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Apr
19
2011
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I think my last real blog post was a good 15 months ago. I have always struggled to blog, partly because I have somewhat of a "well why should anyone care about what I have to say" type of mentality. But then I think about it and I always enjoy reading random poker players blogs that I've never met IRL or have just played a bunch against online here and there. So I think I will start blogging again.

After all of Friday's fiasco, I have thought and reflected a bunch and wondered what I would do if this exact thing happened in Canada. 2 years ago, I would've packed up and gone somewhere, probably Australia or somewhere in the UK. It would be pretty tough and definitely my plan would be to grind a ton, make a bunch of money and probably get back into something other than poker when I returned home. Now though, I think I'd probably move on. Start a business of some sort, or get involved partially in a few businesses and return to poker on the side if things got straightened out legally down the road. Being almost 27, I think I'd tell myself it's time to grow up, give up living the dream and get into the real working world in some capacity.

On the poker front, I have played strictly all PLO this year. Pretty much all the limits 2/4 PLO to a bit of 25/50 when the games looked amazing. Mostly 3/6, 5/10 and 2/4 though. If you look at my PTR, my PLO results are horrible. Well, last year I decided the same thing, I am gonna try and switch to PLO. I don't think I went at things like I should have. I basically jumped into 5/10 games and was way over my head, getting beaten down by the good regs. I also didn't study nearly as hard as I needed to, to improve. The end result was losing like 60K in 70k hands and having a loss rate of 5BB/100. This year I have gone at things with a much better approach. Less tables, a bit of game selection and playing a bit lower stakes most of the time. Also studying a lot, a couple hours most days. My results have been much better, I'm not up a ton because of dusting off some stacks at 25/50 PLO but I have a positive winrate of something like 2BB/100 and I think I'm improving everyday. This month has been very solid, I think I've had like 3 losing sessions out of 20 or something silly like that.

Lifewise, things are good. I bought a condo about 6 weeks ago and take possession on the 21st of April, so in a couple days. Toronto isn't New York city or anything but real estate is damn expensive. 600K doesn't get you too far in the downtown core. Well it get's you a nice place but nothing too big. I think my place is 1200 sq feet plus about 200 sq feet of balcony space. Really looking forward to summer BBQs on the giant balcony and just a lot more living space. I will
post some pics of it in another blog post. Maybe after my gf and I paint and move everything in.

I am planning on heading to Madrid for the EPT Grand Final. Mostly because I want a European vacation, but the poker is a nice bonus. Hotel that were staying at looks really nice, I think it's called the Westin Palace Madrid. Plan is to play a couple side events, a 5k PLO and a 5k NL and hopefully satellite into the main event. With the condo purchase, I'm not as liquid as a used to be lol and 10K euro is a good bit of cash for me right now.

Anyways, thanks for reading gents, take care
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Mar
13
2011
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Just wanted to say that I have responded to the questions from my video that was released earlier this week. Thanks to the guys who put together questions, I think there were some interesting spots. Also figured I should get a little something in this blog since it has been like 14 months since I've posted anything. Maybe I can get back to a blog post every few weeks again.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend gents.

Cheers
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Jan
15
2010
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Happy new year year everyone! So I didn't hit the PCA which was probably a mistake but I had some stuff going on around home but I did get to play in the Niagra Fallsview Casino Classic on Tuesday the 12th but unfortunately things didn't go my way due to an absolutely hilarious hand. The main event was a 5k buyin and we started with 20k stacks, 50/100 blinds. W/e fine enough structure, I consider tournaments more so fun and a change of pace from playing cash games everyday. Second level blinds at 1/200 is where the most hilarious hand of my now lengthy career takes place. I open with KsKc utg to 525, standard raise for myself so far. Table has been very in line, straight forward. Table is full of local southern Ontario pros including Gavin Smith and Toronto Toro. Anyways, utg+1 3 bets to 1500 and Gavin Smith cold calls in the hijack. I decide that were going to 4 town, I don't think there's any other option so I make it 4600. UTG+1 immediately calls, which I don't know exactly what that means but I assumed he was very very strong and honestly didn't love my hand the moment I was 3 bet after opening UTG. I guess that statement shows how relative position is such a cool weapon. Gavin Smith folds and we go to the flop. Flop is good but not great for my hand I suppose, Qs10s3s, I have the k of spades but I'm going to go with the hand as this point. I bet 5200 on the flop, villain raises to 15k which does not thrill me at all and I expect to be beat or flipping against a hand like Askx. Anyways, this is where hilarity ensues. Villain tanks and starts to swear. Saying things like "OMG I can't believe this is how I throw my tournament away". Keep in mind he made it 15k and he only has about 3k to call my allin bet. After a few minutes he decides he is pot stuck and calls. He shows pocket fives which is absolutely bat shit insane. I mean when he tanked I guess I assumed he was messing around but I assumed he had some king of equity. I mean who bluffs in this spot especially given my line, raise UTG, 4 bet, bet this type of board. I am never bluffing btw!!! He eventually calls and he shows pocket fives. Yes 55. I am shocked and amused obviously. I mean I had played pretty damn nitty due to not having playable hands so I assumed when we were getting the money in that I wasn't even in good shape but wow, 55, amazing! Anyways, the turn is the 5 of clubs, LOL ya. I blank the river even when I have a ton of outs. Bam thats the end of my day. Crazy hand right. Ya that shit still happens and I had to call a couple buddies to replay the hand and they both couldn't believe it. I had a room booked for the night, expecting to go deep. Good thing my gf could get a day off and come up otherwise it would've been a boring and lonely night. Take care kids and GL!
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Dec
16
2009
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I came home last night from the gym feeling great and decided to put in a session, ended up being a bad idea. I 8 tabled hu against DerekJC and Number1mom, both very good players and ended up losing 10 buyins, so 20K. Bad game selection? Maybe but I know Derek's game very well and think I have an edge when playing well although last night I did not play very well. DerekJC is maybe the toughest 10/20 reg online, maybe not the best from a winrate standpoint but he is nasty to play against at times. I quit after an hour, had a couple stiff drinks and watched 3 episodes of Mad Men. Sounds like degenerate behaviour and I guess it is somewhat. lol. Anyways, I needed to get beat down last night. Why? Things had been going a little too well for me poker-wise in the last 6 weeks and sometimes it takes a bad session to get my head back on track, refocus etc. It's funny, and I've heard this from other poker players, but I will go out today and buy some stuff, maybe a stupid expensive bottle of scotch or some clothes to ease the pain of the loss. I get over losses very quickly but it's more so just having been outplayed badly. But you would think that I would feel like spending money after a big win, never actually. Only after big losses. My losses are never too big but 20k is big enough. Anyways, somewhat of a ramble but necessary. lol.

I went out last week for dinner with ADZ and Thaaj, two high stakes players from Toronto. Both good guys. ADZ is pretty well known and may take a big of negative heat but he is a good guy and a lot of fun to hang around with. The kid is a flat out balla though and I don't think he tries to be, that's just his nature. For anyone around Toronto, the restaurant we went to is called Jacob's steakhouse and it is amazing. Better than anywhere I've been in Vegas, and I've been almost everywhere. I've been there a couple times in the past few weeks and the food is unbelievable.

Christmas party tonight which should be good. My plan is to play a bunch more on Stars for the next week until I clear my 600K milestone bonus and then call it a year, relax, hang out with friends/family and probably party a bunch. It's been a weird year poker wise, not as good as I expected but no compaints I guess. 2010 could be a lot different poker wise for me I think, might cut down my playing time on Stars, play a lot more PLO, not sure though.
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Oct
30
2009
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So it's been a while since I wrote a blog entry but this past week some hilarious nonsense happened that inspired me to bang out an entry. So I have a car, an Infiniti G37, I love it. Great car although I cant drive it in the winter here in Southern Ontario, Canada. It's just too powerful, too light and it's rear wheel drive so it would just be dangerous on slick and snowy roads. Anyways so I needed to get a car for the winter, somewhat of a hassle but w/e. So last week I found a lease take over opportunity for 5 months, perfect to last me the winter. Quick and easy, 5 months and I'm done with the car at $900 a month. The car is a 2006 Lexus IS 350, solid car. Great fit for what I need it for. Seems simple. Anyways, so I arrange things with the dealership and the current lease holder and we are good to go, that is until they realize that I play poker for a living. This is where things get hilarious. They need to do a credit check, standard protocol which should not be a problem. So I get a respone after they do that credit check, which I am fairly certain they didn't even do because my credit rating is immaculate. The conversation between me and the fat fuckwit sales person goes like this,

"Well we can't go ahead and give you the lease, you are a poker player and we can't trust you to make these huge $900/month payments remaining on the car. You could easily lose your shirt tomorrow, chuckle chuckle, laugh, laugh"
My respone: "Well sir I can assure you that the finances aren't a problem, I'm sure if I can show you a statement of my assets and net worth, you will realize this is an extremely safe deal for your side. I have an investment portfolio and assets totaling almost 1M, and I was recently pre-approved for a mortage. I can't see this being a problem."

"Well you see it's more of a security issue, what is stopping you from driving off with the car at the end of the 5 months"

My response: WOA, wtf. You are essentially calling me a criminal. What is stopping anyone who is leasing a car from your dealership to drive off with the car after the lease ends"

Respone from the fat fucking waste of life salesman: " Well it's just a fact of life. You are a gambler. What is stopping you from throwing the car keys in the middle of the table in a poker game?

"Woa, wtf. Are you serious. This is absolutely hilarious. I don't have a gambling problem, I play poker for a living.

Anyways, I kept things civil and ended up just buying the car. Decent price and it's fairly easy and hassle free. I didn't feel great about giving these guys my business but the car was a great fit and I just didn't want to have to keep looking. I will most likely sell it in the spring for what I just paid for it so it will probably work out better this way anyways. But the way I was treated was just ridiculous. I'm certainly not a sensitive person, the stuff that was said doesn't really bother me but I just find it so ridiculous that I cannot obtain 5 months of a car lease while I can be approved for a 300K mortgage. When I scoop the car this weekend I likely won't be able to hold back and will probably have some words to say to some people at the dealership, but that will be fun. Honestly, it's a little hard to hold back some comments when a 350 LB car salesman who is making 60K a year at MOST is chirping you.

BTW all of the comments are bang on word for word, I'm not trying to throw in an extra drama.

I'm sure people have similar stories of being treated differently due to being a poker player, figured I'd share this one.

Cheers
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Sep
01
2009
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I figure since it`s been a couple months since my last post, I should get things going again and try to blog once a week or so. I`m off to Barcelona for the EPT event tomorrow which I`m pretty excited about. I love live events, specifically EPTs and I`ve heard great things about Barcelona in terms of culture, nightlife etc. I will be playing the main event and maybe a couple of the side events and hopefully some cash games which I`ve heard will be running. If the cash games are half as good as they were in Italy and Monte Carlo during those epts it could be a great trip.

I spent the last half of the summer back in Toronto, grinding online and doing random fun things. I`ve played a bunch of golf, caught a bunch of Jays games and hit a couple great concerts, Coldplay and Pearl Jam which was just a week ago. Pearl Jam is by far my favourite band, since I was about 11 years old. The Pearl Jam stickman is also my pokerstars avatar which people are probably unaware of where that random picture comes from.

Vegas finished up pretty well for me actually. I stuck around an extra week to play the 5k Venitan event which was the finale of their summer tournament series. I ran pretty well and played quite well and final tabled the event, finishing 5th for 75K which made it a good trip to Vegas. Hopefully I can run good this week and take things deep and if not I`ll have fun being a tourist.
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May
28
2009
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Been a while since I've blogged. I really want to get an entry or two in every week but I'm kinda lazy when it comes to some things. After getting back from Monte Carlo I barely played online for a couple weeks, which is rare for me. Weather was really nice in Toronto and I was just doing random shit, Blue Jays games, lot of 5PM patios with the after work crowd, tennis and golf etc. The last couple weeks I've back into playing and things have been going decently well. UB/AP introduced ante games which I think attract fish and create a bunch more action in general. The games are really good on there at times and even
though there is usually one 10/20 game and 3 or 5/10 games it's still great because I think my winrate is about 4 times as high when compared to Stars.

Last year I lived in Vegas for about 5 weeks or so in a house with a bunch of poker players from Vancouver and had a great time but I don't really wanna do things as big this year WSOP wise. I'm going to head to Vegas for a week, June 4th-11th and then head back for the 5k 6max and the Main Event late june. Staying at Encore so should be a solid week. I love Vegas but just not for a month at a time, even though living in a house off of the strip is a great way to do the WSOP. I'd much rather travel to EPTs and other random events in cool places than spend the whole summer in Vegas. Also there aren't that many events that appeal to me anyways. I really don't want to spend days grinding $1500 live events and i only play NL and PLO, so there are only 12 events or so that appeal to me. Plan is to play 2 or 3 events, enjoy some nice dinners and hit a club or two.
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Apr
30
2009
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Ran pretty hot at the end of today in a few ways I suppose. After taking a pretty tough beat and being down to 140K or so, my table broke and I got moved. Zigmund on my left which could be tough and annoying at times but I picked up some hands and got him to monkey off some chips although he definitely plays well just bad timing. First two hands at the table I pick up AK, Ziggy 3bets I shove my 130K or so. Next hand AA win another nice pot. Sik table change. Went from 140K to 360K in the last hour.

Somewhat interesting hand, Dennis Phillips LOL, limps with 40K or so at 2k4k and I make it 15K with AJs intending to call a shove from Dennis. Ziggy makes it 40K from the BB, second time he has 3 bet me which makes me think that he has a hand here although it`s Zigmund and I felt that he would expect me to give his second 3bet a fair bit of respect. I shove 200K or so and Ziggy covered so it was a pretty big move. I felt that I had the best hand but certainly didn`t want a call. Zigmund made me sweat and he folded what he claimed to be AQ, which I believe. Discussed the hand a bit with Zigmund after the day, somewhat fun. Nice guy as well. Be interested to hear what good tourney players think of that situation and the shove. I felt it was decent. Picked up some decent hands to bust a couple medium stacks and ended the day in great shape after an otherwise very uneventful grindy type day which certainly tests the patience. Things can change so quick in these events despite the good structure. See how day 3 goes.

Cheers
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Apr
18
2009
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Here in San Remo for the week playing the EPT event then heading to Monte Carlo for the EPT Final. Super nice area of the world is the Cote D'Azure and I'm loving is so far. Today was not my day though, busted just before dinner, nothing went well etc but I did get to play the craziest and possibly best hand of my life.

Ok, blinds are 75/150 in level 3 and I have 15k in chips after just doubling up a couple hands earlier. UTG opens to 400, UTG+1(online tournament reg and strong player) flats, I flat 1010, fish calls behind me on button and Annette calls in the BB. Flop comes, Qc8C8s and the PFR checks, UTG+1 checks, I check hoping to peel a nice safe turn and look to bet and take it down with a bet if checked to again, fish checks and so does Annette. Turn is the 10 of spades, I now have a BOAT and the board is two tone, tons of draws. Things now get crazy. I have Tens Full and have dreams of Vegas and the ****in Mirage. Annette leads 1500 into the pot, UTG/PFR calls, UTG calls as well. Sweet Jesus things are looking great to win a huge pot. I make it 5150 after a couple minutes of tomfoolery and posturing, that's what like to do live, always take my time even if I have total air sometimes. Fish behind me goes into the tank for 5 minutes, really in a tough spot with what I assumed was an eight even though I'd expect everyone even fish to bet trips when checked to on that board. He eventually shoves 10k or so, Annette folds her hand, PFR folds, but then the very solid and good thinking online tournament pro shoves 18k. Snap shoves BTW. What I thought was the nuts, now looks like I am somehow beat. There is just no way solid tournament pro shoves a worse hand. Possibly 108? No because he isn't flatting UTG's open with 108s. So he either has Queens full, or quad eights. I tank for 5 minutes. A crowd gathers to take in the hand. I show my hand to the onlookers behind. A bunch of Italian dudes start snickering and whispering about how I can't fold among themselves. I come to the conclusion that solid tourney pro has me beat via the quads or the Queens full and I fold my hand face up. The crowd of 50 or so that has gathered is in shock. I feel good about my fold but even better when the solid tourney pro shows 88 for quads and the fish shows up with j9o for a turned straight. It isn't that crazy of a fold when I think about it and I felt good about the fold at the time. It is just tough to fold a hand of that absolute strength, with less than 100bbs and getting an insane price on the turn call. Oh and it's a tournament. Again, not that crazy of a fold given the action and the players involved but I am very pleased that I was able to realize that I was beat and let my hand go. I wasn't tilted by my fold or rattled in the slighest, more so pleased with myself but I couldn't recover. I lost a bunch of tough pots when strong hands couldn't hold up and that was it. W/e.

Met Erik Frieberg of 2007? WSOP Main Event fame at dinner and I now have an in to play in some private high stakes games this week, although I'm not exactly super flush with Euros over here.

If any Leggo Members are here in San Remo or are going to be in MC, give me a shout.

Cheers.
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Apr
01
2009
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Trying to think of what I've been up to lately. March I played a fair bit of poker with pretty lousy results. I think I logged about 70k hands of NL and came close to breaking even or maybe up about 10k. Somewhat embarassing but I will credit running bad to be honest and a little bad play as well. In fact I made more money at PLO than NLH even though I probably played 5k hands of PLO as I continue to try and learn the game. Playing well lately and I think April should be a good month.

I've got my trip planned out to EPT San Remo and EPT Monte Carlo, should be good. Heading by myself but I think there should be tons of MSNL and HSNL regs to meet up with over there. Never been to that part of Europe so I'm excited. Also super convenient that San Remo and MC are about an hour apart. Cash games should be unreal as well.

Weather in Toronto is getting nicer which allowed me to get my summer car back on the road and out of storage a couple days ago. It's a 08 Infiniti G37S that I've had for about a year. I'll post some pics of it. It's not a Lambo or a Mas but I love it and would almost rather have it than many more expensive whips. Nice to get back in a nice ride and out of my winter car which is an older Toyota Corolla. My buddies call the Corolla the "diaper" because it carries a pungent odour from always having my hockey equipment in it from years past and since I always leave a ton of garbage lying inside.

Tomorrow at 2pm Est BllyBearKu and I are finally going to play out MSNL HU tournament second round match. Tune in, should be a good match.

I was informed tonight that my first video is being released tomorrow. It's a 5/10 6 max vid on party poker which I think is pretty solid. A bunch of interesting spots against a lot of different types of players. I have played as much 5/10 and higher 6max in the past 2 years as anyone and have a great feel for 6max in general. I think the video is pretty solid and I hope the members can take a few things from it. Everytime I do a blog entry I think, "this is easy and fun", but then don't do one for a couple weeks. I will try and do a couple each week.

Great Hendrick's Gin and tonic I'm sipping as I write this. Cheers.
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