November 26, 2011
Well the gig was pretty good. Fairly chilled. We were on early in the day so there wasn't much of a crowd. Probably 40 people at most and 20 at the least.
The gig was the day after I found out that it was looking likely that an FTP deal would be going ahead. So afterwards I went out and splurged and drank a lot and had fun without thinking about the $$ which was nice. Haven't done that in a while.
Poker has been really great since then. I've been coaching a buttload (like 2-4 hours every day). My students are doing well and taking on board the things I'm teaching them.
My passion for poker is definitely burning strong for the first time in a while. I haven't really been playing a lot of music since the gig. But I have been playing and studying poker a lot. For the first time in ages I'm watching DC videos again and taking notes. They are fucking awesome!
It feels good. I think I'm playing somewhere near the top of my game at the moment. My results have been great at 200nl so far. Some run good, a lot of play good and not playing too many tables all helps. I think I was a little arrogant when I first started playing on PokerStars. I went straight into 24 tabling (having not played in 2 months+) and though I'd be fine. Dropping tables has helped me realised how well I can play this game when I actually take the time to think about decisions and it helps that almost all my opponents are stacking 24 tables/have sizable leaks in their game.
I'm picking up on a lot of timing and sizing tells from players as I'm currently 9 tabling tiled. In addition, I get to see any showdown that happens which is incredibly helpful in learning ranges at a new stake or site. It has taken me a while to adjust. I've been experimenting a lot with what style works best on Stars and seem to have finally 'found my game'.
I'm really loving staying with my family at the moment. I don't get to see much of them and I'm feeling revitalised and ready to take on the big city of Sydney again in a weeks time :-)
Haven't posted any hands yet so here is an interesting one for you. This hand is another example of why tiling is pretty bomb like. This player was a random playing like a mad man but his stats weren't really showing it. I've written some notes on my thought process for you to read: