I played in another WCOOP event today, a heads-up shootout. It's a format that I really like, and where I've historically done quite well . . . but I sucked out loud, and let a guy outplay me in a pretty embarassing way.
The whole thing is posted at CardSquad, but you'll notice that this entry comes not from the Poker deparment, but the blog department, because of the following:
. . . but the truth is, I was very distracted from the moment I sat down. I've been thinking a lot about the people who are suffering down in the Gulf Coast, and all the refugees, and just before the event began, I heard that they've found e.coli in the water in NOLA. That's really not good, and I'm sure it's just the beginning. I'm not excusing my shitty play, but I'm profoundly upset about the aftermath of Katrina, and I am even more outraged at how poorly the federal government has handled it. I know this doesn't have a lot to do with the nuts-n-bolts of playing poker, but it brings up an interesting topic: if you're in a funk, you just don't play in a cash game or SNG. But if you're registered in a tournament, you've got to show up and play, right? You've got to just suck it up, do your best to focus, and play the best you can play.It's a question that applies beyond poker, or Halo 2, or working in the yard, or whatever: when you're in a funk, and you've got something to do no matter what, how do you just set it aside and do what has to be done? It's a tough question for me to ponder, because if I had a family obligation, or a TV or film commitment, the answer would be, "I don't know. I just do." So what is it that we draw upon to "just do it?" And if we can just do it for one thing, why not others?
It's easier said than done for me, which is annoying, because if I was supposed to work on a film or TV production today, I would have no problem setting my grief and anger aside until the end of the day (probably to resurface when I'm on the 405 at rush hour.) But today, sitting in my office playing on PokerStars, I wasn't able to do it.