Honestly, if no one here has ever hit that boredom or lack of interest in poker while playing than either A) you are the most focused person on the face of the earth or B) you haven't played poker just about every day for a year. Any poker player would tell you that they are not always focused, that at times they are just grinding. Like one of the previous posters said, do you still get excited to play for nickels? Same thing for Daniel, its tough to get excited for smaller tournies, and its basically showing up hoping to hit some big hands then if you get lucky and get late in the tourny then you focus in. A perfect example of this is me right now, I am reading and writing as I am playing in two small buy in tournies, why, I am not focused and just on cruise control.
I agree... it's a matter of relativity. If you just opened a lemonade stand, then the $0.10/0.25 game at UltimateBet might arouse you. I personally have trouble buying in for more than $60 or less than $20 whenever I play. But the goal of any player who's looking for more than a piggy bank full of nickels is to improve enough at each stakes level to advance to the next level. When you get good enough to meld textbook poker strategy and sheer instinct, you begin to look at your bankroll in terms of "bets" rather than "dollars and cents." If you're a world-class player who has the chops to play (and win) tournaments for millions of dollars, a $3000 buy-in is the equivalent of a small "bet" in the higher-stakes games to which you're accustomed.$3000 to me is giant step toward paying law school loans. But to a professional, it's just a chip off the ol' bankroll. This is not so much a function of ego as of professional necessity. Part of what enables great players to make the plays necessary to win is the ability to detach themselves from concern for an individual chip's monetary value and look ahead to the goal of simply acquiring more of those chips. If Daniel worried everytime he threw out a $60K bet that he was frittering away a high-end BMW, it would detract from his ability to take risks toward long-term results.Ultimately, in the world of high-stakes poker, time is money. If you're perfectly capable of taking down a $1M prize for a higher investment, then it's understandable that you would deem a smaller reward for a smaller investment an insufficient use of your time. If you're a real estate mogul with the capital to invest in entire condominium complexes with a lucrative yield, would you bother personally going through the steps to acquire single apartments when you could devote that time to closing a deal on the next complex?If, in his personal life, Daniel can't appreciate the value of $3000 -- he uses it, say, to kindle fires -- then I'd say he had lost touch with reality. But in his elite poker bubble, if $3000 motivated Daniel in the same way as $50K, I'd say he had lost the professional edge that seeks to maximize earning potential.Just my two cents.