So who am I?
Just a girl who plays poker. It is my passion and favorite hobby. I have a BA in Psychology, and a Masters in Business. Both with honours, I might add ;). This is a misunderstood game, so I decided to start a blog to try and inspire other women and men to get into it. It is not for the faint at heart and requires a lot of skill to make money and win. Best of luck!
So how did I get started?
When I was 20, I had a boyfriend who played a lot. I went around with him to all the casinos and watched him play. I remember he used to play with Daniel Negreanu across from the Pickle Barrel Plaza. After a while, I got tired of watching and started playing. Boy did I have a lot of sleepless nights, and bad losing streaks. I started off playing limit 1-2, then went to 2-5, then to 5-10 and then to 10-20. I never thought I would be able to compete in those stakes, but I survived. I think the most I ever lost back then was $2000 in $10-$20, so not that bad. By that time I realized limit sucks, and the real test of poker is in no-limit where you might have to put everything on the line.
I love when people judge you when you tell them you play poker. They act like you are some addict and they give you this shocked look. But I don’t see it as gambling. Yes, the sheer fact that you are using money to play makes it gambling; but whether I win or lose is up to me and my assessment of the situation. Just like playing the stock market I guess. Let’s call it….calculated risk taking. We all do this every day. Your decision is weighted on so many different factors. There is rarely just a yes or no answer (obviously, when it’s blatant that you have the nuts or shit).
You have to think of your position with respect to the cards you have, and how people play. You have to remember moves they made so you know how to catch them. You have to pay attention to their mannerisms and style of play, their gestures, and body language. For example, you can be pretty sure someone is not chasing a flush if they are checking their cards when the third flush card comes out. Anyway….that was an easy one. I love that I get to use my mind, and think and analyze situations. Sure there are some douche bags who go to throw their money away and play for fun. I love those “guys,” but I play to win.
As a women, it’s challenging. You are the 5% to 10% of the population. When I walk into a private game they think I am the dealer, or the waitress. But I don’t get intimidated…..anymore that is.
I have come out of poker with a lot of learning’s that can apply to everyday life. I have uncovered a lot of unwritten rules that have helped me in both cash and tournament games. I think we can learn a lot from each other. So I hope you stay tuned for my next post. Until then, enjoy the ride.