Lucky Straights

The ramblings and mumblings of a wannabe poker pro


After a full day of doing nothing but $2 Heads-Up sit-n-go’s I’ve found I have become a bit complacent with them, especially when I set myself a fixed target of completing so many to achieve a frequent player point target, as I did today.

In future I’m going to space these out, rather then doing one after another, maybe one during a break between cash game sessions or mix them up with some regular sit-n-go play. At the moment though, my eye is starting to bug me again, so I’m choosing to do these solely until it stops distracting me, as I don’t have the patience to sit in a full length game with it as it is.

The day’s left me at a small deficit, after only cashing in 4 out of 9 of these heads-up matches, which is less then I hoped for, and at least two I probably gave away in frustration. I did however reach my frequent player point target for the day. I now have only 150 more to earn to complete my bonus.

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

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

Up and Down

Its been an up and down session today, cashed, then failed to cash in some Sit-N-Go’s, then made a profit from a cash game, then failed to cash in some more Sit-N-Go’s.

I let my emotions get the better of me in one Sit-N-Go, costing me a place in the money,  but  otherwise I think I played well, calling it a day now though, as I’m a little tired.

May not get any games done over the next two days, but I still have a bonus to earn so if I get the opportunity then I’ll sit in a couple of Sit-N-Go’s.

Merry Christmas xxx

December 24, 2007 Posted by | NL Cash Games, Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Cash Games

After another disappointing run in the Sit-N-Go’s, I finished the day off with a 2 1/2 hour NL cash game session. Things where going terrible at first, no good cards at all in the first hour and lost big with my set over set, and AJ running into AK.

After that table broke up, I spent another hour and a half grinding it out and regained most of my losses and started to have a little fun, it was a nice change of pace from the tournaments.

I’ve decided to take a short break from the Sit-N-Go’s now, I’m not sure how I’ll achieve this break, either take a day off and only play cash games, or only play one or two tournaments compared to my usual three or four, but its something I feel I need to do right now. Hopefully I’ll then be able to return with a clear head and start to rebuild some success in the Sit-N-Go’s again.

I’ve been advised to get hold of a copy of NL Hold’em Theory by David Sklansky, which I will order today. I’m not very experienced with NL cash games, so it will be interesting and very rewarding to try and build up via these instead of the Sit-N-Go’s, which I have predominantly been playing for some time now.

December 19, 2007 Posted by | NL Cash Games, Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , , | 6 Comments

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