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My homeless story

dross11 Posts: 58Member
edited January 2015 in Poker Goals and Challenges
Last spring my parents gave me an ultimatum and a choice to either go to inpatient rehab for marijuana addiction or homelessness. I chose to be homeless. I really didn't like that they were trying to force me to go to an inpatient 12 step program for marijuana which I wasn't about to abstain from. I knew once in the system they would just keep sending me back because I had no plans on quitting smoking.

Lucky I had a friend who was willing to take me in and we ended up fixing and selling mobile phone as a business. That lasted for a few months and saved up some money and bought a car and decided to relocate to California. We were planning on selling the car once we got to California but he had other plans and secretly went behind my back and made arrangements to fly back to Minnesota once the car was sold. I doubt that his parents would let me live with them if I returned because they were against us leaving in the first place. So I ditched him and took the car. I knew he would be OK because he made friends with this homeless guy from LA and stopped focusing on work and starting spending most of their time playing computer games together.

After that I got a job as a dishwasher/delivery boy and have been saving up $750 every two weeks. I could easily afford an apartment but living in my car wasn't as terrible as i thought it would be and I wanted to save my money instead of giving half away every month to a land lord. I got the idea that I would build up a proper bank roll and give poker a shot.

In California the gambling age is 21 so I made plans to fly to Florida on January 24th. By then I'll have $8000 saved up. I've played poker back in Minnesota and was a winning player over a smallish sample size of 100 hours winning over $2000 at the casino and I was the best poker player out or my 12 or so friends that I played home games with starting when I was 15. So I'm confident that I can beat the lower limits NLHE games easy at any casino.

But I have some apprehensions about moving to another state all by myself. First for the last 3 weeks I've been trying to find housing in Florida. It's been a lot harder than I thought it would be. I've got a $600 monthly budget but when ever I find something that looks promising people don't want to take a risk on some guy from out of state or they don't want to reserve it for me. I had one promising arrangement for bunk mates for $360 a month but they wanted me to send $250 security deposit as a money order with out any sort of rental agreement and I decided I didn't want to risk it.

I'm feeling the pressure now and it's starting to stress me out. I need to sell my car. I need to get ride of most my stuff. I need to buy a cell phone. I need to figure out how I'm going to get to the airport. I need to find a place to live. I really want to move on with my life and start making a name for my self.

I could really could use a joint right now but my car radiator is leaking badly and I can't risk the 45 minute drive to Berkeley so I can buy some weed at People's Park. I haven't smoked weed for 3 months now the longest I've gone since I was 14. I really miss smoking but my desire to be successful is stronger than my desire to smoke.

I can't wait for the day when I'm living in LA playing 5-10 at the casino with a medical marijuana card 100,000 in my bank account and flexing my success all over Facebook for my friends and family to see that I don't need them I did this all on my own. That's 2-3 years away and it's not going to be an easy road. One way or another I'll make it then I'll focus on being an entrepreneur and start gunning for a billion.

Realisticly this is probably about 1 in a million but I'm still gonna try. Worst case scenario I'll get a couple of good stories out of it then I'll go back to college and find another way to build myself up. But I will never abstain from marijuana I might takes breaks from it now and then but that will be my own choice. I'm the master of my own existence the second you give that up you become a slave.

Peace, ~Dave Rose
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Comments

  • neverlearn2 Posts: 2,752Subscriber
    This is such a weird post hahaha.
  • iLikeCaliDonksiLikeCaliDonks Posts: 932Troll
    LMFAO, OP sorry about your story, but realistically you dont have what it takes. Your bankroll is low, your homeless with a weed problem. Thats why you cant smoke weed at 14, your mind is not ready. You basically turned yourself into a person who does stuff without thinking, all bad attributes for a poker player.
  • Arenzano Posts: 1,379Subscriber
    Call in to the Limon Show and share your story. Sounds interesting.
  • dross11 Posts: 58Member
    edited January 2015
    I can't wait till I get to florida and can prove all the doubters wrong
  • MikeG Posts: 989Subscriber
    I can't wait for the day when I'm living in LA playing 5-10 at the casino with a medical marijuana card 100,000 in my bank account and flexing my success all over Facebook for my friends and family to see that I don't need them I did this all on my own. That's 2-3 years away and it's not going to be an easy road. One way or another I'll make it then I'll focus on being an entrepreneur and start gunning for a billion.

    Realistically...
    Well, at least you're being realistic.
  • iLikeCaliDonksiLikeCaliDonks Posts: 932Troll
    dross11 said:
    I can't wait till I get to florida and can prove all the doubters wrong
    Thought you was in Florida already.
  • dross11 Posts: 58Member
    edited January 2015
    iLikeCaliDonks said:
    dross11 said:
    I can't wait till I get to florida and can prove all the doubters wrong
    Thought you was in Florida already.
    You would think that cuz from your first post it is clear you skimmed most of what I wrote
    iLikeCaliDonks said:
    LMFAO, OP sorry about your story, but realistically you dont have what it takes. Your bankroll is low, your homeless with a weed problem. Thats why you cant smoke weed at 14, your mind is not ready. You basically turned yourself into a person who does stuff without thinking, all bad attributes for a poker player.
    I got $8000 or 26.66 buy ins at 1-2 300 cap games when I started playing in Minnesota and ran 300 into the $2000s playing about 100 hours. My bank roll is not 'low'. Also i havent smoke weed in 3 months. Does that sound like a person with a 'weed problem'? Just wait till I get to florida you'll see.
  • dross11 Posts: 58Member
    edited January 2015
    Arenzano said:
    Call in to the Limon Show and share your story. Sounds interesting.
    I would of but I was at work. Monday is my day off so maybe I will on Monday but next Monday I'm watching the BCS championship game.
  • workinghard Posts: 1,496Subscriber
    An alternative title to this riveting post could be "How my parents wised up and kicked my broke, free loading ass to the curb."
  • CalgaryPokerGuy Posts: 342Subscriber
    I think it takes guts to take control of your own life, and guts to share your story. It doesn't sound like you have a pile of live experience, so do your best not to tilt when you're losing, something only experience can teach you. Losing, unfortunately, is a normal part of the game.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
  • dross11 Posts: 58Member
    Definitely need to be careful not to tilt. My plan is meditation befor I play and I'll have a different play list to listen to when I'm loosing of calming music and have a stop loss of $900.

    I'll make sure to keep this thread up to date but I'm not going to be playing for another 2 weeks. I figured out my housing situation. Ima live 5 miles away from hollywood florida hardrock its only gonna cost me 333 monthly but I'll be sleeping on an air mattress in a living room. Room mate seems cool he's a MMA fighter. Also I'm going to donate my car to charity under my dad's name and he agreed to write off the 800 he loaned to buy the car.
  • khalwatkhalwat Posts: 997Subscriber
    Good luck. Keep posting, I'm interested to hear how things go for you.
  • iLikeCaliDonksiLikeCaliDonks Posts: 932Troll
    dross11 said:
    Definitely need to be careful not to tilt. My plan is meditation befor I play and I'll have a different play list to listen to when I'm loosing of calming music and have a stop loss of $900.

    I'll make sure to keep this thread up to date but I'm not going to be playing for another 2 weeks. I figured out my housing situation. Ima live 5 miles away from hollywood florida hardrock its only gonna cost me 333 monthly but I'll be sleeping on an air mattress in a living room. Room mate seems cool he's a MMA fighter. Also I'm going to donate my car to charity under my dad's name and he agreed to write off the 800 he loaned to buy the car.
    The games are super soft in Florida. You stay patient, be honest with yourself, stay away from hookers and blow and I see no point in you not crushing the games down there.

    gl op.
    by 1DFN
  • dross11 Posts: 58Member
    iLikeCaliDonks said:


    The games are super soft in Florida. You stay patient, be honest with yourself, stay away from hookers and blow and I see no point in you not crushing the games down there.

    gl op.
    No interest in hookers and blow I'd like a girl friend but she needs to be frugal. In the game of life woman are the rake.

    I got inspired to go to florida from reading the
    Mike Wolf 2 plus 2 mega thread he started with 1500 and lived in his car and been crushing for 4 years now. He turned into an ego maniac and now ive stop following him. I'll be playing at probably the softest casino in Florida filled with tourists and the same casino Mike Wolf started at. He was more experienced when he started then me, but my bank roll is 5 times bigger.

    Also I've started brushing up on my poker knowledge subscribing to CLP videos was a good start. I found it to be an effective but slow way to learn. I'm starting to read Professional No-Limit Hold'em by Ed Miller. I have ADHD and am not a fan of reading but this book was highly recommended to me so I'm reading like 20-30 pages a day and should be done befor I start playing in Florida.
  • MikeG Posts: 989Subscriber
    There are a ton of videos on here and not all of them are particularly relevant to you. There is a curriculum button at the top that has some of the most essential videos for beating the lowest stakes. If you haven't watched all of these, I'd strongly suggest doing so.
  • JT00 Posts: 193Subscriber
    Wishing you the best of luck dude. I am interested to hear your more in the future and hope it works out. I'm sure you know, but I'll just say it, THIS WILL BE FUCKING HARD. Like, really fucking hard. You'll have to be totally content grinding out a relatively small hourly at the 1/2 games, living on your air matress, and eating ramen for a long time. It might sound doable right now, but after 6-12 months will it still be?
    by 1dross11
  • dross11 Posts: 58Member
    JT00 said:
    Wishing you the best of luck dude. I am interested to hear your more in the future and hope it works out. I'm sure you know, but I'll just say it, THIS WILL BE FUCKING HARD. Like, really fucking hard. You'll have to be totally content grinding out a relatively small hourly at the 1/2 games, living on your air matress, and eating ramen for a long time. It might sound doable right now, but after 6-12 months will it still be?
    I know poker is a hard way to make an easy living I'm prepared to make that sacrifice. If it is still at the point in 6 months where I'm only making enough to pay my measly rent and eat Ramon then I have failed. I'll go back to college knowing that I gave it my best shot and fell short. It could happen.

    My goal is to have my bankroll at 13,000 when I turn 21 in july and move to Las Vegas or Canada. My starting bank roll after paying my rent should be 7000-7500 and the plan is to transition to playing 2-5 about a month or two or three into my journey when I approach 10,000. I also want to play as high of volume as I possibly can. I'm talking 60-70 hours a week. I'd like to have a win rate of 10-20 big blinds per hour playing 1-2 but I'm ok with 5-10 I'd still be making more then what I'm currently making at 5 big blind per hour. Anything less then 5 is terrible and just a waist of my time . Over my smallish sample size in Minnesota I was making a lil over 10 big blinds an hour so I'd like to improve on that. I can't wait till I hit the felt I've been waiting for this moment for almost 6 months and it's 2 weeks away! Honestly when my plain lands in flordia I might just cry
  • MikeG Posts: 989Subscriber
    Best wishes!

    1. I would never move to Vegas! The only thing good is the cost of living. Otherwise it sucks.
    2. For your own sanity, do not play 60-70 hours a week. I don't know what your experience playing full time is, but this is just suicide long term. Poker definitely has diminishing returns. It's 100x better to find the best 35 hours a week and play during that time and then study 5-10 hours and actually have a life than it is to try to play 60+ hours.
    3. Rather than concentrating on getting your winrate up, concentrate on moving up to the $5 blind level ASAP. Rake is such a killer in 1-2, it's hard to have sustained winrates that are better than working at McD's. Don't go crazy as you have severe bankroll restrictions and you can't afford to have a high Risk of Ruin, but don't be afraid to take shots when the game is good.
  • FreeLunch Posts: 1,287Pro
    edited January 2015
    In Florida, (not so much south Florida) there are tons of flea bag hotels that rent by the week for well under $200 a week. You can start in one of those places since you will probably be living in the poker room anyway, and you will no doubt meet other players who have a room. Drive over and give it a shot.

    Why would you sell your car? You will need one in FL
  • dross11 Posts: 58Member
    FreeLunch said:
    In Florida, (not so much south Florida) there are tons of flea bag hotels that rent by the week for well under $200 a week. You can start in one of those places since you will probably be living in the poker room anyway, and you will no doubt meet other players who have a room. Drive over and give it a shot.

    Why would you sell your car? You will need one in FL
    My car is on the fritz. My radiator is for sure shot and their is no way it gonna be able to make that journey from California to Florida. Also my engine might be damaged too so it really isn't worth fixing. I have 1200 invested in my car and my dad loaned me 800 of that. He is willing to write off my debt if I donate it under his name which considering the condition it is in sound like a awesome deal to me. Also i don't want to live in a flea bag motel for 200 a month when I can live for 333 a month 5 miles away from casino I've been eagerly waiting to play at. It'll take me less than a half hour to bike their that will work just fine.
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