Monday, April 28, 2008

Out of sight, out of mind

I guess blogging is the ultimate “what have you done for me lately?” The love, she is gone. I’m not even sure Banky checks here any more.

I’m still feeling rather craptastic about my poker results these days. I think I’ve identified a couple of weaknesses in my live game – most notably, allowing myself to be bet off of hands. When I was feeling more confident about my game, I’d make those tough calls. Now I’m finding myself folding much more easily.

And then there’s the leak of getting drawn out on but there’s not much I can do about that one ;)

I hadn’t played online since we got back from Key West….I’ve been too busy or too tired. But decided to try a couple SNG’s this weekend. Banky convinced me to try an online tool (I forget what it’s called…Tournament Indicator I think?)….you get a free trial for 2 days, so I downloaded it. Essentially it helps categorize the players in the SNG based on their play in that game, and also help you determine the strength of your current hand against various other potential hands.

I’ve avoided using any tools at all, because I view them as a crutch….but my results couldn’t get much worse, and when you’re crippled, you need a crutch, no? I did find it helpful to some degree….the hand-strength thing really opened my eyes to how I ws over-valuing some hands, and in general playing way too loose for online SNGs. It also helped me focus on my play.

My results were good (I played 2 games, 1st in one, 3rd in the other. The 3rd was due to a really big mistake I made ). Insignificant sample size, but I felt better about playing…so that’s got to count for something.

Aside from poker, I'm still working away at growing this human. Pregnancy is so wacky!

I’m starting to feel the physical effects at my regular live games. My back & legs are pretty sore most of the time…so sitting in folding chairs isn’t the best. I’m not sure how much longer I’m going to be able to keep playing. I’m not due until mid-July…so hopefully I can keep it up for a little while longer!

I wonder how many other mothers-to-be have this concern? I’m such a degenerate.

Check out the Tart in baby-making splendor. This was almost 3 weeks ago in Key West…I’m even bigger now – sheesh.


Instant Tragedy said...

Tart you are SOOOOO Glowing!



BamBam said...

WOW !!! What a YUMMY-MOMMY !!!!!!


jusdealem said...

Remember Annie Duke playing the Main Event some yrs ago whe she was nearly 9 mnths pregnant?? She finished 10th! I have NO IDEA how she did that...I know I wouldn't be able to!

RaisingCayne said...

Do consider Tart, poker is a game that requires LOTS of attention and concentration:.. it's hard to imagine being able to play at full potential when pregnant!??! (Yes, Annie Duke's feat was incredible.)

Just hopin' you don't let the hobby go given some frustrations experienced while your attention was appropriately otherwise occupied! You've started feeling the physical effects at your live games... it's safe to assume some mental effects could've been creeping around as well.

(But this is just an assumption based on the fact that I know my poker game wouldn't be at 100% if I had spawn incubating inside me!)

Good luck going forward... (with poker and offspring.)

katitude said...

well then you (we) need to go play poker someplace with comfy chairs :-)

glad to see you're posting and doing well El!