Raise or Fold:  A Year of Risky Business

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

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Must. Play. Poker.

Despite having arrived home at an unseemly hour of the morning, and then getting only about five hours of low-quality mid-day sleep, I found myself impelled to play in my A League's first tournament of the new quarter.

I was fortunate enough to win the game. We all know you can't win a tournament without getting lucky a couple of times; I was helped along on this occasion by my first ever straight flush with the group. But I have to say that playing poker in Las Vegas for a solid month also contributed to my success. I was making accurate reads and timely moves that now come to me much more naturally and fluidly than ever before.

Practice definitely matters. Having seen a wide variety of situations and having encountered a broad spectrum of styles makes a difference.

Something important has changed as a result of my time in Las Vegas: I can no longer be intimidated. After the variety of winning and losing experiences I've had, no one at the table and nothing anyone does can terrorize me. I will think through my options carefully, I will evaluate a broad spectrum of factors. But the choice I make will not be influenced by fear.

You can't scare me anymore, folks. Give it up. I am officially unafraid.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Las Vegas is good for you. In more than one way.

7/4/09 4:45 PM  
Anonymous joxum said...

Great - I hope you extend the year of risky business. Things seem to come together now, like a good plan.

I hope you also decide to go back and play more 2/5 in LV. Reading your posts it definately looks like it's your game. Even a week a month could make you a good profit.

How cool would that be, huh?!


7/5/09 6:18 AM  
Blogger diverjoules said...

Playing without Fear.. I will set that as this years poker goal. Thanks.

7/6/09 2:15 PM  

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