Thursday, November 23: 1 WSOP buy-in down the drain
I typically try to keep this blog free from affiliate/rakeback stuff, mostly because I'm weaning myself from the RB-business...ever since I moved up to higher-stakes games last year, I found that it just wan't worth my time to track and pay players...but I still get quite a few emails asking about it (I think in one of my earlier posts, I mentioned that I was an affiliate.) I've also got quite a few emails from Americans since the US legislation, asking about US-friendly sites that still offer rakeback.
So although I'm loathe to talk about it, I thought I'd mention a particularly cool little offer for Bodog, which is one of the sites that has taken a staunch pro-US stance and remained open to Americans. A good friend of mine is an affiliate there and offers 25% rakeback, but the cool thing is that even if you've already got an account there (on which you're not getting RB), he can switch you to his affiliate account, provided you're not currently tracked to an affiliate. That's a big "if". You may or may not have signed up under an affiliate when you originally opened your Bodog account...in fact, you may not even remember...but if you did not, it's cool that Bodog has allowed him to just transfer you into his affiliate account so you can start getting rakeback there. He just moved me over to his affiliate account last week (i wasn't currently tracked to an affiliate), and he's got a website with online tracking, and all that good stuff.
Email me at everywherejim at hotmail.com if you're interested. The info I would need from you is:
1. Real first and last names
2. Email address associated with your Bodog account
3. Bodog account # and screename.
I then have these sent to the Bodog affiliate manager who will say one of two things:
i) "Great, that player wasn't linked to an affiliate, so we switched him!", or
ii) "Sorry, that player was already linked to an affiliate, so you're out of luck."
Alright, enough with that, on to more interesting things.
Single biggest losing hand ever
I'm happy to say that I've gotten quite comfortable at the $2,000 and even the $5,000NL tables. I've been stacked a few times for the full $5,000, but this hand really obliterates that prevoius "best": after buliding my stack up to almost $14,000, I took a nice little $9,300 hit. I'd been running over the table this particular session, and I knew that a lot of my opponents were getting sick of my aggression; this session, I'd guess my stats were areound 35/22, which at a full table is pretty darn LAG. A few of them had started playing back at me...the SB in this hand was the only other somewhat aggressive player at the table, and he had come over the top of my raises a few times already. He made a quite strong play here, re-raising an UTG raiser from the SB, which typically screams strength. I almost folded, but his LAGgy image, combined with my having position on him, and both of our big stacks led me to call. I'm very happy with the way I played the rest of the hand. There was only 1 hand I had to be worried about, and several (AA, and all the AK combinations) that were likely going to pay me off here. Of course, that sense of self-satisfaction isn't going to bring me back the WSOP buy-in that I lost on this hand.
I have made a decision that these next couple months of posts will be this blog's swan song. It's been almost 2.5 years, and I always wanted to go out on a high note, so to speak; e.g. to end this blog before the quality of posts started deteriorating...and I don't think I've quite crossed that threshold just yet, which is a good thing. There were a few other times where I thought about ending this thing, but each time I was persuaded not to because of a few factors:
- first off, I was still having fun...I still found posting here to be a therapeutic outlet for poker-related angst that just didn't lend itself easily to expression in the 'real world.'
- Secondly, I was still getting a few emails each week from people telling me that they found my story inspiring and helpful vis-a-vis their own situation, which in turn inspired me to keep at it...to paraphrase a somewhat-corny old U.S. army recruitment slogan that I've always identified with: "if someone wrote a book about your life, would anyone want to read it?" And perhaps it just plays to my own feelings of insecurity, or the universal human need to feel that one's life is relevant or significant, but you know what: I do think my life, to this point, has been quite an interesting trip, and keeping this blog has played an integral part in reminding me of that fact, at least with respect to the last couple years.
- Lastly, I could never quite bring myself to stop posting, because...well...I always felt like I still had more to write about. I nearly ended things at the end of 2005, and then thought about it again in May of this year, when I finished my second-to-last semester of law school and decided to do this whole Australian junket. But each time, something told me that I hadn't quite tackled all the things I wanted to talk about, and I knew that there was still value in those unexpressed thoughts. And I'm grateful that I've kept posting this year, because I think some of the more important concepts have crystallized for me during that time, such as my thoughts on what I called "Poker Opportunity Cost", which is something that continuously informs my life and the decisions that I make, and my entry here about how the psyche of a successful poker player might differ from that belonging to an individual who was born into wealth. It was never a struggle to come up with new material, because there was always some nagging issue that I wanted to find some expression for. But things have changed in the last couple months; I've found it harder and harder to come up with new topics; frankly, I've found that I've just plum run out of things to talk about. I've covered a hell of a lot of ground in my journey from a 2/4 grinder, to a $5,000 NL regular. I'm sure there are stories left to be written about where Fortuna will take me from here: I think I'll take a good run at playing in some WSOP events next year, since it's clearly a feather I want to have in my poker cap, irrespective of how I do. But after a few years of writing about my poker travails, I wonder just how relevant my future exploits will be to my present audience. It's been really strange to meet people who have read my blog and have them know more about my life, and more personal thoughts, goals,and insecurities than some of my best friends (since I share this blog with so few of them.) I've met some really interesting 2+2'ers, some cool, many not-so-much, and it's kind of jarring to launch into some poker theorum only to have them say "oh yeah, I remember reading that in your blog a little while back ." I'm not saying I mind :) but it's kind of funny when it happens.