Samstag, 5. September 2015

Big one! time to finish teh year strong

Sup folks,

wanted to update abit earlier but got a bit siq for 2 days that i wasn't motivated to do much than lying around in bed hoping for the best but expecting the worst. However i seem to have dodged the cold so that i was back to 100% this morning after maybe 36hours of suffering.

If you follow me on facebook and if u read the headline correctly you already know it was rather big month in the current environment. I netted around 11k pre rakeback and 15k after which puts me on pretty much exactly 80grand for the year and with some rungood i really have a shot at a 140 or even 150k year now which i didn't really saw coming after the first 6 months in. That being said there is still alot of stuff that can happen and alot of stuff which can go wrong but 80k is certainly good yet not great for now.


Month overall went as smooth as it gets even though it was one of those months where i didn't really had a clue how much i'm up at any time. Obviously made me even happier to see i'm up 11 but wouldn't have been surprised either if i checked end of the month and was up only like 3...
Remember last month when i wrote i wanted to play exclusively 1k hand sessions? Pretty much quit that endeavour on day 2 of august because i realized my focus went straight downhill for the last 200-300 hands of the session. Was around the time where i also got the suggestion of teh business man himself JNandez to use a timer and finish sessions based on time. Experimented abit with that and that seems to work way better overall so that currently i break/quit sessions around the 1hour mark which normally results in 700-800 hands. After this month results i will definitely keep operating like this. Another thing which happend beginning the month that i was really not feeling happy/confident at 400SH that i deleted it from the filter pretty much instantly and never really looked back. For the moment i have no plans to add it in again even though results indicate i should/could.
Before we go any further here the usual garphs for august:

dollar won and EV

BBs won and EV

rakeback and winnings combined

As you can see after a slow start thing really kick off and go where they are supposed to go. Unfortunately again failed to have that magic 100 Buy In month but i swear im onit. Not too much to say about all of this apart from that i ran and played pretty well. Not really much variance in there either thankfully.

The good ol bell curve indicates decent heat as well showing alotta sets and flushes getting there.

By day
Noteworthy here that i hadnt had a single losing day the last 12 days of the month which is fairly sick i think. Overall only 20% losers out of 30days very decent track record also

Only thing im still not really satisfied with is volume but in the end it is what it is and i rather take a low variance 11k with 116k hand than something more swingy with 150k hands. The days to focus mainly on volume are long gone anyways.

Before i forget i also managed to clear another lifetime achievement at pokerstars:

5mirrion vpps
I guess that equated to 15million hands++

Plan for this month is to change pretty much nothing (which should be easy) and to not be sad if i make less than 10k (which should be alot harder...). Invested some money in a bunch of different LOLdonkament players for the WCCOP (world championship of online poker) so time to run good there for once and get a decent return on investment on my money - fingers crossed. Had some investment this year at EPT Barcelona as well and broke even pretty much so not really much to write about this. Guess that's it for poker and from here on to the other life stuff ive been up to.

As previously discussed i wanted to get a new car and ultimatively ended up with another Corvette (as expected). Would've had tons of different and mostly cheaper options but in the end i wanted to have something i will be 100% satisfied with and decided against getting a Porsche which everybody who has some money in Vienna drives anyways and went for a car which essentially was built for me and maybe 5 other people in Vienna call their own.
I first went to a Corvette dealer in Vienna but that guy was superoldschool and i dont think he bought the whole pokerthing anyways. Convertible started at like 108k there and i swore to myself beforehand that 100k is teh absolut max i'm going to spew away (before people start calling me names again cars are fucking expensive here bc they get taxed an additional 30% on top but not much you can do about it). However i managed to find a (barely) used C7 Convertible from another dealer very close to Vienna which specializes in sport cars (mainly Maseratis and Ferraris) so i went there the next day. Car had pretty much the exact specifications i wanted to have (manual, sport seats, red leather, etc) so after a short test ride and a short negotiation i signed the contract and shipped the moniez.

new ride
Havent received the car yet because i needed to get some stuff down beforehand - black rims and wrapped up in white but expect to have it somewhere next 2 weeks after everything is finished.
Also managed to finally get the right documents to get my drivers license back which i lost somewhere in Asia which probably took me a good 20-30hours in total. Definitely not going to lose my license again ever - what a giant wasted of time...

End of august i took my miniholidays as usual. This time Zurich was on the list. While i have been to Switzerland before i never been to Zurich which is one of the richest and most expensive cities in the world. Directly once you get out of the airport you realize that something is very different here because well, the cars are different. Even in the first 10minutes you saw like more nicer cars than in Vienna in a month. Every Audi you see is an S or and RS, Maseratis everywhere, etc. Also all modells are like 2010 or newer and you rarely see cars that are smaller than a BMW 3 series. Thankfully i managed to get an Uber which was 20euro and appr. 25% of what a normal cab would cost - god bless UBER! Afterwards i met up with my former student roomie who lives and works and Zurich now and we were crusing around and went to Zurich lake for a couple of pints. City is fucking bjuutiful and that lake is insane and gives you a somewhat mediaterranean flair - basically like living by the sea. There also tons of mountains around which makes it even nicer. But don't be fooled, that city will break you or better said will break your wallet. Essentially everything you do is 3 times the price you'd pay in Vienna and 5times+ what you would pay in cheaper cities. Casual restaurants you will not leave without spending at least 50euro p.P and you still will be hungry afterwards. Taxis start at 7Euro at the moment you sat down, etc. I'd guess you live a way easier life with 2.5k/month to your name in Vienna compared to 6k/month to your name in Zurich. Also the police is quite sick over there so that i heard some funny stories. Probably the funniest one is that they caught my roomie speeding with 36km/k too much and he got license suspended for 3 months and had to pay 4k fine. Even funnier is if they get him again for something similar offensive he's going straight to jail lolol - speaking of a police state...
On saturday we attended street parade which is like a giant technofestival in the city center which attracts over 1million people from all around the world each year. Weather was brilliant and was good fun and definitely could do again. Sunday was relaxed sightseeing day and i went back to Vienna in the evening.

750k porsche in front of a 5star hotel which served brilliant kopi luwak

M6 of my mate which is one of teh moar modest rides in Zurich town

thats actually a lido in Vienna with a nice view over the city

my room in Zurich - lot better than pay 150euro/night+ for hotel

view from the terrace of the flatshare in zurich

supernova elite university ETH 
not big enough for the Golds Gym :(

enjoying zurich lake with some beverages

Zurich lake in the back on one of the hills around the city

another meal at the lake

lunch break during street parade - casual 160euro bill for some coffee 4 beers and 2 mains

view of zurich's largest buildings

israeli fish dropping wisdom with his avatar

Dolder Grand luxury hotel on top of the hill

Last but not least alot of people seem to ask me lately about poker and if they should get into it. So i want to elaborate abit on this.

Firstly, no, you shouldn't.
What i write here might make it look easy like 1 2 3 and while for me it doesnt feel that hard it will be 10 times harder for you. Chances are, that if you were supposed to be in poker you would be in poker already for a long time. It's not like you read a book, deposit some money and you start making 5k+/month - those days are long gone. If you start with that goal you pretty much going to fail any given time. The guys who are still left in poker love the game. When i wake up in the morning i'm genuinely happy that i can sit down at my computer and can get my first session fired up. Every day. There are no days where i say "ahhh fuck that, today i do something else" because even after 6 years i really really enjoy what i'm doing and i would assume for the most grinders who are still alive and kicking it is very similar. I also spend 200hours+ each month grinding, watching videos, discussing hands, reading poker related articles, browsing poker forums, etc. That doesnt really feel like work to me bc as being said i love what i do but chances are that this might feel like (too much) work for you are high. If you play poker in 2015 poker will be a massive part of your life and will be with you in the back of your head everywhere you go - there are no people grinding part time anymore (at least no successful ones); it's either you give it your all or nothing at all.
If you are unemployed or have some supershitty job (and its easy to find something else any time) and you have enough time to really invest 250hours a month working on your poker carreer then it cannot hurt to read some books, watch a bunch of videos and start grinding microstakes with a 50$ deposit and see how it goes - after 3months you will have a pretty clear picture if that is how you want to spend the next years/decades. But if you have a serious job and you doing fine i wouldn't wanna put that at risk for a tiny shot at a debatably better life because odds are heavily stacked against you making it.
If you still decide to pull teh trigger good luck though.

And also once again: No, i don't coach - games are tough enough already and i don't need any more competition and i definitely don't need to raise my own competition for a quick payday.

see you next month. peaze out!

Sonntag, 9. August 2015

Smart investing for pokerplayers and expats

Sup guys,

you probably werent expecting to hear from me so soon after last post but this one isn't about poker it's about something i wanted to write for a while now: Investing your money!

For me personally it goes way back. I'm one of the biggest winners at my stakes but apart from playing poker and transfering that money into my bank accounts i never did anything with it. And there are better ways than having a couple of hundred k's lying around in bank accounts making 0% a year and losing to inflation and stuff. And what i gathered so far is that like 80% of pokerplayers operating exactly like this basically because they are uninformed about opportunities, unsure about taxation, scared of dodgy financial advisors or just too lazy and always say "yeah i gonna invest some money soon" and push it further and further. Especially the last point was very true for me personally but i changed this beginning this year.

I have a good friend i know for several years now who works as a financial advisor for one of the biggest financial investment companies worldwide for over 10years now. However this guy never approached me and asked me to invest some stuff with him so that i had to take matters in my own hands this year and approached him about this.
In the end i opened up a retirement investment where 1.5k getting booked of my credit card each month for the next 10years, that money goes into an account where it gets reinvested and you are supposed to make 5-8% on that per year - does sound better than having your money stuck in your overseas bank account, no?
I also invested some money in structered notes and stocks over an independant platform where risks and rewards are abit higher. But this is just me and possibilities are pretty much endless.

Since alot of guys are just uninformed and lazy i wanted to write this blog to give you an opportunity to take action. You are not dependant on doing the research yourself, you get a strong contact via me. A guy which works in this industry for years and who is already working together closely with other pokerplayers (myself included). Now obviously this is also a self-serving post. If i forward him clients i make money through commission and he makes money through commission. But ultimatively you will make money as well. So essentially this is a win win win for everyone. I also want to note that i don't want/need to make some quick cash here. If you follow this blog closely you should know that i do very well for myself but i genuinely believe that this is a good opportunity for alot of guys getting some of their hard earned money invested with decent returns. As long as capitalism and the interest system is still in place it's just plain stupid not to take advantage of this completely indepedant of what you might think of it.

If you are interested in this the most important things are:

- you cannot live in the UK or in teh land of teh free because of tax reasons
- it doesnt matter which nationality you are from
- 50k minimum for fixed investments
- 1k minimum/month for structured investments (the one i described above aka retirement plan)
- for most people living abroad it will be tax free, this doesnt apply if you are american

That's the main cliffs you should keep in mind if you are interested in working with us. Every other details can be discussed directly with my friend.
I also want to point out here that we are talking about fincancial investements and every single one of those will have a certain risk and there is a chance to lose money. It's completely up to you how much risk you are willing to take but in general the higher your potential return is the higher risk that investment brings along. Since this is mostly written for pokerplayers i'm quite sure though that you are familiar with the system of risk/reward and so on. Just wanted to emphasize that all i'm giving you is a very strong contact to a financial advisor i know very well and would vouch for any day. A guy with whom i have invested a decent amount of money myself. But by no means i'm responsible for your investments/money so be aware that if you go down the road and invest some and it doesn't go according to plan that was your decision and neither me nor my friend will be responsible for this by any means.

That's all i wanted to write about this. If you want to get further information about what is possible and what not, what to expect, etc. just get in touch with me and i will forward you (preferably via Skype) to my friend to discuss details. There is absolutely zero cost to get in touch with him and get informed about that stuff, if you don't like what you hear there is no obligation to invest anything.

Allrighty, hope that i can help some people out with this, if there is any interest you know how to reach me!


Samstag, 1. August 2015

July at teh office

Another month another update.

Fairly on time which says that things overall seem to have been allright.

Overall pretty decent but rather unspectacular months. If you dont check results you always know how things are appromixmately but over the course of the month you tend to lose track sooner or later. More often than not you are positively surprised but this time i honestly expected abit more than just the 6k i was able to bank. Obviously this is complaining on a fairy high level so i will stop at it right here and provide the graphs:

dollar EV july

Abit over EV dollar wise, abit more buy in wise. As you can see fairly hot start, then a while into breakevensville, some real heat and back to breako.

BBs won
Pretty similar picture in Bigblinds, think i was 13 stacks above EV which is definitely nice.

Total earnings including rakeback appr.
You can see with rakeback i almost exactly hit the 10k USD mark which is nice because 10k is alotta money and can buy alot of things :) Theres certainly some swings included but the positive ones almost always outway the negative ones which always tends to give alot of peaze of mind. Was happy with my game overall even though i would've wished/hoped to hit 10k before rakeback. Regarding stakes this is like 1% 600, 5% 400, 24% 200 and rest hundo. Was pretty much 50/50 split between ring and 6max and was running decent at all stakes apart from 100 6max where i lost a bunch which is somewhat surprising because it prolly is the softest gametype im playing atm. But yeah, made that back at the deep tables and in generally ran good at 200 and 400 so that's that.
Days break down as following:

By day
Definitely higher swings then the last month but unsurprisingly because i had NL400 6max again in my filter for the first time in a while which tends to creates swings both ways. 9 losers out of 30 could be better but could also be worse. Still waiting for that 2k day which i havent had in a while...+2k that is!

Main negative aspect where im really not satisfied is volume. Of course as being discussed i play less table lately and therefore get less hands per hour but really wanted to hit 125k hands which i slightly failed. Not biggie but still. The main problem i currently have/had is that i aimed to play 4-6 sessions a around 750hands. Afterwards at least 15minutes break to cool down. What happens now is once i run hot i play 500 hands quit, i play 600 hands quit but i dont play 750. I also tend to play only 4 or max 5 sessions over the day when running hot while originally planned to play 6. Vice versa once i run cold i dont stop at 750, i stop at 1k, 1.2k, or take supershort break and essentially play one long session. Over the next month(s) i really want to experiment with fixed session lenghts aka 1000 which is around 90-100 minutes. No matter if im up, down, etc - i play 1k hands. Only exceptions are if for some reason i don't get enough tables, are supertired/unfocussed or i have jesus on a massive whale at 600. But for the most part i really want to stick to this and see how it goes. Clearly my current system is working but the question is to what degree and i'm sure it isnt max EV. Theoretical it should make sense playing longer when running hot - 1k hands instead of 500 and shorter when running cold - 1k hands instead of long session of 1.8k or something. This way i should be able to maximize earnings while minimize losses and also makes it alot easier to time your day.
If this doesnt work out for whatever reason i havent though of yet i can still revert to how i was doing things the last 2 months.
Another thing i want to change as well is waking up and going to bed abit earlier. Average wakeup time this month was 1:30pm and i definitely want to push that back to noon. I also dont wanna grind after 3am and be in bed by 5am. Ambitious, i know, but hopefully it works out.

Regarding reallife not a crazy lot went on. Wasnt out club very often and took a miniholiday to Krakau for 2 days at the end of the month to attend another pokerplayers wedding. Was good weekend and fun catching up after a long time and a well deserved break from teh office as well. That being said though i went out both days in Krakau and was essentially hungover for 5days, was damn close to puking the plane, etc. I really have to figure something out to make all this stop or i really have to quit drinking for good sooner or later because im really not willing to put up with that shit anymore. I have 6 hours fun and be completely out of order for at least 24 hours followed by a state of mild depression combined with zero motivation to do anything. That gets worse and worse every year now and i somehow have to deal with that shit. Not even to mention how much money i lose out on while not being able to work/finding no motivation to work. That wouldnt even be the worst thing if that time would be quality time but its pretty much nutlow time. Anyways, went to pharmacy and bought alot of stuff i will experiment with over the next couple of drinking sessions to see if i can get it fixed or im really going to evaluate. As usual you heard it here first. And for all the young guns beginning 20s i can only give you the advice to party as much as you can bc there will come a time sooner than expected where things change... Resume of all this is the aftermath of drinking sucks especially once u cross the 30-line, beware!

Im also as being focussed on the carhunt atm. Abandoned the plan to get the 160k Corvette because 160k well, its abit excessive given the general poker economy etc. And until i can buy a used one for a reasonable price will at least take a couple of years.
So currently i have pretty much the following options:
- get something cheap which i dont like for 25k - no
- get something american aka mustang, camaro or old corvette for 40k - would be the most sensible decision but im not sensible in regards to car so probably no
- lambo gallardo for around 80k after bumhunting one - always said i gonna drive lambo by the age of 35 but also spend the last 5 years telling people the gallardo is for lamborghini what the boxter is at porsche: essentially a car for people who want to drive lamborghini but cannot afford lamborghini so i cant really get the gallardo no matter what happens...
- get a porsche 911, aston vantage, maserati gran cabrio or jaguar f-type with 50k km+ for 70-75k - definitely an option but then again:
- get a brandnew Corvette 2015modell cabrio for 100k

As you can see i'm currently tending to option 4 (just because that fucking brand was created for me) but i change my mind fairly often so who knows. Also have to get my drivers license back first which i lost in Asia and its a damn pain in the ass to get it sorted. Essentially had to commit to a new health insurance to confirm my Austrian residency in order to get the license. Still don't have it and i hope it takes 2 weeks from now on but afteral what happend im not even sure.

Think that enough for now. Pokerplans i already elaborated earlier on. Regarding life in july i have some old friends coming over the next 2 weeks so that i have to go out clubbing every now and then and at the end of the month i will take my monthly miniholiday. This time Zurich is on the list where i will visit my first ever roomate from german university (who is a giant moron but also a fun guy) and attend a giant rave called the Street Parade which is essentially what the Love Parade was only in Zurich instead of Berlin. That gonna be good for sure and i hope im not too old for that shit.

peaze out and for teh case you grind gl at the tables but moar luck to me

ahhyes, some pictures - arent many though #boring

one of my countless driver license runs

funny and ohhtrue mtt meme

sucking some sun on teh rooftop

very appropriate wedding sign

radisson blue krakau

my vienna douchbag outfit if i feel like annoying people

picture from the wedding

Donnerstag, 16. Juli 2015

Lasik trip report #justdoit

Sup folks?!

This time no poker at all. Since a decent amount of people seemed to be interested in the stuff regarding my LASIK surgery which was done around a week ago i will give some infos here there especially those who considering it have a better picture how the whole thing is going down.
Will start with abit of history about me and how i ended up at that point where i really wanted to get it done and afterwards lead you through the procedure and describe what to expect. So for those who are only interested in the hard facts just jump straight to 2nd paragraph.

I basically always thought my eyes were fine up to when my driving license came around and i had to take a visual test. I was 18 back then and went to an optician to get that test done and directly failed it. I was devasted at the thought of having to drive car with glasses and the doctor seemed to realize my disappointment and didnt charge me for the test. Outside i reevaluated what to do and since i dont like giving up i came to the conclusion i had to take the test somewhere else and this time not fail it, just guess the last row and see what happens. So i walked down the street to the next optician and passed it - no glasses needed, big success, my eyes are fine :) At least i thought that.
Nothing much happend the next 2 years until i was serving at the german army and was chosen as a truck driver and needed to make new driving license for a truck. Obviously another visual test was needed and i failed again and i think this time it wasnt even close. There was no 2nd chances here and i got my first glasses. However i managed to twist my ankle very soon after this so that i was never able to make that driving license, was never driving truck and therefore never wearing those glasses until like 4 years later at a student party where i lost it drunk - no big deal, expected to lose them anyways.
From here on no more test and i assume my eyes got worse and worse but i just got used to it. If you have bad eyes there alot of instances where you realize you should get something done but i always blacked them out. If i wanted to know where my flight goes i had to step up to 1meter before the thingy in order to read it, if i wanted to read a street sign i had to stand right before it and i couldnt read subtitles in movies anymore at a certain point of time. Also funny is when a mate tells you "look at that girl right there shes so hot" and you nod in agreement but in reality couldnt even tell if the person is male or female let alone if hot or not.
I always had a LASIK back in my head but always pushed it further away. Didnt wanted to get it done in Malta, because well, its Malta and in Bali there weren't any options so when i came to Bangkok it definitely was on my list to get treatment there. After i went to a dentist there i came up with the conclusion thought to let none of those nutjobs close to my eyes ever.
When i arrived in Austria i didnt really thought about it either until the one night i accidentally ended up with the glasses of a friend in a club which was just a bizarre mindblowing moment for me because i never realized how bad it was. All of a sudden i could read the drink menue behind the bar, see faces of girls on the dancefloor 30meters away, etc. In that drunk moment i made the decision something needs to get done asap.
Next day i started googling for options and came up with what is allegedly the best laser specialist in Austria and decided to make an appointment and pay this guy a visit to get those eyes sorted once and for all.

lasik procedure:
I wrote an enquiry about 2 weeks ago asking for and appointment to check my eyes and discuss surgery at Eye Laser Wien. (homepage unfortunately seems to be german only yet). I got a call straight from the doctor where he checked if i was wearing any lenses currently (i think you shouldnt were lenses 3 weeks prior to test and operation but not sure about this) and some other basic questions and we made an appointment at the doctors office a couple of days later. At this appointment your eyes get checked with some futuristic machines to determine how much minus or plus you have, if you are suited for a LASIK and if so for which one (there are different ones and i will refer to the one i received which is the newest and safest method called femto-lasik) and also a general visual test. I scored with around -3 (which is quite significant if you consider i never wore glasses nor lenses) and the first reply of the doc was "how is life working out for you like that?" with a worried look on his face.
He then wanted to take an additional test after giving me some eyedrops in which i scored abit better with slightly below minus 2. He told me that my eyes were suited for their standard operation method which they recommend (which is the femto-lasik) and that they have available spots for tomoro and for mid august. I snap shouted "tomoro is fine" into his direction and that was that. So i ended up having an eye surgery schedule not even 6days after my drunk facebook rage that i'm going to get it done asap - safe to say i was proud and happy.

That evening i was quite excited but also abit anxious of what was about to happen. I made the plan to not look up to much about the whole procedure but obviously failed so that i had a pretty good overview what was going to happen when i went back to the doctors office the next day to get the LASIK done.

day of the operation:
In the beginning you have to sign an agreement that you are aware of the risks and stuff and yadayada. You also get a back which included 2 different sets of eyedrops you will have to use over the next week, a dark sunglasses, some ibus (for the case you feel pain which you normally dont) and a sleeping pill. Before i forget to mention it the whole procedure costs 1600euro per eye currently, 3.2k in total. Different operation methods cost different amounts but are always between 1.2-1.6.
Afterwards you get dressed accordingly for the operation, have to lay down flat and the doctor gives you some special eyedrops to anaesthesize the eyes. Doctor then tell you your task for the next 10 minutes will be to always look straight into the greenlight. One eye gets covered and the first laser (which creates the flap - whatever that means) comes over your other eye. This eye turns dark then and 10 seconds later you hear the doctor "cut is perfect". Now the 2nd laser comes which fixes your bad vision. This takes another 10 to 20 seconds and you can smell the burned skin/flesh/whatever (sounds way worse than it actually is). Finally you get a protection lense which will stay in the eye until the check up the next morning and you are already done and ready for the 2nd eye. Same procedure. After max 15 minutes everything was done and effictively you maybe have 2minutes total the lasers working. There was zero pain the entire time. Its definitely not a superpleasnt feeling but every visit at a dentist is miles worse. You just make a big deal out of this usually because it involves your eyes and therefore you are scared. The main difference between the femto lasik i received and other methods is that everything gets done with 2 different lasers while with other methods the flap gets created manually via a small knife or something like this which is obviously way more scary than just get the same thing done via computer and laser. Also the recovery with the femto lasik goes way faster and much more painless then other methods from what i read.

Ok, operation done. Way quicker than i wouldve ever imagined - as being said in max 15minutes i was in and out. And you can see way better straight away. It's abit blurry, eyes are very slightly burning (again, sounds probably worse than it was but not other way to describe it) but you already can see way better than before.

after the operation:
In your goody bag is also a couple of pages which are explaining to you what to take care of after the OP, how often to take the eyedrops, etc.
I went straight down to the street, ordered and UBER and went home. The day after you shouldnt use computer, mobile, tv, w/e. - just dont use anything which involves the eyes much and they recommend to keep them closed as much as possible. So your best bet is just to sleep until the checkup and in wise forsight of this i grinded long the last night and woke up fairly early so that i was sleep deprived already. After arriving at home at 5pm i applied the eyedrops, took an ibu, just to be safe even though i barely felt any pain, and went straight to bed. Slept for a couple of hours, ordered a pizza around 9pm, took the sleeping pill after and managed to sleep another couple of hours until like 4am and now it was already much much better. Slight burning was pretty much gone and i went up to the balcony to have a smoke and could basically see pretty perfect already. All of the sudden i could see what stuff people had on their balconies next door, could look into flats i havent even seen before etc. A fucking awesome feeling. Now unfortunately couldnt sleep anymore and just dosed until the checkup which was schedule at 9:30am. Doctor was fairly satisfied with the results and removed the protection lenses i mentioned earlier on. I asked him if i could start using mobile and computer again and he was like "yeah, no problem, just dont overdo it and take breaks" and so i was back on teh grind already 18hours after the operation. That saturday and sunday i really had to take breaks more frequently because the eyes were just getting tired after an hour of work at the computer. But besides that no limitations. On monday pretty much everything was perfect and basically back to normal just with eagle eyes. If i didnt know i had the procedure last friday i couldnt tell.
Now almost one week past and im feeling better than ever. Kinda regret i didnt got this done alot earlier but well, better now then never.

So in total i would 100% recommend the Lasik and 100% recommend the doctor i got it done from. You also have to consider that for me that is way bigger than for anybody who has glasses/lenses/whatever. I just had nothing and was walking around the last years half blind essentially and all of a sudden you wake up and see the world in full HD again, can read signs, movies look completely different, etc. It's quite surreal and almost like being born again as sick as it sounds. Definitely the best investment i made so far in my life and worth every single penny. In fact if i knew it would be like this i probably wouldve instantly paid 10times the price - just such a massively increased lifequality.

Hope i could shed some light and if there are questions just holla. Poker is treating me well so far this month so next update is expected to come out on time at the very beginning of august.


Donnerstag, 2. Juli 2015

upswong june and YTD update #hardworkalwayspays

Sup foo's!

Blog post on time this time so most of you frequent readers prolly already realize it was rather decent month.
We start off right with poker and i really didnt feel as good about my game in a long while and after running cold for far too long things finally seem to come together.

So first off teh garph:

realmoney june

BBs june


As you can see casual 80 stack month and around 8k in winning + another 4k in rakeback. Also very very little variance compared to other months which gets a bit more obv here:

breakdown by days

6 losing days out of 25 and only one day where i lost moar than 500bucks. Pretty insane given that i played decent amount of 200 and some 400 but also shows that i ran fairly well overall. Also to note that this steady grind gives alot of peaze of mind but safe to say it will not stay forever like this.

bell curve aka hitting skillz for june (pokertracker only)

In case of hitting skillz there seem to be still alot of room for improvement especially regarding sets but this is by far the best bell curve i can produce for any given months this year which somewhat shows how pisspoor i was running so far but moar about that later in teh YTD review. Also safe to say that you cannot base your entire run on that little graphic bc there are coolers, above EV and alot of other things to consider but it at least gives you a decent indication how things are going. If for instance all indicators are at lucky over a 100k sample but you are bleeding money there is most likely something very wrong from my experiece.

Anyways, last graphic for now:

Fairly proud about this and im quite sure that is teh highest winrate i ever produced over such a sample. Its only 120k hands but its still something.
Some may have realized that i only played 120k hands which is certainly on teh very low end for me and i couldnt recall a month (ever?!) i played that few. Well, this has reasons. Since in Vienna i started mixing in 6max again and did cap may table around 22. I realized more and more that once i hit like 18 and alot where 6max and i was already an hour into teh session my game detoriated significantly, especially redline so that i wanted to experiment with a completely different approach this month while playing max 15 table and be 100% focussed and never overwhelmed regarding action. This is working out great so far but also abit early too tell how great it really is bc #lolsamplesize. My hands/hour dropped from 900ish to 650ish which definitely gives a slight drop in rakeback hourly but on teh other hand i play moar 6max now which gives more points and also play abit looser than before so that teh drop isnt too significant.
I also tried to fix alot of small to medium leaks in my game which really seems to pay off finally. There were just a bunch of spots i was highly exploitable (and got exploited heavily) which i should've at least partly fixed by now. Obv its a never ending cycle and theres still alot of work to do.

Game at teh moment are teh best i've seen them in a long time and i can only imagine that stars marketing efforts are finally paying off. There are plenty of massive fish around and while in thailand it took me up to 45minutes to get session started now im basically good to go after 5 or 10 minutes which is huge.
They say never change a running system and that is what i will do precisely in july - leave everything like it was in june and also start mix in 400SH bombs and some 600ring again (which i both havent played last month). Superpumped atm and fairly confident so we'll see what july has in store for me.

Enough talking about this month - 6 months into teh year so time to recap:
From my personal experience definitely teh nutlow run i ever had in over 10 million hands. In order to display that best here is once again teh infamous bell curve:

bell curve januar to june

So far i didn't had a single month where one of those indicators was on teh lucky side and overall im hitting like 1 out of 10 sets while it should be 1 out of 8 for instance. Yeah, but that's variance and i will not complain to much because teh 10mirrion hands prior i was running pretty well for teh most part. Also to note that not everything this year was bad. There were upswings as well, i had good months (january and june) but in general teh downers were way severe than teh uppers and took way longer time.

So far around 55k up with rakeback. Definitely not superhappy but i have to take it. Also to put things into perspective i'm running absolutely atrocious, it's 2015, teh majority of hands comes from NL hundo AND i'm still up 55k. Overall that's not too bad. Also noteworthy that since my money is predominately made in USD and given teh development of teh Euro it's worth like 1.4x what it was worth last year around that time.
Obv you can now talk about teh if's and when's but kinda pointless. With another run i could easily be up 70 or 80 but variance keeps teh game alive and sometimes you will get teh best of it and sometimes not.
My general goal for teh year was 150++ which puts me significantly behind pace and for teh case teh run continues i will for sure not even get close. If things turn around 150k is definitely not completely out of range but still a tough job. Definitely will keep pushing for it every day. At lease for teh absolute mingoal of 6figures i'm ahead of pace :)
But yeah, that's also teh thing with goals in poker - you never know what happens and even if your EV is a certain number like lets say 150k it's completely normal if you only come out with 120 or overperform with 180. And yes, i think given everything i know that my actual expected value over 12 months should be lying somewhere around teh 150k area, possibly slightly less.

That's that, now back to life:
Things are good so far and i played around 195 hours this month. Compared to Thailand where my daily schedule and sleeping hours where changing all teh time i have a way better schedule since i'm here which also definitely has a positive effect on my game and wellbeing. Normally i wake up between 12 and 1, get a protein/greek yoghurt shake in, play a short session. Then go for a realbreakfast at some of teh 100restos around teh corner, come back, play 2 sessions, order food for dinner, have a nap, play another 2 or 3 sessions and go to teh gym around 4am, go to bed straight after, rinse repeat - eat, sleep, grind...
Obviously abit different to teh standard 9to5 but i'm used to be awake at night and like it, i just dont like being awake til 11am like in Thailand.
At teh end of teh month i took a mini holiday in Malta, mainly to catch some sun (weather was awful here so far but is getting alot better now) and to attend a big yearly party organized by good friends of me. Also my biggest friendcircle is still in Malta that it's always awesome to come back and see all teh familiar faces again. Had awesome 4 days there but also was happy to return after that. The moar i stay here teh moar i seem to like Vienna. Those studies about lifequality here really don't like. After being away for almost a year from Malta you almost forget how terrible that service in 90% of restaurants really is and how bad teh food is compared to here :D
For this month besides grinding i already have some plans as well. At the end of teh month i will attend teh wedding of infamous Bigacsiga which is a co-worker of mine and good friend for a long time now. Teh event will be held in Crakow and it will be my first time there and my first time in Poland as well so that i can cross another country from teh list. There's also a stag night planned for him 2 weeks prior to that event which will be held in Budapest and since i havent been in that city neither in this country i might attend this one as well but its not 100% confirmed like Poland yet. Flights are only 1 hour from here but already ridic expensive so i might just train it up in 1stclass which take like 3hours and should be fine.
Timewise it's pretty good so at the moment i don't see many reasons not to fit in those 2 miniholidays and visit one of my favorite parts of teh world aka eastern europe(an girls).

Also got a new phone which is teh Samsung Galaxy S6 edge which i can only highly recommend if somebody thinks about getting a new one- They definitely stepped up their game a bit with this one.

Last but not least i really want to get a new car sooner or later and i really really really want to get teh 2015 model of teh Corvette Z06:

First models in europe are about to delivered and everything would be cool but cars are ridic expensive in Austria for whatever reason. While this one starts around 110k euro in Germany it starts at 150k euro here which is kinda meh. Not that i don't have enough money to buy it, question of more if i really want to spend that much on it. Still undecided. Really want to have it by summer next year and my masterplan would be to buy a used one with low milage for like a hundred but i'm somewhat doubtful if i get one for that price by that time. Maybe should start playing sunday million again and use my one time. If teh year goes really well from now on i might just YOLO it up and pay teh 150 for it but definitely cannot count on that.
In teh end luxury problems and as usual we'll see what happens.

Bit longer post this time again, hope you fine folks enjoyed it and you will here from me in appr. one month as usual.


hip hop pool party in malta 
gym during holiday

my flat while in malta

teh hate i get in mtts is strong

teh shoes which make me 1.93 and dutch

cafe del mar champagne showers in malta

cute malta cafe with view of balutta church and my old penthouse

usual afternoon on teh island

coveted ferrari of a friend parked right in front of teh venue for showers