Well, that just tears it

Had a lovely post that Blogger just ate. It was filled with clever analogies and pithy insights. It had an Excel spreadsheet showing my week - and I spent a great deal of time fixing/cleaning the html that Excel produces (hey, MicroSoft drones...ever heard of the fucking KISS rule?!?)

And poof...it disappeared with a flurry of curses.

I'm tired and unwilling to rehash it again, so you're going to have to take my word for it that the analogies were indeed clever and well constructed. And the Excel table was a thing of beauty - colour coded and perfectly aligned (nope, no OCD here).

So here's the gist of it:

  • I did not even come close to meeting my challenge of doubling myself up. In fact I had to pull out the credit card and add more.
  • Lower limits = lower quality play. I lost track of how many times a calling station sucked out on me. I even crossed over to the dark side and became a calling station for a while, but was unsuccessful. The powers of the Luckbox elude me.
  • I think my current "I suck" attitude is starting to get on my friends' nerves, so I'm going to either suck less or just shut up about it.
  • Playing a lot does not necessarily mean one is going to improve.
  • Reading blogs, asking for advice and observing other players, then putting it all into practice means one will improve. Like this guy did. Duh.
  • Optimism has no place at the poker table. The pretty pair of twos or that handsome TPTK will come to naught, so just let 'em go. Let. Them. Go.
  • Blogger events are played because they are +EV for fun. There is too much stuff going on for it to be all about the cards.
  • By and large, the NLHE format I do best in is the shorthanded table - I kick ass in both the 6 person SnG's and cash tables. I need to do more of them.
  • I am not often in the right mindset for MTT's of 100 people or more. I need to do less of them, or develop a greater degree of patience and discipline. (I can actually hear you laughing as you read that last bit.)
  • I'm getting a tad too fixated on poker, so it's time for some self-imposed balance.

And on that note, I'm afk for five days, to cruise up to Manitoulin Island and around Georgian Bay with Hunny Bunny. I'm trading the view of my laptop screen for this view, and think I'll leave the poker books at home in favour of other lighter reading.

Have fun at the tables, may the full pantheon of poker deities smile in your direction, and write lots so I have stuff to read when I get back!


And a HUGE congrats goes out to the SuperModel who took down the Full Tilt $6500 guaranteed. Iak, you RAWK!

5 Responses to “Well, that just tears it”

  1. # Blogger CarmenSinCity

    Have a nice trip sweetie. The best thing sometimes is to walk away (I have to do it all the time). So, have fun reading the Devil Wears Prada or something similar and we'll see you in a weeek. Nice view by the way.  

  2. # Blogger Iakaris aka I.A.K.

    Thanks darlin', as always you got my back, and I def have yours. Have an awesome time, look forward to hearing all about it when you get back.

    If I could add one more suggestion, it would to stop being so hard on your self. Optimism and the ability to laugh at my own idiotic plays (which I generate with a great reliability) keep the game fun for me and allow to persist in my delusions of grandeur.  

  3. # Blogger Astin

    Might want to add a point of, "making lists about what's wrong with my attitude and play can really help me improve my game."

    Optimism at a table isn't wrong, but it shouldn't be misplaced. Hoping that the 2 cards you need will come down, or you'll flop that invisible set are bad, bad ideas. Believing that you'll win this thing is a good thing.  

  4. # Blogger Donnie (aka Shadowtwin)

    I think my current "I suck" attitude is starting to get on my friends' nerves, so I'm going to either suck less or just shut up about it.

    But the reason we all blog is so that we can bitch about it.

    Besides, it would be horribly boring to read about if everyone always made the right call and suckouts ceased to exist. The real fun (frustration?) of the game is making calls with less than ideal hands. If you take that away it isn't really a gamble any more (he says, as he pushes with pocket 7's, despite the fact that the board is showing A-K-Q-J s00ted... Hey, the cards could have missed him...).  

  5. # Blogger Graham

    No clever analogies!

    No pithy insights!

    Poker is a sick, cruel game. I hate it with intensity. Yet I love it at the same time.

    Anyway, have fun and enjoy your time away from the sick game!

    Re losing posts - don't use blogger to post. Use http://wbloggar.com/ :)  

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