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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Wow. looks like im finally going to earn some serious money this year afterall. The last month or so has been immense, not sure why but my reads are cushdie and the games have got soft. The new betfair account is golden is appears and the number of idiots on ladbrokes is insane. I think the main reason my results have got so much better is a little more balance, not playing mtts at all anymore, well, sometimes sundays and also bouncing ideas about with my students/mates. I always think how odd it is when you look back at your game say 1 year ago and compare it to what you know now, realise you were a complete spewmonkey and that now you are faaaar better. Does this happen every year? Do you reach a peak or does brunson still laugh at himself for getting involved in 3bet pots with 102o?

Off to Bali with the missus soon, then gonna pop over to vienna for a few days then get back in time for the DTD monte carlo thing, which im gonna win. I really should play a few more of the better live comps, but the harsh reality is they just aint that worthwhile unless the buyin is biggish, field soft and i feel good. Trying to be more professional and look at hourly has left me feeling kinda elated and embarassed. My hourly this year across all sites for cash is substantial. Why my work ethic was so bad i dont know. I guess i can blame moving (1 month+) and blackbelt grading (1month) partly for the lacklustre start to the year, but comparing myself and the hands im putting in to people like alex bowler and clarkatriod and it really hammers home the different requirement in attitude you need to go from a nice standard of living to making chunks.

Been watching 2m2m and i thought it was pretty decent. Brain Hastings voice does go right through me and Emil comes across as a kinda detatched gimp, the last episode when his PA is packing his bags while hes sat on the bed, i swear i could have shipped that euromillions on friday for 56 superdimes and wouldnt be able to be so cold and (it looked) demeaning. Its embarassing, leave the room while shes working....TBH krantz seemed ok but uhoa and ansky was probably the best of the bunch. Hastings voice and AE jones come across really badly. Interestingly, i always liked leggo's strategy segments on 2+2 poddies, but having seen the guy and how he reacted to an argument about reverse implied odds or some shit all i could think was my god what a twat. Thing is you can argue just about anything in poker, there is always a different answer for any different hand, which is why iv been thinking a lot about balancing lately. It seems to me that a lot of reasonable grinders dont understand this point about balancing v regs and going for max exploitation v fish. All they do is go max exploitation v everyone and fuck themselves over by, for example, never showing up with a bluff when they river CR. Dont get me wrong, im grateful, but its gonna be a while before the floodgates open in online poker again and in that 4/5 year gap learning to beat tougher players will be the biggest challenge. With that in mind i was thinking about the whole Akenhead fiasco, how th fuck can u final the wsope main, wsop main and the million. Literally such a huge sick achievement and got me thinking what do i want to do/be eventually. Tbh i think i lack the right ambition, im really not interested in tournament prowess and all the jazz. Maybe ill have to have a crack at it one day, just not right now :)

7 Comments:

Blogger Adam Reynolds said...

Brian Roberts not Hastings you fish! Keep grinding son, greatness to follow...

1:49 PM  
Blogger Kevin Stevens said...

I’m a firm believer in specialisation for the win, might be just because I’m not very adaptable though. They way I see it is if you believe in a poker version of the 50,000 hour rule to success, then surely dividing this time between cash and tournaments which play quite a lot differently is just going to slow down you progression isn’t it?.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Amatay said...

fish on 2m2m came across as right plums apart from Stern. That gimp luckychewy tilts me soooo fkin hard as well. Have u seen him deep in the WSOP ME on Pokertube? TOOOOOOOOL!

4:00 AM  
Blogger Yorkshire Pud said...

I'd love to smash luckychewy in the teeth.

Dd you see that Luckypanda or whatever who was a student on there? Total fucking life gimp!

8:43 PM  
Blogger snoopy1239 said...

Hey, Alex. Was just wondering if I could tempt you into adding Black Belt Poker to your links. In exchange, I'll add your blog to our links on blackbeltpoker.blogspot.com. Leave a comment on the blog if you're up for it. Hope all is well. Haven't seen you around for a while. Snoops

5:07 PM  
Blogger reevio said...

Stop holidaying and get back to the grind Martin.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, that's crazy!

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