But first, to clear up a misconception. Stump and I are not bromancing the bone - that's just a porno I like to quote at the tables for laughs (woah). So, all of those out there who like to twist words - a big raspberry in your general direction. We will, however, make at least 2 jokes about the fact that we are dating or screwing or banging or whatever to make the rest of the table laugh or just feel really uncomfortable.
It's nice to be able to sit at a table with someone whom you can actually bounce jokes off of consistently and who is not going to get offended - and I think this helps to loosen the table up a bit.
Rule Number two - There are no First rules
#1 - Double up and leave. No questions asked, there are a million and 1 places to play and generally within walking distance of where I park my ass for the evening. I don't care if it's 1 hand or 8 hours - As soon as I double I cash out after that hand and walk my fat ass to another game at an adjoining casino.
#2 - Don't Suck - this one is a tribute to Carmel as when I would be heading out to a session those were the last words she would say as the door hit my ass.
#3 - Play tight, at first. The goal is to grow my bankroll and tight is right (Poker, much like women). I do not want to have to replenish this money and as such I need to make sure that I'm getting the best odds to win consistently until I've afforded myself a few buy-ins to play my normal game which is slightly looser.
#4 - Try to make time to play at least once per week. Consistency is what is needed.
#5 - Do not play tired, hungry, horny, blah blah blah.
Ok, that's really enough - Most everyone reading this has some sort of grasp into the poker Do's and Don'ts so I don't need to go off on a long list of redundancy.
Last night I went out and put in a session at Bally's. My goal was to win a quick $50 - $100 and then head elsewhere for an hour or two and do the same thing. Just get some quick scores at multiple casino's and get my non stripper money up to $500 and properly kick this bitch off!
However, much like I have a horrible habit of doing, things went wrong early on.
My 4th hand at the table I wake up with Th3h in the big blind and call the $0 raise. The flop comes out Qh 2h Xh and I bet out a bit over the pot and get two callers. The turn comes another 2 and it checks around. The river brings something random and I check, next guy bets $40 and I call only to have him show me his awesome limp with Q2 offsuit in middle position. Heart Poker.
From here I proceeded to lose a few more hands in spectacular fashion and bust my first buy-in. However, there was enough bad play at this table to keep me there and I brought out the rest of my "roll" and continued to grind.
Over the course of the evening my money swung up and down not allowing me to ever gain any momentum. I hit a couple of good hands but the guys I was targeting managed to avoid paying me off every time.
I eventually grinded my way to a $22 profit in a little over 5 hours thus earning half of minimum wage but being happy just for the win!
So, now that I have hit the Magical $500 number I am starting up a new database on my phones poker tracking software in order to see where I have the most success, what rooms are better for me, what day of the week, etc. This is going to be a LONG (I will not bust I will not bust I will not bust I will not bust) and fun trip and I'm looking forward to seeing how things pan out over the next few months.