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Old 12-26-2018, 03:35 AM   #26
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12/25/2018



Merry Christmas everybody! I hope everyone had a good one. I am overwhelmed with gratitude this year. This month last year, I was still living in a pay-by-the-month hotel, was all I could afford ($250/wk in SF is unbeatable), but the place had bedbugs. I didn't really know what they were all about going into it, but I wouldn't wish it on anyone. I would wake up in the middle of the night, covered in bites, itching like crazy, and flip my mattress upside down, combing the seams. I opened up the mattress a bunch of times, scoured my room countless nights, and would find one or two, and just PRAY that they were the last ones....only to wake up a week later with more bites. I would wake up like every 30 minutes thinking I had one crawling on me. Months later, I would think I saw them in random places, very PTSD-esque.

But I was sober, and I had a job and a girlfriend, and I just grit my teeth every day and grinded it out until I saved up enough to move out.

Now, I have an apartment with my girlfriend, a cat, family and friends who love me and are happy to have me back in their lives, I always tell the truth, I am proud of the person I am. I'm thankful for the problems I had because it forced me to deal with the stuff that was at the root of my addiction, stuff I've held onto like a life raft since I was a kid that I never would have dealt with otherwise. I always walked around with a chip on my shoulder, and I don't anymore. I'm so thankful for that. I stepped over a lot of bodies on my way here and I don't take it for granted.

Poker is ok, I'm happy I decided to keep grinding 500 even though I am running bad there. I came in here mainly to tell on myself. I decided to try to grind 500 zone on my phone while on vacation so that I could get more hands in. I will not be doing that anymore. A) I don't focus and play like ****, and B) most of the time it runs 3-handed on ignition, and even though I was a very strong HU player, I have no clue what 3handed ranges are supposed to look like. I just basically played like I would HU, and I got killed. So, I have no business doing that anymore and I will only play A) on my computer, and B) when the games are at least 4-handed.

I am excited to go visit my mom, won't be grinding much. When I come back will work on getting better, although I did well here I have a bunch to work on. I definitely didn't play my A game a lot during the month. Still though - I had a 7k month EV-wise, and for my first month back playing online, and considering I started off not even knowing if I could beat 50nl, I am pleasantly surprised.

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Old 12-26-2018, 04:15 PM   #27
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Awesome post, great time of the year to reflect on how far you've come and what your plans are for the future.
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Old 12-31-2018, 02:07 PM   #28
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12/31/18


2019 Goals/Thoughts/Plan



Another 1k hand 500nl shot, another $-1500 in EV. Happy with how I played.

Visiting my mom has been great, the older I get, the more I realize how important family and friends are. It has been great to see the desert but I cannot understand how people can live in a place like this (Scottsdale). These "Anywhere, USA" cities, man - I can't believe people live like this. It's so embarrassing. Strip malls, highways, and chain restaurants......oh well.

I have the busiest 2 weeks of my year coming up at work. For a week in January, JP Morgan rents out every public space in downtown San Francisco for the annual healthcare conference. We do well over a million in banquet revenue and as the banquet chef, I'm responsible for a lot. So I probably won't be playing much til mid January. Then, however, it will be time for me to really start getting hands, as I will be making 2019 the year I decide on my career path.

CAREER:

I've made a tentative goal of June to re-evaluate what I want to do with my life as far as poker. By then, if I average 50k hands a month, I will have a 300k hand sample size to look at. I want to determine if I want to go back to playing full time online at that point.

Basically, I am not happy in my career. I am one step away from Executive Chef, in which I will be (pretty much) at the top of the heap from my industry's perspective. Being an executive chef at a hotel provides you a certain quality of life that you wouldn't necessarily get at a standalone restaurant, meaning:

- weekends off
- nights off
- holidays off
- 50 hour work week
- job security

You're also paid more, generally. Right now, my salary is 80k. I get a raise every year as per my company's standards, and I will jump up about 15% when I make the change up to Executive Chef. I think as an Executive Chef in my company, you top at around 120k (we also have a bonus, but I'm not sure how much that is).

My salary includes complete benefits, PTO, a matching 401k, etc.

All that being said, I have basically decided that if I can make 100k a year from poker, I will quit my job. The following is my reasoning:

- I make 80k in the most expensive city in the world; it's peanuts. So is an executive chef salary. Normally, chefs are willing to put in these crazy hours because their work is somewhat of a passion for them. At a hotel, the vast majority of your revenue is from banquets, and doing big parties means cooking basic food for the most part, since you have to load it into hot boxes and serve it buffet style. So, although the organization, planning, and execution is enjoyable, you end up doing a big party, it all goes smooth, and you plan ahead for the next day. You have the same banquet menus to pull from, which means it's repetitive, and the weeks just kind of seem to roll into one another. It's also challenging work. There's a ton of multitasking involved, nothing can go wrong, and you have to delegate everything properly and account for any unforeseen hiccups. Now, I don't think my job is hard - I think my job is actually pretty easy - but I need to take that into account when I look at my job versus other jobs.

When I see friends applying for entry-level positions with salaries equal to or greater than mine, it's impossible not to look at what I'm doing from an hourly perspective and question whether or not that hourly is worth it. I don't really know how to properly calculate my benefits, but I also know the benefits of being able to play poker for a living. Even if I top out at 100k for the next x number of years (I have a strong work ethic and think I can make much more than this), I can enjoy all the benefits of playing full time, which to me are:

- time to do what I enjoy, including unlimited vacation time
- greater life satisfaction
- can move to a cheaper area, making my salary worth more

My plan would be then to move to trying to open a small restaurant or maybe do some real estate, depending on how much I earn by then.

I'm interested to hear people's thoughts on all this. While most of my friends have transitioned out of poker, I still know a good number of people who are still playing. The same things are being said that have always been said - the end is coming - and the games are still (fairly) easily beatable. I'm in my mid 30's and basically wasted the last 10 years of my life, and I want to make sure to maximize the next 15 years of my life. Poker seems to me the best option for me to do this, and since I have a career to fall back on at any point, I don't think I will lose out on much while I play poker.

All this is still speculative though, obviously! We gotta see how the 6 month sample goes.

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Old 01-01-2019, 02:09 PM   #29
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Why not look for a similar job in a less expensive part of the country if you are willing to move away from SF after poker?

Poker seems to be a great hobby, really good side gig but less than stellar career.

80k plus you clearly can add to that with poker would go much further in Atlanta, Nashville Austin and a number of other fun places to live. If you can stand winter 80k plus poker on the side in KC or STL would be McMansion territory.

Also given your past is their value in the structure that a job provides? Could the freedom that poker can provide be a negative for you personally?

I wish you the best whatever you decide but seems from what I have read that while you can make poker a full time job it would probably be best you didn't. Looking forward to reading the updates. Best of luck.
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Old 01-01-2019, 06:33 PM   #30
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Poker seems to be a great hobby, really good side gig but less than stellar career.
i'm sorry, but if you can make 150k/yr playing poker, what's the issue? and that's strictly financially speaking...
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Old 01-01-2019, 07:07 PM   #31
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i'm sorry, but if you can make 150k/yr playing poker, what's the issue? and that's strictly financially speaking...


There is not an issue but 150k per year is a big if. And not that much better from a pure financial sense than he is at now when you consider benefits and that income is variance free.

When you add in the benefits OP is getting 100k plus variance free. When you consider that he can still play part time you either need to run really good or be really talented to better than the current job plus side poker profits.

The best hours to play poker are not the same as corporate hours. You can do both with a lot less stress. Bankroll can grow a lot faster if no living expense need to come out of the winnings.

I am not saying for OP to not go pro just suggesting that a combination of a job in a lower cost area plus poker would be better.

He is the only one who can decide if poker plus freedom is better than the current job..

Given the history posted ITT I would assume (maybe incorrectly) that the structure of a job is good for the OP. He clearly has the knowledge and ability to be a pro. Seems like gambol plus no structure has not been a winning formula in life for him.

From what has been posted playing plus working seems to be the best plan to me. OP will have to decide what is best for him.





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Old 01-03-2019, 11:20 AM   #32
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Why not look for a similar job in a less expensive part of the country if you are willing to move away from SF after poker?

Poker seems to be a great hobby, really good side gig but less than stellar career.

80k plus you clearly can add to that with poker would go much further in Atlanta, Nashville Austin and a number of other fun places to live. If you can stand winter 80k plus poker on the side in KC or STL would be McMansion territory.

Also given your past is their value in the structure that a job provides? Could the freedom that poker can provide be a negative for you personally?

I wish you the best whatever you decide but seems from what I have read that while you can make poker a full time job it would probably be best you didn't. Looking forward to reading the updates. Best of luck.
Thanks for the input. It's definitely true about my salary being good in other parts of the country; I don't imagine my company would give me the same salary if I were to xfer to another part of the country (it would be easy to xfer as I work for a major hotel).

As far as structure affecting my sobriety/mental health - while I do believe this to be *somewhat* true, I also believe that every job has aspects that are difficult to deal with from the same standpoint. I find working in a corporate environment much more "challenging" from a sobriety perspective than having my own schedule.

*I am almost positive I can earn more than 150k btw
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Old 01-03-2019, 07:38 PM   #33
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150k to the moooooon vamoo
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Old 01-06-2019, 02:26 AM   #34
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Trying to get some hands in here and there but won't be able to really start putting in any volume til the end of this month when work slows down. Every time I sit at 500nl I seem to drop a couple BI's getting it in good so not playing any more until I grind up another 5k at 100 or 200. My main goal here once past this hell month at work is to get a 100k sample and see how I'm doing, then prob branch out to some other sites once I use some of my roll to buy a computer (grinding on my old laptop for now and would be way too slow for emulators or other sites). Can't even use a HUD as it slows things down too much.

How I'm playing:

Uhh, honestly I'm making a good amount of lazyish mistakes, I probably try to get hands in more often when I'm tired than I should because of heavy load at work, but I suppose as long as I see myself making the mistakes and don't keep repeating them, I'm ok with grinding out 100 or 150k hands at these limits on ignition and if my WR is fine (I think 6-7 should be feasible?) then whatever. Obv if my WR starts to drop then I will re-evaluate my hours of play and start to only play focused, energized sessions.

Haven't had any times to do any study off the table or watch any vids (I still have my RIO sub and like I've mentioned watch some streams), so probably stagnating from an ability standpoint. The edge is still there in my games, though, so for now just looking to grind out the month.

Rambling because I'm tired, thanks for the well wishes in here guys!

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Old 01-06-2019, 07:03 AM   #35
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Do it ldo, you seem to have your head screwed on straight and last thing you want is to endure an unfulfilling career thinking what if. Just make sure you're willing to work hard, and still put in 50 hour weeks initially.
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:23 PM   #36
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Do it ldo, you seem to have your head screwed on straight and last thing you want is to endure an unfulfilling career thinking what if. Just make sure you're willing to work hard, and still put in 50 hour weeks initially.
Thanks! I def agree re: unfulfilling career
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:59 PM   #37
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Solid results, keep it up bro!

20bi over 1800 hands of 50 non-zoom is ludicrous btw haha. Wish one of my 2k shots went that way!
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Old 01-12-2019, 05:54 PM   #38
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1/12/18



Alright! Hell week finally over. I ended up working just a brutal amount - between 14-17 hours each day for 4 days. Set a PR on tuesday with over 37,000 steps one day.

It was all motivation to re-dedicate to poker, and I'm excited to start getting some real quality volume in. I was getting hands in over the last month, but they haven't been quality, which is partly to explain for the last 10kish breakeven stretch. I've also been running bad/running big hands into better hands more often than usual.

Also dropped some muscle during the work craziness, excited to get back on that as well.
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:00 PM   #39
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Solid results, keep it up bro!

20bi over 1800 hands of 50 non-zoom is ludicrous btw haha. Wish one of my 2k shots went that way!
Thanks a bunch!

Ha, those were almost all one game. Got sat with a guy who was literally getting it in almost every hand. When he left it was like 7am, had been up all night and i had like $900 iirc
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:04 PM   #40
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Letís be honest, poker isnít a fulfilling career either. Probably less so than being a chef Iíd imagine. Just ask anyone thatís been pro poker 10+yrs straight.

However, I feel you on the $80k salary in a HCOL area like SF. Thatís just not much at all. Also the freedom and potential money for *some* at poker is nice. Just remember the taxes, benefits and healthcare disadvantage of poker as well. You have to earn much more than being a chef. Poker is more risky. Poker has the stress and soul sucking factor that can affect many and is more risky for you personally probably with addiction issues, especially if playing lots of live poker I (as well as many others) have found. That said, if you can always go back to being a chef (huge factor imo) and canít stand it right now and badly want to give poker another shot, go for it.

You are very confident your EV over the long term is over $150k/yr? Throw out your numbers that get you to 150k and Iíll give my informed opinion (I guess not that informed at all since ive never played with you lol, just from my experience playing currently live and online for a living) if u want. If not, rooting for you and wish you best of luck. Just from briefly reading your thoughts you seem really intelligent and together. Gl!


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Old 01-14-2019, 05:28 PM   #41
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Letís be honest, poker isnít a fulfilling career either. Probably less so than being a chef Iíd imagine. Just ask anyone thatís been pro poker 10+yrs straight.

However, I feel you on the $80k salary in a HCOL area like SF. Thatís just not much at all. Also the freedom and potential money for *some* at poker is nice. Just remember the taxes, benefits and healthcare disadvantage of poker as well. You have to earn much more than being a chef. Poker is more risky. Poker has the stress and soul sucking factor that can affect many and is more risky for you personally probably with addiction issues, especially if playing lots of live poker I (as well as many others) have found. That said, if you can always go back to being a chef (huge factor imo) and canít stand it right now and badly want to give poker another shot, go for it.

You are very confident your EV over the long term is over $150k/yr? Throw out your numbers that get you to 150k and Iíll give my informed opinion (I guess not that informed at all since ive never played with you lol, just from my experience playing currently live and online for a living) if u want. If not, rooting for you and wish you best of luck. Just from briefly reading your thoughts you seem really intelligent and together. Gl!


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Thanks for the thoughts/advice. I definitely agree with most of it. I know $150k is doable just because of the volume I am willing to put in. I have no problem putting in hours that other people struggle with. I'd also throw in tourneys and high stakes live once my schedule opened up more.
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Put in a lot of volume this weekend, jack **** to show for it. Another 5k breakeven hands. I've only been breaking even for 15k hands which I know isn't that bad, but I feel the frustration, expecting to lose, feeling the fear wash over me while expecting my bluffs to get called, etc. I don't REALLY think I'm playing that poorly, although I know it's affected me somewhat. I had 3 guys flop quads on me in 4bet pots yesterday lol

I'm trying to max out the # of hands I'm seeing as I'm not that concerned with how much money I make during this - my main goal, as I've said from the beginning, is to see if I can still beat the games. The money will come if that is the case. To maximize my # hands/hr, I'm playing the max # of zone tables, 2 of 50nl and 2 of 200nl (why oh why don't they have 100nl zone). I am just getting killed in flips and setups at 200nl.

I might ask someone to sweat me to increase confidence, that is what I used to do when I'd have a b/e stretch.

Anyways, mostly came in here just to vent, am going to go hit the gym now. I did get a new computer that I am getting today, so I am excited for that.
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Old 01-22-2019, 11:53 PM   #43
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I got a new Mac (I had been using an Asus before) and am A) having problems figuring out how to import my hands from disk onto PT4, and B) I need to figure out how to send my database from my old computer to my new one. So, no graph for now. I haven't been playing the volume I want to lately as I am still working too much and the hours that I have played, I haven't played great. I have a huge reception this week for work and a pretty big week next week, but I'm going to make a concerted effort to start getting some serious hands in. This has been a frustrating month because of lack of volume and I haven't been playing my A game either. I will focus here going forward and re-commit once things slow down.

Workouts are pretty good, going to try to get in shape for summer here so going to watch my diet closely for 2 months. Will re-eval at end of March and see if I need to up my cardio.

Everything else is good, life is good and can't complain.
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Another week, another crazy week at work and no progress in poker. I'm really struggling to get in good hours so I have just been taking it easy in that respect until my chef gets back from vacation in February. Every time I go to play, I get tired and don't focus, so I'm just going to wait until my work normalizes and I can play energized sessions.

I messaged PT4 about importing ignition hands and support messaged me about running VirtualBox on my laptop. Does anyone do this? I'm reading the manual now.

My workouts have been great and actually I've really been missing jiu jitsu lately, been thinking about maybe going again. The problem is once I start going I get really into it, go all the time, and eventually injure myself. Typing it here even SOUNDS stupid just looking at it written down. Thing is, I always wanted to get to a certain level as a goal, and I can see myself going back and accomplishing that goal.

One important development is that my girlfriend got accepted to a couple different grad schools, so I more than likely will be moving in September. That's really exciting for me, because I can now push poker to the very forefront of my goals. I want to have that solid winning sample by September, and if I don't, I can just give it up. I know I will have a sample in the green, but I have to be beating the games by a rate that would allow for a decent standard of living while I look to eventually open my own restaurant or whatever. Now I have September to look to as a time when I will know whether or not I want to continue, and that's exciting.

I also want to jot down my rededication to the gym, which will just include a rundown of my diet and workouts each week. I'll start a couple days ago because I can remember back that far.

FITNESS

Day 1: Shoulders

3 sets overhead barbell
4 sets rear lat machine, last set drop
3 sets side felt
3 sets front raise
3 sets wide grip upright rows
3 sets shrugs

Day 2: Legs

4 sets step back lunge
3 sets glute machine
3 sets bridges laying sideways on bench

Day 3: off

Day 4: Chest


5 sets incline smith
3 sets fly machine
4 sets db bench ss w/ pushups

Day 5: off

Day 6: Back

3 sets pull-ups on rings
3 sets db rows
3 sets barbell rows
3 sets row machine

Day 7: Arms

3 sets alternating curls ss w/ 3 sets 1-arm rope pulls
3 sets barbell curl ss w/ 3 sets close grip bench
3 sets concentration curl ss w/ 3 sets skull crushers

Notes/random: Working on increasing mind muscle connection, including using much less weight than I normally would. It's just so apparent how much "fake strength" we use when we lift by incorporating things we shouldn't and not isolating our muscles. I can knock out 4 sets of dumbbell bench with good form with 80lbs, but its amazing how much more I hit my muscles (and get better results) from using 55lbs, using pauses, and keeping my shoulders, neck, and core completely stable.

I watched this Ted Bunny doc - man. I spent the whole documentary trying to really see into his soul, and I just couldn't. I can't picture that same person attacking a woman so ferociously, even though he was (obviously to me, anyways) obviously ****ing nuts, just from the way he spoke.

My complete psychoanalysis is that he must have just had an absolute devil inside of him, borne out of hatred for women, hatred for himself, for his lot in life, and that only came out when he was doing these terrible things. Then, the intensity of his problems were magnified by the fact that he tried to pretend he was fine all the time, which is what he got from his parents - look at how his parents went on right until the end trying to pretend that everything was ok in their lives. Whether or not the crimes could have been avoided is obviously not worth guessing over, but it's another example of why communication is so important for humans. He went his whole life trying to pretend like he fit in and felt fine, and he so clearly felt inferior and never dealt with it. It's just so sad all these innocent women came to these terrible ends because of one ****ed up person or childhood or combo of genes or whatever it was. It all seems so avoidable. I think he definitely murdered that 8 year old he was suspected of when he was 14 or whatever. Too bad someone didn't punch his ticket somewhere along the line.

Also watched a historical doc on the Everglades and am really into the new True Detective.

My chef took me to Boulevard last night on the company dime as a thank you for the hard work lately, it was a solid resto, nothing spectacular, but both app and entree were good.

Since we are probably leaving in September, my gf has took it upon herself to try to get me to show me more of San Francisco in the hope of getting me to like it (she's from the Bay Area, and I am not really a fan of the place after a couple years). We checked out the mission the other night, I had been a couple times but not walked around much.

It was ok, there's stuff going on. We ate at La Taqueria, which is supposed to be this amazing Mexican place, and lol at that....it was an average taco, and literally can't believe it's as popular as it is.

I think the problem is that I've lived in great cities and most every city I go to feels like a *smaller, lamer* version of what's REALLY cool or really good, and SF is definitely that for me. The people feel that way too, like a big nerd camp.

This turned into a huge journal post, apparently that's what I needed. Feels good to write a little. I'm off for the next two days so not going to do much, just clean the house, rest up, hopefully figure out this VirtualBox. For any music fans out there - this Sharon Van Etten album is fantastic, I think I'm going to go see her play live. What a sound.

Oh, I also started doing intermittent fasting again, I've used it effectively before. I'll be eating from 11 AM - 7 PM.

GL at the tables

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Old 02-05-2019, 01:19 AM   #45
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2/4/2019



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Well I obviously haven't gotten sh*t in for volume but I wanted to put my graph up for accountability purposes. I previously had hidden VPIP/PFR, now I want to show it. So, I have mentioned it before but I started out my career as a 6max player and started off playing ridiculously nitty, but it still made a profit back in the day. I developed a laggier style as I became better at the game and until regs adjusted it printed. Then, I became friends with a guy who was in the top 15-20 best HU players in the world who offered to coach/stake me for big stakes, and I took the offer. So, since for the last number of yrs (like I said I haven't played much for the last couple years at all) I've played HU almost exclusively.

I knew in the beginning of this sample I was running fairly well but I figured I would just play the way that felt natural without doing much studying/adjusting, having never played on an anonymous site before, and also because I just wanted to see where I was at relative to regs today, knowing if I was hugely behind right off the bat I could just stop and start studying, purchase whatever software I needed, and catch up. I knew that because I had only played HU recently, I would be opening wider than I should be and would be properly punished.

I correctly surmised that because the pool is anonymous, there would be some EV where people weren't looking for it because of the pool's anonymity, which is obv the other reason for the high vpip. But, (and I knew this at the time), there wasn't enough EV to justify a 34 vpip, and I figured it would only be a matter of time before my win rate started to suffer.

While I still think I can open fairly wide, I made it my primary goal to lower my vpip (and lower my 3bet call, which was higher than it should have been). Well, over the last 8k hands, even though I have run bad, I am now 27/23, which is much closer to where I want to be, with 69% 3bf. I think a natural leak that I have is I subconsciously look for reasons to open wide (fish in the blinds, stack depth, running well, belief I will outplay field), and I really need to keep my eye on that.

In any case, I have never been more confident in my game versus the pool than I am now, even though I haven't shown much in actual winnings, which may seem counter intuitive considering I have even been losing at really low stakes (50nl zone).

I have spent enough time in the 200 zone games to make that my main stake from now on, so I will be doing that going forward.

In other news, my gf has gotten into the following grad school programs: George Washington, Columbia, Emory, and Boston U. I'm beyond ecstatic for her and for a change in scenery, and like I mentioned before, she will be attending one of those schools in the fall, so we will be moving then. I'm really excited as A) I've stagnated in my job, and B) it gives me every excuse to put max effort into poker until then. I want to show that I can support myself by then and my plan is to move depending on poker full time. For what it's worth, she also applied to Cal-Berkeley and UCLA, and I would REALLY, REALLY prefer if she gets in and wants to go to UCLA, as it will mean I can play both online at the Commerce, which I think would add some nice variation in my grind.

I have spoken to Meale about getting on some Asian apps, and once my roll is larger, I'm going to go through him and get some money on different sites. As it stands, I just don't have time to be juggling sites, and with the recent PM troubles, I can't afford to lose a roll. On that note, actually in 2017 I had a friend message me out of the blue saying "Dude the Pokermaster HU games are the best I've seen in years, you gotta jump in", so I dropped everything to do that. I immediately won like 30k ha, then lost it all back over the course of a few months playing bots with seemingly fishy stats who absolutely infested the HU games there. Nonetheless, I am always willing to look for EV so once I have more time and a bigger roll I will be doing that.

Workouts:

1/31 - Legs

4x12ish stepback lunge, drop set last one
4x12-15 hamstring/glute standing raises
3x12 outer glute machine ss glute bridge on bench

2/1 - Arms

3x10 hammer curls ss 3x12 1 arm reverse pressdown
3x12 barbell curl ss 3x10-15 closegrip bench
3x12 concentration curl ss 3x12 skulls

2/2 - Shoulders

3x10-12 standing barbell press
3x10 rear delt machine
3x10-12 side row ss shrug
3x10-12 front row
3x15 upright wide grip row

2/3 - Off

2/4 - Chest

3x12-15 smith inclines
3x12-15 dumbell inclines
3x12-20 fly machine ss pushups

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Old 02-12-2019, 12:21 PM   #46
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2/12/19

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Missing 2kish in profit from last couple days. Since plugging those leaks, I've been feeling really comfortable in the 200 games and my winrates are showing it. I'm not getting frustrated bc I'm avoiding some of the marginal spots I was in earlier, and I'm playing better because of it.

LIFE

Huge news for me on this front. There's one restaurant in the world that I'd like to work at, I've been obsessed with it since it opened. It's approach to food is exactly what I believe in, and it's considered one of the top 10-ish (restaurant rankings are stupid but just so you have an idea of the caliber) restaurants in the world, and for what is is doing, it's unparalleled. Anyways awhile back I sent them an email with my CV and a letter saying why I want to work there. Recently they responded and said they had a spot open for me.

I accepted and will be going to Europe for 3 months in July to learn from this chef at his restaurant. I told my chef at work my plan, and will be leaving my current job between now and then depending on how the ignition streets treat me.

I'm beyond excited obviously, there's not much more to say other than that.

Then, my girlfriend's school starts in September, so we will be relocating to wherever that is.

FITNESS

I started writing my workouts down on a marker board I wasn't using, so I won't be posting those in here anymore. I do want to say that I'm putting the same timeline on (this summer) for when I want to be in good shape. Once things cool down at work I'll be back into either swimming or jiu jitsu, which I've really been missing lately.

GL at the tables

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Old 02-12-2019, 01:54 PM   #47
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What’s the name of the restaurant you’re going to work at? You should def keep blogging while you’re working there. Food blogs > poker blogs haha
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:23 PM   #48
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I would also be incredibly interested to hear about your chef experience.
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:24 PM   #49
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Congrats on the new job, that is exciting What is your position in the kitchen right now? I thought you were the chef, but you mention "your chef" in the last post...
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:12 AM   #50
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Any chance you're coming to London?
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