Get It Quietly

Football, bollocks and a bit of poker if you're lucky.

Location: Enfield, London, United Kingdom

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Staying In Is The New Going Out

Last night I made my way to the Sportsman for their £100 rebuy. Nice casino, two-course comped meal (Chicken Dhansak not bad), everything was great until the poker started. Again, that's nothing to do with the cardroom or the dealers or the organisation, just that when I had to sit there and play 25 hands an hour instead of 200 it frustrated the hell out of me.

In theory it was a good line up. After about an hour I thought to myself "if I had to back one of these players, which one would it be ?". It was a real poser. They all had various technical weaknesses. I know I sound like Professor Science pontificating about everybody but they did. Bet size didn't seem to mean anything to most of them. Call 200, call 1500 what's the difference. But I was so bored I judged that it was unwise to rebuy. I hovered around 2000 for about 3 hours before biting the dust. The half hour on a short stack was absolute torture. Online I'll double up or bust out in 5 minutes or less, and be playing 3 more games at the same time anyway. Last night I had to sit there, make an instant decision every two minutes, and enjoy the gentle bonhomie of the likes of Andrew Georgiou and Frank Pini. Marvellous.

Maybe it's because I've been playing so little for a while, but is there anywhere you hear people talk more shite than at the poker table ? It was driving me mad. I won't bother repeating any of it. Just go out and play you'll hear it all again. Next time I'm just going to play cash. If I'm bored I can decamp to the bar instead.

Meanwhile today I swerved Barnet v Shrewsbury which turned out to be an inspired decision as the game was delayed for an hour and a half due to a power failure. It's not warm at Underhill in February I can tell you. Fortunately the Bees eventually won 1-0. Rangers on the other hand played 5 loan players in a 2-0 defeat at Leeds. That's just beyond me. Stuck in mid-table with nothing to play for, what's the point of playing 5 loan players ? What are you going to learn from that ? Unless you really have any intention of bringing them in permanently, which seems unlikely in the cases of 3 or 4 of the players involved. Oh well, could be worse I suppose.


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