Lucky Straights

The ramblings and mumblings of a wannabe poker pro

Heads-Up Madness

Couldn’t sleep, so I decide to sit in another heads-up sit-n-go. I fold my first hand, and the next two hands end up all-in, each time its a split pot. I look for reasons to fold, but this guy is going all-in over and over, and I can’t keep folding hands like KJ against him, so I call, only for a split pot, the next hand the same a split pot. Then I call his all-in with ATs, he shows KJ off suite, but makes his flush on the river to bust me.

I was steaming, not because of the hand, but because he sat in a heads-up match just to throw all is money in and gamble, and the prick forced me to do the same. I would like to wish something horrible to happen to him, but I wont…

Here’s my big mistake, I immediately sign up for another hoping it isn’t more of the same, it isn’t, but as good as, with my opponent willing to get all the money in on the 3rd hand in, I make a couple of calls with dominated hands, only to survive by miracle split pots, until my stack is decimated. Next hand I find 65s and flop a straight, my opponent puts me all-in with his pocket tens, and goes on to fill up on the river.

Determined to not blow off another stack, and take a legitimate win back, I sign up for another. Again though its not long before where all-in pre-flop, I re-raised with AQ and he pushes all-in, no way I can fold this heads-up, he turns over AK and I wish I had, until the river where I hit my 3 outer.

Obviously I’m very happy to steel a win with my AQ on the final (yes final!) match of the night, but its clear these heads-up NL matches are going to be a huge test to my tilt control, and maybe that’s a good thing, especially if I want to learn to play PLO :p

After tonight’s episode though, I’m not willing to commit as much money to these as I would have liked, and besides the high volatility of dodging constant all-in’s pre-flop, I’m not improving my game at all, by simply pushing and folding, there pointless. I’m a sucker for punishment though, so I’ll probably do one or two a week and hope to pick a time when there not filling up by complete morons.

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January 30, 2008 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Swings…

I haven’t had a good day at the tables today. It started off so well, a cash game in the early hours, brought me over $82, the highest point my bankroll as reached so far, but after a horrific bad beat in a cash game, I had lost $4 before even sitting in any tournaments. My confidence was knocked and a bit tilted so a few more losses folded.

Only just pulled myself back together, but ran unlucky once more in the tournaments, each time moving all-in when I’m ahead and end up on the rail. I can’t count how many all-in’s I’ve lost where I was a favorite, or at worst even money recently, its been getting me down.

Anyways here’s a couple of hands :

This is the final hand of my last Sit-N-Go. This was a loose call I admit, but having called the BB, I wanted to see a flop, facing only a 2x raise. On the flop, I hit 2nd pair and I read my opponent correctly as trying to buy the pot and call.

http://www.pokerhand.org/?1808171

This was an earlier hand in the same game, I was in a great position and playing well, when disaster struck. I flop trip jacks, for a change of pace I actually wanted to play this slower, but with a flush draw out there I had to play it reasonably fast.

I actually couldn’t put him on a hand, with me leading out, he could quite easily not buy me for a jack, as most online players check trips / sets on the flop, though he would have raised with AK, AQ, and AJ which would have me well and truly beat. A king comes on the turn and I’m re-raised by my opponent who goes all-in, now I’m thinking as he doesn’t buy me for holding a jack, he’s thinking his Kx is good, I call, and he shows KJ and to add insult to injury a queen pops up on the river.

http://www.pokerhand.org/?1808217

December 14, 2007 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , | 2 Comments

Steaming…

It appears an upsetting beat as had me steaming for most of the day, giving away 3 buy-in’s, I’ve just got off my fourth which sadly was another buy-in lost and would usually end it here, but I feel I played as best as I could in this last game so I think I’ll sit in another game later, as I won’t be able to play tomorrow, so would like to reach a couple more points today towards my bonus to make up for it, though of course I’m only returning as I think I have a shot at winning, not to just get the points.

Here’s the hand that did most of the damage, I think I played it as well as I could have.

http://www.pokerhand.org/?1770499

This was the final hand, I expected him to call, having raised the pot, but expected to be behind AQ or AK, or even a pocket pair, unfortunately I didn’t dominate him for long.

http://www.pokerhand.org/?1770503

In other news, I have just found out that I am the very happy winning of a give away on the HPT forums, and have won an Ultimate Dealer Button.

http://forums.homepokertourney.com/index.php/topic,12918.0.html

Thank you NutN

December 4, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Negative Re-inforcement

To summarize after my really big group of loossing sessions where I tilted off a large portion of my built up profits I had a good session, including two 1st place finishes, since though the story as been bleaker, where besides the occassional 3rd place cash I’ve been finishing out of the money pretty consistently.

I have come to realized why this is. After reading up on poker psychology during my day off from the tables, I have become aware of something known as negative re-inforcement where bad decisions are repeated because the mind remembers being rewarded for making them before. To relate this to poker, if you start making bad plays, but get lucky know and then, your mind remembers this reward for the bad play and you develop a tendency to repeat the bad play when that same situation comes up again.

So, theorizing over my recent sessions I think during my huge negative swing where I stayed up all night for two days constantly trying to win back my earlier losses, (what I put down to being card dead) I made some bad decisions and probably loosened up my starting requirements considerbly and now and then I got lucky and won some money back, which as re-informced this bad play, which I have likely been bringing into my game in my last few sessions, including the recent winning session, where I was probably on the right side of the flop that time.

I’ve sat down in two games today so far and payed close attention to how I was playing and I noticed that during both games after waiting for some cards to come, A9 or A7s looks like pocket kings and I had to fight real hard to toss such trash.

So in both games my focus as not been winning as such, although that obviously is what I am striving for, but what I have realized is even more important making good descions and playing my game the way I know I should, it all comes down to patience and discipline, but after realizing I’ve been rewarding myself when I’ve played badly its even more important I pay strict attention to my game whilst at the poker table and so I can get back on track.

In both of my games so far, I was bubbled in 4th, but feel I played as best as I could in each and just didn’t make the money this time. In each the blinds where 600/300 with a 25 ante before I was railed so knocking me out was no walk over for my opponents.

November 20, 2007 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Card Dead Tilt

Just bumped into an archived page from another poker blog about what the author calls card dead tilt. I’m only 1/4 of the way through so far, but it is very reminiscent of my recent games.

http://www.upforanything.net/poker/archives/001375.html

November 14, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tilted

I was tilted pretty bad in the early hours of yesterday morning, so took a short break from the games to try and de-stress a little. Just got off my first game since with a nice quick profit, but I’m still behind by a couple of dollars. I’m just not feeling very confident at the moment, as I’ve said before I probably won’t be until I’m back ahead of my deposit amount.

Taken the time to do a little work on a database to help manage my bankroll and poker expenses, as I’m not happy with any of the spreadsheet offerings I have come across so far and my temporary solution is very inadequate. Having a few problems with it at the moment but hopefully it will be fully functional soon.

October 12, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Aucto splendore resurgo

I rise again with increased splendor.

Noticed some simple, but effective advise that I haven’t noticed in response to an earlier post I made on HPT. All totally right of course, online players are crap, I should target them and make them pay for there mistakes, not fear being sucked out on or go on tilt when some donkey gets lucky!

I’m laughing as I write this as it has totally just been affirmed, was playing pretty well on a short handed limit table, improving my play at a short handed game, when more loose aggressive players come on the scene…. I fold and wait, I fold and wait, I check, I fold and wait…. and then I hit my cards AQs and take a huge pot…. very next hand I hit my favorite holding AK, wasn’t suited this time, but I got the maximum out of all of my opponents, and tripled my money for the first time in ages on a FL table.

Very Happy 🙂

September 30, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lessons Learned

After my appalling start on the “real money” tables, I learned a few essential rules I needed to follow. Well actually, I knew all of these already, I just lacked the discipline to follow them, but thats another post…

Essential Rules:

  • There is always another game, you don’t have to play tonight
  • Never play when your too tired
  • Never play when your too emotional
  • Never play if your on tilt or distracted
  • Never try to recoup your losses in a bad game
  • If the games good, don’t quit when your ahead – keep playing
  • If the games bad, find another game

These are just a few basics, but if you have the discipline to stick to them, then at worst you’ll be minimizing your losses.

September 29, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment