Monday, July 10, 2017

Shut Inside For 3 Months

My latest appointment with the pulmonologist shows my breathing capacity is down to 62%. Coming home from said doctor's appointment I nearly collapsed. Going from one bus stop to another bus stop I had to stop 4 times in a third  of a mile and rest. The slightest bit of exertion, even simply walking is shooting my heart rate up to about 140 beats per minute, causing severe nausea which half the time results in vomiting right there where I stand, unable to even catch a breath in many cases, and combine all of this with the intense heat and it is a bad bad situation all around. 

My roommate and bestie Joe aka  ManInBlack was on the phone with me at the time and heard me throwing my guts up, he was ready to call an ambulance right there on the spot, but I convinced him that I was okay. At that moment in time I probably wasn't but I knew that if I continue to stay seated on the curbing that I was on I would be alright. I was able to make it home, but it took an Uber to do it because quite frankly I don't think I would have made the final two block walk from the final bus stop to the house.  

It's obvious to me after the latest incident that I need to stay inside the house for the next 3 months with the single exception of my food shopping trip that I do on the 3rd of each month and with that I take Lyft and other than that I'm not budging unless I'm going for a swim in the pool we have in the backyard until the weather cools down and it will also give us time to employ an idea my pulmonologist has. He has me on the inhaler Breo, but too often I forget to take it. He told me make sure I take it everyday religiously for the next 3 months and then on my next appointment, which is October 5th, he will do the breathing test again to see if the breathing capacity has improved. I have cancelled or am going to cancel all doctor's appointments between now and October. I just can't deal with this intense heat because of my physical ailments. I do much much better in the cooler weather and this is just something I need to do.

Its not exactly fun having to do this for there will be no going out and having fun but after what happened the other day with the heart rate feeling like it was going to pound out of my chest, the exertion vomiting, the breathing that was practically non-existent I have got to wait until the weather cools off and three months of this Breo to find out what hopefully positive result it may produce. I was feeling pretty down after that doctor's visit and actually seriously contemplated stepping in front of the bus as it came down the road ending things right then and there  instead of letting it be drawn out. I mean with my breathing capacity seemingly declining steadily, what's the point of dragging it out, you can't live if you can't breathe. However, my doctor seems to think that this Breo will do a lot so we'll just have to see how it goes so for right now I won't be ending anything at this time at least.
The one positive aspect about all of this is the grind will go on and will not be interrupted unless I simply just want to take a full day and sleep my day away and that may happen from time to time considering the hours that I put in at this it truly does get exhausting and after awhile and my body shuts down and puts me to sleep for 14 or 16 hours and basically says I will have the last word on this.

Now let's talk about the poker. This little poker partnership that I have going with "Daniel" started out on a very very sour note. He sent the money via PayPal on Sunday and with $160 in bonus money available on WSOP we both agreed that trying to clear some of it was in our best interest. I agreed to this, but I should probably have my head examined because of it. I reminded him of my struggles in cash games and also in SNGs which he already knew about from reading my blog, but he felt it was worth taking the risk and quite frankly at the time I did too. I ended up trying both cash games and $5 nine player turbo SNGs separately. It turned out pretty ugly to the tune of $46 in losses in the SNGs and another $21 and losses in cash games so $67 down to clear a single $10 bonus. Also an 0 for 8 run in the $3 deepstack rebuys we needed to immediately reassess the situation and discussing it we came up with an alternative Plan B.

$120 down and $240 remaining we decided that the best way to proceed would be to transfer this money to ACR and grind the tournaments there because it's pretty obvious to both of us that with all tournaments being eliminated at WSOP except for rebuys and higher higher-priced re-entries a much larger bankroll is needed to be able to play a WSOP. I put it in withdraw for PayPal and set up a swap with a friend of mine that has done these ACR swaps with me previously and would do so again as soon as the money arrived. Well WSOP claims that the withdrawal was done at 12:15 a.m. on the 5th and quite frankly that is bullshit because I know for a fact I did it before midnight but because they claimed it was 12:15 a.m. on the 5th and they force you to wait 3 business days for PayPal withdrawal which is also bullshit considering the fact that they can do a casino withdraw in 12 hours it is not necessary to make a player wait 3 business days for a PayPal transaction, but because they falsely claimed it was done at 12:15 a.m. that means the money will not be hitting PayPal until Monday or Tuesday.  So nothing to do but wait.  

0700am:  $2.10 NLH Rebuy $400 Gtd 

0900am:  $4.20 PLO8 Rebuy $200 Gtd 

1115am:  $3.30 NLH $200 Gtd 

1215pm:  $2.20 PLO8 

0425pm:  $3.30 NLH $150 Gtd 

0445pm:  $1.10 PLO 6-Max  $100 Gtd 

0530pm:  $1.10 NLH $50 Gtd

0545pm:  $2.20 NLH KO 

0645pm:  $3.30 NLH $500 Gtd 

0720pm:  $1.05 PLO8 Rebuy 

0745pm:  $1.10 NLH KO 

Acct Bal:  $240
Tour / Day:  11
Cost / Day:  $24.95
ABI:  $2.27
ABIs Avail:  105

Once I get this balance back up above $360 then the following tournaments can be added.

1245pm:  $4.40 NLH 6-Max $200 Gtd
0900am:  $3.30 NLH  $1000 Gtd 

0345pm:  $5.50 NLH  $500 Gtd 

0800pm:  $5.50 NLH  $500 Gtd 

Also other various $5.50 tournaments offered on special days during the week. 

Under no circumstances will there be any 5-hour late registration tournaments played and any and all three hour late registration tournaments played will have 15 minute blind levels minimum.

So  in the meantime while waiting for the money to show up Daniel decides to send me $30 just to give me something to do while we wait. The idea was for me to play some of the small buyins while we're waiting. If I didn't make any profit from the $30 during the few days we had to wait just send back whatever I had left over and if I did make a profit then send him the $30 back and then we'll use any earnings towards the current arrangement that we're in. I thought this was an awesome idea because it would give me something to do and maybe we could pop up the $240 balance that we had. It didn't go great but it didn't go horrendous either. On Sunday after only playing a couple of tournaments and I was tired as hell that afternoon, I was able to send him the $30 back and we had $18 in earnings over and above that. Not great, but not ugly either.

So we start today with the account balance at $258 from a $360 start. As of this posting WSOP still has not sent the money to PayPal, but according to somebody in chat from WSOP it is due to arrive today so I can at least start off the day with the $18 available. That's going to wrap this up for now. A bad start but the start really doesn't matter as long as the finish ends up positive and that's what I'm shooting for right now so until next time take, care everyone, and I'll see you at the tables.


  1. Dude, this health thing is scary -- sorry to hear about it.

    He has me on the inhaler Breo, but too often I forget to take it.

    You are kidding right?

    1. No he isn't kidding. But I'm on him now in regards to it

  2. i didnt realize his health issues were this bad

  3. Flush, sorry to hear about the health issues and I hope you get well soon.

  4. Hope your breathing gets better, do you have copd? You need to give up all forms of caffeine, not good for lungs. Best of luck going forward.

  5. This sucks. Thank God for MIB being physically there in the house with you. You have a great friend!

  6. This blog would get even better if you could add Tony Bigcharles as the Three's Company roommate

  7. That would be quite the grind house and be watched more than Bill Perkins "Stream Boat." I would love to be a fly on the wall to hear the strategy and conversations discussed. Just think of the donations people would make to hear the inside scoop.