Is it possible that the assumption that one needs time to gain perspective is itself just a limitation in perspective? In other words, if we stopped believing we needed more time, would we not immediately gain perspective?
Not only do i think it's possible, but i think that's exactly what happens. We think that we need more time to gain perspective only because we assume that we'll have more time. We use this false promise of future time as a crutch because we lack the self discipline to be diligent each day. You can see this situation highlighted when people find out that they have a terminal illness. My grandfather was a very stubborn man. He and my mother had a falling out and didn't speak for 10 years. When he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, he reached out to make amends with my mother within a week's time. It made me realize that throughout those entire 10 years he must have always been missing his daughter and grandchildren, but kicked the can of reconciliation down the road...until there wasn't any road left. It shouldn't an event like Black Friday for us to realize that we should have been operating out of more urgency.
Dec. 25, 2016 | 7:36 p.m.
I really appreciate that kind of transparency. I didn't mean for my initial post to be accusatory in any way, rather I wanted to engage in a conversation with RIO staff, pros and members. I do realize that there are many exceptions to individual results that shouldn't automatically qualify or disqualify a person from being a RIO pro. My intent was really just to keep the environment here honest and authentic. You're probably the most highly respected pro on this site and nobody would begin to question the quality of the content in your videos. But isn't there also a danger in that? It's so easy for me, as mid stakes player, to just assume that everything you say is sound advice and that i should be trying to replicate the way you play NLHE. However, the poker environment changes so fast, as seen by your mini HU match with Doug (in which he seemed uncomfortable playing against newer HU strategies), that you can't just trust the quality of the pro based on past results.
If it was encouraged that pros post their results regularly (only for the games that they make videos), in then allows members to better qualify the coaches that they want to learn from. This is my own personal opinion (so it's not worth much), but i can't really think of many good reasons for wanting to keep results private unless there is something to hide. Privacy for privacy's sake seems contradictory to me when team pros have already volunteered to produce content on a public platform (though that's just my opinion and i respect that other people have a different opinion). Let's use Phil as an example. If Phil made $1,000,000 this year from poker, why should he care that I know unless it's a situation where he's not declaring his poker winnings for tax purposes or something along those lines. If Phil lost $1,000,000 then he has more incentive not to post his results, possibly to the detriment of the community as a whole.
There can be many perfectly fine reasons for not having great results, but there can also be a lot of negative reasons as well. If I were a pro getting paid to make videos, doesn't the community deserve to know how I'm doing in the games in which I give instruction? If i'm not doing well, members should be able to question me and i should have the opportunity to give an explanation. Also, maybe there's a situation where there are 4 team pros playing in the same games with similar volume but different long term winrates. It helps the member decide whose information they give more weight. Last, I think this would also take some pressure off of the RIO staff in the ongoing evaluation of team pros (I hope that this is happening to some degree as i think it would be a big disservice to RIO to have 'tenured team pros'). I welcome all feedback.
Dec. 21, 2016 | 9:21 p.m.
This probably qualifies as a 'gossip' post, but i was wondering about the process that RIO uses to evaluate their current and potential coaches. I know that you require an audition video of sorts, but is there any scrutiny places on their past and current results? Are team pros evaluated by people playing in their games? The reason i ask is because i'm noticing more coaches being hired whom I've never heard of and i would hate for RIO to lose perspective and start going the way of every poker training site (By that i mean that RIO starts to worry more about quantity over quality.) Given the increasingly competitive poker environment in 2016, there's no guarantee that team pros with a high level of past success are currently doing well in their games. What's more, if they aren't doing well in the games it becomes even more appealing to produce additional videos (of lower quality since they aren't ahead of the curve anymore) and lock in a guaranteed income all the while becoming complacent in their ability to beat the games. I believe that it also makes sense to make team pro results public. Volume and winrate graphs should be posted every 6 months by each coach and that should be available in their coaching bio. Exact monetary figures can be kept private, but if coaches are resistant to this it's probably a decent indication of their current place in the games. I think this would also rectify the difficulty that members have in assessing the quality of the pros. It's so easy to just watch videos and trust that the video makers know what they're doing, but not having any proof. I'd be interested to hear your input on this.
Dec. 19, 2016 | 8:34 p.m.
I like the idea of having an additional 'table size' filter of FR, 6m / shorthanded, HU. When you implement this, make it mandatory for all new posts to require the poster to select the table size. I'm a HU player and it's pretty common for poster to not put "HU" or "heads up" in the title, but a mandatory table size label would remedy this issue. When you do implement this, are you planning to go back through and add these labels to preexisting threads?