Lucky Straights

The ramblings and mumblings of a wannabe poker pro


Just got back from the casino, and in an effort to punish myself into playing better have documented my pitiful play and early bust out on the Home Poker Tourney forums, heres the thread :

Self Shaming

December 21, 2007 Posted by | Casino | , , , | Leave a comment

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 | , , , , , | 6 Comments

BR Management with Black Jack

I’ve just got back from one of my local casinos, where I managed to tripple my money with Black Jack!

We intended to enter a £2 NL tournament but missed the dead line for entry and me and my friend decided to go along anyway and have a bit of fun. After wandering around dazed for a few moments trying to get our bearings as neither of us had ever been in this particular casino before, we eventually found ourselves at a Black Jack table and changed our money for some chips.

I only intended to play with £5 out of the £10 I sat down with, so put one £5 chip aside and played with the 5 singles, never touching the single £5 chip. It wasn’t long before I started earning a few wins and I realized that I should start to add to that £5 chip with the aim of leaving the table with the same amount of money I sat down with, this goal was soon reached and I had made my £10 and had some fun.

I was still happy to play though, and whilst I had some chips left I kept playing, and I only dipped into my reserve once before rebuilding it again. I then set myself a new aim, an aim to double my money and turn my £10 I sat down with into £20, so after I won a few rounds, I would place a bet or two into my “bankroll” pile which wouldn’t be played with and I would keep on playing with a smaller pile of chips.

By this point my friend was on a roll, He must have hit at least eight Black Jacks! it was pure magic and I could tell he loved stacking up those chips lol. Once I reached what I believed was £20 in my bankroll I slowed down a little, wanting to be firm with myself and leave when I doubled my money, so I played a few more rounds, not really caring at this point whether I won or lost the few remaining “play” chips I had left, knowing that I had doubled my money already.

I finally busted out of my “play” chips and my friend agreed that it was time to leave, so we counted out our chips as instructed to have them changed for higher denominations to take to the cash desk and I was pleased to find that I had put away more then I thought, and took £30 over to the cash desk, my friend was even more sucessfull and had made £27 from his initial stake of only £5.

So we had a great night and took home £42 in pure profit between us.

November 1, 2007 Posted by | Casino | , , , , | 2 Comments