Thursday, August 24, 2017

Progress report

Right before i left the Hoover Dam Lodge I was somewhere around $17,400 (this was before i purchased airline tickets while in the airport over the net) i kind of left vegas without knowing for sure id be leaving that night, so as usual, i hadnt yet bought tickets. luckily for me, the price didnt go up while enroute to the airport, and once i got there and logged into working wifi, i was still able to buy them for the same price. Lightning can feel free to tell u how much i was concerned over this.

so after tickets, and food in the airport, i think i was close to $17,200 when i touched down in cleveland. as i stand tonight, im over $18,900 and not much below $19,000. at one point since coming to Toledo to live, i was down below $16,300. im finally back to winning $1004 for the month of august, (yes i know its not much.) i won more from live BJ in toledo/Detroit than from poker this month. i know why its low this month too. its due to poor play.

u see im not winning in $1-2 NL this month. my wins in poker came from my $2-5 sessions, (almost all were winners) my PLO sessions (more than half the months profit) and my losses? well i can think of 3 really bad shoves when tired losing and late into the session when i was ready to go home, which caused me to lose over $500 one night in Greektown in $1-2, $700 in Greektown in $1-2 and $300+ in greektown once in $1-2 NL. one involved calling off $700 with AK suited into AA. Just because u are tired and looking to coinflip, doesnt mean its a coinflip. this is why u are much better off taking breaks to play BJ at times.

and theres so many things to annoy u while at the table. People talking on the phone while playing poker. People putting racks on the floor next to u to trip over. People wearing headphones. People straddling, (and the fact Detroit does it in the wrong order, unlike the Wynn and the Nugget). People showing off how much richer they are than u by buying in full. People sitting in the game badmouthing the President. People asking to wash the cards. People talking to the waitress when its on them to act. People who wont ever fold, making bluffing impossible. People holding up the action. People who wont turn their hand over. How can u focus on playing ur best with all these annoyances?

after a while, u are happy to leave, and the longer it gets into the session, the smaller the win u will accept for the night. when u are old, u want to try to keep the same sleep hours every night or its too hard to get back on track.

did any of u know coinbase is now charging up to $4.75 for small transactions? imagine if VISA charged this for small store purchases. something needs to be done.

21 comments:

  1. I agree with most of your list of annoying traits at the table (badmouthing the President I will set to one side!), but people who won't ever fold....!?

    Surely that is the ideal spot for a professional gambler like you, with all the time in the World, to wait for the best hand to felt them with?

    Sure you have tighten-up, and pick your spots, but so long as you are properly bankrolled for the stakes you are playing, these are ideal opponents!

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    1. i've been told the easiest people to beat arent the types u list, but those who u can bluff too much, especially shorthanded. to beat others your method u have to actually have the winning hand and often this never occurs in 2000 hands.

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  2. I think I know what should go on your headstone when you die (if you don't have a pauper's funeral). "Tony Bigcharles happy at last". You complained about Vegas and swore life would be much better with Ray and Greektown. Now you complain yet again. I'm not going to tell you to stop it because you can't stop complaining just as you can't leave BJ alone.

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    1. Plus he is doing EXACTLY what he wants to do in his life - travel around, be lazy and gamble constantly. Yet, he STILL complains about everything. How often has Tony smiled in a month? At all?

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  3. Congrats on the roll increase, Tony. Keep up the run good, sir.

    "as i stand tonight, im over $18,900 and not much below $19,000."

    Alwasy keeping them guessing, Tony! ;-p

    s.i.

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    1. nice to see u commenting on this blog not random posts on twitter, where u should establish an account to comment there.

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    2. Tony:

      Please explain how you "knew" you would be lucky? What were the indicators?

      tony bigcharles‏ @sevencard2003 Aug 21
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      Knew I'd be lucky in $2-5 after recovering $775 in BJ after my horrible $700 call with AK spades preflop into AA

      s.i.

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  4. You can't do anything to affect what other people do. But you can decide how you react to outside situations. Life is so much better when you decide to not give a shit about other people's actions. Once you do that, you don't get annoyed by things other people do.

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    1. i think u might get annoyed by things i would do in the table too

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  5. Badmouthing the president? You LITERALLY called the last one a ni**er on social media.

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    1. unlike the current president, he deserved to be badmouthed

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    2. So, it's not about badmouthing US Presidents? It's only badmouthing US Presidents you voted for, but ones you don't like can/should be badmouthed.

      So, really, you're just saying you get annoyed when people express opinions that differ from your own. No sympathy for you, sir.

      s.i.

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  6. people straddling and not folding is profitable not annying i love it when they are putting money in the pot blind

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    1. its not annoying when the room runs its games correctly like the nugget and wynn managers do, but when they make u act first, its never to your benefit to be the one put at a disadvantage

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    2. Tony,

      You are right that blinds acting first is totally the wrong rule, but you can still turn things to your advantage such that you'll be happier on average when there is button straddling going on compared to when there isn't.

      The first step is to go to the highest level floor person available and ask them the following question in a very unambiguous way: When during the course of a deal must the button straddler commit to a straddle? When you get an answer, verify it with every floor person on the shifts you play. Usually they must post the straddle before the first card is dealt. They should be forced to commit to the straddle BEFORE you are committed to your blind or the room is ridiculous. Make sure the floors understand this.

      Step 2 is to force the precise execution of this rule to avoid situations that hurt you. If anyone in late or middle position to your relative right puts out a straddle one milisecond too late (which they usually do), immediately inform the dealer that the straddle is not valid for this hand. This is your right.

      Step 3 is to make an openly stingy, but clearly higher EV play that proves the stupidity of the blinds first rule. When pretty much anyone other than UTG straddles in time, and you would be BB, you need to quickly take back your blind and inform the dealer you are sitting out. They need to allow you to refuse to play with a straddle and you need to argue your case effectively if they try to force you. It shouldn't be a problem. Don't act annoyed or emotional or in any way that will encourage players to want to punish you, just matter-of-factly announce you'd rather not play this hand with a straddle. After you sit out, you will buy the button next hand. If someone straddles this time, unless the game is obscenely good, you need to just sit out a full orbit. If everyone followed this step, the blinds first rule would change by the following day

      The final step 4 is more tricky, but is the most profitable way to use the straddle to your advantage: seat selection. It is vitally important in rooms with the blinds first rule that you aggressively request seat changes and buttons. Typically in NLHE, you prefer loose aggro players on your RIGHT. These tend to be the same types of players who straddle on their button, however, in which case having one of these players on your LEFT becomes very valuable. Unfortunately, these effects roughly cancel and seat selection without history becomes less valuable on average. When a player has proved a consistent tendency to button straddle, however, the seat(s) to their right almost always becomes extremely valuable. It will take a judgment call on your part that weighs many factors, but the value of a seat will depend on (in order of importance): low likelihood button straddlers to your direct right and penultimate right, high likelihood button straddlers to your relative left, aggressive players to your right, and a passive player to your direct left. If there is consistent and predictable button straddling, your seat selection intuition and aggression over the field will yield much bigger fruit than under normal conditions. I once moved to the direct right of player straddling every single hand they weren't a blind in a 5-10 game with a blinds first rule. This was the second most valuable seat change of my career, and I made it with no contest.

      If anyone actually understood poker, there would be wars over seat changes, constant strings of players sitting out on straddles, and even games of chicken where rational players may button straddle to force aggressive players away from seats to their left. With the blinds first rule, button straddling is clearly the best play in games with normal stacks and 4 or fewer players. But no one knows this or cares enough to be a contrarian, so use the rule to your sole benefit and enjoy.

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    3. One of the best posts I've ever red!! Thanks for the heads up Bill

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  7. Great blog post, Tony! I like the part where you talk about your roll. And about buying a plane ticket at the airport. And about how the fare stayed the same during the ride TO the airport. Keep it up!

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    1. I can't wait for Lightning to tell us how concerned you were!!!

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  8. TBC, come on down to South Texas and ride out Hurricane Harvey with me and my family, 130 mph sustained winds and 30+ inches of rain.

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    1. nice to see it didnt affect your internet access

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  9. I'm getting charged $2.99 for transactions less than $100 on coinbase. How little are you buying and selling? Wait to do bigger sums if your getting price gouged. They give you the fee amount at the confirmation step. It's not like they are hidden.

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