Archive for October, 2010

Goals update, week 3

Goals updates-

– Martial arts 5x+ a week. No excuses. Now that I’m taking a momentary break from rock climbing (specifically to focus on MA), I need to do this.I can go twice a day if need be.
  • went 4 times. I pussied out on the last day though, which is bad. I still went 4x in 3 days though, which is good.
-Run or Bike 2x a week. Doesn’t matter how long or how far…just that I do this.I need to up my cardio a bit, as it is quite bad.
  • Utter failure. Don’t think I went once.
-Do something productive with my time. THIS IS THE KILLER ONE! I have been such a pile of shit with regards to any sort of study/learning of any trade. I’m content with just sitting on my ass, playing poker, playing sc2, whatever. I really need to get back in the habit of doing this.So I’ll start and say 5 hours a week…NO EXCEPTIONS. This can be spent either reading finance/real estate material, watching an instructional poker video or any online tutorials.
  • More utter failure.
-Play poker. Focus on tourneys. No real specific goal for poker since I don’t really use a tracker/HEM/PLO tracker. But I would like to get more hours in.
  • Guess this is the only mild success. Played a fair amount, won several buyins, did well. I’m also coaching more than I have been in the last few months.
I went to Stillwater, OK for the NU/OSU game with a friend. I idiotically forgot my camera so I won’t really give a TR. That said, SW is a fun place and a nice college town. Good venue for college football and I had fun.
So looking like I’ll need to create some punishments for next months goals. Should be fun.

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PLO hand

Weird PLO hand-

3 handed, 100bb stacks. Villain is on another table and seems to be semi competent. He’s opened every button, never open limped, and seems to be TAGgy.

I don’t have alot of history with him and haven’t played many hands…but this hand comes up-

He opens BTN $7, SB (donk) folds, I reraise to $22 A25K , he calls.

Flop ($45): Q 7 3
I bet 30, He calls.

($105) Turn: T

My play?

My thought process:
PF- I think this might be a tad marginal, but we’re 3- handed and my hand plays alright. It might be a bit aggressive, but I’m fine with that. I expect to take it down on the flop a fair amount (since at this limit, players aren’t going to be playing back super super light).

Flop- I have a pair and some backdoor equity. I think this is a fine spot to bet. I think it’s an easy b/f, as I’m not looking that great against something like AQK or something on the flop. At these limits, I don’t believe he’d 4-bet such a hand either. I do have okay equity against something like QJT or whatever, and if were to just pot raise that, meh…I feel as if many players will simply flat call on the flop, since he knows that AAxx is never folding (and he’s a dog to that).

Turn- I think it’s best to just pot/call it off. I have plenty of equity, I balance my range a bit and I think it’s better than c/c-ing or c/r-ing. I think with deeper stacks it becomes a tad more interesting, since I might not be able to bet/call it depending on stacks. That said, 100bb deep, I think this seems like a no brainer pot call.

What if my equity was a tad marginalized, though? Does my plan change? make it just a pure flush draw, maybe it’s a bet/fold now? I don’t know.

Either way, I decided to take the worst option- I check/called. I think this option is mehhh and while I was at the table I was like “eh, not bad” but after reflecting, this seems quite poor. Anyways, I binked a J on the river and check/called his jam when he had 33.

Not sure why I decided to share this hand. Thought I could add a little more poker content, I know I’ve been slacking.

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Luck

I’ve been thinking about writing something poker related so here it is-

As many of you poker players know, there is a new poker documentary in the works by Green Plastic and KRANTZ called BOOM. I’m pretty pumped for this and will definitely watch it.It will be fun to watch something that I’ve not only read about but have been a part of myself.

When observing many of my older poker friends, I notice that we were incredibly lucky to be a part of something during such a ‘boom’. Success is predicated on many factors (and the degrees of ‘success’ can be defined in many things).  One such thing is luck.

I know that it was luck that brought me much of my poker success. I attribute the beginnings of my poker learning from 2+2, a site I found by googling ‘poker forums’. Having never read one of their books, I actually read the limit Holdem forums for months before discovering they had a NL section.

This isn’t an article where I’ll jerk myself off and boast about how awesome I am. Rather, I’ll emphasize how important luck was when we first started to play and learn. Those of us who were early enough to take advantage of the poker knowledge that was out there and use it to gain large profits during the boom. We were lucky in a few senses-

1- We were lucky that we found books, forums, friends to discuss hands with. And we were all smart enough to capitalize on it.

2- We were lucky to run well at the start of our careers. Sometimes a hellish bad run can cripple someone, especially at the start.

We swam in profits and sat there. For years, our basic strategies were enough to get us by. Our knowledge was ahead of the curve, so to speak, and the amount of fish made up for our shortcomings.

But the games are tougher today.  They have evolved to the point where you’re seeing many regulars eating up the fish as quickly as possible. The boom is over, and many of us who enjoyed incredible success in yester-years are having a much more difficult time today. I feel like many of my friends have grown stagnant in their poker learning. Gone are the days where we discuss hands for hours on end, or scour the forums from top to bottom, desperate for more thought provoking strategy posts. We were making a living off playing cards. And as our interest waned in poker, so did the profits. Many of my friends don’t enjoy poker anymore, and do it as a means to an end.

When thinking about environments and survival, it’s interesting to relate that to the poker world. I feel like many of my older poker friends have given up poker. For whatever reason; be it stress or a job or something else, they moved on. Those who worked their asses off are now at the top of the poker world, people like cts and durrrr and others.

What am I trying to get at here? I guess I’m trying to draw the relationship between the incredible luck that got us here, followed by the laziness that ensued- luck cannot succeed on its own. Stagnation leads to sloppiness. And in a game like poker, this doesn’t work. Since the players need to be at the top of their game these days,  hungrier, younger players will prevail.  Tough competition breeds nasty players, and there is always going to be a newer player that emerges to challenge the old (isildur, jungleman, etc).

I suppose this post is nothing but a ramble. Looking over it, it’s a bunch of random, incoherent thoughts.

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Weekly Update 2 (October)

Another bad week.

Martial Arts- Did 5x this past week, no complaints. I think I performed pretty decently and learned some new stuff.

Running/cardio- Only did it once this week, slacking. I was supposed to go today but it probably just isn’t going to happen.

Productivity- Another really shitty performance. I realize that I’m going to really have to put something at stake here in order for this to work. Next month I think I’ll set some rules/punishments for failing here.

Play Poker- Another fail. Didn’t really play at all.

Seeing as Florida lost for the third fucking consecutive time, we’re all losers together. I’m so upset about the way this season has been going. The offense is KILLING us. Unbelievable.

Hopefully things can turn around.  FML

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Weekly Update

With regards to goals:

– Martial arts 5x+ a week. No excuses. Now that I’m taking a momentary break from rock climbing (specifically to focus on MA), I need to do this.I can go twice a day if need be.
  • I went 4 times this week, every weekday aside from Thursday. This was due to the Nebraska game, which won’t usually be on any weekdays. I would have accomplished this goal if it weren’t for the game. So yeah, I rate this as successful.
-Run or Bike 2x a week. Doesn’t matter how long or how far…just that I do this.I need to up my cardio a bit, as it is quite bad.
  • I ran once already this week, 4 miles. I plan on running today as well to punish myself for UF losing last night.
-Do something productive with my time. THIS IS THE KILLER ONE! I have been such a pile of shit with regards to any sort of study/learning of any trade. I’m content with just sitting on my ass, playing poker, playing sc2, whatever. I really need to get back in the habit of doing this.So I’ll start and say 5 hours a week…NO EXCEPTIONS. This can be spent either reading finance/real estate material, watching an instructional poker video or any online tutorials.
  • Pretty much fail here. I watched one poker video and read some finance stuff, but I really didn’t do a whole lot. Lazy as hell. I grade myself a D here.
-Play poker. Focus on tourneys. No real specific goal for poker since I don’t really use a tracker/HEM/PLO tracker. But I would like to get more hours in.
  • Grade of an F. I played early on this week and pretty much wiped out all profit for the month and then some. I probably lost like 8 buyins at a mixture of .5/1 and 1/2, so blah. I did sell some FTP points for $800 to ease the loss, but it was still very upsetting to lose like that. I’ve taken the last few days off and pretty much just playing sc2/clearing my head.
Overall, a pretty shitty week. Florida lost last night in a last second throw and that was just simply heart breaking…I had larger expectations before the season starts, something like 2 losses. I thought that 4 was in the realm of possibility. But with a veteran OL, I thought that our offense could find itself by now.
Blah…the OL is one of the worst units on our team right now. Given they are all seniors, this is pretty inexcusable. You have players who were all SEC players a year ago totally lose all cohesiveness, playing like total dog shit. This probably isn’t all the players fault either, as Steve Addazzio couldn’t coach his way out of a little league game.
So pissed off from that game last night.
I’m sure I’ll start poker up again this coming week. Sometimes it’s good to take a break. Goals remain the same, just need to accomplish some of them.

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