Countdown to Poker

It’s almost time to play some poker! Like I’ve said lately, I haven’t been able to play much anymore. Health, health, health, blah, blah, blah.

This year I’ve only played poker a couple of times. No big wins, no big losses. One was over a two week time period, where I think I was up about $250. Better than losing.

So next week it’s off for some poker. Hopefully a little Stud and/or Omaha thrown in. I also taught Carl how to play Open Face Chinese, so maybe we’ll get to play a little of that. Carl has given up poker, but seems to like OFC and perhaps, along with Glenn and Traci (loving spouses), we’ll get a game going.

After Thanksgiving, Glenn and I will be playing again for a week. While I doubt anyone will be up for OFC, Hold’em is always a go.

Happy Holidays and God bless!

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Hiatus

I’m sorry to say that I’ve kind of given up on posting. My health really tanked last fall when I was traveling so much. The cold that I got on Halloween took several months to completely kick! That scared me to the extent that I knew if I kept playing and traveling all of the time, being in card rooms and touching the cards, chips, table, etc, that I would eventually be in bed 24/7 again.

It is a bummer, but I have to reserve myself and only play a couple of times per year or risk being back in the hospital half of my life, which is definitely no fun.

Take care all, and God bless!

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Winter Ills

I promised more frequent posts, but then I relapsed into my cold again. Grrr. I think maybe there is some kind of inner ear infection maybe happening, because sometimes I get a feeling of vertigo. At any rate, I am doing very well, but can’t seem to shake this winter cold/flu/inner ear infection or whatever it is.

Someone said to me that one of the reasons I tend to pick up harassers and stalkers is out of jealousy. I guess I never really hypothesized that could be the reason since I have had more than my fair share of illness and disease. Sure, I do have a great life, no doubt, but my health has always been the pits.

At any rate, if someone is so jealous of the life I lead that it drives them to harassing me online or in person and/or stalking me, all I can say is that perhaps getting a really good job promotes success in life. Finding God also tends to bring lots of people peace and happiness.

On the poker front, remember that anyone can win a tournament or a cash game session. There is such a huge luck component in poker that bad players can and do win quite a bit. The real key is consistency over time. If you find yourself winning here and there, but without stats equaling someone who is in the top percentage of overall winners, there is a problem. Instead of bragging about fleeting results, try to study and learn how to be a long-term winner. Poker is a marathon, not a sprint.

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Stalking is the New Black?

I know that I have been pretty silent over the past couple of months. The first issue was that I had the cold from hell. It started around Halloween and every time it was just about over, I had to travel somewhere and relapsed. This happened so many times that I finally just decided to stay in one place until it is long gone. Just relapsed a bit again last night, ugh.

While it seems that I am ill, the truth is that I haven’t had a really bad cold for well over a year. I am much more healthy than I have been in over ten years.

The second issue I had was with a stalker. Glenn didn’t really want me to talk much about this online because the threat wasn’t totally eliminated. I have kept relatively quiet about it in the past couple of months. Eventually, however, it started bothering me more and more than I’d allowed a couple of people to silence me.

Now, had the threat been directly solely at me I’d never have stayed silent.  As I’ve stated throughout my life, I am certainly not a victim. I don’t play that game of being threatened and/or bullied by someone and capitulating. I leave that to the progressives. They can have it.

In this case, however, the threat was consistently more directed at GLENN than me! I guess stalkers believe that eliminating the spouse will help them get closer to the source? I don’t know, I’ve never stalked anyone before. Seems like a huge mental illness to me. At any rate, since my loved one was being threatened, I took his wish into consideration and kept my big, fat yap shut for once. It is one thing to be flippant and defiant about ones own life, it is much harder to maintain that attitude when the person closest to you is having his life threatened by a stalker!

In better news, I have gained back all of the weight I lost last year! My pancreas seems to be behaving wonderfully. No longer am I the 120 lb. weakling. I am not sure how long it will last, but right now I am in heaven, able to eat again with less stress than imaginable (after having pancreatitis for five years, it is impossible to eat without fear of another attack. But right now I am running very good).

Since I’m staying put until I am completely recovered from this cold, I have no idea when I’ll make it up to MGM. I’m sooooo feening on that cardroom.

I did get to play in Fort Lauderdale, however. This was during the time I wasn’t allowed to speak freely regarding my whereabouts. Yeah, Florida poker is awesome! The play is so unbelievably loose. Unfortunately, Glenn forgot our bankroll and so we just had to play for the bare minimum with some stray twenties that I had in my wallet. Glenn busted early, but I managed to triple up my first buy-in when my AKo hit two pair on the turn.

Later (after breakfast), I busted my second min buy-in when my AA was called all-in by 76s which hit trips on the river. Since I had such a small amount of money with me, I wasn’t able to play O8, PLO or the mixed games they were spreading. Next time we travel I am going to make a check-list, so we won’t forget again (this is the 2nd time Glenn has forgotten our bankroll on a poker trip and has had to either get money wired or go to a bank to have some poker money transferred). I guess I should be in charge of these things, but he is the one with the key to the kingdom, so from now on I’ll just be the one in charge of telling him not to forget ;)

Speaking of Glenn and poker, I think that the thought of PLO has somewhat renewed his interest in playing more often. I have been teaching him beginner PLO (although I am a beginner, too)! The variance almost gave him a heart attack at first, as it did me, but he will eventually grow used to it. For people who are ultra conservative, it seems like such a roller coaster to double up, bust, bust, triple, bust, double, double, triple, bust, double in such a short span of time. We tend to play games with low variance and even the ones we play that have higher variance than PLO (Stud high) are limit games, so the swings don’t seem quite so erratic. Glenn is the king of LL Draw High, which is a super low variance game. He had a hard time accepting the highs and lows of PLO the first time he played. Now he seems to be handling it better.

Expect more posts soon as my hubby is about to reach the big 50 and our anniversary is also right around the corner!

God bless.

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Aruba

Saw this one a mile away. My intuition isn’t always great (doh, see some posts from the past year), but I saw through this from minute one. Especially when the rep tried to say I couldn’t speak aloud about the atrocious rake for the “package.” Red flags everywhere!

https://www.pokernews.com/news/2017/01/ppc-charged-with-racketeering-hit-with-restraining-order-26695.htm

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MGM National Harbor

National Harbor Periscope

Yumyumyum!

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Updates and Future Plans

Sorry that I have been unable to update this blog more often. I wrote before that I got a horrible cold that lingered on and on due to constant travel while recovering. In total the cold has been persisting for over six weeks! Every time I get over it, I have to go somewhere and end up relapsing.

I am completely blessed though, because before this I hadn’t had a cold for over a year. My immune system is definitely recovering.

Another reason I haven’t been more verbose is because I am so restricted in what I can write about. Right now I’m not really supposed to write about where I am, what is going on, possible alternatives to constant travel, future travel, specific people or places and results. That is pretty much my entire blog! So it makes writing more of a chore and is totally not my style.

Glenn even had to temporarily take down dozens and dozens of posts while I was out of the country in order to help safeguard us. Hopefully soon I will be able to make those archives available for public viewing.

Poker is always changing, but some things stay the same. Yesterday at Maryland Live there was a new promotion. High hands every 10 minutes. This is a promo due to National Harbor opening today. At any rate, by 3pm yesterday the wait list for 1/2 NLHE was over 200 deep! Yes, on a Wednesday afternoon.

Since all of my current students are up north, and most of my coaches are there as well, I will most likely spend my time in parts north after this winter. Hopefully I will be able to talk more about exactly where in the future. I don’t care for cold weather, so I plan to spend lots of time working on this new project, down south and out of the country. Sorry that I can’t be more specific.

The last pupil I had in NC has advanced so far that he no longer needs my coaching! He is already way better than me at NLHE, woohoo! He claims he is going to return for my help once he starts delving deeper into PLO, but I have a feeling he will be absolutely fine on his own and will figure it out when that time actually comes. WTG, -J- I knew you could do it. I am so very proud of you!

God bless.

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