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Old 10-29-2017, 06:21 PM   #1001
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Re: The Poker Project (playing and writing about poker in the U.S.)

Thoughts on 2K Hours of LOLive Poker

About three years ago—when I first started tracking my live volume—I assigned myself a G and said, Let’s run it up. I now have more than a G and crossed the 2k hour mark. It feels like a middling place, in between a newbie and a vet.

Looking back, I feel gratitude. Because of these forums and convos with weathered grinders, I have a healthy respect for the abyss. I don’t live there, though. My own live poker journey has been relatively smooth. This is in part because I try to not to spew, my opponents often suck, and I’ve avoided higher-variance formats (tourneys, PLO, higher stakes). But it’s mainly because I've faded extreme runbad, and I'm thankful for that.

I think that live poker will never die. Yes, the games are less soft than ten or five years ago; yes, there are fewer whales; yes, I may be biased by where in the country I usually play. But there are oodles of donks and regfish spewing everywhere in small, significant ways—especially at the low limits. I wouldn’t recommend turning to poker for income, but I think that a committed player will be able to print $20-50/hr forever in low-mid stakes games.

I think there’s plenty of room for creativity in live poker. Solvers/GTO etc have obviously been groundbreaking in recent years, but they tell us little about multiway pots or optimal (read: most profitable) lines in live poker. I have lots of work to do in this area. When I think about my progress in the last few years, I feel like I've developed a kind of robust unknowing: the more I learn, the less I know. This seems good and bad.

I think that the next two months might be the most interesting stretch of my lolive poker journey. I need roughly 250 hours to hit my yearly goal (just booked a prop bet for added motivation) and I’ll be playing in bigger games. Hoping to finish off the year strong!
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Old 10-29-2017, 06:34 PM   #1002
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The Poker Project (playing and writing about poker in the U.S.)

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Old 10-29-2017, 08:12 PM   #1003
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Congrats on 2k, GL on the prop!
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Old 10-29-2017, 10:35 PM   #1004
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Good to hear about the bigger games - are these the 2-5 games you've talked about or are you moving up to 5-10? If you are in town here for the holidays the Friday 2-5-10 games have been really good.
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Old 10-30-2017, 12:55 PM   #1005
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Nice update on your live poker journey, and best of luck with the upcoming grind.
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Old 10-30-2017, 07:14 PM   #1006
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Lots of wisdom contained in your last post. Congrats on the 2k volume and the satisfaction of knowing you're a winning player. GL on the grind!
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Old 10-31-2017, 10:41 AM   #1007
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I'd rather be hiking Mt Rainier!

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Congrats on 2k, GL on the prop!
ty pure! Gotta work on my 2+2 poast count...still limping toward 2K

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Good to hear about the bigger games - are these the 2-5 games you've talked about or are you moving up to 5-10? If you are in town here for the holidays the Friday 2-5-10 games have been really good.
There's usually one "big game," either 2/5 or 5/10, so I'll be playing whatever runs. Hopefully I'll be in poker detox by the very end of Dec, but looking forward to catching up one way or another. Glad to hear the CDS games are still going strong.

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Lots of wisdom contained in your last post. Congrats on the 2k volume and the satisfaction of knowing you're a winning player. GL on the grind!
ty phellas! I humbly request updates from your respective PGCs
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Old 10-31-2017, 11:08 AM   #1008
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October Results, November Goals


[60] Play 50 hours

I played with GOAT commentator Lon McEachern at the Harradise weekly. He's by all accounts a great guy and the table had a lot of fun chatting with him.

Also took a weekend poker trip up to Pearl River Misippi, where I donked around in juicy cash games with characters straight from Faulkner (and could not win ). Was nice to get out of town for a bit, as I'd stayed put the last couple months.

[????] Write 50 hours
[ ] Finish WSOP story

I never started tracking my writing hours this month--maybe I should get an app like I have for poker--but have been spending a bunch of time on a story from last summer's WSOP and feeling good about it. The goal is to capture the experience of a summer grinding Vegas donkaments that culminates in the Main, and I'm hoping that it'll be a fun read.

November Goals

[ ] Play 150 hours

We need 263 hours for the year. I have till Jan. 6th for the bet, which gives me some wiggle room (booked vs a guy trying to lose 25 pounds by that date), but will try to just knock it all out by like Dec. 23rd.

[ ] Study 20 hours
[ ] Write 20 hours

Spider in the Misippi woods!
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Old 11-05-2017, 04:02 PM   #1009
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Poker Faces in the Crowd: Brian Williams

I chatted with Brian Williams—author of some of the most outrageous Facebook posts on the planet—about writing, nursing, poker wit and wisdom, what it means to be a man, whiteness, and unconventional career paths.
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Old 11-05-2017, 07:21 PM   #1010
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GL. That's a lot of hours given your history. "Fluffey" puppy may make it all possible, tho.
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:46 AM   #1011
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Thanks for the good wishes, G. Barring illness or injury, we'll ship the bet.
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