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BLOG: What if?

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Blog post published on 26 November 2014, written by IceQueenAce.
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IceQueenAce
Female, 38, UK

Sometimes in poker as in life you have a ‘what if' moment. A moment when your life changes direction based on something that may or may not have happened. Based on luck.

I had one such moment when I started out in poker. A friend told me about a great deal on pacific poker (now known as 888), in which they gave you $50 free with no withdrawal requirements. I thought it couldn't hurt to take a look but had never played any poker at all and didn't know the rules.

I got my $50 and sat straight at a table with $20 or so, I can't remember exactly. But I will never forget the hand. I looked down and had an ace! Two guys went all in and I called. Well I had an ace after all!! Now granted, my other card was a three and this helped me hit the straight and take down the pot. And then came my ‘what if' moment. The two guys went mental at me, calling me a fish and proceeding to tell me why I made such a bad call. To such an extent that I never made the same mistake again. I read lots, learnt lots and ended up making a fairly decent amount of money.

‘What if' those two guys hadn't berated me? Chances are I would have lost that money fairly quickly and never play poker again. Had I lost that first pot? Same result. And there in that moment, a couple of guys tapping the glass turned me into a poker player.

I have had another ‘what if' moment this weekend. I was on the wrong end of a streak that had me £150 down out of a total BR of £600. That is a fairly massive downswing for me, considering I play only £1 games at a time as a rule. This was £70 down on sky and £80 down on betfair. I had £10 left on sky. I put half that on Liverpool to win.

Then I put the other half on Tottenham. They scored the winner on 88 minutes. My last £5 won and that was my moment. I went on a winning streak on DoN games and took my BR up to £27. That same night, I came second in the BRM FR on party and scored some cash wins. Last night, a couple more wins at cash on party and then on to tonight, winning a £48 seat in a freeroll and taking cash rather than play the target game.

With that I have withdrawn all losses on Sky and left £5 to play with. Party has £50 on it and I have another £20 or so spread about some minor sites. This means my BR is £570 on skrill with another £75 on other sites. Well past my losses and nearly as high as my monthly target of £675 total. Had spurs lost, I would likely have lost the brm freeroll, and the resulting wins wouldn't have come.

Your ‘what if' moment will come. Take it with both hands and ride the waves!

If not you, who? If not now, when?

 


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12 comments for "What if?"

 yout8526/11/2014 23:07:50 GMT
Life is just a never ending conveyor belt of "what ifs".... Every decision we make has a consequence... Not always the consequence we expect, not always the consequence we want and not always the consequence we deserve... Ties in very nicely with poker. In life, as well as poker, when disappointments hit us, we just have to either know we did the right thing, but it wasn't to be... or that we made mistakes and MUST learn from them.

I live my life like a poker tournament.... TAG. Taking advantage of the opportunities that present themselves, but being cautious to avoid major risk where there is no major reward.

...Nice blog Smile
 PokerKing7627/11/2014 00:17:52 GMT
What if I had not seen an ad at the laundry room to play live poker. Shock

What if I had not reached the final table that night. Big Smile

What if I had not win my first tournament a month and a half later. Cool Cool

And what if I had not met this great community. Worship Worship Worship

Great blog IceQueenAce Thumbs Up
 pinotte27/11/2014 01:03:31 GMT
Yes very nice blog there are a lot of what if in life and poker and we never know when they will happend.

What if i had not see my doctor 12years ago for a checkup i would not be here to congratulation of your blog. And be part of this site. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
 pochui27/11/2014 08:22:17 GMT
‘What if' those two guys hadn't berated me? - you would've had a million in your account by now. they forced you away from the most profitable poker style: "all-in & pray".
 3pokeronly27/11/2014 08:39:22 GMT
Go Spurs!!!

Go Ice!!

Pochui and 3P to go see the Go-go girls sometime?
 doubletop77727/11/2014 09:55:03 GMT
I think you are correct in saying that 'what if' comes into a lot of things in life. I have been through many 'what if' moments in my life and often look back on incidents that have changed my life
 mahdrof27/11/2014 10:38:28 GMT
A while ago I was leafing through the newspaper in the classifieds looking for used sports equipment. In it was an ad for a volleyball league so I joined. A young lady completely at the other end of Montreal heard about this league through a friend and decided to join. We ended up on the same team, after a couple of months we went out on our first date and now 16 years later we have been married for 13 years, have two beautiful children and are still very happy together. What if I had not bought the newspaper that day? Another interesting post IQA. Thumbs Up
 luisexy6903/04/2015 23:54:00 GMT
After e read this, i thing that every day every people have this kind of thing, that kind of moment apears in some moment of the day, in some talk with some friend, working, playing some game, run for a place that you know but happens something that you not accostumed, the what if, is regular thing that you will maybe same times know who to react or response.
But is this kind of thing that let us learn and progress in life.
 Heskor04/04/2015 18:22:38 GMT
Yeah those what if sometime make you wonder if you have mad the right choice or not and all so good luck nice post keep us updated on more of them it would be fun and good to read more blog post from you, keep them coming mate, cheers anyway good luck me gonna play some poker and then place tomorrow bets so wish me luck, cheers anyway good luck again and have fun at the tables mate
 damosk04/04/2015 21:31:46 GMT
Life is just one great big 'what if?' Just think about everything that you do or don't do, and consider the what ifs that come with them.. Your whole world could be a totally different place....or maybe it's the way it is because of the what ifs!
 toronto_r_us04/04/2015 21:57:12 GMT
Posted by pinotte:
Yes very nice blog there are a lot of what if in life and poker and we never know when they will happend.

What if i had not see my doctor 12years ago for a checkup i would not be here to congratulation of your blog. And be part of this site. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up




oh dear pinotte.

conveyor built is for what purpose?

not for what ifs but!

for a destination
 bowie198406/04/2015 01:40:20 GMT
Posted by damosk:
Life is just one great big 'what if?' Just think about everything that you do or don't do, and consider the what ifs that come with them.. Your whole world could be a totally different place....or maybe it's the way it is because of the what ifs!

I am on the opposite. There is no 'what ifs' since you can't go back in time. All you can do is to live a life without regret.

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