Raise or Fold:  A Year of Risky Business

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Day 64: Black & Blue

I caught the fleshy part of my hand — you know, the bit between your thumb and index finger — in the pushbar of a door yesterday. The pain was excruciating, and naturally I now have a giant subcutaneous blood-blister that hurts like hell. Shaking hands is a challenge (of course it's my right hand).

Metaphor alert!

I haven't had a good hand since.

I have been running, you should excuse the expression, like shit. Horrible! My god, I didn't realize how many ways there were to be beat. I have taken the art of the second best hand to a new level. I feel like the freakin' body bag down at the gym: "C'mon, hit me again boys, I hardly FELT that last one!"

Yeah, I'm a little punch-drunk. You would be too.

I busted out of my A League tournament early on Tuesday. I can't even remember how, at this point.

I got smacked around at the Crime Scene game, but managed to get out of there with only a few slight dings. The misery had, however, only just begun.

My poor online bankroll is deflating so fast there ought to be a hissing sound. When you multi-table, and you're running bad on all five tables, your money evaporates incredibly quickly. I'd like to know how my opponents, who are playing amazing crap and making perfectly ridiculous decisions, manage to catch exactly the right cards to make their hands so often... and especially when that card is the one that gives me the great, but second-best hand. And do not even talk to me about AA, KK, and QQ.

Some things just need to be passed over in silence.

It's a wonder I haven't destroyed some nearby household object. There have, I admit, been expletives. It is hard not to become persuaded that the universe is obviously OUT TO GET YOU.

I need a hug.



Blogger matt tag said...

do you use pokertracker 3 while online? Very useful in a downswing:

1. Look for leaks. It's too easy to talk about bad cards and suckouts as the sole cause of your bankroll drain - there are often more subtle issues that have crept into your game. Ex: Maybe you've recently started completed the small blind too often with crap, or playing small pairs without the correct implied odds, or called one too many raises from tight players with KQs (just one time!).

10/23/08 6:41 AM  
Blogger bastinptc said...


The word verification to comment is "flumin". Flumin hell, Sis.

If it makes you feel any better, you saved me from having to write a blog post today, as elsewhere at a juicy, juicy table I was experiencing a similar fate.

Sorry to hear about your hand.

10/23/08 1:26 PM  
Blogger Cardgrrl said...

@Matt: Still haven't bought/installed PT3. I am sure that my game is FULL of leaks. The more bad beats I take, the more I leak too! It's a vicious cycle.

10/24/08 8:23 AM  

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