Saturday, June 11, 2005

Too long? Is that a problem?

I get ragged on by the husband for playing too long at the tables. Whether it's online or live games, I hate to lose. (Doesn't everyone?) I find that if I sit there long enough and wait for the cards, I can almost always make it back and usually make a profit. Is this wrong?

Al keeps telling me that I should limit myself to 4 hour sessions online and 6-8 hours in live games. If I'm winning, I'll stay until the luck swings downward and I start losing. Easy enough to quit when you're up. When I'm down, I can sit for hours on end until I make it up. It took several hours of my time at the Plaza when I could've been hanging out with the bloggers, but I went from -$250 to +$200. It took 12 hours, but I came back.

Is this a sign of obsession? Do I need to limit myself to a time frame, or should I keep on doing what I'm doing? I know that poker isn't always about the money you make, it's about playing well. I think I'm doing that when I come back. I pride myself on getting better and doing what I do well. I'm in the middle of reading some of the books by the pros and I try to play the best game that I can. It doesn't interfere with the rest of my life, except for the fact that sometimes I'd rather play cards than go to the bar. It's one vice in exchange for another.

I'd like to hear the opinion of others on this subject. Is my husband right (God forbid) or should I keep doing what seems to work for me?

7 Comments:

Blogger Huge Junk said...

bobby bracelet gives his official stamp of approval. you may continue to blog now!

3:25 PM  
Blogger Derek McG said...

lol. i concur!!

3:26 PM  
Blogger EvaCanHang said...

I feel so special... you're making me blush. :-)

3:31 PM  
Blogger peacecorn said...

I just read Jennifer Harman talk about this very thing on FullTilt. She says, "I see so many players playing short hours when they're winning, and long hours when they're losing. It should be the other way around."

http://www.fulltiltpoker.com/proLessons.php?lesson=8

If something's working for you, however, I wouldn't recommend you stop doing it. Unless it stops working. Then knock it off and go to bar. ;-)

10:40 AM  
Blogger Joanne1111 said...

I do the same thing as you - if I am losing, I will play for as many hours as it takes to get back up. Is this obsessive? Yeah, maybe a little ;)

Glad you started a blog, look forward to reading more :)

12:25 AM  
Blogger Maigrey said...

I sometimes do the same thing, I'll admit. But you have to realize when you're losing because you're running bad, vs when you're losing because you're playing bad/tired/stupid/whatever.

If it's the former, keep playing. If it's the latter, pack in your losses and play another day - it's all one big game of poker.

Glad to see you around these parts :)

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I' find myself doing the same fairly often as well. I'll find myself down -200 to -300 and end up with 300+. But this all depends on how you feel i suppose. If your playing good and feeling good, but just getting bad beats and draws, than why not stay in. . . If your a well-versed, good player, it'll come back... If you feel your judgement might be a little cloudy, and perhaps a little frustrated, it's hard to do at times, but quit.. I try to keep my playtime to about 4-6 hours, but depending on the situation will play up to 12+ hours. I haven't blogged on here before, but was wondering where people play? .. I can often be found around the LA clubs... particularly bicycle club.. drop me a line and say hello sometime if ya like..

Rich[myspace.com/akashra]:
akashra@eml.cc

6:41 AM  

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