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Old 02-09-2019, 03:18 PM   #751
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Unresolvable mystery of the week : how the hell did I end up in first place of the rakerace on Day 6 while barely playing the first 3 days The goal is to put in 5-6h daily until Wedenesday where the ME starts in Romania ; it would really surprise me to bink it again, but given that my 4 villains barely logged in a minute on a Friday-Saturday, I guess I have a fighting chance... I do not want to overwork myself though in Sinaia where the ski hills will be sitting just outside and my focus needs to be on the ME and the HR...

Florence is a charming little place, to say the least Am enjoying this rabid pace of visiting 2-4h daily, grinding 4-5h in the hotel room and then chilling/doing some writing in the afternoon/evening This said, I will also be happy when I settle down come Lima and get my own place for a few months yo

Speaking of which, I have been focussing on cutting my expenses, mainly pertaining to hotels... If I have averaged 100$/nightly over the past 6 months - I know, I know -, I have now been reducing that amount to 40-100$ I mean, it is not as if I needed to budget (I was still saving 80% of my income), but I really don't have a need for more expensive places... As long as I have a desk to work on, a private bathroom/shower and a cozy enough room, all is good. Of course, many of the areas I have been visiting lately required for me to upper my expenses, but such will not be the case in Peru, of course, and the upcoming Romania and Croatia.


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Can you tell me some things you enjoyed in/about Malaga? I will be there in Sept.

Places other than Malaga worth visiting over the popular tourist destinations?
I don't think I have a ton to recommend in Malaga, as I was unimpressed with the restaurants/cafes I went to, so outside of the very obvious stuff, I don't see what else I can point out... (and from what I can tell you are going with friends for a wedding, right, so lots of places to hangout at and have fun ) I do recommend Granada though if you have a chance (100kms away, but no direct route in public transportation, I believe...).

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Ronda is fantastic and well worth the trip. It's popular, but not too busy.
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Ive got many more favs. lmk if these tickle your pickle
Thx man, I enjoyed them, but not as much as the first one though, which was epic. Please post some more if you wish, I definitely enjoy checking out some new stuff

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I've been lurking your travel and this thread for a while now, great stuff!

On what site(s) do you play in Spain and Italy? I thought most sites with an international player pool are blocked from those countries.
Thx bro I made sure of the logistics before coming here, as it would of detered me from doing so if it potentially would of got me in shyt. I play on Unibet. I contacted the higher-ups directly and let them know of my travel plans/VPN usage (for security purposes only).




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Old 02-09-2019, 05:04 PM   #752
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80% saving rate? That seems a little high if you were averaging $100/night on rooms for half of 2017 alone. Would love to see you break down some basic numbers if you were at all interested for yourself. If not, no worries. I just personally love seeing the numbers behind others peoples lives wrt to money.

Either way, if you’re anywhere close to that take home pay savings rate, you’re gonna be financially free pretty damn soon if you keep it up. Congrats! Keep crushing!


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Pisa

Pisa seems to be alright. But still, I am looking forward to a week of tournaments in Romania Well, probably not a week's worth, as I can see myself investing time in the virtual world given my current 1st place position in the rakerace, as it is simply worth it, even if I would personally prefer to grind live tourneys

I have been communicating okayish in Italy, but surprisingly moreso in Spanish and French (and a few Italian words) than English Which, given that Europe is more isolated/self-sufficient culturally when it comes to the Americanization of the world, is not so surprising after all. And quite cool if you are a proponent of diversity like I am


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I do not keep spreadsheets of expenses/savings, so it is all approximative... That said, you did encourage me into looking back upon my 2018's finances - well, more like a glance than anything else - and realize that indeed, 80% was a tad generous But I still managed to save upwards of 60% - hard to determine precisely without a thorough analysis, as my investments are spread out across different forms...

I maintain a minimalistic lifestyle even if my lodging and food habits seem to indicate otherwise But outside of these 2 (and flights and the likes), I really do not consume any material goods, have substantial payments (no house, car, health care or outrageous insurance to cover). Also, there is always periods of the year where I am either doing (monastic) meditation retreats, staying with my folks or sister, paying monthly rent (as opposed to nightly) etc. Anyhow, this is what 50$ (38USD$) will net you in Pisa :





Really not great, but (of course) passable and with a desk to grind, yet indicative of how expensive touristic places can be It is not difficult for me to live like a monk, but what I do seek though, is hotels/BnBs rated above 4 stars (on tripadvisor/booking) and pretty much never go below that threshold (I like good people/service ).


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Yeah man, thx, I believe I only have 2 years left with my present schedule (30h/week) before cutting it in half/switching to part time This said, even if I was "whatever, I am averaging 150$/h" in 2018 and it was easy to spend 5k+ a month when I was scooping in 20k, I believe it is strongly within the realm of possibility that I might fail to average 3 digits hourly this year... And, regardless, I'd rather be spending more time in a single place (like South-America) and thus paying monthly rent/purchasing a place than constantly moving around. Anyhow, thx for your question/comment bro

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Love/(F**king) Hate Relationship

Games have not running until well into the evening for the past couple of days, like starting at past 17:00 Just last week, I could comfortably start my session at noon and get 6 tables going and 8 in no time ; but today, at 14:30, I could only get 2 going, one of them being PLO 400z which is a stake I am trying to avoid at this 4 card game, especially shorthanded Not sure what is going on…

You guys listened to the interview with Andrew Robl? He always left a bad impression upon me. Not that I have ever met him/played with him, but the novel Ship it Hola Ballas! did not portray him as the most likeable fellow, but moreso as a little dip-shyt-Balla-wanna-be. Of course, I should know better than to simply buy into the direction of the narrative (and who wasn't somewhat of an arse in their early 20's ), but when you have little to no first hand information on a guy, you have to come to a conclusion with secondhand info, right… Anyhow, really loved his honesty and how he chokes/almost starts crying 8 minutes into the interview when he is asked about the difficulties he went through coming up into the poker world :

https://www.highstakesdb.com/9334-ro...-in-poker.aspx

Too many times you see athletes/competitors respond with scripted answers like a fracking robot, but Robl lets loose on his struggles with pride/strive for success/fear of failure/proving everyone else wrong. I mean, how often do you see an athlete be self-aware enough to admit that without his unhealthy amount of obsession that he holds for the game, he would of never made it… Or flat out admit that in order to succeed, you oftentimes need to put aside balance of life, happiness… Or to question if it is all worth it… You see musicians do it more often, right, as through their lyrics they can be transparent with their love/hate relationship with their own passion - or just f**king burn their guitars/pianos to the ground in front of everyone -, or writers question their paradoxal relationship with words/language, but I wish someone like a Kevin Durant would bluntly scream out to the media how his love for the game has made him hate f**king Bball
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Love/(F**king) Hate Relationship

Games have not running until well into the evening for the past couple of days, like starting at past 17:00 Just last week, I could comfortably start my session at noon and get 6 tables going and 8 in no time ; but today, at 14:30, I could only get 2 going, one of them being PLO 400z which is a stake I am trying to avoid at this 4 card game, especially shorthanded Not sure what is going on…

You guys listened to the interview with Andrew Robl? He always left a bad impression upon me. Not that I have ever met him/played with him, but the novel Ship it Hola Ballas! did not portray him as the most likeable fellow, but moreso as a little dip-shyt-Balla-wanna-be. Of course, I should know better than to simply buy into the direction of the narrative (and who wasn't somewhat of an arse in their early 20's ), but when you have little to no first hand information on a guy, you have to come to a conclusion with secondhand info, right… Anyhow, really loved his honesty and how he chokes/almost starts crying 8 minutes into the interview when he is asked about the difficulties he went through coming up into the poker world :

https://www.highstakesdb.com/9334-ro...-in-poker.aspx

Too many times you see athletes/competitors respond with scripted answers like a fracking robot, but Robl lets loose on his struggles with pride/strive for success/fear of failure/proving everyone else wrong. I mean, how often do you see an athlete be self-aware enough to admit that without his unhealthy amount of obsession that he holds for the game, he would of never made it… Or flat out admit that in order to succeed, you oftentimes need to put aside balance of life, happiness… Or to question if it is all worth it… You see musicians do it more often, right, as through their lyrics they can be transparent with their love/hate relationship with their own passion - or just f**king burn their guitars/pianos to the ground in front of everyone -, or writers question their paradoxal relationship with words/language, but I wish someone like a Kevin Durant would bluntly scream out to the media how his love for the game has made him hate f**king Bball
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Da Pokerz Nonstop Yo

At the Pisa airport right now, waiting for the start of my Romanian adventure AKA binking a tournament yo The next week will be jam packed with a ton of poker, which will be exciting af, obviously, but punctuated with bouts of fatigue and tilt

So I started a poker thread on my FB wall of the upcoming Unibet Open series and while I usually get a substantial amount of likes/replies - for me at least as the amount of luv has left me warm hearted in the past -, but this time around, nothing. Like fracking nada To the extent where I wonder how my post might of gotten relegated to ether by FB's dubious algorithm system

Let's be honest here : I like the recognition. The short term effect of the dopamine hits. But mainly, that comforting feeling that compensates (somewhat) for those moments in the past where it was lacking, right... Think of that scared little boy/teenager that goes to a new school/high school and struggles to make friends at first... Of course, it remains a vain quest to seek present ephemeral bandaids for past shortcomings, but such is life isn't it, an egotistical pursuit (for the most part) when it comes to materialistic or emotional goals... Of course, one could sit there for the rest of his life Buddha style and transcend fracking mind and matter, but where is the joy in that, right
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Sinaia

Bagged up 61bbs for Day2 on Friday ; it was a fun day, especially when the dreadful quiet I-am-glued-to-my-phone players got replaced by a few peeps that wanted to discuss sports and, you know, life and all that jazz

Am really - like REALLY - happy with my play. All my big bluffs got through - I needed it, as I had not many pretty cards to work with -, I bluff-caught in the right spots - come on buddy, X-Raising me on a K24 board is simply not going to cut it when I bet 20% pot with my 4x , had the right reads, got away from a few (perhaps) suicidal tempting bluffing spots... And more importantly, now that I have bagged up a substantial amount, I won't have to play Day 1C and thus focus on online (and visiting Sianaia), where I am still first in the rakerace (albeit not by much, but it seems that all other TOP Unibet players are here...). I will going skiing, but perhaps I will need to extend my stay by 1 day on Monday to do so, depending on the rakerace...

I would have a few hands of interest to share with you guys, but am tired/will put in a few hours online. Ohhhh, whatever, here is a fast one :

I defend J7 in the BB, villain cbets on QJ5 board ; I obviously call. I lead out 35% on 5 turn because it hits my range/I want to charge his draws (which I put him on), but villain raises 4x because... why the f**k is he raising when he has little to no 5x I call, planning on calling all non A, K or 10 rivers... River bricks, X-X, MHIG




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I like your line in J7, always interesting to see lines I dont take often but make sense to me.

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Thx man. It is insane how exploitative/fishy/non-standard are the lines I use in live mid-highstakes MTTs as oppose to my more GTO online play It just fits better with my table image

Here is another one that I saw tonight that I will almost always use from now on : limping on my first hand at a new table and especially at the beginning of a tournament. Seems simple, right, but saw a guy do it and he proceeded to always raise from then on. I caught on pretty quickly and tagged him from rec to reg barely after an orbit, but it might take some other peeps 2-3 rounds to do so... Thus a single limp can buy you a full hour of highly profitable play when you are 42, have a nice shirt on and those egostical 20 something bad pros will try to pounce on you with their unbalanced ranges

I got also put to the test by that J7 villain when I had raised AK pre and saw him and BB to defend. I cbet on the bigger side (>50% pot) on K23, barreled 80% PSB on 4 and he X-jammed about 4.5x. I went into the tank, initially wanting to fold but found a call (for almost all my stack) after 90 seconds when I just could not put him on 2 pairs and it had to be a set or draw, the latter by FAR outweighing the former, of course, in terms of combos
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Haha i use the open limp trick whenever I'm visiting a new room.

Have a bottle of beer (I dont drink), ask floor to change tv to *insert game I dont care about here* and open limp my 1st hand. Like you said, they dont catch on. Worth every white chip in reputation ev imo

Im surprised to hear someone else doing this
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I feel like you're describing the Holy Grail of poker--adapting not only to players, but to radically different player pools. Extremely impressive that you're able to move between these styles/worlds.

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Haha i use the open limp trick whenever I'm visiting a new room.

Have a bottle of beer (I dont drink), ask floor to change tv to *insert game I dont care about here* and open limp my 1st hand. Like you said, they dont catch on. Worth every white chip in reputation ev imo

Im surprised to hear someone else doing this
Love the advanced strat itt! In my next sesh I'll aim to ratchet things up another notch: limp first hand and, if raised, toss out the #minreraise
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Just bagged 54bbs for Day3, 47 players left, bubble just busted right now (it lasted about 2h1/2 for 4 players to bust, no joke We are guaranteed 2085 Euros (71k for 1st), am 12th in chips.

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Just bagged 54bbs for Day3, 47 players left, bubble just busted right now (it lasted about 2h1/2 for 4 players to bust, no joke We are guaranteed 2085 Euros (71k for 1st), am 12th in chips.
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Wow, that’s some sick equity man. Good luck
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After the Dust Settles...

If you had told me that I would finish 37th and cashed for 2300 Euros before the event started, I would of snap-accepted it yo But the thing is, you don't go to war to watch, hopelessly, while 36 runners sprint ahead of you... You don't put your soul on the line for a "gg bro, thx for playing" This said, I have booked a profit in all of my series going back to April last year, at the Party Millions where I bubbled it That is 5 and counting, 3 of them being massive wins (25k+ a piece), while the latter 2 have been negligible (barely 1k) ; but darn, as far as dodging live MTT negative variance goes, that is pretty fracking impressive yo And perhaps more importantly, I had a few people (both recs and pros alike) that I befriended during this run that told me how it is fun to play with me

So I am still first in my rakerace with 30h to go. I will bink this, no doubt, for the extra 3.1k This said, this might involve that I prolong my stay in Sinaia to finally hit the ski hill, before going to Bucharast for one night where I (might...) have a date with a lovely sophisticated - ehhhhh high maintenance - lady After which I will be 8 days in Croatia, 3 days in Montreal (might play a 1k in Gatineau...), 3 days in Calgary (I have a dinner date with my Japanese lady friend which f**king rocks yo ), a 3 weeks intense meditation retreat and then my flight for Peru in April. Yup, that's for the next couple of months folks Not sure how my poker schedule will sneak in within this schedule, but given that I should be at approximately +15k for 2019 by next week, I will perhaps stick my head out of the virtual world and turn it towards life or something

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Yeah, I also had the softest table in the past 3 days (I actually held the best HendonMob at my table, me , that fellow that 14 months ago his HM was still virgin But I did manage to bring it into 6 digits in that span though ) and I came out firing on all cylinders yo The problem is, when you have a preset plan like this (and wake up still groggy ), you oftentimes force yourself vs the flow of the metagame... I did run bad in all instances though (losing 40-60, 70-30 and 25-75% flips, have everyone fold to me when I am holding JJ etc.), but perhaps patience would of been more appropriate that opening up my ranges as wide as the freaking-fracking Grand Canyon

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I hate to cast aspersions, which I guess is actually what I am doing with my next statement, but I don't think that Kevin Durant's brain works very well. This is a bit mean spirited perhaps, but I have thought this for some time, listening to his interviews and thoughts throughout his time playing for OKC,he comes off as a bit simple minded to dumb. My read is probably wildly inaccurate though as I have a very impersonal lens through which to inspect the man's intelligence, and no authority to do such either. *I'm also a jaded ex-fan of his on-court prowess.
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Sunday Luring

Pretty much guaranteed to bink that 3.1k rakerace at this point yo
I guess that our 2nd place fellow pretty much reluctantly approached it like I did, thinking that there was no way he could win it when factoring in his live play here (he has not passed me once, despite always being within striking distance...) I did want to jump in the 330E progressive bounty, if only to prove that my Dublin binkage was not fluky ; but alas, it is better to keep my availability flexibility, in case villain makes a run at it.

I just got a massage by the most drop-dead-gorgeous-blondie-girl to ever fracking exist I know, I know, you folks are there "yeah, right, he always likes to exaggerate for narrative purposes - and I do -, but darn, believe me ladies and gents when I say that she is carved like a Goddess... Think blond hair, big expressive eyes, mountain size boobs Anyhow, I had gotten a couple of massages from her over the past few days/chatted it up, but she somehow just gave me a free massage (albeit a short one...), as we casually befriended in French (she is a Romanian-Hungarian lady born in France, go figure ). I am not sure what it all means and if the door might be cracked open for me to ask her out
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Anyhow, let's snap out of this purposeless daydream, shall we So I got a few hours of grinding tonight (perhaps 2-3h will be sufficient to nail my binkage...), 2 episodes to finish off Dark (interesting dark sci-fi and it definitely gets better over the season
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, and then head to Bucharast for 2 days. I am quite happy that up until April, the grind will be smoother and less of a priority yo Am also content (enough) with the fact that we find ourselves at +17k for 2019 when factoring in the incoming RB/RR binkage


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I hate to cast aspersions, which I guess is actually what I am doing with my next statement, but I don't think that Kevin Durant's brain works very well. This is a bit mean spirited perhaps, but I have thought this for some time, listening to his interviews and thoughts throughout his time playing for OKC,he comes off as a bit simple minded to dumb. My read is probably wildly inaccurate though as I have a very impersonal lens through which to inspect the man's intelligence, and no authority to do such either. *I'm also a jaded ex-fan of his on-court prowess.
Yeeeeahhhh, some basketball content ITT ; life just got that much better Glad to see your OKC Thunder is doing mightily well, friend ; as are my Raptors, of course

Yeah, Durant is an interesting specimen... Or perhaps more an intriguing anthropological subject to be analyzed through the lenses of how celebrity in the multi-media age has an impact on a fragile egostical soul...

I initially intuitively thought of him just because I fathom he could be someone that would bluntly lose it/speak up against his own sport/livelihood, as his carefully calculated spontaneous-persona-public-image would perhaps warrant him to do so... What I had in mind though, is that love/hate passion that an artist/athlete/writer/musician/etc. has for their craft, AKA that essential part of themselves that simultaneously defines them and tears them open... I remember my ex gf telling me of how Tori Amos had burned down her piano in outrage, as her parents had put a tremendous amount of pressure on her to perform when she was growing up... (don't quote me on it though, can't find shyt about the incident ). But yeah, anyhow, I am glad that I feel more positive about poker lately and that I do not want to flip over a table for the fracking life of me




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Re: Dancing with the Old Lady, the Journey continues...

I'm glad to trot some Bball discussion up in any and all threads, biased as my point of view may be. You drew a perfect corollary with Kevin Durant in regard to the point that you were making. I got a little off topic and took the opportunity to rail against my perceived lack of intelligence KD possess. As biased as I am though, I have no problem in stating my reverence for KD's game. Guy is unreal, and un-guardable to the point of only he can really stop himself. I think more players could benefit from trying to get in KD's head though.

I'm glad to see you having some renewed passion, and monetary success my friend.
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