It's been a few days since I've done a blog, so I'm going to try to do a longer
one right now. It will probably take a day or two to complete, but I'm going to
try to cover my life in the last while and coming year, my live poker
'adventures' here in Vegas and stuff like my job and what I do in my spare
time. If any funny stories come to me while I write, I'll throw them in.
No Life Tilt
So I actually wrote a long blog in May of this year, but it was left incomplete
and as things have worked out I don't feel like publishing it. It pretty much
summarised how good I have run in life since this time last year, how much my
mindset has improved and how generally easy my life has been in the last year.
It is only of interest to me since, if in September someone had told me I would
be happier and more confident in May 2012 than I had been in May 2011 I would
have completely ruled it out. I went through a tough break up right then, as
well as Full Tilt collapsing and me losing my main source of income. Life
certainly changed a lot.
While I'm not 'enjoying being single' in the traditional sense of the phrase,
I'm happy to have more free time and less hassle and drama in my life. And
while I do miss making good money on Full Tilt, I'm glad that things have
happened they way they have as I'm now 100% sure that I don't want to play
poker for the rest of my life - I had never fully considered it, but it would
be hard to justify taking a job where I would be making less money than playing
RUSH online. Relationships and poker have lost a lot of their lustre, and with
this realisation new doors have opened - not new doors actually, but different
avenues, and the motivation to explore them. Just like 3 years ago when I had a
burn to study poker and climb that ladder, I have plenty of new interests now
that take up my energy.
I'm starting an MSc in finance in Trinity in the new semester. Think it's gonna
be pretty tough but sick that my friends Colin and Alan are doing it too, I
didn't know they were so it should be a bunch better for that. It's something
that really interests me, as opposed to some of the things Ive studied in the
last four years, so I'd say I'm gonna do decent in it and generally enjoy being
more involved in the Finance side of things. Gonna take another year of run
good but here's to hoping this time next year I'll be a little more qualified
than I am right now.
Yeah It's The Pokers
While in life I run like a Kenyan, in poker I'm not running so good. Had some
tough sessions recently where nothing worked out like I wanted, and where I
made some elementary mistakes that I would usually be more careful about. One
example if a hand I played in the Mirage with fellow CardRunner Lefty. I raised
pre with TT and got a call from Lefty and the BB. The BB had just said ten
seconds previously that he was going to the bathroom and had stood up from the
table, but kept one knee on his chair. I was sitting right next to him and
didn't see him in the hand at all (lol) The flop came Q8x and I check back
after lefty (and this other guy) checked. On a turn T it was checked to me
again and I bet fifteen. Lefty folded and just as the other player was calling
I showed Lefty my cards and mucked my hand. It was a complete disaster. The guy
sat back down and offered to chop the pot with me, since he knew it was a
genuine mistake and that I couldn't see that he was in the hand. Super nice
(drunk) guy. He was without doubt the fish in the game, very drunk and doing
stuff like making it 265$ pre flop.
In one hand he flipped over 23o and told Lefty if Lefty showed him less than a
pair then he would put in 2-300 pre flop and flip with Lefty (with lefty
getting 60% with two overs). Lefty thought for a long time and folded Q high I
think, not wanted to gamble (pussy).
Another interesting hand I played was in the Mirage early one afternoon. A scandanavian guy opened UTG and I
flatted UTG+2 w Ako. Flop came K64hh. I called a C-bet. Turn was a fairly blank
card like an J or something. I called a big bet again. River he shoved all in
on a 7. I didn't really think his range had improved much and since Hearts and
backdoor spades missed and since he had already barrelled off (and got a fold)
vs some gentleman a few minutes earlier, I made the call. He mucked his hand
instantly and left the table after 2 more minutes saying 'fuck this game, im
going to play PLO in Aria' haha. Guess I had my read decent, crazy euros.
I've dropped a hundred in a few sessions now where I've just not played that
well and not really had any gifts. Have to up my game and remember that you
have to concentrate at the table, live players are bad, but they're not so bad
that they literally hand you money (except maybe 1/10 of them, who literally do).
I'm down 550 total but will probably play tomorrow night again and try to right
that a little bit.
Defo gonna play a Rio DeepStack some time soon too, they're $235 in and the
winner usually gets between 40-50k, which is great. They're just silly soft.
Hopefully I can place without knowing much about tournament strategy haha. Buy
a piece anyone? L
Prop Bet With Lefty
Anyway, I mentioned Lefty not taking the 23o bet earlier on, well Gareth
mentioned something about bluffing the guy if you only got one card, say the
nine of hearts. So I said that there's no way 9h is a dog vs 23o. Kevin, Lefty
and Gareth sided with the 23o and we made a prop bet where we deal 20 boards a
day @1.25 a board for 38 days, and see who wins the most money. I'm pretty
confident that 9h is ahead pre flop since 23o has to improve, and since I have
3 outs to a 9 which is tough for him to overcome. Gareth has some of Lefty's
action and BK has 10% of mine. BK and Gareth have an over/under bet too that
70$ will change hands, where BK has the under. I stand to lose at most a few
hundred, and I think I'm a filthy huge favorite to win big given that I'm
irish, that 9h is a perceived
small favorite and since Lefty is just a self confessed prop bet fish. I'm 10
bills up after two days, holla. This is the great hussle referenced in the title. Hopefully
there'll be some more blood in the next few flops.
Red Rock And Other Stories
Hit up Red Rock canyon the other afternoon for a hike with GC, Deadmoney
and KenAces (a very good nl coach here on cr). We scrambled around rocks for
about two hours, got some sun and some exercise, saw a tarantula, other
standard stuff. It was pretty cool and not unbearably hot. If anyone else is in
this part of the world, then I recommend they do that. I will try upload a pic
of something when I get one.
I also went for a BBQ in Jeff218's house the other day. He has a really sweet
house way in the west side of Vegas. Got to see my boy Epdog again, an all
round good lad who I had some beers with last summer in Chicago. Also met up
with Asufan for the first time, and tasted some of Jeff's wife's high
qualiteeee meat. Went for lunch then with the lads from the house, jeff,
KenAces, cr coach Nikolak, the worst cabbie ever Augie and Jake 'AK116' who's a
really cool guy and a big cash game player who was down for the week. Nice to
meet all you guys, I hope we get to do this again one day.
Hitting the 51s baseball game tomorrow in North Vegas. No clue what baseball is
but guess I'm gonna get the baptism of fire pretty soon. Few beers, be grand.
I'm sure I've tons of other stuff to talk about, people I've met, stuff I've
done, poker hands and dumb bets etc. But it will have to wait for my next blog
as this one is already stupidly big.
I really need some pictures to go up here don't I? I will work on that for next
time, maybe take some at the baseball tomorrow in the space between when I get
out of my car and when I drop dead of heat stroke.
Hope everyone's running good, at the tables and in life,