February was definitely a tale of two months. The first half sucked. The second half was amazing. Overall, it was a decent month. Which I'll more than take considering halfway through I thought I was looking at another losing month.
I tore up the cash games the last half, I think having a record two-week run in cash games. Overall, for cash games I actually matched my pretty good January, despite essentially moving down in limits from 30/60 full to 20/40 6max (and only after having a 300BB downswing at 30/60 the first week of the month). I guess doing similarly well shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. That's just how soft the 20/40 games are.
No, what made this month only decent rather than pretty good were trying MTTs and not doing overly well. I did fine in the few $22 and $55 online events I entered, but I air-balled the $109, $215, and $378 events I entered (admittedly not an overwhelming number of them). Oh yeah, there was also that $1500 rebuy event at the LA Poker Classic at the Commerce that ended up costing me $7580.
The last MTT I tried was Sunday's $750K guaranteed on Party, a $378 event ($350 + $28). I busted in the first quarter of the field, on a stupid donkey play from a result of playing too many tables at once and not actually thinking (I called someone's EP limp-reraise all-in with 99....yeah pretty bad). If I'm going to make any serious effort to play NL, whether it be cash games or tournaments, I'm really going to have to make more of an effort to eliminate those one-time mistakes. In limit, it's often a bigger mistake to fold than to call with a half-way decent hand. In NL, the exact opposite is true.
: I just had a friend email me, basically saying, "you make it sound like you multi-tabled the MTT!" Haha...no. I was playing too many tables, but the tables were random SnGs, tournaments and cash games. I only had one table of the actual big tourney going. No multi-accounting here.)
Anyways, here's one hand from Sunday's tournament that I thought was interesting. I may have actually misplayed every single street. But I think every street is quite debateable. I'm certianly open to any and all opinions.
Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t60 (10 handed)
Hero is UTG with Js, Jc.Hero raises to t120
, 1 fold
, UTG+2 raises to t220
, 6 folds
, BB calls t160, Hero calls t100.Flop:
(t690) 7h, 2h, Td (3 players)
BB checks, Hero checks, UTG+2 bets t300
, BB folds, Hero raises to t800
, UTG+2 calls t500.Turn:
(t2290) 6d (2 players)Hero bets t1000
, UTG+2 calls t1000.River:
(t4290) 8d (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG+2 bets t2010 (all-in)
, Hero folds.Final Pot:
t4290Main Pot: t4290 (t4290), returned to UTG+2.
UTG+2 doesn't show.
Outcome: UTG+2 wins t4290.