Welcome mobsters, if you are reading this blog for the very first time, I thank you for your initial interest. I think that if you give it a little time, you will find something that will peak your interest.
I am a semi-pro poker player and an author. I am currently working on several projects for publication, and will be discussing them on occasion in this blog. If you are a fan then I warn you, from time to time there will be spoiler book ideas discussed.
Section 1: Poker Tips & Concepts
Learn the odds. It used to always amaze me how some players just refused to look at the odds in poker play. It was just in no way important for them to even consider the odds of their making any type of hand. Some players I know just blindly play along, hoping to win at whatever table format they are playing on.
You should be aware that the strength & quality of a hand increases with the fewer initial number of players playing in the hand.
How can that be? Some of you might be asking.
Well it works like this. There are 52 cards in a standard playing deck with which we use to play poker. If there are 10 players playing at the table then as soon the hand is dealt 21 cards have been removed from the drawing deck for you to make your hand with. However, if you are at a 6 player table then only 13 cards have been removed from the drawing deck pre-flop. The two hole card for each player plus the initial burn card.
What that means is that the chance that the exact card or cards you need to make your hand has an increased likelihood of still be alive and well in the draw deck. Yes I know some players would disagree about this point. I know I used to argue the opposite for years until I seen an exchange between several top players on the poker program"Poker after Dark" in which they was discussing things.
It was very interesting to hear them talk about why it was the true case.
Until next time
Section 2: "Ronin's Bankroll Management Challenge"
Well this section is going to be familiar to the forum regulars as I have been running this section for awhile in the forums, It is about the single most important skill a poker player must have in their arsenal in order to be a successful winning player.
Bankroll Management has been estimated to be the single most neglected poker skill by almost 95% of all players. Countless books have been written on the subject, and yet most players most often just ignore the rules of proper bankroll management.
I too fall into this trap at times.
This section is intended to show how proper bankroll management can ensure that and good poker player who approaches his bankroll and poker play from a solid and disciplined position can succeed.
It also is intended to help me to remain focus and discipline in my own bankroll quest to succeed.
The next 60 bankroll challenge will begin Monday January 27th, 2014.
Day 1, Monday 27/01/2014
Well day 1 of the challenge was a true test of my resolve to play within the rules.
I had a very bad start to the challenge. There was a point when I was down $12.78
I took a full 1 hour break before going back at it.
Day 1 of the challenge left me down just - $2.36 US
Day 2 of the challenge left me down just - $0.67 US
Day 3 of the challenge and I finished up $1.18 US
Day 4 of the challenge and I finished up $3.85 US
Day 5 of the challenge left me down after $38.62 US
Day 6 of the challenge left me down just $23.46 US
Day 7 of the challenge left me down just $2.03 US
Day 8 of the challenge left me down just $6.45 US
Day 9 of the challenge and I finished up $24.08 US
Day 10 of the challenge and I finished up $50.26 US
Day 11 of the challenge and I finished up $67.18 US
Day 12 of the challenge and I finished up $78.67 US
Day 13 of the challenge and I finished up $96.43 US
Day 14 of the challenge left me down $14 overall.
Day 15 of the challenge and I finished up $10.36 US
Day 16 of the challenge and I finished up $20.64 US
Day 17 of the challenge and I finished up $10.18 US
Day 18 of the challenge and I finished down $13.41 US
Day 19 of the challenge and I am back in the black up $19.67 US
Day 20 of the challenge was a great day, finish up over $70 US
Day 21 of the challenge went very bad I dropped $35 US
Day 22 of the challenge was another bad day down another $45
Day 23 of the challenge and I finished down $25
Today was the 24th day of the poker challenge. I was playing on tilt right from the beginning but did not even realize it; I broke all my own rules for the challenge and went broke. I will be rebuying in and starting over within the next few days.
Not making excuses, but I am not going to play any more poker until after I get my head back together. I am tired and depressed. I guess having people you know die does that to a person though.
Section 3: The daily rant.
Suicide is an act of total selfishness. I admit that there have been times when I truly considered ending my own life. I then however thought about what it would do to the people I cared about how were left behind to mourn my death. I young man who I knew recently took his own life. I can only imagine the mental pain he must have been in to choose such a drastic action.
Tony must have felt very sad and alone indeed to have decided that his life was not worth living any longer. The suicide to my surprise has deeply affected me and I find myself constantly wondering why nobody was able to help Tony see a better option. The idea that he believed his life was so totally meaningless that the world would be better off if he was dead has angered me.
Suicide is nothing more than a coward's way out. It takes more courage to stick around and live with the pain, and face the shitty hand which life has dealt you. I have days when I hurt so badly that I just want the pain to end but I endure the daily suffering in the hope things might somehow get better.
We all have good and bad day's mates. I hope you all can find something worth living for, and do not force your loved ones to endure the agony of loss which suicide thrust people into.
Well until next time, be cool.
Section 4: The call of the Muse (Wednesday's)
This section will also be familiar to forum regulars. I am resurrecting Ronin's Short Story blog which I ran for a time. Yes mobsters I am going to write more poker based shorts here on BankrollMob.
I have decided to once again start writing in "The Bluff - A Poker Short Story". I will re-post the entire story here in this new blog area along with a new section in the next few hours.I apologize to Steve's fans for the long wait.
I hope you enjoy the new blog area.
The Bluff - A Poker Short Story
Chapter 2: part #4
So until later mates.
Section 5: The Escape
Welcome to what for me might very well be the most difficult section of the blog to write on a daily bases. In this section, I will attempt to keep a detailed food intake log, as well as an honest accounting of a daily exercise routine, which hopefully will move me steadily towards the goal of getting physically healthy.
In May 2013 I was admitted into hospital and they weight me at that time at the weight of 602 lbs. I spent 64 days in the hospital and during that time they had me on an 1800 calorie a day diabetic diet. On the day I was released from the hospital I was weighted at 542 lbs.
During the 1st month my weight climbed back upward to 158 lbs again.
I became very depressed about this and honestly just wanted to die. I could not see my life getting better and was constantly in extreme pain which required me to take a lot of pain medications just to stay somewhat functional.
I decided to lose weight even if it killed me. In October I began, and in November I was weighted at 536 lbs. I have not been weight since.
In December I completely went off the rails and I am convinced that I regained some weight back. I plan to get weight very soon in order to have a truer starting number to once again begin working from. I believe that I am right around 550 lbs again, I have a 74" waist and ware an 8X T-Shirt.
It is humiliating to admit these facts but I fell I must be honest with you all of why even bother with this section, my hope is that by making myself accountable to my fellow BankrollMob members that it will motivate me to succeed this time unlike past failures.
The exercise levels for the day will not be great, as I was in a lot of pain; my back is out and can barely move at all. Looking at the day ahead, I think I probably will take in more calories then I exercise away. Will do better tomorrow, I really need to work on my diet and exercise routine. I am at least being honest about what I have done, and realize I MUST do better. It all comes in baby steps and at least I am trying.
I am going to develop a better way of keeping the daily food intake log. I need to have a much better record of the calories which I am truly eating.
I have been working on this issue since the 1st of January, 2014 but I have not really been having as much success as I would like. I am thinking about counselling from a dietitian to get me food choices improved, going to do some investigation on YouTube about healthy eating.
The journey continues...
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