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    Senior Member jrmdes's Avatar
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    Things in my life.. Not all too well..

    So here is my sob story..

    How much of this you already know I have no idea..

    I have 2 kids now. Both boys, they are 8 and 9 as of the time I am posting this.. Years from now they will most obviously be older.. LOL!

    4 years ago my wife and I separated, 2 years later we divorced. I gave her and the kids everything I owned, house, car everything except my clothes, My laptop and my cell phone. I had no where to go really so I moved home with my parents and have been there ever since.. Well up until this week.. I'll get to this part later.. Just remember it..

    After my wife and I divorced I got back to playing pool. A passion of mine for 20 years now. I had all but stopped playing for the last 4 years prior. I got back in to playing pool leagues. In fact the last two years I have been on the winning team!! YAY!!..

    This year was particularly good year for me, I won $1000 from the pool leagues and 500 in May from another pool tournament I had been involved in. So I decided to re invest 400 of that and play in the Canadian Amateur National Championships. This was something I was sorely under skilled for but really wanted to play and since it was in my home town only about 3km (5 miles) from my house I decided to give it a go. I lost.. I played 8-ball and 9-ball events and in 5 matches I only won 1.. But I had a great time.

    This is about the time my life got flipped all upside down, inside out and backwards.. My ex wife called me on the Friday before nationals were to begin and dropped the big bomb. She has cancer, breast cancer. Now even though we had been apart for like 4 years at this point I was devastated. The woman I loved, i still love (not in love) and the mother of my children has breast cancer.. I cried. Frequently. I couldn't think right, had trouble eating. What could I do? I was shocked, scared, and clueless.. The following day she called me again and asked, if she moved in with her best friend and her best friend's dad, would I move into "the" house and take temporary custody of our kids while she does her treatments? What could I say? I mean they are my kids. Someone has to take care of them and it should be me. I'm their dad and they need to see that dad will drop anything and everything to be there for them.

    So as of Yesterday I've moved into my old house and will live here for the next 9 or so months and be the sole caregiver of my children. Figuring I am gonna have a lot of evenings home, alone while the kids are sleeping I figured I might as well drop 50$ on my stars account and get back to playing poker. MTTs mainly. I play buyins between .11 and 3.50. This is where I think I have some good news. According to OPR I sit at a 27% ITM rate with a whopping ROI of 13%.. I'm happy to cash in about 1/4th - 1/3rd of the events I play in.. But I so need to see that ROI increase..

    Anyhow that's my life in a nutshell..

    P.S Always looking for backers for slightly higher buyins but more so looking to maybe buy micro percentages of some folks in really large events.. 2% of a Sunday million FT wouldn't hurt the old bank roll any I bet..

    P.S.S They took out the old staking forum.. That was the first place I looked for when I came back!
    jrmdes: I didn't miss it for you... I played for you cause I missed it.

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    Yikes! Cancer is a scary prospect. Did they catch it in time, such that a mastectomy can eradicate it or has it spread? My wife had uterine cancer 5 years ago and has been cancer free since due to her hysterectomy. Her only problem now is that her feet and ankles swell for no reason other than a condition of the lymph nodes around the cancer site she had to have removed. A good friend of mine had a type of throat cancer, but so far he has been 3 years in remission.

    I applaud you for making the right choices.

    I'd stake you, but alas I am an American and we aren't truly the Land of the Free anymore. I do have PokerStars loaded, however. I could lend moral support!
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    Senior Member jrmdes's Avatar
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    I'm not really in need of stakes. I do ok with my tiny BR. Where are you playing lately? In case I want to rail.. Or even do a refer a friend.
    jrmdes: I didn't miss it for you... I played for you cause I missed it.

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    Hi Jrm, thanks for sharing. I wish your ex-wife the best in beating this. It is a time to take the 9 months and cherish your daily time with your kids.

    I haven't played any poker myself for quite some time, but now that I'm in the Isle of Man I hope to start playing soon, but still probably a couple months away as we continue to get the family settled in. I'm thinking this winter will be a lot of inside time so should be able to find some time. Matthew
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