Monday, November 22, 2010


It's that time of the year when people either go crazy shopping or reminiscing or eating too much and/or getting depressed along the way. I'm going to try to avoid all that by just making time to be with the people I love and doing the things I love.

Since Reno, I've not played much poker at all. I had a great time there and was pumped about my play and the fact that I came home ahead, money-wise.

I'd love to live that life and give it a real go. I do think I'd be good at it. And I'm going to keep trying every chance I get. I got down after coming home, realizing that my life at this moment is not conducive to living the poker rockstar lifestyle.

First of all, poker is hard. And tournaments require more luck than I can stomach sometimes. Second of all, I don't live near a live casino where I can "work" a poker 9-5 (or a 12-hour shift, which would be more my style). Third, although it doesn't seem like I have a job, I do, and I need to work if I'm going to keep up my end of the bargain around here, financially. Finally, and most importantly, I've got a family I love very much. Poker is very time consuming and whether it's online or live - it's time away from people I need and I love. I've got to work on a balance there to make sure that I am properly showing those I love that I do love them. My daughter's only 5 once. I don't want to miss any of it. Nor do I want to shirk the obligations I have toward her future well-being.

I'm still planning on traveling in the upcoming year to some live tournaments. I'm still working on my game to be the very best I can be. And I'm still going to give the poker community hell about, well, whatever floats my boat at the moment.

I'd love to hear from female poker players on how they deal with such issues. What about you all? How do you balance poker and your life? Let me know! I'm always looking for a little help.

In the meantime - Happy Thanksgiving and Happy upcoming Holidays!! I hope you all are enjoying life and the loved ones you're surrounded by.

Oh, and good luck at the tables!


  1. Heh, I mostly see poker as mine own personal Social Security. Even while I have the job, and the ... sigh ... cats (I'd almost rather have humans to worry about, almost), I still see it as a skill mostly to put bread in my mouth when I'm ~64. (I heard Steve Jobs is giving out a nickle for every online mention of a Beatles tune this week, not sure if serious, but I'll go ahead and walk down that long and winding road. Weeee 10c!!)

  2. How about the WSOPc in Palm Beach in February? It's a 3 hour drive for me. I'm thinking of playing one or two events. I'm ready for our next HU duel (:


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