Friday, October 30, 2009

The availability of regular poker home games in my world has dwindled. Ryan still holds an annual game, and that is awesome, but the more frequent games have dried up. The only regular poker action I'm getting lately is by an online game, a couple times a month, with a group that has their own home game tournament bracket. I found this game through a friend-of-a-friend type thing, and while I'd love to join the tournament, I'd have to travel 800 miles each way to play. Not likely, so I'll have to settle for the bi-monthly online games.

An interesting thing happens when you play with the same people regularly, and that is, you start figuring them out - their strengths, their weaknesses, etc. In some cases, I find that I play differently with different groups of people. That's probably a weakness of mine, except for the groups by which I play my best game.

I've done fairly well with this online group. I think I've played in 4 games now, and took 2nd place twice. Not bad. I'm starting to get some numbers on them, and starting to get a feel for who I need to watch out for in that game.

Ryan's 2009 game is quickly approaching. Actually, this will be the 2nd Trojan Wars game in 2009, as he held one in January of this year. Ed's getting married, so we will send him off well with some donk-i-licious rebuy poker and hopefully a strong game to follow. I'd like to send him off by skinning him some of my 1st prize winnings :) hehe.

There are pro's and con's to playing with the same people. It's kind of like hanging out with the same group of friends. It's comforting, on one hand, to know them and their tendencies, but on the other hand, it can be quite liberating to hang out with a bunch of strangers who have no preconceived notions or expectations of you, and don't know your own tendencies. The latter allows one to reinvent themselves, so to speak.

At any rate, I'm looking forward to the next Trojan Wars game, to finally get some live poker back in my life. And, it will be good to see my poker friends... crazy tendencies and all :)