The Miscellaneous Rantings of Marie-Lizette
I must admit that my trip to Vegas for pre-WSOP shenanigans has given me hope that the poker industry is ripe for hard working people to become successful on either side of the rail.
First off, hanging around with all my poker media peeps is always the brightest part of any day (especially with my bestie KevMath). With the Rio serving as the Mecca for poker and the trauma of Black Friday still burning in everybody's wounds, the who's who of poker press are all on hand for the 2011 World Series of Poker. Compounded by the fact that I've joined forces with Dan Michalski as Associate Editor for Pokerati.com, had discussions with Jon Friedberg regarding his anticipated re-launch of AllVegasPoker.com, and my return to Examiner.com as the Los Angeles Poker Examiner, I was able to enjoy feeling like a colleague on a level playing field rather than a squirrel trying to get a nut.
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.