I am amused by the title of this blog rhyming with the blog two entries below.
When I got to Toronto around the first week of May I started playing two things: Zoom and SCOOP. I did not play any online cash games besides Zoom, a home game with Leggo members, and less than a hundred hands of Zoom PLO. I did not really anticipate doing this, but I two things probably contributed to me playing Zoom vs me playing anything else: 1. I did not have to deal with the politics of starting tables, people sitting out against me, and bumhunters and 2. I started winning.. immediately, and quite a bit. I was making $1/hand at Zoom, how is that even possible? Inevitably, some combination of me putting out a video and the regulars adjusting to me incurred a downswing where I didn't play very well. It was short. The downswing actually started in the middle of a day. I was +8k at Zoom through a few thousand hands and then I lost back 7k of it, all in the same day. I think this was primarily because I started focusing on volume: "Hey, I'm making $X a hand, I'm printing money, why not print more?" My quality of play deteriorated.
I kicked it back into gear, primarily by making a few videos actually . I think I play better on video. Accountability is good. I flip the Camtasia switch and all of a sudden I realize: "Fuck, I'm going to have to explain to everyone why I'm doing this. Why I'm doing this
. I can't explain this
So I spent most of the last two and a half or three weeks oscillating between my A and C- game, never quite reaching the depths of my D game and probably never reaching the full enlightenment of my A+ game. Overall, I played well. I was also very lucky. This combination of things led me to be the biggest winner at Zoom in the month of May .
I've spoken and written about this time and time again, but it's difficult to evolve your poker game through the ages. I've been around for over 7 years now, a lifetime in poker years, and I've been left behind whenever I decided not to roll with the punches. In some ways, you lose when you cannot accept defeat . I am in some ways proud of myself that I still consider myself a top NLHE cash game player for 2-4 to 10-20, but equally disappointed by the fact that I am not so much more. I'm still pretty average at PLO, haven't bothered learning mixed games, and am for some reason afraid to keep playing higher stakes. I never thought it was in me to be a bankroll nit, but lately I just enjoy winning much less than I hate losing-- it's a terrible mindset to be in when you're trying not to lose. Really unacceptable. My lack of motivation pisses me off .
I have no idea how I started ranting about things, but I like Zoom. That is all I was going to write in this blog initially. I hope they bring Zoom to HSNL. If/When I come back to Toronto , I hope to be playing 5-10 or 10-20 Zoom. Make it happen!
 To be released over the next 6 weeks or so, they're very good, imo... even by my incredible standards. I think the two coming out in June are probably the best.
 Probably not... maybe though.
 This makes absolutely no sense. When I first typed it, it was crystal clear. I read it a few more times and I still cannot recreate the magical clarity with which I had briefly solved all of mankind's problems. I now have no idea what it means.
 This is what every one of my shitty blogs winds up talking about.
 Tune in to the Leggocast, out in the next few days, about our time in Toronto-- one of the hot spots for poker players after Black Friday.