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Old 10-26-2017, 05:57 PM   #1051
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Sounds like you are starting to see signs of burnout from playing too much poker and/or runbad. I’d recommend starting a monthly schedule and plan out which days you are/aren’t gonna play. Don’t overwork yourself.
Monthly sounds a lot better than weekly, which is what I was doing for a little while. Hopefully Borgata next month live can recharge my batteries a little (ironically it's what started the downswing to begin last month but I'll try not to be superstitious )
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Old 10-27-2017, 01:11 AM   #1052
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Yeah live is def fun. The blind increase is absurd though, people take so long to act. 30 mins levels is pretty much one orbit per level. Flip side is that some are god awful at poker.
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Old 10-27-2017, 03:52 AM   #1053
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Redsox, I have started playing the Sunday big tournies across the 3 sites regularly, this coming will be my 5th in a row, honestly I can't believe you or anyone is able to stay even mostly sane with the ridiculous swings and variance. Now to be fair, there is massive variance as well in cash. But off top of my head, I can think of gags, dehhhh, and leinad as 3 tournaments players who seemingly win in cash games as well and play them on the reg. Why wouldn't you try to do the same? I have read this thread from start to finish and followed your updates and based only on what I have read, believe you are both able to learn to consistently win in online cash as well as at least a little bit exhausted from the tournament grind.

I give my input to the NJ threads here on 2+2 pretty much at my own peril IMO. Nevertheless, I feel a kinship towards those playing on the same sites I play on in this one pond we are in and who are blogging their ups and downs. Feel free to ignore though, just my opinion, good luck
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Old 10-27-2017, 11:15 AM   #1054
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Redsox, I have started playing the Sunday big tournies across the 3 sites regularly, this coming will be my 5th in a row, honestly I can't believe you or anyone is able to stay even mostly sane with the ridiculous swings and variance. Now to be fair, there is massive variance as well in cash. But off top of my head, I can think of gags, dehhhh, and leinad as 3 tournaments players who seemingly win in cash games as well and play them on the reg. Why wouldn't you try to do the same? I have read this thread from start to finish and followed your updates and based only on what I have read, believe you are both able to learn to consistently win in online cash as well as at least a little bit exhausted from the tournament grind.

I give my input to the NJ threads here on 2+2 pretty much at my own peril IMO. Nevertheless, I feel a kinship towards those playing on the same sites I play on in this one pond we are in and who are blogging their ups and downs. Feel free to ignore though, just my opinion, good luck


I do not think mix with cash is good idea, if you only have limited time, you need to only focus on one game to master it. If he can survive online, pay his bill and keep a reasonable bankroll without going broke, then just keep doing it till he can't. That way he can master his skill much faster, I don't think right now he should be much concerned how much money he can make, because I think you can only make better money on higher game, those usually better game with more fish that don't respect much of money, if I were playing cash, I wouldn't play in NJ, I would go vegas, their cash game are much better, if I were able to travel, I wouldn't play any cash game in the u.s market, player pool here are way too tight. I would only play at Macau, those Asian game are much better game than here, I had a chance played there couple time and the smallest game is 25/50 HKD, and the action is best in the world, people just spew couple buyin easy with garbage that you can't even imagine. I miss those sessions so much, even durrrr, Ivey and jungleman moved there long ago for better game


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Old 11-01-2017, 01:32 PM   #1055
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Yeah live is def fun. The blind increase is absurd though, people take so long to act. 30 mins levels is pretty much one orbit per level. Flip side is that some are god awful at poker.
It can certainly be slow and frustrating, but there's just something about the atmosphere that can make it worth it. And obviously binking anything live is like nothing else.

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Redsox, I have started playing the Sunday big tournies across the 3 sites regularly, this coming will be my 5th in a row, honestly I can't believe you or anyone is able to stay even mostly sane with the ridiculous swings and variance. Now to be fair, there is massive variance as well in cash. But off top of my head, I can think of gags, dehhhh, and leinad as 3 tournaments players who seemingly win in cash games as well and play them on the reg. Why wouldn't you try to do the same? I have read this thread from start to finish and followed your updates and based only on what I have read, believe you are both able to learn to consistently win in online cash as well as at least a little bit exhausted from the tournament grind.

I give my input to the NJ threads here on 2+2 pretty much at my own peril IMO. Nevertheless, I feel a kinship towards those playing on the same sites I play on in this one pond we are in and who are blogging their ups and downs. Feel free to ignore though, just my opinion, good luck
Yeah I hear you. I've delved into it before, and have been given advice by very good players to start working on my cash game. Maybe sometime down the road I'll start working harder at it.
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Old 11-01-2017, 03:05 PM   #1056
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Weekly Update (10/25 - 10/31)

Not a lot of poker played this past week. The desire to play hasn't been there and I did a lot for Halloween weekend that led to very minimal volume. The days I was home I often just 1-3 tabled on my laptop and hung out with roommates in our living room.

Wednesday the 25th

Didn't play poker, watched the Nets beat the Cavs and went wild. That is still their most recent victory

Thursday the 26th

Two tabled the Stars $250 PKO and $100 10K while watching football with one roommate while the other went to NYC early. I got $160 in bounties in the PKO before busting AJ<99/88 for a massive pot with 8 left and 4 paying. Bwah bwah. Bubbled the 10K as well.

Friday the 27th

Into the city I went. It was just my NYC buddy Greg and my roommate Tee Dubs and we headed to the bar that we frequent, the Belfry on 14th and 3rd. I somehow found a spot at the bar and my buddies slowly crept in as well, and for about an hour we just sat, talked, and drank. Obviously this was not the first time we've done something like this but for some reason I don't know if it's ever been more enjoyable for me. I just felt completely relaxed and was having a great time. We drank a ton in that hour, drinking several of their different specialty pickleback shots along with a few beers, and I drank way more than I should have in that time period lol. While we were drinking Greg's friend from his program met up with us and she brought along a friend of hers from outside the program. Pretty much instantly Greg's friend broke off to talk to him and Tee Dubs while her friend and I got to know each other.

Eventually we made our way across the street to Beauty Bar, a place that Tee Dubs and I often (mostly) jokingly assure each other is "not a gay bar." They play a bunch of different types of music in the back, often 80s songs, and everyone dances and it's a lot of fun. But you also often get a somewhat eclectic crowd there. We don't seem to mind though lol. I believe the girl I met and I danced quite a bit but when I wake up around noon the next day in only my boxers at Greg's place and ask what happened, he recounts the night. He tells me that Tee Dubs got too drunk so he took him home and left me with these 2 girls I just met that night. I have no recollection of this. Apparently at one point Greg's friend calls Greg and tells him I am rude, citing that I've called Greg "inconsistent." Greg tells me he heard me in the background yelling "IT'S NOT TRUE GREG, IT'S NOT TRUE!" What a strange insult lmao. I shake off the hangover, get some food, and prepare for Saturday night.

Saturday the 28th

I dressed up as running Forrest Gump for Halloween. In an ironic twist of fate, the day I put the costume on was also the day that my running streak came to an end, and I haven't ran since. I'm definitely gonna get back out there soon but I was so comfortable in my buddy's place and I didn't wanna go out into the cold and try to run around NYC so I just stayed inside. As the day went on more and more people began to come into his apartment and by the time we were ready to head out it was getting crowded. We headed over to Houston Hall where everyone was dressed in costume. A friend of mine brought two of his friends and we hit it off immediately, dancing around like idiots and having a good time.

At some point I broke off from the group and started talking to this girl wearing a Hickory Jersey from the movie Hoosiers who had lost her debit card. I helped her search for it and it seemed like we were hitting it off. Then her friend came, and her friend also seemed interested in me. I am not a boastful guy when it comes to girls so when I say I thought they were interested I really do think they were. However, they start talking about so and so's ex and how they are gonna meet up with other people, and a couple more of their friends show up, and now I'm starting to feel more like a lingerer than a guy who has a shot. At that moment I look over and see a couple of my new friends literally cheering me on. If that isn't funny enough, there was a rope set up, like one that would be in place to direct a line at a movie theater concession stand. It's there to sort of separate the bar from the dance floor. They are leaning on this rope, making me feel even more like a side show that they have tickets for. They're yelling "let's go Dan!" and I look over and pretty much as loud as I can yell, "I don't think this is going to work out, but WATCH THIS ****!" and I proceed to back my ass into the middle of this group of what is now 4 girls and start dancing like an idiot. Now the girls and my group of friends are laughing which is egging me on to pull out every ridiculous dance move I can think of. If this isn't enough already, just remember I was dressed like this:



Anyway, the rest of the night was relatively uneventful and I head back with a buddy of mine around 3AM.

Sunday the 29th

I hang out at Greg's for most of the day, watching football and having a letdown of a brunch. I get back to my place around 9PM, just in time to max late reg the $200 on Stars. I get lucky to chip up but then bust 48th with 36 paying, oh well. I watch the rest of the football games and in what is a pivotal matchup in my fantasy football league, it ends up that I will need Harrison Butker (KC kicker) to tie or outscore Alex Smith (KC QB) to win the matchup. In our 8 man league, the top 3 teams have all locked up the wins and will be 8-0, 6-2, and 6-2 respectively, and both me and the guy I'm playing were 3-4, with 6th already having lost to drop to 3-5. With 4 making the playoffs, the winner of this matchup will be outright 4th, and since I currently own the tiebreak on both the other guys, a win would be big. The rest of the night I stay up with my 2 roommates and the one's girlfriend and we all drink wine and play this board game we got recently. We stay up entirely too late but it was an awesome time and I really enjoyed myself.

Monday the 30th

I one table the Party 10K on my laptop while watching football with one of my roommates. I chip up to maybe 70K at one point before everything goes downhill and I bust 20th with 10 paying. At halftime I'm down 2 points in the fantasy matchup and need Butker to not only score points but also need Smith to somehow not score much in the process. I go to get Wendy's with my roommate and right before we leave Butker drills a 43 yarder to give me the lead again. While we were out he hits another field goal, and now I have a 4 point lead or so. As we're walking in the door he is kicking another field goal, literally just a couple minutes after the last one and I have no idea how it got set up like that. Butker ends up being the high scorer on either of our fantasy teams with 21 points and I win the matchup by 9

Tuesday the 31st

Halloween! I'm a bum all day and by the time I'm considering going to get some candy my roommate's girlfriend texts us asking what sort of candy she should pick up so I decide I don't need to go out. However, kids are starting to come to the door and our dog often gets hyped up when people do that, so I take him upstairs and hide out in my room until she gets here. Around 6:30 I come down and her and her boyfriend/my roommate are watching the Purge so I sit down and watch it too while we (read: roommate's GF) hand out candy. Around 8:00 I fire up the $250 on Stars and decide to 1 table it while hanging out with everybody. I get off to a good start, 65K from 25K, but lose a couple flips and run an unsuccessful bluff before busting at 2Kbb. **** it I say and re-enter, quickly losing another flip to bust. **** it again! I re-enter for the 2nd time in the last 5 minutes before late reg ends and now I'm in for $750, fully ready to say **** it a 3rd time if need be.

I catch some heat and spin it up to about 85K at 2800bb. I open HJ to 7K with 99 and am 3b to 22.2K from the CO who is playing about 70K to start. I have a note on him that says he has minraise/folded bvb with 9bbs to start the hand, which is enough for me to feel alright about shoving here. It's not great and I expect to see better hands a decent amount of the time, but when guys 3b this large I think they often have very good, non-nutted hands that they "just wanna take it down" with. So I think AK will be what we see here quite often, as AA and KK probably go smaller and I *think* TT will just shove. JJ might go either way, and QQ will probably also make it this size. Idk. In any case it was QQ this time and I flopped a 9 to move up to 150K.

Later on I open the button and SB, a friend of mine and reg, shoves 18BBs or so. I have A9s and decide to call and lose to JJ. Back down to 80K. Now I find AQs and I believe we're at 3200bb, so I open to 8K. Scott Blumstein defend the BB and then x/r's really small on QQJr. I think he just tries to exploit maximally in every spot and knows I'll often c-bet 100% on a board like this, so we definitely just want to keep clicking call and allow him to bluf it all off. Turn is a brick and he bets small again, but river will still only be a 70% pot shove or so, so I call again. River is an 8 so now T9 gets there but that's all we really lose to, and he x/f's to my shove.

A couple hands later Scott shoves maybe 50K at 3200bb from HJ. SB flats, and I have 150K in the BB with KK. I go all in, SB snaps with AQs, Scott has 55 and I hold to get to 350K and a pretty sizable chip lead on the field. I get up to about 400K on the bubble, 13 left with 12 paying, and I think I did a good job of putting pressure on but not getting too crazy. There were at least 2 regs at the table who I think probably care much less about cashing than most players do, and one of them still had 50bbs or so to my 100bbs, so it's not like I'm just easily going to steal every hand from him. That being said, I got a bunch of 3b's through, shoved often when it folded to my SB or button with both players on my left under 20BBs, and finished the bubble around 500K.

From there not a lot of great things happened, but not a lot of bad things happened either. I looked for spots but didn't find many and found myself in the middle of the pack 5 handed, still about 40BBs deep though. We all shuffled spots around quite a bit and I was really happy with the patience and lack of anxiety I felt. I focused way less on what each spot paid. I also focused way less on what place I was in or how many chips I "used to" have and instead just did my best to take each spot as it came to me. At the end of the day I just got lucky to double up when I did, but I think a different version of me might have busted before running into that situation, so I'm proud of how I played before then. Anyway, I open HJ (UTG 5 handed) to 22.5K at 9Kbb with about 240K to start the hand. It folds to the BB who is an MTT reg and he makes it 55K. I have seen him make appropriate 3b sizings before (maybe like 58K in position, 68K out of position against my raise size here) but here he is making this incredibly small sizing that I see all the time from MTT regs and it is just ALWAYS the goods. I had a spot on Thursday where I raised 99 with 20bbs, ready to snap against any shove, and then the BB 3b really really small and I just felt so sad because I knew what was coming but didn't feel disciplined enough to fold to a small 3b but call a shove. I shoved, he had AA, and again I got there

But this time I was the one with AA, and against a bigger 3b sizing I probably would have flatted. But against this face up sizing I went all in, he called with KK and I held. When we got down to 4 handed a player lost an all in to drop to 2bbs, then tripled, then doubled, and was back to 18bbs when he shoved CO and I reshoved button with AKs and won the flip vs 66! As 3 handed play started I was in 2nd with 60BBs, 3rd had 50BBs, and 1st had 90BBs, and I noticed both other players had the deal button checked. I decided to take an ICM chop and cashed for a little over 4K. It doesn't quite get me out of my own personal "makeup" but gets me pretty close as the roll grows to 24.3K. I'm hoping this win will have me feeling more motivated to start putting sessions in again since I've been feeling that lack of drive pretty strongly recently. In any case it was nice to run good in one of these things; it's felt like a pretty long time.

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Old 11-05-2017, 03:59 PM   #1057
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Well played Dan! Looking forward to more scores in the near future
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Old 11-05-2017, 11:33 PM   #1058
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Haha that costume, so awesome. HMU next time you come into the city and needs someone to drink with.
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Nice costume, congrats on the cash!
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:08 PM   #1060
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Yeah I had a lot of fun with it lol. I'm in the city often I'll have to shoot you a PM next time I'm there!

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Old 11-08-2017, 02:54 AM   #1061
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Just stumbled upon this thread - remembered your name from way back in the day! Happy to see you're crushing lately. Subbed and GL!
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Old 11-08-2017, 12:33 PM   #1062
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:02 PM   #1063
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Weekly Update (11/1 - 11/7)

Wednesday the 1st

Lost about $300 on the mini session, again just playing on my laptop watching TV with the boys. Fired 5 times or something ridiculous in the $100 second chance on Stars, running into several ridiculous bustouts to one of the "top ranked" NJ players. In one I 3b off a 25bb stack to a somewhat large size to discourage him from peeling. He peels J7ss from OOP then x/shoves T94ss. I b/c the AQo because I play with him a lot and do not win. The peel pre is pretty funny. Later he r/c's the button vs my 15bb 3b shove or so with K8s, my AJ loses. Luckily the 5th bullet sticks and I finish 4th to recoup $400 or so, losing AT to KJ for a potential KO and 2nd place stack. Oh well. I cash in my StarsCoin for about $700 and pretend to book a $300 win on the day.

Thursday the 2nd

I run good in the Stars 10K and have the lead pretty much the whole way. I run a big bluff heads up that gets picked off; I still have the lead but we do an ICM chop and I make 2K on the day.

Friday the 3rd

Not much poker played, I consider going out that night but end up staying in and watching a bunch of Stranger Things season 2 with my roommate.

Saturday the 4th

This time we do go out to a bar called Midland Brew House pretty close to where I live. The bar is hopping with the UFC fights going on and once again my roommate's girlfriend proves to be a great wingman as the 4 of us (me/2 roommates/ roommate gf) join 2 other girls and start playing bar Picolo (great drinking game app). At one point someone asks them when they graduated, to which they say 2014 and we realize they're talking high school. If this does not make me feel old enough (I graduated college in 2013), I realize they actually are just 21 and people 5 years younger than me can legally drink here. We sort of mutually bail and in a ritual that has become far too familiar I end up dancing with my buddies to whatever crazy song the bar has chosen (I think this time it was "Shout"...like the song that gets played at weddings...idk why they play it here lol). I come home and decide to play some 8 game before falling asleep and find a way to lose $300 lol

Sunday the 5th

I play each of the majors on my laptop while watching sports with my roommates. I'm in desperate need of some motivation to get off the couch and actually start properly grinding again. I cash the Stars major and get a pretty nasty A867T runout when I get A5 in vs TT for a decent stack. Oh well.

Monday the 6th

In search of that motivation I drive home to Hamilton to visit my parents and treat it as sort of a halfway point between Fair Lawn and AC. I play the Stars 10K and 2nd chance and the Party 10K. I play a hand with 10 left and 6 paying in the Stars 2nd chance where I defend BB vs button open, x/c K22r flop, check check 3x turn, and I bet half pot on the 6x river. I'm trying to think of bluffs I have here to be honest. I think my range is like lots of Kx, some 2x, and I think I even have a decent amount of 77-99 that value bets this river. I think I check ace high and hands like A3 and A6 that x/c'ed flop. I 3b broadway combos sometimes pre and sometimes flat them. In this case, I got called by 64 and had QT myself. Frustrating. The next hand I 3b shove 25bbs vs the same player, he calls with 99 and my AT does not win the flip.

I do manage to FT the Party 10K but come to the FT short. I lost a pot right before the FT where I should have just gone broke preflop but everyone becomes braindead late in that MTT and become so desperate not to bust that they flat 99 pre OOP with like 20bbs. Luckily for me they did and I don't go broke with KQ. It allows me to 3b shove AT from the CO for 12BBs vs a HJ open. He snaps with T9o and flops a 9 and I bust 8th. Very frustrating day.

Tuesday the 7th

I play the $250 on Stars and face another spot where I wonder how many bluffs I really have, similar to the previous night. I flat JTcc on the button vs a HJ open and then call the c-bet on a KQ4ss flop. Turn is the 3s and he x/c's a bet from me. River is a brick, 8x I think, and I shove 2/3 pot. He thinks for maybe 5 seconds and calls with red AK. I think my value range here is spades, 44, and the KQ I choose not to 3b. My bluffs are JT I choose not to 3b. I really don't think I have any else. Maybe I'm pulling hairs by being annoyed that a reg is calling AK here, no spade, with no thought, and maybe I should just realize that if my range is what I say it is then I want him to call here. But **** I hate bluffing off a stack and especially hate it when it feels like it's *supposed* to work. Probably something I should just get over.

I re-enter and get it back to 40K before losing KQs<99 for a top 10 stack. Later.

So that leads me to today. I'll be heading to AC and probably won't be playing the $600 opener today, instead waiting for tomorrow and firing as many bullets as it takes for the final 2 flights. I also think I'll play the bounty (assuming they have it, I haven't checked schedule) on Friday if I'm not still in day 2 of event 1. A friend of mine has offered me a room nearby which is sweet so I won't have to worry about hotels, though I might get a room tonight just to chill in since I don't think I'll be playing live.

I tried to set up automatic billing for my health insurance a couple days ago, but since I hadn't paid for last month's which was due on the 1st yet, I don't think it auto-paid it. When I went to check this morning, it was billing me for 3 months' worth. Two of those months make sense, as I haven't paid for this month or next month yet, but I don't know where the 3rd one is coming from. I tried to call them and got an automated service which I'm not dealing with. So I paid for this month and I'm going to see what the automated service does for next month before I worry about it. If I get double charged then I guess I'll just have to figure it out from there.

I think the plan for the rest of the day is to go get some lunch, drop off the water bill at the post office (the one bill I get that doesn't seem to be available online but since it's only once every 3 months I don't worry about it), come home and shower (I might run as well), go get a hair cut, then head off to AC. A friend of mine is considering chopping a hotel with me but isn't going to if he bags the day flight so I have to wait to see what room I should book. I'm hoping I'll feel a little more motivation after playing live. I'm lucky that I've had a decent couple weeks given the lack of volume but from an equity standpoint I'm not playing enough and I need to get my grind hat back on. Let's see if some live poker can kickstart the drive to play again!
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Weekly Update (11/8 - 11/14)

I think I might try something new next week with the format of these posts. Each day I'll record how I feel after a session and save it somewhere else, and then either at the end of the week or the next day I'll comment on that entry. This will be to see just how different my mood is right after a session compared to when I have some time to decompress.

This week was a tough week results-wise but I think it may have been very good from a mindset perspective. I think I played alright overall but ran very very bad for a couple sessions in a row. Unlike in the past though, I sat down at the computer the next day and played anyway. I managed to control that part of me that wants to go nuts when things aren't going well, and I always had a shot to save the day with a final table run by the end of the session. There was something in my head that was just clicking about how it all works; you have to play to get out of downswings and avoiding the game just isn't going to help at all long term. I'll look to continue that momentum this week.

Wednesday the 8th

I drove home to Hamilton trying to decide whether I'd go to AC the next day or just hang out with my parents. I chose the latter and think I played a couple tourneys on my Surface Pro while hanging with the folks. Unfortunately the tablet won't even turn on now, so I think I'm going to have to bring it to a repair place at some point.

Thursday the 9th

I drive to AC and late register 1D of the $600 opener. 25K starting and blinds are 400/800 when I sit down. I open HJ the first hand and get it through, then call an open with AQss the next hand and we go 5 ways to the flop, which comes QJ4dd. It checks to me and I bet 5K, BB x/r's to 11K, I shove, he calls with Q2 and I hold to chip up to 60K. An orbit later EP shoves 14K at 1K, I iso JJ and hold vs A5s and have 80K very quickly.

With 70K at 1K/2K a player in EP shoves 20K and it folds to my BB with ATo. I call and lose to T9o when he rivers a straight to drop to 50K. I think he was a little tilted about losing a few pots right before. The next level it folds to SB, who is clearly tilted about losing a few hands, who open shoves for my 51K effective at 1200/2400. I call with A9s and lose when his 53o rivers a straight again. I do not have it in me to sit through that again in the night flight so I drive back to Hamilton. I make about $400 online after finishing 2nd in the Stars 2nd chance.

Friday the 10th

I fire the Stars 10K 6 times before finally coolering someone hard (flush over flush) to chip up to 60K from 10K as late reg ends. Later on I lose flush under flush to bust before the money. It's really felt lately like I'm not allowed to run good without some dumb **** happening right after. I also bust 5 bullets in the $100 2nd chance to lose $1100 on those 2 MTTs alone. Luckily I final table a WSOP $150 MTT and the Party 10K to limit the damage and only lose $200ish on the day.

Saturday the 11th

3rd in the 2nd chance and 8th in the Party 10K nets me a $300 win on the session.

Sunday the 12th

Got destroyed. Simply do not win all ins. I literally think I won 1 flip in a 5 hour session. I do final table the Party 10K and a win would get me out of the hole but I bust 8th and lose $1800 on the day.

Monday the 13th

Everything in me wants to skip this session after how Sunday, and really how everything, has been going lately. But I have a talk with my dad about the nature of the game and the cyclical way my mind seems to work now that I've been playing full time for a few years. This talk really helps somehow. I explain to him how I win a lot and I feel like I can do no wrong. Playing volume is easy then. Then I lose for a while and I have no problem with it. After winning, it's easy to accept how the whole thing works. Then I either go back to winning and things are great again, or the losing becomes prolonged. I start to feel bad about everything, I have no desire to play poker, everything feels like it's working against me. I play worse than I usually do as a result of this, and it feels like it will never end. The longer I wait to try to start working hard again, the longer I feel bad, and the less likely I am to play my sessions properly.

I think that last sentence is what led to me sitting down to play Monday. It was like saying it out loud clicked with me. "The longer I wait to try to start working hard again, the longer I feel bad." So even though I feel like putting a session in is going to be bad for me since I might lose money and get frustrated, it really is the only way I'm going to feel better, and not playing is going to make me feel even worse. So I sit down at the computer and put in the session.

The session doesn't go great but I end up with the Stars 2nd chance giving me a chance to save the day. I ladder up a bunch to finish 3rd and only lose $300 on the session. There's a sense of accomplishment that I played despite not wanting to.

Tuesday the 14th

The night before I have a dream that my glasses crack and I have no way to see, so I finally get over my irrational fear of using the phone and call the eye doctor to set up an appointment. To my surprise they tell me I can come in at 2:00 the same day. It's already 12:30 so I get out and go on a 4.5 mile run (31:15, sub 7:00 pace), come back and shower quickly, and drive to the office. It doesn't look like my insurance covers anything but the appointment was $80 which I can live with in order to be able to wear contacts again. I really love talking to the eye doctor. He's this cool older guy who loves hearing how I'm doing with poker and then tells me about his trips to AC and how he saw poker on TV the other day. He tells me that my eyelids essentially are swelling from consistent contact use. He says this is really common but I'll need to get prescription eye drops and use them twice a day for 2 weeks, then come back to him so he can check to see if contacts are a go again. I can't describe how excited I am to be able to wear contacts again. I don't hate glasses but I way prefer not having them on my face. I'll go pick up the prescription after writing this entry.

I come home and sleep until 7:00 when I get up and watch Jeopardy with my dad. I've been doing that each day and it's a great routine for me. When Jeopardy is done, I get right up and get on the computer. I fire 3 bullets in the Stars $250 before losing a flip for a top 10 stack with 30 left and 12 paying. I fire twice into the WSOP $250 (they have the first good series they've ever ran going right now) and manage to final table it as my last MTT of the day. I chop the 2nd chance heads up, a tourney I seem to find myself finishing top 3 in quite often.

So I'm 1 tabling the $250 on WSOP with 9 left, and 9th place ($900ish) will leave me breakeven on the day. 1st place ($7Kish) will get me out of the hole from the last couple weeks and then some. Unfortunately I bust 8th after 2 silly spots against an extremely tight reg on my direct left. First I open 18BBs from EP with KTs and he shoves 10BBs from the next seat. I'm getting exactly 2:1 and with how tight this guy is I can see him folding a hand as strong as 77. I elect to fold, especially since losing this pot leaves me with 8BBs and very little fold equity on shoves. I find a double (AA>AQ) and then open TT UTG and am flatted this time by the same guy on my left. Alarm bells go off with this flat as I think he folds way too often. Later when discussing this hand with a friend I decide villain's range is 99+ and AQ+ here. Yep. That tight. And AK is probably all in. Anyway, SB flas and flop comes 854r. I cbet small and only guy on my left calls. Turn is a jack. I have 13BBs left. Looking back, I think he folds AK/AQ on flop which leaves him literally with 99+ as his range, making this a x/f. I shove and bust to KK.

I end up making $365 on a pretty strange day. I'm obviously very disappointed to not close (again) but after firing all those $250 bullets it could have easily been a 2K losing day. The thing I'm for sure happy about is that I played the session at all. It feels good to do what I'm supposed to be doing, no matter how the results go. It will be scary when the bankroll dips below $20K, and then below $15K, but what else am I going to do?? Waiting days to play isn't going to change the fact that the roll is low (I think it's 22K now so I'm not feeling anxious about it yet). So I might as well just get on the grind and not let the bad feelings settle in.

For now, I'm gonna go get those prescription eye drops, grab some food, and then drive back to Fair Lawn. The plan is to play today and tomorrow, off Friday/Saturday, then grind Sunday-Tuesday. I also need to watch some RIO videos as the yearly subscription I bought last Black Friday is almost up. I found there were some spots yesterday where I thought "I'd feel way more comfortable about a decision here if I'd done any studying lately." Gotta make sure that happens as little as possible.
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Re: An NJ Grinder's Journey as a Pro

Any reason why you late regged 1D? I'm just thinking that you have such an edge over these people, I would think you'd want to be there from the start.

I find the mental game benefits (the sense of confidence/the sense of being well-prepared) of watching RIO vids, especially before sessions, to be very valuable, as well.
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Re: An NJ Grinder's Journey as a Pro

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Any reason why you late regged 1D? I'm just thinking that you have such an edge over these people, I would think you'd want to be there from the start.

I find the mental game benefits (the sense of confidence/the sense of being well-prepared) of watching RIO vids, especially before sessions, to be very valuable, as well.
Yeah I should be getting there on time but with the longish drive and not wanting to rush I just took my time and made sure I'd be there so I'd at least have 30bbs. I also figured I'd fire the night flight if I busted so playing for 14 hours or whatever wasn't something I wanted to do, but when I realized the night flight wasn't starting for another hour after I busted I just didn't have it in me to stick around.
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