January 25, 2010

Big Monday

As I’ve stated before, Big Monday is great. There’s two more good matchups tonight with Georgetown at Syracuse and Missouri at Kansas. Syracuse looks really really good this year and it’ll be interesting to see how well they play tonight. Michigan just isn’t playing well so I’m rooting for Purdue and Syracuse the rest of the way. However hopefully michigan can make a run in the Big 10 tourney.

Poker is going well, just finished my first episode of down on the farm. It has a little bit of everything in it and hope it’s well received. So far this whole process has taught me a lot about being a professional poker player and am really looking forward to progressing as I move up.

I’m 6 episodes into the first season of The Wire and I have to say it’s living up to the hype. The only problem is that I can’t watch it right before I go to bed. There’s so much happening in every episode that you really have to pay attention to every detail. I almost feel like I have to take notes on it.

Finally, I’m debating whether or not I want to put in some all nighters not only to play but to watch the Aussie Open. It’s the second week and there are some great match-ups on the horizon starting with Murray-Nadal. My sleep schedule is already a mess so I may opt to give it a shot.

Not much to this blog entry but hope everyone is playing/running well, good luck at the tables.

Nursing Home Orderly: Good news, everybody, we’re extending arts and crafts time by four hours today.
Elderly Woman: My fingers hurt.
Nursing Home Orderly: What’s that?
Elderly Woman: My fingers hurt.
Nursing Home Orderly: Oh, well, now your back’s gonna hurt, ‘cause you just pulled landscaping duty. Anybody else’s fingers hurt?… I didn’t think so.

Posted By bosoxx34 at 10:15 PM

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January 22, 2010

Stock Options

Hey guys, as some of you know I graduated from college with a degree in management with a concentration in personal financial planning. While I’m not making much use of that right now, its been extremely beneficial as far as investing at an early age and setting myself up well for the future. To be honest, and I’ve touched on this before I’m shocked at how little some poker players invest. It’s great to have nice cars and expensive things but the majority of professional poker players are young and would greatly benefit from putting money away as soon as possible.

Anyways, during my time at school I took quite a few investment courses. In 2 of these we did an investment game, the first time I invested just with stocks and nothing else. I didn’t find it boring, but wasn’t really excited for the project. The next semester, ironically I had the same teacher and we did the same game. Instead of stocks, this time I chose options. I had a ton of fun doing this. While it was much more volatile, the rate of returns can be so much higher and it was just more exciting to me.

It was a tough course and I spent hours over spreadsheets analyzing different companies and did very well in the end. I’m not going to say that I’m a great investor as it was obviously play money and it was the fall of 2008 so I probably just could’ve bought puts on everything and made a lot. However, it was something new a different and very interesting to me. I had a very basic strategy, I didn’t really used any advanced buying techniques as I wasn’t confident enough and I basically had to learn on my own since it wasn’t part of the curriculum and the teach wasn’t much help.

I graduated that fall and started my career as a poker pro. During 2009, I still invested but paid very little attention to the market and current events. My cousin is a financial adviser and I go through him so I’m not trading individual stocks and fortunately I don’t have to follow the market every day. Recently in a meeting with him, we were talking about different career paths and he brought up the idea of trading options. I told him that I was interested and my previous experience with them. He gave me a couple of books he had on them and I’ll get started on those soon. Unfortunately, they’re not the most exciting topics but are obviously worth the read.

Also, I really need to start paying attention to the markets again. In the fall of 08, I was constantly reading, studying, etc and now I’ll go a week at a time before even going on google finance. I’m going to subscribe to the wall street journal and definitely make it a point to get involved again. Unfortunately I don’t have any of the cool software that my school did and that’s how I did the majority of my research and projections.

As far as actually investing. I’m definitely not going to get started for at least 3-6 months. I have to read these books and know what I’m doing in order to put money into it. In addition, options are extremely high variance so I need to put some money aside to invest. However I am very excited to learn about this again. I feel weird not using my degree at all and this would give me a reason to. I’d love to hear anyone’s opinion who has had any experience with this in the past as well as any advice.

“There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind has achieved the second.”

- Logan Pearsall Smith

Posted By bosoxx34 at 05:26 AM

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January 18, 2010

Tough Decission

Before I get to the main point about my blog post, just my usual random thoughts and updates.

  • I’m now down 11 pounds to 179. Not sure how much longer I want to keep dieting but I am enjoying the cardio aspect of the day that I used to hate. I’ll definitely be running in a 5k this summer as I’ll have a lot more free time since I’m not coaching summer ball. As for the diet, I think I’m just going to continue it until my birthday (February 6) I expect to be at my goal (175) soon and figure I just may as well go a couple more weeks. The hard part will be not to go back to me sweet tooth habits.

Ok now for my tough decision. As far as BR management has been going it’s been working really well. I don’t check my cashier or graph at all during sessions and the swings are much easier to handle. I only wish I wasn’t so stubborn and did this much earlier last year. Onto my dilemma, I do want to learn PLO again however I’m not sure how effective I’ll be at playing/studying two games at once.

I’ve contacted KasinoKrime about coaching and he’s told me how soft 100 PLO is and I do think if properly rolled I could do very well in those games and higher as I become more comfortable. At the same time, I don’t want to hinder my HUNL progress either. One option I was thinking of is having a PLO week and HUNL week. Before when I tried to mix the two games in the same day it was overwhelming. This way I would study one game solely for one week and another the next.

From what I understand PLO games are still soft but are only going to become tougher. I’d like to get ahead of the learning curve now and I think I’m going to as soon as I have 100 BI for 100 PLO which shouldn’t be too much longer. If anyone has any suggestions or if anyone plays 6 max PLO and HUNL I’d love to hear your thoughts.

“For myself, I am an optimist—it does not seem to be much use being anything else.”
- Winston Churchill

Posted By bosoxx34 at 05:06 AM

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January 13, 2010

Apparently I'm a bumhunter and hitnrunner

At least that’s what it says on tableratings. It doesn’t bother me but does lead me to the topic of this blog. Over the past year I’m no longer bothered by hit and runners especially at low stakes. When I first started I used to be livid and it tilted me a bit. But in reality, what can you do? Force them to stay and lose their money back to you? In fact, I think a lot of players underestimate how much money it saves them. With the exception of the mega donks when a decent player hits and runs you don’t have to worry about tilting against them. A lot of it is a personality thing but if you’re gonna play HU you may as well expect it and not let it bother you.

With that being said, I’ve very rarely hit and ran without a warning that I’m leaving. At 50nl I did it more than I have in the past simply because I was playing 4 tables and would always keep 2 tables open and get rid of the best player when a new guy sat in. However at any level higher I’ll generally give a warning and it’s really an overblown thing in the small stakes HU world in my opinion.

As far as bum hunting, at the small stakes I’m about the furthest thing from it. However, it really is amazing how many 100nl refuse to play other regs. They typically sit around waiting for fish and yeah it’s profitable but not a ton of fun especially with more people diving into the HU world. Now I’m not saying go out and start 4 tabling regulars but I’m surprised that more people don’t try and play regs more and more regs don’t take action when they can get it. Also, I’m not trying to challenge any regs to a 4 tabling match but I see so many people complaining about lack of action and really refusing to do a ton about it.

What I do is typically open one regular table and one deep table (and I plan on spreading my roll out soon). Then try to find one or 2 regs to play me. Most of the time I can find at least one to play me and when I do get two worse players than the one I’m playing I’ll leave the reg. If I’m up a BI or more I’ll stick around and typically give them a 10 minute warning anything else I tend to just explain the situation and drop them.

I’ve never really been against bumhunters. It’s their money and it’s a profitable situation. However with the limited player pool it’s becoming less and less profitable. The hourly can still be solid but nowhere near what it once was. I’m not into table blocking or anything like that and I think I’ve reported two people that were heavily abusing FTPs policy.

This post really has no substance, just felt like rambling a bit. As far as current poker stuff, its been incredibly humbling reading the down on the far comments. Knowing that other people have struggled with the same thing and are looking forward to the series is pretty awesome to me and hopefully I can meet the expectations. As far as the staking/coaching thing goes, that’s a ways down the road and I’m not looking for any applicants yet. Also, going to be much more active in the HU forum. It has a good core of posters and I really enjoyed talking about a hand I posted a few days ago.

Furthermore, doing episode 7 of Santa’s Chanakuh Helpers with KRANTZ really opened my eyes as far as how much work needs to go into a good session. I think it may be one of the more overlooked videos on the site since it’s an audio format and labeled as HUNL. However, everyone I’ve talked to so far has given it a positive review, if you haven’t watched it it’s worth checking out.

Hope everyone is running well
-————

Lloyd: Excuse me, little old lady. Do you have change for a dollar?
Elderly woman: Change? No I’m sorry, I don’t.
Lloyd: Well, can you do me a favor and watch my stuff here while I go break a dollar?
Elderly woman: Of course.
Lloyd: Thanks. Hey, I guess they’re right. Senior citizens, although slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can still serve a purpose. I’ll be right back. Don’t you go dying on me!

Posted By bosoxx34 at 09:37 AM

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January 11, 2010

Catching up on movies + other stuff

  • Finally was able to watch The Hangover and Role Models over the past week. I’m a huge fan of mindless comedies and thought The Hangover was very funny and thought Role Models was pretty boring. There was a thread debating these types of movies on 2+2 and many have Knocked Up rated pretty high. I personally thought it wasn’t nearly as good as the reviews and didn’t think there were too many great lines.
  • Obviously the NFL playoffs have started. The only exciting game this weekend was the Packers-Cards game which I had to miss because of baseball winter league. I left the car right when GB recovered the onside kick and followed the rest of the game on my phone. Wish I could’ve watched it live or even DVRd it but figured I’d have no chance of avoiding the score for 2 hours. I have the worst luck when DVRing live sporting events so I’ve pretty much given up hope on doing that.
  • I’ve moved up to 100nl a little early with a little urging from some poker buddies. I have 50 BI, but I know I can beat the level, the rake is a killer at 50nl, and the sooner I could move up the better. the emotional control is much better however it can be tough to get a game. I gotta get some money on different sites once I get up to 80 BIs or so.
  • I’ve finally started studying the math part of the game a bit more. WOTs first 2 episodes were obviously basic but very good and I’ve been running equity calcs after each session. It’s really not that hard and is really easy to do. DC member subbacultcha summed it up well in his blog that nobody really enjoys doing them but if you take 15 minutes a day and do them it’s well worth it.
  • Big Monday starts tomorrow. As weird as it sounds, it’s my favorite day of the week from January to March. Generally the best games are played as one or both games feature the Big East and I’m a college basketball junkie. I went to the Cuse-Memphis game the other night and Syracuse beat a decent Memphis team while playing awful. It’s scary how much better Johnson is than Harris and the team is just much more likable this year without Devendorf and Harris. However, they still turn the ball over a bit too much, so while immensely talented that could be their downfall in March.
  • Speaking of college basketball, on a completely different note for those that are don’t follow it or don’t follow sports you probably haven’t seen Jim Valvano’s speech. It’s from 1993 and he was in the middle of fighting an incurable form of cancer. Not much of a point to this other than the obvious. It’s easy to complain about equity, running bad, how poker isn’t fair etc. However, if you really take a step back and look at it, being unlucky at poker isn’t the worst thing in the world. This speech is extremely motivating, enjoy.

Jimmy V’s Speech

“Winners have simply formed the habit of doing things losers don’t like to do.”

- Albert Gray

Posted By bosoxx34 at 07:14 AM

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January 05, 2010

Almost There

  • I’m currently 10 buy ins away from moving back up to 100. While there hasn’t been too much poker content in the blog I’ll start incorporating some session reviews into it. Hopefully it’ll not only help me but my readers as well. Also, when I start to get more involved in the math part of the game I’ll be double checking it on here as well. Back to my original point, I’m extremely excited to move back up to 100 but the time at 50 was definitely good for me and my game.
  • I was able to lose 7 pounds in December and now just 8 pounds away from my goal. Unfortunately I gained a pound back due to the holidays however the plan is to lose anywhere between 8-10 pounds in January and then keep it off. It’ll be much easier to do so leading into the spring since baseball season will start up and with hitting fungos, throwing BP, etc. I’ll be forced to be active 5 days a week as well.
  • I’m very excited with what the Redsox are doing this winter. Knowing they’re not going to be able to outslug the Yankees and that hitting costs more than defense, they’ve gone after outstanding defensive players. Mike Cameron and Adrian Beltre are very good defensively. Furthermore, while Scutaro isn’t great the left side of the Redsox defense may have been the worst in the majors last year while this year they should be among the best. Also, their infield defense will be outstanding which will help guys like Lester, who got killed by his defense last year and Buchholz who has turned into a ground ball machine.
  • I have another HH prop bet with Pasterbator this month. I’ve scaled it back to 35k hands, which shouldn’t be a problem. However I don’t want any months like last year where I only put in 10k hands and was just unproductive. While I haven’t gotten to the point where I’ve started treating it like it was a job, I’m getting there and hopefully i can become a better grinder in 2010.

One who fears failure limits his activities.
Failure is only the opportunity to more
intelligently begin again.
Henry Ford

Posted By bosoxx34 at 04:41 PM

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December 31, 2009

We're There

I’ve completed the 45k hands for the month. I think it’ll be good for me as this month it felt like I was playing forever and in future months the task will be less daunting. The sad part is I won at 9 PTBB/100 for the month but because of a bad tilt session at 200 I only made like 850 for the month. Oh well, live and learn.

On a similar note the latest episode of Santa’s Chanukah helpers is applicable to all forms of poker. Krantz talks about the keys to getting better and moving up in stakes. For me I really need to watch and take notes on WiltonTilt’s math series. I currently have a rough estimate of equities that aren’t too far off but I really need to know the exact percentages. It really isn’t that hard and it’s sort of inexcusable that I haven’t done that to this point.

I’m currently about $800 away from moving back up to .5/1. I’m going to move back with 50 BI since I know I can beat the limit and the rake can be pretty brutal at 50nl. However, I can’t even explain the difference in playing overfilled for the first time in a long time. I no longer get frustrated with bad beats, coolers, etc. It’s a lot easier to just laugh it off and move onto the next hand. It’s also much easier to fold a made hand.

On a separate note, I finished first, first, and third in my fantasy football leagues. As I said before I’ll never do 3 leagues again but it was obviously very fun to do so well and I was extremely fortunate.

Have a safe and happy New Year.

You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.

John Wooden

Posted By bosoxx34 at 05:20 AM

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December 27, 2009

50nl. Definately Different

So far I’ve played 25k hands of 50nl at a win rate of 11BB/100. The play is atrocious, yet at the same time these players have helped my game more than I could have imagined. By playing these guys it has forced me to make adjustments that I otherwise wouldn’t have made. Before I had one style for almost every opponent. Sure it deviated a bit but it was typically just 3X PF, cbet, and go from there and that was profitable but not the most +EV. Now just about everything I do has a reason. If I’m check raising I have some justification for it, if I’m calling down I have a read, note, etc. This is encouraging since my progress had really slowed the last couple months and dropping down to 50nl over rolled may have been a blessing in disguise.

One tip that I can give people who play micro stakes are against many opponents EVERYTHING is in their range. I recently played a guy who played about 70% OOP and I made my first 3bet with AJ. flop came 245, I cbet he called. Turn was a 6, I bet he called. River was a jack, I checked and he shoved. I called since besides 33, a 3 wasn’t really in his range. So what does he roll over? 36o, nice flop. But basically there are a ton of hands like this. I’ve seen people call 4bets with 42s, Q7o, and the list goes on. At these levels you can’t really dismiss anything as your opponents are going to love to call PF and see if they can “outplay you postflop” which basically means flop a pair/draw and not fold.

Another piece of advice is a big change I’ve made since moving down to 50nl is to have a completely unbalanced 3betting and 4betting range. I 3/4bet strictly for value as nobody folds. While all the cool kids 3bet Q8o, it’s just not that profitable at this level and when people are so eager to stack off with any pair, I’ve found the best way to exploit that is basically waiting for a good hand and shoveling money into the pot. My redline doesn’t look cool but my green line does.

Something I touched on last post was that some days you can’t win. This used to frustrate me more than anything else as sometimes people just don’t miss flops, or gutshots, or pretty much anything. I would commonly think “what else is new?” or “Why can’t I ever run that good.” I thought that was normal until I read to poker mindset by Mathew Hilger. It’s basically a less abstract version of the elements of poker. However by even thinking those things it was lowering my playing level and causing me to steam and tilt. I’ve made a conscious effort to keep a clear mind and roll with the punches over the past few weeks and its definitely helped. At 50nl there are definitely going to be days like this and obviously the more BIs you can save the better

I’m about 15 BI away from moving up to 100nl. I’m actually very excited to move back up and am eager to just 2 table again. Due to this hand prop bet I made I’ve been constantly 4 tabling. While I’ve become much better at it it’s very hard to make notes and really focus on one opponent. However, I’m finally ahead of pace for the first time this month and shouldn’t have any problems reaching 45k hands. I also plan to make videos as I move up in stakes. A few DC members have asked this and I’ve been randomly recording 50nl videos and I have at least 1 good one. I’m not sure if the guys upstairs will want to make it a series or just duel videos but we’ll see.

Also, one thing I was curious about is to why I was having good results coaching and not playing. After talking to a few people it seems that when I coach, I’m never playing underolled and am not making decisions based on that instead I’m focusing on the most +EV play. Furthermore, I wasn’t 100% focused when playing before as opposed to coaching where I was always concentrating on what my student was saying or doing.

Finally, I’ve contacted KasinoKrime about PLO coaching in a bout a month. Learning from previous experiences I’ll never play PLO underolled again. I’m never going to play a limit I have <100 BIs for as the variance is just too much for me. However I’m extremely excited to give the game another shot. Kasinokrime’s videos are great and I’ve read a couple good reviews on him so hopefully I can have a good January and get started in February.

Hope everyone is running well

“If you take everything I’ve accomplished in my life and condense it down to one day, it looks decent!” George Costanza

Posted By bosoxx34 at 10:13 AM

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December 24, 2009

Merry X-mas

Here’s a physics lesson for everyone

http://www.boyscouttrail.com/content/story/physics_of_santa_and_his_reindeer-1138.asp

Posted By bosoxx34 at 09:13 PM

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December 21, 2009

Random Stuff

  • So far my weight loss program has gone well. I’ve lost 5.5 pounds so far in 3 weeks and should be able to reach my goal with 5 weeks left. I’m able to run for a longer period of time now and am actually enjoying it. I don’t think I’d ever be able to run a marathon like Entity, but possibly a 5k or something this summer. Also, eating healthier has become easier with the suggestions of the DC members, before with my previous diets I was generally very hungry but now eating 5 or 6 small meals a day I’m pretty much full for most of the day.
  • As far as poker. 50nl was great until I hit my first break even stretch. Unfortunately at this level going break even for 6k hands feels like losing. I know I need to get rid of that mentality but it can wear on ya after a while. Especially when so many 50nl players are so bad. Calling 70% OOP and never folding. It’s great when you can hit top pair or better, extremely frustrating when you can’t. I’ve made some adjustments though so hopefully I’ll go on a heater soon.
  • On a similar note, sometimes it’s best to realize that in any form of poker…somedays you just can’t win. Either you run into the top of someones range over and over, can’t get people to fold, strong hands can’t hold, etc. I haven’t played too much 6 max or FR but in HU this can be extremely frustrating. These days can really affect your winrate as some people are very good at limiting the damage and others aren’t. Luckily, I’ve started to improve so this BE stretch hasn’t turned into a downswing, but if the same thing happened a couple weeks ago I’d definately would have lost 5 or more buy ins than I have.
  • In addition to my previous 2 points; part of the reason poker can be so frustrating is that when improving you don’t see adjustments right away a lot fo the time. For example, with my weight loss goal, I knew if I ate better and exercised I’d lose weight. If I were playing a sport and practiced the right way consistently I’d improve. However, this isn’t the case in poker. I really don’t have any advice for this problem other than to watch EPTPE if you’re having trouble with this.
  • Fantasy football went well this week. I’m probably going to go 2-1 no matter how Jason Campbell fares in tonight’s game. I need a miracle in the DC league against Sthief. He had Aaron Rodgers, Vincent Jackson, and Jones-Drew. I’m down by 59 points and have Campbell, Davis, and Smith while he has Nicks tonight so hopefully I can at least get a sweat out of the game but I doubt it.

Farva: Give me a double bacon cheeseburger.
Dimpus Burger Guy: [into mic] Double baco cheeseburger. It’s for a cop.
Farva: What the hell’s that all about? You gonna spit in it now?
Dimpus Burger Guy: No, I just told him that so he makes it good.
[into mic]
Dimpus Burger Guy: Don’t spit in that cop’s burger.
Farva: Yeah, thanks.
Second Dimpus Guy: Roger, holding the spit.
Farva: Gimme a pie… apple.
Dimpus Burger Guy: Want me to hold the spit? Hah, just kidding officer Farva.
[pause]
Dimpus Burger Guy: Want me to dimpa-size your meal for 25 cents?
Farva: Want me to punch-a-size your face, for free?

Posted By bosoxx34 at 08:10 PM

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