The Poker Game of Life

Poker and scotch on the rocks. Below are my reflections on life and poker. My journey from $4-8 as a past time to $30-60 for serious money and my life experiences in between.

Location: seattle, Washington, United States

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

I'm all heart and I think he needs another

Just posted a hand that makes me look like a maniac. Check it out on the forum I'd love to hear some comments.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Hand analysis

At the request of some of my friends and blog readers I'm going to begin posting hands in the forum for the Checkraise website located here.
Poker Forum

Hopefully people will comment and we can have healthy discussions on how to play certain hands.

Monday, January 23, 2006

I'm like Fidelity baby

"So Trav have you been investing much in stocks lately?" - My uncle with my cousin

"Ah, not really. I've got plans in the future but right now most of my money is invested in Aces and Kings. hehe" - Me

"Haha, that sounds dangerous" - My cousin

"Ah, maybe with Kings. Not aces though" - Me.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Need inbound links

Hey guys,

I need to get new inbound links to my in a few of the back pages. In exchange I'm willing to give a free hour of lessons in the game of the user's choice. So if you have a poker blog or website and are willing to setup a link for me please send me an email and we'll arrange a time for the lessons.

Pretty great deal I'd say.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

High Stakes poker on TV

Yesterday I saw the new TV show "High Stakes Poker". If you haven't seen this show yet you're definitely missing out. It was simply amazing to see a $100k minnimum buyin no limit cash game.

One of the most interesting hands I saw was a set of 5's over a set of 2's on a 542 board. Some rich doctor got Ted Forrest all in for like $100k pot. Sick I tell you, just sick.

At any rate I'm going to post more often. See you guys soon. Also if you're interested in High Stakes Poker online check out the site for more info.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

20/20 vision

"I spent a G on these glasses but my vision is priceless, seein' thru u niggaz like a fuckin psychic" - Lil Wayne

I'd say about once everytime I go out I see an acquaintance (note acquaintance is very different from friend) and they ask if I'm still at Microsoft. I then tell them "nope I'm pretty much playing poker for a living right now." Then they either go 2 routes, one route is when they ask me hella questions which is ok I guess.

Or they give me a very strange look. It's kind of a "you used to be smart or cool back in college but now you're just a loser" look. Then they say something like "well if that makes you happy I guess you can do it while you're young." I'm never really sure what that means, like are they saying go ahead and waste your life away gambling for awhile but eventually you'll have to get a job?

Sometimes I see this look and hear this statement and get hella pissed off. Lately though it's more of an eye opener and a reminder of why my friends are who they are.

It also makes me sad because it's kind of sad that college graduates working in great companies are so ignorant (IGNANT naggaz) that they are too close minded to entertain the possibility that maybe I can make more money in less time doing something I love than I ever would at the peak of my corporate career.

But I guess that's why they're acquaintances and not friends.

Monday, January 09, 2006

In retrospect

2005 was a pretty good year for me. I quit my job at Microsoft and made more money playing poker. Unfortunately Dec. was a really bad month and I actually had a $37k downslide. At the very end I luckily made a triumphant comeback and now I'm about $15k off my high.

I know I know funny to be happy about losing and off of my high. But you see I was starting to doubt myself and had to spend a significant more time studying. Anyhow everything worked out and now I think 06 can be amazing.

At any rate does anybody still read this? If you do it'd be nice to hear from you sometime. checkraisetrav at gmail dot com.

Good luck

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Goals for 06

Well I hope everyone had a happy new year. Now that my girlfriend went back to Houston I'll be back to focusing on my game. Despite a few rocky months I'm confident and ready for 06 with a $150k goal and a drive to improve in tournaments. Wish me luck.

On our Texas Holdem online website there's also a new page on Money Management. Please let me know what you think.

Also, lessons are back on due to continued interest. I took awhile off because I was focusing on my game but now I'm ready to break to teach part time. Please send email to if you're interested. Details are also on the website.