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Old 07-03-2016, 09:52 PM   #1
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$10K in 6 months

Here, I will talk a lot. It's a freaking tidal wave of words.

So if you don't want to read the story in detail, scroll down until you see these words:

ABRA-CA-FREAKING-DABRA!

I don't want to go pro. I'm quite aware of where I am in my poker journey, and I like being here. Currently I strictly play low and mid-stakes mtts, and though I have a winrate over ~1,300 games, it's not outrageous. I follow a very strict bankroll guide of only playing games that, at most, comprise 1% of my currently bankroll. I give myself chances to move up, though, by allowing myself a 16man, 4-max, hyper satellite tournaments to games that are up to 2% of my BR. I do this once weekly. But first, some background.

There are so many threads in this forum that, for a few months, I refrained from posting here. But after playing seriously for a while, I realized that one of the many things I lack in my poker endeavors is a community of individuals with whom I can shoot ideas around, and from whom I can learn and grow. This thread will not give me this, but it will give me part of it. Also, this thread will fulfill my second and third purposes of maintaining a higher level of accountability, and maintaining a more regimented and thoughtful work ethic. Last, I enjoy this stuff and I just want to talk about it!

But poker players talking about poker and nothing else is simply boring. So here's a pseudo complete accounting of my path thus far.

(1999-2003)
I always excelled in school but was a horrible student. I prided my natural inclinations and celebrated my lack of studying. Up until high school I played baseball and football until I had a surgery that caused me to take time off and realize that I didn't enjoy my life too much when in the midst of those sports. So I joined the weightlifting team in high school, and, well, followed the pattern of previous pseudo-successes in my life by celebrating my natural inclination to do well while simultaneously not trying very hard.

(2003-2008)
I graduated with honors of some sort that I cannot recall, and my SAT scores told me that I had higher than average skills in math, but only slightly higher than average skills in English (The opposite of what I thought about myself!). Fast forward to semester one in college: lost my scholarship because I was lazy. Fast forward to the end of my undergraduate degree in Religious Studies and English. I found myself working at a car wash because I lacked the foresight to consider down what path my pride might lead me. It led me to low-paying employment and a lack of a career. Every liberal arts major bemoans this. In fact, you're already saying, "Young man, if I had a nickel for every time I heard one of you blasted fools talked about regretting your liberal arts degree!" Well, old man, I did give you my money years ago when you were grinding your bankroll on excess funds I might or might not have donated from leftovers of my student loans! Hah!

Enter poker.

This was not the first attempt of mine at this game. A friend of mine was an online pro back in the late 2000's when limit games were still viable. He "taught" me how to play. But honestly, his teaching consisted of him stroking his ego by gaffing at my mistakes whilst exclaiming, "Why did you do that?" This was not a beneficial form of teaching.

I found better friends after I realized he was interested in a fan club, not in actual analysis and insight. However, I was pretty much addicted to the game and played until Black Friday as a losing player in microstakes nlhe. After Black Friday I played on Merge - Lock and Carbon poker every once in a while. Of course, I lost every time I played.

(2009-2013)
I got tired of making no money so I got my MA in Teaching in Elementary Education. Just like that! I just got it! LOL. Actually, once I realized I had to take a statistics class so I could understand research, and then when I saw that my natural inclinations would not allow me to coast through it........ I failed.

Then I took the class again and kicked it in the freaking face. That was when I decided that I must study. A hard lesson-learned, but a good one. So I finished my MA program and got a job teaching 5th grade in Lexington, KY. It was hard. Working 55+ hrs/wk. Emotionally and socially drained at the end of every day. Meh. Not the life for me.

I told you, this place is a freaking tidal-wave, no, tsunami of words!

Fast-forward.

I lost my job because my students' test scores were too low; my girlfriend broke up with me (fortunately, not because of my students' test scores! That would just be sick! But you know, I think I would really like it if I could tell my grandkids that.). I was literally driving all my crap back to Florida after having lived in KY for 8 years and I stopped at a friend's house who had also lost his job teaching 5th grade on the other side of the state. He was moving with his wife and boy to China to teach. He said I should come along. So I did.

ABRA-CA-FREAKING-DABRA!

(2014-present)
Re-enter poker. I was no better than the Chinese fish. And man, they are whales. I've always sucked at poker just like most of them. But since I knew that I would never quit playing, I decided to treat it seriously. I read The Theory of Poker, by Sklansky and joined 2+2. The road out of suck-dome is long and bloody. So I decided to take the fast track and get a coach. Interestingly enough, I accidentally found an MTT coach when I was looking for a cash game coach. "Whatever," I thought, "I like this ****. I'll do it."

So I read more Sklansky (yay!), Harrington (tiiiiiiiiiight), I read Jonathan Little's tournament poker books (Yay!), Kill Phil (Yay? no.), and started posting hands regularly. Naturally, I improved. And I soon discovered some of the things I value most in a poker coach and in teachers in general:

1) One who is able to bring you to the point of thorough self-evaluation, productive play-analysis, and who brings you to the point of being able to discover new lines for yourself
2) They lead you to the point of discovering the "whys" and "hows" of various actions and lines; they don't give you answers, they make you work for them
3) He or she is not a jack-ass.

(Now-Now o'clock)
So because of my teaching schedule, I'm able to play about 15-20 games per session 4 times weekly. This summer, I am also playing a ton live, but I still have a pretty detailed spreadsheet that tracks my progress... or lack thereof. Some current pics and stats are in the next post.

I have specific and general concerns about my game. So if you spot problems in my stats (ROI, ITM frequency, etc), speak up, bro!

I probably update one to two times weekly here. I'm flushing out my hourly and weekly goals to make them more solid. But more on that later.
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Old 07-03-2016, 09:54 PM   #2
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Old 07-03-2016, 09:54 PM   #3
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Old 07-03-2016, 11:59 PM   #4
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Re: $10K in 6 months

Following! Good luck!
Pretty close to the same background except in South Korea for me right out of college. How's China? Is it hard to setup online poker from there? I know they restrict fb but not sure what the gambling laws are there.
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Old 07-04-2016, 03:42 AM   #5
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Following! Good luck!
Pretty close to the same background except in South Korea for me right out of college. How's China? Is it hard to setup online poker from there? I know they restrict fb but not sure what the gambling laws are there.
It's pretty straight forward. I had my PS account from years ago, and the support staff worked with me in making sure I had the correct documentation so it could be used again. Aside from that, the internet in China is pathetic. I bought a CAT-7 cable to help deal with slow bandwidth;it helps some. South K has free internet, no?
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Old 07-04-2016, 04:05 AM   #6
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Re: $10K in 6 months

Here are reasonable goals I have set for myself.

Honestly, 10K in 6 months is a nice monetary goal, but in poker, making correct decisions is the goal I have elevated above all others. That means setting goals which will enable me to make the best decisions at the table is more important than time spent at the table. So, for the realistic goals, here we go:

1) Watch one to two instructional videos each day (From TPE or RIO) and take notes on applications to my own game. Investigate, reevaluate, and readjust my game where necessary, and play with equity calculators to establish a firmer theory by which I can approach positions, stack depths, and hand ranges for all decisions.

2) Post at least one hand from every session to be reviewed in the ssmtt or msmtt forum, as well as posting a hand here for explanation and analysis. OR Post analysis or reevaluation of an aspect of my game included in goal #1.

3) Play 24 hours+/week. If I were doing SnGs, I would probably do games/week, but MTTs can fluctuate in length and number day to day. I usually end up between 160-200/month. But the hours/week format will enable me to incorporate live play.

4) Post weekly charts and weekly numbers that include, but are not limited to
- all-in chipev
- starting/ending bankroll
- abi, roi, and itm numbers

5) Spend at least 1.5 hours/day 1) reviewing and analyzing my own hands which I will be marking during play, and 2) reviewing in detail two full tournaments/week.

6) Take one day off completely from poker. No HH analysis, no responding to posts, etc. Get out and enjoy the lovely sunshine. (Actually, in Shanghai, we get out and suck in the pollution and hack out a lung. So I usually just end up drinking bourbon with my friends.)

I cannot think of any other goals for now. Suggestions are welcome.

Fwiw, I'm actually afforded a lot of time at school to review and study. I teach about 19 hours/week, prep and grade about 2 hours each day, and end up having on average about 2 hours of free time at my desk. So my school is pretty much paying me to improve my game. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.

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Old 07-04-2016, 11:35 AM   #7
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Sounds like a solid plan. I pay around $20 a month for Internet. Plugged into the wall I'm running 100mbs up and down >.>; idk of I can ever leave. Router drops down to ~30 but reliable
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Old 07-07-2016, 11:06 AM   #8
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Re: $10K in 6 months

Does anyone know any home games in
the Delray Beach Florida area?
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Old 07-07-2016, 11:46 AM   #9
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Does anyone know any home games in
the Delray Beach Florida area?
+1 very important info here
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Old 09-03-2016, 04:43 AM   #10
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Re: $10K in 6 months

sub !

just asking which part of china u r in ?
im sure theres lots of underground homegames in china like 10/20rmb to 50/100rmb,

interesting yes theres lots of whales im sure in your homegame or clubs !

and y play tounry instead of cash ?
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