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Old 01-09-2018, 08:11 PM   #26
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hope you crush this year!! glgl
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Old 01-10-2018, 07:41 PM   #27
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GL man!!
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Old 01-10-2018, 07:54 PM   #28
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gl this weekend if youre grinding baroneee
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:39 AM   #29
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Subbed again this year, so binking will come now
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Glad you're here, didn't bink anything the last few days but now that you subbed I can start doing that. Starting now, can't wait to quote your post after I ship something.
Wellllll

The other night, ran deep in the $16.50 PKO. Was CL with three tables left and stayed up wayyyy too late, but figured it was going to be worth it when I shipped it. Unfortunately, I busted 10th on the FT Bubble.

While that was a tad deflating, I woke up the next day and still felt like grinding. Admittedly that enthusiasm was dampened a bit by the recent results but once I got the tables up, those were in the past and I was ready to build stacks.

Shipped the $55 6-Max Hyper PKO for $2.8k
4th in the $16.50 Bounty Builder for $1.2k
3rd in the $215 Bounty Builder for $5.7k

Hard to complain about that, altho if you asked me I could certainly think of a few particular spots that didn't go amazingly well. That said, ended up making close to $11k for the day and got myself out of the week-long downswing.



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Agreed that MTTs are the way to go for 2018 generally. Sucks that 6max and 4max have really fallen out of favour. I'd imagine your ROI in shorthanded games would be really good.

Even ACR is doing a $1million GTD tournament now it's clear sites are v interested in the PR leveraged by good MTT offerings.
ACR's new schedule looks fantastic, definitely want to add in some of the games to my normal grind. Really hoping that these other sites can get their **** together and perhaps then PokerStars will be less likely to hold its customers over a barrel. Most of the changes Stars has made in the last two years have simply been because they could and the community didn't have much else in terms of options, but slowly and surely it appears to be changing.

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Got my plane ticket ready to CM, lets get it

lol.

Really have enjoyed reading this thread man.. hopefully I get to your level soon!
Better hurry, I'm only in CM until the end of January and then I'm spending February in Bangkok.

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gl this weekend if youre grinding baroneee
Thanks!

I'm supposed to take an off-day at some point, right? Didn't want to do that when I was in a downswing and thought that when I finally had a decent day, I'd be more willing to spend the next one doing something other than clicking buttons on the internet.

That was the plan for today -- I busted my last game at 7 AM and immediately headed to Chiang Mai's Promenada Mall/Immigration Office to get my my visa extended. Was in/out of there in under an hour, which is rather amazing considering I've never had it take less than three hours before.

So I might still click some buttons tonight, starting with the $215 Builder in ~2 hours but first, I'm off to the gym and then I'm going to crush a huge meal at Salsa Kitchen, hands down the best Mexican restaurant in Chiang Mai.
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Old 01-14-2018, 03:53 AM   #30
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Haha, funny how my sceptical comment regarding your volume goals already seems like completely obsolete after the first like 2 weeks
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Old 01-14-2018, 11:50 AM   #31
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How did I miss this thread?! Definitely in, gl OP
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:43 PM   #32
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Haha, funny how my sceptical comment regarding your volume goals already seems like completely obsolete after the first like 2 weeks
Yeah, so since the cat is out of the bag, seems like a decent time for a mid-month update.





Clearly, I've been grinding a lot. Because that's what I do.



Was somewhat afraid of burning out, but so far I feel fine. I'm thoroughly enjoying the process, learning about the regs, leak finding, etc and still am able to have somewhat of a life off the felt. I don't think I can (or want to) keep up this pace forever, but I don't need to -- My goal was 1000 MTTs a month, and I've already eclipsed that in two weeks.
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Old 01-17-2018, 01:17 AM   #33
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what an incredible start to the year!

so very impressive mate! keep it up vamoooooo
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Old 01-18-2018, 07:37 AM   #34
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Glad you're here, didn't bink anything the last few days but now that you subbed I can start doing that. Starting now, can't wait to quote your post after I ship something.
Glad I could be of help Seems the binking has started. Now just keep it up and running. GL!
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Old 01-18-2018, 08:42 AM   #35
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How on earth did i miss this?

I got to thank BugsBunnyD for commenting on 2016-7 thread which i thought was dead.

Little did i know that not only the grind is still very much real, but now you are actually playing the same format as me. Couldnt be more excited for this thread so LFG!!

Suuuuuuuubbed!!!

Best of luck this year!
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Old 01-18-2018, 10:30 AM   #36
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Gl brah !
Stay away from my blind plz!
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Old 01-18-2018, 10:40 AM   #37
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Gonna miss u a bit on spins but at least promise me to crush them haaaard there. Glgl
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Old 01-21-2018, 12:25 AM   #38
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subbed ofc!
I'm really excited to read you on this MTTs adventure and hope most of your leak finding gets reflected on stable coaching as well. Also really interested on your thoughts regarding lifestyle too.
I'm gonna try to make 10k games this year (I'm actually looking for more but just in case 2018: Tasty Food/Trip Reports/Tournaments ) so I hope this thread will give me some confidence to achieve it.

GL!
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Old 01-25-2018, 06:15 AM   #39
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Glad I could be of help Seems the binking has started. Now just keep it up and running. GL!
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Gonna miss u a bit on spins but at least promise me to crush them haaaard there. Glgl
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How on earth did i miss this?

I got to thank BugsBunnyD for commenting on 2016-7 thread which i thought was dead.

Little did i know that not only the grind is still very much real, but now you are actually playing the same format as me. Couldnt be more excited for this thread so LFG!!

Suuuuuuuubbed!!!

Best of luck this year!


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subbed ofc!
I'm really excited to read you on this MTTs adventure and hope most of your leak finding gets reflected on stable coaching as well. Also really interested on your thoughts regarding lifestyle too.
I'm gonna try to make 10k games this year (I'm actually looking for more but just in case 2018: Tasty Food/Trip Reports/Tournaments ) so I hope this thread will give me some confidence to achieve it.

GL!
Yup, obviously I'll pass along what I pick up from the games.

One early thing that I've figured out -- Most regulars have abysmal game selection. And it's not confined to the mid/high stakes stuff, there are some smaller buy-in games that seem to be 90% regs and guys fire it because it's "just low stakes."

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Stay away from my blind plz!
Hmm, I can't make any promises, but I'll promise to give a few back here and there.

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what an incredible start to the year!

so very impressive mate! keep it up vamoooooo
Thanks but uhhh, it's become less impressive since my last post.



Played almost exclusively peak, mostly large fields, and a lot of stuff >$80. That's a recipe for some variance and the higher stuff makes up 90% of my losses. Have been rather close in a lot of stuff and I'm confident that I'll break out of it soon enough. Not going to whine about runbad because after some real life events in the past few days, losing a couple thousand at the pokers is super unimportant.

Health stuff (tl;dr)

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Old 01-25-2018, 06:20 AM   #40
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Sounds like a good doctor u got there jeez

Gl with the recovery and assume I ll see a bunch of you starting tuesday. Peace
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Old 01-25-2018, 06:26 AM   #41
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Feel better buddy!! Come back strong!
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:05 AM   #42
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Yikes! I hope things get back normal for you soon
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Old 01-25-2018, 02:29 PM   #43
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Wishing you a speedy recovery, mate.
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Old 01-25-2018, 03:13 PM   #44
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scary, hopefully a quick recovery!
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Old 01-25-2018, 07:23 PM   #45
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I think every reg should know that one terrible beat could kill me. So stop it.
hearty lol at that over here. scary as heck though man. keep taking care of yourself and hope you swing back up soon.
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Old 01-26-2018, 08:33 AM   #46
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That is a scary location to have an inflammation... Get well soon (in the head too). Guess the downswing didn't help in "relaxing" the heart (although a huge upswing would have been equally bad?)... then again, a flat line doesn't sound too exciting either.
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Old 01-26-2018, 04:21 PM   #47
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good luck with the recovery, could you elaborate a bit on general life in chiang mai ? expenses, air quality, nature access, are locals friendly or hostile towards white gringo tourists etc ? thanks a lot
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:10 AM   #48
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Hey guys, appreciate all the well-wishes/support.

Took me a week or so but I finally feel back to normal. Yesterday was the first day where I didn't have any sort of pain/twinge, so per doctor's orders, I'm allowed to get back in the gym today. Excited about that.

What I'm not excited about is the monthly recap part of this post. After being up $15k after the first two weeks, I dropped all of that back plus some. Was hesitant to look up the results on Sharkscope and when I finally did, I was pleasantly surprised that I "only" lost $3500 in total.



Gah, looking at that hurts a bit.

Funny thing is I feel I've gotten much better in many aspects of MTTs in the past two weeks, yet the results are much worse. I've had exactly two losing months before, but back then I was playing SNGs/Spins and for most of that I could rely on RB to pad the totals.

A losing month isn't the end of the world, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't gnaw at me a little bit. But as Joel Embid likes to say, 'Trust the process.' I'll continue to work on my game, put in solid volume, and I firmly believe that combination will lead to success. I'm constantly tweaking my schedule and have a few things in mind that I want to change/implement as well.

So let's skip past results and focus on the positives to come out of this month:

1) Volume
Originally wanted to get in 1000 games which was called 'ambitious' and ended up with more than double that. Stopping at around the 1000 game mark would have been significantly better from a profit standpoint, but I was able to use January to prove to myself that I still have the grinder heart and I'm going for 2000 again in February.

2) EV BB
Still holding strong at 15+ and that's mostly peak hours. I'm fully aware it's an imperfect metric, but it's one of the best that I have and is part of that process I was referring to earlier. If I keep building stacks and making deep runs, the 11th, 14th, 18th and 22nds will eventually becomes 1sts, 2nds, and 3rds.

3) No Burnout
Despite the downswing and the massive volume, I'm still as hungry and excited about these games and my potential winrate/equity. I'll prob be less enthused with another losing month, but going to take it one day at a time and...



Tomorrow's my last full day in Chiang Mai and I won't be spending it by grinding. Want to drive the motorbike around, eat at a few of my favorite places, and enjoy the day off. Booked a place in Bangkok for February and I should be all set up/back at the tables by then.
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:58 AM   #49
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I dont know why i wasnt subd.

Good that you're feeling better.

Jesus christ, that volume... I mean how the actual fook is that possible ? How many tables do you play and for how many hours do you register, if you care to elaborate that ?

GL
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Old 01-30-2018, 08:06 AM   #50
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Actually i want to hear the answer to the above as well 2018: Tasty Food/Trip Reports/Tournaments

Cheers to casually mentioning " was shooting for 1kgames/month but ohhhh well end up doubling that" looool.

Nice to hear u feel better. Glgl in February, enjoy ur day-off!
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