Vegas Baby, Vegas

Just booked my tickets to Vegas today.  Im leaving this Friday and coming back on Tuesday.  My flight leaves at like 5:50AM Tuesday so that pretty much guarantees Im staying up all night.  Im so pumped!

Best part is that Im staying with Ansky at the Two Months, Two Million house.  Plan is to go to Lake Mead, do some dune buggy racing, and party like its 1999.  Its gonna be pretty sick.

The 7 Cs of Mental Toughness

Practice the seven Cs (Competitive, Confident, Control, Committed, Composure, Courage, Consistency) of mental toughness.

That quote is from a book called Mind Gym that HokieGreg was raving about on Twitter yesterday.  A lot of players (myself included) put mental toughness on the backburner.  But recently, Ive begun to realize how thats a huge mistake.  Jack Nicklaus, one of the best golfers of all time, was famously quoted as saying that golf is 90% mental.  Is poker 90% mental?  Maybe not, but mental toughness is definitely a big factor that separates great poker players from mediocre ones.

So lets go over the seven Cs to help you stay off tilt and keep you on your A-game.

Most successful poker players are motivated less by money and more by a desire to crush their opponents.  Challenging situations are what really help you improve.

When you run bad, you play bad.  When you run good, you play good.  The difference?  Confidence.

Tilt is your worst enemy.
Dont play the match by your opponents rules – make him try to adjust to you.

There are going to be times (probably many, many times) when you feel like quitting.  You have be strong enough to power through it.

Dont give off any tells.  Take your time before making a decision.

Have the courage to follow through on your reads.

I went through quite a few cycles of playing for a couple of months and then quitting for a couple months.  You need to play consistently to build your skills.  No sense taking 2 steps forward and 1 step back.

Bonus Quote

The more you hurry the later you get. When you find yourself rushing you are no longer in the present. Pace instead of race.

I see this all the time at the poker table.  A donk stacks you (maybe multiple times) and you want to win your money back before he decides to leave.  The more you rush it, the more likely you are to make a mistake.  Pace instead of race.

So pick up your copy of Mind Gym (another great book is Finding Your Zone).  Its worth the 12 bucks.

Cash Out (Bing Blang Blaow) Lyrics – A Hilarious Poker Video

This is the new victory song of heads up.  It started as a thread on 2+2 by ch3ckraise and snowballed from there
Itll probably be the funniest thing youve seen all day.

Here are the lyrics.

I just stacked that dude
Man, thats another 50 bucks today
Bing blang blaow
You know for now
Bing blang blaow
Is in the house, yea yea yea yea
Checkraise is in the house
Just won 50 dollars from you
I got your money now
So much for buying food
And Im gonna cash it out
Rooo roo rooo rooo rooo
And rub it on my titties
Rub it on my titties
Rub it on my titties
Rub it on my titties
Rub it on my titties
Rub it on my titties
Cash out on my titties

Im gonna start this out with bing blang blaow
Checkraise, 3 in the house
I just won 50 dollars from you
That you couldve used to buy some food
But you cant now
Cause im gonna cash it out
And rub it on my titties
so pretty
Like the feeling of the crisp new bill press against my tit
That I just won from Annette
Im heads up master and Im dropping this rhyme
But you haters know
That Ill take you on
And Ill kick your ass
And take your blinds
At any stake at any site at any time
So when I hit my boomswitch so i can stack a fish and Im a huge bitch
Cause i know hit that youll pay me off because I called your river bet with nothing but a flush draw

Gimme some of that bing blang blaow
Bing blang blaow
Cash cash cash it out
I got your money now
I just won all your money
Gonna cash it out
Rub it on my tittes
Rub it on my tittes

You know your a donkey right
Youve just been running hot all night
Whats wrong with you, give me an answer
I hope your mom gets cancer
Your a joke and no doubt youll lose that money plus more before you ever cash out
Oh yea, well you can kiss my ass Ill let you know whats gonna happen to your cash
I aint a donk, Ive been around for a while
And i got the proof documents on file
Im gonna cash it out through the bankwire
I can see it now, I got a bankwire
Let it build up my payment requests
Just a matter of time before I rub it on my chest
You wanna rematch, you wanna lose again?
You call, gonna be all over baby
Second wonderful time, with the bing blang blaow
Bing blang blaow
Masters in the house
I got your money now
Just won 50 dollars from you
Im gonna cash it out
Im gonna use it to buy some food
Im gonna rub it on my titties
Im gonna rub rub rub rub rub rub rub
Rub it on my titties
Rub it on my titties
Rub it on my titties
Rub it on my titties
Cash out on my titties

Dear checkraise, we are pleased to inform you that all the necessary documentation is on file and your withdrawal request for 100 dollar has been approved.
Your payment will be processed as a bankwirte to checking account number (beep) 87.  Please allow 7 days for processing.

50 dollars

The Biggest Mistake of All

To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all.
– Peter McWilliams

Youll never be a great poker player if you avoid difficult situations.  The more you get challenged, the more youll think and adjust, and the better player youll become.  The great thing about heads up is that it puts you in tough spots way more often than 6max or full ring games.

Youre first priority should not be making money.  It should be becoming a better player.  The money will come eventually.

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