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Old 03-02-2015, 04:27 PM   #51
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Re: Skraper is a Mental Midget in 2015 - Staking, Grinding, Hiking

It's been quite a long time since I posted. I have done a lot of work on my process since my last post. I worked with my friend benjaminbarker to come up with some better mental game goals, warm up and cool down.

Over the last 3 months we've started staking a LOT of new players. The stable has increased from 8 players to over 30. This has increased my workload a lot but its very rewarding working with these guys. I really do enjoy it.

My girlfriend is moving in officially next month but we've been slowly moving her stuff in over the last few weeks. She has me doing a lot of little projects. Hanging shelves, moving furniture around. Organizing closets etc.

I've been limited to 1 hike per week, and sometimes not even that. We hiked up to Ice Box peak a few weekends ago. The first ascent is very very cool. Here is a photo of my friend Oz coming down the same wall. And the full album HERE


I haven't quite hit my volume goals in January or February, but my table hours increased in February and I expect it to increase again in March. Given all my other responsibilities I don't expect to really ever play 100k hands in a month or anything like that. But I feel like I'm moving in the right direction slowly but surely.

And bc everyone loves graphs. I was able to recover a lot of my lost database and figured I'd post the stats/graph here.

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Old 03-02-2015, 09:46 PM   #52
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Them hike pics look amazing!
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:02 PM   #53
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I really liked those hiking pictures. Quick Q- have you ever considered rock climbing? It's personally my favorite sport right now and I think there are a lot of similarities in rock scrambling (obviously). It's a fantastic workout and I think you'd enjoy it.
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:08 PM   #54
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I'm looking forward to hiking up a mountain similar to that graph you posted. Also nice pics. That looks slightly frightening.
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Old 03-03-2015, 02:49 PM   #55
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murica has the sickest national parks. Definitely jealous here.
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:42 PM   #56
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Somehow I missed the creation of this thread. Subbed and voted 5 stars.
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:59 PM   #57
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The question is does the gf know you are a mental midget yet.

Good luck with everything, seems like everything is coming along. Happy for you.

Edit: those hikes look like a lot of fun, i used to climb avidly but fell out over the years. It looks like you have great rock there and do a good job of getting out. Good on ya
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Old 03-03-2015, 09:58 PM   #58
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Them hike pics look amazing!
Its crazy that these mountains are so close to Vegas but I had no idea until I moved here

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I really liked those hiking pictures. Quick Q- have you ever considered rock climbing? It's personally my favorite sport right now and I think there are a lot of similarities in rock scrambling (obviously). It's a fantastic workout and I think you'd enjoy it.
Most of the rock climbing that I see in Red Rock is up a wall that I can get to the top of by hiking around to the other side of the wall. Climbing isn't really a means to GET anywhere, so it has less appeal to me. I enjoy hiking because its like exploring. Sometimes I feel like a little kid in a movie or something.

Rappelling is something that can be helpful tho. There are a lot of great hikes where the descent is greatly sped up by rappelling down some ledges rather than going back down the way you came up. I guess if you wanted to you could climb up where they rappel down (but not always) and then hike out the normal way.

I haven't put a ton of thought into it, but climbing has always had less appeal to me. In hiking I get to go explore and see whats around that corner or over that peak or maybe stumble onto a cool rock formation or cave. But with climbing you just go up a few 10s of meters at the most (for the average climber), then drop back down and watch your buddy do it.

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I'm looking forward to hiking up a mountain similar to that graph you posted. Also nice pics. That looks slightly frightening.
You'd be surprised how quickly you get used to some of the exposure. Start off small and push yourself just a tad past your comfort zone each time and in a few months you'll be doing things without really thinking about it at all that would have terrified you before. And you can do all this while being very safe and never putting yourself in overly dangerous situations.

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The question is does the gf know you are a mental midget yet.

Good luck with everything, seems like everything is coming along. Happy for you.

Edit: those hikes look like a lot of fun, i used to climb avidly but fell out over the years. It looks like you have great rock there and do a good job of getting out. Good on ya
When you coming to Vegas??
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Old 03-04-2015, 01:05 PM   #59
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That all makes sense with regards to climbing. Doing bigger multi pitch stuff (where you're up hundreds of feet) is pretty fun in terms of exploring but I agree you lack the freedom that a hike gives you. There are always new ways to 'explore' in climbing (making or finding your own routes in totally new locations, etc), but I personally enjoy climbing for the workout benefits it provides.

Another thing you might enjoy is canyoneering. Not sure how many there are in Vegas, but there are loads in Utah.
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Old 03-06-2015, 02:29 PM   #60
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That all makes sense with regards to climbing. Doing bigger multi pitch stuff (where you're up hundreds of feet) is pretty fun in terms of exploring but I agree you lack the freedom that a hike gives you. There are always new ways to 'explore' in climbing (making or finding your own routes in totally new locations, etc), but I personally enjoy climbing for the workout benefits it provides.

Another thing you might enjoy is canyoneering. Not sure how many there are in Vegas, but there are loads in Utah.
Yes, its actually something I'm looking forward to. A lot of the people I hike with canyoneer also. Its a bit more expensive (extra gear) but you can get to places you can't hike to. Was supposed to take a beginners course the other day but had to cancel last minute.
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Old 03-08-2015, 11:47 AM   #61
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coming to vegas later in the year man, will let you know when dates solidify
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:21 PM   #62
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I'm selling action for the main event.

https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/18...015-a-1538405/
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Old 06-24-2015, 03:33 PM   #63
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I haven't updated this thread in quite some time. This is primarily because i now do most of my journaling and mental game work on paper. Updating this thread is time consuming on top of that.

I've made some large strides in my approach to 5/10. I also have been running quite well there. I'd imagine most of the improvements in results comes from hitting a nice heater but certainly a large portion come from my mental game and technical game improvements there.

For whatever reason before, I always felt like 5/10 was the big game. I've worked very hard to continually inject logic and view 5/10 as my normal game. Now I play 10/20 from time to time, tho the games are nowhere near as good there and when I do I am working on making sure that any time I have the urge to take a more conservative line because the money is bigger that I inject logic to remind myself that this pot is no different than a pot at 5/10 or 2/4. Its a balancing act because you can also overcompensate and err on the side of playing to loose or aggressively rather than too conservatively. That said, I still rarely play 10/20. Its just a very occasional 1 table mixed in with my normal grind and adds up to less than 2% of my total volume over the last 50k hands. The fact that I remember several pots there off the top of my head shows that I am under more emotional stress there than my other games and still have work to do.

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Old 06-24-2015, 06:24 PM   #64
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I haven't updated this thread in quite some time. This is primarily because i now do most of my journaling and mental game work on paper.
Sick results as ever Sean, any reason for above though - I'd have thought input from the community would make updating this thread more worthwhile as well as less time consuming than write ups?
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Old 06-25-2015, 11:21 AM   #65
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Sick results as ever Sean, any reason for above though - I'd have thought input from the community would make updating this thread more worthwhile as well as less time consuming than write ups?
When I'm writing to myself I can write without any self censorship. Its easier to be completely open with myself. I also get to just let it flow. And the physical act of writing seems to be more helpful to me than typing.



This is a random day in the warm up/ cool down journal I have. Step 1 is me writing down thoughts and feelings that might affect my play. Writing it down on paper takes maybe 1 minute. To write it down here I'd feel obligated to make it more organized and maybe have to explain some context behind the notes also.

My PGC threads have been crazy valuable to me but I'm constantly refining the process.
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:58 AM   #66
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I think you went a little overboard with the hole punch.

You said you rarely play 10/20. Is this mainly because of the lack of quality games or are there other factors?
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Old 06-29-2015, 01:08 PM   #67
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I think you went a little overboard with the hole punch.

You said you rarely play 10/20. Is this mainly because of the lack of quality games or are there other factors?
The papers came like that.

Mostly game quality. The games are nowhere near as good as 5/10 on average.
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Old 07-17-2015, 08:48 PM   #68
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I've started working on PLO a bit. I've tried more than once before to learn the game but I didn't have the follow through. It's tough to 'move down' to 100PLO to learn. But it's certainly the right choice compared with trying to learn at 1000PLO.

I'm trying to view the hours spent on PLO as a long term investment. At some point I will need to be able to play both NLHE and PLO to make a living at online poker. So I'm trading a lower hourly now for a higher hourly in the future.

Also, its kind of fun trying to learn something new. Even preflop is slightly challenging. I have some rough ideas of what types of hands are good and which are not. But thats about it. I have some type of guidelines for myself by position that I think are at least somewhat reasonable but I could easily be playing too tight or too loose in many situations.

I have some PLO videos I'm going to review with notes over the next several weeks. I also have a rough study plan for hand reviews. My goal is to show a positive winrate over 50k hands. I think this will be a relatively small sample for PLO. And my expected win/loss rate will likely be changing a ton as I learn and change my game so my winrate of the 50k hands won't likely be representative of my actually winrate. But I still think its reasonable to set some type of goal.


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Old 07-17-2015, 08:52 PM   #69
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Run it once for PLO videos is incredible value

And playing exploitative at lower stakes is fine, but keep this in mind if you're trying to become a beast

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Old 07-17-2015, 09:02 PM   #70
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Very enlightening already. Thanks.
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Old 07-17-2015, 09:04 PM   #71
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GL!
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Old 07-21-2015, 09:56 PM   #72
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https://www.weaktight.com/h/55aef819d3904389538b46ad

Interesting hand where I was unsure if i should be folding or jamming turn. Getting it in on flop seems reasonable too. Thoughts from PLO players are welcome.
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Old 07-21-2015, 11:23 PM   #73
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I think we're supposed to jam flop, but I'm no expert. We block his AKQJ, AKQT type hands pretty well, so he should be more heavily weighted to AAxx, with his half pot bet he doesn't seem committed to the pot and we should have some fold equity. I don't know, this is just my only slightly informed opinion on the matter. I think this hand might be a sub optimal defend due to it being somewhat dominated by his 3 betting range. If it were double suited that might be enough to make it fine, but I don't know. I haven't done any real study on PLO outside of watching videos, playing a bit, and watching twitch, so hopefully some real plo player can come in with the actual answer.
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Old 07-22-2015, 08:51 AM   #74
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I am no expert but play a bit of micro plo and I would much rather jam flop than turn since you have more equity against his range (in addition to the Fold Equity) on the flop than you do on the turn.
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Old 07-23-2015, 01:45 PM   #75
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I've never played PLO but doesn't it automatically mean you always have less fold equity than NL? Either way I don't see playing it any other way than just jamming the flop, at least you have some FE. but I still think it's pretty marginal, I don't think you're in too good of a situation very often here. You'd have to do the math (which I'm sure you will/have) but these situations have to be pretty much breakeven over the long run. I wouldn't be suprised if it was 1/3 he folds, 1/3 he calls and you're dominated, and 1/3 you're drawing thin with your outs. I can't imagine it's profitable, but you'd obv have to put in his entire range to see what he could call you with that you're ahead of. that's just me thinking, I don't really think you can ever fold either right? No idea. I have no clue in this game and never want to play it, I hope you crush. GLGL

*edit: didn't notice he limp/reraised, just jam the flop and be done with it

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