Monday, February 12, 2007

Out Like Seacrest

My online poker days are officially over. I began today with about a $50 bankroll and a $26 token. I had a play-by-play recap posted earlier but took that down because, really, who cares to see how I finished 299\681 in a $26 tournament.

I blazed through a couple $11 tourneys after that and couldn't get anything going. Most of my wins were suckouts anyways.

Played some PLO8 concurrently as well, did ok, until I decided to say "fuck it" and took my entire bankroll up to the $.25\$.50 level. Was doing ok until I ran into the madman aka SimoneR. He raises it to $1.75. I'm sitting on Ah2sThJd. Not the best hand, but it's a short table at 5 players and I'm feeling a little bit of a gamble.

Flop comes AJ4 rainbow. The madman pushes. I don't need to make this call. I've got him covered but it's pretty much the end of the line for me. I win, I'm up to about $75. I know I'm ahead. Do I make the call with two cards to come?

Fuck it, let's roll.

He shows 9935. Sweet! I've got him dominated for the high, and he still needs to hit a card to make the low. I knew I had him!

Turn is 6h. Ugh, fine, we'll split the pot.

River is a 2. He makes the nut low and a 6 high straight.








Fuck fuck FUCK!








I was left with about $1.35 which I doubled up through that lucky fucker, and then like a pussy bitch he bounces after the next hand. Doubles up and then leaves. What a fucker. I ran my last couple of bucks up to about $4 before I ran into a set and IGHN. For good.

It's somewhat depressing to know that I might never play online poker again. It's been an amazing journey and at times successful, but also very time consuming and sometimes a strain on my personal life. But the bottom line is that I just love playing poker. I'm nowhere near the skill level I know I can be that, and online poker gave me the ability to constantly be learning (mostly through my own mistakes). And now it's gone.

I do realize that there are still ways to deposit, but I'm not going to look into those. I feel like it's time. I'm at a point where I'm essentially a losing player, and I don't have the time or the money right now to work on my game the way I want to. To some degree I'm upset I can't play anymore, but all in all this is a day that I knew would one day come and I'm fine with that.

So where does that leave me and my blog? I'll continue to post on occassion, maybe talk a little about the home games I'm trying to run. I'll probably hit up some Seattle card rooms on occassion. And I still have the desire to one day donk it up at the WSOP.

But as of today, online poker is just a thing of the past for me.

2 Comments:

At February 13, 2007 at 7:27 AM, Blogger TripJax said...

Take a break, then get your ass back in the saddle yo!

 
At February 13, 2007 at 11:16 AM, Anonymous bob said...

Matt,

I'm with you on the losers playing poker that have no idea of what they are doing. To fix the urge of playing poker, as you know Cathy and I love the game as well and we play the free poker. You may want to look into that in your area. It may also help in the area of friends. we have developed some good friends out of this as well. We now are to the point we go for the friends we have more then poker. We played in a couples event at Casino AZ last weekend wth 200 couples and came in 11th. Maybe you and Wac can learn to play together.

Love you Bro.

Talk to you later.

 

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