Friday, December 29, 2006

End-of-year closeout

I suck and I need to get better. At everything. (I will, for the sake of accuracy, admit to having perfected the recipe for chicken marsala. But we can all agree that is a skill set of limited value.)

End-of-year reflection leads me to ask whether I've reached life's mid-game with the blinds and antes climbing, knowing that if the dealer doesn't slide me some major mojo soon that I'll be taking a stand under suboptimal conditions while left wondering whether the real opportunity occurred much earlier but I lacked brains, ability and chutzpah to recognize its existence.

(How's this for an example: You're in for 5 buy-ins with less than 10 minutes remaining in the first hour of an $8 donkfest and see three all-ins in front of you while holding pocket 10s. You know there's got to be at least one overpair among the three and that you'd be gamboooling in a major way if you make the call for your last 2,800. You don't, of course, the 10 flops and you flame out a couple of minutes later with pocket 9s vs K-Q. Point of this interlude? IT'S A FREAKIN' REBUY, DUMBASS. YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO GAMBLE.)

Ah, the bountiful poker-life analogies. Screw it. Life's been pretty good. I've gotten plenty of breaks. My timing has usually been pretty good. But I can't help but wonder whether I've wrung all the value I should have out of the hands I've been dealt.

I am a better poker player than a year ago. There are more pages in the playbook. There is discernible improvement in both my tournament (more aggressive) and NL cash (probably too loose/aggressive) games.

My enthusiasm for poker has only deepened. I've even become addicted to a new poker drug -- 2-7 TD. I've played thousands of hands since Stars introduced the game and have enthusiastically set about learning the game's complexities.

Triple draw, in fact, will be a good test for my resolve to improve. Learning is best done systematically, although accident and happenstance impart their own sometimes painful lessons. Learning to learn better represents a formidable but achievable challenge. And the biggest step toward becoming a better player -- laying down more hands -- doesn't take a Ph.d. to master.

This is the first anniversary of this blog. While not well read, it has served as an adequate journal of my poker progress. That's good enough for now.


Blogger LuvGlock said...

Well said, Hacker.

By the way, any game that has its title abbreviated "2-7...." is a good game!


Donkey Glock

3:17 PM  
Blogger Slimeface said...

Happy blogversary! Keep it going and have a safe and profitable new 07!

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to let you know, I've been reading your blog for the last couple of months.Currently enduring England's 5th test v Australia (cricket) on the radio.Enjoying the blog far more than England's cricket.

Liverpool UK

9:18 PM  
Blogger Iakaris aka I.A.K. said...

Congrats Hacker on the anniversary. You know I am this blog's numbah one fan - you can flat out write well, and your MTT results speak for themselves.

Here's hoping your game lays waste to '07.

10:32 PM  
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