The Miscellaneous Rantings of Marie-Lizette
If you follow along on Twitter, you've see that me and several members of the poker media who covered the 2011 World Series of Poker found it amusing to play Pai Gow at the Gold Coast Casino. What many of you may not know is that when the fun ended and it was time to call it a night, Kevin Mathers (my poker Bestie) and I would stop off at the gumball/candy machines on our way out of the Gold Coast Casino and I would always choose the green apple sour balls.
Again, those of you who use Twitter and follow either me via @MarieLizette or Kevin Mathers via @Kevmath (or both), may recall that Kevin was looking for a mail center near the Rio to send a package. Several of Kevin's followers responded and I chimed in to remind him that the Rio had a business center that would be able to help. Well, to my surprise, it looks like the package was for me.
When I came home from Vegas, I often tweeted about how much I missed all the little nuances about the fun we all had blowing off steam after tournament hours and it looks like Kevin was paying attention. Today, as the post-WSOP exodus comes to a conclusion with the last of the poker media leaving Las Vegas, I received the ultimate example of friendship in bright red packaging. In an amazingly sweet gesture of friendship, Kevin bought and shipped me Gold Coast Casino green apple sour balls.
Thank you Kevin Mathers for the gift (you're the A♠!), and for allowing me the opportunity to show the world how wonderful you (and others like you in the poker community) truly are.
A shout out to just a few of the extraordinary people that I feel priviledged enough to have shared a laugh with, tipped a glass to, and/or mentored me at the 2011 World Series of Poker: Dan Michalski, Annie LePage, Jon Katkin, Dave Behr, Jay Newnum, Jennifer Newell, BJ Nemeth, Michele Lewis, Jennifer Winter, Allen Rash, Vin Narayanan, Tim Turn, Landon Blackhall, Chris Hall, Suzie McBaine, Michael Reed, Melissa Hayden, Tatjana Pasalic, Lizzy Morone, Mel Seiboldt, Jon Friedberg, John Wray, Chad Halloway, Eric Ramsey, Jessica Welman, Lance Bradley, Jack Effel, Bill Seibert, Nolan Dalla, Seth Palansky, Danielle Anderson, Carol Kline, Ryan K., Susan G., David Plastik, David Tuckman, James Van Alstyne, Dan Heimiller, Stacey Lynn Nutini, Cliff Fisher, Matt Savage, Maryann Savage, Alex Outhred, Shirley Rosario, Bart Hanson, Kristen, Paul McGuire, Kara Scott, Mary Ann, Gloria Balding, Jennifer Shahade, Joe Viator, Barry Greenstien, Victor Ramdin, Mel Judah, Annie Duke, Bryan Devonshire, Yarom Limor, Lisa Parsons, Cody Chandler, Connie Hammock, Beth Gains, Nick Brancato, Michelle Richey, Lupe Soto, Matt Parvis, Debbie Sung, and many many more. I thank each and everyone of you for being (1) an inspiration and (2) a friend.
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.