Yesterday was not a good day. I was working on about three hours of sleep, I'm on a diet which makes me a wee bit cranky, and the Red Sox lost 1-0 after Lester pitched 7 scoreless innings. In addition to all that, I'd had it "up to here" with being called a luckbox.
I mean seriously....how many times can dozens of guys, who I thought were intelligent, wax on about what a luck box I am? I started thinking "Do these guys actually believe this?" All along I thought everyone was kidding around. Heck, I don't even "believe" in luck. I see those people with "lucky" card protectors, or wearing their lucky t-shirts and I think "idiot", although maybe idiot isn't fair. If these insignificant things make people a little more confident, then God bless them, go to it. I just do not buy into the "luck" thing.
I believe in "randomness" as in randomly you'll get better cards and worse cards.....ebb and flow, but not "tonight's my lucky night so I will win win win". You guys aren't stupid enough to believe that shit, are you? If you are, I am sorely disappointed.
I've been called "lucky" far longer than any of you have known me. In fact, I wrote a bit on my thoughts about this subject last summer and below is an excerpt.
Very Josie - On Gambling and Luck, August 2010
Luck wins hands. It does not win tournaments. And what the fuck is wrong with a little luck anyway?In a poker room if you call someone lucky, you might as well just call him a mother fucker to his face. He'll take it the same way you meant it. As an insult. In other facets of life, "lucky" isn't such a dirty word.
I cannot tell you how often I've been called lucky. Certainly much more often than I've been called smart. And I am lucky sometimes. When a little luck goes my way I'm thankful and try not to squander it. It isn't total luck. I make my own "luck" and everyone tells me how lucky I am.
Whatev. Some old guy from Illinois, after writing I was lucky about 19 times in his "open letter" to me even brought it up a notch, saying I'm screwing the honchos at Full Tilt. Maybe even he doesn't believe it can be luck alone....it must be the magical mystery vay jay jay that I have. lollllllllllll
Sooooo when I was going through the archives to find that little tidbit above, I found a piece I wrote on Hoyazo, like way back when. He kicked my butt and clearly I didn't like it, yet I was impressed. (no I never typed the "luck" word even once in reference to him) :P See below.
Very Josie - Who is this "Hoyazo" that just fucked me? September 2010
I just busted out of The Mookie. Small field, 13 players I think, which means 2 small tables. I have Hoyazo one away, to my left. And whenever I'm in a pot he raises or reraises and I end up folding a couple of hands that may have been the best, but not worth the tourney.
So I have my fave hand and raise 3 times the blind or 180. Hoy reraises to 710. Big blind folds, I fold and he shows a 7-2....The Hammer. This is after fucking with me repeatedly.
Next hand I have A-Q sooted. Hoy raises to 180, bb reraises to 540. I call. Hoy jams all in and BB folds. I know I gotta fold here, but I keep thinking about that last hand and the hands leading up to it.
He shows KK. Flop is Q high, but I catch no other cards and I'm out.
Here's what I think. Had he waited till after the flop to jam with an over pair, I'd still have all my chips in. That's be a much easier call. It just pisses me off that his fucking with me resulted in me making a bad call.
The funny thing is he played exactly how I play. Usually I'm very aggressive, like him. If you're telling me your hand is worth 3x the big blind, well then you're also telling me that it isn't worth, say 10x. So let's put you to the test. It's an easy way to accumulate chips and it's best done against a tight player. And damn, there's nothing I like better than getting a big pocket pair after a hand I've just raised.
No, I'm not a tight player, but I don't think Hoy knows that, and I certainly appeared tight tonight. I didn't get many playable hand so all I seemed to do is fold, or fold afer Hoy reraised me.
Very interesting. I wouldn't mind playing with him at my table again.
That was about about 7 months ago, and I can't say I've done anything significant against Hoy yet, but hopefully there's the BBT6 coming....
Speaking of coming.....so is the WSOP. Vegas in June baby. A very NICE blogger sent me an email yesterday explaining why all you other bloggers call me names. He made alot of sense and then he asked if he'd see me in Vegas for teh WSOP. I really hope the answer will be yes.
I need a BIG "lucky" win so I can leverage that into a wsop win. I would like that very much, if only to continue the "Luck Box" reputation. I think the best way to accomplish this (online anyway) is to play a large tourney with large prizes at the final table. That's where you'll find me for the next month or so.