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  1. Go straight to the source. Red highlighted sections in the New Testament.Leading a spiritual life is not complicated. You don't have to defend it to anyone. You either get it or you don't. You either keep your eyes and heart open or you don't. You either turn your will over to the care of God or you don't. Faith is not an intellectualizing act. It is what it is, much like God and Jesus Christ. Incidentally, Negreanu, you've probably already read this, but Richard Dawkin's God Delusion supports Jesus' ethical views from NT. God Delusion is a good read as well--ultimately it reinforces your faith and guides you on how to speak to spiritual matters vis a vis the atheist perspective:http://richarddawkins.net/article,20,Athei...Richard-Dawkins

  2. Damn Negreanu. I haven't posted in ages. You have certainly come a long way from that arrogant Richie Rich from two years ago when you were at the peak of your success and delusional about your place in this world. I have to say. This blog is the best poker blog I've read from you since your old school articles, from back in the day--the days when you were hungry.You just may have inspired a few people with that blog, buddy--beyond poker, in the game of life.

  3. Bro, you got a duty to set some of these kids straight. It dawned on me tonight, as I browsed some topics, that the kids that frequent these forums are babies, not poker-wise, but life-wise. Poker-wise, they are Doyle Brunsons (70 year olds with more poker knowledge than Chip and Doyle combined), life-wise they are staring out of the bars of a crib at the real world beyond, unable to fathom a normal life, relegated to gambler's codes and gambler's realities. You're pretty upfront about most issues, but when it comes to poker, and the gambler's life in general, I've noticed that you tend to glamorize it, or rather gloss it over with your own diluted lens of poker success. Only a small percentage of top tier players, such as yourself, actually benefit from the glamorous aspects of poker. Conceivably even a successful player will go months sometimes years without big scores, and the swings are generally unmangeable if you have familial obligations. Moreover, even a relatively successful player will have to deal with an unorthodox lifestyle, which if given the choice would not be the best life decision, even if the game became financially productive. You had no choices (poker chose you in many ways), some of these kids have choices unlike you did. I still admire people who have earned the title of doctor, over a person with a WSOP or WPT bracelet, in real life, give or take the millions they'll squander later gambling for a living--I can admire that above and beyond degrees and accolades, but i'm a degenerate in that aspect. hahaIt's no accident that some of the better players coming up lately are players with zero choices. You witnessed FCP's own Alvarado, an academic failure with nothing to lose, who managed to parlay his poker skills into a small fortune. "Small" in the sense that he's still a lower-tier player; and he may always be as such. Poker has become the proverbial "crack rock" or the "wicked jump shot", in the immortal words of Notorious B.I.G.--a quick way to make a living, a quick way to get in. The great players have always been the one's with nothing to lose: Stu Ungar immediately comes to mind. At times, I'm waiting for you to set some of these kids straight. We've heard all the one-liners, six months paid, etc. etc. But it would behoove your younger fan-base to expose some of the realities of poker as a lifestyle. Even at your level, I'm sure you sometimes wish you had a more conventional lifestyle at times, explaining away your 1 in 10 success. Revisit your old article "Should I Turn Pro", and rewrite something with all your wisdom intact, with your successes in the past three years, and seriously, objectively give potential doctors, lawyers, architects and medical research scientists advice on whether your life, as a "professional poker player" is the option they should choose over the alternatives they have presented in front of them.I'm sure parents around the world would appreciate an accurate portrayal to their impressionable kids.

  4. I am a very decent poker player but I have a severe problem facing me: I am a student so poker is a an useful source of income for me, the main problem is I cannot afford to risk to much money at anyone time so this greatly effects the level i can play at. For example I recently cashed out my poker balance due to my exams coming up in may, The balance was around 1200$ ok now heres my fundamental problem when I go to re load my account I can really only put in around 300$ due to the expenses i have as a student and the potential risk factor ie I cant afford to lose 1000$. so with a 300$ bank roll i cant play at my preferred 2/4$ level yet playing at 25/50 cent is not really profitable enough even though its correct bank roll management. I had the idea to buy into a 1/2$ cash game but only for 50 $ a time , has anyone tried to implement this strategy ? and has it worked? I am a good player and I nearly always make a profit but I find it pointless to play at like 25/50 cent level or even 50/1 to a certain extent. I really want to build my bank roll so I can play at a reasonable level does anyone have any advice as how I can do this effectively. thanks very much everyone.taffer92
    Spend more time on your studies. I would not wish the poker life on my worst enemy.Beyond that, get a real job, you'll be more employable, and if you decide to go the degenerate route, full-time, at least you'll know a way to grind out a new bankroll without begging for money (which in the world of poker we call "staking or backing"). Focus on school, get a real job or a paid internship in your field of choice.
  5. I don't post on here much but just had a question that has been bugging me and I want to see what you all think. There is a lot of chaos going on with poker and the law. Online sites have been shut down in America and a few remain. Now my question is this.........Is anyone here paranoid that if you win your seat to the WSOP main event through Poker Stars and end up winning or placing real high and getting paid 1 million or more dollars, that the government will come after you? I mean think about it, if all these sites got scared and cut off all American players then obviously they are scared of something. What if they come and arrest you for illegaly winning your seat to the WSOP since you won through an online poker site which you were not allowed to do. I'm not going into too much detail on all this but that was the main point I wanted to make which is why if I play this year I will be going over there to try to win my seat not through online. I don't want to get fvcked over if I actually end up winning a nice amount. What is everyones thoughts on this matter?
    Stop smoking crack. You'll be alright. Worry about it when you've collapsed this conditional statement: IF, then _____. Win the seat, worry later. Honestly they should raise the age requirements for poker and life management. Stay in your crib until you gain the requisite skills to put yourself out there.
  6. The point you are missing is that the short fat kid didn't deserve to be picked on and did nothing to warrant being picked on. When you dish it out, you have to be able to take it. You don't think guys like Matusow and Hellmuth dish it out? Hellmuth tells people they can't spell poker while Matusow just calls them idiots.... and I'm supposed to feel sorry for these guys?? Are you being for real? When you post a blog like the one Phil did, it would be an outright crime if no one made a parody of it!
    guerilla marketing 101. Hellmuth is in the business of professional poker marketing, not professional poker playing. Phil Hellmuth is not a "professional poker player"; he's like a walking advertising billboard:. Negreanu, for all his marketing ploys, has managed to come out a legitimate poker player, and maintained his integrity through all of his success. Negreanu's blogs have always been consistently honest, and he puts himself out there whether we disagree with him or not. What we get with Negreanu is not a marketing team's agenda--we all know Negreanu would never succumb to that, and his love of poker extends beyond no-limit tournaments. Hellmuth is like a human coca cola can for poker. He's a marketing tool, par excellence. I don't care how many bracelets he wins, right now, he's a hypeman, first and foremost. All his rants are staged to a certain extent, and he's here to make as much money off poker from a residual standpoint. You'll never see Negreanu take advantage of his image to the extent that Hellmuth does. Negreanu has taken slack in the past for what he has blogged.My two cents on this matter.
  7. FYP

    lol, quality blog DN.Scary how serious Hellmuth takes himself. My favourite part: "The reason I don't play in the big game at the Bellagio..."You don't play in it Phil, 1. Because they'd break you, and you know it! 2. They don't just play tournament-style no-limit Hold 'Em
  8. Nutz, One thing I've learned from playing, and I think most successful live game players (live cash game players--grinders) have learned early in the grind is that you shouldn't take this game too seriously. When the money matters to you, you play sub-optimally. When you take yourself as a player too seriously, you will be "that guy" that ends up talking to himself about bad runs, or cold decks as if your son or daughter depended on it: nobody should play cards in that scenario. There is life outside of cards. I have stories about pathetic cardplayers, but I won't go into detail. You probably already have been exposed to the abysmal depths of pathetic cardplayers who replace the importance of this game over and above what happens outside the cardroom. Those cardplayers are losers whether they win big or lose big, Without life experiences outside of poker, you serve a meaningless purpose as a human being. We see players (on a public-basis) like Barry or Negreanu try to give back to the community, but guys like that are few and far between in the poker world. Poker is a job, a hobby, a way to avoid boredom, or hopefully for many of the enthusiasts on this forum a way to make millions, but it is not a cure for cancer, an end to war, or and end to world hunger--no matter how much money you make, you are just a poker player--which for the younger less-experienced in life players is frightening and sad because there are issues in this world beyond the cards and whether succesful or not could seem like a waste of a life. It's bigger than poker. That said, I'm hard on quitters on this forum because often the quit poker theme is misplaced. You love this game, and part of you will always be a poker player, but you have either taken this game way too seriously beyond mere hand and strategy talk, you've played beyond your bankroll capability (and ran bad), or you've tried, single-mindedly, to score big because you see this game as a get rich quick way out (an easy way out of your financially tight lifestyle). All ways are a way that lead to a life of compulsion. But you can play this game without falling into those traps. Live game (cash game players), don't think that way, tournament players do. All ways are a way that lead to a life of compulsion. But you can play this game without falling into those traps by treating poker as a mere game that somehow enhances your life, rather than defines who you are. For the real-job working man with a family that is the way to approach the game. Take your shots, but don't let the game supercede what is happening in your life. In life, you get one shot; in poker, you can always rebuild and take multiple shots. You will never leave poker forever. No true enthusiast, or cardplayer does: it's in your DNA bro. But what you've realized is that there are more meaningful things in life to worry about--as if your life depended on it--outside of cards. Once you get to that zen state, I welcome you back to cards. I apologize if in an early rejoinder to your quit poker post I've minimized your "melodrama", but i've tried to explain where I'm coming from, and hope the best for you and yours. Good luck in your life and when you return--which you will--, may you run well always.TP/MM,GRJ

  9. Good blog. However, fck Fantasy Hockey, win the tournament (I'm an NBA man).I love how Negreanu posted this blog at or around 4 am. Fckr has a lot of potential. I respect him more and more as the years pass by; he holds good hours.Good luck mang--more importantly for your fantasy hockey league and as a side point for the b101 tournament--at least get busted by someone who needs the money). take care

  10. wow. good movie.If you view the entire movie as a metaphor for being short stacked or an underdog in any given event, then you will somehow thematicaly relate to this underground comic-book-style-movie-adapted battle movie. From a cinematic standpoint, barring further analysis, critics never read the Frank Miller graphic novel, nor do they understand a good, fictional, based-on-historical-facts, comic-book-style, underdog story well-told/done. The film is: shot for shot derived from images off the graphic novel, and deviates very little from the same. If you hate anything, you hate the graphic novel either from a story standpoint and/or a visual standpoint.Beyond that, the entire-fictional, based-on-hard-historical-facts-story is like a metaphor for a uber-TAG (but-mix-it-up -style), million-plus-to-300-odds against, never-give-up, go the distance, stand your ground and fight the best fight you can fight kind of story.If you hated this story, you have no heart for competition, and you YSAPALSKY.TP/MM,getarealjob

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