I had a rough weekend

This will pertain to some of you and your golf game at the end of the post.

I like playing Texas Holdem. I play once a week and have become a decent player. Recently I have gotten really good at the technical aspect of the game, but am getting killed. This last weekend was just disgusting how bad my luck was. I made the right play at the supposed right time and got killed. I got big hands and lost out to bigger hands. I got all in way ahead and got sucked out on…and this bad run has gone on for a long time.


Flopped nut straight, guy who flopped top pair hit runner runner full house.

I ran into pocket aces with pocket kings twice.

I had pocket aces, had a guy with pocket 10’s push all in on me preflop and hit a 10 on the turn.

Just a bad run of luck and I discussed with my friend who was sitting there with me how they could have been played differently.

The point…I am laying off till my birthday in May because I am frustrated with the results and instead of beating my head against the wall…

…realize the bad luck isn’t as bad as I perceive and I am compounding the bad run by pushing myself into bad reads and bad plays.

Some of you are probably in the same place with your golf games and need to take a few weeks or even a few months off to get the frustration out and get the passion and love for the game back.

Start fresh so to speak.

I basically took all of 2009 off from golf and just wrote this blog and got a fresh start.

It’s not the old joke of, “Take two weeks off and quit.”

It’s purging all of the bad feels, bad attitude and bad juju.

Take some time off, until you wake up one day and you would commit several misdemeanors just to get to the course and whack a ball.




  1. Matt

    Your entire weekend at poker is exactly why I don’t play poker.

  2. Calvin

    So, you can be really good at something and still lose.
    Rory knows about this.

    • Calvin

      Six and a half times out of ten chances Ted Williams failed to get a hit. And that’s better than the odds of winning at poker.

  3. Wally

    gambling is stupid.
    it may be the root cause of your problems in golf

    • Monte Scheinblum

      Well Wally, I am not much of a gambler anymore. I only started playing a couple of years ago and my game has actually gotten better since I started playing.

    • woody

      It’s not stupid if your card game has a “fish.”

      It’s only stupid for the fish.

  4. Greg

    Your welcome to play in my in-laws weekly game. Just bring your change and remember they use wild cards so unless you have 4 of a kind get out. Hey it’s a change of pace and you won’t lose more than $5.00.

  5. Rami

    Speaking as a poker player and an enthusiastic golfer, I can say that Monte is spot on. It’s easy to get into that negative mindset but often extremely hard to get out. I don’t like the word, but they call it tilt. In golf, it luckily doesn’t ruin our finances (for most of us at least), but it sure can make the game much less enjoyable.

    How many times have you had a round where you’re playing great until you hit that one drive OB or leave the ball in the bunker and then just give up on the round and play the rest of all willy-nilly though you’ve only dropped two shots? That can be a sign of tilt. Imagine the same happening on a poker table. That’s definitely tilt.

    It’s not an exaggeration to say it could make months to get out of it. It can very subtle and you might not even notice you’re on it. You might need someone else to point it out to you. Golfers go on bad streaks like poker players do, and if you’re expecting the worst you’re probably going to get it.

    I know there a ton of golf mindset books out there, but I want to point out a different one. It’s called Elements of Poker by Tommy Angelo (http://shop.tommyangelo.com/products/elements-of-poker). This reviewer said it better than I could: “Tommy coached me at poker and it shaved five strokes off my golf game.”

    • Husker

      “It’s easy to get into that negative mindset but often extremely hard to get out.”

      Sergio Garcia comes to mind – especially late in the final round with a putter in his hands.

    • Doug Benner

      I don’t know Rami. I pressed your link to see about the book, and here is a quote from that page about the book:

      “You know tilt costs you money, but do you know how to make it go away?”

      Monte likes tilt.

  6. projectscratch

    Sorry about the poker Monte. I have had that happen to me more times than I care to recall. What you need to remember is that better poker players make money over the long run (millions of hands), and go through good and bad streaks on any given night/week. Luck is an essential component of the game making it possible for an idiot to beat a good player one night. However, if that idiot plays 100 nights against that good player – that good player will win more often than not. The best professional poker players simply do not go on tilt ever, accepting the large swings as part of the game. I read a book by this professional that said he measured the quality of his poker play NOT by how much money he won on any given night, but by his decisionmaking. He claims that on some of his best poker playing days, he lost money, and on some of his worst, he made money. But the goal is to minimize the losses and maximize the wins. Recreational players like us will never get to that level – but it is still a good thought to keep in mind so as to avoid going on tilt.

    Not sure if you were playing no-limit or limit hold’em, but there is also a lot of poker theory out there suggesting that in no-limit, bankroll is far more important than skill. Imagine a medicore player with $1 million behind him vs. a great player with only $1,000. Assuming the mediocre player is willing to keep tapping his well, it is almost a mathematical certainty that he will wipe out the great player with the small bankroll. This is why no-limit at casinos is dangerous unless you are willing to buy-in for the table maximum, and play with no fear of rebuying over and over again. This is also the beauty of no rebuy-no-limit tournaments where everyone starts with the same bankroll.

    Poker is the only thing I know of that competes with golf as far as potential for frustration… (Why do I love both so much? Why don’t I just ride a bike or ski for fun?)


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