After taking about a month off from playing poker, I decided to give it another shot. This time, though, I’m less interested in winning than I was when I first started, now that I realize that I’m probably not going to be the next Chris Moneymaker. (I’ll be lucky if I become the next Anyone Recognizable.) Instead, I’m more interested in making the right decisions when it comes to betting, raising, folding, and the like. In my typical fatalistic fashion, I treat any money that I use to buy-in as money already lost; the real goal is to hang on to the money as long as I can while observing the way people bet.
So far, it’s worked; I went to Chumash today and left $50 up (which, going by the philosophy above, means I left with $150 more than I expected), and I made about $20 in fifteen minutes online, thanks to a couple of big hands.
I don’t expect this luck to persist too long, but for right now at least, I feel like the money is secondary to the lessons I’m learning about the game. (Who knows, maybe with some practice, I might work my way up to Brian Watkins’ level.)