Sunday, December 10, 2006

I hate to sound like a broken record these last two months or so, but my bad run continues. I'm not vacillating wildly or anything like that, I'm just slowly, but surely, losing. PLO, NLHE, whatever. I'm certainly running bad, but I think I might just have to face the fact that I'm playing badly, too. I've lost focus and motivation. And, most importantly, confidence.

Maybe post-Party, the online games are tough enough that I should pursue other options. Like playing live a lot more often. Or even *gasp* moving on from poker into other things. Poker never was a life-long goal of mine, just another step in the road.

I've never been one to be able to sit still because if I do I get bored real quick. So maybe it is just time for the next phase in my life. We'll see, we'll see.

I hate being so melancholy (again), but that's just where I am right now.


Anonymous Evan said...

I hit this way, way faster than you did. In fact, I think it was around the time I met you.

All good things come to an end. You wanna consult? ;) I'm kidding, of course.

1:38 AM  
Blogger Duck said...

i think your calling was a mid to high stakes limit player and you have strayed away, get back to the basics.

on a side note...i want to play the O8 75/150 game at the bellagio and am looking for a backer

11:00 AM  
Blogger eric said...

the thing with limit is I really can't stand it any more. If it's my calling, I'm not answering any more. And I've done very well so far in NL, even including my recent bleh run.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Peter B said...

Hi Eric:

I know a number of very good players who have been able to "move on". I've been playing for more than 30 years, and I guess by now it isn't an option for me - not that I'm all that good, anyway.

I can understand you hating the game, but I've never been able to understand people getting bored with it. Perhaps I'm just an OCD who likes routine, whereas many of the younger Americans who play this game to a high standard seem (to me) to suffer from HDD.

In that sense, my "earn" at poker may be greater than many of the very good players, in the long run, because I have the ability not to get bored. But if you aren't hearing the call any more, looking for new poker games to maintain the buzz is not the answer.

It sounds to me that you'd get bored with NL as well, eventually. What then? O8 75-150? And then what? 200-400 mixed? All of these are signs of you searching, rather than finding. And all of them will end up with you feeling ennui.

I don't think that you are the type who is addicted to the gambling buzz. I think you like the "challenge" buzz.

Temporarily, move onto something that doesn't involve gambling at all. For Alvarez as a youngster it was mountain-climbing.

Maybe then you will be able to come back to 30-60 limit at the Belaggio and enjoy it again. I supect that, over the past couple of years, you have eaten too many sweets, and now you feel a bit sick from all the overindulgence.


6:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ride it out.

Online poker is here to stay and no doubt continue expanding. The post-Party void will be filled by other sites that accept US players and attract more from countries all over the world - perhaps Asia is on the brink of a poker boom now?

The quality of games will always tend to fluctuate. Think about it, if they really are much tougher now, and you define a 'good player' as one able to identify this and move on as you are suggesting doing, then the games will tend to become softer once again as all the sharks slope off.

Good luck at the tables, I'm sure this is just a blip, back to winning ways soon.

(P.S. Matusow is still playing, how could think about quitting?!)

2:58 AM  

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