August 27, 2009
Whatâ€™s up Degens?
Iâ€™m writing this right now at a coffee shop in Sevilla, and couldnâ€™t be more stoked about the Euro trip so far. The first few days were spent getting completely hammered at a couple of really sick clubs in the city, one of which was called Aqua, where the chicks were seriously unbelievable. Feel free to disagree with me, but European women seriously kick the absolute shit out of American women in every department; thereâ€™s just no comparison. Look, demeanor, personality, itâ€™s just very hard to deny how much better European women are, but itâ€™s kind of sad as well, since Iâ€™m obviously American!
Let me elaborate a little bit. I think the main difference between the quality of women lies mostly in the noticeable difference between an average American girl in comparison to Europeans of the same designation. More clearly, if you were to pick a random girl from America and compare her side by side with a European girl in categories like appearance, intelligence, compassion, and self confidence, I think an average European girl would blow away an American chick in these areas. Now, on the other hand, I think a high quality American woman matches up very well to a high quality American chick, but what Iâ€™m arguing is that itâ€™s much harder to find high quality American women than it is to find high quality European women. Just my two cents though, and in all fairness, Iâ€™ve only known a handful of European women on a personal level intimate enough to make this kind of judgment, so sample size could definitely be a factor here. Alec Torelli seems to agree with me, so if youâ€™re interested check out his blog as well http://www.cardplayer.com/poker-blogs/35-alec-torelli/entries/6851-life-and-women
Anyway, the partying in the first few days kind of wore me out, and truthfully Iâ€™m not a huge club thumping type of guy (unless itâ€™s a really dope club [insert Vegas here]), so Iâ€™ve spent the last couple of days doing a little relaxing. My friend and I drove a few hours down to this beach town at the southernmost point in Spain called Tarifa, where we did a little partying and walked on the beaches. Tarifa is definitely one of the coolest cities Iâ€™ve ever been to. It reminds me a lot of San Diego, except for the fact that nobody speaks a word of English, and the town only has about 5k people in it. At night you can stand on the beach and very clearly see the city lights on the coast of Africa, which makes you get that eerie feeling like.. Wowâ€¦ Iâ€™m so far away from home right now, lol. Was really incredible though, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ll be forgetting that experience anytime soon.
The next few days are going to be spent doing a little more relaxing, and then next week, a friend and I rented out a beach house in Lagos, Portugal for the week, that should be a blast. His gf and some of her friends are heading down with us, so hopefully Iâ€™ll have some sick stories to share with yâ€™all when I get back.
Also, I wanted to chat a bit about poker too. I wrote in an earlier entry about how I was taking some time off, and I think itâ€™ll be really great for me when I return. Iâ€™m starting to crave playing a bit, and thatâ€™s definitely a good sign. I read a decent amount of a new PLO ebook I bought from LearnedFromTV, and I must say it opened my eyes to some really cool shit Iâ€™ve never thought of before. He quantifies a lot of things I already knew, and I canâ€™t wait to start my lessons with him next month after I get back from Vegas.
Even though I havenâ€™t been playing any cards, Iâ€™ve been doing a ton of thinking/reading about it. My friend over here used to play a lot back in the day when all of my friends were still playing casually and pipe dreaming about winning the ME (while also playing Bongâ€™s the Button on the weekend, hahaha). Just talking poker with him reminded me how far Iâ€™ve come, and gave me some encouragement to make that kind of progress in the next year as well. We also talked a lot about how much emotions suck, and how they can really screw up your goals in poker. What spurred our conversation was a blog I read by Phil Galfond yesterday, which you can check out here. http://www.bluefirepoker.com/post-comment.aspx?postid=1125
I donâ€™t want to go too in depth here, but I love Philâ€™s take on emotions here. The more I learn about poker, the more I realize I suck. I feel like one of my best qualities as a poker player is being painstakingly objective with myself and my skill level. I think if youâ€™re ever going to make it in this game, you have to constantly be evaluating yourself and what youâ€™re doing to get better. Too many players (myself included) have a few good months beating up on lesser competition and think theyâ€™re going to be doing it forever, but letâ€™s face it.. The games are only getting tougher, and to stick around youâ€™re going to need to continue to get better and improve your game if you want to continue to take advantage of the things poker has to offer you. Thinking youâ€™re better than you really are is a huge leak, but sometimes I think that having blind confidence can be a good thing, since being successful at poker is so heavily reliant on playing confidently in the first place. Whether or not your confidence is well founded doesnâ€™t matter; if in actuality you are confident does matter. I have a friend of mine who to be completely honest isnâ€™t a very good player, but heâ€™s been killing it for a few years now, and I think a large portion of that can be attributed to him thinking heâ€™s a very good player, and just letting his instincts take over. He never psyches himself out. He never gets down on himself, and this is all because he thinks heâ€™s so good, and heâ€™s just confident heâ€™ll never have a losing streak because heâ€™s so much better than everyone else (even though heâ€™s not). Itâ€™s an interesting dynamic for sure.
My big leak is only focusing on my bad sessions/hands/plays, and not remembering the times I played well and had a good mindset. When things start to go poorly, I tend to think negatively, and as a result, I hesitate in my decision making process and donâ€™t think through hands properly. I think a lot of players are probably guilty of this, and itâ€™s hard to deny those negative thoughts and just say â€œfuck it, Iâ€™m playing with a blank/even leveled mindset today, and really donâ€™t care if I win 20biâ€™s or lose 20biâ€™s, Iâ€™m just going to playâ€.
I think when I get home, Iâ€™m going to move down and grind out a ton of hands at 200PLO; a level I know I can beat for a good winrate. It will be good for my confidence, and will really get me used to playing well and developing good mental habits.
Ah man, I saw Vanessas post in the forum today, I wish she was doing that series six months ago. If youâ€™re a DC member and are also a 200PLO or 400PLO reg, I would do whatever I can to get in that video. Seriouslyâ€¦ Do IT
I read Leftyâ€™s blog (Rollover2k on FTP, super sick PLO player), and heâ€™s pretty into the P90x workout, so I think Iâ€™m going to try it out. Iâ€™m in good shape right now, but am really bored of my workouts. Iâ€™ve gotten pretty strong, but I would like to tone up and do more total body work; P90x sounds like something I could use. Plus, Iâ€™m kind of sick of grinding it out with the meatheads at my gym. WTF is wrong with those guys anyway? The funny thing is theyâ€™re so ripped, but they probably never get laid lol.
This is getting rambly, but I enjoy rambling, and itâ€™s my blog, so thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ll do! Haha, GL at the tables to everyone out there. Hopefully I can put an entry in before I go to Lagos.