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« on: September 10, 2019, 04:18:23 PM »

I still play, does anyone else?

I long ago accepted that poker needed to be of minor importance to me. There had been a time when it was in danger of subsume go everything else, a time that happened to coincide with my best results, but after the glories of 2012 I came back down to earth and now I’m as happy to play in a £40 local game with 50 or so runners as I am to play a 25/25. My desire to throw £1100 at a poker tournament has gone, and although I do still play some lower level online satellites I really cba to devote the time to them. Especially since the easiest tickets to win would be for events at a venue that I won’t/can’t visit.
I’m not likely to be able to get much in the way of staking either these days 😁


So, is anyone else still inclined to turn out for a poor value local game where the RegFee could be as high as 20% of the buyin just for the craic and the possible bragging rights?

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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2019, 04:41:39 PM »

Prob play online < 5x a year, unfortunately for online players.

Play a couple times a year in the UK, and throw a few quid at Vegas in the summer. I wouldn't even call myself a casual player now, just a random punter Grin
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2019, 04:50:09 PM »

Local cash only for me at weekends when the games are still soft enough to have a good laugh with the regs and win a few quid.  No banter in a live game now and i just leave no matter how profitable it is.  Dabbled on sky poker now and again late at night once the evening dogs have finished to relax and won a few quid over the last year or so but not totally convinced if you are a 1% sports punter on skybet they 'flick the switch' to make sure you don't win too much on poker.   Sounds crazy but given how soft the site is my mtt graph shouldn't look how it does shape wise.   First big win mtt wise alarms bells go off at , 1% sports betting account viewed and you suddenly break even for the next 9 months in games that are impossible to break even in against the lolregs.  Going to let the dust settle and try my theory on a 100% clean skybet/poker account previously unused and see if the account runs closer to ev than the previous one did. 
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2019, 06:01:08 PM »

I don't play much these days. I can't will online, the kidz are just too good and too well equipped.

I still enjoy live poker but I don't seem to have the stamina for it.

I can't do the stuff I want to during the day and then stay awake and alert into the wee small hours. Christ knows how Tony does it.
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2019, 06:22:51 PM »

I still play quite a bit, but most of my peers from the old days don't anymore.

I moved over to O8 to try and keep on top, but had an expensive learning curve in it.  I still play hold'em on the side, but wouldn't be happy playing solely hold'em.

I haven't played a WCOOP in years, but played a medium one last night and finished about 25/55 for day 2.  I think I am just above average, but might be just below (age and 3am finishes/7am starts aren't a good mix for remembering stuff. 

I do toy with going more part time, but am doing as well as any time in the last 5 years right now.  I had a really good year in 2012, but running good and Winnamax made me think I was better than I was and 2013 found me out.  Since then, I have been a smidge above break even, where smidge may well be just variance each year.  I am not sure I am going Vegas next year; I need a proper job for a bit to save up for the 10k plo8.

For Arbboy, I have run really well on Sky over the years, so it isn't anything to do with the 1% account.   I ran dreadful on party poker in their O8 tournaments (my old name has a fishbowl), but the luck has well and truly reversed since the name change. 
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2019, 06:50:56 PM »

I have been threatening to play a £100/300 two dayer with a nice structure if I can find one. Hopefully a freezeout but I won't hold my breath for that.

Preferably it would be something with an early afternoon start so that I can play whilst I'm still compos mentis. Then if I make day two I can sleep in my camper and hope that the shock of still having chips will produce enough adrenalin to keep me going.

I was going to play the Goliath at Coventry but it clashed with Poland.

 
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2019, 06:59:34 PM »

Live poker has too many negatives for me these days, mainly late nights but also uncomfortable chairs and soap-dodgers.

I keep saying that I might pop down for a bit of cash and possibly collect a few old debts at Aria - maybe this winter..
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« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2019, 07:06:12 PM »

I have been threatening to play a £100/300 two dayer with a nice structure if I can find one. Hopefully a freezeout but I won't hold my breath for that.

Preferably it would be something with an early afternoon start so that I can play whilst I'm still compos mentis. Then if I make day two I can sleep in my camper and hope that the shock of still having chips will produce enough adrenalin to keep me going.

I was going to play the Goliath at Coventry but it clashed with Poland.

 

Agree Red with start/finish times nowadays  Smiley

I played the 25/25 2 dayer at Reading at the weekend...a nice 1pm start time Sat and Sun.
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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2019, 07:26:34 PM »

Think I've played live about 4 times this year in local comps. What used to be a massive enjoyment for me has turned into a slog, no patience for it and 9/10 when I'm thinking of going I get comfortable at home by around 6.30pm and can't be bothered. Somewhat connected with the fact that when I go it's not the same people from 10 years ago and also stopped winning - was quite surprised how quickly the allure tailed off when I wasn't winning.

Fridays and occasionally other days I get more enjoyment from playing a few micro stakes PLO8, Courchevel, 8 game tournies rather than slog off to the casino
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« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2019, 07:45:48 PM »

Local cash only for me at weekends when the games are still soft enough to have a good laugh with the regs and win a few quid.  No banter in a live game now and i just leave no matter how profitable it is.  Dabbled on sky poker now and again late at night once the evening dogs have finished to relax and won a few quid over the last year or so but not totally convinced if you are a 1% sports punter on skybet they 'flick the switch' to make sure you don't win too much on poker.   Sounds crazy but given how soft the site is my mtt graph shouldn't look how it does shape wise.   First big win mtt wise alarms bells go off at , 1% sports betting account viewed and you suddenly break even for the next 9 months in games that are impossible to break even in against the lolregs.  Going to let the dust settle and try my theory on a 100% clean skybet/poker account previously unused and see if the account runs closer to ev than the previous one did. 

Marc?! Marc?!

You are shrewd enough that Shirley you don’t believe this is the case?! MTT variance is insane and hard even for pro punters to fully comprehend...but it is what it is.
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« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2019, 08:51:23 PM »

Local cash only for me at weekends when the games are still soft enough to have a good laugh with the regs and win a few quid.  No banter in a live game now and i just leave no matter how profitable it is.  Dabbled on sky poker now and again late at night once the evening dogs have finished to relax and won a few quid over the last year or so but not totally convinced if you are a 1% sports punter on skybet they 'flick the switch' to make sure you don't win too much on poker.   Sounds crazy but given how soft the site is my mtt graph shouldn't look how it does shape wise.   First big win mtt wise alarms bells go off at , 1% sports betting account viewed and you suddenly break even for the next 9 months in games that are impossible to break even in against the lolregs.  Going to let the dust settle and try my theory on a 100% clean skybet/poker account previously unused and see if the account runs closer to ev than the previous one did. 

Marc?! Marc?!

You are shrewd enough that Shirley you don’t believe this is the case?! MTT variance is insane and hard even for pro punters to fully comprehend...but it is what it is.

This.

I was very surprised at your post Arb.
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« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2019, 08:57:15 PM »

Local cash only for me at weekends when the games are still soft enough to have a good laugh with the regs and win a few quid.  No banter in a live game now and i just leave no matter how profitable it is.  Dabbled on sky poker now and again late at night once the evening dogs have finished to relax and won a few quid over the last year or so but not totally convinced if you are a 1% sports punter on skybet they 'flick the switch' to make sure you don't win too much on poker.   Sounds crazy but given how soft the site is my mtt graph shouldn't look how it does shape wise.   First big win mtt wise alarms bells go off at , 1% sports betting account viewed and you suddenly break even for the next 9 months in games that are impossible to break even in against the lolregs.  Going to let the dust settle and try my theory on a 100% clean skybet/poker account previously unused and see if the account runs closer to ev than the previous one did. 

Superb troll or most stupid post in a while.

Either way I enjoyed it thanks
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« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2019, 09:14:16 PM »

I play a lot of poker, relative to the available time that I have. I play live, almost exclusively. It gets me out of the house. I'm in to a fourth year of trying to reach terms of a divorce settlement, and since I'm forced to share the same roof with my near-ex-Mrs, playing poker live is my escape. Our children are adults now, and supportive of the divorce, and take priority over any poker tournaments I might have had my eye on. Otherwise, I happily drive the 35 miles to one of the two Luton casinos. I have no interest in dating, let alone getting involved with all the internet dating sites/apps - but I certainly plan to get out there again once I'm 'free'. In the meantime, poker is where I get my jollies; I still love the game.

I've kept assiduous records of my poker activities for the last 5 years, and I have achieved a profit (albeit < 10% ROI) for each calendar year. In recognition of my bankroll, when I do occasionally play cash, I only play 1/1 or 1/2 NLH, and I'm usually in profit at year end.

I love a two day £150-£250 (when I play higher it's usually with a ticket or with 40% sold) event with a 40m clock, but work commitments limit my opportunities. However, since I live west of London I also have Reading, The Vic and Hippodrome as options. I work for BA, so in view of my personal circumstances I've found myself in Vegas every year for the last few years too. Over time, I've made greater efforts to explore more of the off-strip casinos, bars & restaurants rather than going solely for the poker & I've enjoyed my trips more as a result.

I like to think of myself as an above average NLH tournament player, and I am constantly making adjustments to my game in order to try to stay ahead of the curve, but at the same time I recognise that there are weaknesses in my game that I'd like to address - possibly with some coaching.
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« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2019, 10:24:40 PM »

Local cash only for me at weekends when the games are still soft enough to have a good laugh with the regs and win a few quid.  No banter in a live game now and i just leave no matter how profitable it is.  Dabbled on sky poker now and again late at night once the evening dogs have finished to relax and won a few quid over the last year or so but not totally convinced if you are a 1% sports punter on skybet they 'flick the switch' to make sure you don't win too much on poker.   Sounds crazy but given how soft the site is my mtt graph shouldn't look how it does shape wise.   First big win mtt wise alarms bells go off at , 1% sports betting account viewed and you suddenly break even for the next 9 months in games that are impossible to break even in against the lolregs.  Going to let the dust settle and try my theory on a 100% clean skybet/poker account previously unused and see if the account runs closer to ev than the previous one did. 

Marc?! Marc?!

You are shrewd enough that Shirley you don’t believe this is the case?! MTT variance is insane and hard even for pro punters to fully comprehend...but it is what it is.

This.

I was very surprised at your post Arb.

To claim a site is rigged is just a form of pascal's wager.  There must be a very small chance that it is rigged and, if it is, tikay will know that he has been rumbled and turn off the doom switch.  Grin

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