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Old 09-18-2017, 03:25 AM   #1
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Moved to Vegas to pursue the dream

My name is Daniel and I have been playing poker for around 12 years on and off. My screen name was dwf1029 before black friday, I mostly played mtt. I have played on various other names but now I play under dwf0407 on wpn. Since black friday I have played on and off with varying levels of success. I also went to school with my wife to get our Licensed Nursing degrees, we bothn graduated and I worked/poker ever since.

On August 14th 2017 we finally made the move to Las Vegas. We sold our house in Norcal and did it after close to 2 years of talking about it. We transferred out licenses as well so there is a solid back up plan in play. So far we both really love it here, my wife got a job as a home health nurse making more money and she actually enjoys the work and I have been doing well at the tables so far and am looking to get a per diem jobs to fall back on and not forget everything that I learned.

Im not really sure why I even wanted to post about this, I am very excited about this new chapter in my life though. My wife and I lived in Chico, CA and both had solid, comfortable playing and very flexible jobs but life felt very stagnant for us. I have never really been interested in any normal careers and cant stand the thought of doing something that I dont like for 40 hours per week until I am too old to enjoy my savings. So for me even if poker is not immediately my full time successful career it will be supplemental until I get good enough to make solid consistent money and hopefully become financially well off.

I am looking to make the transition to playing live cash games and mtts. I feel that online in USA is very tough to make more money than I can make working and live poker is a lot softer. I also get very bored sitting at home behind a laptop all the time. So I have decided to make this thread to have some where to throw my thoughts out there, discuss sessions and hands, and maybe meet more people in the poker community. Thanks for reading this and if anyone has any questions about Vegas or anything feel free to ask.
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Old 09-18-2017, 05:02 AM   #2
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Re: Moved to Vegas to pursue the dream

Hey op,

I am curious to see what life in Vegas would be. I will be following your journey. Best of luck to your new life and grinds.

Peace
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Old 09-18-2017, 06:44 AM   #3
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Re: Moved to Vegas to pursue the dream

I play on WSOP in Nevada, good luck and Play live it's pretty soft.
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Old 09-19-2017, 04:10 AM   #4
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Hey op,

I am curious to see what life in Vegas would be. I will be following your journey. Best of luck to your new life and grinds.

Peace
I live in the Summerlin area which is about 20 mins west of the strip and I love it. Tons of great places to eat and things to do. Tons of poker all the time of course.
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Old 09-19-2017, 04:11 AM   #5
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I play on WSOP in Nevada, good luck and Play live it's pretty soft.
Thank you
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Old 09-19-2017, 04:15 AM   #6
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Re: Moved to Vegas to pursue the dream

Today I decided to play online and skipped the Venetian 400 30k. It was just a 1 day tournament but I think those things are great, very easy money in there. I got a little bit of a cold or something so decided to just hang around the house. Had 1 deep run and punted it away. Besides that I got a light work out in, ate some thai food and a cinnamon roll. There are a lot of good tournies online the rest of this week so not sure if ill be hitting the casinos too much or not.
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Old 09-27-2017, 02:10 PM   #7
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So far out here I have ended up playing a lot more online than live due to different series going on. I have put in a some cash sessions winning all but 1 of them. I have been analyzing my cash sessions and I really think that I have a bigger edge there than in playing online tournaments. The hands where I have won big pots I have been paid off in spots where I would have been able to get away if the cards were reversed. I got away from 1 spot that I was pretty proud of, I posted the hand, it is titled "AKss in a tricky spot" in live low stakes. I dont feel that you have to play a super gto type style in a lot of these games because the players just arent that good. This is only over the course of 5 or so sessions so I could be way off but seems like a lot of the regs basically play solid abc type poker and will not force you to make very tough decisions. I am really considering making the switch from mtt as primary to playing 2/5 regularly and trying to move up the cash stakes, then of course playing the good live mtts. So nothing to exciting happening lately. I am playing the wynn $400 50k tomorrow and then the $1100 400k tomorrow-weekend so hopefully I outright win both of those, then parlay that into a winning lotto ticket
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Old 09-27-2017, 02:12 PM   #8
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Ive also been thinking about jumping in the better weekly tournaments at the wynn and venetian. They have a $200 w $100 add on that get 5-10k to first on fridays and saturdays. Rake is only about 12% at the wynn and closer to %20 at venetian.
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Old 10-12-2017, 03:25 AM   #9
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Got some good news to report. I played the wynn main 1600 event and ended up taking 5th place for a solid score. Also just finished a 2/5 session at Red Rock and ended with a good profit for the day. Im taking poker a lot more seriously and not allowing myself to tilt or make dumb mistakes and it feels like its really paying off. Im also not studying really and instead putting time off the table into mentally preparing myself to focus for long periods of time. I think that is a major factor in my recent success as well. So things are going very well out here so far and im ready to keep it going. Not sure if anyone is reading this but if you are thanks and feel free to fire any questions about vegas or anything
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Old 10-12-2017, 03:31 AM   #10
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Re: Moved to Vegas to pursue the dream

Congrats, nice score.
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:01 AM   #11
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Got some good news to report. I played the wynn main 1600 event and ended up taking 5th place for a solid score. Also just finished a 2/5 session at Red Rock and ended with a good profit for the day. Im taking poker a lot more seriously and not allowing myself to tilt or make dumb mistakes and it feels like its really paying off. Im also not studying really and instead putting time off the table into mentally preparing myself to focus for long periods of time. I think that is a major factor in my recent success as well. So things are going very well out here so far and im ready to keep it going. Not sure if anyone is reading this but if you are thanks and feel free to fire any questions about vegas or anything
Hey man grats on the recent wins!

Mtts, esp live ones, can a create a great feeling in you when u bink or get a massive payday.

On the other hand, just wanted to share that having a very very very well organized brm is 100% essential when it comes to mtts.

I dont wanna post "negative" things, just wanted to share this cauz usually after big wins u feel invincible and ready to call out Doug Polk on a HU match 4 rollz as the EPT Barcelona ME 2017 Champion did Moved to Vegas to pursue the dream hehe

Not saying that this is the case here, but as i said be4 i am just sharing my thoughts/experiences.

Anyway grats again and keep playing/studying/enjoying your time in Vegas.

Peace buddy!
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:06 AM   #12
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Hey man grats on the recent wins!

Mtts, esp live ones, can a create a great feeling in you when u bink or get a massive payday.

On the other hand, just wanted to share that having a very very very well organized brm is 100% essential when it comes to mtts.

I dont wanna post "negative" things, just wanted to share this cauz usually after big wins u feel invincible and ready to call out Doug Polk on a HU match 4 rollz as the EPT Barcelona ME 2017 Champion did Moved to Vegas to pursue the dream hehe

Not saying that this is the case here, but as i said be4 i am just sharing my thoughts/experiences.

Anyway grats again and keep playing/studying/enjoying your time in Vegas.

Peace buddy!
I definitely agree with that. To be honest a factor that has held me back in my poker career is I am too nitty with my money lol. I def wont be going to crazy at all. Appreciate the concern though and thanks!
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:08 AM   #13
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Re: Moved to Vegas to pursue the dream

Goodluck with ur journey, many ppl talk & dream about it, while u just did it. Even when u fail at the end, atleast u tried.
Also an important fact is that ur wife is willing to follow you to Vegas, gg man
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:13 AM   #14
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Re: Moved to Vegas to pursue the dream

Really nice score, keep updating this thread so we can follow the journey.
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Old 10-12-2017, 10:55 AM   #15
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Thanks guys and will do.
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Old 10-12-2017, 01:01 PM   #16
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Re: Moved to Vegas to pursue the dream

NJ on the score, welcome to LV!
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Old 10-13-2017, 05:09 AM   #17
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Thanks man! So today I played a 2/5 session at the Red Rock. It started off poorly, I played a $1600 pot with qj on a Q95ss board, normally I dont play this fast but I was pretty certain the check raiser was on a draw so I just stuck it in over his raise and he hit the flush. So I almost had my first real losing session but I stuck it out and ended up flopping the nuts and betting 60 into a pot of about 160 and having the same guy jam 750 into and I held. Not often the flop is 56k and you have kk and get check massive shoved on. Then a few hands later I had ak and hit K and he check shoved the turn and I won. People really do just blow up in these games often. I really wish I moved out here years ago instead of trying to play mtt on the American sites. I won in the Mtt but imo the value is not even close. So we ended up making a few hundred today after battling back. I havent logged nearly as many hours in cash as I should have because I was still playing mtt but the hours are going to be piling up from now on.
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