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.