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
We have all been there when idiots just keep playing every hand and keep sucking out win after win with unbelievable hold cards. Well I am writing this section while I am on total and complete TILT. There is no question I am beyond upset. The cheese has totally slipped off the cracker and the dog licked it then walked away.
Here is today's poker tip..
When you decide to take a shot at moving up stake levels from a lower limit, do two things before making your move.
1st - Decide exactly how long your playing session is going to be time wise, and during the attempted move upward do NOT exceed that time limit. You might chose a floating time amount like 1-2 hours dependent on how you are feeling but once the upper limit is reached then take a break.
2nd - It is very important you set a stop gap amount of acceptable loses, and do NOT make the error of going past the preset stop gap if you are sucked out on, and lose to a miracle 1 outer river idiot who never should have even been in the hand with the garbage he was playing.
This just happened to me on two tables at the same time, two players shoved all in on the turn in an attempt to bluff me out the pot when I was 97% + favored to win, so I happily shoved the money into the pot looking forward to the double up.
Miracle one card one hit wonders and bam I am down $50. It really ticked me off and I bought back into the table to try and get my money back and then dropped two more full by ins. Down another $50 for a total of $100 loss.
Set you limits and stick to them.
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
Day 14 of the challenge left me down $14 overall.
Day 14 started out great I was up to $230 and feeling great. Was looking forward to playing poker for a few hours and then realised that I was within striking distance of reclaiming my Silver Star VIP status and then next month going for my Gold Star VIP Level again.
I figured if I took a shot now and made a successful jump upward in limits, I would really be on my way in the challenge. I broke my rules and chased the VIP level, and I dropped ½ of my bankroll when I decided to jump up two levels to do two things, chase my VIP levels and build my bankroll a lot faster.
Yes I fell into the trap which the VIP Star levels are there to draw players into, I chased after the upper levels to soon. I was thinking I wanted to get my Platinum Star again but knew it would never happen on the lower stake levels so I chased too soon.
Now I am back down to the lower limits again and being forced to grind all over again.
I know I can do it with a lot of grinding and playing of my "A" game.
Tomorrow will be a better day.
Section 3: The daily rant
The rage I was feeling when I started writing this blog posting has all but left me now. I was tilting hard when I first start to write. Now I am feeling very calm again. I find myself very disappointed with how this entire day has gone both in my poker and personal life. Today has been an all around bad day.
Poker wise if you have read Section 2 of the blog then you already know it has been a bad day at the tables so far. It is a long way from being over though, so hopefully in another hour I will be able to begin to undo the damage, by crushing the 0.01/0.02 NL tables all over again.
I know I need to eat something first and really make sure I am completely over the entire tilt thing.
Ever notice when you are totally ticked off people seem to call on the phone and when you tell them it is not a good time that you will call them back later that they will not let it go. They immediately try to drag you into a damn conversation, until you are rude and say, "look I will call you later" and hang up on them.
Ever wonder why that is always the case? I mean I am already mad about something, so why the heck poke the bear with a verbal stick when you have just been told it is not a good time to talk. Why not just have the sense to just damn well wait till I call them back at a better time later.
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...
My food intake over the last two days has been both bad and 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.
Well on Thursday afternoon my friend came over and we ending up ordering in both lunch and supper. Lunch was a combo from A&W and supper was a 12" pizza from Luna. Lot's of calories from both fat and sugar. I am sure that I blew away a week's worth of hard work. If that was not bad enough my friend Sterling dropped off a 1kg bag of soft black licorice from Costco to me, and OMG it was so damned good I could not stop eating it. So now I think I have just regain two weeks worth of progress in 2 days.
Feeling lower then pond scum right now, I am depressed at my lack of will power and upset with myself for giving in to my food cravings. Starting over sucks, but it is what I must now do starting right now. I have been up all night and just finished eating too much macaroni. Now all I want to do is sleep.
I was up all night playing cards and watching Netflix now I am completely exhausted.