Friday, January 04, 2008

This here blog turned 3 years old the other day. Ringing in the new year is always a time to reflect on the previous year and look forward to new possibilities.

My 2007 Year in Review begins with the first few sentences from the first post of each month of 2007:

January: Tomorrow, this blog turns 2 years old. The cliche thing to do around this time of year is to draw up some resolutions for the new year. I thought I'd first look back at last year's resolutions, and see how many came to fruition.

February: Empress has live poker again!

March: Chances are slim that I'll play poker tonight. I'm sitting at Empress right now, on the list for 5/10 holdem. Ninteenth on the list.

April: No posts

May: Learned an interesting lesson last week at a poker game. NLHE, hosted by Ryan (a regular attendee of the Diamond games).

June: If you haven't watched the WPT Mandalay Bay episode yet, or don't want to know what happens, stop reading now! Spoilers ahead!

July: "Run over" does not begin to describe the past hour or so I've spent on Full Tilt. 4 SnG's. Four 8th or 9th place finishes. Ouch.

August: Welp, it took a while (5 hours or so), but I doubled my buy-in tonight at Majestic. If ever there was a session that qualified for the label "grinding out a win," this was it.

September: I'm back to an empty tank in terms of my bankroll. I spent what I'd won in July on fantastic weekends seeing Dave Matthews Band in Indianapolis and in Milwaukee (close enough). I pulled out most of my Full Tilt money to pay off the October Vegas trip that I charged.

October: Ever had one of those yawner sit n go's? You know, the kind where you're fold fold folding because your cards suck THAT bad, but nobody else is doing anything?

November: I drank the Apple Kool Aid.

December: I hope you're all enjoying Vegas! Wish I was there!

And thus went 2007 in my world. Let's see how I did with my 2007 resolutions:

My poker goals for 2007:

  • Reseed my B&M bankroll and continue playing $5/10 limit holdem - Nope. Never got there.
  • Learn to play the player and not just my cards. - Still working on it.
  • Make it out to Vegas at least once this year. - I did, but it wasn't a poker trip.
Last year, I wrote that "Sometimes, life, family and work have to come before poker - but that doesn't diminish my love for the game." That holds true today.

As I look forward to 2008, poker remains a hobby, though it is no longer my primary passion. 2007 saw me add photography and birding to my list of hobbies, and one of my goals of 2008 is to add meteorology and weather photography to the list. I still intend to play poker each chance I get, but like last year, my financial situation doesn't lend itself well to seeding the bankroll I'd need to play poker seriously. And I'm OK with that. I spent a chunk of change on new toys in 2007, and I'm going to spend 2008 enjoying them (and paying them off!)

I may not see as much live poker as I'd like to in 2008, but I still get my fix via the TiVo :)

I suppose my resolution for 2008 is to continue to enjoy and improve my skills in ALL of my hobbies - including poker.

Here's to a happy, healthy 2008, and the hope that everybody finds something to love and enjoy and feel passionate about.


  1. Jim said...
    I've taken the same stance with poker. I still enjoy it, but it's just another hobby for me now. I've dropped serious, specific poker goals and just want to win whenever I do play.

    Congratulations on finding new stuff to love!
    AllanDuke said...
    You chose birding over poker?

    Birding can't be that profitable... can it?

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