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Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Revenge of Whiny Year End Post

December 31 is as good a time as any for a "State of Things" post, I suppose. Consider yourself lucky, however, if you choose to read this drivel. Thanks to unseasonably warm weather (it was 55 degrees yesterday!), I will be putting in even less effort than usual. Here we go.

I have completely lost my identity as a poker player.

No, I haven't deluded myself into thinking that I'm a real "poker player" or that I'm any good. I'm not "going pro". And no, I haven't donked off my bankroll taking shots SirHuggleMan style. Allow me to explain.

If you'd asked me a year ago to analyze my game, here's what I would have said: Online specialist. Sucks at live poker - more tells than a classroom of kindergarteners on "embarass your sibling in class" day. Competent, winning limit hold'em player up to $3/$6. Break even no limit player. Above average PLO enthusiast, adequate at HORSE, sucks at every other variation. Weak/tight but profitable at tourney play.

If you analyzed my last month, you'd come to the following conclusions: Horrible at every online game (not that I play). Steady loser. Big time PLO donater. Been winning live.

Understand my confusion?

I still have many of the same flaws -- not aggressive enough, poor game and seat selection skills, prone to tilt (especially live). Likes parentheticals a bit too much, sucks at metaphors and at blogging in general. It's just that everything that I've figured I could count on has been turned upside down.

I don't play online but if I did, the last month would have been ugly. Steady imaginary losses at Full Tilt at both PLO and 1/2 to 2/4 limit. Counter that with winning sessions when playing live 5 out of the last 6 times - and even the one losing session I had managed to get unstuck before tilting it all away.

So very lost.

I read yesterday that PokerStars has a new "Supernova Elite" VIP club tier for players who earn one million VIP player points. I reviewed my play prior to the UIGEA, pulled out a calculator and determined that -- but for Bill Frist -- I could have qualified by continuing to play at the same rate sometime in July 3016.

Also, just out of curiousity, I pulled up my Omaha stats on Full Tilt. Can you diagnose the leak?

Yeah, thought you could.

I had invites to three home games this week and managed to play in two of them. I really should write up Friday night's game, but I'm not sure who would be more embarassed, me or the other folks present.

I'm not interested in doing a "Year in Review" or "Best Of" post, primarily because 2006 wasn't that great and nothing I've written here will be enshrined in Cooperstown. But I will say that this (NSFW audio) was my favorite poker-related but non-blog laugh of the year.

Last and certainly least, my New Year's resolution:

Thanks Brandi. Have a good one.


Anonymous said...

I don't see any leaks in your game.

All I see is that you haven't played enough poker to come up with any statistically significant numbers. In fact, I don't think you have enough hands played to come to any conclusion at all.

Just keep at it! According to PT, you're up $5.15. That makes you a winning player, right?

Put in a solid 10,000 - 50,000 hands at the limit of your choice and then let's look at the numbers.

on_thg said...

Okay, so perhaps "leak" isn't the right term.

I just found it amusing that I'm a net loser at 6max at every level except nickel-dime and a net winner at everey level of full ring.

I hate 6 max.