Why "An old man and his thoughts"?
Well this is pretty straight forward. I turn 28 this year and i do feel old in certain ways. Poker wise because i manage this forum and staking i see so many young kids in the game, I am literally giving people born in 1995 money to play poker with everyday.......how crazy is that! I remember writing this date on my bloody books whilst in primary school.......genuinely i do. I can remember who i was sat next to, what we was wearing and how i felt writing if for the first time (new year). It just seems crazy to me but those are the times.
So yeh around the youngens i am often the oldest in the chat or at the table.....its just the way it is. I dont feel bad about being old as i lived such a great life when i was young and is somewhat seen as a 'dream' in a lot of peoples eyes. I travelled playing big games, i had a flash car, i partied so hard and have some great memories but now i am more of a sit at home and chill kinda dude.
I feel my role in staking or with a lot of players i speak to is part friend and part parent. Like i really do tell people all of my experiences and no matter what they think everything i am saying is to help them. I feel like sometimes i come across as a dick.....party because i am incredibly blunt and partly because you cant read sarcasm and humor on skype so well.
What would i do if i was them?
I often ask myself if i was 18 again what would i do in todays world. The truth is i would have picked if i wanted to play poker or do other things. It really is as simple as that to me and it is just like anything else. You have to dedicate yourself to everything you do in order to become successful. So if i decided poker was what i wanted i would let nothing stop me. Its hard hearing players say "next month ill grind hard" "my gf wanted to drink" "i planned this piss up ages ago" "my computer is fucked" "i was tired" "i was hungover" "i couldnt be bothered" and so on and on and on. I will tell you now when i was 18 i played more than anyone and didnt let anything stopped me but i still lived a dream life doing way better things and partying more......why is this......because i knuckled down hard and then became successful so i could do more of these cool things. If you are sat at home reading this now try and remember your last 10 saturday nights out.....good laught? Got mortal? Spent money? What if you spent the same money across 2 of those nights than 10? How much of an insane time would you have had? Could have even done it abroad!
Players really have to commit to poker and go hard at it and reap the rewards in a much greater way. I dont care what anyone says.....when someone plays 20k hands and say they gave it their all.....its bullshit. When someone says they went 100% as hard as they could this month.....its bullshit. I tell you now i am 28 and do a lot of stuff and i can still outplay you, stay awake longer than you and will be in this game longer than you. Is this me being big headed - YES but not in the way you think. Have you ever heard of the guy who died on the treadmill? It relates exactly to what i am saying. Have a listen:
You might be a better player than me but i will not stop.....if you win at 5bb/100 and play 10k hands per month wp. If i win 3bb/100 and play 100k hands per month........well you do the maths! I will die on that treadmill.
Anyways back to what i would do if i was 18 again doing this. Well i would treat life in a much simpler way, playing poker a lot does not mean you have to neglect life.....you just gotta balance things better but have poker as your main objective. Make a plan for say 3 years, work hard and i guarantee when your 21 with money, success and freedom you will enjoy those piss ups a lot more!
Anyways grind hard! Im out
and yes i have been drinking