What up party people. It’s been a while, over a year actually, since my last blog post.
But now I’m back, with less constraints and stress, and better than ever. “So what’s new Zep,” you might be asking yourself. The answer is quite a bit.
The first and largest change in my everyday life is the removal of the biggest burden in my life, graduate school. On December 5, 2011, I graduated with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Graduating was one of the biggest accomplishments and reliefs of my life. By the end it was a grueling grind, comparable to December of a Supernova Elite chase, in terms of lack of desire to actually do work and finding motivation to do what needed to be done. Since then, not much has come directly from graduating in terms of changing jobs or getting a large raise or anything of that nature, but I have no doubt that this degree will pay for itself several times over eventually in my life.
My social and personal life has changed a lot as well. A lot of this had to do with graduating and not playing online poker and thus having a lot more time for… ACTIVITIES
So I’ve been going out a lot more, seeing friends, taking my gf out, basically enjoying all the awesome stuff Chicago has to offer. I’ve been travelling a lot, most often to Michigan for weddings, to relax at a lake house, or just go visit some friends / family of my girlfriend who is from the suburbs of Detroit. I have trips planned in the next month for Vegas (WSOP) and Pittsburgh (visit college friends) as well, so I’m taking advantage of the free time for travel as well. Also on the personal front, my girlfriend moved in with me last year, a big step in any relationship, so obviously that has had a huge (positive) impact on my personal life. We’ve been together over two years now and everything is great
My professional landscape has changed a good amount as well. I think I posted this in a previous blog, if not I definitely posted it on 2+2, but my boss left our group shortly after Black Friday, literally telling us so the Monday after. It was a classic case of one door closing and another opening. Since his departure, I have assumed a lot of his responsibility as system administrator and operations manager. I also was promoted in late 2011 to project manager, which wasn’t a promotion as much as just another hat for me to wear, but more responsibility none-the-less.
And now, for what I assume most of this blog’s readers care about… POKER! I took seven months off of poker. SEVEN. And by took seven months off I mean I didn’t play a single hand of any poker game. Since 2004 I don’t think I ever took more than two months off of the game. But obviously that would not last. Around March this year I got the itch. I went to the Horseshoe in Hammond, IA and lucked upon a 10/20 NLHE game that apparently ran extremely sporadically. I went after work on a weeknight, played for about 5 hours and won a very nice amount at a fairly soft table. I would go back 10-15 times over the next two months, but eventually tire of scum regs, having to drive 30 minutes each way only to wait an hour + to get in a game that may or may not break when I get there, and in the meantime play 5/10 1500 max with 8 nits that play 0 hands… it was soooo boring and such a grind. Eventually I decided to sign up for Merge and Lock and give it a try. That was ~6 weeks ago. Since then I’ve run up a nice mid stakes bankroll from essentially nothing by grinding .5/1 and 1/2. I plan on continuing my grind online after Vegas.
Vegas is less than a week away. I’m flying out Monday, Jul 2nd and I’m planning on playing the 10k 6m and the Main Event. The 10k 6m starts Jul 3rd which doesn’t give me any time to get any cash in before that but regardless I plan on playing a lot of cash. I’m probably the most excited that I’ve been for a Vegas trip since the first time I went in 2005… But I’m in a good state mentally and financially and my game is tight and solid so I’m hoping for success out there. I’m going to put in a ton of hours hopefully so we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully I come back holstered up like Joakim
As for the blog, I’m going to try to start updating it frequently again. I’ll try to post poker results live and online, trip reports from recent adventures, current events / topics from the poker, sports, and technology world, and all sorts of stuff in between.