Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Getting Back in the Saddle - Refreshing Your Game

It's been quite on the poker front. Really quiet. Life's demands have prevented me from getting in much card playing, and posting here. Infrequent play equals rusty play, equals reduced (if not negative) expected value (ev).

You know how they say "it takes a minute to learn, but a lifetime to master"? Well the learning part is like riding a bike, you can get on and ride any time, once you've learned, you've learned. The mastery part, I can't reeaaally speak to, because I'm a long way from mastery, but I'm going to assert that it is like playing a musical instrument or exercising a muscle - you have to practice, you need repitition. Absence makes your game grow fungus, to paraphrase the Barenaked Ladies.

The question is, how to you get back in the saddle? How to you begin exercising your poker muscle? In about three weeks, a chunk of my time should open up, and I'll begin playing and writing regularly again. I want to know, how do you "rehearse"?

Do you merely accept the fact that you will be playing a less sophisticated game while you find your balance? Do you drop to lower limits? Reread your poker books? What?

Monday, March 13, 2006

Images Found!

We're back in business!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Mad Accolades for Chicago Poker Club

Hooray! BestPokerBlogs.com named Chicago Poker Club the Blog of the Week for the week of March 5, 2006. How cool!

Special thanks to our friends Sean and Stacks over at Lord Admiral Radio, and Chris and Scott at Ante Up! (you too Fatso!) for mentioning us on their shows and blogs and keeping us in the hearts and minds of blog readers everywhere. Thanks also to Ante Up! for letting me win their tournament. That was very gracious. :)

Friday, March 03, 2006

Tropicana Home Game

I never did share these pictures of our private table at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. The Poker Room Manager was kind enough to reserve a table for us on consectutive days. Twelve of my best buds (only 10 at a time, obviously) and I played $1-2 No Limit Hold 'em on a Friday and Saturday afternoon in early February.

It was fantastic to get my good buddies around one table, for starters. We all live in different cities - Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Cleveland, Charlotte, Detroit - so we've never all been around the same table. Second, some of these guys have never played in a casino before, so it was a comfy environment to find their legs. Finally, it was excellent to play in this friendly environs, but to have a professional dealer, free drink service, and a casino around us. The plasma showing basketball games was just frosting.

Kudos to Tropicana! Stop by their room the next time you're on the strip.