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 31 
 on: December 04, 2016, 11:27:25 PM 
Started by TightEnd - Last post by vegaslover
Tories reduced my wages and that doesn't even take account of inflation. But then I worked in the public sector, which always gets battered by the Tories

Whereas employees in the private sector have seen a golden era eh?

I get a bit tired of the constant chip on the shoulder to be honest.

What the fk are you on about???





 32 
 on: December 04, 2016, 11:11:02 PM 
Started by verndog158 - Last post by verndog158
Well well well! Good evening blonde!

Hope all is well. Not had a great deal to report since the last time i posted. Life drifted on through the summer, not in a bad way but nothing too exciting happening. The cricket club finished 3rd in the league, which was incredible really, and somehow, yours truly burgled his way to 4th in the league runs!

Started out on a new career path towards the end of the summer, diverting away from the teaching/ coaching. So some studying and hard work later, and for the last 3 weeks or so I have been offically an authorised Mortgage broker, specialising in mortgages and protection. Will seem very boring to most, but am loving it so far. Am officially self employed, without any basic salary, which seems quite daunting, but hard work initially can set me up very well down the line, and in my opinion definitely the right way to go.

I have also invested in 3 greyhounds, 1 of them, racing name 'Reagrove Aero' has run 4 times now, starting in a9, winning a race and moving up to A6 last time out. Shes very young and very small compared to other dogs, but the trainer is confident she will be a good racer, likely around the A6-A3 range. Her kennel buddy, started out in A6, won his first race by 7 lengths and then won an A1 next time out, picked the wrong dog!
Also have a slightly smaller share in another 2 dogs, recently come over from Ireland. Both are trialling at the moment, and have very high hopes for one of them. Will keep you updated on how they get along, as well as post some pictures.

I shall try to keep updating this a little more going forward, more as a whole of life blog with a little poker mixed in along the way. Feel free to ask questions or comment total air, be good to get some traffic away from Esos diary!

Vern

 33 
 on: December 04, 2016, 11:05:39 PM 
Started by shipitgood - Last post by shipitgood
gg'd not long into new hour,

Defended 3 bet Button Versus BB  with AQ os.

Defended 1/4 to 1/3 cb on 9 high rb flop.

Turn was a 9 player bet big like 80% pot. I thought it was really polarised. I called.

River Q, he jams we call. He has KK.

GAme 2: £0

 34 
 on: December 04, 2016, 10:24:31 PM 
Started by The Camel - Last post by Jamier-Host
Yeah I don't mind it. Makes a change to see someone say what they think compared to footballers who have so much media training they might as well be on mute as you can recite the guff they recycle in every post match interview.

Did you see the interview he did with Davis in the weird taxi segment? Says he wants to spend 6 months in Kenya so he can train properly for a marathon. Prob still come back and knock off semis+ in UK, Masters, Worlds or whatever.

 35 
 on: December 04, 2016, 10:14:17 PM 
Started by The Camel - Last post by arbboy

Loved barry hearns statement about the job worths.  No room for players expecting benefits on this tour.  If you want to make a living on this tour win matches.  If you don't you are more than welcome to get a job elsewhere.  I love Hearn's angle that the top players make the game the money but his system really doesn't support the top 16 money wise like the old system.

I thought the prize money segment was interesting too. They talked about expenses, but presumably all players get a few quid from the patches they wear for TV events etc. Must also be handy if you come from a town/area short of sporting talent so you can bag some random local appearance gigs!

Ronnie was talking earlier in the week about how some of the guys on the pro tour can't play (with Davis head in hands) but popped up again here saying he was better than them when he was 11. Don't mince your words...

Why should he mince his words he is right.  So many of these pros are garbage and being gifted a living even having a tour card.  The top 5 in any sport are always under paid relative to the revenue they generate the sport.  The others always earn less but live off their coattails whatever their egos think.  Without the top 5 they would always earn less.

 36 
 on: December 04, 2016, 10:06:34 PM 
Started by The Camel - Last post by Jamier-Host

Loved barry hearns statement about the job worths.  No room for players expecting benefits on this tour.  If you want to make a living on this tour win matches.  If you don't you are more than welcome to get a job elsewhere.  I love Hearn's angle that the top players make the game the money but his system really doesn't support the top 16 money wise like the old system.

I thought the prize money segment was interesting too. They talked about expenses, but presumably all players get a few quid from the patches they wear for TV events etc. Must also be handy if you come from a town/area short of sporting talent so you can bag some random local appearance gigs!

Ronnie was talking earlier in the week about how some of the guys on the pro tour can't play (with Davis head in hands) but popped up again here saying he was better than them when he was 11. Don't mince your words...

 37 
 on: December 04, 2016, 10:02:42 PM 
Started by shipitgood - Last post by shipitgood
19k @ 125/250

 38 
 on: December 04, 2016, 09:47:23 PM 
Started by The Camel - Last post by Karabiner
is this the greatest snooker final in history?  Selby must be up there with John higgins type of level all time below Ronnie, Hendry and Davies?  Is selby the 4th greatest player in history?  Probably isn't talent wise but he is a brutal match player and is playing in a very very tough era depth wise.

Loved barry hearns statement about the job worths.  No room for players expecting benefits on this tour.  If you want to make a living on this tour win matches.  If you don't you are more than welcome to get a job elsewhere.  I love Hearn's angle that the top players make the game the money but his system really doesn't support the top 16 money wise like the old system.

Cracking match although there have been some strangely poor shots in amongst the brilliance.

Not quite up with Hendry v Hallett or a couple of others but pretty damn good all the same.

PS Selby is a beast ainec

 39 
 on: December 04, 2016, 09:30:13 PM 
Started by KingPush - Last post by KingPush

Have followed the diary for a while. Should of posted more before but haven't so apologies...unless what I say is rubbish and if so, you are welcome for me not posting more!

You need to think seriously about what you want. You seem to think of extremes. A 9-5 job means you dread it from day to day and cant wait to get out the door. That is bollocks, that means you have the wrong job/are in the wrong industry. You can be just as passionate about the right job as you are about poker. However if you think the path to get where you want is easy you are kidding yourself whether that be in poker or in a job. You are young and with whatever you do you are the bottom of the ladder. There isn't a magic formula apart from be passionate in what you want to succeed in and work hard at it. You seem quite driven in one post then in another you talk of working hard and doing 60hrs a week. 60hrs a week if you are passionate about a future in something is the kind of commitment you need I would say. Gone are the days were you can do very little and make a chunk from poker. Winning mirrion aside from an MTT, the only way to make a go of poker is to grind your arse off and constantly increase your roll and slowly play bigger and increase the amount you make. There isn't a sensible quick fix.

Yeah I honestly think this post is what I was trying to communicate. When I say fuck the 9-5 I do not mean, every job where you work for someone else etc it is just my way of saying to myself do not do something you hate. I saw ny Dad get up at 5.30 in the morning and coming hope at 8 doing something he hated for over ten years until he finally quit after an emotional battering. I do not mean fuck every "real job". And yeah the posts probably do change a lot when theres a 9 month gap haha

We're both in a similar situation I think.

As mentioned, we are both 10 years too late but are far too stubborn to give up something we've sunk so much time and effort into. It's frustrating to think about how you could have got on in poker if you know what you do but it was 2005 again. Like you watch old EPTs or WSOP on Youtube and think "Jesus I would be printing money if I could go back in time".

We probably both have days where we think this is going to work out after all, and then we get cruelly reminded that poker is a massive soul crushing grind a lot of the time unless you're one of the super-elites.

I stopped having an interest in become a 'pro' a long time ago. You don't need to be the piss bottling, hoodie wearer with 3 monitors on the go to enjoy poker and make a few quid out of it.

If your BR is £500 per month, and it never increases much even if you win because you dip into it to pay for living expenses - then you need to find another source of income for a while. If only to keep you sane when someone gets there in a big pot against you and you don't feel you need to cash your remaining money off so you can eat more than instant noodles that month. Get away from poker for a couple of months, save a bit up, go out and explore. You might find that you prefer it this way.

When I got back into poker about 4 years ago, I was jobless with no real direction. Just split up with my girlfriend I was living with, and freshly moved to Bedford because I had nowhere to stay back in Cornwall and my family moved up here. I got ~£110 in jobseekers each fortnight. Saved up £300 of it and put it online, and then LOLpunted it because I hadn't played poker for 3 years and the 10NL crowd owned my soul $3 at a time. I developed an obsession with it as a way to get my mind of my shitty situation in general, and after getting a job a couple of months later I had a nice floating bankroll that I could replenish if I had a bad month. Because there was no real financial burden on me, I could experiment with different things in poker and not stress if it went badly.

About 3 months into that, I really wanted to do it for a living. Until I actually tried to. I had decent results, but it felt no more liberating or free than working a normal job. I used to see people on the tube in London with their suits and briefcases all miserable because they have to spend their lives in the corporate office bubble. I used to really look at them and think they were stupid, and that I've found the greatest life hack in the world in poker. 21 year old me thought he'd never be a suit with his head buried in paperwork from 9-5, and that it was the nut worst situation in life for anyone. I thought that until the 'grind' became a grind. Instead of being buried in paperwork, I'd be buried in hand histories all day. I'd go days without speaking to anyone, living off cheap energy drinks and Dominos pizza. Stuck deep for a fortnight before getting out of it and back to even. If those people on the tube saw me they'd be the ones laughing I reckon. I was free in the sense I didn't have to clock in and report to an overbearing, micromanaging boss, but the reality of it is I was stressed, not sleeping and neglecting myself so much for the poker dream that I was slowly going mad.

---

There are always going to be mutants in poker that show up on the EPT having just turned 18 and seem to win the world within 6 months, and it's tough not to compare yourself to them and get a bit down about it because you've been at it for a while with bugger all to show for it except GoldStar and 15000 Starscoins.

It's easy to tell you to get a job and take some time off, but if you're anything like me in 2012 then taking time off would make you feel like you're drifting further and further away from what you want. I think it might be what you need though. Some steady income, something else to focus on for a few hours a day.

If you're as like minded as me as I think you are, then I think it could be just what you need.

Superb post. I will follow it up if you don't mind Smiley

Serious slowroll going on!
for real, this better be aces

 40 
 on: December 04, 2016, 09:14:51 PM 
Started by The Camel - Last post by arbboy
is this the greatest snooker final in history?  Selby must be up there with John higgins type of level all time below Ronnie, Hendry and Davies?  Is selby the 4th greatest player in history?  Probably isn't talent wise but he is a brutal match player and is playing in a very very tough era depth wise.

Loved barry hearns statement about the job worths.  No room for players expecting benefits on this tour.  If you want to make a living on this tour win matches.  If you don't you are more than welcome to get a job elsewhere.  I love Hearn's angle that the top players make the game the money but his system really doesn't support the top 16 money wise like the old system.

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