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thewh00sel    United States. Dec 03 2013 17:59. Posts 2716
As usual, my dedication to updating this blog is pretty well synced up with my desire for cleaning the house. Both are useful and similar, as I can organize my things and thoughts; but the motivation to do either is often out of my grasp. Ah, procrastination, you made up word that makes me feel less guilty about my laziness...

On to the content. Since my last update, I have dabbled in sports betting a bit with no success at first. Then with stricter guidelines on bet-sizing and more research I've upswung and wiped out all of my losses. I've made 235 bets so for a total profit of 3 units. Nothing to be proud of really, but considering I was down about 50 units and recovered I'm pretty happy with how things have progressed.

In poker, I've recovered from the downswing I blogged about in August, and have been taking occasional shots at 10/20 in good games. Sunday was such a day.

I played 13 hours at 10/20 in a great game. Unfortunately, being in a great game never guarantees victory, and I was taking the worst of it. I was in for 10k after a few 3k buyins and had worked my stack up to 7500 and was grinding away. I took a short break and was chatting up a friend when I returned to the table and posted in the cutoff. The whale at the table limps in under the gun, and it folds to me. I look down at two red kings and raise it up to 120. A button-clicking regular makes it 380 in the big blind and the whale cold calls. Both players have me covered, and I can't afford to take a flop 3 handed. Also, with the whale calling, my hand will look much weaker if I put in a raise, potentially attempting to get HU with the whale or just take down the dead money.

"1300" I announce as I slide 12 more black chips into the pot. Button clicker sizes up my stack and nonchalantly tosses two yellow chips and a purple chip into the pot.

"$2,880" the dealer says as the whale pretends to go all-in; his three of hearts flashes as he throws his cards toward the muck. I announce all-in despite that fear in the back of my mind that he has me dead to rights. But....



We agree to run it twice. The first board comes down Qd 3c Qh Js As. I can't imagine winning on that board unless he has the other two kings...The next board comes down Qs 8h Ac Ad 4d and I reluctantly flip my hand over as my mind races to think of some combination of a hand he could have that involves me getting at least half the pot. I hear a quiet chuckle from my opponent as he flips over the Ks, and what seemed like five minutes later, the Ah.

Steam.

And with that, I left, and sent myself back to the coal mines to grind out that 10k loss at 5/10 the rest of this month.

Results:
Year to Date
Net
$80,710.54
Days Played
227
Hours played-Cash
1714:44:00
Hourly (total)
$47.07
Hourly (cash only)
$77.02
MTTs played
43
% win rate for cash 54.19%
ITM rate for MTTs 16.28%
Cash Net Winnings 124,393
MTT Net Winnings (64,547.70) (this is the total, including money given to me for selling pieces)

Looking forward to finishing this year off strong with a lot of hours before the baby comes. I'll try to post an end-of-year update in early January.



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A government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims. - Ayn RandLast edit: 03/12/2013 18:02

NewbSaibot   United States. Dec 03 2013 18:34. Posts 4743

God so gross, a reg punting ~400BB's with AKo vs what he presumably must judge to be a reg?

listening to edzwoo has made u a nit... *sigh* - Zalfor 

n0rthf4ce    United States. Dec 03 2013 19:03. Posts 8118

good post. you'll run good in that 10/20 one day every time i see u in it u run awful. always rooting for you! cheers

www.cardrunners.com 

lostaccount   Canada. Dec 03 2013 19:20. Posts 2761

nice update the KK hand is just puke.


Highcard   Canada. Dec 03 2013 20:33. Posts 5407

thanks for the update man, always a good read

GL in future shots

I have learned from poker that being at the table is not a grind, the grind is living and poker is how I pass the time 

Daut    United States. Dec 03 2013 21:20. Posts 8712

guy just gets in 400bb with AKo no problem, good god

NewbSaibot: 18 TIMES THE SPEED OF LIGHT. Because FUCK YOU, Daut 

flounder44   United States. Dec 04 2013 01:36. Posts 902

you must have amazing tilt control, I would be on lifetilt after that hand


devon06atX   Canada. Dec 04 2013 03:52. Posts 5355

Always enjoy reading your blog, the life of a true grinder.

GL to you


Tensai176   Canada. Dec 04 2013 17:39. Posts 1018

Sick life, good discipline


bigredhoss   Cook Islands. Dec 04 2013 20:22. Posts 8513


  On December 03 2013 18:03 n0rthf4ce wrote:
always rooting for you! cheers

Truck-Crash Life 

Endo   United States. Dec 05 2013 00:56. Posts 883

How do you find the grind affects your life at home, since you play more evenings I'm guessing?

Also is it difficult mentally to deal with downswings since there's a lot of pressure on you to support the family and you *have* to win?


thewh00sel    United States. Dec 05 2013 02:04. Posts 2716


  On December 04 2013 23:56 Endo wrote:
How do you find the grind affects your life at home, since you play more evenings I'm guessing?

Also is it difficult mentally to deal with downswings since there's a lot of pressure on you to support the family and you *have* to win?


I used to feel more pressure while my wife was in school and we had an inflated lifestyle. But we've since toned down the expenses and my wife has an ok-paying job, so I only really need to bring in 2-3k per month so the pressure is pretty much gone.

Also, I pay myself a paycheck out of my bankroll. So every 2 weeks I put a pre-determined amount into my bank account whether I'm suffering through a downswing or not. That way my budget isn't affected and I can still plan to pay all my bills the same way, and make all of the same investments that I planned to make whether I'm upswinging or downswinging; I just have to adjust which stakes I'm playing based on how much cash I have in my roll at the time.

In terms of home life, I imagine that mine is much better than the average family with kids as I can stay home pretty much whenever I want. I play an average of 160hrs per month but during the week my schedule looks like this 3 days per week: Wake up, drop off kid at preschool @ 930am, start 5/10 at bellagio at 10am, leave at 330pm to pick up kid from preschool (varies, sometimes the wife picks her up and I play a few extra hours if the games are good). Then I cook dinner etc and it's like I never missed any time away from family but still got to work. The other 2 days during the week I either don't play, or go to play in the evening if I'm in the mood. Then on Saturday and Sunday I'll go in after breakfast and grind. Those days I often put in 10-12 hours, but I also take some Sundays off as well. So the schedule isn't too tough.

With a new baby coming though my schedule is going to be put on its head. I'll probably be playing a lot more online at mid-low stakes whenever I can to get any kind of hours in. I imagine I'll be playing less than 100 hours per month January-May 2014, but we'll see.

A government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims. - Ayn Rand 

Endo   United States. Dec 05 2013 22:28. Posts 883

Very nice

Been following your blog/posts for a couple years. Glad to hear everything's going great!


Beenis   United States. Dec 05 2013 22:55. Posts 1

stop playing tournies obv


MezmerizePLZ    United States. Dec 06 2013 11:07. Posts 2559

Wtf I had no idea you are the wh00sel LOL


thewh00sel    United States. Dec 06 2013 11:19. Posts 2716

Yeah I didn't figure it out until I saw you hucking it up with Eric a few weeks ago. Was one of those I feel dumb moments. Still wasn't 100% sure you were THAT clay until this post though; couple of observant poker players right here.

A government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims. - Ayn Rand 

MezmerizePLZ    United States. Dec 06 2013 11:21. Posts 2559

who is button clicking reg?


thewh00sel    United States. Dec 06 2013 20:29. Posts 2716

Ngoc

A government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims. - Ayn Rand 

n0rthf4ce    United States. Dec 08 2013 17:56. Posts 8118


  On December 06 2013 19:29 thewh00sel wrote:
Ngoc


U mean the biggest 10/20 winner over last 5 years?

www.cardrunners.com 

thewh00sel    United States. Dec 09 2013 23:30. Posts 2716

fish on a heater

A government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims. - Ayn Rand 

 





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