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Friday, December 16, 2005

Poker Slowdown

Poker Slowdown

As I’ve mentioned a few times I started my new job this week.  Between getting up to speed there, and Christmasy activities, I haven’t done anything poker related in the past week, thus no poker related posts.  Sorry about that.  It looks like there are some pretty aggressive deadlines on the project I got assigned to at work, so that will likely eat into my poker time as well.  The posts are probably going to be few and far between in the next month or two.  You’ll just have to find some way to get by.  Be strong.  I know you can do it.

I had a week off before starting at the new place and I had laid out a few poker related goals just prior to that.  A few people have asked how that worked out, so let me give you a brief recap.

  • Play Ring Games for a Day.  I almost accomplished this.  Monday morning I played for a few hours, two tabling at $2/$4, but not with great results.  I broke for lunch and then played for about three or four more hours, making back some of my losses, but not a ton.  At that point I had to stop to go grocery shopping.  My wife had given me a huge list of tasks to do while I was on vacation.  She figured if I wasn’t going to be working for the man, then I should be working for her.  So the list ate into my poker time.  I’d bitch more, but by that time, as I predicted, I was starting to lose interest and focus, and stopping was probably a +EV move.  I did play a ton of ring games in short one or two hour spurts throughout the rest of the week though.  

  • Play Tournaments all Day.  I definitely got my tournament fix during the week, but I wasn’t able to dedicate a whole day to it.  Late Tuesday Night I entered a $10 rebuy on PokerRoom and one of the 180 player SNG’s on Stars, and I cashed in each.  I had also won a $5 MTT on Poker Champs over the previous weekend, although I think technically it was before I had laid out my goals for the week.  I had planned on dedicating Thursday to full out tournament play.  In the morning I entered another 180 SNG and one of FullTilt’s guaranteed tournaments.   I played ok in each, but not great and ended up finishing in the upper half of both, but well out of the money.  By that point I was satisfied with my results, but I could tell that I was stating to get impatient, and the thought of dedicating a few more hours to another few tournaments just wasn’t appealing any more.  

  • Finish Harrington.  I don’t know what my deal is with this.  I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book.  I feel that what I have read has certainly helped me, but for some reason I just can’t finish it.  I read a chapter, or maybe only half of a chapter, and I credit my cashes in the tournaments I mentioned above to thinking about what I read, but for some reason I still can’t motivate myself to finish it.

So that was that.  I’ll do my best to get some new posts up in the next few weeks, but I’m not promising anything.  Although FullTilt has another 50% reload bonus going, so I might have to try to take advantage of that.  



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