Retiring from Poker
LikeASet, Jan 18 2017
GG world of poker.
It was fun and also grueling.
Finally came to the realization that the possible benefits of poker is not worth the grind (just speaking for myself of course). It ceased to be fun most of the time and not worth the stress. I also realized how unhealthy you can become playing too much. I would rather live a simpler life taking more of my free time just learning things about the world, meditating, spending time with my girlfriend, etc. I will maybe someday return to poker when the financial outcome from the games become totally irrelevant to my quality of life. I am in my late 20's and still only about to start Nursing school. I already obtained a Finance degree but ended up not doing anything with it and I took the bulk of my 20's for granted. I'm now planning on just becoming a nurse and spending my extra income investing and starting a fitness studio to generate extra income and early retirement a possibility.
As of right now I still live at home with my parents and work as an independent personal trainer until I eventually end up with a nursing career. I've tried to become better at not focusing on the past and comparing myself to others. I take responsibility for the position that I am in life and try not to have any regrets. I know I should focus on things such as the fact I have it way better than most people in this world, have a home to live in, have good quality friends, have a good significant other, have good health, and have an opportunity to make a better life. I cannot change the past, I can only focus on doing the best moving forward.
If any of you guys are in the same position I encourage you all to keep your heads up. Life is too short to worry about what other people think of you. It's never let to do anything even if you have to back track and start over again. There's no one right way to live one's life.
Sorry no rest and just had a -1500 live poker session so I'm aware I'm writing like shit now.
LikeASet, Feb 18 2016
Gonna go to Canada this May for a 4-ish day vacation with a few buddies, probably thinking about going to Vancouver. Not trying to spend too much money as I'll probably be going on another vacation in the summer for just me and my girlfriend.
Just need ideas on places to go, things to see/do, foods to eat, etc. please :o
Reality check, Agression, balls, swings
LikeASet, Oct 10 2015
Last night playing at my local card room, 2/5 most people at the table sitting 1500+ deep, floorman gets called in next to take the new open seat at the table. Friendly guy, bald white middle aged father looking like the typical run of the mill middle class dad, wearing a mickey mouse sweater. Played with him several times before but the thing was he was always playing with house money because he would play during his shifts if the game was close to breaking. At first when this guy sat down he bought in for 500$ about 3 times i think and ran into 3 bad beats then something is this guy switched. He started iso'ing big, squeezing pretty often (like 240 preflop when like people call 30-40 preflop), making bottom pair calls (vs fish which ended up being good), big turn raises, etc. and he must have swung back up like 3-4k. While he was playing pretty agrro I started to feel like there was the fish, and then I became more like a baby shark, and then there this killer whale. There was a huge dynamic between the floor man and this one recreational fish and one reg fish who were all ateast 1.5k deep.
Somethings I learned, got reinforeced that night. Floor men aren't what they seem. Don't play so big that you started playing bad.. Shiet I kept spewing at my half ass attempts to bluff when the villains were close to folding but my bet sizes were on the pussy side relative to the pot.
Playing live games around 1k stacks effective is around my comfort zone. Once it starts to reach 1.5-2k stacks effective I start to become like a little girly and wet my panties. I think recently the highest bet I did as a pure bluff was only about 500-600. When someone makes it like 200 or something on the turn I doubt I'll have the balls to make it 700 without it being some sort of strong semi-bluff.
Ended up grinding up about 1700, then donking off like 1300 because I was being an idiot and playing for way too long being all tired and tilty.
Then to cap it all off I went to the 1k minimum buy-in 5/10 PLO game and played 6 handed, cuz I wasn't giving a shit about anything at the moment. Luckly nothing bad happened I just made like 300 bucks at the plo table, it was super late at night and we were all laughing at eachother cuz we were all playing like nit babies limping double suited aces and kings preflop.
Lol another side story a fellow reg at the casino who recently decided to grind plo exclusively was down about 50 bucks before plo broke. I then rail birded him as he went to the black jack table to get unstuck and he was eventually making 2500$ bets lol. Eventually he went to being down 50 to 4k lol. He's a degen but he'll be alright cuz he's an above average grinder that's skilled enough to play in the 5/10 games nl and plo,