Mean Gene
Mean Gene
Pittsburgh's most decorated poker blogger, which I admit is like being the best shortstop in Greenland

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My Articles

Presto, the Arlo, & the Hammer
An Online Code of Conduct
The Ethics of Ratholing
"The Professor, the Banker..."
"Ace on the River"

My Columns

Lose the Shades
If You Can't Say Something Nice
Whither the Kicker
The Lady is a Champ?
Covering the WSOP (or not)
Statistics, Luck, and Poker
Poker and New Orleans
Managing a Bankroll
How To Tell A Bad Beat Story
Telling Lies
The Power of Poker Tracker
Advanced Card-Handling

My Greatest Hits

5 Things To Do Before I Die
Cafeteria Nostalgia
Mean Gene's Dubious Dating Tips
Poker and Business?
There's No Such Thing As Luck?
Isabelle, Je t'adore
No Shirt No Shoes No Service
Well, The Food Was Good
Good Morning, Mr. Matusow!
The Weekend of our Discontent, I
The Weekend of our Discontent, II
Books That Left Their Mark
Ode to a Fish Sandwich
Bill Simmons Ain't the Poker Guy
The Sports Guy Still Ain't the Poker Guy
Again, The Media Tackles Poker
Five Years After 9/11
Hitting Pretty Girls in the Face
Sixth-Graders Suck

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    Saturday, January 03, 2004

    Exorcism, maybe?

    I'm hemmoraging chips. I played for about an hour today, hour and a half, and lost another $22. My confidence is shot. I really can't imagine ever winning a hand again. I actually got up a bit today after starting slow, and then I just bled chips non-stop. I had AK three times in 10 hands and never flopped a pair. I had pocket 8s and pocket 10s, made trips, and saw straights and flushes appear by the turn. At least those I threw away. I made one terrible play, betting my top pair all the way to the river when I knew the other guy had a huge pocket pair. He did, aces, tho he didn't raise them preflop. I got beat with pocket queens by 4-7 offsuit when he hit his second pair on the turn. He called my raise in middle position with 4-7 offsuit.

    I don't know what to do. I play tight I get beat by shit. I play aggressive and I get six callers. I get garbage for an hour straight and leak chips, and when I finally get a somewhat playable hand I'm up against three guys with monsters. I'm down to $50 in my bankroll. I'm down $100 since New Year's Day. If this doesn't change my poker career won't last the weekend. If you notice that I'm no longer posting here you can assume I crapped out.

    I understand there will be rough spots. But I've played maybe 15 hours the last 3 days and I don't think I've had an hour where I've won more than one hand. I don't think I've won a pot over $7 in this time. I'm just absolutely getting murdered. It's like the Perfect Storm, the perfect combination of elements--I'm getting terrible cards, I'm getting terrible luck, my opponents are pulling cards out of thin air, and I'm playing like garbage. I'm trying very hard not to tilt but I'm sure my play has gotten crummy because I'm losing my mind.

    Well, I'm stepping away from the table for today, and for tomorrow. No poker for at least 48 hours. Get my head together, let the black cloud that's hanging over me blow away. I still have $50, enough to last a bit at this level. I have to get my confidence back. I have to remember that I'm NOT a fish. I have to turn it around. get this widget Please visit Pokernews site for more poker news, poker strategy articles or poker rules.

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