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Alcohol and a side game

This Thursday I took a few rough beats to get knocked out of the tournament (KK to 88 – they hit a straight, and JJ to 1010 – 10 on the river), and went back to the room to drown my sorrows in a few good games of beer pong. Needless to say by the time I walked back to the tournament area an hour and a half later I was in no condition to play poker, woops! A cash game had opened up and I decided to sit down with $30 … little did I know that two hours later I would be down $110, and I can’t blame it all on the alcohol.

I sat down with $30 and quickly was up to $50, what a fat game! I raised from the cutoff with K3 and the flop was J 3 3, on the turn of an 8 an opponent moved all in for $24 and I called – he showed 44 and missed on the river! Well, well, well, looks like Uncle Steve might have to play in this game more often. A few hands later I raised with AK suited and got 3 callers. The flop was K 9 6, rainbow and the blind bet out $3.

I raised immediately to $10 and the player to my left went all in for $25, and the button went all in for $35! Here is where the alcohol got the best of me, and I called. I was against 66 and 99, low and mid sets. On the turn I was drawing dead and out my original buyin. I bought back in, this time for $40. My AK ran into AA and crippled me again, and then I flopped low two pair with 64, played it aggressively and got all in against low set! I missed the case 6 in the deck and was out another $40.

Within two hours I had bought in for $150 and was just going for damage control. I made back $16 on my last buyin and ended the session down $94, quite a terrible loss for the limits we were playing and the amount of time I was playing.

I admit that the hands I lost two were pretty horrible, and would have been hard to get away from, but I could have had I been thinking straight. The fact that I was a bit drunk made those marginals situations much more dangerous, as I was over-confident in my hands.

So lesson numero uno – don’t play poker for higher limits than micro when you’ve been drinking. Luckily I can afford (sort of) the $94 loss thanks to my $150 win last Thursday and my $60 win this Monday, but it’s never fun losing money when ou didn’t need to, haha.

Keep your poker playing for serious money to sober moments, and if you plan to drink and gamble, make sure it is in a fun envirorment for amounts of money you can afford to lose. Think of it as paying for fun and not playing poker for money and you’ll be much better off, I wish I had!

I've been playing poker for almost four years now (well before it was legal for me, woops!) Besides poker I enjoy playing the guitar and I'm very enthusiastic about pursuing Dentistry as a career. I'm currently at The Ohio State Univeristy studying Microbiology, living with three of my close friends. I'm dating a lovely girl from Australia and am looking forward to the oppurtunity to study abroad over there as well.

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