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Old 10-14-2019, 08:19 PM   #1051
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Re: Transition from a Struggling Pro to A High Stakes Endboss

hand 1 and 2 you have same HH. I'm thinking that can't be the hand vs a good HU reg right?
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Old 10-15-2019, 12:58 AM   #1052
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Yo m8 could you explain your turn bet with A3ss?
I'm fairly indifferent between checking and betting tbh. Benefits of betting are mergy value/protection vs what should be an extremely wide flop continuing range

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hand 1 and 2 you have same HH. I'm thinking that can't be the hand vs a good HU reg right?
Yeah I'm a posting fish, Q6dd was vs bad tight reg in H1. H2 was meant to be this

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

BB: $849.01 (VPIP: 42.77, PFR: 32.11, 3Bet Preflop: 17.32, Hands: 4,852)
Hero (SB): $799.54

Hero posts SB $2.50, BB posts BB $5.00

Pre Flop: (pot: $7.50) Hero has 7 8

Hero raises to $12.50, BB raises to $55.00, Hero calls $42.50

Flop: ($110.00, 2 players) 7 2 8
BB bets $40.00, Hero calls $40.00

Turn: ($190.00, 2 players) Q
BB bets $115.00, Hero calls $115.00

River: ($420.00, 2 players) 3
BB checks, Hero bets $314.25, BB raises to $639.01 and is all-in, Hero calls $275.29 and is all-in

BB shows A Q (One Pair, Queens)
(Pre 61%, Flop 7%, Turn 18%)
Hero shows 7 8 (Two Pair, Eights and Sevens)
(Pre 39%, Flop 93%, Turn 82%)
Hero wins $1,598.08
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Old 10-15-2019, 02:23 AM   #1053
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Re: Transition from a Struggling Pro to A High Stakes Endboss

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Old 10-15-2019, 02:52 AM   #1054
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dude

i need to purchase a light

is that light in your room any good? i swear i saw that exact design at target. it looks good. is it powerful enough to be teh only light in a room?

what are ur thoughts on desk lamps?
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Old 10-17-2019, 02:52 PM   #1055
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dude

i need to purchase a light

is that light in your room any good? i swear i saw that exact design at target. it looks good. is it powerful enough to be teh only light in a room?

what are ur thoughts on desk lamps?
I got it from home depot, I also have some natural light but yeah one light is more than enough. I like keeping my desk uncluttered so I'm not too into deskl lamps.
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Old 10-17-2019, 03:13 PM   #1056
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A Rough Week

I considered waiting for my weekly update to write about this, but writing in the blog has always felt cathartic.

On Tuesday Morning, me and my wife went to her cardiologist in NYC for her 9 month checkup. This is the norm; as I've mentioned in the past my wife has Marfan's syndrome (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marfan_syndrome)

There are a ton of symptons regarding Marfan's, but the biggest thing they look for is growth in the aorta, as people with Marfan's are at much higher risk for aortic dissection. Anyway, at our previous visit in January, her aortic measurement came in at 4.2cm; surgery becomes an option when it reaches 5.0 or there is significant growth. In her previous 10 years of testing, Victoria's measurement has increased .2cm from 4.0.

Come Tuesday, we get in do an echo and then see our cardiologists. We're waiting....and waiting...and waiting; and it's funny because neither of us were quite anxious, which can be my wifes calling card and we were just going over her bachelor party,

Her doctor walks in, and you don't need to be a poker player to know we're getting bad news. Her aorta has grown to 4.6cm and fairly close to 4.7cm; right on the threshold of significant growth. Obviously such a massive jump was unexpected, her aorta doubled growth from her past 10 years.

Long story short, we are looking at open heart surgery the next few months to fix her aortic valve. We're not really sure how the jump occurred and we only have guesses, but I wouldn't be shocked if it was the IVF process (no evidence of this just my gut). We are going Friday afternoon for an MRA to confirm the doctor's initial diagnosis and go from there, although she said it was a formality and that she spent so much time remeasuring just to make sure.

There are a ton of variables here, but the biggest thing is how brutal this is for my wife. She's scared to death and I am scared as well. There's a general feeling of helplessness and the best thing I can do is be there for support; but helplessness for the person you love most in this world is a **** feeling.

I'm not really sure how this will affect the wedding or honeymoon, but obviously whatever keeps her safest is prioritized. As far as recovery, she will be out a few months, but thankfully I can cover the finances.

As far as poker, I spent the past 2 days just spending time with Vic, I did play a morning session though and it did seem to uncloud my thoughts.

Anyway, we knew she would have to get the surgery eventually in life, but never thought it would be this soon. Have appreciated all the good thoughts/prayers from you guys in the past, and we could use them now.

All the best,
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Old 10-17-2019, 03:28 PM   #1057
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Sorry man, that's really tough and especially coming from seemingly out of nowhere. Will be thinking positive thoughts for the both of you. I hope everything goes as smoothly as it can over the next few months.
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Old 10-17-2019, 03:34 PM   #1058
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Old 10-17-2019, 03:53 PM   #1059
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Sent a prayer up for you man.
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Old 10-17-2019, 04:33 PM   #1060
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Hope everything goes very smoothly for her, stay strong.
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Old 10-17-2019, 05:53 PM   #1061
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Hey man, I’m sorry to read this.

She is really lucky to have a good man to lean on in a time like this and your bond will just get stronger after you get through this sh*t.

Gl brother, prayers for Vic
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Old 10-17-2019, 08:47 PM   #1062
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Sorry man, that's really tough and especially coming from seemingly out of nowhere. Will be thinking positive thoughts for the both of you. I hope everything goes as smoothly as it can over the next few months.
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Hey man, I’m sorry to read this.

She is really lucky to have a good man to lean on in a time like this and your bond will just get stronger after you get through this sh*t.

Gl brother, prayers for Vic
TY Everybody, every voice of support helps Hopefully only good updates coming up
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Old 10-17-2019, 08:50 PM   #1063
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Really sorry to hear this JP. Sending you both mine and Alice's prayers. You'll get through this together, no doubt. Much love buddy. Transition from a Struggling Pro to A High Stakes Endboss

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Old 10-17-2019, 10:25 PM   #1064
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ffs sick bad timing about the light comment.. gl..
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Old 10-17-2019, 11:02 PM   #1065
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I will say a prayer for her also. -(
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Old 10-18-2019, 05:57 AM   #1066
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So sorry to hear this news. Helplessness is just the worst feeling. Take care and let yourself be supported by others in the family too. Sending my one time over to you <3
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Old 10-18-2019, 09:50 AM   #1067
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Sorry to hear the news, hoping for the best for you guys.
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:31 PM   #1068
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A Rough Week

I considered waiting for my weekly update to write about this, but writing in the blog has always felt cathartic.

On Tuesday Morning, me and my wife went to her cardiologist in NYC for her 9 month checkup. This is the norm; as I've mentioned in the past my wife has Marfan's syndrome (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marfan_syndrome)

There are a ton of symptons regarding Marfan's, but the biggest thing they look for is growth in the aorta, as people with Marfan's are at much higher risk for aortic dissection. Anyway, at our previous visit in January, her aortic measurement came in at 4.2cm; surgery becomes an option when it reaches 5.0 or there is significant growth. In her previous 10 years of testing, Victoria's measurement has increased .2cm from 4.0.

Come Tuesday, we get in do an echo and then see our cardiologists. We're waiting....and waiting...and waiting; and it's funny because neither of us were quite anxious, which can be my wifes calling card and we were just going over her bachelor party,

Her doctor walks in, and you don't need to be a poker player to know we're getting bad news. Her aorta has grown to 4.6cm and fairly close to 4.7cm; right on the threshold of significant growth. Obviously such a massive jump was unexpected, her aorta doubled growth from her past 10 years.

Long story short, we are looking at open heart surgery the next few months to fix her aortic valve. We're not really sure how the jump occurred and we only have guesses, but I wouldn't be shocked if it was the IVF process (no evidence of this just my gut). We are going Friday afternoon for an MRA to confirm the doctor's initial diagnosis and go from there, although she said it was a formality and that she spent so much time remeasuring just to make sure.

There are a ton of variables here, but the biggest thing is how brutal this is for my wife. She's scared to death and I am scared as well. There's a general feeling of helplessness and the best thing I can do is be there for support; but helplessness for the person you love most in this world is a **** feeling.

I'm not really sure how this will affect the wedding or honeymoon, but obviously whatever keeps her safest is prioritized. As far as recovery, she will be out a few months, but thankfully I can cover the finances.

As far as poker, I spent the past 2 days just spending time with Vic, I did play a morning session though and it did seem to uncloud my thoughts.

Anyway, we knew she would have to get the surgery eventually in life, but never thought it would be this soon. Have appreciated all the good thoughts/prayers from you guys in the past, and we could use them now.

All the best,
Jerrad
Really sorry to hear about this, man. I feel like it's not really talked about enough amongst poker players, but because of the nature of our profession and how inherently stressful it can be, it's really important to manage outside stress well and do what we can do have a positive mind frame. Good on ya for mostly spending time with her, really it's the most important thing. Will send love/positive vibes your way <3
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Old 10-18-2019, 03:56 PM   #1069
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hope she recovers quickly
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Old 10-18-2019, 04:41 PM   #1070
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We all open our hearts for you.
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Old 10-19-2019, 08:24 AM   #1071
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Really sorry to hear this JP. Sending you both mine and Alice's prayers. You'll get through this together, no doubt. Much love buddy. Transition from a Struggling Pro to A High Stakes Endboss

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Thank you dude and appreciated the text; hope your world travels going well so far.

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Thank you that means a lot.

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So sorry to hear this news. Helplessness is just the worst feeling. Take care and let yourself be supported by others in the family too. Sending my one time over to you <3
Appreciate it greatly Ben

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Sorry to hear the news, hoping for the best for you guys.
Thanks man, have enjoyed the podcasts you and your wife have been putting out

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Really sorry to hear about this, man. I feel like it's not really talked about enough amongst poker players, but because of the nature of our profession and how inherently stressful it can be, it's really important to manage outside stress well and do what we can do have a positive mind frame. Good on ya for mostly spending time with her, really it's the most important thing. Will send love/positive vibes your way <3
Hey man, very good post, couldn't agree more. I think this relates well to a lot of people. It's very easy to have a 'why me' mindset when bad things like this; but both of us are cognizant of how blessed we were. This year has been so wonderful for us that this is just a speed bump in the road.



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hope she recovers quickly
Thanks man

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We all open our hearts for you.
Yeah the support is awesome!

I showed my wife your posts, and even though the majority of you are strangers, it put a smile on her face; so thank you all


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We went back to NYC last night for the MRA, test took her about an hour; will hear back from cardiologist on Monday and go from there.

My sleep schedule is very crazy right now, I did play about 2 hours at midnight til 2 am. Studied quite a bit. Studying end has been awesome for me but volume is still lacking which I think is quite funny since I've just been massively heatering.

I did get a quick HU match at 1k against the legend Dan Zack from LATB (or at least 95% sure it was him)

1.) Interesting decision points here, I think turn check is probably a small mistake but nothing too crazy, I think river jam is also far superior than call

partypoker - $10 NL (2 max) - Holdem - 2 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BB: $1,035.83 (VPIP: 75.00, PFR: 51.39, 3Bet Preflop: 9.38, Hands: 79)
Hero (SB): $1,481.98

Hero posts SB $5.00, BB posts BB $10.00

Pre Flop: (pot: $15.00) Hero has 8 9

Hero raises to $25.00, BB raises to $100.00, Hero calls $75.00

Flop: ($200.00, 2 players) 7 4 9
BB checks, Hero bets $65.83, BB calls $65.83

Turn: ($331.66, 2 players) 7
BB checks, Hero checks

River: ($331.66, 2 players) A
BB bets $218.56, Hero raises to $1,316.15 and is all-in, BB calls $651.44 and is all-in

BB shows A K (Two Pair, Aces and Sevens)
(Pre 64%, Flop 22%, Turn 14%)
Hero shows 8 9 (Two Pair, Nines and Sevens)
(Pre 36%, Flop 78%, Turn 86%)
Hero wins $446.15
BB wins $2,071.16


2.) Gin

partypoker - $10 NL (2 max) - Holdem - 2 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

SB: $1,180.33 (VPIP: 65.22, PFR: 43.48, 3Bet Preflop: 9.09, Hands: 24)
Hero (BB): $1,040.02

SB posts SB $5.00, Hero posts BB $10.00

Pre Flop: (pot: $15.00) Hero has A 5

SB raises to $25.00, Hero calls $15.00

Flop: ($50.00, 2 players) 3 4 8
Hero checks, SB bets $14.85, Hero raises to $59.00, SB calls $44.15

Turn: ($168.00, 2 players) 2
Hero bets $215.00, SB calls $215.00

River: ($598.00, 2 players) T
Hero bets $741.02 and is all-in, fold

Hero wins $1,338.52
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Old 10-22-2019, 02:24 PM   #1072
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Re: Transition from a Struggling Pro to A High Stakes Endboss

Week 42: 10/14-10/20

1.) 0 mins of meditation

2.) 0 mins of Yoga

3.) 22.28 hours dedicated to Poker Yearly Goal:1259.93/2200


Poker has not been a big priority for me lately as I've mostly been spending time with my wife. The massive heater I was on did die down a bit, but it's been a fairly ridiculous run where I had won 18 of my last 20 days played.

On Sunday, my wife had her work event at the childrens hospital she worked at so I helped volunteer there and it was quite fun, the kids loved it too.

Monday from Hell

Victoria got an MRA scan on Friday so we were looking to hear back sometimes Monday. I get up at 9AM for coaching, do that. Let the cleaning ladies we just hired to clean downstairs, and then charge my phone at 10:30 and plan to play for 1.5 hours til they're done.

At around 11:45, my office door is flung open and my brother-in-law is in the door way asking why I haven't answered my phone. Apparently, my wife got a call at 10:45 that her MRA showed aortic dissection and that she may need to get emergency CT scan followed by surgery.

I drive to NYC (absolutely hate driving in the city btw) as fast as I can, get there, she's ofc freaked out. CT scan ends up showing that the dissection was an 'artifact' or faked out so there was no aortic dissection. However, her cardiologist has recommended immediate elective surgery, so that's what we're doing.

Within next 3 weeks she should be getting the heart surgery. She's going to almost certainly cancel her bridal shower and good chance I'll have to cancel my bachelor party, but she would hopefully be mostly recovered by the wedding.

Overall, this sucks pretty hard but after this surgery we won't have the worry RE: her aorta anymore. I will also probably be game selecting a bit more given she'll be out of work a few months. Will know surgery date within next few days.
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Old 10-22-2019, 07:42 PM   #1073
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My thoughts are with you and your wife. I can't imagine what the both of you are going through right now. I hope everything runs smoothly both before and after the surgery.

Much love.
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Old 10-23-2019, 01:46 AM   #1074
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Best of luck with that man, it sounds like you both are taking it really well considering the circumstances and it's gonna be just such a relief for y'all to get that sh*t behind you. Prayers are with ya

^ ^ do you always call a 3bet bvsb w/ 89o?
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Old 10-23-2019, 02:03 AM   #1075
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My thoughts are with you and your wife. I can't imagine what the both of you are going through right now. I hope everything runs smoothly both before and after the surgery.

Much love.
Thanks man, yeah has been rough lately but we're marching on

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Best of luck with that man, it sounds like you both are taking it really well considering the circumstances and it's gonna be just such a relief for y'all to get that sh*t behind you. Prayers are with ya

^ ^ do you always call a 3bet bvsb w/ 89o?
Yeah, I think we'll both be manageable until the actual time of the surgery, but all in all I think we're doing ok.

The 98o is HU and IP; However,I haven't really put any work in HU but seems like fine defend given ranges, I could be wrong though


Lost 6k today for actually my worst day of the year, (more of a credit to how good I've ran this year) pretty much all at 2k. Happy with how I played, just took a few tough ones and don't seem too bothered about it either which is also a nice feeling considering everything going on!
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