Summer 2016 Part 1
Sorry for the total lack of posts; I’ve been lazy and slightly busy.
Summer 2016 has been an eventful, fun summer for me. I had the opportunity to travel to Anchorage, Alaska, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and throughout Colorado. I’m currently writing this entry on my way to Boston, MA. I have decided that I am going to be more active on this blog in the coming months and I am going to try to post an entry at least 2x a month for the next several months. Although I know that my overall readership is much lower than when I was a coach at DC and super active on 2+2, I would still like to share some insights on the overall poker industry and maybe getting back to reviewing some hands on this blog.
Staking and the online poker industry as a whole is a bit slower during the summer months. People like to get outside, go on vacation, exercise, and enjoy the sun as much as they can. With that being said, the last several months have been very strong for our stable. I’m excited to finally link our official site here:
I assume we will continue to add new features as time goes on, but I am happy to have this completed. We have locked down deals with some new players and added some excellent support staff to our stable. We are also launching a new exclusive coaching/staking program with our head coach, Kyle Garner (shipitk2g). If you’re curious for some of the details on this program, please contact me. We are looking to add more programs with our stable throughout the coming months.
I’ll write some mini trip reports below, each with a different destination.
I went to Anchorage over the 4th of July weekend with my family. It was a family reunion of sorts; and we haven’t all been together in over 2 years. This was my first time up in Alaska and I had a great time. We went hiking on Flat top mountain, salmon fishing in the river, and went to the conservatories to check out the big grizzlies. Alaska is a beautiful place and I could definitely see myself visiting again.
I went to Las Vegas with my girlfriend’s family in the middle of July for about 4 days. I had a great time and haven’t been to Vegas in 3 years. I went annually from 2008-2012, mainly for poker. I definitely miss living in a poker house and playing live all day and partying at night with my friends throughout the summers. I plan on going to Vegas next year and playing for maybe a week and hanging out with some guys from our group.
Some highlights on this Vegas trip included:
Michael Jackson’s ONE, a cirque du soleil show- We had a great time at this show and this was one of my favorite Vegas shows I have been to. It was basically many of Michael’s big hits (songs) with dancing and acrobatics with each song. If you’re a fan at all of MJ, you will enjoy it. I’ve been to a fair amount of shows in Vegas (Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, O, Blue Man Group, Ka, and maybe a few others) and this one ranks up there with all of them.
Shake Shack- This was my first time going to SS (I’ve wanted to go for years) and it was fantastic. SS was in the category of the tier 2 burger price (tier 1 would be McDonalds, BK, Wendys, and maybe higher in that group would be Culvers and Freddys burgers). Tier 2 would include: Smashburger, 5 guys, and other $8-$10 burgers. Everything about SS was very good and the beef quality was among the higher that I have tasted for a fast food restaurant.
Secret Pizza in the Cosmo- Late night pizza that’s great, what else is there to say? NY style.
Sushi Samba- I know that this place is cited as overpriced, etc, but I really like it. I have been to Sushi Samba several times. I love Japanese, Peruvian, and Brazilian food, and when it’s a fusion of all of those flavors, you have my interest. We did a tasting menu for $100 a head and got some of our favorite items: Chilean seabass on a stick, rare beef with mushrooms, salmon sashimi with an almond, and delicious fish tacos.
Here are some of my other descriptions in this thread: http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=50642919&postcount=3785
I was able to play 1 session of poker while my girlfriend went to Thunder Down Under. I played at the Aria 1/3NL at night for a few hours and my table was super soft, as most 1/3s are in the city. I also ran fairly well in terms of starting hands but also had my first 1 outer in a live setting.
I opened QQ in MP and got 1 caller. This player was fairly fishy and did some really strange stuff, like limp re-raise pre flop and then pot bet a Kxx flop and then folds to a raise. The flop was QJ3r and I bet ½ pot. The turn was the J and I thought about my bet size (or a check). As I was thinking, my opponent bets huge (like 3/4ths pot) out of turn and the dealer told him that I have not made an action yet and the bet was binding. I decided to raise a little more than min (assuming he likely has Jx) and he insta shoves over my raise. I checked my cards and called fairly quickly. The river was the J and I muttered “You have the Jack, right?” and he proudly showed AJ. I show my hand and the table cries out.
There weren’t a ton of eventful hands. There was maybe one other player who was semi competent in a live sense and the others were either huge nits or action players who didn’t have a good grasp of any poker strategy. I left a $200 loser for the night after about 3 hours of play. Oh well! I’m excited to play more when I go to Vegas next year.
There wasn’t a whole lot of other stuff we did. We walked around the strip a lot and hung out at the pool. All in all, a great trip.
The World Series of Poker is going in full swing right now and I have a lot of associates and players down there right now. It’s fun thinking about all of the guys playing all day long and being together and it brings back fond memories from my WSOP experience. It’s been a few years since I’ve played down there and I definitely miss some parts of it. Living a carefree lifestyle where you are your own boss and have few obligations is probably the most attractive thing about being a poker player. I’m fairly sure I will go down there next year and play a little bit and meet with some of my players/associates. I know that some stables have 6-7 figures of action in this WSOP right now and those live tourney buy ins can add up huge. MTT backing is pretty variance heavy and one big run can literally make or break your year. It’s sick to think about.
As far as staking goes, I’m pleased with the progress that we have made over the past few months. We’re really making strides to improve every facet of our business and I am excited to see what we have in a few months. I’ll be posting some links when they are completed. Staking is still going well and let’s hope that I get lucky in some of the packages I bought this WSOP.
I’ve also decided I will try to update this a bit more. Overall, I enjoy seeing my old posts and seeing some of the progress or where I was at in different stages of my life. Talk soon.
Hey guys, sorry for the lack of updates. Some stuff going on in my life:
Staking is still going very well and we are currently revamping our website. I’ll link it on this blog when we post. This will have been my 4th year in the staking industry and over a decade in the poker industry. Overall, I’m very pleased with our stable and all of our players. There are a lot of benefits to this lifestyle and I would find it hard to transition to a standard 9-5 (who knows, maybe it’ll happen one day). Once we launch our site, I will consider writing some new articles as well, since I know I haven’t added new poker content in a long time.
I have been playing some poker on my own here and there online and was/am very tempted to go to Vegas this year in June. Several of our players/associates are going to the World Series of Poker this year and it brings back a lot of really fun memories that I had 5 years ago. Playing some live poker sounds fun and meeting some of our guys would be enjoyable. In terms of poker leaks, I think that I struggle with many of the same leaks that players of my ‘generation’ struggled with- overly aggressive in some areas, not slow playing enough in others, etc. In terms of overall theory and fundamentals, I do feel like I am much better than I was when I originally played semi-professionally; however, I do think I am tighter and less capable of pulling the trigger, something that I was proud of in the past. I would say that is a reflection of the way the games have changed, though- many more players are more likely to play their equity and showdown their hands instead of auto c-betting A5 on a TT4 board. Talking poker to 40 players every single day allows you to improve, even if you are not necessarily doing the simulation work and watching poker videos.
Anyways, without going too into poker strategy, I will say that things are better than ever in regards to our poker staking and my own poker playing. Although I will always love the game, I would say that I used to believe that I could never play another hand of poker and feel okay about that. Now I realize that I do enjoy playing again and it’s become something that I look forward to.
My rock climbing strength and endurance is disappointing right now. I haven’t been climbing nearly as much lately, primarily because I have a sprained finger and I am also doing some other life stuff. While I know it’s not an excuse, it’s something that I need to put more priority in (and once some of this life stuff clears up, I will be back to climbing 3-4x a week). I’m probably at 2-3x right now and I am substituting the climbing by lifting and doing more cardio. I’m still working out 5x a week and am going to be going outside more now that the weather is improving. Nothing big in the summer planned for now, but we’ll probably head to shelf road and clear creek canyon as well.
I do have some outdoor goals this summer. I want to do a 14er (or a few) and I hope that we can get some cool climbs in.
Nothing has changed a ton in terms of life stuff. I’ll be traveling to Las Vegas in August with my girlfriend and her family and probably will be taking a winter trip, hopefully to Florida. I am also going to Alaska in July for a family reunion and that should be fun. My girlfriend is currently going through applications for the GRE and applying to Physician Assistant school, so I am likely going to moving in about a 1 year span- no idea where.
Here are some good grinding music videos:
Hey guys, long time no post. My site went down for a while and I had to refresh some of the settings in the back end. For all I know, I could just be talking to myself here and no one is reading this blog anymore! I’ll keep this thing up for a long time, if only to look back at my old TRs and reminisce about some of those fun trips 🙂
Things have been going really well here over the past few months. The staking business is going very well and I’m really excited for how 2016 is projecting. We really want to take this business to a new level and we just need to prepare ourselves for it overall (infrastructure, systems, software/etc). This industry is constantly changing and is very unstable each year, so we’ll have to continue to adjust and adapt as needed. I still see myself staking in the near future until I decide I want to transition.
One of the goals I do want to do for 2016 is to really start diversifying some of my income and also gain new skills. I learned a fair amount of MS excel last year but I know I need to continue to working towards other skills. More on #1- I have some disposable income that I would either like to invest and/or do something with (I’ll likely research more in the coming months).
What else is new? Nothing much. I’m still climbing several times a week and have stagnated a bit there. I don’t think I’m really improving a whole lot right now and I think that could be due to my poor diet and/or lack of exclusive training. My overall endurance is something I need to work on and I do have a few climbing goals I would like to achieve in 2016 (Get my first V7 and also lead a 5.12 cleanly/top rope 5.13). I am fairly certain I could achieve all of these right now if I exclusively projected a route, but I could just be full of it.
I’ve been skiing a fair amount lately and am looking to purchase my first pair of skis/boots. I’m pretty excited for this step and I really enjoy skiing and being outdoors. I’m excited for 2016 as I have a few fun trips planned: several ski trips, a short trip to Vegas, a longer one to Florida, and I’m sure a few smaller/shorter ones as well. As always, I am very grateful for my job and the freedom it provides. I might pay for it later on, but let’s hope I can transition well out of poker when that time comes.
Thanks for reading!
Hello all, long time no chat. Apologies for the lack of updates, I’ve been lazy.
Colorado has been very fun so far. I’ve lived here for 4 months or so and have zero regrets. I get outside every single weekend; be it rock climbing, hiking, or camping, and the overall quality of life is better. There are some things I miss about Omaha, but I know that I’ll make friends here and adjust. Here are some pictures from the last few months in Colorado:
Work has been going well and we want to expand more into the live staking scene. With the restrictions on online poker play, more and more people are flocking to the casinos. We are working hard on this and trying to find the right associates for this job.
In late August, my girlfriend and I took a trip to Seattle for 8 days. This was the city I was born in and a place that I visit every few years. This was my girlfriend’s first time there and we both enjoyed it very much. We went on many hikes, climbs, and ate a ton of food while there. We also had a chance to go to Portland. Lazy TR, but we went to: climb in North Bend, hiked up Lake Blanca (BRUTAL hike, switchbacks never ended), Mount Rainer National Park (Skyline trail was FANTASTIC), Snoqualamie falls, Punchbowl falls and Multanomah Falls in Portland, and also ate nonstop:
Paseo (Cuban sandwiches)- http://www.yelp.com/biz/paseo-seattle-3
Departure (Portland, Asian fusion)- http://www.yelp.com/biz/departure-portland-3
Tats (NY style deli)- http://www.yelp.com/biz/tats-delicatessen-seattle
Screen Door (Portland)- Chicken and waffles/southern food- http://www.yelp.com/biz/screen-door-portland
Piroshky Piroshky- Russian style bakery- http://www.yelp.com/biz/piroshky-piroshky-seattle?osq=pierogi
Pike Place Chowder- clam chowder- http://www.yelp.com/biz/pike-place-chowder-seattle
and LOADS of food trucks in Portland, which I enjoyed.
Here are some cool pictures from my trip:
Falls in Portland:
Overall, I had a very fun time in Seattle. I really enjoy going out and doing activities on trips and constantly doing new things. I plan on going back to Seattle again this Christmas. Life is going very well right now. I enjoy my climbing gym (though it’s far from my house), enjoy going outdoors, and work is going well. I think this next year will be very important in regards to what changes we make with the poker staking and infrastructure.