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Affirmation In Negative Times
Posted at 08/25/2005 01:40:34 PM in General Discussions by Sack.
In the short few months I hav? actually been playing poker I feel like I have come a long way and played very well. And when I say few months playing, I donít mean as in ďIíve played some form of poker for {kittens} and giggles and now I play seriously. I actually mean Iíve only played for a couple of months. Iím bad with time estimations, but Iíd guess around 6 months or so. You can ask my girlfriend and she can probably guess from the first time she felt neglected. But I digress.

During my short span of play I feel I have been very successful. As Iíve said before, I donít have the bankroll to make a huge profit from playing, but I fill in the gaps between paying a bill and not paying a bill most of the time. In fact Iíve never actually had a ďlosingĒ streak to this point except for the beginning.

Ah, those humble times making the jump from ďplayĒ money to the real deal. When you realize that you actually suck. I came in with twenty bucks plus a 10 dollar bonus to try it out. Beginners luck netted me a little change that I immediately withdrew, and then my whole roll vanished faster than some late night waffle house the morning after a drunken frenzy. Knowing that I CAN do better, I put back in the original withdrawal I made and vowed to learn to play the game right. On top of that, knowing my ways, I also vowed that if I lost this money that my career would be done, and for every X dollars I do win I will withdraw that amount to ensure I would never lose ďmyĒ money. I got busted down and frustrated, so I said screw it, Iím putting it all in one tournament. If I lose Iím done. Once it started I realized how stupid that was to do. I started by blowing half my stack on the first hand playing more tilted than a pinball machine on a fault line. Then I saw that the end was near, and that it would be it for me. I somehow pulled one out of my ďinner eyeĒ and won first and a big payday. As temped as I was to ride the wave, I stayed true to my word and withdrew the excess cash.

Since then itís basically been blue skies. Sometimes only being able to withdraw every other week, sometimes popping in 3 or 4 checks per week. Either way it was profit.

But now I feel Iím in a slump. The cashes arenít coming like I feel they should. My play feels weak and scared. When I do find my rhythm I get burned brutally at some point, and then I weaken up again and can easily get bullied around the table. Then I find myself overcompensating and playing way too aggressive. Itís a vicious cycle, and Iím having trouble finding that happy median I was finding such success in.

Then I realized something: I feel Iím playing so bad AND having this horrible luck, yet Iím not losing anything. Iím not making money like I like to do, but yet in my lowest most primitive form Iím keeping my head above water. I did hit a bad streak where I knew I was almost at an ďall or nothingĒ point again, but then I pulled a good money finish out of a sit-n-go and got back on solid ground. So while I am down about not running the show as I know I should, I feel good that at my worst Iím even. It may be a passive attitude to have, but I have gambled long enough to know the reality of any form of gambling is that if youíre not losing- youíre winning.

Ain't Skeered, Sack

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