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playing poker and teaching science: The Bonus Guy
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I'm a middle school science teacher, wrestling coach, poker player, scuba diver, aikido black belt, amateur writer, and student of life. In the past I have tried to give back a little by volunteering at a children's home in Belmopan, Belize, Central America. I also love Frosted Flakes. I have taken a year sabbatical from my teaching position in order to sail the Caribbean. Does that sound crazy to you?

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The Bonus Guy

The latest report on bonus whoring is that it ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Yes, it is definitely a way to make money and at last count I have made about $200 in the last three weeks. I just finished a 50% match bonus on Empire Poker however and by the end of it I was just tired of playing to be playing.

I really enjoy poker and the enjoyment comes from not only playing poker, but reading about, watching, and researching poker. When you have to slave away to make sure you reach the minimum hand requirement in a limited amount of time, it’s just not that much fun.

Just when I was thinking these words I found this at the Bad Beat Blog:
"I made the right decision in curtailing my bonus chasing. I find I am dreading firing up Empire Poker each night to clear my requisite 100 hands to finish off the latest bonus. The upside is that the $1/$2 shorthanded tables are still ATMs. Still, I find myself checking my total number of raked hands every five minutes so I can move back to playing SnGs. My love of poker is coming back and it was the bonus whoring that was killing it."

I concur.

That said, I just found out about a Party Poker bonus, but it is only a 7x hands played match and I have a month to play it off. So I placed bonus bankroll, which incidentally has gone from $179 to exactly $300 in the last three weeks, and put it into Party to play the $1/$2 short-handed games I enjoy so much.

I play because it’s fun. Making money is going to be second for now.

Interesting article from the Indianapolis Star about college poker:



Blogger Charity Shill said...


I've gotta argee. I just don't have the time or patience for little ball, I want to play to win.

If I were a pro I might feel different, but this is for fun, dad bum it.


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