We got back from Vegas yesterday afternoon after passing a pleasant weekend sleeping, eating out, and going to the gym. Yes, I actually went to the gym in Vegas (the wife went twice!) It's this new health kick I'm on. It's gotten so I start to feel physically...wrong if I don't do some kind of workout. I also have less desire to eat rich meals and drink good wine than I used to. Which makes Vegas a bit of an ill fit, vacation-wise. But we still had fun.
Another joy that's lessened for me considerably over the years: poker. I don't know why, but sitting for hours by myself at a poker table no longer holds much excitement for me. (It's different when I'm with friends.) This weekend, though, I wanted to play at least six hours; that's what it takes to get a poker room rate for one night at the Venetian. (Interesting info: they apply the poker room rate to your MOST expensive night. Which is pretty sporting of them.)
To keep myself from playing "Bored Poker"--in which I raise every hand, pretend I'm Phil Ivey, get called down by a lot of people with middle pairs on four flush boards, and then go on tilt--I played 2/5. I played a super-tight ABC game; I made only two bluffs the entire seven hours I played (and in one I was probably bluffing with the best hand). I caught decent cards and ended up winning about 1500$. And yet, in the end, it wasn't all that much fun. I mean, yes, it's obviously fun to win (way better than losing) but, I don't know. 2/5 no longer holds much excitement for me. If I play my game, and I don't get sucked out on, I think over the long run, I can beat that game, in the average Vegas casino. But "my game", the game I play to win at those stakes, is pretty unimaginative; it basically involves doing what the books all say--trying to only play hands in position, folding a lot pre flop, and basically only betting big when I have a hand that's better than top pair.
And then, too, even when you win, or even when I win, I feel somewhat dissatisfied. Because you can always play better. You could have always won MORE. I made a few mistakes this weekend--I played a B+ game, I'd say--that, had I not made, would have upped my win total to about 2000.
Tomorrow: an example of a hand I won, but, in the end, misplayed.