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hiems   United States. Feb 11 2020 21:50. Posts 1757
Hi everyone,

I've been dabbling with poker here and there for the past year and I probably need to take it a bit more seriously if I am going to see any positives coming out of poker. I've been making decent progress getting myself setup/organized, studying more, but I have a long way to go.

I live in New Jersey, so I have been playing StarsNJ on and off for the past year and put in ~30k hands. Since I have a job volume is difficult, but there is definitely room to improve in this area going forward. I have access to some pretty decent training content, which seems to be readily available these days. I have also decided to reinvest in a rented server and hope to become reasonably competent with Pio analysis this year.

Decided I'd make a quick blog post here so that I could get a bit more motivated with my goals.
I am going to make my initial set of goals fairly achievable so that I can build from it rather than set something unrealistic from the start
-8k hands / month (I realize this is low but given my setup I feel like this is a good starting point for me).
-devote time to Pio every week. I know this is vague, but i'm not even great with PIO yet. same thing with my volume goal being low at 8k hands, probably my PIO hand review goal will be something like 1-2 spots a day to start.
-get better with game selection, dont be in a rush to play higher stakes or battle regulars. exception for higher stakes (200nl and 500nl) is going to be when this huge whale sits in the daytime and I'm able to get a seat. otherwise, going to be focused on 50nl and 100nl for the time being.
-get better with using stats/databases/huds. this is an area i really suck at right now. currently using hem2 potentially switch to pokertracker or h2n.

I'm doing ok in other areas of my life (financial, fitness, learning, etc) probably the only thing lacking is socialization which I don't really have time for at the moment.

Anyway I guess that's it. Feel free to ask any questions.



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dnagardi   Hungary. Feb 11 2020 22:13. Posts 1695

ditch poker, it's for your own good.
put in the same effort you just wrote into socialization. You will be a happier person. Poker will never give you what your heart desires.


hiems   United States. Feb 11 2020 22:27. Posts 1757

I don't even think you know a thing about me what is your problem?

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RiKD    United States. Feb 12 2020 00:09. Posts 6314

Seems reasonable. I am not sure if I understand the endgame though. Is this a hobby? Fun? Are you trying to make it big?

What if you play like 50k hands as a .1 ptbb/100 winner and make $100 then what? Just continue the plan? Would that be fun for you?

We don't know much about you is true. Are you some Big Brained Scrabble Champion like Deldar? I remember when he was rising through the ranks and I was like who is this guy then I was like this guy isn't bad then he kept rocketshipping upwards. The funny thing is I don't know if that guy could even beat 500 NL these days. I'm sure he could if he put his mind towards it but I'm saying just jump right in there with 2009 skills he might get crushed.

Also, I don't understand why/how you don't really have time for socialization at the moment?

If poker is genuinely more fun than socialization than that is one thing. I think most people would like if not require some human connection. Maybe you get enough at work. Maybe not. I don't know. I think in conclusion at least I wouldn't value a pipe dream of being a big timer over socialization. All great players kind of valued a "pipe dream" over socialization. It's interesting to see or think about how it has paid off or not paid off for different people.


hiems   United States. Feb 12 2020 00:50. Posts 1757

Hm the endgame is unclear. This is not me "chasing some pipe dream" and I am not trying to "make it big" or anything. Sure, I'd like to bink some huge score like anyone else but its not really a requirement. I do have above average financial goals though at a baseline achieve xyz networth by age xx etc, but mainly my scenarios for achieving those are not through poker.

On a side note I actually tried learning/am trying to learn Scrabble recently. Game is hard as f when you are a beginner.

dnagardi's post was pretty cunty. I dont even know where to start with how stupid it is so I'm not going to bother.

well obv I could make time for socialization, but for my own reasons I think its better to just spend time on other stuff for the time being.

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RiKD    United States. Feb 12 2020 02:07. Posts 6314

I will just say i/r/t socialization: like many things the longer it gets put off the harder it gets. I think I saw somewhere you said you were like 28. 28 is way harder than 18 at college but it's also way easier than 35. I really don't think this should be overlooked.


hiems   United States. Feb 12 2020 04:01. Posts 1757

Hm well I'm > 28. It's a fair point so I'll take it into consideration.

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PuertoRican   United States. Feb 12 2020 04:01. Posts 11995

Continue to play poker, but don't have it as your main hobby.

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hiems   United States. Feb 12 2020 04:16. Posts 1757


  On February 12 2020 03:01 PuertoRican wrote:
Continue to play poker, but don't have it as your main hobby.



Why?

edit : this is getting kind of ridiculous how many energy vampire there are on this site.

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Nitewin   United States. Feb 12 2020 04:21. Posts 1316

imo really think about your endgame goals.

I think dnagardi's post was in good heart as poker can be seen as a dangerous hobby affecting stress levels, socialization, and finances.

Also learning pio / strategy first might be better time spent vs putting in hours grinding at this point.


hiems   United States. Feb 12 2020 04:40. Posts 1757

Jesus bro you swung from like 5k->100k-->busto--->5k-->60k trading options or something like that and you are telling me about this stuff about dangerous hobby affecting stress levels?

wat?

I'm not sure what you mean by think about your endgame goals. I already outlined in general how my financial goals are set up which is not from poker. I mean this is coming from you who doesnt actually have a job as opposed to me where my swings are less than <1% of my networth why am I getting lectured by you on this by you wtf.

This site is god awful.

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Loco   Canada. Feb 12 2020 04:57. Posts 20422


  On February 12 2020 03:40 hiems wrote:
This site is god awful.



Indeed. All of the liberals came out of the woodwork in order to attack you for no reason. They clearly all think they're better and wiser than you by trying to give you unwarranted advice. Unreal how arrogant these inferior beings are.

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hiems   United States. Feb 12 2020 05:10. Posts 1757

lol this is ridiculous.

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RiKD    United States. Feb 12 2020 05:43. Posts 6314

It really comes down to what are you trying to accomplish?

Playing poker and working at the same time is hard to do. Let's say you build up a roll and some spare cash and start making 10c/hand at 200 NL. Are you going to consider quitting your job?

Like you really think you are going to compete with Stroggoz and the gang while working a full time job?

I don't know maybe I'm just jaded but sitting around a poker table or staring at my computer screen clicking buttons in parasitic "glory" sounds terrible even if poker is a fascinating game. If you really like playing poker than yeah just tell us all to fuck off and do your thing but you posted this here basically asking for feedback or accountability or whatever so you can't get too angry with responses.

If your finances and fitness and everything is in order it's time to start making friends and dating brah. Don't let life pass you by. Unless that's not what you want. I don't know what you want. But, sitting around playing 8k hands a month and getting to say a penny/hand seems silly to me. Unless it's no different to learning scrabble. But, I would think someone was a little weird if they spent 20 hours/month playing scrabble. Eh, maybe not. To each his own. I think I would get more behind the idea of getting really good at tournaments and doing the Sunday tournaments each week in your shoes. But, then I go back and think dnagardi might have just nailed it on the first post of the thread.


hiems   United States. Feb 12 2020 09:33. Posts 1757

^ I don't have time for you.

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Trav94   Canada. Feb 12 2020 11:35. Posts 1771


  On February 12 2020 03:40 hiems wrote:
This site is god awful.



Fuck off then.

You're the most miserable defensive crybaby whenever anyone comments something you don't like.


dnagardi   Hungary. Feb 12 2020 21:23. Posts 1695

lol man, most ppl on this site is probably 30+ giving you real positive advice with experience we actually experienced due to poker.

I had good intentions and I truly believe in what I wrote works in general. You are looking at these from the wrong angle, we are not trying to attack you.

if you put poker in front of socialization it will be destructive for you in the long run. No matter how much money you win. It puts you in a dark lonely corner without you even noticing it.

anyway this is just my oppinion, i might be wrong


Sleepy311   Vietnam. Feb 13 2020 00:04. Posts 91

NJ Online is a pretty rough grind man... It's mainly just regs going at it from NL50 and up waiting for stragglers... Why not just play at the Borgata or something where the games are good (And you can socialize with people)


hiems   United States. Feb 13 2020 00:32. Posts 1757


  On February 12 2020 23:04 Sleepy311 wrote:
NJ Online is a pretty rough grind man... It's mainly just regs going at it from NL50 and up waiting for stragglers... Why not just play at the Borgata or something where the games are good (And you can socialize with people)



I live way too far from Borgata or even Sands/Parx is 1hr+ from me. Also really hard to work on your game while playing live poker.

lol really is it that bad? I think its decent personally. I think you guys are being overly sensitive with "socializing" I probably shouldnt even have mentioned it at all or else dnagardi might have an orgasm again.

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hiems   United States. Feb 13 2020 00:33. Posts 1757


  On February 12 2020 20:23 dnagardi wrote:
lol man, most ppl on this site is probably 30+ giving you real positive advice with experience we actually experienced due to poker.

I had good intentions and I truly believe in what I wrote works in general. You are looking at these from the wrong angle, we are not trying to attack you.

if you put poker in front of socialization it will be destructive for you in the long run. No matter how much money you win. It puts you in a dark lonely corner without you even noticing it.

anyway this is just my oppinion, i might be wrong



again, dont even know where to start with you. I'm just not going to bother.

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