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Growing in salty soil
Solution to Friday's puzzle
The word may sound familiar, but do you know
what it means?
Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3 x 3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.
1 Rob with violence
2 Long-leaved lettuce
4,13&6 Enjoy massive
7 Boat for pulling larger
8 Blade for rowing
9 Terrible noise
13 See 4A
14 Important or extensive
1 Car ornament identifying
2 Mass of smoke or dust
3 Small branch of leaves
4 Took cover
5 Unite two numbers
10 Louse egg
12 Music with rapid-fire
ACROSS: 1 Mug 2 Cos 4
11 Dry 13 Field 14 Great
DOWN: 1 Motif 2 Cloud 3
10 Nit 12 Rap
I once was asked if there is a
"respectable" way to lose your poker
Here are the "respectable" ways:
Starting out: You have dedicated
$1,000 toward your first poker bankroll
and hope to turn it into much more.
You start out in small-stakes cash
games, like $2-$4, $3-$6 limit Texas
Hold em or $1-$2 no-limit games.
These games require buy-ins ranging
from $100-$300. That doesn t leave
a tremendous amount of wiggle room
before you deplete your bankroll with
a few bad sessions.
Notice I said "sessions," as in mul-
tiple blocks of time dedicated to play-
ing poker. If that happens, it s perfectly
normal. As a novice player, consider
it the equivalent of paying for an edu-
cation. Reload for another $1,000
when you feel comfortable doing so,
and give it another run.
There is an old formula for bankroll
building that advises players to have
at least 30 buy-ins stowed away before
making a serious run at it. That is an
Purely recreational: You have no
intentions of ever making any more
out of your poker than occasional
recreational fun. Good for you. Drop-
ping $50 in a friendly home game or
$200 in Las Vegas on a random shot
at a tournament isn t that big of a
deal. You would spend less on a round
of golf or a fancy dinner. The money
didn t come from a poker bankroll; it
was an entertainment expense.
I told you the list was short. Now
let s look at a few of the many ways
to freefall down to nothing:
Chasing losses: In the midst of a
losing session, it can be tempting to
do whatever it takes to at least get
back to even. It works some of the
time, but the most likely scenario is
that your bankroll will take a much
larger hit than it ever needed to.
The reality is that you probably
aren t playing optimal poker after the
string of unsuccessful hands or bad
beats that put you in this position.
It s best to establish stop-loss numbers
that you can adhere to. If you can t,
then this bad cycle will routinely repeat
until the tank is empty.
Alcohol: If you like to drink when
you play, that s OK if you know how
to establish limits. Most cannot, and
it creates situations that can absolutely
cripple a healthy bankroll.
Pressing limits: It s common for
players to press their winnings. If they
put in a good-size win at the smaller
stakes, they often jump to the medium
stakes and quickly advance to the
nosebleed games and tournaments.
This was an extremely popular trend
with online poker.
A small handful made the climb
and remained there, for at least a little
while. Most climbed the ladder until
they fell all the way down to zero.
It is in these situations that the old
30 buy-in recommendation should
come into play. If you are beating the
smaller games, stay there and continue
to profit until you have the bankroll
health that allows you more conser-
vative options. Sadly, too many players
lack the discipline to do so.
Self-analysis: Routine big losses
and bankroll bust-outs are likely a
sign of the reality that you lack the
talent you think you may possess.
Without fixing the many facets
required of the game, poker can turn
into a real problem situation
Got a poker question or have a
comment? E-mail Chuck at
IT'S OK TO GO BROKE, JUST DON'T DO IT CHAOTICALLY
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