February 01, 2011

One Step Forward...

Last few days haven't been that great in PLO, haven't played great but a terrible scenario keeps occurring. I end up winning a couple BIs against fish and tilt them. They turn hyper aggro and invetibly start 3betting every hand. Then without fail they'll hit and get it all back and then some. I'm not sure if I'm just getting it in lighter thinking they're tilted or what. However either way it's frustrating.

I'm thinking about possibly even min-raising and limping to keep pots small but I guess I'll have to look at it some more. Ultimately what it comes down to is right now I'm just uncomfortable in an aggressive PLO match right now. If it were NL I would have a plan for every street however it seems as though in PLO nothing is as definate and it's something I'm really struggling with. Oh well, as the old saying goes:

A buddy just texted me asking if I want to go on a golf trip in April to Penn National for a weekend. The answer was obviously yes and I have a ton fo trips coming up with NYC in March, Penn National in April, Pittsburgh, NYC, and Vegas in June, then finally NYC for the US Open in August. I plan on buying a house this summer to, so time to grind and save. Luckboxing a tourney or two wouldn't hurt either.


I failed my way to success.
Thomas Edison


Posted By bosoxx34 at 01:04 AM


January 29, 2011

Chipping Away

My second time trying to transition to PLO was rough. In many spots I was lost at what to do and usually my default was to shove all my money in the middle. I quickly went on a 30 BI downswing and have been trying to get back to even since. Tonight I got within 3 BIs but lost a few before my session ended. Frustrated I looked back at my equities and I lost every single time I was in with 55-79%. So frustrating and something I shouldn't do but I took a break, came back and was able to turn in a winning session so I'm back to 3 more BIs.

Tilt control is absolutely gigantic in HU PLO. You lose hands in ways you don't even see coming and the turn usually brings an array of outs. I still have a long way to go but it's good to see the progress and I'm starting to get it.

In other news, I've felt great running lately. So good that I bumped my daily run from three to four miles. I weighed myself this morning and i'm down to 173.4. I should easily get to 170.0 in 4 weeks although it seems like an angle with my previous bet I never expected it to be this easy. However I feel so good running that I think I'm going to turn my July 4 race into a fund raiser. Stay tuned for details in a few months.

Finally, my Dad called and asked one night if I'd like to start bowling again, I said eventually and didn't think much of it. Last Tuesday he told me that he signed us up for a league on Wednesday night, 2 people dropped and we're jumping in halfway through the season. It's a very casual league, the highest average is 203. My dad averages 209 and I averaged about 200 when I bowled on my high school team 6 years ago if you drop the first 3 or so weeks. With the exception of a drunken bowling night at Jillians' this summer in Boston I haven't bowled since high school. Needless to say we knew what we were walking into was different competitively than what we're used to in the past.

So we arrive at the bowling alley on Wednesday and our teammates, a nice older couple average 109 and 129. Ron and Jean, two lefties. I call Jean the LOOGY because her release is very similar to a left handed specialist in baseball, I've never seen a side arm bowler before. I ended up bowling a 148, 200, and 232. I struggled the first game. However lane conditions were ridiculously easy as they don't even oil them again after the league before us. It's very easy going, but one thing made me laugh pretty hard. 

Ron was on a double and because of that his first shot was important because it impacts your score from the last two frames as well as your current frame. Well Ron pulled it badly and knocked down 3 pins. My Dad, who is pretty competitive in his own right, looks at me and just goes "Nice count" very sarcastically. I had to remind him who we were bowling with and he quickly apologized to nobody.


Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right.
Henry Ford

Posted By bosoxx34 at 09:02 AM


January 25, 2011

We've got a sweat

Well I'd like to say the Steelers had the game in hand the whole way last night but that clearly wasn't the case. I watched the game with a buddy of mine who I made the bet with and this pretty much sums it up.

24-0 Steelers- lol Jets, I'll bet you a dollar he misses this FG. Talking about super bowl plans, what shirts player shirts we're going to buy, etc.

24-10 Not the start to the half I wanted but we're still fine.

24-10 4th quarter goaline stand- As soon as I saw LT get stuffed the first time i ran forward with one finger in the air while letting go a monster fistpump as he rotated behind me and did pretty much the same thing I'm guessing

24-12 At least it wasn't a TD

24-19 Oh God, get one first down. I hated the pass on second down, my buddy loved it and then I was shocked when they lined up with no RB on 3rd down later, but fortunately they both worked out and we only have one more game standing in the way between us and $1500.

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I recently read that it was actually encouraged to eat between 50-100 calories of chocolate a day to reduce cravings for it. Score one for the good guys.

Finally I was looking over old texts and stumbled upon one I sent to a buddy on New Years Eve at around 11:40. It read "Gonzo 40 homers for 2 slices."I had no recollection of this text and putting 2 and 2 together it was obvious that I was running my mouth about how good Gonzalez is going to be at Fenway and said he was going to hit 40 homers.

At first glance I don't love the bet but he has hit 40 homers in Petco park so it is doable. Also, before anyone asks betting slices at the local pizzeria goes back to high school days where it was huge to get lunch for free. Hopefully he stays healthy, should be interesting to monitor.

New video coming out tomorrow hopefully the HUNL readers on this blog enjoy it.


 "How beautiful is it to do nothing, and then rest afterward." -Spanish Proverb

Posted By bosoxx34 at 12:46 AM


January 23, 2011

To Hedge, or not to Hedge

  • As most of my readers know I have a bet on the Steelers at 15-1 to win the superbowl. Tomorrow they play a very tough Jets team and I'm about 95% sure I'm not hedging tomorrow. For one, I hate it. Two I don't think Mark Sanchez is good at all and think he makes at least one huge mistake before the end of the game. With that being said, the Jets scare the hell out of me and I'm not hedging more or less due to my hatred of the Jets than anything else. Plus I don't want to have to do it now and the Superbowl in case they win.
  • Just recorded a 50nl duel video that I thought went really well. Might be out as early as this Tuesday. At first I wasn't sure how sharp I'd be due to playing a bunch of PLO lately but my game felt really good. Very happy to see that so when I move up I don't have to play one game exclusively.
  • Also, would like to toss out a thank you to DJ Sensei. His HU PLO video has been by far the biggest reason for my improvement in HU PLO. Before I was calling 3bets way too wide and calling way too many river bets. Everything seems so much easier when you get 4 cards.
  • Besides getting shot in the back of the head, do you know what else Abraham Lincoln did?

  •  Go Steelers!


"The secret of a good life is to have the right loyalties and hold them in the right scale of values."

- Norman Thomas

Posted By bosoxx34 at 07:05 AM


January 19, 2011

Figured I'd toss in some poker related stuff.

Hey guys just wanted to share something I've been doing lately that's helped a ton with my PLO game. I've been writing down my thoughts about my session after each session (repetitive much?). Basically it's just a few notes on what I did well and what I didn't do well. While this may not seem very important and I only did it after encouragement from a friend, you'll start to notice a few things. 

1) It's a very easy way to vent, none of your poker friends want to hear about your bad beats so writing down win flips at the end of your notes is a great outlet. Also, you'll see when you tilt much easier after reviewing your notes and what triggers it.

2) Look for patterns. This is much more beneficial as far as weaknesses go. If you notice yourself calling the turn to much and playing the river without a plan, that'll show up. If you keep reading you're having trouble with habitual check raisers it'll be in there multiple times. It does a great job of pointing out your weaknesses then you can go about correcting them.

Finally, why I asked everyone about the Jolie/Aniston debate. I prefer Jolie myself however at a party on Saturday the topic was brought up and the final from all the guys there was like 12-2 in favor of Aniston. I was curious if I was just missing something by not jumping aboard the Aniston bandwagon and was happy to see a different ratio among the readers of this blog.


When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures.  So I did ten times more work.  ~George Bernard Shaw

Posted By bosoxx34 at 09:10 AM


January 17, 2011

A very important question for my readers

  • Aniston or Jolie. This was after a few drinks with buddies and I'm not satisfied with the answers I was receiving so I decided to take it to the readers. All there is to it is Jolie or Aniston. Not who would you rather marry, etc, just need to pick one.
  • This weekend couldn't have gone any better for the Steelers. They beat the Ravens in a very close and competitive game and then the Jets upset the Patriots. Now the Steelers get to host a weaker opponent in the AFC Championship game. I've decided I'm not going to hedge and hope they can beat the Jets then I'll probably lay off some in the superbowl. Either way it's nice to have a sweat. If the Steelers do win the Superbowl I may have to do this:
  • (Was just looking for an excuse to show that clip.)
  • I've figured out an awesome way to study for my financial tests. Do it while I'm watching Bruins game.  I used to study while watching sporting events all the time in college so I figure I'll go back to it.
  • Listening to the latest Hey Ball podcast, listening to Joe how they would go to the casino at like 1 AM and get back at like 6 brought back a bunch of memories. Yes we would inevitably go broke but it was always a blast and fun times. We would generally play let it ride and 3 card poker and when one of us did strike it big it was a successful trip, didn't matter about anything else.


"Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly."

Stephen Covey


Posted By bosoxx34 at 07:16 AM


January 13, 2011

Lets go Steelers

  • Placing a bet on the Steelers at 15-1 to win the Superbowl I never envisioned the road to the Superbowl to be this difficult. Nevermind NE lurking in the conference finals, now we have to worry about Baltimore this round. Watching Ravens-Steelers games with no rooting interest in incredibly intense. I think they're the two most hard hitting teams in the league and at least 3-4 times a game you'll be saying "wow" or "oh man" due to a hit and this is with no rooting interest. Now that I actually need the Steelers to win I'm not really looking forward to Saturday's game, it's going to be a war.
  • Within the next week or 2 I'm going to go back to my 6 AM sleep schedule. I find it very difficult for me to put in hands during a normal day since I'll often find something on TV or go to lunch or just come up with an excuse not to play. Not too many things to distract me at 2 AM. I don't think it's any coincidence that my best months this year have come using that schedule.
  • One of the bad things about dieting is I eat my meals so fast. I get so excited to finally get to the time to eat that the food is gone within a matter of minutes. Also, cookies are much more enjoyable to snack on that wheat thins.
  • Going to NYC for the Big East Tournament this year, does anyone have suggestions for hotels close to Madison Square Garden?


"A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything"

African Proverb

Posted By bosoxx34 at 03:09 AM


January 10, 2011

Weight Loss Prop Bet

My diet has been awful lately and despite running a lot I've been gaining weight because I have been snacking way too much. My goal is to get down to 170.0 by March 1. A picture of my current weight is below. I realize it shouldn't be that hard but I do need some motivation. The first 2 people to comment with their favorite charity will get $100 donations to their charity if I'm not at 170.0 by March first. If I achieve my goal, you owe me nothing but figured it be the best way to motivate myself.

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Plan sort of fell through for my February trip so I'm just going to go to the Big East Tourney in NYC in the beginning of March. It's something I've wanted to do for a while and should've gone to for the UCONN-SU 6 OT game but decided against it at the last minute, Brilliant choice.

The group I play NHL 11 with online despite being very competitive loves to joke around. So one night we randmly got matched up with a team that has their own website and facebook page. Naturally we thought this was ridiculous and any team that puts that much thought into their team should be made fun of. So, what do we do? Obviously challenge them to a seven game series. They accepted and we'll be starting very soon. The funny part is we randomly got matched up with them the other night and ran our record to 2-0 against them after a last second win.

I'm really enjoying chess so far. While I'm obviously not very good it makes you think and is a great strategic game. Plus with the iphone program you can play at whatever pace you want.

Only a matter of time before pitchers and catchers report, Go Sox.


"A lady came up to me one day and said 'Sir! You are drunk', to which I replied 'I am drunk today madam, and tomorrow I shall be sober but you will still be ugly."


Winston S. Churchill

Posted By bosoxx34 at 11:41 PM


January 08, 2011

The Time We Played the #1 team in the State

I'm bored, can't sleep for some reason, and have learned that this isn't a good time to play poker. So I figured why not blog? Had a couple of options a settled on one from my high school playing days. It was 2003, I was a junior and starting catcher on the varsity team. I had grown up playing with a lot of my teammates and for many of us these were our first varsity games. I think we only had 4 seniors on the team that year. We started the year off 5-1 and rolled into our 7th game of the year. It was a road game at Greece Arcadia. They were undefeated and incredibly talented. They were in a class higher than us but still in our league so we would play them twice.

At this point, our team was naive enough to believe that winning on the road wasn't that hard, wrong. We weren't prepared for the awful sunfield in right and just didn't play well coming off the bus. Fell behind 5-0 after 1 and it just got worse from there. Nobody played well, they were very good, and we went home with our tail between our legs. I don't remember the final score but it was a lot to a little. 

So when we had to play them a couple weeks later nobody was very excited. They were still without a loss and had risen to being ranked #1 in the state. Our field was under construction so our "home" game was at a nearby high school. It was our 6th game of the week and our starting pitcher who is usually our SS had only pitched in one game all year. It was on a Saturday morning and I remember saying to my Dad before I left the house "I'd just like to be in it going into the last inning." He wished me luck and I went off to the school.

Our pitching coach couldn't make it that day so I was in charge of calling pitches. At this point I was very green in that regard. I obviously thought I knew a ton about it and would be awesome but if I could re-watch the game I guarantee I'd pick it apart 7 years later. The game couldn't have started off worse. They scored 3 in the first and most of their hits were rockets. During the top of the second I don't remember the exact situation but their 9 batter (last hitter) was up. He had 2 strikes on him and he fouled off pitch after pitch before he hit a laser to CF for a base hit. When he did that I thought this team is unbeatable and we have no chance at winning. I even looked at the scoreboard and remember thinking "Is there a mercy rule?"

They ended up going up 6-0 after the top of the 2nd. Sometime in the middle of the second I looked out and saw our centerfielder puking. I was thinking "that's fitting". He would eat a snickers and chug a warm red bull before every game as part of a superstition and this was an extremely warm day in which the 2 didn't mix well apparently.

We scored three runs in the bottom of the second to make it 6-3. In the 3-5 innings our pitcher was able to get out of jam after jam. I could be a little off on the details but in the third inning he got out of a 1st and 3rd one out jam. Wiggled out of a 2nd and 3rd one out pickle in the 4th and bases loaded 2 out jam in the 5th. One play at the plate a kid came in hard and slid right into my foot blocking home plate. The next morning my whole foot had bruised up but I was in no pain for the game. Adrenaline is an amazing thing.

It was at this point our pitcher was at about 100 pitches through 5. Our scorekeeper, one of the parents on the team went up to the pitcher and said he's at 100+ and he's telling the coach. Our player basically said he's not leaving the mound. As a player at that point I agreed with our pitcher, but as a coach after looking at pitchers for a few years now and the abuse they take from coaches I completely understand what he was trying to do. In fact if I were him I would've pushed harder to the coach to take him out. Fortunately for our sake he didn't.

They were able to scratch across 2 more in the 6th and we were down 8-3 going into the bottom of the inning. Certainly not terrible and definitely respectable. In the home half of the inning we scored 3 runs and it was 8-6 heading into the 7th. They didn't score in their half of the inning and in the bottom of the inning we scored one run, then with a runner on second and one out I came up to the plate. Unfortunately this meant nothing since I wasn't a very good hitter and I grounded out to short. Our leadoff hitter, one of our seniors and team leaders then hit a rocket down the third base line. The third baseman dove, the ball hit his glove and bounced away. The runner scored on the double and we were tied.

Our next batter blooped a single to right, our leadoff hitter flying around third and heading for home with their RF charging and coming up firing. He threw a perfect one hopper to the plate. With our whole team out on the field ready to celebrate the throw and runner arrived at the exact same time. Our guy didn't slide, their catcher did a great job of blocking the plate, he missed home and was tagged out. To this day I'm still not sure how he didn't score, with 2 outs on a blooper and a fast runner that's generally an easy run. My only guess is he thought there was only one out and hesitated before seeing the ball down. Whatever, new game, free baseball, we're playing with the house's money at this point.

Innings 8, 9 and the top of the 10th were a blur. I do remember one of their innings ending on a double play which was always fun for me since I was backing up first base with just a runner on and I'm sure I let out a loud "yeah!" at the end of the play. Our starting pitcher had gone all 10 innings throwing 160+ pitches. Before the 10th inning I heard one of their coaches go "Can we hit this kid already?! We've seen him 5 times!". It was one of the guttier performances I had ever seen and it was about to end. The 10th was his last inning and I was warming up a reliever on the side while we were hitting.

With two outs and a runner on first base it looked like we were going to the 11th. Our 2 hitter was able to get on base. Our four hitter, another senior followed that with a single up the middle. Then our 5 hitter, hit a rocket down the third base line. There was no play at the plate this time, the runner scored easily and there was pandemonium on the field.

There's not too many better feelings in sports than winning games you're not supposed to. Coaches refer to it as "stealing one". If there was a betting line for this game, we'd probably be about 20-1 underdogs and after falling behind 6-0 the odds were probably about 100-1 against us. However, 100-1 still gives you a chance and baseball is a funny game. That team ended up winning sectionals and advancing to the state tournament while we got upset in the first round. However, for that one day we were the best team in the league and the headlines in the paper the next day will be something I never forget.


Men succeed when they realize that their failures are the preparation for their victories. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted By bosoxx34 at 09:31 AM


January 06, 2011

lol Canada

So I turned off the World Juniors finals last night after 2 periods. Canada was up 3-0 and looked like they were going to coast to the gold medal. I accidentally flipped it back over 5 minutes into the third and saw that the score was now 3-2. Russia ended up scoring 3 more goals and won the gold medal by outscoring Canada 5-0 in the third period. Words can't really express the enjoyment I got out of watching the last 15 minutes of that game. Going into HSBC arena Monday night my brother and I were booed and while leaving with 4 minutes left down 4-1 I was heckled. (Which I actually thought was funny but made it easier to root against them) Serenaded with chants of sell out with one fan telling me to pull my winter cap down lower, makes Canadians very easy villains in hockey. I hope that one fan enjoyed being at the arena last night, I enjoyed watching it.

Hockey in my opinion is a rhythm game, more so than any other sport. Baseball is slow, football has 40 second breaks after each play, I guess you could say basketball is the most similar. However there's just something more pure to me about skating with a puck rather than dribbling a ball, I guess it's the continuous movement. When a team gets on their heals in hockey it's pretty much over until they get going again. At that point only a hot goalie can save them and Canada's goalie was a perceived weakness all tournament long and once again showed last night. To quote Jim Carey in the cable guy "The red team sucks the big one!".

Haven't posted too much about poker lately since I've been learning HUPLO. Learning at 50 plo and it is incredibly swingy. I'm convinced that tilt control is the most important part of any omaha game. You just never have awesome equity and there's always backdoor outs that generally come on the turn. Once I get more comfortable with it I'll be posting updates and strategy advice. 

Currently starting to get into chess. I knew the rules but never bothered learning strategy at all. It's something I remember playing during 4th grade recess when we couldn't go outside and play. It's actually a really cool game and very thought provoking. I've been playing a buddy on my iphone using the chess with friends app. My main strategy right now is to try and control the middle of the board. Otherwise I basically play a very defensive game. I'm 1-1 so far and it's actually been a lot more fun that I originally thought it would be.

Finally, I need to make a DC short video about how to invest as a poker player. My initial thought was to talk for about 15 minutes on investing for retirement but if you guys want anything else, let me know and I'll consider it.


"It aint over 'till it's over" - Yogi Berra

Posted By bosoxx34 at 07:49 PM


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