Wednesday, October 31, 2007

short update

This past week was a good one for me. No, I take that back. It was grand. I killed 4 poker games in succession. I feel like my game is growing slowly out of a stale swamp. Now, that swamp is still growing the green, but I didn't feel like I was moving closer to the point where I could move up (play against tougher opponents). I've been reading posts from msnl'ers and hsnl'ers (middle/high stakes no limit players). I feel like I'm starting to grasp a little more of what they are saying and learning to apply them.

I think I've figured out why I tilt so hard against (I'll call him DJ because he is a DJ) DJ too! I need to work on keeping my blood sugar levels up and I'm thinking of instituting a 2.5hr rule in live games. Maybe I'll eat/drink something (fruit/veggies; OJ/energy drink) every hour or 45 min to do that.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

turning pro, some thoughts

This is a reply to a guy who is considering turning pro. He has a good job (60k/yr) with the salary growing SIGNIFICANTLY from there.

The dream of being a professional poker player is glamorous for actually quite few. It is hard work and a downswing can mean that you have to sell your car (or worse). To their credit, a few people have made that lifestyle and done very well. With a conundrum of having a well-paying job that is secure, I give some advice.
You said that in a couple of years, you will be earning solidly 6 digits. I say, keep your job. But don't stop there. Work hard for a couple/few years (day job AND poker) and build some good, sound investments so that you have a passive income. A passive income is money that you get without doing any active work for it. Once you have a comfortable income that you can pay your daily bills from, retire! Become a retiree that plays poker.
So if you take a turn for the worse in poker and decide that it isn't for you, you still have some money to ride you through it and some good experience to get a good job back. Then you can find what you want in life. And srsly, being 23 and making all of those decisions now is not something that you really have to worry a lot about. Take life in stride. Take your lumps. Have a good time. Cheers.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Buenos Aires

I was browsing 2+2 this morning and a guy was talking about living in Buenos Aires and Argentina. A couple of cool photos...

Torres del Paine (Argentina/Chile Border)
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The Obilesk in downtown BsAs. They put a condom on it for AIDS awareness day. :-D

Monday, October 8, 2007

Poker types explained

There are lots of different styles of poker strategies. Since everyone only plays Texas hold em, I’ll use that game to explain a couple of them.

Tight/aggressive (T/ag, you’re it!)
A tight player will stick to solid starting hands that have value overall in the game. Examples would be: ace-king, pocket pairs, jack-ten, etc. They are extremely picky about hands that qualify for their standards to play. They will also fold stronger hands from earlier positions, including the blinds. Being aggressive with these hands, these people bet and raise often. Typically, you have to call a big bet or raise from one of these types to see a flop or turn. They will charge you lots of money for your draws.

Loose/Passive (L/P)
A loose player will play more hands and from more positions. They often have favorite hands that are generally accepted as weak. Examples would be: 75, 32, ace-9. Being loose, they make a lot more calls and checks versus betting and raising.

There are combos of these types too like LAGs (loose aggressive types that we call lagtards), and tight-passive types (usually these players are the weaker players at the table).

Think of it like a graph. The Y-axis measures your hand selection (few to many). The X-axis measures how much you like giving me moneys (a little to a lot)! :-D

Monday, October 1, 2007

The Horsetooth Hang

I drove a van for the Horsetooth Hang this year again and I'd like to nominate Tim Maddocks for the next editor of the Collegian.