January 07, 2010

NYC Half-Marathon

I got in! March 21 here we go.

Posted By Taoism at 10:51 AM


Tags: running

January 04, 2010

Happy New Year

The New Year is off to a great start. I have a couple thousand hands under my belt already, and I’m running pretty hot. 2009 did not end so well poker-wise since I started learning huhu and dropped a bunch of bets while I was getting my feet wet. (By the way, you can see the second coaching session between myself and liquid_quik in this thread ).

At midnight on New Year’s, I ran a 4-mile race in Central Park along with a couple thousand others. I finished the race in 30:00 flat, which is ridiculously fast for it being freezing cold and me being drunk off champagne and tequila =). Happy New Year!

Posted By Taoism at 04:56 PM


Tags: poker running

December 29, 2009

Chord Transitions

I started playing guitar seriously about a year and a half ago. I bought an acoustic while I was still in China and taught myself through a variety of online videos. Since I don’t like my singing voice, I’m intent on learning how to improvise and to have that be my creative outlet.

Improvising well is not easy, and I’ve been struggling with it for a while. It’s very formulaic in one sense but also requires very good intuition (kind of like poker). One thing I’m just beginning to notice is the relationship between chords and their pentatonic scales. The most basic fact is that the I chord and the VI chord are relative major and minor scales and thus share the same notes. But the same is true of the IV and II chords. So a transition from the VI chord, say, to either the IV or the II uses the same shape. You just have to be aware of whether you’re landing on a root or a minor third or some other note in the scale.

Posted By Taoism at 04:07 PM


Tags: guitar

December 26, 2009

HUHU Progress

Given the silly rake at $1/$2, I’ve started sitting at the $2/$4 tables (which still are poor rake-wise, but much better than $1/$2). I think the most important thing I need to remember is to be very strict about my game selection, and immediately quit when I don’t think an opponent is profitable. I’ve made a fair amount of gains, and I think almost all of my losses could have been mitigated if I had stopped playing against an aggressive opponent sooner.

Posted By Taoism at 08:18 PM


Tags: poker

December 24, 2009

HUHU Coaching

liquid_quik and I had our first huhu coaching session Monday night. You can see the thread here .

Flash Video
HTM File

You need both files to view the video (unless maybe if you have a stand-alone SWF player). I used Adobe Captivate to record our session and got the initial settings wrong so that’s why it’s not an AVI file and why the frame rate is kind of choppy. Future sessions should be a lot better since I’ve kind of figured out CamStudio.

Posted By Taoism at 05:04 AM


Tags: poker

December 20, 2009


Sat at $2/$4 for the first time. The table was just as good as any $1/$2 I’ve played, but I ran terribly and dropped about 40 BBs in 150 hands. Lost about 20 BBs in stud as well. I don’t have a set stop loss, but it’s probably best to stay away from the tables for a day or two.

Posted By Taoism at 09:00 PM


Tags: poker

December 19, 2009

Some Stud Stats

1,019 hands
25.32% VP$P
+10.04 BB/100

Most of these are at $1/$2/$0.20 on Full Tilt. There are about 100 hands each at $0.50/$1/$0.10 on FT and $1/$2/$0.10 on Ultimate Bet. The UB game is a little weird because the antes are so small, and the bring-in is large (half a small bet) so the bring-in is like it’s own steal attempt. In addition, I accidentally played 18 hands at a hi/lo table.

Posted By Taoism at 08:55 PM


Tags: poker

December 16, 2009

Learning Stud

I started playing stud on Monday. So far, the game to me has been “I take the nuts to the river and get paid off by one pair hands.” I’m up over 60 big bets after just 300 hands. Are the games this good at $1/$2? Probably not. But the game makes a little more sense to me than no limit or Omaha so I think it makes a good change of pace from my regular limit schedule.

Posted By Taoism at 04:49 PM


Tags: poker

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