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Old 02-15-2019, 01:37 PM   #926
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There's room in the story for a current or a lost love interest as well, to be sure.
Can this love interest have a nice rack?
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Old 02-15-2019, 02:06 PM   #927
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If I'm the lead, she better!
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Old 02-15-2019, 03:18 PM   #928
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There's room in the story for a current or a lost love interest as well, to be sure.
Can this love interest be an Asari from Mass Effect?
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Old 02-16-2019, 01:09 AM   #929
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I wonder how many tunnel people drowned
It had been raining on and off for the few days beforehand, so hopefully they'd cleared out of the tunnels already.

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What has Jennifer Tilly been up to these days?

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Can this love interest be an Asari from Mass Effect?
Oh hell yeah. I picked Liara for the romance option on every playthrough. Both Lady and Male Shepard loved the thicc blue booty.

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Old 02-16-2019, 01:15 AM   #930
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Lazy day today. I offer no excuses. I'm currently in the $8k GTD Hyper Turbo Mega Stack tourney on ACR, so that's at least some type of poker.

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Old 02-16-2019, 01:26 AM   #931
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What has Jennifer Tilly been up to these days?.


Degening off all her Family Guy money obviously
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Old 02-16-2019, 01:27 AM   #932
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Lazy day today. I offer no excuses. I'm currently in the $8k GTD Hyper Turbo Mega Stack tourney on ACR, so that's at least some type of poker.

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Old 02-16-2019, 01:39 AM   #933
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No. I have money on ACR, Ignition and Carbon. That's enough skins imo.



On to the Venom Step 1 freeroll.
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Old 02-16-2019, 04:42 PM   #934
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The bus incident occurred a few minutes after midnight, two Thursdays ago. I'd come out from a very late dinner at Ellis Island after an 8 hour session at Bally's, and I'd had a few of Ellis's $2.50 pints of beer in me. I got on the bus just in front of a drifter in his late 20's. I was surprised to see him get on. Usually these guys have nowhere to go, and they hang out at the bus kiosks, rather than ride. I went to the back; he sat in front.

I played on my phone for few minutes, during which the bus driver made an announcement that I had only partially registered. We were stationary for a while--if the bus gets ahead of schedule on its route, the driver will often sit at a stop for 2-3 minutes.

Five minutes passed without us moving, then two more. At this time in the wee hours, if the bus didn't take off from here in the next five minutes, I'd miss my cross connection to the next bus, and then I'd have to wait for a full hour before the next one came.

Still no movement. I played the bus drivers announcement back in my head, "...bus won't be leaving until..." I watched the drifter get up from his seat, exchange some angry words with the driver, then throw himself back down into his seat.

I reluctantly connected the drifter with our lack of motion. Now, what would it look like if the drifter had refused to pay for his ride? Why, it would look exactly like this, and the driver would make an announcement along the lines of, "The bus won't be moving until the gentleman pays his fare."

30 or so people were on the bus with me. No one was doing anything. I got up and confirmed my suspicion with the bus driver. The drifter was refusing to pay and refusing to leave the bus. We weren't going anywhere.

Bus fare one way is $2. I had enough cash on me to take care of a battalion of homeless drifters in a fleet of buses. Our convoy could ride all the way to Boulder City and beyond. I paid the driver two lousy dollars and told him to get us going.

That is a lie; instead, I turned around and went after the drifter. "You. Get the **** off our bus, now!"

"I'm not getting off the bus."

One of my bus compadres, a kid in his late teens or early twenties, decided then that he'd be my Huckleberry and got up to assist me with looming over the homeless guy.

"People worked all day and they need to get home, dick. They're gonna miss their connections."

"I don't care about them."

"Well nobody cares about you!"

It had been more than 35 years since my stint as an alpha male prick, but I still had the knack. I knew how to go straight to the most painful spots.

The first part of that sentence is a lie. It has not be 35 years since I'd last been a bully. 15 years ago, at the bookstore I used to manage here in Las Vegas, I screamed and ranted at a semi-indigent shoplifter who was trying to return stolen merchandise. But at that time, 15 years ago, I was in the last throes of a serious meth addiction. Certainly that was an anomaly, an outlier that would never again flare up again in my grown-up and recovered self.

What had worked then, and what had worked when I was a kid, was for me to repeat myself, only louder, with more profanities and more threats, and to keep repeating and to keep getting louder and more threatening until the other person relented. If you're familiar with the first and most basic method of conflict deescalation, what I do there is the polar opposite of that.

After much screaming and repetition, the drifter got up and made a halfhearted lunge at me. I backed up half a step and put myself into a T-stance. I'm sure that I looked utterly ridiculous. I am middle aged man, and somewhat far from being in good shape. If the young bum had struck out at me that night, I would have gone down like a wet sack of ****.

Fortunately for me it was only a feint, and the drifter grabbed his stuff and got off the bus, punching the driver's Plexiglas door on the way out.

Me and my Huckleberry went back to our seats as the bus took off. The kid said, "I thought he was going to stab us there." I gave the kid a fist bump, and then I felt queasy about the whole thing afterwards. It had brought up a ton of issues that I thought I'd successfully clamped down on for decades. I hope to see the drifter around again. I will ask him for his forgiveness and give him some money, if he needs it, for his next few rides.

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Old 02-16-2019, 05:22 PM   #935
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Dude if you see him again hes gonna shank you - give him your Carbon Poker account
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Old 02-16-2019, 06:02 PM   #936
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Old 02-16-2019, 06:54 PM   #937
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Morphimeme.
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Old 02-17-2019, 12:17 PM   #938
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excerpt from a letter I wrote Tommy Angelo after completing 'Painless Poker';

"I've been playing poker for 50 years. I've been winning since I solved tilt, in my early twenties. I've always been somewhat over-proud of my tiltless play. Your articulation of the idea that the value of tiltless play ( I have the choice of deciding if a poker decision will be neutral or -Ev) translates to a tiltless life was a 'swimming pool' moment for me. I had to stop and breathe. My entire life, I've been taking potentially neutral moments and allowing my temper to turn them -Ev, to the detriment of all my relationships."

Though his book, 'Painless Poker', is in dire need of some cold-blooded editing, I think Tommy's skill in exploring and explaining the links between poker decisions and life decisions, makes the effort to get through the whole thing worthwhile.
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Old 02-18-2019, 12:39 AM   #939
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Time to get home. These people can't drive in the rain FFS.
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Old 02-18-2019, 12:48 AM   #940
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Looks like snow.

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Old 02-18-2019, 01:28 AM   #941
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Always psyched to see a question from tbh. Nobody gets to the potential weaknesses in my HHs more quickly and more on point.

The first thing to know is that this hand didn't tilt me. If a hand like this, in a vacuum, ever made me angry then I'd know that I'm in the wrong business. You'll have to give me some credit: I was tilted before the hand, from days and days of beats. The spot would have been unremarkable otherwise.

Because I was tilted, I was vulnerable to taking any shortcut in analysis that would have led me to 'FU I call.' So it's true that with 99 I was at the top of my calling range. And it's true that by checking twice, I underrepped my holding given my relative hand strength on that board. Two compelling reasons to call, but...

Mid-overpairs on low boards are spots that always can use a lot of data. What else should we need? Player type, position and bet sizing are necessary.

Player type: Bad TAG.

What do I mean by that? First off, bad TAGs usually run around 24/10. For those of you who don't use HUDs, the first number means that that Villain plays around 24% of his hands. The second number means that he open/raises around 10% of his hands. So he limps more than he raises, but not by a huge margin. A larger spread between the two numbers--say 36/7--would call out a fish.

What also separates him from a fish is that he's positionally aware. Before he opens, he's going to ask: where am I? And he's going to open tighter from EP.

Position: UTG+1

I don't think he's open/raising more than 5% of his hands from here. What does range that look like?



30 combos are beating me, and 34 combos are behind me. Should that be a call, given that I'm getting much better than 1:1? Not in this case, because of...

Bet Sizing: Large: 5/6th pot on the turn

From experience I'm expecting that sizing from a bad TAG with no pair on the turn, after I call his pot-sized flop bet, is almost always going to be smaller--somewhere between checking back and just over 1/3 pot. The exception here would be if he had the overcard spade combos, where he flopped a flush draw. But that's only 4 combos here, and he has decent equity with those.

All of the above add up to the reason why I check/called the flop and checked the turn. His sizing on the turn is going to tell me where I'm at in a lot of cases.

If I was against a competent TAG, a SLAG or a good LAG, I'd have to station down here for the large sized bet, but not against this guy, and consequently not against a lot of average $1/$2 players.

Finally: set mining is definitely a feature against this type of player. They don't open much in EP, and they have a hard time dumping their big overpairs for 100-150bbs.

Again, the interesting part of the spot to me is being tilted and having to bear down and force myself to wipe out the emotional aspect and to consider the finer points.

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Some comments:

emotional relativity noted.

You are in a difficult spot to realize your equity, but if this is your job you have to be better in tough spots than your opponents...

24/10 is what i would call a fish, not a bad tag in a ring game.

if you were not frustrated prior to this hand, would you have played it differently?

IME i find bad aggressive players barreling the board pairing turn card too frequently, and in your hh it is not bad for your hand as you are not drawing.
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:34 AM   #942
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excerpt from a letter I wrote Tommy Angelo after completing 'Painless Poker';

"I've been playing poker for 50 years. I've been winning since I solved tilt, in my early twenties. I've always been somewhat over-proud of my tiltless play. Your articulation of the idea that the value of tiltless play ( I have the choice of deciding if a poker decision will be neutral or -Ev) translates to a tiltless life was a 'swimming pool' moment for me. I had to stop and breathe. My entire life, I've been taking potentially neutral moments and allowing my temper to turn them -Ev, to the detriment of all my relationships."

Though his book, 'Painless Poker', is in dire need of some cold-blooded editing, I think Tommy's skill in exploring and explaining the links between poker decisions and life decisions, makes the effort to get through the whole thing worthwhile.
Wow. That is a fresh look at it: bullying and temper tantrums as expressions of tilt. Here I was climbing aboard the neo-Freudian wayback machine when I probably should have been looking at a cognitive-behavioral approach in real time. What exactly started the tilt avalanche on the bus? Could I have recognized the warning signs early enough and derailed the thought process enough to mitigate the acting out before it started?

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Nice job on the 14k posts my friend! BBV would not be as much of a community as it is without you.
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:47 AM   #943
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SJ - glad you enjoy my feedback. I am good at being hyper critical...

Some comments:

emotional relativity noted.

You are in a difficult spot to realize your equity, but if this is your job you have to be better in tough spots than your opponents...

24/10 is what i would call a fish, not a bad tag in a ring game.

if you were not frustrated prior to this hand, would you have played it differently?

IME i find bad aggressive players barreling the board pairing turn card too frequently, and in your hh it is not bad for your hand as you are not drawing.
I would have played the hand the same with no tilt. Really, the big sizing on the turn was the decider. I wouldn't have qualified his type as bad aggressive--with one exception: these guys c-bet too much on the flop, then pull up with too much of their range on the turn and either check it or bet smaller, mostly because a good part of their range ott is crap from c-betting too much otf. Yeah, the big turn bet is polarizing, but from this guy it's still going to be weighted towards value.
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:52 AM   #944
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Degening off all her Family Guy money obviously
Damn. I did not know that she played Bonnie on Family Guy. I bet that's a nice upper-middle class salary for--what--100 hours a year of work? Good for her!
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:19 PM   #945
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Not much poker lately: another whiff at the Bally's freeroll: out in 82nd when 91 signed up and 80 were paid. Yesterday I put in a few challenge hours at the Red Rock $2/$5 game. The latter place is starting to grow on me. So far their game hasn't seemed any more difficult than the Harrah's $1/$2.

Red Rock Station $2/$5 (Bally's "freeroll" -$10): 5 hours:
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Three Stacks $600-$60,000 Challenge:$2/$5 Level:

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Old 02-19-2019, 01:04 AM   #946
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I like this progression. What's your hourly at the game today? And thanks for the 14k poast congratulation. Maybe a brag, maybe a beat.

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Old 02-19-2019, 01:39 AM   #947
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I posted it a while back, but I can't be arsed to go back to find it. I believe it was ~$27/hr before comps. Nothing spectacular, but I'm still relatively new at this company.
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Old 02-22-2019, 03:53 AM   #948
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Damn that bus story. Mr Justice is a badass
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Old 02-22-2019, 05:24 PM   #949
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In the short term, it was a +EV play in terms of getting the bus moving, but I don't think it was the most +EV play in that spot by a long shot. In the long run I think it was pretty -EV in terms of having empathy and in using life skills for conflict resolution.
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A new article on my old nemesis Whitey Bulger on his time in prison, before a bunch of inmates beat him to death.

That man, Timothy Glass, said he took Bulger under his wing, and they bonded over their criminal pasts. Glass recalled how Bulger would sign autographs for inmates who asked but had a tendency to give a "death stare" to guys he didn't like.

"I was like, 'this guy is a stone-cold killer at like 80 years old.' It was wild," Glass, 55, told The Associated Press.


I was the recipient of that stare around 15 years ago. 10/10 for scariness. He must've practiced it like Derek Zoolander did with his award-winning Blue Steel look.
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