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Old 06-02-2019, 04:00 AM   #26
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Good news: bagged 307,000 Day 1C of the $500 Big 50.

Bad news: lost half my stack on the last level.

Day off tomorrow and then return with 50+ big blinds for Day 2C on Monday.
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Old 06-02-2019, 01:38 PM   #27
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gl broseph


if your selling 4 main let me know, your due for a hit

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Old 06-02-2019, 06:59 PM   #28
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Thanks man. Yeah I'm selling for the Main only, see my staking thread here:

https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/1...627/?highlight

Since I have the night off, I'm thinking about seeing a movie. Godzilla maybe?
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Old 06-04-2019, 04:29 PM   #29
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Sorry this is all poker stuff right now but it's WSOP and I'm in Vegas after all. I'll try to post about the Godzilla movie when I have time.

6/3:

Eliminated Day 2C in the WSOP Big 50. Brutally card dead and TT < AK first aipf of the tournament.
Cashed for $1,003.

Registered for the $1,500 2-7 NL Single Draw that starts today at 3 p.m.

Played 2/5 NL cash at Aria last night and lost $575. Not a good day of cards.

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Cash:
NLH -$450
PLO +$1,380

Total = +$930

Tournaments:
+$3

Cumulative through 6/3: +$933

Going back to the Rio now for the 2-7 single draw tourney. This is a total lark on my part because I've never played a hand of 2-7 in my life....but I wanted to learn a new game this year and I've been watching videos and reading up the past few months. We'll see how it goes.
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Old 06-05-2019, 02:16 PM   #30
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So I played 2-7 NL single draw for the first time in my life yesterday, in the $1,500 WSOP tournament. Lost half my stack before the first break, got it back before the second break, and then I was chipping up on levels 5-6. Unfortunately all downhill after that and I eventually busted last night.

Some observations:

I think I played too loose and drew too much particularly out of position early in the game. Once I got used to the game flow, I started playing much better and chipped up pretty nice. Unfortunately, and take this with the caveat that I'm obviously not an expert at 2-7....I think I ran pretty terrible yesterday. I had one two-card draw that made an 8, but otherwise all my 1 card draws missed. Villains constantly hit their 1 card draws over and over again and I payed off quite a few value bets with pat hands or bluff catchers because it seemed they can't make a draw every time (but they did).

Then when I got moved to my last table, I saw one guy hit 4 draws in a row, one to the stone cold nuts, and he had two pat 8s that he 4-bet all-in. I folded my pat 9 preflop one of those hands, but another player did not and got felted on the other one. I think a pat 10 was the best hand I was dealt the entire day.

Anyway, another observation is that the field is not nearly as good as I thought they would be. This tournament was stacked with fish. Saw one player who always checked back his 9s. My downfall came when I made a big 3b preflop with 74322 and pat jammed ... I had not bluffed all night ... and villain drew 1 card to a 10 and made his draw, then called off against me.

Seems like a terrible call, but next year I will know to make adjustments and play this field more like it's incompetent players and just value-town, value-town, value-town them at least until deeper in the tournament.

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After that, they actually had 5-10 NL running at the WSOP cash tables, so I played that and won $1,570.

Cash:
NLH +$1,120
PLO +$1,380

Total = +$2,500

Tournaments:
-$1,497

Cumulative through 6/4: +$1,003

Next is the $1,100 MSPT Venetian on Wednesday and Thursday. I'll fire two bullets if necessary.
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PLO game was swingy but breezy. Feels like I should play 5/5 at some point but max buy-in is $2,000.
Aria 5/5 with a rock is often a multi-way shove-fest pre- or on the flop. If you know your shove equities and have an extremely enormous bankroll, it can be entertaining but it's easy to go a long time before you hit a pot. Depending on the players, I can find it difficult to put opponents on ranges -- they'll play anything, including trips.
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Aria 5/5 with a rock is often a multi-way shove-fest pre- or on the flop. If you know your shove equities and have an extremely enormous bankroll, it can be entertaining but it's easy to go a long time before you hit a pot. Depending on the players, I can find it difficult to put opponents on ranges -- they'll play anything, including trips.
Thanks for the pro tips Mack. I was going to have a go at this but after today I will probably wait, and see if I can get some wins back before taking a shot.

Busted both MSPT Venetian buy-ins. Never got anything going yesterday, today late reg'd and came in with 20,000 at 300/600 blinds. Methodically chipped up to 50,000 by the next level, 400/800, which was above chip average ~36k.

Opened AKcc UTG for 1,800 and got 3b 4,300 by super splashy player with chips. Another player came along and so it was elementary for me to 4b 16,300 with PSB behind, even though Villain should be pretty strong here. But there's no sense in letting the other player see a flop. Anyway villain flats and the other player tossed his cards into the muck so we're heads up.

JT9cc

Obviously no choice but to jam this flop. Villain calls with QQ. K on the turn and blank river and I'm out.

-$2,200

Went over to the Rio after that and registered for the $1,500 Millionaire Maker tomorrow. Sat down at 5/10 NL and lost three buyins all-in preflop.

99 < AK vs. solid player
AK < 78 vs. maniac
66 < A4o vs. same maniac

-$3,000

Time to quit after that. Stopped at the liquor store and bought some Angel's Envy. Nighty night.

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PLO + $1,380

Total = -$500

Tournaments:
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Cumulative through 6/6: -$4,197
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By the way I don't know why I posted those hand histories, I'm kind of over the bad beats and **** like that. Happens to everyone. Guess I don't want people to think I'm a bad player losing so much in two days.

Anyway I have two stories for you tonight before the bourbon really kicks in.

One time many years ago I was playing 1/2 NL in Indiana at a local card room and this guy tried to follow me home. I had just busted a $20 rebuy and sat down at the cash tables with a couple hours before closing time. Villain was sitting with $2,000 that I'm sure he ran up while drinking and splashing around all night...then he bluffed it all off to me in an hour or two.

I lived out in East Jesus, the middle of nowhere, but I noticed this vehicle tailing me for quite awhile after I left the casino. Sure enough, I pulled off onto some backroads and took a circular route that no local would take, so I was certain it was a robbery/murder attempt. After awhile, Villain figured out that I had lead him into the middle of nowhere, maybe hours away from his home, and then he revved the engines in his truck and sped off in a different direction.

Here in Vegas, this is the third time I have stayed with my terrific hosts. They have an attached studio apartment to their house, with private bath, tv, Wi-Fi, fridge, microwave, very spacious, etc. and it's only $30 per night. In a nice gated community with a golf course too. Absolutely cannot beat it, especially since I like to stay off-strip like I'm living in the suburbs back home.

Best thing is they have real security here too. Armed guards and you need ID to get into the neighborhood. When I lose $5k+ in a couple of nights and need a few stiff drinks so I can forget about Ohio State Girl and pass out for the night, at least I don't have to worry about any Villains following me back to my room.

ETA: and the wife even does my laundry too!
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:24 PM   #34
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$30 a night? $900 a month? plus laundry? sounds like where I want to retire...
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:18 PM   #35
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Ha...yeah it's a pretty amazing setup I have here. Very thankful for their hospitality.

Today was a short day in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker. I was playing aggro, 4bet 75-suited one hand, but my starting stack was unchanged when on the second level I opened QQ on the button. SB 3bet me with 99. Me...4bet and then he 5b gets it in.

QQ < 99 good game.

Technically I wasn't out, I had a few chips left but I was crippled and bust on the next level.

I registered for the next $1,500 Millionaire Maker flight tomorrow, but I decided not to play any cash games as I'm not running good right now and not really in the mood. Picked a hell of a time to run like this, after selling everything and driving out to Vegas with no plans in life other than to blow $20k or $30k this summer on these poker tournaments. Well, it's a long summer anyway and all it takes is one big cash and the losses will be forgotten. Remembering back to my Ohio State days, for me this summer is all about finishing my commitments, win or lose, and holding my head up high.

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Cash:
NLH -$1,880
PLO +$1,380

Total = -$500

Tournaments:
-$5,197

Cumulative through 6/7: -$5,697

After that I drove out towards Summerlin so I could get my car hand-washed. It was looking absolutely filthy after the cross-country drive and a week in the desert. Also opened up a bank account locally so I won't have to worry about any more ATM or wire fees.

Now I'm back at my room eating some buffalo wild wings and going to watch a Setsuko Hara movie. Fun times.
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Old 06-07-2019, 10:24 PM   #36
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I just found the original silent Floating Weeds on youtube. I'm going to try to watch it this weekend. I missed it when it was on TCM.
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Old 06-09-2019, 02:30 AM   #37
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Nice, it's a great silent movie. Let me know what you think.

I got distracted last night and watched new skating clips of Ideal Woman instead. All That Skate ice show was held this past week in South Korea. I don't know maybe the first time she's skated in a show since she retired 5 years ago?










She's gained just the right amount of age and weight that she looks 10 times sexier now than ever before. All three of those were nice but the third one was really the best.
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Old 06-10-2019, 02:57 PM   #38
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Busted both buy-ins of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker this weekend. I already mentioned the QQ < 99 hand, but in Flight B I chipped up from 25k to 102,000 just before the dinner break. Pretty much didn't win a hand after that. Lost flip AK < TT so I still haven't won a single all-in preflop hand here in Vegas, cash or tourney, and then sitting at 60k+ with 1,000 blinds I triple barreled off my stack against an old erratic rec player who called me down with third pair for most of his stack.

I knew he was a calling station, happy to get in stacks with top pair any kicker-- he did it several times at the table-- but I knew exactly what he had and didn't think he would call off that light, especially since I hadn't played hardly any hands in 2 levels. Nope, pretty much an insta-call.

As a bonus, I was seated next to Ole Schemion and made a good bet, bet, check/call with AA as bluff catcher on the river the only hand we played together for a really good pot. I don't really follow the professional poker world and couldn't name more than a few pros, certainly not any European or Asian guys, but someone else at the table mentioned who he was so I looked up him. Didn't interest me too much but for some reason it gave me a reason to watch a bunch of poker hand breakdowns on Youtube yesterday and this morning, so hopefully that translates into being in the right mindset and making every single best decision I can possibly make on the felt, starting with the $2,620 Marathon today.

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NLH -$1,880
PLO +$1,380

Total = -$500

Tournaments:
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Cumulative through 6/9: -$7,197
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Old 06-11-2019, 12:05 AM   #39
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Busted Marathon -$2,620. Value owned myself early against trapper after all these people calling light. Got two outed on the river and crippled. Won my first all-in preflop these two weeks in Vegas...with a microstack AJ > 75. Grinded hours after hours after hours with a short stack to microstack...managed to reach 19 big blinds without getting called all-in and then...

KQss < TT good game.

One of the most miserable days of tournament poker I've ever played.

After that went to Tuscan Brio Grille for dinner and wine. I'm sure there are nicer restaurants in Las Vegas, but there was one of these in Columbus that I always loved to go to in college and then I never found another again. None in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, nothing...so when I saw they have one here in Vegas a few years ago that was my go-to spot.

If anyone has restaurant recommendations...let me know!

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Cash:
NLH -$1,880
PLO +$1,380

Total = -$500

Tournaments:
-$9,317

Cumulative through 6/10: -$9,817

My goal was to make a profit this summer. Still lots of tournaments left but morale is down. Day off tomorrow, then $1k PLO on Wednesday. Like I said before, this summer is all about making a commitment to play the entire series and finish what I started, win lose or draw.
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-$1,000 PLO tournament

Missed an early double up when I was all-in with AA76 nut hearts on 864hh board. Villain shockingly turns over AT96 no other redraws.

86446 runout chop.

Started with 20k and after that slowly chipped up to 51k by dinner break.

First hand back it's 4-ways all-in for 110,000+ pot at 300/600 blinds.

Villain (40k) makes it 11k with naked Aces and open shoves flop from the blinds.

Hero (50k) has J987r and calls after seeing an 864 flop.

MP (20k) calls off the rest with top pair.

Short stack (11k) all-in preflop drawing pretty much dead.

65% equity vs. biggest stack. Brick turn. Brick river. Naked Aces scoop everything.

Got it in couple minutes later with AKQ5ddhh on QQ6 flop vs. flush draw and on the river the flush comes in and it's good game once again.

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Cash:
NLH -$1,880
PLO +$1,380

Total = -$500

Tournaments:
-$10,317

Cumulative through 6/12: -$10,817

I think out of a dozen all-in and cards to come hands these last two weeks, I've won a single hand with AJ > 75 microstack, and lost every single other hand either flipping or way way ahead.

Stupid thing is I know I'm drawing dead in these early tournaments and this is all a test of my patience in life. Leave Ohio State early. One year I was running so bad out here I quit and left in the middle of the trip because I didn't want to lose any more money. So it's a **** feeling to know there is basically no chance I will cash anything until the last tournament of the summer, and then who the **** knows.

But I made a commitment to play a certain schedule and I am going to ****ing doing it regardless.

But I did stop at the liquor store and bought a bottle of Woodford double-oaked. Will probably be gone by the time I play the $1,000 Double Stack on Friday morning.
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Played the $1,000 Double Stack today.

I actually did not drink yesterday. Got most of my laundry done, went shopping, did some tourist things, etc. Re-evaluated my summer and instead of focusing on how bad I'm running, wanted to treat this more like a job and self-improvement course. Work harder, play better, be a better person.

All of that out the window this morning when I woke up with a stomach bug. Wasn't going to play poker but then I remember, hey I made this commitment to play a certain schedule no matter what. No quitting, no excuses. So I went and late reg'd on Level 4.

Start with 40,000 chips. By the end of the level, I'm over 80k and playing great. Then it's the break, and my chair is stuck on the floor or something. Then I kind of yank or pull at it, so I can get up from the table, but what's that? Oh, there's some kind of jagged serrated edge on my chair. Now I have a sliced open finger that requires medical treatment, except there isn't any to be found. So I spend part of the next level tracking down bandages and going to the washroom and doing the best I can.

Well when I return to the Amazon room, my rec-filled table has been broken, and I get moved somewhere else. I survey the scene and virtually every hand is a 3-bet or even 4-bet. No problem, because I have Aces! Managed to only lose half my stack and find a fold in a 4-bet pot versus 64o and 55 on the following board:

K7553r

But something wasn't right with me and I never regained my concentration or focus after that hand. I don't know if I was dazed and confused or it was slicing my finger open or because I started getting sick again, but my confidence and ability to play cards became seriously diminished and after a couple losses and chip bleeds, I eventually punted off the rest of my stack.

As I tried to slank away from the table and disappear, someone gets in my way and tries to fist bump me. I'm kind of feeling violently ill and not sure what's going on, so I brush the scoundrel aside and hurry out the door. But later on, I think about it and maybe it was the guy who newly received all of my chips. I hope I didn't offend him, as I'm always a standup guy at the tables, but wasn't really the time for that.

-$11,817

Time for self-reflection, and depending on health probably re-buy the same event tomorrow with a fresh 10 a.m. start time. See you then.
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Old 06-15-2019, 11:58 AM   #42
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Man, you're having a hard time of it. In situations like these I always speculate as to whether I've run out of things that can possibly go wrong.
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Oh I have some stories of what can possibly go wrong for you Mack. Sometimes everything works out in the end though. I'd like to share one story in particular but I will save it for the right time. It's 2+2 Hall of Fame worthy.
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-$2,000 more in the Double Stack. Fired another bullet instead of $800 Deepstack tomorrow since the structure was so much better. Never got anything going. Day off tomorrow and still haven't even golfed yet. Need to bag or cash or something first.

Normally I would quit for awhile and take a break but this summer...no excuses. Morbidly fun to post my failures for the entire world to see.

Remaining schedule:

6/17 $1,500 PLO
6/18 $600 Round-by-round NLHE / PLO
6/18 $1,600 MSPT Venetian
6/19 $1,500 Bounty
6/22 $1,500 Monster Stack
6/23 $800 8-handed
6/25 $600 Deepstack Championship
6/28 $600 Golden Nugget Main
6/29 $600 Golden Nugget Main

??? WPT Aria (x2)

July 4th $10,000 World Championship

Maybe set a record for most Day 1 busts in WSOP history this year.

The woods are approaching...
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I played the $1,500 PLO on Monday. I'm not nearly as good of a PLO player as NLHE, but I put in a lot of work and improved my game substantially this year. In the $1k event last week, we started with 20,000 and I chipped up and was then a huge favorite in a 110,000+ chip pot right after the dinner break, but two bad beats in a row and I was out of the tournament in 5 minutes.

This week in the $1,500 I chipped up from 25,000 starting stack to 113,000 at the dinner break. Did not win hardly a hand after that. Set over set and then grinded ~60k stack for a few hours, card dead, just waiting patiently until the blinds started catching up to me and I was all-in with top and bottom against top two and good game.

1200-1300 runners. 183 cashed. 200 advanced to Day 2. And I was out with 200-something players left remaining late on Day 1.

Very disappointed to have nothing to show for my work in PLO this summer.
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Tuesday I decided not to play the $600 round-by-round (NLHE + PLO) and registered for the $1,600 MSPT Venetian instead. So much more value in that tournament, so as much as I regretted ending the summer with no cashes in PLO, I'm sure it was the right decision.

Anyway, we started with 25,000 chips and a few hours later my peak stack was 60k. Open UTG and get 3b, Villain on BTN flats and he is the only player at the table who covers me. It folds back to me and...knowing that the players are loose...I put in a very substantial out-of-position 4b for 1/3rd of my stack. Player who raised me folds, but Villain on BTN flats again.

He has A9 and the flop is good game.

Amazing to get someone to put in 1/3rd effective against the only other big stack at the table with A9 but anyway that's how I'm running this summer.

I don't care about the money, I started the summer with 550% lifetime tournament ROI, several final tables and one win in large field MTTs...but I'm looking for something in life right now and this is not it. Very demoralizing...for anyone who is counting, that's 1/14 cashes this summer, and the one cash was a min-cash that netted $3 profit in the Big 50. Every other buy-in has been Day 1 bustout.

So anyway I stopped at a restaurant on the way back to my room and had a good meal and drank quite a lot. Didn't take long to pass out back in bed.

$1,500 Bounty
$1,500 Monster Stack
$800 8-handed
$600 Deepstack Championship
$600 Golden Nugget Main (x2)
$10,000 World Championship

Those are the only remaining tournaments this summer. Not really caring about any of them except the last one, since I have this fatalist mindset now that everything is a test to see if I finish the summer and don't give up. Considering playing the other tournaments drunk since it's only about $5,000 and I don't give a **** anymore.

But the last one means a lot to me and I have some investors for ~33% as well, so it's something to take serious.

Mostly right now I am just in a bad mood, such that I don't really feel like doing anything. Tomorrow is the $1,500 Bounty...we'll see how it goes, but I don't expect much.
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Hit the reset button Shuffle, the tournaments leading up to the ME matter in that getting some positive results will help your mindset and confidence for the "Big Kahuna".

Maybe break from your set schedule and play something fun and inconsequential such as a low stakes recurring tournament hear the Friday night MTT at Orleans gets a good turnout or perhaps a daily deepstacks at the Rio?

Even stringing together some cash game wins might have the desired result, bad runs certainly happen to good players nobody is immune. Lot's of non poker fun to be had, enjoy the ride Mark
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Yeah I am thinking about playing some golf on Friday if I have a day off. Maybe some dating prospects lined up when I have time next week or week after before the Main Event.

I did play the $1,500 Bounty today and lost my only flip (still 0-for-summer in flips), was excruciatingly card dead, short-stack all day and night, but somehow picked up a couple $500 bounties and made the money (guaranteed min-cash ~$1,417). Only managed to bag 3 or 4 big blinds, so if I don't spin that up tomorrow I will play a cash game session.

Didn't play drunk either, that was a joke.
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Cashed the WSOP Bounty for $1,495 + couple bounties = $2,495.

Started Day 2 on Thursday with 3 big blinds UTG+1 so not much time to pick a hand and go with it. First it's Q7o fold. Next it's 93o and fold again. Next it's K3o and after posting the 5k BB Ante, I'm all-in for my last 11,500 chips versus two big stacks who limped in and called hunting for my bounty. Board runs out JT776 or something like that and I triple up with K-high!

Next I fold the SB and later I'm all-in UTG with KQo and everyone folds. Another orbit I think and I'm finally all-in and called J9 < 88 lose another flip and it's good game.

For the record, that's 0-14 in coin flips this summer. Couple were in cash games but all others in tournaments. The oversimplified chances of that happening are 1-in-16,384. I could successfully navigate four consecutive asteroid fields and still have a little margin for error at those odds. Pretty amazing, really.

Still, I'm satisfied with how I grinded out the tournament and cashed despite being excruciatingly card dead. In 11 hours of play I was dealt the following hands the following number of times:

AA: 0
KK: 0
QQ: 1
JJ: 0
TT: 1
99: 0

AK: 1
AQ: 2

Pretty sure it was Shakespeare who said nothing comes from nothing. Maybe he was referring to how I collected my money, sat down at the cash games, and immediately I was dealt AA, KK (twice), and AQ in the first 20 minutes at the table.

Still didn't make anything and only finished up +$30 for the session but sometimes there isn't much else you can do.

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Cash:
NLHE -$1,850
PLO +$1,380

Total = -$470

Tournaments:
-$15,422

Cumulative through 6/20: -$15,892
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