Day three of my Atlantic city trip is in the books and it’s still going swell. Those of you following closely may remember that my plan was to head home today, but I decided to extended my stay one more day for a couple of reasons. First, things are going well and I’d like to put in some more volume while I’m playing sound and having a good time. Second, Christian Soto (@ChristianSoto08) contacted me and mentioned he was in town and up for grabbing a drink later. Christian showed up at the last Red Chip Poker East Coast Meet Up, but I had already rushed off to the Borgata to get in a game and missed meeting him. We’ve talked through texts and forums, but I’ve never met him in person. So looking forward to doing that sometime later today.
Won both sessions again yesterday, though not for much. Up around $600 for the trip so far, which is pretty good for $1/$2. I know I’m really going out on a limb here, but man, winning is so much better than losing. Obviously we’re supposed to view the game as one giant, never-ending session (is it me or does that sound super depressing?) and that we’re supposed to ignore short-term results. And I try to keep myself focused on that mindset.
But the game is just so much more fun with a winning session. My attitude is better, I talk to the other players more, etc. I also noticed that winning gets me motivated to study and work on my game even more than usual. I guess when I’m winning I just feel like the hard work is paying off and it makes me want to work even harder. And it doesn’t even matter how much I win. I’ve noticed that there is a minor, yet noticeable difference in my demeanor if I win $10 vs. losing $10. Maybe this is a mental game link I need to work on (paging Dr. Cardner).
I’m really digging Harrah’s poker room. I’ve already talked endlessly about the excellent comp program, so I won’t go on about that.
But something I haven’t mentioned is how the room is decorated in a WSOP theme. The walls are covered in all these great pictures from the glory days of the WSOP. Those of you who are like me and got to experience the Moneymaker-effect first hand, know how different things were back then, and how full of fascinating and entertaining characters the poker community was. You guys will remember things like: Humberto Brenes chasing people down with his toy shark, the Devilfish intimidating players with his old school gangster-style and giant, multi-finger rings, Sammy Farha staring his opponents down while chomping on an unlit cigarette, even Chris “Judas” Ferguson hurling playing cards like chinese stars and cutting down carrots from across the room. I could list these types of characters forever. It was a really fun time back then and seeing these images around the poker room brings back a really nice feeling of nostalgia. It’s also surprisingly motivating. I look around and see all these great players, all that achievement, and it makes me want to join their ranks. A little cheesy, but what can I say? I’m a little cheesy.
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