I've been playing enough online poker lately to actually dream about it last night. It was odd. First, odd because BadBlood was in the dream and, while I LIKE the guy, he's substantially different from what my internal dream casting agency would normally recruit. Second, it was odd because we were playing poker on laptops in a brick and mortar casino.
Just sitting 'round a full table of players that were in no way playing the same game.
For the record, I was KILLING the game.
I DID play a little low-stakes poker on the Blood family's kitchen table this weekend. Naturally, I lost. Still, as much as I've grown to like the underground games, it's nice to just drink and laugh and not have much cash in play. I beat Random101 with a straight flush against his full house. I doubled up Mrs. Blood and Uncle Ted at least once each.
Blah... blah... actual poker... blah.
On the plus side, I had a martini and a steinfull of shirazz. I love me a tasty buzz.
ANOTHER DREAM THAT IS TOTALLY UNRELATED (I THINK)
I have this one dream pretty much all the time. I think it may be a confession of some sort of mental instability to admit it but I have the dream SO often I often wake up thinking the dream is real.
I dream I have a very large house. That much is always the same. The house itself is usually different but it always seems familiar in that dream-way.
The key thing is I always have at least one or two more rooms than I can possibly use. While the rest of the house is fully furnished, those rooms are completely empty. Sometimes it's a patio room and sometimes it's the den. I always, at some point in the dream, regret having all this space I don't need and later I make a committment to find a USE for the space.
Eventually I'll become SO fond of the new, formerly bare, room that I'll then neglect some other part of the house. Then I'm back to wishing I didn't have so much goddamned space.
Again, I have that dream so often that I frequently wake up unsure of what house I'm in. I have it so often that as soon as the dream begins I recognize where it's headed. That familiarity doesn't make the dream seem less real, quite the opposite in fact.
Pretty damn wierd I think.
Playing poker Online
Back to that first dream. I've been playing a LOT of online poker lately with what I'll call mixed results.
I've made the money in a MTT pretty much every day for a week or 10 days. There is some measure of luck to make that happen, but I'm very happy with my play... up to a point.
The problem is I have no endgame. I can't seem to finish the deal. I get to the money and fall apart.
Check this out:
Date: Buyin Type Finished/Registered Payout
8/5/2007 $24 NL Hold'em 63/1097 $60.55
8/3/2007 $10 NL Hold'em 69/2367 $47.35
8/2/2007 $20 NL Hold'em 32/227 $45.40
8/1/2007 $20 NL Hold'em 18/180 $43.20
8/1/2007 $5 NL Hold'em 126/2027 $14.19
7/31/2007 $15 Razz 3/24 $72.00
7/30/2007 $20 NL Hold'em 16/180 $43.20
7/29/2007 $8 NL Hold'em+Rebuys 28/1106 $106.52
7/27/2007 $10 NL Hold'em+Rebuys 21/558 $75.54
Otis even warned me not to fall apart as I was killing a $24+$2 on Tilt last night.
I did it anyway. I think I made a $45 profit. Whooop di Do.
Keep dreaming I guess.