Monday, April 23, 2018

A Return to Blogging

I'm not sure if anyone reads this blog anymore but there will be more posts in the near future.  I'm back playing live poker and immersing myself in the game.

The posts from here on out will be strategy and psychology related.

Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, February 16, 2017


It's been a long time since I last posted here.  I played Fantasy Sports for about a year and a half, came to the conclusion I could make more playing poker and went back to live poker for about 20 months.

Although both endeavors were successful, it's time to move on to something else.  The live poker environment is unhealthy and chaotic to say the least.  Throughout the years I had mentioned here on more than a few occasions that I didn't know how live poker players did it.  I'm still not sure how they do it.  The drama, the angle-shooting, the general chaos is all something I don't want to be a part of if I don't have to.  I'd like to limit my time to ten to twenty hours a week at this point.

My focus now is on coaching and eventually writing a book, hopefully the best book that's ever been written on LHE.  I'd anticipate this will take 5-10 years to complete but I've begun the journey.

I started a coaching thread on 2+2 about two weeks ago.  So far I'm up to 5 students.  Ideally, I'd like to coach 10 at any given time.  So there are spots open at this point.

All the information and specifics can be found here:

Feel free to ask questions via the thread or email.

I plan on updating this blog more frequently as well.  It'll probably relate to topics being covered in my book along with a new spiritual journey I'm on in life.  More on the latter to follow.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fantasy Sports Links

I feel a little guilty even posting these but at the same time I think it's kind of stupid not to.  I'm posting links for the various fantasy sites so if anyone that reads my blog wants to sign up and signs up through the links, I'll get a portion of your rakeback.  It's basically the same deal as how affiliates work with poker.

I actually received several offers through the years to post links, banners, etc. in my blog in return for a fee and always refused.  I've never really done the whole affiliate thing but with all the interest in Fantasy sports and all the people contacting me with questions and interest I think it would be dumb not to post them.  So if you are interested in Fantasy Sports, have liked my blog, and would like to give something back to me, the links are below.

I also linked the 2+2 "Well" in case you haven't seen it - you can ask me anything there and I'll be happy to respond.  Also I linked a PokerFuse article that was written the other day about my transition to Fantasy Sports.

I actually had decided a few months ago that I wanted to keep my decision to transition to DFS kind of low-key.  Oops.  Well that's all out the window at this point.  I really wasn't expecting so much attention and interest.

DFS Links:




If anyone has any DFS questions regarding the sites, feel free to email me at

2+2 Well:


Friday, October 3, 2014


I’m officially retired from poker.  I've put off this blog post for a while trying to be certain that I’m done and while I’m still not 100% certain, I’m more certain now than at any other point.  That said I will probably play poker in some capacity in the future, even if only for recreational purposes.

A number of factors led me to this decision.  First and foremost, I’m sick of playing.  It was sometime last year that I realized I didn't want to be playing much longer.  I’m 39 years old now and it has become more and more difficult to sit in front of a computer all day with my attention constantly focused with decision after decision being presented for hour after hour.  Five years ago it was fairly easy for me to play six tables of short-handed LHE for many hours, remain focused at all of them, and have a pretty good idea of what was going on at each.  This year it felt like torture trying to playing four tables and I found it very difficult to have that same level of focus for any extended period of time.

More than just getting older, poker became less and less fun and more and more like work to the point where I've dreaded playing many days.  I've likely logged more online hours and possibly more hands of LHE than anyone alive. I started playing over ten years ago and put in a tremendous amount of volume each of those years.  I don’t know how many hours I played but a rough estimate of hands is 6 Million.   In the early days, I was eager to play every day and brought my laptop everywhere (literally everywhere) not of necessity, but out of a burning desire to play.  That desire is long gone.

Another factor that led to this decision is the current environment in online poker.  Making money in high-stakes online games is more about table selection, seat selection, and quickness to the tables than about actual skill. 

The actual skill of playing is still a prerequisite for making money but the vast majority of high stakes regulars are separated in skill by a fraction of a big bet. 

So other non-poker related skills carry much greater weight than they previously did.   I can’t complain about these non-poker related skills as I've benefited from them as much as anyone.  But now that nearly everyone is aware, the landscape has transformed into a race to get to tables and into a contest to see who can get position on the recreational player.  What was once an easy advantage has turned into a major headache when trying to multi-table.  If I was only playing a few hours a day at a few tables, I don’t think it would be much trouble to have all the tables open and hop on one immediately when a recreational player sits.  But when trying to multi-table for endless hours, also trying to keep every table open while vigilantly watching to see if a seat is about to be taken can be maddening. 

Much more than that, it takes away from the fun of the game and the actual game of poker itself. 

Another factor (and there are many more) in the decision to retire was the constant travel after Black Friday.  As cool as it is to experience different cultures and live in exotic locations, it also gets old after a while.  There are a LOT of things in the US that I miss,  most of all playing pool.  I've spent more time playing pool in my life than I have playing poker to give you an idea and if faced with a choice of being able to do either (and being able to make the same amount of money) I’d choose pool in a heartbeat.  And I would of said that at any time during my poker career.

Enter the possible solution to all my problems: Daily Fantasy Sports

-Totally legal in the US which solves the travel issue (along with a host of other issues including the ongoing banking nightmare that stems from being an American online poker player)

-Extremely fun as I love sports and competition.   It’s a new challenge that I wake up every day excited to try to take on.

-Makes good use of a lot of my biggest strengths.  Math/odds, knowledge of sports betting markets and lines, psychology, bankroll management, etc. etc.

-A relatively new industry very similar to poker ten years ago in terms of growth and money making potential.  There are a number of other striking similarities but I won’t get into them here. 

It still remains to be seen whether I can support myself and family playing DFS and hence why I’m not 100% certain I’m done with poker.  I will say I’m very optimistic about my chances and have done exceptionally well in the nine weeks or so I’ve been playing.  One thing that is for certain is that I’ll be doing everything in my power to make it work and not have to come back to poker.  It wouldn’t bother me a bit if I never played another hand of online poker again (fingers crossed).

So this is likely to be my last blog post though I may post some personal stuff here from time to time.  Like if I’m lucky enough to play Efren Reyes in pool again J

I would like to extend an offer to 2+2, hopefully one of the moderators there will read this.  I would be happy to do a “Well” on 2+2 where I answer any and all questions related to poker.  I’d be willing to answer pretty much anything and would take the time to thoughtfully answer as many questions as possible.  I think I could probably do something on par to the Phil Galfond well that was done a while back. I actually have some downtime with DFS over the next three weeks so that would be the best time for me to do it.  I can be reached at

That’s hopefully it.  I hope everyone enjoyed following this blog, maybe learned something from it, and possibly gained some inspiration from it.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Likely The End Of The Chase

Several people have asked me when I'm going to update my blog and I apologize for the delay.  I just haven't felt like blogging and the updates from here on out will likely be sporadic.  I know people really enjoy seeing my results so that's the majority of what will be posted.

I'm right about at would be the midpoint of the year VPP wise but it's extremely unlikely at this point that I'll try to make SNE.  I just don't have the same drive this year and have no interest in killing myself for next 2-3 months to do it.  This is my 10th consecutive year putting in this type of volume (6 on Stars and 4 on UB) and it's really wearing on me.  Things would be so much easier if I could play from the US but alas it is what it is.  So unless something changes drastically for me financially, I'm not even going to try.

My plan at this point is still to play about 40 hours a week but to try to play during the busiest times and play some really focused poker.  Playing 4-5 tables for endless hours makes it nearly impossible to be totally focused and motivated so I'm hoping the reduced hours help with that.

This is what the year has looked liked so far big bet wise:

It looks like a pretty typical TPirahna graph.

Here's what the year has looked like in terms of $ won:

This is by far the worst 250K+ hand stretch I've had in the last 4 years despite the recent upswing.

As you can see in the last screen capture, I'm actually down money at my three highest limits combined.  I believe only a month ago, I was down over 40K between the 3 limits so I feel very good about where I stand right now.  Funny how your perspective and emotions can change depending on whether the money was won and then lost or lost and then won.

I've played some really good poker the last few weeks, easily the best of the year.  I think making the decision to abandon SNE has given me a sense of freedom and control back.  It's refreshing in a way and I've felt really comfortable and focused while playing.  It makes such a big difference to want to play as opposed to being forced to play.  I'm still forced to play to some degree because I need the money but 40 hours a week seems like a breeze compared to the 70+ I was playing.

I'll have another update likely by the end of August.  Good luck at the tables everyone.