Montag, 25. März 2013

Birthday update aka mediocre march

Yo, time for last update from teh Golden Coast before I move my stuff to Bali in a couple of days.

Month was pretty disgusting in many hinsights. Basically i locked myself in after some days into teh month and was doing not much besides working and working out heavily. Currently i find myself in my first real unplanned detox - i stopped going out 20 days ago for whatever reason (maybe because i'm finally turned 25 and could be considered as old now?!) I kinda can blame all that a little bit on teh weather at least for teh first 2 weeks. Prolly have never seen so much rain in my life and for some reason weather really effects my mood alot. If there is good weather i can basically go out 5 days a week, if there is only rain i'm not even in teh mood to hit a bar on a saturday. Furthermoar my schedules were pretty weird again because of that fucking OZ timezone that i was waking up around 6pm and going to bed at noon for first 2weeks and now waking up around 4ish am and going to bed at 8 in teh evening like a baby :) (granted that first schedule easily kills any sort of normal social life a person can have...
So without going out and without alcohol my social life basically got a huge hit and poker wasn't very good either for most part of march. The brightside though is that i'm healthy and strong as fuck at teh moment. It's incredible how much faster you get gym results if you just don't drink and do eat sound. There is no moar skipping days because you tired, bc you hungover, bc u don't want to or whatever bullshit excuse your mind comes up with. You just push every day and you push hard :)

Anyways, let's start off with some poker. Basically from the beginning there was not much good stuff happening besides teh first 2 days. I wasn't running completely terrible but definitely quite bad and prolly wasn't always playing teh very best either (mainly bc of all this - def. some sort of leak).
After 15 days into teh month i made teh epic mistake and checked results for absolutely no reason. I knew that i should be up and knew that i'm definitely not up anything signifcant - so why don't leave my mind with teh little bit of uncertainty??!
Graph looked like this:

1-15th of march

Afterwards teh unevitable happend (even after 5 years of playing for a living) - my brain went nuts:
"60k hands, that's not really a big sample but it is a sample, i'm barely breakeven, games are shit, am i beating still beating tis shit, i gotta change something, i'm spending too much money anyways, blablabla"
This is obv. all bullshit but it happens. Your mind focusses on everything what is bad and nothing what is good - you don't think about that you make money consistently over 5 years beating this game - you focus on 60k hands where you not even down in teh end (and i had way worse streaks than tis one). You don't focus and that you have enough money to live several years a nice life without making a dime, you focus on what just happend, etc.
Whatever, my solution was to jump back into ZOOM (i have no fucking clue why). So after i played some days of ZOOM i was back where i started - first 2 days massive heater +15 buyins; next 3days massive downer and lost it all back (one time i got 3times KK vs AA in 300 hands - that hasn't happend in a long while). Here teh beautiful garph:

ZOOM, not really teh solution

After those 5 days i decided that this kind of variance is not really and necessary and that i go back to my bread and butter normal ringgames.
At that point i prolly made teh first good decision and decided to mix in meaningful stakes once again which means you can find me at good 400 and 600 games again. One moar time: I have no clue why i really stopped playing those in teh first place - it's not like there would be any problem if i drop a couple of k's at 600 - absolutely nothing would change. Anyways, seems like i'm back for good now and especially NL600 welcomed me with a pretty decent upswing so far. Since I'm playing those stakes again i can post some big hand now where really is some money involved, which most people would consider as significant = 1k+ pot. Some of them you can find on teh end of this page.
Running a little better in general after my excursion to ZOOM and changed one thing i neglected in teh past: when i play poker, i play fucking poker and nothing else. Was watching videos lately while 16tabling, browsing facebook galleries, answering skype questions and bullshit like that. Obviously you cannot expect maximum EV these days if you are not 100% focussed in every spot and every situation. Learned that teh hard way but quite sure i got it in my mind now.
Especially of all teh run bad i played teh most volumewise so far this year that i will finish with around 55k VPPs and prolly around 125k hands for teh month. When i hit 600k milstone that should be around 5k in rakeback so that i should at least aim for 10k total profit in teh end but especially since i'm back at 400/600 pretty much everything can happen.
After tis month you can see that even teh TimStone is not always running hot and printing money. Some will say: "well, you are still up a little so who cares" but if you would know against what kind of mentally retarded people i play on a daily basis you would realize that running like this over allmost 100k hands is in fact SICK.

Enough of poker, back to other stuff.
As being said bc of my accidental alcohol break gym is going quite well. I think out of teh 25days so far i maybe took 2 off in teh beginning and that's it. Currently running 45mins on one day and working out 8 excercises followed by 15-20mins threadmill on teh other day. Pending around 75kg's at teh moment so that i'm quite close to teh 72-73kg goal which i will than try to maintain over teh summer. Sixpack also coming back moar and moar:

mid march body (posed)

Basically i would be quite satisfied with this but this is obviously while posing, i want it like this all teh fucking time and therefore i need to lose another 2 or 3 i think. Have to take care that i don't go too low bc than i would have to wear some sort of bag over my head in order to score any chick which is not blind...

One of teh few social events i attended with our group was draculas - some sort of cabaret restaurant:

Food was allright but not great, some artists where really good and humour was not bad either but all in all i'm not really about that life. Was a welcome change to teh daily work routine though...

Haven't thought that this would be happening but today is my birthday and i'm neither drunk nor hungover. Kinda nice and kinda very sad :/
So since i was planning to write a blogpost for a while and haven't had any solid pictures i managed to push myself out of teh villa in order to go to teh Q1 resort which happens to be teh highest residential tower in teh southern hemisphere. View was definitely supersick and i'm quite happy that i finally managed to visit it. But see yourself:

Finally weather is really good here so i took a stroll at teh beach after and tanned a little bit before hitting that gym. So all in all not teh worst day :)

As being said my time at teh Gold Coast and my time in OZ comes to an end so i want to do a little recap. Already wrote my impression of Crapney and Melbourne so i will give short overview over teh Gold Coast and OZ in general. All this is my personal opinion which is prolly not even a very common opinion so please my australian friends don't take anything personal :)

Really liked Gold Coast for teh most part even though there is some stuff which wasn't optimal.
First off we had a quite nice villa here but teh problem with villas, houses, bungalows, whatsoever is that while they are nice they are barely ever in teh center of any action. In teh beginning it was allright but when you always have to walk at least 15mins to get somewhere it starts to piss you off. Solution for me was to help teh australian economey that i invested heavily in taxis teh last days. If i would be to come back i would be moar inclined to get a nice pad in a highrise building directly at teh beach. Main advantage here is you are at teh beach and once you go out of teh door you have plenty of restaurants to choose from. Since i don't cook that's crucial and compared to Sydney or Melbourne food delivery is quite bad here. For once they have ridiculous opening hours (most stuff closes between 8 and 9pm i mean wtf?) and quality-wise it was all ok but no great options like in teh other cities.
Another big turn off was teh weather. While we were here for 2 months it was at least raining for 5 weeks i would assume. In teh end my mistake because you can read everywhere even though it is summer it is wet season. Prolly because of this it was also that teh town in not as busy as i would've expected it. Sure if you go out on a saturday night you find plenty of people around but basically every time i went to teh beach it was dead, during teh week after 8pm (what they already consider as night here) most things were dead, etc.
Another thing is nightlife. While clubs are very clean, hypermodern and there is alot hot chicks around it is all pretty fucking generic. If you been to one club you basically been to all. They are basically all teh time in a basement, nice interior, good soundsystem, etc. But they lack one thing, one thing you cannot really buy - heart. Also if you search for any decent techno events here you search forever. You can have teh odd house night in teh clubs obv. but if you are into real electro music there is nothing - everyone told me if i want that i have to go to Brissy... There was one big pool event and another massive techno festival but of course both days teh weather was absolute dogshit. They also don't seem to have any sort of after hour mentality here, prolly because of some stupid laws or whatever. Most people i asked for what stuff to do after 4am were looking at me like i escape out of a mental hospital.
Ok, recap sounds prolly a little worse than it actually was, felt quite good here tbh but i would assume if you are here for longer it might get boring after a while bc everything is samesame but not so different...

Ok, Australia in general. Wrote alot about that subject already and i guess everybody has to make his own picture.
While i for sure had a good time here i'm prolly not coming back to soon which has different reasons.
For once everything feels much too european for my taste. Last year in Thailand or South America you really had teh feeling you are in a different world, each day is an adventure, you see stuff you've never seen before, etc. Here you just feel like you know most of it already, it just doesn't feel any different than europe. It's prolly kinda hard to describe but i mean if i spend most of my year in europe i'm teh kind of guy who wants to have a completly different experience teh other 2-4months of teh year and i wasn't getting this experience here.
Next point: Prices. It's just insanely expensive, most certainly moar expensive than anything you ever saw before in Europe. If you travel on a budget i would much rather go to some country in Asia than here. While you get good service, people are superfriendly, quality is good, etc. you get most of that in other places of teh world as well for a fraction of a price. It's furthermoar a way better feeling when you tip teh owner of a small beach bar in Thailand generously and make his day compared to here where teh guy prolly has his mirrion on teh side already anyways. All in all what i'm saying is that teh experiences you will make in other countries are most likely different and moar exotic and that for a fraction of a price.
Timezone: While for most people this doesn't matter after a couple of days for me it was a pain in teh ass in regards to poker. You can live a normal schedule and basically throw a shitload of money out of teh window or you work a "european" schedule and your social life will lack - period. This is also a point i should consider before making any plans for next year. All Asia, be it Thailand, Phillies, Bali or whatever i will have to face teh same problem.
Legislation: The country is supersafe at least everywhere i went but this comes with teh price of freedom. Basically you can say what ever is fun, slightly dangerous, interesting, worth doing, etc. is either forbidden or insanely expensive. This goes pretty much for everything. Could make a list but than this post would never end.
What i liked most were prolly teh people. Have barely had any unpleasant encounters, everybody is superfriendly, superinterested in what you doing, where you from, etc. Be it taxi driver, store clerk or some local you meet in a club.

Already wrote too much so that should be it for now. Flight to Bali leaves in 5 days and than it's partytime disco, planning to average like 2 hours of work each day to cover expenses and feel a little better but for sure not going to play any signifcant volume while there. Furthermoar looking forward to not spending 50$ each day on takeaway food alone.

Happy bday dear Tim Stone,

peaze out

almost forgot to include teh hands :)

just click and replayer will open:

1. Boaty Time

vs. massive drooler. in retrospect i prolly should just go all in on teh river. His timing was saying he has a flush or air there like 98% of teh time and with my stupid bet i could've saved him 70bucks

2. Standard Bullets

not much too say about this one but nice pot for me

3. A little help from teh Shortstack

we always complaining about those nasty shortstacks but this time teh little moron helps me out to win a decent sized pot i wouldn't have otherwise

4. Nutblockaments

this one probably teh most interesting and also only hand vs. a reg. Wouldn't really have thought that this guy is capable of doing such a play. Even if it look retarded for any non-pro play is quite advanced and tbh i like it alot because it is very very hard for me to call there even if i have small flush or a straight. Was lucky though to have second nuts which is obviously a fistpump :)


  1. Most winning players have thoughts like that after a short break-even/losing period.
    Then you think about changing things that were working, start doubting your judgement and risk going into a downswing because of your mind going crazy.
    Glad you came back to your senses quickly and without losing $.

    Hope you keep following the plan and focus on poker only, I'll buzz you on skype while you are playing and give you a hard time if you answer.

  2. happy b-day and nice post as usual !

  3. happy bday Tim! your last hand with KQ flush. his Ace bluff would have worked better in PLO which I play now. but even there its hard to get away with it unless you have a good read on someone. i play PLO zoom and a lot of people are donks. because of the nature of the game its easy to bluff and get bluffed on. quite a brave play with your pocket 7s actually. i guess my shoving range in NLH is too tight. and that K8 suited was just fish. how could he call your RR with that.

  4. Happy b-day Timmy. Saw that KOs hand in live, was really impressed when reg shows AKo there, nice pot tho.

    gl champ!

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