Welcome.

Take a tour. Enjoy some free sample content.

How it works

Free Video: CLP Video No. 287: Home Game Bart Reviews His Splashy At $1-$3 Deep Part 2

Free Podcast: CLP Podcast No. 54: Time Warp And Turn Value
New to Crush Live Poker?

Adventures of a Kid Trying To Find His Way

KSMKSM Posts: 210SubscriberProfessional
Hey everybody
This is going to be a continuation of Adventures of a Part-Time Server and 1/2 Player:

http://www.crushlivepoker.com/forums/discussion/10260/adventures-of-a-part-time-server-and-1-2-player#latest

My name is Kelby and I'm a, "Professional Poker Player". I'm 24 and I currently live in Florida. I won't go over my entire background because it's all pretty much posted in the above thread, but basically I just moved here with my Mother and Uncle. My Mother just got divorced, and My Uncle is a disabled Vietnam veteran. We've been taking care of my Uncle Robert on and off for about 20 years now, and it's gotten to the point where my mom needs help. With my Mom's recent divorce, and our recently getting Robert back out of the nursing home we've moved to Florida to start a new life.

My Dad always told me that if you find out what you're passionate about then you'll never work a day in your life.
I haven't really found out what that thing is. I've been playing poker for a living since I turned 18, and I know that isn't the end all be all of my life. I like poker but.. that would be sort of depressing. Not to mention the discussion of the longevity of poker and all that. I've lived and traveled to numerous places and a relatively large number of countries for a person my age, but I still have no idea what makes me happy. I have contemplated (and still do) just buying an RV setup to just travel around the country until I find that thing. It's not like I'm getting old or anything, but it's also not like I have all the time in the world.

I'm continuing this PG&C to make an account of my monthly progress towards hours, and discuss some life situations with people. But even if no one reads this it's okay. This thread will be sort of a motivating factor for me to put in hours. Because in order for me to find that thing that makes me happy, I have to have some money. RV's cost a lot of money. So does college, or moving to a new state again. So if I decide to do one of those things.. I can't let money be a limiting factor. So, I've gotta put in some hours. I play primarily 2/5 NL $500 cap here in Florida, and sometimes if the game is going and looks good I'll jump into 5/10 NL. I basically have a $25k roll right now with a paid off car, and relatively low rent. I'll receive some money monthly for taking care of my uncle, but live poker is still my primary income source.
I will update this one month giving my full report on how the month of June goes. I'm going to shoot for 120 hours, but that almost never really happens.. We'll see how many I end up getting in.

GL to all of you at the WSOP this year!
Happy Grinding!
«13

Comments

  • neverlearn2 Posts: 2,654Subscriber
    good luck man.
    by 2KSM lauxen
  • lauxen Posts: 95SubscriberProfessional
    Good luck buddy. Will be following
    by 1KSM
  • KSMKSM Posts: 210SubscriberProfessional
    edited June 2017
    So.. this month is gonna seem a lot worse than it actually was when you see my hours. My mom had dental surgery twice this month, so I had to be home a lot to take care of her and make sure she was okay. I spent three whole days at the DMV this month because of problems changing over my license and registration to Florida. And now from the 24th to the 3rd or so I'm full time here taking care of my uncle because my mom left to go to Michigan for her friend in the hospital. AND on top of all that, the games haven't been going so much here because Florida in the summer is basically dead! All of the, "Snowbirds" leave and don't come back until September at the earliest. And I'd say that the snowbirds are about 70% of the player pool during season.
    So, given all that do you think I put in good hours? I don't think they're bad. They'll increase greatly when the games are going all the time.

    This month I think I made about 300 extra dollars because of some tells that I see guys give that are so blatantly obvious that doesn't really happen in Vegas. I'm not a tell expert, but when a flop goes three ways and both guys sort of turn around and give that disinterested attitude towards the hand I'm just auto C-betting even in spots where I would check given C-bet matrix dynamics. It's been pretty reliable and they fold every time. :lol:

    Anyway.. lately I've been thinking about what I want to do by this time next year. Next year my mom will have everything established with the VA again down here to get help with Robert. Life is great here, but if she doesn't need my help anymore I'm not staying here. This might sound insane, but I'm thinking about moving back to Vegas. I know, right? Who moves from Florida to Vegas?

    I was looking online and found some great condo units a couple blocks from Bellagio that I could definitely afford. I think it'd be really cool to be able to walk to the strip and never have to deal with the traffic or parking fees. Since I have no real income verification I'd have to pay the year up front, but that's okay. 1000/mo would be 12k up front, so I just have to make some money while I'm here to afford that, buy furniture, have 1 year living expenses on the side plus poker roll. So I want to make like 60k between now and then. It sounds difficult, but it's not impossible as long as I get the hours in. My friend from MI who is a home game pro might want to come too, so if we rented a 2 bed 2 bath up front it'd be 1350/mo x12 is $16,200 so $8100 each? That's seriously not bad at all.
    Then again, if I'm moving to Vegas and are willing to spend that kind of money towards rent why aren't I just moving to LA? It's a consideration I guess. Any opinions?

    Here's the month of June, and another of my progress since I moved here 9 weeks ago. Hourly since I got here staying pretty much right on track. Almost no variance in 150 hours? I'll take it.



    750 x 1334 - 114K
    750 x 1334 - 114K
  • nopair Posts: 350Subscriber
    " walk to the strip"

    108 degrees today according to weather.com.

    The question about Las Vegas vs Los Angeles needs you to have spent at least a week in both locations. No one can tell you what your own preference is. (LA all the way so far as I'm concerned.)
  • Fred Posts: 137Subscriber
    Hi KSM I can see you've been a pro for the last 6 years would you mind sharing win rates per year and hours spent playing
  • KSMKSM Posts: 210SubscriberProfessional
    edited June 2017
    nopair said:
    " walk to the strip"

    108 degrees today according to weather.com.

    The question about Las Vegas vs Los Angeles needs you to have spent at least a week in both locations. No one can tell you what your own preference is. (LA all the way so far as I'm concerned.)
    It's only that hot in the summer though.

    I have spent time in LA and used to live in Vegas. I THINK I prefer Vegas, but I'm not so sure anymore. Downsides to LA are traffic, cost of living, taxes are insane, city is overwhelmingly huge for me. It's probably because I originally came from a very small town in the middle of nowhere, but I could get over that. Vegas doesn't have as great of games and no beaches, LA has better food, etc. I guess I have some time to decide.

    Still leaning towards Vegas because for 1000 /mo in LA I'll be renting some 300 sq foot studio shitbag apartment with street parking and thin walls. Or get random roommates. Not so into either idea.
    Fred said:
    Hi KSM I can see you've been a pro for the last 6 years would you mind sharing win rates per year and hours spent playing
    This is a tough one to answer because I genuinely don't know my yearly results. Usually I've always just gotten by.
    The first two years I was also in school, and just barely got by playing 3/6 limit and 1/2 no limit. I put in a ton of hours and paid off all my college debt. Had to dump multiple girlfriends who thought I was a gambling addict.
    After I quit school and started playing full time I've been fortunate enough to have good winrates in all the games I played in. Problem is ever since I started full-time I've had problems with hours. I don't think I've actually put in a 160 hour month since 2013. It's really hard for me to sit at the table that long. After 4 hours I start to get anxious, and bored. I don't know how much I've made, but I have been very comfortable with frivulous spending over the years and been very bad overall with money management until now.
    Then again I'm a single 24 year old guy with nothing to lose, so I do pretty well with just myself to support.
  • Bigbschip Posts: 9Subscriber
    edited July 2017
    GL KSM games are real soft here in Florida, what part of Florida do you play I think the games here are better then Vegas.but there's not a big player pool For 5 10 but the 2 5 is super soft.
  • neverlearn2 Posts: 2,654Subscriber
    cali is best state in US by far.

    LA is cool but i think from my limited time ventura area is best place to live. Maybe pasadena close too.
  • AJoff Posts: 546Subscriber
    "I genuinely don't know my yearly results." That should change literally starting next session. The IRS never forgets.
  • KSMKSM Posts: 210SubscriberProfessional
    edited July 2017
    Bigbschip said:
    GL KSM games are real soft here in Florida, what part of Florida do you play I think the games here are better then Vegas.but there's not a big player pool For 5 10 but the 2 5 is super soft.
    I've talked about it before in the previous thread, it's the Naples Fort-Myers Dog Track here in Bonita Springs. Good little place. And, yeah the games in Vegas are much tougher.
    NEVERLEARN2 said:
    cali is best state in US by far.

    LA is cool but i think from my limited time ventura area is best place to live. Maybe pasadena close too.
    I've never been to Ventura before. Looking at it on the maps it's a pretty far drive to the casinos. Pasadena could be an option. If I go I'm looking into Long Beach because of its centralized location and cost of living. I can actually find a decent place for 1000-1100 there and every casino is around a 20 min drive.
    AJoff said:
    "I genuinely don't know my yearly results." That should change literally starting next session. The IRS never forgets.
    I've submitted estimated amounts the past two years, and if you've read the thread before you'd know that I receive an income from taking care of my uncle and past jobs with the family business. I claim all of that income.

    But thanks for your helpful insight.
  • nopair Posts: 350Subscriber
    Ventura has one cardroom, about 20 tables, mostly NL, some limit Big O and a big PLO/PLO8 game. It is far from the LA cardrooms though.

    You would need a jetpack to get from Long Beach to the Commerce/Bike in 20 minutes. LB sounds like a good choice for your circumstances, but you have to adapt your playing schedule to traffic patterns not just assume you can pop on the freeway Friday at 4pm and get to the casino with no delays.
  • neverlearn2 Posts: 2,654Subscriber
    but its a good 1 card room haha. plus its better then living in LA or LB.
    by 1nopair
  • KSMKSM Posts: 210SubscriberProfessional
    edited July 2017
    nopair said:
    Ventura has one cardroom, about 20 tables, mostly NL, some limit Big O and a big PLO/PLO8 game. It is far from the LA cardrooms though.

    You would need a jetpack to get from Long Beach to the Commerce/Bike in 20 minutes. LB sounds like a good choice for your circumstances, but you have to adapt your playing schedule to traffic patterns not just assume you can pop on the freeway Friday at 4pm and get to the casino with no delays.
    Google maps says 21 min to Bike, 21 min to Hawaiian Gardens, 15 mins to Hustler, 25 mins to Commerce, 25 mins to Hollywood Park. Obviously during non peak traffic hours. I'd probably be playing around that, maybe like a 12-8 playing schedule.
  • nopair Posts: 350Subscriber
    edited July 2017
    If you start right at the freeway on ramp, it isn't bad at all during non-peak times, but a lot depends upon how far you are from an on ramp. That's just something to be aware of when looking for a place.

    12-8 is one way around traffic, but you'll have to consider what type of games you like. Middle of the day should always be rock-ier, while late nights are more likely to be spewfests. Bottom line though, far more games to choose from than anywhere else in the world. You can 24/7/365 find good games.
    by 1KSM
  • FreeLunch Posts: 1,271Pro
    Naples is a little limiting but there are so many options a few hours away. Try getting on the road within Florida. Many of the best games are one day a week only in random room X. There is always some kind of event somewhere that brings a local crowd. I challenge the idea that the best solution for a pro is to find one small geography you can dominate. Maybee LA or DC (and who knows how long that lasts) but if you can do a few hours of travel and pick a cheap hotel chain where you can rack up benefit points, (or use the RV) you will find the snowbirds are not the only reason to be in FL
  • hustlin Posts: 50Subscriber
    Good luck! Keep up the posts looking forward to them.
    by 1KSM
  • KSMKSM Posts: 210SubscriberProfessional
    edited July 2017
    Well, July is over for me. I have to take care of Robert from the 25th to the 1st of August. I also couldn't play until the 6th this month, so that leaves only 19 days I was able to play for the month of July. :kiss:
    I traveled a lot this month. I took one trip to Tampa and two trips to play at the Hollywood Hard Rock/Isle. I have to say I'm not super fond of either location. The Seminole Hard Rock Casinos are beautiful, don't get me wrong. But the surrounding areas are pretty sketchy. At least the areas that I saw were. The poker rooms were pretty good though. Soft games with great rec action and mostly bad/unbalanced regs. Probably bluff raised and triple barreled more this month in those rooms than I have in the past 6 months combined.
    I still have no idea what I want to do next year. I could potentially even stay here another year since the games are good, but I don't think I have much longevity beyond that.

    Edit: Forgot to add in that I lost a 4500 pot at 2/5 this month when I got in AA pre against a spewtard with Q9dd. We ran it once and he flops two pair! :???: :???: :???:
    Pretty happy with that one. Even though I lost it's really hard to get in 450bbs pre lol. He said he thought I was bluffing.

    Anyway, here are my monthly results. Hours aren't bad considering I only had 19 days to play total.
    Left is the month of July, and right will be my results since I moved here.
    750 x 1334 - 113K
    750 x 1334 - 115K
  • KSMKSM Posts: 210SubscriberProfessional
    edited September 2017
    Barely played any hours this month. Didn't have a lot of time, and the games REALLY weren't going. Like two short handed 2/5 games going usually every day. Played a little bit of 5/10 and 10/20 this month. Ran like hell in 2/5 and 5/10 but did okay in the 10/20, making me a slight loser for the month. Played pretty well, but losing just a few big pots including two where I was >95% put me in the red.

    Still thinking about moving back to Vegas. Maybe grind that 2/5 100bb cap life and go back to school at UNLV.
  • KSMKSM Posts: 210SubscriberProfessional
    edited September 2017
    Month of August is on the left
    Overall since moving in April is on the right
    750 x 1334 - 114K
    750 x 1334 - 116K
  • neverlearn2 Posts: 2,654Subscriber
    Good stuff ksm.

    by 1KSM
Sign In or Register to comment.