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Old 09-10-2019, 10:10 PM   #201
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Cool writeup, keen for part2 LA!
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Old 09-11-2019, 01:43 AM   #202
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Side note that I forgot to mention -

I’ll be working with a trainer for the rest of the year to try to put on some mass. I started my program last week (check him out on insta if you’re curious, he really knows his sh*t -@brycecalvin23). I’m tracking my macros with an app and getting workouts in, so that will be my other big 2019 goal besides the 100k between now and the end of the year.

My fiancee’s school has been insane. She’s getting a dual MBA and Public Health degree here at Emory, which is a world class university for her programs, and she is literally studying around the clock. So, besides when she comes up for air, she is basically doing that all of the time. It’s been a fun opportunity for me to get better at stuff I’m not great at - cleaning, admin stuff, being organized around the house. I’m cooking all the food, including her lunches every day, so I am busy!

I had a real pain in the ass come up last week, after I bought the car I went to go get plates for it, and I needed a GA drivers license for that so I went to the DMV. Keep in mind I had gotten a new license in 2015 from Montana.

Well, long story short I had a suspended license from 2014 traffic tickets in NY, for whatever reason they had never passed the info to other states so I had no way of finding out; I had assumed I was in the clear when I got my license a year later. I had gotten some tickets and just never took care of them bc my life was a disaster at the time.

After calling all over NY state to figure out what to do, I learned I had to either A) ship my ass to NY to go to court dates in two counties, or B) pay a lawyer to do it. So, I’ve been dealing with that.

Anyways obv no one to blame but myself (and it does feel great to take care of all this sh*t) but man oh man I will be happy when my past is behind me.

All for now! From here til the end of the year will be weekly or bi-weekly poker updates so i can show all you noobs how a proper challenge is done.

To all the nancies who are gonna come in and tell me how financial goals are a bad idea blah blah, I totally get it but I disagree, I’ve always kicked it into high gear and gotten better results with challenges. I did the math and it’s clearly doable with my winrates. More than anything it’s extra motivation and accountability, and tbh I just love doing these kind of challenges, I love to put pressure on myself and then perform under it. End of the day it will help me put in that extra 10% of effort and that’s what I’m looking for.

GL @ the tables!
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To all the nancies who are gonna come in and tell me how financial goals are a bad idea blah blah, I totally get it but I disagree, I’ve always kicked it into high gear and gotten better results with challenges. I did the math and it’s clearly doable with my winrates. More than anything it’s extra motivation and accountability, and tbh I just love doing these kind of challenges, I love to put pressure on myself and then perform under it. End of the day it will help me put in that extra 10% of effort and that’s what I’m looking for.
let's ***** goooooooooooooo
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Old 09-11-2019, 01:05 PM   #204
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Thank you so much for sharing OP. Being from BA myself made it even more vivid.

I actually started playing poker professionally around the same time of your first visit here and there's a chance we've crossed paths. PMing you
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:05 PM   #205
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Def doesn't sound like glory days. Really happy for you that you were somehow able to pull yourself out of that cycle and live a life you are happy with now. Best of luck with your continued sobriety and with the challenge. glgl
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Old 09-14-2019, 06:48 AM   #206
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Wow insane where you are now compared to during that story. I was also in Buenos Aires in 2010 and 2015, we must have the odd mutual acquaintance. Interested in hearing more about addiction and recovery if you are comfortable sharing. Have you ever read/listened to Gabor Mate? He is really interesting on the topic.

GL with the challenge!
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Old 09-25-2019, 01:35 AM   #207
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Def doesn't sound like glory days. Really happy for you that you were somehow able to pull yourself out of that cycle and live a life you are happy with now. Best of luck with your continued sobriety and with the challenge. glgl
Thanks brother, yeah I make my own luck these days! Sure can’t complain about that.

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Wow insane where you are now compared to during that story. I was also in Buenos Aires in 2010 and 2015, we must have the odd mutual acquaintance. Interested in hearing more about addiction and recovery if you are comfortable sharing. Have you ever read/listened to Gabor Mate? He is really interesting on the topic.

GL with the challenge!
Hey man, yeah I knew pretty much everyone for a long time down there, then as things got worse my circle obv kept getting smaller.

As far as addiction and recovery, I'm a pretty open book, ask away.

9/24

100k Challenge (9/10-12/31)

Bi-Weekly Update (9/10-9/24)


- 67.5k hands
- Result: (-2k)

Well I would have loved to come in here and shown everyone how hard I crushed the first two weeks of my challenge but it's pretty much the opposite of that.

What's crazy about my graph during this period is my redline - NEVER - goes down, and it's going steadily down this whole stretch, which is a testament to what these two weeks have been - which is, in a nutshell:

- nut low runouts every single big hand
- having to make constant folds in 3bet/4bet pots

Regardless, I ain't here to *****, and actually if I go by EV I'm winning at a good clip over the second half of the stretch, the gods just haven't been cooperating.

I created an alias in PT4 to put my sites together, so I can just put one graph in here at the end of each month. What's funny is I'm actually doing really well on Chico, which are much harder games. Just getting smacked on ignition.

Anyways I expect liftoff any day here now, I am playing well, discussing hands with friends, and doing hand reviews every day.

I'm most proud of this last month in my whole poker career, actually. I came back from Sweden ready to buckle down and make some money, and yet again I'm way below ev in the month I've been home. Which, at times, has felt pretty tough on me because of how this year has been ev-wise. If I combine all my my graphs on the year, I am shy of 100k below ev on the year, but not by a whole lot. It's definitely affected my play and my mental state at times. On top of the poker side of things, I am recently engaged, I bought a car, I just moved to a new city where I have to buy a bunch of stuff for my house. I had that huge unexpected expense with my license in NY. So, I've got a lot of stuff that could potentially be stressful.

Instead of getting stressed, I reached out to friends, I worked even harder, I doubled down on my studying. I changed up what I listen to during my sessions after talking to some friends. I made a spreadsheet, wrote down all my stats from my whole DB on chico since I was struggling on there, and compared each of them to the 4 regs with the highest WR's on the site, and realized exactly where I was going wrong in regards to the pool. I refocused on my workouts, and above all I really took care of my lady, who was going through a really tough period at school, felt like she was way behind the class (she's not lol), crying all the time, etc.

On another note, I decided to start training again, so I’ll be starting jiu jitsu at the Top Team Atlanta gym here in ATL. It’s the first time I’ve gone and trained anywhere else besides my gym back in SF. Idk how many of you follow the bjj world but my coach is Ralph Gracie, my gym in SF was the Ralph Gracie gym, and my gi’s have his emblems on it. Well in the months that I’ve been gone he assaulted the head of another gym at a tournament, and got himself a felony assault case. I wonder if ppl will not like that I have his name on my back, ha.

I’m getting MUCH stronger on my lifting program. My coach is the stone cold nuts and I am getting stronger and bigger each week.

I'll be back in 2 weeks with some positive results!

GL at the tables, y’all

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Old 09-25-2019, 02:32 AM   #208
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you meaan to tell me you played 67k hands in 2 weeks??????
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Old 09-25-2019, 04:06 AM   #209
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67,485. Gonna have to grind even more if I’m gonna run this bad!
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Old 09-25-2019, 04:33 AM   #210
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On another note, I decided to start training again, so Iíll be starting jiu jitsu at the Top Team Atlanta gym here in ATL. Itís the first time Iíve gone and trained anywhere else besides my gym back in SF. Idk how many of you follow the bjj world but my coach is Ralph Gracie, my gym in SF was the Ralph Gracie gym, and my giís have his emblems on it. Well in the months that Iíve been gone he assaulted the head of another gym at a tournament, and got himself a felony assault case. I wonder if ppl will not like that I have his name on my back, ha.
were you there before kurt left? seemed like the guy made the gym. love his teaching style.

idk about class sizes, rates, if you care about mma etc but seems hard to beat alliance for best bjj in atlanta.
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were you there before kurt left? seemed like the guy made the gym. love his teaching style.

idk about class sizes, rates, if you care about mma etc but seems hard to beat alliance for best bjj in atlanta.
Nah man I was there with Kurt, I owe a ton to that guy. Heís a true good soul, took me in under his wing and taught me a ton early on. Heís actually a FANTASTIC teacher....really detail oriented.

Actually heís fallen on a pretty hard time since and did a jiu jitsu podcast recently from rehab. I reached out to him, havenít heard back. One of the good guys tho thatís for sure.

You know, originally I thought Alliance was a long drive from me (looked like it on the map) but now that I googled it itís only 7 minute further drive than Top Team. Thanks for mentioning that! Now Iím going to go check out both.
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67,485. Gonna have to grind even more if Iím gonna run this bad!
christ, how many tables you averaging?
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christ, how many tables you averaging?
6 tbls, but Chico is high hands/hr bc of the super short time banks (which I hate). But it's mainly just hours, I worked 131 hours in 2 weeks.

exactly 9k below ev during this stretch, so looking forward to getting hit with some rungood this week! lfg
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6 tbls, but Chico is high hands/hr bc of the super short time banks (which I hate). But it's mainly just hours, I worked 131 hours in 2 weeks.

exactly 9k below ev during this stretch, so looking forward to getting hit with some rungood this week! lfg
You're a machine. There's about zero chance I could do 65 hours a week of high stakes online for a fortnight without going completely and utterly brain dead.

GL for the rest of September and for the rest of the year!
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Also 9k below EV, except in the last two days :') LFG!!!
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I'm curious about the relationship between your work in kitchens and poker. How you would compare them in terms of stress, and if you think the ridiculous hours and intensity of the restaurant business is directly linked to you now being able to put in 8+ hours of poker daily without your brain turning to glue.
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Great progress so far. LFG!
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Hey -

You know, I don't really find either stressful. The stressful environment cultured in today's kitchens is just a byproduct of chefs and GM's who don't know how to manage their own stress, and it filters down thru the whole staff. In my own kitchens, I would CONSTANTLY tell my guys (and gals) to remember that we are - just - cooking food. There's no reason to make it so stressful. I hope that and the toxic fake macho BS you find in kitchens gets weeded out over time.

Hours - I was always able to work long, hard hours in the kitchen too. To be perfectly honest, I think for me it's just a matter of liking both jobs. I could NEVER sit through 8 hours of 99% of jobs. I really like working in kitchens and I really like playing poker, so it's easy to work long hours. It's a lot easier in poker because A) the work itself is easier and B) the pay is so much better. It's as simple as that.

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Also 9k below EV, except in the last two days :') LFG!!!
Hey man, I'm sorry to hear you'll be closing your blog. Obv understand why you're doing it (I echoed most of the same things just a bit ago heh), but sad to see ya go. Plz do continue with random updates/stories, a lot of us consider you a friend and would like to hear how everything is going. Plus, there aren't that many respectable degens anymore, someone's gotta carry the flag.



10/11 - Bi-Weekly Update - 100k challenge

~$18,000/$100,000 (includes rb)

October:





- PT4 says those hands are all from Ignition but they are from both of my sites, it's just under an alias and for w/e reason PT4 labels it as one site.

- I'm just going to change this to an end of month update, feels pointless to do it every 2 weeks. So I’ll just post each month at the end of the month, then I'll do one big graph at the EOY, and that will be the end of posting results.

- for bjj folks - I joined the America Top Team gym here after training there and @ Alliance. I absolutely despise the commercialization of jiu-jitsu and the Alliance gym here is a perfect example of what I don't like about bjj in the states right now. Top Team is more of a fighter's gym. Side note, one of our black belts is Paolo Miyao (sp?) who just fought in ADCC

- my volume has dropped because I got this ridiculous flu bug that just refuses to go away. I am tired all the time, which affects my sessions, and it sucks that I just joined that gym and can't train at all. I found a zpack laying around in our medicine cabinet and am on day 3 of that so hopefully we are on the way back

- I'm in such a good fitness and life routine. I'm meditating, journaling, and doing my short yoga routine daily. I've gotten much stronger and bigger since getting on this program. Everything has just fallen into place since I got here, which I guess was to be expected, but I'm still happy about it. Before this, I was not really settled, didn't have an office, a proper chair, standing desk, etc. Having everything in place is just so +ev for poker. And once I get healthy it will be 4x week lifting, 2-3x bjj.

- this is my first 50k hand stretch running at EV (close, anyways) in all of 2019. I don't know what the odds are of that, but it's definitely the worst I've ran for an extended stretch in my career.

GL at the tables

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Old 10-11-2019, 12:17 PM   #219
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Inspiring post as always, and I look forward to hearing more about your training with Top Team.

Solid results and volume, gl with the 100k goal!
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GL Bud , Good read
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:32 PM   #221
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10/18/2019

2 months @ 500nl




2019 has definitely been my hardest year ever variance-wise, I'm now well over 100 bi's below ev on the year.

I put in between 100k-120k hands a month, sometimes 12-14 hour days. Every time I go on a downswing, I take the necessary steps to make sure that I am not playing bad, and make the necessary adjustments.

I think as humans we really crave a payoff of sorts linear to our hard work, a clear connection between our work and reward.

This wouldn't even be an issue really if I had years of winnings saved up, but this being my "first" year back, getting engaged, quitting my job in order to pursue this...it's just made it way harder than it should have been. It doesn't help that I'm 36 years old and really want to get ahead of things in my life financially. What makes it feel REALLY unfair - lol@me, i know - is that I really do believe in the power of positive energy, so I make extra sure every day to do the right things - meditate, journal, yoga, gym, study - in order to make sure I bring a confident, positive mindset to the tables....and then I just get absolutely wrecked, day in and day out. And then the worst part is my volume and quality of play get affected, not greatly, but I literally will have to take mental health breaks from great games because I'm frustrated.

I'm sure it sounds like I came in here to complain and ask for sympathy, but I really just came in here because writing this all out is cathartic. I'm obviously keen to the fact that this is just part of what I signed up for, and I know how lucky I am to have a job where THAT is the worst part of the job, and not something far worse.

Sidenote: Around the 140k hand mark I completely changed what I was doing, you can see the difference in my redline. I was losing tons playing HU and shorthanded on my 2nd site, I was down like 30k there overall and every month whatever I would win from 6max I would lose HU/sh and then some. On top of that, a lot of the things I was doing HU were leaking over into my 6max game, which is good for the sacred redline but is a big problem when facing tighter/stronger ranges. Because I was ~28k under ev on the site, I didn't address this sooner, and just kept playing hu and shorthnaded.

Then, I just woke up one day and was like alright I should have a higher wr, I'm going to figure this out. I looked at all the stats from the best players in my pool on that site, wrote them all on a piece of paper, looked at where I was deviating, figured out what situations were causing those deviations, and adjusted my game completely. (And swore off shorthanded and HU, the main cause of my pain). My results have been nice & steady since - in ev anways - around 6bb/100.

Anyways just a rant, but a much needed one. I should be ecstatic - with my winrate and volume I (would) make around $32k/mo with rakeback - at 500nl. That's a huge succcess for someone in their first year of coming back to poker. AND I'd get to move up to where I wouldn't have to play 100k hands a month to make good money. Instead, I'm stuck because in 800k hands this year, I have yet to run even close to equity for any 100k hand stretch.

I know that things will go my way at some point, it's just been tough at times. Thanks for reading and GL at the tables

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Yikes, nasty run man. Really impressive on the volume front. Keep it up, with that dedication it'll turn around!
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Old 10-18-2019, 02:49 PM   #223
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damn, that volume is motivating af. seriously hope you start to run better
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Iím struggling with alcohol dependence and was formerly a successful professional in the medical field. Iíve turned to poker too, but have not had much success so far. Your thread is an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 10-18-2019, 06:17 PM   #225
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Yuck, that is def one of those nasty stretches of variance one hopes to not find themselves in although we all eventually do. I assume you are playing a lot of zone? That's pretty sick volume, do you believe you can actually sustain that month after month? Hope you start running better soon!
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