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Redux

by Xuan Liu |  Published: Aug 12, '10

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aight, so I'm now back home and have done a "visibility" makeover. I've changed my twitter and my blog url to something more easily recognizable, I'm beginning to lay a concrete plan for my progress, I want to blog more regularly, and I'm still trying to get a rakeback account under my name so I don't have to be so secretive all the time. Yes, I still value my privacy, but I think it's just good business to not be such a prude anymore.

My last stretch of the WSOP was definitely eventful, but not as profitable as I would have liked. After my last post, I was able to take down the inaugural Aria 8-game mixed event, but since there weren't that many entrants, the result isn't even going to publicized in the mags/databases. QQ? It was an Aria management decision to not reveal the poor turnouts I suppose. Though it wasn't a huge cash, it was like my second time playing mixed live so I was more than happy to beat the field. I doubled up in the first level during plo, when my top set QQ34ss held vs. a flopped nut wrap+fd on QT2fd. Got c/r potted on flop and money went in on turn with my binked flush redraw. Things were cruising more or less after that. I felt that mixed game players will generally have limit poker backgrounds and steadily gained chips through the big bet games where players generally lacked imagination. At the final table I had some decent luck in razz to knock out a few players, and heads up I declined a chop with 2:1 in chips vs. a Russian Stud Champion.

Anyhow, soon after as I was attempting to qualify for the WSOP main I got the worst food poisoning of my life. We ordered Thai and I threw up everything I had eaten for the past two days :( It was not a pretty sight, and my stomach was so weak I couldn't even handle water. So my main event dreams were shattered, but perhaps it's a good thing as it's probably best from a bankroll perspective not to compete in another $10,000 event until I'm more seasoned.

My mindset was pretty crushed after the sickness, and I extended my trip to desperately try to compensate for the lost time and opportunity. Although I didn't make money my last last week, I don't regret it at all because other good things can happen in Vegas :D

Anyhow, since I've been back I've put in 5 live sessions back at Fallsview. I really did miss this place, but never really found legit reason to go back. Now that I'm not playing online so much and have been re-inspired with live cash, I look forward to taking the degen shuttle outside my condo to work on my craft. Hourly isn't as good as RUSH during its peak, but I have yet to book a losing session since I've been back and it's always nice to play with old friends. Even though the 5/10 has 2 tables max going on at any given time, the game's never too bad and it's just a matter of deciding whether the 2/5 is more profitable.

CPT may also be in the works. My sister is going to college in a week so I won't be able to make it for the ladies event, but I have a good feeling about this. The CPT will be getting decent coverage and it seems as if it will draw a good crowd. This means great cash games for me :)

Anticipating good things comin with hard work and focus; stay tuned!
 
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