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Date Posted: Dec. 30, 7:54am, 3 Comments

(Read this as close to midnight on New Years Eve as possible=)

 

My New Year's Toast to You!

 

*Lift your bubbly in the air,

champagne glass held with flair.

Standing close to those you love,

Smiling at the stars above.

 

Tell yourself you'll do it right,

You wont get chat banned,

in silly chat box fights.

You'll play your best,

win, lose or draw.

A stable bankroll, 

not a dizzying see-saw.

 

You won't tilt or tier,

or jump about,

in games you shouldn't,

even when you're spazzed out.

This game is brutal,

and in the end,

eats those alive,

who couldn't defend.

 

But most of all,

believe you will...

That you can Crush,

this game of skill.

Yes you will,

I know you can...

I'm behind you,

so make your stand.

In 2010 bring all your might,

Be firm and confident.

Fight the Fight.

 

WIshing each and every one of you a New Year filled with Lots of Heaters and Love =)

Cj Rex55 <3

 

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Date Posted: Dec. 20, 10:48am, 7 Comments

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Yes, I Final Tabled the $10R Pot Limit Omaha Mini Ftops and got 5th place for $6259.

Yes, this was the deepest run I have had in a field this large.

Yes, It was a ton of fun to play.

Yes, the fun lasted 12 hours.

Yes, Omaha has been good to me for most of my life.

 

It's funny how the random laws of the universe seem to harmonize from time to time. Or maybe they are always in harmony, but just appear random to skeptical minds? 

I had no plans to play poker yesterday. 

But Mother Nature had me snowed in due to a huge storm that started late Friday night and carried into almost all of Saturday. The sky was dumping white confetti, prematurely celebrating my warm welcome back to tournaments with my first miniftops final table. There was nowhere to go, and so I decided to grind. My day in sngs was hell on earth, and I managed to blow a great stack in the Miniftops 2 day event with a very uncharacteristic 3 barrel bluff with 3498593459347 chips. All I had left going was the Omaha Rebuy. Turns out it was all I needed. 

 

OMaha Is such a high variance game, that I obviously ran well at key times to get as far as I did. I Binked sweet cards @ sweet times to get that sweet score...with a little bit of skill on the side. =)

 

I started tournaments back up 10 days ago after my short hiatus, and I had set a goal that by the New Year I would hit a 5k score. Tick*

 

There were quite a few poker curious members that sent me lots of positive vibes and well wishes on the rail...thank you for all your support!!!

Thank you to Que1620 who told me about the tournament an hour before it started because I had missed it on the schedule, and to the clouds above for the incessant flurry dumping.

 

This game of poker has a twisted mind. The brutality and injustice most regular tournament grinders feel the majority of times, can be instantaneously softened any given day by Lady Luck. She does show her beautiful face from time to time. Firing consistent bullets of skill at her demonic stare, peels back her toughened layers, revealing her warm interior. Fleetingly so perhaps, but I enjoy the refuge wholeheartedly, when she so offers it.

 

Many of us second guess ourselves..we doubt ourselves...we lack confidence in ourselves = LOSING FORMULA! At times, I do it too. We talk ourselves into premature losses. If you are registering for a tourament thinking you have no shot...then you're not taking your best shot...and it turns out,you really don't have a shot with that shackling mentality. Seriously... stop wondering if you are good enough and Go for it!! Play your best and believe you can win!! 

 

Tomorrow you can wake up, and play a points satellite, a super satellite or whatever, go on to win a seat into an event, and allow your skill to dance with Lady Luck...and maybe, she will show you her beauty too. This is what I play for. The rush. The fight. The battle. The success. Be inspired. 

 

If you never set limitations on yourself, then in turn, your potential becomes LimitLess. 

 

That is how success is achieved... both on and off the felt.

 

Cj Rex55 <3

 

 

 

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Date Posted: Dec. 16, 6:36am, 3 Comments

The Blog Contest Deadline was last night, and I have chosen a winner, although this time around was definitely the toughest decision, because each and every entry I read was comprehensive and insightful. So thank you to everyone who participated and for the hard work and honest sentiments you incorporated into your posts. I am sure your ideas and suggestions on improving one's poker game will help many readers, and your selfless offering of advice will go a long way. SO Be Proud of That :)

 

Since there can only be one winner this time around, I have chosen Justin "Ebert19". You can read his winning blog post here!!!  I thought your blog was very well thought out with meticulous attention to important details a lot of players overlook. SO COngratulations on winning a free membership to the training site of your choice: PokerXFactor, Leggo, or DragTheBar. I am certain the training site you choose will elevate your skillset to the next level and beyond..and everything you learn will be additive assets to what is already a solid poker arsenal. I look forward to reading more intuitive and resourceful blog posts from you in the future. =)

 

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As always, I like to copy and paste my favorite parts of other submitted entries, so here goes:

 

** Focus. For my happiness, "playing" poker seems somewhat inappropriate. I work at the game.Every successful, i.e., money-winning, player has worked at the game. And, if you don't keep working, you will soon fall behind. If I am not willing to do my best, I shouldn't sit down at the table.

But I do.

"Concentration is the secret of strength," Emerson explains. Personally, I need to eliminate distractions. The television is invariably playing noisily. Between hands, I am often e-mailing or surfing the internet. One of my changes must be to reduce distractions.

I am multi-tabling as I write this blog. The TV is blaring in the background.  -JackDogWelch

 

**DO NOT DO ANYTHING HASTILY, THINK ABOUT EACH MOVE, CONSIDER ALL OPTIONS AND TAKE YOUR TIME -Joe McGee

 

**Learning all the major poker games. Being solid in all poker forms is a huge advantage when playing HORSE or 7 game mainly because most people are weak in one area usually razz or or hi/lo portions, this will allow you to steal pots alot easier when you know what your doing most of the time.

Taking notes is a major part of my game. You will always run into this person again and most people stick to a gameplan, also if you run into them again and their game has changed you will have that much more information on them. -Gryphin9

 

**1. I should respect the game much more than I do now.

It's a very important thing, because if I could accept the difficulties, I would be so much calmer. It's extremelly important for me to concentrate...to focus till the end of each session, and to forget the things which has happened before, since usually I'm playing at least 15-20 tournaments simultaneously, and I HAVE TO play my A game all the time.

 It's extremelly hard to do, and if I have problems in my private life (and unfortunatelly I have nowadays), it becomes harder... So I have to close off my problems, and concentrate when I'm playing.

This is very difficult to do, because it's an emotional thing, so I cannot do it alone. I have to be in good relationship with my friends, and relatives, because if anything's wrong, I cannot give my best when playing. -DodiBasci

 

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I am sure the words of fellow Poker Curious members is advice any student of poker can benefit from. With the end of 2009 near, it is important to set healthy goals both on and off the felt, so hopefully these entries will give you some food for thought.

 

As for me, I have put in a few sessions online this past week, but no luck in the tournaments. However my Heads-up Mixed Game Sit-n-Gos  have been going very well. I am playing mostly $100 tables, with my primary focus on Razz and PLO/PLO8. 

 

Rex55   209 $18.46   $111   17% $3,858   Hot 92 FullTilt SNG Only

 

It is still a relatively small sample size but I feel I have a definite edge in these mixed games versus the opponents I have faced, and there have been only 2 opponents who I would choose to not sit down with again. (one from PLO8 and one from razz). I think as long as I continue to make smart game selection and only play when I am ready to deliver my A game, my stats will remain consistently profitable. 

 

I am headed to Baltimore, Maryland today to check out the poker scene down there. I have been invited by a good friend who is a sick live cash game player. He is going to take me to a few games down there and I am really excited to have some new poker experiences with new faces and new settings. So you can look forward to a Baltimore Trip Report and read about some juicy pots hopefully shipped my way =)

 

Gl with your personal grinds...and be Inspired. xxx

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Date Posted: Dec. 7, 12:13pm, 3 Comments

I have decided to extend the blog contest for another week, and hope this gives some of you who are interested more time to submit a blog. New Deadline will be Dec 15th @ midnight. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to take advantage of these training site memberships, where pros who have found significant success share all their advice, strategy and feedback. So once again here are the details:

 

*Post a blog regarding the following topic: Top 5 Things You Should be Doing to Improve your Poker Game. Are you doing these things yourself? Why or Why not?

 

I think it is important for serious poker players to not forget that we are always students of an evolving game. It is necessary to stop and ask ourselves what more can we be doing to improve. And so I want you to post a blog answering my question, which in turn will force you to take a look at your personal efforts and commitment to increasing your skillset, maturity and edge in a game that is getting more and more difficult each day.

 

The Blog MUST be posted on PokerCurious, so if you have not yet created a free account, then what are you waiting for? :)

 

You have until Dec 15th @ midnight (extended date), after which time I will post the winner of the contest, who I will choose based on honesty, introspection, creativity and content. You don't have to be a great writer to win this contest. I won't be turned off by poor grammar/spelling (though i do encourage proofreading:) I will also post my favorite excerpts from losing entries, same as I did last time.

 

THE PRIZE: One Free Month of Membership at PokerXFactor, valued at $145.00!! If you are already a member at PXF, then you can choose a free membership from Leggo or DragTheBar, both excellent training sites as well.   PokerXFactor is one of the most advanced and longest running poker training sites on the web. It has a database of hundreds of videos from the top online pros teaching you their strategies with a rabbit cam view of their cards. It also offers a PXF Hand History Replayer (now with audio commentary and "hand search" features), Pro Blogs, Quizzes, and in-depth articles. PokerXFactor subscribers also have access to the active PXF community.

 

Lastly, make sure you put the word Top 5 or 'Rex55 BlogContest' in your title somewhere, even if it is in parenthesis, so I don't overlook any entries when I go to review them.

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I spent a few days in Atlantic City this past weekend taking advantage of the juicy cash games that always follow the circuit around. The Tournament Series kicked off at Harrah's this past Friday and the pokerroom was insane!! I played some 2/5 and 1/2 NL and really felt on top of my game.

 

The first night was really rough and I grinded for 11 hours just to get my money out of a game where it should have been easy to put up a nice number. There was a loud, boisterous donkey at the table, who had bought in for $200 and ran it up to over 4k playing any two cards, for any amount of preflop raise. It was unreal to watch him hit flop after flop, bad beating overpairs, sets, straights. I had AQ on a A 7 2 rainbow board. He had called a raise pre with K9ss and called my pot sized flop continuation bet, turned a spade and rivered another one to win with a flush. It was extremely frustrating, but I kept my cool. I have seen my share of players who run like 'god,' and I was just happy the player was not skillfully experienced. Because there is nothing worse than a great player running like 'god' at a table.  I knew he would give it back eventually...dump it back into the poker abyss...maybe not that night, but over time. I was happy to have broken even after being stuck 2 buyins at 2/5nl over the course of the day. 

 

Heading back to my room I reminded myself that in the short term, luck can overpower skill any day of the week. Luck can be so powerful, that it can defeat the world's greatest players who are playing their top A game. The greatest of luck can make the most advanced poker strategies crumble to a heap on the floor. Luck can single-handedly blow out an entire table of Phil Iveys and Tom Dwans.


However, in the long term...luck is no match for the genius minds. Luck falls victim to the sneaky plays, and fearless aggression. Over the long haul, luck disappears into the equation, and skill dominates. Over time, luck cannot withstand the repetitive force skilled players bring forth. 
In the short term...Luck wins!
In the long term...luck means very little!SO if you are losing because you are getting unlucky...then rejoice!!!Because it sure as hell beats losing because you are getting outplayed!!!
Anyone can get lucky...you don't even have to know what you are doing, to get lucky. You can be the most clueless donk in the world, and run into luck. So therefore, Luck is blind. It doesn't gravitate to the pros any more than it gravitates to the donks. Luck comes and goes...it is the ebb and flow of poker's tumultuous ocean.
Skill is not so fickle.It is not random...It is not sporadic...It is not vulnerable to the ebb and flow.SKill just merely is...Once cultivated, it exists in its entirety...ready to be tapped into, regardless of situation.Skill can be controlled....nurtured...fostered...it can be learned.
So I have concluded that luck shies away to the dominion skill has over it.And that just because a great player is encountering a run of "bad luck," doesn't mean they are not still a great player.
Because at the end of your poker journey, it will be your personal skill that will have reaped you your success....not your random encounters with lady luck.

 

As I lay down to sleep that night, I felt great. I woke up the next day and had a solid, profitable day at the tables. I scoured the tables for the lucky donkey, but he was nowhere to be found. Perhaps he was passed out from a long night of cards, or maybe he was pressing his luck in another cardroom.

Or maybe.... just maybe he realized his impossible fortune, and decided to enjoy his winnings for a while longer, before he dumped them back into the poker shark pit..... where the rest of us swim...and wait.

 

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Date Posted: Dec. 1, 1:23pm, 4 Comments

Hey guys, things  have been really hectic lately and I have had very little time for online poker. I had some family visiting from India which was really nice and then it was my brother and sister-in-laws 1 year wedding anniversary this past weekend, and they also just closed on a really nice house, so I have been helping out with that as well.

Hope everyone had a happy, and plump thanksgiving... im sure some of you are still waking up from the food coma :)

I have been doing a lot of thinking about different aspects of poker and life and really want to get them out in a few upcoming blogs, but for today, I am going to focus on the 3rd Rex55 Blog Contest.

 

Here are the contest rules:

*Post a blog regarding the following topic: Top 5 Things You Should be Doing to Improve your Poker Game. Are you doing these things yourself? Why or Why not?

 

I think it is important for serious poker players to not forget that we are always students of an evolving game. It is necessary to stop and ask ourselves what more can we be doing to improve. And so I want you to post a blog answering my question, which in turn will force you to take a look at your personal efforts and commitment to increasing your skillset, maturity and edge in a game that is getting more and more difficult each day.

 

The Blog MUST be posted on PokerCurious, so if you have not yet created a free account, then what are you waiting for? :)

 

You have one week, after which time I will post the winner of the contest, who I will choose based on honesty, introspection, creativity and content. You don't have to be a great writer to win this contest. I won't be turned off by poor grammar/spelling (though i do encourage proofreading:) I will also post my favorite excerpts from losing entries, same as I did last time.

 

THE PRIZE: One Free Month of Membership at PokerXFactor, valued at $145.00!! If you are already a member at PXF, then you can choose a free membership from Leggo or DragTheBar, both excellent training sites as well.   PokerXFactor is one of the most advanced and longest running poker training sites on the web. It has a database of hundreds of videos from the top online pros teaching you their strategies with a rabbit cam view of their cards. It also offers a PXF Hand History Replayer (now with audio commentary and "hand search" features), Pro Blogs, Quizzes, and in-depth articles. PokerXFactor subscribers also have access to the active PXF community.

 

Lastly, make sure you put the word Top 5 or 'Rex55 BlogContest' in your title somewhere, even if it is in parenthesis, so I don't overlook any entries when I go to review them.

 

Good Luck Guys!! I'm looking forward to reading your entries.

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I have been playing live in Atlantic City, was there the past 2 days and talked to one of my friends out there who I hadn't seen in a few years. He is a phenomenal NL cash game player and he recommended I read "No Limit Holdem Theory and Practice" by Ed Miller and Sklansky, to help me improve my live cash game. So that is my next homework project. I will be blogging in more detail with AC trip reports soon, because there is a lot I want to talk about regarding that as well!! I had a few nice sessions, including my first live Royal Flush!! Unfortunately I didnt get much action on the hand, and missed out on coolering quads or AAA full for the $140k bad beat jackpot, but I did get $200 comp dollars and it was sweet to finally make my first royal at a live table :) I pulled some sick bluffs and experimented quite a bit after talking poker strategy with my friend. It felt great!! Now I am off to watch "New Moon."

 

Gl with your personal grinds and get blogging!! =)

-Cj Rex55

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