Lucky Straights

The ramblings and mumblings of a wannabe poker pro

After My Bonus…

My variance in the micro limit Sit-N-Go’s has been consistently very high for a long enough period now, that I have started to consider my options once I have achieved my bonus on Poker Stars.

I have had two aims with my online play, to increase my bankroll so that I can move up in limits and to gain experience and improve my game. I feel I have achieved the second, but are failing to make much progress on my first aim, my bankroll as been stabilized between $70 and $80 for some time. which I feel isn’t a significant enough increase on my deposit amount for the time commitment. However I will continue in the Sit-N-Go’s to ensure a steady stream of frequent player points until I have earned my bonus.

An obvious alternative to the single table Sit-N-Go’s is either limit or NL cash games. I enjoy both formats of cash games in theory, but I find the online micro limit variety very boring and seldom have the patience to sit in one for long enough.

Something I’ve considered is to focus more on live play at the local casinos. I have regular low limit tournaments with buy-ins from $4 to $40 within walking distance that I could use to build up a bankroll and which will also give me the benefit of some much needed live experience. I’m planning on sitting in my first casino tournament this Friday, so I’ll see how I feel about this after that.

I’ll be pleased to hear some opinions on this, if anyone has any suggestions or advise, etc.


December 18, 2007 - Posted by | Casino, Sit-N-Go's 2, Uncategorized | , , , , ,


  1. Live is much more fun, I don’t get to play much live but when I do I love it. Just relax, that’s the main thing I suggest you do! You’ll find yourself around like minded, poker loving people who are willing to help out and put you at ease. Don’t look at your hole cards until the action gets to you and don’t worry about giving off tells, you probably aren;t giving any off!

    When you bet announce “call” or “raise” and put your chips in in one action as not to string bet or they’ll slap your hands! The players live seem to showdown better hands because they have the embarrassment of having to show you they played 73o for a raise!

    Overall, relax and enjoy it. It’s a great experience. I look forward to reading about it!

    Comment by Yorkshire Pudding | December 18, 2007 | Reply

  2. Thanks,

    I have some live experience in home games and at the local uni, but not much, and never in a casino. I’m already used to not looking at my cards and I’m aware of several tells that can give me some information, which have helped me in the past, during our infrequent home games.

    The main thing that will upset my focus, is that I’m not too comfortable around people in general, that I don’t know, so for the first couple of rounds I will have to focus heavily on settling in and trying to avoid the excitement getting the better of me with playing in a casino for the first time.

    I’m looking forward to it.

    Comment by luckystraights | December 18, 2007 | Reply

  3. I’m primarily an online player and think that if you want to learn to be a great poker you need to be able to win online. As an online winner I have found the transition to live play very easy and think that live players are fundamentally worse. If it is getting boring for you learn to multi-table and eventually focus on 6-max tables rather than full ring games. The players are better online (at comparable limits) but you can play 5 times as many hands easily and you don’t have to pay outrageous rake like you do at low-limit cash games in casinos. Plus you can’t play the low-stakes you are currently playing in a casino, usually the minimum NL game is $1/.50.

    As to your bankroll not growing, it is likely because you are not significantly better than the games you are playing in. Just being honest. You have to beat the rake as well as other players and 2/3 of players are losing players. There is no simple fix to make you a big winner, but results are what they are.


    Comment by joseffreedom | December 18, 2007 | Reply

  4. I’ve heard the same thing said before, but I don’t believe it, although I don’t have any casino experience I can’t accept that live players play even worse then there online counterpart.

    The play I witness online is appalling, all but a handful of players I have seen in the $1 Sit-N-Go’s, show characteristics of not understanding anything about playing the game well, and show all the characteristic’s of people I have played with in home games who also don’t have any clue about how to play.

    I feel I need to remind you of the point, I’m primarily a tournament player, and its the $1 Sit-N-Go’s in particular I am experience problems with. My problems are not with my own play, but more with the very high level of reckless gamble that the vast majority of these games inhabitants seem to release in each game I seem to sit in, resulting in my coming the worse of in favorable situations for a long enough period now that I am finding it hard to put it down to a bad run.

    I’m not a loosing player and never have been since I moved from Limit (before I knew how to play limit) to NL, but have remained in a balanced position within my profit, as opposed to consistently increasing my profits.

    Comment by luckystraights | December 18, 2007 | Reply

  5. I agree with what Joseffreedom said. The dollar SNGs are a crap shoot. I’ve played a ton of them and the only way that I have been successful at them is to play super super tight and bet only when you have something. Guys at the $1 SNGs are pretty bad. I feel that playing super tight in the early levels should alleviate those wild swings b/c you know that you’ll double up eventually, it’s just a matter of when. I kept track of some stats while playing these $1 SNGs. I seem to make the money when I’m in the 15%-23% flop seen range and that includes when I’m in the SB and BB. Flops seen while not SB and BB is about 10% give or take. I know it’s extremely tight hand selection but that’s the only way you can avoid the players who are playing just about any two cards. Most of them are easy to read. Just play a tight range of hands and play solid ABC poker, don’t make too many moves (these players won’t understand it) and just be patient and you should be successful despite the suckouts that will invariably occur. As you go up in levels the game will change and there will be better players so if you can win consistently at this level then move up to the next level. Good luck!

    Comment by brooklyn bum | December 19, 2007 | Reply

  6. I follow a similar strategy, for example in the early stages of a Sit-N-Go, this is my pre-flop raising range :

    AQs, AKo, AKs, QQ – AA, pretty tight

    After avoiding the Sit-N-Go’s for a few hours and spending time in the cash games last night, I had a moment of clear thought, and realized I’ve likely just had a really bad run, and interpersed with that as been the odd game where I made mistake that cost me the match, lost concentration because I was pissed off, etc. My Sit-N-Go experience has been really terrible for a long period now.

    I actually found myself doing better when I first started the blooming things, back in the day when I would open raise in EP with ATo, but thats poker, guess I just gotta get used to it and knuckle down and get on with the job.

    Thanks for the advise and support everyone, I appreciate it xxx

    Comment by luckystraights | December 19, 2007 | Reply

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