I lost a couple hundred bucks playing cards at the beginning of June. I was arguing with troll-wife during the tourney. That's all the distraction I needed. Troll-wife and I, by order of court injunction, are splitting up discretionary income. Last week, after bills, we ended up with about $200 each. Troll-wife joined a new tanning salon. I bought a cigar sampler package for $20:
I also bought entry into a poker tourney yesterday. It was a cheapo buy in, only $40, but 50 people showed up to play. I ended up winning the tourney. I made about $600 on a $40 buy in. Not bad. Now I've got a little matress money stashed in case I get some time to play some real poker. Since I stopped playing altogether last December to start working on my marriage (with no success), I've totally depleted my separate bank account that I used for poker money. I'm having to start all over. To play at the cheap tables here in Vegas ($1-$2 blind no-limit games) you need about $200. When I quit playing poker, I was playing the more aggressive $2-$5 blind no-limit games where buy ins run around $750-$1,000. I'm going to have to grind it out at the lesser games until I build up an account again. I won't play the high game without a few grand in poker cash.
I'm spending so much time with my kids, that I don't see having six hours in a row to play cards. I'm also dating a lot, so that's using up all my childcare resources too. I ought to be playing cards though. Sure, I lose sometimes, but over the long term, it's like a second income for me. As long as people who suck at doing math in their heads insist on playing poker, I ought to be there.