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x_Driven_x
Join Date: Nov 1st, 2010
1 Hi, my name is x_driven_x and I'm a recovering donk. Today is day 2.
I admit it. I've been playing like a donk, and it's time to stop. I play recreationally, and I used to be a slight winning player, but somewhere along the line I lost my ability to remain disciplined and let the impulsive gambler in me win the battle. I can't count the number of times I'd double or triple my starting bankroll only to lose it all, redeposit, and repeat the cycle. I know many of us ...
Published: Dec 2nd, 2013
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Wilburrrr
Join Date: Dec 25th, 2010
1 February/March Goals + a hand for review.
I'm a little tired, have an interview @ 12 (nothing interesting). I decided I needed to make a blog entailing my poker goals for the month (well, rest of the month/next). February: 1: Log 25k cash game hands (big mark for me playing ACR 4-6 tables) 2: Play solid tournament poker (win big, play smart, exploit!) 3: Choose my poker path: MTT's or Cash by the end of the month 4: Stop calling 3-4bs, ...
Published: Feb 13th, 2014
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AJyowler
Join Date: May 10th, 2006
23 On a Mission
I've been playing poker for years and have enjoyed the thrill of victory as well as suffered the agony of defeat.. Highlights: winning a 2 dollar tourney on Stars while stationed in Iraq for about 1400 dollars.. final tabling 3 merge events in the same series including my best score (just over 2k).. buying a flatscreen tv and Macbook with poker winnings... Lowlights: Bad BRM, playing ...
Published: May 5th, 2014
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ElPaz
Join Date: Jul 25th, 2011
2 A Professional Mindset - Get it or Forget it
I suspect that I am like many online players.... I have played cash a lot over the years live with a few tourns thrown in. I have played online more sporadically, won a few k here and there for small stakes and see myself as a good tourney player. I also dont mind the odd sng or dble up.. I also quite like a few other games, Omaha hi lo, mixed games, its all fun....! Therein lies some of ...
Published: May 6th, 2014
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Duvdar
Join Date: Jul 6th, 2012
1 Working my way towards a poker career
Hey All Some time ago I was able to rearrange my schedule to allow me to only work 4 days per week so I could spend 3 days per week playing poker at my favorite destination the Borgata in Atlantic City. Since that time I have been building up a growing bankroll playing 2/5 and 5/10 NL. As my bankroll continued to grow I have wanted more and more to take it to the next level. While I am getting ...
Published: Jul 6th, 2014
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AJyowler
Join Date: May 10th, 2006
23 On a Misson (early Aug update)
Well I have to admit my game slipped a bit in July although that was mainly due to running good irl. Started dating a girl and had a cousin in town so spent less time on the virtual felt. Probably my biggest leak was donating some money on PL Omaha cash but I needed a break and like anything else you often have to lose in the beginning in order to get better at the game. At this time my roll is ...
Published: Aug 5th, 2014
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cfaughs
Join Date: Mar 5th, 2011
20 Am I a good poker player? lets see!
This is a logical question that every poker player asks himself at some stage. It is also a question that most players inevitably over estimate their own ability. While I certainly feel that I have an edge in certain games, I know my abilities are limited. Some poker players are number guys; some are feel guys. There ere numerous types of players. I will not bore you with unnecessary poker ...
Published: Mar 14th, 2015
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cfaughs
Join Date: Mar 5th, 2011
20 $100 to 10k challenge.
I want to start by thanking the people who commented on my previous post. I also want to thank Dara O'kearney for his kind tweet. That brings me to two important points. Firstly, I better actually read my blog before I post it. I began this thinking not many people would read it; its purpose was solely to track my progress and keep me focused on my goal. Thus, numerous spelling mistakes were ...
Published: Mar 20th, 2015
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Jermz
Join Date: Oct 6th, 2014
1 Why I Came Back to Twitch
I started streaming in January of 2015. It was pretty much the beginning of the giant rush to stream online poker. Everyday more people we're streaming and for the next few months I felt like more noise in a very crowded and loud room. After a few months and some success I decided to take a break. There were numerous reasons why I decided to take a break, but I'm glad I did. I'm now back and ...
Published: Aug 6th, 2015
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AJyowler
Join Date: May 10th, 2006
23 Running it Up (Sept Update)
As many of you know I had .73 in my bovy roll 2 months ago and I have embarked on a journey to try and run it up.. I have given up on Carbon until they get their payouts under 2 months and/or I have less than 5 figures locked up there. Let's revisit the Bovada goals I laid in place last month end of august goal: 500$ end of september goal: 1250$ end of october goal: 2500$ end of november goal: ...
Published: Sep 3rd, 2015
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easygame3rd
Join Date: Sep 22nd, 2015
1 My Bovada MTT: Journey To Become Pro
Hello World! here we go... I'm 29 years old tournament player from Florida, U.S. Please pardon my poor writing. This blogging took a lot out of me ( literally few months now to man up, write down, open up). I believe this blog entry will serves a great purpose in my commitment to the game. By open-up publicly like this, i will be exploited, laughed, or even hated but I ...
Published: Nov 20th, 2015
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Eatahoagie
Join Date: Dec 16th, 2013
3 5 Reasons to Start a Twitch Poker Stream
I once read a book, in which Doyle said that he caught a lot of flack for publishing Super Systems. Players didn't like the fact that he was selling the secrets of the game. I heard the same thing about Twitch as well. I myself was skeptical but just like all technology and knowledge, it's all out there, and either your ahead of the learning curve , or your behind. I've compiled 5 reasons that I ...
Published: Jun 8th, 2016
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wowswift
Join Date: May 26th, 2005
1 hmm let's blog
ok nm f blogs
Published: Mar 29th, 2008
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jude9x9
Join Date: Dec 11th, 2007
47 Weee another 1.10 for me!
So it's either I don't cash, either I win the SNG. After my win last week I was up to 15 bucks in my account. Played a couple more 1.10s during the week with no success, then the weekend came and I played stupid again, entering 2 $3.30 tourneys and failed to cash despite building a nice stack in both at the 1st hour break. A couple more 1.10 SNG 45 man and I was down to 3.19. Maybe one ...
Published: Aug 18th, 2008
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RustyNail
Join Date: Jan 17th, 2008
21 25NL 4 tablin -Goal Achieved
No bad hands for tonights session, small goal achieved from last night. 17 BB/100. Had a sweet hand with a set of 9s on flush draw board with Qs 9s 3d checked to aggressive opponent ,who bet and reraised his 2 dollar bet to 8 and he puts me allin with KQo and loses a chunk of his stack. Had a hand where I wanted to get carried away and try a 2nd barrel on the River for a big bet but I did ...
Published: Sep 30th, 2008
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LordPye
Join Date: May 27th, 2008
5 MTT Troubles? Tips for the "Middle of the Road" Guys.
Now I'm not gonna sit here and claim to be a great player by any means, but I certainly hold my own and I'll share some tips that helped me go from standard midway MTT spewer to a decent small stakes tourney player. 1. Prepare yourself for play. If eating is a distraction, eat before play. Get comfortable and make sure no serious distraction (kids, etc.) will restrain you from playing ...
Published: Oct 15th, 2008
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eatyourstack
Join Date: Dec 10th, 2007
4 FG online leaderboard
Winner: 10 pts 2nd: 7 pts 3: 5 pts 4: 3 pts 5: 2 pts 6: 1 pts Þurfa að vera 6 eða fleiri spilarar til að leaderboardið counti. Fundinn verður betri tími fyrir mótin í framtíðinni.
Published: Nov 2nd, 2008
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RustyNail
Join Date: Jan 17th, 2008
21 25NL 6-8 Tabling
I've been doing a lot of 6 tabling and decided to try a little 8 tabling while cascading the windows then went back to using the tiles. Man I'm no expert at that,but I managed 8bb/100. Ryan Daut's playing 20 tables at 1/2 which is something to watch. Cut into the profit a few times the last few nights with some bluffs attempted while a flush was on the board. Did that even after ...
Published: Nov 6th, 2008
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DONKEYHERDER
Join Date: Oct 2nd, 2007
22 Peter Eastgate is the 2008 WSOP Main Event Champion, but were the fans cheated!?
Congrats out to Peter Eastgate, the newest, and youngest ever WSOP Main Event Champion!! He broke Phil Hellmuth's (self-proclaimed unbeatable) record being only 22 years old and won over $9 million along with the bracelet and probably numerous sponsorship deals to come. I just finished watching the final table show tonight and it was a very exciting final table. Plenty of suckouts and ...
Published: Nov 12th, 2008
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Cre8ive
Join Date: Jan 12th, 2007
219 What Is A Blog...?
"And my motto is when you get inside the end zone, act like you been there before. Says something about your character to always brag, so if you never had, act like you always have, for real..." - Joe Budden - Goto Hell. It seems like every time I get in the red zone I can't ever get that touchdown. I know I haven't blogged in a while. I sort of forgot about it. Not really ...
Published: Dec 7th, 2008
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Shemp Hain
Join Date: Jan 5th, 2009
28 A new play that's the nuts.....
Okay so it's no secret I like to berate players. If you don't like me for that then that's fine but I make fun of people everyday not only at the tables. It's kind of a bad habit of mine but everyone has there vices and mine is being mean. So I found a new way to get into people's heads and that's by pissing them off to the point where the start typing awful things in the ...
Published: Jan 19th, 2009
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JWeb777
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2006
10 A Very Frustrating Weekend
My results the last few days have been decent, especially considering the 11 buy-ins I lost on Wednesday. Thursday I was down a small amount but got in a ton of hands, then I went out to a bar for a few hours with a bunch of my friends. Friday was a big day, as I ended up 6 buy-ins at $200NL and up 20 big bets at $5-$10 limit. I went to a friends house last night for a bit to celebrate his ...
Published: Jan 24th, 2009
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Cre8ive
Join Date: Jan 12th, 2007
219 Busted 3k Borgata Main, Played Well...
"I got my shades on waitin’ for the sun to shine my way. Got my boom box, suntan lotion, waitin for action. They say when you play with skills good luck could happen." Jay-Z - Guns and Roses. Well, I thought I was playing with skills, and I guess I was fortunate in some spots, but my luck ran out in the end I suppose. I busted the Borgata Main Event 3k buyin a couple hours ago. I ...
Published: Jan 27th, 2009
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AJyowler
Join Date: May 10th, 2006
23 Update after 1 month (it's been a grind)
I started on December 28th with 5.97 in my bankroll.. I had recently redeposited and found myself frustrated and becoming discouraged with poker.. I felt I was at least a break even player but not reaching my full potential... Then one day it all changed when I read Jennifear's article on bankroll management.. Although I was aware of the importance of having bankroll management, it really ...
Published: Jan 28th, 2009
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Riossumo
Join Date: Jan 31st, 2009
1 "Do You Know Joe?" A detailed account of a poker player's first experience playing in the World Series of Poker
How are you doing man'" says J.C Tran, ranked no.2 in the world in 2007 by Card Player Magazine and winner of U.S $5.9 million in tournament earnings. I reply that I am okay which is of course a lie as I have now been playing for over 9 hours and am both mentally and physically exhausted. “ Where are you from'" asks J.C. I tell J.C that I am from Australia. "Do you know Joe" ...
Published: Jan 31st, 2009
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dtools22
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2007
272 Strip poker at Foxwoods
As I said in the first blog entry I want to try and keep these as entertaining as possible. So I figure the best way for me to do that is to share some of my funny stories from my poker career so far, and I think I have just the story to get things started off on the right foot. I typically play live cash games at Foxwoods in CT. Usually on those trips I sit at the 4/8 limit holdem tables, ...
Published: Jan 31st, 2009
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rebelfd
Join Date: Aug 17th, 2008
12 Goals and objectives for 2009
I've been wanting to post this for a while, better late than never. Here are some of my poker goals. 1.) Keep family first. 2.) Have a positive roi on OPR. 3.) Get better at bank roll management. This will obviously help number 2. 4.) Find out how the hell to improve my late stage MTT play. This is really a big one for me, can't seem to crack this code. Any helpful hints for late ...
Published: Feb 7th, 2009
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dtools22
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2007
272 $120 T-Shirt
*Just as a quick note for those of you who've been keeping up with the blogs so far. I plan on putting out a new blog every Monday and Thursday during the week. As far as the video blog idea goes I'm still tinkering with that so for right now the written stuff is all I plan to do. Now with the house keeping done, on with the story.* The term “dead money” is often used to describe ...
Published: Feb 8th, 2009
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The Maven
Join Date: Jul 28th, 2006
15 Work hard, Play harder!!!
Well, skiing in Utah was great…until I crashed and broke my ankle! I’m now forced to gimp limp around in my temporary cast. This should sideline me from fighting for the next month (I was planning on taking some hardcore Japanese Ju Jitzu classes in Costa Rica per my usual), but I’ll welcome the break none the less. I was going really fast (full of too much confidence, what else is new') ...
Published: Feb 17th, 2009
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Shemp Hain
Join Date: Jan 5th, 2009
28 Pouring my heart out...
Nostalgia. I can't stand it. I hate it. I wish it never existed. Tonight has been a rough night. First I watched the movie W. Then I watched the AFI (American Film Academy) 10 top 10. I'm a pretty emotional guy and when I think about the past I get really upset. I can't stand the feeling that I'm getting older and all the things of my past seem like they just happened yesterday ...
Published: Feb 20th, 2009
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zulk3434
Join Date: Feb 25th, 2009
1 MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS IN TOURNAMENT PLAY
Hello all, This is my first blog as I am new to pocket fives, but I want to dive right into an important topic. I am a fairly experienced poker player and an overall winning tournament player, but I have been running into this scenario a lot lately. I am looking to get lots of feedback with details please. Let me break down the situation and you can let me know your thoughts. I am playing a ...
Published: Feb 25th, 2009
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dtools22
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2007
272 The Joys of Limit Holdem
Ah yes, the retarded cousin of that game we all started playing (No Limit). It's been often quoted that that two games are as alike as Chess and Checkers. Transitioning between the games is one of the harder things to do in poker. Cash game play is comical at low stakes Limit tables and if you play long enough I can assure you your blood pressure will skyrocket without the proper preparation. ...
Published: Mar 2nd, 2009
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dtools22
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2007
272 Another "Almost Won"
Well Spring break has been going great so far. I got my grades back from my finals and all I can say is that Cs get degrees baby. I passed em all and I'm very happy about that. With my time off so far I've been able to rack up some more consistent hours playing poker online. I've had some success grinding $4.40s a bit (which is not something I've had a history of being good at), ...
Published: Mar 12th, 2009
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donpeters
Join Date: Jan 19th, 2007
12 Bankroll Management
Everyone talks about it, yet so many poker players seem to toss it out the window; sometimes it's an ego thing, other times recklessness. It's also never enough to simply understand how to manage a bankroll; it's applying that knowledge where people go wrong. I've certainly been one of those people a few times throughout my poker life. When it comes to maintaining a bankroll, one ...
Published: Mar 17th, 2009
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pauman81
Join Date: Jan 22nd, 2009
1 starting up a poker career, and looking to set up a friends network.
hey all, thanks for checking out my first blog. the plans are in place to start up my own career in poker. i am not making the full plunge, as i am keeping my day job. but i have built my starting br of $100 dollars up to almost $600 over the last month and a half, playing only 2, 5, and 10 dollar sit and go's. i played on party poker when i first learned of the game, built up a decent ...
Published: Mar 19th, 2009
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MeansToAnEnd
Join Date: Mar 20th, 2009
2 Sng, Cash, or MTT?
Although most people on this site have had incredible success in MTT's, I can't help but wonder if there's 1 type of game that is the most profitable. It seems like the plb leaders have huge cash winnings, but we can't forget about their buyins and or losses. Cash games seem like too much of a grind. It appears as though the best game to play would be medium stakes ...
Published: Mar 20th, 2009
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dtools22
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2007
272 My Sith Apprentice
The poker economy is a fascinating thing. The rate at which money changes hands can be extraordinary and I'm not talking about wins and losses. Backing arrangements are as old as sin in the poker world, they are a way for good players to get a shot in some bigger buy in MTTs and games. In some cases however, players get approached by friends or fellow grinders to teach them how to play the ...
Published: Mar 26th, 2009
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IVExodusVI
Join Date: Dec 9th, 2008
1 Adderall: The Steroids of Poker?
Whenever we turn on our televisions or open our newspapers in our modern day world we usually find ourselves tuning into some talk about the illegal substances enthralled in the sporting world. HGH, Anadrol, and Clomid have evolved into household terms, we start to question the integrity of our hero's and the games we so passionately love. Unfortunately, we live in a competitive world where ...
Published: Mar 29th, 2009
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pokerpurity
Join Date: Mar 22nd, 2009
33 This is why I'm hot
I’m hot – cause I’m fly; You ain’t – cause you not; This is why; This is why; This is why I’m hot! So…uhmm, I’m running HOT right now, as the above summation denotes (wondering slightly now why I’m explaining a MIMS citation, which is as self-explanatory as those signs you see at the zoo, indicating crocodiles as being ‘dangerous creatures’). This blog will encompass two ...
Published: Apr 12th, 2009
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dtools22
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2007
272 The Official Daily Grind Schedule
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages. I have sat down for countless hours planning, searching, scheduling, and working my tail off to come up with a flexible schedule for me to play while I'm still in school. Class gets out for summer in only a few weeks and I want to try and maximize the poker playing by picking not only the MTTs that fit me time wise, but also trying ...
Published: Apr 16th, 2009
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silverscull
Join Date: Sep 9th, 2008
93 Winning the 'Stars $4.40/180 S&G: Eight Key Hands
I won a big one last week. Of the 100 or so hands I played, I wanted to lay out eight key ones that set up this win. I would love to get feedback if you felt I made the right move, or not. Big Hand 1: The One I Had to Let GoEarly into the tournament, I seem to be doing okay. I took 3 pots, with one a sizable pot of 400 chips. Then I get this hand at Level II: $4.00+$0.40 Hold'em No Limit - ...
Published: Apr 29th, 2009
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stevem1267
Join Date: Jun 8th, 2007
8 my first 555
took 2nd, which is fine by me:) wish the players were as bad as this play below.lol id prob fold qq here.lol joke but ill take it. in the elite quest,im currently sitting at 273,662 vpps. im starting to mix in 225's and 335s's so i should be back on pace by dec 31st:) PokerStars Game #28280136261: Tournament #164278531, $525+$30 Hold'em No Limit - Level VII (100/200) - 2009/05/16 ...
Published: May 16th, 2009
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dtools22
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2007
272 Moving Down
I was looking over my books for the last few weeks and I've gotta say, there isn't much to smile about. MTTs I sit having cashed in only 2/40 during the last two weeks. Early on this was due more to running bad than anything else, but after a little while the frustration started to build and I noticed some leaks that needed plugging. Even after I fixed those I was still taking too many ...
Published: May 25th, 2009
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Cre8ive
Join Date: Jan 12th, 2007
219 WSOP Is Here...
"Sometimes I wanna make money, but sometimes I ain't motivated. Sometimes I think it's over-rated. Sometimes I'm thinkin I wasn't supposed to make it, but what I show is basic I normally poker face it." Joe Budden - Sidetracked Whats up everyone' I just got out of the gym about an hour ago. It's now 5:30am. I've been working out late nights lately because my ...
Published: Jun 2nd, 2009
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dtools22
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2007
272 Finally Playing Well
As has been noted over the past few blogs the swings have caught up with me this summer with a vengeance. However, I finally feel like I am now playing at the top of my game. I've been reading over poker books, threads on the forums, I checked out WSOP Academy, and even signed up for the free 7 day trail for Poker Savvy Plus. Doing all that I found myself in a much better position during my ...
Published: Jun 5th, 2009
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adamsapple19
Join Date: Nov 11th, 2008
78 25K Project Blog - Day 61
A Daily Documentation Exploring How $500 Becomes $25,000+ ----------------- Started with $500 on April 15th Bankroll = $14,290 38 Days Left To Reach $25,000 (Personal Challenge) Phase One Complete Project Details at ----------------- Angry Rant I hate this game right now as I write this. I finished 15th in the 50r for $1500ish and then finished 16th in the $109 (80K guarantee) for ...
Published: Jun 14th, 2009
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pokerpurity
Join Date: Mar 22nd, 2009
33 FINALLY! 4-FIGURE SCORE!
About 16 hours ago I was already mentally preparing a blog-entry. At the time, I still had several live tables up on my screen, but had just closed one after getting all my money in with AhKh against QQ on a 3h6h9d board – and losing. Only a slight edge, I realize that, but it was literally on the money bubble and the winner would have a top-5 stack. Moreover, I had been losing several 70/30s ...
Published: Jun 30th, 2009
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pokerpurity
Join Date: Mar 22nd, 2009
33 15K Guaranteed Win, Analysis Part1
Buy-in was $30+3, 666 entrants; the whole thing took 7.5 hours and 1st place was $3,746. Standard tournament on PokerStars, in the sense that we started with 3000 chips and blinds kicked off at 10/20. As always, I was playing a myriad of different tourneys – approximately 4 at a time – and had already busted out of a few when this one started. Off we go. Hand #1 – Stack 3000, blinds ...
Published: Jul 1st, 2009
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Cre8ive
Join Date: Jan 12th, 2007
219 Advancing To Day Two (Edited)...
I survived day one of the $10k Buyin Main Event at the WSOP. I was up to 43k early and then down to 16k. I had the best table ever to start at. People were going nuts the whole time playing huge pots and putting so much money in every pot. I made some hands early to get up to 43k then I couldn't hit anything. Some people at my table were calling stations, some were just too passive, and some ...
Published: Jul 5th, 2009
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PREDA7OR
Join Date: Oct 15th, 2008
1 20$ CHALLANGE - 20$ to 10.000$
Hello everybody. First of all, I`m from Austria (Vienna) and my english is not perfect, but i`ll try my best You can directly come to this blog via: As you can read, today at Wednesday, 22nd of July 2009, 00:00 time i start my first Bankroll Challange, my goal is to make 10.000$ from a start-capital of 20$ ! I know, people dont like read much text, the people like the clearly facts, so i ...
Published: Jul 21st, 2009
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adamsapple19
Join Date: Nov 11th, 2008
78 25K Project Blog - Day 98
A Daily Documentation Exploring How $500 Becomes $25,000+ ----------------- Started with $500 on April 15th Bankroll = $12,036 1 Day Left To Reach $25,000 (Personal Challenge) Phase One Complete Project Details at ----------------- Make Sure You Sign The PPA's Petition To President Obama To Effectively End The Harassment of Poker Players in America - It Takes Ten Seconds click here ...
Published: Jul 22nd, 2009
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Cre8ive
Join Date: Jan 12th, 2007
219 Third In The 1k For 46k...
Not trying to make this blog a brag blog or anything but news is news so here we go. I just got 3rd in the 1k on Full Tilt Poker. Played pretty good overall. Coolered some people, won some flips, had some hands hold up. Don't think I had any major suckouts. I requested the hand history so I could post some hands but it hasn't come yet. I ended up busting out at 8k/16k when BegsClutch ...
Published: Jul 28th, 2009
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abakus73
Join Date: Aug 16th, 2009
19 the chipleader, the donk and me
just another post about my nightly MTT grinding and I finally got into something that paid off :-) it was the 20k starting at 8 pm german time at bwin with a field of over 1300 entrants and its a rebuyer for initial buyin of 5.5$ and endless rebuys in first hour for 5$ and a final addon after it. after getting a medium stack in the first hour I really had some nice hits like AJs hits the nuts ...
Published: Aug 27th, 2009
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dtools22
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2007
272 MiniFTOPS Has Come
IT'S ABOUT FUCKING TIME! I've been eargerly awaiting the arrival of the MiniFTOPS since the FTOPS began in August. My MTT game back then was sharp as ever and I was very hot. I had book 4 wins in 6 weeks, won a few grand, was able to pay off bills, everything was clicking for me. Since then however my MTT grind has faded a bit since then. I ran into some rougher variance and the MTT BR ...
Published: Sep 11th, 2009
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Cre8ive
Join Date: Jan 12th, 2007
219 Bloody Sundays...
I awoke from my sleep this morning surrounded by fog and loud gunfire. I could hear screams of horror, moans of death. I couldn't see anything. I stayed low to the ground to avoid the stray bullets. I was unharmed at the present time but still feared for my life. I couldn't see three feet in front of me. "Where am I'" I asked myself. I crawled through the grass while bullets ...
Published: Sep 13th, 2009
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holdemplayer81
Join Date: Apr 15th, 2009
1 Holdemplayer81's Bankroll Challenge/Expectations/Goals for the future!!!
Hello Everyone, My name is Mike (Holdemplayer81 on FTP; M.Gilbert78 on PokerStars) and I primarily play on FulltiltPoker. I've been playing poker since 2004 where I deposited $50 and in 1 day took my original investment and took it to approximately $200. I immediately cashed my original $50 out and have never had to come out of my pocket for online poker since. I consider myself a sng ...
Published: Sep 16th, 2009
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Patricii
Join Date: Jul 26th, 2008
9 Blog 5 at $1060.05, RAZZ MTT Win-Patricii's $500 to $10,000 Bankroll Challenge/Blog/Stake
I'm back with a quick blog. I have been throwing in some PLO to get some experience playing other games besides Holdem. I have heard that there is money to be made in other games so I am trying to get my feet wet. Last night I saw a $5 RAZZ MTT and joined the tourney. There were 106 people so not a huge field. I ended up winning the Tourney for $166. It felt pretty good considering I ...
Published: Sep 22nd, 2009
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adamsapple19
Join Date: Nov 11th, 2008
78 October 6th and 7th Results
from: I took Tuesday the 6th off. Off from online anyway. I ended up going to the casino and playing live for about 8 hrs. I got my ass handed to me @ 1/2nl for four 50 BB buyins. Notable gayness included QQ losing to KK aipf, KK losing to AKo aipf, and 67cc losing to Q10o all in on a flop of 1067Qx. I felt like I knew where everyone was at in a hand virtually all the time. I haven't ...
Published: Oct 7th, 2009
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Cre8ive
Join Date: Jan 12th, 2007
219 I Chopped The Tourny!!!!
Sorry for the deceiving title, lol. I actually busted from the 5k Main Event today about 1 hour in. There were 3 hands that caused my bustout. I won't talk about those yet but after I busted the 5k at around 1pm I was super bummed. I wasn't mad because I felt like I played really well, I was just disappointed I bubbled and didn't do better. Especially since the tournament goes to 6 ...
Published: Oct 8th, 2009
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dtools22
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2007
272 Closing Out 2009
It's a bit strange to think that at the beginning of this year I had a BR of only $65 bucks. Grinding out $2.25 9 man turbo and 180 man SNGs on FTP to build myself up while using up my FPPs on Stars to win enough $T to take a few shots in some $4.40s. To go from that to finally breaking through and getting my first $1K+ score, then doing it two more times in a 6 week period, coupled with my ...
Published: Nov 6th, 2009
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Cre8ive
Join Date: Jan 12th, 2007
219 Gilbert's Syndrome...
(Continued from Sober Life/November Grind...) Apparently I have Gilbert's Syndrome. No need to panic though. Basically what it means is that my body can't process bilirubin, which is a function of my liver. My bilirubin count is high and will always be high throughout my lifetime. Normally your body turns the bilirubin into bile and it gets flushed out of your system but my body ...
Published: Nov 13th, 2009
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Cre8ive
Join Date: Jan 12th, 2007
219 Favor (Continued)...
I have been super busy all day. Woke up early, worked out and then had a dentist appointment. I need to have a root canal re-done to this tooth I already had one done to. I scheduled it Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Hopefully it doesn't interfere with my Thanksgiving dinner! After that my nephew and sister came by because she had to show me something. My nephew who is almost a year old is ...
Published: Nov 19th, 2009
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sgildea25
Join Date: Jan 3rd, 2008
66 Running Well, Playing Well = Turning Profit (DUH!)
So I haven't posted since last week's loss in the Mohegan $200K Guar. and the victory in the FTP $2K Stud Hi/Lo Tourney, but it's been smooth sailing since the victory. Online I've only played a handful of MTTs on FTP since the Stud Hi/Lo win and have not fared well, going 0/8. It's ok as I've been transitioning my online game to more cash as it doesn't take up as ...
Published: Nov 23rd, 2009
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dgillis
Join Date: Mar 10th, 2008
15 Bankroll Blueprint: Bad Beats, Cold Cards, and Picking MTT's over SNG's
I probably wont be able to blog everyday but last nights session brought up a very good point that I wanted to share. Talking about bad beats and cold cards has almost become taboo in the poker world, particularly amongst the best players. The problem is an inexperienced player may never hear just how frustrating it can be from those players he looks up to. The poker world is cold enough when ...
Published: Dec 29th, 2009
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amandaw111
Join Date: Dec 21st, 2009
3 4th in UB 100k for 16.2k
After A successful end of december and some decent results in January I finished off the month well. I managed to final tabled the UBOC PLO $215 Cubed for a little over 3k for 9th. I was really dissapointed with my result as I felt I was the best player in the field with 18 to go and just ran bad with 11 left to eek into the FT. I did however have a great day yesterday with my 4th place finish ...
Published: Dec 30th, 2009
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dgillis
Join Date: Mar 10th, 2008
15 Bankroll Blueprint: Grinding vs. Building
There were a few comments in a prior post that I'm hoping I can address today. I'm going to explain the bankroll management philosophy that I intend to use and why I chose it. Don't forget this is an experiment and like all good experiments we can learn just as much, if not more, from failure as we can from success; which I am in no way guaranteeing. I have done this a few times so I ...
Published: Jan 4th, 2010
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dtools22
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2007
272 One Year, 100 Blogs
It's hard to believe that it's been a year since I started this wacky journey. I remember those first posts talking about my grandparents passing, playing 4/8FLHE at Foxwoods, and grinding $2.25 SNGs. Now a year later I'm in a place where I can grind at the midstakes level and have a still modest, but much healthier BR than last year to start. I have been thinking a lot recently about ...
Published: Jan 25th, 2010
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adamsapple19
Join Date: Nov 11th, 2008
78 3rd in 30r
from 2010 Results as of Jan 28th 3rd in 30r for just over 8K. Fuck ya. A score like this has been a long time coming imo. I followed excellent BR management for several months and saw my roll swing up and down time and time again. I knew if I stayed patient my breakthrough would come. Obv Double G's week was the best time for it :)
Published: Jan 27th, 2010
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dtools22
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2007
272 Ah Variance, My Old Friend
Everyone has something they are unhappy with about their lives. It's not always something major but no one is perfect so there are things that can be fixed. We as a people tend to take the opportunity of a new year to bring about new resolutions of change in our lives. These resolutions can be personal, romantic, spiritual, work related, and everything in between. We as poker players also ...
Published: Jan 29th, 2010
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Goldenad
Join Date: Jun 12th, 2006
23 Reflecting on a year of poker + sunday results
just a thought on the path poker has taken me over the last year: on 1/31/09 i played 31 $10 DON sngs on pokerstars that cost me $322.40 to buyin in total for a profit of $77.60. it was a very good day. yesterday, 1/31/10, i played 40 mtts with a total buyin of $2257.10 and profited $2945.47. it was a very good day. this last year has been an incredible journey where ive grown a lot as a ...
Published: Feb 1st, 2010
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Cre8ive
Join Date: Jan 12th, 2007
219 Crazy Hand...
I was supposed to do something really cool this weekend on Saturday for the Super Bowl. It fell through and I ended up playing poker instead. Oh well. I bubbled both $300 NLs on Stars and FTP. I cashed in a couple and bubbled a couple other. I have one pretty interesting hand I'll post here. Full Tilt Poker Game #18240396543: $100,000 Guarantee (130357892), Table 81 - 120/240 Ante 25 - No ...
Published: Feb 7th, 2010
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dtools22
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2007
272 SHIP ONE FINALLY and Prepping for the Mega Stack
Well it took a few sessions of getting my balls kicked in but I finally got myself back into the winner's circle. Last Friday night I shipped the $26 $5K Guaranteed PLO for just over $1500. This is now my biggest online score, though no where near my biggest career score, but more importantly this effectively erases anything that happened in January and then some. Also, it's a pretty ...
Published: Feb 8th, 2010
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Ninemil
Join Date: Aug 6th, 2006
16 Another day, another dollar
I'd like to talk about two tournaments I played, yesterday night and the night before. The first one was the $50 cubed (18.5k I believe) on FTP. I had already played a set of probably 20 tourneys before I decided to keep the ball rolling and reg for this one. I love this tournament because it's a small field and has a great structure, like most rebuys do. I ended up running good and ...
Published: Feb 10th, 2010
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adamsapple19
Join Date: Nov 11th, 2008
78 Not Feeling Well Lately
from 2010 Results as of Feb 4th My confidence is not where it should be. My motivation is not where it should be. My hunger to dominate is not where it should be. Last night I cut my session short because of how I was feeling. I hate when this happens to me. Any long time readers of my blog know exactly what I'm talking about. It's definitely related to the depression. I doubt ...
Published: Feb 11th, 2010
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highlite11
Join Date: Nov 5th, 2007
25 Frustration Setting In
So far since bein backed for all high stakes mtts I have done the following: Stars 9th 100r 9th 100r 8th 100r (6 max) 12th 100r 17th 100r FTP 8th 100r 4th 100r (6 max) UB 1k 15th 100r 6th 100r 5th 100r 3rd 500 1st These are all mentally tough to deal with ,probably bc 4 of them were me being the cl with 20 ppl down to right before i bust or get to the ft due to just nasty coolers and beats. ...
Published: Feb 24th, 2010
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bellaca
Join Date: Jan 3rd, 2010
6 Tournament Poker....What's the real goal?
Recently, I played in a PokerStars $50+$5 NLH Tournament. While playing in this tournament, I made a pretty deep run for the money and I played what I considered to be some pretty good poker. An issue that came up during the tournament, was my ability to fold some pretty big hands pre-flop, and my inability to shove pre-flop with drawing hands. I've outlined a few hands below for your ...
Published: Feb 27th, 2010
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herbstreet24
Join Date: Aug 8th, 2006
25 And So it Begins....
Until recently I was basically on my own in my poker jouney. Last year I half heartedly grinded some poker tournies and made some money doing it. I worked on my game a bit, made a few nice scores, and in my mind I had it figured out. Then in December my internet started giving me some issues, and to top it off I went on a bad run. It continued through January and all of the sudden I looked up and ...
Published: Mar 8th, 2010
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Goldenad
Join Date: Jun 12th, 2006
23 Heater approaching
the last 72 hours have been pretty crazy in terms of poker. my last post was about how poker owes you nothing and that trend has continued. i was starting to really lose confidence in my game since i wasnt seeing any results. on sunday 2/21 i made some deep runs and ended up busting 10th in the ftp $10 cubed. i made a squeeze vs the really laggy chipleader who was running something like 32/25 ...
Published: Mar 12th, 2010
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RunLikeAChettah
Join Date: May 26th, 2009
19 Double Deuce FT breakdown!
What a way to come out of my worst downswing in my short poker career! The last blog I made I was so aggravated and fed up with poker! This past month poker has been really bringing me down and I had been feeling like I was unable to win and really second guessing my game overall. Playing day in and day out for months and not having a winning month can start to get at your confidence at the ...
Published: Mar 23rd, 2010
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adamsapple19
Join Date: Nov 11th, 2008
78 March 25th Update
from 2010 Results as of March 6th A few days after my last post I got 2nd in the 30c for $2,100. It's been pretty rough since then. Last night I finally made my first FT in over 140 tourneys. I got 7th in the donkfest 10r and also got 3rd in a non-guarantee $10 tourney. This game is a tough grind with long stretches of tremendous frustration. I feel like I've come a long way ...
Published: Mar 25th, 2010
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Goldenad
Join Date: Jun 12th, 2006
23 March review: frustration returning
Well, despite far and away having my best month ever (financially) playing poker March ended with me being pretty frustrated about where I stand currently. I dont know what the rules are about bitching about how bad you run after binking a huge score, but I'm about to anyway. In my defense, I was grinding with doubledave22 (brag) a few weeks ago, shortly after he won the UBOC ME for like 280k ...
Published: Apr 1st, 2010
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adamsapple19
Join Date: Nov 11th, 2008
78 $10r Chop/Win
from 2010 Results as of April 1st: Total Profit = $17,940.01 I ICM chopped the 10r HU on Full Tilt last night as a 1.5:1.1 underdog in chips. We played it out for an extra $100 and for PLBs and I shipped it after my AQo outdrew his 99. I felt he was a good enough player that chopping was a smart move and indeed it did come down to flippage. I picked up $3,232.50 total, my first decent ...
Published: Apr 9th, 2010
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Cre8ive
Join Date: Jan 12th, 2007
219 NAPT Tourney and Last Week...
Last blog I updated quickly before I left to head to Connecticut. Let me continue off of that post. I arrived to the airport in the morning and immediately ran into my buddy Matt Waxman. He was already in line to check in. A couple minutes later Jason Mercier showed up and we started to check in and try to get seats together so the flight wouldn't be so bad. We were chatting it up and along ...
Published: Apr 14th, 2010
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dtools22
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2007
272 Here Comes the Hammer
Boy do I wish this title were being used under some better circumstances, but in the words of Edward Nortan, "In the game of life, women are the rake." I placed a phone call to my accountant on Wednesday afternoon asking about my taxes and what I owe. She has been telling me for a while now to leave the money aside to pay taxes at the end of the year from my win at Foxwoods. I did as ...
Published: Apr 16th, 2010
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herbstreet24
Join Date: Aug 8th, 2006
25 Sleepless Nights
Night after night I lay wide awake in bed, my thoughts running endless simulations about poker and life. I swear I don't even need a hand database, I remember every key hand I played months ago, and I'm still racking my brain trying to optimize each play. My thoughts also wander to all of the possibilities the future may hold, how I am to deal with success, failure or anything else life ...
Published: May 8th, 2010
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DoubleS00ted
Join Date: Oct 22nd, 2006
6 Coaching/ back to basics
In the past year, I've had a lot of "close calls" in poker; a few deep runs, a live major FT and several close runs online. Over the last couple of years, I've slowly seen my desire to get better/improve at poker diminish. With that, I realized I needed a new attitude and more balance in my life. I've found that when I was enjoying my time away from the tables, I ...
Published: May 17th, 2010
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aceshigh9
Join Date: Feb 5th, 2008
14 BR building from Micro stakes up
In January I made my first legitimate deposit. I put $500 on Stars and $1000 on FTP and decided that I would focus on long term stability rather then moving up in stakes as quickly as I can. My goal was to build a bankroll of $5000 by my birthday, June 21st, while focusing on finishing up my Undergrad degree at Suny Albany and running my online business. So far I'm up to $4200 and feeling ...
Published: May 24th, 2010
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Cre8ive
Join Date: Jan 12th, 2007
219 One Word...Wow...
Wow. Wow. Wow. I played my heart out today. I eventually got heads up at the second shootout table vs a random player. I definitely had the edge in heads up play. At 2k/4k he shoved ~80k with KJhh and I called with AKo and he turned a jack to double up. I then chipped him back down, got it in A6 vs 33 and lost that as well (2336A.) I butchered one hand real bad heads up and doubled him up. No ...
Published: Jun 23rd, 2010
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hehateme315
Join Date: Apr 15th, 2009
7 $20, 1 month 1k
Alright, cashed out my last $140ish and left $20 in my PS account, along with 2,248.39 FPP's. My girlfriend is going to Spain for a month on Saturday, and i will be grinding the most i ever have in order to either make or break the bankroll, ive been able to run several 10 deposits up to 4-500 but always find myself cashing out and never keeping a large online roll or allowing myself to ever do ...
Published: Jun 24th, 2010
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Cre8ive
Join Date: Jan 12th, 2007
219 Made Day 6...
Another day in the bag, along with 1.23m in chips (Yes -- 1.23 MILLION chips. Enough of the K's.) The average chip stack is 1.07m. There are roughly 200 players left. Today was just a steady grind. I started with 767k and chipped up slowly throughout the day. Interestingly enough, I didn't play a pot over 300k today. That tidbit of information is mind blowing to me. We played 3k/6k, 4k/8k, ...
Published: Jul 15th, 2010
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DoubleS00ted
Join Date: Oct 22nd, 2006
6 3 final tables!
I'm trying a new thing where I only allow myself to play 8 tables, the results have been excellent. When I began the year I was trying to mass table, it wasnt working out. I probably played 250 hours in January and made like 250 dollars. When I have < 8 tables It really gives me an opportunity to focus on playing well and building stacks rather then auto piloting tourney after tourney. Tonight I ...
Published: Aug 20th, 2010
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herbstreet24
Join Date: Aug 8th, 2006
25 Two Forward and One Back
It has been almost two weeks since I made a new commitment to my game and my life. My volume has increased tremendously and when I'm not playing I am working in group sessions, going over my HHs, watching vids, and working through Kill Everyone. The past few days I have actually been too consumed in poker to even make it to the gym, and that just can't work. Part of this new commitment needs to ...
Published: Aug 21st, 2010
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Abratzzi
Join Date: May 20th, 2009
7 Me my wife and poker.
I have played poker on and off for about 5 years. I have learned a lot played a ton of live and a decent amount online. I made some runs trying to build rolls and crashed and burned so many times it got the best of me. I came to the conclusion that I was not cut out for poker in my current mind frame a while back and went cold turkey. Recently I went through some problems and almost got a ...
Published: Aug 28th, 2010
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sgildea25
Join Date: Jan 3rd, 2008
66 Championship Series Upcoming
Our team did it. We are in the Yawkey Baseball League (YBL) finals with a 3-1 series win over the Malden Bulldogs. It was a great series and just happy we took it before they came storming back. It's always nice to have good pitching and good hitting lead you to championships rather than relying on one play or one bounce to go your way. Our playoff pitching has been on FIRE. Team ERA of 1.50. ...
Published: Aug 30th, 2010
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Osakwv
Join Date: May 8th, 2009
1 I'm not going to deposit again...
To say that I've been a unprofitable poker player over the years would be an understatement. I do not know the exact figures, but I can confidently say my deposits outweigh my winnings 10-1, easily. I always thought I was an above-average player; however, due to tilt, variance, and low-volume, I've never seemed to get better at the game. Right now I'm better than I ever have been, and due to a ...
Published: Sep 1st, 2010
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drgnarn
Join Date: Jan 22nd, 2010
20 ***** I'm done for i don't know how long, I should quit playing for good *****
i'm getting really frustrated trying to win mt's online. i put in tons of hours studying hands, reading forums, watching videos, everything. I run like shit all the time especially when i'm deep. how the fuck am i suppose to hit the score to breakthrough when i constantly lose 80-20's and 70-30's deep in mtt's' The big winners online seem to be whoever runs good, that's the ...
Published: Sep 12th, 2010
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herbstreet24
Join Date: Aug 8th, 2006
25 Its Time...
It has been quite a while since my last update, and for those people that enjoy my blog I apologize. The last few weeks have been very difficult for me in all fazes of life, but I sit here now ready to put everything behind me and start again fresh. It is time for me to make a complete commitment to this game and my future, reguardless of what the outside world continues to throw at me. I believe ...
Published: Sep 21st, 2010
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apestyles
Join Date: Sep 5th, 2005
4 Bluffos
Hey everyone, After playing not up to par all last week I realized today that I needed a break so I took the morning off, slept in, worked out, got a massage, and even got a pedicure. Player hate all you want, but I don't see why its not manly to have women massaging my feet and cutting my cuticles and such. Anyway, I realized that because of fatigue and ego I had been playing with alot of ...
Published: Sep 22nd, 2010
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shippyshippy
Join Date: Sep 22nd, 2010
1 Grindin' Steadily
I, like many, lookin for a big score on PS. I've come to the realization that I've been playin stakes TOO low lately, such as $1.40 90 man SNGs, .25 90 man SNGs, and other small-frame type tournies. Not that these are bad tournies at all (especiallly for beginners), but I can't find a way to consistently score big and grind a huge roll on PS with these tournies (alone at least). It's time for a ...
Published: Oct 12th, 2010
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herbstreet24
Join Date: Aug 8th, 2006
25 4am....
Im sitting here, its 4am again, just another night up with my brain pulling me in eighty different directions. Last night was my first time playing in a while, I have been out of town for about a week, and once again it just feels like my life is spiraling out of control sometimes. I feel a little bi-polar at times, sometimes the smallest things overwhelm me and sometimes I feel like nothing can ...
Published: Oct 28th, 2010
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