The entire concept of a “bull market in stocks” makes little sense. Sound crazy? These days, certainly, because we’re always hearing about a perpetual bull market in stocks. Valuations increasingly disconnected from economic reality, asset bubbles in one class or another, armies of speculators moving like zombie hoards descending on the next fad and blowing it up to infinity and beyond, Buzz Lightyear-like.Why is the whole concept of a bull market generally, nonsense? Because if the value of everything is going up simultaneously, then nothing is going up. If everyone is a superhero, nobody is. If, in an imaginary economy, absolutely everything costs, say, $5, (labor, land, capital whatever) and then the next day everything costs $10, then what’s changed? The answer is absolutely nothing.The only thing that matters is relative valuations between asset classes. Let’s divide them into three of the most basic ones. Equities (stocks), bonds (debt), and commodities (consumer goods). If all three are going up in tandem, then there is no “bull market” in anything. If commodities are going up faster than stocks and bonds, you have inflation, or even hyperinflation. Ask anyone in Venezuela whether they care that their stock market is doing great, nominally. They don’t. They’re looking for their next glop of gruel or morsel of moldy bread to survive the day.But if stocks and bonds are rising and consumer goods are static to falling, you have a bull market in financial assets. This is where we are now. And boy are we really hard and deep into it now. Below is the ratio of the S&P 500 to the CRB Commodities Index.And I’ve got news for everyone. This bull market in stocks relative to consumer goods in dollar terms is already over. It ended almost a year ago. On April 20, 2020 to be exact. Red circle blowoff top above. That was when oil crashed to negative $35 a barrel and we all lived in an alternative financial freakhouse universe. But I have more news than that. This entire “bull market” in stocks has been one gigantic illusion from the very beginning. Stocks aren’t going up. They haven’t gone up for 21 years. Money is going down. Here is the graph of stocks relative to the prime monetary commodity, gold, over the same timeframe above.We can see here that from 1990 to 2000, we had a real bull market in stocks. Equities rocketed in gold terms and in terms of consumer goods generally. Everyone felt richer. Portfolios up, expenses down. But since that time, money has been dying at an accelerated pace and the standard of living has fallen.The bull market in stocks over the last 21 years has been an illusion, a tiny echo of the bull that ended at the turn of the century. We have spent the last 21 years trying to reinflate it, but gold has exposed the lie. We are now at the point where the illusion is about to collapse completely. In my view, we have only a few months left until it all hits the fan. Until then, the bubbles will keep coming in staccato frenetic fashion, moving from one asset class to another faster and faster, until we all get so dizzy we can’t follow it anymore. Last week I speculated that maybe the next target for the zombie hoard will be in penny gaming stocks. I was close. It’s in Macau stocks. It may already have started two weeks ago. The frenzy has started over news about China opening up again. I mean, just look at this crazy chart of the Macau proxy ETF:That last surge higher is just since February 1. We could be at the beginning of a crazy but brief ride higher in Macau stocks right now. New all time highs again, and Macau isn’t even fully open yet. The latest full month statistics for December show a 78.6% drop in visitors year over year. And yet we’re at new all time highs in these stocks already. It’s just completely crazy. I can understand the Macau opening up again trade, but to argue that this factor is being priced in at these levels, at new all time highs? As if none of this full year shutdown hurt any of the casinos fundamentally at all? That’s just totally bonkers crazy. It’s a reflection of the value of the currency these stocks are priced in, not the stocks themselves.What’s happening is that the zombie hoard of bubble chasers is reading the headlines regarding China starting to open up again, and they’re slamming buy orders and call options like they’ve been doing with tech stocks and Gamestop and BTC and all the other fads. We just got news out of Bloomberg that China’s Imax had a face-ripping rally due to exploding ticket sales. China is, indeed opening up, and the zombie hoard of speculators is now going to spray their money hoses at anything Chinese. Macau might be at the center of it.How high can this Macau bubble go, if that’s what we just saw start two weeks ago? The truth is, it doesn’t matter. If you get into it, you’ll get hooked and keep levering yourself up, counting your paper gains, unable to separate from them until you get caught in a vortex. At some point, my view this year, it’s all going to come crashing down when all the damage from 2020 is finally revealed all over the world. You can’t paper it over forever. The damage to Macau casinos doesn’t just go away. It festers in the form of more and more debt, and a damaged consumer base that can no longer patronize casinos in the way it once could. Festering wounds need the paper bandage removed and they need to be operated on. That is painful. And it’s coming.When we think of the word “bubble”, what are we really talking about? A bubble is something that looks, from the outside, to be really big and stable. The shape of it, a sphere, is the most stable shape in the universe. It’s why planets, stars, moons, and possibly even the spacetime continuum itself, spontaneously shape themselves into spheres. The force of gravity equalizes at every point on the sphere, forming equilibrium. Nature always seeks equilibrium. And so bubbles take on the illusion of stability, but unlike a real sphere, there’s nothing inside them. When they pop, they are gone almost instantly. This one is about to pop. Macau appears to be the next victim sucked up by the bubble. Macau will survive and rebuild. The question is, in what form? I wouldn’t take a bet the depended on me getting the answer to that question right.
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Odds courtesy of OddsShark.comThere are just two teams left in college basketball that are unbeaten, and they are the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs of the West Coast Conference and No. 2 Baylor Bears of the Big 12. Neither program has won a national championship in the sport, but they are the two clear favorites to cut down the nets on April 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Selection Sunday is March 14, with the First Four taking place on March 18.Gonzaga (+275) probably will reach the NCAA Tournament – which this season due to COVID is being played entirely in the greater Indianapolis area – unbeaten simply because the level of competition it faces in the WCC is rather weak overall. The Zags have two regular-season games left and both are at home: Thursday against Saint Mary’s and Saturday against San Diego. Gonzaga has won 47 straight games at home and 24 in a row overall dating to last season.The Bulldogs lead the nation in scoring (93.1 ppg) and shooting (55.1 percent). They are essentially a lock to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga reached the national title game in 2017 and lost to North Carolina. The Zags were the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA men’s basketball selection committee’s mock bracket reveal Saturday.Baylor (+300) has played a tougher schedule than Gonzaga simply because the Big 12 is so much better than the West Coast Conference – the Bears and Zags were supposed to play on December 5 at a neutral site but it was postponed for COVID reasons. Baylor hasn’t taken the court since February 2 due to COVID issues in the program. It reached the national title game way back in 1948 but lost to a powerhouse Kentucky team coached by the legendary Adolph Rupp.The Big Ten hasn’t had a national champion since Michigan State in 2000 but has four legitimate contenders this season in Michigan (+800), Illinois (+1300), Ohio State (+1400) and Iowa (+1600).The Wolverines returned Sunday from a nearly month-long COVID break and won at then-No. 21 Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes have arguably the country’s most dominant player in senior Luka Garza, who ranks first nationally in scoring at 24.5 ppg. Last season, Garza was recognized as the National Player of the Year by six national media outlets and certainly will get similar recognition this year.
Those who know my game well know I don’t particularly like to fold reasonably strong hands. While being a bit of a calling station works well against most good, aggressive players who almost always have at least some bluffs in their ranges, against weaker opponents who play blatantly straightforward and rarely bluff, calling down with good, but not amazing, hands can get you in a ton of trouble. This WSOP has provided me with numerous examples where I should simply lay down a hand to a weak, passive player that would be criminal to fold against someone with a balanced range.
The first example took place in a $1,500 WSOP event. The blinds were 25/25 and everyone had around 4,500 chips. I raised with Kc-Qd to 75 from middle position and both the small blind and big blind called. Both of my opponents were around 55 years old and had yet to take any sort of an aggressive betting line. The flop came Ks-Ts-6d. My opponents checked to me and I bet 150. Only the big blind called. The turn was the (Ks-Ts-6d)-2c. The small blind checked and I decided to bet 300 for value. To my surprise, he made it 1,000 with little thought. I reluctantly folded and he proudly showed me his Kh-Th.
While most good players could, and likely should, have flush draws and marginal made hands they decided to turn into bluffs in their range, a tight passive player is almost never bluffing. Knowing this, which hands would he realistically check raise large for value and, in his mind, protection? I imagine the worst hand he may think is a “premium” hand on this board would be K-J. If that is the worst possible hand he can have, K-Q is in awful shape. It is worth noting that you will occasionally fold the best hand but against his tight value range, K-Q is crushed. Even if he had a few premium draws in his range, K-Q still simply must be folded. When your opponent’s range is almost entirely premium made hands, if you have a good, but not premium, made hand, you should usually fold.
Another hand came up a little while later in the same tournament. This time, the blinds were 150/300-25 with 15,000 effective stacks. A tight, passive player raised to 750 from the small blind and I elected to call in the big blind with Js-Tc. The flop came Jh-Jd-9h. My opponent bet 900 and I called. The turn was the (Jh-Jd-9h)-6c. He checked and I quickly tossed in 1,500, hoping to look as if I was trying to blatantly steal the pot. When he check raised to 4,000 with confidence, I assumed the way I put my chips in the pot induced him to run an optimistic bluff. I elected to call, hoping he would shove the river. The river was the (Jh-Jd-9h-6c)-8s. My opponent instantly went all-in for 9,000 and I called with little though, losing to his 6d-6s.
So, where did I go wrong? Some people may think I should have raised the flop for “protection” but if the opponent only has a few outs, you should not be concerned with getting outdrawn, especially if you suspect you will be able to extract an additional street of value later on the turn or river. I was also concerned that he would fold almost all hands worse than a 9 if I raised, which would be a disaster as I certainly want to keep him in the pot with various A and K high hands. Finally, I wasn’t entirely sure I could profitably get in 50 big blinds against this specific player if he elected to reraise on the flop.
I messed up badly on the turn. I thought he would view my splashy bet as a bluff whereas in reality, he probably wasn’t paying attention to how I put my chips in the pot in the least bit. If he had nothing, he would fold and if he had a good hand, he would call. It is as simple as that. I then compounded my error by assuming my opponent would lose his mind and attack my splashy bet, which he probably wasn’t even aware of. This made me think my opponent’s range consisted of almost entirely hands I crush. In reality, he simply has a J or better every time. When he instantly pushed on the nasty 8s river, which improved Q-T and J-8 to better hands, I should have found a fold because I lose to all value hands besides perhaps a vastly overplayed overpair. I leveled myself about as hard as possible.
I know that most players know to not pay off tight, passive players, but I seem to forget it from time to time. When someone who hasn’t put a chip in the pot in an aggressive manner all of a sudden wants to stick his whole stack in, you need an overly premium hand to continue. Don’t forget it.
If you are going to the WSOP, I strongly suggest you spend some time preparing. If you simply show up and expect to succeed, you are almost certain to fail. I recorded a six-hour long training series for you that explains all of the preparations I make in order to ensure I have the best chance to do well. I also discuss how to play with the wildly varying stacks you will be forced to play with at the WSOP. Check it out here: Jonathan Little’s WSOP Coaching Series
Thanks for reading and good luck in your games!
This article initially appeared in CardPlayer magazine.
If you’ve never seen Dara O’Kearney and David Lappin hosting The Lock-In before, then you’ve already missed out on some of the best poker content that has been out there during your country’s version of lockdown. If that’s the case, then head here for a more general look at The Lock-In and enjoy the whole canon. If you’re already a confirmed fan, however (guilty as charged), then this week’s detailed look at the action between Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu by the challenge’s winner – Polk if you’ve been living under a soundproofed rock at least a continent away from Las Vegas – is just for you. In it, Doug Polk answers a range of questions from the Irish poker legends as he goes deep in terms of analysing his win and talking the boys and viewers through how he did it. Crib notes – it was a lot of hard work. In this episode of the Lock-In, it would be easy for Lappin and O’Kearney to simply gloat at Negreanu, especially as the Canadian six-time WSOP bracelet winner was both ignorant and disparaging in equal measure to their award-winning podcast when The Chip Race (presented by the Irish duo) was given due credit by their peers at The Global Poker Awards of 2019. That they don’t is to their credit and the very reason why both The Chip Race and The Lock-In have become essential viewing over the last few years, with the questions both detailed and knowledgeable and the pace of the interview perfect for their subject, the eponymous Polk – to eulogise on exactly what went right and wrong. There’s not a sausage in sight and Polk is refreshingly honest and open about how he structured his attack on Negreanu and in breaking down the closing half of the challenge, we learn a lot about how even the best heads-up online players stay at the level they’re at – hours and hours (and more hours) of work. Polk’s success, of course, came to the tune of $1.2 million eventually, but that took a huge winning session in the last yards to mean a seven-figure win was confirmed and was done so with a modicum of humility by Polk. He was the player many saw as the aggressor early on, but opinions have rightly changed on that. Negreanu frequently believed that he played ‘perfect poker’, but Polk laughs at the very idea, admitting to making hundreds of errors as anyone would do in a massive heads-up challenge, even the best in the world. Polk is honest enough to admit that should the heads-up game have been live, then he may have been a marginal dog in the fight, but between the three men, they go into some great detail around exactly why this kind of game would not have been totally to Negreanu’s advantage had it gone ahead. Of course, had the pair arranged to play 25,000 live hands of heads-up poker, it’s likely we would be covering it by the time Donald Trump runs for U.S. President again in 2024. Don’t shake your head; it could happen. Polk is called ‘hyper aware of his weaknesses’ by David Lappin and in a complimentary fashion, which Polk responds to very well, taking the time to talk about ‘knowing what he doesn’t know’, and as he describes, he has always been perfectly prepared to look at solvers, analyse his play and be open enough to look at where he has been wrong. The more you watch of the episode, you more that you realise Polk’s strength in the challenge was actually to appreciate that every session is full of mistakes by both players and being ‘hyper-aware’ of that was the edge. If you haven’t seen the hour-long special, then it’s essential viewing and can be viewed right here: Doug Polk is pure gold throughout, but he’s helped more than adequately by two of the best presenters in poker. If only they weren’t so successful at the felt, we might be treated to O’Kearney and Lappin presenting the game on a more regular basis whenever live poker returns, because apart from high-beef content sausage proprietors, who wouldn’t watch them?
Lessons I’ve Learned at the World Championship
by Jennifer Shahade
The two-time US women’s chess champion, and PokerStars Mind Sports Ambassador Jennifer Shahade admits that her biggest highlight of this poker season was winning the TonyBet Open Face Chinese World Championship High Roller event. Not only was it the biggest live buy-in she ever played, it was also the biggest cash prize of her career.
Since the event was streamed live, the recorded video footage allowed Jennifer to analyze her own game and use it to teach others about OFC poker. In this piece Jennifer shares her thoughts on two hands she played during the tournament and looks at them in more detail.
At this point of the tournament I had Jason Mercier and Marek Kolk as my opponents. Jason is a really good player under pressure, he has a lot of experience. In Open Face Chinese I think he plays a bit more conservatively than average. Jason is also extremely dangerous under new formats and new situations, as he can adjust very quickly, being used to that from high stakes mixed games.
So considering many of the players were not as used to tournament format that could give Jason an edge. I didn’t know as much about Marek Kolk though from the few hands I played with him, he seemed more on the aggressive side and willing to take risks when it’s close, so he and Jason were presenting two very different aspects of the game here.
Just like in other forms of poker, sometimes a more conservative line and a more aggressive line can have similar equity, so in Open Face it’s about trying to figure out when your style is interfering with the correct mathematical choice. I’m not sure where I lie on the spectrum – I think I’m pretty good, of course. Though if I had to identify a leak in this respect, I’d say I am probably a bit too conservative/straightforward when my hand is bad.
When talking about this particular hand, I definitely would have played Queen on top, 2, 3 in the middle and 7, 4 in the back first to act, as Marek did. I can’t see another way to set my hand: 2, 4 in the middle and J, 5, 5 at the bottom seems totally standard, the jack is the perfect kicker for the back.
As for Jason’s hand, anyone who watches my Run It Once videos knows how partial I am to pairs over three-flushes. With all of the kings, tens and sixes live, I’d consider K, K, 6 in the back, ten in the middle and ace up top. Believe it or not we are over 50% to make a boat or quads in this spot, which sounds outrageous, but makes sense when you consider how it’s rather unusual that all of our kings and kickers are live.
It’s also very nice that our other kicker is so live too so we’ll make two pair in the middle quite comfortably. Of course his set is very well designed for fantasyland, though I think my way gets there quite often as well.
I think Marek’s hand was shaping up poorly compared to our hands. Presumably, he did not get a diamond, and Jason was very likely to complete his flush. Meanwhile, all my jacks and fives were live too, and there were still three aces live at the time, so he decided it was time to gamble.
I think I’d play it the same way though I don’t know his discard on the crucial pull where he decided to gamble for Fantasy Land.
I think the value of Fantasy Land is slightly less in three-handed play. As I discuss in my Run It Once videos, however, I think that in three-handed it’s also a little easier to get to it because we will have more information about which kickers will be live and which will be dead.
Whether or not to go for Fantasy late in the game is often a pure math problem! It became a bit more complex in the tournament format with short stacks though I normally believed that if I had a relatively short stack, it was even more profitable to gamble for Fantasy.
It’s also very relevant as to which position we’ll be in when we come out of Fantasy Land. It’s not that important to see our opponent’s first five cards when we set a Fantasy hand, it will only occasionally change our set. However, it’s quite important if we can find ourselves on the button after getting out of Fantasy, rather than “wasting” our button while we are in Fantasy.
A very important factor to consider before playing a live Open Face Chinese poker event is one’s physical and mental preparation. Because you have to play each and every hand, it is very different from Hold’em tournaments.
I had an event in London the day before the OFC High Roller, and I wasn’t confident that I’d be rested enough to play the 10K High Roller. I ended up changing my seat from an aisle to a window the night before, and slept the entire flight. If not for that, maybe I wouldn’t have ended up playing and taking home the biggest cash of my career and the belt!
I was so energized to be in beautiful Prague, and just before sundown, I texted my friend Warren Lush to see what he was up to and how the High Roller was going. He encouraged me to come out and play and I rushed to the tournament. All in all, a great example of the butterfly effect for me.
I also had a wonderful time at the tournament – I’d never played a so-called “High Roller” before, though I’d played 10Ks in Main Events, this was quite different. I noticed that ironically, the atmosphere was more informal and relaxed. I also thought the staff did an exceptional job, especially considering how late the tournament ran. And the food was amazing at Kings Casino, I’ll always remember the steak and champagne I had after winning. I’m missing Prague already!
“You have to have ZERO respect for a dollar when you play tournament poker!”This was the advice I received after busting a recent tourney. I was venting/reviewing with a friend, who is a much better player with A LOT more experience, and he was quick to hit me with this line. We were going over a particular series of hands from the 300k GTD at the Winstar river series in which I went from nursing a short stack for hours, to a sudden heater that propelled me up to almost chip leader at the table. It was a 4-5 hands blitz that had me feeling pretty amazing, but then on the 6th hand a found myself in a gross spot that could have( and probably should have) resulted in getting those new found chips all in! As I discussed the hand history, I mentioned to him that I felt the urge to “save” the chips I had just finally acquired after so patiently waiting all day! He immediately was no longer concerned with the hand history and went right into questioning my mindset and bankroll. “If you want to be a great poker player, you have to have ZERO respect for a dollar when you play poker…as bad as it sounds, it’s true and unfortunately, that’s why so many people become degenerates!” Yikes, straight to the point and brutally honest, but exactly I needed to hear! Suddenly, this seemingly basic hand history review had turned into an explosion of questions about the inner workings of my game! Why was I fearful to lose those chips? Had I been playing scared?“Different kind of playing scared!”The hand history itself was past around and I received several different viewpoints on it, but to this day, I’m still unsure what the correct play was lol So I think I’ll save that for another post, as the more important point was made, maybe THE most important point of my whole poker career!?Have I been letting the “money” effect my decisions?I think we’ve all heard that phrase about being numb to the money in poker. Win or lose, you can’t let the thought of what that money means to you in the real world influence your decisions at the table. All that should matter in the moment is making the correct play. If you bust, you bust. If it’s a tourney you just re-buy or play the next flight. In a cash game you simply reload at the table and move on the the next hand. It’s just standard practice for almost every player I know, myself included. Hell a few times I’ve witnessed friends fire over 10 bullets at a single tournament, with buy-ins ranging from $150 to $1650! I’ve also watched as they reach into their backpacks for another brick of hundreds after getting stacked for the 5th or 6th time. While I’m sure it seems absurd to most normal people,(and it should be) unfortunately for us poker players, that’s kinda just the way it goes sometimes. We chalked it up to variance, running bad, or being unlucky. We just call it a “standard” part of the game and move on. We aren’t being degens, the run bad is REAL, right?! lol“Nah, it’s definitely about the money…”Seriously who burns all that money!? lol Don’t listen to the Joker up there, its always about the money! Well of course, being the best poker player you can be should be the ultimate goal for any seriously player (Sending a message? lol). Hmmm, so I guess for poker players, this quote should say something like “Send them the message; It IS about the money! ” So by showing your skills as a player, you plan on beating them and taking their money!? lol;) All joking aside, at the end of the day, it’s about making money. It’s what makes the poker economy go round! If you play professionally, you need to be earning and saving money to support yourself and possibly your family. You can’t be blowing through 10 buy-ins every weekend, when that money could have been your mortgage payment! It may not be as serious for you if you’re a recreational player, but not making money still means you’re not WINNING and what’s the point of competing if you can’t WIN? So no matter Pro or Rec player, the question becomes; What separates a typical “poker player” and from being a true Gambler. Where do we draw the line? Are we being financially irresponsible or making sound poker decisions?!“Every beginning has an end…”After continuing to hear my friends advice repeat in my head every time I’ve sat down to play since that day lol I realized I had to take a l hard look in the mirror and ask myself; Am I a poker player or am I a DEGEN? I mean I like to think I’m still pretty tame compared to a lot of players out there. Never being THAT out of control, but I’ve clearly made my share of mistakes. I’ve re-bought when I knew I shouldn’t, I’ve played above my means, played in bad games, played too many games at once, etc. You name it, I’m sure I’ve done it at some point, but at least I’m finally here asking, why did I do it? Have I been making the correct plays every time and just getting unlucky or have I been blind to my errors and just convinced myself what i was doing was “standard” !? Why it has taken me this long to really stop and think about it!? To realize something needs to change?So many questions and only one answer comes to my mind…Bankroll Management. The problem and the solution are the same. For me, sound decision making in poker starts with sound Bank Roll Management. Also it’s the only real thing I can control to prove to myself that I’m a winning player. So in the next post I’ll discuss general bankroll management strategies, outline my plan, and officially kick off my Intertops Bankroll Challenge.Run GoodTimPS: use promo code TOK2017 with the link to help build you’re Roll!
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ขออภัยที่โพสต์ยาว / ระบายล่วงหน้า! สำหรับการอ้างอิงการเสพติดเป็นสิ่งที่ฉันไม่คุ้นเคย ดูเหมือนลักษณะครอบครัวที่ทุกคนติดยาเสพติดหรือแอลกอฮอล์เป็นส่วนใหญ่ แต่แม่เลือกที่จะเล่นการพนัน สิ่งที่แย่ที่สุดเกี่ยวกับเธอคือฉันอาจจะเข้าหาเธอตอนที่ฉันอายุ 10 ขวบเท่านั้น เราเล่นกับเกมบิงโกที่ “เป็นอันตราย” ในช่วงวันหยุดมีอยู่ช่วงหนึ่งตุ๊กตาหมีกำลังพูดเหมือนเงินเพื่อเล่นและชนะ มันเป็นช่วงเวลาที่ดีและชื่นชอบความทรงจำ แต่ฉันมีความเข้าใจเกี่ยวกับอินเทอร์เน็ตและเมื่อเรากลับถึงบ้านฉันได้แนะนำวิธีการเล่นออนไลน์ที่บ้านและจะมีเวลาระหว่างเรามันปลอดภัยที่จะบอกว่าเราชนะด้วยโชคดีครั้งใหม่ มันสนุกอยู่พักหนึ่ง แต่ตอนเป็นเด็กฉันเบื่ออย่างรวดเร็ว ฉันแทบไม่รู้เลยว่าฉันปลูกเมล็ดพันธุ์เพื่อการเสพติดของแม่ของฉันเอง ตอนนี้ฉันรู้แล้วว่าตอนนี้เขาตื่นเต้นแค่ไหนที่เขาน่าจะตื่นเต้น แม้วันนี้ฉันเกลียดตัวเองในสิ่งที่ทำ เธอเสียเงินมากมายเราเสียคริสตมาสมากมาย ไม่สามารถจ่ายบิลหรือซื้ออาหารได้ภายในสองสามสัปดาห์ เธอไม่เคยให้อภัยตัวเองสำหรับเรื่องทั้งหมดนี้ ฉันมักจะโทษตัวเองอย่างสมบูรณ์และสัญญาว่า ID จะไม่มีวันสิ้นสุด คืนนี้ฉันมีความสำนึกว่าฉันมีอยู่แล้ว การปิดกั้นและการ จำกัด โควิดทำให้ฉันเบื่อฉันเชื่อ เบื่อมากพอที่จะลืมว่าการพนันเป็นอันตรายแค่ไหนและในอดีตมันทำร้ายฉันมากแค่ไหน ฉันลงทะเบียนบนเว็บไซต์บิงโก 20 ปอนด์ไม่เป็นอันตรายมาก ฉันถูกรางวัลแจ็คพอต เหลือเชื่อในที่สุดฉันก็สามารถชำระหนี้เล็กน้อยที่เหนือการปิดกั้นและไม่สามารถหยุดคิดอย่างจริงจังว่าฉันโชคดีและรู้สึกขอบคุณแค่ไหน ครอบครัวของฉันแสดงความยินดีกับฉันพร้อมกับพูดติดตลกว่า “ระวังอย่าโง่ง่ายเกินไปอย่าไล่เงิน” และฉันก็ตอบอย่างมั่นใจว่าไม่ไม่ฉันรู้ว่าฉันกำลังทำอะไรอยู่ ก่อนหน้านี้ฉันรู้ว่าฉันจะไม่เป็นแบบนั้น ฉันไม่ระวังเงินให้มาก … ตอนนี้หยุดไม่ได้แล้วฉัน จำกัด บัญชี แต่ฉันยังคงสร้างบัญชีใหม่ในเว็บไซต์ต่างๆ หลังจากที่ฉันแพ้ที่นี่อีกครั้งฉันมักจะแบนพวกเขาที่นี่ 10, 20 ปอนด์, 50 ปอนด์และอื่น ๆ อีกมากมาย ฉันไม่เคยทำลายซึ่งหายาก แม้ว่าฉันจะชนะฉันก็เก็บเงินส่วนใหญ่ไว้ในบัญชีเพื่อเล่น อาจจะอยู่ในม้วน … ดีแค่ถอน 50 ปอนด์ป่วยที่ฉันใส่ จากนั้นก็ส่งใหม่อีกครั้ง .. และอีกครั้งฉันไม่ทันคิดเลขเพื่อหาว่าฉันจะเสียเท่าไหร่ ฉันรู้สึกว่างเปล่า ฉันสะสมมากกว่าที่ฉันคาดไว้จะรู้เช่น ID ทำอะไรสำเร็จ ฉันแค่รู้สึกมึน ๆ ฉันเพิ่งเริ่มเล่นเดิมพันโง่ ๆ เพื่อดูเงินที่มองไม่เห็นหรือไม่? ฉันไม่รู้สึกอะไรเลย ฉันหยุดไม่ได้ จำนวนเงินฝากไม่สำคัญแม้กระทั่งเมื่อฉันรอจนถึงเที่ยงคืนเพื่อเพิ่มอีก คืนนี้ฉันตระหนักว่าฉันมีปัญหามันถูกฝังอยู่ชั่วขณะและฉันได้ปลดล็อคบางอย่างในตัวฉันที่ไม่ได้ใช้งาน ดังนั้นฉันจึงถูกแบนมาก และทุกคนมี ขออภัยที่ไม่ได้อธิบายรายละเอียดเพิ่มเติม แต่ฉันเสียมากกว่า ID ที่ชนะไปแล้ว ฉันใช้จ่ายไปมากเป็นสองเท่าของความสุขที่ได้รับชัยชนะเป็นครั้งแรกในพื้นที่ของสัปดาห์ที่แล้ว อย่าติดตามเงินทั้งหมดที่ฉันชนะและไม่เคยถอนออกโดยคำนวณว่าฉันอาจจะเสียสามครั้งฉันโกหกคู่ของฉันเกี่ยวกับเรื่องนี้แล้ว “โอ้ฉันมีเงินโบนัส” “โอ้ฉันมีเงินเหลือจากครั้งที่แล้ว” ฉันบอบบางและหงุดหงิดเกินไปฉันกำลังเล่นและหยุดตอบสนองเมื่อฉันเล่น ถ้ามันกวนใจฉันระหว่างเกมฉันก็ตัดมันและดึงมันออกมาและฉันก็รู้ตัวในวันนี้และฉันก็รู้สึกไม่สบายตัวจริงๆ เป็นเกมกลยุทธ์ที่เล่นเกมแอพของตัวเองดังนั้นบางครั้งเราจะไม่พูดมากเกินไป ฉันพยายามปรับการใช้จ่ายของฉันเพราะเขาเอาเงินเข้าเกมของเขาด้วยตอนนี้เราทั้งคู่มีเกม อีฟไม่ค่อยเล่นเกมด้วยตัวเองมากนักจนถึงตอนนี้ตอนนี้ฉันโกรธที่เธอพยายามคุยกับฉัน ฉันตระหนักว่ามันอันตรายแค่ไหน ฉันเกือบจะโกรธเขาที่อยู่รอบตัวฉันและหันมาสนใจฉัน แต่ฉันก็ไม่รู้สึกอะไรเลยถ้าฉันชนะหรือแพ้ในเกมเหล่านั้น ฉันแค่กลัวว่าเรื่องนี้จะยุติลงเร็วแค่ไหนดังนั้นฉันหวังว่าฉันจะหยุดได้แล้ว ก่อนที่ฉันจะทำลายทุกอย่างไม่ใช่แค่การเงินฉันหวังว่าฉันจะทำได้ดีขึ้น
วิดีโอ YouTube ส่วนใหญ่ที่มีผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์จะคล้ายกัน พวกเขามีปัญหาเมื่อผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์เริ่มต้นด้วยเงินจำนวนเล็กน้อยเพื่อเขียนพูดว่า $ 50 และต้องการให้มันกลายเป็นแบ๊งค์ 5 คนเช่น 10,000 ดอลลาร์ นั่นคือสิ่งที่แสดงให้เห็นซีรีส์วิดีโอล่าสุดของ Charlie Carrel บน YouTube เหตุใดการดู Charlie Carrel จึงแตกต่างจากการดูผู้เล่นอื่น ๆ ทั้งแบบออนไลน์หรือแบบสด เป็นเวลานานที่ Charlie Carrel อาศัยอยู่ในโลกของผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์ที่ฉันไม่รู้จัก – มีประสบการณ์มาก มันแซงหน้าฉันไปแล้วสำหรับโอกาสที่สมบูรณ์แบบจริงๆ ในช่วงต้นอาชีพการรายงานของฉันฉันได้รับการทดสอบอย่างเหมาะสมกับเหตุการณ์เล็ก ๆ น้อย ๆ ที่ไม่มีใครสังเกตเห็น แต่บางครั้งมีเพียงดวงตาของฉัน แต่นั่นเป็นวิธีที่ถูกต้องและในไม่ช้าฉันก็พบว่าตัวเองอยู่ที่ปรากต่อหน้า Charlie และ Ben Heath เพื่อนสนิทของเขา Carrel และ Heath ใช้เวลาที่เหลือทั้งวันเรียนรู้แบบฝึกหัดเดียวกันและผลัดกันบ่อยๆดังนั้นจึงมีเหตุผลที่จะตรวจสอบสิ่งที่พวกเขาทำ พวกเขาทุกคนอายุน้อยกว่ามีความก้าวหน้าและก้าวหน้ามากกว่าผู้เล่นในวัยเดียวกันซึ่งทำให้ผมประทับใจมากโดยเฉพาะในหมู่ผู้เล่นชาวอังกฤษ ภาพลักษณ์เก่า ๆ ของนักแสดงชาวอังกฤษเป็นชายผิวสีเข้มขี้ระแวง Carrel และ Heath ไม่ได้เป็นเช่นนั้นซึ่งเป็นอากาศบริสุทธิ์จริงๆ เมื่อเผชิญหน้ากับตำแหน่งที่โดดเด่นบนโต๊ะทุกคนในโต๊ะจะพูดถึงหัวข้อที่น่าสนใจเช่นปัญญาประดิษฐ์ มันจะมาเมื่อไหร่มันจะเป็นอย่างไรตลอดชีวิตของเรามันจะเป็นส่วนถาวรของเผ่าพันธุ์มนุษย์? Carrel นำความเป็นไปได้ในการรื้อฟื้นการสนทนาใด ๆ บน YouTube บนสถานีวิทยุยอดนิยม (ที่มีสมาชิก 47,000 คน) และในขณะที่เป้าหมายของการตั้งแบ๊งค์ยังไม่ชัดเจนเท่าที่ Carrel เกี่ยวข้อง ในช่วงไม่กี่ปีที่ผ่านมาเขากลายเป็นคนที่มีความหวังในการฟื้นฟูชีวิต Charlie Carrel เป็นคนที่สนุกสนานในการฟังและดูการเล่นโป๊กเกอร์ มันไม่สมเหตุสมผลเลยที่จะชนะมากกว่า $ 50 ถึง $ 10,000 มันขึ้นอยู่กับว่าโครงการจะใช้เวลานานแค่ไหน แต่ก็เหมือนกับสิ่งต่างๆส่วนใหญ่ในชีวิตการเดินทางที่พิสูจน์แล้วว่าสนุกกว่าปลายทางที่คุณกำลังจะไป ความตื่นเต้นในการดู Charlie Carrel พูดคุยเกี่ยวกับโป๊กเกอร์และชีวิตเป็นสิ่งที่แปลกและน่าตื่นเต้นในความตั้งใจของพวกเขาไม่ใช่ผลที่ตามมา คุณสามารถดูตอนล่าสุดของการเสนอราคาของ Charlie Carrel เพื่อเปลี่ยน $ 50 เป็น $ 10,000 ด้านล่างและเราขอแนะนำอย่างยิ่ง