Thursday, May 11, 2006


Had a great time at the Mookie last night even though I donked out early again. Small stacked I went all-in with AQ after UTG +1 3xBB raise only to run into Smokkee in the BB with QQ. Two blogger events two donks. Congrats to Surflexus on his bac-to-back wins. Very impressive man.

Well Carmen Sincity has decided that not working was getting to be too much of a chore so she took a full-time job at the new Red Rock Casino. She'll have to start for at least the first 90 days working the graveyard shift which is both good and bad. I don't usually get to bed until after 2am anyway and she'll miss the 110 degree days while she's sleeping but this also leads to other possibilities....

....meaning I might start playing poker full-time. Now I haven't been playing serious poker for too long and right now I'm only playing 1-2NL cash games but based on a number of different circumstances I really think I'm going to give it a go.

I've talked to numerous regulars from the MGM; dealers, managers, 1-2 players, 2-5 players and there is definitely money to be made. The regular 1-2NL players make an average of $1500 a week playing rock style no brain poker against the tourists. The 2-5 game is a lot more work because it's mostly locals moving their way up the poker ladder trying to make money playing cash games to satellite into the many Vegas Tourneys. So you have to start somewhere right?

As for me I have a healthy bankroll right now. I sold a business at the end of last year for a decent chunk of change and I still get a full salary and benefits until the end of 2006. I have an opportunity to work through the lower levels and see if I can improve enough to move up the ladder. Truthfully I have no goals to be a WSOP Champion but if I could grind out 50K a year playing poker than I think life can be very good. Seeing how some of these regulars, who are at best average card players, make $1500 a week gives me serious hope that it can be done.

With Carmen working the graveyard, I'm going to start playing from like 7pm to 4am three or four days a week and see how I can do. So far playing part-time I'm up for the year and every month as I get more comfortable my hourly rate is increasing so I feel like the time is now. And hey if it doesn't work out I can always go start the same business I sold in Florida and have it up and running and profitable in less than 90 days.

I've always been somewhat of a risk taker throughout life and I've failed in some things and I've succeeded in others but I do know, for me, life is about being happy. If your job sucks get a new one, spouse wants you to stop playing Poker bye-bye, hate where you live then move, really we control our own happiness and hopefully fear or comfort won't keep anyone from realizing their dreams. Real estate is cheap in Vegas, jobs are plentiful, the weather is beautiful, the poker rooms are full of fish, maybe the time is right to live the dream and take a shot in Sin City. I know life gave me an opportunity to give it a try and I'm glad I took it. I don't ever want to look back and say I wonder what would have happened if......

We're all gamblers at heart. Stay profitable.


At 4:22 AM, Blogger DP said...

Your comments on Waffle's recent post (discussing his NL cash game) show you have a deeper understanding of the game than most players. And that's an accomplishment in itself, since -- surprisingly -- most players aren't capable of reaching that level of thinking.

At 4:27 AM, Blogger DP said...

Also, if you play as well as you think about the game, you should do well at 1-2 NL full time =)

"It is not enough to be a good player, you must also play well."
Siegbert Tarrasch

Good luck.

At 9:10 AM, Blogger Tom aka 10,000 Days said...

I am going to keep sending the last paragraph of this post to my fiancee until she sees things this way.

I've been trying to get her to move to Vegas with me, but she keeps resisting, saying she'll lose me out there. She's not a fan of the poker.

Anyways, from my trip out there, and from my many trips to Foxwoods, I can say that I believe someone is fully capable of making a living solely at the 1-2 NL games. Granted, it would be a somewhat modest living, but $50,000 in Vegas is different than $50,000 in Massachusetts.

Plus, exactly how does poker cash earnings get tracked when it comex to paying taxes?

At 9:34 AM, Blogger cc said...

I've been doing this article series for, and it seems that one component of going pro/playing full-time is structure and discipline. Getting very anal about record keeping, note taking, analysis, as well as simply gaining proficiency with play. It seems that a big part of the challenge is simply the seemingly easy tasks around logging the hours, staying motivative, stuff like that. Also, many people seem to balance live and online. That may or may not be good for you at the beginning, as your live skills should improve alot through your continual play. GL, though. If you need anyone to bounce ideas off of or be someone besides carmen to share goals, feel free to reach out.

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Tom aka 10,000 Days said...

I can speak firsthand about not being able to keep accurate and proper session details over a long period of time. It was my New Year's poker resolution. I think overweight people kept their gym memberships longer than I kept good records.

I don't even use PokerTracker because I got frustrated when I couldn't figure out how to load my hand history.

At 12:21 PM, Anonymous mookie99 said...

Thanks for playing last night...

Good luck with your venture into the ranks of professional poker players. So when we come out to visit in June, you'll be one of the "locals" waiting to feast on us guppies..

At 12:34 PM, Blogger drewspop said...

Good deal man. It sounds like you have a cushion to fall back on so why not give it a shot.

Everything you say about being happy is true. Difficult sometimes to practice but true. If you have the means to live out a possible dream, do it and do it well.

Good luck. I think I am visiting a pro out there when I come out on May 31st then eh?

At 2:08 PM, Blogger smokkee said...

ya, i caught you in a bad spot in last night's mook'. AQ wuz the nuts. you just happened to run into a dominating hand when you made that move. i was lucky you didn't flip over AK which is kinda what i was expecting to see.

i hope to move to vegas one day. the last few trips there i did extremely well b-slappin' the tourists.

At 4:33 PM, Blogger HighOnPoker said...

Live the dream Don! LIVE THE DREAM!

It's great reading a post like this, because it echoes what I want. I am one of those guys who just can't get up and do it for a myriad of reasons, but I can at least live vicariously from you.

One of the problems, though with being a pro, and somethign to consider, is whether you want to grind it out $1500/wk or move up over time. If you want to move up, some of that 1500/wk will need to stay in your bankroll, so it won't be "usable" money. All that said, it seems like you are not going to be desperate for cash, so rock on.

At 11:12 PM, Blogger surflexus said...

thanks don for the kind words...good luck at the tables.

At 12:11 PM, Blogger Eric a.k.a. Bone Daddy said...

What, your salary is paided for the rest of the year, you live in Las Vegas, man, you are Already Pro.

Best wishes and good luck, you already posses the skill.


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