Friday, December 03, 2004

Big Choices

Ike Clanton: What is that Holiday? Twelve hands in a row? Ain't nobody that lucky.
Doc Holliday: Why Ike, whatever do you mean? Maybe poker's just not your game. I know! Let's have a spelling contest!

I had to make some decisions lately, and a few of them go against one o fth egolden rules of Poker Bloggers.

I am leaving Party Poker. Again.

I have lost 7 consecutive buy-ins to draws and river cards. I just can not take that variance any more. The latest was when my 99 met another 9 on a rainbow board, 9 high. I bet, somebody raises and then I re-raised all in with my small stack. He called with AKd, and hit runner-runner diamonds to take the pot. In another hand, I had The Hiltons, and put out a decent sized raise, met by three callers. The flop comes AKx, two hearts. Bet, raise, call in front of me, and I don't think I have much chance here. In the end, the turn and river were rags, the pot won by the guy holding TT. Gutsy bet...I guess. I am convinced that Party Poker hates me. If it wasn't for one SNG win, the bank roll on there would be zero.

I have also decided to pull my entire bank roll out of Ultimate Bet. I made a tidy little profit there over the last month, I'll quit it while I'm ahead. I've withdrawn all but $100 from Pacific too. That $100 is all I will use for tournament play from now on, until it grows or runs dry.

There is another reason for this mass-withdrawl from the poker sites. I've just received a few quotes on the wedding for next year. I'm going to need every dollar I can get my hand on. Besdies, after buying the poker chips and table earlier this year, with the money I am pulling out, they essentially become free. If I loose every last cent in the remaining poker bank roll, I still have them for free. Thats something to be proud of.

As for funding for the films, I still have that in mind. I have been saving up but due to the wedding, it too has to take a back seat for the moment.

I am keeping another $100 to try the casino bonus whore challenge ("CBWC" from now on, I love my acronyms) from
ScurvyDog. I will post my results here. I don't see this as a huge risk, after all I am playing with somebody else's money. Who knows, I may even be able to creep over my next goal, $1,000 Australian dollars online.

Here's hoping I can pull out a big win in a Pacific tournament. I am finally going to stick to what works for me.

It takes a while for these lessons to stay with you, doesn't it?


DuggleBogey said...

Please excuse my ignorance, or xenophobia or my basic....Americanism....I guess you'd call it.....

What is an Australian Dollar worth in US dollars?

Sorry for being so......American...

And the Pacific tourneys are cash cows, I don't blame you for going with them.

Heafy said...

AU$1= US$0.77 or there abouts. See, when Bill Clinton was in office, our dollar was only worth 52 cents. The GWB comes in, our dollar peaked at 80, now settled at around 77. That means I am $25 lighter for every hundred I draw out now under GWB. And you guys voted for him? Pah!

(Seriously, I'm not pinning it all on Clinton, GWB, Americans, Liberals, Left Wing, Right Wing, Wing Man, Dark Wing Duck or anybody else. It's just a poker blog.)