Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Reading List

Here is the reading list I promised yesterday:
  • The Professor, The banker, and The Suicide King. Ben Franklin is my bookmark for this one. It seemed appropriate. Its a real page turner, so I should be able to put Ben back where he belongs shortly.
  • Harrington on Holdem (both volumes) Still need to find them. They are in here somewhere.
  • The Theory of Poker
  • Supersystem II
  • Weighing the Odds in Hold'em Poker
  • Profiling Poker "Nitwits"
  • Supersystem (again)
  • Card Player
  • 2+2 Forum
  • Card Player Forum
  • Other blogs (of course.)

If you have any comments on my list, or any suggested additions, I would love to hear from you.



Okay, now it is time to talk about goals. The problem with goals is that they are frequently too vague to be useful. For example "I want to be a professional poker player." How much do you want to make? Playing what games? Do you want to be famous? By when do you want to achieve "professional" status? You get the idea.

I don't think I will have a complete set of goals by the end of this post, but I will put some out there. The goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. I think you will get the idea of what I am trying to achieve, and may be able to either suggest additional goals, or at least give me the feedback I need to write the goals in a SMARTer fashion.

You may think this all sounds silly, or perhaps that I am being too anal. Maybe you think that I just won't stick with it. I certainly have thoughts like that. I will just take a shot at it and see how it works out. In advance, thanks for your feedback.

I would like to exercise more discipline in my playing.

  • I will always act with class and courtesy. Except with people I know well, who deserve less (you know who you are.)
  • Log positively every single session I play (even if PokerTracker is already doing it for me.)
  • Import every tournament summary into PT
  • Perform post-analysis on every big hand I am involved in (hmmmm, lots of blog material here.)
  • Carefully review PT data once a week.
  • No web surfing or watching TV while I am playing. Ever.
  • No booze or drugs while I am playing. At least not when playing with any large sums of money. Let's say no more than $20 at risk. Not that I would ever take drugs. That would be wrong.
  • I will begin doing all of the above starting 12/1/05.
  • I will post an entry on my bankroll managment plans no later than 12/8/5. The final product will become encorporated into this list.
  • I will evaluate my progress on this goal every two weeks.
  • I will publish new blog entries every day. I will use this my blog, in part, as a tool for tracking my progress against these other goals.

I would like to focus on specific games, and not play other games, at least for now.

  • NLHE ring games will be my primary focus. I will spend at least 45% of my playing time playing these games.
  • I will also play NLHE tournaments and SNGs quit a bit. I will spend at least 35% of my playing time on these games.
  • I will play 7-stud high occasionally. I will spend no more than 25% of my playing time playing these games.
  • When I multi-table, I will not mix formats.
  • I will evaluate my progress on this goal twice a week.

I would like to study the game as well as play it.

  • I will read poker books and magazines.
  • I will maintain a reading list (to be published here as a blog entry.)
  • I will read at least one poker book a month.
  • I will read other bloggers every day.
  • I will spend at least four hours a month reading 2+2 and/or card player forums.

I would like to make friends and have fun

  • (crap, I don't know how to make this one specific.)

Let me know what you think.


Sunday, November 27, 2005


Well, I am still working on a mission statement and a plan. I spent most of my blog time this morning tweaking my template to include links to my blogger friends. As Veneno puts it "...the least I can do is pimp his blog." She has been kind enough to include me in her links section. Sox Lover has been a little slow (ehhhhmmmm.)

I had a great time last night. Some other bloggers helped me get the voice feature of Yahoo IM running. Then, I had lots more fun in the audio conference. I played a HU match against Veneno and lost (score: 5-1, advantage Weak Player.) I then played a 4-way HU match. I played Gordogg and lost. Then, I entered a huge $10 MTT and busted out. But I got a piece of Sox Lover’s action. Yay! Finally, I played a 180 seat $20 SNG. I made 4th, $288.00 pay-out. That took me to beyond “up too late.”

The bottom line: I am starting to realize that becoming a blogger, and hanging with bloggers is about, at least partially, making friends, friendly competition, and all the attended bragging and taunting. So, I don't have a mission statement or a plan yet. But, part of it is going to be: "Make friends and have fun."


Friday, November 25, 2005

Hello, World!

Okay, I have been thinking about it. My poker blogger friends have encouraged me to start one. Christ, I am even going to a poker blogger convention next month in Vegas next month!. It is time. Thanks to SoxLover and yosoyveneno, and others, I am on my way.

So, since this is mostly for me, I think my next post or series of posts are going to be creating and refining my mission statement. By this, I firstly mean "what I am going to accomplish with this blog?" Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, I mean "what is my ambition as a poker player?"

When I have this down, I can move on to how am I going to accomplish this, and what my progress is. What do you think?