Out of the red, cat comes back
About two years before the XIII came out, my friends started calling me "Black Cat." They felt I was like a panther. I would sneak up on people and attack before they could react. ... I thought it was a great example of the way I played the game.
In the big games, I didn't attack the same way every night. I'm a poker player. I like to see the other guy's cards first. Early in the game, most guys are going to give you signs about how they are going to play. The hype is so high that they become overly aggressive. They end up showing their cards early.
-Michael Jordan, Driven From Within
The following sounds like a film noir. "It was late and I was at a 6-max NL table at Full Tilt. A few limpers tossed their $1 chips in and I made it $4. The button and two limpers called..."
The flop came and, just like that, I pulled myself out of the red for the year. I flopped the nut straight and after my pot bet was raised, I couldn't keep from putting in all my chips fast enough (like a novice). Fortunately the other guy thought and thought about it and then called me with his AJ. But my nut straight held up and I'm now in the clear!
It wasn't any big deal to be in the red for the 3-1/2 weeks that I was. It's so early in the year and it kind of felt like I was just in a sand trap. Only a few swings to be free!
I've loaded Absolute Poker onto my computer and I'll try to play in the CheckRaised.com $5K freeroll from Vegas. It seems like such a good deal -- there's only 309 people registered in the forum right now and no way everyone will play. Plus top 27 places pay. Sounds like a good deal to me.
Stealing a line from the movie Syriana, bankroll is what keeps us from fighting for scraps of meat in the street. Someone told me recently how they were going to play $50/hand blackjack at a casino in an upcoming trip. Dude, you gotta have a bankroll.