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  1. Interesting stat Meh, you can create false-narratives through these types of stats quite easily due to the small sample size of a 16 game season(with single elimination playoffs). For a huge percentage of players, you can criticize one of their recent seasons with one of the following: -They did poorly vs teams over .500 -They did poorly vs playoff teams -They did poorly vs playoff teams from last year -They did poorly vs top 10 defenses -They got a large percentage of their stats versus bottom 10 defenses -They did poorly vs division leaders -They did poorly vs division opponents -They did poorly in prime time games -They did poorly in clutch situations and/or during the 4th quarter All of which will point towards a lack of clutchness or towards stat-padding versus bad teams(and not succeeding versus the good ones). In reality, its just statistical variance most of the time. Moreover, I usually find that the authors of such stats are trying to promote a narrative rather than seek out the truth. In this particular case, the author says "But it wasn't really a surprise" which implies that the author believes there is indeed a meaningful data trend with regards to DJax's production vs teams over .500. Rather than jump to that conclusion, I would've liked to see him break down other years to see if the trend exists over a larger sample size.
  2. I posted this to twitter recently, some here might find it interesting: For reference, here are the videos: Hachem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DXSIv8b4KM Negreanu's response to Hachem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-6NI0AvnIs
  3. Couldn't deal with Otis' antiquated views on weed, and decided to take a break from the thread for a while. Catching back up.... So this appears to be what happened... 1. We met up and got drunk 2. I borrowed money from you to get a dance from a girl 3. I'm guessing(based on your story) that we never saw each other again while sober 4. I forgot about it 5. You're bringing it up years later Ok, cool. First off, let me apologize and please believe me that it was completely my forgetfulness and not a deliberate attempt to steal. If you'd like me to send you a check then send me a PM. Otherwise, what can I do to make this situation better? It seems like you still are holding a grudge, and I"d like to make it right. Years ago, I think it was just after Katrina, I was headed into Texas for an exhibition and knew about a pretty soft game. I was pretty broke and the storm and family illness had wiped out my bankroll and frankly, most everything we had. Assani and I had never met, but had exchanged some writings about a possible poker book. Long story short, Assani just sent me a check for a grand. I suggested some different deals, him getting a cut of my winnings, different ways to protect him if I lost- but he was awesome. He wanted no deal, no worries if I lost the money, just pay it back if I could. I had a hard time cashing the check on short notice ( due to issues on my end not the check) and couldn't cash it before the game. I then just decided that my head wasn't right for poker because I just needed the money too badly and it is hard for me to play right when I am thinking about the reality of the value of the money on the table, rather than just making reads and slinging chips. I tore up the check. However, the fact that I didn't cash the check doesn't detract from the fact that Asssani sent me a grand, no strings attached with no need to repay unless I good. He will always be good people to me. Haha, I actually don't remember this either(sending you the check, I remember your misfortune). Regardless, glad I could help in whatever way possible, and I will always be in debt to you for your poker advise that guided me early on in my career. I sincerely hope all is well. $23/hour is most definitely sustainable if you are playing well and encountering average live 1/2 and 2/5 competition This is an inaccurate description of today's successful poker pro. The gambles and risks taken can be very clearly calculated using Kelly Criterion or other means: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_criterion really good poker doumentary if anyone is interested, available for $9.99 online(google search, should be easy to find) Poker Update: Been grinding on wsop.com last few months, leaving for Toronto to play on PokerStars in a few days, will probably stop by Fallsview for their WPT: http://www.fallsviewcasinoresort.com/content/document/fvpc-wpt_schedule.pdf
  4. "No wonder Otis has never made over $40,000 in 8 hours at his job- I never could've won that amount had I not gone into my poker match ripped." See how this logic doesn't really work, Otis? You and me are different people- things don't affect us the same.
  5. I posted every meaningful hand I played in the WSOP either here or on twitter. I'd be happy to discuss any hand history and hear from a non-stoner such as yourself how you think the hand might've played out better had I not been high. As for setting the bar at "winning the WSOP" in order to prove that I can be successful at my job while using weed, thats absurd. Theres a ton of luck involved in winning a tournament. I have a clear history of success at my job while using weed. The fact that you couldn't be successful at your job while on weed does not change that one bit. I saw your post where you said the last few pages were TLDR, so in case you missed it:
  6. Yes. Opinion of random internet guy >>>> a doctor. Puff. Puff.Parmcat is a guy I met before who just told me that he is a psychiatric nurse. Hes not a random internet guy. Regardless I'd probably trust a ton of people(such as a random internet guy) more than current doctors in the US. I do not have a very high level of trust in US doctors. "Puff. Puff." Weren't you the one who took offense to me "acting like you don't know what you're talking about" when I really didn't say anything offensive at all? Why are you then turning around and mocking me, insinuating that I'm some idiot whose opinions shouldn't even be responded to. If you disagree with what I said, then actually discuss it and tell me why. But please stop the sarcastic and insulting "puff. puff." comments which are clearly only intended to mock and make fun of me. Otis, you have made it abundantly clear that you have no intentions to actually consider the other side of the argument. You have continuously insinuated that the other side was on a fishing trip or made "this is so ridiculous" type of comments. You've made your viewpoints very clear- nobody in this thread does not fully understand your argument. Thank you for contributing, but I have no desire to keep having you tell me how wrong I am without listening to what I'm saying or responding to my points in my posts. I'm gonna end my side of the conversation with you on this topic(but will gladly interact with you on other poker topics or other FFA topics). If you want to change the way you're debating and actually read and respond to my points then thats ok too, but I"m definitely just ignoring future "Assani is definitely wrong, I'm definitely right, I'm going to post in a smug and condescending way to tell him so" type of stuff that you've been so fond of in this discussion.
  7. I'm sure the poker aspect is why most clicked on this thread, so to extrapolate more on this... Before weed, I would describe Assani the poker player as a reasonably smart guy who played a really basic ABC style and played in games with lots of fish. If Eddie is around, he can comment on the tournament advice I used to give him- Early on I basically just told him to play super tight, wait to hit sets or gets AA/KK, and value bet well. In the later stages of a tourney I pretty much just regurgitated Harrington on HoldEm. I made money because of how soft my competition was. When I started smoking and watching the top players play, it was really the very first time I wondered "What are they doing that makes them the best? Can I do that too? Maybe I can even be better than them if I can do what they're doing but with a few improvements. I'm a smart guy- lets actually figure this #### out instead of just playing how some book told us." Before weed, I was kinda just lucky that I had been born with a decent amount of logical ability....I was able to get by based on that and reading some books, but I didn't REALLY think about poker. I mean, sure I discussed hands here and there, but I didn't solve things mathematically, I didn't confront my emotions honestly in regards to how they might affect my play, and I didn't think about trying to constantly stay one step ahead of people who had read all the same books as me. After weed, I cared to become a great player much more. I embraced the hard work it takes to really become good at poker instead of just enjoying the free ride that the soft competition of 2003-2008 online poker provided. Again I'll say that its possible that this was just my natural aging curve and I would've experienced these changes without weed. But the timing makes a strong case otherwise, as does the fact that my recollection of the huge majority of the first time I considered these types of questions is that it occurred within 5 minutes after taking a huge hit of weed.
  8. Taking the day off from poker btw, so I'm enjoying posting lots on this topic. Just some more info on my history with weed and poker, feel free to comment on anything.... As I've said alcohol was my drug of choice for most of my adult life. I started smoking weed sometime January-April 2008, I know it was at this time because it was near the end of when I was living with Eddie(FBGs Eddie), his gf Amanda, and my friends from Maryland Anthony and Katie. One of the guys Anthony worked with was a pot dealer and Anthony mentioned he could get some. We started smoking maybe 2-3 nights per week, usually just watching youtube videos outside near our pool and then coming inside and watching TV. I didn't think much of it, and alcohol was still the predominant drug in terms of influence on my life and actions. Anthony always kept the weed, and I never thought of doing it when he wasn't around. Also I never thought about poker while smoking at this point in time. In either April or May 2008 me, Katie, and Anthony got our own place. We had always wanted to be respectful to Eddie and Amanda, so we never had weed sitting around the house or did it around them. But once we got our own place, everyone in the house liked the smell of weed so it'd be standard for there to be a bong and a bag of weed lying on the living room table, and we'd just smoke inside if we didn't feel like going outside. I still would always wait for Anthony to get home from work before I smoked(and I would grind poker sober during the day), but Anthony had to go to bed around midnight and I was on a super late night schedule. So I would smoke with Anthony and then smoke more later at night by myself. And it was at these times by myself that I felt I had a big change in my ability to be objective and I began to see the world from different perspectives. Now as I said before, its impossible for me to say for sure whether the changes that occurred in the 6-18 months after I began smoking at night by myself were due to smoking or whether they were due to me maturing as a normal person would in his late 20s. However, imo there was definitely a drastic change in me during this point in my life and it coincides perfectly with my increased marijuana use. A few things that changed in me: 1. After being a strong Christian(went to church all throughout high school including Wednesday night Youth Group, went to a Christian college, prayed multiple times a day, etc.), I stopped believing it to be true. I could write for quite a while on this, but Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Richard Dawkins books and lectures would do a much better job than me of summarizing my position. 2. I was a college basketball player, but I had totally let myself go after college. I would guess that I weighed around 220lbs and had never even tried to barbell squat. Fast forward 2 years and I weighed 200lbs and could squat near 400lbs. Nowadays I've lost much of that mass(intentionally) and am around 180lbs. 3. I was a midstakes plo8 grinder. I 24 tabled $.5/1-$3/6, it was a huge grind. When smoking at night I started watching the $5/10 and $10/20 heads up matches that would happen. After a few months I even started experimenting with smoking during the daytime and playing. By Black Friday(April 2011), I was sitting by myself every single day at $10/20 deepstaked($5000 buy in) on PokerStars and $25/50 deepstacked($10,000 buy in) on Full Tilt. I personally think I was the best HU plo8 player in the world at this time(some may disagree, but thats why we play the games). When I was playing these high stakes HU games, I was stoned quite often, including this session(my biggest win in one HU session ever): http://www.leggopoker.com/blogs/icypots/big-day-7979.html 4. I became much more interested in science. I could watch Neil DeGrasse Tyson lectures all day long now. I used to never even think about it. 5. I also started thinking more about what I wanted out of life and how I should go about achieving it. Things like the Joe Rogan podcast have really shaped my thinking in this area. I think that because its much easier to see faults in other people than it is to improve yourself, we all have a natural tendency to do just that. I was horrible about this when I was younger, and I often times cringe thinking back about how I used to act. I feel as if weed has made me more self-aware and has made me care to improve myself instead of criticizing others(not that I'm anywhere close to perfect now, but I've definitely improved).
  9. So for someone like me(a 31 year old who has no complaints about how marijuana has helped his ailments) would you recommend trying out a switch to Prozac? I would recommend a conversation with your Doc. I don't trust these people. I would much rather hear YOUR OPINION than my local doctor's opinion. Can you recommend any doctor in Las Vegas, SoCal, Maryland/DC/Baltimore, or Toronto that 1. You fully trust in regards to not prescribing medications based upon kickbacks he receives, 2. Is completely open-minded regarding illegal drugs and can intelligently compare how certain illegal drugs will treat my symptoms versus how certain legal drugs will treat my symptoms, and 3. Has a positive reputation in the medical community? I'd be willing to see a doctor I can trust, but finding one to trust isn't super easy imo....I've heard about some of the methods the pharmaceutical companies will use. Stuff like where they'll take all the doctors out to this awesome dinner under some false pretense of "getting to know everyone in the medical community", but in reality they've done studies that show when a company comes out with a new drug and takes all the doctors out to a nice dinner(while promoting that drug) it has huge effects on how often the doctor will prescribe that drug in the future. I'm not casting blame on the doctors for this, as its just human nature. However, the only thing influencing a doctor's prescriptions should be objective medical evidence, and its blatantly clear that this is not actually the only thing influencing them. Theres millions and millions of dollars being made through the prescription of these drugs- to think that greed wouldn't infiltrate this system is overly naive.
  10. I understand your position. I also understand that you were on the fence about your position, but you told me that you came off the fence based upon my answer to question #4 in post #9524. As I've said, I think question #4 is practically irrelevant and you should instead focus solely on question #5. You seem to be ignoring question #5 completely, and I think its the only thing that matters when determining if someone has an addiction/problem. This seems to be the root of our disagreement, no? I think so. Your position, I think, is that it doesn't matter how much you smoke as long as you function well. Is that right? No. My position has nothing to do with "functioning well." My position is that when determining if someone has an addiction/problem you need to look at the reasons they are using instead of focusing on the amount they are using. I'll give an example to illustrate: Person A smokes every hour he is awake- around 16 times per day! But when you ask him why he smokes so much he can give you detailed medical reasons, he can give you detailed observations of how it affects him, and he is willing to(and already has) monitored quantifiable results hes had in his endeavors(in this case playing poker) while both sober and while high. Person B smokes a few times per week, often times not smoking for days at a time. When you ask them why they respond "To get f*cked up just like when I do other drugs!!!" Person B has a problem imo, Person A does not. There are other "drug problems" than just doing it to get ####ed up. - Being physically addicted to a drug is a problem - not possible with weed - Having it negatively effect your life is a problem - this is a problem for many weed users - Endangering people around you because you are high at your job is a problem - Relying on public aid so you can support your habit is a problem This is why I asked earlier what Kutta meant by a "drug problem". I dont really see any evidence of a "problem" in Assani's case? You are fooling yourself there. There are many reasons people get addicted to things that feel good. Sex isn't even a drug but there sure are sexual addictions. To say you can't be addicted to weed is just wrong. You skipped an important word... physically addicted... some people are psychologically addicted to weed. In other words, they get grumpy when they cant have it. Their bodies are not, however, physically addicted and show no signs of physical withdrawal like you see with most other drugs. WebMD article (hopefully we can all agree that WebMD is unbiased and not like citing "facts" from Parnership for a Drug Free America or NORML) From the article you quoted: It sounds like you guys agree. He said that it was not physically addictive. The paragraph you quote only claims to be certain that its psychologically addictive. It does add in that "many"(no clue if this means a majority or not) experts believe it is physically addictive, but the way its worded(especially in comparison to the matter-of-fact way they stated that its psychologically addictive) makes it seems as if they are not stating that as a fact. So for someone like me(a 31 year old who has no complaints about how marijuana has helped his ailments) would you recommend trying out a switch to Prozac?
  11. also its gotten a bit lost in our recent discussion, but just to clarify.... I use weed for reasons other than helping with ADD/turrets/sleeping. I also love the wave of ideas I get, I feel like it really helps me be objective in situations where I was previously allowing my emotions to have too much influence on my thought process, and I feel like it makes me happier and nicer to people. I only focused on the medically-defined conditions I had because it seemed like many were doubting my self-assessment, so I wanted to rely upon things that were medically classified.
  12. Do you think it's possible for a person who smokes weed 3 times a day to not have a problem? I would say that someone who smokes weed three times a day every day for an extended period of time has a drug problem. Yes. Please answer my question earlier. How much weed would someone have to smoke for you to consider that they have a problem? I have ADD/turrets/severe sleep disorder....you think that I have a "drug problem" because I take weed for these things? What if I was autistic and my parent's found that weed helped me function in ways I never could previously(many reported cases of this)....would smoking 3 times a day still be a "drug problem"? How are you discerning between a "drug problem" and "treating your illnesses with medication"? Heres the rub.... MY son has Turettes, ADD, and anxiety, and is controlled with prescribed medication. You have the same thing and are self medicating, smoking up 2-3 times a day, for the last couple of years. If you have been diagnosed with these disorders, why are you not on any "regular meds" I agree with whoever said...that smoking that much a day for that long is a problem....period. Regardless if you want to admit it. You said if you stop for a couple of days you can lose focus...that is a dependency As for the weed makes you a better player...I will stay out of that argument Because I think those drugs are absurdly dangerous and have a ton of negative effects. The pharmaceutical industry is out for profits, and I see no reason to trust them on these types of issues. I've tried adderall for my ADD and I've tried Ambien for my sleep issues. I found adderall made me feel like I was on a drug(kinda reminded me doing coke when I was young)...didn't feel natural at all. And ambien...holy #####. Of all the drugs I've ever tried, ambien scares me more than anything. It makes me completely black out, fall asleep wherever I am, and have very little recollection of how I got there when I wake up. For the sake of your kid, please do all the research yourself and do not trust authority figures just because they are authority figures. Also pay no mind to the legal/illegal distinction- your kid's health is way more important than a silly moral code of blindly obeying your country's laws even when they are instituted for clearly poor reasons. "I agree with whoever said...that smoking that much a day for that long is a problem....period. Regardless if you want to admit it. " I don't "want" to do anything other than discover, with the greatest degree of confidence, the truth about myself, my weed usage, and the optimal way for me to use it. I absolutely do not mind people disagreeing with me, but I'm really starting to hate being labeled in this way(as someone prone to self-deception) when I feel as if I'm being way more open-minded than those on the other side of the debate. How many other people are as forthcoming and honest publicly as I have been here? Shouldn't that cause you guys to stop thinking that I'm just out to fool myself? "You said if you stop for a couple of days you can lose focus...that is a dependency" Oh without a doubt I have a dependency on it. I depend on it to cure me of all the symptoms I've listed, and life is much tougher battling those symptoms without my medicine. I don't disagree here; I disagree that I have a "problem" with my dependency. I am a 23 year psychiatric nurse. I have done my homework. I would never put my son on Adderall or Ambien...EVER. MY son takes Prozac, has regular chiropractic adjustments, and lots of exercise, and diet control. He is 9. Oh ok, excuse my above post then(although its hilarious, so you still might like watching it). I'm not overly familiar with Prozac. I have been scared away from trusting many doctors because they prescribe drugs like ambien and adderall, which we seem to agree are horrible(can you understand how a non-psychiatric nurse like me would find it difficult to trust these people?). Perhaps educate me more on Prozac then...I have no issues with learning about it and potentially using it instead of weed.
  13. Parmcat and others, Here is a 7 minute video which does a good job explaining my position on illegal vs legal drugs. Its a hilarious video featuring a ton of comedians you probably love, even if you think you'll disagree please just watch it for the humor. I think it raises some good points. http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/70535/War_on_Drugs___Just_say_NO_to_Pharma/
  14. Do you think it's possible for a person who smokes weed 3 times a day to not have a problem? I would say that someone who smokes weed three times a day every day for an extended period of time has a drug problem. Yes. Please answer my question earlier. How much weed would someone have to smoke for you to consider that they have a problem? I have ADD/turrets/severe sleep disorder....you think that I have a "drug problem" because I take weed for these things? What if I was autistic and my parent's found that weed helped me function in ways I never could previously(many reported cases of this)....would smoking 3 times a day still be a "drug problem"? How are you discerning between a "drug problem" and "treating your illnesses with medication"? Heres the rub.... MY son has Turettes, ADD, and anxiety, and is controlled with prescribed medication. You have the same thing and are self medicating, smoking up 2-3 times a day, for the last couple of years. If you have been diagnosed with these disorders, why are you not on any "regular meds" I agree with whoever said...that smoking that much a day for that long is a problem....period. Regardless if you want to admit it. You said if you stop for a couple of days you can lose focus...that is a dependency As for the weed makes you a better player...I will stay out of that argument Because I think those drugs are absurdly dangerous and have a ton of negative effects. The pharmaceutical industry is out for profits, and I see no reason to trust them on these types of issues. I've tried adderall for my ADD and I've tried Ambien for my sleep issues. I found adderall made me feel like I was on a drug(kinda reminded me doing coke when I was young)...didn't feel natural at all. And ambien...holy #####. Of all the drugs I've ever tried, ambien scares me more than anything. It makes me completely black out, fall asleep wherever I am, and have very little recollection of how I got there when I wake up. For the sake of your kid, please do all the research yourself and do not trust authority figures just because they are authority figures. Also pay no mind to the legal/illegal distinction- your kid's health is way more important than a silly moral code of blindly obeying your country's laws even when they are instituted for clearly poor reasons. "I agree with whoever said...that smoking that much a day for that long is a problem....period. Regardless if you want to admit it. " I don't "want" to do anything other than discover, with the greatest degree of confidence, the truth about myself, my weed usage, and the optimal way for me to use it. I absolutely do not mind people disagreeing with me, but I'm really starting to hate being labeled in this way(as someone prone to self-deception) when I feel as if I'm being way more open-minded than those on the other side of the debate. How many other people are as forthcoming and honest publicly as I have been here? Shouldn't that cause you guys to stop thinking that I'm just out to fool myself? "You said if you stop for a couple of days you can lose focus...that is a dependency" Oh without a doubt I have a dependency on it. I depend on it to cure me of all the symptoms I've listed, and life is much tougher battling those symptoms without my medicine. I don't disagree here; I disagree that I have a "problem" with my dependency.