Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

For some reason I just checked in on here and realized I promised more content 6 months ago and have new content.  I'm not really sure why that is, but anyway....I'll try to do better.

Year in Review

I won all the money at poker this year (including a the big end of a bad beat jackpot) while playing basically half time.  I'm not sure if I'm playing better (probably not) than I used to, but I am definitely quitting games when they aren't very good and that has to have had a positive effect on my hourly rate.  The game has quite frankly just gotten very, very easy for me.  I spend 95% of my hours in the same casino playing with the same 30 people, my home field advantage is astronomical, I am literally impervious to downswings at the stakes I'm playing, and nobody has a clue how to handle me as I play every single hand and am the only player in my game that remotely considers any sort of balanced strategy concerns.

I've sort of decided to be a little more private about things, and I'm not really sure why.  I've always been a complete open book (and any of my friends will tell you that I'll answer anything honestly), but I feel like maybe having financial results on my blog is not the best thing to do.  I actually got audited for tax year 2012 (mostly because of CTRs at Commerce) and it was kind of big and scary and shitty.  The result was "no change" (I "won" but let's be honest nobody wins when you get audited), but I still don't really ever want to do that again.

I'm sort of kinda actually dating someone, so that is super cool.  I think she's the second woman I've gotten past a second date in maybe 2 years (which has mostly been intentional).  It is also kind of big and scary, as I have no idea how this shit is supposed to work.  But fuck it, if Danielle can get herself engaged surely I can handle some sort of relationship, right?  OK that's an apples to oranges thing and doesn't matter in the slightest, but it's time for me to stop being a miserably lonely shit and get out there and do some stuff, so....

2017 is going to be a good year for me.  I'm accepting the fact that I'm not going to work and just do poker/sports full time because damn it I like it and I'm good at it.  I am going to travel a bit (simple stuff, as I'm a simple person, but still stuff), I'm going to get into shape, and I'm making a pledge to do one thing per week that improves my life long term (examples include....buying a stationary bike....getting a passport.....getting my rental properties squared away).  Pretty much I'm going to stop worrying about what I "should" be doing and just embrace the path I'm on and see if it makes me happy.  Blah blah blah, yada yada get the idea.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

And...we're back

I can't imagine there are many people left reading, we go.

I quit my software job 3 months ago and just spent 2 weeks in Vegas for the WSOP.  I did these things because...well, because I wanted to basically.  I'm going to move forward doing things for that exact reason, and really none other.  Here comes a list of true statements.

I am addicted to Boom Beach and Clash of Clans.  They are both fun.

I have played over 500 hours of poker this year and I am killing it.

Sports betting?  Free money.

Death Donkey?  Champion.

I'm working on health and fitness because they should never be less than like priority 3 for anybody ever.  I am currently a giant fat ass, but I will lose the weight and keep the strength because I can.

That's about it.  I'm going to write more, I promise, because writing is who I am and I enjoy it.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Year in Review

The blog isn't dead, per say, I just haven't felt like writing.  I haven't felt like doing much of anything lately, but I do think I'm sort of getting there.  I took the time to roll my 2015 stats into my lifetime ones yesterday, and as usual found some interesting nuggets there in.  As Babar said, ship the nuggets

2015 was, I guess, the first losing year of my "career" (although to say I still do this as a career is obviously a misnomer.  I think I've played less than 1000 hours in the last 30 months).  Overall it breaks down like this:

472 hours, -$13577, -33.21 bets

So obviously I had some bet sizing issues.  Looks like I lost a little playing 1/2 (20 bets or so) and pretty badly at 60 (over 100 bets) in 120 hours or so.  Other than that it was pretty non-eventful with just not running very well (winning like 100 bets) in smaller games over 350 hours.  It appears I had a 7k downer in the Hustler 25 in 40 hours, which is somewhat noteworthy if not special.  It also appears I won 16 racks in the bike 20 in just over 100 hours, finishing the year winning 15/16 sessions.

Another fun tidbit....on April 26th I was up $8100 for the year through 335 hours.  So in the last 8 months of the year I logged less than 140 hours and lost almost $22k.  Solid work.

Trolling through all the data from my lifetime sheets it's tough not to put on the rose colored glasses and say "if only I knew now what I knew then" blah blah blah.  I have to admit it has been tempting to give it another go, at least lately.  I mean, in many ways I did poker "correctly", in that I treated it very much like a job and was super professional about it.  That could well be why I survived.  But in some other ways that's all wrong, since a ton of what you're supposed to get out of poker is not having a job, and I didn't really take advantage of that.  Thinking on it all now, what if I did move up by the casinos, didn't bother with trying to take shots at big games, and tried to make life as easy as possible.  There are a pair of games that run every day that I have beaten for around $50/hour (historically....stats from 2011 don't have a whole lot to do with anything today, but objectively these games are VERY soft).  What if I didn't have a schedule to stick to?  What if I played weekend evenings whenever I wanted?  I dunno....

The main reason my blog has slowed down is that I'm no longer comfortable with my life being a complete open book (both because I've changed my viewpoint, and some of the things just can't be blogged about....obviously I'd never put much of anything honest about my software career up here).  But I will admit that I've been hearing the advice of the experts a little more loudly than usual of late: