Florida poker is everything I heard claimed!
I started out playing 6/12 FK and later switched to 5/5 PLO. The games here are absolutely phenomenal and the players are extremely friendly.
Hopefully the law has resolved the stalker situation. In one way, of course I feel sorry for people who have nothing in their lives, so feel the need to follow others around as a surrogate. But on the other hand, we never know if someone is harmless or actually is dangerous. So it is better to be safe than sorry.
I guess I felt that being almost 50, I was getting too old for stalkers. Non poker players might have a sense of frustration not knowing the lifestyle, nor the vernacular.
Thank you to the great VanAlstyne for dinner and the sweat! It was so good seeing you again.
Some other friends have told me that even though I am probably in no danger, I should keep looking for FT partners sooner rather than later.
There is a poker ecosystem that non poker players don’t understand. To players like VanAlstyne, Pescatori, Forrest, Frommer (and on and on) I am the fish. Heck, even to lots of 1/2 NLHE players I am the fish! It isn’t a cutdown or something to be ashamed of. It is what it is. We are all someone else’s fish.
To new school Stud players, window dressing is an angle or even outright cheating. When I started playing it was “good poker.” I haven’t really window dressed since 1-5, and never did much at that, but things change and it is generally unacceptable now. Having said that, it is no slight on me to hear new schoolers say things like ‘window dressing is cheating (or shooting an angle).’
Only very insecure players or people unfamiliar with the poker world would constantly be offended by their place in the ecosystem. Winning players understand not only the vernacular, but have way too much self esteem to be constantly offended.
Recently a non player asked me if it bothered me to move down so much in limits and not even be competitive in baby NLHE. Well, of course not. Winning players play the games they can beat. We move up as we get better, move down as we get worse. It is no slight being someone’s fish. It is no brag being someone else’s shark.
We can use these experiences as an opportunity to improve. If improvement is impossible due to age or ill health, we move down in limits.
Being constantly offended is a sign of weakness and low self confidence. It is a choice.
I would recommend working on improving your play, getting a coach, doing exercises to to build self esteem, accepting that everyone has a place in the poker ecosystem.
My cold is almost gone again. Wow, what a relapse. I felt really horrible in Vegas, played even worse! Fortunately, I won almost all of my cash game sessions, sticking to low limit rote O8 exclusively, except for a couple of small PLO sessions. It’s such a gimme that I can play while ill.
Glenn was down for the trip, but I kept us almost even.
When I first sat in the poker room tonight, one of the chip runners came to me and said that someone wanted to talk to me. At first I was worried that my stalker followed me, but then I saw that he was someone I knew from Maryland Live who just wanted to formally meet. It’s so nice to see a familiar, friendly face. He is also a PLO player.
Until next time, signing off!