The Poker Bat was busy talking about his top list of pet peeves and got a very nice response. The Bat had to take a break from online poker games on the world wide web to respond. So the Bat will get back to the top 10 list next week.
Great article/blog! I mostly agree with what you say, with the exception of one point you made. I highly doubt you care but I just thought I’d add my 2 cents. “You are what your buy in is”. I completely disagree. I am a single mother of an 8 year old, and a disabled vet as well. I pray to the poker Gods on a daily basis that I had more than $100 extra to play with. I have made alot of final tables with my best finish a chop for 1st recently. I have no name for myself, but I feel as if I had a bank roll I could and would have a name for myself. People say when I make a decent cash in a tourney I should put it back into a “bank roll fund”. I can not do this as I have bills to pay and a child to feed. I need a break!!! lol ANywho, just wanted to say that just b/c I am at a 1/2 NL tbl or a $100 tourney doesnt mean my skill level is that of the typical poser it simply means I am a struggeling broke single mother Love your article and hopefully my 2 cents doesnt bother you.
The Bat is usually as jaded and awnry as his 501 Levi Jeans are wide, but this letter touched the Bat in his little Bat heart. How that little Bat heart can fuel that big Bat body is a medical miracle. Anyway, the Bat will start backtracking. First off, “You are what your Buy-in is” is a little bit of a harsh statement to make a point.
The Bat is proud, honored, and humbled by American soldiers such as yourself who have sacrificed to keep the Bat and everybody else free. A Vet, even moreso a disabled one, is maybe the most honorable of all statuses in our country (in the Bat’s mind at least). So you obviously are not what your buy-in is as though it were some way to measure an individuals worth. You’re worth more than any buy-in for any Texas Holdem poker game. That includes the Big Game and any game Bill Gates puts down a wad of cash in.
However, in poker the Bat can admit until he starts final tabling 5k and 10k events he should put a sock in the giving lessons at the table, in the chatbox, or at the Bar. The Bat imagines fair reader that you do not carry yourself like those punks at the table that we all know. They act like Annie Duke or Phil Hellmuth but they are not.
We all are getting better and aspire to be great poker players but part of becoming a great player is being humble and recognzing that we have a lot to learn. If we haven’t won enough to buy into bigger events, we aren’t there yet. There are certainly trying times in poker, like the one you face. The Bat knows plenty of great up and coming players, that live out of their bankroll in a precarious dance every month. They have to pay bills, but because they pay bills they can’t afford to move up in stakes. And in effect, they are trapped at the level they are at, as it sounds like you are too.
The Bat sympathizes. Though the Bat is pretty certain you already carry yourself like a player at bigger stakes. You probably aren’t critical of your opponents or a table know it all. The know it all role for what it is worth is already filled. The Bat knows all. Next week, the Bat goes back to his same old dickish schtick. No more heart warming comments, the Bat is unfamilar with these postive emotions.