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“Everyone thinks they’re above average, which by definition is impossible”
-Nick Weatherall, Bluff Magazine
A quote there from this months edition of Bluff Magazine. I thought it was an interesting view on how we view our own game and as I’ve already touched on ego in previous writings, I thought it might be interesting to come at it from another angle.
Take out the self-hype we tell ourselves after taking down a tournament and where do we stand by comparison to others in the skill game of poker?
Unless we are out there making a living from it and doing so comfortably, where is the measuring stick?
We are often told not to make decisions in hands based on results, meaning don’t chase a flush without the right odds, implied or otherwise, just because we got there the last time. Can the same be said about our overall game? Can we base our level of skill in the game on results in large field tournaments, or in regular profitable cash sessions?
As of writing this, my identity has become known to a few people and a by product of this is that my writing has changed introspectively (and those that do know me will no doubt be surprised to see the use of such a large word!). This change in thought process led me to thinking that it doesn’t really matter what your skill level in the game is, if you enjoy the game as is then why worry about being an “above average player”? If you enjoy poker so much that you are constantly looking for ways to improve your game and want to take it serious then reach out to fellow players, there is always someone better than you, believe me…Unless your name is Jimmy Page of course!
Also don’t be afraid to move up stakes in cash games, or take risks in tournaments just to test yourself, there’s always tomorrow if it doesn’t work out!
From a personal standpoint, there are many leaks in my game, problem is I can’t pin them down, maybe it’s stubbornness or maybe I don’t feel tested enough for them to become exposed. I make mistakes in individual hands but it’s not until I open up the laptop that my real downfalls are apparent, I won’t bore you with my online failures but I hope this year to plug a few holes.
With one casino in Dundee, 2013 could well be a pivotal year for poker in the city. The reputation of the G’s schedule and cardroom seems to be spreading in a positive manner to the other cities and we may well start to see more and more out of towners sat next to us at our cash and tournament tables. Will we ourselves migrate in search of other games? Sure we will, but life is best lived seeking out adventures whilst having a safe solid base to return to (I just para-phrased a quote from a Blue Bloods episode I watched last night!).
My initial idea for this column was to write a review of last year, problem is I have the memory of a 60 year old man..that being said I could well be a 60 year old man! Anonymity allows for that option. What highlights I do remember are as follows;
Cashes in the ukipt Edinburgh for Colin Wu and Mark Cuggy.
Gala league success for Gordon Anderson, Kev Wallace and …
Excellent online scores for the boys living in the Kitchen of Dreamz.
I told you my memory was sketchy at best! A special congrats goes out to Cush who negotiated a chop of the Sunday million, the biggest weekly tournament in the world. The gravity of such a success seems to go over some people’s heads but not this guy!
So in the least patronising manner I could possibly say this in, if you want to improve and really become above average, take the steps. If you’re ‘results happy’ then carry on. If you’re Grieg Cushnie, plow through em sicko!
And if you’ve never seen Blue Bloods, what the hell are you waiting for?!