Friday, September 29, 2006

I returned to playing last night, and things went okay. I actually tried my very first hands at the 2kNL games, despite my previous proclamations saying that wouldn't happen for a while. My abrupt about-face probably shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone who's been reading my blog for a while--what I plan on doing and what ends up happening are very often quite different.

Anyways, I've been running very blah for my last 15K hands or so, and I've been searching for reasons. Well there've been many, including some tilt. But I think the most telling is this stat:

I've had 14 consecutive hands where I've flopped a set against someone's flopped straight, or vice-versa (I flopped a straight against a set), and I've lost every single hand. Just to clarify, no that wasn't 14 consecutive hands dealt to me, but 14 straight hands in which it was straight vs set. To make matters worse, 9 of those 14 were where I had the straight. So 9 consecutive hands I've had a straight vs a set and I've lost every single one. And it isn't like the money's been going in bad--in every single one all the money went in with me ahead, mostly on the flop, a couple times on the turn.

The straight should be a 2:1 favorite, so I should expect to win about 6 of those straight hands, and nearly 2 of those where I had the set.

I don't really mean to whine about running bad, I just thought that was one of the more interesting runs I've had, up there with a run I had waaaay back in the day when I first started playing online poker and I had a run of 20 hands of KK where 10 times I was up against AA.

But yeah, I'm back to playing. When I have disasterous days like I had last Friday, it's always best for me to take some time off. It allows me to get my emotions more stabilized, and resets my perspective. Playing poker is a lot more fun when you feel like you're playing starting from even rather than playing starting in a huge hole, which is how it would feel if I'd played any of those subsequent few days.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

So the previous week was my best week ever, making this month, by Sept 15, my best month ever. The sky was the limit.

Then the poker gods sayeth, "ha-HA!"


Thursday wasn't noteworthy, but Friday ended up being my Worst NL Day Ever, almost as bad as my Worst Limit Day Ever (aka, Worst Day Ever). Wow. Mix an unbelieveably bad run with just a little bit of tilt and it's quite amazing what can happen at this game.

Saturday? Off. Sunday? Off.

Any thoughts of moving up the 2kNL games I might have been having are now well on the back burner. Not because of bankroll considerations (Friday wasn't THAT bad) but simply because of psychological considerations. I'm doing well enough overall that there's no reason for me to push myself to soon to limits above what I'm comfortable with.

(on the plus side, Sept is still, for the time being, my best month ever, if only barely.)

Friday, September 15, 2006

1000NL has been going great. I just played my 60,000th hand at that level, and have done better than I could possibly have hoped. Still, I have no plans to move up to 2000NL until I've played at least 100,000 hands.

1000NL is wacky enough as it is. Tonight was extra-wacky. Here are two examples.

Hand #1:

Party Poker
No Limit Holdem Ring game
Blinds: $5/$10
6 players

Stack sizes:
UTG: $2133.70
UTG+1: $950
CO: $1706.64
Button: $1747
SB: $1338.31
Hero: $2785.20

Pre-flop: (6 players) Hero is BB with Qc 8c
UTG raises to $20, 4 folds, Hero calls.

Flop: 8s 3h 4d ($45, 2 players)
Hero checks, UTG bets $50, Hero calls.

Turn: 7s ($145, 2 players)
Hero checks, UTG bets $420.74, Hero calls.

River: 5d ($986.48, 2 players)
Hero bets $300, UTG calls.

Final pot: $1586.48
Hero balance 3577.94 bet 790.74 collected 1583.48 net 792.74 Qc 8c
UTG balance 1342.96 lost 790.74 Tc 9d

Hand #2:

Party Poker
No Limit Holdem Ring game
Blinds: $5/$10
6 players

Stack sizes:
UTG: $1780.25
UTG+1: $890
CO: $1391.12
Button: $1416
SB: $1275.31
Hero: $3875.42

Pre-flop: (6 players) Hero is BB with As Ks
UTG raises to $20, UTG+1 calls, CO folds, Button raises to $80, SB folds, Hero raises to $295, UTG calls, 2 folds.

Flop: Ts 7h Th ($695, 2 players)
Hero checks, UTG is all-in $1495.25, Hero calls.

Turn: Kd ($3685.5, 1 player + 1 all-in - Main pot: $3685.5)

River: 6h ($3685.5, 1 player + 1 all-in - Main pot: $3685.5)

Final pot: $3685.5
Hero balance 5757.67 bet 1780.25 collected 3662.50 net 1882.25 As Ks
UTG balance 0 lost 1780.25 7d Ac

I didn't even think I had to get lucky on that last one...

Friday, September 08, 2006

Gaaah. I've gotten so lazy with this blog, with barely an update a week any more. I guess playing online leaves one with a lot less to talk about than playing live, especially compared to when playing live required planned vacations to far-off casinos like it did when I lived in Austin.

It also keeps getting harder to find hands that I find interesting enough to want to post. I probably still see two or three a week, but in the deluge of 600 hands an hour, I tend to forget them by the time the session is over.

I also hate posting too much about results because 1) I try not to focus on results much because it drives me crazy otherwise (20K hand breakeven streaks are a lot more fun when I don't even realize I've had them until I'm going over my results with a fine-toothed comb at the end of each month) and 2) every time I post about how well I'm doing, I tend to start doing poorly--so I'm hoping to aviod toggling whatever psychological doom switch I'm flipping on myself by bragging.

End result: fewer posts, and those that I do get around to don't have much content (like today's, yay!).

So yeah, just take this post as a semi-apology without any actual promises of improvement.