Poker results for the last 3 years

A little insomnia caused me to investigate my poker results from the last three years to see how I’ve stacked up.  I realized I never posted 2005, so I went back and dug it all up.

2005 was before I really started learning no limit, I lost a total of $462, comprising of $198 live and $264 online.  Of course back in 2004 I lost $1,825 live and $717 online, for a total of $2,542.  So let’s table this baby up:

Year Live Online TTL
2004 -$1,825 (360h) -$717 (389h) -$2,542 (749h)
2005 -$198 (95h) -$264 (146h) -$462 (241h)
2006 +$1,508 (217h) -$1,564 (214h) -$56 (431h)

I think the right way to interpret this is to say that I suck 45 times less than I did when I started playing poker.  There’s also another factor: fun.  This really hit me at my usual Friday night game.  It’s a low stakes game, $1/$2 with a full kill, limit hold’em.  After two hours I was up $60, which statistically is my high water mark.  (Katie thinks this is crap, by the way, she thinks I suck when I win an entire buyin.)

Anyway according to my statistical history I’m up as much as I’m likely to be, but the table is still full and my friends are all still here.  The question comes to this: do I leave?  I can’t stay here and not play without being rude.  In fact, there’s also nothing to do.  But if I leave I won’t get to hang out with the guys, which is fun.  But there’s no column in my end of year stats for fun, just dollar results.

An interesting quandary, in my opinion.  What would you do in that situation?  I know what Sklansky says, "Don’t quit winners", but what if we’re all pretty evenly matched?  Then I’ve just experienced the upswing, should I sit around and wait for the downswing?  What would you do?  Leave it in the comments.

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