into the con category too but overall I think is good.

Cons:
Game runs on credit, I've never been outright stiffed but usually I am owed some money from week to week. Most people come with 1 or 2 BI's and when that runs out will take credit from the "house". I trust the guy that runs the game so not the biggest deal and have always eventually gotten my money but still nice to win and get paid that day.



Played 3000 or so hands of Snap (zoom on 888) today, first hands of the month. Put in an hour of so of work and headed now to the girls school to pick them up after art class.

Happy so far, not just with results but with mindset. Hey and were almost 1% of the way through the challenge! Things are looking good

I will probably start updating every 3 days or so, I don't think I will make it doing every single session.


Challenge Stats
Hours:12.5
Profit: +4132
Hourly: $330
Onwards and upwards we go!
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In!

I love deep stacked, live no limit. I love Mexico (Cabo, La Paz, Puerto Vallarta... visiting Sayulita for first time soon). And I'm also a 30+yr old supporting a family (2 young kids) solely from poker. Can also tell from your first post you have your **** together. So I'd say this is the most interested I've been in a PGC here in a while.

Would love to hear more of everything you talked about. Especially anything mental game related.....what leaks have come back lately while running bad? Balancing family/normal life/sleep schedule related stuff with poke, etc...

What's your backround? How did you get in to poker? Any history online? Etc.

Btw, 2000 hours a year is too much and not smart long term in your situation imo. How many hours/yr have you averaged last few years?

Anyway, sounds like you've got a pretty sweet setup going down there. Congrats! Excited to read more.

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Are you American and moved to Mexico after BF?
If so, what were the hurdles initially in buying properties / investments?
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Old 10-11-2019, 05:50 PM   #15
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In!

I love deep stacked, live no limit. I love Mexico (Cabo, La Paz, Puerto Vallarta... visiting Sayulita for first time soon). And I'm also a 30+yr old supporting a family (2 young kids) solely from poker. Can also tell from your first post you have your **** together. So I'd say this is the most interested I've been in a PGC here in a while.

Would love to hear more of everything you talked about. Especially anything mental game related.....what leaks have come back lately while running bad? Balancing family/normal life/sleep schedule related stuff with poke, etc...

What's your backround? How did you get in to poker? Any history online? Etc.

Btw, 2000 hours a year is too much and not smart long term in your situation imo. How many hours/yr have you averaged last few years?

Anyway, sounds like you've got a pretty sweet setup going down there. Congrats! Excited to read more.
Thanks man! Good for you and very cool with the family/poker grind.

You have a lot of stuff in that post so I'll just kind of go through them bullet form.

Work Life Balance


For me its really rewarding having the family supported by poker because of the free time, but I think this really depends on your grind. For me it fits nicely right now. My girls are still little enough where bedtime is 8 which is generally right when the games I play start running, so I get some mix of homework, play, beach, dinner bedtime in every day without ever conflicting.

During the day when they are in school I spend time with my wife/friends and work on average 3 hours a day (this excludes live sessions).
Thats work is broken into

1 hour a day is spent on the the rental business. I will elaborate more on this in a future post but this is just a pretty monotonous part of the day and something that has to be done.

1-2 hours a day poker

I spend roughly 20-30 hours a month of studying, mostly just plugging in spots/sims and RIO videos. Not loving videos so much anymore so more just working on stuff on my own.

I still play roughly 10-20k hands a month online (888 and Party) 30NL-200NL fast. Maybe 8-10 days a month. The +/- $2000 monthly is not all that relevant to the bottom line at the end but I like to get in reps, and have HH to plug in and spots to study. I have zero interest in playing more than I currently do online for a lot of reasons but primarily
1.higher EV live (obviously) I don't think one person from the game I played in last night could beat 50NL online so
2. The additional time I would need to spend to even attempt making comparable money is not worth it to me. First I don't think I could do it in 2019 and second I think the landscape is pretty bleak to consider investing so much time. I think online is dying, I think live is growing and I am not going to be playing poker forever. So while I am playing I want to dedicate the majority of my work time and effort to the most profitable sector.

Working from home is nice when you love home . Currently writing this post here....
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The rest of the time is spent playing (from 8pm to 12-6) depending on the game. Last year this was 3-4 times a week and pretty short sessions.


My wife had a career before I met her, I pushed her into finally accepting we didn't need her to work anymore about 3 years ago and she "retired". That was the best thing that we could have done for our relationship/family well being. Life is much mellower for her, she went from working 55+ hours a week to 0 and that was huge for the girls as well.
We made a pretty simple arrangement when she retired. I give her $4,000Usd a month and from that she runs all household expenses, day to day stuff and pretty much anything she wants. Everything else is on me, so if we are going on a trip I start saving a % of winnings for a trip. To keep my wife happy I just have to be there and present with the family when I'm home and provide for the family in a way where she doesn't feel like she has to go back to work.
Pretty simple.

The grind and the 2000 hour goal.

2016= 1820 hrs
2017= 1513 hrs
2018= 1194 hrs
2019= 757 before the challenge was on pace to play around 1000 this year.

Why the year over year decrease in hours? Needed less income as the rental business became more profitable and we added properties. Less motivation, kids getting older and more fun to hang out with etc. This caused me to stagnate as far as building net worth, investing etc and I will not let that happen again. The last two years were great quality of life wise but financially it feels like lost time, even though I was profitable.

Why 2000 hr goal?
1. The extra money means a lot more to me now then it will in 3-5 years. We will have all of our rental property loans paid off then, pure cash flow so additional income will be less valuable.
2. I absolutely have the ability to do it without burning out and or taking away from the rest of life. If I had just added 2 sessions a week last year I would have gotten there. I can play 5 sessions a week easily without missing a single part of family life. And I can play longer. DON'T BE LAZY. I can grind like no other when my mentality and mindset are in place.
3. The games are too good to keep passing up and who knows how long they will be around.
4. TRIPS! As I mentioned in the first post I am going to go back to taking more poker trips this year. Those are almost always 100hr+ weeks, grind fests. 4 trips and I knock out 20% of the challenge right there. WSOP 2019 this year I got in 30% of my years hrs in 3 weeks + days off with the family.




Poker Background
I will just blast through the poker background question here.

Micro stakes games with neighborhood friends when I was 14 or 15. We barely knew the rules
Found online the summer before college I would grind the daily freerolls on Stars
Started going to the Indian casinos around San Diego where i was from that summer as well with two friends. 18+ and lax ID rules. I would go with two buddies buy in for 100 to a 1/2 game, lose and go home. This was maybe 10 sessions total but I was in. We were convinced we were getting cheated in the games, we just sucked.
My first year of college didn't play or think about poker much. I was playing sports and just enjoying college life.

That summer I didn't go home but stayed in LA and got invited to go to Hollywood Park by my roommates friend who knew I liked poker. LA live poker is a trip, and back then Hollywood Park was really a pretty funny place to play.

That summer I had nothing to do, I found duecescracked and that changed a lot for me. I would watch everything, I would read anything I could and played every $1-4.40 tournament on stars/FT/UB.

If I had $ I would also go to Hollywood Park and play cash.

My progress in poker came the following 3 years in college and through the following personality traits:
Competitiveness- hated losing more than I like winning
Arrogance beaten out of me until it became Humility self explanatory. I would learn and learn, have a winning session, become convinced I was beating a stake,move up, go broke, get back to work and just keep repeating this cycle
Being Money Obsessed I grew up broke in a nice area. My mom was a single mom who was a teacher in a nice school district. She worked insanely hard so we could live in that district and go to good schools but I was always consciously aware that I had less than most of my friends. When I saw people around my age making 6 figures I was hooked.
Solid Work Ethic All of the above funneled into work and that lead me to just want to outwork everyone. If I had PIO back then and that level of work ethic I would have been a ****ing crusher!

By my last year of college I had built up a 5k live roll and managed to keep it for a few months.
Online was different. I was playing small tournaments online, would have some bink and then immediately go take a 1 or 2 BI shot at cash. It really seemed so easy to get money online back then. I always preferred live to online, I don't know exactly why but it just appealed to me more and LA games are a pretty awesome place to build a roll.
Started playing 2/5 live and taking shots at 5/10 almost all at Hollywood Park. Games were great and by graduation had built up a 25k roll or so. Horrible BRM but ran relatively hot and the games were beatable.

Speed Round:
Had a part time job as well and a girlfriend that I was very much in love with, we broke up, I went through a pretty serious depression stage (first real breakup etc etc) stopped playing poker wanted to get out of LA so badly.

I applied for every international job I could, I just wanted to get as far away from my college life as possible. Got hired at a REI firm in Cabo for a summer internship. Snap accepted it. Invested 22k into the stock market (smartest thing I ever did), moved to Cabo with my remaining 3k and that was that. Loved living in a foreign country, did well and saw a ton of opportunity in the area. Prices were MEGA depressed on all real estate. This was in the height of the depression and durning a depression vacation homes are the first thing to get cut.
I made it my mission to not go back to the states unless I was a major success. Stopped playing much poker for 2 years or so, would play live sometimes and occasionally online. Started taking poker more seriously again in 2013 and here we are!
Phew thats a lot of spew. Hope it answers the questions! Sorry for the wordiness.

Sayulita
Also super cool you like La Paz, not many people make it there, thats our easy weekend getaway trip. Sayulita and especially the surrounding area is awesome. I like it way better than any of the other "touristy" beach destinations in Mex. Playa Escondida Hotel and that entire stretch of beach in front is one of the coolest most secluded feeling places places ever. There used to be an awesome tournament series at Odyssey in Nuevo Vallarta that was one of my poker trips every year and then we would do a family vacation around Nyarit.
Couple of pics to get you pumped.
Whole town is golf carts, you can just go down a path and end up in some random beach. We just drove around all day drinking beers and exploring. Photos are from wifes instagram so heavily edited
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CHile en Nogada, absolute nuts.
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Playa Escondida. Rainforest right down to the beach, nobody around and the hotel is nestled up in the mountain. Lotta hammocks and bars, super artsy, insane food. I got getting pumped just looking through the photos.
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Are you American and moved to Mexico after BF?
If so, what were the hurdles initially in buying properties / investments?
Yes. Born and raised in San Diego, went to college in LA and then been here most of my adult life. I did move to Mex after BF but not specifically for poker (see above post for more details)

I will do a full real estate post later. But just as a quick aside its not as difficult as people are lead to believe.
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I haven't put a ton of thought into it just yet b/c I probably wouldn't get started for another year+ when my residency situation is clearer, but my initial thought would be a beach area that I could rent out most of the year and then stay in for a month or 2 when CDMX gets cold in the Winter.
Whats your current status and where are you from originally? Is it true that its pretty hard to get status now? I heard to get Residente Permanante or citizenship you have to jump through some more hoops now. You used to be able to just pay someone to help you get everything but I heard that changed
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Mindset/ Lapsing into Negativity

To me the biggest difference between live and online is just the immediate psychological changes that take place live, based on game factors. I love how much that can change the dynamic of a session. When you play with the same players over and over in one never ending session this is amplified 10x because you are more aware of it. More perceptive of small mood changes or how people are approaching certain spots based on what has happened up until that point.

For me the 4 biggest factors in live poker in order of importance are
1. Game selection
2. Mindset/ Tilt Control
3. BRM
4. Skill

I really had to grow in 2 and 3 early in my career. From 2013 to 2018 I felt pretty in control of mindset but somewhere around August of 2018 the mindset started to develop some bad habits. I heard the phrase somewhere " Entitlement Tilt" and that is a perfect description. I used to just call it arrogance but its not so much arrogance as this idea of entitlement. I will explain:
I have played with the same 100 or so players for the last 6/7 years and when you are always the best or one of the best players in a soft game there are certain things that I think are important.

I give action in spots where it might not be +EV but also aren't really killing my bottom line.
If i get bad beat or someone takes a ridiculous line and wins I usually give a fist bump and say nice hand.
I will NEVER critique play or talk strategy with someone at the table.
If someone wants to gloat or talk **** I take it in stride.
I always let people say I'm lucky or run good and just agree with them.
If I'm winning and someone is losing and wants to play I will generally keep playing and vise versa if they are winning and quit I don't complain.

This isn't so much about taking care of the spots in the games but also just about making it so that theres not resentment towards me and at the end of the day this protects my bottom line too.

However, right after WSOP 2018 I had a good summer and came back to the same games as always and felt myself just getting fed up with some of the bullshit and snapping at people or taking a beat and making it my mission to just own the guy for the rest of the night.
When I was honest with myself this didn't come out of tilt it came from entitlement.
"I've put in 1000x more time into the game, I should never be loosing to these players."
"I always give action, this guy stacks me in a 500bb pot and then quits 30 minutes later, **** this guy. I'm gonna tell him off"
Someone would make an insane hero call, be right and then I would dedicate the rest of my session to owning the guy instead of just making good decisions like I normally would.


Last night in the first losing session of the challenge same thing happened and I had a bad response. We had Thursday night football Pats/Giants on in the background and the biggest spot in the game asked me if I wanted to bet 500pesos ($30) on the game, he wanted the Pats. It was the 3rd quarter Pats are up 21-14 and driving so I said give me 10.5 points and we're booked. We booked the bet. I could care less about the game, the bet is for 2.5bbs just for fun and makes the guy feel like I'll gamble with him. I just guessed a live line and as it turned out I was off by 3 points but whatever

Long story short he starts celebrating when they score a touchdown to go up 14 for the total game score but only 7 for the bet saying what a fish I am for making the bet blah blah blah and I realize he thinks we booked +10.5 for the total game score, which obviously would never be the case when I am setting a live line. I didn't for a second think about arguing with him, its just not worth it when we are playing a 5/10 equivalent game to argue about a 30 dollar bet.
He keeps going saying **** in every pot, "are you sure you don't need more points" blah blah blah just super happy to win the bet. eventually we get in a spot where I get in 50bbs pre and then shove 70bbs effective on 9hi flop with AA. He's never folding a pair here I, he shouldn't have much A hi and will look like a bluff to him and his perception of me. Sure enough he tanks and says he's positive I have nothing and calls with AQ basically dead. He turns his hand over first on the flop like so proud and so certain he is the hero, and if I'm in a good mindset I would snap turn my hand over and say unlucky.

BUTTTTTTTTT.....I am human too, so **** this guy. I say damn Beto good call, "I think I need some more points to win this one" and let the board run out, shake my head and roll over AA. Now everyone loves this and starts laughing and yelling but this is just so ---------EV its not even funny.

This guy is a regular in the games, has more money then everyone combined and can be a bit of a sore loser. He owns a pay company (basically like a payroll company in the states except every business is required to use one and they auto skim 10% off the top. Insanely profitable.) We always get along well, he just wanted to rub it in a bit. He sits there for 2 minutes doesn't rebuy then quits.

Session goes on I lose JJ to K5dd on 533xxd, 30bbs pre 100bb on the flop LOL.
Make it my mission to get the chips back and in the process make a pretty ill advised 3 barrel bluff in 3 bet pot in a spot where I have all the good hands but the villain is unlikely to fold. Couple of poor decisions, a horrible mood and the feeling of "how am I losing in this game to these players?" creeps in, the weak spots are winning, they quit early and Boom just like that a +2k night evaporates to a 1.2k loss.

Honestly, quite often I can get away with mental leaks, skill edge etc etc dictates that I don't have to be super locked in all the time. But in a swingy, deep game where people love the all in button mistakes can get punished in a way that is not common in 100bb games.

Little human -EV decisions that don't exist behind a computer can shape the complexity and outcome of a session so easily. When I'm locked in I am a master at this side of the game. When I'm not sometimes we will have sessions like this. I am working on it and thats the reason for this thread, accountability.

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Hourly: $174
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Awesome thread, I rarely post but really enjoyed it so far and felt obliged to.
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Cheers guys! I appreciate it and glad people are enjoying it. I'm enjoying putting all these thoughts down on virtual paper.
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Played in a game I would normally skip tonight (obligation to the goal coming through again)!
Casino game, basically a glorified 1/3 with occasional rounds of $10 button straddles.
Almost 9 hour session
In for 15k peso ($790)
Out for 34k peso ($1815)
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Normally choose not to play Friday nights because driving downtown is a bit of a scene, the casino is packed but the game is quite good.
60bb min BI-300bb max

One fun hand, villain in this hand is a legend and one of my favorite guys in the poker scene here. He is at the casino every night, if the game runs he is there. The guy loves poker more than anyone I've ever met. He is probably 60 or so, knows everyone, comes from an old Baja family has a lot of land and is just one of those guys completely at ease with himself and his world. This guy has been playing poker for 20 years, with me for 7 of those, and has probably changed less than anyone I've ever met. He has good instincts and is probably a small winner overall but is still pretty straight forward and is just content to be there in his comfortable place.

Just going to convert the blinds+ bets to dollars for sake of simplicity. Also don't really want to talk about sizing, lets just say over 100's of live hours with this player I am max exploiting every spot. He's never folding TP to me and rarely folding draws. Think it goes without saying I wouldn't take these lines against unknown opponents

I have KJcc in MP raise to 15, Villain calls CO, BB calls. $600 effective stack
Flop ($45) K3J
I bet 35, CO calls, BB folds. 575 effective.
Turn ($115) 2
I bet $155, he calls. For this game a tank is 20 seconds or so. This would qualify.

River ($335) 8
Final Board: K3J2 8
Quickly debate river, choose to bet small get value from Kx and fold to shove. Think he has more Kx then diamonds based on turn timing. Some non zero % QT also but not the type of player to bluff if checked to.
Bet $130
He sits for 5 seconds and then says all in. I snap muck.
He got this funny look on his face, then a huge smile. "Mira, tengo Blooockker" and just starts laughing so hard and tables A5
I was so shocked I just started laughing. Who the hell knows where he learned the term blocker, or why he choose tonight to start implementing new strat but it was just hilarious to me. Don't think I've ever seen him take a line anything like that in 7 years. I just felt so completely owned and loved it at the same time. The guy is an absolute legend.

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The WSOP circuit event in Mexico started yesterday with a little $150 tourney. The high roller is a 3k and the main a 1k. I had considered going but decided not to, bought 50% of one of the best players here in the main and figured the games here at home would be soft while a few of the better players went to Monterey for the series. Monterey is not my favorite city, wife wouldn't go and I assumed the cash games would be smaller and tougher than just staying home. I assumed wrong. I got a text from a buddy tonight while playing that had just arrived. One of those little moments in poker that still gets me excited!
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500-1000 is a little bit bigger than a $25/50usd game and something that doesn't run very often in Mexico, at least not at the games I'm invited to
Awhile later he sent me a video of the 250/500 game (10/25usd) and a famous whale guy from a neighboring city was sitting in it. The games look quite soft. I recognized a couple of tournament guys from Vegas but nothing spectacular.

Sooooooo... looks like we are going to Monterey after all. Unexpected trip and still trying to put together some details but I am probably going to try to leave Monday, will play the High Roller and then as much cash as I can and possibly the Main depending on how much higher stakes cash is actually running. Should make for some good reading!

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Profit: +$3997
Hourly: $156
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Whats your current status and where are you from originally? Is it true that its pretty hard to get status now? I heard to get Residente Permanante or citizenship you have to jump through some more hoops now. You used to be able to just pay someone to help you get everything but I heard that changed
I'm from USA and been in CDMX since February 2018. I've just been using the 180 day tourist visas to enter the country each time, never had any issues getting a new one.

I've heard they are getting a bit stricter though so I would like to try for temporary residence in 6-12 months with an ultimate goal being Mexican citizenship.

I've been seeing a Mexican girl for 4.5 months and it's going extremely well so I think marriage might be a possibility somewhere down the road to help expedite the process.

CDMX is a bit cold in Winter so I booked a place in Mazatlán in January for the entire month with the girlfriend. Should be a good taste of what day-to-day life would be like with her. We've already been on a couple 5-day trips together to GTO and GDL and everything was easy-breezy, we're both super laid back.

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Session Notes and Challenge Update. Low Stakes Heater

Did a 5k hike with the family, fast paced and everyone was exhausted and done for the day in bed so didn't feel too bad leaving home even though Saturdays I don't generally play a session.

It's crazy how much this thread has motivated me to play, so I made my way down to the casino again. The normal Home games aren’t running. The guys who run the two best games are in Monterrey for the WSOP circuit so casino is the only option.

Arrived and realized I didn’t have the 30k in chips in my bag that I thought I did (2 deep Buy Ins). Didn't wanna drive all the way home and get chips and all the way back on a crazy downtown Saturday night so its "make the best of it time". I can only get out 5k pesos from an ATM so we were going to be on one bullet and only buying in for 100bbs in a 300 bb cap game . Could borrow money but make it a rule not to, people ask me and I generally say no so don't want to owe favors to anyone.

It was another tiny game tonight $2/4 equivalent basically with (3) 300bb+ stacks and 5 people sub 100bbs. I played like an absolute dummy but ran so pure it didn’t matter. Just the unequivocal best I have run in a really long time, which is always amazing when it happens. Butttttttt.... there’s that little voice in my head that is annoyed that it’s coming at 1/3rd of the stakes I average playing.

Hands

Played agro to start on my one bullet, if I got stacked I got to go enjoy the rare thunderstorm here in bed. Open twice first orbit, get blinds once, cbet and win once.

First hand of note comes 2nd orbit

We flop flush from BB against a calling station get 3 streets, c/r flop, pot turn, pot AI on river to double early.

3 hands later

AA>KK (400bb) pfai

Hold two boards


JJ > K9 on QJT22

150bb pot. To the guys credit he just check called the river


And then night cap

Somehow manage to get in 60bbs each on 346cc in a 3b pot (I 3b) with JJ no club against a mega nit, where he never has draws and is probably very rarely overvaluing 99/TT. I am an idiot, but convinced myself.

Naturally a J peels on the turn and we stack 44.

A dream session, hopefully theres plenty left in the tank for when the stakes matter a little more.

Made so many mistakes in smaller pots plus the above hand in a much bigger spot = a C- effort level and A+ run good . But it was the kind of night where when I should have gotten punished the deck bailed me out or I was just against passive villains that didn’t really capitalize on my mistakes. I have been feeling locked in, so not really too concerned. Just a little too much autopilot, doing rental work on my phone and too much time on the phone in general at the table etc. Easy fix.

Even if this challenge/thread does nothing more than force me to play the smaller casino game once or twice more a week then I was, it is worth it! So much value even if the expected hourly is less than other spots. I need to remind myself of that and remember how lucky I am to have this opportunity to play in these games.

In for 5,000 (~$300)


Out for 30,275 (~$1,650)


Also broke down and ate at the casino, absolutely delicious carne asada quesadilla and guacamole and didn't feel too guilty after a pretty active day. Photo doesn't do it justice.



Challenge Stats
Hours:31
Profit: +$5244
Hourly: $169
Challenge Days/Sessions/W-L: 5 days/ 5 sessions / 4 of 5
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Old 10-16-2019, 04:15 AM   #25
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Live vs. Online. Making the $ vs. Getting Reps

This thread is primarily about keeping myself accountable to playing as much live as I can when the games are running. But as I mentioned in a previous post I still play roughly 10k hands a month online, mostly at stakes between 50-200NL Fast and then I will mix in some regular 6 max tables and play bigger if the games look good.

I have been reading/lurking a lot of PGC the last 2 years and always loved looking at the low-mid stakes online cash guys. I have gotten so much out of just reading about how good regs think about the pools they play in and the tendencies of the various stakes. I'm not going to make it a super regular thing but I will start to post some funny hands and add in the results to my goal ($250k October 2019 to October 2020), I will not count the hours towards the 2k hours goal.

When you play 90% live, it is very easy to think you are very good at poker. Online I can get reps, find textures that I don't know how to play, and remember to be humble because in the grand scheme of things I suck at poker and am very lucky to have access to great games and live where I do. There is always so much more to learn.

Today in a 4 hour session there were 20 spots where I was completely unsure of what to do compared to maybe 1 spot per month live.
The Cabo live scene is pretty depleted right now with a lot of people in Monterrey for the WSOP circuit event. Soooo I've put in a few thousand hands the last couple of days. I primarily play on 888 and PP, and got some hands in as high as 2k NL today. Hope this is still interesting to you all.


All online hands since the PGC started. Nice to rarely play and run hot over minuscule samples!
That includes 5k hands of 50/100/200 NL fast. About 2k hands of regular tables 50NL-400NL and then 400 hands at 1k/2k NL that I played today.

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Couple of fun ones from today


Hand 1.
Against very active reg.
Nice run out

Pacific Poker - $2 NL (6 max) FAST - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BTN: 111.65 BB
Hero (SB): 194.62 BB
BB: 113.53 BB
UTG: 78.75 BB
MP: 190.83 BB
CO: 121.33 BB

Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has K K

fold, MP raises to 2.67 BB, fold, fold, Hero raises to 11 BB, fold, MP calls 8.33 BB

Flop: (22.99 BB, 2 players) T Q J
Hero checks, MP bets 12.5 BB, Hero calls 12.5 BB

Turn: (42.98 BB, 2 players) J
Hero checks, MP bets 24.99 BB, Hero calls 24.99 BB

River: (97.96 BB, 2 players) K
Hero bets 145.14 BB and is all-in, MP calls 141.35 BB and is all-in

Hero shows K K (Full House, Kings full of Jacks)
(Pre 71%, Flop 85%, Turn 14%)
MP shows J A (Straight, Ace High)
(Pre 29%, Flop 15%, Turn 86%)
Hero wins 380.66 BB




Hand 2.
Button clicking gone right. Not my favorite combo to do this with and would obviously prefer to have diamond. but BU is competent and aggressive, narrow value range that wants to B/B/B Call, blah blah blah, sometimes its just fun to go for it.

Pacific Poker - $20 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 3 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

SB: 81.75 BB
Hero (BB): 100.44 BB
BTN: 103.34 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has J T

BTN raises to 2.43 BB, fold, Hero calls 1.43 BB

Flop: (5.36 BB, 2 players) 8 9 K
Hero checks, BTN bets 3.98 BB, Hero calls 3.98 BB

Turn: (13.32 BB, 2 players) T
Hero checks, BTN bets 10.03 BB, Hero calls 10.03 BB

River: (33.37 BB, 2 players) 3
Hero checks, BTN bets 26.27 BB, Hero raises to 84 BB and is all-in, fold

Hero wins 85.78 BB




Hand 3.
Little overboard. Super exploitative, super unnecessary. BB is fun player who doesn't like to fold. i'm thinking I just get max value from all Ax. SB is idiot live player.

Pacific Poker - $10 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 3 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BTN: 100 BB
Hero (SB): 110.91 BB
BB: 104.4 BB

Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has K A

fold, Hero raises to 3 BB, BB calls 2 BB

Flop: (6 BB, 2 players) 6 2 A
Hero bets 1.5 BB, BB calls 1.5 BB

Turn: (9 BB, 2 players) 3
Hero bets 13.7 BB, BB calls 13.7 BB

River: (36.4 BB, 2 players) 2
Hero bets 92.71 BB and is all-in, BB calls 86.2 BB and is all-in

Hero shows K A (Two Pair, Aces and Twos)
(Pre 61%, Flop 76%, Turn 18%)
BB shows 2 3 (Full House, Twos full of Threes)
(Pre 39%, Flop 24%, Turn 82%)
BB wins 208.55 BB




Hand 4.
Thank you for the check

Pacific Poker - $1 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 2 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

Hero (SB): 155.73 BB
BB: 178.46 BB

Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has J A

Hero raises to 2.4 BB, BB raises to 9.2 BB, Hero calls 6.8 BB

Flop: (18.4 BB, 2 players) 2 5 9
BB bets 9.26 BB, Hero calls 9.26 BB

Turn: (36.92 BB, 2 players) 5
BB checks, Hero checks

River: (36.92 BB, 2 players) Q
BB bets 47.41 BB, Hero raises to 137.27 BB and is all-in, BB calls 89.86 BB

Hero shows J A (Flush, Ace High)
(Pre 61%, Flop 25%, Turn 16%)
BB shows 5 6 (Three of a Kind, Fives)
(Pre 39%, Flop 75%, Turn 84%)
Hero wins 310.46 BB



Hand 5.
Couldn't find balls. BB is MEGA nit but still....


Pacific Poker - $2 NL (6 max) FAST - Holdem - 5 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

SB: 151.64 BB
BB: 126.61 BB
UTG: 125.53 BB
CO: 60.87 BB
Hero (BTN): 100 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has A 7

fold, fold, Hero raises to 2.4 BB, SB calls 1.9 BB, BB calls 1.4 BB

Flop: (7.2 BB, 3 players) J Q 9
SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets 2.3 BB, fold, BB raises to 7.6 BB, Hero calls 5.3 BB

Turn: (22.4 BB, 2 players) J
BB bets 14 BB, Hero calls 14 BB

River: (50.4 BB, 2 players) A
BB bets 37 BB, Hero calls 37 BB

BB shows 4 K (Flush, King High)
(Pre 35%, Flop 4%, Turn 2%)
Hero shows A 7 (Flush, Ace High)
(Pre 65%, Flop 96%, Turn 98%)
Hero wins 122.4 BB



Hand 6
Punished for preflop naughtiness.

Pacific Poker - $20 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

MP: 364.19 BB
CO: 100 BB
Hero (BTN): 103.98 BB
SB: 156.05 BB
BB: 102.5 BB
UTG: 125.72 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 5 A

fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 2.5 BB, fold, BB raises to 11.3 BB, Hero raises to 23.9 BB, BB calls 12.6 BB

Flop: (48.3 BB, 2 players) J 4 J
BB checks, Hero bets 14.97 BB, BB raises to 78.6 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 63.63 BB

Turn: (205.5 BB, 2 players) Q

River: (205.5 BB, 2 players) T

Hero shows 5 A (Flush, Ace High)
(Pre 34%, Flop 41%, Turn 0%)
BB shows Q Q (Full House, Queens full of Jacks)
(Pre 66%, Flop 59%, Turn 100%)
BB wins 205.25 BB


Random thoughts

Today was a weird day where I played 1.2k hands at 100/200NL fast, 500 hands at 30NL and 50NL fast and 300 hands at 1k/2k 6max regular tables.

Ideally I would love to just log on and play 6 zoom (snap/FF) tables of 100NL + 200NL and get in my 3k hands in 2 or 3 hours. But the games don't run.


In the 200 fast pool, 1 choice player will bust and half of the pool immediately leaves. I would guess I'm one of the weaker players in the pool and it is hard for me to get action at that stake unless I play at one of the regular tables with 5 russians sporadically sitting in and out


Funny chat box where the fun player is asking how to buy more chips and one of the regs chimes in with some additional helpful advice hahah:
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I do love playing a wide spread of stakes though, its pretty good mental work to be sweating a 1k river decision and then have the 50NL table pop up. Trying to just think in BB's and not $ is always good for me and very beneficial for the live games as well. When you go from playing 1/3 to 10/25 live pretty regularly, mental control and focus is pretty GD important, especially if you want to be playing B+ or better game at all formats.
Anyways, thanks for reading!

Challenge Stats
Live
Hours:34
Profit: +$3140
Hourly: $92
Challenge Days/Sessions/W-L: 7 days/ 6 sessions / 4 of 6

Online: + $3532

Combined Totals : + $6,672
Onwards and upwards we go!

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