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  1. Over the past couple years, there's been a few major changes to the online MTT landscape. One is the emergence of the reentry format across many of the major online poker sites. The second is the growth of the highstakes reentry MTT scene, especially on Party Poker. I'll expand a little bit below, but together I think in some ways it skews the P5 Rankings, a ranking system calculated solely on a players largest 40 cashes. Several years ago I don't remember many sites having reentry, IIRC. But reentry is ubiquitous now. On PartyPoker I believe most every tournament is reentry. On 888 ma
  2. If only the american ppl had a chance to vote him president....oh wait
  3. Contributing to society is for suckers. The social contract for young men was broken a long time ago fellas.
  4. Was actually wondering the other day if the rankings today are a lot more volatile than they were 5 years ago. Since today the standard of play is higher, thus edges smaller, and the top players have refined their game enough that the edges between them have also grown smaller. Most players in the top few hundred rankings are probably just a heater away from a top 10 ranking. Not sure how much that was the case pre-black friday if the elite players were a clear cut above the rest.
  5. I once saw him quadruple barrel after the flop.
  6. Might have to make a deposit and play this shitty series after all.
  7. You mean it's only USA degens who reenter the 215 high roller 8 times on any given night? For a 12.5k guarantee, makes perfect sense. The rest of the world living on 10k/year do the same thing, duh.
  8. Extremely weak schedule. The guarantees are the same as they were a week ago on Merge before they got lowered. And very few fun events...it's basically the weekly schedule with a 10% increase in guarantees. I'd love to see some 20R, 30R, 50Rs or like a random 109 20k thrown somewhere in during the week. Is this just another attempt for Merge to strangle PokerHost? I'm guessing just like last series PokerHost will be excluded from any guarantees over 10k. Will there be a leaderboard this time?
  9. It's worrisome you suspect ghosting which is becoming more and more prevalent; hopefully these guys were just ballers who played reckless early to gain a big stack even if it meant throwing away a few buyins. ROW regs have been playing and improving against the best in the world the past 2.5 years, while Americans today just play other Americans most of whom didn't play pre-black friday or weren't big. There's a large skills gap b/w the 2 groups, and doesn't surprise me at all how obscure ROW screennames appear and crush overnight.
  10. I have him running a 16/11 with a 5.6 3bet percentage over 500 hands. If he was completely running over tables, you'd see it bare minimum at a 25/20 and closer to 10% 3bet. Pretty significant difference. Obviously he's a solid player who makes good decisions deep under pressure, but since he's not running over people given my limited stats means it's probably more a case of run-good. That being said, I'm jealous as fuck, congratulations waq.
  11. I'll be in too. Sign me up with tedstretch's team.
  12. Shove. Yeah occasionally you may be up against aa or kk feel like an idiot putting in 100bb with ak. But you're way ahead of Villain 1's range, and still ahead of villain 2's range (and more so if villain 2 knows villain 1 is loose from past experience). And you have some fold equity on villain 2.
  13. I used to have wrist pain so bad I'd get tingling from my fingertips up to my elbow. So bad that I had to take off days of grinding cuz my wrist was so sore. Then I spent 40 bucks and bought a logitech trackball and my pain disappeared. It's a lifesaver. It also greatly helps to stretch out each individual finger before a session and during breaks, and to push your hand against a wall to stretch out your wrist. Doing these exercises are as if not more important than they type of mouse you have.
  14. Your sizing on the 3bet is rather small for being out of position. Typically both opponents are going to call that raise, and then you're playing a 3handed pot where you're first to act every round and many times it's probably going to take 2 barrels to take it down. Plus you may have big kicker troubles since AJ and KQ are definitely in your opponents' ranges. Just flat preflop, and pick your future spots where you have position.
  15. Maybe my lobby filters are whack, but I didn't see a 109 at 6pm est when I checked today...?
  16. Yes, both take about 3 days using Neteller for amounts up to 10k. Unless your revolution skin is Lock Poker which in that case it'll be 3 months if you're lucky to get paid at all.
  17. Merge's 150k big ticket tournament is one the softest sunday tournies, with the only exception being Lock's sunday 75k. Stars, Tilt, and Party have regs super-multitabling 20-30 tables so even the smaller buy-ins there are filled with pros.
  18. I like the play better if there's antes and it's deep and you're both sitting at 30bb to start the hand, and it's clear your opponent is isolating with a weak hand. In your spot it's early in the tournament and your opponent will call your 3bet with a wide range of hands with his big stack in position, and it'll be easy to outplay a8 which isn't a great hand for hitting flops.
  19. The toughest part for MTT players is that you always feel like you're on a downswing. You're on a downswing for weeks, then you bink something one day but the pleasure only lasts that day, because you're probably about to go on another downswing for a couple weeks. You really can't count on making money every month in the current market if you're a mid-stakes or higher MTT grinder even if you're top 100 ranked, a longer term view is a must.
  20. Being a lawyer sucks. Everyone I know who is a lawyer is miserable, and that's if they're lucky enough to even find legal work in the current environment. Follow your dreams of poker. You can always go back to the cubicle and live a depressing corporate life with the testosterone level of a 12 yr old girl.
  21. Good luck. I'd try cashing it out for you, but since new play-through policies are now being created willy nilly by lock management every couple weeks, it's too big a risk. And I wouldn't want to be labeled as one of those evil "mule accounts" that lock claims are slowing down cashout times which of course is complete bs. never again lock, never again.
  22. Based on your non-answer to my initial question, I'm going on the assumption that you haven't done jack to help get poker back in the states. Besides of course whine here on p5s.
  23. What have you done about it? If you haven't called up any of your congressional representatives several times in the past year (like I have), then I'm not feeling sorry for you.

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