AARON MESSMER WINS HIGH ROLLER AT THUNDER VALLEY

Mini-Baccarat Scam Get Flash to see this player. Day 1, Presented by Roc-Euro. Roster updates should be submitted from the official Chapter email address immediately upon the joining of any new Member. They feature dozens of online poker sites, with some of the most popular being Titan Poker, Bet, and William Hill. Fall started and I enrolled in classes back at UW. I continued to have great results, and started to gain a tiny bit of recognition in the SNG community. Both were on the top floor, and both were the only rooms with full bathrooms in them.

Chance vs skill

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Naturally, there has never been any doubt that luck plays a part. Equally, it would be bizarre to deny that at least some measure of skill must be involved — otherwise why would some competitors win more consistently than their rivals? But the key question is whether one element dominates the other. The reasoning is simple enough: This revealed substantial evidence of the role of skill in successful play.

Meanwhile, players who fared badly from the start continued to lose and hardly ever metamorphosed into top performers. The point here is that performance is predictable. In a game of chance there would be no correlation in the winnings of players across successive periods, whereas there would be in a game of skill. But that still leaves the crucial question of whether skill dominates chance. To examine this we ran simulations comparing the performance of skilled and unskilled players.

We found the tipping point: In other words, poker becomes a game of skill after around 1, hands. To put this into perspective, most online players are likely to play 1, hands in 19 to 25 hours — and less than that if they play multiple tables at the same time. Of course, devoted players everywhere might feel inclined to celebrate this revelation.

They can bask in the satisfaction of knowing the game they love demands and rewards genuine proficiency and that in the end talent and guile will usually triumph over blind luck. But the issue is about more than validation and bragging rights. Whether poker is viewed as a game of chance or a game of skill has potentially major legal implications. In some countries what are perceived to be games of chance are subject to much tougher jurisdiction: All of this could change if policymakers take heed of these findings that show the opposite.

My heart did whatever the opposite of sinking is for hearts. Oh man, this is awesome. I was a devastated. Andrew came home soon after to find me sitting on the couch in the dark. I told him what happened. Everyone came home eventually. I remember spending a lot of time talking to Max about being depressed about it.

Everyone was understanding and tried cheering me up. I need to make a plan that will improve whatever the problem is. Sadness lifted, determination activated. These three became a huge influence on the growth of my poker game, and especially my PLO game. Fall started and I enrolled in classes back at UW. I began going to class, playing poker, performing, just like old times. I would stare at my professors and not hear a word they were saying. After a couple of weeks, I decided to stop going to school for real.

I told my parents. I showed my dad my PT graphs, and my hand samples. I explained it as best I could to both of them. I learned later that my Mom was crushed by my decision, but at the time she completely hid it. My friend Dan from Vegas had coincidentally just moved to Madison for his girlfriend now wife. The key for me was my ability to move down and take it seriously. I had a bigger room now.

I was in a new apartment, though just as cheap. I never really spent any money until I moved to NY two years later. Caroline spent a semester in South Africa, so Shannon and I moved into a two bedroom across the street. The truth is, I do regret dropping out, and actually, I regret getting so serious about poker so early on.

I missed out on some of my youth. I had other focuses, responsibilities. I had job offers from training sites, accountants to hire, bankroll decisions to make. I grew up too quickly.

I wish I would have stayed in school and played a little bit of poker on the side, but not so much that it almost consumed my life like it did. That will be covered in my next post. I was loving poker, Atlas, my friends, life in general. People graduate and leave. This is what eventually led me to New York. I had two rooms now: One bedroom and one office. Both were on the top floor, and both were the only rooms with full bathrooms in them.

Everyone had to use the shower in my office, which was interesting. I had another amazing year living with them. My five years in Madison actually, just the last four were the best years of my life to date.

But those were years full of laughter, fun, poker, great new friendships, and it was still before I started to have real grown up responsibilities. I had plenty of room in my new office for Dan to come over and play, or for me to store my mountains of empty gallon jugs of water and empty boxes of protein bars.

Still was working on a fold out table as a desk, but overall, a nice setup. Towards the beginning of that year, I took another shot at some bigger games. I was playing a lot of HU and some good 6max games ran too at higher stakes back then too. The competition was getting more and more exciting. My drive was getting stronger. The video game was becoming more real. Thanks for sharing your story with the world!

I laughed hard at Andrew getting pwned by Wayne Newton. I hope you keep blogging regularly, you have a real talent for writing, Phil. I wanted to ask you about when you took shots and lost,I found that it really makes you depressed like you said with the KQ hero check raise.

When I took a shot and lost a lot of my roll and then had a bad run even when I dropped I considered giving up completely or that I would never be able to beat the higher games,did you ever think of that? Thanks for the blog,I really enjoy these,gg. I am from a small country called Guatemala, down in Central America.

I just write to say that you are one of my most respected and liked players. You know what I mean. I have been following you and seeing your game, and I just admire how cool and collected you always seem to be, not to mention your knowledge and reads on the game.

I have no idea if you follow up on comments on your blog, but if you do, thanks for taking the time to read me. Keep up the good work Phil, you sure do a great job. That was a brilliant read Phil. Thank you for taking the time to do it. I have seen you communicate parts of your story in interviews before but to see it all written down is very interesting. You went into some detail about your regret for not living your student years more fully which interests me. I am 25 years old and only had a passing interest in poker when I was at university.

I feel the opposite regret in that I wish I had taken the game as seriously as I do now when the games were so soft and I had so much free time. Good read Phil, you write nicely! Continue the good work poker, friends and blogging. I enjoyed the read. Wish u wrote more about party scene at college n in Vegas but suppossed u were busy crushing it. Thanks for sharing… If you choose u could be the author of a New York Times best seller..

Great style and delivery. Now my focus is being an adult: I wish you all the luck and will be following you on Twitter and hope to see you win a bracelet or two!

I myself often have a tough time looking at my life with an honest perspective. Very good read Sir, it has the mood again what I could find in any of your writings! Be proud of it! You hear so many young players going broke after the first few years, but you were successful. Hey Phil, quick question.. For a starter in poker similar to what you were in your freshman year what books would u recommend reading? Actually i do have a question.

How should a player begin playing SnGs? What books should he read? And generally what plan should he follow? Now I know the term introverted. Never knew what it was called always new I enjoyed my alone time once in awhile. Keep blogging, you articulate your thoughts very well onto the screen. Phil, your hindsight section was bittersweet for me as it feels I made the other choice. I was paying the rent and bills with my winnings and making a very nice hourly grinding high stakes.

However, I made the concious decision not to spend too much time on it and ensure I graduated. I figured I could always pick it up properly again a few years later if need be. I returned from my hiatus of 18 months with a job and the shocking realisation I almost needed to relearn the game and grind back up from small stakes. I did partially but now with a wife and kids the baller lifestyle will never happen.

I am also in no illusion as to the extent of my talent and yours. Not sure that would be the case today. Its a different world now. You have the freedom to do whatever you want in the world and the bank account to enable it.

Trust me, you made the right choice, do not waste time on regrets. I have a casino near me, but they really only have NL games running.

If you were to play a full year of NL, what would you think you would make? Given, you are better than most at these levels. Just wanted your honest opinion on it. This sharing is inspiring. Though you have been blessed with some cool poker study buddies as they with you. I feel like reading that post really gives a good impression of your personality.

You seem like an awesome person Phil. Hey Phil, my favorite most inspiring part of this was where you move up, bust then start over. Thanks for all the positive feedback, guys. This almost reads like my own story. Big difference is that I started up an online business at that age. And I made some different choices along the way. But still in business. While I have a lot of respect for you as a poker player, possibly more so than any other, I have even more respect for you as a person.

Thanks for being the way you are, Princess. I have a question only , which type of Sng did you grind stt ,mtt sng etc? Why do you talk so much about not being gay? What a great post Phil, you are a talented storyteller and i especially loved the description of your most memorable hand and your thought process afterwards, contemplative and insightfully written. As usual, Thx vry much for sharing your point of view and your life. You realy should look forward being a writter or something and not only about poker.

You really have a gift…. Never realized I was an introvert until I read it here.. Not big on reading a lot at once but this was not bad… good stuff.

I really liked your blog b4… But this one was just awesome. Even tho my english is not that great i was into it. This post makes me wanna learn more how to be a poker player. Really have to manage my tilt-control and reloading after moving up and drop backdown to grind my way up.. Hope to play ya some day! Great post, was joyful to read it, and inspirational!

Some pictures of the early days would be cool. Will we hear about your days as a pirate in any future posts? Your next blog should be about meeting durrrr and the stuff you guys learned and experienced!! Thanks for great reading and also for your work with Bluefire, the latter getting me out of a autopilot poker style and back in to using my head. Epic post — phenomenal read — if you published an autobiography, I would buy it. Thanks for the post.

All-in at one specific location or balance our range equally over many locations? Phil, do you think it is possible to do it today? What a real pleasure to read an articulate,creative missive on the initial bones of a poker player building up to your present success.

Good grief,an idealist who plays world class poker. I read your piece on table waiting for the fishes which was excellent. If you ever quit poker you can move smoothly into writing. I play very bad poker,too old to learn but follow the young internet warriors with a good deal of interest as I am an avid gamer but Backgammon is my preferred poison. Thankyou so much for your writings and please continue salute jonathan bennetts.

For me it was interesting to hear the background story, because I was watching you in the highstakes games on FT from the get-go. On a side note: Could somebody tell me what Improv is? I really enjoyed reading this Phil. I remember your first appearance on high stakes poker, I felt bad for you no offense but I could tell you were a down to earth guy.

Keep it up man I hope to hear more great news about you! Given how busy you are and how you wait so patiently for somethign worth writing I reckon you should have divided it up into small bite size chunks, but I enjoyed it all the same. I loved this, Phil. You and I are very similar in ways, and light years apart in others. Very excited to read more. I find we are similar in many ways. Cant wait to read the next blog and now my eye will be on you when ur on tv or playing.

Always playing above my limits. I dont have the stuff that you do… Phil your a talent! Good luck too you in the future.

Make some money off it through ads. Awesome insight mate, such a good read and awesome flow as you said. Thanks for the reading it was great. Recently, he posted a lengthy post about how his poker career started.

An inspiring read indeed. Do check it out at http: Hey that was awesome, thanks for sharing your poker story phill, it was nice reading from all top to bottom.. Keep smiling, all the best for the future games. I wonder if you are still making videos or will you make videos in the future? I am of the opposite — I have made a successful business, have the car house etc. Was long but worth the read imo. Hope to have similar success myself in the future.

Phil your an inspiration to so many people out there, not only for your poker ability but for the way you proceed in life. As always a great read. Your email address will not be published. You may use these HTML tags and attributes: Answers Part 1 Poker and Your Life.

Hey Guys, So, I told those who follow me on Twitter philgalfond that I was working on a long post and wondering whether I should chop it up into two pieces or not. I never called in. My favorite color is green. I continued to build my stack.

This whole experience was just getting better and better. I mulled it over. After some thinking, I sheepishly pushed my chips into the pot. We were all students of the game, and learning together had a multiplying affect Sure, we had fun too too much fun for my taste. The hand went a little something like this: Turn 2o I check. I inched my cursor over to the raise button and clicked. The next day, it was back to work.

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