Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Better late than never

Tripjax asked these questions, so I thought I'd answer.

1. What is the biggest mistake people make at a NL table?

Calling bets and raises on the river.

2. What is the biggest mistake people make at a Limit table?

Folding in large pots when you have a chance to win.

3. Why do you play poker?

I've said that I play because I like the money, and that's true. But I also play because poker is a lot of fun, and because I want to win. I love busting people. I wouldn't play as much as I do for any one of those reasons, but they all work together.

4. If you weren't playing poker, what would you be doing?

Reading, and I'd probably be more likely to get bored.

5. What is your favorite poker book and why?

Small Stakes Hold 'em, because it seems to give some of the most accurate and well-thought-out advice on limit poker.

6. Who is your favorite poker player and why?

John Juanda, because he's not loud, I like his playing style and I busted him once on Full Tilt.

7. Which poker player do you dislike the most and why?

Mike Matasow. He's an ass, and his antics aren't good for the game.

8. Do your coworkers know about your blog?

I hope not. I don't think so.

9. What is the most you have won in a cash game or MTT (both live and online)?

Cash game: Live $500 or so, Online $1,848
MTT: Live $717, Online $300

10. What is the most you have lost in a cash game or in one day total (both live and online)?


11. Who was your first poker blog read?

Chris Halverson.

12. What satisfies you more, your aces holding up for a big pot or a bluff working for a big pot?

A bluff in a big pot is way more satisfying. It's money that you won on your own, not based on the cards you were dealt.

13. Why do you blog?

I blog because I want to improve my game. It helps me solidify my thoughts and stay focused. Of course, I also like to have people read the blog.

14. Do you read blogs from an RSS reader like bloglines or do you visit each blog?

Bloglines. I used to use Google Reader, but bloglines is better.

15. Would you rather play poker for a living than do what you currently do for a living?

Nah, I'd rather be doing what I'm doing than playing poker for a living. Maybe in a few years I would rather play poker for a living, but it's not a very fulfilling lifestyle.

16. Do you wear a tin foil hat on occasion?

Nope. It's not productive.

17. If you had to pin it down to one specific trait, what does a great poker player have (or do) that separates them from an average player?

I would think that great players are excellent hand readers.

18. Is Drizz the coolest person on the planet for naming his baby Vegas?

Yup. It's a very catchy name.

19. What is your primary poker goal and are you close to accomplishing it?

My primary poker goal is still to consistently beat the 15/30 limit games and higher. I may be close to that goal, or I may be farther from it than ever.

My bankroll is at the level where I could play 15/30 regularly, but the problem is that I've been shot down several times when making the jump. I'm at a point where I'll have to come up with a new goal if I don't find some success there. Perhaps I should focus on no limit, which has always been my bread-and-butter game.

20. What is your primary online site and why?

My play is pretty evenly split between Party Poker, Full Tilt and Eurobet. The reason is rakeback. Right now, though, I'm spending most of my time clearing the juicy 600 euro bonuses at the B2B sites.

21. What site do you dislike and why?

I hate Absolute Poker. Its software is maddening.

1 comment:

TripJax said...

thanks mark...not too late...right on time!