Tuesday, January 20, 2009

This too shall pass...

If anyone is still checking this blog, if anyone still cares, they could probably have predicted this post would be coming... Perhaps not in exactly this form, however.

The fact is, I'm giving up poker as any kind of serious pursuit. I'll play on occassion as a hobby, but that's as far as I'm now willing to go with it.

The stupidity of the whole thing has finally sapped my spirit. I can't find the energy any longer to pick myself up.

For all of you PA'ers, please continue to keep me in the loop if you're going to Vegas. I'll still play occassionally and I still love Las Vegas... So I'll probably try to attend at least a portion of any rendezvous that may or may not happen this year.

That's it. I'm done.

Thanks for listening.

8 comments:

matt tag said...

nah, you'll be back, after the memories of the incomprehensible run of suckouts pass.

One thing that helped for me during a downturn - I studied my PokerTracker stats. Yes, my winrates for AA/KK and AK really are positive (they don't get cracked every time). Yes, I win money from every late position. There are lots of other "comfort food" stats in there as well.

Cardgrrl said...

I, too, hope that eventually you'll return to the fold.

Poker is definitely a harsh mistress, though.

bastinptc said...

If you ain't having fun...

Who am I to give advice?

I have heard that if women could remember the pain of childbirth, no woman would go through it a second time. Maybe something akin to that with poker... I have certainly thought about giving it up.

Yeah, we'll keep you in the loop.

PAPro_SandMan said...

Thanks for the kind words, all. I'll still play as a hobby... Perhaps a tiny bit more serious than that. But I've given it 7 years of hitting the tables fairly hard (VERY hard at times) and I'm just not happy with the result all around.

I usually do bounce back, but this time I don't want to. I'm just not cut out for this gig. Too much stress for a guy with plenty of that from 9-5 (often more like 9-9).

I'll definitely still see y'all at the tables, though... I just can't let it take so much of my time and emotional energy anymore.

El Forrest Gumpo said...

Unfortunately this is Hotel California my friend. You can check out but you can never leave...

matt tag said...

any interest in some peer review? You send me 5 sessions - I'll send the same amount.

Or, you could send a batch of hand histories (last month/year/whatev) and I could review in poker tracker, looking for leaks.

Happy to help a fellow PA-er.

AnnettSSours said...

Hello~happy new year............................................................

PAPro_SandMan said...

Matt,

I never saw your last comment previously... Tell the truth, I don't do much with hand histories. Can you access hand histories from Full Tilt?