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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Tao of Poker
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Bad Blood
Love and Casino War
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Lion Tales
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Human Head
Sound of a Suckout
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TP's Table Talk
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Poker & Other Stuff
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    Saturday, January 29, 2005

    I'm Done

    Just can't take it anymore. Played over 1000 hands and I think I had a good hand twice. I'm not even vaguely enjoying myself. I'm sitting there throwing hand after hand after hand away, watching awful players take money from terrible players, and when I finally get a hand I get massacred. After losing $60 to clear my $40 Party bonus, I give up trying to beat the ring games and play a tournament. On the bubble and low on chips, I go all in and the guy flops a full house with 5-3. OK, fine. Totally tilting I play some pot-limit, flop 2 pair with A-9, have a guy raise me all-in with A-J, I call, and the board pairs kings to clean me out.

    I literally haven't had a winning day in a dozen sessions. I'm playing like crap, I'm getting crap cards, I'm playing with people who play like crap...why do I even bother? I know I'm not a good ring player, but I shouldn't lose EVERY time I play. I'm not a great SNG player, but I should cash more often than 1 in 4. I'm so deep in a rut I can't even see the sun anymore.

    Time to cash out, move my money to Stars for the WPBT tourney and see if a change in venue and a hiatus helps me out. Sorry to rant like this, I try to avoid crying in my beer (hmm...think I'll have a beer right now) but this is ludicrous. You'd think once in awhile I'd flop trips or hit a draw, but no. Literally, that hasn't happened in 2 weeks. I'm cursed. There's voodoo afoot.

    So if you don't see any posts here the next few days, this is why. I need a break. I need a priest. I think I'll take the time I've wasted playing poker and do some writing instead. Or maybe just drink. I'm so tilted I should start walking on my hands. get this widget Please visit Pokernews site for more poker news, poker strategy articles or poker rules.

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