Monday, September 12, 2005

I am officially on a poker break.

I've had what amounts to my worst run of poker ever, and it's not all the cards' fault. It's gotten to the point where I'm playing impatiently and desperately. I'm not making good decisions, I'm not reacting to the situation, I'm just numb and playing very, very badly.

I don't know how long I'll be on break for. Hopefully at least a week. I need to step back and regroup. And I really need to get my mind on other things. I'll focus more on being physcially active, focus more on developing a social life out here in Vegas where I know practically no one that I haven't met at a poker table. Heck, I might even get around to unpacking those boxes in my living room.

One thing for sure is that I'll not be thinking about poker.


Blogger Ernie said...

Oh, C'mon! I could use an opponent who is tired, desparate, sloppy and makes foolish calls.

Seriously, good luck on your break.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the BJJ school in town. You said it looked fun. Give it a try, man.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

You're obviously a person who is challenge-oriented. And as you're becoming more successful and accomplished, the game is losing it's challenge for you.

My suggestion - Consider setting some goals for yourself to achieve to make things more *interesting* (like having two $3k+ nights back-to-back, or a $10k+ week, etc.).

1:23 PM  
Blogger April said...

Hang in there! It'll come around, you know. In the meantime, well...honestly I can't think of anything else to do in Vegas aside from the MGM Grand and Boa for dinner, but I'm sure you'll find something. Take up craps maybe!! (kidding!)

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Evan said...

It happens. Watch some NFL.

Root for the Astros. Laugh at why you're not a sucker like me that's in law school.

6:58 PM  
Blogger eric said...

Thanks for the support, guys.

I think Brian hit the nail on the head when he said

You're obviously a person who is challenge-oriented. And as you're becoming more successful and accomplished, the game is losing it's challenge for you.

Which is why despite my recent bad run I was considering moving up. My problem is that moving up seriously stretches my psychological/emotional bankroll. So on one hand, I'm stuck playing the same game against the same opponents at the same places bored to tears, but on the other I'm hesitant to move up simply because I don't want to go on $10-15K downswings.

And the suggested challenges aren't really feasible. I mean no matter how good I was, I can't just go out and choose to win a certain amount over a day or a week. It just happens (or, more likely, doesn't happen). I need to keep my goal to be make the best decisions I can make at every point in time. Nothing more, nothing less.

And since I can't keep playing the games I'm playing now, and I can't move up (just yet) that best decision right now is to take a break.

8:05 PM  
Anonymous matt k said...

Definitely do not step up in limits after a losing streak. That is how good players get themselves broke. Taking a break is far far better.

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Evan said...

matt k--

Eric is smart enough not to go broke.

I can definitely sympathize with what he is saying. When you've played many hands, you become a little numb.

He needs to shake himself out of it and have it become fun again. How it becomes fun again is different for each person. For me, for example, poker stopped being fun and hasn't come back.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Change up the game you are playing

Take a break from 30/60 and play some 2-5 NL or whatever NL level will keep your interest.

Enter some tourneys.

Take a trip away from Vegas for a week.


8:55 AM  

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