Matt Stout on Black Friday and the WSOP So Far

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22 June 2011, Created By: Matt Stout
Matt Stout on Black Friday and the WSOP So Far

I've done some slacking before, but this takes the cake. This is my first Pokerlistings blog in over two months. My last one was my final Sunday Report in the pre-DOJ era.

Aside from that drama, my ex-girlfriend of 4.5 years and I broke up.

I've been a little too busy figuring out where the hell my life goes from here and doing some moderate drinking in the interim to blog, I guess.

I'm definitely not heading for the hills, freaking out, or considering leaving poker like some people are. I've always played a lot of live poker and am able to sell shares/get backing for the live events that are too big for my bankroll. 

I've also been planning on doing more poker training for a while, and the extra time I have without online poker will definitely help me make that happen.

I certainly fall into the more fortunate and less affected category of poker players than the dedicated online-only grinders, but it's certainly going to screw with my business model to say the least.

I bought a house in Vegas six months ago and got dogs because I was planning on settling down, playing more online, and spending a lot less time on the road.

Now I'm left thinking that my best option is to get a second apartment in Vancouver just to be able to fly to ANOTHER COUNTRY and play online poker.

The short story of my WSOP so far is that I am piling on heaps and heaps of tournaments and going extra hard on the post-DOJ live poker grind.

So far there hasn't been much to write home about...I min-cashed one $1,500 NL and finished 46/1951 in the $1500 NL 6max after making a good call and getting binked on for HEAPS of chips. 

I'm playing well though, and in tournament poker that's all you can do or expect of yourself. I know a lot of people who beat themselves up unnecessarily over standard tournament variance while they're playing well, and it's just absurd to do.

I'm on a huge downswing right now but am still feeling pretty good about life and don't think I've let it impact my play much, if at all.

I've started my own website at www.stoutpoker.com where I'll be posting some extra blogs/video blogs in addition to the ones I write for PokerListings. Eventually I'll also be setting up training camps and schedules for one-on-one private poker training, which you'll be able to book directly through the site.

It's in its infancy right now, but I'm pretty excited about making this thing grow!

As always, thanks for reading.

Stout

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