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Default April Recap

Got a new phone yesterday!

Blackberry Curve 9300:



I really like it so far. It's my first blackberry so I'm kind of just learning how to do everything for the first time. Fun toy to have around and I'm looking forward to learning new things about it. I like being able to have mobile access to Facebook and MSN.

Anyways, April was pretty crummy. A Pokerstars audit reveals I actually made $116, not $84 .... Great. Originally my low volume was due to exams, but then Black Friday decreased it some more. Ending up with just over 1.1k games on the month, with a 0% ROI . On the bright side, I feel like the evil month of March is now way behind me. In general I'm running better than I was back then As always, I'm going to continue to work on my game, and hoping to see an inevitable massive upswing coming my way! I'll be taking Summer School to accelerate my education but I've managed to cram all my classes into 4 days (and Friday is only an 8:00 class) so I pretty much get a 4 day weekend.


Like usual, I feel like I'm playing well. My peers are continuing to encourage me to run high volume and blast through the variance - which is exactly what I intend to do - aiming for 2,500 games in May. Most importantly, I really want to have a 6%+ ROI by the end of it. I think that's it for this entry - really just wanted to get it over with.

UFCWatcher: Expect more house pics by the end of May, sorry for the delay!

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Talking House Pics

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As promised, here are some more house pictures.



This is the pong room - pretty self explanatory. That door on the back wall is locked and reserved for the owners usage. This is where the secret cameras are .



Main office, crappy lighting.



This is the living room facing outwards into the kitchen.



Kitchen table which is never used .



Messy ass kitchen .



Other side of the basement.



My workplace in the basement.
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Looks like I'm flipflipflipfliping done with Full Tilt.

Maybe it's time for a new flipflipflipfliping hobby.

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Default Black Friday (Apr 15) and "Black Wednesday" (Jun 28) Status Recap

Ok so since April 15th and June 28th both occured, looks like there's ~$1700 in equity that I'm waiting/hoping to end up reclaiming from (mostly) American horses when everyone gets their accounts back.

This post is simply to help me keep track/record the figures and where they should be coming from eventually.

I'm estimating a recovery figure of ~75%.


1. Feb 6, V--zy (PTP), $50 investment, worth ~$10.
2. Mar 19, bbspedding (Surfers), $170 investment, worth ~$150 (self escrowed full $170, and had to send $84.83 to other investors, so my return value is approximately $65).
3. Mar 19, JayBong (Surfers), $300 investment, SB already shipped back, expecting approximately half of unshipped profits returned (~$150).
4. Mar 25, bbspedding (Surfers), $20 investment.
5. Apr 6, Red0nkulous (Surfers), $88 investment, worth ~$100.
6. Jun 3, MrHoliday (Surfers), $500 investment, expecting ~$500 in unshipped profits.
7. Jun 3, JTax [myself] (Surfers), $300 investment, expecting ~$350 back.
8. Jun 9, Rodbam (PTP), $300 investment, expecting ~$350 back.

Total: ~$1,695.
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Default Long Time No See

Obviously June and July have presented a fair share of difficulty for me (and thousands of others) in terms of managing online poker as a main source of income. Still there is more money in my (frozen) Full Tilt account than in my chequing account, so cash has been real tough to come by lately.

This Summer I completed the 4th semester of the Business Marketing program at my school. It was the hardest and most stressful semester I've ever attended. Final grades aren't posted yet, but I'm fairly certain I did well, expecting all B's or better.

Unfortunately, school resumes in mid-September, however I am enjoying my time off, and grinding as much as I can throughout this time (more on this later). Next week I'm hitting up a cottage for Labor Day Weekend .

In other news, my time at the Poker House is officially drawing to an end. Nighttrain and I are finding it far too expensive to live here, as well as certain contingent aspects are not playing out the way we had planned. For example, there were 4 of us when we moved in, and now it's just us two. Despite not being a flawless adventure, my time here will be cherished as it was truly a great experience. It was the first time I've moved out of my parents house and really did have a great time here. The place I'm moving to will be a nice setup for me. I've upgraded my computer, got a new 40'' TV, purchased an Xbox with a bunch of games, so I think I'm set .

With regards to poker, I have a new backer and coach now who wants to work with me long term. Since mid-July, I have been exclusively playing hyperturbo 6/9mans on Stars. We have a coaching session weekly and I have high hopes for the future of this stake. Currently I'm at the $30 level, which happens to be the highest level available on Stars for hyperturbos right now, and when they finally add more levels, I'll likely be moving up. Prior to this stake I had given up on Supernova, but now it is quite clear that I will be making it again. Currently sitting on about 70k VPPs, it shouldn't be hard to get to 100k at 6.11VPPs/game.

Anyways, just felt like I needed to get this blog updated. This has been the longest I've ever not posted in it for XD. Good luck to everyone and lets all cross our fingers about the Full Tilt situation.

What will happen? Will people get their money back? Is Full Tilt going to go bankrupt? ....... I don't know, you be the judge.

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Within the next week or so I`m going to post my blog next entry! Here is some of what it will contain:

  • Poker House summary 2011
  • My path to Supernova 2011
  • Plans and goals for 2012
  • Picture of my new setup
  • My Staking Business
  • Much much more!


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Arrow 2011 Recap, Part 1

Disclaimer: This two-part blog entry makes up for its recent months of absence. If you have anything you might need to do in the next week or so, you may wanna skip this one.

I have long been thinking about posting an update in this, and even put it off on many occasions. 2011 was a very interesting year, despite being an absolute horror on the cyber tables for me. I had high expectations going into 2011 in conjunction with the long anticipated yet quickly developed Toronto Poker House scenario. It was suppose to be a time of accelerated success at the poker tables in addition to steady earnings and relaxed poker-grinding lifestyle. Despite my playing endeavors being overshadowed by bad luck and timing, the year did have its share of positive nuggets in the mix. With 2012 rapidly approaching, it's time to finally sum up 2011's poker annum.

THE POKER HOUSE (Nadine Cres)

In September of 2010, myself, NightTrain, Hockeyaddict, and another poker player moved in to a house in Markham, ON together - our communal goals were to improve as poker players, bank some money and enjoy ourselves in a lifestyle catered to online grinders. This was embedded in our experience early on as Mick and I spontaneously flipped a coin for the master bedroom. I always wondered how things would have turned out if I lost that flip. One of my main goals to work towards in 2011 was to obtain Supernova status on Stars (100,000 VPPs). Doing this in addition to being a full time student would not be an easy task, but I was determined to get there. From September 15 until December 31 2010, not a lot of poker was being played at the house as we spent a lot of time settling in, unpacking, and getting used to our new surroundings. Also, we had pretty awful internet connection for the first few months - causing some untimely disconnects and much frustration. If I recall correctly, Zach in particular had a decent chance deep in a tournament when he disconnected and ended up blinding out. After 5-6 technicians came to the house to assess the problem, it was
finally resolved in Early January while Mick was on one of his trips to Winnipeg. At this time I had been grinding 18mans since July of the previous year with some pretty staggering success. When January came to an end I recall having around $10,000 in overall profit at 18mans and the future was looking bright for me at those games. In that particular month I earned $3,000 - definitely one of my better poker months.

It is at this point that I wish I started documenting my time at Nadine a bit better, as a lot of it starts to become blurry. The subsequent months proved to be awful. I was losing month after month at the tables, and early indications of Black Friday were spawning. The only upside I can think of is that even while struggling on Pokerstars, I was always making money on my side-grinding on Full Tilt. There's only one notable "big-ish score" (c'mon people, I'm an SNG grinder!!) as I cashed for $550 in a rakeback freeroll in March. Anyways, one morning we learned that Zach was no longer permitted to play on Stars due to the law being passed in Washington State. That shook him up pretty badly, especially considering how he was just recently molding his own grinding style and gaining confidence to beat the games. (EDIT: This actually happened in Sept 2010).

At this point onwards, Zach proceeded to grind on Full Tilt, but it just wasn't the same. Later, he found out that he is required by law to leave Canada in the next 40 days or so. After about a week of weighing out his options, he determined there was no way around it. At this point, a lot of pressure was passed on to Mick (who was responsible for covering Zach financially throughout the experience... this is another story though so I won't get into it). Zach eventually left the house and drove back home to Washington. From this point onwards, Mick and I were grinding heavily. His year was quite successful at the tables, however unexpected payments and double rent took a toll in his finances. As for me, I was losing so badly that my staking arrangement fell through, even despite several voluntary attempts at decreasing my salary. When my backing fell through, I spent a couple weeks grinding micro and low stakes on my own roll. That was going well, but I wasn't making enough money to cover all my bases. Mick then hooked me up with ILS007 (the best coach I've ever had), who has ever since been backing and coaching me. This was only shortly after June 29 - waking up to Black Friday and fearing the loss of ~$3,000 in online funds and equity. Poker after Black Friday was an annoying experience. Everyone was saying "the games are so soft now" yet I was failing to win anything. By August, we knew that the Poker House would not last, and that the house's days were numbered. It was becoming increasingly difficult to live in the house as bills were piling up faster than we've ever seen. On September 15th we handed our keys in and pulled out of the driveway for the very last time.

A lot of what I've written so far seems pretty negative - I think this is because I tried to keep the summary as poker-oriented as I could. Aside from the "work" aspect of the house, there are plenty of good memories that stick out. I will talk about a few, and some I do not wish to share in this blog!

First thing that comes to mind ... random trips to Rama!! Casino Rama is approximately 150KM away from the house, and on several occasions (3 or 4 times), we spontaneously decided to take the bus up there. The conversation would usually start by realizing that we were bored, and there wasn't much to do at midnight. We would quickly look up when the last bus leaves, take about 3 minutes to hectically scramble and prepare for the trip, and then sprint as fast as we could to the bus stop. (More on this in Zach's T-Blog). Zach and I could never really afford to lose 200nl buyins, but luckily Mick was usually cool with staking us. If I remember correctly, he made a profit from staking us at Rama, as one night in particular Zach took home a few buyins of profit; on a different night I netted a buyin as well. I always doubted the level of certainty that Zach had about him being highly profitable at live 200nl (after all there's rake, tips, food expense, etc), but he insisted that he could beat it for $8-$14/hr .

Music played an essential role in our time at Nadine. Mick and I are both largely into classic rock. We share a common liking for Zeppelin, AC/DC, GNR, Iron Maiden, RHCP, Rush, etc, and then we slightly split ways as he loved Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, as where I am into some more modern music like Avenged Sevenfold, Audioslave, Cage the Elephant, Down With Webster, Billy Talent (he loved BT too). Anyways, Zach was into bands like Staind, Offspring, (can't really remember others),
and Steve was largely into punk rock bands that I don't really know. Taking a pretty confident guess here, I'd have to imagine that approximately 60-65% of the time, somebody, somewhere, was playing their music. We all did it in our own rooms by ourselves, Steve liked to blast his music while in the shower, and Mick enjoyed listening to music louder than I ever have in my life. During times when us 4 were all grinding in the office, we'd usually rotate song-picks. Time to get to the point I guess... Mick and I grinded countless hours together - I really do mean countless. Pretty sure he got somewhere around 700k VPPs this year, and I'm ending up with 120k. Grinding was obviously a daily occurrence at the Poker House. We listened to a ton of music, but primarily, 4 particular bands were prominent. Firstly .... Pink Floyd. Dark Side of the Moon,The Wall, and Division Bell were probably played hundreds of times throughout our time at that house. I always found Floyd to be perfect for grinding. The other notable ones were Neil Young, Supertramp and Jethro Tull. Not going to lie, to this day, hearing many of these bands' songs heavily remind me of Nadine Cres. [To be continued in the next post...]

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Arrow 2011 Recap, Part 2

[Cont'd....] My next fond memory is that the back of our house faced a huge strip mall that was known to us as "The Plaza". It had almost everything we needed there - fast food, sit down restaurants, bar, banks, grocery, future shop, haircutters, etc. It was approximately a five minute walk to the plaza if you went through the back door. Once exiting through the back door from the kitchen, you walk outside to the end of the yard, exit through the door in the fence, and then the plaza would pretty much be in view. I took many walks to that plaza (mostly in the Summer) and usually enjoyed their relaxing natures. I recall one time where the 3 of us took separate walks to the plaza and all ran into each other unexpectedly. In addition to these walks, another thing I miss is all the biking I did. The Poker House was only a 15 minute bike ride from my school where I was attending a Summer semester. Bike riding was an excellent source of exercise, fun, and saved me some money in gas. Aside from biking to school quite a bit, the thing I will miss most is biking to the mail box. I used to check the mail pretty much every single day - and I'd always travel there on bike. It was only a 20 second ride back and forth but I definitely miss that. I considered it one of my "house duties". I like that I was able to have my friends over whenever I wanted and it didn't even matter how long they stayed for. It felt like I was the co-owner of the house and it was definitely a good improvement in this aspect in terms of previous houses with parents. I probably had more people over to this house than the sum of people over in the last 10 years.

Lastly, for the thing I miss the most....

Our house was fairly large - there was an abundance of potential grinding space. At first, we each created our own little areas in the basement to grind. We each had our own tables and setups with multiple monitors and such. When change became necessary, we set up an office on a huge desk on the main floor. The office remained there for the whole trip, however there were plenty of other areas in the house that we utilized for grinding. For me personally, aside from the basement and main office, I set up in the Living Room for probably about 20% of my overall grinding experience at the House. Zach used a part of the basement that ended up not being used by anybody else during the trip; Mick enjoyed using the kitchen from time to time as well as using Zach's old room after his departure. The garage and our rooftop were also utilized, but not for grinding.

Throughout much of the Poker House experience I was in school, which at times I felt really sucked given my situation. I envied Mick and Zach sometimes because their lives seemed so free and fun, while mine was so busy, stressful and rushed. Looking back now however I realize that school was essentially one of the buffers I needed in order to balance my personal life with work. In retrospect I imagine that my roommates may have benefited from taking a course or two, which would have added a degree of structure and reality to their lives during that time period. I have no regrets about my schooling during this time as my GPA was something like 3.3/4.0 during the two semesters, and I made new friends in my program.

There is probably a lot that I have accidentally left out. I felt like I needed some closure from the Poker House era of my life, and realized there's no better way to do that than talk about it in my poker blog. Now that the recap is over though, it is time to start looking forward instead of back. As many of you Surfers know, I do not see a professional poker career as a part of my future. Within the next 1 to 4 years it is my goal to find a "career-type" job in some sort of marketing position to start building a career of sorts. I will be finished college by this time next year, and will possibly be enrolled at York University for further education (somewhere in the range of 1-3 years). Despite not seeing it as a sole source of income though I definitely still see myself playing for a secondary income. Not only playing but staking too. I actually look forward to the time where poker can at last return to being a hobby for me, and not just seen as "work" all the time. That's exciting. Since moving from Nadine I have comfortably settled in to a new place which is suiting me well. Probably the best of what I could have hoped for in the sense of a rebound from the last house. It has its couple shares of advantages and some drawbacks but all in all it's working out. Here is a picture of my current grinding setup:


In October I succeeded to reach 100,000 VPPs, and obtained Supernova status. My path to it was very turbulent. When Black Friday hit I actually temporarily gave up on SN as I didn't have a backer for a short period of time. Funnily enough, it was around this time where Hozer packed up his car and attempted to come live at our house for the remaining 3 months of the lease. Unfortunately he was rejected at the border after a 7 hour drive and had to turn around and go home (not to mention he got a 3 year "ban" from driving across the border). That was a huge buzzkill. Anyways, back on track to Supernova.... I'm ending this roller coaster year with just under 120,000 VPPs. It was definitely fun working up to this achievement in the sense of a challenging long-term goal. I will likely aim to repeat in 2012.

In terms of what the rest of 2012 will look like, I will start off (and hopefully never stop) playing 18mans. I'm at the $15 level right now but moving up is probably imminent. My poker volume goal for 2012 is somewhere in the range of 15k-20k games. In 2011 I played a little over 18,500 games, however I don't have a poker house for motivation anymore. I would not 100% rule it out, but exceeding 2011's volume would be very surprising. My other crucial goal is simple and undefined. I need to start winning money and sustaining a good ROI - something I failed to do in the previous year on Pokerstars. While this last one isn't a goal per se, I would really hope that the Black Friday situation is remedied to the point that my money gets returned to me. It's been somewhat difficult getting by. I cashed out $14.4k this year, and still waiting to get my approximate $3k of cash and equity out from Full Tilt.

Non-poker goals include finishing college with a 3.3 GPA or better, being enrolled in university OR having a good job by the end of the year, and lastly, I am attempting to net $5,000 in my staking business.

STAKING BUSINESS

Yes I refer to it as a "business" because I take it seriously and rely on it for secondary income throughout the year. Since 2009 (and partially 2008), I have made around $5,250 profit (this figure includes my equity tied up in FTP and is approximated due to having 10 investments currently in progress). In 2012 my staking goal is pretty much to double up, and net an additional $5,000. This goal will be rather difficult and will require some good luck. My plan of attack is essentially 200 investments averaging $100, looking for an
annual profit of 25% (which was achieved in both 2010 and 2011). This is a speculative plan - more likely to succeed is something along the lines of 225 investment with a $90 ABI; it's just too early to tell how my cash on hand will play out as the year progresses. This year I've managed to make 138 investments to date, at an ABI of $73.20. This is about a 1% increase in terms of volume and 55% increase in ABI. My HOF investment occurred in July where I co-staked a 2p2er to run low stakes 180s for a month. He had the run of his life and I netted over $600 on a $150 investment (400% ROI).

It's time to wrap this up. I started writing it in a notepad document about a week ago, adding little bits each day. I'd like to wish my friend Hozer good luck in 2012 as he attempts what seems to be an obtainable SNE run. He recently moved to Rosarita, Mexico in order to pursue this goal and is excelling at hyper turbos on Stars. I hope you all enjoyed this blog entry. I've been feeling the need to update it for a long time and alas finally, it feels like I can move on. I don't really know how frequently I will be updating it throughout the year, but stay tuned. Thanks for reading.

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Last edited by Venice : 05-19-2012 at 11:22 AM. Reason: re-did screenshot as requested

 


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