Monday, March 10, 2014

I need a change--but what needs to change?

something to break up the daily routine, something to make sure i dont ever play anything but poker, and to make sure i play poker CORRECTLY. with the right size percentage of my roll on the table (not too little either) or even worse--too large. (such as last nights $480 in the $2-6 spread limit game with NL overs at tx station). that had a big effect on the final hand i talked about briefly in the comments, a hand where i had TT preflop, didnt raise a straddler, nor the guy betting the flop of 783 rainbow, and lost on the river to Q7 when a 7 hit.

and the best way i see to get the most needed change (playing somewhere no one knows anything about how i play --or knows me from my blog) is to play at totally different venues than the places i usually play at. and the only way i see to avoid playing with people who know my game inside and out--is to no longer play in las vegas. my only concern is after knocking the roll down to under $2800, (and was lower than that til last nights win) is how i can afford to travel and pay for housing. but ive been researching criagslist, and theres lots of cities with motel for weekly rental for $200 or less in many cities than have pokerrooms i dont go to.

i think that even with a higher cost of living than remaining in vegas--id still be better off cause id win a lot more out of the games. one thing holding me back is the fear of making the initial commitment--and the cost of airfare if its not bought in advance. i dont see anywhere i can fly tuesday morning for under $130 for example if not bought in advance. and ive not used greyhound in over 10 yrs--too old to use it anymore. i only use tour buses, megabuses, amtrack, planes, and yes even cabs in rare occasions.

another thing i should change, is to quit playing games that i dont feel like playing anymore. whether its due to not wanting to leave because im stuck--feeling hungry or tired--or just wanting to play something else--i need to learn to get up and leave the game--regardless of whether im behind or not. am particularly bad at this on slot machines. thats why u need a real time life buddy who shares ur interests and hangs out at the casinos with u.

tonight--first thing i did when i woke up in my room here--is not want to leave and walk to the giftshop to buy nyquil recommended by AKgal for my horrible cold--and shitty food in the giftshop to avoid waits in the coffee shop for much better and cheaper food. instead i logged into UP, and proceeded to lose $50 of the $100 id left there in the PLO8 game. i called $1 to see a flop with 2457 on the button, flop comes 346, and i lost the whole stack. one guy turns a boat and the other guy had a2. i was playing the high would hold up and an ace would come for the other half. what would u do on the flop?

i wouldve quit that game earlier, but i was trying to get it back to $50 first, was at $42 before that hand, and been playing about 40 minutes. and that was the real mistake in my opinion

but how do u change bad habits that got picked up some time back--and metabolized over the years?

but also i shouldnt feel hopeless, and be expecting to lose. i should think, hey, im a new immigrant whose just arrived here from the Ukraine with $2800 and ive got a whole new life ahead of me if i discipline myself. all i have to do is do whats right. i should see this money as an OPPORTUNITY not as a failure. tatude was right when he said all the negative talk wasnt good for me and i shouldnt allow it on my blog--and maybe thats why he left.

i remember a lot of times id been much worse off than i am now--even $1000-2000 worse off in less than a year ago even--in which instead of being unhappy so much with the current state of my roll--id been extremely happy.

yeah i should not sit and play in games i dont want to be in--simply because of not wanting to deal with paying  for a bus or ???? this would help a great deal--and one way to avoid that--is to be in bigger cardrooms with more choices of games. and maybe also with $2800 i shouldnt be afraid to spend $200 or so of it on a weekly room in a location i want to be at--instead of not being able to turn loose of a dime of it.

and as soon as i hit publish and am out of the tub (its not good to stand under a shower with a bad cold)--ill have to go spend something on food--for im starved and cant play til i eat or ill play awfully. and i never use room service for ordering food--cant stand the wait and the high costs.

and to play too small (games such as $2-4 $2-6--in places without a strong enough promo making it plus EV) thats just as much an error as playing too high. for when i play too low and get stuck--not wanting to leave stuck--or feeling like i can recover it in such a small game--i go out and try to get it back playing other types of games than poker.

one of my largest mistakes with the roll of $10k-15k was in playing too small. i had no business buying in $50-100 then. i shouldve bought in $300 or more every time i playing $1-2, and got some experience with $1-3 and $2-5. maybe id have hit the big time instead of draining it all away. i know if id used some of it to find a really good long term apt in a good area of town id love to keep id made sure i kept it paid up and never lost it. so maybe u can now understand with these examples why playing too small is also a mistake.

the only really big change ive made for the better in the past year is i now carry my laptop with me everywhere i go.

40 comments:

  1. Am I the only one who read this as Tony blogging in the shower?

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  2. Tony, since you brought it up, how do you feel about the way things are going in Ukraine?

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    1. i feel like Putin is the good guy--and obama is the bad guy. Putin only came in because the people in Crimea wanted him there--and would rather be part of russia than the Ukraine. remember, the legit govt of the ukraine was overthrow by nazi sypatheisizers who hate the jews, and the russians. i dont blame putin at all, and the USA should stay out of it, we have no business getting in other countries wars--we should concern ourself with our citizens here at home and quit worrying about the welfare of those in other countries

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    2. isnt about obama vs putin. the chinese and EU have a stake in this too. sorry if fox news didnt report this between their bromance with cheney.

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    3. That is a pretty profound assessment Tony, although I am not sure about those who want the Ukraine to remain separate from Russia being called Nazi sympathizers. I do agree with you about the USA keeping out of it.


      Koala

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    4. it is hard to concerning we had ukraine give up their nuclear weapons in exchange 4 protection from russian interference in their affairs. from what i understand a treaty couple years ago. just saying

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    5. TBC you are a moron. And that political rant just further proves my case. Putin is a moron and to side with him is just wrong.

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  3. Tony

    How is moving to a new area going to help when you always tell people about your roll and your blog etc etc wherever you play?

    The only way to fix that is to keep your trap shut and dont give away info about your playstyle and situation. Try playing an entire session without talking about you...and you will be less predictable in the eyes of the tourists

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  4. It's not like any of the things you mentioned should be news to you, nor the countless solutions offered by many of your followers. Knowing and doing are two different things. You know, but you don't do.

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  5. In some cases it would be better to take the bus than to fly to a new area. Could be cheaper. Whats the rush anyway? Find the good poker games and play them and stay away from the no fold'em hold'em.

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  6. Just remember that the UP money you lost is part of your roll. Therefore you are stuck for the day, and must do anything to win it back. Don't worry about EV, just focus on winning back what you lost today.

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    1. i hear there is a good machine in Jean.... oh wait u banned from there

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  7. Your biggest mistake when you had over 8-10K was constantly sending money to Britney. How much have you given to her in over the past 10 yrs.. Over 3-4K?? The other fatal mistake was getting banned at places with soft games and free/cheap rooms.. Face it, this has dearly cost your bankroll.

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    1. no Britni disappeared long before i ever got the roll up that high. back in the days she wanted money was in 2004-2006 when i was living in butte Mt, with a roll about $1000-3000 and at my moms house in ks for almost 2 yrs waiting to get on ssi. not so much at all afterwards--except that one day in cali for $700

      but she was never around when i had the 10-15k in reno and all the later years. last contact was around may 2012

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  8. As for the 2457 hand, you are questioning it why? There is no magic answer or weird thing going on. You LOST. Because you are supposed to lose xx% of the time.

    You should only be concerned if you played it right. You put 1 dollar in when behind and $50 when ahead.

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    1. Your comment indicates that you know nothing about PLO8. So don't comment on PLO8 hands. He played the hand horribly, starting with preflop.

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  9. The softest games in Vegas are happening every night from 7:00 pm till 2:00 am somewhere on the strip. Convention and meeting and dinner over, now time to gamble. You just need to look for them, be able to play there, and get up from the table if it's not your night.

    How can any other place in America compete with Vegas in terms of tables, variety, levels, and action. (Cali if close but spread out all over) You are in Poker Heaven.

    If you would work on getting some bans lifted you could play against complete strangers every night.

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    1. Why would any room lift his ban?

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    2. ya this. although i crush when i hit fla but i dont worry about regs ever figuring me out...tony needs a constant tourist supply because his game becomes very predictable after a few sessions and he gives far too much info up

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  10. tony Vegas has the highest percentage of non regs your going to find, you just need to stop playing the nitty reg games they all know you at. if you go to another place (fla/cali/ect) it will be an even higher % locals that will figure you out FAST. meet me at stratosphere at 7pm tomorrow for mtt stake, txt me if your going and when you get there.

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    1. Ill be there--and i was thinking a larger market like cali or foxwoods or tampa would be so many more tables--70 and up games at the same time--and a much larger base of people to draw from than vegas has.

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    2. LMAO. tampa is bigger than vegas? is that fuzzy math or what.i guess when u r banned from most of the good action casino in vegas it is

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    3. Winstar in Oklahoma has plenty of action. Last time i was there they had 46 tables in the poker room. The room is always busy.

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  11. Anybody have any good meatloaf recipes?

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    1. mom, bring the meatloaf,now! i never know what she is doing?

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    2. Made me laugh out loud... #meatloaf

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    3. I like flatten my meatloaf out real thin. Then you pour a line of spaghetti sauce and a pile of mozzarella cheese right done the middle. Then fold the meat up all around it.
      That way when you eat it, it is like a big juicy cheesy meatball.

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    4. That's like a meatloaf taco! GENIUS!!!

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  12. Tony you are confusing poker ups and downs with life. People do not need to get a line on your play to beat you. Its called variance and all people that play this game get used to losing when they get sucked out on. You my friend are eating poorly and not taking care of your health. I have a house, car, and money at my disposal. When I am feeling tired I go home and sleep. When I am hungry I eat good food. Stop and think for a second. Your life revolves around weather you are up or down $ 2500. Is that anyway to live in this world. Take a break from poker and try something else. Life has to have more meaning that what you did at a poker table each day. Take care.

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    1. Go to Mandalay Bay. Pay $18 and go through the shark exhibit and look at all the beautiful sea life. Hang out and pet a manta ray. Then go to the Border Grill and grab a seat outside overlooking the pool and enjoy sitting in the warm sun. Order a margarita or two. Eat some chips and salsa. Talk to people. Still cheaper than vbj.

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  13. tony you need to move over to macau because no would be able to understand your crazy rants.

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    1. Macau TBC would get killed for insulting some Triad person

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  14. id like to talk about a hand tonight that took place at the stratosphere after donkeytax left. (sorry i couldnt win for him in the tourny off his stake--although i made it much deeper into the tourny than him). it was late into the night and id been stuck the entire time. i had KJ clubs and i cannot remember now if it was raised preflop or not, dont think so.

    flop comes aa2 with 2 clubs, guy last to act bets a small amount $6-10, and 2 call in front of me so i call also. turn comes T of clubs, giving me a redraw to the royal and a made flush. ive got over $100 on me. again theres a bet, cant remember if its the same guy, and when it gets to me i only call because i want to see the last card for a shot at $500. what would u do here? would u raise to protect the hand, or just call? will tell what happened later. im not even sure im ahead. how dangerous is not raising here?

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  15. Tony your still keeping your bankroll you must admit your coming out ahead weekly still. You really do have to have a posotive attitude before you sit and play everyday so find things that bring you more happyness.

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  16. Tony no reason to raise, just my opinion. I am sure some wanna be poker cowboy will disagree.

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  17. Hey tony we have another foot of snow here. Poker players are much more angry when the weather is bad. Makes for a loose table.

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  18. No one is shocked Tony used the word metabolized?

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