Lucky Straights

The ramblings and mumblings of a wannabe poker pro

Sit ‘N Go’s

After scanning a few articles on Sit-N-Go’s, I’m reminded of the fact my ROI needs vast improvement for me to be able to build my bankroll with the Sit-N-Go’s, and as I favor them over cash games, I really need to get my game ironed out.

A quick overview of how I have been playing lately would be :

I play pretty well up to shorthanded, but can throw away large portions of my stack either c-betting on the flop and turn against a calling station when I miss or by making loose calls, that I justify by the size of the pot.

After loosing a large portion of my stack in such situations, or by being reduced to the short stack by the chip leaders doubling up the shorter stack(s), I become passive and try to find a good hand that I can be confident with.

If I don’t take down a few small ports or double up so my stack is a more comfortable size, I start to look for a hand that I can get all my chips in with and try and double up. I think this is an area that I can improve on, I seem to throw away solid marginal hands like KJ, QJs, QT whilst 4 handed, but then jam after only 2 or 3 more orbits with much weaker hands like A7 or K5s. I think I need to need to put some thought into handling push / fold situations.

Otherwise I need to keep focused and not rush my decisions, wasting all my good play and time commitment by badly playing one hand that sends me out in 2nd or lower.

Hopefully I’ll fair better in the Sit-N-Go’s tomorrow, but I do need to work much harder in future.

January 2, 2008 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , | 2 Comments

Another Sit-N-Go

So I sat in another sit-n-go, and guess what, yep I finished 4th… 5 out of the last 6 games now I’ve finished 4th… I’m not happy.

Same story ran true though, I played well, and screwed it up on one hand. I was getting good value for money here, but I think I should have folded on the flop anyway leaving me in better shape.

http://www.pokerhand.org/?1884386

A slight comfort came with me seeing my 2nd Royal flush

http://www.pokerhand.org/?1884399

January 2, 2008 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Not a Good Start

I’m just about feeling comfortable enough to get back in to some routine play now, but I’m not off to a very good start.

I was bubbled in 4th place twice yesterday and once again just now, where my two pair ran into quads, my other finish of the day occurred only two minutes (I was multi-tabling) later where my raise was re-raised with QQ, I was short stacked the blinds where high so I called and go all-in with A8s, and I’m out in eighth.

In each game I think I played well overall, and either ran unlucky or made a large enough mistake that cost me the game either directly or a few hands later.

Over all though I think I have gone back to my old habit of playing really passive when 4/5 handed, especially 4 handed. In one of today’s games I folded QJ as the short stacked, when really I should have raised and I may have even been justified to push all-in with it, as the table was 4 handed and I had only 12 BB’s or so.

I’m going to have a short break, drink a cup of tea and watch the FTP Learn From The Pro’s episode on aggression, that always used to cure me of my passive bubble play, if I’m feeling good then I’ll sit in another game and try and improve over these recent failings.

Besides the two Sit-N-Go’s though, I’ve had a few games of poker with my house mates, both 3 handed games and heads-up matched, which was fun, we even had a few rounds of 7 card stud hi/low.

EDIT : after the time its taken me to¬† make a brew, I’ve realized I played both of my final hands terribly, and that mistake cost me the match in each case. Hopefully zen will come to my rescue and help me avoid blowing my hard work on bad decisions.

January 2, 2008 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , | Leave a comment