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Old 07-09-2018, 04:05 PM   #226
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Re: BigA Live Grind to Retirement 2018

Happy you updated! More degen stories!
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Old 07-10-2018, 11:13 AM   #227
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Re: BigA Live Grind to Retirement 2018

BigA updates FTW! Though it's odd now I know what he looks like via GazzyB's PGC
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Old 07-10-2018, 06:03 PM   #228
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I mean, I appreciate the heart you clearly have. That said the 86 doesnít quite tell a story thatís believable and the jtcc honestly is just a spot where you re playing a timbey with only morons they if they take an Aggro line they ll just show up with the goods unless they are a very special type. You ll be surprised how well this on the surface supremely exploitable approach works because Doug Polk gets one point very wrong: nobody ever adjusts to this
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Old 07-10-2018, 06:04 PM   #229
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All that said pleae gief moar updates
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Old 07-10-2018, 06:26 PM   #230
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Confession

Alas, Vegas ended with the sort of ups and downs that I guess I should have come to expect. I’ll start with saying that life is pretty hard a lot of the time and to make it worth fighting over and enjoying you have to try and enjoy all the experiences, the good ones and the bad ones and just try and find reason for them. Vegas in a nutshell was probably a huge disaster for me. My deal ended, unceremoniously and that sucked. Me and my buddy (ex backer/current good friend) had big aspirations at the start of the trip. Unfortunately the largest of our dreams never really happened. Cash games on the backing were a disaster, lack of control, lack of understanding and a lack of strong decision making on my part for that one. We fired a lot of tournaments, big ones, small ones, medium ones and the main event (I will get to this later, it’s a real doozy). I have played a lot of high stakes poker in my time but I’ll have to reflect on the summer with fond memories. It’s an enormous privilege to fire the most premier events, $10ks and $25ks etc and have the license and freedom to fire all the big guarantees etc and I’ll forever have to thank Marginal. It’s also very satisfying to do a lot of the off the table work, to live and breath the game and to feel like I’m one of the better players in these high buy in fields, to be able to notice and home in on the mistakes players make, something I now realise I wasn’t able to do in the past. With each tournament I felt like I learnt a lesson along the way, whether it be a fundamental poker lesson, knowing I should have played a hand better etc or a more just general life lesson, figuring better ways to prepare, how to energise properly for long levels of boring tournament play, how to control my nerves and emotions and finally how to recognise game flow and see when to step on the gas and when to ease off.

Anyway, my last posts have had a more comprehensive run down of stories so this post will likely just wrap up the past few days I my bust out from the Main Event.

Sleepless in the Battle

So I scrapped into the money of the Main after 3 long and tiring days of tournament holdem. I had a ton of ups and downs. From losing half my stacking stack within an hour of taking my seat amongst feeling terribly unwell and fatigued to a surviving many end of day 2 shoves to ensure I beat my last finish in the event. I got to day 3 with a pretty manageable stack of 32bbs but the stack was definitely one of the shorter ones in the field and was way below average. I think in the first round I picked up AKo and KK, won both these hands and navigated up towards 45bb or so. Was a perfect start to the day as alleviated the opening pressure and gave me a lot more room to work with.

Hilarious Hand #1

I open K3dd in the HJ off about 50bb, and Dario Sammartino (a challenger for best looking and coolest man in poker just behind the reverend Nick Schulman) 3b me. I think it was me open 5k at 1/2k (500 ante) and he makes it 16.5k. Dario had started the day with a large stack but had been trending downwards. He’s obviously a world class player, will have a good strategies and will balance well and I’m sure he has reasonable emotional control but I could sense his frustration and him forcing the initiative in spots. I decided to 4b to 39k leaving myself about 55k or so behind. He thought for a while and folded.

Hilarious hand #2

My big hand of the day and probably the hand that meant I would have a cashing stack. Old man very straight forward and tight opens utg to 6k at 1200/2400 and I flat JJ in mid position and we take a flop HU. It comes down a frankly ridiculous J32r and he bets. I know, inset criticism here but I had been raising a ton of flops on the day so far and honestly this guy was so nitty and straight forward I assumed his continuing hands were weighted towards very strong holdings here. I raise his bet about 2.8x and he calls quickly. Turn 7x, he checks I bet 40k into like 45k and he piles with KK and I hold for like a 300k pot. Very welcome after starting the day at 65k. It put me above the average stack and made me believe.

After this hand the day was quite painful, I made one big hero blind on blind that I can’t really be bothered typing out and then sort of just clung onto my stack until the end of the day when we got towards the bubble. The bubble was quite frankly hilarious. Around the bubble I had like 30bb and then a funny spot comes up with 1187 remaining and 1182 paid.

Hilarious hand #3

I open KK (in reality I think this is a big mistake and perhaps I should just be open jamming my 30bb here with 7 till the money). It fold to the BB who seems like average American bum reg and he defends. Flop JT2r and he check calls like 35% pot bet from me. The turn comes a K and he shuffles weirdly in his chair. He checks and I check back. River comes a 6x, no flushes available and he bets 23k into like 55k. I call and he tables Q9o and I was short. I think I play the hand littered with mistakes and was just punished for not knowing ICM spots at all. The turn onwards all I can say is my intuition kicked in and I sensed something was amiss, villain was honestly an enormous tell box. Anyway the hand crippled me down to 17bb or so. I realised now I would just fold into the money, had some beers with my table mates and kicked it until the bubble burst. Queue high fives and celebrations. I was determined not to bust my day3 stack and although I ended the day with only 16bb going into day4 I had achieved my goal. I was happy, me and some Canadian friends went to grab another beer and some food (we hadn’t eaten in 8 hours) and bid each other good night, I was back in bed for 2:30am.

Day4 - A moment in history, a dark and stupid moment.

I set 3 alarms for day4. 9.48am, 9.52am, 9.56am. When sunlight broke through the curtains I was annoyed. I was bemoaning my luck that having a few beers in the night had left me waking up annoyingly early. The day before I’d been up early to watch the England game before day3 and it had turned into a 20 hour day. I’d only slept like 4 hours the night earlier. I knew I was exhausted and knew I needed more sleep. However, nightmare happened. I rolled over to look at my phone and the time was 11:50am (day4 restarted at 11am). I was dozed but now scared. There must have been a mistake because I’d set 3 alarms. I assumed my phone was just wrong or something but looked at whatsapp and had a flurry of missed calls and messages asking where I was. It dawned on my, I’d slept through the alarms and my already very small stack was blinding away on day4 of the Main. I threw whatever clothes on that were closest to me and managed to get over to the RIO in about 5 minutes. I rushed to my table and saw my stack had been pillaged and blinded down to a mere few bb. Everyone was sort of annoyingly smiling and laughing at me on my table and I felt first angry and very sad, I’ll be honest I wanted to hurt a few of them. I looked down at KTo in MP and jammed my 3.5bb and got called by A9d and alas didn’t hit and was out. My day 4 lasting one solitary hand. I stood forlorn, awaiting whatever clerk was to take me to be paid out. In was honestly one of my lowest moments. The breath had exited my body and I just stared at the felt. The reality was I’d slept through my day 4 stack. I rang my ex backer who had 50% of my Main and he just slammed the phone down, it was fair, it was expected to be honest. The news filtered to some other friends, they all had the same responses; ‘moron’, ‘time to quit’, ‘time to reassess your life’. Other friends from home, outside of poker were more sympathetic ‘don’t worry, mistakes happen’, ‘hey at least you cashed’ etc. It was a low time. I had actually slept into a pay jump of $15,920 and that was a very small silver lining. I mean the reality was that at 16bb the likelihood is that I was going bust early in the day more often than not anyway. Marginal (ex backer) eventually calmed and made up with me, thanked me for the 3 days of grind prior that had got us to the cash. He summed it up though, it’s just a sad way to bust, without being able to battle with the stack we’d preserved. I couldn’t agree more. I’ll live with it now, I’ve reflected and come to terms with it but it’ll probably haunt me for a while.

PLO 6max and End of the Series

I ended up leaving the RIO and going back to my hotel, had a bath, had a sulk and tried to decompress and take stock of the Main situation. I rang my best mate and he cheered me up no end. I started to feel ok and I decided to go in later in the afternoon and fire the 6max $3k Plo as it was likely my biggest edge event. Alas I believed the poker gods were thanking me as I tore through my opening table, clearly operating on a level above that which they could produce. I had one interesting spot where I 4b the now terrible Brian Hasting with bad AAxx and he called and we had 1.5x spr and I check folded Q95hh. Me and my buddy flong rated the fold and he saw the same merits as me for folding it in a tournament setting and the ranges we gave him and our likely actual equity. I ran my stack up to 4x starting and then it all fell apart. I lost a big flip and was heading back down to average stack. Jeff Gross, stars guy and vlogger, joined the table and within moments we clashed. He opened CO for 3x and I 3b pot the button with AA99ddss. He calls. Flop Q62r and we discuss the flop as he has SPR of 1. He asks me what the flop is like, I tell him it’s one I’ll have to stack off on and it’s one where he’s likely caught a pair or has to fold. He looks and tells me he’s absolutely smashed it and jams. I say obv I have to call without actually moving my chips and he’s like dude I’ve really smashed it. I laugh and ask him ‘QQ?’ And I again have this intuition where I sense something is up. He suggests, jokingly, it’d be a little angle like for me to fold now after our speech back and forth and I tell him ok, I can’t fold anyway and stick it in. He has KQQ4hhdd and we lose to get really short. Kind of a weird spot, he’s donked hard throughout. I think in a tournament he has to fold his hand to a 3b here setting up that SPR, I’m just never going to be light there. Also his open jam is really poor, if it’s occasion where I do have a double suited Axxx hand that’s not hit the flop at all I can now fold where if he checks I’m incentivized to jam my whole range basically. Finally, if I wanted to be really shark I could have just folded flop too as he basically told me he had QQ but almost made me feel like I’d angled a bit if I was now to fold. Overall a pretty weird spot.

After that I was short and got back to 20bb when I defend T985hhcc from the BB to a CO open and a Jeff Gross btn flat. Flop comes 982r and I lead pot leaving about 12bb back. CO jams and now Jeff calls off and somehow we’re in a horrific spot. I do a little math and realise I can’t fold here vs ranges and call off, in terrible shape. CO has QT98 and Jeff has KQJT and Jeff opens up his little video camera and starts filming the all in. He keeps referring to me in the video as ‘the English guy who slept through his day 4 Main stack’, solid rubdown. Honestly such an awful life spot for me to be in and I was feeling terrible expecting the worst. Turn rolls off Tx and we don’t fill up on the river and Jeff scoops a really big pot and my Vegas is over, on camera with my huge error earlier in the day being thrown in my face. Not a great ending.

Note: I actually really like Jeff and hope it doesn’t come off as too much of a slight on him, just had to explain how it was for the story. He seems like a high energy and cool guy and I think he’s trying to do good things for poker.

Moving Forward

Sadly this isn’t a resurrection of the blog. I just wanted to write out a few end tales from Vegas and hope y’all enjoyed reading them if you did till the end. I’m going to fly back to London on Thursday and then a week after that I move back to Manchester as my flat lease is over and i’M not going to renew. I’ll be moving back in with the parents, at 31 years old. Tragic. As for poker I guess I’ll either just quit now or perhaps find somewhere with low expenses and grind out some small gains online.

Thanks for reading. BigAisAok.
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Old 07-10-2018, 06:43 PM   #231
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Awesome update brother
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:19 PM   #232
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:45 PM   #233
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Sorry dude that sucks. It seemed like you were killing it in 10/25 plo live games though, why not just continue playing that since it's such a good hourly? Unless of course you feel you need to move on completely or not at all. Gl either way, enjoyed the blog and hope you figure stuff out.
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Old 07-12-2018, 05:18 AM   #234
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Safe flight back bro.

Don’t oversleep before the flight though...
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Old 07-12-2018, 07:36 AM   #235
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Safe flight back bro.

Donít oversleep before the flight though...


Below the belt

But lol
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Old 07-12-2018, 08:37 AM   #236
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sort of a sad ending, I guess the retirement part of thread title was a success though
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Old 07-13-2018, 05:50 PM   #237
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You're a very gifted writer - I hate HHs yet yours seem exciting. Honestly, why dont you write a book (and chill from poker for a bit)? The swings of poker, degen, gambling stories, mental state and brutal honesty of how you're feeling would be a great read. There's that guy on twitter and 2p2 I forget his name grinded lots of mtts, Chuck Bass maybe? V good writer too and did a similar thing, quit poker, now is a writer (but wrote books prior etc.) I think, mightve got the wrong guy etc. gl i think you should consider it, its not that difficult to get published these days, youre a great writer and have some stories which would intrigue people.
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