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the "World Blogger Championship of Online Poker"

I just heard about this, but it seems that Stars is offering a little freeroll series the last week in January for bloggers. Winners get SCOOP tickets and the like. So, anyway, being a poker player with a blog, I decided to enter.

Unfortunately, I can't get the graphic working on this post because we use UBB instead of HTML, but let me keep trying. (update: now it works. )

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I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker! The WBCOOP is a free online Poker tournament open to all Bloggers, so register on WBCOOP to play.

Registration code: 404773

A day off

I had a few bad sessions in a row the last couple of days-- nothing crushing, but enough to make me pause and rethink what I was doing. The loss could be attributed to a number of things-- sloppy, unfocused play; complacency; losing 3 different pots for stacks where I had >90% equity when the money was committed; any resultant tilt from trying to win back those pots; poor physical and mental maintenance. Whatever the case, I decided to review my play a little and see what I thought the best option for retooling my leaks would be.

And that's when I realized, in my review, that I'd played for twenty-four days in a row.

You think it might be time for a break?

I decide to make myself not play poker today. I realized I'd been holed up in here, occasionally taking breaks to stretch or watch something, but still hardly leaving my room. I needed to get out.

I didn't do anything fancy. I went for a little jog in the late afternoon. I cooked myself a nice little dinner. I went out for a couple of beers with some friends I hadn't seen in a while. It was a nice reminder that there's more to life than poker, than my goals I'm working for. A reminder that life is happening right now, and it's good to just stop and experience it every once in a while. A reminder that, most of all, I really do enjoy a wide variety of experiences and need them all to feel happy and fulfilled in my life.

I'll probably get back to playing as soon as tomorrow-- I couldn't totally get away from the game, as evidenced by this blog entry-- but I want to have a clear head and a proper frame of mind first. I've been happy with my progress in those 24 days, but it's showed signs of slowing (and even reversing course), and I don't want to wait any longer to address that.

at the turn of the new year

I've been playing a lot more over the holidays and I feel like I've finally turned the corner. I went on a tremendous winning streak starting about ten days ago and I've been doing everything I can to keep putting in the time and work to keep building the bankroll. I've been able to move back up to NL100 and if this keeps sailing relatively smoothly I'll be at NL200 again before too long.

Patience is key in HU. If you lose a pot, don't act like you have to get it back immediately. Wait it out; if you've done a good job of game selection, your opponent will afford you an opportunity to win it back from some major mistake of his. Don't try to force him to bend to your will; manipulate him into doing what you want without him realizing it. You really have to go with the flow, more so than any other form of poker; if you try to swim against it, you'll dash yourself against the rocks.

I am by nature an impatient person, because I'm used to getting the hang of things quickly, so this has been both a valuable and a hard lesson to learn. But it's the only way to win, and no matter how much I want it to be otherwise, it doesn't work that way.

So now, with a lot of free time and not much else to do, I'm going to ring in 2010 by continuing the pursuit of heads-up excellence. I'll move back into tournaments gradually, once I have a bankroll I'm comfortable with. I'll look to travel more to play live again, too, but my immediate goal is to continue pounding out dollars mano y mano.

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