Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Variety Is The Spice Of Life

I think I figured out why I've had so much trouble jumping from here to there playing online.  It's a very simple reason really.  I get bored.  I don't get bored playing the same kind of game live though.  I wasn't bored when I was playing tournaments at the Plaza on the electronic tables and I've never been bored playing $2/$4 limit at The Orleans or the Golden Nugget, but online, if I'm doing the same thing a few days in a row I find myself becoming completely disinterested and needing a change.   They say variety is the spice of life so why can't it be the spice of a poker life??  The more I think about it the more I'm saying to myself if I want to play this for a few days and then I want to play something else for a few days and then I want to play something completely different than that for a few days there is no harm and in fact it may be beneficial because I am keeping my skills  sharp in multiple forms of poker.  Whether its MTTs, SNGs, or different cash games I am not going to worry if I'm playing something different every few days because in order not to get bored it seems to be what I need to do, but unfortunately  although I have done pretty well going from $0 to $181 and there's a very good possibility that will increase by another $50 tomorrow from this week's fixed-limit leaderboard, but the fact of the matter is if you look over on the right side of the blog at the rundown of earnings there is a problem.  

$73 of that $181 came from promotions and rakeback.  Okay no problem, I still earned about $110 playing poker, but look where the majority of the money came from, limit cash games.  If this was Poker Stars there is no doubt in my mind I would be grinding limit cash games full time because that's where my first love lies, but this is not Poker Stars.  Limit cash games are scarce, and I believe the only reason that anybody is playing them is because of the promotion.  If it weren't for those limit games where would I be??  $14 from MTTs and another $24 from his SNGs and this is since the 18th of April.  $38 in two weeks playing time.  Now I know I said that I didn't want to rush things, but let's be reasonable about this.  At that rate I'll still be grinding online 5 years from now.  $1 and $2 MTTs won't cut it nor will SNGs.  Every where I turn I seem to run into a brick wall.  Either it's not profitable enough, not available enough, or not fast enough. 

The only thing that could suffice at this point are the $20 MTTs but with $181 I'm looking at 9 and only 9 buyins.  After my last adventure at the no-limit cash games where I made a few dollars profit, but could not stand the swings and could not stand the variance I said no more.  I really truly want nothing to do with them although I find the play of No Limit cash more interesting online than I do live because of the multi-tabling aspect I really don't want anything to do with no limit cash games, but as I look at the earnings and the amounts therein I keep rolling it over in my mind and the same answer keeps coming back. Flushh, you no longer have a choice.   You've tried everything else, you've explored every avenue available to you.  However, what happens in a few days when I get bored of it or overly frustrated, where do I go next, what do I do then?  Go back to mtts and sngs and make $38 in two weeks time.  Not exactly a positive prospect. 

So in conclusion I am no longer concerned about switching off of one thing and going to something else for a little while and then switching back because it's giving me a variety, it's making my online poker play more enjoyable for me and this is what I'm going to continue to do in the future.  I've done the tournaments for a couple of weeks, I've done SNGs for about 4 or 5 days, I've done the limit cash games for 5 or 6 days now and now I'm going to switch it over back to no limit cash for maybe a few days, maybe a week, who knows.  I know the best thing would be to just stay with it because so far the $10 no-limit cash games since I been playing on WSOP has provided the most earnings, but I don't see that happening.  The longest I've gone on any one thing since I started playing on WSOP in about a month maybe a little more.  Variety is the spice of life and I guess variety is the spice of my online poker game as well.  With that said I bid you a fond good night, take care everyone, and I'll see you at the tables.


  1. Is it possible that you are not cutout for the online grind? I certainly am not. I LIKE playing live poker and the need to multitask when I'm online (email, FB, Twitter, CNN, etc) is a leak in my online game so I just don't. I don't care how much training I can get from playing PLO personality is such that the only stuff is dreary.

  2. Alysia you are absolutely correct on that. When I lived in other places the online grind suited me fine but now that I live in Las Vegas I can't stand it. I want to be at the Nugget I want to be at the Orleans, I want to be on the strip at the Mirage. I want to be anywhere except on a freakin computer when I live in Las Vegas, but unfortunately I have no choice

    When I move into a new place next month with rent and expenses I figure I will be lucky if I have about $200 a month left over spending cash after everything is paid beginning in July. Obviously $200 a month is not going to get me anywhere. It's three tournaments or one session at $2/$4. I have to build the bankroll online, there is no other possibility that exists for me right now and so I just have to try to find a way to make it at least somewhat bearable.

  3. doing other things online while playing poker wont hurt ur winrate, i do it on bovada everytime im on. usually i have either music, preaching, or troopers videos on utube up too. neither does using my cell 100% of the time in live games. i think it helps me play better and keeps me silent.