Monday, November 06, 2006

So somehow during my break I've managed to have the worst downswing of my poker career.

I took a few days off then tried some PLO, as described in the last post. It went okay, so I tried it again the next day. I got slaughtered.

Took a few more days off. Then decided to give LHE a try. Had a decent first day. Gave it a try the next day. Another slaughter.

Took a few more days off. Tried some SNGs last night. Let's just say I'm now 0 for 3 in my non-NLHE games.

So the past (almost) month I've played about 1/4 the number of hands I normally play and have managed to lose more money then I ever have before, peak to valley. Arrgh! I need Party Poker back! I can't beat any other sites! Full Tilt, Stars, Absolute--all rigged dammit.

I'd post hands but I've whined enough. Just two and three outers up the wazoo, a nice gutshot straight flush coming in against my top full house, and really, so many more I can't even remember specific hands any more. Blarg.

In other news, I'm scheduled to have laser eye surgery on Thursday. So maybe once I do that I can finally take a real break before I maul my bankroll so much I have to start playing 2/4 LHE again.

25 Comments:

Blogger DuggleBogey said...

Good luck with the surgery.

I got it done two years ago and it was the best thing I ever bought for myself, no question.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Blake said...

Hey, I'm a long time lurker and enjoy your blog. We live in Henderson but are new to the area and my girlfriend has been trying to research where to get the eye surgery. Could you let me know as much as you can about where the best place to get it done regarding quality and price? We would really appreciate it.

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Blogger eric said...

blake,

I researched and talked with three different practices. One major issue, which I'll get to later, ended up making my decision, although it was close.

The first practice I talked to was Dr. Rothman. I didn't actually speak to him but to his assistant, aka salesman. It seemed like a good place, no stress, even though the entire process made me feel like I was dealing with a car salesman--a nice, no pressure car salesman, but one nonetheless. I was lead into the small room with one desk and chairs on either side, shown laminated sheets of facts and various packages available. Oh well, how else is one expected to sell an expensive, elective surgery?

The second doctor I talked to was Dr. Doubrava. My experience with him was much more like what I was expecting in general. He has a doctor's office and I was led into the normal doctor's examination room and had a conversation with him that wasn't like salesman/client but more trustworthy doctor/patient. He was very honest and upfront about everything, telling me that certain things the other places made seem were necessary (custom cornea, for example) were in fact unnecessary for most patients, even though he offers them ("marketing driven" is how he described them). The drawback to him was that he wasn't a dedicated laser eye surgeon, rather an eye doctor who also does eye surgeries. Therefore, he was much less experienced than the other options.

The third and final doctor I talked to was Dr. Siems. His practice was by far the busiest, and by far the most high-tech and impressive looking. I didn't get to talk to him, but rather to his brother who is president of their company. Wow, talk about car salesman-like. Where Dr. Rothman's assistant was kind of like a new-age, low-pressure car salesman (but still a car salesman), Mr. Siems (the brother of the actual doctor, remember) was like the classic car salesman. I think he actually used the phrase, "what can we do to get you to agree to the surgery today?" If I were making my decision based on the personality of the person I had to deal with, I would no go with Dr. Siems. Additionally, Dr. Siems is the only of the three doctors to have faced disciplinary action from the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners.

So after considering all this, it might come as a surprise that I chose Dr. Siems. The reason basically was this: Dr. Siems uses intralase, while the other two both use a microkeratome. What happens in laser eye surgery is the doctor has to cut a little flap on the surface of the eye before the patient can get zapped by the lasers. The microkeratome is an actual little blade that the doctor uses to cut the flap. Intralase is a laser that does it. The thought of someone manually using a blade to cut open my eye makes me so unbelievably squeamish that I'd rather go with the used car salesman quack.

Okay, that's a bit unfair. Really, the practice in general seemed to be booming and the guy's also done over 45,000 surgeries, so it's expected that not every single person could possibly be happy, or he and his assistants did a perfect job in every case. And even if his brother seems like a scum bag, doesn't mean he's a bad doctor himself. At least that's what I'm telling myself to make myself feel better.

As far as pricing goes, they're pretty similar. Comparing apples to apples (getting all the option, for example), Dr. Rothman is the cheapest, and Dr. Doubrava and Dr. Siems are almost the same. But really, price is the least of my considerations, I think for obvious reasons.

I'll give a full report after it's all done, and assuming I can still see.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous willyum said...

"I'll give a full report after it's all done, and assuming I can still see."

Ummm, you can touch type, right? So we expect a report no matter what.

3:36 PM  
Blogger estonb said...

I was with Eric when he got the surgery done and when he was out, and I'll say this much- it sure didn't look like a good time. Tell him about the eye-numbing mix up E...

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