The Miscellaneous Rantings of Marie-Lizette
So, on Tuesday I published my first article on Pokerati, "New Coaching Site? or Another PTN Ponzi Pyramid! ~ You be the judge." I figured it was a simple enough article, that hardly seemed worth much of a mention...
Unfortunately, I did not make the final table of Event No. 2 of the California State Poker Championship. In fact, I thought I busted 10th, but after checking Commerce Casino's live tournament report, I found that I actually exited in 11th place.
We had been told that play for Day 1 would end at 2:00 a.m. or when the top nine entrants qualified for the final table. However when 2:00 a.m. rolled around, there were still 13 players left, so the decision was made do go one more round. By this time I had managed to triple my weakened stack up to 67K, but with the limits at 5K/10K, I was not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination.
It's been 34 months since I played my first live poker tournament. During the first 12 months of playing tournament poker, I cashed in the top 10% regularly and made several final tables. During the second 12 months of playing tournaments, I only cashed a handful of times and didn't get anywhere near a final table. During the last 10 months, I bubbled at least 5 tournaments and have not cashed one single time. (I play a lot of satellites, both STT and MTT to maximize my R.O.I., so my satellite winnings are not included in the tally.)
It has been abundantly obvious to me that I'm not only running bad, but jumping between cash games and tournament games combined with switching it up with hold'em, omaha and drawing games, then topped with the additional factor that I haven't had time or the bankroll to play live poker with any regularity have all conspired to negatively affected my game. In order to minimize losses, I decided to focus solely on tournament NLH and to do so by playing micro-stakes tournaments and satellites on-line. It has been an interesting adjustment, since although I've shipped my share of on-line tournaments over the course of the past 5 years, on-line poker has always been more of a game of entertainment to me, rather than a career choice. I've said it over and over and over again, I'm an instinct player, not a numbers girl.
As if the two prior paragraphs are not enough testimony that I'm all over the damn road. Factor in Black Friday, that so timely occurred (sarcasm intended) just as I had begun to gain momentum playing on-line tournaments, and wuddya'get? A hot mess.