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.