Friday, May 25, 2018

So Much Happening, Not Happening, And Has Happened

First off, this Blog has now reached over 100,000 page views. When I started writing this blog something like that never even dawned on me and it is thanks to you, my readers, that keep coming back over and over again to find out what's going on in my life, in my poker, and I just want to say thank you to each and everyone of you from the bottom of my heart. You guys are the reason why I continue to write this blog.

So much to report on. First off when the merge of WSOP between Nevada and New Jersey was initiated on May 1st I looked at it as a dawn of great things, but for me it was a dawn of disaster. I ran so bad that it seemed to me like there must be something that went wrong with something when they did the merge. Of course I was just accused of a being a conspiracy theorist but in my heart of hearts I actually believed something was not working correctly. I went through things that I have never, repeat never, seen in 14 years of playing online poker and this includes the years I was on PokerStars and any of us that used to play on PokerStars knows exactly what I'm talking about.

I started off the month with $759 in my online account and on the 3rd I deposited another $100  then another $80 on the morning of the  8th which if I had maintained just breaking even would have given me $939 on site, but by the end of the day on March 8th I was completely fed Up and ended up cashing out for $684 so that was a ($255) disaster which destroyed the entire year's online earnings not that they were very much being we were already 4 months into the year. I went and played a couple of $70 tournaments at the Golden Nugget In which I chopped one heads up for $320 a piece and lost in the second one. I got to tell you nothing emphasizes your suspicions about online play better than going to a casino and chopping heads up the very first live tournament you get into. I spent some of the money I won and decided my little temper tantrum was over and deposited $760 on site on March 14th and I kid you not, got so disgusted that I withdrew $721 two fays later. For the year that brought me to ($52) in losses in online play.

I was absolutely convinced I was not returning to online, but life has a funny way of throwing you curve balls and this is what happened. During that seven-day span that I had to pick up that withdraw from the cashier's cage that I had it sent to, Walmart did not get their shipment of Percocet in. It's a narcotic painkiller that I desperately need to function in life and because of this I was unable to get out to the cashier cage to pick up that withdraw. I had from March 16th at approximately 6:42 a.m. to March 23rd 6:42 a.m. to pick it up and I just could not make it out. I was just in no condition to do so and after 7 Days the withdrawal expired. During the course of all of this I saw the nurse practitioner for a regular visit and what happened next I never expected.

For a couple of months I had been having a very severe pain in the upper inside thigh of my right leg that seems to spread into the groin area. Doing a little Googling the most likely problem was a groin strain or some sort of muscular strain. Knowing that it takes these things time to heal I gave it the time needed, but after over 2 months and the pain not subsiding, but getting worse, I decided to tell the nurse practitioner about it. Part of me wishes I did not do that and the other part of me knows that it was good that I did as she immediately suspected after hearing what I had and have been going through, and showing her the precise spot on the leg where the pain was extremely intense, she feels that there is a great possibility that I have a blockage in the main femoral artery in the leg.

Since I've suffered from blood clots for over 22 years this would not be at all surprising to me, but unlike the normal blood clot if there is a blockage in this femoral artery it's  either going to be a new medication or they're going to have to do an angioplasty procedure on that leg. As the nurse practitioner kept saying "Let's cross that bridge when we get to it." and she immediately ordered me to get an ultrasound. There must be an awful lot of people in this area getting ultrasounds because the first available appointment I can get is June 27th. Actually to be totally truthful it was June 25th, but they wanted me to be there at 7:45 a.m. which would have required me to be up at 5 a.m. so we settled for two days later and I have to be there at 9:45 a.m. something considerably more reasonable in my opinion.

The withdraw for $726 expired, but it wasn't put back into my account and after a phone call to WSOP they inform me it takes an additional 48 to 72 hours to put it back which is something that they never tell you in their email. I took to calling them, then emailing them, then trying to get their attention on social media that I found the situation to be unsatisfactory. Not that I ever got any response from them and it took them only 30 hours to put the money back into my account which was done at 12:01 p.m. yesterday afternoon the 25th of May, but I'm still not thrilled that they are not totally forthcoming in their withdrawals emails.

As I said I'm still not happy about the situation, but at least the money was put back and there it is going to have to stay and I am going to have no choice but to play online and endure whatever I'm going to face, because if there is a blockage in that femoral artery and if that blockage breaks free from what I am told it could go straight to the heart, and if it does that the results could be somewhat unfortunate as you might imagine. I'm essentially a prisoner in my bedroom now grinding online watching the poker Vlogs that I like and Star Trek Discovery which I finally broke down and paid the monthly fee for CBS All-Access and I'm loving every second of Star Trek Discovery. Yes ladies and gentlemen Flushhdraw is a Star Trek nut.

The reason I'm trapped in the house is I need to keep my movements to a minimum so that if there is a blockage there it will not break free and I'm only going out or when absolutely necessary as in picking up medicine or buying groceries. In accordance with all of this I have had to cancel playing in The Giant in this year's WSOP. This is a complete heart breaker more than I could ever possibly explain. Yes, I've had people on Twitter already telling me it's a shitfest anyway, but it was very important to me to be able to play my first World Series this year, but because of medical issues it would be very dangerous and overly reckless and possibly deadly to play in it. This is no joke  and nothing to take chances over . It also eliminates me playing any live tournaments or cash games for that matter until this is settled and while the ultrasound is June 27th it will take a few days for them to send the results to the doctor's office and then on my next appointment then we will discuss what is on the ultrasound, so I may be in the self-imposed prison cell in the house well into July.

It's officially 2 in the morning so the poker that I played would officially be considered yesterday. I decided that I had no choice but to add cash games into my mix. When things are running colder than an iceberg in the tournament game hopefully some cash game play will counteract those disasters. As it turns out there are only 6 tournaments that I would ever be interested in playing from the new offerings since the merge. I am not playing in the ones that have a structure that's twice as fast as normal and I am not playing in anything that has 8 minute blinds so that means that I will only be playing in tournaments that have 10 minute blinds or longer and have structure A. Just to remind you here are the two structures that they offer. Structure A is on top.

So with what I have just stated in the above paragraph these are the tournaments that are available for me.

9 a.m. $5 NLH Daily DS Rebuy $350 Gtd 
4000 / 10 / 75 / A

12 p.m. $3 NLH Daily DS Rebuy $600 Gtd 
4000 / 10 / 55 / A

1 p.m. $20 NLH Daily Freezeout $700 Gtd 
5000 / 10 / A

3 p.m. $5 NLH Daily DS Rebuy $500 Gtd 
4000 / 10 / 75 / A

5:30 p.m. $7 NLH Daily DS Rebuy $750 Gtd 
4000 / 10 / 75 / A

7:30 p.m $15 Daily NLH KO Freeze $500 Gtd
4000 / 10 / A

I had to pick up my meds today and some end of the month groceries so I didn't get on the tables today until 3 pm. $721 is not a big enough bankroll to play $50, but it is enough to take a shot at it and I did that today but with a strict stop loss in mind, but it went relatively well as that $50 I played 161 hands and one just under $35. I lost $0.20 in 90 hands at $10, and a $20 and 272 hands won a little over $20. I only play two tournaments the 3 p.m. $5 Jeep Zachary buy and the $15 nightly KO $500 GTD. I actually finished fifth in the 1K GTD which is worth $129 so on the day a hundred $4 one and tournaments $52 1 in cash games total earnings for the day $156 shooting the bank roll from the $721 they put back on today up to just under $878.

As I posted on Twitter.

"So I did that withdrawal but couldn't get it and after 9 days they put it back into my account. My very first day back I make $156. $104 in tournaments and $52 in the cash games. Almost seems like they let me earn some money so I wouldn't withdraw again.
That is the only logical answer because the only other possible answer could be that I was more relaxed and not stressed,, but that could not possibly influence my play. No............. never happen........ impossible........ let's not even discuss it.

Obviously it was a joke tweet, but the fact of the matter is I was very relaxed yesterday. I was also very fortunate as finally two outers actually fell for me. They were situations where I ended up running into coolers and got bailed out and more than once in that tournament that I finished in 5th, but be that as it is I was more relaxed and I think it's because I knew I was going to have to be playing online. I wasn't continually looking forward to making some money and being able to go play live. I don't mean for that to sound like an excuse, but maybe when my mindset is that way, which it usually is, wanting to do so well so that I can get offline back into some live play maybe perhaps it is affecting my decision making processes. I don't know if that is true or not, but I have to at least consider it's a possibility and therefore anytime I am online grinding poker I'm going to have to get that playing live poker out of my thought process and focus on the here and now.

Well that's going to wrap this one up. I was thinking of making this a two-parter but my readers are used to my long blog entries by now. I've been told I'm even outdoing Rob of Rob's Vegas And Poker Blog in blog length.  Today's earnings got me back into the black for online play for 2018 at $104 in earnings. The Golden Nugget tournaments that I ended up chopping heads up got me into the black for live play to the tune of $172 which equals $276 in earnings this year. Absolutely hideous, but if we can just continue some sort of positive momentum that will be a good thing. June officially starts the poker season here in Las Vegas and I'm going to utilize June to start keeping detailed statistics for the rest of the year instead of just clumping them into a multi-monthly span like I've done so far at least I'm going to do my best. So until next time friends and opponents, be well, take care everyone, and I'll see you at the tables.

2018 Earnings

Online:  $104
Live:  $172

Bankroll:  $878

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