Ain't No Rest for the Righteous

    • Verre
      Verre
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      Joined: 24.02.2009 Posts: 708
      Ain't No Rest For The Righteous

      Hi. I've decided to start a blog here. I'm not sure of my reasons for doing so. Vanity? Egotistical thought process? Or what I keep telling myself, that I can inspire others? I may find out through the process.

      The blog name is in itself silly. I myself do not consider myself righteous. It is more of a play on words from the old saying "Ain't no rest for the wicked." You see, after soul searching for some time about my place in this world I came to the conclusion that each and every one of us was placed here to build a legacy of doing great deeds for others. Once I realized this I started to purse it. I realized that to truly go after this goal you really have to focus and work continually, and this is where the blog name comes from.

      Some back story on myself.

      I grew up in a middle class family in one of the most expensive places to live in the world. The lifestyle was good and made for a very inward focused view of the world. Comfort was my only concern and I cared little about much except my own well being.

      Fast forward to 2010 and I'm 25, married, and have no focus or general goals in life. And one day it hits me. In 50-60 years I will be dead and my impact will have been nothing. I will have quite literally been a waste of space making no impact on the world.

      I decided to start seeking. Two years later and I come I the realization that I have a large earning potential. I'm blessed with a good job and the brainpower to multiply earnings. My job isn't what is holding me back from doing what I want. It's a tool or a stepping point to start making others lives happy. I then start giving away a portion of every paycheck I receive.

      Back to the present. I still dislike my job and have ambitions of starting businesses, accumulating wealth in the stock market (already taken good strides here), and to trade forex on a semi daily to daily frequency (taken baby steps here). I also would like to use poker as a tool. Poker is my love. It's the ultimate video game. It provides a level playing field for all and the reward is money! What a concept.

      My playing history is long and mostly uninteresting. Started in 2007 and since then have been an overall loser in online cash, break even at online mtts, winner at live cash, and a winner at live mtts.

      With my job and a family playing live is no longer an option. I work anywhere from 60-80 hours a week just at my day job, and have little time for anything else. My dream would be to spend 4 hours a day playing poker, 4 hours a day dealing with my businesses, all the whole have a few forex graphs up in the background so I can trade good setups, and use my stock portfolio as a longterm investment tool that has money funneled to it from the previous three items. That is the dream.

      The reality is much different. My daily earning potential is $600 cdn. In a year that will bump up to $680 a day. Now I don't realize this day in and day out as that would require me to work 16 hours everyday. The reality is more along the lines of 12 hours average a day. On top of this are two important things. Medical coverage for my family and a very strong pension plan. This leaves me with the reality that if I want to live my dream life I would need roughly ~3 million dollars churning out interest to make up for my yearly salary.

      The chances look bleak. But there is a wonderful government program in Canada called maternity/paternity leave that is available to people who have a new born child. The government will pay you 70% of your income for 9 months so you can stay at home and adjust to life with your child. This is my opportunity to spend 9 months trying out my "dream."

      My wife and I are trying for a second child now and that means I have between 9-12 months if all goes well to set up what I need to be prepared. This means pay off all credit cards and other debt other than the mortgage. Have a few thousand dollars in the forex account. Have at least 1k in the poker account . And I already have my business idea.

      The likelihood of me being back to my day job after 9 months is likely 99.999%. I'm ok with that. I just want the shot to make it big so that I can make others lives better. Every dollar I make through poker or trading 10% will be donated.

      What do I do until then? Well start a poker blog of course.

      The plan is to start off at the very bottom to get my skill base back up. It's been a whole since I have actually tried to play poker on a serious level. That is why I am going to start super slow.

      I have played 10k hands of nl2 rush and I will be updating every 10k hands from here out. In between will be fun hands I have played. My goal is too move up at 50 buy ins for now and we will see where that takes me. I'll make more specific goals later but for now the monetary value of $2 for me literally does not exist and I'm purely concentrating on playing the best poker I can and learning as much as I can.
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    • Lazza61
      Lazza61
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      Joined: 23.03.2011 Posts: 10,264
      Hey Verre,

      Welcome to the blogs :)

      I agree totally with you. I believe everybody born has the opportunity to leave an impact on our world. Problem is most of us never find out what we are supposed to be doing to achieve this.

      You have a nice long term plan mapped out and I hope you achieve everything you are after.

      Happy Grinding

      Laz
    • FFRRAANNKKIIEE
      FFRRAANNKKIIEE
      Bronze
      Joined: 30.12.2010 Posts: 3,107
      Hi Verre,

      Very nice first post,

      Looking forward to read more from you,

      Great to have you in 'Blogs', and gl with your goals,

      Best of luck,
      Fran
    • Verre
      Verre
      Silver
      Joined: 24.02.2009 Posts: 708
      Thanks for the replies guys I appreciate it.

      Expect the update in my first 10k hands soon. I have played some pretty hilarious spots so far. :f_cool:
    • Verre
      Verre
      Silver
      Joined: 24.02.2009 Posts: 708
      So the main thing I learned was that it is so easy to deviate from A game. So easy in fact that I believe I played only ~30% of the time above B game.

      Other things I learned that I must implement asap if I want to be a legitimate winner above these stakes. Calling preflop all ins with weaker hands is only wise against complete fish. Calling off AKo against a normal grinder preflop is definately a leak even at NL2.

      Also, I keep calling down rivers way too light after the opponent plays the hand passively. It seems they always have it when I am call off. This definitely has to change.



      Since I started with only 6 buy ins the progress was respectable. But probably should have been much more if I could hold my game together. This is all part of the process of getting back into the game though and I am mostly satisfied.
    • Verre
      Verre
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      Joined: 24.02.2009 Posts: 708
      Some fun moments so far....

      10 buy ins deep.



      Against a 57/43/20 Whale.

      Full Tilt Poker $2.00 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 2464881
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      Hero (BTN): $2.31
      SB: $2.06
      BB: $2.14
      UTG: $2.19
      MP: $0.49
      CO: $0.69

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is BTN with 8 :club: 7 :club:
      3 folds, Hero raises to $0.07, SB raises to $0.12, BB calls $0.10, Hero calls $0.05

      Flop: ($0.36) 2 :heart: 7 :spade: T :diamond: (3 players)
      SB bets $0.31, BB folds, Hero raises to $2.19, SB calls $1.63 all in

      Turn: ($4.24) J :diamond: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      River: ($4.24) A :diamond: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Final Pot: $4.24
      Hero shows 8 :club: 7 :club:
      SB shows J :club: A :spade:
      SB wins $4.03
      (Rake: $0.21)

      Against a guy who was getting it in preflop everytime I saw him.

      Full Tilt Poker $2.00 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 2464882
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      Hero (CO): $7.91
      BTN: $2.03
      SB: $8.93
      BB: $1.12
      UTG: $1.03
      MP: $0.88

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is CO with 7 :diamond: A :heart:
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.07, BTN raises to $0.39, 2 folds, Hero raises to $7.91, BTN calls $1.64 all in

      Flop: ($4.09) 8 :heart: Q :heart: 4 :diamond: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Turn: ($4.09) T :diamond: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      River: ($4.09) Q :club: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Final Pot: $4.09
      Hero shows 7 :diamond: A :heart:
      BTN shows T :heart: 7 :heart:
      BTN wins $3.89
      (Rake: $-5.68)

      He is drawing dead.... right? right?

      Full Tilt Poker $2.00 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 2464883
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      SB: $3.61
      BB: $1.98
      UTG: $3.81
      MP: $1.77
      CO: $1.00
      Hero (BTN): $2.11

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is BTN with K :diamond: K :heart:
      1 fold, MP calls $0.02, 1 fold, Hero raises to $0.09, 2 folds, MP calls $0.07

      Flop: ($0.21) K :club: 4 :diamond: A :spade: (2 players)
      MP bets $0.04, Hero calls $0.04

      Turn: ($0.29) A :heart: (2 players)
      MP bets $1.64, Hero calls $1.64

      River: ($3.57) A :club: (2 players)

      Final Pot: $3.57
      MP shows K :spade: 9 :heart:
      Hero shows K :diamond: K :heart:
      MP wins $1.70
      Hero wins $1.70
      (Rake: $0.17)

      Largest pot so far against a 35/35/20 very nice person.

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      BB: $1.75
      UTG: $6.97
      MP: $2.10
      CO: $0.87
      Hero (BTN): $6.62
      SB: $2.02

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is BTN with Q :spade: Q :heart:
      UTG raises to $0.07, 2 folds, Hero raises to $0.26, 2 folds, UTG raises to $0.86, Hero calls $0.60

      Flop: ($1.75) T :diamond: A :club: Q :club: (2 players)
      UTG bets $1.75, Hero raises to $5.76, UTG calls $4.01

      Turn: ($13.27) 5 :club: (2 players)

      River: ($13.27) T :spade: (2 players)

      Final Pot: $13.27
      UTG shows A :heart: J :club:
      Hero shows Q :spade: Q :heart:
      Hero wins $12.61
      (Rake: $0.66)

      More to come later.
    • Verre
      Verre
      Silver
      Joined: 24.02.2009 Posts: 708
      I played what was the best session I have ever played. My goal was to play 2k hands and use all the lessons I previously stated. I didn't look at results during the session.

      I made 2 big mistakes but other than that played very well and ran alright. I was put in a lot of cooler spots and in the end I didn't even end up a full stack! I was shocked when I saw this as I assumed I would be up 4-5 stacks. Even more surprising was my EV for the session was lower than break even. Oh well. I feel very confident at the moment.

      Here are some interesting hands from the session.

      I am against a 16/10/3 in the BB and therefore need to be careful. I figure his range is super strong. As the hand plays out I basically valuetown myself but have great equity after the turn jam.

      Full Tilt Poker $2.00 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 2464965
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      MP: $5.39
      Hero (CO): $2.87
      BTN: $1.59
      SB: $2.41
      BB: $4.55
      UTG: $1.99

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is CO with J :heart: T :heart:
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.07, BTN calls $0.07, 1 fold, BB raises to $0.29, Hero calls $0.22, 1 fold

      Flop: ($0.66) T :spade: 8 :spade: 6 :heart: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $0.34, BB calls $0.34

      Turn: ($1.34) 3 :heart: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $0.80, BB raises to $3.92, Hero calls $1.44 all in

      River: ($5.82) 4 :club: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Final Pot: $5.82
      Hero shows J :heart: T :heart:
      BB shows A :heart: A :club:
      BB wins $5.53
      (Rake: $0.29)

      This hand is against a 36/0/0 with 34 hands against. I x/c all streets for value keeping his bluff and semi bluff hands in.

      Full Tilt Poker $2.00 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 2464953
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      BB: $3.66
      UTG: $1.55
      MP: $2.81
      Hero (CO): $5.21
      BTN: $3.06
      SB: $8.55

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is CO with A :club: A :heart:
      UTG calls $0.02, 1 fold, Hero raises to $0.09, BTN calls $0.09, 3 folds

      Flop: ($0.23) Q :club: J :diamond: 3 :club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.18, BTN raises to $0.36, Hero calls $0.18

      Turn: ($0.95) 2 :heart: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN bets $0.50, Hero calls $0.50

      River: ($1.95) 6 :heart: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN bets $2.00, Hero calls $2

      Final Pot: $5.95
      Hero shows A :club: A :heart:
      BTN shows T :diamond: T :spade:
      Hero wins $5.66
      (Rake: $0.29)

      This hand is played against a 62/22/18 certified fish. I like my play more now than I did when I played the hand. I consider this one of the two big mistakes I made but in retrospect I would make it again.

      Full Tilt Poker $2.00 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 2464956
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      Hero (SB): $5.14
      BB: $2.25
      UTG: $2.38
      MP: $5.07
      CO: $0.75
      BTN: $2.09

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is SB with T :diamond: T :club:
      1 fold, MP raises to $0.07, 1 fold, BTN raises to $0.24, Hero calls $0.23, 1 fold, MP calls $0.17

      Flop: ($0.74) 9 :club: 3 :heart: 7 :heart: (3 players)
      Hero checks, MP bets $0.02, BTN raises to $0.80, Hero raises to $1.74, MP folds, BTN calls $0.94

      Turn: ($4.24) 6 :spade: (2 players)
      Hero bets $3.16, BTN calls $0.11 all in

      River: ($4.46) 2 :spade: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Final Pot: $4.46
      Hero shows T :diamond: T :club:
      BTN shows Q :heart: Q :club:
      BTN wins $4.24
      (Rake: $-2.83)

      For the LoL's. This guys a 13/13/50 over 20 hands.

      Full Tilt Poker $2.00 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 2464963
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      CO: $3.31
      BTN: $2.10
      Hero (SB): $5.28
      BB: $1.61
      UTG: $0.78
      MP: $2.03

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is SB with 6 :diamond: 6 :club:
      2 folds, CO raises to $0.04, 1 fold, Hero calls $0.03, BB raises to $0.17, 1 fold, Hero calls $0.13

      Flop: ($0.38) 6 :heart: Q :club: 4 :club: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BB bets $0.38, Hero calls $0.38

      Turn: ($1.14) K :club: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BB bets $1.06, Hero calls $1.06

      River: ($3.26) J :spade: (2 players)

      Final Pot: $3.26
      Hero shows 6 :diamond: 6 :club:
      BB shows 9 :diamond: T :heart:
      BB wins $3.10
      (Rake: $0.16)

      This hand is pure gold. If he could see my hole cards he played it PERFECTLY. Ultimately though he had no idea what I had and played this hand so odd.

      Full Tilt Poker $2.00 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 2464964
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      Hero (BB): $4.52
      UTG: $2.00
      MP: $2.18
      CO: $4.75
      BTN: $1.60
      SB: $1.51

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is BB with 3 :diamond: 3 :heart:
      4 folds, SB raises to $0.04, Hero calls $0.02

      Flop: ($0.08) 3 :spade: 6 :diamond: K :diamond: (2 players)
      SB bets $0.02, Hero calls $0.02

      Turn: ($0.12) 2 :heart: (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.10, SB calls $0.10

      River: ($0.32) 8 :club: (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $4.36, SB calls $1.35 all in

      Final Pot: $3.02
      Hero shows 3 :diamond: 3 :heart:
      SB shows K :spade: K :club:
      SB wins $2.87
      (Rake: $-2.86)

      And last but not least. Its always nice having quads paid off.

      Full Tilt Poker $2.00 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 2464959
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      BB: $1.16
      UTG: $0.77
      MP: $0.13
      CO: $1.16
      BTN: $0.69
      Hero (SB): $5.03

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is SB with A :heart: A :spade:
      1 fold, MP raises to $0.13, CO calls $0.13, 1 fold, Hero raises to $0.34, 1 fold, CO calls $0.21

      Flop: ($0.83) 9 :diamond: A :diamond: A :club: (3 players)
      Hero bets $0.12, CO calls $0.12

      Turn: ($1.07) 7 :spade: (3 players)
      Hero bets $0.20, CO calls $0.20

      River: ($1.47) 8 :club: (3 players)
      Hero bets $0.50, CO calls $0.50 all in

      Final Pot: $2.47
      MP mucks 4 :spade: 4 :club:
      CO mucks K :spade: K :diamond:
      Hero shows A :heart: A :spade:
      Hero wins $1.96
      Hero wins $0.39
      (Rake: $0.12)

      Full Tilt Poker $2.00 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 2464960
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      CO: $0.83
      BTN: $0.76
      SB: $2.03
      BB: $0.68
      UTG: $0.68
      Hero (MP): $3.23

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero is MP with J :diamond: J :heart:
      1 fold, Hero raises to $0.07, 3 folds, BB calls $0.05

      Flop: ($0.15) J :spade: J :club: 5 :spade: (2 players)
      BB bets $0.02, Hero calls $0.02

      Turn: ($0.19) 7 :diamond: (2 players)
      BB bets $0.19, Hero calls $0.19

      River: ($0.57) 4 :club: (2 players)
      BB bets $0.40, Hero calls $0.40

      Final Pot: $1.37
      BB shows 7 :spade: 7 :heart:
      Hero shows J :diamond: J :heart:
      Hero wins $1.31
      (Rake: $0.06)
    • Verre
      Verre
      Silver
      Joined: 24.02.2009 Posts: 708
      Played another session of 2k hands just now. Made a few mistakes again but nothing serious. Unfortunately I book another 2.5 buyin loss which keepsy downswing going. I'm not too concerned since I'm quite positive I have a huge edge and I am learning a lot.

      On the bright side I had quads paid off again today :s_biggrin: