Guess who's not at work today? *raises hand*
Guess who's going to Schlitterbahn today with their wife? *raises hand*
Guess who had their quarterly review yesterday, which was somehow, shockingly, surprisingly positive and good? *raises hand*
Guess who hit a pat royal last night autoplaying a video poker bonus on a ten line machine (minimum bet size, but still)? *raises hand*
Them's QUADS, Beeeetches
In non-annoying, non-taunting news, I managed to book another nice session last night at the 15/30 salt mines. I'm still having a hard time getting my head around the fact that sessions can swing so quickly, literally on the turn of a card. I was stuck from the get-go, thanks to flopping a set that eventually went down in flames in a huge pot. I got dealt KK three times in the first twenty hands, went 0-3, and wasn't feeling all that jazzed about this whole poker thing.
Fast-forward an hour, a few ridiculous hands later, and I log off +$400 the richer, all happy-happy, feeling that everything is right in the world. A few cards don't go my way, though, and I'm stuck a grand on the day. Interesting, this gambling thing.
I'm currently working my way through Seven Card Stud for Advanced Players by the S&M boys, which is pretty interesting. Most of the enjoyment, though, is stemming from seeing just how badly I've been playing Stud in my few flings with it. Don't see myself becoming a Stud convert, for all sorts of reasons, but it's always useful to learn more about assorted variants.
It'll be interesting to see if NL Hold Em continues to dominate the poker scene, as far as the most popular variant. Probably. Aside from amping up the whole competitive/confrontational side of poker, I'd hazard a guesstimate that it actually takes bad players longer to go bust at NL HE than any other variant, (except maybe limit HE, but only if they're smart enough to play within their bankroll). Seems a little counterintuitive, but in many cases it seems to take longer for bad play to be punished at NL, due to variance, lucky drawing donkeys, and what-not.