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My Fitness Challenge

May 21, 2013

Tags: Kristy arnett, Fitness, Poker, Challenge.

Hey guys!

Because of the amazing experience I've had with my Under Armour girls during the What's Beautiful challenge, I decided to start a ftiness challenge to the poker community. I know lots of you want to become healthier and get in shape, but haven't had the motivation to get started. STOP WAITING! Let's all do it together!

First off, I want you to set a goal for June. It can be anything that will ultimately make you healthier and happier. I want you to set your bar high, but also make sure your goal is realistic and achievable. Your goal can be to eat clean everyday, to work out 5 days a week, to run a certain number of miles over the course of the month, WHATEVER YOU WANT.

Set it, commit, and make a plan. How are you going to achieve your goal? Perhaps set some smaller progress goals that will allow you to achieve your month’s goal. Then tell me about it!

I posted a calendar for extra challenges and so that you can keep track of your progress and stay motivated along the way.

Here’s an explanation:

Max Out Monday – I want you do as many pushups/burpees as you can muster. Write down the number. See if you can’t do more each week.

New Stretch – Every Tuesday, I’ll show you a new stretch. I hope you’ll need it because your ass will be sore as hell ☺

Get your ass moving Wednesday – Doesn’t sound as catchy as Max-Out Monday but you get the point. Get moving! Go run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, row, bike, ANYTHING! Just get your heart rate up!

New Exercise – Every Thursday, I’ll show you a new exercise to add to your repertoire.

Flex Friday – Show off!

Saturday – I’m going to give away prizes to a couple people each week who are really working hard. I admit the prizes will be small such as a copy of a poker book, a t-shirt, or poster, but I wanted to try to help motivate you guys!

Take pictures/videos of yourself completing the challenges and path to your goal and post them! Make sure you tag me so I can see them! Twitter- @kristyarnett or Instagram: @snaptress and HASHTAG #kristyfitnesschallenge so everyone can see each other’s progress!

I’m also going to put you all on an email list to send you motivational stuff every now and then! You can obv opt out of that at any time!

Good luck!
<3 Kris

Gift Ideas for a Poker Player!

December 11, 2012

Tags: Christmas, Gifts, Gift ideas, Poker player, Poker, Kem, Cards, Poker book, Headphones, Mental game of poker, Poker journal.

Confused Not sure what present to buy a poker player this holiday season Poker Face ? No

Don't worry Bored or cry Crying or FREAK OUT Scared Cursing

Because I've compiled a list of ideas for you! Thumb Up

I know, you love me now In Love

***Disclaimer: The specific items I listed are things that I own, use and love. I'm not benefiting in any way from promoting these items/products/subscriptions.

Small gifts

Poker tracking app
This is a great gift for a live poker player. There are a few to choose from, but the app I use is Poker Journal. It's simple, intuitive, and professional. - Price: $12.99

Screen shots from the iTunes store:

Plastic Cards
Plastic cards are much more expenseive than paper because they are durable. They are water proof and can be washed in the dishwasher! Also, the smooth surface makes the cards slide nicely on felt. Copags are a good choice, but I like the feel of (Kem) cards a bit better. - Price: $28

Poker Book
There are books now for every kind of player and variation of poker -- tournaments, cash games, mixed games, you name it. But, if there is one book that I think every poker player can learn from, it's (Mental Game of Poker). Price: $20 (paperback)

Big Gifts

Let's be serious, poker players or not, everyone wants a pair of headphones, right? There are so many different kinds, (buds, over-the-ear, noise-cancelling, etc), but my favorite are the (Bose MIE2i). They are somewhat noise cancelling, but I can still hear the action at the table if I need to. I love the in-ear design because I can wear them for hours with absolute comfort. Also, if someone calls, I can answer the phone easily with the a press of a button. For those who don't have iPhones, there is another Bose earbuds variation - Price $116

Smart Tablet
Ok I don't have this one, but it's on MY list!
iPad Mini - Price: $329-$659

Gifts that keep on giving

Subscription to Music
Since players spend hours on end grinding, music makes great company. Pandora is free, but you can pay for a subscription to skip commercials. I would suggest (Spotify). If you aren't familiar, it is a digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs (pretty much anything mainstream). You can stream or download on any kind of device (there is a free version with ads but you can only use it on a desktop or laptop) - Price: $9.99/month

Audible Account
Instead of listening to music while grinding, an audiobook is also a great choice! Audible has a huge selection of audiobooks, and if you consume more than one a month, a subscription is the way to go. For $14.95/month, you get one credit which gets you one audiobook (average price per book without a subscription is around $23). Your credits never go bad and if you run out, you get discounted prices.

Subscription to a Training Site
Poker players need to constantly improve in order to stay on top of their game. Training sites are a great way to do that. CardRunners and LeggoPoker both have superb content and supportive communities, but I guess I'm a little partial to (Deuces Cracked) because the two video series I got to do with DC coach Andrew Seidman called Coaching Kristy. Wink Price: $29/month (you can also be bi-yearly or yearly for a discount)

That's all I can think of for now! I hope this helps Big Grin and he/she drools Drool over the present you got them!

Happy holidays!!


Yoga and stretching

November 30, 2012 1 comments

Tags: Yoga, Kristy arnett, Health, Poker.

I have to admit that I've scoffed a few times at the idea of doing yoga, but I've recently decided to give it a try for a few reasons:

1) some poses look cool as balls

This broad is amazing! She's @laurasykora on instagram

2) my body is starting to feel old as fug

3) I need to become more flexible to reach my next fitness goal of competing in Fitness America.

This is an example of a Fitness America routine. For the record, I'm SOOO far from this goal it's ridiculous, but I'm determined.

I've been stretching everyday for the past couple of weeks, and it feels sooooo good. Here's where I'm at right now:

Especially for you poker players out there, I can't tell you how much stretching will help your body. For me, it also calms my mind. You don't have to do yoga per say, but just do a few stretches in the morning and at night. Try it! What's the worst the could happen? Let me know how it goes Smile

<3 Kris

Graphs, Poker, & Podcasts!

November 18, 2012

Tags: Kristy arnett, Poker, Graphs, Live grinding, Aria, Strategy with kristy, Podcast.


So last time I posted, I talked about "Grinding Balls" which, if you didn't read it, means playing lots of poker! In that blog and In my most recent episode of Strategy with Kristy, I talked about how the past two-and-a-half months has been going. Basically, I'm running and playing pretty dang well.

After I went to EPT Barcelona, I finally had the urge to play poker again. So, when I got back home, I played some in September, but spent a couple weeks in Europe during the rest of the month for WPT Paris and WPT Malta. Since then I've really tried to put in hours both on and off the table.

My main game is $2-$5 NLH with a $1,000 max at Aria. As promised in the previous blog and on the podcast, I'm posting my graph. [side note: I have a ton of reservations about posting this. At this point it is such a small sample size it doesn't really mean much anyway. However, I know that I'm going to continue posting when I go through downswings too. Besides, I overshare everything on the internet and social media, so why not this too? Wink

This is over 118 hours. Again, like I said, it's a very, very small sample size and I'm running REALLY good Thumb Up

Even though I've been winning it hasn't always been easy. It's hard difficult to find and plug leaks, balance poker with the rest of your life when you have full time job, and I know this is going to sound silly, but running well can mess with your head just as running bad can. You start to feel invincible, so when a crack in the armor is exposed, you can feel unprepared for it. At this point, my hourly for the past 2.5 months is super high, so I'm "waiting" for variance to come in and bring it down. I'll be playing in a big pot and my irrational mind will say to me "Ok, here's where you're probably going to lose a huge one because it has to happen sooner or later." Or, "Well it's time for me to be on the opposite side of a cooler." It's stupid, I know, but at least I recognize it's happening. I have to inject logic, as Jared Tendler would say, and just try to make the best decisions in each moment.

I'm going to continue to put in hours and make it a priority. I'm having a ton of fun playing and part of that is because I can feel and see myself improving.

I am so glad you've enjoyed the Live Grinder Series on the Strategy with Kristy Podcast. I can't believe how much positive feedback I've gotten from it. Makes me feel so good In Love

If you haven't had a chance to hear it, here they are:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

And one more thing! I've entered myself into a competition to be the next Spokesperson! If you have a second, please go vote for me! Click THIS LINK, click the "View Women Tab" and scroll down or hit CTR F to search for me under KRISTYARNETT Smile I'm going to write more about this in my next blog. Thank you so much!


August 06, 2012

Tags: Kristy arnett, Motivation, Olympics, Failure, Success, Poker, Priorities.

After the WSOP, I fell into a bit of a lazy slump and needed some motivation to get back on track (know how I knew I needed to a reality check? I watched an entire season of Keeping Up with Kardashians -- don't judge).

So last week, I pulled up a blog post I wrote a couple years ago on my personal site called "Moti-frickin-vation." In it, I wrote about my priorities and how I was going to manage my time to reflect what was important to me. After rereading it, I decided to rewrite the post, update it, and share it with you guys...

Motivation is tough. Sometimes you are overflowing with it, so much so that it’s hard to even get started working towards your goals because you’re so excited you can’t figure out where to start. Other times, motivation is so far gone that even the thought of trying to find the motivation you lost sounds too hard.

To make progress, you first need to figure what’s important to you. Everyone has a list of priorities, but most people don't spend their time accordingly. If you broke down your day, what percentage of your time spent would consist of your top three or four priorities?

I feel really good about having made huge progress with my top three priorities which were 1) my relationships 2) my career 3) health. I feel closer to my family and friends than ever before, I'm happy where I am with my career and have worked really hard to prepare myself for new opportunities, and I competed in a frickin' fitness competition! With that said though, my 4th priorities (two were tied -- poker/writing a novel) has been pretty much nonexistent. I wrote two chapters of my book and since Black Friday, I've barely worked on my game. The only excuse I could come up with was, "I'm too lazy."

Then, I read the chapter on Motivation in The Mental Game of Poker by Jared Tendler.

Excerpt: Saying you’re lazy is an easy way of excusing yourself from having to do something. “I would have done X, but didn’t feel like it. What can I say? I’m lazy.” It’s as if being lazy is an incurable disease, or a character trait encoded in your DNA. If you believe deep down that laziness is permanent, it would be illogical for you to try anything to change it. However, laziness is not a permanent trait. It takes some work to break out of it, but this section can make that task easier. Laziness is a skill that, for better or worse, has been learned. You have learned the skill of doing something else. You have learned how to grind a large volume of television or sleep, rather than learning how to knuckle down and play longer sessions and work on your game. Instead of learning how to be productive, you’ve learned how to be lazy—and you’re quite good at it.
It's impossible to have no motivation. Think of being lazy as having a strong motivation to sleep for hours, watch TV, or mindlessly surf the internet. While that might seem like just a changing around of words, stating it that way is important in understanding and fixing the problem.

Jared also talks about the difference between stable motivation and inspiration. It's very detailed, so I highly suggest just reading the book yourself, but in short, try to remember the following:

This is the key to having stable motivation because inspiration is fleeting. However, if you do need a quick pick me up, this video seems to always do it for me Smile You will be successful when you want it as much as you want to breathe.

A silent killer for motivation that often cripples peoples' progression is fear. Fear of failure, even fear of success. Look at all these people who failed before they succeeded!

Inspirational Stories of Famous Failures and Their Future Success
--The Vice President of Columbia told this actor that he was never going to make it in the business. The actor? - Harrison Ford
His first book was rejected by 12 publishing houses and sixteen agents. - John Grisham
--Turned down by a recording company saying "We don't like their sound and guitar music is on the way out" They were talking about the Beatles
--Was told by his father that he would amount to nothing and be a disgrace to himself and his family - Charles Darwin
--Told by a music teacher "as a composer he is hopeless" - Beethoven
--Was told that "he couldn't sing at all" Enrico Caruso
--Fired from a newspaper because he "lacked imagination and had no original ideas" - Walt Disney
--Were told by Publishers that "anthologies didn't sell" and the book was "too positive"
--Rejected a total of 140 times. The book? Chicken Soup for the Soul. It now has 65 different titles and has sold over 80 million copies all over the world.
--Told by a teacher he was "too stupid to learn anything" Thomas Edison
--Failed the sixth grade - Winston Churchill
--Wasn't able to speak until he was almost 4 years old and his teachers said he would "never amount to much" - Albert Einstein
--Did poorly in school and failed at running the family farm - Isaac Newton
--Was not allowed to wait on customers in the store he worked in because "he didn't have enough sense" - F. W. Woolworth
--Was cut from the high school basketball team, went home, locked himself in his room and cried - Michael Jordan
--Producer told her she was "unattractive" and could not act - Marilyn Monroe
--This book was rejected 18 times before it was published. It then sold over one million copies the first year. The book was Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
--Auditioned for All My Children and got rejected - Julia Roberts
--Received 30 rejections and the author threw it in the trash. Luckily his wife fished it out again and encouraged him to resubmit it. The book was Carrie - the author Stephen King

And this is for those of you with poker goals. It was posted three years ago but still rings true.

citizenwind's Blog on December 18 2009
Some people don't make it at poker. Who knows why. Tilt? Neurosis? Lack of ingenuity? Mathematical phobia? Inability to calculate? To apply common sense? No. This isn't the case. There are smart, talented players who are not making it. Some of my students are clearly smarter and more naturally talented than I am, but are huge losers. But why? Why are people not beating 100nl? Or 200nl? It seriously requires common sense and a basic understanding. Not hard. You want a hard game? Learn chess. The amount of memorization and calculation requires for chess is totally mind-boggling compared to enumerative analysis. I bet if chess players played poker, they'd shit on people all the time. Like crawl up on their chests and take dumps on them. Poker isn't that hard. It's not even as hard as say, Street Fighter. You want to talk about leveling? Wait until Blanka is chewing on your face for the third tick throw in a row. Yeah, I'm a nerd, wanna fight about it?
If you're hoping to go pro at 50-100nl, but you're failing at it, stop failing. Do whatever it takes. Get coaching. Read. Study ferociously. Watch a video and force yourself to leave the session with 4-6 pages of notes. Don't know something? Then go find the answer. Ask. Post in forums. There are 10k CR members and maybe two dozen regulars posters in each forum. Surely there are more full-time grinders than that.
Look. You could make six-figures in 2010. I came from a broke family. 100k is an outrageous amount of money. 250k is unimaginable. We're talking about life-changing amounts of dough. You could make this. Easily. If you're into material things, next year you could be driving an Audi and have a lot of TVs. You could pop bottles and do other rapper-ly activites. If you're just into living free (aka hippie), you could have an extremely high paying job and unlimited freedom. I've never had a 9-5 and never will, all because I decided to spend a year really learning how to play some fucking poker.
Stop dicking around. Stop being a tilting monkey. Four year olds throw tantrums. You're an adult. Get over it. If you don't know the math, learn it right now and don't step onto a table until you know it back and forth. Buckle down. Play less tables. Turn off the TV. Don't watch videos in the background while you play, make it part of your daily routine to watch a Myth or CTS video and take a notes on all the plays and thoughts that you would not have emulated. Take notes. WHATEVER IT TAKES. In one year, you'll look back at the moment you decided to take it really, really seriously and realized that it was way easier than you thought.</blockquote>
Citizenwind’s blog really applies to anything. Just fucking DO IT! It’s easier to be scared, and easier not to try, but I guarantee you it will bite you in your lazy ass later in life if you don’t TRY.

Citizenwind’s blog really applies to anything. Just fucking DO IT! It’s easier to be scared, and easier not to try, but I guarantee you it will bite you in your lazy ass later in life if you don’t TRY.

And if you need anymore inspiration, just watch the Olympics. These athletes are amazing!!!

I hope this has helped light a huge fire under your ass! Smile

MGM Grand Challenge

April 24, 2012 2 comments

Tags: Mgm, Poker, Matt savage.

Hey! Just wanted to put up a quick post about a fun tournament series going on right now at the MGM called The Grand Challenge Tournament Series. It started on Thursday with a $230 NLH tournament with three starting days. I decided to play in it on Saturday... and by play, I mean play terribly. Haha. It was my first tournament of the year, and I sure as h-e double hockey stick played like it (I'm trying to work on my cursing Thumbs Up

Andrew, my husband played in it for fun as well and cashed. The format Matt Savage came up with for these multi-starting days is pretty interesting. On each Day 1, you pay 10 percent of the field and stop play when you are down to 5 percent of the field. Then, 5 percent of each starting day comes together to play Day 2. I snapped this picture of Andrew at the FT. LOL, he is not fond of me taking pictures all the time Smile

While he played, I jumped in a $2-$5 cash game. The game was pretty good. I was kinda pissed that a player got away with block betting me on the river. Made me feel dirty. haha.

There was also a two mixed games going. Karina Jett, who has always been one of the sweetest players to me ever since I started working in poker, is now a rep for the room. She's done an amazing job building the mixed games there, and they run quite often.

Anyway, here is the rest of the schedule. It's got some pretty interesting ones like a Chinese tourney! There is also a ladies event as well. The Main Event is a $1,600 buy-in, so I'm venturing to guess we'll see a few pros in that field. I think I may play the 6-max event!

Tuesday, April 24
Event #9 No Limit Hold’em Shootout (One Day) Noon $300 + $40
Event #10 H.O.R.S.E. 5 p.m. $200 + $30

Wednesday, April 25
Event #11 No Limit Hold’em Double Stack Turbo (One Day) Noon $300 + $40
Event #12 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed 5 p.m. $200 + $30

Thursday, April 26
Event #13 No Limit Hold’em Day 1A** Noon $300 + $40*
Event #14 No Limit Hold’em 5 p.m. $125 + $25

Friday, April 27
No Limit Hold’em Day 1B** Noon $300 + $40*
Event #15 All-in or Fold No Limit Hold’em 5 p.m $125 + $25

Saturday, April 28
No Limit Hold’em Day 1C** Noon $300 + $40*
Event #16 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better with $100 Re-buys 5 p.m. $125 + $25

Sunday, April 29
Event #17 No Limit Hold’em Mix Max 10-8-6-4 Noon $500 + $50
Event #18 Chinese Poker 1/2 High 1/2 2-7 & Player Party (Limited to 40 players) 5 p.m. $1,000 + $90

Monday, April 30
Event #19 No Limit Hold’em Double Stack Turbo (One Day) Noon $500 + $50
Mega Satellite No Limit Hold’em 5 p.m. $180 + $20***
Late Night Turbo Mega Satellite No Limit Hold’em 9 p.m. $180 + $20***

Tuesday, May 1
Event #20 No Limit Hold’em Main Event Day 1 Noon $1,500 + $100*
Event #21 H.O.R.S.E. 5 p.m. $200 + $30
Wednesday, May 2
No Limit Hold’em Main Event Day 2 Noon
Event #22 Pot Limit Omaha with $100 Rebuys 5 p.m. $125 + $25

Thursday, May 3
Event #23 No Limit Hold’em Noon $500 + $50
No Limit Hold’em Main Event Final Table 1 p.m.
Event #24 Omaha Eight or Better 5 p.m. $200 + $30

Friday, May 4
Event #25 Ladies No Limit Hold’em (One Day) Noon $200 + $30
Event #26 No Limit Hold’em (One Day) 6 p.m. $125 + $25

Saturday, May 5
Event #27 No Limit Hold’em (One Day) Noon $125 + $25
Event #28 No Limit Hold’em (One Day) 6 p.m. $125 + $25

Sunday, May 6
Event #29 No Limit Hold’em (One Day) Noon $125 + $25
Event #30 No Limit Hold’em (One Day) 6 p.m. $125 + $25

<3 Kris

I run so good!

March 23, 2012 2 comments

Tags: Kristy arnett, Remko rinkema, Madrid, Chile, Travel, Lucky, Poker, LAPT, EPT.

I've been away from home since March 9th covering pokers tournaments for PokerNews. Fifteen days ago, after missing my first flight (a mistake that was idiotic and will never happen again), I boarded a plane to New York City and had the awesome misfortune of a 12-hour layover. My cousin, who I haven't gotten to spend quality time with since we were young, lives there. I clumsily navigated my way through the Air Tran and Subway to get to Penn Station. For locals, apparently this quite an easy task. For me, a person who's slightly terrified by the though of speaking to strangers in non work-related settings, it was a nightmare.

I met up with her, had lunch, did some credit card damage at Macy's and H&M, talk over one-too-many-caffeinated drinks drank, and left each other with a new closeness we haven't had in years. We even bought the same dress. I think of this as the "friendship bracelets" for twenty-something-year olds.

I caught the Subway back to JFK three hours before my flight (just to be safe) and sat at my gate, awaiting my direct flight to Madrid, Spain.

"Kristy Arnett, will you please come to the counter, Kristy Arnett."
"I'm Kristy. What's up?"
The Delta employee, a middle-aged man with small pot belly underneath his navy blue vest and hairy forearms smiles big at me.
"You're gonna like me."
"Oh yeah? I think I like you already." I say with an awkward wink. Lynn Gilmartin told me to always be overly flirtatious to those with the power to upgrade you.
"Here's your new ticket. You're flying business class tonight."
"REALLY! I don't like you, I LOVE you!"

I'd never flown first-class on an international flight but had always drooled at the look of the seats as I passed them on the way to coach. I grabbed my new ticket, turned around, fist pumped, and under my breath said, "That's what I'm talkin about!" I then realized what the fuck I just did and called myself a weirdo. Then, I realized I just had a conversation with myself out loud. I cursed at myself again, this time time in my head. Eh, screw it, whatever, I'M IN FIRST CLASS!

Boarding the plane first, I hate to admit, gave me a feeling of superiority. I hate that it did though. All first-class means is that you paid a stupid amount of money for extra comfort and superior food/beverage... or you're lucky - like me!

When I sat down in my window seat, I was amazed at all the free goodies you get! Socks, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, sleeping mask, and even a shoe horn, all packaged in a cute little travel bag. For those of you guys who follow me on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / Tumblr, you know that I'm obsessed with taking pictures. So of course, I had to take this:

The woman next to me, who was clearly a first-class reg, rolled her eyes at me. She then complained to the stewardess that her outlet wasn't working and desperately needed to charge her iPad. Sweet lady, you really need to play Angry Birds.

She was kind of a drag to sit next to, but I really enjoyed the flight. It was a good reminder though of how I never want to be a snotty butthole when I'm ballin outta control (yeah, I said it, WHAT?) and take first-class flights all the time.

I spent a week in Madrid covering the EPT and even got to go to see Real Madrid play!!! Haha it's funny, because as I'm typing this, I'm getting goosebumps. First of all, I couldn't believe our luck and that we actually got to go. I LOVE soccer and what soccer girl doesn't LOVE Ronaldo??? The stadium was electrifying and even from our nose-bleed seats, I could clearly see the sick display of athleticism at its highest level. I had so much adrenaline in me that carried over to the post-game party, that it resulted in this:

Yeah... I have no idea. All I know it is that it was SO MUCH FUN! And the guy who's trying to fight me in those pictures is Remko Rinkema who works for PokerNews.NL. He's one of my favorite people in the world. Everyone jokes that he thinks that everyday is, "The Best Day EVAAAR!" How do you not love someone like that? Anyway, if you missed anything from EPT, here's my recap.

After that event ended, I boarded a plane and took a 10-hour flight to Atlanta, followed by a 6-hour layover, another 10-hour flight to Santiago, Chile, and took a 2-hour car ride to Viña del Mar. It might sound like a lot of travel, even too much, but I didn't mind it at all, haha this is a pic Chad Holloway snapped in our shuttle to the hotel.

I'm disgusting looking after 30 hours of travel but happy! Here's why:

That's me, on the beach, doing MY JOB and having waaaay to much fun filming which resulted in this video:

All I'm trying to say is that I'm SO lucky, and I don't ever want to forget it. A lot of us, particularly those of us in poker, lead unexpected amazing lives. If someone where to tell me that I'd have as many stamps as I do on my passport just a couple years ago, I'd have said they were crazy! When life gives you a shitload of lemons, make a shitload of lemonaid, and don't forget to share, AMIRIGHT?All I'm saying is, I always want to be the weirdo who gets overly excited about an upgrade than the disgruntled rich lady who only finds joy in Angry Birds. (Cut the Rope is way better anyway)

<3 Kris

Get out of the FRIEND ZONE!!

February 02, 2012

Tags: Youtube, Kristy arnett, Poker, Downswing, Friend zone, Videos.

I decided to take a few days off poker because of my downswing which gave me time to do something I've been wanting to for awhile... I made my first YouTube video!!! It was actually a lot of work because I'm new to editing videos. I thought you guys might like it. If you do, please share/subscribe/like it Smile

Also, if the topic of the Friend Zone hits home, I wrote in more detail about it on my personal blog. Let me know what you think of the vid!

Getting Coached-- My path to beastdom

April 07, 2010 1 comments

Tags: deuces cracked, poker, online poker, balugawhale, kristy arnett, poker news.

Hey PokerNews people!

First of all, I wanted to say that I'm sooo happy to be working for this company. I've had such a wonderful time so far and love everyone I get to work with! That being said, I guess I'll start my first blog!

I've been given the opportunity of a lifetime which is that I'm being coached by a lead instructor on Deuces Cracked. I recently wrote a blog on their site that I wanted to share with you all! So here ya go:

Poker players are obviously good at reading people, but often, it doesn’t transfer from the poker table to real life. For Jay Rosenkrantz, I believe it does.

First, he saw a real desire in me to change and improve my game. He knew I wasn’t bullshizering, and that I was willing to put in the work. I have always had a passion for poker but have honestly been too scared to really take advantage of opportunities that have presented themselves along the way as a poker hostess. But, when the chance to get coaching from DeucesCracked came along, I knew I had to push that fear aside because offers like this are almost too good to be true.

Now the second reason I think Jay is amazing at reading people is because he undoubtedly paired me up with the best coach for me… Andrew “Balugawhale” Seidman. I know that there are so many incredible coaches here at Deuces, but I’m positive that Andrew’s personality and coaching style are perfectly compatible with me and my learning style. Obviously, Andrew could coach a monkey to be successful because he’s so good at it, but I definitely wanted to thank Jay for pairing me up with him. NICE READ.

Before I met my coach though, I was pretty effing nervous. I had no idea what to expect. I was soo excited that he turned out to be super friendly, outgoing, honest, and a great listener. That last trait I mentioned might seem like an odd one to point out, but in my opinion, it’s one of the most consistent characteristics of genuine people. People who have something to prove, are too into themselves, or only have ulterior motives for everything nice they do are generally terrible listeners. Anyway, sorry for the quick rant, but long story short, Andrew is GOOD PEOPLE.

The original plan was that Andrew would stay in Vegas for a few days and do a pretty intense eight sessions of coaching me for a series on DC. We worked really hard, but we also had an awesome time off the virtual felt too. He played on my coed soccer team and scored a goal (Brag: I scored 3 though, OHH one-upper!!!), we went to a country bar with Poker News people and rode mechanical bulls (I have video of it… thinking about submitting it to be spliced into one of these Coaching Kristy videos— what’ya think?), and we popped bottles in the club one night too.

Needless to say, the few days he was here were both super informative and FUN! When he left, I felt really confident about my game and was excited to start putting into place everything that I’d learned. Then, I got even better news!

We couldn’t use the videos and I was going to get eight more sessions of coaching with Andrew! YIPPEEEE!

So, the first video was posted today, and I’ve been really nervous for this. Basically, I’m making myself super vulnerable, but hey, whatever. It’s worth it, and I hope other people can learn with me. It’s tough sometimes to admit that you need help to improve your game, but not many people can be their best without it. I know a lot of people will be able to relate, so that’s why I’m ok with viewers watching me struggle and completely misplay hands and embarrass myself! It’s all a learning process!

And speaking of processes, I want to repost what Andrew wrote in the comments, which are the processes we referred to in the first video that I learned in our previous unseen coaching sessions…

process when facing a bet or raise
1) passive or aggressive?
2) value betting or bluffing?
3) value hands worse vs value hands better, count up total bluff hands

process when deciding whether or not to bet or raise:
1) am I value betting or bluffing?
2) if value betting, which worse hands call or raise?
3) if bluffing, do I have PE + FE?

I’m going to be posting at least every week about the latest video, and also about my progress. Right now I’m at NAPT Mohegan Sun doing video coverage for Poker News, so I won’t be able to put in a lot of hands, but I definitely will once the tournament is over.

I hope you all are well and enjoyed the first video. If you have any constructive criticism, questions, or suggestions feel free to message me!


<3 Kristy aka Guess16 aka Ninja Dolphin (if that doesn’t make sense, wait until next week Smile

P.S. If any of you get bored of just reading about poker, I also keep my personal blog at Thanks!



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