Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Let's See How Far I've Come

Poker.  This is a poker blog you know.  It may appear that I've forgotten but trust me, I haven't.  Poker's been very much on my mind.  I've had oodles of money given to me success at the NL cash game the last few times I've been to Foxwoods so that's a positive, yet I feel inert. 

The last 3, 4 or 5 times I've played a live tournament I've lost.  On most of these occasions I'd win the tourney buyin at the cash game and then lose the tourney, which equals a waste of my effing time. This is just not acceptable for me.  Tourneys are my strength.  I know how to leverage a big stack, play the short stack and make my opponents squirm with discomfort.  It's what I do.  At least it's what I used to do, and I'm frustrated that it's been a while since I've had this sense of accomplishment (and cash).

In my mind, there is a path to success in every single tournament.  It's just a matter of finding that path, staying on it and avoiding the land mines.  Am I a little hard on myself when I don't win?  Yes.  But that toughness has led me to ALOT of winnings.  I have tons of photos of me smiling and holding up cash.  Pics I only take when I've won, but they're kind of old!  I've won lots of tournaments in the past - just not the recent past.  :)

This Alanis Morrissette song always reminds me of how to play in a tournament: (you have my persmission to skip by the song if you aren't into Alanis)

Sometimes is never quite enough
If you're flawless, then you'll win my love
Don't forget to win first place
Don't forget to keep that smile on your face

Be a good girl
Try a little harder
You've got to measure up
And make me prouder

How long before you screw it up
How many times do I have to tell you to hurry up
With everything I do for you
The least you can do is keep quiet

Be a good girl
You've gotta try a little harder
That simply wasn't good enough
To make us proud

I'll live through you
I'll make you what I never was
If you're the best, then maybe so am I
Compared to him compared to her
I'm doing this for your own damn good
You'll make up for what I blew
What's the problem...why are you crying

Be a good girl
Push a little farther now
That wasn't fast enough
To make us happy
We'll love you just the way you are
If you're perfect

Well my friends, it's time to be Perfect again.  I'm playing in the Megastack Challenge at Foxwoods next week.  It's a larger tournament and I am due for a tournament win.  I don't want to cash, I don't want to make it to the final table; I want to WIN.  I can win.  I know I can.  I make men tremble at the poker table.  That's not an exaggeration or embellishment, it's a fact.  (when I'm sober - Vegas doesn't count!)

There are lots of tournaments to choose from at Foxwoods next week.  I'm leaning toward the Deep Stack Bounty tournament on Friday.  I most always fare well when bounties are involved and when I tell you I plan to come out swinging, consider that an understatement.

I'll be posting thoughts and strategies (and probably more inspirational songs) for the tournament during the next week in preparation and any advice you're kind enough to bestow on me here will not fall on deaf ears.  I plan on taking in as much theory as possible, mix in math odds and player reads to see how far I've come.

Let's see how far I've come.

Oh and what do you think of the prototype of my poker business card above?  What you're looking at is the front and back of the card.  As you can see, I've decided not to put my last name or phone number on the cards.  I'll be passing them out to the peeps at my table should they want to read my version of their play.  Normally if/when the fact that I write a poker blog comes up people are usually quite eager to get the url and I end up writing it on bits of paper.  I'm done with that.  I'm still not certain on whether or not to add my cell phone number.  I'm thinking passing out my phone number to dozens of strange men isn't the best idea.  Besides they can always reach me (should they need to) via email or this blog.  What do you think?  Would you put your phone number on the card?  Keep in mind, I'm a woman regardless of what Waffles says.

Play smart.



lightning36 said...

What is the buy-in for the deepstack event? Hmmm ... I might even consider wanting a piece of Josie ... in the tournament, of course ...

Josie said...

The one on Friday is a smallish $300. That's the one I'm leaning towards. They have others for $400, $540, $600 and $1,200.

I'll post lots of deep stack info on tomorrow's post.

Light you know you want a piece of Josie - stand in line.

lightning36 said...

Josie said...

LOL I love Mr. Costanza but obv Elaine could kick his ass - just like I can kick YOUR ass, both pokerwise and otherwise. :)

Memphis MOJO said...

GL in the tourney. You can take it down.

Josie said...

TY Mojo!

KenP said...

Tournaments and blogging about them is a sine wave with highs and lows. Never mix up the cards with the plan. They have separate paths at times.

As to your "business" card, set up a separate email address. I'd recommend one from spamgourmet but any of the gmail types work. Always control you main emails and limit who knows them. If you pick up trolls you can abandon the extra account and get new cards.

Josie said...

Ken, the separate email account is great idea. ty

PokahDave said...

Don't put your phone number on the is fine. I'm sure everybody will run to the website to see what you say about them. It's a great idea. Good luck.

Josie said...

Yeah Dave, that's what I was thinking too.

lightning36 said...

I can see the headlines after a return trip to a b&m poker room: "Caustic bloger stabbed outside the Seabrook Poker Room."

SirFWALGMan said...

perhaps the big fish in a wittle itsy bitsy pond has swam up to the big boys pond and needs to learn how to play against decent players?

The big thing that has changed recently is your not playing against black and lesbians, or NH hicks.. your playing at places like Foxwoods where semi-professionals and weak players mix.. so you run into some better players in these tourneys.

Josie said...

Ugh, I hate it when Waffles has a good point. :P

Drizztdj said...

Sober poker is losing poker.

This is fact.

I've never won/chopped a tourney that I wasn't blitzed.

Start with jagerbombs and go from there, just short of table dancing drunk.

Or, just make sure you have fun. Good luck!

Josie said...

Table that's an idea!