Thursday, February 21, 2013

Fitting Poker into a Busy Life Schedule

I passed up playing my Saturday night home game this past weekend (the subject of a future post, perhaps?), and other commitments prevented me from making the trip to the nearest brick and mortar poker room – a 90-minute drive away. It is not so much the drive to the poker room that is the issue – it is the drive back late at night after playing several hours of poker. The easy solution that evening was to crank up the computer and search for some cyber gaming action via online casinos. Poker, of course, was at the top of my list, but readers of this blog know that I have a fondness for slot machines that goes waaaaay back . Additionally, I have found that the video poker sirens have been calling, drawing me near. I am helpless to resist! I can see the future and know it is probably just a matter of time before I become the second biggest video blackjack degenerate in the blogosphere. A great place to play online is There is certainly something to be said for gaming while lying in bed with your laptop. No 90-minute drives and a full array of household amenities at your disposal!

However, a major issue I have been dealing with is time. Ever since I took over as head of my department at work last spring, my available time and energy has dwindled. Making a trip to play poker depends on many variables, and it has been easier to do without. However, as I saw on my last trip to Las Vegas, the lack of time at brick and mortar poker tables (can’t count my freewheeling home game as being “real poker”) greatly affected my bottom line. Although my overall play was pretty good, I made a number of errors I probably would not have made had I been playing decent competition more regularly. Unfortunately, my sense of altruism at work led me to agree to keep the directorship for another two years. What does that mean? For starters, it looks like I had better keep my laptop handy …


Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

the second biggest video blackjack degenerate in the blogosphere

I assume TBC is the biggest and not even close. Is the game beatable, or do you just play for grins?

12:16 PM  
Blogger grrouchie said...

when I used to travel with a buddy up to the NY Indian casino's it was always the drive home that sucked.
We always tried to go together to make that trip easier.
Driving home alone at 2 in the morning after multiple hours of poker grinding....ugh...

12:21 PM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

@ MOJO Yep -- I rank TBC #1. And like many poker players, I play the other games just to gambool a bit. I particularly like Deuces Wild video poker.

@ grrouchie -- The driving home alone late at night gig is terrible, particularly if the weather is bad. Gettin' too old for that.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Team MiRketti said...

That's $40.00 worth of gas for me to make a 180 mile round trip to a casino. Yep still worth it!

I'm in the same boat. Closest casino is an hour and a half away. I'm not sure what their poker situation looks like though. Haven't been there yet since they opened.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

It is hard when work and life gets in the way of having some fun and doing what you want. Have a good one.

3:43 PM  

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