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January 13th, 2005

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08:22 am - A fairly productive night
Finally a night off that wasn't wholly consumed with sleep! Not that I didn't get some sleep in; I missed watching a movie that started at 3:00 a.m. I did, however, get a few things done.

Went over to see Jeff, whose father is quite ill, in order to get keys and instructions for helping to take care of Willow, his dog if he should have to leave town suddenly. Willow is showing some gray around her muzzle, but otherwise seems to be her perky self, which is good to see. So I'll pop over there in the mornings after work to give her the meds she needs, let her out, play with her and the like while Jeff needs to be out of town.

Played a little poker online last night as well. Made $50 overall. I think my vaccinations kicked up a little immune reaction and threw me off my game or I'd be much better off than that. Got me thinking: I wonder if this would be a relatively lucrative side-activity instead of just a fun and sometimes profitable hobby? If I could make $100/day on a regular basis, I'd be pretty close to taking care of my bills. I worry about the natural fluctuations that happen in poker, however. I could easily go for days or weeks without making a dime. For now, it will remain a hobby, I think.
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: My Little Problem--The Replacements--All Shook Down

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Date:January 13th, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's cool that you had fun and made a little extra money too!

My father was a highly intelligent man, and from what I can guess, must have been a good poker player in WW2. Later on he had a breakdown, and after the war became a compulsive gambler. I don't know, but am guessing that in the fifties that would mean poker, or horse racing? Since he was very bright, probably poker.

I'm just telling you this to share, not to suggest that you would become compulsive.

Don't laugh at me, but, President Nixon was a very good poker player and made quite a lot of money with that when he was young. He began to play it a lot during WW2. I read this in his autobiography.
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Date:January 14th, 2005 12:52 am (UTC)
From what I understand, actually, many of our Presidents have been poker players. I suspect that all of them do well at it while in office (who'd want to be the guy that busted the President?), but I suspect many of the same qualities that would make one a good President would also make one an above-average poker player.

I also have heard that many men learned to play poker during WWII. One of the ways to pass the time in the months of boredom between three minute intervals of terror, I'm given to understand.
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Date:January 14th, 2005 01:34 am (UTC)
It's kind of sad to think my father might have felt that way, passing the time between the terror, but he made it through. I think it would probably be true.

What are the qualities that make a good poker player?
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Date:January 14th, 2005 01:49 am (UTC)
I'm not 100% sure what makes a good poker player. One element is the ability to analyze the situation presented by the cards in terms of probability and potential reward. One of the most valuable concepts I have learned is that of "pot odds." Simply put, it is "correct" to call a bet in front of you if the amount you would win is greater than probability you will win. So, for example, if you must call $1 and you have a chance of winning that is one in four, the money in the pot must be $4 or more to make that a correct play.

Another element, however, is the ability to read other people. To know when that $1 bet into you could be called no matter the amount to be won because the person making the bet has no way of beating you.

Another element is a degree of fearlessness. The ability to walk into a poker game with $100,000 dollars, lose it all, and be back to do the same thing the next night with no remorse. Part of this is likely a manner of keeping separate money that is used for living and money that is used for poker. Not putting the mortgage money on the table.

There are bound to be others but those are the ones that spring to mind.

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