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
Multi-table tournaments are marathons not sprints. Nobody can win a Multi-table tournament in the very first hand, but you can very easily lose a tournament in the first hand. It always amazes me how many players just do not care about losing their entire stack in the first few hands of play during a large field tournament.
Bingo queens almost never make it into deep money in any tournament. The quick early double ups are lost just as fast as they are won generally. They figure that they need to keep shoving all in to build huge stack to see them through, but that style of continued stupid play makes them very predictable and exploitable. Good players wait for their spots to trap them and then rake in these chips for themselves.
Learn to calm down and relax more when playing in large field tournaments. It is not your job to out run or out play everyone in the tournament. The only players you need to out play are the ones at your own table. Concentrate on playing your "A" game and making correct moves against you current opponents and trust that other players will knock out most of your other adversaries.
Decide early on what you goal is and do not forget that goal. There are times when cashing deep is a better goal to have then running flat out trying to always place 1st.
Yes, we always want to win big, but sometime just steadily building up a bankroll is the best option. Remember you do not to win every time you play to be a success. It does not matter if you win one tournament a month for $1000 or twenty tournaments a month for $50 each, you will still win $1000.
Think about this for a moment. What if you play two tournaments every day for one month, and you're in the money success rate is 10% - 15%?
How many months in a row do you think you will make a final table and win big? Keep in mind that you are making the money in only 6 - 9 games per month and that many top pro poker players are happy to finish in the money that often. I read only today that the top 250 Poker Pro's average ITM success rate is just 13%. I did not believe it so I looked it up on "OPR" only to find it did appear to be true.
Think about that for a few minutes and then think about trying to win smaller amounts more often in order to win more money over the long run. I wish you every success regardless of which way you decide to play, but I think you should at least give it some thought.
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 Thursday May 08th, 2014.
Section 3: The daily rant.
Life has a way of reminding us from time to time that we are not the center of the universe. I learned today that I was blessed by God a few years back and did not even realize it until today. Sometimes God's greatest gifts to us are unanswered prayers. I thank God today for having the wisdom to not listen to me, I once begged for help to make a certain relationship with a former girlfriend work out, and help me to win her heart, so that we could stay together forever.
I learned today how she turned into a total whack job over the last few years, and she has made every man she has touched flee in the opposite direction, and try their best to stay as far away from her as humanly possible.
Sometimes we get blessed without even knowing it. Perhaps a few of you should give thanks for a few of the unanswered prayers which you have had in your lives too.
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.
So until later mates.
Section 5: The Escape
I shall begin again anew Monday morning May 5th, 2014 to get my health and life in order. It is going to be very hard but I MUST succeed or start preparing for my own funeral. I cannot allow anymore excuses.
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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