Lucky Straights

The ramblings and mumblings of a wannabe poker pro

Suffering Continued

Well my suffering as continued in several more games at the start of the day. Similar story in each. I’ve finally forced myself to have a break from play, after around 16 hours of almost constant play with nothing to show for it. I’ve taken a shower, done a few chores and will not return to the tables for another hour at least.

I hypothesize that the realities behind this string of losses is around two key weaknesses I have in my game.

1. When I see continued stupid play rewarded time after time, or see countless opponents go all-in almost constantly with anything, and then beat my AK or QQ when I make the call, because this one time they held aces, it does affect me and as I’ve done in the past, I need to take a break from the tables, even if its just ten minutes to recompose myself before I start another game.

There in lies a “sub-problem”, poker is all I have, if I’m not playing poker, I’m a little lost, so just keep on playing. I guess I need to invest in some poker DVD’s that way when I’m steaming or too stressed to continue my session I can at least watch and admire some of my favorite pro’s do there stuff :p

2. After two or more games of the above, or in some cases just one game of the above, I loose my nerve, always expect to be sucked out on, and I don’t play my usual game and take down pots until I have premium hands, this has lead me to become short stacked too often, which isn’t usually a problem for me, but coupled with a negative attitude and I’m screwed. Added to this problem that throughout most of today’s and last nights sessions I have been astonishingly card dead, I am just not taking down enough pots to survive.

As I said, I’m taking a short break, going to watch a movie, and then sit in another game, if I don’t win, even if I come second, I’ll do something else for an hour or so, I don’t need the FPP’s today, as I’ve already earned 15 since last night… oh thats my other problem, playing too often.

PS: On the upside, every time I have got into the money in the last 4 days I have taken 1st place.

November 12, 2007 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , | Leave a comment

Marathon Session

I’ve just finished a marathon session, finishing in a marathon shorthanded battle in my last Sit-N-Go of the day.

My losses continued throughout the day, and I began steaming, throwing my chips at any idiot who raised or re-raised all-in more then 3 times in close succession, most occasions I was way ahead, but an all occasions I got beat either on the turn or river, I wasn’t happy.

I wasn’t playing too bad before that point, just kept running into people with lady luck on there side, but a run of losses tends to put me in a foul mood, and from that point may play will have gone down hill some what. I was determined to pull myself out of the hole I’ve dug for myself though, at least a little, and have just done so. It was another stressing game, with over 8 all-in’s under the first ten minutes, but I just surfed the web whilst the idiots pushed at each other.

As soon as it got to 4 handed, there was a huge battle on, and chips where flying all other the place. I was playing well now, but was short stacked until it became 3 handed, and then the chip lead swung between the three of us for forty hands or so, before I finally eliminated one of my opponents, bring us to heads-up.

I had come back a long way, but was still behind the chip leader who lead out heads-up, but after paying close attention to him during the 4 and 3 handed stages I was pretty up on his ranges and what he’s likely to do in certain spots, it paid off giving me the win, when I cold his bluff, after a missed straight on the river for virtually all the chips in play. He remained with only $60 and was railed on the next hand.

Its definitely not be a good session by any stretch of the imagination, but it isn’t been terrible either, not after this final win anyway. I make notes during every single game I play, so its easy to see which ones I played badly in, lost to a bad call, or simply got unlucky, I definitely didn’t play my best in two or three, but lady luck finished me off in most of the other games of today.

The day has put me behind from yesterday by between $4 and $5, but on the upside I have earned 9 FPP’s, which reduces the pressure on my bonus race a little.

November 12, 2007 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , | Leave a comment