Same ol', Same ol'
Not much going on. I'll give a quick summary:
First, I finally bought a new car. I had been driving a 98 Pontiac Grand Am for almost 5 years. It had 115,000 miles on it and I hated it with a furious passion. It was formerly a Mary Kay car. I bought a new (2005) Infiniti G35 and I couldn't be happier with it. I described the difference to a friend as follows: "It's not even like I upgraded. It's like I moved to a different planet!"
Second, I've been playing a lot of poker lately. Essentially, I've been breaking even for a couple weeks. Before that, I had a pretty nasty losing streak at $2/$4 Hold 'Em, so I backed off for a while. That streak came after a big fat winning streak at the same stakes. I've been playing tons of smaller stakes tournaments lately (max $10 buy-in) and doing ok. I've moneyed a couple times and played some good poker. The highlight was the other night when I played a $3 + re-buys satellite to a WSOP qualifier. The prize was a $650 seat and the top 4 got paid. I finished 6th... but only because my internet connection went out for 20 minutes. I'm convinced I would've made the money about 90% of the time... I lost about half my stack while disconnected (blinds were pretty high) and I was dealt KK once while gone.
I've also been reading Harington on Hold 'em, by Dan Harrington and Bill Robertie. It's definitely the best book on NL Hold 'Em that I've read and it could be tied for best tournament poker book I've read. I'm trying to let the info sink in because...
I am playing in a $45 buy-in tournament with 37 other players next weekend. First place pays over $700 and the top 5 places get paid. Last time I played with this group, it was an 17-person $50 buy-in tournament and I finished second and made about $200 bucks. I hadn't played at all in six months before that tournament and I'm much better now. I just hope luck is on my side. If it is, I'm confident I can win it.
Time for sleep!