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Summer 2016 Part 1

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.

Anchorage, AL

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.

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Las Vegas

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.

The Food-

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.

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Here are some of my other descriptions in this thread:

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.

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February Update

Howdy folks! This new year has been a great one for me so far; both in a business and life.


Some of my horses have had some big months and I’m really happy to see them succeed. We’ve increased our overall player quality greatly over the past few months and we have some very good players right now. We also have some big projects in the works and I am hoping we can launch those in the coming months (PLO staking program, website launch, etc). Overall, staking and affiliating is still going well. I will note that January was significantly stronger than February so far and I have had some bad swings this month. That being said, I trust in my guys and I know they’ll get out of the bad runs. In other news, I did get scammed in December (forgot to mention it here) and the player ended up playing casino games with the bankroll. It’s a real shame that solid poker players occasionally end up with gambling addictions and can’t escape it. Getting scammed is never fun, but I know it’s part of the staking industry and it’s bound to happen.

I am also branching out my staking and doing more live backing. I think that live games offer a great opportunity for many poker players. The overall quality of the game is much better than anything online and, if you can put in the hours and grind, live should be more profitable for the majority of players (in general).

Poker Industry stuff: Donger Kim and TCfromUB are having a heads up challenge where they play 15k hands at 25/50NL ($5,000 buy in). It’s an exciting thing to watch in an era where there are so many HU bum hunters and people who are not willing to play each other. Both of those guys are some of the top NL HU players in the world and it’s pretty cool. Here is the 2+2 update:

ChicagoJoey is doing a podcast with those tables open and you can check them out on his stream on the challenge here (stuff has gone on since this stream, you can follow the updates on 2+2)-

CJ also did an interview with cts, one of the best poker players in the world. Cole has maintained crusher status since the Party Poker days and has been one of the few to really do that.


Life is pretty normal here, not much to say. I climb and work out 6-7 days a week, doing a mix of climbing, yoga, running, biking, and I’m starting to lift once a week as well. I’m still planning on moving to Colorado in the summer and am very excited about doing so.

Trip wise, I’m just about to start going on a few trips. Skiing and climbing will be most of March (I’ll also be competing in the UNL rock climbing competition on March 7th, super excited about that) and I’ll also be playing poker and going to NYC in April. I have also decided I’m going to go to the Pacific Northwest in August and will be going around Oregon/Seattle area (maybe Vancouver too). Mexico is going to be in October. I’m sure I’ll be updating this frequently when playing my live tourneys, as always.

Here are some cool climbing videos:

Adam Ondra and his first flash attempt on Dreamcatcher (FA by Chris Sharma)-

Adam Ondra attempting Dreamcatcher from Tim Schaufele on Vimeo.

Chris Sharma original-

Adam Ondra:

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Interesting Link/Poker Staking

The Wall Street Journal had an interesting story on Poker Staking. I’ve talked with Shane and he’s definitely a great guy/super professional.

Check it out

Poker staking has been going really well. I know that’s what I usually have been writing as of late and this continues to be the trend in 2014. I know that this business/work is risky as a whole; but I’ll continue to do it as long as it is the best current option for me. I may have to eventually move out of the country in order to further this business, but that’s a road I’ll consider in a few years.

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WSOP Circuit 2014 Summary

Hey guys, sorry for the lack of updates/TR.

Out of the 4 tourneys I ended up playing, I got:

-6th in the $365
-10th in the $365 6-max
-12th in the $580

They were really long days (12+ hours) and the entire series was super tiring. Although I wanted to remember some of the hands, much of the action is pretty muddled in my head.

I did have a good time and I am happy with my performance. There are a lot of things I could do better as well. In the $580, I was crushing near the end, with 13 of us left. We got down to two tables, waiting for the final 10 and I was stealing like a mad man. I built my stack hugely and wielded my big stack like a weapon. While short handed play is something I am used to, I definitely needed to calm myself down once we got back to 8+ handed. I basically made one bad bluff and things went downhill from there. I lost a lot of chips in the bluff and was later crippled by a friend who open jammed K8o bvb (I called with KJo) and lost. My friend later won the tournament for 21k.

Every single hour I play in tournaments, I constantly have to tell myself to both “be patient” and “calm down”. I even ask my girlfriend to text me the same stuff over and again. Tournaments are so tedious in the sense that you need to maintain absolute focus and concentration for every hand or you can bust. Being a 6-max cash game player, I have a history of being overly aggressive in situations that are not great in a tournament setting.

So yeah, all in all, I made about $5200ish in tourneys and I had to give half of that up to my investors. I did have 10% of my friend who won the $580, which was good for about ~$2,000. I don’t think I’ll sell as much action in the future. This tournament series really showed me how big of an edge I have against this field of players. Although I certainly ran well in some spots during this series, I don’t feel that I ran especially well when it mattered. For instance, in the first tournament when I got 6th, I lost with KK to AK for a lot of chips, against one of the best players at the table. Furthermore, losing that 3 outer in the $580 sucked as well.

At the end of the day, I can only look back and correct some of my mistakes and focus on what I can control. We’ll see what tournaments I decide to grind next year when this series is in town.

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WSOPc 2014 TR #1

Trip report for WSOP Circuit $365 #1-

This will be the first TR for my WSOPc series in 2014. 

My table draw was pretty good from my first impression. There wasn’t a person younger than 40 and there were some degenerate looking players. 

The structure for these events is favorable- 10k chips with 25/50 blinds to start (with 30 minute blind levels). 

I started fairly card dead. There was a LAG who was involved in multiple pots and showing some weaker holdings (Q2s and such). 

Hand 1: Early on, 25/50, everyone has about 100bbs or more. I overlimp 9 J and we go to the flop 5 ways. The flop is 9 J Q. A tighter player bets, 1 calls, I call (not sure if I should have raised here?), BB calls, all else fold. The turn is the 2, all check to me and I bet/all fold. 

Hand 2: Old Donk limps early, I raise 8T in the CO, all fold to Old Donk, who calls. The flop is K6 5 and he check/calls a bet. The turn is the 9 and he check/calls one more bet. I bet because he has already called a few flops and folded 5/6 turns to aggression. The river is the 2and he checks, I give up and check. He shows AJo and I muck feeling like an idiot. 

Hand 3: I have been folding a ton and really card dead. I don’t have anything playable and have a fairly clean image at this point. LAG opens in CO, BTN (old donk who is involved in many pots and overplays some of his hands) calls, I squeeze K5. LAG folds quickly and the BTN calls. The flop is A 6 4. I bet 1/2 pot (maybe a tad less) and BTN raises 2.5x. I fold after hollywooding and he shows an Ace. 

At this point, I am constantly telling myself to just be patient and that the cards will come. I don’t even really have any hands to steal with because there is an old Joe Pesci look alike that is playing super loose behind me. 

The blinds pass and I don’t really get involved with any hand. I have horrible cards and had about 7k chips (from the starting 10) at the 100/200 level. 

Hand 4: Effective stacks ~6k effective, 100/200. We’re just about to go on break and I am dealt Q Q. I raise to t475 and get two callers. One is a tight player who hasn’t really shown any hands and the other is a splashy fish who severely overvalues his hands (he lost with A9 on an AAxxx board when it was obvious he was crushed). 

The flop is K Q J and splashy fish open jams. I cover him (slightly) and ship it (about 6k effective). Tight player looks at his cards and calls with 9 T. Splashy fish shows A K and I do not boat up. 

So, I bust about 2.5 hours in. I’m fairly happy with the way I played. I made some tighter folds (folded 66 after a limper when I was 30bbs deep, maybe this is completely standard?) and I was pretty much card dead the entire day. As long as I can continue to be patient, I’ll have success. The field is still very soft and I just need some cards. 

The next tournament is on Sunday. I have a rock climbing competition this Saturday so I will give a TR on that as well. 

Thanks for reading.

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