Thursday, April 20, 2006

Between a week and a half of visitors in town and no poker, there hasn't been a whole lot to update.

Except. I'm starting to get the itch. Not a whole lot, but it's there. Also, going over a month with zero income after having had a couple weeks of fairly substantial negative income is starting to annoy me. So poker will be back pretty soon.

Limit hold'em really became a huge grind. I mean very, very annoying. So I was thinking that this extended break might be a good chance to switch games up completely and see how it goes. That is, start in doing NL primarily and see how it goes. I've been thinking of making the switch for a while yet, so why not now?

If I do, though, it will be like going back in time to a year and a half ago or so in limit and starting all over again. Dollar amounts, game knowlege and comfort, will all be pushed back by many hundreds of thousands of hands. A real life equivalent would be like starting high school over again.

So we'll see.

Ultimately, it would be nice to get some kind of regular positive cash flow coming in again so I feel more comfortable with what is my next goal--buying a house. It's one thing to have a downpayment ready, it's another to be able to make monthly mortgage payments for the next umpteen years. Even bringing in a relatively small amount, as long as I'm confident in my ability to do so, would go a long way towards making me feel comfortable with such a large purchase.

20 Comments:

Anonymous Evan said...

You're such a drama queen about your bankroll.

But for a poker player, that's healthy.

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure you have considered this, but it may be difficult for you to get a mortgage as a poker player.

10:43 AM  
Blogger eric said...

I've talked to a few agents, and they seemed to think that it shouldn't be too much trouble getting a mortgage. As long as I put down a decent amount and can show tax returns from recent years showing a solid income, I think I should be fine.

Las Vegas is probably better than most places at dealing with stuff like pro poker players buying houses.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God. Welcome back!

1:16 AM  
Blogger EstonB said...

NLHE rules.

5:00 AM  
Anonymous Evan said...

If you aren't going to provide us with poker content, perhaps you could include nuggets from your baseball sabermetrical obsessions?

PS. Went down to the Isle a week ago. Those jerks didn't save any of my comp points AND they don't spread 10/20 anymore. As soon as Lauberge opens a poker room (coming supposedly, but prolly not in the next year), I'll never go back to Isle.

3:00 PM  
Blogger eric said...

They do have a juicy NL game, though. And who cares about comp points? They give comps regardless. I was like -$150 there, and they still gave 'em to me.

As for baseball...I've thought about it. I've had a couple ideas percolating. But unfortunately, I've decided that if there's one surefire way for me to get dragged into stupid arguments against guys with the IQ of bean curd, it's to post any sort of sports opinion. Seriously, I get emails from out of nowhere deriding my bb-ref sponsorship.

So yeah, I may make a baseball post, but I'll be back to poker soon enough (as I keep saying like a broken record until some day, when it really will be true!).

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Evan said...

I confess that I'm more interested in the baseball than the poker.

Actually, she said I had $5 in comp dollars left (I've probably played $100 hours and used $15 in food), and thus she would only give me $10 at the sandwich shop. She wouldn't even give me buffet. Biznatch.

So when're you free for an Evan visit this summer? You told me you were too busy when you first moved. Are you still booked all the time?

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Evan said...

Also...the 5/5 NL wasn't really THAT juicy.

I mean, my hourly rate would've been good in that game, but there were no total donators. Everyone was trying to play well.

11:20 PM  
Blogger eric said...

You didn't get to eat at the isle buffet and you're complaining? She may very well have saved your life. The buffet is atrocious. The only place there worth eating at is Kit's. It's not that great, but I'd still rather pay $15 at Kit's than get a comped buffet.

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Evan said...

I've only been to the sandwich shop. I was saving up on comps so that I could go to the nicest restaurant (Farraday's?) they have.

The stuff I got from the sandwich shop has been pretty good.

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Evan said...

I'd like to see some Clemens speculation, personally.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Duck said...

clemens is a greedy arrogant piece of crap, i think he goes to the yankees or sox for no less than $20 million for a couple of months

the astros arent going to pay him that much

9:28 AM  
Blogger eric said...

clemens is a greedy arrogant piece of crap

Yeah, him and just about every single other professional athlete in this country. What's your point?

11:33 AM  
Blogger eric said...

I'd like to see some Clemens speculation, personally.

80% he returns.

I have no clue where, though. My hope is the Astros, followed (far behind) by the Red Sox.

Personally, I'd rather he retire than pitch for the Rangers or Yankees.

Dude is like 1 to 1.5 seasons away from so many career milestones it's ridiculous for him to retire at this point (his current total in italics).

350 wins (and 363...heck 373) 341
5000 IP 4704.3
20,000 BF 19369
700 GS 671
700 RSAA 698
200 WARP3 (and 201, WJ's record total) 194.0
426 WS (Christy Mathewson's total) 421-423, depending on source
400 Fibonacci Win Points 396

Ok, ok, I'm starting to stretch a little bit, but c'mon. If he pitches 2/3 of this season and 2/3 or so of next season he can pass all of these, except perhaps the 363/373 win totals. How can anyone retire while so close to such large, pretty, round numbers is beyond me.

He also needs to stay ahead of Maddux in GS, IP and W, which he should be able to do. Although, he probably has no shot staying ahead of RJ in SO no matter what he does.

But, c'mon, Roger! Think of your Fibonacci Win Points!!!

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Evan said...

You've used this argument before, Eric.

I just wonder: is this your goal or Roger's goal? I don't see evidence that Roger really cares about records. He seems happy enough to have accomplished what he's accomplished.

12:49 PM  
Blogger eric said...

I think by breaking out RCAA, WARP3 and FWP, it's pretty clear that it's my goal.

Oh, and Roger is very aware of his place in history. He might not care as much about pretty round numbers as geeks like me but I would bet that going down as the best pitcher of his generation/all-time/whatever is a concern for him, even if it's not necessarily his #1 concern (his family, definitely) or even in the top two or three.

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Evan said...

Obviously it's your goal. I guess I've just never seen evidence (I don't pay attention that closely) that he cares too much. But if you say he does, then I'll believe you. You're the expert, not me.

9:52 PM  
Blogger eric said...

He's just made comments to that effect. Any time he passes another pitcher on the wins list, for example, he's very aware of it and actually demonstrates a fair amount of knowledge of said pitcher, even if it's, say, Mickey Welch.

I just get the idea from having followed his career pretty closely that he knows very well where he is, at least in traditional stats, and has goals in those areas even if they aren't his top priority.

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed a lot! » »

9:13 PM  

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