So I decided to start a poker blog, for quite selfish reasons really… I have been playing poker for the better part of 8 years now with my start online at partypoker during my second year in university. Since then I have been in and out of the poker world for various stretches, sometimes I find the passion to play long sessions everyday for a year or two then I get burnt out and stop entirely for 6 months to a year before starting again.
One thing is certain; I always come back to the game. More recently I have started playing more live cash games during my downtime in Hong Kong and have been running quite bad (an understatement). To the point where it is affecting my daily mood, this could be the worst downswing I’ve had during my 8 year poker experience. Although definitely not the longest down swing to date (hopefully it ends soon) it is by far the worst in terms of bad beats/coolers. It feels like every hand I am 80%+ favourite in ends up costing me my stack (and we play pretty deep). I have yet to get it in bad in all-in spots and I’m stuck over 100k in the past two months playing mostly 25/50.
People that know me know that I have ample amounts of gamble. However I have not been as tilted or as emotionally affected as I have been over the last few days. It feels like I have a cloud of bad “chi” constantly hanging over my head.
I play this game because I believe that it is a skill game, that over the “long run” things should even out and I should be a huge winner in the games I play in. My belief has been tested before but never truly shaken until these past couple months.
On the flip side the downswing has reinvigorated my curiosity about the game and has pushed me to review the hands that I’ve played and catch up with the current state of the game. In short it has reignited my passion to once again become a student of the game.
I am not one to complain to others about my run bad luck so I started this blog because I am hoping that ranting and rambling about my experiences can be at least partially therapeutic and help me overcome this latest hurdle.
If this blog comes across as incoherent or if some posts seem pointless I apologise in advance, but this site was not meant for anyone else but me.