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The Burning Season

10 March 2016

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The Burning Season

My lease expired on Wednesday and rather than extend it for a week (Headed to California on the 14th), I decided to escape Chiang Mai’s ‘Burning Season’ and spend the final few days of my Thailand holiday in Bangkok.  Before this trip, I had never experienced ‘Burning Season’ but had heard horror stories from others. […]

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The Groove

1 March 2016

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The Groove

After my girlfriend left on February 1st, I thought I’d jump right back into my grind routine, putting in the same kind of effort that allowed me to play 6,000+ games in December.  But that didn’t happen. I struggled to find that spark to sit for long sessions.  I’d put in an hour or so […]

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The 500

8 February 2016

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The 500

The title for this entry shares a name with my favorite salad from Joey’s, a restaurant chain in Vancouver. Organic quinoa, barely, plenty of raw vegetables, watermelon radish, almonds, mint, avocado. Salad isn’t exactly photogenic, but trust me — this one is rather tasty.  Pro Tip: Add double chicken. In poker related news, I reached 500 […]

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The Coconut

4 February 2016

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The Coconut

It’s been a few days, and I’ve yet to get back into my work-routine.  Started off well enough; put in 70 games on the first day with the goal of building on that the following morning.  Unfortunately, I woke up at 6 AM with terrible stomach pain. I tossed and turned for a bit before […]

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The Excuses

1 February 2016

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The Excuses

It’s been 2016 for more than a month and: This is my first blog post. I’ve only played seven hours And I’m full of excuses For the first week or so, I didn’t have much desire to play.  I spent most of my waking hours in December at the tables chasing Supernova Elite, and while […]

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The Second Elite

28 December 2015

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The Second Elite

Only a few short hours ago, I reached Supernova Elite on PokerStars for my second (and final) consecutive year.  It came on the heels of a rather swingy 11-hour day and while I easily could have split that workload up into two, three, or even four days, I was determined to grind through and not […]

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The Biggest Loser

18 December 2015

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The Biggest Loser

The strike ended on the 4th and that meant it was time for me to get back to work.  I planned to break up the final 125,000 VPPs needed for Supernova Elite over a 25-day period.  The whole math thing tells us that to achieve SNE in that time, I’d need to average 5,000 VPPs […]

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The Strike

30 November 2015

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The Strike

Recently I’ve been railing against  the proposed changes to the PokerStars VIP system, posting my own thoughts on the matter and linking the blogs/posts of others who share my concern.  If you’re unaware of the changes, feel free to catch up with a timeline, comprehensive list of actual changes, and a well-respected high stakes professional’s explanation of what […]

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The Link

9 November 2015

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The Link

Wanted to provide a quick update about my last post regarding recent changes to the VIP Program at PokerStars.  If you’re not familiar with the developing story, you can get caught up here on Puyan’s blog. Here are some cliffnotes for people who chose not to click on that link: 1) PokerStars poorly handled an announcement of […]

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The Pennies

3 October 2015

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The Pennies

July was epic.  August was outstanding. On the heels of back-to-back $35k+ months, I felt pretty damn good.  And rightly so.  Each time I sat down to play, everything seemed to go right;  Bluffs got through, value bets got called by worse, my hands held in most of the critical all-in situations, and I even […]

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