Everybody needs a Party Day
--Daniel Negreanu, in Card Player magazine profile
I was like 'Men the Master' without the Corona.
-Me to Mark
"Oh...I'm probably beat but I call. ... Rebuy!"
"Tiltcap! ... Rebuy!"
"I'm all-in blind. ... Rebuy!"
After what must have been a few months, Mark and I and crew finally had another $5 buy-in mixed cash game. After being whittled down in the 5-handed game and getting some bad cards, my game quickly moved from tight to maniac.
Losing the first buy-in stung a little, being an experienced, bankrolled semipro losing to amateurs. But by the sixth, seventh and eighth buy-in, I had an epiphany of sorts that these kinds of games are about fun, not PT stats. It's the fun, not the math that got Mark and I interested in the game nearly two years ago.
Everybody needs a "Party Day," as Daniel Negreanu called his one-day-a-month session of carefree play. You can play so tight, so stress-maxed out that you'll burst at the seams.
Plus it's awful fun to be the donator and yet try to suck out on tight players. The essence of the Sith arts.
It's fun for the other players, who may not spend hours and days and weeks and months and years playing. It's kind of like when you were little and could beat without fail all the kids on your block at Street Fighter or some other video game. Why? You owned the darn thing and had hundreds of hours of experience on the others. How fun is that for others?
Alan Schoonmaker mentions in his book "The Psychology of Poker" how loose aggressive players often are widely welcomed by other players at the table. Why? Well it's not just because they're chip-bleeders. They are fun. Nobody likes to lose to a tight-ass in a home game.
Plus, it's like what's mentioned regarding hoodies and sunglasses in SSHE: It's a recreational game, not the World Series.
And it's good for business. There will always be the tight-aggressive, fish-hunting Kuro. But now they know there's also a cat with claws. And next time they won't know which.
(Postscript: As seeming validation from the Poker Gods, I pretty much immediately won all but a few dollars of my home game loss later eating dinner across the street at Manuel's, playing a $3/6 bad beat jackpot table on PartyPoker. Easy come, easy go!) LOL