So What Do I Know?

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006, 12:50 am

Wow, I thought the suckouts in Hold-Em were rough, but after playing HORSE for a week or so I’m almost longing for those beats on the river. I’m just playing for fun, playing different games just to be different, but Jesus, could I please not lose EVERY time to a boat on seventh street? Could I pleass not brick out in Razz when my first four cards are A-2-3-4? Pretty please? I’m playing tight, very tight, but I am getting KILLED. Now, it’s true that I know nothing about optimal strategy in Stud, Stud Hi/Lo, Razz, and Omaha Hi/Lo, and that my grasp of good Limit Hold-Em play is what might called “tenuous”. But still…Jesus!

The recent passage of that anti-American legislation or not, my poker career might be coming to an end. I’m coming up on my 3rd anniversary of playing online, and I don’t think I’ve gotten much better. Maybe a little bit. But I don’t seem to have the drive or motivation to get much better. Oh, I have lots of poker books on my shelf, and I’ve even read most of them, but have I truly understood? Doesn’t seem that way. Overall, I’m a winning player, but not by much. Not enough to justify the time I put into it. And for me to get better I’d have to put a lot more time into it. Which I don’t seem willing to do. I enjoy playing, but I enjoy writing and reading and riding my bike, and maybe it’s time I made that last, final cash-out and stepped away from the table once and for all. I’ve been tempted the last few days, but I can’t pull the trigger.

Nah, probably won’t cash out entirely. Still working off a bonus. Still like to play. But whatever hopes I had to become a “good” player have pretty much fallen by the wayside. It takes work to get good at this game, and I don’t seem to be willing to do that work. And I don’t know that my attitude will be changing any time soon.

Plus I don’t want to go to prison. That was one of my New Year’s resolutions last years, “Stay out of federal prison”. I’d like to keep one of my resolutions for a change.

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3 Responses to “So What Do I Know?”

  1. Pokerwolf Says:

    I’m right around where you’re at in relation to poker skill, Gene. I might take a stab or two at a big tournament, but I’m not going to try to kill my social life to win a “big score”.

    Hopefully, you’ll be able to do more tournament reporting (if you enjoyed the gig, that is) so you can get some of your poker fix that way.

  2. Ken P Says:

    Gene,
    Ask yourself why you play poker? I doubt the answer is a get rich scheme.

    Stop by my new blog if you get the chance and take a look at my ‘Donkeyness’ one. You ain’t alone, guy!

    http://jkprevo.pokerworks.com/

  3. Ken P Says:

    Regarding HORSE. Hit the cheap tables for the games you don’t know. What did you learn at holdem by playing a lot of games? Much was you learn the hands to get away from certain ones. The game is decided by holdem play because of blinds and amount of hands played. You don’t need perfection at the others, you just need a fairly sound game. I’d have the same problem and so do 95% of the people gravitating to HORSE. Actually, I’d have even more than most as I hate limit.

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