Sunday, July 28, 2013

Learning SPSS

I'm trying to learn some Stats software.  First up is SPSS.  So I'm going to use the blog to update progress along with occasional poker thoughts.

First up is how I'm getting a free two week trial, using this link:

Next up is the first tutorial I'll be using:

If you have any suggestions as to tutorials, books, blogs etc please let me know.

As for poker, I've been playing exclusively PLO for the last two months.  I have had good results for the most part.  For my first 115k hands I'm winning at about a 9bb/100 pace.  But I definitely have had some tilt issues lately, and I think I'm going to move back down a couple of stakes until I win a few BI after some frustrating losses at 1/2 and 2/4.

I also played a big sunday tournament today and unfortunately busted with only 115 players left.  I had a AJs vs K8s to get a 40bb stack and some room to work, but got outraced and was forced to shove 3bb a few times before getting caught with J3o vs TT.  Lost that one, and was out with a cash for about twice my BI.  That would have been nice if I hadn't dropped 10 BI playing cash games.  Oh well.

hope everyone is doing well.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

holy crap, I made a post

really enjoyed this post by Mr. Channing.  responded on 2p2 with this thought:

I'm a young professional (for almost 7 years now) who plays 99.99999% of my hands online, and I 100% agree with everything Neil said in that post. Real pros rarely talk the game at the table (frankly they usually prefer that others don't know that they're pros) and smart players engage their opponents in open and friendly conversation. Not only does it make for a more profitable game, but it makes for a more enjoyable game. Plus the guy that may not know how to balance his preflop raise/4b range might actually be super intelligent and accomplished and just plays for fun. Maybe he has some unique insight into life or business that might be valuable to you. or maybe he has a boatload of money that he wants to lose at poker if he could just find a fun table. Either way you're better off trying to be a open-minded, humble, socially engaged competitor than the type of *******s that Neil described in his post.
My guess is that most of the people that act in such a way are not, nor have ever been, true professionals. My guess is they're also probably pretty immature, and should try and figure some things out. That guy staking them to 1k donkaments may not be around forever and they might need to find a job. Probably wouldn't hurt to learn how to network.

good work Mr. Channing.

Will try to post more in the future.  Mostly playing PLO these days.  Hope everyone that occasionally clicks on this blog is doing well in life and in poker.