Not Quite a Quasi-Semi-Pseudo-Pro

by , Jul 27, 2007 | 4:14 pm


LAS VEGAS–So as hinted at before, I can’t seem to leave Las Vegas. Something about this place … would like to think it’s the phalanx of hotties around every corner — none of whom seem to have rings on their fingers — but it might just be the 24-hour nature of this city. At any hour of the day night I can find a cheeseburger, a double cappuccino, a bowling alley, and/or a poker game. Really, what else do you need?

(I just really miss my bitch. And sadly she can’t read Pokerati to know how much I do.)

Anyhow, one of the things that had me thinkin’ was indeed the poker. Perhaps a bit to my surprise, I’ve done really well out here at the tables. Like cards have been a source of revenue, not a drain. Kinda new to me. Now don’t get me wrong, I have no delusions about becoming a pro. But the notion of generating a quantifiable chunk of extra income by playing Texas Hold’em has had me taking my poker play relatively seriously while out here … and thus, at the encouragement of TBR and Donkey Bomber, I decided to put $4,000 at risk to conduct a controlled not-so-scientific poker experiment in an attempt to shed some light on how I might hack it as a $2/$5 player and begin calculating a conceivable hourly wage. Though TBR tells me not to be too results-oriented, here are the results:

Session 1: Red Rock
8 hours
Feels like a loss, because I was up $1,100 and shoulda been able to get away at plus $900 and then $600.

Session 2: Palms
2.5 hours
Got my ass handed to me by both the deck and other players.

Session 3: Venetian
5 hours
Feels good to run good. Tom’s analysis seems right, that my game peaks between 4 and 5 hours in.

Session 4: Red Rock
12 hours
Most grueling session ever. Started off losing a $1,300 pot to a 3-outer on the river, climbed back, fought against collusion, and in the end got taken off my game by a punk little Stuey Ungar wannabe.

Total: +$67

Hourly Rate: $2.44

6 Comments to “Not Quite a Quasi-Semi-Pseudo-Pro”

  1. Michele Lewis

    But it’s all about the end of the year, Daaaan. Besides, you can always win it back in Keno (I have a great strategy).

    I will be flying out there in roughly 11 days. Seriously, fly your bitch out there.

  2. DanM

    Michele, are you trying to get me to pay for your plane flight?


  3. Michele Lewis

    Hey, now there’s an idea. Play by number?

  4. DanM

    by number? you mean 1-to-1000? I don’t think you want to play me in that. Where do you think all those spikes in the bankroll come from?

  5. Joe Rose

    Dan so When do you plan on heading back to Dallas?
    I actually thought you were back there already. I was going give you a call to meet up for a drink. I’m all unpacked from moving to summerlin Tuesday before last.
    I haven played much poker as I’m still trying to secure a full time Job!! let me know what your plans are you have my E-mail.

  6. DanM

    Joe, I don’t know what you mean by this concept of “plans.”