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Old 03-07-2016, 11:56 PM
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Default A smokin return to poker? Maybe...Maybe not

So the past few years has seen a decrease in the amount of poker I play to virtually none. Here are some of the main contributing factors to smokinat420's hiatus from the poker felt.

1. Marriage and a child - not to make excuses but it can be a full time job when you are putting forth all your effort to be the best husband and father you can be. And the saying is true "Happy wife...Happy life" and the same can be said for the kids. Poker can pull us away from special moments, quite alone time, and various other activities and events.

2. Change in work - Once I stopped working at our local poker room and was simply full time in web development for a company the last thing I wanted to do was "play online" or even go out for that matter.

3. Run Bad - leading up to the hiatus its was a fairly epic run bad that really didn't see anything in return for my play for months. Didn't matter what I did or how I played it was wrong every time.

4. No longer fun - Part of the reason I have always loved the game is it was always fun for me....I just did not find the game as fun any longer.

A Renewed Interest:

A lot has changed in just the last year....opened a business....am only working from home....life is wonderful.....money has never been better!

The last poker tourney I played was about a year ago now and I chopped for the win $600 or so....never went back and the room is now closed. Lately I have found myself reading little articles here and there.....watching videos and finding a slight renewal of passion to the game I once held very dear.

Vegas trip is booked for myself and my wife here in a week...although little gambling will take place (my wife is not a gambler and has never been to Vegas) its going to be more about the sites, shopping, and food.

I will most likely find myself slipping down to the Rio Poker room late to get a little play in....i even went as far as researching what tourneys were where while I am there....why?!?

I have made a decision to play a little more here in the coming months with a goal in mind to play a set of tourneys in July.

I will be building a roll on Bovada (really only place i can play online) And trying to get as much live play (when it doesn't take away from family and work) to get into poker shape and make my July run.

I will use this to motivate me and track progress

Goal $10,000 by June 30th for Vegas Tourneys
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Old 03-08-2016, 10:38 PM
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Default Day 1 "Breaking The Ice"

Well I was going to put a deposit on Bovada to get started....however there was already $7.86 in there so i figured there is no better way to get in shape that to start here....if a deposit is needed then so be it but I figured im micro staking it for a while anyway.

Session 1
Starting BR $7.86
1:36pm-2:30pm
buyin - $3.86
time - 1:36pm-2:30pm
game - PLO8
stakes - .02/.05
+/- = +$6.53

Current Roll is now $14.39
(I also have a pending soccer bet for tomorrow for $1 if this bet is a winner I will most likely push the winnings into another bet.)

ill update if I happen into another session later tonight....for now I have a bit of work to do
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Old 05-03-2016, 07:00 PM
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Well have still to get out to play anything live....but figure ill get that in sometime this month.

I've also studied the tourneys available July 2nd-10th and have found that a $10K roll will be too much and its not needed. I've adjusted the goal of the roll to $3500.

I did do a depo on ACR $10 free...100% match (tough to unlock roughly 40 $2 jackpot sng's for $1)....depo freerolls ... $50 in tourney cash(given daily in small amounts and only useable in "newbie" tourneys)...i couldn't pass it up and it was another place to "grind" depo'd $60

Gotta say have been doing well playing and really putting in some reads on players....finished 4th in a $.50 on ACR for $62...have been playing the $2 Jackpots 500 chip 3 player turbos LOVE THEM!

So current rolls are as follows:

Bovada - $81.19
ACR - $129 & 16 T'$
PAYPAL (Vegas Hideaway Funds) - $116.50 (this will likely go up and down a lot but this is the secret stash)


Total: $326.69 & $16 in tourney cash

10% there
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"You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing"

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Old 06-01-2016, 05:06 PM
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I've been able to get a bit of volume in and getting into WSOP shape!

I was simply going to pay my way into everything but choose to open up a BAS for the weeks events ill be playing.....thinking I would have a small group of support and maybe cover some of the costs of buyins. Well the support was well beyond what I had planned for. In a matter of days now almost all shares have been bought up. So here is where im at and what will be going on pre-Vegas (july2nd)

I have been steady on ACR not a ton of volume but they really have a limited Omaha H/L tourney schedule that is not very good....and cash tables can be hit or miss but still sitting around $130

Bovada is a different story! They have a ton of Omaha 8 tourneys running daily and most have great value and horrid players. I have been able to make a number of cashouts (bitcoin is quick as shit) and have been doing well in almost anything ive played there.

My BR goal has not been hit but regardless I will be going to Vegas July 2nd - 9th. I will be playing event 57 PLO8 $1500 buyin. I have a whole week of tourneys ive mapped out for a number of different circumstances like progressing to more days or bouncing out early middle stages of any tourneys.

Plane is Booked and paid
Hotel is Booked and paid @ the Rio

So with a month before takeoff I have a few things I MUST DO before hand to prep

*20 PLO8 online tourneys minimum this month*
*Get a minimum of 25 Hours of Live play with 10 of that being Omaha H/L*
*go over the past 3 months of hands and info & examine my play*

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"You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing"

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Old 06-17-2016, 05:21 PM
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*20 PLO8 online tourneys minimum this month*
8 completed

*Get a minimum of 25 Hours of Live play with 10 of that being Omaha H/L*
7 hrs completed

*go over the past 3 months of hands and info & examine my play*
DONE! I play well but have some passive moments


Well gotten a few MTT's in!

I played a Live Round by Round Tourney last Saturday at a Local room...I got to say I played pretty damn great! Had doubled my stack the first hour then doubled that the next hour! It was a coast to the Final Table where they seated 10 Players. I was 3rd or 4th in chips. I stuck to the solid play that had gotten me this far and continued to chip up. I reached chip lead with 6 players left when I held 63o in the SB with 3 limpers and the BB....Flop comes 363 and checks around...turn is a 3 checks to last player to act that bets out... i 3x his bet he calls. The river is a K and I lead out he snap calls to give me a nice lead in chips.

Nothing really went right after that though ended up losing every race and just couldn't get a hand to hold Finished 5th

I recently went over my hands ive played and honestly i'm fairly happy with how ive been playing. Im actually running below EV in pots im a huge fav in. I have 2 weeks left to get some play in before its takeoff time!!!

I'm ready....It's MY time....and the universe knows this!
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Old 03-15-2017, 07:08 PM
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wow has it been a year?!?!

Well life is good, life is great. Just doing my thing being a dad, husband, and working my tail off. Looking into buying a home.

Not playing regularly due to work, almost 280 hrs the last 30 days

Have been to a few tourneys here at the local casino they have a pretty decent tourney schedule. Friday/Saturdays are $100-$125 and get 100+ runners. Ive only played in about 7 tourneys live the last year.

WSOP is coming up and think ill go again this year however not much on the WSOP schedule itself interests me much other than the $365 Giant in July. Maybe do some smaller tourneys and im sure more will pop up on the schedule as we get closer to July in other casinos around Vegas.

Going to Toledo this weekend to partake in a $130 50K Guarantee tourney and play the $130 O H/L x Stud H/L if I dont make day two of the 50K.

Need to get some sessions in and nail a tourney or two.

Hope all is well in the Surfers Poker Family around the Globe! Would be nice to be able to meet up with some of you if your out to Vegas during the same time.
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"You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing"

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Old 04-14-2017, 05:17 PM
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Vegas plans are set! June 19-26 or 27th

Have a condo for that week (also available for a few days after I leave if someone is interested)

Plan is to play downtown at Golden Nugget that weekend for the $150 100k and bounce around during the week. Do not plan on playing anything large just try to get in some volume, a little cash play, maybe a few promotions around town.

The $150 50k in Toldeo went ok almost made day two was a sticky spot preflop with a ton of limpers and me on button with AQ... I shipped and was snapped off by the UTG limper with KK and didn't get a chance to play the Hi/Lo tourney as they were short dealers and spent over an hour on the alternate list.

Played a few satties into the MSPT $1100 300K tourney in May but have not ran well in them and have failed to qualify so far but I have never ran well at that casino tbh

Work has thankfully slowed down for the time being but will need it to pick back up next month before the Vegas trip.

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u suck.
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"You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing"

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