Friday, June 30, 2006

Rizen at the $1500 PLHE Final Table!

2+2er Rizen (Eric Lynch) goes into tomorrow's Final Table in event #3, $1,500 Pot Limit Hold Em as a dominating chip leader. He's been on an absolute tear the last few months winning everything in sight. His 2+2 title is 'Human Sweat Thread' because of all the final tables he makes.

Checkout his blog on www.troutblogs.com and if you are in Vegas stop by and cheer him on, I know thats where I'll be tomorrow night! Gooooooooooooooo Rizen!!!!!!!!


Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!

Wild Bill

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Splendid Recovery

Decided to stop into the Rio tonite against my better judgement. Wanted to spend the day not playing poker for fear of tilt, but after reading the paper and having some coffee, I couldn't really think of anything in Vegas I wanted to do. So decided to play some tournaments. No possible way to lose much money, and I don't tilt ever in tournaments, the risk of busting out (which isn't an option in cash games, can just keep reloading) keeps me in line.

So anyway, played a $200 rebuy tournament for a WSOP Main Event seat (cash for me, I have one), busted fairly early.

No worries. Hung out with Rob a bit (http://sherwoodpoker.blogspot.com) and decided to have a go at the Second Chance $540 tournament. They have this nightly at 5pm. 190 people tonite, first prize of $30k.

Ran extremely well and accumulated a monster stack. All of my moves were working and just about every time I got all in PF I won my coin flips. Even had one hand where I re-raised a button raise all in w/ 46o vs AKo and sucked out when the flop came 433.

Got to the final table as the 2nd chip stack and had great success re-raising the big stack all in. He was crushing the table with his constant raising, and I was the only person who could really put a dent in his stack. He never called me once, and this kept me alive well.

He finally melted down and busted 5th. We played a few orbits and finally decided to go for a chop as the average stack was just over 10 big blinds. Thats an insane crap shoot, for a whole lot of money. When we chopped I had the chip lead at 95k to 80k to 78k to 32k.

I took home $18,300, second a bit under $16k, 3rd slightly less than that and 4th $13,300. Not a bad deal for me I think, as second place paid out $16,000, and I was by no means gauranteed first. Especially as the 2nd and 3rd stacks were both very skilled and dangerous players.

So this is my 2nd biggest cash ever, but I must say I'm getting quite used to it. Doesn't feel all that special. Maybe its just because I didn't even fully make up for last night with it :)

Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!


Wild Bill

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

WSOP Begins

Not too well for me unfortunately. Have had some up's and down's and was down around $7,000 (not much at all for the games I've been playing), played event 2 yesterday and lasted a whopping 40 minutes after losing over half my chips before seeing a flop. Went car shopping to relax and unwind in the afternoon and almost walked out with a new Benz but the guy wouldn't budge on the interest rate (want to finance a bit of it to build credit), the price of the car or giving me free window tinting. Since I have to wait to pick it up until I get my license in the mail anyway, thought I'd shop around.

So anyway, felt ready for some poker and headed over to Bellagio and the lists for all of the NL games were 40+ players long. Horrible. After about 20 minutes of waiting they opened a 50-100 NL game. I didn't recognize any of the players so decided to give it a shot. A loss wouldn't hinder my ability to play the games I want or this trip or anything, so was worth a shot. I've done well in 25-50 so what the hell.



Down two buy ins. Also known as $20,000.

Ouch.

As I said, doesn't change anything, but it sucks. Not going to play any poker today and possibly not tomorrow either. I need to fully let that out of my system and come to terms with where my bankroll is now. I think my poker skills are above average, but not great. What has made me successful is my approach to the game I think, and I have to have the right approach here.

Once I do a tally I'll know my roll, and thats what I now have to work with. Go back to 10/20 and 25/50 and next time I'm up huge maybe I'll take another stab ;)


Met up with a bunch of 2+2ers before the event yesterday, great guys all around. I've yet to meet a 2+2er who isn't a first rate human being, I swear that is the top 1%. An honor to be a part of that community. They may not look like much, but thats I'm sure a higher average (self-made) net worth of that age group than you will find anywhere in the world.


Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!


Wild Bill

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Off To Vegas

Bonafone just bought this dope car. Bastard. I'm so jealous of nice ass cars. It's seriously like 20% of my bankroll to buy a REALLY nice car, and 10% to buy a slightly less REALLY nice car. I say fuck it. I'm gonna do it. I'm going to be 'pound wise' though, shop around, get it a year or two old, maybe go to an auction. See if I can get it well below retail and turn a profit on it after driving it for awhile.

Anyway getting on a plane in about 10 hours to make that long trip back. Not looking forward to 30 hours in transit but its going to be an amazing six weeks. Everything I have dreamed about since I first started playing poker is about to come true. I'm going to the World Series of Poker with a far more than adequate bankroll to take my shot against the best in the world. Sounds uber cliche and corny when I type it out like that, but thats what I'm doing. Gonna be fun!

Got a fairly cheap place from 2+2er Nick Rainey who also just moved out to Vegas, place is located in the Las Vegas Country club and from Google Earth looks like a pretty sweet location, right behind Wynn. So here I go, with as much calm and focus as I can gather given what I'm about to do. Off to the WSOP!

Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!

Wild Bill

Monday, June 19, 2006

lolololol

Ok so I put up an ad in Las Vegas on www.craigslist.org (one of the best sites on the internet) looking for a personal assistant. For business stuff, laundry, running errands, that kinda thing. Got a lot of quality resume's so far actually. So I'm looking through them and getting bored of all the lame stale intro's:

"Having achieved many goals in administrative services, I am interested in expanding my professional horizons by seeking new challenges in the area administration or office support. "

Makes me glad I'm not a member of the world that holds this kind of crap in high regard.

Anyway I open an email and see a picture, of this dude:


Followed by the text:

Hey there,

I' Ben XXXXXX.Im a 22 year old living here in Vegas. I play poker all the time and consider myself pretty damn good without a bankroll. I would love to come in for an interview and help out. I shine in person, not on the phone or over an email..

Thanks

Ben

Here's a pic of me




lololol nice, I had a simple reply for Ben:


'I'm not gay dude'


Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!


Wild Bill

Sunday, June 18, 2006

I Am Now Officially A Cash Game Pro

I've had enough of calling this an experiment. Since I've switched to cash games I have now made over $100,000. That can't be all luck. Just finished yet another $10,000+ session and I still can't beleive this is real, that I really have the skill to be making this much money doing something that I love. I'm trying to remain humble about it and keep learning, but it's hard not to be proud of how far I have come and the sick, sick, sick results I am having.

I owe such a great debt of grattitude to the people who have helped me with the transition. KingNeo, Lyric and Chaostracize from 2+2 specifically have been so instrumental in this switch. Thank you all very very much.

One other thing that has helped me a lot has been www.cardrunners.com. They have a ton of video's from some of the best NL cash game players around including one who may be the absolute best, Taylor Caby or Green Plastic as he is known. Hearing a top player walk through every step of every decision when they are playing is such an amazingly valuable tool. Highly reccomend to signup at that site, well worth the $20 a month.

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Wow, just wow is all I can think right now. The only shame is that I am so conservative about my playing time. I put in maybe 10 hours a week of online cash games, when my hourly rate is well over $500. Kinda stupid, but whatever. It's raining money. Who's to blame me for stepping inside to enjoy some of the money?

Anyway, enough of my rambling brag. Ended up not going to Hua Hin, though I've made a ton since deciding to stay in Bangkok. Feels friggin horrible reading the Bangkok Post and how they are trying to raise the minimum wage here to $5 a day! A DAY! Lucky to be born in America I guess.

Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!

Wild Bill

Friday, June 16, 2006

Chillin

Sorry for the lack of updates, not up to a whole lot right now. Just hangin out in Bangkok, playing a lot of short handed 10/20 NL on Party and Stars and drinking often. Getting my spending back under control and I've come down from cloud 9 (the tourney win), all of these were my goals coming home so looking good headed to the WSOP.

Catching a flight out in about a week, stopping off in LA for a couple days to see some friends. I'm itching to play some live poker again, gonna be a great series I hope.

I've gotten a bunch of sites up in the last few weeks that I've been working very hard to get finished. Check them out if you want.

www.troutblogs.com

Is the 2+2 blog hosting site I mentioned in my last post.

www.rakeaid.com

Is a place where people can compare rakeback offers between affiliates.

www.freepartymoney.com

Gives away free $75 PartyPoker accounts.

www.rakeaid.com

Is the business I put on hold to go pro, but am going to be starting up again soon with some hired help.

Hopefully I can keep my time commitment in all of these down to less than 10-15 hours a week total and hire people to handle the rest, should provide some nice side income from poker. I'm a big fan of that passive income.

Thats all for now, taking off on a trip to Hua Hin a little beach town south of Bangkok, for a few days of relaxation before going back to the states.


Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!


Wild Bill

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Announcing TroutBlogs.com!

Finally got this site off of the ground. Hopefully in a short amount of time we'll have every blog in the 2+2 universe listed.

www.troutblogs.com

Ad free and all of the blogs are ranked based upon the number of hits they receive. If you'd like your blog added you can do it effortlessly on the site.

Enjoy!


O ya, got interviewed by PokerWorks about Mandalay and Thailand etc, kinda neat. Article can be seen here.


Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!

Wild Bill

Monday, June 05, 2006

Good to be Home

Over the last 5 years I've lived in Northern California, Santa Barbara, Long Beach, Davis, Elk Grove and Bangkok. For the first time in that period, I am living in a place that legitimately feels like Home to me. Pretty good feeling. I guess the main reason it never felt like home before was because I was always looking forward to something else, it was temporary by design. I guess that time has come for me. I am where I wanted to be in a number of ways.

Been out and gone pretty big the last two nights I've been home. Met up with a 2p2er and fellow traveling poker playing blogger, MagicNinja at http://vagrant7.livejournal.com/. He's off on a three year world tour grinding out 5-10 NL heads up for a living. He told me a crazy story about a prop bet involving some dude diving into a shark tank for five grand you have to check out. Posted on 2+2 here.

Gonna head off on a trip through the islands w/in the next day or two then look for a new pad when I get back, Brandon has decided to finish his degree back in the states so I'll be out a roomate. I'm leaning toward going back to the WSOP for event 1, though I may postpone that a bit and go in early July, we'll see how hard it's gonna be for me to part w/ home.

Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!

Wild Bill

Thursday, June 01, 2006

A Little R & R

I've pondered a lot of options the last few days and I think the one I like the best is following my original plan and heading back to Thailand before the WSOP. I promised myself that if I won that money I wouldn't change anything about my life. Last night I was playing in the 25-50 NL game at Bellagio with some very good players. I held my own and actually made a descent bit of coin, but I changed something about my life.

I've also been re-thinking my vehicle situation. Currently I drive a 1999 Honda Civic. Good car, very reliable and looks nice. Clean. I keep seeing all of these people driving around in BMW's and Benz's and its making me jealous. I could go buy one right now, in cash. No problem whatsoever. But thats stupid. Wtf do I want a depreciating asset for? I'd rather have some good mutual funds or a piece of real estate. Seriously.

So before I let my inner deamons take control of me I'm gonna head home, where the most I could possibly spend in a month of exuberance is three or four grand. That can go in a semi-big night in Vegas. Patrick also promised that if I won he'd come back to Bangkok from Tokyo, gotta cash in that ticket. So I'm out tomorrow morning.

I'll keep you posted on the WSOP plans but most likely I'll be back for Event 1 on June 27th.

Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!

Wild Bill