Monday, October 10, 2016

Sidelined Online

My daily live poker playing has been sidelined due to an injury, more specifically a blood clot in the calf of my left leg. For reasons I won't get into I was without the blood thinner a few days and combined with all the sitting hours on end has ended me up with the blood clot. Suffice it to say it included a permanent ban from one Pharmacy for a verbal altercation that I got in with one of their employees in which she started it. Knowing I was going to not be able to play live daily and would have to return to online temporary I decided to take all except $200 and simply spend it on what I wanted to and I've been having a lot of fun and enjoying myself. Live tournaments, live cash games, blackjack tables, roulette, slot machines, poker machines, adult beverage consumption, some clothes shopping, whatever and I've been having a lot of fun, but with a blood clot I need to rest the leg as much as possible so it's forced me back online. I am hoping time and rest will dissolve it naturally. I don't want to end up in the hospital as I have not the time nor the inclination for that. There's things going on I want to continue to take part in so I don't have any time for any hospital stay bullshit. I have league games twice a week with the Nevada Poker heretofore known as the NPL, a home game tournament two or three times a month so rest is at a premium but I will do the best I can with it.  After playing live tournaments in which the top prize is hundreds of dollars playing $1, $2, and $5  tournaments where I get $15, $30, or $50 for first place is not going to be easy.  I have to try not to get fed up with the small money return and head right back to the casino not fully healed. 

Now let me make something extraordinarily clear here. I want back to the live tournaments as fast as possible, but at the same time  I realized that a realistic bankroll is needed. I really enjoyed playing the tournaments at Sam's Town, enjoyed their costs which was low, along with their relatively low rate they charge for those tournaments, however giving oneself a realistic bankroll for permanent live play is necessary.  The only question is how much and that is going to be on a trial-and-error basis. Right now my goal is to turn this $200 into $2000. That would give me 40 buyins or a full months worth of $50 tournaments and the ones that I played at Sam's Town cost less than that, but that's a nice round number to shoot for and it basically gives me a full month's attempt at it not worried about running out of money and then at the end of the month seeing how much was earned or lost and reevaluate at that point. So that's the goal $2,000 and it's probably one of the most realistic monetary goals I've ever had for myself, but when achieved, I will return to live tournaments immediately and instantaneously. 

I know I need to rest the leg as much as possible and the pain is gone, but I know the clot is not so I need to rest it as much as needed, but I refuse to not play in my league games or the home games. The Nevada Poker League aka the NPL is a free bar poker league that I am taking part in which has a $5,000 freeroll every 6 weeks and how you do in the individual single table tournaments that you play during the 6 week season depends what you're starting chip stack is. They also give out tokens for the Bar Poker Open, tournaments that are played online and utilizing those tokens playing those tournaments online can get you into the $200,000 Gtd at the Golden Nugget. Furthermore the top 15 or so in these $5,000 freerolls every 6 weeks get an entry into a winner-take-all tournament in which that winner will get a $10,000 buy-in into the WSOP Main Event. All of this is totally free for the player and the only money that you spent is whatever you eat or drink at the bar and maybe a couple of bucks for the dealers and that is it. I'm meeting new people and socializing more in this fashion and I'm enjoying it very much, but let's be real about it, I'm in it for the potential money to be won.  Actual poker for October has shown some small losses but extraordinarily small. I ended up losing $12 in live play and the first home game of the month I did not cash in it so that cost me $30, I have $200 online and the rest has been spent and being spent, frivolously, unnecessarily, and quite honestly enjoyably.

I'm going to start a full day of online tournaments tomorrow and I will only be playing the $1, $2, and $5 tournaments. I am not playing any of the rebuys because I just don't care for them and why spend nearly $9 for each one if it's not something I really enjoy doing. Monday and Thursdays are league game nights so I will take those two days a week off from online tournaments. The days I do grind online the day will begin at 11:15 a.m. and ending with a 1am tournament depending on how tired I am. If I feel too tired or fatigued I'll end things early.  

Well that's my update. I really hate the fact that I've been sidelined for now, but the way I look at it this will give me some time to do some grinding and some healing at the same time. I know some may think playing the home games and the league games is unnecessarily risky, but the fact of the matter is that I don't like being cooped up inside of the house and I'd rather get out and be doing something especially if it's poker related in some way. So until next time take care everyone and whether it's live or online, I'll see you at the tables.