Sometimes it's a beeatch.
The fourth month of 2013 proved to me how fluky poker can be.
Longtime blog readers (all two of you) will recall that between the summers of 2005 and 2006 I set out on an adventure to travel the country and subsist on my poker winnings, with an eye on a book deal.
The success was modest -- in 12 months I made about what I would have in salary at my former newspaper job (minus any benefits), with highs (the WSOP main event cash) and lows (the standard variance of a few losing months). No book was forthcoming, but I made contacts that would prove fruitful down the road as a freelance writer.
Now, in April 2013, with a full-time job and a 3-year-old to wrangle, I managed to win nearly $6,500, which I believe bests every month I've played poker except for the WSOP cash in August 2006.
In addition to the Hollywood Poker open chop highlighted two posts ago, I returned to the tables the next week to play a $100 second-chance event on the first day at the Heartland Poker Tour at River City Casino. I chopped this one four ways, too, again as the chip leader, scoring a $2,400 profit.
I've also begun playing online again at Bovada (shhhh), which has pretty darn soft games, and I cashed out a $1,500 profit there in April.
In 2005-06 I played hours upon hours of online games, underground games in Tuscaloosa and made several trips to casinos from Atlantic City to Vegas, but in only one of those months did I fare better than I did last month.
Did I mention that poker has a lot of variance?
SITE OF THE WEEK: I may start highlighting some newer poker-themed websites that I've discovered and enjoyed reading. AintLuck.com, which features a variety of news articles and strategy tips, is one of those. It's got some pretty good stuff on the WSOP and the various bonuses you can get on a number of online poker sites.