And Now For Something Totally Different
I asked the wife if she though Nick was a scumbag and would cheat on her. I will talk about that more later. See the teaser to get you to keep reading. Alright I know I do not need a teaser. Train wreck syndrome is hard to stop watching.
I was thinking today about poker. Is it all about attitude and not skill. I am not picking on anyone here buttttt like LJ or IAK. We all read their blogs. Superstar cashes and massively bad plays like A-rag is the nuts. Except they won. Big things. Went so deep so often. Seemed like awesome players for a decent amount of time. Later on we heard a few grumblings about bad luck and hands not holding. Less reading about big scores. Did they just get less interested in making money? Did it take a while for their losing A-Rag bag style to catch up to them? Were they just bad players that got lucky?
I am not sure I think that is the case. Is it attitude? Did they see good hands get crushed and stop expecting to win. Instead of knowing that the hands they play were going to hit for sure did they feel the doom hammer coming? How much does that positive attitude that you ARE going to win come into play. Is it mysticism? Karma? Your expectations manifesting as reality? Do you just play different when you expect to lose? Did the game just get a lot tougher? Lot of good questions to think about.
I remember my attitude when I first started. I did not believe I could lose. If I chose the optimal hands to start with there was no way I could not win. I firmly believed that. I won. I kept winning. Straight up the ranks from .10cent LHE to 5/10 LHE. For a straight year I did nothing but win. Bloggers were jealous. Old school guys were like "WTF?". Of course the meteoric rise came with a equally fast crash and burn. After that. Once I knew I could lose. That I would lose. I never won again.
Probably all in all there are many factors that lead to going from winning all the time to losing. Attitude has to be one of them though.