Raise or Fold:  A Year of Risky Business

Writing and playing poker as if they were activities worth doing well.

Friday, April 17, 2009


Just a few quick notes before either 1) the WORTHLESS wifi in my hotel room craps out again or 2) I pass out from exhaustion and wake up with keyboard indentations in my face.

For the first time in my visit, Vegas was actually warm and sunny today. Rather nice, in fact. I was outside in it for all of about ten minutes as I walked from Harrah's to Bally's.

I played my first live game of Omaha Hi/Lo tonight. It was fun, but I didn't do especially well.

So far, I have not been making any money with the hold'em, either. On Thursday, I busted out of my first Deepstack tourney by misplaying AK. The cash games have mostly been an exercise in frustration. (OOooo the bad beat story I could tell from this evening, if I were allowed to do that.) Anywho, I'm once again at that place where I sincerely question my ability to play the game at all. Perhaps I should just hang it up.

That is not going to stop me from signing up for the Saturday Deepstack event, with its luscious one-hour blind levels. It is, however, beginning to feel like a do-or-die proposition for me. (No pressure!)

The social side of the trip has been far more rewarding. I very much enjoyed the dinner I shared with the Grump, F-Train, CK the BWoP, Short-stacked Shamus and his lovely Vera. Getting to know the people behind the blogs has been a pleasure.

I am trying to remind myself that if it weren't for poker I wouldn't have met any of these charming people, and that I should be grateful for that at least. It doesn't change the fact that I really, really, really need to take a hard look at my game. No one with the results I've been having for the last several months should even *think* about trying to earn a living playing cards.

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Blogger Short-Stacked Shamus said...

Great meeting you, too, Cardgrrl. Big fun. (Vera says hey.)

Good luck in the Deepstack!

4/18/09 11:09 AM  
Blogger bastinptc said...

My Dear Sis,

You're missing something. I can't say I know what it is. It might be a coach. It might be a round table discussion with other poker players about motivations. Maybe both or something else. For what it's worth, my ear is available.

4/18/09 2:06 PM  
Blogger dbcooper said...

Here is hoping you do well in the Deepstack tournament. I admire you for doing what most of us poker players only dream about and thats playing for a living. I think everyone goes through dry spells. Here is hoping you play your way out of it. Looking forward to reading how you do.

4/18/09 3:13 PM  
Blogger Wolynski said...

Do you think you've been playing well, but catching bad beats or do you feel you've not been playing well?

Sometimes after a session I say to myself I played like crap. Or I was in a bad mood and shouldn't have played at all.

And sometimes there's a phenomenal table, but I can't catch any cards.

I think playing for a living is difficult - it's better to have other income and then the pressure is off.

Maybe it's time to get a coach or return to playing super tight.

Well, at least you're honest.

4/20/09 1:19 PM  

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