How Do You Guys Do It???
I failed miserably in my goal to get 1500 hands in over the weekend. I should be honest with myself, and admit that my family obligations will always come before poker. Weekends are tough to get playing time in for me, except late at night. Friday, the wife had a small party at our house that prevented me from playing, and Saturday night I went to the opening event of a live tournament league. Not much to report on that, except out of 45 runners we were down to 16, when I pushed over a min raise with QQ, and got called by the dreaded AK and lost to a spiked King on the flop. Winning that hand would have easily put me in the money of a 5k-ish prize pool.
So then Sunday night comes around, and the opening event of the WPBT. I asked for permission to play in it, and was summarily rejected by the wife. In fact, my even asking to play in it started quite the argument that included lots of yelling, and me dodging various objects thrown at me from close range. The 6pm Pacific start is a little tough for me. I am officially allowed to play poker after the kids go to sleep, so any earlier tournaments I need permission or must skip. That's why I am rarely seen in the weekly blogger tourneys, except when the wife works late, and will not find out.
So my question to you guys is how do you do it? A good portion of you are married with children, yet regularly play in the weekly tourneys and special events. I have seen some discussion on this in the past, and I seem to follow the recommendations that are made. I generate 10k+ per year in profits so it's hard to argue I have a "gambling problem". I have always shared the wealth after a big tournament score, or pulled funds from the bankroll to cover an expensive project we are doing on the house. Yet still, the wife just can't stand the fact that I play poker at all. Part of the problem, I guess is that I am involved in a some regular, and irregular home games. I run the Orange County Poker Tour which is a once a month Wednesday night tournament at rotating locations. I also am part of the Orange Poker League, that is also once a month on Saturdays. Then you have the random home game that pops up from time to time. The random ones, I usually ask to go to, and get denied. Is it just too much to expect to play in a couple of live events a month, and get 5-10 hours in online weekly as well? It's a pretty tough situation I am in, but I need to try to make the best of it. Any suggestions out there?????
Labels: Poker Denial