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Old 08-25-2006, 10:17 PM   #76
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Re: I am tapped

HIV,

I wish you all the best. Take some time off. I would also suggest going to Gambler's Anonymous. Your story reeks of compulsive gambling. Had you won at 200/400, you were destined for 500/1000. Bad luck would have eventually tapped you out because no one can run that well for that long.

I know all to well what it is like to go on benders. I've shot it up on Baccarat tables in the past for insanely large sums of cash. And when it's all gone, you are left with a sinking depressing feeling....

Now what I do with my winnings: I get rid of it. I prepay bills. I create a comfortable buffer around me. And I would advise this to anyone who has is prone to tilting. Get rid of your winnings. Protect yourself. In your case, you could have prepaid your college tuition for your entire degree. Then had you lost, you would still have been ahead ....

But remember, it really isn't the end of the world.

As one poster said, poker is just a grain of sand on life's rich beach.

Take Care,

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Old 08-27-2006, 03:27 PM   #77
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lol i played in that 1/2 game at turning stone, if you were the kid who lost 17k in like an hr, i have 2things for ya

1) ty ty ty for the $
2) quit limit holdem
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Old 08-27-2006, 06:26 PM   #78
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lol i played in that 1/2 game at turning stone, if you were the kid who lost 17k in like an hr, i have 2things for ya

1) ty ty ty for the $
2) quit limit holdem
lollllll. he's back too.
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Old 09-04-2006, 04:56 AM   #79
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Re: I am tapped

Redux much?
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Old 09-04-2006, 11:34 PM   #80
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Hopefully someone might see this and recognize some warning signs for themself and learn something from this.
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Hopefully someone might see this and recognize that playing way over your bankroll is really really really dumb
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Old 09-05-2006, 01:38 AM   #81
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What an utter disaster...I think we all saw this coming.

GL staying away from poker.
GL not getting your ass handed to you in real life .
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Old 09-05-2006, 06:52 PM   #82
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Hey -- don't give up. Give WPEX a try...I usually play the 5/10 tables...hope to see you there.
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Old 09-06-2006, 10:05 AM   #83
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"However, then, a breakthrough. I final tabled one of the new 20$/180 tourneys, and cashed for 300$. Then, I went on a heater like you wouldn't believe.

I started at 5/10"

I stoped reading here, susprised you busted. It does sound like you could use some help. Seriously your in collage man, show some self control.
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Old 09-06-2006, 03:36 PM   #84
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and was on my last 40$,
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I final tabled one of the new 20$/180 tourneys
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and cashed for 300$.
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I started at 5/10
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I started with a 500$ deposit and luckily ran good at the 20/40 tables.
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I put another $750 on stars and sat 30/60.
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I ran 1500 on absolute up to over 10K in the soft 40/80 games
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I ran 600 on full tilt up to 9K playing 10/25 NL
Bank.
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Jesus, if your this dumb you deserve to be broke.
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I got sick of bodogs horrendous software and equally horrendous players.
Got a move to where they respect your raises right?
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After getting access to 100/200, I quickly sat down and had a -$2K losing session at a full table.
Whoa! A 10 BB loss? Impossible!

Also, how does this happen?

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I had no money and owed my parents $1,000.
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I owe $2K to my friend
Mike Caro: "Don't use your bankroll like a tournament buy in".

Seriously, even if you're the best player in the world, the playing with less then 20 BBs at a level is just stupid, obviously you had to think that eventually variance would hit and you'd lose everything didn't you?

If it wasn't for people like you congress wouldn't be calling for the ban of online poker. Thanks for doing the rest of us this unjustice.
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Old 09-09-2006, 03:06 AM   #85
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Everytime you talk about "the worst day," you destroy your opponents -lol.
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Old 09-09-2006, 03:49 AM   #86
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let's leave the bumping of this thread for HIV himself, please. It'll save him from making a sequel thread.
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Old 09-11-2006, 10:43 AM   #87
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If it wasn't for people like you congress wouldn't be calling for the ban of online poker. Thanks for doing the rest of us this unjustice.
Sorry to be the one to bump this thread, but I had to respond to this quote. I'm pretty sure that if it wasn't for people like him, it wouldn't be possible to make a living playing high-limit poker. Seriously, where do you think all the money comes from? Irresponsible idiots blowing huge sums of money they can't afford is the heart of the poker economy, not it's downfall.
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Old 09-11-2006, 11:29 AM   #88
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If it wasn't for people like you congress wouldn't be calling for the ban of online poker. Thanks for doing the rest of us this unjustice.
Sorry to be the one to bump this thread, but I had to respond to this quote. I'm pretty sure that if it wasn't for people like him, it wouldn't be possible to make a living playing high-limit poker. Seriously, where do you think all the money comes from? Irresponsible idiots blowing huge sums of money they can't afford is the heart of the poker economy, not it's downfall.
You just made his point for him. The fact that a young guy like HIV can blow thousands of dollars on online with a click of the mouse may be good for other poker players, but is also part of the reason why online poker may one day be banned. Government spends a lot of time trying to protect its citizens from themselves, and HIV is the poster child for the "evils" of online gambling.
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Old 09-11-2006, 02:52 PM   #89
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I didn't really make his point for him. I think you just missed my point. My point is that the very nature of poker is that the vast majority of players lose, many of them for very large amounts of money. This is the whole point of the game.

There seems to be a minority attitude sprouting up that poker would be a better place if everyone played responsibly within their BR and never tilted, when in reality, this would just make it impossible to beat any level above the micros. Bad, emotional, irresponsible players lose large amounts of money to the poker sites, and to a few good players. That's the point of the game we play.

Besides, it sounds like this guy only lost money that he won playing poker anyway. If you can't stand the idea of someone losing their winnings, how are you going to cope with the idea of some guy with a wife and kids who goes through $75,000?

As a libertarian, I don't have any philosophical problem with it. People's money is their own and they should be free to do with as they wish. If they want to risk it in a high-stakes poker game, that's their prerogative. But trying to create some "poker utopia" where no one loses or even where no one loses more than they can comfortably afford is just downright silly.
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Old 09-12-2006, 03:33 PM   #90
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People's money is their own and they should be free to do with as they wish. If they want to risk it in a high-stakes poker game, that's their prerogative. But trying to create some "poker utopia" where no one loses or even where no one loses more than they can comfortably afford is just downright silly.
Well put

We don't tell people that they can't drop $30k on designer clothes, luxurious travel, or internet stocks; nor should we tell them that they can't drop it gambling.

Is losing that kind of money [censored] stupid? Yes

But freedom means freedom to do the [censored] stupid.
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Old 09-12-2006, 03:55 PM   #91
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People's money is their own and they should be free to do with as they wish. If they want to risk it in a high-stakes poker game, that's their prerogative. But trying to create some "poker utopia" where no one loses or even where no one loses more than they can comfortably afford is just downright silly.
Well put

We don't tell people that they can't drop $30k on designer clothes, luxurious travel, or internet stocks; nor should we tell them that they can't drop it gambling.

Is losing that kind of money [censored] stupid? Yes

But freedom means freedom to do the [censored] stupid.
Yes, I totally agree with this in a world where people take responsibility for their own actions. Unfortunately, there are many folks who don't. They fall into two categories:

THE VICTIM: "How can you let this happen to me. I'm broke and can't take care of myself. Since you didn't ban gambling, you need to give me food stamps, welfare, unemployment (I got fired for stealing). It's all your fault, I couldn't control myself."

THE ENABLER: "Oh these poor people. They have kids to feed. I really feel sorry for them so we need to give them food stamps, welfare, unemployment (they were stealing 'cause they had no choice). It wasn't their fault, so let's setup a government assistance program for them and then shut down the evil gambling companies."

So, until people take responsibility for themselves and we quit enabling those that don't, you and I are on the hook for their poor decisions. Also, anyone playing at stakes large enough to support themselves is preying on these people. Do the preditors have any ethical/moral responsibility to their prey? I wish the issue were totally about freedom, but there is a huge gray area here.
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Old 09-12-2006, 11:11 PM   #92
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I'm still waiting for the second edition of this from HIV. It should be awesome.
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Old 09-13-2006, 11:59 AM   #93
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Turning Stone was a success at first. I met a lot of cool kids who were huge ballers online, like empire, zappy, ozzy. I chilled with them and felt like I was THERE, I was one of the top young players in the world, and it would be no time before I went pro. I was up $7K in the limit games and felt like I was unstoppable.


This is where you went wrong. You are not playing poker to be good at the game. You are playing to be "one of the top young players in the world." You have some self esteem issues you need to get straight. Whatever it is, poker is not the path to build your self esteem. Trust me, every time you feel like you "need" a heater, you will be disappointed. The cards owe you nothing, and they will never fail to give it to you.

You need to figure out why you feel compelled to take such extraordinary risks and are unable to stop yourself.
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Old 09-13-2006, 08:05 PM   #94
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As a libertarian, I don't have any philosophical problem with it. People's money is their own and they should be free to do with as they wish. If they want to risk it in a high-stakes poker game, that's their prerogative.
I am very libertarian, to the point of supporting anarchy. Check out my many posts in Politics if you don't believe me. Unfortunately we have a government that is currently trying to ban online poker, one of those reasons being the idea that you can go into debt from clicking a mouse. HIV is a shining example of that. If he went on the news and did an interview what do you think that would do to the image of online poker? Do you think that would strengthen the chances for online poker to be banned or lessen it?

This is a poker message board that offers advice on how to become good at poker. I told him to improve his BR management. I'm not out of line at all. Doing so isn't trying to create some "poker Utopia".

The kid gambled with money he couldn't afford to lose, and that's stupid. I told him so. If he wants to keep doing it, that's fine but don't post about it, this type of stuff adds fuel to the "ban online poker" people.
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Old 09-13-2006, 08:06 PM   #95
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Well put

We don't tell people that they can't drop $30k on designer clothes, luxurious travel, or internet stocks; nor should we tell them that they can't drop it gambling.

Is losing that kind of money [censored] stupid? Yes

But freedom means freedom to do the [censored] stupid.

I agree, but those with power don't
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Old 09-13-2006, 11:30 PM   #96
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I apologize if I came off as condescending there. I was just trying to make the point that if you win at reasonably high stakes, it's a fact that most of the money you makes comes from people who lose more than they can comfortably afford, and if those people started playing responsibly, the poker games would dry up to the point that it would be pretty much impossible to make a living off it.

If HIV were giving an interview with a news station talking about how poker is evil and ruined his life, then I could see criticizing him for it, but I really doubt that Congressmen are going to be quoting 2+2 posts when they debate in Congress. HIV's story is a pretty common one.

I wasn't saying you shouldn't give him advice either. I was just saying that criticizing irresponsible gamblers for "doing poker players an injustice" is pretty silly since without them, it would be almost impossible to make a living playing poker.
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Old 09-14-2006, 06:43 AM   #97
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HIV's story is a pretty common one.
I just can't shake the feeling that this statement is way off...
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Old 09-14-2006, 07:18 AM   #98
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Come on! We need updates, HIV!
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Old 09-14-2006, 07:58 AM   #99
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In order to win the amounts you were winning, you must have been doing some things well eg. being aggressive. Obviously you failed to demonstrate one of the fundamental skills of being a LONG-TERM WINNER ie. bankroll management.

You have to be honest with yourself. Try to objectively assess why you won / lost. Was it just the cards? I doubt it was.

One of your problems was you saw only the good, before seeing any of the bad. When you are in a big upswing, I find
it is best to be thankful without getting to cocky about it. Control of emotions is necessary in this game. Rather than screaming at a big win and crying at a big loss, try the smile and shrug instead.

I have ridden a similar (although much smaller) roller-coaster to this over the last couple of years, but I came to the realisation that you can treat poker in one of two ways.

1. Like a business, where you manage the risk and take your return (in line with the risk)
2. Like a hobby, where you play for fun and are happy as long as it doesnt cost too much

My financial situation, new wife, expensive wedding to pay for and 2-y-o daughter with plans for another, required that I treat poker like a business to add some extra income to the household.

I explained to my wife my plan, which was to attempt to grow a regular, reasonably steady, relatively low risk income stream. I came up with a SUSTAINABLE PLAN to do this, and have stuck to it for longer than I have stuck to any of my non-sustainable / non-achievable get-rich-quick plans.

She is frustrated that the income is low (currently $220 per week) but I have persuaded her to give me time to prove the plan will work. My conservative projections show that by the end of the year my anticipated weekly income will be $485, so it is moving in the right direction.

The point is: IF YOU WANT TO MAKE MONEY, DONT EXPECT IT TO HAPPEN WITH NO EFFORT OR PLANNING.
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Old 09-14-2006, 03:09 PM   #100
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HIV's story is a pretty common one.
I just can't shake the feeling that this statement is way off...
It's a pretty common story when it comes to pathological gamblers. And while many poker players do not consider poker to be gambling (for various reasons), for someone like HIV it most certainly *is* gambling.
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