*I will post some more trip reports w/ pics from this year in a later post, and try to update this blog more often...
I've been chillin in Vegas since the end of the WSOP really not doing much besides crushing 100s of dollars of sushi every day while plotting my next move. Went down to Tijuana for a week to grind on stars only to lose about $35k (DAMN YOU WILLHASHA), and since then I haven't played very much at all besides a few matches. Other than that, I haven't really been doing much besides watching and gambling on the Olympics and Starcraft 2, and playing the occasional live session when a good high stakes game runs. Living in Vegas outside the summer is actually kind of cool. The food places I really like are much less crowded and everyone is way more laid back. Also, I never have to step foot in the Rio for any reason.
Other than generally being lazy and unproductive, life is pretty good. I had a really good summer which also included having some small swaps come through huge (swapped with Greg Merson in the $10k 6max which he won for $1.2 mil, and have a swap with Russell Thomas in the ME, which if he wins will net me a large 6 figure sum). In general I feel like I am in a really good spot poker wise; I have a solid group of intelligent and hardworking friends I can talk i depth strategy with and work out kinks in my game on a daily basis. In addition i'm comfortably rolled to play basically whatever games I want and I can easily sell action for anything really big. The downside is without being on stars it is getting increasingly hard to get action in anything at mid stakes and higher, to a point where I am not playing nearly as much as I should.
Going to Montreal with Fees and co for 6 weeks to grind on Stars during WCOOP, to run get some good volume in and play some donkaments on the side. I don't know too much about the city but Fees tells me everything is awesome there so I am pretty excited to check it out. After that I am probably going to head to New York and Boston since I haven't been back to the east coast in well over a year and I have tons of friends I want to see. After that, I'm planning an epic Asia trip with the crew, probably stopping in Japan, Korea, Australia, Thailand, Macau, and some other countries. I'll post a trip report and pics of the previous Asia trip, but just know Japan and Korea were super epic and awesome cities overall.
Fantasy football is going to start soon and should keep me occupied. I am super excited for NFL season to start, already doing some mock draft simulations and getting some background work done. In addition to jumping in every high stakes fantasy football league that runs, I'm putting together the pieces for a large sports betting conglomerate. It will probably start out with a $50k bankroll using full kelly. I have a group of handicappers I have a lot of faith in and I will be supplementing it with plays I know are mathematically profitable (wongs, etc). Working on getting accounts on a lot of sports books set up so I can effectively line shop and arb.
Overall stuff is going pretty good. I thought I might be rusty after not playing much online for basically 3 months straight, but when I am in Vegas I am constantly around people i can sweat or talk to about hands and strats it feels like i'm actually getting better even though i'm not playing much. After WCOOP, I am probably going to start setting time aside to work hard on my PLO game. I've been putting it off for way too long, mainly because everyone is still pretty awful at HUNL, but the upside is just too big to put it off for much longer.
On a final note, my team epic team brocean hoodie came in today:
don't worry guys, we got our pool anyways