Tuesday, September 20, 2005

I'm still alive. I've just been enjoying my time away.

It has now been nine days since I last played a hand of poker. At first I was sick of poker. Then I was indifferent, but when I walked past a poker room in a casino I'd feel somewhat queasy. Eventually, I started missing it and ended up really wanting to get back to playing. But finally, now after nine long days, I'm sitting here thinking, "Pok-er? What's that?"

In other words, I think I may have stayed away long enough to go past being recharged, and am now technically "rusty."

I plan to next play this Thursday, to make my total vacation eleven days. That will be the longest I've gone between poker hands since I started playing seriously nearly two years ago. I may need to be reminded whether a straight beats a flush or vice-versa, but I think I can get back into the swing of things.

If you see a guy fumbling around at the 40/80 game going, "Who's it on, me? What's happened? Oh, I didn't even see the flop, gimme a second here..." and he's not kidding, well that'll probably be me.

Anyways, because I spent the first eleven days of the month losing and the next eleven days on break, it looks very likely that I will have a losing month. It happens. March was actually a losing month play-wise, but I managed to barely squeak above even thanks to bonuses and rakeback. And then April-August was a five-month rush the likes of which I could never have imagined, where even my worst month was more lucrative than I could have believed possible. Similarly, October '04 was losing and then November-February was an excellent four-month run.

So clearly, if the pattern holds, I'm about to go on a six-month run that blows everything preceding it out of the water.

All right, I admit I'm not exactly holding my breath for that.

I leave you with an interesting article on psychopaths and financial trading, for which the parallels to poker are obvious.

A team of U.S. scientists has found the emotionally impaired are more willing to gamble for high stakes and that people with brain damage may make good financial decisions...

In a study of investors' behavior 41 people with normal IQs were asked to play a simple investment game. Fifteen of the group had suffered lesions on the areas of the brain that affect emotions.

The result was those with brain damage outperformed those without.

...Baba Shiv of Stanford Graduate School of Business said many...top lawyers may also show they share the same trait.

Heh, is anyone surprised by that last part?

I know, I know. Low blow.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

why were you in a casino if you weren't playing poker?

don't get me started talking about leaks. ;)

(i'm kidding, of course0

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Evan said...

Oddly, blogger recorded my last comment as anonymous.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

I think this post is a very nice way of saying that at first you needed a break, and then you found the joy of sleeping not only all day, but all night as well, and thus haven't had time to play poker.

3:49 PM  
Blogger eric said...

Well, in between my sleeping 15 hours a day, I've been hitting up the casinos for the buffets. I have become quite the connoisseur.

I think moving to within a ten minute drive of about three dozen buffets was a mistake on my part. It won't be long before I start looking like Doyle Brunson.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Shall I start exporting some of the healthier items off the Kerbey Lane and Mother's menus?

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sleeping all day AND night?

Going to buffets all over town??

You better start going to BJJ before you become ovoid. :-\

--- W

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