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MezmerizePLZ    United States. Oct 17 2009 16:23. Posts 2589
Hey guys,

I haven't wrote a blog post in at least a year, or really written anything of any kind of substance for that matter, but now is probably as good a time as any.

Poker has been fairly frustrating the past few months, as I'm trying to recover from a ~200k tiltswing that was a combination of me playing in some tough games that I shouldn't have been playing, combined with tilt and runbad. Whenever on such a big losing streak its never good for my game or my confidence, so I set up a goal for myself before I am going to be playing in any big games.

Basically I decided that I will start playing at $2/4 and once I have acquired 20 buyins I move onto the next stake. So far I've gone through $2/4 and $3/6, and am now grinding away at 5/10. I really like that I've done this and its great for my motivation to have a solid goal to work towards. I am much more motivated to grind lately now because I really want to get back into bigger games, but I've also really grown to like the 2/4 level, and ideally I think what I would do is get back to 25/50 and play when the games are good, but also have enough sick grind in me to play 5/10 or 2/4 when the games aren't so good at the high stakes.

I have always had ego/tilt problems, which in a lot of ways has made me a better player, since it has caused me to challenge myself in tough games, see more showdowns, see how people react differently under pressure etc etc. but it has also cost me a lot of $ most likely. I tend to play longer sessions when I'm losing even if I'm tired and the games aren't great. I've always just relied on my skill to carry me through my tilt. As it is today the players aren't nearly the same, everyone at the 25/50 level is much better at suppressing their tilt and quitting when they aren't playing well or the momentum isn't in their favor, and really the games to be looking to play in at the higher stakes is basically to notice which reg is on tilt and try to capitalize. I figure I'm pretty much through with my nosebleed days online, unless their is a real reason to be in the game. It's virtually impossible to get any kind of decent sample of hands at nosebleeds with a real weak spot in the game. I guess it's worth it though as long as it doesn't effect your ability to play your normal games. I guess I'll think about it more if the opportunity ever arises.

I've always been a pretty big advocate of taking shots as long as it doesn't effect your play at your normal stakes etc. What I find really sick is nanonoko. It makes me wonder if the high stakes is really worth it, which I guess it is if you can win solidly, but I really feel like putting in a lot of hands at lower stakes aswell will certainly add up, but I don't think i have the ability to go for SNE like nanonoko or those guys really. I've considered it and I think it would be very difficult and draining on me, but even if I giveup halfway through the year that could be very beneficial just to get in that many hands in the first half of the year etc.

Yea I didn't really know where I was going with this blogpost I just sorta decided to start writing and see where I ended up lol

I haven't really been working on my PLO game at all recently, due to wanting to get back to the higher stakes NLHE i believe. I'm going to do the same thing 20 buyin moveup in PLO aswell but i have a harder time taking it seriously at the lower stakes than I do holdem for some reason. I've played a fair bit of high stakes PLO and have done decently but I think i'm most likely terrible and have been running hot. I'd love to have a good PLO player to talk to about stuff (anyone successful at the 10/20+?)

Anyway I've also been thinking a lot about picking up some students, not really sure how i'd do it or whatever or if i am interested in long term or only short term, but I figure i would charge $400/hr and coach 2/4-5/10. PM me if interested
Tjbenthams well sorta got me in the mood so i'll answer some random Q's right now if anyone wants

holla



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k2o4   United States. Oct 17 2009 16:29. Posts 4803

here's my random Q:

do you ever plan to go back to school or do something other than poker? or to take a long poker break to do something else with a plan of going back?

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MezmerizePLZ    United States. Oct 17 2009 16:33. Posts 2589


  On October 17 2009 15:29 k2o4 wrote:
here's my random Q:

do you ever plan to go back to school or do something other than poker? or to take a long poker break to do something else with a plan of going back?



I've thought about school a lot and I'm not sure, I think I will certainly go back to school if I get set for life from poker, or if I come to the realization that I have no chance at getting set for life from poker. Not sure what i'd define as set for life though. I think if I went back soon i'd probably have to take a light load of classes and continue playing poker


ParadoxPLZ   Canada. Oct 17 2009 16:36. Posts 323

do you mind that my name was inspired by you? do you feel threatened by me?

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CrownRoyal   Oman. Oct 17 2009 16:36. Posts 11367

Being about the same age as me, do you find it hard to have friendships with your monetary situation? Like for instance people just acting as if they like you because you buy drinks and stuff?

is it easy to overcome that or do you find that you're mostly just friends with the friends you've had throughout your life.

WHAT IS THISLast edit: 17/10/2009 16:37

MezmerizePLZ    United States. Oct 17 2009 16:39. Posts 2589


  On October 17 2009 15:36 ParadoxPLZ wrote:
do you mind that my name was inspired by you? do you feel threatened by me?



no my name has too many z's


CrownRoyal   Oman. Oct 17 2009 16:41. Posts 11367

ApocalyPSPLZ

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MezmerizePLZ    United States. Oct 17 2009 16:46. Posts 2589


  On October 17 2009 15:36 CrownRoyal wrote:
Being about the same age as me, do you find it hard to have friendships with your monetary situation? Like for instance people just acting as if they like you because you buy drinks and stuff?

is it easy to overcome that or do you find that you're mostly just friends with the friends you've had throughout your life.



Yea I haven't developed any close relationships except with people I already knew before I made money really, and I find it harder and harder to like people unless they have money. That sounds pretty shallow, and I can like them for who they are etc, but not as much as my friend. its much easier to 'be myself' around people that won't feel weird when i say shit i lost 25k today or whatever, aswell as they are much easier to trust, don't have to care about freerolling someone for the night etc. its harder to have them as an equal since if you pay for stuff they feel like they are in your debt and i just find it much easier to have a good time with poker players and/or people that don't care that you have money or have it affect the relationship


hansen jr.   Sweden. Oct 17 2009 16:49. Posts 3735

who was the drunkest in london thursday night?

also just shipped $190 to you on stars and ill have my brother ship u the rest on ftp
and lol fish&chips and a bottle of water for 25 pounds.. room service is the most expensive shit!


MezmerizePLZ    United States. Oct 17 2009 16:50. Posts 2589

oh also crownroyal doomer made a nice post regaurding what you said
http://doomer.liquidpoker.net/
its in the spoiler


MezmerizePLZ    United States. Oct 17 2009 16:52. Posts 2589


  On October 17 2009 15:49 hansen jr. wrote:
who was the drunkest in london thursday night?

also just shipped $190 to you on stars and ill have my brother ship u the rest on ftp
and lol fish&chips and a bottle of water for 25 pounds.. room service is the most expensive shit!



don't forget we ordered 9 peronnis or however you spell that beer's name.

hmm, i guess i would have to say that eric was the drunkest, frinkx is a monster he was like chugging that vodka and filling his glass totally full of it with like a splash of redbull and was still very coherent, impressive


Shad   United Kingdom. Oct 17 2009 16:56. Posts 866

Can you give a brief overview of your poker career and your path to the highest games?

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ggplz   Sweden. Oct 17 2009 17:01. Posts 16640

Hey man,

Sorry to hear about the 200k swing.

I recently changed my diet from very little fruit/vegetables and mostly fatty unhealthy meals to a vegan diet (cant eat meat or dairy) b/c i wanted to force myself to question everything i eat, i.e. 'oh that looks cool, wait, wtf is that?'. When i switched i anticipated there would be other changes as well after lots of chats with loco and vegan friends.

I should state that before i switched i was often feeling stuffy/bloated after meals and didnt feel like playing that much and tilted pretty often, maybe - 2 or 3 bb/100 in tilt, which is obv more than what some people beat the game for. After making the change and having been on it for a month i dont tilt anymore. I dont have any downtime due to bloated/unhappy feeling and always feel full of energy and alert. I've noticed weight loss (~20lbs) without really trying to excercise and different effects such as my skin looking/feeling a lot better. Imo, this is all pretty fucking awesome for a poker player in particular where your entire life is focused into making the correct bet/call.

Idk what your diet is but imo you should try this out. It really helped me stop tilting 99.99%. I try to eat as much raw food as possible to get the extra benefits lost from cooking vegetables. I pretty much eat similar stuff most days and just modify it however i feel like, adding/removing stuff, etc.

If you're interested, or just wanna implement some of this stuff into your diet try starting off with a smoothie every day for breakfast and see how you feel.

I have this monster every day (~1.5 litres) with some variation:

- Spinnach
- Arugula
- Avocado
- Banana
- Melon or beetroot (beetroot takes a bit of getting used to, stay away early)
- Water/ice to help blend up spinnach/arugula first and cool it down.


Hope that helps.

I'm on AIM if you feel like chatting.


Got a few questions for you too but cant think of any right now, i'll ask you on AIM sometime ^^

- David

if poker is dangerous to them i would rank sports betting as a Kodiak grizzly bear who smells blood after you just threw a javelin into his cub - RaiNKhAN 

MezmerizePLZ    United States. Oct 17 2009 17:05. Posts 2589


  On October 17 2009 15:56 Shad wrote:
Can you give a brief overview of your poker career and your path to the highest games?



Well I started with playing live $5 sngs with friends at 16, and my friends APOCalypsPLZ, and Pacifist had been doing really well online, Apocalypse eventually made it to 25/50 cash before selling his soul to the WoW devil, and Pacifist had a score of over 50k in a sunday major before focusing on school. Pacifist sent me my first $10 I believe, and I used to bounce questions of apocalypse alot.

I started out with low stakes SNGs and random stuff, I read books and learned decent SNG strategy, eventually making it to the $100 SNG level before switching to cash-games. I also played some MTTs. I remember the first day I won over $1000 was from one of those $20 180 man sit-n-goes. Me and my best friend alex went out to an expensive restaurant that day.

I basically grinded up from .25/.5 after that while in highschool to $25/50, probably using around a 30 buy-in rule. I had the most trouble with the jump from 3/6 to 5/10, I clearly remember being very overaggressive as a compensation for the new stakes. I had a cardrunners subscription and would read a lot of forums as well as discuss hands with other players.


CamilaPunt   Brasil. Oct 17 2009 17:25. Posts 2354


  On October 17 2009 15:50 MezmerizePLZ wrote:
oh also crownroyal doomer made a nice post regaurding what you said
http://doomer.liquidpoker.net/
its in the spoiler



it's funny how often im reading a poker players thought and think "this is almost me"

i have a question for u which i have been wondering amongst successful players:
1) r u happy with your profession--life?
2) ever think of doing something else?

depending on your answers 2 these 2 questions i will have a 3rd one

I switched to being like a 95% of the time plo player and play mostly 3/6 through 10/20 6m/hu and am always looking for people 2 discuss hands, although i'm a very feel oriented player and by no means consider myself to be great, but have been getting good results for past couple months. feel free 2 add me msn or aim.


CamilaPunt   Brasil. Oct 17 2009 17:28. Posts 2354


  On October 17 2009 16:01 concrescence wrote:
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oh and this seems pretty awesome dude, happy for u and impressed u managed to cut meats like that, i would definitely be interested in hearing how u r running your diet as i myself have been in a routine of dieting/exercising for last few months & have always thought of going vegetarian but haven't had the courage/discipline to do it.

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MezmerizePLZ    United States. Oct 17 2009 17:42. Posts 2589


  On October 17 2009 16:25 CamilaPunt wrote:
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it's funny how often im reading a poker players thought and think "this is almost me"

i have a question for u which i have been wondering amongst successful players:
1) r u happy with your profession--life?
2) ever think of doing something else?

depending on your answers 2 these 2 questions i will have a 3rd one

I switched to being like a 95% of the time plo player and play mostly 3/6 through 10/20 6m/hu and am always looking for people 2 discuss hands, although i'm a very feel oriented player and by no means consider myself to be great, but have been getting good results for past couple months. feel free 2 add me msn or aim.


1) yea i really love it, i feel like i've lacked in the social aspect that I would get from attending a college, but i feel very confidently that i prefer what i'm doing now, and have gained life experience in different areas. I've always been competitive and poker allows for maximum competition better than all realistic jobs i can think of. I've also always wanted to accumulate a lot of $ for as long as I can remember. I used to want to be a lawyer for no other reason than it was the highest paying realistic job I could think of, luckily for me poker came along and I think its rare to have a well paying job that you enjoy. The enjoyment I get now isn't the same as it was before, but its still far better than any other job I could have at this age or likely any age without A LOT of work.

The only real problem i have with poker is explained by viffer in his well:

'poker leaves you with little since of acomplishment at the end of the day, and if you are a true degen then you dont do any thing productive out side of poker to make up for it, like i could volunteer to help kids or some thing but instead i spend my time supporting single moms when not playing poker.'

2) Not really, just considered going to school for something I would enjoy and seeing where it would take me, but I would still be playing poker for income during school almost certainly.

And sure PM me your MSN


vegable   United States. Oct 17 2009 18:05. Posts 2453

very good content + links in this blog, it really echoes the thoughts of our generation in this specific line of work

its great that lower stakes players can draw inspiration from your rambles

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ggplz   Sweden. Oct 17 2009 18:08. Posts 16640

how big a part of your game is 4betting?
what kind of sizing do you typically like and how do you change it based on stack sizes/opponents?
what kind of hands do you like to 4bet and 5bet shove as a bluff?

if poker is dangerous to them i would rank sports betting as a Kodiak grizzly bear who smells blood after you just threw a javelin into his cub - RaiNKhAN 

milkman   United States. Oct 17 2009 18:17. Posts 5719

when i lived with u i prolly asked u everything i could think of, and dont think theres much i could think of asking that i dont already know.. but that was like 2 years ago. So my question is whats changed.. whats the most different stuff in ur life now than 2 years ago when we all lived together.

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