Monday, February 06, 2006

Up, Down, Up, Down...

Not much of import to relate from the poker tables of late. Had a really big Friday, donated a chunk back on Saturday, yada yada yada. Saturday was frustrating not so much from a money lost perspective, but because I found myself backsliding already, as far as continuing to play, chasing losses, for far too long. Which is just, umm, dumb. Cut that shit out.

I go back and forth on the idea of setting stop-losses for the day. I've never really believed in it, as there have been plenty of times where I got stuck a largish sum early and came roaring back. But there are also plenty of times when I just mired myself much deeper in the hole, too. I may try it for awhile as an experiment and see what happens.

Congrats to the Steelers fans out there, but I have to say that was a pretty Meh SuperBowl. I guess you could be an optimist and say both teams' defenses played really well, but from where I was sitting it looked more like a handful of flukeish plays going Pittsburgh's way, coupled with the SeaChicken receivers suddenly forgetting how to run routes without going out of bounds, or, you know, actually catching balls thrown to them.

ScurvyWife has been showing a bit more interest in teh poker, so we've been playing a few sessions with us and a few stuffed animals, just to get more example hands out there. So far Oliver the giraffe is kicking all of our asses, despite being a rockish little ungulate. I don't think ScurvyWife will be grinding online anytime soon but we'll probably definitely hit a low limit table at Vegas the next time we're out there.

8 comments:

Drizztdj said...

Any tips on giving a spouse the poker bug?

Mine still resists the temptation.

Ceggon said...

I've been slowly winning my wife over to the dark side. She has a general interest, but has help back mostly out of fear of not being able to grasp the "math" involved...

Lots of WPT coverage on the tv helps, as has inclusion in some friendly home games with no worries about the money side (which she has actually done quite well at). She's got a knack for playing a tight aggressive game, which certianly helps.

Online I've finally got her playing the beginner SnG's at bodog. They are nice since they pay 5 of 10 spots, so while you don't grow the bankroll fast... they are a forgiving place to get experience. She's taken the $25 I dropped in there up to over $60 in the past few months...

Winning always helps build the bug :)

Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

Yeah seriously, if any of you guys out there have a detailed written plan for getting one's spouse interested in online poker, I would pay some serious coin for that. After 6 months of steady online play, my wife finally knows what I'm doing online all night, every night when she goes to bed, but she still has no clue about the actual extent. And if she did, I wouldn't be here typing this right now, I can assure you of that. Please, PLEASE tell me how I can do what you have accomplished.

cc said...

Let me know if you move forward with the loss-limit for the day. I've thought about this a good bit, and I feel that it would have benefited me greatly on my big down days. It seems in looking at my play that I have had more big loss days/sliding than big down-then-recover days, so I tend to think that you are correct. I always think that having a finite plan is best, although I rarely do online and often do live.

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kurokitty said...

Seth, please include stuffed animals in future hand example posts. Will help us understand you better. LOL Just kidding. I hope your wife picks up on this lifelong +EV hobby (especially with what you know of the game already).

-dan

Ameretto said...

Guys,- seriously! The less my wife knows about the dark side the better. Honestly, if she gets started then, it'll just kick off arguments about who gets on the computer. She'll win, and I'll be forced to watch endless reruns of crappy TV soaps :)

As for stop losses, I can see the advantages of it: It avoids prolonged tilt. When the losses don't hurt anymore it's time to get out.... On the other hand, what I end up doing, if I still want my fix of poker, is play a couple of STT, or even a low buyin MTT. If you are playing suboptimally, it's far nicer to wake up the next morning to find you are down a couple of $5 STT buy ins, rather, than being down half your roll.

Just my 2p worth.

Garthmeister J. said...

I fear Oliver the giraffe. He's a monster at the tables.