Greetings! First of all thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you like it.
Secondly, are you crazy??? What are you doing here?
(Oh, sorry. Not supposed to offend the readers. I take that back.)
My goal here is to chronicle some of my own very bad poker play, including bad beats, bad plays and missed opportunities. A little bit of definition:
A BAD BEAT is when you play a hand of poker, end up with something really, really strong, and yet still lose the pot to an even stronger hand.
A BAD PLAY is simply a costly mistake, such as bluffing when I shouldn’t, continuing a bluff when I really shouldn’t, raising when I shouldn’t, calling another player’s bet when I shouldn’t, and any similar action that should have been obvious not to do, but I did it anyway and ended up losing a lot of money.
A MISSED OPPORTUNITY is a large pot that I would have won but I was too cautious, or too conservative, or folded too early or failed to bet aggressively enough to build the pot to its full potential.
A little bit of poker background:
I’m an avid recreational player, currently playing $1-2 no limit Texas Hold’em on one of the few poker sites that still accepts U.S. players for real money games. I’ve been playing online for about 4 years, and also play in a monthly live tournament (private game with about 20 players) and a pub league, plus about 2-3 casino trips per year for live play – both tournaments and cash games. I started playing poker in high school (1970’s) when everything was “dealer’s choice” and nobody had ever heard of Texas Hold’em.
Lately my results have been pretty good. I set up the online account with an initial deposit of $100 in January this year. My year-to-date (YTD) results are + $5,395. Month-to-date (MTD) is + $60 which is pretty flat following three really strong months.