Raise or Fold:  Learning (From) Poker

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Play On!

Even as I begin the unpleasant process of looking for a source of gainful employment (oooo, no fun!), I'm still making the rounds of my local poker haunts and playing a lot.

Despite one desperately bad session at the Crime Scene Game in which I ran up against a super-hot LAG who COULD NOT LOSE (that, and I made two truly bone-headed mistakes), the Tweak continues to generate good results. Saturday night I played all night at the Ikea Game. The table was exceptionally juicy, and since I have better-than-average mental stamina my skills held up as others' deteriorated. This was an ideal profit-making scenario for me, and so I stayed and played until it was time to go to Sunday brunch. It's been a long time since my last all-nighter, but it was a good judgment call to stay at this game and it paid off nicely.

I wanted to see what a year of poker-playing has done for my skills, so I decided to take The Donkey Test again. I took it a couple of years ago and scored 90. This time I scored 115. Apparently I've learned something in the intervening period, which is encouraging. I'm too cheap to pay for the full analysis, so all I can report is that the test thinks I'm a winner at low stakes. Yep, that sounds about right.

If I continued the learning progression, well, then I'd be a mid-stakes winner in two more years. And THEN I could play poker for a living, right?! Yeeee-haw!



Anonymous Anonymous said...


Glad the "tweak" still works.

The Donkey Test seems to be a decent test.

Good luck with the job search.


9/21/09 6:41 PM  
Anonymous astrobel said...

Hey ,

Nice to read a fresh post, the last one had a distinct bitter flavour, which I happily proceed now to erase.

Wouldn't it be great if now that you have decided to find a "proper" job poker-profits rise to the max ?

9/22/09 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I scored a 99 while watching some of new shows on TV tonight. Break even/average probably describes me reasonably well. Have you talked to anyone that's paid the $10 for the analysis? Just curious if they thought it was worth it.


9/23/09 11:59 PM  
Blogger Rakewell said...

Pete: I am crushed that you do not have every single one of my old posts committed to memory. :-)


9/24/09 12:54 AM  
Anonymous astrobel said...

I took the test while working at the office : BAD IDEA ! It'd be better to do it at home, relaxed and sipping some green tea.
Score 107...........room for improvement !
Speaking of scores, what do you guys think about the grading Pokertableratings offer on their website?


9/24/09 6:26 AM  

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