Full-Ring Friends Series: Petteytheft

What is your poker story and what led you to full-ring over other variations of the game?
My poker story started with playing freerolls all the time. I used to go to a certain website where it posted freerolls and their times on various sites. I was also involved on a forum, and that’s where I got my first money by winning $20 in their freeroll of 50 people or so. My friends and I got into playing poker on weekends around this time. The ESPN WSOP Moneymaker effect really hit us.

I chose Full Ring over other variations for the simple reason that what I had seen on ESPN was 9 players to a table. I didn’t even know about 6max or HU until awhile after that. I don’t really have the patience to learn 6max/hu though. I play 6max every now and then when I’m bored with FR though. I used to play Omaha a bit and it is truly the gamblers game. I remember swinging from doubling the roll to busting it in one session of 2 tables. It was awesome and soul crushing all in one.

What is behind the name Petteytheft?
I’m usually quite horrible in making creative names, but I think my poker name is awesome. My last name is Pettey which is pronounced (and often misspelled) as petty. Petty also means small or unimportant. Petty Theft meaning Small Theft! This means I like to steal your blinds if you didn’t follow that.

Poker and non-poker goals for 2009?
My poker goals are SNE and $200,000 profit overall currently. The first part is getting harder and harder to get, but I put myself at 90% to get it. The second part, I keep moving up and up because I’m doing better than I had originally thought. Non poker wise, I’m trying to go to the gym to gain weight this year. I’d also like to get my own place but it’s so expensive in SD (I’m a cheapo)!

Have you ever been coached?
I have been coached before. I think EVERYONE could use coaching at one point or another. I used to think that people who got coached were those who sucked. I realized that there always are better players than you that can teach you new things in the game. I can say first hand that the coaching really did open my eyes to various things and decreased the time needed to get to the level I’m at currently.

Talk about your prop-bet with FATDAN and how that all came about.
I was one of those people who didn’t out their screenname on 2p2 trolling various people while playing NL100. FatDan made some sort of posting challenging me iirc and I outed myself and got into the prop bet. To this day, I still don’t believe that playing 6max would have been an angle, but at this point it doesn’t matter at all. I was a little annoyed that people called me an angler though, but I guess it’s understood because I was not known by anyone. I got destroyed in the prop bet, but I feel like our actual skill levels at the time were even at worst.

I’m hoping that FatDan and I can get a prop bet going in May again. He wants 2:1 odds with a 200k maximum on hands after winning the first prop bet by 5 figures. My guess is that the line will be at around 1.5:1 by the time we get this thing going. I expect to destroy him this time though.

What are the major poker epiphanies you’ve had to get you to the point of solid, winning poker?
There are several things that got me to where I am today. First of all, I wish I didn’t 24 table so early. When I teach newer players, I hammer it into them to play only 12 and learn the game correctly. It’s so easy to just take the easy route of being an FPP pro though. Another thing is to up the aggression in the steal positions. Remember that if you are on the button and steal one set of blinds, that is 1.5 bb. If you do that only ONCE during a 100 hand session, you’re increasing your bb/100 by 1.5. That is something that seems so small but really makes a huge difference. The difference between 3ptbb and BE is 4 sets of blinds only.

What are some of your interests outside of poker?
Outside of poker, I enjoy playing sports. I play softball in a league with my dad that is surprisingly competitive. I also play Tennis and Basketball with friends a couples times each per week.

What sports teams do you follow?I follow pretty much any major sport outside of Hockey, but my teams are San Diego Padres (baseball), San Diego Chargers (football), Los Angeles Lakers (basketball), SDSU Aztecs BBall (College basketball) and Phoenix Suns (basketball)

What are the best and worst aspects of being a poker player?
I’d say the best aspect by far is the money. What else can you do to make this amount of money at this age? The freedom to “work” whenever I want is definitely a close second though. The worst aspect has to be playing when I don’t want too, or when you hit a huge downswing. Going for SNE makes me play more than I’d like, but it’s a goal I really would like to achieve. I’m an incredibly lazy person, and I’d really like to get this to prove that I can reach SNE. I’ve had some pretty nasty downswings in the past due to various things, and I’m not a nice person when that happens :).

What do your family (both immediate and extended) think of your poker playing?
Immediate family sees the money I make and doesn’t say much about it anymore. Extended, I have a couple of family members that think I’m ridiculous for playing poker as much as I do. This goes back to when I played computer games. They just don’t understand the new age of technology.

What kind of reactions do you get from people outside of poker when you tell them that you play? What are some of the funniest, ill-conceived, tilt inducing and fishiest responses that you get?
I try not to tell people how much I make, but sometimes I feel it’s the only way to justify to them why I play so much. I really don’t owe them an explanation but I do it anyway. I’d say I get the good ole “can you turn my XX into XX” question a lot. I have a large bankroll and they don’t understand I don’t want or need their money. Also, when I had an 8k bankroll, someone asked for 1% by giving me $80 lol. I don’t need 80 fucking dollars lol. Also, the epic bad beat stories. Someone once told me of the worst beat I have ever heard. When I asked how much it was for, he replied play money. Standard.

Quick Quiz – Of All 2+2 SS Full Ring and PokerStars $100nl-$400nl full-ring regulars
Best avatar?

Other than my avatar for personal reasons, I’d have to go with Pisco’s or the FPP pro’s. I never see a picture of any country’s flag much but I’ve seen at least 4 of Argentina which makes me laugh.

Best strategy poster?
I used to see the guy with Phil Galfond avatar (can’t remember his name) posting the best serious answers. Also, I remember Renaissance and FantasticCow posting seriously when I was first coming into SSNL.

Best trash talker?
Rambo makes me laugh when he trash talks. He just is versatile and will have you confused. I saw him flame a person’s poker skill then challenge them to street fighter.

Best 24-tabler?
NL100, I don’t really know who plays here
NL200, BiggieSmallz? RobertFripp? Do these guys even 24 table? I don’t really know who plays 24 tables at 200 yet.
NL400, Kiwi, Keli, several really good 24 tablers

Ranka has a strange Estonian sense of humor but it’s awesome. He rarely gets mad and always has a joke.

LearningCurve is definitely the most friendly. I’ve never even seen a trace of anger/hate in her posts, but only encouragement.

The strangest has got to be KiWiKaKi. I just don’t understand what goes through his head sometimes.

Most under-rated?
Subv is one of the more underrated players that I feel like flies under the radar.

Most over-rated?
I’ll go with who overrates themself. Any person who makes posts belittling others skill normally overrates themself. SlammedFire thinks he’s god gift of poker, while TimStone thinks he can just shit talk anyone for some random reason. IntenseDawg, aka the biggest douchebag in MSNL also thinks he is a legend of poker. These are only two people of several that overrate themselves.

Who, if anyone, have you met in real life?

Strangely enough, the person I’ve met in real life is KiWiKaKi. I met him at a Warcraft 3 tournament (yay nerds!).

Most Tilty?
I’d say the most tilty would have to be someone who does flips when they have lost a lot. There can only be one name here and that’s BIGGIESMALLZ. FantasticCow is one tilty mf’er too when he starts losing flips.

Least Tilty?
Everyone tilts but those who can say nh even to bad beats are those who will rarely tilt. People like Ranka, Muk and You (Eureka) come to mind.

Best table selection?
I don’t practice table selection much, but there is one guy that if he is at my table, it’s got to be a good one. That’s the StudGrandpa.

Best short stacker(lol)?

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