Lucky Straights

The ramblings and mumblings of a wannabe poker pro

Slow Playing Aces, Too Cute For a $1 Sit-N-Go…

In another single table $1 Sit-N-Go, its 5 handed and I find pocket aces in late position. With a fold in front, I decide to limp in, rather then make my standard raise. On the flop I start to regret it, as there’s both flush and straight potential out there, and my opponents love to chase a flush. I lead out with a pot size bet and get called.

It felt like he was drawing here, so when the 3rd flush card falls on the turn, I regret being cute, but with so much at stake and with the ace of diamonds in my hand in case he has made his hand I push all-in. Villain takes a long time to think about it and eventually calls with 98, 2nd pair and a gut shot, with not one diamond.

To my horror he makes it on the river and I’m out in 5th. If he turned over a flush, nice hand, wish I’d raised, etc… but to chase that, with not one diamond… was I being too cute here, or just one of those things we don’t like to talk about?

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This was a bit of a cooler, so instead of diving straight into another couple of sit-n-go’s I’m giving myself a quick break to re-compose myself before I dig in again. I’m aiming to get 10 have these completed before 4am, two tabling, but I’ll be happy with 8 if I can finish in profit. I’m getting awfully worried by the amount of 5th place finishes I’ve had since yesterday, but can’t see much wrong with how I’ve been playing.

If tonight finishes on a similar note to last night, I think, if only for psychological reasons, I’m going to have to slow down a bit, just to steady myself and will probably try and stick with playing the games one at a time for awhile, though that will be hard, now that I’ve gotten used to doing two at a time.

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January 23, 2008 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Multiple-tabling, whilst on a bad run?

Too quick to judge, maybe, but after one long session, cashing in only two out of my eight games, suggests I’m on a bad run, especially considering some of the hands. AK and KK both run into aces, my TT gets out flopped by 77, and my AQ gets out flopped by AJ…. I could go on, but you get the idea.

So, I’ve come to thinking, should I be multi-tabling the Sit-N-Go’s whilst I appear to be on a bad run?

The statistical approach, at least from what I understand of it, suggests that I should, as everything evens out in the end, and the more hands I play the sooner I’ll get through the bad run. Then there’s the psychological approach that suggest you should stop and take a break, because a bad run can affect your play, and put you on tilt.

Well I’m certainly not on tilt, not during the session anyway. Though I must admit to feeling a bit down about it afterwards, more so the final two games, where it was yet more of the same that I had experienced during the start of the session.

I’m pondering with the idea that I should slow down, and only play a single table…. (yes its a recurring theme for tonight / today) instead of 2 tabling them, as I feel like I’m on a bad run, and that way I’ll loose less, or actually lose money more slowly… but I can’t help reverting back to the statistical approach and I agree with it, as long as I’m not on tilt, and letting previous games affect the current session I should keep playing, and keep multi-tabling, if that’s what makes me happy, shouldn’t I?

January 23, 2008 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Break

I’m having a little break at the moment. I’ve ran into a few difficult situations lately and even more really unlucky ones and its started to build up on me, so I’m trying to regain my energy and mentality for the game by sitting out for a while.

Its only mid day so far though and the urge to play is very strong, but I know I won’t be playing at my best so it will be just pointless, instead I’m doing a little reading on the psychology of poker, as my continued lack of emotional control after a bad run needs some real improvement, and I can always be more patient and more disciplined at the poker table.

November 19, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 4 Comments