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Monday, April 26, 2010

The Secret to Poker Success

Last night, in a moment of insomniac whimsy, I signed up for a $30 Deepstack NLHE tourney on Pokerstars. More than eight hours later, I won the damn thing, beating 114 other players.

Well, actually, we chopped it heads up, but I was the official winner.

So, winning the tourney 'n' all was nice, especially since it's the only winning of any sort I've done in quite some time, but the real joy was discovering how to mitigate the debilitating boredom and frustration of playing poker online.

It's simple: KNIT.

Knitting is soothing, meditative, calming. It has a de-stressing effect. It keeps the part of your monkey brain that would be cooking up REAL distraction pre-occupied with relatively simple and easily set-aside pastimes, so that when you're ready to turn your full attention to the game, you're not worried about what's going on, well, over there somewhere.

And the bonus: you generally get a knitted item to enjoy when you're done. "Free blankets for everyone! Yeah, that's the ticket!"

And yes, I do believe I may be the slightest bit punchy from lack of sleep? Whyever do you ask?

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Blogger BWoP said...

Congrats on the win :-)

I used to crochet but never learned how to knit. Perhaps it's time for a new hobby!

I wonder what people would think if I busted out the knitting needles in the Amazon Room this summer.

4/26/10 6:37 PM  
Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

Congrats on the win.

4/26/10 6:55 PM  
Anonymous THETA Poker said...

Congratulations! As they say, "As ye sew, so shall ye reap". Or something like that.

4/26/10 9:08 PM  
Blogger bastinptc said...

Congrats, Sis. I'll take a beanie hat.

4/26/10 9:27 PM  
Blogger Grange95 said...


P.S. How much for a puppy blanket?

4/26/10 10:16 PM  
Anonymous KenP said...

Wow! Must get exciting when you drop a stitch. :)

As to blankets...


4/27/10 10:43 AM  
Blogger BLAARGH! said...

would love to see you do that live :)

congrats on the win!

4/27/10 11:06 AM  
Blogger dbcooper said...

Nice to see you back posting and also awesome to see you get a win!!

4/27/10 3:53 PM  
Anonymous joxum said...

Excellent job!


4/27/10 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please post more!! Miss your thoughts.

4/28/10 10:37 AM  
Blogger PAPro_SandMan said...

Sounds like I need to take up knitting. I have a hard time playing online as well and for the exact same reason.

4/30/10 1:06 PM  

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