Laptops are cheaper at Amazon

I’m finally buying a laptop, but not to play poker on. I’m getting it from Amazon which is way cheaper than the Apple site for some reason and it’s next day delivery.

Apple MacBook Pro MB990LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop

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Poker tip and important lesson for life – subjugation of the ego

Beating strong foes wins much respect and little money. Beating weak foes wins little respect and much money.

This is a quote from Super System 2 from chapter 5 – Tips from Mike Caro University (Tip 14).

Poker theory says you don’t have to be a good poker player to make money. You just have to be better than your opponents and you’ll win in the long run. You can be a mediocre player but if you’re playing against terrible players, you’ll make a profit in the long run. (The truth of the matter is however that it doesn’t matter what Poker Theory says, G-d decides who wins and who loses.)

This lesson can teach us about life. It teaches us subjugation of the ego.

We see another example of this in Batman The Dark Knight. Harvey Dent claims he’s the real Batman and the police arrest him. Batman just stands watching silently. Rachel Dawes asks Alfred Pennyworth why the real Batman (Bruce Wayne) didn’t hand himself in and is letting Harvey be arrested? Alfred responds:

Perhaps both Bruce and Mr.Dent believe that Batman stands for something more important than a terrorist’s whims, Miss Dawes, even if everyone hates him for it. That’s the sacrifice he’s making- to not be a hero. To be something more.

The same idea comes up in Schindler’s List:

Oskar Schindler: Power is when we have every justification to kill, and we don’t.

Amon Goeth: You think that’s power?

Oskar Schindler: That’s what the Emperor said. A man steals something, he’s brought in before the Emperor, he throws himself down on the ground. He begs for his life, he knows he’s going to die. And the Emperor… pardons him. This worthless man, he lets him go.

Amon Goeth: I think you are drunk.

Oskar Schindler: That’s power, Amon. That is power.

This is also the idea in the first Mishna of the fourth chapter of Ethics of the Fathers:

Who is strong? One who overpowers his inclinations. As is stated (Proverbs 16:32), “Better one who is slow to anger than one with might, one who rules his spirit than the captor of a city.”

This idea is also mentioned in the Talmud. A man comes to a fork in the road and both roads will take you home just as quickly. the first road has improperly dressed women bathing on the side of the road, whereas the second road is deserted. Do you take the first road and not look or the second road and give the test?
The Talmud says you take the second road. The ego wants to take the first road and not look so it can say look what I achieved. Life isn’t about being dramatic. Take the second road.

People would get along much better if they could put their egos to the side more often. There would be fewer arguments if people could just admit they’re wrong sometimes.

Consider this message deeply.

PS – This lesson will also help poker players that bluff way too much and call way too much. Stop trying to be a hero. Fold.

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Phil Ivey – King of Poker

Phil Ivey has proven beyond any doubt this year that he is the best poker player in the world. All the poker pros have said he’s the best in the past. This year he’s on the final table of the WSOP Main Event – a tournament with 6500 entrants. He’s also already won 2 WSOP bracelets in other events this year.

Ivey is also a champion of online poker. There’s no game this man isn’t good at. He stands in the position in the poker world that Tiger Woods stands in in the Golf world and Roger Federer in the Tennis world.

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Haven’t played poker for a year

It’s now been a year since I last played and about 1.5 years since I last played online.
I’m pleased with my decision to stop. My only regret is that it would have been better never to start playing in the first place. I could have learnt so much in that time. One positive is that it helped me recognize my potential which, God willing, I will fulfill and achieve great things.
Good luck overcoming your addictions and finding your purpose in life.

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Peter Eastgate wins $9.15 million in WSOP 2008 Main Event

I’ve never heard of the guy before. Hope he spends his money well.

If you sign up to any poker sites through my blog I will donate all the proceeds to charity.

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Life update

I haven’t played poker for money for a few months now, but whenever I hear about people winning a lot of money playing poker I get jealous. I know two people that have won a lot and have even appeared on TV. Both are in the year above and I used to play with them. One of them won a $250,000 event, has won a lot online and drives an £80,000 Audi R8.

I’ve realized over the last few months that I enjoyed the respect people gave me for being a big winner, more than the money I was actually making. Both were attractive, but I think I valued the respect more. Yes… I’m a funny guy, most people would enjoy the money a lot more, but not me.

I can understand a bit better now why celebrities are so desperate to stay popular and for people to know who they are. Maybe not… they’re not interested in respect. They just want to be popular.

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My Poker Stats

Here are my poker statistics for the last 36,000 hands I played. All stats are for short-handed tables (max. 5 or 6 players per table).

Game Level Total Hands Total Won ($) BB/100 Hands Total Rake ($)
NL ($10) 15 43.0 14.3 2.0
NL $1000 294 282.0 4.8 44.0
NL ($6) 6 681.0 945.8 3.0
NL $600 10,685 1,651.7 1.3 1,564.7
NL $400 14,566 14,480.0 12.4 2,102.1
NL ($4) 3,914 142.2 0.5 683.9
NL ($2) 2,453 295.2 3.0 331.2
NL $200 3,820 558.2 3.7 397.0
Total 35,753 18,133.15 6.3 5,127.86
Game Level Total Hands Vol. Saw Flop % PF Raise %
NL ($10) 15 40.0 26.7
NL $1000 294 22.8 20.1
NL ($6) 6 16.7 16.7
NL $600 10,685 24.8 19.9
NL $400 14,566 24.4 19.2
NL ($4) 3914 27.8 21.3
NL ($2) 2453 31.3 24.2
NL $200 3820 24.9 19.7
Total 35,753 25.4 20.0

Notes:

“NL ($10)” and “NL $1000” are the same game but at different poker sites. “NL ($x)” is at TowerGaming. “NL $x” is at PartyPoker.

If the game level is NL $1000, it means that the maximum buy-in for the table is $1000 and the big blind is $10 and the small blind is $5. NL means it’s a no-limit table.

“BB/100 Hands” is the number of big bets I won for every 100 hands I played at that game level. A big bet is equal to 2 big blinds, so 1 BB at a NL $1000 table is equal to $20. If I won 3BB/100hands at the NL $1000 tables, that means I won $60 for every 100 hands I played.

“Rake” is the amount of money the casino takes. It is a huge amount of money. Some sites offer bonuses so you can get some of your rake back. The best site for bonuses is TowerGaming. PartyPoker is terrible for bonuses but have more players at higher stakes and have more fish.

“Vol. Saw Flop %” is the percentage of the time I voluntarily saw the flop. A good player at a short-handed table will see the flop between 15 and 25 percent of the time. The more loose the player is, the more flops he will see.

“PF Raise %” is the percentage of the time I raised preflop. All good players are aggressive. Your PF Raise % should be a bit less than your Vol. Saw Flop %. Basically, whenever you see a flop, you want to be the preflop raiser. If you’re not confident enough to raise then fold.

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