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
This poker tip is going to overlap with section 2. The tip is only play with money that you can afford to actually lose. Never ever gamble with money that would cause you or your family pain if you lose it. If you are gambling with the rent or grocery money then you need help immediately.
There is nothing wrong with believing in yourself and your ability to win at poker. However, we must all always keep in mind that it is possible to play every hand perfectly and still lose. There is and will always be an element of luck which we as players can't control. It is call gambling for a reason my friends.
Only gamble with money which is extra disposable cash which you could afford to lose. We all want to win but at times we all lose. Even when we get our money in good an idiot donk can still hit his miracle card and suck out on us at times, and let's be honest, it happens every day when we play poker online.
There are players who just do not fold, no matter what, and despite all reason, they do seem to win way more than they should it seems at times.
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 1st part of the year in 2014 will see me discussing heavily the results of a combined staking run between myself and a fellow mobster. (His name will be withheld to keep people from asking him for stakes which he does not need the grief from)
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
Day 6 of the challenge left me down just $23.46
Day 7 of the challenge left me down just $2.03
Yes I made back another $21.41 today.
I did some grinding and played my "A" game.
I made some moves that worked out and some that did not but I kept my cool and over the day I got the job done.
I am basically down one $2 buy in.
I should get that back tomorrow with ease, then it is onward and upward from there.
be cool mates
Tomorrow will be a better day.
Section 3: The daily rant.
I find myself unable to play anywhere near the amount of poker that I want to play as I am just to tired and feel like crap. I think I have caught a winter time flu. All I want to do is sleep it seems. Even writing this blog has taken me more time than it should have taken.
Have had to take several breaks and then come back to the writing process over and over.
Nothing to do but rest I guess. However, I sure would love a drink of 18 year old "Glennmorangie highland single malt scotch".
Shame at time like these that I stopped drinking a few years back, been something like 10 years since I have allowed myself to enjoy a truly great drink of alcohol. Though I did have a glass of horrid wine at a friend's wedding in 2009.
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 #2
Steve took fifteen minutes to study the information then made his choice about which tournament to play first. With any luck and a blessing for the poker Gods he would have a deep run and finish deep in the money.
The table opened up and his first two hole cards arrived 9 clubs, 3 hearts, which he folded instantly.
Gen. Craig Mathews had just finished reading the brief which his personal aide Maj. Anderson had provided. The file was about the unit commander who only hours ago had terminated the cleaning crew which had been sent to eliminate him. If the file was to be believed then, this man was the most dangerous human being alive today. A man who truly was trained to be a ghost, too come and go like the wind, and remain completely untraceable. The last know name was Lt. Steve Cole but it was believed to be just another alias. The dossier told the general they was deep in the shit now. The war which was coming would be a real blood bath. Steve Cole would figure out they had betrayed his unit for drug money. Once the son of a bitch decided to make it his personal mission to get revenge then people were going to start dying. The General picked up his phone and asked Anderson to come back into his office.
Major Anderson entered the Generals office and stood at attention. Gen. Mathews returned the salute and told him to take a seat and tell him about the operative in the folder. Major tell me what you know that is not in this dossier.
Anderson made himself comfortable before he cleared his throat and answered,
"Well sir for starters everything in that file is a complete lie. Please allow me to explain general. The operative we know as Steve Cole did not exist prior to three years ago when he was sent to us by the company to work an operation in Columbia. He was assigned to work with Alpha team to infiltrate the Menusha Cartel and assassinate their leadership and retrieve certain information pertaining to their worldwide operations and of course all their banking records. If you recall General, the intelligence reports were grossly inaccurate, and the unit walked into a trap. It was a total cluster fuck, Intel had claimed there was twenty lightly armed soft targets. The team encountered over two hundred heavily armed combat hardened troops and they were waiting for our men. We originally thought everyone was killed during the ambush. Six weeks later we received word that the entire top tier of the Cartel had been assassinated and Cole appeared three days later inside the US embassy carrying the unit commander over his shoulder, he also had a hard drive with all the desired information and a whole lot more. The unit commander was the second cousin to the Vice President. The operative received several medals and was reassigned to the commanders unit until further notice by a Presidential decree. In truth we are not sure what his real name is or even exactly what actual training the man had prior to his joining the teams. I can tell you that in the last three years he has undergone complete unit training procedures and passed every course with ease the first time threw"
General Craig Mathews let out a deep sigh and had a drink of scotch before speaking. "So what you are telling me is we got a deep cover super spook who is fully unit trained running around completely off the grid somewhere. An operative who has already returned from the dead once having completed what was supposed to be a suicide mission. A mission I would remind you that we sent him on in the first place in an attempt to show the cartel we could be trusted as valuable allies.
This son of a bitch succeeded with an impossible mission and has been working inside our top team ever since."
Anderson simply nodded his head and spoke. "Yes sir. We also just ordered that team eliminated on the orders of the cartel in retaliation for the loss of their people three years ago. They already contacted me and informed me that they know we failed to kill Cole. The cartel contact has told me that we have one week to find and kill Cole or they are going kill us, but only after we are allowed to watch our own family's die first."
General Mathew's took another drink and then spoke.
"We need to find this son of a bitch and fast. We got to find a way to track and kill him once and for all. I am sure I do not need to remind you that the government might have given us our uniforms and ranks, but everything else we got from cartel money and other cash bribes along the way over the years. We have been involved with so many dirty deals and arms sales that if it ever got out they would kill us both for treason. You do whatever you have to Mike, but you find this bastard fast, and do not hold nothing back. You send every operative we got to kill him, tell them he has gone rogue and is planning on killing the president. Hell you tell them whatever you need too, but you have to get them bastards to find and kill Steve Cole." Anderson stood up and saluted the general before leaving to get the job done.
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...
My food intake over the last two days has been good. I have been eating more vegetables over all. I truly think I have eaten less calories then I have burned off through both my exercise rates and basic metabolic rate. I believe if I can keep things under control for a few months like this then I will lose weight and feel better for sure.