Lucky Straights

The ramblings and mumblings of a wannabe poker pro

Swings

Thought its about time for another bankroll graph upload, I admit to holding out a little whilst I was in the huge down swing. It shows the huge swings I’ve experienced in the last few weeks, which are the biggest I’ve gone through so far.

I put the first huge swing down to tilt, the positive return down to gaining a bit of confidence back and getting lucky at some key moments. The gradual negative swing I put down to making some bad plays in consecutive games that I expect was rewarded when I was on tilt, this was the whole negative re-enforcement thing I wrote about recently.

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November 23, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Better

Been a much better day today. Made a gamble too early on my first game which didn’t pay off for me, but took 1st place in the next and have just come 2nd in my third game of the day so not a bad day so far. I’ve also recouped some early cash game losses which had been haunting me since I first deposited on Poker Stars, by taking a couple of nice pots in a few NL cash games last night.

I got incredibly lucky in my last game to make the money. I was short stacked and push all-in with pocket ten’s, I’m called by AJ which hits an ace and my stack is decimated, the next hand I push all-in with pocket 7’s which thankfully hold up.

After a blind increase and no cards I can fight with, I expected to be railed in 4th, but then this little miracle came to my rescue, securing me a cash finish, which I soon improved to 2nd place money. Having made it to heads-up so unexpectedly though, I was a little off-it, playing auto and threw my good luck away, still though I’m very pleased to make 2nd place here.

http://www.pokerhand.org/?1731807

If it wasn’t clear by the hand history I was on the verge of being blinded out when two of my opponents have an all-in bout, with one on the rail I’m saved and have a guaranteed a cash finish 🙂

November 23, 2007 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , | Leave a comment

Too Many Gambles?

I’ve just been railed in another sit-n-go, my read was good but I was on the bad side of it. I have pocket 9’s, the flop is 456 rainbow, I raise, its re-raised. Two things go through my mind, I’m either up against AQ, AK or an over pair. After a long thought I decide to make the call, which in this case meant an all-in re-raise.

As the Rounders saying goes “I knew before the cards were even turned over…”, he shows pocket jacks and I don’t improve.

I’ve made lots of similar plays recently, and there not paying off, I’m beginning to think I’m gambling too much in these situations. In hindsight I think I played this bad in two ways :

1. By not instantly calling / instantly re-raising my opponents re-raise I essentially told him I didn’t have the straight already, which put him to a much easier decision.

2. I was also way ahead or way behind, so playing it safe  here and keeping the pot small probably was the better play.

November 23, 2007 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , | Leave a comment