Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dispelling Myth's and Superstitions..

"Lucky in Love, Unlucky in Cards", and vice versa, seemed to be a mantra I lived by. If my love life was going well, I stayed away from cards, or any form of gambling. And when my love life wasn't going so well, I'd really enjoy playing cards. Like I have for the past few years! ;)

But what is really going on here? If you want to be superstitious, you go right ahead. Myself, however, having decided to be a professional poker player, can't afford this luxury.

What is really going on mentally? If you are lucky in love, odds are, you're thinking about things other than the task at hand, quite often daydreaming, and that is affecting your results. No matter what you do :) How often have you had trouble in school or work, because you are falling in love? (or have seen this happen to others?)
But too much of anything is not a good thing, so always remember balance in all things. Moderation is an underrated idea. It seems to be an integral part of happiness.

So, conversely, if you are having bad luck in love, Poker might be a welcome distraction and give you some enjoyment, and therefore it is easier to concentrate on. A simple logic problem. No voodoo here :)

Everyone is different, and at a different place in their life. Life is an evolution, a growing process. But being aware of such things can help you to make better decisions in all things. Just like learning the odds in poker. Just like reviewing companies before you invest in stocks. Etc etc.

Good luck on the felts, even though confidence and knowledge will serve you better :) Perhaps I can send you away with both.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Tournaments this week, and the WCOOP

WCOOP Event 7, 1 million guaranteed hit 1.567 million, with almost 16,000 entrants... I had a good run! I had hoped to meet Vanessa Rousso on the virtual felt, but it was not to be as she was knocked out around 4400, and I around 3500.
It was a good run though, and I know the one mistake I made. I let myself be distracted. Doing so, I got involved in risking an all-in where I didn't need to. Something I've seen quite a few pros do lately, and the reason for their eventual demise in tournies where they were doing well, or at least running deep.
I'm still a relative newbie when it comes to big money tournaments, but I've trained well on Pokerstars with many a Hubble's Freeroll, and sit n goes, etc... training that will serve me well in my future.
Establishing good habits will help you a lot when you DO find yourself on tilt, distracted, not feeling well. You are more likely to make a smart play by instinct.

At the Oaks, I entered my 2nd ever live tournament, over 90 players, with 1st place getting $5,280. I was very happy with my play, and feel I made no mistakes.

I'll repost my comment from below so I don't have to type it all again, as I am no literary entertainer, yet. ;)

"I will get a couple posts up this weekend, but I got 12th in the tournament at the Oaks on Wednesday, just missing the money at 10th. If I had realized the guy I went up against had me covered, I wouldn't have risked it, even though I was way ahead with top 2 pair. He got his flush, and I did not get a boat to save me, but I have no regrets in my gameplay all night long.
Had I won that hand (which I wouldn't have risked if I didn't think I had him covered) I would certainly have been the chip leader again, and probably had a top 3 finish.
I found out later that 2 through 9th took a chop, with one person taking 1st."

I DID win an entry into the Sunday 1/4 Million tomorrow! Keep your thoughts positive, or bring the competition if you are in as well. Good Luck to anyone and everyone in the tournament.