Jun 18 2009

The Fundamental Theorem of Poker (and Life)

Published by at 11:08 am under Personal,Poker

No, I’m not talking about that Fundamental Theorem of Poker. The one I’m referring to is the fundamental theorem of poker and life (FTPL) which dictates you can either run good in poker or in life and never both at the same time. You can, however, run terrible at both, but that isn’t what this post is about. To expand on this though, it’s when things are going well for you in life, your poker takes a big dump down the porcelain super highway, and when life throws you a big ol’ bag of fail is when you run more robusto than ever.

As some of you know, I recently got an opportunity to play at the 100s again by some one who was willing to stake me. Over the first 6 weeks or so, I was basically break even and up a bit counting rake back. This month, however, I have done pretty well considering I’m still not running terribly well (I still can’t seem to win my share of AA vs KK hands). Despite that, I think I’m playing well and getting a lot of value out of people.

What I didn’t count on is the impending life busto coming my way. No, Amy and I aren’t getting a divorce (in spite of all the wife chat posts). In fact family stuff is all pretty good (other than a bunch of crabby kids that are having trouble adjusting to less sleep during the summer). But every thing around us seems to be going to pot.

Take Monday, for instance. If you follow my twitter, you probably already heard this tale. I came home intending to play some poker as Amy had taken the kids to TKD so I could have some time. I walk into the kitchen only to find a box of ice cream melting on the table. Yes, the FTPL dictates that this had to be a box of ice cream to allow for maximum fail. So I spend a few minutes cleaning that up.

I go in to try and sit down and possibly get a few hands in. Since I’ve been playing well and doing well, I was pretty motivated to play. I pick up my new hoodie that the wife got me and see something white attached to the inside. Yep, you guessed it. Security tag. (still looking for a better solution than me cutting the thing off, if any one has one, BTW).

Sigh.

Well, nothing I can really do about that right now. I mean I really want to get some hands in right? But… um… what’s that under my laptop? Ugh, yep a crayon stuck under my extremely hot running laptop. So yeah, I spent another 10 minutes scraping wax off my laptop and the desk.

At this point, I can see the type of day that is coming. I decide not to tempt fate not thinking clearly about the FTPL and ignored my want to play. Terrible decision on my part since I missed tons of obvious value in hind site, but my judgement was clouded by the recent events.

As the evening moved on, a monsoon moved into the area. Now, let me share with you a few important details. We have a promonade roof over our kitchen. Over the last week, the surrounding trees had dropped what seemed to be a snow storm of seeds over the last week. So about half an hour into the downpour, we get some dripping coming in from the ceiling of our kitchen roof. I, knowing full well it was those seeds that created a damn under our railing on the roof, go up there with a shovel to remove the drifts of seeds. I was fortunate enough to find a soft spot in our roof signifying to me the need to replace said roof.

A look at the recent forecast of rain over the next 4 days was going to make this difficult.

Actually, this event is what is allowing me time to make this post. I took today and tomorrow off to repair the roof and am currently waiting for the latest shower to pass to start removing at least the railing.

But to get back to the monsoon. It lasted for like 2 days causing all kinds of havoc locally. The downpours forced manhole covers to be removed from the sewer drains. Flooding in local rivers and even the local bowling alley’s roof collapsed closing it for the summer for repairs.

Obviously a bad string of events. I did break down and resign to the fact that I could do little else and should get some hand in on poker Monday evening. How did I do? I ran pretty f’n good. In fact, this week since saturday, I haven’t had a losing day. Monday, I only played a few hundred hands but made $305/hr. Ok, small sample and I only played like 55 minutes. But still, since Saturday, I’ve played 6 hours, 3100 hands and have been going at a clip of $139/hr. Not too bad and would be awesome if I was putting in more time.

So yeah. That pretty much sums it up. Everything is falling apart around me, but as long as I get time to put in at the tables, I’ll die a rich man. Cause this shit is obviously going to kill me at present pace.

In case you want to see the first 20k hands of my stake, you can find a chart here. I think you can see at which point life went down the crapper. Oh, and if you see me at the tables, you best ask me how life is going before you post your blinds.

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  1. Trump34on 21 Jun 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I’m glad to see you are starting to run better at the 100′s. I’m running about average at life and cards ATM and it will be interesting to see which one breaks first.

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