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Malaise

I had some minor problems with the computers yesterday. One would freeze. The other was having connection problems. Its kind of funny how these things tend to pile up.

I feel like crap today, and I can't quite put my finger on it. Last night was great. Wifey Kim had off from work, so I asked her to cook me dinner. I am the chef of the house, so I didn't know what to expect. I was even more concerned when I was on the phone with her while she was cooking and she said, "Uh oh, I think I need more orange juice!" Orange Juice? I thought. Well, maybe she's doing breakfast for dinner. As it turned out, wifey Kim made a orange-glazed chicken dish that fantastic. I can't lie though, I was skeptical at first.

After that, I put together a new shelf system for wifey Kim's closet. There is something about putting together furniture that I love. However, like many times in the past, I worked faster than I read (the directions) and had more than a few troubles disassembling the peice before putting it together the "right" way.

When that was done, I squeezed in some Razz at FullTilt. I got GCox to join me, but then I left the comp to find my headset. I couldn't find it anywhere, to my dismay. I then returned to the computer for a couple of hands. GCox can vouch for the fact that I ran roughshod over a player to my right. I held 44/4, one of the worst hands in Razz. I looked around and saw that few low cards were out. I was also ready and willing to gamble, so I completed the bet (essentially, raised) and watched all but one player fold. The next card dealt to me was a J, to my opponents low card. I decided to continuation bet. Hell, maybe his low card paired one of his hole cards. No luck though. My opponent called. The next card for me was an Ace, if memory serves correct. My opponent got a K. I bet, he folds, and I show my blatant bluff.

On the very next hand, I am dealt 37/6. I decide to push it as far as it would go. As the hand progresses, I'm dealt a an 8, Q, and K and T (37/68QK/T. My opponent, the same guy as before, is dealt (approximately), XX/46J6/X. We take turns betting or calling, with the aggressor changing with each card. With Razz, at some point, you are priced in. I mean, if you lost you lost, but what I saw was that my T8763 may have been good. I knew that before the river I had a good chance of drawing to an 8-low if an Ace, 2, 4, or 5 came down. I'd also have a decent chance if a 9 came down. Knowing that my opponent was tilting, I thought I was a 50/50 chance to win with the river dealt. I thought that he may have had two low cards in the hole, but it was just as likely that he held a crappy card in there. In the end, he called with T9/46J4/7, for a T9764 hand, and I won the pot. It was all about getting him to a point where he thought my aggression was pure posturing. Ka ching! Up $20 or so, my connection or computer gave out.

The rest of the night was really just jumping around. I sat at a NLHE table for about 20 seconds. I went back to Razz and lost $9. It was pretty aimless.

Maybe that is the malaise. I feel aimless. Everything is in its place, at the office, at home, at...well, everywhere else. Yet I feel like there is no direction. Nothing to strive for. Nothing to reach to.

I love this poker and I need to spend more time on it. I have to play at least once a week live. I really need to play twice a week live. Online play has lost its luster (for about the 6th time since I started playing online), and I need to find it again. I think the key will be MTTs, which offer the chance for a larger reward. Lately, though, it seems like I can't get a chance to dedicated 4 hrs to a game. It's a conundrum. I love poker, but I can't let it take over my time too much. Damn you delicious vice! Damn you to hell!

This post was brought to you by the letter Q, the number 8, and the suit diamonds!

posted by Jordan @ 9:20 AM,

4 Comments:

At 11:29 AM, Anonymous TripJax said...

I thought you had a goal of something like 3k...aiming for that should wipe the malaise right.

After you left G and I played 2 SNG's. I won them both. In the 2nd one G and I were heads up. Good times.

Hey, this weekend I read that post about you in the judges chambers to my wife and we got a kick out of it. She loves that Law & Order shit too...

 
At 11:40 AM, Anonymous Jordan from HighOnPoker said...

I'm glad she got a kick out of it. Every once in a while, I'll post about my legal exploits. Some of these situations are quite odd. In general, they are all odd, since I see myself as a kid (still), but I'm basically playing dress up in lawyer land. That said, I'm really a fucking super star when it comes to the legal stuff, so I don't mean to knock my skills. I just can't help but feel like the new kid on the block.

 
At 11:57 AM, Anonymous DeadMeek said...

I'm feeling this malaise also. I've tried picking up new games at low limits - Razz, Pineapple, Omaha - but just see bank roll slides.

I agree with you on the MTTs. They are the only fire in poker for me right now (aside from blogger games). I try to schedule them for when I can be half attentive for the first hour, and then concentrate after the break if I'm still in. Let us know if you find the way out of this.

 
At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Jordan from HighOnPoker said...

I'm still not out of it yet Meek. Online poker just seems a little stale. But then again, I need to find time for those MTTs. That'll help change things up.

 

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