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4 comments ● 2011-05-25

Watup guys...the last few days I haven't played too many MTTs, I woke up late yesterday and today Stars decided to take the 'server crash' line and there aren't enough FTP tourneys to keep me interested enough so I pulled the pin real early and spent the majority of the day studying poker and playing some cash.

I am up to 37k hands this year of sixmax cash (which is probably eight sessions for a grinder), mostly at 100nl but a bit at 50nl and some shot-taking at 200nl when I notice people I've tagged as fish. I started off just grinding rush but I switched back to normal sixmax to focus on reads and dynamic. It's still not a massive sample or anything but I am winning at about 2bb/100 which is a little lower than I'd like given I'm only 4-6 tabling, but I'm really going over marked hands a lot, analysing HEM, doing some work in Flopzilla (a brilliant program) and making a lot less horrid calldowns or jams (and more good folds) than I would've last year. My red line (non-showdown winnings) is spot on zero which is kind of unique for small stakes NL as far as I know, but tbh I've probably sacrificed some blue line (showdown winnings) as a result...usually spots where I've handread correctly, but have incorrectly assumed that someone will fold the river with a one pair hand or some other bluffcatcher but they've just called anyway (obviously that's still my error, but an easier problem to fix).

As I've said before I love MTTs and find them so much fun, but cash is just a whole different game and gives me much greater personal satisfaction after a session. Like I can't 15-25 table cash like I would MTTs because I'm simply not used to rapidly assessing my options, but I just have so much fun putting in 1-3 hour sessions six tabling and trying to really learn and improve. And not that I would consider myself to be someone that 'tilts' while playing MTTs (I get frustrated when I bubble stuff obviously but if I get one outed in the midgame I'm not even gunna care usually), but I find that I tilt way, way less in cash. I think it's partly because I don't assume to be that good that I just expect to win all the time (ie 'entitlement tilt'), but also because it's so much easier to confirm that you have an edge. Like you see someone flat a threebet OOP with junk and flop the world, or you see someone incorrectly peel the turn and get there, but intuitively you KNOW you have won real dollars making that bet/barreling it off..whereas in a rough patch of MTTs you can be like, "well fuck, they made a bad call but man I haven't won a tourney in weeks". Also I don't rely on cash game winnings for income, so it's just good to know I either have an edge over my opponents or I'm moving up the learning curve.

Post-DOJ a lot of HSNL coaches are much cheaper so if I keep running well in MTTs I'm definitely just going to invest in some coaching from someone really good. I am doubting that anyone like that is reading this blog, but if you are and would like to coach me feel free to shoot me a PM. I'm not looking for someone to teach me how to make disciplined folds or play some super standard style, I want someone that understands how 2p2er types play and how to best exploit that both pre and postflop so I can move up and keep winning.

What else. Oh, I did a MTT coaching session last night with a PNWer who I have coached a bit over the last year. He has improved a ton and it's so good to see someone make huge improvements and have it reflected in results. I am still coaching small and midstakes MTTers at US75/hr, and in this market the games are so soft so it is a really great time to invest in your game and put some volume in..so if you're interested feel free to PM me.

Not too much else to report. I got a couple of book recommendations from a mate, so far I have read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery...a novel from 1943 which is probably a children's book but I thought it was quite profound and was a bit surprised I hadn't heard of it before. The one I have just started at the moment is One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez..again, no idea how I haven't heard of it...not that I'm one to fall for back cover reviews, but when both Salman Rushdie and Bill Clinton infer that it's the most important piece of fiction published in any language you figure you're probably getting into a good book Smile

The next one coming in the post is The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Zafon. If you have any other recommendations feel free to post them.

Comments (4)

  • Choparno
    Choparno 05-30-2011 14:44

    I won't try to convince you, I think it's probably just a question of taste and I simply saw it as a magical and entertaining story. I didn't get the impression Martel was trying to convince us God exists though otherwise that probably would have put my defenses up as well.

    For me Life of Pi > One Hundred Years of Solitude (which I also liked) so will be interested to see what you think of it.

  • 106o
    106o 05-30-2011 13:26

    If you like "One Hundred Years of Solitude", then "Love in the Time of Cholera" would seem to be a must. You would also, I am sure, enjoy the first part of his autobiography: "Living to Tell the Tale".

    As for other recommendations, you could try:

    Dostoyevski: "The Brothers Karamazov".

    Kafka: "The Trial"

    Achebe: "Things Fall Apart"

    Orwell: "1984"

    Fitzgerald: "The Great Gatsby"

    Capote: "In Cold Blood"

    Cervantes: "Don Quixote"

    Calvino: "If On A Winter's Night A Traveller"

    My personal favorite is Joyce's "Ulysses" - but if you haven't read much of James Joyce you may want to approach that via "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" or some of his other words (NOT "Finnegan's Wake"!) first.

  • risk2Dupside
    risk2Dupside 05-29-2011 14:07

    Wow Life of Pi is probably the only book I truly hated reading and actually couldn't force myself to finish, like it's down there with The Alchemist for me :( I don't know if it was partly that I felt like Martel was just trying to dupe everybody into believing that God exists, or whether I just didn't truly get the point of the narrative or whether I just thought that the setting was so fantastical that I didn't allow myself to get absorbed into it enough, but I had two cracks at it and put it down. Convince me otherwise though, I'm always keen to hear your spin on stuff.

    And yeah TBD.com is where I go as well, I can't believe how cheap it is and how quickly stuff gets delivered.

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