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Old 01-12-2018, 09:46 PM   #26
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GL w/PCA and rest of the year Mike! Crush it
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Old 01-13-2018, 03:05 AM   #27
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8/16 going into Day5!
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Old 01-13-2018, 01:09 PM   #28
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Gl op pca was your dream for so many years so go get em
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Old 01-13-2018, 01:48 PM   #29
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V - A - M - O - S !!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-13-2018, 04:13 PM   #30
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LFG! Take it down brother!
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Old 01-13-2018, 07:44 PM   #31
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Sick sweat, glgl !
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:27 PM   #32
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thanks for the love guys! ul ending but im very happy with the run/experience and the fact that I get to play a game for a living! there was only 1 hand i regret all tournament (possibly 2) and I'm extremely happy with my play overall. Held my own against some top notch players and had fun along the way. Time for the Stars party tonight and then some R and R before my flight home on Monday.

I'll be back to answer above posts/do a more thorough update and talk about a few hands from the trip as well when I get back to Canada on Monday. Thanks again for all the support!
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:53 AM   #33
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Re: The Final Frontier

It's All Part of the Journey

"It's all part of the journey" were the words my friend texted me as I was on my way back to my hotel room, tilted, after busting a bajillion bullets in some 200$ live bowl comp at Turning Stone in New York. I was super frustrated as I was in the midst of a decent sized downswing and even some of the "fish" in that tournament were laughing at me for how many bullets I was in for. It almost felt like there was a midget under the table rigging the deck against me every hand.

These words kind of hit me at the time and I've started using that phrase quite often, in any type of life variance. Ya know, it's funny that poker and life are just a big journey down a long, long road. Along this road there is going to be ups, downs, bumps, potholes, mountains, ice, snow, and everything in between. If you really ride every single high and low in poker you are going to be in a mental institution by 30. You can't always win that 6 figure equity coin flip, or bluff catch with the correct frequency, or make the correct assumptions about a villains range 100% of the's impossible. These ups and downs are how we grow as a player and as a person.

There was quite a few people that messaged me saying "unlucky so sick" or "I feel a tonne of pain for you" type thing (there was also heaps of positive encouragement etc). I appreciate this stuff a lot.

However, I just want to say that the PCA was one of my first goals when I was starting in poker. Honestly, I was out there living one of my earliest poker dreams just by being there. Whether I cashed the main Event, bubbled payday or the was all a dream a few years ago. The whole thing was an awesome experience and basically a freeroll to begin with. I'm lucky enough to play a game for a living and to have lived a few of my dreams in that game, highs and lows are all part of's all part of the journey!
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Old Yesterday, 01:22 AM   #34
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Hey guys, as you can probably notice I haven't been doing regular updates in this thread thus far into 2018. This is partially because I told myself I want to "do more" as opposed to "talking about doing more" this year, and partially because (regretfully), I just really haven't been caring about much at all.

Yes, I've been very busy with PCA for the first few weeks and dealing with holiday celebrations etc but my overall effort has just been abysmal (aside from putting a valiant effort in two live poker tournaments.) To sum it up: workouts have been non-existant aside from a few hockey sessions, the diet has been pretty trash, and the days where I've played online poker my effort has been probably a 6 or 7/10.

I wish I could sit here and say I've put in my best effort the first 3 weeks of 2018 but I'd be lying and I need to hold myself accountable for my lack of effort. It's weird that I know exactly what the top 3-4 most important things are to me to get completed...and judging by my actions you would probably say they are the least important things to me.

So, following this post I'm going to reach out to some therapists or whatever in my area and schedule an appointment with them ASAP. I think getting some professional advice will really help with motivation and getting back on the path.

I've ****ed up and it's time to get back on track. Enough.

If you made it far enough through that above passage of a tilted rambler, feel free to read the next little bit about some thoughts I've had in regards to poker strategy in the last while:

A lot of players seem to be enthused with the stat metric of "BB/100". In reference to big blinds earned per 100 hands. This is definitely a very good stat (over a large sample size, and in cash games especially). There is no doubt that positional BB/100 is also very important as you can tell immediately if you are leaking money from a certain position based on how much you are winning compared to other regs.

However, I want to say that this stat is so far away from determining who the best regs are a lot of the time and here's why:

1. Difficulty of tournament and structure of tournament will drastically skew your BB/100. For example in the Big 11 some dolt might punt in 5k @ BB 30 w/ AQo and give your AA a free double up, whilst making your BB/100 skyrocket. However, in a tournament like the Hot 109 where the field is far tougher and Avg. stack is only ~20bbs a lot of the time it is difficult to get the inflated BB/100.

2. BB/100 is a stat that favours early tournament stages and is highly weighted from early tournament stages. However, in tournaments most of the money is made in late game. BB/100 does not factor in ICM punts or payjump ladders etc. It is solely in regards to chip EV. Let's say you are final 9 of the Sunday Storm and have the same stack as the chip leader. You raise/call him with AJs for a 30bb rejam. Your BB/100 will barely take a hit here because you are only 30bbs deep to start the hand and have reasonable equity vs his jamming range....however, the times you lose you can potentially be punting 100s/1000s of buy ins to the tournament. So when stacks are worth several thousand dollars in an 11$ buy in, your BB/100 will barely be shaken, but you just made a multi thousand dollar punt...and that hurts your bottom line more than anything.

All I'm saying is that BB/100 is a good metric to get a rough idea of how you are performing by position or overall, but don't forget how the result can be biased and how end game is the most lucrative in tournaments (even though Avg. stack is sometimes only 20bbs).

Hopefully that made some sense. I'm quite ill and very tired. GN guys have a good week!
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Old Today, 02:40 PM   #35
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