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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Punishment Does Not Fit The Crime

Because I have taken the solemn of oath of No BBS, this post will be remarkably detail-free.

All I can tell you is that my crime apparently consists of playing the best poker of my life, and the punishment is to consistently lose large sums of money.

I wish I could tell you that there was some kind of meaningful lesson to be learned here, but the only thing I can do is to keep making good decisions and hope that someday, somehow, they are rewarded all out of proportion to their merit (so as to make up for what I'm going through now).

As if poker were ever about justice.



Anonymous Anonymous said...


I don't know if this no-BBS policy is a good one for a blogger like yourself. It is definitely good for casual players whose non-poker playing friends really don't care and for pros who's contemporaries have seen enough of them for themselves. But, for you, the appeal of the blog is in the ups and downs of the grind. If you omit the 'downs' because you don't want to be a braggard and tell about how much better than your competition you were if not for the cruel poker gods, then you would surely omit the 'ups' for basically the same reasons. The readers are left with nothing. I can't tell you how to write your blog, but I think that we (readers) are missing out on your best writing if you adopt an anti-brag policy.

3/18/09 10:09 AM  
Blogger matt tag said...

this is one reason why poker ultimately can make you a better person - handling failure when you've done nothing wrong (and, in fact, may have done everything right).

You get a bead on the player, you learn how they play, you wait and wait (and maybe wait some more) for the hand to beat them, you finally get it, you're sure you're ahead - you KNOW IT, you put money in the pot with the best hand, then... bang.

You lose on a three-outer.

One of the things that has helped me immensely in dealing with this madness is PokerTracker3. When I have thoughts like "dammint - my top pair/top kicker ALWAYS get sucked out on by some idiot with a lower kicker that hits 2 pair" - I can dig into the data and prove/disprove (usually disprove) this assertion.

3/18/09 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you say 'best poker of your life,' do you mean ABC poker, or do you include deceptiveness and gear-shifting?

I have a friend at PAO who sticks mostly to the ABC. He gets excellent results. He can easily beat me doing that. I tell him he could do better against the top players with things like: Set up the other players to expect you to play a certain way, then suddenly switch to different play in terms of starting hands, aggressiveness, size of bets, eliminate calling, etc. Even let them catch you playing a 58o. Then reshift before they catch on.

I'm sure you know all this, but it is all I have to offer!

Good Luck,

Crash from PAO

3/18/09 12:59 PM  
Blogger Cardgrrl said...

@Redright88: I take your point. I just have to work a little harder on having something interesting to say. I tend to find hand analysis in blogs fairly tedious, so I'll be working on coming up with something else to keep my dozen readers entertained.

@Crash: I do try to shift gears (and execute other such maneuvers) when I think I'm at a table with sufficiently observant players to make it worthwhile.

@Matt Tag: Unfortunately, there is no Pokertracker 3 for live play. I have to rely on my undoubtedly faulty memory. And the long, desperately scribbled list of horrible beats I've taken which I keep stored on a mouldering scroll in my dungeon. (Ooops. Did I say that outloud?) :)

3/19/09 2:03 AM  

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