I am sure that I have mentioned in previous posts that it is not a good idea to play when one is not fully rested and that was still true this weekend for me.
My wife and I had an Arts and Craft exhibit at a local Massachusetts park Saturday, where we set up a tent and exhibited our products (which may be seen at www.brogan-arts.com). The process of setting up is labor intensive; putting up the tent and staking it down so it won’t blow away; setting up our display racks and tables; displaying the merchandise and getting ready to greet our customers. After the fair is over the reverse process happens: putting away the merchandise; taking down the display racks and tables; taking down the tent; packing everything back into the van.
So after all this work in the hot sun, I got it in my head that I wanted to play in a couple of higher priced buy-in poker tourneys. I did not know just how bad of an idea this was until I lost the first tourney with a $25.00 buy-in. My second tourney was a little more modest, a $4.00 buy-in, but with similar results, another bust out and no return on investment.
I was bemoaning the fact that I had not been catching cards when Diane pointed out to me that perhaps I was too tired and did not realize it. After all, last Thursday I won first place in the #TPTE and I was not catching cards then; at least during the first hour. Getting good cards is nice, but you don’t always need them to play or win a hand.
After careful assessment of my play during these two tourneys, I realized that due to exhaustion, I did not bring my “A” game to the felt.
Have you ever played because you wanted to, not because you were able to? Are your decisions to play poker based on a whim or are your decisions planned to take advantage of your skills and experience? Why and when do you choose to play?